Category: Princess Emma’s Reviews

Princess Emma Reviews: Blizzard by Addison Jane

Blizzard: (The Brotherhood Journals Book One) by Addison Jane, Kaylene Osborn
on January 1st 1970
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4 Stars

For Blizzard, the feeling of betrayal was one he knew well.
His father was a long-time member of the Brothers by Blood MC. He believed the brotherhood came first, even before his wife and child. At first Blizzard didn't even blame his mother for walking out on them. That was until he learned that she’d hooked up with a member of another MC, leaving him behind to deal with the aftermath. He never thought he would feel that kind of pain again, swearing that his back would never again see the blade of another knife. That was until Rose came along, tempting him, drawing him in and then leaving him on the sidewalk, fighting for his life as she walked away with the enemy.
Rose had spent her whole life wondering where she’d come from.
Her mother had always kept that information to herself, taking it with her to the grave. She was determined to know her history and her father but soon found it wasn't the reunion she’d hoped for. She may have escaped the hands of a madman, but the family she’d been left with still didn't fill the void she had inside. Rose had made many mistakes, hurting people who cared for her and destroying herself in the process. She was heading down a dark road and returning to the town where she lost herself—and her heart—was never part of the plan. When given the opportunity for redemption and with nothing left to lose she was about to throw herself back into hell. But karma against her, this time there might not be anyone coming to her rescue.
They say time heals all wounds, but time is running out. Could you forgive and forget if it meant the difference between life and death?

Series: The Brotherhood Journals #1

Blizzard is book 1 in The Brotherhood Journals. It is a follow on series to Addison Jane’s The Club Girl Diaries, and although technically separate series they do interlink significantly. For this reason I recommend you read both Harmony and Chelsea before embarking on Blizzard.

Blizzard is the VP of the Brothers by Blood MC and life-long friend of its President Optimus. Having spent his whole life both growing up in and being part of the club, it really is the only life he has ever known. He is thankful and loyal to his brothers and the club because they are pretty much the only family he has ever known. The club and its members showed him what real love and loyalty is, instead of relying on a mother that left him to hook up with another MC, leaving him behind to be dragged up by a man that lives inside the nearest bottle. Having felt the pain and loss of abandonment, he swore he would never form close attachments; Until Rose enter his life. He was mad for her and knew he would never be able to let her go, until she double crossed the club and broke his heart in two.

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Rose feels lonelier now than she has ever been in the past. She may have been brought into the heart of her Uncle’s Italian mobster family, being loved by her extended family without question. But she left her heart back in Athen’s when she double crossed her best friend, A club that excepted her and a man that could have been her everything. It doesn’t matter that her father mistreated her as much as others, she knows she did wrong and she can’t even begin to forgive herself, never mind expect others to do the same. Faced with having to return, she just hopes she can avoid Blizzard. The hatred in his eyes the last time she saw him will haunt her forever.

What will happen when Blizzard is faced with not just one ghost from his past but two? Will Rose find her redemption? And when death stares the person you want to hate in the face, do you turn your back or do you forget the past and move forward?

I have waited for what seems like ages for this book; in actual fact it has only been a matter of months. Why? Because the ending of Chelsea was a serious humdinger of a cliffhanger. I both loved and hated Rose at the end of that book, but my heart seriously bled for Blizzard; having loved this guy since the original book, Harmony. I did wonder how Addison would make this story work if I’m honest. Let’s face it, Rose did some pretty shitty things to the club. But let me assure you she has delivered and she has done it with a story that twists, turns and opens a lot of doors that you seriously don’t expect to be opened.

 

It really was another enjoyable read in the world of the Brothers by Blood MC, and one that gave us a few glimpses as to future stories; in particular Wretch and Leo’s which I am really looking forward to. If you enjoy MC reads this is a good one. Not too heavy on blood and gore, but with a bit of violence, club politics, loyalty and the twists and turns that only this genre can deliver.

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Knox Alexander must convince his long-time love

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He promised to wait for her. She told him he was wasting his time. Not waiting for him ended up being the biggest mistake of her life. When they were younger, Knox Alexander swore to Harlow Evans that he would wait for her to turn eighteen so they could be together. But that was two and a half years away, and Harlow couldn’t ask him to give up all the fun and thrills of going away to college for her. As the years passed, Knox remained a constant in her life but when her eighteenth birthday came around, Harlow’s heart belonged to someone else. Every day for the last four years, Harlow has been haunted by that fateful choice. And though he may appear unaffected by what happened in their past, Knox has always tried to fill the void Harlow left. But when he comes stumbling back into her life and refuses to leave, will Harlow finally let him into her heart…?

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“Happy birthday, Low. I waited for you.”
The instant his voice filtered through the phone, my body stilled and warmed at the same time. My breath came out in a soft, audible huff, and my eyes shut as hundreds of welcome memories flooded my mind.
I didn’t have to look at the screen to know who was calling. I would know that voice anywhere, and I should have been expecting his call. Not just his call. This call. We’d been preparing for and talking about this call for two and a half years now.
My lips and fingers trembled, and I almost dropped the phone as I tried to make my throat work.
“I waited for you”, played over and over again like a broken record. A broken record with the most beautiful music still coming from it.
Turning my head just enough to look over my shoulder, I eyed the guy shrugging into his shirt, and my chest ached when I faced forward again.
No longer seeing the dorm room I was standing in, I let our memories consume me. “I—” I took in a shaky breath, and my voice came out as a strained whisper. “I didn’t wait for you.”
There was nothing. No sound, no response—only the most heartbreaking silence I’ve ever endured.
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Princess Emma Reviews: To The Stars by Molly McAdams

Princess Emma Reviews: To The Stars by Molly McAdamsTo the Stars (Thatch #2) by Molly McAdams
on February 9th 2016
Pages: 384
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4 Stars

In the second book in New York Times  and USA Today  bestselling author Molly McAdams’ Thatch series, Knox Alexander must convince his long-time love Harlow Evans that they’re meant to be together.
He promised to wait for her. She told him he was wasting his time. Not waiting for him ended up being the biggest mistake of her life.
When they were younger, Knox Alexander swore to Harlow Evans that he would wait for her to turn eighteen so they could be together. But that was three and a half years away, and Harlow couldn’t ask him to give up all the fun and thrills of going away to college for her. As the years passed, Knox remained a constant in her life—whether she liked it or not—but when her eighteenth birthday came around, Harlow’s heart belonged to someone else.
Every day for the last four years, Harlow has been haunted by that fateful choice. And though he may appear unaffected by what happened in their past, Knox has always tried to fill the void Harlow left. But when he comes stumbling back into her life and refuses to leave, will Harlow finally let him into her heart…?

Series: Thatch #2
Also by this author: To the Stars (Thatch #2)

4 Crowns

Book 2 in the Thatch series. You do not need to have read book 1 to enjoy this read, however if you have you will find some characters interlink the books.

Harlow Evans never expected to fall in love at 15. Meeting Knox Alexander seemed like fate, but at 18 the age gap was one that they couldn’t ignore. He was off to college, how could she expect him to wait for her to reach the magical 18 that meant they could at last be together? But the relationship had a connection so deep that he was willing to do just that, even when she told him he was wasting his time. Every birthday, he would tell her that they were one year closer and each year she would wish the time away until the next. And then she reached the milestone and everything she had wished for with Knox vanished.

Knox Alexander gave his heart away 7 years ago. When he met Harlow, he had no idea she was 15. He was willing to wait and wait he did, until one day she didn’t just break his heart, she tore it from his chest. Since then his love life has become a carousel of nameless faces and empty, meaningless sex. He is happy with the status quo, how could he not be; he has no intentions of ever giving away his heart when it still belongs to someone else.

Life has changed for both Harlow and Knox. They are apart and in a place in their lives that they never dreamt of when they met all that time ago. But one chance meeting becomes a pivotal point in their futures. Can Harlow escape the live she is forced to endure? And can Knox finally win back the girl and love the woman she’s now become?

Reader alert. This is a serious book, tackling a serious subject matter. Domestic abuse goes on behind far too many homes across the world. I felt Harlow’s fear and the pain and regret she has in the choices she has made. Molly has created a character in Harlow that reached out to me not only as a woman, but also as a human being that believes that no-one should ever be controlled and in fear for their safety from a person that claims to love them. I luckily haven’t ever experienced any of this, but I have known someone who has and who has also moved on with their life with a protector and a man that treats her as his queen. In Knox Alexander we have that character. Yes, he loves her and has loved her for many years, but what I liked about Knox was that he wasn’t about to use the relationship and love they once had to influence her. He wanted her safe and no matter where that led them, he would do his upmost to give her that. But it would always be her choice.

I honestly do feel that Molly is super brave taking on a subject that will have effected so many of her readers. In the story she has created, she has tackled a sensitive subject with honesty, reality and of course compassion. It really is a good book. Not a five for me, but that isn’t because it’s not a great and well written book. It was just heavy going at times for my personal taste. I like a little more romance in my reads, but I suppose sensibly given the nature of the subject matter it wasn’t a book that warranted the hearts and flowers I often like. But hey this is Molly McAdams, she likes to make are hearts hurt just a little.

 

A slow burn second chance romance that will break your heart as much as the ending will mend it. I look forward to reading more books in this series.

