Place to Belong by Claire Boston


Place to Belong (The Flanagan Sisters, #4)Place to Belong by Claire Boston
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Claire Boston is no stranger to tackling sensitive subjects in her romances. From women in male-dominated workplaces to refugee situations, Ms Boston explores all aspects of both sides and brings them together with satisfying resolutions. So it came as no surprise that this author would tackle the challenges of LBGQT romance, specifically MM. This was a sweet, touching story of two men finding their place in the world, their families and with each other. I fell in love with the cover and then the story itself. Aptly titled Place to Belong, this was the perfect addition to bring The Flanagan Sisters series to a close.

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Will Sean give love a chance and find a place to belong?

Sean Flanagan has spent a lifetime alone and rejected, constantly hiding who he really is.
With a father who deserted him and a mother who despised him, Sean didn’t think things could get much worse … until he was kicked out of home for being gay. Now he’s discovered he has three half-sisters on the other side of the world. This might be his last chance to find people who will love and accept him. But he’s terrified that if they find out who he really is then they’ll reject him like the rest of his family.

Sean arrives in Houston and is stunned by the warm welcome he receives from his sisters. He dares to hope that maybe this time things will be different. That’s when he meets Hayden Johnson. To follow his heart means risking everything with his newfound family.

Hayden is tired of endless dating. He’s looking for a man to love, someone to spend the rest of his life with. His boss’s new brother ticks all the boxes on the attraction scale, but there’s just one problem – he’s not gay.

Will Sean let his fears rule him, or will he let in the chance of love and find a place where he belongs?

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Murder Most Unusual by Michelle Somers


Murder Most UnusualMurder Most Unusual by Michelle Somers
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Wicked murders, witty one-liners and totally satisfying romance. Murder Most Unusual in the style of Murder She Wrote, only a whole lot scarier with romance thrown in. A totally entertaining read that mixed bone-chilling, thrilling murder with sweet, subtle, sexy romance. Genius writing from the pen of up and coming author, Michelle Somers.
Full of twists and turns in revealing the villian, the suspense keeps you on the edge of your seat while the tug of attraction and a sense of humour delivers a welcome relief from the intensity of the plot exactly when you need it. I wonder what this author’s wicked mind will deliver next?
Reviewed from an ARC.

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SHE WRITES. HE WATCHES. HE WAITS. HE KILLS…

Romance novelist Stacey Holland doesn’t believe in love; marriage to a manipulator taught her as much. So she hides away in her fictional world, penning the perfect romance, intertwining the perfect crime. Excitement is for her books – worlds where the mortality of her characters is governed by a tap on her keyboard and the heroine always gets her happy ever after.
Homicide detective Chase Durant’s cases are real and gritty and one wrong move could be his last. The force is his life – he doesn’t have room for more. Love and relationships hold no place for a man whose fate is predetermined by the genetic roll of a dice. With uncertainty on the horizon, he won’t promise a future he can’t guarantee.
Then a sadistic killer breathes Stacey’s gruesome murders to life and the pair are thrown together in a sick game of murder and lies.
When tempers flare, and the murders get personal, can author and detective fight their growing attraction all-the-while fighting the killer determined to destroy them both?

Murder Most Unusual is a seductive romantic suspense set in Melbourne, Australia, written by Michelle Somers, award-winning author of Lethal in Love.

Blind Attraction by Eden Summers


Blind Attraction (Reckless Beat, #1)Blind Attraction by Eden Summers
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I enjoyed this read far more than I expected to. I’m not a huge fan of rock star stories. The Reckless Beat series has me hooked though. I’m on Book 4 now. I expected the sex, the author made no bones about the fact that this was erotic romance and how it unfolds is exactly what you would expect from a rock band culture that embraces alcohol, drugs and misbehaviour. It’s all about image and the next big headline. So if menages and raw erotic scenes are not your thing, I suggest you skip those bits and focus on what really had me hooked by this series.
I expected bedroom scenes that covered ‘the act’ in every conceivable position known to the tantric chart, and use of those p and d and c words. What I wasn’t expecting was the raw emotion from the characters behind their rock star faces. What I got was romance and a depth of emotion I hadn’t forseen. I fell in love with the characters, felt their disappointments, and lived their successes and failures. My favourite character in the series has to be band manager, Leah. That poor girl has her hands full! Well written and edited, an unexpected treasure that kept me reading.

