Tuesday, 15 May 2018

Worth the Risk by K. Bromberg

REVIEWED BY 
Melinda Lazar 



Worth the RiskWorth the Risk by K. Bromberg
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Worth the Risk by K Bromberg

I think I’ve said with every book featuring the Malone brothers that it’s my favorite book by this author so I’m going to make a blanket statement and say this entire family and their stories are my favorite of Bromberg's entire works.

Single (delectable) dad Grayson has been badly burned by his sons mother. She abandoned him and her son without a second look back and left Grayson to pick up the pieces. He did so amazingly and without complaint, being the best dad he could. Aside from the obvious, this also left him wary of women with money, who suit and expect a certain lifestyle. When Sidney, his ex’s former friend comes back to town, he has no time or interest in entertaining either her or the Hot Dad competition she’s developed to get a chance at her dream job which will take her far, far away from this sweet town and it’s people.

This book packed such a punch for me. I was utterly consumed by every word on every page and I just did not want to stop reading while at the same time willing myself to slow down. Gray and Sid got off to a bit of a rocky start but when they went all in, they did not hold back. I loved their relationship and fell hard for them individually and as a couple. They grew together and learn the subtle arts of give and take, forgiveness, and letting people in. As I said, I fell hard for this couple and was rooting for them the entire time but you know who stole my heart? Grayson’s son, Luke. I absolutely adored him and if I’d ever had a son, I would have wanted him to be just as sweet and cheeky and funny! I personally think Bromberg should write a book for him down the track...

Back to Worth the Risk. This book is just a wonderful celebration of family, of love, of taking chances... or risks, if you will. It is perfection and I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend it. The books featuring the other Malone brothers - Grant in Cuffed and Grady in Combust - are also must-reads but every single of these stories can and do standalone.

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**Reviewed by Melinda for Joandisalovebooks Blog.

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Good Girl by Jana Aston




REVIEWED BY
Melinda Lazar 


Good GirlGood Girl by Jana Aston
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Good Girl by Jana Aston

I don’t know what to say after this. I just don’t. I loved the crap out of this book: the writing, these characters, Aston’s perverted sense of humor all combined for a five star read. So damn good.

Rhys is your typical (as much as Aston can give us typical ANYthing) millionaire playboy - he has no time or inclination to have a relationship with anyone however, that’s not to say he goes with getting any action. I mean, he’s hot, ffs! Who wouldn’t want a piece?! Rhys, bless his poor deluded heart, prefers to *pay* for the sexy times. And, as so eloquently pointed out in the book, he’s not paying for the sex. He’s paying for the flavor of the night to leave. With no expectations or feelings.

Lydia is hands-down my favorite of all of Aston’s heroines. She was fun, she was sweet, she was NERDY (love that!), she was naive but not in a way that’ll make you roll your eyes. Aaaaand she was a virgin but she’s quite convinced she has untapped slut potential. Naturally, she wants our (well, *my*) Rhys to devirginate her and what better way to accomplish that than to set up a virgin auction?! None, apparently. Good times were had by all because honestly, I don’t think anyone is capable of writing a devirginating-scene quite like Aston.

There is absolutely not one single thing I would have changed or did not enjoy about Good Girl. I adored Aston’s humor and her delivery of the whole story. I adored the main characters. I even adored the secondary characters! I loved every. single. thing. Now I just need Aston to be a good girl and write Good Time because after that complete wtf moment, I need the next book stat!

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HEADMASTER by Jaimie Roberts



REVIEWED BY
Joanne Swinney 

HEADMASTERHEADMASTER by Jaimie Roberts
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Romantic Suspense you won’t want to put down. What a thrill I have experienced while reading this story. It’s not what I expected at all, don’t get me wrong I definitely thought it was going to be saucy, and I got that in spades, but the rest just blew me away. I was on the edge of my seat while reading most of this book. At one point I swear I stopped breathing. So, so, so good.

Ray the most sweetest girl you could ever meet. She is beautiful, smart, as strong as an ox and has a heart of gold. She has had to deal with seriously difficult situations while growing up. Some things no child or young adult should ever have to go through, but she did, and she survived everything that was thrown at her.

