Monday, 30 July 2018

Tiebreaker by P. Dangelico

REVIEWED BY
Monique Cashmere


TiebreakerTiebreaker by P. Dangelico
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The synopsis read well for me, and I wanted to know more about this couple. It is not often we get a book on tennis, and being a second chance romance, I was intrigued. The story within its self is good, the couple has a connection that begins from an early age and they become lovers later on. Mistakes are made, and they then go their separate ways. One stays in the home town to make a living, the other becomes a tennis champion and only comes home for a short visit for a family emergency. What ties them together is another matter.

I had to sit on this one for a while before I could write this review. I was trying to reconcile in my head the actions and reactions these two had. I am not sure I really can though. I get that real love isn't polite or tidy, that it is messy and complicated and there is no hiding from it, but the way these two went about things was a disaster at times. One thing that might offend readers, is that there is a cheating scene, which I wasn't offended because they were young and immature at this stage. What I found hard to believe was the harshness of the words said at this point, it didn't ring true to character for me. It is not until around the 88% mark that some of that is made a little clearer, although the jumping back and forth wasn't done duly as it tainted the flow of the novel. There were other discrepancies or factual information that irked me and made it somewhat unauthentic.

Lets bring this home with the characters. Noah Callahan was a troubled teen that endured so much before he was really an adult, and I felt his pain. If I could, I would sit at Rowdy's and have a few drinks with him. Maren Murphy was going places, and she had her granddad to boast her along the way. I got her spirit, and yeah she was a little emotional or whiney but she is a woman with hormones, we all can be now and again. She did have some moods swings that gave me whiplash on occasions but all in all, I liked her. Her sister Bebe seemed like a gal I would hang with, and it sounds like she has a tale to tell as well. Looking forward to seeing what she has been up to while Maren was been slogging it out.

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Envy by Rachel Van Dyken

REVIEWED BY
Melinda Lazar 



Envy (Eagle Elite #9.5; 1001 Dark Nights #83)Envy by Rachel Van Dyken
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Envy by Rachel Van Dyken

I always love coming back to The Family and this 1001 Dark Night novella is perfect for a little something extra in between the full-length novels. While we still get a hefty dose of the mafia bosses and their respective families, this is the story of their nanny, Renee and the protector, Vic. While we’re fully aware of Vic’s capacity within the family and know just how much blood he’s spilled, we either aren’t aware or I simply can’t remember having read the vows he’s made and what he’s given up to take on this role. While he’s always had his eye on Renee, he’s been unable to follow through on making his move due to his commitments (and also the minor fact that he’d likely lose a limb or his life if he did). Renee is simply biding her time, nannying the kids till she returns to school while eyeballing the crap out of Vic as part of her daily routine. Naturally, nothing for The Family and it’s associates ever goes to plan and for that I’m grateful. As usual, this is a great addition to the Eagle Elite series and one that can be read without having read the series in its entirety. Having said that, this whole series is a must! The interaction and ruthlessness of these people keeps me engaged, intrigued, and begging for more.

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Sunday, 15 July 2018

Comfort Zone by Missy Johnson

REVIEWED BY
Jess



Comfort Zone (Awkward Love, #4)Comfort Zone by Missy Johnson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Not having read anything by Missy Johnson before, reading COMFORT ZONE was refreshing for me! I enjoy getting to know new authors and experiencing the stories they share with us as readers!

I’m no stranger to the insta-lust slash teacher-student trope. Fortunately, Johnson chose to spend less time on the aforementioned relationship between Becca and Liam in a institutional way, and instead chose to highlight the coming together as a couple. Through hilarious wit, amazingly funny side characters (Grammy and Beccas mom), crazy plot twists, and the sheer luck that the whole story line didn’t go belly-up from the initial night at the Strip club; I have to say that this book for me was really good fun and I enjoyed Johnson’s writing style.

I laughed out loud, for real, snickered more than once while reading on public transit and truly couldn’t put this down.

A super fun, quick sweet read that’ll make your heart feel full!

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Guarding The Gods by Ann Lister

REVIEWED BY
Joanne Swinney

Guarding The Gods (Guarding The Gods, #3 and #4)Guarding The Gods by Ann Lister
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Box Set Cover is HOT!!

Book 3

I have a special place in my heart for this series. The guards that have The Rock Gods backs are turning out to be just as beautiful with a burning passion that sets the pages alight.

