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THE OUTPOST (Jamison Valley #4) by DEVNEY PERRY

Standalone in a series – suspense, drama, sweet small town romance 

 

SYNOPSIS

Trapped in his tiny mountain cabin, she didn’t expect to fall for his big heart.

Exposing a prominent criminal family with an investigative news report didn’t exactly work out the way Sabrina had hoped. Instead of basking in the glory of her article’s success, she’s on the run from a powerful man who wants her dead. To stay safe, she’s forced to trade one bad situation for another. Stuck in the Montana wilderness, she’s secluded from anything resembling civilization or the modern-day world. The only good thing about her situation is the gorgeous mountain man assigned to protect her. Too bad he isn’t the slightest bit interested in a city girl like her.

Beau likes his life quiet and simple. Give him a peaceful day hiking in the woods with his dog, and he’s a happy man. He has no use for large crowds, noisy cities or dramatic women. So when a hotshot reporter rolls into town, dragging her big-time problems with her, he should have run for the hills. Instead, he volunteered to keep her safe. Bringing her into his world won’t be easy, but if he can convince her that Montana isn’t as terrifying as she believes, they might just be the perfect match.

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Reviewed by Jenny & Gitte

‘This is my story. As you may have guessed, its heroine is me, and this past fall, I set out to catch a villain.’

We’ve been wanting to check out this before now, but never got the chance…you know how it goes…never enough reading hours in a day. So when the opportunity arose to read The Outpost, the time had come to spend time in Jamison Valley. We were hesitant to pick up a series part way through but were assured this could be a standalone easily followed the story and characters.

We can happily report, our first foray into Devney Perry’s Jamison Valley series was a very enjoyable one! Really, what’s not to love, as the author delivers a swoony big burly mountain man with a heart of gold, a feisty, brave heroine, some warm, friendly small town characters, and some Russian Mafia suspense thrown in for good measure.  The richness of Devney Perry’s writing was the cherry on top of a very enjoyable cake!

‘No man would ever hold me this well. I was made to be wrapped in these arms. A woman could tell a lot by the way a man holds her. She could tell if he had the strength to endure the rougher moments. If he had a mighty yet kind heart. If he could make her feel safe and cherished.
Beau’s embrace said all that and more.’

Sabrina is on the run after getting herself involved with a guy who had Russian Mafia ties; intentionally that is, for the sake of a story she wrote for the Seattle Times to bust open a gun smuggling ring. The subject matter was close to Sabrina’s heart for reasons that are uncovered later in the story, and we completely understood the tenaciousness she possessed to tell her story. The personal cost was enormous with her life put in danger, and hiding out until the ring was caught.

It’s to Jamison Valley, home of her bestie Felicity that Sabrina flees and it’s there she meets the gorgeous, very manly Beau. Wow! What a guy! This bloke had us swooning big time! His protectiveness, selfishness and loyalty to his friends, family and his work was to be commended. Working for the US Forest Service office of Jamison County search and rescue team, Beau carried a mountain of responsibility on his mountainous shoulders, and now, keeping Sabrina safe is added to his list of jobs!

“You’ve got a talent for making me smile, Sabrina.”
“Same to you, Beau.”

Sabrina is true city girl, while Beau is a 4th generation Montanan whose commitment is to his work, family and friends. It’ll never work between them, right? There’s no doubting there is chemistry in abundance between these two, but if they give their bodies, could they do so without giving their hearts, because they both know, a relationship is fruitless. The minute Sabrina gets the okay, she’s out of Jamison quicker than you can blink. Beau wouldn’t survive in the city. But you know what they say…the heart wants what the heart wants, and despite them both knowing any relationship would come with an expiration date, they slowly build feelings that can’t be denied.

‘I didn’t want her for right now. I wanted her for always.’

The Outpost was a sweet and easy way to spend a lazy Saturday and we became swept up in the romance of this story, entertained by heart-warming characters with a good mix of drama. And OMG! That epilogue! Authors should never underestimate the power of a great epilogue and Devney Perry delivered an absolute beauty in The Outpost! She left our melted hearts in a pile of goo!


