Category: 5/5 Stars

Hotshot Doc by R.S. Grey

Book: Hotshot Doc

Series: a standalone

Author: R.S. Grey

Release date: 6 December 2018

Main characters: Bailey Jennings, surgical assistant and guardian to her younger sister. Matt Russell, terrifying surgeon at the top of his game, who’s about to meet his match in Bailey.

Dr. Russell has a bad reputation around our hospital. The scrub techs say he’s cold-blooded, the nurses say he’s too cocky for his own good, and the residents say he’s the best surgeon in the world—really, just a swell guy!—on the off chance he’s within earshot.

I try to avoid him and his temper at all costs. It’s just as easy to admire his sexy, grip-it-while-he’s-ravishing-you hair and chiseled jaw from a healthy distance, preferably from the other end of the hallway…half-hidden behind a plant.

Unfortunately, my plan crumbles when my trusty ol’ boss decides to swap his white coat for a Hawaiian shirt. His retirement leaves me with two terrible options: switch specialties and spend months retraining, or take an open position as Dr. Russell’s surgical assistant.

That means I have to stand near him in the OR for hours on end and anticipate his every need without letting his biting words and bad attitude intimidate me. Oh, and as if that’s not difficult enough, my silly crush on him—the one I’ve tried to stomp on until it disappears—might just be reciprocated.

It’s fine.
I’m fine.

I take my job seriously. There will be no smoldering bedroom eyes across the operating table, no angry almost-kisses in the supply closet. (Well, no more of those.)

What’s the phrase? An apple a day keeps the doctor away?
Maybe I should go for a whole damn bushel.

 

Why you should read it: Oh my goodness! This book feel into my lap at the right time! I loved EVERY minute of it! A lot of books out there are classed as romantic comedies, but not that many of them actually have much of the comedy going on. With this book I laughed and felt good, then was knocked sideways by some of the more tender and serious moments. Matt was a great hero – complete ass who terrorises his staff. But he’s brilliant – so he gets to do whatever he likes. We all know people like that, AmIRight? Then there’s Bailey. She’s brilliant too. Could have been destined for Matt’s success, but life had different ideas. Does she whine about and navel gaze? Nope, she finds satisfaction in her job and the demands of raising a teen sibling. Her outlook and her inner monologue had me laughing out loud and dying for her to take Dr. Russell down a peg or five.

The chemistry is pretty hot from the outset and boy, believe me when I say I was glued to my Kindle – slowburning romance with comedy thrown in – it ticked all of my boxes.

What you may not like: I can’t fault this book – you know I don’t hold back, but for me, this was PITCH PERFECT. I have read a few of R.S. Grey’s books and some of them have landed (IMO) and others have not – but I cannot recommend this one to you enough.

Rating: 5/5 for a fun, upbeat and really sexy read. I’ll leave you with one of my favourite quotes:

His king-sized bed has white sheets and a fluffy gray comforter. Four oversized black and white framed maps hang on one wall. There’s a plant in the corner that looks as if he waters it regularly. I half-expected him to sleep standing up, next to the power station he plugs himself into every night. The fact that he has such a warm, welcoming bedroom does weird things to my heart…

Sweet on the Greek by Talia Hibbert

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Book: Sweet on the Greek

Series: Just For Him #3

Author: Talia Hibbert

Main characters: Aria Granger, tattoo artist, who’s currently masquerading as wedding planner for her best friend’s wedding. Nikolas Christou, retired athlete, now trying to figure out life after football. The only thing he knows is that he wants Aria to be part of it.

Blurb:

This soccer star is determined to win… his woman’s heart.

For millionaire footballer Nikolas Christou, one look is all it takes. The minute he sees Aria Granger, he’s a goner. Playboy Nik knows lust—intimately—but his need for Aria goes far beyond that. Of course, the plus-sized beauty isn’t interested in romance… but Nik isn’t interested in giving up.

Aria Granger has sworn off relationships for her own good. After all, her ex nearly murdered her best friend, so clearly her taste is questionable. When charming, gorgeous Nik bounds into her life, Aria can’t decide if he’s as innocent as he seems… or if her bullsh*t-ometer is broken.

