How Sweet It Is by Melissa Brayden

Everything you need to know about this book is in the title.

Author Synopsis

Some things are better than chocolate…

Molly O’Brien is a sweetheart. Her friends and neighbors all think so. While she enjoys her quiet life running the town bakeshop in Applewood, Illinois, she wonders if there could be more. After losing the love of her life four years prior in a plane crash, Molly thinks she’s ready to navigate the dicey dating waters once again. However, you can’t always pick who your heart latches on to. When Jordan Tuscana, the beautiful younger sister of her lost love, returns to town, Molly finds her interest piqued in a manner she wasn’t prepared for.

As secrets are uncovered, Molly and Jordan must figure out how to navigate the difficult terrain of their multi-faceted relationship. Especially when something much deeper seems to be bubbling between them.

 

My Review

Jordan has always been in love with Molly. Unfortunately Jordan’s older sister, Cassie got there first and Jordan spent the rest of her life comparing every woman to Molly. When Cassie dies, Molly thinks she’s done with love but what happens when Jordan strolls back to town four years after Cassie’s death? Had Molly overlooked the spark with the younger Tuscana sister? And can she really betray her love for Cassie?

I really loved Jordan’s character, she portrays this ‘devil may care’ attitude to the rest of the world but with Molly she’s incredibly sweet, caring and genuinely believes Molly is the only girl for her. Jordan begins to woo Molly but in Molly’s determination to withstand the minefield that is her feelings for Jordan, we learn how loosing the love of your life changes a person. It makes them think about life differently and about people differently.

These two women paint a hot scene when they finally make it to the bedroom but as much as it’s hot, it’s also endearing and loving but with a facet of excitement.

All round great novel from Melissa Brayden but I’ve come to expect nothing less.

5 Stars

 

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Storms by Gerri Hill

Author Synopsis

Estranged from her father and four brothers after her mother’s death, Carson Cartwright is not expecting a call from her twin. He urges a reconciliation before their father succumbs to his final illness. Though she has spent more than a decade trying to forget her family existed, the circumstances pull her back to the Montana ranch where she grew up.
Carson discovers her brothers divided over plans to change their working ranch into a guest ranch, and their consultant, Kerry Elder, doesn’t seem above using her wiles to get her way. Kerry finds that while she may have her clients right where she wants them, it’s the wayward sister that may be awakening something she has long denied.
The big Montana sky crackles with thunder and lightning as emotions twist in unbidden directions. Neither Carson nor Kerry is prepared for the wild storms of summer.

My Review

When Carson goes back home after 12 years of being estranged from her family, she expects nothing but hostility. She’s surprised to find that her brothers haven’t changed but the ranch she grew up on has. Her father has ran it into the ground and her brothers have brought in a consultant to get them back in the black. Carson happens to find the new consultant just as alluring as her brother does but isn’t she getting too old to be chasing her brothers girlfriends?

Fantastic story and probably my favourite Gerri Hill book to date. When I started this book I thought it was going to be just another great love story but his one has a little more darkness to it. Carson’s dad is dying but she doesn’t feel bad for him and she’s not sure she’ll ever forgive him, even on his death bed. The only person she can really tell this to is the stranger whom she feels an odd connection to and that person is Kerry, the consultant in her brother’s employ. I liked Carson a lot, she easily played the annoying little sister when she would wind up her brother, Cody about his ex girlfriend but then would be the loving, sensual and caring person when she was with Kerry. Carson’s relationship with her twin brother Chase was great and I enjoyed watching them become close again. It really honed in on the heartbreak Carson felt from being shunned by her family.

Kerry was easily the star of the book for me. She embraced her feelings for Carson and even though scared, she was honest from the beginning of their relationship and always wore her heart on her sleeve.

An all round fantastic book that I feel could easily be made into a series or even a sequel. There are many avenues these characters could go and still be intriguing enough to pick up the many books that could stem from such a great couple.

5 stars

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Take Me There by Julie Cannon

Another Foster McKenzie Book.

Authors Synopsis

What would you do if the woman sitting across from you at the negotiating table is the same woman you shared a bed with twelve years earlier?

