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Sunday, 31 July 2016

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



REVIEWED BY Isa Jones

Hard Edit (Black Balled, #2)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 online Dictionary defines it as;

a book, story, etc., that is difficult to stop reading because it is so interesting.

Non of those descriptions come even close to put into words how extraordinary this book was. I seriously didn’t want to finish reading. I was torn with wanting to get the conclusion and still having something epic to read the next day LOL.

Larson and Troy or “Troyson" as I call them, are back and in this instalment we see their unlikely relationship blossoming through the pages plus all the hurdles and mishaps they must endure in order to get their HEA.
Misunderstandings, miscommunications and mistrust bring complications to their perfectly constructed life, plus Troy has a surprise in store for Larson (insert evil laughter here).
Our Authors went seriously to town with this one and had me laughing out loud, gasping for air, sighing and running for the tissues, it just had everything I want to see in a book and all the elements that make it a great read.

Creative dialogue= Check

Easy flow of the story= Check

Original Plot= Check

Not One but Two sexy characters= Check

A plethora of funny, sexy & hot situations=Check and Check and triple checked.

Unexpected Twists=Check

The list is simply endless!.

Andrea and Eva were born to write, each are so talented and have produced fabulous books on their own. But put them together and what you get is PERFECTION.

Hard Edit is a phenomenal book, one that will be HARD to match and Impossible to forget.



5 GRADE A+ STARS!!!!

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Wednesday, 20 July 2016

All Tyed Up by Julia Harlow

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 in trouble, but I really like the man. Please don’t be mad at me.” She wasn’t going to give in to him, so she snapped, where is he? Pilot hung his head and lead me down the hallway.)  You have to read this book to find out what happens next.  I did find however, that a couple of the characters left me wondering what happened with them, where did it end up? But that was probably just me and my curiosity, or was it the authors intent to leave it up to the reader’s imagination?

I really enjoyed this book, Julia made me laugh, want to smack a snobby executive, haha.  Worry and pace while I devoured each chapter. The storyline was a great! The way Ms Harlow spun this web of chance meetings or not, into something that was so right. Ty and Isabel are great together and I want a Pilot!  I was gifted this book and so in return I want to leave an honest review.  I am giving this story 4 to 4.5 star review. My only issue was the use of 1st person vs 3rd person, there were a few times where I was confused as to who the narrator was, and I had to reread just to be certain. Still a great story.

Tuesday, 19 July 2016

Charged by Jay Crownover


REVIEWED BY Micky Barnard


Charged (Saints of Denver, #2)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 with early writing and left me disconnected with the sexual connection. That all said, it was an important continuation in a series that I am fully invested in.

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Stealing Home by Nicole Williams


REVIEWED BY Melinda Lazar


Stealing HomeStealing 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 and understandably so. She's very driven and focused on her position within the team but can't fight the attraction, however unwilling it is.

I thought this was a fun, light-hearted, downright steamy read and a perfect introduction to this author's writing. I did feel that the ending was a little rushed and would have enjoyed a little more angst in that regard. Otherwise, it was great and I'm looking forward to reading more of this authors works.

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Steadfast by Sarina Bowen


REVIEWED BY Melinda Lazar

Steadfast (True North, #2)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 hard worker. And though each day is a struggle, he's determined to not fall back to bad habits and to prove himself. Sophie is an incredibly strong heroine; dealing with the negativity from her family would have broken a lesser person, but not Sophie. I love that she saw Jude for his faults, and still had faith in him and their love to take action. She was amazing.

This story is a beautiful second-chance romance. It's gritty and raw and oh so very real. Bowen doesn't gloss over Jude's addiction nor does she prettify it and I really love that. I'm just in love with this whole series and I'm DYING for Zach's book, Keepsake. Dying.

Read this series. You won't be disappointed.

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Stroked by Meghan Quinn


REVIEWED BY Monique Cashmere

Stroked (Stroked, #1)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 is not an easy person to work with, and causes all sorts of problems for her, calling her by a different name being the least. Reese has other things on his mind, his last bid at the Rio olympics and maybe a certain dark haired girl!
You can tell that this isn't going to end well for one of them.

There are some funny parts to this book that I was giggling with, and some where I was shaking my head at. As I said, Bellini is one character! I also didn't really get the whole relationship thing with Reese and Bellini, I didn't quite see how it benefitted him but I certainly did see how he was good for her. All in all, this is a great book to read. You'll get to appreciate the lengths an athlete goes through to achieve a medal. There are some hot sex scenes between the couple that will keep you warm on winters night! Maybe even a few tears like me but always lots of humor to keep us happy.


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Thursday, 14 July 2016

Cream of the Crop by Alice Clayton


REVIEWED BY Micky Barnard


Cream of the Crop (Hudson Valley, #2)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 Missy and Chad who I enjoyed reading about. The story forged these two along well.

This was Alice Clayton's writing at her best. I laughed and highlighted my way through the wit in this book. This is a wonderful romantic comedy but it's much more than just romance.