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Princess Emma Reviews: Reign by M.N. Forgy

Princess Emma Reviews: Reign by M.N. ForgyReign (Sin City Outlaws, #1) by M.N. Forgy
on January 1st 1970
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4 Stars

As the president of the Sin City Outlaw Motorcycle Club, I fuck as hard as I ride and rarely go to bed alone.
The women are fast and the violence is intense.I excel in both.
People either respect me or fear me. I'm not arrogant. It’s just the truth. I was a king, reigning over Vegas without complication, until one gorgeous sheriff made everything fall apart. When I saw her, I became a Neanderthal, wanting nothing more than to be between those legs. I guess that’s where I went wrong, because my reality was shot to hell real fucking fast. One kiss caused her to step over that blue line. One night in her bed made me a traitor.
And now… we’re both screwed.

Series: Sin City Outlaws #1
Also in this series: Mercy (Sin City Outlaws, #2), Mercy (Sin City Outlaws, #2)
Also by this author: Reign (Sin City Outlaws, #1), Reign (Sin City Outlaws, #1), Mercy (Sin City Outlaws, #2), Mercy (Sin City Outlaws, #2), What Might Kill Us (The Devil's Dust, #5), Retaliate (Sin City Outlaws Book 3)

4 Crowns

Book 1 in the new Sin City Outlaws series. This book is pretty much unrelated to The Devil’s Dust series, however, fans of that series will have met Zeek in The Lies between Us.

Jillian is coming to the end of her practical training and will soon be a proud Deputy in the Las Vegas Sheriff’s department. Jillian has always lived by the rules, but that’s bound to be the case when your stepfather happens to be the lieutenant in the force and of course now her boss. She can’t wait to finally go it alone and is determined not to let him or herself down, proving that she isn’t in the job because of family connections. But she soon find out she still has a lot to learn when she is called to an incident involving the infamous Sin City Outlaws MC and their President Zeek.

Zeek has been the President of the Sin City Outlaws since taking over from his father, following his death in prison. Hard, ruthless and a cold blooded killer, he rules his club with an iron fist. The only fly in the ointment is his uncle, an Italian hotel and casino owner with links to the Mafioso. Suddenly he feels like actions he may have taken in the past because of his uncle aren’t all as they seem. His uncle has far too much involvement in the club and indeed its members. It is time to declare who the real boss is. What he doesn’t need is a sexy new Deputy ruffling anyone’s feathers, least of all his.

What starts as a mutual attraction, soon develops into a connection that could mean the end of both Jillian’s career and Zeek’s reign. Will they be able to walk away with their hearts intact? Or will they sacrifice everything? Including their lives.

Okay, so I love the Devil’s Dust series. M.N Forgy writes MC romance really well. For the most past this book is no different. In all honesty it started a little slow for me, but then it got moving and by the end I was like WTF!

I seriously have to commend M.N though. Having read The Lies Between Us, I seriously wondered how in god’s name she was going to make Zeek a likeable character. Let me tell you he is a seriously tough cookie. Dark and completely unrepentant for his present and past actions, even as I read the 1st few chapters I just wasn’t quite sure how I could ever like his character. But like most men, it takes a woman to tame the beast, or certainly to expose a side to him that isn’t just likeable, but surprisingly quite loveable too. She makes him question himself, his club and of course the uncle that has been so instrumental in his rise to the top. As for Jillian, well Zeek adds a bend to her straight lace demeanour. She starts thinking about Jillian for once, starts enjoying life and becomes a happier person because of him.

Be warned this ends on a humdinger of a cliffy that quite frankly came out of no-where. Seriously, I couldn’t read the last few pages quick enough. It was a fab ending and one that has left me desperately anticipating, book 2 Mercy which we will have in April.

 

A little slow to start, but watch out, the drama and surprises then come thick and fast. M.N Forgy has for me cemented her reputation as an awesome MC romance author once again.

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Princess Emma Reviews: Pandemonium by Bella Jewel

Princess Emma Reviews: Pandemonium by Bella JewelPandemonium (MC Sinners Next Generation, #1) by Bella Jewel
on January 1st 1970
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3.5 Stars

I am the good girl, the one who does no wrong. Daughter to a ferocious and strong MC President, I know what protection feels like. Until one night changes everything - and not a single person in the world can protect me from it, not even my dad. Suffocating. Alone. Desperate. I let my problems live deep inside until there is no longer anywhere to run. I need an escape. Anything to make the pain go away. Trouble comes for me, and I don't fight it. I tried so hard to believe in what I was, But nobody understood. Not until him. Not until Lucas. He sees me. He believes in me. He refuses to let me drown. He’s my way out. My escape. But Lucas is forbidden. He’s a cop. I’m in danger. And my father is trying to protect what can’t be protected. There can only be one outcome. Pandemonium.

Series: MC Sinner's Next Generation #1
Also in this series: Drifter (MC Sinners Next Generation, #2)
Also by this author: Pandemonium (MC Sinners Next Generation, #1), Drifter (MC Sinners Next Generation, #2)

3.5 Crowns

Book 1 in the MC Sinners Next Generation series. This is a spin-off of the hugely successful MC Sinners series, featuring the kids of the characters we fell in love with in that series. You do not need to have read MC Sinners to enjoy Pandemonium, however I advise you do, as you will get a better picture of some of the characters and the environment in which the story takes place.

Ava is the daughter of Jackson, President of the Hell’s Knight Motorcycle Club and his beloved wife Serenity. As the Princess of the MC she has been protected her whole life not just by an overbearing father, but also the rest of the MC whom she calls her family. Now in her early 20’s she is ready to gain some independence by moving out of the family home. But protection isn’t always a bad thing, especially when Jackson’s enemies lay around every corner.

Lucas Black is a man struggling to stay afloat. Following the death of his wife in childbirth, his daughter Shylie became his world. Everything was perfect. He has his daughter and a new wife that treated Shylie as her own, that is until tragedy strikes once again. As his world crumbles around him and life reaches depths even lower than he thinks could be possible, it is his work as a detective on the local force that keeps him moving forward.

One evening Ava and Lucas’ lives cross paths. He becomes the only person she can turn to, and she becomes his reason to breathe. But their friendship will cause complications for them both, not just with Ava’s MC family, but also with Lucas’s past. It would be stupid to continue, and utter madness to fall in love…

Okay, so I had really been looking forward to this book because I have been a huge Bella Jewel since the very first MC Sinners book. I loved that series, but it also meant that I had high expectations for Pandemonium. So it seriously disappoints me to say that although I liked this book, I certainly didn’t love it. The storyline worked, as did the characters. But for me the chopping and changing of timelines didn’t, and some of the storyline felt undeveloped and rushed. It just lacked the usual magic that I expect from Bella’s books. I was also left confused at the age difference between Ava and Lucas, especially as he called her Kid throughout; which just felt wrong in a really icky way.

In Bella’s defence, I think often the first book in a spin-off series can suffer with explaining situations, characters, connections and backstory, especially those that have an ensemble cast of characters that will be explored in coming books. I honestly believe that Pandemonium is a prime example of that. So because of the dreaded first book confusion curse, I really do recommend that you read the original series as you could be lost and somewhat confused as to the many different faces that pop up.

A liked, but not loved start to a new MC series by an experienced and talented MC romance author. Will I be reading book 2? Hell yes! I am still a huge fan. One book doesn’t make a series, and I have faith that this could develop into another great series for fans of Bella “MC” Jewel.

 

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Princess Emma Reviews: Hooked by Love by Toni Aleo

Princess Emma Reviews: Hooked by Love by Toni AleoHooked by Love (Bellevue Bullies, #3) by Toni Aleo
on December 28th 2015
Pages: 548
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4.5 Stars

Things are out of control for the Sinclair boys! With two already in the NHL, Jace Sinclair is ready to follow in his brothers’ HUGE skates in the last Bellevue Bullies novel…
Jace Sinclair here, and I’m amazing. There is no other way to describe me. I am the leading scorer for the Bellevue Bullies, I’m the captain, and people love me: my family, my teammates, my coach, and the NHL. I already have one foot in the draft and I’m ready. This is my last year in college–it’s basically a conditioning year to get me ready for the NHL, to further my game, and I have to be focused. But then, it’s also my last year to have fun and not give a damn before my life really starts. Which means I’m gonna run through every girl I meet. That’s my plan. Because my one and only love is hockey. It keeps me warm even when it’s freezing. It’s always there when nothing else is. And it pushes me to be the best I can be. It’s my love.
That is, until I see her against a tree with a guitar.
Avery.
The last thing I wanted was to meet anyone. My heart is on the bench because I’ve watched my mom get broken by the person I call my father, and I don’t want that for myself. I don’t want to be hurt by anyone. I can’t give them that power.
But my heart is begging for ice time, and I can’t control it around her.
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I’ve always been in the background. No one has ever had time for me and that’s fine; I’ve learned to cope. Coming from a family where hockey is life, the last thing I want is some big, burly hockey player charging at me. I don’t have time for it, but Jace Sinclair isn’t one to be deked around. The thing is, I came to the University of Bellevue for one reason and one reason only. To make my dreams of being a singer/songwriter come true. To work in the industry and pay my dues. Become who I really want to be.
I didn’t want to meet anyone. I didn’t want to end up freezing the puck with him. It’s not what I want.
I have demons.
I have issues.
Living in the shadows, no one even knew until it was too late. But Jace wants to know.
He wants me.
And that scares me the living hell out of me.
We were so worried about what would happen if we fell, but we never thought what could happen in the process of falling. We never saw it coming. But it’s here, and the repercussions are not pretty. We should have known that there is no way out of the zone when you are being Hooked by Love.

