I think this has to be one of my favourite Suzanne Cass novels to date, I thoroughly enjoyed reading this and found it hard to put down. It was a great start to her new series. Lacey and Nico were such good characters to get to know and I enjoyed the crime and mystery aspect of this story immensely. Set in Tasmania in Boat Harbour Bay, a place I had to look up because I needed to know if it was a real place or not, which it is, I thought this was the perfect setting for this book.
I was hooked from the start, as we meet Lacey, a young woman on leave from the police force after struggling with a traumatic event, she is travelling around Tasmania in an old Kombi van (something I would love to do) in order to give herself time and space to heal. When she breaks down at night in a cold deserted carpark and our hero Nico comes to the rescue. Lacey isn’t totally on board when she first meets him and I enjoyed seeing their relationship grow into friendship then more as they deal with Lacey coming across a traumatic murder and Nico investigating the crime.
It would be hard to be a police officer in a small town and we see how hard it is for Nico to do his job while dealing with people he considers friends in the community and having to investigate them. Lacey learns a lot about what she is capable of and does a lot of figuring out what she really wants out of her life. Lacey’s parents, her mother, in particular, was a piece of work and I wanted to set the guard geese onto her.
Nico also has to deal with his mother springing a nasty surprise onto him whilst in the middle of the murder investigation and I’m hoping we get to follow this mystery in the next book.
New Release Book Review: A Traitor Shows His Hand by Mia Monroe
I am really enjoying the Covens of Eaton Falls series, once again, I like the way the books continue on from the previous one and things don’t get rehashed all over again. I can’t believe we are nearly at the end, only one more book to go until we find out how this war will turn out for everyone involved.
In A Traitor Shows His Hand ( Covens of Eaton Falls #5) things are really starting to heat up and move along, there was plenty going on, with ‘The Beautiful One’ showing more of his hand, more power-hungry bad guys and of course, more romance.
While I was hoping this would be Willem’s book, Mia Monroe has saved that for the final battle and I can’t wait for that potential love triangle to play out.
I really liked getting to know Jack and Maverick better, the twins have had a bit of the unknown about them and I loved learning of their twin connection and the power they had together and individually.
Learning to be separated from each other was tough for Maverick and Jack, but it is what they both need to be able to move forward and grow into their individual potential and find their own soulmates. Jack had a lot to deal with in this book, which sets up the final relationship for the last book Demons Are So annoying. Jack and Prince have a deeper connection than he imagined and it was enjoyable to see how his attitude towards Prince changed as he was forced to spend time with him while he was still in his vulnerable state. I think sparks are really going to fly in the next book. as Jack, Prince and Willem figure things out.
Geoffrey was completely besotted with Maverick and though at first neither thought they could possibly be together for various reasons, once they make that jump they are both all in, and for Maverick this really helps him come into his own hidden powers. I thought Maverick and Geoffrey were perfect for each other and complemented each other well, I liked how they both supported each other through every turn and learned to communicate what they were thinking and feeling.
While they have managed to find out much more about what is going on with the war that has been waged against them, and there were some surprises in store in that department, I can only imagine there is going to be plenty more action, chaos and magic to come before the war is over. I hope they don’t lose too many more of their friends in order to save the world.
Links to my reviews for the series
Never Trust A Guy With Fangs (Book 1)
The Witch’s Power Play (Book2)
Vampires Make Bad Roommates (Book 3)
Cosmic Spells and Vampire Lairs (Book 4)
Book Blitz, Excerpt & Giveaway: Suddenly, Last Summer By Michael Robert
I professed my love for Jordy when I was seventeen. He was leaving for his last year of medical school after working another summer at my family’s Banks Lake resort in the Pacific Northwest.
Desperate for him to know how I felt even though he was my older brother’s best friend, and fearing that he wouldn’t return after that summer, I decided to take the plunge and admit my feelings while I had the chance.
As the adult in the situation, Jordy wisely chose to discount my confession as simply a teenage crush. But my last spoken words to him were that I’d wait patiently for him.
And I always kept my promises.
I’d been away from my small hometown for nearly five years. Life and a stressful medical residency had kept me busy, but I finally returned to fulfill my best-man duties for my best friend’s upcoming wedding.
His younger brother, Trey, was a sweet, sensitive kid when I left years ago. The shy, lean teenager who’d tearfully professed his love for me my last summer there had grown into a sexy, confident man. I was intrigued by what I saw, though I probably should have walked away again.
