Taking Shots by Toni Aleo

Taking ShotsBook: Taking Shots

Author: Toni Aleo

Series: The Assassins Series (Book #1)

Format: unedited ARC

Reviewed by: Onnica

Basic Story: Elli Fisher is finally living the life she’s struggled for while keeping past spectres at bay. She has a thriving photography business and when she gets to combine taking photos with her passion for hockey, she’s in seventh heaven. Due to her strong reputation, her next job is to photograph the entire Nashville Assassins hockey team. A lifelong supporter, Elli is determined to pull it off, even though coming face-to-face with her idol, Shea Adler, scares her to death.

Shea Adler, captain of the Assassins, known playboy and all-round American superstar loves his life. He has a strong family unit; a twin sister who he cares about more than anything and his nephew and niece. Too busy for anything else, women are just a diversion to pass the time and help release pent-up energy. That is until he’s called to a team photo session for the new season. When he locks eyes on Elli (even though he can barely see without his contacts) he is thrown. He has to know her. She’s bashful and talented and not like any of the women he’s known before. Elli is sweet and instantly attracted to Shea; however, her past relationship left her self-esteem in tatters. Her lack of family support has left her insecure and feeling unworthy of love. She wants to believe that Shea could be part of a happier future, but can’t shake the feeling that she’s just not good enough for the mighty Shea Adler.

Why you should read this: It’s a pleasant read in many respects, set in the world of hockey. Shea is ideal book boyfriend material – he’s kind, considerate, never puts a foot wrong. Always says the right thing.

What you might hate: I really wanted to like Elli. Truly I did. I understand that she’s had a turbulent past but honestly, her tendencies to whine about not being pretty enough, or good enough for Shea were repetitive and self-indulgent. It also made the book twice as long as it needed to be in my opinion. Her relationship with her mother also seemed a little far-fetched, but it did build the suspense. Also, for me this book lacked structure – it was pleasant but it didn’t seem to be heading anywhere until the final chapters where the couple finally faced conflict and the boy lost the girl.

Rating: Sadly, I was disappointed – I had high hopes for this book and it just didn’t do it for me. Hopefully the later books in the series will be different. I give it 2/5 for the meandering storyline at times and the exasperating heroine. This is the first Loveswept story that has failed to sweep me away. Hot cover though.

Emancipating Andie by Priscilla Glenn

Book: Emancipating Andie

Author: Priscilla Glenn

Format: ARC

Review by: Judith

Basic story: Andie Weber knows what she wants out of life and she always always plays by the rules. She has the true love of a wonderful man named Colin, a stable job, and dreams of one day becoming a writer (though she keeps that to herself). The only glitch in her otherwise perfect world is Colin’s best friend, Chase – a free spirited and hilariously unfiltered photographer who thinks she is way too uptight for her own good. When they end up driving to Florida together for a wedding, Chase decides to show Andie just what she’s missing out of life by being so rigid. In only 48 hours he manages to rock her to her very foundations and forces her to reevaluate what is most important.  Once the wedding is over however, Chase, Andie, and Colin find themselves back home and each of them must deal with the ramifications of Andie’s awakening.  With all these new ideas of what’s right and wrong, will she choose Chase or Colin? And most importantly, will she be happy with her choice and what the future brings with him?

Why you should read this: She’s done it again! Priscilla Glenn smacks us upside the head with awesome in this book and will make you question why we really love people and what it takes to make us happy in life. She is the master of gorgeous, effortlessly written prose and when you reach the end of this one, you’ll say to yourself, “wha…? It’s over?! ALREADY??? Now I gotta go read sub-par crap again? Wahhhh!” With this book, her characters are fleshed out and described so beautifully that you feel for them as they grow and mature naturally. Like I said above, everything that she writes is effortless. It’s as if her words were a lens and we’re able to see into these people’s lives through it.  It’s an amazing and unique experience.

Chase is undeniably clever and hot. His interactions with Andie will have you laughing out loud and yearning for more simultaneously. He’s everything obnoxious and brash but when we finally learn more about him and hear his whole backstory, we discover that he’s not abrasive just matter of fact. I’m tired of all the Alpha males running around these days and Chase is definitely not one. He lays his cards out there on the table and is just a raw, refreshing character. You will swoon all over him!

