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THICK LOVE (Thin Love #2) by EDEN BUTLER

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SYNOPSIS

He doesn’t ask their names.

He doesn’t deserve to know them.

Ransom Riley Hale’s friends think his life is charmed: first string as a freshman on a championship-winning college football team. A father with two Super Bowl rings. A mother with platinum albums and multiple Grammies under her belt. But that brilliant shine on the surface hides the darkness beneath; it’s all Ransom has ever known.

Despite the shadows he walked in, once there was a blinding light fracturing the darkness. It brought the promise of hope and happiness. He’d been careless, filled with pride and stupidity and lost that light. Ripped it from the world. 

Now, the shadows are dimming again. Aly King surges into his life threatening to pull him from the darkness. She is everything Ransom can never be again. Her light feels too warm, promises him that there is more waiting for him beyond the shadows. 

But the shadows are relentless, resurfacing when he thinks he is safe, and Ransom knows he must keep Aly from them too before he pulls her down into the darkness with him.

Thick Love (1)

Reviewed by Jenny & Gitte

✯✯✯✯1/2  tense stars

“Thick love is best. Thick love is…it’s when you know.”
“It’s when you know what?”
“It’s when you know you’ve found the one that can pick up the pieces when you let your heart get broken.”

If a love story full of angst is something that gets your book heart racing, if you revel in watching two people work at their love and relish  having your heart tested to the limit then Thick Love is the book for you and boy did we LOVE it! We want to applaud Eden Butler for staying true to her characters and admire her for telling their story their way. It was imperative for Ransom’s story be told his way, after all this was his journey, not a rehashing of his parents love story, and so we were pleased with the direction Eden Butler took with regards to the story and the characters.

“I wanted to help you.”
“I don’t need your help.”
“Bullshit, Ransom. You’re lost. You’ve been lost a long time.”

From the moment we met Ransom in Thin Love, we were immediately drawn him, his flaws, his anger and the obstacles he had to overcome. After all, Ransom did have big shoes to follow with his high profile parents yet nothing could have prepared us for how his story would unfold.

“Ransom, you can’t live like this.”
“Who the hell said I’m living?”

Our hearts immediately went out to Ransom. Here was a young man in his prime, the world at his feet, looks, charm, money and talent, yet he was world weary, haunted by his past, burdened and beaten down. Life outside of his family and football had become such a struggle which had manifested itself in a physical sense which we found heartbreaking.

Ransom’s voice was gut wrenching, frustrating and exasperating but it was also incredibly sad as we observed this sensitive soul so riddled with guilt, wallowing in self-condemnation and self-loathing as he blamed himself for a tragedy that would consume him. We alternated between wanting to hug him and hit him. Ransom was young man so completely lost in grief we wondered if he would ever drag himself out of his despair and possess the ability and the desire to set himself free.

“Aly, I have to be so careful with you.”
“I’m not going to break.”
“I might.”

Aly was such a plucky heroine. Aly’s love for Ransom was without question. Aly understood the difficulty Ransom faced in opening up his heart and although she repeatedly forgave him Aly was by no means a pushover as never feared speaking her mind to put Ransom in his place and in return Aly made Ransom feel alive for the first time in a long time but did he deserve her love?

‘I had seen many, many brilliant things in my life, in my travels, things that would take away your breath, things that would make you never question if God existed. But none of them could match the magic of Aly when she danced.’

Ransom and Aly’s love was one born from grief and sadness and so they had to fight for their love and in doing so Eden Butler showed us that they weren’t defined as a couple and that Ransom and Aly needed to find themselves independently and deal with their issues before they could commit their love and feelings to someone else.  After all, as we said, this was Ransom’s unique journey and he could never truly be at peace and give himself until he had dealt with his issues.

“I’m not the bad boy who needs saving, Aly.”
“Non, cheri, you’re a good man who needs to forgive himself.”

