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SLIP OF THE TONGUE by JESSICA HAWKINS

Standalone – angst love triangle

‘Her husband doesn’t want her anymore. The man next door would give everything up to have her.’

SLIP OF THE TONGUE

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slip of the tongue 25th Feb
SYNOPSIS
Sadie Hunt isn’t perfect—but her husband is. Nathan Hunt has her coffee waiting every morning. He holds her hand until the last second. He worships the Manhattan sidewalk she walks on. Until one day, he just…stops. And Sadie finds herself in the last place she ever expected to be. Lonely in her marriage.


When rugged and sexy Finn Cohen moves into the apartment across the hall, he and Sadie share an immediate spark. Finn reveals dreams for a different life. Sadie wants to save her marriage. Their secrets should keep them apart, not ignite a blistering affair. But while Sadie’s marriage runs colder by the day, she and Finn burn hotter.

Her husband doesn’t want her anymore.
The man next door would give up everything to have her.

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Slip of the Tongue

Reviewed by Jenny & Gitte

4 Stars

“He can’t have you!”

Once we got started, we could not put this book down, reading it in pretty much one sitting! If you’re not a fan of cheating then this book isn’t for you. However, if you devour books with angst, real emotions and an engrossing story, not to mention some of THE hottest sex scenes we’ve encountered for a while, that while not overly descriptive were extremely well written and off the charts hot, then this one just might be for you!

“Sadie, you looked at me like I was…I was someone you’d loved and lost – and then found.”

The players in this story are Nathan and Sadie who’ve been together for 8 years and are currently going through a bit of a troubled patch in their marriage. It is Finn, their also married new neighbour that Sadie turns to as a shoulder to cry on when her doting and loving husband, in her eyes, becomes distant and cold, shutting down emotionally in their marriage. Comfort from Finn soon turns into attraction and lust, with both Sadie and Finn unable to deny their feelings and desires.

“This is what happens when to a man consumed by a woman he can’t have.”

Nathan has always been the perfect husband. He’s a selfless man who loves his wife, he dotes on her…Sadie is his universe. So why, for the past few months has he been shutting Sadie out of his life? What is beneath his sudden cold and aloof actions?

We were teased mercilessly by Jessica Hawkins as we became desperate to uncover the reason for Nathan’s complete personality change with conspiracy theories being bandied around like crazy. We needed to get inside Nathan’s head, though our need didn’t appear to match Sadie’s apathy towards Nathan’s retreat from her. Whilst Sadie ‘talked’ about getting to the bottom of Nathan’s change in behaviour, she didn’t appear to assertively make the effort to uncover what was bothering him, instead jumping to conclusions and driving us up the wall.

‘It may be the wrong man. It may be the wrong apartment. But I got my wish. There is someone waiting for me after all.’

Sadie was a rather self-absorbed person in our opinion, seemingly making excuses for her reasoning’s and her behaviour rather than proactively making an effort to resolve their problems. Instead finding it easier to blame others for her own shortcomings.

‘How far are they each willing to go? How far am I?”

This story did feel real and the emotions very raw, with the author exploring the relationships in order for the characters to grow and move forward.  What we particularly admired in the writing was how this author didn’t make either Finn or Nathan the ‘bad’ guy and didn’t play one off against the other, resulting in us loving both these men equally. Each gripping our heart with their feelings and struggles. When Nathans issues unravelled, they were real, we felt them and our hearts hurt for him. As much as Nathan affected us, so too did Finn, our hearts aching for both these men.

“I’ll fight for us, and you will too, even if I have to make you.”

We did feel the ending let the story down in some ways. After all the heartache and struggles we went through with these characters we felt it ended a little too abruptly way too easily. We believed the story right up until the end, and although there was emotion in the ending, the ease of which is played out left us feeling a little flat. An epilogue or some ‘afters‘ relating to Sadie’s decision would have probably helped in this regard. However in saying that, we were completely engrossed throughout, unable to put it down until we hit that last page. A fabulously written, raw, painful and emotional story…..oh and did we mention…. it was hot?

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SLIP OF THE TONGUE by JESSICA HAWKINS
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ABRUPTION by RILEY MacKENZIE

Standalone contemporary romance – features two adorable children.

‘An unexpected event. A sudden breaking off.’

ABRUPTION by RILEY MACKENZIE

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Abruption

SYNOPSIS

Everyone has a plan.

Dr. Guy Hunter secures his dream fellowship with a beautiful free spirit by his side. Two unexpected blue lines don’t even shake his resolve—he is on his way to having it all. Until he isn’t.

