Friday, 3 July 2020

A Body in the Village Hall - Dee MacDonald - Blog tour

Kate Palmer is more than ready for the quiet life in Lower Tinworthy, Cornwall. But within weeks of
her arrival, a woman is found dead in the village hall, stabbed to death with her own kitchen knife…


The victim is Fenella Barker-Jones: chairwoman of the Women’s Institute, doyenne of the amateur dramatic society, and reigning champion of the WI cake-baking contest. But whilst she may have been at the centre of village life, there were plenty who had reason to dislike her – as Kate is about to find out.

As a practice nurse and one of the first on the scene, Kate can’t help but get drawn into the investigation. Her patients are only too eager to tell her about the victim’s extra-curricular activities and, the more Kate hears about Fenella, the more the list of suspects grows: it seems half the village wanted her dead.

Kate’s sister Angie tells her to leave it alone, but Kate can’t resist piecing together the clues. Especially not if brings her closer to the handsome Detective Inspector ‘Woody’ Forrest, who is near to retiring himself and determined to crack his last case.

But when someone breaks into Kate’s home and leaves a warning note on her pillow, it becomes clear the murderer is prepared to do anything to keep their identity hidden... Will Kate and Woody work out who’s responsible, before she becomes the next victim?

If you love murder mysteries by Agatha Christie, Faith Martin or Joy Ellis, then this page-turning novel will have you reading late into the night!


Author Bio:

Aged 18, Dee arrived in London from Scotland and typed her way round the West End for a couple of years before joining BOAC (forerunner of British Airways) in Passenger Services for 2 years and then as a stewardess for 8 years.

She has worked in Market Research, Sales and at the Thames TV Studios when they had the franchise.

Dee has since relocated to Cornwall, where she spent 10 years running B&Bs, and only began writing when she was over 70!

Married twice, she has one son and two grandsons.  



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My Review

Sometimes I'm just in the mood for a nice comfortable murder and this book certainly delivered on that. Kate Palmer, our amateur detective finds herself first on the scene at not just one, but two murders. Of course, she can't help but investigate who is behind the murders and starts to poke her nose into the business of everyone in the community that's connected with the two victims. She also strikes up a friendship/early relationship with the police detective inspector who is on the case.
This book fits neatly into the murder in a British village genre. We have a middle-aged woman who has recently moved to the area. As a relative outsider, just arrived in this little corner of Cornwall, she's ideal to go poking around as she doesn't have any long-standing ideas about who the various members of the community are and as she does her investigating, we can find out about them all alongside her.
I have to admit that I hadn't solved this one. By the time the murder was revealed, there really was only one suspect left that could have done it, but I certainly can't lay claim to any skill in getting there myself. Kate did make a few leaps as she figured things out, but there was nothing too far fetched or unbelievable. Unless, that is you count how willing Woody, her detective friend is to let her go poking around. Then again, he clearly fancies her, so maybe he would just let her crack on.
Overall, this was an enjoyable read that kept me guessing until the end. It's not edge of the seat stuff, but sometimes you just want a murder that's a little bit more gentle. I'll definitely be checking out more in this series if and when they come out.
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Tuesday, 30 June 2020

Mortmain Hall - Martin Edwards


Mortmain Hall (Rachel Savernake #2)Mortmain Hall by Martin Edwards
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Mortmain Hall is the second Rachel Savernake book. Although Rachel is a main character in these stories and one around whom much of the action takes place, I think that they could just as easily be called the Jacob Flint series. While Rachel sits in almost God-like observation of the action, Jacob blunders through along with us, trying to understand what is actually happening. He's not exactly a Watson to Rachel's Holmes, although he does fill much of that role, it is certainly through his eyes that we see more of the action and mystery.
This second story is again set in the golden again of crime, although as with the first book, there is a much darker edge that is absent from books that were actually written in the period, or at least missing from those that I have read so far.
Mortmain Hall is a complex mystery, not simply a case of a couple of murders and lots of suspects. In fact, it would be more than fair to say that it's not immediately apparent what the crime that we are trying to get to the bottom of is. There is more than one mystery to solve here. It's not as simple as the good guys work out who done it and the bad guys get punished.
I have to admit that while I'd figured out some of the solutions to this, but there were other aspects that I missed entirely. At the end of the book are a number of 'clues' that signposted who was behind various aspects and why, all in the style of some books from the golden age. I spotted some, but missed most.
Overall this was another gripping read from Martin Edwards. I'm looking forward to hearing more from Rachel and Jacob in the future.
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The Diary of a late bloomer - L.M.L. Gil

The Diary of a Late Bloomer; A quirky coming of age novel
L.M.L Gil
Publication date: June 29th 2020
Genres: Coming of Age, New Adult, Romance, Sports

Every wallflower blooms at their own perfect time, but some like quirky Lo, take longer than others.

Lo is a sheltered 20-year-old who loves baking, manga/anime, and octopi. When she spots her college swim team’s tryout flyer sporting her favorite sea creature, an octopus she knows it’s a sign that she must join the Flying Octopi. The only things standing her way are her social awkward nature and the fact that she just learned to swim.

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Author Bio:

L.M.L. Gil is a writer, a reader, and a dreamer.

When she is not writing, editing, or thinking about her next story, she is either in the kitchen testing out a new recipe or snuggling with her fur munchkins reading.

As a glutton, she equates a good novel to a scrumptious dessert, which leaves your heart a little lighter and a smile on your face.

She hopes her novels provide a sweet treat without the calories

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My Review

The Diary of a Late Bloomer took me a little while to get into, possibly partly because it's been a while since I last read a diary-style book. I've long been an Arian Mole fan and more recently Bridget Jones, so once I was back into the swing of things, I was away. 
I did think to begin with that Lo, our heroine was quite young, only 16 or so and a young 16 at that. Even with the title being 'Late Bloomer' I hadn't expected anyone who was 20 to be quite so immature in their outlook. It didn't help that her mother was overprotective to the point of being abusive, but fortunately, Lo overcame that in the end.
This is quite a sweet story. It's obvious to everyone (including us) who Lo will end up with and when she finally realises what her feelings have been telling her, it is very satisfying. I really enjoyed some of the support characters in this. 
This was a great read that I managed to get through in one day. If you feel like something fairly light-hearted, not too taxing and sweet then I suggest you read a bit more about Lo and her life. 

