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Don’t Worry, I Still Hate You by Marie Skye – Review by Jennifer Gordon

Happily Ever AfterHappily Ever After by Piper Rayne
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I loved the story by Marie Skye, ‘Don’t Worry, I Still Hate You’, it was an enjoyable and engaging read. When Perrie advertises for a roommate her requirements were simple, they must be clean, not smoke and won’t touch her things. Perrie definitely did not expect her new roommate to be the man she had a one-night stand with whilst in Vegas and who she briefly dated during University. Ash is just as surprised when he find himself face to face with the women he last saw after a steamy night together in Vegas, when answering an ad for a roommate. The fact that Ash had been married at the time and did not tell Perrie just complicates the situation further. Perrie and Ash’s chemistry literally sizzled off the page and the tension between them also came across in the narrative. ‘Don’t Worry, I Still Hate You’ has a fun and lighthearted lovers to enemies and then back to lovers again storyline and characters who are likeable and relatable, which kept me happily turning the pages.

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Unbroken Vow by Bree M. Lewandowski – Review by Jennifer Gordon

Unbroken VowUnbroken Vow by Bree M. Lewandowski
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is an enjoyable and engaging fantasy romance by Bree M. Lewandowski which had me gripped from beginning to end. Following the death of Ada’s husband, Markus, his brother-in-arms Glaive gives his word to protect Ada. Ada followed her heart even though marrying a Paladin is forbidden and so now risks more than a prison sentence. For her safety she is hidden away as a servant to the king but after an incident with a man of power, Ada is sent across the ocean to work for an illustrious crazed queen as punishment. Glaive, is a high ranking Paladin and a knight of Ardara but he is determined not to break his pledge and is willing to risk his own life to save Ada.
The storyline flows well and the descriptive narrative really brings both the characters and the setting to life making me feel fully immersed in the story. The plot kept me hooked and happily turning the pages, as it has plenty of drama and romance.

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Faida (Heartstrings Book 2) by Brooke May – Review by Jennifer Gordon

FaidaFaida by Brooke May
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The second in the ‘Heartstrings’ series introduces us to Faida, one of the six beings who help Cupid guide us mortals to love. Faida has grown jaded after eons of helping humans find love and as a result now has an ice cold heart. “Assassinations, infidelity, and betrayals of her past haunt her present”. However, Faida meets her match in ice king Robert Peters who has also been disappointed in love. Robert is cold and ruthless with everyone except his young daughter. Faida needs to soften her own heart towards love if she is to help Robert find love. This is an engaging and enjoyable sweet paranormal romance and the author really brings the characters and setting to life with her descriptive narrative. It’s a lighthearted and heartwarming romantic story which had me fully immersed in the story from start to finish. Although part of a series it can be read as a standalone story but some of the characters do overlap. I look forward to the next book in the series.

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A Kiss Under A Blue Christmas Moon (Daydreams & Dragonflies Rock ‘N Sweet Romance 4) by Tamara Ferguson – Review by Jennifer Gordon

A KISS UNDER A BLUE CHRISTMAS MOON (Daydreams & Dragonflies Rock 'N Sweet Romance Book 4)A KISS UNDER A BLUE CHRISTMAS MOON by Tamara Ferguson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I fell in love with this heartwarming and sweet romance with a second chance at love theme. I always enjoy a Tamara Ferguson novel and this one definitely did not disappoint. The added festive feel added to the storyline making this an enjoyable and engaging read. I loved the two main characters and was really cheering them on hoping they would get their Christmas happy ever after. Mia Michaels and Noah Erickson first met as teenagers whilst they both lived in Crystal Rock and attended the local music camp one summer. Mia is determined to have a career in music whilst Noah although being both musical and a scholar, is going to be enlisting in the Air Force to help support his grandparents who have raised him. One Christmas Mia and Noah arranged a romantic rendezvous at Mistletoe Lodge before Noah is sent to Iraq but Mia’s overly controlling father sabotages their plans. Six years later and having escaped from her father Mia returns to Crystal Rock to learn that Noah, now Lieutenant Noah Erikson never stopped loving her. However, over the years Mia has given up on love and so Noah needs to break through Mia’s hardened heart if they are to spend Christmas and forever together. The storyline flows well and the descriptive narrative brings both the setting of Crystal Rock and the characters to life which gave me the feeling of being immersed in the story. I found Mia and Noah likeable and relatable characters and their chemistry really came across in the story. The novel was full of the Christmas spirit and left me with a real feel good feeling. A lovely read.

