Jake (Billionaire Blind Dates Book 1) by Toni Denise – Review by Karyn Taylor

Jake (Billionaire Blind Dates Book 1)Jake by Toni Denise
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Jake is the first book in the Billionaire Blind Dates Series. This was my first time reading any of this author’s work and it certainly won’t be the last. I really enjoyed this book and look forward to reading the others in this series.
This book takes blind dates to a whole new level. First you fill out a huge questionnaire on the app, then you get to meet your match in a blind date – at the blind date restaurant, totally in the dark! Yep, you share a meal with the person but you can’t actually see them.
Jake and his 4 billionaire friends decide that this is the way that each of them should try to find their significant other, each will pick dates for the others and it’s Jake’s turn to go first.
I really loved Jake and Lauren’s story. They already know each other as Lauren is the PA of one of the 5 guys – Cade. They have no idea of this though and totally hit it off.
It’s very much an opposites attract story. Jake is a billionaire who is tired of women who only want him for his money. Lauren is living paycheck to paycheck and is worried that Jake will think she’s after his money but it makes no difference to her at all. She’d still like him if he was penniless.
I really enjoyed the camaraderie between the 5 billionaires and can’t wait to see what the author has in store for the other 4 guys.

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Tropical Date (Postscript Island Book 3) by R.S. Jonesee – Review by Karyn Taylor

Tropical Date (Postscript Island, #2)Tropical Date by R.S. Jonesee
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is a great second chance, billionaire romance that I really, really enjoyed. I had not read any of this author’s work before, but after reading this book, I’ll be sure to read more in future as I was impressed by the storytelling from this author and how well the story flowed.
Weston left Postscript Island after a false pregnancy scare with his girlfriend Marissa. When he comes back years later, he’s determined to win her over and that means telling her the real reason he left all those years ago.
I really enjoyed Weston and Marissa’s story. Weston is determined to win her over but Marissa is determined to keep him at arms length even though she really wants to wrap her arms around him and not let him go again.
I really liked both Weston and Marissa as characters. They are very well written and you can relate to them. The books also boasts a great cast of secondary characters who add so much to the story. I really hope that we get to see a lot more from these characters in future books from this author.
Definitely recommend.

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The Lonely Hearts of San Sity by Stacy-Deanne – Review by Karyn Taylor

The Lonely Hearts of San SityThe Lonely Hearts of San Sity by Stacy-Deanne
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This is a short BWWM, enemies to lovers romance novel. Like most novels I’ve read by this author it is short in length at only 138 pages. I felt that there was so much scope to make this a much longer book. In parts it felt rushed and I think the author has missed a great chance to have added much more ‘meat to the bones’ of the story.
I did enjoy Mitchel and Jules’ story. I really liked Mitchel’s character but have to admit that I found Jules very selfish and self centred at times and would have liked o give her a slap on the head to make her see how she was acting.
I feel that so much more could have been written about the TV show that Jules and her friend were in town to scout for. I would have liked to read more about that.
The story that is there is enjoyable to read. I just wish we had got more of it.

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Hard Lover (Houston After Dark Book 2) by Deborah Garland – Review by Karyn Taylor

Hard Lover (Houston After Dark #2)Hard Lover by Deborah Garland
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is the awesome second book in the Houston After Dark series. Although part of a series, it can be read as a standalone. I was not aware that this was the second book in a series when I read it and I certainly didn’t feel that I was missing any necessary information needed to enjoy this book. And I have to say that I really did enjoy this book.
This book follows one of my favourite tropes, that of ‘brother’s best friend’. I love the angst that happens in these books and this book certainly follows that as Noah and Callie keep their relationship secret from Callie’s brother Grant.
This book is HOT with capital H, O and T. Noah is a Dominant with barbell piercings in a very intimate place which add to the sexiness of the sex scenes.
I really enjoyed reading Callie and Noah’s story. Callie is totally badass and takes no prisoners and is not afraid to fight for what she wants, And what she wants is Noah.
This is a great read, which I definitely recommend.

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My Darling Rogue (A Wicked Rogues Romance Book 1) by April Moran – Review by Karyn Taylor

My Darling RogueMy Darling Rogue by April Moran
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is the first book in a new series by the author. It’s also the first book that I have read by this author but I’m very sure it won’t be the last. Although I read a LOT of romance, I haven’t read a lot of historical romance but it’s now becoming a genre/trope that I’m loving more and more.
Gabriel Rose is the rumoured bastard son of a Marquess. Although technically a commoner, he lives amongst the rich and famous of the Ton due to being a close advisor of Sebastian, an Earl. Here he meets Lady Celia Buchanan, daughter of an Earl. Unable to resist the intense chemistry between themselves. Gabriel and Celia are rushed into marriage after being caught in a compromising position.
This story is HOT and steamy. The chemistry between Gabriel and Celia is off the charts. I absolutely loved reading their story. The story is filled with steamy sex scenes, drama and blackmail.
I was totally hooked on this story from the very beginning and the author kept me gripped and very entertained throughout. The story flows very well and the characters are well written and relatable. There is also a great cast of secondary characters who add so much to the story.
I definitely recommend this book. If you love a steamy historical romance then this book is for you.

