Wednesday 28 February 2024

🧳 Kate Stewart 🌍 EURO DREAMS 🏰

  ©   Bianca & Janeane  ✰ 



EURO DREAMS
Kate Stewart

• 25 February 2024
• Standalone Spicy Romantic Dramedy
★★★
4.5 Stars

From the international and USA Today best-selling author of The Plight Before Christmas and The Ravenhood Trilogy comes a laugh-out-loud, romantic dramedy full of spice, swoon, and ALL OF THE FEELS.

I don’t remember booking a first-class ticket to hell…


An all-expense paid trip to Europe. What could be more enticing than that?

Well, other than having the surgeon I fantasize about daily as my travel companion.

But to me, that’s all Lucian Aston is—a highly sophisticated, posh Englishman who stars in my daydreams. Mostly because of the way he views me as a loud, boisterous, no-nonsense surgical nurse he’s stuck touring London and Paris with up to the day of his groundbreaking surgery.

Until then, we’ve got a lot of downtime to kill. So, it’s only natural that I put my best foot forward to get to know him a little better.

Problem is, Lucian has no intention of taking a single step in his fancy wingtips to meet me halfway. That is until we strike our deal…

For the next six weeks, it’ll be a no-holds-barred, balls-to-the-wall reckoning between me and the prickly heart doctor as I get to know the man behind the scowl and scalpel.

But that’s the thing about the good doctor’s surgical specialty and his skill in the heart department. The more we spend time together, the more I run the risk of losing mine.

Even so, I’m prepared for anything. Or at least I think I am.

You see, there are the best-laid plans for the dream getaway you drum up in your mind, and then there’s reality.

But in all my careful planning, I don’t, at all, recall booking a first-class ticket to hell.

*Euro Dreams is a stand alone, SPICY, ROMANTIC DRAMEDY with ALL OF THE FEELS.



Jane + Lucian

For six months now Jane has been a nurse in heart doc Lucian's team.
She's also been in hate love with him ever since. He's super hot and just amazingly talented. But he's also super annoying and rude and just does not seem to like her!
And now they're on the 'vacation' of Jane's dreams. Six weeks in London and Paris! Mostly to get ready for the super important heart surgery but there will also be some sightseeing and fun involved. At least Jane plans on having fun. Lucian is not the fun type. Or is he?

LET THE FUN TIMES BEGIN ...


That was adorable!
I love traveling romances and this was just too cute.
Jane is so adorably clumsy and funny and just sweet and adorable. And Lucian is so grumpy and British. LOL! I just loved those two together.
Both have not had the most amazing time growing up - in completely different ways. And a lot of that has to be discussed and handled and healed.
It's all a bit sad and heartbreaking at times. But mostly this book was super funny and sparky and sexy and just ... fun.

Now for the slightly negative stuff - don't worry - nothing bad! Nothing that takes away our joy of reading this book!
Jane talks a lot. And she has a lot of inner dialogue. It made the book a tiny bit too long for me.
And I know that the book was delayed a bit due to illness .... I wish those few days would have been used to go over everything again. There were a lot of mistakes. Just basic typos and missing punctuation. But also timelines and locations and just wrong things. But I still loved reading this very much. And I would SO watch the movie!




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USA Today bestselling author and Texas native, Kate Stewart, lives in

North Carolina with her husband, Nick. Nestled within the Blueridge

Mountains, Kate pens messy, sexy, angst-filled contemporary romance, as

well as romantic comedy and erotic suspense. Kate’s title, Drive, was

named one of the best romances of 2017 by The New York Daily News and

Huffington Post. Drive was also a finalist in the Goodreads Choice awards

for best contemporary romance of 2017. The Ravenhood Trilogy,

consisting of Flock, Exodus, and The Finish Line, has become an

international bestseller and reader favorite. Her holiday release, The Plight

Before Christmas, ranked #6 on Amazon’s Top 100. Kate’s works have

been featured in USA TODAY, BuzzFeed, The New York Daily News,

Huffington Post and translated into a dozen languages.

