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Until We Collide

By Charlotte Fallowfield

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Synopsis

What do you do when the guy you’re in love with is seeing someone else?

That’s the dilemma facing Paige Taylor. All of her life she’s only ever had eyes for the gorgeous Alec Wright, but despite their undeniable chemistry, their timing has always been off. Fast approaching her thirtieth birthday, Paige despairs of ever finding love and a happy ever after. Her best friend Poppie tells her that she can either watch life pass her by, or grab it with both hands. She convinces Paige to throw herself back into the dating pool, or she could be waiting for Alec forever.

What Paige didn’t expect was the catalogue of dating disasters to follow. A neck brace, jelly fish, stitches, flashing and an encounter with a gorilla were some of the most memorable. Despite some downright hilarious, humiliating and cringe worthy dates, her biological clock is ticking and Paige is determined to keep trying until she finds the one. Was Alec Wright always her Mr. Right, or is he still out there waiting to be found?

Join Paige in her quest to find the ultimate prize. Love.

Review

First off, I want to say that I did enjoy this book.  I really did.  However, I would not classify UNTIL WE COLLIDE as a romantic comedy.  Was there comedy?  Yes.  Paige is a walking disaster who ends up dating the worst kind of men imaginable and finds herself in some highly embarrassing situations.  Her best friend, Poppie, is an absolute delight and a great source of laughs as well.  That being said, take out those few scenes and I found this book to be sad and depressing.  Why?  Because it took Paige and Alec thirteen years to finally come together.  Yep, you read that right…thirteen years.  It’s lust at first sight when they meet when Paige was just seventeen and Alec was twenty-one.  But from that moment on, they’re separated by boyfriends, girlfriends, work, miscommunications and a shitload of bad luck and bad timing.

I liked Paige, who I think tried really hard to move on from Alec.  She’s a wonderful woman with an amazing career, who simply wants to fall in love, get married and have a family.  It’s a simple dream, which makes it all the more heartbreaking that she spends all those years chasing it.  Since this story is only told in Paige’s POV, it’s hard to get a read on Alec, especially since we don’t really see a great deal of him.  He annoyed me when he made Paige wait six years before telling her he wanted her again.  Paige spent those six years completely single while he slept around with a huge number of women.  When she finally decides to quit waiting for him and starts getting serious with another guy, that’s when he decides to make his move.  I also felt bad for the woman he strung along for years while waiting and hoping for another chance with Paige.

As I mentioned above, UNTIL WE COLLIDE is told only in Paige’s POV and is a stand-alone.  The story takes place over thirteen years, with the epilogue taking place about seventeen years later.  I’m trying to remember if there was any sex, but I don’t think there was.  I think it was all done behind closed doors.  It does come with a HEA for Paige and Alec, and if you can handle reading about years of missed opportunities, then I’d recommend picking this one up.

Until We Collide

My Rating:  4 Hearts

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Tyed

By L J Shen

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Synopsis

Rock bottom has built way more champions than privilege has.

Blaire, an underachieving college student with zero prospects and a ton of issues (hey, being the less-successful twin of a gorgeous supermodel would totally do that to you) needs something from Ty.

Mixed Martial artist Ty, a soon-to-be Welterweight champion of the Xtreme Warrior League and the hottest guy in the Bay Area, wants something from Blaire.

But Ty has a secret.

And Blaire can barely even handle his truths.

Life is about to throw a few knockout punches at both of them. Can they handle the pain?

Tyed is a standalone novel. 

Review

Ty is definitely one dynamic and hot champion and owns the pages who kept me reading this even when I found Blaire for the first half of the book a bit annoying and a bit blah.  She came into her own but my god her sister annoyed me no end and I felt frustrated by their relationship as she was a very self centred character.  I wanted to throttle Blaire’s parents and I just would have liked the family dynamic explored just a little more as they were thrown in at parts and glossed over in others, especially when Blaire graduates.  Blaire had such low self confidence and seeing how her parents and sister walked all over her, well no wonder.   The whole scene at Las Vegas with the wedding just felt weird one day all drama then next at the wedding chapel.

I liked the second half of this book more, it does not slow down and works you up to a ending that is simply perfect and gives you your HEA.  I loved seeing the characters find their own way back to each other and I did not pick Ty’s secret until all was revealed so that was great writing.