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Flipping the Bird: A Paranormal Chick Lit Novel (Shift Creek book 1) by Carrie Pulkinen – Review by Jennifer Gordon

Flipping the Bird (Shift Creek, #1)Flipping the Bird by Carrie Pulkinen
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I thoroughly enjoyed this fun, lighthearted paranormal romantic comedy novel. The authors descriptive narrative really bought these quirky, likeable and relatable characters to life and I could not help but feel invested in their story. Alice Crawford is a salvage artist in Texas, who is also a crow shifter, whilst Donovan Drake is a Warlock and they both find themselves in Shift Creek. Alice believes the sexy Warlock can solve all her problems but Donovan has many secrets including the fact that his connection to Shift Creek runs deeper than anyone knows. When he feels himself falling for the feisty bird shifter he knows he needs to be careful. This fairly short story was definitely action packed, full of romance, comedy and mystery, all of which had me hooked from start to finish. I loved the developing relationship between the main characters and the story was heartwarming with some real laugh out loud moments. An enjoyable and engaging read and a great start to a new series.

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Moonlit Whisper: An Irish Romance (Moonlit Destination Series) by Amy McKinley – Review by Jennifer Gordon

Moonlit Whisper (An Irish Romance)Moonlit Whisper by Amy McKinley
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Moonlit Whisper is a short and sweet second chance at love novelette that can be read as a standalone story. Fiona (Fio) is engaged to childhood friend Lach but when Connor returns from living across the pond Fio is torn between her new love and her old childhood sweetheart. Connor had to leave Dublin to live with his Mum but he hated leaving behind Fio and he definitely never forgot her. When Connor returns as a fourth year transfer student at Trinity to play football he is determined to have Fio in his arms again and this time for ever. Fio also never forgot the boy who used to climb through her bedroom window and the more time they spend together with Fio tutoring Connor the closer they become. This was an enjoyable and engaging short read with some great characters. The chemistry between Fiona and Connor really came across in the story as did the competition and tension between Connor and Lach. The narrative flowed well and I felt immersed in the storyline, so much so that I could not put the book down.

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Becoming Human by Amy Michelle Carpenter – Review by Jennifer Gordon

Becoming HumanBecoming Human by Amy Michelle Carpenter
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I found this YA sci-fi novel a real page turner and I was gripped by it from the start. The unique storyline follows Carter a redneck boy who does not believe in aliens, an Earth-obsessed alien and a robotic girl. All three of the teenagers must join together both working and accepting one another in order to conserve humanity. Carter’s dad believes in aliens but Carter never did until the girl he has a crush on starts doing strange and magical things that seem a bit out of this world. Meanwhile, Kokab dreams of becoming a ‘Perfect’ but her emotions are seen as a flaw until her planet faces extinction. Kokab’s sympathy then makes her the best ambassador to persuade humans to accept her people but her success will mean she will never become a ‘Perfect’. Ags also has a dream, of graduating from the Academy so she can become a guardian of Earth. She is eager to spend time on Earth as she is obsessed with all things human, so when she uncovers an impending invasion she is willing to risk everything to stop it. This is a fast paced novel with a lively plot and a storyline that flows well making it an enjoyable read. The characters and all interesting in their own right and each bring a different element to the overall story. The characters have been bought to life by the authors descriptive narrative and the wonderful world building bought the settings to life as well. I felt immersed in this story and found myself happily turning the pages well into the night as I could not put the book down. I am not usually a sci-fi fan but I thoroughly enjoyed this novel.

