Gallows Humor by Carolyn Elizabeth

You never know where you might find love, maybe even a morgue.

What was the book about?:
Corey Curtis works in the morgue. She loves her job doing autopsies. In her spare time, she’s an MMA fighter. She just ended a relationship, or rather her girlfriend ended the relationship because Corey wasn’t really invested in it. Corey is feeling a lot of guilt about how she treated her Ex. Enter Dr. Thayer Reynolds, the new ER fellow. There’s instant chemistry between the two women, but before they even have a proper date, they are drawn into investigating the suspicious death of a construction worker who ended up on Corey’s autopsy table. After nearly getting killed, Corey and Thayer struggle to continue their budding relationship.

Featured Tropes: Work place romance, medical romance, mystery

Book Strengths:
I really did enjoy this book. The writing was good, and I would have never guessed this was the authors first book. The story was interesting and unique. Let me explain what I mean by unique, because the plot itself is not that unique. It’s the way the book juggled the two story arcs. Usually when you have a dual story arc with a mystery and a romance, the primary arc is the mystery. The romance is usually secondary. This is not the case with this book. The romance is the primary arc, while the mystery is secondary and wrapped up around the halfway mark. It was a great approach.

Book weaknesses:
I was a little disappointed with some of the accuracy of the medical information. If a writer is going to use real world things in their books, it really needs to be accurate. Two things really bothered me. First, when a person gets an intermuscular injection of Demerol it will not work instantly. It actually takes 2-5 minutes. It only works instantly when given intravenously. The second thing was the dosage on the ibuprofen. It was implied that she was given 1200 mg. That is 50% higher than the highest prescription dose. I know this seems nitpicky, but there are people out there who will read things in works of fiction and assume they are accurate. 

Character Chemistry:
I am a sucker for instant attraction. The chemistry between Corey and Thayer is obvious from the beginning. Nothing subtle about it. You really will want these two to find a way to make it work. Even if you might want to slap some sense into Corey (a lot).

Heat Rating: 3

I am looking forward to seeing what this author has in store for the future.

Star Rating: 4 

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Second in Command by VK Powell

What was the book about?:
Social worker Emory is finally getting over the heartbreak from her ex-partner when she meets Jazz. Her attraction to Jazz is unlike anything she had ever felt before, but she needs to push the feelings away because not only is Jazz younger, but she has the ability to break Emory’s heart.

Jazz is attracted to Emory from the minute she lays eyes on her. Pursuing Emory is easy for Jazz, she knows whats she wants and Emory is precisely that. But between their differing views, Emory’s negative feelings about herself and the age difference… Can these two make this work? Especially when they are knee-deep in a foster case gone wrong and might be on differing sides.

Featured Tropes:
Age-Gap/ Handsome Cop

Book Strengths:
This book is the sequel to ‘Captain’s Choice’ and I would recommend reading the first book before diving into this one. I liked this book more than the first book in series. Finally, a curvaceous woman who lands the handsome cop!

I enjoyed the storyline and felt like the plot twisted more than once and made turning the page more exciting. The secondary characters in this book (and ‘Captain’s Choice’) were excellent, and I thoroughly enjoyed every time the Carlyle family get around the dinner table.

Book weaknesses:
I wasn’t a massive fan of the moments when Emory battled with her self image. At times the self-loathing made me a little sad for her and other times, I wanted to tell her to grab Jazz with both hands and forget about her worries.

Character Chemistry:
Jazz and Emory falling in love was somewhat fast, but I actually enjoyed the insta-love as it cemented the soul mate factor. I especially liked how Jazz convinced Emory she is worth a shot.

Heat Rating: 🔥🔥🔥🔥

Great book. I didn’t even mind that there isn’t an epilogue because I know there will be more in book three. I noticed the other day that the third book in the series is coming out soon. I can’t wait to hear what’s next for Emory and Jazz in that book.

Star Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Survivor’s Guilt by Michelle Arnold

An emotional read with lots of heart and love!!!

