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ROAD-TRIPPED (Ad Agency #1) by NICOLE ARCHER

5 Stars!
Standalone in a series, enemies to lovers, hilarious,emotional, swoony romance

SYNOPSIS

What’s worse than driving a phallic-shaped RV across the country with a coworker you hate? Falling in love with them. 

Copywriter Callie Murphy has a bad attitude, a vicious tongue, and a serious aversion to Shimura Advertising’s resident manwhore, Walker Rhodes. Know where he can stick his good looks and Southern charm? She can think of a few creative places. Avoiding him wouldn’t be a problem, except her boss threatens to fire her if she doesn’t go along with him on their RV client’s cross-country tour. 

Burnt-out art director, Walker, is sick of his job, tired of women, and in a big old creative rut. The upcoming client road trip is just what he needs to shake things up and rediscover his lost passion. But his plans go south when his partner drops out at the last minute, and Callie, the foul-mouthed tiny terror, takes her place. Unless he can find a way to thaw his icy coworker, he’s looking at two months of pure hell. 

Road-Tripped is a stand-alone novel and the first book in the Ad Agency Series. 

*Not for readers under 18. Erotic sex, adult language, and drug use.

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::REVIEW:: 

“So Bluebell what do you think love is?”
“To me, love is a verb. It’s horribly cliché, but actions scream louder than words.”

5 fabulous stars because we loved the sh-poo out of this book! It really was a fabulous read, and one that left us with such a warm and happy feeling in our hearts! We laughed out loud, we smiled throughout and our romantic hearts squealed with glee! Nicole Archer delivered a story full of warmth, emotion, a dash of angst, humour and lots and lots of heart, with enough steamy deliciousness to satisfy those who like heat in their reads. Nothing slowed the flow of the story and the emotion made our hearts ache but was so cleverly cloaked in wonderful sarky humour that ensured we always had a glow in our hearts and an abundance of giggles at the ready. What a terrific introduction to this author!

‘What if I fall? Oh but, darling, what if you fly?’

Road Tripped has to up there as one of the best enemies to lovers romances we’ve read. The humour was so on point. The sarcastic banter between Callie and Walker tickled us no end. Walkers puns had us in fits of laughter, and the journey around the US was visually captivating thanks to the talent of Nicole Archer who painted the perfect picture with her natural flowing storytelling. We felt as though we’d travelled the country in that campervan with Callie and Walker. We took in every sight, sound and smell – music blaring in our heads thanks to the fabulous soundtrack– this was a fictional setting brought to life courtesy of this authors brilliant and fabulously entertaining writing.

‘Her teeth were clenched tight, probably hiding the fangs that had just popped out.’

Twenty eight year old Callie Murphy is at a crossroads. Her life is in tatters. Her fiancée cheated on her, her sister cleaned out her savings. Her lifeline come by way of her friend Skip Shemura who flies her to New York to work in his ad agency. But, the job is sucking the creative life out of Callie.

Walker Rhodes is a talented photographer but at thirty, life is passing him by and his creativity is stilted at the ad agency. Walker rubs Callie up the wrong way. She has pre conceived opinion of who Walker Rhodes is…he’s the office man tart…isn’t he? Or did she judge him unfairly?

Walker Rhodes has a presence – as Callie put it…’Once he stepped inside the room, dumbassapohoria took hold, and every female brain within a six-foot radius shrunk to the size of a Tic-Tac.’ Well…who could blame them because Walker Rhodes made us positively dumassaphoric too! He was utter deliciousness. A masculine Southern gentleman with a dirty mouth whose self-censorship was hilarious. As he would say…. “I keep my dirty words in the sheets, not on the streets.” Electric blue eyes framed by glasses….a powerful, imposing man who wasn’t afraid to share his vulnerable side or scream like a girl when Callie drove The Silver Dildo (the campervan guys) like a demon! Oh boy did we do some serious swooning over his devilishly sweet southern charm.

“Something tells me you’ve got a good reason to feel that way or you wouldn’t be trying to hide it.” He kept quiet for a minute. “Be sad if you need to be sad. There’s nothing wrong with feeling blue. There’s a lot of beauty borne from sorrow – music, art..poetry. “

As Callie and Walker embark on their road trip around the US courtesy of an ad campaign for one of their clients, they strive to discover their lost creativity, drawing inspiration from their surroundings and each other. They deal with their pasts, their present and their future all within the confines of an RV…will they survive without killing each other or will the prospect of leaving their RV bubble fill them with dread? All will be revealed, so go on, 1Click this fabulousness now!

And….just when we thought we couldn’t ask for more, Nicole Archer went and delivered a kick arse, melt our hearts epilogue! Oh sigh…it was perfection. Turn us over, we’re done! Well, we’re not done really, because we’re off to devour more Nicole Archer goodness in Head Tripped! Yoohoo!


‘With them, words were just unnecessary noise.’


THE AD AGENCY SERIES

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Head Tripped Book Two

          

Field Tripped Book Three

          

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SURE THING by JANA ASTON

Standalone swoony romantic comedy with a sexy Brit boyfriend!

SYNOPSIS

Have you ever set out to have a one night stand with a sexy stranger?
No? I’m the only one?
Just kidding, I would never.
Ever.
Not usually.

But then I figured, why not? My entire life I’ve been good and it’s gotten me nowhere.
No job.
No apartment.
No boyfriend.

I’m owed a little fun, aren’t I? A reward for being good.
Sure, a new pair of shoes would be more appropriate, but Mr. Sexy Stranger is more appealing. And when he speaks—in that British accent—it’s a done deal. Every American woman has a hot British guy fantasy. Well, most do. I haven’t taken a poll or anything, but I’m pretty sure it’s a fact.

