Sports romance isn't one of my favourite genres but this author makes it a very entertaining read and although full of baseball jargon, I somehow managed to get through the pages without getting lost.
Milly is the only daughter amongst four siblings. She lives and breathes baseball, not your typical girly-girl. She grew up with three brothers, one of them a famous baseball sports hero. Her in-depth knowledge about baseball made her noticeable to Carson, one of the rising star baseball players in their school. She might secretly be in awe of his talent but what are the chances of him noticing her?
Carson Stone is a promising baseball player but an injury sidelined him and delayed his chances of getting into the major league. His head isn’t into the game and he needs to get over the slump. When Milly, the unassuming tomboy surprises him with her advise, he gets to see the real persona beneath the baggy outfits.
Milly and Carson’s story is a standalone romance told in dual points of view and is packed with a lot of baseball trivia. I started out reading this book hardly knowing much about the sport apart from a few baseball movies I have watched but by the time I turned the last page in my kindle, I felt like an armchair expert on baseball. I appreciate this author’s entertaining and educational narrative on this sport without making my eyes glaze over the technical terms.
The main characters are a perfect fit personality-wise and dedicated to their careers. The slow progression of their romance from coach to student, then gradually becoming friends and eventually lovers is as realistic as it can be. And I was relieved that this wasn’t a love at first sight kind of story.
I was pleasantly surprised that the timeline actually stretched out to more than just a few years. I guess Carson had some growing up to do and he needed to get his head and heart together. I love Milly’s character, a passionate woman who is willing to give that extra mile and her heart. Carson and Milly’s story is not only about their love of baseball, but it's also about family and loyalty. How ironic for someone like me who isn't into the sport, it turns out that this is probably my most favourite book by this author. I highly recommend!...more
At the end of the first book, all of Theo’s secrets were discovered and poor Zia was struck by a metaphysical train.
“Oh, trust me. I hear you. And you’re right. You are absolutely right. I need to be more careful. I really can’t trust myself. Theo might have all kinds of things to tell me, but it would be better if I stay away from him. Even if I wanted to listen. Even if I wanted to believe him. It would be better for everyone if I kept my distance. Especially me.”
How would anyone act if they discovered a secret so old, it pre-dated their birth? I can honestly say I just do not know how I would handle such a discovery.
All throughout this duet, Theo has had a plan, one he planned to stick to even when he had squishy warm feelings for Zia. Anyone who’s been in the possession of such emotions will tell you that squishy, squashy feelings trump any plans. As the old saying goes ‘Life is what happens when you’re making plans.’
Zia and Theo were an instant hit together on-page. I can honestly say I haven’t felt such an impact since Penny and Sebastian got together. Speaking of the King and Queen; getting to re-visit them and the lives was a real blast from the past. Penny has grown so much in the interim time between Royals Undercover and this newest book release.
This author is spectacular at creating villainous characters. However, I have never quite experienced a character such as Derrick before. Silver spooned pacifier comes to mind. The man was a total doughnut for most of the duet. How he thought he could get away with what he was doing was beyond me.
The romance between Theo and Zia was hot and heavy. Push me, pull me. I was never sure which way to turn with them.
I’ve stated numerous times how much of a fan I am of Team Winston Isles. Team WI is constantly expanding and that’s a good thing. To still see and experience returning characters and their personalities always leaves me with a smile. Thank you, Ms. Malone. I will always be in awe of what you pull off in your books. ...more
There's nothing more I like than reading forbidden romance. Angst, passion and drama, Entice has that in abundance. River first met Grayson Price when she was a young child in a fragile condition due to a traumatic time in her life. She'd developed a huge crush on the man she saw as her saviour. The one that gave her some support. Due to a fallout, she hadn't seen him for eight years. Fast forward and she realises she has even stronger feelings for him.
Grayson Price, a highly successful businessman who works, works and works with no room for anything else is asked by his sister who he is in business with, to let bygones be bygones and go and meet his old friend Tyler for a business proposition. Tyler happens to be River's dad. Grayson doesn't bargain for the little girl he once knew to be the most stunning young woman he's ever encountered. At first, he couldn't remember her but she recognises him and plays along.
A fifteen year age gap between them and the fact that Grayson and Tyler go way back puts a halt on Grayson pursuing River, but as their paths keep crossing, this becomes increasingly difficult. They try to deny their attraction and all the desire they have for each other. There are a lot of issues and demons River and Grayson have to battle and as I read on, I could see how Gray was struggling to open his heart and why he hides behind his company. River melts his heart but he's afraid of letting her get closer just in case of his fear comes to fruition. River has a lot of fear in herself to do with her parents and the abandonment that she felt from a young age.
Apart from the forbidden affair, there are events that had a bit of a sinister feel to them and whilst I enjoyed the passion and desire that sizzled from the pages, in the back of my mind I was willing them to wake up and smell the coffee or rather see what was going on under their noses, especially Tyler. He frustrated me at times because he just seemed oblivious to these events. Jaxon Price is Grayson's younger brother and he was a very interesting character. Also working with Grayson and their sister Addison, he came across as the complete opposite to Grayson. I found him to be cheeky and loved his interactions with Grayson and the way he wound him up.
To sum up, this was a very enjoyable offering and I felt that there was a hidden message there. Things are not always the way they seem and how important it is to communicate and not assume. I was on tenterhooks waiting for the forbidden pair to be discovered and that made me anxious. I really liked the two protagonists. Grayson, a broody alpha and River and was quite sultry but at times, very vulnerable. A very enjoyable book worth recommending to my book buddies....more
This is my first book by this author and I really enjoyed her writing style. Before I jumped into this story, I did a little research and was warned that the author is well known for her cliff-hanger endings. Little did I know that this one has a massive one so be warned!
Harley Jameson is her father’s favourite and can’t do any wrong in his eyes. She is a sassy, mouthy little princess. Her little MC kingdom would have been perfect if her enemy Jackson wasn’t in it. She can’t stand him and has hated him to her core since they were toddlers.
Jackson Pierce is the eldest of two sons of a surgeon who is close friends with Harley’s family. He is his mother’s favourite son. He cannot resist winding Harley up every time they see each other and he always gets her in trouble.
Narrated in dual points of view from when Harley was six years old and Jackson was seven, this coming-of-age story chronicles the misadventures, the wind-ups and the pains of growing up. The author flawlessly captures the angst of teenage life and when Jackson’s almost perfect family life is suddenly shattered. Oh boy, I felt this boy’s heartache and loss, my heart bled for him. Amidst all this turmoil his feelings for Harley seesaws from hatred to something akin to love! And Harley despite her hatred of Jackson, becomes his anchor to reality. The writing in this book has excellent pacing and character development and grips your attention from start to finish.
