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Everywhere and Every Way by Jennifer Probst

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REVIEWED BY Melinda Lazar

Everywhere and Every Way by Jennifer Probst
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Everywhere and Every Way by Jennifer Probst

I haven't read a book by Probst previously so when an opportunity presented itself for me to read and review the first book in a new series, I jumped right at it and found it to be quite an enjoyable read.

It took me a while to warm up to Morgan as I found her far too manipulative for my liking but I will say that Probst certainly had me converted by the end of the book. Manipulative tendencies aside, she works at 'beautifying the world one house at a time' and is an independent and shrewd businesswoman who can hold her own in a male-dominated industry and for that, she had my respect from the word go.

Caleb on the other hand, I just loved. He's a hardworking, sexy, alpha male who is trying to hold on to the family business with everything he can, even if it means begging his brothers - with whom he has a very damaged relationship…

Everywhere and Every Way by Jennifer Probst

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REVIEWED BY Isa Jones

Everywhere and Every Way by Jennifer Probst
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is the first book I have read from this author and I thoroughly enjoyed her writing. I know most people sometimes complain about the excessive use of the descriptive, however I found that it enhanced my reading experience. Jennifer produces a solid billionaire romance story.
The characters have many layers and although we read about them all, there are plenty of secrets and feelings to be revealed.

In this book we meet Caleb and his brothers Tristan and Dalton. "Pierce Brothers" are a force to be reckoned with. The three of them are so different and time has driven a wage between them. After many years of living in completely different cities and completely isolated from each other, they each have grown to resent the one person who drove them apart. Their Father. Now as they all have gathered in the wake of his dead, after all this years, it seems that life/fate and their dad, ha…

Desire After Dark by Marie Force

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REVIEWED BY Isa Jones

Desire After Dark by Marie Force
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

My rating is 3.5 STARS FOR THIS BOOK

I am very privileged to have received an Advance Readers Copy from Marie Force. I have had the pleasure to read some of her books and she never fails to deliver an utterly romantic story.

This was no exception. I had been dying for these two characters to get their own story and I am so pleased that Marie wrote their book.
After loosing her twin brother, Erin becomes some sort of a recluse. Her anxiety and OCD escalates to dangerous levels, until one day finally reaching rock bottom she decides to end her excruciating ordeal. Luckily her parents were there at the time when Erin needed the support as they help her overcome some of her fears. Never in a million years she imagined that she will fall madly in love with a pilot, when the last thing in Erin's mind is to ever get herself on a plane.
Sadly I hadn’t read some of the previous books and felt a bit lost at the…

Deadly Hallows by Taylor Henderson

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REVIEWED BY Monique Cashmere


Deadly Hallows by Taylor Henderson
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Firstly, I noticed that this book is in the category of Romantic Suspense, I would consider it more in the Mystery as there wasn't very much romance in this story line. It follows the life of a young girl in high school, who doesn't agree with the police findings of the body they found in the neighbouring woods. She takes it on herself, with the help of the victims brother Mason, to see if they can prove his sister didn't commit suicide. What they come across, is more than they bargained for, and opens up a pandora's box with a lot of twists and turns.

These two authors have a great working relationship it seems, as I wouldn't know it was written by two people by the writing. The story in itself was good, and I enjoy reading youth books, whether it be a romance, mystery or paranormal but I felt that this book had too many inconsistencies. I noted some of the story line was unbel…

Trusting Cade by Luna David

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REVIEWED BY Isa Jones

Trusting Cade by Luna David
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I am trying to gather my thoughts after reading this book.
Trusting Cade by Luna David is her debut book and if this is any indication of what there is next in store, be prepared to see this lady amongst the top writers of this genre.
I have no doubt in my mind that Luna will excel. This book was well written, well edited and more importantly had a great plot.
There is no secret that that I am a big fan of MM stories and I have seen an influx of writers and novels in the past few months. So why do I believe this to be different from some other books out there, and why did this book was so great in my opinion.
Firstly as I said before, for being Luna’s first published book it had an impeccable attention to detail. Secondly, each character was well delivered. The story grabbed me from the very first page and did not let me go until the last one. The dialogues between all characters were perfectly structured and…

Sugar Daddy by Sawyer Bennett

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REVIEWED BY Micky Barnard

Sugar Daddy by Sawyer Bennett
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

4.5 stars

I've read most of Sawyer Bennett's books and this was totally unlike the rest. It starts off in rather a dark place, whilst that sense of deep difficulty doesn't endure throughout, it's in the background, on your mind, steering the journey. I didn't know what to make of it the first 10% but as a whole, I think this was quite excellent. It pulled me in and it felt a little out of the ordinary romantic suspense.

