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!

One Day in December by Josie Silver

REVIEW

Beautifully heartbreaking and heartwarming all in one.

Jack and Laurie’s story is a bittersweet love-triangle that becomes a complicated friendship.  Laurie is in love with a mystery man who she sees waiting at a bus stop and spends the next 12 months searching for. When Sarah, Laurie’s best friend, brings home her new boyfriend who she is head-over heels in love with, new boyfriend turns out to be mystery man. Jack and Laurie both deny knowing each other and try to be friends for Sarah’s sake. Not an easy task when feelings are involved.

Laurie is a steadfast friend and although she may have slipped up a couple of times, her heart was always in the right place.  Her friendship with Sarah holds a bond as strong as sisterhood and woe betide anyone who tries to get between them.

Jack tries to do the right thing.  He loves Sarah but he also knows that Laurie holds a certain place in his heart as well.  As the years progress, new loves are found and lost, friendships are broken and mended, and Jack and Laurie seem to be forever in the wrong places, both emotionally and physically, at the wrong time.

A beautifully written story that will leave you wanting more, or at least it did me.  Jack and Laurie embedded themselves into my mind and I could almost feel their pain and heartache with every year that passed. If this book was missing anything it was an epilogue.  I’m a sucker for wanting that final bit of happiness, the glimpse into the future, the happily ever after of all the characters and where they are one, five or ten years on, but that’s just me.  This is a definite winter warmer, curl up on the sofa with a mug of tea, book that you wont want to put down.

Rating 5/5

Synopsis

Two people. Ten chances. One unforgettable love story.

Laurie is pretty sure love at first sight doesn’t exist anywhere but the movies. But then, through a misted-up bus window one snowy December day, she sees a man who she knows instantly is the one. Their eyes meet, there’s a moment of pure magic…and then her bus drives away.

Certain they’re fated to find each other again, Laurie spends a year scanning every bus stop and cafe in London for him. But she doesn’t find him, not when it matters anyway. Instead they “reunite” at a Christmas party, when her best friend Sarah giddily introduces her new boyfriend to Laurie. It’s Jack, the man from the bus. It would be.

What follows for Laurie, Sarah and Jack is ten years of friendship, heartbreak, missed opportunities, roads not taken, and destinies reconsidered. One Day in December is a joyous, heartwarming and immensely moving love story to escape into and a reminder that fate takes inexplicable turns along the route to happiness.

(https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/38255337-one-day-in-december)

Book Tour – Nora’s Promise by Sedona Hutton

Publication date: October 5th 2018
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance

REVIEW

When the past dictates your future can you learn to live in the now?

That is the question that keeps coming back to Nora Williams. Having been let down by men in the past she finds it very hard to trust, and this goes double for racing driver, Davey Johnson. When Nora learns that Davey is her nine year old nephew’s father, she must strive to trust him for Ben’s sake. The longer they spend together the more their views on life change.

Davey has been against romantic relationships since his mother walked out on him as a child. Distorting his views of ‘happily ever after’ he has gladly taken on the role of playboy, that is until he meets Nora. Finding her views on life, love, and the fact that she doesn’t fall at his feet, intriguing, Davey wants to spend more time with her and his newly found son. When his racing and sponsorship impact with his family commitments, Davey must make the ultimate choice – career or love.

This story has a interesting twist to it. It is not just an contemporary romance, there is a touch of mysticism involved. Nora has unique abilities. She can converse with the spirit word, namely her Grandfather. She also has a talent for animal whispering. Nora is a devote Vegan, she can sense the pain and suffering of animals and, as such, sets out to relieve as much of their torment as she can.

I am not a vegan or vegetarian, but I do like animals (I have a pet snake). I understand the views and principals that others have when they decline to eat meat for whatever reason. I fully understood Nora’s opinions on this matter and felt her sorrow at the separation of the cow and calf, the author has expressed the views of the main character in a non-preaching manner. I’m not sure that I would have been as quick to convert as Davey was, however I don’t own a cow and wouldn’t dream of eating a snake, so I guess I can see his point.

A really enjoyable read. I will definitely be reading the next story about AJ and Ella – The Perfect Lap – and like the look of Cloud Whispers that I will hopefully be reading soon.

Rating 4/5

Nora

Synopsis

She trusts animals more than men. He runs through women like tires. Will an orphaned child force them to change gears?

With her sister’s death, Nora’s life changed in an instant. Forced to raise her orphaned nephew, the animal rescuer doesn’t expect to be dumped and fired by her kid-hating boyfriend/boss. After her own close call and a message from beyond, Nora introduces the little boy to his handsome, fast-living absentee father.

Davey Johnson is a hot-shot NASCAR driver who never wanted to be slowed down by fatherhood. But when he finds out he has a nine-year-old son, he vows to be a better father than his old man. When his first efforts fail in a big way, he enlists Nora’s parenting help. But what starts as a chore transforms into something way hotter than a final lap.