The secondary characters as I found out, had their own stories in the Good Ol’ Boys series and I would love to read the stories of Jackson’s and Harley’s parents and their friends. I am truly gutted that I have to wait for a few more months before I find out what happens to this pair. These two have a lot of growing up to do but then they are only teenagers so they need to learn from their mistakes and whilst reading their antics, there were times when I wanted to reach inside my kindle and bang their heads together. This new-to-me author is a revelation and I am very impressed. I would totally recommend this book. ...more
I don't know if this has ever happened to you after reading an epic love story, but it was a first for me. When I turned the last page of Fighting Absolution, I rushed to my PC, opened a doc and then stared at the screen gormessly. No words came, just tears. I needed to collect my thoughts before even attempting to put pen to paper, but I simply couldn't. It took me exactly a day to read but ages to write this review. Now, this isn't normal, Fighting Absolution isn't your normal military romance, either. McCarthy took me on a roller-coaster ride which squeezed my heart, touched my soul and gave me a profound feeling of hope.
The character development is nothing less than spectacular. In their own way, they all have imperfections, making them so much more relatable. The storyline is dramatic without being overdone, the pace is fast, keeping me on the edge from the beginning to the end. It's a real-life warzone. It’s battling with emotions so deep, those affected can’t see what’s in front of their very own eyes. The details of the surroundings at home and away, the camaraderie shared hardships to heartfelt friendship, trust and love are carefully thought-out. Nothing is left out, nothing is exaggerated.
“Isn’t that why any of us join the damn army in the first place? We’re hoping it’s going to perform some kind of miracle and piece us back together.”
Young Jamie Murphy is in need of a friend and she finds one on the other side of a fence, but they never cross the panels. Not one to tell all, she gradually opens up to Bear. But who is he? Why does he hold back on her? You’ll see although one thing’s for sure, she’s his Little Warrior.
“There’s the little warrior I know. I would laugh if we both weren’t hurting so much.”
What he sees in her is strength; a strength he encourages and oh boy, she’s going to need every ounce of it. I really and truly liked Jamie. So unpretentious, her beauty doesn’t even register with her. When she's on form, you'll love her dry wit and through it all, she still managed to make me smile.
‘Careful. You cracked a joke. Isn’t that your quota for the year?’
The worse happens, he’s gone, she can’t find him. Wow, to say she was peeved would be putting it mildly. Hmm...so it’s his bad luck, life goes on and she has a plan. A plan which not only turns out better than she could ever have imagined, but in its way, also reflects on future happenings which for this reader, caused utter despair.
‘Maybe that’s what life is all about. Snatching moments like this. Ones that get you through when you have nothing else.’
As fate would have it, the same war-torn road they’d chosen to go down brings Bear and Jamie together. Their friendship rekindles, he becomes her rock and to be perfectly honest, I still don’t know if I cried more for him or Jamie whilst learning how they coped with loss. But there are happy times which melted my heart. Their leg-pulling and comebacks; a welcome reprieve, had me grinning from ear to ear. How Jamie and Bear’s story evolves brought out more crushing feels if that were ever possible. And in all fairness and as much as I would like to tell you the outcome of their journey, I can’t. What I can say is this book will captivate you and be warned, having a man-sized hanky at hand is a must.
“There’s no such thing as stupid when it comes to grief. We all deal with it in our own way.”
I would love to have two besties with such wisdom in my life as does Jamie. Wood with his clumsiness, affection and encouragement. Erin who with no holds barred, makes her stubborn friend see things for what they are. And Bear’s mate Ryan, still hurting inside, is there when most needed. Meeting Fin through Jamie’s eyes left a lump in my throat but hey, this tight-knit group became my people.
“You can’t lose the memories inside your heart.”
The dual narrative written in the present is particularly important as it gave me the two sides to the story and although the protagonists’ inner thoughts were at times contrasting, both of them express how they feel perfectly. Fighting Absolution is without a doubt, one of the best love stories I have read this year. Bravo, McCarthy!
What can I say! As soon as I read the blurb I was hooked. Waiting with great anticipation for it to land on my kindle, I couldn't contain my excitement when it finally arrived. One of my favourite genres.
This story starts by delving into the past to give us a glimpse of what happened and where the story is going to take us and the reasons why. It's not going to be pretty, but you're going to love it as much as I.
Stefan Sabbioni. Tall, dark and handsome with a commanding presence. I guess being a member of the Sicilian mob will do that to you. Wealthy and powerful and hell-bent on revenge. The reason? This is the part where I urge you to read the book, so you can find that out for yourself. Sorry lol
Gabriela Marchese. Beautiful, wilful, scared and sometimes terrified, she's the daughter of a powerful man who practically held her prisoner. Educated at home, she has no friends and lives her life in a gilded cage. Physically and mentally abused by the one person who should have been there to support her, guide her, love and look after her. Her father.
Her mother died in an accident and her brother's in a care facility. She's all alone apart from the one friend she has.
When these two characters first met, only one of them knew what's going to happen. The future is planned, and it isn't going to be all sunshine and roses. Revenge, not a pretty word. Both come with emotional baggage, something they have in common.
Using Gabriela meant that she left one prison for another. The only difference was geography. Packed off to a palatial property in Palermo Italy, awaiting the arrival of her fiancé soon to be husband, she swapped one monster for another. But is he? Being in close proximity to each other means that they both spend more time in each others company. Are you wondering what is coming next? Where this story is going?
Even I can't tell you. All I know is I see past the hard and evil facade Stefan presents to the world. Especially when it comes to Gabriela. She may say she hates him, but as a woman, I know different. Haha! Their story continues in the next book by this author which will be coming to you soon. All I will say is... Wow! I for one, cannot wait.
A note for the author. I can honestly say it's been a while since I've read a book that hooked me, reeled me in and held me captivated from start to end and then left me wanting more. Congratulations to you. A well-deserved 5 stars....more
We are in for another treat from this fabulous duo Jane and Stuart. This book is not their usual genre sports romance but is a little bit more of a rom-com.
Cady Callahan, a famous radio host in New York City is not your average woman. She is a powerhouse in every aspect, a plus-size not only in the wardrobe department but also in personality. She grew up with issues regarding her weight, but she has learned to appreciate her worth and owns it. What I like about her is her bubbly personality, self-deprecating humour and can give as good as she gets, no holds barred for this lady. I would love for her to be my best friend if only she were real. When faced with a challenge it didn’t take her long to consider it and she grabbed it with both hands. What a character!
Rick Roberts is a Brit in US soil, personal fitness trainer to the stars and a former sportsman with a short-lived career who was bamboozled into taking on Cady as a client. He wasn’t prepared to deal with a larger than life persona like her.
This might look like a light-hearted tale at first but there is a powerful message within the story. The character that stands out the most in this book is Cady who is such an inspiration. She dealt with bullying and fat-shaming, she soared high above the antagonists and let them eat her doughnut dust. This is a slow-burn romance with only one smorgasbord of a sex scene that will make you hot and bothered but dang, it is all worth it, less is more they say. Rick’s character grows on you after the first quarter of the book and he becomes more than just a sex god, you also get to know his integrity and his dedication.
The secondary characters: Vin, Rick’s best friend who is a top male model and Cady’s best friend Grace, a solicitor make an interesting pair and I bet these two would make a hilarious partnership. I hope they get to have their story, too. Cady and Rick’s romance will make you laugh and cry happy tears; they will make you feel like you can take on the world and sign on to a gym membership. I highly recommend this book....more
Marriage, children and ten years into their lives together; Gwen receives an email from her husband that is a total game-changer.