Series: Bellevue Bullies #3

4.25 Crowns

 Book 3, and the final book in the Bellevue Bullies series. This book could be read as a standalone, however as the series revolves around 3 brothers, I recommend reading them in the order in which they were written to get the full backstory.

Jace Sinclair has a dream and it all revolves around the NHL. Having watched both his older brothers move into the professional ranks, and having missed out on the draft last year due to injury, Jace is determined to follow their footsteps and join them. The baby of the family, he has always be indulged. He adores his siblings and his mother, but his relationship with his father, who is estranged from the family, is complicated. For now he will accept the money that he is being offered, much to the disgust of his brothers and sister. But the main goal from his final year with the bullies is to party and be the player that his eldest brother Jude was. He wants to become a legend in his own right and be the best Sinclair at everything. Nothing and no one will get in his way… Until he heard her.

Avery Rose is setting a new path. Having arrived in Bellevue to study music, she hopes to leave the past few years of her life back in Jersey where they belong. Life has thrown Avery some curveballs, hell it’s been tough. But if she has realised anything from the past few years, it is that she is a fighter. Coming from a family of 3 brothers, 1 of which is her twin, and parents that treat her like an afterthought, Avery is ready to do things for herself, rather than follow the hockey dreams of her brothers; she seriously hates hockey. The black sheep, she is determined to free herself from the restraints of her family and become a person that she can be proud of. Focusing on music is her goal, until the college hockey star enters her world.

Once again Toni Aleo has written a book that is not only different to the previous ones, but one that is unexpected. If you have read the previous books, you will know that Jace is the cheeky chappy, very cocky and oh so sure of himself. He comes into his own in this book and the maturity he shows around Avery is surprising. Avery is a very different character to other females Toni has created. Her story contains a very real and very serious subject matter. In my opinion, Toni has treated it very sensitively, whilst balancing it out with a gorgeous love story. With lots of twists and turns, expect the unexpected. It is a longer book than normal, but the storyline certainly warrants it.

 

Another great read and fab final instalment from the Sinclair brothers. I am so glad that Lucy will get a story in an upcoming book. Hopefully we may get some cameos from the boys… I’m not sure I am quite ready to say goodbye for good just yet!

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Princess Emma Reviews: #Jerk by Kat T. Masen

Princess Emma Reviews: #Jerk by Kat T. Masen#Jerk by Kat T. Masen
on January 1st 1970
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5 Stars

He was that boy in the playground. The one that pulled your pigtails. The one that lifted your dress in front of the entire school. Now he's that guy in the office. The one that steals your lunch from the fridge. The one that gets away with everything. I'm sure you know him. Everyone knows that guy. He's a #JERK.
Presley Malone knew her relationship with her fiancé, Jason, had run its course. The second that ring came off her finger, she didn't expect to be the pawn in an immature game played by the office jerk.
His name is Haden Cooper, and he is six years younger than her. Immature and irresponsible, getting drunk and stoned every weekend like he never left college. He rode a motorcycle, carrying a different girl each week. He was everything a jerk should be—insensitive, unreliable, and most importantly, a heartbreaker.
Haden enjoyed playing games, and when it came to Presley Malone, it was all too easy. Miss Know-it-all with her over-the-top OCD was soon going to get a taste of what it was like to live on the edge.
But what starts off as an innocent prank soon becomes an unhealthy obsession.
He is wrong for her and she is wrong for him. It's a battle of the sexes ready to go to war. But in this battle there are no winners, and it takes only one fateful night and six tequilas for their lives to take an unexpected turn that changes them both forever.

Also by this author: Roomie Wars, Mr. Rebound

#Jerk is a standalone contemporary romance, however fans of The Dark Angel series may recognise a few characters who make a cameo appearance.

The Oxford Dictionaries definition of a jerk is: A Contemptibly obnoxious person. This is what Haden Cooper is to Presley Malone. Having recently broken up with her Fiancé, Presley isn’t looking for love. Of course at 32, she like most single thirty something women has fears of turning into a middle aged cat lady, but she isn’t heartbroken. Jason was great, she loved him but it was all just a little easy, a little too comfortable. Instead she decides that being the super organised OCD freak that she is, she will take her time finding the one, honouring her 7 week sex rule, whilst throwing herself into her job. However, her working hours would be much more pleasant if she didn’t have to contend with the jerk that has done nothing but annoy her since he started 6 months ago. Haden Cooper is the most egotistical, smarmy and womanising man she has ever had the misfortune of meeting. He is under her skin and not in the best way either. He is like a bad case of hives… but as we all know hives have a tendency to be itchy, and well itches always need to be scratched.

I’m going to stop right there, my lips are sealed so as not to give away any spoilers.

There is nothing better than picking up a book, reading it and then immediately looking for that authors back catalogue. Seriously guys, for me there is nothing better than finding an author that ticks all your boxes. Kat T. Masen did that for me with #Jerk. This is one of those books that keeps you entertained form beginning to end.

Presley, well I think most single girls in their 30’s will relate to her. Slightly neurotic and just a little OCD, she like many of us women is a planner. She knows how she wants her life to go and she has mapped every single step out. But life is life, and things happen that blows your well laid plans apart. I loved her humour, understood her frustrations, I just got HER!

Haden, seriously what a fab character. Yes he has an ego the size of Texas and he loves to throw a good tantrum, but unpeel his layers and he is just the lonely boy in the playground who wants to be noticed by the pretty girl. He puts Presley through lots and at times he needs to seriously work on his deliverance, but when it matters he steps up to the plate and shows he is more than a hot body and pretty face. Much, much more than a #Jerk.

As I have already alluded, this is my first Kat T. Masen book, but believe me it won’t be my last. I already have the first 2 books in her Dark Angel series waiting for me to devour as I did this one. Her writing has every element that I love. Sexiness, angst, humour and a good love story with characters that are well developed and have a good depth to them. If you enjoy Emma Chase books, you will enjoy this; it has that same romantic comedy feel about it.

 

A brilliant story with some great characters, it is a book I highly recommend. I am super excited to have found myself a new author and I can’t wait to get stuck into her other titles.

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Princess Emma Reviews: Zeke by Kelly Gendron

Princess Emma Reviews: Zeke by Kelly GendronZEKE (Breaking the Declan Brothers, #3) by Kelly Gendron
on January 1st 1970
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4.5 Stars

“Some guys call, some date, and some guys, they might even get married. But, sweetheart, I ain’t any of those guys...” ~ Zeke Declan
Every girl in Galveston County knows about Zeke Declan’s rules and has agreed to them or is considering them. Rule #1 Don’t call him. He’ll call you. Rule #2 He doesn’t date. Rule #3 No sleepovers. Rule #4 Absolutely, no virgins.
When a couple friends talk me into going back to their hometown in the Bayou for the summer and challenge me to break “the best damn lay in Galveston County” along with every single one of his ridiculous rules, I’m confident that I can get the job done. I’m no stranger to men. I have five older brothers. I’m a teacher and I’m used to being around rebellious teenagers. However, Zeke Declan is definitely not someone that I could have prepared for. He’s not a testosterone-fueled, immature boy. He’s a confident, arousing, playful, and mind-melting man. But, behind that sexy charming smile, I know he’s hiding a secret. And, in order to break him, I’m going to need to find out what it is...

Series: Breaking the Declan Brothers #3

4.5 Crowns

Book 3 in the Breaking the Declan Brothers series. This book can be read as a standalone, and is told during the time frame of both Jax and Slate, but I recommend you also read them. They are both really good reads and you will get to know both the main protagonists in Zeke that little bit more. If anything it makes for a much more rounded story.

Lurlene is spending the summer on the Bayou for one reason; to help her friends Emmie and Rayna in their mission to break the mighty Declan brothers. Charged with breaking the youngest brother Zeke, Lurlene is a long way from Manhattan and her sedate teaching job. A virgin at 25, if nothing else she plans on getting laid by the best lay in Galveston county. But Zeke isn’t what she expects, and she soon finds herself wanting to break his rules for herself, rather than just to win the silly task set for her.

Zeke Declan lives by 4 rules: Don’t call me, I’ll call you. I don’t date. No sleepovers and absolutely no virgins. If a woman wants him, then who is he to say no, but they must follow the rules; no exceptions. Until one day he bumps in to a fiery red head with emerald eyes. She is the only woman that has made him reconsider his rules, and as much as he can’t stay away, he knows he must. Zeke doesn’t have the rules for the sake of it, he does it to protect himself, but more importantly to protect others. His love is dangerous and Lurlene is too special to risk the darkness his love will bring.

I really like this series. 3 friends versus 3 brothers, but all with very different personalities and very different stories. After reading Slate’s book, I wondered how Kelly could top it. Well she did it very cleverly, that is how. Zeke is such a cool dude. Everyone loves him, he just has that aura about him. But as so often in life, it’s the brightest stars that carry the most baggage and Zeke is one of those people. As for Lurlene, well having grown up with 5 brothers, not much can shock her. She is immune to the games that Zeke plays and totally sees through him. They strike up this unlikely pairing; the manwhore and the virgin, but oh how it works.

