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Review….Playing to Win by Karen Frances

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Will Jess and Fletcher find their happily ever after……..

With Book 1 ending with a cliffhanger and leaving us all wanting more this book give us all of that and more. This book takes us on yet another emotional ride through this couples relationship and leaves us wondering will they find their happy ending???

Fletcher Adams would move mountains to be with Jess, to protect her, take any stress away and stay right by her side for as long as she lets him. Leading his life as a high profile footballer always comes with your private life being invaded by the media and he tries to protect Jess from this as long as possible as he didn’t want them digging in to her personal life. But he reaches a time where its Jess that decides how they handle things and he does whatever makes her happy because as we see in this book Fletcher Adams is completely “pussy whipped” lol…..

Jess is slowly rebuilding her life and her business has never been better. She can’t quite put a name on how she feels about Fletcher but she knows that when shes with him she feels safe and happy. Jess’s ex-boyfriend has left her with debt and baggage that only she can deal with and we watch as she grows stronger and more confident again. In this book Jess learns to be an empowered woman again and how to leave the victim behind. This whole series shows how domestic abuse should not happen but highlights when it can happen, how it can happen and the damage that it can cause and the scars that always remain but yet again Karen Frances nailed it.

This book was the perfect ending to a fantastic series, there was nothing left unanswered. This couple healed each other, accepted each other and there faults. They dealt with ex-boyfriends, crazy blonde women who would do anything to make money, health problems, family and when all that was done they both realised that they loved each other unconditionally and as they watched the sun rise and fall they too fell more in love than ever.

This was the perfect ending I enjoyed every moment that I spent reading this series. The epilogue made my heart swoon even though time had passed between Jess and Fletcher the chemistry always remained and he adored her. Jess gave Fletcher more than he could ever have wished for in his lifetime and she sooo owned him. This couple gets their happily ever after and they totally deserve it after all they go through.

I give this book a well deserving 5 stars I loved it..

I was given an ARC for an honest review…

Review……Playing the Game by Karen Frances

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Emotional, Heartbreaking and totally gripping……………

Jessica (Jess) Taylor is the heroine in this book and she is a strong successful woman who has been subjected to domestic abuse by her partner. Jess’s partner attacked her while she was pregnant resulting in her being hospitalised. Jess struggles to come to terms with what has happened and goes through some very low times in the days following her attack. Jess returns to stay with her parents after being discharged from the hospital and this is when she first meets Fletcher Adams.

Fletcher Adams is a high profile footballer who returns to Scotland to deal with his inheritance from his grandmother. Fletcher has changed to play for Scotland and has decided that a quiet life might be what he needs. He has the reputation of a womanizer and loves a good party. His life is constantly in the papers for good and bad reasons. Fletcher meets Jess’s parents when he is at his grandmother’s house and they rush out to head to the hospital after hearing of their daughters attack to find that their car wouldn’t start. Fletcher steps in and takes them to the hospital and is horrified to hear what has happened.

Fletcher’s first glance of Jess is the day she is discharged from the hospital and when he ends up carrying her to bed as she almost passes out outside her parents house. He is instantly drawn to protecting her and he hasn’t even spoke to her. In the days after she consumes his thoughts and he constantly wonders how she is.

This book covers the topic of domestic abuse and it was handled perfectly. Karen Frances wrote it in a dual POV which led to knowing how Jess was feeling and the struggles she endured daily and also with Fletcher as they both grew closer how he responded to her insecurities. These scenes left me wanting to know more they were very emotional and reading how low Jess really felt was heartbreaking.

Fletcher and Jess grew close quickly and she felt safe with him. Fletcher adored Jess and all he wanted to do was protect her. For Jess entering in to a sexual relationship with Fletcher didn’t take that long considering what she had been through but that showed the kind of connection was between them. Although this couple are perfect for each other they both have a long way to go before they can be completely together.

This book covered some very heavy topics and alot of the scenes completely tore at my heart but then they was a whole different side of it too. This book had a romantic story of two people healing each other and falling in love quite quickly. It has scorching sex scenes, swoony moments and some funny parts too.

I truly enjoyed this book and I really can’t wait to read Play to Win…..

I give this book a 4.5 stars…..

I was given an ARC for an honest review

Review…..Never the Bride by Charlotte Fallowfield

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Abbie Carter, disaster Carter but will Miller Davies still love her……………

Abbie Carter is a very successful self-employed accountant. When here father passed away he left her his cottage in Dilbury Village so Abbie moved her life from the city to the country and it was where she felf happiest. In collage she made a pack with 14 of her friends that they would all be bridemaids for each other when they got married and now poor Abbie who is starting to have a very large collection of bridesmaids dresses is  wondering will she her find her prince charming. Abbie is known for making a fool of herself and when each wedding comes around she hopes that it will go by and she is still fully intact by the end of it but to her luck one mishap at the alter lead to the bestman being no other than drop dead georgous Miller Davies.

