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

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Reviewed by Isa Jones


Riding 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

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REVIEWED BY Tina Shobe


Sweet 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

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REVIEWED BY Jess


Miss 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…

Abandoned Lives by Renee C. Leigh

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REVIEWED BY Becky Cox


Abandoned 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

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REVIEWED BY Becky Cox 


Tangled 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

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REVIEWED BY Jess 


Falling 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…

Hate Story by Nicole Williams

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REVIEWED BY Micky Barnard 

Hate 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 antic…

What I love about Dublin by Amanda Laneley

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REVIEWED BY Becky Cox 


What 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 …

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

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REVIEWED BY Becky Cox


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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The Keeper by Jillian Liota

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REVIEWED BY Micky Barnard


The 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…

Road-Tripped by Nicole Archer

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REVIEWED BY Tina Shobe


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 goin…

In Mistletoe by Tammy L. Bailey

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REVIEWED BY Tina Shobe 

In 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 …

Being Brooke by Emma Hart

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REVIEWED BY Monique Cashmere

Being 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 …

Absolving His Sins by Samantha A. Cole

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REVIEWED BY Tina Shobe

Absolving 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 d…

Karma by Leigh Ann Lunsford

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REVIEWED BY Monique Cashmere


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 …

MAX by Sawyer Bennett

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REVIEWED BY Micky Barnard 

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.
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MAX by Sawyer Bennett

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REVIEWED BY Melinda Lazar 

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.

*arc received from NetGalley in exchange for honest review.

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Size Matters by Alison Bliss

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REVIEWED BY Melinda Lazar

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 …

Hail Mary by Nicola Rendell

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REVIEWED BY Melinda Lazar 

Hail 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 wo…

Downed by Jen Frederick

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REVIEWED BY Melinda Lazar 

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 w…

Trophy Wife by Noelle Adams

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REVIEWED BY Micky Barnard  

Trophy 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.

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

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The Monday Girl by Julie Johnson

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REVIEWED by Monique Cashmere 


The 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 …

The Only One: A One Love Novella by Lauren Blakely

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REVIEWED BY Melinda Lazar 

The 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 t…

Womanizer by Katy Evans

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REVIEWED BY Micky Barnard 


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…