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Irresistible Christmas – Pets to the Rescue (Irresistible Romance Book 6) ANTHOLOGY – Review by Jennifer Gordon

IRRESISTIBLE CHRISTMAS - PETS TO THE RESCUE (Irresistible Romance #6)IRRESISTIBLE CHRISTMAS – PETS TO THE RESCUE by Tamara Ferguson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I thoroughly enjoyed this anthology of Christmas romances set in the season of miracles and full of the spirit of Christmas. Each heartwarming, romantic, steamy story had me hooked and this was the perfect collection of contemporary romances to read over the festive period. As a fan of Tamara Ferguson I was looking forward to her story, ‘TWO HEARTS’ CHRISTMAS RESCUE’ and I was not disappointed. For Kinley and Jake Christmas has been a time of loss for them both and so neither has celebrated for years. Then a gang of needy rescue pets help Kinley and Jake to rescue each other’s Christmas and maybe even fall in love. In ‘MISTLETOE MAGIC’ by Natalie Ann, Robin and Brian need the magic of Christmas to help them discover what is hiding in their hearts. Suzanne Jenkins ‘BAYOU CHRISTMAS’ introduces us to Maggie who’s discovery under Bayou Cottage could change her life. A mother dog and her litter bring Maggie and the local handsome veterinarian together. In ‘CANDY’S CHRISTMAS WISH’ by Cynthia Cooke, Candy is about to loose her house, her business and her dog and could really do with a Christmas miracle but can the guy who broke her heart, Lincoln, provide one. In Alicia Street’s story ‘MELT MY HEART’ a mysterious letter and a rescue mutt bring two people who have given up on love, Wynter and Caleb together. In ‘PLAYING SANTA’, by Stephanie Queen, football player Sean Patrick not only rescues a puppy whilst dressed as Santa but also rescues a struggling beauty and her son. The last story by Traci Hall ‘A SNOWY SEASIDE CHRISTMAS’ brings a doctor and his patient, who has been shot whilst on duty, together but both Gemma and Bryce need to forget their pasts and take a chance on love. This was an enjoyable and engaging anthology which I was totally immersed in and could not put down. Each story had a real feel good factor and the whole collection put me in a festive mood, ready for Christmas.

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Five – Alarm Christmas : A Novella by Melinda Valentine – Review by Jennifer Gordon

Five-Alarm Christmas : A NovellaFive-Alarm Christmas : A Novella by Melinda Valentine
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This was a short Christmas romance with plenty of steamy scenes. Finley Jones and Garrett Scott meet up in Mike’s Tavern on Christmas Eve and spend the night together with Finley leaving before Garrett woke up the next morning. They are both surprised when they arrive at the firehouse to discover that Garrett is a fireman, who Finley has sworn never to date and that Finley is in fact Garrett’s Chief’s daughter, who is totally off limits. Finley and Garrett’s chemistry literally sizzled off the page and they could not keep their hands off each other. Having turned up at the Christmas party ready for Garrett to play Santa Claus and Finley his elf the couple still can’t deny their mutual attraction but neither of them are sure if it’s just a holiday hook up they are interested in or something more. This is a fun, lighthearted and very hot read with two very likeable characters who’s chemistry really came across in the narrative. A perfect short novella with a Christmas feel, just right for some escapism over the festive holidays.

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CORPORATE CHRISTMAS by BERNADETTE MARIE – Review by Jennifer Gordon

Corporate ChristmasCorporate Christmas by Bernadette Marie
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I loved this heartwarming festive romance which really put me in the Christmas spirit. This fairly short story was packed full of drama and romance, and took me on an emotional rollercoaster. I fell in love with the two main characters, Chloe and Jason and I also fell in love with the extremely Christmasy setting of Aubrey Heights. Author Marie really bought both the characters and the setting to life with her descriptive narrative and it helped make me feel immersed in the story. The storyline flowed well making this an enjoyable and engaging read. Having just landed the biggest client of her career and for the company she works for Chloe Richardson is convinced she will be offered the promotion she’s been working so hard for. Chloe is shocked and upset when she meets Jason Mitchell who has just been employed for the job she thought was hers. As well as being angry she also can’t help but like the handsome and charming Jason. Jason was looking forward to starting his new job and starting a fresh but was unaware that he was taking someone else’s job, especially the beautiful and intriguing Chloe’s job. When things get worse and she looses her job Chloe returns to her childhood home in Aubrey Heights, where Christmas is celebrated in a tourist wonderland. Jason follows her to Aubrey Heights with the intention of winning her heart but a series of misunderstandings concerning ex boyfriends and Chloe’s numerous job offers complicate things for the couple. I was cheering them on hoping they would get their Christmas happily ever after. This story really gave me that feel good factor and left me full of the Christmas spirit.

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