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With This Man (This Man #4)

By Jodi Ellen Malpas

Synopsis

Jesse Ward is back in the newest novel in the #1 New York Times bestselling This Man series!

Life is good for Jesse “The Lord” Ward. Perfect, actually. He still has the charm, he’s in great shape, and he still reduces his wife, Ava, to a pool of desire with a mere look. He’s in full control, just how he likes it.

But Jesse’s perfect world falls apart when a terrible accident lands Ava in the hospital with a life-threatening head injury. Devastated and angry, he feels like his entire existence hangs in the balance. He cannot survive without this woman’s love. So when she finally comes around, his shaking world begins to level out. But his nightmare doesn’t end there. It’s only just begun. Because his wife can’t remember the last sixteen years of her life. That’s all of him. All of their time together. He is a stranger to her.

Now Jesse must do whatever it takes to find her memories . . . and help her fall madly, passionately in love with him all over again.

Review

Returning to Jesse & Ava With This Man was simply so full filling.  Jesse had matured but was still insane, irrational but still loveable.

So many times throughout this story I was close to tears, then smiling, then laughing and falling in love all over again, just like Ava.

With This Man had such depth with so much raw emotion and the storytelling was mature in line with the characters.  We jump at times with Ava’s recovery and it was perfectly timed by the author.  The connection with Jesse and his beautiful children made my eyes tear and my heartache, this man is simply ferocious for his family.

I loved seeing how Drew and Sam were traveling in life along with of course John, so much is changing for all of them.

There is an element of danger and I did pick this turn of events early on so I was beside myself waiting for the inevitable dramatic moment.

Upon finishing I was ready to start at the beginning and go on the crazy ride again.

With This Man (This Man #4)

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The Escape

By Alice Ward

Synopsis

She needed to escape. I needed to be saved.

Like an angel, Madalyn Durand swoops into my life, rescuing my little girl while I fight for my son. And how is she thanked for her bravery? By having every damn thing she owns taken from her.

Even in her most desperate hour, she’s perfect. Majestic. Me? I’m nothing like her. I’ve failed. At my marriage, at being a dad. I made the Hottest Billionaire Bachelors list, but I can’t protect my kids.

Then I get a second chance.

When my children need me the most, I become a full-time dad, and Madalyn, like some miracle, is by my side. What I didn’t count on was how she would feel in my arms. Under me. Next to me. Maybe forever.

But someone else wants her forever too. Someone she tried to escape, but who won’t set her free.

Can I save her from this evil? Can I save my kids? Myself?

Review

The Escape was an incredibly easy and fast read, it has all the romantic moments but also has a wonderful family storyline.

Xander and his two children were my favourite parts of this story.  There were touches of humour but also some moments of sadness with a sensitive subject.  Xander definitely stepped up and became the father these two children needed.

Madalyn was an incredibly easy character to fall in love with.  From those first few chapters, I wanted her to find freedom from her family.  She had such humility and determination and was so caring for Xander’s children.

Xander’s Ex-Wife and Madalyn’s Prince she was being forced to marry created suspense and much drama throughout the story.  Towards the end, you knew confrontation was coming and it was perfectly placed within the storyline.

The romantic and sensual moments between Xander and Madalyn had great balance and it was lovely to see their relationship develop.

The ending of The Escape was very enjoyable and neatly tied up their romantic story.

The Escape

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Playing His Way (The Players Club #4)

By Erika Wilde

Synopsis

HE’S READY TO PLAY . . . ARE YOU?

As the new owner of The Players Club, Brent “Mac” MacMillan is all about dirty sex, wicked sin and carnal pleasure . . . served up his way. After being burned in the past, he’s always been careful to choose experienced females who enjoy submitting to his dark desires, and are willing to play by his demanding rules without expecting any emotional attachments in return.

Hiring beautiful interior designer Stephanie Randall to create fantasy bedrooms within his club is his first mistake. She’s curious, flirtatious, and makes his blood run hotter than it ever has before. Innocent when it comes to all the debauchery his sinful world has to offer, she wants to take a walk on the wild side . . . with him.

His second mistake? Saying yes. And his third? Falling for the one woman he knows he can never have.

Review

Playing His Way is a well-paced story between two strong and sexual characters.  Both Mac and Stephanie were easy to connect with and you immediately enjoyed their playful banter with each other.

The sexual tension was built well and considering I had not read any of the other books could easily follow the supporting characters and was not overwhelmed.