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Thursday, 25 June 2020

Hate Crush - Angelina M. Lopez

A fake relationship could help Princesa Sofia save her kingdom. Only problem: She’ll have to fake it
with the man who broke her heart.

Ten years ago, wild child Princesa Sofia Maria Isabel de Esperanza y Santos fell in fast crazy love with heartbreaker Aish Salinger during one California harvest season. Now, all grown up and with the future of her kingdom on her shoulders, she hates him as passionately as she once loved him. Even if her body hasn’t gotten the hate memo. Faking a relationship with the now-famous rock star for the press and public will ensure the success of her new winery and prosperity of her kingdom. All she has to do is grit her teeth and bear his tattooed presence in her village and winery—her home—for a month. Trying to recover from his own scandal, fallen superstar Aish Salinger jumps at the chance to be near Sofia again. Leaving her was the biggest mistake he’s ever made, and he’s waited ten years to win her back.
He never counted on finding a woman who despised him so much she didn’t want to be anywhere near him. A war of wills breaks out as the princess and rock star battle to control their fake relationship. She wants to dictate every action to keep him away from her. He wants to be as close as he can be. She’s already lost so much because of Aish, he won’t be the reason her people lose even more. But he also won’t make her break her life’s most important vow: To never fall in love again.

Read Filthy Rich Book One, Lush Money, available now from Carina Press!


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About Angelina M. Lopez

Angelina M. Lopez wrote 'arthur' when her kindergarten teacher asked her what she wanted to be when she grew up. In the years since she learned to spell the word correctly, she's been a journalist for an acclaimed city newspaper, a freelance magazine writer, and a content marketer for small businesses. Finally, she found her way back to 'author.'
Angelina writes sexy, contemporary stories about strong women and the confident men lucky enough to fall in love with them. The fact that her parents own a vineyard in California’s Russian River Valley might imply a certain hedonism about her; it's not true. She's a wife and a mom who lives in the suburbs of Washington, D.C. She makes to-do lists with perfectly drawn checkboxes. She checks them with glee.
You can find more about her at her website, AngelinaMLopez.com.

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My Review

This is the second book in the Filthy Rich series, but as it works well as a stand-alone, you don't need to have read the first one before you read this. Hate Crush is a second chance romance with an almost romantic suspense element. There's certainly something else that this couple has to face and get to the bottom of.

Sophia and Aish fell in love ten years ago, but when it came to choosing between their relationship and his career, Aish left Sophia behind. They haven't seen each other in all this time, but now both faced with needing to resurrect their images, they need to work together and appear as a couple in front of the media. 

Aish is quite a sweet character, he's obviously had a checkered past, but it becomes clear as the story unfolds that all might not as it might first appear on this front. There were a number of things that were revealed as the book unfolds, I don't think that they were hugely obvious, but I did guess what more than one of them might be before it happened. It didn't stop me from enjoying the story though.

Sophia is a very strong female character. She has a wild past, something that is often avoided in romances, which is a shame, I liked the way that she was a character who knew what she wanted and had had plenty of fun in her past. Aish and Sophia worked well together, complimenting one another and having plenty of room for their characters to grow as they start to come together as a couple.

I really enjoyed this read, there was plenty going on and much more depth than you often find in a romance novel. I'd certainly be keen to read more in this series if I get the chance. 

Tuesday, 23 June 2020

Jagger - Amanda McKinney


Jagger: Steele Shadows Investigations
Amanda McKinney
Publication date: June 18th 2020
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance

Secrets, lies, deceit… A former Navy SEAL turned homicide detective has met his match in this new *standalone* addition to the number #1 Bestselling Steele Shadows Series…

He found her covered in blood.
She promises she’s innocent.
The question is… Can he trust her?

Feared just as much on the streets as at a crime scene, Homicide Detective Max Jagger has dedicated his life to one thing—speaking for the dead. Everyone and everything else be damned, including his own demons. During one of the most oppressive heat waves to hit the small, southern town of Berry Springs, the former Navy SEAL is called to a scene where a real estate heiress is found standing over a dead body, holding the murder weapon. The local cops immediately dub it a slam-dunk case, but if Jagg has learned anything from his days running special ops, it’s that nothing is as it seems… including this suspect.

Despite her name, Sunny Harper is as beguiling as a fallen angel. Clever, cunning, completely unwilling to cooperate, and, perhaps his least favorite quality—mind-numbingly intoxicating. When evidence from the scene suggests an accomplice, Jagg begins to believe that Sunny is both innocent and in danger, despite the towns’ uproar to lock her up. Torn between his growing feelings for his suspect, he takes Sunny to a secluded lake house where he discovers there’s much more behind those enchanting green eyes… including secrets that could take them both under.

With his career on the line and the clock ticking, Jagg must decide if he can trust Sunny… before they both get burned.

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Amanda McKinney is the #1 bestselling and multi-award-winning author of more than ten steamy romantic suspense and mystery novels. She wrote her debut novel, LETHAL LEGACY, in 2017 after walking away from her career to become a writer and stay-at-home mom. Set in small, southern towns, Amanda’s books are page-turning murder mysteries packed with steamy romance.

Her books include the HOT new bestselling series, STEELE SHADOWS SECURITY, the multi-award-winning BERRY SPRINGS series and BLACK ROSE MYSTERIES.

