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Monday, 29 February 2016

Slip of The Tongue by Jessica Hawkins




REVIEWED BY Micky Barnard

Slip of the TongueSlip of the Tongue by Jessica Hawkins
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is one of those reviews that is incredibly difficult to write for a number of reasons, namely it needs to be totally spoiler free which is difficult and because this book messed with my head and sliced through my heart. I will never ever forget this book, it's characters and their story.

This is a book with a normal married couple who experience relationship complexities that hit most couples in one way or another. However, there is a monumental communication breakdown between these two. This issue is the start and end of everything. The story was excellent, beautifully written with such flow that I truly got lost between the pages. However, I had to have breathers, regularly, where you just need to close the kindle and process the mind **** that is going on. In addition, buddy reading it made it even better, we griped together and we shared the angst together.

The story, Sophie and Nathan (the couple) and Finn (the plus one) made me feel so much. It's been a while since I've had such a range of emotions over a book. I felt frustrated, annoyed, desire, sad, hopeful, shattered, longing and angry to name a few. The angst was powerful and whilst I can't read books with this level of angst everyday, this was perfect for being in the mood for being challenged.

"Maybe he can't worship my ground anymore, because he's found a new place to kneel."

The book had the ability to provoke reflection on my own relationship and I believe that if you are in a long term relationship you can't help but think what you would do in Nathan and Sadie's situations at various junctures. Problems can fester if not addressed and these two were proof of this. Jessica Hawkins is new to me although I've heard much about her Cityscape series. I will be seeking out her other books.

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Saturday, 27 February 2016

The Silk Merchant's Daughter by Dinah Jefferies


REVIEWED BY Micky Barnard

The Silk Merchant's DaughterThe Silk Merchant's Daughter by Dinah Jefferies
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I've enjoyed Dinah Jeffries previous books but this one didn't quite hit the mark for me in the same way. The writing felt choppy and abrupt in places and I was left wondering why the previous paragraph jumped to unrelated topics on numerous occasions.

The setting for his book was Vietnam and I absolutely loved the setting for Nicole's story. The description of the city and it's diverse quarters were excellent, providing visuals, smells and culture. Vietnam in post WW2 era was politically unsettled with much Vietnamese unrest at the French leadership. Nicole's family is in the middle of this for a number of reasons, her father's work for the french and on a more personal level, Nicole's mixed race status. Nicole didn't fit in with the French or the Vietnamese. As with Jeffries other books, family relationships were key to the story and I enjoyed the development of her relationship with her sister. There is a romantic theme and an American, Mark shows great interest in Nicole.

So much about this book held promise but in this case, whilst I liked the story line and setting, some issues with the writing just got in the way.

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Under Locke by Mariana Zapata


REVIEWED BY Micky Barnard

Under LockeUnder Locke by Mariana Zapata
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

4.5 stars

I devoured this book. It is one of the hottest books I've read, a standalone with an MC and tattoo shop rolled into one. What makes this so heat-worthy is the hero Dex. This man is something else. I reluctantly tolerated his gorgeousness until he slowly became a little more likeable. Dex is one of the most arrogant lead characters I've ever read, he's the alpha of alphas and he does not treat people with respect. If you want to know his redeeming characteristics, you'll have to read.

Iris is a seemingly gentle woman who is barely treading water in what has been a fairly rubbish life so far but she's on her uppers so she needs to just earn money to move on from Dex's employ. Iris has a tenacity and resilience that I admired. I was equal measures frustrated and amused with these two. The sexual tension was off the charts but I found myself desperate for them to do something.

This was a book with magnetic characters and a strong storyline to support it. I really did want to read at the sacrifice of life, so that is testament the writing. This is my first book by Marina Zapata and I have one-clicked some of her others, wondering why I took so long to read these when I had heard good things about her.

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Thursday, 25 February 2016

Beyond The Music by Ann Lister


REVIEWED BY Isa Jones 


Beyond The Music (The Rock Gods, #7)Beyond The Music by Ann Lister

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

"A touching and Heartwarming story of the incredible power of Love" That is the best way I can describe this story.

This is the first book I have read from this Author and I feel I have been living under a rock! Why did it take me so long to read these books??? This is the 7th book in The Rock Gods series and I am delighted to have had the opportunity to have read it. Even though there are 6 previous books, I didn't feel lost or confused whilst reading, yes all the other characters are there and occasionally we heard about their previous experiences but it only made me want to start from the beginning and that is what I intend to do.

