Tuesday, 21 May 2019

Right Next Door - Delilah Peters

Right Next DoorRight Next Door by Delilah Peters
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I loved this story, but I can see why some people might not be so keen. This is a short, quick read. If you're expecting something completely light-hearted and fun, then this is possibly not the read that you are looking for. That's not to say that it's incredibly dark or hard going, but there are topics touched on here that won't be for everyone. The heroine has issues with intimacy after a traumatic birth and subsequent related injury. It also deals with the realities of juggling being a single parent (in some ways, any parent) with having a life, particularly a sex life. For people who are looking for something that is solely escapism, then this may not fit the bill.
I actually really enjoyed the realistic side of this story. Just because sex is sometimes awkward or less than glamorous, it doesn't mean that it is not a lot of fun.
I really enjoyed the romance and relationship between Emma and Will, it felt true to life, but still exciting and interesting. Will, in particular, was great. I always like a caring and thoughtful hero, but for someone like Emma, with all of the baggage that she has, he fits even better. Overall this was a good quick read, that I just didn't want to put down.
I received a complimentary copy of this book through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

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Break me - Tracy Wolff

Break MeBreak Me by Tracy Wolff
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Sometimes, what I really want is an in-depth, rambling story that I can get lost in for days. At other times I want a quick read that satisfies and gets to the point. Break Me certainly falls into the latter category. This book is part of a series from Carina press, written by different authors, these short tales are designed to be a bite-sized romance that you can consume in a couple of hours. But that doesn't mean that there's nothing here.
Being a shorter story, this one certainly gets straight to the point. Our Heroine, Destiny, doesn't hold back when she knows what she wants. We're barely past introductions before she's getting exactly what she wants from journalist Heath, and believe me, it isn't being the subject of the interview that he's actually there for.
I really enjoyed this quick read. When you're in the mood for a bit of a romantic fix, with a side serving of some hot passion, then this will certainly hit the spot.
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Monday, 20 May 2019

Forget me - Kimberley Ash

Forget Me (Van Allen Brothers #2)Forget Me by Kimberley Ash
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I've always had a bit of a soft spot for 'broken' heroes. In this book, the heroine, Laurel, also has a bit of a thing for them. She spent much of her life trying to save her father, who was an alcoholic and now after his death her younger brother is rapidly following the same path. I'm also a fan of second chance romances, which this fall into.
What I really enjoyed about this story was that there wasn't a simple fix and everything was happy. Jonah has managed to conquer his alcoholism, but he knows that it never really leaves him. It's very easy for stories like this to feel contrived, but this was well written and the characters attempts to deal with their problems felt real.
I liked the chemistry and romance between Laurel and Jonah. Although they had been in a relationship in the past, the reasons that are given for having broken up made sense and didn't stop them from getting back together again. I also enjoyed about Laurels attempts to modernise and update her father's bar. Something that she does not always find successful and straightforward. This is a thoughtful and interesting romance with plenty of those moments that you look for to put a smile on your face and a warm feeling inside when reading romance. I'd certainly be keen to read the next in the series or go back to the first, which I haven't as yet, read.
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Saturday, 18 May 2019

Cursed Souls - Anya J. Cosgrove

Cursed Souls (Bloody Hearts, #3)Cursed Souls by Anya J. Cosgrove
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I both love and hate coming to the end of a good series. Since I first read Shadow Walker I've been dying to know what would happen to Alana and Liam. Despite all of his (many) flaws, I've liked Liam from the beginning and much prefer him for Alana. Fortunately, she finally agreed with me in the last book even if she had really hurt him along the way. Now in this final instalment, we're faced with Liam and Alana trying to work out exactly what they mean to one another and what their relationship will be.
As I already mentioned, I loved both Liam and Alana, both as individual characters and as a potential pair. This book built on that. There is a lot to work though, but that just added to the enjoyment of the story. Obviously, things don't just work smoothly and even when some things are sorted out, there are still other things to deal with.
This was a fantastic trilogy, I greedily read to the end as quickly as I could and am now left with regret that it's over. I seem to have another book hangover, this time caused by the fact that it's the end of the series, rather than my craving for the next instalment (there really is no pleasing some people is there?) Is this the end though? There is more to come in this world, with a spin-off due in a few months. There's plenty of room for more stories with some of the characters that we've already met in this book. I also wonder (hope) that this might not be the last we hear of Liam and Alana either. Not that I'm wanting to put ideas in the author's head or anything, but I'd love to hear more about them, even if it's in the form of a novella or similar, maybe with a newsletter as a little bonus sometime, just a thought...
I really enjoyed this whole series, in case that wasn't clear. I can't wait to read more from this world. In the meantime, I'll just have to recover from reading this final story and wait patiently.

