Wednesday, 31 October 2018

So Wrong It's Right by Julie Johnson


REVIEWED BY
Melinda Lazar 



So Wrong It's Right (Boston Love #5)So Wrong It's Right by Julie Johnson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

So Wrong It’s Right by Julie Johnson

Ahhhhhhhhh I am gutted this is the end of the Boston Love series! I have read and reread this series so many times, I feel like the characters are my bffs. I am sad it’s the end, yes but what a way to go! Johnson gave us such a great story packed with suspense, gunfire, and romance.

Shelby and Conor (he’s mine. Don’t even think about it) are at constant loggerheads from the moment he rescues her and while she’s happy to be rescued, she’s not exactly thrilled with Conor. These two have an explosive start to their relationship and it doesn't abate. They’re both control freaks in their own way and watching them butt heads constantly was a great source of amusement for me. I so enjoyed all the drama and suspense but I loved the romantic aspects, Conor was particularly swoony at times, hence the fact that I’ve claimed him as my own.

I would have love love loved to have some of the characters from the previous books put in a cameo appearance because I really freaking love them and wanted a bit of an extra glimpse but I’m guessing it was done this way to highlight that Shelby was alone. Queue sadness on my part. This book can be completely read as a standalone but again, I love the whole series and would read them all again and again.

*I voluntarily read an early copy of this book.

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Lost Boy by M. Robinson

REVIEWED BY
Isa Jones


Lost BoyLost Boy by M. Robinson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Well, really I am a bit out of sorts with this one. Before you jump into conclusions and have a go at me, this is not a bad critique of this book, hence the 5-star rating.
I have always loved everything M. Robinson, and as a reader of her books, you do get a feeling of expectation when reading a new book, we all fall in love with the ML usual characteristics, plus we fairly have an idea of how the drama will unfold. I was really excited to be given the chance to read and review and still I am very grateful for this opportunity.

If I was only given a word to best describe this book will be, EXHAUSTING. Not in a bad way, you know like when you have been planning a trip then you had to jump on a plane and travel for hours on end but when you finally reach your destination you are extremely tired but then too wired to rest? Like that.. I was completely chewed in and spat out after finishing Lost Boy. M literally put me through the wringer. There were so many dramatic elements in this story I just don't even know where to start if I tried. Perhaps the aptest title would have been Lost Girl, God my heart ached and broke so many times in this book I am still collecting the pieces and putting them together again.
Did I really just read that? I'm still completely baffled...
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The Truth Within by Sloane Kennedy


REVIEWED BY
Isa Jones


The Truth Within (Pelican Bay #3)The Truth Within by Sloane Kennedy
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Another formidable story

The wait was truly worth it after finishing the third book in the Pelican Bay series. Each book features a new couple and in this story, we met Ford and Cam. Cam is the new sheriff in town and has not been able to stop worrying about Ford and the bruises he’s constantly displaying. Ford’s brother. Jimmy, who we met in previous books, has been terrorizing him from the get-go and Ford sadly believed this was the life he was meant to lead. He has learned to box his emotions and the constant preaching of going to hell if he let his true self show have complete void him of the person he was meant to be. Thankfully Cam couldn’t let things go, having his own demons, he knew better but to stay away, but the feelings of protectiveness keep propelling him towards the young man. Together they fight old wounds. Once again, love teaches us it can be the soothing balm which our soul needs to fight for your dreams, no matter how hidden these may be. Ford and Cam’s story is one of survival and not giving up on those you love. Sloane again comes back with a formidable story of Family, lost love and found, and finding happiness in The midst of despair. 5 STARS. Isa for Joandisalovebooks and Love Has No Gender BLOG.

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Tuesday, 30 October 2018

Royally Yours by Emma Chase


REVIEWED BY
Melinda Lazar 

Royally Yours (Royally, #4)Royally Yours by Emma Chase
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Royally Yours by Emma Chase

Oooh my goodness - this book was so beautiful!!! It’s a day after I’ve finished and I’m still processing such a gorgeous read. I’ll be honest enough to admit that I initially couldn’t remember who the book would be about but within pages, my memory bank did not let me down! This is QUEEN LENORE’s story and yes, I am totally shouting that! Oh my God. I had no idea whatsoever what I’d be in for and it actually worked out to my advantage. I had no idea at the depth of emotions I’d be forced to feel whether they were tears or laughs. At one point, I was crying so much that I just had to stop reading and just breathe. Having said that - and confirming that I am not at all one for angsty books - Royally Yours was not at all doom and gloom! In fact, even the moments of heartbreak were filled with warmth and laughter. It truly was such a heartwarming read. The story details how Queen Lenore came to reign and how her relationship with Edward came to be. It’s a gorgeous love story and also covers so many other relationships such as those between siblings, parents, and lovers. I simply adored this book and look forward to including it in my series reread.

