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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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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Beautiful Accidents by Erin Zak

This book had me on the edge of my seat from the get-go. I couldn’t get enough! 

What was the book about?:
Stevie is making it big in the Chicago Improv scene. She has one dream, and that’s to become an SNL host, and it looks like her dream is finally in reach. She doesn’t have time for romantic entanglements, especially when she could be leaving Chicago as soon as she gets her big break. 

Bernadette is a sign language interpreter for her best friend Constance who is a deaf psychic. When she isn’t with Constance, she is caring for her elderly deaf mother and those are her main priorities. 

But when Stevie is dragged by friends to see a psychic and meets Bernadette, her world is turned on its axis and she isn’t the only one feeling the major spark. But Bernadette can’t date a client of Constance’s as part of her work agreement and Stevies leaving anyway right? But they can’t seem to catch a break when they continuously bump into each other following Stevie’s reading. Could it be fate? Or a disaster waiting to happen?

Featured Tropes:
Forbidden love, Age Gap, Femme/Femme and Soul Mates

Book Strengths:
What a ride! This book had me glued from the moment Stevie and Bernadette are thrown together. I honest to god couldn’t put it down and felt like I missed the characters as soon as I finished. 

The storyline itself was very compelling but I also enjoyed getting to know the secondary characters and their backstories that really enhanced the plot and made the book so much more exciting… If that was even possible. 

Book weaknesses:
No epilogue. I know I am a broken record with this one, but it’s my thing. If Erin Zak wrote a short story (even one that made it to an anthology) or sequel for this book, I will happily remove this and rate it a full five stars.

Character Chemistry:
The chemistry between Stevie and Bernadette is incredible, and it was emanating off the page from the moment they met. I wrote down that one of the tropes is Soulmates and that term couldn’t be more accurate.

So I’ve just got to say this… A woman asking for what she wants in sex or a written sex scene is incredibly hot, but to do it with sass and confidence blows me away every damn time. And what blew my mind further is that the sex scene I am talking about is not the only one in there that left me a little light-headed. Hot Damn!

I was utterly taken with Bernadette and she probably gave me more heart-clenching moments than I would have ever expected from her character, but she still managed to be spunky and sexy the whole damn time. She was definitely the complete package.

Heat Rating: 5

There is just something about Erin Zak’s writing that just gets me. Whether she is writing Ice Queens or Age Gap romances, I am captivated. Watch this space, and I am predicting great things. 

Star Rating: 4.5 stars

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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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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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A Lesson In Love by Harper Bliss

This book knocked my socks off. 

What was the book about?
Helen is a professor at Oxford University; however, in her private life, she is the author of a lesbian mystery book series. When she meets Rory, the student who she will advise through her PHD, her life is thrown into a spin. Not only is she wildly attracted to Rory, which in itself is frowned upon (regardless of how mutual the attraction is), but she is also considering telling everyone her secret author identity.

Rory is drawn to Helen from the get-go and knows this is more than just a teacher crush. She just needs to convince Helen that the age gap and the student-teacher relationship isn’t an issue.

Featured Tropes:
Age Gap Romance/ Teacher-Student 

Book Strengths:
The writing in this book is excellent. Each chapter is told from one protagonist’s point of view. I loved this and how it fits in perfectly with the story and how both characters are going through very different experiences but their feeling for each other are very similar. I think their differences are what I enjoyed most. I love age gap romances, and honestly, this one is one of my favourites. I’m not surprised though because one of the best age gap romances is Seasons of Love by the same author. 

Helen is the character that changes the most in the book, and It was beautiful to ee. Usually, the younger character needs to change or grow up to fit in with the older character. It’s almost like Rory is the catalyst for all the changes Helen has been putting off and is now embracing. It was beautiful to watch her adopt her author persona.

Book weaknesses:
I would have really enjoyed an epilogue with a glimpse a few years later. 

Character Chemistry:
The chemistry between Helen and Rory is phenomenal. Their first sex scene was probably the most sensual I’ve ever read. Being in Rory’s head for that scene was exquisite and really showed how she felt about Helen, and it raised the intimacy level to another degree. I’m still in awe of that moment.

Heat Rating: 5

A great story and an awesome end to what is a fantastic series. I love Harper Bliss books, and this one was no different. She always leaves me wanting more. 

Star Rating: 4.5 Stars

 

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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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A Taste of Love by Clare Lydon

Can I move to the Cotswolds?

What was the book about?

Natalie is the village sweetheart. Everyone loves her; the only problem is she can’t find love. She has all but given up on love when Ellie crashes into her… literally! Ellie is from London originally, but she is ready for a quiet life in the Cotswolds with her newly opened Ice Cream parlour.

Neither women are looking for love, but love finds them, and with the usual wacky family members and village locals you are in for a wild ride!

Featured Tropes

Big City meets Small town, Village sweetheart, Small town romance.

Book Strengths:

Fantastic book! Once I started it, I couldn’t put it down and the late night/early morning finish was a testament to what a beautiful story it was. I especially loved the secondary characters in this book, especially Natalie’s Dad. He won my heart in a big way.

Book weaknesses:

I would have loved an epilogue for these two awesome ladies.

Character Chemistry:

Natalie and Ellie have chemistry in spades! The attraction was evident from very early on, and when they do finally get to the first kiss, it was explosive. The sexual tension and build-up was spectacular. I love how the author cultivated their passion for each other.

Heat Rating: 🔥🔥🔥🔥
Excellent novel and this new series is shaping up well. I can’t wait to start Harper Bliss’s book three in the Village Romance Series.

Star Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ (4.5 Stars)

 

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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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