Review: Once Upon a Hallow’s Eve by Danielle Garrett

Reviewed by Debz

This is an urban fantasy romance with vampires (wooohooo!!!!!) The heroine here is Lacey Vaughn, basically the princess of American vampires and her love interest, Matthias Hartford.

Lady Lacey, daughter of the ‘Baron of the East’ has been summoned by her father back into the fold. After being on self imposed exile for 3 or so years, her father has commanded her to come back home and she has two options, come voluntarily or be brought back.

Upon her return, her father informs her and the court that she will be wedded on the annual Hallow’s Eve all. Not only will she be married, her husband will be chosen via a tournament of the blood. For context on the tournament of the blood, think of sweaty men, fighting each other in pairs, until one surrenders or dies until there is one victor. [Read more…]

Review: The Makeover: A Modern Love Story by Nia Forrester

Reviewed by Debz

This is a contemporary romance between best friends, Sam and Colt. They have been best friends since they were in diapers and this was a story of their trip, ehhh, fall into love.

I admit, the name of the book had nothing to do with the story, so that confused me a little bit. I was hoping there would be no story arc where the heroine had to change herself to suit the expectations of love interest. Now back to the story.

The story begins with Sam and Colt in their habitat, Sam calling Colt to fix a faulty toilet and him dropping his date plans to do it for her. From the first sentence, you can tell and see and feel the romantic tension between our two main characters. Colt convinces Sam to come on his date/hangout type situation and then gets really jealous when Sam gets into a conversation with another guy at the bar whilst on his date. He ends the date abruptly and takes a drunk Sam home and there, the magic happens. Or starts to anyway. [Read more…]

Review: Alexander and Rebecca by Marianne Knightly

Reviewed by Debz

Anyone who knows me knows I love a good royal romance. I will read any book with the word prince in it and will try to finish it no matter how bad it is. However, I loved this book. It was amazing the 1st time I read it and still amazing the 3rd time. It has now gone into my ‘books to cheer me up’ folder.

This is book one of an on-going series by Marianne on the Valleria Royals and boy was it a great start. It’s a royal romance and was a very exciting read because whilst formulaic in a sense, it broke out of the old ‘Prince of a tiny European country meets a spunky American girl next door and marries her despite the odds’ trope.

Here, we have Alexander, the crown prince of Valleria as the hero and Rebecca, his childhood friend and personal assistant to his twin sister, as the heroine. It was not insta-love and marriage, thank God and even though they got into a relationship pretty quickly, it was obvious they harbored feelings for each other for a while and did not act on it. [Read more…]

Review: With This Man by Jodi Ellen Malpas

Reviewed by Debz

This is the 4th book and conclusion to the This Man series by Jodi Ellen Malpas. Honestly, I thought this series had ended years ago and was very surprised to see it pop up in my Goodreads timeline.

If you’ve ever read any of the This Man books, you may remember that it was one of those series that came into the limelight after the shocking success of the Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy. It ‘hard core’ sex scenes and was edgy at the time. This was just a more boring Fifty Shades of Grey, but with a different location…London.

Anyway, this book picks up about 10 years later. The twins are 11. Jesse and Ava have been married for a while and all is rosy. The husband is about to turn 50, though, and is going through a mini midlife crisis. All of a sudden, the wife is in a car accident and has amnesia. She can conveniently not remember the 16 or so years she has had with her husband, the birth of her children, etc. [Read more…]