Contemporary, Reviews, Romance

/ ARC Book Review / Breathe (Rosewood Bay, #2) / Carly Phillips /



Release Date-15th May 2018
Publisher-CP Publishing
Genre-Contemporary Romance
Kindle Edition-254 Pages

Fall in love with the Wards…

From troubled teen to successful general contractor, Jake Nichols turned his life around from his time in foster care. Divorced and single, he juggles his time between his daughter and his work. Next on his agenda, a new project that is his chance to prove his worth at the job he loves. Except he never anticipates that the only girl he’s ever loved and lost as a teen is now a grown and beautiful woman in charge of the project.

Phoebe Ward has survived and conquered a painful past that includes foster care and becoming a teenaged mom. She wants nothing more than to focus on the present but it’s hard when she looks into the eyes of her son, knowing she’s tried and failed to find his father. She’s resigned herself to raising him alone with the help of her family… Until a client meeting brings her face to face with her first love. A boy… now a sexy man she thought she’d never see again … and the father of her child.

So many years have gone by and both of their lives have changed drastically. Will they be able to put the past behind them and find the second chance they both deserve?

Breathe (Rosewood Bay, #2)

Breathe by Carly Phillips
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Release Date -15/5/18

“Breathe” was a delightfully sweet second chance romance.
It was such an easy read that was so easy to connect and get lost in.
As a rule, I’m not a big fan of second chance love stories but with this one; I just couldn’t help but get pulled right into the excellent narrative and easy emotion that was portrayed between these pages.
Both Phoebe and Jake were so easy to warm to and I really loved the way these two were such excellent role models for there children.
Both have been dealt crappy cards in life and have made choices that have impacted them greatly, but in doing so have also learned lessons from this and have moved forward with both maturity and a fresh outlook; despite leftover understandable baggage.
a Truly commendable characteristic.
In fact, the only negative observation I found myself observing about “Breathe” was that I wasn’t a great fan of the ex-wife’s inclusion here.
And I really did think that Jake should have stepped up to the mark more and maybe stopped treating his ex Lindsay with such Kid gloves.
I know she was the mother of his child and all but it had been four years.
long enough, in my opinion, to call someone out on there totally unreasonable behaviour.
Got to say also that I really loved the cover on this one; truly eye-catching.
So, in conclusion, this was a fantastic romantic read and if you have sweet tooth well this one’s for you.
Thank You to the Author for providing me with an ARC of ” Breathe (Rosewood Bay, #2)” of which I have reviewed voluntary.
All opinions expressed are entirely my own.


Contemporary, Reviews, Romance

/ ARC Book Review / Deleted: Jackson and Maggie (Cliffside Bay Series Book 2) / Tess Thompson /



Release Date-7th May 2018
Publisher-4kids5cats Editions
Genre Contemporary
Kindle Edition-304 Pages

Jackson Waller has loved Maggie Keene since they were six years old, but their duelling dreams ultimately tore them apart. First love—true love—wasn’t enough to overcome their individual desires to pursue dreams on opposite coasts. When Jackson learns of Maggie’s tragic death on her way to college on the east coast, his heartbreak, compounded by grief, renews his focus on his own future. He vows to do nothing but work toward his goal of becoming a doctor, and maybe enjoy the companionship of his new college buddies, The Dogs. 

Maggie Keene left Cliffside Bay with two things: a broken heart and her ambition. For twelve years she relentlessly pursues her dream of a musical theatre career in New York City, but when she learns her father is dying, she returns home to find the truth about her family’s ugly past. There, she discovers two things that will change everything: one, the bitter old man has spread a wild rumour that she has been dead for over a decade; and two, Doctor Jackson Waller is also back in Cliffside Bay—with his brand-new fiancée.

