Sweet slow burn historical romance set in 1919’s Paris

A Position in ParisA Position in Paris by Megan Reddaway

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This is a historical romance with a difference as everything is written in first person epistolary style through the use of journal entries.

It works quite well as it fits into the narrative style of this slow burn novel, set in Paris just after the end of the Great War as the powers that be came together to hash out the Treaty of Versailles in 1919.

The protagonists are a former Army Lieutenant Colonel, holder of a Victoria Cross and missing an eye and a leg for his efforts, and a young man in reduced circumstances supporting his mother and brother under strained conditions due to a family scandal.

The pace suits the period, it’s sombre and languid with brief flashes of emotion and I quite enjoyed it. I think, personally, I’d have preferred there to be more time with the two men together once they’d managed to overcome their obstacles and I’d have liked a bit more on page emotional and sexual contact between them but that’s just a personal choice.

What’s there works for the story.

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Much more romance in this second instalment

In The Shadows (Social Sinners, #2)In The Shadows by T.L. Travis

My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

I liked this one more than book one but I’m still not clicking totally with this series and I think it’s because the characters act much younger than they’re supposed to be.

They’re approaching 30 but their language and behaviour comes across like new adult in their late teens/early 20s.

Now, that’s not a problem per se, but I think it’s why I’m not getting into the narrative fully.

In this one things turn a bit serious, not only is there a horrific accident to deal with, but also the status of Joey and Stoli’s relationship, which is quickly becoming devoted on both sides.

There’s still loads of band and behind the scenes music exposure going on too and I love the close friendship these guys have with each other and their management but also the guys in the other band.

I will keep on reading this series as I’m intrigued as to where the story will go next and I definitely see the whole narrative tightening up and focusing on the romances a wee bit more.

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Montana #5 is my absolute favourite in the series

Second Chance Ranch (Montana, #5)Second Chance Ranch by R.J. Scott

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

My favourite one yet in this excellent series. I just fell for Rob hook, line and sinker and was so glad Aaron wouldn’t let him wallow in his misery.

Together they were dynamite and the dynamic between them of two Alpha males not willing to stand down or give ground was hot as all Hell!

The premise of the narrative also worked really well for me, Rob needs somewhere safe to take the nephews he’s suddenly inherited guardianship of and the only place he can think of is Justin’s Crooked Tree Ranch.

There’s a bit of understandable fear on Justin’s part when his former assassin partner turns up with two young boys but I loved that they still had that connection and when Justin discovered why Rob was there, his support came easily.

Aaron’s a fabulous character too, he’s not easily cowed by Rob’s aura of danger and I absolutely loved the whole Army/Navy rivalry and ribbing the two men had going.

If this is the last in the Montana series, then I think RJ has done an incredible job in rounding out all the stories of the men connected to this wonderful ranch.

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I loved everything about this historical romance

PromisesPromises by Ruby Moone

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I love a good historical romance and every time I pick up a book by Ruby Moone she gives me just that and Promises is no exception.

It’s a truly gorgeous romance set in the English countryside at the time of the Napoleonic Wars and it just made my heart happy.

Sebastian and Charles are a wonderful pair and I loved the secondary characters and would love a book on just how they got together (hint, hint Ruby 😉 )

Everything about this wee novella is just gorgeous.

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Beautiful expansion of Saint & Lucky’s love story

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My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is a beautiful extended epilogue in effect for the romance of Saint and Lucky which Riley first gave us in Something About You when two very different people met and fell in love.

In Something About Us, Lucky and Saint have moved to LA and things are mostly going well, but all isn’t smooth sailing and this is a book about how the love story doesn’t stop once you say I love you but that it carries on and on and is a work in progress.

There’s not a lot happens in this one to be fair, other than Lucky exploring his more feminine side and Saint realising he’s not properly grieved for the loss of Alice, his grandmother. They’re still madly in love but it takes work to keep a relationship going.

It’s not overly angsty, there’s still a beautifully positive romance which runs throughout this second addition to the Saint & Lucky story and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I know Riley’s mentioned she had to write this one because neither character would be quiet, and what she’s given the reader is a lovely exploration of just how much is needed to continue beyond the expressions of love.

There’s some great secondary characters in this one and I would love to find out more about both Aaron and Damon.

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Exceptional follow up in this paranormal series from Nicholas & Aimee Nicole

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Circle of Trust
by Nicholas Bella & Aimee Nicole Walker

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Exceptional follow up to the first book in this paranormal collaboration from the pens of Nicholas Bella and Aimee Nicole Walker.

Christopher was the hard-headed best friend of D’Angelo in book one and a fascinating character with his extreme hatred of vampires – understandable given what happened to his family.

In this, Lorcan, the vampire Regent who helped D defeat a demon in the first book, crosses paths with Christopher and let’s just say the effects are as hot as the fires at Lorcan’s command.

I’m not going into the plot, it’s excellent and well paced with the Genesis gang all playing a part and some new faces being added to the mix.

I’m seriously Jonesing now for book three!

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Imaginative and seriously sexy entry to the Kings of Hell series

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Gray’s Shadow
by K.A. Merikan

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I am staggered at the imagination and creativity that has been the hallmark of the Kings of Hell series but this one is above and beyond.

At the beginning it was so hard to find any sympathy for Gray, he behaved like an absolute arse to Shadow.

Shadow himself is just so loveable, like a big Labrador puppy or a teeny kitten, he’s out of place in the human world and doesn’t know how to express his feelings.

The plot continues on with Magpie’s plan to stop Baal’s intended world invasion gaining steam. The search is still on to land the Pigeon’s Heart ruby only this time it’s even more complicated by the knowledge that it could also be used to keep Shadow permanently in the human world.

I won’t give anything away but this one is such a rollercoaster of a ride, with emotions all over the place as Gray’s attitude begins to soften and change.

Now the story will conclude in the final book in the series and I can honestly say I’m no wiser as to how that’s going to happen but I know I can’t wait to find out!

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