Category: Princess Kelly’s Reviews

Princess Kelly Reviews: Behind The Wall by Jane Harvey-Berrick

Princess Kelly Reviews: Behind The Wall by Jane Harvey-BerrickBehind the Wall by Jane Harvey-Berrick
Published by Harvey Berrick Publishing on May 26th 2017
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4 Stars

Prison.

The place where dreams fade and hope dies.

That’s what it’s meant for the five years that Garrett has been behind bars. But now hope is on the horizon and he’s daring to dream again: small dreams, small hopes.

Getting his GED would be a start. If only his prison-appointed teacher Miss Ella Newsome wasn’t so damn sexy.

As Garrett and Ella start to play a dangerous game, the price could be higher than either of them have guessed.

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This story first appeared in the anthology HOT FOR TEACHER in 2016. It has since been extended with new scenes, more heart ache and even more heat.

Also by this author: The Traveling Man (Traveling, #1), Dazzled, Slave to the Rhythm (The Rhythm #1), Slave to the Rhythm (The Rhythm #1), Dangerous to Know & Love, One Careful Owner: Love Me, Love My Dog

A beautiful short story of redemption, acceptance and love. I enjoyed every moment of this book and it’s safe to say that I will never look at a broom cupboard quite the same way again!

If you love a touch of the forbidden, then dive into this baby, you won’t regret it!

Behind The Wall is a teacher and student romance with a touch of danger and a hell of a lot of desire. Ella and Garrett are both likable characters trying to find the missing piece, they just never expected to find it in a prison classroom.

Another great read from Jane Harvey-Berrick!

4 Stars
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Princess Kelly Reviews: A Life Less Beautiful by Elle Brooks

Princess Kelly Reviews: A Life Less Beautiful by Elle BrooksA Life Less Beautiful by Elle Brooks
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4 Stars

Ellis Hughes has loved the girl next door since he was ten-years-old. She was his sun, moon, and every visible star in a clear night sky. She was also his biggest regret.

When a terrible accident rips Ellis and Harlow apart, it shatters both their hearts beyond repair. More than a decade later, Ellis has paid his penance, but his regret still lingers, and the love he once harbored for his childhood sweetheart has never faded.

What Ellis believes has been destroyed forever, slowly comes back to life, only for a cruel twist of fate to intervene. Knowing he cannot live his life without Harlow in it, he faces the ultimate test of selflessness.

He must sacrifice his own heart to mend hers.

Also by this author: A Life Less Beautiful, A Life Less Beautiful

Ellis and Harlow will melt your heart in true classic romantic style and break it in the next. A childhood friendship turned teenage lovers with hopes and dreams of a content and happy future, turns to shock and bewilderment when one moment of anger and judgement changes their course.

Harlow is a sporty, fun loving, tough girl who has a luster for life. The final piece of her content jigsaw came in the form of a beautiful 11 year old boy and new neighbour, Ellis Hughes. Their initial meeting ended in tears when she shot him but that was soon forgotten when tears turned to an unbreakable bond of friendship.

Ellis never wanted to move but finding out that their were older boys next door was an exciting prospect. Although, the youngest sister made a painful impression, her empathy shone, as did her lust for fun and ability to give the boys a run for their money, alas a new friendship is born.

A chunk in the armour of what was an impenetrable relationship comes a little later when Harlow collapses. Frantic, Ellis undoubtedly saves her life only to be told that the love of his life has a heart condition that strips her of the athletic lifestyle she loves.

With her condition monitored closely and life back on track, laugher, love, the prospect of college and a happy future still beckons, that is until one moment destroys everything and that unbreakable bond is severed for ten years.

Now he’s back…

I can’t give you anything else in terms of plot overview but what I will say is I thoroughly enjoyed Elle Brooks new and deeply moving offering in A Life Less Beautiful.

Told in double POV in past and present tense, this book brought light, laughter and all things considered, a stunning love story to stand the test of time.