Whilst you could read Thick Love on its own we really do encourage you to read Thin Love first as you will garner a much better understanding of Ransom, his past, his family and his persona which is an integral part of Thick Love. We couldn’t have read one without the other.

We LOVED this book and would recommend it in a heartbeat! And so Ransom and Aly’s story continues…………..

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

THE THIN LOVE SERIES by EDEN BUTLER

Thin Love series

 THIN LOVE – BOOK ONE
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  MY BELOVED – NOVELLA #1.5
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 THICK LOVE – BOOK TWO
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COCKY BASTARD by PENELOPE WARD and VI KEELAND

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SYNOPSIS

From New York Times Bestselling authors Vi Keeland and Penelope Ward, comes a sexy new standalone novel.

He was someone who belonged in my wildest fantasies instead of a rest stop in the middle of Nebraska.

A sexy, cocky, Australian named Chance was the last person I expected to run into on my cross-country drive.

When my car broke down, we made a deal. Next thing I knew, we were traveling together, spending sexually-tense nights in hotels and taking unplanned detours.

My ordinary road trip turned into the adventure of a lifetime. It was all fun and games until things got intense.

I wanted him, but Chance wouldn’t make a move. I thought he wanted me too, but something was holding him back.

I wasn’t supposed to fall for the cocky bastard, especially when I knew we’d be going our separate ways.

All good things must come to an end, right?

Except our ending was one I didn’t see coming. 

♥  ♥

Cocky Bastard

Reviewed by Gitte and Jenny

✯✯✯1/2 Stars

‘They say if you let something go and it doesn’t come back to you, it was never really yours to begin with. But considering I was the one who initially left in this situation, all bets were off.’

With a title like this you never know what to expect and we were pleasantly surprised that- sure Chance was definitely cocky but a bastard? No; we have to disagree with the title. Chance is what kept us reading this story, he was gorgeous and funny – sweet and understanding. He went through so much, be it from his past or his present. Sure he should have tried honesty, but after eight days?! We fell in complete love with him and like we said he’s the reason we stuck with it. Well him and a lovable fainting goat.

“You want to sin with me, Princess?”

The writing was engaging and we were definitely enjoying the story of how Chance met Ahhbree. We had a few laughs and it felt quite seductive to begin with so we were eager to find out how their story was to pan out. Kudos to the Authors for throwing in a spanner that completely came as a surprise. We loved this part of the story and once again it showed Chance as a man with a big heart who protects those he loves. And when he woo’s bloody hell does he WOO!!!!!!

“I’m here. You have me. The question is, do you want to keep me, or will you throw me away?”

So, where we struggled was with the amount spent together versus the time spent apart. As in they spent more time apart than together. Eight days from meeting to parting being the only time spent together over more than two years. Is it possible to have a love so cemented and final? We just didn’t connect with this part of the story it just didn’t feel convincing at all.

“Without you, I see nothing. Nothing.”

Our other issue was Aubrey; whilst we really liked her for the first part of the story she began to annoy us and get on our reading nerves. Yes she’d been treated in an emotionally appalling way, however – carry a grudge much – after receiving a life changing and emotionally driven explanation she proceeded to drag it out leaving two men hanging on tenterhooks and giving their all for her existence? Granted, she was partially aware and we do understand her reluctance to an extent but it went on for the better part of the story and began to drag. We couldn’t believe how hard Chance had to work, he literally put the Rrrrrrr in romance! So sadly no, this part of the story just didn’t work for us which is why we only liked it and didn’t love it. Chance and the goat stole the show! We want to be on the back of that bike!

‘Sometimes, those who put up the biggest shields are those who are protecting the biggest heart.’

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

♥  ♥

COCKY BASTARD by PENELOPE WARD and VI KEELAND
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**MORE BOOKS WE’VE LOVED BY THESE AUTHORS**

 STEPBROTHER DEAREST by PENELOPE WARD
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 LEFT BEHIND by VI KEELAND and DYLAN SCOTT
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RULE – SONGS OF CORRUPTION #3 by C.D. REISS

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SYNOPSIS

Book Three in The Corruption Series. You must read SPIN and RUIN before reading RULE! 

