The Triangle – Shape of Love #1 by J.A. Huss, Johnathan McClain

REVIEW

If there is one thing that can be said about a J A Huss novel/series it is, expect something unexpected.  That is exactly what you get with this book, unexpected twists, unexpected decisions, unexpected…everything!

Christine is not your average 24 year old.  She doesn’t work in an office, the man in her life isn’t her boss, and she most definitely isn’t doing ‘something boring’. But what exactly is it that she does do?  Christine has lost her memory and now a man is standing in front of her telling her to leave with him.

Danny has loved Christine for more years than he cares to remember.  When he found her, he promised to protect her and in doing so he hid his feelings and pushed her away.  Now she is back. One call from him and Danny comes running. Finding Christine the way she was, no memory of anything but him hurt more than he would say, but this is Christine. His to protect, his to love, and his from this point on.

Alec knew he could count on Danny to protect her, save her from whatever was happening, but what exactly was happening?  With Christine’s loss of memory it would take time to piece everything together but by then it may be too late.  Can three people really love, trust and respect each other and what happens when the triangle loses shape? Will it be able to put itself together again?

Absolutely engrossed in this story from page 1.  The tension between the characters, the trust and betrayal, the bits of Christine’s memory coming back to add even more intrigue to an already enthralling story just kept me turning page after page, and by the end there were still so many questions that needed answers…so many questions…

These are very interesting characters.  Christine is way older in her thoughts and actions than any 24 year old should be.  She knows what she wants and she is not afraid to go get it.  Danny is the calming influence, the decision maker, the ‘let’s think about this for a minute’ one, but once he makes that decision he goes full force into it.  And then there is Alec.  What can be said about Alec – rich, entitled, slightly delusional, a whole lot ‘who gives a fuck!’

The sex between these three is HOT! If MFM/MMF is not your cup of tea then don’t get this book cos, trust me on this, there is plenty of heat and sizzle when these three finally get it on!

Another fantastic start to a new series by the talented duo that is Julie Huss and Johnathan McClain.

Rating 5/5

Synopsis

They’re sworn enemies and I’m in the middle.
Both of them claimed me. Had me. Used me. Forgot me. 
Except… I don’t remember any of it. I don’t even know who I am or why I’m in this cramped basement apartment with tinfoil covering the tiny windows when my bank account says I have over two million dollars. 
I don’t know how I got the stitches on the back of my head, or the scar under my chin, or the ache in my shoulder—but I do know I probably deserved it.
I don’t know why there’s a shotgun in the closet, a sniper rifle under the floorboards, and a pistol under my pillow.
I don’t know why I stay. 
I don’t know why I care. 
I don’t know why I’m trying to put something back together when it was never whole to begin with. 
Until I look at them.
Until they look at me.
Until I touch them.
Until they touch me.
And even though the memories don’t come back.
I know. 
I know why I stay.

(https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/41566383-the-triangle)

The Billionaire Shifter’s Final Redemption – Billionaire Shifters Club #6 by Diana Seere

REVIEW

Asher is absolutely ADORABLE! And I know he will hate hearing that but so be it.  This series has seen Asher at his best and his worst, so to have his story finally told was something I have been waiting for since… well, really since I first came across him in Billionaire Shifter’s Curvy Match.

Dr. Samantha Baird and Asher Stanton have had a love/hate relationship from the very beginning.  The work that Sam does at LupiNex goes against everything Asher believes in but the truth runs deeper than that.  Asher has never forgiven himself for the death of his wife and child. It is a burden he feels he must bare for the rest of his life, unfortunately for him, Fate has different plan.  When the Beat calls it must be answered.

Sam is the perfect match for ‘Asherhole’ (love that nickname she gave him…wonder if she ever used it to his face?!) She is strong yet feminine, tough but sensitive, and family aside, probably the only person who doesn’t take no for an answer, especially if it has come from Asher.

The continued threat to the Stanton Family, and shifters in general, from Asher’s old friend, Tomas Nagy comes to head in this book.  Following on from the previous book, ‘True Alpha’, Asher finds that he is suffering side effects from his fight with Tomas and being the secretive and protective person that he is, decides that he will battle it out alone.  Sam has different ideas. Needing the help of the full clan, the fight against Tomas and his mutant shifters escalates, but who can they trust within the Shifter families?  Who will fight by their side and who will turn their backs?

