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A triumphant return to the Ward Security Series

57462107._SY475_Wicked Outlaw by Jocelynn Drake & Rinda Elliott

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The Ward Security series just works for me.

I can’t say exactly what it is, but the combo of high octane adventure, steaming hot chemistry and enough code names and chaos to sink a battleship, is just my jam.

Here we get Cole’s story and we also get to meet up again with Noah’s ex Army Ranger and occasional friend with benefits JB.

JB has a ranch in Texas and Cole is sent there to hole up after a sting puts him in the eyeline of a dodgy dude.

What happens next is a really beautiful romance, which starts out as a friendship between two people who just connect emotionally.

As Cole gets closer to JB, and as strange things start happening on his family’s ranch, it becomes clear that his feelings might be more than just admiration for a hard-working guy.

I felt this sexual awakening thread was done very well. Cole and JB click from the off and it didn’t seem like too much of a stretch for Cole to realise he was fascinated with JB and had more than just friendly feelings.

The catalyst for their relationship switching to the physical worked for me, it’s an adrenaline high kick where there was a physical risk to both men and I could see emotions taking over.

That it all happens over a relatively short time period doesn’t feel unusual either, it seems way longer, as if they’ve been dancing around each other for ages.

I was so happy when Jocelynn and Rinda said they were returning to this series.

Now I’m really hoping it’s kicking off a second spin off as I want ranch foreman Owen to get his second chance with the love of his life too!

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

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Brilliant anthology focused on finding love in all the wrong places

1257101246Heart2Heart: A Charity Anthology by May Archer

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

It’s not often you get an anthology where you enjoy every story in it but this one might just take the title as the closest to perfection.

This is just a quick review via the Kindle, tomorrow I’m going to steal Dani and Rene√®’s formula and comment on each story in turn but if you haven’t bought this one yet, rectify it immediately.

Not only is it for a great cause, but you get eleven opposites attract and fall madly in love stories to warm the heart.

I had an #ARC of this but I went out and bought my own copy because it’s totally worth the price.

Full review here now!

The Setup/The Fallout Р3.5* how it all starts and a very clever way of introducing the whole premise of the anthology. Bailey is surprised by his window washer asking him on a date. So surprised he forgets to run his final check on the algorithms for Heart2Heart.
Really sweet wrap up as well as all the couples come together a few years later to continue to celebrate how the mixed-up algorithm actually found their perfect matches.

The Magician and the Mortician by A.E. Wasp – 4* and a simply brilliant opener. I adored this second chance (after loss) love at first sight romance between the older Alberto & younger Mikey. I would love to read more of these two, the ending is ridiculously sweet!

The Professional Gamer and the Paranormal Photographer by Alison Hendricks – 2.5* This was a good set up, the pacing was working well, the uniqueness of their respective professions was a good contrast and then it just ended. Without any kind of a conclusion or even a vague impression their relationship would continue.

The Assassin and the Dog Walker by Charlie Cochet – 3* This would have been better as a novella of around 35k words, lots of plotting but a bit of an abrupt ending and also a side plot which was thrown in about the assassin’s ex-boyfriend and his brother!

The Criminal and the Sommelier by Chris Owen – 2.5* Different, a bit snobby (deliberately I suspect), amusing as the beginning of a full length story but not really complete enough. Also absolutely zilch steam.

The Superhero and the NSA Agent by Hailey Turner – 3.5* It’s no secret I’m a Hailey Turner fangirl so I was looking forward to this one and it was cute. I liked the twist on the “superhero” aspect and it’s quite a different tone than her Metahumans Series.

The Tattoo Artist and the Writer by Lily Morton – 5* Okay as a Yorkshire girl this friends to lovers set in York with a flyby visit to the hidden gem that is Staithes was my absolute favourite! Full of witty banter as expected from this author.

The Baker and the SEAL by May Archer – 4* Loved this one with the ex Navy SEAL and his insane family wedding drama, funny meet/cute and misunderstanding turned into a really sweet romance with a brilliant ending.

The Uber Driver and the Sex Phone Operator by Lucy Lennox – 4.5* Smoking hot and brilliantly done and very definitely the sexiest of all the short stories. Travis and Azrael might have burned up the sheets, but there was also lots of emotional chemistry and this was (for me) the most complete of all the couples’ stories.

The Event Planner and the Electrician by Poppy Dennison – 3* Another age gap romance, this was also a lovely opposites attract and it had me smiling a lot. Although Theo’s boss Danielle was a tad cliched, I loved Harvey’s unassuming way and how everyone in the small town was somehow connected to each other!

The Lawyer and the Lobsterman by Ruthie Luhnow – 3.5* Okay this was shaping up to be the absolute best with biting wit, a stuffy lawyer slowly unbending and an unashamedly out there sports mascot – and then it just ended! Without anything. No indication of a HFN or where they were going next, more like the start of a story than a complete short.

The Florist and the Lawyer by Sloane Kennedy – 4.5* lovely, no angst, a lawyer I just wanted to hug because of all his hurts/idiosyncrasies and a florist who was loud and proud but quietly searching for the lifetime commitment. Also hot, as to be expected from Sloane Kennedy!

All the proceeds from the sale of this M/M romance anthology will benefit the following LGBTQ+ charities: The Trevor Project, Bisexual Resource Centre, and one-n-ten.

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