Had he actually waited for me to return? Did I hope he had? He was nine years my junior and my best friend’s little brother. But he could be so much more.
After five long years, it was suddenly last summer.
Five years ago
“Where is he?” I asked, setting the final packed box on the counter.
“Probably down at the dock,” Mrs. Barnes answered. Her back was to me as she finished with the dinner dishes.
“You think he’ll come up to say goodbye before I have to leave?” I couldn’t see him but knew he was most likely securing the resort’s watercraft for the night.
She wiped her hands on a dish towel, tossed it on the counter, and joined me at the sliding glass door overlooking the lake. We watched her youngest son while he busied himself at the dock. “He’s hurting, Jordy.”
I let out a small laugh but not because I was being insensitive. “Just like every other summer, isn’t it?” I asked.
“It seems worse this summer,” she said. “Since you and Brock started college, he hates the coming of September. I guess it’s too quiet for him with just Mom and Dad around.” Mrs. Barnes took a long breath in before sighing deeply. “Imagine how he’s going to feel when you graduate medical school this year and he finds out you won’t be able to help us out any longer?”
“I’ll be back,” I defended. “Are you saying you don’t need my help next summer?”
“You’ll be starting your residency after this year, son. I expect you’ll have to move to wherever that is next summer.”
“Let’s hope that happens, Mrs. B” I turned to face her, expecting a hug. “I haven’t received a hospital matching letter yet,” I added. “It’s competitive trying to get my first choice, so hopefully I’ll know where that is in a few months.”
“You are the single brightest kid I know, Jordy. Don’t be so modest,” she said, wiping something off of my shirt and fussing like mothers tend to do.
Mr. and Mrs. Barnes had been my surrogate parents ever since the accident, and I missed mine terribly.
“You better not let Brock hear you say that,” I said.
She giggled. “Even Brock knows that.” She glanced back toward the lake. “Can you check on him before you leave, son? I think he’s twice as upset today’s the day you’re leaving. You’d think he’d be missing his actual brother more than you.”
“I’ll head down after I load that final box.” I headed for the back door and the driveway before remembering an important rule. “Oops!” I turned back and found her scowling at me. “You know I wouldn’t leave without one of your hugs, Mrs. B.”
“As I thought,” she said, arms open wide for me.
We embraced and she kissed my cheek as a diversion while stuffing her hand in my shirt pocket.
“A little something for your trip.”
I knew better than to fight her about what I knew was additional money. I didn’t need money but she didn’t know that. “You guys already paid me out for the summer, ma’am.”
“Don’t ma’am me, mister!” She dragged her finger across her throat like she planned to slit mine.
“I love you,” I whispered and went in for another hug.
“I love you too, Jordy. Now please go say bye to Trey before you leave.”
It’d been another amazing summer on Banks Lake. My best friend, Brock, and his family owned a resort on the shores of the manmade body of water. This was possibly my last summer working at the general store/gas station/boat rental/RV park resort. Brock had already headed back to California. He was finishing law school and had relocated away from our shared apartment in Palo Alto. He’d also started a new part-time job and they needed him early. I’d stayed back and helped the Barnes’ finish up the summer. After Labor day, things slowed down in this ‘barely there’ town in Eastern Washington, so they’d manage fine without the extra help once I left.
It was strangely quiet as I walked downhill to the dock, trying my best to dodge the evening sprinklers. The bulk of the last tourists of the season was gone. Two motorhomes and a couple of tents were all that were left in the park area designated for campers. The cabins along the shore had no guests in them while a couple of the larger resort houses were still occupied.
I spotted Trey at the end of the main dock where all the rental watercrafts sat idle after a busy summer. He was in one of the larger pontoon boats, sitting under the canopy out of the late afternoon sun. It was still hot here in September and I knew he’d had a long day cleaning and securing the watercraft. His back was to me and he only noticed he had an intruder to his thoughts when I stepped off the floating dock and onto the boat, causing it to rock gently. He turned toward me and then looked away quickly.
“What?” I asked. “Not talking to me anymore?”
There was no response as he held his gaze across the water, avoiding mine. Trey was Brock’s younger brother. A terrific young man and very loving, but he wore his heart on his sleeve. Nothing like his older brother who was arrogant, sure of himself, and warm to few people. I was one of the people he was warm to, so we got along fine. Brock and I had been best friends since elementary school and inseparable ever since. College and post-graduate years were hurting that closeness, but the best friends tag still stuck.
