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House Valdis Origins: Xenobia (House Valdis Series) by Naomi Valkyrie – Review by Jennifer Gordon

House Valdis Origins: Xenobia (House Valdis, #0.5)House Valdis Origins: Xenobia by Naomi Valkyrie
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A short paranormal story which takes place before the first ‘House of Valdis’ novel, and which I read in one sitting as it had me hooked. Once again the authors wonderful descriptive narrative brought both the intriguing characters and the setting vividly to life, making me feel immersed in the story. The original storyline kept me happily turning the pages, and I loved the main character’s Xenobia and Urd. Xenobia has been raised in a society where women are treated like cattle and so she obeys the rules and tries not to draw attention to herself. The only person she is friendly with is her best friend Urd, and so when they are both bought by a man with extreme sadistic tendencies she plots their escape. However, when Urd overhears their Master’s ultimate plan for them the girls have no option but to run even though they are not prepared. They hope to find the underground movement and get to safety, but whilst on the run and with their lives in danger Xen learns that the price of rebellion is high. I loved the relationship between Xen and Urd and I found this to be an enjoyable and engaging read.

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Fuller Sight by John Stone – Review by Jennifer Gordon

Fuller SightFuller Sight by John Stone
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is a very intriguing and thought provoking novel with a completely original and unique storyline. It is a metaphysical novel, meaning that much of the story takes place outside of time as we know it. The main character is eighteen year old Danny Anderson who in order to protect the girl he loves from throwing away her dreams of becoming a doctor, decides to make the ultimate sacrifice and he kills himself by running his father’s car into a bridge’s concrete abutment. Following his death the story then follows Danny as he is reunited with his mother Nora, who then acts as his guide helping him reflect on his life and understand himself and others better.
The plot then concentrates on going back over his rather tragic life, and we learn how his mother died and the physical abuse he suffered by his drunken father and then his death. Danny then looks back on how his father’s death is seen as suspicious and how he was a suspect. We meet Sade and look at how their relationship developed and resulted in her planning on telling the police that she was responsible for Danny’s father’s death. As he begins to understand the karmic life lessons and the importance of the greater community Nora then guides her son through his many previous lives.
These include being a son of a plantation owner in 1775, a blind beggar, a monk, and a former nobleman’s heir in 1349. We also observe his grandmother’s life as a suffragette and his father’s actions during 1971. It’s at this point that I did get a bit confused and felt overwhelmed with all the information, it’s a long book and not a particularly easy read. However, I persevered and am glad that I did as it definitely got me thinking and overall it is an inspirational story.

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The Other Side of Together by Emily Cox and Nicole Allen – Review by Jennifer Gordon

The Other Side of TogetherThe Other Side of Together by Emily Cox
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

An enjoyable and engaging YA romance which kept me hooked throughout. This heartwarming and at times heartbreaking story took me on an emotional rollercoaster whilst reading it. Marcus and Mei Li have been drawn to each other ever since they met at a trolley stop in Chinatown. However, that is all they have in common as Marcus is a boy with an enviable future, whilst Mei Li is a secretive girl with a dark destiny. They are prevented from ever being together by family and dark forces, but this does not stop them from communicating in secret. They then meet up secretly and as their feelings grow, they share their first kisses, and start to talk of love. Then one night a combination of dark connections and opposing futures tears them apart. Marcus is left longing for Mei Li and keeps asking himself if he will ever find her again. Such an emotional romance about love against impossible odds. I loved both Marcus and Mei Li as they are likeable and relatable characters. Their chemistry really came across in the narrative, and I loved how their relationship developed throughout the book. This is a wonderfully written story, and the author really sets the scene and brought the setting and characters to life through the descriptive narrative.

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Delayed Redemption (The DAG Team Series) by Kel O’Connor – Review by Jennifer Gordon

Delayed Redemption: DAG Team Series: Book 3 of 4 Special Ops Romantic SuspenseDelayed Redemption: DAG Team Series: Book 3 of 4 Special Ops Romantic Suspense by Kel O’Connor
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I found this romantic suspense story to be a real page turner. Mateo is determined to escape his former life of crime and has one last undercover assignment for DAG and then he’s free. The assignment will also result in putting a major drug dealer out of business. When things don’t go to plan Mateo has to choose between his op and the only person who has ever believed in him. Having escaped an abusive home Janey is now living a much safer and better life. She is then kidnapped by a gang who want to get at her brother, and suddenly she’s thrust back into her old dangerous world. Janey is devastated when she comes face to face with Mateo, believing that he is still a member of the gang. She wants to trust him, after all he was her teenage crush. Meanwhile, there is a mole who is endangering ops and personnel at DAG, and the team are working hard to discover who it is before anyone else gets hurt. Janey and Mateo work together to find the last piece of the puzzle that Mateo needs to be free. They also can’t help but give into their feelings as secrets on both sides are shared. This was a fast-paced story with great characters and plenty of drama and suspense which kept me hooked throughout. I loved the character’s, especially Mateo and Janey and their chemistry sizzled off the page and led to some steamy scenes. An enjoyable and engaging read.

