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Hard Edit (Black Balled, #2) by Andrea Smith and Eva LeNoir

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REVIEWED BY Isa Jones

Hard Edit by Andrea Smith
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

When I had the privilege to read and reviewed Black Balled I was sadden to finish the book and saying goodbye to these amazing characters.
Black Balled was something very special and if I was to describe it in one word what comes to mind will be: MAGNIFICENT.
If you still haven’t read it PLEASE do so now, as Hard Edit will be twice as enjoyable.
As soon as I heard that the dynamic duo of Andrea Smith and Eva LeNoir were reunited and writing "Hard Edit" a spinoff of BB, I was ecstatic, excited and been counting the days to read this baby.
Perhaps you have heard that sequels aren’t good, that sometimes is hard to come back as strong or stronger with a clever plot and deliver a great book.

Cambridge online English Dictionary defines “page-turner” as;
a book that is so exciting that you want to read it quickly.

Oxford online English Dictionary simply defines it as “an exciting book".

Merriam-Webster…

All Tyed Up by Julia Harlow

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4 STARS
REVIEWED BY Kim Gray

All Tyed Up is a story about a woman that was brow beaten and bullied as a child and as a result of this she suffers from low self-esteem in regards to her full figure as an adult. Isabel is a talented woman and devoted to her career, but has always struggled with her insecurities when it comes to relationships and men. I liked her, she was a character that I could easily relate to. She may have her weaknesses but she is a strong willed woman and goes after what she wants. I found the storyline very appealing and although the first chapter or so kind of went a bit slow, I soon became very wrapped up in this story till the end. Isabel and Ty were really good together, despite their rocky first few meetings. Loved that one of the main characters was a German Shepard that was almost human in the relationship he shared with Isabel. I died laughing when I read this quote. (she met a sheepish Pilot heading toward her, a gesture she knew translated to “I know I’m i…

Charged by Jay Crownover

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REVIEWED BY Micky Barnard


Charged by Jay Crownover
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

3.5 stars

This was a solid read but something about it just didn't always hit the spot for me. It was a story with real depth and complexity. The characters Quaid and Avett were engaging and I felt connected to them for the first 65% but I somehow lost that connection for the remaining portion of the book. Quaid didn't jump out at me as a character in Built and I wasn't prepared to like him, but I did. He had more depth than I thought and he wasn't selfish as I'd initially presumed. Equally, Avett is not set up as likeable in previous books but she surprised me with her growth as a woman.

The storyline itself was good, with drama, some peril and good sexual chemistry. The side characters continue to strengthen the storyline with Brite being an absolute highlight. What I did struggle with were later sexual interaction descriptions and use of terminology. Some of these scenes didn't align…

Stealing Home by Nicole Williams

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REVIEWED BY Melinda Lazar


Stealing Home by Nicole Williams
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Stealing Home by Nicole Williams

I love sports romances and can't pass an opportunity to read one when presented. While I'm not exactly familiar with baseball, I didn't find myself confused while devouring this thoroughly enjoyable book.

Allie has her dream job as athletic trainer for a major league baseball team, San Diego Shock, and she's not about to let anyone or anything jeopardize it; not least of all a fling with star player, Luke Archer. From their first conversational exchange, I could feel the attraction positively sizzling between the two and couldn't wait to get right in to the story.

I just loved everything about Luke. He's so sweet and sexy, loyal, loves his family with all he has, and is completely down to Earth. In short, he's the perfect hero. Having had a bad experience previously with a player (in both contexts), Allie is wary of Luke and his intentions…

Steadfast by Sarina Bowen

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REVIEWED BY Melinda Lazar

Steadfast by Sarina Bowen
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Steadfast by Sarina Bowen

This is the second book in Bowen's True North series and can be read as a standalone. But don't. Please read Bittersweet first as its a beautiful story and is also where we first met Jude.

Jude is a recovering addict who, following three years in jail for vehicular manslaughter and possession of drugs, then three months working on a farm, has returned home. Home for him is living above his alcoholic fathers auto repair shop where he attempts to deal with the everyday stresses that he'd normally deal with by using drugs.

Sophie is living in a loveless home. Ever since her brother died at her lovers hand, her family is a shell of what it once was; they're all mired in grief and nobody cares enough to do something about it.

These characters and this whole story were so very good. Jude is an amazing character; he has a huge amount of inner strength and he's such a …

Stroked by Meghan Quinn

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REVIEWED BY Monique Cashmere

Stroked by Meghan Quinn
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Stroked is a must read for all Meghan Quinn fans, and all fans of Rom-Coms. She just has a way of creating characters with substance but also with enough flaws to make it real. I feel this book is another winner for her.

