That Man Next Door by Nadia Lee

Synopsis  

I’m a twenty-two year-old virgin who’s had five one-night stands. How’s that possible? Easy. I’ve never gone all the way. I just chicken out and bail. Thank God, I’ve always selected men I’ll never run across again…

…until that sexy-as-sin Matt from last weekend moves in next door…

…then shows up as a new in-house counsel at Sweet Darlings Inc. where I work.

Oh…crap.

But it was dark in the hotel room. If I put on a boring office outfit and Clark Kent glasses, he won’t recognize me…

Right?


More Details

Genre: Romance
Page Length: 320
Characters: Jan and Matt
Publication Date: 24th October
Format: eARC


Review

I received an advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

This is the first book by Nadia Lee so I wasn’t sure what to expect but this book turned out to be a great little read.

Jan has had 5 one night stand and is still a virgin, how? because she runs out on the guy before going through with it and thankfully never sees them again. That’s until Matt who is the latest guy she bails on, he moves in next door and then shows up as the new guy where she works!

The book is told in the first person from almost entirely Jan’s perspective. The last chapter is from Matt’s and its so swoon worthy!

The story really sucked me in, I started this last night and finished this afternoon because I enjoyed reading it so much. The pace of the relationship was a little faster than I would normally like, but there was no insta love, just lots and lots of lust and steaminess.

I found myself relating Jan quite a lot because she is very overly critical of herself and I’m largely the same way. I found her very enduring and easy to connect too. Matt was lovely, perfect guy next door material.

That man next door1

The Bottom Line:

This is a feel-good romantic story – a perfect light read. I would recommend.

My Rating:  4/5 🌟🌟🌟🌟


About the author

Nadia Lee

3247259Bilingual former management consultant Nadia Lee has lived in four different countries and enjoyed many adventures and excellent food around the globe. In the last eight years, she has kissed stingrays, got bitten by a shark, ridden an elephant and petted tigers.

She shares an apartment overlooking a river and palm trees in Japan with her husband, winter white hamsters and an ever-widening pile of books. When she’s not writing, she can be found digging through old Asian historical texts or planning another trip.

Visit Nadia on her website or her blog. You can also say hello on Facebook or Twitter.


THAT MAN NEXT DOOR IS RELEASED ON THE 24TH OCTOBER 2017 – PRE-ORDER HERE:

   circle icon - Nook circle icon - iBooks circle icon - Kobo circle icon - google play


Advertisements

Bountiful (True North #4) – Sarina Bowen

Synopsis  

No last names. No life stories. Those were the rules.

Once upon a time a cocky, copper-haired tourist sauntered into Zara’s bar. And even though she knew better, Zara indulged in a cure for the small-town blues. It was supposed to be an uncomplicated fling—a few sizzling weeks before he went back to his life, and she moved on.

Until an accidental pregnancy changed her life.

Two years later, she’s made peace with the notion that Dave No-Last-Name will never be found. Until one summer day when he walks into her coffee shop, leveling her with the same hot smile that always renders her defenseless.

Dave Beringer has never forgotten the intense month he spent with prickly Zara. Their nights together were the first true intimacy he’d ever experienced. But the discovery of his child is the shock of a lifetime, and his ugly past puts relationships and family out of reach.

Or does it? Vermont’s countryside has a way of nurturing even tortured souls. The fields and the orchards—and hard won love—are Bountiful.


 More Details

Genre: Romance
Page Length: 315
Characters: Zara, Dave
Publication Date: 20th October
Format: eARC


Review

I received an advanced copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

I usually avoid books with the accidental pregnancy/pregnancy storylines because in general, I’m not really interested in pregnancy and kids, but as this, by Sarina Bowen, I made an exception.

Dave meets Zara in a bar during his summer vacation. They have a brief and intense liaison. Dave goes back home and Zara discovers she is pregnant. Zara tries to track Dave down but to no avail and concludes that she will never see him again and concentrates on running her business and bring her daughter up.. Fast forward 2 years and Dave is back in town and hasn’t forgotten Zara, after walking into Zara’s coffee shop the first thing she tells him is that they have a daughter together.