Once away from Electric City and attending college at Stanford, I’d come out. It wasn’t a surprise to Brock as he’d known since sophomore year. He was straight but always said if he wasn’t, I’d be his guy on that front. Oddly, even though he was hot, I never saw him that way. Just not my type. Brock was too short, too dark, and too brooding.
The summer had been good for Trey. He was his usual end-of-summer, golden-skinned, self, with a mop of sun-bleached blond hair. He was smooth, lean, and possessed a naturally athletic build that had really come on the past two summers as he approached eighteen. We’d just celebrated his seventeenth over the fourth of July.
“I’m talking to you, kiddo,” I said a bit louder.
“I’m not a kid,” he whined, sounding exactly like one.
I moved to his side and rubbed the back of his neck. “I’m heading out,” I said. “Just wanted to make sure to say goodbye to my best little buddy.”
He swatted my hand from his neck. “Brock’s your best friend,” he stated, still avoiding eye contact.
I sat beside him on the wide boat seat and slid into him, forcing him over so I could invade his space and be close. I stared at the side of his angelic face while he continued to ignore me. Trey was a beautiful young man and had a heart of gold. Sometimes people easily dole out the expected compliments when describing attractive people, but Trey had earned his in spades. The kid was blessed in the looks department but had no clue. He was heartbreakingly attractive. But, he was still a kid and he was also my best friend’s younger brother, so I kept my heart’s opinions about him to myself. My feelings were curious concerning the attraction I felt toward him. He was a kid. I was an adult. Those were the facts and I’d decided to stick to them.
“Yeah, he is my best buddy, but I like you a lot too,” I answered, leaning forward and resting my elbows on the tops of my thighs, turning to see if he was looking at me.
Thirty seconds went by before he turned to me. He was tearing up.
“Hey now, buddy. What’s all this?” I put an arm around his shoulders and pulled him in tight. “I’ll be back. I promise I will.”
“No you won’t,” he mumbled, wiping at his eyes, clearly embarrassed about the tears. “Mom already told me you’re not going to be able to help us out next summer.”
“I might not become a doctor if I don’t work harder, so it’s not for sure, Trey. Besides, I’d never forget about you.”
“You’ll be the best doctor and you know it. You always get everything you want. Heck, even Brock says you’re the smartest guy he knows.” He hiccupped as he fought the full-on cry he was desperately trying to avoid. “Then you’ll just go off and I’ll never hear from you,” he said quietly, trying to shrug out of my hug.
I held him tighter so he couldn’t.
“Shit, even Brock doesn’t come around much anymore and now you’ll go away forever too.”
“That’s just not true, Trey. Come on. Why are you acting like this?” I moved my hand from his shoulder and held the back of his head, mussing with his sun-drenched hair. “We had a great summer didn’t we?” I asked. “I had a blast working and hanging out with you again.” His head slumped forward and I attempted to steer his neck my way trying to get him to look at me. He wouldn’t budge. “You don’t really believe I won’t be back, do you?” I asked.
He was silent.
“Look at me,” I said, nudging his side.
Trey turned toward me and had heavier tears streaming down his face. “You . . . you . . . you don’t get it, do you?” he asked.
He shuffled his feet and tugged at threads hanging from his tattered jean shorts. “I love you, Jordy.”
“I know that, kiddo. I love you too.”
“Not like that,” he protested. “I love you, love you.
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Michael Robert is an author residing in Seattle, Washington. The Crow Flies Free is his debut novel. Michael enjoys traveling and he aspires to visit the locations of his upcoming novels so as to provide vivid and accurate descriptions of them. He enjoys tennis, road trips and fast cars. Please look for his future projects, the next story coming soon.
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January 2023 Monthly Round-up and Reading Challenges
Hello, I’m going to attempt to check in every month even if I’m the only person who reads the post. This year is off to a smashing start in the reading department.
I have chosen to keep my challenges to ones I know I can achieve, well, I hope so anyway.
As usual, I am doing the Goodreads Reader Challenge and I am already charging ahead so I will probably need to increase my goal by June.
I have already read some really great books and I think it’s my highest 4.5- star or 5-star reads ever in a month.
9/34 of these were audiobooks.
