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Behold The Stars by Susan Fanetti

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REVIEWED BY Micky Barnard

Behold the Stars by Susan Fanetti
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

There is something strangely addictive about these books and I find myself drawn into the world of these characters. This is the second book in the series and it continues the story of Isaac and Lilli. There was a tentative HEA at the end of the last book but much more to know about these two and whether they could forge a future together. I did not expect the rough turns of this book and once again this was quite brutal in description. There were small sections of his book that were discomforting to read but I was able to forge through and the greater picture revealed a complex but great storyline. I am intruigued how Signal Bend will regenerate in a new era free of it's old problems and whether life will be more simple and happy. I thoroughly enjoyed this and I'm excited about the set up of the characters for the next book.

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Running On Empty by L.B. Simmons

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REVIEWED BY Micky Barnard

Running on Empty by L.B. Simmons
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

4.5 stars

This book was one of those reads where you want the world to switch off whilst you lose yourself in the story. It is a story of hearts healing after a terrible bereavement, learning that it's okay to feel again and old friends to something more. It was a story that didn't feel repetitive with characters I completely loved. Alex is the broken widower with three young children, just existing as a person but giving her all as a Mom. Blake is her old childhood friend back in town but Alex wants him at arms length. Blake for me was a 'dream man', not unrealistic, but described in such an enticing way with a great characteristics, that I fell for him! Sometimes the children in a book are pure background but these three girls were key to rekindling friendships and finding a new way of living. I loved them.

LB Simmons can surely write sizzling sexual tension and it bubbled perfectly t…

Wild Rain by Charlotte Boyett-Compo

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REVIEWED BY Kari Cox

Wild Rain by Charlotte Boyett-Compo
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I was gifted a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Wild Rain is a story of forbidden love. There are multiple groups that cause trouble for Rain and his beloved. He tries to do what is right, but things always seem to get in the way. He is not permitted to have what he truly wants from life, and he would give his life up altogether if it meant his loved one would be happy.

The story jumps straight into it without a lot of background or understanding, but you do eventually get a better understanding of what is happening and why. It had a lot of add-ins that felt a little out of place, but overall it was a good story.

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The Nightwind's Woman by Charlotte Boyett-Compo

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REVIEWED BY Kari Cox

The Nightwind's Woman by Charlotte Boyett-Compo
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I was gifted a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

The Nightwind’s Woman provided a fascinating twist to the life-mate concept. Having Alpha’s share a mate is definitely a unique and complicated situation. The Nightwind is very much a possessive creature, but he has no choice when it comes to competing with his mate’s blood-mate. Beyond this situation, the book has a great sideline story. You learn a lot about the different kinds of beings in the WindWorld. The creativity of the creatures was fun to read. There are evil family members and other twists in the story that made it interesting as well. I would recommend this book!

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Blayde of Darkness by Charlotte Boyett-Compo.

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REVIEWED BY Kari Cox

Blayde of Darkness by Charlotte Boyett-Compo
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I was gifted a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

This book was a twisted love story. Blayde McClory is an arrogant jerk, but still yet has managed to have two women craving him. One of which, is willing to do whatever it takes to have him and will make sure no one else can if she can’t. The depth of that obsession goes beyond anything that could have been expected. The book has some twists and surprises; if you think you have figured out in the beginning, guess again. It’s definitely worth reading!

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Surviving Raine by Shay Savage

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REVIEWED BY Micky Barnard

Surviving Raine by Shay Savage
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I had very mixed feelings for the first half of this book. Shay Savage quite cleverly wrote a hero who frankly, most would hate. The skill comes in her ability to convince you that he has worth and there is something to like about him. This book is an unusual tale of Sebastian, an alcoholic captain of a Caribbean cruiser who is shipwrecked alongside his passengers. The only survivor in his inadequate raft is Raine, a young, quiet woman. Their experience is completely coloured by the temper and mean nature of Bastian. He has his uses but he's unpleasant company.

There is no doubt this was a gripping read; their desperate experience felt real and I lived in the moment with them. There is a change that comes over both the characters and it was interesting reading, The book does have completion but there is a sequel and I feel like there is much more to know about the 'what happens next'.

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Dare by Allie Juliette Mousseau

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REVIEWED BY Monique Cashmere

Dare by Allie Juliette Mousseau
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Josh has issues, as a 16 year old boy, his best friend dies by committing suicide from being bullied. It causes all sorts of havoc at home and he is then sent to live with his Uncle Cade to let of steam and hone his abilities. Nine years later, Josh who is now a MMA title holder and a part time fire fighter, has a fall saving a boy from a burning house. Three years after leaving her abusive cop husband, Sophie is asked to treat Josh's injuries. She signs a three month contract to be his masseuse, with some amazing clauses.

