Wednesday, 22 January 2020

✪ Almost Just Friends (Wildstone #4) ✪ Jill Shalvis ✪

New York Times bestselling author Jill Shalvis returns to Wildstone with the touching story of finding your place in the world—and the people who make it home.

Piper Manning’s about as tough as they come, she’s had to be. She raised her siblings and they’ve thankfully flown the coop. All she has to do is finish fixing up the lake house her grandparents left her, sell it, and then she’s free.

When a massive storm hits, she runs into a tall, dark and brooding stranger, Camden Reid. There’s a spark there, one that shocks her. Surprising her further, her sister and brother return, each of them holding their own secrets. The smart move would be for Piper to ignore them all but Cam unleashes emotions deep inside of her that she can’t deny, making her yearn for something she doesn’t understand. And her siblings…well, they need each other.

Only when the secrets come out, it changes everything Piper thinks she knows about her family, herself…and Cam. Can she find a way to outrun the demons? The answer is closer than she thinks—just as the new life she craves may have already begun.

ARC received via author for an honest review.

I love the worlds that Jill Shalvis builds, and I am enjoying my visits to Wildstone.

In Almost Just Friends, everyone is a little broken, yet however imperfect they are, they are all someone's perfect.

Piper's family return unannounced, and so begins a rollercoaster of a story.

Broken dreams. missed opportunities and oh so many secrets and lies. Will this family bring all the truths out, and will they be able to survive once they do.

Oh, how I adored Piper and Cam.  I need them to be together with every fibre of my being.  Neither is looking for a relationship, but sometimes fate has other ideas.

I want so much to be a part of this Manning family.  As flawed as they are, they love each other, and at the end of the day, isn't that what matters most.

I was completely drawn in to Almost Just Friends.  I flopped myself down on my couch and I didn't get up until I had finished reading.  Sweet, tender, emotional and sexy too.  The characters, there is something in there that all of us will relate to.

I hope we get more of the Wildstone series in the future.

Monday, 20 January 2020

She - HC Warner

ISBN: 9780008204686
ISBN 10: 0008204683
Imprint: HQ Fiction - GB
On Sale: 20/01/2020
Pages: 368
List Price: 29.99 AUD
BISAC1: Fiction & related items / Thriller / suspense

She's everything he dreamed of. Isn't she? Ben can't believe his luck when Bella walks into his life, just when he needs her most. Sexy, impulsive and intelligent, Bella is everything he ever wanted. And Bella wants him. All to herself.

In fact, Bella decides that everything is better when it is just the two of them, making it harder for Ben's friends and family to stay in touch. And then a sudden tragedy triggers a chain of events which throws Ben headlong into a nightmare.

Secrets, lies, vengeance and betrayal are at the heart of this utterly twisted story about a family that is destroyed when SHE becomes part of it…

ARC received from Harper Collins Australia for an honest review

I was hooked on She from the minute I started it - I was dragging it to and from work so I could read more each night/each lunch break.

Our man Ben gets himself into all kinds of dramas when his eyes lock with the "lovely" Bella across a crowded bar, and is life is never going to be the same again.

Boy, is Bella a piece of work.  I could feel myself tensing up, as each and ever move of hers began to take force.  I found myself talking to myself as I was reading.  I even yelled out loud at one time saying "oh please don't let me go where I think it is going!"  Note - it did!

Now, I did find myself  skimming most of Part 2 of the story, as it was part one told from the female POV, with a bit more detail throw in to really throw the reader.

Man, oh man, is Bella a psychopath or what!  It was all kinds of Fatal Attraction vibes coming through the story, and I never knew what the crazy b!tch was going to do next!

I loved he secondary characters (well, except for one, and you will find out why when you are reading).  Ben's family and friends are just the cure for the bunny boiler Bella!

I found myself rushing to turn the next page, needing to know how the characters were going to get out of the situation he has found himself.

She covers some darker aspects of life, such as physical and emotional abuse.  It is mostly a suspense filled book with some romance of sorts thrown in for good measure.

