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Keepers (Canaan Island #2)

By Meg Collett

Synopsis

Stevie Reynolds was a buzz-worthy reality star before moving to Canaan Island to escape Los Angeles and her fame-hungry parents. But not all her demons, like her penchant for wine and bad decisions, are escapable.

Completely broke and fresh out of rehab after her DUI, Stevie gets an offer from her hotshot LA ex to star in his home renovation show with Canaan’s favorite son, Cade Cooper. Stevie returns to the reality business for Cade, who’s relying on the show to help pay for his mother’s cancer treatments.

Stevie refuses to break Cade’s sensitive heart, but she can’t keep herself from falling for his kind smile and easy laugh. When the producers push her to risk her shaky sobriety and Cade’s credibility for the sake of ratings, Stevie is ready to quit—until her ex threatens to reveal an intimate secret from her past.

If her secret is leaked, Stevie will lose everything she loves on Canaan Island, including Cade.

(Each book in the Canaan Island series can be read as a stand-alone)

Review

In my opinion you need to read this series in order to fully appreciate the wonderful female characters that Meg Collett delivers in the Canaan Island Series.

Stevie in Keepers was brilliant, her desire for a second chance at not only love but her life was a journey I was looking forward to.  Meeting Stevie in Fakers (Canaan Island #1) which was Kyra’s story well I believe Stevie still shone brightly and you just knew her story would be hard but rewarding.

This story is fast paced and centres around a TV show which provides for some drama and intense moments and Stevie knows how to work the environment from her growing up in the TV world.

Keepers gives your an action packed ending and I was on the edge of my seat wondering  who would have Stevie’s back, would she find love and would her friends stand by her?

Cade, well what can I say, he was a beautiful character in Fakers and he did not disappoint in Keepers and I was surprised how strong a man he really was, he definitely stepped up and was the man that Stevie needed.  Their sex scenes were hot and passionate and the physical attraction between the two was really well written.

I cannot wait to see what is in store for these two and can I say I was so happy to see how Kyra and Hale were continuing on in their relationship and I did do a happy dance at the end.

Now onto book 3 which is Violet’s story, we briefly met her in Fakers but she played a bigger part in Stevie’s success at love in Keepers.  I am simply beside myself to know all about Violet as she is an intriguing character with so much mystery, her physical secrets along with her family history on the Island.  Will Cade and Hale help her to save and repair her beautiful home?

This whole series in my opinion would make an amazing TV Show including all the characters from the town and the street where Stevie and Kyra live – one can dream!

Keepers (Canaan Island #2)

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Fakers (Canaan Island #1)

By Meg Collett

Synopsis

Kyra Aberdeen is a YouTube sensation. Her bubbling personality and fresh beauty capture her audience each week, but they don’t know the truth-she’s just faking it. Beneath the surface of light-hearted smiles is a simmering darkness threatening to pull Kyra under.

When Kyra moves to Canaan Island and buys her deceased mother’s childhood home, she hopes to confront the lurking shadows haunting her every step. But when she meets her grumpy contractor, even her best-laid plans start to unravel.

Hale Cooper is as brutally honest as he is intriguing. He hates fakers, and isn’t afraid to call Kyra on her false personality. Yet, she is drawn to him, and the unexpected attraction to a man who challenges her to be her true self lands her in unchartered waters.

But if she lowers her guard and allows herself to be honest with Hale, will the darkness creep in too?

*This book is recommended for mature readers due to some sexual content and language. Cutting is represented in this book, and scenes may be considered triggering to some.*

Review

Fakers has one of the best group of characters I have read in a long time and I can honestly say this story is more than just Kyra and Hale, it has Stevie and Cade along with all the eccentric residents of Canaan Island.

Upon finishing Fakers I immediately downloaded book 2 Keepers which is Stevie’s story.

As I began highlighting favourite paragraphs because they touched my soul and gave me tingles it told me I am reading a beautiful love story and Faker’s did not disappoint.

