Wednesday, 2 September 2020

Review: Neaderthal Seeks Human and Neaderthal Marries Human by Penny Reid | (Knitting in the City Books 1 and 1.5)

NEANDERTHAL MARRIES HUMAN


There are three things you need to know about Janie Morris:
 1) She is incapable of engaging in a conversation without volunteering TMTI (Too Much Trivial Information), especially when she is unnerved, 2) No one unnerves her more than Quinn Sullivan, and 3) She doesn't know how to knit.


After losing her boyfriend, apartment, and job in the same day, Janie Morris can't help wondering what new torment fate has in store.

To her utter mortification, Quinn Sullivan—aka Sir McHotpants—witnesses it all then keeps turning up like a pair of shoes you lust after but can't afford. The last thing she expects is for Quinn to make her an offer she can't refuse.

New York Times Bestselling Author Penny Reid’s debut novel!
★ AAR top 100 romances of all time ★

Neanderthal Seeks Human is book #1 in the Knitting in the City series. Each book is a standalone, full length (110k words), contemporary romantic comedy novel, and follows the misadventures and exploits of seven friends in Chicago, all members of the same knitting group.


NEANDERTHAL MARRIES HUMAN

There are three things you should know about Quinn Sullivan:
 1) He is madly in love with Janie Morris, 2) He’s not above playing dirty to get what (or who) he wants, and 3) He doesn’t know how to knit.

After just five months of dating Janie, Quinn—former Wendell and unapologetic autocrat—is ready to propose marriage. In fact, he’s more than ready. If it were up to Quinn, he would efficiently propose, marry, and beget Janie with child all in the same day—thereby avoiding the drama and angst that accompanies the four stages of pre-matrimony: engagement, meeting the parents, bachelor/bachelorette party, and overblown, superfluous wedding day traditions.

But Janie, much to Quinn’s dismay, tosses a wrench in his efficacious endeavors and challenges him to prove his devotion by going through the matrimonial motions, no matter how minute and mundane.

Will Quinn last until the wedding day? Or will he yield to his tyrant impulses?

This book is not a standalone. It is the sequel to ‘Neanderthal Seeks Human,’ and is book #1.5 in the Knitting in the City series.


MY REVIEW(S)
Neanderthal Seeks Human
The story opens with Janie Morrison having a really bad day, including a wardrobe malfunction and termination of employment. The only (possible) bright spot in her day is being escorted out of the building by Quinn Sullivan, a security guard she's been admiring from afar for months. 

Quinn helps her get a job at his company. Yes, his company, not just the company he works for. Owing to the fact that he 'worked' a security guard at her former company, it takes weeks before Janie realises Quinn is THE boss. It was a little odd, because there were obvious hints and (although Quinn didn't hit her over the head with the info), he also didn't intentionally keep it from her. Still, I found the boss/employee dynamics a tad problematic.

Janie had several quirks that made her odd and interesting. Her tendency to drop trivia at odd moments made me laugh in some parts, and Quinn seemed to love it. I liked her girlfriends and the whole idea of the knitting club. 

This is a lighthearted story with some drama thrown in for good measure. I found the writing and the story enjoyable. The story was told entirely from Janie's POV and I felt like I didn't get to know Quinn enough. This opinion was solidified when I got to the epilogue, which was in Quinn's POV. 

Neanderthal Marries Human
This is a sequel to Neanderthal Seeks Human, set about five months after the events of book one. As you may have guessed from the title, this is pretty much a wedding romance story. Despite the happy ending in the previous book, Quinn is convinced he has to make a case for marriage. He comes up with an elaborate plan to get her to say yes. I'm on the fence about the proposal scene. There are sweet parts to it, but some aspects made me uncomfortable. I'd definitely have problems with it in real life.

Anyway, it turns out Quinn was right. Practical as ever, Janie's first instinct is to say no (for now). It's too early to think about marriage, since their love hasn't been life-tested. Her plan to rectify it in the short space of time to their wedding is interesting to say the least. Definitely something Janie would do.

We find out more about Quinn and his family in this story, which is nice. There's an even mix of humour, and drama, with themes of friendship, family, broken trust and reconciliation in the midst of wedding planning. This is more of an extended HEA for Janie and Quinn. It's sweet without being too heavy on romantic conflict.

If you enjoyed book 1, you'll enjoy this.  

