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MISTER ROMANCE (Masters of Love #1) by LEISA RAYVEN :: REVIEW

Standalone in a series – swoony, sweet rom-com

SYNOPSIS

Max Riley is the man of your dreams. Or at least he will be, for a price.

As his alter-ego Mister Romance, Max is a drop-dead gorgeous escort who makes romantic fantasies come to life. No sex, just swoon-worthy dates to die for, and the cream of New York’s socialites can’t get enough.  Whether they want a dominating billionaire, bad boy with a heart of gold, hot geek, sexy biker, or best friend who loves them from afar, Max can make it all happen, but he’s careful to keep his real identity a secret.

Enter investigative journalist Eden Tate. Having caught wind of the urban legend of Mister Romance from a lovestruck client, Eden is determined to publish a scathing expose on Max and his ability to swindle lonely society women out of their fortunes.

Desperate to protect his anonymity and his clients, Max challenges Eden to give him three dates. If she doesn’t fall in love with him, she can run her story with his blessing. If she succumbs to his charms, the story dies.

Cynical Eden has no doubt she can resist his fake romance personas, but when the real Max admits he’s falling for her, she has to decide if the professional liar is telling the truth, or if the passionate man with the mysterious past is just one more character designed to con her out of her career-making story.

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Reviewed by Gitte & Jenny

4.5 Stars

 “Sex is for the body. Romance is for the soul.”

Oh swoon….seriously you could have wiped us off of the floor with a spoon. Our hopeless romantic hearts danced with sheer joy and swoony romance. Sometimes we come across a book that reminds us of why we love romance so much and this would be it. In many respects, the synopsis doesn’t do this story justice as what we took away from it was ultimately romantic beauty with an emphasis on love. This is without question our favourite Leisa Rayven book we’ve read.

“Deep is how I want you. Deep is where you live. Wrap me in your legs now. Drown me in your kiss. Keep me safe inside you. Let me see your soul. I’m half a monster without you. When I’m deep you make me whole.”

Max Riley is now firmly on our list of all-time favourite male characters. He literally is Mr Romance – pun intended- and be still our hearts as we take a moment to gaze into the beyond and revel in this feeling of complete romantic devastation. What a man. For us he provided the intrigue, the reason for why this story soared in our hearts, the driving force of this love story. He was quite simply lush, divine and addictive. How he came to be, his past, his current situation and his reasoning’s for who he is. It all just made for compulsive addictive reading. Standing ovation Leisa Rayven, you nailed a good old fashioned hero who lived by the beat of his all-encompassing heart. Dedicating a life to making women feel worthy of romance and important in life. This man sure had it all figured out. Well, until Eden throws a spanner in the works.

“You’re so starved of romance in your life, you’re like an emotional skeleton. I intend to put some meat back on your bones. Make you believe in something other than a bleak apocalypse.”

Eden Tate is a bit of a cynic and doesn’t really believe in romance or soul mates. She’s sarky and determined to succeed in her journalism career. She doesn’t suffer fools gladly yet loves her sister and Nan with all her heart. She’s got such a vulnerable side which she unwittingly shields with a tough girl façade. Whilst happy, she has real strength of character. Eden’s quite aware that her struggle to get to where she wants is in the hands of her boss and the next big storyline. Feeling frustrated with when and what she’s at the end of her tether.  That is until a mystery lands in her lap via her gorgeous sister Ash, the intrigue of the elusive Mister Romance. Eden is tenacious and doesn’t take no for an answer, she will uncover the story of how a man is wooing women who are forking over thousands to be romanced by him. She will nail this story to send her career into the right direction, and we were there on the side-lines willing her on.

“What are you thinking about?”

“Oh, you know. The Cult of Love.”

“Cult?”

“Yeah. People who are in it won’t shut up about how wonderful and fulfilling it is, but after a while they realize it’s all borderline-crazy, and forever-happiness is a giant con. Getting through life is hard enough without the burden of carrying someone else with you.”

Oh how we loved this book, it truly stole our hearts and felt different and exciting. It’s so much more that your typical escort romance. Whilst there were a few cheesy moments towards the end –for want of a better word- the heart of the story was beautiful and the idea that romance can turn around even the hardest cynic was so well written. This is a story we won’t stop thinking about for a while, that’s for sure. We loved it and know you will too!

