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Silk Queen: Book Two by G.J. Walker-Smith

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REVIEWED BY Micky Barnard 


Silk Queen: Book Two by G.J. Walker-Smith
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I've been highly anticipating the second part to Jean-Luc and Fiona's story because these two have a very real place in my heart. My feelings for this couple started with hate and ended with love through the first five wishes books. Now to get their meeting and journey in the 80's first hand has turned out to be fantastic reading with perfect humour and some serious swoon.

Jean-Luc has really opened up in my imagination in this instalment of SILK QUEEN as I found him to lack self-confidence and belief. The younger Jean-Luc is somewhat different to his later self and I'm beginning to really see now how much Fi had to do with that. Fiona herself flourished in book two, with her confidence finding root and advocating for what she wanted in life. I found myself mentally cheering her baby and bigger steps.

There is some amazing dialogue in this book with more than a few laugh out …

Trifecta: The Program Book 1.5 by N.M. Catalano

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REVIEWED BY Ann Meemken


Trifecta: The Program Book 1.5 by N.M. Catalano
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

After reading Canvas I wanted more of Rock, Snake, and Summer. It is here Trifecta is the next book in the program series. It is a short and tantalizing read. It gives us a glimpse into the dynamics of their relationship. Rock and Snake would do anything for Summer. Summer would do anything for them. They share such a beautiful connection. I enjoyed reading more about all of them. I need more, much more.

It seems to be calm now but I sense there is storm from the past coming for them. I can't wait for the next book of the series to see what happens next.

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Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty

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REVIEWED BY Micky Barnard

Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This was my first read by Liane Moriarty and I'm fairly blown away by this book. BIG LITTLE LIES takes the ridiculousness of a bunch of mainly elitist mums surrounding their kids' kindergarten class. Oh and there's husbands too. It was a witty painting of cliques, bitchiness, friendships strong and true and tragedy.

"Jane, nice to meet you! I'm Amabella's mum, and I have Jackson in Year 2. That's Amabella by the way, not Annabella. It's French. We didn't make it up."

"We're a bit too white bread here in the peninsula. We like to think we're terribly diverse but it's only our bank accounts that vary."


There are three friends in this book, each carrying secrets but these three really did care for one another. I liked each flawed woman in this threesome, Madeline, Celeste and Jane. There were characters to love, like, hate and those that redee…

Twisted Twosome by Meghan Quinn

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REVIEWED BY Monique Cashmere 

Twisted Twosome by Meghan Quinn
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Can Meghan Quinn follow up with another brilliant read after My Best Friends Ex? Hells yeah she can, and did! Twisted Twosome is going to be one of my favourite reads for 2017 and of all time, along with the previous book.

This is a standalone novel, but if you have read My Best Friends Ex, you would have meet Racer McKay there, he is Tucker's best friend. Racer is quick with the wit and loves a practical joke. He is a loyal and dedicated worker that needs to take side jobs to keep him afloat. That's were he meets the oenomel Georgie. She needs some construction work done on the store she is opening. Is it love at first site......ummm maybe because there is fireworks, that's for sure. What transpires is something magical, that's because they are Seelenverwandt - kindred spirits. The time they spend together remodeling the store is priceless, they are each other's faodail - one lu…

Forever Hearts by C.J. Martin

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REVIEWED BY Monique Cashmere


Forever Hearts by C.J. Martín
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

3.5*'s.

There is something about a Friends to Lovers romance that has it as one of my favourite categories. I think it is because of the previous history and the commitment already made to each other. Even though these two meet and became best friends at five years old, it's when they are seniors in high school that things start to change with their relationship. There is no doubt in Jesse's mind what he wants, but friends he will stay if that is all Rylie is capable of. If she wants more from him, he will be on board with that too. It is just a shame that not everyone is happy if they become a couple.

For nearly two decades this pair have a strong bond that even separated with college won't stop them being friends. They have their ups and downs but they each know it's a life long friendship second to none. The problem is neither one is perfect, like the rest of us, and miscommu…

An Exaltation of Larks by Suanne Laqueur

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REVIEWED BY Micky Barnard


An Exaltation of Larks by Suanne Laqueur
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I'm finding it a little difficult to put my thoughts together coherently for a review and keep it spoiler-free and this book needs to be read with as little insider info as possible. This is a book bathed in emotions, bubbling in chemistry both platonic and more. It's about confusion and acceptance as much as it's about finding fulfilment and yet not.

