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COMMITMENT (Temptation #5) by K.M. GOLLAND :: REVIEW

Standalone in a series  – sweet, emotional sexy rom-com with a married couple

SYNOPSIS

Sizzling power couple, Bryce and Alexis — from the Temptation novels — help bring sexy back to their friend’s lacklustre thirteen-year marriage.

Natasha Jones loves her life, her husband and their two young sons. She works hard both at home and as an Events Supervisor at City Towers. But when a relationship with her work colleague unexpectedly progresses, Tash begins to question whether or not her marriage has passed its ‘Use by’ date.

Dean Jones is a numbers man but has no idea that his number could be up where his marriage is concerned. Never one to really speak his mind, he has always opted to just go with the flow in order to keep his wife happy.

Passion, intimacy, and communication have taken a backseat to demanding careers, a mortgage, and family life, and it’s not until Tash and Dean stand to lose everything they have built together that the spark between them begins to flicker again.
And boy does it flicker …
and ignite …
and nearly burn the entire neighbourhood down!

Can Tash and Dean keep this newly lit flame alive and save their marriage? Or will temptation make the commitment seem too much to bear? 

COMMITMENT is available to pre order below for release on 21st August

          


Reviewed by Jenny & Gitte

4.5 stars

“I love you today.”
“I love you every day.”
And he did.

This book had us in absolute fits! At times laughing at ourselves in the process, whilst also feeling the heart-warming  and at times heartbreaking emotion as Dean, Tash and their issues were so relatable. We defy anyone not to relate to at least one situation in this book; be it yourself or a friend, and whilst there’s a realness to Dean and Tash’s marriage issues, it was delivered with humour, warmth, emotion and above all, in a way that provided some much needed and entertaining escapism as we championed this couple from start to finish.

‘To love is to soar through emotion so raw and chaotic that when you finally set down your feet they no longer belong to you. Love captures, blinds, binds and holds you hostage.’

K.M. Golland takes everyday situations; marriage, children, work, responsibilities…you know, the normal married stuff and turns them in comedic moments, imprinting her unique whacky sweet, hilarious spin on marital issues,  that had us snorting and laughing out loud. Seriously, there’s some funny shit in this book and yet it didn’t overshadow the heart gripping emotion and reality of a couple desperately in love and trying to rekindle that spark that’s fallen by the wayside amongst the day to day of life.  Can they save their marriage or will temptation step in the way?

‘But that was marriage. Our flame still burned, just with less ferocity.’

Behind the humour is the honesty of a couple trying to do the best for their family but in the process forgetting what’s best for them. As a couple Dean and Tash were very much in love, but sadly, not very much in lust and sometimes you need that jolt, that defining moment to remind you what’s under your nose, trying to figure out how to fix it.

‘They were eyes I’d gazed into countless times during the past eighteen years, and eyes that would forever tether me to home. ‘

Natasha (Tash) and Dean Jones have been together for eighteen years, married for thirteen – both work, run a house and have two rambunctious, gorgeous little boys, Thomas and William; life is hectic for these two working parents, and they’ve become ships that pass in the night and in the process, they’ve began to neglect ‘themselves’ – sex has become a chore – a bit like doing the laundry – though Dean is doing more ‘hand washing’ these days. *wink*

Attention and affection is lacking and thanks to dual pov’s we gleam both Dean and Tash’s perspective on their marriage and how they plan on turning it around; with hilarious and candid inner monologue we might add! We’re privy to cluelessness, lack of communication and decisions made that could jeopardise their marriage and the desperation of two people wanting to hold on.

“Whisper words that steal her breath, her cognition…her soul.”

Dean and Tash were fabulous characters. So real – we all know a Dean and Tash but we have to say…we fell in love with Dean Jones! This guy isn’t a billionaire, he doesn’t sport a twelve back, he doesn’t grunt alpha style but he DOES live and breathe for his wife and children, and whilst he may not always get it right, his heart is in the right place and it was his love and dedication and somewhat misplaced cluelessness that endeared us to him. Not to mention when Dean decides to try his hand at dirty talk in the bedroom, we fell about laughing! We mean proper laugh out loud! Oh boy, too funny! We could just picture the confusion on Tash’s face haha!

‘She was my perfect.’

This is our first read by this author and whilst Commitment is the 5th book in the Temptation Series, we read it as a complete standalone, never losing our way, easily following the story. All in all this was a fabulously funny, sweet, heart-warming and honest read…errmmm maybe a little too honest in some regards! The only reason this isn’t a 5 star is because there were a couple of times the humour felt a little childish in regards to toilet humour, but…and this is a big but… it was a very small hiccup in an otherwise wonderful reading experience. This was exactly what we needed and we LOVED IT!


