Review: Do-Or-Die Bridesmaid by Julie Miller

do or die bridesmaidTitle: Do-Or-Die Bridesmaid

Author: Julie Miller

Mills & Boon imprint: Intrigue

Year of publication: 2019

The heroine: Laura Karr

The hero: Detective Conor Wildman

The blurb: Always the bridesmaid, never a killer’s target…until now.Back in his hometown for a wedding, Detective Conor Wildman reunites with his ex-girlfriend’s sister, Laura Karr, once the tomboy next door. Now Laura is a beautiful woman…and someone wants her dead. Conor is the man to protect her and catch the killer, but will one heated kiss jeopardize their precious friendship? Or will it prove that he can trust her with his wounded heart?

Standalone or series: Standalone, but set in the same universe as several other books about the Kansas City Police Department.

The review: This book has been in my TBR pile since it came out and I’m so glad I finally got a chance to read it, because it was fabulous.

Detective Conor Wildman proposed to his girlfriend, Lisa, but she turned him down and ended up with his best friend. When they invite him back to Arlington for their wedding and beg him to come, he decides to go to appease them and prove he’s gotten over being dumped by Lisa. At the wedding he sees Lisa’s youngest sister, Laura, whom he affectionately calls Squirt… but Laura is no longer a child. She’s grown up, with beauty and curves and a smile that makes his heart beat faster.

When Laura gets a call from her friend and neighbour, she fears the worst – and when she goes to Chloe’s apartment with Conor and they find her dead, Laura is determined to find out who killed Chloe and why. Conor won’t let Laura do it alone, and they soon find themselves drawn into a mystery that could get them both killed. Along the way, Conor realises that maybe he was with the wrong sister after all… maybe he was just waiting for Laura to grow up. Laura’s quicker on the draw – she’s loved Conor for years, but Conor doesn’t believe himself worthy of a forever love. Can Laura convince him to change his mind, or will time run out for both of them before they can explore the bond between them?

With a hero you can’t help but adore, a wonderful heroine who is smart and determined to get her man and get justice for her friend, and a race against time to bring the perpetrators to justice before they pay for it with their lives, this book is everything you want in a romantic suspense story.

Review: Stolen by the Scottish Rogue by Madison Faye

stolen by the scottish rogueTitle: Stolen by the Scottish Rogue

Author: Madison Faye

Year of publication: Out today! I was kindly given a copy to read and review.

The heroine: Ailith Pembrose

The hero: Lord Malcolm McAuley

The blurb: Honestly, it’s just common sense: don’t ever, for any reason, fall in love with a pirate. No matter how tempting or toe-curlingly gorgeous he is.
And especially not when he steals you from your own wedding…

One minute, I’m being married off to a horrible, cruel man to sweeten a family business arrangement. And the next? My wedding yacht is being stolen, with me on it, by the powerful, roguish Highlander, Lord Malcolm McAuley.

Former pirate. Ex-soldier. Full-time scoundrel. He also happens to be toe-curlingly gorgeous, sinfully tempting, and utterly irresistible.

I should want nothing to do with the crude, filthy-talking alpha who’s stolen me from my own damn wedding. But the more I tell myself no, the more I want to tell him yes—to anything he wants…

Anything.

Losing myself in those piercing blue eyes and wickedly perfect lips is dangerous. Giving in to his filthy words and pulse-quickening touch is a sin. He tells me I’m his, and the most sinful thing of all?

…I’m pretty sure he’s right.

Standalone or series: This is book two in the Kilts & Kisses series, but can be read as a standalone.

The review: We met Ailith in the previous book in this series and learned she was betrothed to a man much older than her to be his fourth wife, the previous three all having died mysteriously at a young age. Not exactly a comforting thought, but Ailith has no choice – her father has made a business deal and she cannot refuse.

While on her groom-to-be’s boat getting ready for the ceremony while everyone else waits for her on the dock, Ailith is horrified to find the boat suddenly moving… with her on it. Once she runs up to the deck, she discovers the boat has been commandeered by Malcolm, a close friend of her friend Una’s new husband. It seems that Malcolm has decided to claim Ailith as his bride and isn’t going to let a simple thing like her engagement to another man get in the way. And Ailith isn’t about to protest too hard, because she is drawn to the rugged, attractive Scotsman who has spirited her away.

Will her former groom just let her go? Will she marry him or Malcolm? And how does the mysterious Viking Tor play into everything? You’ll get (most of) the answers in this steamy novella.

Review: Sin and Cider by Kimberly Reese

sin and ciderTitle: Sin and Cider

Author: Kimberly Reese

Year of publication: 2017

The heroine: Graphic designer MacIntosh Layne

The hero: Construction company owner Lawson Westbrook

The blurb: A lot can change in six years. Take me, for instance. I uprooted my small town life to move to Chicago, went to college, and grew up. Too bad I belatedly realized something was missing.

Determined to find myself again, I quit my job and head back to my family’s apple orchard to do some soul-searching.

A lot can also stay the same. Case in point: my brother’s best friend, Lawson Westbrook. Still charming. Still ridiculously handsome. Still an expert at making my heart race in an achingly familiar way. His desire-filled eyes and seductive promises tempt me to take him up on his offer for a sinful summer.

Lawson may see me differently, but my heart’s still vulnerable. Something’s brewing between us, but I don’t know if it’s happiness or heartbreak.

Standalone or series: Book one of the Sweet Sinners series, but can be read as a standalone.

The review: If I could sum up this debut novel by Kimberly Reese in one word, it would be delicious. MacIntosh Layne quits her fancy job in Chicago one day and decides to find herself by heading home to her family’s orchard in Tennessee. She’s happy to see her family and old friends after being away for six years, but wants to avoid seeing the man who made her flee in the first place: her brother’s best friend, Lawson Westbrook.

Avoiding him is impossible, and not noticing how utterly gorgeous he is even more so; he’s perfection. But Lawson’s never looked at Mac like that, so she works to restore the orchard’s barn so she can start selling her family’s well-known cider again. Lawson owns his own construction business, so he agrees to help Mac with the barn when time permits.

Lawson is no fool – he can see how beautiful Mac is and the woman she’s become. He wants her, but he’s not interested in a long term commitment. Which is perfect for Mac, because she’ll be heading back to Chicago in a couple of months. So they soon start sneaking around and sleeping together, and Lawson is deliciously dirty with a mouth made for sin. The more they see each other, the clearer it becomes that this is not just a summer fling… but can they make it work? Do they want to? Will Mac forgive Lawson when he does the unthinkable? Will they find their happily ever after… together? You really need to read this book and find out.

Review: Professor by Jenika Snow

professorTitle: Professor

Author: Jenika Snow

Year of publication: New release! The author kindly gave me a copy to read and review

The heroine: Student Grace Hart

The hero: Professor Lucian Goode

The blurb: The things I knew about her, the way I watched. It was all to protect her, all to know her.

She liked her tea with milk and sugar, extra sweet just like I knew her lips would be if I were to kiss her.

I was desperate for her.

She chewed on her pencil when she was concentrating, her little tongue coming out and moving along her bottom lip.

I was hungry for her.

She played with the ends of her hair when she was nervous, her fingers delicate, long, like she played piano, her nails painted pink. The things I thought about her doing with those tiny hands. And she bit her bottom lip when she was worried, those straight white teeth sinking into the red flesh, like an apple being broken into, the crack of it consuming.

I didn’t deny I wanted her. I didn’t even try and hide it. Innocent. That’s what she was. I stalked her, knew her every like and dislike … obsessed over her. I wanted her like I’d never wanted anything in my life. And I told myself that watching her, following her, was to keep her safe. To keep her mine.

I was her professor. She was my student. It was wrong to need her the way I did. But she consumed me, like I was gasping to breathe and she was oxygen. I was a selfish bastard, and when it came to Grace, I wanted her all to myself.

Standalone or series: Standalone.

The review: This is a steamy novella perfect for those who want something sexy to read but don’t have time to get into a full length novel. Professor Lucian Goode is obsessed with one of his students, Grace Hart. He’s wanted to make her his from the moment he first laid eyes on her. He knows he’s much older than her and he’s risking his teaching career, but he can no longer stay away from her.

Grace is in love with her professor, but she knows it’s not mutual. She knows they can’t cross any lines, because he would lose his job and people would talk. So she agrees to go to a club with her best friend, only to find herself a little drunk and alone with a guy who can’t take no for an answer.

When Professor Goode rescues her and takes her to his home, Grace starts to wonder if maybe she was wrong. And when Lucian makes it clear that Grace belongs to him, it’s game on. They don’t sleep together that first night, but Grace agrees to go on a date with him and all bets are off.

When their affair is eventually discovered, Lucian finds he doesn’t care that he’ll lose his job. His job is not his life – Grace is. As long as he has her, nothing else matters. If you like taboo pairings with a side of instalove and steamy love scenes, then this novella is for you.

 

 

 

Review: Just Neigbors by Charity Ferrell

just neighborsTitle: Just Neighbors

Author: Charity Ferrell

Year of publication: New release! The author kindly gave me a copy to read and review.

The heroine: Journalist/newspaper editor Chloe Fieldgain

The hero: Cop Kyle Lane

The blurb: Every day, my neighbor tells me to have a good morning. Every day, I tell him to f*ck off.

Kyle Lane is the town’s hottest cop. He’s also the man I’ve despised since high school. Each morning, he stands on his porch with an annoying smirk on his perfect face. He’s made it his life’s mission to get under my skin.

Until one day, he’s no longer on his porch but on mine. He claims he wants to redeem himself for ruining my reputation. My instincts tell me to stay away, but with each morning he shows up, it becomes harder and harder to resist his charm.

I was never supposed to fall in love with my neighbor and once he finds out my secret, we’ll forever be enemies.

Standalone or series: This is book four in the Blue Beech series, but can be read as a standalone.

The review: This book wrenched so many emotions from me that it’s hard to know how to write a review for it: it made me laugh, cry, and cheer. Chloe and Kyle have known each other from high school, and after humiliating her in public Chloe vows to never fall for Kyle’s charms again. Which is inconvenient, seeing as he lives next door.

But Chloe has other things to be worrying about than Kyle’s relentless plan to get her into bed: her dropkick sister continues to use Chloe’s niece and nephew as leverage for money and free babysitting. She’s worried about the children, with good reason. She also doesn’t want to get involved with Kyle for a very good reason: she’s hiding something that would have him walking out the door if he found out.

Despite her reluctance to get involved with Kyle, Chloe finds herself unable to continue resisting him and she falls into a relationship with him. She’s terrified he’ll find out the secret, but she can’t tell him because it’s not hers to tell. When Chloe finally gets a shot at happiness with Kyle, it all implodes when not only the secret comes out, but then something terrible happens that rips Chloe’s life apart. Will Kyle forgive her and be by her side to pick up the pieces, or is Chloe doomed to never find happiness again? This is a book that will stay with you for a long time.

 

 

 

Review: Love, Again by L. P. Dover

love againTitle: Love, Again

Author: L. P. Dover

Year of publication: Out today! I was kindly given a copy to read and review

The heroine: Movie director Aubrey Reynolds

The hero: Fireman Cole Haywood

The blurb: Aubrey Reynolds is a small-town girl who’s made it big. A successful Hollywood director, Aubrey doesn’t have time to linger on what could have been. But when a routine blood test comes back with a false positive, she decides to take some time off to do the things she’s always wanted to do: taste the famous chocolate chip cookies at the Minnesota State Fair, hike the Grand Teton National Park, scuba dive in the Caribbean. But after Aubrey admits to herself what she’s really missing, she heads back home to Dusty Valley, Oklahoma . . . and the man she left behind.

Cole Haywood is a small-town fireman and that’s just fine with him. Sure, when the love of his life left their hometown to chase her dreams he was heartbroken and—he’ll admit—damn mad. But Cole would have never forgiven himself if he had held Aubrey back from success. So the last thing he expects after all these years is to walk into his favorite bar one night and find the girl he’s always loved—there—looking for him. Maybe now’s the time to make his dreams come true.

Standalone or series: Standalone

The review: I adored this book. Aubrey grew up in a small town with loving parents and big dreams. By her side was her high school sweetheart, and the plan was to marry and raise a family in Dusty Valley. But then something happens, and Aubrey realises she’ll never be able to follow her dreams of becoming a movie director if she stays, so one month before their wedding she leaves town… and Cole.

Ten years later, Aubrey’s dreams have come true. She’s a famous and successful director with more money than she knows what to do with. Her best friend, Emilia, is a leading lady in Hollywood. But one day, Aubrey receives some devastating news, and her whole work collapses. It makes her look at everything her life has become, and suddenly she has other plans. After travelling around for several weeks, she decides it’s time she went back to Dusty Valley and make peace with Cole.

Aubrey finds herself loving seeing all the people she once knew well, and they mostly welcome her back with open arms. Cole, however, is not quite as quick to embrace her as the rest of the townsfolk, but neither does he push her away. It doesn’t take long for either of them to realise the love they felt for each other never truly faded, and they’re able to work past their anger and hurt to find each other again.

I loved that the reunion wasn’t dragged out for most of the book, and that we actually got to experience Aubrey and Cole as a couple, because it was clear they were soulmates meant to find their way to each other again. A lovely second chance romance that will make you smile.

Review: Tamed by the Highlander by Madison Faye

tamed by the highlanderTitle: Tamed by the Highlander

Author: Madison Faye

Year of publication: Out today! I was kindly given a copy to read and review

The heroine: Una MacKay

The hero: Lord Hamish Ballentyne

The blurb: If I had it my way, I’d never get married. But then, it’s not up to me at all.
Because the gruff, muscled, gorgeous and powerful Highlander Lord Hamish Ballentyne has decided to claim me as his bride.

I’m determined to resist him. He may be beautiful, and dangerously brooding, and carrying around the shadows of the wars he’s fought in. But I will not be some lord’s property, and I refuse to be “his”.

Except one look into those dark, piercing eyes? One forbidden, pulse-quickening, toe-curling touch from his rough, strong hands? I can refuse to belong to him all I want, but the thing is…I might already be his.

He speaks to me like no man ever has. He touches me in ways I’ve only dreamed feverishly of. And he promises to take what can only be taken once. And God help me, I’m ready to give it to him.

Standalone or series: Book one of the Kilts & Kisses series, but can be read as a standalone.

The review: This had everything you expect from a Madison Faye novella – possessive alpha heroes, feisty heroines, and lots of graphic, hot scenes. But this was a little different than your usual Madison novella, because it had a historical twist on it.