For me personally, I felt the first half of the book flowed better and I loved how two kids found solace and a commitment so young. Although, the second half was a good read, I had a couple of issues with the end which is very subjective. I prefer a well rounded, undeniable finale and I felt this to be more of a questionable cliffhanger hence the 4-stars. This is a personal thing because my blog sister loved how clever it was and gave it a 5 so don’t let this cloud any judgement when it comes to reading this book as it really is a wonderful story.

Yes there is angst and heartbreak, but most of all and enlightening and breathtaking tale of survival and love revival in the aftermath of tragedy. Soulful and beautifully written; A Life Less Beautiful is this summer’s read!

4 Stars
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Princess Kelly Reviews: Punk 57 by Penelope Douglas

Princess Kelly Reviews: Punk 57 by Penelope DouglasPunk 57 by Penelope Douglas
Pages: 341
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5 Stars

“We were perfect together. Until we met.”
Misha
I can’t help but smile at the words in her letter. She misses me.
In fifth grade, my teacher set us up with pen pals from a different school. Thinking I was a girl, with a name like Misha, the other teacher paired me up with her student, Ryen. My teacher, believing Ryen was a boy like me, agreed.
It didn’t take long for us to figure out the mistake. And in no time at all, we were arguing about everything. The best take-out pizza. Android vs. iPhone. Whether or not Eminem is the greatest rapper ever…
And that was the start. For the next seven years, it was us.
Her letters are always on black paper with silver writing. Sometimes there’s one a week or three in a day, but I need them. She’s the only one who keeps me on track, talks me down, and accepts everything I am.
We only had three rules. No social media, no phone numbers, no pictures. We had a good thing going. Why ruin it?
Until I run across a photo of a girl online. Name’s Ryen, loves Gallo’s pizza, and worships her iPhone. What are the chances?
F*ck it. I need to meet her.
I just don’t expect to hate what I find.
Ryen
He hasn’t written in three months. Something’s wrong. Did he die? Get arrested? Knowing Misha, neither would be a stretch.
Without him around, I’m going crazy. I need to know someone is listening. It’s my own fault. I should’ve gotten his number or picture or something.
He could be gone forever.
Or right under my nose, and I wouldn’t even know it.

Also by this author: Corrupt

I adored this book and I’m now fully initiating myself into the Pen Douglas fan club. I loved Corrupt and felt the burning need to jump into another book by this author, and after just finishing Punk 57, there is no denying that she can write contemporary romance with a good dose of twisted suspense. This book was a well formed, addictive and riveting read with a really important message.

This book highlights the trials of young people trying to find themselves, whilst trying to fit into a mould of the ever growing need of being popular. A fickle but necessary action of making the days go by easier, whilst losing a little part of your soul in the process.

Ryen Trevarrow never wanted to be branded as the mean cheerleader, and neither did she help herself in proving she could be better because self-preservation and a need to fit in outweighed the hurt and loneliness of being an outsider – yes… Welcome to the hell gates of high school.

However, persona can be an act but there is one person who knows a little more about the girl behind the mask and that is her accidentally paired pen pal, Misha Lare.

One guy, one girl, and seven years of lyrical exchanges, bouts of honesty and an unbreakable bond that these two faceless friends can be proud of, until one night everything changes…

And my goodness what an epic journey this was. Misha and Ryen are those characters that are riddled with faults, and at times not necessarily likeable but wow, did they feel real.

Every action was met with a burning undertone of sexual awareness, and the tension exploded in a cascade of lust, hate, admiration, and love, all wrapped together in a wicked package with a fabulous twist that I didn’t see coming until towards the end.

As a seasoned and more mature reader of contemporary romance, this book being set in high school worried me a little but I needn’t have been because this has made my best book list of 2017, because it was honest, raw and hotter than what should be branded legal, and I bloody loved it!!!

Give me the delinquent outsiders any day… this is my tribe!

