#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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“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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“Dirty Games” – HelenKay Dimon

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Justin works for Drummond Enterprises’ Charitable arm in Morocco. Finn Drummond arrives to help Justin investigate why shipments are missing or not delivered. Justin has lusted after Finn for many years, but due to Justin’s hang-ups around wealth & entitlement, plus an assumption that Finn was straight, Justin has deemed Finn off limits. Justin also suffers from abandonment issues, making him a hot mess and fearful of commitment. Emotionally he’s pretty juvenile and self sabotage is his weapon of choice.
Finn’s arrival at the refugee camp, instead of his older brother Alec, throws Justin for a massive loop, causing him to lash out with snark & a shitty attitude. Despite Justin’s best efforts to keep Finn at arm’s length, their attraction for each other and despite the risks in a predominantly Muslim country where homosexuality is pretty much illegal, they hook up. Justin feels like he can’t risk his heart but after a series of attempts on Finn’s life, Justin & Finn grow closer.
Loved the twists and turns in the suspense.
Oliver, Justin’s right hand man was a delight. I hope he gets a novella… hint hint .

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“His Convenient Husband”- Robin Covington

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M/M Romance, Marriage of Convenience. Single Parent.

Isaiah is a widowed, gay NFL Player with an artistic non-binary son. He’s pretty much a Papa Bear, protecting his son, still dealing with his grief when he crosses paths with Gender Fluid Chechen Ballet Dancer Victor Aleksandrov. Victor is in a precarious position after speaking out against the atrocities committed against gays in Chechnya. Victor and Isaiah have a hot hot hot one night stand, but don’t anticipate seeing each other again afterwards in spite of the fact they share an agent.
After being refused asylum in the US Isaiah offers to marry Victor to prevent him having to return home (yay thanks downfall of DOMA). Of course they begin to have feelings for each other but keep those under-wraps for the sake of Isaiah’s Son and because after 2-3 years & Victor’s naturalization, they intend to head their separate ways. Personally I loved the push-pull between these two very different characters. You had an out and proud man who risked his life to fight for the protection of others, you also have a much more subdued gay man who’s trying to just get through life after a devastating loss, he hasn’t needed to fight as much and bears a heavy responsibility trying to do the best by his unusual son. This story isn’t neat and tidy with everyone making the right decisions all the time, you have two adults messing up, trying to do their best, trying to get by.
I thought it was great and look forward to reading more in this series and by this author.

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“My Once and Future Duke” – Caroline Linden

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Regency Set Historical Romance. Force Proximity.
Enjoyed this story flip where the Heroine is the one out there gambling to earn a fortune. It’s not for nefarious reasons, but to ensure she has some stability in the future in case she can’t get herself a husband. As a 21st century single woman with no kids I completely understand the drive to ensure that I’ll be financially stable in the future. The only person I can rely on fiscally is me. I was nice to have a self reliant autonomous heroine, who, although getting married was an option, it wasn’t her only option. She wasn’t desperate to marry and in fact was wary of relinquishing her autonomy due to those blasted legal rules that subjugate married women to chattle.
Once again we have my favourite kind of Hero, the curmudgeonly one, however Jack (a.k.a. Ware) relinquishes this facade during his enforced proximity with Sophie at his country estate. His brother Philip, who was the instigator of a lot of nonsense that put our heroine in jeopardy, needed a smack upside the head. I suspect we’ll see it in a future book. Great start to a new series.

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“A Hope Divided” – Alyssa Cole

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These are not easy times and Alyssa Cole does not go easy on these Characters. Marlie is a Free woman, Half Black, Half White. She is raised from an early age in her white family’s house with most of the privileges & protection that come with that. She’s taken all the herbalist knowledge her mother taught her in her youth and enhanced it with a love of science. Her semi peaceful life is shattered with the arrival of her secessionist sister in law who aids the Home Guard putting Marlie’s life in jeopardy. Ewan McCall, Unionist Soldier, escapes from prison, where he’d met, admired and discussed philosophy with Marlie. He finds himself a refugee at Marlie’s house, hidden away in her sanctuary, both of them trying to survive.

As someone who didn’t grow up in the US my Civil War knowledge is exceptionally limited. I love this series of books as they drop you into the difficult lives of African Americans experiencing the harshest of times, and yet they leave you with the knowledge that even in the most treacherous of times, there is still family and love and hope to be found.

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“Smoke & Mirrors” – Julie Rowe

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I love this series (which is a spin off of the previous series). STEM Heroine (CDC Nurse), Ex-Military Hero. On a routine project in rural Utah, Kini finds herself under attack for unknown reasons, getting t-boned, scratched messages on her care etc. Lyle Smoke is returning home after 8 years in Special Forces. He’s naturally an Alpha man and seeing Kini under attack, provokes him to accept the CDC Outbreak Task Force offer from his friend River (hero of book 1) to work alongside Kini. Smoke is struggling with returning home & his guilt over his son and baby mama’s death, plus fearing losing control over the inbuilt rage 8 years service has left him with. Kini is a solitary woman whose past means relying on other people is impossible.. As these flawed people are forced to work together to get to the source of the recent Hantavirus outbreak, mayhem, death and intrigue break out. Can they solve the mystery and their personal issues too?
ARC received from Netgalley in return for an honest review

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“Honesty” – Seth King

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Available under Kindle Unlimited

A story of first love with two teen (early college) boys, Cole and Nicky. It’s almost YA in that the characters are very young, They’re not setting out into the big yonder after college and given that this is their first same sex relationship, it feels YA-y.

Set in the Deep South where homosexuality is still the cause of much prejudice and hatred. This book is sweet and sad, frustrating and enlightening, passionate and evocative. Your heart is pulled in so many directions wanting this to work out, understanding why it’s failing, watching the destructive nature of the relationship. Yet for me it didn’t have the emotional impact that The Summer Remains did, and that was what I was expecting. Knowing that this is based on a true story, it’s well worth the read to gain an understanding of what a young gay kid in a deeply repressed community goes through, all the micro and macro agressions.

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