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All Tyed Up by Julia Harlow – Review by Jana Teppih

All Tyed UpAll Tyed Up by Julia Harlow
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

All Tyed Up is a standalone by Julia Harlow and it is the first book I have read by this writer and I have to say that I really enjoyed it. I gave it four stars and let me tell you why.
All Tyed Up is a story of Isabel Beachwood and Tyberius Ty Griffin. Isabel is an enigmatic 25-year old app designer and Ty is a ruthless businessman and a CEO of Grandin Financial, the company taking over the company that Isabel is working for and therefore also responsible for Isabel losing her job. It is very unfortunate how they decide based on seniority and not based on the performance and that is something that Ty has actually issues with.
I loved how Julia had Isabel and Ty to meet first outside their workplace – as Isabel was losing her job, she had to give up her rental apartment and she had to get rid some of her furniture and Ty came for the table that Isabel so loved.
Isabel is described as a plus size but at the same time the way it was expressed it seemed that she was most likely a curvy girl, I can see how her perception of herself was of a plus size woman due to the mental and emotional abuse she suffered in the hands of her stepfather.
Something that bothered me and why I am giving 4 stars is the dropping of brand names, for me, it took something away from the story and did not let the story flow as it could have. Otherwise I think Julia has created a fun story that you can easily spend a great evening with AND let’s not forget about all the great minor characters … I wonder if Julia will have a follow up for this story, I would totally be in the line for reading it!

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Unloved (Unwilling #2) by K.D. Wood – Review by Sheri Schrader

Unloved (Unwilling #2)Unloved by K.D. Wood
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Unloved is by K.D. Wood and is the second book in the Unwilling series. This book is best enjoyed after reading the first book. It picks up close to where the first book left off. The story continues after Neely returns from New Zealand. She is trying to figure out what happened to her still and pick up the pieces of her life. Hayden wants to move on and advance his relationship with Neely. The problem is that she has received a communication from Andrew that is bringing Neely back into his reaches as well as his mother’s. To make things worse the Tribal guard has come from New Zealand and Andrew’s mother is making demands of Neely threatening the people she loves.
There is much going on and I will not go into more detail. I do not want to wreck the book for anyone else. Like the first book there are twists and turns. When you think, you know exactly where the story is going there is a twist. The characters are well written and the story is a great progression. This is not the typical romance book. There are some supernatural forces at work again and some fantasy.
Neely is somewhat frustrating to me. I understand all the decisions she is making, some forced are difficult, but her reasoning at times drives me over the edge. I know some was to add tension to the story and also, she is young and inexperienced. Overall I really enjoyed the story and I am looking forward to third book in the series.

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Salvage Him (Highland Park Chronicles, #1) by Sydney Aaliyah Michelle – Review by Jenni Bishop

Salvage Him (Highland Park Chronicles, #1)Salvage Him by Sydney Aaliyah Michelle
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Salvage Him is the first book in the Highland Park Chronicles by Sydney Aaliyah Michelle. Salvage him is a BDSM erotica romance and is one steamy story. You will be hooked from the very beginning. I loved the main characters, Harrison and Brooklyn, who have one sizzling connection but they find themselves in a very complicated situation. You will also enjoy the rest of the motley crew and find yourself often laughing along with them.

Brooklyn left one relationship for another but was it the right move? She is married to Paul, an older man, but she knows in her heart that something is missing, she no longer feels love for her husband. Brooklyn thought she was happy with her life, done with the lifestyle she ran away from but when she meets others from the lifestyle she once led, she realises that her husband can no longer fulfill her needs. Brooklyn is unable to control the connection she feels when she meets Harrison. He and his friends are building her new house and each of them are hot, sexy alpha males.

Harrison has never felt the connection he has felt, with the beautiful and sexy woman he is helping to build the house for. He can’t seem to control himself when she is around and wants to punch that so called husband of hers, but she is married to him and it is sorely testing his nerves. He doesn’t just want her, he needs her and he knows that she needs him too.

