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Everything to Me (Playing for Keeps Book 2) by Lauren Fraser – Review by Angela Shirley

Everything to Me (Playing for Keeps Book 2)Everything to Me by Lauren Fraser
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Kendall has fantasied over her brother’s best friend for years, as a awkward teenager who was always in the middle of them she only dare to look from a far, but now grown up she has an opportunity to put that attraction to the test.

Pete’s best friend has asked him if he minds putting up Kendall while she is working in the city, when Pete agrees he is unaware that Kendall has turned into a sexy, smart woman who knows what she wants. So, when she puts a proposal on the table will he give in and break the “Bro-code” rules or will a little bit of fun with no strings fly under the radar.

Although as both get to know each other as adults’ feelings start clouding the fun and can both just walk away when the week is over.

This is the first book I have read by this author, and I thoroughly enjoyed the light-hearted, easy read story. The two main characters are well suited to each other and the way they interact is refreshing and just heart-warming. I liked how the story builds along the way and the dilemmas both have when realise the feelings are deeper than they both initially thought. It is great that this is part of the series and hope we get to see them in the next book.

I can’t wait to read the book in this series.

Collateral Damage (Mafia Elite Series Book 6) by Amy McKinley – Review by Angela Shirley

Collateral Damage: A Second Chance Mafia Romance (Mafia Elite Book 6)Collateral Damage: A Second Chance Mafia Romance by Amy McKinley
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Trey La Rosa has no time for finding a woman, with his busy Hospital life and then additional family commitments he has no time to sleep but when he attends a charity function and spots her, he can not take his eyes of the beautiful women in front of him.

Hailey Carmichael is from a privileged background, family money and a image to uphold is exhausting when you aren’t really right for the world but when she discovers a secret within her own family she decides to take things into her own hands, but when she meets the dangerously good looking surgeon all bets are off.

While Trey is dragged into trying to help Hailey his feelings grow more and more but with his family and enemies losing another woman to the family feud is not on the cards, but can he stay away and protect Hailey or is it better to keep her close.

OMG OMG, this author can do no wrong, this series is one of the best series I have read and am always anticipate the new release with zealous and this book does not disappoint. I feel although Trey in the other books have flown some what under the radar you always got the feeling there was so much more to him. As the doctor of the family as well as the hospital you get to see the strain within his life and the heartbreak that has been hinted in the other stories.

I am so glad that he found a strong woman within Hailey and that although she has, he issues with her family too they seem to really spark when they come together and really dig under the skin of each other to find the drive and determination they both need to succeed in the world they live in. The story twists and weaves through to bring you a brilliant story which as always is well written and draws you in from the first work. The characters are as familiar as my own family, and it is great to see them bringing Hailey instantly into the fold of the Five Families and like all of them are extremely protective of her from the start.

I really can’t wait for the next story, but they are many left to delve into.

The Cruiser (The Hustlers Trilogy Book 1) by Rowan Rossler – Review by Angela Shirley

The Cruiser (The Hustlers Trilogy, #1)The Cruiser by Rowan Rossler
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Vandana’s life is on a bit of a downhill curve now, although to say her work life is great but her personal life has taken a hint. Her husband has just announced that he has had an affair and wants a divorce thus sending her into a spin. So, she falls back on work to relieve her from her disastrous life but that when life starts to get interesting.

Morgan is what some people describe as a Playboy of sorts, he has a successful Yacht Businesses in the one of the most exclusive countries in the world, what more does he need? A good reputation if he is to win over a big, big contract. So, one of his advisors puts forward a company and within one meeting Morgan’s life changes forever.

This is the first book I have read by this author, and I have to say it was a brilliant, well written story. The characters were brilliantly suited with the Sassy and forthright of Vandana’s personality was a great mirror to the slightly arrogant demeaner at the beginning with Morgan, but as the story flowed along you saw the true character of Morgan and fell just a little with him in the end. I also love when the authors include the destinations in the story, and you feel part of the glamourous world of Monaco, Italy, and LA with each word which describes them.

I really enjoyed the story and loved the secondary characters with Vandana’s friends and Morgan’s family and his friends. The twist in the story is brilliantly but there is a back story that needs to be told, all in all I really enjoyed the book and can’t wait to read the next book and books to come.

The Last Cabin Girl (Detective Josie Thompson Series) by Tom Swyers – Review by Angela Shirley

The Last Cabin Girl: A totally gripping thriller full of twistsThe Last Cabin Girl: A totally gripping thriller full of twists by Tom Swyers
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Josie is stuck in a no end relationship; with an abusive husband and two children she needs to escape and leave him. She finally gets the guts to leave and goes to her hometown, were she lives in a cabin in the woods. As, she is always on the look out for her ex-husband she starts noticing things, until another body turns up in the river taking Josie back to her 12 years old self.

