Category: 3/5 Stars

Right Where I Want You by Jessica Hawkins

Compliments of the season to you! I hope you had a great time whatever you did over the break – and most importantly, that it involved a good book or five!

I read this book over the holidays (which released 28 December 2018) as it’s written by a good author friend of mine – the very talented Jessica Hawkins.

Book: Right Where I Want You

Author: Jessica Hawkins

Release date: 28 December 2018

Main characters: Sebastian Quinn, hotshot Creative Director of men’s magazine The Modern Man, whose creative midas touch has turned to brass. Georgina Keller, the consultant brought in to clean up the staff’s reputation and revive the magazine’s fortunes.

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There’s a thin line between love and hate . . . and it cuts right through the middle of their office.

Bad boys? They run right over good girls like Georgina Keller.

But after a confidence-shattering breakup, she’s determined not to let anyone at her new workplace push her around—least of all the brooding creative director, a “bad boy of publishing” who’s made it clear she’s enemy #1.

Sebastian Quinn’s taste for fast cars, late nights, and beautiful women may have gotten him to the top of a leading New York magazine, but the reputation that made him is suddenly threatening to end his career.

Georgina can help Modern Man shed its bad reputation, but in order to do that, she’ll have to start at the top—and no amount of rakish charm or inconvenient attraction will distract her.

Because if Sebastian gets her right where he wants her, it means she’s going down.

Why you should read it: I will always read anything by this author – she truly is a good soul who is able to weave vivid stories that are varied, full of heart and surprises along the way. This story will be a hit with animal lovers and romance fans alike – Georgina has a lot on her plate and cares for her dog with all the care of a good mother. Her interactions with Sebastian are fraught and snappy, slowly evolving into a deeper, more intimate relationship.

Sebastian is a dude’s dude – or that’s what he’d have you believe. Deep down he’s more complex, more respectful of women and relationships than his public persona would have the public believe. He’s on thin ice professionally, and dealing with serious issues personally. How can this pair possibly work together without letting their guards down?

What you may not like: Ok – full disclosure. I struggled to get into this book. Usually, I’m hooked from the first page and dragged into the author’s world immediately. This didn’t happen with this one and I’ll explain why. Firstly, after a promising start, the focus was very much on Georgina and her dog. In fact, it felt like a love story between the heroine and her dog. Nothing wrong with that per se, but…she didn’t actually get close to the hero until I was 60% through the book! I love a slow burn but, come on!

Also, Georgina was understandably gun shy after a bad previous relationship, but it really did cast a shadow over her whole life – and she mentioned it A LOT in her internal dialogue, which began to wear on me after a while. So, all in all, I wasn’t crazy about the story – it had its moments – there were some really nice one-liners and banter between George and the staff members of the magazine, but for me – too much emphasis on being a pet owner and not enough time with the hero, alienated me a bit from the main story.

Rating: 3/5 for a gently paced tale – it’s worth a look, but for me, it didn’t set my holiday alight. I think I needed more angst and sexy times!

Blog tour: Wrapped in Love by Lexi Ryan

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Book: Wrapped in Love

Series: The Boys of Jackson Harbor #4

Author: Lexi Ryan

Release date: 4 December 2018

Main characters: Molly McKinley, single mom and events planner extraordinaire; Brayden Jackson, serious eldest brother of the McKinley clan, Molly’s boss and the man he wishes she’d choose.

Plot: Molly McKinley never wanted to come back to Jackson’s Harbor – the gossip, the secrets that inevitably came out and her past all make her want to run as fast and as far as possible. But, when an irresistible job offer comes up, one that means she can provide for her son, she can hardly refuse. Plus it means she can reconnect with her mother despite what happened in the past.

Brayden Jackson has loved Molly from afar, and not so far for a long time. He knows she has issues, and a young child to think of, but he wants to be there for them both. The memory of the night they shared a while back is in no danger of dimming. He’s keen for a repeat, but Molly had drawn a line in the sand. He’s her boss, nothing more, nothing less.

