Waiting On Wednesday: ‘Sapphire’ by J.A. Low (Book One in the Bratva Jewel Series)

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I really enjoyed J.A. Low’s rock star Dirty Texas series, and can not wait to read her new unconventional romance MMF story.

Sapphire by J.A. Low

Published by: Hachette Australia

Expected Publication: 30th july 2017

 

An unconventional love is tested to its limits in this completely immersive dark ménage suspense, for fans of JL Perry and Pepper Winters.

Mateo is used to being in the spotlight, he craves it in everything he does . . . except when it comes to his love life – that is firmly in the closet.

Tomas shuns the spotlight, the one he was born into, he wants nothing to do with it or his high-flying family who now reject him for his choices in love.

But Tomas’ and Mateo’s carefully constructed lives are turned inside out when they discover a beautiful, battered woman on their doorstep. The woman with the sapphire eyes has no memory of who she is or how she got there. Can they help her remember before the men who are after her find her first?

The first standalone book in the BRATVA JEWELS series from the author of the DIRTY TEXAS books, JA Low


REVIEW: Tempting Justice by Fiona Archer (Sons of Sydney Book 2)

Published: 18th April 2017

Publisher: Self Published

Pages: 340

Format: Ebook courtesy of the author for review

RRP: $ 5.42

5/5 Stars

His reckless behavior as a child caused the deaths of his entire family. On the lonely Sydney streets, the orphan found friends. Found “brothers.” Never again will Seattle Homicide Detective Heath Justice break the rules and risk his new family. Order and discipline govern his life…until he meets a curvaceous redhead. With two ugly murder cases to solve, the last thing he needs is this disconcertingly lovely, whirlwind of chaos, yet…charmed by her wit and intelligence, Heath can’t resist.

She believes rules are meant to be broken

Deep into writing a murder mystery, author London Shaw is shocked when she herself is implicated in a homicide. She can’t believe the ever-so-authoritarian Detective Heath Justice expects her to simply ignore the crime and go on about her business. Not happening. Although the man’s whiskey rough voice, cuffs, and masterful touch could melt any woman’s resistance—and does—she has a craving to do a little investigating herself.

When all or nothing is your only play

When Heath’s murder investigation threatens a far-reaching conspiracy, everyone he cares for becomes their target—including the woman he’s come to love.

The Justice brothers are back in the last instalment from Aussie author Fiona Archer, Tempting Justice, but this time it’s Heath’s time to get down and dirty with his leading lady London, a YA writer.

Following on from the explosive Craving Justice, Archer leaves nothing behind in this whirlwind of mystery, suspense, murder and the sweetest and truest love story I’ve read in a while.

Set about a month after the events of book one, Heath Justice meets his leading lady in one of the most quirky and adorably sexy cute meets there is. Right from the first time London creeps on to the page I was instantly drawn to her character and loved the contrast between the controlled rule-abiding Heath and the laid back sassy London. The pair will have you laughing one second and swooning the next as they learn to navigate each other and the situations they unwilling encounter as the book’s main events unfold.

I really am speechless when it comes to this book. Not only did I encounter just about every single emotion there is during the initial read of the book, but I’m in awe of the way Archer was able to pull the whole thing off. There is so much going on in this book, that I can not even begin to understand the mastery of the story telling that Archer has under her belt in order to pull the whole thing together so powerfully and effortlessly.

Every time I think I know what to expect from Archer’s writing, she ups the ante and has me dancing on the edge of my seat as I race the book to it’s epic conclusion. This book is everything I could have dreamed and then some. Archer’s writing style is flawless, her characters engaging and larger than life. The plot itself is complex and everything you could want from a romantic suspense book that is heavy both on the suspense and romance. This book seriously has it all and I can’t wait to dive into the rest of the series.

To purchase a copy of Tempting Justice, visit the following online retailers:

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REVIEW: Dirty (Dive Bar BK 1) by Kylie Scott

Published: 19th April 2016

Publisher: Pan Macmillan Australia/ St Martin’s Press

Pages: 288

Format: Ebook – purchased. Will purchase print copy when they arrive in store

RRP: $29.99 – Print | $5.99 – Ebook

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The last thing Vaughan Hewson expects to find when he returns to his childhood home is a broken hearted bride in his shower, let alone the drama and chaos that comes with her.

Lydia Green doesn’t know whether to burn down the church or sit and cry in a corner. Discovering the love of your life is having an affair on your wedding day is bad enough. Finding out it’s with his best man is another thing all together. She narrowly escapes tying the knot and meets Vaughan only hours later.

Vaughan is the exact opposite of the picture perfect, respected businessman she thought she’d marry. This former musician-turned-bartender is rough around the edges and unsettled. But she already tried Mr. Right and discovered he’s all wrong-maybe it’s time to give Mr. Right Now a chance.

