Quirky mystery suspense romance from Amy

TheHeightseBookThe Heights by Amy Aislin

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

So, this book. I have thoughts, lots of thoughts but mostly I really loved the whole premise of the plot and I think that element was carried out perfectly.

Now, my other major thought is that, due to the vast majority of the romantic elements – including the smexy times which help to build up an emotional connection between the characters and the reader – happening mostly off page or fading to black, I wasn’t as invested in Nat and Quinn as a pairing as much as I was with their individual story arcs.

Don’t get me wrong, I loved them together, I’d have just liked to have seen more of them together and I don’t necessarily mean steamy erotica, but just more of the emotions that come through physical intimacy.

But, the main plot itself, about dealing with loss and guilt and the idea of what makes a family, was mostly well done, with the exception of Quinn’s real parents.

It may be, as this is a new series, that this element is continued on in future books, but I did feel something was missing there.

Overall, this book was a success for me and I liked that it wasn’t a traditional romance or a traditional suspense/mystery but married the two together.

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

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This book just hit all my buttons and almost made me cry

RegretRegret by Christina Lee

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book needs a tissue warning! I didn’t full out blub but I was so close and definitely had very leaky eyes at the ending.

Sometimes a book just resonates with you as a reader and this was one of those for me. I could feel every ounce of Nick’s guilt and grief and all I wanted to do was reach into the book and wrap him in the world’s biggest hug.

Brin, on the other hand, for a lot of the book I wanted to sit down and just talk to, get inside his hurt and ask him to think logically about why Nick might have done what he did. His hurt was perfectly valid and I totally understood why he’d cut him off but as soon as they reconnected, it became really clear there had been something seriously wrong at the heart of Nick’s behaviour.

There’s nothing more delicious to me than a true enemies to lovers or second chance romance and this book turns both up in spades. Christina Lee is a writer who has such an authentic way of connecting her readers to the characters she’s writing. They are honest and real and flawed but also beautiful and hopeful and loving.

The sadness at the centre of this book is also wholly believable, it never once feels like a plot point thrown in just to create the drama. It was heart-breaking and something you know sadly happens more than we’d like to think and which leaves people living half lives.

The characters which surround Nick and Brin are also fully drawn out, inhabiting their own slice of the story perfectly and bringing the necessary depth to anchor their relationship reconnection on.

I’m really hoping this is the start of a new series Christina because I want to know more about Tristan and the mysterious Mr V’s boyfriend!

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Unmissable!

Torch (Unbreakable Bonds #3)Torch by Jocelynn Drake and Rinda Elliott

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

A word to the wise, don’t start reading this at 10.30pm otherwise you won’t get to sleep until 2.45am like I did last night.

This book is everything I’d hoped it would be and is a brilliant follow on from Shiver and Shatter. Rowe is still reeling from the murder of his wife Mel nine months ago when his old Ranger buddy Noah arrives having finally left the service.

Noah is the only man Rowe has ever had an emotional connection to outside of his friendships with Lucas, Snow, Ian and the men they love, but he ran after one steamy night in Prague years before Mel.

Now that Noah’s back in his life, Rowe is wondering whether running was a huge mistake although the guilt he feels with Mel’s death, and the looming threat from Boris Jagger, is still holding him back.

But one night a little bit of green-eyed jealousy and a touch of booze lets the walls down and Noah back in.
What follows then is the usual emotionally gripping and scorching hot ride you’d expect from these two wonderful writers.

The suspense and mystery in this book is cleverly paced and, unlike the first two, there is a sudden twist I didn’t see coming. It also makes it clear why Ian couldn’t be the subject of book three and neatly sets everything up for both his story with Hollis and the conclusion to the criminal activity which had threaded through all the Unbreakable Bonds books so far.

Having to wait now until spring next year for Ian’s story to round up this tale of four incredible men and the ones they fall in love with is torture!

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