Thursday 11 April 2024

🍼 Nine Month Contract 🍼 Amy Daws 🍼

Help Wanted: Grumpy Mountain Man seeks baby momma. Job is an incubator position only. Surrogate must be impervious to grunting in the form of communication and nosey brotherly neighbors. Rustic mountain range housing available upon request.

I wanted to pummel my irritating brothers when they posted their own version of a wanted ad to help me with my life.

But I can’t fault the results once the right woman lands on my lap.
Becoming a single father is not a decision I made lightly. In fact, it’s the biggest decision of my entire life.

Which is why when I interview Trista, I know she’s perfect.

She’s wild, she’s opinionated, she wears cowboy boots. Even my pet goat loves her…
She’s the exact type of person I was holding out for.

And to my great horror, I realize on our first night of attempting this baby making dance…when the lights are low, the cheap wine is flowing, and the home insemination supplies are laid out on the kitchen counter…

I want to do a lot more than just make her my surrogate.

I want to make her mine.
 Copy received from author for an honest review

Amy Daws has given us another sweet, sexy and at times very emotional story with Nine Month Contract.

Now, firstly, I will say that the type of surrogacy involved in this story may not be some people's cup of tea and may feel that it is not the read for them, but to them i say, give it a try, you may end up loving it

And secondly - lordies I adore these Fletcher men.  I may have decided that I am selling up and moving to Colorado!  I have been needing more of these guys since we met Max in Last On The List
And Wyatt and Trista did not disappoint. The grump and the sunshine, they fight their attraction for so long, but as a reader you just want them to stop fighting and go with the flow.

And don't get me started with the banter between the brothers.  They made me laugh as much as they drove me bonkers.

Was great to see Max and Cozy and their family from Last On The List, and I am looking forward to those seeing other Fletcher men to fall.


Number 1 Amazon Bestselling author Amy Daws writes spicy love stories that take place in America, as well as across the pond. She's most known for her footy-playing Harris Brothers and writing in a tire shop waiting room. When Amy is not writing, she’s likely making charcuterie boards from her home in South Dakota where she lives with her daughter and husband.

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😈 Higher Demon (The Collective #1) 😈 Louisa Master 😈

No matter the demon, the hunter's role is clear…
A thousand years ago, my great-something uncle founded the Collective, a secret organization dedicated to protecting humanity from demons. The hunter tradition has been passed down over the generations, from parent to child, secure in the knowledge that the Collective is a community of safety and knowledge.
But betrayal sucks, and six years ago, it turned my world—and the Collective—upside down. After generations of deception, the hunters left behind are picking up the pieces and trying something we’ve never done before—working side by side with our enemy.
Demons, just to be clear. 
They’re apparently “misunderstood,” but the jury is still out on that. And I—a twentysomething archivist with an addiction to hoodies—somehow ended up as liaison to the demon ambassador.If it sounds like a nightmare, that’s because it is. The demon ambassador is a stuck-up, pretentious twat... not to mention he could kill me with a thought. 
Worst of all, he’s getting under my skin in ways I never expected. But I’m the only hunter who doesn’t actively want to kill him, so… tag, I’m it.I’ve already been betrayed by those I should have been able to trust the most. How hard can hanging out with a higher demon be?
The author recommends reading the Ghostly Guardian series for full background on what happened six years ago, though it's not essential.
ARC received for an honest review

I am newer to Louisa Master's stories, and I have not yet read the Ghostly Guardians series.

But that did not affect my reading of Higher Demon at all.

What a hoot did I find this book. A hunter and a demon? Oh the fun that that could occur.  It is kind of like Buffy and Spike - it shouldn't happen, but man we loved it when it did!

I love the snark between Ian and Marc.  Ian is bold and brattish, Marc is snobbish and looking down on humans, but also has a soft spot for them too.

And as they say.. fighting is foreplay!

And I am not sure if the villain has been in the previous series, but as a newby to The Collective, but the double dealing will have you guessing.

I really liked (most of) the side characters, and look forward to their stories.


Friday 5 April 2024

πŸ’œ Jay McLean πŸ’› NOT MADE TO LAST πŸ€

 ©  Bianca ✰ Janeane 

• 5 April 2024
• standalone Young/New Adult

• slightly connected to the Heartache Duet

4.75 Stars 

Two simple words hold the truth of our love: wait and hope.



Rhys Garrettrecent high school graduate, ex-captain of the basketball team, and my brothers rival both on and off the court.

Oh, and he’s also the guy I just hit with my truck.


To be fair, he had it coming.

Why else was he dressed in all black, in the middle of the night, if not to hide out amongst the darkness?



I wasn’t looking where I was going or what was around me. I didn’t even see the headlights. Just felt the impact. And I thought, as strange as it was, that getting hit by a car may be the best thing that could’ve happened to me.

Until I opened my eyes

and she told me her name.


Some might call it fate, destiny, kismet

A collision of souls.

One night.

One chance encounter.

The problem?

One night wasn’t enough.

But the more time we spent together, the more truths came to light.

And soon, we’d discover that what we once thought was meant to be

is not made to last.

ARC received for an honest review

Aah McLean, you've done it again.

It has been a while since we have had new words from Jay, but man oh man, was it worth every second of the wait for those words.

Now, I am at of an age where I really could be all these character's mother, but that doesn't bother me, as the stories are so intriguing, so heartbreaking, but so heartbreakingly good.
Right from the start, Olivia and Rhys' story drags you in. You don't want, but need to turn the page to find out what is happening.