Mac and Stephanie had such great chemistry with each other.  The changes in both of their feelings over the period of their friendship changing to more kept me riveted.  Their physical moments were erotic and highly enjoyable.  The way Stephanie allowed him to care for her in that environment and cease control was interesting to follow.

A surprise for me was Stephanie’s steadfast desire to be that career woman and she makes no apologies about it.

Playing His Way is a quick and easy read that I really enjoyed.

Playing His Way (The Players Club #4)

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Sordid

By Ava Harrison

Synopsis

It was his lips.
The way his stare sent shivers down my spine.
The way his rough voice whispered my name.

So I caved.
I did what I knew I shouldn’t.

But as quickly as he’s there, he’s gone.
Leaving me confused.
Devastated.
I hope I’ll never see him again…

Then I do.

He’s my new boss.
And he has secrets.

*Sordid is a COMPLETE standalone novel.

Review

Sordid had me at the first few chapters with the main reason being Bridget. She simply captured my soul and heart and I wanted her to find happiness and her place in life.

Throughout the romantic journey for Grant and Bridget, I at times became emotional and held such anger and frustration. As they faced many hurdles, I felt literally sick with worry and anticipation of what was around the next corner for these two.

It did take me longer to be in Grant’s corner as he was so angry at the world but when you find out all the secrets, well I wanted him to find peace. At times I could not understand how Grant was functioning from the stress and mind games.  Chelsea is an awful character manipulating Grant and Isabella.

Isabella was such a joy in this story and I loved the moments the author wove her into Sordid. In the end, all the secrets and lies come out and I was surprised. Grant’s brother Spencer was a stand out for me towards the end and how he was the bigger man and helped his brother. I would like to read the story on Spencer and Olivia which is called Clandestine (Expose #2). Some moments in this book may have made more sense if I had read this first and to fully comprehend the deep-seated family issues.

The last few chapters were my favourite with the family members which had me smiling and feeling such relief. I also found the epilogue very satisfying and neatly tied up their story.

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Barking Up the Wrong Tree (Sex and Sweet Tea # 3)

By Juliette Poe

Synopsis

Things in Whynot, NC have gone to the dogs, and that’s just the way the town’s only veterinarian, Laken Mancinkus, likes it. No matter if she’s up when the rooster crows, or working until the cows come home, Laken never leaves an animal in need. So when a gorgeous Yankee comes begging for help herding some wily goats, Laken is up to the task.

Jake McDaniel is looking for a tax break, and what better way than to take up…farming? This ex-football player turned businessman turned unwitting goat farmer is up to his knees in goat drama. Runaway goats, dehydrated goats, and a baby goat that wants no one other than him, Jake needs more help than he cares to admit. Good thing the sexy veterinarian is right there to coach him on how to be a farmer. The only problem is, Laken’s not looking for anything more than a good time, while Jake is looking for his forever girl.

Will the baby goat, and Laken, be enough to get Jake to stay? Or will he take his tax break and hoof it back to Chicago? One thing is for certain…what happens on the farm doesn’t always stay on the farm.

Review

BARKING UP THE WRONG TREE is the third book in the Sex and Sweet Tea series, a series where each book can be read as a stand-alone.

I liked Jake and Laken, and I loved their chemistry in the beginning. Jake is a no-nonsence, take-charge kind of guy, and Laken has a take-no-shit attitude that puts Jake in his place several times throughout the story. Frustration, attraction and sex make an exciting combination.

I loved the first half of the story, but I felt a little let down by the second half. When their sex-only arrangement morphed into a relationship, their connection started to fizzle out, because their wants and desires didn’t match up anymore. On top of that, the conflict appeared and was resolved very quickly in the final pages of the story.

BARKING UP THE WRONG TREE comes with a HEA and is told not only in Jake and Laken’s POVs, but also in Pap’s and Herman’s POVs. Herman is Laken’s dog, and yes, you get to hear his thoughts on what’s going on, and it was adorable. All the sex is behind closed doors, so you’ll have to use your imagination when it comes to Jake and how good he is in bed. We were introduced to Darby, who is Jake’s ex sister-in-law, and she’ll be getting the next story— PRETTY AS A PEACH—along with Colt.