Cameron was a great character to introduce when Blaire needed someone and I must say that Shane also created drama and more questions and I enjoyed him.

This is my second book by this author, I have read Sparrow (two times) still one of my favourites  from this year.

Tyed

My Rating:  4 Hearts

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Cruel Temptation (The Covenant Series Volume 2)

By Betty Shreffler

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Synopsis

The war is over. The rogue vampires dispatched. As a full-blood vampire and sorceress, Kayci Pierce finally feels safe. Her focus now set on how to run the Covenant and best protect her species. The next-in-line, Lycan clan leader shares Kayci’s vision—but his captivating and sexy brother, Cassius McCabe is a distraction Kayci can’t afford. New threats surround Kayci as she navigates unfamiliar territory and feelings she can’t hide. Will temptations destroy her and everything she’s worked for, or will love be enough to pull her back from the edge?

Review

Cruel Temptation is the continuation of Kayci’s story. It is an emotional journey from beginning to end.  Now that she is a full vampire sorceress everything should fall into place but as she takes her place leader in the Covenant many obstacles unfold from inside and outside forces.

Cruel Temptation begins with Kayci trying to take the Covenant to the next level by inviting the werewolves and witches to join.  This is a brave move because there are many unknowns with all three groups in the same room. As everyone arrives and starts talking in walks the next in line Lycan leader and his sexy brother, Cass.  Kayci works hard to fight her attraction to Cass because she is in love with Adrian.

It’s on the trip to see leader of the Lycan clan that she is forced to explore her feelings for Cass and Adrian.  While she is in Colorado she learns that she has opposition from many sides, and she goes from a high to a low.  It is here that she starts to learn about herself as a leader and will shape her growth.

I couldn’t put this book down.  Betty Shreffler has a way of writing that is very visual for me.   I loved the introduction of the new characters even though I’m team Adrian.  Adrian is the protector that we know him to be.  Elise is the awesome best friend that helps Kayci keep her humanity.  And Rosemary adds the mother figure that Kayci needs in guiding her as a leader.

In book two, again, the action doesn’t stop when you think it does.  Book three is set up perfectly and I can’t wait to see how Kayci is going to deal with everything in her personal life and in her leadership role.

Cruel Temptation

My Rating:  5 Hearts

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Reaper’s Fire (Reapers MC #6)

By Joanna Wylde

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Synopsis

It’s time for more men and motorcycles in the latest from the New York Times bestselling author of Reaper’s Fall…

The club comes first.

I’ve lived by those words my whole life—assumed I’d die by them, too, and I never had a problem with that. My Reaper brothers took my back and I took theirs and it was enough. Then I met her. Tinker Garrett. She’s beautiful, she’s loyal, and she works so damned hard it scares me sometimes . . . She deserves a good man—one better than me. I can’t take her yet because the club still needs me. There’s another woman, another job, another fight just ahead.

Now she’ll learn I’ve been lying to her all along. None of it’s real. Not my name, not my job, not even the clothes I wear. She thinks I’m nice. She pretends we’re just friends, that I’ve still got a soul . . . Mine’s been dead for years. Now I’m on fire for this woman, and a man can only burn for so long before he destroys everything around him.

I’m coming for you, Tinker.

Soon.

Review

I always wondered what Gage’s story would be like, having followed him in the other Reaper’s MC books, he was always pretty closed off.

The sexual chemistry and tension in this story is off the charts, at one point I thought are they ever going to get together?  I was so sexually frustrated myself reading this and then when they “did it” I was not disappointed, it was everything I thought Gage would be like with the women he would ultimately fall in love with.

Carrie was my absolute favourite character behind Tinker, the friendship and humour she provided to this story was just a total surprise and provided me with girl power moments and plenty of laughter.

Tinkers start in this story was heart breaking, I immediately connected with her and just wanted her to have her HEA all through this book.  I kind of was deflated when I realised my dream for her was not going to come to fruition and she was taken on another path.

This story flowed well but I did feel the ending was rushed and I really wanted some more closure with Talia and Brandon and would also have loved not a 9 month jump between the fires and rebuilding the club house and Gage & Tinker taking on a new challenge.  Then we jumped 22 years so I kind of felt like I never got to see Gage and Tinker really together as a couple.