‘He once told me that you could live and die within the lifetime of a good kiss, and that’s what this feels like.’

 

 


ALSO check out the STARCROSSED SERIES by LISA


wicked heart 3rd May

WICKET HEART – Standalone/Series
Friends to Lovers

“I have the strongest feeling that having part of you is going to be better than having all of anybody else.”

SYNOPSIS

The one guy she can’t have is the one she can’t forget.

Liam Quinn is one of the biggest movie stars in the world…and the only man Elissa Holt has ever truly loved.

After being out of her life for six years, he and his gorgeous fiancé are set to star in the new Broadway show Elissa is stage managing. The only trouble is, when late night rehearsals bring Elissa and Liam together, the line between what is and what could have been gets blurred. Now one moment of weakness is about to create a scandal that will echo around the world.

Elissa knows that falling for Liam again would be a tragedy in the making, but as any good romantic knows, love doesn’t always follow the script.

THE STARCROSSED SERIES by LEISA RAYVEN

starcrossed

Bad Romeo Book One :: our review |  amazon us | amazon uk
Broken Juliet Book Two ::  amazon us | amazon uk
Wicked Heart Book Three ::  amazon us | amazon uk


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WICKED HEART (Starcrossed #3) by LEISA RAYVEN

Standalone in a series : friends to lovers, second chance romance

‘Hearts never listen. Or learn.’


 WICKED HEART by LEISA RAYVEN

 

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wicked heart 3rd May

SYNOPSIS

The one guy she can’t have is the one she can’t forget.

Liam Quinn is one of the biggest movie stars in the world…and the only man Elissa Holt has ever truly loved.

After being out of her life for six years, he and his gorgeous fiancé are set to star in the new Broadway show Elissa is stage managing. The only trouble is, when late night rehearsals bring Elissa and Liam together, the line between what is and what could have been gets blurred. Now one moment of weakness is about to create a scandal that will echo around the world.

Elissa knows that falling for Liam again would be a tragedy in the making, but as any good romantic knows, love doesn’t always follow the script.


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Wicked Heart

Review by Gitte & Jenny

“I have the strongest feeling that having part of you is going to be better than having all of anybody else.”

Wicked Heart is one of those swoon worthy romances that makes your heart melt into a puddle unable to look away as you race to the finish line because you just can’t bear it not to know. We meet Elissa and Liam at a stage in their lives where their life is yet to be on the path they’re going to follow.

“I’m not saying goodbye,” he says, as he shoves his hands in his pockets. “Because this isn’t over.

One day, fate’s going to fix this. Bring us back together. I believe that.”

The romance of their meeting was beautiful, sweet and funny. The intensity palpable. We enjoyed every second of it and to experience that gave away to understanding and completely feeling the array of emotions upon their meeting again after six years apart. You could’ve cut the tension in the room with a knife.

“I need to stop wanting a man I know very well I’ll never have.”

We have to say that Leisa Rayven pulled every emotion out of us from her evocative and easy-to-read writing – which is a good thing. Nothing was superfluous. We were completely immersed in this love story. So much passion and an insanely strong attraction- we connected completely with Lissa and Liam.  Falling in love with both as each were strong, relatable and genuinely great characters.

“Love is an asshole. It doesn’t care about people’s plans. It’s never convenient. It crawls inside of you at the most ridiculous times and makes you feel, whether you like it or not. And even long after the time when you should have learned to stop loving someone, it just keeps holding on to them. Doesn’t it?”

Whilst we absolutely loved Wicked Hearts, we did see the crux of it coming and felt the ending was kind of rushed. With such angst- which we loved -we needed more of our hero and heroine without obstacles and interruption. Perhaps a glimpse of what they had six years ago – a brief encounter where two hearts became entwined – the now version. That being said; we laughed and we reveled in this second chance romance and definitely recommend Wicked Hearts to all readers for that funny sexy swoon we all need in our lives.

SWEET DREAMS ARE MADE OF CHEESE. WHO AM I TO DISS A BRIE?

4 STARS

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THE STARCROSSED SERIES by LEISA RAYVEN

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Bad Romeo Book One :: our review |  amazon us | amazon uk
Broken Juliet Book Two ::  amazon us | amazon uk
Wicked Heart Book Three ::  amazon us | amazon uk

 

 

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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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