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SINCERELY, CARTER by WHITNEY GRACIA WILLIAMS

What happens when you fall for your best friend?

Sincerely, Carter by Whitney Gracia Williams

SYNOPSIS

Just friends.
We’re just friends.
No, really. She’s just my best friend… 


Arizona Turner has been my best friend since fourth grade, even when we “hated” each other. We’ve been there for one another through first kisses, first “times,” and we’ve been each other’s constant when good relationships turned bad. (We even went to colleges that were minutes away from each other…)

Throughout the years, and despite what anyone says, we’ve never crossed the line.

Never thought about it.
Never wanted to.

Until one night changed everything.
At least, it should’ve …

Just friends.
We’re just friends.
I’m only saying this until I figure out if she’s still “just” my best friend…

Sincerely, Carter

Reviewed by Jenny & Gitte

✯✯✯✯ 1/2 ‘nom, nom, nom’ stars

“You’ve been there for every moment of my life and I’ve been there for yours, too.”

OH GOSH we fell HEAD OVER HEELS in love with this book! A friend to lovers’ tale is one of our favourite themes and when the story is told from childhood to adulthood…cue the heart melt! Seriously….could little Carter and Ari be any bloody cuter? We were so enamoured with these two. From their childhood conversations through to their adulthood heartbreaks, these characters and their friendship was so a.d.o.r.a.b.l.e and so utterly believable.

‘…..she was my best friend – the ultimate person I could count on no matter what.’

Carter and Arizona have known each other and have been firm friends since the fourth (or is that the fifth?) grade.  From teasing children, through dating teens, through real life decisions we followed their ups downs and shared their secrets, triumphs and failures.

“…for the record, it’s going to take me a lot longer to forget.”

Told through alternate and very distinctive pov’s, it is through flashback and dialogue between the characters that we learn of their past loves, their hopes, their aspirations and their frustrations. We experience the true soul depth of their friendship and the dynamics within their relationship and were held spellbound right the way through.

“You should accept the facts by now. I know you better than you know yourself.”

Carter, Arizona and their friends delighted us with their witty banter, exasperated us with their cluelessness at what we knew was in their hearts. There were times our hearts broke…Whitney G, you certainly put us through our paces woman and left us crestfallen a few times throughout though you made up for it by putting smiles on our faces and warmth in our hearts. And let’s not forget the those heat inducing moments!

‘I wake up hoping to have you in my arms, and there are only so many days I’m going to be able to stay sane without you….’

But all through we never lost hope of Carter and Arizona finding their way, we hoped and we dreamed that these childhood friends with the unbreakable bond would see what was in front of their faces.

“Some people come into your life for a reason, some a season, and some a lifetime.”

The only reason this wasn’t a 5 star for us was because we felt the ending was a tad rushed and appeared to end abruptly. We really would have loved a little more.  In other words ‘more afters’. Or maybe, just maybe, we just didn’t want their story to end! We hope this isn’t the last we’ll see of Carter and Arizona, hmmm maybe we’ll meet them again through a side character story??  Hey Whitney Gracia Williams, are you listening?**hint, hint**

If, like us, you’re a fan of a sexy, heartfelt, funny and emotional friends to lovers story, then GRAB THIS BOOK! Your romantic heart will thank you!

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SINCERELY, CARTER by WHITNEY GRACIA WILLIAMS
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Sincerely, Carter by Whitney Gracia Williams

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CARTER REED TWO – THE CARTER REED SERIES by TIJAN

Carter reed

SYNOPSIS

Carter bought his way out of the mafia to protect Emma, but when an old ghost returns to the Mauricio Family, a chain of events starts that can harm everyone.

While Carter must decide to return to the Mauricio Family or not, a face that is oddly familiar to Emma comes into her life. She’s given the chance to discover more about her family while tension between the rivaling Mauricio and Bertal Family comes to a head in an explosive way.

The truce is officially off, and when the two worlds collide, Carter’s decision is made. 


He didn’t start this war, but he will end it. 


He will do anything to protect Emma. 

Carter Reed Collage
Reviewed by Jenny & Gitte

✯✯✯✯ Stars

‘This was still how I preferred to think of him, not as the man the city knew as the Cold Killer, Carter Reed. He was my soul mate.’

Carter Reed is back and he’s here to right the wrongs and make his girl Emma safe. We were reading this book feeling like we were on a mission – a timed mission where at any moment time would be up. Facing a gauntlet, trying to figure out the in’s and out’s on why no one is safe any longer. Why Carter and Emma can’t be left alone and just be at peace with each other and their love.

