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44 CHAPTERS ABOUT 4 MEN : A MEMOIR by B.B. EASTON

 Standalone comedy romance with bite!

44 CHAPTERS ABOUT 4 MEN : A MEMOIR

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44 chapters

 

SYNOPSIS

School psychologists aren’t supposed to write books about sex. Doing so would be considered “unethical” and “a fireable offense.” Lucky for you, ethics was never my strong suit. 

After spending years trying to spice up my sex life, I gave up and took to my journal. Perhaps my gorgeous, cold, number crunching husband simply wasn’t capable of the kind of passion I’d come to expect. After all, my ex-boyfriends—a skinhead turned US Marine turned motorcycle club outlaw, a baby-faced punk rocker out on parole, and a heavy-metal bass player—were every bit as tattooed and testosterone-fueled as the leading men in my favorite romance novels. If I couldn’t have that kind of passion again in real life, at least I could write about it. Right? Nobody had to know. It would be my little secret. 

Well, guess what? My husband read that shit. 

And guess what else? He upped his fucking game. 

Drunk with power and under the dubious advisement of my best friend and colleague, I began testing the limits—crafting journal entries specifically designed to manipulate Ken’s behavior. For the most part, he responded beautifully…except when he didn’t. 

Told through actual journal entries, steamy short stories, personal emails, a few haikus, and at least one dirty limerick, 44 Chapters About 4 Men chronicles the year I spent toying with my husband’s mind and ignoring all ethical standards of psychology. I decided to publish it in the hopes that someone out there might benefit from my discovery—or at least laugh at it—but in doing so I’m risking more than just my career. If word of this book gets back to Ken, I could lose the very man I’ve worked so hard to perfect. 

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44 Chapters

Reviewed by Jenny & Gitte

4 crazy stars

‘Ken was as far from my type as a person could get without having a vagina – nary a tattoo piercing, warrant, GED, or vice to be found. ‘

To those girls who have been on a night out with your besties, supped back a few bevvies and giggled and snorted with laughter and had a right good night whilst swapping stories about the men in your lives or the men in your past, then THIS book will have you giggling in your wine glass and thinking….’hmmm that sounds familiar‘ because BB Easton has written a book will surely resonate with a lot of you, as it did us.

‘Tattooed bad boys are like a drug I can’t quit. I devour antihero romance novels like they’re an essential food group…………..My DVR is brimming with mysterious vampires, renegade bikers, hedonistic rock stars, and zombie apocalypse survivors – alpha males into whose swollen, ink-covered arms I can run whenever things around here get a little too…domestic. ‘

It’s quirky a bit over the top, funny and relatable.  Reading this book really is like sitting back with your mate and having a good laugh. BB is like one of our girls and it was a lot of fun catching up with her.

This book blew away the cobwebs of a hectic week and was exactly what we needed. BB’s take on her past and the somewhat unorthodox ex’s in her life are the stuff entertaining stories are made of and BB Easton sure did entertain us.

‘If Ken would just have a fucking feeling once in a while, make a little eye contact, cup my face in his hands, press his forehead to mine, say something sweet – I’m not even looking for complete sentences. He can fucking tap, you are beautiful, into my ass in Morse code if it’s really that excruciating for him to express himself out loud.’

After 8 years and two children, marriage was feeling a little stale. BB needed reaffirmation from her emotionally staid, sports loving husband, she needed passion, she wanted her name tattooed across his heart and she needed her husband to compliment her all of his own free will. She concocts an idea to write a ‘secret’ journal and ‘hides’ on her computer so Ken can’t find it….but he really can find it. Well, you know what we mean….it’s unintentionally, intentionally meant for Ken, in an effort to jolt him into giving BB what she wants.

And so, begins a journey into the ghosts of boyfriends past where BB recounts the wild sexploits, and the positive points she had with three boyfriends, Knight, Harley James and rocker Hans, to educate Ken. However, there is one journal for Ken’s benefit and one for the readers, the ‘honest’ account of what transpired differed from the one fed to Ken. It was offbeat and very funny at times, though could get a little confusing deciphering the ‘true’ account from the ‘Ken’s benefit’ account of the story, but it was all in good fun.

