Tuesday, 29 October 2019

Chosen Mate - Katie Reus

Chosen Mate (Crescent Moon Series Book 9)Chosen Mate by Katie Reus
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I haven't read any of the other books in this series, but I don't think that it really mattered. I certainly didn't feel like I was missing out on anything by not having met the characters before.
It tells the story of Leslie and Malcolm, who are wolf shifters. He is the alpha of their pack and knew from the moment that he met her, that Leslie would be his mate. She has been mated before, but that relationship was abusive and as a result, Malcolm is taking things very slowly. As they begin to reveal their feelings for one another, threat comes in the form of a feral wolf on their territory. Malcolm has to deal with this and protect Leslie.
I enjoyed reading about the developing relationship between Leslie and Malcolm. He was very sweet towards her and although he's an alpha, didn't try to completely dominate or control her. The only thing that I wasn't totally convinced about was the age gap. These are creatures that have very long lives, but even so, 200 years between them seemed a little bit OTT. I think that there's sometimes this feeling that the woman MUST be younger and less experienced than the man, but I'm not convinced that it's necessary and as I say, that much of a gap seems odd, especially when he appears and acts as though he was a similar age.
This is quite a short little story and I read it in a very short space of time. It was a nice quick read although that did mean that there wasn't a lot of room for huge character development, you don't always need that.
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Sunday, 27 October 2019

Death at Sandy Bay - Betty Rowlands

Death at Sandy Bay (Sukey Reynolds #13)Death at Sandy Bay by Betty Rowlands
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The last Sukey Reynolds book, what am I going to do now?! I've enjoyed this whole series, following Sukey from her early days as a scene of crime officer, until now when she's a detective constable looking to possibly be promoted to a sergeant.
This latest book has a number of suspicious deaths, with only one of them being definitely a murder, the others might possibly be. There are lots of twists and turns, most of which work quite well. I will admit though, that I wasn't completely convinced by the ending, it was almost left up in the air a bit. I don't' want to go into too many details and give things away. It didn't detract from my enjoyment of the book and I'd still recommend it, particularly to Sukey fans. In fact, I think that it was probably intentional that it was a little ambiguous.
I'll be sorry to see Sukey go, I've enjoyed reading about her. I've said before that I wasn't completely convinced by the sudden change in her life, midway through the series. I've still enjoyed them all though. It was good to see that Sukey settled into new career well and was enjoying life with her journalist friend. There was only a passing reference to her son, who randomly seems to have changed the degree that he's doing for some reason.
Overall, this has been a fantastic series and one that I've really enjoyed. You don't need to have read the other books, but I would encourage you to if you get the chance.
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Thursday, 24 October 2019

The Wrong Kind of Love - Lexi Ryan

The Wrong Kind of Love (The Boys of Jackson Harbor, #1)The Wrong Kind of Love by Lexi Ryan
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is the first book in the Boys of Jackson Harbor series, but the second that I've read. I actually started with the last in the series, but that really didn't matter. I really enjoyed both this first book and the one I've already read and reading them out of order, doesn't really matter.
This story is about Nic and Ethan. Ethan lost his wife three years earlier and no longer wants to have any kind of relationship with a woman. When he meets Nic, he finds himself drawn to her and they can't resist one another. When they find out that Nic is to be his daughter's nanny, things get a little awkward.
The storyline deals not only with a growing romance but also the question of depression and mental health. In many ways, Nic and Ethan are perhaps not ideally suited, but the way that the story unfolds and their relationship grows, it becomes clear that they are in fact, perfect for one another.
I really liked Ethan and Nic as a couple. The sexual tension between them was really well done and then when they finally worked things out, it worked really well. I'm always a little bit worried about how a child is dealt with in this kind of book, but how the couple interacted with Lilly worked really well.
Having read two books from the Boys of Jackson Harbor series, I'm really keen now to go and read the rest.
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Wednesday, 23 October 2019

Death Has Deep Roots - Michael Gilbert

Death Has Deep Roots: A Second World War Mystery
by Michael Gilbert
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I've loved reading these British Library Crime classics over the last year or so. I think that Death Has Deep Roots would have to be one of my favourites so far. Not only does it feature a murder mystery to get to the bottom of, but the action is split between characters who try to get to the bottom of the mystery and the courtroom where the person that has been accused of the crime is being tried.
I really enjoyed the way the action flicked between both parts of the story and it made for a really enjoyable read.
I have to admit that I didn't get to the bottom of the mystery fully until the big reveal, but that really didn't matter. The story is set in postwar Europe, with the murder taking place in London and the events that led to it having happened during the war in France. The storyline dealing with the French resistance in occupied France adds a depth to the storyline that really captures your interest. Possibly even more so now, as we are looking back at something that is now a long time ago, but when this was written the setting would have been a lot more recognisable to readers.
This was a great read and one that I thoroughly enjoyed.
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Passion Punch - Tricia Leedom

