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THE CAD and the CO-ED (Rugby Series #3) by L.H. COSWAY & PENNY REID :: REVIEW

Standalone romantic comedy with a sports theme

SYNOPSIS

Keeping a secret this big is going to take lots of balls. Specifically, rugby balls.

THE CAD
Bryan Leech is a cad.
Or, he *was* a cad.
No one is quite certain.
Once the quintessential playboy, Bryan claims he’s done with wild parties and weekend benders. No more one night stands leading to mornings he can’t remember; no more binges and blackouts; no more exploits plastered all over the tabloids and rag sheets. According to Bryan, he’s cleaning up his act.
The only problem is, no one believes him.

THE CO-ED
Eilish Cassidy never thought she’d be a mother at nineteen or still in college at twenty-four. Cut off from every member of her family except her favorite cousin, she’s finally managed to put her life back together. Stronger and wiser, Eilish enters her last semester of university determined to stand on her own. Now she just needs to find an internship.
The only problem is, her best option—by far—places her directly in the path of her son’s father, and he doesn’t remember her at all.

THE PLAN
Bryan is determined to prove he’s changed. Eager to settle down with the right woman, he’s got his sights set on the gorgeous redhead who seems terribly familiar.
Eilish is determined to hide her secret. She’ll do anything to keep her child safe, even if that means ignoring her own wishes and desires.
But what happens when Bryan starts to remember? And what will it take for Bryan to convince the girl he forgot that she’s unforgettable?

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Reviewed by Jenny & Gitte

4 Forking stars

‘She didn’t deserve to be forgotten. She deserved to be treasured.’

To be honest, the whole ‘secret baby, don’t tell the father’ trope in romance isn’t one of our favourites. More times than not we don’t feel the reasoning for denying the father knowledge of his child to be justified, leading us to become frustrated with the heroine and siding with the clueless Dad in the scenario.

But… we have a deep affection for this series and adore the collaboration of L.H. Cosway and Penny Reid, so it’s testament to their talent that we dove in despite our hesitancy over the theme of the story. After all, we had heard about Bryan’s carousing, heavy drinking playboy ways previously and were keen to hear his story, to see what lay beneath this wayward man and witness him find love….twice!

“I’m attracted to you on every level. I want you, Eilish. I want you with every breath I take.”

In this instance, we felt Eilish’s reasons for keeping little Patrick a secret from Bryan to be completely justified. After all, Bryan had no recollection of sleeping with her, not even remembering her name after losing huge chunks of his memory due to his over indulgent haze around the time of their one night stand.  It was a night of passion that had Eilish believing she had found ‘the one’ after hero worshipping Bryan for years. For Bryan, however, that night was another in a long line of forgettable conquests thanks to Mr Smirnoff.

“She has more unresolved feelings for you than Perrie Edwards has for Zayn Malik.” (Sean)
I stared at him for several seconds, dumfounded. “Who?”
He threw his hands up in the air. “See. This is half the problem. I should’ve used Jenn and Brad as an example instead. You’re completely out of touch, Bryan. Can you even remember how to seduce a woman?”

After hooking up with Bryan at Ronan and Annie’s wedding and leaving his hotel room humiliated and hurt, three months later, Eilish discovers she’s pregnant with Bryan’s baby. Fast forward five years and Eilish is back in Ireland at the request of her cousin Sean, who she has a really close bond with. He arranges a job for her as the Rugby Team’s Physio which brings her face to face with her nemesis, Bryan.

‘I was the villain of the piece, and we both know it.’

Both Bryan and Eilish are riddled with insecurities and trust issues, can they move on from their past and start afresh? We were completely swept away by the sweet and tender build in the relationship between little Patrick and Bryan and the witty banter between Bryan and Sean. Both big winners for us.

The dream team once again weaved their magic by delivering a story chock full of love, warmth, humour, emotion and loveable characters whom we took to our hearts, once again, delivering their story in their own unique quirky way. We love the way these authors deliver such life like characters. We feel their pain, we embrace their love, and we devour the wittiness and emotional connection between them all, feeling we know them personally.

‘Christ, I needed to stop touching her, because if I thought she was beautiful before, the fact that this woman was the mother of my child gave her a fucking halo. I swear, she glowed. She was radiant. As magnetic as before but also something more.’

Can a beautiful little boy melt the heart of a big burly Rugby player? There were certainly some angsty moments between Eilish and Bryan as we hoped and prayed they could make things work.  We fell in love with the protective, forthright and witty Bryan, he certainly had some wooing to do and he wooed us! There were precious, tender and funny moments throughout. We adore this series.

 


THE RUGBY SERIES by L.H. COSWAY & PENNY REID

The Hooker and the Hermit

                    

The Player and the Pixie

                    

The Cad and the Co-Ed

                     

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WORTH THE WAIT (McKinney/Walker #1) by CLAUDIA CONNOR :: REVIEW

Emotional second chance romance featuring children

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SYNOPSIS
He broke her heart. When he finds out just how badly, it will break his too.

Nick Walker found the love of his life when he was just nineteen.