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ROYALLY ENDOWED (Royally #3) by EMMA CHASE :: REVIEW

5 Stars!
Royal romance series – slow burn, funny swoony and sexy romance.

SYNOPSIS

Logan St. James is a smoldering, sexy beast. Sure, he can be a little broody at times—but Ellie Hammond’s willing to overlook that. Because, have you seen him??Sexy. As. Hell.And Ellie’s perky enough for both of them.For years, she’s had a crush on the intense, gorgeous royal security guard—but she doesn’t think he ever saw her, not really.To Logan, Ellie was just part of the job—a relative of the royal family he’d sworn to protect. Now, at 22 years old and fresh out of college, she’s determined to put aside her X-rated dreams of pat-downs and pillow talk, and find a real life happily ever after.The Queen of Wessco encourages Ellie to follow in her sister’s footsteps and settle down with a prince of her own. Or a duke, a marquis…a viscount would also do nicely.

But in the pursuit of a fairy tale ending, Ellie learns that the sweetest crushes can be the hardest to let go.
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Logan St. James grew up on the wrong side of the tracks, in a family on the wrong side of the law. But these days, he covers his tattoos and scars with a respectable suit. He’s handsome, loyal, brave, skilled with his hands and…other body parts.

Any woman would be proud to call him hers.

But there’s only one woman he wants.

For years he’s watched over her, protected her, held her hair back when she was sick, taught her how to throw a punch, and spot a liar.

He dreams of her. Would lay down his life for her.

But beautiful Ellie Hammond’s off-limits.

Everybody knows the bodyguard rules: Never lose focus, never let them out of your sight, and never, ever fall in love.

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Reviewed by Gitte & Jenny

‘What I do know, what I’m sure of, is that I would die for Ellie. Kill for her, live for her. The vow echoes through me with every beat of my heart.’

We absolutely love this series from Emma Chase. We’ve laughed and swooned in equal measure and gotten a bit hot and bothered too. Waiting for Logan and Ellie’s book was exciting as we had no idea where it was going to go or how it would play out. We had no real expectations and sometimes that is exactly when you end up the most pleasantly surprised, and didn’t we just! We loved this slow burn romance that burnt up the pages with sizzling attraction born out of what can really be described as a protective friendship spanning years, the emotional impact from how it played out won our book hearts, word by word.

‘- he makes me feel wanted. Valued and important, like I’m someone worth protecting. Knowing this man would give his life to shield me, guard me from pain or danger – it’s a heady thing. An arousing, stirring thing.’

We’ve loved Ellie since we first met her. She’s embraces life; she’s vivacious, honest, loyal and hard working. She’s the kind of heroine you root for the minute you meet her as she steals your heart. We kind of feel like we were there watching her as she grew up; and what a wonderful woman she grew up to be under the watchful eye of her gorgeous Royal bodyguard, Logan.

‘I’ve always wanted to be a part of something bigger -something noble and lasting- and now I am.’

Logan has been a bit of an enigma until now. Fierce, protective and loyal to the Royal Family, he’s the young man who grew up on the opposite side of prosperity yet fought create a better life for himself. We knew he had a mouth on him and a cheeky side that came out every so often, but we loved discovering that this man had an endearing vulnerability underneath his intimidating armour. Whilst we knew of his feelings, this man valued loyalty and friendship above any romantic notion. His values and boundaries were always at the forefront and as far as heroes goes, Logan is up there as one of our all-time favourites. He was just such a real man with such a real heart.

“You’re always doing this,” she whispers.
“Doing what?”
“Saving me.”
I smile, just a bit. “I don’t mind.”
“Hey Logan?”
“Yeah?”
“One of these days…I’m going to save you back.”

We loved the fact that Royally Endowed took place over several years running parallel with Royally Screwed, Royally Matched and beyond. It meant that we got to catch up with Nicholas and Olivia; Henry and Sarah as well as experience the sharp tongued yet amusing Queen Lenora once more. It was like being back with family. The laughs, the romance, the emotionally poignant moments, and the dramatic twists. We loved every minute of it and didn’t want it to end. Without question the centre of this story was the deliciously building and much anticipated romance between Logan and Ellie, added with just the right amount of emotional drama and funny family antics. The exact reason for why we love Emma Chase. Romantic, funny and so very passionate, we can’t end this review without saying that once again Emma Chase gave us an epic epilogue that left us in swoony puddles combined with tears from laughter. What a royally fantastic series this has been, one for all the hopeless romantics out there. One for the book loving heart.

‘So many memories and moments. We’d circle each other, watch one another, veer away or try to fight it…but we were always pulled back together. Colliding. Connecting.’


TBB RECOMMENDS THE ROYALLY SERIES
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TBB ALSO RECOMMENDS by EMMA CHASE

LEGAL BRIEFS SERIES – CAN BE READ AS STANDALONE’S

Join Jake & Chelsea, Stanton & Sofia, Brent & Kennedy as they navigate the hilarious and heartwarming hurdles of love, life and the law in this bloody fabulous series that will have you swooning, giggling and fanning yourself! One of our faves.