Miller Davies is a successdul businessman in New York. He had several friends in England who recently all decided to tie the knot but when he was asked to be bestman he couldn’t believe his luck when he laid eyes on Abbie Carter. Miller had never had a girlfriend he was brought up in foster care and had no family. He never give love a thought he just moved from one woman to another but when he spotted Abbie at his friends wedding he knew she was different and there was an instant attraction between them but how would the long distance relationship work….

Abbie and Millers first encounter was when she headed for a walk through the gardens at the wedding and she got caught in the sprinklers, Miller had went out to warn her that they were about to go off but it was too late and they both got soaked. Miller offered to let her shower and clean up in his suite and between the jigs and the reels Abbie told him she would meet him downstairs at the wedding reception. Unfortunately Miller at to return suddenly to New York as a work matter came up but he did give Abbie a letter which she binned.

Abbie felt unlucky in love but also very set in her ways that she thought that if a man really wanted her he would chase her……

This book was absolutely hilarious Mr Sumo Abbie’s dog gets his own part of the story and you get a great insight in to the people of Dilbury Village and how they all impact on Abbie’s life.

Abbie and Miller do try the long distance relationship for a while but with each parting it gets harder and harder to say goodbye. When they finally have the talk about there relationship they both admit that they love each other but neither of them are ready to make the move across the water. There is a lingering in this part of the story because although they decide they can’t be together if none of them will make the move.  This is where we see that neither of them want to move on all they want is each other. Can these two make it work, will there come a time for each of them when all that matters is being with each other and having a life together or will they leave it till its all too late…..

This book is a light hearted girly book, it will lift your spirits and make you laugh uncontrollably. The epilogue will make your heart swoon and I love how it moves on five years and leaves us with how there lives are to be. Charlotte Fallowfields writing is as always flawless and that what I always enjoy about reading her books shes a fantastic writer and I always look forward to her next book.

I give this book a well deserving 5 stars

I was given an ARC for an honest review.

Favourite Quote

“Privacy for what? I’ve got to tell you that after an over-amorous dolphin called Mahi tried to mate with me in Mexico,

I’m over the whole public-sex thing”

Review……Courage to Fight by Pavan Kaur

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She’s broken and he’s back, a completely captivating and heartbreaking story……..

So at the end of book one we read that Scarlett broke up with Rhett after his fight with Zach because he wouldn’t open up to her so now its the weeks after that……..

Scarlett was so broken that he didn’t knock her door down and fight for what they had. Rhett left and went back to England and she heard nothing from him. Then she returns to work and finally piecing herself back together when she heads to clean the room that she and Rhett had shared so many special memories and is faced with the man that broke her heart wide open………

Rhett has pulled all strings to get his next fight moved to Las Vegas in hope that he can get Scarlett back. He is a mess without her and can only survive when she is “always by his side”. Scarlett does not welcome him with open arms and tells him that unless he is going to open up to her about his demons she doesn’t want anything to do with him.

Scarlett can’t function when she feels him near and his presence blocks all her senses but he always knows what she needs. When Rhett returned from England he brought his mum with him so in this book we meet her and get a chance to see how much she wants Scarlett to be part of Rhetts life. CeCe is also in this book and has a hugh part in this book not because she is a jealous ex but she is now Rhetts WIFE……. Yes I know I could hardly believe it too but what is the story behind this marriage so many question!!!!!!

This book goes through the ups and downs of Scarlett and Rhetts relationship he does win her back in the promise to talk but as every day passes she is still further from  what haunts him. Together as a couple they have grown so much she trusts Rhett so much and always feels loved and safe when she is with him. The one thing in this book that is very clear they love each other so much and they most definitely are soulmates but so much lies in the way of there happily ever after….

Rhetts fight is fast approaching and a weeks after he must return to England to start his training for his next big fight. He wants Scarlett to think about coming with him but he still hasn’t opened up about his demons she has had enough so he is given the final ultimateum, talk or leave and don’t ever contact her again……..

So we are all left at the end of this book our hearts breaking and swooning at his final attempts to win her over but what will Scarlett do will she fight or will she close the door????

