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Saturday, 15 July 2017

Hello Forever by Sarina Bowen

REVIEWED BY Jess




Hello Forever (Pay it Forward, #2)Hello Forever by Sarina Bowen
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Ahhh, what can I say...I am a sucker for anything Sarina Bowen and ITS NEVER OVER by Nealy Wagner or HELLO FOREVER by Bowen is all that I wanted it to be.

Writing from a pseudonym's perspective must be difficult for a writer. Especially when the subject matter can be considered taboo for some. BUT NOT FOR ME. I love M/M romances and Bowen is the Queen in my opinion when it comes to matters of the heart, be it male or female.

It really pains me to hear that love cannot be rejoiced just because of someone's sexual orientation. Why the heck does it matter who you love? Who you care for? Who you want to spend the rest of your life with? Falling in love when you're a teenager and just starting to get a grip on who you are is never easy. Figuring out you're gay when your deadbeat dad is a homophobic bastard, makes things a heck of a lot worse.

Cax has known for a very long time that he is gay. But he has never been able to tell anyone for fear of rejection, harassment, and judgement. Finding solace at a Church group as a teenager always made him feel better, especially when he becomes friends with the beautiful Axel. Cax always had to hide who he was, except for when Axel came into the picture. Though it was a brief reprieve, it was always welcome-Church group never lasted long enough for Cax. Axel, the emotionally stronger of the two, had a wonderful mother growing up, who fostered him and provided him with the tools necessary to accept who he was as a human being. Never having to really hide from anyone, Axel wasn't ever in the closet. He came out in high school and lived his life to the fullest. The same cannot be said for Cax, though he wished it could have been that way. Having his mother pass away from Cancer when he was young and a military maniac for a father and three brothers to look after, he never spent any time taking care of himself.

After a wonderful, yet life changing experience at Church group one summer when they were 16, Cax and Axel were torn apart. For 8 years there was no contact. Even though the feelings they had for one another never went away. Feelings for someone who you are emotionally tied to that strongly are nearly impossible to disappear, despite the years in between. Running into each other after all that time, and not much had changed for Cax, but it had for Axel and he was going to fight for what and WHO he wanted.

Axel is my hero. The awful things that happened to him, the hurt, the slander, it didn't sway him from his feelings for his love at all. He kept at it, he left space when needed, and he was there, physically and emotionally whenever he needed to be. Cax never once took Axel for granted, he was in a horrid situation caused by his heinous father and he did what he thought necessary to protect his brothers. But eventually, enough was enough, and Cax did what he had to do to fight for what he believed in, for love and for the future of his life.

BOWEN has a knack for creating the most believable and tangible characters. She tackles hard to hear subject matter with grace and class and ALWAYS delivers with her superb writing skills. I adored hearing about Josh and Caleb and I truly look forward to the next installment-hoping to have a happy ending for Jason!

I will take any opportunity there is to read anything by Bowen, she is one of the greats for me.

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Friday, 14 July 2017

Tycoon by Katy Evans

REVIEWED BY Isa Jones


TycoonTycoon by Katy Evans
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Katy Evans knows how to write a great romance!

I loved the story of Christos's and Bryn's, it was so beautiful and so HOT!!!
I am a big fan of stories involving friends to lovers or second chance romance and this book had that in spades!! Every encounter between the leads was sizzling HOT and it had me blushing at times. Aaric wasn't your typical mean and gruff alpha, there was a softer and charming side of him that I couldn't help but love. It took me a while to figure Bryn out, but once I was completely submerged in the story, I adored her.

I love the ease that Katy writes with and even though at times you want to smack the ML on the head everything is done with purpose and at the right time. What I love about these kind of stories is that when I finish the book I always have a sense of longing and I just don't want to let go. I never have enough of Katy's books they are just completely addictive.

I received an ARC in exchange of an honest review and I jump with glee for having had the chance to get my hands on this book.

5 STARS! Joandisalovebooks

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Thursday, 13 July 2017

Cocky Client by Whitney G.

REVIEWED BY Micky Barnard


Cocky Client (Steamy Coffee Collection, #3)Cocky Client by Whitney G.
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This was the epitome of quick, hot, jerky fun. It felt to be a shorter read than previous coffee collection offerings and I loved reading it in a short sitting. Whitney G excels at writing the obnoxious man who somehow gets under your skin and grows on you. I don't want him in real life, but I sure enjoyed reading about him.