The star of the book was undoubtedly Ken ‘asshole’ Eaton. His dry sense of humour, his subtlety’s and the way in which he handled the off the wall BB had us swooning…yep, even when he was wearing his trackies (or PJ’s whichever story you believe), wildly pleasing BB or quietly ignoring her hissy fits. We were putty in Ken’s hands!

‘My husband is a rock. Not as in, He’s so strong and supportive. I don’t know what I’d do without him. But more like, He’s so fucking cold I wonder if he still has a pulse.’

BB Easton is one funny lady. We couldn’t help but become swept up in her playful storytelling as she regaled us by baring her crazy soul, entertaining us with her sarky wit and allowing us an insight into her comical past and present with a wickedly amusing take on her marriage to her husbot.

‘…of course Ken loves the way I get hiccups every single day and how I manage to fuck up instant potatoes and I am perpetually five (ten) minutes late to everything, and the way I get really loud and inappropriate when I’m in uncomfortable social situations, and how I sometimes flip (or flick) him off when I’ve been drinking.
Who wouldn’t? I’m adorable. ‘

Oh and sorry BB but we couldn’t help swooning and having impure thoughts about your husband. We hope that’s okay because we’re both kind of in love with Ken!!  Never mind the others, Ken stole our hearts!!

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44 Chapters About 4 Men : A Memoir by B.B. Easton
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ROOMHATE by PENELOPE WARD

Standalone frienemies to lovers

ROOMHATE 

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SYNOPSIS

Sharing a summer house with a hot-as-hell roommate should be a dream come true, right? 

Not when it’s Justin…the only person I’d ever loved…who now hates me.

When my grandmother died and left me half of the house on Aquidneck Island, there was a catch: the other half would go to the boy she helped raise.

The same boy who turned into the teenager whose heart I broke years ago.

The same teenager who’s now a man with a hard body and a hardass personality to match.

I hadn’t seen him in years, and now we’re living together because neither one of us is willing to give up the house.

The worst part? He didn’t come alone.

I’d soon realize there’s a thin line between love and hate. I could see through that smug smile. Beneath it all…the boy is still there. So is our connection. 

The problem is…now that I can’t have Justin, I’ve never wanted him more.

Author’s note – RoomHate is a full-length standalone novel. Due to strong language and sexual content, this book is not intended for readers under the age of 18.

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Reviewed by Gitte and Jenny

ROOMHATE

Reviewed by Gitte and Jenny

4 Stars 

 ‘I could still see his face like it was yesterday. I could never forget it.’

We love Penelope Ward and yet again we enjoyed another one of her stories. Room Hate was a quick and easy romantic read with a swoon worthy hero and a sweet and likeable heroine. A story unfolding in both past and present time this is one of second chances with the one who got away. The one who still owns every inch of a beating heart – the soul mate. Childhood friends who parted only to be reunited a decade later when a tragedy and new beginnings bring them together. Frienemies to lovers who have to go on a journey of forgiveness, understanding and self-discovery in order to accept that the heart wants what it wants.

“Losing you taught me not to count on anyone but myself. It shaped who I am today…and that’s not necessarily a good thing.”

We loved the hero, Justin, sure he was a bit of an arse and his hostility a tad over the top as at age fifteen the reason for the ginormous grudge felt a tad unbelievable. However, he completely redeemed himself and despite having a penchant for an accompaniment in his coffee which made us gag we LOVED this guy! Truly loved him! Our favourite discoveries were of how protective he really was and still is under surprising circumstances. This guy was almost the complete package of perfection. A sexy bighearted decent bloke who made us come over all unnecessary.

‘This reconnection was really like the sun coming up again for the first time in a long time.’

