Beautiful Dreamer by Melissa Brayden

This book was just all heart!

What was the book about:
Devyn is the top real estate broker in Philadelphia. She’s at the top of her game and always looking for the next selling high. Life is fast-paced and she loves it. That is until she has to rush back to her hometown, Dreamer’s Bay to check on her sister after she gets a worrying call.

Elizabeth loves living in a small town where life is good and stress is low. She has fantastic friends and loves her new business, that is all based around helping people. She’s a good person and deserves to meet her soul mate.

When Elizabeth and Devyn start to build a friendship that develops into more, they know they are meant for one another. But how can they make it work when Devyn’s life is in Philly, and Elizabeth’s is in Dreamers Bay?

Featured Tropes:
Big City meets Small Town Romance

Book Strengths:
Fantastic novel. I was glued to the pages from the first chapter of the book and finished it in one sitting. One minute it was 9 pm and the next I was sobbing at the beautiful ending, and it was 3 am. Completely worth it. This book is 100% the best book yet from Melissa Brayden. I’m already working out a time I can start rereading it. 

Character Chemistry:
Elizabeth and Devyn were meant for each other. When it comes to soul mates, these two have it picked. Their slow-burn romance wasn’t too slow that I was bored but just right, enough that it stoked the fire. 

The other chemistry in the book, but not of a romantic kind was Devyn and her sister, Jill. I loved the scenes where they spent time together. Their closeness was so lovely and it was obvious how much Jill cared about her. I expected Devyn to be an Ice Queen with her image and career, but she was so sweet and loving to Jill and Elizabeth in so many simple ways. Devyn was definitely my favourite character. While she was complex, she was also loving, warm, caring and genuine in every way. She is such a great character and one I won’t forget easily.

Heat Rating: 🔥🔥🔥🔥

An exceptional story that has stayed with me weeks after I read it. I truly loved Beautiful Dreamer and can’t wait to reread it soon.

Star Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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A Convenient Deception by W.A. Cooper

Lies, deception, and manipulation; Oh my!

What was the book about?:

Braer McGlashan is an artist. She has been in a marriage of convenience for years with her former lover’s brother, David Granger. Ariana Te Ata’s marriage is crumbling. She suspects her husband, Jordan Travers, has been having an affair. When Ariana links Jordan to David’s company, she thinks Jordan may be having an affair with Braer. Ariana decides to contact Braer under false pretenses which leads to the women falling for each other. Everyone has secrets and everyone is telling lies. When the truth finally comes out, it wreaks havoc on Braer and Ariana’s new found love.

Featured Tropes:

Friends to lovers

Book Strengths:

All the characters really come alive in this book. Often, secondary characters are meant to drive a storyline, but here, they are really a part of the world. This truly makes the book complete. The writing is strong, and the story is very well constructed.

Character Chemistry:

Braer and Ariana are perfect together. Their initial tentativeness around each other is adorable. And when they do finally get together, just wow!

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You will be on the edge of your seat waiting for all the truths to come out.

Star Rating: 5

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Chain Reactions by Lynn Ames

An emotional rollercoaster of the best kind!

What was the book about?

What was the book about: Dr Diana Lindstrom learns her beloved aunt Nora, whom she hasn’t seen since she was a young girl, is dying. She hires a nurse, Brooke Sheldon, to take care of her aunt during her final weeks. A romance begins between Diana and Brooke. After Nora’s death, Diana and Brooke begin a quest to discover who Nora Lindstrom really was.

Featured Tropes:

Lost Love, Fate

Book Strengths:

Everything. I fell in love with all three of these women. The character development was amazing, and the story riveting

Character Chemistry:

Diana and Brooke have great chemistry. The attraction begins subtly but grows to become love. When they struggle to find common ground, you can really feel the heartache both women experience.

Heat Rating: 🔥🔥 (This book is so good; you won’t miss the lack of heat)

Lynn Ames never disappoints, and this might be her best book yet!

Star Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

 

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Going Up by A.E. Radley

A.E. Radley writes my favourite Ice Queen tropes. Fact!

What was the book about?:

Kate Morgan has nothing. Selina Hale has everything. When Selina keeps running into homeless, Kate in her building car park where she has camped out, it irritates her at first. But as Kate begins to get on her feet and Selina’s walls come down, they begin to share what seems like an odd friendship. The more time they spend, the more their attraction grows and the story turns to a rather beautiful romance…

Featured Tropes:

Ice Queen & Age Gap romance

Book Strengths:

The story was tight, and I felt like I was a part of it. The author had me hating Selina in the beginning and by the end, loving her and crushing on her hard. Who doesn’t love an Ice Queen?