Unlike most books, this story is about a couple who are happily married and are not going through a rough patch. This is a taster of what their lives have become since their duet books.
How can two people still helplessly in love spice up their sex lives after being together for so long? Answer: The Open Door. Any fan of this author will know of this place, and what happens behind the sinfully delectable doors.
Colourful imagery and hot scenes are laid out for the reader. I will always be a fan of this type of book. It ticks all the boxes and gives the reader either a bonus or a new reader a taster of what this author can pull out of her writing cap. Thank you again Ms. Paige, you constantly outdo yourself. ...more
The title for P. Dangelico’s brand new enemies-to-lovers romance didn’t quite make sense until the fourth chapter in this stand-alone. When it was mentioned the first time, it fit snuggly into place. You can have Manhattan was later spoken by the person I least expected and not with hearty enthusiasm. We all know the proverbial saying, ‘leopards never change their spots’...well, in this case, the author has got home to her readers that you can turn your life around and become a better person.
I found the story a tad slow to start off with but then it dawned on me why the author had set the pace she had. A solid foundation was necessary to understand the ins and outs of her protagonists’ unhappy pasts so when it did pick up, I found the book difficult to put down. In fact, I couldn’t turn the pages of the last few chapters fast enough. Danglelico gives her readers a rough ride and I loved it!
I really liked Scott Blackstone; nonetheless, he hadn’t left a good impression on Sidney Evans years back and now she’s in his terrain under the most peculiar of circumstances. To say she’s confused by his persona would be putting it mildly. And not does he feel she’s invading his space but surprise, the woman he thought he knew had long gone!
Sydney is my kinda a women, hard-working and ambitious, she’s got the chance to become CEO of the law firm where she’d dedicated her working life. But there’s competition and strings attached, and saying no doesn’t come into the equation for reasons to be divulged.
The question in Scott and Sidney’s story is if a truth held back becomes a lie. Just when they seemed to be on the same wavelength, everything comes crashing down, and it was no fault of their own. Scott can’t see further than his nose and is dreadfully cruel to Sidney. She; however, showed me her elegance in a situation I never thought she’d be put in.
Dangelico’s offering is original, relatable, even understandable. When I finished the book, I had a strong feeling her protagonists were manipulated, which makes their story so much more interesting. I loved the ribbing between them, the banter flows freely and I have to admit that some touching moments had me in tears. Not forgetting the abounding steaminess that’ll most likely fog up your glasses or your Kindle screen!
The secondary character development is spot on and keeping my fingers crossed that one of them will get their story. Lots of smiles and sighs of relief when everything panned out just how I wanted it to and my recommendation. If I were you, I’d jump in headfirst without reading the blurb as you’ll be in for more than one surprise. Bravo Dangelico! ...more
Max Young, the hot rock star seems to have it all. Married to a model, newborn baby and at the height of his career, he's hugely in the public eye and the paparazzi love to know everything going on in his life. Max is your typical rockstar until he settles down to be a husband and father; however, what he thought was his life turns out to be nothing but lies. Just when his life couldn't get any more complicated, Billie Wild walks back in. She's his bandmate and best friend's little sister. Totally off limits but such temptation.
“I thought you were going to kiss me back?” “I did, with my heart. Didn't you feel it touching yours?”
Billie Wild is a nanny by trade and happens to be in need of work. That poor girl has been through some heartache but when a situation has her running home to her family, she finds herself in the company of Max Young for the first time in years. He isn't hers to have but it doesn't stop her wanting him. She thought the years would have made her childhood crush fade but as soon as she sees him, the feelings come flooding back.
“Something needs to be done! I don't know what, but I will never, ever, have that girl put in that position because of that bitch again.”
I was sucked into the story from the very first page right to the end. The storytelling flowed fluently and the word-manship had me spellbound. It's as if I was there viewing it in person rather than reading about it. The characters intrigued me and of course in true Lesley style, there is a villain within this and I just wanted to throttle the baddie. It was shocking the lengths they would go to hurt Max, even Billie or anyone else that got in their way.
I loved the way the tracks from the playlist were intricately placed within the story and listening and reading at the same time gave me a sense of what the setting was. There's so much chemistry and the perfect amount of steaminess is by no means overdone. I was so happy to see a couple of well-known characters from previous books make cameo appearances; one of them, in particular, had me smiling with his humour.
Ms Jones hasn't published a book for two years and this made me even more excited to see what we were going to get in her new standalone. I was blown away with the story and long after turning the last page, I couldn't stop thinking about it. A forbidden age-gap romance, in some of the chapters the protagonists gave me a feeling of hopelessness. I'm not letting on how it pans out because you simply have to read this story for yourselves. But I do suggest going in blind as your enjoyment will be enhanced if that were ever possible. To sum up; every emotion from being smitten, angry and laughing was provoked in this epic rollercoaster which I thoroughly enjoyed.
The forbidden is definitely one of my favourite tropes, possibly because it always contains a lot of angst. I can't stop listening to the amazing playlist and now have one almighty book hangover. Certainly worthy of re-reading, thank you for such an epic story!...more
Welcome back to the land of milk and honey, a land where drop-dead gorgeous men like Jake Wethers exist. Oh, how I have missed Jake and Tru; heck, I even missed Tom and that’s saying something.
Finding Storm wasn’t just the story of Storm Slater, the son of Jonny Creed; it was a story of revelations. I thought I knew it all when it came to the TMS family, turns out there were still skeletons in the closet and poor Storm got hit by a Mack Truck full of those skeletons.
Stevie was everything to me in this book. She had depth and impact far beyond her years, and as we all know I love a story with a badly behaving grandmother. I’m helpless to resist a kind, baking grandma with a silver tongue.
I loved the family dynamic between Storm and his bandmates. It reminded me so much of the TMS guys, talk about nostalgic. In a Sam Towle creation family is always everything, be it the family you are born into or the one you make yourself.
Like many other books by this author, the relationship between Storm and Stevie builds gradually, amping up the intensity and sexual tension to a fever pitch. There is always emotion and tons of feels. Not to mention enough sexy-times to make a girl feel like she’s living in an oven.
Any fan of this author will savour the depth and experience there is of being back in the world of TMS. The gang is there, minus one or two but it still felt like a new chapter to the lives of the band. Jonny was always their kryptonite and seeing Storm grow into his own person and away from his father’s shadow made my heart sing.
Thank you, Ms. Towle, for once again giving us a taster of the books we all came to love....more
Wow, this book titillates the reader in all the right places! I tried putting Hunting’s latest offering down at daft o’clock but to no avail ‘cause it’s far, far too addictive. And although it’s a romantic comedy, the author’s take on a delicate subject gave the story such a sensitive touch it got me sniffling into my pillow more than once. Hunting’s gone back to ice hockey with this stand-alone spinoff from the highly popular Pucked Series which also happens to be a sport I adore. A Lie for a Lie is a marvellous read in the respect that most of the characters are lovely, relatable and makes you want to be with them.
“Thank you for being my personal support person and human teddy bear.”
