• Review

    The Billionaire Needs a Bodyguard by Ravina Hilliard

    The Billionaire Needs a BodyguardSummary

    From the back of The Billionaire Needs a Bodyguard:

    Desire is the deadliest weapon…
    Alexandra “Lex” Granger surrounds herself with wealthy, powerful businessmen. But she’s no gold-digger… She’s a highly trained private security consultant. And she gives the term ‘undercover’ new meaning when she poses as a high-priced escort to protect her new client, Michael Thornton.

    There’s just one problem with her plan… 

    Michael doesn’t know the truth. Despite the death threats he’s received, the last thing this handsome billionaire wants is a bodyguard. He’s convinced Lex is really a grifter, a femme fatale who scams rich men for everything that she can get. But before the assignment even begins in earnest, sparks fly and their mutual attraction threatens to distract Liz from doing her job. And she can’t have that, can she?

    Even as they flirt with danger in the romantic city of Copenhagen, Lex and Mike embark on a turbulent affair. And Mike realizes that his seductive guardian has awakened a passion in him unlike anything he’s ever felt before. Lex has always lived by one rule – never fall in love with the client. But trapped between temptation and danger, she’s about to put that rule to the ultimate test…

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    Salt + Stilettos by Janet Walden-West

    Summary

    From the back of Salt + Stilettos:

    Trading her red-dirt roots for the title of Miami’s go-to image consultant, Brett Fontaine refuses to let anything jeopardize her new life.

    …Not an influential client-turned-stalker who’s up for parole…

    …Not post-kidnapping panic attacks…

    …And certainly not the stubborn, attention-phobic chef with the tempting tataus she’s been challenged to transform into a celeb in ninety days.

    Will Te’o can almost taste the dream he sacrificed American Samoa, culture, and cherished family ties for—opening a four-star restaurant in the most cut-throat culinary location in North America.

    Unfortunately, that requires navigating its equally ruthless social scene.

    When his first public performance ends in a social media spectacle, his only option is turning to the stiletto-wearing nemesis who has invaded his kitchen.

    Neither expected to share anything but barbs, yet somewhere between accidentally bonding over comfort food and office-wrecking sex, they’re named South Beach’s hottest pairing!

    Until Brett’s stalker engineers an image-shattering reveal and the fallout trashes her reputation. She may be going down, but she’s not taking Will’s dreams with her.

    Now Will is pulling out all his new skills and cooking up a last-ditch event. Will it prove to Brett that relying on the right person makes for the perfect recipe? Or will he be left heartbroken in the spotlight?

    My thoughts

    Salt + Stilettos started really well. I liked both Brett and Will. Brett has a great backstory, which makes you really feel for her. It is clear from the beginning why she can’t trust men and her prickliness towards Will is totally understandable. She does flip a bit randomly between being kind and gentle with Will and being a cold bitch, which is a bit jarring.

    Will is refreshing as a romantic hero. He’s big – in the beginning of the novel when Brett first meets him, he’s practically described as a giant – and he has self image issues. I love that Brett coaxes him out of her shell, even if her methods aren’t ones I would be comfortable with.

    The chemistry between the two of them is believable as well, although it’s quite strong right from the bat. If this was an erotic novel, I could understand the very erotic undertones in the beginning of the novel, but since it’s not, I would have liked to see a bit more build up of the sexual tension between them.

    The story of Salt + Stilettos is great. I really rooted for both Brett and Will and their ending was definitely emotionally satisfying. The way Brett eventually let Will in was swoon-worthy. Also, the fact that these were two main characters from ethnicities which aren’t often represented in romance was a big plus.

    Where the book lost me a little was in the writing itself. I found the writing woolly and full of unnecessary similes. It could also have done with a bit of a tighter edit, but I guess that’s me reading books as a writer again. I find it hard not to notice these things when I’m writing and it always saddens me when I get pulled out of the story like that. A tighter edit and less woolly language would have made the reading more effortless and more enjoyable. But if you’re not bothered by that, then Salt + Stilettos is highly enjoyable.

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    A Puppy and a Christmas Proposal by Louisa George

    Cover of A Puppy and a Christmas ProposalSummary

    From the back of A Puppy and a Christmas Proposal:

    Her ex-fiancé…
    …is giving her paws for thought!