5 crowns

5 Stars
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Princess Kelly Reviews: Spark in the Ashes by Nikki Groom

Spark in the Ashes (Steel Souls MC Book 1) by Nikki Groom
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5 Stars

Sadie Foster is consumed with revenge. The quiet beauty she portrays on the outside disguises the rage bubbling within her. Because on the inside, her desire for retribution dominates her every waking thought, until him...…
Ramsey Dalton is an outlaw. A criminal that will do whatever it takes to get what he wants and to keep his MC brothers safe. He didn't know there could be more to his life than sex, drugs and death, until her...
Their meeting is pure chance. Their connection undeniable. But what neither of them know, is that their relationship threatens to uncover far more than they could have imagined.
Secrets and lies are best left buried, but sometimes they’re too real to stay dead.
(Book 1 of 2)

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)

Spark in the Ashes is a fantastic initiation for Nikki Groom into the dark and gritty world of MC contemporary romance. This book delivered in droves, as it held many elements that make a good book great including suspense, violence, sex and the best part… likable (even though a little fucked up) characters.

From chapter one this book makes one hell of an opening impact with a young woman who has made a very conscious decision to walk the dangerous path of revenge. Her reasoning becomes very apparent as the story unfolds, and one that kept me riveted until the end.

Ramsey is enamored with the young beauty who carries herself so calmly, whilst holding a gun that just ended a renowned local lowlife, but unfortunately her actions have caused him somewhat of a problem. He was owed a debt, and now it seems it will have to be paid by another – the very female walking away from her new kill.

Sadie and Ramsey’s first meeting ends in a car wreck and many unanswered questions. But if there is one good thing Ramsey Dalton, Vice President of the Steel Souls MC is good at, and that is getting answers – he just never expected a feisty female with personality traits close to his own. This is no wannabe MC whore like he’s used to, Sadie ‘Raven’ Foster is a whole new ballgame.

Sadie is a ticking time bomb, her promise to do the job she set out for doesn’t as much come under scrutiny but understanding, making her realise that the life of a bikers old lady could have its merits, and yet she never envisioned that life with Ramsey could prove more dangerous than the life she set out for herself when a rival MC finally shows their hand and will stop at nothing to take the reins and their territory.

And oh my goodness what a fucking ride this book was! I can’t tell you how many MC books I’ve read, but I can tell you that this one stood out for many reasons, but none more so than having two strong, brave and undeniably hard-core characters at the helm. There are no shrinking violets here ladies, and for that alone it was absolutely awesome!

There is a deeper backstory here that moulds both our characters into what they are today, and yet there were still rules, lines you didn’t cross that were admirable. There was no violence for the sake of it which many MC books I’ve read lately seem to have made a theme. I felt most actions were justified even if one in particular was a little gruesome, it wasn’t overdone – and that ending will have you shouting HOLY HELLS BELLS with that wicked little twist, and no, I didn’t see it coming!

I can’t wait for the sequel. Write like the wind Nikki, I need it now

5 Stars
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Princess Kelly Reviews: Damnable Grace by Tillie Cole

Damnable Grace (Hades Hangmen, #5) by Tillie Cole
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4 Stars

EVEN THE BROKEN, THROUGH LOVE, CAN FIND GRACE...
Secrets never stay hidden.
The burden of guilt never lifts from the heart.
Born and raised in The Order of David, Sister Phebe knows nothing but cult life. Head of the Sacred Sisters of New Zion, Phebe was groomed from childhood for one purpose: to seduce. Prized as a harlot, as a New Zion whore, Phebe is taken from the doomed cult by Meister, the notorious leader of the Aryan Brotherhood. Taken as his possession. Taken to be the woman who will obey his every sexual demand. Under his heavy hand, Phebe finds herself in a place much worse than she could ever have imagined... with absolutely no one to help. And no glimpse of hope.
Xavier ‘AK’ Deyes is content with his life as Sergeant-At-Arms of the Hades Hangmen. Leader of the infamous ‘Psycho Trio’ and ex-special ops sniper, AK knows how to fight. Experienced in warfare and schooled in military operations, AK is vital to the Hangmen. When his Vice President needs help retrieving his missing sister-in-law, Phebe, from a Klan-funded trafficking ring, AK volunteers to go in. AK remembers the red-head from New Zion. Remembers everything about her from the single time they met—her red hair, blue eyes and freckled face. But when he finds her, heavily drugged and under Meister’s control, her sorry condition causes him to remember more than the beautiful woman he once tied to a tree. Saving Phebe forces hidden demons from his past to return. A past he can never move on from, no matter how hard he tries.
As AK fights to help Phebe, and in turn she strives to help him, they realize their secret sins will never leave them alone. Kindred broken souls, they realize the only way they can be rid of their ghosts is to face them together and try to find peace.
Despair soon turns to hope, and damaged hearts soon start to heal. But when their deep, painful scars resurface, becoming too much to bear, the time comes when they must make a heavy choice: stay forever damned; or together, find grace.
Dark Contemporary Romance. Contains explicit sexual situations, violence, disturbingly sensitive and taboo subjects, offensive language and very mature topics. Recommended for age 18 and over.