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Vacation Flirtation…or More? (Winter Getaway Romance Series) by Stacey Komosinski – Review by Jennifer Gordon

Vacation Flirtation...or More? (Winter Getaway Romance Book 1)Vacation Flirtation…or More? by Stacey Komosinski
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

An enjoyable and entertaining romantic comedy which took me on a winter getaway and kept me happily turning the pages. Giuliana Giovanni was meant to be having a fun filled vacation jetting off to Turks and Caicos with her best friend, but her friend is delayed at the last moment. However, when she meets the blue eyes of a handsome stranger in the row behind her she’s shocked by the attraction she feels. When they both turn up at the same resort, Giuliana’s plans for a relaxing holiday now change to involve lots of steamy glances and playful banter with Landon Parker. Landon had flown to the Caribbean for business but having met Giuliana his plans also change, and now he’s there for pleasure. However, Landon has secrets which he’s worried he might just tell her but then she might not want to continue their vacation flirtation. They both know that holiday romances don’t last, but they both wonder if maybe theirs could! This was such a fun, lighthearted story which had me hooked throughout. Giuliana is such a likeable and relatable young women and I loved the instant connection she had with Landon, and their chemistry sizzled off the page and led to some steamy scenes. The wonderful Caribbean setting came to life through the descriptive narrative and the vacation vibes definitely came across in the writing. There were some laugh out loud moments along with the heartwarming developing romance between the main characters.

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Divinely Dramatic (Divine Vintage Series) by Sandra L. Young – Review by Jennifer Gordon

Divinely Dramatic (Divine Vintage Series, #2)Divinely Dramatic by Sandra L. Young
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

An enjoyable and engaging historical romance with a ghostly twist. Having read and enjoyed book one in this series I was looking forward to this book and I was not disappointed. I was hooked from page one and was kept happily turning the pages by the ghostly mystery storyline. Marcy Alexander is a vintage fashionista who reluctantly agrees to do the costumes for a period-era play. However, she was not expecting all the drama, or having to harness her aura-reading ability to solve a ghostly mystery from 1966. Then there is the director Mike who is gorgeous but gruff, and who’s aura flares crimson, meaning he’s irritated whenever they talk. He’s determined to produce a great show despite his prank-driven friends. As well as all this Marcy has an ailing Mum who is urging her to pursue her dream career and she has a very persistent ghost to deal with. The descriptive narrative brought the setting vividly to life making me feel fully immersed in the story. I found Marcy very likeable and relatable and enjoyed her developing romance with director Mike. The ghostly element along with the 1966 murder mystery kept me gripped throughout.

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Dancing Butterfly (Butterflies Fly Free Series) by Debra Parmley – Review by Jennifer Gordon

Dancing Butterfly (Butterflies Fly Free Series Book 2)Dancing Butterfly by Debra Parmley
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Another entertaining historical romance in this enjoyable series which transported me back to the 1920’s and the world of the flapper girl. Susan Chesterfield, known as Suki, is a dancer at the club which Al Capone frequents. One evening she’s flirting with one of his enforcers, Frank when gunmen enter the club and open fire. Frank helps Suki escape and gets her to a doctor, saving her life. However, she does have a broken foot meaning she can’t dance until its healed, but then she won’t get paid. Once again Frank comes to her rescue, as there is safety in being a gangster’s moll, all she must do is play the part. However, Suki finds herself falling for Frank but finds the life of a moll difficult, especially as she’s used to her independence. Once her foot is healed, she must decide whether to return to the club and her dancing life or find love with frank. The descriptive narrative brought both the characters and the setting vividly to life, whilst the added historical details made me feel fully immersed in the story.

