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Locked In Silence by Sloane Kennedy

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REVIEWED BY Isa Jones

Locked In Silence by Sloane Kennedy
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is the beginning of what I hope will become another readers favourite series and a completely different storyline for the Author of the bestselling, Protectors Series.
It fell so wonderfully new and refreshing and I can't wait to read the next in the series. As with her other books, Sloane always leaves us with a sense of expectation for the next book. She gradually introduces her upcoming characters and by the end we can't wait to beg for the next instalment (sorry we are a pain, I know, but we love your books SO MUCH!!) .

I approached the book with no reservations and without lingering in the protectors story line (which by the way I completely adore), and boy was I blown away. I was immediately transfixed and lost in the story, in the plot and lost in the characters beautiful dialogues. I think Sloane likes to push the WOW factor and always goes the extra mile, never leaves things simpl…

DAMAGED! A Walker Brothers Novel by J.S. Scott

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REVIEWED BY Isa Jones


Damaged!: A Walker Brothers Novel: by J. S. Scott
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

OMG Author J.S. Scott has completely blown me away with her lates book in the Walker Brothers Series.
After having read Release! and Player! I was desperate to read Dane's story, being the youngest of the siblings but the most affected, I knew his story was going to be tough. As the saying goes, the best is yet to come, the wait was certainly worth it as Dane's novel certainly was even more special than what I expected and it touched me deeply.

Jan takes us through the trials and tribulations which Dane had to endured after surviving the accident in which his father and stepmother were killed. It was harrowing reading how much he suffered and what lengths he took in order to be out of public eye. Living as a recluse, Dane is forced to refrain from interacting with anyone, and after years of being alone, he is somehow content with his life. His brothers however have other ideas, so…

Dear Bridget, I Want You by Penelope Ward and Vi Keeland

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REVIEWED BY Becky Cox 

Dear Bridget, I Want You by Penelope Ward
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Dear Bridget, I Want You is a great rom-com.

Simon is swoon worthy. He has the accent and all us ladies love the book boyfriend with an accent. He is funny and playful. Are you getting the picture? Oh...and a hot sexy doctor. The full package with the slight dilemma that he is going to move back across the pond after his residency.

Bridget is a widowed single mom. She is a nurse at the hospital and dedicated to work and her son. Brendan is just precious. Bridget has to have a fishing hook removed by none other than Simon. Doing a favor for a friend months later, Bridget rents a room to Simon.

There was a little angst, lots of laughs and plenty of melt your heart moments. I enjoyed this collaboration by Penelope and Vi. Love both of these authors separately and they do great work together.

Highly recommend this one for a fun swoony read.

I was gifted a copy for an honest review.

Reviewed by Becky …

Exes With Benefits by Nicole Williams

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REVIEWED BY Micky Barnard


Exes with Benefits by Nicole Williams
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

If you want a book with heat, depth and substance then EXES WITH BENEFITS is the perfect autumn read to cozy up with. From the title, I thought this would be all kinds of light reading but what I got was some story with punch (there's a pun there) and characters to get my teeth into.

This story couples some themes that I love, second chances and bad boy turned around. In fact, Canaan gave me serious hero-swoon because he was a great guy in the most believable way. Canaan was a man not about to repeat his mistakes and I found I forgave him in the early stages of the book, his character growth between chances was apparent.

"Because you can't write a great love story without tragedy to overcome. Because that's when love is proved. Not when life's easy, but when it's so damn hard you can hardly breathe."

Maggie was a complex woman, I didn't know how to figure her out a…

Black Tie Optional by Ann Marie Walker

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REVIEWED BY Becky Cox 

Black Tie Optional by Ann Marie Walker
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Cole and Olivia's bickering and clever comebacks with each other, keep me thoroughly entertained. The chemistry with these two is off the charts.

Enemies to lovers, wedding contract romance that had plenty of witty dialogue. It is true that opposites do attract and these two couldn't be more different. They burn up the sheets and come out swinging. Made me laugh several times.

Olivia a tree hugging save the world gal with her hippy clothes and Cole a stiff shirt business man with no time for nonsense. They explode together.

The sample of the next book in this series looks to be just as entertaining.

This is my first Ann Marie Walker book and I will for sure be checking out what else she has to offer. I am a sucker for witty dialogue and clever bantering.

I received an ARC from NetGalley.

