Review: Wanna Bet? by Talia Hibbert

Reviewed by Sara

I’ve been in a bit of a book slump lately, but I came across Wanna Bet? while scrolling through Twitter. Another blogger was live tweeting quotes from the book and it looked just different enough that I decided to give it a try.

Jasmine and Rahul have known each other since university. Jasmine is now a lawyer (solicitor really, because this story takes place in England) working with low income families to resolve housing disputes. A leak in her apartment has her calling her friend Rahul. Rahul is a very successful and well off accountant with a spare bedroom. Based on what I’ve just written, you probably think that the conclusion of Wanna Bet? is, well, a foregone conclusion. However, while Jas and Rahul do get together in the end (not a spoiler, it’s a Romance after all) the circumstances around their eventual coming together are what makes this book different enough that I completely fell in love with it. [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: Love Me Again by Jaci Burton

Reviewed by Jaimie

Love Me Again is the seventh book in the Hope series by Jaci Burton. I was introduced to Ms. Burton’s work with her Wild Riders series and even though this one is quite different, I love everything she writes. The Hope series typically has sweet, loveable stories and this one is no exception.

Loretta Simmons returns to Hope, Oklahoma, after her marriage went down in flames. She allowed her parents to influence her as a teenager so she dumped the man she really loved to marry the now ex-husband. She works hard to make life as stable as possible for her daughter, running a bookstore in town, starting a book club and doing her best to be an independent woman. The only thing that could throw her new life out of balance is the man renovating the building next door. After avoiding him when she returned to town, she can’t avoid it any longer. [Read more…]

Review: Loving the Secret Billionaire by Adriana Anders

Reviewed by Sara

I became a huge fan of Adriana Anders last year after reading her Blank Canvas series, a dark and moody romance trilogy. So, I was very excited to see that she was publishing more books and then I saw the title. The title, Loving the Secret Billionaire, is the kind of title that usually has me automatically passing a book up. I’m tired of billionaires; they’ve literally and figuratively been done to death, and I don’t like secrets, but I took a chance on this novel and was thankfully pleasantly surprised.

Loving the Secret Billionaire is a beefed up and fleshed out revision of Adriana Anders’ novelette of the same name that was published in the Rogue Desire anthology (January 2018). The novel follows preschool teacher Veronica Cruz as she campaigns for city council against a sketchy, good ol’ boy opponent. Veronica is from a poor family, she takes the bus to campaign events because she can’t afford a car and she believes in helping people, saving lunch programs and keeping libraries open. She doesn’t espouse any particular party but it’s clear she leans left in her politics. I found her to be a truly lovely character, not preachy, but passionate and I wanted to see her get both the city council seat and her man. [Read more…]

Review: Not Until You Part 1: Not Until You Dare by Roni Loren

Reviewed by Shelly

I’ve had this in my Kindle for too long, embarrassingly long. It’s a very short read, actually only 75% of the pages told the story, the rest were promos for other stories, and from start to finish took me less than an hour to read.  Even short, it still took me over a couple of days because I just couldn’t get into the characters.  This is part 1 of 8 in Roni Loren’s ‘Love on the Edge’ series.

This is basically an introduction to roommates – Ian and Pike and their neighbor, through the thin apartment walls, Cela. All three live have lived in the same apartment complex for over a year so there’s some sense of familiarity. [Read more…]

Review: Burning Up by Jennifer Blackwood

Reviewed by Jaimie

Burning Up is the first book in the Flirting with Fire series by Jennifer Blackwood. This was my first experience with Ms. Blackwood’s work and I am so glad I gave this one a shot! The book was sweet and predictable, but well written and really enjoyable.

Erin Jenkins is an unemployed school teacher who lost her job due to budget cuts. She has returned to her hometown for the first time in ten years and that was definitely not in her life plan. Erin’s mother is thrilled that her daughter is back in town and she is doing her best to convince her to make it permanent. Just when she’s not sure she can cope with being back in town, she runs in to her older brother’s best friend – the guy she’s always carried a torch for. Suddenly the summer starts to look up! [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: Total Bravery by Piper J Drake

Reviewed by Sara

On the beautiful islands of Hawaii, Mali is studying the ugliness of human trafficking. While interviewing victims, she becomes the focus of a dangerous group determined to keep their criminal activities quietly expanding. When she calls her sister’s paramilitary group, Search and Rescue Corporation, for help she reaches newest employee Raul.

Raul and his trained German Shepherd, quickly and efficiently save Mali, but she is still in danger and Raul is the best able to keep her safe –or at least that’s what he’s telling himself. Keeping Mali safe from a increasingly dangerous threat is proving difficult, but keeping himself from falling in love with the beautiful, smart and courageous researcher is proving to be the hardest part of his new job. [Read more…]

Review: Rock Chick Reborn by Kristen Ashley

Reviewed by Sara

I’m a huge fan of Kristen Ashley and her Rock Chick series (also just about all of her other series too!) I like alpha, slightly overbearing dudes and sassy, kickass ladies. I like the fact that I know when I read a Rock Chick book that I’m going to bust a gut laughing, ugly cry and seriously consider packing up and moving to Denver.
So, when I woke up this morning to see a surprise release of a new Rock Chick novella, I was more than a little excited.

Rock Chick Reborn is Shirleen’s book. Fans will remember that when smart mouthed, Afro-wearing Shirleen was first introduced back in 2011’s Rock Chick Renegade, she was a one of Denver’s major drug dealers and ran illegal poker games. Of course she’s changed since then and, while she still rocks the ‘fro, she’s left the Denver crime scene behind to become the receptionist for Nightingale Investigations and devoted foster mother to teenagers Roam and Sniff. [Read more…]

Review: Lost Rider by Harper Sloan

Reviewed by Shelly

This is my first read by this author and the first in her ‘Coming Home’ series. I really liked the blurb and that’s the only reason I chose to read this.

It took me several attempts to get through. I’d start reading and get bored with Maverick and his complete all compassing selfishness. His is the first point of view that we as the audience is introduced to and that first impression is a lasting one. Maverick is a completely unlikable hero. And remains that way throughout for this reader.

Leighton and Maverick grew up on adjacent farms and have known each other most of their lives. Since she was old enough to know Maverick, Leighton’s always had a crush on him; that crush would eventually turn to love as she grew into her teenaged years. During a could this get any worse encounter with Maverick when Maverick was sixteen, she overheard what he really thought of her. To say she was devastated is an understatement and of course, it was the end of the world in teenage years. [Read more…]