New Release Book Review: The Farmer’s Friend by Fiona McArthur

IMG_20210817_175744.jpg

This was a fabulous read full of complicated and wonderful characters trying to make the best of their lives in the small town of Featherwood.

Gracie and Jed are taking a massive chance and moving to the small town for a fresh start, buying a dilapidated store and house, pregnant with their first child, I really took my hat off to them for making such a big decision. Gracie and Jed were such wonderful characters, they both had a way about them that made everyone feel important. Opening the store gives the people of Featherwood renewed hope and somewhere to hang out. Jed isn’t good with money though and through wanting to help everyone, finds himself in trouble.

Nell is starting a new chapter of her life, a former midwife who dealt with a terrible situation and no longer practices, starts off in the little town by trying to keep herself to herself, but Gracie and the other town members won’t allow this to happen and she is slowly drawn into being part of the community, joining the volunteer fire brigade and making friends.

Liam, who has fought in Afghanistan, is struggling with his own demons, but the town of Featherstone, along with a connection with Nell, will hopefully lead to his healing.

There are some wonderful characters in this novel, Mavis and her grandson, Molly, Blue, all of them make up the sort of community I would love to live in.

The townspeople of Featherstone are in the midst of a drought, people are walking off their farms, and those that don’t are struggling to stay afloat, but the community spirit is strong which is what will be needed when a terrible bush-fire threatens everything they own as well as the lives of those they love.

I think this has to be my favourite Fiona McArthur novel yet, the characters and the setting were so wonderfully written and I struggled along with them in their lives hoping everything would turn out ok.

Thanks to the author and Penguin Australia for a copy of this novel in return for an honest review.

New Release Book Review: Til Daph Do Us Part by Phillipa Nefri Clark

Screenshot_20210905_133944.jpg

Caravaning around the country with her husband, taking jobs as a marriage celebrant along the way sounds like a lovely way to live, I know part of me would love to be able to do that. But for Daphne and her husband John, their current stop is not looking like a very relaxing stay.

When Daph meets the bride and groom and their family, she is not too excited about working with them, but she will do her very best to give them a wedding they will remember. And it certainly is that, when not minutes after the ceremony, the new husband is found murdered in the pool.

From here on Daph and her husband become embroiled in finding out who killed the groom and why, as they uncover secrets from the families past, they find themselves in danger too. But nothing will stop Daph from finding out the truth. There were plenty of twists and turns along the way to discovering the culprit.

This was a fun read, I think if I were getting married, I’d want Daph to be my celebrant as she puts a lot of work into finding the perfect thing to say. And if anything were to go wrong, Daph would be sure to sniff out the mystery. I hope their next stop is less exciting. This is the first book in the Daphne Jones Mysteries, so I imagine Daph will have plenty of more crimes to solve.

image_editor_output_image894628060-1626353847035.jpg

Blog Tour & New Release Book Review: Dare Me by Ella Frank and Brooke Blaine

Dare Me, the scorching hot second book in the Dare to Try Trilogy from USA Today bestselling authors Ella Frank and Brooke Blaine is now live!

Image preview

Review

After absolutely loving Dare You, I dropped all other books when Dare Me arrived on my kindle as I just had to know what was going to happen next with Bash and Kieran and I wasn’t disappointed.

I simply love these two together they work so well with each other even though they are so different. Getting to visit Bash’s home town of South Haven this time was great, it’s definitely where I’d prefer to live and I hope Kieran decides it’s his preference too. As these two men dive into sorting out how they feel and where they can go after a misunderstanding at the end of Dare You, I just know that as long as they keep the lines of communication open, they can make things work.

I can’t wait for Truth or Dare to see how it all winds up for them.

Blurb

The moment Bash “Miss Razzle Dazzle” Vogel sashayed into Lieutenant Kieran Bailey’s life, both their worlds were turned upside down.

What started as an easy friendship quickly morphed into sizzling chemistry that neither one could deny.

But what Kieran knows better than anyone is that when a fire burns this hot and heavy, someone’s bound to get burned.

