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This series just keeps on getting better as the tensions rack up

WildWarrior500Wild Warrior by Jocelynn Drake &  Rinda Elliott

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This series just keeps on getting better as the tensions rack up.

Animal Weaver Baer is the focus of this one and the romance is an absolute delight as it tromps through a pretty funny meet/cute in a coffee shop – with added pestilence bad guys that is 😁

Wiley is sweetness in an attractive package of anxietiess, living with OCD and doing his very best to have a ‘normal’ life.

When he’s inadvertently drawn into Baer’s world, he thinks it’s the best thing ever, loud the comic books he illustrates for a living coming to life.

The pacing throughout this instalment was perfect, it kept throwing out increases in tension as the bad guy turned out to be a bad gal who had a nasty surprise for Baer.

I’m not spoiling anything about the plot itself, other than to say I felt Jocelynn and Rinda had it pitched just right with the scenes between Baer and Wiley interspersed with the action adventure elements.

We also get to meet a new Weaver and the overall arc moves forward some more with hints that the dangers are only going to get worse the closer the Weavers Circle is to completion.

One particular thing is revealed which leads directly into book three, which is Gray’s story and it can’t come soon enough for me!

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A Brush with romance with this delightful tale from Vicki

brush of blueA Brush Of Blue by V.L. Locey

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The latest entry in Vicki’s Colors of Love series is an exploration of how a single act outside of your control can change your life forever.

I absolutely adored this pairing, the setting and the ultimate outcome just worked perfectly for me. I raged along with Landon as his privacy was broken and a secret entrusted to him was breached and I felt for Montrell as he had to face the fallout.

As ever, the balance between ice hockey and romance is pitched perfectly, with enough sports to keep the die hard fans happy and a wonderful relationship between two very different people.

I also always appreciate an interracial romance, and Vicki really does them justice every time. This was no exception, Montrell’s personality sparked beautifully and I very much liked how he didn’t fall at the feet of the athlete but instead called out his crappy behaviour.

Watching them fall in love in spite of all the flaws was a delight.

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Lily pulls on all the heartstrings with this second chance romance

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I swear, every time I think I’ve found my favourite couple, Lily Morton writes me another pair that steal my heart.

Now, Caden and Malachi will never lose their place at the top because Hey, Lily wrote me a rare breeds farmer and so duh! (see Spring Strings)  but Felix and Max are now very firmly ensconced in second place.

I loved how this book took a different narrative style than most of Lily’s others, giving us a very definite book of two halves.

The first concerns all the build up to what we know from her other books, was a very painful split for Felix when Max broke his heart.

Here we get to see just how that came about and it was bittersweet to watch them falling in love without either of them being able to seize the moment and admit it.

The second half of the story gives us them back in each other’s orbits and, including flashbacks to scenes we’ve encountered from other perspectives in other stories, it really worked well to introduce the slow build up to them finding their way back to each other.

There’s the usual snark you’d expect from Lily, I’d nearly choked to death before the end of page one so thanks for that 😉 but there’s also a lot of pain and hurt.

Felix is an absolute delight and Max is nothing like the flighty, irresponsible character we saw in Zeb and Jesse’s book Best Man. Instead, he’s hiding his hurt away and he’s confused about his feelings for his best friend Ivo, who he’s always believed he was in love with.

The way this complicated and complex plot was navigated really impresses, there’s never a moment where you forget at what point in time you are, the recollections flow seamlessly into the present.

This book had unexpected happy memories for me too, as the first motorbike I ever went on was my Uncle Richard’s 850cc Norton Commando when I was five-years-old! Sitting on the petrol tank as he slowly rode around the block and sealed my love for two wheels.

Also Waterloo Bridge – he didn’t leave her so there! She thought he was dead in the war ðŸĪŠðŸ˜

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