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FOR FORESTER (For You #2) by J NATHAN :: REVIEW

A beautiful and swoony sports romance with younger man & single mum 

SYNOPSIS

Trace
I’m Alabama’s star wide receiver. I’ve got mad skills on and off the field, and it’s no secret I’m heading into the draft after the upcoming season. But I’m home for the summer to make some cash before my senior year. Being back under my parents’ roof isn’t the ideal situation, but the moment I see Marin, the star of my adolescent fantasies, I know it’s about to get interesting. She may not have noticed me back then, but I’ve got a feeling it’s just a matter of time before she lets me turn those fantasies into reality.

Marin
The last time I saw Trace Forester he was just a kid tearing up the neighborhood on his skateboard. That was when I was foolish enough to think I had the perfect husband and the perfect life. But now my life is in shambles and Trace is back, all grown up, hot as hell, and exuding major confidence. It would be so easy to fall for his good looks and undeniable charm. So easy to let him into my life. Too bad I learned the hard way that nothing worth having ever comes easy.

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Reviewed by Jenny and Gitte

“I like when you look at me,” he said, his voice vulnerable
“Oh, yeah?”
He nodded. “It makes me feel like you see me.”

We absolutely LOVED this book! It was exactly what we needed and everything we love! Talk about swooooon! This book hit all the right spots and not one, but two sweet guys stole our hearts. One a sexy, sweet, confident wide receiver footy player, the other an adorably cute little 5 year old. Oh dear, the relationship between the big burly footballer and the funny, loving little CJ was the cherry on top of an already heart stealing, romantic read!

This was our second read by J Nathan and again, she completely won us over with her wonderful engaging characters and beautifully sweet, funny, emotional and sexy story! For Forester, was a story about love, self-discovery, and most importantly about listening to your heart!

‘I was nineteen. I was in my prime. I could have any girl I wanted. But the one I wanted was three houses away with a kid and a soon-to-be-ex-husband. Strange how things happened. ‘

This book had so many elements we love in a story : single Mum, older woman/younger man, a heart melting child, a book boyfriend to die for, a genuine believable romance, a sports element where you really feel the sporting atmosphere, fun banter, searing chemistry and just enough drama to kick start your heart! Yep, For Forester was a winner on all counts; we can’t wipe this happy smile off our faces!

We briefly met Trace Forester in For Finlay (For You #1 – a standalone) as he was Caden’s roommate and immediately after finishing that book we wanted Trace’s story! The cocky number #82 ‘Bama boy receiver really left his mark on us, so we’ve been counting the months to read this book!

“I need you, Marin.”
“I don’t want to need you.”

Twenty nine year old Marin’s marriage has just fallen apart after finding out her dick of a husband has been cheating on her. Marin now has to face the prospect of starting again, being a single Mum to sweet little CJ, having given up her career to be the stay at home wife her husband wanted.

Marin bumps into her neighbour Trace, who is home from college for the summer and who is no longer the teen she remembers causing havoc on his skateboard. Oh no, 19 year old Trace is very much a man…all rippling abs and biceps, but not only that, Trace has a sweet nature, together with a maturity that surpasses his age and the two fall into an easy friendship.

“I’ve always seen you, Marin. All those years. And it’s just crazy to finally have you looking back and seeing me.”

Wanting CJ to have a male influence in his life, and with Trace being a soon to be pro footballer, Marin asks Trace to spend time with CJ and impart his knowledge and be a male support for CJ. A job he’s more than happy to oblige with, because no one can resist that little 5 year old cherub, CJ.

“I want to be the one who laughs when he tells a silly story about what happened at school. I want to be on the receiving end of his hugs because he gives the best hugs.”

Well, as you can imagine, things progress between Marin and Trace. The banter between them was funny and sexy, the chemistry crackled!  Little did Marin know that she had starred in many of Trace’s  Trace’s teenage fantasies which were about to come true!

“I spent so many nights alone in my room thinking of you,” he murmured against my skin. “What you’d feel like. What you’d taste like. What you’d sound like when I made you come.”

J Nathan did a splendid job in making us believe, to feel the emotional, physical and mental compatibility between Trace and Marin with every beat of our hearts, and if you’re wanting a book to knock you off your feet with heat, sweetness, emotion, a book boyfriend to add to the shelf, and if you’re looking for some serious swooninglook no further, because this book is it! We can’t get enough of this standalone sports series! A definite TBB recommendation!


TBB also RECOMMENDS – FOR FINLAY – STANDALONE SPORTS ROMANCE
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THE DARKEST SUNRISE DUET by ALY MARTINEZ :: REVIEW

A poignant an emotional Duet.

