BOOK REVIEW & EXCLUSIVE EXCERPT: Rock Redemption by Nalini Singh

Kit Devigny could have loved rock guitarist Noah St. John. Their friendship burned with the promise of intense passion and searing tenderness…until the night Noah deliberately shattered her heart.

Noah knows he destroyed something precious the night he chose to betray Kit, but he’d rather she hate him than learn his darkest secret. All he has left is his music. It’s his saving grace, but it doesn’t silence the voices that keep him up at night. Chasing oblivion through endless one-night-stands, he earns a few hours’ sleep and his bad boy reputation.

When a media error sees Noah and Kit dubbed the new “it” couple, Kit discovers her chance at the role of a lifetime hinges on riding the media wave. Wanting—needing—to give Kit this, even if he can’t give her everything, Noah agrees to play the adoring boyfriend. Only the illusion is suddenly too real, too painful, too beautiful…and it may be too late for the redemption of Noah St. John.


“Day or night, rain or shine, I’ll be there for you. Just be my friend.”

Slowly but surely, this series has become one of my favourite guilty pleasures of late, and Ms Singh’s extraordinary ability to keep bringing such distinct characters to life, as well as depicting them with so many compelling facets, is now something I have learned to trust and rely on. With each new story in this series, with each new emotional rollercoaster we step onto—regardless of how steep or bumpy it may be—we fall deeper and deeper in love with this unexpected group of characters, continuously moved by the tremendous ties of friendship and loyalty that bind them to one another irrevocably. A friends-to-lovers story of a man breaking free from the painful shackles of his past, and of a woman determined to love him at any cost, patiently and bravely—I was mesmerised by the sheer emotion driving this story forward, and quite literally hooked on every single delicious morsel of angst in it. Even though Noah and Kit’s story had my heart aching from the very first page.

“I f*ck everything female that moves. I don’t want that with you.”

Kathleen “Kit” Devigny has been in love with her best friend for longer than she wishes to admit to herself, her friendship with bad-boy rocker, Noah St. John, having always been one of mutual affection and support, but her feelings for him forever remaining unrequited. Having spent her childhood trying to gain her parents’ attention, and then her entire adult life proving her worth to others while trying to break free from the misguided perceptions people have of her, Noah’s blunt rejection of her affections becomes just another stab in her heart’s fragile armour, but one that never loses its sting. When a markedly low moment in the rocker’s life brings them back into each other’s lives, Kit is unable to walk away again from the man who would never love her the way she loves him, but this time around, she is determined to at least understand the cause behind Noah’s deep anger at life.

“No matter what Noah had done, how much he’d hurt her, she couldn’t imagine a world where he didn’t exist.”

Beautiful, gifted, broken rock star Noah St. John has always been the most scandalous member of Schoolboy Choir, the one most enjoying all the perks of a rock lifestyle, but no matter how many faceless women he takes to bed, he never sees any of them as anything more than a temporary reprieve from his nightmares. Only one woman in his life has ever owned his heart, the same woman he would never allow himself to touch. Believing himself to be tainted beyond redemption, ruined by a past he cannot erase, he keeps pushing her away, far away from his demons and the memories that torment him in his restless sleep…even though his heart keeps hoping she’d never let him go.

“I don’t expect you to forgive me, but please don’t shut me out. I can’t breathe knowing you hate me.”

So when a pretend romance between them is devised by their mutual publicist to feed the media frenzy surrounding them and thus improve Kit’s public image, the young woman fears her heart would be decimated by the time their charade ends, and no amount of acting skills could disguise it this time around.

“You’ve been very clear, Noah. Don’t worry, I’m not getting the wrong idea. I know you don’t want me.”

A truly stunning, perfectly paced and painstakingly woven romance that never rushes to the finish line, taking all the time it needs to build these characters into the people they need to be before they can have a future together. I’ve loved all the heroines in this series, but Kit’s kindness of heart, her selflessness even when faced with continual rejection, and her patient determination to love Noah no matter what, have made her one of my top favourites. I felt her every heartbreak, every jagged shard of rejection that hurt her heart, and I hoped with her, hoped page after page that the man she adored would just give her a chance to love him the way only she knew how. When it comes to friends-to-lovers stories, this is one of the most compelling ones I have ever read, flawlessly written as always, and utterly captivating cover to cover. A must-read.

“I can’t be what you need. But be with me anyway.”



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“No.” Noah sliced out a hand. “No, Fox. I want her in my life, but I won’t pull her into the hellhole that’s my messed up head. She doesn’t need to know.” He held his friend’s eyes. “She never needs to know.” He couldn’t bear it.

“You know I won’t say a word.” The other man thrust a hand through the dark brown of his hair. “But it’s eating you up from the inside. You sleep even less now than you did when you were a kid, and you’re drinking so much it’s worse than with Abe.”

