Monday, 21 October 2019

Awk-Weird by Avery Flynn


REVIEWED BY
Melinda Lazar 

Awk-Weird (Ice Knights, #2)Awk-Weird by Avery Flynn
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Awk-Weird by Avery Flynn
4.5*

This book was hilariously awkward and delightfully weird with characters you cannot help but fall in love with.

Tess is fact-spouting florist who has not had the most fantastic of relationships with her family. She’s made her own family with a close-knit group of friends but even then, she’s waiting for the other shoe to drop, for them to leave. After all, in Tess’s world, no one ever sticks around and everything and everyone are temporary.

Cole is not a fan of change. And when I say not a fan, I mean he resists it at every opportunity. Everything in his life and his home has a place and space and that’s how they will stay, dammit! Every aspect of his life is ruled by routine and a strict regimen and it works for him until colorful Tess enters his life and stirs things up a wee bit.

With Tess and her issues and Cole still believing he’s in love with his ex, there’s a lot of confusion and frankly, hot sex, to be had as they work out the dynamics of their relationship. There’s really not much I didn’t like about this book apart from a few instances where I could have cheerfully throttled both Tess and Cole. Otherwise, I read much of the book with a smile and great enjoyment - I have a feeling Tess and Cole’s is a story I’ll return to in the future. And after that little snippet of Loud Mouth, I’m more eager than I thought possible to get my hands on Petrov!

*I voluntarily read an early copy of this book.

**Reviewed by Melinda for Joandisalovebooks Blog.

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Wednesday, 9 October 2019

All The King's Women by N.M. Catalano

REVIEWED BY
Ann Meemken


All The KING'S Women: The KING Duet, Book 2All The KING'S Women: The KING Duet, Book 2 by N.M. Catalano
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I loved ALL the Kings Women. I have been waiting for the conclusion of this series. It was definitely worth the wait.

When Lukas is charged with 5 counts of murder. There is only one person he can trust to help him with his case, Evelyn. He also wants to find out who the killer is before he or she can claim the final victim and which it would destroy his life in the process.

I adored Evelyn character. She was loving, fierce, protective, and loving. She was a strong women and someone you need in your life. Lucas is the bad boy that has a heart of gold.

The ending was incredible. I may have screamed and cursed a bit. I was at the edge of my seat. NM Catalano brings you the perfect ending to this story.

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Never Have I Ever by Lauren Blakely



REVIEWED BY 
Becky Cox 

Never Have I Ever (Always Satisfied #3)Never Have I Ever by Lauren Blakely
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I read on the average of a book a day. I see the same storylines often and I can get complacent with it and skim. Not with this one. Lauren Blakely has written an entertaining single dad, enemies to lovers story. She kept my attention from page one and I didn’t want it to end.

Piper is a self-made success at wedding planning. She is quick-witted and determined. She has a take no prisons attitude, which I love, along with a huge heart and a great sense of humor.

Zach is a single dad. He’s a great father to his daughter and an exceptional divorce attorney. A shark.

Zach’s daughter falls in love with Piper and Piper with Lucy. She is a great kid and has her eye on Piper for a new mom. Zach and Piper don't necessarily agree with Lucy and can list all the ways their relationship will never work.

“But somehow, opposites attracted and enemies became lovers. And so much more.”

A fun, engaging read.

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Single in Sitka by Katy Regnery

REVIEWED BY
Tina Shobe



Single in Sitka (Odds-Are-Good, #1)Single in Sitka by Katy Regnery
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

During a work meeting, Amanda throws out a story idea off the top of her idea without much thought. She had no idea how much this was going to change the direction of her life.

Luke is going through the motions of living life and taking care of his three kids after losing his wife two years early. His sister decides to help him along to take the next step by placing a personal add out on his behalf.

The life realities that Luke and Amanda deal within the ups and downs of kids personalities and challenges, long-distance relationship challenges, overcoming past relationships is spot on.

They also prove that in order for a relationship to work both parties must work together and compromise.

This is a wonderfully written book that had me engrossed right from the beginning. It's been quite a while since I read a book that had me really disappointed that the book ended.


