Passionate Rivals – Angsty Second Chance Romance

 

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Series: PMC Hospital Romance #4

Publication date : September 11th, 2018

Publisher : Bold Strokes Books

Genre : Adult | Romance

Page Count: 240

Synopsis : Onetime lovers, unexpected rivals…
Emmett McCabe never expected to see Sydney Stevens—a woman with whom she’d shared a brief, incendiary connection before it all went up in flames—again. Luckily, ascending the cutthroat ladder of a high-pressure surgery residency to reach the top spot makes it easy to ignore what’s missing in her life. Then Sydney reappears after nearly five years. Emmett is barely over her shock when she discovers Sydney is her new competition for the coveted chief’s position everyone, including Emmett, expects will be hers.
Professional rivalry and long-simmering passions create a combustible combination when the two are forced to work together, especially when past attractions won’t stay buried. 
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Hurts to Love You – Amazing conclusion to an amazing series

 

Hurts to love you

Series: Forbidden Hearts #3

Publication date : March 27th, 2018

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Publisher : Avon | Harpercollins

Genre : Adult |Romance

Page Count: 384

Synopsis : Well-behaved women don’t lust after men who love to misbehave.
Heiress Evangeline Chandler knows how to keep a secret . . . like her life-long crush on the tattooed hottie who just happens to be her big brother’s friend. She’s a Chandler, after all, and Chandlers don’t hook up with the help. Then again, they also don’t disobey their fathers and quit their respectable jobs, so good-girl rules may no longer apply.

Gabriel Hunter hides the pain of his past behind a smile, but he can’t hide his sudden attraction to his friend’s sheltered little sister. Eve is far too sweet to accept anything less than forever and there’s no chance of a future between the son of a housekeeper and the town’s resident princess. When a wedding party forces Eve and Gabe into tight quarters, keeping their hands off each other will be as hard as keeping their clothes on. The need that draws them together is stronger than the forces that should shove them apart . . . but their sparks may not survive the explosion when long-buried secrets are finally unearthed.(From Goodreads)

Rating: 4.5 stars

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CW: Heavy drinking, emotionally abusive parent, on page sex.

(No spoilers)

This series is over and I am one sad romance hoe. It shredded my heart to pieces and mended it back together more times than I could count and I loved every single minute of it. I reasonably know that this isn’t the last we’ll see of them since there will be a spin-off three book series but I WEEP, I need more now. Hurts to Love You was such an amazing bitter sweet ending to an amazing romance trilogy, and here is why:

I’ve already been over how great Alisha Rai’s writing is in both previous books’ reviews so I won’t go into more detail about that. One thing I really loved though is how heavily it relied on introspection, and not in the annoying way where characters get caught Inside their heads and we don’t see much else of the story. Here it was super well done, in a way that showed the characters tapping into their messy thoughts and tangled feelings and acting accordingly.

Hurts to Love You follows Eve, who’s Nicholas’ little sister from the first book and Gabe, his childhood best friend. And this book has some tropes I absolutely love. First we have age gap, I believe they’re a little over a decade apart. and it’s so well done, Because them growing up together can make that very merky territory to navigate, but the author made sure to specify that he was never attracted to her until they came back into each others’ lives a month from the start of the book. While the sweet fool that is Eve has always harbored a crush on him. The other trope that is present here and that I’m absolute trash for is forced proximity, they literally HAVE to spend time around each other and seeing the attraction play out is my favourite thing.

Now, Eve. I loved her and some parts of her and the way she reacts and interacts with the world resonated with me very deeply. She’s put together, appears confident but in truth is very insecure with a very flimzy self-esteem that was maintained by her abusive father all throughout her life. She’s sensitive, kind, super smart and driven and hella ambitious, which is one of my favourite combination of qualities in a heroine.

Then we have Gabe who…frustrated the heck out of me. Don’t get me wrong, I love him, but he can get so caught up inside his head sometimes that he messes up. Bad. He’s a super decent guy, also buff and super tattooed which…helps too. He has these walls built around himself, for Good Reason but then the minute Eve starts cracking them he freaks out and says and does all the wrong things which in turn makes her do and say all the wrong things and IT’S JUST A MESS!!!

Their mutual pinning was iconic and agonizing to read and I’m pretty sure I yelled more than one “JUST SAY WHAT YOU REALLY THINK” at my phone. Lucky I was in my room and no one had to witness that. One thing I really loved though is how he’s there for her no matter what’s going on between them, helping her sort through her trauma related feelings and easing her anxiety.

