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Book Review: A GUY WALKS INTO MY BAR by Lauren Blakely

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Synopsis:

A sexy, passionate, utterly addictive standalone MM romance from #1 NYT Bestseller Lauren Blakely!

Every bartender should follow one simple rule—don’t go home with the customers.

That’s been easy for me to stick to, until the night a cocky, confident, and sinfully charming hockey star walks into my bar. This sexy athlete is too hard to resist, especially when he makes it clear how much he wants the “sarcastic, witty, hot AF” guy behind the bar—also known as me.

Still, I’m not keen on breaking my own rules since I know where that can lead—no place good.

But when that man makes his case with one bone-searing kiss on the streets of London, I throw resistance out the window.

What could go wrong with a hot, dirty, no-strings-attached fling before he leaves town in five days?

Trouble is, soon our nights together lead to days, to long conversations, to getting to know each other, and to something I never expected—falling ridiculously hard for a man who’s getting on a plane to America when I live a world away.

My life is here. His is there. And no amount of falling or feeling will change that one big problem.


Warning: contains hot hotel sex, loads of dirty talk, PDA all over London, and two sexy, witty, charming alpha heroes…

My Review:

Lord have mercy this book is H O T AF!!!! I read the book & listened to the audiobook and sigh 🥰.
This was my first MM Romance and it was so much more than I expected. I loved the banter, the dialogue and all the characters. I loved this story so so much. The whole story was incredible. Fitz and Dean are just amazing together. This book is full of sexy, flirty banter and will have you in stitches at the conversation. And did I mention that it is hot as hell???
Love it! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Book Review: THAT SWOONY FEELING by Meghan Quinn

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USA Today bestselling author Meghan Quinn brings more humor and heart with the fourth novel of her Getting Lucky series: a story about breaking curses and finally finding that swoony feeling.

I’m single . . . so single it’s painful.

Yup, ladies, Brig Knightly–that’s me–is still a lonely bachelor, stumbling through the streets of Port Snow, looking for the girl he’s supposed to end up with.

That is until my brother, Rogan, presents me with the opportunity of a lifetime. The Summer of Love, a secret pen pal program in Port Snow is looking for applicants and I’m the perfect fit.

I couldn’t sign up fast enough.

I found myself quickly falling in love with a pair of red lips at the bottom of a letter. Just like in the movies . . .

Life could not have been better, that was until I started hanging out with Ruth Barber. Starting a new business right next to my shop, I found myself gravitating toward her. Her smile, her humor . . . her tea sandwiches.

My attraction for Ruth came in full force, leaving me dazed, confused, and *ahem* excited.

As new feelings for two women come to a screeching halt, I have to figure out who to choose. But when I discover my pen pal is Ruth, it might be too late.

All I want in life is to experience that swoony feeling . . . but I think I might have just missed my chance.

This was the sweetest love story I ever did read this year!!!!!!!!!!

It really had me swooning.

Gosh, Brig is a moron, but an adorable one, so he is forgiven.

And who knew that the shy girl behind the counter serving coffee, had such a sassy mouth!

These two are adorable. Funny, easy to read and if you’re a softy like me, you’ll be in tears (HAPPY TEARS).

It’s a truly romantic story!!!!!!!!!!

Book Review: RICHER THAN GOD by Amelia Wilde

Zeus is the cruelest man in the city. And he’s the only one who can save me.

If I don’t sell my body at one of his infamous parties, I’ll be forced into a nightmarish arranged marriage.

But he won’t accept any offers. Not until he’s had me for himself.

I thought I chose the right man to help me escape.

I was wrong.

RICHER THAN GOD is the first in an intense new contemporary trilogy by USA Today bestselling author Amelia Wilde.

Review:

Zeus is a monster! But Brigit gets his attention. Deep down I think he really is in love with her, but he doesn’t know how to love, so he doesn’t accept it. Brigit seeks safety and thinks that she’ll find sanctuary in Olympus. She falls for Zeus but questions herself and the choices she’s made.

This book is dark, erotic and ends on a cliffhanger. The characters are messed up, but that’s the appeal of a dark romance isn’t it.

Can’t wait to see what happens in the next book. I can’t leave this story like this.

Book Review: IT’S OUR SECRET by Willow Winters

From romance author Willow Winters comes a USA Today best-selling emotionally gripping, standalone, romantic suspense.

Allison: It was only a little lie.
That’s how stories like these get started.

But with every lie I told, he saw through it.
I think in his heart he knew I was broken; he felt my pain as if it was his.

And that’s what changed everything.
He’s the reason it all fell apart.