The second instalment of The Cliffside Bay Series by bestselling author Tess Thompson follows the interwoven stories of five best friends, the beach community they love, and the women who captivate them. Prepare to get lost in a wave of small town charm, men you would love to take home to your mother, and smart, resilient heroines you wished lived next door


Deleted: Jackson and Maggie (Cliffside Bay Series Book 2)


Deleted: Jackson and Maggie by Tess Thompson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars



Release Date-7/5/18

So let me just start by saying that this was my first experience of the very talented Tess Thompson. And I really have to say Deleted: Jackson and Maggie, though of a much cleaner read than what I am usually used to, still managed to reel me in and keep my attention throughout this magnificently.
This was such a sweet second-chance story that totally relied on its spoken narrative to hook in and enthral its spectators.
This book had so much more going on, and also to give than just the actual relationship between Jackson and Maggie.
As lovely as that reconnected feeling was, Deleted also Managed to intertwine a much deeper story throughout the pages.
Combining toxic family dynamics alongside friendship, loyalty and trust all set against a stunning small town backdrop.
Such a winning combination here.
A definite recipe for success.
So, I really enjoyed getting to know all the many varied individuals portrayed here and though there are definitely some overused cliches in this storyline, I still very much enjoyed Jackson’s and Maggie’s complicated journey to there own personal HEA.
So yes technically this could be read as a standalone, but personally having read it that way myself I really think you would get much more out of this if you read the first book in the series too.
It would just help contribute in my opinion to the overall understanding of dynamics between certain characters involved here.
I also really liked the way this author has taken the time to set things up here for future story growth, And I’m guessing Zane and Honor are next.
So, This was told in dual POV my favourite and both Jackson and Maggie/Bird are such relatable and likeable people.
And I have to say, for such a charmingly clean romance this still surprisingly satisfied my sweet-tooth.
I do typically like my men a whole lot darker and my romance just more alpha arse-wholery but this, well it made my cheeks hurt smiling.

I didn’t care about the cheese or the cliches when my heart was going pitter-patter.
Deleted was just so AW in nature.
If you like a more romantic gentle romance then this is the one for you.
Thank You to the Author for providing me with an ARC of “Deleted: Jackson and Maggie (Cliffside Bay series #2)” of which I have reviewed voluntary.
All opinions expressed are entirely my own.

Contemporary, Reviews, Romance

/ ARC-Book Review / Belleza and the Brute / Jane Matisse /



Release Date-28th April 2018
Genre-Contemporary Romance
Publisher-Hot Tree Publishing
Kindle Edition


The modern remake of a classic tale that twists the fictional into possibility.

When two lost souls are brought together in an unlikely circumstance, it’ll take more to scare this feisty beauty away from a domineering beast. A story of love, loss, and learning to accept when life gives you a second chance.

Elena Salazar has taken care of her gambling-addicted brother since her parents’ death. When he calls her late one night asking for help, she’s thrown into Tristan Mercier’s life and is at his mercy. Unable to pay her brother’s debt, a contract is signed: she will live and work for Tristan for six months while her brother is sent to rehab.

Tristan Mercier is scarred, both physically and emotionally. He lost his happily ever after five years earlier in a fire that nearly took his life. He’s broken and bitter, but with Elena’s arrival, things are changing, and the feelings he thought long buried begin to resurface.

Can this brute open his heart to give his belleza a chance?



Belleza and the Brute by Jane Matisse
My rating: 3 of 5 stars


Release Date-28/4/18

So I should mention I did struggle with this book a wee bit.
There were certain aspects of this story that were just not my cup of tea and if I had been aware of them before starting I would probably given “Belleza And The Brute” a miss.
So first things first, the title here, I wasn’t really a fan and it was only that this was described as a modern beauty and the Beast tale that made me overlook this.
I do so have a soft spot for anything Beauty and the Beast.
It’s one of my all-time favourite fairy-tale’s so I was definitely intrigued as soon as this was mentioned in the blurb.
Unfortunately, this book for me had quite a few of my most hated romance tropes.
The first being The dead wife or girlfriend, I really don’t like it especially when I feel the H or h is getting a raw deal and made to feel like second best.
In this, I felt like Elana drew the short straw which was a shame as she was really quite the sweetie.
A girl wants to feel like the most important person in their lover’s life, not a replacement for what they cant have and I really felt that Tristan felt this way overall, sigh.
Don’t mistake me Tristan’s past was tragic, I just think he should have ultimately committed himself more to the partner that was alive and breathing and just remembered his dead wife fondly and with love rather than totally obsessing over her.
Then there was Elana’s virginity, I’m so sick of the untouched virgin storyline.
Maybe if we were dealing with an eighteen-year-old then yeh Ok, but not at Elana’s age, it’s a highly improbable scenario.
Then on top of that, there were actions in this book on the H’s part that I was just like
Why Just Why?


