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Inhibitions
Inhibitions
Price: £1.99

3.0 out of 5 stars Debut, 5 Mar. 2015
This review is from: Inhibitions (Kindle Edition)
This is the debut of new author Kimberley Bracco.

Ashley is a journalist and is given the chance of a story to interview hot star quarterback Tanner. The interview ends badly but Tanner allows Ashely to redeem herself and so starts a connection that goes from strength to strength.

Ashley is insecure in her own skin due to the actions of a hook up in her youth and her cheating ex. This leads to a lot of angst that Tanner pledges to overcome and make Ashley see her true value.

There is plenty of steam and romance and will appeal to new adult read lovers. It was a little immature for my personal tastes and the storyline didn’t flow smoothly enough, with quite a few fillers and repeating of scenes but then again this is the author’s debut so I guess an allowance should be taken for this. The characters were likable especially Tanner and although the storyline was predictable to a point, it did keep me entertained and routing for the pairing. I will warn readers that this does end on a cliff-hanger which I wasn’t expecting, so no HEA or HFN but I believe the follow up is due out shortly.

Overall a nice and spicy read and a good debut. Three and a half stars


Served Hot (Portland Heat Book 1)
Served Hot (Portland Heat Book 1)
Price: £0.93

5.0 out of 5 stars Four and a half stars!, 5 Mar. 2015
This is the first book in the new Portland Heat series and my first read of this author. I was pleasantly surprised that I instantly liked it! It was sweet, romantic with plenty of angst swirled in with a dashing of hot off the charts steam thrown in for good measure.

Robby is running his own coffee shop and notices David who then becomes a regular. With his long hours at his business and recovering from a bad relationship, Robby is finding it hard to meet up with a genuine nice guy. He’s had enough of the hook ups and the deep in the closet guys. So to say he is hesitant to ask David is an understatement. David on the other hand is not giving out any positive vibes besides the lingering looks or sneaky glances at Robby. But as all good romances it takes a twist of fate to break the ice and get the pair talking and taking a chance to progress a new friendship other than that of passing acquaintances.

I liked the slow build of the budding romance which starts off as a friendship as this gave the storyline more credence and be more believable. Yes there were moments where I wanted to bang their heads together and shout just ask him, or tell him! But eventually the pair work through their own insecurities.

This was a lovely put together story that I really liked and as such I did read it in one sitting one rainy Saturday afternoon. It gave me a warm and happy feeling once I came to the end. I was debating to rate this a four but I think it deserves a push more towards a five as it left me with the happy I was seeking. Looking forward to reading the other books in the series. Four and a half stars.


After the Fire (Through Hell and Back Book 2)
After the Fire (Through Hell and Back Book 2)
Price: £3.28

4.0 out of 5 stars Love after loss, 5 Mar. 2015
This is the second book in the Through Hell and Back series, and this time we catch up with Jordan and his unlikely connection with Ash’s long lost ‘brother’ Luke.

The story picks up after that devastating end where Jordan’s fiancé Keith was killed. To me, Jordan was not really likable in the first book due to his bluntness and blinkered view of Ash, plus those hurtful comments that did not help Drew in his budding romance with Ash. However, here I really felt for Jordan and I clicked with him as he was going through such devastating loss.

As for Luke (or aka Lucas) I liked him instantly and couldn’t wait for him to come rescue Jordan from his pain and sorrow. It was also good that Luke knew Keith so was able to understand what Jordan had lost and from the start Luke did not come across as a Keith replacement for Jordan.

There were some similarities in the storyline to other books this author has written so we again had the all-knowing Nana (although to be fair she was in the first book anyway) and the rescue of the stray dog (cute though).

The ending did feel a bit stilted as even after Jordan and Lucas got their HEA, it kind of went on and on by concluding other aspects of the storyline. However, none the less it was an enjoyable and welcomed addition to the series. It was great to see Ash finally resolve his yearning to make amends with Lucas, let’s hope that Brandon is found in the next book.

I would recommend that new readers to the series to definitely start with the first book A Walk Through Fire, in order to fully understand and know the characters as they are all back in this second instalment.

An in depth and emotive story of loss, love and redemption. Definitely one not to miss. Four stars.


Sawyer (Alluring Indulgence Book 7)
Sawyer (Alluring Indulgence Book 7)
Price: £4.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Another fantastic addition to the series!, 2 Mar. 2015
This series is firmly etched into my all-time favourite ever series and not just only for the extremely sexy brothers but the whole family. I would just love to be part of this amazing family – The Walkers.