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The Broken One by Ruth Cardello

REVIEWED BY
Tina Shobe


The Broken One (Corisi Billionaires, #1)The Broken One by Ruth Cardello
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Sebastian Romano has focused his whole life on work after the loss of his wife and unborn child. While out looking at a property he finds a stuffed animal. A stuffed animal that happens to have a reward posted for its return.
When Sebastian delivers Wolfie back to his owner Ava and her single Mom Heather little Ava gives him a hug that seems to break through to him. It also scares him.

Sebastian and Heather just click. Their banter is great. It isn't all smooth sailing as Sebastian is very leery of opening himself up to loving again and Heather because of her past has a tenancy of shutting people out of her life. I will say their sexual chemistry and the sex scenes in this book are sizzling!

Little Ava is the star of the whole book. She is such a doll and makes you want to reach right in and give her a big hug.

The support that Sebastian has from his family is enough to make everyone jealous. Plus the banter between his brothers and him adds another great layer to this book. I can't wait until this next book.



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Monday, 7 October 2019

Never Have I Ever by Lauren Blakely

Reviewed by 
Melinda Lazar 

Never Have I EverNever Have I Ever by Lauren Blakely
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Never Have I Ever by Lauren Blakely

Sigh. The single-dad trope is one of my absolute favorites and Lauren Blakely writes it so damn well. Never Have I Ever is the story of single dad divorce attorney, Zach and mostly enemy/rarely friend, wedding planner Piper. Sounds like a clashing of worlds, doesn’t it? After all, what could a wedding planner and divorce attorney possibly have connecting them together? Well, for a start, their respective best friends are getting married which immediately throws Zach and Piper together. Coupled with the fact that Piper is on solid friendship terms with Zach's daughter (and they work out of the same building), they spend more time together and enmity turns into oh so much more.

What did I love about this book? Ahh pretty much every single thing! The characters are my kind of people - from the friendships to the romances, to parent-child - I adored and devoured every word. I loved that Zach wasn’t a bitter, woman-hating divorce attorney. I loved that *he’d* loved before and wasn’t keeping all sorts of anger and hostility bottled up. I loved that Piper was a wedding planner who wasn’t wearing rose-tinted glasses. She knew what could be on the flip-side and that also didn’t embitter her. All in all, this was a fabulous read and one I can’t wait to revisit in the future.

*I voluntarily read an early copy of this book.

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Sunday, 6 October 2019

Beard With Me by Penny Reid




REVIEWED BY
Monique Cashmere

Beard with Me (Winston Brothers, #6)Beard with Me by Penny Reid
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

There is no other way to describe this book but to say it’s EPIC! If you have been following this series like I have, you will know all about the brooding Billy. You will also know that there is a back story between him and Claire McClune / Scarlet St Claire. Tension has been so thick with them in the previous books that you can’t help but need to know what happened surrounding their tale. This edition is the whole background and leads up to their love story. It doesn’t end on a cliffhanger but it will leave you with plenty of longing and wondering how can it all be fixed. It starts from the very begging of all the siblings' stories and it ties them all in together with snippets linking each book/sibling. I loved that, the way Billy was integral in all their lives in such a positive way.

One thing you should be warned about and will know this fact if you’re a fan of this series is that Scarlet and Billy both suffer at the hands of their fathers who are in an MC. And it’s brutal and sad. It is told to us in a remarkable way that you have this undying compassion for them as it’s so tragic. It gives you plenty of insight as to the young adults they were and how it has shaped their later lives.

I have always adored Billy for his loyalty and family values but this book cements my opinion solid. He is simply the best person you would want on your side. It is why all the other siblings look up to him for guidance and reassurance. Scarlet was a sweet teen with difficult circumstances that had aged her into adulthood early. She knew she was raised differently but still took pride in where she was going in life. She was an extremely strong young woman and I’m eager to read more about her in the next book. I have cherished each of these brothers for so many distinctive reasons but Billy will now be my favorite Winston. I’m hurting but I know this next book will ease all my worries and I’m betting this couple will have their HEA in the end and it will be valorous.

