Category: Princess Emma’s Reviews

Princess Emma Reviews: Fury by Cat Porter

Fury by Cat Porter
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5 Stars
Also by this author: Random & Rare (Lock & Key, #2), Iron & Bone (Lock & Key Book 3), Blood & Rust

Synopsis

I still have the dreams, baby. Do you?
In mine, I plead and wait for your touch to come like it always did.
But it never does.
I strain against the iron, but you’re no longer there in the shadows.
I’m alone.
One single shard of deep dark hope was enough back then.
Not now.
My claws, your fangs have sunk deep.
Follow my trail of blood,
my trail of anger, desolation.
Am I the same man?
Soul dark,
Heart dense,
Blood fierce,
Purpose raw.
Flame burning.
Unrelenting.
Brewed on vengeance,
laced with tenderness,
my fury for you.

Chained in brutal darkness, they fell in love. Free in the world, they were torn apart. Empires rise, empires fall, and still, she burns in his soul. But between them now runs a wild river of ambition, greed, and blood. So much blood. He’ll do anything for revenge, and she’ll do anything to protect him. Love and vengeance are the same kind of savage…

**This is for mature readers only! Graphic sexual situations and trigger warnings. Some situations may not be comfortable for all readers.


5 Crowns (I wish I could give it more)

Fury is a standalone, but it is also a spin-off from the brilliant Lock & Key series. You don’t have to read that series to enjoy Fury, but I highly recommend that you do. This book runs alongside all 4 books in that series and it really will only intensify your enjoyment of this story.

Do you know what, I am absolutely lost for words in regards to this book. At this point in my review I usually like to give a story overview, but how can I even begin to encapsulate the epic journey that this book has taken me on. And that guys is what this book is; a journey of love, heartbreak, violence and passion and one that spans 25 years.

So what I will say is that this is Finger and Serena’s story. If you are a fan of Cat Porter’s you have been introduced to these characters in her Lock & Key series. From horrific beginnings a true love is born, but life gets in the way, as well as evil and let me tell you it gives us the reader a book that is gritty, breath-taking and heart stopping brilliant.

I’m not sure what it is about Cat’s writing, but every time I pick up one of her book it causes physical reactions. Fury touched every one of my emotions. I read this with my heart in my throat most of the time and with an anxiousness that only 3 other books have ever caused; one of which is Random & Rare, also by Ms Porter. Seriously, it made me feel sick at times dreading what was going to come next for these star-crossed lovers. And that my friends is what is so bloody awesome about this masterpiece.

Now be warned, this book is not for the faint of heart. It is violent, it is at times very graphic, but it is also freaking beautiful. Cat Porter doesn’t churn out books, she makes us wait and then rewards us with our patience. Her books are detailed, they dot the I’s and cross every single t. They twist and they turn and they push us to the brink, and rather that than a generic book every other month. This is an author worth waiting for because of the end product that she gives us. The writing is first class, the characters are original and the storylines have a depth that most authors only dream of creating. I am in awe of this woman’s talent and her gift for mucking with my damn blood pressure.

So as I have already mentioned, Random & Rare has always been my favourite from this author. Fury though gives it a run for its money in my affection. I am not going to say Fury is now my favourite as it would be like choosing a favourite child, but if you are a fan of this author, well it just gives you an idea of how truly epic this story really is.

In an indie world awash and saturated with MC novels, there are but a few authors that can pull it off for me consistently and Cat Porter is at the top of the pile. So if you are undecided, if you aren’t feeling MC romance like you once were, please take the chance on this author and her books. They are some of the best you will ever read!

 

A MUST READ BOOK AND AUTHOR!

5 Stars
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Princess Emma Reviews: He Lived Next Door by Portia Moore

Princess Emma Reviews: He Lived Next Door by Portia MooreHe Lived Next Door by Portia Moore
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4 Stars

There are ugly truthsand pretty lies.When I lost themI chose neither.I wrapped myself in silence.My husband, my best friend, became a stranger who gave up.
Then.... He moved next door, and everything changed.You think you know this story,but you don't.Be careful what you ask for because the answer may not come the way you think.