As for Amelia, she was so sweet with a beautiful heart. She made a hasty decision when she was a young teenager which has haunted her till now and which she’s still in the doghouse for. We actually felt really sorry for her as she was a child at the time. She goes through such a life altering journey in RoomHate and proves what a beautiful, forgiving yet somewhat self-doubting person she really is.

“Music is an expression of all those things you live for…a reflection of the passion within your soul. I live for you. You’re my passion. You’re my music…”

There’s so many ways to spoil this story so we have to be so vague when we say that there was one relationship that absolutely stole our hearts and made this book what it was for us. It had our hearts bursting with love before melting into a puddle on the floor. LOVED it! Justin you’re truly special and this relationship was Bea-u-tiful!!!!

“Please come back to me.”

RoomHate by Penelope Ward
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UNTIL WE COLLIDE by CHARLOTTE FALLOWFIELD

Standalone Romantic Comedy

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until we collide 21st Feb

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.

Until We Collide

Reviewed by Gitte & Jenny

4.5 feelgood stars!

 “I’m Paige calamity Taylor. You’ve seen me in action. I’m the girl who gets sprayed with cow poo, falls in rivers and get coated in mud, and snorts water all over her date.”

Oh we do love our romantic comedies but sadly they’re few and far between so when this one landed on our kindles we jumped straight in. It was just what we needed and let us tell you that this is Brit Rom Com at its finest as we laughed and swooned in equal measure. It’s a calamity of dating disasters for our heroine when really true love has already reared its romantic head.

“So, this is it? We’re over before we even started?”

“I don’t think we’ll ever be over, Paige Taylor.”

Timing is everything and in Until We Collide it’s agonisingly apparent that Paige and Alec need and should to be together but circumstances, other people and life in general always seem to get in the way. Don’t get us wrong whilst we were rooting for these two to get together we had so much fun on the journey experiencing the dating disasters of Paige in the meantime.

“We need to get you back on the horse.”

“I was never actually on the horse, Poppie. I never rode him. We never even made it out of the stable.”

Oh and her Bessie mate Poppie stole our hearts – these two best friends had a brilliant and beautiful friendship and had us in stitches at their banter and escapades. For some the number 13 is an unlucky number but in this book 13 is nothing but magic. You’ll find out why when you pick it up.

‘We were never going to collide. It was a stupid dream by two young kids who didn’t know that life didn’t always work out the way they wanted it to.’

Paige quickly became one of our favourite heroines – she literally stole our hearts. Sure we wanted to grab her and say just go for it, go get Alec, can’t you see he loves you!!! But…..she was so endearingly oblivious in her romance quest and teamed with her innocence, her severe case of bad luck as well as her huge heart; we fell for her charm!

“Are you frigid? Vagijawsitis?”

“What the hell is vagijawsitis?”

“When your piranha vagina is so tight, it bites off his head. It puts a lot of women and men off, so I hear.”

“That’s not a real word, surely?”

“It’s vagi-something. I have no idea, I’m all about cock, darling. So what’s the problem?”

There are copious laugh out loud moments in this book, too many to count. It was a breath of fresh air and felt like a cheeky indulgence. We loved every single minute which took us around the world and back again, falling in love with Paige and Alec as well as the rest of the characters. Sure we would have loved more ‘afters’ as it was a long time coming and then a mere snapshot, but the epilogue had us in fits of laughter. What a hilarious way to end it. Definitely recommend Until We Collide and here’s to hoping we get more from this Author and the characters we met.

UNTIL WE COLLIDE by CHARLOTTE FALLOWFIELD
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ONE DAY SOON by A MEREDITH WALTERS

 Standalone – highly emotive story of loyalty and love in times of hardship. 

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 one day soon 18th Feb

SYNOPSIS

 He found me in blood and tears. 
I stayed with him through darkness and fire. 

We loved each other in the moment between innocence and bitter truth. 
We were the kids easily ignored, who grew into adults we hardly knew. 

We weren’t meant to last forever. And we didn’t. 

