Promo & Review – Enemies-to-Lovers// The Belle and the Beard by Kate Canterbary

The Belle and the Beard by Kate Canterbary is now live!

Jasper-Anne Cleary’s guide to salvaging your life when you find yourself publicly humiliated, out of work, and unemployable at 35—not to mention newly single:

1. Run away. Seriously, there’s no shame in disappearing. Go to that rustic old cottage your aunt left you. Look out for the colony of bats and the leaky roof. Oh, and the barrel-chested neighbor with shoulders like the broad side of a barn. Definitely look out for him.
2. Stop wallowing and stay busy. It doesn’t matter whether you know how to bake or fix things around the house. Do it anyway. Dust off your southern hospitality and feed that burly, bearded neighbor some pecan pie.
3. Meet new people. Chat up the grumpy man-bear, pretend to be his girlfriend when his mother puts you two on the spot, agree to go as his date to a big family party. Don’t worry—it’s only temporary.
4. Cry it out. Screwing up your life entitles you to wine, broody-moody music, and uninterrupted sobbing. 
5. Get over it all by getting under someone. Count on your fake boyfriend to deliver some very real action between the sheets. 
6. Move on. The disappearing act, the cottage, the faux beau—none of it can last forever. 

Linden Santillian’s guide to surviving the invasion when a hell-in-heels campaign strategist moves in next door:

1. Do not engage. There is no good reason you should chop her wood, haul her boxes, or pick her apples. 
2. Do not accept gifts, especially not the homemade ones. Disconnect the doorbell, toss your phone over a bridge, hide in the basement if you must, but do not eat her pie. 
3. Do not introduce her to your friends and family. They’ll favor her over you and never let you forget it.
4. Do not intervene when she’s crying on the back porch. Ignore every desire to fix the entire world for her. By no means should you take her into your arms and memorize her peach-sweet curves. 
5. Do not take her to bed, even if it’s just to get her out of your system.
6. Do not, under any circumstances, fall in love with her.

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Oh what a well written, steamy, push-and-pull romance this is. I want to state very clearly that I really liked Jasper. So she was ballsy, closed-off and capricious – no-one is perfect! And how come it’s OK for the heroes of books to have flaws, but the heroine has to be some perfect superhuman? Gah! give me real over impossible every time.

Kate Canterbary has such a beautiful, poetic, descriptive, style of writing. Every paragraph feels like a quote worthy moment. The prose draws you in and gives you ALL the feels. I don’t form clear or distinct pictures as I read, but with this author – and this book – I am captured by the intensity of the emotions that are portrayed. You can’t read a Kate Canterbary and not feel something.

I loved the protagonists, I loved the writing, I loved the push and pull, I loved the setting. This is a fairly long read and this, in part, is where it dropped a star. I’m really torn to say this but there were some parts that didn’t really move the plot forward. The scenes were stunning in their beauty because, great writer alert, but cutting the from the final version wouldn’t have disrupted the overall story flow. However I still loved these scenes, just because of the #greatwriting and the feelings this book pulled from the depths of my soul. Because this author has me there in every moment, living the story alongside the protagonists. So it kinda hurts to have to criticise this book, but it wouldn’t be fair not to mention that I did occasionally want to press fast forward.

I haven’t read the two previous books in the (very loose) series and managed fine in understanding everything, so it’s definitely stand alone. It’s also written, as is most contemporary romance, in alternating first person, allowing us to experience the full depth of each characters feelings and their inner thoughts. And what inner thoughts they were! Wow, the heat level of this book is H-I-G-H, be careful reading it in public. People will either think you are mad as you snigger out loud or swoon, and they definitely will wonder why you are becoming so flushed.

Meet Kate



USA Today Bestseller Kate Canterbary writes smart, steamy contemporary romances loaded with heat, heart, and happy ever afters. Kate lives on the New England coast with her husband and daughter.



 
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Can’t Wait Wednesday // Wednesday Shelf Control

Can’t-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Wishful Endings, to spotlight and discuss the books we’re excited about that we have yet to read. Generally they’re books that have yet to be released. It’s based on Waiting on Wednesday, hosted by the fabulous Jill at Breaking the Spine

#CWW – Violent Retaliation (Twisted, Dark and Deadly #3)
by C.P. Mandara

This is like a crazy mix of James Bond and FSoG, with the humour (and luck) of Bridget Jones. I laugh, I cry, I snigger, I roll my eyes and I get all hot and bothered reading these books but I never, ever get bored with them.

