The Do-Over by Georgia Beers

This book is definitely one of my favourite from Georgia Beers.

Easton has to go to a conflict resolution class for work and when she meets her teacher she is immediately in awe. Bella is gorgeous and everything Easton wants but on the flip side Bella is shocked by Easton’s presence. Easton was Bella’s high school crush and also one of the cool kids that contributed to her bullying! But Bella still has feelings for Easton and Easton clearly doesn’t recognise her so what’s the harm in getting to know her again!

I’m not even kidding when I say I was onboard with the storyline from the beginning. I had butterflies during the first and second date with these two! I was way more invested in this romance/relationship I think than ever before.

Great character development. Especially Bella differing in some of her personality now compared to high school and her shyness. It was incredibly exciting to watch the moments where as a woman she had confidence to say and feel what she wanted. It was really validating for this reader anyway!

The flashbacks to school fed the story well and the situation of the past was at the forefront of my mind which was good because these characters had a way of holding my attention with their loving gazes and astounding chemistry so to have a bit of context from the past was really good.

I loved that Easton was still friends with her ex husband and they worked as a team for their daughter, Emma. It was really endearing and nice not to have the ex husband be the bad guy but be the supportive friend.

The sex scenes were good and while being passionate, were still extremely intimate. As always, great kissing scenes from Georgia Beers. She does write the best kisses after all.

My only negative is the lack of an epilogue. I would have really liked one to tie everything together especially with Easton’s daughter, Emma and then being a family and also in general to close off Easton and Bella’s story into the future.

Such a beautiful story that honestly left me a bit book drunk! I’m already planning my re-read.

4.5 stars

 

If you would like to purchase this book please follow the links below:

Bold Strokes Books

Amazon

 

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Royal Court by Jenny Frame

A truly romantic and thoroughly satisfying story about finding yourself when you find your soul mate…

This story is about two women from very different worlds that are complete opposites but somehow they work beautifully together and have explosive chemistry.

The Royal dresser to the Queen’s Consort, Holly is the life and soul of every party. She’s fun to be around and the men she dates are for amusement more than love. She tells her friends she’s straight but has girl crushes on a famous butch actress and one of the Queen’s friends, Captain Quincy. Let’s just say she’s a little mixed up about her sexuality but then again, who isn’t?

When Captain Quincy is hired to be the Queen’s Consort security detail, Holly realises that she’s not the stud she thought she was. She’s more uptight, constantly in a sour mood and doesn’t seem to like Holly at all. But as they spend more time together and Quincy lets her guard down, Holly begins to see the real Quincy, but why does Quincy keep holding her at arms length?

This is the third book in the Royal Romance Series by Jenny Frame and I think this one is my new favourite in the series. I loved Holly from the first book  A Royal Romance. She’s fun, caring, put her friends happiness above all and a bit of a go-getter. She’s truly amazing and has an infectious personality. Quincy however is strong, brooding, quiet and incredible loyal. The one thing both women have in common is they are both fiercely protective of the people they love.

Quincy had a hard few years in the Royal Marines and it’s made her unsure of herself. The moments she’s thinking about Holly in her head are so different to when they are together in the beginning and Quincy’s walls go back up. But it’s nice to see Holly break them down one at a time. Holly’s frustration with Quincy is warranted and at times I wanted to shake Quincy and say “Dude, get with the program! This woman is all in for you here” but alas, books don’t listen to their readers.

The sex scenes in this book are hot which honestly, I kind of knew they would be because Jenny Frame writes epic sex scenes while holding on to the intimacy in the moment. She really has a skill for it.

All I can say is I hope this is not the last book in the series. And I also really hope that we get a short story or a novella of how secondary characters Cameron and Lali got together because those two are just adorable.

Royal Court is such a great read and I highly recommend it to anyone looking for a butch/femme romance that packs a punch.

4.5 stars

 

If you would like to purchase Royal Court please follow the links below:

Bold Strokes Books

Amazon

 

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Greengage Plots by Emma Sterner-Radley

This book was incredibly sweet and just so quintessentially British Rom-Com.

Kit has moved to the Isle of Greengage for a new job and a new life. She is working at a library that is much bigger than anything she could dream of in London. She befriends the lovely, Laura whose family have resided in Greengage forever.  Laura is currently engaged to Dylan, a guy from a long held feuding family on the island (it’s all very Capulet meets Montague). Kit helps Laura and Dylan navigate the icy waters of telling their families however while this is all going on in the background, Kit is gradually falling for Laura.

