Friday, 3 July 2020

✪ K. Bromberg ✪ HARD TO HANDLE ✪ #PlayHard1 ✪ #BlogTour #Excerpt ✪

©   Bianca  ✰  Janeane  ✰ 

 • 30 June 2020
• Book #1 in the #PlayHard series 
• can be read as a standalone
4.5 Stars
Hard to Handle, book one in the Play Hard series, an all new series of standalone books by New York Times bestselling author, K, Bromberg.

When four sisters set out to save their family business, each one sets their sights on a different client to help them succeed.

At first, the request seemed simplesign a new athlete to the agency.

Then I found out the new athlete was none other than the most wanted man in hockey today: Hunter Maddox

Gifted. Sexy. At the top of his game. And the only man who has ever broken my heart.

If signing him will help save our family business, I’ll swallow my pride and do what’s asked.

But when it becomes clear his uncharacteristic antics off the ice are a hint of something deeper, keeping things strictly professional between us becomes more than complicated.

But I know better than to cross that line.

I’ll never date a client. Not even for him.


Win the Stanley Cup and do it before time runs out.

Not a small feat, but it’s what’s motivated me since the start of my career.

And time is running out.

Enter Dekker Kincade.

Feisty. Dogged. Damn gorgeous. The one I let get away.

I have no idea why she’s traveling with the team, but hell if resisting her is going to be easy.

But I have a job to do, and I refuse to lose sight of that end game. Even if she confuses me. Even if she sees parts of me I’ve hidden from the world.

I can’t lose focus. Not even for her.

Kincade Sports Managment.
That's widowed dad-boss Kenyon Kincade and his four daughters.
And daddy needs his girls to save the company - or something. ☺
First up is Dekker.
She's sent off to sign hockey legend Hunter Maddox.
Little problem?! They used to have a thing a few years back ...
Let the fun times begin ...



Well, that was cute.
I really enjoyed reading this.

Poor Hunter is going through something. We don't yet know what is wrong with him and his family. But something is happening or happened and it's not good for his career. And his current agent is not really helping. Let's hope Dekker will be able to find out what's wrong.
And of course we finally want that HEA for them too.
Really adorable. And heartbreaking.
Lots of hockey. Lots of family drama. Lots of fighting and making up.
It was maybe a bit too much of that back and forth. The book could've been a hundred pages shorter and nothing would be missing.
But it was a really fun and sexy and emotional sports romance!
Can't wait to read the other books!  

ARC received for an honest review

Oooy it has been a while since we have had a new K Bromberg story, and man oh man I have missed hockey this year so, so much.

And Ms Bromberg has killed two birds with one stone with Hard To Handle. Hunter is just adorable.  There is stuff going on in his life that he doesn't share but it is noticed.

Dekker is the one that got away, who is back in his life, and making his life hell.  Or heaven. Or a bit of both.

I love a second chance story, and I read, wanting our lovelies to get together.  But sheesh Dekker, I wanted to slap some sense into that head of yours.

There was a lot of back and forth between Hunter and Dekker - maybe a bit too much for my liking.  Some of it could have been cut out and it would have been just as good - to me anyway.

Hard to Handle was sweet and sexy, with a dose of heavier emotion thrown in too.

There are three more Kincade sisters, so I am looking forward to learning more about this family in the future.


