5 - "Ever think you’re not the person everyone thinks you are...?" Stars!
I fell in love with the characters in this series in the first book, and ladi5 - "Ever think you’re not the person everyone thinks you are...?" Stars!
I fell in love with the characters in this series in the first book, and ladies’ man Joel Moreno was high up there on the list of likes, and Rebecca did not disappoint with his story. The second book in the Smart Jocks series, pairs our affable charmer up with a single mom, and The Fadeaway was a book I read on one sitting because it just pulled me in from the get-go.
"I know you better than you think I do…"
One of my favourite story-lines, is when a commitment-phobe falls, and falls hard, especially for the last person he expects to see himself with. Doesn’t hurt that he was an absolute sweetheart to begin with, but I just loved the way he stepped up and did all the right things with Katrina and her young son Christian. And what starts out as a once a week flirtation over a serving of coffee turns into so much more when Joel runs into Katrina out for an evening with the girls.
Having Joel show up for me reminded me that I needed to let more people in. not everyone is going to let me down…
Katrina has learned to be independent and look after herself and her young son after practically raising him on her own, asking for help and relying on other people for anything does not come easy. I think that’s part of the reason that the relationship building between the pair of them as the story progressed worked so well, because although their lives are vastly different in pretty much every way, they each offer the other something they are sorely missing, and it was just a joy to read.
Leading with my heart is too risky… Letting my body do all the feeling seems a safer and more enjoyable mission…
Loved this book even more than its predecessor, we get to see more of Wes and Blair as well as get to know more of the players on the team. Joel tips Wes as my favourite, but only just, I don’t know how long he will hold that title for though with the ornery and virtually unknown Zeke up next in The Tip-Off which thankfully is due for release next month. Having loved both books so far I cannot wait for his and Gabby’s story, although I have to say I think I’d be happy to read anything by this author now, she has cemented herself into my favourites!
"You got it bad."
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What an introduction to this author’s writing. I don’t often read college age romance anymore, mainly because I str4 - "God bless smart jocks…" Stars!
What an introduction to this author’s writing. I don’t often read college age romance anymore, mainly because I struggle with the overly dramatic/angsty story-lines, or I just find it impossible to relate to the characters.
"No risk, no reward…"
As you can guess from my rating, I had no problem with The Assist, Rebecca Jenshak hit the balance perfectly for me with the first book in her Smart Jocks series, and I devoured Wes and Blair’s story.
As much as I didn’t want to tutor her, I’m clinging to our time together…
Popular jock falling for studious hard working nerd isn’t a new storyline, but I think what made this book so enjoyable was the fact that all of the characters (main & secondary) were likeable, and even in my advanced years(!!), relatable.
Wes on the outside looks like he has it all and Blair on initial meeting judges him accordingly, its only as their interactions progress that you begin to see just how much pressure he is under, the expectation to perform would crush a lesser basketball player, but it’s not only that but the way he treats the people around him that just makes you fall for him even more. Blair was equally likeable, trapped in a situation that is making her college life almost impossible, she’s trying to live her best life while juggle more than the average woman in her situation.
He has this arrogant charm that makes me want to kiss him and punch him at the same time…
The stage has been set with this book, the characters introduced, and although I loved this story, I foresee great things coming along in the rest of the books in the series.
"I think you might end up being the best thing that ever happened to me…"
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Saved by their One-Night Baby is the first book in the new SOS Docs series, it is also the first book I have read by Lo4 - "We have all night…" Stars!
Saved by their One-Night Baby is the first book in the new SOS Docs series, it is also the first book I have read by Louisa George, but I’ll definitely be looking to read more from her in the future.
"I am here to work not mess around with an unsuitable man…"
Its not often a Mills & Boon novel offers up something different, but Louisa managed to with Ethan and Claire’s story, in that the bulk of it takes place on the SOS Poseidon a ship that patrols the waters mainly around mainland Europe, picking up refugees who are looking to make a better life for themselves. The conditions on-board are basic, with the crew living in close quarters as well as looking after the men, women and children they pick up while on patrol.
His heart was happy with her regardless of the restrictions they put on their relationship…
Stuck in a lift with each other in a hotel lift during a power cut produces an explosive connection, one that Claire wants to treasure as a memory of the beginning of her life of freedom, that is until she turns up on-board the next day and finds Ethan is one of the Doctors she will be working with. They agree to keep things platonic while on the ship, but it gets more difficult to keep on the right side of the line set the longer they spend together.
"It seems we can’t be trusted on our own..."