That’s exactly the situation when Adrienne Phillips enters the offices of Foster McKenzie. Sloan Merchant, the opposing attorney, is a rising star in the world of corporate law with one of the premier companies in the world. Adrienne has never forgotten the thrill of desire in Sloan’s eyes, the sound of her name whispered in the dark, the rising crescendo of the pleasure of her touch, and the heartbreaking loss when it was over. Sloan has the world at her feet and any woman at her fingertips so why does she dream of her college fling? And what in the hell is she going to do now with her sitting across the negotiating table in one of the biggest deals of her life?

My Review

Take Me There is structured around four protagonist’s. Elliot and Lauren are back from Julie Cannon’s 2007 novel Come Get Me and they are still very much in love. Lauren is trying to get Sloan from Elliot’s office paired off so she can experience the type of love they have, the only problem is Sloan isn’t interested in Lauren’s match-making. That is until Adrienne Phillips walks into her office and back into her life who she once had a college relationship with that was nothing short of fireworks. The spark is definitely still there between them but Adrienne’s life has changed, not only is she a widow but a mother to the sweetest 3 year old daughter.

So firstly, I think any reader should read Come Get Me first because you truly will know the meaning of the love Lauren and Elliot share and the obstacles they conquer to be together. Secondly I think this book should be an opening to another novel about these four characters or maybe a novel involving a new couple with another two couples being in the backdrop. I say this because I felt I didn’t get enough closure at the end from Adrienne and Sloan.

I really enjoyed having more from Elliott and Lauren because I really think their story is one I have treasured from the moment I put down the first book ‘Come Get me’ but with Sloan and Adrienne I just feel their ending was rushed and I would like to see more.

I thought the story about Adrienne’s wife dying and being left with the child was really interesting because as a mother and wife it is something that has worried me in the past, that ‘what if’ feeling. So I think I could see why Adrienne was so dubious and thought she could never love anyone else. At times I wanted to know from the author that Adrienne did have the same or stronger feeling for Sloan instead of second hand ones or lesser than what she had for her wife.

All in all I really enjoyed the plot and it definitely left me thinking. I really hope Julie Cannon adds a third and final book to reinforce the love between Adrienne and Sloan. Looking forward to seeing what comes next.

4 Stars

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Strike A Match by Fiona Riley 

A Perfect Match Novel

Author Synopsis

Every date that firefighter Sasha McCray has had in the last year has been orchestrated by matchmaker Samantha Monteiro through Perfect Match, Inc., and she still has nothing to show for it. After a series of near matches, Sasha has all but given up on finding that special spark with someone else.

Accountant by day and reluctant millionairess by night, Abby Rossmore wants nothing more than to be the normal girl she reads about in all those romance novels. But the truth is, once people find out about her family, their interest in her flares for all the wrong reasons.

When Samantha tries to help Abby and Sasha discover they have more in common than being unlucky in love, they have to decide if their shared passion will blaze on or burn out. Could they be each other’s perfect match? Or did the notorious Miss Match strike out?

My Review

We are back with the third and final book in the A Perfect Match series by Fiona Riley. Well hell… Strike a Match is probably one of the hottest and sexiest books I’ve read this year.

Our resident Miss Match is back and doing her usual to stir up the love lives of the rich and famous. As we all know from the first two books Samantha has a knack of finding love for everyone, including herself. Now she’s married to the beautiful Lucinda from the first book, Miss Match and that has just inspired her more to find true love for everyone on her client list.

Abby is a little over the match making work of Samantha. She thought she found a spark with Shelly (from book 2 Unlikely Match) but that wasn’t meant to be. She has all but given up until she has one last date with the gorgeous fire fighter, Sasha. Sasha to has also been paired with Shelly but it all went to the way side when Shelly found her perfect match in, Claire. No matter, Samantha has someone new up her sleeve for Sasha in the form of millionairess, Abby. But Sasha doesn’t know about Abby’s bank balance and Abby is reluctant to come clean when she knows her money has attracted the wrong people before.