Also by this author: What Happens After, What Happens After, The Trouble With Before, Before I Break (If I Break 1.5), Almost Broken (If I Break #2), Beautifully Broken (If I Break #3), If I Break (If I Break #1), The Trouble With Before, If I Break #4 Shattered Pieces, If I Break #4 Shattered Pieces

4 Crown

A new standalone romance from the author of the fabulous If I Break series. This is completely unrelated to any of her previous books.

Chassidy is struggling with life. Following a double tragedy her life is falling apart at the seams and she is unable to stop it. She knows that she is pushing the love of her life away, but she feels so helpless under the grey cloud that she now lives under. One thing she does know is that the love she has for Bryce still remains, but is it enough? Are her failures too much? Does loving him mean letting him go? And then Carter moves next door…

Well if you are reading this thinking that this is remotely like Portia’s If I Break series, think again. This book is completely different, the only thing links them is that once again Portia has created a very unique story.

This book in lots of ways is a hard read. I don’t say that in a negative way, far from it actually. Most people will read the title and synopsis and assume that you will be reading a book about a standard love triangle and indeed some may be put off by that. That is not this book. This books subject matter is one that many women deal with and the story delves into the effects and repercussions it can have on a seemingly perfect marriage. Told mostly from Chassidy POV, we get flash backs to happier times from Bryce. It is heart-breaking and poignant and although I am lucky enough to have not experienced what Chassidy does, I think how she copes will resonate with every woman reading it.

Carter moves in next door when Chassidy is at her lowest. Her husband is away and she feels so alone. He becomes her sounding board and a much needed friend. But when others step into the fray, can he continue to be her friend? Will Chassidy make the right decisions or will she cross a line that can’t be uncrossed?

I am going to leave it there as I don’t want to give anything away, but this book and how the storyline developed blindsided me. Expect the unexpected guys. Let’s face it, if you have read Portia Moore’s previous books then you know she likes to throw in a curve ball or two and she certainly didn’t let me down. Not the type of book I would usually read, but beautifully written as I have come to expect from this author and different enough that I certainly found it a page turner. Portia has certainly poured her soul into this one and I applaud her for it.

 

If you want a book full of the trials and tribulations of keeping a love alive in the most trying of circumstances. A book full of emotion, faith, love, loss and heartbreak, He Lived Next Door will certainly deliver.

4 Stars
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Princess Emma Reviews: Lightstruck by Liz Crowe

Princess Emma Reviews: Lightstruck by Liz CroweLightstruck: ( A Contemporary Romance Novel) (Brewing Passion Book 2) by Liz Crowe
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4 Stars
Series: Brewing Passions #2
Also in this series: Tapped (Brewing Passion, #1)
Also by this author: Family Love (Love Brothers, #4), Tapped (Brewing Passion, #1)

4 Crowns

Book 2 in the Brewing Passions series. This book is very much a sequel to book 1, Tapped. For that reason, I highly recommend you read the brilliant Tapped before starting this one as it will give you lots of background on the characters.

Ross Hoffman no longer wants to be a third wheel. Having been introduced as the third in his best friends Austin Fitzgerald’s relationship with Evelyn, it is now becoming more difficult to share. It’s hard but he knows he needs to walk away, even if his heart is fighting it. So doing what he does best, he flees and throws himself back into his first love of beer brewing away from the only person he has ever loved.  But when his best friend calls, he has to return. Little does he know that this may lead him to a new love along the way.

Elisa Nagel is the new assistant brewer for the Fitzgerald’s. She is everything that Ross doesn’t usually like but is unable to stay away. Despite her spirited love of life, it is clear that life has broken her and that she hides many secrets. Can Ross mend her? And in doing so can he mend himself and find a love he never expected?

Liz Crowe has created a great sequel to Tapped. This book is very different and certainly covers much darker subject matters, but as you expect from this author, it is also full of humour, steam and real life situations.

I really loved Ross in this book, even though at times I could have punched him. We get to see a lot more of him and he is much deeper and is worth so much more than being a couples third, that’s for sure. Elisa, well she was certainly a colourful character in more ways than one. She hides her pain behind humour and sass and doesn’t trust easily. I liked her for Ross. He needed to have someone completely different to Evelyn and someone them that only wants him; he gets that with Elise.

