Our Little Secret – Rachael Stewart

This book contains:

  • multiple details sex scenes.

Faye is the best friend of the bride and her Maid of Honour. She’s had her own problems over the past few years with the death of her mother and the end of her marriage but she’s happy now.

Meanwhile, Rafael is the brother of the bride, closed off, emotionally cold but o so sexy and irresistible! He comes with the baggage of his parents failed marriage and doesn’t believe that people should get married, including his little sister.

It’s got the typical boy stumbles upon girl and instant attraction. They fight it but eventually get together.

In Rachael’s case we’ve gone back to some explicit sex thrown in for good measure. I mean, can they really fight their attraction long enough to not sneak off to have sex during the wedding festivities in a castle?

But it’s also not Rachael if there wasn’t an undercurrent of something more serious. In this case, she touches on rediscovering your sexuality, learning to move on and families recovering from past trauma together. 

My first thought is that I love that Rachael has gone back to including explicit sex. I’m sorry, but that sweet romance just felt so wrong based on all of her other work I’ve read! She does the steamy sex in amongst such serious stuff so well that I was missing it.

The way that Rachael balances the emotional development and drama with the sex is perfect. You can be with one character all caught up in their head or helping other people or having fun with the family. Then right as you start to go “yea but where’s the romance?” BOOM! Rachael delivers!

I don’t think I’ve read any other author that can balance these aspects so well and create such a compelling story that you’re emotionally invested the whole way through to such a deep level. She’s definitely one of my favourite authors! Which is a first since usually my favourites do series!

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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 glu ed to her laptop, she’s wrapped up in them or enjoying the great outdoors seeking out inspiration.

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Opposites Attract – Camilla Isley

This book contains:

  • teen alcohol use
  • blackmail and bullying.

Vivian is our female lead. As a divorce attorney with a teenage daughter and the father isn’t in the picture. Thanks to the father’s actions she’s extremely tough on men and struggles to trust them.

On the other hand, Lucas is our male lead and he’s a couple’s therapist. Unfortunately, they don’t have the best of meetings when they end up with offices right next to each other.

We start with Lucas and discover that he’s a lovely guy who’s off to a bad start to his morning. The cause of his bad start?

Vivian.

When we swap to her side, we miss everything that Lucas has already experience and enter the mind of an extremely self-centred, strong, independent woman who doesn’t take crap from anyone.

Since they have offices next to each other we see their hate grow until it’s palpable. It finally reaches a head when it turns out Lucas poaches one of her clients and interferes with her daughter. Only, they have a bet about who can find love first, yet Lucas finds he’s not interested in the bet anymore as soon as he realises he might lose.

A hate to love trope done really well. Once Vivian calms down enough to be a normal human being rather than a semi-murderous psychopath I found myself starting to root for her. But it was a struggle getting through the first roughly third of the book with her because her personality really isn’t one you can take a liking to.

Lucas on the other hand was every woman’s dream man. How could she possibly hate him?!

He’s good looking, friendly, he can listen (why is this such a hard skill for men?) and he stand by his promises. He’s a lot of women’s dream man which is partly why it’s so much harder to like Vivian.

By about the halfway mark we start to really understand why Vivian is the way she is, which makes a lot of sense. But I also don’t think anyone should think it’s ok to behave that way (especially a mother of a teenager) and think blaming it on their past is an excuse. Sorry, no. You’re an adult, grow up and learn how to play nicely.

My only other concern (because the love story playing out was excellent and perfectly timed!) was how they tackled the daddy issue. I really wished both Vivian and her daughter had done that in person. But I also respect the restraint they displayed by doing it the way they did.

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Author Bio

Camilla is an engineer turned writer after she quit her job to follow her husband on an adventure abroad.

She’s a cat lover, coffee addict, and shoe hoarder. Besides writing, she loves reading—duh!—cooking, watching bad TV, and going to the movies—popcorn, please. She’s a bit of a foodie, nothing too serious. A keen traveler, Camilla knows mosquitoes play a role in the ecosystem, and she doesn’t want to starve all those frog princes out there, but she could really live without them.

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