Monday, 24 July 2017

REIVEW - One night with the Master by Jackie Ashenden

The Book
Release Date: 1 July 2013
Goodreads Link
Was Originally release with the title Black Knight, White Queen

"One night in Bangkok changes all the rules. "

Professional chess player Aleksandr Shastin never lets emotions rule his life, or his game. Not even the unexpected death of his mentor shakes his icy control at least that s what he thinks. Until he meets a woman in a Bangkok rooftop bar, a woman whose raw sexuality and emotional honesty find every invisible crack and pries them wide open.

Graphic artist Izzy Cornwall fled to Thailand to escape suffocating grief and guilt after her sister s suicide. As she locks gazes with Aleks, their instant attraction sets her on fire. And the way he looks at her makes her feel what she hasn t felt in months: that she actually exists.

In the heat of a Bangkok rainstorm, their chemistry steams up what was supposed to be one night of pain-numbing passion. Neither expected that a single encounter would change all the rules, making Aleks the novice, and Izzy the grandmaster. But if Izzy wants his heart, she ll have to show him that in order to win, sometimes you have to lose.

Warning: Contains one hot, controlling Russian chess master, a heroine who s more than capable of taking him on in a game of strip chess, and a checkmate to make Kasparov proud. "

My Review   4 STARS
This book is being rereleased by the author and has been retitled.

This book takes place in Bangkok, Thailand and focuses on Aleks and Izzy who meet on a hotel roof bar.

Both characters have faced loss and heartache and have something to overcome in order that they can continue with a relationship.  But it takes Izzy to realise she is running to help herself heal and for herself to realise how she can help Aleks grow and heal from his past.

Most of the book takes place within Aleks hotel room, however they do occasionally venture out, but mostly it is giving each other what they need, but did't know they needed.

A good read.

REVIEW - Hell's Bells (Welcome to Hell #6) by Eve Langlais

The Book
Release Date: 30 June 2016
Goodreads Link

A catastrophe has befallen Hell. The great and mighty Lucifer has fallen prey to the most wicked of spells. He’s become…nice. 

Just using that word makes Gaia want to gag. The demon she fell in love with is not some pushover, polite, candy-ass, nice guy. She wants her big, bad Lord of Sin back. 

Can she, along with the minions of Hell, find a way to break the curse? And will they do it in time to celebrate the wedding from Hell?

My Review  5 STARS
With Lucifer's upcoming nuptials to Gaia and his very much changed personality from sinner to saintly, it is a race against time to get Lucifer back to his old sinning ways.

This book focuses on Lucifer and Gaia themselves, but the other characters from the previous books do get some mentions.

Eve Langlais has a way of writing that pulls you along and has you giggling at the antics of the character and you really end up invested in their happiness and you really want a good happy ending.

A really good ending to this series.

Friday, 21 July 2017

REVIEW - Die For You (Catastrophe #1) by Michele Mills

The Book
Release Date: 3 May 2016
Goodreads Link

Love, in a hopeless place.

Two months after a virus took out civilization, Rachel Donnelly is the last living soul in California, as far as she can tell. Until she runs into a Marine sniper, battle-hardened but alive and healthy.

Adam Sanchez would love nothing more than a slamming session of I-can’t-believe-we’re-alive post-apocalyptic sex in the back of his Hummer. But Rachel’s fragility, inexperience—and much younger age—hold him back from exposing her to his raw, aggressive sexuality. If anything, Rachel needs protection. Especially from himself.

As they band together with other survivors to battle feral animals, violent ex-cons, and motorcycle clubs jockeying for power, Rachel grows stronger in mind, body, and spirit—strong enough to give the dangerously sexy Marine what they both crave.

The power of their passion rocks Adam’s world, bringing him to his knees—which, he discovers too late, is the worst possible place to be when danger springs from the shadows.

Warning: Contains a sexy Marine, a tattooed ex-con, a girl who blossoms into a sexually assured young woman, laughter despite the pain, m/f/m ménage, hope, love, and more bad language and violence than are strictly necessary.


My Review  5 STARS
**My thanks to the author for providing me with a free copy for an honest review**

In some ways this book reminds me of a book called The End of All Things by Lissa Bryan as it runs is a similar via and both are brilliantly written books that really draw you into the world left behind with only a handful of survivors.