Passion Punch
Tricia Leedom
(Key West Escape, #3)
Published by: Firefly Hill Press
Publication date: October 22nd 2019
Genres: Adult, Adventure, Romance
When April Linus’ best friends find themselves in trouble with the Miami Mafia, the former heiress turns to an even more dangerous criminal for help… her father.
Not an easy decision for the young, single mother who found herself pregnant at nineteen and forced to choose between her trust fund and having a baby. April’s father agrees to loan her the money, if she moves home for a few months so he can get to know his grandchild. Before she can decide what to do, she comes face to face with the last man she ever expected to see again… her father’s former bodyguard who disappeared five years ago after she slept with him.
Black Ops operative Jonas Ostergaard made a nearly fatal mistake the last time he was in Key West. After working his way into Philip Linus’ circle of trust, Jonas let the Arms Dealer’s beautiful, kindhearted daughter distract him from his mission. He was yanked off the job by his superiors, but now he’s back to stop Linus from selling a dangerous new technology on the black market.
Needing to prove himself to save his job, Jonas is determined to keep his distance from April this time. But when he suspects she knows more about her father’s illegal business dealings than she admits, he’s torn between protecting her and uncovering the truth.
Passion ignites when April and Jonas end up on the run dodging arms dealers in the steamy Amazon rainforest, but April wonders what kind of relationship she could have with a man who has more secrets than she does. A man who could disappear at any moment and leave her heart in tatters.
Trapped between loyalty to her father and a new allegiance with the man she’s falling in love with, April realizes none of it will matter if they don’t escape the jungle alive.

Author Bio:
TRICIA LEEDOM enjoys traveling to exotic destinations and having torrid love affairs with hot, dangerous men… even if it’s only in her own mind. When she’s not writing romantic adventure novels, she reads voraciously, tweets compulsively, and fangirls over a TV show based on her favorite book series. Tricia earned her BA in Creative Writing from The University of Tampa and her MFA in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University. Her favorite authors include Diana Gabaldon, J.R. Ward, Susan Elizabeth Phillips, Karen Robards, and Johanna Lindsey. She lives in Southwest Florida with two very spoiled dogs. Follow Tricia on Twitter and Instagram @tricialeedom

My Review

I have to admit that initially, I wasn't sure if I was going to like this one. It opens with 19-year-old April, who is pregnant, being pressured by her father to give up her baby once he is born. She refuses and is helped by two drag queens who are on the street handing out flyers for their venue. Most of the action takes place five years later and despite my initial misgivings, the story unfolded rapidly and got my attention.

The father of April's baby, Jonas, has no idea that he has a son. He was working undercover in April's house, trying to gather evidence on her father who is an arms dealer. After spending one night with April, he was whisked away on another assignment. Now he has to return and finds out all about his son.

This is an adventure book as well as a romance. Not only are Jonas and April irresistibly drawn to each other once again, but they also find themselves facing all kinds of danger at April's father's hands. I enjoyed both aspects of this storyline. Jonas and April work well together as a couple and the action side of the book works well. There's also a bit of light relief and a humorous edge to the story.

This is book three in the series. I haven't read the first two, but I'm fairly confident that we meet the characters from those books in this one. It didn't reduce my enjoyment to be new to it all, the book works well as a standalone. Overall this was an exciting, gripping and fun read. 


Saturday, 19 October 2019

The Allingham Minibus - Margery Allingham

The Allingham MinibusThe Allingham Minibus by Margery Allingham
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I haven't actually read any of Margery Allingham's book before, so I wasn't really sure what to expect. I'm not sure why I haven't read any before, I've always been a fan of detective novels from the golden age and I have even come across Campion, the detective she is most known for on TV. Although Campion does appear in a couple of the short stories in this book, the collection isn't all about mysteries. In fact, my favourite stories in the collection were those with a bit of a spooky feel. The one with the parrot or the old lady with the radio really stood out.
The stories in this collection are for the most part quite short, but they still offer a lot despite this. She has the ability to tell an engaging and interesting story in just a few short pages. In fact, the one that I enjoyed the least was the longest in the collection. Even that was still a good read.
This might be the first Margery Allingham that I've read, but I'm sure that it won't be the last and I'll be dipping into her books when I get the chance.
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Love in the Stacks - Delilah Peters