Chapter one and we’re in the now, RJ crossing paths with the gorgeous and timid Lainey. He picks up on her intense discomfort, calms her down and is so understanding, my heart melted. Ahh, but not being entirely frank with her could just come back and bite him where it hurts the most. Hmm...where could that be you may ask! I loved the way Hunting set the foundation of the plot so quickly, had me on edge and provoked all the feels at a page-turning pace.
‘There were a lot of women in a very short span of time. Sometimes more than one at a time. It was bad. I’m not proud.’
Well-known as a lady’s man, RJ’s got it all. NHL team captain, his drop-dead gorgeous looks attract the puck bunnies like bees to a honeypot. Not happy with the way he’s been running his personal life, he wants to escape their advances and be that normal kinda guy for a while. I really and truly liked RJ. Obviously well off, he never flaunts it. His teammates respect him, he gets on with their women, loves their kids and has a fabulous rapport with his siblings. In fact, I couldn’t find fault with him yet when he doesn’t come clean with Lainey, I could have strangled him.
“...And even if she’s willing to talk to me, once she realizes what else I left out she’ll probably never want to speak to me again.”
Lainey won be over at the drop of a hat. Her contrasting traits which funnily enough don’t clash, are so well-described that I ended up rooting for her throughout the read. To begin with, she comes across as quite nerdy. Her love of marine life habits is the reason she’s taken a trip to Alaska but she never expected her time there would evolve as it did. Everything goes wrong only to be righted. However, what would happen leaves confusion in its wake. Even though she’s shy, she’d learnt to trust RJ and thought he had the same feelings for her as she had for him. Indeed, Hunting gave the story a powerful edge with all the goings-on and in the process, my attention didn’t waver for a minute.
“My respect for you just went up a few notches. I had no idea you were into the nerdy chicks.” “She’s not nerdy,”
Although the book isn’t split into two parts, there’s definitely a before and after-feel about it. The after hit me just as strongly since everything comes pouring out. And believe you me, I wasn’t the only person who was left stunned, shocked, even dazzled! I can’t say anything regarding the outcome of them finding each other again but wow, Hunting most certainly nipped it in the bud with her brilliant story-telling.
‘The man I was with in Alaska was kind and sweet and down-to-earth. But this . . . it’s completely different. And this is what his life is really like.’
Despite the team camaraderie and family ambience bowling me over, I had very mixed feelings for Lainley’s parents and saluted her when she stood up for herself. The title also gave me food for thought and I’d love you to decide for yourselves if not telling the truth or its omission can be considered a lie. In this case, distorting the truth and letting it slide was a lot easier than finding that perfect moment to confess. Of course, the big question here is will they forgive each other. I can’t tell you how much I loved RJ and Lainey’s story overflowing with tenderness, surprises and plenty of smiles. Bravo Hunting!...more
This is the third volume to The Red Ledger series and is a thrilling rollercoaster ride from the first chapter to the last. Tristan and Isabel’s adventures go on, the buzz of not knowing what’s about to happen in the next chapter will hold you hostage to your seat. If you haven’t read the previous books yet then I would advise you to read Reborn: Vol. One and Recall: Vol. Two.
Tristan was the ruthless assassin in the first two books and he has no recollection of his previous life. In this latest instalment, he might still have the skills of a hitman but things are gradually changing inside him. The character development of Tristan is especially noteworthy. He continues to be Isabel’s knight in shining armour, cold with others but gentle with the love of his life; it is quite fascinating to follow this hero’s metamorphosis. Will he ever recover his memory?
“I’ll kill for you. I’ll die for you. I’ll always love you more than I love myself. I’ll never know how to be anything else.”
Isabel is no longer the damsel in distress; she is now tougher and is ready to protect the life she now has with Tristan no matter what the cost. And to think that she was the innocent girl in the earlier books, now this lady has evolved into a hard-hitting heroine. Her love for Tristan has been tried and tested and the big showdown with the bad guys is inevitable. Will they survive this ultimate face-off?
“Sometimes you have to fight a war to have peace. And to win a war you have to be ruthless. It’s the only way.”
Well, I must say that Ms. Wild continues to enthral us with Tristan and Isabel’s ongoing saga. Their relationship goes from strength to strength but the road to their peace is strewn with dead bodies. This book is fast-paced and gives you a lot of heart-stopping moments. There were quite a few new characters that were introduced all obviously play vital roles, but thankfully the author’s style of writing makes it all so easy to follow and doesn't confuse the reader. I had mixed feelings with the last chapter because it wasn’t what I expected. Is there a happy ever after for these lovers? If you want to find out you have to read this book. I highly recommend that you do....more
This author delivers a powerful and emotional second chance romance. When a book starts with someone dying then you know you’re in for a rollercoaster ride of emotions.
Duke is a police officer who planned to propose to the love of his life Valorie but when she dies in tragic circumstances, his heart was put on hold. He gets on with his job as a cop and coasts along in life until his dead girlfriend’s twin sister comes into town. He hated her at first but gradually he becomes drawn to her, surely it is because Mallory is Valorie’s spitting image right?
Mallory has always been overshadowed by Valorie, in school achievements and even with their parents’ affections. When she finished high school, Mallory couldn’t wait to get out of town and make her own way in life. Two years later she is offered a job in the next town from where she grew up so she figured it’s enough to keep her distance from her painful past. And then Duke happens, her dead twin’s boyfriend. Her attraction to him is taboo and she knows she shouldn’t feel this way but the heart wants what the heart wants.
Told in dual points of view this book is overflowing with angst, has a great storyline and is well-paced. Duke’s character is set up as the broody hero with a tragic past who can’t seem to move on. When he meets Mallory, he becomes the quintessential douche who takes an instant dislike to her (mainly because of a preconceived notion) but at the same time, is also attracted to her.
Throughout the book Mallory was always the vulnerable heroine who wore her heart on her sleeve. Her back story on why she left and her relationship with her parents was loosely explained. I wished the author took more time to expound on the mother’s volatile relationship with one of her daughters. Apart from this small niggling detail in the book, I totally enjoyed the slow burn romance between Duke and Mallory and how he tried to win her back. The secondary characters in this book: Alden and Natalie (Best Laid Plans), Nate and Jenny (Best of Intentions) provide the much-needed light and comical moments to balance out this romantic tale. A great read for a lazy weekend! ...more
A novella by one of my favourite authors, this short but punchy story delivers the goods. Told in Des and Rose’s points of view, this is about two friends going to their ten-year high school reunion. A heavily pregnant Des managed to convince Rose, a successful career woman to attend the party and confront her old demons, ahem I meant her ex-boyfriend. Expecting to have a hell night, Rose bumps into a classmate she didn’t recognise and oh boy, is she in for a big surprise! Although a short story, Ms. Richman thankfully gives the reader the main characters’ back story which provides insight to their grown-up personas. I really enjoyed reading this one.
3.5-Stars ~ Crush by Adriana Locke
This novella features Delaney a young woman who goes to the local laundromat, do her washing and go back to her flat. Instead, she sees the hot as hell Boone who is just passing through the small town of Dillon. Their eyes meet and lust at first sight happens; dirty laundry washed and cleaned and voila they end up in her flat. No promises were made but they sure made the most of his one night in town. This is a wham-bam-thank-you-kindly-mam moment. Just like the Fourth of July fireworks in the sky: hot, colourful and finishing with a big bang....more
Another delightful romantic comedy from the queen of romcoms, the first book in Kiss Me series will tickle your funny bone and make you swoon at Preston.
