Monthly challenge update – April 2019

Oh wow and I thought I’d slowed down this month, how wrong was I!!

April reads 2019

With a total of 26 books read or listened to this month, I think I have outdone myself.

In my AWW Challange, I may have completely blown that goal out of the water with a total of 56 books read this year so far by Australian Women Writers.

My Goodreads Challenge is now 95/200 which means at only 4 months in, I’m 48% complete and currently 30 books ahead of my goal, which allows me plenty of leeway if I get into a slump (a real one, not an imagined one lol).

In The Aussie Author Challenge which I admit to not updating on their website yet, I have now read all of the books in the challenge. I will list them next time.

My latest Book Bingo post will show you how I am going with that.

I have read some great books this month so I advise you to check some of them out. If I had to choose a favourite I think it would be Victoria Purman’s The Land Girls. But I am also loving Nalini Singh’s Psy-Changlings series. I have plenty more great books to read and plenty of reviews coming up this month.

Happy reading until next time.



Romantic Rendezvous Perth 2019 ARRA


Today my sister and I were lucky enough to catch up with some great authors at Australian Romance Readers Association’s Romantic Rendezvous in Perth. There were 16 fabulous authors, some already known to us and some new ones, that we got to chat to about their books and we grabbed a few of their hardcopy books and downloaded a few more ebooks. Because you can never have enough books! We also picked up some cool swag.

One of the highlights was a Q&A with Keri Arthur and Celeste Bradley which was really interesting.

Laura N Andrews writes m/f and m/m romance, I’ve read both of her IMG_20190331_170633.jpgBromley Brothers books so I treated myself to her first two books from the Timeless love series.




Keri Arthur came from over east, I mdedidn’t realise that I had 6 of her books on my bookshelf, I’m not sure I’ve read them all though, I’ll have to do that now, she has way more books than I realised.


Leah Ashton was there, if you remember I did a Q&A with Leah mdethe other week and a great review of the first book in her new WASP Team series, Undaunted, well today I had preordered book 2 Defiant for pick up, I can’t wait to read it.



Claire Boston an author who I have all mdebut 2 of her books, this will be rectified at some point, but my sister bought book 2 in her Texan Quartet series, I’m sure she’ll enjoy it.



Celeste Bradley and her husband flew mdeover from the US, she’s a new author for me so I bought her latest book (which my sister says she’ll borrow). They were lovely to chat to.



Demelza Carlton, gorgeous as always with her fabulous swag and reimagined fairytales as well as her new book The Devil’s Work.

Shona Husk whose new book Severed IMG_20190331_195015I’m currently reading, and thoroughly enjoying, it’s a different genre a SFR/fantasy romance with m/m/f relationships, it has had me hooked.


Rachael Johns had all her wonderful books with her, and being the mug IMG_20190331_195444collector I am I couldn’t go past her new mug.




Lovely Jennie Jones whose new book Lone Star Protector I reviewed and loved the other week had time for a long chat.

I met the outgoing Renae Kaye for the first time, she writes fun gay romance, all set in Perth, I’ve ordered one of her books from the library and look forward to reading it.

Another of my favourite authors Juanita Kees bought her new puppy Stella along to say hi, she was so tired she could barely lift her head (the puppy not Juanita). I recently read Juanita’s Wongan Creek series and loved all three books, check out my reviews from past blog posts.

Gorgeous Lily Malone made it to the venue without getting lost (yay Lily)  she provided us with a few laughs when she signed to Claire Bear in someone else’s book 😂🤣, only Lily…

JO Mantel was the only male romance mdeauthor and delightful to chat to, I picked up one of his shorter novels, due to watching my spending and look forward to trying out this new author who popped over from Victoria for the event.


Susanna Rogers was another new author I met, her books sound great and I’ve downloaded Slash and Burn (a rockstar romance) on my kindle to try.

Tee Smith has a couple of great sounding series that I hope to get to soon, she was lovely to chat to also.