Sela is as unconventional as her name. She playing a role to seek revenge, however what starts as a means to an end, results in some deep feelings for Beck. I liked Beck, despite his CEO status. He was a genuine man, surprised at the turn of events. These two together held promise and I wanted something real for Sela in particular. Beck was able to bring some self belief to Sela.

"He's given me pleasure and respect. He's given me self-worth. Beck has made it …

Riveted by Kenzie Macallan

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REVIEWED BY Kari Cox

Riveted by Kenzie Macallan
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Mara is a lost girl trying to get over tragedy. Her sisters take her off on a vacation where she happens to meet Mac, a nice guy that she's instantly connected to. A little mystery and a little suspense get added into this love story.

I struggled getting into this book. The author does a great job with her description of the scenes, but it goes into almost too much description. I got too distracted by what color the counter tops were in the bathroom to relate to what was actually happening. I also couldn't relate to the characters; they didn't feel realistic to me. Their instant connection that was repeated over and over again was just too much for my taste. Their dialogue and inner monologues were those of a long relationship, when they had known each others hours-days. It was also difficult to follow the way it bounced back and forth per paragraph as to who's person we were in- Mara's or Mac…

The Winner's Crime by Marie Rutkoski

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REVIEWED BY Micky Barnard


The Winner's Crime by Marie Rutkoski
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I am a mess. This book has enthralled me but broken me with how it has ended, not that I didn't see something of this nature coming. What is overwhelming in this book is the maturity growth in both Arin, but especially Kestrel. At only just 18, the responsibility, political espionage, compassion and moral compass, complicated by her love for Arin is one huge burden for Kestrel to carry. Arin felt a bit beaten down for some of this story but I do love his resilience in the face of adversity and he too cannot shake the deep connection with Kestrel.

This story just gets better and better and I'm holding my breath about what will happen in the final instalment. These lands, nations and cultures are so interesting and I really enjoyed the addition of the Darcan to the story. I keep thinking more is going to come of Risha's character, but not yet.

The description in this book is vivid, f…

The Problem With Forever by Jennifer L. Armentrout

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REVIEWED BY Micky Barnard


The Problem with Forever by Jennifer L. Armentrout
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is my favourite JLA non PNR read. I can say that categorically. The tangibility of the characters in this book, not just the lead characters, was just right. This was a book that delved into abusive childhoods and brought together two kids from the past into the now. I sometimes feel in books where abuse is a factor, that everything is 'worse case scenario'. Mallory and Rider's pasts were awful but not the absolute worst and I wholly appreciated this insight into abuse.

Now that I feel I've said abuse too many times (last one), it really isn't the prime focus of this book, just the foundation. Mallory might not be a strong female character lead but she was an evolving, developing young women. Rider was one of those immediately cool types, without trying to be, but not cocky. Rider believed in Mallory and didn't want to change her. Rider could also be incred…

It Took A Rumor by Carter Ashby

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REVIEWED BY Tina Shobe

It Took A Rumor by Carter Ashby
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

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

This author has a way of writing that pulls you right in to the story. I was right there trying to figure out which one of the Deathridge brothers Ivy slept with. I also felt her despair with the townspeople that were feeding into gossip that was being spread by the town busy body that was destroying her reputation. Small town community at it's best. She ended up keeping everyone's secrets and was becoming quite overwhelmed. I'm surprised she didn't blow sooner than she did.

I found this book highly entertaining and can see myself re-reading this book quite often. I just love 'laugh out loud' books and this one is certainly one of those.

This is the first book by this author that I have read and I can honestly say I'm now a fan and look forward to reading more by her.

Absolutely loved it!

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A Right To Remain by Beth Rinyu

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REVIEWED BY Ann Meemken


A Right to Remain by Beth Rinyu
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is the first book I have read by Beth Rinyu. I loved how this story is written. Quinn and Lacey both suffered a great loss in there life. When they are trying to pick up pieces and figure out what to do next, fate steps in. Lacey rents a cottage from Quinn. They form a friendship. They are there to help each other in there time of need. As they get to know each other they confide in each other. They begin to heal from there past and find hope for there future. This story has a great mixture of heartache, friendship, love, and solving the mystery of the past. The story keeps you guessing until the end.

