until harry

He was my best friend, my best not-really-big-brother, and my best protector.

He was my best everything.

He was mine.

Coming home is hard for Lane. Hard because Harry, her beloved uncle, has died suddenly, but also because of him. Kale.

Kale Hunt has been her best friend since childhood. But it was never that simple. He was Lane’s reason for leaving home and moving to New York. Seeing him with someone else, in love with someone else, shouldn’t have hurt. But it did. It really, really did. So she upped sticks and left, started a new life and cut herself off from her past.

But now she’s back, and all the feelings are right there. As if she had never left.

Emotions are running high for everyone, and tragedy has a funny way of bringing people together. But is Lane reading the signs right? Are they still just friends, or is there something more?

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REVIEW

Until Harry is probably L.A. Casey’s best work to date. I feel this is definitely her most mature work, and proof that she truly is a talented writer. Completely different from her Slater Brother series, and simply better than Frozen, Until Harry hits you right in the heart. All the feels that this story brings with it, I loved it.

I admit I didn’t read the synopsis before buying, and reading Until Harry. Just that cover alone made me one click. Still I was warned that it was a rather emotional story, though not quite prepared in what way.

Lane, an unhappy girl, who thought she ran away from the pain by moving to New York. Though being away from the people she loves turns out not to be the best solution. Now she’s back, her uncle died, and she has to face all the people she left behind, including Kale.

I loved how the story switched from present to past, that we got to see all that happened between Lane, and Kale. They pretty much know each other from birth, and while to us it’s clear these two belong together, their stories runs quite differently.

There was one part near the end that really hit close to home, and if I wasn’t reading in public tears would have shed. While the setup of the story is quite sad, you never give up hope, and it really is a tale of second chances for family, friends, and love.

4.5 stars

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The Matchmaker's Replacement (Wingmen Inc. #2) by Rachel Van Dyken

Wingman rule number two: never reveal how much you want them.

Lex hates Gabi. Gabi hates Lex. But, hey, at least the hate is mutual, right? All Lex has to do is survive the next few weeks training Gabi in all the ways of Wingmen Inc. and then he can be done with her. But now that they have to work together, the sexual tension and fighting is off the charts. He isn’t sure if he wants to strangle her or throw her against the nearest sturdy table and have his way with her.

But Gabi has a secret, something she’s keeping from not just her best friend but her nemesis too. Lines are blurred as Lex becomes less the villain she’s always painted him to be…and starts turning into something more. Gabi has always hated the way she’s been just a little bit attracted to him—no computer-science major should have that nice of a body or look that good in glasses—but “Lex Luthor” is an evil womanizer. He’s dangerous. Gabi should stay far, far away.

Then again, she’s always wanted a little danger.

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REVIEW

*I received a copy from the author in exchange for an honest review*

I definitely need to read more books by Rachel Van Dyken. Once again she has blown me away with her writing. I love her combination of sexy, humor and swoon moments. Plus Lex’ point of view in The Matchmaker’s Replacement was just plain awesome.

A MENSA playboy genius who considers himself to be the villain, certainly when it comes to Gabi. The girl he wants above all others, though he would never admit to that. Their constant bickering, and fighting is only tolerated because you can feel the sexual tension underneath. Which, let me tell you, is so hot.

Gabi might, once upon a time, had a crush on Lex, but admitting it now would only break her heart even more. It’s easier to hate on Lex, than let him see how much he gets to her. Now that they are working together though it only becomes more difficult to hide their chemistry.

An obvious case of ‘I hate to love you‘ between these two. Though actions speak louder than words, and while they love to throw around the insults, they will still always be there for each other. Their new working relationship makes them only grow closer.

I loved every second of their story. These two are so entertaining, and adorable trying to play off their attraction. Their interactions was so much fun, and I enjoyed how their relationship gradually grew from friendship to lovers. I once again want to point out that the humor was on point, and the characters are dipped in awesome sauce. Yeah, read it now!

4 stars

Wingmen Inc. – Reading order and purchase links

matchmaker's playbook  The Matchmaker's Replacement (Wingmen Inc. #2) by Rachel Van Dyken

The Matchmaker’s Playbook: My reviewAmazon USAmazon UK

The Matchmaker’s Replacement: Amazon US Amazon UK (Aug. 9)

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New York Times bestselling author Nalini Singh continues her Rock Kiss series with a hot, sweet, emotional contemporary romance about love and forgiveness

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New York Times bestselling author Nalini Singh continues her Rock Kiss series with a hot, sweet, emotional contemporary romance about love and forgiveness…

After a lifetime of longing for a real family, Sarah Smith thought she’d finally found her home with rock star Abe Bellamy, even if she knew Abe didn’t love her the way she loved him. But their brief relationship, filled with tragedy and heartache, nearly destroyed her. Alone, emotions in turmoil, and already shaky self-esteem shattered, Sarah struggles to pick up the pieces in the wake of their divorce.

Abe knows he’s to blame for the end of his marriage. Caught in a web of painful memories, he pushed away the best thing in his life – the sexy, smart woman he adores – breaking them both in the process. Then fate throws him a second chance to get things right, to prove to Sarah that she means everything to him. Abe desperately wants that second chance at love…even if he knows he doesn’t deserve it.

But can he convince Sarah – now strong and independent without him – to risk her wounded heart one more time?

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EXCERPT

Sarah sat on the floor of her living room, books spread out all around her.

Having worked nonstop for days, she’d given herself the afternoon off. First, she’d gone to see her son. The anniversary had rolled around again, and though she hurt, this month wasn’t one of the bad ones. She’d talked to him, told him about her day, left him with a kiss.

Her plan for the rest of the day had been to get into her pj’s and curl up on the couch with Flossie to binge-watch a favorite television series. Then had come the buzz at the gate that made her heart thunder and her skin flush… and the delivery of a most unexpected package.

I hope you’re doing okay today. Say hi to Aaron for me. I’m sorry I threw your books in the pool. I was a dick. – Abe

Sarah stared at the note card again, still not certain she was reading it right. The first two lines, they turned her throat thick, but the rest… He’d been so high that day that she’d have bet her business he had no memory of the ugly incident. Sarah had never forgotten it: she could still feel the wrenching ache of the sobs that had overwhelmed her as she tried futilely to fish out books that had been well and truly drenched.

Abe, meanwhile, had moved on to throwing the pool furniture into the shimmering blue water.

Her fingers trembled as she picked up a leather-bound copy of Jane Austen’s Persuasion. It matched the other Austen novels he’d sent her, the set a lovely reissue packaged for collectors. Beside the fancy collector’s editions lay cheerful paperbacks with laughing couples and/or dogs on the covers.

