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Hurricane (Heaven Hill Generations #1)

By Laramie Briscoe

Synopsis

We finally get our happily ever after…..

Remington “Remy” Sawyer

For most of my life I’ve been the person who lived with the hand he was dealt. Not much in my life have I had a say in. Birthed by parents I don’t talk to, I was raised by the only person who ever cared for me – my brother, Cash. Under his guidance, I’ve become the person I am today.

Productive member of society, and patched brother in the Heaven Hill MC.

I don’t want for anything, other than Tatum Walker.

We had a shot, and we both screwed it up……massively.

Tatum “Tate” Walker

Being the daughter of the President of the Heaven Hill MC is a burden, but one I’ll face every day with pride. It’s hard for me to know what people like me for. Is it my personality, my looks, or are they trying to get close to the Club? There’s one person I’ve never doubted.

Remington Sawyer.

A year ago we had one night of almost passion – that ended with me walking away in tears – and him walking away in anger.

Some time away from each other has given us perspective. Now, instead of the storm of chaos that was our one attempt at a relationship, we’re both ready for calm.

And nothing, they say, is as calm – as the eye of a Hurricane.

Review

I have not read any Heaven Hill books but I could easily follow all the characters introduced and did not get confused.  Although perhaps I would have connected easier if I had?

I admit I liked Remy as a character more than Tate, he was definitely more mature however Tate slowly grew on me by the end.

This is a romance around two young people who after a misunderstanding reconnect and move forward together for a second chance at having a relationship.  The moments at the cabin were my favourite and they really do talk to each other and admit mistakes.

It was at times a bit too slow for me and I was waiting for some action which we did get from Remy’s parents.  The build-up of waiting for them to finally admit their enduring love for each other was satisfying at the end.

I really loved how all the adults supported these two young characters.  There is not much MC drama in this and it purely centers around these two young people.

This had a very different feel from other books by the author I have read.

Hurricane is an easy read without any unnecessary drama and is a sweet romance.

Quote:  “I didn’t know lonely until I had you and lost you”

Hurricane (Heaven Hill Generations #1)

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Most of All You

By Mia Sheridan

Synopsis

A broken woman . . .

Crystal learned long ago that love brings only pain. Feeling nothing at all is far better than being hurt again. She guards her wounded heart behind a hard exterior, and carries within her a deep mistrust of men who, in her experience, have only ever used and taken.

A man in need of help . . .

Then Gabriel Dalton walks into her life. Despite the terrible darkness of his past, there’s an undeniable goodness about him. And even though she knows the cost, Crystal finds herself drawn to Gabriel. His quiet strength is wearing down her defenses and his gentle patience is causing her to question everything she thought she knew.

Only love can mend a shattered heart . . .

Crystal and Gabriel never imagined that the world that had stolen everything from them would bring them a deep love like this. Except fate will only take them so far and now the choice is theirs: Harden their hearts once again or find the courage to shed their painful pasts. 

Review

Most of All You is a heartbreaking but incredibly uplifting story of finding love and forging ahead. Gabe & Ellie gave each other so many firsts in life and my eyes tear up thinking of those.

Chapter 23 simply shattered me, when we learn fully of Gambit, Racer, Shadow, Lemon Fair, Lady Eloise – talk about arrow straight through my heart. I could not breathe once I realised the full significance of these pieces of Gabe’s puzzle. As I remember this moment I have tears in my eyes.

Gabe and Ellie both tell us their stories which entwine amongst each others recovery to be open to love. Both had stories of their youth being taken from them and losing family.

The first 30% of this book is incredibly hard to read. It is depressing to watch Ellie and how she accepts her life. My favourite part of this whole journey was Gabe showing her she is capable and entitled to a better life.

“The man who’d loved me enough to wait for me to love myself”

The last 30% is my favourite, so much repair and new love and life. The way Ellie on her own starts to rebuild her life is amazing and gave me pure joy.

So many wonderful moments in this story where I would highlight paragraphs of beautiful words.

I wanted to scream, cry, yell, curse but then I laughed, held hope and ultimately fell in love with this dynamic couple.