The super-sweet sports star claims he needs a fake girlfriend to protect him from ‘misunderstandings’. And Aria, with her tattoos, piercings and dangerous scowl, fits the bill. But there’s no way a guy as handsome as Nik can be that bad at handling relationships. Can he?

Why you should read it: Oh my! I finished this book on New Year’s Eve, and I couldn’t have picked a better read to end 2018! Talk about ending the year on a reading high note. Where to start? We have a totally dreamy hero, who, yes,  falls victim to the insta-love, but the author manages to stay the right side of crazy. He isn’t over the top and he’s not unbelievable with it either. Aria has a lot of stuff to resolve in her life, but she doesn’t let that stand in her way. Some characters have a way of sabotaging themselves, but she doesn’t. She’s cautious and wary of being hurt, but she’s brave enough to go for what she wants anyway. The chemistry between this pair is OFF THE HOOK! It was quite a slow build and man, was it sexy as all get out. I loved the dialogue and the extra peripheral characters too. They were interesting and had depth and I wanted to know more about them.

What you may not like: I have no idea – this read is getting a rare 5/5 from me, so I can’t even tell you what you might not like…

Rating: 5/5 for a well-rounded, super sexy read. You need this book…

 

Blog tour: If We Fly by Nina Lane

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Series: What If series, book #2

Author: Nina Lane

Release date: 13 September 2018

***Spoiler alert: Do not read on if you have read the prequel and Book 1 If We Fall.***

Main characters: Cole Danforth, the love of Josie May’s life. Josie, the heroine of this series who is about to learn some devastating new information…

Plot: Josie has so many questions bubbling under the surface of her consciousness. For 10 years she’s been unable to remember exactly what happened in the accident that killed her family. Cole said he was driving – the police reports backed it up, so then why all the crazy dreams? – and now that picture of her that makes Josie doubt everything. Determined to find out in order to finally move on is what she intends to do – but the answers will come with devastating consequences.

One thing Josie can depend on is her love for Cole. He has changed, but so has she. She sees sparks of the old Cole and think she can walk away from him…

Cole has done everything he can to protect Josie from the spectres of the past, but his carefully constructed plans are unravelling fast. Will the unveiled secrets bind them together, or will the painful revelations succeed in tearing them apart, once and for all?

Why you should read it: I couldn’t wait for the conclusion to this duet. I really couldn’t – there was a heck of a cliffhanger at the end of book one and I had to know more. I thoroughly enjoyed this story – it was masterful storytelling that advanced at a steady speed. It didn’t drag – it didn’t repeat itself. It was soulful and romantic and heartbreaking. I’ve never rooted for a couple to find happiness so much before! Josie and Cole’s chemistry leapt off the page and their love was believable and undeniable. I can’t gush anymore about it – I really can’t!

What you might not like: I don’t know really. There is some upsetting stuff in the book – incidents and accidents and angst, but honestly, it isn’t applied in a heavy-handed way. It makes a compelling and heart-rending read. So the ultimate pay off is so very cathartic! I needed this HEA!

Rating: 5/5 for a satisfying and swoon-making read. I loved the main characters, and I desperately wanted them to find some peace.

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Blog tour: If We Fall by Nina Lane

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Series: What if duet #1

Author: Nina Lane

Release date: 30 August 2018

Main characters: Josie Mays, once a bright and shiny optimist, now a shadow of her former self. Cole Danforth, the man who has always had Josie’s heart and the only one who could shatter it.

 

Blurb:

We fell in love. Then our world fell apart. 

I wished so hard for Cole Danforth. And one day, he came true. He was my first boyfriend, my first lover, my first and only love. He should also have been my last. 

But in a split-second, we were ripped apart, our lives broken, my heart shattered. After ten years, I’ve returned to my hometown, the place of my greatest joy and darkest pain. 

Cole is still here, but the beautiful boy I’d loved is gone. Now he’s a ruthless, unforgiving man determined to feed both my resentment and my lust. 

Then our torturous past encroaches again, trapping us in a violent storm. 