Things then starts happening, family secrets that should be kept secret start to emerge and Josie is sent down a swirling path to try and hide from her ex-husband and secrets from the past.

This is the first book I have read by this author and oh my this is not what I expected at all, in a good way. The story is well written, and the book has you gripped from the first few chapters. The characters are complex but adds to the build of the anticipation of intriguing story which develops as you read further into the book.

The character of Josie is written superbly and which her complex past and the utter strength she has showed to do the things and discover what she has is a brilliant character to run through the centre of the book, showing her courage at every turn was a refreshing insight.

If you are looking for a brilliant thriller with twists and turns and allow the writer to take you on a brilliant journey then this is a book for you.

The Traitor (An Underground Bad Boys Romance Book 2) by India Kells – Review by

The Traitor, An Underground Bad Boys SeriesThe Traitor, An Underground Bad Boys Series by India Kells
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Spencer Knox is from a background of violence and illegal activity; he had worked his way to the top of the underworld but saw the dirty side and fought to destroy what they were doing. This left a big target on his back and having been hiding for most of it he decides to by a garage in a sleepy mountain village, but he was not prepared to meet the beauty he has.

Josie Baird had everything a husband, a home but that fairy-tale came crashing down when she found out her husband was abusive. With her determination to leave to get a divorce, her husband decided not to let her go and is blackmailing her into paying his bills and debts in exchange for a divorce. So, Josie is struggling with two jobs and little sleep to survive and get rid of him. Although she can’t see a way out in walks a shining beacon of hope, but can she ask for the help she so needs.

This is the second book in this series and oh my do I love a bad boy and in this book, you get two. Spencer and Josie’s chemistry is off the charts and add in Gage well you have a book on fire, the interactions, and conversations between the three main characters is a joy to read as always.

My only complaint is that the story is too short lol, it has all the warm and feels but has that dark under belly which just keeps you engaged in the book from start to finish. I can’t wait to read the next book in this gripping series.

The Fighter (An Underground Bad Boys Romance Book 3) by India Kells – Review by Angela Shirley

The Fighter (An Underground Bad Boys Romance, #3)The Fighter by India Kells
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Juliet is barely surviving with her best friend Ten, but they have an idea to get the money they need to survive is to start fighting in the underground circuit, the money is good, and they can at least get their head above the water and give them so breathing time, but as all best laid plans this has a big flaw.

Gage is lonely, all his friends have someone, but he has not found that right person yet. While surveying the underground cage fighting, he spots a woman and her friend, and she piques his interest. He agrees to help train Ten but is not expecting the chemistry whilst getting to know the two people, maybe he is not lost in love in the end.

Thank you for choosing Gage as the next bad boy to get his forever story, I loved this from the first sentence to the last. The chemistry which flows off the page is engrossing, and I finished this story in a matter of hours. The character of Juliet was a welcome equal to this loveable bad boy and as always, the added connection of Ten this story just opened my heart. This is not all about the sexy interactions and has some substances to the twist and turns the story takes, as always, I am just sad that it had to end.

Can wait for more.

Saving Marvel (Satan’s Devils MC Second Generation #4) by Manda Mellett – Review by Angela Shirley

Saving Marvel (Satan's Devils MC Second Generation Book 4)Saving Marvel by Manda Mellett
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Marvel has always been the one who has never wanted to settle down, from his past he has been closed off to love, until one day in walks the women who broke his heart years ago.

Virginia has locked herself away from the world, but when she does finally decides to re-join the world she is delved into a trouble yet again but only Marvel can help her through the maze of the threat.

As they are both kindred spirits can they find a way to move through there past to start a fresh in the present.

This is the fourth book in this series and follows the lives of Marvel and Virginia, I loved the chemistry between these two characters and that they are a little broken always makes goof reading and a more interesting book. The story was well written and with the twists and turn held your interest in the story for the last word. I always love the grittiness of Manda’s stories and the way the stories unfold is brilliant to read and enjoy.

This leads on from the other stories in this series but can be read as a stand alone book in it’s own right but to get a true understanding of the group and the misfit family they have created I would recommend reading the other book in the series and hell the whole catalogue of this wonderful storyteller.

Can’t wait for the next instalment in this wonderful series.

