New Release Book Review: Brock by Carole Brungar

Somehow I forgot to post up my review for Carole Brungar’s new contemporary romance series, so I am rectifying that immediately.

The first in a new contemporary romance series by one of my favourite authors, Brock is the oldest of the Hamiltons and the first sibling to get his story.

I liked Brock, and was keen to find out his backstory and why he hides away in his cabin in a remote town (sounds like the kind of place I’d like to live). We slowly uncover Brock’s past and a twist is revealed which will make Brock take stock of his life and his feelings.

Adelaide is a photographer who comes out to Brock’s remote town to take nature photos for a job. I had a love-hate relationship with Adelaide, and it took me quite a while to like her. I found her behaviour towards Brock when she finds herself staying at his house until she can go out to start her job to be extremely rude and if I were him I’d have thrown her out, especially as he didn’t want her there to start with and was doing her a favour.

Neither Brock nor Adelaide is looking for love or any sort of romance, but bounce off each other much to both their dislike. As their chemistry grows when they spend time together in the beautiful area of NZ, and they slowly get to know each other, they find themselves scared about where this could lead.

I really came to care about Brock and wanted him to be happy, as for Adelaide, when I found out her backstory I felt compassion for her and understood a bit more about where she was coming from.

This was an easy read and I’m looking forward to seeing how these two are getting on in future books as I’m hoping they will pop up in Brock’s siblings’ lives.


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New Release Book Review: When the River Rises by Rachel Ember

I love this series and have been looking forward to When the River Rises (Wild Ones #5) since finishing As the Tallgrass Grows (#4) it was great to finally clear up the mystery that we first encountered in The Long Winter (#1).

I liked finally getting to meet Jake, getting to know him, and learning more about the animosity between him and his cousins. And I loved meeting Cam and getting to know him too, it seems like an unlikely match, but Cam and Jake really hit it off and have big impacts on each other.

This book is told in two timelines, the present-day and two years ago. The chapters alternate between the two with Jake telling the present-day timeline and Cam the one from two years ago. While I usually enjoy dual timeline stories and it was needed to get the whole picture, I found myself wanting to keep focusing on each one and being disappointed when I got pulled out from each timeline.

Jake has so many hidden depths and I liked how Rachel Ember slowly peeled back the layers for us to see, his story and his family situation are not one of happy families, though his uncles Bo and Dylan do a good job of making up for some of the deficits while he was growing up. All isn’t as it seems with Jake and we are left to wonder for most of the books what happened after he left Cam.

Cam’s aunt is a criminal and the reason he meets Jake in the first place when Jake is charged with keeping him safe. Cam is so far removed from the criminal world and had a nativity to him that I hoped he wouldn’t lose.

I thoroughly enjoyed When the River Rises and really hope we get to see the Chase family reunite and heal the rift that was created decades ago.

While this can be read as a stand-alone, I personally would read them in order, there are storylines that are overarching and they are all such great reads you won’t be disappointed.

Thanks to the author for a digital copy in return for an honest review.


Wild Ones series:

The Long Winter (#1)

Signs of Spring (#2)

The Burning Season (#3)

As the Tallgrass Grows (#4)

When the River Rises (#5)

New Release Book Review: Untamed by Cassie Laelyn

I didn’t realise it had been over a year since I read book #3 Unseen, and I thought I would have remembered enough, but I really wish I’d reread it and the other books before reading Untamed because it took me a little while to pick up the thread again and figure out what was going on. Once I did get back on track, I didn’t want to put it down as I really wanted to know how everything that Fate has set up played out.

Raine is tough, but stands herself apart from those around her, never allowing them to get closer to really get to know her. When she bumps into Slater, a Fallen, and eventually chooses to work with him to find her missing sword, everything she has known and believed about her fate and about the Fallen, will come into question.

There was so much going on in this novel, twists and turns, characters turning on one another, hidden agendas and plenty of secrets, there was no way to know how it was all going to turn out and who would be left standing. Fate certainly has a lot to answer for with her scheming.

I loved catching up with all the Guardians and their partners and getting to know Raine and Slater.

I can’t wait for the next book in the series, I hope it comes sooner rather than later because I need to know what happens next.

New Release Book Review: Dawn Skies by Suzanne Cass

Another enjoyable book in the Stormcloud Station series. This time we get to know Warwick better, we briefly met him in book 1 when he was suspected of murdering his girlfriend. This time Warwick comes across a young mother, Kee and her 4-year-old daughter, Bennie who are running from both the law and from her ex’s family. Taking a wrong turn and ending up breaking down in the middle of nowhere, they are in need of help even if Kee doesn’t want it.

I really like the way the people of Strromcloud Station are always so willing to help those in need or in trouble and how they will do whatever they can to help them out.

