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4* Review Follow Your Fantasy Nicola Jane

Follow Your FantasyFollow Your Fantasy’s concept that you the reader chooses which fantasy to pursue intrigued me. I am not generally a fan of erotica preferring erotic romance which has a definite story line and real emotional connection between the characters.

In this collection of stories truth, dare and consequences all feature. So it will appeal to fans of risk free risqué entertainment. ‘Follow Your Fantasy’ provides the reader with an adult interpretation of the ‘What If… scenario.

Pure escapism for the mature adult it is explicit. The kind of book most people would probably blush reading in any public setting. That said it is entertaining and well written and the alternatives offered to the reader at the end of each scene range from flirty to scorching hot and extraordinary so it has something for all tastes.

‘Follow Your Fantasy’ could be the catalyst for some very interesting truth and dare party games but you would certainly have to pick your companions carefully… Only joking.

If you enjoy erotic romance and want to experience the erotic without the happy ever after then I would recommend you give ‘Follow Your Fantasy’ a chance.

I received a copy of this book from Harper Collins UK – Harper Impulse via NetGalley in return for an honest review.

Follow Your Fantasy by Nicola Jane

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


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4* Review Kiss Me On This Cold December Night Charlotte Phillips

Kiss Me On This Cold December Night (Do Not Disturb #3)

Kiss Me On This Cold December Night is a lovely romantic tale which reinforces the magic of Christmas and the potential of the New Year.
As usual with the Do Not Disturb series an unsuspecting couple in this case Ella and Tom are drawn together by fate at a boutique hotel in London.

They’ve met before but still seem like strangers. After their one night stand five years previously which neither could quite forget they must abandon the rules that govern their lives along with their fear and take their chance of happiness.

I loved Ella. So brave facing yet another Christmas alone but Tom came across as poor little rich boy until the end when he redeemed himself in my eyes.

A lovely festive treat.

I received a copy of this e-book from Harper Collins Harper Impulse via NetGalley in return for an honest review.

Kiss Me On This Cold December Night by Charlotte Phillips

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


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4* Review Christmas At Thornton Hall Lynn Marie Hulsman

Christmas at Thornton HallWhen I read the blurb for Christmas at Thornton Hall I was intrigued.

Juliet is a professional chef with a clientele that includes the rich and famous. Life seems perfect; right down to the designer corporate lawyer boyfriend who appears to be on the verge of popping the question. Then she discovers her boyfriend isn’t exclusive and realises her house of cards is built on shaky foundations.

Christmas alone seems unavoidable so when she is offered a live in job at a country house she jumps at the chance even though it will bring her up close and personal with the residential chef Edward and the man who hired her Jasper the lord of the manor in waiting. Will she survive Christmas?

There are a host of supporting characters who are realistic and enhance the story and a plot with some surprising twists and turns. Christmas at Thornton  Hall is a story of country house cuisine and living, self realisation and saucy romance, an enjoyable festive read.

I received a copy of this e-book from Harper Collins Harper Impulse via NetGalley in return for an honest review.

Christmas at Thornton Hall by Lynn Marie Hulsman

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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4* Review Rowena’s Key A J Neust

Rowena's KeyRowena’s Key the first story in the Golden Key Chronicles gives a whole new meaning to ‘through the looking glass’. An adult fairytale full of humour, poignancy and passion it’s a fun read. Adult fans of ‘The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe‘ will devour this book.

Rowena an antique dealer goes against her professional instincts and buys an antiquated armoire from England because of its tenuous connection with her past. When it reveals its secrets she comes face to face with Caedmon a sexy prince who is hot enough to star in every woman’s fantasy. Caedmon’s language is ancient and strange with an urban edge.

The armoire comes complete with a golden key that makes Rowena, who Caedmon believes to be a powerful witch, key to the future of the fantasy kingdom.
With a great supporting cast of real and fantasy characters Rowena’s key is entertaining escapism for an hour or two.

