Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Review: Gone To Dust (Gravediggers #2) by Liliana Hart



*****5 STARS*****




This is the second book in Liliana Harts Gravedigger series although so far each book is about a different character. 

I loved this book it was so much better than the first and that was pretty good too. This is Miller and Elias's story and is told in dual pov.

Miller Darling is a successful author in the sleepy town of Last Stop. Wearing her heart on her sleeve for all to see is her downfall but maybe that's the romance writer in her. Family is everything to her but with both her parents dead her brother is the only thing she has left aside from her friends, so when she receives a not so nice package along with a letter stating her brother is in trouble, however she very soon finds out her own life is also now in danger!

In Sweeps Elias Cole, ex Seal now a Gravedigger raised from the dead and is in life debt to the secret organisation who contracted and saved him. Elias has tried to stay away from Miller and had already found the will power to reject her mid passion leaving her feeling humiliated. So why is he now sweeping in to take charge and help Miller find her brother? Can these two resist the chemistry that is radiating from both of them towards each other?

I loved loved loved this book! I feel the author stepped it up a huge notch from book one. It flowed better, it was less wordy and only descriptive where really needed, but who's to say that isn't the way it was intended? Let's face it book one is always the hardest as it's where we are introduced to the majority of the characters in the series as well as follow the main characters story. This book though had everything to draw you to the characters personalities and adventures. Again as I said in book one's review the plot is a breath of fresh air because it's so original to anything else I have ever read in this genre. Miller was sassy as well as hilarious at times and Elias was just as witty in his return words but he was strong, generous and fiercely loyal to the core. I wanted and needed more of an epilogue for these two, I felt they had so much more to give to the reader. I can't wait for the next book in the series, not sure who it's about but I would love to see what makes evil boss woman Eve tick! 





Reviewed by Claire Lamb 




The Gravediggers aren’t exactly what they seem. They’re the most elite of the world’s fighting forces—and all they have in common is that they’ve been betrayed by the countries they’ve died for. Because they are dead. To their country, their military, and their families.

Sometimes the dead do rise....

Miller Darling is one of the most popular romance novelists of her time. Not bad for a woman who doesn’t believe in romance. She’s as logical as they come, and she doesn’t believe in happily-ever-afters. What she does believe in is family, so when her brother disappears, she doesn’t think twice about packing her bag and her laptop and heading out to find him.

Elias Cole lived and breathed the life of a Navy SEAL. Now he’s “dead” and his hero’s honor tarnished. The only thing keeping him sane are the men who are like him—The Gravediggers—and the woman who makes his head spin. He’s never met anyone like Miller Darling. Her smart mouth and quick wit keep him on his toes, and damned if he doesn’t find that appealing.

When Miller receives a package from the brother who abandoned her asking for help, it’s clear she’s in over her head with the mess he’s gotten himself into. She needs a professional, and Elias is just the man for the job. Only her brother is a former SEAL—the man who left his team to die—and Elias is more interested in vengeance than saving his life.









Monday, 19 June 2017

Review: Hard Proof (Notus Motorcycle Club #1) by Debra Kayn



****4 STARS****




I've read a few of Debra Kayn's books and on the whole I've really enjoyed them. 
She sets the scene and draws you into the story and before you know it, you're hooked.

Notus MC is an MC with a slight difference. No prospects, no gun running. They're a small group and they set their own standards....moral standards.

Wayne is a great character and just what you've come to expect from one of Debra's books. He's strong, straight forward and loyal.

Clara is playing her cards close to her chest but will that inevitably be her downfall, when trust is being offered so freely?

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The characters are great. I've already imagined where a couple characters could go from here. However, Glen's story is next and I didn't get much of a feel for him. None the less, I'm looking forward to finding out where this group of men take us next.




Reviewed by Vivienne Kauffer 






Identical twin sisters move to St. John's, Oregon, buy Vavoom's Bar, and purposely put themselves into the path of Notus Motorcycle Club. 

