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Getting the Goods by Elizabeth Perry – Review by Ashleigh Whitwell

Getting the GoodsGetting the Goods by Elizabeth Perry
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Getting the Goods is a standalone contemporary romance novel that will have you laughing from the very first chapter. The plot is simple, yet completely ridiculous, which is what makes it such an addictive read. The characters are engaging and honestly, I just really liked this read. For fans of romantic comedies or classic miscommunication scenarios, this is a must read.

We meet Gaby during one of the most important nights of her life; the night she will finally steal the sperm needed to help her get pregnant. This sounds insane, but as soon as I read the blurb I new I had to read this book. The more crazy, the better, right? Gaby and the relationship with her friend Maria (who let’s be honest, has some questionable practices) is amusing right from the beginning and remains this way throughout the story. But things really get interesting when Gaby meets Conner/Carter and hilarity really ensues. Not only does Gaby find out her job is at risk and the man whose sperm she tried to steal is now her boss, she is also faced with his twin. Yep, there are two of them. Cue funny miscommunications, dramatic passing-outs and awkward encounters. What more could you want from a romantic read?

This is a feel-good read that has the perfect balance of drama, emotion and laughs. While the comedy level is high, there are some serious issues dealt with in this book, including Gaby’s issues with fertility. This may be a difficult read for some but I found it insightful and inspiring. The author dealt with these themes respectfully and it’s left me wanting to read more of her work. If you’re looking for a well-rounded and satisfying read, Getting the Goods is a must!

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Across From You by Amabel Daniels – Review by Ashleigh Whitwell

Across From YouAcross From You by Amabel Daniels
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Across From You is a fun, romantic standalone novel. Written in alternating points-of-view, we follow Lexi and Jack after they meet during a compromising situation. In your typical tale of miscommunication, hilarity ensues from the very beginning despite Lexi’s obvious embarrassment at recent life events. This book is relatable, funny and just all-around loveable. A must read for any contemporary romance fans!

Lexi Regan is not having much luck. Having been the victim of a horrendous romantic blunder, the last she wants to think about is men. What happens next? She’s faced, literally, with a naked, hot, sexy man during a one-off art class she attends with her best friend. Cue hilarious flirting. I was laughing out loud at Lexi’s mixture of embarrassment and intrigue, which only became more hilarious when we found out her surprising connection to the mystery model. The author timed this miscommunication perfectly, not dragging it on too long so that I got both bored and annoyed. One of my biggest issues with romance reads is when this type of scenario is dragged out for over half of the book; just get on with it! We didn’t have too long to wait until Jack O’Connor is revealed to Lexi which just made things all the more interesting!

Jack is a fantastic male lead. While he has some of the stereotypical traits (a sexy man in uniform is always a win for me), in many ways he isn’t so typical. This made him a really complex character, which is always fun to read. The connection him and Lexi have is both instant and deep, and only strengthens over the course of the book. They had their ups and downs and there were some seriously emotional moments, which rounded off the book perfectly.

Overall, Across From You hits the romance-crave so many of us have. It is not only a really good story, but also packed full of wonderful characters. I thoroughly enjoyed this read and cannot wait to try more of the author’s work. This will definitely be on my recommendation list!

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Born to Fight (Can’t Resist You #1) by Brittany Anne – Review by Ashleigh Whitwell

Born to Fight (Can't Resist You, #1)Born to Fight by Brittany Anne
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Born to Fight is the first instalment of the dystopian-romance series, Can’t Resist You. It follows Hunter and Rain, who are thrown together after a deadly attack on Hunter’s life. There is instant chemistry between these two and that is what makes this book so addictive. If you’re a fan of dystopian reads, this is definitely one for you.

We meet Hunter in the midst of him saving a woman from an attack by UNR soldiers. So basically, Hunter is a hero. Cue swoon. Then we learn he’s part of the resistance. Cue bigger swoon. A strong, rebel? Sign me up for one! Hunter is an instantly memorable character who I was immediately drawn to and hooked on. I had so many questions about how he got to where he was, I couldn’t read fast enough to get to the flashbacks about his past with this father and the rest of the resistance. While he is technically the ‘enemy’, he most definitely the hero of this read. I love reads like this, but mostly when we see things from the side of those rebelling against the state. This makes for a much more interesting read and, let’s be honest, all of us have a little rebel in us. And that is why I loved Rain so much. Not only is she a strong, independent woman (yes!), she also knows what she wants. When it is thrown right in front her in the form on Hunter, she panics, like all of us would! I loved seeing their relationship develop of the course of the story, both physically and emotionally.

