Playing Passions Game by Lesley Davis

What a fantastic story!

Trent loves computer gaming. She works for a games store near her home, she plays games online with friends at weekends and competes in gaming competitions with her team. Her life is gaming and that suits Trent just fine. Until she meets Juliette… Then everything changes. She doesn’t do entanglements but she can’t stop thinking about Juliette. Trent doesn’t want the heart ache that Juliette could bring but she also can’t help herself either.

Honestly, I was reading Playing with Fire and then I released that this book is a series. So, I swiftly put it down and started the first book in the series, Playing Passions Game. Thank goodness I did because it’s such a wonderful story line. The book is written from both protagonist’s point of view which I love. The story is quick and not much angst which again was right up my street.

I absolutely love Trent. She’s the epitome of sexy for me. She’s butch, sweet, a game nerd and cares about everyone in her life. She’s amazing and honestly, I hope she continues to be a part of each of the following books in the series. Juliette complimented her in every way and I think what I loved most was she gave Trent the comfort and love to be who she was without pushing her into something she isn’t. It was all one major swoon.

The chemistry between Trent and Juliette was magnificent and really added a whole other sexy level to their intimacy. The sex scenes were written incredibly well while still being extremely hot.

The secondary characters were also fantastic. I really adored the chemistry and comradery between the set of friends. Also, how much they all support each other. They gave me the feels when they talked about how they care for and support each other.

If this is a taster of the series, then I am 100% on board!

Loved it. 5 stars

 

If you would like to purchase Playing Passion’s Game please follow the links below:

Bold Strokes Books

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As the Crow Flies by Karen F. Williams

What a fabulous book. It has some of the best story telling I have ever read, I simply couldn’t get enough.

This story follows the love story of two couples. Sam Weller, famous Novelist and the older Gwen Laraway. They meet over an antique book end that Sam is looking for the matching end. They find each other alluring from the beginning but between Gwen thinking she’s too old and a series of odd events happening that are keeping them apart, it was a rollercoaster ride for these two. A much slower romance is Liz and Isabel. Liz is related to Sam through marriage and comes with her on her quest to find the other book end. When Liz see’s Gwen’s niece, Isabel for the first time, all her casual relationship ways fall out the window as she can’t stop thinking about Isabel and wants much more than a meaningless fling. Isabel is so sweet and innocent she seems not to be seeing Liz’s affections for more than friendship but as time wears on we see that Isabel is just acting as a novice in love.

This book is so brilliantly written with great pacing and such interesting and enchanting characters. I was transfixed from the very beginning. I can’t believe it has taken me so long to read this authors works.

I enjoyed both romances thoroughly and kept thinking what a fantastic series this book would make. Sam and Gwen ticked my age-gap romance box big time. I enjoyed their conversations and how in tune they were. I have to say though that my favourite romance was between Isabel and Liz. I reckon those two were supposed to find each other no matter what. Isabel’s naivety and innocence really drove their story and I loved the way Liz became so protective over her even though normally Liz would normally be the aggressor in an relationship.

There is a scene where Isabel shows up at Liz’s door unexpectedly and it’s my favourite scene in the whole book because it funny, upsetting, endearing and gave me the butterflies all at once. Anyway, I digress…

All in all, this is a fabulous book and I would love for it to have a sequel. More please!

5 stars

 

If you would like to purchase As the Crow Flies please follow the links below:

Bold Stokes Books

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The Road To Madison by Elle Spencer

I basically started this story lying in bed one morning and didn’t put it down (or leave the house) until I finished it. I was entranced from the first chapter and hung on every word until it was finished. 

Ana and Madison were madly in love when they were teenagers. But when Madison’s father puts a stop to their relationship they are both left heart broken with no one ever quite measuring up to each other. When Madison’s father dies they bump into each other at the funeral and chemistry and love bubbles back to the surface. But can they ever really be together when the past still haunts them? 