Tuesday, 1 September 2020

Review: Ravensewood Series by Talia Hibbert

The series

This series was my introduction to Talia Hibbert’s writing. I thoroughly enjoyed her writing style and humour. I particularly liked the fact that the main characters were ordinary everyday people - a refreshing change from the billionaire and royal romances I’ve been reading lately. Each of the main characters was flawed in a way that made them feel real and relatable. I should say, each story deals with one or more issues that may be triggering for some readers.

I listened to the audiobooks for the main 3 books in the series. The production was great, and I loved the narrator (Rupert Channing). The spin-off (book 1.5) wasn't available as an audiobook, so I read the ebook and often found myself reading it in Rupert Channing’s voice.=


A girl like her (book 1)

Evan is the new guy in town. Nice guy that he is, he decides to introduce himself to his next-door neighbour by baking him or her a pie. The neighbour turns out to be Ruth Kabbah, a girl with a sullied reputation in the small town of Ravenswood. Evan doesn’t care about the gossip and is genuinely intrigued by Ruth.

I liked Evan very much. He was the perfect combination of sweet and macho. Ruth is weird in a good way, and I also liked her a lot. They complemented each other well.

I enjoyed the story and the characters who are perfectly flawed. It was a nice change from the billionaire and royal romances I’ve been reading lately.

This was my first Talia Hibbert book, and I thoroughly enjoyed her humour.

The audiobook narration was also excellent

 

Damaged Goods (Book 1.5)

Pregnant and soon-to-be-divorced, Laura, returns to her childhood home to get away from her abusive husband. She reunites with her childhood friend, Samir. Though they haven't seen each other in years, time falls away as they rediscover each other. Laura had a lot of unlearning and re-learning to do in her journey to finding herself and regaining her confidence. Samir's love and devotion to her was sweet. It was great to see Ruth and Evan from book 1. I was both surprised and impressed by her relationship with Laura. 


Untouchable (book 2)

Nate returns home to Ravenswood with his two kids to help take care of a sick mother. His search for a nanny reunites him with Hannah Kabbah, an old schoolmate. Hannah works as a waitress, due to an ill-advised (albeit justified) action a couple of years ago which cost her the career she’s always dreamed of--working with children. Fortunately, Nate doesn’t care about this, and after seeing his kids take to her at a chance meeting, he hires her as their nanny.

But their attraction for each other gets in the way. Both Nate and Hannah are individuals who normally do the right thing, so their growing attraction isn’t what either of them would choose. For one, she works for him. They decide to handle the matter of their attraction like adults (yea, like that was going to work).

I liked both Nate and Hannah, but my favourite characters were Nate’s kids and his brother, Zac (hero of book 3).

 

That Kind of Guy (book 3)

I learnt a new thing: Demi sexuality. This is the hero’s orientation and he’s tired of having to hide and pretend otherwise or explain/defend it. For once in a romance novel, it is the hero (Zac) who’s off sex trying to find a real connection. The heroine (Ray) is recently divorced and unwilling to trust her heart to a man again. This combination paves the way for a "just friendship" to form between the two.

When Ray has to attend a function where she’ll meet her ex and his new wife, the idea of a fake boyfriend seems like a good, safe plan. Who better to fake date than the guy she’s come to like a lot and trust? Neither expects their relationship to develop beyond friendship, but their weekend together reveals otherwise.

This is a slow burn romance but once it’s lit, it scorches. This story had many unexpected things (for a romance novel) that made it a truly special book. I enjoyed Zac and Ray’s journey of love and learning to trust their feelings for each other.



Thursday, 6 August 2020

New Release: Impromptu Seduction By Stephanie Nicole Norris | #ImpromptuSeduction #InTheHeartOfAValentine #StephanieNicoleNorris #HonMagPR

IMPROMPTU SEDUCTION BY STEPHANIE NICOLE NORRIS


Raised as a debutante, ladylike, and reserved, London Jones has stepped into unknown territory. From the moment her life collided with a man who should’ve been off-limits, a bachelor with a hot reputation—staying out of his way was the sensible thing to do. However, she finds herself caught in a tangled web of passionate fervor whenever he comes near. So much so that her ability to place a barrier between them becomes a futile battle. The heart wants what it wants, and London’s heart yearns for him.  

Borboleta...   