Will Harrison be able to save her? Will Brooklyn be able to walk away from her loveless marriage? Will her husband let her walk away from their marriage?

Sydney Aaliyah Michelle has written a gripping and twisting tale that will see you wanting to eat up each had every word and your emotions will definitely run high throughout this book. I look forward to reading the second book of the Highland Park Chronicles.

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No Place to Hide (Rocking Racers, #2) by Megan Lowe – Review by Angela Shirley

No Place to Hide (Rocking Racers, #2)No Place to Hide by Megan Lowe
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

No Place to Hide is the second book in the Rocking Racers series and entwines the lives of Cole and McKinley as kids they were best friends until something happened and overnight they both lost each other at the age of five. Will a chance meeting again have the sparks flying again.

Cole and McKinley have known each other since they were five years old living across the road from each other. They went everywhere together and was the best of friends, he was her escape when her parents were arguing until one day he vanishes and she feels abandoned.

Kinley lost her best friend overnight and her mother has always blames Cole and his father for the break of her family. Although at such a young age she has believed the bitterness which her mother has forced upon her so when a chance meeting at a gala, can Mcknley missing the I forgive him enough to get to know the man he is now.

Cole is now a riding sensation, he is the champion at SuperMoto and is now signed with Ryan Racing. He is at the gala for Ryan racing sponsors and his eyes are instantly drawn to her, the girl he has not seen in years but still has feelings for. But will they be able to be more than friends, him the hot racer and her the rock star.

The story continues with how the two of them resolve the past history and become an item, although they have elements against them with a mother/manager who is determined to break them up but once Cole takes her to Booker to meet his adoptive family they become stronger within the relationship. I loved the characters within this book, you are willing these two characters to love each other and I was screaming at the ereader with some of the schemes they have to fight against. This is the second book I have read by this author and enjoy the style of writing, you feel like these characters become your friends and can’t wait for the next book in this series.

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See You in September (The Refuge #1) by Debbie Zello – Review by Jenni Bishop

See You in September (The Refuge #1)See You in September by Debbie Zello
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

See You in September is the first book in the Refuge series by Debbie Zello and the first book by this author. The characters are well written and is full of passion, the book is a great read that will definitely satisfy the romantic within you and keep you hooked from the first page until the last.

When Cheri Winslow Gates entered her home she encountered far more than she thought she would ever see. The scene before her sends her fleeing and now realising her life has been a total lie. Now she is finally getting her life back together, after her divorce Cheri thought she would never put the past behind her. Starting over is not on her radar but when a sexy new neighbour enters her life, could she learn how to start living again? But will all her happiness be tested when the one who hurt her suddenly appears in her life again? What will happen when past and future collide? Will Cheri be bought to her knees and have her life crashing down around her?

Gareth Marshall is finally getting a long needed vacation and it is sure to be a vacation to remember. When he discovers a beautiful mermaid on the beach his life is changed forever. This beautiful creature is his neighbour, a neighbour that he can’t keep out of his mind, one he wants to know better but is that even possible when you live thousand of miles away? Can you do that when you travel the world with your job? What starts as a friendship develops into so much more, but will it survive?

This is a beautiful romance story, but the underlying story is fraught with lots of pain and anguish. This twist will keep you guessing and wondering what will happen next. How much heartache can one person take? The characters are wonderfully written and it is a romance that will leave you wanting more.

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Only (Alex Conner Chronicles, #3) by Parker Sinclair – Review by Angela Shirley

Only (Alex Conner Chronicles, #3)Only by Parker Sinclair
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Only is the third book in the Alex Connor chronicles and follows on from book two where Alex was kidnapped by the Fae King. Can Alex escape the clutches of the King and not given in to the demands he has forced on her or will she not have a choice?

Alex is a newly discovered Hybrid Earthen Protector who is just trying to process the new powers she has, but before she knows what has happened to her she is kidnapped and slung in a cage in the Fae kingdom. While Alex is locked up the Fae king wants something from Alex but she is determined to hold out and not give in. But it is becoming harder for her to keep her resolve as each time she is give the drug concoction she is losing her memories of her loyal friends and her life as she knows it.

