Wednesday, 29 November 2017

Up for Heir by Ruth Cardello

REVIEWED BY 

Becky Cox 


Up for Heir (Westerly Billionaire #2)Up for Heir by Ruth Cardello
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

3.5 Stars

Westerly Billionaire #2 is a sweet fast second chance romance.

Up for Heir is the second installment in the Westerly Billionaire series and focuses on Spencer, a self made tech success. He partnered with his long time friend Jordan and they developed amazing technology.

Spencer goes through quite an emotional growth throughout the story and I grew to like him more every chapter.

Hailey is a sweet girl trying to survive the best she can. I liked her as a heroine. My problem was her inner dialogue was excessive and distracting for me.

I kind of love Delinda (Grandmother Westerly) and her pushy, nosy self. I imagine she will be meddling in her family's life in future books as well. She was quite entertaining.

I received a copy from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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Love on the Edge of Time by Julie A. Richman

REVIEWED BY
Ann Meemken



Love on the Edge of TimeLove on the Edge of Time by Julie A. Richman
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

They met at the psychiatrist office. Jesse and Kylie are in need of a positive life change. They must face their demons of the past in order to do that.

At first this story was a bit confusing for me and than all of sudden it made total sense. This story is unique in the fact that it shares the past and the present time. I enjoyed the bond that formed between Jesse and Kylie. The ending was a bit surprising. I wished it would have ended different but it seemed fitting for this story.

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Van by Sawyer Bennett


REVIEWED BY
Becky Cox 

Van (Cold Fury Hockey, #9)Van by Sawyer Bennett
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is not my first Sawyer Bennett book but is my first in the Cold Fury Hockey series. I would recommend this book to anyone over 18 that likes a hot sports romance. Bennett deliveries strong characters and well developed plots. Van is told in dual POV's which I enjoy. It can definitely be read as a standalone.

Van is an enforcer on the hockey team and a very private person. He stays out of the media as much as possible and keeps to himself.

Simone is forward and an "in your face" kind of girl. I grew to like her as the story developed. In the beginning I felt she was too aggressive in her pursuit of Van, but realized it was just her personality and she was perfect for him.

Van took a lot more convincing that I did. He resisted at every turn. His avoidance and her pursuit was quite funny to read. Once he gave in, they burned up the pages together and made the perfect couple.

I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

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

REVIEWED BY 
Ann Meemken 



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

I love this series. I was very excited for the release of this book.

This story is full of action, suspense, passion, friendship, honor, love, and lust. Raven is newest addition to this series. She has this bad girl persona. I have no doubt she is a force to be reckoned with. It is so fun watching her let her guard down from time to time. Snake has his work cut out for him, if he thinks he can tame her.

This story is intense and I loved every minute of it. I am excited to read more about these characters and see what other surprises await us.

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The Bachelor Contract by Rachel Van Dyken

REVIEWED BY
Melinda Lazar 



The Bachelor Contract (The Bachelors of Arizona, #3)The Bachelor Contract by Rachel Van Dyken
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

The Bachelor Contract by Rachel Van Dyken

Saddens me that I didn't love this one and I can tell you the reason why: Brandt was such an asshole and not in an 'oh, he's so damn grouchy and alpha and I love him' way. No. From the previous books, we knew he had surliness down to a fine art but in TBC, he was really mean and intentionally hurtful to Nikki and I can't like such a 'hero'. I understood the reasons behind his demeanor and what made him so broken, but I think a lot of it was uncalled for. Then he turned a new leaf which would have been great except it was so rushed that it didn't feel organic. It was like RVD thought that at X point in the book, Brandt will turn into a decent human being and that's what she wrote but it didn't feel genuine at all. I liked Nikki's character but she annoyed me at times with her incessant crying and letting Brandt treat her poorly then going back for more. Honestly, the star of this book is (as always) Grandma Nadine - she's the bees (arthritic) knees.

This book was a miss for me and I can't honestly bring myself to recommend it.

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Bear My Soul by T.S. Joyce

REVIEWED BY
Joanne Swinney 


Bear My Soul  (Fire Bears #1)Bear My Soul by T.S. Joyce
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is the first book in the Fire Bear Series. Bear shifters are totally my thing. I love a strong masculine alpha shifter. Cody Keller fits that description perfectly and then some.