I loved this story and look foward to reading more books from Beth Rinyu.

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A Right To Remain by Beth Rinyu

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REVIEWED By Becky Cox

A Right To Remain by Beth Rinyu
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Beth Rinyu
A Right To Remain

Wow! My favorite Beth Rinyu yet!

A Right to Remain has it all. Mystery, angst, romance and spicy sexy time.

Lacey suffered a devastating loss, packed up and moved to a sleepy cottage in a small town. She is vulnerable and afraid but so strong in her resolve.

Quinn gave everything he had to his marriage but it still failed. He and his estranged wife suffered a loss that they could not recover from. He is heart broken and he is angry.

Rinyu weaves a great mystery inside of a beautiful romance. I was constantly surprised. The slow burn of Lacey and Quinn's relationship was a beautiful thing to read. When Lacey rents the cottage from Quinn and he lives in the upstairs apartment they become a source of comfort for each other. To me, this is her best work to date. The hero and heroine are both relatable lovable characters. Of course, Quinn is a hottie and grouchy on the outside an…

The Secret (The Evolution of Sin Series #2) by Giana Darling

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REVIEWED BY Lynette Kelly 


The Secret
By Giana Darling

Book two the Evolution of Sin Series

Book two immediately picks up from The Affair.  Elle's week long holiday affair with the man of her dreams is over, she left him without a word never expecting to see him again.
She is making an effort to reconnect with her family in New York, at her welcome home party she is completely shocked to discover that her perfect man affair is the boyfriend of her eldest sister Elena.

Elle and Sinclair are trying to keep the secret, however the connection between them is sizzling hot, and try as they might they cannot keep away from each other.
As with book one, I didn't see myself routing for Elle and Sinclair, as it was an affair, however the authors writing has mind bending ways of making me change my way of thinking.
Elle is such a great character and I can easily identify her need to reconnect and please her family, even if it at the price of her happiness.  Sinclair is a tougher nut to crack, ho…

Thirty-Six and a Half Motives by Denise Grover Swank

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REVIEWED BY Monique Cashmere

Thirty-Six and a Half Motives by Denise Grover Swank
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Oh My Stars and Garters!!!!! What a Finale!!!!!

If you have been a fan of the Rose Gardner Series, or a DGS fanatic like me, you are not going to want to miss this 9th book in the series. Everything is wrapped up for us in this instalment. We get so many answers, it's like a cheats book. So much happens with twists and turns, I could not put it down for the life of me.

This book starts only five days after the last one finished. And poor Rose is still reeling from Mason needing to take some time to process all that he learnt in Thirty-Five. But unfortunately she hasn't the luxury of curling up in bed and giving herself a huge pity party, there are deadlines to meet. The other characters all have major parts in this conclusion, some I predicted, but honestly, most will give you a gasp reaction. We finally get the insight of Violet's secret, Neely Kate has some sole sear…

Grit by J.M. Walker

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REVIEWED BY Isa Jones
Grit by J.M. Walker
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This was the first book I have read from this Author and has totally blown my mind!

I haven't read many MC books and I think this was a great opportunity to get myself into the hype where there are not only motorcycles, guns, and hunks but kick ass heroines and a plot so twisted you just have to keep reading.
My first surprise was to find the lead character to be a female, I guess I was expecting the stereotypical alpha male to be running the show here, and Oh boy was Jay a firecracker of a lead! She is feisty, determined, beautiful, strong and no nonsense about her. She has had her world turned upside down and as the president of the King's Harlots she must stand by her crew and lead by example. The other girls in the club are secondary characters who I hope one day will have their own book, so many stories there to tell.
The presence of Angel, who is a Navy Seal, brings an unexpected "chaos" into J…

Guns Blazing by Andrea Smith and Eva LeNoir

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REVIEWED BY Isa Jones

Guns Blazing by Andrea Smith
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I truly and in all honesty believe that the writing Fairies have put these two authors together because I have never seen such perfection in a book than when these two Authors are at work.
Andrea and Eva are a match made in writing heaven and each time produce something so polished and so perfectly constructed you can only find yourself in book bliss.
I first fell in love with their writing when I was lucky enough to read Black Balled. That book forever ruined me for any other as it set the bar for others to come. And although I have since loved and enjoyed many authors of the genre, to me that book will be forever the ultimate MM read. It wasn’t only the story but how it was developed and how impeccable was written. But I regress. I have taken my time since finishing this book to write my review because, well you see, when you read something so amazingly and incredibly brilliant, you don't just want to w…