Mason Foxworth was severely burnt while protecting The Rock Gods during their time on tour. He’s determined to get back on his feet and return to work. Whilst Doctors believed his leg to be too damaged, Mason wouldn’t let it stop him from living his life just as he always had. With pure grit and determination Mason fights everyday to take back his life.

Tessler an Author with an alias, well…. I know a few of them. It seems that Authors tend to write under different names when delving into other genres. There is an air of mystery about him that definitely needs to be uncovered. They do say it’s always the quiet ones to watch out for. Like many people has a past, his a little more colourful than most.

I’m looking forward to reading Tessler’s journal to find out exactly what, how and when he did the things he has spoken about. It sounds highly erotic, a little on the naughty side, but who doesn’t like a little bit of naughty?

Mason strikes up a friendship with Tessler, actually I’m not sure who befriends who first. I think it’s both. The first introductions are always the worst. Poor Mason who is normally a self assured man isn’t coming off all that well put together.

Tessler’s past catches up with him in the form of his ex agent. The man sounds vile and needs to crawl back under the rock he came from. Mason goes into protective mode, but Tessler isn’t about to be pushed around either.

With two hotties steaming up my kindle it was constantly plugged into the mains until the story was over. Mason and Tessler are just as delicious as the cover suggests.

This story was well worth the wait and I looked forward to reading so much more from this Author.

Book 4

One word automatically springs to mind about this book, DIRTY! It’s a delicious dirty, but yeah dirty. Sex isn’t just about love when Tessler was in his younger years, it was experimenting with different partners, multiple partners, in every which way you can think of. So when I say dirty I mean dirty ladies and gentlemen.

Tessler could be like many men out there, even woman. Some people aren’t afraid to test the limits of their sexuality and find what they like and don’t like. Not all of us write such explicit things down, but it was Tessler’s way. That man knew how to have a good time that was for sure. He had choices and he chose to explore. I’m not sure anyone can honestly say they wouldn’t have done the same if were put in the same situation.

Tessler’s journal was definitely not meant for anyone else’s eyes. Reading his most inner darkest secrets, and the sex that often took place was like WOW! This is in no way meant for young readers.

I would take note of of the blurb and read Guarding The Gods Book Three first as it will give you a much better understanding about this journal. If you aren’t bothered about the story, and just want to read about all things sex then go for it. Plenty to be read in this baby that’s for sure.

I knew what to expect when reading this instalment of Guarding The Gods, and Ann Lister did not disappoint me. She hasn’t failed me yet, I doubt she ever will. I am looking forward to the next book in this series. It’s always a pleasure reading about hot bodyguards and of course getting sneak peaks from The Rock Gods.

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Angry Annie by Dawn L. Chiletz

REVIEWED BY
Melinda Lazar


Angry AnnieAngry Annie by Dawn L. Chiletz
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Angry Annie by Dawn L Chiletz

Joss is hoping to finally get her big break and be taken seriously as a journalist instead of a fact-checker at The Gaggle. After seeing an awful review for her sisters yet-to-open bakery, she believes she’ll get that break by writing an exposé piece on the internet troll who goes by the name Angry Annie.

From the very first page to the last, I had a permanent smile on my face which was only enhanced when I wiping tears or snorting with laughter. I loved the main characters: Annie and Joss were so funny together and while I don’t think I’m a funny person at all, I could definitely relate to them both! Honestly, Annie had me howling and then when Wilbur entered the picture, well all bets were on! Rhodes was also a great character but I felt like he could have done with a good poke of his own hoe at certain times!

I’m not really sure what I’d classify this book as. There was romance, sure but it came second to the friendship and journey of self-discovery. All I know is that I enjoyed every aspect of this story and the humorous elements were in abundance and well-appreciated from this RomCom lover. Can’t wait for more of this type of book from Chiletz.

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Angry Annie by Dawn L. Chiletz

REVIEWED BY
Monique Cashmere

Angry AnnieAngry Annie by Dawn L. Chiletz
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I knew as soon as I saw the cover that I was going to love this book. Then I began reading it, and I was captivated. I was smirking, giggling and laughing along the whole way. This is pure Chiletz brilliance.

Joss seems to think she knows what she wants in life, and that is her career. If she could only get her manager to see that she could be an amazing journalist. All she needs is that one great story to give her a kick start. She thinks she found it, now to find the mysterious Angry Annie.