Burdened by a deep, dark secret, Clara has to be careful because one wrong step, one wrong word, could land her and Gracie in prison. Her need to stay close to the motorcycle club members backfire when Wayne Shaw throws her heart into a tailspin. There is more to the possessive biker than she originally thought. Cornered and out of options, she can only go forward and hope Wayne protects her.

Wayne Shaw splits his time between working at Port Loaders, searching for missing persons in partnership with the local police department, and keeping Notus Motorcycle Club together in hopes a brother will come home. Skilled at finding clues normal people miss, he has no trouble telling the new owners of Vavoom's apart. He only wants Clara. 

When a little girl goes missing, followed by a teenager disappearing, Wayne's need to keep Clara safe while searching for a serial killer gets tested…until he's no longer sure who is the hunted and who is the hunter. 










Sunday, 18 June 2017

Review: All I Am: Drew's Story (This Man #3.5) by Jodi Ellen Malpas



*****5 STARS*****



I have to start by saying that the This Man trilogy still remains my favourite series EVER and Jesse Ward is still my number one book boyfriend. The way This Man Confessed ended was perfect for me and I have to be brutally honest and say I was a little worried when I heard Drew was getting his own story. I wasn't sure it would ever live up to my expectations. What actually happened was not only a perfect way to revisit Jesse and Ava, but also a chance to get to know Drew.

I didn't know a great deal about Drew, prior to reading this book. I always got the impression that he was the least likely of the 'This Man' guys to settle down, but a chance encounter with Raya pretty much makes him rethink everything he ever thought.

I loved Drew... I really love that he has a 'piercing'. I loved Raya, althoughI would have loved it even more if there had been at least one chapter from her perspective, as I think I would have got to know her a lot better. Ilove the fact that this book is set in London and despite it being such a short story, I felt that the pace of the book was perfect. I'm just sad that the book had to end because once again I have had to say goodbye to some of my favourite characters ever, but what a perfect HEA once again.




Reviewed by Louise Dale 




A new novella featuring Drew from the #1 New York Times bestselling This Man trilogy!

Jodi:
I’ve been revisiting a few old friends. You remember Drew? The dark, mysterious pal of Jesse’s? The cool guy, who kept himself to himself? Yes, him! It’s time for Drew to shine in a brand-spanking-new THIS MAN Novella coming June 18th! I can’t tell you how much fun I've had going back to my roots, and I just know you're gonna LOVE Mr Davies. I hope a little something while you're waiting for THE FORBIDDEN (Aug 8th) will put a smile on your face as wide as mine ☺

I thought I had control. I was so, so wrong . . .

I don’t need a relationship. 
I have Hux, a decadent club where I quench whatever raw desire I choose. I take pleasure and I give it—no strings attached. So when Raya Rivers comes in asking for someone cold, emotionless, and filthy . . . well, no man ever takes his wicked pleasure quite the way I do. 
Only Raya is different. Vulnerable. And carrying some deep sorrow that gets past all my carefully constructed walls and inexplicably makes me care. Now craving controls me. Ice has given way to red-hot need. 
But Raya has no idea about my other life—my real life. That I’m a daddy to an adorable little girl. 
My two worlds are about to collide with the force of a supernova. And once Raya knows the truth, will she be able to accept all I am? 












Thursday, 15 June 2017

Review: Torrid by Nikki Sloane



*****5 STARS*****




I have a bit of a love affair with every Nikki Sloane book I read and I am especially fond of her forays into the dark. After reading Sordid, I was really anxious for Vasilije's story. In Torrid we get to spend an entire book learning more about this complicated and interesting character.

Vasilije Markovic is the second in line in the Serbian Mafia. He is the exact kind of anti-hero I love. He can be cold and cruel and can make you uncomfortable, but he has a charisma to him that draws you right in. I was half-way in love with him from meeting him in Sordid so I was right on board with him in Torrid.

Oksana was the perfect female lead for him. She is strong, knows how to play the game and has a darkness to her that is a perfect match for someone like Vasilije. She has a well thought out plan and is prepared to do what is needed and make sacrifices to ensure its success. At first she thinks nothing of manipulating Vasilije for her needs, but as time goes on, she finds herself drawn to him in ways she never imagines she would be.