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My Review

I have to admit that I wasn't sure that I was going to enjoy this one. Although it's a romance, really that takes second place to the mystery element of this book. To begin with, we didn't really even meet Jagger's potential love interest and his investigation and rookie sidekick Darby took centre stage. Jagger isn't actually that likeable, he has an aurora of the old gumshoe detectives, the fact that much of the story is told from his point of view gives it an almost Raymond Chandler like feel. I think that it was this that made me wonder if we were going to get on. Not that I don't enjoy that kind of read, it was just not what I had been expecting.
Sunny is an interesting character. She's clearly got a lot of baggage and history. I think that it mentions that she's in her late 20's, but in many ways, she seems to be an older character than this. Perhaps simply because of what she has been through. 
For me, the suspense side of this book was the winner. Although there is romance here, it wasn't the main part of the story and I wasn't really that invested in their relationship. I did want to know what was going to happen and who was behind it all though. I think that it was that that made this ultimately a very enjoyable read. 

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Monday, 22 June 2020

High Heat - Annabeth Albert


High Heat (Hotshots, #2)High Heat by Annabeth Albert
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

When I started reading High Heat, I didn't immediately realise that I've actually read the first book in the Hotshots series Burn Zone. Although we did meet one of the main characters from this book in the previous book and the two main characters Lincoln and Jacob also make a cameo appearance this time around, it really doesn't matter if you have read the first one or not.
Garrick is coming to terms with the accident that he suffered while doing his job as a smokejumper. He broke both legs and injured his spine. Although there has been a huge improvement, he's still not as well as he would like to be and is trying to do everything that he can to get back to full fitness, learning to walk again without his crutches or wheelchair and even hoping that he may be able to rejoin the crew at some point. When a stray dog helps him to meet his elderly neighbour's grandson, it leads him on a that makes him question what he really wants out of life. Rain has always been quite directionless but meeting Garrick helps him start to think about what he really wants out of life.
I liked Garrick and Rain's relationship. They were both eager to please one another and although neither was sure where the relationship was going to go, I liked their journey to get there. I also really liked Garrick's Dad and the way he dealt with his son's situation and relationship.
Alongside the romance angle, there is also the question of Garrick coming to terms with the changes in his life. Although he is determined, sometimes that isn't enough. I liked the way that he adjusted to his new normal. Having said that, the idea that his treatment might be stopped not simply because the clinical team decides that it's not in his best interest but because the insurance refuses to continue to pay is hideous. Makes me more glad than ever that I don't live in a country where we have to rely on insurance for healthcare.
This was a good read and I also enjoyed having a little glimpse of Jacob and Lincoln from the previous story. I'm pretty sure that there's more to come from the Hotshots and I'm looking forward to reading more.
I received a complimentary copy of this book through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

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Sunday, 21 June 2020

Dirty Tactics - Emma Salah


Dirty TacticsDirty Tactics by Emma Salah
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Dirty Tactics is the first in a new series featuring a family of sports stars. This first book deals with the only sister in the family, Reagan. Unlike her brothers, she doesn't actually play sport but instead is an agent for sports stars. She's also been in love with one of her brothers' best friends since she was 15.
Zac has huge chemistry with his best friends sister, but she's off-limits. Not only if she the youngest member of the family that he's seen as his own after they took care of him when his own parents were less than ideal. He believes that he can't love, having only his father's abuse and his mother's acceptance of it to base relationships on. If only he could stop the passion that explodes with Reagan, then he'd be fine.
I do enjoy friends to lovers romances and this one certainly falls into that. Although Zac is best friends with Reagan's brother, it's clear that their own relationship is very close before anything romantic happens between them.
There are issues for both Reagan and Zac to deal with and although there isn't some big romantic gesture between them, I still liked the way that this one unfolded and played out. I really enjoyed the book and having met Reagan's brothers, I'm looking forward to reading their stories in the future.
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Arrogant Bastard - Jennifer Dawson


Arrogant Bastard (Bastard Series, #2)Arrogant Bastard by Jennifer Dawson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Cat and Caden don't want to get involved with each other, but the fiery chemistry between them means that avoiding each other just isn't going to happen. Caden is the new farm manager, but he won't tell boss Cat anything about his past, it's clear that he's brilliant at his job and being desperate, she employs him anyway.
I enjoyed the chemistry between Cat and Caden and their attempts, at least to begin with, to avoid it. It was clear that they were going to be unable to resist one another, but I enjoyed the push and pull before that. Caden clearly has a past and it is this that makes him unwilling to get into something with Cat. There's a lot of game playing from both the hero and the heroine and at points that was a little bit annoying. They both have specific things that they expect from the other but aren't willing to actually explain what it is that they are waiting for.
Where I wasn't completely convinced with this one, was when Caden's past was revealed. Although it went some way to explaining why he was reluctant to get involved with Cat it didn't really seem to fit his character. Everything that we had learnt about him up to that point seems very much at odds with what supposed to have happened at his previous job. It didn't ruin the story or anything like that, but it did seem a bit strange. Other than that, this was an enjoyable romance.
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Thursday, 18 June 2020

Fake Play - Carla Swafford


Fake PlayFake Play by Carla Swafford
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Despite the fact that I know next to nothing about ice hockey, I do seem to enjoy these 'hockey romances.' I haven't read one by Carla Swafford before, but she seems to know her stuff (as much as someone who hasn't a clue can judge that is).
Fake Play is a fake relationship romance. This genre can be difficult to convincingly set up, but for the most part this one worked. I did wonder why neither of them could remember what had happened, but that was explained towards the end. The idea with this one is that after a drunken night, these two strangers end up married to one another. Connor, our ice hockey star, needs to remain married to help counter all of the stories about his wild lifestyle. Lily needs his help to save her families ice rink, so agrees to play along.
I liked the romance between these two. Connor, in particular, is quite a sweetheart and he soon wants far more than the fake relationship that they're playing at. It takes Lily a little longer, but they still worked really well together.
This isn't a perfect romance. We never find out what inspired them to marry in the first place and unlike many from this genre, there's no sudden crisis that brings everything right. In some ways it was a nice change not to have that.
I enjoyed Fake Play and I'd be more than happy to read more from Carla Swafford.
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Sunday, 14 June 2020