Kit is the star of the show for me. She is kind, sweet and so very loving. She puts her friends before herself and put her feelings for Laura on the backburner to help her. She’s just amazing and this book left me hoping for more people like her in the world.

Laura intrigued me. She was like a Rubix cube I could not solve. I didn’t get her relationship with Dylan. It frustrated me at points because she is a strong, confident and amazing woman, why would she be hung up on Dylan… Anyways as the book progressed, I realised it was actually a very clever way to engage me into the drama in Greengage. So, as much as it frustrated me, I ended up looking back and thinking it couldn’t be done any other way because I was so invested.

British humour in this book was on point and more than once I laughed out loud. My favourite quote was…

“I can’t stand to see her tethered to him for life. I always thought she’d wake up one morning and go, ‘Vagina! That’s what I need this morning! Bye, Dylan!’ But she never did.”

I am excited to see what comes next from the Greenage characters and will be following the release date of the sequel.

4.5 stars

If you would like to purchase Greengage Plots please follow the link below:

Amazon

Calendar Girl by Georgia Beers

I loved this book… It was sweet girl meets Ice Queen trope with a side of sexy office romance and boss falls for employee. Perfecto!

Addison is in the running to run her families company Fairchild Enterprises. She lives and breaths her job and has no time for social life. All she wants is to get her place as the head of the company, even If that means ignoring her health. When Addison’s health stops her in her tracks, her mother (and current head of Fairchild Enterprises) demands she get an assistant and a life, Addison has no other option much to her chagrin. In walks the beautiful and intelligent, Kate Cooper. Kate’s life is on hold currently as she helps take care of her ailing father. The job with Addison will help her pay some of the medical bills that are mounting for her mother. But being Addison’s assistant is anything but easy. Addison is stand offish and clearly would do anything but have an assistant however, when they start to work together it’s clear there is an underlying attraction that neither of them expected.

What a great premise and I thoroughly enjoyed Kate and Addison figuring each other out. My favourite part of the story was each and every time Kate found a way to impress Addison, thus impressing Addison enough to lower her walls… slightly.

I also really enjoyed the secondary characters, they were excellent in this book, especially Addisons best friend, Sophie and Kates friend, Samantha. At seperate times during the book I thought these women would make for a good toaster oven romance if Georgia Beers ever decided to work on their stories.

Lastly, I enjoyed how much the back stories of both characters drove their personalities. Kate who is caring and loving, who spends time looking after her dad, she was the perfect person to aide Addison back to health and work after her health issues. They really were perfect for each other and the chemistry in the bedroom was hot!

Great book and as usual, I am excited to see what come next from Georgia Beers.
4.5 stars

 

If you would like to purchase Calendar Girl please follow the links below:

Bold Strokes Books

Amazon

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Wait For Me by Susan X Meagher

This is a story about not settling for second best especially when you have the chance with your true soul mate.

Molly has just ended her marriage and is restarting her life. The death of her best friend was a catalyst for many changes in her life, the biggest being that she is not straight. She is now finding herself again and the first thing she does is join a new book club where she meets Alexa.
Alexa is charming with a warm personality and they become fast friends. Molly knows from the beginning that it’s unrequited but when signs show that that might not be the case, she’s ready to jump in with both feet. But as far as Molly knows Alexa is happily married. Nothing can come of this… Can it?

I found this story rather heartbreaking. Like every Susan X Meagher book she really explores her characters in depth but I think with this book the inner turmoil for these two was superbly written.

As the story unfolds you truly are taken into the book and you feel everything the characters are feeling. For me personally, Molly was the star of the book… The inner thoughts and feelings of her unrequited love for Molly was beautiful yet heart wrenching to read.

When these two get together the fireworks are worth the wait. The chemistry is very pure and the feelings they have for each other are all consuming. I really got excited for their life together and knew the book at that point was headed for the happy ever after I had been craving from the very beginning.

I think this may be one of the best Susan X Meagher books to date and I highly recommend it. The happy ever after is worth every ounce of pain these characters go through.

A truly beautiful story, 4.5 stars

 

If you would like to purchase Wait For Me please use the links below:

Brisk Press

Amazon Canada

Amazon US

Amazon UK

Amazon Au

 

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The Women Lost Series by T.B. Markinson

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What a fantastic series, one that I related to in some very eye opening ways! If you haven’t read the series and intend to, I would advise reading each section of this separately as to avoid spoilers:

These books follow the relationship ups and downs of Lizzie Petrie. She’s a little bit awkward, fiercely independent and more relationship challenged than most.  It takes for one very strong and loving woman to challenge her solitary and insecure existence.