We have three main characters for Stroked, but it is not your typical love triangle. Firstly is the loveable Paisley, or Mauve if you feel like it. She is a dark haired beauty who after "the incident" is now the assistant to a reality couple. Enter Reese King, the swimming olympic medalist that is on his last chance for gold and his "girlfriend" Bellini Chambers, the reality star diva that you are going to love to hate. She did grate on my nerves, but I feel that was very intentional, so job well done.

Paisley is destined to prove to her superiors and family that she can handle this job and won't make any more mistakes, especially falling for the hot swimmer. Bellini …

Cream of the Crop by Alice Clayton

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REVIEWED BY Micky Barnard


Cream of the Crop by Alice Clayton
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I bloody loved this book, it may be my favourite by Alice Clayton. Not every AC book has hit the exact spot with me, but this had everything, characters that were real but lit fires so huge, a story with substance and humour that was pitch perfect.

This is a continuation of the Hudson Valley series, but I really do think it could be read as a standalone, previous characters feature but in the background. I loved Natalie (Pinup) and her great, big a** (figuratively). She was an immense character with a personality that explodes into people's lives without being irritating. She had depth and bossiness, she had that. Oscar, however, there aren't enough words to described how I connected with his character. Clayton describes him in such a way that he was irresistible. He's the silent type but these two were off the scale when they were together. There are interesting side characters such as Mi…

Wilde For You by Marianne Rice

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REVIEWED BY Tina Shobe

Wilde for You by Marianne Rice
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is book 3 in the Wilde Sister Series. I feel it could be a stand alone as Marianne does a fantastic job pulling you into the story so you feel you know all the sisters and their spouses.

I really love the Marianne portrayed Sage's character. She's one tough lady. I'd even call her snarky. I think a lot of personality is in direct relation to how she grew up. She was the 'parent' to her sisters. She doesn't plan on falling in love, having the white picket fence or children. I get that. It's just not her.

She takes it upon herself to get checked out to see if she can be a surrogate mother for her sister Thyme, who can't have children. I think she is an amazing woman. It was such a heartwarming and emotional moment in the book when she presented her idea of being surrogate to her sisters.
She's actually at the doctor's office when they have to evacuate the building …

Steadfast by Sarina Bowen

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REVIEWED BY Melinda Lazar

Steadfast by Sarina Bowen
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Steadfast by Sarina Bowen

This is the second book in Bowen's True North series and can be read as a standalone. But don't. Please read Bittersweet first as its a beautiful story and is also where we first met Jude.

Jude is a recovering addict who, following three years in jail for vehicular manslaughter and possession of drugs, then three months working on a farm, has returned home. Home for him is living above his alcoholic fathers auto repair shop where he attempts to deal with the everyday stresses that he'd normally deal with by using drugs.

Sophie is living in a loveless home. Ever since her brother died at her lovers hand, her family is a shell of what it once was; they're all mired in grief and nobody cares enough to do something about it.

These characters and this whole story were so very good. Jude is an amazing character; he has a huge amount of inner strength and he's such a …

Filthy English by Ilsa Madden-Mills

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REVIEWED By Melinda Lazar

Filthy English by Ilsa Madden-Mills
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Filthy English by Ilsa Madden-Mills

I loved Dirty English and was really hoping that Dax would get his own story: he was such an interesting, fun-loving character in that and I knew his story would be a riveting one.

Three years have passed since Remi and Dax had the mother of all three-night-stands and they meet again when least expected: in London at a masquerade club (seriously, the fact that it's a masquerade really did it for me) where Remi is on her honeymoon following the wedding that never was and Dax is there 'babysitting' his cousin.

As expected, Dax is absolutely fun-loving and interesting. I fully expected his story to lean towards a RomCom and I'm delighted to say that it wasn't the case. While there were certainly some light-hearted moments, we discovered depths to Dax that I wasn't sure he was capable of.

Remi is a planner. Everything has to be just so and ac…

Wrong Place, Right Time by Elle Casey

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REVIEWED BY Micky Barnard

Wrong Place, Right Time by Elle Casey
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This was a good continuation from book one in this series following a security firm called the Bourbon Boys. This book is about Dev the giant and Jenny, May's sister from book one. I would define this book as a fun and flirty romantic comedy. It has a bunch of laugh out loud minutes alongside some heart pulling ones.

This story is slightly light on storyline but I was able to forgive that because Dev and Jenny's characters were so good and well developed. Their roles as parents but also as single people were defining in terms of character goodness. Their lack of confidence versus clear skills in their work life and parenting role was funny at times and their compatability despite clear differences were enjoyable to read. What I liked in particular about Elle Casey's writing in this book was her decision to only take them so far down the road in their relationship and that it was a slow …

Shadow Lily by G.J. Walker-Smith

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REVIEWED BY Micky Barnard 

Shadow Lily by G.J. Walker-Smith
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Some beloved characters are reconciled with some reviled characters of old in this latest novella from the wishes series. What arises is a tale that tracks desperation, deep sorrow, friendship, self belief and sweetness all spliced with the poignancy and wit I've come to admire in GJ Walker-Smith's writing.

