Illeagal Contact by Santino Hassell

I loved this book. I’ve already re read it twice. It has all the elements I like in a contemporary sports romance and it hit all the right notes.

Gavin is a total grump, who I am quite sure just needs a few pats. He just wants to play football on his own terms and not be referred to as just some rough kid who’s made good. To him, this seems like no ones business but his own. He’s an incredibly loyal friend and it’s this that gets him in to trouble in the first part of the book. Plus a slightly crappy temper. When Noah comes into his life as a much needed PA, Gavin’s dealing with being housebound and admittedly seems to also be angling for jerk of the year. Noah however has some serious patience and begins to see Gavin has more than a few redeeming features.

Noah has a history of making bad decisions in his love life, and is pretty sure falling for his current employer would be a super rubbish idea. However, when he discovers Gavin might just be completely grumpy BUT kinda wonderful and bi, all bets are off and it gets incredibly hot, pretty damn quick. Omg. This book.

I loved Illegal Contact. This has some of my absolute favourite tropes, a grumpy hero, close proximity, bi representation, friendship, sport and romance. It was just perfect. Straight onto the keeper shelf, and I am dying to read the next book in the series.

Grade A

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Come Sundown by Nora Roberts.

Set in snowy, western Montana, this new thriller from Nora Roberts really made for great, cosy winter reading.

Bodine Longbow, who runs the family’s ranch and retreat, comes back into contact with her childhood crush Callen Skinner. Callen has returned from Los Angeles to set up a more permanent home base. Their relationship develops against a backdrop of a large, close family the ranch, retreat and beautiful surrounding hills and trails.

One family member is absent however. Bodine’s Aunt Alice, who disappeared years earlier. The family had assumed she’d just run off, but she makes a startling reappearance after two murders take place.

I think because I’ve been listening to so many murder and crime podcasts at the moment, that this really hit the spot. It was a thriller that built slowly, and had me at times on the edge of my seat. Super creepy, with a nasty villain to boo and hiss at.

I think that I got so caught up in the crime aspect, that the relationship between Callen and Bodine took a back seat. This was definitely one of Robert’s ensemble cast books, with lots of well fleshed out secondary characters and that whole close family vibe going on. I think enjoyment wise, I preferred her last thriller, The Obsession, a little more than this one. Maybe it was just a little too much going on, and think I prefer something a little more stripped back in secondary characters and plots.

However, it was a solid read and I spent it tucked up in front of the fire and well engaged.
B

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Bad Judgement by Sidney Bell

I absolutely loved this. The snark was strong, along with brilliant chemistry and excellent world building. I think if occasional darker moments are not your thing then this might not be for you, but I adored it. I had a few moments where Embry reminded me a little of Laurent Captive Prince, but just a smidgen though. It was totally its own book.

I really hope this author writes loads more books, and fast, because I’m lined up already for purchasing. Excellent and twisty, dark plot. Long with a slow build of tension (my favourite) and some seriously excellent sex scenes. Loved it.

5 Stars.

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