After all, what’s wrong with getting dirty?

Kylie Scott is one of a kind. She’s the only author that I’ve received the book on the day of release and finished it that same day. Well before midnight. I bow down to you Kylie; this book was perfection. It had everything I wanted and more: a good story line, relate-able and realistic characters, romance, humour, and fantastic writing.

Kylie Scott is the queen of unique, hilarious, jaw dropping and page turning openings. And Dirty is no exception. No other author has been able to hook me so completely and so effortlessly as Kylie has done with her last five books (LickPlay, LeadDeep and now Dirty).

Stepping away from the glamour of the Stage Dive Boys, Dirty is a rock star book with a difference. That being one that highlights the other side of the glamour and lights, with bands that splits up, relationships that don’t hold out, and houses that are falling apart and no money to speak off. It’s the heartbreaking story of Vaughan, who we meet briefly in Deep as part of a support act of Stage Dive’s tour), a rock star musician whose band was up and coming and had it all but made, only to be left alone and broken on the other side of fame.

Kylie Scott is renowned for writing romances with relatable characters. She usually includes plus side characters, and ones with pretty big, but every day flaws. In Dirty, the first of a new spin of series from the much loved and highly praised Stage Dive Series, we have Vaughan a man running from his past and unable to see past what could have been’s, and Lydia a women so desperate to be loved that she almost marries the wrong man and is a victim of societies preconceived misjudgments. Both characters have huge personalities that clash and complement each other, and don’t event get me started on the sizzling off the charts chemistry these two share.

Vaughan might not have his shit together, but he’s a grown up and he owns his mistake. All of which makes him the perfect hero and book boyfriend in my mind. He is so caring and it’s not his emotions holding him back from Lydia, but rather their time and place. It’s refreshing. What’s more I adore the way he is with Lydia, constantly telling her he loves her for who she is, not who she could be say she loose a couple of kilos here and there.

‘I didn’t like you trying to hide parts of yourself from me.’ Vaughan stared at the wall. ‘I’m not like that asshole, picking and choosing which bits of you suit him and expecting you to change the rest. I’m into you, Lydia. All of you.’

The respect and acceptance between Lydia and Vaughan is an aspect I personally find lacking in a lot of books across all genres lately, and I’m so relieved that Scott doesn’t have characters that are always stick thin and perfect. The world isn’t that way; people aren’t usually that way, so why must all of the kick arse characters be that way!

I also loved that Lydia and Vaughan don’t buy into the love at first sight thing. But rather crazy at first sight is their thing.

‘Do you believe in crazy at first sight?’

Lines creased above his brow. ‘What?’

‘I’m not down with the whole L-word and I don’t think this, whatever this is, is that. So don’t freak out and suddenly accuse me of being a stage-ten clinger or something, got it?’

‘Okay.’ He looked amused.

‘But what if there was crazy at first sight? Because I think we have a credible basis for that.’

For a moment he just stared at me, obviously deep in thought. ‘I definitely thought you were crazy the first time I saw you, sitting in my shower in that dress.’

INSTA-love is clearly not Vaughan or Lydia’s thing, and I for one I can’t help but love Scott more for that. Especially because witnessing these two characters first meet, get to know each other and their slow dance falling into love was simply beautiful to watch and it made the story so much better for it.

From the moment they meet their world was never going to be the same, nor as quiet, as the week they spend together is fraught with traumatic, and dramatic turn after turn. Yet these dramatic events are still, in many ways, everyday occurrences for some people, so the drama in the book and their relationship felt real and honest and not over the top like a lot of books on the market currently.

Lastly, the tiny cameo by Stage Dive’s favourite drummer, Mal was just the icing on the cake for this already awesome book. As a self confessed lover of the hyperactive Malcolm Ecrisom, the way he was snuck in to the book with the romance book throwaway line was kind of epic. Kylie Scott you are a god among mere mortals.

‘Trust me, never mock a romance book,’ said Mal with all the zest of a manic street preacher. ‘You have no idea the amount of good they can do between the sheets and on the streets. If you love your girl? Buy her books.’

I couldn’t agree more Mal, I couldn’t agree more!

And lastly, one last teaser quote from Lydia, because she is bad arse and so much fun to read.

Apparently the French refer to an orgasm as the little death. However, that didn’t cover it. Try the mass murder of all my hopes and dreams. It shouldn’t have felt so astonishingly mind-numbingly superb to fall for a man who’d never be mine. But it did.

Love Sucks

When I finished the Stage Dive series, I honestly didn’t think Scott could top that series, or create better characters then those from previous books, but you know what? She did. I love Lydia and Vaughan and am so intrigued by the secondary characters in this book that I can’t wait for the second book in the series, Twist to be released in 2017.

