It’s no secret that I’m a massive Penny Reid fan, having fallen in love with her smart romances when I read Neanderthal Seeks Human. Every book in thiIt’s no secret that I’m a massive Penny Reid fan, having fallen in love with her smart romances when I read Neanderthal Seeks Human. Every book in this series has been a winner for me because even though I know what to expect from Penny’s style, I never know where her next story will take me. Her novels are continually surprising. That’s rare to find in romance and Dating-ish was no exception. Perhaps it’s because I could relate so completely to Marie but this has to be my favourite so far in the Knitting in the City series. In fact I read this while I was on a flight to the US and I found myself understanding Marie so completely that not only did I have to bite my lip to stop from laughing out loud, but I had to blink rapidly (a lot) to stop the tears.
I love that Penny can write sexy heroes who are also a little nutty, a little kooky, and yet maintain their serious level of hotness! The character development and chemistry between Matt and Marie was, as always, phenomenal. And like every book written by Penny, I also learned from the story.
Yet what was really special about this novel was the way Penny handled the subject. Marie is a journalist and her research topic in the novel could have led her down a seedy path or two. However, Penny flipped this on the reader; she dug below the surface of the subject matter, questioning loneliness and the nature of our need for companionship. In the end it was Marie’s discoveries here that really brought tears to my eyes. Extremely moving!
Funny, witty, quirky, sexy as hell, emotional and beautifully captivating, I devoured Dating-ish in one sitting. No one writes romance like Penny Reid. Each story is truly one of a kind. ...more
When I'm reading a romance I look for that moment when my chest aches for the characters. Sometimes I find it, sometimes I don't, but when I usually dWhen I'm reading a romance I look for that moment when my chest aches for the characters. Sometimes I find it, sometimes I don't, but when I usually do it's just a moment, a chapter or two, in the story arc. With Preston's Honor my chest ached for about 70% of the novel. Mia has a wonderful ability to make me care that deeply for her characters, and Lia and Preston got to me more than most. I cried a few times reading this. Couldn't see the lines on my kindle kind of crying. This story is down-to-earth, real, raw and so very, very beautiful. I think it will be almost impossible for any other book to knock this off the top spot for my favourite read of 2017.
I feel bereft. I always feel bereft after finishing an LH Cosway and/or Penny Reid novel because the magic is temporarily over. The only cure is to reI feel bereft. I always feel bereft after finishing an LH Cosway and/or Penny Reid novel because the magic is temporarily over. The only cure is to re-read their backlist which is exactly what I intend to do. For the millionth time. The Rugby series is one of my absolute favourites and how I was introduced to these fabulous authors. Every book in this series just gets better and better, along with the heroes. I’m in love with Sean from The Player and the Pixie – he’s one of my favourite book boyfriends – and yet somehow the ladies managed to exceed his yumminess with Bryan from The Cad and the Co-Ed. Just as with Sean, Cosway and Reid cleverly changed my mind about Bryan from beginning to end. I love him. He somehow manages to be the perfect balance of charming, protective, responsible, dangerous, wicked, good boy-bad boy. I don’t know how they did that, but they did! And as always they delivered a heroine – Eilish (I love that name) – who is strong, likeable, flawed, and incredibly endearing. Moreover, I was extremely happy to have so much of Sean in this one. He’s just as hilarious and wonderful as ever. The Cad and the Co-Ed lives up to the rest of the series and more. When you pick up a Cosway/Reid novel you know you’re going to laugh out loud, need a fan (did I mention this one is particularly good at the melting of one’s underwear?), squirm with giddiness, choke with angsty anger, tear up, and laugh out loud some more. Witty, vibrant characters with phenomenal chemistry, The Cad and The Co-Ed (the entire Rugby series) is in a class of its own!
Really… LH Cosway and Penny Reid can do no wrong! I think they’re secretly attempting to take over the literary world. Stealthy book ninjas.
I was lucky enough to receive an ARC of Unrest and so didn’t have to wait to find out the fate of Amber, Rylen, Remy, Tater and their group. Thank gooI was lucky enough to receive an ARC of Unrest and so didn’t have to wait to find out the fate of Amber, Rylen, Remy, Tater and their group. Thank goodness! The story picks up immediately, and just like Unknown the pacing never lets up, and neither does the suspense. I found myself waiting anxiously to see what danger lurked around the next corner for the group, and was so engrossed I read the entire book in one sitting. The romantic tension between Amber and Rylen from book one simmers and sizzles in Unrest, heating up their romantic chemistry to explosive levels. It’s HOT! *fans self* And as the group begin to realize the truth of what’s happening to their world, the bonds between them become even stronger. As scary as the world they’re living in is, I can’t help but want to be a member of their group. I love them so much. Their friendship and relationships are at the very heart of this series. My emotions were rocked overboard by that ending! They still are! I NEED book three. Yesterday.