Sophie has an infatuated stalker, and that's not her abusive husband. Josh has never felt like this for any women and it confuses him. Will she accept him, even with his troubled past? Will he understand her insecurities due to her ex-husband?

This book had me drawn in from the start. I enjoyed these characters because they had such intensity and affection toward ea…

Dare You Forever by Allie Juliette Mousseau

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REVIEWED BY Monique Cashmere

Dare You Forever by Allie Juliette Mousseau
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

After an overwhelming wedding proposal from Josh, Sophie is now conflicted. She is having nightmares that are playing mind games with her head. Deep down she knows she can trust Josh but with the memories of her late husband still fresh, and the nightmares, it is all too much.

Josh is in his own world of pain, trying hard not to screw everything good up with Sophie and of course Charlie. If he holds the reins too tight, his girl will flee. He has to somehow show her that he is in this for the long haul and that he is never going to change from the man she fell in love with and that no harm will ever come to her or Charlie again. He compiles a plan, with the help for his blood family and Ink brothers, they help him convince Sophie that no else can ever love her like Josh.

This novella is full of funny bits, romance and a tad bit of erotica that is all Josh and you are going to love it…

The Need: An Erotic Thriller by S.L. Hannah

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REVIEWED BY Kim Gray

The Need: An Erotic Thriller by S.L. Hannah
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Wow!!!! This book was one twisted, messed up, torturous and gripping story!
Angie is a naive young woman in a relationship with Eric, one night she meets Heather at a bar when she was expecting to meet Eric for an evening out. Everything that happens next is a bizarre twist of fear, lust, desires, deceit, suspense and edge of your seat thriller! I had it all wrong, one moment I was sure I knew what was next and then the next I was blown away. This story made me think, wonder about the human psyche. What makes a person do certain things and how would you react or behave in certain situations that may seem strange to one person but perfect and heaven to another? Dangerous and complicated to one, but exactly what you desire to another? What and how things that happen to us and how that can affect us. I was stunned, wowed and certainly captivating by this tale. I won’t lie, it made me think about cert…

Palm South University: Season 1, Episode 1 by Kandi Steiner

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REVIEWED BY Ann Meemkem

Palm South University: Season 1, Episode 1 by Kandi Steiner
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Cassie and Paris are best friends setting out to start there first year of college together at Palm South University. There first big decision is what sorority they want to be in. They take a tour of all the different sororities on campus. They both have different views on which sorority they like. What happens if they choose a different ones? How will college affect there friendship?

College is about change and finding out who you are.

We are introduced to a bunch of new characters. We will see how they cope with college life and how there new friendships will help shape who they are. College life is not all about studying. You need to have some fun, throw in some parties, late nights, sex and drama into the mix.

I look forward to getting to know these characters better.


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Feat Of Clay by Susan Mac Nicol

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REVIEWED BY Joanne Swinney

Feat of Clay by Susan Mac Nicol
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

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Men of London just got even hotter. I would say you could read this as a standalone but if you are like me and like to start at the beginning knowing all the characters, start with 'Love You Senseless'.
This is Clay's story and oh boy! it's awesome. Clay has a very handsome but also very trouble partner called Tate.
The love that you feel while reading this story just warms your heart. Every relationship has it's ups and downs. Maybe some more than most but what Clay and Tate are dealing with is more than who left the toilet seat up or who's turn is it to do the dishes.
Tate is suffering with nightmares after being captured and tortured while undercover. I can not even begin to imagine how you would deal with this. It's scary enough to read about what he went through never mind have to deal with it day in and day out. Clay is Tate's rock, he is so strong and h…

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

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REVIEWED BY Micky Barnard

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

There is absolutely nothing predictable about this book, the characters or the storyline. It was a complex weave of dystopian wonderful-ness. I had to concentrate every minute of this read, needing quiet to take in the strategy, particularly as the book progressed but I feel satisfied by the ride. The main characters Mare, Maven and Cal kept me on my toes. Mare is red, a kind of serving class with red blood. Maven and Cal are silver, royalty and silver-blooded. These three are brought together in an unusual tale of war, trust and betrayal. I thought I knew them, I really did, but I found myself taken aback, aghast and reeling. The last 25% was a twisty, on the edge, 'get me to the end so I can breathe' session that needs to be read to completion.