Una MacKay is being married off to Scottish Lord Hamish Ballentyne, and she’s not happy about it. She doesn’t know a single thing about this man, but her parents have made the match and she cannot refuse it. But that all changes when she lays eyes on her husband-to-be; he’s gorgeous in every way and she gets lost in his dark, fiery gaze. She doesn’t refuse him when he suggests they get to know each other intimately right before the wedding, and she’s perfectly happy to stay in his bed.

Until the castle is invaded, and Hamish finds himself needing to defend not on his castle and the people in it, but the woman he’s already lost his heart to. Can he keep her safe from the marauding Vikings, or will he lose her before he’s ever really had a chance to keep her? Another great novella to get lost in when you want something naughty to read but don’t have time to spare with a longer novel.

Review: Mine to Protect by Kennedy L. Mitchell

mine to protectTitle: Mine to Protect

Author: Kennedy L. Mitchell

Year of publication: Out today! The author kindly gave me a copy to read and review

The heroine: Park Ranger Alta Johnson

The hero: Marine/FBI consultant Cas Mathews

The blurb: A standalone, romantic thriller novel where obsession is the name of the game.

Recruited to the FBI Cas Mathews has one focus – catch the killer. That’s until officer Alta Johnson shoves her way on to the team, making him fantasize about the delicious curves she hides beneath her park ranger uniform. Alta’s natural beauty catches his immediate attention, but the strength behind her fierce gaze is what holds him captive – demanding he learns more about her.

As the team grows close, the serial killer shifts focus putting them all in danger. Cas should walk away before their sizzling attraction distracts him and gets them both killed. But as the threat pushes Cas and Alta closer, the temptation turns too hot for either to resist.

With their focus diverted the threat zeroes in, catching everyone off guard. Figuring out the players in the killer’s cat and mouse game is key to Alta’s survival. Cas swore he would protect her but with the clues carefully hidden, can he figure it out before Alta disappears for good?

Mine to Protect is a standalone, romantic thriller novel based in the beautiful mountains of the Rocky Mountain National Park.

Standalone or series: Standalone

The review: This romantic suspense story is an intelligent, intoxicating, slow burn romance with two protagonists whose broken hearts are perfect for each other and a mystery that will keep you guessing until the very end.

Alta ‘Birdie’ Johnson is a park ranger. Ten years previously, she was held captive for three days by a mentally unstable man who sexually assaulted her. Since then, she can’t bear being touched by anyone. She hasn’t been intimate with a man. She suffers from PTSD and OCD, and the only soul sh trusts is her German Shepherd, Benny.

When women start going missing from the park she protects, the FBI arrives in the form of agent Chandler Peters and military man Cas Mathews. They once served together, so they’ve been friends for years and have that kind of camaraderie you’d expect of long-standing friends. Cas also has a dark past, and he knows that no woman would ever be able to put up with his PTSD and the nightmares he suffers daily.

What neither Cas nor Alta expect is to find their soulmate and know it from the start. It doesn’t take long before they recognise what they have found in each other, but the physical side of their romance needs to go slowly, for Alta. Cas doesn’t rush her, being able to understand PTSD himself.

When the killer targets Alta, Cas is determined to find out who he is and put a stop to it once and for all. But can he protect her from the killer who seems to be one step ahead of them? Will Alta find her worst nightmare come true and she’s taken again?

Cas and Alta’s relationship is unlike any other romance I’ve ever read, and it was just delicious to see bloom. I loved that they both knew their limitations, but were able to see the good in each other, that their souls recognised a kindred spirit. I so enjoyed this book and can’t wait to read more from this author.

Review: America’s Geekheart by Pippa Grant

america's geekheartTitle: America’s Geekheart

Author: Pippa Grant

Year of publication: Officially released today! I was kindly given a copy to read and review

The heroine: Environmental engineer/blogger Sarah Dempsey

The hero: Billionaire underwear model/fashion designer/ex-boy band member Beck Ryder

The blurb: Remember that time you accidentally sexted your in-laws?

Yeah. I just did that. Except worse. Now my million social media followers are reading and sharing the rude, smartass message I meant to send privately to my little sister…and I’m officially public enemy number one.

I’m Beck Ryder. Former boy bander. Underwear model. Fashion mogul. And I just buried my entire leg in my mouth—not just my foot—modern internet style, and publicly insulted my sister’s neighbor.

Sarah Dempsey.

Also known as the woman of my dreams, who loves geeky TV shows, baseball, and giraffes, who’s just as turned on by food as I am, and who has a huge secret that I didn’t see coming.

Now it’s time to grovel and apologize publicly on social media and hope that those same followers who helped start the raging shitstorm will help calm the waters.

Because Sarah doesn’t want the spotlight. For very good reasons that I can’t tell you right now and trying to convince her to be my fake girlfriend to fix this mess and make me look like less of a jackass is worse than taking a kick to the nuts by Jackie Chan.

And I thought modeling underwear made me feel naked.

Trying to start a relationship in the era of the twitterazzi isn’t all that it’s cracked up to be.

Standalone or series: This is book two in the Bro Code series, but can be read as a standalone.

The review: I didn’t think I would enjoy a book more than Flirting with the Frenemy, but then I read America’s Geekheart and Pippa Grant proved me wrong.

This book was fabulous in every way that mattered. Beck Ryder, whose sister Ellie and best friend Wyatt are the protagonists of Frenemy, is an ex-boy band member who now runs a multi-billion dollar fashion empire. He does a lot of good and doesn’t flaunt his wealth, and his extended family and friends make sure his ego doesn’t get too big. But Beck makes a big mistake when what he thought was a private tweet to his sister is instead sent to her next door neighbour, Sarah Dempsey, who runs a blog about preserving the earth and all its creatures. Sarah is an environmental engineer who’s been laying low for ten years, hiding a secret she’d rather the world didn’t know.

When she’s thrust into the spotlight, Beck makes her an offer she can’t refuse – she helps him smooth over the mistake that’s made him public enemy number one, and he’ll help her get her causes into the public eye. Sarah tells herself she’s doing it for the good of the animals who depend on her to speak up on their behalf. She’s not falling in love with one of the most famous men in the world, who also happens to be gorgeous, charming and down-to-earth. She’s not.

Beck’s happy to accept whatever help Sarah can give him, because he has a major problem: he’s about a launch a foundation that will benefit thousands of children with a famous sports star, but he needs the public on his side. The more time he spends with Sarah, though, the more he likes her. When he finds out her secret, he takes it in his stride. He’s not falling in love with the quirky, geeky engineer who’s been hiding herself away. He’s not.

This book will make you laugh out loud, cheer, and completely fall for Beck Ryder. One of the best romance books I’ve ever read. You’ll regret it if you don’t read this book. Promise.

Review: Skirt Steak by Vanessa Vale

skirt steakTitle: Skirt Steak

Author: Vanessa Vale

Year of publication: Out today! I was kindly given a copy to read and review

The heroine: Website designer Julia Duke

The heroes: Mechanic Cash Carter and custom motorcycle maker Bennett ?

The blurb: The Duke boys were nicknamed for cuts of meat. Sir Loin Of Beef. T-Bone. Tri-Tip. Porterhouse. We were a ranching family after all. And me? I was known as Skirt Steak. I didn’t think much of it until Cash and Bennett, because they told me—and showed me—how much they liked my pink center, said it was juicy and lick-their-lips good.

I was going take their word for it. Every single time they made me come.

Standalone or series: Book five in the Grade-A Beefcakes series, but can be read as a standalone.

The review: I’ve been waiting for Julia’s book, and wasn’t disappointed. Julia’s brothers and cousin feature in the previous book in this series, and all the women have at least two men. Julia’s book is no different, but their initial encounter is hilarious – Julia thinks Cash and Bennett are the strippers booked for the bachelorette party she’s attending for one of her brother’s fiancees.

Cash and Bennett wise up pretty much straight away, but don’t let on that Julia’s got it wrong, which makes for a funny meeting. As with all the books, the boys know straight away they’ve found the woman they want to spend their lives with, but Julia is insecure when it comes to men, thanks to her douchebag ex. So Bennett and Cash are going to have to step up to the plate and convince her he was wrong.

And convince they do…. over and over and over. Another enjoyable read from this author.

Review: Unconditional by Q. B. Tyler

unconditionalTitle: Unconditional

Author: Q. B. Tyler

Year of publication: 2019

The heroine: Student Maddie Shaw

The hero: Chief of Police Cal Grayson

The blurb: It only takes one moment to change the course of someone’s life. One moment to link two souls forever.

That moment came when I pulled her out of her darkest hour. The tragedy that threatened to swallow her whole and shatter her innocence.

Save her.
Protect her.
Love her.
I vowed.

Ten years later, my vows are the same.

But I’m different
She’s different
We’re different.

And the feelings threatening to break free have the power to destroy everything. I’ll stop at nothing to keep her safe, but what if the very thing she needs protection from
…is me? 

Standalone or series: Standalone.

The review: As with any romance book featuring a taboo relationship, this book may not work for everyone. I don’t read a taboo book solely for the shock value; I want the relationship to be believable, despite the connection of the hero and heroine, whatever it is. I want to be able to get lost in the story.

Unconditional is a fantastic book. Cal Grayson is a young police officer responding to a murder-suicide when he finds seven year old Madeline Shaw hiding in a closet. She has no relatives left now, so he ends up becoming her legal guardian.

Ten years later, Maddie is almost eighteen and in love with Cal. She doesn’t love him as she would a father and she’s never called him Dad. She wants to be with him, in the way a woman is with a man. But she knows Cal doesn’t feel that way about her, so she keeps her desires hidden. Except Maddie is wrong. Cal *does* feel that way about her, although he’s desperate not to. He doesn’t want to be in love with Maddie. He’s now the Chief of Police and he knows what everyone will say if he and Maddie ever crossed that line. So they don’t.

Until they do. And then they can’t deny how they feel, so they don’t stop. Inevitably, it all comes out… how will his family deal with the revelation? His co-workers, one of whom is his sister-in-law? The townsfolk? Will Cal and Maddie’s love be strong enough to withstand the backlash?

This book was so well done. There was plenty of angst and lots of really hot sex scenes, some of the hottest I’ve ever read. Don’t miss it.

Review: Fahrenheit by Leigh Lennon

fahrenheitTitle: Fahrenheit

Author: Leigh Lennon

Year of publication: Out today! I was kindly given a copy to read and review

The heroine: Scarlet Reeves

The heroes: Firefighter Levi Arnold and Dr Jordan Peters

The blurb: The Red Head
I never had a home until I was an adult, living in foster care as a kid. Now, I have a family, one I chose for me. But I’d always longed for a man I could call my forever. Instead, I found two, and they both want me. So how do I choose between them?

The Doctor
I found the woman I want for life and she’s in love with me. But she also loves another man. When he comes to me and proposes sharing her, I am shocked. I don’t share. But what if she doesn’t choose me over him? And why is it every time he looks at me, I long for him almost as much as I do her?

The Fireman
I can’t choose between him and her so why not have them both? He’s not interested in me, but I’d rather have them together than not have them at all. They are both mine, he just doesn’t know it yet.

Standalone or series: This is book two in The Power of Three Love series, but can be read as a standalone.

The review: I read a lot of menage books, and this one differed in a few ways, which was refreshing. Most menage is all about the female with no sexual relationship between the males, but in Fahrenheit all three were equal partners in every way.

Scarlet Reeves lost her parents as a child and was shipped from one foster home to another. So all she craves in life is to belong to a man… or two. She’s been dating both dashing fireman Levi Arnold and straitlaced doctor Jordan Peters, and finds herself falling in love with both of them. She doesn’t want to have to choose between them, and since they both love her they decide she doesn’t have to.

Levi Arnold is a charming man, comfortable with his sexuality and not afraid to let Jordan know he’s interested in him, too. But Jordan has preconceived notions about a lot of things and he only sees life in black and white, so he refuses to admit he feels anything for Levi. The other man pushes, though, and with Scarlet caught in the middle, will this combination spark for good or go up in flames?

Add in a mysterious arsonist who is targeting not only Levi and his men, but the ones Levi loves, and you’ll have to read to the end to see if the trio get through it all alive – and stay together.

Of the three leads, I enjoyed Levi the most. His natural charm and good nature shone throughout the book, and it was nice to see the three leads with such differing personalities trying to put aside prejudices to form an unbreakable bond.

Review: Pink Bits by J. B. Heller

pink bitsTitle: Pink Bits

Author: J. B. Heller

Year of publication: Out today! The author kindly gave me a copy to read and review

The heroine: Reagan Moore

The hero: Rhett Jones

The blurb: Did you know the medical term for a butt crack is intergluteal cleft?

My name is Reagan, and spouting random facts like this one at inopportune moments is my affliction. I’m chronically awkward, socially inept and completely lack a filter. Believe it or not, men do not find these attractive traits.

When my sexy-as-sin neighbour barges into my apartment at the crack of dawn, everything changes. For some strange reason, my brand of crazy doesn’t send him running for the hills. Instead, he settles in for a nap on my couch…

Oh, and did I mention he was completely naked?

Standalone or series: Book one in the Awkward series, but can be read as a standalone

The review: This is a fun and easy novella about two neighbours, Reagan and Rhett. Reagan works for her father’s feminine hygiene company, collecting and verifying random facts that are printed on the product wrapping. She’d love to find someone to share her life with, but she’s socially awkward and her brain doesn’t seem to have a filter, which means she blurts out weird and wonderful things at random times.

When her sexy next door neighbour comes barging into her unit early one morning sans clothing because she woke up him making noise and his air conditioner is broken, he sets off a chain reaction which ends with Reagan at the hospital for stitches. To her surprise, her mouth doesn’t scare Rhett off; he finds he likes her quirkiness. And so begins a relationship in which Rhett is drawn to Reagan and she is unable to fight her attraction to him, and they eventually end up in bed. But will a player like Rhett be tamed by Reagan?

If you want a fun and easy read that won’t take long, this is the book for you.

Review: Don’t Go Back by Amabel Daniels

don't go backTitle: Don’t Go Back

Author: Amabel Daniels

Year of publication: Out today! The author kindly gave me a copy to read and review

The heroine: Arborist Morgan Lane

The hero: Freelance photojournalist Wade Newland

The blurb: Despite the fact she’s a woman in a man’s world, Morgan Lane works hard at Goldsen Park. Wielding a chainsaw and felling trees, she tries to keep up with her bosses’ constantly contradicting orders. Staying busy in the woods keeps her from thinking about Wade Newland, the one man she’d loved who left her without an explanation.

Yet the photojournalist can’t stay away. Wade crashes back into her life—literally—when he carries her tumbling over a ravine to save her from a stranger bearing a weapon in her park. Connected again, albeit out of danger, they attempt to figure out why someone would be toting a gun in the dark.