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Wednesday, 2 October 2019

Perfectly Adequate by Jewel E. Ann

REVIEWED BY
Tina Shobe



Perfectly AdequatePerfectly Adequate by Jewel E. Ann
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Dr. Elijah Hawkins had no idea there was anything wrong with his marriage when his wife divorced him and is still struggling to try to figure out where things went wrong. He's now sharing parenting with his darling little boy, Roman. You don't read very often about the woman having a midlife crisis. I felt really bad for Elijah. How can you figure out what you did wrong when in reality you did nothing wrong.

Elijah meets Dorothy Mayhem, a patient transporter, in the course of his workday. He's enthralled by her but is having a hard time having Dorothy understanding he would like to date her. She is thinking he would like her to babysit his son. There is actually some funny misinterpretation that happens. It takes his mom's insight to make him realize that Dorothy is on the spectrum (autism). He is not detoured by this. He actually loves Dorothy's honesty and her friendliness to everyone around her. Who wouldn't love a woman who has emu's. She is also a nursing student and her life is pretty regimented. Roman and Dorothy get along great.

The only thing I didn't like about Elijah is how he didn't consider Dorothy's feelings when his ex-wife came back into the picture. That was pretty devastating. I felt crushed for her. I'm really glad she made him work hard to win his way back.

I really liked that this story was told from both Elijah and Dorothy standpoints. It gave the reader a little insight into how Dorothy's thought process was and how she worked through things by journaling.



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Saturday, 31 August 2019

Instant Gratification by Lauren Blakely

REVIEWED BY
Melinda Lazar 


Instant GratificationInstant Gratification by Lauren Blakely
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Instant Gratification by Lauren Blakely

Instant Gratification follows on nicely from Satisfaction Guaranteed and is the story of Malone’s sister, Truly and his best friend, Jason. Jason and Truly had an epic one-nighter which, for the sake of friendship (plus other commitments) they’ve agreed to never repeat again. However, being in each other’s sphere constantly, the flirting and suggestiveness seldom - if ever! - abates until one night, one wedding, they simply snap. They go on to agree to a friends with bennies setup even though they both want more but just won’t admit to it.

This was a great, enjoyable read filled with plenty of banter and sexual tension to keep us flipping those pages. We got to know Jason quite well as the story was predominantly told in his POV with some creative insight into Truly thrown in. I loved the various relationships we got to explore here: between siblings, friends, and more. The fact that we got to catch up with some old friends/characters made this read even more enjoyable.

*I voluntarily read an early copy of this book.

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Thursday, 15 August 2019

The Engagement Gift by Lauren Blakely

REVIEWED BY
Melinda Lazar


The Engagement GiftThe Engagement Gift by Lauren Blakely
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The Engagement Gift by Lauren Blakely

The Engagement Gift is a hot AF novella in Blakely’s After Dark collection and is all about Lily and her fiancé Finn.

They are both so damn happy within their relationship and have an openness about them that many would envy. Finn is always more than willing to fulfill every single one of Lily’s fantasies (and she has an abundance!) and while Lily has never been shy about vocalizing her desires, there’s one she’s always held back on expressing: the down and dirty ménage. When she finally admits to it, Finn does everything in his power to make this a gift she’ll never forget.

Let me just start by saying holy freaking shit! This has got to be the hottttest book I’ve read this year - that I’ve read in an age if I’m being honest. This is a novella, yes, but it packs absolutely everything you could want in a full-length book: the love and respect between ALL the characters, the panty-melting dirty talk, and OMG the sex that is off the charts, dirty and delicious, and oh so hot! I loved this book and cannot wait for The Virgin Gift and The Exclusive Gift. I have a feeling this little series is quickly going to become a favorite of mine. Just a word of advice though: have your fans, battery operated friends, and/or significant others close by while reading!

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Friday, 9 August 2019

Dating Mr. Right: A Collection by Lauren Blakely

REVIEWED BY
Melinda Lazar 


Dating Mr. Right: A Collection: Four Standalone Romantic ComediesDating Mr. Right: A Collection: Four Standalone Romantic Comedies by Lauren Blakely
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Dating Mr Right

Dating Mr Right by Lauren Blakely

This is a collection of four (standalone) short stories featuring characters that we’ve met in the past and I have to say, it was ever so enjoyable catching up with them while they found their own happily ever after.