What was the book about?:
Abi meets Greta, a famous actress, whilst working as a make-up artist. They strike up an unusual friendship, both of them attracted to one another but holding back for the sake of their friendship, and especially because Abi doesn’t think Greta feels that way for her. But, when they realise that connection runs deeper than either could have imagined, Greta is caught up in a traumatic plane crash. The complications of the aftermath of the crash change both their lives forever, and even though things will never be the same again, the love Abi and Greta share really is unbreakable.

Featured Tropes: Friends to lovers, Celebrity romance, workplace romance

Book Strengths:
This story is laced with angst, love, drama, romance, and everything in between to build a most epic love story between two women with such a connection it will have you hooked from the very first page. Each time Michelle pens a new story, I am absolutely amazed by the amount of emotion poured in. I cried so much reading this book because I found myself so invested in the characters, their feelings, and the dilemmas they both faced. Greta’s story is heartbreaking, truly, as she learns of the aftermath of her crash and the turmoil she goes through whilst recovering from injury and trying to move on with her life and be happy, as a survivor.

Book weaknesses:
I can’t fault this story. It had everything from angst and drama, to sweet romantic moments, and deep connections that just left me completely invested in the story to the point I could really feel everything the characters went through.

Character Chemistry:
There was something truly unique about Greta and Abi’s relationship. When something has formed from friendship that connection runs so deep. In this story, Michelle had captured that absolutely perfectly. The love these two have for one another can’t be missed!

Heat Rating4.5 Flames

A brilliant new story from Michelle Arnold, with heaps of emotion that will leave you crying with both sadness, and happiness, because if ever there was a perfect example of true love, Greta and Abi are it!!! Highly recommend this book for any romance lovers.

Star Rating: 5 Stars

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Arms Wide Open by Donna Jay

Marriage doesn’t always lead where we expect it.

What was the book about?:
Yvonne is going through menopause which means sex is not often high on her list of priorities. As if that isn’t enough, she comes home one day to find her wife, Julie, in a rather compromising position. Yvonne thinks she isn’t fulfilling Julie’s needs, and they embark on a sexual journey that could break their marriage or bring them closer.

Featured Tropes: Menopause, Erotica, Light BDSM

Book Strengths:
Donna Jay has written a unique book that includes a story line that is often neglected in women’s literature – the effects of menopause. We sometimes forget that we are all eventually going to experience this, and we need more stories about older women. Additionally, the story is interesting and the sex is HOT!

Book weaknesses:
While not really a weakness, there are some elements in this book that may bother some readers. I am glad I read this book, even though it would not have been something I would have read had I known exactly what it was about. For this reason, I limited my description of the book.

Character Chemistry:
Yvonne and Julie are a great couple. They clearly love each other and want to please each other. Their marriage, even with the issues, would be envied by most people.

Heat Rating: 🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥

I am now on a mission to read all of Donna Jay’s books.

Star Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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After Mrs Hamilton by Clare Ashton

Oh. My. GOD…This book was epic!

What was the book about?:
Clo, and her friend Laura whose lives are both dramatically change when they two women come along and become a part of their lives, that emotionally changes them forever.  An interwoven sequence of events and past secrets make an intricate story of how lives can be altered, and connected even if it is unknown at the time of the meeting.

Featured TropesErotica, Friends to Lovers, Romance, Age Gap

Book Strengths:
Where to start! Literally loved every second of this book and was drawn in and hooked from the very beginning. It is slow to start, but that builds lots of intrigue, and had me wondering and questioning what would happen next. Each character in the fabulous cast has their part to play in adding to the mystery, creating uncertainty, and giving this book a lovely noir feel. I was literally able to see the imagery as I read, as if the story were playing out as a black and white movie, in homage to those Hollywood greats of the golden era, and with all the glamour too.

I was facilitated by intricately woven web that formed this plot, and by the end on the edge of my seat as all was revealed!!! The balance between each characters story was just write, and gave enough for the reader to be able to connect with each and every one of them on an emotional level. Absolutely brilliant.

I have never read a book where I felt like I did reading this.  I was conflicted, my moral conscious telling me how this should be received, and my heart saying ‘shut up! You know you love this twisted plot!’ and it’s true.  So addicted. It was very realistic, and yet completely absurd at the same time, but that’s life; always something waiting to surprise you!