The friendship between Stevie and Kyra was beautiful as was Kyra’s story of finding her home and a connection to her mother.  Kyra’s background story with her grandmother and mother is heartbreaking but also immensely gripping and it is not finished – what is in her mother’s diary? Will her grandmother give Kyra’s mother a beautiful gravesite with light and flowers?

One character who showed he is more than just alpha hotness is Hale, he stepped up at the end of this book and he is my hero.  The love, compassion and instinct in pushing Kyra to open up gives an amazing depth to this story.

I love the new covers of this series with the weatherboard houses.  Faker’s covers some deep and emotional issues, it is done with compassion however it has so many moments of humour and lightness that it does repair your heart.

I am in love with this story, it’s residents and it’s location, I cannot wait to start book 2!

Quote: “We just cope the best way we know how, but its not the best way, because it hurts us. So we have to learn a new way, a better way. Because we deserve the happiness we fake.”

Fakers (Canaan Island #1)

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A Harmless Little Ruse (Harmless # 2)

By Meli Raine

Synopsis

She has no idea what she’s doing. Loose cannons never hit their targets.
And they take out plenty of collateral damage.

Four years ago Lindsay experienced the unspeakable right before me, and I couldn’t stop them.
But that’s all changed now.

When her father, Senator Bosworth, contacted me to ask — demand — that I protect her, it was a second chance. A shot at redemption.
An opportunity to right an unspeakable wrong.

Controlling Lindsay as she seeks her revenge on the monsters who hurt her won’t be hard.
Containing my own out-of-control feelings for Lindsay and keeping up this ruse of cold-blooded distance will be.

Even harder than admitting to her what really happened that night four years ago.
It turns out I don’t have to, though.
Someone else did it for me.
And I’ll make sure they regret it.

Review

A HARMLESS LITTLE RUSE continues on from A HARMLESS LITTLE GAME, however in this part of the trilogy we are seeing the story from Drew’s POV.  Again, this review will be kind of vague because I can’t say anything without giving away spoilers.

At the end of book 1, Drew and Lindsay rekindled their relationship and appeared to be on the same page.  But in the beginning of this book, Lindsay does something that has him questioning her feelings and intentions.  While she spent most of the first book questioning whether she could trust him, now it’s his turn to question whether he can trust her.  They spend this book trying to heal old wounds while Drew works on his revenge plans against those who hurt them, but they always seem to be one step ahead of him, as proven by the cliffhanger we are left with.  I’m still not a fan of her parents, who seem to care more about the election than their only child, and I still don’t know who is friend or foe.

We learn more about what happened that night four years ago, and I honestly didn’t think I could hate those three monsters more, but I was wrong.  Despite the new information, all the questions I had from the first book remain unanswered, and I truly hope they will be answered in the next book.  This was another quick read that easily held my attention.

Please Note:  This book contains scenes that may be triggers for some people.

A Harmless Little Ruse (Harmless # 2)

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Harmless Series

A Harmless Little Game (Harmless # 1)

By Meli Raine

Synopsis

Four years ago I lost my virginity on live, streaming television.
Too bad I wasn’t awake for it.
The video went viral. Of course it would. A Senator’s daughter on camera? Wouldn’t you click “share”? Besides, that’s what three of the four guys in the video did.
Share.

They shared me.

But that fourth guy? The nondescript one in the background in the upper left corner of the screen, just sitting on the couch? The only one who did nothing?
Not one single thing.
That was my boyfriend, Drew.
And that was the last time I saw him.

Until today, when my father—now on a path to the White House—hired him as head of security for my new team as I return home after four years of “recovering” in an undisclosed location that involved white lab coats, needles, pills and damage control.

You see, the other three guys never went to jail. Never had charges pressed.
Never faced consequences.
Until today.
Game on.

Review

WOW!  A HARMLESS LITTLE GAME is a book that grabbed me right from the very first page and did not let me go.  I know a book is good when I’m up until 1am reading.  Since this is the first book in the Harmless trilogy that focuses on Lindsay and her desire for revenge, I can’t say much, so this will be a fairly short review.

