Author spotlight: Where We Left Off by Roan Parrish

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Book: Where We Left Off (Middle of Somewhere #3)

Author: Roan Parrish

Publication: Dreamspinner Press, September 26, 2016

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Leo Ware may be young, but he knows what he wants. And what he wants is Will Highland. Snarky, sophisticated, fiercely opinionated Will Highland, who burst into Leo’s unremarkable life like a supernova… and then was gone just as quickly.

For the past miserable year, Leo hasn’t been able to stop thinking about the powerful connection he and Will shared. So, when Leo moves to New York for college, he sweeps back into Will’s life, hopeful that they can pick up where they left off. What begins as a unique friendship soon burns with chemistry they can’t deny… though Will certainly tries.

But Leo longs for more than friendship and hot sex. A romantic to his core, Leo wants passion, love, commitment—everything Will isn’t interested in giving. Will thinks romance is a cheesy fairytale and love is overrated. He likes his space and he’s happy with things just the way they are, thank you very much. Or is he? Because as he and Leo get more and more tangled up in each other’s lives, Will begins to act like maybe love is something he could feel after all.

About the author:

bw-author-picRoan Parrish is currently wandering between Philadelphia and New Orleans. When not writing, she can usually be found cutting her friends’ hair, meandering through whatever city she’s in while listening to torch songs and melodic death metal, or cooking overly elaborate meals. She loves bonfires, winter beaches, minor chord harmonies, and self-tattooing. One time she may or may not have baked a six-layer chocolate cake and then thrown it out the window in a fit of pique.

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Other books in the series

book1In the Middle of Somewhere (Middle of Somewhere #1)

DANIEL MULLIGAN is tough, snarky, and tattooed, hiding his self-consciousness behind sarcasm. Daniel has never fit in—not at home with his auto mechanic father and brothers, and not at school where his Ivy League classmates look down on him. Now, Daniel’s relieved to have a job at a small college in Northern Michigan, but, a city boy through and through, when Daniel arrives in Holiday, Michigan, it’s clear that this small town is one more place he just won’t fit in.

REX VALE clings to routine to keep loneliness at bay: honing his large, muscular body until it can handle anything, perfecting his recipes, and making custom furniture. Rex has lived in Holiday for years, but his shyness and imposing size have kept him from connecting with people. Though he loves the quiet and solitude of his little cabin in the woods, Rex can’t help but want someone to share it with.

When Daniel arrives in Holiday, they are smitten with each other, but though the sex is intense and explosive, Rex fears that Daniel will be one more in a long line of people to leave him, and Daniel has learned that letting anyone in could be a fatal weakness. Just as they begin to break down the walls that have been keeping them apart, Daniel is called home to Philadelphia where a secret is revealed that changes the way he understands
everything.

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mosOut of Nowhere (Middle of Somewhere #2)

The only thing in COLIN MULLIGAN’s life that makes sense is taking cars apart and putting them back together. In the auto shop where he works with his father and brothers, he tries to get through the day without having a panic attack or flying into a rage. Drinking helps. So do running and lifting weights until he can hardly stand. But none of it can change the fact that he’s gay, a secret he has kept from everyone.

RAFAEL GUERRERA has found ways to live with the past he’s ashamed of. He’s dedicated his life to social justice work and to helping youth who, like him, had very little growing up. He has no time for love. Hell, he barely has time for himself. Somehow, everything about miserable, self-destructive Colin cries out to him. But down that path lie the troubles Rafe has worked so hard to leave behind. And as their relationship intensifies, Rafe and Colin are forced to dredge up secrets that both men would prefer stay buried.

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Blog tour: Loving Amber by Roya Carmen

book cover of Roya Carmen's book Loving AmberBook: Loving Amber

Series: Riverstone Estate #1

Author: Roya Carmen

Release date: 26 September, 2016

Main characters: Amber Mcanulty (née Riverstone) recently widowed and struggling to keep everything together. Aiden Rogers, old family friend and the person Amber holds responsible for her family’s problems.

Plot: Following the death of their beloved father, siblings Amber, Ruby and Flynn have all pitched together to keep the Riverstone estate afloat. Amber runs the inn and has her hands full bringing up her son and dealing with the grief of losing her twin, her husband and her father in a relatively short space of time.