These are the only books I have read by Kelly Gendron, and I can honestly say I have enjoyed all 3. Her writing has a nice easy to read flow, is descriptive without being too wordy and draws you in very quickly. If I had to give a negative, it would be that all the books, including this one are over a little too quickly. However on the flipside, that is only because I enjoyed them so much… I just wanted more of these great characters.

A really enjoyable series, and one that leads into another. Yes, Lurlene’s five brothers will be getting their own stories. From what little we read about them in this book, The Kane Brother’s series is certainly one I will be looking out for.

 

A sexy, easy read, but one that has a surprisingly deeper element to it as well. Great book, indeed great series.

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Princess Emma Reviews: Appealed by Emma Chase

Princess Emma Reviews: Appealed by Emma ChaseAppealed (The Legal Briefs, #3) by Emma Chase
on January 19th 2016
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4.5 Stars

When Brent Mason looks at Kennedy Randolph, he doesn’t see the awkward, sweet girl who grew up next door. He sees a self-assured, stunning woman…who wants to crush the most intimate - and prized - parts of his anatomy beneath the heels of her Christian Louboutins.
Brent has never let the loss of his leg in a childhood accident affect his ability to lead a fulfilling life. He sets high goals–and then he reaches them.
And now he has his sights set on Kennedy.**When Kennedy looks at Brent Mason, all she sees is the selfish, Abercrombie & Fitch catalogue-worthy teenager who humiliated her in high school to join the popular crowd. A crowd that made those years a living hell.
She’s not a lovesick social outcast anymore - she’s a DC prosecutor with a long winning streak behind her. Brent is the opposing attorney in her next case and she thinks it’s time to put him through a little hell of his own.
But things aren’t exactly working out that way.
Because every fiery exchange has her wondering if he’s as passionate in the bedroom as he is in the courtroom. Each argument and objection only makes him want her more. In the end, Brent and Kennedy may just find themselves in love…or in contempt of court.

APPEALED is a sexy, humorous romance about first crushes, second chances and the final verdict of the heart.

Series: The Legal Briefs #3
Also in this series: Sidebarred (The Legal Briefs, #3.5)
Also by this author: Appealed (The Legal Briefs, #3), Sidebarred (The Legal Briefs, #3.5), Royally Screwed (Royally, #1), Royally Screwed (Royally, #1)

4.5 Crowns

Book 3 in The Legal Briefs series. This book can be read as a standalone, as can the previous 2 books in the series.

So we finally come to Brent Mason’s story. Unlike his partners, Brent comes from old money. His family are rich. That doesn’t mean they aren’t close, oh no, they are as close as can be… A bit too close for Brent’s comfort at times. Ever the bachelor, he is the last singleton standing from the close group he calls friends as well as partners in the legal firm they set up together. He is happy for them all, but he intends to remain single and free to enjoy the women that flock to him; who wouldn’t? Having overcome the loss of his leg in an accident as a child, he has never let it stand in his way. (Excuse the pun – Brent would LOL!) He is laid back, loyal and genuine. He is also bloody good at his job and thrives in defending at times the indefensible. But his skills are about to be put to the test in more ways than one. When a face from his past stands opposite him in a courtroom, all bets are off. He intends to win his case, but will he win the woman as well?

Kennedy Randolph was your typical ugly duckling growing up. Never good enough for her glamorous mother or older sister, the one person she could rely on was the boy who lived next door (well in this case the nearest mansion). They were best friends and nothing could come between them; or so she thought. Suddenly her best friend became her nemesis and her final years in school were hell. Now she is back. Beautiful, glammed up to the max and a kick arse prosecutor to boot. She intends to show Brent he was silly to disregard her all those years ago, making him pay for the hurt he caused… that’s if she can avoid falling into bed with him first.

If you have read an Emma Chase book before, you will know that her books are full of humour, are light hearted and perfectly enjoyable. But above all else, Emma writes the most awesome males. They tend to lead her books and it seems to be her forte. She gets into a man’s mind so well and unlike some authors, realistically as well. I think it makes her books that little bit unique and I cannot think of a better author for this type of male led romantic comedy. Appealed is no different to any of its predecessors.

The final book in the series, Appealed was the perfect finale for what has been a bloody brilliant series. 1 woman, 3 men and 1 law firm. Each story has been different and each characters personality so far removed from the previous characters book. Brent so didn’t disappoint. I had loved him from book 1 for the laid back, loyal guy he came across as. Rich, but having endured hardships, he wears his heart on his sleeve, is grounded, and is the balanced voice of reason throughout the series. He is very much the chaser in his story, and Kennedy is the perfect woman for him. Kennedy challenges him in more ways than one, she is one tough dudette. Confident, hard arsed and spectacular at her job, Brent remains her only weakness, and the only person that may or may not be able to crack that hard exterior.

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A brilliant conclusion to another fab series by the awesomeness that is Emma Chase. I love her characters, the situations she puts them in, the fun, frolics and swoon worthy moments that they all eventually lead to. I highly recommend Appealed and the previous 2 books in the series – Sustained and Overruled. I now wait with baited breath on her next releases. They are an automatic one-click and an absolute joy to read.

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Princess Elizabeth Reviews: Clubwhore by Kim Jones

Princess Elizabeth Reviews: Clubwhore by Kim JonesClubwhore by Kim Jones
on January 1st 1970
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4 Stars

I’m that girl…The girl every woman loves to hate.The one your man dreams about.I live up to my name…CLUBWHORE.And this is my story.
She needs something. Something Devil’s Renegade MC Sergeant at Arms Bryce is more than willing to give. But he’s not the kind of man who asks. He takes. And soon, he will take her. He’ll dominate her. He’ll captivate her. She’ll be his—no patches…no property…no titles. Only her. Only him.She thinks this is her story to tell. It very well may be. But he…is fixing to rewrite it.

Also by this author: Patchwhore (Devil's Renegade MC, #2)

Most MC books are about the men.. and their women.. the good and bad girls they fall for and make their old ladies… yeah well.. this is not one of those.. sort of!

This book is about the girls we usually hate in the MC books.. the hangarounds the lowlife fucked up clubwhores!  yeah.. the ones that spread their legs to anyone and everyone faster than you can sing the alphabet.  They are bitches and they are hated… they are used and they are expendable… but we forget that they are human too.

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Meet Delilah… clubwhore #1.. yeah that one.. the one that is queen of the clubwhores… she is not in the Devils Renegade MC by force… nope she is the willing employee that tends bar and tends the men either on her back or knees.  She has a permanent room at the club… she is the go to gal to entertain visitors, and members.. she is the one that is given to the newly patched members to welcome them to the MC.. yeah.. she gets paid weekly for her job.  She does it because she loves it, she belongs and she is one completely emotionally messed up chic!  She has demons inside her that will never purge even with an exorcism…  until she meets Bryce.

Bryce is the Sergeant at Arms for the Renegade MC. He is the one to fear…he will kill you before you knew he was in the room.. and he enjoys what he does.  He is respected and revered, and he is alone in this world with his own demons.  He is a ghost that comes to life when he locks eyes with Delilah.  Only they can’t be together without destroying each other…or can they?

This book gets you into the nitty gritty of the minds of one terribly messed up chic and an MC member that is broken.  It is seriously a war between themselves to be together and be apart.  You know that wound you get that never heals? That is Delilah… and you know that balm you put on that wound that hurts but heals?  Yeah, that is Bryce.  They will either break each other permanently or become one soul.. Read it to find out!

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Princess Emma Reviews: Built by Jay Crownover

Princess Emma Reviews: Built by Jay CrownoverBuilt (Saints of Denver, #1) by Jay Crownover
on January 1st 1970
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4 Stars

From the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Marked Men books comes an electrifying new spin-off series,Saints of Denver, featuring all the characters fans have been dying to read about.
Sayer Cole and Zeb Fuller couldn’t be more different. She’s country club and fine-dining, he’s cell-block and sawdust. Sayer spends her days in litigation, while Zeb spends his working with his hands. She’s French silk, he’s all denim and flannel.
Zeb’s wanted the stunning blonde since the moment he laid eyes on her. It doesn't matter how many smooth moves he makes, the reserved lawyer seems determinedly oblivious to his interest—either that or she doesn't return it. Sayer is certain the rough, hard, hot-as-hell Zeb could never want someone as closed off and restrained as she is, which is a shame because something tells her he might be the guy to finally melt her icy exterior.
But just as things start to heat up, Zeb is blindsided by a life altering moment from his past. He needs Sayer’s professional help to right a wrong and to save more than himself. He can’t risk what’s at stake just because his attraction to Sayer feels all consuming. But as these opposites dig in for the fight of their lives, battling together to save a family, the steam created when fire and ice collide can no longer be ignored.Sayer Cole and Zeb Fuller are as different as two people can be. She’s country club and fine-dining, he’s cell-block and kill it and grill it. Sayer spends her days in litigation, while Zeb spends his working with his hands. She’s French silk while he’s denim and flannel.
The differences between the two of them don’t stop Zeb from dropping every hint he can think of that he would like to get to know her on a more personal level, but Sayer seems oblivious to his interest or is just too nice to tell him to take a hike. To Sayer, a guy like Zeb could never be interested in someone as reserved and boring as she is. She’s never been with anyone that was hot enough to melt the icy exterior she’s had wrapped around hera since her awful childhood. But what if Zeb is the one who might finally thaw her out…?