Do they dare to risk being together? Or will the flame of this hot match consume them both?

Dare Me is book two of the Dare to Try trilogy, which must be read in order.

Grab your copy today or read FREE in Kindle Unlimited! Amazon    Amazon Worldwide

Add Dare Me to Goodreads:

Start the Dare to Try Trilogy today! Amazon    Amazon Worldwide

Ella FrankAbout Ella Frank

Ella Frank is the USA Today Bestselling Author of the Temptation series, including Try, Take, and Trust and is the co-author of the fan-favorite erotic serial, Sex Addict. Her Exquisite series has been praised as “scorching hot!” and “enticingly sexy!”

A life-long fan of the romance genre, Ella writes contemporary and erotic fiction.

Some of her favorite authors include Tiffany Reisz, Kresley Cole, Riley Hart, J.R. Ward, Erika Wilde, Gena Showalter, and Carly Philips.

Connect with Ella Facebook  Instagram  Twitter  Stay up to date with Ella by joining her mailing list  Website

BrookeBlaineAbout Brooke Blaine 

Brooke Blaine is a USA Today Bestselling Author of contemporary romance that ranges from comedy to suspense to erotic. The latter has scarred her conservative Southern family for life, bless their hearts.

If you’d like to get in touch with her, she’s easy to find – just keep an ear out for the Rick Astley ringtone that’s dominated her cell phone for years. Or you can reach her at http://www.BrookeBlaine.com.

Connect with Brooke Website Facebook  Twitter  Instagram  Amazon Author Page

Brooke & Ella’s Facebook Group  The M/M Daily Grind

If you’d like to be the FIRST to know about a new release, sale, giveaway, or upcoming signings & events, make sure to join Brooke’s mailing list

New Release Book Review: Loving Summer by Carole Brungar

Loving SummerThis was one of my most anticipated reads of 2021 and it did not disappoint. Carole Brungar has done it again with her 4th novel in the <b>Return to Nam series<b>, she’s written a heartfelt, emotional read that manages to deal with important and often forgotten issues.

This is the love story between two unexpected soulmates, Scott Taylor a soldier in the Vietnam war and a teenage girl Summer, who is a free spirit in every way. What starts off as a Christmas card project organised by Summer’s school to send messages to the soldiers in Vietnam, turns into a pen-pal friendship that eventually becomes so much more. The effect that this friendship has on both of these characters is profound and changes them both even after they lose touch for many years.

From the jungles of Vietnam to the hippy communes of NZ in the 60s, through to NZ in the early 80s, I was transported to these very different places and I had my heart ripped out several times (you will require tissues).

Both Scott and Summer we great characters, both real, flawed and passionate. They both face many heartbreaking times, Scott with his marriage, Summer with trusting people she shouldn’t, but both of these characters have the will and the support of friends and family and the love of each other, to help them through whatever they face.

There is so much I want to say about this novel, but I don’t want to give anything away, because this is a journey that needs to be taken with no spoilers.

I highly recommend Loving Summer along with the rest of the series, while this is a standalone, there are mentions of characters from previous books and I recommend reading those too, in order if possible, but you will enjoy this even if you haven’t read them.

My reviews of the other books in the series

The Nam Legacy

The Nam Shadow

Going Home

Cover Reveal: Dare Me by Ella Frank & Brooke Blaine

Dare Me - CR bannerDare Me, the second book in the must-read Dare to Try Trilogy from USA Today bestselling authors Ella Frank and Brooke Blaine is coming August 30th and we have the incredible cover!

DareMe AMAZONThe moment Bash “Miss Razzle Dazzle” Vogel sashayed into Lieutenant Kieran Bailey’s life, both their worlds were turned upside down.

What started as an easy friendship quickly morphed into sizzling chemistry that neither one could deny.

But what Kieran knows better than anyone is that when a fire burns this hot and heavy, someone’s bound to get burned.

Do they dare to risk being together? Or will the flame of this hot match consume them both?

Dare Me is book two of the Dare to Try trilogy, which must be read in order.