This is definitely one of the funniest rom-com's I have read but I also loved the lessons Annie taught us, in her own way. She was one extraordinary character, and I wish I could meet her and Stupid. Joss was very similar in the way that she stood her ground and tried her best. I admired her for taking a step back and reassessing her life to make it more fuller. And lets not leave out Rhode, he was adorable and dependable which was just what Joss needed, even if she didn't know it. I can't recommend this book any more highly for those that want a good laugh.


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The Downside Of Love by Meghan Quinn

REVIEWED BY
Ann Meemken


The Downside of Love (The Blue Line Duet Book 2)The Downside of Love by Meghan Quinn
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I was excited to see how this duet ended.

This story was nothing like I thought it would be. At first I was bit upset in the direction it took but that did not last long.

This story is beautifully written. It is a story full of hope, friendship and lastly love. It seemed that all the characters grew in this book. They were exactly where they needed to be.

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Saturday, 14 July 2018

Office Mate by Katie Ashley

REVIEWED BY
Isa Jones


Office MateOffice Mate by Katie Ashley
My rating: 4 of 5 stars


Office Mate by Katie Ashley is a thoroughly enjoyable read.

Even the name of the lead is SEXY in this BOOK! Who doesn't like this type of books where we can have a sexy all-male American lead and a no-nonsense female who will give him a run for his money and keep him on his toes.
With plenty of political drama and lingo to keep you entertained and engrossed in the plot, this book is a breath of fresh air. Very well researched and carried out. The leads are well matched and their dialogues engaging, plus of course Katie provides the right amount of steam to keep things even more interesting.
After having to renounce to his military career, Thorn is forced to support his father's presidential appointment and so he is completely out of his league. He makes no secret of his predicament but perhaps seeing Isabel on a "daily" basis is the perk he needs in order to not lose the plot entirely. He makes it his mission almost to annoy her at every turn, but really is all sexual banter and the chemistry is explosive at times. I couldn't find anything not to like in Thorn even when he was trying to be obnoxious.

I appreciate the opportunity to read and review this book, and I thank the author for the Advanced Readers Copy.

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Thursday, 12 July 2018

Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik


REVIEWED BY
Micky Barnard 


Spinning SilverSpinning Silver by Naomi Novik
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

4.5 stars

I am all smug contentment on finishing SPINNING SILVER, the ending was utter completeness. This is a complex fantasy novel, definitely modelled in the background by a dark fairytale that would be familiar to any reader.

The book starts off with a female protagonist Miryem, such a young woman of determination, focus, self-belief and strength. What happens is that slowly, as the tale unfolds, two other female characters Wanda and Irina join the tale to be key storytellers. I absolutely loved the slow revealing of these other lead characters. All three females had experienced difficult childhoods in different ways which I believe led to their tenacious characters.

What is pretty hilarious is that nearly every single male character is a total tool. They are almost too numerous to be named but I have to speak of Mirnatius and the hideousness of his character, even though there is more to it than that. The King of the Staryk needs particular mention because although I should have hated him, I didn’t. He captivated me and drew me in. Frustratingly, despite the physical description, I couldn’t quite paint a picture of him. I loved reading about the Staryk, the kingdom, the people. I just couldn’t hate this King.

SPINNING SILVER was complicated in many ways, sometimes confusing but ultimately enlightening if I just waited to put the pieces together. The description of people, sights, sounds and the environment were seamlessly brought to life. The tale itself was easy to slip into from the first few pages and although I experienced a plodding sensation at two thirds of the way, it picked up again.

Naomi Novik has followed up from UPROOTED and given us a tale to rival and match but with a very different feel and context. I thoroughly enjoyed my reading journey and I can’t wait to discuss this with my friends.

I voluntarily read an early copy of this book.

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The Real Deal by Lauren Blakely


REVIEWED BY 
Melinda Lazar 



The Real DealThe Real Deal by Lauren Blakely
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The Real Deal by Lauren Blakely

Ahh! I love me a good fake relationship book!

Neither Theo or April are in the market for a relationship: April needs a fake boyfriend to get her well-meaning family off her back and Theo is trying to make enough money to pay the piper. When April answers his (hilarious) ad and they meet up to sort out the terms of their faux-relationship, it’s immediately evident that these two won’t last without some conditions being broken.

