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Book Review: ‘Wildest Dreams’ by Savannah Kade

Title: Wildest Dreams (Hollywood Nights Book 1)

Published: 4th May 2017

Publisher: Griffyn Ink Publishing

Author: Savannah Kade

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Twitter: @SavannahKade

 

Synopsis:

~~ Sexy, emotional, often funny, always messy, true love romance ~~

Jenn Lesley isn’t finding the man of her dreams, so a friends-with-benefits situation suits her just fine in the meantime. She’s a smart woman—a lawyer—with her feet solidly on the ground. She’s pretty sure she knows what she needs, and Walker isn’t it.

Walker Booth knows that he and Jenn have simply hooked up, not fallen in love or anything like that. He’s committed to chasing his dream, and he’s carved out a great, if unconventional, life for himself. So why do his paintings all start to have Jenn’s face?

When fate throws them a curve, Jenn may be too busy trying to right the trouble of her past to see that Walker is full of surprises.

Follow Jenn, Bree, Zoe and Jessica as they navigate the glitz and shine of Hollywood. Can be read as a standalone. This series has real emotion, hard won happy endings, and smoking hot romance.

 

Review:

A romance with a bit of a difference when you get to this one as it has two people who at first had no intention of making anything of what they had. A friends-with-benefits thing was all they wanted but that’s about to change when a certain test result comes back positive.

Jenn is clearly one of those people who loved to jump to conclusions right from get go with whomever she’s meeting. She had her mind set with how she thought things would go or how certain people should act and a good 9 times out of 10 she was wrong. Seems the dream guy and life she thought she wanted was nothing more than a fantasy. Reality turned out to be a whole lot better. A few times how she acts and thinks annoyed me but you have to go through those parts to get through to the real her. The one Walker is slowly helping her find.

Loved Walker from the start with his calmer carefree outlook on life. He is always trying to look out for Jenn even when she insists she doesn’t need him to. There’s more to him than meets the eye, which I liked. It just takes Jenn a while longer to see it but you know she will get there in the end. Seems she gets under his skin more than he would like to begin with and soon turns into a muse for his work. One he hopes to turn into reality though is yet to be seen. Loved his neighbours thought they were a good example of what real life looked like. A life Jenn soon starts to crave.

Thought her ‘friend’ Lissa was a right selfish bitch that definitely owed Jenn an apology for the ice queen she turned into. Melt the bitch I say. The friend she thought she had turned out to be one she’s better off without and the others she thought of as more acquaintances turned into the true friends she really needed.

Clark ‘dream guy’ was a tool of epic proportions and you really hope karma comes back to teach him a lesson. Lissa too really with how she acts. He was such a plank and how he acts after his major faux par is just laughable. Hello stalker in training, he’s getting close to it. Let’s just say when you are looking for ‘wife’ material it shouldn’t just be a job role to fill. Having your cake and eating will not just fly with our Jenn.

The dream man you think you are looking for can turn into a nightmare and that’s when the real thing sneaks up on you. The things Jenn might have put on her perfect partner list soon become obsolete. She gets what and whom she really wants when she starts looking with her heart not her lawyer business mind. Jenn may not have looked in Walkers direction for her future but it seems fate had other plans. She soon becomes the painting he longs her to be and he turns into the man of her wildest dreams.

Side note: A few times I spotted a name swap where Clark was used and it should have been Walker but nothing else that major.

3.5 out of 5 stars

I received this ARC from Griffyn Ink Publishing for my honest review.

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Book Review: ‘A Perfect Murder and Other Stories’ by S. R. Nair

Title: A Perfect Murder and Other Stories

Published: 17th August 2016

Author: S. R. Nair

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Synopsis:

A naïve man and a divorcee, a wronged woman’s fight for justice, a poor woman’s desire for an iPad, a charming young man’s plan to seduce a beautiful tourist, a staunchly orthodox immigrant’s struggle to assimilate in the U.S. … These are some of the captivating stories in this book which has been hailed as a “seriously good read”.

Review:

An interesting collection of short stories that are perfect to read on the lunchtime break. Some I liked more than others but overall enjoyable read. Stories range from cultural differences and identities, marriage, abuse, family, honour, murder mystery, humour and loss.

A Perfect Murder – Be wary of people with an ulterior motive and something to gain. Who is playing whom you may ask?

Salma’s Fate – Marry an honorable man but get stuck with his less than honorable father. Her fate is in their hands until she steps up and speaks out. She will be silent no longer and with the help of a stranger she will get where she needs to go.

iPad – Technology can only go so far but you never know its power if you believe in it. This one made me a bit sad at the end. So sweet, definitely an oh moment.

