Monday, 21 October 2019

Awk-Weird by Avery Flynn


REVIEWED BY
Melinda Lazar 

Awk-Weird (Ice Knights, #2)Awk-Weird by Avery Flynn
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Awk-Weird by Avery Flynn
4.5*

This book was hilariously awkward and delightfully weird with characters you cannot help but fall in love with.

Tess is fact-spouting florist who has not had the most fantastic of relationships with her family. She’s made her own family with a close-knit group of friends but even then, she’s waiting for the other shoe to drop, for them to leave. After all, in Tess’s world, no one ever sticks around and everything and everyone are temporary.

Cole is not a fan of change. And when I say not a fan, I mean he resists it at every opportunity. Everything in his life and his home has a place and space and that’s how they will stay, dammit! Every aspect of his life is ruled by routine and a strict regimen and it works for him until colorful Tess enters his life and stirs things up a wee bit.

With Tess and her issues and Cole still believing he’s in love with his ex, there’s a lot of confusion and frankly, hot sex, to be had as they work out the dynamics of their relationship. There’s really not much I didn’t like about this book apart from a few instances where I could have cheerfully throttled both Tess and Cole. Otherwise, I read much of the book with a smile and great enjoyment - I have a feeling Tess and Cole’s is a story I’ll return to in the future. And after that little snippet of Loud Mouth, I’m more eager than I thought possible to get my hands on Petrov!

*I voluntarily read an early copy of this book.

**Reviewed by Melinda for Joandisalovebooks Blog.

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Wednesday, 9 October 2019

All The King's Women by N.M. Catalano

REVIEWED BY
Ann Meemken


All The KING'S Women: The KING Duet, Book 2All The KING'S Women: The KING Duet, Book 2 by N.M. Catalano
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I loved ALL the Kings Women. I have been waiting for the conclusion of this series. It was definitely worth the wait.

When Lukas is charged with 5 counts of murder. There is only one person he can trust to help him with his case, Evelyn. He also wants to find out who the killer is before he or she can claim the final victim and which it would destroy his life in the process.

I adored Evelyn character. She was loving, fierce, protective, and loving. She was a strong women and someone you need in your life. Lucas is the bad boy that has a heart of gold.

The ending was incredible. I may have screamed and cursed a bit. I was at the edge of my seat. NM Catalano brings you the perfect ending to this story.

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Never Have I Ever by Lauren Blakely



REVIEWED BY 
Becky Cox 

Never Have I Ever (Always Satisfied #3)Never Have I Ever by Lauren Blakely
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I read on the average of a book a day. I see the same storylines often and I can get complacent with it and skim. Not with this one. Lauren Blakely has written an entertaining single dad, enemies to lovers story. She kept my attention from page one and I didn’t want it to end.

Piper is a self-made success at wedding planning. She is quick-witted and determined. She has a take no prisons attitude, which I love, along with a huge heart and a great sense of humor.

Zach is a single dad. He’s a great father to his daughter and an exceptional divorce attorney. A shark.

Zach’s daughter falls in love with Piper and Piper with Lucy. She is a great kid and has her eye on Piper for a new mom. Zach and Piper don't necessarily agree with Lucy and can list all the ways their relationship will never work.

“But somehow, opposites attracted and enemies became lovers. And so much more.”

A fun, engaging read.

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Single in Sitka by Katy Regnery

REVIEWED BY
Tina Shobe



Single in Sitka (Odds-Are-Good, #1)Single in Sitka by Katy Regnery
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

During a work meeting, Amanda throws out a story idea off the top of her idea without much thought. She had no idea how much this was going to change the direction of her life.

Luke is going through the motions of living life and taking care of his three kids after losing his wife two years early. His sister decides to help him along to take the next step by placing a personal add out on his behalf.

The life realities that Luke and Amanda deal within the ups and downs of kids personalities and challenges, long-distance relationship challenges, overcoming past relationships is spot on.

They also prove that in order for a relationship to work both parties must work together and compromise.

This is a wonderfully written book that had me engrossed right from the beginning. It's been quite a while since I read a book that had me really disappointed that the book ended.