I have to say I would have loved for the authors note to be at the front of the story, I kind of got a bit side tracked with the whole fire storm happening throughout this story, I knew it was going to play a part but it confused me somewhat.

Reaper’s Fire

My Rating: 4 Hearts

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Broken Pieces (The Broken Series #4)

By H D’Agostino

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Synopsis

One drunken night a nameless one-night stand changes everything for Alison Tanner. Her world suddenly turns on its side, and she has a whole other person to consider. One that will rely on her for everything and love her unconditionally. One that will cause her more guilt that she can imagine because she can’t answer the most important question of all… where’s my daddy?

Time passes and Ally moves on, finding love in one of the most unlikely places. But things are never that simple. What happens when the nameless stranger comes walking back into their lives? How will this affect their child, and is this new love strong enough to weather the storm?

Our hearts don’t always want what’s easy. Sometimes they send us on a path that will eventually break us. Which path will Ally choose, and who awaits her at the end of that journey? Join Ally and the rest of the gang in Broken Pieces, the final book in The Broken Series.

This book contains profanity and graphic sexual encounters. It may not appropriate for readers under the age of 17.

Review

I have not read any of the other books in the Broken series and I was pleastantly surprised you do not need to either as although other characters are introduced we are not given re runs of their entire lives, you do not need to know about them as this is pure and simply Ally’s story of finding love and a future for her and Caleb. I liked how we did not dwell on the fact that yes she got knocked up on a one night stand and glad it showed her mum being such a great support for her.

Three way lovers triangle with so many twists and heart breaking moments – my heart was beating so fast, I was scared for Ally when she though she finally had a future to dream about – simply loved this.
I was sucked into this story right from the beginning, when at the 30% mark it over a pizza delivery it explodes with secrets being revealed which then leads you on a path of anger, confusion and hurt. Decisions need to be made and I have to admit I was shocked with Ally’s decision – but loved it, I was so in his corner.

The author really had me guessing to the last moment, I had my own hopes and dreams for Ally and Calebs future and we were given lots of future flashes of how their lives turned out and then also Caleb as a teenager working in the Gym – are we going to get another story with Caleb and Rhys – the next generation?

Broken Pieces (The Broken Series #4)

My Rating: 5 Hearts

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Filthy English

By Ilsa Madden-Mills

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Synopsis

**THIS IS A STAND ALONE BOOK**

A smokin’ hot British player…
A jilted girl…
One night of mistaken identity…

Two weeks before her wedding, Remi Montague’s fiancé drops her faster than a drunken sorority girl in stilettos. Armed with her best friend and a bottle of tequila, she hops a plane to London to drown her sorrows before fall semester begins at Whitman University.

She didn’t plan on attending a masquerade party.

She sure didn’t plan on waking up next to the British bad boy who broke her heart three years ago—the devastatingly handsome and naked Dax Blay. Furthermore, she has no clue how they acquired matching tattoos.

Once back at Whitman together, they endeavor to pretend they never had their night of unbridled passion in London.

But that’s damn hard to do when you live in the same house…

One night. Two damaged hearts. The passion of a lifetime.

*A modern love story inspired by Romeo and Juliet*

**no one dies in the writing of this novel**

Review

Dax and Remi, two characters with serious history that affects Remi both physically and emotionally, although Dax is not fully aware until later on in the story which helps explain Remi and her inner demons.  The moment when Dax realises was one of my favourite parts of this story.

The friends Dax and Remi had around them was one of my favourite components of the story. Remi’s relationship with her brother, her best friend Lulu (love the name!) and then of course Remi’s ex fiancee who provides the drama.

I loved how they returned to college and once again were thrown back closer together, it definitely provided for some emotional scenes which I really enjoyed.

This flowed fast for me and it was great to see Declan and Elizabeth from Dirty English, although not linked I would recommend reading their story first.

Remi’s ex fiancee was definitely a character who is a filthy swine and so glad he gets put in his place.

Filthy English

My Rating:  4 Hearts

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To Save a Mate (VonBrandt Family #1)

By Krystal Shannan

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Synopsis

A chance he never thought he’d have comes at a price he never wanted her to pay

What do you do when everything you thought was real turns out to be a lie? How do you pick yourself up and move on? Move past the pain?

