Quickie review: Company Ink by Kat Colburn


Book: Company Ink

Author: Kat Colburn

Release date: 13 January 2018

Main characters: Dani Wallace, talented, if a little jaded coder/saleswoman. Dan Kelly, enigmatic new VP of The beleaguered company Dani works for.


Office intrigue takes on a whole new meaning in this story of love, friendship, and the secrets hiding behind boardroom doors…
The Company has a rule about falling in love on the job.

I’ve never been one for rules. But I need this one. I need this rule to remind me why I can’t be with Dani Wallace.

I need this smart little foul-mouthed fighter by my side more than I need her in my bed. I need her to close this massive deal. She thinks it holds the key to her escape from cubicle hell and another shot at the life she always wanted.

But there is more riding on our success than she can possibly ever know.

So I’ll keep my hands to myself and my secrets safe for one more day.

But now I can’t stop wondering what my best friend has on beneath her conservative suit. I can’t stop imagining the things that sharp mouth of hers could do to me if I leaned back in my chair and unzipped my pants. And I can’t stop pushing our flirting too far.

I’m trying to remember the rule. But some rules are made to be broken.

Why you should read it: This was an absorbing and very intriguing story. I was asked to review this book and went in with no expectations or preconceptions. What I got was an exciting, slow burn of a story which kept my interest and entertained me. The dialogue between Dan and Dani was sparky and funny and I loved their dynamic. Both characters had a lot to give but circumstances and past experiences made them hesitate. There are a lot of secrets so be patient as the story unfolds at a steady pace. It was a very impressive book considering it’s a debut novel!

What you might not like: I loved it so can’t really criticise it at all. It was well edited and I loved the characters, the suspense, the premise of the story and the romance.

Rating: 4/5 for a very funny, very impressive debut. I look forward to reading much more from Kat Colburn.


The Worst Best Man by Lucy Score

A man wears a custom-made tux - his face isn't visible above the lipsBook: The Worst Best Man

Author: Lucy Score

Series: a standalone

Main characters: Franchesca Baranski, an ambitious graduate, maid of honour, struggling with the reality of having rich friends. Aiden Kilbourn, arrogant, CFO of his family business and obnoxious best man to their mutual friends.


The bride is a doll. The groom is the perfect gentleman. But the rest of the wedding party? They’re the stuff of nightmares. Rich? Check. Vapid? Double Check. Entitled? Not enough checks in the world. And the Best Man? More like the Worst Man.

But Maid of Honor Franchesca takes her duties seriously. Kidnapped groom? She’s got this. Rude attendees? You just watch her handle them. So a best man with a big attitude and an even bigger…checkbook? Yeah, there’s no way she’s going to let that pretentious, judgmental jackhole ruin her best friend’s wedding. No matter how sexy he is. (Well, that’s the plan anyway…)

Aiden Kilbourn doesn’t do long-term relationships. He’s busy ruling the business world, and has yet to find a woman he can tolerate for longer than a month, two at the outside. Conquering the unconquerable is basically his bread and butter. And he hasn’t met a challenge that he can’t win. But Franchesca Baranski? This smart-mouthed girl from Brooklyn may just be his downfall.

Why you should read it: Oh my goodness – it’s been a while since I’ve read a book that entertained me this much! Prepare for my gushing…The dialogue was SUPERB. It was razor sharp, made me guffaw (right, who the hell guffaws these days?) out loud and the sexual chemistry was INSANE. In places, it reminded me of an old-time screwball comedy, and I imagined Aiden at times as a modern Cary Grant. I loved Frankie’s wit, her camaraderie and the fact that she refused to be less than she was. She sticks up for herself and takes crap from no-one. Yet at the same time, she makes mistakes and isn’t perfect and I loved that too. Aiden – what can I say? He gave as good as he got, but also had hidden depths beneath the insouciant demeanour. He’s got it bad for Frankie and is kept on his toes throughout the book. I loved the banter, the romance and the family intrigue on the side.