An emotional end (or is it?) to this series. I have loved each and every story, each and every character, and the underlying plot that has run through the entire series has brought this final one to a close. If this is the last book in this series then I will miss these characters immensely and finding out what happens to them in the future, but the great thing about books is that they can be reread, and that is exactly what I shall do.

Each book is focused around two main characters and can therefore be read as standalone’s, however I would highly recommend that they are read in order to fully appreciate and enjoy the wonder of the Stanton family and their mates.

Rating 5/5

Reading Order:

The Billionaire Shifter’s Curvy Match – Gavin and Lilah

The Billionaire Shifter’s Virgin Mate – Derry and Jess

The Billionaire Shifter’s Second Chance – Edward and Molly

The Billionaire Shifter’s Secret Baby – Lars and Kara

The Billionaire Shifter’s True Alpha – Sophia and Zach

The Billionaire Shifter’s Final Redemption – Asher and Sam

Synopsis

Asher Stanton has devoted his entire, long life to protecting the shifter world — but he couldn’t save his own beloved human wife and child. Walling off his emotions and turning his life into a mission to consolidate power, he is ruthless, determined — and most definitely never falling in love with another human again.

Years later, a dark threat looms over the shifter world as Asher’s childhood friend, Tomas Nagy, becomes his worst enemy. With the future of the shifter world in question, he must turn to a human scientist, the fiery, headstrong Dr. Samantha Baird, to help him fight the forces of evil.

(https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/41579845-the-billionaire-shifter-s-final-redemption)

RARE 19 London current line up

OK, so it’s still 11 months away but that doesn’t mean that I am not counting down the days or desperately trying to read as many books by attending authors as I can.

My first and only book signing was at this years RARE in London and the day went by in a blur of excitement and awe!  The chance to meet my favourite authors had me a nervous wreck but once I was there and actually face to face with them I can honestly say that they are some of the nicest, friendliest and funny people I have ever met. Everyone was there for the same reason (or I hope they were) and that was to share their love of romance novels with the authors who bring them to life.

As you can probably tell I am still on a bit of a high from it and that is definitely having an impact on my enthusiasm for the the next one.

Speaking of which…as you can see from the header image, the line up of authors next year is HUGE!

The main authors on my list of must sees are:

(the books/series that I have put next to the names are only the ones I have read)

Tiffany Snow – The Kathleen Turner Series & associated companion novellas, The Tangled Ivy Series, The Risky Business Series, The Corrupted Hearts Series, Blank Slate.

Brenna Aubrey – Gaming the System Series, High Risk – Point of No Return #1.

Catherine Bybee – The Weekday Brides Series, Not Quite Series #1 – 4, Chasing Shadows – First Wives #3

Kendra Elliot – Bones Secret Series, Callahan & McLane Series, Mercy Kilpatrick Series

Kitty/Kat French – Knight Series, The Chapelwick Mysteries Series, One Hot Summer, Undertaking Love, The Bed and Breakfast on the Beach, A Summer Scandal.

Jane Harvey-Berrick – Undefeated, Model Boyfriend

Lisa Renee Jones – Tall, Dark & Deadly Series #1 – 3, Cinderella Chronicles #1 – 3.

Melinda Leigh – She Can Series #1 – 3

Laurelin Paige – The Fixed Trilogy, Hudson, The Found Duet.

Julie A Richman – The Needing Moore Series, Henry’s End

J S Scott – The Billionaire’s Obsession Series #1 – 6 ,  The Sinclairs #1.

This list may seem quite short in comparison to the number of names on the line up list but it will grow and I am always open to suggested reading of new authors.

As yet there is no mention of whether the delectable Men of RARE – Stuart Reardon, Jase Dean & Franggy Yanez – will be attending but I live in hope! 🙂

 

 

She Can Scream – She Can… #3 by Melinda Leigh

REVIEW

Thrilling suspense with a strong-willed woman fighting her demons and a man with his own haunted past determined to protect her.

Brooke Davenport has been obsessed with teaching women how to stay safe since the death of her best friend and roommate almost sixteen years ago.  When Brooke saves a young woman from a vicious assault the attackers sights become set on Brooke. With her brother leaving, he enlists the help of his friend, Luke Holloway (we have met Mrs Holloway in previous books, she is his Grandmother) to look out for Brooke and her children.  With his past plaguing him with uncertainty, Luke knows that he cannot get attached to Brooke, but as the danger increases he finds he will do whatever it takes to protect her.

