Walker Pride (The Walker Family Series Book 1) by Bernadette Marie – Review by Karyn Taylor

Walker Pride (The Walker Family, #1)Walker Pride by Bernadette Marie
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Walker Pride is the first book in the Walker Family Series by Bernadette Marie. I had only previously read 1 book by this author but I had really enjoyed it and was looking forward to reading the start of a new series.
I really enjoyed this first book. This could end up being a very long series as the Walkers are one very big family and I’m sure all will have great stories to tell. AS the book continued more and more siblings, cousins etc were added to the clan.
In this book we get the story of the Eldest brother Eric. At risk of losing everything he has worked for due to a bet made by his Uncle, he’s determined to do everything possible to save his house and livelihood. He doesn’t have room for distractions but can’t help be extremely distracted by the beautiful Susan Hayes, the caterer at his Grandfather’s funeral.
I adored Eric and Susan’s story. There is so much more than just a romance story in this book. There is danger, drama and intrigue as well as feuding families. Susan and Eric are both great characters to read and I could have read about the two of them for hours and hours. This story was highly entertaining and keeps you gripped to the storyline to see what happens next.
Definitely recommend.

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Luminoso (The Luminara Series, Book 4) by SJ Molloy – Review by Karyn Taylor

Luminoso (Luminara, #4)Luminoso by S.J. Molloy
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Luminoso is the 4th book in the amazing Luminara Series by SJ Molloy. I have absolutely adored this series so far and Luminoso was my favourite of the series up to now. This book is not to be read as a standalone, the series must be read in order. This book, as with the others in the series comes with a trigger warning as it contains dark and highly emotive material.
As I said, this has been my favourite in the series so far. Most of this book takes place in Tuscany and I just love reading about all the family times that Lucca and Lexi have there. Gamily is such an important theme running through this series and we see much more of it in this book as everyone has to stick together against the threat of Michael Parks.
As well as the happy family times, there are also many dark times as Lexi and her mother struggle with their mental health and we also see cracks appearing in Lucca as he struggles to keep everyone safe. He takes everyone’s worries on as well as his own and it’s beginning to affect him.
The finale to this book is amazing and I felt that I forgot to breathe at times. It just has everything. The drama is outstanding and will have you on the edge of your seat.
I cannot recommend this book and this series enough. I have absolutely loved every book so far and I’m so glad that I have the 5th book Luce Eterna Part One on my kindle as I really need to know what’s in store next for Lucca, Lexi and the family.

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Love by Design (The Meraki Series Book 2) by Effie Kammenou – Review by Karyn Taylor

Love by Design (The Meraki series, #2)Love by Design by Effie Kammenou
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Love By Design is the 2nd book in the Meraki Series by Effie Kammenou. I loved the first book Love Is What You Bake Of It so was looking forward to reading this one. I think I loved this one even more than the first.
In this book we get the story of Kally from the first book’s sister Mia. Mia has just been given a promotion and her new boss is Nicholas, the man she has crushed on for ages but she really doesn’t like the Nicholas who she starts working with.
I thoroughly enjoyed Mia and Nicholas’ story. As with the first book, I loved the family dynamic that is portrayed. Family is very important to both Mia and Nicholas and they paly a large role within the story.
I really enjoyed watching the relationship of Mia and Nicholas evolve from the 2 of them fighting over absolutely every little thing to them working together as a fantastic team, both in and out of work.
This really is a great read, I was hooked from the very beginning and was entertained from beginning to end and I now look forward to see what Effie Kammenou has in store for the Kally and Mia’s little sister and Loukas. Judging by what we have seen of the 2 of them together so far, it’s going to be another great read.