What you might hate: Their trip down to Florida was way too short! I wanted to see more of Andie getting out of her comfort zone because what we do get is exhilarating. Priscilla’s books are all very real and in today’s romance world of vampires, humongous packages, and marathon sexy times, some of you may not want to read about things that could actually happen. And this book is all about reality. There’s no explosive action or men with huge muscles fighting over the girl. It’s a very raw look at emotions and the ties that bind us to other people.  A true love story. It’s also a standalone which many people might dislike cause it means they’re investing time and emotion into a story that will end.  Many people love series and this is a wholly contained world. (Personally I loved that!)

Rating: 4.5/5. The writing is gorgeous, the characters are extremely real and likable, the story just flows. This is a love story at its core but also a tale of redemption and maturity where the heroine finds her happily ever after not only in love but also in all the other aspects of life. Read it now!

Cover Reveal: ‘Come Alive’ by Jessica Hawkins

Hi everyone – Onnica here. I’m super-excited to share with you the new cover of ‘Come Alive’, which is Book #2 in the Cityscape Series.

The sequel to ‘Come Undone’ should be with us in a matter of weeks (release date is pencilled in for 30 May) and I’m trying to be patient. (Really I am!) If you haven’t read Come Undone yet, get on it!

ComeAlive_Cover

Cover Photo: © iStockphoto.com/VikaValter

Curious to know what’s in store for the Olivia and David in this instalment? Here’s the synopsis:

Determined to move on with her life, Olivia Germaine has vowed to forget David Dylan. Struggling to keep her head above water, she focuses on her new promotion and refuses to drown in the memory of their night together.

But when Olivia realizes what life without David means, she must decide if she is willing to risk everything for him . . . and if she is ready to reopen the wounds of her past.

Can Olivia move forward with her marriage despite her feelings for David?

And can David stay away like he promised?

Coming soon: Watch this space, as we’ll be interviewing Jessica and I’ll be asking her about love, romance and her inspiration for the delectable David…don’t miss it!

Penthouse Suite by Sandra Chastain

Penthouse SuiteBook: Penthouse Suite (A Loveswept novel)

Author: Sandra Chastain

Review by: Onnica

Basic Story: Since nursing her mother through ill-health and following her subsequent death, Kate Weston has decided to take some time for herself, travelling around the US doing odd-jobs as plumber and general all-round handywoman. The plan is to never stay longer than a couple of months; never form attachments or roots, as there lies trouble as far as Kate’s concerned.

After scoring a temporary job in a luxury hotel, Kate sets to work fixing all the electrical and plumbing issues. She is summoned to the penthouse suite to fix the leaking shower and gets more than she bargained for when she bumps into the hotel manager, Max Sorrenson, emerging from said shower. All thought escapes her. Far from middle-aged and balding, the manager Max is young, virile and with a body for sin. The more time she spends in his company, the more determined she is not to overstay her welcome and leave the job when the usual handyman returns. Her attraction to Max frightens her but it will not derail her plans to move on. But will head or heart win out for the couple?

Why you should read it: This is a fun, short read, full of light-hearted moments and the role-reversal element is charming. Both characters are likeable and engaging.

What you might hate: I didn’t realise it when I requested the book, but I feel I should highlight that this book is VINTAGE. It originally came out in 1989 – therefore the references to pop culture are a little um, shall we say dated? I don’t know about you, but when imagining Max’s body, I didn’t really want to picture Sylvester Stallone or Chuck Norris! The ending was also a little abrupt – but a satisfying read nonetheless.

Rating: It was a short, entertaining story that I finished in little time – I’m feeling generous, so I’d say 3/5. Definitely needs updating however, as it bears no resemblance to other contemporary Loveswept novels coming out.

Author Interview: Jade Hart

Hi, Onnica here. I’ve recently been blown away by the writing of Jade Hart. Last year, she wrote Ocean Kills, which told the story of a young and deadly teleporting assassin, Ocean Breeze. (Yes, that’s really her name and she’s not a fan of it either!) This year, there’s plenty more from Jade to look forward to.Jade Hart

We recently reviewed Coffee and Cockpits, which is the story of flight attendant Nina Poppins and what happens to her when faced with a life and death situation. It’s a complete departure from Ocean Kills and after reading it, I really wanted to ask Jade some questions. She kindly agreed…

Onni: Jade, thanks so much for taking the time to answer some questions – especially as we’re on VERY different time zones!

JH: My pleasure.

Onni: When I finished Coffee and Cockpits, I read through your bio and you mentioned that you draw quite heavily on your own experiences for aspects of your writing. Can you tell me how much of “you” is in your characters?