One of the things I really enjoy about this type of romantic suspense, besides the romance, is trying to figure out who the bad guy is.  There are always several to choose from and they generally appear throughout the story, the trick is trying to eliminate some and think like an author…who would the reader least suspect?  I’ll be honest I did have a feeling about this one from the first time he came up in the book, I wasn’t 100% but I wasn’t surprised, in fact I may have said “I knew it!” quietly to myself for fear my family would think I was nuts!

Another mystery to be solved in the quiet town of Westbury.

Listened to via Audible. Narrated by Amy Rubinate.

Rating 4/5

Synopsis

In one moment, high school teacher and single mother Brooke Davenport interrupts a vicious assault, saves a young woman’s life, and attracts the attention of a serial killer.
Sixteen years ago, Brooke lost her roommate to a brutal murder. Now she teaches women’s self-defense, still trying to heal from the guilt and grief that plague her. Convinced the predator knows his victims and is stalking his prey online, she is determined to find him before he strikes again. Her brother’s friend, Luke has the computer expertise to help. But Brooke’s unexpected desire for Luke complicates her investigation, and her fixation with the case provokes a deadly reaction from the killer.

Injured in terrorist bombing overseas, computer expert Luke Holloway is still haunted by flashbacks of his young assistant’s death in the explosion. But Luke can’t refuse the request of a deployed friend to look after his sister, Brooke. Taking on responsibility for Brooke’s safety threatens Luke’s tenuous recovery, especially after he develops feelings for her that transcend a promise to a friend. When Brooke saves a young girl from a brutal assault and becomes a killer’s obsession, Luke vows to protect her at all costs.

(https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17687573-she-can-scream)

She Can Tell – She Can… #2 by Melinda Leigh

REVIEW

The next exciting installment in the She Can Series finds Police Chief Mike O’Connell risking his job and his heart when the two become entangled with horse trainer, Rachel Parker.

Rachel left Westbury in pursuit of a riding career but when a terrible accident puts an end to her dreams she returns to her family farm as a trainer. Someone is not happy with her return and the list of possible suspects just keeps on growing.  When Rachel’s life is put in danger, Police Chief Mike O’Connell takes it personally and sets about protecting Rachel at all costs. The longer they spend together, the closer they get and that leads Mike into unfamiliar territory – his job or his heart?

Mike appeared in She Can Run along with a few other familiar names that crop up in this book.  The main male characters in this series seem to be, Jack, Mike, Sean, Quinn, and Ethan, although there are a couple of new leads that will appear who still have links to the town.  I really enjoy series that connect characters.  In a small town, as Westbury appears to be, it makes sense that the same people would crop up, however with the number of crimes they have I’m not sure I would want to live there!

An exciting romantic suspense that kept me wondering as there are lots of possible ‘bad guys’ to choose from.

Listened to via Audible. Narrated by Elizabeth Pike

Synopsis

When a terrible accident abruptly ends her riding career, Rachel Parker returns to Pennsylvania to rebuild her family’s horse farm. But her welcome home is anything but warm. Her sister’s abusive husband and a violent vandal threaten Rachel’s new business and her life. Someone is systematically trying to destroy her. Someone who knows private things about her. Someone who’s been watching her. Now Rachel must face the fact that the sins of her carefully hidden past have returned to haunt her…

Police Chief Mike O’Connell never had trouble drawing the line between his personal life and his job—until he met Rachel Parker. Mike’s investigation uncovers a shocking number of secrets and suspects. But the stalker’s escalating violence convinces him he doesn’t have much time to sort through it all. Whoever is watching Rachel wants her dead. Mike and Rachel race to untangle a web of deceit and lies that stretches two decades into the past—before her stalker strikes again.

(https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/15954484-she-can-tell?ac=1&from_search=true)

The Christmas Sisters by Sarah Morgan

REVIEW

A truly stunning story of family unity, unconditional love, and facing untold fears.

Suzanne and Stewart used to love nothing more than climbing rock faces and mountains and delving into adventures unknown, that is until an horrendous accident claimed the lives of four people leaving three little girls with no parents. Moving back to Scotland, Suzanne and Stewart embark on the next adventure in their lives, following through on a promise and raising the girls as their own.

Hannah, Beth and Posy could not be more different if they tried.  Hannah is a workaholic with her head either in a book or staring at a spreadsheet. Beth is a stay-at-home mum with two young girls, a husband and what appears to be the ‘perfect life’.  Posy is the adventurer – who has never left home.  Each sister envies the others for the lives they live, their confidence and knowing just what they want from life. But, with the 25th anniversary of their parents death looming, the girls are going to find that what is shown on the surface is rarely what lies beneath.