The book starts off with Rachel, home alone after her family have died and wondering what she should do next.  Then the book goes to Adam and continues in this vein so that we get both points of view of lone smart researched based female and alpha male who has lots of practical ability after having been in the army.

A close environment and very few other survivors lead these two to fall for each other as both do a push me-pull you relationship to begin with but find they cannot resist the inevitable.

The author creates a believable post apocalypse world where in many cases everything has to be started again like the nineteen hundreds.

I really enjoyed this book and would certainly recommend it to others.

Friday, 14 July 2017

REVIEW - Complicating (Preston's Mill #3) by Noelle Adams

The Book
Release Date: 19 July 2017
Goodreads Link

Forget all those other accidental pregnancy romances you might have read. 

Daisy and Carter don't have a one-night stand...because it's thirty minutes in a back room at a wedding reception. And Carter isn't a bad boy baby-daddy...except for the motorcycle, tattoos, and attitude. Daisy doesn't have the typical issues with her pregnancy...if you don't count the morning sickness, food cravings, and occasional horniness. And Carter doesn't hang around all the time, wanting both her and the baby...until he falls in love. 

But they definitely don't become a happy family...right away. 

Daisy has always been a good girl. She's never done anything wild or spontaneous until she has a little too much to drink at a wedding and has a fling with a sexy stranger. She thought they were careful, but accidents happen. And now she's going to have the baby of a man she barely knows. 

Carter is her opposite in every way and completely the wrong man for her. They can still work out a reasonable arrangement regarding the baby. But the more time she spends with him, the less reasonable she feels. And he's acting all possessive and protective, so it gets harder and harder to convince herself that he's just the father of her baby. 

She wants him to be so much more.

My Review  4 STARS
**My thanks to the author for providing me with a free copy for an honest review**

This is a very well written book that gives you pretty much everything you need in a book like this.

Daisy is aa girl brought up right and has that good girl thing down well, Carter has the bad boy vibe, the motorcycle and the tattoos, but he is a sweetheart just like his all but adopted dog Teddy.

Sometimes though it takes only a moment to bring to people together that would not normally find their way to each other.  A moment to find the man that completes you and your life, the man you were meant to find happy ever after wife, even if there are a few bumps along the way.

Certainly well worth a read.

Thursday, 13 July 2017

REVIEW - The Good, the Bad, and the Vampire (Dead in the City #4) by Sara Humphreys

The Book
Release Date: 5 January 2016
Goodreads Link

Beloved author Sara Humphreys' acclaimed paranormal romance series continues with sweltering attraction between two vampires who have all the time in the world to satisfy their desires...

He wants eternity?
Dakota Shelton is a vampire cowboy with a penchant for cinnamon lollipops and Johnny Cash. Though highly skilled and deadly dangerous to his enemies, he's still a Texas good ol' boy at heart. And he has that heart set on wooing Trixie LaRoux-the most badass punk rock chick in town-the old-fashioned way.

Over her undead body...
Trixie is tough as nails and sharp as a silver stake-the last thing she wants is a man to sit on a porch and not grow old with. So it'll take going to hell and back fighting a new threat to vampires before she admits Dakota's courtship makes her blood hum. Turns out chivalry's not dead after all.

Praise for The Good, the Bad, and the Vampire....
"Sara Humphreys combines vampire and cowboy into a devastatingly sexy hero! The Good, the Bad, and the Vampire is a compelling, pulse-pounding, titillating adventure that grabs you from the first page, tosses you down, and steals your breath. Humphreys is a must-read in the paranormal genre!"--NYT Bestselling Author, Rebecca Zanetti


My Review  4 STARS
**Copy Provided by Netgalley and St Martin's Press for an honest review**

Although this book it can certainly be read as a stand alone book and i really did enjoy it.

This book includes a lot of paranormal beings, Vampires, Demons, Witches and Gargoyles and meshed them to make a really good story with an original storyline.

Trixie was funny and stronger than she realised and Dakota was a true gentleman.

You really feel that you are going through Trixie's emotions and are really there with her, especially as she learns the true reason that she is afraid.

I would certainly recommend this book and i will probably look back at seeing what else this author has written at some point.

