Showing posts with label 5 stars. Show all posts
Showing posts with label 5 stars. Show all posts

Wednesday, 9 March 2016

Violet Duke - Jackson's Trust - Book Review (ARC)


The Blurb—
New York Times bestselling author Violet Duke kicks off her sizzling-hot new Fourth Down series with a friends-to-lovers romance between a no-strings-attached sports analyst and the hottest damn tomboy he’s ever met. 

It’s no secret that sports analyst Jackson Gray doesn’t do relationships. What is a secret, however, is the reason why. Jackson’s life is . . . complicated. And it doesn’t help that his current hands-off “friendship” is with the cute-as-hell new sideline reporter he’s assigned to train. Turns out, not only is the woman damn sweet, she also knows as much about football as he does. Like it or not though, Jackson has to remind himself that sex is the only thing he has to offer . . . until now.

Leila Hart’s fast-growing friendship with Jackson is something she’d never risk, no matter how unbelievably seductive the reward. Becoming an NFL sportscaster has always been the goal, and thanks to Jackson’s fierce support and mentoring, it all finally seems within reach. Problem is, a girl can only take so much of that sexy-as-sin voice whispering dirty, filthy football stats in her ear before she loses all self-control. A workplace romance with Jackson is a disaster waiting to happen, especially for someone with big dreams . . . and secrets of her own.

Thursday, 11 February 2016

Katy Evans - Legend - Book Review (ARC)


The Blurb—
Maverick “the Avenger” Cage wants to rise to the top and become a legend in the ring. Though he keeps his identity well guarded, he's known on the fighting circuit as the new kid with a chip on his shoulder and a tattoo on his back that marks him as trouble. He's got a personal score to settle with the Underground's one and only Remington "Riptide" Tate.

As Mav trains, he meets a young girl—the only other new person in the town--and sparks fly. When things get heated between them, he finds out she's none other than Reese Dumas, the cousin of Remington Tate’s wife. A girl who's supposed to root against him and a girl he's supposed to stay away from.

Tuesday, 2 February 2016

Jay McLean - Combative - Book Review (Review Copy)



Publisher: Jay McLean, 2015.
Genre: Contemporary romance, romantic suspense.
Length: 384 pages.

Jay McLean has been on my TBR list for too long. I’m so, so glad I was finally able to read this book. And, hooray, it’s a trilogy.

Kyler Parker finds himself in trouble with the law when he lets his anger get the better of him, and his fists do the talking. A returned soldier, he has trouble adjusting to the life he left behind. When he’s offered an opportunity for salvation, justice and revenge, he takes it. He doesn’t have much choice, but doesn’t think too much about what the consequences are for his future. Until he meets a girl called Madison Haynes who appears to have a bitter sweet relationship with the letterboxes in their building. She’s his new neighbour, and she might just be worth more than the revenge he seeks. She might be everything. But who is she?

Madison is so intriguing. She’s really kept under wraps and you can feel Ky’s frustration, but also the sense that they understand each other without needing to know much. Ky is that wonderful combination of protective, loyal and tortured. Talk about intriguing and compelling. 

Sunday, 3 January 2016

Jay Crownover - Built (The Saints of Denver Series, Book 1) - Book Review (ARC)



Publisher: Harper Collins, 2016.
Genre: Contemporary romance
Length:  352 pages.


I had a little panic attack when Jay Crownover announced the end of the Marked Men Series. If you’ve read them, you’ll know that a few secondary characters were introduced to the world of the Marked Men. This couple captured my attention immediately; I’ve been eagerly anticipating for Crownover to put Sayer and Zeb under the spotlight. Capable, rough and ready, Zeb, and composed, ice queen, Sayer, secretly, and not so secretly lusting for each other... Yes, yes and yes. There are some spoilers if you haven’t read the Marked Men Series. I think it’s probably best if you read them all in order (Rule, Jet, Rome, Nash, Rowdy, Asa, Leveled and Built).

Zeb Fuller can transform an old, rundown building into a thing of beauty. He puts his heart and soul into fixing things that need his attention. When a surprise sends his life into a spin he finds that he needs the help of a lawyer to fix this particular problem. As luck would have it, he happens to know a very sexy, talented lawyer. He needs her for more than her services, but she’s not so sure she has anything else to offer him.

Monday, 14 December 2015

T.M. Frazier - Lawless - Book Review (ARC)


Publisher: T.M Frazier, 2015.
Genre: Romantic suspense.
Length: 231 pages.