At first, Vasilije see Oksana as a simple plaything. He is used to getting what he wants, people included. Once he has Oksana, her darkness beneath the surface calls to her. Both characters find themselves in a bit over their head. Vasilije is the one always in charge and controlling the game, but for the first time, he may be the one to be played with. Oksana is not afraid to do what is necessary to meet her goals, but she may finally have something she is not willing to risk sacrificing.

I enjoyed this story tremendously! Vasilije and Oksana were compelling and complicated characters that both had a dark side to their personalities that called to each other. The sex scenes were extremely hot and the suspense of the game Oksana was playing behind the scenes really added to the story and had me anxious to see what the fallout would ultimately be. I feel like every time Sloane writes a new tale she lays on the magic that launches that story right to the top of my favorites list and Torrid is no exception! 





Reviewed by Rosemary Feil 




Vasilije Markovic is the prince of the Serbian mafia and one of the most powerful men in Chicago. His smile may be razor sharp, but he’s crueler than the devil.

I’m playing a dangerous game and betting my life I’m going to win. I pretend to be his pawn. I do as he says and move where he tells me, letting him think he’s in control as I position myself for revenge. 

Every turn brings us closer. His grin doesn’t seem as evil when we’re alone. Behind closed doors, I welcome his unrelenting and vicious personality. He’s confessed all his secrets, but I’m holding one back and it’s a game changer.

If I survive the board, this pawn turns into a queen. I become the most powerful player and send all the other pieces running. To get what I want, I must make sacrifices, but am I willing to draw the line at him?














Review: Bad Penny by Staci Hart



*****5 STARS*****




I loved this book! Bad Penny is easily hands down my favorite Staci Hart book to date, it also happens to be one of the funniest and hottest books she has written. This one is going right to the top of my summer must reads recommendation list!

Penny is my new favorite female lead. She is brash, free spirited, opinionated and lives by her own set of rules. The most important one being she doesn't date anyone past the third date when things start to venture into more serious territory. It keeps things uncomplicated and protects everyone from getting hurt.

Enter Bodie. He's sexy, amazing in bed, smart, funny and really hard to walk away from after only three nights. Bodie is the stuff of book boyfriend dreams and I totally understood why he made Penny break her rule. Anyone would in her position. Only problem is, once rules get broken it gets hard for her to be as unaffected as she outwardly appears. For all Penny's brashness and larger than life personality, she's sweet and afraid to be hurt or rejected. Can Bodie be the man to help her realize, some people are worth the risk?

This was such a fun read! I enjoyed it more than I can explain. I adored Penny and Bodie and there was the perfect amount of emotion, sexiness and humor. Highly, highly recommended. This is a perfect beach or vacation read!




Reviewed by Rosemary Feil 





Nothing good comes after the third date.

Date three is the crucial point when things get real, which is exactly why I bounce out the door, twiddling my fingers at whatever poor boy I’ve left behind. Because if I stick around, one of three things will happen: he’ll profess his undying love, he’ll get weird and stalky, or I’ll go crazy. Like, Sid and Nancy crazy. Like, chase-him-through-the-streets-begging-him-to-love-me crazy. 

Seriously, it’s better for everyone this way.

So when I meet Bodie, I figure it’ll be the same as it ever was. It doesn’t matter that he doesn’t put a single string on me. Doesn’t matter that he’s funny and smart and jacked or that he can play my body like a grand piano. Because even though I’m built for love, love has only carved me up like a Christmas ham.

Resistance is something I can only hang on to for so long, and he has persistence in spades. But my heart isn’t as safe as I want to believe, and neither is his. And the second I ignore my cardinal rule is the second I stand to lose him forever.














Tuesday, 13 June 2017

Review: Wicked Things (Chaos & Ruin #3) by Callie Hart



*****5 STARS*****






Ladies & Gentleman, Zeth Mayfair just reclaimed his number one spot as my most favourite of Callie Hart's fictional fellas.

In this third instalment of the Chaos & Ruin series, he was everything I wanted him to be and more, whether that be ruthless, insanely sexy, absolutely devoted to Sloane and the way he has grown progressively as a character from way back to when we first encountered him in the Blood & Roses series. 