Sawyer first caught my eye in the first book when he was stood at the roadside wearing a sign declaring ‘Will work for sex’ and ever since then I have yearned to read his book and well, whoo hoo here he is!

Sawyer has seen the majority of his brothers meet their respective others and fall deep in love, which has left him with a void, a void he so desperately has been wanting to be filled by Kennedy, the sheriff’s daughter and the local veterinarian. For eight long years he has watched her, attempted to woo her but nothing will break the headstrong and determined woman. He knows he has a part to play in that, after all wasn’t he part of the band of students that used to make her life hell at school? How could she ever forgive him? But Sawyer is not that boy anymore, he has grown knowing he needs to redeem for the past, a past that deeply affected the only woman who he has held a torch for these last lonely eight years. But now he is determined to win her around.

Kennedy was a studious child which carried her right through to college and finally to running her own veterinary surgery back in her home town. She has always been aware of the Walker brothers, especially Sawyer who she cannot forgive for his part in her tortured school life. But she has overcome that past and as such she returned to her hometown to show them just how far she has come with her life.

This book was one of my favourite of the Walker brothers and I think not only Sawyer but Kennedy has a part in that. She was so strong and admirable for the way she has conducted her life but even she knows that Sawyer was not really that person from all those years ago. I loved how Sawyer had to play hard to woo his woman and it was glorious to read through that play. Some parts hilarious, some parts angst filled but mostly they were electrifyingly hot!

I also loved the secondary storyline around her father and Mack, I won’t divulge what happened but suffice to say I would love a novella to cover that curve ball of a storyline.

Another fantastic addition to the series and one I will definitely read again. I highly recommend you read this series if you haven’t yet. A truly amazing book and series. *Holds up sign* Will read for amazing books like Sawyer! – Five stars!


Walk on By: A Celebritease Novel (Best Things in Life Book 1)
Walk on By: A Celebritease Novel (Best Things in Life Book 1)
Price: £2.52

4.0 out of 5 stars Nice read, 1 Mar. 2015
This was released as part of Totally Bound’s new Celebritease line and the Best Things In Life series. In this book Stacey Solomon has delivered an engaging, romantic and comical read all about the celebrity circuit and all the highs and lows that entails.

Charlotte aka Lola is new to the celebrity life, having found fame as a ‘thrust into the spotlight’ singer. She doesn’t have many people to support her apart from her new bestie – Rupert or Roo Roo as he is known. It had always been Charlotte’s goal to be a famous singer and now that she has achieved that she finds herself with a new focus – to find the man of her dreams, her soul mate and as if it were meant to be Blake comes into her life. But besides being oh so sexy, gorgeous and sweet, he is also hiding something secret.

I liked the feel of this read as it held a little of everything to keep the reader entertained. There were some real laugh out loud moments and some quite surprising steam thrown in. I did find myself at times wondering if a certain character was based on someone in the spotlight, especially at the parties Charlotte was made to attend.

Overall a good hearty plotline and although the ending was a little abrupt, it did leave the room for a further book to soothe the reader’s thirst for more. Four stars.


A Restored Man (The Men of Halfway House Book 3)
A Restored Man (The Men of Halfway House Book 3)
Price: £3.56

5.0 out of 5 stars J'adore!, 23 Feb. 2015
This is the third book in the Men of Halfway House series and is Cole’s story.

We first met Cole in book 2 where he came across as the cheeky immature chappie but I just knew he was hiding a deeper persona and here we find out just that.

Cole has been at the Halfway House for a while and is given a placement at Calloway’s garage who deal with high end vehicles. Cole is in his element to be surrounded by such beautiful cars that speed as well as earning his way to reach his goal of getting the keys to Hunter’s car which is promised to him IF he behaves himself and gets back on the straight and narrow. When he is introduced to the owner of Calloway’s Garage, Ty, he finds himself with something else to inspire him to do good.

Ty has been recuperating from a terrible accident and getting over from the death of his parents. He has become a shell of his former self but when he is faced with the exuberant charming young man his road to recovery takes off unbeknownst to himself.

I just love the whole ‘opposites attract’ in my romances and the way Cole and Ty are, certainly fit that spot. Cole is the feisty joker who has a quick wit and a response for every question thrown at him. He is hiding a guilt and a deep sadness from being apart from his family who are very close knit. He has always felt an underachiever and his overcompensating for this lead him to a live a life of car crime and eventually prison. His attraction to Ty is instant and he gradually chips away at Ty’s reluctance to be social and let himself go.

