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What was the book about?

This is a story about love and personal growth. I liked very much the way Ms Hill showed us these two tormented women through each of their eyes, and see them grow before our eyes. It is a very slow-paced romance, but it couldn’t be any other way. The pace fits the story perfectly. Melanie and Erin, two women with a rough past who have been fighting their demons on different sides. When Erin’s family couldn’t stand anymore, seeing how she was driving herself to self-destruction slowly every day more and more by working nearly to death and filling her body with caffeine and alcohol, they sent her to a remote ranch in New Mexico with no internet access and limited communications to heal. Running away from her past Melanie ended up at the Ranch and has for seven years now. She is the youngest in their small community. This time she gets to host the new guest for three months. Erin didn’t want to be there, and Melanie just wanted her peace and solitude. But as the days passed by and they started to know each other better, help each other go through the days and heal. They forged a strong friendship and got close while they fell in love without even noticing. Melanie struggling deeper with her demons, trying to fight the attraction… Until there’s no reason to fight anymore. But Erin is still going back to her old life…..

Featured Tropes: Opposites attract / Internal journey / Slow-paced romance

Book Strengths:

This soul searching journey it’s a very well written one and undoubtedly one of the greatest things about this book. It is a sweet heartwarming story, a feel-good kind of romance, with a little bit of angst and some light steamy scenes. The author descriptions of the scenes are well detailed that it is like being there with them. I could feel the sun and picture myself there on the farm. That adds wonderfully to the reading experience. The side characters are very endearing, as well.

Book weaknesses:

It not a real weakness, but for some, the slow burn may not bode well. Although in my opinion, this story couldn’t have been rushed. The slow burn is necessary and fits well.

Character Chemistry:

The development and growth of the characters throughout the story is one of the best things about the story. Both characters with troubled souls, find each other to find their way and heal. Very romantic, it’s so easy to love them both and cheer on for them. It is very enjoyable to see their transformation as individuals and little by little as a couple. From strangers to friends and finally to lovers.

Heat Rating: 2.5

Conclusion:  It is a very enjoyable read. If a sweet romance with endearing characters that share a soul searching journey is your thing. This is the book for you.

Star Rating: 4

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Kat’s Nine Lives by Laina Villeneuve

No Matter how many lives you have, you have to live them to the full!

What was the book about?:
Kat Morehart is a wedding planning at her local church until she becomes disillusioned with how the priest decides not to marry a gay couple. In trying to give this couple the wedding they will cherish Kat has to face her past and decide whether she grabs the future with both hands and lives her life to the fullest or stays safe in the cocoon she has built for herself. Will Kat find more than friendship with Wendy and will she find the love that she deserves?

Featured Tropes: Romance, friends to lovers

Book Strengths:
This book was well written and the characters well described. Even though it is a romance at its heart it also shows the consequences of the choices Kat and her family have made in their lives. Choices that have deep and ongoing effect. The build-up in the relation between Kat and Wendy is a slow smouldering burn.

Book weaknesses:
I thought in parts the pace could have been a little faster.

Character Chemistry:
The feelings between Kat and Wendy change slowly over time. Wendy is sure what she wants, but has the patience to give Kat the space to understand where her true feelings lie. There were times when I really wanted to push Kat along, but that has more to do with my impatience than hers!

Heat Rating: 🔥🔥🔥🔥

Conclusion:
Well written, enjoyable romance

Star Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

 

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Willow by Raven J. Spencer

Fast and Thrilling!!!

What was the book about?:
Kat finds herself assigned with looking after the rich daughter of one of her former colleagues, but ends up with a lot more than she bargained for, her hands full, and an action packed adventure on top of it all. 

Featured Tropes: Romance, Action

Book Strengths:
Providing a fast paced, exiting adventure with a hint of erotica, Willow gives the reader all the drama and action of a full blow Hollywood blockbuster in a novella. Raven J. Spencer pulls out all the stops to deliver excitement and uncertainty, as Kat and Willow race against time to escape a dangerous situation alive. I was hooked from the very beginning, getting lost in the plot, and wrapped up in the details of the action packed plot. 

Book weaknesses:
All I wanna know now is, what’s next for Kat and Willow because this book has set up some pretty interesting possibilities. 

Character Chemistry:
Kat and Willow have instant attraction, which is on fire, especially as Kat tries to remain professional and Willow isn’t afraid to be shy with all her flirting and come ons.   Kat was definitely my favourite character, she is a strong woman, with good morals, and a heart of gold, but she is human, and when her feelings show through she is passionate and driven, which really brings her character alive. 

Heat Rating: 4 Flames

An exciting book that will leave you wanting to know what the future holds in store. 

Star Rating: 4 Stars

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Back to the Start by Monica McCallan

Sometimes it is good to look back!

What was the book about?
Remy is dreading going home to clear out her grandmother’s house after her death. She doesn’t want to see Fallon, her first love and plans to avoid her at all costs. Except this is a small town and the inevitable happens, but this time Fallon wants a second chance even if it is just a friendship. But Remy knows deep down that her feelings for Fallon were always much more than just that. 

Featured Tropes: Second chance romance/ Small-town romance

Book Strengths:
This was such a sweet story, and I enjoyed the premise. There is something about a small-town romance that just gets me every time. The Last 30% of the story was fantastic and really had me glued to the page. The last chapter, followed by the epilogue, which was excellent and gave me all the feels. 

Book weaknesses:
At times I didn’t warm to Remy. I thought she was a little hard on Fallon and still held the same resentment of a teenager instead of seeing what happened between her and Fallon as a teenage mistake.

Character Chemistry:
The chemistry between Fallon and Remy was great, and Fallon, in particular, oozed sex appeal. Their flirting made for really great reading and the sex scenes were hot… Damn hot! Also, the quiet, more intimate moments from Fallon and Remy show the other side of them and how their connection wasn’t all sex but something more profound with a stronger connection. It was lovely to watch it unfold in my mind’s eye.

Heat Rating: 4

Another great read from Monica McCallan. She’s shaping up to be a formidable romantic fiction author… definitely, one to watch.

Star Rating: 4

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Painted Over by Sofi Keren

It’s rare you get a second chance at love, but especially your first love.

What was the book about?:

Paige and Ria were childhood best friends. By college Paige was secretly in love with Ria. Now, years later Paige is a successful artist. She has spent the time since college trying to get over the loss of Ria, who walked away from her after an incident just before graduation. Paige is about to start a project with a gallery in Chicago, when Ria, now a famous soccer player, returns. Paige has to decide if she is going to leave the past behind and try to reestablish their friendship before Ria leaves again. As Paige and Ria begin to get close again, Ria’s ex shows up and Ria decides to move on when the owner of the gallery in Chicago shows romantic interest in her. 

Featured Tropes: Second chance romance, friends to lovers

Book Strengths:
This book is really good. I am not generally a fan of books related to sports, but it did not matter with this one. The writing was good and while second chance romance is a common trope, it was a memorable story with well written characters that were easy to become invested in.

Book weaknesses:
The only fault I could find with this book was that it lacked an epilogue. Even if it were only a few months later, I just would have liked something beyond the end.

Character Chemistry:
It becomes clear very quickly that Paige has never gotten over Ria. An Ria seems like she might having feelings for Paige, but she seems to always be holding back. Nonetheless, the chemistry is there, and I couldn’t help but want them to find their way to each other.

Heat Rating: 🔥

Exceptionally good for a debut author

Star Rating : ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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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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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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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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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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