    Alex Norton devastated Beth Masters when he told her he could no longer marry her. The last thing she wants this Christmas is to come face-to-face with him, clutching an adorable puppy! Warm-hearted vet Beth can’t say no to a four-legged patient in need but she’ll need to guard her damaged heart from delicious doc Alex. Which becomes impossible when he finally reveals the reason why he left…

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    Bear Best Friend by Liam Livings

    Bear Best Friend coverSummary

    From the back of Bear Best Friend: Dan proves too camp for his boyfriend Tom and is single once more. Burly bear Brian is relieved Dan’s finally rid of Tom-the-bully. Snowed into a cottage over Christmas, emotions reach boiling point. With the help of no-nonsense best friends, time apart, lots of gin and sadness, and two huge leaps of faith, they begin a bumpy journey from friends to lovers. Bear Best Friend is a sweet opposites-attract, friends to lovers stand-alone gay romance novella about learning to love yourself and finding the special someone who appreciates you for being you. A Sweet Christmas Gay Romance.

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    A Mistletoe Miracle by Emma Jackson

    A Mistletoe Miracle coverSummary

    From the back of A Mistletoe Miracle:

    At the Everdene Hotel, snowflakes, romance and mayhem are in the air…

    A cosy hotel in a sleepy, snow-covered village should be the perfect setting for a Christmas to remember… But for Bethreturning to her childhood home after a disastrous break-up looks more like a festive fiasco.

    With her mum stranded in a blizzard and most of the hotel staff off sick, Beth is forced to take the reins, impress a mystery hotel reviewer, and somehow find a way to work with Nickthe very grumpy – and very gorgeous – pilot who is staying for the holidays.

    Between mince pie emergencies, deadly decorations, and two dozen disgruntled guests, Beth might just find a miracle under the mistletoe this Christmas…

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    A Convenient Marriage by Jeevani Charika

    A Convenient Marriage coverSummary

    From the back of A Convenient Marriage:

    It was the perfect marriage… until they fell in love.

    Chaya is a young woman torn between her duty to family and her life in the UK. While her traditional Sri Lankan parents want her to settle down into marriage, what they don’t know is that Chaya has turned away the one true love of her life, Noah, terrified of their disapproval.

    Gimhana is hiding his sexuality from his family. It’s easy enough to pretend he’s straight when he lives half a world away in the UK. But it’s getting harder and harder to turn down the potential brides his parents keep finding for him.

    When Chaya and Gimhana meet, a marriage of convenience seems like the perfect solution to their problems. Together they have everything – friendship, stability and their parents’ approval. But when both Chaya and Gimhana find themselves falling in love outside of their marriage, they’re left with an impossible decision – risk everything they’ve built together, or finally follow their heart?

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    Road Trip with the Best Man by Sophie Pembroke

    Road trip with the best man coverSummary

    From the back of Road Trip with the Best Man:

    A jilted bride, a best man…
    And a journey that will change their lives!

    With her dream wedding in tatters, Dawn Featherington resolves to track down her errant groom and demand answers. But not trusting her intentions, billionaire best man Cooper Edwards refuses to let her go alone. But with each passing mile, Cooper begins to realise they could be on the road to happy-ever-after!

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    The Second Life of Nathan Jones by David Atkinson

    Second Life of Nathan Jones book coverSummary

    From the back of The Second Life of Nathan Jones:

    Getting hit by a bus was the best thing that ever happened to him…

    When one wrong step – and the poor timing of the number 19 bus – send Nathan Jones to the Edinburgh morgue his story should have ended…but then he went and woke up.

    Returned to real life Nathan finds a wife disappointed that he’s miraculously returned from the dead and an unshakeable attraction for mortuary technician Kat – the woman who brought him back to life, in more ways than one.

    Now, as his world implodes and Kat leads him down an unexpected path, Nathan somehow finds himself having the time of his second life…

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    The Determined Lord Hadleigh by Virginia Heath

    Summary

    From the back of The Determined Lord Hadleigh:

    Part of The King’s Elite. Haunted by Penny Penhurst’s courage on the witness stand, meticulous barrister Lord Hadleigh offers her a housekeeper position at his estate. Despite trying to stay detached, Hadleigh is charmed by her small child and surprised by how much he yearns for this proud woman! Can this he break through his own – and Penny’s – barriers to prove he’s a man she can trust…and love?