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Torn by Carian Cole

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REVIEWED BY Isa Jones


"I Am Torn is Over =( " Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why? Totally. Is fast paced, the plot is original. The characters are so well balanced and the chemistry is off the charts!
What was one of the most memorable moments of Torn? OMG seeing the love blossoming between Tor and Kenzi is beautiful, all those flashbacks get you right into the scene, for me maybe it was just that first kiss scene, for readers it was the culminating moment after the whole sexual build up, even though there wasn't at that time more than that kiss you could feel the emotions.
Have you listened to any of Noelle Bridges and Mason Lloyd ’s other performances before? How does this one compare? No this is the first time I heard both and they were brilliant!
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you? Oh so many, I loved the inclusion of little poems or sayings at the beginning of the chapters it makes it even more special to see how each…

Sweet Spot by Stella Rhys

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REVIEWED BY Tina Shobe


Sweet Spot by Stella Rhys
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I knew as soon Lukas and Lia meet that this was going to be a great book. She dripping wet from dashing out of the bath to help her neighbour open the apartment door next to hers and ends up locking herself out. Lukas is not only very good looking he's hilarious. He makes no attempt to look away and doesn't lie about what parts of Lia he 'sees'. I love his personality. As Lia describes him "pecs the size of my face"and "every single muscle on his body is an attention whore". I absolutely love that line.

Lia has been working very hard to get her life back on track and to accomplish her dream of opening a chocolate shop. Her ex boyfriend took advantage of her and she's been celibate and boyfriend free ever since. Her attraction to Lukas has awakened her dormant libido.

Lukas is Tess's brother, who is moving into Tess's apartment while Tess is out of of the country and…

Cozzi Cove: Stepping Out by Joe Cosentino

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REVIEWED BY Becky Cox 

Cozzi Cove: Stepping Out by Joe Cosentino
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Cozzi Cove is full of romance again. Stepping Out works through so many past issues for the main characters and help them move forward with their lives.

Cal is there of course along with Michael. Cal's brother George and sister Taylor are both at the Cove. I enjoy Taylor's sassy mouth and the sibling interaction is a hoot.

Connor's still working for Cal and is still a horny dog. But life is about to change for Connor. He is an entertaining character and makes me giggle with his sauciness.

Lots of new visitors to Cozzi and I don't want to give away all the fun. Stepping Out is funny and clever but also very emotional as the characters deal with their respective issues. Cosentino has a great series here. It is well written, sexy and entertaining.

Thanks for letting me visit for another week in Cozzi Cove.

Reviewed by Becky for Jo&IsaLoveBooks

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Money by Jillian Dodd

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REVIEWED BY Becky Cox 

Money by Jillian Dodd
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

So you read a series and grow with the characters and you think to yourself "this is the way this is going to go" and Jillian says to herself, "You think so... jokes on you."

Jillian is constantly surprising me, and occasionally frustrating me with the development of the story. I want it all tied up and it is never all tied up, but Lord help me I can't stop reading. I am invested in these characters and their lives. We have watched them grow up and you want certain things for them but they apparently telling Jillian a different story sometimes.

New relationships have formed or old relationships have rekindled, then something happens and it all goes to crap. I want to throw my kindle and scream. Sometimes it is like the train wreck that you can't help but watch.

Shelby has been around in previous books but she really stirs some... manure in this one.
Jennifer, I just can't help but lik…

Her Bodyguard by Sabrina Paige

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REVIEWED BY Becky Cox 

Her Bodyguard by Sabrina Paige
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Got this one on KU and she included the first book Prince Albert. In all honesty I like Her Bodyguard better. I am a fan of the show The Royals and Alexandra reminded me of a character from that show.

Alexandra is the spoiled princess. Misbehaving at will and sometimes just out of boredom or to get attention.

Max is ex-miliary (US) and became friends Alexandra's brother Albert in the service. When Alexandra couldn't keep a bodyguard her brother called on an old friend to help out.'

Alexandra and Max don't start out on the best of terms but things quickly heat up. Max is bossy and naughty and who doesn't love that. Alexandra is mouthy and impossible and every girl wants to be her. I mean, come on, she is a real life princess.

Fast paced with lots of drama and sexy time to keep the story moving. Really enjoyed Her Bodyguard. Plenty of humor/sass from Alexandra that made me grin. Entertainin…

Buy Me, Sir by Jade West

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REVIEWED BY Becky Cox 

Buy Me, Sir by Jade West
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Buy Me, Sir, is not for the faint of heart. It is dark and dirty. You think you know how a book is going to go but I can assure you, your brain won't go where this book went. You will have to give it a read to explore the dark mind of Jade West.