Theresa and Antonio.
They’ve been through hell. Antonio has a price on his head for turning his back on a marriage deal, and Theresa has no intention of turning her back on him. They’re devoted and strong, ready for anything…. 

A Love Tested To The Limit 
And then, someone from Antonio’s past reappears. Someone who can give him everything he ever wanted, and who can shake them to their very core.

#livetogether
#dietogether

In this stunning conclusion to the USA Today Bestselling series, Antonio and Theresa will have their passion, their devotion and their very will to live tested.

Rule Collage

Reviewed by Jenny and Gitte

✯✯✯✯✯ ‘ siamo nel libro d’amore’ stars

“Some things are in the stars. I was meant to protect you. And you were meant to rule.”

Pledge open : il nostro capo e la sua contessa sempre nei nostril cuori.   Our hearts are overflowing! What a series! What a love story! What an author! What a conclusion! Bravo, CD Reiss, Braaavo!

It’s seldom we’re afforded the experience of reading a series which proves to be 5 star read across the board. We either encounter one book that  becomes a filler of some sort or all too often we find somewhere along the way the voices of the characters or the direction of the story changes so dramatically it’s hard to distinguish the characters from those we fell in love with to the ones they become by the end of the story.   Sure we love, admire and relish witnessing a characters growth but we also want to be reminded of why we initially fell in love with them and their story. Well, CD Reiss take a bow because you managed to achieve this and so much more because The Songs of Corruption series delivered and it delivered superbly!

“I want my kiss.”
“Come and get it.”

We’ve run out of accolades to bestow on the extraordinary talent of CD Reiss throughout this series. Her descriptive and vivid prose never fails to astound us. There is a poetic beauty to her writing which leaves us breathless as we hang on and devour her every word.

It’s a doubled edged sword when we come to the end of a series we’ve loved so completely and in Rule we experienced the excitement of seeing the conclusion to Antonio and Theresa’s story together with the sadness of saying goodbye to these two passionate characters whom we’ve falling irrevocably in love with.  Whilst we did find the first 60% of the story dragged a little  now and then this in NO WAY impacted on our overall feelings of how much we loved and enjoyed Rule. We understood the build-up required to the conclusion and the last 40% had us on tenterhooks, sobbing, speechless and clutching our hearts! Such passion, such heart palpitating moments, such suspense and such intense soul searing love, not to mention the treachery, lies and deceit that abounded.

Amor regge senza legge.…love rules without laws. ‘

We reveled in the growth of the characters in this conclusion, Theresa Drazen in particular whose outward grace, poise, elegance and beauty, tinged with an aura of fragility belied the strong, capable and fierce woman beneath. Theresa was a force to be reckoned with and quite the match for the forceful, possessive and determined Antonio Spinelli. She was a revelation!

‘When he smiled, the sky opened and God himself showed his favour.

Antonio Spinelli. Words fail us! Here is a man, and what a man he is, who loves his woman and we mean LOVES her. That alone is reason enough to love him but we also fell in love with his flaws, his heart and his strength.  Yep, this guy is it for us and boy were there moments he even had us in giggles as the inner caveman was exposed! Oh Capo, our Capo!

“Take me,” she breathed. “You crazy, beautiful bastard. Take me.”

The love between our Capo and his Contessa may not have spanned decades but it was no less an EPIC love story.  Time does not equate to intense, soul deep love – feelings do and we FELT every emotional, passionate and intense moment between these two and find ourselves indelibly marked by their love story.  Brilliant! Moving! Intense! Passionate! Evocative! A stunning conclusion to an outstanding series! Pledge closed

“I want what I love, and I love what I want. What I want is you. You came to me as a lady and now you are a queen. I’ve never met a woman lie you. I don’t even deserve you.”