She was the impetus of his desire. The only one who captured his eye for more than a moment and beckoned his soul to blend in beautiful bliss with hers. For software engineer Kyle Valentine, his attempt to hold back the hedonism that struck whenever they were together threatened to be his undoing. His heart yearned to connect with London’s soul, and soon he finds himself questioning if he’s worthy of her love. But now that he’s gotten next to London, determination becomes the motto for his pursuit and his ultimate will to hold on to her, forever.

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EXCERPT

Valentine Isle

Brazil

“About what I said before.” 

Claudia shook her head. “Don’t even apologize. I mean, you did come all the way to Brazil because of an invitation. So why wouldn’t you want to spend a night with him?”

London sighed. “So, I’m not crazy then?”

“I’ll tell you what you are. Human. And, if the Valentines are the type of men I’ve seen from the outside in, you should be okay with him.”

Monday, 3 August 2020

Review: The Butcher and the Violinist Duet by Kenya Wright | #mafiaromance

Rhapsody: Interracial French Mafia Romance (The Butcher and the Violinist Book 1)

In Paris, they called him Le Boucher.
The Butcher of the Corsican.
Jean-Pierre’s greatest gift was a lack of feelings. His past had ripped them away. But then he saw Eden. On stage, she played her violin, spinning his head with songs that he’d tried to forget.

Unable to stop himself, he makes Eden his obsession. And unlike any normal man, he takes what he wants.

But there’s someone in the shadows, blocking his path. His plans for Eden won’t be so simple. This mystery person sends Russians his way, igniting a war with the Bratva.

Too bad, there’s no limit to his obsession for her. No force that can stop him. No bullet to get in his way. Jean-Pierre would kill anyone and destroy anything to taste Eden’s love, even go to war.


Sonata: Interracial French Mafia Romance (The Butcher and the Violinist Book 2)

The Butcher of the Corsican. 
Jean-Pierre’s relentless pursuit of Eden has paid off.
But can he keep her safe?
Russians lurk within the shadows.
Dead bodies pile.
There are new enemies on the board, and it all goes down in Paris.









MY REVIEW

Rhapsody
There are stories one must read within context. This is one of them for me. It's a mafia romance, which would make it a little odd if the leader of the mob never got his hands dirty. This is the mindset with which I picked this book, because mafia romance isn't my usual genre. So, why did you read it, you ask? Well, I've had Kenya Wright on my list of authors I want to read, and I already had Rhapsody on my kindle. So when I found it in Audible Escape, I thought why not. Plus did you see that cover! 

We meet Eden first. She's a violinist who's lost her job because the symphony was shut down by the powers that be. Her aunt who runs a brothel offers her a job there (to play the violin) because the older woman doesn't believe in handing out free money. The hero, Jean Pierre, happens to be there with his crew and seems to have an interest in the violin, first, and then in her.

In an Indecent Proposal -like turn of events, he offers a large sum of money to have her play for him privately and to sleep with him. At that moment, I was shaking my head. I suppose it's not the strangest of requests when one meets a woman in a brothel whatever the circumstance. The story takes an informative turn when the hero's POV is introduced and we discover there's a lot more going on behind the scenes. Despite some disturbing things he did, I ended up liking Jean Pierre quite a bit. I'm on the fence regarding Eden. I found her too willing. I feel like Jean Pierre could have asked her to cut off her toe for him, and she'd have done it, which made her character less interesting to me.

The second half of the book expanded the focus of the story beyond Jean Pierre and Eden. This extended the story, which I felt was not necessary. The romance ends with an HFN but leaves loose ends in some sub-plots. 

I enjoyed the story more than I'd expected. I loved Kenya Wright's writing and especially her description of the music and how she wove that into other things. I particularly liked how she described a certain torture scene in musical terms. Though it is a contemporary story, it has a historical feel that really worked. If you like bad boys and hot sex scenes, then this will do the trick.


Sonata
This picks up right from where Rhapsody ends and shows the development  of the relationship between Eden and Jean Pierre as she integrates herself into his world. Most of the conflict is external as they navigate the consequences of actions taken in Rhapsody which brings the Russian and Japanese mafia to their doorstep. Loose ends from book 1 are also tied. You must read Rhapsody before this.


Friday, 31 July 2020

Review: Faking It by K. Bromberg

Faking It never felt so good in this red-hot new stand-alone by New York Times best-selling author K. Bromberg - available in audio first!

Zane Phillips mistook me for his dog walker. It shouldn't surprise me that the man with a suit more expensive than my rent would assume that I was there to serve him. The positive? I put him in his place. The negative? I missed my job interview because of it. Now I find out he's a rich Australian entrepreneur, and he wants to make up for tanking my interview.