Lily is the main character of this story, one of the 'Beautifuls' but now grown up. Charli is one of the key secondary characters in this novella and it was an interesting journey to see her awkwardly stretching her friendship muscles with an old rival.

“I’m not the sharpest tool in the shed, Charli, but I’m not brain dead. I have to believe there’s more out there for me than that."

There was just enough Adam to whet my appetite for the next book but also leave me longing for more (you can't take the Adam out of this fan-girl). Oh, and did I mention that there's also a v…

Without a Doubt by Ann Lister

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REVIEWED BY Joanne Swinney 

Without a Doubt by Ann Lister
My rating: 5 of 5 stars



Just......... Speechless. True fact, 'Never judge a book by it's cover'. This book was written before the Author wrote her M/M Romance series, The Rock Gods. Because I enjoyed the Rock Gods so much, I wanted more from this writer and I started reading her M/F collection. This story took my breath away. I had so many emotions running through me, I couldn't believe how invested I was in this story. I was most definitely hooked.

Callie is a beautiful woman who writes romance novels, I know, right? A romance Author writing about a character that writes romance. It makes for a very interesting read. Callie has spent her whole life studying then working endlessly to achieve her dreams. She's never really dated and her social life is nonexistent. I mean sure she has friends but do they really know her?
She is sent to live on an island, her editor believing this will be just what she needs. …

Love Tap by M.N. Forgy

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REVIEWED BY Ann Meemken

Love Tap by M.N. Forgy
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is the first book I have read from M.N. Forgy. This story is told in a dual pov which works well for this book. I enjoyed getting to know the character's in this way. We get to see their friendship as kids, when they were apart and when their fighting for there future.

Tate leaves school once she realizes its not making her happy. She wants to make her dreams come true by becoming a MMA fighter. She returns home to chicago. She has a few challenges to overcome but she is ready to fight for what she wants.

Camden made his dream come true by becoming an MMA fighter but something happened and he is not sure on how to move forward.

They both are at a turning point and need a little extra push in the right direction so they can make all their dreams come true.

This story was amazing. I enjoyed the chemistry and the banter between Tate and Camden. They know all the right buttons to push to get a reaction from t…

Stealing Home by Nicole Williams

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REVIEWED BY Micky Barnard


Stealing Home by Nicole Williams
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book made an immediate boom into my life, stuck it's hooks into my brain and didn't let go until I finished 24 hours later, despite some work in the middle. I am a sucker for sports romance, when done well it's one of my favourite genres and I'm not picky about the sport. That said, I've not read many about baseball, indeed I know nothing about baseball but I really enjoyed it.

I am an avid reader of Nicole William's books and this is hands down the hottest book she's written. The description of Luke initially had me fanning my face. The chemistry and steam was spot on, I loved the connections and how this played out. The pace was fast from the start and relished how it journeyed ahead.

"I'm good with my hands, know what to do with a big stick, and I'm used to getting dirty."

Now for the characters, Luke Archer, star player takes some puzzling out. He&#…

Trusting Cade by Luna David

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REVIEWED BY Joanne Swinney



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

Trust me when I say this book is a must read. Custos Securities is owned by two best friends, Cade and Cooper. These two awesomely hot alpha males have many friends and family around them that will leave you wanting to read about each and everyone of their stories.

Cade is rethinking his life and has decided that maybe he'll never find Mr, Right. His one night stands just aren't enough anymore. The type of men he has tried to have a relationship with aren't his type at all. They are too much like him and Cooper has informed him that's not the right partner for him. Cade is a man that likes to take the lead, to be in control. He has a strong protective instinct. The guys he has been with don't need him and Cade definitely needs to be needed.

When Cooper and Cade decide to pay a surprise visit to their families while checking out another job, it's almost like fate. Cooper's sister…

Virtually Impossible by Lauren Stewart

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REVIEWED BY Melinda Lazar

Virtually Impossible by Lauren Stewart
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Virtually Impossible by Lauren Stewart

I really loved the first standalone -Darker Water- in this series and was really looking forward to read Hayden's story. We briefly met him then and, knowing just a little about his background, I was intrigued by him to say the least.

On the surface, Hayden appears to have it all: a beautiful wife, a successful career, a happy marriage. But the reality is quite the opposite and he knows it. He wants more and God knows he deserves more. Hayden is honestly just so lovely! He's sweet and loyal and strong - I'm making him sound like a playful puppy and I can assure you, he's all man! Just a beautiful character in so many ways and all I wanted from this book was his happiness.

