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Friday, 30 December 2016

Riding the Boss: A contemporary erotic office romance by Madam La Zuray

Reviewed by Isa Jones



Riding the Boss: A Contemporary Erotic Office RomanceRiding the Boss: A Contemporary Erotic Office Romance by Madam La Zuray
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This was the first book I read from Madam La Zuray and it was a very enjoyable read.

Angela and Josh have been friends for a while and now working together they seem to be fighting their undeniable chemistry in more ways than one.
Josh is Angela's subordinate and as such he knows of the repercussion of starting an office affair will do to both their careers and reputations, however after a "late" meeting Josh finds it impossible to keep fighting his emotions. Angela is hiding a secret that she thinks could be a deal breaker for Josh and so she is more resilient to give into her feelings. She may be the one in charge in the boardroom but Josh wants to be the one in charge in the bedroom.
Super hot and with only 36 pages this is a juicy quickie read!
Well done to Madam La Zuray!

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Sweet Ride by Dani Wyatt

REVIEWED BY Tina Shobe



Sweet RideSweet Ride by Dani Wyatt
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Thorne is a seriously hot alpha male that is an ex-con who has built a successful business after being released.

CeeCee has had a rough go in life and the one thing she looks forward to each week is a donut from Thorne's donut shop. It is instant attraction for Thorne.

The two of them just sizzle. I love the chemistry between the two of them.

I love the way that Dani has written the build up in this story. It pulls you into the story and doesn't let you go.

I especially love the way Thorne in true alpha male form senses his woman is in danger and hunts her down and rescues her from a bad situation that she doesn't even realize she is even in.

This is a fast read that I thoroughly enjoyed. I definitely would of loved it to of been a longer book only because I just love CeeCee and Thorne.


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Miss Hollywood by Marie Garner

REVIEWED BY Jess



Miss HollywoodMiss Hollywood by Marie Garner
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Miss Hollywood by Marie Garner
2 Stars

I wish I had more good things to say about this book.
I didn't really get into at all. I had a hard time with the back and forth between the points of view. It's difficult to tell a story from multiple POV, and while I appreciate the effort, it wasn't very clean.

Alex was sweet but troubled. Clare was Naive and immature. Their back and forth really got on my nerves and the ending was so lack luster. I kept wanting and waiting for...more...I feel like even though their pasts were drawn out and forthcoming, I didn't really know the characters at all. There was no connection for me and I actually liked the sub characters more than the mains.

I struggled with this book. Took me a week to finish. Which is NOT like me at all. There were also Some continuity issues as well.

I do commend Garner for writing though. I cannot imagine what it takes to complete a novel. I just wish she took more time, made it from Clare's POV only and had a better flow to the whole story.

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Abandoned Lives by Renee C. Leigh

REVIEWED BY Becky Cox



Abandoned LivesAbandoned Lives by Renee C. Leigh
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

What a ride! Abandoned Lives was a page turner from the start.

Thriller, mystery, paranormal and romance all rolled up in one. The slow reveal of the mystery was intriguing and kept me keen to keep reading.

Candace, Camden and Chris are likeable, relatable characters.

Candace wanting a change to escape some bad history. She buys an old house in Virginia. It needs a bit of love but she is thrilled. Chris, a long time friend of both her and her twin brother Camden, lives in the area and found it for her.



Candace meets her new neighbour Kieran and they strike up a friendship. Camden nor Chris are comfortable with Kieran but can't say much.

The strange events start and keep coming. Edge of the seat kinda stuff. Love the ending.

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Tangled Up In You: A Rogue Series Novel by Lara Ward Cosio

REVIEWED BY Becky Cox 



Tangled Up In You: A Rogue Series NovelTangled Up In You: A Rogue Series Novel by Lara Ward Cosio
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Tangled Up In You takes you on a emotional ride. Cosio gives us all the feels. If you are looking for a perfect love story, this isn't your book.

Gavin and Sophie's story is anything but a sweet love story. The whole sex drugs and rock n roll, yeah it's all in here as well as betrayal, heartbreak, love and passion.