This book gave me all the feels. Elle Spencer is fast becoming one of my favourite authors. She transports me into the story and I feel like I’m living vicariously through the characters. The pace was perfect, especially for this love story. It gave the reader the time to understand the characters and their past and why they were so cautious. 

The book is written in the present but there are flashbacks to the relationship Maddie and Anna have as teenagers. The love they feel as kids is so potent that you understand the degree of heart break they both went through. Maddie and Ana are the very definition of soul mates. They complete each other and their second chance at being together is so beautiful. I mean don’t get me wrong Elle Spencer makes you work for it as they navigate their feelings but at no point do you question their love. It’s at the forefront from the first chapter.

The love scenes were intimate while hot and passionate. Even as teenagers the tentative touches and exploration was written beautifully. 

The secondary characters were so important in this story and I think I bonded with them… well, the nice ones anyway. Especially Kris and Scott whom I just loved every time they got page time. I’m kinda hoping Kris gets her own love story… she certainly deserves it.

All in all this was a fantastic story! 

5 stars

 

If you would like to purchase The Road To Madison please click the link below:

Available now from Bold Strokes Books

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Available from Amazon on 14th of May

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Full English by Rachel Spangler

A beautiful love story that reaffirmed my love in this genre.

Famous novelist, Emma Volant Is running from a broken heart and a messy divorce. She lands in a little village in England where she plans to hide and heal. But the community around don’t allow her to hide and graciously welcome her in ways she isn’t always sure she’ll enjoy. Through this, she meets jack of all trades, Brogan and they begin an easy friendship. But when feelings of a more than friendship surface, Emma doesn’t trust she’s over her traumatic divorce but she does know she’s never felt like this before… can you fall in love while fixing your broken heart?

The first chapter drew me in completely. I was thoroughly intrigued by Emma’s presence in the village. Why was she there? What had happened? Who had broken this woman? And with every chapter the story drew me in more and I became completely entranced by the storyline.

This book is a very slow burn but beautiful in the fact that it is. No one’s in a rush here so you can enjoy the ride of two people who are genuinely meant to be together falling in love. I think if the protagonists had rushed into things at any point it would have ruined the story and the friendship the author built for these two first was just a strong foundation of what turns out to be an all-encompassing love. It was really beautiful to watch it all unfold.

Brogan for me was just perfect but more so perfect for Emma. They complimented each other beautifully. There is a scene in chapter 15 where Emma is sternly talking to some of the villagers and it was such an emotional moment and I had not released I was crying until I finished the chapter. The moment just pulled on every heart string I have and I was so immersed in the moment I hadn’t realised I was also part of the emotion.

As said this is a slow burn but when Brogan and Emma finally give into their chemistry it’s explosive! It was probably one of the sexiest while incredible intimate sex scenes I’ve ever read.  It was not only perfect for these protagonists but perfect for this reader.

I can’t close off this review without mentioning secondary character, Lady Victoria. And absolutely begging Rachel Spangler to write her story into a romance novel because I can’t get her out of my head. She deserves a happy ever after… pretty please?

5 stars

 

If you would like to purchase Full English please follow the links below:

Bywater Books

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Perfect Partners by Maggie Cummings

Absolutely Fantastic!!! This book was just one massive swoon for me!

Sara’s whole life is training police service dogs and their human partners. She is the best and her job is everything to her. When she meets new recruit, Izzy she doesn’t expect to feel so drawn to her. Granted, Izzy is incredible in most every way, except she’s a cop and Sara doesn’t date cops and especially not cops that are her students… too dangerous in too many ways! But why can’t she get Izzy off her mind? And it’s clear the feeling is mutual.

I actually adored this book! I finished it in one sitting then started it again from scratch. Completely a book made for me in regards to plot, characters and just the overall romance… ahhh swoon!

Who knew my perfect protagonist was a femme cop called Izzy! Izzy is the embodiment of one major swoon. She’s gorgeous, loquacious, incredibly sweet but fierce and courageous! She’s got the cop thing going for her (I’ve sooo got a thing for cops) and on top of that she is great with her service dog, Chase! I’m telling you, this girl has it all! I could see why Sara found her the ultimate temptation.