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Elusive Surrender (Sinful Duets Book 3) by Via Mari – Review by Jennifer Gordon

Elusive Surrender (Sinful Duets #3)Elusive Surrender by Via Mari
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Another entertaining two book collection of dark mafia romances, with plenty of drama and suspense to keep me happily turning the pages. I love these ‘duet’ books as I can ‘binge read’ the series! Sheldon and Alexis’s story is one of being in the wrong place at the wrong time, which is what happens to Alexis. Sheldon is a bodyguard to wealthy billionaires and the Larussio Crime Family, and so recognises the danger she’s in before she does. A criminal sets his sites on Alexis and so Sheldon steps in to recue her, as she causes his protective and possessive instincts to kick in. In book two, Nick is a wealthy member of a security team which protects billionaires and Mafia men and is used to getting what he wants. Then he rescues Allie who both takes his breath away and has a sassy mouth, but she’s weary of men and keeps him at a distance. However, Nick is determined to break down her defences, and when she’s in danger from criminals he will protect what is his. These two stories are both engaging, and the storylines had me hooked throughout. The characters and settings come alive through the descriptive narrative, making me feel immersed in the stories. I love the dark romances but also love knowing that each couple will have a guaranteed happily ever after!

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Murder She Meowed (Bookshop Kitties Mysteries, Book 2) by Ruth J. Hartman – Review by Jennifer Gordon

Murder She Meowed (Bookshop Kitties Mysteries Book 2)Murder She Meowed by Ruth J. Hartman
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

An enjoyable and engaging cozy mystery which kept me happily turning the pages. Christy Bailey is a children’s book author who’s two cats Milton and Pearl star in her books. The cats are also an important part of her Aunt Betty’s small family wedding, as they are being pulled down the aisle in a wagon dressed in wedding outfits. Following the reception Christy and Micah arrive at the wedding caterer’s shop to help her clean up, but instead of Janie they find her ex-husband on the floor, dead. Unfortunately the local police believe that Janie is the most likely suspect for the murder, but Christy, along with Milton and Pearl start their own investigation to prove her innocence. Once again the author brings the setting of Green Meadow, Indiana vividly to life, making me feel immersed in the story. The intriguing storyline, quirky characters and the cats made this a real page turner, whilst the murder mystery aspect of the plot kept me hooked throughout. Christy is a likeable and relatable main character and I love Milton and Pearl!

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A Second Chance (Powder River Pack Book 1) by Brooke May – Review by Jennifer Gordon

A Second ChanceA Second Chance by Brooke May
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

An enjoyable and engaging second chance romance with a paranormal twist, which kept me happily turning the pages. Werewolf, Derek Sumerland is a member of the ‘Powder River Pack’ and met his fated mate at an early age, but then tragedy struck. He now just about gets through each day, regretting the fact that he didn’t fight for her or go after her. Meanwhile, Annabelle Daniels left her past behind her but still has a broken heart. When her estranged father is dying Annabelle reluctantly returns to Fetterman, Wyoming. She had not planned on seeing Derek but when she does, she finds that instead of the young man she loved, he is now an angry man, although still handsome. As fated mates neither of them can deny their connection, but Annabelle now has a life elsewhere and one which she has worked hard to achieve. The pair must decide if they can have a second chance together. The descriptive narrative brought the setting vividly to life making me feel immersed in the ‘Powder River Pack’s’ world. I loved the likeable and relatable characters, and I found the chemistry between Annabelle and Derek really came across in the narrative. I look forward to future books in this new series.

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Resisting Nature (Powder River Pack Series) by Brooke May – Review by Jennifer Gordon

Resisting NatureResisting Nature by Brooke May
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

An enjoyable and exciting paranormal romance, featuring wolf shifters and fated mates, which had me hooked from start to finish. This is the fourth book featuring the werewolves of the ‘Powder River Pack’, but it can be read as a standalone story. Alexa Hart is starting over in a new town far away from the troubles of her past and has a promising new career to focus on. She’s not looking for a relationship but then she meets Miles and just can’t deny their instant connection. Although shifter Miles Fischer is known as a lady’s man, as soon as he meets Alexa, he knows she’s, his mate. However, finding out that Miles is a shifter is too much for Alexa after her last relationship and she pushes him away. Miles is prepared to fight for her and when the mysteries from her past are discovered he’s willing to fight that too. Once again, I was immersed in the world of the ‘Powder River Pack’ as the descriptive narrative brings both the setting and the characters vividly to life. The chemistry between Miles and Alexa sizzled off the page, and I love a fated mate romance!