What you might not like: You like romance? Strong heroines? Cocky heroes, with vulnerability? If the answer to any of these questions is YES, then I think you’ll love it. If you don’t, let me know.

Rating: Easy – 5/5 – I’d give it more if I could. And I don’t write that often enough!

Quickie review: The Princess Trap by Talia Hibbert


Book: The Princess Trap

Author: Talia Hibbert

Release date: 8 February 2018

Main characters: Cherry Neita, HR professional, who’s good at getting what she wants. Prince Ruben of Helgmøre, the complex prince who’s heart is stolen the minute he meets Cherry.


Prince Ruben of Helgmøre knows exactly what he wants—and his current obsession is Cherry Neita.

Everything from her rollercoaster curves to her fearsome attitude commands his attention.

And best of all? She has no idea who Ruben is.

Until the paparazzi catch them in a dark alley, her scarlet lipstick smudged, and his hands somewhere naughty…

All Cherry wanted was a night or two with the hottest man she’d ever seen. Turns out, that man is actually a prince, and now he needs her to play princess.

Well, princess-to-be. One year as his fake fiancée, and he’ll make all her problems disappear. Easy. Right?
The closer Cherry gets to Ruben, the brighter their passion burns. But the royal family hides dark secrets, and their palace is a diamond-studded trap.

Can true love bloom from false beginnings? Or will this fairytale end in a happy-never-after?

Why you should read it: I’m not usually one for fairytales and the whole royalty-themed trope has gone stratospheric recently, but this story is well worth reading. It manages to deal with the opulence and luxury of royalty in a down-to-earth way that makes the unbelievable believable. It doesn’t read like wealth porn – which is refreshing. We have a strong heroine who gets inveigled into a situation that is not her making and we see how she deals with it and how her behaviour contrasts with Ruben’s. There is plenty of spot-on dialogue that will have you laughing and turning the page. It’s full of sexual tension and it made my toes curl. Ruben is a great character – he’s permanently wrong footed by Cherry – she has him tied up in knots, and all he wants is to deserve her. Who wouldn’t love a sexy, put together woman? He’s very vulnerable despite, or even because of his status. I couldn’t help but love him.

What you may not like: As I said, if you’re not into the royalty trope then you may not be turned on to this book, but give it a try, you won’t be disappointed. I have read samples of other royalty-themed books and tapped out almost immediately. This isn’t one of those.

Rating: 5/5 for a highly entertaining, at times very touching read. Made me want to head straight for Scandinavia!


Release blitz: Then There Was You duet by Claire Contreras

Then There Was You, an all-new second chance romance from New York Times bestselling author Claire Contreras is LIVE!


Love and the right timing were two things I didn’t believe in.

Love is about walking to the edge of the cliff and taking the leap together.
Timing was never on our side.
My first mistake was hooking up with my best friend.
My second came years later, when we met again, and I fell for her.
My third was letting her go, because I had to. Because a love like this wasn’t built to withstand the winds coming in our direction.

Love and timing.
I didn’t believe in either.

Then there was you . . .

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My Way Back to You
Publication Date: March 15th, 2018

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Release blitz review: Release by Dylan Allen

88DAFF84-3F8F-4231-A56F-C74B561B1D76Book: Release

Series: Symbols of Love #3

Author: Dylan Allen

Release date: 28 February 2018

Format: ARC review copy

Main characters: Lilly, youngest daughter to a large family harbouring a terrible secret. Harry, a man with his own issues and secrets, but who is entranced by Lilly and determined to get under her armour.


I’m here for pleasure.
And in paradise, I don’t have a past. I don’t have pain, my secrets don’t haunt me and I can be anyone I want.

He’s here for business.
Harry’s intoxicatingly handsome, rich, and also the biggest jerk I’ve ever met. So, it’s inconvenient that sparks fly every time our eyes meet.