Koya’s Story – Work hard all your life to get the dream ending you have been waiting for relaxing with your family. Is it all for nothing though when you finally slow down to a stop?

Seema – The power of Facebook can take you down but also build you back up. Be careful what you post as it can be shared quicker than you think. Funny how those with a vendetta against you can end up causing themselves more harm. Kind of like its an instant karma thing here.

The Grandson – The pressure to have a son for her third child is hanging over her like a ticking time bomb. Mother-in-law/monster-in-law it seems is only turning nice once its known a boy is on the way. She can only be respected with a son, as that was how it was for her mother-in-law. Its like a pass it down nastiness for every female until they bare a son. Things aren’t quite what they seem though with how the son came along.

The Missing Wife – Coming home from a business trip to find your new wife missing would be a cause for concern, enough to file a report the next morning. But when a knock at the door in the middle of the night sees him in trouble things take an unexpected turn. Seems Section 498A of the Indian Penal Code is there to punish those that would harass relatives seeking a dowry from their wives and their families. Any seen or reported doing so would see them in prison. Lets hope they can find her to stop things getting worse.

The Stolen Child – A child being swapped at birth but no-one believing you would be hard to swallow. Being raised the same within the household you would feel no different. That is until fate finds a way to intervene and let its secret out. Would you stay quiet or want to find where you came from?

Seduced – For a man finding a beauty on a plane sitting next to you could be the start of some fun but who is really being seduced here? Could go both ways or maybe one is a lot smarter than the other. A game is being played, let’s see who comes out on top.

Total Eclipse – The love a man has for his wife and dog are tested. When one betrays him how will he react to the other? Not really sure about this one as found the ending completely unnecessary and cruel.

Visa for America – Internet surfing for daily news soon leads to something else entirely when he clicks on marriage.com. Will he find love or is a green card all she’s after. Fate could have pulled them together for a reason, lets see if it keeps them there.

The Soothsayer – Horoscopes are meant to be a bit of fun but some take them to heart. They can’t really mean the same thing for everyone can they? When you read something you fear to come true it could hold you back from life. Almost leading you down the path you have been trying to stay away from.

The Lost Son – Best friends for 60 years you would think nothing would tear them apart. A failed business deal puts strange on them but when one goes it alone jealously calls. Friends and family ties starting to break are one thing but being estranged from your son is hard to bear. The connection there one moment and gone the next. Only when a death occurs can the shock cause what was once thought lost to be found again. No matter what comes their way family comes first, religion and beliefs following.

Zubair – He thought he had an obedient wife who would continue to be the quiet and shy figure she had been back in India. He allowed her to continue her studies so she knows her own mind. When he brings her to America everything changes. Not for the better of him but her. She has found herself but he is stuck with how he always was. Amusing at the end when he starts thinking of ways to handle his situation. Last line quite funny.

An interesting view into another culture and showing how it mixes with the way others live, mainly USA.

3.5 out of 5 stars

I received a copy of this book from the author for my honest review.

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Book Review: ‘Jagged Ends’ by Taylor Dawn

Title: Jagged Ends (Magnolia Series Book 4)

Published: 26th February 2017

Publisher: Princess Press

Author: Taylor Dawn

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Twitter: @TAYLORDAWNBOOKS

 

Synopsis:

Agent Ryan Madden always had a tough time fitting in at the Washington D.C. FBI field office. As the daughter of a fallen agent, Ryan had the determination to make her father proud and uphold his legacy. Unfortunately her anger management issues and jagged demeanor caused more problems than she’d expected. Hoping to teach her a lesson, Ryan’s superiors sent her and her tacky pant suits to the Biloxi, Mississippi field office for a change of scenery. FBI agent Remington (Remy) Archer was anxious to meet his new partner…that was until she walked into his office. He’d been expecting a man, not a sexy female with bright hazel eyes and a trendy bobbed haircut. His instant attraction to Ryan was alarming but he was resolute in his decision to make things work. That was, until they were assigned their first case together. How was he supposed to go undercover at a BDSM club with a strong willed woman who refused to submit to anyone? Get covert with Ryan and Remy as they brave the danger of the human trafficking and drug trade in the fourth installment of Taylor Dawn’s best-selling Magnolia Series.

 

Review:

First day on the job got very interesting very fast for Ryan and its full steam ahead from that point onwards. Talk about zero to fifty in the passion-o-metre when Ryan walks in to her new office, shocking Remy in the process with the fact his new partner is female. With the reaction his body is giving her that shock quickly wears off to something else entirely. Sexual tension aside – neither can really explain their reaction to the other – it seems like things are going to take a turn for the naughty with a case that’s dropped into their office. One only a couple can do, as they need to start investigating a possible drug ring at a BDSM sex club run by Alastair Bordeaux.