Found her.
Loved her.
Lost her.

It’s been ten years since Nick watched the only woman he ever loved walk out of his life. Now this FBI Special Agent will do anything to win her back.

But it won’t be easy…

Mia’s heart was shattered by Nick. They’ll have to face their painful past if they want a future, including Mia’s own secret about that day it all fell apart.

Do you believe in second chances.

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Worth The Wait

Reviewed by Gitte & Jenny

‘They just were. Nick and Mia. Always.’

We picked Worth the Wait up not having read the series from which this is a spin off, on the basis it’s being tagged a standalone. For us, we felt like we’d missed out somewhat on Hannah and Nick’s sibling bond, but yes, in most respects this stands alone. There’s absolutely no question that Claudia Connor’s writing is beautiful. She demands attention with a powerful and passionate prose. We felt incredibly sad with very heavy hearts as we read one of the more emotionally upsetting romances we’ve read in a while. It’s very difficult to read a story where the heroine and hero spend more agonising time apart than they do together. You begin to doubt it’ll ever happen for whichever tragic reasons presented.

“It’s been a long time. Maybe you don’t know me anymore.”

“I know you.”

We fell in love with all the characters in this story; especially Nick and his much younger sister, Hannah. Their relationship melted our hearts whilst making us all teary at the same time. Nick found himself in the distressing position of having to hold his parent-less family together when he became the head of the family through heart-breaking circumstances. A heavy load for a young man barely out of his teens. His caring, protective, determined and nurturing side knew no bounds and we fell in love with this young man.

“How can I forget when you always remind me?”

Worth the Wait is a book of continuous past and present. Through the flashbacks we learn of how it all began for Mia and Nick; with two year old Hannah in tow. From the present we learn of them being apart, and the struggles facing them individually, due to a horrific event which separated them a decade ago. It broke us. In the flashback’s we felt some of their love and connection. In the present we felt their agony and subsequent emotional pain.

‘He was barely there, so lost in his dark cage of anger and guilt he’d built for himself, he’d locked himself in and locked her out.’

Whilst we loved many, many parts of this story we felt the balance was excessively weighted towards the incredibly heavy angst, guilt, responsibility, despair and suffering. We barely experienced any joy nor happiness.

“You’ve got the past clenched so tightly in your fist, I’ll never be enough to make you let it go. I can’t go back to that place we were. It nearly killed me.”

Now, we love our highly emotional reads, however we do need some happy or at least an epilogue that completely mends our broken hearts and leaves us more than satisfied that everything is okay and everyone is where they need to be. Particularly after a journey that was as emotionally taxing as this one. This is a personal preference so we may be in the minority. Saying that, there is no question that this talented Author made our hearts bleed and kept us riveted, needing to find out if Mia and Nick would ever find their way back to where they began after so many years separating them.

“It still shakes me that something so enormous as our love could be erased so simply.”

3.5 Stars

 Worth the Wait Teaser


The McKinney Series by Claudia Connor

Worth The Fall Book One

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Worth The Risk Book Two

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Worth It All Book Three

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WHERE I BELONG and ALL I WANT (Alabama Summer Series Books 1 & 2) by J DANIELS

Standalone enemies to lovers
We had originally planned to start this series at Book #3 as we were told each could be read as standalone.
But then something happened around 20%.
We fell in complete book love with the other characters and HAD to know more about them. We grabbed book one and couldn’t stop reading until we finished all three book! Here are our reviews for Book one and Two.
#BOOKSERIESLOVE!
Our Review for WHEN I FALL (Book Three) to follow shortly.

WHERE I BELONG – THE ALABAMA SUMMER BOOK ONE

Where I Belong


SYNOPSIS

When Mia Corelli returns to Alabama for a summer of fun with her childhood best friend, Tessa, there’s only one thing keeping her on edge. One person that she’d do anything to avoid.
Benjamin Kelly. World’s biggest dickhead.
Mia hates him with a fury and has no desire to ever see him again. When she decides to start her summer off with a bang and finally give away her v-card, she unknowingly hands it over to the one guy that excelled at making her life miserable, learning a valuable lesson in the process.
Always get the name of the guy you’re going home with.
Ben can’t get the girl he spent one night with out of his head. When she leaves him the next morning, he thinks he’ll never see her again. Until he sees her lounging by the pool with his sister.
Mia is determined to hate Ben, even though she can’t forget him.
Ben is determined to prove he’s not the same guy he used to be.
What happens when the one person you wish never existed becomes the one person you can’t imagine being without?

Where I Belong

Reviewed by Gitte & Jenny

✯✯✯✯ 1/2 Stars

 “Little Miss Unwilling to Let Go of the Past.”

We had originally planned to start this series at Book #3 as we were told each could be read as standalone. So, we started reading When I Fall, however, by 20% we had to put it down. Why? Well, we fell in complete book love with the other characters who’d each had a book already. Hence, a book binge began as we read Where I belong and All I Want in one sitting. J Daniels is a brilliant Author; she reeled us in hook line and sinker with characters that had us swooning, laughing and ultimately ending up with a lot of freezer time. Their stories were addictive and highly entertaining. One word – unputdownable!

