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My Queen of the short story can also write a damn good novella!

WIFSR CoverWhen I First Saw Red by Kasia Bacon

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Fantasy is my true love when it comes to reading and finding an author who can write stunningly brilliant stories like Kasia Bacon does is a joy.

Here she stretches beyond the 5k short story and into a novella filled with all the best bits of her Order Universe.

One snarky half-elf/incubus with a wicked tongue and a streak of independence a mile wide.

One stoic and resolute Drill Master, a soldier of honour and commitment.

Throw in a meddling whorehouse owner who wants the best for her friend even when that’s him leaving her employ, and a setting rich with culture and you get a fabulous opposites attract fated mates romance.

That there’s a sneak peek into The Order #3 at the end is just the icing on the cake.

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

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A historical country house romp to rival Sheridan

The Captain and the Theatrical (The Captivating Captains, #3)The Captain and the Theatrical by Catherine Curzon & Eleanor Harkstead

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I love this historical series and this one might just be my favourite one yet given it could have masqueraded as a Sheridan play with its complex twists, turns and plottings.

While I’m not sure the ending is wholly believable for that time period, I honestly didn’t care! It’s a truly wonderful romantic romp through the English countryside with an Italian flair and all the comedy and dramatic moments I’d expect with a man in disguise plot.

I loved both Pen and Amadeo/Cosima and they were a wonderful match, idealistic, passionate and not too shabby in the investigation stakes when it came to a secondary plot surrounding stolen jewels.

There are a fabulous set of secondary characters, including a brilliant and clever parrot, nods to historical figures of the period just after Waterloo and a rousing country house gathering complete with a masqued ball.

Another wonderful entry for this series from Catherine and Eleanor.

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

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Superbly researched, brutal and complex romance

Between GhostsBetween Ghosts by Garrett Leigh

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book is a brutal depiction of the frustrations and realities of war – in this case the 2003 and onwards invasion of Iraq as part of the so called War of Terror.

A mindless conflict which achieved nothing but cost so many British, and other countries, lives both military and civilian, Garrett Leigh places her two MCs firmly in the centre of Special Forces operations three years later in 2006, as SAS patrol CO Nat and journalist Connor meet in the heat of the desert.

This book is a masterpiece of tension, the romance is an important part, but much more than that is the friendship and camaraderie between the men Connor gets embedded in with to report from the front lines.

I think, unless you’ve had military family members and friends, it’s difficult to get your head round just how close soldiers get when their lives are literally in someone else’s hands. This book gets it perfectly.

My heart broke more the longer the story went on, those coffins being sent back home through Royal Wootton Bassett were a familiar sight and once included a lad from my home town and another time, a colleague of my cousin’s husband, so the pain was real each time this story drove home the true and personal cost of war.

The romance between Nat and Connor was powerful. (view spoiler)

The hastily snatched times together were visibly changing both men emotionally and it was hard to read the longer the story went on and the more the shit hit the fan.

I did guess the big reveal fairly early on but it still came as a huge surprise when the why of it all came out.

This is a romance but it’s not your traditional one and I loved every thing about it.

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