Book weaknesses:
I genuinely can’t fault this book! It is slow burn, intimate, tension building, thrilling, exciting, and yet so deliciously dark in some ways, that I just can’t help but love it!!!

Character Chemistry and favourite character:
Loads of chemistry between the characters, especially Fran and Clo who were definitely my favourites. I mean who doesn’t love an age gap romance, and Fran is so elegant I instantly fell in love with the very idea of her.  Clo was such a mess I could relate, and her crush on Fran, hot damn did I get the instant attraction, and the obsession.  Laura and Susan were a very different dynamic, but that connection between them was so emotionally charged I was totally invested in them.

Heat Rating4 Flames

You just gotta read this, and make up your own mind, but I LOVED LOVED LOVED IT!!!

Star Rating: 5 Stars

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Captain’s Choice by VK Powell

Sizzling chemistry!!

What was the book about?
Police Captain, Bennett Carlyle, has been assigned the upgrade of the new district substation. She has to work closely with the architect, Kerstin Anthony. Kerstin and Bennett have a history, and both have never gotten over the kiss they shared when they were teenagers.

Now Bennett sees it as an opportunity for them to rekindle what they had, but Kerstin wants to get the job done and leave. She isn’t interested in a relationship, especially with Bennett, who has the ability to break her heart all over again.

Featured Tropes:
Second Chance, Cops

Book Strengths:
I enjoyed the character development in this book, especially with Kerstin. She changed slowly throughout the book, and by the end, she was my favourite character. I started this book knowing it was a series, and I liked getting to know the secondary characters as I knew I would be spending more time with them in the other books.

Book weaknesses:
It took me a little longer to get into this book. I felt the pace at the beginning was slow, but by 50% I was really into it and the second half breezed by.

Character Chemistry:
The chemistry between Kerstin and Bennett was not in short supply. In fact, the sex scenes in this book where extraordinarily sexy, and in a way I was not expecting.

Heat Rating: 🔥🔥🔥🔥

I really enjoyed this book. Between the chemistry and the excellent Epilogue, I really loved it by the end.

Star Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Riding the Track by Kara Ripley

City girl meets cowgirl and sparks fly.

What was the book about?:
After catching her boyfriend cheating on her, American Clara decides to go on the vacation they had planned together to spite him. After all, it was his life-long dream to ride the track in the Australian outback, not hers. Clara is very much an “indoor” girl and hadn’t been on a horse since middle school. Clara meets her tour guide, dover Evie, when she arrives in Australia. Clara is instantly attracted to Evie, and the feeling is mutual.

Featured Tropes: Contemporary Western

Book Strengths:
Both the writing and the premise of the story are great. I was drawn into the story very quickly. The character development was great for a novella, and the supporting characters added to the story.

Book weaknesses:
This one was hard for me because I really enjoyed this story, but the ending was just not. And when I say not, I mean the book felt incomplete. I don’t like it when books leave it up to the reader to decide what happens to the characters. This book would have easily gotten four stars from me, but the lack of a complete ending would not allow me to give the book more than three stars.

Character Chemistry:
Clara and Evie have great chemistry. Their attraction to one another is clear. I wish they had acted on it sooner, rather than later.

Heat Rating: 🔥🔥

I would like a sequel so I can find out what, if anything, happens between Clara and Evie.

Star Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️

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The Words Shimmer by Jenn Matthews

One of the sweetest stories I have ever read!!!

What was the book about?:
Ruby and Mel couldn’t be more opposite, the lecturer and the injured paramedic who is keeping a secret. Having met by chance when Mel attends a university opening day in the hope of bettering her career qualifications, they instantly have a tension due to matter of opinion, but when Mel can offer Ruby some help with an extra-curricular project, something just starts blossoming.

Featured TropesDiverse characters, friends to lovers, slow burn

Book Strengths:
What I love about Jenn’s stories, is the diversity of the characters she brings us. In this newest story, Jenn explores the difficulties of dyslexia, and the affects this can have on someone’s life. Jenn handles this so sensitively that she brings awareness to readers, whilst promoting positives of dyslexia, and how no one should be judged for something that makes them different. The way this is underlying in the story, causing Mel conflict but not paraded as an excuse gives the story such an insightful depth that as a reader it got me thinking. We would never know the struggles of another unless we are exposed to it. Jenn has not only managed to educate me, but also provide those with dyslexia representation in a story that is so sweet and normal, you’d never stop to think about Mel as anything more than another person – the same as any one of us.