One common theme through the series is family, and I love how that emphasis grows with each book being at its most in this book, bringing forth family relationships both blood and found. The family “drama” thickens in Hurts to Love You and proves to be much more complicated than we’re led to believe in the first two books. And the strong bonds between the different characters are put to the test and come out of it stronger than ever. Another relationship I adored is the one between Eve and her best friend Madison, they’re so supportive for each other and that’s something I never get tired of.

The ending was super satisfying although I would’ve liked for it to go a liiiittle differently. No matter how much I loved this one, Wrong to Need You has a special spot in my heart and is still my favourite out of the bunch.


That’s it until next time.

Did you read Hurts to Love You? If so, what did you think?

Which Forbidden Hearts’ book was your favourite?

Hope you enjoyed, write to you soon.

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Mating the Huntress – Fun and steamy werewolf romance

Mating the Huntress

Publication date : October 1st, 2018

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Publisher : Nixon House

Genre : Adult |Romance

Page Count: 136

Synopsis : Chastity Adofo knows a monster when she sees one. As soon as Luke Anthony wanders into her family’s coffee shop, she recognises the evil lurking beneath his charming smile and fantastic arse. The handsome werewolf is determined to have her—but she’s determined to cut out his heart.

Little does she know, Luke’s plans for her are far more pleasurable than murder. And when the full moon rises, all bets are off… (From Goodreads) Continue reading

Couldn’t Ask for More – Cutesy Romance to soften my cold heart. Almost.

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Series: The Southern Gentlemen #2

Publication date : October 2nd, 2018goodreads

Publisher : Sourcebooks Casablanca

Genre : Adult |Romance

Page Count: 320

Synopsis : They’ll discover exactly what happens when you mix business with pleasure…
Bryan James’s job is on thin ice. His dad has threatened to boot him from his executive position at the family textile company–unless he can score a major contract with a popular design house. Bryan knows his best friend’s younger sister can help, but her terms and conditions are more than he bargained for.

Alexis Devers’s debut fashion line is a hit. But when Alexis’s publicist tells buyers that it landed her a wealthy and handsome fiance, Alexis needs to come up with a fake fiance–fast. Bryan’s offer to strike a deal is perfectly timed. She’s more than willing…as long as he plays the role. Luckily, Alexis would never do something as silly as falling for her brother’s best friend…(From Goodreads) Continue reading

Untouchable – The book that drowned me in my own feelings

 

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Publication date : August 11th, 2018goodreads

Publisher : Nixon House

Genre : Adult |Romance

Page Count: 249

Synopsis: What happens when a bad boy becomes a man?

Nate Davis didn’t plan on returning to his hateful hometown. But then, he didn’t plan on being widowed in his twenties, or on his mother getting sick, either. Turns out, life doesn’t give a f$*k about plans.
Hannah Kabbah thought her career in childcare was over. After all, no-one wants a woman with a criminal damage conviction watching their kids. But when her high school crush returns to Ravenswood with two kids in tow, she gets the second chance she never dreamed of. Continue reading

Hate to Want you – When second chance romance meets Ennemies to Lovers

Hate to Want you

Series: The Forbidden Hearts #1

Publication date : July 25th, 2017

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Publisher : Avon Books | Harpercollins

Genre : Adult | Romance

Page Count: 371

Synopsis : One night. No one will know.

That was the deal. Every year, Livvy Kane and Nicholas Chandler would share one perfect night of illicit pleasure. The forbidden hours let them forget the tragedy that haunted their pasts—and the last names that made them enemies.

Until the night she didn’t show up. Continue reading

Style – Over the top cute read to warm your heart

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Publication date : May 31st, 2016goodreads

Publisher : Self-published

Genre : Young Adult | Contemporary

Page Count: 242

Synopsis : Kyle Blake likes plans. So far, they’re pretty simple: Finish her senior year of high school, head off to a good college, find a cute boyfriend, graduate, get a good job, get married, the whole heterosexual shebang. Nothing is going to stand in the way of that plan. Not even Stella Lewis.