Chloe at first I did not like, I was like a protective shield wanting Ellie to have it all. The turn of events for Chloe was surprising for me. Dominic who is Gabe’s brother well at the start I understood his reservations and I loved how his character grew over the story and how his shell also opened from his guilt.

The passionate and emotional scenes and slow build up for Gabe and Ellie was just perfect for me, it was believable.

Gabe and his sculpting, it was like we were watching not only him sculpt William, he was cracking away at not only his shell but Ellie’s too. Gabe and Ellie gave each other so many firsts in life and my eyes tear up thinking of those, it gives me joy and reminds me why I read romance books.

“I don’t create beauty, Eloise, I just reveal what’s already there”

 

Most of All You

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In Pieces

By Danielle Pearl

Synopsis

Three years ago she was left in pieces . . . Most college freshmen love the newfound freedom of living on campus, but none of them craves it like Beth Caplan. One ill-fated night when she was fifteen left her locked in a posh prison of private tutors. It’s for the best, everyone said, and maybe it was. But after years of hard work and healing, the one person who never thought of her as broken could be the one to break her all over again. And Beth can’t seem to stay away now any more than she could all those years ago. As soon as David March learned his best friend’s little sister was enrolling at his school, he promised to look after her, and promised himself he’d keep a safe distance. But the sweet little girl he’d grown up with has transformed into a gorgeous young woman, and she’s attracting attention from people she shouldn’t-like the ex who nearly destroyed her and a strange new student with a disturbing habit of showing up wherever Beth goes. But for David, the most troubling discovery is realizing that he doesn’t just want Beth to be safe. He wants her to be his.

Review

In Pieces is a friend to lovers college romance that has some incredibly emotional and intense moments. Both Bethy and David tell this love story which helps you to connect.

As a reader, you can easily follow their inner thoughts and feelings.

Firstly, I loved David, the poor guy has loved Bea since childhood.  The constant battle he wages with himself will have you pulling your hair out about his unconditional love.  At times I really wanted this story to move quickly as I became frustrated as I wanted Bea to realize David’s love.

The beginning has Bea and her sadness with her young story.  Even as we near the end of In Pieces we are still finding out her secrets.  I am openly advising I hated her brother and his meddling ways in her life.  I became frustrated with her family and to see her stand up for herself was brilliant.  Bea is a strong character and it was wonderful watching her grow.

Supporting characters provide humour and friendship along with some interesting secrets.  An interesting character was Brody, however, I admit I had sneaking suspicions and was pleasantly surprised and happy.

The romantic and sexual moments for David and Bea are beautiful in more ways than one.

Bea & David are friends first and become lovers and we do get a beautiful ending and I am left fully satisfied.

Quote:  “I know, beautiful girl, because I’ve always known”

In Pieces

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The Longing (Dogs of Fire: Wolfpack #2)

By Piper Davenport

Synopsis

She wants only him…
For as long as she can remember, Poppy has loved only one man. Devon Wallace has been her knight in shining leather ever since he rescued her from a date gone wrong. She can’t envision a future without him, but she’s convinced he still thinks of her as the pesky twelve-year-old who used to follow him around.

He can have anyone but her…
Devon “Sparky” Wallace has spent the better part of a decade trying to keep his hands off his uncle’s step-daughter, Poppy, and living by the code of the brotherhood. He’s not about to break the rules, no matter how much he fantasizes about the sexiest woman on the planet.

But when her connection to him puts her life in jeopardy, he must figure out a way to save her without breaking the club’s code, even if that means losing her forever.

Review

Firstly, love the cover of The Longing, I can imagine this being Devon!

The Longing is the romance story of Poppy and Devon and it is a fast paced sexy and humorous journey.  I admit that upon finishing this I picked up and re-read Hatch and Masie’s love story where we first met Poppy as a strong-willed young twelve-year-old.

Again I am drawn to the incredible bond between Hatch (Stand In Dad) and Poppy, it is full of strength and love.  When she first met Hatch as a twelve-year-old to now being a young adult, it is simply beautiful to read.

Another favourite component was Poppy and Grace, still friends all these years and I would love for Grace to find her MC boyfriend.