As time goes on the dream world starts to become the reality and that the Fae king is slowly wearing her down until Alex sees some of her friends who give her an incentive to carry on and resist the king and his advances. As the story continues poor Alex is put into various situations where she sees new and old friends fight to risk their lives to help.

I will echo the other reviews you really can’t read this as a stand-alone book as the other two books give a lot of the back story and brings you into the world of Avalon and Alex’s struggle so far. Parker Sinclair has brought us back into the world of fantasy and it is also a pleasure reading the adventures of this strong, loving young woman. All her characters including the secondary characters has guts and fire and you feel part of the story as you read. I can’t wait for the next book in this series.

Review by @ashirley

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The Caretaker (The Sin Bin, #2) by Dahlia Donovan – Review by Angela Shirley

The Caretaker (The Sin Bin, #2)The Caretaker by Dahlia Donovan
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Caretaker is a love story following the lives of Freddie and Tiane, with the ups and downs that their relationship has over the cause of the story.

Freddie is a fun loving guy who has a tough job in being a nurse who deals with the terminally ill patients. He has have a tough life being bullied due to the fact he had two fathers, although he had love in his life from those two strong men, their family pushed against convention and that is what his peers could not stand.

While making a stand against his overbearing fathers he moved to Cardiff where he has the same bullying by every time it seems he has some unmentionable disgusting vile words written over his car or his front door, this morning was no different. Plastered on his Mini was the vile words relation to his sexuality, Freddie reports the act to the police but is under no illusion that they will be caught. So Freddie goes along with his job and drives to his patient Graham in Cornwall, he enjoyed visiting Graham as he could stop in on the way to visit his parents.

Tiane is a rather large retired rugby player who enjoys his life and his hamster, yes you read right a Hamster called Speedy. Tiane has decided to take a journey to see his team mate BC and his partner in Cornwall. So as Tiane gets comfortable in the bed and breakfast along come a bright green mini. As Freddie gets out of his car he is bombard by these hunky man who are causing regarding the state of the car and wondering if Freddie has reported the shameful words plastered on the side of it.

Freddie assures the guys that he has reported it to the police and that he will get the repairs done when he gets back to Cardiff, while Freddie is looking after BC’s partner Graham he feels eyes following him and when he turns around Tiane is starring at him with lust in his eyes.

Tiane has always be Bio curious and has enjoyed relationships with both sexes, but he has never had such draw to one person so Freddie is special to him and he does not want to scare him off. Although Tiane feels these feelings his is fully aware of the age difference, so he treads carefully.

As the story continues you understand that within Freddie’s life he has wanting to live life but has not found the right partner to do this with and with the constant overbearing parent he has never had a relationship which lasts. Tiane is a little worried about the age difference but he has never let what other people think put him off getting what he wants. So when he decides to follow Freddie on holiday there whole world turns upside down.

This is the second book in the Sin Bin series and also the second book I have read by this author, I enjoy the way the author creates great characters who you can relate too. I enjoy the way she writes these macho alpha men who have these soft loving side. I can not wait to read more stories in this series and more books by this author.

Review by @ashirley

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For Forester (For You, #2) by J. Nathan – Review by Jenni Bishop

For Forester (For You, #2)For Forester by J. Nathan
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

For Forester is the second book in the For You series by J. Nathan. It is a standalone contemporary sports romance that is sweet, sexy and heartfelt. The story is told from the two main characters points of view, which I love. J. Nathan once again has a hit with this story that have you turning page after page soaking it up right to the end. J. Nathan’s writing flows effortlessly an interesting plot and a storyline that has that perfect blend of sexyness and sweetness.

Marin finds herself kicking her cheating husband to the curb and trying to pick up the pieces of her life. When she comes face to face with her neighbour, who is no longer the young boy, she asks him to spend time with her young son, to be a role model for him. What Marin doesn’t realise is that what she is asking for will change her life. It seems that a certain young man makes an impression on both Marin and her son CJ. Can Marin overcome the age gap between them? Will Marin be swept off her feet? Will Marin’s ex make life to difficult for them to be together? Will Marin realise just how good life can be with the right man?