Series: Saints of Denver #1
Also by this author: Retreat (The Getaway Series Book 1)

4.25 Crowns

Built is book 1 in the new Saints of Denver series. I say book 1, but the series actually kicked off with a standalone novella, Levelled; you do not need to read that book to enjoy Built. For fans of Jay Crownover, this series is a spin-off of the hugely successful and bloody brilliant Marked Men series. Once again you don’t need to have read this series to enjoy the Saints of Denver, but if you have you will enjoy the connections and of course the cameo’s that look likely to appear in each book as the series moves forward.

Sayer has moved across country after finding out, following her father’s death, that she had a half-brother. A family lawyer, she was desperate to meet and bond with Rowdy, leaving behind her life in Seattle without a backward glance. However, it isn’t so easy for her to walk away from the insecurities and expectations that were drummed into her by a father who only cared about image. It has given her a cold and hard exterior that she uses to protect herself, but one man is making lose walls crack. Can she finally free herself from a life that is lonely, bland and without any colour?

Zeb has had it tough. Growing up in a single parent family, he adores his mother and his older sister Beryl. He is a family man at heart and because of his need to protect, he made the ultimate sacrifice when he found himself doing a 5 year prison term. Now years later, he still gets the expected “Once a criminal, always a criminal” treatment, but Zeb hasn’t let that stop him from building a successful life for himself. Having met Rowdy through his love of tattoo’s he soon found himself renovating the new Marked branch for the boys, and his house flip business grew from strength to strength. When he meets Rowdy’s sister, he is blown away. Smart, beautiful and uncaring of his past, he eventually transforms her rundown Victorian house into a palace fit for a Princess. He is determined to scales Sayer’s walls and make her his, but when an event from the past comes back to surprise him, he may need Sayer a lot more than he thinks.

This is a great read and a brilliant start to this spin-off series. The Marked Men series is really special to me. Some of the books in that series are up there with the best I’ve read; in particular Rule. His story is one book I could read over and over again. For me, Jay has really found a niche that works for her, and this book really does carry on the Marked Men flag. What I particularly like is that it looks likely to feature characters very much on the periphery of the original series, you know, those characters that you couldn’t help thinking could have an interesting story themselves. That being said, this can also be read independently of the original series and you will still enjoy it to its fullest.

I won’t lie, Sayer is a difficult character. Her past is so complex, but it is also very much her present. The decisions and lack of warmth at times had me wanting to slap her, but the chinks of pure kindness were visible throughout. Zeb, well what can I say. Jay Crownover writes men WELL. He is the absolute bomb. Patient, loving and determined, unlike Sayer he doesn’t let the past define him. I could say more, but that would give too many spoilers.

 

If you are a fan of good old romance, but with a characters that have depth, light and shade this is a great read. I loved the Marked Men and I think I am going to love the Saints of Denver just as much.

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Princess Emma Reviews: Lawless by T.M. Frazier

Princess Emma Reviews: Lawless by T.M. FrazierLawless (King, #3) by T.M. Frazier
on January 1st 1970
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5 Stars

She's prim and proper. He's leather and lawless. It will never work between them. It's a lie they almost believe.

Series: King #3
Also in this series: King (King, #1), Lawless (King, #3), Soulless (King, #4), Soulless (King, #4), Preppy: The Life & Death of Samuel Clearwater, Part One (King, #5), Preppy: The Life & Death of Samuel Clearwater, Part One (King, #5), Preppy: The Life and Death of Samuel Clearwater, Part Two, Preppy: The Life and Death of Samuel Clearwater, Part Two
Also by this author: King (King, #1), Lawless (King, #3), Soulless (King, #4), Soulless (King, #4), Soulless (King, #4), All the Rage, All the Rage, All the Rage, Preppy: The Life & Death of Samuel Clearwater, Part One (King, #5), Preppy: The Life & Death of Samuel Clearwater, Part One (King, #5), Preppy: The Life & Death of Samuel Clearwater, Part One (King, #5), Preppy: The Life and Death of Samuel Clearwater, Part Two, Preppy: The Life and Death of Samuel Clearwater, Part Two

Book 3 in the King series. This book could be read separately to the first 2 books, but in my opinion you will really enhance your read by knowing more of the back story and events leading up to Bear’s story; as told in the fantastic King #1 and Tyrant #2. They seriously are MUST READS!

Once upon a time there was a 10 year old girl who lived in a small community, helping her parents grow oranges. One day, that girl would find herself face to face with a big bad biker. That biker would give the girl a ring and promise that if she ever needs help, to find him and give him the ring. That little girl never forgot that promise… did the biker?

18 year old Thia is desperate. Having been faced with a horror that no one should ever have to face, she runs to a man that had promised to help her many years ago.

Bear is struggling and drowning in a sea of depression, drugs, booze and women. All he has ever known is his club, The Beach Bastards MC. Since the fall out with his Dad, who is also his President and the horrific events that led to him separating from his club, he has been rudderless, sailing the murky waters of his life into the unknown. With a target on his back, he has stayed away from his friend’s and the only family he has ever known, but that changes when a girl from his past arrives in his life, bloodied, bruised and running from both the law and the MC.

OMFG!!

I always knew this was going to be an epic read. I loved the first two books in this series and have been desperately awaiting Bear’s story. Let me assure you it doesn’t disappoint. The action is none stop and keeps you turning the pages of your kindle/book at a rate of bloody knots. King is back, as is Ray, you even get some Preppy; gah! Why did he have to die? But the beauty of this book is the chemistry between Bear and Thia. She is young, but man, that girl kicks arse. She is a real match for Bear and he isn’t blind to how special she really is and the change she could bring to his life. She saves him from sinking and now it is his turn to save her back.

T.M. Frazier you are a genius. You have written 3 twisted, dramatic and captivating romance reads. I am seriously in awe of your talent and the pure brilliance of your storytelling. Oh and a massive high five for the cover. I seriously love Josh Mario John!

 

So be warned, for haters of cliffy’s this ends on a bloody humdinger of one. Seriously, I am lucky to have a working kindle due to the fact that I threw it to the floor shouting NOOOOO!!! But do you know what? The ending is as perfectly epic as the book and its characters. I now can’t wait for Soulless and the conclusion of Bear and Thia’s story; indeed the conclusion of this amazing series.

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Princess Emma Reviews: Through A Glass, Darkly by Layla Wolfe

Princess Emma Reviews: Through A Glass, Darkly by Layla WolfeThrough A Glass, Darkly (Assassins of Youth MC Book 1) by Layla Wolfe, Natasha Snow Designs
on January 1st 1970
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Series: Assassins of Youth MC #1

3.75 Crowns

Book 1 in the Assassins of Youth MC series.

Gideon Fortunati isn’t happy to be in the barren landscape of Utah. Exiled from his club by the President, he is set with the task of setting up an arms trade with a local Mormon sect leader, Allred Chiles. He may well have been messing with his Presidents old lady but being sent to this back water with the club VP, who has seriously lost his marbles, is a fate worse than death… Or is it! Determined to get the job done and be in and out, he soon finds that not all is as it seems and that he may need to be the hero and not the passer-by.

Mahalia wasn’t born into this life; unlike many of the other followers of the Prophet. She once had a happy and fulfilling life with a husband who she loved and her daughter, but that all seems like a distant memory. She now lives her life trying to follow the rules of her husband, Allred, being his dutiful 40th wife. That is until a mysterious biker arrives in Cornucopia. The biker makes her want to break the rules and dream about a life free from the shackles of the faith and marriage she has been forced to accept. But her biggest hope is that he will help her save her only daughter from the dreaded fate that the prophet has set out for her. He becomes her hope, her dreams and maybe her salvation.

If you have read any of Layla Wolfe’s other titles then you will know that she writes with a gritty edge and explores biker life at its darkest. This book in some respects is no different, except now she has decided to explore life within a cult as well. As with all her books, the attention to detail is so evident in the way she constructs her story, alongside the atmospheric way in which she describes the characters, the backdrop and of course the drama. She really writes beautifully.

What I particularly liked about this book was the humour that was subtly littered throughout the book. It ensures that the story doesn’t get too bogged down with the darkness that you would expect by combining bikers and cults. Gideon was a great hero and he grew on me very quickly. He is a total badass biker on the outside, but he has a soft inner and a real need to be a protector and saviour; not just for Mahalia but also for Dingo. As for Mahalia, well her story is a sad one, but she comes alive when the rumble of pipes unsettles the dust in Cornucopia, as indeed it does her life.

A good start to a new series. I now look forward to seeing which direction Layla takes going forward and which characters will fight to find their HEA.