Wasted Words by Staci Hart

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REVIEWED BY Monique Cashmere

Wasted Words by Staci Hart
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

If you enjoyed Staci's Bad Habits series, then you are going to love this standalone book. Staci has written this book with the same fantastic style - humor and banter galore. I was so excited when I saw the cover, it is just gorgeous and I fell right into the book from the start. I love a good friends to lovers romance story and Tyler and Cam are one couple that you will want to get to know. The only thing I would have loved more would have been a deeper, more complexed dilemma to have the angst that I needed. I felt for their concerns, especially as I have gone through this myself, but I think it needed more depth.

This book has different main characters, but it is set in familiar surroundings - the Wasted Words Bar / Book shop that Rose runs. Cam is a manager, who also loves to run the singles night every Thursday. She likes to think of herself as an awesome matchmaker. But when it comes to Tyler, …

Salvation by Sloane Kennedy

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REVIEWED BY Isa Jones

Salvation by Sloane Kennedy
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

"Sloane Kennedy has become one of my favourite MM writers"

After reading Absolution, the first book in The Protectors Series, I thought I had to read another book by Sloane. Thankfully I didn't have to wait long as I was the lucky recipient of an ARC for an honest review.
From the Prologue my heart was soaring. I had to keep on reading to find out more about Ronan's and Seth's story. As much as I loved Absolution, for me Salvation was a more cathartic and emotional journey.

Ronan first met Seth whilst going out with his older brother Trace. Although several years his older, they always had a special bond. Ronan used to see Seth only as a friend and someone who was like a younger brother to him, however for Seth the feelings for Ronan even from a young age were always strong. He used to admire Ronan, and what he felt for him instead of scared him and disappear with time, it only grew strong…

Dare To Take by Carly Phillips

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Reviewed By Isa Jones

Dare to Take by Carly Phillips
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

It all begins when Ella after completing a photo shoot is not only stranded in a tropical Island but also mugged and hurt. She calls her best friend to explain what has occurred who after hearing her ordeal rushes to one of her brothers to seek help. Unknown to her there is some history between Tyler and Ella. Tyler seems hesitant at first but only because of the way things ended many years ago.
He thought time would put a wedge in his feelings, and after the way he treated Ella he thinks the last person she wants to see when she wakes is him. However, Ella's feelings run deeper that what he is led to believe, and although hurt from the past rejection, her body only reacts one way when she is near Tyler.
The more they want to fight this attraction, the more the pull increases. Back home Tyler makes everything to make Ella safe, but soon he wont only try to protect her from danger, he will have to protect …

Worth It All by Claudia Connor

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REVIEWED BY Micky Barnard


Worth It All by Claudia Connor
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A solid, enjoyable contemporary read. If I had to sum up the synopsis, I'd do it like this: single, quiet, gorgeous man with below knee prosthesis, adorable 5 year old girl with lower limb prosthesis, lovely single, busy mother in the middle. Everything about the premise for this story works. It's a perfect set up for a fulfilling read.

Jake is hard to read, it takes time to get to know him. He holds everything in and doesn't let people in his circle easily. Paige is focused on one thing, providing security and love for Casey, her daughter, even if it means working herself into an early grave. I admired Paige and loved the idea of these two getting together. Claudia Connor writes wonderful sexual tension and when that tension is actioned, boy it's good.

It's been quite a while since I read book one and whilst I've not read book two yet, even though I own it, book three stood alone.…

This Secret We're Keeping by Rebecca Done

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REVIEWED BY Micky Barnard


This Secret We're Keeping by Rebecca Done
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The blurb and premise for this book really attracted me to it. The idea of a student/teacher situation decades on was an interesting concept. There's a thread of tragedy sliced with a little hope running right through this book but you dread an impending car crash situation.

Jess was the seducer at 15 years old. Matthew was the weak, misguided and prosecuted maths teacher. Decades have passed, names have been changed and secrets are the name of the game. Clearly the context of this book makes for a tense but also a discomforting read. I felt my moral and ethical compass piqued and questioned by the black, white and grey of the issues narrated.

When all was finished I had mixed feelings about the characters. Jess, years later is weak and people seem to walk over her, which was a departure from the Jess in adolescence. Clearly, she was marked by the events of the past. Matthew/Will was fl…