RARE Author Re-reads

 

With RARE19 London fast approaching, Ok so it’s still 8 months away but that’s not long,   I have decided that each month I will reread a selection of books/series from some of my favourite authors who will be in attendance.

I was fortunate enough to go to my first RARE in Febuary 2018 in London and it was such an amazing experience.  It will be great to meet different authors that were not at RARE18 but can’t wait to see again some that were.

January

  • The Kathleen Turner Series by Tiffany Snow
  • The Billionaire’s Obsession by J.S. Scott
  • The Cafe Series by Jana Aston

 

February

  • The Tangled Ivy Series by Tiffany Snow
  • The Knight Series by Kitty French
  • Heart of the Billionaire by J.S. Scott

 

March

  • The Risky Business Series by Tiffany Snow
  • The Weekday Brides Series by Catherine Bybee
  • The Billionaire’s Salvation by J.S. Scott

 

April

  • The Corrupted Hearts Series by Tiffany Snow
  • The Billionaire’s Game by J.S. Scott
  • The Tall, Dark & Deadly Series 0.5 – 2 by Lisa Renee Jones

 

May

  • The Fixed Series by Laurelin Paige
  • The Over The Edge Series by Julia London
  • The Billionaire Undone by J.S. Scott

 

June

  • The Anchor Island Series by Terri Osburn
  • The Found Duet by Laurelin Paige
  • The Billionaire Unmasked by J.S. Scott

 

July 

  • The Needing Moore Series by Julie A. Richman
  • Blank Slate by Tiffany Snow
  • The Billionaire Untamed by J.S. Scott

 

During August I would like to read some new books that I haven’t yet read by some of these authors.  On that list is:

  • The Dirty Duet by Laurelin Paige
  • The Ardent Springs Series by Terri Osburn
  • The Billionaire Unbound by J.S. Scott

Please note that this list is only rereads and does not include any new books that I will be reading in between. Most of these books I have already written reviews for so please have a read of these as well.

Authors Websites

 Tiffany Snow

Jana Aston

J.S. Scott

Kitty/Kat French

Catherine Bybee

Lisa Renee Jones

Laurelin Paige

Julia London

Terri Osburn

Julie A. Richman

 

Happy Reading!

Shopping for a Baby’s First Christmas – Shopping for a Billionaire #15 by Julia Kent

REVIEW

Heart-warmingly hilarious

Nothing is ever simple or straightforward for Declan and Shannon, why should Ellie’s first Christmas be any different.

Spending Christmas with the in-laws (all of them) is not high on Declan’s list of ideal Christmas’ but Shannon can think of nothing better than being close to her family and relishing in the joys of chaos. Throw in a couple of dogs, a temperamental cat, some old ladies, Declan’s own family and even that may be too much for Shannon to handle.

Marie is back on top form for this festive treat that will bring a smile and a sense of seasonal spirit to even the hardest Grinch.  Anyone for Polyoga?! How about matching stripy PJ’s?  Oh to see next years Christmas card!

A real treat for anyone who loves this series.

Rating 5/5

ARC read courtesy of Julia Kent

Synopsis

My mother wants all her kids and grandkids to spend Christmas Eve at her house and wake up on Christmas morning together.

Sounds reasonable, right?

And it would be.

If it weren’t my mother.

My husband, Declan, is protesting any involvement, though he’s openly intrigued by the idea of claiming his territory by suggesting we have sex in my childhood bed.

And by ‘suggest,’ I mean make a series of really hot offers that make me whimper when I have to say no.

Wait – why am I saying no again?

Mom has turned her house into a Christmas showcase that makes Frankenmuth look like the picked-over clearance rack at Target on December 26. You know those crazy people on Etsy who make felted gnomes out of belly button lint and use … a certain kind of hair… to make thatched roofs on little decorative elf homes?

Those people are saner than my mother.

There is no force of nature stronger — and more emotionally volatile — than a fifty-something grandmother determined to create holiday memories.

Wait a minute. Maybe there is.

My husband. 

(https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/42279095-shopping-for-a-baby-s-first-christmas)

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)

Chasing Shadows – First Wives #3 by Catherine Bybee

REVIEW

This is the third book in the First Wives series and, although I haven’t yet read the previous two, I wasn’t really in much doubt as to whether I would enjoy it as I have already read the entire Weekday Brides series and loved them.

Love is a funny thing. It can sneak up on the most unsuspecting person. Avery Grant doesn’t do love, in fact she doesn’t do relationships full stop. She married her last husband purely for the money, a mutual agreement, but definitely not for love.