Monday, 10 July 2017

REVIEW - Tall, Dark and Immortal (Entity #4) by Cat Devon

The Book
Release Date: 1 September 2015
Goodreads Link

HE’S TAKING A BITE OUT OF CRIME.
Alex Sanchez is more than just an ordinary detective. He’s on the prowl—as a vampire. Alex uses his unique gifts to police the mean streets of Chicago like a natural predator. But when he learns that local blood banks are being robbed, he’s not sure what rattles him more: the bizarre crime wave or the stunningly beautiful journalist who’s reporting it…

SHE’S RISKING HER NECK FOR A STORY.
Keira Turner is dedicated to her job—and determined to uncover the truth. Dangerously, out-of-this-world handsome Detective Sanchez seems oddly fascinated by the crimes—and obsessed with Keira. Alex might not have a clue who’s stealing blood but he’s sure of one thing: Keira is no mere mortal. She’s descended from a long line of vampire hunters. And if they try to solve this case together, he’ll have to fight the urge to kiss her…or kill her.

My Review  4 STARS
**Copy Provided by Netgalley and St Martin's Press for an honest review**

This is an instal-love kinda romance book and the book takes place over only a few days, but a lot is packed into it.

Keira has lost both her grandfather and her mother in the last year, her mother only two months ago and it is only upon opening er mothers safe deposit box that her world is turned upside down.

Alex is a Vampire and a cop and as soon as Keira introduces herself to Alex her world turns upside down.

There are a few unanswered questions left at the end of the book and i did find that things wrapped up very fast at the end of the book, however they did seem to suit each other with both good at asking questions due to the nature of their jobs.

This book does not need to be read as part of the series and can be read as a stand alone book.

REVIEW - Married to the Maverick Millionaire (From Mavericks to Married #3) by Joss Wood

The Book
Release Date: 1 December 2016
Goodreads Link

She can marry the millionaire and keep her hands to herself…right? 
When Cal Carter needs a husband in name only, her childhood friend is the perfect pick. But on the other side of "I do," her sexy millionaire of convenience is much more man than she counted on! She can't stop thinking about their marriage bed… 
Especially when the millionaire in question is Quinn Rayne, world-famous heartthrob hockey coach. Quinn is grateful for Cal's proposal, which keeps the press at bay—but the sizzling passion between them is irresistible. All it takes is one stolen kiss at a masquerade ball to turn this convenient arrangement between friends into a red-hot affair… 
Married to the Maverick Millionaire is part of the From Mavericks to Married series.

My Review  3 STARS
**My thanks to the author for providing me with a free copy for an honest review**

This is a friends to lovers book where both have kept secrets from each other, which are eventually spilled.  None of which are taken badly by the other.

Cal is a woman who has to build herself back up after a abusive marriage where her husband died five years ago, Quinn is your typical bad boy who likes women and has a reputation he needs to fix.

It is a mutual agreement where both will get what they need they decide to get married and stay just friends.  We all know however this will never happen and attraction between the two starts almost immediately.

We get a nice positive ending, which, yes is was able to predict, however it was nice seeing them so happily settled together.

REVIEW - The Island by Alice Ward

The Book
Release Date: 10 July 2017
Goodreads Link

One playboy billionaire. One gorgeous virgin. One deserted island...

The moment I lay eyes on Kendra Baxter, I know she has to be mine.

But the daughter of a Navy SEAL doesn't take orders. She’s been taught skills, strength, and integrity. And God, that’s hot.

So I do what any powerful billionaire CEO would do — I take her on as my intern and plan my aggressive takeover.

Only, fate has other ideas.

My perfectly laid out plan of attack is flawed, and our plane crashes on a deserted island.

Here, who I am doesn’t matter. Money and social power don’t matter. I’m not a CEO anymore. I’m just a man.

Something’s different, I’m different. I still want to claim her, but now I want to protect her too.

We are locked in a fight for survival, and maybe more.

And I will do anything and everything in my power to protect her and make her mine.

My Review 2 STARS
*My thanks to the author for providing me with a free copy for an honest review**

I really struggled with this book as i really disliked Eli.  As a successful man i found it hard that he would instantly take one look at Kendra and basically sexually harass her until he got what he wanted and sulked until he did.  There was nothing about hi i liked until around 73% into the book when he managed to redeem himself and be the type of man he should always have been.