Ty tries to stay hidden and he feels he cannot develop anything with this whiz kid Cole who is an amazing mechanic and sexy as sin man. After all wouldn’t Cole just run when he sees that Ty has nothing to offer? I just love a wounded soul waiting to be rescued and Cole is definitely the one to rescue Ty.

The storyline is very character driven and not as angst filled as the previous books. The steam is also less but at the times it does happen it is heart stopping and emotive. I did love the high drama car chase too, I felt I was sat in the seat with Cole!

It was lovely to catch up with growly Julian and caring Matt from book one. The interaction with Julian and Cole was also tear jerking. Who knew the big growly man was such a cuddly bear? Well yes we know he is with Matt but to see that with Cole and the big brother act was so sweet.

Cole’s family were fabulous and great supporting secondary characters. I love this family!

But for me the best parts were the tender moments between Cole and Ty, with the hair touching and the ‘My-Ty’ – aww so adoring.

Another great addition to the series and another winner from Jaime Reese. Four and a half stars.


Wings Over Poppies (The Over Series Book 2)
Wings Over Poppies (The Over Series Book 2)
Price: £1.97

5.0 out of 5 stars Four and a half stars, 21 Feb. 2015
This is the second book in the Over series but can be read as a stand-alone novel. I love stories about second chance love, especially if it involves a soldier and West was one who absolutely just begged the reader to fall hook line and sinker in love with him!

Alexandria Fontaine came from a wealthy background who didn’t lack for anything in her childhood. Her loving parents have always loved and provided her with her every wish, but it was also an expectation she would follow a path they had laid out for her. Alex being the free spirit she is, has carried this knowledge with her all her life but known deep down that was not a life for her. She has her own choices be that what career she has or even down to the friends she has, especially West.

When West and Alex meet they instantly hit it off and have remained friends ever since. It is a special friendship but West has never felt good enough for Alex. That is why when they grew up he would never cross the line to move their relationship to anything other than the Sunday meet ups at the oak tree that they have done for many years. West comes from a poor background and has taken on extra jobs to support his mother and delicate younger sister, which is how he found himself working for Alex’s father at the golf course. He admires and respects him and would never step out of line which for Alex meant a life of being the ‘friend’ rather than what she is yearning to be.

But when they both reached eighteen, something happens to change their lives but also deepen the bond they already held. They both know they will be separated but little did they know on that last night it would be six long years before they meet again.

Alex has never forgotten West, she continued to send him emails and letters when he enlisted to serve his country but never got a response back. She has constantly been afraid to find out what happened to him after he went off to join the army and serve overseas. She has, in the meantime, gone off to Art College and is now a successful studio owner. She has not been able to form a relationship as her heart remains in the past. Finally unable to carry on as she has been she sets out to find West again.

When they finally meet again, Alex is shocked at West’s treatment of her. He pushes her away as if she was nothing to him but then Alex finds out his secret and set out to win back her lost love.

Oh this was a wonderful storyline and it kept me engaged and on tenterhooks throughout. West was one sexy soldier with an enormous amount of guilt on his shoulders but has suffered things that others could never imagine. His coping mechanism is to push people away and why he never sought out Alex. How could she ever want him again being the man that he is now? This just made him all the more lovable for me. I loved that the author touched on PTSD and the effects this can have on a person but glad it wasn’t made the focus of the story. Alex was a great character to read and I loved her sense of caring and the strength she portrayed. She was instantly likeable.

There was a lot of angst and tribulation throughout as would be expected for a man who had suffered the pain of war and loss but there was also lots of sensuality, lust and love between the main characters. I also loved the secondary characters and especially Cain and Celia (looking forward to their story) There was a sense of deep friendship and acceptance in the interactions and loved how West bonded with young Tim.

I would have liked to have had maybe another couple of chapters or so to go further into West and Alex’s relationship once they had found redemption of the past. This was the only thing that was missing for me. Maybe more will be covered in Cain and Celia’s book. Overall a wonderfully emotive and tender love story of second chances. Four and a half stars.


Hidden in Lies (Lies and Truth Book 1)
Hidden in Lies (Lies and Truth Book 1)
Price: £2.05

4.0 out of 5 stars First book in a two part series, 19 Feb. 2015
This is the first book in a two book series – Lies and Truth. There is a shock ending which will be resolved in the second book due out in June 2015.