Noah couldn’t dispute either charge. He might not have ended up in a near-coma like Abe, but it wasn’t for lack of trying. “I poured all the liquor at my place down the drain.” He’d done it in the middle of fixing the blinds.

“You know it’s not that easy.”

“Then I’ll do it hard.” Because no way was he ever checking into rehab or any other place where they could fuck with his head.

“Damn, you’re a stubborn asshole.” Fox passed him the guitar. “Play something while I get us more coffee.”

Losing himself in the music, Noah stayed at Fox and Molly’s until almost five in the afternoon. At which point he got in his car and drove not to his own home but to the studio lot where he knew Kit was filming the superhero flick. Thanks to Noah’s own contacts, he had no problem getting past security or finding his way to a park outside the right sound stage.

He waited for an hour by her car before he saw her walk out with Casey. Kit sometimes rode with the slender black bodyguard and driver, but she generally preferred to live her life as normally as possible. And in a stalker-free world, Kit wasn’t the kind of woman to have guards and chauffeurs.

She froze for a second when she saw him.

Shaking off her surprise as Casey nodded to him and peeled off to get into his own car, she walked over, her glorious hair damp and plaited into a loose braid. “What’re you doing here?” No expression on her face.

It wasn’t Kit standing in front of him, he realized, but cool, sophisticated Kathleen Devigny.

His gut clenched. “I was hoping I could take you out to dinner to say thanks.”

Opening the car door, she dumped in her purse. “I’m exhausted. I need to get to bed.”

Gripping the top of her door as she got into the driver’s seat, he drew in the fresh scent of her. “Tomorrow?”

“Wrap party’s right after we shoot the final scene. Will probably go late.”

Noah knew he shouldn’t keep pushing when she was giving him a large, flashing “go away” signal, but he couldn’t make himself leave. “What about the day after?” he said. “We’ll go someplace where you don’t have to think about green superheroes or four-a.m. makeup calls.”

“No, Noah.”

When she pulled at her door, he released his grip on it, well aware he’d already pushed far beyond the point where he should’ve stopped. He couldn’t blame her for her response; he was a bad bet even as a friend. He’d only stuck with Fox, David, and Abe this long because the three were as stubborn as he was… and in different ways, they needed him as much as he needed them. Kit didn’t need him, and so he didn’t know what to offer her to make her come back into his life.

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Rock Kiss – Recommended Reading Order and Purchase Links
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BOOK REVIEW: Dirty Promises by Karina Halle

Blood. Sex. Revenge. Being king comes at a brutal price.

Drug lord Javier Bernal has sliced and diced his way to the top of the Mexican drug trade, presiding over the country’s largest cartel. But his rise to power comes at a ruthless price: the death of his sister, Alana.

Devastated and wracked with guilt, Javier shuns his new wife, Luisa, forcing their marriage into a steady decline. When she’s pushed into the waiting arms of Esteban Mendoza, his right-hand man, it seems Javier has lost everything. Only by piecing together the truth about Alana does he realise just what he has to gain.

Blood will spill. Cities will burn. Heads will roll. Because Javier will stop at nothing until he gets what he wants. And he wants raw, ruthless revenge.


“We were terrible people who did terrible things to each other. We were slaves to hate because hate was strong and we sacrificed love to fuel it.”

O. M. G. There are simply no words to describe this story and do it justice. A dark, gritty read start to finish, I felt like I was having an out-of-body experience for the most part because I found myself enjoying things I most definitely shouldn’t have, and I am now convinced that Karina Halle could make me jump out of an airplane with a handkerchief instead of a parachute, because she makes Quentin Tarantino look like Walt fricking Disney. If you’re not afraid of an unconventional love story, one that won’t just push the boundaries of your comfort zone, but completely incinerate them, and still leave you smiling like a fool, I can’t recommend this trilogy highly enough. But like you’d take your shoes off at the door, walk into this story free from everything you’ve ever come to expect in a romance and allow yourself to enjoy the ride…in all its wicked depravity. Because with superb writing such as this, you won’t even want a seatbelt.

“The wife of a drug king. The queen of corruption.”

The love story between Luisa and Javier Bernal has never been a hearts-and-flowers kind of romance, their turbulent affair forged in the cauldron of the violent Mexican drug cartels, but while they were once partners and confidantes, the past year and a half has created a deep fissure in their marriage, turning them into two strangers living under the same roof. Once a ruthless, cunning, merciless man who was also capable of great tenderness towards his wife and loyalty towards his men, his twisted code of morals dictating his every decision, Javier’s grief over losing his beloved sister Alana has now turned him into a loose cannon. Unpredictable and blood-thirsty, violence has become his only outlet, making him no longer trust himself around his wife. Believing that there is no place for love in his life and that his feelings for her have become his ultimate weakness, the only thing capable of hurting him any further, he pushes Luisa away, seeing emotional distance as the only way of protecting them both.