Kendra, well considering all the things her father supposedly trained her with she was fairly pathetic at standing up for herself it the big bad world.  The fact that she had to clock in with her dad every day and that she told him everything made me wonder how under the thumb she really was.  Considering her up-bringing she had too many insecurities.

The only part of this book i actually liked was the last 20% or so when the characters started to be what i expected, however Kendra still somewhat annoyed me.  It seemed that it was really only Eli that changed.

Not a book that i will be revisiting.

Tuesday, 4 July 2017

REVIEW - Knocked Out By Love (Love to the Extreme #5) by Abby Niles

The Book
Release Date: 15 August 2016
Goodreads Link

Brody Minton has loved Scarlett Harris for years. But she’s his best friend’s wife, so he’s worked hard to keep his distance. Hearing the marriage is over shouldn’t change anything. Only an ass would make a move on a friend’s ex… Except Scarlett wants help getting back in the dating game, and Brody’s torn. If he helps her out, he can keep an eye on her and guard her vulnerable heart. But having the woman he’s longed for for years in arms’ reach is hell on a man’s restraint, no matter how iron strong his will.

But loving Scarlett is only half the fight.

All Scarlett Harris wants is to get away for a while and rethink her life after filing for divorce from her lying, cheating bastard of a husband. The gorgeous Bahamas sounds like the perfect escape, except she’s booked in very resort Brody “The Iron” Minton is staying at for his sister’s wedding. Now her ex’s best friend is dogging her every move, and is a witness to her first pathetic attempts at flirting in years. If Brody isn’t going to leave her alone, then she’ll just recruit him to help get her reacquainted with her single self.

My Review  4 STARS
**Copy Provided by Netgalley and Entangled Publishing, LLC for an honest review**

This is almost like a best friends to lovers but with a twist.  She was the wife of his best friend who turns out not to be such a great friend after all.

Scarlett is a woman scorned but she acts well to her ex husband, but has a mountain of hurt to get through first hence a vacation to the Bahamas with her best friend Delaney.

We have met Brody before in a previous book, however, now we get to see the real and very sweet him.

Its a really good book, but the interfering families pulled it back a little.  Brody's sister was a little harsh and Scarlett's mother and sister needed to have their heads knocked together.

A good book to the series.

REVIEW - My Wild Irish Dragon (Boston Dragons #2) by Ashlyn Chase

The Book
Release Date: 6 September 2016
Goodreads Link

ONE JOB OPENING
TWO SHIFTERS APPLY...
SPARKS FLY
Dragon shifter Chloe Arish is hell-bent on becoming a Boston firefighter. She uses her Irish charm and fake documents to score an interview, knowing she has to work every bit as hard as a man-harder if she wants their respect.

Born into a legendary Boston firefighting family, phoenix shifter Ryan Fiero can't possibly let someone best him on the training course or the job. He'd never hear the end of it. When a feisty new recruit comes along who's determined to do just that, Ryan plots to kick her out-until their sizzling chemistry turns explosive...

My Review  3 STARS
**My thanks to NetGalley and Sourcebooks Casablanca for providing me with a free copy for an honest review**

This was a fun read, but not something that i would pick up again in a hurry.

In this book we get a Dragon Princess from Ireland who is a thousand years old who has moved to Boston and she has decided to be a fire fighter, something she believes she can do well.

We also have a male 500 year old Phoenix who's whole family are firefighters and he also believes that he deserves the advertised firefighter role.

The secrets withheld are not withheld to us so there is little that turns out to be a surprise and Mother Nature/Gaia falls a little flat in her nature to help and Aiden felt like he was turning bad, but very suddenly changes his mind about marrying Chloe after one look at Amber's friend Candy.

The romance between the two started off slow, but soon hotted up and Ryan found that Chloe is more than he bargained for.

Friday, 30 June 2017

REVIEW - Puck Aholic (Bad Motherpuckers #3) by Lili Valente

The Book
Release Date: 11 July 2017

I hate my new roommate. 

And I want to do dirty, delicious things to her in that swing she installed that we both know has nothing to do with aerial yoga. 

Neither of which is good, considering Diana Daniels is my NHL team captain’s little sister, and he will break my face if I’m not a perfect gentleman.