As they sleuth their way through the tangles of bureaucracy and the many layers of deception within the Goldsen crew, they discover there is more to this incident than what meets the eye. The deeper they dig, they realize no one can be trusted, not even the law. Not only do they have to tiptoe around their still-burning feelings for each other, they need to come to a simple truce. Can they watch each other’s backs and find the answers in the darkest part of the forest?

Standalone or series: Standalone

The review: This is a well-written, well-researched book. Morgan Lane is an arborist working in a state park. She puts her head down and does her job well, licking her wounds after having her heart broken by Wade Newland, a freelance photojournalist with whom she’d spent the previous summer. Wade, while a free spirit, had told her she wasn’t a fling and Morgan believed him… until she woke up one morning and found him gone without explanation.

Morgan’s not interested in the politics of the park; she just wants to do her job. When she stumbles upon an injured woman early one evening, Wade comes crashing back into her life – literally. He saves her from being shot by two mystery men, and from there on in it becomes clear to Morgan and Wade that something underhanded is going on at the park… and they don’t know who to trust, except each other.

This was a story full of twists and turns. I had figured some of it out, but didn’t have the big picture. There was lots of things I liked – Morgan’s job, for one. You very rarely see heroines in such a job, and I loved that it was different. However, this was touted as romantic suspense and I don’t think I would categorise it as such, because the romance was a small part of the plot; halfway into the book, all they’d done was kiss (but they had had a few aborted attempts at sex). It felt more like a thriller with a romantic element. This also wasn’t a book you could read while half asleep, because you had to pay attention to the plot or you’d miss something.

Having said that, it’s clear the author knows a lot about the subject because the detail was very good. I liked both Morgan and Wade, and I’m glad their reunion didn’t drag out for half the book. If you like mysteries, this one’s for you.

 

 

 

Review: Her Savage Mountain Daddy by Madison Faye

her savage mountain daddyTitle: Her Savage Mountain Daddy

Author: Madison Faye

Year of publication: Out yesterday! I was kindly given a copy to read and review

The heroine: College Student Nina Case

The hero: FBI private contractor Cormac Alderson

The blurb: There are three simple rules to the job: protect, keep safe, keep professional. The Marines and then life as a street cop trained me for the first two.

She’s going to make me break the third.

Nina’s the sweet temptation I never saw coming. Innocent, untouched…and in a lo of trouble with some very, very bad men after witnessing a crime she wasn’t supposed to see. Now, they want to hurt her. They want to take what’s mine. Like hell is that happening.

Protecting her is my job, but once I get my hands on those sweet, soft curves, I know I’ll break every rule to keep her. Once I taste those lips as she begs me for more, and once I claim that innocence, there’ll be no going back. They want her? They’ll have to go through me.

Nina’s going to be my everything and my undoing. She’ll be my sweet ruin. She’ll be mine. And I’ll destroy anyone who tries to take her from me.

Standalone or series: This is book nine in the Blackthorn Mountain Men series, but can be read as a standalone.

The review: This novella is sizzling hot! Cormac Alderson is an ex-Marine/cop now working as a private contractor for the FBI. His latest job is to take Nina Case, an eighteen year old college student who witnessed a murder, into hiding for her protection.

But when Cormac sees a photo of the young woman half his age, he’s obsessed. He doesn’t know what it is about this girl, but he’s got it bad. Fortunately for him, Nina finds herself equally attracted to him, and once Cormac gets her to his private cabin on Blackthorn Mountain, all bets – and clothes – are off.

You know if you’re reading a Madison Faye book that there’s lots of instalove and even more hot, graphic sex, so you won’t be disappointed with this one!

Review: A Sticky Situation by Missy Johnson

a sticky situationTitle: A Sticky Situation

Author: Missy Johnson

Year of publication: Released last week! I was kindly given a copy to read and review

The heroine: Nurse Hannah Billings

The hero: Mechanic Nate Wilson

The blurb: A sexy rockstar walking into your hotel room sounds like a dream come true.

When you’re in the middle of some serious self-pleasure like I was, it’s a freaking nightmare. It gets worse…. what I thought was my room was actually his.

I’d just given last year’s hottest new talent a performance worthy of my own Grammy. Now everyone is talking about the girl who got her rocks off in Brix Wilson’s hotel room. Nobody knows I’m that girl and it’s going to stay that way.

It’s not like I’m going to run into him again, right? Wrong.

Standalone or series: Book seven in Awkward Love series, but can be read as a standalone.

The review: Poor Hannah Billings is frustrated. She can’t pleasure herself in peace at home because of her freeloading sister and niece, so her best friend takes pity on her and books her a hotel room for the night. When Hannah arrives, she checks in and gets comfortable in her room, only to be interrupted at a most inconvenient moment by a man in the room.

He’s not just any man; Brix Wilson is rich and famous, the lead singer of a band. It turns out Hannah was given a key to the wrong room. Soon after, he enters court-appointed rehab, and it just so happens that Hannah works there as a nurse. She is assigned babysitting duties by her boss, and finds herself spending more time than she’d like with Brix, who also happens to have a twin, Nate.

Hannah gets involved in the lives of both men, whether she likes it or not, and she finds herself drawn to Nate. Brix and Nate have a complicated relationship, not only because their careers and lives are totally different, but because Brix is hiding a very big secret from his brother and the world in general.

I enjoyed the romance but feel the blurb is misleading, since the romance is not between Hannah and Brix but Hannah and Nate. The original blurb for this book was also decidedly different; the book I signed up for was not the book I got – in the original blurb, which drew me in, she was busted in a cinema by the actor who was in the movie she was watching, and his name was Kieran West. It appears that the book has been rewritten. Having said that, I did enjoy it and I did like Hannah and Nate. I was also glad that the twins managed to get their relationship sorted out.

Review: The Hookup Handbook by Kendall Ryan

the hookup handbookTitle: The Hookup Handbook

Author: Kendall Ryan

Year of publication: Out today! The author kindly gave me a copy to read and review

The heroine: Office assistant/writer/editor Sienna Johnson

The hero: Escort agency owner/escort Case Smith

The blurb: My love wand is on a strike.

As bad as that blows, pun unintended, it’s ten times worse for me. I’m a male escort, but not just any escort, I’m the escort. The one with a mile-long waiting list and a pristine reputation that’s very well-deserved.

Only now, I’m on hiatus. Because after years of pleasing women all over the city, my man missile decides to get finicky. And the only woman he wants? Someone I can never have—my best friend’s younger sister, the nerdy and awkwardly adorable Sienna.

She’s working at the agency this summer, keeping me organized, handling paperwork, and most importantly, keeping me on track to finish writing my book about sex and intimacy, which is due to my publisher in thirty days.

She thinks I hate her, that I don’t want her here. The truth is much more twisted. I get hard every time she walks into my office. Her wide blue eyes and pouty mouth drive me wild with desire, and if she stays, I’m not sure how much longer I can stay away from her.

Little Miss Overachiever says she’s here to help? Fine. I’m going to put her nerdy, curvy tush to work.

Standalone or series: Book two in the Escorts, Inc series but can be read as a standalone.

The review: This book is a perfect example of why Kendall Ryan is one of my all-time favourite romance writers. Case Smith is the CEO of an elite escort service, with him and his employees sought out by women with plenty of cash. But Case is going through a situation that threatens his job – he can’t perform in bed.

When employee and best friend Ryder Johnson asks Case if he can give an admin job to his younger sister, Sienna, Case agrees as a favour. But the moment he lays eyes on Sienna, performance no longer appears to be an issue. Sienna is beautiful and intelligent, so Case ropes her into helping him with the book he’s been paid a handsome sum to write – a book about sex.

Sienna is not immune to Case’s charms and she thinks he’s gorgeous, but he’s her brother’s best friend and her boss, so crossing any sort of line is not a good idea. Is it? When Case and Sienna give in to their mutual attraction and fall into bed, they agree to make it one night only. However, one night is not enough for either of them, and soon enough they’re sneaking around, afraid of what will happen if Ryder finds out.

Will a secret relationship be enough for both of them? Can they continue to work together professionally, as well as be involved personally? Does Ryder find out? You’ll just have to read this charming romance to find out.

Review: Rebel Saint by Adriane Leigh

rebel saintTitle: Rebel Saint

Author: Adriane Leigh

Year of publication: Out today! I was kindly given a copy to read and review

The heroine: Co-ordinator Tressa Torrado

The hero: Catholic priest Bastien Castenada

The blurb: She found herself on the steps of St. Michael’s seeking shelter, what she didn’t expect was temptation so sharp and sweet concealed beneath one snow-white collar.

He rescued her from rock bottom, desperate people squeezed together by the desperate cracks of life, but their relationship was never innocent. The thinly-veiled attraction combustible, magnetism so explosive it rattles the very foundations of their belief.

But can their unholy love story withstand the fall?

Standalone or series: Standalone, but there is another book in the series coming.

The review: What an extraordinary book. What a wonderful arrangement of words to form a story that can be summed up in just one of them: sensual. Father Bastien Castaneda has offered sanctuary to a desperate Tressa Torrado, who has been abused in many forms by pretty much everyone her entire life. At St. Michael’s Catholic Church, under Father Bastien’s watchful eye, she has created a sense of community for the churchgoers, a family of sorts – the one she has always wanted, but never had.

After a few months, however, things are changing. Tressa can no longer deny the chemistry that sizzles between them when they’re together, and she can tell the priest is finding it just as hard to deny. But he is devoted to his religion, and she knows there is no future for them together… or is there? What I really liked about this book that made it different to other books about the same trope was that it seemed to be Tressa who struggled more with their relationship, rather than Bastien, who was risking more.

This is a lushly written story of a love forbidden between two people. Will Bastien forsake the calling he’s followed his entire life for the love of a woman he can’t live without? Will Tressa be able to accept a saintly man like Bastien can love a tainted woman like herself? You really must read this book and find out…

Review: Reclaiming His Wife by Madison Faye

reclaiming his wifeTitle: Reclaiming His Wife

Author: Madison Faye

Year of publication: Out today! I was kindly given a copy to read and review

The heroine: Family company heiress Juliana Cardellini Kane

The hero: Marine Russell Kane

The blurb: Five years ago, she was stolen from me. But now I’m back from the dead to reclaim what’s mine. Here comes the bride.
Again, and again, and again…

What a woman like Juliana ever saw in a dirty roughneck Marine like me I’ll never understand. But I’m a man who knows what he wants, and I wanted her. I stole her heart, made her my wife, and saw the rest of my life with her.

…And then, I died.

At least, that’s what the man who left me for dead told her while I sat in chains, forgotten in a Taliban prison for five damn years.

Five years in a pit in the desert does something to a man. It’s made me hardened, feral, and wild. It’s made me hungry for the one woman I ever wanted, and driven to the brink of madness to have her soft curves in my rough hands again. Five years in hell have made me ready to move heaven and earth to get my bride back in my arms.

My enemy tried to bury me and take what’s mine. Except, he didn’t dig deep enough. Because I just broke out of my prison, and now? Now I’m coming back to reclaim what’s mine. Five years ago, Juliana thought she lost me. A week ago, I came back from the dead. Tonight, I’m stealing her back.

‘Til death do us part? Oh, it’s going to take a lot more than that…

Standalone or series: Standalone

The review: Russell is a Marine who was betrayed by a man he should have been able to trust and left to rot in a hole in the ground for five years. Declared dead, he eventually overcomes his captors and manages to get home just in time to stop his beloved wife, Juliana, from marrying the very man who betrayed him.

He storms into the church and whisks away the bride, his wife, who’s believed him dead for the last five years. After a whole lot of very hot sex, he gets his revenge and his wife back.

This book was a departure from most of Madison’s others because there’s usually a twist in the story and it’s usually something to do with the heroine. In this novella, the hero was hiding a secret of sorts, but it’s revealed early on. There’s was also quite a bit of going back and forth in time, which you had to concentrate on so as not to get confused. But if you want smut? You got it. This might just be Madison’s smuttiest book yet! As always, an enjoyable read.

Review: Wrecked by A. K. MacBride

wreckedTitle: Wrecked

Author: A. K. MacBride

Year of publication: Just released! I was kindly given a copy to read and review

The heroine: Family company executive Kenzie Michaels

The hero: Mechanic/glassblower Brett Carter

The blurb: What would you do for the one you love?

Me? I traded my freedom for hers.

But then she betrayed me and left me to rot without so much as a goodbye. You know how they say you need to forgive and forget?
Well, I can’t. I won’t. In fact, I’m good with never laying eyes on Kenzie Michaels again.

Unfortunately for me, life has other plans. So when the woman who ripped my heart out of my chest – and stomped on it for good measure – shows up in my town, I’m left dealing with feelings both old and new.

And a single question that rules my every thought: Do I give in and fight for the future we were supposed to have?

Standalone or series: This is book two in the Willow Creek series, but can be read as a standalone.

The review: This was a very nicely done second chance romance. Brett Carter and Kenzie Michaels had planned forever, until getting stopped by the police one night tore them apart. Brett took the fall for Kenzie, and his life was never the same.

Kenzie has moved on. She works for her parents, has a boyfriend they approve of, and thinks she has a great life… until her car breaks down on the way to visit a client and the nearest town is the one avoided for the last twelve years. She’s stuck in Willow Creek, and it doesn’t take long before she runs into the one man she knew she wouldn’t be able to avoid.

There’s a lot of hurt on both sides, due to miscommunication and interference. When they finally sat down and really talk, they realise not all was as it seemed.

This is a slow burn romance, so the impatient part of me wanted them to just kiss, but the author does a nice job of building up the tension. When they finally realise the love they had never truly went away, they know nothing will keep them apart this time. I adored Brett; he was a wonderful man who was heartbroken for a long time. He’s also a glassblower and makes butterflies, and it seemed like such a beautiful craft that suited him. I adored this book and was cheering Brett and Kenzie on to have their happy ending.

Review: Surprise, Baby! by Lex Martin and Leslie McAdam

surprise babyTitle: Surprise, Baby!

Authors: Lex Martin and Leslie McAdam

Year of publication: Out today! I was kindly given a copy to read and review

The heroine: Public Relations CEO Kendall Greer

The hero: T-shirt company owner Drew Merritt

The blurb: I don’t care that Drew Merritt spent the last year transforming himself from grungy slob to sexy playboy. With messy, dirty blond hair and gorgeous eyes, his looks aren’t the problem.

His mouth is. And the stupid things that come out of it.

But after an emergency strands us together, and he does his damnedest to take care of me… let’s just say there’s one thing we don’t clash on. And it doesn’t involve talking.