‘I’m not good with flowery, romantic kinds of words. But she makes me wish I was.
Because she’s more than my wife – more than the owner of the pussy that has me so very whipped. She’s my love, my home, the solace to my soul, the keeper of my heart, the center of my entire fucking world. The only reason I really believe in my own goodness is because I see it reflected in her eyes.’

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THE TANGLED SERIES – CAN BE READ AS STANDALONE’S

Join Drew and the gang. The man who started it all will have you in absolute fits with his unique outlook on love, life and relationships. You’ll be laughing like crazy over this one!

“For many men, their car is equivalent to the perfect woman. We can build her to look exactly how we want, we can ride her hard and she won’t complain, and we can easily trade in when a newer, younger model comes along. It’s pretty much the ideal relationship.”

Emma Chase

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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.

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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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HEARTS ON AIR (Hearts Series #6) by L H COSWAY : REVIEW & SNEAK PEEK


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Standalone friends to lovers, second chance romance

 

SYNOPSIS

3 weeks. 5 cities. 15 impossible stunts. One reality show.

Trevor Cross came into Reya Cabrera’s world with a bang and faded out with a whimper. They vowed to make it work, but life had other plans. After chasing his TV dreams for years, Trev finally became the UK’s next big reality star, but he alienated his family and friends in the process. Now he finally has everything he ever wanted. Women. Money. Fame. But none of it means anything when he doesn’t have the one thing that matters most: love.

Money leaves a gaping hole. Fame surrounds him with loneliness. And no woman makes him feel like Reya used to before the whirlwind of success pulled them apart.

He has a plan to get her back. However, with a hectic filming schedule looming, the only way to do that is to convince her to come on the road with him. Reya has been stuck in a rut for a while, and the opportunity to travel across Europe and play her music for new audiences seems like heaven. The only catch? She has to do it with the one boy who ever got close enough to break her heart. But he’s not a boy anymore, and as she gets to know him again she can’t deny her respect for the man he’s become.

Every time she’s around him her heart feels full of air, like a balloon about to pop. Little does she know, Trev’s feelings are just as tumultuous as hers. One thing’s for sure, these three weeks on the road together will either make them whole again or break them irrevocably.

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Reviewed by Jenny & Gitte

“We’re making memories tonight, Reya Cabrera, isn’t it exciting?”

It’s hard to believe it’s been three years since we first fell in love with this series, and still, our hearts beat with excited anticipation with each new release. We’ve absolutely loved meeting new characters along the way, becoming completely enamoured with every one of them, experiencing their stories that always find that special place in our hearts.

In Hearts On Air, L.H. Cosway again delivers a story delivered with heart, together with the witty and engaging dialogue this author is known and loved for. And again, she’s had us delighting over a mischievous, cheeky hero with that little boy charm she does so brilliantly. Though, Trevor did test our resolve once or twice!

“No one’s ever told you to act right because they’re too dazzled by how good-looking you are. They’re too busy feeling blessed that you deign to grace them with your presence. “

Trevor and Reya’s story is a friends to lovers, second chance romance that had its ups and downs and follows two years on from the free prequel Novella, One Epic Night.  We fill in the gaps from Trevor and Reya’s intense night, and even more intense feelings, as their relationship shifted from friends to lovers’ status, leaving us hanging for the conclusion to those unfolding events.

Now, two years later Trevor is committed to righting his wrongs, and by hook or by crook, he plans to once again win the trust and heart of Reya Cabrera. But can he make her forget the hurt and win her over? Time will tell!

“Because you’re the best friend I ever had, and losing you is my biggest regret, the worst thing that ever happened to me.”

Told from Reya’s POV we learn Reya also has issues from her past that haunt her, to which Trevor isn’t a party to. Trevor too is dealing with a disorder he needs to keep in check.

We loved the start of Hearts on Air and the last part of the story won us over completely. We did struggle a little with the pacing of the middle which at times felt a little repetitive and tended to drag somewhat as Trevor and Reya attempt to rebuild their friendship and relationship.

“No, I know you care about me. You just don’t care enough. I’m not asking for the world, Trev. I’m not asking for much at all.”

In saying that, there was much we loved about this story, most of all the unique and beautiful voice of L.H. Cosway, trusting her to bring it home and boy…she certainly did that.