Slow-burning furnace-hot romance, action-packed suspense, a kickass heroine and hero, and gut-wrenching emotion, The Unknown Series is now a brand new favorite! Five phenomenal Stars!...more
There is nothing better than a fantastic heroine and Wendy Higgin’s delivers a new favorite for me with Amber Tate. Amber’s voice pulled me in immediaThere is nothing better than a fantastic heroine and Wendy Higgin’s delivers a new favorite for me with Amber Tate. Amber’s voice pulled me in immediately as she swept me up in memories of her childhood and teenage years, falling for her brother’s best friend Rylen Fite. Within mere pages I was sold on Amber and Rylen, wanting their happily ever after, hoping for it with every page I turned. The world basically begins to implode around them as an invisible enemy attacks the United States. As Amber is a paramedic and genuinely driven to help people, we’re taken with her right into the center of the chaos. Her strength and bravery pushes the pacing, and I swear I didn’t look up from my kindle until well into the night, desperate to work out what was happening and to see characters I was falling for make it out alive. The plot is so well-written I was uneasy by the authenticity of it. I have to say my heart broke numerous times for Amber and her friends. And yet, the dialogue is so realistic between the friends that their banter, despite their dire circumstances, brought much-needed moments of lightness and balance.
Engrossing romantic tension, action-packed suspense, a kickass heroine and heartfelt emotion, Unknown has everything I want in a book and much more! Five epic stars! ...more
Patrick Ness, as the writer of one of my favourite trilogies (Chaos Walking), can forever do no wrong, and A Monster Calls proves it. I'm not an audioPatrick Ness, as the writer of one of my favourite trilogies (Chaos Walking), can forever do no wrong, and A Monster Calls proves it. I'm not an audiobook fan, but I saw this one was narrated by Jason Isaacs (Lucius Malfoy of the Harry Potter movies) and I love his voice. Moreover, it was over the Christmas holidays and I had little time to read so I plugged this one into the car, listening to it while I ran a million errands. Anyone who was paying close enough attention must have thought I was crazy in my car. It made me laugh, it made me think, and it most assuredly made me cry. At one point I was actually crying so hard I had to pull the car over and I rarely cry like that at books. Jason Isaacs does a phenomenal, first class job of the narration. As for Ness, he's written a book about loss from a child's perspective and he gets it heartbreakingly spot on. A Monster Calls is a wise and poignant read for all ages.
A quick, brilliant read from L.H. Cosway, this time delving into the romance of the youngest Cross brother, Liam, and heroine Iris. And Iris is a trueA quick, brilliant read from L.H. Cosway, this time delving into the romance of the youngest Cross brother, Liam, and heroine Iris. And Iris is a true heroine. I loved her story for its originality (I haven't as yet come across her particular backstory in romance), its rawness and authenticity. Iris was a wonderful mix of strength and vulnerability. Liam is determined and solid, an alpha-type without being overbearing, and Iris has his complete intense focus (le sigh). As always with a Cosway book the h & H are exactly what the other needs, and have addictive amounts of sexual and emotional chemistry between them. Novel, Novella, paragraph, sentence... word... if Cosway writes it, I will definitely read it. In a heartbeat. ...more
A few days ago I finished Kaleidoscope Hearts by Claire Contreras. It's been on my kindle since it came out but I only just got around to reading it. WA few days ago I finished Kaleidoscope Hearts by Claire Contreras. It's been on my kindle since it came out but I only just got around to reading it. Well, I'm kicking the hell out of myself for not having read it sooner. I bloody well loved it! And now I've just finished Paper Hearts, and though I thought it would be impossible to love it more than the first book, I did. Seriously two of the best romance books I've ever read. They are a masterclass in how to write FANTASTIC romance. Engrossing, addictive, funny, hot, so very emotional. They are toe-curlingly good! If you haven't read them then I urge you to put them at the top of your tbr pile. Contreras is now at the top of my auto-buy list....more
Another brilliant five star read from LH Cosway! This is one of my top favourite book series and Andrea and Stu's story is a wonderful addition to it.Another brilliant five star read from LH Cosway! This is one of my top favourite book series and Andrea and Stu's story is a wonderful addition to it.
Cosway has a wonderful ability to make a somewhat less than heroic secondary character into an irresistible hero in his own book. I didn't think I could love Stu as much as I loved Lee but I did. As always the chemistry between hero and heroine here was amazing. The scenes between Andie and Stu were slow build hot (my favourite kind!). I was reading this on a flight to the US and I kept grinning with giddiness at the banter between them. There were a few moments I found myself chuckling to myself and ignoring the bemused stare of the man next to me. And then there were the moments I cursed myself for forgetting my kindle cover - the kindle cover that would have hid the screen so people couldn't see the panty-meltingly hot sex scenes that Cosway writes. However, her writing is so addictive that I soon was too absorbed in the story to give a crap if anyone could see I was reading schmexy stuff :p
A book with true heart - emotional, edgy, angsty, and smokin' hot sexy! Thief of Hearts is just one more reason I keep one-clicking L.H. Cosway's novels...more
Yup, he's my new book boyfriend. All mine. I'll fight ya for him! Why? Because Damon Atwood is a wonderful mix of tortured,Damon.
Damon, Damon, Damon.
