RIFTS & REFRAINS (Hush Note #2) by DEVNEY PERRY

'You were supposed to let go when your first love ended. You were supposed to look at the past and smile at the memory.
You weren't supposed to hold it so close that it wound into your very existence, making every moment impossible to forget.'

You know what? Rifts & Refrains might just be one of our favourite books by this author to date. Devney Perry takes the small town second chance romance theme she does so perfectly and infuses it beautifully with the single Dad and rock star trope, bringing the warmth and love we yearn for in her stories. We absolutely loved it, and we’re loving this series as a whole.

If you love small town second chance, if you love rock stars and if love single Dad stories, this book will have you squealing with delight! Devney Perry delivers all the warmth, wit and familiarity we love about her stories. We felt as though we were a part of Quinn and Graham’s families, and once again, we revelled in taking in the exquisite Montana landscape Devney Perry so famously and vividly feeds into our imaginations.

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RIFTS & REFRAINS (Hush Note #2) by DEVNEY PERRY

OUT OF LOVE by JEWEL E ANN

5 - 'One of our FAVOURITE READS THIS YEAR' - Stars!! How do we move on from this book? Be sure to 1Click this one! What a read!

“Feel it?”
“What, Liv?”
“Wanting something so much it hurts.”

Jewel E. Ann wrote one of our favourite series in Jack and Jill, so we cannot tell you how excited we were to read this standalone spin-off, which features Jackson’s daughter, Livy.  This Author is a magnificent writer and this series is perfect proof of that. Jewel E. Ann manages to thread angst, heat, love and suspense into one hell of a fantastic story that has that underlying fierceness and sarcasm we love so much. Jack and Jill was an epic love story with Out of Love being the icing on top of an extremely emotionally layered cake of outstanding tastiness. We were gripped completely and emotionally invested from the first page 'till the last. Shedding so many tears, needing copious freezer time, and laughing out loud.

We wanted -no needed- this story to never end. Never. We finished Out of Love and wanted to start from the beginning again. We fell in love, deep deep love with Livy and with Wylder. Their story is compelling, dark, funny, sweet, hot! and so addictive. We felt like we were coming home amongst friends with Jackson and Jessica, needing more, wanting to catch up and spend time with them. We could never be done with this series. We love when our emotions are pulled through the wringer, we love when we have no idea where a story is going, we love uncovering a character; layer by layer. And we love when we laugh out loud and cry big fat ugly tears in the same breath.

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OUT OF LOVE by JEWEL E ANN

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

MIDNIGHT SUN (The Twilight Saga #5) by STEPHENIE MEYER

5 'it was worth EVERY cent' stars

“Do you swear you won’t leave me?” she whispered.
I took her face in my hands again, let the consuming love I felt for her fill my eyes, and lied with all the experience of a hundred years of daily deception
“I swear.”

Like everyone else, we have been waiting and hoping that Midnight Sun would one day land in our eager hands after all the debacle. It’s only been like FOREVER and we worried the day would never get here. And then it did, and FOREVER was worth it. Oh was it worth it! Midnight Sun was everything we could have wished for and more, it was beyond what we could’ve dreamed of or even expected. 

Edward, our first vampire love, brought all the feelings back that we experienced the first time around, but it was like falling in love all over again, falling in love with someone new. Do not go into Midnight Sun thinking it will be akin to a re-read, it is not a copy-paste or just a story rewritten. Yes, it is fundamentally Twilight, but moreover, it’s Edward’s story and the story of the Cullen’s; Carlisle, Esme, Alice, Jasper, Rosalie and Emmet.

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MIDNIGHT SUN (The Twilight Saga #5) by STEPHENIE MEYER

VIOLENCE (Antihero Inferno #3) by LILY WHITE

5 intense and fantastic stars!

'I guess that's what happens when you hold a person so deep in our heart. You consume them and make them part of you. You share their pain. You experience their trauma. You choke on their truth because it's impossible to swallow.'

Lily White is a master manipulator, a temptress and creative storyteller. Each book consistently sends us in a tailspin of emotions time and again with her little morsels of information, uncovering just enough secrets in an appetizing yet torturous fashion. Oh, we do love it as we're torn between rushing to the end and savouring every wonderfully seductively mouth-watering word. Her visual prose had our imaginations going into overdrive - there were times we could visualise these men standing as a force - we felt them, all around us. Their strength, their power and their potency. We could see them, standing there looking gorgeous and menacing, all thanks to Lily White's words.

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VIOLENCE (Antihero Inferno #3) by LILY WHITE

BOYFRIEND MATERIAL by ALEXIS HALL

5 FABULOUS FEELGOOD STARS!!
“Are we really bad at this? I asked. “We’ve been fake dating for three days and we’ve already fake broken up once.”
“Yes, but we fake resolved our difficulties and fake got back together, and I’m hoping is made us fake stronger.”