But this time, there is no escape.

Why you should read it: Oh my! Both the prequel (If We Leap) and this book shredded my heart! Shredded it! We have the tragic couple, Cole and Josie and all they want is to be together. They are lucky to have a year or so of bliss, but then all hell breaks loose and neither one will ever be the same again. I loved the narrative of this story. Book one flips between present day and events from ten years earlier. Bit by bit we understand what happened to destroy the happy couple, and their grief is palpable. This book is deeper than your average romance. It has secrets galore, heartbreak and thankfully, hope.

What you may not like: You should know this series is a duet. If you cannot bear a cliffhanger (and believe me when I say this ends on one heck of a cliffie!) then wait until you have all the books in your possession before you start reading. I was hooked from the first page!

Rating: 5/5 for a smart, sexy and heartbreaking read. I’m really rooting for Cole Danforth and Josie Mays.

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Sleepover by Serena Bell

Book: Sleepover

Series: a standalone

Author: Serena Bell

Release date: 13 November 2018

Main characters: Elle Dunning, newly-divorced mother of one who is still adjusting to life as a single mother. Sawyer Paulson, her new enigmatic neighbour.

Plot: Elle has been through the mill this past year. Her cheating husband has returned to his former high school girlfriend, leaving her adjusting to single life with her son Madden. Trying to make the best out of a painful situation, she has her work and a good network of friends to keep her sane.

When Sawyer Dunning moves in next door, that sanity is about to be tested. Elle knows Sawyer – quite well already. It’s it everyday that a former one night stand moves in next door. She could ignore him – but that option is soon made impossible when her son becomes fast friends with Sawyer’s son, Jonah.

Sawyer is struggling with single parenthood and the spectre of grief. It’s been two years since his wife died, but her presence lingers and moving on seems impossible. Sawyer allows himself the odd meaningless encounter – always the one time, never to be repeated with nameless women. Until Elle. Something about her reaches out to him and he’s terrified of what that could mean for his life, his family and his piece of mind…

Why you should read it: I really enjoyed this down to earth story. Elle was so relatable and had been treated shabbily. You can’t help but feel for her. Her ex and his fiancée are shameless. I felt a lot of righteous indignation about her situation, but she dealt with it all with such grace, it was admirable. I enjoyed the slow-burning chemistry between Elle and Sawyer. Their kids bring them together and in many ways force them to confront their situation head on. Sawyer was a well drawn male character. He was a mixture of private and vulnerable and strong and he was in a very familiar situation to many.

What you may not like: Not a great deal to dislike in this book. It’s fresh, entertaining and a story of personal growth. What’s not to like?

Rating: 4/5 for a very sexy and page-turning story. I love the characters and the premise. I think you might, too.

Blog tour: Dr. Strange Beard by Penny Reid

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Series: Winston Brothers #5

Author: Penny Reid

Release date: 30 July 2018

Main characters: Simone Payton, logical thinker, on assignment for the FBI in her hometown. Roscoe Winston, youngest of the Winston clan, and hellbent on avoiding Simone at all costs.

Blurb:

Hunches, horse races, and heartbreak

Ten years after Simone Payton broke his heart, all Roscoe Winston wants is a doughnut. He’d also like to forget her entirely, but that’s never going to happen. Roscoe remembers everything—every look, every word, every single unrequited second—and the last thing he needs is another memory of Simone.

Unfortunately, after one chance encounter, Simone keeps popping up everywhere he happens to be . . .

Ten years after Roscoe Winston dropped out of her life, all Simone Payton wants is to exploit him. She’d also like some answers from her former best friend about why he ghosted her, but if she never gets those answers, that’s a-okay. Simone let go of the past a long time ago. Seriously, she has. She totally, totally has. She is definitely not still thinking about Roscoe. Nope. She’s more than happy to forget he exists.

But first, she needs just one teeny-tiny favor . . .

