Pursuit of Happiness by Carsen Taite

Phenomenal book. I didn’t want it to finish.

What was the book about?:

After the Presidential candidate drops out, Senator Meredith Mitchell is next in line for the race. She’s been groomed for this moment her whole life, but she’s also just found a love interest, Stevie, who distances herself from the limelight and scrutiny from the press. Can Meredith have both? The presidency and the women of her dreams?

Featured Tropes: Political, Lawyer, Soul Mates

Book Strengths:

This book is not only my new favourite Carsen Taite novel, but it is also going into my all-time favourite Lesfic bookshelf too. It’s smart, sexy, and packs one hell of a romantic punch! 

The back story is also intriguing and kept me gripped to the very end. It was a nice addition to an amazing love story!!

There aren’t many books that I would be okay with no epilogue, but this one stands among the few. That doesn’t mean I’m not willing to beg Carsen Taite for a sequel because I’d love to continue Stevie and Meredith’s love story, but the ending to this book was perfect. 

Character Chemistry:

The chemistry in this book is excellent. The build-up to the sexual intimacy is slow, but it made me really love these characters more. There was no rushing into sex, but when it happened, it was beautiful and special. 

Heat Rating: 3

Stevie and Meredith are my definition of soul mates, and I couldn’t get enough… Please do a sequel, Carsen?!? No angst, just more of the Presidential Fairytale for Meredith and Stevie. I’m already planning when I can reread this. 

Star Rating: 5

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Reviewed at Les Revêur (26)

 

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Living by Lise Gold

One of the best books I have ever read!

What was the book about?:

Ella Temperly has been an actress her entire life. For the past two years, she has been suffering from severe depression from the death of her twin sister. The book begins with her reaching her breaking point and attempts suicide. Enter Cam Saunders. She rescues Ella from drowning. Six months and lots of therapy later, Ella decides to reach out to Cam. Cam and Ella have to navigate their feelings for each other while the paparazzi speculate about their relationship.

Featured Tropes: Friends to Lovers, Celebrity Romance, Mental Health, (trigger for suicide attempt)

Book Strengths:

The writing is incredible, the story is fresh and unique, and the characters are so well developed. This is a story that will stick with you for a long time to come. Honestly, there is not one thing to dislike about this book, and I would recommend it to anyone.

Character Chemistry:

From the moment they meet, even under the dire circumstances of Ella’s suicide attempt, the chemistry was there. Cam’s patience with Ella makes you love her, and Ella finally exploring her sexuality makes the romance sweet and exciting.

Heat Rating: 🔥🔥🔥🔥

Lise Gold never disappoints and this book is her best yet!

Star Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Spencer’s Cove by Missouri Vaun

Well, that was not what I was expecting!

What was the book about?
Abbie Spencer lives a secluded life. She is painfully shy and is in no way happy about the executor of her family’s estate employing mystery writer Foster Owen to write their family history.
Foster needs the money before she loses her house so she agrees to the terms of the contract because writing a family history novel should be easy right? It might even help her writer’s block. But it is far from easy, and as the story unfolds the biggest mystery to Spencer, is Abbie.
Their connection is undeniable and the more time they spend together, the stronger it gets. But other forces are at play. Can their love conquer all? 

Featured Tropes:
Butch-Femme / Paranormal/ Romance 

Book Strengths:
Missouri Vaun has this way of taking me into the word she has created and does not let me out until I’m finished the book. I read this book through the night and couldn’t put it down. So unlike what I expected but then by the end, I knew the story couldn’t have been told any other way. I just loved it from start to finish.

Character Chemistry:
The run-up to the sex scene was so intense and alarmingly hot. Watch out for the library scene, and it was just the build-up… Wow! Missouri Vaun definitely knows how to write great sex scenes, but I think her major strength is the pre-sexual build-up that heightens the sex scene to a new level. 

Heat Rating: 🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥

I’d really love more from this story and these characters. Evan, in particular, needs his own story. I am 100% behind this story being the first in a magical series. If one believed in magic, then one may think this story was true. It darn well felt like it.  

Star Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Irregular Heartbeat by Chris Zhett

Be still my beating heart

 What was the book about?: Former rock star drummer, Diana Petrell, is giving medicine one last try and begins her E.D. residency for the second time. The first was 8 years before but the lure of stardom and the stage pulled her away. There are only two people who know her true identity, the Chief of Staff who hired her and her supervising attending, Dr Emily Barnes, a stiff, by the book woman. If anyone finds out about her previous career she will be fired before giving the hospital a bad name.

Featured Tropes   Ice Queen meets hot rock star.

Book Strengths: I have never read Chris Zett before and did not know what to expect. What I found was a well written and a new twist to a medical romance. I enjoyed this story very much and would read more of the writer.

