In Development by Rachel Spangler

I like a good fauxmance, what can I say. You know what’s going to happen. It’s a bad idea that totally seems like a good idea at the time and then it all gets derailed by those feelings of the heart. I’m a sucker for a high degree of tension with a huge serving of angst. Give that to me every single time!

Cobie Galloway has been pigeonholed as the nice girl next door in every film she has been cast in. She wants to break that mold ASAP. She has her heart set on playing a bad girl in a new film that has yet to be cast. Cobie needs a new image and she needs it fast. When she approaches her agent, even he is skeptical of her pulling off such a dramatic image change. She asks him to think outside the box and boy does he ever.

Lila Wilder is the pop star of all pop stars. Her image is everything and she has a carefully crafted empire that she rules meticulously. In my head, this character is totally T-Swift. Lila is not new to fauxmances, she needs the publicity from the tabloids to keep her name front and center with every new love interest. The only problem is even that is losing momentum, so her publicist and Cabi’s publicist switch it up a bit. Hello lady loving fauxmance time.

These two go round and round. You have banter, you have biting witty comments, a lot of heat and whole lot questions swirling around. They like each other, they are afraid of love and image is everything. Conundrum after conundrum with lots of glitz and glamour. This was a really fun read.

4 out of 5 stars

In Development
by Rachel Spangler
Link: http://a.co/6a88aY2

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The London Of Us (London Romance Series Book 4) by Clare Lydon

Clare Lydon has once again succeeded in making me smile, and fall head over heels with her adorable characters. This British rom-com makes for a charming read.

Alice Di Santo has a monstrous crush on one of her close friends. She daydreams about Rachel all the time. One big problem, Alice is currently in a relationship with Jake, and has been for some time now. Until Alice met Rachel she had always thought of herself as straight. For months she has felt herself pull away from her deliriously nice boyfriend to become more and more stressed about her feelings for another woman. She has no choice but to let Jake go, he deserves better than she can give him.

The London Of Us is written in the first person from Alice’s point of view so everything really focuses on her emotions, and she has a lot of them. Alice is a good person going through a lot. The book is full of the complications that Alice occurs as she admits her feeling for Rachel and ends her relationship of a year and a half. This book is full of smart dialogue, sexy love scenes, the wistful hope of finding your soulmate.

4 out of 5 stars

The London Of Us (London Romance Series Book 4)
by Clare Lydon
Link: http://a.co/2g73sBk

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Seeing Red: A Sapphic Fairy Tale by Cara Malone

Seeing Red is Cara Malone’s best work to date. She takes an old fairy tale and remakes it into something modern and fresh.

Kiera Murphy turns tail and runs for solace at Nana’s house. Everyone thinks of her as the benevolent granddaughter that moves in with her elderly grandmother to offer care and assistance as Alzheimer’s has wreaked havoc upon Nana’s memory. Nope, Kiera is happy to help and she adores her grandmother, she really has run away from life at the sorority house because she dropped her guard and in a drunken moment kissed her best friend.

Hunter Ross is up to her neck in debt, not her own but the debt-saddled upon her by her sister, Piper. Piper a single mother of two young boys has had a run of bad luck. Her husband, a small-time crook and con-man has landed himself a long-term stint in prison leaving Piper with more bills than income and her dead-end job at a local coffee shop isn’t going to get any better income-wise. Hunter has stepped up for her big sister dropping out of nursing school and working nights and every shift she can get at a nursing home. All her other free time is spent caring for her nephews. No matter how hard Piper and Hunter work there is never enough money to get ahead.

Kiera and Piper have a chance meeting at the coffeehouse and Piper sells her sister’s caregiver skills to the college senior. Kiera needs help with Nana while she is in class and Hunter needs the extra income. Of course, you know what comes next, heck yeah, Kiera and Hunter have that spark. They gravitate towards each other and the pull is too strong to resist. This is a sweet and sexy romance that I just adored.

3.75 out of 5 stars

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The Goodmans by Clare Ashton

Clare Ashton writes books that you love to read. They are complex, fun and capture your attention the whole way through. She builds characters and relationships with such skill you cannot help but be swept off your feet.

The Goodman family is messy and downright loveable. They are all charismatic individuals who love each other fiercely and also step into mess after mess. The majority of the times, we, the readers are seeing life from the perspective of Maggie, Jude, and Abby. These characters are quirky, infuriating, and irresistible. Maggie, Jude’s mother made me want to scream one minute and hug her very next.

Abby and Jude are both doctors. They met as teenagers at university and became fast friends. When Abby was just nineteen and away at school her mother was struck by a drunk driver and killed. That tragedy solidified Abby and June’s friendship. Jude and her family became touchstones for Abby and she has incorporated them into her life ever since that fateful day. Abby loves Jude, as a best friend sure, but so much more than that. Her feelings run so much deeper, and she knows nothing can come of it. Jude has always dated me and has never given her an inclination of being anything but straight. When Jude’s boyfriend, suddenly proposes, the walls Abby has erected come tumbling down. No matter how hard she tries Abby cannot hide her heartbreak.

This story is about best friends seeing each other in a new light, Jude sees Abby in a way she has never looked before. She opens her mind to being with Abby in a new and suddenly very attractive way. What it also is confronting the past and being open to a new future. For a long part of the story, I kept wondering why we had Maggie’s perspective. It all makes sense when an old friend comes into town.

This book is fun, dynamic and keeps you hooked. Clair Ashton does not disappoint. This book is one I cannot recommend enough.

