Bittersweet feelings as this brings the Unbreakable Bonds to a close

Unbreakable Stories: Ian (Unbreakable Bonds #4.5)Unbreakable Stories: Ian by Jocelynn Drake

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

It’s with a lot of love and not a little bit of sadness that I write the review for this as it closes the door on the incredible Unbreakable Bonds series.

Finally Ian and Hollis get their set of short stories and an extended novella to round off a journey which began seven books previously with Lucas and Andrei and the ending to this one is truly perfect.

I won’t spoil anything but will just say that the message left by Hollis at the final moment sums up for me everything these books have been about – loyalty, friendship, love and passion – a hope for something not necessarily better but something everyone deserves to have.

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Book two of the Kings of Hell MC hits all the right creepy and sensual notes

My Dark Knight (Kings of Hell MC, #2)My Dark Knight by K.A. Merikan

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I honestly don’t know where to start with this one there are so many parts where I was left with my jaw dropping or thinking ‘did I really just read that?!’ and picking just one out seems like a disservice to the rest.

So, I will begin with the ending, which was all ends up awesome, full of humour, emotions, scorching hot, commitment and creepy edges.

This book is a masterpiece walk along the line between a contemporary motorcycle club romance and a paranormal packed with villainous deeds and the Merikan writing duo come out on top as always.

From the off this story screams quietly to itself, things are not normal in the Kings of Hell clubhouse and now it’s VP Knight’s turn to fall down the rabbit hole as he encounters his online nemesis The Count, a lover of the madman and serial killer William Fane who inhabited the house some two centuries earlier.

Things get off to a bad start as Elliot, the man behind the facepaint, keeps pushing all of Knight’s protective instincts while simultaneously rousing all his desires. And OMG when they finally let loose on those desires things explode.

The level of “WTF did I just read” switches between seriously creepy and disturbingly arousing at the same time and there are some scenes which I know I’ll be thinking about for quite some time.

Sex is, as ever with these two writers, beyond hot and approaching the stratosphere but it also carries a hint of protection and a needy desire to belong which is unique to Knight and Elliot.

The way Elliot lives to feel wanted is delivered with delicious surrender and Knight’s commanding presence overwhelms the senses. Together their dynamic leaps off the page and there are times when a cold shower becomes a real need, especially once the ghostly malevolence takes hold.

I am loving this series so much and book three shows no sign of letting up on the incredible ride. Oh and that cover from Natasha Snow = swoon!

#ARC provided by the authors in return for an honest and unbiased review.

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Great follow up for this new series

Looking For Love (Semper Fi, The Forever Faithful, #2)Looking For Love by Stella Starling

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I have two main things I have to say concerning this book. The first is that any romance which references my favourite scene from my favourite love story film starring my favourite actor is automatically a winner.

(This one in case you were wondering)

The second is that, the above notwithstanding, I almost chucked my Kindle at the wall because Janis. That plot was telegraphed from the off and it drives me utterly insane, it’s every cliche I despise in any genre and I find it a huge cop out as a tension generating plot.

So why the five stars overall? Micah of course. His character utterly made this book into something special. His simple joy at life, how he saw the world and how he experienced everything with such passion elevated the romance. And Zach was his perfect partner, fully complementing him in every way.

Plus sparrows, a British staple on most fences or hedgerows and a much underappreciated garden bird as Cock Robin found out in the classic English nursery rhyme 😉

Oh and the sex, the sex got this book a whole star just on its own. Micah is a virgin and the enthusiasm and pleasure with which he experiences the full range of sex is simply delightful.

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Sweet as spun sugar and a real pick me up tonic

Ready For Love (Semper Fi, The Forever Faithful, #1)Ready For Love by Stella Starling

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book is just candy kisses, spun sugar sweet and you know what, sometimes that’s all I want to read.

This spin off from the BeLoved a series is a delight as Brandon’s older brother Gabe gets his flirt on with Jake, the cute flight attendant from the first two books.

Gabe was clueless, his total lack of awareness that what he felt for Jake was more than just long term friendship had me smiling throughout this book.

Gabe was also hot as Hell and let’s just drop in wall sex here shall we?! That scene was jaw dropping and, for a first attempt at getting his gay on, just all ends up wow. I loved how Gabe just went for it without much angsty – except for the odd freak at demonstrating his relationship status – not his being with a man one.

There was a bit of non communication but not much and thankfully no misunderstandings. The tensions came from outside the romance element of the narrative.

And the epilogue, everything I want to read in a rom/com style setting, a huge public declaration of love in front of the world. Not something I’d be happy with in RL, but in my fiction, all the Hell yes’s!

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Loved this sweet and supportive romance

Out of the ShadowsOut of the Shadows by K.C. Wells

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

KC does sexy and downright dirty so well but she also has a real deft hand with the lighter touch and this latest addition to the Dreamspun Desires is on form.

Low on angst, low steam, high emotional connections, good romance and a supportive bunch of secondary characters make Out of the Shadows a really sweet read.

I felt for Christian but Josh proved to be the perfect foil to draw him back into the land of the living eight years after a horrific accident had left him isolated.

It’s perhaps a little bit long and didn’t need quite as much relationship build up before they got together, but I’m glad there was some good development as they moved from acquaintances to friends to lovers.

Most of the steamy stuff happens towards the end and is well done, with a lot of care given to show how Josh had helped Christian to see himself again.

#ARC received from the author in return for an honest and unbiased review.

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Loved this light and fluffy heartfelt romance

Splinter (Significant Brothers, #1)Splinter by E. Davies

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

When an author sneaks a Pink Floyd reference into the first chapter of a book then I know it’s going to be my kind of story.

This delightful romance from Ed was just what I needed to get myself out of the book slump I’d been in since finishing the epic Spartan romance Axios: A Spartan Tale by Jaclyn Osborn

Nico and Deen were an awesome pairing, I loved how they connected and how little drama there was in both their relationship and in the book itself as the bad boy rock star found his lodestone in the arms of a former astronaut turned park ranger.

The setting of the book, in and around the Smokey Mountains, also brought a lovely light touch, all fresh air and bright sunlight to shine on their growing romance. And the sneaky Toni Basil Hey Mickey quote just made me smile more.

Can’t wait to find out more about Nico’s bunch of friends either on the rest of this series. The gorgeous cover only adds to the pleasure.

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Dream subject but lacking a tiny bit of depth

Treble Maker (Perfect Harmony, #1)Treble Maker by Annabeth Albert

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Holds hand up and admits to being a Gleek and a huge fan of a capella so this was mostly a dream read for me.

It’s not a full five stars though because it just didn’t have the full depth I’ve come to expect from Annabeth Albert and at times the characters acted younger than they were supposed to be.

Still, it’s probably one of the dirtiest and sexiest outside of her Off Base series and I liked the contrast between Cody’s slightly older and more cynical character and Lucas’ religiously naive and idealistic one.

The struggles between Lucas’ wants and his fears was well done and I was glad this didn’t have an unrealistic outcome of them winning the contest against the odds.

Stunning cover too.

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