This series as a whole just got better and better for me, but I'm now left with a melancholic feeling that this book may have been the last in the series. I really hope that isn't the case. I could revisit Zeth and Sloane over and over again and never ever tire of them. 

I do feel however, that there's more to come for Masons character. Maybe he'll take his own path away from Zeth. And then there's the Barbieri's. Those two are just too good not to get their own books, whether it be in the Hells Kitchen series or something completely new. 

All in all a first class read from Callie Hart once again.




Reviewed by Louise Dale 




"This is the reason I called her my angry girl in the first place. I was teasing her back then, but the truth of the matter is that she impressed me. She blew me away with her strength of character and her fire. She’s not just angry. She’s fierce. She’s determined. She’s strong. She’s brave as f#*$. She is everything she needs to be in order to withstand being in love with a man like me, and I am eternally grateful for that fact."

Zeth Mayfair is on a mission to take care of business in New York. The only problem? The Babieri family seem intent on taking care of him. Permanently.

Sloane Romera's just beginning to wrap her head around the idea of being a mother. When she's shoved into the back of a black panel van without so much as the chance to scream, she finally realizes she'll do whatever it takes to protect the growing child inside her. 

And when Zeth finds out what's happened to his Angry Girl...

...Seattle had better prepare for fireworks.












Review: Too Close To Call (Romancing The Clarksons #3.5) by Tessa Bailey



*****4.5 STARS*****




Tessa Bailey gives us another addition to her Romancing the Clarkson series in the form of a second chance romance novella.

We first meet Kyler in Too Hard to Forget. He was one of Elliott's star players. He has shot to success and is headed for even more thanks to being a first round NFL draft pick, but success, fame and money mean nothing to him without his high school sweetheart. Bree left Kyler because she wanted a quiet life and was afraid of the notoriety that would come with his eventual career. Now he's back in his hometown and making a stand. He is going to convince Bree to give their life together a chance and has no plans to leave for LA without her. Bree is determined to stay the course despite the feelings she still has and the crazy attraction that seemed even stronger after a four year absence. Good thing Kyler isn't afraid of a little hard work and won't take no for an answer.

I have loved this series since book one and was so excited to have this new addition. This was such a sweet abs heartfelt second chance romance with the perfect amount of Tessa Bailey steam thrown in.




Reviewed by Rosemary Feil 





All-American wide receiver Kyler Tate’s life is about to change. A fairytale college career skyrocketed him to the NFL draft. Adoration and opportunity are thrown in his direction wherever he goes, thanks to being chosen in the first round by the Los Angeles Rage. 

None of the accolades mean anything, though, without his high school sweetheart, Bree Sutton, by his side. Four years ago, she walked away from Kyler, choosing a quiet life over the flash and notoriety his career would someday bring. 

Now he’s back in their Indiana hometown, refusing to leave for Los Angeles without her. Demanding she give their life together a shot. Her heart never stopped bleeding for the love of her life, but Bree’s decision was final. Too bad their wild attraction has only been amplified by their separation, and Kyler won’t quit until Bree is wearing his ring. 











Review: All The Secrets We Keep (Quarry Road #2) by Megan Hart



*****4.5 STARS*****




Megan hart finishes her Quarry Road Duo with All the Secrets We Keep and surprisingly, I liked it even more than book one. I was a bit surprised by that because I had no love lost for Ilya in the first book, but Hart worked her magic. In no time at all I was firmly invested in Ilya's story and rooting for him.

Ilya is used to being a disappointment. He lost his wife to a drowning accident clothed in secrecy, he married her sister, but that ending in divorce and the business he started with her is a step away from being lost. Losing his grandmother seems to be last straw to break him until he is reunited his Theresa, his short lived stepsister.

Theresa was Ilya's stepsister for a year, until his mother kicked out her addict father. She returns for his grandmother's funeral and to try and see him through his failing business. She tries to convince him to sell and somewhere along the way her long ago feelings of sibling care turn into something deeper and less familiar. Just when things seem to be turning around for Ilya abs he finally has a glimmer of hope, secrets from the past put his future at risk.