Sasha Wasley was once again a delight to chat with, I can’t wait for the next book in her Daughters of the Outback series, out in the wild soon.

Here’s some of the swag I picked up mde


It was a fabulous afternoon  I do love catching up with authors I know and meeting new ones. Thanks to all the attending authors and ARRA for organising. Now I’m off to finish Severed by Shona Husk and have an early night (well earlier than last nights 2am).








January Romance, Erotica and LGBT reads

I decided since I read a fair few books in these genres, but often don’t blog about them, that I would give them a combined blog for those interested. Some of these have adult themes and some have LGBT themes also.

The Last Duke by Deborah Wilson, this is the fourth book in the Valiant Love Regency Romance Series and I was lucky enough to receive an ARC of each book.

4.5⭐⭐⭐⭐ the last dukeI think this my favourite book in this series, I loved that Valiant got her chance at true love. I really enjoyed Anthony, he was a cheeky bastard with a sad past, I thought he was perfect for Valiant and enjoyed the way he pushed her completely out of her comfort zone. Valiant has always done her best to see her brothers and her friends find the love they deserve, but she doesn’t believe she deserves the same due to her horrible dead husband. Seeing her struggling with her emotions and sexual feelings towards Anthony was deliciously amusing to me and I couldn’t wait for her to realise what she was worth. Deborah Wilson always manages to have you on the edge of your seat just when you think things are all going to work out well. While I knew who the bad guy was, I was still surprised at the extent of his depravity when he was discovered. It was so good to revisit with Valiant’s brothers and their wives and see how they were all going. I highly recommend this whole series.

Rough Trade by Sidney Bell. 

rough trade5⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ This was an incredibly engaging story, I wasn’t sure for the first chapter or 2, but then I was hooked and couldn’t put it down as I was way too invested in Ghost and his plight and finding out what was going to happen. Ghost, what a sweet tortured young man he was, my heart ached for him and what he’d been through, and still he remained strong whilst being emotionally broken and his self esteem fragile. And what to say about Duncan Rook who takes on Ghost and his troubles because his friend and ex police partner asks him to. I fell for Duncan, he was so amazing with Ghost and I loved watching the relationship between them develop into something more than police officer out to do the right thing and prostitute in trouble. This was I felt, such a beautiful romance that developed over the time they worked together, both learning so much about themselves in the process. The action and twists in this book just kept right on coming the whole way and I really had no idea how it was all going to turn out, I was definitely hoping for a HEA for these two main characters. There’s definitely a need for trigger warnings, prostitution, rape, child abuse, they are however handled exceptionally well by the author.

I had no idea it was part of a series and other than now wanting to read the first 2 books and learn more about the secondary characters, I feel it stood well as a standalone.

Valor by Karrie Roman

img_20190130_0808165⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ I loved this story, I knew from the first few pages it was going to be a hot read, straight up the chemistry between the two main characters Alec and Asher was there. When Asher’s nephew is kidnapped he comes running to help and Alec is only too happy to have him around. The path to happiness isn’t smooth though with misunderstandings and drama unfolding throughout. I thought the romance that grew between them was lovely and it was a great feelgood read despite the kidnapping and then the trouble that follows. The sex scenes were hot and you could feel how many people ch they cared about each other. I loved the scenes on the boat with the sharks, it kind of makes me want to experience being in a cage and watching those incredible but scary creatures. I didn’t realise this was part of a series on starting, I think it works well as a standalone novel, but I intend to go back and read the previous books to find out Alec’s coworkers stories.

Surreal Real estate by Jesi Ryan

surreal realestate4⭐⭐⭐⭐ I absolutely enjoyed this feel good romance about a young down on his luck guy Sasha, who camps out in an abandoned house which then turns into one of the luckiest choices he’s made. I loved both Nick and Sasha throughout the story, both continually growing on me as I read. I thought the idea of Sasha being able to feel the houses energy and actually communicate with it was really interesting and different. And Nick was just such a lovely guy, going with the flow of his feelings despite reaching out into the unknown. I read this in one sitting as I just didn’t want to put it down, a perfect feel good read, it was really interesting and different. And Nick was just such a lovely guy, going with the flow of his feelings despite reaching out into the unknown. I read this in one sitting as I just didn’t want to put it down, a perfect feelgood read.