I really enjoyed this story, I was really rooting for Dave the whole time and hoped that he would step up and be a father. I liked Zara’s fire, she was strong and independent and gave Dave a way out, which was pretty brave when all she wanted was him to be with her and Nicole.

The journey that characters went on was intense. I felt the love they had for one another to true and I liked that there was no insta love or that they felt the need to be together just because they had a kid together. They just genuinely loved each other and in doing so had learned how to make life work for them.

This story is told in the first person from both the perspectives of Zara and Dave. I should also point out that I haven’t read the 3 books before this one but it didn’t feel like that I would have needed to.

The Bottom Line:

I really liked this one, even though the main theme isn’t something I would normally read. I would definitely recommend it.

My Rating:  4/5  🌟 🌟🌟🌟


About the author

Sarina Bowen

sarina+kitchenSarina Bowen is the USA Today bestselling author of steamy, angsty Contemporary Romance and New Adult fiction. She lives in the wilds of New England.

She is the author of The Ivy Years, an award-winning series set amid the hockey team at an elite Connecticut college. Also, the The Gravity series.

With Elle Kennedy, Sarina is the author of the RITA award winning HIM, and its sequel, US, as well as the WAGs novels.

Sarina also has a new Vermont contemporary romance series, True North. She’s also unrolled new hockey novels from Penguin Berkley including Rookie Move.

Sarina enjoys skiing, espresso drinks and the occasional margarita. She lives with her family, eight chickens and more ski gear and hockey equipment than seems necessary.

Website | Facebook | Twitter 


BOUNTIFUL IS OUT ON THE 20TH OCTOBER 2017, YOU CAN PREORDER YOUR COPY HERE

AMAZON | iBOOKS| KOBO

 

Hooking Up – Helena Hunting

Synopsis  

Amalie Whitfield is the picture of a blushing bride during her wedding reception–but for all the wrong reasons. Instead of proclaiming his undying love, her husband can be heard, by Amalie and their guests, getting off with someone else. She has every reason to freak out, and in a moment of insanity, she throws herself at the first hot-blooded male she sees. But he’s not interested in becoming her revenge screw.

Mortified and desperate to escape the post-wedding drama, Amalie decides to go on her honeymoon alone, only to find the man who rejected her also heading to the same tiny island for work. But this time he isn’t holding back. She should know better than to sleep with someone she knows, but she can’t seem to resist him.

They might agree that what happens on the island should stay on the island, but neither one can deny that their attraction is more than just physical.

Filled with hilariously scandalous situations and enough sexual chemistry to power an airplane from New York City to the South Pacific, Hooking Up is the next standalone, laugh-out-loud romantic comedy from Helena Hunting, the New York Times bestselling author of the Pucked series and Shacking Up.


 More Details

Genre: Romance
Page Length: 304
Characters: Amalie, Lex, Armstrong
Publication Date: 7th November 2017
Format: eARC


Review

I received an advanced copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

Having finished Shacking Up not long ago I was super excited to receive an ARC of the book, and just like Shacking up it was just as funny.

It’s Amalie’s wedding and what should be the happiest day of her life soon turns into the worst, when her new husband is heard by her and almost the entire wedding party getting jiggy with someone else. In a moment of shock, she throws herself at the first guy she sees but Lex wants more than to become a revenge screw. In an attempt to escape all the wedding drama Amalie packs up her stuff and goes on her Honeymoon only to discover that Lex is headed in the same place for business.

– What happens in Bora Bora stays in Bora Bora right?

Realising that they are staying on the same island Amalie and Lex decide to have a fling and spend a few weeks getting to know one another very intimately. What they didn’t count on was falling in love.

Not only was this book laugh out loud funny it was also very sweet. I enjoyed the chemistry between Amalie and Lex it felt real and genuine. I loved Amalie’s resilience to all the bullshit that Armstrong threw her way, this guy is such a douche I already disliked him when he was first mentioned in Shacking Up, he had all the signs of a manipulator from early on.

