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Royally Matched by Emma Chase

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REVIEWED BY Melinda Lazar 

Royally Matched by Emma Chase
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Royally Matched by Emma Chase

What an absolutely fitting story for Henry! I loved everything about this book and could not put it down even once!

I adored Henry when we met him in Royally Screwed but really fell in love with him in Royally Matched. I have to say that I felt so sorry for Henry; the role of King of Wessco has been thrust upon him and it's something he neither wanted or was prepared for. He's accustomed to living a carefree life that's predominantly about the partying and the good times and unfortunately, it's all about to change through no choice of his own.

He takes some much needed time out and takes part in a reality television show (think The Bachelor) where the future King *may* pick a bride. He thinks he'll be in for a fun time with shenanigans taking place after the cameras stop rolling but doesn't count on striking a relationship with the sister of one of …

Roman by Sawyer Bennett

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REVIEWED BY Melinda Lazar 

Roman by Sawyer Bennett
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Roman by Sawyer Bennett

Having read Max just a few days ago, I was extremely apprehensive about getting into Roman because there wasn't much that I enjoyed about the former. I'm so glad I persevered and read this. It was a great fun and flirty read with engaging and likable characters.

Lexi has recently lost her mother to cancer and on her mothers deathbed finally learned the identity of her father. She reaches out to Brian Brannon, president and CEO of the Cold Fury not wanting a single thing but a sense of belonging and family. I really liked Lexi; she was fun and funny and strong and resilient and very very sweet. I actually think she was pretty perfect: she didn't want to hurt anyone but went about and did what suited her and made herself happy.

Roman is the teams baddest bad boy. He's a beast on the ice, and does what he wants, when he wants, how he wants and consequences be damned. He&#…

The Hot One by Lauren Blakely

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REVIEWED BY Melinda Lazar 

The Hot One by Lauren Blakely
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The Hot One by Lauren Blakely

This second chance romance is the perfect blend of sexy, sweet, and oh so romantic and is delivered with Blakely's signature style. This is the story of Tyler, a hot-shot entertainment lawyer (and cousin to Clay!!) and his college girlfriend, Delaney.

After Tyler broke her heart all those years ago, Delaney certainly moved on and changed career paths to become a massage therapist. She has amazing friends, a successful business, and is indeed happy but she's never forgotten Tyler and no one else has ever measured up to him. In any way, shape, or form. As with all of Blakely's heroines, Delaney is a strong, self-sufficient woman. She doesn't take nonsense and isn't afraid to speak her mind. However, when Tyler begs another chance from her, she is understandably hesitant in allowing him back in.

I've yet to meet a Blakely boy I haven't loved and Ty…

Mister Wrong by Nicole Williams

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REVIEWED BY Micky Barnard 

Mister Wrong by Nicole Williams
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

MISTER WRONG was good-easy reading, the kind of book that is effortless to delve into and stay engaged with. It had mild angst with twin brothers Jacob and Matt and Cora, a flippy-floppy woman in the middle. Cora's place between these two men was not new, she'd been conflicted for years regarding her feelings for them both, but she was marrying Jacob. What ensued were car-crash actions on impulse, that led to impossible circumstances.

"Wait. Hold up. So there was a runaway groom and now a runaway wife? God, I can't get this much drama even with my cable description."

Cora and Jacob were a couple difficult to fathom, but Cora was blind to the reality of their relationship, with Matt, she just didn't let herself see a future. Matt was the kind of good guy that made you want one for yourself, but I did want to know him deeper than I was able to. The same with Cora, I wanted to get…

Roman by Sawyer Bennett

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REVIEWED BY Micky Barnard 


Roman by Sawyer Bennett
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

4.5 stars

This was one of the most enjoyable Cold Fury instalments yet. I loved some of the early books most until now, until ROMAN. This was a book with parallel stories and family was central to the feel of this read.

ROMAN has one of my favourite heroines in the whole series. Lexi is really out of the box in terms of the women that have come before in Cold Fury. She was quirky and strong with a soft, loving centre. Lexi was the kind of woman who is willing to put herself out there and risk her heart for the promise of reward. It was impossible not to like her, her spark, sense of style and simplicity of life. Roman himself was not a natural pairing for Lexi at first glance but Lexi brought him to a standstill and caused re-evaluation of his lifestyle and isolation. I wasn't sure I liked Roman until I saw how he was with Lexi; these two were total, serious steam with a side of slow burn. Their connection …

Mack Daddy by Penelope Ward

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REVIEWED BY Isa Jones



Mack Daddy by Penelope Ward
My rating: 5 of 5 stars








If one could only use one word to describe this book, mine would be; supercalifragilisticexpialidocious, well I never said that it had to be a short word LOL.
According to the English Oxford Dictionary, the definition of such word is: Extraordinarily good; wonderful, and that is what this book was.

