Just as good as the first book

e8fcc-thewaywardprince-hd-webThe Wayward Prince by Hanna Dare

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Oooh this one is a fabulous piece of Sci-Fi romance and action all rolled into one.

I had no idea where the narrative was going here, unlike with book one which had a very specific focus, but that just made it all the more enjoyable.

This is a twist on the whole fairy tale Prince riding to the rescue and it pulls elements of the unworthy heir and the rogue who finds his true value is maybe a shade lighter than the grey he’s been operating under.

Lots of great fight scenes, a new villain who is still at large, a throwaway reference to bounty hunter Xin and this one made me really happy.

Bring on book three!

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Perfectly pitched fake husband trope romance from L. A. Witt

The general before the battle field.

The Husband Gambit by L.A. Witt

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Oh this one’s a cracker, it fully hits all the right notes for a fake boyfriend/husband trope and has a real villain that you absolutely want to see get his just deserts.

Both Jessie and Hayden are brilliantly complex men, each with hang-ups which define the way they approach the relationship and they needed a shake or two to get them to play ball!

Jessie’s family are poster people for dysfunctional and there were times when – if I could have reached into the book and smashed their faces into a brick wall (and I’m not usually a violent person at all) – I would have done.

Hayden’s former flatmates are great and I loved the dynamic created between the three of them and their reactions to Jessie’s NDA keep quiet gift were pitched perfectly. I understood totally how they felt because I’ve been there!

The romance itself is a slow, slow burn, they’re all about treating it as a business arrangement until the honeymoon happens and that’s a gorgeous slide into masses of hot sex and lots of intimacy which eventually builds up to a crisis point.

I loved everything about the big relationship test, I just wish there’d been even more of a negative karma for Jessie’s hideous dad.

This is another top class release from L.A. Witt.

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A really satisfying conclusion to the Out of Uniform series

Rough Terrain (Out of Uniform #7)Rough Terrain by Annabeth Albert

My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars

I write this in a strange state of both joy – at such a lovely romance – and sorrow at knowing this is the final book in what has been a quite outstanding series of military romances from Annabeth.

She chooses to end her Out of Uniform series on a high though and this is a story I didn’t know I was needing which gives Canaan (who we last saw in Ben and Maddox’s On Point literally coming between the two men) his own complex SEAL with which to fall in love.

I loved Canaan, initially seen as a bit of SEAL chaser only interested in the uniform, it quickly became clear that he was a man with far more depth than outward appearances indicated. I loved his scenes with his Grandpa.

Rooster/Renzo – ooh I wanted to shake him sometimes but he behaves as he does for good reason and I completely got why he was so hesitant but once he decided he was in, he went all in and the Epilogue in this one just made my heart sing!

There’s troubles along the way, the sex is possibly some of the most varied and intense Annabeth has ever written (view spoiler)

Canaan’s former bandmates, manager Kelly aside, weren’t particularly pleasant people and I could feel his hurt seeping out when he was forced back into their space. So-called friends don’t behave like they did, never mind his ex-twat of a boyfriend and I found the scenes with them to be quite moving.

Renzo’s family were fab, Italian, expressive, consuming, overwhelming, but proud of their son and not quite sure how to demonstrate it in a way which didn’t bring more issues.

There’s lots going on in this one but Annabeth saves the best for last as she pulls all the plot lines together for a truly wonderful conclusion. I will miss this series, although there will still be new shorts put out every now and then according to the lovely author so all is not gone forever!

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Aimee’s new spin-off series is an absolute triumph

Broken Halos (Queen City Rogues, #1)Broken Halos by Aimee Nicole Walker

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The first in Aimee’s new close-knit series is an absolute triumph, there wasn’t one bit of this story I didn’t instantly fall in love with.

I can’t pick between Archie or Ollie as to which is my favourite because they were both absolutely perfect not only in their characterisation, but for each other.

There’s hot sex in this book, it wouldn’t be from this author if there wasn’t, but what spoke to me the most was the way Aimee built up the layers of family, friendship and love throughout.

Ollie might be a pastor but this book never preaches, rather like the faith Ollie holds to, this is a book about the healing power of love, through loving yourself, your family and the ones who you hold dear.

Now I’m intrigued to see where it goes next and with which of the potential pairings the little hints gave clues to in this book.

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New to me author and a new interpretation of shifter worlds

42362013Blackwood by Pia Foxhall

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A new author to me and a new way of examining the world of shifters and I really enjoyed it.

Set in the forests of Western Australia, this romance examines in detail the hormones made me do it aspect of an omegaverse where the dynamics of alpha, beta and omega are followed.

Branden is a really beautifully crafted character, he’s strong but vulnerable, an omega masquerading as beta not only because he wants the freedom to roam as a nature photographer but also because of a traumatic previous experience with an alpha.

In this world, shifters have only been known for a few decades and I liked the way Pia Foxhall approached all the bureaucracy of dealing with wolf shifters through a lack of knowledge based on superstitions and outdated information.

Coll was a gem of an alpha. Way beyond the norm for the type, not an over-inflated egotistical jerk, but a complex man capable of not only controlling his emotions but using his ability to help Branden through his first heat in nearly a decade.

I loved that this book bucked all the must fuck tropes that often come with an omegaverse.

Yes, it touched on it, Branden’s heat put him into that same almost painful and emotional driven state, but Coll’s long lineage of alpha shifters gave him abilities which were able to help the omega move beyond the emotional need. It was an interesting way to deal with the biology of the mating instinct

Great world building and some really interesting secondary characters made this a book I didn’t want to put down.

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This is a great addition to the Bad In Baltimore series

Bad Habit (Bad in Baltimore, #6)Bad Habit by K.A. Mitchell

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Full review tomorrow.

Right, here we go.

All the way through reading this book I had such a sense of deja vu but it’s a new release so I think I must have just picked up more on the snippets of this story which K.A. dropped into the previous book because I felt like I knew Scott and Liam intimately!

While this book on the face of it, is hugely angsty, for me it actually felt way less angsty than a lot of the others in the series. In spite of their troubles, I knew Scott and Liam would make it, they’d be able to move through their traumas and find a way to start again.

I loved both characters, fundamentally flawed but so powerfully strong when they were together. There’s also loads of guest appearances from the rest of this ragtag group of queer family and I loved seeing Eli bossing them all around.

Great addition to the series.

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Solid romance from Louisa Keller

Guarded HeartsGuarded Hearts by Louisa Keller

My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

This is a medium steamy, pretty angsty, second chance romance which hits in lots of places but has a couple of misses for me.

There’s great build up in the first half of the story, laying the groundwork for the powerful connection these two men first establish as teenagers.

It’s a somewhat dramatic narrative as Forrest and Blaise fall in love, reluctantly in Forrest’s case as he is cynical and trusts nobody.

Tensions build up until the defining moment when Blaise gets his heart broken. All of this was a win for me.

The second half is where things stumbled for me. First I think I’d have liked a bit more time after they reconnected, Blaise was perhaps a bit too easy to forgive I think.

Second was when we find out what happened to Forrest and Faye’s parents, which I personally felt was just a bit obvious and did away with a whole plotline without much real consequence.

Overall though, another enjoyable read.

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