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My Lips Are Sealed (Sealed With a Kiss Book 1) by Carmen Richter – Review by Karyn Taylor

My Lips Are Sealed (Sealed With a Kiss #1)My Lips Are Sealed by Carmen Richter
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

My Lips Are Sealed is the first book in the Sealed With A Kiss series by Carmen Richter. This is the first time I have read anything by this author and it certainly wont be the last. I absolutely LOVED this book and really want to read more of this series right now. The first three books in the series are Zoe’s story and should be read in order.
How would you feel if, after your boyfriend going missing, the first time you go out and enjoy yourself, you meet someone you connect with on a major level, only to go to school the next day and find out he’s your new drama teacher? Well that’s what happened to Zoe.
Will Zoe and Elijah do the ‘right’ thing and not see each other or will they continue to see one another as the connection between them is so strong?
This is a fantastic story that I just devoured and did not want to put down. This book has it all. There is fun and laughter and on the other hand there’s despair and devastation. If you are human and don’t have a swinging brick for a heart then you are likely to need tissues to get through this book.
Zoe and Elijah are both amazing characters and this book has a great group of secondary characters, including Zoe’s twin River, who add a great deal to the story line.
I cannot wait to see what Carmen Richter has in store next for Zoe.

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Bovine Tricks (Royals Gone Rogue Book 1) by Seelie Kay – Review by Karyn Taylor

Bovine TricksBovine Tricks by Seelie Kay
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Bovine Tricks was the first time I had read and of Seelie Kay’s work and I’m quite lost for words on how to describe my reading of this book. I can honestly say that I have never read anything even remotely like Bovine Tricks.
MISix Agent Tillie Spencer has been requested by the Queen to find a missing relative. It seems that Lady Annabelle is living life as a cow. Yes, you read that right…a cow! In this book there are people, some willingly and some unwillingly, who are living as a cow. Medication is provided for them to produce milk and surgery is given to change their bodies to have teats and udders.
This books is a funny read as we join Tillie and her partner, in life and in work, Agent Abdul Ali as the go on a mission to find Lady Annabel. I can assure you this book will entertain you as they visit auctions to bid on ‘cows’ and interact with some of them.
This is not a long book so if you are looking for a couple of hours of fun entertainment then you should give Bovine Tricks a try.

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Date Night by KM Lowe – Review by Karyn Taylor

Date NightDate Night by K.M. Lowe
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Date Night is a cute and quirky romance novella by K.M. Lowe. I had never read any of this author’s work before but as this book is set in my home city of Glasgow, I just had to read it. I’m so glad that I read this book as I loved the tour of Glasgow that we get in the book. I loved being able to picture restaurants, bars and landmarks that are mentioned in the book and I felt that this made me enjoy the book much more.
Added to the location, I loved the 2 main characters. Hannah hates Valentine’s Day as it holds bad memories for her. So being asked to design a valentine’s themed opening night for Kyle Randall’s latest project did not fill her with enthusiasm.
I really enjoyed reading Hannah and Kyle’s story. They’ve done business together for a few years but have never actually met and when they do meet, the sparks are flying.
This novella is fun and entertaining and well worth reading. I’d definitely recommend this book.

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The Earl and the Peahen (The Scarlet Salon Book 5) by Jean Wilde – Review by Karyn Taylor

The Earl and the PeahenThe Earl and the Peahen by Jean Wilde
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Earl and The Peahen is the 5th book in the Scarlet Salon series by Jean Wilde. Each book contains a complete story and can be read as a standalone. My first reading of Jean Wilde’s writing was the 4th book in this series and was not missing any necessary information.
In this book we meet Jane Mayfield, who at 25 is still unmarried and possible set for life as a spinster. When a countess offers to chaperone her for the season in London, she is determined to find a suitable husband before it is too late.
Alexander Gordon, Earl of Norwich has decided that it’s time to settle down and find a bride and to his shock and surprise finds himself thinking of the plain Jane he met who was extremely rude to him.
Needless to say that the path to true love never runs smooth but I absolutely adored Jane and Alexander’s story. There’s plenty of funny moments, drama and intrigue, and as is the norm with a regency novel, there is some scandalous moments too, all of which amounted to a novel that I thoroughly enjoyed.
If you like a good regency romp then I definitely recommend that you read The Earl and The Peahen.