Deacon (Saints vs Sinners Series) by CJ Warrant – Review by Angela Shirley

Deacon (Saints vs Sinners Series Book 1)Deacon by CJ Warrant
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Deacon suffered in his life, more than most all he needs to do is escape the town he grew up in. Years later he is brought back to his hometown to bury his best friend but hopefully he does not dig up old memories.

Olivia was broken when Deacon left one night forever wondering if their friendship ever was as solid as she thought, but time has passed, and she moved away and made a life for herself but coming back home will hurt especially if she sees him.

Once they meet up old feelings and insecurities come flooding back but with the pressures, they are both under can they rekindle what they had lost years before.

This is the first book I have read by this author and OMG what a book to start with. The story was well written and fully of emotion in each chapter written. I loved these two main characters and the emotional struggle they have been through with each other and apart and that they are a little jade around the edges but still truly believe they can be there for each other.

The story around the struggles with his mother’s Alzheimer’s is thought provoking and written with dignity and empathy and you are drawn into the decisions he must make. This story is about survival and strength and with the story meandering through with twists and turns, cliff hangers I can not wait to read the next book in this series.

Until There Was You by G. Colgrove – Review by Angela Shirley

Until there was youUntil there was you by G. Colgrove
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Regan always thought she was cursed, wanting to leave Boston and travel the world. Being the first in her family to graduate her world was ahead of her but in one walked Jeremy and her world stood still.

Jeremy is destine to inherit Stone Development, he has worked hard to prove to his father that he is capable to takeover the business. So this project in Boston starts off great he has the backing but when they step into the diner across from one of the developments and he sees her, all his dreams and aspirations do not seem that important anymore.

This is the first story I have read by this author and I really enjoyed the well written and developed characters. I loved the sassy, strong character of Regan, she knew what she wanted as was not afraid to let Jeremy know exactly what she was thinking and feeling.

Jeremy for me was a great character to match the strong willed character of Regan, but with him being that bit older his responsibilities to his family made your heart ache for the both of them. I loved the secondary characters and would love to know the story behind Shane her brother in the end and does Phillip find his love as I wish he was my best friend also.

All-round I loved this book from start to finish, the story was engaging and at times my heart did break for the two main characters, thank you for a great book I can’t wait to read more.

Shamrock & Clover: Field’s Apart by C.A. King – Review by Angela Shirley

Shamrock & Clover: Fields ApartShamrock & Clover: Fields Apart by C.A. King
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Clover does not live up to her name as being lucky, first in life and then in love. While trying to take care of her grandmother, a unfortunate brush with the law when her grandmother passes and out of the rainbow their is a pot of gold. Maybe her life is getting better.

Shamrock is the alter ego of Patrick, always wanting a good time, never wanted to be shackled to a women he has lived the playboy life style for ages, but as his friends starts marrying off life hits him and he wants what his friends have, but can he put his reputation behind him and find the one girl who can see through the shield.

This was a lovely short story full of fun and true optimism, we start in the middle of Clover’s world a bit down on her luck not really wanting to find love and happy as she is, but when other circumstances happen she realises that she needs to live life and opens her heart. As for the character of Patrick he has lived his life a little too much and going through the journey of discovery with him was him realising he wants what his friends have. It is a lovely meet-cue that brings these two brilliant characters together and the story wonderful flows right the way through.

I have read many books by this author and they have all been different but the style and the quality of the writing never falters.

Ruthless Heir (Mafia Elite Book 5) by Amy McKinley – Review by Angela Shirley

Ruthless Heir: An Enemies to Lovers Mafia Romance (Mafia Elite, #5)Ruthless Heir: An Enemies to Lovers Mafia Romance by Amy McKinley
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Summer has always had bad luck, from the moment she was born she was thrust into a world of poverty and neglect all she had was the family of misfits she has built around her but when her best friend gets into trouble and she needs to escape for her life, can the dark stranger she meets be the one to rescue her and bring light into her life.

Luc has strived for what he has got in life no one has handed him anything, now running a successful business but what happens when your past comes knocking and throws you into a world of danger, family, and loyalty and to top it of an attraction to a stranger you think is trying to ruin you.

Can I just say OMG, I knew Luc’s story would be explosive but oh me was it that and more? I love this series and although they are totally dangerous and have their own set of morals the Five Families welcomed both with open arms and drew them into the family fold with easy.

Your heartaches at the beginning with Summer and the strength she must have to escape the New York Mafia but when she gets thrust into the arms of Luc you see the chemistry bubbling all through the storyline. I always love the way that the main female characters are just as smart and dangerous as the Alpha males and that the relationship between the bosses and their wives is seen as equals with each of them having their very own skill set.