I can’t believe it but Sasha and Abby are my favourite couple in this series. I love how down to earth they both are and it reflects what a perfect match they could be. From the moment Sasha graces the page I knew she was someone special but she becomes even more enthralling when matched together with Abby. Abby never wants to throw her money in people faces, she enjoys keeping it on the down low and not attracting too much attention but when Sasha set her sights on her she has no choice but to let go because she is attracted to everything that is Sasha.

The sex scenes in this book are hot, much like the entire series but this book takes it to a whole new level. Sasha and Abby’s chemistry is just off the chart and it just build up more with every turn of the page.

The only thing that stuck with me was that I really missed Shelly from this series and wished she had made more of an appearance however this did not reduce how much I adored the book.

I really think that Fiona Riley is one to watch and I will continue to get extremely excited every time I get one of her books to read. I am really excited for what comes next.

5 stars

Other books in the series:

If you would like to read the reviews for the other books in the A Perfect Match series please click the links below.

Miss Match by Fiona Riley

Unlikely Match by Fiona Riley

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Twice In A Lifetime by Clare Lydon

I absolutely adored this book from start to finish.

Author Synopsis

Once bitten, twice shy?

When her first love walks back into her life, Harriet Locke is thrown – because Sally McCall still looks as gorgeous as ever. The trouble is, Sally doesn’t trust Harriet, and with good reason: she hasn’t forgotten the past.

Sally loved her once, but 17 years later, is that still the case? And if it is, there’s just the small matter of living in different states, as well as convincing Sally she’s worth taking a chance on again.

Will Harriet and Sally be lucky enough to find love twice in a lifetime?

From the best-selling author of London Calling and Nothing To Lose comes a witty & wondrous story of second-chance romance!

My Review

I absolutely adored this book from start to finish. When childhood sweethearts Sally and Harriet meet again years later, old hurts and new feelings resurface. Harriet has always regretted letting the love of her life slip through her fingers but is this her opportunity to fix the hurt she once caused? With the main reason they fell apart the first time being the distance between them, will this be their undoing once more when they live miles apart? And will Sally forgive her enough to even try?

I was wanting Sally to forgive Harriet from the moment they saw each other again. When it comes to star crossed lovers, these two definitely fit the bill. The chemistry between them was hot and when they had moments of closeness and sincerity, my heart was beating out of my chest hoping these two would make it.
Clare Lydon writes some of the funniest characters in the book world but I think Aunt Paula from this book has topped the billing. Even though she is a secondary character, her personality holds her in centre stage. Every moment she graced the page I was holding back laughter and sometimes not successfully.
Another brilliant story from Clare Lydon.

5 Stars.

 

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Love After Hours by Radclyffe

A Rivers Community Novel. Book 4.

Author Synopsis

Carrie Longmire loves life with a passion—whether it’s her job as a hospital CEO’s admin, star pitcher for the hospital’s softball team, or her latest romantic possibility, she gives 110 percent and won’t take less from anyone else. Maybe that’s why she’s still single. She’s never met anyone who could convince her they wanted anything more than a fling. Friendly was fun, but not where she wanted to hang her heart.
Gina Antonelli had big dreams once, of riding her athletic achievements all the way to West Point and being the first in a long family line of soldiers to serve as an officer. When that dream died along with the girl she’d planned to marry one day, she’d vowed to forget about happily ever afters. Love hadn’t gotten her anything but a broken heart and a ruined body.
When Gina agrees to renovate Carrie’s soon-to-be new house as a favor to her brother’s boss, she doesn’t welcome Carrie’s overtures at friendship or her own unexpected attraction.

 

My Review

I always know when I pick up a book by Radclyffe that she won’t let me down and ‘Love After Hours’ is no different. There is something about Radclyffe’s books that draw me in and keeps me reading. She’s like the god of Lesbian Fictional Romance and it is obvious she’s here to stay.

Carrie is back and it looks like love is on the cards. Her love interest is contractor Gina Antonelli. She’s dark and mysterious, with a temper when she doesn’t get her way at work and her and Carrie clash from their first conversation. As time moves forward they realise that there is a very potent chemistry between them but will Gina’s past hold them back from really falling?