“She had become my family, my confidante, my lover, my friend. She had become everything to me, in bed and outside of it. But she was a weakness, my weakness. She was what the would go after next, the last thing I could possibly lose. Unless I lost her first.”

Heartbroken and lost, Luisa keeps hoping Javier would find his way back to her, even though the loss of his affections is slowly making her lose herself and her purpose in this new life. She remains willing to forgive him for all his mistakes, to give him all of her, whichever way he needs it, just to have his love back. The distance between them, however, only seems to grow as time passes, driving Luisa to make desperate mistakes of her own.

“Please. Be rough. Hurt me. Make me bleed. Give me something.”

But while they are both busy licking their own wounds, a snake in the grass lies waiting, ready to strike and take all they’ve built together away from them. And once he does, this story explodes into an out-of-control inferno of events, each more shocking than the next, yet each fitting of this story and of these characters. This book is prickly, confronting, brutal more times than not, but it never pretends to be something it’s not, consistently zealous and out-of-the-box, and forever true to its premise. Stories like these are what nightmares are made of, but Ms Halle still manages to add a compelling human dimension even to the scariest of her monsters. And to paint even the most depraved of actions with a romantic brush. Gory, twisted, horrific from the get-go, this is not a fairy tale, each of these characters inherently flawed and damaged, but the beauty of this story lies in their self-awareness, in their ability to adapt to their circumstances, to forgive each other, to constantly push the limits of their own moral codes and keep redefining themselves in the process. Do yourself a favour and immerse yourself in this story with an open mind—you might end up loving it just as much as I have.

“It was only him and it was only me. King and Queen. That’s all that existed in this rusted, bloody space, between these two tortured, filthy souls.”




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Dirty Angels Trilogy – Reading Order and Purchase Links
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BOOK REVIEW: Drowning to Breathe by A.L. Jackson

DrowningtoBreatheThe danger in pretending is it becoming real…

Sebastian Stone, Sunder front man and guitarist with a rap sheet about ten miles long, escaped to Savannah, Georgia, to get away from the trouble he’d caused.

Not find more of it.

The moment he saw Shea Bentley, he saw beneath all her sweet and innocence to something that went deeper.


Their relationship was built on secrets; their love built on lies.

Sebastian never imagined how deep her secrets went.

When the past and present collide, Sebastian and Shea find themselves fighting for a future neither believed they deserved. Their passion is consuming and their need unending.

Now, holding the truth in his hands, Sebastian is faced with sacrificing everything he’s come to love to protect Shea and his family.

Two pasts intertwined.

Two lives bound.

Will their demons drown them or will Shea and Sebastian finally learn to breathe?


“I never knew there was happiness like this. And then there was you.”

The stunning love story between a troubled rock star and a single mum trying to escape her painful past that began in A Stone in the Sea gets its grand finale at last in this wondrous work from an author who never stops stealing our breaths away with angsty, emotion-driven romances that are as all-consuming as they are superbly written. We watched them meet, fight their attraction, and eventually succumb to the devastating pull between them, never knowing that their lives were destined to be intertwined from the very beginning. As Sebastian and Shea prepare to face their greatest fears, Ms Jackson takes us on a riveting journey of passion, love, selflessness, and friendship, where every dazzling word serves to bewitch us, and its every emotion becomes our own.

“… we can run as hard and as fast as we want, and until we put our pasts to rest, they will always catch up to us.”

Sebastian Stone might have found the love of his life in a quiet bar in Savannah, Georgia, her selfless heart quieting his demons and abating the raging inferno that has consumed his soul for so long, but Shea Bentley’s past has come back to haunt them, promising to rob them of all they’ve fought to build between them and all they cherish the most in life. But even as their greatest weaknesses are used against them, Sebastian and Shea’s connection never wavers, becoming closer and closer each day, and giving each other the strength and courage to fight back. And nothing, not even time or distance, can diminish their love for one another or their constant craving for each other.

“I loved Shea Bentley and she loved me. It’s where it started and where it ended. Nothing before or after or in between mattered.”

Once a perennially angry young man whose devotion and loyalty to his brother and band mates used to define him, their safety his only purpose in life, Sebastian never thought he would ever find or deserve a love like Shea’s, a love that would fill all that was missing in his life rather than steal away from it, and in that love he finds the acceptance he never dared to hope for. Her compassion, kindness and willingness to love him even at the risk of breaking her own heart heals him, redefines him, and eventually shows him the person he wants to be. And in her arms he finds the family he always dreamed of.

“When I look at you, I see a future I never thought existed, Shea.”