I’m also going to attempt the Aussie Readers A-Z Title Challenge on Goodreads and have picked all my books (subject to change) except for my Q book, so I’m open to suggestions for a book to read for Q. I’ve managed to read 6/26 so far this year.
I am going to attempt to read a minimum of 12 of my Backlist Review Books #Backlistreads2023, so far I have read two, but I’ve only written the post for one of them the second will be up soon.
All About Ella by Meredith Appleyard
I’m also going to do the #HQReadingChallenge as it’s only got 12 boxes to mark off. You’ll find this on Instagram @harlequinaus
I have marked off
YA book – 100 Days of Sunlight by Abbie Emmons
A book published this year – The Husband Hoax by Saxon James
An Australian author – Penelope Janu
Title begins with the first letter of your name – Can’t Say Goodbye by Eden Finley
Fantasy or sci-fi – January Blues by Jax Stuart
So, as you can see I’m nearly halfway there with this one, my hardest will be A genre I’ve never read before because I think I’ve read most genres so I’ll have to do some investigating.
And last but not least I will try, for at least the third time to do the 2023 Nonfiction Reader Challenge hosted by Book’d Out #ReadNonFicChal.
Every year I sign up to do the Nonfiction Nipper but only manage to read 2/3 which is pretty ridiculous going. So, this year I will aim to read all 3 books.
Choose a goal:
Nonfiction Nipper: Read & review 3 books, from any 3 listed categories
Nonfiction Nibbler: Read & review 6 books, from any 6 listed categories
Nonfiction Nosher: Read & review 12 books, one for each category
Nonfiction Grazer: Read & review any nonfiction book. Set your own goal
Crime & Punishment
Published in 2023
On the personal front, I don’t have much going on, I started back at my art lessons after just over 3 months break and managed to finish the painting I started last year. So that feels good to be creating again and I’m ready to start a new painting next week.
Well, that’s me for this month I will check in again at the end of February, happy reading.
Blog Tour, Review, Excerpt & Giveaway: Pier Pressure By Anyta Sunday
I really enjoyed this, it was just the kind of light fun read I didn’t know I needed.
I did worry when in the first few pages Leon’s a**hole partner breaks up with him and is just awful, this scene caused me a bit of anxiety for what I might expect for the rest of the book. Luckily, this scene didn’t set the tone of the rest of the story, instead, it is full of fun and heart when Damon, a guy he had a fling with years before finds himself drawn into the out-there situations Leon keeps pulling him into in his goal to find love.
Leon was sweet, if not oblivious to the signals Damon was giving him, he also did everything he could to avoid conflict, hence how he found himself in the out-there situations. Damon may have messed up in the past, but when faced with the opportunity of getting a second chance with Leon, he grabs it with both hands, it doesn’t stop him from being cheeky with Leon, but he is also supportive and sweet towards him too. Leon and Damon were so good for each other, I wondered how long it would take Leon to realise what was in front of his eyes.
This was an entertaining read which left me with the feel-goods at the end.
Plenty of fish in the sea.
But what if there is no “plenty”? What if Leon Finn is a lone fish? A lone fish in a glass bowl swimming in hopeful but ultimately lonely circles forever?
Dumped and forced to retreat to his tiny-town seaside bach, it’s time for Leon to cast some lines, and quick! Prove to everyone—(*cough*) ex, mother, other ex who he’s now accidentally living with—that he’s a catch.
Only no one is biting.
It sucks, but it’s solvable.
With his trusty sewing machine and endless stash of fabric he’ll make himself into the ultimate suitor. Stitch this right up.
But as a certain someone keeps whispering in his ear, is this the right way?
Pier Pressure is a light-hearted, cheeky M/M romance with silly seaside shenanigans culminating in happily ever after. It can be read as a standalone.
I crouch and stare at it. “Hello.”
It wriggles its tail and swims away. A fish here means someone’s been coming regularly, to change the water and feed it. “Who’s looking after you, hmm?” My cousin Troy lives nearby, he’d be the type to buy a goldfish for his kid without asking his wife first. I can imagine him schlepping it here and regretting his stupidity every time he came by to keep it alive.
It’s stupid, but I’m ridiculously glad I’m not completely alone. Karl and I might not have had sex in six months, but he’d always shared my bed. I was used to someone being in the same room, in the same space, closest to the door. There was something comforting in it. Like, if we got murdered, they’d have to go through him first.