After Rory Dobson had a one night stand many moons ago she ended up with more than herself to take care of. All alone in the world Rory has some big decisions to make. This woman is a beautiful person and most certainly deserves some good karma in her life.

Cody Keller a bear shifter that has been let down in the past and is finding it difficult to move forward with his future or so his family think. Cody works at the firehouse in his home town. The images I have conjured up will need the whole fire brigade to put out the flames.

The Keller’s are a wonderful family. I can’t wait to read more about them all. With Cody having brothers there is definitely a good chance I’ll be reading each of their stories and I couldn’t be happier.

I’m off to download book two in this series. If you love paranormal reads, especially shifter romance then this book is a must read for you.


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Monday, 27 November 2017

For the Love of an Outlaw by T.S. Joyce

REVIEWED By
Joanne Swinney 



For the Love of an Outlaw (Outlaw Shifters, #1)For the Love of an Outlaw by T.S. Joyce
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Only I could look for a new shifter series to read and read book one of one. Roll on December for book two. However this Author has many shifter series for me to sink my teeth into. I am looking forward to reading every single of them. Oh! Yeah she’s good. Her storytelling skills had me reading this book in one sitting.

Ava left home a long time ago. All she ever thought about was leaving her small home town to start a new life for herself. As soon as that became possible she did exactly that and never looked back. Leaving her brother behind and her brother’s horrible friend, Trigger. He was always mean to her and she never knew why.

When Colton, Ava’s brother rings basically demanding she come back home and help Trigger, she point blank refused, but she owned her brother. So what was two weeks out of her life?

Things were definitely different in her home town. She still felt like the outsider she had always been, but riddles and weird behaviour took it to a whole new level. I don’t think Ava ever could have prepared her for what was happening in her brother’s life or hers for that matter.

Trigger loved Ava it was a simple as that. Oh, sure he never said that out loud, but I knew while reading. Ava was the only woman for him. True saying ‘love hurts’.
I think Trigger underestimated Ava, she’s a child anymore. He’s about to find out how much of a woman she is.

Ava learns many secrets from her childhood. She thought she knew her brother. Wishing she had done things differently, but hindsight is just that. She can’t change the past, but she can change the direction of her future.

Shifter romance is my favourite and this one has just made the top of my list.


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In the Heir by Ruth Cardello

REVIEWED BY
Joanne Swinney 



In the Heir (Westerly Billionaire, #1)In the Heir by Ruth Cardello
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

When I first started this book I thought I knew exactly who was going to fall in love with who. I was epically wrong.

There’s been a divide in the Westerly family for far too long. Brothers never communicating, so the assumptions continue to grow until it’s almost like rivalry.

Pain is ever present in their lives. A past that hasn’t been dealt with properly. Their Grandmother decides to interfere and try and pull her family back together. I’m not sure how I feel about her. In all honesty I didn’t like her character, not that I like now. Maybe in the next book I’ll come to a better decision.

Alisha a family friend, she’s almost like family since she was practically raised by their mother. She agrees to help out Spencer Westerly. She would do anything for him. No, she wasn’t in love with him. He was like a brother to her. When Spencer’s brother, Brett finds out about Alisha he is certainly left with mix feelings.

Brett lived with his father while Spencer lived with his mother. It was a divide that has shape them into who they are today. They say everything happens for a reason and in this case I believe that to be true.

Love comes when we least expect it, but it such a wonderful feeling. Whether it’s happening to you or reading about a booming romance it can light up your heart.

To understand all the family dynamics it’s definitely worth reading. I loved the journey I took with the Westerly’s and I am looking forward to the next book in this series.


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Saturday, 25 November 2017

The Outpost by Devney Perry

REVIEWED BY 
Tina Shobe



The Outpost (Jamison Valley #4)The Outpost by Devney Perry
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The Outpost is Book 4 in the Jamison Valley Book. I feel this could easily be a stand alone but highly recommend you read the books in order as I feel as a reader you'll connect more with the characters.

I feel that Sabrina comes across as little self centered. She's running for her life and ends up in Jamison Valley at with her best friend, Felicity. When a person is scared they don't think rationally or look at the big picture of the danger they could bring to others. You just go to the person you love and feel safe with. Silas knows what type of danger could follow Sabrina and wants his lady Felicity as far away from it as possible. He gets his friends involved to protect and take care of Sabrina. Beau volunteers to take Sabrina to his secluded mountain cabin to hide her away to keep her safe. Beau is one in a million. He's basically putting his life on the line for a stranger who's life is in danger due to a situation she put herself in her investigative reporting.