Now facing a powerful enemy who is capable and willing to destroy them both, while forced to be apart as his band goes on tour, Sebastian and Shea’s love remains vibrant and strong, never tested and never dimmed, both of them trusting one another implicitly. But when past and present suddenly collide and painful secrets are revealed, the young lovers must find a way of holding onto each other even as storms starts closing in.

“I’d do anything, give it all, make any sacrifices to keep them safe. To keep them happy. To keep them together. No matter the cost.”

There is something so beautiful in the way Ms Jackson brings these characters to life, in the way their passion pulsates off the pages, almost visceral in its intensity, their every emotion given a quasi-lyrical dimension as her masterful prose weaves the story before our eyes. The dramatic, rhythmic pace of the sentences remains one of the key characteristics of this story, mimicking our own heartbeats at times with the thump-thump thump-thump of their tempo and amplifying our emotions with the sheer poetic quality of those verses. I felt hypnotised by this story, by its characters, by their powerful connection, and only wished for some of that intensity to be carried over to other aspects of the storyline as well, especially moments of aching angst. My heart only kept expanding as the story progressed, and I wouldn’t have minded it shattering a few times too, trusting this author to make the pain as exquisitely addictive as its more enjoyable counterpart.

“I was doing my best to rein it in. But those urges were there. The need to fight and defend. Fists and fury and unrelenting rage. To stand up for my family. To make it right.”

Another unforgettable romance by a much loved author, another must-read story to tug at our heartstrings—I loved its every word, and would recommend it unreservedly.

“Do you see me, Shea?”
Never had I seen anyone so clearly. “I will never look away.”




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BOOK REVIEW: Grayson’s Vow by Mia Sheridan

GraysonsVowKira Dallaire is desperate.

Some challenges in life seem too hard to overcome. With little money, and even fewer options, the quick-witted and vibrant twenty-two-year-old needs to reinvent herself. Known for her generous heart and impulsive personality, she devises a survival plan, possibly her most outrageous idea yet.

Grayson Hawthorn is losing hope.

Some obstacles in life seem too hard to overcome. Betrayal definitely being one of them. With limited capital, and dwindling resources, he is attempting to resurrect his failing family vineyard, a self-imposed vow seemingly destined to fail. That is until a young woman enters his office with an outlandish, unexpected proposition impossible to refuse.

What begins as a temporary business arrangement, soon evolves into more as vivacious, spirited Kira challenges detached, arrogant Grayson to want more from life. To want more for himself. But as their wills clash and fiery passion ignites, they’ll realize that sometimes the past creates walls too difficult to climb, and that lies and deception rarely precede a happily every after.

As Kira and Grayson race toward their destiny, they will discover that some vows are meant to be broken, and others are worth risking everything for . . . even your very own heart.


“Forget the prince and princess. I always imagined the real story was between the witch and the dragon.”

From an author whose every story manages to touch the deepest recesses of our hearts, we are given another extraordinary tale that steals our breaths away and holds us spellbound cover to cover. This is the story of a marriage of convenience between an enchanting little “witch” and a grumpy old “dragon”, a marriage designed to benefit both, but be in name only, until a ‘love spell’ is cast and a game of make-believe turns into a real-life fairy tale. And while there are in fact no real witches or dragons in this book, there’s nonetheless a dreamy, almost fantastical quality to this love story, reminiscent of so many childhood fairy tales, and its message just as inspiring. I was enthralled by these characters, emotionally invested in their every high and low, and utterly smitten by the magic that is woven between them. This is a book I loved loved loved…and then loved some more.

“I have a business arrangement to offer you.”
“A business arrangement?”
“Yes, well, in actuality, Mr. Hawthorn, I’m here to propose marriage.”

Kira Dallaire is twenty-two and broke. Born into a life of privilege and luxury, she has left her old life behind to become her own person and make a difference in the world, determined to be free from the controlling and intimidating influence of her powerful father. But with no college education or any employment prospects in sight, she is driven to concoct a plan born out of sheer despair—to marry a complete stranger for money. With a trust fund that would go to her either when she turns thirty, or when she gets married, Kira makes an offer of marriage to a man she does not know, a man she is inexplicably drawn to from the moment she lays eyes on him, a man who needs that money just as much as she does—proposing to split her inheritance once they are married, and then after one year, simply go their separate ways. But as attractive as her offer is, her soon-to-be husband only unenthusiastically agrees, openly resenting her for becoming a constant reminder of his failures in life.

“He looked like every hero in every fairy tale I’d ever dreamed, come to life. And, God, I wanted to believe in heroes again. But sometimes, I supposed, a girl just had to be her own hero. Especially when the hero in question turned out to be a dragon.”