Sara was so very lovely too (although honestly Izzy was my favourite) and incredibly genuine. I reckon if anyone deserves to find her soulmate and be blissfully happy, it’s Sara. The more intimate moments and the sex scenes were beautifully written and really connected the characters well.

Maggie Cummings goes from strength to strength and still ranks as one of my favourite authors. Her books are just plain fun and I get so much enjoyment out of just kicking back and relaxing with her stories.

Keep em’ Cummings… 5 stars!

 

Available now from Bold Strokes Books in Paperback or eBook. Just click the link below:

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Love’s Verdict by Carsen Taite

I really enjoyed this book, it had me all swept up in the romance from the beginning.

Landon Holt and Carly Pachett are total opposites, the only thing they have in common is that they are phenomenal lawyers. Carly is reserved and quiet but highly talented at researching her cases and has the smarts to wow, not just her clients but also her bosses. Landon is suave and self-assured; her clients warm to her easily and trust her implicitly because her confidence makes them feel safe. Carly and Landon work tirelessly together but as we all know, working so close and the fact opposites always attract means these two are bound to fall for each other but how wise would it be to fall for the woman gunning for your promotion?

I really enjoyed this story. It was fast paced and I loved the interactions between Carly and Landon. Carly and Landon were so serious about their jobs that when they teased and flirted with each other it was a nice escape from the seriousness of the legal case they where involved in. Also, Landon was really able to soften Carly’s character and in turn Carly really changed in the second half of the book and became much more likeable for me. Landon however, I was fascinated with from the beginning. Her confidence is attractive but it’s the moments she vulnerable that really had me. When you first learn about her background I found it hard to imagine with the beautiful soul I was reading about. However her experiences really lead to making her a fantastic character. She might be my new favourite character from Carsen Taite.

My only complaints would be that I’d have loved a longer epilogue and also I am not a fan of book covers with the protagonist on it as it confuses what’s in my imagination. In regards to the epilogue, I really loved the way things were left in the last chapter but when I read the epilogue, I longed for a little more or even a further time gap. But if you read my reviews you know I love an epilogue, especially one that is six months to a year after the last chapter!!

All in all, another great read from Carsen Taite.

4 stars

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More Than Words by Harper Bliss

Katherine Jones has just given up her job as an escort/ high-end female sex worker to open up her very own Pink Bean coffee shop with her best friend, Rocco. Katherine isn’t ashamed of her job and rightly so, so why does Rocco’s hot aunt, Hera have an issue with it and why is Katherine so attracted to her, especially with the clear distain for Katherine due to her last job. But with so much attraction between these two can Hera find a way to be open minded about Katherine? And not see her as just her ex job?

I love Katherine from previous books in the Pink Bean series so when she was put into the limelight in this novel I was more than a little excited. And Harper Bliss wrote her in perfectly. I love Katherine’s Sass and enthusiasm for life and it made me love her even more. She is definitely a favourite of mine throughout the entire series. Hera was the opposite of Katherine in every way and boy do these opposites attract. It took me a little while to warm up to Hera but that was probably more due to the fact that I support Sex work as a right woman have, so when she was pushing against it she put my hackles up a bit. But by the end I was really taken with her and her smarts. 

I did however think that the change in Hera’s view of Katherine maybe happened too quick for me to believe it was real. And I found the ending was too abrupt and I’m secretly hoping that, maybe like Caitlyn and Jo’s characters, Hera and Katherine will get two books to cover their romance. That would drastically change my comment about how the book ended. I was also hoping for some spice from Katherine’s sex scenes in regards to the way she was in ‘Love Without Limits’ and I understand why it didn’t happen that way but if there was a second book I reckon it would amp up the volume. 

Book number nine in the Pink Bean Series and going strong. I am really looking forward to seeing what comes next from this series and Harper Bliss.

3.5 Stars

Ticket To Love by Donna Jay

Donna Jay really writes novels that are just so feel good while still being incredibly naughty!