I hate to stand alone - Casey Winter


I Hate to Stand Alone: A Small Town Enemies to Lovers Romance (Little Fall, #1)I Hate to Stand Alone: A Small Town Enemies to Lovers Romance by Casey Winter
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This isn't a bad little romance, but I wasn't swept away with it either. Set in the town of Little Fall, a town that our two leads have both left years ago, this story is an enemies to lovers book. Although Hannah and Luke don't really know each other, there are enough problems between their two families to make them think that avoiding each other might be for the best. It's just a shame that the intense chemistry between them stops them from doing just that. The more they try to stay away, the stronger the need to be together becomes.
As I mentioned, I neither loved nor hated this one. There were aspects of it that I enjoyed and then others that just didn't gel for me. The dialogue at times seemed quite forced and just didn't flow. I also didn't fully buy into their reasons for disliking one another. It was almost as though there was something missing here a little extra polish that might have put this story into the really good category.
This is the first in a series and I can see where we're going to go next. Although this one fell a little short for me, I'd certainly be keen to read the next and see what happens to some of the other characters that we've met.
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Wednesday, 10 June 2020

Player's Kiss - Sienna Blake

Player's Kiss

It was supposed to be my big break—landing the coveted spot as the All Ireland Rugby team's new PR assistant.


Instead I've become a glorified babysitter, lumped with the heinous job of keeping their star winger out of trouble and out of the papers.

Eoin O'Sullivan.
Cocky. Charming. Outrageous. Destined to drive me feckin crazy.
Party boy.
Ladies man.
An absolute PR nightmare.

Never mind that he's can’t-take-my-eyes-off-you gorgeous. Forget that the sparks (and insults) fly whenever we're together.

Too bad he's decided that torturing me is his new favourite “game”. And he's not stopping till he gets what he wants…

Me. Naked.

My Review

After Eoin got his heart broken in the last Irish Kiss novel, My Brother's Girl, he had to have his own story and have things put right. The Eoin we knew before, quick to give his heart and eager for love is long gone. But perhaps this new Eoin might be ready for a more mature and real love if he can stop feeling sorry for himself and wallowing in self-destruction long enough that is. 

Duffy has one focus in life; to be a success. If she can control Eoin long enough and keep him out of trouble, then she might get all that she's ever wanted. The security that her mother was never able to give her as a child. The only problem is that the more time she spends with Eoin, the more that she finds herself acting like her love-hungry mother, risking everything for a man. 

I loved the development of these two characters. Although Eoin seems like a man child to begin with and Duffy much too serious, they both have a lot of developing and maturing to do, in order to discover what is really important and to become the person that the other needs.

After the last book in the series, which if I'm honest left me feeling a little unsettled about the relationship in it, this was a great concluding read. While both books are very much stand-alone novels, this is one of those that I think that you will get even more out of if you read both books. 

Tuesday, 9 June 2020

To be your last - Rae Kennedy


To Be Your Last (To Be Yours #3)To Be Your Last by Rae Kennedy
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I haven't read the first two books in this series, which is a shame if this one is anything to go by. To be your last is a second chance romance, sort of. I say sort of because, although this is the story of two people who have been together, split up and then get the chance to try again, most of the action in this book takes place in the before of their initial relationship. I think that it was perhaps this that made me enjoy it so much.
I particularly liked both the hero and heroine. The story is told from the heroine, Grace's point of view. She is taking risks and trying things that she has never done before, it's this which leads to her being on the road touring with a rock band and meeting and falling for Colin, the lead singer. Colin is a fantastic character. He's not perfect, but when it comes to a moody lead male who actually has a heart of gold, he does come pretty close. It's not hard to see why Grace falls for him so quickly and completely.
I really enjoyed this book and I have to admit that I was sneaking glances at the odd chapter when I should have been doing something else. I loved this book and I'd really like to read more in this series or by this author.
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Night Deception - Tamsen Schultz


Night DeceptionNight Deception by Tamsen Schultz
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Night Deception is the second of Tamsen Schultz's Tildas Island series, it also links to her previous Windsor Series. As with all of her other books, this series is an almost perfect blend of thriller and romance. I've said before in previous reviews, but it's rare for a book to get the balance so right. usually, a book is either a thriller with a side serving of romance or a romance with a slight thriller edge. Night Deception is neither of these things but manages to be a fully-fledged version of both genres.
This book deals with FBI agent Alexis and former SEAL and now bar owner Isiah. They have felt a strong attraction between them for some time, but Isiah has made it clear that he isn't interested, not wanting a brief fling with someone he assumes doesn't live locally. Things change when it becomes clear that Alexis is local. He also finds a mystery thrown into his lap that he needs her help to get to the bottom of.
This is where the thriller aspect of the story kicks in. An old friend and colleague of Isiah's contacts him and asks for help finding and helping a spy. Alexis and her team are drawn into help, not least because it somehow seems to connect to the work that they are all there to do on Tildas Island.
This was a great and gripping read that I devoured quickly once I started. As I mentioned the romance and action is well balanced. I think if you like either or both genres you would get a great deal from this book. I certainly did. These first two books have been a good strong start to this new series and I'm excited to see where it is going to go next.

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Tuesday, 2 June 2020

Simmering Stu - Pamela Burford

Simmering Stu

A hot tub can be a great place to decompress—provided your tub toy isn't a Glock 9-millimetre. When Death Diva Jane discovers that Stu Ruskin has taken decompression a little too far, everyone assumes his sudden demise was self-inflicted. The result of a guilty conscience perhaps? After all, no one who knew Stu would describe him as a Boy Scout.
Jane begins to suspect murder when disturbing secrets come to light. As it turns out, some of those secrets involve Martin McAuliffe. All Jane really knows about yummy bad boy Martin is that he has a mysterious past and is a darn good kisser. But hey, Sexy Beast approves of him, and when has Jane’s neurotic canine sidekick ever steered her wrong?