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Monday, 11 July 2016

Wilde For You by Marianne Rice


REVIEWED BY Tina Shobe

Wilde for You (Wilde Sisters, #3)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 due to a fire scare and here comes sexy firefighter Luke. I think her red boots is an indication that there's some 'fire' in our Sage. Luke is instantly attracted to her fiery attitude. Luke is great looking, sexy, thoughtful, has a great sense of humor, loves his adopted mom...you know the perfect guy. He can 'see' Sage and as the book goes along you can tell that her sisters and husbands are also getting to 'see' Sage.

He doesn't give up on Sage even though she's not very nice to him at times. I got a little irritated with how she treated him sometimes. I again think her past has a lot to do with that. He confuses her and scares her at the same time. I do think that she should of opened up to Luke about her past. That would be the only thing in the book I would suggest changing. Even with that said I think this is an outstanding book, very well written and I absolutely loved it. In fact, I see myself re-reading this book again.

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Steadfast by Sarina Bowen


REVIEWED BY Melinda Lazar

Steadfast (True North, #2)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 hard worker. And though each day is a struggle, he's determined to not fall back to bad habits and to prove himself. Sophie is an incredibly strong heroine; dealing with the negativity from her family would have broken a lesser person, but not Sophie. I love that she saw Jude for his faults, and still had faith in him and their love to take action. She was amazing.

This story is a beautiful second-chance romance. It's gritty and raw and oh so very real. Bowen doesn't gloss over Jude's addiction nor does she prettify it and I really love that. I'm just in love with this whole series and I'm DYING for Zach's book, Keepsake. Dying.

Read this series. You won't be disappointed.

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Filthy English by Ilsa Madden-Mills


REVIEWED By Melinda Lazar

Filthy English (English, #2)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 according to said plan. Dax doesn't fall within those plans: he's too carefree, doesn't take much seriously, and doesn't do love. All those factors mean that he's only good for short-term and not for matters of the heart.

I definitely enjoyed this second-chance romance. There were some unexpected turns that came out of left field and added a little angst to their story. I actually felt reeeeally sorry for Dax. He was such a lost little boy at times and I also felt for Remi although she made me angry whenever the mood took her.

You can read this as a standalone but I loved Dirty English so I recommend reading both.

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Sunday, 10 July 2016

Wrong Place, Right Time by Elle Casey


REVIEWED BY Micky Barnard

Wrong Place, Right Time (The Bourbon Street Boys, #2)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 burn. I'm looking forward future Bourbon Boys or maybe Toni in the books ahead.

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Shadow Lily by G.J. Walker-Smith


REVIEWED BY Micky Barnard 


Shadow LilyShadow 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 vet, a male vet, a hot, male vet. I find there is a paucity of vets in books so he was most welcome!

What I truly enjoyed about this book was the prominence of friendships over romance and the underdog rising up. The humour was perfect and the fairy tale in this book nearly did me in, brimming, brimming eyes. This book was a perfect interlude between Shiloh and the coming Stone Roses but it was a lot of pages for a novella so I felt most satisfied.

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Without a Doubt by Ann Lister



REVIEWED BY Joanne Swinney 


Without a DoubtWithout 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. Oh how true this turns out to be or does it. Life really never does run smoothly.

Jackson Brody, swoon!! He is drool worthy, a man you could really sink your teeth into. I get shivers just thinking about his hotness. He runs his own business, has lived on the island all his life and not a single woman would turn him down. Jackson has been hurt in the past and doesn't expect he'd ever settle down again. Who really knows what the future holds. Never say never.

Callie and Jackson become great friends, despite some of Jackson's old flames trying to cause trouble. Jealousy is an ugly trait. I suppose almost all relationships hit a few bumps along the way.
When Callie goes on a business trip for a few days, she couldn't be happier. When she returns nothing is the same. What she believes to what is actually true causes both Callie and Jackson's life to change.

Something really tragic happens and forces Callie to return to the island. God I was so upset by this point in the story, everything that previously happened seemed like a lifetime ago.

Without a doubt I loved this story and I believe that all lovers of romance will love it too.

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Love Tap by M.N. Forgy


REVIEWED BY Ann Meemken

Love TapLove 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 the other. There were twists and turns, I did not see coming and a fantastic ending to the book. I look forward to reading more stories by M.N. Forgy.

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Stealing Home by Nicole Williams


REVIEWED BY Micky Barnard


Stealing HomeStealing 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's lusted after by thousands of women and his attention to Allie 'Doc' seems born out of convenience. Allie as an athletic trainer is there, travelling with the team, able to warm Luke's bed? Luke is a caveman-extraordinaire and if you like an alpha type, he's your man. I do enjoy an alpha but I appreciated his self awareness and character development. I liked Allie, but she had her moments of flakiness and I couldn't always grasp her mindset when things weren't peachy.


"Wow, okay, so I retract my former accusation in favor of labelling you some barbarian-Neanderthal-caveman hybrid."

A great sports romance, fulfilling, hot and I would love to see more of this genre from Nicole Williams.