Where to start; Even though this is not how the story begins, Francesca "Frankie" and Mackenzie who will be known from this point onwards as "Mack" met in the most peculiar of ways, I wont go into details and spoil the moment for you but let me tell you that when you read you will be in hysterics. After having to move out of her place Frankie asks one of her friends for a place to stay. She knew her friend had a roommate but never in a million years was she expecting to share the accommodation with such a perfect specimen of a man. Their first "interlude" is, as aforementioned one for the…

Going Down Hard by Carly Phillips

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REVIEWED BY Isa Jones


Going Down Hard by Carly Phillips
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Oh I wanted so badly to give this book the full 5 star rating but I sadly felt there was just something missing.

DO NOT GET ME WRONG I loved the storyline and as with all her previous books in perfect Carly way they have elements we all crave for these type of stories.

At the beginning of the book we meet Derek West and Cassie Storm. He is pretty much the son of the help, however there is even from the start a connection between both of them and so far Derek has put Cassie on a pedestal. Sadly one day this changes and perhaps in its own way, is the driving force behind Derek's determination to do whatever it takes to become someone and to hope that one day he can prove his worth. Sadly his time at Cassie's family doesn't end well for his parents and this puts a wedge between his true feelings and those of "revenge". As time is brought forward destiny places them in each other path, h…

Pucked Off by Helena Hunting

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REVIEWED BY Monique Cashmere

Pucked Off by Helena Hunting
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Lance has always intrigued me, throughout this whole series, I knew his story was going to be a doozy, and it was! The first chapter had me hurting for him so bad and I just wanted to know more. Helena was brilliant in setting up this story line. From the earlier books, you assume you know the outcome, but the old saying of two sides to every story rings true.

Lance was just so compelling and consuming. He will be the first to tell you it is either a little or full force. And Lance at full force is delectable. His story is not an easy one to hear, he has demons from his childhood that has deep scars and makes it hard for him to trust. He has been burnt before. After getting into a bar brawl, saving a woman from domestic violence, he is in need of a therapeutic massage to get the kinks out before the pre season game. This in itself is torture, and not because of all the bruising. Although, an unexpected …

Royally Matched by Emma Chase

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REVIEWED BY Jess 

Royally Matched by Emma Chase
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

5 TITEBOTTUM STARS

Gahhhh! I want to rewind the last 24 hours and start this all over again. I adored this book. My cheeks hurt from smiling and I'm going to have a crap book hangover for days, but who cares because ROYALLY MATCHED was soooo worth the wait.

Fellow book friends, you're going to fan girl over Emma CHASE after this read if you haven't already. She has a way with words, I tell ya. You know you're going to love a book when the first word written is, "BALLS". I mean, come on, if you haven't got a sense of humour, don't bother picking up this read because folks, I laughed my ass off. I also wanted to cry and throw my kindle, but I digress. Just read it already ;)

Firstly, I need to address the hilarious names of people in this book! Lady Sarah Von Titebottum? Who comes up with this stuff? Insert any crude joke you want but I bet CHASE has already thought of it. Neverth…

The Orphan's Tale by Pam Jenoff

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REVIEWED BY Micky Barnard 



The Orphan's Tale by Pam Jenoff
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This was a heart-stopping and painful read but there are no regrets in reading it. THE ORPHAN'S TALE broke my heart at the beginning and it didn't stop there. The premise for this story had me searching for the history behind the start of the book; a boxcar of babies on their way to be transported to a concentration camp and a young infant saved. This was based in reality and I can say this book was very well researched and story throughout felt so tangible.

The two main characters in this book, Noa and Astrid are two women brought together through the rough and barren circumstances of war. They develop that kind of bond that feels like sisterhood. The main story centralises around a circus, such a contrast to war and occupation but this wasn't a joyful, fun life. These two aerialists, learner and mentor, continued in this world just to survive. There was a wonderful cast of characters b…

Claimed by Two Masters by Claire Thompson

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REVIEWED BY Isa Jones

Claimed by Two Masters by Claire Thompson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I was very excited to have been given the opportunity to review this book, the blurb had me hooked and was dying to read on.
I hadn't read a BDSM book in a while because there was a time when I just couldn't get enough of the genre, I think after Fifty Shades a lot of books and Authors were riding the wave and were desperate to be the next top read, so I think is hard after all these years to come up with a storyline which is fresh and original.