Reviewed by Becky for JoandIsaLoveBooks

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I Want by Ella Fox

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REVIEWED BY Tina Shobe 


I Want by Ella Fox
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I Want is book 2 in the Enamorada series but is easily a stand alone.

Kaya Porter has an interesting career. She's a professional house sitter as well as writes a blog. She's house sitting for her best friend, Emery. She's also taking care of Elvis, her pet peacock.

She meets the new sexy hot rich next door neighbor, Alejandro Cruz, when she attempts to go on to his property to rescue Elvis.

Kaya has a strict 'no relationship till I'm 25' policy. Alejandro also has had a very challenging dating past but the minute Alejandro sees Kaya he knows she is his future. I love how Alejandro almost takes baby steps with Kaya. He'll wait forever for her. She has such a hard time accepting that someone like Alejandro could actually want her for more than meaningless sex. She actually is the one that moves their relationship to the next level.

Right when it seems like their future is on course Alejandro&…

The Outskirts by T.M. Frazier

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REVIEWED BY Monique Cashmere 

The Outskirts by T.M. Frazier
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I really enjoy T.M. Frazier's novels. This first book in the Outskirts duet lived up to my expectations. It ends on a cliffhanger that I felt might have happened, but I am still trying to work out how. Of course I am now hanging out for book two, so I get these answers. I also want to know the outcome when the circus comes to town!

I love characters that have a troubled past, or are dealing with anguish. Both Sawyer and Finn are battling with demons from their past but it's the strength within that makes me connect with them. Even in this first part, their self growth was attractive and endearing. They had to conquer their bad experiences individually but when they are together they form a tight bond. I can only imagine it will help them crusade in book two.

As much as I enjoyed this book, some of it left me a little flat. At times I felt an immature quality, I'm not sure if this was just…

Dear Bridget, I Want You by Penelope Ward & Vi Keeland

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REVIEWED BY Monique Cashmere 

Dear Bridget, I Want You by Penelope Ward
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I love a good rom-com and I always enjoy it when these two authors work together. Dear Bridget, I Want You is now one of my favourites from them. It had all the elements you need for a good read - plenty of humor, a little angst and some passion.

Right from the start I was captured and was giggling along with the good doctor's antics. Simon and his British accent had me at "So,....". Love a man with an accent. He was witty as well as smart, hello he's a doctor with a great bedside manner and loads of compassion. And he wears a uniform, scrubs are like a uniform, right? Well, close enough. He had me wanting more and with his dirty mouth..... good lawdy! Bridget didn't know where to look when she first met Dr S. Hogue, didn't help with the predicament she was in either, she was hooked! She was an awesome character and I admired her tenacity and spunk with all that s…

Misadventures of a City Girl by Meredith Wild

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REVIEWED BY Tina Shobe 


Misadventures of a City Girl by Meredith Wild
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Madison escapes the reality of her life by checking into a retreat, Avalon Springs in Northern California. She needs time to heal and regroup. Due to his PTSD Luke lives his life away from others. He lives what I determine is a very lonely life.

Luke first discovers Madison when she's soaking in the hot spring on his property. He's not happy but he definitely doesn't turn away from the view.

Madison got her own show the next day when she discovers Luke's secluded cabin.

Their attraction is instant and so, so, very hot. The weather gives them a helping hand to spend more time together. They fight against a relationship beyond meaningless sex. Through Luke Madison feels desired and attractive again. Through Madison Luke feels the connection of woman.

These two connect on so many levels. I think fate had a hand in their paths crossing. They need each other to heal and to possibly…

Autoboyography by Christina Lauren

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REVIEWED BY Micky Barnard 

Autoboyography by Christina Lauren
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

AUTOBOYOGRAPHY was a subtle blow-me-away kind of book. It got its hooks into me so quickly and I didn't want to let go at the end; I'm still mulling it over. This is a book that is completely character-driven, it focuses on friendships, identity, rejection, acceptance and faith.

Tanner is an 18 year old bi guy who is completely at ease with who he is. The concept of love, to him, is about the person, not their gender. Sebastian is a devout LDS guy who doesn't know who he is. There's also a complex but wonderful friendship between Tanner and Autumn threading throughout the read. I don't normally re-synopsis in books, but I can't seem to review this one without some explanation.

"I panic in a burst because I got my hair cut and put on my best clothes and what if instead of looking passably Mormon, I look super gay?"