In comparison Lex was like a breath of fresh air, completely the opposite of Armstrong, I liked how from the get-go he looked after Amalie, and even though he knew he had feelings for Amalie he didn’t have any expectations and was happy to just give her what she needed, whether that was a shoulder to cry on, time or some hot and steamy sex!

This book is told in the first person from dual perspectives of Amalie and Lex. The writing was clear and easy to follow and I liked the pace at which the story unfolded. It was also lovely to see Ruby and Bane again. I loved these two in Shacking Up!

The Bottom Line

Hooking Up ticks all the boxes, it has a smoking hot love interest, romance, lots of laughs and some really hot sex scenes. Everything a good smutty romance novel needs!

Hooking Up-2.png

 My Rating:  5/5  🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟


About the Author

7226675NTYand USA Today Bestselling author of The PUCKED Series, Helena Hunting lives outside of Toronto with her amazing family and her two awesome cats, who think the best place to sleep is her keyboard. Helena writes everything from contemporary romance to romantic comedy, sports romance and angsty new adult romance.

FACEBOOK | WEB | TWITTER


Hooking Up is released on 7th November 2017

Pre-Order your copy here:

Amazon.com  |  Amazon.co.uk   Amazon.au |  iBooks |  B&N  | Kobo | Google Play

Shades of Her – Ozlo & Priya Grey

 Synopsis  

Will He Ever Love Me, When All He Sees Is Her?

Jackson

I had everything a man could want. Money. Status. And above all: Love. But when my wife is taken from me, my life begins to fall apart. But now she’s back. Back from the dead. I can relive our most passionate and tender moments together. I’m losing myself in her once again. But then I discover the truth about my wife. And everything I remember turns out to be a lie.

Rebecca

All I have to do is dye my hair, wear someone else’s clothes, and follow a script. What harm can come from stepping into someone else’s shoes in exchange for two hundred grand? Did I mention the deal includes sex with the hottest, most acclaimed painter of our time? It’s a no brainer, right? Especially since I’m in desperate need of cash, so I can help my parents get back on their feet after losing everything in the storm. I fully commit to the part he’s hired me to play. I never expected to uncover her secrets. And I never imagined I’d fall in love.


 More Details

Genre: Romance
Page Length:  229
Characters: Rebecca, Jackson
Publication Date: 30th May 2017
Format: eARC


Review

I received an advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

I finished this one a couple of days ago and I still don’t know how to feel about it. It wasn’t bad just very strange. I’ve not ever read a story quite like this one. It’s also the first book I’ve read by Priya and Ozlo Grey.

The story follows Jack whose wife died 9 months ago in a car crash, since her death he has been unable to paint and with a gallery show coming up he decides to hire Rebecca (who happens to look just like his wife) to dress up and play the part of his wife so that he can relieve the memories he has of her and get back is spark of creativity.

This story is told from both Jack and Rebecca’s perspectives so you get a clear picture of what is happening from both characters.

I guess I enjoyed it, as I said before I did find the story a little odd. The whole getting someone to dress and act like your dead wife did not seem to be a healthy way to grieve but I guess we all get through things in different ways.

I can’t say I felt that much of a connection to either of the characters but the intriguing storyline kept me reading anyway and it didn’t really affect my enjoyment of the book.

The Bottom Line:

 If you after a romance book with a bit of a difference this one is definitely worth a try.

 My Rating:  3/5 🌟 🌟 🌟 

Shacking Up – Helena Hunting

Synopsis  

Ruby Scott is months behind on rent and can’t seem to land a steady job. She has one chance to turn things around with a big audition. But instead of getting her big break, she gets sick as a dog and completely bombs it in the most humiliating fashion. All thanks to a mysterious, gorgeous guy who kissed—and then coughed on—her at a party the night before.

Luckily, her best friend might have found the perfect opportunity; a job staying at the lavish penthouse apartment of hotel magnate Bancroft Mills while he’s out of town, taking care of his exotic pets. But when the newly-evicted Ruby arrives to meet her new employer, it turns out Bane is the same guy who got her sick.

