[Book Review] Man Hands by Sarina Bowen & Tanya Eby

Synopsis  

He puts the “screw” in screwball comedy…

BRYNN

At thirty-four, I’m reeling from a divorce. I don’t want to party or try to move on. I just want to stay home and post a new recipe on my blog: Brynn’s Dips and Balls.

But my friends aren’t having it. Get out there again, they say. It will be fun, they say. I’m still taking a hard pass.

Free designer cocktails, they say. And that’s a game-changer.

Too bad my ex shows up with his new arm candy. That’s when I lose my mind. But when my besties dare me to leap on the first single man I see, they don’t expect me to actually go through with it.

TOM

All I need right now is some peace and quiet while my home renovation TV show is on hiatus. But when a curvy woman in a red wrap dress charges me like she’s a gymnast about to mount my high bar, all I can do is brace myself and catch her. What follows is the hottest experience of my adult life.

I want a repeat, but my flying Cinderella disappears immediately afterward. She doesn’t leave a glass slipper, either—just a pair of panties with chocolate bunnies printed on them.

But I will find her.


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Genre: Romance
Page Length: 180
Characters: Brynn and Tom
Publication Date: 11th December 2017
Format: eARC


Review

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

Brynn is recently divorced and trying to get back in the saddle which is why she ends up a party she doesn’t really want to be attending. It’s at this party that she bumps into her ex-husband with a younger thinner model on his arm. This pushes Brynn to do something totally drastic and out of character – throw herself (literally) at the first man that she sees and this happens to be Tom.

This was a pretty short book and but boy did it have a lot of story! It felt like a full-length novel. I really enjoyed the story. It was so funny and heartfelt. Brynn’ quirkiness and humor really gave this story a good punch of comedy. Tom is a semi-famous TV personality who is on a break from filming his home renovation show, I really liked how down to earth and easy going he was. The chemistry between these two is sizzling, to say the least.

This book is told in the first person from both the perspectives of Brynn and Tom.

If you looking for a short light-hearted romantic read then look no further.

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My Rating:  4/5  🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟


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He Loves Me…Knot – R.C Boldt

Synopsis  

Sometimes love needs a second chance…

I never looked back after skipping out on my own wedding, even if it did leave me estranged from most of my family. Eight years later, I have the life I’ve always wanted. As an advertising account executive, my world is damn near perfect.

Until I come face-to-face with my past. With the man I once loved. The man who holds my future in his hands. The man who’s hell-bent on getting even with me for leaving him at the altar.

Even with all the unfinished business between us, I still love Knox Montgomery. The only problem?

He loves me…KNOT.


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Genre: Romance
Page Length: 356
Characters: Emma Jane, Knox
Publication Date: 14th November 2017
Format: eBook


Review

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

Emma Jane runs out on her wedding day, thinking that her husband to be, doesn’t really love her. Emma leaves town and spends the next few years working at an advertising firm and trying to forget about the man she left at the altar, which has been going well until he walks back into her life and takes over running the company she is working at.

I really enjoyed this story it was engaging and entertaining. The story is told in the first person from the dual perspectives of Knox and Emma Jane.

I liked both the main characters. I thought each of their experiences was intriguing. I felt the hurt and confusion from Knox, who I had trouble picturing as someone who would walk out on someone he loves, his character just seemed to genuine to do something like that.

I also had empathy for Emma Jane. It was obvious that she truly thought Knox had done wrong by her.

Overall this was a good read, it captured my attention and kept me hanging on to the very end.

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My Rating:  4/5 🌟🌟🌟🌟


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IT ENDS WITH US – Colleen Hoover

Synopsis  

SOMETIMES THE ONE WHO LOVES YOU IS THE ONE WHO HURTS YOU THE MOST

Lily hasn’t always had it easy, but that’s never stopped her from working hard for the life she wants. She’s come a long way from the small town in Maine where she grew up – she graduated from college, moved to Boston, and started her own business. So when she feels a spark with a gorgeous neurosurgeon named Ryle Kincaid, everything in Lily’s life suddenly seems almost too good to be true.

Ryle is assertive, stubborn, and maybe even a little arrogant. He’s also sensitive, brilliant, and has a total soft spot for Lily, but Ryle’s complete aversion to relationships is disturbing.

As questions about her new relationship overwhelm her, so do thoughts of Atlas Corrigan – her first love and a link to the past she left behind. He was her kindred spirit, her protector. When Atlas suddenly reappears, everything Lily has built with Ryle is threatened.

With this bold and deeply personal novel, Colleen Hoover delivers a heart-wrenching story that breaks exciting new ground for her as a writer. It Ends With Us is an unforgettable tale of love that comes at the ultimate price.

This book contains graphic scenes and very sensitive subject matter.


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Genre: NA
Page Length: 367
Characters: Lily, Ryle and Atlas
Publication Date: 2nd August 2016
Format: ebook


Review

This book has made me feel annoyed and depressed, no, it just pissed me off!

I grew up in a similar situation to Lilly so I know what it’s like witnessing your parenting getting abused and wishing like hell that they would leave. I completely understand teenage Lily, adult lily not so much.

To be blunt adult Lily is naïve and stupid. Who their right fucking mind decides that getting with a guy who says that they want to fuck you within the first 10 minutes is a good idea? This same guy has major commitment issues and is beating up a freaking garden chair. Hello, why weren’t your alarm bells ringing then? if that wasn’t bad enough a few weeks later he comes to her apartment and begs her for sex… seriously? The fact is that Lily does know what a good relationship looks like because she had one with Atlas! sure they were young and they didn’t do any of the traditional dating type stuff but he did treat her properly.