So another great story from an author that always puts her unique twists on romance. Always well thought out storylines and characters with lots of depth to both. I now look forward to what may come in the future with secondary characters, she has certainly laid the foundations for stories to come.

 

If you are looking for something a little different, that embodies the term Real-life Romance. This series, indeed this author is a must read!

4 Stars
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Princess Emma Reviews: Ruckus by L.J. Shen

Ruckus by L.J. Shen
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Series: Sinners of Saint #2

Synopsis

Rosie

They say that life is a beautiful lie and death a painful truth. They’re right.
No one has ever made me feel more alive than the guy who serves as a constant reminder that my clock is ticking.
He is my forbidden, shiny apple. The striking fallacy to my blunt, raw, truth.
He is also my sister’s ex-boyfriend.
One thing you should know before you judge me;
I saw him first. I craved him first. I loved him first.
Eleven years later, he waltzes into my life, demanding a second chance.
Dean Cole wants to be my bronze horseman.
But my clock is ticking. See, I’m not like the rest. I have an illness.
Sometimes I conquer it.
Sometimes it conquers me.
My white knight has finally arrived.
Hopefully, he isn’t too late.


5 Crowns

Book 2 in the Sinners of Saint series. We have already read Vicious and Jaime’s stories, now it’s time for Dean “Ruckus” Cole’s. So, although this book is a standalone I highly urge you to read the previous book (#0.5 #1) as you will feel like you are diving back in with a group of old friends; and they are also bloody wicked books. However, having said that it is not essential that you do to enjoy this book.

Rosie LeBlanc has never made long-term plans. She has never been one to commit to a relationship and she can never follow her dreams. Rosie was born sick and has always known her destiny would be shorter than everyone else; but if she could have dreamt about her HEA it would have always involved Dean Cole. She fell in love with him at 16… and then he dated her sister. Roll on 11 years and Rosie is still sick and after a long absence Dean is back in her life. But this Dean isn’t someone she recognises. This Dean she hates, and this Dean puts the capital R in Ruckus.

Dean never really wanted Millie; not from the moment Baby Leblanc opened that front door all those years ago. His intentions were only ever honest, but they became twisted and Rosie pushed him more and more towards her sister. A relationship that should never have been and was over in a flash also destroyed what could have been with the only star that shined in his night sky. He has spent the last 11 years high on weed, drinking to escape the hurt of his past and whoring himself around New York. But Rosie is back and he is determined to win her around, even if the rest of his life is falling apart at the seams.

L.J Shen was a new author to me before this series, and I am so glad I decided to take the chance and read Vicious. I put off reading that book as I wasn’t sure it would suit my taste as dark romance isn’t a favourite of mine. But I read the hoopla, realised it wasn’t that type of dark and took the plunge. Here I am 3 books into a series that I feel was written to meet everything I want in my reads. In a word this series and indeed this 3rd book Ruckus is my kind of book.

So as with the previous books, the synopsis we have been provided with doesn’t tell us much. I can say that this is a second chance romance of sorts and that this involves 2 characters that were featured in Vicious. We got to know both Rosie and Dean quite well in that book and we certainly got some back story, but I DID NOT EXPECT THIS! Yes shouty capital’s peeps because this book is amazing!

Neither characters were shown in their best light in Vicious, so I was unsure what we would get in this book. What you find though are 2 complex characters, both with hidden issues, but also with more visible ones as well. Rosie’s illness plays a big part in this book, as does Dean’s issues with in particular alcohol. What it means is that this isn’t a fluffy romance, it is a tough pathway that they will have to follow, forgetting the past and revealing the secrets that plague them. But the best part about this book is the humour that runs alongside the story, lightening what could have been a heavy read because of some of the issues between them. The banter between them is brilliant… Dean, well he is up front if nothing else. He is smutty, but he will make you swoon. On the flipside, Rosie is all about the sass. She is strong and fiercely independent, she is my type of girl! Of course, don’t forget Dean is one quarter of the Hotholes, so expect the usual when these 4 get together. It balances the book perfectly and for me made it a book that I think I only put down twice from start to finish.

So if you like your romance reads to be a little bit more than hearts and flowers, with characters that you will cheer for from the opening chapter, but who will also at times frustrate you with their decisions and make you tear up and swoon along the way, Ruckus is a MUST READ! A brilliant addition to this addictive series.

