Thursday, 31 August 2017

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

REVIEWED BY Micky Barnard 



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

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

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

There is some amazing dialogue in this book with more than a few laugh out loud moments. I cannot begin to do justice to Melinda Lazar, Thierry Decarie and others. What really made me stop was the resonance between Fiona's interactions with Thierry and how similar they were to Charli's early interactions with Jean-Luc through SECOND HEARTS and STORM SHELLS. It felt like a full circle and I loved that. GJ Walker-Smith writes these characters in a way that the reader is completly transported into the story.

SILK QUEEN has fulfilled a spot in my love for this family that I didn't know I needed but now can't do without. SILK QUEEN 1&2 are not heavy books and I value having books that I don't have to labour through the angst to get to the other side. I know GJ can write like that but this walk on the light, humerous side was a delight.

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Tuesday, 29 August 2017

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

REVIEWED BY Ann Meemken



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

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

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

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Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty

REVIEWED BY Micky Barnard


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

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

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

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


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

Bullying and more is a thread in this book and I felt sick, heart-sick, at times in terms of the nature of these issues. There is also some gut wrenching heart ache and I felt each emotion in full technicolor.

"She'd always known that her reaction to this night had been too big, or perhaps too small. She hadn't ever cried. She hadn't told anyone. She'd swallowed it while and pretended it meant nothing, and therefore it had come to mean everything."

At the heart of BIG LITTLE LIES is a tale of suspense. The seeds are placed right at the beginning and I spent the whole book guessing, re-guessing and second-guessing all my suspicions. Liane Moriarty is a truly talented writer, I enjoyed the light, the witty quips and dialogue, alongside the dark and sad. I'm definitely eager to read more by her.

A copy of this book was provided by the publisher through netgalley in return for a honest review.

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Monday, 21 August 2017

Twisted Twosome by Meghan Quinn

REVIEWED BY Monique Cashmere 


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

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

This is a standalone novel, but if you have read My Best Friends Ex, you would have meet Racer McKay there, he is Tucker's best friend. Racer is quick with the wit and loves a practical joke. He is a loyal and dedicated worker that needs to take side jobs to keep him afloat. That's were he meets the oenomel Georgie. She needs some construction work done on the store she is opening. Is it love at first site......ummm maybe because there is fireworks, that's for sure. What transpires is something magical, that's because they are Seelenverwandt - kindred spirits. The time they spend together remodeling the store is priceless, they are each other's faodail - one lucky find. Georgiana may have that silver spoon, hence the nickname Princess but don't judge her by her cover. She has many layers, and once she gets to know Racer better, she thinks he is flawsome!

I picked this up on night and read a few chapters and thought YES! It's as good as Tucker's book. Then life gets in the way a little, my son's 18th, so it was a day or so later that I got the chance to read some more. I just couldn't put it down, and at 3am I finished it, it is so worth the book hanger I am experiencing now. I know it's a work of fiction, but the way it is written, you fall into it and can't help but be invested in the characters and their story. If you are a lover of Rom-Coms, dual POV's, snorting and giggling through a book, holding your breath in the next chapter, then cheering at the end, I highly recommend you get this book. You will think both Racer and George are flawsome!


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Forever Hearts by C.J. Martin

REVIEWED BY Monique Cashmere



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

3.5*'s.

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

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

I really enjoyed this novel, and being only a fourth book for this author, it was written quite well. They way the period of time was handled flowed perfectly with the dual POVs explaining back history. There are a few different issues each of them had to deal with, and that too was deal with realistically. I did feel a few things were missing. Even though I thought the storyline dragged on in places, I found the ending to be cut short of a well rounded conclusion . I was hoping that Rylie had words with her dad for his interference and I wanted a more traditional epilogue. Having said that, I would still recommend reading Rylie and Jesse's story.


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An Exaltation of Larks by Suanne Laqueur

REVIEWED BY Micky Barnard



An Exaltation of Larks (Venery, #1)An Exaltation of Larks by Suanne Laqueur
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

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

AN EXALTATION OF LARKS is an emotional read from the offset but what wowed me the most was the unpredictable nature of how the book played out. I never once knew what was around the corner and often my suspicions were inaccurate; this is a plot of plots. It is a book full of depth, focused on families, with characters that plead for you to invest in them, and you do. Jav was my prime focus, the man I was championing for; a complex man but his journey over a number of years was addictive reading. Alex was such a solid, dependable character who surprised himself and me. Val was a character I didn't really take to and I suspect that may be purposeful writing. Ari was just such a compelling read and the twist involving him was mighty.

This book has left me agog at the writing and story development. I truly rate Suanne Laqueur as a special piece of talent, I hear her other work is also wonderful so I have a need to devour the rest over the coming months.