I stare at Hunter. At his shirt plastered with sweat and how it clings to his body, despite the chill of the ice his skates are standing on. He has his warm-up pants on and is without a helmet, his hair curling at the ends from the sweat.
And all I see in his eyes is anger I didn’t put there. Or maybe I did. Rejection can do that to a man . . . but there’s something more here. Something I walked in on that doesn’t make sense.
“Don’t give me that look, Kincade,” Hunter mutters as he skates over to the penalty box where his electrolyte drink sits.
“What look?” I ask.
He half laughs, half snorts and meets my gaze across the distance. “Disappointment. Disproval. Disdain. I’m the king of all of them, so save your breath—or in this case—your glare, because it’s not going to work with me.”
“Are we working on emotions that start with the letter D today?” I ask. A hint of my embarrassment and anger over how I acted last night creeps into my voice, but I mask it with sarcasm. “If that’s the case, I’m more than impressed with your answers thus far.”
He clenches his jaw in response and then skates back over to line up more pucks so he can shoot them. And he does, one after another, each shot taken with laser precision and a healthy dose of fury behind it.
He goes through the first ten lined up and then stops to catch his breath.
His talent and skill are undeniable, but so is the beer bottle in my hand.
“Just because you’re the captain and star of this team, doesn’t mean management won’t frown upon this,” I say, unable to let this go.
“Screw the management.”
“No one likes a player who’s hard to handle and honestly, Hunter, you’re becoming hard to handle.”
“No one likes unsolicited advice from someone who has no bearing on his career, either,” he counters, the rebuke stinging but deserved.
The problem is, I do care about him. Doesn’t he get that’s where my hostility stems from?
And only a crazy person would say that, Dekker.
I put my hands up in surrender to both him and my own thoughts. “You know I only want the best for you.” I take a few steps in his direction in the first row of the stands. I’m close enough to catch the hitch of his movement and to see uncertainty flicker in his eyes. It’s almost as if he needs to talk but doesn’t see me as someone he can trust. I hate that. “What is it, Hunter?”
“Nothing. It’s . . . never mind.”
But I see it, and he knows I see it. The question is what do I see, though?


...if you haven't read any of Kristy's #Driven books yet - start with the first one NOW!!!!

New York Times Bestselling author K. Bromberg writes contemporary novels that contain a mixture of sweet, emotional, a whole lot of sexy and a little bit of real. She likes to write strong heroines and damaged heroes who we love to hate and hate to love.
She’s a mixture of most of her female characters: sassy, intelligent, stubborn, reserved, outgoing, driven, emotional, strong, and wears her heart on her sleeve. All of which she displays daily with her husband and three children where they live in Southern California.
On a whim, K. Bromberg decided to try her hand at this writing thing. Since then she has written The Driven Series (Driven, Fueled, Crashed, Raced, Aced), the standalone Driven Novels (Slow Burn, Sweet Ache, Hard Beat, and Down Shift (Releasing 10/4/16)), and a short story titled UnRaveled. She is currently finishing up Sweet Cheeks a standalone novel out at the end of 2016.
Her plans for 2017 include a sports romance duet (The Player (#1) and The Catch (#2)) and the Everyday Heroes series (Cuffed (#1), Combust (#2), and Cockpit (#3). She also published a novella for the 1,001 Dark Night series.
She loves to hear from her readers so make sure you check her out on social media.

✿ The Goldminer's Sister ✿ Alison Stuart ✿

Release date: 8th July 2020

Gold is a fever. Will it lead her to love ... or death? A suspenseful romance set on the turbulent goldfields of 1870s Australia, for readers of The Postmistress and The Woman in the Green Dress.

'There are people in this town with the gleam of gold in their eyes and cold steel in their hearts.'

1873. Eliza Penrose arrives in the gold mining town of Maiden's Creek in search of her brother, planning to make a new life for herself. Instead she finds a tragic mystery - and hints of betrayals by those closest to her.

Mining engineer Alec McLeod left Scotland to escape the memory of his dead wife and child. Despite the best efforts of the eligible ladies of Maiden's Creek, Alec is determined never to give his heart again.

As lies and deceit threaten Eliza's life, Alec steps in - although he has problems of his own, as he risks his livelihood and those he holds dear to oppose the dangerous work practices at the Maiden's Creek Mine.

When disaster draws the pieces of the puzzle together, Eliza and Alec must save each other - but is it too late?