COCKY CLIENT was an office romance and that's a favourite context for me. Ryan is the impossible client for Penelope's PR agency. There was no way to manage this man. There were doses of one night stand, office complications, emails and feelings. I just snorted at Ryan's sometimes ridiculous behaviour, but I was amused and interested. Ryan overtook most of the scenes so that Penelope was a little backseat.

All in all this was a great, small dose read with all the heat you would expect from Whitney G.

A copy of this book was provided by the author in return for a honest review.

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The Butterfly Project by Emma Scott



Reviewed by Micky Barnard 



The Butterfly ProjectThe Butterfly Project by Emma Scott
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

4.5 stars

Emma Scott consistently blows me away with her unique characters and storylines; THE BUTTERFLY PROJECT was no exception. This makes everything she writes stick with me, in the best way. I can recall her books in detail.

THE BUTTERFLY PROJECT explores a number of issues such as surviving in near poverty, living with guilt, fractured family relationships and trust. This is all accomplished through Zelda, the graphic novel artist with a hideous experience that haunts her and Beckett the most lovely guy with much to regret. These two were such interesting and likeable characters, I felt so curious to get to know more about both of them. Their meeting was truly serendipitous and their friendship was a gradual joy. Beckett was reluctant to let himself live and I really wanted something more for him in life.

This was a read of undulating emotions, sometimes very level but with pitching to the high emotions. It made me cry a few times and I'm a reluctant crier at books, which demonstrates Emma
Scott's ability to really make you invested and feel what Zelda and Beckett were. The graphic story really spoke to the emotional temperature too. The side characters were rich and full of depth, Roy was my favourite, he made me all warm and fuzzy.

If you've not dipped your toe into Emma Scott's writing yet, this is a good one to start with and it's a standalone.

A copy of this book was provided by the author through netgalley, in return for an honest review.

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Dating The Billionaire by Poppy Dunne


REVIEWED BY Monique Cashmere



Dating the BillionaireDating the Billionaire by Poppy Dunne
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I always enjoy reading a Poppy Dunne novel, and this one is no exception. There are so many things to appreciate with this book, and Dahlia was one of them. She was the sort of character that as a teen wasn't appreciated for her quirks and felt more order was needed to achieve in life. So she created a whole lot of rules and became a professional dating expert. Although rules are meant to be broken, just ask Jack. He is the total opposite with the rules. He is a self made billionaire who lives life to the fullest and takes no prisoners. The thing that holds dear to them both is family. Jack maybe flippant with certain things, but when push comes to shove, his family is the most important, which endears Dahlia more.

The first night Dahlia meets Jack, she brakes so many rules. The attraction is undeniable, and they hit it off straight away. They have great chemistry that brings out her sassiness and his wit, the banter is funny. The beginning seemed a little rushed and forced, but once I got to know these two and their quips, I fell right into the story and got a kick out of it. It is told in dual POV, which I am a big fan of and works extremely well for this breezy schtick.


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The Red by Tiffany Reisz

REVIEWED BY Becky Cox 



The RedThe Red by Tiffany Reisz
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I am an obsessed Tiffany Reisz reader/fan and let me tell you, of all the crazy sh** she has written, did not see this one coming.

First I flove the cover. I went to a signing in April and bought the hardback and it is gorgeous.

Second this is erotic fantasy at its very finest. Reisz has a way with words that is unparalleled.

Mona St. James inherits the "The Red" from her mother, whose dying words to Mona were "Do anything you have to, but save The Red." The gallery was on its last leg and it was down to Mona and Tou-Tou the honorary gallery cat.

The hero is a handsome Englishman who is so so very kinky. You can't help but be jealous of Mona. The things he says and does would melt any female and some males. A few chapters my eyes were bugged out and I was like "did I just read, that?" So I would go back and read it again and it would be just as shocking the second time.

I can't tell you the deal she made to try and save the gallery or what transpired because this story is too brilliant to spoil or takeaway from your personal experience when you read it. Just go in with an open mind because it is dirty, dark and mind blowing and I loved every second of it. I re-read almost all of Tiffany's books and this will be no exception.

Thank you Tiffany for another exhilarating experience.

