Sin with Me – Original Sin #1 by J.A. Huss, Johnathan McClain

Two broken people in a city fueled by sin.

Maddie isn’t looking to be saved. She knows the only person you can count on is yourself. Her moral compass might not point true North these days—but at least she’s still standing.

The Military taught Tyler about loyalty. Being there for your brothers is the only thing that matters—but when it mattered most, he wasn’t.

She’s got a ticket straight to Hell. He’s already been there and back. 

She needs to win. He just needs to stop fighting.

Some sins scar your soul so deeply, you’ll never be the same.
But this Devil in disguise might just be the angel he needs to forgive himself.



Oh Wow! A fantastic beginning to this new series.  Julie Huss has for a long time now been one of my favourite authors and I can honestly say she has done good with pairing up with Johnathan McClain.

The way that Tyler is written had me in hysterics despite the somewhat desperate need behind his actions. The constant talking to himself inside his head is genius because, lets face it, most of us go off on internal monologues and completely lose track of where we are and what we are doing.  Reading about what was going on inside Tyler’s mind is also a little scary!

Maddie had to grow on me. It took me a while to understand why she was putting herself through what she was when realistically there was no need.  But as the story progressed her reasons became clear and I was really starting to feel her despair and outrage with life and the injustice of it all.  The loneliness and hopelessness.

I loved the duel POV.  All too often romance novels are only written from the female perspective.  Men have feelings and emotions too and I love when a writer captures the thoughts and reasons  behind the actions of the lead male character.

For anyone who has read Julie’s previous work there is a little homage to a certain character we all know and love,.   To anyone who hasn’t….what’s the matter with you?!

Angels Fall will continue the story of Maddie and Tyler in the Original Sin series.

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





Worth Any Cost – Gaming the System #6 by Brenna Aubrey

You are cordially invited to the wedding of the decade.

Adam Drake and Emilia Kimberly Strong have chosen a date to solidify their love in the bonds of matrimony. 

Join them on their exotic destination wedding. Visit with their friends and loved ones. But hold the champagne toast. Fate has a few last tests for our couple on their way to the altar.

Natural 20 or natural disaster?



YAY! The time has finally arrived for Mia and Adam to get hitched.  It has been a long and painful road for them to get to this point and you can guarantee that their problems are not over yet.

Adam tries his best to control everything, much to Mia’s dismay, and when things take a turn for the worst Adam has to reassess his abilities and allow others to help out.

I love Mia and Adam.  They are a great couple and so well suited. Besides the occasional niggle of self-doubt, Mia does not let Adam’s status effect how she treats him…not only does she get mad, she gets even!  Often with hilarious consequences (one word…Speedos!)

Once again, all our favourite family and friends are here to see Mia and Adam take this next step in their lives.  Jordan is brilliant.  His arrogance is in abundance and despite their falling out, he and Adam will always be BFF’s (how much would they hate being called that?!) I almost cried laughing at Jordan’s garter reaction…sheer horror!

This series is not over yet.  Still plenty of characters that need to tell us their stories.  Next up is Katya and boy! is she in trouble.

For the One – Gaming the System #5 by Brenna Aubrey

He’s got everything but game….

William Drake is an artistic genius with a photographic memory and the intensity to master practically any task. Oh, and he owns a chunk of a billion-dollar gaming company. A twenty-six year-old guy with his wealth, talent, and good looks shouldn’t have problems winning over women. Except he does. To be exact—and detail-obsessed William is always exact—he’s got problems with Jenna Kovac, the troubled beauty who has his heart working overtime and his tongue tied in knots. 

And she can’t afford to lose.

Jenna Kovac is a survivor. When war ripped her world apart, she lost her family, her homeland, and her one true love. She’s made a new life for herself in the US, but she’s learned that nothing is permanent, and some nights it’s not even safe to dream. When a scumbag sells her future out from under her, suddenly the only man who can get it back is William Drake, geeky—but scorching-hot—social disaster. William must learn to stay cool under pressure for the all-important duel he’s about to fight. Unless she can teach him to loosen up, she’ll lose everything. Again.

But Jenna’s got a few things to learn from this irresistibly enigmatic man. As they spend time together, they’re soon exchanging long, slow kisses—and painful secrets. There’s so much more to William. 

Something that might be worth taking one more risk…



I absolutely adore William.  And Jenna seems to be his perfect match because they are so opposite.  William has autism (which is something I have some experience in) and I think he is very well portrayed within this book.  Yes, he has issues but these should not and do not hold him back.  He knows what he wants and he will fight, literally, to get it.  What he wants is Jenna.  Jenna is very much a free-spirit and although she is attracted to William she has issues with her own past.

I love the Medieval re-enactments.  The whole concept is brilliant and I can just imagine William in his armour, with sword and shield in hand.  Reading about William – I will use his full name as only family can call him Liam and only Jenna can call him Will – as he struggles to understand his own feelings and overcome obstacles just made me want to wrap my arms around him and give him a big hug, but I know he wouldn’t like that.  It was a very emotional roller-coaster ride for the characters and the reader (me).

