Saturday, 17 March 2018

Review ~ Forget Me Not and Remember Me When (The Unforgettable Duet) by Brooke Blaine

Book Description:

Forget Me Not

Three sugars, two creamers. 
That’s how you took your coffee every morning at Joe’s Grab ’N Go.
But you don’t remember that. 
You don’t remember anything. 
Anything, that is, except me…
That day…
And the tragedy that catapulted us together.

Remember Me When

My worst nightmare and your greatest fear became a reality: 
You don’t remember me.
You don’t remember the accident, or the weeks afterward. 
You don’t remember my bed as your safe place,
or when, against all odds, you fell for me.
You remember me only as the casual acquaintance you saw as you grabbed your daily coffee.
Three sugars, two creamers. 

Perhaps an acquaintance is all I’ll ever be to you now. 
Maybe I can shoulder the heartbreak and the loss of you, if it means you’ll be happy.
You remember me when.

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Our Review:

Reviewed by Donna ~ 4.5 stars

“You’re nobody’s mistake, especially mine.”

I decided to review these two books as a duet. To be honest, I was so emotional after book one, I didn’t know whether to cry and scream or just hold Brooke Blaine up until she gave me book two, but I don’t resort to threats, so I just had to wait…not so patiently…until Remember Me When. Oh man, this story just got to me. I mean I was so choked at times and this is testament to the author because she delivered on all those emotions that I crave and love. This was a stunning MM gay for you romance with a huge twist, a fair amount of drama, a lot of angst and an endless amount of tears. When these two were up, they were glorious as was my smile, but when they were down, damn did I frown.

“You’re the only person who feels familiar to me.”

Ollie was an amazing character from the very start. He was honest about his sexuality, he owned it and he had the hugest of hearts. Ollie wore his heart on his sleeve and when he loved, he loved hard and with everything he had. His job as a paramedic had its highs and lows, he saw and experienced things that had the ability to cripple him and yet he never let it affect his outward demeanour. Ollie loved his job, took it seriously and it is this compassion that made him ideal boyfriend material.

“You don’t have to be brave all the time.”

Reid is a hard one to pin down. In book one, I adored him. I loved how his attraction to Reid developed, I felt their connection from the very beginning and I adored watching these two morph into being a couple. In book two, I felt so sorry for him and you connected with him more with the dual point of view. His frustrations were apparent, his confusion, resentment and his general disappointment with life in general flooded the reader through Brooke Blaine’s words. While some of his actions physically hurt, I could understand, even if it made me want to punch him at times.

“I got everything I ever wanted…when you came back to me.”

I had my surprises with this duet, none more so than with Reid’s mother at the end. Ollie need an ally and it came in the most surprising package. I thought Brook Blaine did extremely well in dealing with a tough subject, one that I have read time and time again and never gets old. I love each authors spin on it and this one was done extremely well. My only gripe…would have loved more at the end, but then again, that is another sign of a really good book.

Friday, 16 March 2018

Blog Tour & Review ~ My Way Back to You (Second Chances Duet #2) by Claire Contreras

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My Way Back to You by Claire Contreras 
Book 2, Second Chances Duet 
Genre: Contemporary Romance 
Publication Date: March 15th, 2018

The emotional conclusion of New York Times Bestselling Author Claire Contreras’s Second Chances Duet is NOW LIVE!


Book Description:

Love isn't always about timing. Sometimes you have to throw caution to the wind and roll with it. I admit I wasn't ready. I know you don't want to look at me, let alone talk to me, but please, let me explain. Let me tell you all the ways my heart broke when you walked away. Let me show you what our years apart have done to me. Give me a chance to find my way back to you . . .


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Reviewed by Donna ~ 4 stars

“Temporary has potential to become permanent.”

As soon as I finished Then There Was You I was absolutely itching to read this book. Claire Contreras left the readers longing for the conclusion of Tessa and Rowan’s story. I wasn’t sure how this one was going to play out and although I was extremely frustrated at times with the two of them, I absolutely loved how this duet ended.