“Why is it that your presence can calm me? Your touch can make me alive, and one little sigh from you makes me want to sleep for days in your embrace?”

The Cold Killer – his intensity and power is addictive and makes our pulses race. However; his vulnerability and all-encompassing love for Emma even more so. Their shared history and the strength of their connection is magnified by the want and willingness to end this fight for both of them. A fight that’s a race against time with the clock ticking so vividly in the background.

‘Everyone I loved went away. Everyone I let close ended up hurt.’

Emma has one hell of a time in this book – overwhelmingly so. This girl is a bloody rock. There’s no damsel in distress here – no – she pulls up her skirt and faces the obstacles kicking and screaming as she tries to reconcile the facts and protect who and what she loves.

‘She was a fighter, my fighter.’

We love a good well written mafia book and we have to say this was and even though it may not have taken us to the stratospheric heights of Carter Reed  One, we still really enjoyed this second book. There’s vengeance, passion, deception, romance and friendships. Ultimately, Carter Reed symbolises family and love – we can choose our friends but we can’t choose our family. Water can be thicker than blood.

“Heaven and Hell. That’s where I would go for you.”

**Reviewed from an ARC copy provided by the author, with thanks**

THE CARTER REED SERIES by TIJAN

Carter Reed

CARTER REED BOOK ONE
Our Review
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CARTER REED TWO 
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OVERRULED : THE LEGAL BRIEFS SERIES BOOK ONE by EMMA CHASE

Overruled by Emma Chase

SYNOPSIS

Emma Chase, New York Times bestselling author of the Tangled Series, returns with the first installment of the Legal Briefs Series. 

As a DC defense attorney, Stanton Shaw keeps his head cool, his questions sharp, and his arguments irrefutable. They don’t call him the Jury Charmer for nothing – with his southern drawl, disarming smile and captivating green eyes – he’s a hard man to say no to. Men want to be him and women want to be thoroughly cross examined by him.

Stanton’s a man with a plan. And for a while, life was going according to that plan.

Until the day he receives an invitation to the wedding of his high school sweetheart and mother of his beloved ten-year old daughter. Jenny is getting married — to someone who isn’t him.

That’s definitely not part of the plan.
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Sofia Santos is a city raised, no-nonsense litigator who plans to become the most revered criminal defense attorney in the country. She doesn’t have time for relationships or distractions.

But when Stanton, her “friend with mind-blowing benefits” begs for help, she finds herself out of her element, out of her depth, and obviously out of her mind. Because she agrees to go with him – to The-Middle-Of-Nowhere, Mississippi – to do all she can to help Stanton win back the woman he loves. 

Her head tells her she’s crazy…and her heart says something else entirely.
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What happens when you mix a one stop-light town, two professional arguers, a homecoming queen, four big brothers, some Jimmy Dean sausage and a gun-toting Nana? 

The Bourbon flows, passions rise and even the best laid plans get overruled by the desires of the heart.

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Overruled collage

Reviewed by Jenny & Gitte

✯✯✯✯1/2 Stars

 

‘Sex with Stanton is exhilarating; working beside him is a privilege. But loving him…that just hurts.”

It goes without saying; we didn’t need to be asked twice if we wanted to review Overruled! Emma Chase is so proficient in writing from a male point of view, we knew we were in for some fun and once again she nailed it.  She had us believing we were listening to the inner workings of the male psyche as though it really WAS Stanton regaling us with HIS words.

‘She’s frank, direct, but also fun. A woman I consider a friend – someone I enjoy going out with as much as I enjoy going down on.”

Stanton Shaw……wow! What a man! A clever, cocky, confident git who could charm the knickers off a Nun.  A smooth as silk lawyer with a dirty mouth and a Southern drawl that left us swooning and melting at every ‘darlin’ he uttered.

“You are beautiful.”  He says in a low, awed voice, with just a touch of southern.
Three words
.

There was more to Stanton than met the eye, he was also a loving and devoted father to his gorgeous little girl Presley and fiercely dedicated to his friends and family. The scenes with Presley stole our breaths and had us melting in a puddle. Our hearts were in danger of overflowing with love and cuteness between these two. Warning: Guard those ovaries ladies because Daddy Stanton is a sight to behold!

We will admit we were a tad concerned at the beginning that the story was going to head down a certain road and both voiced concerns about it in one of our progressive phone catch- ups but there was NO WAY we couldn’t continue with the story.

