“Marriage of Inconvenience” – Penny Reid

Amazon link here: http://amzn.to/2oWL1JQ

End of Series books are hard. Part of you clamours for the story, the other part wants a world you’ve grown to love to never end. What a way to end though, this was a gravity blanket of a read. It was comforting in its weightiness. the way it enfolded you with gravitas. Marriage of Convenience is one of my favourite tropes and it’s hard to pull off in a modern setting. Kat and Dan (omg Dan is the Alpha of all Beta Heroes) had their lives intersect over the past 6 books due to their social circles. Kat’s been infatuated with Dan for most of that time, and as any girl with a crush does, she avoids Dan as much as she can. Kat’s the heiress to Seventeen Billion dollars and as heiresses do, she has a bajillionty secrets. Turns out Dan has a few secrets of his too, including his own infatuation with Kat that was tempered by one night in Vegas. When Kat turns to Dan with the most bizarre of requests, will Dan be the answer to her prayers in more way than one?

The thing I love about Penny’s Characters is that you can see elements of yourself in them, for me, particularly in her Heroines (I’m a cis-het woman after all). Penny reminds me of Kristen Ashley in that way, that, after reading one of her books, you feel like you’ve been looking in a mirror, seeing parts of yourself reflected back at you, and you wonder if you want to keep that element of yourself, or change it for something new, something better. That’s what good literature does, I think, make you reexamine yourself and the world around you. Penny is a good literaturist.

“Rolf’s Quest” – Aubrey Wynne

Amazon Link here: http://amzn.to/2oVdjoy

Medieval Magic. A first born son descendant of Merlin’s has to find his one true love (without the use of magic) to break a curse that keeps Merlin trapped inside a rowan tree. After generations of failing to do so, and with the rowan tree dying, this could be Merlin’s last chance. Can Rolf find true love and save Merlin when Melissa (who he’s dreamed of since he was a child) is betrothed to another. This was a sweet historical romance with smidges of magic, shape shifting, fated mates, a bad guy and found family. Definitely a fun romp.
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“Seeking Mr Wrong” – Tamara Morgan

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Penelope Blue Series Book 3
What happens when you take an infamous jewel thief plus her crew, plus her even more infamous Jewel Thief father, plus 500 hundred other criminals and place them on a cruise ship with a $20Million tiara? Shenanigans, that’s what you get! Imagine a cross between the Thomas Crown Affair, Castle and the Love Boat. This series is perfect for a movie trilogy or a TV show. Loveable rogues, Stalwart Federal Agents, the evergreen battle between love, duty and the thrill of the grift.

I hesitate to call it a romance because the hero/heroine are married, but as they’re still new in their relationship it still feels like they’re dating somehow, still discovering who they are in the context of their marriage. The best moments in the book are when Grant and Penelope work together, although it’s neither of their natural modus operandi.


“Cooking With Kandy” – Peggy Jaeger

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Kandy Laine is a superstar Cooking Guru, kinda like Rachael Ray but less annoying. After a series of suspected attempts on her life, her team calls in a private investigator/bodyguard. Classic Contemporary Romance with a dash of Romantic Suspense thrown in. Also Competence P0rn. There is never a moment where Kandy thinks of sidelining her business because of the shenanigans, she knows she has a literal empire resting on her shoulders. If she doesn’t work contracts get broken, people don’t get paid etc. I love our Hero who protected her but never compromised her agency. At times he was the perfect mirror for her to examine her work/life balance and her symbiotic relationships with her family members.

This series should come with a family tree in the notes as everyone working on TeamKandy is related in some way. It’s perfect sequel bait all over, will definitely check out more in the series.


“Dating The SuperHero” – S Doyle

Releases March 9th, preorder here http://amzn.to/2oM5CRE
Available under Kindle Unlimited

I love that you never know what you’re getting from S Doyle, but it’s gonna be good.
Jane is “different”, she’s kinda a super hero, not exactly with Super Powers, but with an unusual anatomy she’s able to do things others can’t. However that doesn’t mean her life is easy. She’s just starting college, uncertain of herself and what she wants from her future. Even with the support of her ACLU Lawyer Mom and life long best friend, she’s struggling to find her place in the world. Then along comes Logan, rich son of a recently convicted white collar criminal, he views himself as the Villain in our TeleNovella, because everyone has a role to fill, right?
I really enjoyed this exploration of the expectations being different or unusual places on someone, should they explore all the options or given in to the thing they seem destined to do. Framed in the world of a freshman, where every young adult is figuring out how to be self sufficient and a self starter as well as navigating new friendships and roles they get to plan. Can’t wait to find out what happens next in the finale of this duet!


March 5th Releases

Released Today! Kate Meader’s “Undone by You” http://amzn.to/2tdD9Jm

Book 3 in the Chicago Rebels (Hockey Romance) series. Openly gay GM Dante and firmly closeted Cade embark on a forbidden romance. Boss/Employee, Out/closeted & age gap means this is a relationship that can only happen behind closed doors, until all those pesky feelings get in the way. Most of this book runs in parallel to book 2 in the series. Loved how the resolution was handled. Dante is one of my favourite Heroes this year. Oy, sooo hot. Really enjoying this series. If you like Sports Romance, this is definitely the series for you!

“A Time to Fall” – Jess Vonn

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Smalltown Contemporary Romance.
Winnie Briggs is looking for a fresh start in Bloomsboro, running away from heartbreak and hopefully to a less complicated life.
Winnie’s the new editor in chief of the city’s newspaper, our hero, Cal, is the Director of the Chamber of Commerce and Winnie’s Landlady’s Son, so their paths will cross often. He’s burdened by his father’s past and refuses to commit to a romantic relationship, Winnie has sworn off men. So when the sparks fly and they can’t deny their attraction to each other, they agree to a no-strings attached fling. Guess how that goes!
I really liked how grown up they were about their needs and wants, they actually talked things through in terms of their physical relationship at least (because of course we can’t talk about the feeling they caught) and CONSENT!! ALL THE CONSENT!!
P.S Cal cooking was the most swoony thing ever! Cooking to deal with feelings instead of fighting? Yes please!

“A Daring Arrangement” – Joanna Shupe

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Gilded Age Set Historical Romance. Fake Relationship.
Oh Nora! She wanted the Guy, Dad hated the guy, ships her off to the colonies to bring herself back a more suitable man. Nora decides to find the most UN-suitable man to get Dad off her case. Seemingly Frivolous Julius seems to be the perfectly suitable unsuitable. Rich, Handsome, but as Nouveau Riche is not accepted in society. Nora trades access to society, for a fake relationship. However, the plan goes awry when they both catch the feelings. Great start to this new Gilded Age Series.