Barking Up the Wrong Tree (Sex and Sweet Tea # 3)

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Sex and Sweet Tea Series

Triplets Make Five

By Nicole Elliot

Synopsis

Delilah hates me. But I’m going to marry her anyway. Delilah is different. Quiet. Reserved. Smart.
But she doesn’t want anything to do with me.
So, of course, I have to have her.
She’s got the sultry librarian look, full lips, all those curves, I can’t get enough.
I’ll convince her to be mine. Just one night. And I never fail.
But I’m her new boss. And if anyone at the office found out about our one night stand, we would both be ruined.
So we’ll keep it to one night of passion.
Then we’ll go our separate ways.
That was the plan anyway.
But now I can’t let her go.
Because she’s carrying my babies.
All three of them.
And I won’t let her do this alone. 

Review

Deliah is one of those wallflowers that you immediately connect to and want her to find her true love and place in life.  As a reader, I felt every emotion as the author took us on her journey to happy ever after.  Her anxiety and the way she protected herself yet still shone in her professional life spoke to me on a personal level.

Triplets Make Five is such an easy and light read and will make you smile and believe in true love and happily ever after.  This has all the elements of romance that enable you to believe in magic and beautiful moments, that men see beyond the facade and to the true person.

The flow of the story is perfect and kept me engaged and the supporting characters provided more light-hearted moments and helped cement this couple.  Deliah’s parents were strange and I actually thought they had ulterior motives but then they just disappeared which made me happy.

Preston was a great character, he was alpha but also respectful of Deliah and slowly pulled her walls down.  I appreciated that he acknowledged her integrity and how smart she was on a professional level and respected that.  I would have loved to have had a chapter on work finding out about their relationship and all those employees that just overlooked Deliah and the wonderful person she was.

A wonderful surprise was the extra stories with this book, there are eight other romance stories to enjoy.

Triplets Make Five

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Brooklynaire (Brooklyn Bruisers # 4)

By Sarina Bowen

Synopsis

You’d think a billion dollars, a professional hockey team and a six-bedroom mansion on the Promenade would satisfy a guy. You’d be wrong.

For seven years Rebecca has brightened my office with her wit and her smile. She manages both my hockey team and my sanity. I don’t know when I started waking in the night, craving her. All I know is that one whiff of her perfume ruins my concentration. And her laugh makes me hard.

When Rebecca gets hurt, I step in to help. It’s what friends do. But what friends don’t do is rip off each others’ clothes for a single, wild night together.

Now she’s avoiding me. She says we’re too different, and it can never happen again. So why can’t we keep our hands off each other?

Review

Like every other Sarina Bowen fan out there, I have been waiting for Nate and Becca’s story since we met them in the very first Brooklyn Bruisers book, ROOKIE MOVE back in September 2016.

Nate and Becca are both very easy characters to like. Becca is sweet, loyal, friendly, fun-loving, outgoing, giving and hardworking. She’s very well respected by everyone in the Bruisers organization, from the players to the office staff. Nate is intelligent and generous, but also a little socially awkward, which is absolutely adorable. Although, I will say he seemed more take-charge and less socially awkward in this book than I remember him being in the previous books.

The sound of her voice occasionally gives him goosebumps. When she laughs, he feels it in his chest.

After trying to ignore their attraction to each other for the past seven years, you will definitely be rooting for them to finally get their happily ever after.  But therein also lies some frustration, because a lot of this book involves watching them circle around each other as they try not to cross that line, and then circle around each other again after they do finally cross that line.  Which I understand. I really do. Because Nate is Becca’s boss, so not only does she have to deal with a power imbalance, she also has to worry about how her co-workers will see her if she starts sleeping with the boss.

BROOKLYNAIRE is told in dual POVs and while some of the events in this story take place in PIPE DREAMS—the previous book in the series—it can be read as a stand-alone.  It also includes flashback chapters that give us glimpses into how Becca came to work for Nate, and how they became friends before he was rich and famous, which I really enjoyed. I especially liked the way those chapters were written, as though the characters were speaking in a slightly medieval tongue. Overall, Nate and Becca’s story is a slow build, friends-to-lovers romance, that is a wonderful addition to the Brooklyn Bruisers series.

Brooklynaire (Brooklyn Bruisers # 4)

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Brooklyn Bruisers Series

Sexy Jerk (Sexy Jerk World # 1)

By Kim Karr

Synopsis

My best friend is married.
Everyone I know is married. It doesn’t bother me. I like my life the way it is.

Since I’m single though, when my best friend and her husband finally decide to go on their dream honeymoon, she asks me to watch their three-year-old son.