During Poppy and Devon’s emerging love story is a dramatic turn of events for the MC club and Poppy is drawn into the danger.  This component of the story definitely kept me captivated and turning the pages.  The flow of the story is perfect and I simply loved the epilogue.

Quote:  “Unless it’s bad”, she countered. “Unless what’s bad?” “Sex”, she said, and licked her lips. “If you suck in bed, I’m out”

The Longing (Dogs of Fire: Wolfpack #2)

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Imperfect

By Kelly Moore

Synopsis

Dr. Ashe Manning- aka Lucifer- CEO and founder of the MTA Crisis Division, Neurosurgeon
I’m an imperfect man in love with the perfect woman. She’s gorgeous, smart, and sexy.
I broke her heart. I took everything beautiful between us and smashed it to hell.
That was the old me. Now I’m in control. I’ve found different means to feed the adrenaline junkie in me. My mind is no longer free, but my heart is owned by one woman. The one woman I can never have because she saw my imperfections.

Dr. Aedon Thatcher- Partner, Thoracic Surgeon
I’m a woman in love with an imperfect man. I see his heart and mind, it’s a beautiful thing.
I left him all alone. I took everything beautiful between us and threw it away.
The stronger me, still loves him. I’m polished on the outside, but uncontrolled on the inside. I disguise my feelings well. I don’t want to love him, but I have no choice. He owns me, even if he doesn’t know it.

Dr. Wren Adams – Partner, General Surgeon
The man standing between the two of them.

Certified HEA

Review

First and foremost, I love the cover of Imperfect.

The note to the author’s friend about an Epilogue at the end made me laugh.  I simply loved the way it ended and it is why I love romance.  Imperfect has dark and light moments of an emotional love story.

Imperfect’s love triangle will have you second-guessing the motive of each character. I too struggled to make a decision, just like Aedon. We travel with these doctors as they work in the field of some tense situations.  Each time they return it seems to take a toll on Ashe as he grapples with his medical condition.

Whilst reading the first half I really wanted the romance journey to start sooner.

Wren broke my heart many times and I felt such sorrow for him as I always felt he was the underdog.  There was something about him that personally, I connected to.

As I read the second half of this story we really get to delve into the love triangle.  This broke my heart many times and I could not breathe whilst reading these moments.  Most of all this was a hard journey for Aedon as she begins to get such clarity for her true feelings.

The characters keep you guessing right up to the end and there is no unnecessary drama.

The male relationship between Ashe and Wren was one of my favourite parts of this whole story.

All characters are given a happy ever after and this is a wonderful standalone.

Quote:  No I’m scared to not love you because if I don’t, I’ll never love another man and my heart will always be broken.

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Saving Him (Keep Me #2)

By Angela Snyder

Synopsis

I was kidnapped and sold to a monster.

My abductor told me he would let me go…after he got what he wanted. So I offered him my virginity in exchange for my freedom, but he broke that promise. And now he’s decided to keep me.

When my past suddenly collides with my present, it’s an all-out war.

How could I have ever guessed that my captor would turn into my protector?

I don’t know if we can survive this, but now it’s my turn to save him.

**Saving Him is the conclusion of the two-book dark romance Keep Me Series and is not intended to be read as a standalone. It contains adult content for mature readers.**

Review

Saving HIm did not disappoint me at all, it begins right where Keeping Her ended.  Just saying that I believe this would have been an amazing standalone mob romance. I simply love the way the author has woven this dark & delicious story – I simply escaped into this world.

The author paced this story perfectly and I simply did not put this book down, read in a day.  Told from both POV you can follow the anguish and hurt as this story moves to the drama-packed emotional ending.

So happy with the way their relationship progressed and how Luc grew into being the man for Adeline.  How Adeline fought her way, in the beginning, middle and end was inspiring and my favourite part.

A surprising turn of events was Jackson and his love story and I was very happy for him.

Honestly, it has been awhile since I devoured a series like this and ignored the world. Adeline & Luc were simply an amazing couple who repaired each other’s souls and hearts.  They each gave hope and a future to one another after unhappy and traumatic childhoods.