In Lucky Suit we get the story of Cameron and Kristen who meet online and go through a confusing then hilarious first date and subsequently navigate a long-distance relationship.

In Once Upon a Red-Hot Kiss we have Kirby, who absolutely hates Valentine’s Day and believes he’s been cursed to never find happiness. He’s in love with his best friend Macy who is effervescent and happy and embraces every occasion with gusto. Luckily, she’s in love right back!

Too Good to Be True features my favorite man in this boxset, Kirby! Serious swoon-alert right here! He’s a vet whose ex left him to travel the world and is a bit wary of getting involved with someone new. However, when his matchmaking client/friend sets him up with a gorgeous woman who is into sabotaging every relationship that comes her way, he bites the bullet and falls hard.

And finally, Strong Suit: the older-woman, younger-man trope has never been so flirty and delicious! Noah wears Ginny down with his paper aeroplanes and kale-infused cuisine till she accepts that Noah is the man for her, despite the age difference and food choices.

I have to say, I enjoyed all of these reads immensely. Some, if not all, of the characters I’ve been so eager to read about and was hoping Blakely would give us glimpses of in the future. So in my humble opinion, the novellas satisfied my curiosity while delivering a fun and flirty good time. Even though these are short stories, Blakely infuses so much warmth and personality into her characters that you’re left feeling as though you’ve read a complete and extensive novel which I believe says much about her as an author.

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Coming Up Roses by Staci Hart


REVIEWED BY 
Monique Cashmere


Coming Up RosesComing Up Roses by Staci Hart
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Let me start by saying, what a freshening Cover this book has. I loved it from the first sighting and think it’s very fitting for the story.

I love a Staci Hart book, and will always be anxiously waiting for the next books release. Unfortunately, this one fell short for me. And I can’t quite put my finger on it as to why. I enjoyed the storyline and the characters but it seemed to be lacking something. There were a few components that didn’t totally fit or feel right for me. It’s odd how only Luke, with Tess, had been the instrumental members to save the family business when everyone else is there helping. And I really couldn’t get my head around the greenhouse in NYC supplying all those flowers on a daily basis and not running out. But I think my biggest dismay was that it dragged on too long where it could have been more concise with more depth.

This is certainly not a rom-com but the banter between the family members had me smiling a lot. It is a very sweet and charming contemporary romance of family values and commitment towards each other and other relationships. There is some angst as well, with an ex causing drama but the biggest outcome is love. It’s not necessarily light-hearted, but it is very heartwarming and full of emotions.

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Thursday, 11 July 2019

It's In His Song by Shelly Alexander


REVIEWED BY
Joanne Mountford

It's In His Song (A Red River Valley Novel, #6)It's In His Song by Shelly Alexander
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I’m back in Red River where the days are exciting, the nights are thrilling. The guys are hot, and the women are sassy.

As always Shelly Alexander tells a fabulous story with just enough chemistry to keep me turning the pages.

A second chance love story makes me sad, and yet makes me smile at the same time. If only things could have worked out in the beginning. So much time wasted, but then there wouldn’t be a second chance.

Thank God, Dylan and Hailey have a chance to rekindle their love. It’s not easy that’s for sure, but when has any true love run smoothly? Hailey has a HUGE whopper of a secret. It becomes quite clear in the beginning what that is. But how will Dylan react...(insert wink)

Dylan has some painful scars of his own to deal with. He’s going to prove to himself and to others that he can run a successful business. Another feat that is easier said than done.

You can definitely read this story as a standalone, but if you’re looking for a binge read then look no further. A Red River Valley, and all the residents are waiting to entertain YOU!

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The Judgement of Paris by Dr. Rebecca Sharp

REVIEWED BY
Jackie Vanhinsbergh


Wow, I didn't think a follow-up book could top the first book, but it does and this book takes you through every emotion! They are two shattered soles who have an undeniable connection. She is the calm in his storm, she behaves with dignity and doesn't push him into making decisions. She supports him and his work, where his estranged wife always wanted and wants the limelight and his fame and family money! His ex-wife causes heartbreak with her lies and deceit! They nearly lose each other but Leo and other forces work together to get the truth and bring him back to Troy! A beautiful love story that is well written. The additional epilogue was the icing on the cake seeing them 2 years later! 