When Davey’s sponsors clash with Nora’s vegan ways, he’s forced to choose between his passion for racing and his love of Nora. Will they be able to blend their lives or will their romance run right off the track?

Nora’s Promise is a contemporary romance with a new age twist. If you like fast cars, caring heroines, and sizzling chemistry, then you’ll love Sedona Hutton’s contemporary love story.

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Author Sedona Hutton finds inspiration in the beautiful Smoky Mountains of Tennessee, where she lives with her husband and curly-coated retriever. In addition to writing, she’s a Reiki Master and a certified Chopra Center Meditation instructor. She enjoys reading, yoga, gardening, playing with her dog, and riding motorcycles. Sedona’s novel, Cloud Whispers, was selected as a Finalist in the 2018 Readers’ Favorite Contest and an Official Selection in the 2018 Summer eBook Awards for New Apple Literary. Her “Peace, Love, & Joy” blog can be found on her website. Visit her at www.SedonaHutton.com, Facebook @SedonaHuttonAuthor, and Twitter @SedonaHutton.

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No Match for Love Volume One Box Set: Miss Match, Not Your Match, Mix ‘N Match – No Match for Love #1-3 by Lindzee Armstrong

REVIEW

This is a lovely compilation of romance novels that begins the No Match For Love series.  Based around the workings of a match-making agency, Toujour, the stories bring together couples who may not have otherwise found each other.  Each story focuses on a different couple and follows the ‘will they, won’t they’ plot of a contemporary romance. You will also recognise characters from the other books and see them achieve their happily ever after.

If you want a series to get lost in on a cold winters day, curl up in front of the fire, pour a glass of wine and enjoy the flirty fun that comes when finding your ‘one’!

Rating 4/5

Synopsis

Miss Match Playing cupid may break her heart. With the matchmaking company she works for in decline, Brooke is desperate to sign Luke, her billionaire best friend, as a client. But Luke is more interested in capturing Brooke’s heart. Escape into this lighthearted romantic comedy today, which InD’Tale Magazine calls a “feel-good romance that will leave you swooning.”

Not Your Match Sometimes it takes dating Mr. Wrong to find Mr. Right. Dating the wrong people has convinced both Ben and Andi that what they really want is each other. All that’s standing in their way is a fake boyfriend, a jealous ex-fiancée, and being afraid to risk their hearts. Explore this emotionally-charged romance today!

Mix ‘N Match Fire and ice aren’t meant to mix. Zoey and Mitch couldn’t be more opposite. One passionate kiss has convinced them they’d never work. But two weeks in Paris could change everything. Take a trip to Paris in this fun-filled romantic comedy!

The No Match for Love series follows the matchmakers and clients of Toujour on their journeys to love. Each story can be read as a stand-alone, so start with whichever book catches your interest the most!

(https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/31816677-no-match-for-love-volume-one-box-set)

High Reward – Point of No Return #2 by Brenna Aubrey

REVIEW

Stunningly beautiful conclusion to this two part series.

Gray Barrett has finally decided to follow her damaged heart and fall in love but can she keep it from being emotionally torn apart by the former playboy, Commander Ryan Tyler.  When Ryan is faced with a hard-hitting decision, he must decide whether to follow his heart or his head, but will his self-worth stand in the way of making the right choice.

Gray is such a sweet girl and all the way through this book I was cheering her corner.  When she was happy, I was happy.  When she was sad, I was sad.  And when she was angry, I was right there with her! What she has had to deal with both now, with Ryan, and in the past, with her parents, has made her an emotional strong individual but when she finally lets go it really is heart-breaking (yes, I did cry!).

Ryan has the weight of the world on his shoulders and believes that he really isn’t good enough for Gray.  I can understand his desire to fly again and the promise he made to Xander but…that stupid proposition he makes to Karen, what was he thinking?! and more’s the point, why was she even considering it?

This book is filled with hunky astronauts and geeky space girls, and as a sci-fi fan I absolutely love the T.V., film and book references that run throughout.   If you enjoyed Gaming the System you will love this series.

High Risk – Point of no return #1

High Reward – Point of no return #2

This is an ARC review courtesy of Brenna Aubrey

Synopsis

He was looking for redemption. Instead, he found her.

After a rocky start, former Navy SEAL-turned-astronaut Ryan “Ty” Tyler and nerdy flight psychologist Gray Barrett discovered they worked well together. Ty managed to tame his playboy reputation, and cautious Gray got her first taste of adventure. They had a good thing going. Until a good thing turned into a smoking hot thing…and that turned into a falling-in-love thing.

Now Ty’s facing an impossible choice. Shake the demons of his past, or give up a future with the only woman he could ever love.

