Izzy As Is by Tracie Banister

The party is over for bikini model Izzy Alvarez. For six years she’s made a good living by flaunting her God-given assets on runways and in front of cameras, but now as she approaches the big 3-0, the bodacious Latina is shocked to learn she’s aged out of the profession that’s kept her in mojitos, mani/pedis, and designer thongs. What’s a girl with a taste for the finer things in life and no marketable skills to do?

Getting a regular job is too boring to even consider, so Izzy decides to follow in the footsteps of her newly-engaged frenemy and become a trophy wife. Although she’s desperate and too broke to get a chipped nail fixed, Izzy still has standards for her future husband, which means no uggos, no vertically-challenged guys, and no geezers who need to pop a blue pill to perform in the bedroom. Enlisting the aid of her computer whiz nephew and her closest pals, Izzy goes on the prowl for a rich, marriage-minded man, encountering likely candidates in a lot of unlikely places.

The high life she’s dreamed of may be within reach when Izzy meets a charming, successful man who’s not only hotter than a steamy summer night in Miami, but ready to settle down. Now all Izzy has to do is make sure her loud, crazy Cuban family doesn’t scare off el hombre perfecto—oh, yeah, and squelch those pesky, romantic feelings she keeps having for the sweet, cash-strapped guy she’s known forever.

Will Izzy’s hunger for money win out, or will her fiery heart demand to be heard?



Hilarious from start to finish. Izzy is a great character who, as a model,  has always used her perfect body to get what she wants, but when she finds out that her age is now against her she takes matters into her own hands….time to get a rich husband!

I thought that Izzy’s self-absorbed and superficial attitude would make her really annoying. It turned out that this part of her character just makes it funnier when she had to deal with various situations that arise, such as dealing with a mother who joins her son on your date, or when your fiance is being a tiny bit neglectful. FYI, Izzy doesn’t like being neglected!

I love all of her friends and family.  The dynamic between Izzy, Pilar and Ana is brilliant, throw in a mother who has a flair for the dramatic and you’ve got yourself one crazy family.

I’ll be honest, I thought Eduardo was just a bit too perfect, even for Izzy, and I felt that despite his money he wouldn’t make her happy.  It didn’t help that I already had a bit of crush on Zane!

Topaz, Nacho and Zane are the ultimate friends.  Standing by Izzy through thick and thin.  The connection between Izzy and Zane is undeniable and I don’t think anyone will be surprised by the outcome…although there are some definite surprises ahead.

I will have to read Pilar’s story soon – In need of Therapy





The Misters Series, Five,  and Mr & Mrs by J. A. Huss

Ten years ago the lives of five wealthy and respected college students was turned upside down by an accusation of rape. Dubbed the Misters of Brown, Mr Perfect, Mr Romantic, Mr Corporate, Mr Mysterious and Mr Match have managed to keep under the radar but now they are finding their pasts are coming back to haunt them.

Finding love was never in their futures but, as each Mister finds a woman, can he keep her from the danger that follows him.  Can coming back together to save their women (and their women saving them!) bring an end to their past and finally put their ghosts to rest.

Danger, mystery, lies and betrayal blend together with love, romance and friendship to make a compelling series that should not be missed.

Joining the Misters is Five, who appears frequently and plays a major role throughout the Mister series.

Finishing the series in a spectacular way is Mr & Mrs.  All the Misters are getting married. One island, six grooms, six brides, children, kittens and pigs, what could possibly go wrong?!


Fantastically brilliant from start to finish. All seven books read in 2 weeks proves that I could not put them down.  As soon as one was finished it was straight onto the next.  More of the plot and mystery is revealed with each book and although they are classed as a standalone…seriously, why would you only want to read to one?

To get the most out of this series they really should be read in order although I am undecided where I would put Five.  His book brings a lot of answers and although it is labelled 0.5 and is technically a prequel, I read him after Mr Match but before Mr & Mrs as his book brings a lot of answers that could potentially spoil elements of the Mister books.

The female characters are all perfectly matched to their Mister and the connection between each is….HOT!  Hot Kisses, Hot Sex, just HOT!