Abruption: a sudden breaking off

Jules Chiappetti loves her boisterous over-involved Italian family but is determined to pave her own way. An MBA and boardroom job is her ticket out. Until it isn’t.

Abruption: an unexpected event

Four years later, Guy is consumed by the challenges of being a single father, still struggling with the aftermath that derailed his life and left his son with special needs. He doesn’t realize his world went dark the same day his wife’s did, until Jules, his son’s new nurse, shows him the light.

Abruption (1)

Reviewed by Jenny and Gitte

4 Stars

“Beautiful people don’t exist, they are made.”

We do love a story that involves children and in Abruption we met two adorable children who completely and utterly stole our hearts. Riley MacKenzie beautifully captured the essence of the innocence, sweetness and cuteness of these kids and there were times our heart strings were well and truly pulled, making us tear up more than once.

Abruption was our first book by Riley MacKenzie and what a wonderful introduction. These ladies beautifully told a heart wrenching yet hopeful story about second chances, love, loss and sacrifice and we ate it up.

Dr Guy Hunter appears to have it all.  A promising career, a wife, a beautiful baby and another on the way. Then one day his life’s turned upside down when everything changes and Guy becomes a single father, raising two of the most adorable children you could ever meet. Balancing work and home life whilst dealing with the bitterness he feels in his heart.

‘I’d give this woman the world on a silver platter if I could erase her hurt.’

Jules was like a breath of fresh air that breezed into Guy’s life at a time he needs it the most. Jules was funny, loving and so giving to Guy and his children though despite her outgoing demeanour Jules is hiding her own pain and sadness which was heartbreaking.

“Let me become yours. Let me make you happy. Let me help you heal.”

There’s no doubt Finn and Maxie, Guys kids, are the heart of this story, with single Dad, Dr Guy Hunter being at its core and leaving us in awe of his selflessness and his soul deep love for his small children. This man was made to be a father, it came so natural to him and he gave his whole self to Finn and Maxie and when Guy utters…  “I’ve got you buddy” to Finn, we felt it and believed there wasn’t anything he wouldn’t sacrifice for his kids.

‘who loves ya.’ “You say this to the kids. From the first time I heard you ask them, I loved it. I love how their eyes light up, and they want to giggle because they think it’s silly. Because all they know from you, all you’ve ever given them…is pure and unconditional love. There is no better feeling.”

Jules and Guy complimented one another beautifully, both sinking and needing a life raft. The chemistry between Guy and Jules was intense and Dr Guy certainly had a naughty mouth on him!

“Every day, doll. I want this.”

Whilst there is no doubt Abruption moved us and we welled up at times in this story, however we did find the momentum slowed a little particularly in the middle. There were also moments when the story would build only to head off in another direction. Another small issue, which is something personal, was the use of the endearment ‘doll.’ It grated on us and came across a little condescending rather than endearing, however that really is a personal thing to us as readers.   It was clear that the subject matter was well researched and considering the topics dealt with in this story, they were handled with love, sensitivity and care. The love story was heart-warming, Jules’s big beautiful big Italian family engulfed us with their boisterousness and the children were exquisitely written‘ Who loves ya?We do Finn and Maxie girl, we do!

 

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HARDBALL by CD REISS

Standalone – sports theme romace

HARDBALL by CD REISS
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hard ball 29 marchSYNOPSIS
Perfect ass.

Perfect arms.

Perfect swagger.

They call Dash Wallace the Diamond King.

He’s the hottest commodity in baseball and in the bedroom.

When he runs the bases, every woman’s eyes are glued to his stunning body and a smile that puts the night lights to shame.

I’m no queen. I’m a regular girl with a regular job. I just watch him on TV and from the bleachers, season after season.

Girls like me grab a guy like that one in a million times.

My number just came up, and he is as spectacular in bed as he is on the field.

But there’s not a woman in the world who can distract Dash Wallace from the game. Not for a moment. Not even me.

Until the night I do. And everything changes.

Hard Ball

Reviewed by Gitte & Jenny

‘I didn’t know how to exist inside my own contradictions.’

It’s no secret that we absolutely love CD Reiss’ writing style. She just has this way with words that we find absolutely addictive as it never fails to evoke vivid imagery and at times makes us envious of her vocabulary. Once more her hero and heroine both won us over – equally so – as both had a multifaceted personality yet hearts of pure gold. There’s strength in vulnerability and vulnerability in strength.

‘She wasn’t completely broken or completely whole. She was guileless without being naïve. Vulnerable and strong at the same time. A locked box with a tiny window that let me see something shiny inside.’