Megan Hart gave this book duo an excellent conclusion. This was a little less heavy than book one, but just as exciting and emotional. Hart always writes stories that wrap around you send refuse to let go and this is another great addition to that list of work.



Reviewed by Rosemary Feil 





In the riveting conclusion to Megan Hart’s passionate new family drama, the secrets they keep are no match for the truths their hearts will never let go.

Still stuck in his small Central Pennsylvania hometown, Ilya Stern is used to feeling like a disappointment. After his high school girlfriend, Jennilynn, drowned, he married her sister, Alicia, only to divorce a decade later. The business they started together is threatened by a luxury development—and Alicia has already sold her stake. Now that Babulya, Ilya’s gentle Russian grandmother, has died, there’s no one left who believes in him. Or so he thinks.

Theresa Malone was Ilya’s stepsister for only a year, until his mother threw her pill-popping father out of the house in the middle of the night, forcing teenage Theresa to follow. Now she’s returned for Babulya’s funeral—and to facilitate the quarry-development deal. As she tries to convince Ilya to sell, she realizes her feelings for him have ignited—from sisterly into something more.

Working together closely, Ilya and Theresa struggle to define their intense attraction. When the details of Jennilynn’s death surface, will Ilya and Theresa’s deep connection keep their hope for the future afloat—or submerge them once and forever in their tragic past? 











Review: Dangerous Rush (Furious Rush #2) by S.C. Stephens


****4 STARS****



I remember being incredibly confused at the ending of book one and I am happy to say that this second instalment continues where the last one left us hanging. 

Now it was Kenzie who frustrated me in the first book. I felt her character was too weak to be a likeable heroine, however she really became so much stronger in this story. I'd go so far as to say she finally grew a set of balls. 

We get to know Hayden so much more in this book, due to the chapters being told almost alternately in both Kenzie and Hayden's point of view. Yes he was still hot, as I'd stated in my review of book one, but with the appearance of Felicia, he had become this indecisive, confused guy that I wasn't really sure I liked anywhere near as much as I did. But I do get that his feelings and confusion was needed for this story and I loved that his character was so much more three dimensional compared to before.

Now it was the protagonists in this book that evoked the most feeling from me. Felicia and Keith especially had me thinking of all sorts of ways Kenzie could exact revenge. 

Overall, I did feel this book was slightly better than the first book, but I really did want to feel that level of angst that I had from reading the authors, Thoughtless series and I'm afraid that SC Stephens may have set the bar just a little too high. This was a very enjoyable read all the same.



Reviewed by Louise Dale 





Feeling the rush comes with a price...

Mackenzie Cox has lost everything—except Hayden Hayes. With Kenzie's racing career over, and her family no longer speaking to her, Hayden has been her rock, as she tries to pick up the pieces of what was once her life.

But when Hayden's racing team hires his beautiful ex-girlfriend, Felicia, to be their new hotshot rider, Kenzie and Hayden's seemingly solid relationship begins to crack. Kenzie can only watch from the sidelines, as Felicia lives the life she was forced to leave behind, and as tension begins to build between Hayden and Kenzie, she wonders if Hayden isn’t the man she once knew. 












Review: Hot Cop by Laurelin Paige & Sierra Simone



*****5 STARS*****




Before I turned to the first page of this book (mainly because I was too busy ogling the front cover), I thought to myself 'I could do with a fun, hot little read' and low and behold I got exactly what I wanted and more. 

The synopsis alone is enough to make you realise there is going to be lots of sex, but what I didn't count on was it giving me the feels quite like it did during the last half of the book. Now I've not read many cop romances, but out of the few that I have, I can say with certainty that this was hands down my favourite. 

Livia is a pretty great heroine. She's a librarian, which gives her that innocence but on the other hand she's desperate for a baby and fancies 'Hot Cop' Chase like crazy so these things pretty much turn her into a sex kitten. Add in a lot of vulnerability and BAM! Instantly pulls at my heart strings. 

