Secrets of the Last Castle by A. Rose Mathieu

Welcome back Grace Donovan and Elizabeth Campbell, two characters who I have missed. These two badasses have a murder to solve in Secrets of the Last Castle and unfortunately this time around they are on opposite sides. Drama, suspense, betrayal all with smoldering hot tension, you really cannot ask for more. A. Rose Mathieu comes out swinging with her sequel to Sins of Our Father.

Elizabeth is asked to take the case of a young African American male that is accused of murdering an elderly Caucasian woman in an alleyway. The young man swears he didn’t do it and Elizabeth has full faith in his denial. Grace is on the other side of the coin. What evidence the police do have unfortunately points right to Elizabeth’s client. They are both in a rock and a hard place and this case will take its toll on their romantic relationship. It’s and tense and bumpy ride for these two leading ladies.

This book has twists and turns all over the place. This is a fascinating story that keeps you on the edge of your seat. This mystery has tons of history woven throughout this who done it. You will be so glad you read this one. Oh, and if you have not read Sins of Our Father, don’t skip it. You can read these out of order, but really you don’t want to. Both are fabulous reads.

5 out of 5 stars

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Paper Love by Jae

I am a huge fan of Jae’s work, she is an author that I will read automatically without even looking at the synopsis of the book. Her work is always good. As I have said over and over again she is an author you can count on to deliver you a quality read time every single time. Paper Lover, her latest novel is a good book, not my favorite of Jae’s work but I did enjoy my time with it.

Susanne Wolff is an all work no play kind of lady. She grinds away for a boss that treats her less than because she is a woman while giving her male co-workers the better assignments. this business consultant goes in and tells companies on the brink of collapse what they can do to turn their business around to profitable. When we first meet Susanne, she has just quit her job. She could not take the blatant sexist treatment anymore. Her mother, tells her she can use her skills now to help her Uncle Norbert save his small stationary store in Freiburg. And off she goes on another assignment that she does not want and that seems hopeless, but her family loyalty propels her to try nonetheless for a total of twelve weeks then she is coming back to Berlin.

Anja Lamm is Uncle Norbert’s right hand at the store, Paper Love. She loves stationary and pens. She loves her job. She is an adorable character that is a bit geeky and totally loveable.

You can basically guess how the plot is going to go. Businesswomen meets shop assistant, they get off on the wrong foot, become friends, friends turns to more even though businesswoman must head back to the big city in a set amount of days. There is nothing wrong with that, it’s a good story. You have well thought out characters in a beautiful setting with a solid beginning, middle, and end. To me, this one did not have Jae’s special touch. There is nothing that sets this book apart from a dozen others that have the exact same plot. This is a light sweet romance, one I am glad I read, but not one that will leave a lasting impression.

3.75 out of 4 stars

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Love’s Verdict by Carsen Taite

Carsen Taite always delivers a great read. She is consistent in giving you a lot of legal drama with characters who are insightful, well thought out and noteworthy chemistry. You know when you pick up one of her books you are getting your money’s worth time and time again. Love’s Verdict is no exception! This story has a cloud of mystery, did he really do it, with a side of I think you’re so hot but I can’t date you.

Carly Prachett is a fifth-year associate at Sturges and Llyod, a boutique law firm in Dallas. She excels at negotiations but is has trouble loosening up and bringing in high-dollar clients. She wants to make partner more than anything. This driven young lawyer has put work before everything else.

Landon Holt is the daughter to one of the wealthiest families in Texas. While Landon is one of the heirs to the Holt dynasty she wants to make her own way without her father’s help or influence. When her law firm forces her to return to Dallas for a big case involving a Dallas Cowboy, Landon reluctantly agrees but it only the lure of being Sturges and Llyod next partner that she agrees.

Right from the bat Carly and Landon are pitted against each other. Their boss gives them the reins on this high-profile murder case with the caveat of working together but only one will come out as partner. The stress is high, the tension is high but so is the attraction.

This book has legal drama in spades, a developed love story, and charming characters. You can’t help but like this book, it’s solid on all fronts and well worth your time. My only complaint is that I wish we had just a dash more time between the two main characters. A few more down moments of them with dialogue would have been fantastic.

3 out of 5 stars

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The Shape of You by Georgia Beers

I loved Georgia Beers last book. Loved it! This one I was a little more skeptical of. Infidelity is a super duper hard subject for a romance novel. You know going into this book that one of our leading ladies is in a fitness class to prep for her walk down the aisle. Red flag, dangerous waters ahead! Ruh-Roh!

Spencer Thompson is just going through the motions of life. She is unhappy but unmotivated to do anything about it. Not endearing qualities, I must say. When her fiancée tells her she enrolled her in a 12 week, three times a week, bridal boot camp, Spencer is pissed, hurt and annoyed. She internalizes all of her emotion, buys a pair of sneakers and goes to class. Come on Spence, yell a little.

Rebecca McCall is the personal trainer who gets handed the 12-week bridal class after another trainer falls ill with mono. She loathes the creator of this program and is not a huge fan of the concept of the program. No matter what she is stuck with it and it’s five brides-to-be. Rebecca is headstrong, confident and it totally throws her for a loop when she finds out one of the brides, Spencer, was told to take the class by her future wife. Throws her for a loop so much, she asks like a jerk for a third of the book.

Needless to say, Spencer and Rebecca totally get off on the wrong foot. They both think the other is smoking hot but Rebecca cannot get past Spencer being a doormat on taking this class. Therefore, Rebecca is overtly hostile to Spencer and everyone notices. Another endearing quality by a leading lady, yeah not so much.

While the book is good and it holds your attention, there is a spark missing. At times you feel like you’re in Groundhog Day because the majority of the time the two leads interact in a fitness class. Lots of gym talk, lots of she’s off-limits, plank here, a plank there and off to do it again. Plus Spencer is engaged and she is too lethargic and apathetic to stop the train wreck of a marriage. I like Spencer but at times you as the reader wanted her to wake up. I needed more passion, more heat and more qualities to endear the two characters to my heart. It just wasn’t there this time. A good book, I enjoyed it, I am glad I read it, but it is not one I will come back to.

3 out of 5 stars

Under Your Skin by Lee Winter

Under Your Skin by Lee Winter is the sequel The Red Files. If you loved The Red Files, you are going to go out of your mind for this one. If you have never heard of The Red Files, stop her and go buy both of these. You will thank me because these are two of the very best in the lady-loving romance genre.

This time around Lauren King and the Caustic Queen, Catherine Ayers are residing in DC planning their wedding and looking for the next big scoop. Of course, they are going to stumble on to a monster story, one with all kinds of nooks and crannies to keep you on your toes and breathless with anticipation. The best part though is their other moments when planning a wedding that at times seems doomed all the while out of their element in Lauren’s Iowa hometown. It is fabulous to read about Catherine so out of her element in the mid-west.

I loved this book even more than the first one. These two have an amazing banter, witty repertoire and the love just jumps right off the page and melts your heart. This book gives you the feels. I cannot recommend it enough.

5 out of 5 stars

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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