AN EXALTATION OF LARKS is an emotional read from the offset but what wowed me the most was the unpredictable nature of how the book played out. I never once knew what was around the corner and often my suspicions were inaccurate; this is a plot of plots. It is a book full of depth, focused on families, with characters that plead for you to invest in them, and you do. Jav was my prime focus, the man I was championing for; a complex man but his journey over a number of years was addictive reading. Alex was such a solid, dependable charac…

So Good by Nicola Rendell

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REVIEWED BY Micky Barnard 


So Good by Nicola Rendell
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

2.5 - 3 stars

I'm sorry to say that's despite enjoying other books by Nicola Rendell, I just didn't gel with this one as much. It was a read that I liked, heavy on the fun. It's a quick, light-hearted read and if you're a dog lover, this is going to tick some cuteness boxes for you.

SO GOOD is a friends to lovers book that makes that transition rather quickly, a little too quickly for me to feel on board with their decision, albeit a drunken decision for Rosie. I struggled to connect with either of the characters and some of the dialogue. However, the chemistry steamed and I did believe every minute of their sexual connection; it was well written. There were funny moments in this book and some of Rosie's early dating had me laughing. Now to the back and forth, there has to be some in this kind of book but because of the early connection, back and forth was the name of the game.

This i…

The Forbidden by Jodi Ellen Malpas

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REVIEWED BY Micky Barnard 


The Forbidden by Jodi Ellen Malpas
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

2.5-3 'read though my fingers but couldn't look away'stars

I must admit to being frustrated throughout this read. This was car crash after car crash in a read that deals with forbidden love. This brand of forbidden love is not something I'm adverse to reading about but it has to be well written. On the whole, I found the storyline interesting but weak in places with significant predictability, however, I read this in a day and found myself glued to the pages.

Both Annie and Jack were characters I couldn't wholly invest in, not because of their forbidden behaviour but because of their weak-assedness regarding all the issues. The dialogue and back and forth was annoying after some time and at other times repetitive, which is probably true of these kinds of relationships but was fatiguing to read. 'Stay---->Go---->Stay---->Go---->Stay' you get my gist.

I have to g…

Twisted Twosome by Meghan Quinn

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REVIEWED BY Becky Cox 

Twisted Twosome by Meghan Quinn
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Enemies to lovers and a lot of laughtor along the way. If you read My Best Friend's Ex it is a bonus to know a little background on Tucker, Smalls and Racer but not mandatory at all and won't effect your enjoyment of Twisted Twosome.

Racer is a prankster and quick witted and you can't help but love him, even when he is pissy. He is a construction worker that has fallen on hard times and picking up side jobs to help cover his bills. While working for an extremely wealthy customer he meets Georgie. All he sees is spoiled rotten princess.

Georgie has grown up with wealth and all the expectations that come with being in posh society. Shoulders back, always a smile, always dressed appropriately, never make a scene... you get the picture. While she certainly appreciates all the benefits that her father's wealth has afforded her the weight of the responsibility would way on anyone.

These two are o…

Something So Perfect by Natasha Madison

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REVIEWED BY Becky Cox


Something So Perfect by Natasha Madison
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

You don't have to read Something So Right to enjoy Something So Perfect, but it does provide some background.

Matthew is professional athlete that is cocky, sarcastic and sexy. He has overindulged in the lifestyle causing him some problems in his career.

Karrie's father is in the business and gives her the job of babysitting Matthew. Let the shenanigans begin. He invades her personal life like it is his job. The banter between the two is very entertaining.

Overall a well written entertaining story. Anyone who loves the athlete book boyfriend will eat this up. Did I mention chemistry? Did I mention holy hotness? Well I should have because Something So Perfect has both in spades.

Great supporting characters and the epilogue leads us into the next story.

I was gifted a copy for an honest review.

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Blue Balls by R.C. Boldt

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REVIEWED BY Melinda Lazar 


Blue Balls by R.C. Boldt
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Blue Balls by RC Boldt

We met these characters in Clam Jam and I was quite looking forward to their story. Jack and Sarah have been playing the flirting game for some time now and decide to finally take things to the next level. However, after their first hilarious encounter, Sarah goes on a travel nursing job which takes her out of Saratoga Springs for a good few months only to return for her best friends wedding.

Having seen how it affects her mother, Sarah doesn't believe in love. She's here for the good times and that's all she wants from Jack. Unfortunately for her, Jack, our former nerd turned Hottie, has a deep romantic side and absolutely believes in love, marriage, the whole kit and caboodle. He just has to wear her down, one blue ball experience at a time.