 

 

To learn more about Kylie Scott, visit the following social media sites:

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REVIEW: The Vineyard In The Hills By Lily Malone

Published: 22nd August 2016 (Originally published as  So Far Into You in October 2015)

Publisher: Escape Publishing

Pages: 248

Format: Paperback

RRP: $29.99

5/5 Stars 

A new Australian rural romance about a millionaire wine tycoon, the woman he betrayed and the second chance neither was looking for…

When she cut her viticulture degree short and moved home, Remy wasn’t thinking about anything more than making the next dollar for her pocket. Working two jobs to keep food on the table and a loan shark from the door, Remy and her mother slowly build a new life together. Then a freak storm tears through the Margaret River Wine Festival — and Seth Lasrey tears through Remy’s life.

Seth is old money. She is no money. He’s the boss. She’s his employee. He is society connections and expectations. She is threats and bad decisions and lost dreams. They seem to be so wrong they can only be right — until a costly mistake and a timely deception drives them apart. Remy picks up the pieces of her life and begins anew. The last thing she expects is Seth to show up in her small town in South Australia, bringing with him memories that she can’t escape and a damaged heart that she’s not sure she can resist.

Previously published in ebook as So Far Into You.

I love that feeling when a book just captures your attention and holds you captive from the first to the very last page. Sadly it’s all too rare to find a book that does simply that these days, but Lily Malone’s  latest release The Vineyard In The Hills  did just that and so much more. I started this book at 11 am and read it straight through without moving. If that doesn’t say how amazing this book is in itself I seriously don’t know what will!

The Vineyard In The Hills by Lilly Malone was everything I could have dreamed the book being and then some. Set firmly in wine country Australia, more specifically the lovely Margaret River region, the book is just as beautiful as it’s picturesque setting. It’s a story about first loves and second chances, about family and loyalties and what it means to have a place that is your very own. It was simply divine!

Much like our protagonist  Remy, I fell head over heels for Seth  early in the book and really enjoyed the story of how the pair fall in love.  In fact the narrative itself was so well written and so descriptive (without being overly descriptive) that it was almost like their story was playing out on a movie screen before my very eyes. And what a romantic story it was!  Remy and Seth just clicked from that very first moment and the pair have crazy chemistry it was electrifying!

I honestly can not recommend The Vineyard In The Hills  more highly enough; the story was refreshing and unique, picturesque and sizzling hot. But more importantly the characters were so down to earth that they could almost be anyone you’d meet on a daily occurrence (well minus Seth’s millionaire status that is).

The Vineyard In The Hills  is the perfect lazy summer day book, or one best read with a glass of your favourite wine on hand.

 

To learn more about Lilly Malone, visit the following social media sites:

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To purchase a copy of The Vineyard In The Hills, visit the following online retailers:

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REVIEW: ‘Playing It Cool’ By Amy Andrews (Sydney Smoke Rugby BK 1 )

Published: 12th September 2016

Publisher: Entangled Publishing

Pages: 163

Format: Ebook courtesy of the publisher

RRP: $3.99

4.5/5 Stars 

Harper Nugent might have a little extra junk in her trunk, but her stepbrother calling her out on it is the last straw… When rugby hottie, Dexter Blake, witnesses the insult, he surprises Harper by asking her out. In front of her dumbass brother. Score! Of course, she knows it’s not for reals, but Dex won’t take no for an answer.

Dexter Blake’s life revolves around rugby with one hard and fast rule: no women. Sure, his left hand is getting a workout, but he’s focused on his career for now. Then he overhears an asshat reporter belittle the curvy chick he’d been secretly ogling. What’s a guy to do but ask her out? It’s just a little revenge against a poser, and then he’ll get his head back in the game.

But the date is better than either expected. So is the next one. And the next. And the heat between them…sizzles their clothes right off.

Suddenly, this fake relationship is feeling all too real…

Every now and then a book comes along that knocks you for six; this latest release from Aussie author Amy Andrews just happened to be that book for me.

Harper Nugent knows exactly who she is, and it’s this confidence that first draws Dexter Blake – a professional rugby player – to her. When Dexter overhears a comment from a smart arse reporter putting her down because of her weight, he steps in and asks Harper out and so begins their whirlwind fake relationship. With sizzling chemistry and a laid back friendship; the lines of fake and real have never been so blurred …

There was so much to love about this book. Andrew’s writing is simply perfection. The way she balances both the characters vulnerabilities and their playful side is nothing short of amazing. The sexual chemistry between the two leads is off the charts, and the humour in this book had me laughing out loud, in public I might add, for ages. It’s been a long time since a book was able to make me do that!