Character Chemistry:

This is a slow burn romance but when it takes off it’s on fire. Diana is my favorite character. She is strong and driven. She does everything by the book. The other residents give her a hard time by the treatment she is allowed to do, not knowing this is her 2nd time around.

 Heat Rating: 🔥🔥🔥🔥

I enjoyed this story very much and would read more of the writer.

 Star Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

 

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Reviewed at Les Revêur (16)

Jolt by Kris Bryant

This is one of the first books I ever read in this genre, and I think it’s what made me such a fan of Kris Bryant’s.

What was the book about?:
Beth is an author. She’s quiet, shy and she’s has had her heartbroken which makes her more than a little nervous when she meets folk singing star Ali Hart and has an instant connection. They are both volunteers at a camp for kids, but Ali’s only helping out for a week. Beth is under the impression that Ali is in a relationship, so she decides to stay away to protect her fragile heart. Her assumption is wrong, and on their last night in camp, the chemistry reaches fever pitch. They decide to try and make it work even though Ali is on tour and Beth is still at camp a few more weeks. However, will they have enough time with each other to make it work?

Featured Tropes:
Celebrities/ Singer/ Novelist/ Introvert/ Long distance relationship

Book Strengths:
The book is written entirely from Beth’s point of view, and she is just such a wonderful character to read. Her inner thoughts and feeling are so developed I’ve often wondered if Beth is based on a real person that Kris Bryant knows well. Ali calls Beth perfect a few times in the book, and I have to say I agree, but one of the main reasons (and there are lots) is how she becomes more herself when she’s with Ali. Ali is Beth’s opposite in many ways, but they share the same core values, and it was those things that made me excited for their journey after this book. Ali also has these moments of severe vulnerability and insecurity, and those moments made me melt because she has this strong and extroverted persona.

Character Chemistry:
The chemistry between these two characters is off the chart, and the sex scenes are some of my favourite I have ever read. However, if you read my reviews, you know that Kris Bryant writes my favourite sex scenes anyway.

Heat Rating: 5

This book is one of my all-time favourites and is always my go-to book when I need something to take me away from the world and into the safety of a book hug.
Star Rating: 5

 

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Jericho by Ann McMan

Keep the tissues nearby because you will laugh so hard, you cry!

What was the book about?:
Syd Murphy relocates to Jericho, VA to take a position as the town librarian
following her failed marriage. Straight (maybe?) Syd meets the town’s lesbian
doctor, Maddie Stevens before she even gets to Jericho when Maddie has to
rescue her. Syd becomes immersed in the town drama pretty quickly and
develops a fast friendship with Maddie, who she doesn’t know is a lesbian. Syd
and Maddie have to navigate their growing feelings for each other, while also
being wrapped up in the lives of many of the residents of Jericho.

Featured Tropes:
Friends to lovers; toaster oven

Book Strengths:
Ann McMan has a way of bringing characters to life. She writes with gut-busting
humor, astonishing descriptions, and a realism you just don’t find, at
least to this degree, in most books. Even though this is an exceptionally long
book, you will still be sorry to see it end.

Character Chemistry:
I love a toaster oven romance. Watching Syd come into herself, and the love
that grows between her and Maddie is so special. It’s also great to see them
totally miss all the signs that love was on the horizon. These two were meant to
be together.

Heat Rating:🔥🔥🔥

Thank god there is a sequel!

Star Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

 

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Healing Springs by Rhavensfyre

Unexpectedly Fantastic!

What was the book about?: 

Selene McAlister had it all; fame, fortune, beauty, until one day it was all taken from her in the blink of an eye. After a life-altering car accident, Selene is forced to return to her family home in Healing Springs (aptly named for the springs on the family’s property). Selene is lost, no longer able to write and her memory has gaping holes in it. Amy Fontaine, Selene’s best friend from childhood, runs two successful businesses in town, and she is determined to help Selene find her way again. As old secrets are unearthed and lost memories revealed, Selene has to come to terms with the choices she made and how they affected her, as well as the people she loves the most.

Featured Tropes: 

Friends to lovers; paranormal

Book Strengths:

This is a truly engaging story that will keep you interested from beginning to end. The books are powerful and stick with you. It’s so good I have reread it three times. 

Character Chemistry:

I love Amy so much. The love she has for Selene seems transcendent. Even though I spent a lot of time going back and forth between having sympathy for Selene and wanting to slap the hell out of her, I never once didn’t want her to find the light at the end of her tunnel.

Heat Rating: 🔥🔥

This story and these characters will stay with you for a long time after you close the book.

