Harper Bliss excels in writing age gap romances, and this is no exception!

What was the book about?
Ash is still putting the pieces of her life back together after her very stressful divorce. When she is sitting at her Mothers birthday party, she runs into her mother’s friend, Gloria. Something sparks between them, but neither is at a place in their life to pursue something more, especially with the family ties they have. But when both women can’t stop thinking about the other and struggle to keep their distance, would it be so wrong to have a fling? Or could it be something so much more?

Featured Tropes
Age-Gap, Family Ties, Toaster Oven

Book Strengths
Phenomenal book. And intense… so bloody intense. 

I absolutely adore this book in every way possible. It was magical, and I was utterly sucked in. Gloria and Ash’s love story surpassed all my expectations, and I just sat back and enjoyed the ride. 

I have to give a shout out to the secondary characters in this book because they made some of my favourite scenes even better. Especially Sindu. Every woman should have a Sindu in her life being her cheerleader.

I love this authors work, and many of her novels are my all-time favourites, but this one is currently fighting the others for the top spot. 

Chemistry
Ash and Gloria had a magnificent chemistry, like off the chart, fireworks bursting in the sky kind of chemistry. I swear their first kiss was one of the sexiest first kisses I have ever read. And the sex scenes are sexy as hell and knocked my socks off. This book was full of the hotness I look forward to in Harper’s books. 

The not sexual chemistry between Gloria and Ash was also lovely, and It allowed the reader to see a side of them both that was vulnerable but only for each other. 

Heating Rating
🔥 🔥 🔥 🔥 

Wrap Up
Listen, if you haven’t read this book already, then you’re crazy and should be dashing out to buy a copy. This book is one hundred per cent one of my favourites in 2020. 

Star Rating
⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️

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I love books set in Australia. It makes me love my chosen home even more… especially when Cheyenne Blue paints such a picturesque photo in the mind of the reader! 

What was the book about?
After being sidelined again by her family, Stevie stumbles drunkenly from a party on her family’s boat and ends up on someone else boat. Fast forward to the next morning where she wakes in the middle of the sea. 

Pleading with captain Kaz to turn around seems to be getting her nowhere as Kaz is on a timeline to sail to Melbourne for a protest. Trapped on the boat, Stevie decides to accept her circumstances, much to her dismay. What she isn’t expecting is the feelings she is having for Captain Kaz, and why is she all of a sudden enjoying their adventure? Shouldn’t she be desperate to get home and start her new job? Why does she wish for more time with Kaz?

Featured Tropes
Australian, Stowaway, WLW romance

Book Strengths
Do you know why I enjoy Cheyenne Blue’s books so much? Her characters are real, and they give me hope for the real world. Her characters have real emotions, authentic thoughts, moments of jealousy and above all, they love (as we all do) with caution and hope. 

What an interesting concept. Being trapped on a boat with another woman for a week and having no one but the two of you was quite a genius, romantic storyline.

I especially liked Stevie and how she saw the world. The emotionally raw moments, especially with her family, made her seems so real like I could feel her sorrow and vulnerability. 

As someone who enjoys sailing, I have to say that this book felt so relaxing to read. Cheyenne Blue used accurate descriptions, making me feel like I was on the boat, and I had dreams of being lulled to sleep by the ocean after finishing it.

I am sincerely hoping that Alana and her lovely daughter will be the next story from Cheyenne Blue. I can almost see the story forming in my brain. She was my favourite character (aside from Stevie), and I can see her getting into some romantic trouble. #swoon

If I have to choose a favourite section of the book, I’d say the moments in the end with Stevie and her mum and the epilogue. You all know I love a good epilogue, and this one was great. 

Book Weaknesses 
My one and only would be that I felt the story slowed substantially in a few areas where I would of like things to have ramped up. 

Chemistry
The chemistry is undeniable between Stevie and Kaz and really hot when they finally hit the sheets. I think I liked the build-up in this book to the sex because when it does happen, it’s explosive. Both Kaz and Stevie are so lovely together, even their non sexual chemistry is beautiful, and I enjoyed watching them become vulnerable with each other on an emotional level.

