Perfectly Played by Holly Kerr – Review by Karyn Taylor

Perfectly PlayedPerfectly Played by Holly Kerr
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Perfectly Played is an awesome contemporary romance novel by Holly Kerr. It’s the first time I have read any of this author’s work and I’ll certainly be reading more if Perfectly Played is anything to go by.
Flora is partway down the aisle when she realises that she really doesn’t want to say ‘I do’ so she turns foot and legs it out of the church colliding with hot, bearded 6ft 5inches of Dean who is waiting at the church for his bride to arrive, only to get a text to say she’s not coming.
When Flora and her bridesmaids M.K. and Ruthie bump into Dean and best man Clay later, the fun and games begin. While Clay and M.K. are smitten with each other, Dean and Flora hit it off and end up in a steamy one night stand. When Dean leaves in the morning he leaves Flora a note in the hope that they will stay in touch. A note that Flora doesn’t find.
Both Flora and Dean can’t stop thinking about each other, Dean is hurt that Flora didn’t call, Flora is hurt that Dean left and never so much as left a note. Little do Dean and Flora know that they live close to each other and fate has a way of stepping in.
I loved Dean and Flora’s story. Both are worried that the other is still in love with their former partners (well they did meet on what should have been both their wedding days). But they just can’t stop thinking of each other and how much they like each other than they did their former partners, both of whom had definitely not been right for them. Dean and Flora are perfect for each other but will they allow themselves to move on with each other so soon after ending their previous relationships?

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Winging It (Destiny Rules Series Book 1) by Lisa Gail Green – Review by Karyn Taylor

Winging It (Destiny Rules Series Book 1)Winging It by Lisa Gail Green
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Winging It is the first book in the Destiny Rules series by Lisa Gail Green. It is a young adult fantasy novel which is a genre that I’m not at all familiar with. I had never read any of this author’s work before but I liked the look of the blurb and decided to give it a go. I have to say that I was pleasantly surprised as I enjoyed it more than I expected to.
Zach Slater is 16 years old when he discovers that he and his mother are both ‘fairy godmothers’. His mum has been attacked and he must complete his assignments or they will both be grounded (lose their wings, wands etc).
The book is really funny, as Zach comes to terms with his new powers and the way that others now act around him – his fairy charm means that suddenly becomes very popular and girls start to take much more notice of him, with some hilarious results. To make matters worse, one of his assignments means that he now has to work closely with Jenna, who he has had a massive crush on for years.
It has to be said that there is a really good storyline running throughout the book as Zach tries to work out who the ‘good guys’ and ‘bad guys’ are. The storyline is really intriguing and you will want to keep reading to see how it all pans out. Will Zach manage to complete his mother’s assignments in time? I recommend that you give this book a try and find out for yourselves.

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Murder Among Friends by Linda J. Burson – Review by Karyn Taylor

Murder Among FriendsMurder Among Friends by Linda Burson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Murder Among Friends by Linda Burson is a murder, mystery that will keep you gripped from beginning to end. This is not the first book that I have read by this author but it’s definitely my favourite of hers so far.
When Camille (Cammy) Thurston takes a break from working at a PI firm to get spend some much needed rest and relaxation time, living with her police officer brother and his family for a couple of months, little did she know that she would get dragged into a case that he and his partner are working on and that she’d be closely involved with the family of the missing woman.
As is the norm, all eyes fall to the missing woman’s husband Grant, a local attorney but Cammy is convinced that Grant is innocent and gets close to him to gain as much info as possible on him and his neighbours who were friends of his missing wife.
I kinda struggled with the writing style while reading this book but I loved the story and was gripped throughout, desperate to know what happened to missing woman Paula, who was involved, and why?
I have to say that just as you think you know which way the story is going, Burson throws you and takes the story in a different direction that you just did not see coming. Believe me you will never imagine how this story pans out. Read it and find out. It’s worth the read.