If you have never read this author before then I can highly recommend her.  She has lots of series and most seem to be connected.  I would suggest reading The complete Rook and Ronin series first (see blog post) as the Mister series does contain some of their children but in all honesty it is not essential. There is a very good chance that if you read this series first you will want to go back and find out what happened with the Flynn’s, the Shrike’s and the Aston’s anyway.

So much potential for future books…Can’t wait to see what comes next!

Thanks Julie for bringing us these wonderful characters.


Right – Wrong #2 by Jana Aston

Everly Jensen believes that there is one perfect, right man out there for her and his name is Finn Camden, her brother’s best friend.

Since the age of six, Everly has planned her life around Finn, going to extreme lengths to gain his attention. During one of her many ploys, Everly comes face to face with the most annoying, intrusive and captivating man she has ever met.

Will Everly get her man? and which man will it be?


Loved this book as much as the first.

Everly is a brilliant character.  She works with Sophie at Grind Me and appears frequently throughout “Wrong”.  She is completely obsessed with her brother’s best friend, Finn Camden and will literally do anything to get his attention but everything she does seems to push him further away.

Sawyer Camden has heard all about Everly and her exploits from his younger brother, and when he finally meets her his interest is piqued.  Knowing that Finn is completely wrong for her, Sawyer sets out to prove that maybe she should be setting her sights on the right brother.

I found this story to be more comical than the first and no less addictive.  As it progresses it gains in seriousness and I’ll be honest, you could be laughing one minute and close to tears the next.   It is very well written with the character developments and connections working really well. Sophie and Luke both make appearances along with some new characters, namely Chloe (Trust) and Sandra (Fling).

I would highly recommend this series if you like hot me, hot sex, and a good storyline.

Summer at Sunset – Summer #2 by Beth Labonte

Summer Hartwell is getting married. Finding the man of her dreams was easy compared to planning the wedding. Deciding to make it as easy as possible, Summer decides to hold the wedding thousands of miles away from where her mother lives, in the idyllic retirement community where Graham’s parents live.

Who would have believed the things that go on with the over sixties? Golfing, yoga, swinging!  With Summer’s parents arriving a week before the wedding, Summer’s stress levels reach an all time high. When Summer becomes convinced that one of the old ladies is trying to sabotage her wedding everyone, including Graham, has a hard time believing her. With a familiar face turning up out of the blue, the whole wedding could be off . Will Summer get the wedding of her dreams?


I love Summer. Nothing ever goes right for her despite every effort she goes through to ensure a peaceful life.  The antics of the retirement village is hilarious, although I could happily smack Graham for his incessant flirting when he knows it is winding Summer up.

Good to have more of Eric, Summer’s brother, in this story.  He is so laid back he makes Graham look like a worrier.

There are some very sweet and romantic scenes in this book.  Graham shows his love for Summer and stands by her when she starts to fall apart. And the Disney experience is wonderful.

Lovely story, funny and emotional. Same great characters with a few additions. If you have read and enjoyed ‘Summer at Sea’ then you are guaranteed to love this sequel.

Summer at Sea – Summer #1 by Beth Labonte

Summer Hartwell is going on a cruise.  A week long cruise to Bermuda – Sun, Sea & Sex! More like, Stress, Sun cream & Sweaters. Summer is going with…her parents. The only saving grace is that her brother, his girlfriend, and his best friend will also be joining them.

At the age of twenty six, living in her parent’s basement, working as a librarian in a middle school, and having next to no social life leaves Summer with very little romance and no chance of a ‘picket fence’ future so she makes a deal with herself to use the cruise to find a husband.

To say that Summer’s plans don’t work out exactly as she expects would be an understatement. But with her brother’s friend, Graham Blenderman, on hand to show her a good time and forget her husband-hunting, will Summer have the cruise of her life or a nervous break-down to rival her mother’s?


Poor Summer.  Living with her parents is bad enough but living with her over-cautious, over-bearing and over-protective parents is sending Summer hurtling towards her own nervous breakdown.  She has had a crush on Graham Blenderman for years but when he turned her down for her school prom she put all thoughts of him aside which would be easier to do if he wasn’t constantly round her house. When her brother bails on their cruise, Summer finds herself left with not only her parents but Graham as well.  Let the drinks flow…Summer is going to need to them.

