Just as good as the first book

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Oooh this one is a fabulous piece of Sci-Fi romance and action all rolled into one.

I had no idea where the narrative was going here, unlike with book one which had a very specific focus, but that just made it all the more enjoyable.

This is a twist on the whole fairy tale Prince riding to the rescue and it pulls elements of the unworthy heir and the rogue who finds his true value is maybe a shade lighter than the grey he’s been operating under.

Lots of great fight scenes, a new villain who is still at large, a throwaway reference to bounty hunter Xin and this one made me really happy.

Bring on book three!

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Release Blitz: The Wayward Prince by Hanna Dare

The Wayward Prince | Hanna Dare

Mind & Machine #2

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Length: 229 pages

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Blurb

Spaceships, daring heists, and interstellar intrigue!

Since murderous AIs drove humanity from Earth more than a century before, people have been rebuilding civilization. That doesn’t mean the galaxy is anywhere close to being civilized.

A liar and a scoundrel – and he’s the good guy.

The thing that Captain Sebastian Garcia values most of all is his ship, The Wayward Prince, and like most of his possessions, it’s something that he stole. Now the ship’s original owner has found Sebastian and he’s looking to collect what he’s owed.

When you want something stolen, call a professional.

Ren is someone Sebastian never expected to see again, and the one he never could forget. But Ren’s not offering forgiveness. Unless Sebastian can pull off an impossible heist on a distant planet he’ll lose everything – including a second chance with the man he once betrayed and still cares for.

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A writer-for-hire for more than ten years, Hanna Dare now writes what she loves to read: well-written, character-driven stories of men exploring their identities and discovering their own unique kind of happily ever afters… usually through sexytimes.

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Everything I want – and love – in a festive romance

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Oh I absolutely adored this book! It had everything I want from a festive romance in it.

Two lovely MCs, a fabulous meet/cute and a tedious ex who needed putting down a peg or two.

Fake boyfriend tropes are one of my favourite things to read and they work so well with a festive/Christmas setting and this one was no different.

It had a wonderful British setting with so many things I remember from my own Christmas experience, especially the Advocaat snowball cocktails!

It had wry humour and the occasional misstep. It had family who were interfering busybodies in the nicest possible way. It had a little secret reveal.

Loved Doris the drag fairy doll, loved the overly camp Christmas Tree, loved Rory, loved Jack. I would LOVE to read more about these two please AE 🙂

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Lots of hijinks and humour in this fun paranormal

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My rating: 4 of 5 stars

What a lot of fun this book is. I’ve not read any of the connected series but I’ll be rectifying that pretty quickly.

I loved this world and this pairing and the humour and sweetness. I liked the opposites attract element of the narrative and the idea of a supernatural dating agency.

There also seems to be more going on in the background than first appears too and I want to know more about the other halves of this mixed up marriage.

I’ve already pre-ordered the complete collection with Riptide because next up is vampire Casimir and beaver non-shifter Rusty and that sounds like a it’s going to be a riot!

I loved how bear shifter Ted and Quentin sparked off each other from the beginning and the surrounding world and characters were also fully developed to provide a perfect backdrop.

This is low steam and low angst and perfect bedtime reading 🙂

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Lots of warm fuzzies (and hot flushes) with this one!

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Smoke in the Mirror
by Aimee Nicole Walker

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

You know when you read a book that’s just absolutely perfect for the mood you’re in that it gives you a huge smile and a warm fuzzy feeling?

That’s what this book did for me.

I adored Memphis in his previous appearances in this series but here, with the ultimate of bad boys with a soft centre Lyric, he truly came into his own.

The paranormal investigation element of the book is brilliant and gave the whole story a really different feel which I thoroughly enjoyed.

And this book is off the scale hot, I think Aimee’s excelled in demonstrating just how much chemistry these two men have. It never felt rushed or even approaching a sense of “instalove” even though everything happens in a relatively short time.

Let me just say, I don’t think I’ve laughed as much while simultaneously having a hot flush as I did with this book. Wash cloths will never be the same again!

Fabulous book in what’s been a brilliant series imho.

