“TIED UP (Bondage in Boston) – Sionna Fox

AMAZON LINK: https://amzn.to/2R7MWrc (releases 10/23)

For all the escapism Romance books provide; One of my favourite things in Contemporary Romance is feeling like I’m reading about proper adults, with all their flaws & imperfections..

If they breakup when they’re adults, the reason they breakup has to be real, and on the flip side, when they get back together, they have to have dealt meaningfully with the cause of their breakup. Just being hot for each other is not enough, Sex isn’t glue, it won’t keep you together.
If they have *actual* jobs, they actually have to work and do work things & deal with co-workers, & job pressure, job insecurity, fitting their social life & familial relationships into the other 8 hours of the day they aren’t working or sleeping.

You get my point. There’s a real skill in giving all that and not making it dull. Sionna does this, whilst giving you ALL the heat & all the complexity of real human beings.

Man, that prologue pulls NO punches. I read it on the bus on the way to work, I may have blushed A LOT! This is book about a BDSM relationship, it’s on the cover, there’s no surprise there. The (delightful) surprise is in the exquisitely drawn characters you get, both main and secondary. I felt like I *knew* these people, I understood these people, I emoted with these people. I was drawn into the highs and lows as they were figuring out how did this work, *could* this work? All the while being true to themselves, their motivations & their struggles. There was no quick fix for either of them.

The BDSM scenes are placed and paced well in the story, they give insight to both characters, they are well thought out, meaningful and informative. They follow the rules of safe, sane & consensual. They talk about aftercare for both the Dom & Sub, which is unusual, but gratifying.

The fulfillment of a great romance, to me, is feeling like your lead characters lives are better when they’re together than apart. Kate & Ian are, and I fully expect to see them wandering around Newbury Street on Sunday morning getting Bloody Mary’s with friends, or hiding out in a Coffee Shop in Cambridge.

This can standalone from book 1, although book 1 will give you insight into other secondary characters.

I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review, but I preordered as well.

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#CurrentRead “Consumed” – JR Ward

AMAZON LINK: https://amzn.to/2RaXB5k
Releases Oct 2nd. 3rd Person. Multi POV.
Everything I love in a book. Found Family. Curmudgeonly Hero. Kick Ass Heroine. Competence P0rn. Suspense. Broken, fallible people.

I really, really enjoyed JR Ward’s Bourbon Kings Series. There was a kind of grandeur, & vastness to it, within the confines of a familial unit. I likened it to Dallas/Dynasty; It’s about one family, but also their impact on the world around them. They knew they had impact, but some members knew and cared, others knew and truly didn’t care.

This had the same feeling of expansiveness but within a “Found Family” this time. As the first in a series you know you’re going to get introduced to a whole cast of characters, and as a romance reader it’s always fun to try and spot the sequel bait. However, you also have to be careful to keep the main pairing central to the story. This story wasn’t just Danny and Anne’s story however, they were consistently central, the lynch pins holding this tale together. Their internal and external conflicts,  and their relationships with other characters, were realistic and well balanced.

Given the subject matter, I’d liken it to Dick Wolf’s Chicago (Fire/PD/Med) franchise with the overlaps of those Emergency Service providers giving JR Ward the perfect breeding ground of characters and storylines. 5 Star Read from me, can’t wait for more. (Also a few clicks & I’ve discovered JR Ward also writes/wrote Contemporary Romance as Jessica Bird)

ARC received via NetGalley in return for an honest review.
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#CurrentRead “Driven” – Eve Silver

AMAZON LINK: https://amzn.to/2xM0MHQ

3rd Person. Dual PoV w/miniscule other PoVs.
Post-apocalyptic/Dystopian Ice Road Truckers. Think Mad Max meets Hanna with a smidge of the Terminator thrown in.
Fan Cast would be Icy Jason Mamoa as the Assassin Hero, Saoirse Ronan Heroine just trying to survive,  Dichen Lachman as Yuriko and Andy Serkis as the Arch Villain.

This was Fantastic! Loved the twists and turns Definitely recommend.
There’s also a Novella & a second book, but this is a complete story with a HEA.
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9.24.2018 purchases

Shelly Laurenston’s HOT AND BADGERED. I’ve been waiting for this one to go on sale! Currently only $2.99. Shifter Romance.
AMAZON LINK: https://amzn.to/2O9235S
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Jen Doyle‘s BUTTERFLY OPS. Bk1 in the Butterfly Ops trilogy, released Today!
SuperHeroine in a Paranormal meets Urban Fantasy w/Super Soldiers & Suspense world? Ticks all my wishlist boxes.
Amazon Link: https://amzn.to/2xBamy6
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#CurrentRead “Thirsty” – Mia Hopkins

AMAZON LINK: https://amzn.to/2Q1ARU8

3rd Person. Hero’s POV.
Newly released Ex-Con. Single Mother Heroine.
Sal is only a few months out of prison, working 2 jobs, trying to keep his nose clean. Vanessa is working on her CPA, living with her Daughter & Grandmother. Her late husband was a gang member.
This had a refreshing take on living in East LA amongst Latino Gang Culture. Very involving secondary characters with intriguing sub-plots. Second book doesn’t release until 2019 though, definitely added to my TBR!

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#CurrentRead “HIDDEN” – Rebecca Zanetti

AMAZON LINK: https://amzn.to/2xx6azc Releases 9/25
3rd Person Multi-PoV (Mostly Hero & Heroine). More Romantic Thriller than Romantic Suspense.
Reclusive ex-Cult Member Heroine. Ex-Detective Hero drawn into new Government Department (HDD). The Heroine is the subject of their first case.

Excellent Set up for this New Series, thoroughly enjoyed it. Can definitely see the other HDD characters being the sequel bait. Plus, there’s gonna be a longer story arc with the Department Leader’s pet project.

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#CurrentRead “Third Son’s a Charm” – Shana Galen

AMAZON LINK: https://amzn.to/2MISmGN
1st in a Series. Loved the Set up for the the rest of the Heroes
3rd Person. Dual POV.
Titled Heroine. Former Soldier (still peerage) Hero.
She fancies herself in love with his Cousin. The Cousin only wants her for her fortune. He’s hired as her “bodyguard” to keep the Cousin away at public events.
He’s curmudgeonly. The Third Son of a Duke essentially ostracized from his family in favour of the cousin. Lots of buried, unreconciled hurts. Found Family with his Military Brothers.
She’s an utter delight! Can’t always keep her thoughts in her head. He’s a man of few words. Fun & Charming Opposites Attract Historical Romance.

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#CurrentRead “CRIMINAL INTENTIONS S1Ep1” – Cole McCade

Amazon Link: https://amzn.to/2NdBIDq
3rd Person, Dual POV (miniscule other POVs)

ZOMG loved this. Crime Thriller + UST + 900% increase in diversity across the spectrum & in Kindle Unlimited. All the CW though (they’re listed in the front of the book
Tempted to throw out my schedule to read the next one! Not technically a Romance although over the longer story arc there maybe. IDK yet.!

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