Seeing his role in Ruby’s dilemma, Bane offers her a permanent job as his live-in pet sitter until she can get back on her feet. Filled with hilariously awkward encounters and enough sexual tension to heat a New York City block, Shacking Up, from NYT and USA Today bestselling author Helena Hunting, is sure to keep you laughing and swooning all night long.


 More Details

Genre: Romance/Humour
Page Length: 480
Characters: Ruby, Bancroft
Publication Date: 30th May 2017
Format: eBook


Review

I freaking loved this book! It was so hilarious and just lovely!

Ruby is a struggling theatre actress looking to make her big break, the night before an audition that could turn things around she is kissed and then coughed on by a mysterious stranger at her best friend’s engagement party. Waking up the next day Ruby is so sick that she completely blows her audition, and is then hit by the news that her father has cut her off from the little money he was giving her to help pay her rent. Her best friend saves the day by finding her a job to house/pet sit for Bancroft Mills who is going out of town on business, but when the two meet Ruby realizes that he is her mystery “awesome” kisser.

This story is told in the first person, from the perspectives of both Ruby and Bane. Although the focus is predominately on Ruby.

I laughed out loud so many times, whilst reading this book. I loved Ruby her sense of humor was superb! There’s a scene where she is watching Bancroft with his ferret Francesca:

“Bancroft is stretched out on the couch watching sports with Francesca curled up in his lap. Right on top of his penis. What a whore. I wish I was her”

 it’s just brilliant, her banter with Bane is really entertaining and you can really feel the sexual tension between them. I really liked how fiercely independent she wanted to be and how determined she was to make it on her own.

Bane – pretty much a perfect love interest. He was funny, charming and caring. All without being a possessive jerk which seems to be a trend in romance novels at the moment. Oh and that fact that he loves animals is the icing on the cake really.

Shacking Up-2

The Bottom Line:

 If you’re looking for a light-hearted romance novel then this book really is a must.

 My Rating:  4/5 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟

Beat (The Beat and the Pulse #1) – Amity Cross

Synopsis  

Renee “Ren” Miller was five when her Dad left to go to the shops and never came back.

Left to grow up with a cancer-riddled mother, things have never been easy for a teenager who had to be wise beyond her years. Then one day they lose the battle and she’s all alone.

Now twenty-two, Ren reluctantly goes to find her estranged father. He owns the down and out boxing studio, Beat, and Ren finds herself drawn to the ring. She thrives on learning a new way of fighting a life that kept kicking her down…instead of struggling against the current, she kicks it right between the legs.

Then one day, Ash Fuller, her Dad’s star fighter comes back to town. Mysterious, handsome… Dangerous… Everything Ren doesn’t need.

But he’s got other ideas…

…and so does she.


 More Details

Genre: New Adult/ Romance/MMA
Page Length: 293
Characters: Ren and Ash
Publication Date: 6th October 2014
Format: eBook


Review

I’ve found in general that MMA books are a bit hit more miss, and this book was a miss.  I think I hated everything about this book. I didn’t click with Ren or Ash. The story was boring, Ren was boring, Ash was boring. I think you get my drift.

I think the only reason I didn’t DNF this book was because I was hoping at some point it would get better, but it didn’t, if anything it got worse. Both characters are pretty screwed up in different ways. They both exhibited really unhealthy behaviors towards one another and could probably do with some intense therapy to deal with their anger issues because using a fighting to release clearly isn’t working for them!

All in there is so much hate and violence in this book that I’m not sure how it is even considered a romance book.

I don’t really have much more to say the whole book left a bad taste in my mouth.

 The Bottom Line:

I wouldn’t recommend this book. It’s definitely a no from me.

 My Rating:  1/5  🌟

Let’s Talk (18#) Gifts for Book Lovers – Adults

With only a few months until Christmas I thought it would be a good time to look at some gift ideas for the book lover in your life:

il_570xN.1103574106_gzi9

I actually have one of these so I can vouch for the quality of the product. They are so cute, mine was part of a mystery book box that got for the release of A Court Wings and Ruin.