He ran away. 
I tried to move on. 

Yet I never stopped thinking about the boy who had fought to keep me alive in a world that would have swallowed me whole. He was the past that I buried, but never forgot. 

Until the day I found him again, years after believing I had lost him forever. 

And in cold, resentful eyes, I saw the heart of the man who had been everything when I had nothing at all. So I vowed to hold onto the second chance that was stolen from the children we had been. 

Sometimes fate is ugly. Life can be twisted. 
And who we are can be ruined by who we once were. 

For two people who had survived so much, we would have to learn how to hold on before we were forced to let go. 

**trigger warning- contains mature themes that are intense and imply abuse, though are not graphic** 

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One Day Soon

 Reviewed by Gitte & Jenny

 “You’re not the same as the rest of us. You’re so much better. You’re so much more.”

In One Day Soon A Meredith Walters writes with a flawless beauty that shines despite depicting an incredibly gritty, ugly and almost hopeless existence. This book had us sobbing through the entirety of story. We actually felt so incredibly sad we had to continuously put our kindles down; taking days to finish which is quite unusual for us. She perfectly conveyed the despair, struggle and intrinsic human instinct to survive desperation and overwhelming circumstances.

‘He had been my happy life. Even when things were ugly. Later he became my broken heart.’

An ultimate romance was found under dire conditions born out of protection and vulnerability only to stand the test of absence and time. Two hearts never healing nor forgetting. Two souls fused together which life couldn’t tear apart. It was beautiful.

“I look at you and I see the girl I would have killed for. The girl I loved to the ends of this fucked up, messed up world. But then I see your eyes and I realize you’re not that girl. Not really. Sure, I recognise the hair. The eyes. The dimple in your chin. But you’re different now.”

One soul saving and trying to heal another only to sacrifice itself out of love. Through this sacrifice the other soul wanders but never forgets. At the end of the day, Yoss and Imi saved each other and acceptance and closure was found in their love that still lived in their hearts. When you have nothing every little gesture, touch and comfort means the world. We fought with them every step of their journey with heavy hearts. We cried our way through as this is not an easy story to read. Especially not as we’re both Mums with sons. One Day Soon broke us in that respect and it made hard reading through our tears. This is life and we know it exists and it breaks our fucking hearts. This Author did a fabulous job of not being over-descriptive, just insinuating enough for us to see what she was trying to show us without words. Well done!

‘Yossarian Frazier wasn’t an overly complicated person. He was smart. He was thoughtful. He was generous and kind. He was loyal to a fault. And he was someone who had been forced to make choices that would shatter most people. I could see the fragments being chipped away little by little as he struggled to hold on.’

Whilst it doesn’t sound right to say we enjoyed this melancholy and somewhat despondent story, we did, and have to say it’s one of the most harrowing reads emotionally we’ve read in a while – as to why – well because – this could be true in its realism. One Day Soon is a story that really could happen and it was written with such care, attention and beauty highlighting inspiring selflessness, perseverance and benevolence in the face of adversity.

“The beach. Remember our story?”

Because of this we struggled with an outcome we were not expecting which in a sense negated much of what came before. There really is true beauty in a non-traditional HEA and we wish that had been the case here in order to, in our opinion, stay true to the characters, the story and the poignancy of meaning behind the words. Yoss saved Imi – Imi saved Yoss – fifteen years of absence needed closure and re-learning to smile and fulfil a need. It was all there….until it wasn’t.

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ONE DAY SOON by A MEREDITH WALTERS
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KISS INTERRUPTED by BARBARA ELSBORG

Standalone romance with an otherworldly feel

KISS INTERRUPTED

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SYNOPSIS

Not his type, not her type, but when faced with the inescapable and inexplicable, all they have is each other.

Not his type.

It should have been simple. A temporary move from London to Leeds to manage the office while a boss is sick, but as Fyn watches the workforce enjoy a summer party, he feels more than guilt over the looming downsizing.