I read this book as part of a group read and I can honestly say the ability to de-brief in sections enhanced the enjoyment for me, particularly when shocks…

Darker by Michael Stephenson

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REVIEWED BY Kari Cox

DARKER by Michael Stephenson
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I was gifted a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

This book was written fairly well and it brought attention to issues such as modern-day race relations, bullying, and riots. As Michael Stephenson mentions, Darker is definitely very similar to Stephen King’s book Carrie; even down to the emphasis on the girls monthly as a point of the high school teasing. Zariah is picked on at school and has a crazy mother, just like in Carrie. There are so many other similarities and I won't mention them all, but overall, the story lines are the same. I can appreciate the desire to explore the issues the story hits on, but I wish it would have been done in a way that the story would have been more original.

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Building Bonds by Morticia Knight

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REVIEWED BY Isa Jones

Building Bonds by Morticia Knight
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book was special!

I really enjoyed Building Bonds by Morticia Knight and I thank her for the opportunity of receiving and ARC.

I have read my fair share of BDSM books but this really is one of my first in the M/M world. I enjoy the genre and the book had almost all the elements of a fantastic and entertaining read, it had romance, suspense, plenty of hot steamy scenes, great dialogues and an original story line. I would have liked more depth into the story and that is my only observation, it is not a critique but more the fact that I was thoroughly entertained and wanted to keep reading!

Kyle is such a loveable character, unfortunately for him, he has been through a terrible breakup and has been left alone and broke, he is therefore faced with the fact that he has, not only to pick up the pieces of his broken heart, but also to get himself out in the real world and start making some money and pronto!, …

A Reaper's Love by Charlotte Boyett-Compo

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REVIEWED BY Becky Cox

A Reaper's Love by Charlotte Boyett-Compo
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I was gifted a copy for an honest review.

Laci's world has changed since she lost her partner Taylor. Unbeknownst to Laci Taylor was captured and tortured viciously. The only thing that kept him going was his love for Laci. Their relationship is very intense.

Coultier was tortured at the same facility as Taylor, although not as viciously as Taylor. Coultier becomes obsessed with Laci and doesn't really understand why.

I enjoy Ms. Boyett-Compo's writing style. I loved and hurt for Taylor from the beginning. Laci is sassy and fun. The gods getting involved with their lives and using them as a chess match of sorts was entertaining.

Would highly recommend this book for all lovers of paranormal.

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Fury by Fisher Amelie

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REVIEWED BY Micky Barnard

Fury by Fisher Amelie
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This was a grittier read than the other deadly sins books. Whilst vain does address difficult topics, Fury confronts child sex trafficking and centres on the issues in Vietnam. I already thought from Greed, that Ethan was someone with a darkness that was slightly scary but also sexy. The relationship between Ethan and Finlay had a slow build and was quite lovely to read. I think Ethan was surprised by his affections for Finlay but never tried to deny them.

There is violence in this book that makes for difficult reading at times and I was thoroughly frustrated with Ethan's decision to 'go vigilante' but I do recognise that this was a key element to the story. I think he lacked personal value of his life but didn't think through the impact his decisions would have on Fin.

This was a good addition to the series and I love Fisher Amelie's style and seamless flow of writing. Any of her books are a p…

Truth or Beard by Penny Reid

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REVIEWED BY Micky Barnard

Truth or Beard by Penny Reid
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Another solid and enjoyable Penny Reid book. I am never disappointed with anything of hers that I read. Truth or Beard introduces the Winston Brothers and the thought of more from these brothers is very exciting. Duane, one of ginger-bearded twins is a bit of a terse, serious character in utter contrast to his brother Beau. He's had a thing for Jessica James since their childhood friendship, whilst Jess has a thing for his twin. Initially complicated, quickly rectified but these two seem to create complication wherever they go. They have chemistry and friendship between them in buckets and this book makes for very satisfying reading. The writing is just as I have come to expect from Penny Reid, humorous with a great storyline. I'm glad there's more to come from this setting and group of characters.

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Killing Me Softly by Kathryn R. Biel

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REVIEWED BY Monique Cashmere

Killing Me Softly by Kathryn R. Biel
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Sadie has feelings / premonitions / insight to the future. She says random things that seem to then come true. After going to a B&B with her boyfriend of two years, thinking he is going to propose, a bat spoils it all. Sadie realises that Rob is not the one for her. And she has the feeling that he won't ever talk to her again because of it. How right she was!