Trace is one young man who knows who he is and what he wants. He is sweet and thoughtful, sexy and comfortable with who he is. He is self-assured and oozes confidence which makes him seem more mature than someone his age. When he sets his eyes on his sexy neighbour all his fantasies flash before his eyes. Trace decides to go after what he wants and what he wants is Marin and her son CJ. When things get tough will Trace walk away or will he fight for what he wants? Will Trace realise that what he has never had is the one thing he really wants?

Marin is one tough girl who can truly be who she is with Trace. It is a beautiful story that hits all the right spots and will leave you wanting more. I am looking forward to seeing what J. Nathan has in store for us next.

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Inevitably Yours (Imagine Ink, #4) by Verlene Landon – Review by Jenni Bishop

Inevitably Yours (Imagine Ink, #4)Inevitably Yours by Verlene Landon
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Inevitably Yours is the fourth book in the Imagine Ink series by Verlene Landon and just like all the other books this one did not disappoint. I have loved each and every book in the series and the characters just jump into your heart. This book can be read as a standalone but reading the other books first will ensure you have the whole picture of the world in which these wonderful people live. You will find yourself laughing out loud at their antics, crying along when things are sad and crying tears of joy at heartfelt moments. Valerne is one talented writer that you certainly do not want to miss.

This book focuses on Gus who is the one friend who is always there for her friends and knows how to take care of them. She is a free spirit and is willing to help them in every way that she possibly can. Her closest friends are also her family and she has made the ultimate sacrifice for two of those friends. Gus is unselfishly carrying the special gift of a baby but doing so means that she is possibly sacrificing a life with the man she loves.

John is our other main character in this book and he has faced tragedies in his life which have caused him to take on more than his fair share. It has caused some demons that have changed him from the man he once was, a man that keeps thing close to his heart, a man that has to rationalise everything and likes things in order. He is scared that in order to have a relationship means he has to give up control, lose control and that is not something he is sure he can do.

Can John face his demons and move on? Will Gus be the one to help him move forward? Will John be able to let go before he loses what he loves before it is too late? Will Gus be able to keep the man she loves? Will she let him go to set him free?

I love this can’t wait for the next installment to the Imagine Ink world.

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All Tyed Up by Julia Harlow – Review by Angela Shirley

All Tyed UpAll Tyed Up by Julia Harlow
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

All tyed up is a novel by Julia Harlow and follow the rollercoaster romance of Ty and Isabel. Will the Financial wiz by able to capture the heart of Isabel or will his position within the company stop her from truly loving him.

The book opens with Isabel selling her antiques as she has recently lost her job and is having to move from the Victorian house she is renting and move in with her step sister in her apartment. As she answers the door to meet the guy who has shown interest in her Carmel table she is struck by how handsome this man is, as the conversation goes on he offers her what she wanted for the table but he only has $500.00 and she has no change to give him. Being the gentleman he is he tells her to keep the change but being the stubborn woman she is she arranges to give him the $50.00 change the next day.

Ty is blown away by how beautiful this woman is, she is not his usual type of woman which makes this all the more intriguing. After he gave her his business card to drop his change off the next day he was thinking and wishing to meet this woman again. But Isabel has her own problems when she read the card she realises that the man is only the CEO of the company who has brought her original work out and has sacked her under the stupid rule last in first out.

As the story goes on you get to see this hunk of a man full for the beautiful, sassy and strong woman in Isabel. You get to understand the doubts which Isabel faces and that she has body confidence issues but Ty is slowly breaking them down. The only down side I had with the book is the story flits from story to sub story and at some parts I was wondering if I was reading a different book.

I loved the characters of Ty and Isabel and enjoyed them happily ever after, this is the second book I have read by this author and would love to read more in the future.

Review by @ashirley

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