Dare Me - POReserve your copy today! Amazon  Amazon Worldwide

Add Dare Me to Goodreads

Start the Dare to Try Trilogy today! Amazon      Amazon Worldwide

Cover Designer: Hang Le

Ella FrankAbout Ella Frank

Ella Frank is the USA Today Bestselling Author of the Temptation series, including Try, Take, and Trust and is the co-author of the fan-favorite erotic serial, Sex Addict. Her Exquisite series has been praised as “scorching hot!” and “enticingly sexy!”

A life-long fan of the romance genre, Ella writes contemporary and erotic fiction.

Some of her favorite authors include Tiffany Reisz, Kresley Cole, Riley Hart, J.R. Ward, Erika Wilde, Gena Showalter, and Carly Philips.

Connect with Ella Facebook  Instagram  Twitter  Stay up to date with Ella by joining her mailing list  Website

BrookeBlaineAbout Brooke Blaine 

Brooke Blaine is a USA Today Bestselling Author of contemporary romance that ranges from comedy to suspense to erotic. The latter has scarred her conservative Southern family for life, bless their hearts.

If you’d like to get in touch with her, she’s easy to find – just keep an ear out for the Rick Astley ringtone that’s dominated her cell phone for years. Or you can reach her at http://www.BrookeBlaine.com.

Connect with Brooke Website Facebook  Twitter  Instagram  Amazon Author Page

Brooke & Ella’s Facebook Group  The M/M Daily Grind

If you’d like to be the FIRST to know about a new release, sale, giveaway, or upcoming signings & events, make sure to join Brooke’s mailing list

Blog Tour: Review and Excerpt: High Alert by Becca Seymour

High Alert Banner

Excerpt

“Hey, Ross.” Pretty light-brown orbs peered back at me, wide and just as mesmerising as I remembered. “Bloody hell, you’re a sight for sore eyes.”

I grinned, uncertain of the words that might fall out of my mouth.

I didn’t need to worry. In Dan’s next breath, he said, “Get your arse over here already and give me a hug.”

I ignored my brother’s snort as he snagged the beer from Dan and walked on past us.

A deep exhale escaped my lungs as I stepped forwards and pulled him into my arms. I wrapped myself around him, holding him tight. The feel of his large limbs, strong and firm, wrapped around my own frame made my heart sing.

“Good to see you too, mate. About time you made the move back to civilisation.” My grin remained wide when I eased away, his snort making me chuckle.

“Civilisation, huh?”

“Yep. You better believe it. You know, a Subway opened in town, and Bunnings got an extension. Civilisation at its best.”

Dan’s laugh washed over me like a familiar hug, the sensation warming me, much like the log fire already built in my sitting room did.

Review

High AlertI thoroughly enjoyed this slow-burn best friends to lovers romance. I really liked the Australian setting, I do enjoy a book set in my home country. Ross has been in love with his brother Craig’s best friend Dan for years but didn’t want to ruin a friendship by saying anything, especially when he thought Dan was only into women. When Dan returns to their small country town to make a new beginning, the two find every reason to spend time together, while both trying to hide their feelings towards the other. I really loved the dynamics between Ross and Dan and was hoping they would both wake up and tell each other what they were feeling. I liked Craig, he was a good brother and a good mate and I loved how he tried to push them together knowing how they both felt.

There are a few serious issues covered in this novel, bullying, homophobia, past emotional child abuse, these are tackled well and my heart went out to Ross for what he’d been through. He was a better man than me when confronted with his past.

The land and environment also play an important role, from drought to bush fires, these are major issues that farmers and many people in Australia face every year. I loved the way the town’s people pulled together when disaster strikes.

A really enjoyable read

Small-Town Australia | Friends to Lovers | Brother’s Best Friend | Rural Firefighter Hotness | Koala Rescue | Weather-Related Drama | A Not-So-Pleasant Blast From the Past | Hurt/Comfort |

 

BLURB

It’s a tale as old as time.

