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THE BRAVE LINE by KATE STEWART :: REVIEW

Standalone steamy and emotional friends to lovers.

SYNOPSIS

She is a five foot seven long list of things he can’t have.

He is a determined cop, desperate to keep his heart sealed behind his badge.

Michelle is a survivor. With a fresh perspective on life, she trades her tragic past in California for the coastal waters of Charleston. Fueled by a new career as a dispatcher, she’s determined not to let her scars weigh her down. She apologizes for nothing, especially her insatiable need for a certain police officer.

Rowdy is a newly minted sergeant dedicated to his job, but the life of a Charleston police officer has never been more dangerous. With his need to take order of a city spiraling out of control, the last thing he wants is an entanglement with a mouthy dispatcher. But, there’s just one problem. He can’t get enough of her.

As the heat rises between the unlikely pair, so does the tension.

Three months of summer was all it took to shake their foundations, rattle their walls, and bring them crashing down.

It was lust.

It was love.

It was real.

And it would have been perfect . . . if it wasn’t already over.

Note to reader:
This book has several elements and explores topics that some may consider triggers. For mature audiences only. Explicit sex, violence and language.

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Reviewed by Jenny & Gitte

4.5 Sargent Sexy Stars!

‘It was the man. The man I’d had feelings for almost two years before he’d touched me. The man who made me weak with one look. The man who could control my body with just a breathy whisper. A good man with a good heart who was brave and spent his days protecting others while the world made it hard as hell. He was beautiful and flawed…..’

The Brave Line delivered so many elements we love in a story! Sexy dirty talking protective and possessive alpha hero, sassy heroine who gave him a run for his money, chemistry that was off the charts, steamy scenes that melted our Kindles, a smidgeon of suspense and a decent helping of emotion which had us tearing up, fabulous writing and a story that kept us glued to the spot!

Kate Stewart is a versatile author, we’ve sampled her rom-com and erotica, itching to read something more from her. The Brave Line synopsis hooked us immediately, suiting our current reading mood to a T, and it didn’t disappoint!

“I’m not a hero, period. For anyone.”
“Every time you put on that uniform and do the right thing, you are, no matter what happens.”

Randall Owen Day (Rowdy) is a 32 year old Police Sargent, lured into the Police Force in his youth after a painful and tragic event saw him and his three friends, April, Tyler and Kurt joining the Police to make a difference to the world. Years down the track, that youthful enthusiasm has given way to bitterness and cynicism as life on the streets, the loss of fellow police officers and friends together with an often thankless public have all left Rowdy rather jaded.

Michelle Long is a 29 year old dispatcher with the Charleston Police Department. She’s in the frontline taking calls, worrying about the officers and assisting the public head on. Michelle too is plagued by events of her past that haunt her to this day, though she’s come out tougher and more confident in herself and is a true survivor. Both Michelle and Rowdy deserve a second chance.

‘I would let love rule in my heart and take a piece of my soul, but I would never let its loss destroy all of me.’

Michelle and Rowdy hid a simmering lust fest for nearly two years and it’s only now Rowdy is returning her flirty advances but he wants filthy sex with her -end of- and makes her an offer we *cough cough* she couldn’t refuse…“As soon as I get you alone, I’m going to spread those legs and wrap them around my head and then I’m going to lick everything between them. And then I’m going to come down your throat. I warn you now, though, I’m fucking filthy.” And bloody hell, he sure was, but Michelle is no shrinking violet, she’s a sexual creature and Rowdy’s declaration sends her in a tailspin of want…as it did us!

This story really was a mixed bag. We expected steam, but bloody hell Rowdy and Michelle BURNED UP the pages; we nearly combusted! Then the emotion of the story hit and as it all unfolded with hearts being laid bare, we found ourselves experiencing a torrent of feelings for both these characters who carried painful reminders from their pasts, struggling to break down their walls.

‘She wanted to know me. I loved it. I hated it. I had nothing to offer. I didn’t need commitment, but I wanted her.’

Kate Stewart had our hearts in our mouths when she took us to the frontline with Sargent Day, capturing the heart palpitating minutes when these guys encounter life and death situations each day. She then held our hearts in her hands as Rowdy and Michelle came to grips with their feelings.

“I swear to God, the only thing I want to protect now is you. I’d go to war for you. I’d fight every goddamn battle for you even though you don’t need me to.”

