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Saturday, 15 July 2017

Hello Forever by Sarina Bowen


Hello Forever (Pay it Forward, #2)Hello Forever by Sarina Bowen
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Ahhh, what can I say...I am a sucker for anything Sarina Bowen and ITS NEVER OVER by Nealy Wagner or HELLO FOREVER by Bowen is all that I wanted it to be.

Writing from a pseudonym's perspective must be difficult for a writer. Especially when the subject matter can be considered taboo for some. BUT NOT FOR ME. I love M/M romances and Bowen is the Queen in my opinion when it comes to matters of the heart, be it male or female.

It really pains me to hear that love cannot be rejoiced just because of someone's sexual orientation. Why the heck does it matter who you love? Who you care for? Who you want to spend the rest of your life with? Falling in love when you're a teenager and just starting to get a grip on who you are is never easy. Figuring out you're gay when your deadbeat dad is a homophobic bastard, makes things a heck of a lot worse.

Cax has known for a very long time that he is gay. But he has never been able to tell anyone for fear of rejection, harassment, and judgement. Finding solace at a Church group as a teenager always made him feel better, especially when he becomes friends with the beautiful Axel. Cax always had to hide who he was, except for when Axel came into the picture. Though it was a brief reprieve, it was always welcome-Church group never lasted long enough for Cax. Axel, the emotionally stronger of the two, had a wonderful mother growing up, who fostered him and provided him with the tools necessary to accept who he was as a human being. Never having to really hide from anyone, Axel wasn't ever in the closet. He came out in high school and lived his life to the fullest. The same cannot be said for Cax, though he wished it could have been that way. Having his mother pass away from Cancer when he was young and a military maniac for a father and three brothers to look after, he never spent any time taking care of himself.

After a wonderful, yet life changing experience at Church group one summer when they were 16, Cax and Axel were torn apart. For 8 years there was no contact. Even though the feelings they had for one another never went away. Feelings for someone who you are emotionally tied to that strongly are nearly impossible to disappear, despite the years in between. Running into each other after all that time, and not much had changed for Cax, but it had for Axel and he was going to fight for what and WHO he wanted.

Axel is my hero. The awful things that happened to him, the hurt, the slander, it didn't sway him from his feelings for his love at all. He kept at it, he left space when needed, and he was there, physically and emotionally whenever he needed to be. Cax never once took Axel for granted, he was in a horrid situation caused by his heinous father and he did what he thought necessary to protect his brothers. But eventually, enough was enough, and Cax did what he had to do to fight for what he believed in, for love and for the future of his life.

BOWEN has a knack for creating the most believable and tangible characters. She tackles hard to hear subject matter with grace and class and ALWAYS delivers with her superb writing skills. I adored hearing about Josh and Caleb and I truly look forward to the next installment-hoping to have a happy ending for Jason!

I will take any opportunity there is to read anything by Bowen, she is one of the greats for me.

ARC received in exchange for an honest review

Reviewed by Jess for Joandisalovebooks blog

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Friday, 14 July 2017

Tycoon by Katy Evans


TycoonTycoon by Katy Evans
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Katy Evans knows how to write a great romance!

I loved the story of Christos's and Bryn's, it was so beautiful and so HOT!!!
I am a big fan of stories involving friends to lovers or second chance romance and this book had that in spades!! Every encounter between the leads was sizzling HOT and it had me blushing at times. Aaric wasn't your typical mean and gruff alpha, there was a softer and charming side of him that I couldn't help but love. It took me a while to figure Bryn out, but once I was completely submerged in the story, I adored her.

I love the ease that Katy writes with and even though at times you want to smack the ML on the head everything is done with purpose and at the right time. What I love about these kind of stories is that when I finish the book I always have a sense of longing and I just don't want to let go. I never have enough of Katy's books they are just completely addictive.

I received an ARC in exchange of an honest review and I jump with glee for having had the chance to get my hands on this book.

5 STARS! Joandisalovebooks

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Thursday, 13 July 2017

Cocky Client by Whitney G.

REVIEWED BY Micky Barnard

Cocky Client (Steamy Coffee Collection, #3)Cocky Client by Whitney G.
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This was the epitome of quick, hot, jerky fun. It felt to be a shorter read than previous coffee collection offerings and I loved reading it in a short sitting. Whitney G excels at writing the obnoxious man who somehow gets under your skin and grows on you. I don't want him in real life, but I sure enjoyed reading about him.

COCKY CLIENT was an office romance and that's a favourite context for me. Ryan is the impossible client for Penelope's PR agency. There was no way to manage this man. There were doses of one night stand, office complications, emails and feelings. I just snorted at Ryan's sometimes ridiculous behaviour, but I was amused and interested. Ryan overtook most of the scenes so that Penelope was a little backseat.

All in all this was a great, small dose read with all the heat you would expect from Whitney G.

A copy of this book was provided by the author in return for a honest review.

Reviewed for Jo&IsaLoveBooks Blog.