I try to be. Really, I do. But when Diana runs screaming down the hall wearing nothing but a damp washcloth, all my gentlemanly intentions go out the window. She’s got all sorts of Jedi mind tricks to make a man obsessed with getting her into bed, and I’m not gonna lie—I fall for every single one of them. 

Especially the one where she warns me not to fall for her.

***

Everyone knows that banging your new roomie is a bad idea. And if it wasn’t for his sister’s stupid pet pig, Wanda, chasing me out of the bathroom mid-shower, Tanner Nowicki and I might still be able to pretend we hate each other.

But that pig totally has it out for me, and before I can warn Tanner that I don’t do relationships—or hockey players or my brother’s friends, for that matter—he’s doing me. Against the wall. And in his bed. And in my bed. And on a pinball machine where we get an all time high score.

And it’s so incredible that I start to forget that I’m the unluckiest woman alive when it comes to relationships. And pigs. And aerial yoga. And worst of all, love.

But hey, it’s not like I didn’t warn him…

My Review  5 STARS
**My thanks to the author for providing me with a free copy for an honest review**

Hahahahahaha this book had me laughing out loud at times.  This author can be so on point and so funny it hurts.

Diana and Tanner are completely hot and the chemistry between the two completely leaps off the pages and singes your underwear.  Be warned people, this is one hot read!

Tanner really is a lovely guy and he stays steadfast and sure in the fact that he wants Diana and never treats her badly, says anything nasty and is there for her.

Diana is man shy as she feels like she has always made bad decisions when it comes down to men and gets scared when what she thought was true in her past turns out to be false.

We get to see a little about previous characters and we also get to meet Amanda and see a little more of Russian Petrov who will feature in the next book.

I loved this book so much that i read it in one day and i really cannot wait to read the next book.  This whole series seriously just seems to get better and better.

Well worth reading, just bring a fan to cool yourself down with.

REVIEW - Country Nights by Winter Renshaw

The Book
Release Date: 27 June 2017
Goodreads Link

Sixty country days and sixty country nights—that’s all I wanted.

I needed to get away from the city, away from the hot mess that had become my life.

When I stumbled upon my childhood home on RentBnB.com, I took it as a sign, cleaned out my life savings, and hightailed it to the only place that ever meant something to me, a place I hadn’t seen since a lifetime ago.

Only when I arrived to the familiar South Dakotan farmhouse, I was met by a brooding, we-don’t-take-kindly-to-strangers cowboy by the name of River McCray, who insisted this was his house and most definitely not a rental property.

I’d been internet scammed.

And that cocky, smart-mouthed stranger had the nerve to make me a humiliating offer: I could stay in his house for the next two months rent-free, but I had to work for him.

He’d be my boss. And my roommate.

With no money and nowhere else to go, I agreed. But nothing could have prepared me for the tension, the attraction, and the bombshell revelation that changed … everything.
 

My Review  4 STARS
**My thanks to the author for providing me with a free copy for an honest review**

I really enjoyed this book and the will she won't she between two possible contenders for her heart.  The surprise between the two male characters had me nodding, as i didn't see that one coming, but i though with the missing keys that something was not right with Seth.

River was a good brooding cowboy with a sweet heart, and i was happy to see that he had good people looking after him, even though he could be a bit closed off.

Leighton did seem a little naive to begin with and i am still wondering if it was Seth that put the advert up to get money and play a trick on his brother.  

The relationship between the two certainly starts a little prickly, but is soon warms up to epic proportions as Leightons goodness permeates through River and he is powerless but to let her in.

I was happy they got their HEA and that River got a second chance at a happiness that he deserved.

REVIEW - Every Little Kiss (Sequoia Lake #2) by Marina Adair

The Book
Release Date: 11 July 2017
Goodreads Link

There’s nothing that single mom Liv Preston won’t do if it means making her six-year-old son smile again. After a heartbreaking two years, her little family is due for some fun in the sun. She just didn’t expect to find it in the big, rugged, Search and Rescue hero next door—who shows her just how exciting, and sexy, life’s adventures can be.

As head of Reno’s K-9 search division, Ford Jamison knows what it takes to make life-and-death decisions on the fly. He doesn’t hesitate, doesn’t do regrets, and has never doubted his instincts—until he makes a promise that turns his world upside down. Desperate for redemption, he returns to Sequoia Lake, only to find himself face-to-face with his past…and the one woman he can’t have. Not when his secret would destroy her—and everything she holds dear.