Heating Rating
🔥 🔥 🔥 🔥 

Wrap Up
Thoroughly enjoyed ‘All At Sea’ and I would recommend enjoying it with a wine or beer on a hot summer night. 

Star Rating
⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️
(4.5 stars)

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Even through the horrors of war love can be found and held on to.

What was the book about?
Think back to World War I, 1915, a time when women had to fight for the basic rights of being equal and to be able to vote. Johanna Lennox, a Scot from a working-class background and a trained nurse who is extremely good at what she does and has seen the worst of war can do to a human being. Into this mix add Ellie Winthrop, an upper-class young woman and who has lived relatively sheltered life, who signs up to the Voluntary Aid Detachment after a family member has been killed.

Johanna is fed up having to deal with many of the VAD recruits who have no real experience and nothing beyond a glorified idea of what the causalities of war might be. However, she is struck by and drawn to Ellie and her quiet efficient way of caring for the wounded men. A deep friendship is struck which grows deeper but is threatened when Johanna has to return to Scotland following her mother’s unexpected death. Johanna tries to stop their relationship as she feels that there will only be heart ache and volunteers to be sent to the front to help with the casualties. Ellie doesn’t accept this and continues to fight for what might be and what she knows is her future.

Featured Tropes
Historical, Medical, Romance

Book Strengths:
I loved reading about these two strong women. I felt I was there, seeing war and love through Johanna’s and Ellie’s eyes. This book is in no way a history lesson but a lesson in how love can grow and endure even in the most terrifying places. 

Character Chemistry
From the prickly start when they first meet Johann and Ellie’s relationship is a slow but consuming burn. Johanna’s willingness to sacrifice her happiness for what she thinks is best for Ellie considering her upbringing and societies convention is heart-breaking. Matron Campbell is a wonderful secondary character who helps both women on their journey.

Heat Rating:
4 Flames

Wrap up
Above all this is a story of love and how, through whatever is thrown at it, love will prevail.

Star Rating:
5 Stars

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I couldn’t put this book down.

What was the book about?
Verity Forsyth is retired. She spends her days with her nephew and planning dinner parties for her friends. Life got ultimately more interesting when Katie Ross moves into the flat below.

At first, Verity is annoyed by her new neighbour’s callous behaviour in regards to her motorcycle being parked in the garden. Still, when an unfortunate event happens, both women are thrown together, and when they get to know each other better, they are more alike than they first thought.

Can these women put aside their differences and move forward with a friendship that has the possibility of much more?

Featured Tropes 
Romance, age-gap, enemies to lovers, 

Book Strengths
What an incredible story and honestly it’s probably my new Amanda Radley favourite. The book flowed so effortlessly, and I couldn’t believe it when I had finished. 

This is probably the first Radley book that I would be alright if there weren’t a follow-up. Don’t get me wrong it would be a massive perk if there was, but this book finished just beautifully, and I was left with all the feels. 

I loved Katie, she was tenacious, and she hid her vulnerability of past hurts. The reader could feel her sorrow at times. She was a wonderful character to read, and as her walls came down, she became my favourite character.

I had the biggest crush on Verity throughout the book. The way she changes throughout the book was excellent, and I was swooning all over the place. Talk about the perfect woman!

Character Chemistry
The chemistry between Verity and Katie is slow to start as they are at odds with one another, but as the book progresses, you see the spark, and it forms into something beautiful. 

As with all Amanda Radley books, the sex scenes are fade to black, but you still get a feel for the emotional and sexual chemistry during the build-up to the sex scenes.

Heat Rating
Two flames

Wrap up
A remarkable book which is no surprise with Amanda Radley holding the pen. This is definitely my favourite Radley book to date, and I can’t wait to start it all over again. Not got plans for the weekend? Well, you do now!

Star Rating
5 Stars

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I thoroughly enjoyed reading this novel. It has everything I want in one; romance, sex, drama, comedy and a solid story to take you on an adventure.

What was the book about?
Dirt Nap continues from where Gallows Humor left off. So if you want to enjoy the whole story I would definitely recommend you read Gallows Humor first.