Grayson Hawthorn has never known what it feels like to be loved, raised by parents who reminded him every single day of how unwanted and unworthy of love he was. When he is left the family winery in his late father’s will, he vows to himself that he would do all he could to bring it back to its former glory, believing the gift to be his father’s way of atoning for a lifetime of unkindness and of making him feel worthy for the very first time in his life by entrusting him with such a great responsibility. Determined to make his father proud, but with the winery teetering on the brink of bankruptcy, Grayson is willing to do all it takes to fulfil his vow, even marry an entitled, selfish, spoiled little princess with fiery hair and bewitching emerald eyes, whose defiant spirit seems to set his temper alight.

“Next time you offer to marry someone, you should try to be a little more meek. A man likes some obedience in a wife.”
“What was that now? I want to make sure I get every single word of wise advice. Meek, was it? Does that have double e or is it ea? I can never remember.”

But first impressions can be deceiving and the longer they live under the same roof, the more they uncover about one another, soon discovering that they have a lot more in common than just their financial predicament. Grayson quickly learns that he might have misjudged his “little witch”, her upbringing not so dissimilar to his own, thus leaving deep scars on her self-esteem and sense of self-worth, while Kira’s regard for her husband grows tenfold when she discovers how little love he’s known in life. They argue, they bicker, never conceding to one another’s will, but their every heated exchange also stirs a deep yearning in them both, slowly blurring the lines of their fake marriage and making them wish it was all a little less ‘pretend’ after all.

“I’d sleep on the floor in this dusty shack if it meant getting the best of Grayson Hawthorn.”

What sets off almost as a Brönte novel in a present-day setting, with a marriage of convenience resulting in a new wife feeling unwelcome in her neglectful husband’s home, the prickly touches of unrequited love quickly turn this story into a moving modern fairy tale that pulls the reader in with its irresistible blend of pleasure and pain. A story that is entirely character-driven and told in both their voices, with frequent dashes of witty dialogues and light-hearted humour, we fall for Kira and Grayson almost immediately, and the more we get to understand them, the more attached we become. With a feisty but kind-hearted heroine whose decision to marry for money weighs heavily on her conscience, longing to be loved and cherished, but forced to forgo all childhood notions of marrying her Prince Charming one day to a loveless connection to a “man-dragon” who can barely stand the sight of her; and an irritable, judgemental hero whose cold, unforgiving façade conceals a man starving to feel worthy of love, respect, and kindness in his life, until a little “witch” shows him what selfless love truly looks like, turning his colourless existence into the life he never dared to dream—this was a winning formula from the start for me.

“Love. Fierce longing rose in my chest. For just once to be cherished.”

There are so many delightful facets to this story, so many puzzle pieces that keep us engrossed in its every word, and for me, it was one of the hardest books to move away from in the end as I desperately wished I could have stayed in their world forever. A breathtaking example of the healing power of love, and of how only pain can sometimes make us recognise true love—I simply adored this wonderful book and would recommend it wholeheartedly to anyone seeking an exquisitely written story they would never forget.

“Love can be piercing. Love means exposing yourself—all of yourself, every tender part—to being hurt. Because true love is not only the flower, true love is also the thorns.”



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A Sign of Love – Standalone Novels

(LeoLeo’s Chance, and Becoming Calder + Finding Eden are stories that unfold over two books, while the others are all standalone novels)

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BOOK REVIEW: Best Laid Plans by Stylo Fantôme

bestlaidplans3THE PLAN:

* Smuggle diamonds from Liberia to Morocco
* Make the trip in three days
* Don’t get caught
* Don’t kill each other
* Don’t have sex with each other
* Don’t fall for each other

This is the story of what happens when an unlikely bond is formed between enemies, causing tensions to rise, and igniting a chemistry that threatens to burn them both. Together, they’ll learn that sometimes even the best laid plans can fail.


He whispered more words in her ear, words she’d never heard before, in a voice she always wanted to hear. He was gentle with her, in a way he’d never been before, with a touch she could learn to live for. And as he breathed life into her veins and new thoughts into her mind and different feelings into her soul, there was just one phrase repeating itself in her head.
“… we don’t have to be these people anymore …”

While not always in the mood for Romantic Suspense novels, this author’s extraordinary writing in My Time in the Affair made me pick up this book without a second’s hesitation, already certain it would be a thrill-ride of a lifetime. And how right I was! An exhilarating reading experience from the very first page, there was not a moment in this story that adrenaline was not rushing through my veins or my heart was not beating a million miles an hour. Action-packed start to finish, divinely written, raw and gritty but somehow romantic and sexy at the same time—this book was unexpected in its beauty, given the violent backdrop of the story, and I was literally left panting in the end. Panting from excitement because their story was not over, panting from all the emotions I had felt while reading this incredible story, panting because my heart felt like it had run a marathon…barefoot. A truly breathtaking tale of two enemies turning into lovers, battling their way across North Africa, trying to stay alive in order to complete their missions, as long as they don’t kill one another beforehand. A must read!

“The were destined for two very different paths.”