There's a fair bit of mystery and intrigue in the story, and as you are reading you keep wondering "when is she going to rip my heart out?" and then BAM, there it is! But you also know that she is going to put it back together again.

It is one of those books that you just need to dive in and devour

Olivia + Rhys

We already met Rhys in the Heartache Duet. He used to date Ava and played Basketball with Connor in Highschool.
Now that is all over. Highschool is behind him. He just turned 19. He's rich - has it all. But that's not really the truth.
Things happened in his past and he just doesn't know what to do with his life. Or if it's worth living at all.
That's when he meets Olivia. She kinda almost kills him with her car.
And then they spend the whole night in the ER and they keep on spending time together - even though they shouldn't. For various reasons. Only one of them being that Olivia's brother hates Rhys - they used to be Basketball rivals.


I really enjoyed reading this. One might think that I'm too old for such young books - but pfft. I'm on my 17th round of 29 - so still pretty youngish! LOL!
There are a lot of 'mysteries' scattered through the story. I didn't love that. It was too much. You read a scene and something strange is said or happens and then you don't get an answer and your old brain thinks... did I miss something earlier? Or is this supposed to be building up suspense and mystery? It was the latter all the times. And I really didn't like that. Especially in those few chapters where it says: 3 years earlier and you read and read and suddenly you realize that the three years earlier thing was just a few paragraphs long, but nobody told me that we're now back in the present. To summarize things: this book was too complicated for me. BUT I still loved Rhys and Olivia and Max and it was sweet and funny and heartbreaking - even though you have NO idea why most things are heartbreaking because it's all a mystery and you won't find out until the end.
Well. I wished this would've been written a little less complicated.
But I still loved reading it. It was a beautiful New Adult Love Story .... I even had some tears in my eyes here and there...

NOT MADE TO LAST was a very sweet and funny and moving New Adult romance drama! You will so fall in love with Olivia + Rhys + Max - READ IT!!!

Tiny little thing that bothered me a bit. Or a lot. The main thing about the book. about Rhys. Why he is the way he is? What he did? Kind of not okay with me. That's not something you should do - no matter who did what to whom. And then he only spent such a short time in juvie? Hm. Didn't really like that whole thing at all.



Jay McLean is an international best-selling author and full-time reader, writer of New Adult and Young Adult romance, and skilled procrastinator. When she’s not doing any of those things, she can be found running after her three little boys, investing way too much time on True Crime Documentaries and binge-watching reality TV.
She writes what she loves to read, which are books that can make her laugh, make her hurt and make her feel.

Jay lives in the suburbs of Melbourne, Australia, in her dream home where music is loud and laughter is louder.

For publishing rights (Foreign & Domestic) Film or television, please contact her agent Erica Spellman-Silverman, at Trident Media Group.

Thursday 28 March 2024

✪ The Grazier's Son ✪ Cathryn Hein ✪


Release date

When taking up an unexpected inheritance with an unhappy past, newcomer Stirling is daunted to find a town set against him. Except, perhaps, for one sassy, big-hearted woman, who is willing to give him a chance to prove he belongs. Pitch-perfect rural romance from popular Australian author Cathryn Hein.

When helicopter pilot Stirling Hawley travels to Grassmoor in Victoria's lush Western District to claim an inheritance, he doesn't expect to face a town that hates him.

Nor does he anticipate being saved from near-death by glamorous vintage clothing designer Darcy Sloane. Or that she'll take a personal interest in his recovery. But Grassmoor and Westwind, the historic mansion Stirling inherited from the father he never knew, prove full of surprises.

The more Stirling digs into his father's life, the more uneasy he becomes. Behind Dougal Kildare's respectable stock agent and farmer veneer was a man of secrets. While the fraud that devastated the community and led to Dougal's tragic death is one, there are others. And such things never stay buried forever...

As Stirling's suspicions about Dougal's death grow, danger creeps ever closer. Until it's not only Stirling's life in peril but the woman he's come to love.
 ARC received from Harper Collins Australia for an honest review

Let me first say that I am not usually that big on rural romances - been the city girl who moved to a small country town, got the tshirt to prove it - but there was something about the blurb that made me want to dive right in.

And also, as Cathryn Hein is a new to me author, I went in with no expectations at all.

However I really enjoyed The Grazier's Son.  

As a blow in to a new town, I totally got the vibe of walking into the pub or store and having everyone look at you (not with the vitriol that Stirling copped, but I get it).

And Darcy is just like my friend in town, who wasn't a friend at the time, but knew I was moving to town, and drove past my house every day to see if I was here yet, and now is one of my most wonderful friends.  You get those people who just don't care what everyone else says and makes up their own mind.

And I gotta say, this small of Grassmoor did an amazing job of keeping secrets haha.  That, I will say, does not happen in small towns.  The gossip and rumour mills run rife, just like the did in Grassmoor.  But then, they also gather around and protect their own, just like the do in Grassmoor.

I just get the vibe of the whole place.

I enjoyed Darcy and Stirling's journey, liked how they worked things out with what had happened with his father. Thought the way that their found family had each other's backs.

And loved that they loved.  Loved how they loved. 

I really did thoroughly enjoy their story, and would like more of the secondary characters.

And I will be reading more Cathryn Hein in the future.