THE TEMPTATION SERIES by K M GOLLAND

Alexis and Bryce’s complete loves story is available in a Boxed Set ONLY 99c/99p!
Temptation, Satisfaction, Fulfillment and Attainment below
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Attraction – Carly and Derek’s story is available below.
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SO GOOD (Alpha Dogs #1) by NICOLA RENDELL :: REVIEW

Standalone sexy romantic friends to lovers rom-com

SYNOPSIS

On the roof of a house outside Truelove, Maine, master carpenter Max Doyle looks down through a skylight and sees the most beautiful woman he’s ever laid eyes on. She’s naked, she’s gorgeous, and everything about her is perfect, down to the ball-busting tattoo of a rose that wraps around her hip. But it isn’t just any woman making his knees buckle. It’s his best friend, Rosie Madden. And as he stands there, mesmerized and precariously close to toppling off the roof, he knows he’ll never, ever be able to look at her the same way again.

Rosie can’t help but notice that Max is suddenly acting very strange—lots of long stares, totally tongue-tied, and not at all like the slightly cocky hunk she’s proud to call her best friend. She can’t figure it out, until later that night when Max rescues her from the world’s worst date, challenges her to a game of pool, and shows her just exactly what she’s got him thinking about. Repeatedly.

But life is complicated. Rosie’s cat, Julia Caesar, wants to eat Max’s dog Cupcake for an afternoon snack. A dream job threatens to pull them apart. And another glance through the skylight changes everything, one more time. Yet try as they might, they can’t go back to being just friends, because falling in love with the one you’ve always adored?

It feels so good.

SO GOOD is available to purchase below
           

Reviewed by Jenny & Gitte

‘Love is friendship set on fire ‘ Jeremy Taylor

Wow! Wow! Double wow’s are needed here because Max and Rosie’s friendship didn’t just catch on fire, it exploded into an inferno! Talk about bloody hot! These two burned up the pages as the chemistry between them went from zero to sixty in seconds flat!

‘With my tongue, I made her understand all the shit I hadn’t yet said. I want you. I adore you. I need to be inside you.’

Max and Rosie’s relationship became the ultimate friends to lovers’ romance. Theirs was a friendship that spanned twenty years and saw them through highs and lows, each being a shoulder to lean on, as they shared so much of their lives together. It was a friendship that saw them go through their share of hook-ups and failed relationships which never really stood a chance, because Rosie and Max couldn’t see what was standing right before them. Though, we expect Max knew he wanted Rosie way before she even realised!

‘She was so important to me, such an integral part of my world.’

After twenty years in the friend zone, things changed the day Max caught Rosie in the nuddy! Not a stitch to be had. Seeing Rosie bare naked sent a synapsis to his brain that had Max declaring her his! We could almost feel the rumble of him professing ‘mine‘ through our Kindles!

‘I fucking adored her. Adored her so hard it hurt.’

So, what happens when your friend tells you he wants you, and desperately so? Do you take the plunge at the risk of ruining the friendship or do you hold out? Well, there was no way the latter was an option once the sparks began to fly between Rosie and Max. No sirreee…..we would have combusted if they didn’t release their pent up sexual attraction! Even our Kindles would have had blue balls!

‘He was the gallon of Rocky Road I should not have. He was the box of chocolates I should not eat.’

We adore Nicola Rendell’s stories and characters, with So Good providing the perfect lazy Sunday afternoon entertainment. It was low on angst and drama and high on sweetness, sexiness, silliness and swooniness…oh the swooning, but not for the reason you would expect.

You see, as much as Rosie and Max’s romance set our pulses racing, the swoon factor was provided by one of the most sweetest, cutest, and heart-warming relationships you could imagine. It was the Dogmance between Max and the little dog he rescued, Cupcake, the Chihuahua mix who had this red blooded, possessive, dirty talking, gruff, alpha Maine carpenter turning to utter mush, and in turn turning these two avid dog lovers into complete mush! We were putty in their hands!

“….I want to be the one to treat you like you deserve.”

We’ve read everything this author has written and loved them all, and whilst So Good may not be our favourite, it still retained everything we adore about this lady’s work. Seriously, the way she weaves an animal tale into her stories lately has left us in fits of giggles and puddles of love. Being dog owners we always relate and can picture every experience she draws on as though we’re watching it unfold.