Amber’s grief is a tangible burden. Despite losing her husband and brother two years earlier, the concept of moving on just seems impossible some days. When Aiden Rogers walks back into her life – the man she blames for the deaths of her brother and husband – suppressed anger erupts and the pair must face up to their unresolved issues.

Aiden has loved Amber since childhood and the loss of her as well as his two best friends is unbearable. He tries to stay away, but the pull of her is too strong. How can he make her see that their attraction to one another needn’t be something to feel guilty about? Will she ever feel for him what he feels for her? Or is he doomed to a life of unrequited love?

Why you should read it: I love Roya Carmen’s books. You usually get a lot of drama, entertainment and red-hot romance. This book is no exception. We have a heroine who’s been through the mill, is afraid of everything as a result and needs to find some peace. Her dynamic with Aiden was an interesting one because they’ve known each other forever. They’re a huge part of each other’s lives and their story was engaging. Their shared history meant that they understand each other a lot – but that doesn’t make things plain sailing at all! Aiden is pretty much a saint: he’s patient, kind and ready to settle down.

What you may not like: Ok, I’ll be honest – this book includes a challenging heroine. Amber is suffering, has suffered a lot in the past, so I gave her a free pass on a lot of stuff, but at times she was a real cow! And rather self-involved. She could be a real pill, but Aiden is no pushover and he gives as good as he gets. Amber’s indecision and inner monologue was a little repetitive at times, but I figure it showed how much turmoil she was in.

Rating: 3.5/5 – it’s an engaging book, the start of an exciting series and it kept my interest. I look forward to book 2 which comes out in Jan 2017. (Ruby’s story.)

roya-carmenAbout the Author:

Busy mom, naughty writer, comic-addict, artist & designer, book-aholic, nature lover, and hopeless romantic.

When I’m not writing, I can usually be found hanging with my family, reading, camping and travelling, painting, yoga-ing (very ungracefully), shooting pool, or at my favourite bookstore café with my book friends.

A Northern French-Canadian gal, I now live just near Toronto where it’s much, much warmer!

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Love Hacked by Penny Reid

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Series: Knitting in the City #3

Author: Penny Reid

Release date: March 2014

Main characters: Sandra Fielding, heroine and psychiatrist who wants to take care of everyone; Alexander Greene, troubled hero, sexy and super-secretive.)

 

Laughter is the best therapy for all ailments except bronchitis.

 

Plot: Dr Sandra Fielding is good at her job. So good in fact, that her dates of late have ended up crying (literally) on her shoulder instead of clamouring to take her home. She loves her job as a psychiatrist but can’t seem to turn off the shrink switch when it comes to potential romance.

To make matters worse, the hot waiter Alex is witness to her poor track record in the dating department. Every Friday night she ends up dining alone over butter chicken. He can’t figure Sandra out. Does she get a thrill from reducing all these men to tears? What’s her angle?

Sandra is attracted to Alex. He’s so…intense. And weird. And very very sexy, and when you haven’t been kissed in over 2 years, you notice these things. Some things in Sandra’s life need shaking up, and maybe the enigmatic Alex could be just what the good doctor needs…


Why you should read it: God I love this series – like, really love it. The heroines are smart, weird and engaging. The heroes are surly, complex and hot at hell. I loved the dynamic between Sandra and Alex. He’s the ‘younger’ man and a tough nut to crack. Sandra is patient, self-sufficient and very funny. They come from very different backgrounds which makes their story so interesting. This was a slow burn too – you’ll have to wait for those sexy times, but the wait is worth it!

What you might not like: I don’t honestly know – I guess if you’re not a fan of Penny Reid’s style of writing or innate quirkiness, this may not be at the top of your tbr list, but it has humour, heat, familiar fun characters and knitting!

Rating: 4/5 for a truly enjoyable read. Think I’ve read every book in the series so far and loved every one.

Release day promo – The One Real Thing by Samantha Young

 

Happy release day to the super-talented Samantha Young! You may have read her On Dublin Street series or her paranormal romances. Whatever the genre, she always creates a vivid world of humour, romance and drama.

The One Real Thing is out today – I’m looking forward to delving into this seaside series and learning about its residents!