Elizabeth has grown up with the mantra of marrying for money from her mother who, although loved and adored her father, she did not want a life of struggle for her daughter. As such Elizabeth is now a senator’s wife, surviving in a loveless marriage but keeping up the façade of being a dutiful and devoted wife to her husband, Cal Fitzgerald.

Hot on the presidency campaign trail, Cal has hired bodyguard Alex, to cover his wife. Little did he realise how deep that coverage would lead to.

Alex and Elizabeth find themselves fighting an irresistible pull towards each other. Elizabeth feels she can finally be her true self in his company and Alex finds the need to protect this woman in more ways than that of a bodyguard.

In some ways I really routed for Elizabeth with what she had to put up with, with her devious and downright deplorable husband. But in others I kept wishing she would find some strength and live her life for her that is until it is revealed why she needs to remain the dutiful wife. She was severely trapped in between the need to be free and herself and the need to support and protect others.

There was a little bit of steam and sauce between Alex and Elizabeth and it was a close line on the cheating field but when the reader is given the proof of Cal’s indiscretions, it was kind of acceptable for what went off. He was an absolute monster, I hated him!

The ending was a shocker and not even a HFN to soothe the poke in the eye that left me reeling with. Luckily we don’t have too long to wait for the conclusion. A well written and engaging read. Four stars.


IMPULSE: Infinitus Billionaire
IMPULSE: Infinitus Billionaire
Price: £2.49

5.0 out of 5 stars Sexy Lex!, 19 Feb. 2015
This is my first read of this author and this is the first book in the Infinitus Billionaire series.

Alexander ‘Lex’ Fitzgerald is an alpha male who also happens to be a billionaire who likes to control. He has remained single up until now after a promise made to his father to ensure his family and siblings achieve their dreams. Now that he has carried out on that promise it’s time for him to not only help his business but himself by getting a wife. He has a list but that list just gets thrown out of the ballpark when he meets sassy but beautiful Jillian.

Jillian is a go getter, a kick ass, bike riding stuntwoman. She has been brought up in the fearless Finnegan troupe, a family made up of bike stunt performing but amazingly dangerous brothers and her step-father. She also provides stunts for Hollywood, a place she despairs of but ever since her father banished her from the troupe, it is where she works with her uncle Chris, a stunt co-ordinator. It is also where she meets the hot and sexy bike riding, Lex.

The kindle just sizzled with this pairing, I loved it! The chemistry and sensual touches and eye locking at the start and I just knew I was in for a steamy read. But what I also loved was the suspense and intrigue story that was intermingled. It was an in depth and embracing read for sure. Then when the band of billionaires (aka Lex’s best buddies) were brought into the mix it was an outright winner. What a fantastic start to a new series and a definite one click for me from now on.

I loved the build-up and tension between Jillian and Lex. Lex leads a sexy pursuit of Jillian and even though he knows the ‘contract’ is no longer relevant, he just needs to persuade Jillian that this marriage proposal will be that they last forever. I liked how Jillian just went for it, yes there was a little angst and she held back by trying to look after herself but when she finally lets Lex in it was fabulous! And as for the Armenian connection? Inspired! I never saw that coming.

I just can’t wait for the continuation of Jilly and Lex’s story plus getting to know more about the sexy billionaires with a heart – Sloan, Dom, Rod, Cade, Lucien, Nate and my fellow Brit Aiden. This is going to be a winning series, I just know! Five bike revving stars from me.


His Kind of Woman
His Kind of Woman
Price: £1.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Recommend, 18 Feb. 2015
This review is from: His Kind of Woman (Kindle Edition)
This was first published back in June 2013 and I came across it when I was researching transgender romance to review, so to be then asked if I would like to take part in a blog tour for it just felt it was meant to be.

This was a relatively short but enlightening read. This is only my second read of a transgender romance but again I am pleased to see it was done well.

Venetia has lived a turbulent past, especially her school days in relation to being bullied. She has turned her life around and now supports youths going through the same thing.

Roy on the other hand was one of those on the opposite side of the coin, one who delivered the bullying along with his brother. Through the passing of time and maturity he finds himself regretting his past. When he finds Venetia again it is a shock but the pair can not fight the attraction they both feel for each other. When Venetia finds out who Roy's brother is will her feelings change?

This was a well thought out subject matter and my second book in as many days where the issue of 'labeling' a person is put into perspective. Why do people feel the need to pop everyone into boxes?

I am a big fan of Nona and her wide spectrum of romance she covers (check out her Read To Me book - loved that!) and again she has not failed me. An engrossing and engaging read that I was left wanting more of. Four stars.


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