We loved the dialogue between the characters which played such a pivotal role in our connection to them. We were right there with Rowdy and Michelle, learning their past tragedies, their fears, their pain and their flaws, and facing their demons and feelings head on, in real time. It was witnessing these pivotal moments in real time that ensured this story really hit the spot. What a FANTASTIC READ!

“Are you going to worry about me tonight?”

 


Meet some of the characters from The Brave Line in the BALLS IN PLAY Rom-Com Series


ANYTHING BUT MINOR – Book One
Standalone Sports romance/comedy

SYNOPSIS
She’s a nerd.”
“Heyyyy!”
“Okay, she’s a flight instructor.”
“Better.”
“He’s a ballplayer.”
“The best that ever was.”
“Technically, you aren’t according to MLB stats.”
“See? Total nerd. She also has no filter.”
“He’s no southern gentlemen.”
“I had one last season to prove my worth.”
“I’d never seen a game.”
“He told me he was a player.”
“She told me she was a lesbian.”
“But you fell in love with me anyway.”
“Yeah, baby, I totally did.”

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MAJOR LOVE – Book Two
Sports romance standalone

Synopsis
“I met her at an all-time low . . . the worst night of my life—a time I never wanted to remember.”
“It was a night I could never forget.”
“When it came to women, I swore I was done with wishful thinking. Ball and my coaching career were all that mattered.”
“I reminded him it wasn’t.”
“She was everything I was afraid of.”
“He was everything I’d ever wanted.”
“She was fire—an irresistible piece of southern heaven that I couldn’t stay away from.
“He was smoke that clouded me in every imaginable way.”
“And the sex . . .”
“Dear God, the sex . . .”
“I fell hard, and she gave me hell at every turn.”
“I made a promise I was hell bent on keeping.”
“And you kept it.”
“Hell yes I did.”
“Fuckin’ A.”

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MISSING GRACE by S.L. SCOTT :: REVIEW

A Standalone story of everlasting love and hope

SYNOPSIS

Move on with your life, they said.

Forget her, they said.

But how could Ben Edwards forget the woman who was supposed to be his forever? When Grace Stevens disappeared—without a word, without a trace—she took half his soul with her.

Despite the heartbreak, Ben tried. He tried to take their advice by pursuing his career. He tried to find fulfillment in his work. He tried to find peace. Grace had been the love of his life. Her fingerprints were on every surface of his existence. He had success and wealth. He had everything, except her.

Then fate stepped in one serendipitous night. The hope he’d held on to for three long, agonizing years appeared before him in the form of a picturesque beauty.

Was she real, or an apparition returning to haunt him? He wasn’t sure, but he wouldn’t stop until he found his missing love. Every minute mattered, and he wouldn’t waste a second chance.

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Reviewed by Gitte and Jenny
**SPOILER-FREE REVIEW**

4 everlasting stars

‘…the search for Grace became an addiction, as he couldn’t believe she would be gone forever.’

We are incredibly aware that it’s easy to spoil this story for other readers so we won’t say anything about the story at all. We hope every reader gets to experience this beautiful story of love, grief, hope and heart-break as the S.L Scott intended. We don’t think we would have enjoyed this book as much as we did if we’d known what would transpire. So please go into this story bind.

‘Every spare minute that wasn’t dedicated to work, eating or sleeping he spent searching for his love.’

We don’t think soul mate romances come much more powerful than Missing Grace. It was overwhelmingly emotional, passionate, frustrating and heart-breaking. It was a reading race against time as we wanted to know what happened and why. We wanted Ben to find his peace, his calm, his happiness and his resolution. We wanted Ben to truly live again and for his heart to once more be whole. As for missing Grace; we teared up at the thought of what happened, fearing the worst. We hoped Ben’s relentless perseverance would pay off, in order to find an answer. We wanted this beautiful couple safe, somehow.

“You were taken from me.”

We pretty much read Missing Grace in one sitting, our emotions took a pounding and we were on tenterhooks worried were this story was going. We had so many questions and never felt truly safe. Once thing we never questioned though was Ben’s incredible love for Grace. Our hearts bled for this man who clearly loved with his entire being, never letting go of a love that would live till the end of time. Ben stole our hearts, completely. He was the heart and soul of this story. A beautiful man who never lost hope.

“Destiny is shaped by choice, not chance.”