***NOT a standalone. MUST be read as part of The Hades Hangmen Series***

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), 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)

AK will blow your mind in this new 5th installment of the Hades Hangmen series by the wickedly talented Tillie Cole.

Raw, gritty, dark but undeniably extraordinary, AK and Phebe’s story is a tough read, but like every other book in this series, it holds a redeeming quality that just has you falling for the MC bad boy.

AK’s backstory was gripping and heart-breaking. We learn about his family and his close relationship with his Brother that saw them both touring together with the Marines – what follows from his time as a dead-shot sniper is the crux to this slow burn love story that is thwarted with gory and horrifying details of the trials both these characters have faced. It’s no easy or pretty read, but a great addition to the series that reunited me with some of my favourite characters.

The character however that shone for me on this occasion was Vike. The guy is hilarious and I cannot wait for his book. He’s really grown on me and out of the Psycho Trio he’s the one that can put a crazy smile on your face whilst questioning your own sanity.

I didn’t love this book as much as Ky or Flames story but it was a great read nonetheless and I’m really excited to see how this series progresses in the future as some new young blood has been added into the mix. My hope is Tillie keeps going, if there were ten books I wouldn’t mind as I would happily read every single one.

If you’re not easily shocked and can handle graphic scenes of torture and female degradation then put those big girl pants on and start this series!

This must be read in order for character and plot progression. These books, in my opinion, are not standalone novels.

4 Stars
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Princess Kelly Reviews: HIM by Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy

Princess Kelly Reviews: HIM by Sarina Bowen and Elle KennedyHim (Him #1) by Sarina Bowen, Elle Kennedy
Published by Rennie Road Books on July 28th 2015
Pages: 360
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5 Stars

They don’t play for the same team. Or do they?
Jamie Canning has never been able to figure out how he lost his closest friend. Four years ago, his tattooed, wise-cracking, rule-breaking roommate cut him off without an explanation. So what if things got a little weird on the last night of hockey camp the summer they were eighteen? It was just a little drunken foolishness. Nobody died.
Ryan Wesley’s biggest regret is coaxing his very straight friend into a bet that pushed the boundaries of their relationship. Now, with their college teams set to face off at the national championship, he’ll finally get a chance to apologize. But all it takes is one look at his longtime crush, and the ache is stronger than ever.
Jamie has waited a long time for answers, but walks away with only more questions—can one night of sex ruin a friendship? If not, how about six more weeks of it? When Wesley turns up to coach alongside Jamie for one more hot summer at camp, Jamie has a few things to discover about his old friend... and a big one to learn about himself.
Warning: contains sexual situations, skinnydipping, shenanigans in an SUV and proof that coming out to your family on social media is a dicey proposition.

Also by this author: The Goal (Off-Campus, #4)

Jamie and Wes’ story was consuming, empowering, honest, and hotter than hell! Holy hockey pucks and purple skittles did I fall head over heels in love with this love story. – Kelly, Perusing Princesses

I was on the fence for so long because I will be the first to hold my hand up and say that M/M has never really done anything for me in the past. However, two very good author friends told me nearly a year ago that I had to read this book and after some deliberation, I finally jumped in! Alas, I’m converted because my reservations have been silenced with this book.



Jamie and Wes’ story was consuming, empowering, honest, and hotter than hell! Holy hockey pucks and purple skittles did I fall head over heels in love with this love story.

Wes was always aware of his sexual orientation from a young age, and his battle to keep his true feelings hidden from his best friend was honourable and I loved him for it.