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

 

SONGS OF CORRUPTION SERIES SERIES by C D REISS

SPIN – BOOK ONE
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RUIN – BOOK TWO
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RULE – BOOK THREE
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FROM DUST by FREYA BARKER

from Dust 6th Aug

 SYNOPSIS

Pain punished her.

The bottle numbed her.

Guilt kept her trapped.

In the dark alley of a pub, the words “Please don’t” take hold of her heart and break the silence she seeks. Thinking herself beyond redemption, she tentatively grabs on to the slim thread of hope that unfolds inside of her. 

Holding her secrets close, she can’t resist the comforting draw coming from The Skipper. The unconditional friendships it offers, the protective roof it provides, and the spark that its owner ignites in her—melting the frost off her heart, and slowly stripping away her resistance.

His life flows from one crisis to the next. Under the pressure of competition crowding him out of his family’s pub and the need to protect his children from the ruins of a bad marriage, he barely breathes. That is until a mane of strawberry-blonde hair and a set of big, pale blue eyes, shake him up.

He never expected the shadow of a woman he finds on the floor of his washroom to bring him the air―the balance and the light he’s been missing.

**Due to some content of a sexually explicit nature, this book is recommended for a mature audience only.**

From Dust

 Reviewed by Gitte and Jenny

✯✯✯✯ Stars

‘The place where my heart sat frozen in my chest for so long is becoming too warm a place.’

We were quite excited to start this story as it ticked everything we were in the need of. There’s not many 30 – 40 something romances out there which we love to read; team that up with a passionate romance, some heavy and dramatic storylines and we were hooked! This is our first Freya Barker but it certainly won’t be our last as we loved her writing.

“You running Syd?”

“Only from my past.”

Syd is a broken slip of a girl, we have to say we were under the impression she was a lot younger than her true age from the descriptions and actions. However, whilst living under dire circumstances escaping tragedy and grief she’s given a helping hand and a second chance at life. To watch this woman emerge from darkness was quite emotional with harrowing secrets unearthed. The road isn’t all unicorns and rainbows as Syd is dealt blow after blow be it directly or indirectly. However, once found she doesn’t stand alone. There were so many fabulous characters in this story but none more so than the mature, passionate and luscious, Gunnar.

“There is no fear with you, only feelings so deep, I’m overwhelmed.”

Now, we have to say that Gunnar – be still our beating hearts – reminded us a little bit of a certain KA hero named Tate. Yes you read that right…Tate. There were moments where we were reminded of Sweet Dreams and those shone like a beacon. Gunnar has in some respects been dealt a pretty bad hand in life too, with the exception of his two gorgeous kids and of course his friend Viv who was instrumental in Syd’s second chance. He was a completely lovable alpha hero and when he loves he truly loves.

“Feels like home. This, them…you. It’s almost too much.”

When their paths meet, the journey Gunnar and Syd embark upon is drama filled and one hell of a healing journey through the power of love and friendship. It was emotional and passionate and we truly felt it through most parts.

So, whilst we enjoyed this story there were times were the writing lost its way and fell quite flat and repetitive. There were also a few inconsistencies as well in regards to the storyline.  This gave us pause at times and to say we needed an epilogue, well….we desperately needed one at the end of this story.

“Everything we do has a ripple effect, just like nothing that happens to us exists in isolation.”

From Dust is a story of healing, forgiveness and embracing life once more. It’s about seeing that light at the end of the very dark and grim tunnel as you try to put yourself together again after such complete and utter devastation. It’s wanting to and being willing to accept the comfort of others and grabbing that healing hand reaching out to pull you out of the darkness.

‘When did this happen? When did I become so estranged from a kind word or a soft touch?’

FROM DUST by FREYA BARKER
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SUSTAINED – THE LEGAL BRIEFS SERIES #2 by EMMA CHASE

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SYNOPSIS

A knight in tarnished armor is still a knight.

