Monthly Archives: January 2018

Captains Choice – VK Powell

Captains Choice – VK PowellBennett Carlyle gets promoted to Police Captain and handed the project managing the redesign of the new sub-station building. Uncomfortable taking on something she has no experience with, she knows she needs to succeed to prove herself to her team and her boss. When it turns out the architect is her high school crush, who left town after their first kiss, things get way more complicated.

Kerstin Anthony gets handed a project in the town she grew up in, but had no intention of returning too. Unaware of the mess she is being handed, she wants the project to be the centrepiece of her design portfolio that will launch her own agency. When her first meeting brings her face to face with Bennett Carlyle all the painful heartache of being abandoned by her first and only love come flooding back and invading her carefully controlled world.

Can the two of them bear to work together of a project that is critical to their careers or will the heartache force them to step away?

VK Powell is the mistress of Police romances and this one is another classic “will she wont she” story of lost loves reunited by chance. Bennett is a true hero, calm, strong, brave and loyal, her heart has never really moved on despite getting on with her life, she is everything admirable. Kerstin has done the right thing, forged a career, taken care of her mother, but on the inside she is broken, unable to form attachments, scared of the thought of commitment, she holds herself in tight control and lets off steam with emotionless sex in her favourite private club.

There is a lot of prevarication.. this is the archetypal story of a woman not wanting to accept she has feelings, and it might drive you mad; it certainly makes Kerstin behave badly towards Ben whose patience is nothing short of stoic. But ultimately she has to grow, accept her feelings, allow herself to know why caused the breach and what has crippled her emotionally ever since.

The two families are extremely well drawn, far apart in many ways, one warm, caring and engaged, the other cool and distant; both feed the personality of the main characters and provide great sub-plots along the way.

Well written, lots of great sex and excellent sexual tension, great character building and use of the setting, this was a thoroughly enjoyable read.



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  • Paperback: 245 pages
  • First published 2017
  • Publisher: Bold Strokes Books (December 12, 2017)
  • ASIN: B077HQF8YY
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Picture Perfect – Lisa Moreau

Picture Perfect – Lisa MoreauTwo photographers, one working for a slightly seedy local photographic studio, the other tied to her family business. Both dream of escaping the small worlds they feel trapped in, one by expectation and tradition, the other by her absolute fear of crossing the water to get off the island. Repeatedly the top two contestants for the local photography competition, they can’t be anything but fierce rivals when the prize is a contact that would take them away from it all. Just how far will thy go to win the prize? And at what cost?

This is a witty, entertaining and thoroughly enjoyable light-hearted romance. Olive is an extremely likeable character you can’t help but root for, hoping she wins the competition and overcomes her chronic phobia. The whole concept of a character born on an island with a deep longing to travel and an overwhelming fear of the ocean creates a great personal conflict.

Gabby is the less likable of the two, arrogant, over confident and a player to boot; while the rumours about her may not be totally true her behaviour at the end is almost unforgivable and severely dented my liking for her. But she is redeemed by having an absolutely hysterical, stereotypical Italian American family with superstitious Gran, overbearing Mother and a screaming hydra of sisters.

It’s extremely well written and edited, a wonderful and well developed cast of characters, excellent dialogue, extremely funny at times and with a warmth and humour throughout. It’s my first from this author but definitely wont be my last, I thoroughly enjoyed it.



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  • Paperback: 269 pages
  • First published 2017
  • Publisher: Bold Strokes Books (November 14, 2017)
  • ASIN: B076P866NJ
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Noble Heart – Jody Klaire

Noble Heart – Jody KlaireBook five of the epic Above and Beyond Series and this is the best yet. It’s sometimes hard to find new things to say about a series, but this one continues to go from strength to strength.

in Noble Heart we find the usual cast led by Aeron Lorelei, Commander Renee Black and General Ursula Frei, along with regulars like Nan and Jessie, on another thrilling adventure.

This plot is extremely fast paced, action packed and takes some keeping up with. As the series progresses it seems to become more complex, which is hard to imagine but nevertheless true. Despite the almost frenetic pace Klaire fits in moments of stillness and quiet personal interactions which ground and solidify the whole, bringing ever more depth and development to what are already extra-ordinarily well-developed characters.

As the story unfolds the three lead women’s rapport continues to strengthen and is infused with more humour and banter as each novel evolves. In this episode we watch as  the relationship between the various “baddies” from earlier books starts to resolve and we learn just how and why Frei grew up a slave with somewhat special privileges and protections.

At the centre of it all Aeron must use her strength, her powers and that hero quality she doesn’t realise she has to change the word around her, bringing out the best in some and highlighting the worst in others, exposing them for the evil they are with nothing more than her very “Noble Heart”.

Action/Thriller/Mystery with supernatural thrown in and the slowest burning romance ever written, these books really are a delightful Pandora’s box of joy. The characters, their interactions, the very writing just oozes love, laughter and affection, and despite bloody special agent combat and child trafficking horrors, they make you smile with the warmth they imbue.