“You’re so stuck on what you think is supposed to be, that you’re missin’ what’s right in front of you.”

We adored Sofia. Sofia and Stanton were perfect together. They kicked arse in the courtroom and burned with passion in the bedroom. Sofia was also the perfect foil for Stanton’s acerbic wit, giving as good as she got. Sofia was a rational, intelligent woman who was able to control everything except her heart. The occasional POV’s from Sofia were heartbreaking as we saw behind the ‘friends’ façade she displayed to those around her where Stanton was concerned.

This book ticked the boxes! It was passionate, funny, heart-warming, frustrating and different to what we expected, in a good way. By frustrating we mean there were times we wanted to slap Stanton upside the head over his cluelessness at recognising what was in front of him, but his boyish charm, dirty mouth and humorous wit won us over every damn time!

“Change your mind?” she teases. “Want to dance after all.”
“I want to fuck,”
I breathe against her ear, making her shiver. “You. In case there was any doubt. Now.”

There were some things we felt unnecessary to provide the ‘ahaaa’ moments and we found we didn’t learn enough about Jenny to begin with to connect with, and solidify hers and Stanton’s relationship;  to understand Stanton’s reasoning and desperation where Jenny was concerned.

“I look at you and I see a thousand summer days. The best moments of my life.”

The banter between the characters was done with effortless, precision timing and don’t even get us started on those courtroom scenes!! They were as hot as the sex itself!!!! Oh and a special mention has to go to Nana. What a HOOT she was! We loved Overruled and we’re dying to see what await us in Brent and Jake’s books later this year. We’re already hooked on this series!

**Reviewed from an ARC copy provided by the publisher via Netgalley, with thanks**

 

THE LEGAL BRIEFS SERIES by EMMA CHASE

Legal Briefs

Overruled Book #1 –  amazon us :: amazon uk :: our review
Sustained Book #2 –   amazon us :: amazon uk :: our review
Appealed Book #3 – 
amazon us :: amazon uk :: our revew

Sidebarred FOR WEB (1)Sidebarred #3.5  – amazon us :: amazon uk 

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THE MISTAKE – OFF CAMPUS BOOK TWO by ELLE KENNEDY

He’s a player in more ways than one…
Now he’s going to need to up his game.

The Mistake

SYNOPSIS

He’s a player in more ways than one…

College junior John Logan can get any girl he wants. For this hockey star, life is a parade of parties and hook-ups, but behind his killer grins and easygoing charm, he hides growing despair about the dead-end road he’ll be forced to walk after graduation. A sexy encounter with freshman Grace Ivers is just the distraction he needs, but when a thoughtless mistake pushes her away, Logan plans to spend his final year proving to her that he’s worth a second chance.

Now he’s going to need to up his game…

After a less than stellar freshman year, Grace is back at Briar University, older, wiser, and so over the arrogant hockey player she nearly handed her V-card to. She’s not a charity case, and she’s not the quiet butterfly she was when they first hooked up. If Logan expects her to roll over and beg like all his other puck bunnies, he can think again. He wants her back? He’ll have to work for it. This time around, she’ll be the one in the driver’s seat…and she plans on driving him wild. 

The Mistake Collage

Reviewed by Gitte & Jenny

Rating: ✯✯✯✯1/2

 We seriously love this Author; her writing is brilliant and addictive.  Also, her characters are lovable and have a realness to them that makes us feel everything they do without unnecessary drama and angst. Some Authors just have this flawless and effortless style of writing and Elle Kennedy is one of them.

We absolutely love this series and whilst discussing it we think the main reason is the attention to the hockey aspect of the theme. This series doesn’t just claim to be about hockey. It is all about the hockey. The camaraderie and banter between the lads is infectious and had us in stitches. We came over all unnecessary whenever they were all together taking the piss out of each other or on the ice. Loved that – it felt authentic as did the whole college experience, the emotional obstacles and the issues that emerge in friendships and romance.

‘He’s John fucking Logan, one of the most popular guys at this college. And I’m Grace fucking Ivers, one of the thousands of girls who are crushing on him.’

Logan….what can we say; we fell in love with this confused and sexy young man who had heart-breaking family burdens and an uncertain future over which he has no control. His story really broke our hearts but the level of responsibility and maturity he showed was amazing and made us love him even more.

“I treat him the way I’d want to be treated if I was ever in his position. With patience and support, even when he doesn’t deserve it.”

Logan needs someone to show him his worth and grab him off that self-destructive path he’s hiding from everyone and himself even.