I’ve crushed on my brother’s best friend since I sprouted hairs on the unmentionables. Once upon a time, he was straight, until he wasn’t… and talk about bad timing.

And when we’re finally at a place for me to make my move, sexy rural firefighter Dan clams up and acts weird and I’m left with pants that are too tight and my heart feeling bruised… but he’s a good friend and I’m grateful he’s in my life.

Because of course Dan is a good guy.

Though him being “good” and ridiculously easy on the eyes and possibly the best man I know only makes me want him more.

When we’re thrust into a situation that brings both of us close to danger, it’s hardly the time to be chasing first kisses or finally acting on my crush. But Dan doesn’t seem to mind.

I just know that when the stakes are high and emotions are running wild, sometimes you have to show your hand and go all in.

And that’s exactly what I plan to do.

High Alert was originally a 7,000-word short story in the March 2020 charity anthology “When the Smoke Clears.” It is now a 64,000-word full-length novel, complete with smouldering low-angst loveliness and a group of Aussie men who will capture your hearts.

 

BUY NOW

Available on Amazon

 

GIVEAWAY

Enter the rafflecopter and stand a chance to win a USD 10 Amazon Gift Card

 RAFFLECOPTER LINK

http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/5b23b2ad6/?

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR 

Becca SeymourBecca Seymour lives and breathes all things book related. Usually with at least three books being read and two WiPs being written at the same time, life is merrily hectic. She tends to do nothing by halves so happily seeks the craziness and busyness life offers.

Living on her small property in Queensland with her human family as well as her animal family of cows, chooks, and dogs, Becca appreciates the beauty of the world around her and is a believer that love truly is love.

| Facebook Page | Twitter | Instagram | Website | Newsletter |
| Amazon Page | Goodreads | BookBub |

image_editor_output_image894628060-1626353847035.jpg

Cover Reveal: Hijacked by Lucy Lennox

IMG_20210813_193620

 

IMG_20210813_192846Renowned cardiologist Carter Rogers is used to having things under control. His life, his prestigious reputation, his career, his future.

Hijacked, an all-new laugh-out-loud MM romantic comedy by Lucy Lennox & May Archer is coming September 2nd and we have the dreamy cover!

Renowned cardiologist Carter Rogers is used to having things under control. His life, his prestigious reputation, his career, his future.

Things he can’t control this time around:

• His meddling grandfather

• His annoying gamer cousin

• Buggy South American jungles

• Being the meat in a feuding cartel sandwich

• Getting kidnapped by a monologuing drug lord

•Falling for his very hot, very mouthy ex-Special Forces bodyguard

In short, Carter’s peaceful, well-planned life has been… hijacked.

IMG_20210813_193004

Pre-order your copy today!     Amazon      Amazon Worldwide

Add to Goodreads

Meet Lucy Lennox

Lucy Lennox is finally putting good use to that English Lit degree earned way back in the 1900s.

She stays up way too late each night reading M/M romance because she is a sucker for a good story.

Connect With Lucy  Facebook   Instagram  Pinterest  Website  Stay up to date with Lucy by joining her mailing list

Meet May Archer

May is an M/M author who lives in Boston. She spends her days raising three incredibly sarcastic children, finding inventive ways to drive her husband crazy, planning beach vacations, avoiding the gym, reading M/M romance, and occasionally writing it.

Connect With May  Facebook     Instagram    Website

Blog Tour and Review: Dare You by Ella Frank and Brook Blaine

Dare You - BT banner

Dare You, the first book in the all new sexy and playful Dare to Try Trilogy from USA Today bestselling authors Ella Frank and Brooke Blaine is available now!

My Review

This was a delightful read, I’m a big fan of Ella Frank’s Confession series and was excited to be able to read a new trilogy with some new characters.

I adored Bash, he was a delightful character, I loved his attitude, his confidence to be himself, that he knew who he was, his authenticity, and his humour, but he also had a vulnerability to him that he kept hidden from most people.