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Thursday, 16 May 2019

Forget me not - Claire Allan

Forget Me NotForget Me Not by Claire Allan
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I was quite excited when I saw that there was a new Claire Allan book coming out. This is her third thriller novel and having enjoyed the first two, I was hoping that there would be more of the same with this one. I am pleased to report, that I wasn't disappointed.
This time, the story is told from two points of view. Elizabeth, an older woman who finds a younger woman dying after being brutally attacked and Rachel, one of the dead woman's best friends. As the story progresses it becomes clear that both of these women have problems that are brought to the surface by this brutal murder and might even be threatened by whoever has committed this crime themselves.
This is an exciting read and one that it's quite easy to get through quite quickly. I found that I wanted to know what was happening and where the story was going to go, so I couldn't really put it down. There are a few twists and turns and although I had figured out who was behind it all before the end of the book, that didn't stop me from thoroughly enjoying this read.
If you enjoy exciting, edge of your seat reads, then I think that you will enjoy Forget Me Not. I'll certainly be reading any future books that Claire Allan reads, having really enjoyed this one.
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Monday, 13 May 2019

Deadlock - Cherrie Lynn

Deadlock (Hacker World, #1)Deadlock by Cherrie Lynn
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book is clearly the first in a series and what a start to a new series it is. Lindsey is the quiet and 'good' twin. While her sister Lena is the one to go rushing into adventure, not worrying about who she hurts or upsets along the way, Lindsey has always followed her picking up the pieces. When Lena goes missing, Lindsey has no choice but to turn to the man who Lena almost destroyed when they were younger.
This is very much a romantic suspense novel. The suspense element being just about as important as the romance. In fact, apart from a kiss when the two first meet, it's a while before the romance side comes through for Lindsay and Jace.
I am quite a big fan of enemy to lover romances. In this case, Jace and Lindsay aren't really enemies as such, it's Lena that Jace has a problem with. After the way that she, in his eyes, ruined his life, he's never going to be that welcoming towards her identical twin sister.
I really enjoyed this read. While it came to a conclusion of sorts at the end of this book, there's clearly more to come. Both for Lena, who I think is probably nowhere near as bad as everyone seems to think, and for the group that Jace works for and with. I'm looking forward to reading the next book in the series.
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Sunday, 12 May 2019

Captive Hearts - LM Connolly

Captive Hearts (Hearts on Fire #2)Captive Hearts by L.M. Connolly
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I've been meaning to read one of Lynne Connolly's books for quite some time and somehow managed to start reading one without realising that I was. This title is part of the Hearts of Fire series and released under the name L.M. Connolly. Unlike some of her other work, this is a contemporary, rather than historical romance.
The Hearts on Fire Series follows three brothers who share the same mother but grew up separately. I haven't read the first book Racing Hearts, but this is the kind of series where it really doesn't matter. Although the main character mentions his brothers and mother, we don't really 'see' them in this book and it works well as a stand-alone story.
Hotel owner Scarlett Woodward is struggling to keep her business afloat. On the day that she opens a letter containing an eye-watering offer for the place, she finds herself alone in the hotel. With no guests, her staff are all at home and when the mysterious Evan turns up, she soon finds herself drawn to him. Evan isn't all that he seems, he is actually Ethan Black, director of his family hotel business and mega rich. He's also the person looking to buy her hotel.
This romance story contains quite a few of the elements that often crop up in romances: A very wealthy hero, an arranged marriage, an unexpected baby, evil family members trying to keep them apart, a hero who thinks that he can't love. But it doesn't matter, together it all works well and I enjoyed reading about the romance between Ethan and Scarlett work well as a couple together. Ethan is quite sweet most of the time, (when he's not being too Alpha) and Scarlett can certainly stand up for herself and be her own woman.
There were a couple of times I was a little confused, as it seemed that they were talking as if something that had just been established hadn't actually happened. That was perhaps my misunderstanding though.
This was an enjoyable read and while it might be my first LM Connolly/Lynne Connolly read, I'm sure that it won't be my last.
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