Let's just hope we never, ever meet at Bella in real life.


Sunday, 19 January 2020

✪ INAPPROPRIATE ✪ Vi Keeland ✪

©  Bianca  Janeane 

• 20 January 2020
• standalone
• Cover Model: Simone Curto
4.25 Stars
Terminated for inappropriate behavior.

I couldn’t believe the letter in my hands.

Nine years.  Nine damn years I’d worked my butt off for one of the largest companies in America, and I was fired with a form letter when I returned home from a week in Aruba.

All because of a video taken when I was on vacation with my friendsa private video made on my private time. Or so I thought

Pissed off, I cracked open a bottle of wine and wrote my own letter to the gazillionaire CEO telling him what I thought of his company and its practices.

I didn’t think he’d actually respond.

I certainly never thought I’d suddenly become pen pals with the rich jerk.

Eventually, he realized I’d been wronged and made sure I got my job back.

Onlyit wasnt the only thing Grant Lexington wanted to do for me.

But there was no way I was getting involved with my boss’s boss’s boss. Even if he was ridiculously gorgeous, confident, and charming.

It would be completely wrong, inappropriate even.

Sort of like the video that got me into trouble to begin with.

Two wrongs don’t make a right.

But sometimes it’s twice as fun.

Ireland was just fired from her TV News job because of some stupid private video one of her friends posted on her private social media account!
All enraged and angry - and drunk - she sends an email to her boss's boss's boss to tell him what a horrible company he's running.
Grant - said über-boss - is very amused by that email.
And he's very intrigued and interested once he meets Ireland .....
Let the fun times begin!☺

What will happen to Ireland & Grant?
Will there be a HEA?


First of all - even though it kinda goes without saying by now with Vi and Pen's books. THE COVER! YummmmY!

And the story. Just sweet!
I loved it!
It was funny and cute and flirty and sparky.
It was the perfect little romance - it wasn't anything mega-special, it wasn't anything surprisingly new and exciting and plot-twisty. But we love those cute romances! And there definitely was some mystery and some very heartbreaking stuff in here too. And of course we get the expected Vi thing - like in every book. ☺
And it was a bit slow in the middle.
But ... I really loved reading it!
I really liked Grant and Ireland and Grandpa and Mia and all the people. I even cried a lot in those heartbreaking moments!
I wouldn't mind seeing this on Netflix one day!

INAPPROPRIATE was a sweet and funny and heartbreaking love story! ☺ Run to your nearest amazon for your own Grant - this one is MINE!!!! ☺☺☺

ARC received for an honest review

Firstly - I love the cover.  I don't usually even bother with the covers, however I love this duo's covers.  I mean, there's some serious arm porn happening at the end of those rolled up sleeves.

You know what you are going to get when you open up a Vi Keeland book. You are going to get a sweet, sexy story with lots of spark and wonderful banter between the leading man and his lady.

Grant (ugh, it is so hard to think of a character called Grant as sexy, since it is my baby brother's name lol) and Ireland have an unusual start to their relationship - gotta say it made me laugh out loud as I read it.

You know where the story is going to end up, but that is what I like about Ms Keeland's books.  It is like going to your favourite restaurant and ordering your favourite meal - just the side dishes are different each time.

However, there is always the "things" that always happen in one of her books.  I keep my eye out as soon as I start reading, and yep, we got it - again. I just wish that we didn't have it every. single. book.

Inappropriate was enjoyable, and I look forward to seeing what she brings us next.


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Vi Keeland is a native New Yorker with three children that occupy most of her free time, which she complains about often, but wouldn't change for the world. She is a bookworm and has been known to read her kindle at stop lights, while styling her hair, cleaning, walking, during sporting events, and frequently while pretending to work.  She is a boring attorney by day, and an exciting smut author by night!

Books by Vi Keeland

All Grown Up



Sex, not love

The Naked Truth

We Shouldn't


With Penelope Ward:



British Bedmate

Rebel Duet Book #1

Rebel Duet Book #2

Dirty Letters