Small Change by Roan Parrish.

Small Change was an emotional read for me. Ginger’s journey and her growing awareness of finding some balance was so well written. I think it depicted very accurately what it is like to be a woman in a profession and striving for excellence. And, hello toxic masculinity, and some serious frustration and anger. The writing about tattooing captured perfectly that relationship between artist and subject too. So good!

One of the stronger parts of the book for me was Ginger’s anger. It really resonated, even to the point of making it an uncomfortable read. The confusion and inadvertent pain and distress anger can cause made me totally teary because women are just not supposed to feel this way and yet of course we do. Seriously. It was so refreshing to read this. For me, as a pretty angry youth, this was depicted perfectly. The frustration, impotence and sheer pissed off feeling and tone were completely on point and vivid. How she struggles to deal with these feelings was poignant. I thought about this a lot after I’d finished reading.

I loved the relationships that Ginger had with her friends and the queer representation. They were a found family, which is a theme I really enjoy. That idea that family is who you surround yourself with. I hope there are friends books!

Christopher was well written, seriously hot and I loved his red hair, kind heart and willingness to be vulnerable. The fit together so beautifully and were exactly what the other needed while being by no means perfect. They were such a great couple and just fit.  This was a total treat, beautifully written and well worth a read.

5 Stars.
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Relationship Status by K.A. Mitchell.

This is the 3rd book in the Ethan and Wyatt  series, about a young couple who meet at University. I really like these new adult books and was eager to read this final volume. The first two dealt with their initial meeting and both of the characters learning to trust and love. This final books is more about adulting and learning to live together.

As always, K.A. Mitchell, writes sweet, angsty and hot relationships that are realistic and enjoyable. This latest installment was great final chapter in their romance and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I did find myself a little on edge initially as I kept thinking something truly horrendous was going to happen, but it didn’t eventuate and I felt the 2nd half of the book was stronger as a result. Lots of learning, compromise and growing up.

A great read and a lovely final book.

4 Stars
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A review copy of this book was provided by the publisher. 

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Trustworthy by Astrid Amara

This is the second book in the sci-fi  Policy of Lies series and is a solid follow up. Ivo and Mack were involved when they were younger, but they’re separated after a battle with rebel forces. Years later Ivo, with no memory of his past, ends up taking Mack prisoner and the reunion begins.

It is definitely not all hearts and flowers and our heroes are certainly made to work for their happily ever. They’re on opposing sides of a corporation war and this becomes more apparent with a few surprising admissions from Mack. I enjoyed the world building, which was pretty dark and oppressive. There was plenty of snarky tension between the leads and it was super hot. Ivo has a unique and refreshing voice, despite his memory loss and I just adored Mack.

This was definitely enjoyable, but it felt a little short. If anything,  I wanted a little more from the novel, longer maybe and more depth. Good read and I recommend you check out A Policy of Lies. 

A review copy of this book was provided by the publisher.
4 Stars
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Cask Strength by Layla Reyne.

I really enjoyed the first book, but found some of the plot elements in this second book harder to suspend my disbelief about. The romance is a strength and I do enjoy a little bit of drama, of which this had plenty. In all, a good follow up, but not my favorite in the series.

3 Stars
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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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