Conor a lifelong friend of Gavin's and a good friend to Sophie is a big part of this story.

I immediately read Playing at Love after finishing this book. It is said you can read in either order but I think Tangled and then Playing makes the most sense to me.

I didn't always agree with the actions of the characters but I did love all the characters mistakes and all. I think that is what makes it real. None of them are glorified or on a pedestal. They all screw up at some point.

A great rock star romance!

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Falling by Allyn Lesley

REVIEWED BY Jess 



FallingFalling by Allyn Lesley
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Falling by Allyn Lesley was an interesting read.

There were A LOT different themes going on in this book. Infidelity, a little cradle-robbing, drugs, death, babies...you name it, it was in this book. I had a very hard time connecting with the main characters, Chelsea and Dyllan but I did get caught up in some of the detailed tellings of Dyllan's personal struggles and demons.

At 17, initially, Chelsea is naïve, immature and very bland. We know nothing about her. We know she goes to university, her age, what she looks like (sort of) and her parents names, but that's about it. We know more about Dyllan, because FALLING is told from his POV. There was much more character depth for him, and most of the time I empathized with him and the rough life he lived through. He's believable and tangible, real and raw.

The time lines we went through were jumpy and miss-mashed. However, there was a lot of growth involved in Dyllan's character and it made up for the lack of depth the overall story.

I have to say I did really love Dyllan's adopted family. What lovey hearts and souls they all had. The bond his mother, father and especially his two brothers had with Dyllan was quite lovely and genuine.

I'm giving this a 3 because I believe there is a good story here. Some of the puzzle pieces are missing, but I liked some of the key characters and you can tell a solid effort was made.

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Wednesday, 28 December 2016

Hate Story by Nicole Williams

REVIEWED BY Micky Barnard 


Hate StoryHate Story by Nicole Williams
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

4.5 stars.

The perfect way to end the year is with a Nicole Williams book. This was a book that was easy to read from the get-go, sucking you in within a few pages. I have read a few stories centred on payment for marriage but this definitely felt different and new. This marriage plan wasn't a snap decision and they both went into the agreement eyes open. I literally couldn't wait for the story to unfurl.

Max was a German business powerhouse. He needed his green card and was pretty obnoxious in all things. I soon realised that all you saw with Max was a mask. Nina was a likable, permanently down-other-luck kind of woman. Despite the 'keep off' signs, I liked her. This was a book with fantastic banter and dialogue between the two main characters. The side characters were merely a supporting cast, this was all about Nina and Max.

The chemistry between these two was sizzling and I was anticipating fireworks. Bang! The cockiness of Max's character transformed into something else when they were real with one another. I enjoyed getting under both their skins.

Nicole Williams has written some diverse books this year and Hate Story compliments the 2016 collection very nicely. I am never disappointed by one of her reads. I am not really a fan of the cover, and if you aren't, please don't let that put you off, because what's inside is a read you do not want to miss.

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Friday, 23 December 2016

What I love about Dublin by Amanda Laneley

REVIEWED BY Becky Cox 



What I love about dublinWhat I love about dublin by Amanda Laneley
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

What I Love About Dublin had some great characters.

Sara leaves her home and travels to Dublin, Ireland to escape a broken relationship and give herself some breathing space to heal.

She got a job teaching at a local university and moves in with an eclectic group that are sharing a house. Fran is hilarious and ends up being a good friend to Sara. Colin and Armando, also good friends to Sara, are both vastly different but entertaining as well.

Daniel, the last housemate is a bit of a jerk. He lightens up at times but seems to jump to conclusions quickly and is usually wrong. He has past relationship troubles but wears his heart on his sleeve.

I genuinely liked most of the characters and the story itself is lovely. Has a good combination of humor, angst and romance. There were some unnecessary misunderstandings that were a bit annoying. Daniel frustrated me very much. Sara had a naive quality and she made some false assumptions along the way as well. When they aren't avoiding each other, they have some special moments.