April has been burned by men far too many times and the last being used as ‘the other woman’. She’s not a man-hater at all, but she is on a firm dating diet and is putting all her energy into getting the one particular job she’s after. Theo has had it hard. After his parents passed away, he and his brother were sent to live with an uncaring aunt and essentially left to fend for themselves. He’s not a woe is me kind of man. He’s just doing what he must to get his and his brothers lives sorted out, without any complications. April and Theo were perfect together and I’m so glad they worked through their pasts in the way that they did.

This book was FUN! In fact, I read with a smile the entire time. From April’s family practically pushing her into the arms of every available man in Wistful to the swoony ’remember whens’ murmured between two people who are desperate not to cross the line, The Real Deal was a real delight.

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Wednesday, 11 July 2018

Devoted to Pleasure by Shayla Black

REVIEWED BY 
Isa Jones



Devoted to Pleasure (Devoted Lovers, #1)Devoted to Pleasure by Shayla Black
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

4.5 STARS!

I absolutely enjoyed this book! In fact, I loved it so much I wanted to keep reading. If you are wondering why if I loved it so much I only gave 4.5 stars, well it was only because I felt we could have enjoyed a bit more drama at the end and there was plenty of material for it to be a longer read and with more angst to it.
But let not half a star, deter you from the simple fact that this indeed is a fantastic book by Shayla. I mean let's face it, we all love alpha men, and we love it even more if said men are protective. So having a HOT bodyguard who goes the distance to take care of the woman he has sworn to protect. Even from the start, their chemistry goes off like a rocket on Cape Canaveral and as the story progresses we see it, building and building as well as the drama, secrets, intrigue and all that Hollywood razzmatazz we all love to get a glimpse of.

A solid story with loveable characters and plenty of heat to keep you reading and wanting, like me, MORE!.

Thanking the author for the opportunity to read and review a copy.

Isa for Jo&Isalovebooks Review Blog.




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The Accidentals by Sarina Bowen


REVIEWED BY
Melinda Lazar 



The AccidentalsThe Accidentals by Sarina Bowen
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Accidentals by Sarina Bowen

I love Sarina Bowen’s writing and The Accidentals is no exception. I admit I hesitated briefly because Young Adult novels can be either a hit or a miss for me but I really needn’t have worried.

Following the death of her mother, Rachel is placed into the foster care system until her absent father turns up to take her into his custody until she turns 18. When I say absent, I mean completely: all Rachel knew of her father were the tidbits her mother had given, that he sent monthly cheques, and also what she’d gleaned from the internet over the years. Given that her father is a pretty famous rock-star, there was plenty online to keep her going but while she idolized him from afar, she had a burning desire to know him in a much greater capacity.

To me, The Accidentals was a journey for Rachel to - as cliché as it sounds - find herself. She moves away to Claiborne Prep, makes new friends and leaves behind old, builds new relationships, and becomes a daughter to a rock-star. I enjoyed all aspects of this book and witnessing Rachel’s growth in many areas was special. The Accidentals certainly has romance in it but it’s not the focus of the book. The only reason I’m not giving this book five stars is because I felt the book ended too abruptly. I wanted - no, I needed - Rachel and her father to work through more of their past.

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Tuesday, 3 July 2018

Disgrace by Brittainy C. Cherry


REVIEWED BY 
Monique Cashmere


DisgraceDisgrace by Brittainy C. Cherry
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

3.5*s.

Firstly, a BBC book is very angsty, emotional and gritty. You have to know that going in because even for this angsty lover, her stories can be very prominent and powerful, smacks you right up in your face. And I so wanted to love this book because I am a huge fan of BCC but unfortunately, it fell flat for me.

The story within it self is good. A preacher's daughter is left broken hearted due to her marriage breakdown after numerous miscarriages. She returns to her hometown for the summer to be consoled and comforted by her family but the most appeasement she receives (after a very rocky start) is from the black sheep of the town, the guy from the wrong side of the tracks.

I have a favourite quote from Charlotte Bronte - "Crying does not indicate that you are weak. Since birth, it has always been a sign that you are alive", and I believe this wholeheartedly. But Grace took crying to another level, and other parts of this book were also over the top. The way they met was so dramatic and unrealistic, and their encounter left me rolling my eyes. I kept wondering how Jackson was earning a living at the auto shop while sitting in the sun with Tucker or reading at The Silent Bookshop. Another part was predicable as to who the husband was having an affair with and the extreme gossiping of a small town add with the "royalty" of the preacher's family was aggravating.