She stifled a wet laugh. He’d clearly chosen those at random, but it was cute that he’d remembered she liked romances with animals in them. Half the time when she’d read to him or talked to him about her favorites, she’d thought he was mostly asleep. It hadn’t mattered—she’d just liked being with him.

The most surprising book in the package was the one about the entrepreneur who’d gone from rags to riches on stubborn grit and sheer determination.

It gave her a funny, fluttery feeling in her tummy to realize Abe really did take her business endeavor seriously. It wasn’t mockery, not when he’d gone to the effort of choosing these other books with her likes specifically in mind. He’d thought she’d like the book because she was an entrepreneur too.

Her eyes burned.

Her hand went to her phone, but she hesitated, the memories of her awful loneliness while she’d been with Abe holding her in place. Curling her fingers into her palm, she picked up the television remote instead.

She had to keep her distance if she was to have any chance of protecting her battered heart. Because this Abe? The one who sent her flowers and books and who dropped by to make sure she was all right? He was more dangerous than the man who’d broken her to pieces.

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REVIEW

*I received a copy through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*

It almost seemed like Abe married Sarah on a whim. It all happened so fast, but Sarah knew she was in love with this guy. Unfortunately no matter how much she gave, and tried, it wasn’t enough. Sarah completely lost herself in trying to make her marriage to Abe work. Abe on the other hand was completely lost to the anger inside him, and the addiction to forget.

Though now he gets a second chance. Clean, and sober Abe fully realises what he lost when he pushed Sarah away. While he was probably the worst husband, he did love her, and he still does. He wants his second chance, and I love how he went for it. Trying to redeem himself, and showing Sarah that.

Sarah has changed a lot since her marriage to Abe. After the divorce she went on a little road of self discovery, and realised she can be awesome all by herself. I loved how strong she had become, though it was clear that she still had a soft spot for Abe. She never stopped caring about him, and when he starts wooing her, it becomes difficult to say no.

Rock Wedding was a gorgeous second chance love story, showing us that divorce sometimes doesn’t have to mean the end. Abe and Sarah’s road to happiness is a rocky one, though they both put in the effort, and seeing their journey back towards each other is filled with swooning moments.

3.5 stars

Rock Kiss – Reading order and purchase links

*All books can be read as a standalone*

  

Rock AddictionMy review – Amazon US – Amazon UK

Rock CourtshipAmazon US – Amazon UK

   rock redemption  rock wedding

Rock HardMy review – Amazon US – Amazon UK

Rock Redemption: My review – Amazon US – Amazon UK

Rock Wedding: Amazon USAmazon UK

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stealing home

Being the only woman working for a professional baseball team isn’t easy. As the San Diego Shock’s newest athletic trainer, Allie knows all about long hours, endless travel, and warding off players’ advances. Given she’s already the subject of a handful of rumors about how “lucky” she was to have earned such a coveted position, she can’t so much as flutter an eyelash a player’s way if she wants to be taken seriously.

But number eleven is doing more than fluttering eyelashes Allie’s way. Far more. Luke Archer is at the top of his game and doesn’t let the fear of striking out keep him from swinging. This is a motto he applies both on and off the field, but Allie appears immune, seeming to view Luke as nothing more than caution tape on legs.

He’s a player, and in Allie’s experience, they’re all the same. She won’t risk her job or her heart to another one, no matter how different this one claims to be. But as Allie gets to know him, she discovers the number eleven the public thinks they know is very different from the real Luke Archer. He seems too good to be true.

And maybe he is.

Allie will have to confront the stories attached to a player of Luke Archer’s stature and decide who she’ll put her faith in—The man she’s falling for? Or the rumors?

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REVIEW

I didn’t even read the synopsis of this book before I started reading. Nicole Williams has become on of those names where I automatically one click. I haven’t come across one of her books that have disappointed me.

Though Stealing Home does feel a bit more light-hearted compared to her other latest novels. Nothing wrong with that, as I love sports romances, and if one of my favourite authors writes a book like that, I have to read it.

And Nicole Williams sure delivers, a sweet, sexy, romantic story between a ball player and an athletic trainer. So we have a little bit of forbidden love in there as well, ’cause Allie doesn’t want to team to find out, thinking she would sleep her way to the top. It’s not easy being a woman in a men’s world.

Luke took me quite by surprise as well. He lives for the game, baseball is everything to him, though there is more than meet the eye. He’s actually quite a dork, and super sweet, with a dirty mouth in the bed room.

There are some obstacles, otherwise things would be too easy. Though overall I truly enjoyed reading Stealing Home. In my check list for sports romances this one hits all the check boxes.

4 stars

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remi's choice

Sinfully sexy Travis De Luca came into Remi’s life when she
was young, inexperienced, and easily dazzled. With his
scandalous words and wickedly sexy grins, he possessed a
power no one should have over another. He was a foul
mouthed, trouble-making thug to everyone else, but she’d
witnessed the vulnerable side he hid so well. After one earth-
shattering experience and his declaration of love, her body
and soul were hooked.

When Travis is sent away without warning, Kristiano De Luca
—his equally sexy cousin—comes into Remi’s life as a friend
when she needs one most. After years with no word and waiting for Travis to come back, she loses hope, and the friendship she’s built with Kris grows into something beautiful that fills the void Travis left behind.

But a surprise return from Travis and one passionate night
with him throw all their lives into chaos, and nothing will
ever be the same again.

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REVIEW

*I received a copy from the author in exchange for an honest review*

Holy smokes! From the get go this is hot, and forbidden. Remi’s Choice is definitely a story that will push at your boundaries.

Remi and Travis are meant for each other. Him a young dirty and sweet talker who will put your panties in a twist. Remi a young more innocent girl, but who knows what she wants. In a short time things get really hot and heavy between these two. Until troublemaker Travis is send away.

Remi stays behind, heartbroken and lost. Though then Kris comes around, Travis’ equally hot cousin, and while she never set out to replace Travis, Kris is persistent. This is only the start of all the drama and sexy times!

Two guys fighting for one girl, though she never plays with their emotions. It’s Remi trying to move on from lost love, but then what happens when that guy comes back into your life. Big decisions, big drama, I love it!

3 stars

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About the author:

Amanda Wylde is an award winning hybrid author of dozens of titles, writing under a pen name to publish stories that give her the freedom to write simply for the love of writing. Stand back and enjoy an author who’s possibly already one of your auto buys, push boundaries and step out of her comfort zone with stories she thought might not otherwise see the light of day.