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Jilted by Sawyer Bennett

REVIEWED BY Melinda Lazar 



Jilted (Love Hurts, #2)Jilted by Sawyer Bennett
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Jilted by Sawyer Bennett

This was a second-chance romance from Sawyer Bennett in the Love Hurts series of standalones. It's about Eden and Cooper who were so very much in love fourteen years ago. Things changed for them when Eden was approached by a talent scout and swept into the world of modeling and then acting and they both realized that a long-distance relationship wasn't going to work for them. Circumstances have now pushed Eden back to her hometown of Newberry where the first person she encounters on her arrival is Coop and neither is exactly happy to see the other!

I do like a good second chance story and while this was predictable for the most part, it was still enjoyable. Frankly, the characters -more so Cooper- could have done with the occasional kick in the ass but that's most characters at one point or another. I think I would have like a bit more focus on the characters getting to know each other all over again rather than their wonderful sex life (yes, I'm inserting an eye roll right here) but there was, as always, more of a focus on the latter, not so much on the former. For that reason, I'm not sure their story was completely believable. Nonetheless, it was still a good story.

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Wednesday, 12 July 2017

Tied by Carian Cole

REVIEWED BY Isa Jones


Tied (Devil's Wolves, #2)Tied by Carian Cole
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Carian Cole I SALUTE YOU!!!
(Some Spoilers?)

I was completely transfixed with the story and transported into my own happy place.

The story of Holly and Tyler is one I will never forget and one that will always bring me hope on my darkest of days.
I know kids go missing every day everywhere and lately we have been bombarded by different stories of kids disappearing without a trace. However we have also seen stories of kids that have been missing and later found. It was like fate I had seen a program not long ago about a girl in America who vanished and later reappeared after being abducted for over fifteen years. Through the program we never saw the child (well now an adult) and truly grasp what could have been to have been away from her family, friends and everything that she knew before being taken. Well Carian has done that. She has gone into the mind of a girl who has gone through that ordeal and has built a story around that scenario.
Just when Holly was about to give up on hope, the unthinkable happens and she is rescued. For someone who was taken as a child her way of thinking is still in some ways that of a kid. The realisation of being freed from the monster who has abused her mentally and physically, brings a moment of elation and fear. Her prince has at last come to save her but her ordeal is far from over. Going back to her old life is unfitting and terrifying and she can only think of the man with the beautiful eyes.
Tyler has been a recluse for most of his life. After a horrific accident that stole him from all that mattered to him, he went from destructive to disengaged. He has done so many bad things, has made so many bad decision which have forced him to live far away from civilisation. The day he finds the girl in the woods everything changes. But it seems fate has intervened yet again and their paths have set to cross for a reason. His once simple life has become a complication. He doesn't want to feel. He is underserving of good...of love.

Oh how I enjoyed this book. I fell in love with Carian's writing after reading Torn and I was expecting the same sort of story on this second book in the series. However I was pleasantly surprised and was completely shocked as I was not expecting to read this. My heart was breaking at times and I fell in love with both characters immediately. They have both suffered in their own way, their hearts are broken, but together they fight to get their happily ever after and to write their own magical fairytale.

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Narrow Margins by J.J. Harper

REVIEWED BY Isa Jones



Narrow MarginsNarrow Margins by J.J. Harper
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This was a very quick read but a very good book that packed all elements you look in this type of story.

J.J. Harper writes with ease and poise thus delivering a solid MM Romance.

When you suddenly realise the way you have lived your life was not the way it was supposed to be, everything changes. One night is all it took for Griff to open up his eyes into a world of new possibilities, he thought it had been a casual encounter but there was nothing casual about his attraction to Corrie. The morning after brings serious consequences and one man attempts to make things right whilst the other tries to protect the other's reputation, intentions get a bit lost and suddenly the life that Griff used to lead is no more, forcing him to take a leap of faith and a change in career. The move was supposed to be hard but never in a million years he thought to find the object of his obsession and endless sleepless nights. However Corrie can't escape some of the injuries from his past, his wounds are not only the physical kind but run deeper thus preventing him from trusting Griff's intentions. As they both get to spend some time together, revelations come to surface and from then a completely new level into their relationship develops, one will have to prove his worth and the other will have to leave the past behind and look into what the future can be.

I enjoyed this book so much, I gobbled it up in one seating, I liked the fact that it was very straight forward and although there was some drama it did not lingered on it and moved on at a perfect pace. The scenes between the leads were a perfect combination of sensual and romantic.
I would love to read more from this Author.

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Lost and Found by Lucy Lennox and Sloane Kennedy

REVIEWED BY Isa Jones



Lost and FoundLost and Found by Lucy Lennox
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book took my breath away..

