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The Optional Aunt

4.30  ·  Rating details ·  23 ratings  ·  20 reviews
She's the older woman. He's the man who killed her husband.

Rosalie Carmichael has spent most of her life doing as she's told. She is the perfect wife, a loving mother, and the aunt everyone calls on when they need a favor.

Her life is peaceful until her happy family is torn apart and she finds herself at the mercy of the Coalition once again.

Scared and alone for the firs
ebook, 450 pages
Published November 12th 2020 by DyMi Ink
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Robyn Corcoran
Nov 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Hang onto your hats for one wild ride, this is another incredible story in this series. In book one, The Dangerous Son, we met a lot of the characters in the Coalition and the Samaritan’s Soldiers MC but not so much the two lead characters in this story, Rosalie Carmichael and Oliver Tennyson. This story centres around them both and of course their families and the Coalition too.

Oliver is a strong minded, take-charge alpha character and he truly has his heart in the right place but unfortunately
Feb 07, 2021 rated it really liked it
Rosalie is 16 and pregnant when she marries her love Aaron. Been part of the coalition things aren't always as they seem.
Oliver is tasked with watching Rosalie but how will she feel when she learns the truth?
When secrets and lies become exposed who can one trust.
Another lovely addition to the series
Juli Hall
Nov 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Rosalie looses her beloved husband suddenly and takes comfort in her bodyguard Oliver. He looks so much like her dead husband it’s uncanny. Secrets are discovered and more blood is shed as they both take on the Coalition to uncover the secrets and put an end to it. Twists and turns, suspense that will have you on the edge and romance is all in this amazing book.
Dec 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Zoe Hill has blown me away again in her second novel The Optional Aunt. Her ability to create complex imperfect characters that are not easily categorized is enticing as is the contrasting traits of both Rosalie and Oliver. In addition, questions of conscience are posed to and through her characters actions and circumstances that really took the book to another level. I love books that cause me to think about more than simply “who done it”. Plus, PLUS the differentiation between good and evil (o ...more
Sophie Ruthven
Dec 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Wow what a ride!!
My love for this author seems to grow with each book.
Yet again she's created lovable characters and a plot that will keep you on the edge of your seat from cover to cover.
You don't need to read The Dangerous Son prior to reading this, but I'm glad that I took the time to re read as the timing of events of this book and how they correlate to the first will astound you.
Not only that your mind is going to be blown at how skillfully the author is weaving all the different threads to
Jennifer Pierson
Nov 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I'm all about the #GirlPower all the time, but somehow I don't read the age gap trope when the woman is older which confuses me now that I fell in love with The Optional Aunt. Rosalie is older than the man (Oliver) who killed her husband, and is now her bodyguard. That alone brings out all the emotions since he came to be protecting her right after she lost her husband so the guilt was overwhelming. There's no doubt that they have all kinds of chemistry, and it isn't denied for too very long bec ...more
Dec 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I loved Rosalie and Oliver!!!

This is new author Zoe Hill’s second published book. Really? I hear you ask. Yep, I tell you it’s a true story. And while it can be read as a stand-a-lone, I’ll also tell you that you really need to be reading Book One, The Dangerous Son first, because in this series there are four crime families involved and a lot of characters. They, and the family dynamics are introduced to you in the first book so I believe that it is important to hit it first before getting into
Nickie Sale
Nov 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Wow, Zoe really knocked this out the park. 2nd book in the series and although can be read as stand alone this is much better read as past of the series. Rose's husband is murderer, and she knows the coalition is behind it, but who? That who? is Oliver, and he is sent to be Rose's bodyguard in the aftermath her her husbands death. When Rose meets Oliver, (the day she found out her husband was dead) it's a real shock. Oliver is her husbands double, but whats worse for Rose, is the instant attract ...more
Nov 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: m-f
I read The Dangerous Son which was book one, it gave me an insight to the happenings of life on the dark and dangerous side...
The Coalition strike again bringing , Death ,mayhem, and disaster added with lies, untruths , untrustworthy families---- what and who do you believe?

Rosalie Carmichael leads a quiet life as the wife of a powerful MC family until one day she found that life had altered nothing was or would be the same … more blood was shed..
Who can you trust ? Who can you believe ?