What’s more the characters and the entire plot is just so relate-able – okay, so maybe we haven’t all found a rich professional sportsman to shack up with, but a girl can dream that part can’t she. It’s written in such a honest way that you can’t help get swept up with the characters and their plight. But it also feels so real, like you could interchange the characters with people from your life and the story would still work.

I loved Harper Nugent. So much that I’m going to go out on a limb and say she’s my favourite female heroine of 2016. She’s feisty, playful and doesn’t treat much seriously. She deals with a pessimistic family who focus on her weight rather than her self worth and she doesn’t complain. Yes she has self worth issues because of it, but that’s where Dexter comes in.

Dexter Blake is all man and oh so so so good. Yes I’m aware he is fictional, but still, Andrews has ruined me for all other men here. Although flawed and blinded by what he has right in front of him, Dexter is down to earth despite his professional standing, and he knows what he wants. More importantly however, is that he isn’t afraid to get involved when a man is dressing down a woman based on weight right before his eyes. Sure he needs a few wake up calls along the way, but he was good for a laugh and the perfect hero to seep Harper right off her feet.

Playing It Cool packs one hell of a sizzling punch and is going to either make you want to watch a rugby game stat, or turn you off the sport forever more because you can’t stop blushing. It’s sweet romance, that’s a little bit nerdy and just comfortable. These characters were made for each other and I hope that Andrews features them in another book in the Sydney Smoke Rugby series later on, because I couldn’t get enough of them!

Harper Nugent was the real deal. 100 percent diamond. Nothing cubic about her. And he’d know that from the beginning. From her reluctance to get involved with him in the first place, to her lack or artifice, to how easy it felt sitting there on her couch, Harper had been a breath of fresh air.

And that is exactly what this book is. Real. Honest. Vulnerable. It beats with a vibrant heart that is sure to have you turning the pages/swiping the pages faster and laughing out loud with the characters. It’s a book that you will remember for the way it made you feel. It was the most delicious breath of fresh air and I can’t wait to dive into the rest of the series.

Note: Although this is the second book in the series, each book can be read as a standalone. Full disclosure, I haven’t read book one yet, but I downloaded it the second I finished this one!

You can purchase a copy of Playing It Cool by visiting the following online retailers:

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BLOG TOUR: ‘Playing It Cool’ by Amy Andrews Excerpt Reveal

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Excerpt

“What do you want?” Her voice was husky as she slid her hands onto his thighs and Dex shivered at her touch.
He shrugged. Just looking down at her like this, her face upturned, her long dark hair falling down her naked back, her breasts thrust out and tipped in a golden glow from the television was driving him crazy. “They’re your spoils.”
She wet her lips again and it took all Dex’s willpower not to swoop down and crush his mouth on hers.
“I want to know.”
Dex shook his head. She’d be shocked if she knew the things he wanted to do to her. “Trust me—” he reached his hand out and pushed a lock of her hair behind her ear. “You don’t.”
She dug the pads of her fingers into his thighs and the sensation streaked straight to his balls, sizzling hot at the base of his spine. “Humour me.”
Dex locked his gaze with hers. He could see fever glint in their depths. The kind of fever that heated his blood and stirred deep in the muscles of his inner thighs.
She wanted to hear the words…
“I want to strip that underwear off you. I want to lay you flat and bury my head between your thighs and stay there until you forget the name of any other man who’s ever gone down on you.”
He trailed his fingers along her jaw not trusting himself in this moment to not follow through on what he’d just described. His thumb rubbed at the full soft crescent of her bottom lip.
“I want to kiss you until we both can’t breathe. I want to push your gorgeous breasts together and thrust my cock between them until I come all over them. I want to look down and see your mouth around my dick.”
Dex sucked in an uneven breath. He was dizzy with the images bombarding his mind, intoxicated by the possibilities, by the things he wanted to do to this woman. With this woman.
“I want to turn you upside down and inside out with wanting me. I want to bend you over the arm of this couch and fuck you until you’re begging me to stop. Hell, I want to bend you over every goddamn piece of furniture in this place.”   
Dex stopped, the breath thick in the back of his throat, as his mind swirled into an abyss of devolving scenarios. Ropes, paddles, wax encrusted nipples. All that fifty shades of grey shit. He wasn’t into pain—hers or his. But the way she was looking up at him, her pretty wet lips parted and so very near, was fogging his brain with reckless lust.

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Suddenly, this fake relationship is feeling all too real…”

Playing it Cool by Amy Andrews releases on September 12th!

Standalone. Sports Romance.

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Blurb

Score one for the curvy girls!

Harper Nugent might have a little extra junk in her trunk, but her stepbrother calling her out on it is the last straw… When rugby hottie, Dexter Blake, witnesses the insult, he surprises Harper by asking her out. In front of her dumbass brother. Score! Of course, she knows it’s not for reals, but Dex won’t take no for an answer.