Indulging in an affair wasn’t on my agenda.

But fate isn’t a mistress to our intentions; And what starts as a strike of lightening on a moonlit beach ignites a fire between us that will span continents.
Meeting again in the unlikeliest of circumstances feels written in the heavens.
And I’ll need the courage of the gods to tell him the truth.
They say the truth will set you free… but what if it destroys you first?

Why you should read it: I really like the way Dylan Allen writes – she’s smart, engaging and knows how to make the chemistry sizzle between her characters. I would recommend you read Rise and Remember before attempting this one, because it contains some necessary background you might miss if you dive straight into this one. This story is pretty absorbing – an enigmatic woman with a ton of secrets and who is miserable – you spend most of the book trying to unravel those secrets. She’s a tough nut to crack and her exchanges with Harry are loaded with angst and passion. I enjoyed the story’s setting too – I was given a great sense of place and the beauty of Ghana. It makes me want to hop on a plane!

It’s also an interesting study in family dynamics and the roles we play within them. Are those roles forced on us, or do we take them up willingly?

What you might struggle with: This book is intense. Like all the time. There’s no let up and very little levity. Lilly is a closed book and she gives very little away. As the reader, you’re privy to more information than her family or Harry, but after a while, I became exhausted by her. Which is tough to say, as she’s been through a lot, but I wondered WHEN she’d actually start sharing. Harry has to keep chipping away at her exterior and I felt it was hard going at times. The kept secrets stayed secret up to the final third of the book, so before getting to the point of revelation, there was quite a bit of repetitive scenes and inner monologues. However, bit by bit, Lilly’s personality did come through and her love for Harry developed and it was beautiful to read.

Rating: 3/5 for a hard going read (at times). It had its bright spots, but I just felt weighed down with all the secrecy then the eventual unravelling of secrets.

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Cover reveal: Rebel Heir by Vi Keeland and Penelope Ward

They’re back! This prolific duo just can’t stop writing. They really are a great partnership – think of them as the McCartney and Lennon of the romance world, if you will!

I’m pleased to share Rebel Heir‘s cover with you – it’s pretty incandescent! Rebel Heir is the first book in the Rush Series Duet and releases on 9th April. Book Two, Rebel Heart, will release five weeks later on May, 22, 2018 – so not too long a wait!


Model:  Micah Truitt

Photographer:  Leonardo Corredor

Cover designer:  Sommer Stein, Perfect Pear Creative


How to kick off a great summer in the Hamptons:

Snag a gorgeous rental on the beach. Check.

Get a job at a trendy summer haunt. Check.

How to screw up a great summer in the Hamptons:

Fall for the one guy with a dark leather jacket, scruff on his face, and intense eyes that doesn’t fit in with the rest of the tony looking crowd. A guy you can’t have when you’ll be leaving at the end of the season.

Check. Check. Check.

I should add—especially when the guy is your sexy, tattooed God of a boss.

Especially when he not only owns your place of employment but inherited half of the town.

Especially when he’s mean to you.

Or so I thought.

Until one night when he demanded I get in his car so he could drive me home because he didn’t want me walking in the dark.

That was sort of how it all started with Rush.

And then little by little, some of the walls of this hardass man started to come down.

I never expected that the two of us, seemingly opposites from the outside, would grow so close.

I wasn’t supposed to fall for the rebel heir, especially when he made it clear he didn’t want to cross the line with me.

As the temperature turned cooler, the nights became hotter. My summer became a lot more interesting—and complicated.

All good things must come to an end, right?

Except our ending was one I didn’t see coming.



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Scenes from the Hallway by Penny Reid

Happy Valentine’s day all! Hope you’re spending it with your favourite book boyfriend/girlfriend! I have some great and surprising news from Penny Reid!

Scenes from the Hallway, an all new novella from USA Today bestselling author Penny Reid, is LIVE and as a special Valentine’s Day gift from Penny it’s FREE!