The story is well written and weaves through opening more glimpses into the Chicago world of the mafia. I am so glad that there is a hint to the next and that Trey’s story will not disappoint as the other books haven’t. I can not wait for the next instalment to arrive.

Reunion in the Outback (Welcome to Bunya Junction Book 4) by Nicole Flockton – Review by Angela Shirley

Reunion in the Outback (Welcome to Bunya Junction, #4)Reunion in the Outback by Nicole Flockton
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Yolanda and Mark have loved each other from school got married and moved to the big city, but things have started to strain and Yolanda does not know what to do. She decides to go back home and try and work through her emotions.

Mark arrives home and find Yolanda and his daughter have gone to visit family but as the weeks go by he realises that there is something seriously wrong, so he packs up and follows them to Bunya Junction to try and save his family.

This story has been brewing through the last three stories and I am so glad Yolanda and Mark get to share their journey with us in this book. This story was heart warming and real, real everyday struggle with some secrets added in.

The story is well written and winds through the characters trying to come to terms with themselves as well as trying to drawn them back together. As you read through the story you understand there is much more to their story and it was thoroughly enjoyable. I loved the way the secondary characters are compliment the main characters and offer support.

To be honest every story I read by this author is wonderful, I am a little sad that this is the last book in this wonderful series but can wait for the next book/series to come along.

Seductively Yours (Titans of Manhattan Book 3) by Anise Storm – Review by Angela Shirley

Seductively Yours (Titans Of Manhattan, #3)Seductively Yours by Anise Storm
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Rhyann has everything she has ever dreamed of, a scholarship to one of the renown Ballet Schools in the country, but as she get there and starts her studies she is becoming increasingly worried about the costs raising from moving to New York.

So when her roommate suggests for extra money pole dancing at a local club, she decides it the best option for her to do what she loves, dancing and earn extra money.

Mason is one of the biggest people in New York, he owns a successful club and is consider one of the most eligible bachelors there is, he can have his pick of any girl/women who throws themselves at him but one night he is attracted to one of the new dancers but she seems familiar to him. It is only when he comes face to face with her does he realise its the woman he had one night with and can not get out of his head.

But it is wise mixing business with pleasure?

This is not the first book I have read by this author and oh my this will not be the last, although this book is part of a series you each book is it’s own stand alone story but if I was you and go nd read them all as you will not be disappointed.

I love the way the book unfolds and weaves through the budding relationship and with the realisation that these two people are destined to be together. The character in all the books are well developed and offer a great depth and another element to the story. The chemistry between the two characters is off the page and I love the way you uncover the romance with each turn of the page.

The two main characters are written in a way that they compliment each other, with the secondary characters adding another layer to the story. I really enjoyed the character of Rhyann as a fierce independent women trying to make her own way through the city it was just a refreshing read.

I can not wait for the next instalment as to be fair anything written by this author is gold.

Depending On You by Jessica Aiken-Hall – Review by Angela Shirley

Depending On YouDepending On You by Jessica Aiken-Hall
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Cate Silver has a secret she has kept for twenty years, she killed a man. Thinking she had got away with it but she is always looking over her shoulder just in case it comes back to haunt her. One faith night all hells breaks loose and they are going to re-open the murder which send Cate into a spiral the only person who can ground her is her best friend Patti but she left long ago.

Patti ran away from the town she grew up in, always keeping in touch with her best friend, Cate every couple of years but when she receives a frantic call from Cate has Patti running back to her hometown to try and help Cate through the years of pain and secrets that lay in in her past, but Patti also has skeletons which are threatening to be released and have her running away again.

I love this author, her stories are full of emotion and are well written and just flow along with the story. These characters shows the loyalty and friendship can last a life time and that some relationship are just there through thick and thin. The twist and turns in the story have you engrossed from the first word to the last and will not let you down.

The story shows the determination of friendship and the unbelievable strength and that they have kept this secret for so long that it slowly ripping them apart. If you like the thrill of the chase and a well written book then this one is right up your street.

My Valentine’s Day Cookie Match (Welcome to Cupid’s Cove) by C.A. King – Review by Angela Shirley

My Valentine's Day Cookie Match: Welcome to Cupids CoveMy Valentine’s Day Cookie Match: Welcome to Cupids Cove by C.A. King
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Lara is happy running the local bakery in a small town, so when she discovers a new bakery opening but it’s not just a bakery, they will also have a side line on dating, through there website the more you buy the more you are a step closer to your true love. Can Lara survive this new business muscling in on her territory?

Graham has had enough of the big city job and stress, quitting his job as a marketing specialist he decides to set up his own business and where better to set up a dating app and bakery than Cupid Cove, the town itself will promote his new venture, but there is one thing in his way, Lara who already owns a bakery in the town and just happens to be the mayor’s daughter. Can he survive the competition and the back lash?