I’ve been really invested in the Rivers Family Romance series from book one and every book that passes I wished that Carrie Longmire would get her book and thank god it’s finally here because this girl deserves love. I really enjoyed getting a more in depth knowledge of Carrie from her point of view. Her relationship with Gina is off the chart hot from the minute they connect. I really can’t wait to follow more about this couple.

This book also goes into more depth about Blake’s transition and his friendship/relationship with Margie. There is something really wonderful about the way Radclyffe has told Blake’s story from book 2 and let it continue into all of the following books. I was worried it would stop at some point but she’s kept it up throughout and his and Margie’s story is probably my favourite to evolve through the series!

Blake and Margie are so together about everything for teenagers. I wish I could have been more like them at that age. They chat through everything and are very frank with one another, it’s honestly so refreshing. And probably another reason these two are my favourite protagonists in the series so far. I really hope that one of the books to come in the series will focus solely on them because I really love their story as they evolve together without much angst or heart ache, they just work!

Can’t wait for what comes next. 5 stars

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Product details

  • Series: A Rivers Community Novel (Book 4)
  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Bold Strokes Books (November 14, 2017)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1635550904
  • ISBN-13: 978-1635550900

 

Excerpt from Love After Hours by Radclyffe

Chapter One

Carrie pulled her red and white Mini Cooper convertible into the farthest slot in the nearly empty staff parking lot behind the Rivers and squinted to relieve the ache in her barely focused eyeballs. Too early. Too much sun. Who the hell got up this early in the morning anyhow? Her idea of morning started around eight, not five thirty. She grabbed her bag, locked the car, and hurried toward the side entrance to the administrative wing, navigating the gracefully meandering flagstone paths between flower beds and towering trees mostly by memory, refusing to be seduced into a cheery mood by the ridiculous beauty of the place. She lost that battle halfway across the green. Assaulted by the scent of fresh-mown grass and Sweet Williams, she stopped, took a deep breath, and surrendered to the pleasure of being in the place she loved most in the world.

And really, who wouldn’t fall in love with the stately old red brick hospital, with its sweeping lawns, lush gardens, and imperious perch above the quaint village nestled below it. Usually she loved coming to work, as long as it wasn’t in the middle of the damn night! Today was a special case, though, and she picked up her pace. She needed an hour at least to get the weekend’s accumulated emergencies taken care of if she was going to make it to pre-op by seven. Mondays always sucked, but with everything going on, this one was already shaping up to be worse than usual.

Never mind—handling the tough stuff was her job, after all. Once she triaged whatever emergent problems had been directed toward Presley’s attention after the end of the workday on Friday, she could safely ignore anything else until at least noon. Flann had said she’d be done well before that.

The wide marble-floored hall leading down the center of the administrative wing was empty. All the sane people were home in bed. She ducked into the coffee room to put on a pot and have her second cup of the day. Maybe this would get her brain working. Why did anyone think it was a good idea to come in this early? Bad enough Presley always started before the sun came up, and Carrie had to be in by seven thirty or feel guilty all day that the boss was working three times as hard as her.

Not that she regretted the decision this morning. She’d volunteered to go through the mail, because if she didn’t, Presley would, and Presley needed to be with Abby right now. They all did. That’s what friends did, offered moral support during times like this. Presley would never ask her to come in this early, but someone had to, and that’s why she was the admin, after all. She was the wall, the immovable object that kept all the daily traumas and dramas away from Presley so Presley could do whatever it was CEOs did. Not that she didn’t know what Presley did every day—she logged Presley’s correspondence and handled follow-up phone calls and, more often than not, took over projects once Presley had all the necessary moving parts moving the way they should. Presley had to focus on the big picture—the one where the hospital stayed open and the community had accessible health care and the town didn’t dwindle away and die like so many other rural towns. Presley had dragged the Rivers back from the edge of extinction and probable demolition in the last half year but was still juggling finances, staff issues, insurance contracts, and new hires simultaneously. That’s why she’d finally been able to talk Presley into letting her spearhead the renovation of the emergency room and the expanded trauma area and MRI suite. Really, how hard could it be to handle a bunch of construction workers? She wrangled a team full of guys into line three times a week from the pitcher’s mound—mostly they were like a bunch of puppies, rambunctious and tending toward chewing on the furniture, but a swat on the butt usually brought them into order.

