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!

*I voluntarily read an early copy of this book.

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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 fiancĂ©.

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.

*I voluntarily read an early copy of this book.

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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!

*I voluntarily read an early copy of this book.

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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.

*I voluntarily read an early copy of this book.

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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.

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The Marriage Pact by Winter Renshaw

Reviewed by 
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.

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#1 Love by T. Gephart

REVIEWED BY
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.

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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...