Dexter Blake’s life revolves around rugby with one hard and fast rule: no women. Sure, his left hand is getting a workout, but he’s focused on his career for now. Then he overhears an asshat reporter belittle the curvy chick he’d been secretly ogling. What’s a guy to do but ask her out? It’s just a little revenge against a poser, and then he’ll get his head back in the game.

But the date is better than either expected. So is the next one. And the next. And the heat between them…sizzles their clothes right off.


Suddenly, this fake relationship is feeling all too real…

 

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About the Author

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Amy Andrews is a multi-published, award- winning author of 50+ romance novels across both traditional and digital platforms. She writes for Harlequin Mills and Boon, Entangled, Harper Collins Australia, Momentum Publishing, Escape Publishing and Tule. She’s sold in excess of a million books worldwide and has been translated into over a dozen languages. In her spare time she is a PICU nurse and mother of two teenagers. She lives on acreage on the outskirts of Brisbane, Australia but secretly wishes it was the hillsides of Tuscany.

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Blog Tour: Dirty (Dive Bar Bk 1) by Kylie Scott

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Are you ready to get Dirty?

Dirty is Book One in Kylie Scott’s Dive Bar Series.

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Blurb

The last thing Vaughan Hewson expects to find when he returns to his childhood home is a broken hearted bride in his shower, let alone the drama and chaos that comes with her.

Lydia Green doesn’t know whether to burn down the church or sit and
cry in a corner. Discovering the love of your life is having an affair on your wedding day is bad enough. Finding out it’s with his best man is another thing all together. She narrowly escapes tying the knot and meets Vaughan only hours later.

Vaughan is the exact opposite of the picture perfect, respected businessman she thought she’d marry. This former musician-turned-bartender is rough around the edges and unsettled. But she already tried Mr. Right and discovered he’s all wrong-maybe it’s time to give Mr. Right Now a chance.

After all, what’s wrong with getting dirty?

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Excerpt

“Once upon a time,” he began, voice low and measured. “There was a princess. A beautiful, occasionally annoying princess.”

“What was her name?”

“Ah, Notlydia.”

I frowned. “Her name is Notlydia?”

“You wanted a story, I’m giving you one. Shut up.”

“Whatever.”

An even heavier sigh from the man. “Anyhoo, Notlydia was all set up to marry this prince. We’ll call him Prince Bag of Dicks.”

“Works for me.”

“But on the day of her wedding, when she was wearing this sweet dress that served her tits up like they were a fucking platter—”

“Is this an R-rated story?”

“Please,” he said, sliding an arm around my bare waist. And I let him. “R is for rubbish. If you don’t get to see any penetration then you’re wasting your time. This is XXX.”

I laughed.

“So on the day of her wedding to Prince Bag of Dicks, Notlydia kisses him and he turns into a big slimy two-headed toad with terrible breath and even worse foot odor.”

“Whoa.” I rested my head back against his shoulder. “Poor Notlydia.”

“Hell of a plot twist, right?”

“Never saw that one coming.”

“Mm.” He rested his cheek against the top of my head.

“What happens next?”

“Well, she’s completely freaked out, of course.”

“Of course.”

“And she takes off into the woods. She’s running through bushes, jumping fences, climbing trees, you name it. Nothing’s going to stop her from getting the hell away from that toad, Prince Bag of

Dicks.” He took a sip of beer. “Unfortunately, she loses her fancy dress along the way. She’s just down to some skimpy underwear and a corset and with all that jogging through the forest, it’s barely holding her in. One decent breath and there’s going to be nipple out there for all the world to see.

Did I happen to mention she’d been voted Best Rack in the kingdom four years running? Anyway, eventually she finds this small cottage. Now, what you don’t know about Notlydia is that she has a shady past.”I tried to look up at him. But with the angle, all I got was stubble and cheekbone. “That doesn’t sound like Notlydia.”

“Be quiet.” A hand covered my mouth. “Notlydia’s a dirty, dirty girl. Got a bad side like you wouldn’t believe. A little breaking and entering is nothing to her. So into the house she goes. But she’s all muddy from running through the woods, see? She can’t let people see her like this, she’s a princess, for fuck’s sake.”

The hand remained over my mouth. Which was fine, I had nothing to add to his pornographic fairy tale.

“Notlydia gets in the shower and starts soaping herself. There’s lots of bubbles and steam, and she’s a modern woman so there’s a bit of self-love. She even finds time to wash her hair, shave under her pits. Things like that. But then the owner of the cottage wakes up and hears the water running. He stomps into the bathroom saying, someone’s using up my hot water. Notlydia cries out, not me, not me.”