Sometimes it’s a single moment that alters everything in existence.
Sometimes it’s the fall of dominoes, lined up in a pretty little row and designed so that each one will cause more and more pain.
In a single day, it all changed, and there’s no way to take it back.
I didn’t know what would happen. But secrets and lies ruin everything and I should have known better.
And for the first time in… I don’t know how long, I wish I could take it back. I’d take every bit of it back if I could just be with him again.

“I was captivated from the very beginning, and I couldn’t let go until the very end. Winters wove an outstanding tale, which has an even better message within its pages.” – Kendra, Reads and Treats

Review:

This book had me heartbroken. It’s emotionally gripping. It’s a novel of love, heartache, friendship and justice.

Dean and Allison are both broken individuals. They help each other, lean on one another and fall in love. Life was not fair to these two growing up, but they are trying to make it right as adults. Their individual stories got to me, you’re wanting to know the truth from the beginning.

I couldn’t put this story down. Gave up sleep to finish it. I absolutely loved it and I’ll put this on my recommendation list.

Book Review: CRY BABY by Mark Billingham

It’s 1996. Detective Sergeant Tom Thorne is a haunted man. Haunted by the moment he ignored his instinct about a suspect, by the horrific crime that followed and by the memories that come day and night, in sunshine and shadow.

So when seven-year-old Kieron Coyne goes missing while playing in the woods with his best friend, Thorne vows he will not make the same mistake again. Cannot.

The solitary witness. The strange neighbour. The friendly teacher. All are in Thorne’s sights.

This case will be the making of him . . . or the breaking.

The gripping prequel to Mark Billingham’s acclaimed debut, Sleepyhead, Cry Baby is the shocking first case for one of British crime fiction’s most iconic detectives.

My Review:

Trigger Warnings: missing children and abuse.

I couldn’t put this book down. It kept me guessing from the beginning. Mark Billingham knows how to keep the reader turning the page.

It’s a story of a boy who goes missing while playing with his best friend under the watchful eye of his best-friend’s mom. The story takes you into the mind of the investigating officer Tom Thorne, who is picked on for a mistake made 15 years before this case. Tom trusts his gut this time and does what needs to be done to find the boy.

The plot twist close to the end is what got to me and how it came about.

A really good read and a book I’d recommend.

Book Review: DEAR SEXY EX-BOYFRIEND by Lauren Blakely

I received an ARC of this book for an honest review

Blurb:

Let me just say — none of this was supposed to happen.

I didn’t expect the letter to go viral. I didn’t think anyone would figure out who Dear Sexy Ex was. And I especially never thought he would find out about it.

Yeah, bit of a miscalculation there.

But see, I need the money to fund my brand new venture. And Dear Sexy Ex, well, it turns out he needs me to save his business.

By becoming his fake fiancée.

Yup, that’s the pickle I find myself in — pretending to be madly in love with the charming, brilliant, and utterly infuriating man known as Dear Sexy Ex.

Only, it’s not an act. And he can never know.

My Review:

Well hell, Lauren Blakely has done it again!

This was one of the best fake fiance books I’ve read in ages. It guaratees a HEA which we all really want in the end, don’t we?

Summer and Oliver are soooooo good together. Their story was lovely. A sweet romance so to speak. I loved these two. I especially loved how they got together. Argh! Social Media is such a bummer – or is it?

Well written, loads of friendly banter from beginning to the end. The dialogue is great. It’s witty, fun and smart. Loved it!

Dear Sexy Ex-Boyfriend is going on 2020’s favourites list for me.

Book Review: QUEEN MOVE by Kennedy Ryan

Blurb:

The boy who always felt like mine is now the man I can’t have…

Dig a little and you’ll find photos of me in the bathtub with Ezra Stern.
Get your mind out of the gutter. We were six months old.
Pry and one of us might confess we saved our first kiss for each other.
The most clumsy, wet, sloppy . . . spectacular thirty seconds of my adolescence.
Get into our business and you’ll see two families, closer than blood, torn apart in an instant.
Twenty years later, my “awkward duckling” best friend from childhood, the boy no one noticed, is a man no one can ignore.

Finer. Fiercer. Smarter.
Taken.


Tell me it’s wrong.
Tell me the boy who always felt like mine is now the man I can’t have.
When we find each other again, everything stands in our way–secrets, lies, promises.
But we didn’t come this far to give up now.
And I know just the move to make if I want to make him mine.

Review:

WOW! WOW! WOW!

I cannot tell you how much I enjoyed this book. Kimba, wow, a woman to aspire too. Obviously I got to know Kimba in the Kingmaker duet which was really good and was extremely excited when I heard that Queen Move was Kimba’s story.