I now (not so) patiently await Trent’s book, Scandalous. We get a sneak peek into what and who it may involve… OMFG, If has left me seriously excited!

 

Get 1 clicking guys, you won’t regret it!

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Princess Emma Reviews: Excess Baggage by Laura Barnard

Princess Emma Reviews: Excess Baggage by Laura BarnardExcess Baggage by Laura Barnard
on May 23rd 2017
Pages: 220
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4 Stars

Stuck in a dead-end relationship, Erica Bennett finds herself daydreaming of her first holiday romance. She was fifteen, it was exciting, new and full of possibilities…and Jack Lawson was hot as hell. That kind of thing leaves a mark.
So when her friends suggest a girls holiday to Luna Island, it’s exactly what she needs to take her mind off things. What she doesn’t expect is to spot Jack – a much older, hotter version of him – across the hotel lobby.
Their attraction is still there and it isn’t long before sparks fly, but fifteen years is a long time. They aren’t the same people they were back then and besides, it’s only a week, right?
Is it a second chance at something real or will their excess baggage ruin their shot at love after they leave Luna Island?

4 Crowns

Excess Baggage is a standalone romantic comedy, unrelated to any previous work by this author.

Erica is on a girl’s holiday to Luna Island. It’s a well needed break following her mum’s current battle with cancer and a relationship with Karl that isn’t floating her boat anymore. So imagine her shock when she comes face to face with the boy that broke her heart following a holiday romance at the tender age of 15. Jack was her first love, but do feelings still remain? She has a week to find out.

Every girl will be able to relate to this book. Quintessential British humour, I felt like I was on a girls holiday with my own chicks. With plenty of laughs and a few steamy moments, this was one of those quick, easy reads that are sometimes just what we need. No heavy, complex storylines, just a book that will put a smile on your face as you reminisce on your own first love or holiday fling, whilst laughing out loud at the cringe worthy moments that poor Erica finds herself in.

Laura Barnard is a brand new author for me and I loved how British her writing style was. I loved hearing about Peterborough, Burnham-on Sea and Brighton. I’ve been to these places so could imagine myself there. The majority of books I read are U.S based, so to read my language, slang and about places I have visited, well it was a refreshing change that I just really enjoyed.

So if you are looking for a quick, light-hearted, fun and flirty summer read then look no further. Get your glass of Sangria and sun-lounger ready and settle down with this book, you won’t regret it. I just hope we get more. Brooke and Tom having left me wanting more.

4 Stars
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Princess Emma Reviews: Duke of Manhattan by Louise Bay

Duke of Manhattan by Louise Bay
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5 Stars
Also by this author: King of Wall Street: a sexy, standalone, contemporary romance, Love Rehab, Park Avenue Prince

5 Crowns

Duke of Manhattan is a standalone romance, but for fans of Louise Bay you will recognise some characters from both King of Wall Street and Prince of Park Avenue. If you haven’t read these books though, no worries, you will still enjoy this brilliant read.

Scarlett is feeling the desperate need to move on with her life. Only in her 20’s, she is still reeling from her divorce 2 years ago from her childhood sweetheart. It blindsided her and changed her whole life and the direction she thought she was going in. So it is her work life that is giving her the most happiness at the moment. Being part of the success of Cecily Fragrance has really helped distract her. But it is a man she now wants, even if it feels a little odd. She knows she needs to just get back on the saddle and maybe a one night stand just might give her what she needs to take the next step in life.

Ryder is a big fish; not just in the business world of Manhattan, but also in his native England. He is the heir to the Duke of Fairfax title, if he decides he is to marry; something that is never ever going to happen. Variety is the spice of life, especially his sex life, and he has made his own millions he doesn’t need to inherit them. But life is never that easy. So when Ryder’s hard earned empire comes under threat, then a wife might be the only option left.

1 very hot night + 1 unwanted business proposition = A deal that might work for both of them… If only life was that simple.

WOOHOO!!! OMG, I seriously loved this book!