Lincoln is the bass player for the famous rock band, Black Ice. As the last remaining unattached member in the band, he has seen his friends who he refers to as his "brothers" find love and fall hard. He mocks the fact that they are all so lost in their fluffy and sickly romantic world. He seriously believes Love will never be something he will ever find or get to experience and he basically rejects any idea that this will ever happen, specially after finding out he has an illness that has starting to hinder his abilities. (This brought so much emotion to the story, the last I was expecting to see on a rocker book was this to be honest, but it complete transfixed me and submerged me into Linc's world). Sorry I regress, so as Linc finds his lifestyle has to change in order to deal with the prognosis with which he has been presented, he comes to the realisation that he needs help, not that he really wants it and boy did he made his emotions clear. Enters Aaron Baylor, he finds Lincoln at a very low and fragile point, a point where some people cross that line of loosing themselves in depression and despair, but Aaron not only teaches Linc but also the reader, what patience and Love can do to a human heart.

I recommend you, no, I URGE you to pick up this book. If you are a fan of MM romance then you will fall madly in love with the series, as I have too.

Fast paced, romantic, emotional, raw and scorchingly HOT, Beyond The Music, goes BEYOND THE WORDS.

5 ROCKING STARS. Isalovesbooks

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Wednesday, 24 February 2016

The Perfect Life by Erin Noelle


REVIEWED BY Joanne Swinney

The Perfect LifeThe Perfect Life by Erin Noelle
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

5 Perfect STARS

The perfect life, the perfect wife, the perfect house, the perfect career. Yeah, too much perfect for one person but maybe there's no perfect love. Sad, I know. Sometimes life takes you to places you never thought you'd be but follow through with what feels right at the time.

This is the story of Monroe, a beautiful young woman, who could have any man she wants. Monroe has a heart as big as the ocean, she's someone that you would want in your life.
When Monroe was in college she dated a guy named Colin and he is absolute perfection, well I certainly wouldn't change him and I don't think Monroe would either. They are soul mates, they adore each other completely. Throughout this story it was very clear how much they meant to one another but and isn't there always a but, something real was missing, especially in Monroe's life.

Colin's best friend Seth makes up this fabulous trio. We hear a lot about all three in this book and I never wanted the story to end. I am hoping this Author decides to write Seth's story because these characters are worth reading about.

When Oliver is introduced into this story, I started to think oh boy! hello extra complication. You know what it was all worth it. Every last detail, every last scene, every character, all perfect.

Now I know, I haven't given any spoilers out and that is not easy when I am bursting to tell you all about this book. This is a must read, don't even bother adding to your TBR, download, you will not be disappointed. This is the first book I have read by this Author and her writing is outstanding. She completely drew me in. I fell in love with all the characters bar one and thats the way the writer intended it.

I would read this book again and again. I will be on the look out for more books by this Author that's for sure.

Thank you for such a fantastic story Erin Noelle and I am begging you please write Seth's story. I need to know. LOL!!

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Nikolas by Faith Gibson



REVIEWED BY Joanne Swinney

Nikolas (The Stone Society #5)Nikolas by Faith Gibson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars



This is the first book I have read in the Stone Society Series and I do believe it can be read as a standalone. I was in no way lost in this story, there was many characters whom I wish to hear more about, so I will definitely be downloading more starting at the very beginning. I loved this book and have a feeling the whole series will keep me transfixed for quite some time to come.


Nikolas Stone long believe he would never find his mate until the day he actually felt her but had to play it way to cool for his liking. He believed Sophia had no clue they were intended mates but she knew alright and why she never said anything all becomes clear when following the journey through this book.

Sophia is on her first mission and not something she is fully prepared for, sure has had training and she is wise but to travel across the world by herself to try and save her parents, well that is a lot for anyone to take on. Sophia has many tasks and mysteries to unravel while in Egypt and many truths she will find hard to handle.

Nikolas no longer able to cope without his mate goes in search of Sophia. He will not stop until he finds her. He is not coping well not knowing if she is okay. His Sophia is brave and strong but she shouldn't be alone.

This was a brilliant story with lots of adventure. Secrets were uncovered and shared. Lives were in danger but a family like no other pulled together and support was given when most needed.

I look forward to reading more of the Stone Society. I would recommend this book to all lovers of Paranormal Romance.

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Fall For Me by Ann Lister


REVIEWED BY Joanne Swinney

Fall For Me (The Rock Gods, #1)Fall For Me by Ann Lister
My rating: 5 of 5 stars



The first book in The Rock Gods Series and what a way to start. Oh My God!! This story captivated me, I took the journey with Dagger and Ryan and fell for them both. Some of the sentiments in this book pulled at my heart strings. 'With everything I am', it has the deepest meaning and I melted, I was a pool of mush for these two beautiful men.

Dagger is a famous lead singer in the Rock Band, Black Ice. He has it all, the looks, the talent, the big house, the women and men falling at his feet. Who wouldn't want that? Sometimes it just takes that one moment in life to change everything, to feel something you thought you would never have or ever have again.
When Dagger met Ryan Pierce, a journalist he knew there was something about him but he just couldn't stay away.