You also get a taste of the next adventure in the series Candra’s Freedom.

I received a copy of this book from Harper Collins UK Harper Impulse via NetGalley in return for an honest review.

Rowena’s Key by A.J. Nuest

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


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4* Review Summer of Surrender Zara Stoneley

Summer of Surrender‘Summer of Surrender’ is a beautifully written erotic romance.

James is sex therapist. Kezia is a free spirit. From the outside you wouldn’t think they could learn anything from each other. As their emotional layers are peeled back its clear their past experience fuel real fears of being alone in Kezia’s case and being dominated in James’.

Sensual heat burns from their first encounter. Kezia is a lovely character full of charm with a self-depreciating sense of humour. James is sinfully sexy, a man who wields his sexual prowess as a weapon to exert his dominance. The perfect man for a hot steamy night but not someone Kezia can rely on or is he?

Kezia and James’ sexual encounters chart their emotional journey as they explore their fantasies and fears. Coupled with a plot which has the necessary twists and turns to hold the reader’s interest ‘Summer of Surrender’ is an enjoyable read.

I received a copy of this book from Harper Collins UK HarperImpulse via NetGalley in return for an honest review.

Summer of Surrender by Zara Stoneley

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


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5* Review The Passionate Love of a Rake Jane Lark

The Passionate Love of a Rake (Marlow Intrigues, #2)‘The Passionate Love of a Rake’ overflows with sensuous Regency romance.The second in the Marlowe Intrigues this is definitely my favourite so far.

Robert the elder brother of Edward who we met in ‘The Illicit Love of a Courtesan‘ is the passionate rake. A dark, brooding man full of mystery is gradually unravelled by Jane the Dowager Duchess of Sutton, his first love.

This story oozes romance and heartbreak.

Jane’s story reveals the exploitation of women in Regency society. Finally free of her cruel, aged husband she finds his son determined to extract the fortune his father left her by whatever means he can.

The depth of the depravity Jane experienced combined with what she sees as Robert’s abandonment of her when she needed him most ensures the story is rife with emotional conflict.

Robert’s perceptions change as the story develops and he realises why Jane rejects him even if her body cannot.

The story is effortless to read, pure escapism with plenty of excellent supporting characters to hold your interest aside from the passionate romance between Jane and Robert.

The political nature of the society during this time is well described as is the indiscriminate censure it dealt out to those out of favour.

If you are looking for something to warm the winter evenings ‘The Passionate Love of a Rake’ is perfect.

I received a copy this book from Harper Collins HarperImpulse via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

The Passionate Love of a Rake by Jane Lark

My rating: 5 of 5 stars
The Passionate Love of a Rake (Marlow Intrigues, #2)

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4*Review: The Last Kiss Brigid Coady – Contemporary Short Story for the Mobile and Tablet

The Last Kiss (The Kiss Collection, #1)The Last Kiss is the contemporary equivalent of a short story in a woman’s magazine so prevalent in the ’70s.

The story’s ambience is a little like ‘Brief Encounter’ you’re not hopeful for a happy ever after. The concept is modern and something most can relate to. I loved the thread of hope which ran through the story and the twist at the end.
The characters are realistic and despite the brevity you empathise with them.

I read this is in less than ten minutes so it is ideal for a coffee break read.

I received an ARC from Harper Collins UK HarperImpulse  via NetGalley in return for an honest review.

The Last Kiss by Brigid Coady

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
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5* Review: The Illicit Love of a Courtesan Jane Lark

The Illicit Love of a Courtesan (Marlow Intrigues, #1)‘The Illicit Love of a Courtesan’ is Ellen’s poignant battle to overcome the abuse she suffered after husband’s death at Waterloo. Her emotional rebirth necessitates self-forgiveness and trust of others before she accepts the love which will restore her humanity and self-worth. Numerous obstacles plague her life in the form of cruel men and society’s unforgiving strictures. To find her happy ever after she must harness her fears and conquer these.