Goodreadshttps://www.goodreads.com/book/show/57334816-violent-retaliation
Release Date – 25th March 2021

Synopsis
Adie

I have James’ sister right where I want her – screaming my name out and begging for mercy. James is going to piss his pants when he sees the video I’m about to send him. He’ll come running so fast his feet won’t touch the ground.

That’s when I’ll get my hands on his wife. She should rightfully be mine and I always take care of what’s mine.
There’s just one problem – she’s fucking pregnant.

James
I’ve got less than two days to live. My wife has been kidnapped by a crazy-ass bitch of an arms dealer who plans to put a bullet in her head, and I need to speak to my ex best-friend in order to rescue her. It’s a fantastic plan. He’s in love with her and intends to make her his.
I am going to kill him – if someone doesn’t kill me first.


Welcome to Shelf Control — an original feature created and hosted by Bookshelf Fantasies.

Shelf Control is a weekly celebration of the unread books on our shelves. Pick a book you own but haven’t read, write a post about it (suggestions: include what it’s about, why you want to read it, and when you got it), and link up! For more info on what Shelf Control is all about, check out the introductory post, here.

Want to join in? Shelf Control posts go up every Wednesday. See the guidelines at the bottom of the linked post, and jump on board!

Shelf Control – Speechless by Kay Elle Parker

This has been on my kindle for quite a while. It was recommended by so many friends, and I have enjoyed a short story by this author – which is no mean feat as they are always difficult to pull of successfully. I’m hoping to get this read in April.

Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/52273088-speechless


Synopsis
Anything that was nothing wasn’t human…
Stolen from her old life.
Stripped of her humanity.
Robbed of her voice.
Nothing but a number…
Lost and alone, she collapsed at the feet of men, silently pleading for help. Only one came forward, protected and defended her from the jackals lusting for blood. With no voice, no ID, no belongings, she was nobody, she was nothing. Inconsequential in the revolving wheel of life.
For Connor O’Malley, she was an angel, fallen from the heavens. Broken and battered, scared spitless of everything and everyone, he knew he had one hell of a job ahead of him. Her wounds were man-made, inflicted by a cruel hand, but the dirty, bloodied girl at his feet couldn’t tell him anything of what happened to her. The brand seared into her flesh spoke volumes, but nothing could prepare him for the full atrocity of what had been done to her.
Death stalks her, wants her back.
How long can she remain speechless?

So my fellow book lovers – what are you currently reading and is it from your TBR list?

Can’t Wait Wednesday // Wednesday Shelf Control

Can’t-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Wishful Endings, to spotlight and discuss the books we’re excited about that we have yet to read. Generally they’re books that have yet to be released. It’s based on Waiting on Wednesday, hosted by the fabulous Jill at Breaking the Spine

#CWW – The Belle and The Beard

There aren’t many contemporary romance authors who I will autobuy, but Kate Canterbary is high on that list. Her stories are guaranteed to touch my heart, her characters feel as though they could step out of the pages and move in next door. Her writing snares me with it’s passion, snark and eloquence and I am very much looking forward to this next release.

Goodreadshttps://www.goodreads.com/book/show/56938365-the-belle-and-the-beard
Release Date – 22nd April 2021

Synopsis
If you find yourself publicly humiliated, out of work, and unemployable at 35—not to mention newly single—here’s how to salvage your life:

1. Run away. Seriously, there’s no shame in disappearing. Go to that rustic old cottage your aunt left you. Look out for the colony of bats and the leaky roof. Oh, and the barrel-chested neighbor with shoulders like the broad side of a barn. Definitely look out for him.
2. Stop wallowing and stay busy. It doesn’t matter whether you know how to bake or fix things around the house. Do it anyway. Dust off your southern hospitality and feed that burly, bearded neighbor some pecan pie.
3. Meet new people. Chat up the grumpy man-bear, pretend to be his girlfriend when his mother puts you two on the spot, agree to go as his date to a big family party. Don’t worry—it’s only temporary.
4. Cry it out. Screwing up your life entitles you to wine, broody-moody music, and uninterrupted sobbing. 
5. Get over it all by getting under someone. Count on your fake boyfriend to deliver some very real action between the sheets. 
6. Move on. The disappearing act, the cottage, the faux beau–none of it can last forever. 

~~

If a hell-in-heels campaign strategist moves in next door to you, here’s how to survive the invasion:

1. Do not engage. There is no good reason you should chop her wood, haul her boxes, or pick her apples. 
2. Do not accept gifts, especially not the homemade ones. Disconnect the doorbell, toss your phone over a bridge, hide in the basement if you must, but do not eat her pie. 
3. Do not introduce her to your friends and family. They’ll favor her over you and never let you forget it.
4. Do not intervene when she’s crying on the back porch. Ignore every desire to fix the entire world for her. By no means should you take her into your arms and memorize her peach-sweet curves. 
5. Do not take her to bed, even if it’s just to get her out of your system.
6. Do not, under any circumstances, fall in love with her.