When you’re a defense attorney in Washington, DC, you see firsthand how hard life can be, and that sometimes the only way to survive is to be harder. I, Jake Becker, have a reputation for being cold, callous, and intimidating—and that suits me just fine. In fact, it’s necessary when I’m breaking down a witness on the stand.

Complications don’t work for me—I’m a “need-to-know” type of man. If you’re my client, tell me the basic facts. If you’re my date, stick to what will turn you on. I’m not a therapist or Prince Charming—and I don’t pretend to be.

Then Chelsea McQuaid and her six orphaned nieces and nephews came along and complicated the ever-loving hell out of my life. Now I’m going to Mommy & Me classes, One Direction concerts, the emergency room, and arguing cases in the principal’s office.

Chelsea’s too sweet, too innocent, and too gorgeous for her own good. She tries to be tough, but she’s not. She needs someone to help her, defend her…and the kids.

And that — that, I know how to do.

♥  ♥  ♥ 

Sustained Emma Chase

Reviewed by Gitte and Jenny

5 “hi” stars! 

‘The look in her face is everything I want it to be. Gentle, adoring – like I’m the hero of the story.’

Well didn’t we just fall in absolute book love with Sustained. Everything about this book was top end fiction that had us unable to stop reading for any of life’s little interruptions. We really need to reaffirm what we’ve always said and that is the fact that Emma Chase is the queen of male POV’s. She writes them so well that there is never any question that we are inside the head of a man. And what a man Jake is. Under his pristine made-to -measure suits hides a multitude of sin. The kind of sin that had our hearts beating and our pulses racing. Jake is without question one of our all-time favourite book boyfriends. He made us laugh, he made us swoon, he made us teary and he showed us his huge…..HEART (you perv’s hahahaha). Wow what an ode to all that’s perfect man.

“You deserve a man who knows what the right thing is…I want….Christ, I want to be that for you.”

Jake doesn’t do relationships – he doesn’t even date. Rather he’s a bit of a male slapper; a sexy defence lawyer unwilling to see his women more than once. He’s not interested in details or back stories, he sees something he wants and he gets it but on his terms. He’s a success in pretty much every aspect of his life. Well……

“A knight in tarnished armor is still a knight.”

Now, right from the onset we knew there was something bloody special about Jake. He actually wears his heart on his sleeve and what a giving, understanding and caring heart he has. Everything Jake felt we did too as his POV was completely convincing and insightful. The whole way through we never doubted, questioned or disbelieved.

‘I want everything – all the secret, sweetest parts of her – but if this is all I get to have tonight? It’s enough.’

Jake meets Chelsea and his life changes in a way he could never have predicted or expected. His life is almost not his own as everything he believed, stood for and took as a given changes in the most surprising of ways. He slowly takes on a new role whilst embarking on a different direction with the sweet, admirable, honest and lovable Chelsea and crew.  Jake made us laugh to the point of snorting with eyes watering one minute then had us melting in a puddle on the floor the next.  Then we have the kids….oh the kids.

How many kids live in this house exactly?” It’s starting to feel like they’re cockroaches – see one, and you can bet there’s fifty more crawling around inside the walls. I shiver at the thought. – Jake

“Six.” – Chelsea

We loved them all, we loved Chelsea with the kids and we LOVED Jake with the kids. We just loved the whole damn thing.

Sustained is so flawlessly written, so bang on with the male voice and situational comedic moments. The characters shone and were so well developed as was the storyline. It felt honest, pure and incredibly romantic. It just flowed so beautifully with an originality and quirkiness bearing the stamp of Emma Chase at her very best. We highly recommend Sustained to every reader who loves humour, romance and a bit of angst in their fiction. This is a TB must read!

**Reviewed from an ARC provided by Gallery Books, with thanks**

THE LEGAL BRIEFS SERIES by EMMA CHASE

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OVERRULED – BOOK ONE
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SUSTAINED – BOOK TWO
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APPEALED – BOOK THREE
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SIDEBARRED – BOOK #3.5
(Must read Sustained before this)

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