I know this is the vaguest review but I recommend this to anyone and everyone as a absorbing, out-of-the-box read; it will refresh your palate and leave a mark. Biggest thanks to Melissa for the best recommendation I have had in some time.

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So Good by Nicola Rendell

REVIEWED BY Micky Barnard 



So Good (Alpha Dogs, #1)So Good by Nicola Rendell
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

2.5 - 3 stars

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

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

This is a quick, light read where you want a book to be read in a day and not feel to heavy. I don't think I'd pursue this series further but I know I gel with other books by this author so I will continue to be on the look out for her work.

A copy of this book was provided by the author in return for a honest review.

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The Forbidden by Jodi Ellen Malpas

REVIEWED BY Micky Barnard 



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

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

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

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

I have to give kudos to being drawn in and addicted to the read despite my dislike of the story direction. I wanted less predictability and story direction that showed strength of character for Annie; I didn't get that. It was like being caught in the spider's web on the cover but boy, did I want to escape at 85%. I think this was a case of not really for me and I'm sad about that as I love a good forbidden love.

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Twisted Twosome by Meghan Quinn

REVIEWED BY Becky Cox 


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

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

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

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

These two are oil and water. A set of circumstances throws them together on a project. Let the shenanigans begin.

I truly enjoyed Twisted Twosome. Thanks Meghan for a great read.

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Something So Perfect by Natasha Madison

REVIEWED BY Becky Cox



Something So Perfect (Something So, #2)Something So Perfect by Natasha Madison
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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

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

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

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

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

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Blue Balls by R.C. Boldt

REVIEWED BY Melinda Lazar 



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

Blue Balls by RC Boldt

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

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

I found this book so boring at the beginning that I was ready to put it down and not bother with it any more. Thankfully it improved after the first few chapters, right around when the characters had their first of many sexual non-encounters, thus resulting in the title.

I enjoyed this book to a degree. I laughed at times and honestly, I was getting frustrated every time things didn't work out for them so I can't imagine how they would have felt! As much as I wanted to love this as much as I did Clam Jam, there was something lacking in it for me but I can't really place my finger on exactly what it was. Perhaps the main character was a bit too immature for me and her inner monologue slightly annoying? That's really all I can really put it down to. Good book otherwise and can be read as a standalone.

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The Forbidden by Jodi Ellen Malpas

REVIEWED BY Becky Cox



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

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

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

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

Emotional, sexy and truth. Whether you like it or no, it is truth. True to your heart is not always the right thing for everyone involved, but love, true love, is worth the sacrifice.

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Wish You Were Here by Renee Carlino

REVIEWED BY Monique Cashmere



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

4.5*'s.

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

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

I was really excited to get this book, and it didn't disappoint at all. I am a slow learner, but I am becoming a Renée Carlino fan very quickly. Her books have characters that are well rounded and have plenty of depth. The plots are down to earth but also rich and tangible. I feel you can't go wrong with this book, or any of this writers work.


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Saturday, 19 August 2017

Lost In Scotland By Hilaria Alexander

REVIEWED BY Jess


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

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

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

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

Suffering from a broken heart and a dash of humiliation, not having anywhere else to go, or work, Sam heads off to Scotland to work on a production of a new show coming out, Abarath, as a Make-Up artist. After finding out her boyfriend of 7 years is cheating on her, Sam heads out to make a new name for herself-feeling alone and isolated in a new country, Sam quickly finds like minded folks on set and even catches the eye of the main lead of the show, Hugh.

Hugh has been cast as the lead in Abarath. A beloved novel that is being turned into a TV series, and he is very concerned about portraying the lead. He wants to do it justice and give the fans what they desire-authenticity. He has no time for distractions. Or so he thought! He's handsome, and rock solid, brooding and has a thick Scottish accent-what more could you ask for?!?! Though he did have some similarities to another beloved Scottish bloke I adore, his character still worked for me.

Sam and Hugh had chemistry that seriously blew me away. I felt butterflies every time they had a scene together. Due to the high demand of filming and the hush hush of their tryst, keeping their "relationship" on the down low had to happen. But they still managed to have some of the hottest sex scenes I have read in quite some time. Alexander sure knows how to write with passion.

Hugh was right when he said to Sam, "You've made the right choice, Sam. Scotland is the perfect place to start over".

Truer words had never be spoken. Even though it took Sam a while to acclimatize to the wet and dreary landscape, she settled in nicely-having her own personal tour guide/movie star always helps in these situations.

As much as I loved the story, which I did, immensely. I still found the end to be a little back and forth. I would be happy with where the story was going and then I wanted to throw my kindle at times as well. Some of the back and forth was unnecessary, and I was easily frustrated with where the story went at times. But then something like this would be said:

"I didn't have a chance against her. I had to give in. I wanted to fall for her, follow her anywhere." SWOOOOON. Or this, "Samhain, I fear ye have me ruined for every other woman." COMMON!!! How can you not fall for this man?!?!