Warning: This story includes a meet-burglary, an immortal cat, a biohazard of a banana bread, a meddling mother, fancy toast, and a temporary fling that starts feeling a little too permanent.

Welcome to Shelf Control — an original feature created and hosted by Bookshelf Fantasies.

Shelf Control is a weekly celebration of the unread books on our shelves. Pick a book you own but haven’t read, write a post about it (suggestions: include what it’s about, why you want to read it, and when you got it), and link up! For more info on what Shelf Control is all about, check out the introductory post, here.

Want to join in? Shelf Control posts go up every Wednesday. See the guidelines at the bottom of the linked post, and jump on board!

Shelf Control Wednesday – Before Girl

Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/42766457-before-girl

Since I’m on a Kate Canterbary theme, I missed reading this when it released due to having over committed to completing arc books. Little snippets of the story appeared with the tag #manbrick in her Facebook group. These random little insights eventually spawned this book, and I know I’ll be annoyed with myself that I didn’t read it sooner.

Synopsis
She’s the girl next door. He’s the guy who’s loved her from afar.
They’re in for an unexpected tumble into love.
She’ll juggle your balls.
For Stella Allesandro, chaos is good. She’s a rising star at a leading sports publicity firm. She’s known throughout the industry as the jock whisperer—the one who can tame the baddest of the bad boys in professional sports without losing her signature smile.
But Cal Hartshorn is an entirely different kind of chaos.
He’ll fix your broken heart.
This former Army Ranger and now-famous cardiothoracic surgeon fails at nothing…except talking to a woman he’s adored from afar. Whether on the battlefield or operating room, he’s exacting, precise, and efficient, but all of that crumbles when Stella is in sight.
Cal always knows—and gets—what he wants, and now he wants all of her. His forever girl.
But Stella isn’t convinced she’s anyone’s forever.

So my fellow book lovers – what are you currently reading and is it from your TBR list?

Review //\\ Professional Development

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Professional Development (Benchmarks #1) by Kate Canterbary

The book starts commences with Tara’s point of view, and I quickly found myself detesting, loathing, Drew with an absolute passion. Oh my word I wanted to shake him until his teeth rattled. Condescending, bullish and down right rude. I knew without a shadow of a doubt that Kate Canterbary would have me loving him by the end, and I wasn’t wrong. Between his penchant for providing arm porn and his tight ass in grey pinstripes, he needs a health warning label. Tara deserves a medal for the amount of self restraint she demonstrated, is it wrong to want to be her BFF since she’s a fictional character?


Novella’s are not often a format I bother with, they often leave me with a feeling that things just weren’t quite developed enough. Not enough depth to the protagonists, not enough plot, not enough heat, not enough believability. We’ve all seen facsimiles of the Mona Lisa, but there’s nothing quite like standing in the Louvre gazing upon the genuine article. That’s how I view novella’s, they’re the reproductions, the lacklustre images that don’t do the real thing (ie novels) justice.


Apart from that once in a blue moon moment, when all the stars align perfectly and a great author produces that exception to the rule, an amazing novella. That is exactly what Ms Canterbary has achieved with the masterpiece that is Professional Development. I quickly came to adore both main characters and totally believed in the strength of their feelings for one another. I swooned with delight when the walls finally tumbled down and grinned like a loon over those final scenes of the book.


Bravo Ms Canterbary, this is a truly wonderful story.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

Contemporary Romance Novella

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/50315164-professional-development

Tara Treloff and Drew Larsen hate each other. They really hate each other.
This would be fine except for the issue of them sharing a job title
…and an office
…and now a five-hour-long drive to a conference their boss has made mandatory to resolve their issues.
And they would’ve been able to muddle through all of those matters but a major snowstorm is heading their way
…and there’s only one bed.

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30 Day Challenge #5

Day 5 – A First Date

I almost panicked at this one, it’s been a while since I read the type of book where you get couples going on dates! However it didn’t take long to remember what is still one of my favourite contemporary romance books. Underneath it All by Kate Canterbary is the story of a school teacher, with a penchant for sexy underwear, and the architect who likes to divest her of it.

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday Turns 10!

I’m joining in with That Artsy Reader Girl and her meme, Top Ten Tuesday. It’s a very Happy 10th Birthday to this meme, so the floor is open for the choice of topic.