Why you should read it: Come on people, it’s Penny-fricking-Reid, of course you should read it! If you follow my reviews, then you’ll know how much of a sad fan girl I am about her! I haven’t really read this series in orders – I tend to dip in and out of it when I need a damn good read and this one fell into my lap when I needed a particularly good read. It didn’t disappoint! The narrative was engaging, quirky and as always, it was smart as hell. Simone and Roscoe were complex and interesting characters – their inner monologues gave insight and also humour – and I couldn’t put the book down until it was done. The intense attraction between Simone and Roscoe really was palpable – it was a slow-burning seduction and I had to fan myself quite a bit during this read! I also enjoyed the role reversals, where Simone was the more worldly character and she took the lead. Hot! It also had a lot of pathos, heart and damn well made me cry in places. Like proper, full on blubbing!

What you may not like: I usually try to play devil’s advocate in my reviews, but I’m truly struggling here. I appreciated Penny Reid’s treatment of the heroine – I know some authors are afraid of writing about non-white characters in case they get it ‘wrong’ and I get it – some people have done it well, while others have done a horrible job! Simone was a multi-faceted character, who was just getting on with her life. There were no lazy stereotypes and hopefully, authors like Penny Reid and Tiffany Reisz will inspire other authors to not be so afraid of writing about POC.

Rating: 5/5 for a truly wonderful, exciting and engaging read. I forgot how much I love this series.

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Blog tour: One Week by Roya Carmen

PrintBook: One Week

Series: One Week #1

Author: Roya Carmen

Release date: 21 June 2018

Main characters: Gabriella Moore, mum to two adorable kids; easy-going wife and artist in her own right. Eli Anderson, artist who will flip Gabriella’s life entirely.

Plot: Gabriella Moore is a great mum, a great wife and a talented artist. Life is comfortable and simple – she and her successful husband have a great life together, but lately she hasn’t seen much of him, due to his book tour commitments.

She’s not unhappy per se… She has friends and two great kids, but she never thought she’d be doing the parenthood thing alone most of the time. If she’s honest with herself, she’s lonely.

When she strikes up a friendship online with fellow artist, Eli, everyone thinks she’s crazy and warns her to be careful. Their chats become more frequent and their appreciation for each other spills over into life outside of art. When Gabriella makes a painful discovery, she decides to go visit Eli in Denmark. She’ll take a week out of her life and live for herself. She can do what she wants for that week before returning to her normal life. Simple…

Why you should read it: Oh my goodness! This was a stellar read! I love Roya Carmen and when she announced she was writing a book in a similar vein to The Ground Rules trilogy – I did an unbecoming happy dance (think of a chicken twerking and you’ll get the idea). I love angst-ridden married people struggling with temptation. I know it’s not for everyone but I can’t get enough of it. Roya really makes you feel for the characters, whatever their actions. I loved the budding friendship between Eli and Gabriella and I didn’t know how it was going to end up – I was quite surprised actually (but ecstatic!) by the outcome.

What you might not like: A lot of you don’t like cheating in fiction. Well, fair enough. Some of the best literature is based on infidelities, but I get it. It makes you feel icky. However, there is a pretty good loophole in this book so… is it really cheating?! Anyway – if you can’t handle it, maybe it’s not for you. But I simply adored it and inhaled it and now I’m re-reading The Ground Rules – because I need more angst!

Rating: 5/5 for an emotional story that resonated with me (my marriage is fine, I hasten to add!) and it made me want more. It’s also the start of what should be an exciting series! I’ll post more details on the series when I get them. It’s great to see Roya back with another exciting and angsty series!

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Blog tour: Survival of the Richest by Skye Warren

A woman gazes at the camera. She is dressed in red underwearBook: Survival of the Richest

Series: Trust Fund #1

Author: Skye Warren

Release date: 12 June 2018

Main characters: Harper St. Claire, heroine of the story, who’s tired of being controlled. Christopher Bardot, her former stepbrother and the only thing standing in the way of her accessing her trust fund. Sutton Mayfair, Christopher’s business partner and love rival.

Blurb:

An heiress without a cause.
Two billionaires determined to claim her.
And a war fought on the most dangerous battlefield – the heart.

My story starts with a plunge into the cold water of Manhattan’s harbor.