 


2. Book Quote Cushion Cover

il_570xN.1203463632_gx44

I have one of these too, it’s just the cover though and it’s beautiful!


3. Quote Mark Earrings

Quotation-mark-silver-earrings-2

I love these earrings, they are cute! I may even have to add them to my own list! Perfect someone who reads and writes!

 


4. Framed Book Page Prints

unicorn_1024x1024

Personally, I’m not a huge fan of these but I’ve included them because I know that they are quite popular, I’d probably have one if I could customise the quote.


 5. Book Spoon

41MQlWDvQKL

Ok so this is more of stocking filler rather than a full-on gift, but I thought it was so unique!


6. Hot Girls Read Cup

il_570xN.623627557_encx.jpg

I’m a sucker for a novelty cup, I mean who doesn’t love these? I think this one is pretty damn cool!


7. MacBook Case

f3213708b6445f1ffc0cfce096430be447b93785.jpgOk, so this one is only really going to work if who you’re buying it for has a Mac or if you’re buying them a Mac and you want to get them a cool case to go with it then this is perfect!


8. Personal Library Kit

8005_00002_A

If you know someone who likes to loan out their books, then this would make a great gift!


9. Coffee Mugs with Definitions

Screen Shot 2017-10-01 at 15.17.35.png

These crack me up! I think they are just so cool! Yes, this is the second cup thing I’ve put on this list, yes I do have an obsession with cups. If you’re looking for a cup for a specific then Etsy has some great ones!


10. Reading Door Mat

and to finish off my list this little beaut!

reading_doormat_1024x1024.jpg


If you want to play its safe then I suggest getting vouchers from Amazon or whatever local bookstore your book-loving friend/significant other likes to shop at!

That’s it for this week, I’d love to hear your gift suggestions so please feel free to drop them in the comments. Also, keep a lookout for the next “Let’s Talk’ post because I’m going to be sharing my bookish gift suggestions for children.

Until Next Time 🤓

sig V2

The Mr.Men & Little Miss Character Tag

This tag was created by Charlotte @ Wonderfully Bookish and is based on the Mr. Men and Little Miss series created by Roger Hargreaves.

Lauren over at The Bookish Fairy tagged me in this about a month ago, so apologies for only just getting to it and thanks for the Tag!


2

Des from Rhapsodic – I love his character he is so beautifully complex, he’s not a particularly happy character but reading about him makes me happy!


3

Rhysand from A Court of Thorns and Roses, all the characters in this series are magical but Rhys damn he is the most magical of them all. His power is so bad ass!


4

Luc from The Lux series, he is very much a background character who is pulling all the strings, but every little scene he is in he is awesome – I can’t wait to read his book!


5Tamlin from A Court of Thorns and Roses, throughout the series he does so many bad things you start to lose count!


6

Tink from the Wicked Trilogy, I just love him everything he does and says is so funny!


7

I’m going to go with Mustang from Red Rising, she has a very quiet intelligence and it wasn’t until I finished the entire series that I realised just how clever she is.



I’m going to Tag a few people but if you don’t want to do it then that is fine 🙂

Boston Book Reader
Blissfully Devoted to Fiction
Book Allure

Christmas at the Lake – Charlotte Blake

Synopsis  

Sometimes love gets forgotten …

Hugely successful Lexi Stuart is used to guys pursuing her, but for all the wrong reasons. Sure, she’s beautiful and rich, but the men in her life never seem to want anything more serious than just sex. It’s a sad reality she’s become used to.

As a code writer in Silicon Valley, Adam Hunt doesn’t have to worry about money. And as a heartthrob in general, he doesn’t need to worry about attracting women, either. But when he meets Lexi during a Christmas holiday in Lake Tahoe, he’s floored that she won’t give him the time of day after one wild night together.

Now, this sports bum is about to take Lexi on the ride of her life. All she needs to do is hang on! 