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Fade into the Night (Philly Heat Series) by Becky Flade – Review by Jennifer Gordon

Fade Into the Night (Philly Heat series, #5)Fade Into the Night by Becky Flade
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I’ve enjoyed the previous books in this enjoyable and engaging series and once again I was hooked throughout this latest story. In this fast paced storyline, FBI Special Agent Noah Danes’ is investigating ‘The Beltway Romeo’. Whilst in Philadelphia Noah meets up with an old friend, Sadie Potter who’s a forensic facial reconstructionist. The pair last saw each other four years ago at the sentencing of her mothers murderer. Noah and Sadie are surprised by their newfound feelings for each other, but as their relationship develops Sadie is attacked by ‘The Beltway Romeo’. For Noah this is now personal and he’s determined to catch the culprit and protect Sadie. However, Noah himself becomes the focus of his fellow profilers and fears his secrets are about to be discovered.
Meanwhile, in the aftermath of her attack Sadie is scarred, depressed and afraid and lashes out at those closest to her, including Noah. Sadie is still in danger especially when ‘Romeo’ makes it clear that he’s not forgotten her, the victim that got away. This romantic suspense was a real page turner and it kept me happily turning the pages. The descriptive narrative brings the characters and the setting vividly to life, making me feel immersed in the storyline. Whilst the plot twists kept me guessing as to the outcome of the story, and I found the chemistry between Noah and Sadie came across in the narrative. I look forward to future books in this series!

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Group Hug by Ariella Talix – Review by Jennifer Gordon

Group HugGroup Hug by Ariella Talix
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

An enjoyable and engaging MMF romance which kept me happily turning the pages. When Weston must rent out rooms in his house, he was not expecting to have an instant connection to not one but two of the applicants. Callum is just starting out in his culinary career having got his dream job as a chef. He goes along to view a room and meets his roommates, Weston and Petra. He knows they will be a distraction and that he will need to stay focused on his career. Meanwhile, Petra has just left a lousy relationship and so her and her dog are looking for a place to live. However, she’s definitely not looking for another relationship, let alone one with two men. This is a heartwarming story, featuring three extremely likeable and relatable main characters, who I felt instantly engaged with. The chemistry between Weston, Callum and Petra sizzles off the page, and leads to some very steamy scenes and sexy fun between the three of them. The storyline has some emotional twists and turns which kept me hooked and I love that the dogs also became characters themselves!

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The Rocklyns Collection: Books 1-7 (The Rocklyns Series) by Alicia Street – Review by Jennifer Gordon

The Rocklyns Collection: Contemporary Romance Boxed Set (Books 1-7)The Rocklyns Collection: Contemporary Romance Boxed Set by Alicia Street
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

An enjoyable and engaging collection of contemporary romance novels all in one boxed set, making it easy to ‘binge read’ the whole series. Each novel is a standalone story focusing on different members of the Rocklyn family, however the characters do overlap. The Rocklyn winery, set up by Matt Rocklyn Sr. is part of the burgeoning “Napa of the East Coast”, set on Long Island’s North Fork. The author does a wonderful job of bringing this setting to life through the descriptive narrative. The vineyard is the home of a new generation of Rocklyn’s, a big family of brothers and sisters as well as cousins.

Each member faces challenges and goes on a journey to find love. I was hooked from book one and fell in love with the Rocklyn family, all the characters are likeable and relatable. I was captivated by each one of the heartwarming storylines, which included, forbidden love, secret identities, secret babies, second chances at love, and opposites attract relationships. The chemistry between each main couple sizzled off the page and led to some rather steamy scenes. I loved how each relationship was different and developed throughout the story. Having read and enjoyed all seven stories I can guarantee that once you start reading you won’t be able to stop!

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The Human Mating Site, Box Set 1 (The Human Mating Site Series) by B.L. Wilde – Review by Jennifer Gordon

The Human Mating Site Box Set 1 : A Steamy, Dating Humour Novella's 1-4The Human Mating Site Box Set 1 : A Steamy, Dating Humour Novella’s 1-4 by B.L. Wilde
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is a box set of four enjoyable novellas following Bella’s dating journey. Avid steamy romance reader Bella is looking for Mr Right, or at least Mr Right Now. Having split from her husband (Mr Wimp) of twelve years, Bella finds herself back on the dating scene. Bella realises how much of herself she lost whilst in her relationship with Mr Wimp, and the once sunny, happy Bella wants her confidence back. The ‘Human Mating Site’ lets her experience online dating, meet some men, have fun, (and sexy fun) and regain her confidence. Bella is also keen to act out some of the spicy scenes she has read about! This is a fun, funny, engaging set of novellas with an extremely likeable and relatable main character in Bella. Each novella is like a different Rom-Com, and we meet a variety of different men, grumpy ones, sexy ones, alpha men, and witty men. Full of romance, humour and emotion I ‘binge read’ this boxset and look forward to the rest of the series, and finding out if Bella eventually finds her Mr Right!