For Liv, finding love once was a gift. Finding it twice seems impossible, until the moment Ford’s lips meet hers. Love doesn’t always come easy, but when it’s right, it’s worth fighting for…

My Review  3 STARS
**My thanks to NetGalley and Montlake Romance for providing me with a free copy for an honest review**

This is the first book that i have read by this author and although i really liked it, the big secret from Ford was not really a secret and i got pretty much what i had expected from really near the beginning of the book.

I liked Ford and his personality and connected with him, but it took me a little while to connect with Liv.

The supporting cast are good and you don't have to read the previous book to catch up on anything as everything is there explained to you.

A good read but it was nothing exciting.

Monday, 26 June 2017

REVIEW - Lust is the Thorn by Jen McLaughlin

The Book
Release Date: 19 April 2016
Goodreads Link

From the bestselling author of Bad Romance comes an edgy novel about a reformed bad boy training to be a priest and the fallen angel who makes him think twice about giving up earthly pleasures.
 
Growing up hard and fast on the mean streets of Chicago, Thorn McKinney didn’t have a prayer—until tragedy inspired him to join the seminary. Now the time has come to take his vows, and yet he’s haunted by the woman he can’t leave behind: his best friend’s little sister. Despite Thorn’s promises that he’d keep her safe, she’s going through hell. And now he finds himself torn between duty and desire, entranced by the seductive pull of her trusting eyes, innocent heart, and sinfully sweet curves.
 
Trying to let Thorn pursue his calling, Rose Gallagher has been hiding some things: namely her abusive boyfriend and her job as a stripper. But when she hits rock bottom, Thorn is there for her—and now there’s no denying the raw temptation that draws them together in their darkest moments. Rose may have found salvation in his strong arms, but she knows that Thorn must choose his own path: in the church, or in the warm embrace of a woman’s love.

My Review  5 STARS
**My thanks to NetGalley and Random House Publishing Group, for providing me with a free copy for an honest review**

This was a very engaging read for me and i completely devoured it one i had finally started.  Its a best friends story where there is forgiveness, love, pain, angst, near death and romance with a side of sexy scenes between the pair.  Yes we do get a lot of soul searching too and sometimes it felt a little profound and had me thinking too.

Thorn had turned his back on what he really wanted after the death of his best friend and it is only when Rose, his best friends sister who he promised to protect, gets hurt, that he finally finds out why he has been struggling to take his vows to turn rom a Deacon in the Roman Catholic church into a fully fledged Priest.

The trouble, he has always loved, and will always love Rose more.

Rose is a survivor and a very strong woman and has always know that she may never get the best life out there.  She always supports Thorn with everything and always pushes him into a better life even if it is painful for her.

Really glad that i got to read this book and certainly had a good few moments where i found tears trailing down my cheeks.

REVIEW - Hushed by Joanne Macgregor

The Book
Release Date: 26 March 2017
Goodreads Link

* Hushed - a modern romance inspired by the classic tale of The Little Mermaid *

Would you sacrifice your voice for love?

18-year-old Romy Morgan desperately longs to escape the boring future her parents have planned for her, and explore the world.

When she saves her celebrity crush, superstar Logan Rush, from drowning, Romy is offered a job as his personal assistant. She strikes a deal to reinvent herself in exchange for entering the exciting world of the movies, and love sparks between her and this prince of Hollywood. But Romy soon discovers that she has traded her voice and identity for an illusion of freedom.

When she discovers a dreadful secret with the power to destroy Logan, Romy must choose between love, revenge and finding her own, true element.

If you like contemporary young adult romance with all the feels - and a twist of humor - then you’ll love this refreshingly modern and realistic spin on the classic tale of The Little Mermaid from award-winning YA author, Joanne Macgregor.

Note: this is not a fantasy novel – the only tails, fins and flippers in the story are those on sharks and whales!

Hushed makes great reading for fans of Stephanie Perkins, Jenny Han, Sarah Dessen and Gayle Forman.

My Review  4 STARS
Now i have read this book i can see why people have the idea that this is a very modern take on the Little Mermaid fairy tale.  This is not a paranormal book in any way and Romy and the supporting cast are very much human.