Yes, he's impossibly hot - but he's also an arrogant jackass - so...no thanks.

But after a little white lie I tell spirals out of control, I'm somehow offered the chance to play Zane's girlfriend to help promote his new dating website - and the best part? He can't say no because he'll get caught in his lie, too.

Little did I know this would entail sharing a tour bus with him for the next few months. The fact that the bus has just one bed isn't the most ideal of circumstances, but this spokesperson gig might be the kick in the pants my career needs, so why not take a chance?

Famous last words.

Now I'm crisscrossing the country - and sharing that bed - with the one guy I can't stand. And even worse, my traitorous body is wondering at every turn what it's like to be down under the gorgeous Australian. But as the miles unfurl, so does our passion...and if I'm not careful, I might end up believing that fairy tales really do come true.


MY REVIEW
I picked this audio book purely based on the fact that the male lead is narrated by Rupert Channing.

The story itself is fairly straightforward. A case of mistaken identity puts the heroine, a model, at odds with the hero, a billionaire CEO. She lets him have it. He feels the need to make amends for his A-hole-ery and invites her to an event his company is organising. A couple of fibs land them in a fake relationship - a ruse they must keep up for two months while (not) fighting the attraction between them.

Though the heroine is a model, she’s portrayed more as a girl-next-door. The hero, on the other hand, is the classic arrogant billionaire who doesn’t think much of women or love cos he’s only ever encountered women who wanted sex and money from him. So naturally, he’s intrigued by the first woman who gives him a piece of her mind.

Anyway, so it’s forced proximity, fake relationship, enemies-to-lovers (ish), with marginal growth for both main characters, culminating in an HEA.

There are no major twists, but I enjoyed the story. I’ll certainly be interested in reading about the hero’s three friends who played a minor role in the sub-plot if the author ever decides to develop this into a series.

Recommended if you’re not looking for a story that will break you (and hopefully heal you as well). This is the story you read after one of those. Get the audiobook, if possible.

Saturday, 18 July 2020

Review: One More Time by Laurelin Paige

BLURB
I would have been stupid to turn the opportunity down.
A feature film starring the hottest man in Hollywood—and me.
It wasn’t just the chance of a lifetime; it was the first time I’d landed the leading role.
But Tanner James isn’t just any actor, aka “Sex God”.
He’s the man who took my virginity then shattered my dreams.

If I can use this part to launch a new career, it will be worth it.
If I can stop myself from falling back into bed with Tanner, it will be a miracle.
And my heart?
He can’t take that from me this time.
He’s had it all along.

Format: audiobook

MY REVIEW
The story
Jenna, an almost has-been model, has had a hard time moving into acting. On the verge of fading into obscurity, she finally lands an acting job - a lead role, no less. Only one catch. Her co-star is the man who broke her heart ten years ago. She's still telling herself she's over him, so doing a movie with him is a big fat no, but something happens that makes refusing the job a luxury she can't afford. 

She's determined to set some rules going in. There's no reason why two adults who hate each other can't do a (romantic) movie like professionals. Except, of course, things don't go as scripted when they meet again. I enjoyed seeing them unravel on set.

A lot of model/actress characters I've read are snobs who have to learn a thing or two about life and love. I find it hard to connect with those. So, I'll admit when I see a story with actors and models, I approach with caution. The blurb, in Jenna's voice, gave the impression I might like her - and I did. Jenna felt like someone I might know or be friends with. Her honesty about herself and her fears made her feel authentic. I liked Tanner too. He was a good guy, and right from the start, it is clear that there's  more to what happened ten years ago. Together, they sizzled. Both characters show growth over the course of the story leaving me with a general happy feeling at the end.

The Production
I enjoyed the audiobook narration a lot. Though it wasn't always a 100% when it came to their Aussie accents, it's not a significant distraction. Both male and female voices brought life to the characters and the story. 

Wednesday, 17 June 2020

Review: Queen Move by Kennedy Ryan

BLURB
The boy who always felt like mine is now the man I can't have…


Dig a little and you'll find photos of me in the bathtub with Ezra Stern.
Get your mind out of the gutter. We were six months old.
Pry and one of us might confess we saved our first kiss for each other. The most clumsy, wet, sloppy . . . spectacular thirty seconds of my adolescence.
Get into our business and you'll see two families, closer than blood, torn apart in an instant.
Twenty years later, my "awkward duckling" best friend from childhood, the boy no one noticed, is a man no one can ignore.
Finer. Fiercer. Smarter.
Taken.
Tell me it's wrong.
Tell me the boy who always felt like mine is now the man I can’t have.
When we find each other again, everything stands in our way--secrets, lies, promises.
But we didn't come this far to give up now.
And I know just the move to make if I want to make him mine.