Nov 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The Optional Aunt is another beautiful, steamy, action packed love story by Zoe Hill. The writing draws you in from the first page and it doesn’t let go until the very end. You become consumed with the characters and what will happen next. This author is great at drama and suspense. This is a reverse age gap story. Rosalie was born into the coalition and lucked out by marrying for love not by arrangement. She lives a life of leisure as a pampered wife never knowing the full extent of her husband ...more
Wendy Livingstone
Nov 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is the 2nd book in this intriguing series and is Oliver and Rosalie’s story. Rosalie has spent her life being the perfect wife, mother, and aunt, who everyone comes to when they need her. Oliver is sent to protect Rosalie when her husband is killed, and the chemistry between them is sizzling. However, who is Oliver, and what are her family hiding from Rosalee? This is a well written story which is dark, raw, gritty, emotional, and with suspense, mystery, and love, which all lead to an all-c ...more
Clayr Catherall
Nov 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
Another fantastic book for this series. Oliver and Rosalie’s story was packed with mystery, suspense and lots of steamy moments. I was hooked from beginning to end. I’m really looking forward to reading more by this author.
Nov 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-2020
I received this book as an ARC for an honest review. Oliver and Rosalie. Their story had me from the first page. Couldn’t put the book down. The lies and secrets between them as well as her brother. The secrets her husband kept even her son. Absolutely loved it and I look forward to more.
Ele Scofield
This is a difficult book for me to review. On one hand, I really loved the premise and most of the execution was really good. The writing seemed a bit on the poetic side in the prologue but quickly found its proper rhythm.

My only problem was that The Optional Aunt felt like a book in the middle of a series, where you've had 2-3 instalments before this one, that set up the world and the characters that seemed to just be name-dropped without any explanation. I get there's another book before this
World Of Books 65
Nov 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Plots, sub plots, mystery suspense, death destruction and smouldering hot chemistry all the makings of a must read mafia romance. Zoe Hill has produced a ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ sensation!

This is an age gap romance, our leading lady Rosalie is nearly 10 years older than Ollie who after the sudden death of her husband has been sent to protect her. But who is he really, why does he look so much like her dead husband and what is her family not telling her..For 32 years ever since she meet her husband at 16 she
Christina Balaz
Dec 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Loved Rosalie and Oliver!
Intrigued by these two characters from The Dangerous Son (these are standalone books but I love getting the interconnected stories one after the other) I couldn’t wait to read more about them and their briefly mentioned relationship.
There was mayhem, secrets, lies, deception and death tied together with love, alpha-ness and romance. I enjoyed it all. Zoe has a way with words to keep you hooked right until the very last page.
I loved the relationship between Ollie and Ros
Farida  Yasser
Nov 28, 2020 rated it did not like it
I received an ARC via netgalley in exchange of an honest review.
Okay, i think it was my mistake not to read the description box before i requested the book, but this book is completely out of my alley.
The plot wasn't strong enough for me, Oliver's character wasn't attractive, and rosalie was a whiny child the whole time!!
The inner thoughts of every character were so stretched that it was borderline boring.
Some of the dynamics of the story didn't make sense sometimes, too.
Overall, not a good expe
Jan 12, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2021-read, mafia
I started reading this book and immediately felt like I was missing something, that continued during different moments of reading this.
People popped in and out without it really being mentioned who they are or how they fit into the organisation.

Also Roman, who are you and what is your story because you make no sense to me.

Overall it needed edited down so it was more cohesive, 3 Stars

I received a free copy of this book via netgalley and am voluntarily leaving a review
Kaye Springett
Dec 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
Once I got into this book I really enjoyed it great story older woman younger man the characters from dangerous son make an appearance as well bringing the series together looking forward to the next instalment
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Zoe Hill is an Australian writer. Having found her niche spinning tales about love and villains--a trope she affectionately termed Villainous Romance--Zoe loves nothing better than typing all the words and consuming exorbitant amounts of coffee and Skittles while her teens are at school.

A country girl at heart, she is a rabid reader, a metal head, and UFC fanatic. When not writing, Zoe can be foun

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