A crisis situation just before Christmas sees Molly with nowhere to live and so Brayden seizes the opportunity to show her that maybe, just maybe, if she’s brave enough to choose happiness, she needed do it all alone…

Why you should read it: I have read every book in this series avidly and love the Jackson brothers. They’re pretty straightforward, which is refreshing, as the heroines really take complicated to another level. Molly has a terrible backstory – I really felt for her in the previous books when it became clear how she came to be living in New York alone. I felt for her and her demons – I really wanted for someone to suggest counselling, as she was still carrying around guilt and the past, with no signs of resolving any of it. Brayden was all you’d want in a hero: strong, patient, devoted to her despite the blockers she put in his way. Their chemistry was palpable also – it was clear to all that they felt strongly for one another, but honestly, they were so dense at times  that they couldn’t recognise it!

What you might not like: Molly is sweet, she’s kind and skittish. She’s also prone to regression now that she’s back in Jackson Harbor. Her behaviour makes sense in light of what she’s gone through, but at the same time I wanted to shake her for being so stupid! Her exasperating actions aside, there’s not a lot I disliked about the book. It was a sweet and romantic tale and I lapped it up.

Rating: 3/5 for an engaging story – a little frustrating, a lot sexy! I love my visits to Jackson Harbor.

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Blog tour: I Bet You by Ilsa Madden-Mills

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Author: Ilsa Madden-Mills

Series: The Hook #2

Release date: 27 October 2018

Main characters: Penelope Graham, student and tutor, who is sworn off jocks. Ryker Voss, star quarterback, bane of Penelope’s life and totally blindsided by her.

 

Blurb:

Sexy Athlete: I bet you…
Penelope Graham: Burn in hell, quarterback.

The text is random but Penelope figures out exactly who “Sexy Athlete” is. And why she shouldn’t take his wager.

Ryker Voss.
Football star.
Walks on water and God’s gift to women.
Just ask him.

His bet? He promises Penelope he’ll win her the heart of the guy she’s been crushing on. His plan—good old-fashioned jealousy. Once her crush sees her kissing Ryker, he’ll realize what he’s missing. Sounds legit, right? The only question is…why is Ryker being so nice to her?

Penelope Graham.
Virgin.
Lover of sparkly vampires and calculus.
His mortal enemy.

Penelope knows she shouldn’t trust a jock, but what’s a girl to do when she needs a date to Homecoming? And Ryker’s keeping a secret, another bet, one that could destroy Penelope’s heart forever.

Will the quarterback score the good girl or will his secrets mean everyone loses this game of love?

Why you should read it: Despite being up there in years, I do occasionally enjoy a trip back to college/university. The spirited exchanges between Ryker and Penelope made me smile and I liked Penelope’s outlook on life. She was part of the sorority scene, but she was also her own person. It seemed strange that such an independent character would want to be part of that world, but I liked that Penelope didn’t allow herself to be pigeonholed as one thing or another. Her attraction to Ryker was achingly familiar – liking someone you really don’t want to, and it kept me reading. Ryker’s not your average jock either. He has a brain and a degree of free thinking. He is plagued by team politics and male bravado, and is doing his best to avoid the suffocating aspects of being part of a football team. His interest in Penelope rang true and their interactions were pretty hot – he’s struggling with his feelings and doesn’t want to mess up an important year for himself. Penelope doesn’t want to be hurt and tries in vain to withstand his charms.

What you might not like: This is a pretty traditional college story – at first it reminded me of an 80s teen movie – boy likes girl, boy blows it by entering into a stupid bet and girl is destroyed. I was pleasantly surprised however. Ryker is more evolved than his 80s counterparts and isn’t a douchebag. He has his own values and stays true to them. On the whole, it was a cute read, that was sexy and sweet, where all is right with the world in the end.