Melissa "Lissa" is an odd one, there is no doubt. Her brain just works a bit different than the rest of us. She has no limits to what she will do to get what she wants. Did I like her? No. Did she intrigue me and make me want to turn another page? Yes.

The Puppet Master, Alexander, is a high powered attorney in his father's firm that pulls the strings to make his clients problems go away. They are rich entitled people who do bad things and get away with it. Alexander also has a darker side to his sexual needs. He seeks those out in an unusual way, but a way that keeps things secret.

This was a like an explosion that you knew was coming but you couldn'…

Power by Jillian Dodd

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REVIEWED BY Becky Cox 

Power by Jillian Dodd
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

So the Keatyn gang's saga continues in Power.

Power focuses on Keatyn as always, but Vanessa, Dawson, Riley and Ariela among appearances by others in the group.

I enjoy the format Jillian uses of alternating POV's with dates and places. It is different than a lot of books I have read and I like it.

There are some bad life decisions made by some of the characters on a whim to let off some steam, that come back to the bit them in the booty. Vanessa and Keatyn to the rescue.

Other than Keatyn and Aiden, oh and Riley when I am not mad at him, Dawson is one of my favorite characters.

Keatyn's Gracie shows up for a bit and it is great to see her as an older teen. I might have mentioned I love all the characters and love watching them mature and experience life. Maybe that is what it is about this series is watching these kids grow up and navigate life. I don't know but I have to read every book Jillian pu…

Fame:Season One by Jillian Dodd

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REVIEWED BY Becky Cox 

Fame: Season One by Jillian Dodd
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Fame - Hollywood Love Series, kicks off with Riley. Always loved Riley in the Keatyn Chronicles when they were in high school. I enjoy he and Keatyns dynamic.

In Fame he is all grown up and living life to the fullest. Women, wine and something. LOL

Keatyn and Aiden are still adorable even with the pressures of adult life. Keatyn has matured so much over the span of the series. She is not always on board with Riley's life decisions but backs him up because of their long standing friendship.

Ariela makes an appearance in Fame. Her life is not what she expected and she has to make some changes. Trying to reconnect with old friends doesn't really pan out like she thought.

Vanessa is the bad a** we all wish we could be. Riley's brother Dawson makes an appearance in Fame as well.

The foundation is layed in Fame for future developments relationship wise and business wise for all of the characters. I…

Sex by Jillian Dodd

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REVIEWED BY Becky Cox 

Sex by Jillian Dodd
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I am a Keatyn Chronicles fan. Have read them all and all of the shoot offs of this series. I love Keatyn and Aiden and all there crazy friends and the crazy stuff they get themselves into. I am a fan of the changing POVs in this series and there are so many active characters it would almost be impossible to keep straight if Jillian hadn't written it that way.

Sex pretty much covers the spectrum of situations. Weddings, babies, baby mama drama, exes stirring up trouble, insta love, second chance romance....

Riley the confirmed bachelor since Ariela left him in high school has quite the drama in his life in Sex. I kept thinking that a certain thing was going to resolve itself and it didn't. I am hopeful that it will in Love. Riley frustrated me a bit in this one as I want him to do something he didn't do.

It was fun to spend time with all the gang and see new relationships develop and read about what they ha…

The Night Mark by Tiffany Reisz

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REVIEWED BY Micky Barnard

The Night Mark by Tiffany Reisz
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This was a different style of writing and book for Tiffany Reisz but I can say that TR showed talent in her creative versatility, being able to write something like this and make it compelling. THE NIGHT MARK is a mix of time-travel, historical, contemporary and women's fiction. It might be a mix of genres, but I enjoyed the story without dissecting it; I just rolled with the waves.

THE NIGHT MARK is about a women Faye, finding her identity after multiple grief experiences and a divorce. She's never let go of her first husband, Will and she sees a picture of a lighthouse keeper in the 1920s who is uncannily the image of Will. I will not go further in terms of story line but I can say that I loved the story in 1921 the most. Carrick was a man I grew to know, admire and love. The side characters of Dolly and Pat were so well written and the character development in general was excellent. The connec…

Say I'm Yours by Corinne Michaels

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Reviewed by Ann Meemken


Say I'm Yours by Corinne Michaels
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is the first story I have read by Corrine Michaels. The story is about Grace trying to move on with her life. She has been dating Trent for over twenty years and she wanted more. She ended it and is trying to move on regardless of what her heart wants. She wants her future with the man she loves which has always been Trent. When Trent feels he may lose the girl, he has two choices walk away or fight for her.