Life can be cruel, and also a blessing. It always feels like the world is either against you or God loves you. When Ray is dealt her next dilemma she does so like an adult. Everytime I think she’s definitely going to flip now, she just takes it all in her stride. The woman deserves a medal.

Mr Lockhart the Headmaster, the delicious Headmaster, the I want to chomp on his… Headmaster. All I’m saying is he could give me detention any day of the week, and I’d gladly do it with bells on. He is such a sweet man with a body to die for, I’m sure you got that by now. Mr Lockhart known as Easton see’s Ray as much more than a student, and the same could be said for Ray, she knows Easton is the Headmaster, but it has no effect on how she feels about him.

Easton and Ray have to stay away from each other easier said than done that’s for sure. It’s like the old saying, all good things they must come to an end, especially if it is forbidden. There will always be consequences when breaking the rules.

This story had me up and down, I was on a rollercoaster of emotions. The twists were so unexpected, I could hear myself gasp. I had tears streaming down my face at one point. It was such a powerful read that I connected with everything that was written. The characters were beautiful, well not all, but each one that played a role and played it well.

There is a definite possibility that we could hear more from this story, a series maybe? Other characters were itching to be heard I just know it, and I would say that this story could go further. There is no cliffhanger it’s just that well you’ll understand where I’m coming from once you read.

I would one hundred percent recommend this book to all lovers of Contemporary Romance and Romantic Suspense. It was an epically fabulous read.


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The Black Key Journal by Ann Lister

REVIEWED BY
Joanne Swinney 


The Black Key Journal (Guarding The Gods, #4)The Black Key Journal by Ann Lister
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

One word automatically springs to mind about this book, DIRTY! It’s a delicious dirty, but yeah dirty. Sex isn’t just about love when Tessler was in his younger years, it was experimenting with different partners, multiple partners, in every which way you can think of. So when I say dirty I mean dirty ladies and gentlemen.

Tessler could be like many men out there, even woman. Some people aren’t afraid to test the limits of their sexuality and find what they like and don’t like. Not all of us write such explicit things down, but it was Tessler’s way. That man knew how to have a good time that was for sure. He had choices and he chose to explore. I’m not sure anyone can honestly say they wouldn’t have done the same if were put in the same situation.

Tessler’s journal was definitely not meant for anyone else’s eyes. Reading his most inner darkest secrets, and the sex that often took place was like WOW! This is in no way meant for young readers.

I would take note of of the blurb and read Guarding The Gods Book Three first as it will give you a much better understanding about this journal. If you aren’t bothered about the story, and just want to read about all things sex then go for it. Plenty to be read in this baby that’s for sure.

I knew what to expect when reading this instalment of Guarding The Gods, and Ann Lister did not disappoint me. She hasn’t failed me yet, I doubt she ever will. I am looking forward to the next book in this series. It’s always a pleasure reading about hot bodyguards and of course getting sneak peaks from The Rock Gods.

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Skinny Pants by Mimi Jean Pamfiloff

REVIEWED BY 
Tina Shobe 


Skinny Pants (Happy Pants #3)Skinny Pants by Mimi Jean Pamfiloff


Skinny Pants is Book 3 in in The Happy Pants Cafe Series but I think it's easily a stand alone. I haven't read the previous books in the series and had no problems connecting with this story.

First of all I want to say that being a larger size woman I really related to Macie. The only difference is that I don't even attempt to be healthy and she's healthy just still a larger size woman. I totally understand the feeling of people looking right threw her or overlooking her due to her size.

After a brutal day of her self esteemed being knocked she gets a little inebriated and signs up on a dating site completely lying about herself.

Imagine her surprise when she walks into an appointment and the doctor is none other than the sexy Doctor J-Love that she has been chatting with.

Dr Jack Reed immediately actually 'saw' Macie. I think Jack is drawn to Macie's realness and her sass (love that girl!). They become friends first and it builds from there. These two are both closed off from personal relationships for entirely different reasons. Marcie is an amazing young lady that has the best caring type demeanor a nurse can possibily have but due to her self esteem being knocked too many times in the past is not receptive to closer relationships than her own friends. Jack's ex-wife really did a number on him that makes him distrustful and a little bitter.