Rating: 3/5 for an enjoyable read – not too high on the drama, sweet enough to give you toothache near the end. Worth a read.

Blog tour: One Week Hating You by Roya Carmen

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Series: One Week #2

Author: Roya Carmen

Release date: 25 October 2018

Main characters: Maeve Gallagher, Blake Taylor, childhood friend and frenemy. Peter Walker, Maeve’s former fiancé.

Blurb:

Maeve is over the moon: life is good and she’s about to get married to Peter.  But when she loses her job and gets jilted at the altar, her world crumbles and she runs into her momma’s arms.

She’s back in her small hometown for a week, and she has a plan – make Peter insanely jealous and win him back.  Enter Blake Taylor, the boy who broke her heart.  She’d rather avoid him at all costs, but with his ‘bad boy’ good looks and their shared history, Blake is the perfect man for the job, as long as she can stand him long enough – it’s just one week, after all.

She’ll show Peter that she’s not the sweet wallflower he thinks she is, and he’ll come running back soon enough.

But when he does, will she still want him?

Why you should read it: I loved One Week so much, so when I heard there would be a sequel, I was beside myself. The end of book one ended on a cliffhanger, and I really wanted to know how Maeve was going to cope with being left at the altar. The action picks up pretty much from where book 1 left off, and I felt a lot of empathy for Maeve. She’s left questioning an awful lot about her life. She’s essentially homeless, jobless and fiancé-less. Life is coming at her from all sides. She returns home and I enjoyed getting to know her family and see where she came from. Her relationship with Blake was pretty antagonistic, and I really didn’t see how they were ever going to get along.

What you may not like: While I empathised with Maeve, I felt that she was altogether too lenient on Peter and what he did to her. I wondered at her lack of self-preservation, if nothing else. Yes, she’d invested a lot of years in her relationship, but come on! Love yourself! Maeve’s relationship with Blake was also a head-scratcher. It was turbulent; most of the time, the pair seemed to just want to hurt each other. Blake was really unsympathetic to what had just happened to Maeve, but for the most part, Maeve just retaliated or brushed it off. I have to admit that the burgeoning relationship and back and forth didn’t really work for me. they both came off as immature – which is realistic, when you return to your family home. You tend to regress, but there’s teasing and then there’s just being downright mean. It wasn’t until Blake finally started to open up that I could see a way clear for them and he became a fully-formed character. The chemistry rang true, but  I wasn’t 100% convinced they brought the best out in each other…

Rating: 3/5 for an entertaining, but slightly problematic read. I like flawed heroes and heroines, but I guess I don’t like cruel ones. It didn’t work for me but there was plenty in it to make me smile.

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Secrets of a (Somewhat) Sunny Girl by Karen Booth

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Author: Karen Booth

Series: a standalone

Release date: 16 October 2018

Main characters: Katherine Fuller, committed singleton, who is about to have her life turned on its head. Eamon MacWard, an old flame who is keen to reconnect with Katherine.

Blurb:

As sisters, they tell each other all their secrets…except one.

With divorce and infidelity hanging from nearly every branch of her family tree, Katherine Fuller sees no point in marriage. Boyfriends? Sure. Sex? Of course. Wedding vows? No, thanks. Still, when her younger sister Amy gets engaged, Katherine gathers all the enthusiasm she can. She won’t let Amy down. She’s done enough of that for a lifetime.

As the sisters embark on wedding plans, Katherine’s college love resurfaces. It nearly killed Katherine to part from sexy Irish musician Eamon more than a decade ago, but falling under his spell a second time forces her to confront everything she hid from him. The secrets surrounding her mother’s death are still fresh and raw in her mind, but one has haunted her more than the others. She can’t bear to tell anyone, especially not Amy. It could ruin far more than a wedding. It could destroy a sister’s love forever.