Tanner and Sebastian in addition to their burgeoning a…

Fraternize by Rachel Van Dyken

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REVIEWED BY Melinda Lazar 

Fraternize by Rachel Van Dyken
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Fraternize by Rachel Van Dyken

I have such mixed feelings right now. I am so freaken confused so I'm just going to babble my thoughts and hope that some sense can be made.

Emerson and Miller were best friends from childhood: they grew up together, had a deep friendship and a strong love for each other. Due to circumstance, Miller has to move away with his father and the friendship, love, connection is severed rather cruelly if you ask me. When he returns a few years later, it's to realize his childhood dream of playing for the Bucks and it's also where he sees Emerson again realizing her own dream of being a cheerleader. Only problem is that within moments of laying eyes on her, Millers teammate, Grant Sanchez has already laid claim to her.

This is where my feelings of confusion come in and it's difficult to pinpoint because I love Van Dyken's writing, her stories, her characters. …

Enough by Dawn L. Chiletz

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REVIEWED BY Monique Cashmere 


Enough by Dawn L. Chiletz
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

4.5🌟's

Enough. How many times do we all feel we aren't enough? I know in my own life, I have questioned this a few times. I can relate to this book on a few levels and see other bits in my friends life. It is a very realistic and moving story that I throughly enjoyed. I am a huge fan of Dawn L. Chiletz and I am cherishing all her novels.

This book could be in a few different categories, friends to lovers, second chance romance, slow burn, family saga - all of which I love to read. This was a sweet story that starts with a woman not sure if her life is where she had hoped it would be. She questions whether she is enough of a mother and wife. I think this is something we all might feel from time to time. Everly needs to find the girl she was to move on to the woman she wants to be. Sometimes going back is better than staying stagnant.

If you like to read stories with some spunk and backbone, grab t…

AudioBook Review of Most Valuable Playboy by Lauren Blakely Narrated by Zachary Webber

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REVIEWED BY Micky Barnard 



Most Valuable Playboy by Lauren Blakely
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

4.5 stars

MOST VALUABLE PLAYBOY was fun from beginning to end. A slower burn heat was the theme in this sports-orientated friends to lovers story. What started as a pretend girlfriend situation developed into the sweetest journey to something deeper. Of course, this is not a new trope, it's something I've read similar types of books before, but I can honestly say I was thrilled as the hours ticked by on this audio.

The title made me think I'd be encountering a jerk, but Cooper was far from this. He was a guy who was focused on becoming an indispensable quarterback to his team. Cooper turned to Violet to get out of a tight corner but their close quarters revealed Vi in a new light. The chemistry builds more gradually than some of Lauren Blakely's quick, hot reads and I loved that aspect of bubbling feelings and gradual touches. The friendship between these two shone beautifully an…

Dirty Little Secret by Kendall Ryan

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REVIEWED BY Becky Cox



Dirty Little Secret by Kendall Ryan
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Dirty Little Secret is stock full of hot mysterious men. Gavin and his brothers will burn this series up with their hotness.

Emma is the mild mannered librarian who has had enough of the quiet life. She fantasizes about a man in the coffee shop for months before she decides that she is ready to take life by the horns. She comes up with a plan, and as we all know things never go as planned. But in endeavoring to pursue her plan, she learns so much about her desires.

Gavin and his brothers grew up poor and set out to make something of themselves. They have reached their financial goals. They work hard and play hard, but none of them have real relationships. Gavin is the hardest working, grumpy brother that never takes time for himself...until Emma.

Cooper, Gavin's brother is always lingering about. Is he in love with Emma? Does he just want her as a good friend? He is just tormenting Gavin? Who knows.

Fireblood by Elly Blake

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REVIEWED BY Micky Barnard


Fireblood by Elly Blake
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

After a bit of a clunky start, FIREBLOOD delivered on a satisfying second part to the trilogy. Once I'd passed the first 10%, I was pulled into court life with Ruby and Arcus. It was no utopia and the politics and racism were rife. Just as I was was settling into the intrigue of the Frost court, the rug was pulled out from under my feet and the story transported me elsewhere, with fights, voyages, new characters and new enemies. The Minax is a particularly creepy creature.

