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Constant by Rachel Higginson

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REVIEWED BY Micky Barnard 

Constant by Rachel Higginson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I’m part thrilled, part frustrated over where I find myself at the end of CONSTANT. I’m certainly glad
Rachel Higginson made the decision to make this a duet because this an in-depth and intense story. I have to say that end is rather abrupt and felt a little unplanned but I am in utter suspense for what will happen in CONSEQUENCE. As ever, Rachel Higginson can write so well but new fans from her previous two novels (The Opposite of Us etc) will find CONSTANT a little different, a walk on the darker side. The good news is she executed this story well.

The setting for CONSTANT is a Russian crime family/brotherhood. Caroline had no choice in being drawn into a life of crime, she was born into it and she made a superb con artist. Sayer, a boy off the streets, finds food and employment with the Bratva. These two grew through their adolescence together and the story finds them apart many years later. I was com…

El Santo by M. Robinson

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REVIEWED BY Becky Cox


El Santo by M. Robinson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

El Santo is up at the top of my favorite M. Robinson books.

I didn't know what twisty path she was taking me on but followed willingly and was blown away. I must admit I am bit in hate with Ms. Robinson at the moment for the ending. I will leave you to find out for yourself.

Damien wanted a life that was not to be for him. He is smart, resourceful and gorgeous...did I mention hot? He does the best he can with the life that has been forced upon him.

Amira, what a great character. She is pretty much perfect. The sweet young girl, to a confident young woman. Sassy and smart. Loyal and dedicated. Loving and wise beyond her young years.

El Santo resonated in my black little heart and I loved it. I wait on tenterhooks for the resolution of this story. I hate Ms. Robinson just a tad, okay so freaking pissed off at her for making me wait. If the story hadn't been so awesome I would probably say mean things, well …

Rock Solid by Carly Phillips and Erika Wilde

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REVIEWED BY Tina Shobe

Rock Solid by Carly Phillips
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Life takes an interesting turn when Connor Prescott and Katie Kaswell flights are delayed due to a snowstorm. Connor happened to get one of the very last hotel rooms available, which turned out to be a suite with 2 bedrooms. He offers to share with Katie. Katie is reeling from a 'surprise' from her boyfriend when she showed up unexpectantly for Valentine's.

She would like nothing more than to forget and to feel desired. She wants a one night stand with Connor. A one night stand if something that Connor doesn't want. He plans to change Katie's mind but when he wakes up the next morning she's gone.

Neither one of them knows the other's last name. Both have never forgotten the other. Fate has Katie finding Connor four years later. She gives life changing news to Connor. I highly commend Katie for contacting Connor. She could of very easily never told him.

Connor has great integrity. He…

At Your Service by Lexi Blake

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REVIEWED BY Becky Cox

At Your Service by Lexi Blake
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Javi and Jules story had some elements that were vastly different which is a nice change. Jules is a military vet amputee, which I have not seen before and I really liked that the female vets, amputee or not, were getting some heroine cred.

Jules has some issues, besides the obvious, that I really didn't get in the big scheme of things but seriously liked her character nonetheless. She is feisty and confident (at least on the outside). I admire her independence and resilience.

Javi is ex-military as well. He is a manwhore extraordinaire, or was. He is ready for something serious and has his sights set on Jules. These two took a bit to figure out all their miscommunication or lack of communication but found their HEA.

I enjoyed getting to hear from some of the characters from previous stories I have read.

Ms. Blake writes a great story and I enjoy her heroes and heroines. The Masters and Mercenaries seri…

Single Daddy Scot by Donna Alam

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REVIEWED BY  Becky Cox 


Single Daddy Scot by Donna Alam
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Well Ms. Donna, you've done it again. Every time I think, that was my favorite, you give me another. I super serious this time, I love Single Daddy Scot.

Firstly, and most importantly, the Scots just do it for me. Secondly, Mac is just the bomb.

I was to be in Scotland last week and unfortunately had to cancel my trip, but I had told my hubs I was going to find me a Scot in a kilt and I wasn't coming home. He laughed being used to my nonsense, but I was absolutely not jesting.

Lucky for me, Donna serves me one right up in Mac. I love his humor. I am big fan of funny and all the books in this series have such great "laugh out loud" dialogue. I love Mac's dirty mouth. I could listen to him spout naughty thoughts for hours...days....years. That accent, ladies, I could hear it in my head as I read. Swoon.