MY REVIEW
Kimba Allen and Ezra Stern grew up across the street from each other. They became the kind of friends who could practically read each other's minds. But life happened and they lost touch. Sadly, those weren't the times of the Internet and social media, so it takes a family tragedy to bring them together again decades later. Their childhood love instantly resurfaces as hot very-adult attraction. But Ezra is taken.

Jump to another two years later. A situation has arisen that makes it possible for them to be together, but it's complicated. I was happy the story didn't fall into the traditional crazy ex-girlfriend trap, thought it kind of started out that way.

Kimba is a strong female character. We see a glimpse of this in The Rebel King, where she's a secondary character, and it was nice to see the consistency in her character. She's principled and shows incredible inner strength with her choices and the sacrifices she's willing to make to keep herself from compromising herself.

I love romance heroes who show unwavering desire for the heroine. Ezra is one of them. There's never a doubt about his love and his choice. Plus he's not a douche.

The story feels simple, but it's not. I like how it weaves in issues like racism, interracial relationships/marriages, infidelity, friendship, loyalty etc. without detracting from the romance. At the end of the story, we're left in no doubt that Kimba and Ezra are meant to be, and they HEA is well-earned.

The characters were interesting and well-developed. The romance was sweet. The sex scenes were hot. The story-telling was top-notch. If you like second chance romance stories and soulmates, the you'd definitely love this story.

Queen Move is a spin-off/sequel (standalone) of All the Kings Men duet, and I enjoyed seeing Lennix and Maxim. I also liked the honourable mentions of Lotus Ross from Hook Shot.

**I received an ARC of this book. My review is given voluntarily**

Tuesday, 16 June 2020

Review: Indigo by Beverly Jenkins

Blurb
As a child Hester Wyatt escaped slavery, but now the dark skinned beauty is a dedicated member of Michigan's Underground railroad, offering other runaways a chance at the freedom she has learned to love. When one of her fellow conductors brings her an injured man to hide, Hester doesn't hesitate…even after she is told about the price on his head.

The man in question is the great conductor known as the "Black Daniel" a vital member of the North's Underground railroad network. But Hester finds him so rude and arrogant, she begins to question her vow to hide him.

When the injured and beaten Galen Vachon, aka, the Black Daniel awakens in Hester's cellar, he is unprepared for the feisty young conductor providing his care. As a member of one of the wealthiest free Black families in New Orleans, Galen has turned his back on the lavish living he is accustomed to in order to provide freedom to those enslaved in the South.

However, as he heals he cannot turn his back on Hester Wyatt. Her innocence fills him like a breath of fresh air and he is determined to make this gorgeous and intelligent woman his own…

Yet…there are traitors to be discovered, slave catchers to be evaded and Hester's heart to be won before she and Galen can find the freedom that only true love can bring.


My Review
Why would a free born African-American give up his freedom to become a slave? The answer is both simple and complicated: love. The beginning of the story saddened me incredibly - knowing there was a time that a person would have had to make such a sacrifice in the name of love. But this story isn't about that man. It is about his daughter, Hester Wyatt, who escaped slavery with the help of her aunt.

Tuesday, 2 June 2020

New Release: Queen Move by Kennedy Ryan | #QueenMove #KennedyRyan #HonMagPR

QUEEN MOVE BY KENNEDY RYAN

“This thoroughly modern soulmate story blew me away!” 
-- Talia Hibbert, USA Today bestselling author
 

Queen Move, an all-new passionate and unforgettable friends-to-lovers romance from RITA® Award-winning and Wall Street Journal bestselling author Kennedy Ryan, is available now!

  

The boy who always felt like mine is now the man I can't have…

Dig a little and you'll find photos of me in the bathtub with Ezra Stern.

Get your mind out of the gutter. We were six months old.

Pry and one of us might confess we saved our first kiss for each other. 

The most clumsy, wet, sloppy . . . spectacular thirty seconds of my adolescence.

Get into our business and you'll see two families, closer than blood, torn apart in an instant.