 


SEE MORE TBB S.L. SCOTT RECOMMENDED READS

THE RESISTANCE :
Amazon US || Amazon UK || Amazon AU

THE RECKONING
Amazon US || Amazon UK || Amazon AU 

THE REDEMPTION :
Amazon US || Amazon UK || Amazon AU 

 

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SEPARATION GAMES (The Games Duet #2) by C.D. REISS :: REVIEW

A TBB Top Series Recommendation
The stunning conclusion to this powerful, emotional, raw, erotic and moving duet.

THE MARRIAGE DUET 

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Marriage Games Book One 

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Separation Games Book Two 

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SYNOPSIS

These are the unbreakable rules in the game.
Stay collected. Compartmentalize. Think your next move through. Never let your heart dictate your tactics.

The heart is impulsive.
The heart makes bad decisions.
The heart doesn’t see the long game.

Because the heart may have decided to get Adam back, but when the endgame comes, the heart’s going to be the first thing to break.


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Spoiler Free Review by Gitte & Jenny

4.5 Stars

‘I was mad that I loved the wrong parts of him, and that I felt closer to a sadist than a kind man. I was mad that he’d opened me up and I couldn’t close the wound without him. I was mad that I could only really cry when he hurt me.’

Once again, in the conclusion to the Games Duet, we found ourselves entangled in a dark intense web, with a real, disturbing, conflicted and intense insight into a marriage where the two people in their each respective way was as messed up as the other. It’s hard to call this a love story because it really was a hard to understand love. Push pull – push pull. It got too much at times and it became a love – hate relationship for us as well as them in some respects.

‘He was making me crazy. He was confusing me. He was yanking me toward him and pushing me away, at the same time. I was angry, frustrated, vulnerable, defensive, and broken.’

However, the passion, the bared souls, the ugly honesty and the addiction translated into a love where love was at times questionable. It’s a very fine line but the many faces of love do not necessarily equate to complete love of body, mind and soul. But love it was, of that there was no question. There were no frills or sugar sweet romance, but then again this is CD Reiss and that is one of the many reasons we fell in love with her writing. It’s hard-hitting, raw and more gritty than pretty. Though, flip the coin and turn the words and it’s incredibly poetic, vivid and thought provoking.

“Your problem isn’t that you don’t love. Your problem is you love so much it scares you.”

Whilst we found the build up quite slow, somewhat detached and cold, the story suddenly took flight and heightened and heated emotions became tangible once more. The writing from that point was flawless and the words literally pulsed on the pages. We re-learnt our love for the characters and felt the connection once more. We shared the confusion, the doubt and the apprehension. We felt the passion, the reluctant vulnerability and the addiction. We felt the love, the need and the unbearable pain of separation.

‘With every move, I aimed for her heart, to go deep enough to touch it, own it, crawl into it and expand it. My life was written there. I wanted to enter her and explode, covering the world in all-consuming fire. Inside. Deep. So deep we became linked at the soul.’

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MARRIAGE GAMES BOOK ONE

“You tell me where you went wrong. Were you not good enough? Or was this just not what I wanted for you.”
25th SYNOPSIS

THIRTY DAYS
That’s all Adam Steinbeck demands of his wife.
Thirty days in a remote cottage, doing everything he demands. After that, he’ll sign her divorce papers and give her complete ownership of their company.
THIRTY DAYS
That’s how long he has to rediscover the man he once was. The Dominant Master he hid when he fell in love with her five years ago.
THIRTY DAYS
She wants the business they built badly enough to go to the cottage for a month. Cut off ties to the world and do his bidding. She can submit to him with her body, but her heart will never yield.
She thinks this is his pathetic attempt to repair their marriage.
She’s wrong

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TBB 2016 FAVOURITE READS :: STANDALONE AND SERIES


TBB 2016 FAVOURITE READS

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We want to wish everyone a Happy New Year and thank you for your support, your messages and for sharing the love of books with us. We love discussing books with you guys. And of course, we want to thank the authors who made 2016 such a fabulous reading year!

It’s been quite the year! We read just over 200 books and reviewed 187 plus we discovered 52 new or new to us authors.

We’ve always loved finding new authors to read and this year, 54 of the books we reviewed were 5 Star reads. Of those, 12 were from new to us authors.  Of the 38,  4.5 Star reads we reviewed, 18 were from new to us authors.

So you can see why we love picking up reads from some of our favourite authors as well as finding new authors to love. It’s all about the book. It doesn’t matter who wrote it, all that matters is that we love it, connect with it and feel it!

We don’t have a top numbers list, these are the books we read, loved and want to share with you. We know you’ll find your next fabulous reads here!