Corey Curtis is still recovering from the injuries she suffered from her fall and at times it is extremely debilitating. Her girlfriend Dr Thayer Reynolds is supportive as ever even with a issue she has to deal with at the hospital. Corey is getting back into work at the morgue and she has been called out to work with her mentor from college to collect a very and I mean very decomposed body. This discovery sets off a chain of events that could end in serious trouble. Keeping Thayer and Corey on the straight and narrow is Thayer’s grandmother Lillian. 

Featured Tropes:
Medical, whodunit, romance

Book Strengths:
Throughout the whole novel I was entertained. There were times when I laughed out loud at the situations the women found themselves as well as from the snappy dialogue, in particular from Lillian. There was a pace to this story which pulls and doesn’t drag at all. I was so connected to Thayer and Corey and their group of friends. 

Character Chemistry:
Corey and Thayer are wonderful together. No its not all roses and their relationship feels so real. Their chemistry is also off the charts. There is a deep friendship between Corey and Sargant Jim Collier even though it goes through some rocky patches. All the different friendships bring the whole novel together. 

Heat Rating:
4.5

Wrap up:
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this novel. It has everything I want in one; romance, sex, drama, comedy and a solid story to take you on an adventure. I can’t wait to read Carolyn Elizabeth’s next novel.

Star Rating
5

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Loved this book so much I listen to the audiobook straight after reading it!

What’s the book about?
Serena is living hand to mouth. Every paycheck counts and she makes them count. On an off day, she buys a lottery ticket, and it changes her life forever!

Gabrielle is ready for the next step in her Architecture career, but she has to compete to get the promotion. When she lands a Pet Day Care project funded by the newest lottery winner she knows if she can knock this out of the park, it will get her where she wants to be.

The more Serena drives Gabrielle crazy with the design, the more she develops feelings for her. But she needs to push those feelings to the side because falling for a client would ruin everything… right?

Featured Tropes
Slow-Burn, Animals, Client-contactor, Lotto winner, F-F

Book Strengths
This review will be slightly different. I’ve read the book and listened to the audio and to make sure I cover all my bases, I’ll add a short audio version review at the bottom. 

Ok… onwards! This book was fantastic and in a time such as now, it was the escape I sorely needed. I only wish I could have hung around in Serena and Gabrielle’s world a little longer. 

I’m not sure if it’s actually the case but this book felt longer than others by Kris Bryant and honestly, I was so ready for that. She’s such a phenomenal writer (and one of my favourites) that she could write War and Peace and I’d be excited. 

Lucky is written in the third person narrative which is quite the departure from script for Kris Bryant who writes typically in the first person. In my opinion, she’s one of only a few authors who I can read in the first person and thoroughly enjoy. However, the writing in this book was so tight and insightful that I’d almost only want Kris Bryant to write this way in the future. She nailed the emotion, tension and above all else – attraction, and we needed the third person to understand it all. Beautifully done, Ms Bryant! 

I’ve never read a first chapter that captures not only my attention, but set the tone so astutely for a novel! You really enter this book feeling Serena’s anguish and struggle due to her financial situation. So when Serena won the lottery, I burst into tears, knowing how deserving she was and ready for the story to make her dreams come true… 

I adored Serena, and she was, without a doubt my favourite character. I really felt a part of her more than anyone else throughout the story and shared in her emotions and reactions. She took me on the most significant journey. Whereas I was crushing on Gabrielle pretty hard from the get-go… what is it with me and crushing on fiction characters in books? *queue my wife’s eye roll* 

I think it should be left a mystery until you read the book but look out for a character from a previous novel! I squealed so loud when I realised it and then reread their book. 

Y’all know how much I love a good epilogue right? Well, let me tell you this book has a fantastic last chapter and epilogue! In fact, I would have forgiven Kris Bryant for not writing an epilogue because the previous chapter was so good. HOWEVER, the epilogue that does come is incredible and so very delicious! Major swooning for Gabrielle afterwards! 

Character Chemistry
Wowser!!! The connection emotionally and sexually between Gabrielle and Serena was intense and so very sexy! There is much sexiness to enjoy in this book… trust me! 

Heat Rating
4 Flames

Audiobook
I was apprehensive the audiobook would possibly ruin how much I loved this book, and that couldn’t be further from the truth. Brittni Pope did a fantastic job of depicting the characters and I thoroughly enjoyed her narration, especially her version of Serena. 