Ella is such a great heroine. She had some rough times in a bad relationship and st…

The Outliers by T.M. Frazier

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REVIEWED BY  Monique Cashmere



The Outliers by T.M. Frazier
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I was looking forward to this second book of The Outskirts Duet, but unfortunately for me, it didn't hit the mark for a great conclusion. At times I felt it was rushed and flat which made it lose its edginess. There were other elements that dragged it down for me too. As much as I loved Finn, and I really did, the interaction between him and Sawyer was too ardent and felt over played and overdone. Storyline factual's are a big thing for me, and I felt there were inconsistencies with the medical issues and legal system areas. All of these made for me to roll my eyes at certain points within this novel because it was annoying.

Things I did enjoy about the whole series was the strong family connection. That always makes me smile. And there was plenty of banter between Josh and Miller & Finn and Critter that kept me entertained. Maybe if I read this duet all at once I may have a better rating, …

Most Eligible Bastard by Annika Martin

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REVIEWED BY Melinda Lazar 


Most Eligible Bastard by Annika Martin
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Most Eligible Bastard by Annika Martin

The blurb on this book grabbed me from the get-go and there were a few laughs to be had. What did work for me was Vicki (and Smuckers): she was a great character with a backbone who didn't back down easily. What didn't work for me was Henry: sometimes his words showed little or no respect for Vicky (behind her back) and I couldn't accept it. I really wanted to love this book but I just couldn't. I'm giving it two stars for the laughs.

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Breathe: The Program Book 2 by N.M. Catalano

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REVIEWED BY  Becky Cox

Breathe: The Program Book 2 by N.M. Catalano
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

4.5 Stars

You will have to give me a minute to gather myself...Rock, Snake, Summer....Raven are smokin'! The scenes with the four of them will have you wiggling in your chair.

Raven is a great addition to this series. Bold and fearless, she is the perfect compliment to Snake. Tinkerbell definitely likes having her around! (wink wink)

Breathe brings more twisty plot with lots of intriguing characters and more of our bad boys, Rock, Snake, Bull and Gringo. You have to love all the bad boys each in their own way. Their filthy mouths and naughty ways, as well as, their loyalty and sense of honor.

Snake has met his match in the Queen of Hell, but has she met hers?

Catalano has another winner in the Program series with Breathe.

I recommend this book for over 18 readers that like the ex-military dominate bad boys, with a whole bag full of naughty.

I was gifted an ARC in exchange for an honest re…

Bodyguard by C.D. Reiss

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REVIEWED BY Melinda Lazar 


Bodyguard by C.D. Reiss
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Bodyguard (Hollywood A-List Book 2) by CD Reiss

I haven't read many books by Reiss book and to be honest, the ones I have read, I didn't really feel anything more than mere like. That was until I absolutely devoured the two books in her Hollywood A-List series - Bombshell and Bodyguard. Both were fantastic and Bodyguard was just perfect. While I'm calling this a series, you can absolutely read the books independent of each other.

Emily is choreographer to her best friend and superstar, Darlene. Carter Kincaid (I'm sorry, but can his name be any sexier? No. No, it can't) is Darlene's newest (and yeah, sexiest) bodyguard. When things with Emily's stalker escalate, Carter is assigned to her and the attraction between them cannot be denied, consequences be damned.

I loved Emily. Loved her. She'd gone through so much and continued to do so with strength and confidence. I felt for h…

The Billionaire's Secrets by J.S. Scott

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REVIEWED BY Joanne Swinney


The Billionaire's Secrets by J.S. Scott
My rating: 5 of 5 stars


There is just no storyline that this Author can’t bring to life no matter how tough the circumstances. She has dealt with everything in her own unique Billionaire way.

I have followed this Author for many years now. I have downloaded every book, read every page and loved every journey she has taken me on. This book certainly has many emotional and intense moments, but one thing you can always guarantee when reading a book by Author J.S. Scott is she will forever give her readers a happy ever after.

You can’t know how someone will react to a situation they are forced into just like Xander was forced to live without his parents after they were murdered. A brutal crime that ended their lives far to soon. He couldn’t deal with it, didn’t want to feel or think. The hurt he must have been going through is incomprehensible.

His brothers think it’s time Xander had some help of the domestic kind. …

He Loves Me Knot by R.C. Boldt

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REVIEWED BY Becky Cox 


He Loves Me...KNOT by R.C. Boldt
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

He Loves Me...Knot is a second chance romance.