Wind howls around the bach, rattling the windows and whistling down the chimney. There’s the creak of a door on its hinges, and bloody hell. The bach never seemed this freaky in summer . . .
I raid my suitcase and yank on the kiddiest pyjamas I own, my fluffy ducky ones. Maybe if I look innocent enough, a murderer might think twice before offing me, giving me crucial time to—yep, that hearth shovel was coming to bed with me. And . . . and the fish. I couldn’t leave it all alone out here. The killer might . . .
Carefully, I lift the bowl, tuck it to my chest and take refuge in my room.”
I wake up to a shadow looming over me.
I scream and throw blankets into the darkened face. The shovel! Where is it? I plunge an arm down the side of my bed, between the mattress and the wall, and grope for the weapon. Nothing. And meanwhile I’m left in a frighteningly exposed, arse-up position. I forget the shovel and throw myself onto my back, hands balled at the ready.
Before me the figure is muttering something that gets lost under a thick layer of feather-down. A large hand with a vein running down the middle reaches around the duvet and with a whoosh, my cover is yanked off.
Instead of hauling arse out the window with Fishy, I’m asking the intruder to please at once remove himself from my bed chamber. Apparently, I turn into Darcy in panic—“Damon?”
Laughter. As heavy as the ocean, as warm as the dawn spilling into my room. “Well hello, Leon.”
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A bit about me: I’m a big, BIG fan of slow-burn romances. I love to read and write stories with characters who slowly fall in love.
Some of my favourite tropes to read and write are: Enemies to Lovers, Friends to Lovers, Clueless Guys, Bisexual, Pansexual, Demisexual, Oblivious MCs, Everyone (Else) Can See It, Slow Burn, and Love Has No Boundaries.
I write a variety of stories, Contemporary MM Romances with a good dollop of angst, Contemporary lighthearted MM Romances, and even a splash of fantasy.
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New Release Book Review: Wonderland by Rachel Ember
A second chance at love with your estranged best friend, man did Peter and Riley deserve that chance!
I really enjoy Rachel Ember’s writing and I’m so glad she has written a book in the Vino Veritas series. I really enjoyed Wonderland, everything about it made for an engaging read. I loved both Peter and Riley and was cheering them on from the get-go. As the reason for their estrangement slowly gets uncovered, I liked the way they were both able to communicate easier and forgive each other for what happened in the past. I enjoyed the chemistry and the friendship they shared.
Riley’s grandfather Gene is a character, and I enjoyed seeing the relationship between him and Riley rebuild itself and seeing Riley realise how much faith Gene was putting in him by allowing him to see how vulnerable he was and what a mess he had let his property and himself become and seeing Gene pull himself out of it with Riley and Peter’s help.
The setting of the broken-down amusement park was as much a character as the people and I enjoyed exploring it and seeing it come back to life.
I enjoyed seeing them both interact with some of the other Vino & Veritas characters I have come to know and love and I liked that they were all there to support Riley when he needed them.
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I left Vermont on the most painful day of my life and swore I’d never go back. Meadows Park–the shuttered amusement park that’s been in my family for generations–is the home of all my finest and worst memories. They all star Peter Landry–the best friend I ever had, and the only guy I’ve ever loved.
But then my eccentric grandfather buried two million dollars on the property and couldn’t remember where.
So I’m back, and asking Peter for help. He’s an Ivy League lawyer now. Still gorgeous, and able to gut me with a single smile. And I’m still a disappointment, living in the city and washing dishes to get by. As soon as we strike off down the first sunlit path, the Meadows Park magic begins to fill my heart with yearning, lust, and most dangerous of all—dreams.
I’m secretly relieved each time the day ends, leaving us empty-handed. I know it’s wrong—without that money, we could lose the park.
But if I find the treasure, I lose the guy.
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New Release Book Review: Never Trust a Guy With Fangs by Mia Monroe
I always enjoy a Mia Monroe novel so I was excited when she said she was writing something different, something in the spec fiction genre, vampires and witches, demons and fae. I used to read a lot in this genre but have gone away from it over the years, I loved going back to it with Mia’s newest novel.
Never Trust a Guy With Fangs was such a good read, I actually read it twice as I didn’t write my review straight away and wanted to refresh my mind and ended up rereading the whole novel.