The fact is that Lily does know what a good relationship looks like because she had one with Atlas! sure they were young and they didn’t do any of the traditional dating type stuff but he did treat her properly.

I’m also seething about Ryles character, he has all the classic charming perpetrator traits but after the first incident where he hurts Lily he tells her he as an anger disorder that stems from childhood. I can only assume that he has IED (Intermittent Explosive Disorder) and that’s why he loses his temper, he then begs her to not leave and to help him. Which she buys hook line and sinker. I’m sorry but I’m not buying it,  I think that this was all part of his manipulation to get Lily to stay with him. I read another book (can’t remember the name of it) but the male protagonist had IED and he was nothing like Ryle, one he took responsibility for his actions and went and got help. What pissed me off the most is that it is never addressed in the book that he is using this as a manipulation tactic, so it just becomes a justification of why he’s abusive, when really it would have been more beneficial to readers to know that actually this is just another trait of a perpetrator.

I think this book could have been more, I thought it was a very cliché story of abuse. As it portrays a somewhat typical case of physical abuse but it doesn’t go into any depth about the emotional abuse. I feel that Lily we very emotionally manipulated by Ryle but the author never addresses this and that is one of the biggest let downs of the whole book. This books whole thing is that each person’s experience of abuse is different but Colleen Hoover has managed to tell the most cliché version of it you can think of. This book didn’t leave me feeling empowered or hopeful it just left a really bad taste.

My Rating:  1/5  🌟

 

 

 

Saving it by Monica Murphy

Synopsis  

Eden: Josh Evans and I have been best friends forever. He knows all my secrets, and I know all of his. So when he randomly asks me to help him lose his virginity, I sort of flip out. That’s a question that sends your mind to places you’ve seriously never considered before. Like, you know. Having sex. With your best friend. Except Josh doesn’t want to have sex with me—he wants me to help him find a girl. A nice girl who’s funny and smart and cute. Except he already knows a girl just like that…

Josh: Eden Sumner is my best friend. So of course she’d be the person to help me find my perfect match, so I can drop my V card before I head off to college. Except the more we search, the more I realize that maybe the right girl has been by my side all along. I don’t need Eden’s help in finding me a girl to love. I’m pretty sure I’m already in love with Eden. But now she thinks I’m only after one thing…with anyone but her.


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Genre: YA
Page Length: 241
Characters: Eden, Josh
Publication Date: 6th November 2017
Format: eArc


Review

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

Eden and Josh are best friends, Josh is still a virgin and decides that he needs to lose this by the end of senior year. He asks Eden to help him find a girl to do the deed with. But as the search goes on, they both start to question if the person they are looking for is closer than they think.

This story is written in the first person from both perspectives of Josh & Eden

Books like this one are the reason I love YA so much, the story was a great blend of romance, angst and the realization that what you think you want is always what you really want.

I thought the story was entertaining and flowed well. I enjoyed both the main characters. Josh and Eden are your typical teenage best friends, I thought their chemistry was great. The entire time I was reading this book I felt like it could be a really great teen movie, it reminded me of the classics from the 90s.

The Bottom Line:

This was a great story. If you love YA then I would recommend this book to you.

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My Rating:  4/5  🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟


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Enough – Danielle Norman

Synopsis  

ARIEL & KAYSON
Some things in life were inevitable; death, taxes, and lying, whoremongering men.
One woman would never be enough for one man.
So I traded in men for a Harley.
Nothing beats that kind of power between my legs.
Then I blinked.
And he was there.

Some things in life were inevitable; death, taxes, and badge bunnies willing to hop into my bed.
The only problem is I’m a one woman kind of man.
In my line of work, I’ve seen it all.
Nothing bothers me until I find a woman’s wrecked body.
When she blinked,
My world changed.

Forever doesn’t come close to giving me enough of her.


More Details

Genre: Romance
Page Length: 252
Characters: Ariel & Kayson
Publication Date: 2nd November  2017
Format: eBook


Review

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

Ariel has had it rough after her mum dies she moves to Orlando to make a fresh start. Things are going well until she is jumped by two thugs. Enter Kayson who her comes her ‘Knight in Shining Armour’

Kayson can’t stop thinking about the beautiful women who he saved, and makes it his mission to make her his.

This story was nothing like I expected to be, I mean that in a good way. As someone who doesn’t really read crimish books I was surprised at how much I ended up liking it. The story writing actually reminded me a little of Till Death by Jennifer L. Armentrout. This book is a great mix of romance, crime and smut.

The sex scenes in the story scorching! Ariel and Kayson have chemistry galore!

I really liked Kayson, he is from a fairly big Greek family, which was a refreshing change from the usual male leads that I have read recently. I thought it was really sweet that his made focus was to keep Ariel safe.

Ariel is a wannabe biker chick, I liked how feisty and independent she is and her group of biker girlfriends were pure joy to read.

The Bottom Line:

If you like your romance with a touch of crime/suspense then its really worth giving this book a go.

My Rating:  4/5  🌟🌟🌟🌟

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About the Author  

Danielle is a Harley riding romance writer. She loves jeans, T-shirts, and shoes (cowboy boots most of all).

She writes about men that will open the door for you during the day and throw you against them at night.

Her goal is to write books that make the reader laugh and fall in love without all of the emotional baggage faced every day in our real lives.

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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.

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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.

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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.


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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.

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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.


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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!

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 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.

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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.


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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.


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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.

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The Bottom Line:

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

 My Rating:  4/5 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