The firebloods themselves were revealed more in this story and I enjoyed Ruby's self discovery hugely, I came to understand her nature, reactions and her heritage. There were a few real twists in this book and each took me by surprise. I loved the rights of passage required of Ruby; the imagery and description was superb through that part of the plot. I am a little unsure about where book two leaves the relationships in this series but…

Salvation At Sunset by Donalyn Maurer

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REVIEWED BY Tina Shobe


Salvation At Sunset by Donalyn Maurer
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Salvation at Sunset is book 5 in the A McGinty's of San Antonio Series. Yes, this is part of a series but this book I think it can easily be a stand alone. Characters from the other books in the series due make appearances in this book.

Garrett has demons. Not only from war but from his upbringing. He's so afraid that once Bella knows everything that he'll lose her.

Bella is one very strong woman. The saying behind every good man is a strong woman would characterize Bella.

It is very interesting as the story unfolds how Garrett's family intermingled with Bella's in the past.

Donalyn covered and brought up two very hard topics in this book...PTSD and KKK. She did a very thorough job on both of these. Just reading the book I know neither topic was an easy one to research and bring to light.

She also has a great way of writing that I felt very invested in this story.

Great job Donaly…

The Break by Marian Keyes

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REVIEWED BY Micky Barnard 

The Break by Marian Keyes
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

THE BREAK was a strangely refreshing read considering that it was, at times, difficult to read in terms of storyline. What Marian Keyes managed to accomplish was narrating the heartbreak of a seemingly solid marriage breaking up, with wit alongside real, tough emotional pain.

There are a number of key characters in this book, but Hugh and Amy are at the fore, it's their marriage on a break after all. I went through many changes in how I felt about both these characters. There were times I could not stand Hugh but also moments where he had my compassion. Amy was frustrating in the main but I could see myself being equally stupid in the decision making line, if I was in the same situation. As with all Marian Keyes books, families are prominent in the story and I loved the teenage girls in this book and their narrative.

THE BREAK made me emote hugely. There was barely a time where I wasn't feeling some…

Arm Candy by Jessica Lemmon

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REVIEWED BY Melinda Lazar 


Arm Candy by Jessica Lemmon
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Arm Candy by Jessica Lemmon

Arm Candy is book two in Lemmon's Real Love series and while it's certainly a standalone within the series, I'd strongly suggest reading book one if you want to fully appreciate the relationship (or lack thereof) between Davis and Grace.

Grace is the red-headed bartender -though she prefers to be called a beer mistress- at McGreevy's pub where the delectable Davis likes to frequent rather ahh frequently. Davis is the suit and tie guy who works from home and likes routine, from his breakfast to his seat in the bar. There's clearly a simmering attraction between these two and neither will act on it for pretty much the same reason: Davis seems to be intent on bedding every blonde at the bar. Never a brunette, definitely never a redhead, always the blondes which obviously rules Grace out. This stands firm until the night Grace issues a challenge in the form of a …

Let's Get Textual by Teagan Hunter

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REVIEWED BY Tina Shobe 

Let's Get Textual by Teagan Hunter
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Delia and Caleb have come to the realization that their relationship as a couple is over. It's sad but also very encouraging that these two handle this like adults should. They realize it isn't working, address it and part as friends. Sure there is sadness but I was impressed.

As this relationship is ending Delia gets a text from a strange number. Thinking it's her brother she responds. It doesn't take long for the sender and Delia to realize there is a wrong number involved. They continue the exchanges of texts.

Delia has a personality that not many people would get. She's snarky which makes her texts hilarious. Zach has his own brand of snark which adds more humor. Seriously who gets a baby goat based on a text conversation....our man Zach.

Their friends, Zoe and Robbie encourage them, actually puts them on the spot about meeting in person. Zach has the best first date arranged…

Wild For You by J.C. Reed

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REVIEWED BY Jess

Wild For You by J.C. Reed
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I don't really know what to say about WILD FOR YOU by J.C Reed, because I really wasn't WILD for it.

I was expecting something good after reading the blurb-which is why I asked for the chance to read about a sexy cowboy/wrangler/bull rider, but all I got in Case was a rude, sometimes romantic, self indulgent rich boy who thought only of himself for a long, long time. The patience Erin had with him was incredible...I would have ditched the dude long before she did. I was fond of Erin as a character though, she was strong willed and tough as nails and I always appreciate that in a female lead.