After being caught by her mother in a compromising position, Tara flees Australia to live with her Aunt in New Zealand. There she rents a room off of her Aunts, Boss (and friend), Kathryn. Kathyrn has been hurt before and isn’t in the position to ever feel that way again but she can’t help this chemistry she has with Tara.

This was a lovely book, the romance was very sweet but also fun and a little naughty at times. I thoroughly enjoyed the dynamic between the two characters, I especially loved the age-gap romance trope so that had me hooked from the being.

Both these women have been through the wringer in very different ways but somehow by being together they help each other heal and move on. The sex scenes do have some BDSM in them but Donna Jay, as always, writes them in such a way that they seem lighter. I also like how her books are 100% romance with a side of BDSM instead of other books (mainly erotica) that become wholly focused on the sex.

I always love how much Donna Jay adores her country of New Zealand and describes it to a tea. Every time I read one of her books I am ready to visit NZ all over again.

Great story and definitely one that will sit on my re-read list.
4.5 stars

If you would like to purchase Ticket To Love please follow the links below:

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Paper Love by Jae

As a stationary enthusiast, I knew this book was right up my street.

Anja works for her boss and friend at a local stationary shop in Freiburg. Unfortunately, she isn’t aware the shop is failing and only finds out the truth when her boss’ niece, Susanne arrives to make some very tough decisions about the shop. Anja is instantly attracted to Susanne but isn’t so crazy about how she views the community of Freiburg, as well as the shop itself.

They battle with feelings but the spark is there and they’d be silly to not see what could happen… But Susanne will go back to Berlin and her life soon so is there any point?

The story was solid and I like the idea of them saving this little shop that was always meant to succeed. I really enjoyed Anja’s character and think she was really something special with her naïve ways and bubbly appearance. And when she is with Susanne, the chemistry between them is definitely there.

This is probably not my favourite book of Jae’s and I found I just didn’t connect with the characters like I normally do in Jae’s novels. In saying that, it did still have some beautiful moments and had all the little Jae touches that make it special.

I would however been keen for Jae to write a follow up story on Miriam and Franzi. They were both major highlights for me and their relationship seemed fun and at times, I wished we had more depth into them as characters.

All in all, a nice sweet romance from Jae

3.5 stars

 

If you would like to purchase Paper Love please follow the link below:

Ylva Publishing

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Lost for Words by Andrea Bramhall

I couldn’t have loved this book more if I tried. 5 stars. 

Sasha lives with her mother who is recovering from cancer, she works as a massage therapist, writes scripts in her spare time and the highlight of her week is hanging out with her best friend. That is until her mum and best friend send her script into a competition to get made into a movie. Jac is the media head and director for the movie. She’s cool, confident and isn’t in the market for love, that is until her first telephone conversation with Sasha and what begins as lust turn quickly into much more.

This book is an emotional rollercoaster (100% my kind of book), there are moments you’ll laugh, moments you’ll swoon and then moments where you will shed a tear or two. Completely worth every moment of your time. The build up to Sasha and Jac falling into each others arms was fantastic and I was glued to the page. The chemistry between Sasha and Jac was amazing and the sex scenes… Wow! I was reading one of the sex scenes on the train home and I was blushing the whole way.

I hadn’t realised at the time but Andrea Bramhall’s other book Nightingale is actually the book that Sasha writes and it’s the story she wins the competition with. It’s not a requirement to read Nightingale first but I know you’ll want to read it after. I know I will be heading to the Ylva website to download it straight away after I finish writing this review.

I really loved how much time was given in the book to Sasha and Jac as couple. I don’t always enjoy when an author ends the book once the protagonist’s have gotten together but this book really allowed for the reader to get to know them better as a couple.

Andrea Bramhall is fast becoming one of my favourite authors. Her book Just My Luck is constantly on my re-read list and I think this book jumps into that category too.

Wonderful read. 5 stars.

 

If you would like to purchase Lost for Words please follow the links below:

Ylva Publishing

 

 

 

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