ARC received from Harlequin/Mira Australia for an honest review

I have lost a bit of my reading mojo lately, however when I picked up The Goldminer's Sister, it was back with a vengeance baby!

Australian historicals have been my jam the last 6 - 12 months.  Alison Stuart is a new to me author, however after reading this story, I will be searching out more in the future.

Eliza is the kind of woman I want to be when I grow up. She doesn't need a man to look after her.  She is strong. She is feisty.  She will fight for the truth and for what is hers.

I was transported to the Victorian goldfields the minute I opened The Goldminer's Sister.  Hot, dusty and dangerous, so different from my world and Eliza's world in the UK.  Ms Stuart has written wonderfully colourful characters and locations that leap off the page.  I could almost hear and smell the town of Maiden's Creek (though I am sure the smell would not be such a good thing!).

I couldn't help but fall in love with Eliza and Alec as they deal with all that is happening around the - and to them.

Alec is the gruff kind of man that calls to me. I need to find an Alec for myself.

I was enthralled with this tale.  Every time I put the book down, I found myself eyeing it beside me, and in the end I just had to read it all at one.

I look forward to what Ms Stuart brings us in the future.


Thursday, 2 July 2020

✪ The Suicide House ✪ Charlie Donlea ✪

A chilling murder in a prestigious prep school is at the heart of this riveting new novel from acclaimed author Charlie Donlea, featuring forensic reconstructionist Rory Moore and her psychologist partner, Lane Phillips.

Inside the walls of Indiana's elite Westmont Preparatory High School, expectations run high and rules are strictly enforced. But in the woods beyond the manicured campus and playing fields sits an abandoned boarding house that is infamous among Westmont's students as a late-night hangout. Here, only one rule applies: don't let your candle go out--unless you want the Man in the Mirror to find you. . . .

One year ago, two students were killed there in a grisly slaughter. The case has since become the focus of a hit podcast, The Suicide House. Though a teacher was convicted of the murders, mysteries and questions remain. The most urgent among them is why so many students who survived that horrific night have returned to the boarding house--to kill themselves.

Rory, an expert in reconstructing cold cases, is working on The Suicide House podcast with Lane, recreating the night of the killings in order to find answers that have eluded the school, the town, and the police. But the more they learn about the troubled students, the chillingly stoic culprit, and a dangerous game gone tragically wrong, the more convinced they become that something sinister is still happening. Inside Westmont Prep, the game hasn't ended. It thrives on secrecy and silence. And for its players, there may be no way to win--or to survive. . . .

ARC received via Netgalley for an honest review

Woah.  Just.. woah.

From the minute I picked up The Suicide House, I could not put it down.

It is a fascinating, gripping tale of murder, suicide (or is it) and the hunt for what really happened that night a year ago.

There were so many holy moly and WTF moments in this tale.  As I turned each page, I was sure I knew what had happened. And each time, Charlie Donlea had left me on another wild goose chase, and left me scratching my head.  Until again I thought I knew whodunnit.

I did have an inkling late in the story as to who it was, but not the full tale.  I had no idea of motives or the whys of it all.

I was buddy reading this story, so my friend and I were constantly messaging each other with our thoughts on what was happening

In fact, at one stage I did say that one part had an I Know What You Did Last Summer vibe lol

Slowly but surely, Donlea pulled all the strings together, and this story came around full circle, the intriguing and horrible prologue now making sense.

I am new to Charlie Donlea's writing, so I did not know our main characters at all, but that did not affect anything. It has left me wanting more of Rory and Lane, and the end of this story has left me with the hopes of many, many more mysteries for me to solve.

I now also have a fantastic looking back catalogue to look up.