At around the half way mark, I was starting to enjoy the complexities of Jackson and Grace. I appreciated how she was someone that didn't know her own self and was taking time to discover that. He too needed to learn this about himself but also that he had to learn to chase his own dream. The last few chapters of the book again went to the excessive. It was all wrapped up a little too fluffy for my preference and this made it seem too perfect. I haven't lost hope, I know that not all books are going to be to my liking. I will certainly give BCC books another go.


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A Scandal By Any Other Name by KImberly Bell

REVIEWED BY
Melinda Lazar



A Scandal By Any Other Name (A Tale of Two Sisters, #2)A Scandal By Any Other Name by Kimberly Bell
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A Scandal by Any Other Name by Kimberly Bell

Having met Jasper and Julia in The Importance of Being Scandalous, I was fully prepared to be completely immersed and in love with their story. I anticipated the witty banter and sheer cheekiness that follow Jasper wherever he goes. I didn’t quite get all that.

There was a more solemn side to Jasper in this book, given that his grandfather, the Duke has passed away and the ducal responsibilities are now his. Only Jasper isn’t ready to assume the role and runs away and meets who he thinks is a cousin of a friend. For once Julia is being taken at face value, not as the social outcast with disabilities, and she’s not about to reveal her identity until she absolutely must. She’s enjoying the attentions of a deliciously handsome man, a well-known rake, and doesn’t want to see the pity and rejection he’s sure to feel once he realizes who he’s been flirting with.

I did enjoy this book though I can’t say that I loved it. These characters had my attention from the get-go and I was keen for them to get together. I would have liked a bit more outrage from Jasper at being lied to and for him to show greater interest in Julia’s disabilities. I also really wanted more of his cheeky side buttttt it’s understandable why it wasn’t there. I particularly loved Julia’s attitude in that she knew what she wanted and wasn’t afraid to go after it. Now I’m just (im)patiently waiting for Ruby’s story!

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Jackal By Tarryn Fisher and Willow Aster

REVIEWED BY
Becky Cox



Jackal by Tarryn Fisher
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Blown Away

These books would make the most amazing Netflix series! Someone needs to talk to someone who knows someone to get that done.

The story continues with Jackal and Phoenix. There are appearances from our beloved Gwen and Folsom. Much more to come from all four...and baby Rebel of course in the next installment I feel confident.

Fisher and Aster have started something amazing with the End Men series and I am so in love with all of them. The premise, characters and story development are all spot on. I will wait on tenterhooks with everyone else for the next book!

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Dare Me Once by Shelly Alexander

REVIEWED BY 
Joanne Swinney


Dare Me Once (Angel Fire Falls, #1)Dare Me Once by Shelly Alexander
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

JoandIsalovebooks Life Lesson #1
Don’t think about reading this book just do it. You won’t regret it.

Lily Barns had many life lessons, I took this journey with Lily, Trace Remington and young Ben Remington. There is one word that instantly pops into my head while trying to sum up this beautiful story, heart-warming. It was quite simply a soul-stirring read.

Lily left her past behind to start a new life. A life that wouldn’t involve criminal Father’s, alcoholic Mothers, overbearing reporters, and unsupportive ex’s. Definitely not a list of people you’d want around you when trying to hide your true identity.

Lily might be hiding the truth, but she’s a good person with a big heart. She shouldn’t be held accountable for other peoples transgressions just because they are blood related.

Trace Remington, tasty little, okay big treat of a man who can send Lily’s pulse beating double time with just a look. He’s a single parent, if that was difficult enough, his son has Asperger’s. If you are unsure what this means, it’s a developmental disorder characterised by significant difficulties in social interaction and nonverbal communication, along with restricted and repetitive patterns of behaviour and interests.

This story gave incredible insight into the life of someone not only dealing with Asperger’s, but also those who get affected by it. Some people can be terribly cruel, it’s usually the ones that actually don’t understand others that are different. For a Mother who is supposed to nurture her child, to love unconditionally it was emotional for me to comprehend how Ben’s mother wasn’t a part of his life.

Trace is one in a million. He’s the guy we all want our son’s to grow up to be. He’s the man you want by your side. I’m a little in love with Trace, and Ben. These men now own a piece of my heart.