An absolute 6-star book and a must read! 



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Wednesday, 10 July 2019

The Lying Hours by Sara Ney

REVIEWED BY
Monique Cashmere 



The Lying Hours (How to Date a Douchebag, #5)The Lying Hours by Sara Ney
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I really love the How To Date A Douchebag Series and this one is another fun read. Each book has different characters that sometimes cross over due to it all being centred around the same university. This installment is about Abe and Skylar.

What I appreciate with these books is that each character has a flaw. Some can be redeemed and some are for us to have a better understanding and acceptance with. Abe was the gentle giant that was taken advantage of from his other team mates but especially his roommate. He had plenty of growth in this book and it made for interesting reading. I loved that he may not have known at the time that he stuffed up, but when he did, he went about to fully apologize for his actions. That is more important to me than being some alpha mucho male.

Skylar had a good head on her shoulders and knew what she liked in a partner. Lucky for Abe, it wasn’t JB. She may have been inexperienced in the bedroom, but she made up for it with the wisdom of the heart and was a quick learner. She was sweet and witty with a sincerity to admire. I also loved her roommate and the insight with the epilogue. Bring on the novella.

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Run Away, Lizzy by Elizabeth J. Sparrow


REVIEWED BY
Tina Shobe


Run Away, LizzyRun Away, Lizzy by Elizabeth J. Sparrow
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

EJ (Lizzy) Hatton is trying to break out as an associate producer with the guidance of her Uncle Wade on a prime time soap opera.

She is not thrilled at all when Reilly Donner is hired as the director. She met him several years ago at one of her dad's wild Hollywood parties. He was a young heartthrob actor then. She's never gotten over her crush on him.

She's quite hilarious with her tricks for hiding from him. He got pretty good at scoping her out. There's just something about Lizzy that has Reilly enriched. She's hiding her real self because she's having trouble moving on from the loss of her dad. She's even been wearing his clothes to feel his connection. She was raised by her dad and her Uncle Wade. Though I think sometimes I thought she came across as a bit spoiled. She also doesn't know how to handle her feelings for Reilly.

Lucky for her Reilly seems to be just the man to be able to see right through all Lizzy's barriers and provide her with everything she needs and guide her through the healing process.

I love that we get a glimpse into their future in this book.

This is a short but very entertaining read. There were points in this book I was laughing, felt sad for Lizzy, wanted Reilly to turn her over his knee and spank her because of how she was acting and then also cheering when they got together.





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Satisfaction Guaranteed by Lauren Blakely


REVIEWED BY
Melinda Lazar 


Satisfaction GuaranteedSatisfaction Guaranteed by Lauren Blakely
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Satisfaction Guaranteed by Lauren Blakely

Sloane and Malone make up Blakely’s latest couple in this deliciously delightful second chance-ish romance. I say ‘ish’ because they never had a huge, blown-out breakup but they did have to call a halt to things before they really had a chance to start.

Seven years ago, Sloane and Malone (I seriously cannot stop saying their names together) met and there was an immediate connection that’s not been forgotten. Before their relationship could really take off, Malone discovered that Sloane was the (off-limits) daughter of his brand-new boss/mentor and he put a quick stop to the budding romance but he never forgot Sloane and the way she made him feel.

Now Malone is well-established in his Doctor Doolittle/Doolarge role at the veterinary clinic he’s expecting to take over when his mentor throws a spanner in the works in the shape of one Sloane Elizabeth. And now that they’re forced into close proximity, and given the things Malone learns about Sloane, there’s no chance at all of them staying apart for long.

This book was a delight from start to finish. Written predominantly in male POV (something the Blakely does BRILLIANTLY) with some peeks into Sloane’s thoughts, I felt Satisfaction Guaranteed was the complete romantic package. I don’t know what it is about Lauren Blakely’s writing, but she always leaves my heart happy, full, and well-satisfied (that should be her guarantee!) and this book was no exception. The cameo appearances of the Big Rock family made my day as I adored all of those characters insanely.