Vivian was a beautiful character. She lives alone with her stepdad and we absolutely fell in love with their relationship, loving their banter and mutual love for one another. Working as a librarian, Vivian shows her nurturing caring side which translates into her personal life mixed with scepticism and realness. Vivian is an independent realist yet her hearts wants what it wants and overrules her head when it comes to Dash. Though not without a fight.

‘I wanted his soul inside me, a melding of skin where we touched, an unbroken circle of pulsing attention and awareness.’

Dash Wallace is a conflicted soul; a reluctant sports hero who shines on the baseball field and shies away from the limelight. Ruled by routine and superstition he lives a life believing outcomes are dependent on actions. It broke our hearts and whilst some may think this was a sign of arrogance or a disregard of others for personal benefits and gains, we saw it as a vulnerability of personal distress. We fell in love with this sexy well-read hero.

“I was good. I was at home with baseball. But I set my routines, and I need them. I can’t…I can’t play without them.”

We really enjoyed this novel from CD Reiss; although different to what we’ve read before by her and we have to mention that the synopsis does not do this book any justice. It kept us riveted whilst we swooned, laughed and truly felt for the characters. The passion, chemistry and moments of intensity was off the charts! We definitely recommend HardBall.

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FELONY EVER AFTER by VARIOUS AUTHORS

Standalone Comedy Romance : Thirteen Authors! One story!

“Who are you? You’re a total criminal aren’t you?”
“Have I stolen your heart yet?”

Authors:
J.M. Darhower , 
Penelope Ward, Vi Keeland
H
elena Hunting, Debra Anastasia, Nina Bocci
Belle Aurora, Tijan, Katherine Stevens
K.A. Robinson. Liv Morris, Leisa Rayven
S.M. Lumetta 

FELONY EVER AFTER – A DOMINO NOVEL 

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Felony

SYNOPSIS

***A Domino Anthology: 13 Authors ONE story***

Verity Michaels is new to New York City, but even she knows riding in a stolen cab is not a normal way to meet someone. Damn it if that tattoo-covered would-be felon isn’t everywhere now, and lighting everything on fire under her skirt.

His name is Hudson Fenn, and he’s frustratingly impossible to pin down. He works as a bike messenger, but has the manners of a prince—along with a strange tendency toward breaking and entering. As much as Verity knows he’s not her type, and likely to land her in jail, she can’t help but find her truest self when they’re together.

Can she be brave enough to give Hudson a real chance? Will he be bold enough to reveal the man beneath the ink, or will his secrecy doom their connection? Also, WTF is the deal with Verity’s boss? No less than thirteen of your favorite romance writers have teamed up to tell this sexy, wacky, snort-inducing tale. With them you’ll visit the world’s most irritating office, a VIP room of questionable cleanliness, and the fanciest apartment a bike messenger has ever inhabited, but you’ll still never see this ending coming


Felony Ever After

Reviewed by Jenny & Gitte

4 #PoundedbyHudson Stars

 “Who are you? You’re a total criminal aren’t you?”
“Have I stolen your heart yet?”

After a run of heartbreaking and emotional reads we were so in the mood for a bit of slap and tickle – a bit of fun  – so we read the synopsis for Felony Ever After and checked out the list of talented authors who contributed to this story, we guessed this would be the one that just might deliver on that! And we’re pleased to say it really did!

We were keen to see how this story would actually play out. After all, with such an array of fabulous authors with such specific voices working on one story, how would it flow? Would each voice be so different that it would take us out of the story?

“Sometimes white knights have tattoos, princess.”

We’ll be honest and say we did worry a little that maybe this wouldn’t work for us for that reason, however we’re thrilled to say this book did flow beautifully, with there being only a couple of chapters where we felt the authors injected their own voice a little too vigorously, and in doing so, changed the voices of Verity and Hudson which we found a bit off-putting. Luckily it was all soon back on track and we were caught up in the story once more.

“So what is it that makes you tick, Hudson?”
“Right now?” he licked his lips. “You.”

There were some bizarre and giggle worthy moments in this story. It was a crazy read as each author was given the task to follow on from the next and when the author before them threw a curve ball or box in this case, it was so much fun to see how the next author would pick it up and run with it.

‘Michaels@VirityPic03 The box is back. What’s in the damn boxes?’

Now, whoever created Hudson Fenn…THANK YOU because we bloody LOVED this tattooed hot boy who possessed a cheeky sweetness, an air of mystery and was as hot as all hell out of and between the sheets. Yup….he was something else!  And ummm who wouldn’t want to be hashtag pounded by Hudson?

‘He’s all mysterious and shit. He’s like Batman.’

