Double Review: Even Money and Double Down by Alessandra Torre

Reviewed by Debz

Debz read both All In Duet books back to back as one long story and reviews both here, starting with Even Money.

At night, Bell Hartley works at The House, a premier and exclusive gambling den in the Vegas Strip for the rich and powerful who don’t want to be seen spending money at their competitors’ tables. A waitress extraordinaire, she does it all for her bosses, Rich and Lance, who she considers family. Bell is also a college student by day and a rape survivor.

Dario Capece is the richest, most powerful owner in Las Vegas. The Italian is a hotel mogul and mob boss on the side and he rules Las Vegas with an iron fist. Married in Las Vegas royalty, Dario and his wife Gwen are a formidable force. There should be nothing in common between Married Dario and Waitress Bell right? WRONG. [Read more…]

Review: A Royal Secret by V. Vee

Reviewed by Debz

My second Royal Romance; forgive me guys. The internet suggests books based on what I’ve already read. This is not fully on purpose (I think).

Here we meet Valerie Hall on a girls trip with her besties in Europe. They are about to run with bulls and have a fun holiday. She meets a fellow adventure seeker who then asks her out for a date and drinks. Turns out, he is Prince Algerone, the Crown Prince of Malvidence and an international playboy. Her friends try to warn her to tread, lightly but she is in love. It seems he is as well.

This seems like a normal fluffy romance until you read on and find out that Valerie and Algerone get married within about 3 months and have been married for 14 years by the time Chapter 1 begins. This is not a normal marriage, however, because Algerone has not told any member of his family about his marriage. Even with FIVE (5) children with Valerie in America, he still insists on keeping them a secret for their protection. [Read more…]

Review: A Court of Frost and Starlight by Sarah J. Maas

Reviewed by Debz

This novella is set after the third book in Sarah J Maas’ A Court of Throne and Roses series and if you’ve read A Court of Wings and Ruin, you can jump right in. After the final battle against Hybren his armies and the three human queens, this books begins in the aftermath with Feyre, Rhysand and the crew picking up the pieces and rebuilding.

Especially after the attack on Vellaris, Rhysand and Feyre as the High Lord and Lady of the Night Court have their hands full, helping the people rebuild and restart their lives. They also have to make treaties with the other courts; and make sure none of the other Lords encroach on the human lands. All this to do, and it is almost time for the biggest celebration in the Night Court, Winter solstice.

The book is not just told from the POV of Feyre and Rhysand; there are chapters centered around the Morrigan, Cassian, Azriel, Elain and Nesta . All the painful memories and emotions about the horrors suffered during the battle are laid bare on the pages. Most prominent amongst them is guilt; guilt for the battle in Vellaris, a city which had previously been sheltered from the outside world for so long. Guilt for the number of Illyrian men who had to die to stop Hybren and mainly guilt that the lives of most children will never be the same. [Read more…]

Review: The Duchess Diaries by Jillian Hunter

Reviewed by Debz

It’s a graduation ball in 1819 London and Lady Charlotte Boscastle, the headmistress of Scarfield Academy for young ladies has just spotted the man of her dreams. Of course, when he asks her to dance she has to say no. It’s one thing to fantasize about the Duke of Wynfield, it is another to know that he has been forced, eh…encouraged to dance with her by her cousin.

Gideon, Duke of Wynfield, accepts his friend’s manipulation into dancing with his cousin Lady Charlotte, but alas the cold schoolmarm refuses to engage in conversation or even accept his dance proposal. Her loss; he has better things to do anyway. She is out of sight and out of mind until he comes across her diary on the floor of his coach.

You see, Lady Charlotte doesn’t write about the mundane happenings at her school but her erotic exaggeration of events witnessed by her and her scandalous family. Not only is she explicit in her writing, in her musings, she and the Duke of Wynfield have been carrying out an illicit affair for a year. Gideon is amused, a little aroused and a lot pissed that Lady Charlotte has done this without even changing the names of the characters in her diary. [Read more…]

Review: Her Hollywood Boyfriend by K.R. Grace

Reviewed by Debz

It’s a rainy day and Macey Greere just needs her dog, Axel, to poop so they can both go back and enjoy the warmth inside. Little does she know that her world is about to be turned on its head. You see, although normal to her family and friends, Macey is the girlfriend of famous up and coming rocker Cam Davis and shit is about to hit the fan.

Cam is caught and broadcasted having sex with his manager during his first tour and the paparazzi have descended on Macey’s home to capture her meltdown. Does Macey start crying immediately she sees the video and want to kill Cam? Maybe. After all, he deserves it. But she makes the decision to stick to her routine and continue with her summer plans as counselor at Camp Silver Star instead.

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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…]