The way in which Hugh spoke to Sam, the way he worshiped her, the things he would say, and the way he would say it kept me coming back for more and more. It was a bit touch and go for me at the start and they later towards the end, but I think Alexander pulled it together and gave us all the ending we hoped for.

I will continue to read this series, as I think there is a sequel. I cannot stop now! Two of my favourite things in life were captured in Lost in Scotland-HOT BROODING SCOTTISH MAN and SCOTLAND. I. AM. SOLD.

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Crave: Part One by E.K. Blair

REVIEWED BY Becky Cox 



Crave: Part One (Crave Duet, #1)Crave: Part One by E.K. Blair
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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

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

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

In college now, Adeline and Kason have even more added to their plate. Can young love survive all the obstacles...we shall see.

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One Dirty Scot by Donna Alam

REVIEWED BY Becky Cox 


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Royally Endowed by Emma Chase


REVIEWED BY Melinda Lazar 


Royally Endowed (Royally, #3)Royally Endowed by Emma Chase
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Royally Endowed by Emma Chase

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

I adored this story. It's possibly my favorite of the series and I think it's because Royally Endowed was just really romantic. It had somewhat of a forbidden feel to it and that's something I enjoy. I loved revisiting characters past and getting a bit more insight into their current lives. I think Ellie is everyone's little sister: she's so full of life and joy that you can't help but want the very best for her! And Logan. Sweet Lord, Logan. Ruthless, deadly, delicious. Perfect. Let's just say that I'm on the hunt for more stories involving bodyguard - thank you Ms Chase!

A fabulous read and wonderful series. Absolutely recommend.

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Wish You Were Here by Renee Carlino

REVIEWED BY Melinda Lazar 


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

Wish You Were Here by Renee Carlino

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

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

What I loved about this book is Carlino's writing. She can make the most godawful situation so lovely and beautiful and all I want to do is devour her words. I loved that our main character grew and matured throughout the book because she came across as rather immature to begin with. I didn't really believe the connection between some of the characters and that was a turn-off for me, thus the four star rating.

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Royally Endowed by Emma Chase

REVIEWED BY Jess


Royally Endowed (Royally, #3)Royally Endowed by Emma Chase
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

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

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

Falling in love at 17 is powerful. You dive headfirst and don't think about the consequences until later. It's a visceral reaction, and those are the exact feelings Ellie has for Logan. He's too old for her, he is essentially her body guard, her protector, and her saviour-in more ways than one. Despite Ellie knowing that Logan is off limits, she still feels for him. It doesn't change who she is, or make her act like a child, she is mature about it and hopes that fate will take over one day and give her what she wants. And she WANTS Logan.

Ellie is a shining star, a pretty angel, and as silly as they come. But she is smart and kind and very self assured. Logan knows he can't be with her, shes too young, naive, and the Prince's sister in law. SHE IS OFF LIMITS. Logan tries with all his might, but the attraction he has for her is not just physical, its primitive, it digs deep. The need to keep her safe and out of harms way is so natural to him, he wonders how he ever lived without her occupying his mind.

Chase does an excellent job with the long time line that is prevalent throughout the book. Nearly five years' time elapses and I found the scenes in which she chose to write were important and focused. The natural progression of Logan and Ellie's relationship was well crafted and well thought out. If you'd like, you could call it a "slow burn"-but the burn still had fire. The flirting, the blushes, the tortured expressions and the need to protect was thrilling to read. I was obsessive about finishing as fast as possible because I was so engrossed in the story.

I was kept on my toes and thoroughly impressed with how well this book was written. I loved all of the supporting cast and felt like I was part of the Royal family at times by how well Chase provided the visuals and small moments that really make a book special. I laughed, swooned, held my breath and heard my pulse racing because this book was charged. There was never a dull moment, something was always happening-and that something was always captivating.

There is something about Emma Chase that really appeals to me. I have loved every single book I have read of hers. Shes clever and rich with her words and her stories. I loved Royally Endowed and am happy with how everything turned out. I cannot wait to see what she brings to the table next!

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Wild Card by Karina Halle

REVIEWED BY Micky Barnard 


Wild Card (North Ridge, #1)Wild Card by Karina Halle
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

3.5 stars

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

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

I overall enjoyed this read even with its few sticking points. I'm especially interested in the books to come. Especially Fox and Del, these two have really caught my attention and I'm definitely continuing with the series.

A copy of this book was provided by the author in return for a honest review.

Reviewed for Joandisalovebooks Blog.

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Wednesday, 2 August 2017

The Brightest Sunset by Aly Martinez

REVIEWED BY Tina Shobe






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

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

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

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

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

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

I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

Reviewed by Tina for Joandisalovebooks Blog





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