As we read along we, as well as Sabrina, discover she has more depth and how strong she is. Not many people can stay by themselves cut off from civilization and not go crazy. I think her time alone gave her time to gain perspective of her life.

Even though Beau and Sabrina are from two different world's they seem to gel. Their attraction slowly builds to sizzle, which when they act on it practically burns the pages up.

What I really liked about this book is the intrigue and suspense. There are a few moments that has you holding your breath as you read along to see what the outcome is.

I was super proud of Sabrina when she held her own when faced with pure evil.

I absolutely loved the end when both Sabrina and Beau are willing to leave their current lives behind for the other.

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Second Best by Noelle Adams

REVIEWED BY 
Tina Shobe



Second BestSecond Best by Noelle Adams


Ashley is used to people seeing 'through' her. She thinks she's ordinary with nothing special going for her. She dresses in accordance to that. Very plain, nothing eye catching. I would even consider it dowdy.

Ashley and Sean become aquinted through business. After a business meeting Sean has an unusual proposition for Ashley.

They now have a contract. In the terms of the contract they meet every other Wednesday, at a hotel to have a no strings attached sexual encounters. This works out very well for both of them. Ashley is in love with one of the partners in firm she works for and Sean has no desire to go down the relationship path again after the loss of his fiance. As time goes on they start having dinner together during their meets and conversation seems to develop naturally between them, which wavers at crossing the terms of their contract.

Ashley starts to develop self confidence in her worth as a person. Sean has always 'seen' Ashley. She now has to decide if she can continue with the terms of their contract or live without Sean and Sean has to decide if he can risk opening up his heart again or live without Ashley.

I love how this story was written. Ashley and Sean's meetings start off as just intense sexual encounters and slowly develops into what I would consider a friendship. With the chemistry these two have it was just a matter of time till feelings are involved. I think the feelings came as a suprise to both of them. Their arrangement work very well for both of them for quite a long time and now it no longer does.

This is one of those stories that I will re-read several times because of how the book drew me and and left me with a good feeling at the end.



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Uniting the Souls by Annabella Michaels

REVIEWED BY 
Joanne Swinney 



Uniting the Souls (Souls of Chicago, #6)Uniting the Souls by Annabella Michaels
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Uh oh! Last book in this phenomenal series. I really just don’t want it to end. Huge sigh while writing this review.

The story isn’t M/M. What? That’s right, it’s better. What could be better you ask? Well, triple the pleasure of course M/M/M. This addition to the series was off the charts in all areas. I couldn’t put it down.

Matt who owns Agape House has always been in the background. He love to help others was always evident, but no one really knew anything about him.

Isaac who works at Agape was actually a resident to begin with. He will never forget what Matt did for him. He’s idolize Matt since they first met.

Hudson, Dr. Hudson Westley known in previous books is one fine man, has help out many throughout the series. He’s one hottie Doctor that’s for sure.

Hudson has his sights set on not just one man, but two. How does he think this is even possible? Matt is like a hard nut no one can crack, Isaac is almost impossibly shy. And he thinks he’s going to get them both in his bed and not just for one night.

Well, it seems some attractions are just too hard to fight. Thank you Anna Michaels for making it possible for three souls to become almost one. I couldn’t believe how hot this story was. Don’t get me wrong it was emotional and it had much needed humor but the chemistry was explosive.

Hudson was a patient man. He knew what he wanted and he’d wait for each of them to come to him. When Matt broke down I didn’t think I could love Hudson more. His empathy knew no bounds. When Isaac told them of is worst nightmare I sobbed.

Anyone in this world would lucky to have a Hudson in their lives. All three complement each other beautifully, but Hudson brought them all together, he is the rock that binds them.

I feel like I have come to an end and I could actually cry. I don’t want this series to be over. I have been on quite an adventure. I want to live in Chicago with the Greene family.

I don’t think any amount of words in the English dictionary will truly do this series justice.