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I’m Not Your Difference (Fitz Series Book 4) by Theresa Sederholt – Review by Karyn Taylor

I'm Not Your Difference (Fitz, #4)I’m Not Your Difference by Theresa Sederholt
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is the 4th book in the series but the first book I have read by this author. I’m unsure whether the book is intended to be able to be read as a standalone but I have to admit that in the beginning I felt as though I had to have read the previous books to get understand the dynamics of many of the characters. This didn’t stop me from really enjoying this book though. I’ll just have to find time to read the 3 books that came before this one.
In this book Fitz is working on the case of a serial killer who is killing gay men and making them look like suicide. This case comes a bit too close to home when his brother in law Andy becomes the target of the killer.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It’s full of drama, danger, intrigue as well as romance. I particularly loved Andy’s relationship with deaf daughter Stella as he tries to teach her about being different and accepting people for who they are.
The author has an excellent skill for character writing. I was so engaged with the characters and could really relate to their story.
Definitely recommend but would advise to read the others in the series first.

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I Loved You Yesterday (Trading Heartbeats Trilogy Book 1) by Julie Navickas – Review by Karyn Taylor

I Loved You Yesterday: Book One in the Trading Heartbeats TrilogyI Loved You Yesterday: Book One in the Trading Heartbeats Trilogy by Julie Navickas
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This was the first time that I had read any of this author’s work but I will definitely be reading more. In particular, the remaining books in this trilogy. It’s always a risk taking the plunge and trying a new author but I’d never have discovered any of my favourite authors if I hadn’t taken that initial plunge. This is one time that I’m glad I gave a new author to myself a try as I really enjoyed this book. The blurb had me very intrigued and the book lived up to my hopes.
Dr Josh Templeton has never forgotten his first love Mavis Benson who disappeared from his life with only a letter saying not to contact her. When they get in touch 10 years later we get a fantastic story of love and betrayal.
Josh I adored as a character. He’s loving and sweet and I’d love a Josh in my life. Mavis I loved most of the time but there were times I really wanted to kick her butt.
This book has the added bonus of a great cast of secondary characters who add so much to the story. I’m assuming we will see a lot of more of these in the 2 remaining books in the trilogy and I really look forward to reading them.

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Thief (Popov Bratva Book 4) by Leslie Georgeson – Review by Karyn Taylor

Thief (Popov Bratva #4)Thief by Leslie Georgeson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Romantic Suspense is probably my favourite trope to read and this is a great example of a thrilling romantic suspense novel. This author was new to me but I was intrigued by the blurb and decided to try a new author. I can certainly say that I will now be reading more of this author’s work. In particular, I want to read the other books in this series.
This is the 4th book in the Mafia romantic suspense series but each book can be read as a standalone. I didn’t feel that I was missing any necessary information to enjoy this book but I’m now intrigued by the other couples who appear in this book and want to find out their stories.
In this book we get the story of Dominik Popov, car thief for the Bratva. He’s never had any issues when stealing a car until he tries to steal the beloved Audi R8 of country music sensation Leah Hart. Has he finally met his match?
I loved both Dominik and Leah as characters. It’s very much an opposites-attract story as well as a romantic suspense. The story is action packed from the very beginning and the author does a great job of keeping you gripped and entertained right up to the end. It’s very much a page-turner.
I guarantee you won’t be disappointed with this book.

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Scandalously Yours (Titans of Manhattan Book 5) by Anise Storm – Review by Karyn Taylor

Scandalously Yours (Titans Of Manhattan #5)Scandalously Yours by Anise Storm
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I thought I’d be writing that this was the last book in this fantastic series but I’m so happy to now know that the author plans to bring out another book bringing all 5 couples from the series together. I was planning on saying that she had saved the best until last but you never know what the next book will bring. I can say that this has been my favourite…so far!.
This book is a brilliant example of a romantic suspense novel. As with all the other Titan books. It’s hot and steamy but this one had a thrilling storyline with Kris’ estranged wife which really had me gripped.
Kris and Alessia’s story really had me hooked from the very first chapter and did not let me go until the very end. I was totally engrossed in their story. I really loved both characters. The author has done ana amazing job in creating the Titan characters and the women they fall for and Kris and Alessia are very well written and I could have read about them for hours and hours.
This is a series that I will definitely read again and I can’t wait to read the book that brings all 5 couples together.

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Fairly Royal (The Fair Series Book 4) by Grace Grahme – Review by Karyn Taylor

Fairly Royal (Fair, #4)Fairly Royal by Grace Grahme
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

When I started reading this book I had no idea that it was the 4th book in a series. Thankfully, each book can be read as a standalone. Although I now want to go back and read and those that I have missed, particularly Robbie and Janet’s story. I certainly didn’t feel like that I was missing any important information that was necessary for the story.
I absolutely loved this story and I only have 1 little bad thing to say about the book. Although the characters speak a lot of Scottish words, I have to say that having lived in Glasgow for all 51 years of my life, Glaswegian’s do not say ‘ya Ken’. This is a very Scottish saying but not used in Glasgow. It’s very much used in the East coast. But this is only a very minor point. I loved reading the Scottish words used for the most part.
So getting away from 1 wee silly point, I absolutely loved Phillip and Anna’s story. I love a fake romance story, watching the couple try to fight their real feelings for each other. Phillip and Anna are both amazing characters that I fell in love with. Phillip is totally different from the character that he tries to portray himself as. He’s not the stiff upper class person that he comes across as. There’s so much more to him. Anna is just awesome. As Phillip described her several times – she’s a breath of fresh air. She certainly has none of the airs and graces that the girlfriend of an Earl should have. She’s so down to earth and says exactly what she thinks which makes for some very funny entertaining reading.
Do not let my 1 little moan put you off reading this story, it’s definitely worth the 5 stars I’ve given it.

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