So there deep breathe, that’s my negatives out of the way onwards and upwards.
So despite the above, I did finish this and it passed for me a pleasant couple of hours.
This was a lot lighter in nature than what I was expecting and was also well written and despite some reservations, I did want to keep reading to discover the end-game.
It’s just a real shame that ultimately we didn’t gel more.
That I think was really more about my own personal preferences than anything else.
That’s why after consideration I rated this three stars as this wasn’t actually badly written just a bit of bad fit for me in places.
I still found “Belleza and The Brute” an enjoyable read, it just didn’t ultimately blow me away.
Oh, and on a sidenote that pet name Tristan used for Elana “Ma Puce” not only does the French sound plain awful and unromantic the meaning “My Flea” is so weirdly random I had to look it up to see if it was a commonly used term and Yep it actually is!!!
like calling someone sweetie apparently how weird and wonderfully strange is that ay?
You learn something new every day, all though I would still give my partner the stare of death if he decided to refer to me as a flea.
Thank You to the Author for providing me with an ARC of “Belleza And The Brute” of which I have reviewed voluntary.
All opinions expressed are entirely my own.


Contemporary, Reviews, Romance

/ ARC Book Review / Sexy Beast / Ella J /



Release Date-12th April 2018
Genre-Contemporary Romance
Kindle Edition

Yeah, I did it. 
I signed on to be an “intimate companion.” 
Desperate times and desperate measures lead to crazy choices. 
Really, though, it’s not that crazy. Someone has to pay my brother’s bills after the wreck, and I’m the only someone left. 
My first job: snuggle up to a sexy beast of a billionaire at one of his luxury ski resorts. 
I can do that. 
Except I’m not so sure he wants me to. The Ice King barely looks at me. He rarely speaks to me, and when he does, he says he doesn’t want me in his bed.
Okay then. 
I keep my head held high, my shoulders squared, and my bruised ego under wraps—until I stumble onto secrets. 
James Harrington is hiding devastating secrets.
I get too close. I get involved. I take a risk, and I give him more than he paid for.
For a moment, it’s too perfect to be true. 
But there’s one more secret—and it’s the one I never saw coming.



Sexy Beast by Ella J.
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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Release Date-12/4/18

“Sexy Beast” Is a short novella by Ella J, and surprisingly for such a short read not only did I find this enjoyable it was also incredibly emotive, unusual to find in such a brief story.
So this tells the story of Darcy and James and right from the beginning, I found this an easy tale to get lost in.
This is told from Darcys POV and despite not getting an in-depth look at James inner psyche I still felt a big connection towards him.
Maybe because of James lack of game playing and artifice.
And once he committed himself to Darcy he really did wear his heart on his sleeve.
These type of stories are a bit of a guilty pleasure for me and Sexy Beast definitely ticked all my boxes and more.
Hot sexy brooding hero nursing a bruised heart check, Struggling damsel in distress check, gorgeous unreal location check, off the hook chemistry oh boy, is it getting warm in here.
You get the picture.
I raced through this in record time and though predictable I didn’t care one bit.
Both of our lovers were just so genuine and such likeable individuals you couldn’t help but smile along with them as they both became undone in spectacular fashion.
This wasn’t incredibly angsty and there was no OW drama, and though I’m not usually a fan of the dead wife trope it didn’t bother me at all here, as I never felt that Darcy was made to feel like second best.
So for me though “Sexy Beast” was short and didn’t spring any major surprises it was still a fun interesting read with some incredibly hot action between the bed sheets and every nearby surface our two lovers could find, a big sexy thumbs up from moi.
Thank You to the Author for proving me with an ARC of “Sexy Beast” of which I have reviewed voluntary.
All opinions expressed are entirely my own.

