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23 August 2016

SAYING YES TO THE BOSS by Andrea Laurence


Review by Amanda

Saying Yes to the Boss by Andrea Laurence kicks off the brand new multi-author series Dynasties: The Newports. Ms. Laurence has crafted a full out sexy story which took me as a reader on an entertaining journey where blazing passion, deep emotions, intense drama between flawed characters captivated me from beginning to end. The riveting chemistry between the gorgeous Carson Newport and his PR Georgia Adams kept me entranced as they worked hand in hand in the business arena while simmering below is that red-hot attraction. For me, Carson came off as cynical in the beginning but seeing him evolve made me start to like him. Meanwhile the character of Georgia—I love that name!—had me rooting for her from the very start. Her attitude, her overall outlook had been engaging and realistic. I really think readers would find this story entertaining because I sure did! The story had the Andrea Laurence stamp on it: broody hero, strong spunky heroine, intense drama, humor and that oh-so-sizzling passion.

Recommended
4.5 Stars

KILLER COUNTDOWN by Amelia Autin


Review by Amanda

Killer Countdown by Amelia Autin is fast-paced, full with suspense, danger and romance of course! I was drawn into the story from page one and couldn’t put the book down until I reached the end. The characters were likable, the snappy dialogue engaging and the overall edgy tone of the book made for fun, exciting reading.

The author carefully weaved in Shane Jones’ illness meanwhile testing TV reporter Carly Edwards’ will to keep a life-changing secret about Shane. Since Shane is a senator, Carly proves her strength even when the juicy news about Shane’s health is the rocket that can propel her into the spotlight. I really liked Carly as a character. She had this tough as nails vibe that does really well for her when a killer is after her. Of course Shane saves her, but her will to survive…to not panic, to not crumble shows her persistent will to stand up and fight instead of becoming a coward. Shane on the other hand is strong and courageous. Even though his illness should worry him he instead protects Carly with his life and somewhere along the way the attraction between them tips and one thing leads to another. Meanwhile, Ms. Autin has you guessing until the end about how Carly and Shane would fare with a killer out to get them. Feeding tidbits and tiny teasers like a fisherman with his bait, the author takes you down a rough and bumpy path with a steamy romance for a hot consolation prize!

Thrilling and entertaining until the end, Killer Countdown should definitely be on your reading list!

Recommended
4.5 Stars

AN HEIR FOR THE BILLIONAIRE by Kat Cantrell

Review by Amanda


An Heir for the Billionaire is Kat Cantrell’s contribution to the Dynasties: The Newports series. Drama, secrets and family strain gives the story depth and adds pressure to flawed characters who must overcome pride all for the better good of the people in their lives.

Reid Chamberlain is a lone-wolf due to a past that has held him captive. He is broken and flawed and just wants to be left alone. But when news that Nora Winchester O’Malley is back in town, Reid cannot help but look her up. Of course upon meeting Nora, Reid can’t help but feel that familiar tug of attraction between him and the single mom. Nora on the other hand, has put aside her indifference towards her father and returns to Chicago to be by his dying side. She hadn’t expected to find comfort in the arms of Reid of all persons. But the sparks between her and Reid combust but will Reid finally detach himself from his past to give Nora and her young son a chance in forever?

Overall, An Heir for the Billionaire is a beautifully written story that captures the essence of forgiveness and love. Kudos to Kat Cantrell on penning an all out entertaining novel!

Recommended
4.5 Stars

THE LOST SHEENAN'S BRIDE by Jane Porter

Review by Amanda

Author Jane Porter is a master storyteller who crafts some of the most entertaining novels that lets you escape into settings that have become vital in helping her characters progress. In The Lost Sheenan’s Bride, we meet Jet Diekerhof, a woman with a broken heart who has sworn off men. But when she meets Shane Swan, Jet’s life begins to go in a new direction. Shane brings out the best in her. He is everything a woman wants in a man: successful, intelligent, and ambitious. But his life hasn’t always been easy hence his determination in always striving to achieve his goals. In Marietta to seek answers about his life, Shane realizes Jet knows a lot about the Sheenan family and that she can help him discover the truth about himself. Using Jet to find answers about his past, Shane realizes he is drawn to the woman who has given up on men. Could they stand a chance in helping each other learn to love again?

Fast-paced and dramatically entertaining, The Lost Sheenan’s Bride by Jane Porter will take you on a tempestuous ride where family plays an integral role in helping deeply flawed characters heal from past hurt! Be sure to grab your copy.