Ryan had an interview lined up with Dagger, only it didn't go quite the way it should have. He's been in some predicaments before, knowing what the famous musicians are like but never the situation he finds himself in when visiting Dagger's tour bus.

For some reason unknown to Ryan, these two men become friends. Dagger see's something in Ryan and wants more, he is relentless in his pursuit. Ryan has a million and one questions floating around in his head. He's straight, right? He has an ex girlfriend who he still loves but he is not in love with. Beth is a wonderful woman, strong and a true friend to Ryan.

Sebastian a co worker of Ryan's is.... struggling for words here. He's sly, malicious, devious, deceitful. Yep, I did not take well to his character, think that was the point the Author was trying to make and succeed very well. They say everything happens for a reason and I do believe that to an extent because sometimes in this life, you have to fight for what you believe in or for love. The good things in life don't come easy, what would be the point.

This is Dagger and Ryan's story and I urge you to start your Rock Gods experience today. You will not be disappointed. The Author of this series will take you on a fantastic journey into the lives of some complicated but fabulous Rockers.
With my hand on my heart, I can say honestly that this book touched my heart and I loved every minute of it. I am off to start Book 2. I've been told it gets even better, which I'm thinking is that even possible?

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Beyond The Music by Ann Lister


REVIEWED BY Joanne Swinney

Beyond The Music (The Rock Gods, #7)Beyond The Music by Ann Lister
My rating: 5 of 5 stars



Beyond 5 stars

Oh how and why have I waited so long to read this Author's books? I have been in Rock Gods heaven and will be venturing back for more. This is book seven in The Rock Gods Series and I hadn't read the other six, I know but I was too keen, anyways I didn't get lost in the story. I believe it can be read as a standalone but it does mention other characters from previous books, so definitely not spoiler free. I am going to start at the very beginning because the writing of this story grabbed my full attention and I can't wait to read all the characters stories that I was introduced to.

This book tells the story of Lincoln, my first introduction to a Rock God and I was not disappointed, he's not your typical charming man. Are any Rockers? I don't know but he's an adonis, I wouldn't mind losing myself in. Long hair, huge abs, beautiful heart that no one can get close to, until now. Lincoln has some huge changes to make in his life, the biggest being his lifestyle or is it? How can you just stop being a rocker?

Aaron the most loving, caring guy anyone would be lucky to have in their life. He goes out of his way to care for others, not because it's job but he has the heart to want to help. He wants to help Lincoln through his difficult time but like with any other person they must want the help to proceed with their own life. All the help in the world won't really help anyone unless they can first help themselves by admitting they need it.

The sexual content in this book is beyond hot, the story is filled with affection and love that took me by surprise. This is a romance that you do not want to miss out on.
This book deserves beyond 5 stars, the Author deserves another 5 for such brilliant writing. I have heard this quote before 'music is the sound of feelings', how very true. I was feeling this story way beyond the music.

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The Bellator Saga: The First Trilogy by Cecilia London


REVIEWED BY Becky Cox

The Bellator Saga: The First Trilogy (Bellator Saga #1-3)The Bellator Saga: The First Trilogy by Cecilia London
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The Bellator Saga: The First Trilogy

I read the first three in the Bellator Saga; Dissident, Conscience and Sojourn like a starving animal. I could not consume them quick enough. After reading Dissident I searched to see if this author had any other books out and to my surprise she did not. After Conscience I messaged her to ask if this was indeed her first books or if she had written under another pen name and she confirmed, yes these are her first books. The reason I was so shocked was that the characters are so well developed and the plot is twisty and intriguing and all pulls together perfectly. The sex/romantic scenes are beautiful and hot. Did I mention hot. We all need a Jack in our lives.

“She was trapped – caught between the nightmares that made her scream and the memories that made her weep.”

Cecilia London has created a world that is not so far from what could really happen in America. This saga an epic love story. It is a bit political, a bit dystopia and a whole lot sexy. Caroline Gerard a political prison, tells the beginning of her political career and meeting Jack in flashbacks while she is being held captive. Each book takes us further into what happened to land Caroline in the Fed and what she is currently enduring as a political prisoner. But at the crux of all of this is a beautiful love story. Jack and Caroline have one of those amazing love stories that we all dream about finding for ourselves.

"You are my everything, Caroline. My world, my life, the reason I exist. We're going to get through this. I promise."

"It's not a church, sweetheart." "It is to me. Books are holy."

An EPIC story that had my emotions run the gamut. It makes my heart hurt. I spend days, weeks or months thinking about it and I tell all my friends to read it without hesitation. I laughed, cried and cringed along with Caroline.