*I voluntarily read an early copy of this book.

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Fall by Kristen Callihan



REVIEWED BY
Melinda Lazar



Fall (VIP, #3)Fall by Kristen Callihan
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Fall by Kristen Callihan

I really don’t think my review will do this book any justice so I’ll keep it brief. Fall is Jax/John’s story who is the lead singer of Kill John and if you’ve read the previous books, you’ll recall that he battles with depression and has also attempted suicide. He meets Stella at the grocery store and they fight for the last mint ice-cream only for Stella to get the better of him by stealing both a kiss and the ice-cream. They each have the other at the back of their minds until they come face to face and discover they’re now neighbors.

This was a really beautiful and both heartbreaking and heartwarming story. I fell in love with both Stella and John and while I read much of their story with a smile, there was an equal amount of tears also at the ready. As a reader, I tend to avoid hype but still build up my own personal excitement over an upcoming release and it’s so sad when the book doesn’t live up to what you hope for and expect. I’m not sure how Callihan does it, but the VIP series is such a huge hit for me, with each book exceeding the expectations set by its predecessor. Knowing that the author has put so much of herself and her own experiences in the book give it a different spin and the final product of Fall was perfection. The characters and their story were so raw and honest that my heart broke and healed right along theirs. It was a perfect execution and I take my hat off to the author.

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Fall by Kristen Callihan



REVIEWED BY
Micky Barnard 



Fall (VIP, #3)Fall by Kristen Callihan
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I was pretty much obsessed with this book from the first few pages and honestly, my enthusiasm didn’t once waiver till the last page. Kristen Callihan already ‘had me’ with this series but now she ‘really has me’.

John ‘Jax’ Blackwood, well I remember him from book one and it wasn’t a good remembered...but that was through the anger of Killan’s eyes. Two years on, John is existing in a world of numb until a chance grocery encounter with Stella. John, the lead singer, the dual talent of Kill John.

“Tonight, I’m buying groceries before the storm hits. I like the normality of it. All that is shattered now as I stand, gaping in the direction my kissing bandit has fled.”

You seriously need to read this to find out all about the kissing bandit. Stella and John are all serendipitous encounters in such a believable way. I literally hung onto the pages hoping for one of these lost causes to give one another the chance of friendship.

There’s friendship and then there’s slow, slow burn of chemistry, so slow, so burning. There’s a realistic, no-pedestal banter between these two. Their fun mouths and their dirty mouths are rather entertaining.

“Be with me. Let’s fall together, Button.”

This whole tale is told with a backdrop of ongoing mental illness, the kind that invades and retreats, the kind that one experiencing it, has to live with. This own-voices depiction was tangible and relevant. I identified this journey as similar to a family member and I appreciated every word that Kristen Callihan wrote regarding this. Not once did the characters depict ‘and then everything was okay’. Bravo, KC, bravo.

I voluntarily read an early copy of this book.

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Silent Love by Casey Clipper

REVIEWED BY
Joanne Swinney

Silent Love (The Love Series, #1)Silent Love by Casey Clipper
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is one of those books that has sat on my to be read list for what seems like forever. All I can think is why did I wait so long to pick up this book? I’m like an addict that just can’t wait for her next fix. I’ll be downloading book two straight away.
If you are like me and have this book on your TBR shelf take it out now. You won’t be able to put it down, and certainly be hungry for more in this, Love Series.

Sean and Ryan are every woman’s dream, but it’s going to take someone extra special to reach their hearts, not just get into their pants. Ryan isn’t complaining about all the female action he’s getting, but I am sure that will change in time. Just like his brother, Sean he’ll be swept away by that one really special lady.

Beth a woman that exists, but isn’t really living. It’s such a heartwarming story. She’s been through so much and lives with what happened to her every day since. It certainly by no means can be easy for her, but if anyone can show her a way to live it’s Sean.

I’m unsure about one character in this story, Courtney. Her motives seem from the heart, but are they for her benefit? There is definitely a story there, I’m hoping that we get to here.