Kara McClure is living the perfect life. A great boyfriend, supportive loving parents, and a full ride to John McAdams University on a scholarship. What could go wrong? But something always does. When tragedy hits, you’re supposed to be able to count on those closest to you for support. Kara turns to the love of her life, Vincent Harris, only to find him supporting the nether lips of her sorority sister.

Luke VonBrandt is a business college student with a secret no one can know. When an accident threatens the life of an innocent girl he’s secretly loved since high school, he risks everything to give her a second chance on life, even exposing the truth about what he is. The blue-eyed beauty haunts his dreams and her scent is all he can think about.

Luke’s wolf insists he find a way to claim her as his own.

But Kara’s broken heart will fight him every step of the way.

Review

Love me some beautiful passionate hot sex between an alpha man who is just sex on a stick being Luke and the shattered Kara who has been Luke’s infatuation for years and his obvious mate.  The way he just became her saviour and barrier to the outside world during one of the most traumatic times in her life just captured my heart and I simply devoured this story – just what I needed.

God I loved the connection these two characters had along with the family interwoven to help Kara deal with her loss.  This is a fast paced story but still had an so much emotion and great drama that flowed well and had supporting characters whom will obviously be in the next few books and I am really looking forward to reading them too.

The VonBrandt family are so supportive and I really became quite enamoured with Luke & Noah’s parents who provided support to Luke but also especially to Kara.  Looking forward to reading Noah’s  story next and I think there are more people in this town that know about the werewolves and I think Kara’s parents also knew more than what they ever told her.

I hope I get to see more of Luke and Kara in the next few books.  I also really loved the tattoos around the wrists as the first part of their mating bond and how most matings I have read required a bite during sex yet I loved the difference in how Luke and Kara’s mating was finally secured.

Luke saved his mate Kara in both body and soul.

To Save a Mate (VonBrandt Family #1)

My Rating: 4 Hearts

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Heat It Up

By Stina Lindenblatt

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Synopsis

Some games are hotter off the ice…

Sofia Phillips feels cursed. Her father cheated on her mother, her boyfriend cheated on her—she’s done with dating. A summer work-exchange program in Finland is the perfect escape. But instead of gaining experience as an athletic trainer, she’s cleaning toilets. Awesome. The trip is a disaster, and even better, she meets Kyle Bennett. In the sauna. Naked.

Sexy hockey player Kyle was the star right wing for an NHL team. But after an accident killed his wife and left him injured, Kyle has appreciated the “therapeutic” benefits of booze and puck bunnies. Now in Finland for the summer, he’s coaching in an elite hockey-training camp for teens. When Sofia’s grandmother decides to set her up with a nice Finnish man, Sofia recruits Kyle as her make-believe boyfriend. Neither expects their first kiss to sizzle. And neither expects, while stranded on an island during a storm, to have a scorching night of passion.

But as their charade, and then their attraction, develops into something deeper, the past comes back, threatening to destroy them. They must decide if their feelings for each other are strong enough to survive—or it will be game over.

Review

Unknown to each other, Sofia and Kyle have travelled from Minneapolis to Finland to get a temporary break from their painful pasts.  When they happen upon each other at the local sports centre, the attraction is instant, but Sofia doesn’t trust men to be faithful and Kyle is too busy enjoying his current lifestyle of one-night stands to consider a relationship.  But as they spend more time together, they wonder if they’ll get more out of this trip than they were expecting.

HEAT IT UP is told in dual POVs and at this point in time, it appears to be a stand-alone.  I liked both Sofia and Kyle; I thought they made a great couple and I could feel their attraction through the pages.  However, I did feel that Sofia was a little weak with how she handled the love triangle, and it was hard to sympathise with Kyle at times when his lifestyle of booze and women was less “grieving widow” and more “making up for lost time”.  I’m not a fan of over-the-top drama and angst, so I was really happy to see that I didn’t need to be worried about that in this book, especially given the youngish ages of Sofia and Kyle.  That being said (and this is where I come across as completely hypocritical), I think this book could have used a little more angst and/or drama, as everything that happened between Kyle and Sofia was a little too easily forgiven and resolved.  Overall, I thought HEAT IT UP was a nice way to spend a few hours.