Andi hides behind the screen of her computer. Due to many mistakes she's made made in the past, she now has to use a friends name in order to be able to work as a virt…

Reasonable Doubt (Full Series) AUDIBLE by Whitney G.

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REASONABLE DOUBT(Full Series) by Whitney G Read by: Sebastian York & Erin Mallon REVIEWED BY Isa Jones

"THE MOTHER OF ALL AUDIBLES!!" Overall Performance Story Would you consider the audio edition of Reasonable Doubt to be better than the print version? I have only heard the audio edition.
What was one of the most memorable moments of Reasonable Doubt? God! Where to start! Everything, I think, every moment, every conversation between Aubrey and Andrew are off the charts hot and are fuelled with so much sexual tension the result is EXPLOSIVE! I couldn't say something without giving away some important part of the story, but all I can say is this book blew my mind, Once I started I couldn't stopped and did the whole 8+ hours in one sitting!
Have you listened to any of Sebastian York and Erin Mallon ’s other performances? How does this one compare? This is the first I heard from both and I thought they were remarkable, Erin was brilliant with the voice transitions. Seba…

Moonshot by Alessandra Torre

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REVIEWED BY Micky Barnard

Moonshot by Alessandra Torre
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

4.5 stars

This is book that needs multiple genres to describe it and you could wonder if that results in a rather confused end product, but it doesn't, it works. Despite this having elements of YA-contemporary, sports romance, romantic suspense, forbidden love, side of thriller, there is coherency in how it fits together, supported by passing years. This read has a strong romance element, especially early on and needless to say the physical side is full of the chemistry and heat you would expect from Alessandra Torre.

Ty is a 17 year old, travelling with her coach dad and the Yankees. Chase is their new star player, emphasis on the player. One of the elements of this book I enjoyed was the penning of Ty as a young woman, I don't recall an AT book with a young coming of age feel before and this was written in a very tangible, fresh way. Equally, I enjoyed the passing of time. But don't get too co…

Moonshot by Alessandra Torre

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REVIEWED Melinda Lazar

Moonshot by Alessandra Torre
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Moonshot by Alessandra Torre
4.5*

Wow! This book was full of Alessandra Torre goodness! I honestly read this book in its entirety while holding my breath. It's full of twists, turns, and eReader throwing and I was well and truly invested.

The book is written over several years and the meat of it starts when Ty is a 17 years old ball girl for the New York Yankees. Chase is baseballs quintessential 'bad boy' and has just been traded to the Yankees. Ty is warned against Chase, but well, the heart wants what the heart wants, right?

I loved Ty at almost every stage of her life, from a young ten year-old who goes to live with her dad- a NY Yankee closer- to the moment she met Chase, right through to the end of the book. Yes, she made mistakes that I could have smacked her for, but hello? She's 17, who doesn't make mistakes at that age?!

Chase Stern. Just freaking swoon-worthy. Now if there…

A Violet and Two Gentlemen by Petronela Ungureanu

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REVIEWED BY Becky Cox

A Violet and Two Gentlemen by Petronela Ungureanu
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A Violet and Two Gentlemen
Petronela Ungureanu

A beautifully written historic romance with a bit of mystery. The twist are surprising and I love a good surprise. I enjoy period pieces and enjoyed Ungureanu's writing style. It flowed nicely and was true to the time frame. The speech, clothing descriptions and settings take you back in time and I felt as if I was there along with Violet.

Violet is determined and resolute in the life that has befallen her. Lady Luck was not on her side and she had to make decisions to insure her future. Women of that time didn't have a lot of choices and she did what she had to do. Coming from a family of status to have to work as a housekeeper for Lord Wilton was not an easy decision, but one that had to be done.

Lord Wilton is a emotionally broken man. His friend Captain Thunder is intriguing and adds a bit of a naughty pirate character to the story.

The Bourbon Thief by Tiffany Reisz

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REVIEWED BY Becky Cox

The Bourbon Thief by Tiffany Reisz
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The Bourbon Thief
Tiffany Reisz

Wow. Wow. Wow. I can only pray there is more to come of this story! LOVED!



It's dark, disturbing, sexy and made me lose sleep. Of course it did, it's a Tiffany Reisz.


The Bourbon Thief is beautifully written and so moving. I felt pain, sorry and anger. I felt love, heartbreak and triumph. My emotions ran the gamut and as with Tiffany's other books I just can't get enough.

Tamara's character development was an awesome thing to read. This spoiled sad little girl turns into someone else do to events that happen to her that are life altering. Resolve, she had it in spades.

Levi, Levi, Levi. I don't know what to say about him. I didn't agree with all of his choices but felt like he tried to the right thing, it just didn't always happen. Lust and love are strong creatures.

Paris is just straight up badass and I love her. Beautiful, smart, manipulat…