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He can seduce with a single glance. She’s been sheltered from the world.

Peering down at a sea of fans, rock star, Mitchell Davies can’t deny the innocent beauty of a woman in the front row. He’ll stop at nothing to get to know her. When a public altercation leaves her weak and defenseless, he takes the opportunity to be her savior.

Alana Shelton wants to spread her wings and experience life away from her restrictive upbringing. But she isn’t prepared for a gorgeous stranger to sweep her off her feet while at her most vulnerable.

Attraction will bring them together, but their pasts will try to tear them apart. He wants to teach her how to trust, but she’ll show him how to love. In a glamorous world of rock-and-roll, only time will tell if they’re up for the challenge.

Shotgun Wedding by Ainslie Paton


Shotgun WeddingShotgun Wedding by Ainslie Paton
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Big Bang Theory meets Modern Family with a twist.
From the quirky mind of Ainslie Paton comes yet another tale that will have you alternately laughing and sniffling into your Kleenex. A brilliantly executed tale of wedding fever that explores the HEAs of the Sidelined series couples.
Readers, if you aren’t hooked on this author yet, I urge you to take the leap into her books. While her writing style might not suit everyone’s tastes, if you’re a fan her humour, plot twists and out-of-the-ordinary characters leap off the page and into your heart.
In Shotgun Wedding, Ms Paton puts the couples through the pre-wedding wringer for all kinds of different reasons. And their reasons for getting married — or not — will keep you entertained until that final, unexpected yet absolutely cry-worthy “I do”. Makes me want to read the whole series all over again so I can share their HEA over and over.
Reviewed from an ARC received from the author for an honest review.

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Marry in Haste. Hell, Yeah

Warning: Do not read this book if you dislike weddings.

Reid wants a ring on Zarley’s finger, but Zarley doesn’t need a wedding to feel married to Reid. Owen is ready to start a family, but Cara isn’t sure she wants kids. Sarina is pregnant and proposed to Dev and he wants a wedding—by the weekend.

Venue, guest list, invitations, the dress, the suit, rings, vows, catering. It’s a lot to get done in a few days. What could possibly go wrong?

Only one thing is certain with this shotgun wedding, love is the trigger and hearts will take a direct hit of happiness.

For better, for worse, forever.

This is for readers who enjoy catching up with the HEAs of couples in the Sidelined series. All the stories in Sidelined can be read independently, in any order, except Shotgun Wedding, which is more fun if read after Offensive Behavior, Damaged Goods and Sold Short.

Shotgun Wedding includes a bonus Sidelined Origins story, Running Interference, about how Reid and Dev met Sarina and Owen.

Don’t Mean a Thing (Got That Swing, Book 1) by Renee Conoulty


Don't Mean a Thing (Got That Swing, #1)Don’t Mean a Thing by Renee Conoulty
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Ever wondered what it’s like to live on an air force base in Darwin? Macie Harman is about to find out. She’s about to find so much more than crocodiles, snakes of the two-legged kind and dance moves she never knew she had.
A fun tale of commitment and love, of finding yourself and the partner of your dreams, of discovering friendship where you least expect to, and of course, new starts. Well-edited, full of humour, excitement and sexy dance moves. This debut from Renee Conoulty is a refreshingly different read in Women’s Fiction.

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What if you finally took the lead, but life refused to follow?