She smiled thinking about the upcoming interleague tournament as she hunkered down at her desk and powered up her computer in the alcove framed by tall white arched columns adjacent to Presley’s office. The only thing she loved more than her job was pitching for the hospital softball team, especially when they were in first place. As long as Blake’s surgery went well, she’d be playing tonight.

Her stomach tightened. Okay, so she was really nervous, even if she didn’t have any reason to be. The anxiety was normal, right? Even if she did work in a hospital surrounded by constant emergencies. Even if she lived with a doctor who was called out in the middle of the night almost every night of the week for some emergency. Sort of lived with, although not so much anymore, and not for much longer.

But this was different. This was family. How quickly they had all become family—Presley and Harper, Flann and Abby, Blake and Margie. All the Rivers family, and the ones they loved and who loved them. Blake would be fine. Flann was an exceptional surgeon and Glenn would be with her, steady, solid Glenn, who was everyone’s strength, especially Flann’s and Abby’s right now. And her cousin Mari. She smiled to herself. The cousin she didn’t know she’d had until just a few months before, now as much family as the one she’d grown up with.

“Is the boss in?” a husky, irritated voice demanded, jerking Carrie’s attention up from her screen.

A woman in khaki canvas pants cinched by a wide, worn brown leather belt, work boots, and a faded blue T-shirt with the sleeves torn off stood in front of her, dark eyes snapping, her equally dark hair ruffled and sweat slick even at this hour of the morning. A thick black lock dragged across her forehead, almost falling into her right eye. Her arms were tanned and muscled, her hands long fingered and, at this moment, hooked over the waistband of her pants. Her long lean legs were spread wide, her expression impatient. A hard hat rested in the crook of her arm, clamped against her side as if it was simply another appendage.

“No, she isn’t,” Carrie said with her office voice, calm and collected and friendly. “She’s not expected until this afternoon.”

“Well, I have to talk to her.” The woman wasn’t making a request. She stared back at Carrie, as if Carrie could conjure Presley from her top desk drawer.

Carrie kept her smile in place. “I’m very sorry, but she’s unavailable. Perhaps I can help—”

“Nope, you can’t. Look, miss, here’s the situation—I’ve got six guys, a heavy excavator, a dump truck full of crushed stone, and a front loader idling in your parking lot—”

“It’s Ms.,” Carrie said, feeling the smile slip and not particularly caring. Really, it must be the job and not the hormones that made some of these hard-hat types just plain hardheaded. “And what parking lot are you talking about? We don’t have security scheduled to reroute traffic, and if you’re blocking—”

“We wouldn’t be blocking anyone, if we had—”

“So you are blocking access? What parking lot? Tell me it’s not the emergency room.”

The woman blew out an exasperated breath. “Do you want an extension to the emergency room or not? Because if you do, I have to bring my equipment across the parking lot to get to the excavation site.”

“And exactly when did you inform us you would be starting this morning?”

“I called and left a message on Friday afternoon.”

“With whom?” Carrie felt her eyebrow rise. “I didn’t take a call from you, Ms.—”

The dark brows drew down. “Somebody by the name of…Phillips, maybe? Some guy in resources.”

“How on earth did you end up with Stan Phillips?”

“What does it matter? I’m wasting fuel and man-hours chatting with you. Under other circumstances, that might be pleasant, but right now, I don’t have time for this. I need you to get Worth on the line for me.”

Carrie snorted. As if there’d ever be a time when a conversation, let alone a chat, with this woman would be on her must-do list. She’d lost count of the times she’d been interrupted. Way too many times to worry about making a professional impression. “That is Ms. Worth, and who might you be exactly?”

“Gina Antonelli. The contractor who’s going to build your new wing if I can actually ever get to work.”

Damn it. That project was a priority, and her baby to boot. Carrie sighed. “Okay, let’s start at the beginning.”

“Let’s not. Just get me the boss.”