My love for Louise Bay books started with the King of Wall Street. I fell in love with that book and have gone on to read her full back catalogue since then. I have to say, there isn’t one book that I haven’t enjoyed of hers, but KOWS has always been my favourite… until now. I am not going to say any more about the storyline, but it is one of those stories that I struggled to put down. I loved watching them both get over their hang-ups and they seriously made the pages sizzle.

For me this book is Louise Bay at her best. Full of angst, with bites of humour and lots of steam, it also has a real sweetness about it. You will love Scarlett and absolutely adore Ryder. But are they destined to become the Duke and Duchess of Fairfax? Well I will leave you to find that out for yourself. I just hope that we get a couple more stories; Violet and Darcy both need to find their perfect men.

 

Another MUST READ from a really talented storyteller.

5 Stars
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Princess Emma Reviews: Captain by Lauren Rowe

Princess Emma Reviews: Captain by Lauren RoweCaptain by Lauren Rowe
on May 15th 2017
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4 Stars

From, Lauren Rowe, the USA Today and International bestselling author of The Club Series and Ball Peen Hammer comes a sexy standalone romance: Captain.
It wasn’t the way this kind of story was supposed to go . . .Insta-love isn’t supposed to turn into insta-hate.
But that’s exactly what happened when the hot-as-hell dreamboat I met in a bar turned out to be a lying, cheating scumbag-player-douche looking for nothing but a little side action. Jerk.
And he has the nerve to call me a liar and a “sociopath”? Assh*le.
And now, three months later, through a mind-blowing series of events I couldn’t have predicted in a million years, it turns out my boss is marrying his sister in Hawaii and I’ve got to play nice with him for an entire freaking week.
Okay, sure, I’ll put on a happy face this week and act like I’ve never even met the jerk before--did I mention his sister is marrying my boss?--but that doesn’t mean I’ll like it. And it certainly doesn’t mean I’ll stop secretly hating the cocky bastard’s guts.
Because I do.I hate him. I really do.
I just wish my brain would explain the situation to my body . . . because every time he flashes that panty-melting smile at me, it takes all my self-restraint not to jump the bastard’s hot-as-f*ck bones.

4 Crowns

A standalone romantic comedy. If you are a fan of this author, you will recognise lots of the characters, however you do not need to have read them to fully enjoy Captain.

Tessa Rodriguez’s life is in 2 halves. Her professional life couldn’t be better. Being Josh Faraday’s PA is something that she has got down to a fine art over the last 6 years. However, her personal life pretty much sucks. Having moved to Seattle from L.A with her job, and coming off the back of a pretty disastrous (as it turned out) 2 year relationship, she is light on friends and experiencing a sex drought. So when she steps out of her comfort zone to dip her toe into the world of one night stands, she doesn’t expect to instantly connect with the most gorgeous man she has ever laid eyes on. Alas, as is her luck Ryan turns out to be just another, lying and cheating scumbag… or is he?

Ryan Morgan would love to settle down and have children with the right woman. So why is it that he always seems to attract the bunny boilers? When he unexpectedly meets a flight attendant in a bar one night, he thinks his luck might be about to change. And then an ex psycho goes and ruins it all. Or does she? Determined to track her down, he enlists help. Little does he know that his dream woman is much closer than her thinks.

Insta-love or insta-hate? Will Tessa learn to trust again? And will Ryan finally catch his whale?

This is my first Lauren Rowe book and I have to say I really enjoyed it. A complete unknown author to me, I read the synopsis of this book and just knew I had to read it. I am loving my romantic comedies at the moment and this book is just that.

What I loved most about this book was the array of characters. Now having not read her previous work, they were all new to me; that being said, I adored them. So I can only imagine how much more emotionally invested I would have been if I knew them that much better. I reckon that if you are a fan of The Club series or Ball Peen Hammer, you will feel like you are falling back in with a group of friends you haven’t seen in a while. The Morgan family are a hoot; their nicknames will have you laughing hard. But what makes this book even better is how she has balanced the comedy with the chemistry and the steaming hot love scenes. If I am being ultra-picky, I found that some scenes were a little overly long and wordy, but it didn’t take away from the fact that overall this is a great, light-hearted and fun love story.

So, whilst Lauren Rowe may be a new author to me now, she won’t be for long. I definitely liked Lauren’s laid back writing style and I will most certainly be catching up with Jonas, Josh and Keane’s story in the near future.