Conclusion
Wonderful book that honestly should be at the top of your reading list for June. Go grab yourself a copy now… you can thank me later!!! Enjoy! 

Star Rating
5 Stars

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Wow! What a story! It’s been two weeks and I’m still not quite over it. 

What’s the book about?
Morgan Ashworth works for death as one of her many minions. She’s the best at her job and truly believes no one can do it quite like her. She lost who she thought was her soul mate many years ago so what’s the point in trying to find the replacement when she knows it’s just not out there. She is happy doing her job and is content that her only friend is Death. End of.

That all changes when she has to administer an afterlife package to one of her employees, Jane Smith. It’s not helping matters that she is insanely attracted to Jane but also that Jane has a bucket list that Morgan can help her achieve before she signs her afterlife package… The only problem is that if number 12 on the list (Sex with my boss) is to be ticked off, then the attraction is definitely mutual. Which means Jane can throw Morgan’s carefully planned existence into disarray because Morgan cannot fall in love again. She can‘t, right?

Featured Tropes
Paranormal, Boss-Employee, Age-Gap

Book Strengths
This book was exceptional, and that’s not surprising as E.J. Noyes wrote it and she does blow me away every time she puts pen to paper to take us on the journey with her. E.J. Noyes is an exceptional author; there are no two ways about it. She has the ability to draw me into the story so much that I feel like I’m hovering over the characters being almost voyeur in their life. For me personally, it takes on a whole new element of reading. There are a handful of authors that can do that for me and she’s certainly one of them. 

Ok, so enough about the author and on to the book! Wow! What a plot and the characters were equally amazing to read. It was written in the third person which totally worked and is not the norm for this author, but she pulled it off beautifully. The pace was perfect and I couldn’t believe I had read through the night to then realise I had finished it, I was so immersed in the story. I loved Jane and Morgan equally and for very different reasons. I don’t want to go into backstories and plot too much because I think it could ruin the journey for you, but it’s one hell of a ride. 

I do want to shout out to the secondary characters though because some of the moments with Cici, aka Death and Jane’s mother, were my favourite scenes. Those two were hilarious but also just fantastic characters to read. 

I think the whole concept was fun and so out of the norm, I almost wonder how the storyline to came to be. Where did the inspiration come from? 

Character Chemistry
Jane and Morgan have chemistry in spades. In and outside the bedroom. They have kinetic energy that draws them to one another. They also feel a lot of each other’s emotions and are incredibly in tune. And let me tell you… They set the sheets on fire!!! 

Heat Rating
4 Flames

Wrap Up
Outstanding book! I want the world to stop spinning for 24 hours so that I can read it all over again. An immensely satisfying novel that is a perfect way to escape from his crazy world! 

Star Rating
5 stars

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I loved this book so much that I read it twice in a row!

What was the book about?
Rome has travelled to Italy to pitch her app to an app developer in her namesake city of Rome. That’s where she meets Nadine, a high-end escort with a thirst for life. Rome is drawn to Nadine as she has never been attracted to a woman before. Firstly she’s straight, and secondly, she doesn’t get attached.

But Nadine is different and brings out things in Rome she never knew she had in her. As they begin to spend more time together and get closer due to a scandal surrounding them, their feelings runs deeper.

But Rome is only in Italy for a short time, and Nadine is an escort that Rome has discovered she’s not ok with, in fact, it makes her downright jealous. So how can this ever work? Love knows no bounds, right?

Featured Tropes
Toaster – oven, Straight girl, Escort, Foreign affair

Book Strengths
I love an excellent Lise Gold novel and this is one of my favourites by her to date. I was immersed in the story from the first chapter and felt like I was part of the story. The story flowed beautifully and I read it in one sitting then started it all over again!

Nadine and Rome’s relationship takes us on a journey of self-discovery for both women while being sexy as all hell… Oft the sexual chemistry but I’ll get to that soon.

Lise Gold upped the bar on her writing in this book. Much like ‘Living’ she made the character’s realistic and added an element that drew me further into the story and totally captured my attention.

