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:

Bold Strokes Books

 

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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

If you would like to purchase your copy of Love’s Verdict please follow the links below:

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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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Amazon AU

Amazon UK

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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

Amazon US

Amazon UK

Amazon AU

Amazon Canada

 

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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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Take Your Time by VK Powell

The last book in the A Pine Cone Romance series was excellent and I reckon VK Powell wrote the perfect book to round up the series.

Dani Wingate is new in town and working in a small country Vet clinic. None of these factors are what Dani wants. She wants to go back to he big city and continue working at the zoo she loves but budget cuts have forced her hand. So why does the world tip on its axis every time deputy sheriff, Grace Booker is around? Especially when Dani despises cops. Grace is a small town girl and looking for love, something Dani is not looking for or ready for… So why does she feel so connected to Grace?

On one hand I was glad to finally get the last book in the series but in the other, I am really heartbroken it’s over. These three books have such beautiful nuances in many ways but are completely different in other aspects. For one, each book is written by a different author but all the characters from each book are the same. And while each author is telling a different protagonists story, each time they are able to keep each of the personalities constant throughout. I would have loved to be a fly on the wall when all three were plotting the stories out.

This is the first VK Powell book I have reviewed and I am excited to see what else I can nab from her back catalogue… If you have suggestions throw them my way.

Both Grace and Dani’s characters are developed well and I was so excited to get to this book because they have had staring roles in the first two books and I was well and truly intrigued. I actually think this book had me hooked more than the first two because from the first book, Take My Hand by Missouri Vaun, I knew I wanted to know Dani and Grace’s back story and I was pleasantly surprised.

Grace for me was the star of the book, I think mostly because I feel like I am Grace in a lot of ways so when she done and said certain things I was very aware that my own response would be the same if not aligned. In saying that, I thought Dani was a bit of a stud and wouldn’t have minded chasing her around Pine Cove. When these two were able to lock the world out there was some really beautiful moments and I shouted at my kindle screen more than once, “Dani just let go” or “Dani you idiot”… Yes, I got more than a little caught up in the excitement of the Pine Cone Drama.

I reckon if these are the sex scenes VK Powell can write then I have been missing out and I will definitely be checking out more because WOW!

All in all… Fantastic!

5 stars

 

If you would like to purchase

Bold Stories Books

Amazon US

Amazon AU

Amazon UK

 

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Q&A with May Dawney

May Dawney hit the lesfic scene earlier this year with her Ylva published debut Survival Instincts, and has since gone it alone with her series, The Veil Chronicles. The first book in that series, Wild Magic, has been out since April, and is currently free on Amazon until the end of today. Wild Magic tells the story of Ania Zaleska, who lives a perfectly ordinary—albeit floundering—life in Poland’s second-biggest city until the day she explodes. She’s dug from the rubble of her apartment building by shadow mage Noah Otieno, whose job it becomes to get Ania’s wild magic under control.
Noah is affiliated with the Society for Psychical Defense but she has kept herself away from magical politics as much as possible. Now she is in charge of potentially the most powerful magical weapon on either side of the war, she must decide how she can best keep her safe—especially when their magic brings them together in ways only wild magic can.

Check out her Q&A with Erin Hodgson from Write Hand Woman NZ below:

What is your writing Kryptonite?
Social media. Facebook groups can be such a time sink!

If you could tell your younger writing self anything, what would it be?
That she’s fine, and that while she could have done a lot of things differently, things happen when and how they happen. She did good. Perhaps I’d tell her to believe in herself a bit quicker. It would’ve made her life a little easier going forward to know that she has the skills she needs.