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Simmering Stu (Jane Delaney Mysteries Book 6)Simmering Stu by Pamela Burford
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I've loved the Jane Delaney mysteries since I first read Undertaking Irene over five years ago. With each new instalment, I've quickly devoured each one and Simmering Stu was no exception. The previous book, Preserving PeachesPreserving Peaches, ended with something that I'd been hoping for for a while. Simmering Stu picks up from where that book left off, which is exactly what I had been hoping for.
Jane yet again stumbles across a dead body, I have to say, I think that I'd start to avoid Jane if I happened to live nearby, for fear that she'd find another body or that I might become one myself. Jane, of course, starts to investigate the murder. I didn't manage to get there before her this time, but it was an enjoyable read all the same and I did my best to guess where things were going. Ultimately, I was happy with the conclusion, which is all that really matters in these things.
There are a few things I love about this series, one is the murder mystery element, another the humour and almost my favourite bit, the relationship between Jane and Martin. This book had more on that and I'm happy to say that Jane does seem to be following the route that I was hoping for. I can't wait to read the next book and see how things develop.
I love this series. Jane is a great character and her supporting cast (not forgetting dog Sexy Beast) are brilliant too. I hope that we don't have to wait for too long to get our hands on book 7.

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Monday, 25 May 2020

Wrong bed, Right Brother - Rebecca Brooks


Wrong Bed, Right BrotherWrong Bed, Right Brother by Rebecca Brooks
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I love the way that this series centres around the hero and heroine somehow ending up in or on a bed together and that sets them off towards their romance and life together. In this case, Amanda thinks that she's getting into her friend and co-worker Luke's bed. But he's swapped with twin Noah. Noah and Amanda can't stand one another, but it's clear that once they let that fire between them burn into something other than annoyance and anger, they might actually be very right together.
This was quite a quick read and I enjoyed the romance and chemistry that built between Noah and Amanda. This is a relationship that gets hot very quickly, even if our main characters aren't entirely sure where they stand with each other to begin with. It's clear to us, if not to them, that they work well together as a couple and although they may not have got on well in the past, they didn't really see each other properly. I have to admit that I didn't think that I was going to warm to Amanda at the beginning, but she soon came into her own, particularly once she properly noticed Noah.
This was a good romance read. The characters worked well together and the romance was believable.
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Sunday, 24 May 2020

Count of Eight - Brynn Ford


Counts of Eight (The Four Families, #1)Counts of Eight by Brynn Ford
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

After reading Brynn Ford's previous Duo Blue and Switch I couldn't resist giving Counts of Eight a go. I knew that it was probably going to be a bad idea. Not because I wouldn't enjoy it, but because this is book one of a trilogy and the second and third parts are not due out until later this year and early next year respectively. I'm a glutton for punishment though and couldn't resist diving in and giving this a read.
This is a very dark read and won't be for everyone. I don't mind admitting that some aspects of it edge towards the end of my enjoyment. It's not that the storyline isn't gripping (it really is) but what the characters are put through is really so awful. The story is about Anya and Ezra, who are both talented dancers. They are also owned by an evil head of one of the four crime families mentioned in the series title. These families are involved in human trafficking and think nothing of keeping talented individuals as talent slaves and to satisfy their other dark desires. Anya has been living this life for three years, but Ezra is new to it. It's Anya's role to break him so that he will obey, the longer it takes her, the harder it is for her.
As mentioned this is an incredibly dark story and it ends on a cliff hanger. I'm not sure where it's going next but I don't mind admitting that I really want to know. If you enjoy dark romances and like to have your emotions battered as you read, then I think you'll enjoy this. Don't expect a happy ending, at least not at the end of this book. It's clear that Ezra and Anya have a great deal more to face and deal with first.
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Saturday, 23 May 2020

Tempting the Dragon King - Kiersten Fay


Tempting The Dragon KingTempting The Dragon King by Kiersten Fay
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Tempting the Dragon King is set in the same world as the Shadow Quest series, of which I've read the first book The Demon's Possession. I don't think it really matters if you have read any of those or not, although it does help to explain the world that this series takes place in.
Juniper, or June as she prefers to be known found herself trapped on an alien spaceship hurtling through space to who knows where. She didn't know that it was a space ship when she entered and she has no way of understanding the controls or getting home. She is intercepted by the king of the dragon shifter race who doesn't know if he can trust her or not. It soon becomes clear that there is something between them that draws them together.
Spaceships and the like aren't usually my thing, but I really enjoyed this story. June and Tristan make an interesting couple and lets face it a romance is a romance wherever it's set. As long as there's plenty of chemistry and you like the characters then it doesn't really matter where they live. That's certainly the case here. Tristan and June work well together and I enjoyed reading about their growing relationship.
This was a good read and I'd certainly be keen to read more in the series. The epilogue certainly suggests that there's more to come from this world.
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Friday, 22 May 2020

He is Watching - Denise Carbo


He Is Watching (Deerbourne Inn)He Is Watching by Denise Carbo
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

He is Watching is a short story in the Deerbourne Inn series. I believe that these stories are all standalone stories written by different authors but set in and around the Deerbourne Inn. I didn't realise this with the first one of these books that I read, but I'd got it this time.
The story focuses on Julie Roy, a graphic designer from Boston. For months she's been stalked by someone unknown. Being sent photos from inside her flat to her work computer is the final straw and she flees with no real destination in mind. She finds herself staying at the Deerbourne Inn and it's there that she meets Joe Bascombe. Joe is drawn to her immediately, developing strong feelings for her. But Julie is battling her problems with her stalker.
I liked this short story, the romance between Joe and Julie works well and the chemistry between them is believable and enjoyable to watch. The stalking aspect of the story adds an extra level to things. This is only a short story, but it didn't feel that it was rushed or anything missed out. I really enjoyed it.
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Thursday, 21 May 2020