This book is full of suspense. While there is the fear of the UNR at every corner, the biggest stressor for me was waiting for Rain to find out the truth about Hunter. I actually found myself reading super fast to reach that moment, as I just couldn’t handle the stress! No spoilers here, but prepare yourself for some serious action!

I really enjoyed Born to Fight and I’m looking forward to reading the rest of the series. It falls perfectly into the dystopian-romance genre, one which so many people love. Add this to your to-read list and it will not disappoint!

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Say When by Bree Kraemer (Cedarville #9) – Review by Ashleigh Whitwell

Say When (A Cedarville Novel Book 9)Say When by Bree Kraemer
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Say When is the ninth (yes, ninth!) instalment of the truly wonderful Cedarville series. One again, we are transported to the beautiful lakeside setting which has become so familiar to fans of this series. This instalment does not disappoint, as were introduced to a new couple that immediately grabbed my heart. This is one read not to be missed!

I have to start this review by admitting that I am a superfan of this series. I absolutely love the world that the author has created and it holds a very dear place in my heart. So as soon as a new book is released, I am immediately anticipating finding the time to sit and really enjoy it. Cue a nice cup of team, some chocolate cookies and a cosy blanket; time to read!

Say When had me hooked after the very first page. Immediately jumping into the wonderful world of baking had my mouth-watering; luckily I had the cookies! Dani is such an endearing character and I felt myself warming to her straight away. I love her innocence, which I think makes her such a strong character and so interesting to read. She has a lot of fears and learning about these over the course of the story allowed us to see why her and Patrick have such an intense connection. As for Patrick… what a cutie! He is such an equally interesting character who I couldn’t wait to find out more about. We learn about him more slowly than Dani, with the main focus of the story being her getting over her fears, but that just makes him so much more intriguing; who doesn’t love a mysterious man?! Seeing them together is so much fun and, let’s be honest, super hot. There are some steamy moments in this book, which are sure to get you feeling a little hot. All I’ll say is, lucky Dani!

I don’t think I will ever stop loving this series or this author’s work. Every single book in this series is beautifully written, packed with wonderful characters and has an intriguing and exciting plot. Ultimately, this series is about love and the connection that develops between two people, and Say When perfectly portrays this. If you haven’t already, I cannot encourage you enough to start reading this series. By the time you get to Dani and Patrick’s story, you’ll be as hooked as I am!

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Touchdown (The Big Apple #1) by Alexa Summers – Review by Ashleigh Whitwell

Touchdown: A Steamy Football Romance: The Big Apple Series Book 1Touchdown: A Steamy Football Romance: The Big Apple Series Book 1 by Alexa Summers
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Touchdown is a contemporary romance novel set within the world of American football. This is a steamy read, so if you’re looking for something more subtle, this is not the book for you. The heat starts instantly and does not stop until the very end of the book. This feels like a very promising start to a series and I cannot wait to read more.

This is a full on read. From start to finish, Touchdown brings the heat, drama and emotion. Our leading lady, Lexi Driver, is a woman we all would love to be. Spending her life inside a football team’s changing room, she has seen it all. And it’s fair to say she loves it. She is a strong, sassy and sexy woman that isn’t afraid to speak her mind. I liked Lexi from the beginning, and grew to like her even more over the course of the book. Yes, she has her flaws (maybe she should have just apologised for that whole incident to start with) but she has been through so much in her life. As the story went on, I found myself really feeling for her and everything she was going through.

A sports romance isn’t complete without a sexy man to raise the temperature. Brett Brock is just that man. He had a rough start, I’ll give him that, but I have to admit I had a love hate relationship with him. While you can see why he wanted revenge, his way of doing so was questionable. I spent a good portion of the book on the edge of my seat, waiting to see if he would in fact release the recordings he had made. While some tension is good, I have to admit that this is one of the things that drives me mad when reading! I won’t spoil what happens, but I was so pleased when it finally did. This really moved the story along and finally, I could breathe again!