I found this book so boring at the beginning that I was ready to put it down and not bother with it any more. Thankfully it improve…

The Forbidden by Jodi Ellen Malpas

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REVIEWED BY Becky Cox


The Forbidden by Jodi Ellen Malpas
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The Forbidden will not be everyone's cup of tea. Jodi went with the story that her characters were telling her. Not what would please the masses. Not what would be generally acceptable among the thousands of books published daily. Jodi told the story that was in her heart. I, for one, say good on you for being brave and true to your art.

The Forbidden pulled at my heart strings. I felt compassion and empathy. Ask anyone that knows me and they will tell you I an unemotional saracastic type, but I love fearcely and loyal to a fault. So to translate that, I don't get emotional often. I got it. I felt it. The guilt...the guilt.

Jack and Annie. What do you say? They are explosive together. They are soulmates. They should have met earlier but they didn't and here we are.

Emotional, sexy and truth. Whether you like it or no, it is truth. True to your heart is not always the right thing for everyone …

Wish You Were Here by Renee Carlino

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REVIEWED BY Monique Cashmere


Wish You Were Here by Renee Carlino
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

4.5*'s.

What an adventure! This is one book that will take you on a journey through all the emotions - love, loss, laughs, and acceptance. The story line wasn't what I was expecting, but it was one that will stay with me for a long time.

Sometimes our life can be in a rut and you need a push to get out of your comfort zone and live it to the fullest. Charlotte is in a job she hates, has started numerous careers that don't hold an interest for her, and dates men that are emotionally unavailable. Then she meets the adorable Adam. Oh goodness, he is a little forgetful, but so talented and funny. This changes Charlotte's direction on so many levels, but it's a path she needs to take.

I was really excited to get this book, and it didn't disappoint at all. I am a slow learner, but I am becoming a Renée Carlino fan very quickly. Her books have characters that are well rounded a…

Lost In Scotland By Hilaria Alexander

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REVIEWED BY Jess

Lost In Scotland by Hilaria Alexander
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I was sucked in right from the cover. I know you are not supposed to judge a book by its cover, but in this case, I didn't have a choice. I love Scotland-so this was a no brainer for me. LOST IN SCOTLAND by Hilaria Alexander got me jonsing for another trip to the promise land and I wish I was lost in the Highlands, too.

"The view was majestic, one of those moments that made you think God had to exist, whether you believed in him or not. It was simply too spectacular."

I can attest to this beauty, and though I have never read anything by Alexander before, I will admit, she had a knack for capturing Scotland in all its beauty. She was very detailed when it came to the scenery and I felt like the atmosphere was done justice.

Suffering from a broken heart and a dash of humiliation, not having anywhere else to go, or work, Sam heads off to Scotland to work on a production of a new show coming ou…

Crave: Part One by E.K. Blair

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REVIEWED BY Becky Cox 


Crave: Part One by E.K. Blair
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Crave: Part One does end in a huge cliffy but Part Two is already scheduled for release in the not to distance future so don't hesitate to go ahead and read this one. I have read all of EK Blair's books and they run the gamut from college romance with a dark twist, to just planned effed up. EK is a skilled story teller. Crave leans more towards her first series, Fading, which I loved!

Adeline and Kason are sweet young adults in love. Kason has a secret addiction that he is ashamed of and doesn't want Adeline to know. Adeline is hurt by things that she thinks are her fault, until his addiction is revealed.

An emotional journey for these two young people to navigate life, love and relationships with the added burden of Kason's secret. I await on tenterhooks the next installment to see how and if they can survive the incident at the end of Part One.

In college now, Adeline and Kason have even m…

One Dirty Scot by Donna Alam

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REVIEWED BY Becky Cox 

One Dirty Scot by Donna Alam
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Donna's men just get hotter every book. Kit, lordy (fans self). I wanted to be pissed at his arrogant arse to start, but that charm, ladies, that dirty talking charm.

I must admit that I love all of Donna's male characters but I do lean towards a bad bad boy and Kit is that in spades. All business suits and smug during the day and downright naughty at night.

Bea is a tornado of emotions that she keeps to herself. She is funny and sassy. She goes through a path of self discovery in One Dirty Scot.

Kit and Bea together are fireworks made with some atomic bomb stuff.

Enjoyed a bit of time with Fin and Rory. Love all of the characters in this series and enjoy getting some time with them again in each new book.