So, if you’re looking for an easy read that’ll put a huge smile on your face, a dirty talking sexy sweet alpha, a cute heroine, a savage and sassy feline named Julia Caesar, and a sweet as pie dog named Cupcake, we’re sure So Good is going to tick all those boxes!

“In my eyes, you’re everything.”

4.5 Stars


TBB RECOMMENDATIONS from NICOLA
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FLUTTER by OLIVIA EVANS :: REVIEW

Standalone second chance romantic suspense

SYNOPSIS
Dylan Walker has spent six years trying to move on from the loss of his girlfriend, Presley Cooper. Motivated by grief and the desire to do for others what he couldn’t do for her, he burns the candle at both ends to make it through medical school. After graduation he moves west, putting as much distance as possible between his past and his present.

Or so he thought.

Unknowingly, Dylan has been set on a path that will destroy everything he thought he knew. All the pain, all the grief, was all for nothing. With the help of an unexpected ally, Dylan must find the answers and save the girl he loves before it’s too late.

Deceit.

Betrayal.

Revenge.

A second chance at love.

But first, he must find a way to make her remember her past. Remember him. Remember everything.

FLUTTER is available to purchase below

          


Reviewed by Jenny & Gitte

‘When we meet real tragedy in life, we can react in two ways – either by losing hope and falling into self-destructive habits, or by using the challenge to find our inner strength.’ – Dalai Lama

And wasn’t this the story that encompassed the human strength! We were glued….completely consumed by Flutter from the moment we started reading, and it was a feeling that didn’t subside one little bit until we finished. What a unique, well delivered, gripping, suspenseful and emotional read, told in a very clever, astute, yet almost simplistic manner. We were utterly hooked!

“Remember me. Remember us.”

This is our second read by Olivia Evans, after reading her debut some years back and wow! Has this author grown! This story could have taken so many convoluted twists, it could have easily lost the reader, but that wasn’t the case at all. No, just the opposite. We were completely engrossed in this authors words, the growth of her characters from teens to adulthood, with past/present switches carried out in a seamless flow. In short, we absolutely devoured every word of Flutter!

“I don’t want to feel helpless,” Dylan answered. “I know what helpless feels like I don’t ever want to feel like that again.”

This is one of those books that’s quite difficult to review. The synopsis carries enough information about the story and adding to it could provide potential spoilers. It’s a case of needing to go in blind; discover the twists, the deception, the suspense and the final outcome all by yourselves. Just allow the story guide you in real time, with the characters and you will be rewarded.  Trust us on this.

There are so many layers to Dylan and Presley’s story which is told in present day, and past flashbacks to their eighteen year old selves, where we learn these two had been childhood friends. Their past was all hope, love and happiness….until….. it wasn’t. As we switch to present day, six years later we found ourselves desperately wanting to know how their lives had turned so horribly to end up at this juncture. Our need to champion Dylan as he uncovers the past, and frantically hoping he can rectify the present held us captive! It was heartbreaking, sad, beautiful and hopeful.

‘I don’t want to be sad anymore,’ she whispered.’

As much as Dylan and Presley were the catalyst for the story, and it was their beautiful broken story that held our hearts, it was the introduction of a fascinating, broken and heartbreaking character which added another depth to Flutter. This character felt as sinister as he did hopeless, sweet and vulnerable. What exactly was his story and who….was telling the truth? Are we being intentionally vague here? You bet we are because you need to dive in read this book and you’ll soon find yourself snared into the web of its thrilling and emotional prose.

‘This was the peace she desired. The love she desperately craved.’

This book encompasses quite a few themes, in fact it delivered so much of what we love in one story, yet it never lost its way. Yes, it’s a love story – at its core is a story of absolute love and commitment – a heart that never gave up hope, a heart that never wavered in its love, but it’s also a suspenseful, thrilling and addictive story showing two sides of human nature. For every heart that is strong and pure, there is a heart that’s selfish, cold and calculating and we meet both in this story.

“I need you to need me. I need to feel like I can give you something other than sadness.”

We were so invested in these characters, and we couldn’t rest until we saw their story reach its conclusion. We had shared so much with them, we’d lived their journey and for us, we felt we needed an epilogue. You know, just a little more…………or maybe we were enjoying it so much, we’re just being greedy.

4.5 Stars


Also by Olivia Evans
HOLLYWOOD & VINE – A standalone Hollywood themed romance we adored
BROOKLYN & BEALE – An Indie rocker themed romance
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THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN US (An Opposites Attract Novel #2) by RACHEL HIGGINSON

Standalone in a series – enemies to lovers

SYNOPSIS

I’m cursed.

At least when it comes to finding Mr. Right.