Rough Terrain by Annabeth Albert

rough terrain4 ⭐⭐⭐⭐ I had to reread this as I left it too long between reading and reviewing and I have to say I enjoyed it just as much the second time. I adored Renzo, a Navy SEAL and Canaan, a nursing student and former drummer and thought they worked so well together despite being so different from each other. The chemistry between them was great and I loved how being with each other made them grow and come to new realisations about what it was they truly wanted in their lives, as well as them both being so sweet together. I thought Canaan’s love for his grandfather was really lovely and how if you wanted him then it was a package deal. Canaan’s friends, especially Eric, from his old band, I wasn’t too keen on and was glad Renzo was their for him when he had to deal with them. Both had to struggle with life issues to make their relationship work, especially Renzo and I thought that struggle made it that much more intense. I have enjoyed the whole Out Of Uniform series, but I think this is my favourite.

Her Guilty Secret by Clare Connelly

her guilty secret4 ⭐⭐⭐⭐ I really enjoyed this, what starts out as a full blown case of lust between a professor and his student, turns into so much more. There are a few very hot scenes in the first half when Connor and Olivia are fighting the chemistry that pulls them together despite the illicit nature of the relationship they are about to undertake. That both would willingly give in to something that could destroy their careers says a lot about just how strong that chemistry was. I loved the interaction between these two and kept hoping they could make it work as something more.

The D.I.L.F. by Amy Andrews

The DILF4 ⭐⭐⭐⭐ I really enjoyed this fun and very sexy read. I’d like an Owen for myself thank you very much. The scenes were hot and the growing relationship btween Stef and Owen was really quite romantic. I was definitely hoping they’d work things out, especially Stef’s hangup about being 10 years older then Owen.


Willful Depravity by Igrid Hahn

Willful depravity3.5 ⭐⭐⭐ This was an enjoyable erotic take on a regency romance. I enjoyed the way Ashcroft completely loved the way Patience looked, and how he made her feel and believe she was desirable because of her larger size. I thought it was great how her relationship with Ashcroft allowed her to look at herself in a much more positive way and gave her the confidence needed to face the nastiness of the people in her social circle. The relationship between Ashcroft and his father was appalling and I couldn’t understand why no one had put him in his place as society seemed to dislike him and he had such contempt for them all. The sex scenes were hot and very enjoyable, whilst watching Patience come into her own, was very gratifying.

Hurt So Good by Stasia Black

Hurt So Good4 ⭐⭐⭐⭐ This was a very dark read, I’ve had to sit with it for the last week, thinking how to write this up. It was an addictive read, with many dark and depraved events from the past and the present. While I can’t possibly relate to the characters of Miranda or Dylan and their dark fetishes, I was still somehow enthralled in their behaviour and their relationship. Both of these characters were so badly damaged, that I wondered if they stood a chance at helping each other to heal. A dark romance that I found hard to put down at the same time wondering how these characters could do and want what they did. I do love Stasia’s writing and she manages to convey so much, both emotionally and physically. It definitely needs trigger warnings including rape, assault, dark sex games, abuse.

Mated To Team Shadow by Jade Alters

Mated to team shadow4.5⭐⭐⭐⭐ I really really enjoyed this sexy adventure romance. This is my favourite of Jade Alters books so far. I was completely engaged, loved the characters, the guys were all so different and had their own quirks which made laugh at times. Jeanine was a good character, a bit changeable at times, but she obviously had chemistry with the guys. The military/science aspect of using the shifters as guinea pigs was completely believable, there’s always an ulterior motive with people in power. I look forward to hopefully reading more in this series.