He’s tasked with making many happy people redundant, and that includes Libby Pasternak, who has her face painted as a tiger, wears boots on a summer’s day, has an ear full of piercings and is so distracting, she almost bowls him out at cricket. Unthinkable.

Most conflicting of all, why is he even thinking about seizing the moment, instead of his rule concerning getting involved with employees—especially with one so not in his league?

Not her type.

Libby likes blond surfer dudes with big dreams and even bigger smiles, not a guy like stick-in-the-mud Mr. Sensible, otherwise known as Fyn Marlowe. Then he gives her a lift home from the office party, and she finally has to admit to herself the depth of her Grand Canyon-sized crush. One that chokes itself to death two days later, when he erroneously accuses her of screwing up a major account. She may be a bit different, but her work is always the best.

Their blazing row resolves with her getting sacked, ending any chance of exploring where things could have led.

His type, her type—none of the preconceived ideas of a perfect partner matters when the world—literally—comes crashing down.

Kiss Interrupted

Reviewed by Gitte and Jenny

“You’re the craziest woman I’ve ever met.”

4 Stars

We absolutely love Barbara Elsborg here at TB. Her range is amazing, her writing fabulous as she makes us cry, laugh and swoon in equal measure. We’ve devoured her romances be they contemporary or paranormal or sometimes even both with an otherworldly feel.

Before we start this review we have to get our issue with the cover for this story out of the way. We dislike this cover immensely and see it as a perfect example of why readers may be turned off buying a book. It’s not only a turn off, it also completely misrepresents this story. The characters look nothing like what they look like in the book and some may even say this cover reflects a couple in the medical profession, her being a nurse and him a doctor. Wrong! This cover is wrong in every aspect possible and whoever designed it and gave it the go ahead clearly didn’t read this story or in our opinion didn’t care. Its pure laziness and disregard for the Author and potential readers. This was a beautiful and unique romance that deserved much better.  Yes, this sounds harsh but it’s a side of the book industry we feel very strongly about as do the majority of readers. This cover will not sell this book in fact it may even hinder sales. Covers are important no matter what anyone says and should at least reflect the character descriptions and or aspects of story. They should invite the reader in not turn them off. We hope readers look past this mistake or injustice and take a chance on a beautiful romance.

So, cover aside how did we feel about Kiss Interrupted? The writing was typical Barbara Elsborg, what with her attention to detail, her humour and her quirkiness. We were immediately intrigued as we got drawn into a bit of a thrilling mystery with an unlikely romance forming in the midst of it. We definitely have to say that readers will have to suspend beliefs, let go of their rational side and just believe in the romance and somewhat otherworldly nuances. The synopsis, the cover and the marketing tag does not reflect this story so some may be turned off by this fact.

“I want to remember….I want to remember every tiny thing.”

We loved Libby and Fyn, two completely contrasting characters, each with their own issues and complicated pasts shaping who they are today. Libby’s was particularly intriguing and thrillingly scary! Their story was exciting and mysterious as this Author sure did flesh out her characters and we completely felt their connection. Also, we were dying to find out just what the hell was going on. The story did taper off towards halfway and began to drag so we have to admit we were tempted to put it down and call it a day as it seemed that we weren’t really getting anywhere. However, an overwhelming need to find out how the story would unfold kept us going and we’re glad we didn’t put it down as the last forty percent or so was brilliant. It really picked up and our book hearts soared with the emotion and passion. Again, we have to say we that we were not expecting it to go where it did but we accepted it with an open mind. We just wish there’d been a more even balance and correct representation of this story in cover, synopsis and marketing.

Their last first kiss had to be perfect because he wanted to remember this moment for as long as he could, hold it in his head and his heart.’

There’s no question that Barbara Elsborg is an original which is what we love about her and her stories. She can write anything with her sense of humour, her passion and her knack of the ultimate *surprise* she often manages to weave into her books. Also, her characters always have something quirky about them making them completely lovable.

Kiss Interrupted by Barbara Elsborg
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