Kate is a lover of all things ’80s and ’90s, especially John Hughes films and

rap. She dabbles a little in photography, can knit a simple stitch scarf for

necessity, and on occasion, does very well at whiskey.

 

Contact Kate: authorkatestewart@gmail.com 


Friday 23 February 2024

❤ Tempting Promises (Whitlocks #3) ❤ Corinne Michaels ❤

 

 

What’s the worst thing you could do when you’re stranded in the woods with your rival? Sleep with him. That’s what.

Not only is Rowan Whitlock my sister’s ex, but we’re both vying for the contract that would save my family farm.

So why did it have to be Rowan who came to the rescue after I fell on a remote hiking trail? When the weather turned unexpectedly, we were forced to find shelter and ride out the storm. Only that wasn’t the only thing I ended up riding.

We promise ourselves what happens at the cabin stays at the cabin, but when we get back to Sugarloaf, it’s impossible to stay away from him. Those blue eyes captivate me, his strong body comforts me, and he makes me feel beautiful.

Which is crazy, right?

If only my stupid head would listen and stop this before my heart gets involved, but I keep going back because I’m already in too deep.

I should’ve known that the temptation wasn’t worth the risk because when it all falls apart, our promises are broken, and I’m afraid my heart will never recover.

 

 

 ARC received for an honest review

Here's something that is going to be hard to believe... Tempting Promises was my first Corinne Michaels read *pauses while jaws are picked up off floor*

And what a way too start with this new to me author.

There is the saying that fighting is foreplay, so Rowan and Charlotte have had some reeeeaaaal extended foreplay!

And when the MCs start as adversaries, that means there is going to be a lot of bark (and some bite... hopefully) and our lovelies do not disappoint.

What I didn't like about it though, was what caused them the dislike each other.  I just wanted to scream at Charlotte to not believe everything she has been told.  And man, there was not one thing that I ended up liking about her sister.  What a petty, vindictive little spoiled beach she was *rant over*

I loved how they overcame outside pressures to do what was best for themselves... and it just happened to be each other haha

This has made me want to go back and read the first two books in the series, as I kinda liked all of those characters too, and I want to learn more 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Corinne Michaels is a New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of romance novels. Her stories are chock full of emotion, humor, and unrelenting love, and she enjoys putting her characters through intense heartbreak before finding a way to heal them through their struggles.

Corinne is a former Navy wife and happily married to the man of her dreams. She began her writing career after spending months away from her husband while he was deployed--reading and writing were her escapes from the loneliness. Corinne now lives in Virginia with her husband and is the emotional, witty, sarcastic, and fun-loving mom of two beautiful children.


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Thursday 22 February 2024

🏳️‍🌈 The Science of Attraction (Mackenzie Country #3) 🏳️‍🌈 Jay Hogan 🏳️‍🌈


  
I am Mackenzie Country born and bred. Farming the high country runs in my blood, like my father, and his father, and his grandfather before him. My future has been mapped out for me since the day I was born. Or at least it was, until Liam Skelton walks onto Lane Station, lights a fire in my heart, and turns my whole world upside down.

Bossy, tatted, and out and proud, Liam is everything my father abhors.
And I want him.
Badly.

But having a chance with Liam means risking everything. My family. My future. And my life in these mountains that I love.
Still, the heart wants what it wants, and mine wants Liam.

With so many things against us, maybe we don't have a chance.
Maybe we'll crash and burn.
Or maybe we’ll find a way to have it all.
 
 
A friend said to me recently, "Big heart, less baggage", and I have taken that right on board. You just need to leave all the bad behind you and move forward.

That is what our lovely Julian (Jules) does in The Science of Attraction.
Oh, how I adore Jules and Liam. I love how they fight their attraction. I love how they feed that attraction. And I love how they stand up for each other, whenever, whereever needed (aaaand now I am singing Shakira haha).