What Lindsay went through four years ago was horrific.  What’s worse is that the men involved got away with it.  If that doesn’t fire up your anger, I don’t know what will.  I really felt for her and I admired the strength and courage she displayed to stand up for herself.  I also liked Drew, who is a very quiet and controlled man.  I have a feeling that when his control slips, the fallout will be huge and it’s going to be a sight to behold.  I absolutely hated her parents, especially her mother.  Honestly, if it turns out that she had something to do with what happened to her daughter, I would not be surprised at all.  The scene where Lindsay stood up to her mother was awesome and I was so cheering her on.

This book left me with a lot of questions.  Questions that I’m sure will be answered in the following two books.  How did those men get away with it?  Who is protecting them?  Why did they do it?  Did someone put them up to it?  Who is her friend?  Who is her enemy?  Who is telling the truth?  I have so many more questions, but I can’t list them here without giving away some spoilers.

This first part of the trilogy takes place over two to three days and ends in a cliffhanger.  I did find it a little repetitive at times, and I also got annoyed when Drew kept telling Lindsay that she had no idea what she was in for.  I wanted to yell at him to just tell her already, but I guess that would have shortened the story quite a bit.  A HARMLESS LITTLE GAME is told only in Lindsay’s POV, with the next book in the trilogy being told in Drew’s POV, which I’m really looking forward to because I can’t wait to get inside his head.

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A Harmless Little Game (Harmless # 1)

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Holding on Tighter (Wicked Lovers #12)

By Shayla Black

Synopsis

Jolie Quinn is a woman in charge. Her no-nonsense attitude has made her a rising star in the fashion world and her brand a household name among the Dallas elite. Nothing will stop her from achieving her goals—not even the gorgeous British security contractor who seems just as interested in seeing her personal assets as he is in protecting her professional ones.

After a tragedy left him broken, Heath Powell made a rule of staying unattached. But Jolie challenges him in a way he can’t ignore, and he isn’t used to backing down from a confrontation—especially when the reward for winning could feel so good. As passion blazes between them, the stubborn, confident beauty arouses more than his desire. She touches his heart.

When a mysterious enemy threatens Jolie and her company, Heath is the only person Jolie can trust to help. But working with him to save her business might put her dangerously at risk of falling in love…

Review

Holding on Tighter brings the Wicked Lover’s series to an end in a spectacular way.   Shayla Black has a way of writing that makes you fall in love with each of her characters.  Jolie and Heath are no different.

I fell for Heath the minute I opened the book.  He had a wife that he loved and was the victim of a senseless act of violence.  Heath is really only going through the motions of life until he starts a job protecting Jolie.  He starts to understand that he has more love that he has to give.

Jolie is a head strong woman who knows what she wants in life.  She has a jaded view on love because of her mother’s experience.  When she meets Heath Jolie is thrown off and now is finding herself having to pave a new path for herself.

From the first chapter the story builds on itself.  From a budding relationship to protecting Jolie from history repeating itself. There are also unforgettable characters in this story.  Karis, Jolie’s sister, has an upbeat spirit and is still looking for love. Jolie has quite a unique set of employees that gives her sanity a run for her money, but she manages to keep them focused and moving towards the same goal.  On Heath’s side, he has his best friend that he hasn’t talked to for years after them both losing their wife’s in the same shooting.  We also got to know Cutter and catch up with some other characters we know well like Stone, Tyler, Logan and Hunter.

There is also a mystery to figure out.  Why someone would want to hurt Jolie and how it connects to Heath. Plus Heath has a chance to get some closure on his wife’s murder.

Holding on Tighter is a great addition to this series.  I really loved the attention to detail right down to the rules that were at the beginning of every chapter. And make sure to read the epilogue because lots of old friends show up. I am definitely going to miss this series but I am looking forward to reading what Shayla Black has in store for us next.

Holding on Tighter

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The Pine Forest (The Iridescent Realm # 2)

By Michelle Dare

Synopsis

One touch, one spark, two lives forever changed.