I’m just going to say that while I do enjoy occasionally audiobooks, they're not a HUGE must for me. Having said that, I absolutely cannot wait to get my mitts on Satisfaction Guaranteed just so I can listen to Jason Clarke croon to me at will. I’m swooning already!

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Tuesday, 9 July 2019

Plan B by Jana Aston


Reviewed by
Melinda Lazar 


Plan B (Best Laid Plans, #2)Plan B by Jana Aston
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Plan B by Jana Aston
4.5*

If you’ve read Sure Thing then, like me, you’ll be dyyyyying to know what the heckerino Daisy was up to while Violet was pretending to be her (Daisy). Well Plan B answers all those burning questions and delivers a hilarious RomCom to-boot.

Daisy is on a diet. A cleanse if you will. I’m going to say a man-cleanse because I think the Amazonian powers that be won’t allow me to suggest it’s a cleanse of the penile variety. However, four months into this diet, she meets a gorgeous man who makes her forget all the promises she’s made to herself. And while she’s asleep in post-coital bliss, he leaves without a word, note, or phone number instead choosing to abscond with Daisy’s camera. Let’s fast-forward a number of weeks and darling Daisy realized that it’s not a matter of wanting to get in touch with Kyle, it’s a matter of need. As in, he needs to be told he’s going to be a daddy. When Daisy can’t find another way to get in contact with Kyle, she decides the best option will be to gatecrash his grandfathers' retirement party and announces to all and sundry that she’s Kyle’s fiancé.

From the very first pages, Aston had me laughing and highlighting. The characters and their descriptions are vibrant and fun; you can’t help but fall in love with them and cheer them on - with jazz hands and all. Kyle and Daisy are complete opposites yet they complement each other perfectly and Aston’s sense of humor - which appeals to me insanely - was on every single page. I wait for each new book from this author with eager anticipation and I actually had this arc waiting for dayyyyyyys before I read it because I knew once I started it, it would be the last book of hers for some time which is sad!

While you certainly don’t need to read Sure Thing before Plan B, I definitely suggest you read it because it is was just so damn good! I always recommend Jana Aston if anyone is in need of a good RomCom as she always delivers and Plan B is no exception.

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Superfan by Sarina Bowen


Reviewed by 
Melinda Lazar


Superfan (Brooklyn, #3)Superfan by Sarina Bowen
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Superfan by Sarina Bowen
4.5*

When you start a book and can’t stop the smile from forming within the first few pages, you know you’re onto a good thing. That was the case with me and Superfan and the smile did not abate throughout.

Superfan is Silas’s book and if you’ve read previous books in this series, you’ll know he has a bit of an obsession with a certain singer named Delilah Sparks. Well in Superfan we find out how and why that obsession came about and it. is. swoonworthy!

Delilah and Silas many several years ago when she was an unknown in town for a music festival and Silas was a bartender in said town who had missed out on his golden opportunity. They build a friendship of sorts but before anything more can become of it, Silas disappears. There is a bit of back and forth, then and now, in this book but it was far from confusing - in fact, the flashbacks only served to enhance their romance.

This was a really lovely second-chance romance with some killer banter and a wee bit of suspense/drama thrown in for good measure. I enjoyed the organic way the relationship between Silas and Delilah grew and frankly, I could have kept on reading their story. I particularly loved the appearances from the Bruiser family and sincerely hope there’ll be more of them soon!

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Never Fall in Love with a Rockstar by Rachel Higginson

REVIEWED BY 
Melinda Lazar 


Never Fall in Love with a RockstarNever Fall in Love with a Rockstar by Rachel Higginson
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Never Fall in Love with a Rockstar by Rachel Higginson

Clover and Kai had known each other forever: grown up together, built their band up together, were best friends and then more. When Clover walked away from Kai and the band, she never expected to see them again, least of all with her new boyfriend surprising her with tickets to their show. Now Kai wants Clover back in the band and his life and won’t take no for an answer.

