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

PAINT IT BLACK (Beneath the Stain #2) by AMY LANE

5 emotional and unforgettable stars!

"You gonna let me in?"
"Yeah."
"All the way in? Into your heart?"

You can't imagine how thrilled we were to hear Amy Lane had written Blake and Cheever's story. We were excited and maybe a little worried, from an emotional perspective, to return to the rock star household, and thrilled to be spending more time with this family.

Amy Lane once again delivered a painful and difficult story driven by raw emotion and a beautiful love story at its heart. This is a tender and sincere account of two men each warring with their demons and whose hearts cried out for the other. There were times we found ourselves grinning from the witty banter, and times we felt our hearts crash and soar, and moments that reduced us to tears. 

Nothing in Blake and Cheevers story is superfluous; every page gave us much insight into Blake, Cheever and the Sanders clan. Every tender, heartbreaking, sweet, funny and moving moment was savoured then locked away, into our hearts for safekeeping.

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PAINT IT BLACK (Beneath the Stain #2) by AMY LANE

THE GUY ON THE RIGHT by KATE STEWART

Loved this! Ahhh the romance!

We met at the same crossroads and that, in and of itself, makes her valuable to me as a friend more than anything else.’

We love Kate Stewart, so we were beyond excited to pick up The Guy on the Right. This is one of those times we can say that hand on heart this book is exactly what it claims to be, a true friends to lovers romance. It is without question one of our favourites in this trope. What we loved about it was that it was all about the characters, it was ‘simple’ in story yet at the same time it packed such a strong punch because in its simplicity pure magic was achieved. It never felt over-written or over-dramatic, rather, it felt easy and flawless. It felt real, specifically in its honesty of friendship and romance.

We cannot explain how much we loved Laney and Theo, both were written with such care and attention to detail, that we felt we knew them almost from the get-go. Their insecurities, their hang-ups, their hopes, and their dreams. Their needs, desires, and wants. We understood their friendships and their relationships. What we especially loved about these two characters is the shift from what is considered the ‘norm’ in romance novels. Kate Stewart gave us a male character that was portrayed in such a manner that we recognised him, not from other novels but from real life.

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THE GUY ON THE RIGHT by KATE STEWART

THE TIP-OFF (Smart Jocks #3) by REBECCA JENSHAK

“You are beautiful. Not in spite of the scars, but because of them.”

We absolutely love this college sports romance series. Every book so far has been a winner for us and we just knew Zeke and Gabby’s book was going to be super special! Whilst each book can be read as a standalone we highly recommend a series binge if you’ve not read any yet. This series is so good! The romances are slow burn and there’s the college sports theme. The humour, camaraderie and banter is spot on and the emotional angst is on point. Rebecca Jenshank wrote another blinder in The Tip-Off.

Zeke and Gabby’s love story was so sweet and tender, yet funny and full of chemistry too. The slow burn was quite delicious and it felt true to the characters, right through till the end. Relationships built on mutual respect, friendship and of course an intense attraction is always going to be what true love is made of. It was so lovely to be back with the gang again as we really have taken them all into our hearts. The Tip-Off had real beauty in it too, with a wonderful message from both Zeke and Gabby, who in their own individual way were hiding from the parts of life that make it one crazy emotional ride.

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THE TIP-OFF (Smart Jocks #3) by REBECCA JENSHAK

THE ASSIST (Smart Jocks Series #1) by REBECCA JENSHAK

"You're like the best of both worlds - hot jock meets hot nerd."
"All I just heard was you calling me hot."

If first impressions are anything to go by, Rebecca Jenshak's introduction to everyone at Valley U was a winner! We were left hungry for more and had to jump straight into The Fadeaway, the next book in Smart Jocks series the minute we finished The Assist, and we are loving that book so far!!!

If you're looking for something a little different in the sports romance college trope, then read The Assist. It was refreshing to see the stereotypical college jock scenario flipped on its head by introducing us to Wes Reynolds, the broody basketballer gifted with a photographic memory and who is anything but a 'dumb jock'. In fact, not only is Wes seriously good looking, sexy and loyal to a fault, he's intelligent to boot, though, on first impressions, he did seem rather menacing!

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THE ASSIST (Smart Jocks Series #1) by REBECCA JENSHAK

A FIVE-MINUTE LIFE by EMMA SCOTT

5 incredibly moving stars!! A top 2019 read!

“Kiss me so it feels like I’m falling into you.”

WOW! Emma Scott brought all the emotion to A Five-Minute Life! We experienced everything as she perfectly conveyed the frustration, the anger, the hope, and the love of her characters, as well as sending us a message about never giving up and making not just every day, but every single minute count. A beautiful and uniquely captivating story told from the heart, with Jimmy and Thea now owning a little piece of our hearts, along with the other characters of Emma's who have taken up residence there. Prepare yourselves for a genuinely heartfelt story where Thea is a woman trying to remember and Jim is a man wanting to forget.

Another unforgettable story from an author who amazes us with her remarkable talent, and who delights and moves us with her incredible words. Grab the tissues and experience a story unlike any other. We cried tears of happiness, sadness, despair, and hope. We never gave up hope though, as our hearts were with Thea and Jimmy every minute of their story. Described as 50 First Dates meets Awakenings, a perfect description for a story in which there is a message for us all.

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A FIVE-MINUTE LIFE by EMMA SCOTT

MARRIAGE FOR ONE by ELLA MAISE

5 Jack and Rose stars! NOW LIVE!

‘I would fight for her when the time came. I would fight with everything I got.’

Marriage for One is a wonderfully slow burn love story that has so many romantic touches and actions that will melt not only your heart but your knickers off too. We were puddles on the floor and you could’ve scooped us up with a spoon. A romance full of twists, heartbreak and angst. A slow burn romance full of heat and laughter. This would make a swoon-worthy film and we’d be first in line to see it come alive.

Seriously, get ready to fall head over heels in love with a man named, Jack Hawthorne! Oh wow, we love him. LOVE HIM. He’s a tense and grumpy arse but what a romantic arse he is. But no question, this enigmatic –no smile- behaviour hides a vulnerable unsure heart that’s fallen in love and has no idea what to do with that. A heart that slowly but surely learns what love is long after it initially fell…reluctantly so. All because of the sweet, smiley and feisty, Rose.

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MARRIAGE FOR ONE by ELLA MAISE