Would snarling I am the boss carry any weight at all? Carrie’s jaws tightened and her back molars began to throb. Not a good sign. Not the morning to try her patience. Definitely not anytime, any day to pull a strong-arm act on her. Good looks—okay, fabulous looks—could only get you so far, and in this circumstance, no mileage at all.

“Let me speak slowly so you understand me,” Carrie said, very carefully and very precisely. “Ms. Worth is not available and will not be available until later today, at the earliest.” She held up a finger to forestall the interruption she saw coming. “And…if you have a problem, now or in the future, you will need to explain it to me, and I will be able to assist you. Now, which part is not clear?”

“I understood all of that, quite well, actually.” Antonelli scowled. “My turn. I can’t start work because the necessary permits are not posted. That suggests to me that the inspector has not approved the project. You and your absentee boss are wasting my time and money and, by the way, your own.” She smiled, a smile that suggested, under other circumstances, she might be drop-dead gorgeous, but right now she only reminded Carrie of a very dangerous wild animal.

“Now that,” Carrie said dryly, “is something I might be able to help you with. Where can I reach you? No one is going to be in the municipal offices until at least eight thirty, if we’re lucky.”

“And what am I supposed to do until then? Tell my guys to sit on their hands?”

Carrie gritted her teeth and avoided the response she might have made if she’d been on the field in the midst of a heated game. “If you can’t begin work without the permits, then I don’t see that you have any choice.”

“I hope you people are a little bit better at your job where the sick people are concerned,” Antonelli muttered through clenched teeth. She tossed a business card onto the desk. “You can reach me at that number. Miss.”

Before Carrie could respond, the woman spun on her heel and stalked away. Carrie watched her go, aware her mouth was open. What the hell? Gina Antonelli elevated rude to an art form. She absently noted Antonelli’s stiff-legged gate, as if her left leg didn’t quite bend at the knee, although her ability to stomp didn’t seem impaired. The thought was fleeting as Carrie quickly turned back to her computer and pulled up the contracts for the ER expansion plans. She was going to have to wake some people up. She couldn’t wait for the town supervisor to get to the office, not if she was going to get to the OR in time to see Blake.

The Price of Cash by Ashley Bartlett

Blown away once again by Bartlett…

Author Synopsis

Cash Braddock’s summer started bad and it’s getting worse. Her suppliers keep getting arrested. Her competition is poaching all her customers. Laurel isn’t who Cash thought she was. And her farm is under a microscope, which makes money laundering difficult.

There’s a new dealer on Cash’s turf. When kids start dying from the dealer’s pills, Detective Kallen turns to Cash for answers. Turns out her reputation for selling pills doesn’t make her an expert. It makes her a suspect. Cash preferred it when she knew which cops were bad and good.

Last time, her business and reputation were on the line. Now, she’s got to worry about staying out of jail. And stay alive.

Second in the Cash Braddock series.

My Review

Firstly before you read this review please check out my review of the first book in the series, Cash Braddock. Personally, I think you shouldn’t start this book without reading the first in the series or it won’t flow correctly.

Cash Braddock is back and her life is as crazy as ever. Her drug dealing business isn’t what it was, with a multitude of problems – one of which is that her ex girlfriend, Laurel, is still her police handler. Laurel and Cash still have such amazing chemistry its almost palpable but can Cash ever really forgive Laurel for her betrayal and even if she did, could Laurel really break the rules to be with Cash?

This series is like nothing else I have ever read in this genre and it just keeps getting better. It’s a solid storyline that keeps me guessing as to what will happen next. Cash and Laurels emotions are highly charged and you can feel the chemistry brewing between them. I was hooked and kept praying they would just launch themselves at each other.

The book is written solely from Cash’s POV and what a point of view she has. She’s sarcastic, funny but also harbours deep feelings and is incredibly sweet.

I’m so excited about this series that I keep checking Bold Strokes Books upcoming releases to see when I can get the next fix of Cash but no date as yet for the third book.

5 stars

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Product details

  • Series: Cash Braddock series (Book 2)
  • Publisher: Bold Strokes Books
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1626397082
  • ISBN-13: 978-1626397088

The Domme Tamer by Kat Evans

Available on Kindle Unlimited… Now!