He craned his neck, meeting my gaze. “See, babe, what did I tell you? That Notlydia is a filthy little liar.”

I looked up to heaven. No help was forthcoming.

“Someone’s using up all my soap, says the owner. Not me, not me, cries Notlydia.” He put his lips next to my ear. “She should be ashamed of herself, shouldn’t she? If ever a busty princess deserved a spanking.”

I bit at the palm of his hand, teeth catching at the fleshy mound beneath his thumb.

“Ow.” He laughed, pulling his hand free. “Then the owner said, someone’s been fingering herself in my shower.”

“Stop!” I put my hands over my ears, trying desperately to hold in my laughter. “This is the worst story ever. The Brothers Grimm are rolling over in their graves.”

“Notlydia throws back the shower curtain and says, oh yeah, big boy, that was me. Come and get it. And they have wild sex all over the cottage.” Vaughan’s body jerked beneath mine as he laughed his ass off. “The end.”

“No way. Notlydia is virtuous and pure. She’d never pull that sort of shit.”

“Nah.” He chuckled. “It all happened exactly as I said. Dirtiest princess in all the land.”

“Like hell. The owner of that cottage was a pervert and a deviant. Why, he would have picked the lock on a chastity belt. She never stood a chance.” Difficult to maintain my pious stance, given I’d started laughing so hard tears were pouring down my cheeks. The funny bastard. “I want to know more about this cottage owner. What’s his name?”

“I don’t know. Let me think . . .” He rested his chin back on top of my head. “He definitely isn’t Prince Charming.”

“He could be!”

Silence.

“If he wanted to. Or not. Whatever,” I added weakly. Crap. “Let’s go back to not talking.”

I was a moron.

We’d been all relaxed and laughing. Me and my idiot mouth. Way to go, Lydia. Just shout out any old impossible daydream to the dude who’s made it clear there was no future “we.” If someone could just direct me to the nearest brick wall, I’d knock a little sense into myself.On the other hand, it was two stupid words. Surely he could have ignored the last hundred years of Disney perpetuating slick-haired young royals gallivanting around the countryside saving hot babes in distress. For the sake of getting along. God knows, Chris never had any problems ignoring or placating me. I’d seen his thoughtless gorgeous smile aimed my way a hundred times. No, a thousand. If only I’d recognized it for what it was.

Ugh. Just the thought of it made me want to punch the douche all over again.

Maybe I needed a bit more than a week to get over that catastrophe. The money would help. Substantially. I’d never imagined that compromising my morals and taking hush money from such foul woe-begotten assholes would feel so good. Maybe I should sell out more often.

“This, ah, this Prince Charming of yours,” he said haltingly.

“Yes?”

Vaughan shifted beneath me, pushing out a heavy breath. “I mean, it doesn’t make sense, does it? Why would he be in a cottage instead of a castle?”

“Well . . . his parents, the king and queen of the neighboring kingdom, died in a terrible accident.”

I stayed perfectly still, waiting to see how he’d react.

“I see.”

“And it hurt him so bad he just, he didn’t want to be a prince anymore.”

Nothing from him.

“Bad things happen in fairy tales sometimes.”

A grunt.

“It’s not fair, but it happens,” I said, feeling my way with more caution than skill. “The prince loved his parents and the castle had too many memories.”

“Hmm.”

“So he ran away into the woods too.”

“Doesn’t sound like much of a prince if he can’t handle his shit,” he said.

“Princes are just men too, human beings. I don’t think a crown or a penis gives you magical invulnerability to loss and pain.” I stared at the wall, thinking the problem through. “Life is hard.

Terrible things happen. We all have feelings. We’re all just flesh and blood, trying to do our best.”

“Running away from problems isn’t doing your best.” His voice echoed around the small room, the same as around in my head.

What with holding the Coeur d’Alene title for runaway bride of the year, I had no answer. None at all. So much for my half-assed wisdom.

 

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Kylie is a long time fan of erotic love stories and B-grade horror films. She demands a happy ending and if blood and carnage occur along the way then all the better. Based in Queensland, Australia with her two children and one delightful husband, she reads, writes and never dithers around on the internet.
Kylie is represented by Amy Tannenbaum at the Jane Rotrosen Agency, New York.

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REVIEW: Escaping Mr. Right by Avril Tremayne

Published: January 17, 2016

Publisher: Random Romance, An Imprint of Random House Australia

Pages: 208

Format: Ebook Courtesy of the publisher and netgalley

RRP: $2.99

5/5 Stars

Sometimes Mr Right is Mr Wrong, and Mr Wrong is definitely Mr Right . . .
Television reporter Chloe Masters is a woman of cool control . . . except when Casanova rugby league player Nick Savage is around. Then cool control goes out the window. Her boyfriend, Marcus, is everything she ever wanted – but it’s getting harder to deny her body’s reaction to Nick . . .
Nick Savage has been head-over-heels since he first laid eyes on Chloe – just a moment too late to stop her connecting with his team mate, Marcus. But when the goalposts shift and he and Chloe are thrown together on a week away, Nick dares her to get physical in whatever way she wants – with a kiss, a punch or anything in between. And if Chloe claims to feel nothing, he’ll leave her alone for good.
How can Chloe say no to a week of mindless passion with the man she hasn’t been able to get out of her head?
Trouble is, a lot can go wrong (or right) in a week . . .