The first half of book started out a bit slow but the last half was worth the wait. Grace and Trent seemed to need time to fiqure out what they both wanted. Trent I wanted to clock over the head on multiple occasions. It was fun competition and banter between Cooper and Trent. I think that was turning point in the story for me. I wanted to find out who got the girl. I loved Cooper from beginning of the story. He was a strong character and went after what he wanted. I liked that. I hope he ge…

Honor and Pride by Ann Lister

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REVIEWED BY Joanne Swinney 


Honor and Pride by Ann Lister
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

You learn something new everyday especially while reading. I had no clue what hazing meant and I was shocked to read about it.
Although there was a few tense moments in this story and I was hanging on the edge of my seat with shaky hands flicking through the pages, Ann Lister dealt with the storyline with sensitivity and empathy.
I’ve completely fell in love with Nick Honor’s character AKA Fizzbo. He’s the kind of alpha male we all dream about. Strong, loving, tender when needed, but also he’s passionate and oozes sex appeal. His filthy mouth had me smiling, oh yeah, I was into Fizzbo’s dirty talking right along with Kensey. He sure knows how to get the adrenaline pumping through your body.

Kensey Pride is a little sex bomb, he’s like a fiery rocket ready to shoot literally. Fizzbo sure knows how to work him up. Kensey’s has a past like most of us, but his is a little more sordid than most. I tried no…

Beach Wedding by Natasha Boyd

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REVIEWED By Micky Barnard
Beach Wedding by Natasha Boyd
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I feel utter contentment at everything this story brought into my life but do not be fooled by that, it felt hard fought even so. BEACH WEDDING was the story I've always wanted to happen, Jack Eversea and Keri-Ann needed a conclusion, even though they got their happily ever after. What I found as I read this was richness and depth and a couple with a real story, who were experiencing some downs with the ups. The uncertainty was compelling and the events that arose had me gripped to what would happen with these two beloved characters. Nevertheless, these two had chemistry.

"It was Jack and I. Our chemistry bigger than us, our hearts and bodies communicating to each other in a language that our brains and our tongues couldn't decipher in the real world."

Even though Jack and Keri-Ann have had two books dedicated to them, I felt huge growth in Jack's character particularly. The cast of Ja…

Where We Left Off (Middle of Somewhere Book 3) by Roan Parrish

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REVIEWED BY Isa Jones
Where We Left Off by Roan Parrish
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
NARRATED By:  Spencer Goss 

You know that moment when you go see a play or an opera or just any kind of show where by applause you want to tell the actor/singer/musician how amazing his/her performance was? Well I have been on a permanent state of standing ovation since finishing this audio.
I want to scream and shout to Roan and to Spencer BRAVO!!! BRAVO!! and MORE PLEASE!! ENCORE!!

This book was poignant. I thought that after reading, Out of Nowhere and Middle of Somewhere where both leads had so much emotional baggage that Leo and Will's story was going to be a walk in the park. Boy was I wrong. Even though the trials and tribulations that Will and Leo go through aren't as chaotic as those of their predecessors, I probably had my heart in my throat and shed more tears than with the other books.

Leo is such a beautiful character, romantic to the core. We met him in Middle of Somewhere and I imm…

Rough Edges by Cardeno C. AUDIO BOOk REVIEW

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**** STARS
"One step between Hate and Love.." Where does Rough Edges rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far? It was there amongst my top audios, The story kind of had a Pride and Prejudice feel to it. It is very easy to assume something about a person we don't know, and it is not until we spend time in their company that we realise the type of person they truly are.
Who was your favorite character and why? I really liked Brent. I liked that regardless of his background he is charming and witty and still has such a lovely humbleness to his persona, once Kyle starts scratching the surface he notices so many things about the person he calls his nemesis. Both had put such a front and both had the wrong idea about each other.
What aspect of Kevin Chandler’s performance would you have changed? I wouldn't have changed anything, however as this is an AUDIO review my humble opinion is that I didn't feel he was the right actor for the parts. He sounds way t…

The Perfect Catch by Alix Nichols

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REVIEWED BY Jess 


The Perfect Catch by Alix Nichols
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Perfect Catch by Alex Nichols

3.5 Stars

Give me a sports romance to read and I'm a happy girl!
Give me a sports romance about a sport I've never read, and I'll rapidly consume it. Water Polo is not a book theme I've ever read! I really enjoyed it though! I learned a lot about the sport and the FRENCH-m language-I felt like I was back in grade school and I had to touch up on some of my vocabulary and verb conjugations.

Sophie and Noah are not your typical match. A fledgling real estate agent trying to get out from under her dads thumb, Sophia branches out on her own to make a name for herself. Without the help of her dad or his company.