Romy is a sweet girl who is presumed by each of her parent to join them in a work placement in order that she can join them with them at their jobs.  Roy however does not know what she wants to do, but things move in ways that she never could have predicted.

Logan is a celebrity who does not like the way his career is going and nearly, accidentally kills himself, but Romy is there at the right time to save him and is actually very sensible for her age.

Both characters are warm, engaging and bring you into their stories, however this book does have an environmental message, but is not in your face about it like a few others i have read.

Its been a while since i read something other than an adult book and i must say that i really enjoyed this one.

Saturday, 24 June 2017

REVIEW - Unexpectedly Hers (Sterling Canyon #3) by Jamie Beck

The Book
Release Date: 21 February 2017
Goodreads link

By day, bashful wallflower Emma Duffy works at her family’s bed-and-breakfast. By night, she secretly pens erotic romance hot enough to melt the snow in their cozy Rockies town.
But Emma’s real life is about to heat up when her mother books the entire inn to a professional snowboarder, hoping the publicity will put them on the map. In a karmic twist of fate, that guest is Wyatt Lawson, the man with whom Emma had shared the secret one-night stand that became the inspiration for her novel and its dreamy hero. Worse, a film crew is documenting his comeback just as her debut is about to hit the shelves. Emma’s only saving grace is that Wyatt doesn’t remember her—and hopefully he never will.
When Wyatt arrives in Sterling Canyon for several weeks of intense training, the last tumble he expects to take is falling for a girl, especially one as shy as Emma. Unlike groupies with their hidden agendas, she isn’t using him—or so he believes…until the film crew uncovers Emma’s pen name and steamy novel.
Wyatt’s comeback run can withstand a fall or two, but can his heart recover from this crash and burn?

My Review  3 STARS
**My thanks to NetGalley and Montlake Romance for providing me with a free copy for an honest review**

This can be read as a stand alone book although it is part of a series and i did not feel as if anything was lost with the other characters by not having read their stories.

This book was ok, but i really struggled that at age 31 Emma was such a wet blanket with her mother and had not reached out to be more of her own person before now.  The fact that she was still living with her mother at the end of the book and using her royalties to fix up the inn also sat as daft, especially as she could have used that money to get her own place and be her own person.  Just daft!!

Emma's mum was also someone i did not like, i mean what adult chastises their 31 year old daughter for kissing someone.  I mean really!

Wyatt was ok but again i had issues with his character, but i did live his brother Ryder who seemed to have more character and lovability than his bland brother.

I will not be reading any further book in this series.

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

REVIEW - A Ruthless Proposition by Natasha Anders

The Book
Release Date: 26 January 2016

All that glitters may lead right to his heart…

The last thing Cleopatra Knight expects on her business trip to Tokyo is to fall into bed with her arrogant, irresistibly hot boss, Dante Damaso. It’s a mistake—a steamy, mind-blowingly satisfying mistake. But a few nights of passion with the superwealthy bad boy prove to have long-term effects when Cleo’s world is unexpectedly turned upside down.

Dante has cultivated an enviable, jet-setting lifestyle: beautiful women, exotic destinations, and luxury without limits. He’s not looking to be domesticated, and certainly not by his assistant—even though he can’t get her out of his mind. Still, he knows he has both the responsibility and the financial means to help Cleo.

Though Cleo has no interest in Dante’s money, her lack of prospects gives her little choice but to accept his help. But living under the same roof, Dante discovers he wants more, and if Cleo lets down her guard, she just might find what her heart’s wanted all along.

My Review  5 STARS
This book had a bit of a slow start where we have Dante who is to be honest a bit of an A***hole and a bit up himself, and we also had Cleo who suffers with Dante's moods and strange behaviour.

It is a trip to Tokyo that changes the dynamic of their 'relationship' and only one they have come back home do things really change.

It is about 2/3 into the book that had me completely balling my eyes out and then i just couldn't stop the story line was so sad and it really struck a cord with me as it may many women

Really well written and the story line really grips you and pulls you in, it certainly had me captivated.

Certainly glad that i gave this author a chance.