I think Rome was my favourite character, maybe because I saw a lot of myself in her. I loved how she embraced the city of Rome, and everything Nadine showed her. Nadine oozed charisma, and I think I fell in love with her a little bit because the crushing (or was that lusting?) was real!

Chemistry
The chemistry between Rome and Nadine was palpable and sexy as all hell. A few times, my mouth hung open with the sheer sexiness of them both together. Lise Gold definitely knows how to write a sex scene. There is also the intimacies that Rome and Nadine shared outside the bedroom that further endeared me to them, they really had a beautiful love story.

Heating Rating
Four stars

Wrap Up
This book is phenomenal and best enjoyed with a glass (or bottle) Frascati and lots of yummy Italian cheese. I highly recommend you grab your copy as soon as possible!

Star Rating
Five stars

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You know that children’s party game ‘Pass The Parcel’ where the kid holding the wrapped parcel when the music pauses gets to unwrap one layer of the multi-layered wrapping, and there’s a new wrapping underneath as a surprise? That’s what this story is. It’s a wlw pass the parcel. A plot twist turns up when you least expect it. It’s personal drama, couples drama, family drama, village drama. 

What was the book about?
When Peri Sanderson achieves her dream of moving from London to a cottage in the English countryside, she expects her domestic bliss will be complete when her wife, Karla, leaves her London job to join her. Peri sees their future together as growing vegetables, tending some chickens, and chatting with the locals by a roaring log fire in a quaint village pub. Sexy urbanite, Karla, has other ideas and they don’t include a move to the countryside. Secrets are everywhere. Peri quickly senses something not quite right among her rural neighbours, and Karla is not quite the worldly wise woman-about-town that she thinks she is.Temptation, betrayal and intrigue combine to change the lives of both women beyond anything they could have imagined. 

Featured Tropes
Cheating, Drugs, Slow-burn, Older lesbian, Divorce.

Book Strengths
Jen Silver writes like those people who tell you a story over a cup of tea and start off chronologically but then remember a bit they left out so they pop it in, then keep going, but tell it from someone else’s perspective because that’s how they heard it first, then settle back into the chronology again. It’s endearing. 

Country Living is told from multiple perspectives. You get Peri, Karla, Syd (Karla’s rich lover), Dani (Peri’s best friend), Sharon (Dani’s wife), Martin (the neighbour), Hayley (neighbour), Bean (neighbour’s daughter), Rory (neighbour’s son), Raven (Peri’s new love interest) all telling their side of the main stories and letting us see briefly into a new story that’s developing entirely on its own. It could drive some readers a bit bonkers because it’s like peeking in windows but not stopping to get a good look, but I liked it.

Book weaknesses
We are left in no doubt who the ‘villain’ of the story is. The consequences of her actions hit Karla again and again as her life disintegrates. In fact, as one brick is taken from the foundations holding her life together, another is added to Peri’s, therefore solidifying her life-change decision. There is one point when I drew in a sharp breath because I thought the consequence about to befall Karla was too harsh. She avoids it, which I was glad about, because it would have been all too much; like hitting a nail with an anvil. Dani and Sharon are written in as the counterbalance to Peri and Karla’s exploding-to-pieces marriage. If there’s a weakness here, it’s that we are not given any opportunity to form or bring our own opinion about cheating to this story. Our opinion is already there for us. Luckily, I went in with that viewpoint already.

This is a tiny negative; I really disliked the title. Country Living. There was so much more to this book that those two words, and they don’t do the story justice.

Character Chemistry
The chemistry between Karla and Syd is loud and incendiary, and the sex scenes feature two women desperate with need. This is the point. Karla is addicted. Addicted to her next conquest, her next sex partner, the next secret she can keep from Peri. Syd is also addicted, except her addiction is to use sex as a tool to manipulate. 

Peri and Raven’s chemistry is quiet and gorgeous. I actually wish we’d seen more of their romance. 

Heat Rating
3 flames

Conclusion
It is a mesmerising sport to watch the path people travel when they are followed by the consequences of their actions. For Peri, her path is new, even at sixty years of age, but a lifetime of path-making experience trails behind her. I reckon she will be absolutely fine. 

Star Rating
4 stars

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This book broke me then put me back together again. ‘The Road Home’ is Exceptional book!