Bait N'Witch - Abigail Owen


Bait N' Witch (Brimstone Inc., #3)Bait N' Witch by Abigail Owen
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I do love Abigail Owen's books and Bait N'Witch is no exception. This is the third in the Brimstone series and picks up the story of Rowen, the witch that was forced to act against the wolves in the first book. You wouldn't have had to read either of the previous books to enjoy this one, although they are linked and the characters do pop up again here, this works fine as a standalone too.
I liked both Rowan and Greyson. They suited each other well and I liked the way that she brought out the best in him, even though they weren't willing to fully trust one another to begin with, it's clear that there's something between them from the start.
The only thing that I didn't like about this book was that it could just have been a little bit longer. There were one or two things that I couldn't help but feel hadn't been fully addressed. (I don't want to give any spoilers away, but there were things that happened that were just accepted, I wanted to know more.) More than anything, I just wasn't quite ready to leave Rowan and Greyson by the end of the story, but I suppose that the aim of all authors, leaving us wanting more?
I don't know if there's more to come in the Brimstone Inc series or not, I'd certainly be keen to read more.
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Tuesday, 19 May 2020

Forbidden Love - Lee Colgin


Forbidden LoveForbidden Love by Lee Colgin
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Forbidden Love is the second book in the They Bite series. I read book one, Forbidden Bond back in December, so when this one popped up on Netgalley, I couldn't resist requesting it. I have to admit though, that it did take me a little while to get into this one. This was mostly because for some reason (possibly my own stupidity) it took me a while to realise that the book actually starts in the middle of the last one. I eventually clicked and then everything made much more sense. It would have probably been better if I'd read (or re-read) the first book just before this one.
Nathan and Ben make a cute couple and I enjoyed their romance. They work well together as a couple and I liked the way that they addressed the issues facing their relationship. Ben did seem quite young at times, he's supposed to be 46, which is young for a vampire, but still, it didn't quite seem right to me.
This is quite a short story, but a lot takes place in it, there's plenty of action as well as the romance. I did think that there could have been a bit more said about the motives of the bad guy, it was kind of left once they knew who was behind it. There was a suggestion that they may not have worked alone, but nothing more was said. I do wonder if, like this book, a future book will pick up that story and take it further from another point of view?
This was a good read and I'd be keen to read any future books in the series.
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Sunday, 17 May 2020

Game Changer - Kelly Jamieson


Game Changer (Wynn Hockey, #5)Game Changer by Kelly Jamieson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Game Changer is the fifth book in the Wynn Hockey series, but the first that I've read. I believe that previous characters do appear in this book, but it's not in a way that it would affect your enjoyment of the book if you haven't read previous ones. It certainly didn't reduce my enjoyment not to have read them. The story starts with the wedding of Molly and Steve, or at least it should be their wedding. But, after Molly discovered that he'd been cheating on her the previous evening, she decides to read out the texts that he shared with the other woman and leaves him at the altar. Jax, Steve's teammate comes to her aid and helps her to escape from the wedding and go into hiding for a bit to get over what has happened. The more time that they spend together, the more obvious it becomes that really they belong together.
I'm never sure about romances where one of the characters moves on from another serious relationship so quickly, but in this case, the chemistry just worked. Jax and Molly were friends before all of this happened and he wasn't particularly close to Steve, Molly's ex. I really liked Jax and Molly and they worked really well together. Although this isn't really a friends to lovers story in the usual sense, it has elements of that, which is something that I always enjoy. It was also interesting to read about Jax's grandfather, who is suffering from Alzheimer's. It was both very sad and dealt with well.
This was a very enjoyable romance. If you're heavily into sports romances, then this might not completely hit the mark, as there was little of that side of things, despite Jax being a professional player. This book is set almost entirely on the offseason. It's not something that I particularly look for in a book though, so didn't matter to me.
I really enjoyed Game Changer and I'd be keen to read more in the Wynn Hockey series if I get the chance.
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Saturday, 16 May 2020

A Body in the Village Hall - Dee MacDonald


A Body in the Village HallA Body in the Village Hall by Dee MacDonald
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Sometimes I'm just in the mood for a nice comfortable murder and this book certainly delivered on that. Kate Palmer, our amateur detective finds herself first on the scene at not just one, but two murders. Of course, she can't help but investigate who is behind the murders and starts to poke her nose into the business of everyone in the community that's connected with the two victims. She also strikes up a friendship/early relationship with the police detective inspector who is on the case.
This book fits neatly into the murder in a British village genre. We have a middle-aged woman who has recently moved to the area. As a relative outsider, just arrived in this little corner of Cornwall, she's ideal to go poking around as she doesn't have any long-standing ideas about who the various members of the community are and as she does her investigating, we can find out about them all alongside her.
I have to admit that I hadn't solved this one. By the time the murder was revealed, there really was only one suspect left that could have done it, but I certainly can't lay claim to any skill in getting there myself. Kate did make a few leaps as she figured things out, but there was nothing too far fetched or unbelievable. Unless, that is you count how willing Woody, her detective friend is to let her go poking around. Then again, he clearly fancies her, so maybe he would just let her crack on.
Overall, this was an enjoyable read that kept me guessing until the end. It's not edge of the seat stuff, but sometimes you just want a murder that's a little bit more gentle. I'll definitely be checking out more in this series if and when they come out.
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Thursday, 14 May 2020

Every Little Piece of Me - Lexi Ryan


Every Little Piece of Me (Orchid Valley #1)Every Little Piece of Me by Lexi Ryan
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I read this prequel novella to this, Every Little Promise a month ago. I enjoyed that little story and was dying to know how it would end up turning out. You do really need to read the novella first I think, but don't panic if you haven't, it appeared at the beginning of this book anyway.
Every Little Piece of Me is a second chance romance. Marston and Brinley were crazy about each other as teenagers. Unfortunately, Brinley's family didn't approve and they went their separate ways. Now, years later they have run into one another again and after a night together in Las Vegas, they ended up married. The only problem is that Brinley ran away afterwards and it seems she can't remember as she's now engaged to be married to someone else.
I really liked Marston, it's clear just how much he loves Brinley, even if she can't see it. The two of them make a good couple and although Brinley has a number of things to deal with before she can see why Martson is the man for her, it's obvious that they are perfect together.
Although I had read the prequel, there were a number of things that I had assumed based on that that turned out to be wrong. There were plenty of surprises and revelation. Overall this was a great read and I can't wait to read more in the series.
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Wednesday, 13 May 2020