I was considering using the very first prompt ever, but my childhood was a loooong time ago, and I’m not sure I could remember all of my favourite books, so have decided to pick my favourite 10 books of the year so far.

The Velvet Chair – https://louisesbookbuzz.home.blog/2020/06/21/review-the-velvet-chair/
Resistance – https://louisesbookbuzz.home.blog/2020/05/09/review-resistance/
Myth of Omega – https://louisesbookbuzz.home.blog/2020/04/11/book-review-myth-of-omega-books-1-3/
Missing In Action – https://louisesbookbuzz.home.blog/2020/03/30/review-missing-in-action/
Primal Sin – https://louisesbookbuzz.home.blog/2020/03/26/review-primal-sin/
Midnight Fae Academy 1 – https://louisesbookbuzz.home.blog/2020/02/23/book-review-midnight-fae-academy-1/
Destroyed – https://louisesbookbuzz.home.blog/2020/02/13/destroyed-by-eva-dresden-review/
Twilight Seeker – https://louisesbookbuzz.home.blog/2020/02/02/twilight-seeker/
The Escape Artist – https://louisesbookbuzz.home.blog/2020/01/16/the-escape-artist-by-kitty-thomas/
Sin & Spirit – https://louisesbookbuzz.home.blog/2020/01/11/sin-spirit/

Do you have a top ten to share? Let me know and I’ll come by and comment.

#SixForSunday – Favourite LGBT romances

Six For Sunday – Favourite LGBT romances

There will be a LOT of overlap between this and my previous Six For Sunday posts this month, as romance is the genre from which I’ve picked all my previously featured books.

Six For Sunday is a meme hosted by A Little But A Lot, in June we are celebrating Pride Month. Do visit them and say hello.

Title – Midnight Fae Academy #1
Author – Lexi C. Foss
Genre – Paranormal/Fantasy Reverse Harem
Goodreads – https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/49923752-midnight-fae-academy

This is a reverse harem story, 1 female and several males. However 2 of the males are already in a sexual relationship prior to meeting the heroine. I love how in this world, sexuality is not an issue. Gender is, as it’s a patriarchal society (don’t worry there’s no spanking!) though I get the impression that Aflora plans to shake that up more than a little!
My Review – https://louisesbookbuzz.home.blog/2020/02/23/book-review-midnight-fae-academy-1/

Welcome to Midnight Fae Academy. Home of the Dark Arts. Vampires. And cruelly handsome fae.
A forbidden bite led to my capture and recruitment. There are no flowers here. No life. Only death.
I’m an Earth Fae who doesn’t belong here. They can play their little mind games all they want, but I’m going to find a way back to my elemental world. Even if it kills me.
Except Headmaster Zephyrus is one step ahead of my every move.
Prince Kolstov won’t stop cornering me. And Shadow–the reason I’m in this damn mess to begin with–haunts my dreams. My affinity for the earth is dying and being replaced by something more sinister. Something powerful. Something deadly.
The Midnight Fae believe this is my fate. They claim that I was “recruited” for a purpose. To battle a rising presence. Or to die trying.
I don’t owe them a damn thing. But if I have to pass their trials to find my way home, then so be it. I survived a plague and far worse in the Elemental Fae realm. An ominous energy? Please. What a joke.
Give it your best shot. I’m waiting. And don’t you dare bite me. Or I’ll make you regret it.

The perfect recipe for the ultimate MM romance.

Take one bruised, battered but not totally broken spy,
Add in one sassy, snarky, organised to the nth degree man called Tom,
Blend together with enough chemistry and heat to power a volcano,
Throw in great writing, a sprinkle of Walsh goodness, some sunburn and a wedding.
Shake, stir, shake some more and then sit back and enjoy this masterpiece of romance.

Title – Missing in Action
Author – Kate Canterbary
Genre – MM Contemporary Romance
Goodreads – https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/51655390-missing-in-action

Wes is a Navy SEAL turned government agent. He grew up in a military household where his father had an ethos of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” and is so far in the closet he might just find himself in Narnia.
Tom has made huge sacrifices, including his family, to be true to himself. He isn’t prepared to go back to a life of hiding and pretending. Watching this couple fall in love will give you ALL the feels.
My Review – https://louisesbookbuzz.home.blog/2020/03/30/review-missing-in-action/

Former Navy SEAL turned covert agent Wes Halsted spent his days —and weeks and months —being someone else. But with his cover blown and his injuries requiring months of recuperation, he must learn how to be himself again.
Only …he’d rather save his issues for another day and get to know a stressed-out, suited-up businessman instead.
Tom Esbeck has everything under control. Meal plans, workout plans, project plans, five-year plans. A plan for everything and everything according to plan.
Except there’s no plan for a surprise—and shirtless—encounter with the built-for-sin spy he’d crushed on years ago.
But crushes —and spies —burn out fast.