I was so totally with this book that I would have finished it one sitting had my ereader’s battery not died. Let’s just say it was a long agonising wait for it to charge back up!

Escaping Mr. Right was the most perfect, quick, hilarious, romantic book I’ve read in a while. I totally devoured this book in one massive gulp and was left with the worlds biggest book hangover for days afterwards.

Just to emphasise how much I LOVE this book, I literally have a note on the THIRD paragraph of the narrative that reads: Fun quirky start. Love the humour and the characters already. That like never happens. Ever. What’s more Tremayne’s dialogue was superb. It was really natural, but super witty too and in the moment.

Chloe Masters is a television news reporter who appears to have the world’s most perfect life. With a well paying, high-flying career and the perfect leading football star Marcus as her permanent eye-candy and leading man, she’s living the life that women around the world are drooling over. There’s only one problem however, it’s mostly a lie. While she has the career, she wants a more serious reporting gig and not some fluff piece that nobody really cares about. And as for that eye-candy leading man? Well he and his team mate Nick Savage are about to rip the floor right from under her. Oh and have I mentioned that her emotional well being was on tenterhooks anyway thanks to a rough childhood that she goes to great lengths to hide? Yeah, her ideal and perfect life is about to go to hell; Nick Savage is about to take her there.

Nick Savage is a man who knows what he wants. And he wants Chloe Masters. Never mind that she’s the serious long-time girlfriend of his friend and team captain, Marcus. Relationships are fleeting and nothing is set in stone. However when a kiss goes to far, he risks losing Chloe for good. Quick thinking and desperation actions on behalf of both him and Marcus see Chloe forced into taking a reporting gig in Manila to cover a charity building a playground for an Orphanage. The news story has heart, but can Nick win Chloe’s?

Tremayne really showed just how much of a seasoned pro she is with this narrative. Not only is the book perfectly polished, but it is so well paced in terms of story and sexual chemistry that before you know it you’ll have reached the final page sooner than you intended. The characters, particularly Chloe and Nick, are larger than life and they don’t so much as leap of the page, as run you down in their race to prove themselves and come out on top in their highly competitive, psychological game of catch-me-if-you-can and kiss-my-arse.

While this book is hot, steaming with flirtation and unresolved sexual tension and chemistry, Tremayne has done the impossible and also build in a strong emotional and humanitarian story line that compliments the romance aspects of the book. I balled my eyes out in passages of this book, with my heart breaking constantly for both Chloe and Nick as we delved further into their back stories and what they were confronting head on in Manila. Honestly, you think you know these pair, or at least their type, at the start of the book only to be proved time and time again just how wrong you were. I really appreciated how Tremayne was about to contrast the fun and flirty with the serious and heartbreaking hard reality of orphanages and children left behind.

At it’s centre this is a book about family, love and being left behind. It’s about enduring love and self worth. It’s about being able to let your walls down and let someone in despite the pain that is sure to come. It’s moving, mesmerising and just so brilliant you won’t be able to pick up another book for at least another week! Have I mentioned that I loved this book? So what are you waiting for? Get yourself a copy NOW!

I’ve never read any of Avril Tremayne’s books before, but I’m definitely a fan now and will be one-clicking her back list as quickly as I possibly can. With Escaping Mr. Right she has firmly cemented her place on my MUST buy list.

Escaping Mr Right isn’t the only book set in this book world. Wanting Mr Wrong was the first book, and although the characters from that book have cameos in this one, I don’t think you miss anything buy not having read it first.

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REVIEW: ‘A Kiss From Kringle’ by Rhian Cahill

Published: 1st December 2015

Publisher: Escape Publishing, Harlequin Australia

Pages: 49

Format: Ebook (courtesy of the Publisher & Netgalley)

RRP: $0.99

3.5/5 Stars

For a man called Chris Kringle, Christmas is the most magical time of the year.  But this year, there’s something about a certain elf that’s grabbed his attention in the best of ways. 

Leah Ward didn’t start the day intending to be an elf in Santa’s Village, but to help her sister she’d do anything, including an impersonation and squeezing into a too-tight elf suit.  But Leah didn’t count on the boss discovering her deception – or that he’d be enchanted by it. She certainly didn’t count on Chris deciding all his future kisses would belong to her.