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Impact (Twisted Hearts Love Story #4) by Autumn Sand – Review by Karyn Taylor

Impact (A Twisted Hearts Love Story book 4)Impact by Autumn Sand
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Wow, what can I say about Impact by Autumn Sand. This is the 4th and final (sob!) book in the Twisted Hearts Love Story series and, for me, it was the best in the series. Talk about leaving the best till last! Each book in this series can be read as a stand-alone but I’d suggest that you read all 4 books for a couple of reasons. The first being that the series is so good, it would be shame not to read it all. Secondly, as the main male characters appear in all 4 books you really get a deeper insight into their characters as the books progress.
From reading the first 3 and getting to know Manny, you would never realise he had so much going on in his life. He’s always been the laid back one, happy to spread his ‘free loving ways’ to any and all woman. You’d never know the pain and heartache that he’s gone through.
This book will totally grip you from the very beginning and not let you go. It’s hard hitting, gritty, thrilling, heartbreaking, hell it has everything!!
I loved the way this story was told going from present time, back to Manny’s younger days and also counting down the events of the previous 2 months. This did an amazing job of keeping you on the edge of your seat wondering what the author was going to throw at you next. And by God you definitely get thrown a few crackers that you did not see coming.
If you love a great romantic thriller, then this book, and the whole series, will take you through a roller coaster of emotions and leave you wanting more. Highly recommend!

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Problematic Love (Rogue Series Book 8) by Lara Ward Cosio – Review by Karyn Taylor

Problematic Love (Rogue Series Book 8)Problematic Love by Lara Ward Cosio
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Problematic Love is the 8th book in the Rogue Series by Lara Ward Cosio. The Rogue series is centred around a rock band called Rogue and their families in Dublin. This book is not designed to be read as a stand-alone. The author recommends that you have read Looking For Trouble and Felicity Found before reading this one. I had read Looking For Trouble but hadn’t read Felicity Found and did feel that I was missing some essential information so I would definitely recommend following the author’s recommendations and read the other 2 books first. However, this did not affect my enjoyment of this book. I loved Daniel and Amelia in Looking For Trouble and thoroughly enjoyed catching up with them again to see what their future held.
In Looking For Trouble Amelia is Daniel (or Danny Boy)’s therapist. Daniel is very broken and is a recovering heroin addict and Amelia has stepped away from her career after crossing the line and becoming too closely involved with Daniel.
This book continues their story as they try to work at becoming a couple, with all the trials and tribulations that being in a relationship bring. Every time it looks like they are getting somewhere another twist is thrown at you and the story goes in a different direction.
Just as it seems that all is going well, Amelia makes a confession that makes them both realise that they want totally different things. Can Daniel and Amelia make their relationship work?
I’d definitely recommend that you read this great book to find out. The characters are fantastic and so well written, you are really drawn into their story. You will go through a roller coaster of emotions when reading this book, It’s not a glossy romance, it’s hard hitting and gritty and this makes it more realistic.

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Temptation and Seduction by L.M. Mountford – Review by Karyn Taylor

Temptation and SeductionTemptation and Seduction by L.M. Mountford
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Temptation and Seduction is a collection of 5 short sexy and erotic stories by L.M. Mountford. This collection has a bit of everything for the reader. There is BDSM, friends to lovers, a mafia princess, stepfather/stepdaughter, paranormal romance, sexual violence and a lot of lust.
The five stories are:
Just Once: A Friends To Lovers Romance
Valentine Misadventures
Playtime: Extra Credit
Stepdaddy’s Bad Girl
Sweet Temptations: The Babysitter.
My favourite of the 5 stories was Just Once. I am a sucker for a good friends to lovers romance. There is always so much angst and emotion. I loved that this short story is like a prequel as there is going to be more to this story. I really want to read more of Faye and Terry’s story.
These stories are short, to the point and many will leave you breathless. The author does not hold anything back. The sexual content can be quite explicit so this book is definitely for the 18+ audience. There is also content in the stories that may act as a trigger to some readers but the author does give advance warning.
I thoroughly enjoyed this set of short stories and would be interested in reading more of this author’s work.

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Wild Bastard: A Dark Sparrow Novel by India Kells – Review by Karyn Taylor

Wild BastardWild Bastard by India Kells
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Wild Bastard is the 3rd instalment in the Dark Sparrow series by India Kells. Each book can be read as a stand-alone although characters do re-occur in subsequent books, so if you plan to read more than one book then I’d advise to read them in order to avoid possible spoilers. I’ve loved the books in this series so I would definitely advise that you do read them all.
Wild Bastard is a romantic thriller that will keep you gripped from the very first page right up to the very end. The suspense and tension will have you on the edge of your seat and keep you glued to the storyline.
Kai and Izzy’s story is also a second chance romance. Having met and fallen in love many years previously, Kai was devastated when Izzy just disappeared without saying goodbye. Now many years later, Izzy is called upon to help Kai and his brother’s bring down their father Jamieson Finch.
India Kells certainly knows how to weave an intricate and exciting storyline. I have read other novels from her outside of the Dark Sparrow series and have found her to be an amazing storyteller who writes and develops fantastic characters.
I really hope that there is more to come from the dark Sparrow novels as the other brothers who have not had their own books yet are intriguing characters that I’d love to hear more about.