Loved this book and I cannot wait for book three so I’m giving it a well deserving 5 stars

I was given an ARC for an honest review

Favourit Quote

“Find the courage to fight for us, find the courage to love me”

Review…..Courage to Trust by Pavan Kaur

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Its sexy, dark and simply fabulous………

Scarlett Parker is a maid in a hotel in Las Vegas. Scarlett works hard to pay for her brothers education and she daily tries to fight the demons of her past. Scarlett’s parents were killed when she was five years old and she and her brother were put into foster care and this is where Scarletts life changed and made her in to the person she is today. Scarlett has never had a relationship with a man she gives them one night of hot sex and leaves but that is until the UFC fighters come to stay at the hotel and Rhett Johnson sets his sights on her and he wants more………..

Rhett Johnson is a UFC fighter. When Scarlett is assigned to cleaning his room he couldn’t take his eyes of her. He had never seen such a beautiful woman before and she had no clue who he was or what titles he held and this made her more appealing. There was an instant chemistry between them and Rhett feels a certain pull towards Scarlett. Rhett needs Scarlett and he decides this is a fight he definitely is going to win……

The hottness in this book is seriously off the charts. Scarlett and Rhett in the bedroom consume each other nothing else matters in that time. Rhett from the start wanted more with Scarlett but this is where the darkness looms in Scarlett. She has never had a relationship she is scared that when he finds out about her past that he will leave and that will break her.

Rhett works daily to gain Scarletts trust but while winning that his own demons start to surface but unlike Scarlett he can’t talk about them. Scarlett tries to get him to open up but she is running out of patients. She knows Rhett loves her and he makes her feel safe and happy but his nightmares are getting worse and he scares her. This is something Scarlett can’t have in her life she is fighting so hard to hold her own life together she can’t try and solve  Rhetts too and especially if he can’t talk to her.

Rhett has one big fight to end the season and he wants Scarlett by his side. Can she do this for him or will it all get too much? This is book one in the Fortitude Series so we will have to read book to to find out……

I loved this book it was hot as hell, edgy, dark and alot of suspense. Rhett puts Scarletts needs first he wants to protect her and would do anything to keep her safe. There are some swoony moments but this couple have a long road to go and I can’t wait to see where this goes. Scarlett and Rhett are great characters they both carry alot of baggage and reading it I was hoping they would fight them together but il have to read book two to find out…..

This was the first time I had read any of this authors work and I ahve to say I will be reading more.

I give this book 4.5 stars

I was given an ARC for an honest review….

Favourite Quote

” Sweetheart, I know that you trust me more than you have ever trusted anyone else, and I also know that you think of me different than everyone else, and for me, that is all I need to know”

Review……Park Avenue Prince by Louise Bay

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Are you ready to meet Sam Shaw………….

This book is simply magnificent as Louise Bay always does she writes a book that is additive, romantic and incredibly sexy.

Sam Shaw is a wealthy businessman in Manhattan who only recently bought himself an apartment in Park Avenue. Sam worked hard for everything he had as his parents died when he was twelve and Sam had to go in to care. He decided he needed some art for his new apartment so he and a friend decided to check out an art exhibiton of a new artist at Grace Astor Fine Art Gallery. This is where Sam first met Grace Astor and the attraction was instant but Sam never got attached to women, he never wanted more with anyone. Could that change???

Grace Astor was brought up in an apartment in Park Avenue she adored her father and always wanted to meet a man that would love her like her father loved her mother. Grace’s previous boyfriends had all treated her badly and she had only broke up with her last boyfriend for cheating on her. When she met Sam Shaw at the exhibition he wasn’t the type of man she would usually go for but she did feel a certain pull between them. She knew she would have to see him again when he purchased several pieces of art from her private collection and asked her to over see the delivery.

Grace and Sam had a strong intense chemistry between them. Grace is torn for a short time with the whole he is her client saga but when she is around him she can’t think straight he body reacts when he is near and she has no control over these feelings. These two don’t restrain themselves for long but will Sam let her walk away or is there more to this….. This book had me in frenzy of OMG he let her leave and OMG why is she not answering his calls but one thing is for sure Louise Bay can write a sex scene.

Sam was developing feelings, Grace had fallen in love and with all the furniture and art shopping there were doing they forgot about the past and knew that what they were experiencing with each other felt right to them and that was all that mattered until tradegy struck and how would Sam react to this…….

This book is so full of emotion with Sam’s past and Grace not wanting to be the Park Avenue Princess she was brought up as. They are a perfect match Grace understands how Sam’s mind works and even in her darkest times she will excuse him for hurting her. I loved how this book showed Grace and Sam develop as a couple the ease and understanding they had for each other had my poor heart swooning. Grace is the perfect heroine strong, independent and loves her man fiercely and Sam worships the woman who stole his heart and helped him create his legacy……………

I give this book a well deserving 5 stars

I was given and ARC for an honest review.