The title pretty much tells you what happens next, but with Ethan still dealing with a lot of demons from one tragic accident in his youth, the path to parenthood is not all smooth sailing, even though they are a perfect match in pretty much every other way.
"You were supposed to be a fling… I guess you can still be that. I won’t hold you to anything…"
Great story, likeable characters, and a with a huge amount of scope for further characters to come on-board as the series progresses I am looking forward to reading more from it, I hope that ship’s Captain; Chase is up next though, an intriguing character himself in this one and dealing with a lot of the same demons Ethan is, so I’d love to get in his head next.
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Jane Porter delivers up the full Mills & Boon reading experience with His Shock Marriage in Greece, expectatio5 - "No more looking back..." Stars!
Jane Porter delivers up the full Mills & Boon reading experience with His Shock Marriage in Greece, expectations were met (and exceeded) with the story-line and the characters, brooding Alpha Gazillionaire versus Innocent, yet feisty Heiress, and I loved every minute of Kassiani and Damen’s story.
"I’m not one to forgive and forget…"
After Kass’s sister up’s and does a Houdini the night before her arranged marriage to shipping magnate Damen Alexopoulos, their father takes desperate steps and forces Kass to step into the wedding dress her sister was supposed to be filling. Being of a curvier persuasion said dress needs a few alterations before it fits the bill, and although Damen knows his bride isn’t the one agreed upon as she stumbles down the aisle on the three inch heels towards him, he goes through with the ceremony.
She belonged with him. She belonged to him. For the first time in her life, she belonged somewhere…
Kass see’s her marriage to Damen as a way to escape her life with her controlling family, it doesn’t take long for her to realize that she has left one gilded emotionless cage for another when Damen tries to lay out the ground rules of how their marriage will work. Doesn’t take long for them both to start crossing the lines though, but Damen’s dark past is something that still hold him in its grip, and unless he can deal with his demons their marriage is doomed.
"I think I push you too far… I fear I am too much for you sometimes."
You know what you are getting with a M&B title, Jane Porter delivers it up in spades, I loved the whole book but the last couple of chapters were what tipped it into the five star rating, I even had a little sniffle!
Love healed... Love hoped... ...and love endured.
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Kelly Hunter is a one-click author for me, her inclusion in the series linked to this one, Outback Brides set4 - "You’re here… And I’m happy." Stars!
Kelly Hunter is a one-click author for me, her inclusion in the series linked to this one, Outback Brides set high standards as the first book that introduced everyone to Wirra Station and its people, and Maggie’s Run was the best of the bunch from that multi-author series. I’ll be honest and say I haven’t read any of the previous three books in the Outback Brides of Wirralong series, but they saved the best for last with Emma offering up a great opposites-attract theme, as well as having Maggie from the previously mentioned book feature quite a bit as a secondary character in Emma and Liam’s story.
"You’re very unusual… But in a good way"
This was a quick read, Emma a long, lost relation to Maggie, travels to Australia several times a year to spend time with her extended family and just be. Her life back in the UK as a low-level member of the Aristocracy, is full of expectations in general, life-long disappointment from her father that she wasn’t a boy, and his meddling in relations to marrying her off to the most boorish of men desperate for the kudos her family name and title will potentially give them.
The friendship, support and just plain kindness here wasn’t at all what she was used to…
Liam McNair spends long stretches of time on his own at Red Rock Downs, so finds social situations awkward at best, not one for small talk, he struggles to find common ground with Emma initially, but their attraction quickly smooths his jagged edges with her, and a few days of close proximity together when she volunteers to help out on his latest cattle run cements that attraction into something even deeper.
"There’s something about you and this place that makes me feel secure…"
I pretty much read this book in one sitting, the story-line doesn’t really offer up any surprises, but Kelly’s expert wordmanship keeps you invested in the couple, and their ups and downs in building a strong and lasting relationship together.
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The ninth and final book in Katie Reus’s Darkness series was an absolute stunner. Although I was sad to know that I was sa5 - "This is so bad…" Stars!
The ninth and final book in Katie Reus’s Darkness series was an absolute stunner. Although I was sad to know that I was saying goodbye to a number of beloved characters, the author finished the series with an absolute cracking read.
He sensed that war and destruction were coming… he needed to be ready.
Healer Greer and Dragon Warrior Reaper are hardly what you would expect to be a perfect match at first glance, but after waking from hundreds of years in hibernation, the first thing Reaper knows is that this gentle, but ballsy shifter is his mate.