The Kiss of Love - Meara Platt

The Kiss of Love (The Book of Love, #6)The Kiss of Love by Meara Platt
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I'm not sure why I haven't read any of the other books in Meara Platt's The Book of Love series before now, I've read most of her other books but these ones somehow passed me by. It doesn't really matter though, although this is book six in the series, it's really a standalone novel and while it does mention characters from previously in the series, it also mentions characters from other series too.
Honeysuckle Farthingale has a secret, one which means that she fears that she will never be able to marry. She has fallen in love with the Earl of Wycke and thinks that if she can share just one kiss with him, it will give her memories for the rest of her life.
This is quite a cute love story. I wasn't completely convinced about her secret, but as this is what I think I would be more likely to call a 'fantasy regency' rather than one that is historically accurate, then that doesn't matter. In fact, Meara Platt specializes in fantasy regencies and very enjoyable they are too. The really interesting part of this story is that Thomas (the Earl of Wycke) is dealing with the declining health of his mother. I thought that the way that this part of the story was dealt with was very good.
The book of love which the series is named after is a book that seems to help each woman who has it find their true love. It's clear that this is a series with more to come as the book is passed on to it's next recipient by the end of the story.
Overall this was an enjoyable romance and one that I would recommend.
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Bad Boys Don't Make Good Boyfriends - Melanie A. Smith


Bad Boys Don’t Make Good Boyfriends
Melanie A. Smith
(Life Lessons, #2)
Publication date: May 19th 2020
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
From best-selling author Melanie A. Smith comes the second book in a new series of steamy contemporary medical romance standalone novels about life lessons that break all the rules.
Even when you know better, sometimes it’s simply too tempting…
Hospital work isn’t for the faint of heart. Becca Dillon knows that firsthand, having worked as a medical assistant in the cardiac unit at Rutherford Hospital for longer than she cares to think about. What she does care to think about is having fun, gossip, and … guys. Her favorite of the three. And why stick to one, when you can sample them all?
That’s exactly her plan when a workplace crush on a mysterious bad-boy orderly unexpectedly takes a very steamy turn. But Vincent DeMarco turns out to be nothing like she expected, and before she knows it, she’s falling hard and fast. She wants him in ways she’s never wanted anyone before, but there’s something he’s keeping from her. Something that’s holding him back. And Becca is going to find out what.
Even though she knows that bad boys don’t make good boyfriends, he seems like he might be so much more. Will her quest unlock the truth behind who he really is? Or will it end their relationship for good? Either way, ready or not, Becca’s world is about to change.


Author Bio:
Melanie A. Smith is the best-selling author of The Safeguarded Heart Series and other contemporary romance fiction. Originally from upstate New York, she spent most of her childhood in the San Francisco Bay Area before moving to Los Angeles for college. After that, she spent almost fifteen years in the Seattle Area, and now lives in the Dallas-Fort Worth area of Texas with her family.
A voracious reader and lifelong writer, Melanie’s writing began at a young age with short stories and poetry. Having completed a bachelor of science in electrical engineering at the University of California, Los Angeles, and a master’s in business administration at the University of Washington, her writing abilities were mainly utilized for technical documents as a lead engineer for the Boeing Company, where she worked for ten years.
After shifting careers to domestic engineering and property management in 2015, she eventually found a balance where she was able to return to writing fiction.
Melanie is also a Mensan and enjoys spending time with her family, cooking, and driving with the windows down and the stereo cranked up loud.

My Review

This is the second Life Lessons novel by Melanie A. Smith. This time it's telling the story of Becca and Vincent. Becca hasn't really been interested in relationships, having too much fun having a good time to worry about settling down. She can't help but be drawn to bad boy Vincent, but for some reason, she seems to want more with him than she's ever wanted before, even though bad boys don't make good boyfriends.

Both Vincent and Becca have things that they need to work through and accept if they want to be together. Vincent has a past that doesn't seem to want to leave him alone. For Becca, it's more about coming to terms with her ideas of men and relationships and accepting the baggage that she's accumulated with her family.

I really enjoyed this read. Becca is a great character, full of life and passion. Vincent, although appearing much more reserved and standoffish, really is her ideal match and they work so well together. What a great read. 

Sunday, 10 May 2020

Finding Mr Right Next Door - Sarah Ballance

Finding Mr. Right Next DoorFinding Mr. Right Next Door by Sarah Ballance
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Friends to lovers is one of my favourite romance novel themes. In this story, not only are Lexi and Matt best friends, but they also happen to live next door to one another. They've been friends since they were small children and this is one of the reasons that they've never taken their relationship down a romantic path, they're already like a married couple and they seem to be the only ones that can't see that they really should be together. It isn't until Lexi starts to look elsewhere for a bit of romance in her life that they both realise what they stand to lose.
This is quite a sweet romance. There is quite a bit of heat between our hero and heroine, although they don't fully realise what it is straight away. There are some interesting secondary characters in this book, particularly Matt's grandmother who is growing old disgracefully and having a lot of fun in the process.
This is the second in a series and although I haven't read the first, that didn't really matter. I assume that there may be stories to come for the unattached firefighters in this book. I'd certainly be keen to read more about them.
Overall this was a good romance with a good dose of humour and fun. I really enjoyed it.
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Saturday, 9 May 2020

Are You In - P.W. Steele

Are You In? (Powerhouse #1)Are You In? by P.W. Steele
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Are you in is the first book in the Powerhouse series. The series seems to be set in a gym and focuses around a group of four gay owners who are known as the quad squad. This first book is about Andy who wants to build his body up and goes to the gym. There he meets one of the owners Jack and is instantly drawn to him.
This is a very quick read, not necessarily a bad thing, but it did end with the feeling that this was just setting up for a bigger story. I don't know if future stories are going to be similar, or if this was just setting the groundwork for a bigger story involving Jack and Andy.
There is one sex scene in this, which in all honestly was a bit of an odd one. I did feel a bit as though I'd wandered into someone's personal fantasy. That might just be me though.
I'd be interested to read the next in this series to see where it's going to go next.
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Wednesday, 6 May 2020