Jamie has never had to work hard for female attention but when one drunken night presents an opportunity to experiment he doesn’t shy away from his best friend, and from that moment on questions and confusion rears its head for Jamie, but what was so pleasurable about this read was there was no disgust by any of it, just a quiet, almost diplomatic realisation of personal self awareness that was embraced with sympathetic maturity on a scale that isn’t often seen in ‘fictional’ life changing circumstances.

Witnessing these two talented and beautiful young men manifest into more was a really beautiful reading experience that made me want to bitch slap myself for not delving in sooner.

US is the sequel and I can’t wait to get back on the rink with these boys to see what happens next.

5 Stars
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Princess Kelly Reviews: Mists of the Serengeti by Leylah Attar

Princess Kelly Reviews: Mists of the Serengeti by Leylah AttarMists of the Serengeti by Leylah Attar
Published by Pitch73 Publishing Pages: 360
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5 Stars

Once in Africa, I kissed a king...
"And just like that, in an old red barn at the foothills of Mount Kilimanjaro, I discovered the elusive magic I had only ever glimpsed between the pages of great love stories. It fluttered around me like a newborn butterfly and settled in a corner of my heart. I held my breath, afraid to exhale for fear it would slip out, never to be found again.”
When a bomb explodes in a mall in East Africa, its aftershocks send two strangers on a collision course that neither one sees coming.
Jack Warden, a divorced coffee farmer in Tanzania, loses his only daughter. An ocean away, in the English countryside, Rodel Emerson loses her only sibling.
Two ordinary people, bound by a tragic afternoon, set out to achieve the extraordinary, as they make three stops to rescue three children across the vast plains of the Serengeti—children who are worth more dead than alive.
But even if they beat the odds, another challenge looms at the end of the line. Can they survive yet another loss—this time of a love that’s bound to slip through their fingers, like the mists that dissipate in the light of the sun?
“Sometimes you come across a rainbow story—one that spans your heart. You might not be able to grasp it or hold on to it, but you can never be sorry for the color and magic it brought.”
A blend of romance and women’s fiction,
Mists of The Serengeti
is inspired by true events and contains emotional triggers, including the death of a child. Not recommended for sensitive readers. Standalone, contemporary fiction.

Mists of the Serengeti is a beautifully written and inspiring tale of courage in the wake of loss and newfound love in the aftermath of tragedy. 

Rodel and Jacks’ story is a beautifully woven, poetic masterpiece that not only transpires a deep resonance within the reader, but intertwines a serious, more disturbing subject giving our two lead characters heroic status. Their journey delivers a dramatic impact making one hell of an intense, addictive read.

From the English countryside to the vast African Serengeti, Ro’s life not only changed with the devastating death of her sister, but in the wake of her loss, a new journey opens itself up. Unlike the old ‘down to earth, safe and scarcely spontaneous’ Ro, she spreads her wings and takes it, however she’s not quite prepared for her life, as she once knew it, to change forever.


Jack Warden is a force to be reckoned with, a looming hunk of a man who is devastated at the loss of his Daughter in a premeditated attack – that day broke him. Afraid to move on, or let anyone else in, Jack has become a shadow of his former self. His love of life and his coffee farm snuffed out the day the shopping centre fell, but this new stranger looking for answers is an enigma, and a distraction he wasn’t quite ready for.

Survival becomes key in a race against time, as two grieving people bound together to save the innocent. Through the mist arises strength, and a timeless ‘once in a lifetime’ love story to rival the best.

Mists of the Serengeti is one not to miss.