I’ve despised Drew since I met him years ago. One weekend can’t change us that much, can it? Spoiler alert: It doesn’t. Except he left me a little keepsake. And in nine months, I’ll have a surprise for Portland’s most notorious player.

Standalone or series: Set in the same universe as All About The D, but can be read as a standalone.

The review: This. Book. Is. Amazing! An enemies-to-lovers rom-com that will leave you laughing and swooning at the same time. Kendall Greer and Drew Merritt are part of each other’s lives, whether they like it or not, because their best friends are married. When said best friends Josh and Evie invite them both to their newly built cabin for Thanksgiving, Drew offers to pick Kendall up on the way. When they arrive at the cabin, they find it odd that nobody else is there and there’s no electricity, but then they get snowed in and are forced to get to know each other…

Which leads them to finding out they really like each other. And then they suddenly end up naked together, and before they know it they’ve been holed up for four days having the hottest sex known to man. But their little sojourn is put to an abrupt end and they’re separated, each of them thinking the other has abandoned them and walked away.

Kendall thinks she’ll just leave it there and move on… only to find that idea out the window when she discovers she’s pregnant, and Drew is the father. Kendall isn’t sure she can trust him, even though she saw a wonderful side to him when they were stranded together, because he’s known for his drunken antics and playboy ways. But Drew has changed after a serious health scare, and when he finds out about the baby he’s determined to prove he can be a great father, despite the relationship he has with his own parents.

Will Kendall and Drew realise they’re in love and want to be together, despite the baby? Will Drew step up to the plate and be the partner Kendall needs to get through the pregnancy? Will Kendall let him in? With great supporting characters (Drew’s grandmother, Bee, is a hoot) and a pair of protagonists you’ll love and cheer for, this book has everything you need. Don’t miss it!

Review: Get Lucky by Madison Faye

get luckyTitle: Get Lucky

Author: Madison Faye

Year of publication: Out today! I was kindly given a copy to read and review

The heroine: Phoebe Wright

The heroes: Irish mobsters Clay Moreland and Eamon Lear

The blurb: Wanting her could destroy us.
Touching her could start a war.
But the consequences stopped mattering the moment we knew she’d be ours.
Now sharing her is our obsession, and we won’t be stopped…

They call us Kings. Born on the war-torn streets of Belfast and trained in the hard-knocks life of crime, now we’re two ruthless Kingpins at the very top of the Irish mob. And we’re visiting Boston for one reason: to kill the man who hurt one of our own.

But the plan goes out the window the second she walks into the room. Gorgeous, alluring, and feisty as hell. Sharp green eyes, blazing red hair, and legs a man can only dream of feeling wrapped around his waist.

But Phoebe’s also entirely off-limits. She’s forbidden fruit, and dangerous as fuck. Hell, she belongs to the man we’re here to kill. But then, she stopped being another man’s woman the second he put her up as a bet in a card game. And when the chips fall, you better believe we’re going to collect our prize.

Losing ourselves with her could make us lose everything. But one taste of her makes us lose all control, and we know we won’t be stopped from taking what’s ours. Because now, we’ve got a new plan: claim her as our own, keep her safe, and destroy anyone who tries to take her from us.

We’re not sure if Phoebe’s got any Irish in her… but she’s about to.

Standalone or series: Standalone

The review: Phoebe Wright is engaged to the nephew of the boss for Boston’s Irish mob chapter, so when he loses her in an underground poker game to two of the visiting head kingpins of the Irish mob on St Patrick’s Day, she should be livid. But she’s not, because they are two of the hottest men she’s ever laid eyes on.

It doesn’t take long for Clay Moreland and Eamon Lear to claim their prize, and before Phoebe knows it she’s got two hot men bringing her pleasure like she’s never known it. But Phoebe is hiding a secret, and she has no choice but to unveil it when the nephew returns with his uncle and the entire Boston chapter, them having discovered the real reason for Clay and Eamon’s visit.

Phoebe is torn away from them and they’re not happy. Clay and Eamon want her back, and Phoebe has to make some tough choices. Will she choose the two men she barely knows but can’t get out of her head? As always, the menage scenes will set your Kindle on fire and there’s a good twist that brings nice depth to the story. Another great read for Madison Faye fans!

Review: Love Undercover by L. K. Shaw

love undercoverTitle: Love Undercover

Author: L. K. Shaw

Year of publication: 2019

The heroine: Ines Rodriguez

The hero: Brody Thomas

The blurb: I can’t help my attraction to Tomás, a ruthless, gorgeous member of the Juarez Cartel. The only problem? I’m the undercover cop here to bring them all down.

I’ve immersed myself in a world of money and drugs, and there’s no one I can trust. Especially not Tomás. Yet time and time again we cross paths, fighting the inevitable. Until one explosive night when we can no longer fight the dangerous attraction between us. I run through every possible scenario, trying to find a way to make a relationship between us work.

What I don’t realize is that Tomás is hiding behind a mask of his own, and the connection we share could be deadly.

Standalone or series: Book one in the Covert Liaisons series, but can be read as a standalone.

The review: This was a well-written, entertaining romantic suspense story. Ines and Brody are both law enforcement officers who are undercover in a cartel. Brody has been there for five years for the DEA, so immersed in the character created that the lines between reality and fiction are blurring. He’s close to bringing the whole cartel down, and then she appears.

Ines is trying to find her brother, a fellow police officer, who was also working in the cartel but appears to have had his cover blown. She needs to find out what has happened to him, so she goes undercover and cosies up to the cartel head’s gormless nephew. But when she meets one of the top members of the cartel, she’s instantly drawn to him.

Neither of them know at first they’re both on the same side, but they can’t hide their attraction to each other, and soon enough they can no longer fight it. The sex scenes were hot and their relationship was intriguing.

I’m very much looking forward to reading the next books in the series 🙂

 

 

 

Review: Flirting with the Frenemy by Pippa Grant

flirting with the frenemyTitle: Flirting with the Frenemy

Author: Pippa Grant

Year of publication: Out today! I was kindly given a copy to read and review

The heroine: Ellie Ryder

The hero: Wyatt Morgan

The blurb: Mission: Survive my best friend’s wedding, where I must play nice with my ex and his perfect new girlfriend.

Strategy: Bring the hottest fake boyfriend on the planet.

Target: Grady Rock. Master Baker. Dimples. Muscles. The unicorn of fake boyfriends.

Complication: Wyatt Morgan. My brother’s best friend. My sworn enemy. Military man. Sexy as hell single dad. The man I let into my panties for one night of hot hate sex after my ex dumped me before my life fell apart.

And the man who just scared off that perfect fake boyfriend. By pretending to be my real boyfriend.

I can roll with this though. What’s the harm in Flirting with the Frenemy if it helps me get the job done?

Complete my mission and move on. Or so I thought. Until Wyatt kisses me again and I start feeling things I shouldn’t. The thing about weddings…nothing ever goes as planned.

Standalone or series: Book one of the Bro Code series, but can be read as a standalone.

The review: Pippa Grant has fast become one of my favourite rom-com authors, and this book only cements that status for me! This rollicking, hilarious rollercoaster of a tale is about Ellie, Wyatt, his adorable son Tucker and pirates. And boy bands. And Frogger (who doesn’t remember the glorious game that was Frogger???).

Ellie and Wyatt have known each other since they were kids. Ellie’s brother, boy band turned underwear model Beckett, is Wyatt’s best friend. Which means Ellie and Wyatt have been frenemies for a very long time. When Wyatt’s divorce is finalised and Ellie is dumped by her fiance for another at Christmas time, they end up turning to each other, which leads to a disaster.

Six months later, after Ellie has successfully avoided military engineer Wyatt, they’re both staying in one of Beck’s houses. Sparks fly again, even though they don’t want them to, but every time they try to get it on, something bad happens. Ellie becomes convinced that a relationship between them will always be doomed. Can Wyatt convince her otherwise? Will she succumb to the charms of the Morgan males? Throw in a supporting cast of warm and entertaining characters, one very rude parrot, and all the pirate talk you can handle, and you have one hellava good romance. I can’t wait for book two!

Review: Baking with a Rockstar by Jasmin Miller

baking with a rockstarTitle: Baking with a Rockstar

Author: Jasmin Miller

Year of publication: Officially out tomorrow, but Amazon released it early! The author kindly gave me a copy to read and review

The heroine: Baker Charlie Peterson

The hero: Rockstar Hudson Mitchell

The blurb: When a rockstar and a single mom become roommates, delicious sparks are bound to fly.

Rockstar Hudson Mitchell is over the glitz and spotlight of the music industry. Desperate for a break from the fast-paced life of fame, he retreats to the one place that has always been home.

Brooksville, California.

It’s the same place where Charlie has taken refuge, trying to build a life for herself and her young daughter. The quiet, small-town atmosphere and her new bakery venture are exactly what she needs to pick up the pieces of her shattered past.

As they spend more time together, neither of them is prepared for the effect Charlie has on Hudson, and how important she would become for his career.

Standalone or series: I believe this is the first in the Brooksville, California series, but can be read as a standalone.

The review: If I had to sum up this incredibly good debut novel from Jasmin Miller in one word, it would be sweet. This delightful romance is about Charlie, a single mother who moves from one side of the country to the other after suffering some terrible losses. Hannah, her grandmother’s best friend, persuades Charlie to move to California with her baby daughter, Mirabelle, and open the bakery she’s always dreamed about.

The one thing Hannah didn’t mention is that a couple of her grandchildren are famous. One of them, Hudson, is a member of a famous rock band, and when he unexpectedly shows up back home, Charlie doesn’t recognise him. Hudson finds Charlie’s lack of recognition – and Charlie herself – refreshing. He’s tired of the spotlight, thanks to his scheming ex, and just wants a normal relationship away from it. So when he first meets Charlie, his love of music and songwriting is once again sparked and she becomes his muse.

When Charlie gets to know Hudson better, she’s attracted to him in every way, and seeing how good he is with Mira just makes him hotter. But Charlie is hiding a lot of pain and a few secrets, and she’s scared that once Hudson finds out about them, he’ll walk away. Will she be willing to take a chance on love again?

While this book did have sex scenes, they were not graphic and there is no swearing, which made it a light, enchanting read. It almost seems hard to believe this is a debut novel; I’m very much looking forward to seeing what this author gives us next!

Review: Love on High Steel Bridge by Rebecca Rohman

love on high steele bridgeTitle: Love on High Steel Bridge

Author: Rebecca Rohman

Year of publication: Out today! The author kindly gave me a copy to read and review

The heroine: Doctor Robin Drake

The hero: Pilot Dorian Rae

The blurb: Captain Dorian Rae is a wounded soul who gets his greatest pleasures from being in the great outdoors and soaring the skies. When he has a life-changing encounter with a beauty on Washington State’s High Steel Bridge, he never anticipates that one meeting would have an enduring effect on him and change their worlds forever.

But fate seems determined to throw them together when she repeatedly shows up not only in his dreams but also, in reality…and in his past when he finds out that she played a role in the death of his best friend.

When a seemingly impossible friendship develops between the two, the lines between friendship and romantic relationship become blurred and Dorian’s efforts to stay out of a relationship—especially with a woman with such a tattered past―comes into question.

While her past catches up with their present, and disapproving family and friends enter the mix, the already deep-seated conflict that at first kept these two people apart, now threatens to break them up forever.

Love On High Steel Bridge will take you through high altitudes and to some devastating lows. If you like suspense, steamy love scenes and unexpected plot twists, come with Captain Rae as he flies the skies on this riveting journey.

Standalone or series: Book six in the Love on the Pacific Shores series, but can be read as a standalone.

The review: This book was such a mixed bag for me. There were elements I liked, such as some of the characters and the story line in general, but a lot of it just didn’t work for me at all.

Robin Drake has just gotten out of prison after spending seven years there for her part in the deaths of eleven people. A doctor, she was having an affair with a surgeon who, along with his son, was performing unnecessary operations to participate in health care fraud, and these people died as a result of those operations. She didn’t knowingly participate in any of this, but when she put all the pieces together she didn’t go straight to the police; blinded by love, she believed she could talk him out of it. When the police found out, she was arrested, losing her job, her marriage, custody of her children, and pretty much everyone in her life.

The story begins with her at her lowest point, ready to end her life by jumping off a bridge. A stranger, Dorian Rae, happens upon her, and he’s able to talk her down from the ledge and drops her off at hospital. He’s a pilot and can’t stop thinking about her, wondering how she is. When she comes back into her life through chance, he seizes the opportunity to get to know her better, and they rather quickly form a relationship. He faces a lot of resistance from his family and friends, but refuses to bow to their demands to dump her.

I did like Robin and Dorian as characters. I applauded Robin’s approach to life after her release; her guilt in the role she played was totally believable and she sought professional help when she needed it. She tried hard repeatedly to make amends to her family. Dorian, for his part, refused to be bowed by his family and friends who wanted him to dump her. He saw past the criminal record to the woman inside. I liked Dorian’s grandmother, who was wise and adorable.

I believe this book’s main problem is that it is far too long. It clocks in at 146,000 words, and the story could so easily have been told well in half as many words. There was a lot of repetition; scenes that were played over and over. Scenes with Robin’s therapist. Scenes where she tries to push Dorian away because she believes him being in a relationship with her will ruin his reputation and his life. Scenes where she apologises to everyone in her life for what happened.

There was so many subplots that were left unexplored, such as Robin coming across a homeless woman with her children that she buys meals for, even though she has very little money of her own. There was one with her cell mate that could have been explored more. There was one involving Dorian’s ex, who happened to be Robin’s new manager, that also went nowhere. Instead, the book was bogged down with so many of the aforementioned scenes that you got lost, and it was hard to keep track of who some of the characters were and what exactly happened that landed Robin in jail.

I found some of the dialogue and the behaviour of the characters with each other clunky and unrealistic. Some of the details were incorrect; Robin’s cell mate, Joy, was sentenced to nine years in prison for cashing $10K worth of fraudulent checks, but when I googled it the absolute most she would have gotten was three years in a county jail (and I have to wonder if Robin herself would have gotten such a long sentence, given how little she was actually involved in the crime committed). Some of the terminology used during the many sex scenes threw me out of the scene, and it constantly changed from being anatomical to slang and back again. The book was written in first person, and sometimes the POV changed within a chapter from Dorian to Robin or vice versa, and it was confusing.

This book was touted as romantic suspense, and while there was a subplot involving blackmail and stalking, it really wasn’t a major part of the book. To me, romantic suspense is when there’s a mystery from the beginning and doesn’t let up. But there was no mystery for some chapters and it was subtle for more than half the book, before ramping up at the end, so I would not have classified this book as RS and was disappointed by that.