To be members it seems you have to go through a bit of an induction and then give a showcase performance. But I’m getting ahead of myself, as these guys have no idea about anything that might go on in one of those clubs. A bit of one on one lessons are needed and Dash just happens to be the teacher. Talk about insecurities for Ryan though. After having to strip to her underwear and then make out with Remy – again – she can’t understand why he would want/need to leave the room so quickly saying he can’t do it. Her first thought is that she’s so repulsive he couldn’t even pretend with her. But as Dash so helpfully points out Remy wouldn’t have had such a hard on if that was the case.

To get on with the case they need to work round what the attraction really is with them. His reasoning that things at the club could get physical for real with others around so they might think about getting rid of the mystery beforehand so they can focus on the case. Focus umm yeah-right Remy. The moment they are near each other its like everything else switches off. Well until someone says the wrong thing and then fireworks soon start. Seems Remy has had a painful past that he still is trying to come to terms with. Ryan as well on a professional/personal level with what she had to do to someone she loved. Secrets from their pasts haunt them but to move forward they have to come to terms with them.

Tensions and passions run high and that’s before the case officially starts, as soon as it does things get a little crazy. Seems being at the club she may not be pretending as much as Remy and that scares her a little. She doesn’t need to let feelings get in the way of the case and she has to ask herself what she is really prepared to do to get the bad guy. As the case unfolds though who the real bad guy is may come into question. Bad vibes coming from certain people but its not till the end that all the cards start falling into place. A drug ring might soon become the least of their problems. Danger is coming and you may not know from what side. Love the ending though, you clearly know who is the better one at surveillance is.

Cameo performances throughout with the men this time. Luke and Cole do make an interesting duo love their banter. Kat the hacker informant from book two making an appearance was interesting. She may be a good hacker but not as good as Caden. With the clubs security system the team need the best and that just happens to be Ryan’s brother Caden. Let’s see how helpful he is going to be. Thought he was cool though and loved how he came through for his sister in the end, family through and through. Had a feeling Kat’s might be the next story and love that it’s with Liam. Should be a very interesting ride.

4 out of 5 stars

I received this ARC from Nell’s PR and Marketing for my honest review.

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Book Review: ‘Torn Ends’ by Taylor Dawn

Title: Torn Ends (Magnolia Series Book 3)

Published: 29th July 2016

Publisher: Princess Press

Author: Taylor Dawn

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Twitter: @TAYLORDAWNBOOKS

 

Synopsis:

Damon ‘Dash’ Hunter had one thing on his mind…freedom. After being incarcerated for a crime he never meant to commit, Dash vows to lead his life under the radar. The one thing he needed was family and the only family he had left was his sister, Gracie. Upon deciding to relocate from Chicago to Biloxi Mississippi to be with his sister, Dash jumps on his Harley and makes the long journey south. His travels are soon interrupted by the likes of a sassy brunette on the side of the road with a flat tire. Offering to help her, Dash finds more than just a spare in the trunk of her car. He can’t help but offering his assistance to show her how to properly use those naughty toys stowed away in her car.

Brandi Fairfield had a habit of dating guys who were bad for her even though sometimes bad could be so good. Just as she decides she’s ready to find a respectable man, a bad boy she can’t seem to resist rolls up and helps her change a flat tire. Everything about him has warning signs but she once again throws caution to the wind. But soon she learns the truth about the new guy in town. Can she push aside her disbelief and help him clear up his wrongs. Or will the threat of his past tear a hole in the very fabric they’ve woven together.

Follow Dash and Brandi as they continue the Magnolia Series by International Best-Selling Author, Taylor Dawn.

 

Review:

Well this one had a bit of everything I like in a good read lately. Dash is a bad boy ex-MC, Dom in the bedroom and when him and Brandi get together there is enough passion thrown in that you might need a fan to cool down. Knew Brandi’s story would be good from the first book. Such a fun character that you knew she’d need a strong force to spar with and Dash has that in spades.

Chance brought them together and here’s hoping nothing tears them apart. They are clearly the others missing piece in every way. They can be themselves around each other and one things for sure Dash is making it very clear that all her inner desires are nothing to be ashamed of. In fact they are what brings them closer in the kinkiest of ways. Not that she’s really complaining once he gets his hands on her. Great back and forth banter throughout and you clearly see the chemistry forming from the first meeting. When he stops to help fix her flat tyre its what he finds in her boot that gets him intrigued. Good job fate put them in each other’s paths again. Can’t wait to see what they get up to next. No matter how much they both protest about not wanting more, seems they might both need it.