This story was full romance and just an all-round feel-good story. I loved the character of Lara who was sassy and a strong female character who worked so well with the banter and sparks which flew off the page between these two characters. The add element of the wonderful dialogue had this story jumping off the page, with the vulnerability of Graham leaving his secure job to follow his passion was lovely to read and the way the sparks fly between him and Lara it was a good to read.

I have read many books by this author and this book does not disappoint, can wait for the next book.

Unchecked: A Steamy Love Triangle Love Romance by Carina Alyce – Review by Angela Shirley

Unchecked (MetroGen Downtown Kiss and Tell, #1)Unchecked by Carina Alyce
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Stella Magi is not a person who is known for her relaxing nature, her life is always at one hundred miles an hour. So, from her youth of drinking and partying she is now sober and in control of her career as a surgeon, but her love life is and will always be a train wreck.

She is living life to the full of three men on the go and managing to enjoy all the perks there is to offer but when something happens, and she then revaluates her life she wants more than friends with benefits relationship. Can she decide if one of the three is that man or does she need to look out for something else.

This story is full of chemistry and passion which seeps out of every character. Dr Stella Magi’s character is full of sass and determination, and I loved reading her story. The story was full of twists and turns and in the end some surprises. I enjoyed exploring the world of Stella and loved the interactions between all the characters within the book. The story was well written and the characters brilliantly crafted.

This is my first book I have read by this author, and I can’t wait to read more in the future.

Doctor in the Outback (Welcome to Bunya Junction, Book 3) by Nicole Flockton – Review by Angela Shirley

Doctor in the Outback (Welcome to Bunya Junction, #3)Doctor in the Outback by Nicole Flockton
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Dr Scott Carruthers is overworked and needing some help in the local hospital in Waratah but when Dr Franceen Lewis arrives to help and carry some of the load all his rules are starting to go out of the window.

Dr Franceen Lewis is wanting to escape the divorce and tragedy that has happened in her life in the big city, moving to the small local hospital will help her refocus on her career which out the distraction of her Ex, but as she meets Scott, she cannot deny the instant spark that happens between them, but she has sworn off men for the time being.

Can Scott break through the walls that Franceen has built, and can he break his own rules regarding work colleagues’ romances, you will have to read to find out.

This is the third story in the series and finally tells the story of Scott one of the Carruthers twins, you have seen glimpses of him through the first two books but at last he is here, and this story does not disappoint. The chemistry between the main characters is brilliantly written. The character of Scott has always intrigued me and finally we see into his life and the pressures he is under with running the hospital.

Franceen’s character shows warmth and empathy to her patients and with her history she is more determined to go above and beyond. The true character is seen in this book and when they finally decide to make the most of the relationship it is brilliantly draft and a pleasure to read.

I can’t wait to read the next instalment in this wonderful series.

Doctor D’s Orderly Affair (Doctors of Eastport General) by C.A. King – Review by Angela Shirley

Doctor D's Orderly AffairDoctor D’s Orderly Affair by C.A. King
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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Dr D is a guy who has had his fair share of bad luck in the world of dating especially a co-worker, so his rules are simple, no work colleagues and one night only, everyone knows within the hospital and his reputation is of urban myths territory, but he only wants to do his job. So, when he runs into an orderly that seems to pique his interest, will it become messy?

Emily is going about her job, new to the hospital and has heard the gossip about Dr D, although her colleagues are discussing this man every five minutes, she is under the impression that this man is urban myth too good to be true, that is until she meets him in the flesh and starts to have feelings for him. Although she knows he is a one night only deal can she keep her feelings in check, you will have to read to find out.

This is a novella with a great pace and fits a lot into such a short story, but I have to say there may be a little too much to be able to concentrate on the story and the characters. I loved the chemistry between the characters and the whole flow of the story, I just think having two main storylines within a novella just did not work for me. I think the author should have just stuck to the one and then the overall book in my opinion would have read easier.

That said I did thoroughly enjoy the writing and the style of the story, and the secondary characters added depth to the book. I was at the end dying to know what happened to this relationship and hoping there is more to the story than written. All in all, I can’t wait to read more from this wonderful author.

Power Play (Astoria Bay Thunder Book 1) by CJ Cartwright – Review by Angela Shirley

Power Play (Astoria Bay Thunder #1)Power Play by C.J. Cartwright
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Levi has always had his eyes on hockey ever since he was a small child, now the captain of Astoria Bay his career is going great but he has always struggled with love, although his heart has always belong to the girl he left behind years before.