9781101991671About the book:

Welcome to Hartwell, a quiet seaside escape where uncovering old secrets could lead one woman to discover the meaning of a love that lasts…

While Doctor Jessica Huntington engages with the inmates at the women’s correctional facility where she works, she’s always careful to avoid emotional attachments in her personal life.  Loss and betrayal taught her that lesson long ago. But when she comes across a set of old love letters in the prison’s library and visits the picturesque town of Hartwell to deliver them to their intended recipient, she finds herself unable to resist the town’s charm—and her attraction to the sexy owner of a local bar proves equally hard to deny.

Since his divorce from his unfaithful ex-wife, Cooper Lawson has focused on what really matters: his family and the boardwalk pub they’ve owned for generations.  But the first time Jessica steps into his bar, Cooper is beyond tempted to risk his heart on her.

Yet as their attraction grows hotter and Jessica remains stubbornly closed off, he begins to realize it will take more than just passion to convince her there’s only one real thing in life worth fighting for…

Excerpt

“You’re not walking back to the inn alone at night, Doc. We’ve been over that.” He grinned as she flushed at the reminder of their make-out session on the beach.

She huffed. “I’m perfectly capable of doing so.”

“Not arguing about it.”

“What happened to the enlightened gentleman who let me pay for dinner the other day?”

“Splitting the cost of a date is different from seeing to your safety.”

“Date?” Bailey’s ears perked up.

“Fine, you can walk me home,” Jessica said abruptly, cutting off Bailey’s curiosity. “’Bye, all!” She hurried out of the house.

Cooper was met by four amused stares. He smiled back at them and Bailey looked ready to burst with delight. She thought they were a tag team.

They weren’t.

Cooper still wanted the doc to make up her own mind.

Didn’t mean teasing her wasn’t fun as hell.

He hurried to catch up with her outside. “Hold your horses, Doc.”

She turned to wait for him. The sadness he caught on her face kicked the amusement right out of him.

They walked together toward the inn in silence until Cooper couldn’t take it anymore. It needed to be talked about. “You happy back in Wilmington, Doc?”

He felt her tense beside him. She suddenly threw her hands up in seeming frustration. “I don’t know, okay? I don’t know. But I do know that my life is back in Wilmington, Cooper. My job is there. And I’m good at my job. Those women need someone like me. I made a commitment to my job that I can’t just break.”

“And what about you?” he argued. “What about what you need?”

Her only answer was this pained expression he didn’t quite understand.

It was full of so much hurt he decided to drop it.

Silence fell between them, but the usual camaraderie he enjoyed so much between them was gone. As the moments passed, he was aware of everything about her. The heat of her body close to his, the quick rise and fall of her chest that told him she was just as affected by his closeness, the little tremble in her full bottom lip he didn’t think she was even aware of.

The previous night, he’d dreamed about her.

She was in his bar like the day they’d met. No one else around but them.

He’d fucked her on top of one of the tables.

Fast. Furious.

So hot.

Cooper had woken up only to jump into the shower. He’d closed his eyes and remembered the dream as he took care of himself.

It was empty, so fucking empty, in comparison to what reality could be.

His dick tightened in his jeans thinking about it, his gaze shooting to Jessica’s mouth. It was time to remind her what was possible between them.

Cooper grabbed her wrist and pushed her up against the side of Dahlia’s gift shop. The alley between it and George’s place was dark and silent except for their heavy breathing. He pinned her in, his hands braced on the wall at either side of her head.

Jessica stared up at him with those big, dark eyes. “Coop—”

He cut off her coming question with his mouth just like last time.

She tasted of the mint ice cream they’d had for dessert and something else. Something all Jess.

She whimpered against his kiss a second before he felt her tongue touch his and that was it.

He was lost.

His kiss turned hungry as a feeling of desperation came over him and he pressed his body down the length of hers. The lush feel of her mouth mingled with the weight of her breasts pressed to him was enough on its own to fire him up, but when she wrapped her arms around his neck and tightened her fingers in his hair to draw him closer, he was done for.

He gripped her ass in his hand, urging her closer, his dick straining against her belly. His hand slid down to the back of her thigh and he hiked one of her legs up against his hip so he could be where he needed to be, fitting snugly between her thighs.