A strong hand hauls me back onto the deck of the luxury yacht. Christopher was supposed to be my enemy. Instead he protects me with fierce determination.

That should have been my happily ever after, but then Sutton appeared – ruthless and seductive. He doesn’t care that my heart belongs to someone else, because he’s determined to win. No matter the cost.

It’s an impossible choice, but I can’t have them both.

Why you should read it: Oh my goodness! As you may know, I’m a huge fan of Skye Warren’s work, and Survival of the Richest is no exception. I don’t often bother with love triangles, but I was really in the mood for one and then I heard about this book. So timely! The plot was engaging and full of twists and turns – Harper is in a difficult situation thanks to her controlling father and rather than roll with it, she’s prepared to fight every step of the way. I liked her spirit and her sense of fun. The chemistry between her and Christopher bubbled away in the background, but it was the brash, southern charm of Sutton who grabbed my attention. He was wicked and sexy and all those things you should probably stay away from if you want a quiet life! Yes, I want to know what his deal is and what his endgame will be. I thought this was a standalone, so I was surprised when it ended the way it did. Thankfully, there won’t be long to wait for The Evolution of Man, which is out in August – so not too long to wait.

What you may not like: This book isn’t a typical love triangle. Then again, Skye Warren isn’t your average or typical writer. There’s always a side of danger or darkness in the background. If that’s not your bag and you’re averse to a heroine enjoying the company of more than one man at a time, then this book may overload your puritanical senses! I thoroughly enjoyed not knowing who, if anyone, she’ll choose. Or will she have a choice?

Rating: 5/5 – I want more and I want it now! Please.

 

90D0D466-92A0-4991-8681-29BFABAF8BA3About the author:

Skye Warren is the New York Times bestselling author of dangerous romance such as the Endgame trilogy. Her books have been featured in JezebelBuzzfeedUSA Today Happily Ever AfterGlamour, and Elle Magazine. She makes her home in Texas with her loving family, sweet dogs, and evil cat.

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Sin by Minx Malone and Nana Malone

A man with toned abs and muscles lies seductively on a bed.Book: Sin

Series: Sin Duet #1

Authors: Nana Malone, Minx Malone

Release date: 29th May 2018

Main characters: Matthias, mysterious young man and a deadly genius. ‘Gemma’, seemingly a damsel in distress, but who is she really?

Plot:

Matthias’s middle name might as well be ‘mystery’ because not only can he hack into just about anywhere, he’s also very good at handling himself and those he cares about. In fact, he’s pretty deadly.

He tries not to let his past dominate him and stays focused on his life now with his colleagues, who are a second family to him. It’s his job to keep everyone safe and that’s exactly what he intends to do.

When Gemma walks into his life, beaten and bruised, he springs into action. Something about her awakens and amplifies his protective instincts. So much so, that he doesn’t think he’ll be able to let her go when she heals.

Gemma Boyd has a mission – get in, get the target, get out. Only, once she’s in, she’s not sure she wants to get out…

Why you should read it: Wow! What an intriguing and sexy read! Matthias is complicated – full of fury and in many ways, he hasn’t fully developed as an adult. Inside his head is pretty scary, but the way in which he tries to keep his demons at bay, will wrench at your heart. He could have had a completely different life, but for a run of bad luck. There’s plenty of testosterone flying around in the book, and if you’ve the Shameless series, you’ll be familiar with Matthias’s friends. They’re all extremely manly and capable and you wouldn’t mess with them!

What you may not like: This is a duet and it’s very exciting, but being left hanging on a particularly steep cliff is not every reader’s favourite thing. My advice? Binge read the entire duet once it releases! (Only because I loathe waiting for books!) Besides the waiting, (it’s really not a massive wait, only a week or so) there was nothing I didn’t enjoy about this book. It has a virgin, virile male, who’s very complex but does have feelings beneath the depths. Gemma’s backstory will grip you and you’ll enjoy the push-pull dynamic they have.

Rating: 5/5 for an exciting read – I want more and I want it NOW!

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The Worst Best Man by Lucy Score

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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.

Blurb:

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!