I understand this is Amanda Laneley's debut novel. Congratulations on taking the leap! I saw great potential in Fran and Armando's relationship for a future story.

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The Malcolm mafia & the Rodriguez Cartel by J.S. Lewis

REVIEWED BY Becky Cox



The Malcolm mafia & the Rodriguez Cartel (The Jamaican American Thug Drama Saga Book 7)The Malcolm mafia & the Rodriguez Cartel by J.S. Lewis
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I was provided a copy for an honest review.

The story is fast paced and has lots of action and intrigue. Murder, torture, hate and forbidden relationships.

Jose is bi-sexual in secret, his brother is openly gay, much to the their father's dismay. He didn't want either of them to take over his leadership but circumstances result in exactly that happening.

Dre, in a gay marriage, is the leader of the rival family. The things he does to protect his family may lead to the loss of his family.

I struggled to connect with the characters in this book and was a bit confused most of the time to be honest. It is the first book in this series that I have read and maybe if I had read the first six it would have helped me grasp this one.

There are others that truly enjoyed this story and that is why there are millions of authors as we all connect to something different.

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Monday, 19 December 2016

The Keeper by Jillian Liota



REVIEWED BY Micky Barnard



The KeeperThe Keeper by Jillian Liota
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

4.5 stars

Wow, this book has been hiding in plain sight since it's release mid November and I feel like I've found a treasure. This is a writing debut from Jillian Liota and frankly, I'm stunned. Sports romance is one of my absolute favourite genres and I have read varying quality within that area, this is in the top ten. Can I remind you that this is the author's debut and that this author can write, indeed write well.

When I signed up to read this, I recall reading the blurb and being interested to sign up, because it was sports romance. I knew I couldn't read for publication date and now I'm kicking myself and want shout a little about how this book absorbed my thoughts, reading time and gave me book love.

I thought the title meant one thing, then another, then both; even the title is clever. The strongest character in this book is RJ (Rachel), a soccer-playing college girl. She's shy, she keeps to herself and a few others but has some strength of character and spark that reeled me in. She meets Mack and whilst feeling some out-of-character swoons around him, she connects with him. Mack took me on a roller coaster of like, love, dislike and belief. He had his moments of constant and flaky and there's a thread of angst, especially in the last 25%. Essentially both these characters had depth, connection, personality and chemistry. The sports theme was strong which is a must for me in this genre. There were great backstories and character development to get your teeth into.

I didn't want this book to end and yet I needed the culmination like I needed to breathe. I devoured this book over 24 hours. I was unsure of the journey and I liked the unpredictability of certain elements and the way everything wasn't tied up too neatly. I don't know this author but I want to share how good this book is from a story, character and writing perspective. Highly recommended.

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Road-Tripped by Nicole Archer

REVIEWED BY Tina Shobe



Road-Tripped (Ad Agency #1)Road-Tripped by Nicole Archer
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is a book that I actually went back and re-read as the first time through I felt something was lacking and I didn't want to misjudge the book. I totally think it was me not the book. Sometimes that just happens.

Callie and Walker have to travel in the Silver Dildo for two months for an advertisement campaign for their employer.

Callie is a snarky little lady. I think that Walker sees through her from the start. She uses her attitude to keep people at arms length. Life has put her through the ringer. Life dumps on her, she picks herself up and goes on. A very strong lady.

Callie thinks that Walker is the office man-whore. She's not very nice to him.

Walker is what I consider is a true gentleman and it doesn't hurt that he's seriously hot, has a great attitude and personality.

You just know by the byplay's these two have that when they finally give into their feelings that it's going to be explosive.

They visit some very interesting places and meet some characters. I don't which place is my favorite, probably the nudist camping park.

There are some very funny laugh-out-loud moments in this book.


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In Mistletoe by Tammy L. Bailey

REVIEWED BY Tina Shobe 


In MistletoeIn Mistletoe by Tammy L. Bailey
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Grace Evans is trying to track down a run away bride, her sister. Grace's life has not been her own for a very long time. Both her mother and sister have counted on her to take care of them.

