THE GOLDEN HOUR by L.M. HALLORAN

'Holding her is my reward….'

A cat and mouse game of sinister turns, suspenseful moments and passionate love.

L.M. Halloran is an automatic 1click author for us, and she's an author who knows how to deliver a dark romantic suspense, ensuring we're spellbound with every twisty turn. The way she threads her characters through various stories, makes us desperate to become more acquainted with each one we meet, which was the case with Finn McCowen, a character we met briefly in the fabulous Illusions Duet.

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THE GOLDEN HOUR by L.M. HALLORAN

MISADVENTURES AT CITY HALL by VICTORIA BLUE

‘This man would always be my steady wall of safety. He would be the calm in my storm.’

We do love the Misadventure series; it guarantees hot and steamy passion as well as an easy to read storyline. Victoria Blue writes an enticing story in Misadventures at City Hall which sees, Kyle Armstrong relentlessly pursue career-driven, Skye Delaney. Their relationship was nothing but intense from the get-go and we enjoyed every minute!

Love has a funny way of turning up to bat when you least expect it though, which means hard decisions have to be made by Skye. As always though, love has a habit of conquering all obstacles in the end. Whilst this book can absolutely be read as standalone, we do wish we’d read Misadventures with a Book Boyfriend first, where the characters in this story were first introduced.

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MISADVENTURES AT CITY HALL by VICTORIA BLUE

THE PLAY (Briar U #3) by ELLE KENNEDY

‘I love this sport. I love the ice, the speed, the aggression. I love the physicality of it, the way every bone in my body jars and my teeth rattle when I’m slammed into the boards. Those are messed up things to love, but that’s hockey.’

There’s no doubt about it, Elle Kennedy can write one hell of a witty and sexy sports romance and we’ve been there for them all! We’re always excited another book is on the horizon, always eager to spend more time with her characters, and as The Play was Hunter Davenports story…he of the chaos from last season’s hockey loss, well, excited doesn’t cover it! We loved Hunter Davenport who was a bit of a mystery in previous books, but in The Play, he was a revelation.

Kennedy always manages to get the sports element of her stories spot on and we found ourselves awkwardly laughing at Demi’s fixation with real crime…something we both love too! Catching up with some favourite characters from past books was a lot of fun – it’s always good to see how these guys are faring, and we’re hoping Connor gets his book!

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THE PLAY (Briar U #3) by ELLE KENNEDY

WAR OF HEARTS – A True Immortality Novel by S. YOUNG (SAMANTHA YOUNG)

‘She wanted to be touched, to be loved, and to touch and love in return…’

War of Hearts by Samantha Young felt like the kind of old school paranormal which we love so much, the kind that feels like pure adrenaline-inducing indulgence. Otherworldly beings, mythical creatures, drama and thrills, heat and passion. Paranormal romance is one of our favourites and this story absolutely confirmed why. Samantha Young writing as S Young nailed her first paranormal romance and we cannot wait for more from her. It had everything we loved and in many ways, it reminded us of why we fell in love with Samantha Young’s words, to begin with, back in 2012. This is one of her best books in our opinion.

Slow burn romances, when done well, are so incredibly enticing and thrilling and War of Hearts had a perfect pace. Conall and Thea start out as hunter and prey but end up as so much more. It was compelling reading as we travelled across Europe, visiting familiar sights as well as sights added to our bucket lists.

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WAR OF HEARTS – A True Immortality Novel by S. YOUNG (SAMANTHA YOUNG)

GETTING PLAYED (Getting Some #2) by EMMA CHASE

5 'we fell completely in love' stars!

‘I want to be her everything. Because somewhere along the line, that’s what Lainey’s become to me. Everything.’

We’ve been chomping at the bit for this book, desperately looking forward to returning to Lakeside, New Jersey to meet the girl who puts Garrett’s (from Getting Schooled Book #1) best mate, the drum playing, nerdy hot teacher, Dean Walker on his arse! Well, what a hit! We fell in love with everything about this story! The sexiness, the banter, the swoon, the characters and of course, Dean, as brought to life by the undisputed Queen of the male POV, in her own inimitable style!

We absolutely loved this story! Lainey was a fiercely protective Mum who had the most amazing relationship with her son. We loved how Dean not only taught these super-intelligent young minds educationally but also, about life. To enjoy it, and to just 'be kids'. Great message! The sweet and tender intimacy between Lainey and Dean complimented the sizzling and lusty chemistry perfectly.

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GETTING PLAYED (Getting Some #2) by EMMA CHASE

THE GAME YOU PLAY (Rixon Raiders #2) by L.A. COTTON

'He refused to give me the one thing that I really wanted. His heart.’