JH: Oh, tricky question. I suppose I put quite a lot of myself into the characters I write. Ocean Breeze is darker, more broken than I could ever be, but some of her thoughts are my own – against the sickness in the world, and things that shouldn’t go on. With regards to Nina Poppins, there is a lot of my past in her (dancing, flying, being an air-hostess) but I don’t share her personality. I’m not as ‘fluffy’!

Onni: Yes, you were a flight attendant in the past – and could’ve written your typical, garden-variety contemporary romance in that setting but didn’t. What made you take it in a different, more fantastical direction?

JH: Well, funny enough – and this no one else knows, but it started as a sexy romance dealing purely with the love triangle. Nina can’t chose between Liam and Nikolai and she ends up *cough cough* having both of them. Unfortunately, as much as I liked the heat, the storyline didn’t work as I got to know the characters. So the direction changed and the story evolved into what it is. I didn’t sit down and say “I’m going to do that” – the story arched that way and I went along for the ride. I knew when I did it that some people would love it, and some wouldn’t. I was willing to take that risk.

Onni: It certainly arched in a way I didn’t expect – I didn’t see it coming at all! I love when that happens. So, I know this is a bit like asking who your favourite child is, but which of your characters holds a special place in your heart?

JH: Umm, that is a tough question. (Laughs.) I’d probably have to twist your question and give you two answers. Ocean Breeze holds a special place in my heart. I love her, and love the growth she’s undergoing in Ocean Slays (sequel to Ocean Kills) However, I hold a very soft spot for Callan. I love him. He may be a part of my imagination, but I just feel sorry for him with what Ocean did, and love to watch him grow into his temper and become a fiery match for her.

Onni: I was gobsmacked by what Ocean did to Callan and she’s definitely going to have to do a lot to redeem herself. And to the readers who have no idea what we mean – read Ocean Kills!

As you’ve already mentioned Callan Bliss, hero extraordinaire, that leads me to my next question: writing stories from a male point of view must be one of the hardest aspects for a female writer. How did you approach Callan and Liam’s characters? Did finding their ‘voices’ come easily?

JH: That is true – writing from a male pov is hard, and I don’t know if a woman can ever get it exactly right. But Callan is more ”alpha” whereas Liam was more ”in tune with his sweet side.” I love both of them, but I’m writing a dark (as in dark-dark) contemporary romance currently called Octopus Lotto and the main guy in that – Dashiel Rossen is a hard one to write. He’ll be the hardest one with his demons, attitude and past.

Onni: Which brings us nicely to your future plans. What’s next for you? More fantasy, or contemporary romance?

JH: Yes, I’ve got quite a lot happening! In May 2013, Mirror Amour will be coming out – an erotica novella based around the threesome I had to delete from Coffee and Cockpits. As I already mentioned, there’s Octopus Lotto, a dark, contemporary romance which will be a personal fave of mine. Loka, which is based on Hindu mythology and Jets and Joysticks, which is a companion piece to C&C. It’s Joslyn and Nikolai’s story.

Onni: And of course there’s Ocean Slays…

JH: And there’s Ocean Slays! I think that’s it for now (laughing).

Onni: So when you’re not writing, who do you like to read?

JH: I have a fairly large reading library. I LOVE Liani Taylor’s writing in Daughter of Smoke and Bone. I love George R R Martin’s storytelling in Game of Thrones. I loved Jean M Auel’s Clan of the Cave Bear for it’s indepthness, and also enjoy the romance in Crosstitch series by Diana Gabaldon. Quite different books. I also really enjoy all the NA stuff that has been released recently.

Onni: Wow – that is pretty eclectic! So, now is the moment for the big reveal. You’ve offered us a sneak peak into the first chapter of Ocean Slays – which had me doing a pretty undignified happy-dance (it was horrible, really, thank God I was alone). Thank you for this as I know NOBODY else has seen it yet! So here’s an exclusive:

Chapter One: Ocean

You left him to rot, you little bitch.

I clutched my hair, tugging against the vile voices inside my head. Adrian Mathieu: My rapist, family’s murderer, and overall black stain on my soul taunted me.

His voice dropped to a whisper-whiplash. You think you’re better than me. You’re not. You’re filth. Blood leaks from everything you touch. You left someone to take your punishment. If that doesn’t show how fucked up you are, then I don’t know what will. In fact, little bitch, you’re worse than me.