Fuck, he wished she were wearing a skirt.

“Cooper.” She breathed out his name, breaking the kiss. Her head fell back and her eyes fluttered with the sensation of him rubbing against her, mimicking sex. Her cheeks were flushed as she moaned and dug her hands into his shoulders to hold on. She flexed her hips against his and he felt his nerve endings catch fire.

He needed to be inside her.

The soft skin of her throat called to him and, as she gyrated against him, he tasted her, pressing kisses down her neck and across her collarbones. He moved his other hand down her back as his mouth reached the rise of her breasts. He brushed his thumb over the thin shirt and bra that hid them from him and groaned as her nipple visibly pebbled through the material.

If they didn’t stop soon he was going to take her right there.

“Fuck.” He pulled away from her abruptly and she stumbled back against the wall, looking as dazed as he felt.

All he’d wanted was a taste of her.

Now he knew for certain that just a taste would never be enough with this woman. “Tell me,” he said, a little breathless, “tell me you’ve got this back in Wilmington, Doc.”

He watched the muscle in her jaw twitch as she clenched her teeth.

She couldn’t tell him.

He knew that. Because what they had between them didn’t come around very often.

“Doc?” he persisted, and he learned in that moment that Jessica Huntington was not only smart and sassy but stubborn as hell.

“I can’t do this”—she gestured between them—“not with you.”

And she walked away.

Gutting him.

He was just asking her to think about making room in her life for him. The fact that she wouldn’t even contemplate it for a second, when his blood was on fire with need for her and his mind was on her most hours of the day, was like a gaping wound.

Strangely, the pain fired his determination. Jessica Huntington was lying to herself. Cooper didn’t know why, but he was going to find out.

By then the doc would be in his bed.

Right where they both knew she belonged.

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About the author

Samantha Young is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the On Dublin Street series, including Moonlight on Nightingale WayEchoes of Scotland Street, and Fall from India Place, as well as the standalone novel Hero. She resides in Scotland.

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Cover reveal: The Cad and the Co-ed by Penny Reid & L.H. Cosway

Super excited to share the cover of L.H. Cosway & Penny Reid’s new book. (Although you’ll have to wait a while to read it – it’s not out until Feb 2017!)

This is a great series – with one foot in Ireland, the other in the US, the heroes are hot and hard to handle and the heroines are smart, sassy and more than capable of whipping these guys into shape.

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Synopsis
Keeping a secret this big is going to take lots of balls. Specifically, rugby balls.

THE CAD
Bryan Leech is a cad.
Or, he *was* a cad.
No one is quite certain.

Once the quintessential playboy, Bryan claims he’s done with wild parties and weekend benders. No more one night stands leading to mornings he can’t remember; no more binges and blackouts; no more exploits plastered all over the tabloids and rag sheets. According to Bryan, he’s cleaning up his act.

The only problem is, no one believes him.

THE CO-ED
Eilish Cassidy never thought she’d be a mother at nineteen or still in college at twenty-four. Cut off from every member of her family except her favorite cousin, she’s finally managed put her life back together. Stronger and wiser, Eilish enters her last semester of university determined to stand on her own. Now she just needs to find an internship.

The only problem is, her best option—by far—places her directly in the path of her son’s father, and he doesn’t remember her at all.

THE PLAN
Bryan is determined to prove he’s changed. Eager to settle down with the right woman, he’s got his sights set on the gorgeous redhead who seems terribly familiar.

Eilish is determined to hide her secret. She’ll do anything to keep her child safe, even if that means ignoring her own wishes and desires.

But what happens when Bryan starts to remember? And what will it take for Bryan to convince the girl he forgot that she’s unforgettable?

About the Authors

L.H. Cosway has a BA in English Literature and Greek and Roman Civilisation, and an MA in Postcolonial Literature. She lives in Dublin city. Her inspiration to write comes from music. Her favorite things in life include writing stories, vintage clothing, dark cabaret music, food, musical comedy, and of course, books.

She thinks that imperfect people are the most interesting kind. They tell the best stories.