Pine and Azure. The war between the two kingdoms lasted far too long. Peace was finally established, but the survivors would never forget who fought on the front lines. Oliver Sage had a reputation for being a ruthless knight. He’d seen enough death to last a lifetime and worked on putting the past behind him, although not all would let him forget.

Addison was the only daughter of King and Queen Azure. With three brothers, she knew she’d always be protected, but she also wanted to learn how to take care of herself. She was strong, had a good heart, and wanted to be treated as an equal. Magical abilities ran in her family, and she had one no one knew of.

Oliver had given his heart to one princess, until the night he dreamed of another. Addison was the last woman he should desire, especially given who she was. However, what if she wanted him as well? They’d hated each other their entire lives, but suddenly couldn’t resist the desire which built between them. There were also those who didn’t think they should be together. Forbidden romance could only stay hidden for so long in the dark depths of the Pine Forest.

Review

I’ve had a soft spot for Oliver since meeting him in THE AZURE KINGDOM.  It was so sad to see the woman he was promised, the woman he’d sworn to protect, the woman he was in love with, fall in love with someone else, and I really wanted him to get his own HEA.  THE PINE FOREST did not disappoint.

I really liked Oliver, who is the Pine Kingdom’s fiercest knight and the King’s most trusted friend.  He’s cool under pressure and strong in battle.  He’s kind, loyal, honest and has a good sense of humour.  I liked Addison and thought her magical abilities were interesting, but I felt those abilities were not displayed to their full potential.  I was also disappointed that, for a woman who trains with soldiers and was constantly saying she could protect herself, we never saw her showcase her fighting skills.  I was waiting for her to go all badass on someone, but that didn’t happen.

As bad as this will sound, not a great deal happens in this book.  Oliver and Addison meet, they touch and feel a spark, they communicate in their dreams, they fall in love, her life is threatened, they defeat the threat, the end.  But you know what?  I think that’s a good thing, because sometimes there can be so much going on in a story that the relationship takes a backseat.  Here though, their relationship was front and centre.  Despite the connection they feel to each other, they don’t rush things.  Instead, their relationship builds up slowly and they get to know each other over several weeks while they come to terms with the fact that only a few months earlier, they were at war.

THE PINE FOREST is told in dual POVs, with the epilogue being told in Elliott Azure’s (Addison’s brother) POV, who I assume will get the next book in the series.  He is very hateful of the Pine Kingdom despite his family’s desire to put the past behind them, and I hope to see him come around in his own book.

The Pine Forest (The Iridescent Realm # 2)

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Carnal Obsession: His Heart’s Prisoner (Carnal Series #4)

By Reily Garrett

Synopsis

Life on the street molds emotional athletes.

Three years ago, her brother’s death marked the beginning of Kendra’s new life, an existence with no home, no family, and no friends. Time in the underground byways toughened her emotional shell with the loose association of like-minded street rats where survival meant compromise and constant vigilance.

Before he died, Billy had sent her a package in care of his teammate, Conner. For Kendra, re-entrance into polite society comes with a deadly price, as betrayal comes from both sides of the grave.


Conner Crofton owns the BDSM club Ambrosia. After failing to protect his teammate on their last covert mission, penance takes form as a promise to safeguard Billy’s little sister, a girl he’d unknowingly remanded to a world of darkness and uncertainty, deception and psychopathic stalkers.


The past will always haunt us. Each must earn forgiveness and trust as passion, guilt, deception, and betrayal, interweave a destiny formed long ago. A romantic suspense with a twist.

Review

Carnal Obsession: His Heart’s Prisoner is Connor’s and Kendra’s story.  Conner’s a protective man who sees Kendra in a sisterly way.  Kendra is a tough girl who had to grow up quick and always had a crush on Conner.  Because of the murder of Kendra’s brother she lost touch with everyone she knew.

Connor has a lot to make up for.  He didn’t realize that Kendra had gone missing.  He thought that she moved with her parents.  If he had known that she was living on the streets he would have started looking for her much sooner.  Connor always felt a sisterly bond with Kendra because of the age difference he never considered her more than that.

