Another solid romance from Avery Ford

A Marriage ResolutionA Marriage Resolution by Avery Ford

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Like all her books, there’s light angst, a little bit of steam and a generally sweet romance thrown together with the usual trials of life to make a good solid read.

While there’s nothing out of the ordinary in this one, it has some cute moments and the epilogue is a lot of fun. I’m not sure the side plot with Vincent really worked though, it all got cleared up a bit too easily and quickly for it to seem believable.

However, I liked that Owen decided on his own it was time to move on and that Ethan was too good to let him go.

I’m also ignoring the espionage twist, that was ridiculous and could have been left out altogether imho.

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Quirky not quite paranormal romance

The FinderThe Finder by J.E. Lorin

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is a quirky mixture of a little bit not quite paranormal and a little bit of a detective thriller sandwiched around a lovely sweet and supportive romance.

While the identity of the baddie was a little bit telegraphed, it didn’t take away from the tension and I did like the sneaky little twist with one of the victims.

There was some clever world building and a nice set of secondary characters. An Epilogue would have been good just to clear up some minor loose ends as I’m not sure if this is a stand alone or not.

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Keira Andrews pulls at the heart strings yet again

35121059 In her latest novel – Road to the Sun – Keira Andrews demonstrates that innate talent she has for realism even in a scenario which on paper is completely unlikely.

The dynamic between Jason and Ben is powerfully brought to life as they connect under Montana’s “Big Sky” out in the wilds of the national park where Ben’s skills as a ranger will be tested to the full after Jason’s eight-year-old daughter Maggie is kidnapped by a murderer on the loose.

There’s passion, there’s emotion, there’s heart-stopping moments of bravery and heroic action, there’s hurt and conflict and there’s pain and suffering but – at the heart of it all – there is love.

The love Jason has for Maggie, who he’s looked after since he was a teenager himself, there’s the broken love Ben once had with his former partner, and boss, Brad who is now living the life he thought they’d have together, there’s the estranged love of Jason’s parents and younger brother and then, finally, there’s the fledgling love which is slowly building between Jason and Ben when the crisis strikes.

When the tensions boil over, it looks like all is lost but under Andrews’ skillful hand, the plot is allowed to expand, develop and come to a conclusion which feels both right and completely believable.

The epilogue is all ends up awesome and helps to give that depth of love that brings a heart-warming feeling to this romance.

#ARC kindly provided by the author in return for an honest and unbiased review.

Another good effort but could have been great

Code Red (The Sierra View #2)Code Red by Max Walker

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

EDIT: Im uping my rating to 4 stars because I did actually enjoy this one and I think I was being a tad harsh knocking two stars off for a minor plot issue.

Argh Max Walker has done it again to me. I always love the ideas behind his books and, in the main, they’re always an enjoyable read. But there’s always something which just stops me from being able to rate them a max 5*.

This time round it’s a bizarre side plot which involves blackmail for no really justified reason – i.e. the reason given in the book plot just didn’t work at all for me – so all the tensions in what was a very fast instalove story came via something I couldn’t fully get onboard with.

Still, both Caleb and Red were lovely characters, I loved their banter and their emotional connection to each other which did feel like it was one of those – attraction at first sight – situations, they probably got to the declarations of love a bit quickly but other than that, their romance was super sweet.

I also absolutely loved the intro chapter, it was a clever way to introduce Red and it worked really well.
I also liked how the red herring of Red’s dad possibly being against their romance worked out and I liked that Red, once he decided he wasn’t going to stay in the closet and Caleb wasn’t going to be a secret, went all out to declare it.

And, once again, Max has two of the most beautiful men on his book cover!

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Another enjoyable read focusing on men with issues

The Heart As He Hears It (Perspectives, #3)The Heart As He Hears It by A.M. Arthur

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

As with the other books in this series, there’s angst but, like book two, it’s not as bad as the first one.

Jon and Isaac made an interesting pair with their different hang ups and mental anxieties and both brought something solid for the other to rely on.

I liked that there was a lot of conversation between them in this romance, not silly misunderstandings or lack of communication. The odd side plot really didn’t work for me though as it seemed to come out of nowhere even with the red herring in play.

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Enjoyable romp through a second chance romance

Lost and Found (Foster Puppies Book 3)Lost and Found by A.R. Steele

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

3.5*

This is the best in the series in terms of story narrative, although it still has an odd side plot which doesn’t really bring anything to the table.

Having said that though, I think the relationship development between Cedric and Oriole (isn’t that the name of a baseball team, that kept throwing me out of the story a bit) felt realistic.

It’s not quite a true second chance romance as only Oriole had feelings in the past but it still worked well.

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Far more enjoyable with less angsty stuff

The World As He Sees It (Perspectives #2)The World As He Sees It by A.M. Arthur

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I really liked this one, the drama and angst levels were so much more manageable compared to book one in the series.

I absolutely adored Gabe, he was perfect for Tristan, supportive without being patronising and willing to work with his short term memory issues.

The email correspondence was a clever way of getting the relationship development needed without the difficulties involved with Tristan’s disability.
Shane also was much improved in this one while Noel had a brief period of being a dick but it was good to see them still together and thriving.

The sex was also lovingly crafted as Gabe found ways for Tristan to keep the feelings of their love making even when he couldn’t find the memory.

I liked the way the medical trial was handled too with encouraging development not a miraculous recovery and how Gabe was giving Tristan hope for the future no matter what happened.

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