A fabulous five-star book!

  • Publisher: Breezy Tree Press
  • Link: http://a.co/8mceNSE
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Code of Conduct by Cheyenne Blue

I am a total sports junkie, love it! So, when I get a chance to read sports based novel I almost always jump at the opportunity. I will not lie, the cover of this book grabbed my eye and totally sold me on this one. I have never formally played tennis but I am fascinated by the game. Code of Conduct by Cheyenne Blue is a book that puts tennis front and center. It’s not used just as a backdrop that has no bearing on a romance-first story; professional tennis makes the two main characters who they are and drives the plot.

Viva Jones is a professional tennis player who has had an amazing career, a career she does not want to end. Unfortunately, years of being an elite athlete have taken its toll and her body is failing her. Viva’s body is screaming for a break, her head tells her it’s time to retire but her heart doesn’t know how to walk away from the sport that she loves and is truly her life’s passion.

Gabriela Mendaro is a silver badge tennis umpire. She is just one rung away for the very coveted top position as a gold badge. Very few women reach this pinnacle and Gabriela has her sight on becoming one. A chance meeting with Viva cannot derail her career. There is a slew of ethical issues with an umpire and a player being friends, not to mention anything more. Unfortunately for Gabriela, her draw to Viva is hard to deny no matter the repercussions.
This slow burn romance is one that keeps you on your toes. The two protagonists have a nice chemistry and the whole we shouldn’t be together, just adds more spark to the fire. Overall the story is well balanced. I tend to think some sports-focused romance books tend to be too heavy-handed in the athletic aspect of the book often overshadowing character development and/or the romantic connection between the leading ladies. This is absolutely not the case with this book. Blue writes a great story, one where you are rooting for a happy ever after.

4 out of 5 stars

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Worth the Wait by Karelia Stetz-Waters

Long lost loves is a trope I am always drawn to. I think because you always have that angstiness. I love angst. Totes adore it! I love that emotion of I miss you, I want you, what the hell did I do to F it up so badly. Roll that into some heartache and throw in past high school drama and you have me interested. Add that to it that one of our leading ladies is an actress, okay twist my arm, give it to me. Give me this book! So when Karelia Stetz-Waters reached out to me, I could not resist in giving this book a go. I am so glad I did. This was a fabulous read that kept me interested the whole time.

Avery Crown has been a reality television star for the past fifteen years. She has a good thing going with her home makeover show. She works with a great crew, her co-star is her best friend and she is adored by her fans. Avery loves what she does. Everything is perfect career-wise, but what eats her up is that one fateful day her senior year in high school that she turned her back on her best friend and her mega-crush. She chose a chance a stardom over her heart, and her heart has never forgiven her for it. When her tv show, King & Crown delivers her back to Portland to do a remodel and it coincides with her high school reunion, Avery crosses her fingers and toes that this will be her chance to reconnect with the girl that she let get away.

Merritt Lessing has zero intention of returning to Vale Academy for her fifteenth-year high school reunion. She doesn’t want to go back but at the insistence of her friend, Merritt agrees under duress. She wants to help her friend Lei-Ling get a cameo on King & Crown to jumpstart her food truck business. She knows that this opportunity could help her friend break out into this competitive industry. She agrees to aks Avery Crown, the girl that shattered her heart for help, but it takes all of her willpower to go back. Avery walked out on her and never looked back, those scars have stayed with Merritt for years and have defined every relationship she has attempted.

I totally loved Avery and Merritt. I thought they had a great chemistry together that just jumped off the page. This is a book where you know these two are meant to be together but like most star-crossed loves the universe is going to throw everything including the kitchen sink in their path. They are going to go through obstacle after obstacle including a lot of miscommunication to come to happily ever after. If you have patience I promise you will love this book. A lot of fun, some angstiness and a good romance.

3.5 out of 5 stars

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Alias by Cari Hunter

Cari Hunter gas a new book out, Alias. You don’t need to read further to know that this is a damn good book. It was written by Hunter, a damn good book is guaranteed each time she puts one out? I will expand because this is my review, DUH :), but one thing you can count on is that when you pick up a book by Hunter it is going to be awesome. She is an amazing author that weaves intricate tales and keeps you right on the edge of your seat.

Alias introduces us to a woman, Rebecca Elliott, who has been severely injured in an automobile accident. She has large gaps in her memory and has no clue who she is and how the accident happened. The passenger how was riding with her is deceased and the Welsh police are asking questions about what happened on that fateful night. The clues just aren’t adding up, something is definitely off. I won’t go into more details, I’ll just leave you with this Rebecca is not who she seems and there is a big ol’ can of worms about to get opened.

Detective Bronwen Pryce was the first one on the scene. She has a gut instinct that this automobile accident is way more than what it seems. Nothing fits and something continues to niggle at her mind. Pryce refuses to let things go and write this off as an accident. She needs to know more about Rebecca Elliott and why she was headed out of town in such a hurry.

In Alias, I loved the mystery, crime, suspense of the book. I thought it was done fabulously. Perfect if you will. What nags me about this book is I thought the romance was misplaced, ill-timed and surprisingly unnecessary. If it wasn’t a romance it would have been better, it just didn’t help the book at all. It felt like an afterthought that was pasted into the book and didn’t really jive with the characters or the flow of the story. It would have been so much better if the characters had a moment in the end when everything was squared away and all the I’s were dotted and the T’s were crossed.

Overall a fabulous mystery that I highly recommend.

4.25 out of 5 stars

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