“Elijah’s Hope” – S Doyle

Releases today: AMAZON LINK https://amzn.to/2Rf8GGp

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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#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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“My Favourite Half Night Stand” – Christina Lauren

AMAZON LINK: https://amzn.to/2H5TLK0 releases December 4th

This was Christina Lauren perfection.
I loved the nuanced relationships between not only the hero and heroine, but their shared group of friends. I adored that it had fully fleshed out nerds with a full range of nerd behaviours. I am 100% there for each of that group to get their own book, even a novella (each), please and thank you.

There was a sympathetic treatment of modern online dating, although there were less dick pics than I expected.

Millie and Reid both had significant journeys to go on, which was a nice touch. Too often it’s only one of our main characters who has to come out from the chrysalis.

CLo is one of a very few authors who I am guaranteed to enjoy their books and will purchase without reservation.

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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 – “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 “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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#CurrentRead “A Duke By Default” – Alyssa Cole

AMAZON: http://amzn.to/2OgGrkH
3rd Person, Dual POV
Grumpy Sword maker Hero. Heroine is trying to find her place in the world.
Charming, witty banter, featuring pocket friends and LOLs galore.
Every person in this story is so fully fleshed out, it’s delightful.
Perfect Modern Contemporary Romance #swordbae #dukebae
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