This book is real! It’s the reality of so many people. I loved the realness of it. It’s not just a love story. It’s a story of life, of challenges, of proving yourself because you’re in the minority. A story of working hard. A story of going after what you deserve. And… a story of a love so strong, nothing can break it down.

Ezra and Kimba have restored my faith in love. Nothing will tear them apart. They will fight for their love. The love they had since the day they married each other at six years old.

Get the book! Read the story! You won’t be sorry.

Book Review: AMERICAN DIRT by Jeanine Cummins

I was gifted this book by Jonathan Ball Publishers in exchange for an honest review

Blurb:

También de este lado hay sueños. On this side, too, there are dreams.

Lydia Quixano Pérez lives in the Mexican city of Acapulco. She runs a bookstore. She has a son, Luca, the love of her life, and a wonderful husband who is a journalist. And while there are cracks beginning to show in Acapulco because of the drug cartels, her life is, by and large, fairly comfortable.

Even though she knows they’ll never sell, Lydia stocks some of her all-time favorite books in her store. And then one day a man enters the shop to browse and comes up to the register with a few books he would like to buy—two of them her favorites. Javier is erudite. He is charming. And, unbeknownst to Lydia, he is the jefe of the newest drug cartel that has gruesomely taken over the city. When Lydia’s husband’s tell-all profile of Javier is published, none of their lives will ever be the same.

Forced to flee, Lydia and eight-year-old Luca soon find themselves miles and worlds away from their comfortable middle-class existence. Instantly transformed into migrants, Lydia and Luca ride la bestia—trains that make their way north toward the United States, which is the only place Javier’s reach doesn’t extend. As they join the countless people trying to reach el norte, Lydia soon sees that everyone is running from something. But what exactly are they running to?

Review:

I liked the story. I know the book got mixed reactions and caused some controversy. It was a good story and easy to follow. Spoke about issues that are real in the lives of people running away from home. This book made me realize how priviledged I am, but in the same breath, your life can change in an instant.

Imagine loosing your family all at once. Imagine running from killers. Imagine, finding out that a good friend is not who he/she seems. That’s the reality in this book.

It took a while for me to read, but I enjoyed the story behind it.

Book Review: GOLDEN IN DEATH by JD Robb

I was gifted this book by Jonathan Ball Publishers in exchange for an honest review.

Blurb:

Kent Abner began the day of his death comfortable and content…

When Kent Abner – baby doctor, model husband and father, good neighbour – is found dead in his town house in the West Village, Detective Eve Dallas and her team have a real mystery on their hands. They know how, where and when he was killed – but why would someone want such a good man dead?

Then a second victim is discovered and as spring arrives in New York City, Eve finds herself in a race against time to track down a serial killer with a motive she can’t fathom and a weapon of choice which could wipe out half of Manhattan.

Review:

Eve Dallas is a bad ass and if anything ever happens to me, I would like Eve, Roarke and the team to be summoned to solve the case.

This book had me hooked from the very first page. JD Robb knows how to keep her readers captivated and she did just that with this book.

This is book 50 in the “IN DEATH” series. I admit I only started reading this series with book 49 but I can recommend this series to anyone who loves crime thrillers.

It has everything in it. Drama, romance, crime chasing, psychological thinking. It’s just an all round book.

Book Review: THE ONLY ONE by Red Phoenix

I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review

Blurb:

Beauty, charm, smarts – she has it all.

She is perfect. But I am not the only one who sees it.

Before I can make a move, she’s taken from me.

So I turn my attention to work. Fortune, respect, stature – I have it all now.

But what I really want is a second chance.

See, that redhead has ruined love for me.

No woman can even come close to satisfying me like she does.

It seems as though I am destined to always watch her from the sidelines.

But fate has other plans.

A stroke of luck, divine intervention perhaps, has given me a second chance.

Now I’m up against two other men determined to claim her.

It’s going to take all I’ve got to make her mine.

This time I’m not letting her go.

I realize now, she is the only one.

Over 75,000 words in this second chance standalone romance filled with steamy adventures and an HEA that will leave you breathless and satisfied.

Review:

Honestly. I did not enjoy this book. I didn’t see a story behind it. It’s an unpopular opinion and that’s okay, I was asked for an honest review. It’s an erotic romance. There’s lots of sex from the first chapter. Exploration of sexuality etc. I’m all for a good erotic romance, but like all stories, it needs to capture my interest and this book didn’t. I tried for the life of me to get into it but I just couldn’t. If you’re into a book filled with sex scenes then this book is for you.

It gets 2 stars.