As beautifully sexy as the material of the title

Satin (A Material World Book 2)Satin by K.C. Wells

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I adore K C Wells’ romantic novellas with a little bit of a twist. They’re sensuous, sexy but full of emotions and just the teensy bit of a hint of spice.

I also love books with a British setting and this one based in England’s capital with a Metropolitan Police detective constable and an aspiring dancer and nightclub singer who performs as a female impersonator is a delight.

There’s always a lightness of touch when K C writes this style, the emotions are heart felt and the angst is low but the situations still feel real.

We’re lucky here in the UK that our police forces are, in the main, supportive of their LGBT members and so Joel’s journey to admitting he was bisexual, which came with the odd ignorant and insensitive comment, had an element of realism grounded in truth.

It’s a lovely read and I adored Ross, his joy at life, his willingness to risk his heart even though he’d been burned in the past and his talent and love for his dancing.

It’s only not a 5* review because of the length, I wanted more and more of these two, they were a delight to read and I loved how Joel’s acceptance of his bisexuality was dealt with carefully and with honesty. He took some time but once he realised this was what love should feel like, he went all in.

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Another excellent mystery

Shortbread and Sorrow (Peridale Cafe Mystery #5)Shortbread and Sorrow by Agatha Frost

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Yet another excellent mystery from the pen of the delightful Agatha Frost.

This one has a slightly different feel to it as the setting in Scotland brings an air of brooding which is as oppressive as the ancient castle Julia finds herself in.

There’s the usual odd twist which I never saw coming and this one’s a clever mix which fools the reader into making an assumption about what’s going on.

All the Peridale Cafe mysteries have been an enjoyable romp and this one is no exception.

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Excellent follow up rounds off the royal romance

His Royal Favorite (His Royal Secret, #2)His Royal Favorite by Lilah Pace

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

There’s still no King of England and England and Britain aren’t the same thing but that’s just my own niggle about when people set a book in in this world but then Americanise it or mix stuff up.

The romance itself, however, is simply divine, full of rich characters in a world which is beautifully drawn out and filled with detail which does give the sense of just how bizarre it has to be to step into a life of eternal scrutiny.

Ben’s uncertainty was wholly believable and the way in which his fears were dealt with and overcome was superbly done. The epilogue was incredibly sweet and I would kill for a book three after James has become King.

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Wonderful alternative Royal focussed romance

His Royal Secret (His Royal Secret, #1)His Royal Secret by Lilah Pace

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I’ve knocked a star off for the Americanisms, the Z instead of an S, spelling it whiskey when it’s not Irish, calling it the English throne not the British one.

They’re all minor things and overall don’t spoil what is, in essence, an exceptionally good romance with a decent insight into the British way of life but it’s a pet niggle of mine when authors use a British setting but Americanise it.

The romance itself is excellent, I loved how James and Ben met and, having been a journalist myself for almost 20 years, I totally got the dilemma of getting that big exclusive and then choosing not to write it.

This is a complex and twisting story narrative which weaves itself beautifully into the gradual falling in love which both men try their hardest to fight against.

Now I can’t wait to find out what happens next. Let’s hope it’s not the sticky end many previous “Royal favourites” found themselves in!

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Brilliant follow up to this shifter series

Bitten By Design (Regent's Park Pack, #2)Bitten By Design by Annabelle Jacobs

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I don’t know what it is about Annabelle Jacobs’ shifters but they just totally work for me. I think it’s the fact that while they have bonded mates, they’re not the insta love type I’ve read in other books which sometimes just feel a bit like a plot point.

Here, with the Regent’s Park series, the bonding comes when a pair are already sexually involved and its instant, whether they want it or not but it also doesn’t automatically come with the person being bitten turning into a full shifter.

I also like the fact these books are set in London, although there’s not really a lot of extraneous detail given to enforced that plot point, but the mention of Tesco Express always makes me laugh (although I’m a Sainsbury’s girl myself).

The sex in these, driven as it is by hot wolf hormones, is always superbly done, there’s nothing better than reading about two men who can’t keep their hands off each other. Throw in emotional connections which allow them to sense their mate’s thoughts and feelings and it just becomes all ends up awesome.

Really hoping book three will see Alpha Newall get his just deserts as painfully as possible and perhaps there’s a wee spark between Alec and the rival pack’s young gun Mark which we’ll be reading about soon.

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Sneaky Valentine’s short from the Housemates series

Mac and Jez do Valentine's Day (Housemates, #4.5)Mac and Jez do Valentine’s Day by Jay Northcote

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This was fab and, while Jay’s published it here as a free short, it was brilliant seeing it being crafted on his Facebook group during the day just in time for Valentine’s.

Jez & Mac are an awesome pairing, they’re just too much fun together and this short story is a whole bunch of tormented teasing, tasting and ultimately, triumphant emotional and scorching hot sex.

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Really enjoyable shifter read

Bitten By Mistake (Regent's Park Pack, #1)Bitten By Mistake by Annabelle Jacobs

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I’m not usually a reader of shifter related books, Kendall McKenna’s Tameness of the Wolf being the exception, but I thoroughly enjoyed this one.

While werewolf politics played the major role in the plot for this story, it wasn’t the biggest driving force between the two MCs, that was firmly in the sexual attraction and tension front and it was very well done.

There are a few narrative plot points which don’t get explained, like how Jared bought his Camden flat, worth nearly a cool half million quid, which is never fully revealed as his graphic designer salary would have to be insanely high for him to have bought it outright. I just told myself it was probably family inheritance and moved on!

The emotional elements relating to the werewolf relationship parts of the story were well done, as were pack dynamics and the overall world building of the culture.

It’s set in London but I didn’t feel a particular British vibe from any of the characters or in the locations settings but, again, it wasn’t anything which distracted from the relationship part of the book.

And oh boy, what a relationship it was! The enemies to lovers aspect was well played out, the reasons for their confinement together made sense and I liked that the ending wasn’t the obvious choice and instead left room for manoeuvre.

Hot smexy throughout and a truly powerful connection between Jared and Nathan really pulled this story together.
I’d definitely read more about these type of shifters.

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