Love in the Stacks (Love in New Bedford, #2)Love in the Stacks by Delilah Peters
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I've read a few of these short stories from Carina Press. While they don't offer a long, in-depth story, they are a fun, quick read with lots of dirty bits as the title of the series would suggest. This is a very quick read, but for something fast and instantly satisfying, then you can't go far wrong here.
The story is about Poppy and Ben, who both work in the library in New Bedford. Ben has not been there long and works in the archives downstairs. He's a little different, being shy and reserved one minute, but once Poppy gets to know him, he's anything but and the sparks fly between them.
As this is quite short, there isn't a great deal of character development or plot here, but that doesn't really matter. It was still very enjoyable and I liked the growing relationship between the two.
The story is set at Christmas and even features a snowstorm that traps Poppy and Ben in the library together overnight. If you had a cold winters evening in front of the fire, then this book would be a great read to enjoy.
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Thursday, 17 October 2019

Death at Sycamore House - Betty Rowlands

Death at Sycamore House (Sukey Reynolds #12)Death at Sycamore House by Betty Rowlands
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I think that Death at Sycamore House is one of my favourite Sukey Reynolds books. Perhaps it's because I 'know' more of the supporting cast now, seeing as they've appeared in the last few books. This one also involved less of Sukey jumping to conclusions for no apparent reason.
The mystery revolves around the death of woman who had certainly ruffled some feathers. There is a fairly obvious main suspect, although there are one or two others who certainly seem to have some kind of motive to do away with the victim. This was one of those stories where I guessed who had done it quite a while before Sukey, but the why remained a complete mystery until the big reveal. I think that there's probably enough clues to work it all out though, it was just me that missed the mark trying to get to the bottom of it.
There was even less of Fergus (Sukeys now grown-up son) in this book, I thought he'd been forgotten all about until he was mentioned in the last chapter. I suppose it would be odd for a grown-up son to be around all the time. One of the great things about these books has always been Sukey's regular supporting characters and as I'm sure I've mentioned before, it's taken a while to adjust to the sudden change that occurred halfway through the series.
This is the second to last Sukey book, I'm going to miss her when I've finished.
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Wednesday, 16 October 2019

Into the Dawn - Tamsen Schultz

Into the Dawn
Into the dawn Tamsen Schultz cover

Stunned. Brian DeMarco doesn’t know what to think when he’s recalled home from a top-secret government project—he only knows that it can’t be good. What awaits him is something beyond his wildest nightmares. The woman he loves has been kidnapped, two friends have been killed, and there’s a traitor in the FBI willing to sell secrets that will kill thousands.

Compelled. Lucy James knows exactly why she’s been kidnapped; just as she knows that Brian is the only one she can trust to find her. Their personal history is murky at best, but there’s no one who understands more what’s at stake than her one-time lover. He won’t give up or back down—of that she has no doubt—but the price of reaching out to him might be more than she’s ever been prepared to give

My Review

Despite being book eight in the Windsor series, this is actually only the second one that I have read. I will, at some point, go back and read the others. I don't think that it's essential to have read the other books in the series. There are cross-over characters and with this book, the action overlaps book seven, so you might want to read that first. It may well be that the action in all of the books overlaps of course, but having not read any other than Through the Night, I can't comment.
Generally speaking, there are two types of romantic suspense novels (if, that is you don't count those that claim to be romantic suspense but actually lack a real romantic element). Most are romances with an element of suspense or thriller style action. The others, like Into the Dawn, are actually suspense novels with a strong romantic element. I don't think I've actually come across another series where each book deals with a different couple, in the way that romance series tend to, but where the main story in each has actually been a thriller in style.
Our main characters, Brian and Lucy have plenty of history. They have worked together for a number of years and while there has certainly been a spark between them, neither have acted on it or tried to take it further. Aside from one night, they spent together after Lucy faced some difficulty with her mother. Now with Lucy in the hands of kidnappers, Brian must rescue her and let her know how he feels.
As I mentioned before, the thriller element of this story is by far the 'main' part. Although Brian and Lucy's feelings are an important part of the plot, they don't even see each other until the story is quite far progressed. This gives a far more 'grown-up' feel to the story, rather than the frivolous threats that characters can face in more traditional romance stories where the key is to ride happily off into the sunset together only defeating the baddies as a by-product.
I enjoyed both the romance and the suspense element to this story. There was plenty of action and by the end of it, quite a few characters had been brought in to deal with the various elements. I don't know how realistic some of the things that they dealt with were, I don't know a great deal (anything) about hacking. I didn't quite buy the idea that people seemed surprised that a government would have chemical weapons in order to find antidotes. Is that not obvious and perhaps they are doing other tests other than just that. I would expect your average man on the street to realise that, let alone those who work for a government agency.
Into the Dawn is a gripping read that keeps you guessing to the very end. I think you would enjoy this without having read any of the previous books. But if you do read it first, I think, like me, you'll want to go back and read the others. 