Much more of a mix with all the others from the first two books and then introducing Liam was fun, lets see if he gets his own book soon. All I will say is that Brandi certainly had fun when Dash suggested something involving him. Threes company it seems, if only for a night.

Trouble brewing with Dash’s past though and it looks like its about to catch up with him. He went to prison but that’s not what’s following him. It’s his old connections to the Sons of Destiny MC. Seems they want him to take care of one final thing if he wants to be free. If he chooses not to then the people he cares about most will be in harms way. Something he won’t settle for. The choices he makes are to keep people safe but could also be the reason he gets pulled away. Lets hope our boys in blue have a few more tricks up their sleeves to fix this before the shit really hits the fan.

4 out of 5 stars

I received this copy of the book from Nell’s PR and Marketing for my honest review.

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Book Review: ‘Split Ends’ by Taylor Dawn

Title: Split Ends (Magnolia Series Book 2)

Published: 4th May 2016

Publisher: Princess Press

Author: Taylor Dawn

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Twitter: @TAYLORDAWNBOOKS

 

Synopsis:

Biloxi Mississippi wasn’t where Cole Matthews expected to end up, but duty called and he answered. Life seemed to be going at a normal pace until a letter fell into his hands. One that would send him into a frenzied spiral, causing him to doubt the decisions he’d made years ago. Now Cole must choose between what he wants and what he needs. Gracie Callahan made a choice at the age of 19. She told herself what she was doing was for the best. But now, twelve years later, she’s trapped in a decision that can only be undone by the signature of the man she pushed away years ago. Upon arrival in Mississippi, Gracie must decide between protecting someone she loves, taking back the life she once had, while still holding out hope that she might attain both. Follow Cole and Gracie in Split Ends, the second installment of the Magnolia Series. International Bestselling Author Taylor Dawn steams up the south once more as Cole and Gracie take you on a journey of romantic entanglement, passion and suspense.

 

Review:

So when Cole finds out he’s still technically marriage his first impression is pretty much ‘fuck’. Even more so when she informs him she’s coming to town to get him to sign the divorce papers. This girl now a woman is the definition of the one that got away. Crazy in love at 19 they could have had a future but one lie changed all that. Now she’s back and she has a daughter – three guesses for who the father is people? She makes up a one-night stand being the dad and it’s amazing how he doesn’t see through it. This is the woman you haven’t seen for 13 years and she has a 12-year-old daughter. Do the math Cole! I think he didn’t see it because he couldn’t believe she’d do something like that. But that’s the least of their problems. Seems she’s in trouble and thinks she only has one way out of it by getting a divorce. Cole has other plans, from the moment he sees her again he is thrown straight back to the past and he’s going to make it his mission to get her to fall in love with him again. Shouldn’t be too hard for either of them, as it never really went away to begin with.

The chemistry and passion is so high between Cole and Gracie you may need to fan yourself down in places but I think the suspense was lacking in places. Not as much intrigue with it as the first but more like a subtle note running along at the same time they are reconnecting. No matter how many times she tries to tell herself what she needs to do for those she loves (get a divorce to somehow keep Dash safe) it just happens to contradict with her emotions when confronted with Cole again. Secrets aren’t kept for long with Cole’s inquisitive nature – he’s FBI so he will figure things out, just might take him a little time. She kept a rather big secret from him in the past but even finding out about that won’t make him hate her. It has always been her for him and nothing and no one is getting in his way of getting her back. He wants his family – Gracie and Cora – so he will do anything to keep it and them safe. He is definitely her missing puzzle piece and she’s only just now trying to figure out how she managed without him for so long. Good job he plans on keeping her and Cora around for a while to come. Well if he can sort out her little issue she’s got herself caught up in. Danger for her family drove her to Cole to try and sort it out one way but really I think she knew deep down that he’d sort it out his way to keep all of them safe.

Great that you get to catch up with Ava and Luke. They play quite a big part throughout in helping Gracie and Cole reconnect while keeping Cora, her daughter, occupied at their house. Not a hardship as she loves the house and thinks Ava’s great.

Loved Brandi in the first and was wondering where she was for a while. Her cameo does kind of help Cole see what’s been right in front of him the whole time. Had to do a quick check with book 3 and I’m pleased to say it’s her book next. She was such a character in the first can’t wait for her to get centre stage.

4 out of 5 stars

I received this copy of the book from Nell’s PR and Marketing for my honest review.

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