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Princess Emma Reviews: Sweet Soul by Tillie Cole

Princess Emma Reviews: Sweet Soul by Tillie ColeSweet Soul (Sweet Home, #4; Carillo Boys, #3) by Tillie Cole
on January 1st 1970
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4.5 Stars

From the USA Today bestselling Sweet Home Series, comes Sweet Soul, a heart-wrenching story of love in its purest form.
One shy lost soul. One silent lonely heart. One love to save them both.
Life has never been easy for twenty-year-old Levi Carillo. The youngest of the Carillo boys, Levi is nothing like his older brothers. He isn’t dark in looks or intimidating to everyone he meets. In fact, he’s quite the opposite. Haunted by a crippling shyness and the tragic events of his past, Levi spends his days with his head buried in his books, or training hard for his college football team. Too timid to talk to girls, Levi stays as far away as possible and completely on his own… until he saves the life of a troubled pretty blonde, a troubled pretty blonde that might just be the exception to his rule.
Elsie Hall is homeless. Or at least that’s all anyone ever sees. Every day is a fight for survival on the cold streets of Seattle, everyday a struggle to find food and keep warm. Alone in life—a life that’s dangerous and cruel—her will to keep going is an ever-losing battle. In her world of silence, Elsie has given up hope that her life will contain anything but constant heartache and pain… until the beautiful boy she has severely wronged comes to her rescue at precisely the right time.
New Adult novel—contains sexual situations and mature topics. Suited for ages 18 and up.

Series: Sweet Home #4
Also by this author: Reap (Scarred Souls, #2), Reap (Scarred Souls, #2), Raze (Scarred Souls, #1), Sweet Hope (Sweet Home, #4), Souls Unfractured (Hades Hangmen, #3), A Thousand Boy Kisses, A Thousand Boy Kisses, A Thousand Boy Kisses, Deep Redemption (Hades Hangmen, #4), Ravage (Scarred Souls, #3), A Veil of Vines, A Veil of Vines, Damnable Grace (Hades Hangmen, #5), Damnable Grace (Hades Hangmen, #5), Sick Fux, A Wish For Us

Book #4 in the Sweet Home series and #3 in the Carillo Boys. This book in my opinion needs to certainly be read after Sweet Fall and Sweet Hope. A lot of what makes the main character who he is relates to events in those books, but regardless of that those 2 books kick serious arse, they really are MUST READS!

Levi Carillo is the youngest of 3 brothers. Where they are dark from their Italian heritage, he is fair. They are confident, loud and in your face; Levi possesses none of those traits. But the biggest difference between him and the 2 men that are so important to him? They can remember the mother that loved them so much and who left them too soon, whereas Levi feels the memory of her slip from his mind more and more each day. The one thing he holds close to his heart is his mother’s rosary, so when it is stolen he is heartbroken and left feeling like he has lost his mother all over again.

Elsie Hall has been homeless for far too long. Living her life in silence and on the streets of Seattle is a constant struggle of safety, finding food and keeping warm and dry. At her lowest and facing uncertainty, a man with the sweetest soul comes to her rescue.

He shouldn’t want to help the blonde haired waif, but he can’t not. For once he has the confidence to be someone else’s strength, but maybe through saving her she could be the one to save him.

Gah… This series seriously shreds me. I love Tillie Cole’s books. Each series she writes is so different in storyline, but that woman puts the A in angst and a big fat capital E in emotion in all of them. But what makes Tillie Cole stand out is she doesn’t shy away from deep and difficult subject matters. I think she has a fetish for pulling out every one of her reader’s emotions and then putting them back with a cherry on top. Believe me, Sweet Soul is no different.

If you have read any of the Sweet Home/Carillo Boys series then you have waited patiently for the youngest and sweetest Carillo’s story. Levi has had it rough. Watching his beloved mother waste away and then die, forced to join a street gang and then watching as his eldest brother went to prison, he is surrounded by love, yet feels so lonely. Shy and introverted, he struggles to fit into the college scene and as for girls… no chance. Elsie becomes important very quickly and his need to protect and save her only reinforces the sweetness of who he is. As for Elsie? Well all you need to know is that at 18 she is living on the streets and has been on and off for most of her life. She has done what is necessary to survive, but eventually that has led her to an angel.

This book is as beautiful as it predecessors and exactly what was needed to round of an amazing series. If you haven’t met the Carillo’s I implore you to do so. For me it is a series that I won’t ever forget, with characters that will stay with me for years to come. Tillie Cole has done it again – A MUST READ BOOK, indeed, A MUST READ SERIES!

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Princess Emma Reviews: Iron & Bone by Cat Porter

Princess Emma Reviews: Iron & Bone by Cat PorterIron & Bone (Lock & Key Book 3) by Cat Porter
on January 1st 1970
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5 Stars

A knife that cut too deep, a slash that still burns, failures piled high and flammable. I held my losses at bay with knives, with guns, my hands, my bike, my brothers, my iron will.
But not my heart. No, my heart was the flame that would light the match, ignite the blaze.
I am the enforcer The killer when called upon, the ruthless hound on demand, the one who cleans the mess left behind. The protector I can make you bleed, Smash you to pieces. But she smashed all my excuses, and I shattered hers. For a split second she was mine, but I will always be hers.
Some things, really beautiful things, you can’t hold onto forever.
**** "Iron & Bone" can be read as a STANDALONE novel **** This is a contemporary motorcycle club romance meant for adults over 18 years of age. It contains profanity, violence, and graphic sex.

Series: Lock & Key #3
Also by this author: Random & Rare (Lock & Key, #2), Blood & Rust, Fury

Book 3 in the Lock & Key series. These books do have a series story arc and in my opinion you really need to have read books 1 & 2 to enjoy Iron & Bone to its fullest.

Unusually for me I am at a loss for words. My usual MO at this point is to give you an overview of the story and pose questions that will make you want to pick up the book and find the answers for yourself. This truly is a book that I can’t do that with. I will refer only to the synopsis that Ms Porter has provided and if you read that, you will like me head into this book fairly blind as to the direction it will take. I have no intentions of spoiling that for you. The beauty of this book, indeed this series is that you never quite know the pathway that the author is going to lead you down.

This is Boner’s story, and man what a story it is. I am not letting the cat out of the bag by telling you that this is also Jill’s story, as we have witnessed a growing attraction between them since her arrival. The story itself starts very soon after the conclusion of R&R and with Jill now living in Meager and carrying Lock and Grace’s baby, she becomes part of club through default.

The story takes us into Boner’s past, which continues to haunt him, dictating his life so many years later. Added to that, you get a glimpse into how the loss of Dig and then Grace effected a man so damaged by loss already. The pull he feels towards Jill is undeniable, but one that he is determined to keep at arms length; until his hand is forced. Will he be able to bury the past to move forward into the future with his Firefly?

If you didn’t already love Boner, then this book will seal it for you. Hard as bone on the outside but as soft as molten iron in the middle. His loyalty is his weapon of choice, but don’t break it or he might break you. His moments with Jill will leave you needing a cold shower, whilst his interactions with Becca will make you swoon.

Everything about this book says 5 crowns. The writing is superb, the atmospheric words and the flow of the story are just amazing. This author can write, make no mistake about it. The web of a story she has weaved is just EPIC.

If you are a fan of MC romance this is an absolute MUST READ. It is one of my favourite series in this genre. But more than that I am a huge fan of the style of writing that flows from Cat Porter’s fingertips. If you want EPIC, I can’t recommend this series enough.

Shhhh… I hear Butler’s story calling 😉

 

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Princess Emma Reviews: Paper Hearts (Hearts, #2) by Claire Contreras

Princess Emma Reviews: Paper Hearts (Hearts, #2) by Claire ContrerasPaper Hearts (Hearts, #2) by Claire Contreras
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5 Stars
Series: Hearts #2
Also in this series: Elastic Hearts (Hearts, #3), Six of Hearts (Hearts, #1)
Also by this author: Elastic Hearts (Hearts, #3)

Paper Hearts is book 2 in the Hearts series. This book also includes the novella Torn Hearts which is book 1.5 in the series and is the prequel to this story. These books do not need to be read after Kaleidoscope Hearts as each book in the series can be read as a standalone. However I highly recommend you do as it really sets the scene for Jensen and Mia’s story.

Torn Hearts

This book takes us back to the beginning. We knew after reading book 1 that there is bad blood and most definitely a big story around the very difficult relationship that Jensen and Mia have in the present. 5 years ago they were in love, they had the world at their feet and a future planned out. Mia was Jensen’s lifeline and he adored her. For Mia, the world begun and ended with Jensen. So what happens when a whole country stands between them? And what happened to turn such deep devoted love to HATE!

Paper Hearts

Mia is on the move. Having decided to move her career forward, when an opportunity arises and she is offered the chance to work on the photography for a major spread in one of the most read publications in the country, she jumps at the chance. The only concern she has is that it means moving across the country to NYC and possibly into contact with the person that broke her heart. Determined to not let the memories of 5 years ago stop her she makes the move. She is over Jensen, so what’s the worst that could happen?

Jensen has been building his career as a writer in NYC for the last 5 years. A successful, published children’s series, popular weekly column and freelance work means he has really made a name for himself. When he is asked to write for a spread on second chance romances, he knows it won’t be easy. It means working with the one girl he has never got over, his first love, former best friend and the one that got away. He is determined to reconnect and rebuild a relationship with Mia, but will he ever get her to forgive him, and indeed will he be able to forgive her for abandoning him when he needed her the most.