I love how the author slowly builds their relationship. I think the friends to lovers is the best type of relationship to have.

My absolute favorite part is when Jack's stands up for Marcie after another Doctor is very condescending to her about her size. Seriously, I swooned.

Their underlying distrust of others has them being torn apart before they even have a chance.

Now we have to see if Jack can overlook being catfished and if he can if Macie can forgive him for being so callous to her.

This is a wonderful written story that caught drew me in from the very beginning and kept me intrigued until the very end.

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Monday, 14 May 2018

Doppelbanger by Heather M. Orgeron

REVIEWED BY
Tina Shobe


DoppelbangerDoppelbanger by Heather M. Orgeron


You know a book is great when it makes you 'feel'. I was very uncomfortable and feeling a little prudish about how promiscuous Gina was at the start of the book. I don't think we see that very often in a book about a woman. We read all the time about guys being players and this is quite a reversal on that role.

Gina makes no apology about liking sex with men with certain characteristics. The one absolute rule she has is one night only so no chance of feeling being developed. The more I read along the more I got it. I'm not too certain I wouldn't have gone through life the same way if I had been given the same circumstance.

She's bold, a bit bold (ok a lot bold!), brassy and funny. She's the type of girl your parents would be uncomfortable with you hanging out with. But if she loves you and considers you family you won't get a better friend or family member. She's there for you through thick and thin. Though sometimes she might be a bad influence on your kids. My twin sister is the same way. She taught all my kids their first curse words and the saying 'bite me'.

While Spencer, her best friend recovers from having a baby Gina takes her kids on a family oriented cruise of the Caribbean. While on the cruise she meets Jeffrey (Jeff) a widowed single dad. These two are so opposite from the beginning that you just now they are going to be great together!

I think Jeff is an admirable man. Not only is he successful business man he is raising his daughters in the best way he can to honor his wife.

There is a lot of humor in this book and a lot of kids saying the right things at inappropriate times. I laughed out loud so many times that I had tears rolling down my face. I also had tears rolling down my face because of how cruel Jeff was to Gina when he was consumed by guilt. I felt devastated for her. Though I was really glad she didn't fall back into her old ways.

Jeff has to realize that it's ok to find love twice in his lifetime.

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BANE by L.J. Shen


REVIEWED BY 
Jess 



Bane (Sinners of Saint, #4)Bane by L.J. Shen
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

***I’m surprised I made it through this book. Some themes in here may be triggers for some people, so please be aware before reading.***

I knew what I was getting into as soon as I finished reading the prologue. Already angsty and filled with the unthinkable. BANE is not for the faint of heart or the thin skinned. You don’t read a L.J Shen novel and think you’re going to be reading about rainbows and butterflies. No. You get debauchery, and cruel intentions. You feel everything so vividly and you vicariously embark on an emotional roller coaster ride full of terror, sinister relationships and the lowest of the low.

I cried and raged for Jesse, but also cheered for her and loved her tenacity and drive. She was the epitome of a solid, bad-ass woman and fantastic main character.

Cold and raw describes Bane to a T. There is always something so gritty about Shen’s male leads. Bane is no exclusion. Shen made me seethe at times but also perfectly captured his essence.

The emotional connectivity between Jesse and Bane was so on point. Sizzling hot at times, but also deep and intricate as well. There was a perfect balance for me. Intrigue, action, heinous acts and sinister thoughts-I devoured this read thinking I’d need a break but couldn’t for the life of me put it down.

I’m invested in this series. I’ve read all the previous instalments with eagerness and impatience. Bane was on par with the its predecessors and I’ll pretty much read anything Shen writes.

A story worthy of a serious book hangover! Im amazed at how Shen consistently pulls at my heart strings and convinces me to continue reading her darker themed books. Her ability to always drive home a winner, and keep me enthralled is always a bonus and a welcome surprise!

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Worth the Risk by K. Bromberg

REVIEWED BY  Melinda Lazar  Worth the Risk by K. Bromberg My rating: 5 of 5 stars Worth the Risk by K Bromberg I think I’ve s...