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The Marcy Series Box Set: Books 1-3 by Linda J. Burson – Review by Jennifer Gordon

The Marcy Series Box Set: Books 1-3The Marcy Series Box Set: Books 1-3 by Linda Burson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This intriguing and engaging dark romantic suspense story had me captivated throughout. I loved the fact that as all three books are in this set I could ‘binge read’ the whole series! In Rage, we are introduced to Marcy, Brad, and Liam. Marcy has anger issues, and we follow her journey in finding out why. In Confusion, Marcy is learning how to navigate her conflicted emotions. We also get to learn more about her and her relationships with both Brad and Liam. Agony and Ecstasy sees decisions being made whilst emotions run deep. The twists and turns continue in this third story, and there are lots more surprises for both Marcy, and us, the reader! It took me a few chapters to really get into the storyline and get to know the characters, but having done so I was then fully immersed in the story. Overall this was a real page turner of a read, and I recommend ‘binge reading’ the series, like I did!

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Portrait of Deception (A Southwest Suspense Novel) by Kathryn Dodson – Review by Jennifer Gordon

Portrait of Deception (A Southwest Suspense Novel)Portrait of Deception by Kathryn Dodson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I was hooked from start to finish with this fast paced and action-packed story. Margo, a photographer on the brink of fame is in Italy competing for a prestigious award. She is approached by a corrupt politician who wants her to devise a clever portrait to improve his reputation, but despite the large sum of money offered she refuses. Margo then wakes up in her hotel room, with no memory, having been slipped a blackout drug. Somehow, she has amassed $40,000 worth of damages to her hotel room and is then expelled from the contest. Left with no choice Margo is forced to go to the despot’s personal estate and ask for his help. Her plan is to earn enough money to cover her debts and then get back to her life. However, whilst at his remote castle in the mountains she discovers many of his secrets and lies, but increasingly fears the oligarch’s creepy propositions and demands will put her in further danger. I was gripped by this gritty thriller, and I literally could not put the book down. The plot twists and turns kept me guessing as to the outcome of the story. The descriptive narrative brought the setting vividly to life, making me feel immersed in the storyline. I loved Margo as the main character, likeable and relatable as well as being a tough, independent women.

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Smooth Hoperator (Love on Tap Book 2) by Sylvie Stewart – Review by Jennifer Gordon

Smooth Hoperator (Love on Tap, #2)Smooth Hoperator by Sylvie Stewart
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Book two in this enjoyable series following the beer brewing Brooks family set in Asheville, North Carolina. Carter is getting used to being back at his family’s brewery, slinging beers and trying to embrace the simple life again having failed at his career in politics. Unfortunately some powerful people from his past are causing problems for his family. Carter needs the rather quirky local librarian Sunny, and her grandfather’s help in a risky plan to free him from his past. Sunny’s personality is as cheerful as her name, but she takes some convincing by Carter to go along with his plan. When Carter agrees to play the part of her fake boyfriend in order to make her true love jealous, Sunny agrees to help him. However, Carter soon develops real feelings for Sunny but is unsure of her true feelings about him. A fun, heartwarming romantic comedy story with likeable and relatable characters in Sunny and Carter. The descriptive narrative brought both the characters and the setting to life and made me feel immersed in the storyline. This was an entertaining and engaging read with a guaranteed HEA.

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Deja Brew All Over Again: A Runaway Bride Romance (Love on Tap Series) by Sylvie Stewart – Review by Jennifer Gordon

Deja Brew All Over Again: A Runaway Bride Romance (Love on Tap Book 3)Deja Brew All Over Again: A Runaway Bride Romance by Sylvie Stewart
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Another fun, lighthearted romantic comedy in this enjoyable and engaging series. It can be read as a standalone story or as part of the series. Having read and enjoyed the previous books I recommend reading the series. Miller is shocked when he’s carjacked by a very pretty girl in a wedding dress, but as the family screw-up he’s not sure he can be her knight in shining armour. Runaway bride Maisy and her little brother need Miller’s help, but he’s just got out of jail and trouble seems to find him. However, Maisy sees the good in him and is determined that others see that too, including Miller himself. Miller knows he should be pushing her away for her own good, but can’t help asking himself if he could be her knight after all. I thoroughly enjoyed this story and I loved the likeable and relatable characters, both old and new. The chemistry between Maisy and Miller sizzled off the page and led to some steamy scenes. The small town feel came across in the descriptive narrative and I felt immersed in the storyline.