Keiran was a really great guy, Bash’s inadvertent knight in shining armour when he rescues Bash from a fire during a callout. While Keiran was out of his comfort zone in his feelings about Bash, I liked that Keiran wasn’t afraid to go with those feelings. I loved the banter between Bash and Keiran, it made for some humourous times, but also some much deeper connections and conversations.

This ended on a massive cliffhanger and I cannot wait to get my hand on book #2, I couldn’t believe how the authors left me hanging and I’m glad the next book is out next month. I couldn’t put this book down and stayed up way too late reading, I can’t wait to see what happens between Keiran and Bash next.

DareYou AMAZONAbout the book: From Ella Frank’s Prime Time series and Brooke Blaine’s South Haven series comes an explosive spin-off of both worlds.

Sebastian “Bash” Vogel, the magnetic, cross-dressing CEO of AnaVoge, has long been a lone island when it comes to his personal life. Self-assured and playful, he’s never left wanting for suitors—but Bash isn’t looking for something permanent. He’s more than fulfilled with his company and his closest friends, and no one is going to shake up the status quo.

That is, until he’s thrown over the shoulder of one of Chicago’s finest and hauled out of a burning building.

Kieran Bailey, a sexy, hardworking lieutenant at Station 73, has been reaping the rewards of being crowned the city’s hottest fireman, which his crew never lets him forget. So many ladies, so little time. So when he rescues the latest damsel in distress, no one is more shocked than him to realize he’s played prince charming to another…prince.

But Bash isn’t like anyone Kieran has ever met, and soon his world is turned upside down as he becomes more intrigued by the enigmatic man that he can’t stay away from.

They’re from two different worlds. This could never work. But what if…they dared to try?

Dare You is book one of the Dare to Try trilogy, which must be read in order. Prior reading is not required, but is always a fantastic idea for maximum enjoyment.

Grab your copy today or read FREE in Kindle Unlimited!

Amazon           Amazon Worldwide

Add Dare you to Goodreads

Reserve the second book in the trilogy!

Dare Me

 Amazon      Amazon Worldwide

Add Dare Me to Goodreads

Reserve the third book in the trilogy!

Truth or Dare

Amazon         Amazon Worldwide

Add Truth or Dare to Goodread

About Ella Frank

Ella Frank is the USA Today Bestselling Author of the Temptation series, including Try, Take, and Trust and is the co-author of the fan-favorite erotic serial, Sex Addict. Her Exquisite series has been praised as “scorching hot!” and “enticingly sexy!”

A life-long fan of the romance genre, Ella writes contemporary and erotic fiction.

Some of her favorite authors include Tiffany Reisz, Kresley Cole, Riley Hart, J.R. Ward, Erika Wilde, Gena Showalter, and Carly Philips.

Connect with Ella Facebook  Instagram  Twitter  Stay up to date with Ella by joining her mailing list  Website

About Brooke Blaine

Brooke Blaine is a USA Today Bestselling Author of contemporary romance that ranges from comedy to suspense to erotic. The latter has scarred her conservative Southern family for life, bless their hearts.

If you’d like to get in touch with her, she’s easy to find – just keep an ear out for the Rick Astley ringtone that’s dominated her cell phone for years. Or you can reach her at http://www.BrookeBlaine.com.

Connect with Brooke    Website       Facebook      Twitter     Instagram    Amazon Author Page

Brooke & Ella’s Facebook Group       The M/M Daily Grind

If you’d like to be the FIRST to know about a new release, sale, giveaway, or upcoming signings & events, make sure to join Brooke’s mailing list

 

New Release Book Review: Dare You by Ella Frank and Brook Blaine

DareYou AMAZONThis was a delightful read, I’m a big fan of Ella Frank’s Confession series and was excited to be able to read a new trilogy with some new characters.

I adored Bash, he was a delightful character, I loved his attitude, his confidence to be himself, that he knew who he was, his authenticity, and his humour, but he also had a vulnerability to him that he kept hidden from most people.

Keiran was a really great guy, Bash’s inadvertent knight in shining armour when he rescues Bash from a fire during a callout. While Keiran was out of his comfort zone in his feelings about Bash, I liked that Keiran wasn’t afraid to go with those feelings. I loved the banter between Bash and Keiran, it made for some humourous times, but also some much deeper connections and conversations.