 

A Clueless Woman (Book #0)

This is the prequel to The Woman Lost book. How did Sarah and Lizzie meet? All is revealed in this book. I am glad I read this first instead of the way the book was originally published. It created a trail of breadcrumbs to understand Lizzie more and to be more understanding of A Women Lostand the how that book unravels.  I really enjoyed it and I found Lizzie incredibly funny… the more I read it the more I read my wife into Lizzie’s place!

Lizzie has serious intimacy issues. Always wanting to be independent but craving more and not knowing how to deal with her emotions especially in relation to Sarah.

4 stars

 

A Women Lost (Book #1)

Wow! This book is something else. It’s incredibly angst-ridden and raw. I don’t think I have ever read a book so real before… honestly.  At times I felt uncomfortable at Lizzie’s thoughts and then angry for her follow through but thank god the next book was readily available because I would have been left hanging out on a ledge if not for book #2. The last four chapters made this book. Lizzie really found herself and found who she wanted to become. The realisation was bordering on ground breaking and it made me really warm to Lizzie in a way I hadn’t for the book before and most of this book. Bring on book #2!

4 stars

 

A Women Ignored (Book #2)

HELLO LIZZIE!!!  This was the book I was waiting for. We had a forthright Lizzie, who adored her wife and seriously just wanted her to be happy. I really fell for these two as a couple. Sarah really complements Lizzie in the way that she is a social butterfly; confident and very honest about her feelings whereas Lizzie is the polar opposite and together they make this beautiful power couple.

This is definitely my favourite book in the series so far. It was also really eye opening to see more of Lizzie’s family, which help the reader understand and sympathise with all her previous mistakes and heartbreaks.  Secondary character, Maddie has been floating around since book one and I really hope that in the next novel she finds someone to love.

Bring on book #3! 5 stars

 

A Family Woman (Book #3)

Ok I retract! This was my favourite in the series…  one word: TWINS!!! Lizzie and Sarah are expecting twins and after a brief melt down, Lizzie is on track to being an amazing supportive wife to Sarah who is carrying.  I was bowled over with Lizzie’s progression. She tries ever so hard and even when the stumbling blocks happen in her awkward and socially inept world, she manages through it with a lot more poise than ever before.

I think Sarah’s growth was more noticeable in this book due to the moments she was more understanding and supportive of Lizzie in her ‘moments’. I really can’t wait to see what T.B. Markinson has planned next for this unlikely pair but I am anticipating something pretty amazing, especially as I just learned there will be at least two more books in the series.

5 stars

Series rating as a whole so far: 4.5 Stars

 

Please follow the links below to purchase The Woman Lost Series:

Amazon US

Amazon AU

Amazon UK

 

 

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A Country Girl’s Heart by Dena Blake

Dena Blake just goes from strength to strength. My favourite book is still Unchained Memories but this book is a close second from Blake work’s. 

Kat has lost the love of her life and has no intention of ever falling in love again, that is until DJ shows up at Jumpin’ J’s Ranch and show’s Kat exactly what she’s missing. The only problem is that Kat is unaware of the real reason for DJ showing up at the ranch but  DJ’s initial intentions have changed since meeting the gorgeous and headstrong, Kat Jackson.

This novel has a great amount of angst and is written with a fair few twists to keep you turning the page. I really enjoyed DJ’s character but Kat stole my heart from the beginning. Kat is Independent, headstrong and incredibly cautious of having her heart broken again. She’s got a horrible relationship with her family but still hasn’t let it harden her, in fact if anything has hardened Kat it was loosing her wife, Arizona. There are these moments with DJ and Kat that made my heart melt and make me realise that sometimes the love of your life is the love of your life at that moment but isn’t your soul mate because DJ was Kat’s soul mate, 100%.

I did find at times the book had lots going on at the one time and that made keeping up with the characters (primary and secondary) confusing but to be honest this was minor in the whole scheme if the book.

Lastly, my favourite part of the whole book was the epilogue… just wait until you get to it. You, my dear reader, will love it. It gave me all of the feels but as you know, epilogues are my jam.

4.5 stars 

If you would like to purchase A Country Girl’s Heart please follow the links below:

Amazon – A Country Girl’s Heart

 

 

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Twice in a Lifetime by PJ Treblehorn

When I started to read this book I hadn’t realised it was connected to PJ Trebelhorn’s other book, The Right Kind of Wrong. Quinn from The Right Kind of Wrong is Callie’s sister from this book, so as soon as I realised, I put Twice in a lifetime down and re-read the the first book in the Burke Sister series and I would suggested that readers do the same.