These EPIC books are few and far between for me, as they should be. Cecilia London's Bellator Saga is definitely on the epic level. I impatiently wait for the next installment of Caroline and Jack's story!

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Tuesday, 23 February 2016

RoomHate by Penelope Ward


REVIEWED BY Isa Jones

RoomHateRoomHate by Penelope Ward
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

OH PENELOPE WARD WHAT U DO TO MY POOR HEART!!

I absolutely loved this story, most of my reviews for this Author begin like this, but it is one of things I absolutely ADORE about Penelope, the ability to completely transfixed you, transport you and carry you to your own private world.
From the first page I was hooked, yes it wasn't unpredictable but who cares I completely got lost in the story and fell in love with the characters.

As the synopsis declares, there is a fine line between Love and Hate and viceversa, but you see both of our characters have loved each other from a very early age, they became best friends, confidants, protectors, a shoulder to cry on, something like that builds an unbreakable bond, a force so strong that no matter distance of time, it will never be broken.
However Justin was broken, many years back, you could say Amelia broke his heart and perhaps a little bit of his ego, distance makes him bitter, he decides to move on with his life and forget about the girl who hurt him.
Amelia on the other hand, was a confused 15 year old who didn't know how to deal with things and she makes the wrong decision by running from the issues rather than to face them, who can blame her, well Justin certainly can.
The two are brought back face to face when Amelia's grandmother who helped raise Justin, leaves them a house as part of an inheritance. Now there is nowhere to run for Amelia, and Justin is so looking forward to making her life hell; well that was his original plan until they set eyes on each other.
Things are complicated, he is in a committed relationship and she has just come out of one, timing is everything. But as they say, there is no smoke without fire, and the flames for these two are not completely extinguished so the feelings slowly begin to resurface. But you see Justin is not your typical alpha, dominating, character, he is so caring and honest and unselfish, and when the tough gets going he is the one who runs.

A complete page turner, full of angst, great characters, fantastic story line and plenty of steamy SEX, RoomHate is another BESTSELLER!!

5 STEAMY STARS!! *****

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Soulless by T.M. Frazier

REVIEWED BY Melinda Lazar

Soulless (King, #4)Soulless by T.M. Frazier
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Soulless by TM Frazier
4.5*

This is really difficult review to write! There's so much I could say but I'm worried about giving too much away so I'll stick with basics. You NEED to read this book! It's fast-paced, non-stop, mind f*ckery as only Frazier can deliver.

Soulless follows on the heels of Lawless and is the conclusion to Bear and Thia's story and what a story it is! It was such an intense ride. We're reacquainted with Bear only now he's in jail and meeting with the infamous 'she' we all want to know about and Thia is essentially being babysat by a new character I just loved!

We uncover soooooo many secrets in Soulless and I was constantly OMG'ing and WTF'ing. I loved the introduction of some secondary characters and wonder (hope) if Frazier will write stories pertaining to them down the track.

While some of the scenarios seemed a little far-fetched even for me, it didn't take away from the story and my enjoyment of it. I laughed, I cried, I cursed!

You must read Lawless prior to this and I highly recommend reading the King & Tyrant duet before that.

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Monday, 22 February 2016

Ready For Flynn, Part 1 by KL Shandwick.



REVIEWED BY Ann Meemkem

Ready For Flynn, Part 1Ready For Flynn, Part 1 by KL Shandwick
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I was so excited for the release of this book. I have read all of KL Shandwick's books and they are amazing. I love her stories and her character's.
Ready for Flynn is a beautiful story that captures your heart and soul. This book takes you on a heartfelt journey of friendship and young love. You can't help fall in love with all of the characters in this book especially Valerie and Flynn. I admire Valerie she is a strong independent girl and goes after what she wants. Flynn is amazing guy with a big heart. I love this story, but keep those tissues handy. It is a bumpy ride. I am anxiously awaiting part 2 of this story.
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Sunday, 21 February 2016

Lev by Belle Aurora

REVIEWED BY Micky Barnard

Lev (Shot Callers, #1)Lev by Belle Aurora
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I've not read anything by Belle Aurora since Raw, mainly because when you love a book from an author and it messes with your mind, you sometimes pause before going there again. The blurb for Lev was undeniably interesting and this read grabbed me from the first page, though it is fair to say it lost some intensity in the second half. Despite this change in intensity, I remained engaged in this story that had unusual elements.

Both the main characters have backgrounds which leave you wanting to know more. Mina lives on the streets and is literally starving and Lev isn't able to process emotions like other people. I truly liked these two from the offset.

"Any mask on the street is a good mask."

Lev was a bit of a contradiction, he didn't emote normally but he had capacity for empathy, I was able to buy into this inconsistency in his character. Mina isn't convenient physical perfection, particularly in the initial months after finding a home. Their flaws were there but didn't define them. This book has a slow burn and it was worth the wait. I found all the characters to be well developed and the Leotov family was rich in diversity and depth. I can see potential future books that I'm interested in coming from a few of the secondary characters, in particular Nas and Sasha.