What was the book about?
Gwendolyn Carter is an actress in Hollywood with a semi-successful career. She’s happy until the acting gig she wanted goes to someone else. Then when visiting her family for her Dad’s birthday, she realises that her mum is very sick, not only that but her Dad is insisting she stay and help. Things couldn’t get any worse. So she decides to stay to help and maybe get lucky at repairing her broken relationship with her mother.

But to even get to that stage, she needs to get over the woman who replaced Gwendolyn as her mother’s new daughter; the woman that is everything her mother wanted Gwendolyn to be. This woman is so goddamn beautiful and caring that Gwendolyn can’t think straight… literally!

So when she is forced to work with her “replacement”, Lila, to help her mother through her illness, she is resentful and angry, but the more time she spends with Lila the more she sees all the wonderful things that she is. She should not be feeling these things for Lila. She should stick to the plan to help her mum and then get out of dodge and back to Hollywood and definitely not fall in love with Lila Machowicz… right?

Featured Tropes
Enemies to lovers, Small-town romance, Old childhood hurts, age gap

Book Strengths
How do you write a review for a book that has you completely spun? Here goes nothing!

This is a must-read for romance lovers, and I kid you not, you need to take the tissues with you on this emotional journey. I am a fan of Erin Zak’s work. In fact, I have never rated one below 4 stars because her writing just gets me. But this book is beyond anything she has ever written and has set the bar higher for her future novels because this is a phenomenal piece of work. One hundred per cent her best book to date.

I really identified with a lot of the story, and even in the moments I didn’t, Zak tells the story in a way that all readers can feel the heartache, the warmth, and the dismay. It’s a talent she has shown us in the past, but in ‘The Road Home’, she goes above and beyond, making the reader feel like they are living the story.

Let’s start with Gwendolyn. The long lost daughter who had every reason to bolt from her hometown when she was younger. She is a tough nut to crack but, behind all her anger and hurt, is a wonderful, caring person who, in the end, deserved better than she got.

Then there’s Lila. Sweet and a little sassy but the kindest and most caring women ever. She knows Gwendolyn doesn’t like her, but she tries so hard to mend fences because she never wanted to take Gwendolyn’s place; it was just what happened. She also deserved better than she got.

So this made me put all my eggs in the Lila and Gwendolyn’s love story and this is a romance book, right? So they will get together… right? But their romance is only half the story. The other part is Gwendolyn realising her parents aren’t, in fact, perfect; that her Mum did some crappy things, but there was so much more going on than Gwendolyn’s ever knew. In fact, this is not only a love story but of finding love again from the people who are meant to love you no matter what.

This epilogue is a little different, but it’s truly excellent. It tied everything together and let me feel all the love and excitement for Lila and Gwendolyn future together. #perfection

Chemistry:
This is a hard one to explain because the chemistry is there from the beginning, but it builds as does their friendship/relationship. It’s not all flash and bang but a gradual falling in love and then when they finally hit the sheets it’s electric between them.

Heating Rating:
4 stars

Wrap Up
I can’t recommend this book enough and don’t think I’ll stop recommending it for a long time yet! Erin Zak has created something wonderful with this book, and I honestly can’t wait to see what she comes up with next!

This needs to be on every Lesbian Fiction readers ‘must read’ list. It’s exceptional!

Star Rating:
5 stars

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Susan X. Meagher does it again with this beautiful heartfelt story of finding your soul mate. 

What was the book about?
Avery is a different person from the one that left her hometown years ago, but the person that she made an ugly impression on in her teens is the one she now wants to befriend more than ever. 

Casey knows who she is, she always has. Even when the high school bullies gave her a hard time. Shoot forward in time to now, and one of the people that hurt her in high school is back in town. Not only that, but she is a lesbian too. But can people change that much to warrant becoming friends? She doesn’t think so.

When Avery needs a friend, Casey takes a chance, but Avery can feel that she is dubious about their friendship. What does Avery have to do to show she’s changed? And will Casey be able to forget the past to move on with the possibility of happily ever after?

Featured Tropes
Friends to lovers, Single mother, small-town romance, Old childhood hurts.