The story itself was good - I liked that the author addressed real issues and she tackled them well enough. Clover’s indecisiveness and constant second-guessing got tiresome and I felt like some parts of the book were a bit repetitive. While I liked Clover and Kai, I can’t say that I loved them - in fact, I could have smacked them a time or two.

Unfortunately, this book is not my favorite of Higginson’s but I look forward to something new going forward.

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Just Love by Prescott Lane

Reviewed by 
Monique Cashmere



Just LoveJust Love by Prescott Lane
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Firstly, I couldn't start this review without making mention of the cover! It is stunning! Now I know you shouldn't judge a book by its cover, but if you are already going into it with a smile, its got to be a plus.

This novel took me on so many paths before we got to the epilogue, that at first I was unsure if it was for me. There are two parts to the novel, and the first part is a little jumpy with past and present times and the two different lead characters. Once I got that worked out, it flowed much better. At one point, I thought I knew where the storyline was going, but at the halfway mark, I was totally wrong. And it surprised me in a good way, a sad way, but it gave the book more spunk and backbone. It also made the present time, part one, make more sense in their choices. I hope that isn't too cryptic, as I do not want to give anything away. It's a story that you need to travel and explore on your own.

What I will tell you is these characters had me liking them, loving them, hating them, loving them, so you can see I got all the ambience I am sure the author was trying to convey. Yes, it is a brothers best friend trope, as well as a second chance romance, but it is so much more than that. There is definitely angst and the good angst that has your heart beating fast, and holding your breath waiting for the outcome. At times, I was mad at them both, but when you truly take in what had happened, and how can things ever be the same, it wasn't until the last few chapters when Rhett was showing her, that I put myself in their shoes. I have no idea how I would handle the situation, and I would hope with the same grace that Ainsley did, but they both had to come to terms with it and go through all the emotions. And then, I 'just' wanted to hug them both and be excited about their future.

Lastly, I cherished that epilogue. It was the best conclusion for this couple and it made my heart melt. This is the first book I have read from this author and I know I will be looking out for more from her.

** Reviewed by Monique for JoandIsaLoveBooks Blog.

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The Marriage Pact by Winter Renshaw

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Monique Cashmere 




The Marriage PactThe Marriage Pact by Winter Renshaw
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I read the synopsis of this book, and I was so excited to read it, wanting to know more about Prince Julian and Emelie. Unfortunately, it wasn’t anything I was expecting or anticipating and I felt let down.

While the love story was one that I was getting into, there were too many dilemmas thrown in to build angst that only made me roll my eyes. The initial reason for their teen split was dubious and far-fetched to say the least. It is something that I can not see happening, ever. Even the week or two after, still being in everyone’s presence, and it’s not discovered then, is implausible.

Now eight years later, with no dialogue between them, and he fronts up to her door at 1am to ask for her hand in marriage. Ok, this still could have been a very romantic gesture as we discover they both have unfinished business and deep feelings towards each other. Sadly, more drama is tossed at them in every which way and form, and this could be life testing them, but it felt fabricated. Emelie had the patience of a saint until she didn’t. And what she couldn’t forgive was the easiest one of them all. Especially given her own reluctance to find out why Julian was different days before the wedding.

What I enjoy when reading a Royal novel is all the history and protocols that go with it. Prince Julian was trying to do the right thing by his family and country. At times I was rattled with how some typical royal customs were disregarded. There is no way a future princess / queen would reside in the same house as her future husband before the wedding. This was one of a few things that then made the story more common and not regal. The biggest thing I could not get my head around was the 180° turn the Prince had. Being so out of character from what we got at the start of the book, I wonder how long their HEA can last. Even though I wasn’t fond of this novel, it will not stop me from reading another from this author.

** Reviewed by Monique for JoandIsaLoveBooks Blog.

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#1 Love by T. Gephart

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Monique Cashmere


#1 Love (#1 Series, #6)#1 Love by T. Gephart
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I have been following this series for a while and even though I’m sad it’s come to a close, it is going out with a bang! These books are all standalones, and you will not feel left out if you pick this one up first. Be warned, it will make you wanted to read the other brother’s tales as well. They will melt your heart in their own special way.

