Hotel Queens by Lee Winter

When I think of an Ice Queen, I automatically pull up some of the amazing characters Lee Winter has given us over the years. No one, writes and Ice Queen like Lee Winter, and I am here for it. I love them and I fear them and I want them in my life.

In her latest novel, Hotel Queens, Winter gives us two amazing leading ladies who are exceptional at what they do and can cut the throat of any rival that dares step in their way. The hotel business genius and ice queen, Amelia Duxton wants to be the CEO of her family’s hotel empire. She is 100% qualified and the best person for the job but patriarchy and homophobia have locked her out of the top spot for years. Now with her brother becoming a national scandal, the job is being dangled at her but she has to close the deal on the world’s most luxurious hotel, the Mayfair Palace.

Kai Fisher is a dragon in the hotel industry. If she wants its she will get it. Known as “The Closer”, Kai is exceptional at sealing the deal and buying hotels all over North America. Her boss now has his sights set to expand overseas with his latest desire to acquire, of course, the Mayfair. Where Amalia is cold and at times, cutting Kai is no less ruthless but uses charm and heat to her advantage.

This novel is so well written and it is often times complex. There is a lot of hotel industry and moving pieces coming at you fast. With all of this authors work, you will notice that the books are smart, well thought out and are rich in complexities. This one is no doubt the same. With that being said, I think where her other books went above and beyond was the romance. While this book is hot and steamy and there is definite chemistry. I was not sold on the big four-letter word, LOVE. I wanted more romance. It was almost as if there where too many moving pieces and additional characters. Still an a marvelous read and well worthy of your time. Everything by Lee Winter is magnificent.

4 out of 5 stars

Publisher: Ylva Publishing https://www.ylva-publishing.com/product/hotel-queens-by-lee-winter/

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Bet Against Me by Fiona Riley

Enemies to lovers, okay yeah, I am digging it. Bring the heat, lets start with venom and move into sugary sweetness. That is exactly what you get with Fiona Riley’s latest novel, Bet Against Me.

Kendall Yates has escaped the clutches of her ruthless megalomaniac father. His shady real estate deals landed him in federal prison, and Kendall re-started her career selling high-end luxury real estate in Boston. She has done everything she can to escape his reach. Things have finally started shaping up and she has been nominated for Realtor of the Year. Little did she know winning the award would land her in someone else’s crosshairs.

Trina Lee thrives on success. She is the best at what she does, and winning Realtor of the Year would have cemented her career as being #1. Trina, at times arrogant and extremely cocky, also has a super sweet side. She loves her friends and family and isn’t afraid to show it. In the business area, she is a shark ready to shred her opponents. Trina, as successful as she is in her field, never feels that she can match-up to her brother in her parent’s eyes and it drives her. When newcomer, Kendall Yates takes what she saw as hers, it is on. No holds barred.

The book is sexy. These two powerhouses bring the heat. You know when you grab one of Riley’s books she is going to give you sex scenes that melt the pages. I liked the premise of the book, hate to love is one of my favorite tropes. I just did not love the ending. It was too far fetched in my opinion and I wished it would have gone in another direction. Still a good read, one I think most everyone will enjoy.

3.5 out of 5 stars

Publisher: Bold Strokes Books https://www.boldstrokesbooks.com/authors/fiona-riley-65