I wanted to like this book a whole lot more than I did and I’m sorry I didn’t, because it had some good characters and had a strong plot, but it was let down by its length and lack of a good, sharp edit which would have elevated it so much.

Review: Angel by Janie Crouch

angelTitle: Angel

Author: Janie Crouch

Year of publication: Out today! The author kindly gave me a copy to read and review

The heroine: Bakery worker Jordan Reiss

The hero: Former Navy SEAL/CEO Gabriel Collingwood

The blurb: Jordan Reiss is well aware that if she was on fire the entire town of Oak Creek would probably go inside and make a sandwich. She can’t blame them. Her father scammed half the town out of their retirement funds, and then she…

She did so much worse.

She doesn’t expect forgiveness. But she’s back in town with no other options and just wants to be left alone to live on the fierce Wyoming land she’s missed so much during her six years in prison.

Former Navy SEAL Gabriel Collingwood’s callsign may have been Angel, but he’ll be anything but to protect his sister. Especially from a pretty ex-con who has somehow weaseled her way into a job at his sister’s new bakery.

He doesn’t trust Jordan, even with her big gray eyes and quiet smile.

But when someone decides its time for Jordan to leave Oak Creek—preferably in a body bag—Gabe will have to put his distrust aside. Jordan needs her own guardian angel. And he happens to be one.

Standalone or series: This is the fourth book in the Linear Tactical series, but can be read as a standalone.

The review: This series continues to get better with every book, something I didn’t think possible after the diamond that is Shamrock. Jordan Reiss, the heroine of Angel, is doing it tougher than most. Ostracised by pretty much everyone in town for an innocent mistake she made that shattered people’s lives, and for the actions of her despicable father who stole from most of the townsfolk, she’s also tormented and bullied at every turn.

Gabriel Collingwood, brother of Shamrock’s heroine Violet, doesn’t trust her as blindly as his sister does. He watches her closely, ready to pounce as soon as she makes a mistake… but he comes to realise that Jordan is not the monster everyone makes her out to be. Underneath the quiet, lonely exterior is a young woman who is haunted by her past and desperate to make it right so she can finally move forward with her life again. She’s clever with computers, smart, funny and beautiful. Soon enough, Gabe is more than willing to take on the role of protector.

There’s no smooth sailing in their relationship, though, thanks to others in their lives, and Gabe finds himself wondering if he was wrong to trust Jordan. I myself wanted to smack some sense in to him on a few occasions! Jordan I just wanted to hug. She shows a strength and tenacity few others do, and most in her situation would have given up. A wonderful heroine and a book that will leave you both breathless and smiling for days to come.

Review: Bound to his Bride by Madison Faye

bound to his brideTitle: Bound to his Bride

Author: Madison Faye

Year of publication: Out today! I was kindly given a copy to read and review

The heroine: Abby Jennings

The hero: Mob fixer Colm Jennings

The blurb: Vows sealed us together. The mob tore us apart. But now this beast without his beauty is coming back to take what’s his. She’s mine. To love. To honor. To comfort. And this time, to keep.
Forever.

To a rough, filthy, savage mob fixer like me, she was an angel. My angel. The beauty to tame the beast I kept inside. I was lost the second I saw her. Abby was my everything. My second chance, the bride I never should have had.

…And then one day, I didn’t.

The mob takes its dues in blood, and I was their collector. And somehow, I let her get away from me. Too many shadows. Too much blood on my hands. Too many nights away from the only bed I wanted, warmed by the only woman I ever craved.

But tonight, I’m through. Tonight, I’m taking back my wife.

I’ve been keeping watch over her, and my desire has turned to obsession. It’s turned into a raw, fierce need—to have her, to claim her once again. To take her back and take her in our marriage bed. I’m through being the mob’s mad dog, and this beast is about to tear their world apart to get back his bride.

Months ago, I let the only goodness I’ve ever known walk out of my life. But tonight, I’m taking her back. Tonight, I’m claiming her all over again. Tonight, I’m going to remind her of the vows we spoke.

And I’ll storm heaven and hell to take back my angel.

Standalone or series: Standalone.

The review: Colm Jennings is a fixer for the mob, and the only thing he loves more is his wife, Abby. But she grew tired of being scared for him, for them, so she left him, thinking he’d follow her… but he didn’t. They’ve been separated for six months, and Abby hasn’t seen or heard from Colm.

She misses him, and doesn’t realise he’s been working hard for six months to put in place a plan for them to be together forever. When the mob come after her, Colm spirits her away, and it doesn’t take long before they’re joined once more in smoking hot sex scenes. When Colm tells her his plan, they think they’ve managed to escape… only to have the mob come after both of them. Will either of them live long enough to enjoy their freedom?

This steamy novella is perfect for when you want something satisfying to read, but don’t have time to devote to a novel-length story. Madison Faye is the queen of sexy novellas!

Review: Beautifully Broken Pieces by Catherine Cowles

beautifully broken piecesTitle: Beautifully Broken Pieces

Author: Catherine Cowles

Year of publication: Out today! The author kindly gave me a copy to read and review

The heroine: Waitress Taylor Lawson

The hero: Deputy Chief Walker Cole

The blurb: A woman who’s lost everything.

Taylor is looking for peace and quiet away from the memories of all she’s lost. A small mountain town where no one knows her seems like the perfect escape.

A man battling the ghosts of his past.

Walker loves his life just the way it is. His town, his family, his brothers in blue. Everything simple and easy—until a chance encounter changes it all.

When Taylor’s solitude is interrupted by the rugged cop, they find that the very thing they were avoiding might be just what they both need. As their iron wills clash and passion flares…a killer lurks.

And you never know who might be caught in the crosshairs.

Standalone or series: This is book one in the Sutter Lake series, but can be read as a standalone.

The review: Further to Fall was a stunning debut from this author, and I didn’t think I’d love another book by her any more than I do FtF… but I was wrong. Beautifully Broken Pieces is about Taylor, Carter’s best friend, whom we met in FtF. Taylor is a woman in mourning for the loss of her mother. When she agrees to go to the quiet town of Sutter Lake with Carter, Austin and Liam for a desperately needed getaway, she finds herself soothed by the peace she finds there so much that she decides to spend a year living there. Her plan is to keep to herself as much as possible and let her broken heart heal.

That all goes out the window when she meets the son of the people she’s renting her cabin from. Deputy Chief Walker Cole is a good man with a loving family, and he understands grief, too – his high school sweetheart, Julie, was murdered a decade previously and her killer never caught. He’s been dating Caitlin for a few months, but she doesn’t spark a fire deep inside him like Taylor does. Try as he might to deny it, no woman ever has. He ends the relationship with Caitlin once he realises it’s not going anywhere and she’s a lot more serious about it than he is. Caitlin doesn’t take the news well, which makes for some awkward encounters.

Taylor just wants to be left alone. She doesn’t need or want anyone to be close to her, because everyone she loves leaves her eventually, whether it’s by choice or not. She’s struggling to cope with the loss of her mom, who was her best friend, and just getting through each day is hard. I found Taylor’s grief incredibly painful to read, because I have recently lost my own mother and I could relate to it in every single way.

But the Cole family won’t let Taylor become a hermit, and she eventually relents to joining them for meals and outings. Apart from Walker, his parents and his meddling but highly amusing grandmother, there is also his sister and nephew. They all adore Taylor and she eventually lets them into her heart, despite her repeated attempts to push them away.

Taylor doesn’t want to be attracted to Walker, but she is, and he starts to break down the wall she has so carefully put up around her heart. It’s a gorgeously slow burning relationship, with each of them cautious about giving their heart to the other, given their pasts. But they eventually can no longer deny how they feel, and soon enough they’re spending every night together.

While Walker is deliriously happy with his personal life, professionally it’s a different matter: girls have started going missing and are turning up dead, and they all look like Julie. It looks as though her killer is back again, and Walker is determined to catch him. Julie’s death is the reason he became a cop, so no other family would have to go through what he did if he can help it.

Both Walker and Taylor find themselves targeted by this killer, and what happens to them will leave you holding your breath. Will they get the happy ending they both so richly deserve? You’re just going to have to read this book to find out.

Catherine’s writing is beautifully lyrical. She has a way with words that is just magical; her books are so easy to read and suck you in from the beginning, so that you’re wanting to drop everything else and just finish it. And when you do, you’re sad because you just want more. Beautifully Broken Pieces deals with some dark topics – death, grief, murder – which could have made for a very heavy book, but Catherine is a gifted enough writer to ensure that every single word is just perfect. Although emotionally painful to read in some places, there’s enough light – with well-rounded, well written characters and a romance that is both deep and a little raunchy (which I loved!) – to ensure it never drags or lets you become too mired in the darkness.

This book is and will remain one of my favourite romances of all time. If you consider yourself a romance fan, you need to read Beautifully Broken Pieces.

Review: Porterhouse by Vanessa Vale

porterhouseTitle: Porterhouse

Author: Vanessa Vale

Year of publication: Out today! I was kindly given a copy to read and review

The heroine: Nurse Jill Murphy

The heroes: District Attorney Porter Duke and Sheriff Liam Hogan

The blurb: Meet—or should I say meat—Porter Duke. He serves up a large portion of big beef all alone, but he doesn’t want to claim Jillian Murphy by himself. Liam Hogan has what it takes to satisfy the hungriest appetite—and their woman is insatiable.

When Jill’s life is in danger, should she go to the sexy DA and new sheriff who have stolen her heart? Or should she protect her men from the one thing that could destroy them—herself?

Standalone or series: This is book four of the Grade-A Beefcakes series, but can be read as a standalone

The review: This fourth installment in the Grade-A Beefcake series is just as sexy and fun as the first three! One of the Duke cousins, Porter, and his best friend Liam know that Jill is the woman they’ve been looking for, the one they’ll share and settle down with.

However, Jill is not yet on board with the idea of two men sharing her, so she dates them both separately at first, even though she knows deep down she wants them both. But she doesn’t realise they’re not going to make her pick between the two of them – can they convince her that’s where she belongs?

When Jill finally gathers the courage to tell them she wants them both, the three of them fall headfirst into the relationship they all want. But it’s not all smooth sailing; Jill’s younger brother causes some serious headaches for her, and Porter, who misunderstands the situation, suspects Jill of wrongdoing. She’s devastated and flees, but when Liam sets Porter right, they set out to get their woman back. Will they succeed? You’ll just have to read to find out!

 

 

 

Review: Mission: Impossible to Surrender by Jacki Delecki

mission impossible to surrenderTitle: Mission: Impossible to Surrender

Author: Jacki Delecki

Year of publication: Out today! I was kindly given a copy to read and review

The heroine: Philanthropist Sophie Dean

The hero: Ex-SEAL/Bodyguard Finn Jenkins

The blurb: Sophie Dean has worked long and hard to shed the rock-n-roll bad girl reputation she earned at college. With her rebellious days behind her, Sophie now uses the prestige of the Dean family name and money to bankroll humanitarian aid. The only part of her past she can’t leave behind is the major crush she has on Finn Jenkins. When danger from an unknown quarter threatens Sophie’s latest undertaking and she needs protection, fate steps in and delivers a second chance with Finn.

When Finn returns home after two tours of duty as a Navy SEAL, it doesn’t take long to realize he still has feelings for Sophie, who is no longer the irresponsible young woman he walked away from all those years ago. An assignment to escort Sophie and an orphaned Pakistani boy to the Pacific Northwest should have been an easy mission—and it’s the perfect opportunity to get re-acquainted with Sophie and finally confess how he feels. But when someone threatens the orphan in their care, Sophie and Finn must set aside their feelings to save the child’s life…and their own.

Standalone or series: Book two in the Impossible Mission series, but can be read as a standalone.

The review: Best friends to lovers is my all-time favourite trope, so I knew I had to read this book. Finn is an ex-SEAL who now works in security, and he’s tasked with getting his best friend and the woman he has loved for years home safely.

Sophie is the younger daughter of one of the richest men on the planet, but she hates the notoriety her father’s money and fame brings. She wants to use her privilege for good, and has a keen interest in helping other people. But when her mission brings her into a contact with a young, orphaned Pakistani boy, neither she nor Finn realises the chain reaction they’re setting off.

Finn will do whatever he has to in order to keep Sophie and the boy safe, but when bullets start flying, finding out who is the target and why becomes critical. His feelings for her eventually come out, and when she admits they’re reciprocal, they finally give in to the long hidden desire they’ve had for each other.

While I enjoyed the romance, I did feel like it took a backseat to the suspense part of the plot; once Finn and Sophie became a couple, there really wasn’t a lot of scenes with them together because the action took centre stage. I would have loved a few more scenes with the new couple. But this is just a minor thing, and overall I enjoyed the book very much.

 

 

 

Review: Her Rock Hard Mountain Man by Parker Grey

her rock hard mountain manTitle: Her Rock Hard Mountain Man

Author: Parker Grey

Year of publication: Out today! The author kindly gave me a copy to read and review

The heroine: College student Mia

The hero: Ex-Marine/Bar owner Elias Grant

The blurb: They think they own her. But she’s mine. And I’ll fight all of them to prove it.

When I got out of the Marines, I just wanted a simple life. Own a bar. Live in solitude. No complications, and that means no women.

Then I’m in my buddy’s wedding. I’m best man. She’s maid of honor. From the second I see her, I’m smitten. Eyes like sapphires. Lips like rosy pillows. Her body, pure temptation at its worst. She’s sweet. She’s innocent.

And that night, I find out she’s untouched.

There’s only one problem: her father’s an outlaw, the president of the dreaded Iron Diablos Motorcycle Club, and he’s got his own ideas about what his daughter is good for.

When I look at Mia, I see the woman I want to marry. He sees a bargaining chip. And I’m not about to let him get his way.

Standalone or series: Standalone, but part of the same universe as Her Obsessed Mountain Man.

The review: Mia is maid of honour at her friend Ruby’s wedding, and the best man is Elias, the groom’s best friend. She’s instantly smitten with him, but the ex-Marine is older and much more experienced than her, so Mia doesn’t think she has a chance with him. When she injures herself while trying to get back to her cabin, Elias is there to pick her up and it turns out her attraction is not one-sided.

Elias now owns the bar where he and Jax work, and the Iron Diablos MC members are frequent patrons. When Elias finds out that Mia is none other than the club president’s daughter, he’s worried for her safety. They meet in secret and embark on a hot, passionate affair, but when Dad finds out about it, suffice it to say he’s not happy.

Will Elias be able to rescue the woman he loves from the man who sired her without causing a war? Will Mia get her happily ever after? This is a hot, sexy novella that’s perfect for when you want something good to read but don’t have the time to commit to a novel. Another winning read from this author!