Holy what?! She’s done it again. T.M. Frazier splays the underbelly of humanity on the pages of a gripping tale. She wraps her hand around the back of your neck, forcing your eyes to keep reading each page.

The things she does to her characters, Lordy! Brutal and wrenching. Disturbing and warming. You’ll ping pong through several emotions as Bear and Thia fight for their lives and piece together a future.

Not for the faint hearted, but oh so good.

5 flares.

*ARC generously provided in exchange for an honest review.

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King, Tyrant and Lawless are shocking and dark, but the love between the characters shines through. What other dark romances have gripped you, shocked you and warmed your heart?

Wednesday, 18 November 2015

Lauren Blakely - Sinful Longing - Book Review (ARC)


Publisher: Lauren Blakely Books, 2015.
Genre: Erotic romance/ romantic suspense.
Length: 300 pages.


Lauren Blakely delivers the perfect balance of intrigue, suspense and sizzle. The book almost went up in flames! Pull up your skater socks to prepare for this one.

Colin Sloane’s ‘what if girl’ is Elle Mariano. She’s smart, sexy, generous and caring, but she won’t give him anything more than a blissful moment of shared pleasure here and there. It’s not enough. Colin wants into her life, and he’s going to get to her heart through her body. 

Elle is powerless to resist the gorgeous tattooed bad boy. She has her life sorted, and there’s no room for a relationship with a man who has a past. The kind of past she can’t deal with, again. Will she be able to conquer her fears? And will outside forces prove to be too detrimental to a relationship between the two?

Sunday, 15 November 2015

Penelope Ward - Sins of Sevin - Book Review



Publisher: Penelope Ward, 2015.
Genre: Contemporary romance.
Length: 291 pages.

I think this book might have wrecked me in all the ways a good book should. The plot is incredibly thick and rich, I enjoyed every agonising turn.

Sevin lives with his father and ultra-religious step mother. He’s the black sheep of the family. Enjoying his way through any willing female and shovelling manure for a living, biding his time until he can get away from the oppressive environment he lives in.

His father’s friend, Lance, offers Sevin the opportunity to learn the ropes and eventually take over Lance’s meat business. There’s a catch, of course. A huge catch. He has to marry Elle, Lance’s daughter. She’s a nice girl. He thinks, ‘why not?’ Then he meets her sister and just like that, things get messy. How could this possibly work out?

Tuesday, 3 November 2015

M. Leighton - Tough Enough (book #2 - Tall, Dark, and Dangerous Series) - Book Review (ARC)


Publisher: Berkley, 2015.
Genre: Romantic suspense.
Length: 336 pages.

Tough Enough is the second book in the Tall, Dark, and Dangerous Series, and oh so deelisheeeous. I think I might have liked this even better than the first.

Katie Rydale works as a make-up artist for a studio in the small town of Enchantment. She's retreated from the glitz and glamour of LA, but hasn't left the industry completely. It's a compromise that works for her until she has to do make-up for one Keifer Rogan. MMA champion and rising star in Hollywood. She expects him to be attracted to her blond goddess friend, but his eyes lock on hers and hold her captive. She has a feeling that her quiet little world is about to be shaken up.

Monday, 26 October 2015

Renée Carlino - Before We Were Strangers - Book Review (Review Copy)


Publisher: Atria Paperback, 2015.
Genre: Contemporary romance.
Length: 310 pages.

I totally fell in love with this story, although I am partial to photographers and second chance romances. This story weaves a tale of longing, angst and deceit. I wanted to cry at the injustice and cheer for their truth.

Matthias Shore meets Graceland Starr when he moves into his co-ed dorm at NYU. By some stroke of luck he ends up in the room next to hers. Two artistic souls—he’s a photography major, she’s a music major—they instantly click. The chemistry between them is set on slow burn as they build a solid friendship, but the heat won’t be ignored forever.

Tuesday, 18 August 2015

T.M. Frazier - Tyrant - Book Review (ARC)


Publisher: T.M. Frazier
Genre: Romantic Suspense.
Length: 230 pages.

**** Spoiler alert. You need to read King before reading Tyrant. This review refers to events that happened at the end of King and beyond. ****

OMG, I did not see that coming! This romance is dark and forceful. Absolutely memorable.

Doe aka Pup, aka Ramie Price has finally found her way home thanks to King. He offers Pup to her senator father in exchange for custody of his daughter. He sees it as the only way to be the father he wants to be, but King’s betrayal devastates him as much as it does Pup. Even worse, it backfires and he loses both his girls.