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Next Door Knight (Man’s Best Friend Book 2) by Nicole Flockton – Review by Karyn Taylor

Next Door Knight (Man's Best Friend #2)Next Door Knight by Nicole Flockton
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Next Door Knight is the 2nd book in the Man’s Best Friend series by Nicole Flockton. Each book in this series can be read as a stand-alone. I had not read the first book in the series before reading this one, in fact, I hadn’t read any of this author’s work so was unsure what to expect. I was very pleasantly surprised.
Next Door Knight is a contemporary romance that will pull at your heartstrings. Caleb Bradshaw is an airman on medical leave after an accident that left him badly injured and his K9 partner Trigger dead. The last thing he needs is his neighbour’s dog continually finding her way through the fence into his garden.
Kerry Williams is having a tough time in life. She’s recently come out of a long term relationship with a very controlling partner, she’s now got a new job, she and her therapy dog Willow work at a veterans centre and she looking after her father who has broken both legs. Last thing she needs is the distraction of the hot new guy next door but Willow has other ideas.
This is a lovely story where a therapy dog brings 2 broken people together and makes them re-examine their lives. It has to be said that cute corgi, Willow, with her sassy wiggle is a scene stealer and is adored by everyone. This book is well written and has characters that are interesting and drag you into their story. The 2 main characters are both badly broken and their journey together is compelling. I really enjoyed this book and would definitely recommend it to others.

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Bonded (A Twisted Hearts Love Story book 3) by Autumn Sand – Review by Karyn Taylor

Bonded (A Twisted Hearts Love Story book 3)Bonded by Autumn Sand
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Bonded is the 3rd book in the amazing Twisted Hearts Love Story series by Autumn Sand. Each book in the series can be read as a stand-alone but as this is such a fantastic series, I’d recommend reading them all. And if you are going to read them all then it would add more to the enjoyment if you read them in order as this may prevent any possible spoilers.
We were introduced to the 2 main characters in previous books, Magnum as one of Tony’s men and Brenda was the paediatric nurse who looked after Cyma’s daughter Leila in the 2nd book.
Magnum had a horrific childhood having been physically and mentally abused by his father. In this book his father is ill and this causes Magnum to have more flashbacks and dreams about the abuse he suffered.
Brenda also has demons from her past that she’s trying to escape but it looks like her past is about to come back to haunt her in a major way.
This book is a gripping, romantic thriller. The story grabbed you from the very first page and did not let go. You are taken through a roller coaster of emotions and there are many twists and turns that you just don’t expect.
I loved both of these characters and how they both worked hard to help each other overcome their horrific pasts. The author writes fantastic characters who have so much depth to them and you really get invested in their stories. I have loved the books in this series so far and I’m now looking forward to reading book 4, ‘Impact’.

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Operation Boyfriend by Molly Zenk – Review by Karyn Taylor

Operation BoyfriendOperation Boyfriend by Molly Zenk
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Operation Boyfriend is a young adult romance by Molly Zenk. I’m still confused as to my feelings about this book. On the one hand it’s really well written and there is great depth to the characters. On the other hand I wanted to give the leading female character a massive kick up the backside and I also despised her best friend with a passion.
Glynnis has a disastrous dating history. Her most recent boyfriend is about to have a commitment ceremony with another guy. Her mother is obsessed with her getting married and her best friend is adamant that she is going to find the ideal man for her.
Corin is the geeky nerd who has been watching Glynnis on the bus every day for 2 months before finally plucking up the courage to talk to her.
Corin and Glynnis get on great and are building a great friendship but best friend Kenley will do everything to sabotage their budding relationship.
This story is filled with so much angst and emotion. I loved Corin and thought he was just perfect for Glynnis. As someone who struggles with conflict, I probably should have had more empathy with Glynnis but I really, really wanted to give her a major kick up the backside and wanted her to tell Kenley to butt out of her life. And don’t start me on Kenley, I hated her so, so much. I really struggled to understand how Glyniss could be best friends with her.
Overall, I really enjoyed the book and adored Corin. The facebook conversations with Glynnis’ parents was hilarious too. This added to my enjoyment of the story.

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