Preston Wright’s family owns the successful floral shop in the small town of Creek Falls. He is also the older brother of Reagan, Halley’s best friend. Preston, the most eligible bachelor in town and Halley, the mayor’s daughter don’t seem to get along. And then they find themselves as competitors in the annual town fair’s Kissing Booth fundraiser. Will they finally kiss and make up or make out?
Halley Dawson is the sexy librarian and is also known as the crazy raccoon lady of Creek Falls. She has been the Kissing Booth champ for the last four years and she doesn’t plan to relinquish that title to Preston. But spending time together might just thaw out her coldness towards him.
Narrated in dual points of view, this romantic comedy is a pleasure to read. Preston and Halley’s chemistry are undeniable. Preston is the swoony hero whose smouldering looks will set your knickers on fire. He is rich and doesn’t sleep around, he is just perfect! There are so many funny moments and hilarious dialogue amongst the characters that will make you giggle.
This book is full of memorable characters: Halley’s best friends Ava and Reagan, the two eccentric grandmas and Halley’s regular night time guests, a family of raccoons whose needs are catered to by the kind-hearted heroine. This is a slow burn romance and the only sexy scenes are at the last chapter but it is worth the wait, sometimes less is more and I am glad that the author made it that way considering the timeline of the story. This trio of sassy, smart and independent ladies are such unforgettable characters and I cannot wait to read Ava and Reagan’s stories. ...more
I think it’s fair to say that these wonderfully talented authors have saved the best for last.
What happens when the woman you’ve always craved is forced back into your life following one bad night of decisions? Italian parents can guilt trip like no other; I loved watching Mama and Papa Mancini bring their children to their knees. I’m clearly a masochist.
Valentina is a woman who is just trying to get through life the best way she knows. Self-employed, single mother; Valentina is organised but lacks a backbone for most of the book. She knows what she wants but just never was able to speak up for herself, before.
Dominic was always the strong and silent type, the one who held so many mysteries they could fill a Ruth Rendell mystery. In his story, we finally discovered where he kept sneaking off to in the previous book. Bella and Annie both struck that one out of the ballpark. Women’s intuition is very seldom wrong.
Never ones for the easy way of doing things, Dom and Val clash more often than not and those scenes are always the best to enjoy.
The Mancini siblings have always had such great banter and interplay. They really thrive off of one another's energy. As much as they belittle each other, no matter what they are always there for each other.
This may be a contemporary romance based around the relationship of two people but these authors always create a feeling of family and belonging in their books. Thank you once again, ladies, for mastering the fabulous. ...more
Ooh my goodness me! Not only am I lost for words, but I’m also in a blubbering mess. Crushing, exhilarating, heartbreaking, I am in awe of Shen's writing. How on earth she'd managed to convey these three emotions and many more on one page is beyond me. In my book, this is the most addictive read the author has written in the #HotHoles world to date. It's the second generation's turn, their family and friendship dynamics are even stronger and although Broken Knight can be read and enjoyed as a standalone, I'd highly recommend diving into the Sinners of Saint series if you haven't already.
Now then, my review is going to be pretty vague since I have no wish to spoil this read for you. Nonetheless, my biggest problem; was choosing the quotes. If I'd highlighted one, I'd jotted notes down on dozens and then I decided most of them couldn’t possibly be copied and pasted as they're for you to read in context.
Son of Dean Cole and Rosie LeBlanc, Knight Jameson has more hang-ups than one would think possible for someone his age. Shen drove me into the fast lane when all was revealed at a pace which took my breath away. Fast-forwarding and then backtracking wasn’t enough. Yeap, I basically cheated! To put it differently, Shen's words caused bouts of anxiety I haven't experienced in a long time.
Knight is beautiful inside and out. His popularity in high school is a given; it's his for keeps and he does what he likes without overtly hurting anyone. Whom he hurts is himself. However, there’s a couple of people close to him who question his actions and try to make him see sense. His mates are always there for one another, reminding me how clique their fathers' group was years back. In fact, much to my delight, they’re still in cahoots.
Luna Rexroth, Trent and Edie's daughter, has a heart of gold. An incomparable generosity for any heroine I have yet to meet in a book this year, she is definitely the one. Getting to know her was an honour. Her handicap was brought on when she was very young, but she's happy in her world and I died on the spot....a thousand damn times. Of course, as long as Knight is in it, everything’s rosy. It felt to me like they shared a sixth sense when they were kids. How they communicated and how dependent they are on each other left a lump the size of a plum in my throat.
Luna keeps Knight on the right track, subtly grounded if it were. While he tries to protect her, their deep understanding seems to lose its momentum as they grow into adolescence. There's confusion and both do regrettable things. Emotions are tested to the limit, and I came undone; blinkin’ heck, once again. Halfway in and I wasn't crying, I was a snivelling wreck and believe you me, I swore at Shen for putting me through the wringer!
Knight and Luna have to overcome their appropriate pasts and learn to accept the present whether or not it's painful. Through thick or thin, these two are dynamite together.
Shen has delivered a glorious novel, balancing between devastation and elation! I've read some pretty good books this summer, but Broken Knight is without a doubt, the one that had the power to make me value just about everything around me. My recommendation! Whilst reading, have a box of extra-strong tissues at hand. Bravo Shen!
‘The heart doesn’t ask for permission to feel things. It simply feels.’...more
Infuriation and mistrust never before have been so much fun to watch. Jessica and Jason rocked the pages of this book in so many fantastic ways.
Tearing away from the big city looking for somewhere to hide and lick her wounds, Jessica ends up in Sweetwater, Texas. All things considered, not really the best place to go to considering how things between her and Jason started off.
Jason has the entire world on his shoulders. Living life for everyone but himself, hearing his story left a lump in my throat the size of a plum. To see and feel what he overcame, well, the story takes on a life of its own.
Whilst reading this book I realised what it is I enjoy about small-town romances. The familial connections, the heart, this series like no other I have adored this year and a grandmother to remember, one who ram-raided right through the pages.
So different and yet so very similar; Jessica and Jason are two halves of the same coin. Toing and froing like a well-matched tennis tournament. This book kept me on the edge of my seat and I could not put it down. There were so many emotions I felt whilst immersed between the pages, I can’t regret any of it.
Thank you, Ms. Jones, for a wonderful adventure in good ol’ Texas....more
This is the second book in the series Getting Lucky and features the second brother Rogan, although I haven’t read the first book with Griffin as the main character this second instalment can be read as a standalone.
Rogan is the second of four brothers and a successful businessman. He had dreams of becoming a pro football player, but that didn’t happen and his failed relationship with his former best friend made him a workaholic and bitter. The reappearance of his ex-fiancée has set the tongues wagging in their small town and everyone but him seem to be rooting for them to get back together.