Pain, loss, family, friendship, love even the mob are in this story. It’s jam-packed with page-turning events. Thank God I read on my kindle, I would have probably ripped a page with the speed I was turning them.

I’m also certain I’ll be working my way through all of this Author’s books. Her style of writing has struck a chord for me.
If you love all things romance I highly recommend you download.

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Saturday, 20 October 2018

Once Upon a Sure Thing by Lauren Blakely


REVIEWED BY
Melinda Lazar 


Once Upon a Sure Thing (Heartbreakers, #2)Once Upon a Sure Thing by Lauren Blakely
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Once Upon a Sure Thing by Lauren Blakely

I simply can’t handle the RomComs Blakely delivers! Every single time I think ok, this is my new favorite book slash character slash trope. She hits it on the nail each and every time and I can’t get enough of them!

This is the second book in the Heartbreakers series and is all about middle brother, Miller and his best friend Ally. Miller needs a new singing partner and Ally needs a source of extra income now that her singing partner is moving away. The solution seems obvious, no? Alas, it’s not as obvious as we seem to think and that’s for a few reasons: Ally’s voice is suited to the sweet young girl vocal narrations she does and not the tones and tunes Miller belts out. Also, Miller has had a series of bad endings with previous partners and doesn’t want to ruin his friendship with Ally by becoming partners. Once Miller sees Ally in a new light, the sexual chemistry they’ve tamped down over the last six years rears its head and all bets are off.

I just love a friends to lovers romance and Lauren Blakely’s ones are my favorites. Why? I hear you ask. Well, it’s simple really: she always fills her books with delicious banter, a great storyline, characters you love and root for, and gives me a HEA that leaves me smiling for hours after the last page is turned. Once Upon a Sure Thing ticks every single one of those boxes for me and I’m so looking forward to getting to know the last Hart brother in Once Upon a Wild Fling.

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Once Upon a Wild Fling by Lauren Blakely

REVIEWED BY
Melinda Lazar 


Once Upon a Wild Fling (Heartbreakers, #3)Once Upon a Wild Fling by Lauren Blakely
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Once Upon a Wild Fling by Lauren Blakely

Ok so this book is officially my favorite book of the Heartbreaker series and while I’ve loved the previous books and characters, Miles and Roxy (and Ben!) stole my heart and ran away with it!

Miles and Roxy have had a little something simmering for a long time now and neither has acted on it. Roxy because she believes she’s not good at relationshipping and Miles because he has no interest in starting something serious not just with Roxy but with anyone. What starts as a plus-one favor for a friend turns into soooo much more.

This booked ticked soooooo many boxes for me: friends to lovers, single dad, best friends little sister, single dad... Blakely gave us such a wonderful story with characters I so easily fell in love with. Their relationship blossomed in a way that was fresh and flirty and sexy and perfectly true to each individual character. I love, love, love the sense of family we got with this series and I adore the various personalities of the kids and pets!

This series is such a hit for me and one that I not only wholeheartedly recommend, but also one I can’t wait to read all over again.

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Timid by Devney Perry

REVIEWED BY 
Tina Shobe 


Timid (Lark Cove, #2)Timid by Devney Perry
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I think all of us can relate to having a teenage crush on an older guy. Only in Willa's case, she's never got over it. She's written many journals about thoughts, feelings, and sightings of Jackson. He just about crushed her when he didn't remember kissing her.

What I find interesting is when Willa is ready to give up on Jackson and move it's almost like he's struck by lightning 'seeing' Willa. One of those situations that someone is always there but you never actually see them. Jackson has never had an issue with women and just can't figure out why Willa won't go on a date with him.

I really love how these two develop as a couple. There is a great build up. There was just something about Jackson and Willa that I really connected to.

Willa comes across as almost a shy person that lets her friends run over her. She definitely proves she knows how to stand up not only for herself but for her relationship with Jackson too. Through Willa Jackson starts to realize he is worthy of love and to believe in love.

Timid is book 2 in the Lark Cove Series but I think it can easily be a stand alone but I, personally loved revisiting and catching up with everyone. It was like visiting with friends. This is a wonderful series that I thoroughly enjoyed and I can't wait until the next one.

The author has a great way of writing that pulls a person into a book that makes the reader connect with the characters on a deeper level.