Brynn has had enough of life at the moment going wrong, recently divorced and looking to get her career online she is ready for a change. Hoping that her photography business will take off she is running on empty at the moment. Until she scores a job snapping pictures of a rich family hoping this will catapult her into the society circles, if only she knew what was instore.

This story was the first I had read by this author and what a well written story it was. I was drawn into the main characters from the word go and was invested in the love story which finally happened in the end. I am always in for a good Alpha male character and Levi is a lovable, strong emotional character from the start, this with the complementary strong female role in Brynn and the story jumped off the page.

I also thought he secondary characters added another dimension to the whole story and there is obviously scope for each to have their own story told. I can’t wait to read the next instalment and more instalments to come.

Etched in this Moment (Etched Series Book 1) by Calla Zae – Review by Angela Shirley

Etched in this Moment (Etched, #1)Etched in this Moment by Calla Zae
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Tia is trying to put the past behind her, but can she trust a stranger to help her find love again and leave her past behind her.

Theo is a detective but he is an administrative leave due to taking a bullet, but he believes there is a traitor in the station but he needs to find out, but when he stumbles upon a women who he sees in her her eyes she is running from someone, he becomes interested in her as he feels something drawing him to this beautiful soul.

This story brings these two characters together one a victim and one a hero, Theo is a precious soul from the word go, although I found that Tia (Sofia) trusted him a little too soon but I felt that they were genuine with each other and the chemistry just jumped off the page. The weave of the story and the constant feeling you are walking through the details with them gives an edge to the story.

I loved this story and it flowed really well, the characters were well developed and complimented each other brilliantly, I can’t wait for the next book in the series.

A Hundred Wishes (Band of Sisters) by Marianne Rice – Review by Angela Shirley

A Hundred Wishes (Band of Sisters)A Hundred Wishes by Marianne Rice
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Gina has steadily been putting her life back together from the tragic roadside bomb from her army days. Gina is comfortable with showing herself from behind a computer but when she gets close to Bryce someone who is prepared to get inside the walls she has built up.

This story was heart warming and engaging, the characters were well developed and I related to Gina’s character and her reluctance to involve herself with Bryce in the beginning. Although she has scars on the outside of her body the ones on the inside are more powerful and more deadly.

The story was well developed and you are gently woven through the backgrounds and the present day for both of the main characters, the secondary characters also add a depth to the story which is great to read. I can’t wait to read more books by this great author.

Savage Secrets (Mafia Elite, book 4) by Amy McKinley – Review by Angela Shirley

Savage Secrets (Mafia Elite, #4)Savage Secrets by Amy McKinley
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Marco is now a very powerful man with the family, but he still thinks back to the woman who left his heart in shatters is alive and kicking but in trouble.

Elena Caruso went on the run years ago, changing everything about her she let go of the family and all the people she loved, but someone has found her, and she must return to the group of people who she left. Coming back into the fold will not be easy but the most likely person is going to look after her, Marco La Rosa. Will he be able to put the hurt behind him to grab his future?

OMG when you get an Amy McKinley book you know what you are getting, full of action and drama with a twist of thriller deep. The characters are always rich and well developed and that is no different with these wonderful people in Marco and Elena. The story flows through and engulfs you with the drama of Elena’s situation and the determination of Marco to protect her to the bitter end.

The secondary characters also add depth and dimension to the story and will have you gripped until the end. The author always creates these strong female character who can hold their own with their male counter parts and Elena is no exception. It breaks your heart that Marco has had loved this woman for a long time but because of the loyalty to his family he has watch from a far and not pursued his happiness until the day she comes back into his life, to see the struggle he has with his feelings gives this dangerous man a soft side and seeps into your soul.

I can’t wait for the next instalment in this gripping series.

Sinful Vow (Dark Mafia Sins, book 1) by Emily Bowie – Review by Angela Shirley

Sinful Vow (Dark Mafia Sins, #0.5)Sinful Vow by Emily Bowie
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

What happens when you are born into a world that does not want you, thinks you’re a cast off. Well, that’s me Aly the illegitimate child of one of the most powerful men in the town. No-one dares to touch me until one night I witness a stranger running away from a gunshot, but he turns and stands in front of me, although I am scared, he just captivates me. He vows to protect me even from my family.

Luca started life on the street a nobody, but one chance meeting and his life has changed forever. Now part of one of the biggest crime families in the town he is destined to become the Don when his father steps down, but one night he makes a mistake and saves a damsel in distress. Later, she captivates him, and Luca cannot give her up, the only problem she is the daughter of there enemy and will he be able to have his girl and keep the peace.