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Trusting Cade by Luna David



REVIEWED BY Joanne Swinney



Trusting Cade (Custos Securities, #1)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 is in need of help not for herself but for her best friend, Braden. She loves Braden deeply and fears for his safety.
The moment Cade sets his eyes on Braden everything else just disappears. He's never believed in love at first sight but he is having to rethink because he is so drawn to Braden without even knowing anything about him. While reading this story, I could sense Cade's need to be close to Braden. The power behind the Author's words bringing this story to life was outstanding.

Braden is a beautiful man, he has a heart of gold and loved by many people that know him. He doesn't like to interact with many people, he much prefers to be in his kitchen baking. Braden has suffered in the past with partners that he trusted to love him but they abused that love. His present problems are a lot for anyone to handle. His health, his safety both at risk.

So much happens in this story, it just amazes me how it was all put together to flow like I was reading not just one person's life but many. It was emotional at times, fun to read, it was hot, almost every emotion was evoked in me. By the end of this book, I blew out a huge breath and thought, WOW!! When is the next book out? I am certainly hooked and looking forward to many more stories involving these men.

Do you love M/M? Do you love hot, strong alpha males? Do you love an outstanding story that leaves you breathless? Do you love finding new Authors? Well look no further, this Author was new to me and I can't emphasise how great this book was.

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Wednesday, 6 July 2016

Virtually Impossible by Lauren Stewart




REVIEWED BY Melinda Lazar

Virtually Impossible (Once and Forever, #2)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 virtual assistant and not be in trouble with the law. Andi is an amazing character; she's funny, loyal to a fault, and determined. Determined to continue on the path she's chosen for herself and not get involved with Hayden.

I really enjoyed this book. When Hayden and Andi finally meet, there are instant sparks and I loved it! I was absolutely rooting for these two and hoped no one would stuff things up! There were a few humorous elements in the book but not too many. My favorite parts were the instant message exchanges-they were fun and flirty! I really enjoyed the various relationship dynamics too with friends, significant others etc. I just have to say one more thing: there is no cheating whatsoever in this book so please don't be put off reading! Not even a hint of cheating!

Great book and series. This can absolutely be read as a standalone, but Darker Water was fantastic so please consider reading that first!

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Tuesday, 5 July 2016

Reasonable Doubt (Full Series) AUDIBLE by Whitney G.





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. Sebastian has ruined me for anyone else.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
Yes and I did, the story is compelling, it flows easily and you are constantly at the edge of your seat wanting to know what is happening. I absolutely 100% know the story is perfection but the narrators brought it to life.

Any additional comments?
I recommend this book so much to all lovers of romance/billionaires/angst and Alpha males. I am only upset it has taken me too long to uncover this wonderful Author. It certainly won't be the last I hear/read from her. THIS IS PURE CLASS.

5 Undoubtedly HUGE STARS!!!



Monday, 4 July 2016

Moonshot by Alessandra Torre


REVIEWED BY Micky Barnard

MoonshotMoonshot 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 comfortable, because an abrupt halt, twist and turn is just around the corner, and again and again. This is well known Torre territory but I can never see these things coming and I love this so much. I had no idea where these characters would end up but I certainly enjoyed the journey.

The tension and angst was almost unbearable at times, I took a few breaks to cope with story developments and twists. This doesn't draw away from the enjoyment, but sometimes I just need to pause to ease the tension. There were some appealing side characters in this book, Ty's dad, the dog and Tobey (yes, I do mean Tobey). All in all, this was cleverly weaved together with strong writing.

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Moonshot by Alessandra Torre


REVIEWED Melinda Lazar

MoonshotMoonshot 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's anyone who has made some unwise decisions, it's Chase and while I'm not excusing those, I can certainly sympathize with him. I almost felt that he was misunderstood and once he met and got to know Ty, he really showed his inner-beauty and truly treasured her.

Torre covered so many genres throughout this book; we had YA, second chance romance, sports, and oh my goodness did we have suspense! There's also heat, passion, and tension galore. And while it all sounds like an odd mix-up, I think Torre executed it perfectly. The story is fast-paced, gripping, tension-inducing! Moonshot is now up there as a favorite of mine from this author and I can't wait to read it again.

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Sunday, 3 July 2016

A Violet and Two Gentlemen by Petronela Ungureanu


REVIEWED BY Becky Cox

A Violet and Two GentlemenA 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.

An enjoyable read for anyone who loves a good historic romance.

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The Bourbon Thief by Tiffany Reisz



REVIEWED BY Becky Cox

The Bourbon ThiefThe 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, manipulative and determined. Yep, she is awesome.

Tiffany wove an intricate story of money, power and deceit spanning generations. Her ability to draw a picture in my mind and tell me a story that I feel like I am participating in is unequaled.

"Fate is just another name for a train that can not stop until it reaches its finally destination."

If you want to be ripped up, spit out and put back together, give this a go. I have never read anything like it and don't think I ever will.

Kudos Tiffany, you have done it again.

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