Marcelle “Marc” De Sant and Liliana “Lily” Brewster are mercenaries, hired by the Russian mob for a heist, Marc’s job being to steal blood diamonds from a Liberian gang, and Lily’s to smuggle them out of Africa. On their last night in the same city, as Marc completes his assignment and Lily is about to start hers, they share one night of toe-curling passion, a night meant to be expel a month’s worth of sexual tension and desire between them, knowing that after than night they’d never see one another again.

“…that woman will f*ck your world up. She looks like a pin up, f*cks like a porn star, and fights like Tyson.”

But in a world where trust and trustworthiness are rare commodities, and it’s every man for himself, Lily and Marc soon find themselves facing each other’s gun barrels, fighting to separate lies from the truth, all the while running from the very men who set them off against one another. As we follow their gripping journey from Liberia to Morocco, we watch the two lovers-turned-adversaries learning to rely on one another, even put their lives in each other’s hands, their differing agendas becoming more and more aligned as they become closer.

“Tell me what do, Marc, I’ve been making decisions for too long. Have they all been wrong? Tell me what do.”

The most badass heroine I have ever come across, Lily is no damsel in distress in any given scenario. She holds her own in every fight—punching, kicking, shooting her way out of any peril—determined to fulfill her final mission. Yet Marc’s dominant, protective traits also awaken the vulnerable young woman in her who has been looking after herself for five long years, never trusting anyone to make decisions for her or to have her best interest at heart. She craves to give herself to a man who truly understands her, a man who would take her far away from the life she has chosen for herself, and as they grow closer, their priorities start shifting, bringing them into uncharted waters they are both uncertain how to navigate. Or whether they are even capable of doing so.

“I made promises to yesterday. I can’t start giving away my tomorrows.”

A compelling, fast-paced roller-coaster ride that never tapers off, never loses steam or fails to hold us willing captives every step along the way. With an intriguing, multi-faceted cast of characters and exhilarating action on every page, this is first and foremost a love story, born against all odds, a love story between two people who somehow manage to preserve some of their humanity in the midst of a life where being human is seen as the ultimate weakness. Love made them see a better life, but the journey to believing in that life remains ahead of them as their story continues and concludes in Out of Plans

They were like magnets, fighting against each other one minute, then stuck together the next. Whatever it was, it was tangible, and powerful, and very real, and very present. He was the first person to ever make her question her plan. To ever make her wonder if maybe revenge wasn’t the answer.
“… we don’t have to be these people anymore …”



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BOOK REVIEW: Sustained by Emma Chase

A knight in tarnished armor is still a knight.

When you’re a defense attorney in Washington, DC, you see firsthand how hard life can be, and that sometimes the only way to survive is to be harder. I, Jake Becker, have a reputation for being cold, callous, and intimidating—and that suits me just fine. In fact, it’s necessary when I’m breaking down a witness on the stand.

Complications don’t work for me—I’m a “need-to-know” type of man. If you’re my client, tell me the basic facts. If you’re my date, stick to what will turn you on. I’m not a therapist or Prince Charming—and I don’t pretend to be.

Then Chelsea McQuaid and her six orphaned nieces and nephews came along and complicated the ever-loving hell out of my life. Now I’m going to Mommy and Me classes, One Direction concerts, the emergency room, and arguing cases in the principal’s office.

Chelsea’s too sweet, too innocent, and too gorgeous for her own good. She tries to be tough, but she’s not. She needs someone to help her, defend her…and the kids.

And that—that, I know how to do.


“Criminal defense really isn’t so different from proctology. In both fields, it’s one asshole after another.”

What a welcome ‘game changer’ this book was for me! So different from the types of stories I normally tend to pick—enchanting, funny, light-hearted—its colourful spin on the hero-saves-the-damsel-in-distress scenario leaving me grinning ear to ear. For a romance that is entirely written from a male’s point of view, I found myself connecting with it much more than I thought I would, the sheer emotion and positivity driving this story forward leaving me not only pleasantly surprised, but also hooked on every word.

“You deserve a man who knows what the right thing is, and who does it. I want…Christ, I want to be that for you.”

Jake Becker is a criminal defence attorney and a confirmed bachelor, a man who enjoys being single and having the freedom to love ‘em and leave ‘em as he wishes, while focusing all his energies on his thriving legal career. He sees committed relationships, marriage and kids only as obstacles to his plans, rather than something that would in any way better his life and make him happier, until a little health scare forces him to pull the breaks on his philandering ways and, for once in his life, actually consider dating the women he meets, not just taking them to bed and never seeing them again.

“This getting-to-know-a-woman-first shit is turning out to be a bigger hassle than I ever anticipated. Is risking contraction of an STD really such a big deal?”

While in the midst of this self-imposed ‘whoring around embargo’, Jake’s life as he knows it comes to a halt when a mischievous little boy steals his wallet, and ends up leading him to the doorstep of everything he never wanted.

