A Christmas Wedding at the Castle – Eliza J Scott

Welcome back everyone, we’re back on the Moors a year after we first met Livvie and Zander in A Christmas Kiss.

In series like this one where each book follows a new couple it’s highly unusual for a second book in the same series to follow a couple we’ve already met. But at the same time, I love that I got to see them through to the wedding.

Interestingly, this book also spans 6 months from their engagement right through to their wedding just before Christmas. The trials and tribulations Livvie and Zander face seem to be never ending and yet their love for each other never seems to waver.

One secret I guessed, one I got partially right and one I didn’t see coming!

The final few surprises I didn’t see coming but I feel like they were just perfect. They made the perfect ending to all the drama, all the uncertainty and showed that sometimes things happen for a reason.

Given the year we’ve all had to deal with, this little feel good moment was perfect! I don’t think I could have planned a better ending if I’d tried. I even think we have a couple of contenders for the next book in the series!

Thank you for reading and I hope you enjoyed this review; I’ll be taking a very short break so I can meet a couple of commitments I have in early December. But I’ll be back with a review for Tempted by the Tycoon’s Proposal by Rachael Stewart. Continue to read further down to find out about the author.

Author Bio

Eliza is proud to be a member of the RNA. She lives in a village in the North Yorkshire Moors with her husband, their two daughters and two mischievous black Labradors. When she’s not writing, she can usually be found with her nose in a book/glued to her Kindle or working in her garden, fighting a losing battle against the weeds.

When she’s not reading or gardening, Eliza also enjoys bracing walks in the countryside, rounded off by a visit to a teashop where she can indulge in another two of her favourite things: tea and cake.

Her biggest weakness is ginger biscuits dunked in tea.

Eliza is inspired by her beautiful surroundings and loves to write heartwarming romance stories with relatable female characters. She enjoys exploring the dynamics of female friendship, with a key feature of her books being how women pull together and support one another when things get tough.

Eliza’s novels will always have happy endings.

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Unwrapping the Best Man – Rachael Stewart

Welcome back everyone, Rachel is back with a follow up novel to Getting Dirty and it’s amazing!

I was really hoping there’d be a sequel to Getting Dirty and I had my wishes granted in a way I wasn’t expecting! Who knew the bartender was hiding so much and it’d take the PR queen to get it out of him?!

We start off at a wedding in Scotland where Cait finally convinces Jackson to sleep with her. And this is when we start to discover the issues that Jackson has struggled with for years. We had no idea about any of this until now and it’s exactly up the alley of Rachael’s style to bring in difficult topics.

If this was the first of her books I’d read I’d think she was copying 50 Shades of Grey, but I know better. Although the Mrs Robinson vibe is still there with an underage boy being seduced by a married woman, there were marked differences between those cases and Jackson.

In this case, Cait and Jackson work through his issues together over months and in ways I wasn’t expecting. Who knew so much could happen in just 6 months and in the way that they did?

I have a couple of fav bits including the car scene and the very last chapter. I don’t want to say more than that coz it might ruin it for you, but I felt like those were major breakthrough moments for them. Jackson more so given everything he’d been through, how he felt about it and the lasting impacts on his mental and emotional health.

Thank you for reading and I hope you enjoyed this review; on Monday I’ll be reviewing A Christmas Wedding at the Castle by Eliza J. Scott. Continue to read further down to find out about the author and any extra giveaways available.

Author Bio

Rachael Stewart adores conjuring up stories for the readers of Harlequin Mills & Boon and Deep Desires Press, with tales varying from the heartwarmingly romantic to the wildly erotic.

She’s been writing since she could put pen to paper as the stacks of scrawled on A4 sheets in her loft will attest to, and the lovingly bound short stories that her father would run off at work and proudly share out with his colleagues. Thinking it was a pipe dream to be published one day, she pursued a sensible career in business but she was really play-acting, achieving the appropriate degree and spending many years in the corporate world where she never truly belonged. Always happiest when she was sat at her laptop in the quiet hours tapping out a story or two. And so here she is, a published author, her full-time pleasure, a dream come true.

A Welsh lass at heart, she now lives in Yorkshire with her husband and three children, and if she’s not glued to her laptop, she’s wrapped up in them or enjoying the great outdoors seeking out inspiration.

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Seduced – Zoe Ashwood

Welcome back everyone, the third and final instalment of the Sea Dragons of Amber Bay trilogy is here!

I’ve been waiting a while to get this and even bugged Zoe for it coz I was looking forward to it so much. In a way it was a little bit of a letdown, but it’s amazingness in other areas well and truly made up for it.

Adrian really bugged me with his inability to commit to them but refusing to let Skye leave or anything to happen to her. Like it’s great that he was so into showing her how he felt, but did he have to fight against it for so long?