Tessa and Rowan were one of those couples that you knew belonged together and yet their timing was never right. Anything that could go wrong did go wrong and meddling family never helped. Expectations were always first and foremost, and Rowan was one of those people who always wanted to do the right thing, even if it made him unhappy.

Tessa was far from perfect in this book and while I could understand her reasoning behind her actions, I felt that if she had come clean straight away, Rowan would have stepped up to the plate and do the right thing. However, if all our characters did that, it would make for some boring books and this was far from that.

“One thing I learned in the aftermath of our love was that my heart can crack, break into a million pieces, and shatter like glass, but it kept beating. In my case, it definitely kept beating…”

Rowan really grew as a character in this book. In the first book we never really got to see the real Rowan and whether it was because he was older and a bit more brow beaten, it was good to see him stick up for what and who he wanted in this book. As a person, he had come full circle and I adored this new version of him.

As ever, the character connection was on point, the emotions were spot on and the intense chemistry that these two shared oozed off every page. I had been rooting for these two from the very beginning and although their reconnection was fraught, tense and a little angst filled, it was honest to them and their circumstances and that is all I could have asked for. I must admit, I did think that this was going to be one hell of a roller coaster and while the tampered down drama wasn’t what I expected, I still really enjoyed it.

“He bleeds, you know. Our little boy bleeds.”

I adore this authors writing, I always know I am going to get a fantastic read and once again Claire Contreras did not disappoint. I cannot wait to see what comes next from this author.

About the Author:


Claire Contreras is a New York Times Best Selling Author. Her books range from romantic suspense to contemporary romance and are currently translated in seven different languages. She lives in Miami, Fl with her husband, two adorable boys, three bulldogs, and two stray cats that she refuses to admit are hers (even though they live on her porch, she named them, and continues to feed them). When she's not writing, she's usually lost in a book. 

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Thursday, 15 March 2018

Release Day Blitz, Review & Excerpt ~ Pretty as a Peach (Sex & Sweet Tea #4) by Juliette Poe

Pretty as a Peach (Sex & Sweet Tea, Book #4) 
Juliette Poe 
Release Date: March 15, 2018

Book Description:

Mainer Farms is steeped in family history, but it’s also deep in debt from the effects of the ever-changing farming industry. Not about to let his family’s legacy go under, Colt Mancinkus is willing to do anything he can to save the farm. 

Darby Culhane is the new farmer in Whynot, North Carolina, and she’s proving to be quite the forbidden temptation for Colt. Darby isn’t looking for anything but a fresh start, and she’s got it all figured out. Get settled in? Check. Apply for the rural county grant? Check. Confrontation with the steaming mad, smoking hot local farmer? Well, that wasn’t on the agenda. 

As pretty as she is sweet, Colt can’t help but be drawn to Darby’s…peaches. No really, she’s a peach farmer. Get that mind out of the gutter, and get on down to the farm to see what happens when circumstances force Colt and Darby to team up. They may just find that the peach trees aren’t the only things in bloom.

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Reviewed by Donna ~ 4 stars
***ARC received for an honest review***

“Do you love me today?”
“Every day and twice on Tuesday.”

I adore this series and I simply adore the town of Whynot, where not even CNN has the power to beat the speed of town gossip, where everyone knows everyone’s nooks and crannies and the town are a family, if one is down, they all are. This is a town that comes together in times of crisis, everyone has each other’s backs and there is simply just nothing to dislike. Juliette Poe really captures the essence of small town living and love revisiting these people time and time again.

“I’ve got layers you couldn’t even begin to imagine.”

This book is the turn of Colt Mancinkus, he is a farmer by trade, trying to bring the family’s farm back from the brink and is also bartender at Chesty’s by night. Colt is simply ADORABLE, there was nothing I didn’t like about him and although he wasn’t looking for love, it seems love found him, blindsided him and had him with a cheesy grin from ear to ear.

“You’re nothing but a speed bump, and I’m going to roll right over you.”