Except…
You know that saying about best-laid plans?
Good, because I don’t either, but I assume they go awry.
Like my one night stand… 

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Reviewed by Jenny & Gitte

 

“Is this real?” I whisper it, meant more for myself than him, but his eyes answer my question; his gaze moves across my face with tenderness before a, “Yes” is pressed onto my lips.

We were a bit late to the Jana Aston party, only sampling her work in the short story, Times Square which we both thoroughly enjoyed. And whilst it may have been a little taste, it was enough to have us swooning big time over her male hero and ensuring we were desperate to read more of her titillating, sweet, swoony, feel-good and very sexy stories.

Jumping on the chance to review, Sure Thing, we once again fell head over heels for her hero. Seriously, Jana Aston writes a gorgeous book boyfriend that’s for sure and this time around it was the sexy, swoony delectable Brit boyfriend, Jennings Anderson who made us weak at the knees. Can we take a minute to appreciate all that is Jennings…right down to his talented tongue and sexy dirty mouth…..oh good grief, that mouth of his! We died!

‘Such a gentleman. Such a filthy, dirty gentleman.’

There are times when you need to escape everything around you, and immerse yourself in something that makes your heart happy, filling it with warmth and Sure Thing was exactly that. This book came at the right time and satiated our mood perfectly.

The Brit humour was spot on, the banter between Jennings and Violet was giggle inducing – we loved the dry wit that came so easily to both characters. Nothing felt forced. And the chemistry…wooahh!!! That…and the sex was off the charts! What started as a one night stand soon turned into a lust and need for repeat performances and what performances they were! Talk about a standing ovation…Jennings hit all the spots…and more! Forget about the G Spot…he found the woooweee spot! Time and time again! So posh yet so delectably dirrrty when he wants to be.

‘I love women. I love taking them to dinner. Walking them to their door. Caressing their cheeks as I cup their jaws and kiss them before they invite me inside. Most of all, I love fucking them. I love discovering what gets the wet. What causes their breath to hitch and their toes to curl.’

Twenty six year old Violet needs an adventure! She needs spontaneity. Violet is the thinker, her sister Daisy is the doer. Violet decides she needs to follow Daisy’s lead and decides on a one night stand, and the hot thirty six year guy at the bar looked like the perfect candidate…and when he opened his mouth with that Brit accent…Violet was a goner! The outcome of their meeting is hilarious, sweet and sexy all rolled into one.

‘Do not let me down. You are my first one night stand, don’t be my last. Don’t be the reason I give up entirely and take up knitting and invest in a vibrator collection. Don’t be….Never mind.’

Sure Thing gave us a bit of drama, a couple of twists and a great day of reading. We honestly didn’t want to put this down as we wanted to immerse ourselves in everything Jennings and Violet, two wonderful characters who were perfect for each other, but due to a few little secrets they’re both hiding, their path to a happily might get a little rocky. We’d recommend this book in a heartbeat! Fabulously funny, sizzlingly sexy, wonderfully warm and enjoyably entertaining!

“Daisy.” I say softly and wait for her eyes to return to mine. “You’re the most fun I’ve ever had.”

Oh and pssst…Jana Aston, we’d LOVE Daisy’s story..juss saying’.

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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.

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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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LOVE IN TRANSIT by VARIOUS AUTHORS

Find out what happens when you give six authors the SAME blurb and they write their OWN story.

SYNOPSIS

You know those people that have a house full of motivational slogans? Embrace Every Moment, stamped on their coffee mugs. Always Kiss Me Goodnight painted above their perfectly made beds.

I’m not one of those people.

This morning I overslept, then slipped on a stray sock and banged my toe into the nightstand. The elevator in my building broke and I had to run down six flights of stairs. And then my local coffee shop was closed. For health code violations.

What’s that? Not the end of the world? You want me to suck it up?

Did I mention I’m wearing a wedding dress… on the subway?

It’s a Good Day for a Hot Mess.

Someone embroider that on a pillow.

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Reviewed by Gitte & Jenny

Love In Transit is a fabulous unique idea which grabbed our attention the moment we saw how six Authors each wrote a novella with the same synopsis, the cover is gorgeous too! We managed to inhale a few of the stories which were deliciously different and well written. Without question we highly recommend picking this book up if you’re a romantic at heart and you’re looking for short sharp romantic, emotional and sexy hits that without question will each satisfy a lunch hour read or commute.  So, jump on board- wedding dress optional!

Times Square

‘Is there anything sexier than a man absorbed in a book? Not to this self-confessed book nerd there isn’t.’

Well, Jana Aston just satisfied our book loving hearts. Firstly, we have to admit it was our first time with Jana but what a fabulous first time it was. We laughed and swooned in equal measure. It was quick witted, very book-ish (if you read it you’ll know what we mean) and sexy. Loved it!

Wall Street Station

‘To save an angel, I prepare to make a deal with the devil.’

Liv Morris gave us her own version of a sweet fairy-tale mixed with poignant moments of ‘Pretty Woman’. So much packed into this one, which was a more emotional read; we swooooooned and fell in love!

The Hammersmith & City Line

“What’s so funny?”

“You’re wearing a really shit wedding dress on The Tube.”

Kitty French gave us….well Kitty French; and as we love her we inhaled her dirty and quirky reality TV romp with laugh out loud moments! LOVED this one.

Capitol South

‘My heart requires more time to heal before I try to open it up to another person.’

Raine Miller brought us pomp and grace with a real personal romantic touch. A swoony romance ultimately borne out of an upper class family commitment. Loved it.

 

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