Kendra who is now grown and hardened up by the streets is trying to show Connor that she is not longer his best friend’s little sister.  She is now a woman who has always had a crush on him.  It’s just convincing Connor that he is allowed to feel more than just brotherly love for her.

Then there is they mystery of Kendra’s brother death and why he left her the package.  This package put her in a dangerous situation which Connor must protect her from.  This has put everyone on high alert, including Connor’s brothers.

Carnal Obsession: His Heart’s Prisoner is a completely addictive read.  It, like the other novels in this series, had great pacing and a great story line.  I loved his brothers, they provided some very humous moments.  And it also had a mystery to figure out.  I also loved that Connor had a inner dilemma that he had to work through and Kendra had to find her way back into the world again.

Carnal Obsession: His Heart’s Prisoner

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Good Boy (WAGS # 1)

By Sarina Bowen & Elle Kennedy

Synopsis

Hosting her brother’s wedding for an MVP guest list is the challenge of Jess Canning’s life. Already the family screw-up, she can’t afford to fail. And nobody (nobody!) can learn of the colossal mistake she made with the best man during a weak moment last spring. It was wrong, and there will not be a repeat. Absolutely not. Even if he is the sexiest thing on two legs.

Blake Riley sees the wedding as fate’s gift to him. Jess is the maid of honor and he’s the best man? Let the games begin. So what if he’s facing a little (fine, a lot) of resistance? He just needs to convince the stubborn blonde that he’s really a good boy with a bad rap. Luckily, every professional hockey player knows that you’ve got to make an effort if you want to score.

But Jess has more pressing issues to deal with than sexy-times with a giant man-child. Such as: Will the ceremony start on time, even though someone got grandma drunk? Does glitter ever belong at a wedding? And is it wrong to murder the best man?

Caution: May cause accidental aspiration of tea or coffee. Do not read in a public place where loud laughter is inappropriate. Contains hot but hilarious hockey players, puppy cuddling and a snarky pair of underwear.

Review

I have been looking forward to reading Jess and Blake’s story since they made their appearance in US, book 2 of the Him duet, and it did not disappoint.  GOOD BOY comes with plenty of laughs, sweet scenes and loveable characters.

Blake.  Oh Blake.  I didn’t think it was possible to love him even more, but I’ll gladly admit I was wrong.  He’s cheeky, dirty minded, fun loving and loyal, and he really is like a dog with a bone when it comes to something he wants.  He’s just so endearing that I can’t even fault him on his dick pics.  I did find that sometimes his silliness was a little over-the-top and that he didn’t consider his actions before he acted.  But, when he realised he upset people, he was genuinely apologetic and truly felt bad for what he had done.  He really is a good boy, one that has a very kind and generous heart.  Did I mention he’s super romantic?

“I just want you to come live with me.”
“Why?”
“Because I love you. Fucking duh.”

Jess is a lovely woman who does a great job keeping Blake’s ego in check.  She loves her family fiercely but at the same time she feels like she’s an embarrassment to them because she can’t make up her mind about what she wants to do with her life.  She’s not super confident in life and love, but she’s not so insecure that it gets on your nerves.  I can’t say much more about Jess because, in my opinion, Blake stole the show.

I liked that the build-up to their relationship was slow, despite the fact that they slept together first and asked questions later.  I absolutely loved Blake’s mother, who he takes after in every way.  I also loved that we got to see a little of Wes and Jamie throughout this story because those two are simply adorable.

GOOD BOY is told in dual POVs and is the first book in the WAGS series, a spin-off of the Him duet.  You don’t have to read the Him duet before reading GOOD BOY, but I would recommend it because Wes and Jamie’s story is a beautiful⎯and hot⎯read.  The second book in the WAGS series is STAY and will be about Blake’s teammate, Eriksson, who we learnt in this book is in the middle of a divorce and custody battle.  I’m not sure when it’s coming out, but I can’t wait to read it.