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Contemporary, Reviews, Romance

/ ARC-Book Review / A Bride For The Playboy Prince: Crowned for the Prince’s Heir / The Ice Prince / At His Majesty’s Request / Sharon Kendrick / Sandra Marton / Maisey Yates /



Release Date-3/4/18
Publisher-Mills & Boon
Kindle Edition

To celebrate the royal wedding, we’ve specially selected three glamorous, passionate stories!

Designer Lisa Bailey knows she doesn’t belong in Prince Luciano’s world. Yet when one stolen encounter leaves her unexpectedly pregnant, Luc is determined to claim his queen!

Prince Draco Valenti wears his icy exterior like a suit of armour…. until he meets lawyer Anna Orsini. While they’re at odds in business, in the bedroom Draco’s desire for Anna melts his defences.

Matchmaker Jessica Carter arranges marriages that work. And that’s exactly why Prince Stavros Drakos has hired her. Yet no other woman ignites as intense a passion in him as Jessica does…

It’s time for these rebel princes to meet their match!


A Bride For The Playboy Prince: Crowned for the Prince's Heir / The Ice Prince / At His Majesty's Request (Mills & Boon M&B)

A Bride For The Playboy Prince: Crowned for the Prince’s Heir / The Ice Prince / At His Majesty’s Request by Sharon Kendrick
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

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Release Date-3/4/18

So this was an Anthology containing three stories all featuring royal matches.
I gave the first two books thee stars and the last which I enjoyed the most four stars.
That’s how I decided on an overall rating of three and a half stars.

Crowned for the Prince’s Heir by Sharon Kendrick was an enjoyable read.
It was your classic second chance romance and passed an enjoyable couple of hours for me.
Dress designer Lisa Bailey protecting her broken heart ends her liaison with Prince Luciano Leonidas of Mordovia.
A couple years later Luc hankering after the one that got away and on the brink of a politically advantageous marriage with a neighbouring princess has a brief run-in with Lisa which ends less than pleasantly between them.
Fast forward a few months and Luc spots Lisa in the local rags and she’s six months pregnant with what is obviously his child.
This is where our story really begins in earnest and I really can’t say too much else without revealing all.
What I will say is that though I enjoyed this I wasn’t overly fond of the male lead Luc.
I found him a rather selfish arrogant individual at times with a bit of a god complex.
Despite this, I did try to warm up to him as I felt he was probably a product of his cold upbringing.
Raised by a revolving door of palace governess’s and nannies is it any wonder he lacked in the emotional department.
I don’t feel that he had felt real love until his daughter was born, which is really rather sad.
Lisa was also a product of her early years and had developed a suit of armour to compensate.
It’s a wonder these two emotionally stunted individuals managed to eventually pull it together.
I also wanted Lisa to grow a backbone as I felt she gave up her dream of designing much too quickly.
And I didn’t feel the bone that was thrown at the end of this made up for this fact.
In conclusion, this was an enjoyable easy read but didn’t ultimately hold many overall surprises.

This is the first book in the “The Orsini Brides” and Anna Orsini is sent off to Italy by her father Cesare to play lawyer over a small strip of land he claims belongs to her mother but in truth is owned by Prince Draco.
In actual fact, it’s his crafty way of playing matchmaker for his daughter and Prince Draco Valenti.
The manipulative old sod.
So this was a sassy hot read from the get-go and though I did find Anna herself to be a bit annoying with her feminist rantings.
I absolutely adored Draco, he was so scrummy sweet and utterly adorable.
This was a lovely engaging story which I would have rated higher if Anna had maybe been a bit more likeable.
I just have an issue with woman who argue the toss all the time for no other reason than to be difficult.
Having a giant chip on their shoulder over every common courtesy extended, but would be the first to winge at any lack of chivalry they perceived as a slight.
Wanting there cake and eating it as well.
I mean come on man she was even pulling her face when he wanted her to try a certain ice-cream, flavour, it was bloody ice-cream man.
I still enjoyed this but just felt Draco deserved much more.
So this was an ok read for me that could have better with a different female lead, like someone, not ANNA!!!