Of course I say yes.

What my best friend neglects to tell me is that I won’t be babysitting alone.

Feeling Max might be too much for me to handle, her husband asks his only single friend to help.

Nick Carrington and I have met a couple of dozen times. I’ve never really given him a second thought—other than to say he’s kind of a jerk. Out loud. So he can hear. Sure, he’s tall, dark, and handsome. And yes, he has the best ass I’ve ever seen, and I mean ever seen quite literally. You see he mooned me at last year’s Fourth of July barbecue because, like I said, he’s a jerk.

He always has to be the life of the party.
He’s also arrogant.
Imposing.
Rich.
And a playboy.
I’d even go as far as to say he’s a manwhore.

Yet somehow before I know it, this manwhore and I are co-parenting. Living under the same roof. Eating meals together and yes, talking.

Don’t look at me like that—it’s not like I had a choice. Even though I knew every minute would be hell, I had to say yes.

But after two weeks what I didn’t expect is that I’d been wrong about him.
That under his smart-ass exterior, he’s quite charming.
That his arrogance is actually confidence.
And that the sight of his naked body would do really bad things to me.

So yes, I’ve misjudged him. And yes, I like him. Really like him. Although there are times I still think he’s a jerk…I now think he’s a sexy jerk.

And I want more of him.

The question is—does he want more of me?

Review

I’ve been struggling for days with what to rate SEXY JERK, and in the end I’ve decided to give it just 2❤️, because days after finishing the book, all I can think about are the issues I had with this story.

Character wise, I liked Nick, but I didn’t like Tess.  She was irrational and very easy to anger and upset.  Tess has hated Nick since the first time they met because he was a jerk, which makes no sense because we learn about their first meeting, and Nick was really nice.  He asked if he could buy her a drink, she said yes, he went to get it, then her boyfriend comes over and takes her away.  But somehow he’s a jerk?  Personally, I think she’s a bitch for accepting a drink from another man when she has a boyfriend.

Speaking of jerk, I get that Nick is supposed to be a jerk (he’s not), but I got annoyed at how many times he was called one throughout this story.  At my count, he was called a jerk twenty-two times.

There are two threesome scenes that didn’t work for me, and I’m wondering if they were added purely to increase the kink factor.  The first scene was when Tess reminisces about her first sexual experience, which was with twin brothers when she was just seventeen.  That scene came out of nowhere and really threw the story off.  It seemed to make sense a few chapters later when Tess thinks to herself that Nick brings out her kinky side, a side she’s been suppressing since her time with the twins.  The second scene involved their friends: Fiona, Ethan and Jace.  Fiona and Ethan are happily married with a child, but one day they just decide they want to bring Jace into their bed.  Why?  Because he and Ethan used to share women in college, and since Ethan’s wife died, he’s been lonely and they don’t want him to feel lonely anymore.  Again, it came out of nowhere, did not fit with the story and I thought it was weird and icky.

I like sex with my romance, but there was a lot of sex in this story.  A lot.  I started skimming through them because I had reached my limit and just wanted to get back to the story.  Even the epilogue had a sex scene that spanned several pages.

There’s a suspense element that involved Nick’s biggest real estate rival, which I thought was promising.  But after watching the suspense build throughout the story, it was anticlimactic to see it quickly tidied up in the epilogue.  There was even another person close to Nick who was involved, but you never hear about him again once Nick realizes what the “double agent” has been doing.  So even though the rival issue was resolved, it had an unfinished feel to it.  Almost like the author hit a wall and just decided to throw on the ending.

SEXY JERK is told in dual POVs and does come with a HEA for Nick and Tess.  While I didn’t enjoy this book, I would give this author another go, but I won’t be continuing on with this series.

Sexy Jerk (Sexy Jerk World # 1)

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Sexy Jerk World Series

Royally Matched (Royally # 2)

By Emma Chase

Synopsis

Some men are born responsible, some men have responsibility thrust upon them. Henry John Edgar Thomas Pembrook, Prince of Wessco, just got the motherlode of all responsibility dumped in his regal lap.

He’s not handling it well.

Hoping to help her grandson to rise to the occasion, Queen Lenora agrees to give him “space”—but while the Queen’s away, the Prince will play. After a chance meeting with an American television producer, Henry finally makes a decision all on his own:

Welcome to Matched: Royal Edition.