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Words Of Soul by Lisa Fulham



REVIEWED BY Ann Meemkem

Words of a SoulWords of a Soul by Lisa Fulham
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I received an ARC of Words of a Soul for an honest review. I love Lisa's poetry, it is amazing. This collection of poetry has a great mixture of poems which portray a wide array of feelings. A few of those emotions are love, loss, darkness and pain. A few of my favorites are First Kiss, Love that Waited, Raw Emotion, The Fog, the Darkness, Lonely Man on the Canal, Temptress, Our Beach, Haunted Asylum, and Stalk Her. These poems touched me in different ways. It shows how life is always changing from day to day. I am excited to see what Lisa comes out with next.

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Thursday, 18 February 2016

Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard

REVIEWED BY Micky Barnard


Glass Sword (Red Queen, #2)Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I feel rather neutral over this book. It started off really well with lots of action and a fast pace of writing. The story picked up immediately where Red Queen left off and I jumped right back in with the characters. Clearly, Mare and Cal were in shock and distrustful of everyone. That's how I felt too, distrustful of everyone. I felt like as the story moved, I was looking around every corner for suspicious developments. I loved that Aveyard was able to create such suspicion.

What I found was that at midway in the book it lost some traction and I felt a bit bored with lengthy description. The story line seemed to be never ending. Double crossing was everyone's middle name and I felt a bit jaded as the book continued to progress. As the book hit it's culmination, there was certainly an increase in the excitement. However, despite the ending, I am unsure if I'll continue with the series.

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Wednesday, 17 February 2016

Surviving Ice by K.A. Tucker


REVIEWED BY Becky Cox


Surviving Ice (Burying Water, #4)Surviving Ice by K.A. Tucker
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Won't deny I am a huge KA fan. For me, this was the best of the series.

The grief, anger, fear, humor and sexual tension were all perfectly balanced and I felt each one. I didn't put this down until I was finished. Didn't get much sleep that night, but it was well worth it.

Ivy has been unsettled for years. Wandering from place to place until she returns to her home town of San Francisco and takes a job with her Uncle Ned at his tattoo shop. Ned is adorably grumpy and obviously loves Ivy. She is finally beginning to feel settled living with Ned and working at his shop.
Tattooing is an artistic expression for Ivy.

Then everything goes to shit when she witnesses a murder and her first instinct is to run. Fight or flight right?!

She meets Sebastian shortly after the murders. He is very charming and funny, oh and hot, did I mention hot? Sebastian jumps in and offers to help her with things that she is emotionally struggling dealing with. Don't get me wrong, Ivy is a badass, but there is only so much any person can handle without a shoulder to lean on.

Sebastian is an ex-Navy Seal that is now working the private sector. He has never struggled with his job until now. Something just isn't adding up and he has to figure out what.

How awesome is nutty Dakota, Ivy's best friend. She's a pot smoking hippie that is wise beyond her red eyes. She is quirky and in your face honest. Enjoyed Dakota and all her weirdness.

Thanks KA for another amazing story!

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Blood Vengeance by L.E. Wilson

REVIEWED BY Becky Cox

Blood Vengeance (Deathless Night Series #2)Blood Vengeance by L.E. Wilson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I did not read the first book in this series but still thoroughly enjoyed Blood Vengeance.

Luukas is being held captive and tortured for years. Keira is a witch that is being forced to hold his power so he can be held captive. The capture has threatened her sister Emma's life is she doesn't. During their time together she develops deep feelings for Luukas while he only sees her as the evil witch holding him captive.

Is Luukas capture his savior as well?

This is a dark book, but my twisted self likes dark reads. LE Wilson paints a gruesome picture of their living quarters as well as the torture of poor Luukas. He is mentally and physically tortured. Luukas and Keira are rescued by his mind is still damaged from the years of torture. His feelings for her are torn between killing her for what she did to him and crazy possessive cravings for her. Then she is taken from him and he has to decide whether to return to his place of torture to save her or not.

I am a lover of vampire books and this was a different angle on a vampire story. The leader of the vampire world being held captive and tortured, showing a vulnerable side to his amazing power and strength. Not something you seen often. Well done LE Wilson.

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Transformed:San Francisco by Suzanne Falter

REVIEWED BY Becky Cox

Transformed: San Francisco (Charley & Electra, #1)Transformed: San Francisco by Suzanne Falter
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Suzanne Falter has written a completely different crime thriller with a whole diverse bag of characters. Charley, a pansexual/transexual is a CIA agent. He meets Pamela/Electra a 50 something dominatrix who has just moved to San Francisco following a nasty divorce. Randy, a religious extremist has his sights set on Electra as his next target. Frankie, is a lesbian police officer that has been treated badly by the police department and labeled a whistle-blower. Charley, Electra and Frankie team up to get Randy before he gets Electra.