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Recovering Ivy by Riley Edwards


REVIEWED BY
Ann Meemken 


Recovering Ivy (Special Forces: Operation Alpha & Red Team Book 4)Recovering Ivy by Riley Edwards
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Zane and Ivy met in a bar. They share one night together. A night neither can seem to forget about.

Zane is working a case and Ivy is trying to revenge her sister's death. Zane is not sure how she fits into his case but he wants answers. He will stop at nothing to get them.

This story is beautifully written. Zane is a brooding alpha male. He has a soft side and a big heart. Only those close to him see this side of him. Ivy is strong, independent and speaks her mind. She can be a handful at times. The secondary character's play a vital role in the story. There is one I totally despise and so will you. I loved all the action along with all the steamy scenes.

I will be reading more from this series. This story can be read as a series or a standalone.

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Ensnared by J.S.Scott


REVIEWED BY 
Joanne Swinney


Ensnared (The Accidental Billionaires, #1)Ensnared by J.S. Scott
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

And the Steamy, Romance Billionaire reads just keep on coming. The Accidental Billionaires is a new series by the awesomeness, J.S.Scott.

The story of Jade and Eli was so touching, both strong characters. I love that not only do we always read about strong alpha males, but J.S.Scott almost always gives us a strong female character. Sure they cry and show great emotions, but her female leads, like Jade are shown to be much more. Strong, independent, hard-working, the list is endless. It’s always a pleasure to read about both characters.

Jade finds her new wealth incredibly hard. Apparently, this is a very real thing. I understood her reservations, and couldn’t help but smile at Eli helping her, but if by some miracle I became a billionaire, I would know exactly what I’d do. I’d still be me just with more money to spend, and spend it I would. Imagine all the books you could buy.

Eli is a great guy, he’s just perfect for Jade. They are alike in many ways, a match made in the mountains. He’s protective, his claiming Jade of Jade got me excited to a whole new level. ‘MINE’ yeah, I wouldn’t mind being Eli’s.

Ensnared just blew me away, I almost thought right in the middle of the book that there could be a chance of no happy ever after, but alas I should have known better.

A must read for all romance lovers.


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Friday, 19 October 2018

The Wrong Game by Kandi Steiner


REVIEWED BY 
Monique Cashmere 




The Wrong GameThe Wrong Game by Kandi Steiner
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

3.5🌟s

When I read the synopsis of this book, I wanted in. It just sounded right up my alley. I love sports romances and I do enjoy some angst before the couple reach their HEA. But here’s the thing, it didn’t live up to my expectations from the synopsis to the end product.

The story line in itself was great. I loved the idea of a woman having some fun with a spare football season ticket and inviting a new guy to each home game. What they do after the game is up to her, and more power to her. And that she gets stumped from the first week is funny and sweet. From here it lost me from time to time. I’m a list girl, I make them and tick the items off regularly. I get it. Am I OCD? No, and neither is Gemma, we are both slightly neurotic and pedantic, but we don’t have a medical condition. In saying that, there were times I wanted to kick her butt over the lists and plans but I also wanted to hug her and let her know she’ll get through it. There are a couple of other little things that Gemma did that had me rolling my eyes, but all in all I liked her. I felt for her and I wanted her to be happy. As for Zach, for the most part, I adored him. He was super sweet and a true romantic which is high on my favorite things. It doesn’t have to be all about the grand gestures, which he pulls off, but also the moments spent together and what he says and does for her in private that are just as important. I found it hard to accept his passion for football to the level he was suppose to have. I feel if it was so high, he would have kept it in his life to a degree regardless of circumstances. What I did assimilate to was the connection between the two. They had their ups and downs like every single couple and it felt more absolute and solid once they finally got there.

Let’s clarify a few other things. This is a contemporary romance novel told in dual POV. It is also a Kandi Steiner tale, so it is packed with angst and swooning moments. You have to know that going in because if that’s not your thing, then you will probably hate it. I have seen it classified as a sports romance but I wouldn’t say that. I have also seen it as being an enemies to lovers book, again I didn’t see it that way but I do think it’s a second chance romance. If these are things on your list to read, grab this one.


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Distortion by Victor Dixen

REVIEWED BY
Micky Barnard 



Distortion (Phobos, #2)Distortion by Victor Dixen
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

4.5 stars

Tension is the name of the game in DISTORTION. I feel like so many of my questions were answered but many more questions have been created and now I’ve ended up on the cliff edge!