I’m tired of men that only want one night stands or blind dates that are nothing but awkward and uncomfortable. I’m tired of avoiding inappropriate text messages and the constant disappointment of always meeting Mr. Wrong.

After all these years of dates that lead nowhere, I can admit that it’s me. I’m the problem. I’m shy and picky and cursed. Definitely cursed.

So I’ve decided two things.

The first? I’m giving up dating and relationships and men in general. Maybe, possibly, forever.

The second? I’m going to have to try harder to avoid Ezra Baptiste.

If I couldn’t hack it in the kiddy pool of dating, I certainly can’t swim in his deep end. He’s too successful. Too intense. He’s all man when I’m used to nothing but boys pretending to be grownups. He’s everything I’m afraid to want and so far out of my league we might as well be different species entirely.

So he’ll need to find a different artist to paint his mural. And a different graphic designer to help him with his website. He’ll need to find someone else to glare at and flirt with and kiss.

It can’t be me.

We’re too different. 

THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN US is available below

         


Reviewed by Gitte & Jenny

“I tried to save you from this, Molly….I’m tired of failing.”

Oh how we loved this book, it was everything we seek in an easy, swoony and romantic story. Rachel Higginson captured our attention and we stayed with her throughout this story captivated by the characters and their slow building, beautiful romance. The writing was fabulous and everything just felt so right and wonderful. We absolutely loved The Difference Between us.

‘He didn’t just do things. He conquered things. All the things/ He was too much for me. Too sure of himself. Too successful. To self-possessed. Too manly. Too way, way, way out of my league.’

What we loved about this book is that it wasn’t predictable, it was low angst and drama yet still completely nailed the emotional aspect. That is something which is a rarity, but less really is more in all aspects, as this story was character driven, which we absolutely relished.

‘Beauty was found in the things that caught my eye, that made emotions flow…’

Molly is career driven and has a string of dating disasters under her belt. As we delve into her family life it soon becomes apparent as to why this is. Her time is spent trying to become noticed in a company that exhibits archaic and questionable values and behaviours. Artistic by nature and wonderfully loyal, savvy and sweet, she immediately endeared herself to us. Yet sometimes what is missing is that one person who sees all of you and brings out the qualities that may be lying dormant or undiscovered. Sometimes it takes honest admiration, sincere attraction and trust to be the best you can be.

‘When Ezra said my name, I was anything but the crazy cat lady. I was bold, beautiful, and everything defiantly female.’

We fell in utter love with Ezra, the enigmatic loaded multiple restauranteur who goes for what he wants. A bit of a domineering mystery who slowly asserted himself firmly on the pages, in our hearts and in Molly’s life. Through mutual friends, Ezra was not letting Molly, nor her talents slip through his fingers. This man was a force to be reckoned with, almost grumpy and aloof in attitude as well as unapologetically honest. He was quite a character who made us laugh and swoon in equal measure.

“I’m not sure I remember a time when I didn’t want to kiss you.”

Molly and Ezra’s story was just wonderful, we thoroughly enjoyed every moment we spent with them, their friends and the subsequent simmering romance and comedic banter. This story has made us want to pick up every single story Rachel Higginson has written and go on a binge read!


Also available in this standalone series.
THE OPPOSITE OF YOU – STANDALONE

 


TBB recommends THE FIVE STAGES OF FALLING IN LOVE 
If you’re looking for a beautiful, emotional and moving story of grief, love, hope and love, then this standalone second chance romance is a TBB recommendation.

 SYNOPSIS

The Five Stages of Falling in Love is a Contemporary Romance.
Elizabeth Carlson is living in the pits of hell- also known as grief.

Her husband of eight years, the father of her four children and the love of her life, died from cancer. Grady’s prognosis was grim, even from the start, but Liz never gave up hope he would survive. How could she, when he was everything to her?

Six months later, she is trying to pick up the pieces of her shattered life and get the kids to school on time. Both seem impossible. Everything seems impossible these days.

When Ben Tyler moves in next door, she is drowning in sorrow and pain, her children are acting out, and the house is falling apart. She has no time for curious new friends or unwanted help, but Ben gives her both. And he doesn’t just want to help her with yard work or cleaning the gutters. Ben wants more from Liz. More than she’s capable of ever giving again.

As Liz mourns her dead husband and works her way through the five stages of grief, she finds there’s more of her heart to give than she thought possible. And as new love takes hold, she peels away the guilt and heartache, and discovers there’s more to life than death.

 THE 5 STAGES OF FALLING IN LOVE is available to purchase below
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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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