A firm believer in Christmas magic, Chris knows the sparks that fly when he meets Leah are the once-in-a-lifetime kind, and he sees no point in wasting any time. All he has to do is convince a soft-hearted cynic that all magic is real – and that Christmas magic is the most powerful of all.

 

Over time my family have established certain Christmas traditions that are carried out each year in the led up to Christmas. For the most part it’s simply stuff like putting the tree up and decorating the house, wrapping presents, light hunting (on other people’s houses), getting Santa photos with the little sister, etc. Probably our biggest traditions have to do with Christmas Eve. For you see Santa comes around on the boat and my local community all have a big Christmas party and the kids get lolly bags from Santa and the elves while the adults catch up with people and get drunk, before we all go home and put our shoes out around the Christmas tree. Why am I telling you all this? Because for the last couple of years I’ve been reading Rhian Cahill’s Christmas novella’s in the lead up to Christmas and it’s become one of my own personal Christmas traditions now that I get excited over each year. So when the publisher put up an early copy of A Kiss From Kringle up on Netgalley, I may have gotten a bit excited and it really started to feel like Christmas for me.

A Kiss From Kringle is an endearing little holiday romance between Chris Kringle, one of the owners of Frosty’s Snowmen (a Christmas wonderland for kids) and Leah Ward a teacher who would do anything for her sister Haylee and her adorable niece Meggie. When Frosty’s Snowmen opens its doors for the first day of the season, Haylee Ward is unable to work because of a sick Meggie, fearing that she’d loose her job before she even starts, Leah steps in and agrees to pretend to be Haylee for the day. No one knows who Haylee is, so surely one day of Leah-pretending-to-be-Haylee can’t hurt can it?

When Chris notices a beautiful woman looking after kids in his Christmas Wonderland he is enamoured, but also confused… he didn’t hire this woman. This he is sure of. When he confronts Leah, they have a little chat, but chemistry fireworks are the last thing either of them expected to come from it.

“As bizarre as it was, he knew he was meant to be with this woman.“.

Full of Cahill’s trademark humour and festive cheer, A Kiss From Kringle is well rounded and unique play on well known Christmas concepts. I loved reading all the witty puns and one-liners that both Chris and Leah throw our way, but must admit to cringing alongside Leah at Chris’ over-the-top Instalove. While I love the idea of the hero being so certain and gun-ho that he would do anything for the heroine, I just didn’t buy into their chemistry as fast, or as much, as I was probably meant to. Which isn’t altogether a bad thing – as I’m not a huge believer in love-at-first-sight to begin with (GASP! I know, and I call my self an avid romancer reader and lover!), but there was just some little element missing between these two that would have made their relationship all that much more explosive for me as a reader. For me, Chris Kringle was infactuated with Leah, and while she feels something for him (no one is denying that), it’s all so sudden and intense and I just feel like there is something missing here. Some tiny element that holds it all together. That said, I really like the couple, and was pleased with the events of the story, because ultimately I really really wanted them to get together.. and so they did it a little faster then I was expecting so what Jess?

‘It’s a miracle.’

‘More Christmas Magic.’

Leah shook her head. ‘You don’t believe that.’

‘I run a company that specialises in the magic of Christmas. Of course I believe.’

She frowned, her head tilting to one side.

‘you really mean it.’

‘Yep.’ Her lack of faith made Chris sad. He wanted to show her the magic again. he was sure she’d had it once. She couldn’t be the way she was with her sister and niece or the children she taught if she didn’t, on some level, recognise the pleasure of this time of year — or the joy of believing. ‘And, because I’m selfless, I’m going to prove the magic exists.’

I really loved the idea of Christmas Magic and how enthusiast and strongly Chris believed in it, even when faced with Leah’s scepticism. For much like Leah, I’ve lost a lot of that childhood love for Christmas thanks to working in retail, and it was really sweet to relieve that overwhelming and all encompassing spirit (and craziness) once again through Chris’ character and then again Leah’s.

Having read this a couple of days ago, I’m still smiling from ear-to-ear having returned to Frosty Snowman’s. I loved revisiting this setting and all its characters, I may have swooned over the cameos from older characters and then started desperately praying for others to get their book next year. What’s more, a day after reading this novella, I learnt that a place very much like this actually exists in Sydney! (Albeit I imagine it’s probably not so steamy as this one.) If I was five, I would be begging my parents to take me there right this second, alas, I’m not five and will not go. But I just love the idea so much. It’s perfect and I can’t thank Rhian Cahill enough for this series, or really any of her Christmas novellas.

A Kiss From Kringle is a really sweet, but sexy story, about falling in love at Christmas. It’s fast paced, full on and full of Instalove.

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