Now for the big reveal!!! Amanda Wylde is the pen name for Elizabeth Reyes 😀 

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deep redemption

ONLY THROUGH BLOOD CAN THE DEEPEST REDEMPTION BE FOUND…

He was born to ascend.
He was destined to lead.
He was never meant to fail.

Prophet Cain lies broken and defeated on the floor of his cell. A cell he has been thrown into by the one person who was supposed to stand by his side until the end. His flesh and blood, his only companion. His beloved twin brother.

Cain has sacrificed everything for his people. He left the safety and security of his life of study to infiltrate the infamous Hades Hangmen. He lived with them, rode with them, and then betrayed them. All in the name of a faith he can now feel slipping away from him. Like everything else he once held dear…

But then his isolation is broken. Another prisoner is brought to the cell next to his. A woman fighting her own demons and fears. A woman who Cain understands needs him, as he needs her.

As the connection between them grows, so does Cain’s resolve. He will right the wrongs he has done. He will atone for the evil acts carried out in his name. He will save the one he loves…

… Even if the battle takes him to the gates of hell itself.

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REVIEW

*I received a copy from the author in exchange for an honest review*

While Mae, Lilah, and Maddie’s stories were heartbreaking, Cain’s will devastate you in its own way. What might have gotten lost over the past books is that Cain grew up in the same religion as the girls. Though he grew up on the other side, kept pure, kept separate, the only person he could rely on for the longest time was his twin Judah.

Until all that went to hell. Betrayed by the person closest to him, dead in the eyes of the Hangmen, Cain is once again alone. From the moment he learned the truth about the commune, he defied it, judged their practices, and even tried to fight against it. Though in that time he has made many mistakes, which most people would feel are unforgivable.

Now even his own people will try to break Cain, but you can not break a man that’s already lost. The only hope he has now is the prisoner in the cell next to him. She might even be his only way to redemption.

This woman is quite a surprise, as in I did not see her coming at all. Though in a way she’s definitely perfect for Cain. With her on the line, Cain will need to find a way to stop his brother forever. Judah is completely loco, lost in his delirium, endangering everyone in the commune. The way things develop will break your heart.

I felt for Cain, a man who lost his way, his family, his friends. A man who is completely alone in the world. Though it took me a while to get there. He was a walking contradiction in the previous books. I wanted to believe he was a good man, but some of his actions or non-actions had me doubted. Though Tillie Cole gave me a new perspective on him, that slowly made me understand why he deserves redemption.

There are a lot of big revelations in Deep Redemption, and I love that we get to know all these people so much better. Though I can guess the characters would wish it would all end. While the Hades Hangmen are one percenters they do crave some peace and quiet after a while, though we’re not quite there yet!

4 stars

Hades Hangmen – Reading order and purchase links

It Ain't Me Babe  heart recaptured

It Ain’t Me, BabeMy review – Amazon US – Amazon UK

Heart RecapturedAmazon US – Amazon UK

souls unfractured  deep redemption

Souls Unfractured: My review – Amazon US – Amazon UK

Deep Redemption: Amazon USAmazon UK

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steadfast

She’s the only one who ever loved him—and the only one he can never have.

Jude lost everything one spring day when he crashed his car into an apple tree on the side of the road. A man is dead, and there’s no way he can ever right that wrong. He’d steer clear of Colebury, Vermont forever if he could. But an ex-con in recovery for his drug addiction can’t find a job just anywhere.

For Sophie Haines, coming face to face with the man who broke her heart is gut-wrenching. Suddenly, he’s everywhere she turns. It’s hard not to stare at how much he’s changed. The bad boy who used to love her didn’t have big biceps and sun-kissed hair. And he’d never turn up volunteer in the church kitchen.

She knows it’s foolish to yearn for the man who returned all the heartsick letters she wrote him in prison. But the looks he sends her now speak volumes.

No one wants to see Sophie and Jude back together, least of all Sophie’s police chief father. But it’s a small town. And forbidden love is a law unto itself.

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REVIEW

*I received a copy from the author in exchange for an honest review*

Steadfast was even better than Bittersweet, and if this series keeps improving with each book, let’s just say that October is too far away.

I have to admit that second chance romances are probably one of my favourite, include some major personal growth, a strong, sweet heroine, and a bit of mystery, and I’m sold.

I already loved Jude in Bittersweet, but now knowing his struggles, his thoughts, I like him even more. A young man who has come to terms with the mistakes he’s made in the past. Jude knows he’ll have to fight this addiction every day, but he won’t give up fighting. Though there is still that uncertainty, that feeling of being tainted that keeps him from getting close to people.

This definitely includes Sophie, the one good thing he had in his life. While Jude feels he no longer deserves her, Sophie thinks otherwise. Even after all these years the feelings between these two are maybe even stronger than ever. Though Sophie will have to fight for her love, not just with Jude, but with her family and the rest of the town.

When Sophie goes investigating, and discovers the truth about the accident that turned all of their lives upside down, that’s when things get really interesting.

Sarina Bowen has a way of writing stories and characters that feel real, imperfect, though non the less swoon-worthy. The flow of her tales will make you wish they were longer. You will not be able to put Steadfast down until you’ve flipped the last page. Jude and Sophie’s story is one partially of heartbreak, but mostly of how we should never give up hope, and keep fighting for the people we love.

4.5 stars

TRUE NORTH – READING ORDER AND PURCHASE LINKS

bittersweet  steadfast  keepsake

BittersweetAmazon US – Amazon UK

SteadfastAmazon USAmazon UK

Keepsake: (Oct. 2016)

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Introducing Toni Aleo‘s highly anticipated debut Paranormal Romance novel, PIECES. This radiant, powerful + magical love story takes you into a new world where anything is possible; where an underground society in NYC will make you question everything you thought you ever knew.

Dare to venture into… THE WORKS.

Capture

In New York City, an underground society of supernatural beings exists, hidden among everyday humans. They don’t know of our activities or any of our secrets.

The districts of the Works are made up of vampires, wolves, shifters, witches, and I’m in the fifth and arguably most important district, the Patchwork. My father is the leader of our group, and he oversees all of the other factions. 

As his only daughter, that makes me the princess of it all. Cool, right? Actually…no. 
Sure, I live in a mansion and money isn’t an object, but that doesn’t matter because I can’t leave. I have a guard who follows me around 24/7. My father and three older brothers treat me like I’m a fragile piece of glass, never allowed to take an independent step or make any decisions on my own. 
It’s beyond frustrating—especially since my father essentially runs my life. 
He says what I do, when I do it, how I do it, and all that jazz. He tests his formulas and new techniques on me. I’m a walking science experiment. 
I hate it. 
I hate my life here. 

