Against All Odds takes on a journey of finding love in the aftermath of a disaster. A mass shooting takes place at a local bridal boutique and through that carnage, two amazing women find love in its aftermath. Bryant, Ullrich, and Cummings come together to weave a fabulous story or strength, love, and survival.
Peyton Clarke is an off-duty police officer who is finally getting her dress fitted for her sister’s upcoming wedding. A bit hungover after a night out with friends Peyton is struggling with a pounding head. Another customer also in the boutique for a bridesmaid dress fitting takes pity on her and offers her water and some friendly banter. Tory Stevens, a real-estate agent is immediately taken by Peyton. She cannot help but flirt with the gorgeous stranger. Minutes away from asking each other out these two ladies encounter a worst-case scenario.
Bradley Richter is going to steal away his ex-fiancée. She left him, destroyed his life and now is planning to marry another. Bradley is going to steal her back and make everyone pay for ripping them apart. He is a nutcase in every sense of the word. Bradley arrives at the bridal boutique and opens gunfire on everyone, killing eleven and leaving Peyton fighting for her life.
The three authors take the voice of Peyton, Tory, and Bradley and weave a story full of love, survival and well, in Bradley’s case disturbed. Our two leading ladies have an adorable chemistry and a sweet love story. This isn’t as heavy as a story as it could have been. Which I liked. The main focus is on their romance and coming together in the aftermath of a disaster. A lovely story that I thoroughly enjoyed.
3.5 out of 5 stars
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
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
by Rachel Spangler
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
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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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
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