This is the first book in the Twist of Fate series by bestselling Authors, Lucy Lennox and Sloane Kennedy. Their first run at co-writing has set the stage for more greatness to come.

Bennett and Xander had the kind of relationship that comes only once in a lifetime. Their connection was instantaneous, their attraction, although unknown to them, was immediate and from a very early age a bond was formed. You know the type of bond that you think is unbreakable and that nothing and nobody can ever tear apart. However, Bennett and Xander come from very different economic backgrounds, and even if that is not important to them, there is always someone who is sadly not accepting of the situation. As they grow older and closer and each begin to discover new feelings but circumstances beyond their control separates them. The moment one turns the back on the other creates an unrelenting feeling of doubt, regret and sorrow. Neither thought they will ever set eye on one and other until the day Bennett steps out of a bus and discovers the guide in the expedition is none other than Xander Reed. From then on we are thrown into a magical and beautiful tale of forgiveness, redemption, romance and most importantly of life's second chances where everything is possible if you only believe in the power of love. 

A formidable and unforgettable story. Lucy and Sloane show us what they can do best and that is delight readers with a perfect combination of laughter, drama, romance and passion.
I was fortunate to receive an ARC of this extraordinary story in exchange of an honest review and it was my privilege to have been recipient of a copy.

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Jilted by Sawyer Bennett

REVIEWED BY Micky Barnard 


Jilted (Love Hurts, #2)Jilted by Sawyer Bennett
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This was the kind of solid, heated contemporary I have come to expect from Sawyer Bennett with good writing and a light, engaging storyline. JILTED kept me interested and made me feel good. I read it in 24 hours and I wanted to be reading when I wasn't.

Second chance romance is a trope that never really tires for me, especially when done well. Bennett provides a backstory for the first romance that had good depth, so that I felt willing to invest in a shorter-lived connection when Eden and Coop meet again. Eden is an in-demand movie star and this isn't my favourite character occupation but I was relieved to find this to be inconsequential. Coop initially seemed to be a little superficial, in fact he only engaged in superficial relationships with women based on the physical. With Eden, I loved seeing the change in Coop and he really grew on me as a character.

JILTED had fun times but wasn't an all out rom-com, I liked that subtlety of humour weaved within the narrative. I would highly recommend this book for the kind of light, feel good read for those that like heat, lots of heat.

A copy of this book was provided by the publisher through netgalley in return for an honest review.

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Fiercely Emma by J. Bengtsson

REVIEWED BY Melinda Lazar 



Fiercely Emma  (Cake Series Book Three)Fiercely Emma by J. Bengtsson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Fiercely Emma (Cake Series Book Three) by J. Bengtsson

Hmmm where to begin with this? First of all, this is technically a standalone in the Cake series however, I would highly suggest reading books one and two in order to really appreciate Emma and her story.

What this family has gone through makes my heart ache. I can't even fathom what it must be like to grow up with the nasty shadows hanging over you. While Emma was safe at home, she still bore the brunt of her brothers kidnapping when her mother just couldn't and wouldn't cope. As a teen, Emma had to step in and be a mother to her siblings, look after the house, and try to keep the hope alive. All of these factors and so many more have made Emma the way she is when it comes to relationships. She's perfectly happy to have fun and enjoy herself, but refuses to allow herself to feel any more than the here and now. All of which is understandable. This all changes when she meets the lovely stuntman, Finn who makes her question everything she believes. Finn is pretty much like an overgrown puppy: he has endless energy, has a happy-go-lucky attitude, and despite the shitty hand he's been dealt, is full of positivity and good vibes. In other words, he's the complete opposite of Emma.

I enjoyed this book! I liked, understood, even experienced heartache for Emma. I felt so sorry for what she'd gone through and really wanted her to just loosen up and enjoy life without placing limitations. I felt that Finn was just perfect for her in that regard. He's the complete opposite of everything she finds attractive in a man and yet she can't help but be intrigued by him. He was perfect.

The book is set in the past and present so there's obviously some back and forth happening but it's written in a completely non-confusing way. We get to appreciate what happened all those years ago from another perspective and while I despised Emma's mother from 'before', I came to accept her eventually in the 'now'.

My only negative is that some of the writing felt a little disjointed - and this has nothing to do with the back and forth-ing. Nonetheless, this is absolutely an enjoyable read and the series is one I heartily recommend.