Edward a second son has lost his life motivation after the return of his elder brother to reclaim his legacy which has prospered under Edward’s stewardship. Wiling his time away in a notorious gaming hell he notices and ultimately has an intimate liaison with Ellen a courtesan who he wins for a couple of hours when he calls her protector Gainsborough out for cheating.

The passion ignites between them and even though she belongs to another Edward cannot forget her. He seeks her out and they enjoy and illicit week of passion whilst her protector is away. On Gainsborough’s return he threatens Ellen with her worst nightmare and she runs to Edward the only one who can save her.

Full of angst this story draws you in as soon as the gravity of Ellen’s situation is evident. Edward is a true hero willing to protect his lady against all evils and able to forgive her even when she lies.

The supporting cast of characters are interesting and I look forward to the next in the series. ‘The Passionate Love of a Rake’

‘The Illicit Love of a Courtesan’ is an emotional romantic story which gives an excellent insight into the vulnerability of young women in Regency society.

The Illicit Love of a Courtesan by Jane Lark

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


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5* Review Did Someone Order Room Service? Charlotte Phillips

Did Someone Order Room Service? (Do Not Disturb, #2)This contemporary,fast-paced romantic novella set in a chic boutique hotel is a lovely escapist read if you have a spare couple of hours. The second in the ‘Do Not Disturb series’ it has plausible characters that experience their worst nightmares and best dreams within the microcosm of hotel life.

Layla a diligent guest services person becomes the very personal assistant to Matt a celebrity pro-tennis star who appears to court the paparazzi but is he really as shallow as he seems? Layla craves ‘normal’ family life after a less than conventional upbringing. Smarting from her mother’s latest betrayal she meets Matt who epitomizes all she despises. Sparks fly from their first encounter and lead to some steamy love scenes.

I liked Layla because she knows what she should do but follows her instincts rather than commonsense. She risks everything for love and deserves to have a happy ending. Matt is likeable too although his finer feelings do get buried beneath his arrogance and self -preservation periodically.

This is an enjoyable read full of witty conversation and genuine emotion.

Did Someone Order Room Service? by Charlotte Phillips

My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Did Someone Order Room Service? (Do Not Disturb, #2)

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5* Review Something Wicked Angela Campbell

Something Wicked
‘Something Wicked’ the second book in Angela Campbell’s psychic detective series is darker but still includes a strong romance and plenty of the delightful humour which characterised the first book in the series ‘On the Scent’.

The characters are engaging. Alexandra is independent but vulnerable in ways not immediately obvious to Dylan or the reader. Dylan is alpha but full of contradictions which make him likeable. As the animals were the stars in ‘On the Scent’ it is Charleston’s ghosts who make this an enchanting read even for skeptics.

Strong-minded psychic medium Alexandra pursues Dylan Collins estranged brother of Zach her boss in Charleston at the behest Rebecca their dead mother. Charleston’s numerous ghosts exhaust Alexandra with their multiple demands. The local bar famed for its ghosts witnesses a serendipitous meeting between Alexandra and Dylan set up by the mischievous resident ghost. The sexual tension is red-hot.

Dylan Collins a successful homicide detective has cut his older brother from his life. On the trail of a suspected serial killer Dylan discovers Alexandra is the psychic consult on the case after she supplies vital evidence on the latest murder. A psychic skeptic Dylan pushes Alexandra away.

The plot is complex and fast paced. Alexandra realises she is on the serial killer’s hit list. Dark paranormal forces stalk Alexandra which creates a nail-biting climax to the story. Plausibly written ‘Something Wicked’ has elements of a paranormal psychological thriller without the graphic blood and gore.

The anticipated reconciliation between the brothers contributes to a satisfying conclusion as does the happy for now ending for Alexandra and Dylan.

I’m hooked on the series and its characters.

I received an ARC from Harper Collins UK HarperImpulse via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Something Wicked by Angela Campbell

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


Something Wicked

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