Donna has given us another great erotic book with substance, humor and angst. I can't wait to see what she comes up with next!

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Royally Endowed by Emma Chase

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REVIEWED BY Melinda Lazar 

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

Royally Endowed by Emma Chase

I've been so looking forward to Logan and Ellie's story and Chase does not disappoint. Logan is bodyguard to the Royals and Ellie is younger sister to the new Princess, Olivia. These two couldn't be further opposite and complement each other more at the same time. Ellie is bubbly, effusive, sucks the life out of lemons whereas Logan is serious, stoic, and reserved. While there's certainly an attraction on Ellie's part, one can never be too sure what Logan is thinking.

I adored this story. It's possibly my favorite of the series and I think it's because Royally Endowed was just really romantic. It had somewhat of a forbidden feel to it and that's something I enjoy. I loved revisiting characters past and getting a bit more insight into their current lives. I think Ellie is everyone's little sister: she's so full of life and joy that you…

Wish You Were Here by Renee Carlino

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REVIEWED BY Melinda Lazar 

Wish You Were Here by Renee Carlino
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Wish You Were Here by Renee Carlino

This was a difficult book for me to read for personal reasons and so my review won't be a lengthy one.

Wish You Were Here has kind of an instalove-ish feel to it. Charlotte and Adam meet late one night and have that instant connection people dream about. Unfortunately, come the next morning, Adam pretty much kicks Charlotte out of the house, never to be seen again. Charlotte spends weeks, no months, trying to get over Adam, even dating someone new but she still needs closure and goes to his old apartment to find it. What happens next was pretty goddamn heartbreaking and beautiful at the same time and well, I'll just leave it at that.

What I loved about this book is Carlino's writing. She can make the most godawful situation so lovely and beautiful and all I want to do is devour her words. I loved that our main character grew and matured throughout t…

Royally Endowed by Emma Chase

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REVIEWED BY Jess

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

I first fell in lust with Nicholas in Royally Screwed, and then Henry in Royally Matched and now Logan in ROYALLY ENDOWED and I cannot seem to get enough of these Wessco lads!

I must admit, I cannot choose a favourite. I adore all of these strong, loyal, admirable men. But there is something about Logan I cannot seem to get out of my mind. I have a thing for men who protect their women. The brooding, tall, chiseled gorgeous type. Chase has a knack for creating such lovable, rich characters, and Logan is ALL that. The chemistry that he and Ellie have is really potent and viable, and it really shows through Chase's enviable writing.

Falling in love at 17 is powerful. You dive headfirst and don't think about the consequences until later. It's a visceral reaction, and those are the exact feelings Ellie has for Logan. He's too old for her, he is essentially her body guard, her protector, and her saviour…

Wild Card by Karina Halle

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REVIEWED BY Micky Barnard 

Wild Card by Karina Halle
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

3.5 stars

This first in a new series by Karina Halle hits some good buttons for me, second chances and cowboy. In this case, I'm not talking cheesy cowboy, I'm talking hard-grafting effortlessly sexy cowboy. Shane is a gent and I'm pleased to say he was not overly alpha so I really did like him. Rachel was a damaged heroine and she took some getting used to, although she did grow on me as the book progressed. Rachel and Shane had chemistry in buckets. I really enjoyed their early chemistry as much as the present. I truly believed the depth of their sentiments.

There's a lot of back story to these two in their teenage years and some of the past I had difficulty connecting with. I think that Rachel's back story felt a little too familiar. I also struggled immensely with Vernalee, not only with her actions in the past but also the resolution which was almost too easy.

I overall enjoyed this…

The Brightest Sunset by Aly Martinez

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REVIEWED BY Tina Shobe





I was very fortunate that I was able to read The Brightest Sunset within days of reading the Darkest Sunset. The cliffhanger at the end of The Darkest Sunset Sunset just about killed with anticipation.

OMG! The devastating situation that Porter and Charlotte are in just seems like there can't be a good solution for a happily ever after for them. Life has been so cruel to both of them.

Charlotte is just amazing. She puts Travis' needs before anyone else's, risking alienating herself from others.

The author's has a way of writing that pulls the reader into the story in such a way that you actually feel the emotions and turmoil each of the characters are going through.

I must say that I was hoping something mean would happen to Brady. The author did a great job portraying him for the ass that he was.

I highly recommend that you read this duet and read it in order. I can't say enough how amazing I found these books.

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