Character Chemistry:

The characters had great chemistry, and I think that even though A.E. Radley writes ‘Fade to Black’ romances, she still leaves enough anticipation that you feel like you know what happens when the bedroom door closes.

I loved Kate. I think her story was fantastic and really evolved. I felt like I knew her personally by the end of the book. Kates life was really quite a horrible existence until Selina comes by and attempts to rescue her. But Kate is strong and independent, she doesn’t take easily to Selina trying to save her, but in doing so, she sees Selina’s walls come down and that just made watching them all the more exciting.

I am also hoping this is the start of a new series of books or at least gets a sequel. I think Selina’s ex-wife, Carrie was a great character and if there is another book I really hope she’s front and centre.

Heat Rating: 🔥

Great book and I really hope this is just the beginning of a new series because I couldn’t get enough of these characters.

Star Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Burn It Down by K. Aten

Grab some tissues for this one!

What was the book about:

Burn it down tells the story of Ash Hayes. Ash is a Detroit firefighter with a past full of abuse, neglect, and secrets. After suffering a serious loss, she is forced to confront her past and the demons that haunt her. At the same time, she meets Mia Thomas, a nurse who moves in across the street. Ash and Mia have an instant attraction, but both try to tread carefully because of Ash’s current situation.

Featured Tropes:

Abuse, trauma, and healing

Book Strengths:

This book has a lot of strengths. One major strength is how descriptive the story is during the active fire scenes. It really does feel like you are there. The other major strength is how well Ash’s character is written. You can’t help but feel the emotion associated with this character. Did I mention you need tissues?

Character Chemistry:

The story is told from Ash’s point of view. Being privy to all her intimate thoughts easily made her my favourite character. Ash and Mia definitely have chemistry. The way they become smitten with each other almost instantly feels very real.

Book weaknesses:

The only thing negative I can say about this book is that it is highly unlikely that someone with Ash’s past would not have experienced significant sexual abuse.

Heat Rating: 🔥

While the characters had chemistry, you didn’t get to really experience it.

This is the first book I have read by K. Aten. It will not be the last.

Star Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Good Spin by Monica McCallan

The perfect summer book to take on vacation!

What was the book about?

PR superstar Emery is going to Hawaii for her college friends wedding, but there are two problems with it. Firstly, she hasn’t seen them in five years and they don’t know she’s gay, and secondly, she’s single. The idea of showing up to this wedding alone and with her news is all too much for Emery. Jordan is Emery’s neighbour and close friend, and she’s also about to become Emery’s knight in shining armour. Jordan agrees to be her fake girlfriend, holding Emery’s hand while she comes out to her friends. This was all going to be fine until they realise that while faking a relationship, they are actually pretty perfect for one another. Are their feelings all because they are on holiday and away from their life??? 


Featured Tropes: 

Fake Relationship / Friends to Lovers / Holiday Romance

Book Strengths:

The pace of the book was perfect. I really loved the fact I didn’t want to jump to the next chapter as it was so enjoyable. Jordan was definitely my favourite character and I was so excited every time she would just be upfront with Emery. By the end, I was excited about Emery and Jordan’s future and swooning so hard I was almost falling over.

 

Character Chemistry :

The chemistry between Emery and Jordan is present even before they notice each other romantically. In fact, it was like a little fire that just got bigger and bigger until it combusted, resulting in them falling into bed together. Then it was blazin’! They definitely enjoyed each other between smouldering gazes and tactile caresses. As much as they tried to not fall for each other, it was inevitable. Hashtag Soulmates!

Heat Rating: 🔥🔥🔥


This book was great, and I can’t wait to reread it again soon. Monica McCallan is someone to watch in Lesbian Fiction and I can only see great things ahead.

Star Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

 

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Just One Moment by Dena Blake

This book broke me but in all the good ways. I’ll be honest, I worried about this story, the synopsis indicated at an affair and honestly, I struggle with reading my protagonists having affairs because hey, this is meant to be true love, right? No heartbreak allowed! But that’s what’s beautiful about this book, it’s REAL. It’s so beautifully real and undeniably vulnerable that you’re invested by the first chapter. Because the book shows that real life, with all its hard crap and struggles, can still be a fairytale. It just takes hope and a truckload of love…

Let me tell you a little about this book…

Chloe is trying to settle into her new life without Shay. Shay is in no way ready to leave Chloe behind but all attempts to try and fix their marriage come against a stone wall. But that all changes when Shay is in an accident and she can’t remember not being with Chloe. Chloe decides to help look after Shay until she recovers not realising that in doing so she may fall in love with Shay all over again.