This story is full of action from the first page, seeing Luca’s start in life till now you understand why there is such rivalry with the Rossi’s and Mancini’s. Luca is captivated with Aly but he see’s away to get back at Mancini with making his daughter fall in love with him and this will be the ultimate betrayal. Although when Aly’s brother Jonny and the next in line for the Mancini line is killed, Aly’s father must find away to keep her the next in line to takeover the family but of course this goes wrong.

I love the character of Aly, she is full of sass and determination to become the woman she wants to be, within the mafia world she has seen how they have treated her mother and is determined that is not going to happen to her. Although when Luca comes into the picture, she is fascinated by him although at first, they are frenemies she then starts having feeling towards him and eventually they both can’t hide their true feelings anymore.

The characters in this story are so well developed and rich, the story is powerful but shows that there is a soft side to rugged men and that love does win out in the end. I can’t wait to read more books in this series and by this author.

Imperfectly Yours (Titans of Manhattan Book 2) by Anise Storm – Review by Angela Shirley

Imperfectly Yours (Titans of Manhattan #2)Imperfectly Yours by Anise Storm
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

They had everything together, successful jobs, a loving relationship but the one thing Elsa needed was taken from her and can she come back from the abyss with the love and care of Anton.

Elsa has a high powered job being the most successful Realtor in the city, although with her relationship with Anton being long distance she is surprised when he pops the question and will she be able to have what she has always wanted love and children.

Anton is a Hollywood superstar who has yearned for a family for such a long time, when he saw Elsa he knew straight away when he saw her she was the one, so when he proposed and she said “yes” all he dreams would come true. But he was not prepared for what comes.

This story is heart-breaking, I was utterly devastated by the trials and tribulations this couple goes through. At the beginning everything was going great and then when Elsa has something tragic happen to her there world is turned upside down.

The author has written a great story with compassion and understanding regarding the subject matter. My heart went out to utter devastation of Elsa and was wishing her to come out of the spiral she was falling in to at great speed. I have another book boyfriend or even promote him to husband status, his character was so desperate to help his wife that he battled through the dark path the story took them down.

I can’t wait to read more from this author and this series.

Blindsided by T. Christensen – Review by Angela Shirley

Blindsided: A Contemporary Sports RomanceBlindsided: A Contemporary Sports Romance by T. Christensen
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Brock and Kirsa have been friends ever since he trod on her sandcastle and she pushed him down, but when another person comes into the mix, nothing will be the same again.

Kirsa has grown up with the protection and friendship of Brock, undeniable that these two were two peas in a pod, never out of each other presence. One day all that changes and in comes Victoria, a new girl in the neighbourhood so Brock and Kirsa be-friend her. As the years goes on the threesome becomes two and Kirsa is slowly pushed out of the group and favour.

Over the years Brock and Victoria make Kirsa’s life hell with relentless bullying, making sure everyone knows not to be friends’ worth her. Until Rylan arrives and pushes past the bullies and befriends Kirsa, this makes Brock angry but as the story goes on you see the manipulation and Brock questions his actions.

To say this story broke my heart I wanted to crawl into the book and just give Kirsa a great big hug. The relentless bullying this character entails in this book would crush anyone’s spirit but although she faulters at times she still stays strong and pushes forward. I have to say the character of Victoria was a brilliant manipulator and you see the weaving of her malicious lies within the story and yes from the first intro to her I knew she was someone I would not like, and boy was I right.

Brock was a frustrating book character; I was at one point shouting at the words on the page but not being able to change the outcome lol. You get to see this character grow somewhat through the story and understand the pain he invoked on his supposed best friend and in the end, it works out alright. If you are looking for a story of teenage angst and troubles, then this is a great book.

I really enjoyed the writing and the story developed brilliantly; the flow was just enough o have you wanting to read more to see where the story would go. I did enjoy the secondary character of Rylan and hope he found the one in the end. The author was sensitive to the topic and should just enough to be shocking but not too much to stop reading. This is not my first book by this author, and they do not disappoint with any story. Can wait to read more.

States of Grace (Grace Locke Mystery Series) by Mandy Miller – Review by Angela Shirley

States of GraceStates of Grace by Mandy Miller
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Grace is at the last straw with life and her career, with a pretty big addiction can she help herself and also help the young girl she has just taken on as a client.

Grace is at a low point in her life, just been released from jail and needing to raise some money to survive she is more comfortable prosecuting the innocent not the perceived guilty, but as she works through the case. Grace starts to investigate and finds stuff that is wrong and she is starting thinking maybe there is more to this case than first thought.