This ended on a massive cliffhanger and I cannot wait to get my hand on book #2, I couldn’t believe how the authors left me hanging and I’m glad the next book is out next month. I couldn’t put this book down and stayed up way too late reading, I can’t wait to see what happens between Keiran and Bash next.

 

About the book

From Ella Frank’s Prime Time series and Brooke Blaine’s South Haven series comes an explosive spin-off of both worlds.

Sebastian “Bash” Vogel, the magnetic, cross-dressing CEO of AnaVoge, has long been a lone island when it comes to his personal life. Self-assured and playful, he’s never left wanting for suitors—but Bash isn’t looking for something permanent. He’s more than fulfilled with his company and his closest friends, and no one is going to shake up the status quo.

That is, until he’s thrown over the shoulder of one of Chicago’s finest and hauled out of a burning building.

Kieran Bailey, a sexy, hardworking lieutenant at Station 73, has been reaping the rewards of being crowned the city’s hottest fireman, which his crew never lets him forget. So many ladies, so little time. So when he rescues the latest damsel in distress, no one is more shocked than him to realize he’s played prince charming to another…prince.

But Bash isn’t like anyone Kieran has ever met, and soon his world is turned upside down as he becomes more intrigued by the enigmatic man that he can’t stay away from.

They’re from two different worlds. This could never work. But what if…they dared to try?

Dare You is book one of the Dare to Try trilogy, which must be read in order. Prior reading is not required, but is always a fantastic idea for maximum enjoyment.

Buy your copy today!

Amazon           Amazon Worldwide           Add Dare you to Goodreads

New Release Book Review: The Forever Place by Michelle Montebello

The Forever PlaceThis was a really great read, a compassionate look at a woman struggling with alcohol addiction and the havoc it plays with her life and those around her.

I was completely engaged in this story from start to finish, I felt so much compassion for Marley and her struggle with alcohol addiction and the choices she makes and the impact this has on her relationships and her professional life.

Sometimes it really does take hitting rock bottom to make you take a look at what is going on, and for Marley it took hitting rock bottom and an ultimatum from her sister before she is willing (albeit under duress), to make a change.

Marley is a criminal defence attorney whose life was badly affected by the repercussions of a case she worked on a couple of years before. Without being aware of it, alcohol has become more than just a fun time. I could relate to this myself and really felt for her when she became aware just how much she was relying on alcohol to function and also how much certain relationships relied on that alcohol consumption.

Michelle Montebello introduces us to ‘Blue Zones’ which are some of the healthiest places on earth to live, (there is a link in the back of the book if you want to know more), White Cedar Island is off the coast of Nova Scotia (this is actually a made-up blue zone based on the real blue zones, which is a shame because I could have lived there myself for half a year (the summer half) if it had been real). Cedar Island is a small community with healthy eating, mostly a vegan diet, self-sustainable for the most part and very little alcohol available.

Marley originally goes there for two weeks to dry out after her sister’s ultimatum, this is extended when she makes friends with her landlady Noelle, who plays a big part in Marley’s recovery, and with Lachlan, a lovely guy who befriends her, along with his gorgeous dog, and realises if she returns to her life at this point she will go back to drinking and nothing will change. I admired Marley’s determination, once she admitted she had a problem, to make changes in her life.

She has some hard decisions to make during her time on the island and she also makes some bad decisions too, I wanted to pull her aside and say nooo don’t do it, but she had to make her own mistakes in order to learn and move forward.

I think that Marley and Lachlan both had very real flaws, ones that made them both easy to relate to. There were a couple of not so nice characters who played quite important roles in Marley’s life and the outcomes that occurred, both on the island and back in Australia.

This really was a wonderful read, an emotional one, highlighting the very real struggle of addiction that so many people deal with every day.

Thank you to Beauty and Lace Book Club and Michelle Montebello for a digital copy of this novel in return for an honest review.

AWW 2021