“Are we really bad at this? I asked. “We’ve been fake dating for three days and we’ve already fake broken up once.”
“Yes, but we fake resolved our difficulties and fake got back together, and I’m hoping is made us fake stronger.”

We loved this book!! Our hearts were positively bursting! We laughed, we swooned, and we fell in love with two vastly different guys, Luc, and Oliver!

A fake relationship, two beautiful men, a sort of enemies to lovers thrown into the mix, and the writing! OMG! We relished Alexis Hall’s writing style. The flair, the wit, the warmth, passion and romance….ohhh, it was all exactly what the book doctor ordered! What a fabulous feelgood story! These two guys completely stole our hearts!

We relished experiencing the emotions between Luc and Oliver will fill your heart, the banter between Luc, Oliver and their eccentric friends is a laugh out loud delight! The puns between Luc and his workmates Rhys and Alex will have you in stitches! The relationship between Luc and Mum is hilariously warm and yet, amongst an amusing, sweet and entertaining story, Alexis Hall manages to wonderfully explore the complexities of family relationships.

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BOYFRIEND MATERIAL by ALEXIS HALL

THOROUGHLY WHIPPED by TILLIE COLE

5 - Feelgood laugh out loud - Stars!!!!!

“Harry, since we met, we have been meteorites crashing together, knocking each other off course. I can’t imagine two more unlikely people trying to strike up a friendship. “

What can we say about this book? Hmmm…we know! We bloody LOVED it! If you want to escape, swoon and laugh your tits off, then READ this BOOK! It’s that simple. Escape into a rom-com that’s hilariously funny and every bit the 5 star read! What a fantastic read!

In these trying time, we really do need some light relief, something to make us forget everything around us, and Thoroughly Whipped gave us all that! A sizzling sexy, seductively steamy, wickedly funny and swoony heartfelt romance with an enemies to lovers and opposite attracts themes that spoke to every single part of us! Oh gosh, we ate up every morsel of this story!

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THOROUGHLY WHIPPED by TILLIE COLE

YOU DESERVE EACH OTHER by SARAH HOGLE

We LOVED this one!

“Relearning you has been the best thing that's ever happened to me.”

 What a fantastic read with an interesting twist on the enemies to lovers’ trope! With Naomi and Nicholas hellbent on antagonising one another at every opportunity, it’s more a lovers to enemies to lovers’ theme and we lapped up all the funny, crazy, heartbreaking and beautifully emotional moments!

A little reminiscent War of the Roses/Mr and Mrs Smith (though without the violence!), we were completely dazzled by, and invested in the characters, the romance and the eventual outcome of Naomi and Nicholas’s story. Not to mention swooning crazily over Nicholas. This guy… we loved him! If you love the enemies to lover’s trope, you need to grab this book!

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YOU DESERVE EACH OTHER by SARAH HOGLE

DIRTY ROCK: A ROCK STAR ROMANCE by VICKI JAMES

5 fantastic stars!

‘She had the ability to be the best decision I’d ever made or my greatest heartache.’

If you’re wanting to escape into the rock scene with a bad boy frontman with a huge heart, spend time with a woman whose tenacity will have you cheering, experience a true rock star, ‘in your gut feeling’ story where the buzz, excitement and music stimulates the senses from an author who allows your imagination to run rampant in a story of rock, passion, friendship and love.. then grab a copy of Dirty Rock now! You’re going to love this one! We hope this series just goes on and one!!

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DIRTY ROCK: A ROCK STAR ROMANCE by VICKI JAMES

THE INFINITE ONION by ALICE ARCHER

‘He smiles that smile and kisses me for the first time, as if his smile was always supposed to be a kiss.’

The Infinite Onion by Alice Archer came as such a wonderful, passionately written surprise. As the title suggests this book was indeed a story built on layers of human emotions, human struggles, human behaviour as well as consequences. This is the first book we’ve read by this Author and we were in awe of the depth of story and character development. Right from the beginning, a steady drum of momentum built -ever so slowly- yet intricately written with an emphasis on the characters. We were intrigued and compelled by Grant and Oliver, as individuals as well as the importance of their mutually healing relationship. Their story of what shaped their ‘now’. Where one showed an apparent strength the other was at a place in life where everything seemed overwhelmingly insurmountable. However, the face we show others may not always be the face of our truth.

We truly loved this epic journey of a story which was purely character driven.  The infinite Onion was a powerful and relevant story which touched our hearts immensely.

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THE INFINITE ONION by ALICE ARCHER