#CoverReveal “The Last Wingman” – Daisy Prescott

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The Last Wingman: Jonah Kingston is the last wingman standing.
June Moxee doesn’t care if he’s the last man on earth.
I haven’t exactly avoided relationships, but love has never been a priority.
Solitude doesn’t bother me and being alone doesn’t mean being lonely. Until she
moved to the island and I had to reconsider everything.
June seems content running her yarn shop, knitting with the local church ladies,
and avoiding me. She’s a temptress in a handknit sweater. And for some reason,
she’s not a fan of mine. It might be the tattoos. Or the beard. Or the fact that
we’re polar opposites.
A woman has finally caught my attention. Too bad she thinks she hates me.
Good thing I’m stubborn enough to try to change her mind.

The Last Wingman is the sixth standalone, lighthearted small town romance in
the Wingmen series. You do not have to read the previous books first to enjoy
this book.

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#CurrentRead “Rafe” – Rebekah Weatherspoon

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3rd Person. Dual POV.

Single Parent, Heart Surgeon Heroine.
Nanny Hero.

Gah! Loving this strong, emotionally intelligent Hero and this vibrant, competent Heroine.

I loved these fully fleshed out characters. They had familial support, found family support. There was emotional vulnerability that felt tender and true.

The kids were to die for, sassy, brave and real. I loved it.

Thanks to the Ripped Bodice for my signed copy.

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#CurrentRead “Tikka Chance on Me” – Suleikha Snyder

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Interesting use of 1st & 3rd person!
Dual POV.
Fantastic Novella.
Good Girl/Bad Boy.

Pinky returned home leaving grad school behind when her mother became sick.  Trucker Carrington is the enforcer in the local Motorcycle gang.

Does he like her for more than her non-virgin Lassi? Is she just craving the freedom she left behind in Chicago?

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#CurrentRead “Sleeping with the Enemy” – Robin Covington

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3rd Person. Dual POV
She’s the GM of a VA based Baseball team and has her recently deceased father’s legacy to uphold.
He’s a baseball superstar on the rival team. Their fathers were best friends.

Second Chance Romance, Sports Romance, Workplace Romance

Their relationship ended seven years ago. Kat, our heroine, is determined to recruit Derek to her team, putting the kibosh on any potential relationship. Derek wants nothing more than to rekindle their relationship. Can they overcome the obstacles and reconnect?

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“Flare Up” – Shannon Stacey

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3rd Person. Dual POV.
Heroine: Domestic Abuse survior
Hero: Boston Firefighter

I have a sweet spot for Romances set in Boston. Even more so when it *Feels* like they’re actually in Boston.
Shannon gets the sassy, ornery nature of Bostonians right. We’re in your face either ’cause we hate you or we love you.
It’s up to you to figure out which it is.

CW/TW discussions of emotional & domestic abuse & stalking

This story was building for a while. Wren left Grant earlier in the series and now we find out why she disappeared.

Wren’s fear may have seemed irrational, but as one of my favourite quotes from the book says:
“When there’s a concrete problem you can fix it. But fear is, it’s personal and doesn’t always make sense to other people”.

Grant struggles to not ALPHA all over the situation. There was a level of emotional intelligence that made this hero the best kind of Beta-Hero instead. I really liked that he stepped back to give Wren the opportunity to take control of how things were dealt with.
The on going relationships with the other firefighters was delightful, and with Wren gaining a “Found Family”, this was a thoughtful grown up kinda Second Chance romance.

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“Physical Forces” – DD Ayres

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3rd Person Dual POV. Romantic Suspense set in FL.

Heroine: Pet Detective, Macayla finds & rescues lost pets.

Hero: Australian Search & Rescue K9 Operator, Oliver.

I liked most of this series. This didn’t feel like the strongest ending. I enjoyed the story, but the story beats were a little off and Oliver was almost an Aussie caricature.