How did publishing your first book change your process of writing?
In every way. I was lucky to have an amazing editor and mentor in Sandra Gerth (Jae) and a wonderful publishing house in Ylva Publishing. They taught me so much about not only the process of publishing, but also on how and what to write. Everything from reader expectations to proper comma placement came up and it’ll shape how and what I write forever, I’m sure.
What was the best money you ever spent as a writer?
I think this might not be money I spent but money I did not earn. I pretty much quit my job the second Survival Instincts finished its editing. I knew without a doubt that writing was what I wanted to do with my life, so I jumped in head first. I kept a small part-time job and took the occasional assignment to cover bills until I started earning enough with writing to cover them. I ate a lot of dry (grainless) pasta! Ha! But the freedom that leap gave me was worth all the income I no longer had.

As a writer, what would you choose as your mascot/avatar/spirit animal?
I Jekyll and Hyde on this. I’m either a soaring eagle and the words soar, I get massive word counts in a day, and the world is mine to do with as I please…or I’m a sloth. I try to minimize the sloth days, but you know, those buggers creep up on you!

How many unpublished and half-finished books do you have?
Two in editing, two in writing. Oh how I wish for more hours in the day! 😉

How many hours a day do you write?
As many as I can fit in! Anywhere from four to ten on an eagle day, but on sloth days, I’ll be lucky to get one or two.

How do you select the names of your characters?
I tend to pick the most commonplace names for my characters that seem to fit them. I don’t like exotic names because they draw focus away from the story. “Claire” just reads easier than “Krystabelle” Nothing wrong with “Krystabelle,” but it takes some time to decipher. Its my firm belief that readers should be reminded of the fact that they are reading a book, not living the story, as little as possible.

Do you hide any secrets in your books that only a few people will find?
Not on purpose, but because I tend to plunge readers in the middle of my stories, there are many things in them that get interpreted differently by different people. I love hearing those theories!

What is the most difficult part of your artistic process?
Plot holes! I plot out all my stories, make sure the timelines work, set up each character’s arc before I start to write and inevitably, I will end up with a hole the size of Alaska somewhere that I did not see coming until I am on the edge of it and go “Oh. Damn.” Then it takes a week, minimum, to fix it. So frustrating! But that is also what makes the process of writing so much fun. You always surprise yourself as well. Always.

How long on average does it take you to write a book?
Because of the plot hole issue and sloth days, about a month. For the first draft. I’m working on minimizing the risk of plot holes and sloth days to get that number down!

Once Upon A Princess by Clare Lydon & Harper Bliss

A love story that ticks all my lesbian fairytale fantasies… A must-read.

Princess Olivia is being forced into an arranged marriage to her ex-girlfriend (whom is of a certain pedigree) by her mother, the Queen of England. Olivia decides to have a few weeks in the Cornish Coast to clear her head and get ready for her pending nuptials. So, in disguise, she becomes a wealthy Londoner working for her family’s company. Just being away from the Royal family circus gives her time to reflect and meeting country girl, Rosie is the icing on the non-wedding cake. Rosie is down to earth, fiercely independent and everything that Olivia wants in a wife.  As they begin to fall for each other, Olivia starts to question her loyalty to Royalty (BOOM). Can Olivia and Rosie really make it work? Can Rosie love Olivia, the Princess?

I knew before starting this book it was going to be something wonderful with Clare Lydon and Harper Bliss at the Helm.  I read it in one sitting and couldn’t put it down for a moment. I am not a royalist by any means but I do have a soft spot for Meghan and Harry so reading this book while their wedding was taking place was even more magical. I kept picturing Rosie and Olivia getting married instead of Harry and Meghan… it just heightened the whole experience.

The writing was on point and I would really love to sit down with both authors and ask how they did it. Who wrote what sections or characters?

The characters were extremely fun to read and I was willing them to succeed from their first interaction, the chemistry between both Rosie and Olivia was beautiful and the sex scenes were not only extremely hot but you could also sense the real connection between both characters in the those intimate moments.

An excellent story line that will grip you from the beginning.
5 stars

 

If you would like to purchase Once Upon A Princess please follow the links below:

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Amazon AU

Amazon UK

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