I was really hoping this book would be about the four of them fighting together against the world. Not a mixture of still figuring out their relationship and fighting against the world.

The other areas that were amazing, included Adrian trying to figure out how to impress Skye, Jack and Ty fighting to make their life with Skye and Skye learning about her magic and the community. Reading about how Skye was figuring things out was amazing and I loved her thought process.

Although I beat her to the anchor thing.

The ending to the trilogy was very satisfying, although I’m surprised with the turn that Zoe took to get us there. I also kinda wish the epilogue was set further into the future coz there’s a couple of things I really wanted to hear about that would only need a chapter to cover off.

Thank you for reading and I hope you enjoyed this review; on Monday I’ll be reviewing It’s Raining Men by Rich Amooi.

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Ensnared – Zoe Ashwood

Welcome back everyone, my new favourite sexy paranormal romance trilogy is back with the second book!

We pick up exactly where the first book ends. On the beach with Skye panicking.

I was so happy Zoe did this! Given the massive cliff-hanger we were given on the beach I didn’t want to miss a thing, and I didn’t!

As they worked through what had happened on the beach we saw the flaws come out in some, and the strengths come out in others. Each of the boys surprised me in how they reacted to the various challenges they faced.

While Jack had worked through a few emotional things fairly early on in Tempted, Ty and Aiden hadn’t really done much of that yet. While Ty had stepped up in the first book, it was time for Jack to step up. And he did it brilliantly!

Meanwhile, Ty and Aiden’s responses allowed them to open up and become a whole. With the help of some meddling family members and a pod of orcas of course. As weird as that sounds, it makes total sense in the moment and you’ll love it when you read it.

Following on the theme from the first book, Zoe leaves us with a cliff hanger! And right as they all came together and kinda sorted themselves out too!

While I have to wait a month for the third and final book, I’ll be bringing you my review of that one in just one weeks’ time!

Thank you for reading and I hope you enjoyed this review; on Monday I’ll be reviewing Strictly Come Dancing by Kathryn Freeman.

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Tempted – Zoe Ashwood

Welcome back everyone, I’ve saved up a special treat for you in the form of one book each week for the next three weeks of Zoe Ashwood’s latest trilogy, Sea Dragons of Amber Bay.

After reading just the first one, I feel like Zoe has outdone herself. In every way this book had me hooked so much more than her previous books!

Pretty much as soon as I finished it, I was messaging Zoe asking when I’d be able to get Ensnared because, OMG! I need to know more! How dare Zoe end it on a cliff hanger like that?!

Some of the things that made this so interesting was the constant need for secrecy, everyone being on edge about saying the wrong thing and the history behind why those secrets needed to be kept. The amount of times they almost slipped up was hilarious.

The fact that this is a reverse harem book means that the romantic relationship needs to be a connection between more than just two people. The way Zoe wove that development and change in amazed me and made it feel kind of normal. By that, I mean it didn’t feel like the relationships were forced at all.

The one thing that I was constantly looking for, thanks to the blurb, is all three guys to come walking out of the water all sexy like. It never happened! Come on Zoe! Prime opportunity there!

The other thing was the suggestion that their relationship would be all figured out by the end. It’s not, and in a few surprising ways that I don’t want to give away!

I’m guessing you should just go right ahead and buy all 3 books. Although I should mention there’s a fair bit of steamy sex scenes, much  more than Zoe has ever done before!

Thank you for reading and I hope you enjoyed this review; on Monday I’ll be reviewing Secrets in the Snow by Emma Heatherington.

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Legends Rise – Devri Walls

Welcome back everyone, we’re finally back with the Venators! It’s been a while.

We pick up where we left off, just like the last book. And end somewhere very interesting with some interesting facts shared with us!

As with Promises Forged we get heaps of character development. Some fairly standard, while some took us to a whole new level!

Some of the things we learned about Grey and Beltran really changed my opinion of them. In Beltran’s case, I have no idea what my opinion is anymore. I feel like I only have a part of the puzzle with no image to use to put it together. Even Zio seems to be getting more and more interesting with a few pieces leaning towards one answer, but that answer doesn’t make sense based on other information we have.

Every piece we get makes things that little bit different, interesting and so much more complex!

I am definitely wanting to know more, but I did feel like some pieces didn’t add up which is why it didn’t get 5 stars. Although I’m not sure if they didn’t add up because they aren’t meant to or because it’s so complex Devri has forgotten pieces.

It gives me a feeling of Game of Thrones, which I loved (like everyone, I think once they reached the end of the books the show went downhill) so I can definitely see this becoming an epic! When’s the next one coming out?

Thank you for reading and I hope you enjoyed this review, next week I will be reviewing Mine to Five by Tara September. Continue to read further down to find out about the author.