There was an element in this story that had our hearts positively soaring and tears streaming down our faces as we once again caught up with the characters we’ve loved implicitly. In fact, it had us wanting to go back and re-read some of them to once again experience those tangible emotions we remember all too well.

L.H. Cosway is an absolute gem of a storyteller. There is a warmth and humour to her stories that ensures we will keep coming back time and time again. Her ability to bring such realness to her characters, as though we know them personally, is something we particularly enjoy. Whilst we’re sad to be saying goodbye to this series, we’ll be waiting with baited breath and anticipated hearts for her next fabulous story and some brand new characters to fall in love with!

“We spend so much time striving for status that we don’t realise it’s the people in our lives that bring us real happiness.”


SNEAK PEEK AT HEARTS ON AIR


The train started to move and a fizzle of excitement ran through me. This was it. We were on our way. I hadn’t travelled much in my life, just back and forth to Spain a few times when I was a kid to visit family. My parents emigrated from Madrid when they were in their late teens to make a life for themselves in London. I was looking forward to visiting Barcelona because I’d never been there, but Madrid not so much. There were too many memories there, and memories made me hear my mother’s voice in my head.

¿Por qué nunca dices la verdad? Estás tratando de arruinarnos con tus mentiras.

Why do you never tell the truth? You are trying to ruin us with your lies.

My thoughts had me feeling unsteady. Trev’s breathing deepened and I suspected he’d nodded off. I pulled my notebook from my small handbag and began to write.

Close your eyes and pick a word.

Describe the person you see in your head.

Not the one in theirs.

Take your time.

Take your time.

Tómate tu tiempo

Don’t be scared. Don’t overthink.

Strong, good.

Proud, better.

Flawed, yes.

Truthful, always.

We are all a work in the making.

Even when we end we are unfinished we’re never really finished.

I was scribbling for a couple more minutes when Trev’s voice startled me. “Can I see?”

I froze, goosebumps claiming my skin, then turned to him. “You know I don’t like that.”

“But I’m gonna hear you sing them eventually. Why can’t I read the lyrics?”

I worried my lip, thinking on it as I shut my notebook. “Because words without music are far too revealing. The music massages their starkness. Most people are too busy listening to the melody to realise you’re baring your soul.”

Trev stared at me for a long, long moment. “So, if I read your lyrics it’s like discovering a secret, but if I watch you play I’m too dazzled by the music to hear the truth?”

I shrugged and looked away, feeling self-conscious now. “Something like that.”

“It’s not just the music that dazzles people, you know. It’s you.”

I glanced back at him and he reached out to tuck a strand of hair behind my ear. I inhaled and shifted away slightly. “What do you mean?”

“I was always fascinated when I watched you perform,” he confessed and my breath caught. “You’d start out all prim and proper, so dignified in those long, flowy dresses you wear on stage, your back straight, chest forward. Then you’d start to play and you’d slowly unravel. By the end of one song your hair would fall from its clip, by then end of the next, the straps of your dress would be loose at your shoulders. You were so real. You fucking slayed me. You mesmerised everyone and that’s because you were so unaware.”

I had no words, no idea how to respond. I never expected him to say something like that, not with the low rumble of the engine and the chatter of other passengers surrounding us.

“Are you trying to butter me up? Am I going to be sleeping in the broom closet instead of sharing with Leanne when we arrive in Brussels?” I asked, needing to break the intensity of the moment, the honesty of it. He was making me feel too many things.

He smiled, seeming to guess I was embarrassed, and shot back, “Nah, but I might need you to wash my underwear as part of your PA duties.”

I cocked a brow. “Only your underwear? How very specific.”

“I’ll get Neil to do my clothes, but I thought I’d save the honour of my dirty jocks for you,” he said and winked.

“Delightful,” I chuckled.

“How about this, if you do mine I’ll do yours.”

“Oh, romantic.”

“Only for you, Reyrey,” he said, using my old pet name. It was the first time he’d used it in over two years and I felt . . . conflicted. Although, it was going to happen eventually the more time we spent together.