Warwick and Kee have instant chemistry and Bennie is just delightful and wiggles her way into Warwick’s heart straightaway. While Warwick works hard to gain Kee’s trust, Kee works hard to try to not feel obligated to anyone and also to deny her attraction to Warwick. But sometimes people have to accept help and sometimes we need to give in to our desires.

There are some tense moments when Kee’s ex-brother-in-law turns up and they are on the run, but in the end, justice will prevail, as will love.

This can easily be read as a standalone, but the other books are also really good so you’ll want to read them anyway.

New Release Book Review: The Felicity Theory by Davina Stone

I thoroughly enjoyed my time spent with Felicity and Oliver, I am a sucker for road trip books, especially when they cover places I myself have done the same journey, unfortunately, I did mine alone whereas Felicity and Oliver were able to experience it together.

These characters were complete opposites, Oliver the guy who has to have everything planned out (that didn’t work out so well for him) and Felicity who tries to live in the moment, enjoying and making the most out of life. Both of their personalities have been brought about by tragedy when they were younger and they both dealt with it in different ways.

I loved that they both brought something out of each other that neither realised they were missing and I really enjoyed seeing them let down their walls and slowly let the other in if only for the time being, neither willing to look towards the future.

The ‘Shagging Wagon’ was a character all of its own and provided for some dramas along the way which tested them both. As they travel from Perth to Sydney they unwind and Oliver starts to lose his inhibitions and let go a bit.

Still getting over his breakup from six months before on the day of his wedding, Felicity is the medicine he didn’t realise he needed. His ex is a nasty piece of work, one of those women who think only of themselves and what life and people can do for them, and her interactions with both Oliver and Felicity later in the story reiterated my feelings about her.

It was nice to see Alice and Aaron from book #1 The Alice Equation finally get married and see them both completely in love with each other still. it was also nice to get a glimpse of the other two couples and see that they are still together. I loved the update on Oliver and Felicity at the end of the book, it tied it all up nicely.

I highly recommend The Felicity Theory for a fun and happy romantic trip. I also recommend the rest of this fun series. Read my reviews here for The Alice Equation, The Polly Principle & A Kiss For Carter.

New Release Book Review: As the Tallgrass Grows by Rachel Ember

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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

New Release Book Review: Clouds on the Horizon by Penelope Janu

Penelope Janu is one of my must-read authors, she has one character who features in several of her books, including this one, Nate, and I am hoping once again that he gets his own happy ever after in his own book soon.

Clouds on the Horizon was a book I was looking forward to and it didn’t disappoint. I must say though, that it took me quite a while to get into this one, the characters didn’t lend themselves to me becoming caught up in their story for quite a while.

Phoebe has had a traumatic upbringing and hasn’t had much luck in relationships, she is like two different people; with the kid’s she is a therapist for she is warm and caring, but with most of the people around her, she keeps herself separate on an emotional and personal level. I found her brittleness and the way she was with Sinn, took me a while to get used to and though I understood her past dictated her behaviour, I just couldn’t warm up to her for the first part of the novel. Sinn was abrupt with Phoebe and though he wanted her help he didn’t want her involved in his investigation, Phoebe wouldn’t take no for an answer, a very stubborn woman. I didn’t feel the chemistry between Sinn and Phoebe until the second half of the novel, neither were willing to allow their feelings to really show, though Sinn was more willing than Phoebe.

I don’t understand much about horse syndicates other than people can make money from them, but it was clear Penelope Janu had done her research. The reason Sinn is in the area and needs Phoebe’s help was because of the work her father and her sister did on the accounts for the syndicate. While I got Phoebe’s need to protect her sister’s because of their upbringing, I did get frustrated with her behaviour in the case of this investigation.

I liked that because of this investigation and her relationship with Sinn, Phoebe had to really take the time to look at who she was now as an adult, and where she wanted to be on an emotional level and whether she wanted to take steps to change her life. She had two good friends who had her back, Mandy who was a counsellor and Jeramiah a local police officer, both of these helped her on an emotional level while dealing with Sinn and his investigation.

The animals in this story were fabulous characters, from the horses to Phoebe’s dog and then the gorgeous baby lamb, they made for some great scenes. I also liked Nate, Sinn’s off-sider and Pheobe’s small cast of friends and the children she helped. Penelope Janu has obviously done a lot of research around treatment for children with various issues and I found this very interesting seeing as this is part of my own work.

There was plenty to like about this novel and once I became fully engaged with the characters, I couldn’t put it down.

Thanks to Harlequin Australia for providing me with a copy of this novel in return for an honest review.

Blog Tour & New Release Book Review: Triple Beat by Ann Grech

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I enjoyed Triple Beat by Ann Grech, I really loved the relationship between Mike and Ezio which developed fast and furious and hot and completely unexpectedly between the two while Mike is holidaying on a cruise ship. Ezio breaks rules to be with Mke, but it ends too soon and neither knows how to contact the other.