Title – The Thing About Us
Author – Jennifer Domenico
Genre – Menage Contemporary Romance
Goodread – https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/43730271-the-thing-about-us

Take two work colleagues, one who quietly admits he isbisexual, one who denies it even to himself. Add in a girl who is secretly dating them both, a fair amount of angst and soul searching, lots of hot sex and you have this great little story.
My Review – https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2524377649?book_show_action=false&from_review_page=1

It was all fun and games until it wasn’t. Lies, deceit, and jealousy threaten to tear the three of us apart. We can have it all, but that’s not as easy as it sounds.
Ben
I never thought I’d show my best friend that side of me, but I had to take my one shot or regret it forever.
Luc
It was only supposed to be one night of something I didn’t understand and never wanted, but it became so much more.
Georgie
They want me to choose, but I want them both. They just have to admit they want it, too.
The thing about us? We can make it work…even if we have to fight to keep it together.

Title – Snatch
Author – Marie James
Genre – MC Contemporary Romance
Goodreads – https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/35524635-snatch

I think this might have been my first ever MM read. Both guys are in an MC club, though it isn’t your usual guns and drugs one. These are all ex-military and now do security work, riding bikes is their passion. The only thing I didn’t love were the two heroes nicknames. If you think Snatch is bad, his lover is called Itchy, and the two words together fairly makes me cringe!
My Review – https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2058556554?book_show_action=false&from_review_page=1

I’ve always been a connoisseur of the opposite sex. Tall, short, thin, thick and juicy, my tastes knew no limitations. That became abundantly clear the night my best friend took me in his mouth.
Sure, there’d been close calls before, the slip of a hand or misplaced lips. With our propensity to share women, it was bound to happen. That fateful night, I was met with pure intention and an experience I never want to forget.
Falling for a friend has never been so complicated.ething else?
I’ll soon find out that what happens in the dark will always come to light.

Title – The Black Prince
Author – Ariana Nash
Genre – MM Fantasy Romance
Goodreads –

Set in the same world as the Silk & Steel series, this is the story of a dragon shifter prince and a mercenary elf. Enemies by history, this pair face prejudice because of race, not gender.
My Review – https://louisesbookbuzz.home.blog/2019/11/23/a-tale-of-dragons-and-elves/

In the war-torn rubble of the human world, can a rebel elf and a lost dragon prince find love, or will a dark threat tear them and their world apart forever?
A new land, a new court, a new king, but some things never change.
Broken in all ways, Akiem fled his life as the amethyst prince only to land at the mercy of the beautiful but deadly diamond king, Luceran.
Akiem knows dragons. He knows he’ll die today, tomorrow, whenever Luceran’s executioner brings down his axe, and maybe it’s all he deserves. He’s ready for death, craves it even, like he craves the elf with flame-red hair and a sly smile, the damn elf whose stolen kiss lit Akiem up in ways he
didn’t know were possible. Akiem doesn’t do males and he definitely doesn’t do elves. But some things do change.
Drifter, mercenary, lover — Zane is all those things. He’ll do almost anything for coin. But he doesn’t do dragons and he definitely doesn’t do love. It’s not such a bad life for an elf. Better than the rest of his kin, living under the rule and whims of the dragon king, Luceran.
Working as a bodyguard in Bayston should have been quick coin in his pocket before moving on. But King Luceran has a new toy he parades at court. A dragon with eyes of gold and scales as black as night.
He probably shouldn’t have kissed him. Definitely should have killed him.
And now, moving on is the farthest thought from Zane’s mind. Because Luceran’s new toy is not like the other dragonkin. And maybe, just maybe, the terrible, beautiful beast has the key to freeing all the persecuted elves and unlocking Zane’s restless heart.
Zane doesn’t do love and he doesn’t do dragons.
But with the arrival of the Black Prince, everything is about to change.

Title – Fresh Catch
Author – Kate Canterbary
Genre – MM Contemporary Romance
Goodreads – https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/35919933-fresh-catch

Owen and Cole are such a swoonsome pair. I found myself totally believing in them as people, fully accepting their feelings for one another and fully invested in them achieving their HEA. I *may* have ugly cried reading this one.
My Review – https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2111316262?book_show_action=false&from_review_page=1

Take a vacation, they said. Get away from Silicon Valley’s back-stabbing and power-grabbing. Recharge the innovative batteries. Unwind, then come back stronger than ever. Instead, I got lost at sea and fell in love with an anti-social lobsterman.
There’s one small issue: Owen Bartlett doesn’t know who I am. Who I really am.