Book weaknesses:
This story was just so sweet that I honestly can’t say there was any part of it I didn’t enjoy.

Character Chemistry:
Ruby and Mel are such realistic characters that the tension between them builds a tense start to a beautiful friendship, and blossoming feelings that slowly emerge as they work together and get to know one another. They have a beautiful way of being together that was heart-warming and unbelievably cute. As slightly older women in their 40’s it was refreshing to see how they connected, even with their life experiences, and sweet they could still be learning something new.

I have to say as much as Ruby was a likeable character, this is Mel’s story. She is truly a wonderful character, an inspirational woman, and someone very much worth admiring.

Heat Rating3 Flames

Romance with a difference for all those who are diverse and need representing. Jenn does a great job with this story and it really is one everyone should read.

Star Rating: 5 Stars

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Learning to Swim by KJ

Changing your life can be scary, but sometimes love is worth it.

What was the book about?:
Lauren and Andrea meet at a networking luncheon for women six years earlier. Lauren has always been in love with Andrea, but Andrea is oblivious because she’s a complete and total workaholic. One day she comes to the realization that she loves Lauren, too. They spend a steamy night together, causing Andrea to re-examine her life and her priorities. This is further exacerbated when her mother has a psychotic break from also being a workaholic.

Featured Tropes: Friends to lovers; family drama

Book Strengths:
The writing is good. All the interactions between Andrea and the other characters are authentic. Although, some are unexpected. The realness of this book is what makes it great. It will leave most readers wanting to review their own lives to makes sure we are living our best lives.

Book weaknesses:
Since Andrea’s relationship with Lauren was the main catalyst for her changes, it would have been nice to see more of that relationship develop. I understand the author’s choices, I just would have liked more of them as a couple, or even showing more of their prior friendship.

Character Chemistry:
This book is about Andrea and her journey. All the other characters, including Lauren, are merely part of that journey. I loved Andrea. She is real and authentic. Watching her growth is what makes this book.

Heat Rating: 4

I look forward to the next offering by this Author.

Star Rating: 4

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Tight Knit by Shaya Crabtree

This was perfect!!!

What was the book about?:
Lara is home to the small town of Perry after her grandmother is taken ill. The town holds many memories for Lara, and a lot of sigma surrounds her family. When she finds her path crossing with her ex, Paige, things quickly become complicated, especially when Lara’s emotions start getting the better of her when it comes to her feelings for Paige.

Featured TropesSecond Chance Romance

Book Strengths:
I loved every second of this story, and it had cats – so duh! What’s not to like?! Any romance that has second chance is already on to a winner, but the fact that Shaya has so much tension going on with Lara and Paige from the very first moment they find themselves back into one another’s lives it just amazing. I truly can’t express in words all the ways in which this book was amazing. The story really speaks for itself. It is heartfelt, and cozy. Lara’s emotions drive a tense and exciting story about falling in love with someone she never really fell out of love with – if she is being honest – and not her stubborn self.

Book weaknesses:
The story was just so cute, yet intense with a slice of humour, and a wonderful sense of community that meant it was truly perfect in so many ways that I just loved it.

Character Chemistry:
The tension – I know I keep saying it – but it really was everything between Lara and Paige. It was intense, dramatic, and just everything I could have hoped for from two broken hearted characters that have completely fallen apart because they are both ambitious, and stubborn, therefore completely miss-understood each other. If you can’t have the fairytale love at first sight kind of relationship, then this is the next best thing you can get; passion.

I can honestly say I loved Lara the most, she was so complex she was perfectly relatable for someone like me. A woman who is hurting is often the epitome of Lara and Shaya did a fantastic job of portraying someone with hang-ups relating to a difficult past.

Heat Rating4 Flames

If you don’t read this, you are missing out on a perfect romance. Plus come on people – CATS!!!! It has cats in sweaters!!!! It gets five stars just for that, seriously!!!

Star Rating: 5 Stars

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