The Darkest Sunrise Duet is available to purchase on Kindle below
The Darkest Sunrise – Book One

          

The Brightest Sunset – Book Two Releasing 27th July

          


THE DARKEST SUNRISE

Sticks and stones will break my bones, but words will never harm me.
Whoever coined that phrase is a bald-faced liar. Words are often the sharpest weapon of all, triggering some of the most powerful emotions a human can experience.
“You’re pregnant.”
“It’s a boy.” 
“Your son needs a heart transplant.”
Sticks and stones will break my bones, but words will never harm me.
Lies.
Syllables and letters may not be tangible, but they can still destroy your entire life faster than a bullet from a gun.
Two words—that was all it took to extinguish the sun from my sky.
“He’s gone.” 
For ten years, the darkness consumed me.
In the end, it was four deep, gravelly words that gave me hope of another sunrise. 
“Hi. I’m Porter Reese.”


THE BRIGHTEST SUNSET 

Sticks and stones will break my bones, but words will never harm me.
Bullshit.
Words destroyed me. 
“I’m sorry. She didn’t make it.”
“Daddy, he can’t breathe!” 
“There’s nothing more we can do for your son.”
Sticks and stones will break my bones, but words will never harm me.
Lies.
Those syllables and letters became my executioner. I told myself that, if I didn’t acknowledge the pain and the fear, they would have no power over me. But, as the years passed, the hate and the anger left behind began to control me.
Two words—that was all it took to plunge my life into darkness.
“He’s gone.” 
In the end, it was four soft, silky words that gave me hope of another sunrise. 
“Hi. I’m Charlotte Mills.”


Reviewed by Gitte & Jenny
**Spoiler free review**

 

“You smile for people because it makes them comfortable, but it makes you feel like a fraud. You go through the motions of living but only so people will stop asking if you’re doing okay. You laugh to remind yourself that you can still physically make the sound, even though you’re so fucking numb you don’t feel it. And you keep to yourself not because you like to be alone, but rather because you’re the only person who truly understands.”

Bring on the water works- this duet hits you right in that emotional core and pulls at your heart strings. Incredibly passionate, thrilling and heart breaking, we felt utterly morose as we read, sighing deep breaths of relief when the mood was somewhat lightened through injected humour making us laugh out loud. The romance element had that old school swoony feel and the heat was scorching. Aly Martinez wrote every scene with depth and intensity, demanding us to feel every moment.

‘Hope had become my greatest enemy. Hope that I could change. Hope that I could move on. Hope that other people like me existed. Hope that, even if it was only for a few hours, I wouldn’t have to be alone anymore. No questions. No judgement. No faking it.

Bullshit. Bullshit. Bullshit.’

Charlotte was a complicated heroine when we first met her. Our hearts were blown into smithereens when we learnt of what this –very lost- woman was going through after one moment of altruistic action sparked a tragedy that is every Mother’s nightmare. The thought of it had us sobbing uncontrollably. Whilst becoming an incredibly talented and sought after pulmonologist she’s still not living, merely existing. Fate throws a life changing meeting at her, causing complete upheaval and forcing Charlotte to question everything that has come before, now and what will come after. Our hearts bled as we inhaled every moment trying to savour but unable to stop reading as we experienced the darkness and felt the turmoil and gravity of grief.

“I can’t decide if we’re too real or not real enough…”

When we met Porter we immediately knew this man was something very special and he proved that every step of the way, on every page, and firmly cemented himself in our hearts. His story touched us deeply and as we went through the moments that shaped the man we completely lost it and had to put our kindles away to dry our crying eyes. At every twist and turn this man had our support and understanding and whilst there was an incredible vulnerability there was also a quiet strength alongside a huge beating heart. His sense of humour and quick wit is what brought the darkness into the light for us. The sparring between Charlotte and him was spot on and the connection palpable.

‘He kissed me. Apologetic and reassuring. Deep and meaningful. Heartbreaking even as it eased me. It was unlike anything I’d ever experienced. Porter kissed me with hope.’

At the heart of this story beyond the drama and heart wrenching emotion is the strong sense of family and the love of parents and children. The fierce loyalty and protection ingrained in thoughts, feelings and behaviour. We felt quite worn out from crying and laughing by the time we reached the end of this duet, but the journey was worth it. We fell in book love!

‘It felt like a nightmare in the middle of the sweetest dream.’