My Synopsis

The victims were as different as night and day: an exotic dancer, a beloved teacher, and a promising law student. What was the one thing they had in common? A fetish for breath play…

Homicide Detective Jillian Robichaux is smart and persistent. When a string of brutal murders hits the Big Easy’s ultra-secretive BDSM community and threatens to expose high-profile members of its conservative Southern culture, Jillian rolls up her sleeves and gets to work piecing together the victims’ last steps.

In her search for the truth, she enlists the expertise of FBI agent, AJ Johnson III. But with each clue they uncover, the deeper Jillian is lured into the underground world of sadomasochism–and into the strong arms of the domineering criminal profiler.

In her new erotic thriller, The Domme Tamer, bestselling author Kat Evans brilliantly uses an all-female cast of characters to take you on a heart-pounding race to catch a serial killer.

My Review

This book left me with chills. I haven’t read something as intense since reading Shadowland and Provincetown Tales by Radclyffe. Totally blown away.

When NOPD Detective Jillian Robinchaux ties the murder she is investigating with another two that took place months prior, it’s clear she has a serial murderer on the loose. The FBI assigned Agent AJ Johnson to help profile and investigate the case. Jillian feels an attraction to AJ straight away and when she learns about the lifestyle AJ is a part of, she only wants more.

This is the first novel I’ve read by Kat Evans and it truly knocked my socks off. Firstly, I normally don’t get too excited about an author I’ve not read before but from chapter one, I was hooked and couldn’t put the book down. Secondly I’m always looking for authors that think outside the realm of the standard Lesfic trends and this ticked that box in a big way. I’m not one to read romantic suspense thrillers but this took things to a new and interesting level.

I loved both Jill and AJ for very different reasons. AJ comes across as a tough andro/butch and don’t get me wrong, she definitely is, but there are moments when she’s with Jill that are so delicate and sensual it left me quite enamoured by her. Jill was a tough cookie to crack but when she begins to learn about the BDSM lifestyle from AJ, she becomes more open and as she begins to trust AJ, her personality softens in the moments where it’s just them.

One thing you may not know about me is I’m a big fan of research and I often check that the facts I didn’t know before I read the book are correct and Kat Evans nailed it. She wrote a whole new side to BDSM that I was not aware of and when googling for better understanding, I realised she had nailed every phrase and her descriptions where 100% accurate.

The sex scenes between Jill and AJ where fantastic. All aspects of their sex life followed a strict agreement that was followed to the letter. My favourite BDSM scenes are the ones that follow the contractual agreement or you can sense the unwavering trust between the couple.

The subplot of the murders was chilling and quite frankly at time made me a little uncomfortable but that was what made the book so good. There were moments my skin was crawling and I was pumped to imagine AJ and Jill tearing the case apart. I also found my brain going into overdrive with the case details trying to work out who the murder could be… I attribute that to the thriller aspect of the novel.

I am honestly stunned at how much this novel floored me. I can’t wait to see what comes next from Kat Evans.

If the fabulous cover doesn’t draw you in then I hope my review does.
5 stars

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Product details

  • File Size: 3195 KB
  • Print Length: 262 pages
  • Publication Date: September 12, 2017
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B075DKRX6C

Turbulence by E.J. Noyes

 

Authors Synopsis

Stockbroker Isabelle Rhodes has a lot of money, a lot of trust issues, and a whole lot of reasons to believe her ex-girlfriend was right when she said that Isabelle sucked at relationships. With that accusation stuck in her head, Isabelle throws caution to the wind and dives into her first one-night stand. Checking that off her bucket list should be something to celebrate—except it turns out that the woman she just spent an earth-shattering night with is actually her newly hired company pilot, Audrey Graham.

Ms. Never-See-You-Again just turned into Ms. See-You-Constantly.

Concerned about the stigma of workplace dalliances, Isabelle vows it can’t go further than the one night. Good plan—if not for an insistent libido and an even more persistent Audrey who conspires to break Isabelle’s resolve. Soon their no strings arrangement starts to feel a lot like dating, and Isabelle finds herself wanting more than just casual nights together…

My Review

This wasn’t the story I was expecting when I started ‘Turbulence’ but I must say it really caught me hook, line and sinker and I could’t put it down.

