THE DARE (Briar U #4) by ELLE KENNEDY

“I only see you.” He takes my hand, rubbing his thumb over the inside of my wrist. “Just as you are.”

Picking up a new book in this series (and the ones before them) is like catching up with old friends. We’ve felt so connected to all the characters we’ve met and fallen in love with throughout the Briar U journey, and now we can add Conor and Taylor to that our friendship list.

The banter, the passion, the emotion and relationship struggles all part and parcel of finding yourself and growing up were once again apparent in this latest instalment, together with some topical subjects.

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THE DARE (Briar U #4) by ELLE KENNEDY

THE FIRST SCORE by AMIE KNIGHT

We loved this one! Check out our Review & Exclusive Excerpt

‘I hated how much he made me feel. And I loved it. I loved it more than anything.’

The First Score by Amie Knight was such an emotional and angsty read, we literally could not put it down. A unique take on a soulmate love story spanning years. Talk about slow-burn romance, this right here is the definition of it and it was deliciously agonising and left us emotionally frustrated, but in a really good way. Beautiful, heartbreaking, funny and just so agonisingly good! The First Score covers a multitude of serious issues as well as a delectable friends to lovers’ romance.

Oh, be still our beating hearts, because Oliver may be one of our favourite male characters we’ve encountered in a while. He was just everything.

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THE FIRST SCORE by AMIE KNIGHT

BEACH READ by EMILY HENRY

5 incredible stars! Without question, one of our most FAVOURITE read this year!!

‘She was in pain. I knew that. But I was in pain too, so much of it that for once I couldn’t laugh or dance any measure of it away. I couldn’t even write myself a happy ending.’

Beach Read by Emily Henry without question one of our favourite books of 2020. The storyline is so much more than what the cover and synopsis implies. So much more. We’ll come back to the cover later. Beach Read had us sobbing, it had us questioning human relations. It had us compelled! The writing was outstanding. This is so much more than a romance. It is a plethora of stories entwined perfectly crafted and shaped into an all-encompassing story of life. Beach Read is also a truly wonderful love story which slowly builds across the chapters.

We literally couldn’t have loved this book any more than what we did. We loved the humorous banter, the romantic and sexual tension, the personal discoveries, the tragic heartbreak, the second chances at life and love, and the underlying message that if you find yourself stuck in life, look for an outside perspective. Whilst we only hear January’s POV, the superb way in which Beach Read was written ensured that we fully connected with Gus. We felt his pain, we cringed at his awkwardness and we felt his passion.

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BEACH READ by EMILY HENRY

DIRTY CHARMER by EMMA CHASE

“I’m leaving.”
“Funny. Typically the girls I kiss like to tell me when they’re coming.”

Dirty Charmer by Emma Chase landed on our kindles so we just had to get stuck in straight away as we couldn’t wait for Tommy Sullivan’s story. This bodyguard (check out the Royally Series) is a powerhouse with a dry and cheeky sense of humour -completely dead pan- which has had us in stitches. What we love about Tommy is that he takes one day at a time, enjoying his life, job, family and friends with an almost child-like approach, but at no time were we fooled into believing he is not ALL MAN where and when it counts! Tommy is so confident in who he is that it’s impossible to not fall in love with this cocky and endearing protector! We’re glad his mum didn’t drown him at birth as the medium advised hahaha!!!! When Tommy is hired to guard the quiet and aspiring heart surgeon who is the epitome of stiff upper lip he recognises her from a stint in hospital and what Tommy wants, Tommy gets. And Tommy wants Abby. This is a complete case of opposites attracts with an explosive chemistry and fierce passion.

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DIRTY CHARMER by EMMA CHASE

RIVEN KNIGHT (Tin Gypsy #2) by DEVNEY PERRY

‘After everything that had happened on that mountain, in that cabin, Genevieve and I had to lie.’
‘Day by day, I was falling in love with the lie.’

Riven Knight is the second book in the Tin Gypsy series by Devney Perry. We really enjoyed the first instalment; Gypsy King, but we loved Riven Knight! The storyline from book one continues here with the after effects of the drama that played out on the mountain. A kidnapping, a death and a fire. Just what actually happened? And why do Genevieve and Isaiah need to get married to protect themselves? Well we were absolutely dying to find out and Devney Perry had us on tenterhooks throughout. The way in which it played out was so compelling and full of twists, we loved it. The writing is superb and the intensity and intrigue gripping. Not only that, but we also loved the sibling connection with Kaine from Tragic; Devney Perry’s Lark Cove series, which was a 5 star read for us!