Blimey that was hard. It is really important that you head into these books blind, I so didn’t want to give anything away. 

These books are fantastic. I LOVED book 1 and although I was excited about the prospect of Jensen and Mia’s story, I also wasn’t sure how it could match Kaleidoscope Hearts. Firstly, although both books are second chance romances, this one is very different. This is about 2 people who were each other rocks, their forever. It is the story of how one decision and one mistake can change the course of your life. It is also about soulmates and whether 2 souls that are meant for each other can find each other again, even after the heart breaking events of the past.

Jensen and Mia’s love is so true and honest and you route for them throughout. The road they have to travel is so poignantly difficult for them both, and they must deal with the situations they find themselves in in both the present but also the ones they experienced in the past. You will feel Mia’s hurt and Jensen’s hope. It is a beautiful story and one I will go out on a limb for by saying, this is without doubt the best second chance romance I have ever read. If you think Claire Contreras only writes dark romance then you are so wrong. She also writes romances full of heartbreak, angst and everlasting love.

A beautifully wrote romance, full of heart and hope – A MUST READ book in a MUST READ series. I can’t recommend it enough. AMAZING!!

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Princess Elizabeth Reviews: Souls Unfractured (Hades Hangmen, #3) by Tillie Cole

Princess Elizabeth Reviews: Souls Unfractured (Hades Hangmen, #3) by Tillie ColeSouls Unfractured (Hades Hangmen, #3) by Tillie Cole
on January 1st 1970
Pages: 371
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5 Stars

"FOR FRACTURED SOULS ARE LIKE MAGNETS. DRAWN TO COLLIDE INTO AN IMPOSSIBLE BLISS…"
Labeled a ‘Cursed’ woman of Eve from birth, Maddie has endured nothing but pain and repression at the hands of The Order’s most abusive elder, Moses. Now living with her sister in The Hangmen’s secluded compound, finally, Maddie, is free. Free from the suffocating faith she no longer believes in. Free from endless years of physical and mental torment.
Just… free…
At age twenty-one, the timid and shy Maddie is content to live within the confines of her new home—safe from the outside world, safe from harm and, strangely, protected by the Hangmen’s most volatile member; the heavily pierced and tattooed, Flame.
Flame.
The man who ceaselessly watches over her with his midnight dark and searing eyes. The man who protects her with a breath-taking intensity. And the man who stirs something deep within her numbed heart.
But when circumstances conspire for Flame to need HER help, Maddie bravely risks it all for the broken man who has captivated her fragile soul.
The Hangmen’s most infamous member, Flame, is ruled by one thing—anger. Plagued by haunting demons from his past, an all-consuming rage, and isolated by an abhorrent hatred of being touched, Flame's days are filled with suffocating darkness, pierced only by a single ray of light—Maddie. The shy, beautiful woman he cannot purge from his thoughts. The woman he has an overwhelming need to possess… ... the only person who has ever been able to touch him.
Flame’s mission in life is to protect Maddie, to keep her safe. Until a trigger from his troubled past sends him spiraling into madness, trapping him in the deepest recesses of his disturbed mind.
His Hangmen brothers fear that Flame is beyond saving.
His only hope of salvation: Maddie and her healing light.
Dark Contemporary Romance. Contains explicit sexual situations, violence, disturbingly sensitive and taboo subjects, offensive language, and very mature topics. Recommended for age 18 years and over.

Series: Hades Hangmen #3
Also in this series: Deep Redemption (Hades Hangmen, #4), Damnable Grace (Hades Hangmen, #5)
Also by this author: Reap (Scarred Souls, #2), Reap (Scarred Souls, #2), Raze (Scarred Souls, #1), Sweet Hope (Sweet Home, #4), Sweet Soul (Sweet Home, #4; Carillo Boys, #3), A Thousand Boy Kisses, A Thousand Boy Kisses, A Thousand Boy Kisses, Deep Redemption (Hades Hangmen, #4), Ravage (Scarred Souls, #3), A Veil of Vines, A Veil of Vines, Damnable Grace (Hades Hangmen, #5), Damnable Grace (Hades Hangmen, #5), Sick Fux, A Wish For Us
OMG…
My heart is
Tillie Cole…
You brilliant evil woman.
You shredded my soul…
left it bleeding…
I don’t own enough tears,
for the tears I have shed for
FLAME.
He is the most broken and beautiful soul I have ever read about.
There is no other like him…
He is the one I need to wrap my soul around and never let go…
Maddie.. she is breathtakingly perfect for Flame.
There are no other two souls ever written about that belong together more than
Maddie and Flame.
The atrocities that these two have witnesses, lived, and survived literally had me sobbing.
How there is even the slightest light left within them to guide them to each other, 
is beyond my comprehension.
The first time they were even able to touch… just a finger… to a finger…
was the most profound moment ever…
Tillie Cole will filet your heart and soul with Souls Unfractured…
Are you brave enough to trust her to heal you as well?
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Princess Emma Reviews: Sweet Hope (Sweet Home #3) by Tillie Cole

Princess Emma Reviews: Sweet Hope (Sweet Home #3) by Tillie ColeSweet Hope (Sweet Home, #4) by Tillie Cole
on January 1st 1970
Pages: 295
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5 Stars

From the USA Today Bestselling Sweet Home Series, comes Sweet Hope.
My name is Ally Prince and I've always been unlucky in love. I don’t know why, I just always… have.
When all of my best friends were falling for their soul mates in College, I was left behind. I was Ally, the pretty cousin of superstar quarterback, Romeo Prince. I was Ally, the best friend to the most amazing group of girls I've ever known—a title I loved, but one I became tired of 'just' being. And I was Ally, the one on which they could all rely.
But to me, I was Ally, the girl with the heart no one had claimed... And I was, Ally, the girl, who underneath it all, was heart-breakingly lonely.
I LOVE love; the thought of it, the nervous excitement of falling for Mr. Right, the desire of someone becoming my entire world... of me becoming theirs. I’ve always wanted passion, heart-stopping, epic, life-changing romance... I’ve always wanted the fairytale… I’ve always wanted it all.
It just never seemed like I would get it.
For the past few years I've thrown myself into my career as a museum curator. I’m the best of the best, the person every museum wants to hire, so when an opportunity came up to move to Seattle, I jumped at the chance. My cousin and my best friend lived in Seattle and I needed a change.
I needed a new beginning.
I wasn't expecting to meet anyone in the Emerald City. I wasn't expecting to work closely with the reclusive new sculptor my all-important gallery design was centered around. And I certainly wasn't expecting to fall for him... heart-stopping, epic, life-changing love...My real life fairytale come true.
But, like in every fairytale, there’s a villain, a dark and tortured soul... I just didn't know that the villain and the hero in my story would end up being one and the same.
New Adult Romance Novel—contains adult content, sexual situations and mature topics. Suited for ages 18 and up.

Series: Sweet Hope #3
Also by this author: Reap (Scarred Souls, #2), Reap (Scarred Souls, #2), Raze (Scarred Souls, #1), Souls Unfractured (Hades Hangmen, #3), Sweet Soul (Sweet Home, #4; Carillo Boys, #3), A Thousand Boy Kisses, A Thousand Boy Kisses, A Thousand Boy Kisses, Deep Redemption (Hades Hangmen, #4), Ravage (Scarred Souls, #3), A Veil of Vines, A Veil of Vines, Damnable Grace (Hades Hangmen, #5), Damnable Grace (Hades Hangmen, #5), Sick Fux, A Wish For Us

5 Crowns

Book 4, and the conclusion of the Sweet Home series. This could be read as a standalone, but I don’t recommend it. Each book does focus on a new couple, but this series is the life journey that a group of tightly knitted friends are on. To get the full emotional depth this book creates, it is important to know the pathways each character took to get here.

We finally get to Ally Prince’s book. With her best friends and cousin having found their happiness, Ally finds herself immersing herself in her work; having never found anyone to make her heart race. What does make her heart race though is art, and in particular the work of the reclusive sculptor Elpidio. When she is approached to curate his 1st show, she jumps on a plane to ensure she wins the commission. Impressing with her knowledge and passion, she finds her life being uprooted to Seattle for the job of her life. Little does she know how much of an effect Elpidio will have on that life.

At 30, Elpidio has finally found his calling in life. Through the medium of marble, he expresses his inner struggles and lets his demons run free. Who knew someone who continues to battle the sins of his past could turn those battles into beauty; certainly not Elpidio. Having the show in Seattle is the one thing that convinces Elpi to exhibit his work. Not only will Seattle force him to confront his past, it will also be a new chapter in a life that has been pointless thus far. What he doesn’t want is the passionate and talented Aliyana Lucia/Prince making his life more complicated. But life is complicated and sometimes those complications can turn into your salvation, giving you hope when you are drowning in hopelessness.

Is Tillie Cole capable of writing a mediocre book? Not on your nelly. Once again, Ms Cole proves why she is taking the indie world by storm. This book is such an heart wrenching read. Sweet Fall was always going to be a hard act to follow because Austin and Lexi’s book was such a deeply moving book. I wondered how and if she could top it, how she would move her readers on from the intensity that book evoked. All I can say is that she surpassed all my expectations and not only delivered a well crafted book about finding redemption, but also a book with a love so deep that it hit me deep in the gut page after page. This book has so many layers to it and each one is more touching than the next. Ally and Elpi’s relationship will create shockwaves. Those waves will not only effect them, but also the tight knit group that Ally holds so close to her heart.