Following a traumatic experience a year ago, Avery has become even more closed off emotionally. She lets men into her bed but they had better not still be there in the morning.  Learning Krav Maga has helped restore Avery’s confidence but she still freezes when her back hits the mat.

Liam Holt doesn’t know what came over him when he saw the woman in the bar but doing work in her gym just to meet her does seem a little extreme, and offering to be her sparring partner is just insane! But, as they grow closer and Avery begins to regain her memory of past events, can she trust in Liam and, more importantly, can she trust in herself?

I have to admit that I absolutely love Liam!  He is one of the most down to earth characters I have come across.  There are no airs and graces, you take him as you find him.  Where Avery may be the warrior, Liam is definitely a fighter. And the understanding he has of Avery’s insecurities if just heartwarming.

Learning to trust in someone can be a very difficult process, especially if you have never had to do it before. This story encompasses the human need to share, allowing others to carry some of the burden, opening up our minds and our hearts and trusting that they will do right by them.

I wasn’t expecting the ending as it happened but I am so proud of Avery (can you be proud of a fictional character?). She had the opportunity to make so many different choices but, in my opinion, she made the right one.

These books are essentially standalone but it really is advisable to read them in order. I will most certainly be reading the first two in this series very soon and possibly rereading the Weekday Brides – love Sam, Blake and all the gang!

Rating 5/5

Arc review courtesy of Netgalley

Synopsis

Avery Grant doesn’t date. Her first marriage was a mutually beneficial contract that gave her the financial freedom she needed to step away from her controlling parents. Wealthy and single, the last thing she’s looking for is love sneaking in to mess up her life plans. And after a brutal attack, she’s determined to never be vulnerable again, even if the new man in her life helps her feel safe.

Mesmerized from the moment he sets his eyes on Avery, Liam is driven to learn everything about this tough, sexy, challenging woman. Breaking down her defenses won’t be easy, but Liam refuses to be pushed away. All he needs is a tiny crack in Avery’s armor to wiggle his way into her heart.

But when a terrifying lie about her attacker’s fate comes to light, Avery’s past returns to haunt her. Now she’s willing to put herself in danger to get the answers she needs. That means jeopardizing the best thing that’s ever happened to her: Liam.

(https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/39792615-chasing-shadows)

Shopping for a CEO’s Honeymoon – Shopping for a Billionaire #14 by Julia Kent

REVIEW

I think I love Andrew and Amanda a little bit more with each book I read.  Amanda is definitely Andrew’s soulmate and doesn’t take any of his overbearing, egotistical nonsense, although she has plenty of ‘ammunition’ following the gun awareness course!

Definitely an interesting way to spend your honeymoon. Although I can’t believe with that many rooms in the house they couldn’t find one without a workman in it. Lots of decisions and future plans made.  Loved Andrews declaration about his feelings when he holds Ellie.

Great to see my other favourite couple, Declan and Shannon, making an appearance along with little baby, Ellie. Shannon is a natural at motherhood. I remember those day of blowouts, I don’t care what the nappy/diaper manufacturers say, there is nothing that holds it in! Terry also makes a flying visit, I’m hopeful we will see more of him in the future and that he gets his own happy ever after.

Besides a very brief scene with Pam, there are no parents in this book.  I love Maria and James but sometimes they have a tendency to dominate.  It was really nice to just have the ‘kids’ and focus on their stories.

Looking forward to the next instalment in this brilliant series.

Synopsis

He says we never had a proper honeymoon. 

So, instead, he’s giving me… a prepper honeymoon? 

Who knew billionaire preppers were a thing? 

I guess I’m about to find out. 

(https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/39868621-shopping-for-a-ceo-s-honeymoon)

Flesh Into Fire – Original Sin #3 by J.A. Huss, Johnathan McClain

REVIEW

This series is getting better and better. In the aftermath of the fire that left everyone devastated, Maddie and Tyler still have a whole heap of problems in front of them before they can find, what we all hope will be, their happy ever after .

Maddie is still reeling from the death of her friend and all she can focus on is revenge. I’m in agreement with Tyler here though…it’s a bad idea!   Tyler knows that if she follows through with her dreams of getting back at Carlos and Logan then he stands a good chance of losing her forever and with everything the pair has been through, neither of them should have to face what comes next.

There are some interesting story twists within this part of the series. We find out that someone has been keeping a rather large secret (did not see that coming) which has the potential to either save Maddie or get her killed, needless to say, Tyler is not impressed the turn of events. Tyler shows off his very impressive drone flying skills – again. And this pair really have a thing about fires…mainly starting them! Tyler has already burnt down his apartment, this time it’s Maddie who becomes the arsonist. Someone should ban them from ever holding a box of matches!