5 Stars
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Princess Kelly Reviews: Wardrobe Malfunction by Samantha Towle

Princess Kelly Reviews: Wardrobe Malfunction by Samantha TowleWardrobe Malfunction by Samantha Towle
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From New York Times bestselling author, Samantha Towle, comes a new standalone romantic comedy.
Vaughn West, Hollywood heartthrob, has been at the top of his game for years. He thinks he’s untouchable—until a betrayal brings him spiraling down. Now, everyone pities him, and if there’s one thing Vaughn hates, it’s pity.
After a few months of working his way through every available actress, pop star, model, and waitress in California, Vaughn needs to get his life back on track and focus on what he does best—making hit movies.
Charlotte Michaels is in love. Just not with one person. Louis Vuitton…Christian Dior…Valentino…Gucci…And the list goes on.
Sadly, Charly’s limited bank account doesn’t allow her those luxuries, and the closest she gets are lucky finds in charity shops and working closely with some of those names in her job as a wardrobe assistant.
Now, Charly has landed the mother of all jobs—working on the new Vaughn West movie. Excited doesn’t even cut it.
Only things don’t go as planned, and it turns out that Vaughn is actually a jerk. A hot jerk, but a jerk nonetheless.
So, why do their clothes keep falling off whenever they’re around each other? And why can’t Charly keep her mind in the closet and off Vaughn?
Getting mixed up with a smart-mouthed, fashion-obsessed wardrobe assistant is the last thing Vaughn needs.
Getting mixed up with an arrogant, self-centered, obnoxious, jumped-up actor who has a lack of respect for fashion is the last thing Charly needs.
Things are about to get hot, dirty, and messy in Hollywood. Very messy. Especially if Charly’s closely guarded secret falls out of her closet.

Find the Author: Website, Amazon
Also by this author: When I Was Yours, When I Was Yours, The Storm (The Storm Series Book 4), The Storm (The Storm, #3.5), The Ending I Want, The Ending I Want, Unsuitable, Unsuitable, Wardrobe Malfunction

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It all started with a twerk, a precariously misplaced pin and a cock warmer…

And ended with me hugging my kindle in glee because not only is this romantic comedy a jovial, fun and sexy read but it was the perfect lighthearted escapism that I never knew I was craving until now.

I’m a sucker for Hollywood romances and yes, I’ve read a few but Wardrobe Malfunction by far is now one of my absolute favourites.

Vaughn and Charly’s story is a laugh a minute but it has so much heart and honesty that you cannot help but fall in love with them in equal measure. Yes, our hero is gorgeous, witty and highly amusing but it was Charly who I admired as she held her own admirably given her position and I do love a strong heroine who isn’t afraid to take a gamble on Hollywood’s golden boy.

I don’t want to go into a story overview because this is one you have to just delve in and enjoy for yourself as you travel from New York, to Vegas to Oregon and back. Charly and Vaughn’s journey is a pleasureable, fun and lighthearted read that will put a smile on your face and another notch on the romcom favourite list.

Samantha Towle does it again!

5 shiny pins.

… I mean Crowns.

 

5 Stars

About Samantha Towle

SAMANTHA TOWLE is a New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author. She began her first novel in 2008 while on maternity leave. She completed the manuscript five months later and hasn’t stopped writing since.

She is the author of contemporary romances, The Storm Series and The Revved Series, and stand-alones, Trouble, When I Was Yours, The Ending I Want, and Sacking the Quarterback, which was written with James Patterson. She has also written paranormal romances, The Bringer and The Alexandra Jones Series. All of her books are penned to the tunes of The Killers, Kings of Leon, Adele, The Doors, Oasis, Fleetwood Mac, Lana Del Rey, and more of her favorite musicians.

A native of Hull and a graduate of Salford University, she lives with her husband, Craig, in East Yorkshire with their son and daughter.

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Princess Kelly Reviews: One Careful Owner by Jane Harvey-Berrick

Princess Kelly Reviews: One Careful Owner by Jane Harvey-BerrickOne Careful Owner: Love Me, Love My Dog by Jane Harvey-Berrick
Published by Harvey Berrick Publishing on January 2nd 2017
Pages: 234
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4 Stars