She also has a scum of the earth boyfriend. That is only her boyfriend when it's convenient for him.

I think she's been taken advantage of and needs to tell all these people to grow up. For example, she's using her own money to track her sister down. She ends up in Mistletoe, Washington.

It doesn't take long for the townspeople to get involved. She meets up with the towns famous bachelor, Ayden McCabe. He is very honest with every woman he meets that he will not fall in love with them. Grace and Ayden strike up a bargain. She gets a place to stay and he'll help find her sister. Ayden gets a pretend girlfriend to get his well-meaning sister off his back.

As this book goes along these two open up more and more to each other. Through Ayden Grace becomes a stronger person.

There are some funny moments, especially with the other townspeople involved.

I like Grace's character. She is so giving to everyone.

Ayden doesn't realize how much Grace means to him until she leaves.

This is a very heartwarming story that I thoroughly enjoyed reading.

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Being Brooke by Emma Hart

REVIEWED BY Monique Cashmere


Being BrookeBeing Brooke by Emma Hart
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I am not one to go all goo goo gar over a book cover - but how refreshing is this one! Love it!
And the inside is just as good.

Brooke Barker is the best and worst best friend you can have. She is the best because she is funny and sarcastic and extremely honest. She can be your worst best friend because she is extremely honest! The sarcasm I can handle, no problem! The only thing she has been lying about to her best male friend - Cain Elliot - is that she has been in love with him for the last 10 years! Her best female friend, Carly knows it, her mum knows it, well heck all her family and friends know it except Cain, who is in a relationship with evil Barbie.

Brooke has dropped out of college again, in a job she hates, kicked out of home to grow up, and living alone. She is constantly falling over, tripping up and dropping things. She is one hot mess! Unless she is baking, then she is in her element. She is too scared to tell Cain of her real feelings, and ruin their friendship. But when his relationship with Nina is being more caustic than normal, Brooke needs to put her granny panties on and pull out the honesty card and tell Cain how she feels. Can she do it? Or is being best friends for so long, just to awkward to take to the next level?

This book is not only a friends to lovers story told in Brooks' POV, but also a book where the character has plenty of growth without loosing all the fun. She is so funny and sarcastic, she reminds me of some people I know and love! A little added tit bit, is each chapter starts with a funny life tip that will keep you amused. Even though it takes a realistic amount of time for this couple to see the light, the book is a great quick rom com that you won't want to miss.


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Thursday, 15 December 2016

Absolving His Sins by Samantha A. Cole



REVIEWED BY Tina Shobe


Absolving His SinsAbsolving His Sins by Samantha A. Cole
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

There is so much I like about this book that I don't even know where to start.

I got to know T. Carter more in depth. I am seriously in love with this man. He will go to any lengths for those that he cares for.

I like that J.B. Havens Steele group worked with Samantha's Trident Security Group. I, personally, don't think you need to read the Steele series to be able to follow along with this book but I do plan on reading that series asap. I really hope that these two groups work together in other future books. An amazing great groups of men/women.

I also liked that in this book there is more details/introduction/understanding into the BDSM lifestyle.

The thing I like the most about the Trident Series books is the intrigue. A story within a story. A group of men/women that work together to solve the injustices/crisis.

Samantha has an amazing way of writing that draws you into the story so deeply that you actually feel you are seeing the story come to life in front of your eyes.

I'm never ready for the story to end as I always want more because it is so good.

I love that at the end of the book you are left knowing that there is definitely going to be another book. Thank God!!!

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Karma by Leigh Ann Lunsford

REVIEWED BY Monique Cashmere



Karma (Endgame Series #3)Karma by Leigh Ann Lunsford
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

2.5*'s

Sometimes when you read a book, you don't connect with the characters. Unfortunately this was the case for me with Book #3 - Karma, my first with this author.

Even though these are standalones, I found it difficult to follow the plot from time to time. There is very little detail about the other characters from previous books who play a part in this storyline and that, plus the lack of flow in the story, added to my confusion on occasion.

