Two Man Station by Lisa Henry

I absolutely loved the start of Emergency Services series by Lisa Henry and I am super eager to read more.

The setting for Two Man Station felt like a character itself and I loved the small town vibe and isolated feel of the novel. The heat, dust and cicadas were vivid. Gio was such a great character. He’s so over everything and has barriers up before he’s even started his new job in the middle of nowhere. His past has been turbulent and heart breaking, so I think Jason’s attitude initially surprises him as he’s expecting a more aggressive welcome to his new position.

The tension between the two is built beautifully and I think if you’re a fan of the slow build, as I am, you’re in for a treat. I did expect a few more fireworks and passion, but I think as I re read this that Gio in particular is so worried about being hurt, so maybe there are are more emotional obstacles to overcome.

I loved the secondary characters, Jason’s son in particular, the small town dramas and insight into a rural cops life were also super engaging to read. I loved this book and I cannot wait to read more in the series. Hoping I won’t have to wait an age!

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Favourite Reads from 2017.

I had some great reads this year and my love for YA continues. I also picked up a few fantastic contemporary reads, sci fi and some fantasy.

If I had one wish for books, I would love to see some more urban fantasy out there. It is one of my favourite genre to read and other than Faith Hunter, Patricia Briggs and Ilona Andrews, I haven’t really come across anything this year that made me super excited.

I also found reading and blogging was tough from around October onwards, as this is a busy time of year for me. I think learning to be ok saying no to stuff has been a learning curve. Because saying no to books seems a bit mad!

It has been so incredibly nice to just sit around and read these past few weeks over the holidays. I have had some fab reads in December, added a bunch of 2018 releases to my Goodreads tbr and finished a few books that have been languishing on my shelves. Bliss.

Have a wonderful New Year’s Eve and I hope 2018 is a fabulous year for you!

January
Pretty Face (London Celebrities) by Lucy Parker
February
Good Boy by Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy
March
The Hating Game: A Novel reread by Sally Thorne
April
What Matters: A steamy rich girl meets bad boy romance by Gracie Leigh
May
A Court of Wings and Ruin (A Court of Thorns and Roses) by Sarah J. Maas
Alex, Approximately by Jenn Bennett
June
Sunset Park (Five Boroughs Book 2) reread by Santino Hassell
White Hot (Hidden Legacy) by Ilona Andrews
July
The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee
Paper Girls Volume 1 by Brian K. Vaughan
August
Illegal Contact (The Barons) by Santino Hassell
No Limits by Ellie Marney
Flame in the Dark (A Soulwood Novel) by Faith Hunter
September
In Other Lands by Sarah Rees Brennan
October
Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow by Jessica Townsend
Archangel’s Viper (A Guild Hunter Novel) by Nalini Singh
November
Fence 1 by CS Pacat and Johanna the Mad
December
Cold Reign (Jane Yellowrock) by Faith Hunter
Fence 2 by CS Pacat and Johanna the Mad
Deal Maker by Lily Morton

Illegal 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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House of Cards by Garrett Leigh

I enjoyed this so much I nearly read it in one sitting. At 2 am I forced myself to put it down. It was such a great story of comfort and healing and I found it incredibly romantic.

Calum is on the run from his past and a seriously toxic relationship. He finds himself on the Cornish coast and runs into an old friend, Brix. When Brix sees him, he immediately takes him in and looks after him. Calum has always had a bit of a soft spot for Brix and the feeling was most definitely mutual, although when they new each other years before, they did nothing about their attraction.

This was such a slow burn. Both men have pasts and secrets. There is plenty of comfort and a chance for these two to heal old wounds and fall in love. I was just engrossed. They are such a perfect pair and it was beautifully paced and written. The secondary characters, Brix’s family and the tattoo shop added to the mix and Porthkennack was a character in itself. This has to be one of my favourites of 2017. Loved it.

A-

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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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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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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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