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From the USA TODAY Bestselling romantic comedy series, ‘Scenes from the Hallway,’ Knitting in the City #6.5

You know who I am.

I swear too much, I crack too many jokes, and I got a thing for Kat Tanner; a messy thing, a distracting thing, a getting-in-the-way-of-everything thing; a thing that makes being in the same room with the woman torture. Sometimes it’s the good kind. Mostly, it’s not.

What you don’t know is how it all started. You don’t know how we met, you might not know what happened in Vegas (or the morning after), and you definitely don’t know what happened after that.

You want to know the story before the story? Well . . . here you go.

But be careful what you ask for. As I’ve discovered the hard way, you might not like it.

‘Scenes from the Hallway’ is a companion short prequel/short story (11k words) for the upcoming book, ‘Marriage of Inconvenience,’ and includes the first 3 chapters of the soon to be released novel! (‘Marriage of Inconvenience’ releases March 6, 2018.)

WARNING This short story contains a lot of cussing. Do not download or read if you dislike curse words in novels. WARNING!

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Penny Reid is the USA Today Bestselling Author of the Winston Brothers and Knitting in the City series. She lives in Seattle, Washington with her husband, three kids, and an inordinate amount of yarn. She used to spend her days writing federal grant proposals as a biomedical researcher, but now she writes books.

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Blog tour: The Wrong Kind of Love by Lexi Ryan

Book: The Wrong Kind of Love

Series: The Boys of Jackson Harbor #1

Author: Lexi Ryan

Release date: 12 February 2018

Main characters: Nicole Maddox, the wronged would-be bride and incurable romantic, Ethan Jackson, her one-night distraction, who becomes so much more.

Plot: Nicole Maddox has always had a bad track record with love, but she keeps trying. When the most recent disaster involves her twin sister admitting she’s pregnant, and the father is Nicole’s fiancé – enough is enough. It’s time to get out of Dodge.

She grabs her sister’s bag by mistake but decides to hop on the plane her sister was supposed to take to her new life. A new town where nobody knows her could be just the thing.

Her first night in Jackson Harbor has her drowning her sorrows and also trying hard not to stare at the brooding-but-devastatingly-handsome-stranger in the bar. She doesn’t need any more issues with the opposite sex, but maybe he could temporarily distract her from her life that has just imploded…

When Nicole resolves to stick around in Jackson Harbor for a while to lick her wounds – an opportunity presents itself. A job as a nanny to a little girl, that her sister was supposed to be starting. Taking it means having to pretend to be her, a masquerade she’s not altogether comfortable with, but needs must. When her boss turns out to be Dr. Ethan Jackson – aka the brooding god in the bar, Nicole’s love life goes from complicated to impossible. Can she stop herself from falling and keep track of all the lies piling up around her?

Why you should read it: Oh my goodness! This book made me feel everything! Your heart will break for Nicole – she gets treated so badly, when all she ever wanted was a home, a family and love. You’ll laugh at the situations she finds herself in and you’ll swoon with her interactions with Ethan. (When they’re not killing each other.) This book had it all. I’d tear up one chapter, laugh out loud the next and fan myself in others. It also leads nicely into the other books which will feature Ethan’s brothers. (More hot demi-gods – help!) They’re all gorgeous!

What you may not like: It’s not all sunshine and roses. The book does deal with some very serious issues – depression is becoming ever more prevalent in our society and the way the author dealt with the subject matter in this book was smart and reverent. I don’t know what you wouldn’t like about the story – it was water tight in my opinion.

Rating: 5/5 for a gripping, romantic, sad and sexy story. I can’t wait for more in this series!

The Lucky Ones by Tiffany Reisz

img_0140Book: The Lucky Ones

Author: Tiffany Reisz

Release date: 13 February 2018

Main characters: Allison Lamarque, the Capello family – Roland, Thora and Deacon – aka ‘the lucky ones’.