Yes, worse than all of us. Atsu Bazeer’s Afrikaans accent threaded with Adrian’s Australian twang.

You’re the scum. Kill yourself. Go on. Do it.

I ripped a handful of hair out, screaming soundlessly. My lungs strained to evict all the darkness writhing inside.

Blessedly, the taunts stopped, and I blinked through tear-fogged eyes, panting, trying to calm my galloping heart.

I’m fine. It was over. For now.

The oozing, pressuring guilt at leaving Callan, settled over me with the weight of a hundred elephants. No matter how evil the men who lurked inside me were, they were right.

I was scum.

The burn of hope since Maurice noticed a black splodge missing on my spine, cindered under the weight of hatred for myself. Who cared if Maurice thought I might not be damned? That I might find freedom from the malevolent murmurings of psychopaths?

It didn’t matter.

I wasn’t worthy of the gift my body unwrapped for me. A good person wouldn’t have left an innocent to suffer the consequences. I kidded myself if I thought I was worthy of Callan’s love and adoration. At the first test, I ran, leaving him with a corpse.

My nerves jigged and jagged at the thought of what Callan suffered. Where was he? What happened? I should go back. Now.

Yes. Go. You need to redeem yourself. Then kill him. Atsu Bazeer sneered.

I hung my head in my hands, my scalp smarting from ripping out a handful. What if I ported to rescue Callan, only to find he’d gone? Or show myself to others like the security guard who’d arrived the split second before I disappeared? What if Callan looked at me with hatred and scorn?

I gulped. What if I went to help him, but the voices inside over-powered me and I ended up hurting him, instead?

My heart quashed against my ribs. I rubbed my chest, trying to dispel the agony of knowing how much I fucked everything up. Callan would never forgive me.

My eyes bounced around my room, almost as if I could summon him from empty air. The harsh glow from the laptop screen heralded my eyes. I stared at the email left open.

Tariq Hunter.

Who the flying fits was Tariq Hunter?

(Disclaimer Unedited. Copyright JadeHart2013)

A massive thanks to Jade – I’ll keep you posted on when Ocean Slays is released.

Coffee and Cockpits by Jade Hart

Coffee and CockpitsBook: Coffee and Cockpits

Author: Jade Hart

Review by: Onnica

Basic story: Nina Poppins (don’t make fun of her name, she’s heard all the jokes before) is about to become a flight attendant. It’s all part of the plan – pass her exams, be a flight attendant for a while, then study for her Commercial Pilots licence. Simple.

She’s a woman on a mission – by day, she works hard in the aisles of aircrafts, by night she enjoys dancing with strangers in salsa clubs. She has no time in her schedule for complications – not even when they come complete with pilot uniform and in a devastatingly handsome package. Liam Mikin, a pilot, has been interested in Nina for a year. Unable to penetrate her professional veneer, he finds out all her can about her from mutual friends (and a little friendly stalking).

Nina has heard all the stories about him and does not want to become fodder for the gossip mill. Dating a colleague, let alone a pilot with a bad reputation, is not going to happen.

Then one day on a routine flight, when disaster is narrowly avoided, Nina and Liam are forced to confront all their misconceptions about each other and about life. Where has playing it safe got Nina in life? When faced with death, she realises that you need to live your life as you won’t get another chance. Determined to be more open, Nina embarks on a relationship with Liam that strips away all the facades and the game-playing. By being honest with each other, they find that they can move forward together. But challenges are never far away.

Why you should read this: I was very excited about the premise of the book – I find flight attendants fascinating (I really do) and thought this book would be a light-hearted romp in a glamorous world. I was wrong. This book took so many twists and turns it made my head swim. I won’t ruin the plot for you, but not everything is as it seems. Liam has a heart of gold and is sexy as hell and there’s even a bit of a love triangle early on in the book between him, Nina and a former friend called Nikolai. There’s so much packed in there!

What you might hate: I love the way Jade writes – her description of Liam and Nikolai (a rival for Nina’s affections) had me in hysterics. Something like them ‘waving their cocks in the air’ trying to get her attention. At times though, it did feel as though there were too many similes and metaphors – especially from Liam’s point of view. He was romantic sure, but dare I say, a little girly at times? The language at times was a little flowery for my tastes but it didn’t make me want to stop reading.