Monday, 19 June 2017

REVIEW - Burning Moon (Destination Love #1) by Jo Watson

The Book
ReleaseDate: 1 November 2016
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There's a very fine line between blushing bride and mascara-streaked sobbing mess. #beenthere

Lilly Swanson has been planning her perfect life since she was twelve years old: Meet Mr. Right, have the big white wedding, buy a house in the burbs, and raise 2.5 picture-perfect kids. However, when her fiancé bails, leaving Lilly alone at the altar to face five hundred gossipy guests, her dream turns into a nightmare. But then Lilly makes an impulsive decision---she ditches the dress, grabs her passport, and heads off to Thailand to spend her honeymoon alone. 

Or so she thinks . . . 

Because Lilly quickly learns that everything in Thailand is very hot: the weather, the merchandise, and especially Damien---the sexy, spontaneous man she meets before her feet even hit the sand. Now with no plan, and nothing holding her back, Lilly lets Damien lead her on a wild, unpredictable ride to the world's most exclusive party, Burning Moon. But after a week of letting go, indulging her every impulse and desire, Lilly must go back to the girl she used to be. Or can Damien convince her that their party doesn't have to end?

"Top Pick! Almost a Bride put a smile on my face more than once. The dialogue was witty, the words were well-written and the heroine was one-of-a-kind." ---Harlequin Junkie

My Review  5 STARS
This author is brilliantly funny and i read this book after books two and three and did not feel like i lost anything reading them in the wrong order.

When Lilly's finance jolts her at the alter she goes a little nuts at home, then decides she wants to go on the honeymoon by herself where upon she meets Damien.

Its sweet, its funny and had me turning page after page wanting to know what would happen next, would else could possibly go wrong and how they would eventually get their happy ever after.

I would really recommend this series.

Sunday, 18 June 2017

REVIEW - The Merman's Quest (Mates for Monsters #1.5) by Tamsin Ley

The Book
Release Date: 28 February 2017
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A merman's mate-bond is for life... or is it?

Find out how a sexy merman with a death-curse overcomes his fate in this Mates for Monsters short story.

My Review  3 STARS
This is a very quick novella that focuses on Rubac, the brother of the merman (Zantu) from book one in the series.

In the first book we find that Rubac is grieving the loss of his child and that his mate was eaten by a shark, not that mermaids love their mates.

Ruben wants to be free of the bond as he is likely to go mad and die of a broken heart.  Therefore as his other child has reached maturity and left home he has his quest to become free and that involves a human female.

Madison wants to clear her name and therefore wants to find a rare hybrid dolphin so is out on the water in a boat by herself.  Finding a merman was never in her scientific mind possible.

Being a VERY short story (60 pages) things more at a cheetah's pace and we get a happy ever after for them.

REVIEW - The Merman's Kiss (Mates for Monsters #1) by Tamsin Ley

The Book
Release Date: 28 February 2017
Goodreads Link

Even Monsters Need a Mate 

After the death of her child, Brianna seeks to end her life within the ocean’s final embrace. Instead, she falls into the arms of a sexy, sleek-tailed monster. He’s wild, seductive, and sets her blood on fire every time he touches her, and soon she begins to need him for more than his magic to breathe underwater. He might just give her a new reason to live.

Zantu has evaded the mate-bond for thirty-five years, dodging promiscuous mermaids with vile intents. Unlike mermaids, mermen bond for life, and Zantu refuses to accept the heartbreak most mermen die of. That is, until the glint of gold catches his eye, and a simple salvage mission turns to passion. Now he’s bonded to a human, and begins to wonder if bonding to the right mate might not be so bad. The problem? A finless female won’t live long among the dangers of the sea.

Now Zantu must choose between keeping her at his side, and keeping her safe. Either way, he’s sure he’ll end up with a broken heart.

Content Warning: Explicit love scenes, dangerous mermaids, and sexy merman secrets. Guaranteed HEA with no cliffhangers. Intended for mature audiences.
 

My Review  3 STARS
**My thanks to NetGalley and the author for providing me with a free copy for an honest review**

I wasn't quite sure about this one at the beginning, as things between Brianna and Zantu move lightning fast to the point it feels like i rolled ever sentence.

I did like the fact that the mermaids were the baddies, yet the mermen were the ones that tended the babes and were the more emotional ones for a change.

The book is edited well and the story well written, there are just bits that seem a little daft or too fast, but otherwise this was an ok  book.