But then he comes along: Killian. 
He’s just some vampire…or so I thought. 

But you’ll have to read my story to find out what I mean. To know my secrets. 
Until then, though, allow me to introduce myself. My name is Rebekah von Stein. 
And I’m a descendant of Dr. Frankenstein. 

Welcome to the Works.

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REVIEW

*I received a copy from the author in exchange for an honest review*

When I heard Toni Aleo was going to write a paranormal romance, I was so excited! And God did I want to be able to give this book 5 stars, unfortunately I can’t, and I do feel bad about it. I really wanted to love it, though in the end I have to be honest.

I liked the world created in this book. The whole descendants of Frankenstein is definitely refreshing to me. Though I would love to have seen some more technical aspects of how this all works. What the formula for immortal live just is, and how exactly that whole cutting up bodies and putting them back together works.

As for the story, and characters, there was a lot of potential. My favourite moments were the interactions between Rebekah and her brothers. There is a very clear bond between them, even though most of the time they don’t agree.

Everyone is always all about protecting Rebekah, keeping her out of the loop, and definitely her father still treats her like a child. Now when you treat someone like a kid, it’s a bit of a self-fulfilling prophecy they will act immature. Her temper tantrums got tiresome after a while, I loved the parts more where she actually took action to make some changes in her life instead of just complaining about it.

The romance part also felt a bit lacking for me. The infatuation with Killian very much feels like a crush, though when we found out the truth about him I understood that better. Still I would have loved to see more of that connection between these two. But Pieces is only the beginning, there will hopefully in the future be much more of that.

All in all Pieces wasn’t a bad beginning, I’m just stuck with the feeling that it could have been more. A little less inner drama, and a bit more action. That’s what I look for in a paranormal romance. This story is different from all her other stories, and I applaud Toni Aleo for taking that chance. I’m going withhold judgement until I’ve read the second book. To be clear my standards for paranormal romance are pretty high.

3 stars

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bittersweet

If you can’t stand the heat, get out of the orchard.

The last person Griffin Shipley expects to find stuck in a ditch on his Vermont country road is his ex-hookup. Five years ago they’d shared a couple of steamy nights together. But that was a lifetime ago.

At twenty-seven, Griff is now the accidental patriarch of his family farm. Even his enormous shoulders feel the strain of supporting his mother, three siblings and a dotty grandfather. He doesn’t have time for the sorority girl who’s shown up expecting to buy his harvest at half price.

Vermont was never in Audrey Kidder’s travel plans. Neither was Griff Shipley. But she needs a second chance with the restaurant conglomerate employing her. Okay—a fifth chance. And no self-righteous lumbersexual farmer will stand in her way.

They’re adversaries. They want entirely different things from life. Too bad their sexual chemistry is as hot as Audrey’s top secret enchilada sauce, and then some.

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REVIEW

*I received a copy from the author in exchange for an honest review*

Holy…that’s hot! Two things you’ll want after finishing Bittersweet: some apple cider, and try outdoor shower sex.

Once again Sarina Bowen knocks it out of the park. With her unique blend of hot scenes, wicked humour, and intriguing characters, she draws you into her new True North series.

Farming has never looked sexier, and making slaughtering and cutting up a pig sound romantic, requires some (maybe slightly disturbed) skills.

Griff, our farmer, is nearly crumbling under responsibilities, the man doesn’t have time for the ladies. But when his college crush and hookup comes rolling in, a man makes time.

Audrey, college dropout, and overall screwup, except in the kitchen, never expected to Griff again. She’s here to do a job, but being distracted by said extremely sexy farmer doesn’t seem so bad.

You’ll easily fall for grumpy Griff, and bubbly Audrey. These two are a great match. I also loved all the secondary characters. Griff’s family is awesome.

There’s a little preview of the Steadfast at the end, and I’m already counting down the days ’till its release.

A new series by Sarina Bowen you’ll love from the first scene, and leave you with a big grin at the end.

4 stars

TRUE NORTH – READING ORDER AND PURCHASE LINKS

bittersweet  steadfast  keepsake

Bittersweet: Amazon USAmazon UK

SteadfastiBooks pre-order (July 16th)

Keepsake: (Oct. 2016)

Connect with Sarina BowenGoodreads – Website – Twitter – Facebook – Amazon

priceless

Three things in my life were fact.
I needed Sarah to survive.
I needed sex to remain sane.
And I could never mix sex with Sarah.

I just knew—deep in my marrow—that if I did, I’d somehow lose her. All my deepest darkest secrets would crack open, bleed out, and ruin everything between us. I wouldn’t unleash the shit inside me on my worst enemy, let alone her. So she stayed strictly in the friend zone.

People probably thought I never went there with her because of her cerebral palsy, but f*ck them. She knew she was the most important person in my world, and I wasn’t about to risk hurting our relationship just to make my c*ck happy.

Until the moment she begged me to take her virginity.
Now it’s all about to hit the fan, because how the hell do you resist the one person forbidden to you when she says please?

–Brandt Gamble

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REVIEW

I was so happy when I realised Brandt and Sarah were getting their own story. We watched them grow up in the background of the other stories, and I always loved the connection they shared.

Priceless starts off with some flashbacks of how they became friends, and how that relationship grew. There were two major revelations that took me quite by surprise, shocked even. Certainly Brandt’s took a while for me to process.

But on to happier times. Sarah wants to experience everything like a normal college student. Go on a date, kiss a guy, have sex etc., but she feels limited by her CP. When people look at her, they only see her chair, not the girl in it.

Everyone, or rather every guy, but Brandt. Best friends since they were thirteen, and pretty much in love with Sarah since fifteen. Though he would never tell. Sarah is too precious to him. He can’t risk hurting her, he needs her in his life.

So when she asks him to help her loose her virginity, everything goes haywire.

I truly loved that connection between Brandt and Sarah. I could totally understand why Brandt was so protective of it. Sarah is amazing. She’s not one to let her CP determine her life. It’s not because she can’t walk, she doesn’t want or need the same things as everyone else. No one understands her better than Brandt, and these two will make you swoon. It’s anything but an easy road, though the way these two come together is simply wonderful.