Twenty years later, my "awkward duckling" best friend from childhood, the boy no one noticed, is a man no one can ignore.

 

Finer. Fiercer. Smarter. 

Taken.

Tell me it's wrong. 

Tell me the boy who always felt like mine is now the man I can’t have. 

When we find each other again, everything stands in our way--secrets, lies, promises.

But we didn't come this far to give up now. 

And I know just the move to make if I want to make him mine.

 

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EXCERPT

“You’re fucking brilliant.”

“Huh?” Ezra asks absentmindedly, paying more attention to the flame under his pan than to my compliment. “What’d you say?”

Monday, 25 May 2020

Review: Grip (Grip #2) by Kennedy Ryan

BLURB

*** You MUST read FLOW, before starting GRIP. **
Resisting an irresistible force wears you down and turns you out.
I know.
I’ve been doing it for years.
I may not have a musical gift of my own, but I’ve got a nose for talent and an eye for the extraordinary.
And Marlon James – Grip to his fans – is nothing short of extraordinary.
Years ago, we strung together a few magical nights, but I keep those memories in a locked drawer and I’ve thrown away the key.
All that’s left is friendship and work.
He’s on the verge of unimaginable fame, all his dreams poised to come true.
I manage his career, but I can’t seem to manage my heart.
It’s wild, reckless, disobedient.
And it remembers all the things I want to forget.


MY REVIEW

Grip is an interracial romance between Marlon (Grip), and African-American man, and Bristol, a Caucasian woman. Eight years ago, during spring break, they met and spent a week together falling in love. However, a couple of rude awakenings led Bristol to swear off Grip. Skip to eight years later. Grip is a big star and Bristol is his manager. They are friends. He still wants more, and she's unwilling to give him a second chance.

While her reasons for resisting Grip are understandable, I didn’t agree with the lengths to which she went in her attempt to keep him out of her heart, while keeping him in her life. She also did something that was supposed to prove just how much she loved Grip, which I felt showed weakness rather than strength.  

Grip's cockiness is offset by his unwavering desire for Bristol. Despite spending years being rejected by her, there’s never a doubt that she’s his first choice, if she’d have him. I always like that about a romance hero. That said, he had his issues - the kind that make you think 'ugh, he's such a guy.' 

The chemistry between the two leaps off the page. When they finally get together, they have to face a lot of challenges from family, friends and the public. There's more than enough racially motivated drama for those who enjoy that angle. 

Although there’s both a prequel (which I’ve read) and a sequel (which I haven’t yet read), I feel this story can be read as a standalone. The beginning picks up pretty much from where the prequel ends, but there’s enough backstory to cover the essential parts of what happened during their first meeting. The book also ends in a satisfactory HEA.


Friday, 15 May 2020

#BookReview: The Alpha Bid by Ty Young | #DistinguishedGentlemenSeries

BLURB
Jacob St. Williams, aka Coby, aka The Alpha, is the president of an urban television network called the Urban Choice Channel. He grew up down the street from Mama Peaches! He reluctantly signs up to be a part of the Southlake Park Bachelors Auction.

His lovely bidder, Ms. Ryse Taylor, not only finds herself in a small bidding war but a fight for the top spot as Alpha!

Two alphas going head-to-head. Who will submit?

MY REVIEW
I liked the premise of this story. One one hand, there was Coby, a man who likes to be in control, likes to 'take care' of his woman. On the other hand, stood Ryse, a woman who took pride in being able to do things for herself. 

With two headstrong characters, I expected sparks and explosions and hot passion - and mutual submission. Their attraction to each other was instant, and they did butt heads quite a bit. Unfortunately, that seemed to be all they did when they were together. Even their reconciliation was more of an external force that made each one decide to give it a try. I would have liked to see more falling in love on the page, and them working out their issues together as a team.







Thursday, 14 May 2020

Prologue Reveal: Queen Move by Kennedy Ryan

QUEEN MOVE BY KENNEDY RYAN

 

“Combining sweet nostalgia with the important issues Kennedy never shies away from, Queen Move is nothing less than wonderful. I couldn’t put it down and never wanted it to end!” 

-- Alexa Martin, Author of Intercepted

 

Queen Move, an all-new powerful second chance standalone from Wall Street Journal bestselling and RITA® Award-winning author Kennedy Ryan, is coming May 26th and we have your FIRST LOOK!  

 

Make sure to enter on Kennedy’s site to win a QUEEN BOX, stuffed with a signed paperback and all the things you’ll need to treat yourself like a queen!