(https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/41838836-high-reward?from_search=true)

BOOK BLITZ – High Reward by Brenna Aubrey

Title: High Reward – (Point of No Return #2)

Author: Brenna Aubrey

Publication date: December 6th 2018

Genres: Adult, Romance

High Reward, the second part of Gray Barrett and Ryan
Tyler’s duet, will conclude their story in the Point Of No Return series.

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HIGH REWARD by Brenna Aubrey  ~ Excerpt

Suddenly, I felt a cold sensation on my upper shoulder, just below my neck. I turned, and Ryan was right behind me. “What was that?”

“I think I accidentally spilled frosting on you. Here.” He traced a path along the top of my shoulder toward my neck, and I involuntarily shivered. In response, his other hand came up and cupped my other shoulder and his head dipped down to land right where he’d put the frosting.

Right there. In that spot. He was licking and sucking, getting every last bit as his hands traveled down my arms, clamping around my elbows to hold me still.

“Accidentally, huh?” I rasped, my voice sounding alien to my own ears. Likely it was my aroused voice. And likely he knew exactly what it meant when I talked this way.

He was an expert at turning me on and doing it quickly. Zero to Mach 5 in seconds flat. Probably easier than flying his training jet. My panties were already wet, and my nipples were painfully hard and probably very visible under my thin tank top.

I cleared my throat. “I, uh.” And cleared my throat again. “Have another batch to do.”

Without a word he reached out and turned off the oven. “Let’s hit pause on that little project for now,” he said in that low, gravelly voice of his. His aroused voice. I knew that voice, too, and it usually seemed in perfect sync with the tight squeezing sensation in my belly and lower that screamed for his hands and mouth—and other parts—to ease the tension and bring release.

“You are a wicked, wicked man.”

“This I already know,” he said between more kisses on the back of my neck that sent electric shocks down my spine and wound that tension deep inside me even tighter.

I spun in his arms, and though I could barely reach it, I managed to scoop up my own dollop of frosting from the edge of the metal mixing bowl. He watched me then raised his brow to ask the unspoken question—where are you going to put that?

My answer? I grabbed the hem of his t-shirt and rucked it up, holding it just below his collar, then liberally spread the frosting across his upper abs. Double yum.

He sucked in a quick breath, and that was enough to get me diving right in. “Mmm. What kind of mess do we have here? Better start cleaning up.”

The frosting was sweet, creamy. Delectable, really. Buttercream was delicious. Buttercream slathered across Ryan’s rock-hard abs? Perfection.

Author Bio

Brenna Aubrey is a USA TODAY Bestselling Author of contemporary romance
stories that centre on geek culture. Her debut novel, At Any Price, is currently free on all
platforms. Her books are on over a million e-readers worldwide, have been translated
into German, French and Italian and made into an interactive app game.

Look for the brand new POINT OF NO RETURN series and her extremely popular GAMING THE SYSTEM series.

She has always sought comfort in good books and the long, involved stories she
weaves in her head. Brenna is a city girl with a nature-lovers heart. She therefore finds herself out in green open spaces any chance she can get. She currently resides on the west coast of the US with her husband and children (both human and furry).

Follow Brenna at:

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Twitter – https://twitter.com/BrennaAubrey

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Persuasion by Jane Austen

REVIEW

I would have to say that I think this is one of my favourite Jane Austen books.  The characters are intriguing and the humour, especially associated with Mary, made me chuckle. Captain Wentworth is definitely deserving of Anne, she is smart, funny and not prone to hysterics.  The break-up of their original engagement may not have been what they both wanted but sometimes it takes time and separation to realise what you have and what you want.  Anne was young, still a teenager, without guiding parents and siblings, she only had Lady Russell to turn to.  I think she did what was best and she knew deep in her heart that he would come back, otherwise she would have accepted Charles’ offer of marriage and not remained single for the next 12 years.

The ending came about a bit swift.  I have found this with several of Austen’s books.  There is such a big build up throughout the story and the romantic ending and conclusion to all that has happened is over in a matter of a pages.  I would have liked to have read about the confrontation with Mr Elliot and Mrs Clay prior to them departing.

Thoroughly enjoyable read, probably my 2nd favourite.

Rating 5/5

Synopsis

 At twenty-seven, Anne Elliot is no longer young and has few romantic prospects. Eight years earlier, she had been persuaded by her friend Lady Russell to break off her engagement to Frederick Wentworth, a handsome naval captain with neither fortune nor rank. What happens when they encounter each other again is movingly told in Jane Austen’s last completed novel. Set in the fashionable societies of Lyme Regis and Bath, Persuasion is a brilliant satire of vanity and pretension, but, above all, it is a love story tinged with the heartache of missed opportunities.

(https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/31693.Persuasion)