4 stars

FORBIDDEN MEN – READING ORDER AND PURCHASE LINKS

*All books can be read as a standalone, though it has interconnecting characters*

price of a kiss  to professor with love  be my hero  with every breath

Price Of A KissAmazon US – Amazon UK – Book Depository

To Professor, With LoveAmazon US – Amazon UK

Be My HeroMy review –  Amazon US – Amazon UK

With Every HeartbeatMy review – Amazon US – Amazon UK

  A perfect ten  worth it  girl's got secrets  priceless

A Perfect TenMy review – Amazon US – Amazon UK

Worth ItMy review – Amazon US – Amazon UK

The Girl’s Got Secrets: My review – Amazon US – Amazon UK

Priceless: Amazon USAmazon UK

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Damon Atwood was Hollywood’s golden boy. Having won an Oscar at the tender age of thirteen, he had the life many could only dream about. But his success came at a price, and after a short but fruitful film career, he chose to live a life of obscurity on a remote Scottish island. Almost a decade later he’s finally ready to make his return, starting with a lead role in a musical on London’s West End.

As a choreographer’s assistant, Rose Taylor has always faded into the background. She watches shows come to life from the side lines, but has never craved the attention of stardom. When rumours begin circulating of Damon’s involvement in her latest gig, she doesn’t predict how she will be thrust into the limelight, nor how the mysterious and strangely introverted man will need her to teach him how to be a star again.

Rose knows that show crushes don’t last. Actors fall for each other during the intensity of a production, often losing themselves in their roles. These kinds of affairs burn bright and then they fade. The question is, should Rose let herself shine with Damon, or guard her heart from being broken after the final curtain call?

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The books I like the best are for me always the hardest to review. It’s often much easier to say what I don’t like about a book, then to be able to say all the things I did like. ‘Cause great books always leave me a bit speechless. With these stories that I love I just want to go “Here, read it. You’ll love it.”

That’s pretty much how I feel about Showmance. Honestly I put off reading the story for a while, ’cause I wanted to be able to give it my full attention. L.H. Cosway has a way of writing stories, and characters that always take me by surprise, which I love. She is able to create a feeling of magic in an otherwise normal world.

Rose and Damon, the dancer and the actor, the extrovert and the introvert, two opposite poles with an undeniable attraction. A story with a steady flow, a whole lot of drama (it’s theatre after all), a deep connection, and a satisfying feeling. After finishing there were two things I wanted to do: watch Moulin Rouge, and reread all of L.H. Cosway’s other books.

4 stars

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 From New York Times bestselling author Jay Crownover comes CHARGED, the latest in her sexy The Saints of Denver Series, releasing May 24th! Known for her strong heroines and alpha males, you won’t know what hit you as you read Avett and Quaid’s story. Keep reading for more about the Leagle Eagle and Avett and order your copy today. 

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From the New York Times bestselling author of the Marked Men books comes the second installment in the Saints of Denver series featuring a bad girl and a by the book attorney who could be her salvation…or her ruin.

Avett Walker and Quaid Jackson’s worlds have no reason to collide. Ever. Quaid is a high powered criminal attorney as slick as he is handsome. Avett is a pink-haired troublemaker with a bad attitude and a history of picking the wrong men.

When Avett lands in a sea of hot water because of one terrible mistake, the only person who can get her out of it is the insanely sexy lawyer. The last thing on earth she wants to do is rely on the no-nonsense attorney who thinks of her as nothing more than a nuisance. He literally has her fate in his hands. Yet there is something about him that makes her want to convince him to loosen his tie and have a little fun…with her.

Quaid never takes on clients like the impulsive young woman with a Technicolor dye job. She could stand to learn a hard lesson or two, but something about her guileless hazel eyes intrigues him. Still, he’s determined to keep their relationship strictly business. But doing so is becoming more impossible with each day he spends with her.

As they work side-by-side, they’ll have to figure out a way to get along and keep their hands off each other—because the chemistry between them is beyond charged.

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I blew out a breath and felt that bottom I had careened onto reach up to embrace me even tighter. “It is what it is. I’ve let both my folks down a lot over the last few years but getting caught up with a guy that would rob the bar, a guy who could threaten my dad’s people.” I shook my head. “I deserve to rot.”

I was being overly dramatic but that’s how I felt. I deserved to sit in jail and so much worse than that. Self-pity was good company down here at rock bottom and I wasn’t ready to let go of the warmth it provided just yet.

He gave me a look I couldn’t read and headed for the door. “I’ll call your parents for you and see if we can have something in place before tomorrow. Working on your case will be a lot easier for both of us if you aren’t incarcerated. Remember, you need to listen to me, Ms. Walker. That’s the first rule in all of this.”

Panic hit me like a truck. What if he called my dad and my dad told him he’d had enough of his problematic daughter and her endless nonsense? What if he couldn’t love me anymore? Jail I could survive; losing my father for good, well, it would be the end of me.

Without thinking I jumped to my feet, which had the chains on both my hands and my legs rattling loudly, and two uniformed officers hurried into the room. I was about to make maybe the worst decision to date but I couldn’t stop the words from sliding off my tongue.

“Don’t call my dad!” Recklessness, thy name was Avett Walker.

The attorney turned around and looked at me like I had grown a second head. He didn’t say anything as the officers moved to either side of me and told me to calm down.

“You can’t call my dad.” The words sounded as panicked and as desperate as I felt on the inside.

His broad shoulders lifted and fell in a shrug like he really couldn’t give a shit that he was about to ruin my life…which was saying a hell of a lot considering where I was.

“I have to.” He sounded bored and impatient with my outburst.

I narrowed my eyes at him, and that vortex of awful, which I always seemed to be smack dab in the center of, started to spin faster and faster around me.

“Then you’re fired.” I saw the cops exchange a look and my rushed words had the blond man turning fully back around to look at me. “I don’t want your help. I don’t want anything from you.”

Finally, there was something other than indifference in his gaze. There was surprise, maybe a hint of admiration colliding with a huge splash of humor in the pale depths.

“Sorry, Ms. Walker, but you didn’t hire me, so that means you don’t get to fire me.” That grin of his, which should be registered as a deadly weapon, flashed across his face again as he watched me, and then he was gone.

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Jay Crownover really has a knack for taking the most unlikely characters, and making you fall in love with them. We have slick, powerhouse lawyer Quaid, and misguided, life wrecker Avett. Two people who at first glance couldn’t be more opposite, though you know there is always more than meets the eye.

Avett is in the habit of making bad choices, though I have to admit she takes full responsibility for the consequences of her actions. It’s just a downwards spiral she can’t seem to get out off. Being arrested, and possible going to jail, might be the wake up call she needs. Though the temptation that is Quaid Jackson is hard to resist, and can probably be the worst mistake Avett makes.