He felt the mating call in his bones, all the way to his core, that they were connected…
Greer has been burnt by a relationship with a dominant man in the past and is not looking to end up with another, even though her dragon virtually purrs when Reaper is near, his blunt commands and explicit expectations leave her rubbed up in all the wrong sorts of ways. This lack of filter caused some absolutely hilarious moments, especially in the context that this is a man who has been asleep for a veeeeery long time and has no clue of the current societal niceties, or what common slang and phrases actually mean.
She wanted to find some peace in his arms and she hoped she gave him some too…
As you would expect, the relationship developing between them is not the sole focus of the story-line, and the end of the world as we know it plays a pivotal role in the rounding out of this series as well. We are also given plenty of page time with various other characters from the series as the bigger story arc plays out.
He was hers and she was his…
I’m not going to say anything else about the story in this one, but it was an absolute page turner, with action, surprises and excitement dropping in every chapter, I virtually read it in one sitting. I laughed, I cried and it was a struggle to say good bye to my favourite PNR series from this author. On the plus a spin-off is in the works, and with things left the way they were at the end of this one, I am expecting big things, more great characters and story-lines to keep me entertained for a long time to come.
"I’m excited to start a new adventure with you…"
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The second book in Helen Hoang’s Kiss Quotient series gives us Khai’s story. We met him in the first book and his blunt to4 - "You're my one." Stars!
The second book in Helen Hoang’s Kiss Quotient series gives us Khai’s story. We met him in the first book and his blunt to the point delivery of opinions was equal parts amusing and cringe-worthy. Being autistic presents its challenges for Khai, but he has settled himself into a regimented existence that he believes makes him happy. Only his mother doesn’t agree!
Lonely was for people who had feelings, which he didn’t…
On a visit to Ho Chi Minh City, his mother starts interviewing potential candidates for an arranged marriage to her son, which brings about an unexpected meeting with Esme Tran in a hotel bathroom, Khai’s mother believes she would be a perfect match for her son, even if she is there as the cleaner and not a patron of the high end hotel.
"Mom knows best…"
Esme travels to America for the summer, effectively moves in with Khai, and tries to ingratiate herself into his life, as you can expect having his routines and general day to day living messed with by someone his mother has picked out for him, does not sit well with Khai and initially he is reluctant to Esme’s presence in his life, but little by little she works her way into his affections, even though he still believes he isn’t capable of feelings.
She was already a song that played on endless repeat in his head…
Although another great read, I didn’t love The Bride Test quite as much as its predecessor, I found myself hooked on the first book from its beginning and it pulled me in deeper and deeper the further the story progressed, The Bride Test was more of a book of two halves, where the first half felt a little bit pedestrian in the way the plot moved along, but then then it took off at a faster clip in the second half and grabbed me completely until the end.
"I’m glad it was you…"
I am so glad that Quan (Khai’s brother) is next up to get his story, we spend quite a bit of time with him in this book when Khai is trying to negotiate his way around certain aspects of being with a woman, and boy did he have me giggling. I’ll be interested to see how this ladies’ man falls and who the author puts in his path to catch him.
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4 - "You won’t be able to resist me forever…" Stars!
We return to Red River Valley for the sixth instalment in the series. It’s In His Song gives us Mu4 - "You won’t be able to resist me forever…" Stars!
We return to Red River Valley for the sixth instalment in the series. It’s In His Song gives us Musician/Barman Dylan McCoys’ story, and although novella length it was an enjoyable addition to Shelly’s series.
She’d been burned once… She wouldn’t dare play with fire again…
We get two of my favourite tropes in this one as well, in that Hailey Hicks is back in town, and after being stood up by Dylan six years previously, so he could go off and pursue his Music dream in LA. As you would expect she is less than happy to find out her and Dylan share commercial wallspace, his Uncle Joe's bar, is next to her Salon; Shear Elegance.
She’d have known him anywhere… Picked him out of any crowd… Even after six years.
Seeing her again Dylan realizes he wants a second chance… Something she is sort of wanting herself, but Hailey has baggage, in the way of a daughter, something that will have repercussions on both of them and their potential reconciliation.
"I’ve got you."
Nothing new or unusual with the plot, but it’s well written, and I always enjoy my time spent in Red River, I have a feeling that due to parting with her original publisher for this series, the author is possibly only contractually permitted to self-publish novellas in relation to it going forwards, because although the preceding book to this one had a story that fit that shorter page count, Dylan and Hailey had enough going on that this could have easily been drawn out into a longer book, it would have certainly given them both more depth as characters (although Dylan has had page time in the previous books), and gave time to the rebuilding of their relationship around his discovery that he is also a father. Still well worth a couple of hours of your time though!
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