DISTORTION follows these twelve pioneers and people back on earth right where it left off in Ascension and I need to be careful of spoilers; it’s best if nothing is given away. Much focus is given in this book to solidifying relationships between the twelve and I really enjoyed dwelling in this but part of me thinks they still don’t really know each other. So, there’s bound to be more to know from this aspect in the next book. Leo and Marcus remained at the fore of life in this story and I continue to love these characters and learn more about them, not all good.

One of the key aspects of devouring DISTORTION was because of the increase in planetary and ‘space stuff’, I found it all so interesting and the description painted the most brilliant pictures of life. I could imagine perfectly how the story played out.

It’s all hate and no love for Serena McBee and I’m still conflicted over Harmony, I can’t fathom her and I don’t trust her. There was a whole ball of chaotic cover-up on earth and I am dying to see the comeuppance for Atlas and Serena.

Fabulous plot from Victor Dixon, great writing, great illustrations and superb translation. I am fully invested in this series and I need book three desperately. The final instalment will be a highly anticipated read of 2019 for me.

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Tuesday, 16 October 2018

Dearest Stalker Pt2 by Lane Parker


REVIEWED BY 
Isa Jones


Dearest Stalker: Part 2Dearest Stalker: Part 2 by Lane Parker
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The story continues and pretty much picks up from where it was left in Book1. Kate is desperate (as I am ) to get the answers she needs in order to reveal the identity of her stalker. At the same time, Lane, in a very cleverly way, has introduced us to new possibilities of who this person might be. Currently, I am still clueless, is like with any suspenseful movie where anyone is still can be the POI and Ms. Parker delivers this in a flawless way. Hotter, more passionate and even more mysterious, Dearest Stalker Part 2 has me on the edge of my seat and impatiently waiting for the next Instalment. ANOTHER FORMIDABLE READ. 5 STARS Jo&Isalovebooks

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Fight or Flight by Samantha Young

REVIEWED BY
Micky Barnard 


Fight or FlightFight or Flight by Samantha Young
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

FIGHT OR FLIGHT is the kind of book that reels you in with an initial feel of light, fun and hateful banter. However, it is not long before this becomes a pretty intense read and whilst I wasn’t expecting that, I was so into the characters and the story, that I welcomed it. This is a book that builds and builds and I am here for all the story development, for ever. In fact, I didn’t want it to end.

Caleb Scot is a vision to behold but an utter, rude jerk of Glaswegian persuasion and being seated next to him on two flights and a number of queues, tests Ava beyond her capabilities. His arrogance seems unparalleled and his inability to emote drives Ava to distraction. Yet, there’s definitely a bubbling of something underneath.

“Seriously. Some omnipresent being is playing with us. No two people can keep bumping into each other like this without the help of some twisted Fate.”

As the story moves to Boston, the characters pan out to include some meddling work friends, family and most importantly one of the side characters I adored, Harper. There’s a depth to this story telling that makes it possible to tell part of Harper’s story without feeling like a distraction from the main event. These elements are what made it a great book.

As I grew to know Caleb and Ava better, I fell in love with both of them for themselves and I cheered for them together. I wanted more than their arrangement and I wanted them both to see their potential as individuals and as a couple. These two had chemistry in buckets, exploding buckets of gunpowder. As Ava began to see the real Caleb, the revelations were pretty, damn good.

“...that sardonic smirk, his fierceness, his surprising gentleness, his honesty. He didn’t say a lot, but it made you pay attention when he did, and moreover, most everything he said made sense. There was a blunt kindness to Caleb that I appreciated and respected.”

FIGHT OR FLIGHT made me read at 2am to finish, it grew to such an intense package, I needed the end and yet didn’t want it. This book deserves every star it earned along the way and Samantha Young was on fire writing this one. It is a perfect stand alone contemporary romance.

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Love and Other Words by Christina Lauren

REVIEWED BY
Micky Barnard 


Love and Other WordsLove and Other Words by Christina Lauren
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I feel the need to just draw breath because I’ve powered through this book in 24 hours (thank you, weekend). The story compelled me to not let go until I was done and I was helpless to disobey. Such is the power of this story and these characters.

It’s been a while since I’ve fallen in love with a lead character so fully as I did with Elliot. Macy was definitely likeable and I grew to love her but Elliot reeled me in with his congruence very quickly. Macy and her dad were grieving when they bought their weekend bolt hole which was next door to a bustling family house. Elliot became Macy’s honest best friend, her confidante, her everything. Through then and now, we saw them grow together and that they’d had an eleven year gap between meeting again in their late 20s.