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Constructing The Soul by Annabella Michaels

REVIEWED BY
Joanne Swinney 




Constructing The Soul (Souls of Chicago, #5)Constructing The Soul by Annabella Michaels
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Morgan Greene cousin of the Greene family was a very pleasant surprise. Just recently moved to Chicago he is looking to leave his mark and not just in construction.

Throughout this series all the family has helped out at a center called Agape House which helps LGBTQ teens. All the Greene's have been involved with one thing or another. This beautiful family and their partners are going to build a new center for these kids, somewhere they can call home and feel safe. Morgan wants to be part of that so he puts in his bid and ideas. It soon becomes clear that Morgan is indeed the best man for the job.

Akio Forest, right hand man to Landon and best friend. Landon has asked Akio to oversee the project of the new Agape House. Nobody is better at organising and getting a project to stay on target than Akio.

Akio agrees to take on this project for several reasons the main reason it’s for Landon, but he had no idea Landon had a cousin as handsome as Morgan. It’s certainly a shocker when he realises he can’t keep his eyes off him.

Morgan has his reasons for moving, but hasn’t spoken about them. He wasn’t expecting to be so smitten with Akio, but he’s attracted to the guy in a bad way. Working together and having a relationship can be tricky.

When Morgan’s past catches up with him, Akio is left wondering what just happened. Doubts on both sides creeped in and suddenly working together isn’t such a great idea anymore.

Laughter, love and of course sweaty sex will leave you breathless.

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Renewing the Soul by Annabella Michaels

REVIEWED BY 
Joanne Swinney 


Renewing the Soul (Souls of Chicago, #4)Renewing the Soul by Annabella Michaels
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Honestly never been a fan of Rocko who’s in Carter’s band, Carter’s Creed. The drummer never seemed to give off a good vibe. Many of the characters in this series I have wanted to hear more about, but him not so much.

It is a testament to how good this writer is because I have fallen in love with Rocko. She has shown me a side of Rocko that I don’t think anyone could walk away from. He’s a had a trouble life to say the least. Everyone deals with pain in their own way, some people are stronger than others, but you know strength is not always about brawn. Love can make you stronger, having someone care for you can make you become a better person.

Lachlan has remained somewhat of a mystery throughout this series. I was pleased to get to know him also. When you begin to peal back the layers of these men you are left with some heart stopping, breathtaking males that only seek out love unconditionally.

Rocko has quite a journey ahead of him, but with Lachlan’s help it does make for a pretty amazing self discovery.

Meet the man behind the label and the drummer behind the scars that have been left behind.

Rock ‘n’ Roll is not all about sex and drugs. Love, compassion and lovemaking is just as HOT!


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Protecting the Soul by Annabella Michaels

REVIEWED BY
Joanne Swinney 


Protecting the Soul (Souls of Chicago, #3)Protecting the Soul by Annabella Michaels
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

These souls have gripped my heart and aren’t letting go anytime soon. Landon Greene older brother of twins, Caleb and Carter is another stunning man that has a huge heart. The Greene family certainly have values of love, respect and loyalty that makes me feel proud.

Landon manages Carter’s band. Everyone knew Carter would make it in the music industry and with his brother by his side looking out for him no one need ever worry about someone taking advantage of him.

Landon becomes concerned when letters start showing up of a threatening manner. Extra security is put in place for his brother by Lachlan Edwards the owner of the record label. Micah Hamilton friend of Caleb’s partner Giovanni and ex navy seal is sent my Lachlan to organise security for the whole band while they are on tour. Carter is obviously top priority as they believe the letters are meant for him.

It becomes clear that Landon and Micah had a thing, well sort of a thing, but not a thing. But maybe it could become a thing. I think you need to read to see what thing I am talking about. Giggling here.

Landon has always looked out for his brothers, but who was looking out for him? All becomes clear and as the story takes on a sinister twist it’s a moment that will leave you with your heart in your mouth and your stomach at your feet.

Danger, mind blowing sex and love will keep you turning the pages.


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Music of the Soul by Annabella Michaels

REVIEWED BY
Joanne Swinney



Music of the Soul (Souls of Chicago, #2)Music of the Soul by Annabella Michaels
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book was music to my ears. It was such a beautiful, sexy story. I have found myself completely lost in this series. One book ends and I am picking up the next one before you can say Souls of Chicago.

