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

PERFECT WRECKAGES (Wrecked #2) by CATHERINE COWLES

'I'd been left in wreckage, broken pieces that would never fit together perfectly again.'

Perfect Wreckage is the second standalone in the Wrecked Series by Catherine Cowles. We're loving our journey through the series, getting to know the characters through each book, and you can bet we'll be here for the whole series! A small town emotional romance that encapsulates friendship, love with a powerful message about not letting your past define you. Not to mention the wonderful writing!

Anyone who loves stories with a breathtaking setting, wonderfully relatable characters are written with heartfelt emotion, wit and endearing prose then you need to add this series to your TBR's! As the walls crumbled, so did our hearts. What a fabulous series! We're officially hooked!

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PERFECT WRECKAGES (Wrecked #2) by CATHERINE COWLES

THE ROOMMATE by ROSIE DANAN

‘He’d give Clara everything he had, even if it killed him.’

As far as debut novels go, Rosie Danan's, The Roommate delivered with some flirty, sweet, sexy and fun banter in a story about how opposites attract. Plus, there's some swoony moments and a bit of unrequited love thrown into the mix! Not to mention the gorgeous witty Josh.

You couldn't get more opposite than the pearl-clutching somewhat naïve Clara Wheaton and the uninhibited and outgoing Joshua Conners, and yet, somehow, they worked! We loved the banter and revelled in seeing Clara, who had no life experience outside of her academia world, flounder and flourish in her new surroundings. 

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THE ROOMMATE by ROSIE DANAN

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

LOVE HER MADLY (Sex. Rock. Mafia #2) by JESSICA RUBEN

‘When I arrived, I was terrified of Darius. He had taken me from my home and forced me into this life. I know that it’s his fault I’m here.’

We all know that woman are not equal to men in one way or another in most societies, however in Love Her Madly it is quite disturbing how little a woman’s life is valued except for what can be gained from her. Sex trafficking is quite the ‘hot potato’ right now and needs complete transparency so that it can be pushed to the top of every nation's agenda.

The way in which Jessica Ruben wrote this novel enabled us to feel fully immersed in the culture, the sights, the smells and sounds. The imagery was vividly potent. Kids snatched of the poverty-stricken streets, stolen from their lowly homes under false pretences; brought up to please and follow strict draconian rules, be it under duress, violence or even the finality of death. It breaks our hearts to know that for millions of children this is an actuality not just a work of fiction. It is clear that Jessica Reuben has done tremendous research into a very difficult and horrific aspect of human life and with it she shines a naked light on traditions, religion and the culture within which they are set.

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LOVE HER MADLY (Sex. Rock. Mafia #2) by JESSICA RUBEN

LIGHT MY FIRE (Sex. Rock. Mafia #1) by JESSICA RUBEN

‘He isn’t beautiful or handsome. Nico is too rugged to be described with those words. He’s dangerous, chiselled and raw. He is physically everything a man should be. Tall, broad, and lethal.’

Light My Fire by Jessica Ruben had everything we love in a mafia romance. It was gritty, dark and bold. It was passionate and enticing. It also highlighted the realities of war and oppression, family, love and loyalty. It highlighted the work of freedom fighters.  It was brilliantly written and had that ultimate suave bad arse mafia boss we love so much, as well as a sweet but feisty heroine! The way in which this slow burn romance was written was on point. Especially to be able to build the foundation of love in childhood, which can so easily go wrong. Jessica Ruben managed to build a connection so early on which grows and matures naturally. We fell in love with falling in love.

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LIGHT MY FIRE (Sex. Rock. Mafia #1) by JESSICA RUBEN

THE REALITY OF EVERYTHING (Flight & Glory Book 5) by REBECCA YARROS

‘She had a broken heart, and I had a kid whose heart I couldn’t risk.’

Wow! What a fabulous read! We loved this story of second chances with one of the most gorgeous book boyfriends you could meet! Single dad Jackson Montgomery swept us off our feet, with his patience, strength and understanding wooing us completely!

The Reality of Everything by Rebecca Yarros was…well…everything! We fell in love with Jackson (how could we not) our hearts ached for Morgan and we were regaled with the antics of gorgeous five-year-old Finley Montgomery. We love books with children but have found some to be unbelievable with the child coming across anything but childlike. Not so with Finley, Rebecca Yarros wrote this little lady to perfection, and the love between Finley and her Coast Guard pilot Dad was beautiful, sweet and funny. As we said, perfection, and now we want to read all of this standalone series!

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THE REALITY OF EVERYTHING (Flight & Glory Book 5) by REBECCA YARROS

HEART BONES by COLLEEN HOOVER

“You can fill your life with nice things, but nice things don’t fill the holes in your soul.”
“What fills the holes in a soul?”
Samson’s eyes scroll over my face for a few seconds. “Pieces of someone else’s soul.”

We can’t envisage a time when we’re not overcome with excited anticipation at the release of a Colleen Hoover book. We’ve been overwhelmed with emotion so many times by her phenomenal writing, been enveloped in love with her beautiful characters, had our hearts soaring and crushed by her stories, oh and yes, we’ve even shocked to the core by her suspenseful thrillers! What an incredibly gifted storyteller this lady is.

Colleen has a way of delving into real emotions. You become so acquainted with her characters, their pain becomes your pain. And in Heart Bones, she has once again wormed her way into our…well… our heart bones, brilliantly manipulating our emotions, and we love it!

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HEART BONES by COLLEEN HOOVER

THE DUTY BOUND DUET by SYDNEY JAMESSON

5 heartstopping stars!

‘The man across the hall had become my confidante and my saviour; he had given me the strength to overserve the darkest aspects of human nature, to come face to face with evil.’

If you love a dark and twisty read….GRAB THIS DUET! Thought-provoking and brilliant! 5 heart-pounding stars! Sydney Jamesson started her Duty Bound Duet with a bang and never let up – not from the first page of Duty of Care Book #1 to the very last page of The Caretakers Book #2. From start to finish this was an at times difficult, dark, twisty, utterly gripping and rewarding read. The writing was exquisite, no other word for it. We ate up everything about this duet. It was heartbreaking and at times horrific, but it was also a story about the triumph of love and unbreakable bonds. A story of good vs evil and so much more!

The Duty Bound Duet was an intense read we couldn’t put down! From the gobsmacking end of the first book to the seamless way Sydney Jamesson took us deeper into an ugly world where human life is regarded as a commodity and where evil lurks in the second book – we couldn’t look away. This is a duet we’ll be thinking about and discussing for a long time to come.

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THE DUTY BOUND DUET by SYDNEY JAMESSON