Normally Quaid likes to keep a good distance between him and his clients. But little miss bubble gum pink hair wasn’t what he was expecting. Drawn to her in a way Quaid can’t seem to justify, he knows that getting close to her might not end well. Though he’s never been one to deny himself of things he want, quite the contrary.

As time passes by these two grow closer together, we get to know their deep, dark secrets and find out they are a lot alike. Quaid and Avett balance each other out. He loves her jump first attitude, and she likes the steadiness he brings to her life. Enter some major drama coming from the left, a little bit of danger, and their story takes you on an unexpected ride, which I loved every second of.

4 stars

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 From New York Times Bestselling author Tessa Bailey comes the first novel in her hot, new Romancing the Clarksons Series.

When Rita Clarkson’s Suburban takes its last breath on a New Mexico roadside, rescue roars up on a Harley in the form of smooth-talking honkey tonk owner, Jasper Ellis, a man as mysterious as he is charming. Rita’s cross-country journey to New York City–with her three estranged siblings in tow–is only beginning, but now that Jasper has found Rita, his plans do not include her leaving.

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When rescue looks like a whole lot of trouble . . .

The road trip was definitely a bad idea. Having already flambéed her culinary career beyond recognition, Rita Clarkson is now stranded in God-Knows-Where, New Mexico, with a busted-ass car and her three temperamental siblings, who she hasn’t seen in years. When rescue shows up—six-feet-plus of hot, charming sex on a motorcycle—Rita’s pretty certain she’s gone from the frying pan right into the fire . . .

Jasper Ellis has a bad boy reputation in this town, and he loathes it. The moment he sees Rita, though, Jasper knows he’s about to be sorely tempted. There’s something real between them. Something raw. And Jasper has only a few days to show Rita that he isn’t just for tonight—he’s forever.

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He dipped down until they were nose to nose, saw the rush of thought going on behind her eyes. It was pretty damn breathtaking up close. “Mind cluing me in as to what’s going on in there?”

“If—if—we need to stay overnight—”

“You will.”

“—then I might see you at the bar.” She wedged a hand between them and separated their bodies. “I’d rather see someone’s worst than their best. Saves time.”

Jasper heard the tow truck pulling into the garage parking lot and cursed. Not even remotely confident that his first attempt at polite conversation with an available woman had been successful, Jasper walked her backward until they were hidden behind a rusted pay phone. She’d broken away from his touch, so he was careful to respect that. He dropped his mouth to an inch above hers and said, low, “I didn’t get near enough time with you, Rita. If you don’t show up tonight, don’t be surprised if I come looking.” He laid his palms against the warm building, above her head, watched her gaze dip to his stomach. His lap. “And if I have to come looking, I’ll be twice as determined to get that kiss.”

Her head came up. “W-what kiss?”

Jasper lowered his mouth until their lips brushed. He listened to her breath accelerate, watched her wet her lips. “The one I want to give you right now.” He allowed himself to linger another few seconds, then, with the effort of ten oxen, Jasper stepped back. “Tonight, beautiful.”

On his way to his bike, Jasper tipped his hat at Rita’s gaping siblings.

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Rita, and her siblings aren’t the most conventional family. The four of them couldn’t be more opposites, though that doesn’t mean they don’t care about each other. After their mother died, and Rita accidentally burned down their legacy, they decide to fulfill their mother’s last wish a.k.a. road trip to New York for some skinny dipping (don’t ask).

But what is a road trip without a few bumps along the way. Stranded what feels like the middle of nowhere, rescue comes in the form of reformed bad boy Jasper Ellis. The connection is instant, but Rita isn’t here to stay, and siblings kind of cramp your style.

Jasper was not expecting Rita, and he’s not ready to let her go that easily. With a bit of help from the locals, Jasper is set out to convince Rita to give him a real chance. I do have to admit that he has a certain charm about him, that makes him pretty irresistible. Not to mention the mouth on this guy, so hot.

While maybe not the most original story line, and plot, I did enjoy the characters a lot. Mostly the dynamic between the siblings I found the most interesting, so I’m very looking forward to each getting their own story. As for Rita, and Jasper, you really do have to ask yourself if you can handle all that hotness?

3 stars

 

 

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Tessa Bailey is originally from Carlsbad, California. The day after high school graduation, she packed her yearbook, ripped jeans and laptop, driving cross-country to New York City in under four days.

Her most valuable life experiences were learned thereafter while waitressing at K-Dees, a Manhattan pub owned by her uncle. Inside those four walls, she met her husband, best friend and discovered the magic of classic rock, managing to put herself through Kingsborough Community College and the English program at Pace University at the same time. Several stunted attempts to enter the work force as a journalist followed, but romance writing continued to demand her attention.

She now lives in Long Island, New York with her husband of eight years and four-year-old daughter. Although she is severely sleep-deprived, she is incredibly happy to be living her dream of writing about people falling in love.

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From #1 New York Times bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout comes a riveting new story about friendship, survival, and finding your voice.

For some people, silence is a weapon.

For Mallory “Mouse” Dodge, it’s a shield.

Growing up, she learned that the best way to survive was to say nothing. And even though it’s been four years since her nightmare ended, she’s beginning to worry that the fear that holds her back will last a lifetime.

Now, after years of homeschooling with loving adoptive parents, Mallory must face a new milestone—spending her senior year at public high school. But of all the terrifying and exhilarating scenarios she’s imagined, there’s one she never dreamed of—that she’d run into Rider Stark, the friend and protector she hasn’t seen since childhood, on her very first day.

It doesn’t take long for Mallory to realize that the connection she shared with Rider never really faded. Yet the deeper their bond grows, the more it becomes apparent that she’s not the only one grappling with lingering scars from the past. And as she watches Rider’s life spiral out of control, Mallory must make a choice between staying silent and speaking out—for the people she loves, the life she wants, and the truths that need to be heard.

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Dusty, empty shoe boxes, stacked taller and wider than her slim body, wobbled as she pressed her back against them, tucking her bony knees into her chest.

              Breathe. Just Breathe. Breathe.

              Wedged in the back of the dingy closet, she didn’t dare make a sound as she sucked her lower lip between her teeth. Focusing on forcing every grimy breath into her lungs, she felt tears well in her eyes.

              Oh gosh, she’d made such a big mistake, and Miss Becky was right. She was a bad girl.

