In Fashion by Jody Klaire

The closet is NEVER fashionable.

What was the book about?
Supermodel, Television Show Host, and Ice Queen, Darcy McGregor, is a self-proclaimed bitch. She is distant, even from her daughter. She spends her days remaking women on her television show, Style Surgeon. Pencil factory security guard, Kate Bonvilston, is recovering from a broken heart. Her mother, a huge fan of Darcy’s, signs Kate up for Style Surgeon. While they bump heads over fashion, the chemistry is electrifying.

Featured Tropes: Ice Queen, Celebrity Romance

Book Strengths:
I loved all the characters of this book. The main characters were great, but so were the secondary ones. Also, the romance was there, but there was so much more to this book. Darcy’s relationship with her daughter and her ex, Kate’s love of her brother, and seeing how hard it can be when someone really doesn’t like who they are. It was an impactful book.

Book weaknesses:
This book could have used a prologue to better explain the situation with Darcy’s ex. Up to the point of learning who the ex was, it was very confusing. I felt like maybe there had been another book before this one where I had missed crucial information.

Character Chemistry:
Darcy is annoying at first. I really thought I was not going to like her, but as with all good ice queens, it was a mask. Kate is just sweet and kind. The chemistry and attraction between the women seeps off the pages. I love melting ice queens, and the way Kate melted Darcy was incredible to read.

Heat Rating: 🔥

I will be reading more by this author, for sure.

Star Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Reviewed at Les Revêur (3)

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A More Perfect Union by Carsen Taite

A sexy soldier… Yes, please!!!

What was the book about?:

Political fixer, Rook Daniels, can fix any problem and make her client come out on top after any scandal. She’s married to her job and hasn’t got time for love or commitment. In walks Lt. Colonel Zoey Granger and does more than turn Rook’s head. Zoey is coming off a big military scandal, and when she meets Rook, she doesn’t expect the sparks to fly.

When both Zoey and Rook end up working together on a political investigation involving the military, the more time they spend together, the less they can ignore the chemistry building between them. But will their jobs and work ethics stand in their way?

Featured Tropes: Military, Lawyer, Mystery, Opposites Attracted

Book Strengths:
Carsen Taite is the go-to author for anything to do with the law. And while this book touched on the law, it focused on the Military and crime more. I really enjoyed this book and found myself really embedded in and focused on the backstory as much as the romance.

Book weaknesses:
I think this book was great, but it really needed (In my opinion) an epilogue. I know this is a bugbear with me, but I can’t help it if I want more of the happily ever after… right?

Character Chemistry:
Character chemistry was excellent, and I think with such an intricate background story going on, it was remarkable that Carsen Taite didn’t lose the character’s romance in that and still kept it at the front and centre of the storyline. Also, both Zoey and Rook were smashing characters, and I hope they appear as secondary characters in other books.
Heat Rating: 🔥🔥🔥

A great book that kept me on my toes from start to finish!

Star Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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The Ashford Place by Jean Copeland

Something a little different from Jean Copeland.

What was the book about?
Belle Ashford inherits her family home and she has big plans for the refurb over the summer. When she discovers some details about a teenager and some foul play, she needs to investigate. And who better to help the investigation but Deputy Sheriff, Ally Yates.

As Ally and Belle spend more time together, they realise their chemistry. But Belle is leaving to head back to her life? Or Is she?

Featured Tropes:
Mystery, Crime, Romance, Cops

Book Strengths:
I have been a fan of Jean Copeland since I was thrown through a wonderful loop by reading The Second Wave, so I am always excited when she publishes something new. This story was great and the characters were explored well, as was the story. I reckon I became more gripped the more Ally and Belle discovered, and I don’t want to give any spoilers (which could be so easy to do with this story), but I will say this… once I was 20% of the way into the story, I was gripped. I enjoyed the banter between Ally and Belle and had more than a few giggles.

Book weaknesses:
I always feel the chemistry between Jean Copeland’s characters and honestly I would love more than fade to black. I think it would add an extra element of chemistry. Also, there wasn’t an Epilogue – that’s my favourite part of most books and I would have really loved one a few years down the track to see into the future with Belle and Ally.

Character Chemistry:
Ally was definitely my favourite character, and I think I may have finished this book with a little crush on her. Like I said before, the chemistry was there but I would have liked a little more and some sexy scenes.

Heat Rating: 🔥

Another enjoyable story from Jean Copeland with a bit of a difference. I think this book is definitely one to enjoy with a glass of wine near the warm fire.

Star Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Reviewed at Les Revêur (23)

After The Glitter Fades by Diane Marina

Can love conquered all?