I love Leo who is a witch, he’s a little bit sassy, knows what he wants but has a vulnerability about him too. Augustus is the head vampire of his coven and is extremely likeable too, he’s lived a long time, seen a lot and experienced a lot of loss during his 2500 years.
The attraction between these two was hot, but fun too, Leo and his sassy ways made it fun, he just wouldn’t give up when Augustus said they couldn’t be together, for many reasons, the treaty between the witches and vampires being a big reason.
I enjoyed the side characters of Presley and Beto and look forward to their book because I’m sure just like Leo and Augustus they can’t fight their feelings for too long.
There’s a lot going on in this novel, an unknown demon is trying to destroy the magical beings who inhabit Eaton Falls, and I’m sure he won’t stop there. It’s the start of a war, truces and trusts between beings need to be forged if they are to stand a chance at winning. Secrets about the real reason vampires and witches hate each other are uncovered and Leo finds out plenty about himself he never knew. His relationship with Augustus will also change everything they both thought they knew.
I certainly wasn’t bored at all throughout this novel, I enjoyed every minute of it and loved the relationship between Leo and Augustus. I can’t wait to read the next book, luckily the wait isn’t too long.
Release Blitz: Country by Lila Rose
Series: Diamond MC #1
Author: Lila Rose
Genre: MC Romance
Release Date: February 15, 2022
It was so good to catch up with the guys from Diamond MC again, I first met them in the Polished P&P series and fell for them all. I loved getting to know Country (the President of Diamond MC) better and meeting Dusty the club girl who has caught his eye and made his heart catch feelings he wasn’t looking for.
While Dusty comes from a rich background, it was poor in family and emotional support, in being part of the Diamond MC she has found her real family, but she is hiding her feelings about Country believing he isn’t interested in her. meanwhile Country is hiding his feelings believing the same about Dusty.
There is plenty of drama that happens when another club girl decides Dusty isn’t wanted in the club, thieves break into the vet where Dusty works, her parents add extra drama into her life and Dusty’s life is put in danger.
Country doesn’t let anyone mess with his people and he pulls no punches in destroying anyone who has put Dusty in danger.
As well as drama and violence, there’s also humour and heart. I really enjoy Lila Rose’s writing and I’m looking forward to more of this series in the future.
I had her and loved the taste of her.
But she’s too young, too sweet and good.
But I’ll keep her safe, and I want her happy.
Even if my own heart tells me I’m a fool for not making her mine.
Our one night is electric. She left her mark and burned her goodness into my heart.
There’s no room left for anyone else, only her.
I can’t chase her. I have to let her go.
Sure, she’s a club girl and I could have her under me whenever I want, but I can’t do that to her. I refuse to pull her any deeper into the Diamond MC.
When that decision is taken out of my hands and she’s dragged into the darkness, all I see is rage and bloodshed.
I’ll make them pay. Every single one of them who thought they could steal her away, take her from me.
And once I have her back, I’ll make sure I never let go.
She’s light and goodness.
Maybe she’s too good for me, but maybe she’s just what I need to balance my world.
I’ll give her everything and make her mine.
And just maybe she’ll make me hers too.
Warning: this book contains violence, offensive language, and very mature topics. Recommended for age 18 years and up.
Note: Book #1 in the Diamond MC series, though these characters have been seen in the mm Polished P &P series, you don’t have to read them first to read Country.
From the corner of the room, I watched as Country flirted with his new woman of the week, Rochelle. To me, it sounded like she was related to a roach. I hated her even before I met her. Pathetic, right? It wasn’t like I was in love with Country. We’d slept together a couple of times, one before and then after his breakup with a different girl. Isla. Both of us had been a little tipsy each time.
So why can’t you get him off your mind?
Shut up, stupid brain.
I didn’t know why my eyes sought him out whenever I entered the compound. Or why my belly clenched when I caught other club ladies flirting with him, or why my heart turned into a wildly buzzing vibrator whenever he smiled or winked at me.
All right, I did know, but I wasn’t going to let my little crush stick.
Not when I could save myself from hurt, since I knew, and I definitely knew, he was a player. He liked younger women, which I was, right along with a heap of other club girls.
I could have pussy punched myself for joining as a club girl when I didn’t even need to. I didn’t have bad parents. I didn’t have someone to hide from or someone after me, as far as I knew. So why did I join? Because I wanted something different and exciting in my life, and when I’d first applied to become one of the club women in the Diamond MC where I wouldn’t sleep with anyone outside of the club they promised I wouldn’t have to have sex with every member. I could pick. That was two years ago, when I was a lot more nervous and shy, and the only member I had slept with was Country.