Rating: so difficult as the book kept changing. Pre-crash, 4/5, post-crash 3/5 due to the turns the storyline took. Vague much, Onnica? I know, but if I say more it will really ruin the plot for you! I enjoyed this book – it made me laugh and certainly kept my attention. I didn’t see the twist coming, although the signs were there. It’s definitely worth a read!

Claim Me by J Kenner

Claim MeBook: Claim Me

Author: J. Kenner

Series: Book Two, The Stark Trilogy

Review by: Onnica

Basic Story: Nikki and Damien continue their relationship, getting to know each other better and facing the fact that what binds them goes beyond their sexual attraction. As their deal comes to an end, (Nikki agreed to pose nude for a painting that Damien had commissioned, in return for $1,000,000 to start up her own business. On the condition that she spends the week under his command, playing by his rules) they both come to the realisation that they don’t want things to end.

As media interest in their relationship grows, Nikki is faced with the press intruding not only in their personal life, but also into her past on the pageant circuit. Nikki is afraid that she won’t be strong enough to deal with this new life, as the temptation to revert to self-harm is ever-present, so instead she is reliant on Damien and the control that he brings. It seems as though Damien has no shortage of enemies either, all wanting to bring the mighty tycoon to his knees. Nikki grows increasingly frustrated with Damien’s reluctance to talk about his past. He asks for her patience, he’s trying to let her in, but is afraid he’ll lose her altogether once she knows the secrets he’s hiding.The pair have a tough road ahead, but as they’re finally able to admit their feelings for each other (I’m talking ‘I love yous’) they decide that together they can face anything.

Why you should read this: If you enjoyed the first instalment, Release Me, then you’re going to want to know what’s next for Nikki and Damien. Damien is a great hero, as he isn’t a caveman and doesn’t show his temper very often, unlike some other alphas I could mention. He’s fairly reasonable actually, which is refreshing.

What you might hate: The pace of the book was a little erratic for me; I felt as though it took 20% of the book for the action to actually start, which meant that I couldn’t get into it for a while. The dialogue at times if I’m honest (and I always try to be) was a little sketchy. I could have done without all the ‘Oh Ms Fairchild’ and ‘Why, Mr Stark’ on such a regular basis, as it seems a little cliché now after Fifty Shades of Grey.

Rating: I give this book 3/5 as I did with Release Me. It’s not a perfect read, but I’m curious enough to see how these two will get their happily ever after. (Claim Me is out on April 23rd.)

Blaze of Winter by Elisabeth Barrett

Blaze of WinterBook: Blaze of Winter

Author: Elisabeth Barrett

Series: Star Harbor (Book # 2 A Loveswept novel)

Reviewed by: Onnica

Basic Story: Theo Grayson has writer’s block. For the life of him, he cannot seem to make his latest historical novel flow. With his editor keen to see his next work, Theo needs to find inspiration fast. Deciding that a break from San Francisco will help him find that inspiration, he resolves to spend the winter in his childhood home of Star Harbor, Massachussetts. Suddenly, being home with his family – three brothers and lots of friends, Theo begins to re-evaluate who he is and what he wants from life.

Avery Newbridge is facing a crisis. Her career as a social worker has come to an abrupt hiatus, leaving her unsure of her abilities and whether she is capable of helping others. She has come to Star Harbor temporarily in order to look after her aunt, who’s recovering from cancer. She’s not used to the small community and the fact that everybody knows everybody’s business, but she is sure that a change of scene will help her to plan what she’s going to do with her life. She doesn’t want any complications and so when Theo Grayson walks into her aunt’s inn looking for a place to stay, it’s clear he is nothing but trouble to her peace of mind. Theo has her in his sights and Avery must decide whether guarding her heart against pain is worth living a half-life of nothing special.

Why you should read this: A couple of weeks ago, I read book one in this series and I was struck by how vividly Cape Cod is depicted. The same is true of this book – I feel as though I know this community and these characters really well. Picking up the next book in the series is like catching up with an old friend. I thought that Sebastian Grayson was hot, but his twin brother Theo is off the charts! Glasses wearing, chiselled abs, tall, dark and sexy; what more could you ask for in a hero? He’s basically perfect and doesn’t put a foot wrong, despite his bad-boy reputation.

What you might hate: Avery, Avery, Avery. I could have smacked the woman on several occasions. I get that she’s trying to focus on her life and not get caught up in a complicated love story, but come on! She pushes him away constantly, when he hasn’t done anything to deserve it. He doesn’t lie; he doesn’t flirt with other women. From the moment they meet, he makes it fairly clear she’s all he wants, yet she’s too dense to accept it.

