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Torrid Little Affair by Kendall Ryan

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REVIEWED BY Jess 


Torrid Little Affair by Kendall Ryan
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

3.5 Stars

Having never read anything by Kendall Ryan, I wasn't too sure what I was getting myself into with TORRID LITTLE AFFAIR, but I did enjoy where the story took me. Not only is this book full off hope and second chances, it's also about acceptance of yourself and the life you live. A message we could all learn a little from.

Cooper has been burned. Burned hard. Loving someone who doesn't love you back can be a bitter pill to swallow. Running an escort business with your brothers and being surrounded by women all the time can either get you in the mood for lust...or love. With lust off the table, and only wanting love, but not getting any back in return, Cooper takes some time to drown in his sorrows away from the woman who broke his heart and leaves Boston to regroup. But when a call from his brother brings him back home after and extended vacation down in Florida with the promise of a su…

Man Hands by Sarina Bowen

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REVIEWED BY  Melinda Lazar 

Man Hands by Sarina Bowen
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Man Hands by Sarina Bowen and Tanya Eby

Oh Lordy, I think this book was just what I needed to read right now! From the first line of the book where I spat out my precious coffee to the very last page, it was packed with humor, heat, and innuendo. Add in the insanely likable characters and I was sold!

We have the recently divorced Brynn who, as her friends like to tell it, needs to get laid and television personality Tom, who wields his hammer as he sees fit. Mind out of the gutter people! He has his own home renovation show!

Brynn and Tom meet when she's dared by her friends to kiss the first man she sees while at a party and oh my, what a kiss it was! Unfortunately, the whole 'encounter' was captured and displayed all over the media and as a result, Tom and Brynn are forced to have a fake engagement that'll benefit them both.

Fun, fun, fun. That's what this book was about. I laughed a…

Amid the Winter Snow by Grace Draven

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REVIEWED BY  Micky Barnard 

Amid the Winter Snow by Grace Draven
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

4 stars overall

In the Darkest Midnight - Grace Draven 4.5 stars

Grace Draven delivered on a novella with the fullest sense of story, characterisation and completion. It had a seasonal feel in terms of some key moments in the story, though of course not traditional Christmas. This is a story told over more than a decade that is set in a world tenuously connected to Bast Haradis with a cameo from a character from Radiance and Eidolon. Jahna was a wonderful character, with that departure from traditional beauty that Grace Draven is so good at. Her admiration for Radimar is something to behold, young crush at first and over time their connection was beautiful. The world and the characters pulled me in so completely, the writing slipped into my imagination with ease. This winter anthology started off in the best way possible.

The Chosen - Thea Harrison 4 stars

This is my first read by Thea Harrison a…

Tales from Cushman Row by Suanne Laqueur

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REVIEWED BY  Micky Barnard


Tales from Cushman Row by Suanne Laqueur
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

4.5 stars

I would never typically pick up a book of extras following on from a series or book I enjoyed, but rarely have I connected with books like I have with AN EXALTATION OF LARKS and A CHARM OF FINCHES. So, I had to delve into TALES FROM CUSHMAN ROW.

What’s inside is a flow of connected elements that builds to a crescendo and ending; I really didn’t expect that. In fact, Suanne says at the beginning, they’re disconnected bits but I think she does herself a disservice because the flow was full of ease from chapter to chapter, connection to connection.

The focus is Stef and Jav in the main, but not wholly them, many of the characters from larks and finches make it in these tales, you see Ari, Geno, Alex and more. Those extras from other characters were frankly like water to a dry desert and I gulped the words down. I laughed quite a lot at the banter and I’ve come out of it feeling like I kn…

Moonlight Over Manhattan by Sarah Morgan

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REVIEWED BY Tina Shobe 

Moonlight Over Manhattan by Sarah Morgan
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Moonlight over Manhattan is Book 6 in the From Manhattan with Love Series but is easily a stand alone.

There is so much I loved about this book. This is the first book that I can remember that I actually woke up in the middle of the night thinking about. I had to grab that book and finished it as I knew there was no way I was going back to sleep.

There were several really good quotes. My favorite is when Harriet is referring to hot chocolate as 'hug in a mug'.

The banter Harriet and Ethan (aka Dr. Hot) have is what I think pulled me into the book. It was so realistic. Like I was there watching it unfold. I could visibly see when Harriet took a deep breath to get control of her stuttering. I also could feel Ethan's shame when he realized that because of his attitude it caused Harriet's reaction.

Ethan thinks that Harriet is a solution to a problem he has fulfilling his promise to hi…

So Over You by Kate Meader

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REVIEWED BY  Micky Barnard 


So Over You by Kate Meader
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

SO OVER YOU has unexpectedly become my favourite so far of the series. I wasn’t expecting to find Isobel such an interesting character. She seemed mousey but driven and a bit uninteresting in book one, however when the layers were peeled back, she had a lot going on, past and present.

Vadim was one heck of a character. Initially, I felt very little, by the end this Russian hockey player had totally won me over and I was cheering his side. Vadim was a slice of arrogant, part unconditional regard and a big ball of frustration, it made for fun and occasionally angsty reading. What I loved was Vadim and Isobel’s second chance element to their story, they had chemistry and emotion going on. The glimpses of Harper and Remy were welcome too.

This book started off slow for me and that has pulled the rating down a little but if you experience the same, please stick with it because it is definitely a grower and ultim…

Big Man by Penny Wylder

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REVIEWED BY Tina Shobe
Big Man by Penny Wylder
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Sasha Bluebell returns to her hometown on a mission to sell her mom's property that she inherited after her passing. She did plan on the complication of Grant Werther, whom unknown to her also inherited a portion.

Neither one of them thinks the other one recognizes/remembers the other. Prior to the drama of high school the two of them grew up together and were once pretty close friends.

I was confused on first trying to determine if the reason Sasha left town and had previously not returned was because her mom and her had a falling out or if something traumatic happened to her. Then I was confused on why the towns people were treating her the way they were. I think my confusion actually pulled me more into the story. It intrigued me as I was determined to figure out what happened in her past.

As far as Grant goes he grew up into a fine big man. Seriously is there anything hotter than watching a bare chested buf…