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For the Birds by Denise Grover-Swank

REVIEWED BY Monique Cashmere



For the Birds (Rose Gardner Investigations #2)For the Birds by Denise Grover Swank
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

When I pick up a Rose Gardner Book, I never know where she is going to lead us. What starts out as a simple lost bird investigation turns into something so much more.

Rose and Neely Kate are very busy girls. They have their landscaping business to attend to with Bruce Wayne. Rose still has the nursery with Violet, and on top of all that, they have decided to do a little PI work. These two work well together and with their different connections, they get answers quicker than others seeking the same thing.

Rose has a lot of sole searching in this book. She also makes up for lost time with Neely Kate. There were a few times in the book I wasn't sure what Rose was thinking, and to be honest, I am still trying to reconcile some of her actions. We get to hear from some of our favourite characters too, Joe, Maeve and even Violet is back. Miss Mildred has a part in this latest investigation, which had me giggling.

I truly adore this series, and the last one for that matter, and fall into these books with a passion. Rose is one special lady indeed.


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Train Wreck by T. Gephart

REVIEWED BY Jess


Train WreckTrain Wreck by T. Gephart
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

TRAIN WRECK by T. Gephart was soooo much fun! I laughed out loud, I swooned and I swore! The opening scene and subsequent light bulb moment from our eccentric lead Eve, was hilarious-as awful as the situation was, and it WAS...in the end, it was the best thing that ever happened to her.

Can a rich person be an artist? Can they FEEL? Are they capable of emotion? Some say NO. Eve is NOT a struggling artist. She has everything she wants at her finger tips. Except depth, creativity and talent-so say the reviewers and critics after her horrific debut art show. Destroyed and defeated, she looks for some comfort in her "boyfriend", Oliver. Except Oliver has other things on his mind, and ahem, on his body. After some soul searching, and the efforts from a interesting "friend", she finds a way to move on and move up!

Eve is a fabulous character. Resilient, resourceful, funny and smart. Josh, the hot tattoo artist she happens to come across seems to agree. But, after agreeing to mentor her for a bit, to help her get her groove back, he decides that even though she is GORGEOUS, he can't sleep with her because ooooopppsss, she is now his employee-secretary can now be added to her resume. Josh was in a bind at his shop, and Eve was recently rewarded a leave so it all worked out. Except-when two people are extremely attracted to one another, it usually only ends up going one way ;)

(bow-chika-wow-wow)

Josh. Josh. Josh. You were the greatest. I have a HUGE crush on you. Not just on your beautiful body, but because of your brilliant mind and generous heart. Always there when Eve needed you and you never really had your own drama. Drama free men are a real turn on! I loved how you cared your friends and Eve and it was such a nice experience being able to watch you help Eve grow into the stronger, tougher girl she was always meant to be.

Solid read. Super sexy. Loved the characters and the writing flowed beautifully. I was sucked right in from the beginning and I loved the journey I was taken on. The end was a little rushed for me. I would have loved a little longer epilogue, but all in all, fabulous!

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Train Wreck by T. Gephart


REVIEWED BY Monique Cashmere 


Train WreckTrain Wreck by T. Gephart
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I'm sure we have all felt our life has been a train wreck at some point. Eve's life was running smoothly until she comes home early from work and makes a nasty discovery. Things change dramatically from that point on. She feels a local tattoo artist is going to help her out of her art funk. He opens her eyes up in so many ways. Eve and Josh have a tremendous connection. And as much as Josh wants to be a gentleman and do the right thing, it's too strong for both of them.

There were a lot of things I liked about this book. This couple had some exceptional banter that was so sweet. I loved Eve could work out that if she needed a hero, the first place to look was in the mirror. And also, that the characters weren't arrogant. They each had those self doubts and misconceptions with a new relationship. I felt it made both Josh and Eve very realistic. Even though the story line seemed familiar and I was expecting more humor, this is a book not to be missed. I am hoping one secondary character gets his own book - Dallas' story will be very interesting indeed.


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Saturday, 8 July 2017

Smitty's Sheriff by Cardeno C.



REVIEWED BY Joanne Swinney 



Smitty's Sheriff (Hope, #3)Smitty's Sheriff by Cardeno C.
My rating: 5 of 5 stars



SIGH…… Simply beautiful. Cardeno C always delivers a romantic story that touches your heart, along with some steamy sexual encounters that leave you pining for more.