Favourite Quote

“Happiness is like those palaces in fairytales whose gates are guarded by dragons: We must fight in order to conquer it”

Review……A Thousand Letters by Staci Hart

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One love, one decision but a second chance will they take it…….

Elliot and Wade loved each other from the second they laid eyes on each other. Wade was going to join the army and after Elliot graduated she was going to follow him that was the plan. Wade changed his mind and wanted Elliot to come with him straight away and Elliot’s family disapproved and at seventeen that made her scared so she begged him to go back to the plan but he wouldn’t. Wade left Elliott that day broken she had no idea how she could mend herself back together she wrote him “a thousand letters” explaining that she had made a mistake but he never replied.

Now seven years later Wade must return home unexpectedly because his father is dying. Sophie Wade’s sister is Elliots bestfriend and when she received the news of her fathers illness she needed her bestfriend so Elliott being the gentle person she is put her own feelings aside and is there for her bestfriend no matter what. Wade and Elliott didn’t know how to approach each other so much had been left unsaid all those years ago but one thing it certain they still love each other but can they tell each other……

This book is a whirl of emotion its will take you on a journey of how people react differently to grief and how a love that is so strong can never end it will just be blessed with understanding and forgiveness. Wade runs hot and cold on Elliott all the time and this leaves her confused because she still loves him so much but doesn’t know if he feels the same but for every hurtful thing he says to her she can excuse his behaviour because she knows in her heart that he doesn’t mean to hurt her. Elliott is one of the most gentle people I have ever read about, she excuses the bad behaviour of her family daily and now Wade the man she loves she excuses him because of what the war did to him and now hes home he must deal with his fathers affairs and spend time with him in his last days.

I absolutely loved this book it was a true second chance romance book. It covered so many topics and the poetry quotes in it made it truely romantic and heart warming. This book will melt your heart and have you swooning all over the place from brief touches to full on kisses this book is over-flowing with chemistry. From the moment I saw the cover of this book I wanted to read it and I was definitely not disappointed. This is a book I would read again and find myself consumed by the story and that is why i give this book a well deserving 5+ stars.

I was given an ARC for an honest review…..

Favourite Quote

“It’s always been you, Elliot. Every night when I lay my head on the pillow, every morning when I rise, it’s only you. Tell me I’m not too late. Tell me there’s still a chance for us, and I will spend every breath I have earning your forgiveness. Tell me that you still love me, and I will give myself to you completely”

Review…..Screwmates by Kayti McGee

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Wine, comics and hot sex what more could two housemates want surely not LOVE………….

Marc  is a PhD candidate and future teacher who is hot as sin. He wants to head to France for a few months and have a “bangcation” lol.

Maddison is a very talented artist once she starts drawing she becomes engrossed and cannot stop.

When Maddison agreed to be housemates with her bestfriends cousin she thought nothing of it until she first met him then she knew she was screwed…..

Maddison and Marc make it through weeks before they actually share a proper conversation in there house as they always seemed to work the opposite to each other. Maddisons place of work had a burst pipe and she was given some time off this was when the heat was turned up in this book….

This was a laugh out loud type of book I really enjoyed reading. Maddison loved superheroes and even enjoyed dressing up with capes and all but Marc was more reserved which made them total opposites. The conversations that took place between them where fab but when Maddison agreed to help Marc prepare for his “bangcation” the wine was flowing and the chemistry was sizzling…..

Maddison admitted that she wasn’t very experienced when it came to men and Mark said that he needed more practice in the flirting department so they decided to help each other out and this is all fine until it leads to the bedroom and they are offically “SCREWMATES”…….

As feelings appear and poor Maddison knows that things can never work out between them because he is heading away so to deal with her aching heart she makes a comic and calls it SCREWMATES and she posts regular updates and stories. Maddison thought nothing of it until she got an offer from a publisher and now has thousands of people following her but she hasn’t told Marc yet……

But what will happen when they have read all the books about wine, tried several sexual positions, mastered the flirting, Maddison admits she loves him and Marc finds out about the comic……….OMG!!!!!!!!!

I really enjoyed this book. It was light hearted, really funny and both characters where fantastic with there little quirks it made this book great to read. I found myself laughing alot some of Maddison’s conversations in her head where fab. The chemistry between the these two was off the charts the kissing, the touching and then the sex believ me who won’t be disappointed…..