Keep Forever - Alexa Kingaard


Keep Forever
Alexa Kingaard
Published by: Acorn Publishing
Publication date: March 28th 2020
Genres: Historical Romance, Women’s Fiction
“Unlike some war stories that focus on intense, harsh and graphic depictions of post-combat trauma, this tale unfolds gently, like an Edna Ferber novel, spread across many decades, detailing the impact this soldier’s illness has on an entire family, including children and grandchildren. KEEP FOREVER is a wonderful, emotionally satisfying read that I highly recommend. ”
GARY SEIGEL, author of “Haskell Himself”
Paul O’Brien’s idyllic childhood in Southern California comes to a halt when his mother dies in the summer before his senior year of high school and a very different persona of his father emerges – isolating himself inside the house, turning to alcohol for comfort, and barely noticing his only child. Simultaneously, the war in Vietnam is sending shock waves around the world and young men from one coast to the other are being called upon to serve. Paul enlists in the Marines before receiving his draft notice.
Elizabeth Sutton is eager to gain some independence from her father’s old fashioned notions and looking forward to her first year in high school. At fifteen years old, tragedy strikes with the loss of both parents in an auto accident, turning her childhood into one of responsibility and worry overnight. The four siblings are scattered when her nine-year-old twin sisters are sent to live with their Aunt and Uncle on Nantucket Island, and Elizabeth is left behind in Boston with their grandmother. Her older brother, Sam, enlists in the Marines, eager to join the conflict a world away as opposed to dealing with the one unfolding at home.
A bond develops between Paul and Sam in Vietnam, and both are injured in a bloody battle that costs Sam his right hand and sets the stage for a lifetime of nightmares and sleepless nights for Paul. Matched by similar tragedies at a young age, Elizabeth and Paul’s first introduction by Sam upon their return from Vietnam is the beginning of friendship and love that survives five decades.
After marrying, welcoming their first child, and inheriting a small beach house, the couple adapts to their new surroundings, but distant memories of Vietnam continue to haunt Paul. In an era when veterans refuse to speak of their pain and the government denies that thousands of soldiers are coming home irreparably damaged, he is left to deal with the challenge of caring for his loved ones amidst his his erratic flashback episodes and moods. As their lives unravel from the lingering effects of PTSD, Elizabeth learns to accept the burden that Paul brought home, and together they make their own memories to keep forever.
Inspired
By
A True Story


ALEXA KINGAARD, a California native, currently resides in Carlsbad and is the mother of a son and daughter who continue to be her biggest fans and cheerleaders.

October 13, 2011, was the day that changed her life forever when her ex-husband, a Vietnam veteran, took his life during a PTSD flashback episode. Inspired to share this tragedy that continues to rob husbands and wives of their spouses, children of their parents, mothers of their children, brothers and sisters of their siblings, and comrades of their friends, Kingaard relied on her own experiences to shed light on this crisis. The burden brought home is not partial to Vietnam, but is an insidious aftershock endured by combat veterans of all conflicts.

Kingaard continues to pursue her literary career, writing about nostalgia and the human condition, the common denominator of our lives. 

My Review

This is a book based on true life events, while it's not an autobiography as such, it's clear when you read it that the authors own life is mirrored in the pages. The story stretches from Elizabeth, our heroine's teenage life and follows both and her close family members as they face many challenges and difficulties.

I have to admit that this isn't really my kind of book. Memoirs are not really for me and not being American I failed to relate to much that the characters faced and dealt with. Unfortunately, for me, this combined with the fact that I didn't find the way the story was told to be particularly engaging, I struggled to feel anything for the main characters. 

I think for anyone who can relate to the experiences of both Elizabeth and Paul, this might be a fantastic read. It's a shame that I didn't really feel the connection, but it was still an interesting book to read. 


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Tuesday, 5 May 2020

All I Wanna Do Is You - Dylann Crush

All I Wanna Do Is YouAll I Wanna Do Is You by Dylann Crush
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

All I wanna do is you is a second chance romance. Reagan and Zach were together in high school, but Regan's father didn't approve of him and after an incident at a party, they split up and haven't seen each other since. Now, running into one another once again they can't resist the chemistry.
This isn't a bad little romance, so why only three stars? Perhaps it's a little harsh of me, but part of the problem was that I just didn't really take to Reagan. Uptight characters are one thing, but she was beyond that, no wonder her father had such an influence over her. I'm really not sure what Zack saw in her. The other issue what that Reagan's father is awful. It's one thing having an overbearing parent, but there was nothing nice about him at all.
Overall, it's a good read and nice romance if that's what you're in the mood for. Other people might well enjoy it more if they're not so annoyed by the characters as I was.
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Friday, 24 April 2020

Passion Awakened - Katherine Diane

Passion Awakened: A Vampire Romance (The Hush #1)Passion Awakened: A Vampire Romance by Katherine Diane
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Passion Awakened is the first in a new series and I have to say that it's a strong start. The book tells the story of Kyr, who leads a group of vampires who defend their kind against demons. Known for his strength, both of character and physically, he hasn't thought to look for a mate. From the moment that he meets Mira, it's clear that there is something between them. Mira is a psychologist, tasked with breaking past the walls that Kyr and the other members of The Hush have put up. But she finds that she can't resist Kyr either.
I enjoyed the world-building in this story and the growth of the relationship between Kyr and Mira. They work well as a couple and although their relationship moves fairly fast, it didn't feel forced as often happens in this type of story.
The only thing that slightly annoyed me was the constant use of the word 'male' I realise that it was used rather than 'man' as these are vampires that we are talking about so not human, but at points, it was really overdone. So much so that had it been 'man' that had been written, even that would have been too much. I did worry that it was going to spoil my enjoyment, but once I got into the story, I was able to let that go, even though it was used an awful lot.
I enjoyed Passion Awakened and would be really keen to find out what next for the members of The Hush. I'll be looking out for the second book.
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