This series is just getting better and better with Riven Knight proving to be one heck of a heart-breaking and emotional rollercoaster ride. It had everything that excites us; romance, heat and a brilliantly written story. Not only that, it was high on suspense, drama and passion.

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RIVEN KNIGHT (Tin Gypsy #2) by DEVNEY PERRY

JUST FRIENDS (Blue Beech #6) by CHARITY FERRELL

‘I love Carolina Adams, and there’s nothing I can do about it because I wouldn’t survive losing her.’

Just Friends is the sixth book in the Blue Beech Series and our first introduction to the people of Blue Beech, Iowa where we meet Carolina Adams , the preachers daughter, and Rex Lane, the mayors son, whose family is the most affluent in their small town. A slow burn friends to lovers.

We really enjoyed our first read by Charity Ferrell and will be lining up to read more from this author. Just Friends was a sweet and sexy friends to lovers story with a twist we didn’t see coming! Talk about a side swipe! You got us good Charity Ferrell! We loved getting to know Rex and Carolina, and like Rex we were dying to see Carolina’s secret unfold. The epilogue was wonderful and made us want to acquaint ourselves with the other characters in Blue Beech from previous books.

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JUST FRIENDS (Blue Beech #6) by CHARITY FERRELL

THE FAKE (Smart Jocks #4) by REBECCA JENSHAK

‘I don’t want to be the guy who saved her, I want to be the guy she chooses.’

There’s nothing better than becoming so attached to a series and watching the characters grow through each of their standalone books, and every book in the Smart Jocks Series by Rebecca Jenshak has made us just as eager for her next release, and The Fake, again reminded us why we love this series so much.

Brimming with friendship, loyalty, camaraderie, sweetness, heat and just enough drama to make us catch our breaths, not overpowering the story, the characters and the romance we love so dearly. Rebecca Jenshak really has hit a slam dunk with this series. We’ve loved every book and every couple so far, and Chloe and Nathan certainly charmed themselves into our hearts. 

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THE FAKE (Smart Jocks #4) by REBECCA JENSHAK

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

THE AUSSIE NEXT DOOR (Patterson’s Bluff #1) by STEFANIE LONDON

"Thank you."
"For what?"
"For being you."

Stefanie London is a new to us author and her latest book, The Aussie Next Door served as the perfect introduction to her writing. Based in Patterson's Bluff, a small town in Melbourne Australia, this emotional rom-com was packed with humour, heart, and heat, not to mention a hero who soon had us falling head over heels!

There were so many elements we enjoyed in this story. The characters, the setting, the romance, the memorable 90's rom-com’s we love so much, and of course, add dogs into the equation and we're goners!  Those naughty and sweet little canines kept Jace on his toes and brought endless smiles to our faces! All Angie ever wanted was love, comfort and a home, in this sweet and tender love story, travel with her as she searches for her happily ever after.

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THE AUSSIE NEXT DOOR (Patterson’s Bluff #1) by STEFANIE LONDON

FIGHTING ABSOLUTION by KATE McCARTHY

5 emotional and unforgettable stars! **Spoiler Free Review**

‘Jamie is my best friend, and I’m in love with her. How am I supposed to let her go?’

We cannot begin to describe how breath-taking yet heart-breaking this book is, how utterly captivating it is in its ugly and tragic reality. The tremendous and detailed research Kate McCarthy clearly carried out massively showed, also it ensured that we felt like we were in the midst of war with the brave souls fighting for the freedom of others.

Fighting Absolution will stay with us as we struggle to let this story go. The characters safe in our hearts for a long time to come. The emphasis on friendship, loyalty, hardship, compassion, and love was outstanding and gave us goosebumps at times. Without question, this will be a top favourite read of 2019, one we will never forget. We closed this book with tears rolling down our cheeks and a smile on our faces from the sheer intensity of emotions we experienced whilst reading.  You do not want to miss this epic read! Little Warrior and Bear, theirs was a story we never wanted to end…

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FIGHTING ABSOLUTION by KATE McCARTHY