Definitely some funny situations occur, but there is a substantial amount of suspense. Each character is working through some kind of personal issues. Randy's have pushed him to make some drastic choices that could adversely effect a lot of people.

Transformed: San Francisco is not your everyday crime thriller. This was an interesting read that I enjoyed and liked the diversity and the little something different.

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Knight's Nemesis by Misty Kayn

REVIEWED BY Becky Cox


Knight's Nemesis (Clementine Arer, #1)Knight's Nemesis by Misty Kayn
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I was wavering on my rating and the ending sent it up to 4 stars. There is a cliffy and the bit of confusion from Knight's Nemesis I feel will be cleared up in Clementine Arer #2.

Ms. Kayn's writing style is different and I enjoyed it. When the book ended I wanted a bit more. Clementine is a dove crossbreed with magical powers that she has attempted to hide. She sells flower lamps in the market to make a living. She enhances the flowers with magic to make them last longer.

Knight is the alpha of the Nightlanders and seeks Clementine's help to bring his second back under control.

Ms. Kayn's world is keep in balance by the Daylanders and the Nightlanders. There has been a shift in the balance, I believe due to Knight's second having gone rogue. Clementine must do what she can to return balance.

A great basis has been set for the next book. I look forward to seeing where Clementine's adventure leads us.

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Red River by Cardeno C.


REVIEWED BY Joanne Swinney

Red River (Pack, #2)Red River by Cardeno C.
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I must confess, I absolutely love shifters and M/M shifters just put the cherry on my cake. I have just read a fabulous fantasy, usually I believe the stories I read to be true, they come to life but this one definitely took me on a journey through the magic wardrobe.

Wesley is a shifter and an Alpha to boot, he wants nothing more than to love, care and protect the only pack he's ever known but it's not to be. The pack members don't trust him because he's different, his own uncle tells him it will never be possible and tells him for the good of the pack he must leave and mate with the alpha's son of the Red River pack to become alpha. That's super nice of him mind sending his nephew away. Pfft sometimes people/shifters don't realise that different is good.

Jobe the son of Red River alpha has longed to be with his mate. Jobe is also an alpha, he's kind, loving, strong. He is completely at one with nature. The only thing that could make his life better and feel complete is having his mate.

Wesley and Jobe have the strangest conversations, one thinking the other one knows what the other is talking about but in reality neither of them have a clue. So confusion and not knowing the truth holds both of these alpha shifters back.

Without giving any real huge spoilers out, I have to say when they started a family that was the real shocker for me. I mean the imagination behind this story is definitely extraordinary, hence why I said I took a journey through the magic wardrobe, this is pure fantasy but I loved it.

You see sometimes different is good. If you love to travel to a world of fantasy and obviously like M/M stories this is the book for you.

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Tuesday, 16 February 2016

Vampire Bride by K.L. Novitzke


REVIEWED BY Kari Cox

Vampire Bride (Bitten Bride #1)Vampire Bride by K.L. Novitzke
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

K.L. Novitzke created her own vampire world; one with her own rules. I liked that this story had its own twist to vampire attributes. She didn't use all the same traditional rules that we all know. I felt it made it more fun to read because I didn't know what to expect.

Charlie was unaware that vampires exist and is none too happy to find out that not only do they exist, but she belongs to one. Charlie's character is fantastic. I absolutely love her sassy attitude. Even in situations where most would not be using the attitude, she brings it full force. Maxwell has chosen her to be his bride, but she is not a fan of the idea and she fights him tooth and nail.

I enjoyed the little twists and turns that K.L. provided in Charlie and Maxwell's story. The little extra side events involving other characters that she added were interesting and set up the series to have so much to run with.

I enjoyed this book and would recommend you read it!

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Monday, 15 February 2016

Last Call by Staci Hart

REVIEWED BY Monique Cashmere


Last Call (Bad Habits, #3)Last Call by Staci Hart
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is the much anticipated final book in the Bad Habits series. I have been waiting to read about Patrick and Rose's story from the very beginning. Patrick has a dark side that we never really got to hear about until now. All we have had is that he is covered in tattoos and that is his place of work, a tattoo parlour. And he dated Rose for a short time, but things went bad, and it made Rose not even want to look in Tricky's direction ever again. Pretty hard when Rose is the local bar tender, lives in the apartment down the hall, and sometimes roommate.