 


THE HEARTS SERIES by L.H. COSWAY


Standalone/Series

SIX OF HEARTS – BOOK ONE

Step right up and meet Jay Fields: Illusionist. Mentalist. Trickster.
I think in triangles. You think in straight lines.
I show you a table and make you believe it’s a chair.
Smoke and mirrors, sleight of hand, misdirection. I trick and deceive.
But most of all, I put on a good show.
The world thinks I killed a man, but I didn’t. Bear with me. It’s all a part of the plan.
Revenge is what I want. I want it for me and I want it for her.
I want it for all six of us.
She doesn’t remember me, but she’s the reason for everything. She’ll be my prize at the end of all this–if I can hold onto my willpower, that is. Maybe I’ll slip up a little, have a taste, just a small one.
So go ahead and pick a card. Come inside and see the show. Look at my hands, look so closely that you can’t see what’s happening while you’re so focused on looking. I’ll be destroying your world from right here in the spotlight.
You’ll never see me coming until it’s too late.
I’ve only got one heart, and after I’ve pulled off my grand deception I’ll hand it right to her.
So, sit back, relax, and let my girl tell you our story. You’re in for one hell of a ride.

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Hearts Of Fire (Six Of Hearts #) by L H Cosway - Can be Standalone : TB 5 Star Read

HEARTS OF FIRE BOOK TWO

The Circus Spektakulär is proud to present Jack McCabe: Fire-breather, knife-thrower, risk-taker.
My house burned down when I was just a boy, robbing me of both my parents.
Now I breathe fire, eat the poison that almost killed me.
Crowds come to see me night after night. Men for the spectacle, women for the thrill. I’m an oddity to be stared at and desired. With each flame I spit, I risk my life.
I wear scars on my body that will never go away, but the scars inside my head are far more difficult to overlook.
My brother doesn’t know me, and if I have it my way he never will.
Life was going exactly the way I’d planned until Lille came along. She wanted to run away with the circus, have an adventure, but this world was never meant for her.
I try to keep her safe, because she doesn’t know the dangers that are out here on the road. She doesn’t know the monsters that lurk behind the bright lights of the ring. In truth, I could be considered one of them.
We were fashioned from different cloths, never intended to mix. So I watch her. I try not to touch, even when her eyes invite me.
Join us in the Spiegeltent and let us give you a show. Allow my Lille to draw a picture for you in paint and sweat and skin.
The truest love is always the hardest to let in.This is a standalone romance that tells the story of Jack McCabe, Jay Fields’ long lost, presumed dead brother. It is not necessary to have read Six of Hearts in order to enjoy Hearts of Fire.

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KING OF HEARTS BOOK THREE

Welcome to the City, London’s most prestigious square mile, where finance reigns and Oliver King is a rising prince.
I used to rule the world.

There might be wolves on Wall Street, but there were crocodiles in Canary Wharf. Some of us craved money. Some of us craved power.
I liked money, and power had its advantages, but what I really wanted was to excel, to surpass the men who came before me. I never cared much for love and romance until I met Alexis.
I could feel it the very moment she walked into the interview, with her outspoken charm and vivacious personality. She cast all the others in shadow, made me laugh when life held no humour. Our friendship should have remained professional, but it wasn’t long before the lines started to blur.
You know what they say about the best laid plans of mice and men? Well, I never foresaw where my plans would lead, and only in my darkest hour did I finally see the light…
You can have all the money and prestige in the world and still be the poorest man alive. And love, well, I hate to use a tired old cliché, but love can be the thing that truly sets you free.

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HEARTS OF BLUE BOOK FOUR

She upholds the law. He breaks it.
Two blue hearts, both alike in bravery

In not-so-fair London, where we lay our scene
From gun crime to petty theft
Where family is blood and survival makes hands unclean
In this place, we find two hearts who should be foes
And yet, amidst the turmoil their love still grows
Misadventure abounds and the divide will bring them strife
But with luck, death doesn’t always mean an end to life.
Hearts of Blue is a standalone contemporary romance that tells the story of star-crossed lovers Karla Sheehan and Lee Cross, a police constable and the thief who steals her heart.

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THIEF OF HEARTS BOOK FIVE

Seduce the teacher.
Meet the cousin.
Make a deal.
Steal the painting.
Andrea Anderson has no clue of the thoughts churning around in the dark and dangerous ex-con’s head as he enters her classroom. In fact, she’s momentarily lost for words. Not in her entire teaching career has she had a student who looked quite like Stu Cross.
A widow at just twenty-eight, love is something Andie hasn’t considered a part of her life for a very long time. However, when lingering touches turn to whispered words and hot, searching stares, she begins to wonder if maybe she should take a leap of faith.
But Stu is in her class for a reason, and it has nothing to do with love. He’s there to burrow his way into her life and repay a debt, otherwise his family will suffer. Andie is the first person to show him true kindness since he left prison, and though he doesn’t want to mislead her, he doesn’t have another choice.
Before long, Stu can’t tell whether or not he’s acting anymore, and his feelings for Andie could throw all of his carefully crafted plans into complete and utter disarray.