Stella Lewis also has a plan: Finish her senior year as cheer captain, go to college, finally let herself flirt with (and maybe even date) a girl for the first time and go from there. Continue reading

Violet Hills – Purest, Most adorable F/F romances out there

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Series: Violet Hills #1, #2 & #3

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Publisher : Selfpublished

Genre : New Adult | Romance

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*I received ecopies of these novellas from the author in exchange of an honest review*

Everytime I think  about these books I melt into a poodle of feels. EVERYTIME. They’re just so soft and cute and just the perfect comfort read which means that I’m going to be rereading them a bajillion times each. These were my first works by Chelsea M. Cameron and previous to that I had heard only great things about her works so I expected to love them but didn’t expect how much I would! Anyway, the review.

The writing plays a big part in how soft all three of the stories come through, it’s conversational and pleasing to read because it conveys each of the MCs voices perfectly. It’s also emotionally charged as I noticed that in all three novellas the girls do a lot of introspection and are very in touch with their feelings which I really loved reading about as someone who is emotionally constipated and likes to ignore and shove down feelings as long as humanly possible. Yep, that’s me. Oops.

For the rest of the review, I’m gonna talk about each of the novellas on its own since they’re completely separate stories that can be read on their own or out of order if you want, although if you do it that way you might miss some references. But Nothing major or relevant to the plots.

Chelsea M. Cameron -#1 Second KissDaisy Grace Webber’s life hasn’t exactly turned out how she thought. She didn’t think she’d drop out of college and come back to the small town she grew up in. To be fair, she didn’t think her love of baking would turn into a job at the Violet Hill Cafe either, but it did.
Something else she didn’t expect was for Molly Madison to walk back into her life, eight years after she moved away. They’d been best friends forever, or so she’d thought. But Molly is back in town and she’s looking… really good, actually. And that reminds Daisy of that one time at a sleepover when they’d kissed during a game of Spin the Bottle. That one kiss has been on her mind since then, but it’s irrelevant. Molly isn’t into girls.
But as Daisy and Molly spend more time together, feelings start to grow, and Daisy is wondering just how “straight” Molly really is…

Rating: 5 stars

This one was my favourite, HANDS DOWN! So much, that I found myself crying of happiness by the time I reached the epilogue. It’s just so precious I wanted to wrap the girls up and protect them and their love forever.

If you know anything about me you know I am a sucker for best friends to lovers romance arcs, they make my demiro heart happy. But you know what I love even more than that? ESTRANGED BEST FRIENDS REUNITING AND REALIZING THEY WERE IN LOVE ALL ALONG *cries forever*. I’m just. I highly doubt I can produce any coherent thoughts at this point, all I can do is SCREAM.

Daisy is a lesbian and Molly identifies as queer and honestly? they are just perfect for each other, I loved how they picked up where they left off and filled out the blanks of all the years they were out of each other’s lives with little games and late night conversations, how everything between them just felt so natural and as meant to be. And I mean… They went to playgrounds, play tag and made blanket forts, those are my kinds of dates and those little details made me fall in love with the story even more.

And can we talk about the Queer Café Daisy works at? That setting in itself is just so welcoming and the fact that everyone who works there is like family and loving and accepting made the story so easy to love. I also adored Daisy’s mom not only because of how much their relationship was similar to mine ad my mom’s but also because of how much of a fangirl she was. I’ve never ever read a parent as supportive as this one in my life. And it felt good.

Chelsea M. Cameron -#2 Double ExposureAnna Corcoran’s life is hectic, but that’s how she likes it. Between her jobs at the Violet Hill Cafe, the local library, and doing publicity work for authors, she doesn’t have much time for anything else. Until Lacey Cole walks into the cafe and she feels like she’s been knocked off her axis.
Lacey’s a photographer and writer and wants to do a profile on the cafe, including an interview with Anna. She’s game, but after spending a few days with Lacey, Anna is falling. Hard. The only problem is that Lacey isn’t going to be sticking around. She floats from town to town, never staying in one place.
But as they get closer and closer, Anna wonders if maybe this would be the one time when Lacey would decide to stay put. With her.
 

Rating: 4.5 stars

This one was my least favourite and yet, I still loved it so so much. I mean… 4.5 stars, who am I kidding? I adored it too! But that first one was a hard one to beat.