This is a great comedy romance. The characters are hysterical. Summer desperately wants to find a husband to have a reason to escape her parents basement. Graham is the joker, constantly finding the fun in everything. Not even Mrs Hartwell can bring him down…ok, there may be a couple of moments, but he soon bounces back. Richard and Joan Hartwell worry and fret about everything – and I mean EVERYTHING!

This is a definite feel-good book. There are no sex scenes but it is implied on occasions. Some strong language but nothing that detracts from the enjoyment of the story.  Highly recommended as a fun summer read.


Mystery at Maplemead Castle – The Chapelwick Mysteries by Kitty French

Ghostbusting is never easy.  For Melody Bittersweet it is only made harder by her ex, Leo Dark, and her love/hate nemesis, Fletcher Gunn.

When the new owners of Maplemead Castle employ Melody’s special services she becomes embroiled in the lives of a trio of circus performers (and a lion!).  Trapeze artist, Britannia Lovell, is stuck with her husband and her lover in a repeating performance that has lasted a century. Melody and her ghostbusting team have to find out what is keeping the trio from moving on, but when Leo because bewitched by Britannia her job just gets a whole lot trickier.

Things are also heating up between Melody and Fletch, much to the disapproval of her friends and family.  What is a girl to do?


Hilarious! Melody is back on fine form in this second book in the series.

I think what I like most about Kitty French’s writing is that she is completely British.  The language that she uses is so familiar. Words such as bumholes, boffed and crappola make me feel right at home.

The comedy mixed with the romance mixed with the mystery makes for an entertaining and very enjoyable story.  I really want Melody and Fletch to work out but I’m not sure if the author will ever get them together due to their differences.  If only Fletch would open up his mind a bit and see Melody for the wonderful person she is and if only Melody would get over the fact that Fletch can be a dick sometimes!  The connection and understanding that Melody has for Leo during this mystery is lovely but I do think he deserved the little dig she gives him at the end about broken hearts.

The Fembots made an appearance but did not play as much of a part in this story and I’m not entirely sure I understand what their relationship with Leo is, either way they are no match for Marina and her spiked heels.

The only point I found slightly annoying about this particular story is the continual miss spelling of Britannia’s name.  Sometimes spelt Britannia and others Brittania.  I know it is a small point but it is something that should have been picked up during editing.

Brilliantly funny.  The antics of Melody, Marina and Artie just gets better.  Looking forward to reading the next, with the hope of a little more loving between Melody and Fletch.

Shopping for a CEO’s Wife – Shopping for a Billionaire #12 by Julia Kent

Amanda Warrick, best friend of Shannon McCormick and fianceé of Antedec CEO Andrew McCormick, is living the dream…only her dream is quickly becoming a nightmare.

With the help of her future father-in-law, an over-zealous wedding planner, and the paparazzi plaguing her every move, Amanda finds that planning the most important day of her life just became… unimportant.

Knowing that her love for Andrew and his love for her goes way beyond one day, what can a fixer do to the unfixable? She cancels it!

Join Andrew and Amanda on their journey to Happy Ever After.


All the gang are back again, this time to celebrate the upcoming wedding of Andrew and Amanda. It amazes me that no matter how many books there are in this series, each one is just as good, if not better, than the one before.

Andrew and Amanda really are the perfect couple.  Not because they are “perfect”, more because they aren’t.  They both have their faults, issues and insecurities but the other loves and accepts everything about them.  It has taken a while from their first kiss to get to this point where they are ready to commit however, despite not having Marie to interfere, they have someone much more destructive to their emotional well-being – James McCormick!

This story is full of comical genius. There are moments when I was smiling to full out ‘roll-on-floor’ laughing.  The funniest part for me was the Medi-spa conversation which centered around Amanda, Josh, Carol and Marie.  They are discussing a future mystery shop and as you can expect from these four the conversation goes off on a complete tangent.  Josh’s penis gets discussed at length (pun intended) and as usual mouth-to-brain filters are missing with hilarious outcomes.

This is most definitely a love story.  Don’t ever make me choose my favourite couple between Declan and Shannon or Andrew and Amanda because it just can’t happen.  This series has brought may smiles to my face and will continue to do so for a long time to come, rereading is essential!

Next up – Declan as a daddy! Can’t wait 🙂