I have to say I thought the idea behind the plot was very clever and as I mentioned before after reading so many books of the kind I guess you could say, I had some expectations. Claire however completely surprised me because it wasn't what I was expecting at all and for that I congratulate her.

Shea is a very clever woman who has pretty much based her assumptions on sex on theoretical explanations, she is completely knowledgeable as far as inf…

Pieces of Heaven by Natasha Madison

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REVIEWED BY Isa Jones

Pieces Of Heaven by Natasha Madison
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I absolutely loved the second instalment of this series.

In the first book Natasha had me on the edge of my seat with Bella and Jackson's story. It was such a beautiful tale about finding love after such struggles and how in spite of enduring physical abuse you can be resilient and come out stronger than ever. Whilst reading Hell and Back I was dying to see more of Mick and to finally understand why he is such a hard nut to crack.

From the outside Mick is such a sad yet complex character, there is something deep which has made him the man he is today and as I read on I was so utterly sadden by his past and at the same time was able to understand so much how his abandonment issues ultimately were preventing him from having a healthy relationship and allow him to move on with his life, it was like being stuck in limbo, that was until he met Marissa.

Their initial encounter took place on the first boo…

Pucked Off by Helena Hunting

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REVIEWED BY Monique Cashmere 

Pucked Off by Helena Hunting
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Lance has always intrigued me, throughout this whole series, I knew his story was going to be a doozy, and it was! The first chapter had me hurting for him so bad and I just wanted to know more. Helena was brilliant in setting up this story line. From the earlier books, you assume you know the outcome, but the old saying of two sides to every story rings true.

Lance was just so compelling and consuming. He will be the first to tell you it is either a little or full force. And Lance at full force is delectable. His story is not an easy one to hear, he has demons from his childhood that has deep scars and makes it hard for him to trust. He has been burnt before. After getting into a bar brawl, saving a woman from domestic violence, he is in need of a therapeutic massage to get the kinks out before the pre season game. This in itself is torture, and not because of all the bruising. Although, an unexpected …

HIDING by N.M. Catalano

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REVIEWED BY Becky Cox 


HIDING by N.M. Catalano
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I have enjoyed watching the characters of the Stranger series develop and grow. I have further enjoyed reading each of the stories. I missed Perfect (sorry N.M.) and will have to read it.

Hiding is Rico and Maria's story.

A different side of Rico is exposed in this book and his past is revealed and explains much of his previous behavior. As Hiding develops it shows was a great guy Rico really is.

"Tragedy struck in an alley in the middle of the afternoon in broad daylight. I'd been a walking time in a breathing corpse waiting to detonate after that."

Maria suffers a devastating event and in trying to do the right thing stirs up some major trouble from the wrong people. She flees to North Carolina to stay with her aunt.

Rico and the crew go out to eat at the restaurant where Maria is working and sparks fly. These two are hot together and their banter is hilarious. Rico's bossy side is hot.

An…

HIDING by N.M. Catalano

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REVIEWED BY Ann Meemken


HIDING by N.M. Catalano
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

When I was first introduced to Rico he came off as arrogant jerk. I did not trust him and he seemed secretive. Which comes in handy in his profession. As we see more of him in Stranger series, he redeemed himself by his actions. In Black Ink, I seen him him in a different light. I could not wait to see how this story was gonna play out. I knew Maria was gonna have her hands full with Rico. She was strong, sassy, and could hold her own with him. He did come off as an ass hat in beginning but the interaction between him and Maria that first meeting was funny, and smoking hot. It showed both of them that they were both just existing, not living. Maria got him to open up and let his guard down about his past. It showed her she could trust him. It was beautiful watching their relationship blossom. The journey helps put some of their demons to rest.

I love this quote "Life is a sequence of events, moments strung to…

Gilded Cage by Vic James

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REVIEWED BY Micky Barnard 

Gilded Cage by Vic James
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

2.5 stars

This was a book with big aspirations but patchy execution. I thought I was getting into some kind of dystopia with 'special skilled people'. On the one hand, that's what I got, on the other it was much more than this, almost too much of many other things. This is a hugely political read, which I am not adverse to but it was inherently confusing due to an overly large cast of characters, many of similar importance; I didn't know where to place my focus.