What was the book about?:

Siena Arnetta has it all; fame, fortune, a loving family, loyal friends; but what she doesn’t have is the freedom to be herself. In order to protect her career, Siena has chosen to stay in the closet about her sexuality. Julia Westbrooke is an out and proud lesbian. She is also in the spotlight since she is becoming one of the biggest names in entertainment news. The friendship between these two women blooms into something bigger than either of them expected. Unfortunately, Siena being in the closet creates serious obstacles to their happiness.

Featured Tropes: Celebrity Romance; friends to lovers; secret romance

Book Strengths:

This book was certainly engaging. It was entertaining and well-paced. The characters were well developed and not the shallow Hollywood cutouts that sometimes appear in celebrity romances,

Book weaknesses:

The angst was over the top in the last third of the book. It wasn’t so bad I wanted to stop reading, but it did make me want to hurry the story up in a couple of places.

Character Chemistry:

I really did root for these women to find a way to be together. They clearly love each other and want to be together. Even when it seems like they may not find a way to make it work, I couldn’t help but have hope because I really wanted them to find their happy ever after.

Heat Rating: 3

I wouldn’t mind seeing these characters again.

Star Rating: 4

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Reviewed at Les Revêur (20)

Lost in You by Jade Winters

Can’t fight that feeling!

What was the book about?:

Heidi Cross has dedicated her career to helping LGBTQ youth through her work as manager of Young Minds Centre. When the building where the centre resides is bought by a property developer, Heidi knows she has to do everything she can to save the centre, and that means ignoring the attraction she feels toward the company’s co-owner, Vanessa O’Neil. Vanessa is reeling from the death of her sister; trying to raise her troubled, teenage niece, Kelli; and keeping her unscrupulous brother in check. The last thing Vanessa needs is the bad publicity Heidi is creating for her company, and she certainly does not want the feelings Heidi has sparked in her. As Heidi and Vanessa continue to make missteps in their interactions with each other, they soon find out that denying their attraction is impossible

Featured Tropes:

Enemies to lovers; ice queen

Book Strengths:

The story is good. It is both classic and timely. It’s an interesting story, and even though you are rooting more for the centre’s survival, you also will want to root for Heidi and Vanessa as a couple. Sometimes secondary plots, like the one revolving around Kelli, can detract from the story. That is not the case here.

Book weaknesses:

One of my favorite parts of a book is the epilogue, but this one just fell flat for me. It was less part of the story and more like an episode of ‘Where are They Now’. 

Character Chemistry:

I really enjoyed the interactions between Heidi and Vanessa. It’s fun when the characters want to fight the attraction they are experiencing, yet fail miserably at it. Especially when it’s both fighting it at the same time. These are two very strong-willed women, yet they have very little self-control around each other.

Heat Rating: 3

Overall, this was a very nice story and worth reading.

Star Rating: 4

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Party of Three by Sandy Lowe

A book with a difference!

What was the book about?:
The book is centred around three friends going to a very elite party. Each friend gets a small, semi-erotic novella of sorts and tells the story of them meeting someone special.

Featured Tropes:
Friends to lover, unrequited love, andro-femme, second-chance romance

Book Strengths:
I enjoyed the variety of tropes in this book. I found the sex to be very sexy and definitely felt excited each time I got to the next person’s story. The three ladies were all unique in their own way, by their personalities but also by what their backstory was and who they found attractive, which I liked because it didn’t feel like it was the same story over and over again. The best part was the round-up at the end in the form of an excellent epilogue. The quality of writing was top-notch, and the way the author tied the friends all together was great.

Book weaknesses:
So there were a few things that I struggled within this book. Firstly I felt the three ladies were younger than their stated 25 years. Secondly, I felt one of the characters went from not being interested then to changing her mind too quickly and having all inhibitions jump out the window. That storyline didn’t work as well for me. In saying that, the epilogue really made up for it, and it didn’t bother me as much by the end.

Character Chemistry:
Great Chemistry. My favourite characters were Sarah and Ryan. I would love a stand-alone story from them and Elle. Elle was a secondary character that intrigued me from her back story and the small part she played throughout the other stories.

Heat Rating: 🔥🔥🔥🔥

If this is a taste of what’s to come, I am excited to see what’s next from Sandy Lowe.

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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Playing with Fire by Lesley Davis

Takira’s whole world is her very successful restaurant. However that world comes crumbling down when her trusted manager takes off with money from the restaurant, and then to make things worse Takira’s sister dies, leaving her nephew behind. Now Takira’s needs to manage a restaurant back into the black while jumping in as a full-time parent. Life has become hectic, that is until Dante Groves walks into her restaurant and has all the skills she needs to replace her manager. Their working relationship is fantastic. Dante also knows more about kids than Takira does and Takira is more than slightly attracted to Dante, but if she pursues her and it goes wrong, she could lose everything all over again. Is it worth the risk?