Why you should read it: Karen Booth is a seriously talented writer. She gets into the heads of her characters and spins an intricate tale of family secrets and human frailty. I really empathised with Katherine’s character, who, more than anything, just wants to keep her family together. This story was a family tale more than anything, with a romance bubbling in the background. It was quite unusual that the crises in the book related to Katherine’s relationship with her sister, rather than with her old flame, Eamon. Eamon is pretty straightforward as characters go. He knows what he wants and he wants Katherine. It was quite refreshing that Katherine is the one to balk at the idea of committing to him, rather than vice-versa. At times I thought maybe Eamon was too good to be true, but it turns out he was just a good guy! They do exist!

Katherine and Eamon have strong chemistry and it’s palpable. Reading about their evolving relationship kept me engaged and invested in their journey.

What you may not like: One word: Amy. God I couldn’t stand this spoilt little brat! Oof she made me sooooo mad! She was self-absorbed, took her sister’s love for granted and basically made me want to smack her! She has her own journey to go on and she does evolve as a character. I thought Katherine was so strong, despite the rough deal she got. The adults in this book do some pretty shady stuff and poor Katherine bears the brunt of most of it.

Rating: 3/5 for an engaging, if somewhat tense tale of familial guilt, making peace with the past and love, in all its forms.

About Karen Booth:

Karen Booth is a mid-western girl transplSunny Girl Teaser 4anted in the South, raised on ‘80s music and repeated readings of Forever by Judy Blume. An early preoccupation with rock ‘n’ roll led her to spend her 20s working her way from intern to executive in the music industry. When her kids came along, she traded late nights for early mornings, writing contemporary romance and women’s fiction. Karen was a finalist for RT Magazine’s Series Romance of the Year and Gold Seal of Excellence, and the 2018 National Excellence in Romance Fiction Award. Her books have been translated into seventeen languages.

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About Bring Me Back: Nearly forty, Claire Abby had thought life would be a whole lot smoother by now. Single parenting her college-bound daughter is trying, her journalism career is fading, her sister’s a handful, her dad is worse, and her mom has been gone so long it’s hard to remember what it was like when she was here.

So it’s both a lucky break and a jaw-dropping distraction when Claire lands an interview with British rock star Christopher Penman. Claire spent her teenage years fantasizing he was her boyfriend. In person, Chris is everything Claire feared—off-the-charts sexy, ridiculously charming, and utterly nerve-wracking. He’s not about to discuss the rumors he’s dodged for a decade. She must earn his trust and unearth the truth, but she never banked on the heartbreaking secret behind it.

His blockbuster story is her first priority when she returns home, a nearly impossible task when Christopher starts calling. And flirting. There’s no denying his wit or his buttery British accent, and once she agrees to see him, it’s beyond anything her teenage brain ever imagined. But when Christopher’s painful past repeats itself, can Claire smooth out her life and save the man she could never forget?

 

Fight or Flight by Samantha Young

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Book: Fight or Flight

Series: a standalone

Author: Samantha Young

Release date: 9 October 2018

Main characters: Ava Breevort, frequent flyer, who’d rather be anywhere other than Arizona. Caleb Scott, a fellow passenger and Ava’s soon-to-be-nemesis.

Blurb:

The universe is conspiring against Ava Breevort. As if flying back to Phoenix to bury a childhood friend wasn’t hell enough, a cloud of volcanic ash traveling from overseas delayed her flight back home to Boston. Her last ditch attempt to salvage the trip was thwarted by an arrogant Scotsman, Caleb Scott, who steals a first class seat out from under her. Then over the course of their journey home, their antagonism somehow lands them in bed for the steamiest layover Ava’s ever had. And that’s all it was – until Caleb shows up on her doorstep.