~~
I don’t like people.
I avoid small talk and socializing, and I kick my companions out of bed before the sun rises. No strings, no promises, no problems.
Until Cole McClish’s boat drifts into Talbott’s Cove, and I bend all my rules for the sexy sailor.

I don’t know Cole’s story or what he’s running from, but one thing is certain: I’m not letting him run away from me.

Top 5… Books With A One Word Title

Top 5… Books With A One Word Title

Top 5 is a weekly meme hosted by Devouring Books, where each Saturday you share your Top 5 books on a given theme. The idea is to tag 5 other blogs, but I don’t seem to have much luck with tagging people from WordPress, so if you’re interested in writing your own post then consider yourself tagged!

Kate Canterbary was one of the many authors I discovered soon after I got my first e-reader. She’s one of the few who I still read to this day, a fact made even more impressive by the fact that “just” contemporary romance doesn’t feature very high on my TBR list these days.
Preservation was the final book of a wonderfully written, very salty, incredibly steamy and full of feels series based around the Walsh family. It is the story of the youngest brother, Riley, and his special someone. To truly appreciate all that is Riley, from his man-bun to his eclectic dress sense (including a propensity to not do up his flies), his love of all things super-hero and his gift of giving people nicknames, you really need to read the whole series. There was so much hype, so much expectation for his story, that I was worried it would prove to be a disappointing let down. It wasn’t, in fact it was the cherry and icing on a delicious, not-to-be-bested cake of delightful love stories.

Title – Preservation (The Walshes #7)
Author – Kate Canterbary
Genre – Contemporary Romance
Goodreads – https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/31084536-preservation

Two lonely hearts.
Just once, she’d like to be someone’s first choice.
She’s strong-willed and spunky, but she’s left picking up the pieces from her ex’s lies and manipulations, and daydreaming about taking a scalpel to his scrotum.
Flying under the radar is what he does best.
He’s laid-back and loyal, but he wants the most off-limits woman in his world, and nothing will ever make that a reality.
An arrangement of mutual benefit.

Two months, four dates.
Five, if things go well.
Five at the most.
But possibly six.
Definitely no more than six dates.
Only the appearance of a romantic relationship is required, and they expect nothing more from their time together. There will be none of those benefits involved.
One wild weekend.
After waking up in bed together—very naked and even more hungover—the terms and conditions of their arrangement no longer apply. Now they’re faced with something riskier than exposing their fake relationship: letting go of the past and zipping up the future.
Some things have to fall apart before they can be put back together. 

Cari Silverwood writes in a genre all of her own. Her men range from flat out bad through to good but with devious tendencies. Her heroines are strong and smart but with a craving to submit to the delicious torment their heroes devise. Dry wit and humour are always part of the mix, along with sound world building and entertaining plots.
Blade is the story of two people travelling through space an a glorious quest, accompanied by a sentient sword who likes to chat, and can be read as a stand alone.

Title – Blade (Dark Monster Fantasy #3)
Author – Cari Silverwood
Genre – Dark Sci-Fi Romance
Goodreads – https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/41825438-blade

When irresistible force meets irresistible girl more than sparks will fly – fur, spiky bits, and possibly tentacles.
Ledderik is a slightly homicidal cyborg and is ready to lose himself in a virtual world for the rest of his tomorrows, until he saves Thorn from death and gets sucked into the wake of her cataclysmic siren attraction.
Maybe life can be fun?
Besides, she has such a cute … tail.
One small problem, Led no longer owns his body.
Thorn has also lost everything in one day. Cross out being a starship captain or her own species, or having friends. Instead she’s been cursed with being a hurricane force sexual magnet.
She has questions.

Why is she a biohazard on most reputable planets and how can she avoid triggering an extinction event and killing every male nearby? The two of them cross the galaxy, with Led swapping from loaner body to loaner body.
He’s the one male who can resist her, and he’s upskilling.
Up against the wall? Upside down? With tentacles and DD drilling power? Led is good at what he does. Always.
Meet the hot ex-cyborg who no longer looks in the mirror, in case his latest loaner body is ugly. He has one priority – make sure the downstairs department is BIG.
Warning. This story may contain robots, cyborgs, dark naughtiness, and species that come equipped with extra wriggly bits.

