Needs its own heat rating – seriously packs a sexy punch

Wheels Up (Out of Uniform, #4)Wheels Up by Annabeth Albert

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book needs to come with a heat warning. And an ice pack, probably a fan and definitely should be enjoyed somewhere the reader can artfully swoon because it is – without any shadow of doubt – the sexiest and downright kinkiest of the series.

Ben and Maddox remain my favourite pair but Dustin and Wes are approaching the top quickly in their bid to win my affections as best Out of Uniform couple yet.

This book had everything, kinky scenes which bucked the stereotypes, steamy and emotional sex, actual angst caused by real conflict and situations not just for plot points, the detailed military elements I’ve come to expect from this series and, finally, an ending which leaves you sighing at the beauty of a loving relationship overcoming all obstacles.

Bravo Annabeth, this one is gorgeous – just like the scorching hot cover.

#ARC received from Carina Press via NetGalley in return for an honest and unbiased review.

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Extremely polished sports romance

The Rainbow ClauseThe Rainbow Clause by Beth Bolden

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I’ve a feeling I was supposed to read something before this one but I rarely read M/F these days so I haven’t but I don’t think it really had a negative effect on my enjoyment of this one.

There’s nothing new here, it’s a typical ‘coming out’ sports romance between a bisexual football quarterback and a reporter but it’s done really well.

There’s a lot of polish to this one, which I note is a re-release, so I’m guessing it was cleaned up then.

I loved both Colin and Nick and I loved watching them fall in love, especially as Colin was a gay sex virgin and not hugely experience with any other sex either. He was sweet and eager to learn and incredibly passionate about everything Nick could teach him.

And cynical Nick, finding out his crush was bisexual and attracted to him was a delight as he fumbled his way through feelings and dilemmas about ethics and integrity while he fell in love with his interview subject.

The support characters helped to nicely round out this enjoyable read.

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Bones of a great story hidden under editing issues

From Ashes (Heathens Ink Book 3)From Ashes by K.M. Neuhold

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

As has been the case with the first two in this series, the bones of a good story get buried under typos, grammatical errors and mixed up tenses.

I know this won’t matter for most people and it probably only sticks out for me because of my background as a journalist and sub-editor so hopefully they’ll be fixed before release day.

There’s a fair bit of dramady in this one and it’s also relatively low on steam, but the two MCs do have a connection which sparks on page and their relationship gets some good development rather than being chucked into an insta-love situation.

There’s a bit of telling in this one and an odd time jump into the future which is done to fit the timings of the other connected books in the series, but there is a sweet romance at the heart of this story.

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

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So good it keeps all the stars – even with a cliff hanger!

Enemy of My Enemy (The Executive Office Book 2)Enemy of My Enemy by Tal Bauer

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Brilliance, sheer brilliance. This book, and the others in the series, need to be on the big screen, theatre epic in a way the greatest Bond films are, they’re thrilling like a Jack Ryan narrative and they have a perfect “would die for you” love at the heart.

I’ve even not knocked off my usual star for the bloody cliff hanger so I hope you appreciate that Tal 😉

Where to begin with this one though? An element of suspension of disbelief is needed, a reminder that this book is set a few years in the future when medical science had advanced at pace. There’s a little bit of the potential for a dystopian future at play here.

Our mad general is still orchestrating things from hiding, stacking up threat after threat and taking apart Jack and Ethan’s world piece by piece. So many amazing secondary characters are lost in this book, it’s not for the faint hearted and my heart is feeling somewhat bruised at their deaths.

But the tension, lord the tension as the moles on the inside continue to manipulate the plays, is immense. I’m holding out hope that the big reveal is not going to be one of the characters I’ve come to love so much.

And the scene with Sergey and Sasha absolutely killed me. So much emotion in such a small gesture. On to the final one now with the fate of the world literally resting on the shoulders of a small bunch of renegades.

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Impressive debut novel from Morningstar Ashley

Letting Go (Love By Design, #1)Letting Go by Morningstar Ashley

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is an impressive debut novel from Morningstar Ashley, solid and well plotted with believable characters acting in a wholly realistic manner.

The subject of mental illness is dealt with compassionately but without blunting the edge of how difficult it can be to live with debilitating panic attacks. Alex is a frustrating character but never an unsympathetic one. He has had to deal with a lot and it shows in his every action.

Kelley, by contrast, is solid as a rock, steady in his convictions and in his love and support for Alex, his maturity bringing a lot of stability to Alex’s life, even if the younger man doesn’t appreciate it and fights against it.

The world is well fleshed out too, with a healthy cast of secondary characters including Alex’s younger sister Evie, who read of her age rather than being some uber developed eight-year-old.

There are some odd grammar tense changes and the occasional typo but, as I was reading an ARC, this is to be expected and I am sure they’ll be cleaned up before release.

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

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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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Amazing shifter series with a twist

Daring Fate (Silver Tip Pack, #1)Daring Fate by Megan Erickson

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

So, so good. Couldn’t put it down, loved the world building, the characters, the way the shifters worked, the way the fated mates worked.

Everything about this book ticked all my boxes for a good shifter series. Dare was a perfect alpha characters, strong without being overbearing, Reece his perfect mate, submissive but never second place.

Together they were explosive and the sex was everything I’d expect from Megan Erickson, used to suit the story narrative and not just because she could.

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