#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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#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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#CurrentRead – “Tell Me Something Good” – Jamie Wesley

AMAZON Link: https://amzn.to/2Cf4101

3rd Person. Dual POV.
Psychologist Radio Host Heroine, Talk-Sports Radio Host Hero. As a way to bump ratings, these two agree to do a joint show.
He doesn’t believe in love, She wants the whole love kit & kaboodle
Enemies to lovers meets opposites attract. Fun Read.
1st in One on One Series.
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#CURRENTREAD “WICKED & THE WALLFLOWER” – Sarah MacLean

AMAZON LINK: http://amzn.to/2PrIsuE

3rd Person, Dual POV.
Paperback is only $5.98!
Even though I have all the Rules of Scoundrels in Paperback, this was my First Sarah MacLean. I know now why she’s a Queen in the Historical romance world.
Scandalous spinster Heroine needs redemption for herself and her family.
Hero is London underbelly Kingpin with a thirst for vengeance.

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#CurrentRead “Josh & Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating” – Christina Lauren

AMAZON LINK: https://amzn.to/2owmFXk. Releases 9/4
1st Person. Dual POV.
School Teacher Heroine, Physical Therapist Hero. CLo Knocks it out of the park, #ContemporaryRomance at its best. Also ties in to my recent love for Kim’s Convenience with Simu Liu as my Josh muse !! #OppositesAttract, #FriendsToLovers

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