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Relentless: Dark Billionaire Mafia Romance (Billionaire Bodyguards Book 4) by Via Mari – Review by Karyn Taylor

RelentlessRelentless by Via Mari
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Relentless is the 4th book in the amazing Billionaire Bodyguards series by Via Mari. I have become a huge fan of Via Mari over the last couple of years and I absolutely love the Billionaire Bodyguards series.
Relentless takes place at the same time as the previous book Auctioned and there is a bit of overlap with the events that take place. It is as fact paced and gripping as Auctioned was. I think this is my favourite series of Via Mari that I have read so far and the only series I haven’t read yet is the Prestian series.
We met Layla in Auctioned as she tried to help Bryanna. This time it’s Layla’s turned to be ‘rescued’ by Dereck. I really loved Layla and Dereck’s story. It is most certainly not a love at first sight story as Layla pretty much hated Dereck and did everything possible to get him out of her life. Many of their earlier exchanges are extremely funny as she continually puts him down. He just doesn’t know how to deal with a female that doesn’t fall at his feet.
This book is filled with drama, intrigue, suspense and, as expected with Via Mari, some pretty hot sexy times that you may need a fan to cool off.
I really can’t wait to read more of this series and I’m so glad that I already have the next book Elusive waiting on my kindle for me to dive into.

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THE HUSBAND (21ST Century Courtesan #4) by Pamela DuMond writing as P. S. DuMond – Review by Karyn Taylor

HUSBAND (21st Century Courtesan Book 4)HUSBAND by Pamela DuMond
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Husband is the 4th book in the excellent 21st Century Courtesan series by Pamela DuMond. I have been a fan of this series since the first book and was excited to get to read the next instalment in Evie’s story.
In The Husband, Evie is grieving over the death of the love of her life Wyatt, who she married when he was dying, but is confused over her feelings for Wyatt’s brother Easton. Added to the mix is her long term boyfriend Dylan, as if her life wasn’t complicated enough.
I really loved reading the next instalment of Evie’s story, although I still haven’t come to term with Wyatt’s death. I really hoped that Wyatt would be the man that Evie finally has her happily ever after with but Pamela DuMond has other ideas. I really can’t wait to read the final book in the series to see who finally captures Evie’s heart for good.
We get more from Evie’s ‘devoted fan’ in this book and they give away several clues as to their identity which I’m sure will also be revealed in the final book.
I’m now rooting for Easton to be the man who finally ensnares Evie. I love the two of them together and their interactions are hot and steamy which is fun to read.
This is a great addition to this series. However, I would not advise reading this book without reading the other first as I think this book would be too confusing to read as a standalone.

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The Luminara Series: Box Set – Volume 1 (Lussuria – L’amore – Lucca’s Lust) by SJ Molloy – Review by Karyn Taylor

The Luminara Series: Box Set Volume 1: Lussuria - L'amore -Lucca's LustThe Luminara Series: Box Set Volume 1: Lussuria – L’amore -Lucca’s Lust by S.J. Molloy
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The Luminara Boxed Set by SJ Molloy contains the first 3 books in the Luminara series by SJ Molloy. It contains the full length novels; Lussaria, L’Amore and Lucca’s Lust. I had never read and of SJ Molloy’s work but the blurb of the boxed set had me very intrigued and looking forward to reading these 3 books. I am so glad that I chose to read these books as they totally captivated me and had me hooked from the very first pages.
This series is definitely for those aged 18+ due to the adult nature of the content. It should also be stressed that these books could be triggers for some due to some of the darker content.
The Luminara series is dark, very sensual and erotic and a fantastic read. Lucca and Lexi are amazing characters that I loved reading about. Lexi had a very traumatic childhood and has never gotten over the horrors that she had to endure as a child. Lucca is totally enchanted with Lexi and is determined to be the man to heal her.
I absolutely adored Lucca and loved that we got to revisit some of the story from his POV in Lucca’s Lust. It made a huge different getting to know his past, his own demons and what makes Lucca tick.
I really can’t wait to read the 4th book in this series and I’m so glad to already have it on my kindle waiting for me as I really can’t wait to see what’s in store next for Lucca and Lexi.

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