Overall, Touchdown is a really fantastic sports romance read. It stands-out for its steaminess as this is definitely not your average read. If your looking for a romance that offers just that bit more, this is definitely one for you.

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Small Town Hero (Small Town Brides #1) by Kim Koby – Review by Ashleigh Whitwell

Small Town Hero (Small Town Brides, #1)Small Town Hero by Kim Koby
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Small Town Hero is a short, contemporary romance that focuses on renewal and second chances. Our two characters are thrown together under difficult circumstances but find hope and new life in each other. This was an uplifting read and one that I enjoyed from beginning to end.

Rebecca was convinced she had everything figured out, including a loving fiancé who was accepting of her decision to save herself until after they were married. So after finding him in bed with her best friend, she takes off on a journey to get herself as far away from his as possible. Finding herself in Tennessee, we enter Rebecca’s life as she’s at a real turning point. This is exciting as we see her develop from the ‘old’ her to the new, more relaxed version of herself. I loved how sassy she was at the beginning but also that she was aware of this. Her reaction to Ryan had me laughing out loud at points, especially because she was so surprised at herself! As for Ryan, what a complex character! While we immediately focus on Rebecca’s heartbreak, he too has faced some traumatic events in his life. I loved getting to know him and finding out why he is the way he is.

The connection between Rebecca and Ryan feels so natural and is really entertaining to read. I loved seeing them interact and how easily conversation flowed between them, after they had got to know each other of course! This was such a lovely, sweet read and I’m so glad I took a chance on it. I can’t wait for more in this series!

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The Nearness of You by K.G. Fletcher – Review by Ashleigh Whitwell

The Nearness of YouThe Nearness of You by K.G. Fletcher
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Nearness of You is a standalone romance novel from author K G Fletcher. Focused around the world of showbiz, fame and glamour, we meet two characters who are both following their dreams. This is an exciting read that has all the makings for a fairy-tale story. I loved it and am already on the lookout for more of the same!

We meet Lauren, our leading lady, during a comfortable period in her life. She’s happy, but determined not to give up on her dreams of making it big in the music industry. So when a routine gig introduces her to David, thing change forever. Lauren is an ambitious, fun and completely likeable character. I loved finding out more about her life and found myself praying that all of her dreams would come true. Her instant connection David felt real and not forced at all, which is sometimes the case in romance reads. They naturally bounced off each other and it was obvious just how much they enjoyed being around each other. Let’s be honest, I think it would be easy for anyone to enjoy being around David! As a Brit myself, I maybe didn’t have quite the same reaction to him as my American counterparts. But, that doesn’t mean I can’t appreciate him! He doesn’t seem to have nay major flaws and he treats Lauren like a queen; where can I find one?! David’s relationship with his sister is also a highlight of the read for me and, again, written so naturally and authentically.

While this story is packed full of romantic moments, it also has it’s drama. When we meet David’s assistant, Sabrina, things get really interesting. Her involvement in the couple’s relationship is complex, infuriating and so addictive to read. If you like some meddling in your love stories, this a must read!

Overall, The Nearness of You is a beautifully romantic read. I fell in love with the characters and their stories, as well as the incredible locations we visited. Another wonderful element of this read is the inclusion of music. I strongly recommend checking out the playlist at the back of the book; it opened my ears up to lots of new music! This book has got me hooked onto music-romances and I can’t wait to find my next one!

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Give and Take (The Thorne Brothers #2) by Lee Kilraine – Review by Ashleigh Whitwell

Give and Take (The Thorne Brothers, #2)Give and Take by Lee Kilraine
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Give and Take is a contemporary romance novel and the second instalment in The Thorne Brothers series. This story follows baby brother, Wyatt, and his involvement in the brother’s construction company. I love a series I can really sink my teeth into, and with a whole family of brother to get to know, this series has me super excited. Much like the first instalment (which I strongly recommend you read!), Give and Take is a beautifully romantic read that had me hooked from the very beginning. As we approach the end of the 2018, I can safely say that Wyatt and Rhia are in the running for one of my favourite couples of the year!