Click on the book cover to take you to our review and purchase details.

All lists are in author alphabetical order.
Happy reading and roll on 2017!


5 STAR STANDALONE READS 2016

Moonshot Alessandra Torre
In the Shadows of Satellites Amanda Dick
She Dims The Stars Amber L Johnson
The Bird & The Sword Amy Harmon
All The Ugly & Wonderful Things Bryn Greenwood
Until We Collide Charlotte Fallowfield
It Ends with Us Colleen Hoover
For all The Evers Debra Anastasia
Author Anonymous EK Blair
Black Swan Affair KL Kreig
Sparrow LJ Shen
Missed Connection Mara White & K Larsen
The Empty Jar M Leighton
El Diablo M Robinson
Hail Mary Nicola Rendell
Collared Nicole Williams
Unseen Messages Pepper Winters
Swear on this Life Renee Carlino
Nina is Not Okay Shappi Khorsandi
Absolution Stevie J Cole & LP Lovell
An Exaltation of Larks Suanne Laqueur
The Bourbon Thief Tiffany Reisz
A Thousand Boy Kisses Tillie Cole

4.5 STAR STANDALONE READS 2016

One Day Soon A Meredith Walters
Behind Closed Doors BA Paris
This is Love Caroline Nolan
Touch The Sky Christina Lee
Josh & Anna & Gabe & Claire Eliza Freed
One Jewel E Ann
A Love Letter to Whiskey Kandi Steiner
Until Now Laura Ward
Poet of the Wrong Generation Lonnie Ostrow
Trailer Trash Marie Sexton
After We Fall Melanie Harlow
Confessed Nicola Rendell
Unbreak My Heart Nicole Jacquelyn
Dark Notes Pam Godwin
Waiting for Wyatt SD Hendrickson
A Love so Tragic Stevie J Cole
Silent Sentry Theresa Rizzo
A Way to Get By T Torrest
The Baller Vi Keeland
Bossman Vi Keeland

5 STAR SERIES 2016

Transfer & Retrieval Aly Martinez Duet Complete
Three E S Carter Complete/Standalone
The Score Elle Kennedy Complete/Standalone
Royally Screwed Emma Chase Ongoing/Standalone
Sidebarred Emma Chase Series Complete
Full Tilt & All In Emma Scott Duet Complete
Dawn of Forever Jewel E Ann Series Complete
Target on our Backs JM Darhower Series Complete
The Beast JR Ward Series Ongoing
Claiming Eden Kele Moon Series Complete
The Enforcer Kele Moon Series Ongoing
Backfire Keri Lake Ongoing/Standalone
Rock Chick Reawakening Kristen Ashley Complete/Standalone
Love in the Light Laura Kaye Duet Complete
Stroked Long Meghan Quinn Ongoing/Standalone
Saving Evangeline Nancee Cain Ongoing/Standalone
Perfect Rage Nashoda Rose Ongoing
Beard Science Penny Reid Ongoing/Standalone
The Man I Love & Here to Stay Suanne Laqueur Series Complete
Dream a Little Dream Susan Elizabeth Phillips Complete/Standalone
The Shadow & The Roman Sylvain Reynard Series Complete
The Confessions Tiffany Reisz Series Complete
The Mistress Files Tiffany Reisz Series Complete
Deep Redemption Tillie Cole Series Ongoing

4.5 STAR SERIES 2016

Dark Mafia Prince & Wicked Mafia Prince Annika Martin Series Complete
Willing Victim & Brutal Game Cara McKenna Duet Complete
Marriage Games CD Reiss Duet Complete
Fly With Me Chanel Cleeton Complete/Standalone
The Lost, Fallen & Found Cole McCade Series Complete
To Hate Adam Connor Ella Maise Series/Standalone
Paper Princess Erin Watt Series Complete
Thursdays Harper Bentley Duet Ongoing
Magnate Joanna Shupe Complete/Standalone
Thief of Hearts L H Cosway Ongoing/Standalone
Spiralling Skywards Lesley Jones Duet Complete
Player & The Pixie LH Cosway & Penny Reid Ongoing/Standalone
Low Mary Elizabeth Series Complete
Burn Down the Night M O’Keefe Complete/Standalone
US Sarina Bowen & Elle Kennedy Duet Complete
Steadfast & Keepsake Sarina Bowen Complete/Standalone
The Pawn Skye Warren Series Ongoing
Ravage Tillie Cole Series Ongoing

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