I have to admit my first thoughts of Chase was that this guy was probably going to be more brawn than brain, however he was what really surprised me. Not only was he insanely sexy, but this was intensified by the fact that he was actually so damn considerate and not at all like the playboy I thought he would be. Then add in his dirty, filthy mouth and voila! Perfect fictional Hero. 

I absolutely devoured this book and even though I love Laurelin's books and Sierra's, Priest was just so good and unique, individually I also feel together they have produced something pretty damn impressive. Yes it's very light hearted for the most part, especially when you compare it to their individual books, but for me there is still a level of maturity to the writing, which makes it so much more.




Reviewed by Louise Dale 





You have the right to remain sexy.

Anything you say can and will be used to get you in my bed.

You have the right to use my body to give yourself a delirious, life-changing orgasm.

If you have trouble...don’t worry, I’m a bit of an expert in that department.

There’s nothing ‘thin’ about my blue line, if you catch my drift, and trust me, I know how to put those handcuffs to good use.

***

Livia Ward wants a baby before she’s thirty. And even though Officer Chase Kelly is exactly the kind of cocky jerk this librarian has sworn off, he is undeniably hot. Both of them think they can give each other what they want--a few nights of fun for Officer Kelly, a no-strings baby for Livia--but this hot cop is about to learn that sex, babies, and love don’t always play by the rules.

From NYT Bestselling Author, Laurelin Paige and USA Today Bestselling Author, Sierra Simone comes a steamy contemporary romantic follow-up to last year's bestseller P*rn Star.








Laurelin Paige 



Sierra Simone 






Monday, 12 June 2017

Review: The Last Guy by Ilsa Madden-Mills & Tia Louise



****4.5 STARS****




What do you get when Ilsa Madden-Mills and Tia Louise co-author a romantic comedy? A hilarious and sexy office romance that will have you grinning like crazy!

Everyone knows better than to mix business with pleasure, especially when you work at a news station and dream of landing an nightly news anchor spot. Rebecca always focuses on her dream, but when she spots the new sports director her laser focus falters. He may be sexy, but his ego is huge and she has more important things to obsess over. She may have let a one night-stand happen, but she won't let it go any further.

Cade knows not to let business relationships turn personal, but once he lays eyes on Rebecca he has to have her. When a chance presents itself to take things to a sexy new level he jumps at it. Rebecca may be willing to leave it at that, but Cade can't wait to have a repeat over and over again.

I was highly entertaining by the Last Guy. I always love when the man has to chase the woman and convince her they're meant for each other. Rebecca and Cade's back and forth was hilarious and super sexy. This was the perfect fun, sexy, light read.



Reviewed by Rosemary Feil 







The first rule of office romance is don’t do it—especially if your dream is to hold the anchor spot on the nightly news and your boss is trying to get you fired.

But one look at Cade Hill, the sexy new sports director, and uptight reporter Rebecca Fieldstone is daydreaming about other things.

Sex in his office…
Sex in the on-set kitchen…
Sex in the supply closet…

She can’t stop thinking about the former NFL quarterback and how perfect he’d look between her sheets—except he’s an arrogant jerk with a huge...ego.

He’s the last guy she’d ever have a one-night stand with.

Cade Hill draws a professional line on office romance—until it comes to the hyper-focused Rebecca. He wants her, and he gets his wish when a chance encounter has them having the hottest sex of their lives.

It’s just a hook-up, she says.
When can we do it again? he says.

With Rebecca determined to keep Cade in the friend zone, it’s going to be an uphill battle for Cade to convince her that he’s the last guy for her…


THE LAST GUY is the first white-hot CONTEMPORARY ROMANTIC COMEDY from Wall Street Journal bestselling author Ilsa Madden-Mills and Tia Louise, coming June 12, 2017! 

It features Fireball-fueled hookups, Doritos Locos Tacos, attack monkeys, toddlers in tiaras, and one fabulous drag queen. 

Prepare for frantic clicking and smoking-hot sexytimes all the way to the out-of-this-world happily-ever-after.










Ilsa Madden-Mills




Tia Louise