Radio Silence is jam packed with things that I love! It's got an interracial romance! It's got friendship! It's got enemies to lovers! And it's got myRadio Silence is jam packed with things that I love! It's got an interracial romance! It's got friendship! It's got enemies to lovers! And it's got my favorite Romance trope: stranded together! Although, Arden and Gabriel aren't just stranded together. They're trying to survive whatever the heck is happening outside which forced them together. Arden and her best friend, John, left their apartment to head to the safety of his family's cabin. Of course, they hit trouble, John's brother thankfully rescues them, but that's not the end of their problems.
I really enjoyed Radio Silence. Arden is so feisty! I was annoyed with her at one point, but so was Gabriel. She made a really stupid decision, which is why when the book opens, she and John are on death's door. But she quickly grew on me, as did all of the other characters. I loved watching this little family unit knit together. It had been just Arden and John for weeks, but now they're with his older brother and younger sister, and everyone just comes together and does whatever it takes to make sure they all make it through this.
At first I was a little bummed that we get no details about what's happening in Radio Silence, but then I started to really like that we don't. It's much more realistic that way. How would Arden know anything when the power is out so there's no internet access, news, or radio? She wouldn't! This makes the tension that much higher, because everyone is just so high strung worrying about what the heck happened!
The romance was also really good. Gabriel is understandably annoyed and upset with Arden for putting his brother in that precarious situation. However, he is a doctor and sees that she's hurt and tends to her. That scene! We don't know what he's thinking, since this is all from Arden's POV, but let's just say she's having less than patiently feelings toward her caregiver. And they argue like crazy! Which of course leads to kissing and more as they're forced into each other's presence for weeks on end.
There is a slight mystery plot, which I wasn't quite that into. John and Gabriel's parents went missing while John and Arden were on their way. Obviously, Gabriel didn't know they were coming, so he never went to look for their parents because he couldn't leave their sister home alone in this chaos. Having someone there, means he can finally go look for them. It's not a bad plot, but it did leave me with unanswered questions at the end.
Radio Silence was a great read! All of the elements that I love worked really well together. The ending is a bit rushed and felt a little incomplete, but it did leave me eager to read the next book!
Hooked is a little novella that takes place at the same time as Level Up and follows Stacy. We met her as Adam and Tessa's super hot office manager whHooked is a little novella that takes place at the same time as Level Up and follows Stacy. We met her as Adam and Tessa's super hot office manager who is sick and tired of being asked out all of the time. Now we know why. She's taking a year off from dating after her last boyfriend took her for $200,000 under false pretenses. He's in jail and she's under the careful eye of her parents whom hold her trust fund. In walks Rodney who respects Stacy's choice not to date, and yet ends up as her fake boyfriend!
I liked Hooked, and really liked how it took place over just a couple of days surrounding New Year's rather than shoving weeks into 60 pages. We also know that I'm a huge fan of the fake relationship turned real, although there is quite the hilarious twist with that. Stacy isn't going to just pretend she has a boyfriend, oh no she's not! The one thing that I didn't like, and felt like didn't need to be included in a story this short, was Stacy telling Rodney to work hard to show her that he's really interested and not just trying to take advantage. The very next chapter has them getting together! Where did he prove anything?! Other than that, this was a fun and enjoyable quickie.
Hidden treasure! Family secrets! And a marriage of convenience! Oh my! Treasured was such a fun read! Jack Kensington won an estate in a game of cardsHidden treasure! Family secrets! And a marriage of convenience! Oh my! Treasured was such a fun read! Jack Kensington won an estate in a game of cards. He plans on selling it after he travels to the Highlands to check out his new property. He certainly doesn't expect to find Isobel living there with her elderly aunt. It turns out that Isobel's brother is an irresponsible jerk with no concern whatsoever for their well being. But Isobel is not about to let her family home be sold off, and convinces Jack that a marriage between them would be most beneficial.
Treasured was a delight! I immediately adored both Jack and Isobel. He's no gentleman, but he's also no cad. He intended to sell off the castle, take the money, and return to London, but upon realizing that this is someone's home, plans changed. Isobel is no simpering flower. She's been running the household for years and has the respect and admiration of everyone who lives and works there. She's not going to let their livelihoods be taken away, even if that means she must enter a loveless marriage with a stranger. Of course, where love is missing, lust is certainly abundant! And love grows eventually.
There's also a family mystery at the center of Treasured. It's believed that Isobel's grandfather had hidden a treasure somewhere on the property, but he disappeared one day and it became just a family tale. But while Isobel is cleaning out rooms and the attic, she stumbles upon clues that might suggest that her aunt's stories about her father are true. Then Jack keeps getting into all kinds of accidents, almost as if someone wants him dead. From there the two start exploring the property in hopes of finding the treasure and what really happened to Isobel's grandfather all those years ago.
Treasured was just really great! I love family secrets and this is a good one! There's so much that Isobel and Elizabeth don't know about their home and family, and it all comes out! I do wish that the treasure hunt had taken up more of the plot, but I still enjoyed what was included. I also loved how Isobel and Jack eventually fall in love despite their unusual meeting and rushed wedding.