The hero was portrayed as an Alpha Male but to be honest, he came across as immature and plain annoying at times. The heroine was a strong sassy character but also left me feeling bewildered as her mood swings were maddening and exasperating. My favourite person was Breck's mother, she gave great advice.

There is an adult theme touched on with Breck's history. I feel there should be a warning attached to the synopsis, as it will be a trigger for some.

If you have read the previous Endgame books, you will most likely enjoy this one, but for me, it just didn't hit the mark.

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MAX by Sawyer Bennett

REVIEWED BY Micky Barnard 


Max (Cold Fury Hockey, #6)Max by Sawyer Bennett
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Max was a thoroughly enjoyable read from cover to cover. He fit the Cold Fury men well and yet he was a little different. I totally bought the visual description of him, especially the one he was voted for, that was a strong visual.

Max is the ultimate stand-up-guy. He's a man who knows his mind and unlike some of the previous men in this series, he's never been into the puck bunnies. I liked that about him. Max isn't brooding or moody, he's fun, sharp and sexy. His entrance into Jules' life is a snap decision for him, but he doesn't look back. I liked Jules and her story, it was endearing but I totally understood her issues with the power imbalance in the relationship. The story had depth and yet was a little predictable. Nevertheless, I remained fully engaged as I'm a fan of this series and what comes with that is a bit of knowing what you're getting.
The final page of this book is fabulous and I loved the ending with a bang. Sawyer Bennett delivers with this series and these men and I'd recommend it to any sports romance fan

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MAX by Sawyer Bennett


REVIEWED BY Melinda Lazar 


Max (Cold Fury Hockey, #6)Max by Sawyer Bennett
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Max by Sawyer Bennett

Jules has recently had her life turned upside down. She lost her sister to cancer four short months ago and became an instant mother to her niece and two nephews. She's struggling to make ends meet, working two jobs among other things, trying to find her feet, trying not to lose herself. Enters Max, her knight in shining armor. He's the starting goalie for the Carolina Cold Fury hockey team. He's a sweetheart; generous, kind, and an all-round good person. Maybe tooooooo much of a nice guy, but still more than a little likable.

This book was an ok read for me. I found Jules' insecurities and whining pretty tiresome and just couldn't connect with her which impacted my reading experience.

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Thursday, 8 December 2016

Size Matters by Alison Bliss


REVIEWED BY Melinda Lazar


Size Matters (A Perfect Fit #1)Size Matters by Alison Bliss
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Size Matters by Alison Bliss
4.5*

This was a great new read from Bliss featuring an insecure, curvy baker, Leah and the foot-in-mouth diseased, builder Sam.

After a disastrous initial meeting and several meetings later, Sam helps Leah deliver her ex-boyfriends wedding cake and winds up as her self-appointed fake fiancé who subsequently moves to spend an entire weekend with her family. In order for Leah to save face, it's decided that Sam will act as unappealing and uncouth as possible in order for Leah's family to be thrilled at the eventual breakup.

At so many points throughout this book, I was literally laughing out loud to the point of scaring my young family. I've found that Bliss and humor go hand-in-hand and she never disappoints on that level. I loved how Sam was so quick to defend Leah, even to herself! He was clearly smitten but I don't think I've come across anyone who is so lacking in communication skills!

I really enjoyed this latest from Bliss although there were a few factors that detracted slightly from me giving it a five star rating. Sam was awesome on the whole, but the way he occasionally treated Leah grated on me a little as did Leah constantly assuming the worst. I understand that she's an insecure person and given her mothers treatment and attitude, I couldn't even blame her for it, but I did get to the point of rolling my eyes a few times because it did get a little old. Overall, I thought this was fantastic and highly recommended.