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The Scent of Snow (The Winemakers Series) by Giovanna Siniscalchi – Review by Jennifer Gordon

The Scent of SnowThe Scent of Snow by Giovanna Siniscalchi
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

An enjoyable and engaging historical romance with a festive feel which kept me happily turning the pages. Set on the Count of Almoster’s estate, Pedro and Anne Daun from ‘The Winemakers Series’, epic love story continues. I would personally recommend reading the books in this series in order. Although it’s the Christmas season Anne and Pedro both seem to want different things for their future together. Whilst Anne is yearning for a child, Pedro who is scarred from his painful past is guarding his heart against being a father. As the family gather for their festive celebrations, the snow starts to fall and when a young boy gets lost in this snowy wilderness Pedro goes to rescue him, but finds his courage is tested. Pedro is forced to face his fears and find the true meaning of love and forgiveness, but Anne and Pedro’s marriage remains at risk with the couple wanting different futures, but hopefully their love is strong enough. I was once again transported back in time and to the Count of Almoster’s estate, this time in the snow which gave a lovely Christmas feel to the story. The setting was brought vividly to life by the descriptive narrative and the added historical details which I’ve come to expect in this series. I loved being back with Anne and Pedro and enjoyed spending the festive period with them!

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Auctioned Surrender (Sinful Duets Book 2) by Via Mari – Review by Jennifer Gordon

Auctioned Surrender (Sinful Duets #2)Auctioned Surrender by Via Mari
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Having enjoyed the previous book in this series I was looking forward to this second novel which is two stories in one, great for binge reading! First is Damian and Bryanna’s story, not only is he connected with the mafia he’s also a wealthy bodyguard. His assignment should have been easy, find Bryanna who had been kidnapped by a global trafficking ring and take her home to her family, but Bryanna has offer plans. Bryanna has secrets and the trafficking ring have a hold over her which makes her fight Damian and even escape from him. However, as soon as he saw Bryanna, he knew she was going to be his and he will do anything to protect her. Dereck and Layla also meet whilst he’s on an assignment, she’s an exotic dancer who has links to the criminal underworld. When Layla is in danger, Dereck calls upon his mafia alliances to help keep her safe, as all it took was one look and she was going to be his. I was captivated by these two dark romantic suspense stories, and although the storylines have me on the edge of my seat, I like knowing that the couple will get a HEA. The chemistry between both couples is fiery and I love how their relationships develop throughout the story. An enjoyable and engaging duet and I look forward to book 3.

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Good Enough (The Deadman’s Tribe Series Book 1) by Nicole Craig – Review by Jennifer Gordon

Good Enough -- The Deadman's Tribe Book 1: A Protector Romance / Romantic SuspenseGood Enough — The Deadman’s Tribe Book 1: A Protector Romance / Romantic Suspense by Nicole Craig
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

An entertaining and engaging romantic suspense novel which had me hooked from page one. Hollywood director Kai Serrano needs a Navy SEAL to be a consultant on her latest film, but she wasn’t expecting ‘every woman’s ideal military action hero’, Waters. Neither of them are looking for a relationship and Waters, a man with no identity, isn’t even allowed to have one. Waters realises that Kai is in danger when her brother goes missing following trouble on the set, including break-ins, thefts and accidents. Waters needs to figure out who she’s in danger from if he’s to protect her, and one suspect is her belittling executive producer. However, she could be leverage in her brother’s disappearance or she could unknowingly have something that she shouldn’t. As the couple try to figure it out they can’t ignore their mutual attraction and the growing connection they share. This is a fast paced, action packed story with plenty of drama, suspense and of course romance. The chemistry between Kai and Waters sizzles off the page, and I love how their relationship develops throughout the story. The storyline had me gripped and the plot twists kept me guessing as to the outcome of the story. This is book one of a new series and I look forward to reading book two.