              She’d reached for the dirty and stained cookie jar earlier, the one shaped like a teddy bear that hid cookies that tasted funny. She wasn’t supposed to get cookies or any food by herself, but she’d just been so hungry that her tummy hurt, and Miss Becky was sick again, napping on the couch. She hadn’t meant to knock the ashtray off the counter, shattering it into tiny pieces. Some were shaped like icicles that clung to the roof during the winter. Others were no bigger than chips.

              All she’d wanted was a cookie.

              Her slender shoulders jerked at the sound of the all cracking on the other side of the closet. She bit down harder on her lip. A metallic taste burst into her mouth. Tomorrow there would be a hold the size of Mr. Henry’s big hand in the plaster, and Miss Becky would cry and she’d get sick again.

              The soft creak of the closet door was like a crack of thunder to her ears.

              Oh no, no, no…

              He wasn’t supposed to find her in here. This was her safe place whenever Mr. Henry was angry or when he—

              She tensed, eyes peeling wide as a body taller and broader than hers slipped inside and then knelt in front of her. In the dark, she couldn’t make out much of his features, but she knew in her belly and her chest who it was.

              “I’m sorry,” she gasped.

              “I know.” A hand settled on her shoulder, the weight reassuring. He was the only person she felt okay with when he touched her. “I need you to stay in here, ‘kay?”

              Miss Becky had said once that he was only six months older than her six years, but he always seemed so much bigger, older than her, because in her eyes, he took up her entire world.

              She nodded.

              “Don’t come out,” he said, and then he pressed into her hands the redheaded doll she’d dropped in the kitchen after she broke the ashtray and rushed into the closet. Too frightened to retrieve her, she’d left Velvet where she had fallen, and she’d been so upset because the doll had been a gift from him many, many months before. She had no idea how he’d gotten Velvet, but one day he’d simply shown up with her, and she was hers, only hers.

              “You stay in here. No matter what.”

              Holding the doll close, clenched between her knees and chest, she nodded again.

              He shifted, stiffening as an angry shout rattled the walls around them. It was her name that dripped ice down her spine; her name that was shouted so furiously.

              A small whimper parted her lips and she whispered, “I just wanted a cookie.”

              “It’s okay. Remember? I promised I’d keep you safe forever. Just don’t make a sound.” He squeezed her shoulder. “Just stay quiet, and when I…when I get back, I’ll read to you, ‘kay? All about the stupid rabbit.”

              All she could do was nod again, because there had been times when she hadn’t stayed quiet and she’d never forgotten those consequences. But if she stayed quiet, she knew what was coming. He wouldn’t be able to read to her tonight. Tomorrow he would miss school and he wouldn’t be okay even though he would tell her he was.

              He lingered for a moment and then he eased out of the closet. The bedroom door shut with a smack, and she lifted the doll, pressing her tearstained face into it. A button on Velvet’s chest poked at her cheek.

              Don’t make a sound.

              Mr. Henry started to yell.

              Don’t make a sound.

              Footsteps punched down the hall.

              Don’t make a sound.

              Flesh smacked. Something hit the floor, and Miss Becky must have been feeling better, because she was suddenly shouting, but in the closet the only sound that mattered was the fleshy whack that came over and over. She opened her mouth, screaming silently into the doll.

              Don’t make a sound.

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The last thing Vaughan Hewson expects to find when he returns to his childhood home is a broken hearted bride in his shower, let alone the drama and chaos that comes with her.

Lydia Green doesn’t know whether to burn down the church or sit and cry in a corner. Discovering the love of your life is having an affair on your wedding day is bad enough. Finding out it’s with his best man is another thing all together. She narrowly escapes tying the knot and meets Vaughan only hours later.

Vaughan is the exact opposite of the picture perfect, respected businessman she thought she’d marry. This former musician-turned-bartender is rough around the edges and unsettled. But she already tried Mr. Right and discovered he’s all wrong-maybe it’s time to give Mr. Right Now a chance.

After all, what’s wrong with getting dirty?

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“Once upon a time,” he began, voice low and measured. “There was a princess. A beautiful, occasionally annoying princess.”

“What was her name?”

“Ah, Notlydia.”

I frowned. “Her name is Notlydia?”

“You wanted a story, I’m giving you one. Shut up.”

“Whatever.”

An even heavier sigh from the man. “Anyhoo, Notlydia was all set up to marry this prince. We’ll call him Prince Bag of Dicks.”

“Works for me.”

“But on the day of her wedding, when she was wearing this sweet dress that served her tits up like they were a fucking platter—”

“Is this an R-rated story?”

“Please,” he said, sliding an arm around my bare waist. And I let him. “R is for rubbish. If you don’t get to see any penetration then you’re wasting your time. This is XXX.”

I laughed.

“So on the day of her wedding to Prince Bag of Dicks, Notlydia kisses him and he turns into a big slimy two-headed toad with terrible breath and even worse foot odor.”

“Whoa.” I rested my head back against his shoulder. “Poor Notlydia.”

“Hell of a plot twist, right?”

“Never saw that one coming.”

“Mm.” He rested his cheek against the top of my head.

“What happens next?”

“Well, she’s completely freaked out, of course.”

“Of course.”

“And she takes off into the woods. She’s running through bushes, jumping fences, climbing trees, you name it. Nothing’s going to stop her from getting the hell away from that toad, Prince Bag of

Dicks.” He took a sip of beer. “Unfortunately, she loses her fancy dress along the way. She’s just down to some skimpy underwear and a corset and with all that jogging through the forest, it’s barely holding her in. One decent breath and there’s going to be nipple out there for all the world to see.

Did I happen to mention she’d been voted Best Rack in the kingdom four years running? Anyway, eventually she finds this small cottage. Now, what you don’t know about Notlydia is that she has a shady past.”I tried to look up at him. But with the angle, all I got was stubble and cheekbone. “That doesn’t sound like Notlydia.”

“Be quiet.” A hand covered my mouth. “Notlydia’s a dirty, dirty girl. Got a bad side like you wouldn’t believe. A little breaking and entering is nothing to her. So into the house she goes. But she’s all muddy from running through the woods, see? She can’t let people see her like this, she’s a princess, for fuck’s sake.”

The hand remained over my mouth. Which was fine, I had nothing to add to his pornographic fairy tale.

“Notlydia gets in the shower and starts soaping herself. There’s lots of bubbles and steam, and she’s a modern woman so there’s a bit of self-love. She even finds time to wash her hair, shave under her pits. Things like that. But then the owner of the cottage wakes up and hears the water running. He stomps into the bathroom saying, someone’s using up my hot water. Notlydia cries out, not me, not me.”