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Hail Mary by Nicola Rendell


REVIEWED BY Melinda Lazar 


Hail MaryHail Mary by Nicola Rendell
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Hail Mary by Nicola Rendell

I'm really loving Rendell's style of writing. She keeps her characters witty, engaging, lovable. Jimmy 'The Falcon' Falconi and Mary are no exception to this. We meet these two fabulous characters at the gym where they're sparring with each other. Jimmy, being the gentleman that he is, hesitates to hit a girl and as a result, is knocked on his ass. But don't worry, he's not the first to get knocked down by the firecracker! From that instant sparks fly, angels sing, champagne bottles are uncorked and the rest is history.

What can I say about the characters? Jimmy is a quarterback for the Chicago Bears and Mary has no idea who he is -a fact that Jimmy loves! He's having a bit of a bad run on the field and is close to getting removed from the team. He's an honest, filthy, charming SOB and his Costco obsession had me in fits of laughter!

Mary works as a physical therapist, usually helping older people when her job brings her right back to the arms of Jimmy and that's where the good times start. She's an awesome character, with balls to rival Jimmy's, but she's still a girly girl. She gives as good as she gets and boy, does she get!

I really enjoyed this book. It had me laughing, shaking my head, and fanning myself all within minutes of each other. I love that Rendell gives us a little something extra when it comes to secondary characters: good or bad, they are never to be forgotten! I would have liked a bit more of Mary's background and more of the boxing aspect but all in all, this was a great read, and one I definitely recommend.

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Wednesday, 7 December 2016

Downed by Jen Frederick

REVIEWED BY Melinda Lazar 


Downed (Gridiron, #3)Downed by Jen Frederick
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Downed by Jen Frederick

I think the main reason I requested this book -aside from the fact that I love the series- is because I wanted to see if the completely irredeemable JR Ace Anderson could finally be redeemed. He did himself no favors during his time with the Warriors with his manwhoring, his betrayals, and acting like an absolute prick. While he did have my sympathies at times throughout Jockblocked, I still felt that he brought so much of it onto himself and it was hard to get myself out of that mindset.

Onto Downed. Well, just call me a convert and be done with it! Frederick really impressed me with her portrayal of Ace. Oh, don't get me wrong, he's not fully reformed - we wouldn't want that, anyway - but in this book we actually come to understand him and his actions and choices that have brought him here, to the Renegades. My heart ached for him at times, but I'm so happy with the way his story played out. And I'm ridiculously proud of the man he became. Yes, I know how absurd that sounds, but it's true. After the last two books, he's finally come into his own and manned-up and found his well-deserved HEA.

Ace has come to The Southern U's Renegades as starting QB and is taken under the wing of one Bryant Johnson. Unbeknownst to him, Bryant is the coaches daughter and it seems like history is repeating itself all over again.

I liked Bryant. A lot! Circumstances have led her to believe that she needs to 'fix' people, to help them be the best version of themselves that they can. Working on these 'projects' makes her feel good, that she's changing the world one manwhore at a time but she doesn't account for Ace's determination or for feelings getting involved. As much as I enjoyed Bryant, she did get on my nerves a little, perhaps coming across as fake at times. All in all though, the two made a great couple and balanced each other out quite will.

Normally I'd say this series can be read as complete standalones but I'd strongly suggest reading Jockblocked first in this case. And while you're at it, read Sacked because I really loved that.

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Trophy Wife by Noelle Adams


REVIEWED BY Micky Barnard  


Trophy WifeTrophy Wife by Noelle Adams
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

3.5 stars

I love a good small town feel to a story and this book delivered completely on that concept. The characters were well developed. Alison a hurt, city girl recovering from a divorce. Alison had a resilience and need to prove her self-sufficiency as a person but also as a woman. Rob was a generally nice guy and I took to him quickly but I cannot deny some irritation in the latter part of the book.

This was a gentle undulating story, not overly angst-driven but with ups and downs. The story line was relatable and it was particularly strong in the first 70%, perhaps losing some traction slightly in the later portion. I felt there was a little unanswered issue over Arthur. There were some nice side characters, some of whom I would have liked to know a bit more.

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The Monday Girl by Julie Johnson

REVIEWED by Monique Cashmere 



The Monday GirlThe Monday Girl by Julie Johnson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

4.5*s

Wow.....once I started and got into a few chapters, I just could not put this down. I am paying the price now with a late night, early morning and now a huge book hangover!