Noah is a yummy water polo player-and I must say, I think I could watch hot dudes in bathing suits all day long, rough housing around in the water! I thought he was funny and sweet and even though Sophie and Noah didn't initially click for me, I had t…

Possession by Jaimie Roberts

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REVIEWED BY Joanne Swinney 

Possession by Jaimie Roberts
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

P O S S E S S I O N 5 stars

Five stars but yet I would never read again.

You know the warning signs the ones like on this book description, ‘read with caution’. I should have taken note. I should have carried on loving the cover and not turned a page. Let me explain myself before you think, what the hell?.

I am not into dark reads, they kill me. So if you are like me and don’t read the dark genre or if you’re even thinking of going dark. DO NOT DO IT!! Take note of the warning. Jaimie Roberts has said this for a reason.

I love Jaimie’s books, her talent to express the story to it’s full potential is what has me in a state right now. Honest reviews are hard to come by these days. Let me tell you I haven’t read all of Jaimie’s books, but the ones I have read I have most definitely loved. Scars being one of them. I actually asked advice from another reader if this book was okay to read. Clearly the reader…

Confessions of a Carpool Captive by Dawn L. Chiletz

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REVIEWED BY Tina Shobe 

Confessions of a Carpool Captive by Dawn L. Chiletz
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Liz Foley is in bumper to bumper highway traffic on her morning commute to work when she notices someone is pulled over for misusing the carpool lane. A man, Finnigan (Fin) Walsh, whom she recognizes as someone who just starting working for the employer has a blow up doll strapped in the passenger seat attempting to pass it off as a passenger.

Liz is a reserved, keeps-to-herself person. She prefers to be by herself and have as little contact with others as possible. She wants to no part of carpooling but Finn finally talks her into it due her car breaking down. She's uncomfortable with the situation and pulls some others into carpooling too.

The interactions these characters have is absolutely hilarious. They each have their own story. Through carpooling they become friends and look out of each other.

As Liz's relationship develops with Finn
she opens herself up with others.

Thi…

Dirty Filthy Rich Men by Laurelin Paige

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REVIEWED BY Isa Jones 


Dirty Filthy Rich Men by Laurelin Paige
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

OMG
OMG
OH
MY
GOOOOD!

Yes that is what I have to say after finishing this book. Laureling Paige, September, really??? You don't understand my fragile heart, can't take this, specially after that EPILOGUE. (stomps feet, sticks tongue out and crosses arms with a huff and a puff) LOL.

So this story, introduces us to, Sabrina, Weston King and Donovan Kincaid.

We have a chance to read the prologue in this book and in it we get to see a virginal Sabrina, who is the typical reserved girl, on a scholarship at Harvard, who secretly wishes to be in the popular circle in particular in the arms of Weston King. Weston is the typical wealthy college boy who has every woman happily jumping into his bed and who unfortunately has no idea who Sabrina is. She loves to watch him from a far and fantasise about what it will be to be one of his many conquests. One night however, she crosses paths with Weston'…

Steadfast by Sarina Bowen

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REVIEWED BY Jess

Steadfast by Sarina Bowen
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I literally have no nails right now. I'm no nail biter but I've bitten them down as far as they can go without hurting myself. Trying to find time in my hectic schedule to read STEADFAST by Sarina Bowen has been all consuming. I couldn't get enough of her magic with words and her innate ability to tell you a story is the most all encompassing way possible.

It's no secret I adore Bowen. Probably one of my favourite contemporary romance authors of all time. She is gifted like no other and she really knows how to pull at all your heart strings. The story of young love has been done, second chances...check, but this, has never been done before. And there is no better author out there to even attempt at making the themes that are current throughout this book seem realistic in any way. But Bowen is a master at her craft-and she handled this book and it's taboo themes beautifully.

Jude loved Sophie from …

Confessions of a Carpool Captive by Dawn L. Chiletz

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REVIEWED BY Melinda Lazar 

Confessions of a Carpool Captive by Dawn L. Chiletz
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Confessions of a Carpool Captive by Dawn L Chiletz

This is only my second book by Chiletz and I'm seriously addicted to her characters and her brand of humor.

Confessions of a Carpool Captive is a delicious RomCom starring the truly introverted, queen of keeping people at length, and closet storyteller, Liz and the gorgeous, relentless, blowup doll toting Finn. Yea... you read that right. I mean, who would use a blowup doll to take advantage of the carpool lane? That would be one Finnigan Walsh. Liz spots him being pulled over by a police officer while both are on their way to work and recognizes him as someone she met the previous week who'd just started at the same company. While Liz takes comfort from numbers, Finn is a marketing man and he uses every weapon in his arsenal to reel Liz in.

Against her express wishes, circumstances drive Liz to accept Finn's offer of …