Yup, he's my new book boyfriend. All mine. I'll fight ya for him! Why? Because Damon Atwood is a wonderful mix of tortured, brooding artist and gruff, caring, earthiness. I absolutely loved him! He was a perfect counterpoint to heroine, Rose, a talented, romantic, warm, trusting, open young woman. She was exactly the kind of person Damon needed in his life, and as far as character development goes, perfection. I also loved how both hero and heroine had their fair share of trauma, and yet such different reactions to it. There was that perfect balance of being what the opposite needed with enough similarities between them for compassion and empathy to draw them together. This was done with L.H. Cosway's natural instincts for great characterisation; a skill proven in her supporting characters because with every one of her books I find myself equally intrigued by them as I am with the main heroes. And as always, Showmance is recognisable as an L.H. Cosway novel because of its earthy authenticity and addictively smooth-paced narrative.
Showmance may be set in the flamboyant world of the theatre and a Moulin Rouge production, but this is a story about the characters and their romance takes centre stage. It is one filled with heart pounding emotion, delicious angst and damn hot sex scenes! *fans self* If I haven't mentioned it before I'm a huge fan! Like Cosway's books before it, Showmance has heart, intensity, loveable, real, raw characters and more than a dash of heat! 5 STARS!...more
It's official: LH Cosway and Penny Reid are a perfect writing team. Everyone knows I'm a huge fan of both writers' books, but what some might not knowIt's official: LH Cosway and Penny Reid are a perfect writing team. Everyone knows I'm a huge fan of both writers' books, but what some might not know is I first discovered them when I picked up "The Hooker and the Hermit". Once I read that, I knew I had to read more from them and I started to devour everything they've written as individual authors. The second book in the Rugby Series "The Player and the Pixie" lives up to its predecessor. It's funny, it's emotional, it's sexy and it has my favourite thing in it—fan-freakin-tastic characterisation. The thing I've come to love about both authors is their skill at character development. For me to fall in love with a romance novel, I need to fall in love with the characters, and for me to fall in love with the characters they need to be truly three-dimensional. It was certainly easy to fall for the characters here. Both Lucy and Sean have layers. They're flawed, they're real, and for that they are both immensely likeable. The biggest win for this book is in fact Sean. To take a character with unlikeable character traits, give history to the traits and thus understanding, and have you fall in love with that character despite his flaws is masterful. I love Sean! I didn't think he could dethrone Ronan... yet somehow he did.
Okay, Penny Reid can officially do no wrong. With every new book in this series the couple becomes my new favourite and Greg and Fiona are definitelyOkay, Penny Reid can officially do no wrong. With every new book in this series the couple becomes my new favourite and Greg and Fiona are definitely my new favourites. I think their story got to me more than any other because their relationship was so realistic. They face the same ups and downs that people who have been together or married for a long time do. Ultimately, I think there is something much more powerful about the idea of a love that can survive all the highs and lows that life can throw at it, and Penny delivers this brilliantly. HEN is finely balanced. It's not just about characters who put that darn ache in your chest. It's got the fantastic banter, wit, smarts, and the feels I've come to expect from a Penny Reid novel... not to mention more than a dash of action!
A wonderful read. I'll never have to read a Penny Reid blurb again. If she wrote it, I'm reading it....more
So I'm officially a fangirl. I love Penny Reid's novels and this novella has just made me fall harder. With every new**5 Fan-Frickin-Tastic Stars!!!**
So I'm officially a fangirl. I love Penny Reid's novels and this novella has just made me fall harder. With every new book in this series the couple becomes my new favourite and Greg and Fiona are definitely my new favourites. And this is only an origin novella! To say I am excited for their story 'Happily Ever Ninja' is putting it mildly! It's the best romance novella I've ever read. The chemistry, the banter, and best of all how three dimensional they are. Penny's characters always are but packing all that into 40K is tough to do for any author and this is a triumphant success. That's what makes her my favourite contemporary romance writer. Yeah. I said it. FAVOURITE.
Penny, if we are ever at signing together I will attempt to not be a creepy ninja stalker around you.
The Hearts series is one of my favourite contemporary romance series out there and Hearts of Blue is a fan-frickin-tastic addition. I've just finishedThe Hearts series is one of my favourite contemporary romance series out there and Hearts of Blue is a fan-frickin-tastic addition. I've just finished the book and all I can think about is Lee Cross. While this is a Romeo & Juliet style love story (epic and full of the feels in other words), Lee Cross is a bit of a Robin Hood character. A sexy as sin, tattooed, mischievous, charming rogue of a Robin Hood. There is just no other word for him but 'yum.' Yum. Yum. Yum. Yum. And while I'm mentioning yum did I mention the gorgeous bad boy can cook? Because he can! There's no hope, dear readers. You will fall for Lee Cross whether it's right or wrong.
Best of all with Hearts of Fire, as with all of LH Cosway's novels, is the character development and chemistry. Karla and Lee are real, their issues are real, and the obstacles in their way are very definitely real. But so is their chemistry. And even handcuffs can't keep chemistry locked down for long ;)...more