Review: Boyfriend for Hire by Kendall Ryan

boyfriend for hireTitle: Boyfriend for Hire

Author: Kendall Ryan

Year of publication: Out today! The author kindly gave me a copy to read and review

The heroine: Paralegal Elle

The hero: Escort Nic

The blurb: I’m the guy you call when you need to impress your overbearing family, your boss, or your ex. Yeah, I’m a male escort, but not just any escort, I’m the escort. The one with a mile-long waiting list and a pristine reputation that’s very well-deserved.

I’m the guy who’ll make you feel beautiful, desired, and worshipped . . . all for a steep price. I’m hired to make you shine, and I always deliver. I’ll be whatever you want me to be for one night—except my true self. This is just a job, a role I play to earn a paycheck.

But I’m not the guy who falls for a client. Not once in six years. And then I meet Elle. Her friend has hired me to escort her to a wedding, but Elle doesn’t know we’re just pretending.

There’s a fire between us I never expected. A connection I haven’t felt in so long. One kiss, and I’m losing all control.

But what will happen when she finds out who I really am?

Standalone or series: Standalone

The review: When Elle agrees to let her friend and soon to be sister-in-law set up her with a date for the wedding, she doesn’t expect Nic. He’s charming, sweet, thoughtful, and thinks she’s beautiful. She’s smitten, but there’s one thing about Nic she doesn’t know…

… he’s an escort. While everything he tells her is true – he does think she’s beautiful – he’s doing a job. He’s been an escort for six years, the lure of the money he makes too much to walk away. He has rules about what he will and won’t do with clients, but he’s never had a client like Elle. She makes him want to throw away his rule book and walk away from his lucrative job. He’s always known he wants the dream life – wife, kids, dog, picket fence – but he never thought he’d fall for a client.

He was wrong. And when he realises that, Nic’s torn. He has to tell Elle who he really is, but he knows that if she finds out he’s an escort, it’s all over before it began. But he can’t help it; he’s drawn to Elle like a moth to a flame and she’s tearing his defences down. She’s making him want to forget the rules he set and the reasons why. Can he convince her she’s not just a job to him?

I loved the characters of Nic and Elle. Nic is the perfect book boyfriend; I mean, the man even cooks! I adored that he loved Elle’s curves, that he didn’t care she wasn’t a stick. I loved Elle wanting to go get her man. Another winner from one of my favourite romance authors.

 

 

 

Review: Code of Honor by Tonya Burrows

code of honorTitle: Code of Honor

Author: Tonya Burrows

Year of publication: 2017

The heroine: Sheriff/HORNET team member Lanie Delcambre

The hero: HORNET team member/medic Jesse Warrick

The blurb: Jesse Warrick used to consider himself a kickass medic, but a teammate’s brush with death has him questioning everything. Now he’s been promoted to field commander of HORNET. How can he lead when he can’t get his shit together? And how can he focus when the sexy new recruit makes him want to break the rules?

Lanie Delcambre can’t seem to find solid footing within the elite hostage rescue team. Worse, the man she’s loved for most of her life is now her boss. She’d kill to act on the chemistry between her and Jesse, but she can’t risk ruining her career.

It was only supposed to be a training mission. No live ammo, no hostages, and no real bad guys—only someone didn’t give the bad guys that memo. When their hotel is taken hostage with half of HORNET inside, Jesse and Lanie are the team’s only hope of escaping alive…

Standalone or series: This is book four in the HORNET series, but can be read as a standalone.

The review: Another excellent installment in the HORNET series. Jesse Warrick is the team’s medic and he’s just been promoted to field commander because Gabe and Quinn can no longer be in the field because of their medical histories. He’s nervous as hell about leading the team, especially now since Lanie Delcambre is on it. Jesse has known Lanie since they were teenagers and has loved her that long, but his previous three marriages have put him off the institution and his sullen teenage son, Connor, is giving him enough of a headache.

Lanie wants to prove herself to be a valuable team member, but it doesn’t help that she’s in love with its leader. Jesse is the man she’s wanted forever, but she knows she can’t cross that line. But when the team are taken hostage while on vacation at one of Tucker Quentin’s hotels after a training mission, it’s up to Jesse and Lanie to get their men out alive. Jean-Luc is badly injured; Connor and the other trainees are stuck on the fourth floor; and Gabe, Quinn and Harvard are in the hands of the kidnappers. Can Jesse, Lanie and the rest of the team get them all out alive? Will Jesse and Lanie be able to cross the line and have their relationship survive? Make sure you read it to find out…

 

 

 

Review: Stealing Valentine by Madison Faye

stealing valentineTitle: Stealing Valentine

Author: Madison Faye

Year of publication: Out today! I was kindly given a copy to read and review

The heroine: Valentine

The hero: Jewel thief Dutch Hammond

The blurb: Roses are red,
Violets are blue.
I came to rob diamonds,
But now I’m stealing her too

I’ve spent my life taking what I want, even if it doesn’t belong to me. Stealing the infamous Whistler diamonds is supposed to be my last job before I can retire wealthy beyond imagination, and I’ve planned for everything

Everything except for her.

Valentine is like nothing I’ve ever known before. Good, young, sweet, and alluring—with curves and an innocence far more tempting than any vault or priceless art. I didn’t plan on her, and I sure as shit didn’t plan on the diamonds I’m supposed to steal being draped around her neck.

…So I’m taking her too. But when I lay my hands on the gorgeous little tease squirming against me, and with one taste of that sassy mouth, I’m lost. And when I find out she’s never been touched?

Well, that’s something else I’ll be stealing too.

I know she’s off limits. I know this breaks every one of my rules. I know I don’t give a shit about any of that. Claiming her cherry is going to be the sweetest sin. But stealing her heart is going to be the greatest heist this thief ever pulled…

Standalone or series: Standalone

The review: I adore reading Madison Faye’s books, because you know you’re going to get some hot sex scenes and a nice little twist that will leave you gasping. Stealing Valentine is no different.

Dutch is a thief who’s been conning people for years; first out of necessity, and then because he became really good at it. He’s going to pull one last job worth hundreds of millions, and then he’s going to retire. So he spends over a year working his way up in a company owned by the man who possesses the expensive diamond necklace and earrings set Dutch has his eye on, and the night has finally come to steal the jewels…but when he gets to the room where they’re hidden, he’s shocked to find something he never anticipated…

Her. Valentine is young, beautiful… and wearing his jewels. He barely has time to take in her appearance before the alarms go off, and after she refuses to give him the jewels, he decides to take them – and her – with him as he makes his escape. Once he finds out who she is, his life gets more complicated than he could ever have imagined. Will she be worth the risk of losing everything to keep? Make sure you read to find out!

Review: Lyrical Embrace by Amber Daulton

lyrical embraceTitle: Lyrical Embrace

Author: Amber Daulton

Year of publication: Out today! The author kindly gave me a copy to read and review

The heroine: Violinist Erica Timper

The hero: Music teacher/firefighter Dylan Haynes

The blurb: Out-of-work violinist Erica Timberly decides enough is enough. She leaves her abusive boyfriend and flees the big city, but then her car breaks down in the middle of the night. Though wary of men, she accepts help from Dylan Haynes, a stranger driving by on the road, and soon recognizes him as the sexy former drummer of her favorite indie rock band. Maybe, just maybe, her run of bad luck is finally turning around.

Music teacher Dylan Haynes knows Erica is in trouble, and her black eye is only the first clue. The stubborn yet vulnerable woman needs a friend, but he’s determined to give her everything she deserves.

Will Erica listen to the music in her heart and trust Dylan, or will her past always threaten her future?

Standalone or series: Part of the Deerbourne Inn series, but can be read as a standalone

The review: This book was a mixed bag for me. There were lots of things I liked about it, but some things just didn’t work for me. What I liked: the author did a lovely job with the descriptions, although I felt that they were in the wrong places sometimes. It’s hard to tell a story in such a limited amount of words, but this was nicely done overall. I did like Dylan and Erica. The supporting characters were, for the most part, well done. The setting of a small town worked very well. Music was a big theme in the book, and it was clear the author had done her research, for which I applaud her.

What didn’t work for me: I was advised that this was a romantic suspense book, but I wouldn’t have categorised it as such. There was almost nothing in the way of suspense for more than half the book, and when the stalker subplot popped up there was no suspense – everyone, including the reader, knew who the culprit was from the get go. Dylan and Erica’s romance heated up really quickly, which I found a little hard to swallow given the reason for Erica being in town in the first place. There was one scene in which Erica saw Dylan with another woman, and she instantly assumed the worst instead of just asking him about it. The choice of phrasing in the sex scenes didn’t work for me at all and pulled me out of the story.

Did I like this book? Yes. Would I read it again? No.

Review: Broken Honor by Tonya Burrows

broken honorTitle: Broken Honor

Author: Tonya Burrows

Year of publication: 2015

The heroine: Veterinary technician Mara Escareno

The hero: Second in command of the HORNET team Travis Quinn

The blurb: Ice-cold and unbreakable, Travis Quinn is the HORNET team’s hard-ass. No weaknesses. Except, of course, for the accident that not only destroyed his career as a Navy SEAL, but left terrifying blanks in his memory. But Travis remembers everything about Mara Escareno–the curve of her lips, the feel of her body…and how he walked out on her suddenly six weeks ago.

Mara could never resist the dangerously sexy Travis, which is probably how she ended up pregnant and disowned by her family. But before Travis can fully process the news, Mara is kidnapped by his enemies and plunged into the violent, merciless world of human trafficking. They want Travis–and the information locked within his damaged memory–no matter the cost. And now Travis’s enemies have discovered his only weakness…Mara.

Standalone or series: This is the third in the HORNET series, but can be read as a standalone.

The review: Travis Quinn is the second in command of the HORNET team. Injured along with Gabe in a car accident several years previously, he’s still suffering from migraines and blackouts as a result of the head injury he suffered.

Travis has been seeing Mara Escareno, cousin of fellow team member Jesse. He doesn’t know what it is about her that keeps drawing him back, but he once again seeks comfort after a tough mission in her arms, only to be hit with news that shocks him: she’s pregnant. Before he can process it, Mara is kidnapped and it doesn’t take long for Travis and the team to work out it’s because of him. Someone is out to get him, and they’re using Mara as bait.

With not only the life of the woman he loves but that of their baby’s at stake, he’ll follow her to the ends of the earth to get them back safely and find out once and for all who wants him dead. He starts having flashbacks amongst the blackouts, and when the truth comes out – about the car accident, about what he was involved with, and who’s running the show – not only Travis but the entire team will be rocked to the core.

Another thrilling, fast-paced book with smoking hot sex scenes in the HORNET series. If you love romantic suspense, you just can’t miss this series.

Review: Hyde’s Return by Bebe Marks

hyde's returnTitle: Hyde’s Return

Author: Bebe Marks

Year of publication: 2018, The author kindly gave me a copy to read and review

The heroine: Salon owner Everly Glenn

The hero: Professional hockey player Hyde Polanski

The blurb: From the time I was a kid, I’ve wanted one thing: To play in the NHL.

And then Everly Glenn moved in next door. From that day on, I was torn between my dreams of being the best defenseman in the league and staying with her. I couldn’t have both. Not when her dream was for a small-town life in Sinclair Valley—the town I’ve always wanted to escape. Not when I had nothing to offer her.

Not when I had something to prove.

I had to choose. I chose the NHL. Now all my dreams have come true. All except one…

***

I’ve been in love with Hyde Polanski since I was ten-years-old

When Hyde returns to Sinclair Valley for his mother’s wedding, all I want is to show him what he’s been missing all these years.

We agree to be together for one week. No strings, expectations, or emotions attached. It’s not about our past, has nothing to do with our future. It’s about finally giving into the attraction between us that’s stronger than ever. It’s about pleasure.

It’s about closure.

Except nothing between us has ever been simple. And closure is the last thing on my mind when one week with Hyde has me once again wishing for forever with him. Except nothing’s changed. Not his reasons for leaving Sinclair Valley. Not my reasons for staying.

But Hyde doesn’t see it that way. Now the NHL’s hottest defenseman has a new goal: To finally win the heart of the girl next door.

Standalone or series: Book one in the Once Tempted series, but can be read as a standalone.

The review: Every now and then, a book comes along that leaves you begging for more. Leaves you not wanting to finish it, wishing you could go back to the start and read it again for the first time. Hyde’s Return is such a book.

Hyde Polanski and Everly Glenn have been best friends since they were children; Everly was dumped on her beloved grandmother when her professor parents decided they’d rather study dead poets overseas than raise their only child. Living next door was Hyde and his mother; his father is absent, given he has half a dozen kids to different women. Hyde has never had much of a relationship with his father and doesn’t know his half siblings, so it’s just him and Everly against the world.

When Everly loses her grandmother at eighteen, she finally makes her feelings for Hyde clear… and he leaves her heartbroken. He’s off to make his mark in the world of professional hockey and he can only do that if he leaves Sinclair Valley – and Everly – behind.

Eight years later he’s back for his mother’s wedding, and things have changed. Everly has changed. Hyde’s half sister, Agatha, is a happy ray of sunshine who refuses to let Hyde’s rejection of her stop her from seeing him. His half brother, Kingston, is only weeks older than him and the two men don’t play well together. When Hyde finds out King and Everly know each other, he’s left reeling. He knows he made a terrible mistake leaving the only woman he’s ever loved behind – will she give him another chance?

Everly, for her part, is determined to get over Hyde once and for all. She’s loved him for nearly all of her life, but she can’t keep pining over him. So she makes a proposal: they’ll give in to the red-hot chemistry between them for the week Hyde’s in town, and then they’ll say goodbye for good…

… but can they? This book was delicious. It was a slow burning, super hot, exquisitely written romance. There were times where I wanted to grab Hyde and Everly’s heads and conk them together like coconuts because they were being so damn stubborn, but their sex scenes left me needed a fan to cool down! You won’t regret reading this book, so grab it right now and enjoy 🙂

Review: Build by Gillian Archer

buildTitle: Build

Author: Gillian Archer

Year of publication: Out today! I was kindly given a copy to read and review

The heroine: Cleaner Rachel Tannenbaum

The hero: Custom motorcycle builder Austin Burns

The blurb: Austin Burns – I thought she wasn’t real the first time I saw her. To be fair I was a hungover mess when I woke up and looked into her gorgeous eyes. After getting the second worst news of my life — that my father would be paroled soon — I’d escaped to my buddy’s posh cabin near Lake Tahoe. Now the maid with the gorgeous eyes is snowed in with me, and I wonder if she might be a better distraction than the mountain of booze I’d planned on drinking. She’s curvy in all the right places, and the snow is falling faster.