Wyatt Thorne is not your stereotypical romantic ‘hero’. He has very visible flaws, some of which most people would find incredibly annoying. He’s particular, meticulous and rigid to his routine. He’s obsessed with his work and quiet to the point of painfully so at times. So why did I feel such a draw to him? Wyatt had my attention almost immediately and I think I finally understand the appeal of the ‘strong and silent’ type. He is the perfect mix of driven, cute and a little frustrating and I just love him, perhaps even more than I loved his brother in Give it Up. But Wyatt isn’t the only love interest in this book. Rhia is his complete opposite and so perfect for him. She had me laughing out loud with some of her crazy antics, including her brief employment as a clown, and the relationship between her and Wyatt was so entertaining to read. I loved their back-and-forth banter and the sudden moments of passion and steaminess; they complimented each other beautifully. They are one of those couples that you just connect with and I have been left wanting to know more about them!

As with the first book, Give and Take explores some difficult issues. The Thorne brothers have been through a lot and their childhood is truly devastating. Seeing their shared past through Wyatt’s eyes was interesting, as he had been so young when everything happened to them. His brothers made it their job to protect him, and so we find Wyatt feeling a tremendous amount of guilt towards everything they have sacrificed for him. I love the strong family bond they have and it just has me more excited to find out more about each of the brothers.

Give and Take is a fantastic instalment in what is shaping up to be a fantastic series. The character development is exceptional and the plotlines are addictive. I have the next instalment on pre-order and am anxiously waiting its arrival. If you aren’t already convinced, I recommend you jump into this series immediately!

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Credence Woods by Alexandria Sure – Review by Ashleigh Whitwell

Credence WoodsCredence Woods by Alexandria Sure
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Credence Woods is a standalone novel that follows Kennedy Hewson as she struggles to accept, and feel comfortable with, the person she has become. This story is all about self-discovery, acceptance and love, things which all of us should spend more time reflecting on. This can easily be a one-sitting read, it was for me, and is one of those reads that really grabs you. I really enjoyed Credence Woods and can’t wait to recommend it to others!

My favourite thing about this book is Kennedy. As far as leading ladies go, she has so many of the qualities that I love to read. She’s strong, fierce and independent but also has her own insecurities, which makes her so relatable. What woman hasn’t worried about their appearance at some point in their life? Having this connection and similarity with Kennedy immediately made me like her and want to know more about her story. And what an introduction we had to her life! I will admit, at first I really didn’t know where this story was going to go! A grimy club in Tennessee is not what I was expecting, and nor was Kennedy’s choice of activity! So then we saw her back in professional work mode, things became addictive; I had to know what kind of person she was. This book had so many surprises, I couldn’t stop myself from binging on it and finishing it all in one go.

Aside from Kennedy, there are some really wonderful supporting characters in Credence Woods. From Max, one of my new favourite American men, to Hank, I loved the characters Kennedy finds herself surrounded by. They are just as addicted as she is and I thank the author for taking the time to develop them so much.

Credence Woods was a fun, uplifting and romantic read that I enjoyed from start to finish. From the wonderful characters to unpredictable plot, I can definitely recommend this read to others. I’m excited to read more of this author’s work!

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Self Love by T L Clark – Review by Ashleigh Whitwell

Self LoveSelf Love by T.L. Clark
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Self Love is a standalone romance novel that follows Molly as she learns to love herself and who she is. Written in first person, the author chooses to have Molly speak directly to the audience, which really helped build a relationship with the character. This book had me laughing out loud at moments and was really fun to read. If you need to indulge in a little self-love yourself, this is a must read!

Molly is such a relatable character. She is struggling with various different issues, all of which are real concerns for real-life women of her age. What woman hasn’t worried about her weight, career or relationship status? Molly is real, which is what makes her so loveable. Seeing her character develop of the course of Self Love was fun and stirred a lot of different emotions in me. The narrative is so brilliantly written, especially the way Molly interacts with the reader. There are some hilarious moments in this book and I found myself giggling multiple times throughout Molly’s story. But this book is also packed full of some heart-wrenching emotional moments. Molly has been through a lot and is still dealing with some issues that were hard to read about. The author handled these brilliantly and with so much respect; this is what kept me reading! I also loved that this book was set in the UK. A home-grown romance is always something I’m looking for!

This is also one of those reads that makes you think and reflect. While Molly is trying to love herself, I found myself thinking about my own issues and how similar they were to Molly’s. Ultimately, this was an uplifting and inspiring read and one that I know ill stay with me for a while. Self Love is definitely a read I will be recommending to others!

 

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