A reality TV dating game show featuring twenty of the world’s most beautiful blue bloods gathered in the same castle. Only one will win the diamond tiara, only one will capture the handsome prince’s heart.

While Henry revels in the sexy, raunchy antics of the contestants as they fight, literally, for his affection, it’s the quiet, bespectacled girl in the corner—with the voice of an angel and a body that would tempt a saint—who catches his eye.

The more Henry gets to know Sarah Mirabelle Zinnia Von Titebottum, the more enamored he becomes of her simple beauty, her strength, her kind spirit… and her naughty sense of humor.

But Rome wasn’t built in a day—and irresponsible royals aren’t reformed overnight.

As he endeavors to right his wrongs, old words take on whole new meanings for the dashing Prince. Words like, Duty, Honor and most of all—Love.

Review

Wow!  I can’t remember the last time I thoroughly enjoyed watching two people get to know each other.  It was honestly a delight watching Henry and Sarah fall in love.

“When I put Mum’s ring on her finger, I want the world to know it’s because I’ve chosen her. Not because she fits the bill or checks the boxes, but because she’s magnificent. And I’m lucky enough that she’s willing to put up with me.”

I really liked Sarah.  She might be a little shy, but I loved that she had no problem standing up to Henry when it was called for.  Her shy and serious personality was a perfect match for Henry’s outgoing and playful personality.  I also loved her best friends, Willard and Annie, who added to the humor every time they appeared and who truly loved Sarah for who she was.

“You’ve become . . . important to me, Sarah. I mess up a lot; I always have. I don’t want to mess this up.”

I loved, loved, loved Henry.  He certainly grew up in this story, and I enjoyed watching him struggle with his new role while trying to keep his easy-going nature intact.  I loved the scenes where he was trying to get back in Sarah’s good graces after upsetting her.  Both scenes really highlighted his thoughtful and sweet sides, making it so very easy to love him.

“Didn’t you know that? Can’t you see it, Sarah? I’m absolutely gone for you.”

ROYALLY MATCHED is told in dual POVs and comes with a lovely ending for Henry and Sarah.  While it is part of the Royally series, and does take place where ROYALLY SCREWED finished, it can be read as a stand-alone.  Though I think you would understand Henry better if you read the previous book first.  I loved ROYALLY MATCHED and I will definitely be reading the next book in this series.

Royally Matched (Royally # 2)

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Royally Series

Small Town Siren (Texas Siren Series #1)

By Lexi Blake

Synopsis

Re-released in a second edition with a prologue and three new chapters.

Two cowboys looking for love…

Jack Barnes and Sam Fleetwood met in foster care. Over the years, they’ve become best friends and partners. They share a business as cattle ranchers and a house. There’s only one thing missing: a woman to share. The men are sure they’ve found that woman when Abigail Moore arrives in their small town, Willow Fork, TX.

A woman trying to find her place in the world…

Abby left her hometown twenty years before under a cloud of scandal. She’s raised a daughter, forged a new life for herself, and is ready for the next phase when she meets the handsome cowboys.

One small town that’s ready to explode…

They’re a dream come true—Jack is the sexy Dom, and Sam the playful lover. It’s everything she’s ever fantasized about. There’s only one problem. She’s still not welcome in Willow Fork, and someone is willing to kill to keep her away. 

Review

First of all, I Love the newly revised cover and I had not read the previous version of this story released under Sophie Oak.    Upon finishing I have many questions and I do hope Siren in the City (book 2) will intensify Sam, Jack and Abby’s love story.

The connection between Sam and Abby I felt to my bones, he was caring and had humour and their interactions were lovely.

At times I found Jack hard to connect with, he was definitely an alpha male and has many underlying issues.  Hoping that in book 2 we uncover more of Jack and how his relationship with Sam and Abby is going to develop.

Jack, Sam & Abby’s sex scenes were well written and pushed all the right buttons.  When they all joined as one in the bedroom this was a favourite moment because this was very emotional and worth the build up.  Whilst Sam immediately connected to Abby’s distress, unfortunately, Jack did not which I did struggle with being he was the Dom in this group relationship.

Abby’s history with the town and the way people treated her broke my heart at times.  She was such a strong woman to bring up her daughter all by herself.  We do get to meet her daughter at the end of the story.

I will have to admit I was left slightly disappointed with the 6-week jump at the end of this story.

Small Town Siren (Texas Sirens Series #1)

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