I really enjoyed this story, this is the first book I have read by this author and it was thrilling and it grips you. I loved the way the book weaves through the clues and you piece together with Grace to find if her client is really guilty.

The characters are well developed and I loved the fact that Grace is a little flawed, being an army vet with a disability was brilliant to read, the interactions with the secondary characters are great and enhances the story.

I can’t wait to read more books by this author in the future.

Unlikely to Stay (Parker Lake) by Olivia Sherwood – Review by Angela Shirley

Unlikely to Stay (A Parker Lake Novel Book 3)Unlikely to Stay by Ashlie Knapp
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Unlikely to Stay by Olivia Sherwood is the third book in the Parker Lake series and is centred around Brant and Colleen or CC as she is know by and is a great romantic story.

The story is a fast flowing, well written story which brought theses to characters to life, I love a book that you can just get lost into and Unlikely to stay is a great story to do this with. I enjoyed all the characters that were in this book but I especially enjoyed the chemistry between the two main characters Brant and Colleen.

Brant is a nurse practitioner and Colleen or CC is a hairdresser within the town of Parker, both have serious crushes on each other but are not prepared to admit just yet that until one night CC’s friend’s decide to bid in the bachelor auction and buy CC a date with the handsome Brant.

They hit it off and the rest is history, but will there pasts be the ending to the new relationship they have created or will it be too late for it to be over. I can’t wait for the next book in this series and hope these wonderful characters are included in the other books. I would recommend this series to my friends.

Master Trentino (Masters of the Consulate Book 3) by Sylvia Black – Review by Angela Shirley

Master TrentinoMaster Trentino by Sylvia Black
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Master Trentino is still trying to help locate the leak within the consulate but as going about his busy he comes across his enemies sister bleeding on the floor minutes away from death, he has two options save her and break his rules of the consulate or let her die. As Trentino is drawn to Angel he decides to save and turn her into a vampire.

Angel is confused and lost as she is now something she has been taught to hate through out of her life, how can she get her head around that she is now a vampire, but with the pull and drawn to Trentino can she keep her feelings in check and help uncover the traitor within the court of vampires, but can she live as a vampire.

This is the third book in this series and I think this is my favourite so far. Although this is a series you can read each book as a stand alone although the stories do interlink in some way it does not distract from each story. This story involves Trentino and Angel and I have to say from the first couple of paragraphs you can feel the undercurrent of this story.

I loved the way the story weaves through with a hint of mystery of trying to find who is trying to bring down the consulate and with the chemistry of Angel and Trentino this story is full of fireworks and passion.

I can wait to read the next instalment in this series.

Unlikely to Stay (Parker Lake) by Olivia Sherwood – Review by Angela Shirley

Unlikely to Stay (A Parker Lake Novel Book 3)Unlikely to Stay by Ashlie Knapp
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Unlikely to Stay by Ashlie Knapp is the third book in the Parker Lake series and is centred around Brant and Colleen or CC as she is know by and is a great romantic story.

The story is a fast flowing, well written story which brought theses to characters to life, I love a book that you can just get lost into and Unlikely to stay is a great story to do this with. I enjoyed all the characters that were in this book but I especially enjoyed the chemistry between the two main characters Brant and Colleen.

Brant is a nurse practitioner and Colleen or CC is a hairdresser within the town of Parker, both have serious crushes on each other but are not prepared to admit just yet that until one night CC’s friend’s decide to bid in the bachelor auction and buy CC a date with the handsome Brant.

They hit it off and the rest is history, but will there pasts be the ending to the new relationship they have created or will it be too late for it to be over. I can’t wait for the next book in this series and hope these wonderful characters are included in the other books. I would recommend this series to my friends.

Black Canvas by Laura Rossi – Review by Angela Shirley

Black CanvasBlack Canvas by Laura Rossi
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

When on the outside you are a professional, strong woman trying to help the police in an investigation but secretly your world is falling apart and spiralling away from you.

Aria’s world seems stable from the outside but as she is brought in for her expertise with a woman who has been found wondering, so delves and self diagnoses herself trying to banish the demons in her head but can she help both of them.

This is the first book I have read by this author and oh whoa was a book, this book is a real mind bend and you are left thinking and absorbing what you have read for a few days after. The writing is brilliant and the story twists through the life of Dr Aria De Luca, with her narrative from inside her head this is a fascinating read.

The way the story is written you as the read are a character in the book, wondering through the narrative and drawing you own conclusions through the complex twists and turns. I really can’t wait to read more books by this wonderful author and recommend whole heartily this book to people who love a good phycological thriller.