Rachel Tannenbaum – As a single mom, I don’t have time for men, especially irresponsible tattooed bad boys like my ex. But Austin is hot. And sexy. And stuck here in the cabin with me. I can’t say no to a fling with this bad boy, especially since Austin is so gorgeous and awkwardly sweet.

One night becomes two, and I don’t know if I can risk my heart — and my little boy’s — if Austin wants it to become more when we get through the snow and back to reality.

Standalone or series: Book one in the Burns Brothers series, but can be read as a standalone

The review: This book was a mixed bag for me. There was a lot I liked about it, and a lot that didn’t work for me. Rachel Tannenbaum is a single mother with two jobs; she’s caring for her young son and her disabled mother. One of her jobs is cleaning houses, so she turns up one night at a gig to find the house is occupied by Austin Burns. He and his brothers are well known for their motorcycle business and have featured in several magazines and shows.

When a snowstorm hits, Rachel is forced to stay at the house for a few nights because her car is underneath the snow and needs to be plowed out. She and Austin are attracted to each other, but they bounce back and forth between being hostile and being all over each other. They have sex the first night, and then the next morning Austin is, for lack of a better word, a douchebag. He runs so hot and cold it’s a wonder Rachel didn’t bolt out of there asap. In the second half of the book, though, his character settles down and when he realises how he feels about Rachel, but then she goes and blows a really small incident into a national crisis and completely cuts Austin out of her life. Did he do the wrong thing? Sure. Was it worth not speaking to him again? Absolutely not.

I also didn’t like the constant fighting amongst Austin and his three brothers. Sure, sibling argue all the time, but their fights got physical and nasty. There was a sub-plot about Austin’s parents that was quite deep and could have been explored a bit more.

I did like Austin’s dog, Blue. He lightened the scenes he was in and was a great bonding tool with Rachel’s son. Rachel’s mother was also great, as was Austin’s aunt. I enjoyed the scenes in which Austin and Rachel were together and I do wish their relationship and behaviour hadn’t been so hot and cold throughout the book, but they got there in the end.

Review: Her Double Mountain Outlaws by Madison Faye

her double mountain outlawsTitle: Her Double Mountain Outlaws

Author: Madison Faye

Year of publication: Out today! I was kindly given a copy to read and review

The heroine: Veterinarian Kennedy McKinnon

The heroes: Tattoo artists Landon Jacobs and Caleb Rawlins

The blurb: Our demons almost destroyed us once. Chased by our sins, our past, and the mob, Blackthorn Mountain was a clean start. A place we could start over, open our tattoo shop, and ignore the rest of the world.

It’s a great plan, except for one little detail: we never expected to find her up on the mountain.

Gorgeous, sassy, innocent, and tempting in that way where she doesn’t even know it. We know two outlaws like us should stay away from Kennedy McKinnon. We know those sweet curves and soft, pouty lips are off limits. But when one night of mayhem brings us crashing into her, there’s not a power on earth that could keep us from her and from claiming what’s ours.

The ghosts of our past aren’t through with us though. There’s a sociopath of a mob prick looking to take us down and hurt everything we love.

But that is not going to happen. Because what’s our is ours. Ours to protect, ours to share. And we’ll fight like hell to keep her safe.

Kennedy’s worried about coming between us. She has no idea that’s our goal. She’s worried about having to choose one of us.

…She’s not going to have to.

Standalone or series: This is book eight in the Blackthorn Mountain Men series, but can be read as a standalone.

The review: Vet Kennedy McKinnon has moved to Blackthorn Mountain to be near her sister and niece. For the past year, she’s been lusting over the two men who own the tattoo parlour down the road, Landon Jacobs and Caleb Rawlins. But she’s done the whole bad boy thing and she’s not interested in revisiting it, so she ignores the feelings that pop up every time she sees them.

One night, she opens her surgery door to find Landon holding Caleb, who’s been shot. She patches him up, but wonders what she’s getting herself into. She doesn’t want to have to choose between the two best friends, but they soon make it clear she doesn’t need to – they share everything. And they want to share her.

Kennedy finds herself falling under their spell and it doesn’t take long before she’s hot and heavy with them both. But when their past comes calling, will Kennedy be caught in the crossfire?

You know that when you read a Madison Faye book you’re going to get lots of hot, sexy scenes, and threesomes are her specialty. Another great read guaranteed to get your engines racing!

Review: Honor Reclaimed by Tonya Burrows

honor reclaimedTitle: Honor Reclaimed

Author: Tonya Burrows

Year of publication: 2014

The heroine: Photojournalist Phoebe Leighton

The hero: Former Marine sniper/HORNET team member Seth Harlan

The blurb: Former Marine sniper Seth Harlan is determined to prove that he can still do his job despite his ongoing battle with PTSD. When an old friend contacts HORNET to rescue a black ops soldier, Seth’s stability is strained. He knows all too well what it’s like to rot inside an enemy camp, praying for rescue and waiting for death. And he’s not about to leave a man behind.

Photojournalist Phoebe Leighton just stumbled into the middle of an arms deal. Teaming up with a ragtag team of mercenaries is the last thing she wants to do–especially when she realizes Seth Harlan is assigned to the mission. He may ignite a passion in her she thought long dead, but Phoebe’s hiding a secret that could destroy him.

With a bomb in the mix, HORNET’s mission is suddenly about a lot more than an abandoned soldier. Racing against the clock, Seth, Phoebe, and the rest of the team struggle to stop a ruthless warlord bent on power, revenge…and death.

Standalone or series: Book two in the HORNET series, but can be read as a standalone.

The review: This book is everything a fantastic romantic suspense should be. Seth Harlan is a broken man. He’s a former Marine sniper who was held as a POW for over a year. Beaten, tortured and made to do some things that would make the average person break, he held on until he was rescued… but he’s never been the same. He understandably suffers from PTSD and nobody wants him anymore – not the Marines, not a woman.

It’s been several years after his rescue but he’s still just trying to survive one day at a time. When Travis Quinn brings him onto the HORNET team, he’s not exactly made to feel welcome. Most of them guys don’t trust him. He’s still finding his place when the team’s leader, Gabe Bristow, asks the impossible: return to Afghanistan, where he was held captive, to rescue another POW.

Determined not to squander the chance Quinn has given him, and wanting to pull some aspects of his life together, he goes with the team… and encounters a redheaded photojournalist named Phoebe Leighton. He doesn’t know it, but Phoebe knows exactly who he is and she’s determined to keep that a secret from him, for reasons that are disclosed. Despite the nature of his visit there, Phoebe makes him feel something he hasn’t felt in years: desire.

In the midst of the mission, Seth tries to bond with Phoebe, but his demons are too much. She’s the first woman to see the man underneath the scars, and she wants to be with him. This book was amazing. The relationship between the two leads was painfully realistic in some places, and not rushed. Some parts of the book were hard to read – the brief mentions of what Seth endured during his captivity made me teary – but boy, was it worth reading. This series is some of the best romantic suspense I’ve read, and this author is one of my favourites.

Review: SEAL of Honor by Tonya Burrows

seal of honorTitle: SEAL of Honor

Author: Tonya Burrows

Year of publication: 2013

The heroine: Artist Audrey Van Amee

The hero: Former Navy SEAL/HORNET team leader Gabriel Bristow

The blurb: It’s a good thing Gabe Bristow lives and breathes the Navy SEAL credo, “the only easy day was yesterday,” because today, his life is unrecognizable. When his prestigious career comes to a crashing halt, he’s left with a bum leg and few prospects for employment that don’t include a desk.

That is, until he’s offered the chance to command a private hostage rescue team and free a wealthy American businessman from Colombian paramilitary rebels. It seems like a good deal—until he meets his new team: a drunk Cajun linguist, a boy-genius CIA threat analyst, an FBI negotiator with mob ties, a cowboy medic, and an EOD expert as volatile as the bombs he defuses. Oh, and who could forget the sexy, frustratingly impulsive Audrey Van Amee? She’s determined to help rescue her brother—or drive Gabe crazy. Whichever comes first.

As the death toll rises, Gabe’s team of delinquents must figure out how to work together long enough to save the day. Or, at least, not get themselves killed. Because Gabe’s finally found something worth living for, and God help him if he can’t bring her brother back alive.

Standalone or series: This is book one in the HORNET series, but can be read as a standalone.

The review: If this book is any indication of how this series is going to be, then we are in for hell of a ride! We’ve met some of the HORNET guys through the fabulous Wilde brothers series (and if you haven’t read them, you totally should) and this first book is about team leader Gabe Bristow. Forced to retire from the SEALs due to injury, he’s got a desk job at the Pentagon all lined up through his Admiral father… until he’s offered a job working for a private security firm. Knowing that doing missions is in his blood, he takes it.

His first mission, leading a ragtag team of men who both work well as a team with their individual specialities and antagonise each other, is to go to Bogota, Columbia, to rescue an American businessman who has been taken hostage. If they don’t extract Bryson Van Amee soon, they won’t find him alive.

They soon discover a complication upon arrival in Bogota in the form of Bryson’s younger sister, Audrey, who has arrived from Costa Rica, where she is based. She won’t be brushed aside and is fluent in Spanish, so Gabe has no choice but to take her with him when he goes to interview a potential suspect. When they get taken hostage, Gabe finds he will do everything he can to keep this woman safe. He tries to brush aside his growing feelings for her, but he knows it’s mutual and she won’t allow them to be swept under the carpet. But Gabe has a mission, and they lead very separate lives in different countries. How on earth could they ever make a relationship work?

This book was one rollercoaster of a ride, with hot, alpha males and a feisty heroine who proves she can hold her own. I adore this author’s books and can’t wait to read the rest of the series!

 

 

 

Review: Hold Me Today by Maria Luis

hold me todayTitle: Hold Me Today

Author: Maria Luis

Year of publication: Out today! I was kindly given a copy to read and review

The heroine: Hairdresser Mina Pappas

The hero: Restoration company owner Nick Stamos

The blurb: At least, that’s what I tell myself when I bargain with the enemy and score a renovation for my hair salon.

The enemy? Nick Stamos, my best friend’s older brother.

He’s got a body and face the Greek gods would envy but his personality needs a major overhaul. He’s surly. A rule-follower.
Did I mention he’s seen me naked?

I may have crushed on him for years, but the only place I want Nick swinging his hammer nowadays is at my salon.

Except, he needs something in return. . . a fake girlfriend.

And I’m just reckless enough to say yes.

Standalone or series: This is book one in the Put A Ring On It series, but can be read as a standalone

The review: Maria is a wonderful storyteller. It’s clear that she loves to write, loves to create worlds with characters that are relatable and human. I read this book knowing it involved two tropes I don’t particularly care for – best friend’s sibling/sibling’s best friend and reality TV – and with a lesser writer, I know I wouldn’t have enjoyed it at all.

Nick Stamos has known Ermione ‘Mina’ Pappas since they were kids. Mina has had a crush on Nick since they were teenagers. They’ve never really been friends – his sister, Effie, has been the buffer – but they’ve always been in each other’s orbit. When Mina desperately needs help to create her dream salon, she turns to Nick and his construction company for assistance. But she doesn’t have any money, after being ripped off by the man she hired to do the work, so Nick makes her a deal: he’ll do the work for free if she agrees to fake being his girlfriend to get the paparazzi off his tail, since they’re hounding him after he appeared on a Bachelor-style reality TV show.

The more time they spend together, the more they realise how much fun they have. They go from frenemies of sorts to best friends. Mina’s long buried feelings for Nick surface again, and Nick finally sees Mina in a different light. There are moments of brilliance in this book, some scenes that really stood out. I liked Nick, and I really felt for Mina in some scenes where she’s trying to figure out her place in the world.

If you’ve never read any of Maria’s books, you really should, because this girl can spin you quite the tale 🙂

Review: HOT Justice by Lynn Raye Harris

hot justiceTitle: HOT Justice

Author: Lynn Raye Harris

Year of publication: Out today! I was kindly given a copy to read and review

The heroine: Journalist Haylee Jamison

The hero: HOT team member Dean “Wolf” Garner

The blurb: Dean “Wolf” Garner is the kind of guy who loves hard and leaves fast. From the moment he rescues reporter Haylee Jamison in the Guatemalan jungle, he can’t stop thinking about the dark-haired beauty. His life is too complicated for romantic entanglements though–and not even a woman like Haylee can convince him otherwise.

Haylee wasn’t supposed to be in the drug cartel’s compound, but she was captured while on a mission of her own: find the trail of fake opioids entering the US and halt the operation. Back home in DC, Haylee can’t stop thinking about the gorgeous military operator who rocked her world for one steamy night before leaving. But when she uncovers a conspiracy and finds herself in danger, there’s only one man she trusts to keep her safe.

It’s easy for Wolf to risk his life to protect Haylee and give her the justice she desires. The hard part is taking a chance and admitting what’s in his heart before it’s too late.

Before he loses the best thing that’s ever happened to him.

Standalone or series: This is book fourteen in the Hostile Operations Team series, but can be read as a standalone

The review: I’ve yet to meet a book by Lynn that I don’t absolutely love, and HOT Justice is no exception! Dean and his team are in Guatemala to rescue ten Americans there on a mission, but when they get to the rescue site there find eleven Americans being held. The eleventh hostage is a beautiful, dark-haired woman named Haylee Jamison, and when Dean saves her from being attached by a captor, she instantly places her trust in him.

The hostages are taken to El Salvador before going home, and neither Dean or Haylee can deny the attraction between them. What starts as a friendly game of pool ends in a night of passion neither of them have experienced before, and it rattles Dean. When they both make it back to US soil, they go their separate ways, much to Haylee’s disappointment.

A couple of months pass and they cross paths again. When Dean realises that Haylee is continuing on with the story that had her in Guatemala in the first place – fake drugs being trafficked into the US, some of which killed her best friend – and that certain high level politicians and businessmen could be involved, he fears for her safety.

When those fears are realised, Dean finds himself willing to do whatever he has to in order to keep the woman he can’t get off his mind safe. But his job is dangerous and not a lot of women can cope with the constant worry and uncertainty… so Haylee must decide whether she loves Dean enough to take a chance on a relationship with him, and Dean must decide if he loves her enough to fight for her. Another gripping installment in an incredible series.

Review: Hosed by Pippa Grant and Lili Valente

hosedTitle: Hosed

Authors: Pippa Grant and Lili Valente

Year of publication: Out today! I was kindly given a copy to read and review

The heroine: Game developer and coder/Sex factory manager Cassie Sunderland

The hero: Firefighter Ryan O’Dell

The blurb: He’s bossy, arrogant, and so ridiculously hot he should come with a warning label and a pair of flame retardant coveralls.