This Author writes the ultimate angst and enemies to lover’s romance. Readers who love high school bully romance and YA/NA sports romance will LOVE this series. It certainly invoked a lot of emotions in us and we were in a love-hate relationship with a lot of the characters along the way. We now cannot wait for the third book in this series. 

We really enjoyed the high school dramatics, the soul searching and the sentiments, but we have to say we thrived on the intense angst that was so well written in this story. L.A. Cotton did a brilliant job with redemption and showing that what made the characters act in certain ways did not ultimately define them nor determine who they’d eventually become. Everyone deserves love and happiness because underneath a hard front, a human soft centre resides. ‘

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THE GAME YOU PLAY (Rixon Raiders #2) by L.A. COTTON

MISADVENTURES IN BLUE by SIERRA SIMONE

 “I look at you and I think you might be capable of breaking my heart.”

We think we need a cigarette after reading this book! WOW! Talk about HOT! Misadventures in Blue scratched an itch for us and then some! Hot on the heels of heavily emotional read, we wanted something hot and entertaining, and wow! Sierra Simone certainly answered the call. The heat, the chemistry, the age gap, together with the cop romance theme all worked perfectly!

Jace and Cat’s story delivered everything we could have asked for in a spicy romance. Cat, the intelligent, cool, elegant woman, and Jace, the sexy, commanding and oh so manly ‘young man’ who would bring Cat to her knees, nearly brought us to ours! If you’re after a wickedly hot story with a heart-warming emotional romance, grab this book!

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MISADVENTURES IN BLUE by SIERRA SIMONE

BEARD WITH ME (Winston Brothers #5.5) by PENNY REID

5 emotional and heartbreaking stars!

‘It felt so good. It felt more than good. It felt like the beginning of something terrible and beautiful and dangerous and wonderful.’

This was the story we always wanted but were in no way prepared for. We were rendered speechless breathed in with every word. Although acutely painful, it still maintained the warmth and wit synonymous with Penny Reid’s stories. The Winston’s with their quirks and quick tempers exude the family loyalty and love that continually steals a little more of our hearts with each book.  

This agonisingly heartbreaking story harboured a pain that spanned nearly twenty years and was a difficult story to read. We can only surmise the pain the author went through bringing this story to life, and we applaud her for telling it in all its raw, gritty, ugly and beautiful glory. Billy Winston – this boy – he made us believe that not all hero’s wear capes. He was written to perfection.

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BEARD WITH ME (Winston Brothers #5.5) by PENNY REID

THE CANDLE PALACE (Jamison Valley #6) by DEVNEY PERRY

‘Maybe his feelings for me weren’t as strong as mine were for him, but he wanted me to stay. That was something. That was everything.’

The Candle Palace by Devney Perry was incredibly sweet, romantic and encompassed the purity of humanity as well as its counterpart, compassion and ultimately love. We really enjoyed the love story of Sara and Milo, who we know from previous books in this wonderful series. There’s no question that Devney Perry writes the most heart-warming romance that’s both classy and subtle in its seduction.

The Candle Palace was a slow build romance in some respects, yet it also had an intense and immediate attraction. A somewhat forbidden romance, under difficult circumstances, which builds on an initial act of empathy and understanding. It was swoon-worthy, low on angst with emotional moments of heartbreak and pain.

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THE CANDLE PALACE (Jamison Valley #6) by DEVNEY PERRY

CHERRY BEATS by VICKI JAMES

5 Stars! You HAVE to read this book! A 2019 favourite, and up there as of our favourite Rockstar Reads of all time!

“Nothing tells you what a girl really wants to say like the song she’s begging you to listen to.”
“Don’t forget what this journey is about: the music, Presley. Always the music.”

Cherry Beats is THE rock star romance we have been searching for to satisfy our need for the real world of rock music, the raw emotions, the feeling of being in a packed stadium audience reverently banging our heads and belting out much-loved rock songs…out of tune of course. Cherry Beats is everything and Vicki James nailed it. The rock scene isn’t pretty, it isn’t all fun and fluff. Its highs can be equally matched with its low’s. It can be as dark as it can be bathed in a spotlight of adoration. It’s as filled with as much angst and self-doubt as it is filled with overwhelming joy and self-satisfaction.

In our opinion, the balance to get a rock star romance spot on is like walking a tightrope, this Author danced all over that tightrope and made it her bitch. She gave us everything and more. In Cherry Beats, Vicki James wrote one of our favourite rock star romances, one which will go on the list of never forget. The writing was outstanding and we must have highlighted half the book, as our hearts were pulled back and forth by truths, analogies, heartbreak, love, self-searching and the utter despair and exhilaration of achieving childhood dreams. And of course -the music- always the music.

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CHERRY BEATS by VICKI JAMES