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Lila was born in Brisbane Australia, her step-dad was in the Army which caused them to move around a lot. They finally settled in country Victoria, Australia. Being the youngest of four children she admits she was spoilt a bit. Even drove her mum crazy when she refused to eat meat at a young age.
Now, Lila lives with her husband and two children.
She started writing in 2013 and self-published the first of the Hawks MC: Ballarat Charter series- Holding Out. Since then, she has published eleven other titles, which range from erotica, humorous romance, YA and paranormal.
New Release Book Review: As the Tallgrass Grows by Rachel Ember
Another great book in the Wild Ones series, I really enjoyed Johnny and Owen’s romance and I loved catching up with Dylan and Bo, now in their 70s and 50 years odd into their relationship and still totally in love, we get a chance to see how they have been travelling since we finished their story in book #3.
I really liked getting to know Johnny Robbie’s brother whose story we read in books #1 & #2 where we meet him fleetingly, so it was nice to finally get to know him and what he’d been through and what has led him to Dylan and Bo’s ranch beside the fact he is their long lost nephew. He has certainly been through a lot and I liked he was able to show his true self to Owen.
Owen is an honorary nephew of Dylan and Bo’s and though he is at first dismayed to find Johnny at the ranch, as he gets to know him, things develop and grow between them. I really enjoyed seeing them learn about each other and in turn learn about themselves and gain confidence in who they were and what they deserve. Owen’s parents certainly weren’t the sort of people I would wish on anyone.
There are plenty of emotional moments as Johnny, Owen, Dylan and Bo get to know each other and a few secrets to uncover that change some things and explain others for Johnny and Owen.
I personally would read this series in order, but you can jump in with this one, though I think you’ll get more from it if you read the others, you’ll want to read them after anyway.
Thank you to the author for providing me with a digital copy in return for an honest review.
Link to my reviews for Long Winter #1 & Burning Season #3
Blog Tour & Review: Roommate Arrangement by Saxon James
Divorced Men’s Club – Book One
by Saxon James
Release Date: January 12, 2022
Cover Design: Story Styling Cover Designs
Photo: Wander Aguiar Photography
Model: Chris HaymanGenre: M/M Later-in-Life Romance
Trope: Roommates to lovers, brothers best friend, opposites attract, small town
In search of: room to rent.
Must ignore the patheticness of a forty-year-old roommate.
Preferably dirt cheap as funds are tight (nonexistent).
There’s nothing sadder than moving back to my hometown newly divorced, homeless, and lost for what my next move is.
When my little brother’s best friend offers me a place to stay in exchange for menial duties, I swallow my pride and jump at the offer.
I need this.
I also need Beau to wear a shirt. And ditch the gray sweatpants. And not leave his door ajar when he’s in compromising positions…
In search of: roommate.
Must be non smoker and non douchebag.
Room payment to be made in meal planning, repairs, and dumb jokes.
Since my career took off, I barely have time to breathe, let alone keep my life in order. I’m naturally chaotic, make terrible decisions, and scare off potential dates with my “weirdness”.
So when Payne gets back into town and needs somewhere to stay, I offer him my spare room with one condition: while he’s staying with me, I need him to help me become date-able.
And while he does that, I can focus on my other plan: ignoring that Payne is the only man I’ve ever wanted to date.
The first in the Divorced Men’s Club series, I really liked Payne and Beau and really loved this feel-good, low angst story. Both of these characters are older than many of the romance novels out there, Beau in his late 30s and Payne who was 40, which I liked, it’s nice to see life goes on and you don’t have to be in your 20s to find true love.
Payne who has split with his husband and returned to his hometown to get over it, lacking a place to stay, ends up staying with Beau, his brother’s best friend who has had a crush on him since they were teens (Payne has no idea)
I really enjoyed the friendship and connection these two complete opposites formed and that was allowed to morph into much more without either realising what was happening. I liked the way they worked through things together and communicated, (something so many novels seem to avoid and something that drives me nuts) talking things through and working things out so that things didn’t implode between them. The chemistry between them was hot and they were so sweet with each other, that I finished the book with a happy feeling for this odd couple who worked so well together.
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