Eventually things lightened up. The first half was rather like a game of ping pong-back and forth with the threats and the insults, but I waited out the banter and hoped for more of a story line later in the read. I got it towards the 65% mark and I was happy with what Reed did with the characters and I was super interest…

The Hating Game by Sally Thorne

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REVIEWED BY Micky Barnard 

The Hating Game by Sally Thorne
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book lived up to every bit of hype I've seen on all my social media feeds. I want to shout from the rooftops how much fun I had reading this and how impossible it was to put the book down because of the chemistry between the two lead characters. Sometimes office settings for romance work for me, but more often they don't. This is my favourite ever office hate-fight-simmer-steam-romance and it is one of my top reads of the year.

These two characters are: Lucinda, the petite, feisty joint-second in command at a publishing house and Joshua, cold, hard and gorgeous joint-second in command. Their hating game is an epic battle that transforms into a different kind of battle over time. The character's banter was so entertaining, the situations they created were ridiculous and funny and their softer sides were delightful.

If you need a lift, a read that will both absorb you and make you feel…

We Own Tonight by Corinne Michaels

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REVIEWED BY Becky Cox

We Own Tonight by Corinne Michaels
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Every girl wants the fantasy of being with their rock star crush, just once. Heather gets to live this fantasy with Eli.

I liked that the characters are older, 30's and 40's. Now..now.. don't get upset with me, I am not saying that is old, I am in my 50's. I am just saying most of the romance novels are about late teens and 20 somethings.

I am a lover of all things music. I go to festivals all the time. I married a music man (yeah okay he has a day job). So the one night with your fantasy rock star is high on my list. Heather gets that night and then splits. I wanted to slap her and say, "hang around for seconds girl!"

Eli is mature in age, later in his career and somewhat mellowed from his groupie days. He is darn near perfect. His pursuit of Heather is both amusing and heartwarming.

These two characters made me laugh numerous times and swoon a time or two as well. I am forever…

Keeper by Amy Daws

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REVIEWED BY Monique Cashmere

Keeper by Amy Daws
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

OMGosh! I am addicted to these Harris brothers! And Booker did not disappoint at all, he was just as swoon worth as the twins.

I want to start with how I love a friends to lovers romance, there is just something about it that sings to my heart. And the bond that Poppy and Booker have is special. She knew that going to the next level would be as amazing as she has dreamed and fantasized about, it was Booker and his insecurities that made it difficult to go there. With a little help with the girls - Belle and Indie - and a couple of slips, Booker's eyes start to open.

My second love is family banter and strong loyalty ties, and this book has plenty. All four brothers tease and taunt that has you giggling, but don't ever try to go up against one, or you will encounter the Harris Shakedown from all of them. Let's not leave out their sister Vi, who really is in control of the whole tribe.

Even though thi…

Keeper by Amy Daws

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REVIEWED BY Isa Jones

Keeper by Amy Daws
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Amy Daws is MY queen of British Rom-Coms.
Keeper is the 3rd book in the Harris Brothers Series. Although not officially as series as such, Challenge and Endurance tells the tale of Camden and Tanner respectively. Fans of the stories have been patiently waiting for the youngest brother, Booker to have his own story and Amy has delivered this to her expecting fans who were almost waiting to hear the next premiership transfer LOL.

I devoured this book in (almost) one go. I loved how Amy can completely grab the reader's attention and just transport you into a world of romance with a bit of laughs along the way.

Poppy and Booker have been friends since childhood. Booker had found Poppy at a point in his life when the loss of the person who he loved the most, devastated his whole family and altered life as he once knew it. From that first moment, they become inseparable. As they grew so did their bond sharing many laugh…

Drunk Dial by Penelope Ward

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REVIEWED BY Isa Jones

Drunk Dial by Penelope Ward
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Have you ever done something on impulse particularly after a drunken night? Yes, I know right, I think most people, like I did, would say YES!
Well this is exactly what happens to the heroine of this latest book by Penelope Ward.

I loved the character of Rana Saloomi. She is your typical girl next door who is struggling to make rent, has a crazy roommate, a bit of an over conservative Dad and has had her fair share of heartbreak and sorrow in her life.

Growing up was hard living as the daughter of "the help" in the house of Landon Roderick. As far as friendships go, theirs was one that was meant to withstand the test of time, everything was happy as long as she had Landon and he made her childhood a memorable one. Then one day Rana found herself having to leave behind the life she had learnt to love and particularly Landon. The saddest part was never saying goodbye.

Fast forward 13 years and after a…