Later Mike meets Robyn and they become friends and then more, but he never stops loving Ezio. I have to say that I wasn’t as caught up in Mike’s relationship with Robyn as I was with Ezio until Ezio comes back into the picture.
Ezio’s relationship with Mike completely tugged at my heartstrings and I so wanted them to find each other again and work things out.
Robyn really shows what a great person she is with the way she deals with Ezio’s return and Mike’s feelings for him.

 

I loved these three together and I really loved the ending of this romance, I do like it when things work out for the best.

 

Genre: MMF romance

Trope: Friends to lovers


TRIPLE BEAT

A Rule of Three Novel #2

by Ann Grech

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Single dad Mike must make a choice.

A second-chance with a holiday lover torn away before either man admitted they wanted more?

Or the woman who’d become his best friend and stolen his heart?

Different from him in so many ways, both are the loves of his life.

But Mike’s got secrets.

One could destroy a relationship. The other, his life.

Triple Beat is Ann Grech’s long-awaited second MMF in the Rule of Three series. Featuring a doctor who has the cure for what ails his former lover, a lawyer rewriting the laws of love, a personal trainer working out just who he is, and two sassy kids, you’ll fall head over heels for all of them.


 


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By day Ann Grech lives in the corporate world and can be found sitting behind a desk typing away at reports and papers or lecturing to a room full of students. She graduated with a PhD in 2016 and is now an over-qualified nerd. Glasses, briefcase, high heels and a pencil skirt, she’s got the librarian look nailed too. If only they knew! She swears like a sailor, so that’s got to be a hint. The other one was “the look” from her tattoo artist when she told him that she wanted her kids initials “B” and “J” tattooed on her foot. It took a second to register that it might be a bad idea.

She’s never entirely fit in and loves escaping into a book—whether it’s reading or writing one. But she’s found her tribe now and loves her MM book world family. She dislikes cooking, but loves eating, can’t figure out technology, but is addicted to it, and her guilty pleasure is Byron Bay Cookies. Oh and shoes. And lingerie. And maybe handbags too. Well, if we’re being honest, we’d probably have to add her library too given the state of her credit card every month (what can she say, she’s a bookworm at heart)!

She also publishes her raunchier short stories under her pen name, Olive Hiscock.



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New Release Book Review: Dr Bennett’s Babies by Fiona McArthur

Dr Bennett'sDr Bennett’s Babies was a delightful read. I enjoyed meeting Marcus and Matilda (Tilly), their initial meeting didn’t go so well after Tilly mistakes Marcus as a thief trying to break and enter into her neighbours house, and their subsequent interactions are all over the place when they find out they are working together and their views on birthing don’t align.

Marcus has some serious hangups, ones you can understand due to an awful event that happened to him and his family when he was a child, but Tilly is determined to make him face those hangups and rethink his beliefs on safe birthing and water safety.

I loved how Tilly was completely sure of her skills and her beliefs about how women should be able to give birth and wasn’t afraid to voice those feelings with Marcus, her new boss despite it causing more friction and problems between them. Every time I read a Fiona McArthur book I learn something new about midwifery and how things still need to change in the way babies are born and mothers and fathers are treated.

Marcus and Tilly were made for each other and despite neither wanting a relationship and their initial friction over their jobs, it was good to see them both find their way to friendship and love.

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

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New Release Book Review: Truth or Dare by Ella Frank & Brooke Blaine

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thumbnail_TruthOrDare AMAZONI have loved Bash and Kieran since Dare You (book #1) and have thoroughly enjoyed their journey to finding their happy ever after. Truth or Dare did not disappoint, it was the perfect ending for these two fabulous characters. They had some big decisions to make, and I loved that both of them were willing to make sacrifices to be with the other. I also loved how completely open Kieran was to experiencing everything he could when it came to things that were new to him, and I loved how Bash was happy to show him all of those things.

I love Kieran’s brothers, I read Bailey’s romance ages ago and really need to catch up on Sean’s romance now since getting to know him better in this series.

A fabulous series which must be read in order. My Link to my reviews for Dare You (#1) & Dare Me (#2)

thumbnail_Truth or Dare - ANTruth or Dare, the must read last book in the Dare to Try Trilogy from USA Today bestselling authors Ella Frank and Brooke Blaine is available now!

Truth or Dare is the final book in the Dare to Try trilogy and should only be read after Dare You and Dare Me.

Lieutenant Kieran Bailey never saw his life anywhere but the bustling streets of Chicago—but then again, he never saw his life with a boyfriend, either. That all changed when he fell in love with bombshell CEO Sebastian “Bash” Vogel.

But it’s one thing to fall in love. It’s another to try to build a life together when you live hundreds of miles apart.

How do you choose between everything you’ve ever known and everything you’ve ever dreamed of?

This series must be read in the following order:

Dare You (book one)

Dare Me (book two)

Truth or Dare (book three)

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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.

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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.

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