If you visit here frequently, you’ll be aware that I may feature this author rather a lot. The 1000 Revolutions is one of my favourite series by her, it boths surprises and saddens me to know that it isn’t a good seller. Maybe it has too much romance for those more into sci-fi and isn’t steamy/explicit enough for the romance audience. For those of us who love both genres this is the perfect blend and truly deserves greater recognition to my mind.
Caleb Sheppard is full of bad choices, One is a malfunctioning AI, Fran can be trusted just about as far as you can throw her and far too many have a bone to pick with them.

Title – Betrayal (1000 Revolutions #1)
Author – Pippa DaCosta
Genre – Science Fiction Romance
Goodreads – https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/35496899-betrayal

WARNING. Rated: R. Restricted. Contains space battles, killer AI, intergalactic ass-kicking. Read at own risk.
She is programmed to kill.
He’ll do anything to survive.

Ex-con Captain Caleb Shepperd believes being good is overrated. All he wants is to smuggle illegal cargo through the nine systems and live a prosperous (likely short) life on the wrong side of the law.
But there’s a problem with that plan. The priceless synthetic stowaway on his ship is a distraction he doesn’t need.
Torn between selling her and tossing her out the airlock, Shepperd fails to realize the synth is a killer, and he’s the one locked in her sights.
In a world where only one thousand synthetics were built, synthetic number One Thousand and One should not exist. She is no ordinary synth. Memories locked inside her code could bring Shepperd—and the entire nine systems—to its knees.
Captain Shepperd and the oppressive corporations are about to learn that you can’t hide from the sins of your past, especially when that past has orders to kill.

Elin Peer is a relationship coach, and that feeds into her romances, which avoid all the cliches and usual tropes of a contemporary romance. What I can rely on is reading a story where characters actually discuss their feelings and share concerns, though they are far from perfect. I also know that I will get a story filled with emotion and genuine feelings.

Title – Blue (Clashing Colors #4)
Author – Elin Peer
Genre – Contemporary Romance
Goodreads – https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/33287651-blue

Am I the only one who purrs inside when I hear a deep male voice with a sexy Scottish accent?
Logan MacKay is a complicated man, scarred from a plane crash that left him gloomy and withdrawn. And yet, when we speak on the phone, the confident and flirtatious man he used to be, comes out to play. Of course, he has no idea that ‘Mary’, the stranger he flirts with on the phone, is me.

To him, I’m Faith. The too happy cheerleader who brings out his anxiety for beautiful women. It’s not that I want a relationship with him. I just want to help him past his ridiculous belief that all women find him unattractive because of his scars. Damaged people like Logan, are the whole reason I’m studying to be a psychologist. With my eternal optimism, I can fix Logan. I know I can.
If only he would stop scowling at me and say yes to my brilliant idea of taking me in as his roommate.
I’m broke and need a place to stay, and he needs help with the house chores. What could possibly go wrong?

Cassandra Faye is the paranormal/fantasy alter ego of Jennifer Bene. In Fae we get the same darkness that we have come to expect, but with magic, gods and intrigue. This story held me rapt from the beginning to the end, with a tough as nails heroine and a hero with unexpected warmth and reserve. From the world building, to the plot, pace and characterisation I loved every single moment.

Title – Fae (Daughters of Eltera #1)
Author – Cassandra Faye
Genre – Dark Paranormal/Fantasy Romance
Goodreads – https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/30341325-fae

Chosen. Cursed. Enslaved.
Fae just wants to live day to day. She doesn’t want to think about a future filled with another two thousand years of servitude. She doesn’t want to think about her past, or the way she failed the goddess she swore to serve forever. And she really doesn’t want to think about the men and women that suffer around her every day while she can’t protect them – no matter how hard she tries.
She’s definitely not ready when her entire world is turned upside down and the one person she would never choose to spend a minute with shows up. After millennia of suffering, is it even possible to trust someone? To let herself believe that good still exists?
Damned. Cursed. Corrupted.
Kiernan doesn’t know what he wants. After centuries of bloodshed, and war, and killing – he’s waking up, and if the things he dreams in his sleep were only nightmares that would be one thing, but they’re all real. The only light in his darkness is a girl inside a glass, and he can’t stop watching her. Her bravery fascinates him, inspires him. Her suffering is what he deserves.
Yet some part of him craves more, craves something good. But is there anything that can be done when gods have used you as pawns in their own war? Can good things come out of evil?

So that’s my top 5 – what books would you choose?

That’s What He Said Thursday

That’s what HE said thursday, is a book blog meme hosted by Chapter Break. The challenge is to post a favourite quote from a book boyfriend to his significant other.


“I’m telling you I don’t have all the answers and I’m scared I’ll never have the ones you want but I’m also admitting I was wrong and wrong and, oh yeah, even more wrong. And I’m admitting I don’t know what I’m doing or where I’m going or who I’m going to be when I grow up but I know I like what I’m doing and where I’m going and who I am when I’m with you.”