Sunday, 13 October 2019

The Suite Life - Melanie Summers

The Suite Life (Paradise Bay #3)The Suite Life by Melanie Summers
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Having loved The Crown Jewels Romantic Comedy Series and then gone on to read the first two books in the Paradise Bay series, I couldn't resist getting stuck straight into The Suite Life. Like the other books I've mentioned, this is a very funny and light-hearted romance and once I started it, I just had to read the whole thing in one day. It's a good job that it was the weekend and I had two fewer children to worry about. With only the teenager and the pre-teen at home and with nothing but rain outside the window, I was more than happy to get lost in this caribeen set novel.
Melanie Summers seems to be very good at writing slightly spoilt male characters who are a little bit lost in the world that they are in. While the idea of a 'poor little rich boy' might not sound that enticing, there is something about the way that Leo appears in the book which just redeems him.
I loved the development of Leo's character as he accepted that the life he has been living possibly isn't the most fulfilling and that being rich might not be all that it's cracked up to be. For Brianna, it was more about learning to live and relax a bit and accepting that her highly driven way perhaps wasn't for everyone.
This is a comedy and yes it did make me chuckle away to myself. That's not to say that it has no depth. There's certainly far more here than laughter. It left me with a smile on my face, as well as just a little sadness that I'd reached the end already. I can't wait for the next book from the Kingdom of Avonia.
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Forever Lies - Jill Ramsower

Forever LiesForever Lies by Jill Ramsower
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I've read Jill Ramsower's The Fae Games: Complete Series: Books 1-5 and loved them. Forever Lies is a little different, being set in the 'real world' rather than having a paranormal element. I have to admit that it wasn't completely obvious what this world was from the beginning and I only found out when the heroine did. I'm not sure if that was the plan, it seems to be as there is no mention in the book description, for that reason, I'm not going to allude to it myself here.
Luca is very much the powerful bad boy that has a caring side hidden beneath his powerful exterior. He is controlling and likes to get his own way and there is always a danger with this kind of character that he dominates the female lead too much. There was a good balance here between Luca's need to be in charge and the way that his feelings for Alessia floor him. Alessia herself is a strong woman with a firm idea of what she wants out of life and how to get it. She doesn't have all of the answers and has a level of weakness that allows some, such as her direct boss, to take advantage of her. This just adds to her believability, she's not some innocent who follows others blindly, but neither does she have all fo the answers.
I have to admit that I wasn't sure how this one was going to end. It did seem for a while at least that there wasn't a way for Alessia to reconcile who she was with who Luca was. I think the fact that their happily ever after comes at the expense of things that she might have felt was important before, actually adds something to the book. This isn't some light and fluffy fairy tale where the prince makes everything ok. There's a darkness here, in more than one area.
I think that this might be the start of a series, (actually I see that it's listed as book one of the Five Families series, so clearly it is). I'd be more than keen to read another book set in this world.
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Tuesday, 8 October 2019

You Beneath Your Skin - Damyanti Biswas

You Beneath Your SkinYou Beneath Your Skin by Damyanti Biswas
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I'm not really sure where to start with this one. It's a rare thing when a book can be both wonderful and awful all at once. It's wonderful, simply because this is a well written and deeply engaging story. The subject matter of the book is in many ways awful.
The story is set in New Delhi, it's not somewhere that I've ever been or know much about. Despite that, through the pages of this book, I felt as though I was there. It wasn't hard to picture the tea stall or the slums as the characters moved through them.
I tend to think that I'm quite good at spotting twists and turns before they happen in books, but this one got me more than once. In fact there's one point of the plot where I found myself thinking no? No? Surely not?! You can't help but be drawn into the plot of this book, following the characters as they discover who is behind the things that have been happening and why.
I enjoyed every second of this fantastic read and really didn't want to put it down until I'd got to the end and found out how it was going to all sort itself out.
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Alex - A.M. Salinger