The start to the book is gentle (post-prologue), introducing a family who are about to do their ten years time in subservience. Hierarchy is the name of the game in GILDED CAGE and if you're not skilled then you have to forfeit your rights as a person and serve the skilled for ten years in slavedays. This family were from Manchester and as a Mancunian myself, I was piqued at this facet to the book. Manchester had a slaveday town ca…

Deceit in Bloom by Jennifer Michael

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REVIEWED BY Becky Cox 


Deceit in Bloom by Jennifer Michael
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Deceit in Bloom is the perfect title for this story. This one has a big ole cliffy so be prepared.

What a great debut novel for Jennifer Michael. It is turny (I don't think that is a word), twisty and sexy. Clever banter between characters. Burke and Paisley are like a ticking time bomb that explodes.

I am just happily reading along. Paying attention to figure out the "who done it." Then, BAM, the ending. Oh Holy Hannah, the ending.

The supporting characters, Kai, Teagan and Braelyn, are all cleverly written and add so much to the main story line.

I want to have word vomit here but don't want to give away the plot. You need to experience it first hand. I am just here, hanging out, waiting patiently for the next book. I am not going to message the author and bug her or anything. Well, maybe just a little nudge. (winks)

I was given a copy for an honest review.

Review by Becky for Jo&a…

Mack Daddy by Penelope Ward

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REVIEWED BY Becky Cox 


Mack Daddy by Penelope Ward
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Loved loved Mackenzie! He is pretty perfect, except for the whole breaking Frankie's heart thing.

Frankie had blossomed since college. She had grown more confident. Definitely dressed better. She still wasn't a fan of people. Kids yes, adults, not so much. I liked Frankie. She was heart broken but proceeded to achieve her goals. She may have hidden emotionally for a while but she made it happen career wise.

Mack is an ovary buster. He is a caring, involved single father. He's definitely on all the mom's DILF list. His path was not always his own and even though he hurt Frankie I really think he did what he had to do. When his mission became Frankie, he pulled out all the stops.

Mack Daddy is told in alternating POV's and flashbacks. It worked for me. The flashbacks explained some of the angst between them. I enjoy being in the male character's head. The male perspective is always ente…

Park Avenue Prince by Louise Bay

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REVIEWED BY Joanne Swinney 


Park Avenue Prince by Louise Bay
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

5 Blissful stars


By God, she did it again. Louise Bay has an incredible talent for drawing me into her stories to the point I forget there's an outside world, kids and a husband that's waiting to be fed. Oops! But it was so worth it.

Sam Shaw is no reigning prince of any type of monarch. I wouldn't even characterise him as Prince Charming, more a prince among men, and it's definitely fitting that he's the, Park Avenue Prince.

Sam has worked hard to become the successful man he is today. He wasn't born into money, no handouts were offer to him. I'm not even sure he would have accepted any. What stands out the most is everything he tries to avoid in life, love, commitment he does them exceedingly well regardless of what he protests. He loves with passion, he commits to things in the future without even realising its indefinite.

Sam is not only a hot man of defining huge mu…

Teach Me Something by Aubrey Bondurant

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REVIEWED BY Kari Cox 

Teach Me Something by Aubrey Bondurant
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Another great book by Aubrey Bondurant! This was a super cute story. Catherine is trying to go out of her comfort zone and reconnect with the dating world. The way she goes about it is different and quite entertaining - this includes Calvin, who seems like the perfect guy to help her venture into new territory. Will is drool worthy. Aubrey gives us a perfect visual of the hunk of a man he is, add everything else we learn about his character, and he's perfect. I'll take one just like him. This story has some drama, some heartbreak, and lots of humor. The mud scene was hilarious. I also enjoy getting bits and updates of characters we've met in previous books. This is a fun, entertaining series!

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

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A Thousand Letters by Staci Hart

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Reviewed by Becky Cox 


A Thousand Letters by Staci Hart
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A Thousand Letters pulled at my heart strings from the beginning. It is a second chance romance set around a terminal illness of a family member.

Elliot best friend Sophie's father has fallen ill. Sophie also happens to be the sister of the boy who broke her heart.

Wade left for the military at 18 and hasn't been home but briefly for holidays over the years. Elliot hasn't see him since he left.

I was a bit frustrated with Wade at times in his reasoning for his actions. On one had I can see why he did what he did initially but then I think he could have mended fences.

Elliot was a mouse who grew to be a cat. I wanted to push her or yell at her family at times but she came into her own eventually. I get her wanting to avoid conflict and sometimes it is easier to just agree than to argue but at some point you have to put on your big girl panties and she did.

The story was very emotional for me. …