Star Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

 

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Under Your Skin by Lee Winter

If you loved The Red Files, you have to read Under Your Skin!

What was the book about?:
It’s been a year since the caustic queen, Catherine Ayers, told the world (literally) she was in love with Lauren King. They have built a nice life together in D.C., and now they are off to Iowa for Lauren’s family to meet Catherine and to plan their wedding. Of course, it wouldn’t be Catherine and Lauren if there wasn’t drama a foot and another big story to crack. This time involving Catherine’s estranged family and her ex-girlfriend, who was responsible for her exile to the L.A. gossip columns. 

Featured Tropes:
Ice queen, a sequel

Book Strengths:
This book is a great follow-up to The Red Files. I loved getting to see the next chapter in Lauren and Catherine’s lives. It was great to learn more about the backgrounds of both women and see Catherine get closure around so many things. Lee Winter always writes a great book with a strong cast of characters and a story that keeps you glued to the pages.

Character Chemistry:
Catherine and Lauren are a perfect fit. There is a whole array of quirky characters, most of whom are related to Lauren. I grew especially fond of Meemaw, and really enjoyed the interactions between her and Catherine.

Heat Rating: 🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥

This book is everything you want a sequel to be, and more.

Star Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

 

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The Red Files by Lee Winter

Swoon!

What was the book about?:

Lauren King always wanted to be a hard-hitting news reporter. She left her small Iowa town with big dreams but ended up in L.A., instead, working as an entertainment reporter. Catherine Ayers, the iciest of ice queens, is a disgraced former D.C. Bureau chief who has been exiled to the same entertainment beat as Lauren. Lauren and Catherine have a love-hate relationship, as in they love to hate each other. When they stumble on a huge story, they have to work together to get to the bottom of it while dealing with private corporations and government agents trying to stop them at every turn. This brings them closer, and I mean really closer, together. After the story is published, Lauren realizes she is in love with Catherine, but Catherine doesn’t seem to share those feelings. 

Featured Tropes: Age-gap, ice queen, enemies to lovers

Book Strengths:

This book has it all: action, adventure, intrigue, murder, hot sex, and love. All the characters bring something to the story. Nothing is just there for filler, and every character is unique. It is one of the things I adore about Lee Winter’s writing; she builds an entire world of people who are real. This is a truly magnificent book that will keep you on the edge of your seat the entire time you are reading it. 

Character Chemistry: 

Lauren and Catherine are amazing together. Catherine’s acerbic personality perfectly complements Lauren’s sweet Midwestern charm. If you love an ice queen like I do, you can’t help but fall in love with Catherine Ayers. I have also listened to this book in audio, and Victoria Mei really brings all the characters to life, but Catherine… well, like I said to begin with: SWOON!

Heat Rating: 🔥🔥🔥🔥

Lee Winter never fails to deliver an entertaining book. The Red Files takes this to another level.

Star Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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A Shot At Love by T.B. Markinson

Great start to a new series!

What was the book about?:
Josie’s career is over as a speechwriter for American politics. She decides to take a break from her American life and head to her Mum in the Cotswolds for some space and soul searching. She’s not looking for romance, just a place to hide out until she can move forward with her life, that is until she meets Harriet.

Harriet is fresh from a divorce and looking for an escape when her uncle offers up the chance to run her own ‘small town’ newspaper. She jumps at the chance and is settling into her life in the village.

When Harriet and Josie meet, they have a connection from the very beginning. But with Josie not looking for romance and Harriet not believing anyone like Josie could want her for more than friendship, can they ever really make it work?

Featured Tropes:
Transatlantic, Femme-Femme

Book Strengths:
I am really on board with the new style of each book in the series, having a different author. From reading them in the past, I think the authors draw strengths from each other, and the series, in general, turns out great.

This book is so very charming and would be perfect for a holiday read while lying by the pool or on the beach. It’s funny, and the characters are really well-formed. I especially liked the secondary characters and the central location being in the pub. It gave it a great British feel and set the scene to the humour of the locals and their antics.

My favourite part of the book was the epilogue, which tends to be the case in most books. But this epilogue, in particular, was really great.

Book Weaknesses:
I felt the book lagged a little in the beginning. After the 20% mark it picked up, and I settled in for a great read. At one point the conflict between Eugeuie and Harriet felt a little much, but by the end, I liked that it was part of the story.

Character Chemistry:
The chemistry between Josie and Harriett was tremendous, and I enjoyed all the moments where they were on their own. Look out for the tree moment… Wow!

Heat Rating: 🔥🔥🔥

I really enjoyed A Shot at Love, and I think this is already shaping up to be a great series. I can’t wait to see what Clare Lydon and Harper Bliss have in store for the next two books.

Star Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

 

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