When pure chance pulls Ava back into Caleb’s orbit, he proposes they enjoy their physical connection while he’s stranded in Boston. Ava agrees, knowing her heart’s in no danger since a) she barely likes Caleb and b) his existence in her life is temporary. Not long thereafter Ava realizes she’s made a terrible error because as it turns out Caleb Scott isn’t quite so unlikeable after all. When his stay in Boston becomes permanent, Ava must decide whether to fight her feelings for him or give into them. But even if she does decide to risk her heart on Caleb, there is no guarantee her stubborn Scot will want to risk his heart on her…

Why you should read it: I truly look forward to cracking open a book by Samantha Young – I always know it’s going to be compelling, soulful and intelligent. Fight or Flight was no exception. Don’t let the cute cover fool you – there’s plenty of depth and pathos to this story. It’s quite unlike anything I’ve read recently. Ava is dealing with a lot. Grief, guilt, personal identity crisis. You name it, she’s dealing with it, with only her friend Harper to help. Enter Caleb Scott. A gruff, unlikeable and rude character. I didn’t know what to make of him. We’re all used to the hero being a bit of a dick at times, but Caleb was something else. He’s so surly and careless of Ava’s feelings that it took me a while to want them to be together! The chemistry was off the charts however, so I could believe the attraction between them. The narrative was strong and the story unfolded at a steady pace. Samantha Young is a very masterful writer – she doesn’t drag her feet or drag out a story.

What you might not like: Caleb – for me, he was the main obstacle in this book. He has a backstory of course – one that will surprise you, but he’s so unpleasant at times that I really felt for Ava and thought she should just leave him to his own misery! Of course, there is redemption in the end – I just feel that poor Ava had to work for it.

Rating: 3.5/5 for an engaging, entertaining yet serious story about forgiveness, moving on and grief. The dialogue and the book’s premise were refreshing.

Buy links: Amazon, Kindle, Barnes & Noble, Nook, Books a Million, Indiebound, Apple Books, Kobo, Google Play

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Blog tour: The Evolution of Man by Skye Warren

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Series: Trust Fund #2

Author: Skye Warren

Release date: 25 September 2018

Main characters: Harper St Claire, Sutton Mayfair, Christopher Bardot.

 

Plot:

Harper has a fight on her hands. She desperately wants to save the town’s half-demolished library and her mother from failing health in equal measures. If only her former stepbrother and the love of her life would get out of her way so she could achieve her goals.

Bound to two men in an obsessive game of cat and mouse, Harper is both prey and predator who must gain the upper hand if she doesn’t want to lose it all.

She has control of her trust fund at long last, but she soon finds that none of her problems can be solved with money…

Why you should read it: After having read Survival of the Richest I was very excited to begin The Evolution of Man. This author always has delivered in the past so I was prepared for a well-rounded story and also some dark, erotic romance. So, did it deliver? It’s sometimes hard to tell how a final published book will pan out from an uncorrected arc. The version I received gave a good indication of what the final version would be like. The plot, the evolving story and the character development were all there. The interactions between Harper and Sutton, Harper and Christopher are tense, twisted and very sexy – the chemistry picks up where we left it in book 1. On the sexy times front, I have no complaints!

What you may not like: Harper is a heroine with a lot to deal with. Her mother is terminally ill, she’s stuck in a ménage à  trois with two emotionally unavailable men. Therefore, I had plenty of sympathy for her. However, in numerous parts of the book she verged on whiny to the point that if she mentioned saving the library one more time I was going to throw my Kindle away! Also, she was immaturely stubborn when it came to her personal safety. At times, she behaved like a 12 year old. Her internal monologue was repetitive and the plot stalled for quite a while.

The book’s pacing was also a problem for me. For chapters and chapters, Harper was struggling to decide what she wanted from life, then suddenly towards the end of the book it was all wrapped up with no explanation of how we got to this point. I wanted to know what happened to both of her suitors. And I’m very disappointed that this did not happen. (I’ll have to read bonus content at a later date to get this information.) It felt rushed, it felt unfinished and it felt inconsistent. I’m really sad about this as I mentioned before, this is one of my favourite authors and she delivers again and again. Perhaps I had unfair and unattainable expectations – that’s on me.