Highly Recommended
5 Stars

TAKE ME, COWBOY by Maisey Yates

Review by Amanda

Maisey Yates doesn’t disappoint in Take Me, Cowboy. Her skills at creating broken characters with deep emotions combined with unique writing adds steady pace to her intense and drama riddled Desire novel. The two main characters were hilarious at times though under pressure they pushed themselves beyond the limit to reach their inner and outward goals. Anna is a character full of courage and strength though beneath her tough outward tomboyish persona lingers a delicate vulnerability that is realistically portrayed. Chase is fan-yourself-hot and he just jumps out at you from the pages. I smiled more than once when he and Anna exchanges banter. The way in which Ms. Yates brings Chase and Anna together from the onset balanced the story out and gave me something to cheer about. I only wanted them to reach their HEA because the both deserve it and of course Maisey Yates made sure they had to work hard to achieve it. Overall, Take Me, Cowboy is an entertaining addition to the Copper Ridge series. I look forward to reading more books from this author!

Recommended
4.5 Stars

NO LIMITS by Katherine Garbera

Review by Amanda

In life we all have choices to make. But most if not all times we settle for choices which give us the most pride, satisfaction and joy. It is the same for Jason ‘Ace’ McCoy. He must choose what he wants to do with his life. Should he chose love or follow his dreams? Ace had had a tough and lonely childhood. If it hadn’t been for Mick Tanner his life would have been different. Now an astronaut, Ace is on leave when he discovers he has inherited half of the failing Tanner ranch from Mick whilst the other half belonged to Molly Tanner. From an orphan to a man who has seen the world from outer space, Ace must now make the choice of his life. The Molly he meets at the ranch isn’t the Molly he once knew. She has blossomed into a beautiful woman and she still wants Ace even after so many years. Molly’s honesty eats away at Ace’s heart and her strength only makes him yearn for her. And though he wants to escape their attraction he instead finds himself drawn to her. The tug-o-war of emotions as both their wills are tested and tried makes them stronger, draws them closer. Katherine Garbera toys with the emotions of Molly and Ace, giving them plenty reasons why they should walk away from each other yet at the same time getting inside their heads with every reason why they should work through their differences. Overall, an emotionally engaging story that explores the concept of: choice.

Recommended
4.5 Stars

11 August 2016

Fighting to Win

Fighting to Win

The Elite #1

Nicole Flockton

Fighting to Win by Nicole Flockton

Reviewed by Helen

This was a great story a second chance at love for two Olympians who had been spilt by a scandal but now they are competing in the Rio Olympic games and that very sensual spark is still there can they work things out and go for gold at the same time?

Julia Ashland is a diver and she is champion at the moment but that is something that Julia worked really hard for when a scandal just about robbed her of even competing again and this also made her breakup with the love of her life, gold medal winning swimmer Mitch Osborn their breakup was hard on both of them but now they are back at Rio and Julia is so drawn to Mitch and with friends seeing that the love is still there can they overcome the hurt and let their love shine through.

Mitch was so determined to stand by Julia when the scandal hit but she had other ideas and ended their relationship by dating someone else none other than one of Mitch's team mates. Mitch was so hurt but he put Julia to the back of his mind and threw everything he had into getting to the Olympics and now here he runs into Julia and memories of them together resurface he is determined to talk to her but talking leads to much more.

I loved this story a quick read that is very sensual and with the excitement of the games and the heart stopping races and dives going for gold, but these two people never stopped loving each other and that shows with their first meeting. The characters come to life on the pages and getting to know the other people in the story I am looking forward to their stories. I highly recommend this one sit back and enjoy you will be smiling and cheering them on in more ways than just their relationship they were meant to be together.

4/5 stars for and exciting and sensual quick read
Published August 10th 2016


08 August 2016

Tempting Nashville's Celebrity Doc

Tempting Nashville's Celebrity Doc

Amy Ruttan

Tempting Nashville's Celebrity Doc by Amy Ruttan

Reviewed by Helen

I do love country music and of course Nashville is the home of country music and although I have never been there I felt a part of this beautiful story of two people who had so much in their pasts that one walked out years before now she is back can their love shine through?

Neurosurgeon Vivian Maguire had a tough childhood but worked hard to get where she is today left her home town of Nashville seven years earlier to make good but she also left a part of her heart behind because she was too afraid to love it never got anyone anywhere or so she feels after what happened to her parents, but she is home now and the man she left behind is still there after all it was stability that he wanted and that spark between them is still there.