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THE BRIDE TRILOGY by S DOYLE :: TRILOGY REVIEW

Trilogy – friends to lovers/older man, younger woman

SYNOPSIS

Ellie

So here’s the deal. I’m sixteen and I’m getting married. Super weird, I know.

My dad is a cattle rancher in Montana. Or he was, until he died suddenly, leaving me an orphan (which is still a thing). I’m sixteen months away from being a legal adult, so I have two choices.

Foster home, or married. To Jake Talley. The foreman of the ranch and my best friend.

It’s legal. It solves all my problems. Except now I’m living with Riverbend’s hottest cowboy – my husband (in name only of course) – and I’m still in high school. Trust me, no one wants to date Weird Married Ellie.

But it’s cool. All we have to do is wait it out until I’m eighteen and we’ll get a divorce. Then Jake and I will go back to being normal. We’ve got this.

Right?

Jake

I’m twenty-six, and I never saw this coming. Married. To a kid I’ve known her whole life. But there was no way in hell I was going to let her live at a foster home, instead of at the ranch where she belongs.

Sure we’re married but it’s not real. Just a piece of paper. My girlfriend is furious but I know I’m doing the right thing – for Ellie. For sixteen months, it’s me and her against the world – until the divorce.

No big deal.

Or is it?

THE BRIDE TRILOGY can be purchased below 

The Bride Book One – amazon us | amazon uk
The Wife Book Two – amazon us | amazon uk
The Lover Book Three – amazon us | amazon uk


Reviewed by Jenny & Gitte

4 Stars

‘We were Ellie and Jake, Jake and Ellie.’

S Doyle is a new to us author, and the synopsis for this trilogy immediately sucked us in! It sounded angsty, gripping and we were told from readers who had read the first book it had a Kristen Ashley ‘feel’ about it, so we couldn’t wait to dive in! We’ll be honest and say we didn’t get the KA vibe at all, with neither the story nor the writing bearing any resemblance to the KA books we’ve read, however each reader feels a story differently.

This coming of age drama was laden with drama and angst. Boy did these two make life difficult for themselves as they adapted to living together. At first, we struggled to get into the story, however we soon found our groove and needed to know how this was all going to play out.

Because of Ellie’s age, we will disclose that there is no underage sex in this story, in fact, Jake shows a tremendous amount of restraint with the hormonally awakening Ellie, respecting her age and their platonic predicament implicitly and Ellie wanting to give herself over to love, settling for nothing less.

The trilogy is told in dual POV’s with Ellie’s side of the story was told more in the way of a memoir and so it read as a naïve, hormonal, confused 16 year old, so the immaturity of her voice was to be expected. We loved that Ellie remained strong, sticking to her guns about her worth, with Jake’s pov bringing a balance to the story.

“Jake. I deserve to be loved as much as I love you.”

At nearly 17, Ellie Mason, is left an orphan and a multimillion dollar cattle ranch in Montana, after her father’s death. With no legal guardian, the only option available for Ellie is to go into Foster care. However, this option doesn’t suit Jake Talley, the family cattle hand who lives in the bunkhouse on their ranch, was right hand man to Ellie’s dad and really, the only ‘family’ Ellie now has. Jake decides the best solution and to avoid the foster system, even if it is for sixteen months, is to marry Ellie, divorcing when she turns 18. There’s a 10 year gap between the pair and Jake looks upon Ellie as a little girl, he hasn’t yet noticed to maturing woman before him. So, he can do this for sixteen months can’t he? Stay in a platonic marriage to keep the ranch and Ellie’s dad’s legacy. Except, Ellie is blossoming before his eyes and Jake wants to make sure Elllie’s virtue remains intact so as not to draw town gossip to their relationship.

‘What if I married Ellie thinking I could save her, but instead ruined her life because people though she was the type of girl who could be seduced?’

The story takes us from Ellie being the bride, the wife, the lover as is evident from the titles and in that process we see the growth of Ellie’s character as she comes into her own from young innocence to womanhood.

“You are the most important person in my life. I’m the most important person in yours. I don’t want you to end up hating me.’

This is one angst ridden ride. The kind that makes you want to throw your hands up in frustration whilst at the same time flipping to the next page to see what happens. Jake and Ellie’s relationship is a whirlwind of emotions that’s for sure. An entertaining read tracing the trials and tribulations of a friends to lover’s romance.

 

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