“Sleep, Angel. You have me. I’m never letting you go.”

Where I Belong is the story of Ben and Mia. Ladies, Ben will literally ROCK YOUR WORLD! He’s without question one of our favourite heroes out there. Incredibly sexy, a cunning linguist …holy hell he knows what to do with that filthy mouth of his. But above all; he had a side to him that’ll make your ovaries melt while you swoon over his protective side. He was perfection!

“And say what, angel? That I could kiss you for hours. That I love the taste of you on my tongue.”

As for Mia; she’s so incredibly lovable, sweet, feisty and compassionate. Their story is romantic, funny and bloody hot. It’ll satisfy all your reading needs; no question!

Yes, it was a tad predictable and insta-love, but overall we just can’t recommend this Author and this series highly enough. What a fantastic weekend we had reading!

When she looked at me, she saw me. My hopes, my fears….She fucking owned me with that stare and I never wanted to look away.’

Where I belong is a story of childhood memories; forgiveness and second chances. It’s a story of family and friendships and a love so incredibly passionate and romantic.

Oh and on a last note; you will meet one of the cutest kids out there – Nolan will melt your heart – he’s a true scene stealer!

ALL I WANT – THE ALABAMA SUMMER BOOK TWO

All I want

SYNOPSIS

Luke Evans is a heartbreaker.

I didn’t want to give mine to him. Not when he kept me out. 
He gave me enough, just enough to make me fall in love with him. I say this to convince myself. But I know the truth. 
I would’ve fallen in love with him at a distance. 
Handing my heart over to Luke was the easiest thing I’ve ever done. I was naive when I wished for more, when I hoped he wanted the same things I did. 
I try to hate him. I try to forget him. 
But it’s not that easy. 
Love is a ruthless bitch, and I’m her latest victim.

Tessa Kelly is a man-eater.

When she sets her sights on you, she doesn’t just consume your heart, she goes for your soul. 
What we had was perfect, real, and all I would ever want. 
But she destroyed it. 
She destroyed us. 
I try to hate her. I try to forget her. 
But it’s not that easy. 
Love is for people who have hope, and I have none.

Warning:
This book contains adult themes. 18+.
All I Want is a standalone novel, but to fully appreciate the f****ed-up mess that is Luke & Tessa, pick up Where I Belong first.

♥ 

All I Want

Reviewed by Jenny & Gitte

✯✯✯✯ Stars

“Do you love me today?”

We first met Tessa the sassy, plucky no nonsense, straight talking girl in Where I Belong. She gave us a good laugh and made no apologies for who she was and we loved her character.

“I hate that I can’t hate you enough to forget you.”

The relationship between Tessa and Luke (Ben’s best friend) was touched upon in book one and the miscommunication that had become synonymous with this pair in Where We Belong is carried forward into All I Want, only this time around we gained more of an insight into what lay beneath the animosity between Luke and Tessa, the deeply guarded secrets that plagued Luke, and the reasoning behind the turn their relationship took.

‘I let her in as much as I can, and it has to be enough because that’s all I can give her.’

There’s no doubting the deep attraction between Tessa and Luke, the chemistry between them crackled and we felt the affection between them, but boy did they love to provoke one another!  Sometimes their back and forth could be entertaining, other times it could be so bloody frustrating. There was a time or two we wanted to shout….TALK TO EACH OTHER!

“Let me go.”
“I can’t.” “I can’t let you go, Tessa. Please don’t ask me to do that.”

We could never have envisaged the depth of the man beneath the fun loving, self-assured, easy going Luke we were acquainted with in book one. Little did we realise the huge emotional barriers this man had constructed as a result of his painful past. Now, whilst we understood his reluctance to let Tessa in, there were times we could have throttled him with his own handcuffs! He acted in ways that would have sent a lesser woman running to the hills. Luckily Luke didn’t bank on the tenacity of this woman!

“I love you. Those words are yours. I’ll never say them to anyone else.” 

We’re addicted to this series and it’s not just the romance factor, but also the friendship dynamics which are so important. The banter between the characters is both moving and fun, each bringing so much to the story. There are no secondary characters here, we’ve fallen in love with them all.

We really enjoyed this one, though not as much as Where I Belong. Whereas book one was sweet, sexy and romantic, All I Want was a much angstier read with two strong headed characters whose battle of wills could be as exhilarating as it could be exhausting. We’re absolutely LOVING THIS SERIES and enjoy catching up with all the characters as their stories weave throughout each book.

Once again, that little chap Nolan stole our hearts!  He never fails to put a huge smile on our faces.

If the push/pull, will they/won’t they angst gets your heart racing. If you enjoy a romance with plenty of love, wit, pure emotion and a huge (and we mean…huge) steam factor….then this book is for you!

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 THE ALABAMA SUMMER SERIES by J DANIELS

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WHERE I BELONG  BOOK ONE
Our Review
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ALL I WANT BOOK TWO
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WHEN I FALL BOOK THREE
Our Review
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WHERE WE BELONG – BOOK #3.5
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