 

Prologue

Kimba

Two Years Before Present

 Is there anything sadder than a daddy’s girl at her father’s funeral?

My mother’s quiet sniffs a few seats down give me the answer.

A grieving widow.

Wednesday, 13 May 2020

Review: Flow by Kennedy Ryan

Flow (Grip, #0.5)Blurb
*FLOW must be read before GRIP*

In 8 years, Marlon James will be one of the brightest rising stars in the music industry.
Bristol Gray will be his tough, no-nonsense manager.
But when they first meet, she’s a college student finding her way in the world,
and he’s an artist determined to make his way in it.
From completely different worlds,
all the things that should separate them only draw them closer.
It’s a beautiful beginning, but where will the story end?

FLOW is the prequel chronicling the week of magical days and nights that will haunt Grip & Bristol for years to come.


My Review

You know when you read a book about two characters who have history, but you know you're getting only glimpses of the past and sometimes you wish you knew more about what went down? Well, Flow is that book. A prequel to Grip, this book outlines the first meeting between Marlon James (Grip) and Bristol Gray.

Grip is cock, but manages to be intense and sweet. Bristol is a bleeding heart but she's also a bit of a bitch. The people she loves, she loves too much; the people she doesn't, she's too critical of. I didn't hate her, but I didn't particularly like her. I 'read' this in audiobook. It didn't help that the female narrator had a voice I didn't care for.

The story is very well-written as to be expected from Kennedy Ryan. However, as mentioned in the blurb, this is a prequel. If you don't intend reading Grip, then reading this won't help.

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Saturday, 9 May 2020

Review: The A.I. Who Loved Me by Alyssa Cole

Trinity Jordan leads a quiet, normal life: working from home for the Hive, a multifunctional government research center, and recovering from the incident that sent her into a tailspin. But the life she’s trying to rebuild is plagued by mishaps when Li Wei, her neighbor’s super sexy and super strange nephew, moves in and turns things upside down. Li Wei’s behavior is downright odd—and the attraction building between them is even more so. When an emergency pulls his aunt away from the apartment complex, Trinity decides to keep an eye on him…and slowly discovers that nothing is what it seems. For one thing, Li Wei isn’t just the hot guy next door—he’s the hot A.I. next door. In fact, he’s so advanced that he blurs the line between man and machine. It’s up to Trinity to help him achieve his objective of learning to be human, but danger is mounting as they figure out whether he’s capable of the most illogical human behavior of all…falling in love.

My Review
I'm not particularly into sci-fi romance, although I'm always intrigued by the idea of robots being so advanced that they blur the lines between machine and human. I liked the idea of seeing this in a purely romance sense. The relationship between Trinity and Li Wei starts in an interesting manner. It doesn't hurt that he's shirtless, which seems to scramble Trinity's brain. Though she finds him odd, his behaviour is explained away in a way she finds acceptable. I kept wondering when/how she'd find out he was an A.I. The scene where she does find out doesn't disappoint.

Friday, 8 May 2020

Review: Accidentally Married by Victorine E. Lieske

 
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Wanted: Fake Girlfriend
Madison needs a job. Jared needs a fake girlfriend. Too bad she hates him. And he’s super hot, which makes it even worse.

A simple lie turns into a big mess when family gets involved and a fake engagement turns into a fake wedding. Madison didn’t mean to start all this trouble.

And she didn’t mean to fall in love with the stuffy Jared Jameson.

Love hurts, when his kisses are only fake.

My Review
Based on a tip from her roommate, Madison walks into Jameson Technologies looking for a job as an administrative assistant. She has no experience, but how hard could it be, right? She's an actress, after all. Meanwhile Jared, the CEO, is expecting his fake date for a family dinner. A case of mistaken identity and the heroine's need for a job forces them into a business arrangement. It was supposed to be a one-day deal, but things didn't work out as planned.

Wednesday, 29 April 2020

Spotlight: My Daze of Dancing with the Dark Muse by D.M. Needom




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My Daze of Dancing with the Dark Muse 

(Better to Burn Out Series Book 1)

Genre: Rock Fiction




Release Date: March 13, 2020




Some say, Nigel Hartagan is a legend, and that’s certainly true in his mind. He seems to have everything; a successful music career, a talented wife, and beautiful daughter, but nothing is as real as it appears from the outside.