Harper grew up with Rogan and from best friends, they became lovers and got engaged. When Rogan got involved in an accident, their relationship went downhill and they broke up. Now that she's back in their small town all she wants is to get on with her life, but Rogan’s family and her dad are masters at meddling and she keeps on bumping into Rogan. Will she give him another chance although it looks like he doesn’t even want to be near her?
“Broken love can be mended, but it takes work, understanding and appreciation for each other’s journey.”
This best-friends-to-lovers/second-chance romance is as entertaining as any Meghan Quinn love story. Told in dual points of view, this light-hearted tale with a splash of angst tells the story of two individuals who were destined to be together but a life-changing event scuppered that dream.
Rogan in the first half of the book was a jerk to Harper and there were times when I could have kicked him in the nuts because of his behaviour, he was just mean. Harper, on the other hand, could have been a stronger character but as a twenty-eight-year-old woman, she is aimless and drifting. Rogan’s only saving grace was the way he tried to get her back in the last quarter of the book. His other brothers Griffin, Reid and Brigg provide the amusing banter that made me giggle at times. The family dynamics and the whole small-town vibe add a charming touch to Rogan and Harper’s romance, a perfect read on a lazy afternoon. ...more
This story focuses on Sara and Milo and is an accompanying story to complement The Jamieson Valley series. I’ve read a few of this author’s works before and have always been intrigued by these books as they are my kind of read. I happen to have 3 of them on my Kindle just waiting to be read, so thought this novella would be a great way to dip my toes into new characters and their stories. The blurb intrigued me from the start when it mentioned Milo was used to suffering, I do love a male protagonist who is a tortured soul. I’m also an absolute sucker for a guy who has to overcome his issues and the battles that often involves and when romance at the heart of the story; I’m sold!
Milo has endured the most horrific of injuries and has a long road ahead of him in terms of getting back to his job as a police officer. I loved him from the start, he’s such a kind and sweet guy. The scenes which played out between Milo and Sarah were adorable and made me smile so much. I got the impression that I should have already known Milo’s back story which after some digging, I understood is in one of the series' books. At times this did frustrate me as I felt I was missing out. The story is primarily told from Sara’s point of view so this made sense when I found this out. On the plus side, it did make me want to read more of the other books.
“No more crying, okay? I can’t take it.” “I’ll try. “Is it just a guy thing?” “No. I can handle tears. Just not yours.”
Sara was a sweetheart! Such a lovely and compassionate girl who did a job she was obviously born to do. She hasn’t had the best of lives but is determined to give herself a good, honest life. She’s a hard worker and doing a job she absolutely adores. She’s not had a great deal of luck with relationships before so when her eyes meet Milo’s she conflicted. She’s also honourable but when she meets Milo, her values are severely tested. In her profession, the kind of relationship she envisions with Milo is not something which can easily be achieved. But when its true love does that really matter? They say true love conquers all but will these obstacles be knocked down or merely pushed aside. Milo certainly has no plans to leave anything to chance but he’s not the pushy type. He knows what’s at stake and won’t jeopardize Sara’s job.
“How’d I get so lucky to find you?” “We both got lucky.”
This story had the sweetest of moments between two very lovable and relatable characters. The writing is excellent which I have come to expect from this author. However, I do think I would’ve enjoyed the book more if I’d read more books in this series, especially The Coppersmith House.
Yay! One of my favourite authors has done it again. I was so looking forward to reading this story. But why, do you ask? One of my favourite genres, written by an author that reels you in with her words and leaves you wanting more.
Dare Marquis is a bad boy rock star. Did I tell you how much I adore bad boys and even more when they are rock stars? Handsome and cocky, his presence on stage has the ladies lining up for his attention. Music is his passion and his only love, playing in dive bars most evenings with his band whilst they wait for their big break.
Weatherly Beck is a good girl. You know the kind I mean. Beautiful, smart and from the posh part of town, she drives a nice car—a present from mummy and daddy, lives in a high rise apartment and has a nice little trust fund sitting in the bank. Studying to be a lawyer so she can graduate and join daddy's law firm, that sort of good girl. Only this was all about to change.
Who knew that walking into the bar one night to grab a drink before going home would change Weatherly's life forever. First she heard him, then she saw him and instantly fell in lust. One night, what could it hurt?
I'm going to say that the feeling was mutual. As soon as Dare clapped eyes on her, he couldn't look away. He was inexplicably drawn to her. He didn't do love, but she was different.
Both characters came from different walks of life, but this story is about their journey coming together. It wasn't going to be plain sailing, there were obstacles thrown in their way from all directions, but they were determined to be together. They were meant to be; however, will love conquer all?
Congratulations to the author for yet another tantalising, teasing and well-written book. You had me after the first page. Rock stars are my first love and you, as an author, is one of the reasons why. I seem to fall in lust with all of your male characters because you always make them exciting. With a hand on my heart!...more
Ward has delivered one difficult to put down emotional second chance romance! Normally, I like one leading character more than the other, but this wasn’t the case. I connected to them both equally and even though there was one individual who rubbed me up the wrong way, their behaviour would drive the story forward at a very agreeable pace.
Ward made it easy for me to quickly establish my feelings towards this person. My heart went out to those on the receiving end of their cruel and selfish treatment. I wanted certain issues to be faced head-on but of course, in Ward style, they didn’t and obviously all of them suffered the consequences.
Gavin Masterson fell for a girl he shouldn’t have and regardless of his good intentions, he couldn’t for the life of him fathom out why from one day to the next, everything backfired. He thought he knew how Raven felt, what he didn’t know was she was harbouring a secret. The impact would be devastating, destroying all their dreams.
This really got me thinking about the choices we have to make in life. Whether Raven's decision was right or wrong is difficult to say; nevertheless, I never questioned her loyalty or selflessness. I would hate to be forced into a similar situation, and watching these two young lovers suffer left me with a heavy heart.
“What choice do I have?” “Actually, you have two choices. One of them is to tell him the truth. The other is to keep it inside for the rest of your life until the day you die...”
Life goes on. You pick up the pieces as best as you can and this is exactly what Gavin and Raven did. Fate would play into their hands ten years later, yet there’s still a lot of water under the bridge. The day he came back, the reader is thrown into a completely different scenario. The story’s feel changes; they’ve changed too, but does the passion they’d had for each other remain?
“I promised myself I wasn’t going to go here… to this place of vulnerability with you, Raven. But it’s really hard to keep it all inside. I keep wanting to ask you why...”
I enjoyed getting to know Gavin. In his early twenties, he was exemplary. Now he's successful and despite him always having been sincere and just plain gorgeous, he's really come into his own. It was also a joy observing him observe Raven. Since day one, she’d mesmerized him and she in turn, couldn’t keep her eyes off him.
“You’re infatuated with me because I’m different. That will wear off.”
Raven’s your true heroine. After so long apart, her stance was impeccably correct towards Gavin. She does her utmost to make him feel comfortable without overstepping the mark and brings him up to date with family news, albeit the life-changing past action still lingers on her conscience.
“You’re the glue that holds your family together.” I chuckled. “I’m not sure anyone’s holding anything together around here, except you.”