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I really enjoyed “At His Majesty’s Request” by Maisie Yates much more than I was expecting to.
This was a sweet and poignant tale that I couldn’t help but like.
Matchmaker Jessica Carter is tasked with finding a suitable wife for Prince Stavros Drakos.
he doesn’t require or want a love match just a certain list of qualities that must be met.
The most important being that she provide him with future heirs.
Watching his father the king crumble and morph into a shell of a man after the death of his wife Stavros sees love as a weakness and only requires duty in his future spouse.
The only problem is that all candidates put forward for his consideration pale in comparison to the lovely quirky and snarky matchmaker.
Stavros cant get her luscious curves and prickly personality out of his head.
Trouble is Jessica is not suitable wife material for him at all.
In return, Jess is fighting like crazy to batten down her hatches and resist her attraction to the sexy prince.
Both damaged by there pasts and against her better judgment the two succumb to there lust and mutual magnetism.
Knowing that this affair is going to be short-lived before they both get on with there lives.
So I loved both main characters here, they were just so relatable and human in their interactions with each other.
I especially adored the backstories they were both dealing with it made them both seem much more approachable overall.
This was not major angsty and apart from the obvious, there was no OW action that felt wrong.
There was, of course, the matches put forward by Jessica but this felt totally separate and we never really get to know them as people, so it didn’t really cause an issue, as it was all so cold, sort of like a job interview.
Stavros himself even uses that terminology when describing his future union.
This was told from both Jessica and Stavros’s POV helping to get a well-rounded insight into reasons for both their emotional states.
I also found this to be so sad and heart-rending there were instances I got an actual lump in my throat from the emotion conveyed here.
This was a great read that kept my attention.

Thank You to Netgalley for providing me with an ARC of this Royal omnibus of which I have reviewed voluntary.
All opinions expressed are entirely my own.

Contemporary, Cover Reveals Blitz's & New Releases, Reviews, Romance

/ ARC-Book Review / Make Me Want (Make Me #1) / Katee Robert /



Release Date-22nd February 2018
Genre-Contemporary Romance
Kindle Edition-224 Pages
Publisher-Mills & Boons

“I want everything.”

She’s taking control. And it’s driving him wild!

Lucy Baudin’s ex did a number on her self-esteem, but it’s time for her to regain control. In her job as a lawyer she’s bold, confident. But in the bedroom she needs inspiration to reawaken her inner seductress. Asking her friend Gideon Novak for help seems wrong…yet so deliciously right! 

“Dare is Harlequin’s hottest line yet. Every book should come with a free fan. I dare you to try them!” —Tiffany Reisz, international bestselling author



Make Me Want by Katee Robert
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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Release Date-22/2/18