Saving Him (Keep Me #2)

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Keeping Her (Keep Me #1)

By Angela Synder

Synopsis

“She calls to me like one of the Sirens from Greek mythology, and I would gladly crash into a thousand jagged rocks for just a single touch from her.”

To say I had a rough start in life would be the understatement of the century.

My uncle may have rescued me from my abusive childhood, but he couldn’t save me from the neurotic and compulsive obsessions I would develop in my adulthood.

I deal with some of the worst criminals in the seedy underbelly of the world just to get what I want. What I need.

And what I need is the perfect woman. Perfect and pure in every way possible. And I’m willing to obtain that perfection…no matter the cost.

So when I make my newest purchase, I expect Adeline’s fate to be like all the others before her — taking what I want and then never seeing her again.

But she’s different.

Her beauty is disarming.

And even though I promised to let her go after I took what I wanted…I slowly come to the realization that I can’t.

I have to break my promise to her, because she’s mine now.

And I’m keeping her.

**Keeping Her is book one of the two-book dark romance Keep Me Series and ends with a cliffhanger. It contains adult content for mature readers.**

Review

Keeping Her I simply devoured and it is one dark and delicious read.

Luc is simply dynamic as a recluse and created moments when you hated him but then despaired with his inability to touch and feel normal.  To fully understand his background I recommend reading the Prequel Novella.  The Novella explains Luc’s traumatic childhood and helped me forgive his early actions against Adeline.

Told in both POV this story flows perfectly and there is a slight cliffhanger at the end but with the next book released there is no waiting.

Luc’s cousin is actually a favorite supporting character, he plays his role perfectly and I loved him when caring for Adeline after one intense scene.  This moment also acts as a catalyst for Luc to step up further.

Adeline grew in strength as the story evolved, it was interesting to watch her adapt to her surroundings.  She is a wonderful character and is easy to connect with.  Her upbringing was lonely with no affection and she escapes to books.

The few sexual scenes in this book were intense but this first book is more of the emotional game being played.

Keeping Her I could not put down, it is dark and definitely left of center. It was interesting to follow Luc who has so many issues.  The way he fell for this sheltered girl and wants her so badly.  They are two tortured souls that actually may find their repair with each other –  I cannot wait to see how their love story will play out.

Keeping Her (Keep Me #1)

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Breathe (Colorado Mountain #4)

By Kristen Ashley

Synopsis

There’s nothing like the first time . . .

In Carnal, Colorado, Faye Goodknight is the town’s quiet, shy librarian. She may also be Carnal’s last remaining virgin. For years, Faye has had a crush on Chace Keaton, but the gorgeous cop has always been unattainable. She’s resigned to live contentedly with only her books for company-until Faye suddenly meets Chace alone in the woods . . .

Chace doesn’t think he’s the good guy everyone believes him to be. He’s made a lot of choices he regrets, including denying his feelings for Faye. Through his choices, he’s come to believe the pretty librarian is too good for him, but after their time in the woods, Chace realizes that she may be his last chance for redemption. Soon, their long simmering desires grow to a burning passion. Yet always casting a shadow over their happiness is Chace’s dark past . . . 

Review

So I am torn, I have always said The Gamble and Sweet Dreams were my favourites well Breathe is right up there.

You had me at “Holding out for a Hero”, my favourite song ever and so Faye is now a favourite KA girl.  Faye is fracking fantastic and her love of books just makes my heart beat harder for her.  For someone so sheltered she has such a backbone and her interactions with her family provided wonderful humour.

I always have been intrigued by Chace and this story gives us his background which is unfortunately sad.  He is a strong man but so torn.

I really loved how this story finalised all the back stories and links from Sweet Dreams and Lady Luck. I would highly recommend you read this whole series in order as each book has characters from the last.

There are great secrets revealed in Breathe and lets not even discuss the dramatic event for Faye and Chace.  I literally was beside myself with fear and trepidation.

A wonderful character and old friend for Chace is Deck who played such a great role.

Finally, the way the author gave us closure for so much of this story at the end was perfection.  I was left totally satisfied with knowing how Chace and Faye ended up along with all the other characters.

Quote:  “I’ll take you thinking I’m your angel but you need to know you’re my hero. Twenty-nine years, I held out for you.”