I love Tyler. He is funny, caring, protective and sexy. I would need him to have a shave though…bit of stubble is sexy, full beard – not so much (personal preference). The internal monologues that he has, where he goes off at a complete tangent, are hilarious. You have to be really focused on what you’re reading otherwise you’d be completely lost with some off the things he comes out with.

Julie and Johnathan have made an absolutely fantastic writing team. Having read many of Julie’s books and finding them all addictive,   I have often wondered why established solo authors team up with other writing partners but I’m so glad that these two did.

Patiently awaiting the final book in the series and really hoping that this will not be the last we see from this writing duo.

Passion Rising due to be released on 8th May 2018

Synopsis

Payback is owed.

And Maddie Clayton is going to collect. This time Carlos and Logan have gone too far. People are dead, lives have been changed, and she’s had enough. Plus, she’s got the Devil on her side, so when an enemy turns into a friend with an idea of how to take Carlos down, she’s in.

Tyler Morgan has been fighting back his whole adult life. He’s ready for anything when it comes to payback. But endangering Maddie can’t be part of the deal. Unfortunately for him, once Maddie gets an idea in her head, there’s no stopping her.

Her debt has been paid in blood and she wants revenge.

His fight is still there, but now he’s got more at stake than himself.

The end is coming.

But even if they win against Carlos, they can still lose each other.

Shopping for a Billionaire’s Baby – Shopping for a Billionaire #13 by Julia Kent

REVIEW

I really didn’t think it was possible to love a book couple as much I do Declan and Shannon.  Having read about this couple’s bizarre beginnings, their ups and downs, their unfortunate events that have had me laughing, their tender heart-felt moments that have brought tears to my eyes, and now to be witness to them extending their family unit has been a very emotional journey.

But this IS Declan and Shannon so we know that it is not going to be plain sailing, and WOW! what a tidal wave they find themselves riding.

There is honestly so much I want to say but I try really hard not to give away any spoilers in my reviews, so here goes:

Shannon and Declan have decided to have a baby (no spoiler, it’s kinda the whole point of the book) and as a mother I can say that I was there with her through each phase – the agony of trying to conceive followed by disappointment, morning sickness, food cravings, feeling horny, swollen ankles, being related to a whale, and let’s not forget those all important mood swings (just to keep our husbands/partners on their toes!).  Shannon, bless her heart, doesn’t do things by half either but Declan is on hand to help her through each stage.  I fell just a little more in love with Declan during this book and you will understand what I mean when you read it, his letter to Shannon was so beautiful I may have let a tear slip out. I was completely taken with the ending, could see it happening but did not expect the full extent of what did occur, or the emotional reaction between James and Declan in the hospital.

I don’t think I will be able to look at a piece of clay in quite the same way again and don’t even mention the word ‘Unicoga’ – I’m still giggling at that whole mess up…only Marie! She teaches me something new every book.

Speaking of, Marie is at her classic best again in this book.  Whether it is organising Shannon’s baby shower or posting ads on Facebook, she never fails.

Dave is an intriguing character, I do hope we get a bit more of a backstory of him at some stage.

I know there are more books to come in this series and to be honest I don’t think I can ever envision it ending. Great to see all our favourite characters from the series so far – Andrew and Amanda, Marie and Jason, James, Pam, Carol, Amy, Hamish, Josh, Greg, Gerald and Vince, with a surprise appearance from a familiar face of a different series.

If you have never read this series, START. It is an hilarious romantic comedy that will have you addicted from the very first page.

This is an ARC review although the book is currently available for pre-order and will be released on 24/04/18.

Thank you Julia, you did it again!

Synopsis

You know what’s even better than marrying a billionaire? Having his baby.

We’re ready. We’ve studied and planned, read all the birth and labor books, researched parenting classes, consulted our schedules, and it’s time.

And by we I mean me.

Declan’s just ready for the “have lots of sex” part. More than ready.

But there’s just one problem: my husband and his brother have this little obsession with competition.

And by little, I mean stupid.

That’s right.

We’re not just about to try to bring a new human being into the world.

We have to do it better, Faster, Stronger.

Harder.

McCormick men don’t just have babies.

They engage in competitive billionaire Babythons.

I thought the hardest part about getting pregnant would be dealing with my grandchild-crazed mother, who will go nuts shopping for a billionaire’s baby.

Wrong.

Between conception issues, my mother’s desire to talk to the baby through a hoohawcam, a childbirth class led by a drill sergeant and a father-in-law determined to sign the kid up for prep school before Declan even pulls out, my pregnancy has turned out to be one ordeal after the other.

But it’s nothing — nothing — compared to the actual birth.

(https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/36433312-shopping-for-a-billionaire-s-baby)