More Details

Genre:  Romance
Page Length: 206
Characters: Lexi and Adam
Publication Date: September 5, 2017
Format: eBook


*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review*

Review

This was a nice little Christmas love story, I kinda wish that I’d been able to read it closer to Christmas but I enjoyed it none the less.

Lexi has all but given up on finding love until she meets Adam over a Christmas break at Lake Tahoe.

This book is told in the 3rd person, the writing flowed nicely I was able to picture the beautiful snowiness of Lake Tahoe and I’ve never even been there.

I enjoyed the relationship between Lexi and Adam, the pace in which they fell in love was good. The sex scenes are steamy and there are plenty of them. I liked the chemistry between them as well, for people who are fairly different from one another they clicked really well.

The only thing I didn’t really like was Lexi’s insecurities, she over thought things and this could have been avoided if she and Adam had just communicated a lot better.

The Bottom Line:

If you’re looking for a steamy little Christmas read then I recommend you give this one ago.

My Rating:  3/5 🌟🌟🌟

Mini Reviews: Torn & Checkmate: This is War

Torn (Divided #1) A.M. Wallace

Synopsis  

23588988Marcus has his life pretty much figured out at twenty five years old. He’s got his career on track, a nice house just outside of the city, and his lifelong best friend, Hannah, by his side at every turn. The only problem is that he has been fighting with himself to tell Hannah how he really feels. How she’s all he’s been able to think about since he was old enough to have those feelings. What he doesn’t know is that Hannah is facing the same inner battle with herself about him. She fantasizes about a life with Marcus.

Will Marcus or Hannah be able to tell each other how they feel about one another? Will they be able to make a life together or does fate have other plans?


More Details

Genre: New Adult/ Romance
Page Length: 265
Characters: Marcus, Hannah
Publication Date: 18th February 2015
Format: eBook


Review

I really don’t know where to begin, well actually I do, this book was just a complete waste of time. In general for a love triangle type story to capture my attention the storyline has to be good and the characters likable, this book failed on both accounts.

Hannah was so childish! I felt no connection with her, Marcus was ok but I really just did not enjoy the story. The lack of communication between the new main characters was just so frustrating!

The Bottom Line:

I don’t recommend this book and that’s all there is. It does have lots of good ratings on GoodReads so perhaps it’s just me? I probably will try another book by this author.

 My Rating:  2/5 🌟 🌟




Checkmate: This is War (Travis & Viola) – Kennedy Fox

 Synopsis  

BOOK-1-EBOOKTravis King is the worst kind of asshole.
He taunts me for being a good girl and mocks my high standards.
He’s cruel, crass, and has enough confidence to last two lifetimes.
And I hate him.

It wouldn’t matter so much if he were avoidable.

But considering he’s my older brother’s best friend and roommate, I see him more than I’d ever want to.

His sculpted abs and gorgeous eyes are a waste on such an egotistical man, which makes me hate him even more.

Even though I’ve had a crush on him since I was ten, the feelings weren’t mutual and he’s always made that very clear.

He’s always loved getting under my skin and one night against my better judgment, I let him in my bed.

I’ve succumbed to his manwhore ways, but that doesn’t change a thing.

Because the King is about to get played at his own game—and lose.

Checkmate.


More Details

Genre: New Adult/ Romance
Page Length: 414
Characters: Viola, Travis
Publication Date: 3rd October 2016
Format: eBook


Review

I liked the hate/love theme of this book and I enjoyed the story. However, I did have some issues with the characters. Mainly Travis because he skipped back and forth between being a nice guy to being a complete asshole so often I felt like I had whiplash! I get that this is a probably a defense mechanism from his shitty upbringing but it did make it extremely hard to like him.

I did, however, feel a little sorry for Viola, she is totally in love Travis and loving him is not easy even from afar because he is such a dick at times. The smut in this book is pretty good though.

The Bottom Line

I did enjoy this book, the cliffhanger at the end was a bit annoying, I’m not sure if I’m going to read the next one yet. I would recommend this book if you enjoy hate/love romances with lots of sex.

 My Rating:  3/5 🌟 🌟 🌟