Dr Reece Castle is surgeon to the stars at the hospital that he has always worked but he carries a secret that he has never shared with anyone even when he was so close to telling Vivian how much he loved her years before but she left and Reece so he got on with his life but now Vivian is back and his heart is in danger again of falling all over again or had it never stopped loving?

Sit back and enjoy this emotional and moving story that will have you in tears and smiling it is beautifully written and shows that two people who are meant to be together will get there through thick and thin and thousands of miles apart for years. It was a joy to read this one and I highly recommend it fabulous story that will have you sighing.

5/5 stars for a great story

Published August 2016 by Harlequin Enterprises Ltd.

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06 August 2016

The Di Sione Secret Baby

The Di Sione Secret Baby

The Billionaire's Legacy #2

Maya Blake

The Di Sione Secret Baby by Maya Blake

Reviewed by Helen

This is the second book in The Billionaire's Legacy series and the first book I have read from this author and it won't be the last wow MS Blake sure knows how to write an Alpha hero and I loved him I am partial to Sheikhs.

Allegra Di Sione who runs the Di Sione foundation is sent on a mission by her grandfather to find one of his lost mistresses something that means a lot to her beloved grandfather and she is determined to retrieve it no matter what and how ever she can and this lands her in Dar-Aman with Sheikh Rahim Al-Hadi a powerful man that Allegra cannot help being drawn to but she has many reservations about his ruling ways though and this sets them on a very rocky journey.

Sheikh Rahim has been working very hard to change things around in his country after everything had been left neglected for many years he has lived the life of a playboy and know needs his reputation to be set straight and get on with running his country and Allegra is just the person to help if he can convince her of the truth of what he is doing but there is such a spark between them and Rahim has been hurt by love before and is determined that he will never love as his father did.

This is a fabulous story of strength love and power Rahim is such an alpha and Allegra is strong and determined and when one night of passion leaves Allegra carrying the heir to a kingdom this starts a very sensual and up hill battle to a very moving HEA. There are miss conceptions secrets locked away by both Allegra and Rahim that need to be overcome and when they are wow this one had me turning the pages and smiling and I highly recommend it.

5/5 stars for a great story

Published July 19th 2016 by Harlequin

05 August 2016

To Blackmail a Di Sione by Rachael Thomas

Reviewed by Nas Dean

TO BLACKMAIL A DI SIONE by author Rachael Thomas is a September 2016 release by Harlequin Presents series.

Live Dragunov planned to take revenge for his own family’s downfall and subsequent deaths. Yet when he met Bianca Di Sione and finally managed to trick and blackmail her into being his fake fiancée, he found he couldn’t take the last step. Why? Because with Bianca he found true happiness for once in his life. Dare he lose all for revenge?


Bianca found chemistry sparked between Dragunov and her when she was in his proximity. And passion flared culminating in a hot passionate night together. Could she walk away with her heart unscathed now?

TO BLACKMAIL A DI SIONE is a highly sensual romance filled with emotions and drama. Author Rachael Thomas brought this tale of a family breaking up and leaving a child orphan, how he survived on the streets and plotted revenge against the company which was responsible for his family’s downfall then ultimately redemption. This story would enthrall a reader and keep her hooked until the very last page. I finished this story in one sitting, as I was eager to discover what happened next.


Highly recommended for all readers of romance.


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Review by Amanda

To Blackmail a Di Sione by Rachael Thomas is everything I love about Harlequin Presents novels: exotic settings, intense banter, a deeply flawed alpha hero, explosive chemistry, razor- sharp dialogues and a feisty and independent heroine!

All Russian billionaire Liev Dragunov wants is to make the people who caused his family’s ruin to pay for their actions and what better way to instigate his revenge plot than by using Bianca Di Sione, the sister of his enemy! Though Bianca snubs him at first, Liev knows exactly what she wants—a priceless bracelet and so using the bracelet as bait he blackmails her into doing his will. She becomes his fake fiancée for a few months but what they both hadn’t bargained on was falling hard for each other. And as one thing leads to another, it isn’t before long that their attraction explodes… putting their fake engagement on a whole new pedestal!

Overall, To Blackmail a Di Sione is steamy, fast-paced and I enjoyed it from cover to cover!

Highly Recommended - 4.5 Stars