“It’s a perfect description. I never got to fall out of love. I just had to move on.”

I felt so many emotions reading their story, I felt like a family witness. It hurt me, I hoped, I wished and I cried. I didn’t know where the story was going to go but I can only say that I felt a great impending heartbreak on the horizon. This sense of what was to come, had me racing to read more, to find out.

These characters wormed their way into my heart and I feel a little reluctant to let them go. I utterly enjoyed this book, despite the emotions, because of the emotions. I hope for more of this genre from Christina Lauren and I will need a hard copy of this on my shelf.

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Thursday, 4 October 2018

#1 MUSE by T. Gephart

REVIEWED BY
Monique Cashmere 



#1 Muse (#1 Series, #5)#1 Muse by T. Gephart
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is another great book to add to the #1 series. It is a fun and quick read that will have you snorting and snickering the whole way through. There is also enough angst in there for me to feel like it has more depth to the story.

Nick and Claire have met before, and it was brief but left both wanting more. Nick is that guy.... the good looking actor, from a family of them, that is so sweet that he makes your heart melt. The way they reconnect is pure Claire quirkiness. She is on a mission to retrieve something that is close to her heart. Little did she know that things would change her plans in a big way. Claire has a great support system with her friends Scully and Luke, they will do anything, ANYTHING to help her out. As with every T. Gephart book, there is plenty of banter and Claire has some amusing lines that she will leave a mark on you. The chemistry between them is electric and is so good, it has Claire waiting for the other shoe to drop. Nick will need to pull off a huge classic 80's grand gesture if he is going to win back Claire's trust.

This is a standalone novel and you will not be lost if you start from this point. If you have read the other books in this series however, you will be happy to know that some will make cameos in this one to keep the story line running.

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Wednesday, 3 October 2018

No Tomorrow by Carian Cole


REVIEWED BY
Becky Cox 


No TomorrowNo Tomorrow by Carian Cole
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I agree with some of the other reviews that you really need to go in blind. I did and the unveiling of the truth is much more meaningful that way I think.

Piper and Blue's story isn't pretty. It is long suffering.

"I wish I didn't love you
I wish you didn't love me, too
I wish I could change the tings I do
I wish none of this was true."

Cole has done a fabulous job of slowly peeling away the layers of both Blue and Piper's lives. There were a few "Wow, I didn't see that coming..." moments for me. I ran the gamut of emotions throughout their story and to me that makes a great book. I want the author to make me feel it and Cole has certainly done that.

A great read I would highly recommend.

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Tuesday, 2 October 2018

Lost Boy by M. Robinson

REVIEWED BY
Becky Cox 



Lost BoyLost Boy by M. Robinson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

M. Robinson’s best work to date! I have read all of her books and she absolutely nailed the emotional turmoil in Lost Boy.

I knew parts of Noah’s story from other books. To hear his struggles from his POV was so moving. He is the ultimate bad boy but the emotional damage done to him by his parents and as a result of traumatic events in his life make him a damaged..::Lost Boy.

Skyler seemed to have the perfect life. A child star on her way to the top. Noah is attracted to her sweetness and vulnerability. He knows she is hiding something but doesn’t know what.

Skyler and Noah spend years emotionally supporting each other from things the other is unaware. They are drawn to one another.

Lost Boy covers a large span of time. I couldn’t stop reading. I’m downing a pot of coffee now because I was awake half the night reading. So worth it. I have enjoyed all of Robinson’s books but devoured Lost Boy.

A must read!

Reviewed by Becky for JoandIsaLoveBooks



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Reinventing Us by Ann Lister


REVIEWED BY
Joanne Swinney 


Reinventing Us (The Rock Gods #9)Reinventing Us by Ann Lister
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

FIVE ROCKING STARS!!

Yesss!! Let’s Rock On. Zander is back baby. Thanks to the beautiful Chase, that man is truly a blessing. I know you’re like okay, but what about Danni,? and I’m like Danni who? Let’s not pretend we love her. I read some of the reviews, and people actually wanted to throw her under a bus, so…...moving on.

Alex faces some tough times ahead, the family as a whole need to find a new way to reinvent themselves. Alex and Chase have always had a special bond sometimes they just need a reminder, maybe a little help from their friends. The Rock Gods are a family, not by blood, but by choice, and boy do they prove that even in the toughest of times they will be there for each other.