He’s also the boy who broke my heart when we were in high school.

I want to move in next door to Ryan O’Dell the way I want to be the virgin gamer geek suddenly in charge of running my sister’s sex toy factory. Too bad both are written in my stars.

Yeah, I’m the world’s oldest virgin code-writing nerd. And he’s the world’s hottest firefighter.

And even though he intimidates the heck out of me, I can’t seem to control my libido when he’s around. Where is my dignity? My self-respect? My panties? Seriously…. Have you seen them? Anyone?

Maybe they’re hiding in his bedroom. With my heart.

Yeah, I know. I’m hosed. So hosed.

Standalone or series: Standalone

The review: This rom-com was utterly delicious and hilariously funny! Cassie Sunderwell is back in her hometown, looking after her child star sister’s sex toy factory, after Savannah finds out her husband has been cheating on her… and not with another human. She’s a games developer who’s shy about sex, so running a sex toy factory isn’t exactly her idea of fun.

Ryan O’Dell is one of the town’s firefighters who happens to live next door with his rather unusual pet: a raccoon (and his name is as funny as the raccoon himself is!). He doesn’t recognise Cassie at first, because it’s been years since he’s seen her, but the more time he spends with her the more he wants her. However, he doesn’t think she’s interested, but it isn’t long before they’re going on dates and being interrupted by the sex toy stealing raccoon.

With a hero and heroine who are both adorable, a small town with supporting characters who are amusing and nosy, a scene stealing raccoon and a romance that will melt your heart, there wasn’t anything I didn’t like about this book and I look forward to the next collaboration between these two authors.

Review: Rules in Rescue by Nichole Severn

rules in rescueTitle: Rules in Rescue

Author: Nichole Severn

Mills & Boon imprint: Intrigue

Year of publication: Out today! The author kindly gave me a copy to read and review

The heroine: Military police officer Glennon Chase

The hero: Ex-Army Ranger/Blackhawk Security weapons expert Anthony Harris

The blurb: Blackhawk Security weapons expert Anthony Harris has trained for any contingency… except the return of his ex-fiancée. Glennon Chase walked out on the former ranger five years ago. And now the CID special agent needs Anthony’s help with a deadly investigation into her partner’s disappearance. Dodging bullets he can handle, but pairing up with his ex is flat-out dangerous. Especially when Anthony discovers that the secret Glennon is keeping could get them both killed.

Standalone or series: This is book two in the Blackhawk Security series, but can be read as a standalone

The review: I loved the first book in the Blackhawk Security series and it was one of my top twenty-five reads last year. I knew the moment I finished book two that I already have a book for this year’s list! This book ticked every single one of my boxes: a hero I can fall in love with; a heroine who can stand her own; enough action to keep you guessing at every turn; and two people who find their way (back) to each other.

Anthony Harris was once engaged to Glennon Chase, but she walked out on him five years previously while he was away on a mission. He’s devoted himself to his job, but the failure of his relationship has always stayed with him. When Glennon calls him in the dead of night and says she needs his help, he should just hang up on her… but he doesn’t. Glennon is in the military police and her partner has gone missing, and she’s sure it’s to do with the case they were working on.

When a sniper tries to take Glennon out right in front of Anthony, he knows he can’t turn away from her. And so begins a thrilling game of cat and mouse, as they dig deeper to find out what her partner, Bennett Spencer, found out that put him in danger. Their investigation sees them with each other 24/7, and all the feelings they have buried deep down come crashing back up to the surface… but will they live long enough to take a chance on each other again? What they uncover in their investigation puts them both – and Glennon’s young son – in mortal danger. Can Anthony keep the woman he still loves safe? Does Glennon still love him enough to take another chance on him? Make sure you don’t miss this book because you’ll want to find out! This book is a five star read and one of the best Intrigues I’ve ever read, full stop.

Review: Goodbye Trey by Audrey Ravine

goodbye treyTitle: Goodbye Trey

Author: Audrey Ravine

Year of publication: Out today! The author kindly gave me a copy to read and review

The heroine: Nurse practitioner Jane Seymour

The hero: Ex-Army Ranger/tattoo artist Trey Hicks

The blurb: For soldiers, the fight is not always on the battlefield. Sometimes the hardest wars are waged within.

As a former elite sniper for the Army Rangers, Trey Hicks has learned to thrive under pressure. He fought through deserts, cleared entire Afghan towns, and saved his friend’s lives.

But no pain would compare to the letter received from his his wife—leaving him broken and abandoned. Now she’s the maid of honor at his sister’s wedding.

With the wedding drawing closer, Trey faces the undesirable prospect of showing up alone. The last thing he wants is to face his ex-wife again. Or worse yet, for her see how damaged he still is.

While he ponders his dilemma, fate walks through the door of his tattoo parlor. Sipping an iced coffee through a straw between her pouty lips and curves for days, Jane–overworked nurse by day and party girl at night–is everything his ex wife wasn’t. She’s exactly the type of date he needs to prove that he’s over his ex once and for all.

As their friendship blossoms, Trey realizes there’s more to this girl than meets the eye. Jane may be more than just a date. She could be his redemption.

Standalone or series: Book two in the Healing series, but can be read as a standalone.

The review: I really enjoyed this book. Trey’s sister, April, is getting married in the Caribbean and while Trey is happy for her, there’s one thing he’s dreading about the wedding – April’s best friend, Kenzie, is his ex-wife. They married when he was in the military and she suddenly decided she didn’t want to be married to a military man, so she sent him a Dear John letter and left him. It broke Trey’s heart, but he never told anyone the truth about why their marriage ended, not even his family.

While reassuring April that he’s fine with Kenzie being at the wedding, he suddenly blurts out that he’s been seeing someone, and April is so thrilled she insists Trey bring his girlfriend to the wedding, which is in about six weeks. Now Trey’s in a quandary; how’s he going to find a girlfriend in such a short period of time?

When he speaks to his best friend, Zac, the latter suggests a woman he had a casual relationship with before he married his wife. Jane Seymour is perfect for the role; she’s beautiful, smart, funny and not looking for a relationship. When Trey explains the situation and offers Jane an all expenses paid trip to the Caribbean, she finds herself unable to refuse. She could use the break from her stressful job, and Trey’s easy on the eyes. They agree to meet up to discuss the terms of the arrangement, and end up having sex in the alley outside her building.

They quickly agree to a casual relationship in the weeks leading up to the wedding, and spend a lot of time together so they can get to know each other and a romantic relationship will seem believable to everyone. However, by the time the wedding actually rolls around, they’ve both developed feelings for each other – but neither wants to admit it because it’s not part of the rules.

At the wedding, Trey realises that all he needed from Kenzie was closure. He’s not interested in getting back with her, even though she feels differently. When Jane stumbles upon them together and misunderstands the situation, she flees back to the US. Will Trey realises how he really feels about Jane in time? Will he follow her home and manage to convince her they belong together, for real? All will be revealed!

I adored Jane. She presented a strong, fierce, take-no-prisoners persona, but underneath was a woman mourning the loss of a loved one whose death affected her entire life. My heart ached for her, because she truly felt she wasn’t worthy of real love, the kind that lasts a lifetime. It wasn’t until she met Trey that she thought maybe she could have what she so deeply desired. My heart ached for her in places as she struggled with her grief and self-worth.

The only thing that bothered me was the self-derogatory term that was used to describe Jane on more than one occasion, not only by Trey and other characters, but by Jane herself. Trey and Jane had the same approach to relationships at the beginning of the book, so I don’t understand why Jane was described in such a manner, or why she thought of herself as such. It went to speak to her low opinion of herself, but it still bugged me. However, it didn’t detract from the story or my feelings for Jane as a character.

Review: Sophie by Kelsie Rae

sophieTitle: Sophie

Author: Kelsie Rae

Year of publication: Out today! The author kindly gave me a copy to read and review

The heroine: Sophie Calloway

The hero: Nathan ?

The blurb: Sophie – Aren’t one night stands supposed to stay in the past? Aren’t they supposed to be with a stranger whom you never have to see again?

Yeah. I thought so too.

And then one of my best friends asks me to be the maid-of-honor at her wedding. Wanna take a guess who the best man is? I’m screwed.

Nathan – I don’t do feelings. I don’t do relationships. And I sure as hell don’t do love. And then I was stupid enough to sleep with Soph. The girl who screwed with my head in ways I never could’ve imagined.

So I left. I ran. And I’m going to continue to run as soon as my best friend’s wedding is over. It’s one weekend. How hard can it be?

Standalone or series: Book five in the Signature Sweethearts series, but can be read as a standalone

The review: Sophie is asked by one of her best friends, Indie, to attend her surprise wedding to Rhett in Mauritius and be one of her maids of honour. It’s an all expenses paid trip… except that the man Sophie had a one night stand with a month previously, Nathan, will also be there because he is Rhett’s best friend. The thought of seeing Nathan again has Sophie in knots because he was so much more than just a fling to her, and when he walked out on her he broke her heart. But she is determined not to let him see how much he affected her.

Nathan, for his part, can’t seem to get the woman he’s been thinking about for the last month out of his head, and it bothers him. He’s always refused to entertain the notion of love, or being in a serious relationship, for reasons that are eventually revealed. But there’s something about Sophie, something different, that makes him feel that perhaps maybe she’s worth taking a chance on.

Sophie comes down with a bug just after she arrives, which is inconvenient timing. But the constant, close proximity to Nathan wears her down, and she’s reminded of all the reasons why she fell for him in the first place.

Could Sophie be the woman to melt Nathan’s icy heart? Will he finally take a chance on love with her? There is a plot twist that I guessed fairly early on which made things interesting, and while this is a standalone I think having read the previous book, Rhett, might have helped a lot since it’s obvious that Sophie and Nathan’s story started there.

 

 

 

Review: Unraveling Love by K. L. Donn

unraveling loveTitle: Unraveling Love

Author: K. L. Donn

Year of publication: Out today! I was kindly given a copy to read and review

The heroine: Event planner Arden Graham

The heroes: Ex-SEALs/Private investigators Dare Waters and Boston Falco

The blurb: Burned by love, Arden Graham thought she knew where her life was going. As an event planner at Rocky Shores Retirement home in Queens, she enjoyed her life. Bringing smiles to the faces of the elderly brought her joy. Giving them something to look forward to, gave her a sense of purpose.

Being stalked was never in the game plan. Neither was having two bodyguards who liked to boss her around. With Arden in and out of the tabloids because of her charity work for her twin brother’s company, Boston and Dare think they have her figured out.

Falling in love wasn’t the plan.

Boston Falco and Dare Waters have been best friends for more than half their lives. The decision to share one woman came as easily as when they joined the SEALs. Receiving a call from two men on their former SEAL team to protect their little sister, came as a shock. The woman herself was the biggest contradiction they’d ever encountered.

With the help of their former technical analyst, John ‘Tex’ Keegan, the hunt for Arden’s stalker is on. The clock is ticking, twists keep coming, and soon or later something’s gotta give. With no idea who’s on the other end of the revealing pictures and veiled threats, the only question left is; will they be able to unravel Arden’s heart and open her up to love again once all is said and done?

Standalone or series: This is book one of the Damaged Love series and is part of Susan Stoker’s Special Forces: Operation Alpha World, but can be read as a standalone.

The review: Someone is stalking Arden Graham, the youngest child and only daughter of a rich businessman. Her twin brothers, Tanner and Thompson, ask their ex-military brothers Dare and Boston to find out who the stalker is and be her bodyguards until he is caught.

Dare and Boston are immediately intrigued by Arden; while her public persona is that of a spoilt brat, the real Arden is charming, down to earth and compassionate. She organises events for the elderly who are in nursing homes and don’t always have family visiting them. The residents love her and she loves them back. The two men, who have agreed that they want to find one woman for both of them to love forever, fall in love with Arden pretty quickly, and this only spurns them on to find the stalker.

All is not as it would seem and the sub-plot with the stalker has some clever twists and turns you won’t see coming – just when you think you know what’s going on, something else happens that totally blows that out of the water! Arden finds herself drawn to the two men guarding her body and melting her heart, and when they take her to their home to keep her safe all three of them know this is it for them.

If you enjoy reading menage books with a bit of mystery, then you’ll want to give this one a go 😊

Review: Finding Alexei by Kendall Ryan

finding alexeiTitle: Finding Alexei

Author: Kendall Ryan

Year of publication: Out today! The author kindly gave me a copy to read and review

The heroine: Waitress Ryleigh ?

The hero: Pro-footballer Alex(ei) Ivan

The blurb: He’s bossy, moody, and overprotective. He’s also a pro athlete who needs to focus on winning games and staying out of the headlines.

I’m fiercely independent and need a man like I need a second period each month. So when our worlds collide, I never expected him to be the one to jump in and save me. Especially not when my roommate disappears, leaving me with her baby.

I’m clueless about babies—and it shows. Good thing Alexei isn’t. With six nieces and nephews and an apparent hero complex, the dude is both sexy and more than capable. It’s a combination that makes it easy to forget we’re just playing house.

Standalone or series: Standalone.

The review: The one thing I love about reading a book by Kendall Ryan is that you know you’re going to read a great book, and Finding Alexei is no exception. Alexei Ivan, known as Alex to everyone, plays pro-football. One night, he finds a woman being harassed outside the topless club where she works as a waitress, and he intervenes. Something about Ryleigh captivates him, and he manages to persuade her to let him give her a lift home.

She lives in a seedier part of town and when he find out she has temporary custody of her roommate’s two month old baby, Ella, Alexei knows he can’t leave them in Ryleigh’s cold apartment. So he coaxes her back to his million dollar penthouse and impresses her with his handling of baby Ella. His sisters have given him six nieces and nephews, so he knows his way around looking after a little one.

Ryleigh’s life couldn’t be any worse. Her parents are gone, she has no other family, and she’s barely keeping her head above water. She can’t afford to look after a baby, but she knows if she doesn’t Ella will go into foster care and she can’t let that happen, not until she at least finds out what’s happened to Andi, Ella’s mother. She doesn’t know who Alexei is – she doesn’t follow sports – but she can’t resist his offer to help them both, nor can she deny the sparks of attraction that fly between them.

When their friendship becomes something more, Ryleigh knows she can’t expect Alexei to take on both her and the baby. When Andi finally reappears and explains the sad reason for her absence, Ryleigh is torn between wanting to follow her head and her heart. Will Alexei finally convince her he wants them both as a package deal, or will she walk away forever? If you love well written romances, this book’s for you.