Tuesday, 30 June 2020

✤ CODE NAME: GHOST ♥ Sawyer Bennett ♥ #JamesonForceSecurity5 ✤

©  Bianca ✰ Janeane 

• Jameson Force Security #5
 • #WickedHorseVegas Spin-Off

• 30 June 2020
• can be read as a standalone!
4.5 Stars

I knew the risks of this job when I signed on with Jameson Force Security. Knew my time as a marine would prepare me for the danger I would face. But no amount of training could have ever prepared me for the helplessness of watching my teammates die, the agonizing mental and physical pain of torture, or the despair of captivity.

Returning home to Pittsburgh following a mission gone wrong, I am riddled with guilt and haunted by nightmares. I spend my days trying to regain the parts of myself I lost in that desert, the pieces that made me the Malik Fournier I once was. While the physical effects of my torture are fading, the emotional ones are proving much more stubborn and I find solace from the last person I should ever seek such comfort.

Anna Tate lost even more than I did in that mission. Now a widow and a single mom to the daughter she gave birth to shortly after her husband’s death, Anna offers me comfort I don’t deserve. As my feelings for Anna grow, I worry that once she learns the truth about what happened, she’ll turn her back on me.

I pull her to me just as tightly as I push her away. Hoping this forbidden love will save me from the ghost I’ve become.

Malik and Anna.
We met them both before. Or rather, we've been hearing about Malik's last mission in the last books. The mission went south and two Jameson people died. Malik was captured.
Now he's finally back home - after five months of captivity.
And Anna. She's the widow of one of the two guys who didn't make it back home. And she's also a new mom - to four months old Avery.
Both Anna and Malik have been through a lot. Too much to try for a happy end again so soon after everything?

Great 5th book!
We finally know that Malik survived and now he's ready for his happily ever after.
With Anna and baby Avery.
But he feels so guilty for whatever happened in Syria. And Anna is not yet ready for something new, right?
Adorable! And heartbreaking!
I loved reading their story.

This could be a really great TV Show!!!!

Great romantic suspense! Can't wait to read the next book in this series!

Also - Ghost is my favorite of all the Jameson covers. ☺

Here we go again with my AS rant:
I had some problems with the with every Sawyer book.
It's Sawyer's and my THING ☺ It's only me who has those problems with her writing. So please don't be worried or just scroll down and don't read the following...
  I have a HUGE AS problem! ☺ You know the AS's I'm talking about? The AS that could/should be exchanged for a SINCE or a BECAUSE or just a comma/dot/pause/whatever.☺ It's a British and or a legal thing (if it's a thing at all!) and it doesn't have anything to do in a modern American book. I never hear normal people in normal conversations use it like that. On TV news maybe. I really don't want to insult Sawyer. I love her books, but  ... please stop doing it. But pfff who am I to tell her what to do, so just forget I said anything! It doesn't stop her books from being great!

CODE NAME: GHOST was an adorable & heartbreaking 5th book in this romantic suspense series! Run to your nearest amazon for your own Malik - this one is mine!

ARC received for an honest review

Welcome to another installment of the Jameson Force series.

Ever since "that mission" I have been anxious for both Anna and Malik - we have met them in earlier books, and I have needed more.

And Ms Bennett has definitely come out hitting with Code Name: Ghost.

I don't want to give anything away, but boy oh boy is this one a rollercoaster.

Feelings of grief and guilt play a big part in this story, and I felt it right to my core. So many tortured feelings and emotions, I just wanted to hug our lovelies so hard.

I loved getting more of the Jameson "family" dynamic and finding out where our previous couples are at, and have left me wanting more.

Please Ms Bennett, give me more.



The Jameson Force Security Series:

Book #1


Book #2

Book #3


Book #4


Book #6 - 27 October 2020

Wicked Horse Vegas


 USA Today Best-Selling Author, Sawyer Bennett is a snarky southern woman and reformed trial lawyer who decided to finally start putting on paper all of the stories that were floating in her head. She is married to a mobster (well, a market researcher) and they have two big, furry dogs who hog the bed. Sawyer would like to report she doesn't have many weaknesses but can be bribed with a nominal amount of milk chocolate.