Enter Grace. Ahhh what a fabulous heroine. Sweet, innocent, fun and kind of geeky. We loved her and despite feeling tired of that same old same old naïve and inexperienced girl we fell in love. Grace had back bone.

‘I ache for this guy. All the fucking time.’

The mistake has everything; friendships, love, loyalty, humour and passion. Whilst we didn’t love it as much as The Deal it was close. We highly recommend this series, especially if you’re after a hockey book that has the spirit of the game.

“Go away, G. I’m wooing.”

**Reviewed from an ARC copy provided by Omni Publishing with thanks**

THE OFF CAMPUS SERIES

THE DEAL – OFF CAMPUS BOOK ONE
Our 5 Star Review and Excerpt
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THE MISTAKE – OFF CAMPUS BOOK TWO
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THE SCORE – OFF CAMPUS BOOK THREE
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THE GOAL – OFF CAMPUS BOOK FOUR
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BROKEN – REDEMPTION BOOK #1 by LAUREN LAYNE

Broken

SYNOPSIS

Lauren Layne’s New Adult novel tells the story of a girl with secrets, a guy with scars, and a love that could save them both… or destroy them.

When Olivia Middleton abandons the glamour of Park Avenue for a remote, coastal town in Maine, everyone assumes she’s being the kind do-gooder she’s always been. But Olivia has a secret: helping an injured war veteran reenter society isn’t about charity—it’s about penance. Only, Olivia’s client isn’t the grateful elderly man she’s expecting. Instead, he’s a brooding twenty-four-year-old who has no intention of being Olivia’s path to redemption . . . and whose smoldering gaze and forbidden touch might be her undoing.

Paul Langdon doesn’t need a mirror to show him he’s no longer the hotshot quarterback he was before the war. He knows he’s ugly—inside and out. He’ll do anything to stay in self-imposed exile, even accept his father’s ultimatum that Paul tolerate the newest caretaker for three months or lose his inheritance. But Paul doesn’t count on the beautiful twenty-two-year-old who makes him long for things that he can never have. And the more she slips past his defenses, the more keeping his distance is impossible.

Now Paul and Olivia have to decide: Will they help each other heal? Or are they forever broken? 

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Broken

Reviewed by Jenny

Rating: ✯✯✯ 1/2

“Your soul’s more crippled than your leg.”

Broken was an easy story to become lost in. Not to mention that I’m a sucker for a retelling of Fairy Tales, and with the theme of this story being based on Beauty and the Beast…even better and for the I did enjoy this story.

We meet our hero Paul who was disfigured after being injured during his time in Afghanistan. His outward scars are only a fraction of the emotional scars and pain he harbours inside. Retreating from life and choosing to live his life in seclusion rather than risk the ridicule and stares from people on the ‘outside.’

‘The worst of my scars aren’t the ones I see in the mirror.’

Escaping her own issues, Olivia takes on the role of caregiver to Paul; little did she know the impact this man would have on her life.

Broken is told in dual POV’s which enabled me to experience each characters feelings which was essential to the story as Paul could be quite the trying character at times and for me, getting inside his head was a necessity.

“That’s how it works, Paul. You deal with shit however you need to, and then you get over it. You move on.”

There was an immediate sexual chemistry between Paul and Olivia that leapt off the pages, yet their friendship was allowed to develop at a beautiful slow pace, with both taking baby steps to earn each other’s trust.

“Hell yes, I need something. I need someone to care.”

Olivia had such a beautiful heart and a tenacious spirit and lucky she did because she needed great fortitude where Paul was concerned. It was testament to her ability to see beneath the tough exterior, because Paul could be quite cutting and cruel at times to Olivia and for this reason I found him a bit difficult to completely connect with.

I did enjoy Broken but have to honest and admit I had a bit of a problem with Paul and found it a little a difficult to warm to him  and by the time I did it was a late in the story. Perhaps more ‘afters’ would have cushioned my feelings for him. His treatment of Olivia grated on me at times which hindered my overall enjoyment of this story. So whilst I enjoyed Broken, I didn’t love it as much as I had hoped. However I adored this authors writing style and will be diving into Crushed asap!

Broken was a sweet and engaging story of two damaged people seeking redemption and love with the right amount of drama, emotion and heat.

 **Reviewed from an ARC copy provided via Netgalley, with thanks**

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THE REDEMPTION SERIES by LAUREN LAYNE

Lauren Layne

 ISN’T SHE LOVELY – BOOK #0.5
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 BROKEN – BOOK #1
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CRUSHED – BOOK #2
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