Emma Jane and Knox were high school sweethearts destined for a life together until a huge misunderstanding.

Emma Jane moved and built a new life out of her hometown of Mobile, Alabama. She has a great job and good friends. She has never found a new love.

Knox focused on his career and is angry. When they meet again years later he doesn't give an inch...until he does.

Emma Jane and Knox burn the pages up. The southern accents are adorable.

I enjoyed this book very much. It was good getting to hear from Hendy and Presley from Out of the Ashes, and of course Becket Jones. Becket is a great character as well.

I recommend He Loves Me...Knot to all second chance romance lovers.

I was gifted an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

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Tempt the Playboy by Natasha Madison

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REVIEWED BY Isa Jones


Tempt the Playboy by Natasha Madison
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Natasha Madison is my go-to Author for my Romantic-Comedy fix!

The story of Kayleigh and Noah had me in stitches from beginning to end. After reading Tempting the Boss I was so looking forward to getting this story as we got a glimpse of these characters on the first book and as with the first one, it did not disappoint one bit.
Both Kayleigh and Noah are used to their one-night stands and meaningless encounters, but from the moment they first met, each get a taste of something new, and I am not talking of whip cream, chocolate and a whole lot of fruit, but of a need greater than both has ever encounter. From their fist "meeting" you know that Natasha has written something extraordinary for them and we are mere spectators as the story is unfolding. For Kayleigh, that has that golden rule of never sleeping with the same person twice, having someone like Noah, who will stop at nothing to woo th…

Delectable: An MMF Bisexual Menage Romance Novel (Gold Coast Nights Book 1) by Ann Grech

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REVIEWED BY Isa Jones


Delectable: An MMF Bisexual Menage Romance Novel by Ann Grech
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

As far as menages go, this by far has been one of my favourites.

Connor, Katy and Levi story was hot yet the story line was more than just three people coming together.
Connor has always been in love with his best friend's girl Katy, their friendship is one of those that only come once in a lifetime and few get the chance to have. Connor knows there is no way he can stay and watch Levi and Katy's love blossoming, the risk of acting on his emotion is far greater than fighting a war, so he simply enlists, and leaves them both behind. After years of being away, Connor unfortunately finds that distance has only made his heart grow fonder, and he is not only missing Katy but is desperate to see Levi again. Returning home to his friends, only brings back those emotions and hidden feelings tenfold, and soon Connor isn't the only one struggling to keep his distance. Is lik…

Dirty Little Secret by Kendall Ryan Narrated by Megan Tusing and Zachary Webber

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REVIEWED BY  Isa Jones


Dirty Little Secret by Kendall Ryan
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I NEED PART TWO RIGHT NOW!!!

I listened to this book in one sitting, and I can't wait to start the concluding part.

Loved Zachary Webber, he provided voices for the Kingsley brothers and did needed to fan myself few times whilst listening to it, it was pure gold.

Who hasn't fantasised about a mysterious person, someone you get to see on a daily basis, maybe in your local coffee shop, that is exactly what Emma Belle would do every time she would see Gavin. Lost in her fantasy world never in a million years expected one morning to have her world upside down after one "look" and a business card. Once that little piece of information was in Emma's hands, there was no going back and the story begins to enfold. Gavin's world is as mysterious as the man in question, but a glimpse into it has Emma wondering his intentions. At first he is standoffish and literally pushes her into the a…

The Silent Duke by Jess Michaels

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REVIEWED BY Micky Barnard

The Silent Duke by Jess Michaels
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

4.5 stars

I enjoyed THE SILENT DUKE cover to cover. It’s been a while since I’ve read a Jess Michaels historical romance and now I’m remembering how good they are. After reading the blurb and seeing it centred around a Duke with a disability, I was hooked in and I was not disappointed.

This is a beautiful friends to lovers story that is as much full of emotion as it is heat. Jess Michaels knows how to write HR heat without losing story cohesion. This was a full story, with family and past that was full of depth. Ewan was very likeable but incredibly self-deprecating with regards to his disability. This was frustrating occasionally to me and frequently to the heroine, Charlotte. Charlotte was his childhood friend and she was a brave woman, widowed and with steely determination. Her character was full of loyalty, courage and passion. This was just an excellent coupling and an engaging story.