I’m hoping this isn’t the last book in the series because I have really got invested in these characters. I’d even like a story from Juliette’s young sisters’ point of view because I can see she’s already a mini Trent, all butch and sensitive. Anyway, onto the review for the third book in the Playing Series, Playing with Fire.

I enjoyed the storyline of this book. Takira and Dante have chemistry bubbling away underneath the surface from the very beginning. The romance between them isn’t as quick as it was in the other books however, I think that was understandable with Takira having her young Nephew living with her. Also, the fact Dante was so invested in the restaurant and Takira’s Nephew, I don’t think their romance couldn’t be rushed.

I would have liked more from Scarlett and Bryce from the second book. Their scenes just seemed like glimpses instead of real scenes. I would have enjoyed Juliette and Trent’s POV like in book two. I think it would have made the series seamless having the first protagonists POV through the series.

I do, however, love that all the secondary characters have been followed through the entire three books. Mainly because with every book, their little Playing makeshift family becomes more significant and stronger… and Maybe more diverse!

My favourite parts of the books were when Takira, Dante and Takira’s Nephew, Finn, acted like a family. Dante made me swoon with all her butchness but also her fantastic sweetness when it came to Finn.

I’m desperately hoping for book four to come out soon!!

4 stars

 

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Never Enough by Robyn Nyx

Well, I was not expecting that… WOW!

Madison Ford is an awarding winner journalist. She’s reported some of the most terrifying news that happens all over the world, from foreign war to Trans rights. As a favour she interviews Elodie Fontaine, a famous actress who’s doing charity work as a humanitarian. Both women are immediately attracted to one another but when Madison becomes entangled in the story of the year related to a Human trafficking ring, their lives get more action than they were expecting.

This book was something else. At no point was I bored or skipping through pages. The pace was great and the segway from my usual romance novels to something with a bit of grit was really enjoyable.

Elodie was something else. The first chapter in the book had my mouth agape the entire time, talk about sex on legs! She was a walking, talking swoon. In saying that, I really liked Maddie. She was such a great character to read and I felt a real connection to her and her fierce need for independence. In the beginning I couldn’t imagine Elodie and Maddie together but by the halfway mark in the book I was really rooting for them.

The chemistry and sex scenes were explicit and unbelievably hot. More than that though, I really felt like Elodie and Maddie were connecting on another level during those scenes. It was like they had a higher level of intimacy.

For me there were times where the violence was a little much, however it never held me back for long and this book has definitely made me rethink some books I have passed up in the past due to the sub-genre.

If you love a thrill mixed with your romance, this is definitely the book for you. It’s already made it to the re-read shelf.

4 stars

 

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Ordinary is Perfect by D. Jackson Leigh

This was a lovely story. I really enjoyed it from beginning to end.

Catherine is the next door neighbour and a close friend to Becki and her daughter, Gabe. When Becki dies unexpectedly, Catherine is forced into a co-parenting situation with Becki’s close cousin, Autumn. Catherine and Becki are polar opposites, from different backgrounds and different childhoods. Catherine is ex-Army hiding out in the country while trying to cope with her PTSD and Autumn is a hot shot city slicker who is taking the social media world by storm and doesn’t have plans to slow down. But they both loved Becki dearly so they have to make this work for Gabe.

The story is read from both Autumn and Catherine points of view. The pace was perfect and with very little angst, it made it the perfect light read that I know will sit on many of your re-read book shelves.

In the beginning I couldn’t see Autumn and Catherine being anything but together and madly in love. They were perfect for each other (even though they clearly didn’t agree) but with the tragedy of Becki and the reality of becoming parents to a teenager meant any idea of a relationship was on the back burner no matter how attached to one another they were. It was actually quite endearing how much they both looked after each other (including Gabe) and made me connect with them on a greater level. Gabe had lost her mother but gained two in the most beautiful of ways.

The chemistry between Catherine and Autumn was intense. Even when they were just fantasising or day dreaming about each other, there was a thrum of heat and passion; it was almost tangible. The sex scenes on top of that were explosive and sexy as hell with the undercurrent of tenderness and love. It was really beautiful to watch the love (and lust) between them unfold.

I would have liked more of an epilogue, maybe further in the future and with more displays of how life was going to work in their little family unit. I’d also love a follow up when Gabe is older and looking for love… Maybe with Angel? Gabe is future swoon material.

Also wanted to mention how much I loved the cover… I want that dog so much!

This was a great book to get lost in and I look forward to re-reading it again soon.

4 stars

 

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