Gavin’s younger brother, Weldon, was a bit of twat and had his own problems, but I adored him. And if it weren't for his indiscretions, I have no idea how the story would have panned out, so a kudo for this guy. I loved the brothers' dad whose cracking comments made me smile and Raven's bestie and confidante for getting more than one chuckle out of me.
“How did you end up so different from your brother?” “Oh. I heard the nanny dropped him when he was a baby.”
My review is pretty vague since I have no wish to spoil Gavin and Raven’s story for you. Told from a dual perspective in past-tense, the author has brought home a message of hope and conveyed the essence of undying love perfectly. The epilogue! Read The He Came Back and you’ll see why I couldn’t wipe the grin off my face. Bravo Ward!...more
Hunting has really spoilt her readers this summer with two stand-alone novels in the Shacking Up series but sadly, Handle With Care is the last one. What a send-off! As per usual, I read the book in one sitting; however, this one felt totally different. Laugh-out-loud scenes intermingled with intrigue had me hooked. Something just didn’t seem to add up and I wanted to find out what it was.
The mysterious Lincoln Moorhead is not a happy man. Back in New York City to attend the funeral of his father, never did he expect or even want to be tied to the family-run business. A good chunk of his life had been spent shirking them, and now he has little choice other than to accept his grandmother’s proposal. Moorhead Media’s future meant the only person to be trusted at the helm was him. Well, how could he not say no to her! Sharp and oh-so-witty, I’d love to have a grandmother like Lincoln’s in my life.
“I don’t even know who I am. I don’t want these people to be my family. How is this the legacy I’m supposed to uphold?”
Understandably, Lincoln’s short-tempered. Especially knowing full well he’d have to deal with his infamous brother’s compulsive and bizarre nature inside and out of the office. You really must meet Armstrong if you haven't already. You probably won’t like him, but his outrageous shenanigans added a whole lot of spice to the story. No wonder he rubbed Lincoln up the wrong way!
“Are you ready to deal with Armstrong now?” “Is anyone ever?”
Nonetheless, the surprise was the jaw-droppingly beautiful gal who’d already been contracted to put out the flames, making everything look like false publicity. Now it's the new CEO's turn but for different reasons. Organising Lincoln's agenda and giving him much-needed makeover is on the cards.
“You can’t tell me I can’t shave me head or force me to get a haircut.”
Laugh until I cried, Wren Sterling’s modus operandi regarding Lincoln is really a case of snip, tuck and straighten. Although he wasn’t at all keen on the idea, I never heard him complain when she ran her fingers through his hair, tucked in his shirt or fiddled with his tie before attending meetings. The forces of attraction cannot be denied, but the job comes first. She’s very, very good at it and although Lincoln doesn’t feel comfortable being back after such a long time, he’s adapting slowly and doing a damn good job, too.
'That lipstick drives me up the wall. It’s always on. Always perfect. Always a distraction.'
Told from a dual perspective in present and overflowing with playful banter and steaminess, Lincoln’s narrative of his past evoked all the feels. Wren’s put between a rock and a hard place, faces it head-on and had me happy dancing. Here’s one spunky woman who’s not going to take shit from anyone!
“I don’t know how every man who crosses your path doesn’t fall in love with you. Everything about you is incredible.”
Guessing the twist before the ending didn’t spoil my reading enjoyment in the slightest. My only wish was the person behind some awfully cruel manoeuvres would get what they deserved. Hunting’s wrapped up this series perfectly and I couldn’t recommend it more. Bravo!...more
This is the first book I have read by this author, a light-hearted romance that involves two individuals that have the same issues. This is the third book in the series Boys of the Bayou but can be read as a standalone.
Sawyer Landry is one of four partners in the Boys of the Bayou business. He has not been the best company these past months because of what happened to his best friend, Tom. He is overly cautious and is overprotective of his family and friends that when he sees Juliet for the first time his usual self goes overboard and so did she, almost!
Juliet Dawson has almost always been bubble-wrapped by her older brothers and parents because of what happened to her when she was ten years old. Through the years she has learned how to be prepared at all times; she puts Health and Safety officers to shame. When she comes to join the Landry family to sort out her younger brother Chase’s mess her life turns upside down, literally, when she meets Sawyer.
Juliet and Sawyer’s chemistry is a slow burn explosive romance. One can’t help but cheer for this couple. Juliet is such a klutz but she is always better prepared than a Boy Scout. Sawyer counteracts her what-ifs because he is almost on the same boat. Juliet and Sawyer are yin and yang; they are a perfect match even a blind person could see it. The secondary characters in this book are equally as entertaining and make me want to join in the family business. Overall I really enjoyed Sawyer and Juliet’s romantic mishaps and misadventures and I am sure you will too....more
Moti Ferreira is a 24-year-old born to Indian parents. She lives with her overbearing mother Dolly, and the poor lass was doomed from the day she was born. She thinks she’s found the key to freedom when she meets the best man of her cousin's soon to be husband. Moti is to board a yacht around the Greek Isles but she must conquer her fear of swimming as well as seduce Nikos and cope with her eccentric family for a whole two weeks. No easy task as you read on and discover how crazy her family actually are. However, she never visions a complication in the form of Alexandros Veronis, the onboard chef who witnesses a lot of Moti mishaps. Moti starts to fall under his spell-like cooking superpowers, and then secrets abound around all of the guests on the yacht.
Two cultures brought together in this hilarious romantic comedy. I particularly loved the journey they embarked on around the Greek islands. Having just come back from Crete myself, I understood “yamas” and what the drink ouzo was. Also, how hospitable the Greeks are with their generosity. This book had me laughing-out-loud and the visions the funny scenes conjured up had me smiling all the way through. It has swoon-worthy moments with the delicious Alex, and a scene with Naani made me erupt into a full belly laugh. I couldn't stop thinking about poor Moti though. The disasters which followed her, and how Alex showed her a whole new world instead of the clouded vision Moti’s mum had shrouded her in.
‘I wasn't afraid of dying. I was afraid of dying without living.’
The character development is amazing, each one of them bringing something special to the story. Let’s not forget that this is about Moti and told predominantly from her point of view. There are twists and turns which left me open-mouthed when I discovered all the hidden secrets. It's such a refreshing and well-written book. I was sucked straight into a yacht where I meet the crew members and thoroughly enjoyed getting to know everyone aboard. A fantastic holiday read I highly recommend, it has everything from comedy, lightheartedness to romance. And a bit of a message one should take note of is how we live our lives. We don’t always get what we want when we try to keep others happy. This is the first time I’ve read Ms Attar’s work and was pleasantly surprised and absolutely loved her penmanship. Very well-deserved 5-stars and I would have given more if I could have.
“Sometimes you don’t know what you’re missing until you find it. And when you do, you want to pause and relish it forever.”...more
It was time to do the happy dance! The next book by Kendall Ryan had hit my kindle and I couldn't wait to get started. This story revolves around forbidden love, lust, and ice hockey. Hot men, hockey sticks and puck bunnies.I'm not a follower of ice hockey; however, when I found out what a puck bunny was, I laughed so hard. Haha!