Make Me Want (Make Me, #1) by Katee Robert was such an enjoyable read.
It tells the story of Lucy Baudin and Gideon Novak (love the name, Gideon BTW).
When Lucy needs a husband to progress in her job at her law firm she calls in a favour from former friend Gideon.
Gideon once the best friend of Lucy’s former fiancee and also the individual that had broken the news of Lucy’s fiancee’s infidelities is wallowing in guilt.
Not only did it take him a month to come clean to Lucy about her cheating fiancee and break her heart in the progress he has also been madly in love with Lucy for years.
So when she calls in a favour how can he say no.
Gideon is a very successful headhunter by profession but he can honestly say that this is the first time he has been asked to procure a husband for a client, not that this would stop him from completing this unusual task, he would do anything in his power to make Lucy happy.
On top of this said ex-fiancee has done a massive number on Lucy making her doubt her whole appeal and worth as a woman in all the ways that actually matter and as a result of this Lucy asks Gideon to be her coach in all things sensual.
Gideon agrees on one condition he gets Lucy exclusively for the duration of these lessons.
But It’s not long before all the rules are being thrown out the window as the two former friends begin to connect in ways that Gideon has been dreaming of for years.
So “Make Me Want” was a fantastic read, it has such flow and ease about it that I had no trouble getting lost here.
I loved both the main characters and was rooting For Lucy to see Gideon as the only contender for her love and affections.
And Gideon himself I just wanted him to spill the beans and reveal all in regard to his heart’s desire.
They were both such easy characters to like and feel a connection with.
Which I’m happy to say I did, feeling so invested in the outcome of there overall relationship practically from the beginning here.
It also helped massively that Gideon’s and Lucy’s chemistry was extremely explosive setting the pages alight with its intensity.
It was also so refreshing to simply read a book where the characters laid themselves bare, exposing their vulnerabilities without apology.
There were few secondary characters here but what did appear were great and added an additional flavour to the overall story.
So I found “Make Me Want” to be a fabulous new contemporary that in my opinion delivered on all fronts.
I found it a fresh sexy addition to its genre and am happy to recommend this enjoyable tale.
I was provided with an ARC of “Make Me Want” By Netgalley of which I have reviewed voluntary.
All opinions expressed are entirely my own.

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Contemporary, Reviews, Romance

🦋ARC-Book Review🦋 Promise Me🦋 by Kelly Walker🦋

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Release Date-January 23rd 2018
Genre-Contemporary Romance
Kindle Edition-560 Pages

Self-professed Harry Potter addict and math genius River Jacobsen can count on one hand the people who matter in her life. Really, it’s just Dean, the boy who loves her despite her odd habit of counting everything around her when she needs to quiet her mind. When Dean promises her forever she never imagines it will be a lie.

After Marine hacker Ian Maclean is mistakenly declared dead by the US government, he’s happy to correct them the moment he escapes captivity. He wants nothing more than to get home to the wife he left behind. Discovering she’s been cheating on him since the moment he deployed wasn’t in the plan. Devastated, he walks away from everything, even his name.

With the futures they were counting on destroyed, Ian and River find themselves starting over. Ian reminds River of things she’d much rather forget, but pushing him away is harder than she expected. Ian wants a second chance at happily ever after, but the more he gets to know River, the more he worries she isn’t trying to figure out how to live again, she’s figuring out how to die.

Promise MePromise Me by Kelly Walker

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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So I didn’t realise “Promise Me” by Kelly Walker was from an ongoing series and I think if I had read the others in this series then I would have liked this a lot more.
Saying that in my opinion this can be read as a stand-alone, I just think overall you would be more invested if you had some insight into the world this is actually set in.
For me, I struggled with the first 4o% of this, which I found extremely slow after this mark things did pick up and I raced through the rest.
I Ummed and awwed between a three and four rating, but eventually went with the four as this is so well written and it explored the mental health aspect of things so sensitively and I feel my disconnect came from not being invested in this series because of lack of previous exposure.
“Promise me” basically tells the tale of two emotionally damaged individuals.
River Jacobsen who is hiding and existing after losing the husband she adored and Marine hacker Ian Maclean, who is starting over after being captured and mistakenly declared dead by the government and then returning home to find a cheating spouse.
While just trying to survive life a friendship and later tentative feelings first with Ian and then later with River develop between the two.
But with Rivers emotional issues especially, and Ian knowing she needs real help, well let’s just say it’s not the greatest start to a fledgeling new relationship.
So both River and Ian were extremely likeable characters and as I said previously this is well written and the story flowed well.
“Promise me” also tackled some very big issues that it managed to excel in.
It was refreshing to see the topic of mental illness portrayed and explored so well fictionally.
So, in conclusion, this for me was a good read that I found did have a slow start, but it managed to pick itself up along the way.
So yeh give it a go.
NetGalley provided me with an ARC of Promise Me by Kelly Walker of which I have reviewed voluntary.
All opinions expressed are entirely my own

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