They called themselves “the lucky ones”.

They were seven children either orphaned or abandoned by their parents and chosen by legendary philanthropist and brain surgeon Dr. Vincent Capello to live in The Dragon, his almost magical beach house on the Oregon Coast. Allison was the youngest of the lucky ones living an idyllic life with her newfound family…until the night she almost died, and was then whisked away from the house and her adopted family forever.

Now, thirteen years later, Allison receives a letter from Roland, Dr. Capello’s oldest son, warning her that their father is ill and in his final days. Allison determines she must go home again and confront the ghosts of her past. She’s determined to find out what really happened that fateful night — was it an accident or, as she’s always suspected, did one of her beloved family members try to kill her?

But digging into the past can reveal horrific truths, and when Allison pieces together the story of her life, she’ll learns the terrible secret at the heart of the family she once loved but never really knew.

Why you should read it: I was drawn into this book from the start. It’s Tiffany Reisz so I knew it wouldn’t be a wishy-washy thriller, with plot-holes you could drive through. I was intrigued from the first chapter, where we find out that Allison has a family. This story has it all – family secrets, creepy familial dynamics that will keep you guessing until the conclusion. Each chapter answered one question, then raised more and more mysteries. It was an intense and creepy read, but it was also full of comical moments too – Tiffany Reisz has a wicked sense of humour and it shone through in The Lucky Ones. I enjoyed the dynamic between Allison and Roland – how their relationship grew – it might be a bit too creepy for some people, but I don’t think it was unpalatable. There’s plenty of psychological drama going on too – I found it fascinating and chilling in equal measure.

What you might not like: The ‘family’ dynamic between the children may not be your cup of tea – but I think it was pretty understandable given the circumstances. These kids were waifs and strays that weren’t understood by their own families – the opportunities for socialising outside their circle would have been few. So it follows (in my opinion) that they’d form a unit amongst themselves, not letting in the outside world. Does Allison make the right decision in the end? That’s for you to decide…

Rating: 5/5 for another engaging and absorbing tale for Ms. Reisz. I really enjoy her books and especially the creepy ones! Check out The Headmaster and The Night Mark if you haven’t already, for similarly haunting tales.

Sex, Not Love by Vi Keeland

imageBook: Sex, Not Love

Author: Vi Keeland

Release date: 13 January 2018

Main characters: Natalia Rossi, unlucky in love and determined to steer clear of bad men. Hunter Delucia, friend-of-a-friend and determined to get under Nat’s skin.

Plot: Natalia Rossi hasn’t been very lucky in matters of the heart. She’s not 30 yet, but she’s divorced and looking after her adolescent step-daughter. She simply can’t afford to get her love life wrong again.

At her best friend’s wedding, she meets Hunter Delucia and he seems on a mission to give Nat a good time. She’s not having it. He’s completely her type: cocky, so so handsome and bad news. Nope, she’s not going there.
It’s quite a surprise then when she wakes up the morning after wondering how she ended up next to the delicious Mr Delucia – another case of bad judgement? She leaves a fake number and thinks she’s managed to outwit him. She clearly underestimated the lengths he’ll go to in his pursuit of her and neither one can foresee where the chase will lead them…

Why you should read it: This was such an enjoyable read! Vi Keeland just gets better and better! The premise, the characters, the crisis of the story – all great and it tugged at my heartstrings in places. The pair bantered like champs and the sexual chemistry was so so so hot, I can’t even tell you. I believed in both characters and understood why they were the way they were. They weren’t whiny and both had bonafide reasons for not wanting to launch into a relationship.

What you may not like: Hunter is crass and says what’s on his mind – for the most part. You’ll either love or hate his dirty mouth. He has depth though and I enjoyed learning more about him and his family.

Rating: 5/5 for a funny, sweet and oh-so sexy read. I devoured it!