THE SILENT DU…

Artemis by Andy Weir

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REVIEWED BY Micky Barnard

Artemis by Andy Weir
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The opportunity for an early read of ARTEMIS was an easy decision considering my love for The Martian. The similarities in context are there in terms of genre and setting. ARTEMIS is set on the moon and the moon of the future is a large city, corrupt and problematic, but home for many.

Jasmine (Jazz) Bashara is the protagonist for ARTEMIS and I can now say that Andy Weir writes a female lead with ease and natural ability. I liked her, her little criminal heart and all her dealings. She was the epitome of a strong female. I championed her ambitions and loved finding out about her culture and upbringing. Moon culture was something of a diverse melting pot of people, with guilds that separated the cultures and trades. It was just fascinating reading, that painted colour and interest in my imagination.

The moon was an interesting read but at about 30%, the story just went BAM! The plot was gripping but complex, you nee…

Holiday Wishes by Jill Shalvis

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REVIEWED BY Micky Barnard

Holiday Wishes by Jill Shalvis
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

If you’re in the mood for a quick novella that has a Christmas theme, then HOLIDAY WISHES may be what you are looking for. Add to those themes some second chance romance and you should be winning. What I found was that HOLIDAY WISHES was light, a complete story but it didnt knock my socks off.

I was pleasantly entertained and mildly interested in the characters but no more. There was predictability and insta-convenience. Now, HOLIDAY WISHES is a novella of a series that I haven’t read, but it is also pitched as a standalone. I had no problem reading and understanding the characters from a standalone perspective, however I don’t doubt that it is probably more enjoyable when you know the backstories of the side characters. Fans of the series will probably find this really does float their boat, but in isolation, it didn’t float mine very far. All this said, I have different needs from a holiday novella tha…

Stud Finder by Lauren Blakely NARRATED BY Jesse Metcalfe & Grace Grant

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REVIEWED BY Micky Barnard



Stud Finder by Lauren Blakely
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

STUD FINDER was definitely a fun listen. The concept of a matchmaker falling for her client and the client convincing the matchmaker of this was engaging. Novella audios aren't the easiest of listens to feel satisfied and the barr was high for STUD FINDER to deliver on this.

I liked both the characters in this book. Evie was a typical, focused workaholic, she hadn't given her own love life any time in a while. What ensued took Evie completely unawares. Flynn was also very like-able. All these pluses were exaggerated by the excellent narration of Grace Grant (one of my favourite female narrators) and Jesse Metcalfe (yes, I did say that). Jesse Metcalfe was absolutely superb and I vote he does more audio narration!

What lacked for me in this novella was more depth of story. It was over quickly and I felt like not a lot had happened to lead the couple to where they ended up. I wanted to know more abou…

Hangry Girl by Lily Kate

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REVIEWED BY Monique Cashmere


Hangry Girl by Lily Kate
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is exactly what I needed to read for a fun and funny read to cheer me up! I am loving Lily Kate's books.

In this one, it is a friends to lovers novel told in dual POV and I find I enjoy those the most. I really like reading both opinions and getting to know each character in a better light. And I felt these two leads where gorgeous. Oh course they were good looking, but their inner selves were just as attractive. No one wouldn't love Bradley. He was considerate, respectful and quick witted. And had a slight dirty mouth! Which is fine, because that brought out a different side to Lexi too. She could hold her own, but up against Brad, she melted like snow in the Sahara! I loved her cheekiness and love of life. She was an astute business woman, even if she gave away most of her profits because she had a heart of gold. Together this couple were sweet and endearing. I was glad they got their HEA, ev…

Bodyguard by C.D. Reiss

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REVIEWED BY  Monique Cashmere


Bodyguard by C.D. Reiss
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is the second book in the Hollywood A-List series and it is a complete standalone. Two of the previous books characters get a short mention being in the Hollywood scene, but this time we have a choreographer with a crazy ex boyfriend and a bodyguard to protector her from the creep.

Carter Kincaid was it for me. He was the type of male lead that keeps me turning the pages to learn more about him. He was the best father, in every sense of the word, and I loved his commitment with his son. That same commitment and passion flows throw when he meets and falls for the Tiny Dancer.

Emily was dedicated to her craft and her best friend. Which happened to be one and the same. She worked for her bestie Darlene as her choreographer on her tours with the band. Truth be known, she could have been a star too, but her ex didn’t like sharing. I felt for her because even though she was happy with her job, she was lonel…

Fantasy Man by Acacia Lynd

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REVIEWED BY Becky Cox


Fantasy Man by Acacia Lynd
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Fantasy Man caught me a bit by surprise. It was more deep and plot driven then I would have assumed from the synopsis. What a wonderful surprise it was.