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“The Conspiracy” – Kat Martin

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Book 1 in a new series: 3rd Person, Dual POV (with a smidge (<5%) of other POVs)

This felt like a book of two halves. International and Domestic

The first half was Harper (Heroine) roping in Chase (her Brother’s former best friend who runs a security company) to track down her missing brother in the Caribbean.

The second half all took place in the US.

Then we have all the tropes, Brother’s Best Friend, Girl Next Door, Unrequited Love, Fish out of Water, Bodyguard etc etc.

The ebb and flow of Harper and Chase’s relationship, on again off again for *reasons* was good, but expected within this sub-genre. Although I’m not sure his grovel was enough.

It was just *A Lot* to be crammed into this story, is it the downside of book 1 in a series? Possibly, it felt like I was meeting not only the character base of this new series (the team at Maximum security), but maybe the characters for another series (the other Garrett brothers)?

I did like the attention to detail for 1) the International section, how travelling round Caribbean Islands & rescue ops in Jungles work, having to exchange money is a PITA etc 2) How Harper’s job/company/employees are impacted by the search for her brother. Although having $$$$ and private jets sure come in handy.

It just felt like it could have been “snappier”. The best analogy I can give is; If this were a film I might have gotten bored, but if it were a TV series, I’m sure I’d be happy with the ground work being done.

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“Elijah’s Hope” – S Doyle

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S Doyle is a Sub-Genre hopper who I willingly follow. Plus, this cover!!???

ELIJAH’s HOPE is Bk1 in a new series. 3rd Person, Dual POV. It was SUPER Fun to realize this was set in the same world as Bad Assassin (now called Lover to Enemies).

Think “Love Island” meets “Alaskan Gold Rush”.

The Premise is Four Alaskan Oil Riggers. One Contest. Four Blind Dates. It starts out almost as a lark. In order to entice some women to Hope’s Point, these guys set up a dating contest for 4 women to win an all expenses paid trip to the middle of nowhere Alaska.

The men’s expectation is that they’ll experience some high jinx then send the ladies off on their way. As there’s limited accommodations there, the 4 women will all arrive at different times, with little to no overlap. This plan runs the gammit of “well thought out” to “Really?”. Like not telling the women what apparel they should bring with them for the weather…

All the guys are social mis-fits. Elijah is former army, He’s broody, views himself as unlovable, has a fractured relationship with his mom and a past he doesn’t talk about, but was incredibly formative in his view of women.

Elijah believes it’ll be 2 weeks of fun before they both go back to their “Real Lives”. Elijah’s winner is Shelby from Louisiana. From the moment you start her POV you know she is running from something. You know she wants to run away from her “Real Life”, It’s spoilery to discuss what/why she’s running from.

The first book in a series, whether it’s interconnected like this one or not, always does a lot of the heavy lifting for the world building. So we meet all the 4 ‘bachelors’ get a sense of who they are and their personalities.

This was a great read. Not as comedic as Bad Assassin/Lover to Enemies, but more nuanced. The revelations of both Elijah and Shelby’s back stories is done without flashback, but via reflection.

The Squee moment for me was getting to see Zeke & Eve pop up throughout the storyline.

CW/TW discussions of rape, sex work, deployed military situations.

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“Year One” – Nora Roberts

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As someone who has read only 1 Nora Roberts before. All I knew was people think she’s an excellent writer. Now I concur.

This book is NOT A ROMANCE, but this book is Deee-Licious.

Post apocalyptic/Distopian plus some supernatural/paranormal. Walking dead sans Zombie, plus Magick. It reminded me a little of the TV revolution (where the world loses electricity, but people work together to survive).

I. LOVED it. It made me laugh, cry, worry, etc. There’s tension, angst, joy, love, sorrow. It’s delicious. I couldn’t go to bed until I finished it. I’m trying to figure out when I can slot book 2 into my reading schedule.

BUT – It is NOT a Romance, nope, definitely not.

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