Good Boy (WAGS # 1)

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Him Duet (Spin-Off Series)

Justice Ascending (The Scorpius Syndrome #3)

By Rebecca Zanetti

Synopsis

Before surviving the Scorpius bacterium, Tace Justice was a good ole Texas cowboy who served his country and loved his mama. After Scorpius, the world became dark, dangerous, and deadly—and so did he. The Vanguard medic is stronger, faster, and smarter than before, but he’s lost the line between right and wrong. His passion is absolute, and when he focuses it on one woman, there’s no turning back for either of them…

Sami Steel has been fighting to survive right alongside Tace, convincing the Vanguard soldiers she’s one of them. In truth, Sami is a former hacker turned government agent who worked at The Bunker, where scientists stored both contaminants and cures. Only she knows the location, and she’s not telling. Yet when sexual fire explodes between her and Tace, she’ll face even that hell again to save him.

Review

In this third novel in The Scorpius Syndrome Series, Justice Ascending continues with the high adrenaline formula that makes this series so addictive.   From beginning to end, I couldn’t put this book down.  And I have to say that the ending was fantastic.  The action does not stop until the last page.

Justice Ascending is Tace Justice’s story.  He has been infected with Scorpius and is slowing turning into a Ripper.  This story is about him doing his best to hold on to what little humanity he has left.  He truly is a good guy at his core but he is losing his conscience and it is becoming easier to make the tough decisions between who gets to live and who doesn’t.

Sami has become one of the most trusted lieutenants in Jax Mercury’s army but she has many secrets.  She doesn’t realize the depth of feelings that she has for Tace until she starts to explore them.  She believes and trusts the man that Tace is.

Justice Ascending is action packed and continues to follow the Vanguard people and the threats against it. Jax does a great job of holding these people together against many odds, from outside and inside.  Jax is there for all his people including Tace and Sami.  He learns that even his top people have secrets to keep.

Rebecca Zanetti put tons of action, emotion and humour into this story.  I fell for Tace in Mercury Striking so I was excited for this story.  I was not disappointed, I love the fact that this is a new world and these people have to find a new way to live and love.  Tace and Sami’s relationship is an example of that.  They are given many obstacles to overcome including Tace’s dissent into his illness.

Justice Ascending

My Rating:  5 Hearts

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When Hunter Meets Seeker (An Arcane Society Novel)

By Betty Shreffler

Synopsis

Trained by the Arcane Society to fulfill her legacy as an Arcane Hunter, Anya Carlisle knows nothing but the loneliness that comes with being a hunter. One evening, in a place she never should’ve been, throws Anya into the heated snare of Dex Grigori. She should’ve seen him as the enemy, but instead her body longs for his touch in ways she’s never experienced.

From the first moment Dex sets eyes on Anya, he wants her all for himself. After one night of forbidden passion he’s left craving more of her, until he discovers how wrong for him she is. She’s a deadly hunter that kills without question and he’s exactly the kind of demon she’s been trained to eliminate. Yet his fierce desire to have her brings him dangerously close to her heart, where he soon discovers she is far more than the cold killer he anticipated.

Review

When Hunter Meets Seeker is another great addition into Betty Shreffler’s collection.  It takes us into a world that humans do not know exist.  Where the demons aren’t always the bad guys. This story had many facets to it, a secret society, demons, misguided loyalties, sworn enemies and love.

Anya Carlisle was born into the Arcane Society that hunts and kills demons.  She was taught how to fight and follow orders.  And she excelled at it.  But as she gets older she is starting to question what her purpose is.  Some of the demons that she was ordered to kill seemed to be living honest lives.  She also is questioning if this is what she wants out of life.

By fate she meets Dex Grigori, an incubus demon, that she is sworn enemies with.  They have a hot first encounter that leaves them both in need of each other.  He is everything that she should hate but there is something about him.  He should be running from her because she is very good at killing demons like him.  But can he believe that she is trying to leave that life behind her?

When Hunter Meets Seeker has a little bit of everything.  It has a great mystery within the Arcane Society that Anya has to get to the bottom of, a passionate love story between Anya and Dex and it has betrayal.  The bad guys aren’t always who you think they are.

When Hunter Meets Seeker

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