Isabelle Rhodes is a very successful and wealthy co-owner of one of the best stockbroking companies in New York. She travels frequently and when her new pilot on her private jet, Audrey Graham, also turns out to be the one night stand from the night before, she starts to panic. Isabelle cannot stop thinking about Audrey and their night together and it seems Audrey can’t either. They formulate a no strings arrangement but when the chemistry is this good, is it every that easy?

The book is written completely in from Isabelle’s point of view. This style is not always my favourite style of writing but E.J Noyes seems to really nail it just like she did in her debut novel, Ask. Tell. The novel is written at a steady pace and at no point did I want to rush through a scene because every part of the book compliments the next emotional break through for the characters.

I really connected with both the characters in the book but especially Audrey. She was everything someone like Isabelle needs – Loyal, loving, forthright but also edgy and wears her heart on her sleeve. The chemistry between these two is evident from the first chapter and grows throughout each scene together. The sex scenes where sometimes hot and sexy and other times, sensual and sweet.

I can’t wait to see what’s next from EJ Noyes. 5 stars

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

Amazon: Turbulence

Product details

  • File Size: 1904 KB
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Bella Books (November 10, 2017)
  • Publication Date: November 10, 2017
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B076HL9WBY

Time Will Tell by M. Ullrich

Author Synopsis

What would you do if you could go back in time and change your past? 

For Eva Caldwell that question is a no-brainer. After her parents were murdered while she was away at summer camp, Eva was placed into the custody of her abusive uncle and bullied in school. She’d gladly go back and change it all. When her uncle passes, Eva discovers he created a time machine. The problem with the once-hypothetical question becomes clear: changing the course of her past would mean giving up Casey McClellan, her best friend and the girl her heart has belonged to since she was twelve years old. 

Will Eva choose to save her parents’ lives or take a chance on the love of a lifetime?

My Review

The book is ultimately about how much you would do for you one true love. Eva’s parents die unexpectedly and she goes to live with her abusive uncle. Her safe haven is her best friend Casey whom she is madly in love with. Casey wants nothing more than to keep Eva safe and has big plans for the future and all of them involved a better life for Eva.
This is the hardest review I have ever written – not because I didn’t love the novel, love is an underwhelming word in comparison to how I feel about this book, but because the spoiler alert is high and I don’t want to ruin it for you. It’s important you know that there are many amazing things I am leaving out of the this review so that you can read this novel with fresh eyes and enjoy the book as much as I did because damn, is this book worth every minute of your time. 
 
Eva and Casey have a friendship and love like no other. There is a level of acute understanding between them when it comes to everything about their lives but the love that they hide from one another during high school. I loved both these characters for very different reasons. I found Eva very alluring and she would definitely be a love interest for me but when it came to favourite characters Casey stole the show. She was beautiful, patient, charming and caring to a fault. The way she loved Eva lifted me up while breaking my heart at the same time. 
 
There are moments in the book that captured my heart and almost left me breathless. M. Ullrich wrote some of the best lines I have read and struggle to forget them now weeks after I read this book. One example of lines that have stayed with me is:
 
“Tell me I’m not the only one who’s thought of this moment. Tell me that comparing every lover to you wasn’t sad and silly, that imagining you was pathetic”
 
M. Ullrich was also able to give the perfect amount of angst but not so much that it was tumultuous, which I find can be the case with other authors writing suspense. 
 
The sex scenes in this book are probably the best I’ve seen from M. Ullrich, and she has written some great ones in past novels. They were sexy and intense whilst drawing from the love these woman shared. It was real and all consuming, I shudder to imagine it in real life.
 
M. Ullrich just keeps knocking them out of the park and I think she’s currently the one to watch in Lesbian Romantic Fiction. The standard of novels she’s producing are just extraordinary and I cannot wait for what comes next.
 
Unquestionably 5 stars. 

Time Will Tell is available from 1st of December 2018. You can preorder it from the link below or alternatively head to Provincetown and pick a prerelease copy (Check out the Authors note below):

Amazon: Time Will Tell