This is book three in the Hope series and can be read as a standalone, but I highly recommend reading them all. They are too good not to read.

The story of Richard and Todd having a second chance at love. I don’t think they ever fell out of love. Their relationship they had in the past lacked serious communication which led to them splitting up.

Richard is a lot older than Todd, being a retired soldier and looking to settle down. He’s a good man, sexy, he’s the Sheriff of Hope town. He couldn’t help but be attracted to Todd, it was basically there on offer so why not have some fun. He grew to love Todd and wished that Todd felt the same way about him. He didn’t want to share Todd, but he wouldn’t stop him from having fun either.

Todd has a chance to show Richard how serious he is about him. He is determined not to let him down. When Todd moves into Richard’s as planned it’s a dream come true for him. They may not be a couple, but Todd lives in Hope. Oh! That’s a pun. Giggling face inserted here.

I always love picking up a book written by this Author. I know that I am in for an excellent adventure filled with love. I’m looking forward to reading so many more stories, not just about Hope, but all things Cardeno. C

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Thursday, 6 July 2017

Detour by Sid Love

Reviewed by Joanne Swinney 



DetourDetour by Sid Love
My rating: 5 of 5 stars



Being a blogger you’d think I would have learned to read the full blurb, but nope I see something I like or hear about and I am all over it. Actually if I’m honest I am pleased I never read the blurb because it would have deterred me from reading this fantastic story.

The rape scene did have me upset but not as bad as I thought it would have. I think because this Author has written it with care and immediately drew me into the story, as well as given me a time out from the harshness that is all to real in this world.

So, many events happened in this book. It’s full of twists that are very unexpected. The characters are well developed, they each have a role to play and each of them play it so well. This story is ultimately about Austin Reyes and Dylan Carver, but the secondary and even the third characters are equally as important in reading this book.

Austin Reyes is a young man with his whole life ahead of him, but he’s being held back from leading that life. Not because his mother is poorly although she does depend on him a lot, but the fact that other evil influences surrounding Austin keep him from becoming the man he was meant to be.

Austin has so much to deal with, at work he puts up with more than anyone should ever have to. At home he’s looking after for his mother. No social life to speak of, friends are nowhere to be seen. He leads a very lonely existence.

When Austin can’t take any more abuse he leaves his home town of Easton. It’s scary to read and I was praying he’d be alright. Leaving all he has known without a penny to his name, but I was also relieved he was seeking more.

Dylan Carver has a profession I would have never in a million years have guessed. I have to say it brought some very sexy scenes into this story. Just…. WOW, so so good.

Dylan is attracted to Austin I was certain of it. I knew Austin found Dylan sexy, who wouldn’t, but I wasn’t one hundred percent sure if anything would happen between them.

With twists at every corner life was unknown, scary at times, definitely unpredictable. Police, FBI, murder, rape, porn, relationships both M/M and M/F and even F/F. This book has it all.

I hope you read and meet Austin and Dylan’s friends. Every single one of them has a voice that speaks to you. There are two characters that you will instantly dislike but that is, oh, so natural.

There is so much I can say about this book, but I’m finding it difficult to not give any spoilers out. If you love gay romance and like your stories to have plenty of twists in it. Then this is the book for you. Happy reading.

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Wednesday, 5 July 2017

The Catch by K.Bromberg

REVIEWED BY Becky Cox


The Catch (The Player, #2)The Catch by K. Bromberg
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is the second installment in Easton and Scout's story.

My favorite part of this book was Easton's emotional development and his self realization. It was moving to watch him grow and discover his own self worth, outside of baseball.

Scout had some growing to do as well. I was confused as to her relationship with her dad but it all makes more sense by the end of the book.

Bromberg covers a lot of different issues in this book which I won't list here because I don't want to give anything away. All the issues are handled very well and educate us just a little on the insight to dealing with different conditions.

Easton and Scout story was moving. There was so many outside influences effecting their lives that they worked their way through and came out the other side.

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Martinis & Moonlight by Andrea Johnston

REVIEWED BY Tina Shobe



Martinis & Moonlight (Country Road # 3)Martinis & Moonlight by Andrea Johnston
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is book 3 in the Country Road Series but can easily be stand alone. In fact I had not read the previous 2 books prior to reading this one and absolutely had no trouble getting pulled into this book.

Minnie is the definition of giving it all for your family. She steps in to take care of her nieces while her sister is recovering in a rehab center. In the process she moves them into a different town, loses her own relationship (which I don't consider was much of a loss) and takes a leave of absence from her job. She is one in a million.