Tillie Cole should be very proud of not only this book, but the series as a whole. She continues to amaze me with her faultless writing, storylines and the passion and emotion that she obviously pours into every word she writes. I have a heavy heart as I bid farewell to my ‘Bama friends. I do it however, happy and content with the conclusion. It has been an emotional and tearful journey, but one that I have enjoyed immensely. I was lucky enough to meet Tillie recently, getting a signed book of Sweet Fall because it had touched me so much. Next time I find myself at a signing with her, Sweet Hope will be top of my list – A MUST READ book/series.

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Princess Emma Reviews: Kick Push (Kick Push #1) by Jay McLean

Princess Emma Reviews: Kick Push (Kick Push #1) by Jay McLeanKick, Push by Jay McLean
on January 1st 1970
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5 Stars

There’s a single defining moment within every skater. It lasts only a second. Two if you're good. Three if you’re really good. It’s the moment you’re in the air, your board somewhere beneath you, and nothing but wind surrounds you. It’s the feeling of being airborne.
The sixteen-year-old version of me would’ve said it was the greatest feeling in the world. Then at seventeen, I had my son. And every single second became a defining moment. Even the ones that consisted of heartbreak when his mother left us.
Seventeen. Single. Dad. That’s what my life became. Yet, every day, I managed to find that feeling of being airborne. Or at least I convinced myself I did. But I lied—to myself and to everyone around me. Until she showed up; Tanned skin, raven dark hair, and eyes the color of emeralds.
You know what sucks about being in the air? Coming down from the high. Sometimes you land on the board and nail the trick. Then kick, push, and coast away. Other times you fall. You fall hard. And those are the times when it’s not as easy to get back up, dust off your pads and try again. Especially when the girl with the emerald eyes becomes your drug... And you become her poison.

Series: Kick Push #1
Also in this series: Kick, Push (Kick Push #1)
Also by this author: Kick, Push (Kick Push #1), Lucas (Preston Brothers, #1)

5 Crowns

Book 1 in the Kick Push series. For fans of Jay McLean, this book follows Josh Warden, a character from her novel Where the Road Takes Me. This book doesn’t need to be read before Kick Push, but the characters do cross over. 

Josh’s life changes in the blink of an eye. At 17, he suddenly becomes a father and when his girlfriend does a runner he realises that he is now truly on his own. Without the help of his parents, who turn their back on him and with only the support of his best friend Hunter, he knows that he will need to make changes to give his little boy Tommy everything he needs. That means his dreams of becoming a professional skateboarder are out of the window, and to cement that when he is at his lowest he parts with something that was the most important thing to him before the arrival of his beloved son. But when you reach your lowest ebb the only way can be up, and the kindness of strangers can be a blessing. Little does his know that in one moment, a new beginning will give him the chance do things the right way for his son, and maybe eventually himself.

Becca arrives to live with a grandmother she doesn’t know, in a town that she has never visited before. Haunted by her past, she struggles to have normal relationships, not helped by the difficulty she has in communicating and the phobia she has of being touched. When she meets her grandmother’s lodger she falls in love with his 3 year old son and they instantly spark up a unique friendship. But it’s Josh that fascinates her. The love he has for his son and the respect he has for her grandmother draws her to him. So when he offers to teach her to skateboard she apprehensively accepts. Suddenly along with his son, Josh brings a light into her life that she thought had long been extinguished. They perfectly “coast” together, but are they both only damping down the problems that lurk under the surface? Or are they vanquishing them for good?

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One word… EPIC!

This is one of those books that 5 Crowns doesn’t even begin to let you express how good this book is. I have waited to read this book for ages. If I’m being honest I may have been a little scared because of the rumours that surrounded it. Oh, I knew it would be good; so many 5 star ratings is usually a good indicator. No, for me it was that everyone who has read it say it is a gut wrenching, emotional journey, and I have to agree with that. BUT, this book is so much more than a snot fest read; it is a book that is expertly crafted. It’s not all about emotion and making the reader to go through a box of Kleenex, the author gives us enough light relief to balance the book perfectly. The connection between Josh, Becca and Tommy is heartbreakingly beautiful and she has managed to write a book and characters that transcend the pages and hit you in the centre of your heart.

The characters are so well developed. You fall in love with them very quickly and feel the joys and pain they carry. Josh, what can you say about a boy forced to be a man without the guidance of those who should be at his side in his time of need. His issues aren’t as apparent as the ones Becca suffers with, however they are there and they are painful. Becca becomes his addiction and in turn he becomes her guiding light. The hope of a life that she never thought possible. Becca is without doubt one of the strongest, yet most complicated characters I have read about. Her devastating history is just plain sad, but it has made her so much stronger than she believes herself to be. Lastly Tommy, he will have you giggling and for want of a better word, he lightens what could be a much heavier book if it wasn’t for his cuteness.

This is without doubt one of the best reads of the year for me, and one that will stay with me forever because of the unique storyline and amazing storytelling. It is my first Jay McLean book, but it won’t be my last. This is one talented writer. I now wait with baited breath and with mascara streaking my face for book 2. If you only take one of my recommendations this year, Kick Push must be it. An outstanding MUST READ! 

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Princess Emma Reviews: Tell Me Something by Aubrey Boudurant

Princess Emma Reviews: Tell Me Something by Aubrey BoudurantTell Me Something by Aubrey Bondurant
on June 29th 2015
Pages: 368
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4.5 Stars

The sexual tension is palpable; the erotic path they’re on is inevitable.
Haylee Holloway has experienced more grief than a twenty-two year old should have to endure. When she moves to LA for a fresh start and takes a job as an assistant for an advertising company the last thing she expects is to have to step in last minute during a photo shoot as the model. Her bikini line and weight are suddenly open topics of discussion, and a client’s million dollar campaign is hanging in the balance. To cap it off, the multi-millionaire, gorgeous owner of the company shows up and takes charge.
Josh Singer, the owner of Gamble Advertising is private, intense, and hard to read. His voice is sexy, his eyes are smoldering and when he learns of Haylee’s goal to save money for law school, he makes her an offer she can’t refuse: To move to New York City and work for him directly as his assistant. Haylee’s dilemma: how does she travel the world with a hot boss whose voice alone conjures up an erotic fantasy and not completely make a fool of herself? Frustrated with Josh’s mixed signals, Haylee finally puts it all on the line. Blurring both their professional and personal lives can they keep things temporary as planned or will they both realize some things weren’t meant to end?
Full Length Standalone book with no cliffhanger. First book of the “Something Series” This book is for mature audiences only

Series: Something #1
Also in this series: Show Me Something (Something, #5)
Also by this author: Ask Me Something, Bet Me Something (Something, #3), Teach Me Something (Something, #4), Show Me Something (Something, #5)

4.5 Crowns

Book 1 in the Something series. This book is a standalone.

Haylee Holloway is ready to move on with her life. After the death of both her parents, she is determined to save enough money to realise her dream of following in her father’s footsteps and becoming a lawyer. Having moved to L.A to become an assistant at a successful advertising company, she has the next few years mapped out in front of her. But all well laid plans are meant to be broken… Aren’t they?

Josh Singer. Multi-millionaire. Check! Successful business man. Check! Divorced and single. Check!

When Haylee finds herself forced to step into the shoes of a supermodel, what she doesn’t expect is to be paraded in front of the hot company boss, Josh Singer. But her dedication catches Josh’s eye and he soon makes her an offer she can’t refuse, bringing her dreams of attending an Ivy League school one step closer. She just has to maintain a professional distance; easy! Or is it…

Okay, so the whole Millionaire/CEO romances used to be a real guilty pleasure of mine. I devoured them until one day I realised I was just reading the same old crap, rehashed with a different cover and a different author. So I have to tell you that it has been a long time since I have wanted to pick up a book of this type. When I was asked to review Tell Me Something, I don’t mind telling you I was more than a little hesitant. I like my books to have more than the 1 dimensional stories and characters that this genre is awash with. Let me tell you now, Aubrey Bondurant has seriously delivered with her debut novel. It really is a bloody gem of a story.

Unlike so many authors who write in this genre, she has really thought about the story she has put together. She has created two strong protagonists that have their own stories; thankfully no timid shrinking violets to put us to sleep, or the whole dominant, submissive yawn fest that quite frankly is well past its sell by date. What we have is two characters that are equal in their wants and needs and who have great depth, light and shade to them. She takes them and us on a journey, which leads them from the dullness of the past and into a brighter and happier future… well hopefully. You will need to read it yourself to find that out.

But what I loved most about this book was the way it was written. Aubrey mixes serious, sex (very hot sex), angst and light hearted humour so well; creating a book that I really struggled to put down. I am seriously gobsmacked that this is her first book. Let me say, many an accomplished writer don’t have the skills to write in such a flowing way. That takes talent, and Ms Boudurant has it in spates.

 

A brilliant romance full of great characters, sex, humour and angst. I loved it and can’t wait to turn my kindle on and read book 2, Ask Me Something. If you love your CEO/Millionaire reads or if like me you were jaded by them, give it a go… you won’t regret it!

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