This is my first Acacia Lynd read, and I believe her debut novel. She has done a great job of it. She slowly unfolded the story and you see the missing bits here and there that all come clear at the end. I thought I had it figured out early on and was so very wrong. I like a good twist.

Any woman married for a length of time can relate to the emotions Laura is feeling. The physical part of your relationship wains and you don't know why. You try and fix it to no avail and the feeling of failure.

The sex scenes are graphic and well written with a lot of emotion as well as the naughty parts. ;-)

Fantasy Man is a little off the beaten path of traditional romance novels, which is all the better for me. I recommend this book to all romance readers looking for a b…

Love Me By Christmas by Jaci Burton

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REVIEWED BY Tina Shobe


Love Me By Christmas by Jaci Burton
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Nick moves his brother's widow, Ellie into his house after his brother died. Ellie was pregnant. Nick has been there all along for her, through delivery to helping raise Henry. Nick realizes he has deeper feelings for Ellie and would like to take their relationship to another level but is afraid of jeopardizing what they have.

To the reader Ellie can be a little hard to take. In fact she can get on the nerves. Nick is just so amazing that it is difficult for us to relate to her. But I feel that the author does a great job with the reality of what Ellie is dealing with. Her emotions are all over the place. She has gone through a terrible loss, still dealing with the ups and downs of that loss, feels guilty for robbing Nick of a life and feels guilty for having more than 'brother' feelings for Nick.

Kudos to Nick for having the patience of a saint and staying strong to his feelings for Ellie. …

The Other Brother by Meghan Quinn

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REVIEWED BY Becky Cox 

The Other Brother by Meghan Quinn
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

My oh my, Aaron Walters is a hot one. Sensitive...funny, yep the whole package.

Amelia, a pretty young woman who is sweet, caring and loyal. So how did they go wrong.

The Other Brother, a standalone, does have characters from other Meghan Quinn standalones one of which I read, Twisted Twosome. I love Quinn's characters and her writing style. The Other Brother was quite the treat both in story and characters. A second chance romance with two really good people who just made a stupid decision.

I laughed often and swooned often. Quinn has the gift of weaving a great tale with clever dialogue and believable story lines. I can relate to her characters and the situations which makes me insert myself into the story, which is really the point of reading isn't it?

Thanks Meghan for another great story. I highly recommend this book to all romance readers.

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Special Forces: Operation Alpha: Handling Haven by Samantha A. Cole

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REVIEWED BY Tina Shobe


Special Forces: Operation Alpha: Handling Haven (Kindle Worlds) by Samantha A. Cole
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

A crossover of Deimos, Trident Security and Delta Force Team=amazing!

I can't say that this is could be a stand alone as I have read all the books in the Trident Security and Delta Force series and was pretty excited to reconnect with them in this book. All that Alpha in one book is almost too much to handle!

Haven Caldwell, operative of Deimos, is injured on assignment. Lucas (Frisco) Ingram, Delta Force member protects Haven after she's down and gets her to safety. Haven asked him to do that unthinkable. He's now living with guilt thinking he made her injury worse. Haven is now in a wheelchair and presently is not in a good space. She's very angry and shutting everyone out. After some 'tough love' from Jordyn Haven starts to fight to regain her life.

Frisco has felt a connection to Haven from their first moment and would like to h…

The Billionaire's Secrets by J.S. Scott

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REVIEWED BY Tina Shobe



The Billionaire's Secrets by J.S. Scott
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The Billionaire's Secrets is Book 6 in the Sinclair Series.

Xander Sinclair was a Rock Star at the height of his career when tragedy struck that forever changed his life. To escape the reality of his life he escaped into drugs and alchohol. Through it all his brother's, Julian and Micah, never gave up on him. He agrees to go through rehab again and move to Amesport where all three of them have homes. His brother's also hire him a housekeeper, Samantha (Sam) Riley to clean his house and also to make him reconnect to life.

I love the way that Sam has in engaging Xander. He's responding before he even realizes it. She just knows when to push him and when to back off. Through her he's slowly reconnecting with his family and with life.

Unknown to Xander and his brothers their is a underlying reason why Sam agrees to work with Xander. When he finds out will it destroy the relations…