Here’s the link to my review for The Right Kind Of Wrong:

The Right Kind of Wrong by P.J. Trebelhorn

Review for Twice in a Lifetime:

Callie has always thought her best friend’s wife, Taylor dislikes her and it seems to have gotten worse since her friends death. Taylor can’t possibly have a relationship like the one she had with her late wife, Andrea so why can’t she stop thinking about Callie. When Taylor attracts the attention of a patron in her pub and it is unwanted and obsessive, Callie steps in to make her feel more at ease. As they spend more time together they begin to enjoy each others company but can Taylor ever see Callie as someone she could have more with?

Fantastic storyline that I enjoyed even more than the first book in the Burke Sister Series. I particularly loved Callie and her cocky and feisty personality. I think keeping the protagonist’s, Grace and Quinn (from The Right Kind of Wrong) still prominent in this story was crucial and it worked well to build on Callie and Quinn’s dynamic that I enjoyed so much in the first book.

I think Taylor’s loss was evident from the get go and PJ Trebelhorn really allowed the reader to feel Taylor’s grief as well as being present for the awakening of feelings that were growing for Callie. The chemistry between them was electric and it builds at a steady pace throughout.

The only thing I think brings down the book is the fact that it has no epilogue however I am going to ignore that in the hope that there is a third book that will build on Taylor and Callie’s relationship. If thats the case I will happily re-review and give this book 5 stars.

4.5 stars

If you would like to purchase Twice in a Lifetime please follow the links below:

Amazon – Twice in a Lifetime

 

 

 

 

A Heart to Call Home by Jeannie Levig

What a fantastic novel! Jeannie Levig continues to blow me away with her beautiful story telling.
 
Dakota has lived what most people would consider a privileged and entitled life coming from the prestigious Scott family, known for wealth and philanthropy. Something that she tries to distance herself from as much as possible by working in the local high school as a sports coach instead of in the family business. When Jessica Weldon becomes the new substitute teacher at the school, Dakota is more than a little drawn to Jessica. But when she realises that Jessica’s arrival is tied to a part of Dakota’s dark past, she doesn’t know how to continue on with her seemingly simple life. Can she really forget about the spark she felt with Jessica when it brings back so many hurtful memories?
 
Jeannie Levig writes conflict between protagonists better than many authors. You can feel the tension coming off the page that added another element to this wonderful novel.
 
The two protagonists, to an outsider, are not supposed to like each other never mind find each other attractive or have deep feelings. But through a carefully crafted storyline you begin to see all the reasons that they cannot do anything but fall for each other. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a rollercoaster ride to the very end but one your going to want to take in with your eyes open so you don’t miss one small detail.
 
I really enjoyed both characters and loved getting to know them and their backstories but Jessie in particular was my favourite character.
Her inner conversations with herself were really quite funny and sarcastic at times and I enjoyed the levity because it gave way to the more weighty and significant areas of the story.
 
The one thing I felt was missing was an epilogue as the ending felt incomplete. I just need more to secure that happily ever after.
 
I’m eager to see what’s next from Jeannie Levig.
 
4.5 stars

If you would like to purchase A Heart to Call Home please follow the link below:

Amazon – A Heart to Call Home

 

 

 

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No Strings by Gerri Hill

 

My Review

No strings is the perfect small town romance. The book was light with a sweet storyline and would be perfect for lounging by the beach on holiday.

Reese is an interim sheriff in the small town of Lake City. She’s been placed there for a year as punishment for sleeping with the majors wife in her last job. In Lake City, she meets Morgan who is the forest ranger and loved by the whole town. Knowing Reese is leaving in a year, they decide that they can have a ‘No Strings’ relationship for the year and enjoy the sex while it’s there. No harm right?

This is a fun romance with its fair share of comedic value that had me laughing out loud to some of the antics of the people from this small town. As with many Gerri Hill novels, I was sucked in from chapter one and enjoyed the banter between her characters.

The characters where highly entertaining and I especially enjoyed the moments with Reese being dragged out of her comfort zone in this small town environment.

I reckon this book will stay on my re-read list as a good pick me up book that I can read over and over.

4.5 Stars

If you would like to purchase No Strings by Gerri Hill please follow the links below:

Amazon: No Strings