When a temptress, he calls the Powder Goddess comes into his world, Nigel soon discovers a monster lurking inside him. Everything he once treasured has become worthless as he slips further into the Goddess’s clutches. The inner beast takes control and debauchery becomes his goal.

While he loves his new Goddess more than his musical mistress, Nigel soon begins to question if the price she requires is too high as he realizes he’s in a battle for his life.
Mature Content 18+

Sunday, 26 April 2020

Review: Queen of Barrakesch by Delaney Diamond | #RoyalBrides

Queen of Barrakesch (Royal Brides #3)
BLURB
They had no idea how much their lives would change…forever.

Imani Karunzika is fiercely independent and refuses to be forced into a loveless marriage with the domineering man her parents want for her. When her friend Crown Prince Wasim al-Hassan of Barrakesch learns he’ll be passed over for the throne because he has no wife, she suggests a plan where they enter into a fake engagement. He can then secure his birthright, and she can get her parents off her back.

But the marriage must proceed as planned. Wasim becomes the king, she becomes the queen and is now under the rule of a man whose power and authority is unmatched. But Imani’s greatest struggle lies not within the walls of the palace, but inside herself as she fights to keep the ultimate secret—that she’s madly in love with the king.


MY REVIEW
I enjoyed this story, but this review was hard to write, because for everything I liked, there seemed to be something that didn't particularly work for me. So here goes...

Imani and Wasim are friends who shared one steamy kiss about a year ago. Smart and fiercely independent, Imani wants to be valued for her brain rather than her marriageability or child-bearing potential. She's also a romantic at heart and wants to marry for love. Wasim, the crown prince of Barrakesch, is everything you expect from a rich and entitled alpha male, but he has a soft side that is clear to see.

Review: Princess of Estoria by Delaney Diamond | #RoyalBrides

Princess of Estoria (Royal Brides #2)
Blurb
Inspired by current events.

Angela Lipscomb is flattered when Prince Andres of Estoria expresses interest in her, but she’s not looking for love. Not with a demanding career that takes all of her time and vivid memories of the pain caused by a broken heart. But their attraction is too strong to resist, and soon she’s convinced that an international fling couldn’t possibly hurt…could it?

Prince Andres is incapable of taking no for an answer. The playboy prince has set his sights on Angela, and neither the vastness of the ocean nor the distance of continents will keep him away. But when reality steps in, he’s forced to make a tough decision. Can their relationship work? Or are they better off apart?


MY REVIEW
Angela meets Andres at the wedding of her best friend (Dahlia, heroine from Princess of Zamibia). It's clear from the first meet that the attraction is mutual. After a romantic evening together, Andres wasn't ready to let go. Angela on the other hand had her reasons for not wanting to date such a public person. Andres took the necessary actions to quell her fears. He was the kind of alpha male I like. I loved Andres! He did do/say one stupid romance hero thing, but it's romance so...

Friday, 24 April 2020

Spotlight: Crashers by Lindy Hudis | #Crashers



Title: Crashers
Author: Lindy S. Hudis
Genre: Crime Thriller
Release Date: September 9th, 2019
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Enter the world of Crashers! A riveting story of love, desperation and greed. 

Fraudulent car accidents is a multi-million dollar racket, involving unscrupulous medical providers, personal injury attorneys, and the cooperating passengers involved in the elaborate network—and who also receive a portion of the illegal proceeds. Such is the fate of newly engaged, Nathan and Shari, whose joy is tempered by the dark cloud of mounting debt. 

Saturday, 18 April 2020

#BookReview: The Rebel King by Kennedy Ryan | #AllTheKingsMen #KennedyRyan

Ambition. Revenge. Love.

Raised to resist. Bred to fight. Survival is in my blood and surrender is never an option.

Though surrender is what Maxim Cade demanded of my body and heart, I had other plans. We were fast-burning fascination and combustible chemistry, but the man I trusted with everything was a trickster. A thief who stole my love. If what we had was a lie, why did it feel so real? The man I swore to hate will have it all, and wants me at his side. But power is a game, and we're the pawns and players.

Facing insurmountable odds, will we win the world, or will we lose it all?

MY REVIEW
The Rebel King is the concluding part of Kennedy Ryan's All The King's Men duet. This part of the story tests Maxim and Lennix's love as tragedy strikes. At this point, I should say, "yes, yes, yes!" because I KNEW that (tragedy) would happen. As mentioned in my review of The Kingmaker, I'd expect it to be the cliffhanger...