A.M. Salinger
(Twilights Falls, #1)
Publication date: September 20th 2019
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, LGBTQ+, Romance
Alex Hancock needs money to salvage his career. Finn West needs a spouse to stop his aunt from sabotaging his future. Can the two men make more of the fake marriage they enter into?
When Alex’s business partner runs off to Mexico with their company funds, the lawyer has little choice but to return to his hometown of Twilight Falls to marry someone he’d never met in order to raise the money to save his business. What he didn’t expect was that the woman he was meant to wed would turn out to be a gorgeous, brooding man.
Finn had resigned himself to a life without love after his wife’s death from cancer. Wracked with guilt at never being able to satisfy her in bed, Finn is shocked when his body and his heart starts responding to the man he is tricked into marrying to stop his aunt from dissolving his trust fund.
Passions collide when the two men start exploring their relationship in ways neither of them anticipated. Can Alex convince Finn to embrace his sexuality and take a chance on them? Or will Finn run away from his only chance at true love?
Discover Alex and Finn’s story in the enthralling first novel in Twilight Falls, the new series by the author of the bestselling, contemporary romance series Nights.

Author Bio:
Ava Marie Salinger is the pen name of an Amazon bestselling author who has always wanted to write scorching hot contemporary romance. In 2018, she finally decided to venture to the steamy side. NIGHTS is the first of several sizzling series featuring sweet, sexy men with dark pasts and a whole lot of love to give to the ones brave enough to fight for their hearts. When she’s not dreaming up hotties to write about, you’ll find Ava creating kickass music playlists to write to, spying on the wildlife in her garden, drooling over gadgets, and eating Chinese.
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My Review

A while ago now I read and enjoyed the Nights Series by A.M. Salinger. That was a series of short, hot reads. Most of them focused on male/male couples and it looks as though Twilight Falls will follow a similar route.
Alex left Twilight Falls after a car accident that he felt responsible for. After his business partner runs off with his money, he returns to the town to take part in a fake marriage. Finn needs to marry if he isn't going to be cut off from his funds by his aunt. After the death of his wife, his aunt is doing her best to convince Finn to keep living his life.
This is a very quick read and it moves at great speed. Salinger's books are certainly hot and steamy and if that's what you're looking for, you'll certainly get it in this book. I enjoyed this story and I'm looking forward to finding out what else Twilight Falls has in store for us.


Saturday, 5 October 2019

Her Wicked Libertine - Lisa Torquay

Her Wicked LibertineHer Wicked Libertine by Lisa Torquay
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Her Wicked Libertine is, as you would expect, a story about a man who is hardly a 'gentle' man. Harris Darroch is a businessman, but if he works hard, he plays even harder and with little thought for anything other than his own pleasure. Edwina Whitman is everything he is not. Refined, gentle, proper and certainly not knowledgable in the pleasures of the flesh. When she goes to Darroch to try and convince him to forgive one of her late fathers' debts. He agrees, eventually, but only if she offers herself as payment.
Of course, when she has no choice but to accept his terms, it isn't long between the fire between them begins to burn brightly and they cannot keep their hands off one another. Can Darroch learn to see her as anything other than a temporary pleasure? Can Edwina tame the famous libertine into a loving partner? That would just be telling.
The only thing I would mention is that this isn't a book that adheres slavishly to historical fact and if that's important to you, then this might not be for you. Edwina behaves in a way that a lady of the time just wouldn't, I know that is addressed a little in the book, but really it isn't that realistic. She also works producing lace, I think it highly unlikely that she would be working for herself and still accepted as a member of the ton, it's simply not done darling.
That all said, this was a good read. Edwina was a little too tightly laced, to begin with, but Darroch certainly brought her out of herself. I'd certainly be keen to check out the next in the series.