WARNING!This book will break your heart!
From the best-selling romance author of THE EDUCATION OF SEBASTIAN comes a sexy, heart-breaking and heart-warming story about one man and his dog. (Standalone)
Alex is lost and alone, with only his dog, Stan for company. He doesn’t expect kindness from anyone anymore, but sometimes hope can be found in the most unlikely places. He has a second chance at happiness, but there’s a dark side to Alex, and a reason that more than one person has called him crazy.
Single mother Dawn is doing just fine. Except that her ex- is a pain in the a**, her sister isn’t speaking to her, and her love life is on the endangered list.
At least her job as a veterinarian is going well. Until a crazy-looking guy arrives at her office accompanied by an aging dog with toothache. Or maybe Alex Winters isn’t so crazy after all, just … different.
Dawn realizes that she’s treated him the same way that all the gossips in town have treated her—people can be very cruel.
* * * * * * * * * * * *"You know that feeling you get in your stomach when you drive over a hill really fast? That's what I felt." T. Allen
* Contains scenes of an adult nature. *

Also by this author: The Traveling Man (Traveling, #1), Dazzled, Slave to the Rhythm (The Rhythm #1), Slave to the Rhythm (The Rhythm #1), Dangerous to Know & Love, Behind the Wall

Another strong, beautifully executed love story by Jane Harvey-Berrick.

Even though this wasn’t my favourite book of hers, I thoroughly enjoyed the dynamics of Alex and Dawn’s story. It wasn’t rushed or even portrayed as being an easy, all consuming love story but one that teetered precariously with unsurety and caution.

The allure of an outsider hiding within the shadows calls to our heroine as she sees the best in what the gossiping small town locals regard as a strange lost cause.

Dawn is a vet and a single mother who is trying to make the best of a rather difficult situation. Estranged from her sister due to a past indiscretion which resulted in her daughter, Katie, Dawn has been the focus of local gossip more than she can count, so when a stranger enters the town and is shunned by the locals, she can’t help but be intrigued.

Alex is a recluse. Renovating an old log cabin in the woods, with only his best canine friend Stan for company, his severe stutter keeps others at a distance as his level of communication with strangers proves difficult.

When Stan requires a vet, Alex has no choice but to go into town and get him some help which is where our story starts as two guarded characters find a friendship and connection in one another.

There were times when I wanted Dawn to open up a little more and take a chance, but her guarded persona was justified in her circumstances. I did find it a little difficult to connect with her at times, she was all very normal.

I liked Alex, he had a dark air about him and it was fascinating to see him starting to fight that darkness and come out of his shell.

Katie was adorable and her energy gave good balance to the story. Her innocence and honesty was a breath of fresh air.

Stan is the man! I loved that mutt. He was a fundamental part of the story and even had his own voice in a chapter or two. It was fitting to the backdrop of the darker twist towards the end of the book and I commend Jane on touching on a despicable and upsetting subject. It was hard to read but I will never dismiss a raise of awareness. Very brave.

4 Crowns.

4 Stars
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Princess Kelly Reviews: A Veil of Vines by Tillie Cole

A Veil of Vines by Tillie Cole
Pages: 290
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4 Stars

To most people, princes, princesses, counts and dukes are found only in the pages of the most famous of fairytales. Crowns, priceless jewels and gilded thrones belong only in childhood dreams.But for some, these frivolous fancies are truth. For some, they are real life. On Manhattan’s Upper East Side, people have always treated me as someone special. All because of my ancestral name and legacy. All because of a connection I share to our home country’s most important family of all.I am Caresa Acardi, the Duchessa di Parma. A blue blood of Italy. I was born to marry well. And now the marriage date is set. I am to marry into House Savona. The family that would have been the royals had Italy not abolished the monarchy in 1946. But to the aristocrats of my home, the abolition means nothing at all.The Savonas still hold power where it counts most.In our tight-knit world of money, status and masked balls, they are everything and more. And I am soon to become one of them.I am soon to become Prince Zeno Savona’s wife…… or at least I was, until I met Achille. And everything changed.

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), 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, Damnable Grace (Hades Hangmen, #5), Damnable Grace (Hades Hangmen, #5)

A beautifully told classical love story with all the feels. Tillie Cole has presented herself as a true master of the written word, she can literally put her hand to anything and A Veil of Vines is a true testament to her diversity.

From Italian royalty and riches to a poor winemakers son, this book was a truly beautiful romance providing the perfect escapism. I enjoyed every moment.

If you hold a love for the more whimsical, classic, atmospheric romance without angst and strong sexual references, then make this book your next read.

4 Stars
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