Even though Alex is the baby of the family, he holds his own amongst the brood as well as his career. He has a cheeky side to him that’s adorable and he is also demanding where it counts. Maya was so sweet. I understood her insecurities completely. I found it endearing that it took her so long to realize which of the Larsson boys was her true favorite but she got there. Together they make a charismatic couple that were so fun to read. I especially loved all the cameos from the family members that got a final hooray in the book. The epilogue gives us a full closure and a great HEA.

*Reviewed by Monique for JoandIsaLoveBooks Blog.

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Thursday, 16 May 2019

Enemies With Benefits by Roxie Noir

REVIEWED BY
Ann Meemken 



Enemies With BenefitsEnemies With Benefits by Roxie Noir
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Eli and Violet were nemesis since Kindergarten.

They are once again thrown together. There is a hate/love relationship between them. They are used to being at each other's throats but there is also something new between them. There is chemistry between them. What will happen if they give into it? How will the story play out?

I enjoyed the banter between them. There were times of sweet endearing moments. They both let there guard down. It was a beautiful moment to read and watch what happens next. It was a great story and fun to read.

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Wednesday, 15 May 2019

The Dating Proposal by Lauren Blakely

REVIEWED BY
Melinda Lazar 

The Dating ProposalThe Dating Proposal by Lauren Blakely
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The Dating Proposal by Lauren Blakely

The Dating Proposal is a complete reimagining of Blakely’s Trophy Husband (no longer available for purchase) and comes with brand spanking new material that even those of us who inhale every book Blakely writes (for example, me), will be delighted at the fresh, new (around 85% new!) content.

We meet McKenna, a successful vlogger, when she’s headed out to celebrate her anniversary. Not of her marriage though; McKenna is celebrating the anniversary of her non-wedding. While she doesn’t meet Chris on this fateful day, she does meet someone else who she thinks she might enjoy dating and thus enters into a ‘dating for fun phase’.

Chris is a sexy, delicious geek who helps McKenna when an evil cat damages her hard-drive. They strike up a friendship and when Chris suggests that McKenna join him on his show and help boost both their target audiences, she acquiesces and so the journey (kind-of) starts.

There’s a delicious slow-burn to this story as neither Chris nor McKenna want anything more than friendship. Chris because he’s been burned by dating a colleague and McKenna because she only wants to date for funsies. Because of this, they take their time getting to the eventual point and I so enjoyed the journey with them. I felt that their friendship was so adorably cute and flirty and when they got together, I may have let out a small cheer.

The Dating Proposal includes a gorgeous cast of characters we’ve likely met before and for me, it’s always fun to visit old friends. This book is a wonderful reinvention and I already look forward to a reread.

*I voluntarily read an early copy of this book.

**Reviewed by Melinda for Joandisalovebooks Blog.

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The Lying Hours by Sara Ney

REVIEWED BY
Monique Cashmere 



The Lying Hours (How to Date a Douchebag, #5)The Lying Hours by Sara Ney
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I really love the How To Date A Douchebag Series and this one is another fun read. Each book has different characters that sometimes cross over due to it all being centered around the same university. This installment is about Abe and Skylar.

What I appreciate with these books is that each character has a flaw. Some can be redeemed and some are for us to have a better understanding and acceptance with. Abe was the gentle giant that was taken advantage of from his other teammates but especially his roommate. He had plenty of growth in this book and it made for interesting reading. I loved that he may not have known at the time that he stuffed up, but when he did, he went about to fully apologize for his actions. That is more important to me than being some alpha mucho male.

Skylar had a good head on her shoulders and knew what she liked in a partner. Lucky for Abe, it wasn’t JB. She may have been inexperienced in the bedroom, but she made up for it with wisdom of the heart and was a quick learner. She was sweet and witty with a sincerity to admire. I also loved her roommate and the insight with the epilogue. Bring on the novella.

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Awk-Weird by Avery Flynn

REVIEWED BY Melinda Lazar  Awk-Weird by Avery Flynn My rating: 4 of 5 stars Awk-Weird by Avery Flynn 4.5* This book was hilar...