Double Exposure follows Anna, a pansexual girl that we get to meet in book 1 because she’s friends with Daisy AND they work at the same café. She meets Lacey, a trans bisexual girl and they immediately click, there’s a lot of tension and chemistry between the two, downside? Both of them have trouble with commitment, in different ways, but they get each other. Their relationship progressed in such a natural way and it all went by super smoothly. THE CRUSH PHASE!!! Which Anna tried to deny HAHA. Then the awkwardness and shyness which is followed by them eventually getting comfortable with each other, hours long conversations that go well into the night.

I really really loved how it wasn’t all head first, they both decided to take it one step at a time and give their relationship the space and time it needed to grow by the end of the book. They’re also just so silly and goofy around each other? And those moments feel so intimate to me, they’re some of my favourites to read about. Also, Anna being all nervous and gittery around Lacey as well as her losing her composure was so relatable to me that I couldn’t help but laugh everytime

White lily  with little flowers on the black backgroundSerena Nolan’s summer isn’t going how she planned. Fortunately, her cousin, Anna, is there to rescue her from spending her time off from college with parents who don’t understand (or want to understand) her. Serena’s thrilled to be living with Anna and her girlfriend, Lacey in Lacey’s studio, and working in the Violet Hill Cafe. She’s even adores Lacey’s cat, Murder.
What she definitely didn’t plan was running into her ex, Fiona Davis. They’d been best friends that had turned into something else, but everything had crashed and burned before the end of high school several years ago.
Serena is still smarting from the heartbreak, but she can’t say no to spending some time with Fi. Against her better judgement, old feelings are mixing with new ones, and she doesn’t know what to do. Serena will have to decide if past heartbreak is going to keep her from a potential future with Fiona.

Rating: 5 stars

I think that at this point I should stop saying that I love these books because it’s obvious but. THIS ONE WAS SO FUCKING GOOD!! It doesn’t follow any of the characters we meet in the previous book (although I was betting all my money on a girl we meet in book 2) but still ties in perfectly with the story.

The MC is Second Chance is Serena, Anna’s cousin and very close friend and she’s a demiromantic demisexual bisexual girl and DO YOU KNOW HOW HAPPY I WAS to see the demiromantic part of my identity represented for the first time ever? And in a way that was really relatable to me as well and that also helped me understand some of my experiences. And I’m grateful that I was able to experience that because I’ve been screaming for a long time that I want a demiromantic character and I FINALLY GOT IT.

Similarly to Second Kiss, Serena and Fiona were high school best friends but where the two differ is that in this one they date for a few years in high school but break up and go on their separate ways, which breaks both of their hearts. Reading the development of them picking up the pieces and fixing their Relationship was honestly so real and heartwarming because it wasn’t just easy. Serena’s wariness, doubts and hesitation made the novella all the more amazing to read because it was just… REAL.

Little by little the two of them find their marks around each other again which were the same and different at the same time and seeing how they fit together again easily once trust is established made me swoon hard. The two girls also balance each other where one is impulse the other is carefulness, where one is stress, the other is carefree and so on and so forth and that was interesting to see play out.

I think I’m gonna end this raving fest here. And I’m going to urge you to pick these novellas up if you’re looking for f/f cuteness that will make you genuinely happy and that is fast to read. I flew through these even if I had promised myself to go slow. That’s how good they are.


That’s it until next time.

Did you read The Violet Hill Novellas? If so, what did you think?

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Off the Ice – Soft Hockey Player meets Grumpy College Professor

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Series: Hat Trick #1

Publication date : October 30th, 2017goodreads

Publisher : Riptide Publishing

Genre : Adult | Romance

Page Count: 283

Synopsis : Tristan Holt is nothing if not pragmatic. Despite a flourishing career as a defenseman for the Atlanta Venom, Tristan knows he can’t play hockey forever. One day he’ll retire—if an injury doesn’t force him to hang up his skates first. His backup plan? Finishing his business degree. But he doesn’t count on a very inappropriate attraction to his standoffish sociology professor, Sebastian Cruz.
Sebastian is on the bottom rung of the Sociology Department at Georgia State. He has his sights set on tenure, and he can’t afford to be distracted, especially not by a sexy student with a body straight out of Sebastian’s dreams. No matter how much Tristan tempts him, that’s one line Sebastian won’t cross. At least not until summer classes end. After that, everything is fair game.
But Sebastian lives loud and proud, and Tristan is terrified of being the first out player in the NHL. Neither of them can afford to risk their hearts when they can’t imagine a happily ever after. The problem is, unlike hockey, when it comes to love, there are no rules.
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