He craned his neck, meeting my gaze. “See, babe, what did I tell you? That Notlydia is a filthy little liar.”

I looked up to heaven. No help was forthcoming.

“Someone’s using up all my soap, says the owner. Not me, not me, cries Notlydia.” He put his lips next to my ear. “She should be ashamed of herself, shouldn’t she? If ever a busty princess deserved a spanking.”

I bit at the palm of his hand, teeth catching at the fleshy mound beneath his thumb.

“Ow.” He laughed, pulling his hand free. “Then the owner said, someone’s been fingering herself in my shower.”

“Stop!” I put my hands over my ears, trying desperately to hold in my laughter. “This is the worst story ever. The Brothers Grimm are rolling over in their graves.”

“Notlydia throws back the shower curtain and says, oh yeah, big boy, that was me. Come and get it. And they have wild sex all over the cottage.” Vaughan’s body jerked beneath mine as he laughed his ass off. “The end.”

“No way. Notlydia is virtuous and pure. She’d never pull that sort of shit.”

“Nah.” He chuckled. “It all happened exactly as I said. Dirtiest princess in all the land.”

“Like hell. The owner of that cottage was a pervert and a deviant. Why, he would have picked the lock on a chastity belt. She never stood a chance.” Difficult to maintain my pious stance, given I’d started laughing so hard tears were pouring down my cheeks. The funny bastard. “I want to know more about this cottage owner. What’s his name?”

“I don’t know. Let me think . . .” He rested his chin back on top of my head. “He definitely isn’t Prince Charming.”

“He could be!”

Silence.

“If he wanted to. Or not. Whatever,” I added weakly. Crap. “Let’s go back to not talking.”

I was a moron.

We’d been all relaxed and laughing. Me and my idiot mouth. Way to go, Lydia. Just shout out any old impossible daydream to the dude who’s made it clear there was no future “we.” If someone could just direct me to the nearest brick wall, I’d knock a little sense into myself.On the other hand, it was two stupid words. Surely he could have ignored the last hundred years of Disney perpetuating slick-haired young royals gallivanting around the countryside saving hot babes in distress. For the sake of getting along. God knows, Chris never had any problems ignoring or placating me. I’d seen his thoughtless gorgeous smile aimed my way a hundred times. No, a thousand. If only I’d recognized it for what it was.

Ugh. Just the thought of it made me want to punch the douche all over again.

Maybe I needed a bit more than a week to get over that catastrophe. The money would help. Substantially. I’d never imagined that compromising my morals and taking hush money from such foul woe-begotten assholes would feel so good. Maybe I should sell out more often.

“This, ah, this Prince Charming of yours,” he said haltingly.

“Yes?”

Vaughan shifted beneath me, pushing out a heavy breath. “I mean, it doesn’t make sense, does it? Why would he be in a cottage instead of a castle?”

“Well . . . his parents, the king and queen of the neighboring kingdom, died in a terrible accident.”

I stayed perfectly still, waiting to see how he’d react.

“I see.”

“And it hurt him so bad he just, he didn’t want to be a prince anymore.”

Nothing from him.

“Bad things happen in fairy tales sometimes.”

A grunt.

“It’s not fair, but it happens,” I said, feeling my way with more caution than skill. “The prince loved his parents and the castle had too many memories.”

“Hmm.”

“So he ran away into the woods too.”

“Doesn’t sound like much of a prince if he can’t handle his shit,” he said.

“Princes are just men too, human beings. I don’t think a crown or a penis gives you magical invulnerability to loss and pain.” I stared at the wall, thinking the problem through. “Life is hard.

Terrible things happen. We all have feelings. We’re all just flesh and blood, trying to do our best.”

“Running away from problems isn’t doing your best.” His voice echoed around the small room, the same as around in my head.

What with holding the Coeur d’Alene title for runaway bride of the year, I had no answer. None at all. So much for my half-assed wisdom.

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I really dig Kylie Scott’s unique brand of humour. Part crazy, and over the top, otherwise wishing I could be part of this posse. In Dirty our new setting is Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, home of runaway bride Lydia, and lost musician Vaughan. Add in the Dive Bar, and all the characters/family that comes with it, this all is a guarantee for good fun, and hilarious drama.

With Kylie Scott’s stories I never know upfront where she is going with this. You really get taken along for the journey, and experience this crazy adventure/romance with the characters. From that first page my reaction was “WTH?!”, and it even only got better after that. Lydia and Vaughan’s story will have you grinning from cover to cover.

That overall feeling of happiness is what I enjoy most about her stories, together with the often unique background of the characters, and the way they fall in love. Certainly unconventional, and for me this makes it only more interesting. I know I’m not mentioning anything plot wise, but I find the blurb says enough. Honestly you should just dive into this story now!

3.5 stars

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love, lies, and spies

Juliana Telford is not your average nineteenth-century young lady. She’s much more interested in researching ladybugs than marriage, fashionable dresses, or dances. So when her father sends her to London for a season, she’s determined not to form any attachments. Instead, she plans to secretly publish their research.

Spencer Northam is not the average young gentleman of leisure he appears. He is actually a spy for the War Office, and is more focused on acing his first mission than meeting eligible ladies. Fortunately, Juliana feels the same, and they agree to pretend to fall for each other. Spencer can finally focus, until he is tasked with observing Juliana’s traveling companions . . . and Juliana herself.

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While being called Love, Lies, and Spies, most of the focus went to love or rather romance. It’s been a while since I’ve read a historical romance, so to me this was quite a refreshing read.

I loved the sweet building attraction between Juliana, and Spencer. As by society’s rules they don’t spend a lot of alone time together, but there is this feeling of conspiracy between these two that made the romance believable. Them against the rest, stolen glances, living in their own world.

As Juliana is making her debut in the beau monde, this also includes all the drama that comes along with such an event. Including, but not limited to, shopping, meddling family, unwanted suitors, tedious events, gossip, and so on. Also there is the little fact of Spencer actually being a British spy, though I believe that part of the story lacked a sense of danger or urgency.

Spencer being a spy should have brought an element of excitement to the plot, but I felt a bit of background information was missing to always fully comprehend what was going on. So I focused much more on the brewing romance, than the eighteenth century James Bond element.

Love, Lies, and Spies was a sweet, and rather delightful story. I really liked young, strongly opinionated Juliana. Such a breath of fresh air, between all the drama queens. While Spencer was definitely charming, and a serious candidate for a knight in shiny armour. I would definitely recommend this book to any young reader who wants to try a historical romance.

3 stars

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