Carter is Caleb’s twin. Almost identical in every way, but even twins have their own personality. Carter has a beautiful soul, he expresses everything through his music, so to hear bad news that could damage his future is completely devastating for him. Hurt, angry and upset beyond anything he imagined he lashes out at the wrong person.

Ryan is a firefighter putting fires out all over Chicago, but boy did he light this story up. God, he is completely gorgeous and charming. I’m sure I have a hole in my lip from biting it so hard while reading.

Both these men try desperately to forget about each other. Why fight an attraction like they have? I was thinking seriously get it on already. Yep, I was chanting these two beautiful souls along.

You never know what is around the corner. Life throws things at you and it can all change in the blink of an eye. Carter and Ryan both have some challenges to overcome. The one thing that they can both count on his family. Family that is born from love not just blood.

Music, love, and the hottest sex make this story an exceptionally read.

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Thursday, 23 November 2017

Mr. North by Callie Hart

REVIEWED BY 
JESS



Mr. NorthMr. North by Callie Hart
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

MR. NORTH by Callie Hart was not what I was expecting. AT ALL.

There were so many themes and issues going on in this book, I couldn't always keep up.
I was not anticipating a Fifty Shades of Grey meets jealousy and hate with a twist of homosexual murderer. Not that I would mind any of the themes on their own, but mashed all together, it was a little too much for me!

Raph and Beth are not your likely pair. They have absolutely nothing in common and even though they are sexually compatible, I never got the vibe that their feelings were deeper than that. Surface level maybe, but they fell fast and they fell hard, and they didn't really have anything to work with, so I found this hard to believe.

There was too much left until the end for me. The story wasn't very well developed and the rush at the end to leak all the secrets was a little too much and a little too late for my liking.

There was nothing particularly wrong with the writing, it flowed well and kept me reading but I was still too hung up on the bizarre story line to really take more notice.

From the blurb, I was expecting something a little more intriguing. I thought the idea of a rich, gorgeous man with a lot of money looking for his true soul mate had been done, but then throw in the philanthropist, and what he does to help others was a nice twist-but I just didn't gel.

ARC received in exchange for an honest review.

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Touched by Him by Lilly Wilde

REVIEWED BY 
Becky Cox 



Touched By Him (The Untouched Series, #3)Touched By Him by Lilly Wilde
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Touched by Him, the third installment in the Untouched Series was action packed and drowning in emotions.

Aria is so strong and has to be to endure what is in store for her. She maybe didn't make the best decision but made the best decision with the information that she had the time.

Broody gorgeous Aiden is angry and hurt....did I mention angry. An angry Aiden is not a pretty sight. He is processing so many emotions that he doesn't know what to do with them all.

Lots of drama from Aiden's exes with Nadia stirring trouble and JoJo throwing her hat in the mix. Aiden's family is none to supportive of Aria and her decision. Aiden's parents weren't great to her before and now, well mom anyway, is just awful.

Lots of feels in Touched by Him and lots of action. My favorite of the series yet. I truly felt Aria and Aiden's connection. It was just....more in this one. Looking forward to book four.

You must read these books in order to appreciate the story.

I was gifted a copy for an honest review.

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Love by Jillian Dodd

REVIEWED BY 
Becky Cox 



Love (The Keatyn Chronicles #12)Love by Jillian Dodd
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Installment 12 of the Keatyn Chronicles, LOVE, is action packed. There is plenty happening in every ones lives. Mostly good. Definitely got the soap opera feel from this one.

Keatyn and Aiden are adorable as always and are the driving force of this series. Keatyn keep me coming back reading each book with excitement.

All the Johnson boys are lovable and I have enjoyed watching them grow up and find their soul mates. This has been a wonderful journey with Jillian Dodd's host of high school students finding their way in the world.

I grew to love Knox Daniels. He was cocky and arrogant starting out but turned out to be a great guy and good friend to the group.

The News Flash articles are something I look forward to in the books. They read like real gossip column report and always make me laugh.

I will miss all the Keatyn Chronicle crew but have enjoyed the journey with them. Thanks Jillian for an entertaining series that I have truly enjoyed.

I was gifted an ARC for an honest review.

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Drive by Kate Stewart

REVIEWED BY
Becky Cox



DriveDrive by Kate Stewart
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Ladies and gents this is a must read. Especially if you are a music lover. An AMAZING story with songs linked at the beginning of each chapter so you can listen while you read to set the mood for the chapter. Sheer brilliance.