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Recipe For Revenge (An April May Cozy Mystery Book 2) by Hazel Smith – Review by Jennifer Gordon

Recipe For Revenge: An Unputdownable Small Town Cozy Murder Mystery (An April May Cozy Mystery Book Book 2)Recipe For Revenge: An Unputdownable Small Town Cozy Murder Mystery by Hazel Smith
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

An enjoyable and engaging cozy mystery which kept me hooked throughout. Town reporter April May is new to Laurel Lakes but has already solved one mystery, and now has a second. When the local store burns down and the cantankerous owner is presumed dead everyone in the small town is talking about it, but when a threatening note appears alongside strange sightings April is asked to investigate. Unfortunately her foster dog Ralph who could have helped her sniff out some clues has been claimed by his owner. However, she dose have the help of her new friends and the town vet. April soon discovers a link between Ralph’s owner and the recent events, but also a connection to her own mysterious past. April has to race against time to find the culprit before she ends up hurt or even dead herself. This page turner had me guessing until the last page due to the plot twists and turns. The characters were likeable and relatable and I felt engaged with the main character, April May. The small town feel really came across in the writing and the descriptive narrative brought both the setting and characters vividly to life. I look forward to investigating other mysteries alongside April in future books.

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Tropic Heat (Flamingo Island Series) by C. A. King – Review by Jennifer Gordon

Tropic HeatTropic Heat by C.A. King
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This enjoyable, fun romantic comedy kept me happily turning the pages, and had me wishing I had a ticket to the Flamingo Island Resort! Jilted groom Daniel and his best mate Joey decide to go on honeymoon together, and use the expensive, non-refundable tickets to the exclusive Flamingo Island Resort. Joey tries to convince Daniel that in order to get over being jilted he needs to have fun with another women. However, it’s not until he meets Sara that he starts to agree and have fun. Daniel and Joey are looking forward to a trip of a lifetime, but I don’t think they were expecting the trip they got! Although this is a fairly quick read as it’s a short novella, the storyline has plenty of drama, suspense, fun, and of course romance. I loved the characters and I really enjoyed this lighthearted and heartwarming romance which also had plenty of steamy scenes.

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Mission Improbable: Vietnam (A Blanche Murninghan Mystery) by Nancy Nau Sullivan – Review by Jennifer Gordon

Mission Improbable: Vietnam (Blanche Murninghan Mystery, #3)Mission Improbable: Vietnam by Nancy Nau Sullivan
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

An enjoyable and engaging historical cozy mystery which kept me hooked throughout. Amateur sleuth Blanche “Bang” Murninghan is fishing whilst on Santa Maria Island when a woman asks for her help. Jean McMahon wants Blanche’s help in finding her mother but to do this she would have to go to Vietnam. Her own father was killed in Vietnam during the war, and she has always wanted to know the truth surrounding his death and so decides to go. Having landed in Saigon and met ex-pat “Stick” Dahlkamp they cross the rice paddies, and venture into the jungle towns where Stick has friends who can help with the search. However, Blanche starts to have doubts about how helpful, or not, he’s being. Having traced Jean’s mothers’ steps around South Vietnam they learn that she met with an infantry scout, Hank McMahon who was with the old Americal division. Blanche is as stubborn and as determined as usual and wont rest until they find Jean’s mother, and then follow her father’s trail and discover what really happened to him after the war. The descriptive narrative brought the setting vividly to life, especially the Vietnam landscape, which made me feel immersed in the story. The author is obviously knowledgeable about the Vietnam war. The storyline kept me guessing and I loved Blanche as she’s so likeable, and I enjoyed meeting the numerous shady characters her and Jean encountered on their travels.

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Hope For A New World (Gaia’s Voice Series) by Renee W Peek – Review by Jennifer Gordon

Hope For a New World (The Hope Series Book 1)Hope For a New World by Renee W. Peek
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This was an original sci-fi, fantasy novel with an intriguing storyline and multiple fascinating characters. The story has an overall message about the environment and how our actions in the present have affected the world in the future, which is the setting of this story. Environmental attorney Maddison Bear’s Heart is chosen by those who speak to the earth and know her as Gaia, a sentient being. The Hopi people have always known the world would end and that earth would be reborn into the fifth world, and they want Maddison to lead them through the coming of this new world. When a young girl tells her that Gaia’s sister, Adelphi, a new planet will welcome them if they travel to her, the corporate military provide a ship straight away. They are glad to be leaving the ‘eco nuts’, who are always trying to protect the planet, behind. However, Colonel Miller is looking for a more permanent end to these protesters and so sabotages the ship and hunts down those who stayed. Many of those who stayed are women powered by the force of hope, but how many, if any will survive. The author did a wonderful job of bringing the setting vividly to life through the descriptive narrative, which made me feel immersed in the story. I found some of the characters a little difficult to connect with and as the story was told through multiple POV’s, I did get a bit confused early on. However, over all I found this to be an engaging read and I would happily read the next book in the series.