Hearing from the other guys brought a smile to my face. There’s just no other band that can bring me such joy. The Rock Gods will be around for a long time yet. That alone gives me something to smile about.

Depression can affect people in many different ways. Not everyone can deal with events in their lives as easy as others, but with help it can become easier. It’s accepting the help that can be the hardest part.

Alex isn’t dealing with life very well, okay that is an understatement. My heart breaks for this man, this very sexy, talented man. Chase is a rock for the whole family, and that alone can put a great strain on a person. Especially when they need some tending loving care as well.

This story completely pulled at my heartstrings. It’s deep, and emotional, but it’s a story mostly about love. Finding your way back from a dark place that you never truly belonged. Chase and Alex were always meant to be.


If you love The Rock Gods then you will absolutely love this new addition. If you haven’t even started this series yet, OMG!! Don’t wait any longer, you’ll be binging, and still be left wanting more.


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Dearest Stalker Part 1 by Lane Parker


REVIEWED BY
Joanne Swinney 



Dearest Stalker: Part 1Dearest Stalker: Part 1 by Lane Parker

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Dearest Author give me more, I want more. This was a gripping page turner that I never wanted to end. God, this debut book has made me super excited. Nothing like sinking your teeth into new reads. Congratulations is definitely in order for this first instalment.

Stalker, when we hear that word we automatically think danger. There has been some serious cases that have turn pretty ugly over the years. But what if someone stalks from a distance just to make sure you’re alright, would that be okay?

I actually think I may know who the Stalker is, but I’m giving nothing away. Plus I could also be wrong, and that means my detective skills are lacking. Detective Jo who’s never wrong, could become slightly embarrassing.

Katherine, Kate, Katie all one and the same person is in for some surprises that’s for sure. She’s already had a very pleasurable surprise. Christ, I thought I was the one in the boathouse, wishful thinking. Maybe!! Still not sure, I mean come on she’s being stalked. Should she freak out, and tell the police? Should she see what happens next? I mean if you’ve read this story then your going to be thinking, maybe it’s a little late to call the police.

The Blackwood brothers sound delicious. Ben seems really sweet, and hot, I’ve yet to meet Ian Blackwood. I have a feeling he’s going to give me goosebumps with just a look.

Part 2 is releasing this month, and I am whooping all the way till it goes live.




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Unwritten Law by Eden Finley

REVIEWED BY
Joanne Swinney

Unwritten Law (Steele Brothers #1)Unwritten Law by Eden Finley
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Oh, My Lord. Did I enjoy this book? The answer is one hundred percent, YES!! Twin brothers, mix ups, hook ups, break ups. What is not to like?

Lawson and Anders double yummy, both gay, but, I know there is nearly always a but. One is out the closet, the other is right at the back of it. Not for long. (Inserted winking face)

Anders has some very real issues to deal with. A horrific event changed the course of his life forever. Triggers are something that he needs to focus on. I can’t even begin to imagine how he got through the events of his past, but he did. His brother has always been there for him, no matter what favour Anders asked of Lawson he’d do it. Even the break-ups.

Lawson knows Anders doesn’t deal well with drama, especially when it comes to breaking up with a guy so Lawson does it for him. Well, they are identical, easy to pull off.

Not so easy when Lawson decides that he doesn’t want to break it off this time. No he actually thinks it’s a smashing idea to have dinner with Ander’s supposedly blind date. I see trouble ahead.

Lawson pretends to be Anders on dates with Reed, but Reed works with Lawson, so then Lawson needs to be himself. Anders doesn’t know that Lawson is pretending to be him on dates with Reed. BIG TROUBLE AHEAD!!


This story is exciting, sexy, page turner of hot…. You can guess the dots, and can be emotional at times, but nothing I would say that will haunt you. It has a happy ever after, and that’s what we love the most.

If you love a good story of Gay Romance, with added sexy playtimes, and some very heartfelt moments then this story is for you.




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Once Upon a Real Good Time by Lauren Blakely

REVIEWED BY
Melinda Lazar 



Once Upon a Real Good Time (Heartbreakers, #1)Once Upon a Real Good Time by Lauren Blakely
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Once Upon a Real Good Time by Lauren Blakely

You know what? When you’re ready to start this book, get yourself settled in nice and comfy because you’re definitely in for a real good time with Campbell and Mackenzie! I honestly could not put this book down and read it in one sitting!