Heat It Up

My Rating:  3 Hearts

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Survivor (First to Fight #3)

By Nicole Blanchard

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Synopsis

I knew falling in love with him was bad for us both, but I did it anyway.

For a brief moment, we had it all. Even though he was leaving to join the Marines and I had four years of college ahead of me, he was everything I ever wanted and didn’t think I deserved.

But real life has a way of dashing dreams—and that happy future we envisioned together? It disappeared at the hands of a monster.

Ten years have passed and I’m not the same naïve girl that believed in happily-ever-afters. When unforeseen events draw me back to our hometown and I find myself caring for my two teenage brothers, the last thing on my mind should be reconnecting with the hottie-turned-hero who I loved at seventeen.

As the past begins to repeat itself and old threats resurface, I’ll have to trust him with the secrets that tore us apart if I want a second chance at his heart.

Review

Could not put this down, once I started I needed to finish this story of love broken and then repaired – second chance at romance for me and I devoured this.

This is the second story in the series, I highly recommended reading Warrior (First to Fight #1) as although not linked you do have characters from Warrior that return to Survivor and I have a feeling that Savior (First to Fight #3) we will have these characters return.  We also do have an Epilogue – 5 Years Later – which I love for Standalone stories and this one did not disappoint.

Firstly you get dual POV which for such a highly emotional storyline I think definitely helps you understand each characters reflections of history and how events they could not control directed their relationship.

Sofie and Jack – they simply were destined for each other and how Jack never gave up was a beautiful thing to read.

Warning this storyline does include references and reflections upon rape and aggression so be prepared but I really thought they were well written.  The sex scenes between Sofie and Jack when required for soft and sensual but then we were also given some great passionate and intense Romance Between The Sheets.

Sofie is definitely a Survivor, her two brothers also help give this story some humour and tender moments of forgiveness and family.

Survivor (First To Fight #3)

My Rating: 5 Hearts

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Ransom (Ransom #1)

By Rachel Schurig

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Synopsis

Daisy Harris has no reason to suspect that her day will be any different than usual. She’ll go to class, alone. She won’t speak or make eye contact. She’ll spend her entire day doing her best to go completely unnoticed. That’s what life is like for Daisy now—an endless cycle of loneliness and fear. A life lived hiding behind the walls she so faithfully maintains.

Then she sees it. A magazine, left behind in class. A simple picture—just his face. And it changes everything.

It’s been a year since she’s seen Daltrey Ransome. A year since he and his brothers left town to pursue their dreams of rock and roll superstardom. A year since he left Daisy behind—left her to watch as everything she knew crumbled around her. She’s been running from Daltrey ever since, desperate to keep her secret.

But she can’t run anymore. And now that Daltrey has found her—the girl he’s loved his entire life, the girl he’d give up everything for—he’s determined never to let her go again.
**The first book in a brand new series from USA Today bestselling author Rachel Schurig. This New Adult Contemporary Romance novel is a complete story with no cliffhanger.**

Review

This story will stay with me for a long time, we were given moments of darkness however when the light shone for Daisy and her friends – it was simply outstanding and so rewarding.

What I loved about this story is we follow Daisy, in my view this is her journey not Daltrey’s and in the end she makes some tough and inspiring decisions along the way to fight her way towards living life and allowing herself to love again. We follow her and Daltrey’s physical connection but I was glad this story was more about their emotions and it did fit well with the overall theme of her journey.

The traumatic event that happens to her is unfortunately what young people today have to deal with and I think it was handled in a respectful and appropriate manner.

The way Daisy’s relationship with her dad and new friends is a beautiful thing to see, those two girls entered her life and helped her climb to the top, gave us laughs and tears. I loved their OCD lists, rules about who gets the take out, driving and road trip games – just brilliant – they gave some relief to the sensitive subjects being covered in Daisy’s story.

I did not realise Daisy’s mum had a secret that was being kept by her dad but I had a sneaky feeling about Daltrey’s dad and how much he knew.

Daisy’s living of life was being held to Ransom and through family and friends she was brought to the open to live life to the fullest – just an amazing story.

RANSOM

My Rating:  4 Hearts

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