Website: http://lhcoswayauthor.com/
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Penny Reid
SEX! It all started with sex, between my parents. Personally I don’t like thinking about it, but whatever works for you is a-ok with me. No judgment. The sex happened in California and much of my life also occurred in that state until I moved from the land of nuts (almonds), wine, silicon… boobs, and heavy traffic to the southeast US. Like most writers I like to write, but let’s get back to sex. Eventually I married and gave birth to 2 small people-children (boy-6, girl-4 as of this writing).

By day I’m a biomedical researcher with focus on rare diseases. By night I’m a knitter, sewer, lino block carver, fabric printer, soap maker, and general crafter. By the wee hours of the morning or when I’m intoxicated I love to listen to the voices in my head and let them tell me stories. I hope you enjoy their stories.

Website: http://pennyreid.ninja/
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Ever So Madly by J.R. Gray

esmBook: Ever So Madly

Author: J.R. Gray

Genre: Science fiction romance

Release date: 30 August, 2016

Main characters: Jocelynn (heroine and member of the elite) Madden (hero from a much lower order and the planet Harden)

BlurbLove is for peasants; nobles marry for power. These are the rules Jocelynn has lived by. She is expected to be the poised and perfect vision of relentless power. Set to inherit the House of Akillie, she was bred to rule, and no man has ever turned her head—until now.

Madden achieved the impossible, the first in over a century to escape the life of hard labor and earn a place among the elite. With the chance for a fresh start, he has to stay focused, not damn himself by falling for the one girl forbidden to him.

Madden was Jocelynn’s experiment in freedom, and she didn’t mean to fall. But now she can’t live without him. He’s worth running from everything she’s ever known.

With no other options, Jocelynn turns to a formidable group of rebels to escape her fate. But with a war to be won, the rebels have their own agenda. Drowning in a game of power and politics, Madden and Jocelynn can’t trust anyone if they want to make it out alive…

Why you should read it: This is quite a departure from J.R. Gray’s earlier work. It’s quite a big leap into not only another genre, but setting the action on another planet is a completely different offering to what is currently out there. The characters of Madden and Jocelynn can be summed up as star-crossed lovers. They’re never meant to be together – it goes against the established order of their society and the rules governing the neighbouring planets. Despite the weight of the impossible situation, the pair are drawn to each other and cannot bear the thought of life without the other. Their love for each other was fervent and palpable and came across loud and clear in the narrative.

“I love you. Across a million miles, and thousands of worlds, I will never feel like this again.”

“And I love you, like I have never loved anyone before. I can’t lose you.” Hearing her say those words filled me with hope. It was nourishment for my soul. It gave me hope, and hope was all we had.

What I struggled with: I’m really not a fan of sci-fi to be honest. I prefer stories set in this realm, so for me, it took a while to get into the mindset of this dystopian universe and to just go with it. That said, I can’t fault the story or the narrative – the planets were well described. I could smell and almost taste the grit and dust of Madden’s home planet. My main problem was the back and forth between Madden and Jocelynn at times. Their love for each other switched to mutual distrust and then back again. It was very angsty and I wanted to shout at them to get their heads out of their posteriors at times!

Rating: 3/5 for a brave new world painted by a talented writer. Unfortunately, outer space doesn’t really captivate me so I couldn’t throw myself wholeheartedly into the story.

Blog tour: King of Wall Street by Louise Bay

Book: King of Wall Street

Author: Louise Bay

Series: a standalone novel

Release date: August 24, 2016

Main characters: Harper Jayne, (our heroine and new employee at King & Associates) Max King (our surly yet devastatingly handsome hero).

Blurb: I keep my two worlds separate.

At work, I’m King of Wall Street. The heaviest hitters in Manhattan come to me to make money. They do whatever I say because I’m always right. I’m shrewd. Exacting. Some say ruthless.

At home, I’m a single dad trying to keep his fourteen year old daughter a kid for as long as possible. If my daughter does what I say, somewhere there’s a snowball surviving in hell. And nothing I say is ever right.

When Harper Jayne starts as a junior researcher at my firm, the barriers between my worlds begin to dissolve. She’s the most infuriating woman I’ve ever worked with.

I don’t like the way she bends over the photocopier—it makes my mouth water.

I hate the way she’s so eager to do a good job—it makes my dick twitch.