Mackenzie is innocently attending trivia night at the Grouchy Owl where she can’t help but eyeball the hell out of the guitarist who is setting up to play for the night. Eyeballing is reciprocated and while I wish I could say that’s where the shenanigans started, they didn’t happen until much later - and that’s only thanks to meddling friends ;).

Once Mackenzie and Campbell have their scorching hot night of passion, they soon realize that Campbell is the newest violin teacher to super-talented Kyle, Mackenzie’s son. As two mature adults, they agree not to pursue a romantic relationship as it might negatively impact Kyle but they simply cannot help themselves!

This book had everything I’ve come to love and expect and adore from Blakely: the witty banter, the delicious swoon, the steam... I could go on but let’s just say that Blakely delivers all of that and more in spades. I love reading single parent stories and with two single parents in the one, I was in fictional heaven! I’m sooo looking forward to the next Heartbreaker book particularly with the little glimpse we got in Once Upon a Real Good Time.

*I voluntarily read an early copy of this book.

**Reviewed by Melinda for Joandisalovebooks Blog.

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Kiss the Girl by Tara Sivec

REVIEWED BY
Melinda Lazar 


Kiss the Girl (The Naughty Princess Club, #3)Kiss the Girl by Tara Sivec
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Kiss the Girl by Tara Sivec

This book was a LOT of fun and I think it may be my favorite of the series! Kiss the Girl is the third book in the Naughty Princess series and I guess you can read it as a standalone, but why would you? You really should read them all to get the full story of these down-on-their-luck stripper princesses.

This is the story of Ariel who has met her Eric and cannot stand even the mere sight of him. She is so damn badass and takes no shit that I’ve decided I want to be her when I grow up. Loved her. Her only shortcoming is that thanks to an emotionally abusive past relationship, she has zero confidence in herself and how she looks. When she’s evicted from her home, Prince Eric comes to the rescue and carries her away to his humble abode/boat where they live happily ever after... wait no. Wrong story. Eric does indeed drag her kicking and screaming and gives her a home on one of his boats till she sorts herself out. Of course, no relationship is without drama and these two deal with their fair share.

I so enjoyed this book. Eric had the patience of a saint and knew exactly how to help Ariel see her worth without driving her to homicide. His and Ariel’s relationship had been a long time coming and it was fun and explosive and just perfect for them. Anything less and it wouldn’t have been true to the characters, particularly Ariel. I love how Sivec throws in the Disney references and I loved Mr Triton.

I think this is the end of the series (although I hope I’m wrong) and I think Sivec did a great job with all of the books. Absolutely recommend these if you love RomComs.

*I voluntarily read an early copy of this book.

**Reviewed by Melinda for Joandisalovebooks Blog

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Bishop by Sawyer Bennett


REVIEWED BY
Melinda Lazar 



Bishop (Arizona Vengeance, #1)Bishop by Sawyer Bennett
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Bishop by Sawyer Bennett
3.5*

Bishop is the first book in Bennett’s new Arizona Vengeance series. I was extremely excited about a new series of hockey players as I’d given up on the Cold Fury series after they got repetitive and formulaic. I thought I was in for more of the same when I started reading Bishop but it did get better.

Bishop is a member of the expansion team and on the night before the first day, hits the town and meets the lucky Brooke who is also down for an unforgettable one night stand. The go their separate ways the next day until they meet again in the Vengeance offices, with the coach barging in and witnessing Bishop’s hand on his daughters ass. Brooke thinks the best course of action is to lie to her dad and confesses that she and Bishop are engaged - in order to protect Bishop from her fathers wrath on and off the ice.

This book was..... ok for me. I liked the characters well enough though in all honesty, I liked the side characters more than the H and h, except for Nanette who is in a special league of her own. My problem is that I almost feel like Bennett’s books are becoming a little predictable but I can’t stop myself from wanting to read them. She writes great sports romances (Off series, anyone?!) but the Cold Fury left a bad taste and I’m not sure where I stand with this one. I did like it, but it was just ok. Not fantastic or great. I am definitely looking forward to the books for the other characters we met here, particularly Tacker.

*I voluntarily read an early copy of this book.

**Reviewed by Melinda for Joandisalovebooks Blog.

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Enemies With Benefits by Roxie Noir

REVIEWED BY Ann Meemken  Enemies With Benefits by Roxie Noir My rating: 4 of 5 stars Eli and Violet were nemesis since Kinderga...