Thirty-year-old introvert, Macie Harman, has finally found a career she is passionate about, and after months of training, she’s begun her new job in the Royal Australian Air Force. Leaving behind her family, friends, and the life she knew, Macie has travelled to the other side of the country where the only person she knows is Rachael, the extroverted girl she went through basic training with. Everywhere Macie goes, Rachael is there too.

While looking for a way to widen her circle of friends in her new town, Macie discovers a local swing dancing class. The jazz music captures her heart, and Matt, the sexy swing dancer, sweeps her off her feet. Matt has claimed the tropical Northern Territory as home and has no plans to leave. He loves his teaching career with its predictable routine and has a great bunch of friends. All he wants now is the right girl to make his house a home.

Military life is tougher than Macie expected, and not everyone can deal with the inevitable separations and last minute changes. Is this exciting but unpredictable life something Macie wants to fight for, or could she give it up and put down roots with Matt?

Joanie’s Dilemma by Marianne Theresa


Joanie's Dilemma (A Bindarra Creek Romance #12)Joanie’s Dilemma by Marianne Theresa
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Another lovely instalment in the Bindarra Creek Romance series. Joanie’s Dilemma is a tale of insecurity and conquering fears all while holding out for that chance at true love. The characters are challenged at every turn and Marianne Theresa makes them work hard for their happy ending. A good light read with a strong Aussie flavour.

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As far as small town gossip goes, Joanie believes she’s crossed the line. Working out how to pay back her late husband’s gambling debts didn’t include sleeping with her best friend’s cousin on the night of the funeral.

Nash Johnson isn’t the marrying kind, so when he does offer marriage after their one night together, Joanie is suspicious and wants no part in alleviating the man’s guilt. She has to move on with her life and look to the future.

But when a new woman arrives in town, she sets more than a cat among the pigeons. For Joanie, trust takes on a new meaning, but who can she depend on when she feels those close to her have let her down. Can she trust her best friend, can she trust the man who says he loves her?

The, just when she thinks the future is full of promise a tiny complication arises, and nothing prepares her for the life changing consequence she never saw coming.

Damaged Goods by Ainslie Paton


Damaged Goods (Sidelined #2)Damaged Goods by Ainslie Paton
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I was lucky enough to receive an ARC of this book. (No Spoilers in this review.) I was looking for a read to sink my teeth into and forget the real world around me existed. Damaged Goods did exactly that.
Miss Paton takes conventional romance, turns it on its head and dunks it right into ice water and that’s what I like about this talented author’s writing. If you’re looking for sweet, tidy and perfect, then this is not the book for you. I would however still recommend you give it your best shot. It’s gritty and hard hitting yet still manages to tug at the heart strings in the romance department.
Miss Paton writes with such wit and charm that even the darkest moments surprise you with a line to make you smile. There is no doubt this author has a unique way with words. Her characters are so real you wonder how on earth they’ll ever get out of the trouble she gets them into. She does so with admirable skill to reach a very satisfying ending.
I was glued to this book and with every chapter hook, I kept turning because I simply could not put it down for wanting to know what happens next. A truly engaging, brilliant read, master penmanship and a unique voice.

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The Hard Part is Getting Back Up

This is the story of a man who can’t get it up and a woman who’s never gotten it on.

Sidelined by a broken back, CEO, Owen Lange is confronted by two things: his sex life will never be the same and he’s dependent on his pain meds. He never expected to have his dependence called out as addiction by a junior help desk employee.

Cara Douglas knows all about pain and loss. She’d had her sights set on the US Olympic Gymnastics Team before an accident landed her at a help desk screen. The last thing she expected to be helping with was an intervention for her boss.

Owen doesn’t thank Cara for her trouble. He calls her a snitch. But even through his paranoia he knows she’s right. After all, addiction runs in his family. He also knows he has to make it up to her, but the only thing Cara wants is the one thing Owen can’t give her.

Question: What do an injured athlete finally ready for no-strings sex and a nice guy who can’t get it up have in common?

Answer: Sexual awakening.