Hogan's storytelling will have you feeling like you are right there in Mackenzie country, smelling the crisp, wintery air (I mean, is it really fresh country air when it smells like sheep? haha)

It was great to get more of the characters from the first two books, but most of all it was wonderful to see attitudes change and familial bonds start to heal.

Thouroughly enjoyed reading this book.
 
 

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Heart, humour and keeping it real.


Jay is a 2020 Lambda Literary Award Finalist in Gay Romance and her book Off Balance was the 2021 New Zealand Romance Book of the Year.


She is a New Zealand author writing mm romance and romantic suspense, primarily set in New Zealand. She writes character driven romances with lots of humour, a good dose of reality and a splash of angst. She's travelled extensively, lived in many countries, and in a past life she was a critical care nurse, nurse educator and counsellor. Jay is owned by a huge Maine Coon cat and a gorgeous Cocker Spaniel


Find Jay in all the places: https://www.jayhoganauthor.com/landingpage

Tuesday 6 February 2024

πŸ¦‡πŸ§› BRiDE 🩸 Ali Hazelwood 🐺

 


B R I D E
Ali Hazelwood


• 6 February 2024
• standalone Paranormal Romance

★★★★★
4.5 Stars



A dangerous alliance between a Vampyre bride and an Alpha Werewolf becomes a love deep enough to sink your teeth into in this new paranormal romance from the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Love, Theoretically and The Love Hypothesis.

Misery Lark, the only daughter of the most powerful Vampyre councilman of the Southwest, is an outcast—again. Her days of living in anonymity among the Humans are over: she has been called upon to uphold a historic peacekeeping alliance between the Vampyres and their mortal enemies, the Weres, and she sees little choice but to surrender herself in the exchange—again...

Weres are ruthless and unpredictable, and their Alpha, Lowe Moreland, is no exception. He rules his pack with absolute authority, but not without justice. And, unlike the Vampyre Council, not without feeling. It’s clear from the way he tracks Misery’s every movement that he doesn’t trust her. If only he knew how right he was….

Because Misery has her own reasons to agree to this marriage of convenience, reasons that have nothing to do with politics or alliances, and everything to do with the only thing she's ever cared about. And she is willing to do whatever it takes to get back what’s hers, even if it means a life alone in Were territory…alone with the wolf.



Misery + Lowe
 
In this world Vampyres, Weres and Humans know of each other. And hate each other.
To stop another huge war between everyone Vampyre Misery is sent to the Weres to marry their Alpha Lowe.
Misery only agreed to her father's demand because she is looking for her bestie Serena. Who has disappeared and who, it seems, was investigating Misery's dear new husband.

LET THE FUN TIMES BEGIN ...



I'm not a huge paranormal romance fan. But this was an Ali Hazelwood book - so I had to read it.
And it was okay. As far as Vampire thingies goes... it was good. In the end I really liked it.
I think I still prefer a Vampire-romance world where humans don't know about Vampires instead of this complicated world Ali has created here. It's all a bit silly and violent and intriguey and whatnot. Well, anything with supernatural creatures is silly. But I prefer the more peaceful and ignorant world. You know, the one where Vampires can run super fast and maybe dematerialize from one point to another. Where they don't kill innocents. Just a happy Vampire falls for a human world.
BUT! I still liked this book!
Misery has been through a lot in her short life and now she has to live amongst enemies - again. Poor girl.
And Lowe. He's top ten book boyfriend material. Poor guy is kinda super attracted to his enemy wife. She smells like.... something.
It was a really interesting world. Mysterious. Exciting. Suspensy. Dangerous. Sparky and sexy and funny too.
I really liked this more and more as I was reading.
And I so need another book for another couple!
I also wouldn't mind watching this as a movie or a Netflix show!

BRIDE was a fun and exciting and mysterious and just beautiful Vampire / Werewolf Romance!
Run to your nearest book seller for your own Lowe - he'll be sold out in no time!


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I'm Ali, and I write contemporary romcom novels about women in STEM and academia. I love cats, Nutella, and side ponytails. I'm also currently learning to crochet, so as you can tell I'm a super busy gal with an intense and exciting life!