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The Butterfly Project by Emma Scott

Reviewed by Micky Barnard 

The Butterfly ProjectThe Butterfly Project by Emma Scott
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

4.5 stars

Emma Scott consistently blows me away with her unique characters and storylines; THE BUTTERFLY PROJECT was no exception. This makes everything she writes stick with me, in the best way. I can recall her books in detail.

THE BUTTERFLY PROJECT explores a number of issues such as surviving in near poverty, living with guilt, fractured family relationships and trust. This is all accomplished through Zelda, the graphic novel artist with a hideous experience that haunts her and Beckett the most lovely guy with much to regret. These two were such interesting and likeable characters, I felt so curious to get to know more about both of them. Their meeting was truly serendipitous and their friendship was a gradual joy. Beckett was reluctant to let himself live and I really wanted something more for him in life.

This was a read of undulating emotions, sometimes very level but with pitching to the high emotions. It made me cry a few times and I'm a reluctant crier at books, which demonstrates Emma
Scott's ability to really make you invested and feel what Zelda and Beckett were. The graphic story really spoke to the emotional temperature too. The side characters were rich and full of depth, Roy was my favourite, he made me all warm and fuzzy.

If you've not dipped your toe into Emma Scott's writing yet, this is a good one to start with and it's a standalone.

A copy of this book was provided by the author through netgalley, in return for an honest review.

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Dating The Billionaire by Poppy Dunne

REVIEWED BY Monique Cashmere

Dating the BillionaireDating the Billionaire by Poppy Dunne
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I always enjoy reading a Poppy Dunne novel, and this one is no exception. There are so many things to appreciate with this book, and Dahlia was one of them. She was the sort of character that as a teen wasn't appreciated for her quirks and felt more order was needed to achieve in life. So she created a whole lot of rules and became a professional dating expert. Although rules are meant to be broken, just ask Jack. He is the total opposite with the rules. He is a self made billionaire who lives life to the fullest and takes no prisoners. The thing that holds dear to them both is family. Jack maybe flippant with certain things, but when push comes to shove, his family is the most important, which endears Dahlia more.

The first night Dahlia meets Jack, she brakes so many rules. The attraction is undeniable, and they hit it off straight away. They have great chemistry that brings out her sassiness and his wit, the banter is funny. The beginning seemed a little rushed and forced, but once I got to know these two and their quips, I fell right into the story and got a kick out of it. It is told in dual POV, which I am a big fan of and works extremely well for this breezy schtick.

* I received a copy for an honest review.
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The Red by Tiffany Reisz


The RedThe Red by Tiffany Reisz
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I am an obsessed Tiffany Reisz reader/fan and let me tell you, of all the crazy sh** she has written, did not see this one coming.

First I flove the cover. I went to a signing in April and bought the hardback and it is gorgeous.

Second this is erotic fantasy at its very finest. Reisz has a way with words that is unparalleled.

Mona St. James inherits the "The Red" from her mother, whose dying words to Mona were "Do anything you have to, but save The Red." The gallery was on its last leg and it was down to Mona and Tou-Tou the honorary gallery cat.

The hero is a handsome Englishman who is so so very kinky. You can't help but be jealous of Mona. The things he says and does would melt any female and some males. A few chapters my eyes were bugged out and I was like "did I just read, that?" So I would go back and read it again and it would be just as shocking the second time.

I can't tell you the deal she made to try and save the gallery or what transpired because this story is too brilliant to spoil or takeaway from your personal experience when you read it. Just go in with an open mind because it is dirty, dark and mind blowing and I loved every second of it. I re-read almost all of Tiffany's books and this will be no exception.

Thank you Tiffany for another exhilarating experience.

I was gifted a copy for an honest review.

Reviewed by Becky for JoandIsaLoveBooks

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Jilted by Sawyer Bennett

REVIEWED BY Melinda Lazar 

Jilted (Love Hurts, #2)Jilted by Sawyer Bennett
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Jilted by Sawyer Bennett

This was a second-chance romance from Sawyer Bennett in the Love Hurts series of standalones. It's about Eden and Cooper who were so very much in love fourteen years ago. Things changed for them when Eden was approached by a talent scout and swept into the world of modeling and then acting and they both realized that a long-distance relationship wasn't going to work for them. Circumstances have now pushed Eden back to her hometown of Newberry where the first person she encounters on her arrival is Coop and neither is exactly happy to see the other!

I do like a good second chance story and while this was predictable for the most part, it was still enjoyable. Frankly, the characters -more so Cooper- could have done with the occasional kick in the ass but that's most characters at one point or another. I think I would have like a bit more focus on the characters getting to know each other all over again rather than their wonderful sex life (yes, I'm inserting an eye roll right here) but there was, as always, more of a focus on the latter, not so much on the former. For that reason, I'm not sure their story was completely believable. Nonetheless, it was still a good story.

*arc received from NetGalley in exchange for honest review.

**Reviewed by Melinda for Joandisalovebooks Blog.

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