This character is just so fun to read. Katharine Firestone is a little twisted, and little dark and plenty of sass! She is sent to another audition that was set up by her manager / mother. Nothing that would suit Kat of course, but she goes along as it is more painful to hear about not going than to sit in a room full of wannabes. She wins the part, but not the roll she was sent to, she walks away being cast as the lead in the next movie blockbuster from AXC Studios. The only problem is, her childhood nemesis is the leading male and now they are going to be seeing each other for the next three weeks filming in Hawaii. Nothing good can become of this, or could it?

Katharine is the type of character that is all strong and bold on the outside, but has just as many insecurities like the rest of us. And it is these self doubts that have some amazing analogies that make you feel like a kindred spirit to her. She has a couple of great friends that help her along the way. Her bestie Harper, her sometimes conscience and her sometimes she devil, is a hoot. And Wyatt, the producer that promised to change her world by giving her the role of a life time, is always around to help her choose the sunshine. Every so often, what we are searching for is right there in front of us, but it takes a broken heart to discover it.

I know it is a cliché to say this, but I really can not wait until the next book! This one ends with a cliffhanger that will leave you gasping, not necessarily that you didn't see it coming, but that you are now going to have to wait until February 2017 for the outcome! Pure genius, but also pure evil. Love it!

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The Only One: A One Love Novella by Lauren Blakely


REVIEWED BY Melinda Lazar 


The Only One: A One Love NovellaThe Only One: A One Love Novella by Lauren Blakely
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The Only One - a One Love Novella by Lauren Blakely.

What a deliciously decadent story about two characters we've met previously and who I was hoping so hard would get stories of their own! And they did! With each other, no less!

Penny runs Little Friends, an animal rescue, and is looking for a new chef to handle the Picnic in The Park fundraiser after her last one pulled out. The person she's meeting as her final choice bears the same name as the man who she feel in love with and then stood her up years ago.

Gabriel has earned himself a few titles: 'the sexiest chef' and a 'heartbreaker in the kitchen' but to name a few. When he meets with Penny, he can't reconcile that it's the same Penny from years ago and when she denies that they've met previously, he decides to leave the past in the past.

While I was somewhat disappointed to realize that this would 'only' be a novella, Blakely gives us such a perfect story, packing all the romance, heat, and banter that are her signature traits, that you forget that it's not a full-length novel and embrace the ride for the gorgeous second-chance story that it is. Gabriel and Penny are fantastic together and the feelings they had between them never really faded in that time and it was wonderful being part of their journey back to each other. Oh and the dirty talk and delayed gratification certainly didn't hurt!

I adored this book and characters and while it is about characters you meet in previous books, it's a part of Blakely's One Love series of dual POV standalones that's been published under the 1001 Dark Nights umbrella. Go on, read this. You won't be disappointed.

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Womanizer by Katy Evans

REVIEWED BY Micky Barnard 



Womanizer (Manwhore, #4)Womanizer by Katy Evans
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

4.5 stars

Such an enjoyable completion to this series. It's never been pitched as a millionaire series and that's a by-the-by with these characters. Nevertheless, there's something about the powerful rich men in this series that has completely captivated me.

I engaged with Callan's character immediately. He was a work obsessed but down to earth guy. The cover for this book fits him so completely. He epitomises hot in the office and the cigarette has special significance. The relationship in and out of the office was believable, oozing with raw connection.

"Everything no man has made me feel, this one does. I'm crackling like a raw wire, torn to the fringes, explosion-ready."

Olivia was truly likable but just occasionally frustrating with her immovable goals and timeline for her life. These two had chemistry that promised of deeper feelings.

"No more thinking about consequences; there are none. The risk is ours and ours alone - only between us."

Katy Evans delivers with ease in this book, giving a hero that I feel is totally up there with Malcolm Saint and Remy. I have to pay kudos to how she finishes the series too, it is truly divine.

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

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