 

A fun summer romance for a day on the beach… Enjoy!!

4 Stars
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Princess Emma Reviews: Shattered Pieces by Portia Moore

Princess Emma Reviews: Shattered Pieces by Portia MooreIf I Break #4 Shattered Pieces by Portia Moore
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4.5 Stars
Series: If I Break #4
Also by this author: What Happens After, What Happens After, The Trouble With Before, Before I Break (If I Break 1.5), Almost Broken (If I Break #2), Beautifully Broken (If I Break #3), If I Break (If I Break #1), The Trouble With Before, He Lived Next Door, If I Break #4 Shattered Pieces

4.5 Crowns

Book 4 in the absolutely amazing If I Break Series. To save confusion this series includes 3 full length novels and 1 novella. There are also 2 further standalones that follow the lives of some of the secondary characters. This is one comprehensive series and one that I couldn’t wait to jump back into. PLEASE… if you haven’t read any of these book, stop reading this review now as it will spoil the story for you. You have been warned!!

Lauren knows only one thing. She loves her daughter Caylen and she loves her husband, whoever that maybe… Today.

Having fought an uphill battle to find a happiness that she once believed nothing could ruin, she now finds herself fighting the biggest battle of all. The guilt she has just from loving her husband and the father of her child makes her feel crazy, but that is life when you fall in love with a man with D.I.D or Dissociative Identity Disorder. Her friends worry for her, as does his family, but how can she turn her back on love… or will it turn on her?

Chris/Cal is at a crossroads. Hating each other is causing more harm than good, with neither backing down in their love for Lauren and Caylen. So when another threatens the balance even further, will they just shatter to pieces or will they mend all that is broken to finally find happiness?

OMG!!

Another brilliant book by Portia. Man, this author has serious storytelling skills. This is without doubt one of the most unique series of books I have read… and I have read A LOT! All her books are well structured, developed and researched but more than that they are emotional journeys. If anything Shattered Pieces ramps the emotions up another notch for this particular couple. It comes across as a real make or break moment for the Scott’s, like something really has to give… and it does, in so many ways.

I’m going to leave it there as I would hate to give anything away, but the conclusion of these characters story was brilliant. Will there be more? Who knows? I never expected to get Gwen and Will’s story or even Lisa’s, so I certainly wouldn’t but it past her to delve a little deeper into characters that have popped up along the way. In the meantime we can look forward to a new standalone, which will be a sure fire 1 click for me. This author could put out a version of the phone directory and I would read it; she really is that talented.

 

So if you have read this review before reading the others, shame on you for not heeding my warning. But if like me you are emotionally invested in these characters and their story, get reading now because you will love it! This series is without doubt the best books I have ever stumbled across!

4.5 Stars
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Princess Emma Reviews: Cheater by Rachel Van Dyken

Princess Emma Reviews: Cheater by Rachel Van DykenCheater (Curious Liaisons, #1) by Rachel Van Dyken
Pages: 317
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Lucas Thorn wasn’t born a cheater. All it took was a single moment—say, a certain disastrous incident on the night before his wedding—and boom. Reputation destroyed forever and always. So now he owns it. He has a lady friend for every night of the week (except Sundays—God’s day and all), and his rules are simple: No commitments. No exceptions.
But a certain smart-mouthed, strawberry blonde vixen is about to blow that all to hell.
Avery Black has never forgiven Lucas for cheating on her sister. And suddenly being forced to work with him is pretty much a nightmare on steroids. Of course, it does afford her the opportunity to make his life as difficult as possible. But no good revenge scheme comes without payback. Because he didn’t become the Lucas Thorn without learning a few things about women.
Now Avery’s lust for vengeance has turned into, well, lust. And if Lucas stops cheating, it’s definitely not because he’s falling in love…

Series: Curious Liaisons #1
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5 Crowns

Book 1 in the Curious Liaisons series.

Lucas Thorn likes women. After one very disastrous attempt at a serious relationship, Lucas realised that he was better suited to playing the field. A lady every night of the week, no commitment, no complications and absolutely no attachment. Everyone knows you’re not cheating if they know about it… right?