This book is just as witty as the first two. The scenes where Rose is trying to date again, are special. And poor Tricky is fighting for them, even if Rose thinks its all over. I love the way the characters are with each other, and the feels between Tricky and Rosie, you just want them to work it all out and have their HEA, but there is just so much to work out. These two are both so stubborn but adorable at the same time. I had goose bumps in parts with the angst. Another favourite part in this series is, we always get a bit more on the other couples, which is awesome. I have a feeling that there is a spin off in the works, I think those characters at Tonic have a lot to say!

This has been one of my all time favourite series. These characters are imperative and fascinating that I know I will be re reading the books annually.


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Maybe in Another Life by Taylor Jenkins Reid


REVIEWED BY Micky Barnard

Maybe in Another LifeMaybe in Another Life by Taylor Jenkins Reid
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book blew me away. The way this author wove the intricate threads of these dual alternate scenarios was clever and unique. In addition, the story lines, characters and events had me utterly captured. Funnily enough, even though I've had this book for a while, I felt trepidation about starting it due to the format. Don't let that stop you.

This book travelled along Hannah's life and her return to LA. The minute the story forks into two was amazing. I listened to this book on audio and I found I had to really concentrate as the alternate povs flipped but otherwise it was easy to follow. What I found was that I couldn't decide which version was most engaging and which life I wanted for Hannah. They were both that interesting. The narration perfectly complemented the story.

I don't want to spoil this story but I will say that it is rich. Rich in possibility, depth and hope. I am left wanting to devour whatever else Taylor Jenkins Reid has written but I also feel full like I've had the most satisfying meal.....and the dessert was awesome!

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Red Card by Carrie Aarons



REVIEWED BY Micky Barnard

Red CardRed Card by Carrie Aarons
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book knocked my socks of in a perfect contemporary kind of way. I am a sucker for a sports romance but not all in this genre are equal, however this is now one of my favourites. It drew me in from page one with characters I could invest in even if the main character, Killan had a serious sprinkling of a**hole. Killan was a walking complication with a simple approach - treat all women the same, expendable and usable. There wasn't much to like about him.....until there was. The more I got under Killan's skin, the more I understood his behaviour, but I still called him names under my breath.

"Leah Watson is like a Rubik's Cube. Every time I think I've got her figured out, she shows me another side, infinitely complicating my plan to seduce her."

Leah was a naive young woman. Her past relationship had moulded her into someone even she didn't recognise. I loved her growth and sass in this book. She had strength when it really counted and I really warmed to her as time went on.

The backdrop to this story was American girl meets Brit footballer. The context of Brit footballer was written so well. The dialogue was authentic, amusing and real. I enjoyed the London setting and the meeting of these two's different cultures and their contrasting lives.

This is my first book by Carrie Aarons and I am suitably impressed by her story telling and writing. I look forward to reading more from her. If you enjoy a sports romance, I highly recommend this one.

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Saturday, 13 February 2016

What We Leave Behind by Matthew Alan

REVIEWED BY Monique Cashmere


What We Leave BehindWhat We Leave Behind by Matthew Alan
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Jane Kincaid was feeling on top of the world, she finally has fallen pregnant after so many years trying with her husband Max. She goes in for a routine check-up, and what they discover, changes their world forever.

This story is so touching and heart felt. It is one you will need tissues for. Jane goes on such a roller coaster, she and Max have plenty to deal with.

I enjoyed reading this book, even though it fell a little flat at times, but it deals with such tender and compassionate issues. It was a bit jump with the time line. I would prefer the chapters to indicate periods, of at least - past or present. We needed to know the past, to appreciate the wonderful woman that Jane became.

If you are in the mood for a tear jerker, give this one a try. The bond between Jane and Max is special, as are her parents.

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Hawke by Sawyer Bennett


REVIEWED BY Monique Cahsmere


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

Hawke loves Hockey, well he is Canadian you know! And life is going well for him as he has just been signed to the Pro's. But then his girl throws a whammy and he leaves for his new job single.

Fast forward seven years and Hawke is now signed to a new club and he is excited for all the challenges ahead - until the new Trainer is announced - Vale Campbell, his old flame.

There is nothing better for me than a second chance romance. Hawke and Vale's story is one that will touch your heart. Miscommunication is always a problem with relationships and more so with these two.

I love this series for a few reasons, I enjoy ice hockey, even though it is not common where I live and I love Swayer Bennett's work. She has the ability to draw you in first page and keeps you enthralled to the last. I also enjoyed catching up with the other characters briefly as they are all favourites of mine.
I noticed that there will be another book in this series - Max has a story to tell us - bring it on I say!


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The Valentine by Denise Grover Swank


REVIEWED BY Monique Cashmere

The ValentineThe Valentine by Denise Grover Swank
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Happy Valentine Everyone!

For those DGS readers and followers, she has given us a special treat of a Valentine's Day Short Story with the Wedding Pact group / series.