Chelsea McQuaid’s young life changed when suddenly, at twenty-six, she became sole guardian and only living relative to her six nephews and nieces, all under the age of fourteen. When Jake steps into the McQuaid residence, nothing could have prepared him for the pandemonium awaiting for him in there, amusing and terrifying at the same time, every one of his brain cells screaming at him to run far far away from there, while his heart becomes inexplicably drawn to every single one of the McQuaids. The more time he spends with Chelsea and the kids, helping them get out of legal jams that could threaten the happiness of their curious little family, the more they manage to get under his skin, regardless of how hard he tries to convince himself he would be better off without them complicating his orderly life. Yet he keeps going back for more.

“You just make everything…better.”

From the moment he sees her, Jake cannot fight his attraction to the young woman who’s put her entire future on hold in order to take care of her late brother’s children. He is drawn to her strength, kindness, ability to maintain her composure when most people would scream at the top of their lungs, and to accept her trying new reality with no doubts in her heart. Not to mention, the horndog in him cannot wait to get into her pants. But his head and heart remain at war, not even his unexpected attachment to the McQuaid children able to overrule his innate reflex to run from commitment, especially when he starts feeling protective towards them and wishing he were a better man for them all.

“I’ve taken plenty of risks in my career. The bigger the risk, the bigger the reward. But I can’t risk…them. They’re too important, too precious. The risk that I could screw up, harm them because I don’t know what the hell I’m doing—even the possibility terrifies me.”

A charming, truly uplifting story interlaced with a compelling blend of slapstick humour and everyday parenting trials, a story of a ‘wolf not only changing his coat’, but also his disposition when the right woman comes along…with six adorable kids in tow. As we remain in the hero’s head all throughout the story, we witness the gradual shift in priorities in a man who never wanted to be anyone’s Prince Charming, and even less believed himself worthy of the role. I only wish we could have also gotten into the heroine’s mind on occasion, her personality appearing either not strong enough at times, or remaining indistinct for the rest of the story. I believe that an insight into her thoughts would have assisted us in connecting with her more, making her appear less of a ‘pushover’ in her interactions with the hero had we been able to understand her more. However, I remain in awe of authors such as Ms Chase who are able to give us such credible, persuasive male points of view, the story never losing any of its ‘masculinity’, yet still maintaining a subtle romantic undertone all throughout it. I giggled, I swooned, my ovaries came close to spontaneously combusting a few times, and I loved every second of this unexpected little heart-warmer. The McQuaid children steal the show on more than one occasion, their shenanigans never failing to put a smile on our faces, turning a tale born out of tragedy into one of new beginnings, hope and finding love in the most unexpected of places. Or people. This book was such a joy to read and I already cannot wait for the next one!

“I want her—this fearless, stunning woman. And I want the kids. Those perfect, awful, amazing children—whom she loves with every inch of her soul. I want them to be mine. Mine to hold, mine to protect and teach. Their joy, their laughter, their love. I want to come home to it, bask in it, be the reason for it. But even more than that, I want to deserve them. To be worthy.”




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BOOK REVIEW: Hollywood Dirt by Alessandra Torre

Cole Masten. Abandoned by his superstar wife, Hollywood’s Perfect Husband is now Hollywood’s Sexiest Bachelor: partying hard and screwing even harder. Move over Colin Farrell, there’s a new bad boy ruling Los Angeles.

Summer Jenkins. That’s me, a small town girl stuck in Quincy, Georgia. I cook some mean chicken and dumplins, can bluff a grown man out of his savings in poker, and was voted Most Friendly my senior year. Other than that… I don’t have too much going on.

We were from different worlds. Our lives shouldn’t have collided. But when Cole Masten’s jet landed in our country airport, we all sat up in our rocking chairs and watched. And when an opportunity crossed my path, I jumped at the chance.

But I didn’t expect what ended up happening. I didn’t expect Cole Masten to be an ass, or to pursue me, or for everything to get tangled up around set riggings, camera cords, bra straps and heartstrings.

Sometimes, opposites just aren’t meant to attract.


He shuddered out my name, pressed himself fully inside, and waited for one long breath.
“Are you okay?” His words were painful and tight, gritted out between his teeth, and I nodded, unable to form words, unable to do anything but worship at the altar of Cole Masten from that moment forth.
“Good,” he moaned. “Because I’m about to unleash hell.”

With each new Alessandra Torre novel, I seem to fall more and more in love with this author’s extraordinary gift, and this book is no exception. A light-hearted, somewhat less intricate love story than her other works, this is a book that shows us that even when she sets to write “light and funny”, she does it with impeccable attention to detail, and the kind of flawless character development that could carry any storyline forward. This is a heart-warming tale of opposites attracting, of two people fighting their attraction to one another, only to fail at every turn, and of life proving true the old adage that when one door closes, another opens in its stead, just as long as we have the courage to walk through it.