Alone again, Sadie decides it is time to do things on her own and her way. She buys an old house and sets about renovating it. She also hires a contractor to help, Max. Sadie's sister Jenna keeps popping in uninvited and unannounced. She is always in competition with Sadie. Only just finishing her new bathroom, Jenna has gone and made a mess in there which Sadie cleans up. Once she kicks Jenna out, she goes missing and Sadie is hoping that her feeling won't come true this time.

It is a week from hell for Sadie. She …

Dopey Woman by Laura Barnard

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REVIEWED BY Monique Cashmere

Dopey Women by Laura Barnard
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Sadie is an Office Manager who unfortunately is made redundant along with her girls. A couple of months later, she runs into them again at the local job centre. Neither has found employment as yet. After taking sometime to catch up, they come up with a scheme to make money - maybe not everyone's cup of tea.
In the process, Sadie meets DC Harry Mackenzie who is investigating a lead for the drug squad.

The girls get caught up in a world they never wanted to be involved in, and with every great Laura book, get themselves into predicaments that will make you laugh, cry and laugh again, with a touch of swooning. With Sadie's unconventional upbringing, she thought she could handle this new venture, but once you are involved, there is no going back, even if she wanted to.

What I loved about this book, and every Laura book is the camaraderie between the characters and the hilarious dilemmas they go …

Reviews of The Legend of Arturo King, The Story of Lansing Lotte, The Quest of Perkins Vale and Sight Words by L.B. Dunbar

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REVIEWED BY Tam Tam

The Legend of Arturo King by L.B. Dunbar
 My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I am so excited about this series. First and foremost, L.B. knows how to write great, sweet, intense romance. What a clever way to modernize the story of King Arthur and Lady Guinevere. The story was creative and romantic. She introduced us to the whole band, The Nights, and has teased and baited us with just enough about each band member to have us wanting more.

But this first book in the series is all about Arturo and Guinie's love story. If you are thinking this book will be the same as any other rock star romance, you would be wrong. Her writing is smart and she gives the reader just enough detail and dialogue to keep you swooning and ignoring everyone around you.

I should warn you that this book leaves you on a cliffhanger and wanting to learn about the sexy and mysterious Lansing. But somehow, I think this was part of her evil plan. She has left me wanting more!

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Our Kinda Love by Deanna Eshler

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REVIEWED By Monique Cashmere

Our Kinda Love by Deanna Eshler
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The first book is about Shyanna, her troubles and meeting Kade. In that first book, we know that Keegan and Adrian get together, but not know all the details. Therefore we go back in time to when Shyanna, Gemma and Keegan met the guys - Kade, Max and the adorable Adrian.

Keegan has a smart mouth and team that up with Adrian's quick wit and class clown antic's, you have a hilarious read. Giving Adrian pointers on his sex moves is another funny chapter, an after school special. They have that banter that just has you giggling as you read along. Keegan has abandonment issues that she finally shares with Adrian, who in turn promises to never leave her unless it is real important and he'll tell her why first. But life has a way of giving you twists and turns and curve balls to keep it interesting.

This couple are a joy to discover, she is a character that is ballsy, smart and when she find…

Tyrant by T.M. Frazer

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REVIEWED BY Melinda Lazar

Tyrant by T.M. Frazier
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Tyrant by TM Frazier

I have to start this review off with an apology because I completely underestimated the diabolical genius that is TM Frazier. I really had doubts that she'd be able to deliver a book that was up to the standard set by King, but she's absolutely pulled it off and even surpassed.

This book was everything I needed it to be without knowing what I needed. A brilliant plot that picks up right where we finished with King and ties up everything while answering our many questions. There were so many times that I either had to go back and reread or just put the book down because I couldn't believe what I was reading.

Even though her memory is sketchy at best, Doe is still such a strong female character and I just love that. That she's gone what she's gone through and still prevails is amazing. And King is well, King! He's not your standard hero. He does what he has to, whatever…

The Temptress by C.J. Fallowfield

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The Temptress by C.J. Fallowfield
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

A one night stand in Paris years ago with Luc has left a lasting impression on Lulu and she can't escape the memories. He has captured her heart and soul.

Lulu is a successful business woman. Her business is a honey trap to find and lure clients spouses to see if they would cheat. She has been given the name the temptress, because of her flawless track record.

One day Mrs Le Grand comes in and wants Lulu to seduce her rich husband for a large fee. She goes into the case blind without knowing what her mark looks like. The only thing she knows is to meet him at a hotel bar and where he sits. When she sees him she does not know if she can continue the case. What happens when your working life meets your personal life. Can she walk away from the case? or Will the temptress be tempted by the alluring Luc once again?

This is the first book that I have read from this author. I must say that it was an incrediable story from start…