TBB ALSO RECOMMENDS – THE RETRIEVAL DUET by ALY MARTINEZ
One story. Two couples. Romantic Suspense Duet

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“You look at me like I’m the only woman you’ve ever seen. And hold me like you never want to let go. You laugh with me. And challenge me to be a better person, but at the same time, you remind me that there is nothing wrong with the person I already am.” 

13th

RETRIEVAL – RETRIEVAL DUET BOOK ONE

SYNOPSIS

I proposed on our first date.
She laughed and told me I was insane. Less than a day later, she said yes.
It was a whirlwind, but we were happy…
Until we got greedy and wanted a family.

It was a life I couldn’t give her, not for lack of trying. Fertility just wasn’t on our side. We sought out doctors and treatments. Spent money we didn’t have. Lied to our families. Smiled for our friends. Put on a brave face for a world that didn’t understand.
Finally, we were successful…
Until we were forced to bury our son.

We were left broken, battered, and destroyed.
They say love is in the details, but it was the details that ruined us.

This is the story of how I took back what had always been mine.
The retrieval of my wife and our family.

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27th

TRANSFER – RETRIEVAL DUET BOOK TWO 

SYNOPSIS

I fell in love with a man who didn’t exist.

What started out as romance ended in hell.
His words turned to razor blades.
His kisses converted to fists.
His embrace became my cage.
His body transformed into a weapon, stealing parts of me until ultimately….
I broke.

I hated him.
My sole job in life became to protect our daughter.

I wasn’t sure I’d ever escape the prison he’d skillfully crafted from my fears.
Until the day our savior arrived.

This is the story of how I escaped the man who thought he owned me.
The transfer of my life and my family.

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THE UNREQUITED by SAFFRON A KENT :: REVIEW

Standalone student/teacher forbidden love story

SYNOPSIS
Layla Robinson is not crazy. She is suffering from unrequited love. But it’s time to move on. No more stalking, no more obsessive calling. 

What she needs is a distraction. The blue-eyed guy she keeps seeing around campus could be a great one—only he is the new poetry professor—the married poetry professor.

Thomas Abrams is a stereotypical artist—rude, arrogant, and broody—but his glares and taunts don’t scare Layla. She might be bad at poetry, but she is good at reading between the lines. Beneath his prickly façade, Thomas is lonely, and Layla wants to know why. Obsessively.

Sometimes you do get what you want. Sometimes you end up in the storage room of a bar with your professor and you kiss him. Sometimes he kisses you back like the world is ending and he will never get to kiss you again. He kisses you until you forget the years of unrequited love; you forget all the rules, and you dare to reach for something that is not yours.

NOTE: Please be aware that this book deals with sensitive topics like cheating. 18+ Only.

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Reviewed by Jenny & Gitte 

‘I know he’s married. I know he’s an asshole, rude and mean and some kind of genius poet – but maybe that’s the appeal. I don’t want him to love me back. ‘

What a deliciously f***ed up, deeply emotional and utterly addictive read this was! The Unrequited was that unputdownable train wreck type of love story we devour. We couldn’t look away from for a minute,  at times holding our breath through this rapid and thoroughly absorbing and compulsive story.

‘No matter how much you convince yourself otherwise, reciprocation is important. It’s what keeps the love going. Without it, love just dies out, and then it’s up to you. Do you bury it, or do you carry the dead body for a while. I want to see reciprocation. What does requited love look like? I want to see it.’

Now, there are forbidden love stories and then there are forbidden love stories. You know what we mean? Some make the claim but don’t deliver on the tense, gut churning emotions we love to experience in this theme. In this case, The Unrequited certainly lived up to its claim. Our hearts were in our mouths as Thomas and Layla took risk after risk in their need for one another. Their story was nerve wracking, exhilarating, emotional, tender, volatile and gripping! We read the entire book with baited breath wondering if their elicit desire was going to be uncovered and if/how it could ever prosper.

‘Thomas Abrams is magic. He’s a wordsmith, a baby whisperer, a blue eyed asshole, but most of all, he’s like me…..brokenhearted.’

To label this as simply forbidden or a cheating book wouldn’t do justice to the layered and complicated characters and story created by Saffron A Kent. On the surface this is a coupling that felt somewhat toxic. Two emotionally exhausted characters trying to ease their pain and evolve through lustful, dirty, forbidden sex. And boy the sex was hot, erotic and intense and plentiful, but the story was more than that.  More than appeared on the surface. The characters more complex than first thought and our hearts ached for them.

“…I’m selfish, Layla. I’ll ruin you, set you on fire, and won’t even look back. I’ll take and take until you’re empty and hollow.”