Breathe (Colorado Mountain #4)

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Cross (Devils Nightmare MC)

By Lena Bourne

Synopsis

Cross

I’m the guy whose name brings fear into the hearts of even the hardest men. They call me Cross, because I’ve killed enough men to fill a cemetery, and I never saw any problem with that. Until a woman, I hardly remember brought my eleven-year-old daughter that I didn’t know existed, to my doorstep and left her for me to take care of.

At first, my daughter was a complication I didn’t need, but now I’ll do everything I can to raise her right. I’ll even stay away from her hot-as-sin guidance counselor Roxanne, who makes me feel like I’m twenty again, and not pushing forty. Which isn’t to say I wouldn’t show her what a real man can do with a woman like her.

Roxie

My father was the president of an outlaw MC, and until I turned twenty-one a world of bikers, mayhem and crime was all I knew. Then a rival gang destroyed it all, killed my family and everyone I held dear, and made me the property of a brutal, ruthless man. I ran away, got an education, and haven’t looked back.

Now I’m the guidance counselor at a small town junior high school, my old life so far behind me it might as well be someone else’s past, and I was happy to leave it there. But then I met Cross, the bad boy biker father of one of my wayward students. He makes me yearn for the life I lost, crave all the excitement that used to be my everyday. Makes me want to be a bad girl again, if only for one night.

But I won’t go down that road again. It doesn’t lead anywhere good.

Cross: Devil’s Nightmare MC is biker romance novel, which contains steamy sex scenes and deals with disturbing themes that may be uncomfortable for some readers. Intended for 18+ audiences. 

Review

I thoroughly enjoyed reading Cross and it was my first book by this author. Beginning with a traumatic event for Roxie and entwining to current day with suspense.

It was fantastic to follow as all the pieces of the puzzle started to form.  Paced perfectly and kept me entertained and wanting to turn those pages and not leave the characters.

Their romance has a slow build up at the start as Roxie really fought the pull of returning to what she grew up in.  Cross was definitely the alpha male protector for her.  Roxie has a great inner strength and her trauma as a young girl was intense.

The relationship with Cross and his daughter was an interesting inclusion.  I thought the whole Motorcycle group of characters around Cross provided great support to the story.

My favourite component was Roxie’s family history. I loved how Cross stepped up with his Motorcycle group and repaired her life.

Finally, it has a great balance of romance and action that will keep you entertained until the last chapter.

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Scandalous (Sinners of Saint #3)

By L J Shen

Synopsis

They call him The Mute for a reason.
Hard, cold and calculated, he rarely speaks.
When he does, it’s with disdain.
When he does, his words aren’t meant for me.
When he does, my stomach flips and my world tilts on its axis.
He is thirty-three.
I am eighteen.
He’s a single dad and my father’s business partner.
I’m just a kid to him and his enemy’s daughter.
He’s emotionally unavailable.
And I am…feeling. Feeling things I shouldn’t feel for him.
Trent Rexroth is going to break my heart. The writing isn’t just on the wall, it’s inked on my soul.
And yet, I can’t stay away.
A scandal is the last thing my family needs. But a scandal is what we’re going to give them.
And oh, what beautiful chaos it will be.
 

Review

Scandalous again proves the Hotholes are one dynamic tribe of men hell-bent on supporting each other – they are family.

Surprising me were the many twists in this story and I did not guess any of them.  Perfectly planned plots will have your second guessing characters and motives. Many times I put the book down and had to take a moment as I was petrified for Edie.

Edie was a simply stunning character, her strength, and resilience.  Her father was a major manipulator and his evilness knew no bounds.

Many times I had to put the book down and take a moment as I was petrified for Edie.   At times I truly felt such deep despair for her and such hatred for the adults in her life.

Edie and Trent’s sex scenes were off the charts hot.  They offered different levels of emotional connection between them.

Trent’s daughter Luna was a beautiful character and I saw hope for Edie.

Scandalous again proved that the Hotholes are a united front and I have thoroughly enjoyed this entire series.

Quote:  My friends were my tribe, my custom-made, hand-selected family

Scandalous (Sinners of Saint #3)

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