The story takes place in the sleepy little town of Quincy, Georgia, home to sixty-seven original Coca-Cola investors-turned-millionaires who have continued leading quiet, unpretentious lives, regardless of their heftier bank accounts. Life remains simple and predictable in Quincy, until a Hollywood superstar decides to shoot his next movie there, bringing attention to a town that has always valued peace and anonymity over the limelight.

Summer Jenkins grew up in Quincy, but never in her twenty-nine years of life has she felt truly accepted by the small town she’s called home ever since she was a child. Shunned for a moment in time when she allowed her emotions to get the best of her, she now lives a quiet, humble life with her mother, with no ambitions or grand plans for the future, except leaving Quincy one day and starting a new life somewhere else, somewhere far away from the resentment, the whispers and the sideways looks that follow her everywhere she goes.

“I wanted something different. I wanted to be someone different, someone without scorn, someone without a past. Someone with a future.”

From the moment Summer hears about the upcoming movie production in Quincy, she becomes determined to turn it into her ticket out of town. She is willing to work any job, big or small, as long as it makes her enough money to put her on the road, never expecting that her feisty Southern belle charm is all that is needed. Especially when directed at a certain Hollywood superstar whose arrogance and uncouthness bring out the worst in her.

“Kiss me like that again and I’ll rip your eyes from their sockets.”
He held up his hands with a hard smile. “No worries, princess. I have no desire to repeat that experience.” He leaned forward slightly, enjoying watching her bristle. “And I’m not talking about the cheap shot. I’m talking about the kiss. I’ve had better. Much, much better.”
It was a lie. That kiss, that brief moment before violence…
It might be worth losing sight over.

Cole Masten’s whirlwind acting career has made him a household name all around the globe, adored by fans wherever he goes and continually pestered by the paparazzi, his high profile marriage to a fellow actress only bringing his personal life even more into the public eye. But when his seemingly perfect life comes to a standstill as he suddenly finds himself facing a messy divorce, his salvation comes in the form of his next movie project, one he is passionate to see succeed.

“It was natural for the girl to look at him, for her attention to divert from Cole, especially when he had asked her a question. But still. Three Oscars in his storage unit. Her gaze could have at least lingered.”

His arrival in Quincy is marked by nothing more than some passing chatter, the townsfolk entirely indifferent to his celebrity status, and while at first she might have not shared the town’s lack of interest in finally meeting Cole Masden the actor, it only takes a few minutes spent in his presence for Summer to dislike him at first sight. And the more she gets to know him, the more her antipathy towards him grows. Their every encounter turns into a quarrel, Cole’s every word rubbing Summer the wrong way, unbeknownst to her that he continues to provoke her on purpose, her fiery, no-nonsense personality drawing him to her like a moth to a flame.

“I thought then, my hand resting on the doorknob, looking out on the front porch that held two of the sexiest men I had ever seen, that there was something there, in him, something whole and raw and beautiful. Now, I know what I saw. I know what that something was. It was asshole, pure and simple. It was spoiled rotten—I get what I want because I deserve it, you are beneath me—asshole.”

As their lives suddenly become temporarily intertwined, we get first row seats to one of the sexiest, most entertaining enemies-to-lovers scenarios I’ve ever come across, where the leading characters don’t know whether to kill one another or rip each other’s clothes off. Ms Torre keeps building the sexual tension between Cole and Summer scene after scene, to the point where our hands start shaking as we impatiently turn the pages in search of a climax. This tension never declines, never fizzles, never loses momentum, every fleeting touch between the characters buzzing with promise and only sweetening the anticipation.

“There should be laws against men who could kiss like that. With a mouth that dominated yet begged. Tongue that teased yet delivered. Tastes that dipped into an addiction stream and hooked a woman after just the first hit.”

It’s a story that focuses on setting the foundations for the emotional connection between the two main characters, not on instant gratification, to such a degree that once we reach the apex of the storyline, there is no doubt in our minds that these characters belong together. Overall, this story might lack that edgy, spicy tang that we have come to expect from Ms Torre, but her character development is no less thorough, no less compelling or seductive, and her prose is as polished as ever. The celebrity-falling-for-the-girl-next-door scenario is nothing we haven’t seen before, but this author’s take on it has her signature stamp all over it. She has given us a fearless, outspoken heroine who is in no way intimidated by the hero’s fame or riches, and a strong, dominant leading man whose self-awareness compels us to like him from the get-go, which coupled with Ms Torre’s vibrant writing style—and her ability to ‘reinvent’ it with each new project—has made this book an addictive delight start to finish.

“I was raised to believe that ‘real men’ had manners, and weren’t picky, and didn’t wear aftershave that attracted mosquitoes.”



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