King has enemies that want to crush him and take away all that’s his. He knows, in order to protect Pup, he has to keep their connection hidden. He becomes a spectre skirting the periphery of her life, not even she, knows when he’s near until he wants her to. He is always there in the background, fighting for them to be together. But, there are dangers that neither of them could have foreseen, waiting to tear these two apart.


Ramie’s world is a foreign place to Pup. She’s torn away from the house on stilts and the man she now considers her home, only to find out she is a mother. The conservative good girl with a stubborn streak, now proudly sports a tattoo and an uncensored vocabulary. She doesn’t fit into the life of a senator’s daughter, but she has a son to think of now. The one thing she remembers from her past, a pair of chestnut eyes, belong to Tanner, one of her best friends and the father of her child. Her fiancé. By following her instincts and with the help of Tanner, she slowly pieces together what happened and who Ramie Price was. The revelations send her spinning.


T.M. Frazier packs a punch in this finale. More than a couple of punches. I don’t want to give anything away so I can’t say too much about what I am thinking and feeling. I am still reeling. This is a page-turner.

The dynamic changes in Tyrant. The overall theme emphasizes family, whether it be by blood or not. Both King and Pup have had to build their own families; a fact that draws them close, but also causes them so much grief.

I felt sorry for Tanner being the love left behind. He has to come to terms with the fact that his fiancé fell in love with a felon and he has a fight on his hands if he wants her heart back.

I love that we get glimpses of Preppy’s humorous advice and King continues to join forces with Bear to take down the enemy. As with the first book, King, there are scenes that are packed with violence and gore. You have been warned.

A thrilling conclusion.

5 Flares.
*ARC generously provided in exchange for an honest review.*

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T.M. Frazier - Tyrant - Book Review (ARC)


Publisher: T.M. Frazier
Genre: Romantic Suspense.
Length: 230 pages.

**** Spoiler alert. You need to read King before reading Tyrant. This review refers to events that happened at the end of King and beyond. ****

OMG, I did not see that coming! This romance is dark and forceful. Absolutely memorable.

Doe aka Pup, aka Ramie Price has finally found her way home thanks to King. He offers Pup to her senator father in exchange for custody of his daughter. He sees it as the only way to be the father he wants to be, but King’s betrayal devastates him as much as it does Pup. Even worse, it backfires and he loses both his girls.

King has enemies that want to crush him and take away all that’s his. He knows, in order to protect Pup, he has to keep their connection hidden. He becomes a spectre skirting the periphery of her life, not even she, knows when he’s near until he wants her to. He is always there in the background, fighting for them to be together. But, there are dangers

Thursday, 13 August 2015

Heather C. Leigh – Resist – Book Review (ARC)


Publisher: Shelbyville, 2015.
Genre: Romantic Suspense.
Length: 230 pages.

Mystery, danger and two alpha types taking turns at being in charge. These two are actually adorable together. I loved this story!

Gavin Walker, bass guitarist for Sphere of Irony, has been receiving threatening notes and gifts from a stalker. With his life at risk, the record company decides to bring in an expert in criminal profiling to ascertain the identity of Gavin’s hunter. When Gavin is introduced to Mitch Hale; tall, dark and gorgeous is the only thing on his mind. If he has to spend all his time with this tempting man without being able to ‘have fun’, he’s going to go nuts. Again.

Mitch is all business. He insists that he needs to shadow Gavin’s every move in order to protect him and get an understanding of the danger. Gavin doesn’t have any respect for his safety. He lives in a house full of glass windows overlooking a public beach, invites random men back to his home and doesn’t consider that his assistant could be followed back to his location. The man is a security nightmare. Being in Gavin’s presence brings out urges that Mitch would rather leave buried with the pain of his past. There’s no stopping the magnetic pull, though. Mitch’s life is about to be turned upside down.

I loved this couple. They’re both forceful personalities and switch the lead several times back and forth depending on who needs care. They were able to be strong enough for each other.

The opening scene of the book is full of deep emotional pain for Gavin and then we’re thrust forward in time. I really loved that we get to see Gavin being true to himself and drawing happiness from his life even though he’s under threat. He’s a bit of a diva at times, but at least he admits when he’s wrong.

Mitch is in denial. When we become aware of his past, we understand why. I loved his bravery and his willingness to do whatever it took to look after Gavin without consideration of the impact on his own life.

Honestly, these two are so sweet together, but make no mistake the heat between them is off the scale. I have to read more of this series!!

5 Flares.
*ARC generously provided in exchange for an honest review*








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