Lily is completely driven to make a success of her new job. Nobody could ever say she didn’t try, but the hidden truths are weighing her down. Everyone knows the truth always comes out. Angel Fire Falls resort needs Lily as much as she needs to be surrounded by all the beautiful Remington family.
I want to hear each of their stories, this was an epic start to a new series. I can’t wait to read the next book.





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Model Student by Ann Lister

REVIEWED BY
Joanne Swinney


Model Student (Illicit Heat #1)Model Student by Ann Lister
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Holy Hotness. Short and deliciously hot. Did I tell you it’s HOT?
Love M/M Erotica? Yes, then this story is for you. Skip your to be read shelf, it’s only 99 cents, and can be read in no time at all. Just enough spice to brighten up your day.

Stefan is a model for a drawing class at college. It’s a way for him to earn some money. He certainly has the body to model. Have you seen the book cover? Sexy isn’t it.

Ty has the hots for Stefan, I mean who wouldn’t. I’m not sure I could draw Stefan without my lady parts heating up. (winking face inserted here)

Because this is a short read it doesn’t take long for Ty and Stefan to get it on. Try not to flip your pages to quick, you’ll want to savour every inch of both men.

I am most definitely looking forward to reading more books in this new series


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Sunday, 1 July 2018

In Like Flynn by Donna Alam



REVIEWED BY
Becky Cox

In Like FlynnIn Like Flynn by Donna Alam
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Love Flynn

I loved Flynn from previous books and was so excited he got his own book. He is handsome and quick witted and oh so entertaining.

Chastity has had a couple of bumps along the way
And her circle of friends is small. She is a fierce friend with a heart of gold even when she tries to come off differently.

These two burn up the pages and Alam can write a sex scene! (Fans self)

This author writes hilarious dialogue and smokin hot dirty talk. Loved this story and all then ones intertwined. You can read any of them as stand alones but I promise you won’t want to miss any of the hot men!

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Inconvenient Wife by Natasha Boyd

REVIEWED BY
Micky Barnard 



Inconvenient Wife (Charleston Series, #2)Inconvenient Wife by Natasha Boyd
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

4.5 stars

This second book in the Charleston Series delivered on another well-written contemporary romance with a slice of the funnies. Beau and Gracie (Gwen) had been best friends from their teenage years and now in their 30s, everything changed, like a rug pulled from under their feet. It was both a scenario of unrequited love and friendship and I have to say, this friendship was fabulous reading. I loved their platonic connection as well as the chemistry, their banter and dialogue was such fun to read and the promise of something more was alluring.

There was a connection to book one, Trystan being Beau’s estranged cousin and it was fun seeing this book/story play out alongside the timeline of book one, so these books are best read in order.

Gracie was a heroine to really like. She was selfless when it came to two people, Beau and her dad. She didn’t take herself too seriously and I liked the slightly wild side to her. Beau was a dithering blind idiot over Gracie (although she had her moments) and I really enjoyed the palm to the face realisations.

The family element to this story was strong and more prevalent than book one. I enjoyed this and Gracie’s dad really hit all the soft spots in me.

I’m now anticipating book three, considering I’ve rated both these books in the series highly. Natasha Boyd can rock the contemporary romance genre.

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The Importance of Being Scandalous by Kimberly Bell




REVIEWED BY
Melinda Lazar 


The Importance of Being Scandalous (A Tale of Two Sisters, #1)The Importance of Being Scandalous by Kimberly Bell
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The Importance of Being Scandalous by Kimberly Bell

I was searching for a historical romance on overdrive and came across this book written by an author I’ve not read before so I decided I’d give it a go. What a great decision! I first read this a few months ago and now that I’ve got the second book, I had to do a reread before diving in. And far from being bored, I enjoyed this book more the second time around.

Amelia, Nicholas, and Julia have been the best of friends since childhood and while Nick has been in love with Amelia throughout most of that time, he’s never revealed the depth of his feelings. When he returns home from extensive travels following a parental summons, he also brings the daily letters he wrote to Amelia but never sent in the hope that she’ll return his feelings.

Unfortunately, one of the first things he’s told upon his return is that Amelia is engaged to be married. What followed was delightful! The lengths to which Amelia went to get out of her betrothal with the terrible influence of Julia were so amusing and keep me turning pages even this second time round. The characters are so engaging and the relationships between them all were wonderful, be it the friendships or the relationships between siblings. Simply fantastic.

**Reviewed by Melinda for Joandisalovebooks Blog.

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