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Seraphina (Heartstrings Series) by Brooke May – Review by Jennifer Gordon

Seraphina (Heartstrings Book 4)Seraphina by Brooke May
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Another entertaining and engaging romantic comedy story in this enjoyable YA series, where Cupids are sent to help humans find their perfect love match. I’ve enjoyed the previous books and so was looking forward to reading this one and I was once again hooked from start to finish. Seraphina has been given the test of her eternal life, to find hockey superstar Seth Maxwell his perfect love connection. This is the third time she has tried and she’s determined not to fail this time, but Seth will need a makeover. He’s well known for not being a team player and for being involved in numerous scandals with different starlets. Seraphina will need more than her mythical bow and arrow to help guide him to the love of his life, and keep her. This is a fun lighthearted read which kept me happily turning the pages, and I was once again lost in the world of Cupids helping humans to find love!

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Jade: Hidden Scars: A Forbidden Age-Gap Romance (Book 1) by A. Akinosho – Review by Jennifer Gordon

Hidden Scars (Jade #1)Hidden Scars by A. Akinosho
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This was a real page turner, with likeable and relatable characters and an intriguing storyline which kept me captivated throughout. Nasser and Jade meet when they are both a little lost and broken, Nasser’s days of being an alpha are over and he’s resigned himself to staying hidden, whilst Jade is the girl from the ‘other’ side. When Nasser says to Jade “Sit with Me”, everything changes for them both, but Jade always knew it would only be temporary as she was the girl everyone thought was unworthy of him, however, Nasser had other ideas. This romance was full of drama and suspense and the storyline took me on an emotional rollercoaster. The chemistry between Nasser and Jade sizzled off the page and I loved the forbidden element of their story. As this is the first book in a series I look forward to seeing how their relationship develops.

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The Alien & the Crime Boss by Naomi Valkyrie – Review by Jennifer Gordon

The Alien & the Crime BossThe Alien & the Crime Boss by Naomi Valkyrie
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

An enjoyable and engaging MM Sci-fi mafia romance which kept me hooked throughout. When Kasper Kingston comes across a man claiming to be from another planet, he thinks it’s a cover story. Kasper is hiding out having set in motion a plan to weaken two major crime families. He believes Leilphun has been sent to kill him and so keeps him prisoner. When he saves his life Kasper starts to think that maybe he is an alien. Meanwhile, Leilphun has left his home planet having runaway from the authorities to avoid having to fight in the fighting arena, as a punishment. To save the human, Leilphun has to call upon his warrior spirit which he has sworn never to do in case he loses himself to his primal nature. To confuse things further Leilphun believes Kasper has initiated the betrothal ritual and Kasper is getting distracted by his otherworldly hero. I loved the two main characters and their chemistry sizzled off the page. As usual the author brought both the characters and setting vividly to life making me feel immersed in the story.

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The Magic Man (The Olympic Peninsula Book 3) by Cat Treadgold – Review by Jennifer Gordon

The Magic Man (The Olympic Peninsula series Book 3)The Magic Man by Cat Treadgold
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Having read the previous books in this enjoyable series I was looking forward to this third book and I was not disappointed. It can be read as a standalone story, however the characters do crossover and I love being able to ‘catch up’ with past characters. David O’ Connell has returned to Port Townsend for his sister Teresa’s wedding having spent four years as a surgeon in Africa. His family are concerned about him as he used to be cheerful and outgoing but is now subdued and secretive. He won’t even talk about his time in Africa or his fiancée Sylvia. When David and family friend actress Maddie meet they have instant chemistry, but once his fiancée arrives for Christmas David is soon busy appeasing her. Maddie realises she needs to move on and so when she meets her co-star and local heartthrob Kilo she is soon swayed by his charm. Maddie and David know they could be good together if given the chance, but there are so many obstacles between them, and why do David’s colleagues in Africa call him “the magic man”. As usual the characters and setting are brought vividly to life through the descriptive narrative, making me feel fully immersed in the storyline.

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