Rating: It was too choppy (plot-wise) for my liking – I couldn’t keep up with the changes in mood of each character and was confused by the back and forth to be honest. For this reason I’m giving it somewhere between 2.5 and 3/5.

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Blog tour: Magic Man by Ashley Hastings

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Book: Magic Man

Series: a standalone, but earlier books feature the same characters.

Author: Ashley Hastings

Release date: 10 September 2018

Main characters: Millie Carter, single mother and horse whisperer. Maxwell – her new boss, and the man determined to make her his.

Blurb:

Trauma. Two broken souls. And a chance at love they didn’t see coming.

Millie is a single mom who doesn’t have the time – or the trust – to date. After experiencing a violent assault as a teen, she’s determined to move on and stay focused on what’s important. But when she meets the mysterious Maxwell, Millie starts to rethink her priorities.

Maxwell is her enigmatic boss who always seems to know exactly what Millie’s thinking. No stranger to trauma himself, he’s spent his entire life alone. Until he meets his new employee, Millie.

With one look, Maxwell knows she and her daughter are his one chance at happiness. Driven and determined, he wants to give Millie everything she ever wanted, along with the love she didn’t know she needed.

Millie will have to choose between the safe world she has created and the chance to build a new life with the man of her dreams. But can she trust Maxwell with her heart or is he running a scam?

Can two individuals overcome their traumatic pasts and find love?

Don’t miss Magic Man by Ashley Hastings. If you like steamy romance with a dash of darkness, then this book will have you staying up late to finish reading Maxwell and Millie’s love story.

Find out what happens when two broken souls discover something they never knew they were looking for…

Why you should read it: This book is super cute. It’s my first Ashley Hastings read and I enjoyed the narrative –  the relationship between mother and daughter was sweet, and touching. Millie is a good mum who is desperate to give her daughter the life she deserves. She’s had a rough start in life, but by sheer force of will, she’s managed to get her life in order, which is quite inspiring. The chemistry between Millie and Maxwell was a slow burner on one hand, insta-love on the other. Maxwell seems to know what he wants, whereas Millie has to try and keep her feet on the ground for her daughter’s sake, if not her own. Overall, the book had very little drama – it was a straightforward, low-angst read. Man meets woman, man gets woman, it looks a bit shaky for a moment when man does something to upset woman, man and woman reconcile.

What you may not like: As I’ve mentioned, it was a truly sweet read. So sweet, that at times I was a little nonplussed by it all. The magical elements in the book didn’t work for me 100% and the grand gesture near the end gave me toothache. It’s not the book, it’s me. I can’t do too much sentiment. I’m a cynical Brit! These reasons notwithstanding, it’s a lighthearted, cute read. If you want a break from your usual, angst-ridden, dark romances, give this short read a try.

Rating: 3/5 – likeable characters, some sexy times that were very hot, and some good ole fashioned romance!

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Blog tour: Bossy Nights by Liv Morris

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Author: Liv Morris

Series: Bossy Nights #1

Release date: 26 July 2018

Main characters: Contessa Holly, Southern belle, trying to make it in New York. Barclay Hammond, publishing CEO and captivated by Tessa from the start.

Blurb:

I’ve landed in New York City with my resume in one hand and my V-card in the other. The resume? I’ll give to any man on the street. The other? Well… I won’t settle for anything less than lightning bolt chemistry and so far no one has flipped that switch.

Until I meet Barclay Hammond, CEO of the most prestigious publishing house in NYC and the city’s most eligible bachelor.

He’s commanding.
Charming.
Gorgeous.
And my new boss.

The raw attraction between us is off the charts. Late nights together in the city, the looks he gives me across the boardroom table make him impossible to resist. I want him to be the one and he wants me too…

There’s only one BIG problem. Sleeping with your boss is strictly forbidden at Hammond Press.

Who knew losing it would be so complicated?