Wes Halsted to Tom Esbeck, Missing in Action by Kate Canterbary


Missing in Action is an MM contemporary romance by the Queen of Feels, Kate Canterbary. It’s the story of a mentally, emotionally and physically battered secret agent and the sassy, super organised and sexy control freak managing director of operations at an architectural firm.




Synopsis
Former Navy SEAL turned covert agent Wes Halsted spent his days—and weeks and months—being someone else. But with his cover blown and his injuries requiring months of recuperation, he must learn how to be himself again.

Only…he’d rather save his issues for another day and get to know a stressed-out, suited-up businessman instead.

Tom Esbeck has everything under control. Meal plans, workout plans, project plans, five-year plans. A plan for everything and everything according to plan.

Except there’s no plan for a surprise—and shirtless—encounter with the built-for-sin spy he’d crushed on years ago.

But crushes—and spies—burn out fast.


MISSING IN ACTION is a full-length steamy contemporary romance standalone with strong ties to the Walsh Series.

REVIEW //\\ Missing In Action


MISSING IN ACTION by Kate Canterbary





MISSING IN ACTION, by Kate Canterbary, is a full-length steamy contemporary romance standalone with strong ties to the Walsh Series.



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Available in Kindle Unlimited





It was like he expected me to sit here and be a good boy while he showed off his slim, sculpted torso. Like he didn’t expect me to reach out, curl my hand around his belt, and drag him over here so I could like that belly.








The perfect recipe for the ultimate MM romance.


Take one bruised, battered but not totally broken spy,
Add in one sassy, snarky, organised to the nth degree man called Tom,
Blend together with enough chemistry and heat to power a volcano,
Throw in great writing, a sprinkle of Walsh goodness, some sunburn and a wedding.
Shake, stir, shake some more and then sit back and enjoy this masterpiece of romance.




Both characters who have appeared at one time or another in previous Walsh books, Wes is the brother to Lauren and Will whilst Tom is the guy who keeps the Walsh architecture firm running. However you can 100% read this as a stand alone story, though you’d be barking mad to miss out on the rest of the Walsh and Halstead families finding their HEA’s.


His words were easy, almost matter of fact, but there was nothing easy about the hard glint in his eyes. And those eyes, they shone like an endless night. Deep enough that I almost fell in and drowned…


I can promise this book will grab ahold of your emotions, pummel them into submission, make you laugh, swoon and cry before leaving you with all the feels and a hugely satisfied smile on your face. If this book isn’t better than sex it’s as close as anything is going to get to it.



A smile warned his face and it took all my strength to keep from dragging him into my arms because anyone with that much sweet and boyish needed to be held close, held tight. And degraded a bit too.



Don’t like MM? This is the book that will make you change your mind. Love MM? This is the book that will set the bar so high you’ll struggle to find anything else as good. Which ever camp you are currently in, Tom, Wes, their inner struggles, physical and emotional baggage and tender hearts will totally enthrall you. I wanted to snatch this pair up and wrap them up in cotton wool, clutch them to my breast, lavish them with love and hug them until all their hurts went away.



He squeezed my hand again, hard enough to snap my attention away from everything else. “I’ve got you.”



There are moments of humour, from little Abby and her feisty attitude, to Shannon’s salty and full of snark texts, moments that will make you swoon and melt, and others that will cut deep into your heart. These are all tied together into an incredible story, one where you won’t want to put the book down, one where you won’t be able to turn the pages quickly enough, one where you want to get to the end whilst simultaneously never wanting the end of the book to be reached.


My words can’t do adequate justice to this story. I loved it. I highly recommend it. It’s amazing, fantastic, astounding.



and then he kissed me, hard and fast at first but then deep and deliberate, like sucking caramel off a spoon.


..and it was everything. Absolutely everything.





Former Navy SEAL turned covert agent Wes Halsted spent his days—and weeks and months—being someone else. But with his cover blown and his injuries requiring months of recuperation, he must learn how to be himself again.

Only…he’d rather save his issues for another day and get to know a stressed-out, suited-up businessman instead.

Tom Esbeck has everything under control. Meal plans, workout plans, project plans, five-year plans. A plan for everything and everything according to plan.

Except there’s no plan for a surprise—and shirtless—encounter with the built-for-sin spy he’d crushed on years ago.


But crushes—and spies—burn out fast.





but I hadn’t sorted out what I wanted to say to Tom. All I knew was my nose was going to peel like a motherfucker and I was a week overdue for a haircut, and he’d notice both.