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The Broken One by Ruth Cardello

REVIEWED BY
Tina Shobe


The Broken One (Corisi Billionaires, #1)The Broken One by Ruth Cardello
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Sebastian Romano has focused his whole life on work after the loss of his wife and unborn child. While out looking at a property he finds a stuffed animal. A stuffed animal that happens to have a reward posted for its return.
When Sebastian delivers Wolfie back to his owner Ava and her single Mom Heather little Ava gives him a hug that seems to break through to him. It also scares him.

Sebastian and Heather just click. Their banter is great. It isn't all smooth sailing as Sebastian is very leery of opening himself up to loving again and Heather because of her past has a tenancy of shutting people out of her life. I will say their sexual chemistry and the sex scenes in this book are sizzling!

Little Ava is the star of the whole book. She is such a doll and makes you want to reach right in and give her a big hug.

The support that Sebastian has from his family is enough to make everyone jealous. Plus the banter between his brothers and him adds another great layer to this book. I can't wait until this next book.



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Monday, 7 October 2019

Never Have I Ever by Lauren Blakely

Reviewed by 
Melinda Lazar 

Never Have I EverNever Have I Ever by Lauren Blakely
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Never Have I Ever by Lauren Blakely

Sigh. The single-dad trope is one of my absolute favorites and Lauren Blakely writes it so damn well. Never Have I Ever is the story of single dad divorce attorney, Zach and mostly enemy/rarely friend, wedding planner Piper. Sounds like a clashing of worlds, doesn’t it? After all, what could a wedding planner and divorce attorney possibly have connecting them together? Well, for a start, their respective best friends are getting married which immediately throws Zach and Piper together. Coupled with the fact that Piper is on solid friendship terms with Zach's daughter (and they work out of the same building), they spend more time together and enmity turns into oh so much more.

What did I love about this book? Ahh pretty much every single thing! The characters are my kind of people - from the friendships to the romances, to parent-child - I adored and devoured every word. I loved that Zach wasn’t a bitter, woman-hating divorce attorney. I loved that *he’d* loved before and wasn’t keeping all sorts of anger and hostility bottled up. I loved that Piper was a wedding planner who wasn’t wearing rose-tinted glasses. She knew what could be on the flip-side and that also didn’t embitter her. All in all, this was a fabulous read and one I can’t wait to revisit in the future.

*I voluntarily read an early copy of this book.

**Reviewed by Melinda for Joandisalovebooks Blog.

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Sunday, 6 October 2019

Beard With Me by Penny Reid




REVIEWED BY
Monique Cashmere

Beard with Me (Winston Brothers, #6)Beard with Me by Penny Reid
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

There is no other way to describe this book but to say it’s EPIC! If you have been following this series like I have, you will know all about the brooding Billy. You will also know that there is a back story between him and Claire McClune / Scarlet St Claire. Tension has been so thick with them in the previous books that you can’t help but need to know what happened surrounding their tale. This edition is the whole background and leads up to their love story. It doesn’t end on a cliffhanger but it will leave you with plenty of longing and wondering how can it all be fixed. It starts from the very begging of all the siblings' stories and it ties them all in together with snippets linking each book/sibling. I loved that, the way Billy was integral in all their lives in such a positive way.

One thing you should be warned about and will know this fact if you’re a fan of this series is that Scarlet and Billy both suffer at the hands of their fathers who are in an MC. And it’s brutal and sad. It is told to us in a remarkable way that you have this undying compassion for them as it’s so tragic. It gives you plenty of insight as to the young adults they were and how it has shaped their later lives.

I have always adored Billy for his loyalty and family values but this book cements my opinion solid. He is simply the best person you would want on your side. It is why all the other siblings look up to him for guidance and reassurance. Scarlet was a sweet teen with difficult circumstances that had aged her into adulthood early. She knew she was raised differently but still took pride in where she was going in life. She was an extremely strong young woman and I’m eager to read more about her in the next book. I have cherished each of these brothers for so many distinctive reasons but Billy will now be my favorite Winston. I’m hurting but I know this next book will ease all my worries and I’m betting this couple will have their HEA in the end and it will be valorous.

* Reviewed by Monique for JoandIsaLoveBooks Blog.

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Awk-Weird by Avery Flynn

REVIEWED BY Melinda Lazar  Awk-Weird by Avery Flynn My rating: 4 of 5 stars Awk-Weird by Avery Flynn 4.5* This book was hilar...