Drive is definitely in my top five favorite reads of 2017.

Willow Aster recommended this book to me and I am so so happy I followed up and read it. This is my first Kate Stewart and I look forwarding to checking other works by her. The emotional ride was breathe stealing, tear causing, sigh inspiring awesomeness.

I don't want to give away one little piece of this story. It needs to be read with no expectations and no hype.

Stella is a unique and amazing character. I loved her from the start. When I can insert myself into the character I know I have found a winner. My enjoyment increases ten fold when I can see myself living the life of the character or having experienced something that she is going through. Good writing does that.

The heroes in this book deserve a little kudos and I cared deeply for them, but don't want to influence a future readers perception so I will leave it at that.

Thank you Kate for an amazing adventure!

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The Rivalry by Nikki Sloane

REVIEWED BY 
Melinda Lazar 



The RivalryThe Rivalry by Nikki Sloane
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The Rivalry by Nikki Sloane
2.5-3*

On paper, this book was absolutely my favorite kind of read. Unfortunately, it wasn't quite what I'd anticipated. Although I adore reading sports romances and I understand the rivalry between various colleges, it seem really extreme and contrived in this book. Maybe it's because I don't actually watch the sports but I don't think that was it.

I thought Jay as a main character was great. He was one hell of an athlete, he was sexy, he was sensible. Most importantly, he did not come up with ridiculous excuses of college rivalry to avoid a relationship with Kayla.

Kayla, bless her little pompoms, managed to grate on my nerves as did, oddly enough, her mother. I can understand some friendly rivalry, but this was extreme and immature and unwarranted. It seemed like every time she was about to fall into something with him, the rivalry would rear its ugly head. I get it, it's the title of the book, for God's sake but still. Too much.

I do enjoy Sloane's writing and this doesn't mean I won't be picking up her next, but I will say that The Rivalry fell a little short of expectations for me.

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Saturday, 18 November 2017

Constant by Rachel Higginson

REVIEWED BY
Micky Barnard 


Constant (The Confidence Game, #1)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 completely drawn into this book, I found it difficult to ascertain where my allegiances should go, each character seemed to have bad and good in them. There are dark secrets, twists and I worried intensely for Caro, Frankie and Juliet, in fact I am still in this position.

The Sayer of the present was a compelling hero, bad boy with loyalty who gave an impressive physical presence. It was so hard to trust anyone from the Bratva that it’s an unusual position not being able to feel trust in the main characters but also fun to be in the dark. I highly recommend this as a romantic suspenseful read. Please join me in the wait for February 2018!

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

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El Santo by M. Robinson

REVIEWED BY
Becky Cox



El Santo (The Saint)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 meaner things.

Highly recommend this book to readers of dark romance.

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Rock Solid by Carly Phillips and Erika Wilde

REVIEWED BY
Tina Shobe


Rock Solid (Book Boyfriend, #4)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 could of been very bitter about the situation and he stepped up accepted his new role in life and looked forward instead of backwards.

The feeling's that Katie and Connor acted upon years ago has not diminished and the more time they spend together the strong they get.

Katie is very leery of taking their relationship to another level. She doesn't have a great past when it comes to men and doesn't want her daughter to experience what she lived through in her childhood with her own parents.

Katie has to determine if she's brave enough to take a leap and have faith in Connor or step back and watch from the sidelines.

This is an wonderfully written book that pulls the reader in. I was left with a smile on my face at the end.


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At Your Service by Lexi Blake

REVIEWED BY
Becky Cox


At Your Service (Masters and Mercenaries, #14.5; Topped, #4)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 series has had some great characters and continues to do so.

I received an ARC for an honest review.

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Single Daddy Scot by Donna Alam

REVIEWED BY 
Becky Cox 



Single Daddy ScotSingle 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 struggled through to come back to herself. She also has a great sense of humor. She is so good with Louis and with Mac for that matter. I liked how she thought things through and wasn't tossed about every little thing.

Love this series and all the characters but mostly love Donna's writing. It is down to earth and believable. I can see people I know in the characters. They speak realistically and interact as I do with my friends.

Thanks for another great adventure!!

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Comfort Zone by Missy Johnson

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