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Friday, 4 October 2019

All I Do - Tamara Lush

All I Do (Paradise Beach, #3)All I Do by Tamara Lush
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I nearly missed this latest instalment of Paradise Beach. I thought that I'd already read book three, but it turns out that book one is actually a pre-series book (0.5 or similar). Fortunately, I spotted that this was one that I was yet to try and I'm glad that I did. I've enjoyed all of the books that follow the Hastings family so far, this one was no exception.
Remy, twin of Damian (who we met in All I Know) is a confirmed bachelor. When he meets a real-life mermaid (no really, but you'll have to read the book to find out how that's possible) he can't fight the instant attraction. Fortunately, she wants nothing more than a 'friends with benefits' situation. After inheriting some money from an aunt, Leilani leaves her abusive boyfriend and moves to set up her own business. Of course, the more time that they spend together and in bed, they soon come to mean much more to each other than just friends.
This is quite a sweet story. Remy, despite his playboy reputation, is lovely. Leilani, with her love of the sea, is the perfect match for this professional fisherman. I really enjoyed reading the progression of their story.
I can't wait to read the next book in the series, featuring the only daughter in the family. I'm really enjoying Paradise Beach.
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Thursday, 3 October 2019

Death in the Village - Betty Rowlands

Death in the Village: A totally gripping British cozy murder mystery (A Sukey Reynolds Mystery Book 11)Death in the Village: A totally gripping British cozy murder mystery by Betty Rowlands
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I'm going to be really sad when this series comes to an end, I've become quite fond of Sukey and her investigations. This is book eleven and I think that there are only two more left in the series. Reading these books is very much like meeting up with an old friend for a good old chin wag. I've never been a fan of the term cosy mystery and I think in many ways, this doesn't totally fit into that category, but there is something cosy about the familiarity of these books.
This time Sukey is involved in the investigation into a missing girl. There is also a question mark over death from seemingly natural causes. As the story progresses more things need to be looked into and it's not clear if any of them are connected at all. Sukey now has a boyfriend, a journalist who's father happens to live quite close to her. She enlists him to help out with a bit of poking around into something that isn't really an ongoing investigation and in the processes manages to solve the whole thing.
I have to admit that I had got this one all figured out before Sukey and the other detectives. She didn't make as many dramatic leaps this time, but she did seem to miss one or two things that seemed a bit obvious. I did think that there was a bit of a lack of understanding around computers, the idea that the police wouldn't even look at a missing person's computer until it was suggested that she might have met someone online seemed a little unlikely, even if this book was originally written in 2011.
Sukey now has familiar characters around her, although they are different from those that appeared in the earlier books. Her son Gus, who I've always really liked got barely a mention in this book. I suppose that he will have long finished university and moved away from home, but it would still have been nice to have some input from him.
I'm looking forward to the last two books with a mix of pleasure and sadness. They are always a good read, but I will miss them when I've reached the end.
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Wednesday, 2 October 2019

Fighter's Kiss - Sienna Blake

Fighter's Kiss 

An Irish Kiss novel by 

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Declan “The Homewrecker” Gallagher.
World #1 MMA Champion.
Broad shoulders, perfect eight pack and the temper of a bull.
Still recovering from a car accident that broke his body.
Still married to the cheating supermodel bitch who broke his heart.

…My new boss

I can’t even begin to list all the reasons why getting close to him is a bad idea.
Or going to that fancy red carpet thing as his date.
Or letting him kiss me like he might never let me go.

Did I say bad idea?
Scratch that.

Worst. Idea. Ever.

 My Review

As much as I've been enjoying reading Sienna Blake's quick and dirty series, I was really looking forward to the Fighter's Kiss. I'm happy to report that it was more than worth the wait. Like the other books in this series, the hero and heroine have all kinds of issues to work through on their way to true love.
Declan has been an MMA fighter (mixed martial arts, which apparently people watch worldwide, but I'm obviously mixing in the wrong circles as I know next to nothing about it.) His career has been ruined after his wife left him for a rival and he went out and crashed his car. River is running from her own past. She is ashamed of the upbringing that she has had and is desperately trying to work her way to a better life.
River is a strong character and is exactly what the damaged Declan needs, someone who stands up to him and calms him, rather than someone who just bends to what he thinks he wants. He offers her what she needs and they work really well together.
Their relationship works well and the way that they faced what they really wanted and what was important to them made for a gripping read. Declan starts out as quite a closed-off character and it's hard as a reader to get a grip on who he is. As the story progresses and he gets to know River more, she begins to help him to open up and we learn more about him and what motivates him. Even the way that he thinks about River changes, in the early chapters he just refers to her as 'the girl' but as she becomes more important to him he sees her more as a woman in her own right.
This is a great read, I really enjoyed it.


Sienna Blake is a dirty girl, a wordspinner of smexy love stories and an Amazon Top 20 & USA Today Bestselling Author.
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