Layla was a character whose actions and internal monologue came across at times a little disturbing. With Layla we found we were always waiting for that other shoe to drop and could never truly settle into getting to bond with her, to feel comfortable around her chaotic and impulsive behaviour, yet her air of vulnerability did draw us to her.

Thomas’ actions gave us whiplash as he danced between kindness and cruelty, and just at the time we questioned if we could relate to the man and his coldness, the author gave us his POV providing a whole new perspective and layer to him and his story, changing our thinking about this man completely. Thomas, was a man with a wounded heart – responsible for such beautiful, painful and heartbreaking poetry, and yet could sprout such panty melting dirty talk….wow! What a contradiction.

“You’re…the poem I can never write. Yeah, you’re the piece of poetry I can never hope to finish, no matter how hard I try.”

Saffron A Kent delivered an emotionally charged story about two messed up lonely, vulnerable people. Sure, they weren’t the easiest characters to love at times, but they certainly made for interesting reading! Each a casualty of unrequited love who share an inherent need to be loved in return, and in doing so find  some sort of solace in the physical form with one another.  An exquisitely written erotic, thought provoking, moving and exciting story, delivered with potent storytelling and multifaceted characters showing us love in all its ugly, painful, sad and yet somewhat beautiful form.

‘My heart has many faces. Restless heart. Desperate heart. Selfish heart. Lonely heart.’

Saffron A Kent showed them all! Be prepared to be engrossed by this one!


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THE PLAYER DUET by K BROMBERG :: DUAL REVIEW

Baseball has never been sexier – sports romance duet


THE PLAYER BOOK ONE

SYNOPSIS

Easton Wylder is baseball royalty. The game is his life. His passion. His everything.

So, when an injury threatens to end Easton’s season early, the team calls in the renowned physical therapist, Doc Dalton, to oversee his recovery. Except it’s not Doc who greets Easton for his first session, but rather his daughter, Scout. She may be feisty, athletic, defiant, and gorgeous, but Easton is left questioning whether she has what it takes to help him.

Scout Dalton’s out to prove a female can handle the pressure of running the physical therapy regimen of an MLB club. And that proof comes in the form of getting phenom Easton Wylder back on the field. But getting him healthy means being hands-on.

And with a man as irresistible as Easton, being hands-on can only lead to one thing, trouble. Because the more she touches him, the more she wants him, and she can’t want him. Not when it’s her job to side in the club’s best interest if he’s ready to play.

But when sparks fly and fine lines are crossed, can they withstand the heat or is one of them bound to get burned?


THE CATCH – BOOK TWO

SYNOPSIS

After an unexpected twist of fate, All-Star catcher Easton Wylder is left questioning the loyalty of everyone around him.

Even the woman who shares his bed, Scout Dalton.

But if Easton thought being uprooted to the last place he expected was the only challenge life had to throw at him, he was dead wrong.

With an ailing shoulder and his career in limbo, his decision to make an unexpected change leads him to question everything – Scout’s love, family loyalties, and whether he can conquer the one obstacle he’s never been able to overcome. The secret he’s never shared with anyone.

He may be a man pushed to his limits, but he’s hell-bent on proving his worth no matter the cost.


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The Player Book One

          

The Catch Book Two

         


Reviewed by Gitte & Jenny

“I’ve played on grass my whole life, Scout. There’s no need for me to see what’s out there when it’s green beneath my feet.”

It’s been a while since we read a K Bromberg book so we dived into this duet with much excitement. For us, it was like a trip down memory lane and we immediately remembered why we love this Author’s writing, it was fabulous; easy, sexy and addictive reading. And the hero…oh wow….the hero stole our hearts. For us, The Player was a good read and served in setting up The Catch, which was without question our favourite of the two. Book one was the starter and book two the main course and dessert, if you will, – it felt more meaty….pun intended. But not only that, The Catch was all about the intricacies of the storyline, which we loved.

‘I surrender. Heart. Body. Mind. Fear.’

It’s not easy trying to live up to a baseball legend, especially not if it’s your Dad, whose expectations add even more pressure. This is the first -but not only- issue troubling Easton Wylder, who truly is a legendary baseball player all on his own merit. He’s a home grown star, and is loved by the fans. Sadly a dirty play by an opposing team player means it all comes crashing down and Easton’s journey takes a complete turn off the path he was happily and successfully on. It’s not all bad though as it brings him Scout Dalton.

“I’ve never met anyone like you, Scout. You challenge me. You make me laugh. You encourage me. But more than anything you get me. My need for this game that I love as much as I hate.”