Through her new job with Jackson at his construction company she gains 'real' friends and gets connected with Owen. Owen had a rough upbringing. Basically hasn't been shown much love. He has no interest in a relationship. Doesn't trust them. He starts off coming across as a self center jerk. But as the story goes along I find myself getting more drawn to him. Personally, I think he portrays himself as self centered to protect himself from feeling.

I love how the author writes from both Minnie and Owen's perspective. I feel it gives the story more depth.

This book really played at my emotions. I felt the loss her sister was dealt, the struggles that both her sister and Minnie are facing, and the feelings that both Minnie and Owen are refusing to acknowledge.

I also felt the strength of Minnie when she's faced with the difficult decision to keep being a 'booty call' or to walk away.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book and highly recommend that this book be a 'must read'. I do plan on going back and reading the first 2 books in the series as I feel it will add another layer of depth to the story.








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The Knocked Up Plan by Lauren Blakely Narrated by Andi Arndt & Sebastian York

REVIEWED BY Micky Barnard


The Knocked up PlanThe Knocked up Plan by Lauren Blakely
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

4.5 stars

THE KNOCKED UP PLAN is now my favourite Lauren Blakely book/listen. It just grabbed at one minute in and stayed at full engagement until the final word. The premise for the book is there in the title and it's a less-used trope that I love. Not only that, the main characters Nicole and Ryder charmed me with their personalities.

Ryder felt a bit of a departure from the normal Blakely hero as he was a beta-alpha-beta kind of man and I fell for his gorgeous, caring, funny and insecure self. You just know he's going to be something special when instead of saying "you're mine", he says "I'm yours". Nicole provided the plan and I really liked her. The chemistry was everything I expect from Blakely's writing talents with that dose of humour that rocks. Here's an abridged quote (because this is audio, I can't check easily) that really made me laugh.

"There he was in his dark blue jeans, jeans that I'm sure gossiped to other jeans about what it was like to hug his thighs."

The narration duo are excellent and Sebastian York was able to translate a more beta male well. I love these two narrators in action, not a lot can go wrong! I always try to listen to Blakely's books rather than read because I just enjoy the humour and characters more this way.

If someone asked me where to start with Lauren Blakely, this would now be my suggestion. Highly recommended to all fans of hot, romantic comedy.

A copy of this audiobook was provided by the author in return for an honest review.

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Wednesday, 28 June 2017

On the Plus Side by Alison Bliss

REVIEWED BY Melinda Lazar 



On the Plus Side (A Perfect Fit #2)On the Plus Side by Alison Bliss
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

On The Plus Side by Alison Bliss.


Valerie has always turned heads and has never been short on male attention and affection from all but the man she really wants. Her brothers best friend, Logan. Logan has finally returned home and has opened up his own bar/club in the hope that he'll manage to raise funds to get his mother out of trouble. When he finds Val's (not) to-do list, he does his best to ensure they tick everything off.

Unfortunately, there wasn't much that I enjoyed about this book. The characters lacked maturity and came across as annoying, especially the way they dealt with issues. I was expecting more humor and quality as I have with the previous books I have read from this author. I will say that I enjoyed the cameo appearances from characters in the previous book of the series. Both books in the series are standalones.

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Drama Luau: A Nicky and Noah Mystery by Joe Cosentino

REVIEWED BY Becky Cox


Drama Luau: A Nicky and Noah MysteryDrama Luau: A Nicky and Noah Mystery by Joe Cosentino
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Nicky and Noah would make a great sitcom. I would watch faithfully. These two are so entertaining.
This is my first is the Nicky and Noah Mystery series. The whimsical story, even though dealing with some serious issues, is great for a rainy day read, or any day really that you need a good laugh.

I read the Cozzi Cove series by this author and while his humor is ever present, Nicky and Noah, Martin and Ruben crack me up. Nicky and Noah are off to Hawaii for their honeymoon with Martin and Ruben in tow and try to produce a luau show when the performers start disappearing.

Their tactics in finding clues and the crazy funny interactions between characters keeps the pages turning. For most of the book if I wasn't laughing I was grinning.

Thanks for an entertaining read Joe!