And I can’t stand the way she wears her hair up exposing her long neck. It makes me want to strip her naked, bend her over my desk and trail my tongue all over her body.

If my two worlds are going to collide, Harper Jayne will have to learn that I don’t just rule the boardroom. I’m in charge of the bedroom, too.

Why you should read it: I’m a big fan of Louise Bay. She usually writes very down-to-earth characters, and even if they’re extremely wealthy there’s always depth to them and a little vulnerability. Max and Harper are no exceptions – they both have valid reasons for being the way they are and their mutual attraction quickly builds throughout the book. This book is a departure from the cozier, less drama-filled books from Louise Bay. Fans of angst will have a field day with Harper’s character and the passion that boils over between her and Max.

What you might not like: OK, it’s confession time. I didn’t care for Harper. One. Bit. From the first chapter she comes across as whiny, immature and unprofessional. She complains to anyone who’ll listen how ‘terrible’ her boss is, (because he doesn’t gush all over her work) then dwells on her relationship issues with her father. She’s supposed to be ambitious and strong but comes across as petulant, self-absorbed and completely unreasonable. Max is your traditional hero in some ways – successful, rich and like to be in control. However, there is another side to him – he’s a father trying to do his best for his daughter Amanda. I liked this side to his character, as not many heroes are family men until the end of the story. The chemistry between he and Harper lacked something in my opinion – maybe it was how they both jumped into hating each other, then being in lust with each other. It didn’t quite work for me, perhaps due to the inner dialogue of both characters that exasperated me at times and it failed to keep my interest.

Rating: I give King of Wall Street 2.5/5 stars for being mildly entertaining and well written. It was ok, but definitely not my favourite Louise Bay read either. I hate giving less than stellar reviews, but I’m sure some will adore this book.

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For Better or Worse by Lauren Layne

fbowBook: For Better or Worse

Author: Lauren  Layne

Series: Wedding Belles #2

Release date: 30th August, 2016

Main characters: Heather Fowler (assistant wedding planner to NYC’s richest) Josh Tanner, enigmatic musician and all-round slacker. (Or is he?)

Plot: Heather Fowler has come a long way to realise her dream of moving to NYC and having a fulfilling career. Life back in Michigan always left her wanting more, so now she’s desperate to get a promotion and finally become a wedding planner in her own right. To do this, she needs to work with a very famous, very fickle starlet, who seems to want nothing to do with the minutiae of the wedding.

That’s not all though – as well as headaches of the professional variety, there’s also headaches closer to home. This particular migraine comes in the form of noisy neighbour, Josh. He and his band play next door at all hours and Heather has has enough. He irritates her constantly – he’s cocky, seems to enjoy making her mad and he has a constant stream of ladies coming and going on a weekly basis.

Josh Tanner is a private guy. Despite his affable exterior, he discourages any personal questions. Something else Heather seems to find irritating. He gave up his high-flying career in favour of a more relaxed life of music and women. He doesn’t want Heather prying in his past, because he doesn’t want his past to define who he is now. His refusal to open up to people leads to Josh keeping others at bay. Until Heather. Bit by bit, she manages to chip away at some of his defences. Despite knowing he will never get serious about her, he can’t seem to shake Heather from his thoughts – and the feeling may well be mutual.

Why you should read it: I loved this story – it actually made me well up a couple of times. It had a freshness about it that made me smile and feel for the characters. Usually, when a character tries to alienate others, it drives me crazy! But it felt justified in this story – and Josh has been through a lot. Heather was a great heroine – she’s desperate to succeed in life and find her place in it. She doesn’t think Josh is the happy ending she’s looking for – but she’s pragmatic, which I liked. She doesn’t stand in the way of her own happiness and isn’t a whiner! There was an absence of angst in this story, which I loved. It all found a great balance.

What you might not like: Josh can be A JERK at times. A big, thickheaded jerk. But as I’ve said, he has his reasons. He’s abrupt, sometimes surly and he totally gets in his own way. But I liked him so much. He was human and vulnerable, and that made me love him more.

Rating: 4/5 for a sweet, heartwarming and entertaining read. It makes me want to continue with the series and get to know every one of the Wedding Belles.

