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A Suitable Affair (The Macalisters #1) by Erica Taylor – Review by Katie Matthews

A Suitable Affair (The Macalisters, #1)A Suitable Affair by Erica Taylor
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

 

A Suitable Affair, book 1 in The Macalisters series, was a really great historical romance read. I haven’t read anything by this author before and I really liked her writing style. The story was detailed and I really liked the characters. There were some good twists and turns in the story too which kept me fully invested in what was happening.
Susanna was a great female lead. I did feel sorry for her at times; she was desperate to find the love that she had always heard stories about but due to family influences was destined to marry someone she definitely didn’t want to. I think this was probably very fitting for the ear that they story was set in so I liked that Susanna had a little determination about her. She deserved to find somebody she loved and who loved her in return.
When Ian first comes into the story I thought he would be perfect for Susanna, he was a nice character but also so frustrating at times! They did seem to have this genuine connection which I loved.
There were some great secondary characters in the story too and I hope they get their own story!

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Bad Things Happen (Ashes to Ashes #1) by Rowena Holloway – Review by Katie Matthews

Bad Things Happen (Ashes to Ashes, #1)Bad Things Happen by Rowena Holloway
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

 

Bad Things Happen was such a gripping read and one that I really found difficult to put down, this is also the first book that I have read by this author. I was really taken with her writing style, she kept the book exciting and gripping the whole way through and she definitely threw in some great twists and turns too. The characters were complex and had a great depth to them. The storyline was well thought out and had a great pace to it. I loved the way the author chose to write the story and it was not confusing at all, it made the story interesting and unique to read.
I can’t wait to read the next book in the series – I hope it is as exciting, gripping and dark as this one was!!!

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Tapped (The Night Moves #3) by Tarrah Anders – Review by Katie Matthews

TappedTapped by Tarrah Anders
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

 

Just when you think this author cannot write another 5 star read along she comes with Tapped and in my opinion blows all of her other stories out of the water (and I loved all of those too!!) – If I could give this more than 5 stars I would because honestly it deserves it. Ms Anders had me hanging on her every word with this book and I didn’t want it to end.
Janae and Kai = perfection! I loved them together and I wanted nothing more than for them to find their happily ever after together. There was everything that I love reading about in this book, humour, sensual moments, hot and steamy times. The chemistry between them was completely believable at all times and it continued throughout the book. I loved that characters from previous books were back and also the introduction of a new, intriguing character too.
I thought that Tapped was a fantastic read and I absolutely loved it! I will eagerly be waiting for whatever is next from this extremely talented author!

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Full Glasses and Burju Shoes by Blake Blessing – Review by Katie Matthews

Full Glasses and Burju ShoesFull Glasses and Burju Shoes by Blake Blessing
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

 

Full Glasses and Burju Shoes was a wonderful read. This is the second book that I have read by this author and I really love her writing style. I fell in love with the characters Perrin and Emil. I loved Perrin’s fun and caring attitude, she was a really nice person albeit a little guarded when it came to her emotions. Emil, I just loved him – there were times where I could have cried for him and thought the author portrayed his character so well, I could really feel the way he felt after serving and then returning to civilian life. The author really brought these characters to life and made me fall in love in love with them and in turn I was rooting for them to find their happiness all the way through. The writing of this story is completely flawless and it was an absolute pleasure to read.
I 100% recommend this story and I look forward to reading more from this author again in the future.

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An Italian Adventure (The Italian Saga #1) by Gaia B. Amman – Review by Katie Matthews

An Italian Adventure (The Italian Saga, #1)An Italian Adventure by Gaia B. Amman
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

 

An Italian Adventure was a really great read. The first book that I have read by this author and I was really impressed with her beautifully detailed writing. I loved the setting for the story and found through the author’s wonderful descriptions I could imagine the place where Leda grew up. I found the characters really interesting to read about and I liked getting to know them as they grew up. There were a few intertwining story lines for Leda and Nico and it was interesting to read how they both dealt with different situations that happen as you grow up. It was easy to tell at times that the author was using real life experiences as a base because of the feel to the story but for me I loved that as it made it even more realistic to read.
I thought that this was definitely a great read and a good start to this series; I am very much looking forward to reading book 2!