Book Strengths
Let me start by saying that I have been excited for this book for quite a while, so when I finally got my hands on it, it did not disappoint. I think I am always going to be front and centre to anything Susan X. Meagher writes. The reason I love them so much is that she writes the whole story, not just the romance but the entire build-up, the friendship, the romance and then the love. The best part of Susan X. Meagher’s books is that she lets us hang around in the couple’s lives for a while after they get together. There is no rushing here and what you end up with is nothing short of a swoon-worthy novel.

Casey was one hundred per cent my favourite character. She is sweet and incredibly caring to everyone she encounters. The way she steps up for Avery time and time again just wowed me, and I wanted to be her friend. Avery has changed so much, but she struggles to communicate her true feelings for Casey, and when she finally did I think I shouted “Hooray” so loud my neighbour probably heard because these two really deserved a chance at happiness. 

There is a beautiful baby girl in this book called Lisbet, and she just adds to what is already a great story. In fact, Susan X. Meagher has a perfect way of writing infants and young children. She seems to get it spot on from how it feels to be pregnant, to understanding the love and anxiety that goes into raising a young child. As a mum myself this ticks a big box for me. 

The epilogue in this book was worth the wait and just wrapped this book up beautifully!

Chemistry: 
This is a hard one to explain because the chemistry is there from the beginning, but it builds as does their friendship/ relationship so it’s not all flash and bang but a gradual falling in love and then when they finally hit the sheets it’s electric between them. 

Heating Rating: 
3 stars

Wrap Up
Another phenomenal story from Susan X. Meagher, and one that I can’t recommend enough. Especially in these times where a nice long read with an adorable love story is just what the doctor ordered!

Star Rating: 
5 stars 

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Danger and desire mixed with the sun, desert, oasis and a coal train….what more could happen

What was the book about?
Elizabeth Turner (Ellie) had lived in Mauritania with her father but now she is back as the US Ambassador. An ex-CIA and ex-politician, Ellie feels that she can do more for Mauritania as an Ambassador, but things aren’t going according to her plans. Agent Angel McTaggart (Tag) is part of a private security sent to ensure the safety of the Embassy as well as its occupants and in particular, the Ambassador. A crowd has gathered at the front of the Embassy and shots are fired causing heightened tension. Sparks fly within as well in a play of wills, Angel demands that the Ambassador do her things her way for her own safety but Ellie is convinced there are others options. 

Featured Tropes:  
Action, romance

Book Strengths:
I have never been to Mauritania but the descriptions in the book are so vivid that you could feel the sun, sand and the cool breeze of the oasis.

The build up of tension, danger and desire are wonderful. You are kept at the edge of your seat waiting to see what will happen next. 

Interaction between and with minor characters set the scene and background for a really great read.

Character Chemistry:
Ok these two women are off the charts hot together. They are strong and determined but desire, lust and love find a way through armour. Although the book ended it gave a possibility, I think anyway, that maybe there might be more from Ellie and Angel to come.

Heat Rating:
5

Wrap up:
I loved and thoroughly enjoyed reading Guardian Angel, the best kind of escape at the moment.

Star Rating:
5

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An Irish ghost tale as its best

What was the book about?
Nora McNeill has left her home in the USA to spend three months in the village in Ireland where her grandparents grew up. On her first walk around the village and not looking where she is going, Nora manages to frighten the horse Briana Devlin is riding. Nora is captivated by Ireland and the stories her grandparents told her but there was one story they didn’t tell her. While staying in a cottage Nora starts dreaming of a family and starts seeing and smelling things. Her relationship with her cousins is going well and even her hesitant friendship with Briana has been able to withstand its inauspicious beginning. But with finding herself covered in mud and fully clothed in her bed Nora finds that what she believes is real isn’t. Nora is set on a course to find a young girl who disappeared over 150 years before. Can this search tear apart what is a burgeoning romance, and will it eventually lead to Nora’s demise?

Featured Tropes: 
Supernatural, Romance

Book Strengths:
I was on the edge of my chair reading this story. The descriptions of the village of Cong and its surrounds is so good you feel you are there. The ethereal sense of the supernatural is strong as you are drawn into Nora’s dreams. All the characters are interesting and lend themselves to makes a wonderful story.
Ireland! What is not to love about Ireland.

