THE LAST GOODBYE by ABBY McCARTHY

‘I was stuck between loving him and letting him go, and I wasn’t sure how fair that was to either of us.’

First off, the cover of this book drew us in immediately! It called to us with a promise of passion, angst and emotion, and The Last Goodbye certainly delivered on those fronts.

This is an emotionally charged second chance love story that spans from teenage years to the heartbreak and challenges of adulthood. This is a story that deals with many ups and downs and delves into the loyalty of a man would lose so much to protect the ones he loves.

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THE LAST GOODBYE by ABBY McCARTHY

QUARTER MILES (Runaway #3) by DEVNEY PERRY

‘Why was letting him go so hard? Why couldn’t he love me back?’

Quarter Miles is the third book in the Runaway Series by Devney Perry and whilst you could read them as standalones, your experience of each main character’s story is better enjoyed by reading them in order. In each book you garner a little insight into the lives and hardships each of these women have gone through and how spectacularly they turned their lives around and how they eventually discover themselves, and in the process, love.

Quarter Miles was a nice easy friends to lovers, unrequited love romance with moments of angst, drama, sweetness and passion and when we say easy, that’s no disrespect to the author as it takes a lot of creative spark to make something appear so effortless. The aspect of each main character throughout the series being responsible for heading off on a road trip to return the prized Cadillac to its rightful owner is a beautiful metaphor for the stories.

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QUARTER MILES (Runaway #3) by DEVNEY PERRY

THE REVENGE PACT (Kings of Football #1) by ILSA MADDEN-MILLS

“Life doesn’t give out a lot of moments like this. Just kiss me. Just kiss me or walk away.”

We will follow the gorgeous River Tate’s lead and tell you three things about this book. 1) It’s a beautiful slow burn antagonist to friends to lovers’ romance. 2) You’ll fall head over heels for the insanely wonderful, River Tate, and 3) You’ll love unravelling the reasons behind the abysmal season of the Braxton College Football team whilst becoming swept up in the sweetness, chemistry and emotion of The Revenge Pact.

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THE REVENGE PACT (Kings of Football #1) by ILSA MADDEN-MILLS

JUST SHELBY by BROOKLYN JAMES

“Connected to each other, you breathed and Shelby’s heart beat…”

Just Shelby is a complex friends to lover’s small-town romance which has a sense of deep-rooted foreboding and heartbreak. It immediately gripped us and we felt for the characters who are struggling with family rifts, poverty, buried secrets and small-town menacing gossip. Ace and Shelby stole our hearts early on in this YA romance.

The story of Ace and Shelby was so deeply fleshed out, as were they as characters, that despite it starting as a steady beat, the middle of the book slowed considerably losing its momentum, before hitting a fast-paced crescendo of dramatic revelations and heart-breaking twists. 

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JUST SHELBY by BROOKLYN JAMES

RUTHLESS: BLACK MOUNTAIN ACADEMY by ARIA COLE & MILA CRAWFORD

“Whatever happens. You. And. Me.”

Bully romances intrigue us, it’s one of those times where fiction should remain fiction as it would be too heart-breaking for the real world. Mila Crawford and Aria Cole’s writing is seamless, and we really enjoyed Ruthless and the dark and angsty romance between a battling Kyler and Madison.

This is your typical bully romance, Kyler is an utter arse, hiding his broken heart behind a tattooed and pierced veneer. Whilst Madison is a sweet naïve girl, she has an inner strength she thoroughly needs to draw on when she meets the anti-hero, she reads about in her books. Their journey is incredibly intense and angst-filled and Kyler’s demons from his past are utterly heart-breaking.

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RUTHLESS: BLACK MOUNTAIN ACADEMY by ARIA COLE & MILA CRAWFORD

ROCK BOTTOM GIRL by LUCY SCORE

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‘We’d started under the shadows under the bleachers. And here we were, twenty years later standing in the sun.’

If you love slow burn, swoon, heat, heart, hilarious banter and you’re in the mood to have a lot of fun, you then get your mitts on this book. With all the doom in the world at the moment, we wanted a happy escape and we hoped Lucy Score would bring a smile to our faces, and she certainly achieved that! We fell in love with Jake, Marley, their friends and their families all with THE BIGGEST smiles and lots of giggles. 

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ROCK BOTTOM GIRL by LUCY SCORE

THE MAKING OF JONTY BLOOM (Unfinished Business #1) by BARBARA ELSBORG

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“Don’t leave me,” Devan whispered. “Not ever.”
“I won’t. I want this so much.”

Quirky, deeply emotional and immense character depth, she captures human idiosyncrasies perfectly and her own brand of quick-witted humour is always evident. The Making of Jonty Bloom is a passionate, witty, suspenseful and beautiful M/M story which showcases a multitude of human tragedies and struggles, whilst highlighting the strength of character, compassion, love and acceptance.

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THE MAKING OF JONTY BLOOM (Unfinished Business #1) by BARBARA ELSBORG

BREAKING SOUTH: A Turners Artists Rocker Novel (The Turner Artists Rocker Series #3) by Alyson Santso

“I’ll stay and fight forever, the entire damn world, if she wants me to.”

Breaking South is the third book in The Turner Artists Rocker Series by Alyson Santos and all the books can be read as standalone’s. We’ve loved every single book in this series and this latest instalment won our hearts over with its melancholy and sombre undertones. The beauty of the prose, the vivid emotional heartbreak and the inner struggle to find a true self, locked down behind a façade. It felt bleak and dark with sporadic rays of hopeful light-gathering impetus to breakthrough. Oh, how we willed the light of hope to breakthrough. For the storm to be calmed and peace to find its place.

We went through the spectrum of emotions reading Breaking South, from morose, to despondent to hopeful and joyous. Another great story from Alyson Santos!

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BREAKING SOUTH: A Turners Artists Rocker Novel (The Turner Artists Rocker Series #3) by Alyson Santso

LIES & LULLABIES (Hush Note #1) by SARINA BOWEN

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‘Real love wasn’t set to a four-four drum beat in a recording studio. Real love was accomplished this way – by caring for the people who needed you. I would try not to forget that.’

Lies and Lullabies by Sarina Bowen is the first instalment in the Hush Notes series which is a rock star romance, each written by a different Author, about a different band member of -you guessed it- the über popular band, Hush Notes.  Lies and Lullabies is Jonas’ story, the lead singer.

We really enjoyed Lies and Lullabies and read it in one sitting. Small town meets rock star romance, it’s like catnip for us! We fell in love with Jonas and Kira from the get go as well as Kira’s brother, Adam, who’s story we are begging Sarina Bowen to write! The relationship between Kira and Adam was just beautiful and pulled at our heartstrings. Rifts and Refrains, which is book two and Quinn’s story is next and is written by Devney Perry, we can’t wait because she’ll be a hard nut to crack!

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LIES & LULLABIES (Hush Note #1) by SARINA BOWEN

THE BLOOD KING (Inferno Rising #2) by ABIGAIL OWEN

‘With Ladon was where she was supposed to be, where she was her strongest, her most powerful, even though it also put her at her most vulnerable.’

The Blood King by Abigail Owen is the second book in the dragon shifter romance series, Inferno Rising. Whilst this series can be read as standalone's we urge you to read this series in order as whilst each book is about a different couple, the crux of the storyline is one that continues. We love a good shifter romance and this series is why. Fabulously written with action, drama, mystery and heat, it feels like pure fantasy indulgence. The world-building throughout the books has been brilliant!

Just what is it about these shifter romances that have our hearts beating out of our chests? We bloody love them!

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THE BLOOD KING (Inferno Rising #2) by ABIGAIL OWEN