This is the sweetest, yet rawest book from Dena Blake yet. It is 100% the best book she’s ever written. The pacing was perfect, and the story told well. No epilogue which would normally annoy me but because these characters have already been in a relationship and it’s more of a rekindling of their love, I didn’t mind that there wasn’t one.

Shay was my favourite character. She was so sweet and couldn’t understand why Chloe was being distant after her accident. The love she felt for Chloe just broke my heart. I reckon if there was ever to be a true match made in heaven, it was Chloe and Shay.

As they found their relationship beginning to build again and realising that they had never truly fallen out of love was probably my favourite sections of the story.

Sex scenes and chemistry were excellent. Like I said before, the connection between both characters really was out of this world and not just the love, but the anger too. When Shay and Chloe are fighting at the beginning of the book you can still feel the passion and chemistry flowing.

Just one last thing! Big shout out to Tammy Seidick who designed the cover for Just One Moment. This book has the sexiest cover… ever!

Fantastic book.

5 stars

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A Heart This Big by Cheyenne Blue

This book is my new favourite Cheyenne Blue novel to date.

Nina runs a small children’s farm in a populated area of Sydney. She has an incident with one of the children that attends her ‘Barn Kids’ program and it brings forth a lawsuit. That’s when hot shot city lawyer, Leigh comes in. But Nina can’t pay her exorbitant fees, so they come to a pro bono deal, but the more time they spend together, the more their chemistry builds. But they can’t risk the lawsuit because of attraction, or can they?
Fantastic story. I was hooked on this story from the very beginning. The pace was perfect, and even though it was a slow burn romance, the character’s story was worth every second of their story that unravelled. I also want to give a shout out on the cover. It was on point and absolutely perfect for the story.

Cheyenne’s books that are based in Australia always hold a close place in my heart as I live in Melbourne. But this one was really great, and I fell in love with Banksia Farm, and I definably finished the book having a crush on Nina. The connection between Nina and Leigh is evident from the beginning, and I especially enjoyed the moments when Leigh was at the farm and clearly out of her comfort zone.

The secondary characters were also really excellent additions to the storyline. Grizz, in particular, was a favourite and more than a few times I found myself giggling at her and her husband’s adventures.

A fantastic book. I am looking forward to what comes next from Cheyenne Blue
5 stars

 

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You Matter by Jazzy Mitchell

Chrissy works for Reggie, a well-known lawyer in Boston. She has had feelings for Reggie for a while now but she tries not to make it noticeable at work, however, when Chrissy’s son also begins to get close to Reggie, Chrissy’s heart becomes even more entangled in her affections for Reggie. When an angry and resentful ex-client comes to Reggie’s office with the intent of causing harm, Chrissy steps in and saves her life, getting hurt herself in the process. Reggie takes Chrissy and her son in while Reggie recovers, they both fall a little deeper for each other.

I liked this story. It was a quick and easy read, which was exactly what I was looking for. The opening chapter is fuelled with angst, but from then on you have a beautiful love story centring around Reggie and Chrissy.

There were times when I felt the pace lagged a bit and I was excited to get to the next chapter. Also, there was sometimes more detail than needed to be in a section of the book, but that was outweighed by the romance playing out between Reggie and Chrissy.

The chemistry between Chrissy and Reggie was active and prominent throughout. I was backing them to get together from the start and when they did, it made my heart flutter.

I heard this was originally a ‘Once Upon A Time’ fanfic and when I heard that, I was surprised I hadn’t clicked myself as I enjoy reading that verse often. I’ll go looking for more fanfic from Jazzy Mitchell because she’s left me intrigued with this novel.

3.5 stars

 

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The Book Addict by Annette Mori

This was SO much fun!

I loved every minute of reading Tanya’s adventure with Elle. In a quirky, humorous, and exciting way that only Annette Mori can provide, every second of this story is magical, fun, and absolutely fantastic.

It has intense moments, funny moments, romantic moments, and very sexy moments. The characters are brilliant, especially the delightful Tanya who is just the cutest book addict ever!!!

When I first saw the title I thought I was in for a book geek romance but I got so much more than that, and I am so happy. Everything about this book was exciting, providing a brilliant adventure that was as addictive as Tanya finds books!!!

What I really want to know though, is where can I get a book magician??????

This really was a fantastic read that I couldn’t put down. I enjoyed every minute of it and highly recommend this book.

5 Stars

Review by Carol Hutchinson

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