Justin Brady lived and breathed ice hockey. He was tall, gorgeous, perfectly formed with muscles in all the right places. He lived life in the fast lane and his team had just won the national championship. He was feeling on top of the world. He could have any woman he wanted because let's face it, when they throw their prowess on and off the ice at you, it becomes too predictable, jaded and loses its appeal.
So what turned out as a harmless flirtation, quickly turned into something more. And that's really where this story begins.
Elise Parrish was mostly known for being Owen's sweet and innocent little sister. Not so innocent and not so sweet. She'd grown into a beautiful woman.
Owen, Justin and Elise had all grown up together and Justin and Owen weren't only teammates and roommates, but also best friends. The dynamics between the three of them was beginning to change. Every time Elise was close to Justin, her body would betray her, leaving her breathless with excitement and she could no longer deny the physical attraction. What she didn't know was that the feeling was entirely mutual.
They gave in to temptation. Knowing that Elise was totally off-limits made this even harder for Justin. He didn't want to upset his best friend Owen. I personally would have just gone for it and told him. You have to do what makes you happy and sod everyone else! So, watching these two characters sneak around trying to not get caught is kind of hilarious. You are hoping for a happy ending, but who knows...
I really did enjoy this book. The story was totally believable, the couple connected and I connected to the couple. I didn't agree with some of their choices, but in the end, who am I lol?
Congratulations to the author for another enjoyable storyline, totally flawless. I, for one, look forward to reading more of your work....more
I have been on edge when I finished book one because it ended in a massive cliff-hanger and finally book two is here! I couldn’t be any happier and I was twitchy as well since I dreaded the outcome of Ashton and Quinn’s ongoing saga. I do suggest that you should read Indefinite book one first or you will get lost in this story.
Book two starts with Ashton in hospital and recovering from a life-changing surgery and Quinn still missing. I felt Ashton’s pain as if I was there by her side, her emotional distress and with Quinn nowhere in sight, her anguish and loss will break your heart. Quinn and Ashton’s story is so well written I must admit that this one squeezed out a few tears from my cynical self.
Even though Quinn’s journey through hell brought him his own torment his understanding and support of Ash’s fragile state makes him the perfect man for her. I wasn’t that keen on him on the first half of the previous book but eventually, he won me over. But in book two he became the hero, the perfect boyfriend. I love the way the author created these main characters, how they dealt with life-altering issues and their relationship makes it all so real. Ms. Michaels has a way with words that leaps at you from the pages of the book and grabs your heart, stomps on it and still makes you smile through happy tears.
“It’s her heart, her fire, her love. The way she looks at me makes me feel whole”
Infinite is the perfect conclusion to Quinn and Ashton’s epic love story. It has all the elements you’ll want in a book: suspense, true love and understanding make this one of my top reads this year. I highly recommend this book! ...more
I can’t remember the last instalment of a trilogy making me feel so anxious in a long while. But that’s Warren for you; she a master at winding her readers up in the best possible way. She got me ridiculously hooked from the very first line in Overture and wasn’t going to let me off it until the last page was turned in Sonata. What a read and what a send-off, ladies! Fast-paced, intriguing characters and a storyline like no other kept me guessing what the next pivotal moment would be. In every book the author sowed seeds of doubt and I blinking well loved it. And the narrative isn’t just compelling, it’s mind-blowing.
‘Only when I see her can I breathe again.’
When Samantha Brookes was able to take control of her life and prove she was capable of living without the security Liam North had given her since childhood, she flew the nest. No longer her legal guardian, Liam’s feelings for his ward cause unrest. He’d watched her grow into a beautiful young woman but deep down, Samantha's heart is tied to his like the strings on the violin she plays are tied to its wooden bridge. After a close call, there's no option but to learn what the true definition of sacrifice really means.
‘I’ve always been at the mercy of men.’
Liam put his life on the line for Samantha and would do it again if necessary. Nothing will stop him from keeping her safe. His sole objective is getting to the bottom of it all which I might add, had me sitting on the edge of my seat. Clues there are. Help and unquestionable loyalty from the team—his brothers, he has. It’s just putting the pieces together. Liam. Goodness me, I thought I’d fallen for him in the previous books. Nope, now he owns my heart lock, stock and barrel.
‘I’m fighting a formless enemy—the past.’
I felt strongly about Liam not being happy with Samantha. I thought his attitude unfair, seeing that the choice was hers to make and I, personally, would have done exactly the same. I'm convinced it upset him more because he had no say in the matter. One of Warren's writing talents is how she conveys her characters' emotional swings that the reader can easily discern.
‘She’s beauty in a world of violence. Without music, there’s no point fighting a war.’
Another thing I really liked after what had happened was their lives took a one hundred and eighty-degree turn. Liam gradually opens up to Samantha. She's a good listener, knows when to hold her tongue and so very perceptive. Get your tissues ready here gals, it is heartbreaking.
She’d stopped practising her instrument daily for a comprehensible reason until, of course, something convinces her otherwise. Yeap, the Samantha I knew before the tragedy has now come into her own, is stronger and ready to face the music come what may.
‘Love isn’t a weakness, Liam. Look at me. I’m strong because of you…’
Ooh my, the chemistry accelerates to allegro, pitching a harmonic cadence like no other. Decadently written in its utter perfection, I was more than ready for them to move forward; for Liam to break down that moral barrier he’d built so high and give in to his true feelings.
“I’m tired of being your punishment, Liam North. Make me something else. Show me what it would be like if you took what you wanted, no guilt, no regrets. If you did anything to me. No restraint.”
Loved, loved, loved Josh and Bethany's unexpected and shortish account. His sarcasm was most welcome and ooh boy, has he got a dirty mind or what! Hers is a real eye-opener and I can’t tell you how happy I am that they'll be getting their own book towards the end of October.
I devoured this novel in record time and then ran to my pc at daft o’clock to write down my raging thoughts. The conclusion to the North Security Series came to its crescendo ending, leaving my heart singing. Warren’s delivered a unique masterpiece. Angst-ridden drama evoking all the feels and scene after gripping scene had me rereading the passages. The musical trivia at the beginning of each chapter not only did I find fascinating, but also highlighted the immaculate research done for the entire trilogy. Warren's style cannot be ignored and I can’t thank her enough for giving me abounding reading pleasure. Bravo!...more
Three years and then a coded SOS message propel Roman across the map and into hot water, forgive the pun; this book does take place in Dubai, well for the most part.
When relationships end both parties, most often forever; not the case this time, however. Kidnapping and murder attempts put Tawnee and Roman back on the same path. Their history is complex and difficult. Mistakes were made and now they are being forced to endure them daily.
Roman is a real piece of work when he wants to be. I’m not saying he’s a bad guy, he's just a man who has been seeing the world upside down. The antics that ensure once he has his head put back on straight is well worth the read.
What I loved the most about Tawnee was her attitude and personality. She’s a no-nonsense woman who takes charge. She asks nothing but honesty and loyalty from those around her.
There are plenty of twists and turns in this fast-paced book. Chock full of action and romance. Often times I felt as if I were being pulled through the mystery and intrigue.
This is the third book in the series and doesn’t need to be read after the first two. I read this as a standalone and this did not impact on how I could follow the story. Thank you, Ms. Justice, for a wonderful foray into spies and danger....more