So glad that William got his own story and what a lovely story it is.

I think this bunch of characters will stay with me for a very long time.

For the Win – Gaming the System #4 by Brenna Aubrey

Millionaire bad boy Jordan Fawkes has problems. Big problems.
That molten-hot intern he hooked up with at Comic-Con is now his assistant. No one can know they’re the stars of the cosplay sex tape that broke the Internet.

Business school hopeful April Weiss has drama. Big drama.
Working under the CFO of Draco Multimedia should be the opportunity of a lifetime for her, but Jordan Fawkes is the boss from Hell—a sexier-than-sin boss from Hell who holds all the cards for her future career.

And then there’s the small problem of a certain video…



Oh Jordan!  You are one naughty boy!

Playboy and ‘least likely to settle down’, Jordan Fawkes has met his match with his new assistant intern, April Weiss.  Keeping a rather big secret from her, Jordan has to work side by side with a distraught April to keep her identity a secret when a sex video goes viral.  It is most definitely a love/hate relationship with heap loads of sexual tension.

Jordan is his usual arrogant, egotistical self, but would we have him any other way?! But lying to Adam…that’s new.  April is not who we have been lead to believe she is in the previous books.  Her association with the mean girl, Cari, becomes clear and I was almost feeling sorry for her.  She did ultimately redeem herself towards the end and at that stage I genuinely felt for her…especially with Jordan’s reaction, boy deserved a slap!

This was a great continuation to the Gaming the System series and all our favourite characters were present – Adam, Mia, Heath, Kat, Alex, Jenna and William.

It is not essential to read this one as part of the series but I would highly recommend it as Adam and Mia’s story continues within it and other characters are further enhanced.

Next up – For the One – William and Jenna’s story


Undefeated by Stuart Reardon, Jane Harvey-Berrick

When your world crashes down…
When they all say you’re out…
When your body is broken…
I will rise.
I will return.
And I will be undefeated.

Nick Renshaw is the golden boy of British rugby. When a serious injury threatens his career, he starts to spiral downwards, a broken man.

Feeling abandoned and betrayed by those closest to him, he fights to restart his life. Maybe there’s someone out there who can help him. Maybe he can find his way back toward the light. Maybe … not.

Dr. Anna Scott might be the one person who can help Nick, but she has her own secrets. And when Nick’s past comes back to haunt them both, the enigmatic doctor is more vulnerable than she seems.

Broken and betrayed, the struggle to survive seems intolerable. Who will give in, and who will rise, undefeated?



I’ll be honest I’ve read some sports related romances before, mostly american football or baseball, and they have been ok but as my knowledge of sports is not great some of the references go a bit over my head.  Rugby is not a sport I know anything about (shh! don’t tell but I’m more a football (soccer) fan) but I had inspiration to read this book, namely that I had high hopes of meeting the man himself – Stuart Reardon – at RARE18 (see my post titled RARE18 London)

Anyway, getting back to the book. I loved it!  It is a wonderful, heart-wrenching tale of love, despair, victory and betrayal. Emotions run high and not just for the characters, I was all over the place.  One minute laughing at the locker room antics the next crying over the injustice of what was happening.

Nick’s character is witty, charming and loving, and it is obvious from the start that he does not belong with his girlfriend, Molly, but there are some very gritty moments that as I was reading I was giving it “no Nick, don’t be stupid” but everything happens for a reason.

Anna Scott is trying to prove herself against the mistakes of her past.  Her feelings for Nick are evident from the beginning but she tries to follow the rules.  Nick is a hard man to refuse! The connection between these two characters is undeniable but they have a rough journey ahead.

The story is beautifully written both with regards to the romance and the Rugby matches.  It was not hard to follow the game play and to be honest it almost had me watching Rugby to see if I understood what was happening…reading got in the way!

It was not hard to picture Stu as Nick, in fact it was essential (sigh!) however, my poor brain had to conjure up a twin for him when Stuart made a cameo appearance!

Highly recommended but for over 18’s only due to sexual content.

Looking forward to reading the next book – Model Boyfriend – due later this year.

Broken Silence – Silence #2 by Natasha Preston

Four years after Oakley left for Australia, the trial is ready to begin. After coming to the decision that she needs to face her abusers to finally be able to move on, Oakley and her family return to England to give evidence in person.

Oakley’s love for Cole never faded, but after four years apart how will Cole react to her being back? Can they put the past behind them in order to get their happy ending?



Don’t cry.  Yeah, not happening!

If I thought the first book was emotional it had nothing on this one.

Now aged 21, Oakley is older and wiser and still desperately in love with Cole.  Cole has had 4 years to get over Oakley leaving him, now she is back and he doesn’t know whether to be angry, or sad, or to kiss her and wrap her in his arms so she can never leave again.

A beautifully written story, touching on the pain caused by child abuse.  Slightly more graphic detail in this part than the first as the details come out in the trial, but it is necessary to bring the story to conclusion.

Really enjoyed this series and will be reading more by this author.

Book three in the series focuses on Oakley’s brother, Jasper.