Rating: 4/5 Despite a very challenging heroine, I absolutely loved this book – I feel like I’m getting to know these characters much better and I can’t wait for Long Simmering Spring, which will be out in May 2013. How hot are these covers?!

Deep Autumn Heat by Elisabeth Barrett

Deep Autumn HeatBook: Deep Autumn Heat (Loveswept)

Author: Elisabeth Barrett

Series: The Star Harbor Series

Review by: Onnica

Basic Story: Lexie Meyers moved from California all the way to Star Harbor, Massachusetts to build her business, mend a broken heart and begin her life again. She’s successful, well-liked and has big plans for the future. Those plans do not include a man. She’s staying single after the last disaster made her flee the West coast. So when Sebastian Grayson – famous chef, former-son of Star Harbor, ex-bad boy and well-known womaniser enters her diner – although struck by his good looks, his arrogance and rudeness makes for a disastrous first impression. Having put him in his place, she wants nothing more to do with him; but Seb is attracted to her confidence and no-nonsense attitude. Despite his brothers’ warning that he should stay away from Lexie, he just can’t help himself. (Did I mention he had three other brothers, all hunky with a twin thrown in? Well, he has…)

As Lexie gets to know Sebastian better, she realises that there is more to him than his strong physique, arrogant nature and predatory gaze. She respects his work and the feeling is mutual. She is attracted to him, but is determined to protect her heart from what must be for him, just an autumn fling. Besides, she has more to deal with in the shape of a psychotic former-lover who may just have moved halfway across America to stalk her once more. If that wasn’t enough drama, she also has a competitor who is dying to find out what she puts in her famous coconut cake and make it her own!

Why you should read this: This book is the first in the Star Harbor series, featuring the fabulous Grayson brothers. I’ve never been to Cape Cod, but the narration really made me feel as though I was experiencing it first-hand. Lexie, for me is a good combination between gutsy heroine and damsel in distress. When she’s in trouble, she accepts the help! The backdrop of this story was the culinary world and what’s better than good food and sexy times? Sebastian Grayson is hot, arrogant but also a character that shows depth and is capable of changing his ways. I’m really looking forward to reading more about this family.

What you might hate: There’s nothing to hate about this book – there’s a lot of book for your money; there were a few sub-plots I wasn’t completely sold on but overall, the pace of the book was on-point.

Rating: I give this a solid 3/5 – I love Loveswept books and this is a great addition to it. It’s great opener to what will probably be a great series. The cover says it all – hot hero, astride a motorbike. Enjoy the ride. Look out for Blaze of Winter, which is Theo’s story, who just happens to be Sebastian’s twin!

Big Boy by Ruthie Knox

Book: Big Boy

Author: Ruthie Knox

Series: Strangers on a Train (different authors)

Review by: Onnica

Basic Story: Mandy is struggling under the weight of inherited-motherhood, a poorly-paid job and student loans. Her only respite is the fact that every fourth Thursday in the month, she meets up with HIM. Each time, he plays a different role from a different era and she plays right along with him. They meet in the museum among the vintage trains and there, they lose themselves in each other for a few hours. He’s an enigma to her and seems content to keep up the role-play without getting to know the real Mandy. No surnames and no personal details. No complications.

Mandy thinks this is what she wants at first, but the longer they know each other and the more intense their meetings get, the more dissatisfied she becomes with not knowing a thing about him. When they meet as themselves at a work function, Mandy is introduced to Tyler and she is disappointed when he doesn’t acknowledge her in any way. Mandy is forced to confront the situation and takes a risk for the possibility of more. Can what they have develop into a relationship, or is this the most Tyler can ever give her? Both are struggling with their own burdens and responsibilities and are just looking for an escape.

Why you should read this: For such a short story there is a lot of good story – you get a sense of each character and the way they interact with each other is very real. You’ll be drawn in from the first and you’ll be sad when you reach the end so quickly.

What you might hate: I hate when I read comments about novellas – “it was great, but it was too short!” Duh – it’s a novella! Having said that, I can sympathise, as I did want more – because it was great and I wasn’t ready to leave Mandy and Tyler.

Rating: 4/5 – Ms. Knox does it again. Yes we wuv her here at Romantic Fiction, we’re practically her stalkers cheerleaders, because she produces such great stories that leave you wanting more!