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Trouble by Avery Flynn



REVIEWED BY Jess


Trouble (Bad Boy Homecoming, #2)Trouble by Avery Flynn
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

TROUBLE by Avery Flynn is the first for me by this author. I'm always keen on reading anything new and I enjoy a quick fun read. I'm a sucker for second chances, and I adore a good sexy time situation. ;)

Leah and Drew have BEEN there and DONE that. A girl has been in love for years with a boy who can't see what she sees. For him, it's only for a good time, and then your classic walk out, run away scenario ensues and she's destroyed and he's none the wiser. A high school reunion is a perfect way for our two mains to reunite. Add is some crazy jewel heist and you've got yourself and twisted plot.

Though I found the story entertaining, and the writing flowed well, I just feel like It fell a little short for me. The tale is a little condensed and at 85% the story is over-which was a bit disappointing. There was some chemistry with Drew and Leah and the sex was kinda hot, and I also really liked the handcuffs!

That's not to say I didn't root for Drew and Leah, I really liked how Flynn was able to make their reunion funny and awkward and just perfect. I especially liked the part when Drew wore his uniform!!

I'd totally give Flynn another go. If you're info a quick, fast, sexy read, with very little angst, but filled with yummy sexual tension-then this is for you!

3.5 I Like Trouble Stars!

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Tuesday, 27 June 2017

Elpida by C. Kennedy

REVIEWED BY Joanne Swinney 



Elpída (Elpida, #3)Elpída by C. Kennedy
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

A life without hope would be sad indeed. A life without people like Michael Sattler would be the saddest of all.

This is the final instalment of the Elpida Series and is about Christy Castle and his battle to live a normal life after suffering incomprehensible abuse, but through this journey that I have taken with every beat of my heart, Michael has stole my breath away many times.

Author Cody Kennedy has a deep empathy for his characters that reaches me on every emotional level, the fear, the tears, the love, I feel it all while reading his words. I believe this to be the greatest gift that a writer could ever achieve. This whole series has had me gripped from the start and I am pleased to say that this book was just what I needed to lay this story to rest.

I think everyone had hoped especially Michael that after Christy’s rescue from the monstrous Yosef, honestly monstrous just doesn’t even cover this despicable excuse for a human, life would be back on track for them, but unfortunately it was far from over.

If you have read the previous two books in this series, Omorphi book one and Tharros book two you will know of a young boy called Thimi. Christy believed that Thimi was dead, since finding out that he is still alive, he wishes to look after Thimi. This is a huge ask for anyone, these are not normal circumstances. We aren’t talking just about feeding and clothing this young boy, he has suffered the worst abuse imaginable, in fact it’s unthinkable. The support he will need will use all of what Christy has and could potentially affect his own recovery.

Michael is feeling lonely since Thimi has shown up. Christy is completely worn out, and considering everything Michael has endured himself since starting a relationship with Christy certainly hasn’t been easy for him either. Michael is my hero, he is the best kind of person.. I hope that anyone finding themselves in bad situation has a Michael just waiting to be their rock.

Hope such a small word, but with so much meaning to someone like Christy. I hope that anyone suffering any form abuse seeks help. Not every person is evil, find that good person and tell them what is happening to you. No one should ever have to suffer at the hands of another.

Author Cody Kennedy you are one in a million. Thank you for sharing the Elpida Series. It will be one of the most memorable series to date.

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Bad Penny by Staci Hart

REVIEWED BY Monique Cashmere


Bad PennyBad Penny by Staci Hart
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Yep, I'm hooked on this one. So much about it had me smiling and laughing, it was brilliant. One of my favourite bits, that there was an INXS song played at Penny's friends wedding. Love that band. Also, Penny's banter is very clever. I snorted when she said she was diddled by Diddle.

Penny is a free spirited woman that has a rule just like baseball, three strikes and your out. She doesn't want to be tied down and lives her life one day at a time. Bodi is the only guy she has wanted to break the rule for. She is A-dick-ted to him, but it is also a lot more. He just gets her and she is dicknotized. And he knows that she is like a wild pony with insecurities and uncertainties, but if he can just play it cool, he thinks he can win her over for good, and hopefully he wont be heartbroken at the end of it all.

This is a must read for all rom-com lovers and Staci Hart fans. Be warned, there is a lot of sex in the story, but that is what Penny is all about. And I feel that she goes from a girl who enjoys a good time, and there is nothing wrong with that, to a girl that now sees how much better it can be with intimacy.
I get the feeling that another of the girls at Tonic will be getting her own book, and I will be sitting here waiting to hear all about it.

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