Character Chemistry:
Nora’s and Briana’s initial meeting was a disaster albeit funny to the reader. Their chemistry is very slow burn through a strong friendship that develops through the story. Sheila and Quinn are great secondary characters as is Nora’s great aunt.

Heat Rating
4

Wrap up
What better setting that Ireland for a ghost story. A ghost story which doesn’t completely scare the heebie-jeebies out of you but leaves you thinking of many possibilities.

Star Rating
5

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Harper Bliss put everything into this book and what a pay off. It’s fantastic.

What is this book about?
Anna lives in a small town in upstate New York. Her life is very scheduled, and she has little time for disturbance in her life. But when whirlwind, Zoe buys the local book shop, her life is never the same again. Thrown into a rollercoaster of emotions, Anna has to navigate the possibility that her well-constructed walls aren’t as unbreakable as she thought. 

Featured Tropes
Opposites attract, Small-town romance, single mum

Book Strengths 
This trilogy is made up of three novellas. I considered reviewing each one separately, but by the time I finished I felt like it would be best enjoyed as a whole so as such, I am going to review it as a whole. 

Two Hearts is very much a journey of self-discovery, love and acceptance. Let me just start off firstly by saying Harper Bliss is one of my favourite authors. When I discovered At Water’s Edge all those years ago, I realised what a truly fantastic soul she was. I have followed her writing career throughout the last five years, and I think this book was not only raw and emotional, but it must have taken an incredible amount of courage to write in comparison to her others.

I understand now why this book was written in three parts because there are three parts to Anna and Zoe’s story and probably a fourth if you include the beautiful, well-executed epilogue that takes part three years after the book finishes. 

Anna and Zoe really do have a beautiful connection, but it’s not plain sailing for them. They both come with a heap of baggage, but it’s so worth it. As I am reviewing this as a complete trilogy, I’m not going to into much detail about the story because all you need to know is in the synopsis, but I will say this, Anna and Zoe deserve your time. I know many of my followers will love these three novellas, but here’s a tip… buy as a whole and read this as a full novel. You won’t regret it. 

Character Chemistry 
The chemistry between Anna and Zoe is very much there, but it’s a slow build. In fact, their non-sexual chemistry is possibly my favourite parts to read. The slight touches and flirty banter made for very good reading and helped lighten the more emotional parts of the book. When they finally get tangled in the sheets it is absolutely worth the wait, I was expecting tame, but that wouldn’t be Harper Bliss now, would it? 

Heat Rating
3 flames

Wrap up
What an excellent book. If you’re looking for an emotional with a beautiful story, then this series is for you. 

Star Rating
5 Stars

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An action-packed romance that will keep you on the edge of your seat!

What was the book about?
This is the third book in the After Dark Series so please read Infiltration and Pursuit first otherwise you will miss out on reading a fantastic series!

Tyler, Brooke, Jennifer and Caden are back and we are introduced to the two main characters of this book, Dylan Prey and Emma Quinn.

The story leads to Russia to tie up the dangerous loose ends. Dylan has been working undercover within the Russian mafia for 3 years and is almost to the stage where she can bring it all together. Emma is a NSA cyber analyst “geek” and hasn’t worked in the field at all. Teaming these two up with the rest of the group to get the job done has its problems but each woman is most certainly capable of doing her own part without a doubt. Raw emotions, danger and love will out.

Featured Tropes: 
Action, adventure, romance

Book Strengths
Every single character in this book, as with the two previous novels, are very well written. They aren’t cardboard cutouts they are so vivid. I love how you are drawn into the danger with the characters and you are willing them on.

Character Chemistry:
Dylan and Emma are brilliant together, they complement each other, and they spark from the very beginning which eventually turns into a flame. Tyler and Brooke, Jennifer and Cayden are still wonderful in their own couples.

Heat Rating
5

Wrap up:
I have to say that I have really loved this series. Jackie D hasn’t actually said that this is the last book yet. But if she does then it’s a great ending and I will miss the characters. I look forward to reading more novels by Jackie D as I am sure they will be just as entertaining and enthralling.

Star Rating
5

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