What Matters by Gracie Leigh.

I absolutely loved this book. I nearly read it in one sitting! It is a contemporary romance with a heroine I totally fell for. Eddie is smart, occasionally a little cranky and trying hard to grow up and deal with her shit under trying circumstances. As you do. The hero, Sam, is a bit of a grump – which is just how I like my heroes and he cooks. There is loads of banter, arguing and lovely tension. The story was just right and I found it seriously sex positive, which was so good to read. There were some secondary characters I’d like to see more of too, and I am cannot wait for more. So good! Go read it now!!!

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Single Malt by Layla Reyne

This was another great action drama from Carina Press. I’ve been enjoying several of their novels over the past few months.

I think the author has created a great set up for future novels and the romance was believable and there was good tension throughout the story between the protagonists. The case work and FBI plot was very like watching a TV drama and I did find it super entertaining. I found parts of this novel a little more angsty that I’d normally be keen on, but it was not overwhelming. I am really looking forward to reading the second book now and cannot wait to see what happens next for Aidan and Jamie. A great rainy day read and an author to watch.

4 stars.

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At Attention by Annabeth Albert

This was the second book in the Out of Uniform series. I am a huge fan of military romance, so this is totally my catnip.

I did enjoy this, but perhaps not as much as the first book in the series. I felt like the character of Apollo seemed to be a little more uptight in the 2nd book. He’d seemed less so in his cameos in the first book, so I was a little surprised and disappointed. He’s had some pretty hard knocks and a great deal of the book is him coming to terms with the loss of his husband and how he begins to move on.

Dylan is a great character, but in an a familiar theme, I felt his treatment by Apollo at times was a little shabby. Don’t get me wrong, Apollo is trying hard to deal with his grief, but there was a cost to this. Dylan is super young too, and while I kinda liked the May/December trope, I wondered if being so young and just starting out if this was always a realistic relationship.

I enjoyed this and it definitely left me with food for thought. Lots of hot stuff and angst.

3 Stars
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Loose Cannon by Sidney Bell

After reading Sidney Bell’s first book, Bad Judgement, I was definitely on the lookout for another. I enjoyed it so much. This new one is a contemporary about 2nd chances and redemption and is an absolute treat.

Church is out of incarceration and trying hard to turn over a new leaf, and returns to his old friend Miller. While Miller knows Church is gay, Miller himself is pretty conflicted about his sexuality. Cue much angst. This is a slow burn, which is my favorite kind of writing times a million and this author just aces the tension. So. Good. This was a different kind of book from her first novel. That was big business and grand in scale, this felt more contained and almost small town. Even though it is set in a city. Clever writing.

Loved it. I am totally waiting with baited breath for the next book in the series. Definitely another favorite for 2017.

5 stars

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Good Boy by Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy.

Before I started this new WAGs novel, which is kind of a carry on from the Him series, I re read Us. I’m rubbish at remembering characters, so this was a good refresher. Even better though, it was a re read and reminder of how much I love the characters of Jamie Canning and Ryan Wesley. Much sigh.

I was well ready for Blake and Jess when I started Good boy, which is about hockey players, nice dogs, learning to trust again and also finding your space in life. Blake (Blakey!!!!!Snort) is one of my favorite hockey players ever. Do not be fooled by the big and dumb tho, he was whip smart and hugely entertaining. Pun so intended. Jess I just plain liked. She knows she hasn’t quite found her niche and is willing to take risks to find it.

I think this book fell into two parts. The wedding, of Jamie and Wes, and build up to it and then the aftermath and moving to Toronto. The wedding. Hello teary. It was magic and such a good carry on from Us. But the strength was definitely the 2nd part for me, which I guess was surprising as I’d enjoyed the wedding so much.

Just such a good read and two authors who are on my on my autobuy list. Fantastic writing.

5 stars.

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Lost Souls by Kelley Armstrong.

I’ve been a little frustrated with this series, particularly with the love triangle, over the past few books. This is definitely not a favorite trope of mine! I was hoping a short story would be a change of pace and that there’d be a little less angst, but there were definitely elements of this still in there.

I did find this short story a little difficult to get into, but about half way through the action picked up. I love the character of Gabriel and it is a refreshing change to be seeing the narrative from his point of view. He’s my favorite kind of hero, the grumpy and terse kind. Patrick, his father, is involved heavily in the story too and we see some of the story from his eyes.

This time, there is a case with an urban legend hitchhiker mystery to solve. Gabriel and Olivia get tangled up in it scooby style trying to solve it. I am not sure this story fixed any of their relationship woe, but it was a reasonably entertaining read and I enjoyed the mythology and folklore that it explored. But, I am still a little torn about this series as a whole. While this was an solid installment, I am hoping the final book in the series provides some kind of closure and my Oliva and Gabrielle ship sees the light of day.

The art work is beautiful in the paperback copy of this book, it is well worth a look. If you’re a fan of the series then this might just be a fab edition to your paperback library. Check out the link here.

3 Stars.

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March Wrap Up.

This has been a good reading month, with my favorite being Shadows Seduction and some more good stuff from Carina Press.

Shadows Seduction by Kresley Cole 4 stars. A good read, I am hoping for more.
King’s Captive by Amber A. Bardan 4 stars. Crazy sauce, but entertaining.
The Hating Game by Sally Thorne. 5 stars. A re read, still a delight. Cannot wait for more.
Single Malt by Layla Reyne . 4 stars. Interesting start to a new series.
Off Base by Annabeth Albert 4 stars. I liked this start to the series. Military romance.
The Unleashing by Shelly Laurenston. 4 stars. Liked it. Such a great urban fantasy. Women with agency. And dogs.
The Undoing by Shelly Laurenston. 4 stars. Liked it.
Silence Fallen by Patricia Briggs. 4 stars. Mercy in France.
Promised Land by Adam Reynolds and by Chaz Harris, Christine Luiten (Illustrator), Bo Moore (Illustrator). 5 stars. Loved this. More kids books like this I reckon!
Goodbye Paradise by Sarina Bowen. 4 stars. Great start to the series.
Winter by Marissa Meyer. 3 stars. Long book was long.
Here Kitty, Kitty! by Shelly Laurenston. Re read of older 5 star book. Needed some hillbilly cats.

Breath of Fire by Amanda Bouchet.

This was another great installment from the Kingmaker Chronicles. In saying this however, I did think Griffin acted like a bit of a tool during the first part of the novel, and needed to spend some more time being penitent. He really let loose and considering the lengths he’d gone to find Cat, this seemed a little off. I’m loving the mythology and battle scenes. The character growth of Cat was good and I think the secondary characters are a treat. Great read and I wait for the next book.

4 Stars.

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Hard Wired by Megan Erickson and Santino Hassell.

Another good read from this writing team. I really enjoyed the themes in the book of found family and making connections with online friends and lovers. I felt they dealt with anxiety particularly well and I enjoyed the whole idea of taking risks and finding your niche in life.

This seemed particularly relevant with the changing landscape in technology and how you can earn revenue through different streams. Traditional jobs are not what everyone is after, so this felt super current. The romance and characters were, as always, engaging and I particularly enjoyed Ian. He was such a great lead.

One difficulty I did have with the book was the pacing and overall story arc. While the previous book felt pretty seamless, I found this one harder going. The ups and downs of emotion, back and forth in cities meant that at times it felt disjointed and the pacing made for a difficult read.

However, I love this series. It is total food for thought and emotionally it’s super satisfying. Definitely worth checking out.

4 Stars

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