Blog tour – Sugar Rush by Sawyer Bennett

Book: Sugar Rush

Series: Sugar Daddy #2

Author: Sawyer Bennett

Release date: August 16th, 2016

**Contains slight spoilers if you haven’t read book 1, Sugar Daddy.**


Main characters: Sela Halstead, (the heroine) Beckett North (the hero) and Jonathon Townsend (the villain of the piece)

Plot: Sela is left reeling after her admission to Beck resulted in him calling her a liar and throwing her out of his life. Devastated and realising that she may have lost the best thing to ever happen to her, she returns home to regroup.
Beck can’t believe he was taken in by Sela’s lies and actually allowed himself to fall for her. Left in the silence of the apartment, Beck considers the possibility that Sela wasn’t lying. If she was telling the truth, how will he ever get her back?

Sela is still committed to getting justice for what happened to her 10 years ago and maybe, with Beck’s help they can bring JT down once and for all…

Why you should read it: If you read and loved Sugar Daddy, how could you not want to read on after that cliffhanger? Sela has been through a lot and is set to go through more before she’ll make peace with her past. With Beck, she’s finally experiencing some stability and a loving relationship she never thought she’d have.

What you may not like: Book one was a roller coaster and Sela was a force to be reckoned with. She was hellbent on revenge and focused on the goal. In Sugar Rush she’s less self-sufficient and makes a truly daft decision that could jeopardise everything. Being with Beck has dulled her murderous intentions, but it’s also made her more dependent on him. She’s a bit of a damsel in distress in this book and I’m not sure I liked the shift in her character. That said, we’re left on another cliffhanger at the end and I’m keen to see how she’ll get out of her predicament.

Rating: 3/5 for this continuing story. It lacked the intensity of Sugar Daddy, but left me dying to know how this will all end.

The Player and the Pixie by L.H. Cosway and Penny Reid

pandpBook: The Player and the Pixie

Series: Rugby #2

Author: L.H. Cosway and Penny Reid

Release date: 12 April, 2016

Main characters: Lucy Fitzpatrick (the pixie with a peculiar compulsion), Sean Cassidy (the player with his own problems).

Plot: Lucy Fitzpatrick has a very famous brother. It could be said that she’s overshadowed by him. Her mother dotes on him and criticises her constantly. Despite the situation, she loves her brother Ronan as he is the only person in her life she can rely on. That’s why when she bumps into Sean Cassidy, Ronan’s arch-nemesis, she tries not to be intrigued by him. She tries not to see beyond his nasty veneer and definitely doesn’t want to be his friend. Nope, absolutely not.

When Sean witnesses Lucy’s compulsive (and very illegal) behaviour in public, he promises not to tell anyone if she has lunch with him. What’s a girl to do? The last thing she expects is to have fun with him. She spots a troubled, yet kindred spirit underneath the surface and finds herself unable to hate him. Sean Cassidy is trouble.

Sean Cassidy hates Ronan Fitzpatrick and would do anything to get one over on him. When he first meets Lucy, he expects her to be exactly like him, but she’s not. Despite the multi-coloured hair and free-spirit attitude, Lucy is a soul in distress. When their friendship spills over into mutual attraction, Sean fears he’ll have to admit his own personal issues in the bedroom. Maybe they can help each other with their respective problems…and if it pisses off Ronan in the meantime, so much the better.

Why you should read it: God I loved this book so damn much. It’s a short read (or maybe it seemed short because I inhaled it!) filled with great dialogue, quite complex issues for the main characters and the premise was so damn hot. I never thought I’d enjoy a story about a hero with difficulties in the bedroom, but gah! It was so incredibly hot. Lucy ‘teaching’ Sean was so toe-curlingly sexy, that I could not put the book down. I loved the humanness of the characters and the lack of unrealistic drama.

What you might not like: Not much – for me it was spot on. Sean was sweet, lost and defensive at times. Lucy was struggling to do the right thing and going against her own better judgment. Sometimes this gets overplayed in books, but it wasn’t the case here. Did I mention how much I freakin’ loved this book?

Rating: 4/5 for a thoroughly satisfying, sexy, funny read. It was adorable and L.H. Cosway and Penny Reid write so well together. I will definitely read The Hooker and the Hermit (book 1).