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The Finders – Jeffrey B. Burton

Welcome back everyone, I’d read a few positive reviews about this and decided to request a copy on NetGalley. I’m glad I did!

Going into this book I thought there’d be more about the dogs, their training and actively working as cadaver dogs. Since I’m doing a lot of work with my own dog, I was interested in seeing what techniques would be talked about when training cadaver dogs.

What I wasn’t expecting was to have so much of the story be about tracking the killer by regular police work with the dogs just tagging along and causing havoc. In hindsight that makes sense. The amount of disparity in the dog training industry would mean getting reliable information about techniques that no one could argue with wouldn’t be possible. Even myself reading the few snippets was like “O I know some people who wouldn’t be happy about that technique.”

Moving on to the story and how amazing it was!

Right from the get-go I loved it! It was fast moving, interesting, had enough psychology and action to keep me interested, excited and mentally engaged.

We got to see the story from a few people’s perspective, including the main killers. The great thing about hearing the killers perspective is that we learnt about their motivations, their previous killings, how they operate and yet don’t learn anything personal about them until the cops and Reid put it all together.

The final 20% of the book is Reid and Gimm putting together who it is, us getting confirmation from the killer and then the confrontation. Every chapter changed perspective giving us the perfect blow by blow of the whole interaction. Absolutely amazing!

Given this is the first book in the series I can’t wait to see how the following books develop!

Thank you for reading and I hope you enjoyed this review; on Sunday I’ll be reviewing Venators: Legends Rise by Devri Walls.

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Four Letter Feelings – Lasairiona E. McMaster

Welcome back everyone, knowing how much Lasairiona discusses mental health, you’d think I’d have been prepared for this book. I wasn’t.

The emotional battles Jeremy goes through is like nothing I could have guessed at based on what we learnt about him in the Intimate Strangers and AJ Williams trilogies. Also, one of the major things that might’ve hinted at the content (ok, told me outright) is the blurb.

Silly me jumped into this without ever reading the blurb, I just knew it was about Jeremey and I wanted to read it. Don’t make my mistake.

I read a good portion of this book (the really heavy hitting parts) in one day and found myself quietly crying and having to wipe away tears so I could keep reading. The level of emotion Lasairiona is able to convey with her characters is like nothing I’ve ever read before. Do not, I repeat, DO NOT go into this book expecting a cute love story about a jock that’s in touch with his emotions.

This is so much heavier than that, in all the right ways. The topics of toxic masculinity, mental health, the impacts of mental disorders on those close to them, grief, overdoses, estranged family and coming to grips with your emotions are all explored in this book. I feel like a few of them will continue to feature throughout this trilogy. (This is a trilogy right? I feel like it needs to be…)

Thank you for reading and I hope you enjoyed this review; on Monday I’ll be reviewing Widows Vow by Rachel Brimble. Continue to read further down to find out about the author.

Author Bio

Lasairiona McMaster writes sassy, classy and badassy women and strong, yet vulnerable men. She challenges reader’s expectations by openly dealing with mental health issues, often exploring tough-to-handle topics and ‘taboos’ and books with a whole lotta heart.   She can either be found enjoying a gin and lemonade by the Irish sea, or baking sweet treats in her kitchen while singing at the top of her lungs. When she’s ‘home’ in Texas, and isn’t eating fresh-popped popcorn while buying things she has absolutely no need for in Target, she can be found at Chuys eating her body weight in chips and queso and washing it down with a margarita swirl. 

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Pirates Persuasion – Lisa Kessler

Welcome back everyone, after reading and reviewing Lisa Kessler’s she mentioned that she had a new book available on NetGalley. So of course I had to go and check it out!

I knew I was coming in part way through the series so a few things might be spoiled for earlier books. What I wanted to know was whether this as another series I wanted to invest time in.

And my answer is yes. I’ll be keeping an eye out for the rest of the series as they’re released and looking into getting the previous books.

Immortal pirates wasn’t something I’d thought of when I’d imagined the various ways paranormal beings could be described. The piracy coupled with psychic gifts made for an interesting read! The way Heather’s ability to speak to the dead was described and used, it felt like it added a lot of value (both for the main story but also a couple of funny and sweet moments) to a few different characters development.

The bit at the end where she uses her gift had me chuckling. Trying to imagine who she could’ve been talking to has me really intrigued to read Flynn’s story now!

I also loved how Heather was able to combine something that Drake enjoys, with modern technology to gain his interest. The poor guy can’t stand modern technology and yet she manages to kinda change his mind on how bad it is.

Lisa has woven together mythology (Davy Jones and other well-known relics), the supernatural (mediums, root doctors etc) and an ongoing battle happening in the modern world in a similar way to the Muse Chronicles series. Yet still unique!

Thank you for reading and I hope you enjoyed this review; on Monday I’ll be reviewing The Unexpected Inlander by Kellyn Thompson.

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