Verity Michaels was a fab heroine who more than held her own and her workplace felt like a crazier day at The Office than a day at The Office! We loved her character. We also had this strange fascination too with her Boss, Mr Lay. What a character! Bizarre yet we couldn’t help but actually like him. He was a hot weirdo!

We have to give a shout out to Katherine Stevens, an author we haven’t heard of before but whose chapter in particular had us in fits of giggles. You can bet we’ll be 1clicking her upcoming book, Going Down, when it releases this Spring!

Felony Ever After was a hell on wheels taxi ride with lots of hot sex, some crazy funny tweets, a hero to swoon over, some mystery and a bit of ridiculousness. There was a bit of everything in this light-hearted, steamy funny romp that took us in some very whacky directions! We really enjoyed this crazy-arsed ride!

“If you tell me that room I can’t go into at your place is a Red Room of Pain, we’re going to need to stop to buy lube and some Fifty Shades wine.”

 

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TRAILER TRASH by MARIE SEXTON

Standalone MM

TRAILER TRASH by MARIE SEXTON is available to purchase below
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trailer trash 21st March

SYNOPSIS

It’s 1986, and what should have been the greatest summer of Nate Bradford’s life goes sour when his parents suddenly divorce. Now, instead of spending his senior year in his hometown of Austin, Texas, he’s living with his father in Warren, Wyoming, population 2,833 (and Nate thinks that might be a generous estimate). There’s no swimming pool, no tennis team, no mall—not even any MTV. The entire school’s smaller than his graduating class back home, and in a town where the top teen pastimes are sex and drugs, Nate just doesn’t fit in.

Then Nate meets Cody Lawrence. Cody’s dirt-poor, from a broken family, and definitely lives on the wrong side of the tracks. Nate’s dad says Cody’s bad news. The other kids say he’s trash. But Nate knows Cody’s a good kid who’s been dealt a lousy hand. In fact, he’s beginning to think his feelings for Cody go beyond friendship.

Admitting he might be gay is hard enough, but between small-town prejudices and the growing AIDS epidemic dominating the headlines, a town like Warren, Wyoming, is no place for two young men to fall in love.

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Trailer Trash

Reviewed by Gitte & Jenny

‘When it’s dark enough, you can see the stars.’

Set in 1986, in the time of home-made cassette tapes and the growing AIDS epidemic is a beautiful coming of age love story. A friends to lover’s story with an ugly and painful setting – violence, poverty, ignorance and judgement.

Trailer Trash had such a strong element of realness and was very character driven. Beautifully written with a melancholy yet hopeful tone of voice from two lads who came from very different sides of the socio economic divide. We remember the 80’s well and connected to so many parts of this story, little things like making a cassette tape for the one you loved with poignant songs on it that explained how you felt. We remembered when MTV was actually about the music. We read as our own memories bombarded us yet we stayed engrossed in the story of Cody and Nate in an environment so foreign yet so vividly drawn.

“Nothing good can live in this town. It all gets stomped to dust in the end.”

Nate arrives in Warren, Wyoming with his Dad after a family situation forces them to do so. It really was a heart-breaking story that brought us tears. What awaits Nate is quite a life-changing discovery in so many ways. Nate is at a crossroads in life, a life he just doesn’t know how to fit into.  Although at times Nate came across quite naïve and somewhat childish, his heart was big and he just wasn’t emotionally equipped to deal with what becomes his reality and the self-realisations he was facing in regards to his friendship with Cody.

‘Homo. Queer. Faggot. Pansy. I can’t be one of those things!’

Cody’s never had it easy and everything about him and his life broke us. He lives in ‘the hole’ the worst part of the trailer park with his Mum who really was quite an enigma until she came good. She really peeved us off through the majority of this story, however, we never really thought she had a bad heart and she proved us right when it mattered. Cody knows who he is and all this lad wants is to get out of the hole he lives in and be left alone. But does he? He’s so used to people letting him down or using him he likes to stay under the radar. That is until Nate moves into town.

‘It wasn’t that his mom didn’t try, but he suspected she’d learned long ago to do what he was doing now: killing everything inside. Locking away any dream of a real life was the only way to survive. There was no such thing as hope. There was just this moment, bleeding into the next, and into the next….’

Nate and Cody’s friendship was a bit fairy-tale like to begin with; the modern day prince and the pauper but it became so much more and it really did both break our hearts and make them soar equally. Being ‘different’ is never easy no matter how or why under any circumstance. Survival and happiness being unaffordable luxuries. Strength perseverance but ultimately the beauty of love can truly make the difference that lifts the human spirit in adversity.

“The only thing you’ve ever done is had the bad luck to be born to two lousy parents in a place that can’t accept you for who you are.”

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