Ignore the genre, these books are just brilliant. If you haven’t read them yet you really are missing a treat.



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NOBLE HEART: Above and Beyond #5

  • Paperback: 334 pages
  • First published 2017
  • Publisher: BINK (December 2, 2017)
  • ASIN: B077WZQ34S
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HINDSIGHT: Above and Beyond #4
Hindsight – Jody Klaire
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UNTRAINED EYE: Above and Beyond #3
Untrained Eye - Jody Klaire
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BLIND TRUST: Above and Beyond #2
Blind Trust
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THE EMPATH: Above and Beyond #1
Empath
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The End – Cheyne Curry & Roselle Graskey

The End: Sanctuary Series Book 1 - Cheyne Curry, Roselle GraskeyThe End (Book One of the Sanctuary Series) by Cheyne Curry and Roselle Graskey is one of the best dystopian novels I’ve read since Roth’s Divergent and Collins’ The Hunger Games. It has the tight action with high emotional impact that I associate with those other stories. It is well written and researched, from Native American and Irish customs and traditions to technical military detail.

The End, oddly enough, is the first book in a multi-book series called The Sanctuary Series. After a catastrophic event kills most of the surface population of the world, at least that they can see and contact, Lieutenant Jessica Baumer and Staff Sargeant Branna Maguire start a journey to sanctuary in the Northwest United States, they were both underground in an isolation experiment when the “event” occurred As their safe haven loses power, they make plans to set off to an area rumored to be not as hard-hit by whatever happened. They pick up other soldiers and some stragglers along the way.

The End is primarily the story of the harrowing and dangerous journey to safety at a compound run by a woman who has been prepping for just such a catastrophic event several states away and then what they find when they get there. The characters are well developed. The reader is fully invested in their survival and safe arrival at Rachel Noble’s compound.

The book had me alternately laughing out loud and wiping away tears as I read. I tore through the story and was brought up short at the cliffhanger at the end. I’m on pins and needles awaiting the next book in the series, The Resistance. If you enjoy realistic military near-future dystopian speculative fiction, give The End a try. I guarantee you’ll love it or hate it. There won’t be any middle ground.



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  • Paperback: 264 pages
  • First published 2017
  • Publisher: Bossy Pants Books (February 8, 2017)
  • ASIN: B06WLGFND9
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The Last First Time – Andrea Bramhall

The Last First Time – Andrea BramhallBook three in the Norfolk Coast series and this is a cracker, if you haven’t read the first two, this will stand alone but is much better with the back story.

Gina goes Christmas shopping for Kate, in Ann Summers of all places, hoping to move their slow burn romance to a new level with some sexy underwear. But everything changes in an instant with an act of senseless violence, and so begins a series of events that will shatter the peaceful world of King’s Lynn and the normal routine for Detective Sergeant Kate Brannon and her colleagues.

This is an excellent crime-thriller-romance.. and Bramhall balances all three really cleverly. The characters are already well developed but continue to deepen and we meet new ones in each book as well as watching the existing relationships grow and change. This time Kate’s partner Stella takes a strong role, and Gina’s mother returns to stir the pot.

The crime/thriller is slightly different form the norm, very much in the present, and feeds on that tickle in all our minds about our safety in the current climate. At the same time the author doesn’t ignore the previous situations our heroines have survived and the ripples continue to expand throughout. Carefully handled and, in my judgement, well researched and thought through, this author never shys away from difficult or sensitive issues.

I am loving the series, can’t wait for the next.. this ends with a cliff hanger and several threads hanging loose so there must be at least one more. Excellent reading in front of the fire on a cold winters night.



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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • First published 2017
  • Publisher: Ylva (December 20, 2017)
  • ASIN: B077Y43GP3
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Right Here, Right Now – Georgia Beers

Right Here, Right Now – Georgia BeersLacey Chamberlain has never felt good enough, she’s taken over her fathers’ accountancy and works her fingers to the bone trying to prove she can cope, especially during filing season. She has a well ordered and controlled life, and seriously doesn’t appreciate the marketing firm who move in next door to her quiet office.

The gorgeous and outgoing Alicia Wight leads a creative team who want to play kickball in the hall, listen to loud music, eat pizza – and who never return the bathroom key. She couldn’t be more different than the buttoned-up Lacey, but seems determined to bring her round and drag her out of her shell.

This is a classic ‘opposites attract” romance done by one of the best in the business. The characters are well developed, there’s a decent sized cast with clear and detailed personalities. There’s a romantic sub plot, enough angst to make it work but not so much it drags with the ‘will she wont she roundabout’, a few unexpected twists and a dog who almost steals the show.

Georgia Beers BioGeorgia Beers is one of the best in the business and this is her at her best. A five star traditional romance, well written, great story arc and likeable characters. It transports you into another world, makes you care about the people who come feel like friends, and gives off that warm fuzzy feeling of an exceedingly good book.



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  • Paperback: 241 pages
  • First published 2017
  • Publisher: Bold Strokes (December 12, 2017)
  • ASIN: B077MCTG2R
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