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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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RETREAT (Getaway #1) by JAY CROWNOVER :: REVIEW

Standalone in a series. A romance of self discovery and second chances.

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SYNOPSIS

Every once in a while, you need to get away from it all.

I was a woman on the edge, shaken and shattered after a breakup that felt like it tore my entire world apart.

My best friend, sick of watching me drown in misery and melancholy, harassed me until I agreed to go with her on a week-long wilderness retreat.

She promised days spent bonding and getting in touch with our inner bad-asses.
It was supposed to be all about the two of us roughing it and making do with the bare minimum. She assured me we were going to be pushed to our limits in ways that were unimaginable. Neither one of us could have ever guessed just how right she was.

Nowhere in the glossy brochure did it say anything about the fact I was going to have to battle the insufferable but deliciously rugged and sexy trail guide instead of the elements. The brochure also forgot to mention the part that warned when you left civilization behind, there was no place to pack your inhibitions and fears.

I was told that I would be facing a week where the only thing I should expect was the unexpected. However, no one mentioned that I was going to have to fight for my life…and my heart as soon as I ventured into the unknown.

I was a pro at hiding from my feelings but when it came time to face a real threat, one that could change everything, I learned I was more of a no surrender, no retreat kind of girl.

Retreat is a standalone novel, the first in the Getaway series which centers on the hardheaded and brokenhearted Warner brothers and the women that dare to love them.

These boys are very good at putting the wild in wilderness.

Retreat is available to purchase below:

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Reviewed by Jenny & Gitte

4.5  ‘We just fell in love’ stars!

His lips hit my temple as he lifted the hand splayed across my ribs to settle over my racing heart.
“Destroyed, Sunshine. This is what it feels like to be destroyed.”

Dust off those cowboy boots and head out to Wyoming and prepare to fall in love with the unlucky in love but very delectable Warner men from Jay Crownover’s new Getaway Series! ‘Cause oh boy, didn’t we just fall head over heels for ‘not quite a cowboy’, Cy Warner. What a man. A very sexy, alpha and beautiful man!

As soon as we saw the cover for Retreat we felt compelled to check it out and we were hooked. It’s been 5 years since we picked up a book by Jay Crownover and we couldn’t help but admire how much her writing has grown during that time. It was fabulous! We highlighted a passage on nearly every page, such was the stirring beauty of this authors words which we greedily devoured.

“I like it better when you smile.”
“Haven’t had much reason to do so until you came crashing into my life, Sunshine.”

What a wonderful story Retreat was and what a terrific introduction to a series we want more of already! Retreat is a story of self-discovery  and second chances that had our hearts racing throughout, whether it be with the suspense and thrills that hit us midway through the story, the sheer tangible passion between Cy and Leora (Leo), or from the absolute romance between the loyal, rugged, gruff, masculine alpha with a loving heart, a hidden vulnerability and a deep seated sense of responsibility, and the gorgeous Leo who had become disenfranchised with herself after a failed relationship had her questioning herself and shattering her confidence. Everything about this romance spoke to our hearts.  A sexy, at times thrilling, and always heart-warming romance!

‘His story made my own seem silly and insignificant by comparison and suddenly I knew the bruises on my heart were nothing compared to the scars slashed on his.’

There were a few surprises and some really teary emotional moments in Retreat, and honestly, we don’t think it’s possible to have swooned any more than we did towards the end of this book! Pick us up off the floor! And the chemistry between Leo and Cy! These two were ridiculously hot together! They practically melted our Kindles with one of THE hottest shower scenes we’ve read! Bloody hell it was combustible. The setting, the passion, the romance, the suspense, the absolute beauty of a man who had sacrificed his heart and happiness out of a sense of duty and a woman who never thought it was possible to love and be loved, had our hearts soaring.

“Women like you don’t have to try and destroy things, Leo. You just do, because men like me aren’t strong enough to stay away and we end up wanting things the other isn’t capable of giving.”

Whilst this story does occur over a short time span, and normally we prefer feelings to build a little longer, it didn’t bother us as their feelings came across as completely real and genuine. Both Leo and Cy were mature, had suffered heartache and knew how to communicate. There was no uncommunicative crap between them and so the intensity of their feelings was believable and honest. We really did experience the romance, love and emotion between them both.

“Love isn’t logical or reasonable. Our hearts make no sense.”

We adored every character and reveled in the friendship between Leo and Emrys. Em was a loyal and loving friend who had singlehandedly brought Leo out of a dark phase when her confidence, self-worth and trust had been rocked following a break up with a man who wasn’t who he appeared to be and her own past insecurities.  Bottom line; Leo wasn’t happy with her life and it was at Em’s insistence they get away from it all for a one week trek on a ranch in Wyoming. This trip would serve to be life changing for them both in very different ways. We were completely consumed in Cy and Leo’s story and we found a book boyfriend who’ll be hard to beat in 2017. KA fans, we think you’ll love this one! Pick this one up and let the swooning commence! Sigh…our hearts are still swooning!

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