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Henry finally gets his romance and it’s utter perfection

Risk Taker (Mixed Messages, #3)Risk Taker by Lily Morton

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Superb. British writing at its absolute finest and (let me whisper it) my favourite in the series because – Henry!

Oh this book is just gorgeous, Henry has been in love with Ivo since he was 15 when the other boy was briefly his step-brother for a few short years. Ivo is his world, his best friend, the only person he’s truly honest with and never hides from.

Ivo’s a photojournalist and is often in the most dangerous places in the world and he’s been in love with Henry for quite some time too, only he’s too afraid to do anything about it for many complex reasons which I completely understood.

Both men have been influenced by how they saw their parents’ lives and Ivo is still trying to live up to his dead dad’s mantra of living a free life, even if it means he’ll lose Henry to someone else in the long run.

The UST in this book was so well done. It’s obvious to the reader, as it is to all of Henry and Ivo’s mutual friends, that they are both desperately in love with the other. But there’s no so blind as those who won’t see and there ensues a delightfully hilarious and quite poignant period of their lives when Henry is trying out dating and Ivo is seething in the background.

The push/pull is never too much, it never becomes a chore to read because it is handled so well by Lily Morton that you’re eagerly waiting to see what outrageous thing is going to happen next. There’s a bit more depth goes into Henry’s background and we’re introduced to his delightful brother Silas (book please Lily!) and it was great to see their relationship was one of mutual support and love too.

The letters which introduce each chapter were genius, so many times I was finding myself choking back a laugh at the escapades they got up to in the three short years Ivo’s mum was married to Henry’s father.

I don’t think I’ve actually laughed out loud quite as much as I did with this book, even Gabe and Dylan in Rule Breaker didn’t make me chuckle as much.

Henry and Ivo just get each other, they’re able to snark for England and this book is a tour de force of humour. I think some are those only another Brit can truly appreciate – like referring to someone you love affectionally as a twat.

There’s quite a bit of Gabe and Dylan in this one too, and we pop in with Jude and Asa as well, and all of it adds up to more of the banter that this series is known for. The Guess Who dinner party had me in fits of laughter with tears as the sarcastic wit flew around the room.

Gabe referring to Dylan as like a cold that sneaks up on you and damages your immune system when expressing how much he loves him was pitched perfectly in contrast to Henry’s vacillating about what he was going to do about Ivo.

Things eventually come to a head – literally – and the sex is off the charts with these two when 20 years of tensions finally explode. But it’s not just about the lust, or the getting off, each man knows the other intimately, their fears, hopes, what keeps them awake at night and the emotional bond which has tied their friendship together is stretched out almost to snapping point.

I just loved everything about this book. It’s the culmination of the two narratives which went before it in the Mixed Messages series and, for me, it’s the cream at the top.

While I absolutely adored Jude and Asa and loved the heck out of Dylan and vulnerable Gabe, there was just something about seeing two men who’ve both been in love with the other for more than half their lives finally realise that love was worth taking the risk which spoke to me.

I’ve been waiting for Henry’s story since he first appeared as Gabe’s best mate and, in Risk Taker, Lily Morton delivered – for me – absolute perfection.

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Another hit in the Fake Boyfriend series from Eden Finley

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My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Another hit from Eden Finley in this series all focused on the fake boyfriend trope.

This one worked even better for me than the first one, which I also really enjoyed, as I absolutely loved both characters.

Noah was all prickly and unwilling to trust anyone, perfectly understandable when you find out what happened when he was young and impressionable. Matt was a reluctant figure under the spotlight, outed and dumped by his team.

But they were fabulous together, the banter was on form and prickly Noah found that his role as the fake boyfriend was way more than a means to annoy his politician father.

It was also good to catch up with Damon and Maddox from book one and see them still happy together.

There are a few new potential pairings nudging their way into the storyline in this book too and I’m looking forward to reading about Lennon the journalist and Olaf the hockey player.

And yes, I’d love to get quarterback Talon’s story too, especially if it pairs him with his college hook up and fellow NFL player Miller.

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