It deals with Blair and Garrett as they celebrate their first Valentines Day as a married couple. Not sure if he is on the right track, Garrett books a table at a swanking (yes, I did go there!) restaurant but Blair never likes Valentines Day, and she has organised a non day. Though nothing seems to go to plan for either one.

We get to hear about Megan and Libby's pregnancies, and I feel there are snippets of what might come about if there was a another spin off, with Melissa (Blair's PA), Kelsey (Garrett's sister) and my fingers are crossed for Grams wedding.

If you are a fan of the Wedding Pact group, grab a coffee and snack, and sit back and enjoy what is always a pleasure to read anything Denise writes. There seems to be plenty more left in this awesome series to come.

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Secrets Don't Make Friends by Layla Payne

REVIEWED BY Monique Cashmere

Secrets Don't Make FriendsSecrets Don't Make Friends by Lyla Payne
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is my first Lyla Payne novel and I feel I have started with a great one. I love her style of writing.

This book looks at some serious issues that unfortunately are still happening to women around the world. In a matter of moments, things can escalate to life threatening situations. I was touched how pure and on point Lyla described some scenes. It wasn't as fast paced as I would like but it certainly was enthralling and had me hooked from the start. I was trying to think ahead to how were these girls going to come out of this problem they got into without consequential repercussions. I wanted it to work out for them but also have a sense of believability to it all. Lyla did this perfectly and I couldn't have asked for a better outcome.

The way these two girls formed a strong friendship over adversity rang true to real life. That Dinah picked Jeyne to be her roommate for one particular reason, turned out to be her saving grace and her one loyal friend was so unexpected but a pleasure to uncover.

This book has you in suspense and guessing and rooting for these girls so they too can have their HEA's. This won't be my last Lyla Payne book, that is for sure.

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Girl Tripping by Gina LaManna



REVIEWED BY Monique Cashmere

Girl Tripping: a sweet, romantic comedyGirl Tripping: a sweet, romantic comedy by Gina LaManna
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

My favourite type of book is a romantic comedy, and this one fits the bill brilliantly. Gina LaManna is a great young author that is perfecting her craft with every new novel and this one is my favourite to date.

Lena is a New Yorker who is having a bad month. She breaks up with her boyfriend, looses her job because of said boyfriend and he won't relinquish her puppy, Harry. The only good thing going for her at the moment is a competition she entered, and won, regarding a trip she fabricated about her book buddies. So in order to claim the money, they try to replicate the tip with photos only things never seem to go as planned for poor Lena.

Gina is fast becoming a new one click author for me. She never disappoints. She has a knack of creating characters with depth and adds the right amount of humor. Of course with a touch or more of romance and you have won me over.

The other great part about this book is having my own little book buddy group, I could relate to parts of this story and the places the girls visit on their trip - I felt like I could have been a part of it. And if so, just call me Gigi! Awesome work Miss LaManna - can not wait to see what you have for us next.


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Friday, 12 February 2016

Country Angel by Erin Trejo


REVIEWED BY Lynette Kelly 



Country Angel
Erin Trejo




Loved loved loved this book!

We have one hot rock star Knox, after a tragedy that leaves him wishing he was dead, he gets a new life away from the limelight, on a farm in Georgia. He doesn't feel just exists until he meets his new neighbour Jules.  The hot blonde haired blue eyed Angel.  Jules has lead a sheltered life, watched and suffered abuse from an unloving father but remains strong willed and determined.

The story elvolves quickly, no faffing around, a hot romance with one hot man meets innocent girl and bang, A brilliant read.

I loved how the story had depth adding in the angst and emotional side of some hard story lines.
I was captivated by these characters and was fascinated with this book. I hope there is more to come!

Reckless by Erin Trejo



REVIEWED BY Lynette Kelly 



Reckless
Erin Trejo
 4 *****
Sammy is a hardworking lighting roadie, and has had a tough time, her mother dislikes her, her beloved father is dead, and more heartbreak just keeps finding her.  When her only brother, who ahe adores begs her to go back home for Christmas break she reluctantly agrees.  This is where she meets her past and her story begins.
Alan hot rocker no 1,  wasn't ready to give 100% to Sammy, broke her heart, and was not there when she needed him the most.  Queue Jasper, hot rocker 2 and Alan's band mate, he is ready to give Sammy his all.

Caught between her first love Alan who broke her heart, and now his hot band mate Jasper, she has to make a choice. It should be simple right?

Angst and heartbreak combined with sex, drugs and rock and roll.
I couldn't say I had a favourite of the two men, I kept changing my mind throughout the book, which is a testament to the authors writing.  The characters have their issues to overcome and did frustrate me at times. This book is a fast paced read, which I like, I could not put it down until I had it finished.
A very enjoyable first read from this author, and I will be sure to check out her other books.