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Killer Lawyer (Jake Wolfe Book 3) by Mark Nolan – Review by Katie Matthews

Killer LawyerKiller Lawyer by Mark Nolan
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

 

Killer Lawyer was an exciting and gripping read and one that I really enjoyed. It’s not my usual reading genre but I have read work by this author before and I was gripped by what I read so I was happy to give his work one more try and again I was so glad I did.
The author has created such a multi-dimensional story that I just couldn’t put it down; he kept me guessing the whole way through with his rich detailed writing full of twists and turns. The multiple points of view in the story give for a full rounded read and the characters, as expected, were well developed.
I really like Jake’s character, he is a determined person and very meticulous in what he does. I love his ‘relationship’ with Cody! I love the way people form such close bonds with their dogs.
Overall I thought that this was a great read, one that definitely kept me on the edge of my seat. I will definitely be looking forward to reading more from this author again in the future.

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Surviving Jordan (Surviving Series Book 3) by Virginia Wine – Review by Katie Matthews

Surviving Jordan (Surviving Series Book 3)Surviving Jordan by Virginia Wine
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

 

What another fantastic read from this author! Just when I thought book 2 was my favourite from this series along comes book 3 and takes the top spot! I absolutely loved Surviving Jordan! It was filled with everything I love in a book from romance to mystery and it was outstandingly written! This author never fails to pull me in to her stories straight away and not let me back out until I have finished – and even then I still want to go back and read it all over again! I loved the intense passion and chemistry between Ben and Jordan! It was so clear to see how much Ben adored Jordan nut also I could see why Jordan wanted to protect herself. I did find myself rooting for them the whole way through the story; I really thought that they were perfect for each other! I really loved every minute of Ben and Jordan’s story.
I 100% recommend this book and this series and I can’t wait to read more from Ms Wine in the future.

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A Christmas Wish (A Manhattan Dream) by Engy Neville – Review by Katie Matthews

A Christmas WishA Christmas Wish by Engy Neville
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

 

This is the first book that I have read by this author and I liked it, there were parts where I did feel the story was lacking a little but there was a huge amount of potential and I did think the author had a very good developing writing style that improved over the story. I did find that I wanted to keep reading on and finding out more about Amy. She was a character that I struggled to connect with at first but I did find that the more I read about her the more I began to understand the direction to author was trying to take her character in. I really liked the movie feel that the book had and this is what definitely helped keep my attention. The author’s attention to detail was good and I could imagine what I was reading.
I will definitely be looking forward to reading more from this author!
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Building Storm: (A Hawke Family Novel) (Hawke Family #4) by Gwyn McNamee – Review by Katie Matthews

Building Storm: (A Hawke Family Novel) (The Hawke Family Book 4)Building Storm: (A Hawke Family Novel) by Gwyn McNamee
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

 

This book almost killed me! Oh my gosh this author she knows how to get me every time I read one of her books, from the completely unexpected to making me fall so hard in love with her characters that anytime anything happens I feel like I am right there with them. I will admit I cried, a lot during this book. My heart hurt for Storm, the author wrote her character in such a way that I genuinely could feel what she was feeling. The emotional feels in this book were real! I have been so lucky to read all of the books in this series, Savage Collision is still one of my most favourite reads ever but this book was something else. I could tell that the author had truly poured her heart and soul into this read, the pain and suffering of the characters is real. I’m not going to go into details as I do not want to spoil this read for anybody but it truly is an outstanding story that I cannot recommend enough – it may only be January but I know for sure that I have found one of my top reads of 2019!

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Written in the Stars (Fallen Eagles MC Book 2) by T. Birmingham – Review by Katie Matthews

Written in the Stars (Fallen Eagles MC Book 2)Written in the Stars by T. Birmingham
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

 

I absolutely loved book 1 in this series so I was really excited to dive straight into book 2 and wow! It was such an amazing read, I didn’t think the author could top the first one but she really knocked it out of the park with this second book in this series. It can be read as a standalone however I would definitely recommend reading book 1 first. Again the author took me on an amazing literary journey with this book, it was so much more than I expected and I found myself on the edge of my seat on more than one occasion. I was gripped by the story line, the mystery of everything constantly had me guessing, it was unpredictable and the characters were amazing! The authors writing was so engaging and I found that I couldn’t (and didn’t want to) take my eyes off what I was reading.
If you are looking for a romance story with a dark, gritty mysterious undertone to it then I 100% recommend this book! I loved every second of it and I look forward to more from this talented author in the future.

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