Avery Black always had Lucas on a pedestal. He could do no wrong in her eyes, until he broke her sister’s heart and hers along with it. So when she finds herself suddenly working for him, sparks will fly, and not in a good way. He was her best friend, but she doesn’t recognise the man he has turned into. But if she looks a bit deeper is the Lucas she knew still there?

I absolutely LOVED this book. It was just what I need after a long run of heavier stories and man did it make me laugh. I’m not going to go into the storyline too much but these two characters soon find themselves in a hole together and the more they try to get out of it, the deeper they fall. It lends for a hilarious story told in dual POV, about two people reconnecting and realising that what has been may not have been all they thought it was after all.

If you are looking for an entertaining romantic comedy with a really sweet underlying love story and lots of belly laughing moments, this book is not one that should be missed. Without doubt my favourite RVD book to date. Can’t wait now for Cheater’s Regret, Austin and Thatch’s book.

 

A MUST READ!!

About Rachel Van Dyken

Rachel Van Dyken is the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today Bestselling author of regency and contemporary romances. When she’s not writing you can find her drinking coffee at Starbucks and plotting her next book while watching The Bachelor.

She keeps her home in Idaho with her Husband, adorable son, and two snoring boxers! She loves to hear from readers!

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Princess Emma Reviews: Spark in the Ashes by Nikki Groom

Spark in the Ashes (Steel Souls MC Book 1) by Nikki Groom
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4.5 Stars
Series: Steel Souls #1
Also in this series: Spark in the Ashes (Steel Souls MC Book 1)
Also by this author: Against the Tide, Headstrong (The Kingdom Book 4), Spark in the Ashes (Steel Souls MC Book 1), Spark in the Ashes (Steel Souls MC Book 1)

4.5 Crowns

Book 1 in the Steel Souls series, this book is unrelated to any previous work by Nikki Groom.

Sadie Foster hides her rage well. Outwardly she lives a quiet almost solitary life, however look a little deeper and she is a volcano waiting to erupt. Unable to forget her past, she desires revenge and retribution. Little does she know the path it is to lead her down.

Ramsey Dalton is a loud and proud biker. VP of the Steel Souls MC, he likes his bikes fast and his pussy even faster. Loyal to the core, his brothers both blood and water come first. So when he comes across a raven haired beauty getting in the way of club business, he vows to find out more. Little does he know of the darkness she holds and the ripple effects the presence of her in his life will create for both him and his club.

Well that ended my MC book slump. I have always LOVED this genre, but to be honest it has all got a bit same samey of late, leaving me to avoid reading anything in this genre for a while now. But having loved Against the Tide by Ms Groom, I knew this was a book I would most certainly have to make an allowance for. Let me tell you how glad I am about that.

Nikki’s first venture into this popular style is a roaring success as far as I am concerned. Not only is it departure for her in terms of subject and backdrop, thankfully it is also a departure from the rather generic MC stories that every Tom, Dick and Harry seem to be releasing. Straight away I was sucked in by the rather dark and interesting prologue, then I became addicted to the mystery and secrets that you know are waiting just around the corner. It had an almost suspenseful feel about it and I applaud Nikki for being able to get that across in her writing.

Both characters have a history and I think they recognise the darkness they both possess in each other. The chemistry between them is electric, but it is the connection and understanding of who they are as people that seems to attract them the most. Sadie isn’t scared to stand up to Ramsey and he totally respects her for that. On the flip side, Sadie isn’t a shrinking violet that he needs to protect and that seems to be a major turn on for Ram. They can be themselves and although that works for them, I’m not sure it works for all.

So don’t go in expecting a rush job of a storyline; that is totally not Nikki Groom’s style. Their story continues into book 2, Fire in the Stars. So do expect an amazing ending, one that I personally didn’t see coming; and I totally had my own little conspiracy theories running through my head as I raced to the books conclusion, all of which were not on the money in this book anyway. I hope we get further books as well, there are a few interesting secondary characters that I hope Nikki explores more for us in the future.

Another great read from a talented British writer. I highly recommend reading her books of you like a bit of grittiness in your reads. Well done Nikki, and thank-you for restoring my faith in MC romance. I seriously can’t wait for book 2.

 

4.5 Stars
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