I adored this book.  The bond between the sisters may appear strained and ready to snap but when they are needed they are there for each other.  The lives that they lead are so different but in the end they all want the same thing… to be loved. I really sympathised with Beth. Raising two boys there were many times that I wish I’d done what she did (I didn’t), being a mum can be very daunting but the rewards vastly outweigh the pressures and working as a team is vital. I never gave up work so I still had that adult contact but the overwhelming worry and protectiveness is always there. Hannah’s fears of love and rejection stem back to her early childhood and have ultimately effected her relationships with her sisters, parents and men. Posy is fiercely loyal to the only parents she has ever known, so much so that she dampens down her own wants and desires in favour of theirs. And all Suzanne wants is to see her children happy.

The story is beautifully written with wonderful characters that are easy to relate too. The men in the story are adorable! And each is perfectly suited to the woman they love. My heart did go out to Jason but he stepped up to mark and did Beth proud.

This is only the second book I have read by Sarah Morgan – ‘How to keep a secret’ was the first – but she is fast becoming one of my favourites. There is love and romance in this story but the main premise is the relationship between the sisters and overcoming the tragedy that shaped their lives.

Get the fire going, snuggle up with a hot chocolate and let the lives of The Christmas Sisters into your heart.

Rating 5/5

Synopsis

The McBride sisters all have different reasons for finding Christmas challenging, but their adoptive mother is determined this year will be different. As the countdown to Christmas Day begins and the sisters return to their childhood home in the Scottish Highlands, arguments, connections and secrets start bubbling to the surface. The McBride family was made, not born – but will the sisters be able to make this the magical family Christmas their mother has always dreamed of?

(https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/39775954-the-christmas-sisters)

 

 

She Can Run – She Can… #1 by Melinda Leigh

REVIEW

I first read this book about two years ago and really enjoyed.  I have since started to listen to audio romantic suspense books and decided that I would give this series a try.  It was narrated well and the story was conveyed with enough suspense to keep the listener engrossed. The plot twists throughout kept me engaged and the connection between the two main characters was undeniable.

Beth’s life is not working out the way she had hoped.  Happily married with two children, her dreams are yanked away the day her husband dies.  Re-marrying then turned out to be the biggest mistake of her life.  Now on the run from her current husband she finds herself thrown into the path of Jack O’Malley, a former detective, on leave following a serious injury.  Jack knows that Beth is not all she claims to be but can he put the pieces together before her life catches up to her.  Can hiding out with Jack save her or are there more dangers surrounding Beth than they realise?

Jack is very wary of Beth, who shows up on the day of his Uncle’s funeral claiming to be the new caretaker, but knows that something is not right with the woman and her two overly-cautious children. Beth is equally sceptical of Jack and distrusts anyone in law enforcement. The chemistry between Jack and Beth is there from the beginning although it still surprises me how quickly she relents to his advances, but then that’s half the enjoyment of these types of romantic suspense books (which is why I love reading them!)

There are some interesting characters that will appear in their own books throughout the series and I shall look forward to reading/listening to those in due course.

If you like your romance with a strong heroine hell-bent on protecting herself, a tough Alpha male determined to protect his woman, and a touch of danger that throws them both together then you should enjoy this book.

Rating 4/5

Listened to via audible, narrated by Amy Rubinate

Synopsis

Elizabeth was a young widow with two small children when she met Congressman Richard Baker. Handsome and wealthy, with a sparkling public image, Richard seemed like the perfect man to provide the security that Beth and her kids were craving. But when she uncovers a dangerous secret about her new husband, Beth realizes he will go to any lengths—even murder—to keep it. After barely escaping with her life, she and her children flee. They eventually make their way to a secluded estate in the Pennsylvania countryside, where Beth dares to hope she has found a safe place at last…

Forced into retirement by an unexpected injury, Philadelphia homicide detective Jack O’Malley is mourning the loss of his career when his uncle abruptly dies, leaving Jack to dispose of his crumbling country house. Unbeknownst to him, his uncle engaged a caretaker just before his death, a mysterious woman with two children and a beautiful face that haunts his dreams. Determined to know her, Jack begins an investigation into Beth’s past. When he uncovers the shocking truth, and a local woman is viciously murdered, Jack puts his own life on the line to keep Beth and her children safe.

(https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/12788229-she-can-run)