#CurrentRead “Destiny’s Surrender” – Beverly Jenkins.

AMAZON LINK: https://amzn.to/2qot5IN  2nd book in series.
3 book series currently $1.99 each

3rd Person, Multi-POV (Mostly MCs).
Historical Romance.
Drew is looking to finally settle down after sowing his wild oats. One of those Oats has grown into a sweet baby boy unbeknownst to Drew.

Billie (Wilhemina) is Drew’s favourite whore from San Francisco. When the life of her child is threatened, she turns to Drew for his sanctuary.

Sweet, Straight shooting (literally) and Sassy, I loved Billie. Destiny Ranch is a favourite place to visit. Can’t wait to finish Noah’s book too.

#CurrentRead “Unspeakable” – Elisabeth Naughton.

AMAZON LINK: https://amzn.to/2SyRgk3 Also in Kindle Unlimited with Audio.

3rd Person Multi-POV (Mostly MCs). Romantic Suspense
Hero: Vineyard owner with a secret sideline. Heroine: Legal Investigator, Former Cop

Another McClane Sibling, another adventure. When Rusty McClane gets drawn into the case of a missing teenage girl Harper Blake has to investigate his role in her disappearance. What she discovers could lead to her reinstatement on the force.
Rusty’s been leading a double life, Vineyard owner by day, Vigilante by night. Saving others has meant sacrificing his family life, but doesn’t he need to be rescued too?

#CurrentRead – “Faceoff” – Stephanie Kay

AMAZON LINK: https://amzn.to/2PrWWu6

#FinishTheSeries “Faceoff” Book 4 in #SanFranciscoStrikers series. Can stand-alone, but expect previous characters to show up.

3rd Person. Dual POV

Heroine: Chef. Hero: hockey player. these two have been dancing around each other throughout the series and now they get their turn. She’s had her full of athlete boyfriends, can he change her mind?

#CurrentRead “Spring Me Ahead” – Jess Vonn

AMAZON LINK: amzn.to/2QzCNHl

3rd Person, Dual POV

Heroine: Latina, visiting Doctor, discovering her path. Hero: LumberSexual Artist with 747 of baggage needing his redemption story.

ugh the ANGST!!! Tropey and I loved it. Sorta Enemies to lovers, fake relationship, Small Town. I love, love, loved Wyatt. He’s working SO hard on himself, he feels so unworthy and yet, there are people who love him so deeply that they’ll let him find his own way to fight his demons.

Esme is just trying to figure herself out. She needed the space that remote work assignments would give her to find herself.

It’s not that these two “fix” each other, it’s that they turn the mirror a little to see a different perspective of themselves and they grow because of that, and *then* they grow together

#CurrentRead “Hurts to Love You” – Alisha Rai

AMAZON LINK: https://amzn.to/2vkmKn

I like to use December to #FinishTheSeries! First up Alisha Rai’s final book in the Forbidden Hearts series

Dual POV. 3rd Person.
Heroine: Baby Daughter of Local Rich Folks.
Hero: Housekeeper’s son & Boy Next Door.

Her decades long unrequited crush gets legs. His Big Secret (TM) is in danger.

 

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“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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