Scout is also under a lot of pressure from her infamous father, Doc Dalton, but for different reasons. As the new physical therapist for the Austin Aces, her first patient is the sexy and cocky Easton and their first meeting does not go well. Scout’s confidence and life of baseball means she can give as good as she gets though. The attraction between them in undeniable and the intensity of their connection believable as the story progresses.

‘…the look in his eyes tells me he understands. It tells me he’s coming home to me. It tells me he knows I love him for him. It tells me he loves me too.’

Easton and Scout had so many obstacles thrown their way and whilst there was drama and angst it never felt unbelievable nor did it feel added for effect. Rather, this story was about two characters coming to terms with and overcoming what life throws at you, finding love, dealing with strained family relationships as well as growing as a person under strenuous circumstances.

“Clear mind. Full heart, Scouty-girl. Never forget that. Never.”

This duet was romantic, sexy and had that fabulous sports element which we love, the balance was spot on. Easton stole our hearts and Scout was a brilliant heroine. We definitely recommend this swoony and addictive duet! Oh and sigh…….the epilogue!!!!!!

“I plan on coming home to you. Did you hear that? I plan on coming home.”

The Player 4 stars
The Catch 4.5 stars


Be sure to check out our TBB Recommend Read 
THE DRIVEN TRILOGY by K BROMBERG
Soon to be a 3 part movie!
An unforgettable series about lust, love, redemption, and healing…
Our Series Reviews
K Bromberg

Driven Book One : Amazon us | Amazon uk
Fueled Book Two  : Amazon us | Amazon uk
 Crashed Book Three : Amazon us | Amazon uk
 Raced Novella Book Four : Amazon us | Amazon uk

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THE LINE by AMIE KNIGHT :: REVIEW

Standalone emotional love story 

SYNOPSIS
I was a thief.
The invisible girl only he could see.
The woman who wanted to be more.
He was the mark.
The extraordinary cowboy who stole my sixteen-year-old heart.
The damaged man who still owned it, even four years later.
The Line was where we began.
Where fates collided.
Where truths derailed.
The place where our love story ends.

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Reviewed by Gitte & Jenny

4.5 stars

‘I was too cold. Too hungry. Too tired. I couldn’t afford to get off this line, no matter how much I wanted to.’

Don’t you just love when you start a book and you’ve never read anything by this Author before nor have you got any idea where the story is going to take you?  A book that takes you so completely by surprise you actually have to stop and think why did I not read this sooner and how fast can I go find everything out about this new to us Author. Well this was us when we read The Line by Amie Knight. This story was not what we expected, it was so much more. The synopsis grabbed us but the characters even more so and their story stole our hearts. We love our cowboys but what we love even more is a beautiful love story just like this. Sometimes the best stories are the ones you least expect.

‘It had only been four years, but it could have been an eternity and I’d never forget my cowboy.’

What you put out into the world comes right back; no more so than kindness, respect love and compassion. Do you believe in soul mates? We do, and from page one we knew that this was a romance with two people who without question were fated to be together no matter the obstacles and tragedies separating them.

‘His voice. His stories. They were like listening to the deep timbre base of my favourite song. And I didn’t want to miss a beat.’

Our emotions were all over the place as we learnt of Everly’s story and how she came to be where we met her, we felt overwhelmed with sadness yet inspired by her big heart, her strength and the love she had when she recognised kindness and compassion from an unlikely source. She was a brilliantly written heroine that showed real resilience and gratitude despite the little she’d been given in life.

“You’re so terrified you’re gonna lose them that you’ve already thrown them away, and that’s no way to live, Little Bird.”

Cole is one of the most gorgeous cowboys we’ve ever encountered. He’s all man yet he has vulnerability and a strong sense of empathy that shines through the male ruggedness. A man with passion and heart he sees something in Everly that compels him to look out for her, despite unanswered questions and his reluctance to give up his heart. Until he does give his heart and it is quite simply stunning. There came a point in the story were he wore his heart on his sleeve and we read with tears in our eyes at the beauty of the words. He’s been through a betrayal that crushed his heart so it really would take something incredibly special to put the pieces back in their rightful place.

‘Everly was fireflies and freedom. I couldn’t resist her.’ ‘Everly was the sun. Her light shining on me. Her heat searing through me. Forcing me to wake the fuck up. To live again. And, God, I wanted her sun. It felt so good to stand in it. I couldn’t resist her I never stood a chance. And I didn’t want to anymore.’

We fell in love and were completely captivated by this wonderful story that had everything we love in our romances. We urge you romantics to go pick it up and be swept away by Amie Knight’s words.

“Play me a memory, Peaches.”

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