I give this book 4 stars I really enjoyed it

I was given an ARC for an honest review.

Favourite Quote

“Shall we toast?” Marc held up his glass.
I raised mine and clinked it against his. “To good wine and even better sex!”
“Seduction!” he corrected. “The sex itself is going to be awesome.”

Review……It Started With a Kiss by Melanie Moreland

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Love at first Kiss……

Avery is a beautiful young woman who as a favour to her bestfriend Beth agreed to kiss a stranger to help Beth out with a work project. On the way to Beth’s studio Avery had a collision with a very sexy male who crushed her fingers but little did she know that he was the stranger she was going to kiss….

Daniel was a young sexy vet who lost a bet with his sister and had to enrole to kiss a stranger because he lost but like that he didn’t know that the beautiful young woman he hurt on the way to the studio was the woman he would be kissing until he entered the room.

The chemistry and instant attraction between these two even when he crushed her fingers was unreal. It was so intense but Avery had a bad experience with her last boyfriend so she wasn’t so interested until the KISS…..

It was an X-rated kiss OMG it was so hot the camera man had to leave the room. It was full of wall slamming passion they couldn’t get close enough to each other and when they finally came up for air they both were shaking….WOW! This was love at first Kiss….

Instantly Daniel wanted to spent every free minute with Avery, he wanted her in his life, his home, his bed basically a permanent fixture by his side and then major SWOON he called dibs on the next ninety years……

Avery knew what she was feeling was something more than the norm, she didn’t believe in love at first sight but when they kissed it was like the world stood still nothing was ever as intense or passionate and that was when they only kissed. In the bedroom it was warm, passionate and a love they didn’t even understand at first they fitted together perfectly in everyway.

This book was one of the loveliest books I have read this year. Yes it has a few surprises but all the best books do. I love when books take you through the life of the couple beyond the wedding or the children and this book most certainly does this. This is the perfect romance story the kind that make us swoon and awhhhh all over the place.

The Epilogue was fabulous……………

I give this book a well deserving 5 stars

I was given an ARC for an honest review.

Favourite Quote

Together we were right. We fit together like two pieces of a puzzle.

Review…..When I’m With You by Danielle Dickson

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Can Hunter save Keeley before its too late…….

We previously met Keeley in One Moment which is Book 1 of the Little Hollow Series. Keeley has a dark past and as a person she is closed off and unsharing of her feelings as a result of this. Keeley is Sam’s bestfriend and business partner in the salon they own together. Keeley had been feeling on edge for a while thought someone was following her but tried to put it to the back of her mind until her apartment is broken in to and she is it kidnappped.

Hunter has known and loved Keeley his whole life. When Keeley turned eighteen she had a choice to make, it was did she want to part of the club that her father chose over her and her mother or did she want her own life with no ties to it. She chose her own life and that was why Hunter and her couldn’t be togther because he loved the club and for him that was his life. Keeley’s father made her stay at home when she turned eighteen and help him with the bills and running the household much to Keeley’s dislike but when her uncle Taz came around one day and tried to force himself on her she fought him off but knew that wasn’t going to be the end of it. Taz had done the same thing to her mother and eventually she turned to the bottle and then left them she couldn’t take anymore. The following day her father accused her sleeping with a rival club and disowned her, he ordered Hunter to take her away and that was the last she saw of any of them until now……

This book goes through what happened to Keeley when she was kidnapped, the horrific things that her uncle did to her. It was sometimes very hard to read but on the other hand it completely consumed me as I wanted to know how it was going to end. It shows us a real inside in to the life Keeley had before coming to Little Hollow and why she keeps her guard up.

Hunter knew that Taz was up to something he was acting strange and his brother was hitting the bottle hard so he thought whatever was going on he was involved too. Hunter was going to find out what was going on and when Keeley’s father allowed her 24 hours to find out he took it. Hunter found his brother at their mothers grave sobbing and he demanded to know what was going on and when he realeased that Taz had Keeley locked up for weeks he felt sick thinking of what he might have done to her. So they headed off on a two hour journey to find her in hope that it wouldn’t be too late….

Keeley is saved, her uncle is dead and all she can think about it Hunter, she had to see him know that he was ok and thank him for what he had done. When these two were united OMG the tension, the yearning that they had for each other even after all these years was fantastic. Keeley needed Hunter, he knew her inside out and loved every inch of her but could they be togther, will the club stand in the way the true love……..

I loved this book and give a well deserving 5 stars. I feel that although this book is Book two in the series it also could be read as a standalone if you haven’t read book one.

I was given an ARC for an honest review.