Why you should read it: This book is quite traditional – it reads like one of the books I used to sneak from my mother’s bookshelf. There’s something quite comforting in that – although it may not be for everyone. In my opinion, the chemistry between Barclay and Tessa took a while to build, but build it did and I came to enjoy their relationship and their burgeoning romance. There were sweet parts, funny parts and dramatic parts – it was quite the mix.

What you might not like: One reader’s traditional comfort read could be another’s antiquated, and formulaic story. We have the virginal Southern belle, the older, more worldly, more charismatic hero, who will teach her the ways of the world. You would be forgiven for groaning a little, (I was a bit hesitant during the opening chapters, especially at just how young Tessa came across) but I think you will warm up to the characters and the plot development kept me reading and I was rooting for them 100%. Tessa really comes into her own and she knows what she wants.

Rating: 3/5 for a sweet read – I liked it – it was a slow burner, with a rocky start, but an engaging story won out.

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Sinful by Nana & Minx Malone

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Series: Sin #2, a duet

Authors: Nana Malone, Minx Malone

Release date: 19 June 2018

Blurb:

Leave it to me to finally learn how to drive stick…with a woman who’s nothing but trouble. Protecting people is what I do. But with Gemma everything is different. There was a time when she was my everything and I would have given my life to protect her. Now she’s back and this time I won’t fail her. I’m ready to put it all on the line to keep her safe. My past finally caught up with me and I had to make a choice. Leave or destroy my family. I’ll do anything to keep them safe…including walk into enemy territory.

Why you should read it: This is the conclusion to the duet focusing on Matthias’s back story. If you enjoyed the prologue Before Sin and Sin then you’ll want to know what happened after that huge cliffhanger! Sinful had plenty of drama, sexual heat and action. Matthias has a lot to deal with and he’s more than ready to succeed so that he and Gemma can be together.

What you might not like: This book seemed rather disjointed to me in places. The action chopped and changed and at times it felt as though I’d skipped a few pages. For example – at the end of book two Matthias hates Gemma. At the start of book three, their reconciliation has totally been skimmed over. This happens in a few places, which made it a little confusing at times, not to mention a bit frustrating. Without dropping any spoilers, this duet has been building and building to a huge climax, but in some respects the showdown was a bit of an anti-climax. New plot-lines were added in towards the end that had me scratching my head as it was brand new information! I don’t know, maybe my issues with the book will be ironed out at editing stage, but for me, the scenes I wanted to read just weren’t there.

My other issue with the book was that Gemma is a trained machine, just like Matthias. But in this book, she doesn’t get to kick ass much at all!

Rating: 3/5 – all in all, an enjoyable read, but it wasn’t a perfect read. Bit disjointed but worth your time.

 

CONNECT WITH THE AUTHORS

NYT & USA Today bestselling author M. Malone lives in the Washington, DC metro area with her husband and their two sons. She holds a master’s degree in Business from a prestigious college that would no doubt be scandalised by how she’s using her expensive education.

Independently published, she has sold more than 1/2 million e-books in her two series, THE ALEXANDERS and BLUE-COLLAR BILLIONAIRES. Since starting her indie journey in 2011 with the runaway bestselling novella “Teasing Trent,” her work has appeared on the New York Times and USA Today bestseller lists more than a dozen times.

She’s now a full-time writer and spends 99.8% of her time in her pajamas.

Website: http://www.minxmalone.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/minxmalone

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/minxmalone

USA Today bestselling author Nana Malone’s love of all things romance and adventure started with a tattered romantic suspense novel she “borrowed” from her cousin.

It was a sultry summer afternoon in Ghana, and Nana was a precocious thirteen. She’s been in love with kick-butt heroines ever since. With her overactive imagination constantly channelling her inner Buffy, it was only a matter a time before she started creating her own characters.

While she waits for her chance at a job as a ninja assassin, Nana works out her drama, passion and sass with fictional characters every bit as brazen and kick-butt as she thinks she is.

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