Darby Culhane is new to Whynot and has come in to run the farm for her ex-brother-in-law who is more like a brother to her. Darby is the peach princess and her idea of a new peach farm is going from strength to strength. Darby is escaping a manipulative and possessive husband and with a seven-year-old daughter in tow —who doesn’t want to relocate— she definitely has her work cut out for her.

“Yeah… it’s going to be a slow burn if we are going to burn at all.”

It was definitely appreciation at first sight with these two and while they try to take it slowly, in such a short book, you knew it wouldn’t be long before they succumbed. As I said above, I love the setting, I love this town and all it’s crazy, gossiping inhabitants and with each book I find myself falling a little deeper. Juliette Poe has also set up the next book in the series with Larkin and Locke and I CANNOT wait to read that one, what would a man in bike leathers want in the little town of Whynot?


I’m back at Farrington Farms. It’s a different day, slightly different story.
I pull my truck up right in front of Darby’s house. I hadn’t expected to be back here this Sunday morning, but after I hung up the phone with Darby not too long ago, I decided to take matters into my own hands. This morning when Darby called to regretfully inform me that she and Linnie could not attend Sunday dinner with my family, it hit me like a wrecking ball that my interest in Darby extends far beyond just mere intrigue into this fascinating woman. I now fully admit I’ve come to like her.
I’ve never used the word hate” in my life to describe my feelings for someone, but before I ever met Darby, I intensely disliked her. It’s not lost on me that within just a matter of moments of meeting and talking to her, my entire perception changed. Darby really let herself get into trouble with me when she made the bold move to pull her application for the expansion grant from consideration. Yes, Darby is one of the most beautiful women I have ever known, but she became infinitely more attractive when I realized she has a heart of gold.
So here I am at her house, unbidden and possibly unwelcome, to make it known I have an interest in her. And if I’m interested in her, it means I have to be interested in Linnie.
After I hung up the phone with Darby, I had a new person I intensely disliked.
Her husband, Mitch.
“I’m really sorry, Colt,” Darby had explained on the phone not but half an hour ago. But we’re not going to be able to come to supper today.”
“Why?” I asked quite simply.
She had no hesitation in admitting, It’s Linnie. She’s just… in a mood, I guess. She’s flat-out refusing to go. While I could certainly force her and drag her to your house, it would not be a pleasant experience for any of your family.”
“What’s the reason for the mood?” I could sense by the tone of her voice that something had happened to put Linnie in her funk.
Darby didn’t answer right away. I could read into her pause she was trying to figure out whether she should share a burden with me. So I urged her. Talk to me, Darby. What’s going on?”
There was no hesitation after that. She let it all come out in a rushing confession of frustration. Her father called her this morning. I could only hear her end of the conversation, but it was clear he was in full-out attack mode on me. I could tell that whatever he was saying on his end, he was trying to manipulate Linnie into putting pressure on me to come back to Illinois.”
I didn’t push her for the details. I can imagine some of the things a parent might say to an impressionable seven-year-old to turn them against the other parent. While I don’t have any firsthand experience with such things, I’ve had plenty of friends and acquaintances over the years who have gone through bitter divorces and custody struggles. I’m aware there are some people in the world who will use their kid as a weapon.
Yeah, I don’t like this Mitch dude.
I assured Darby there would be other Sunday dinners they could come to. I put her mind at ease by saying I completely understood what she was going through, even though I don’t. The only thing I did understand is I had made a new friend in Darby McCulhane. I thought she was a good woman. She’s struggling right now to get situated into a new home and is very far away from everything that provided her security.
She helped me out and by extension helped my family out when she gave up the expansion grant.
I’m going to return the favor.
I turn my truck off and hop out with determination. After jogging up the creaky porch steps, I give three solid raps with my knuckles on the wood casing of the screen door. Within moments, Darby’s opening it and blinking at me in surprise.
“Good morning,” I say cheerily.
Darby pushes open the screen door wider and steps back in silent invitation. As I brush past her, she asks, What are you doing here?”
“I’ve come to kidnap your daughter,” I tell her.
I did not expect this to alarm Darby, so it was not surprising to see the corners of her mouth tip upward. Kidnap my daughter? I just want to make sure I heard that correctly.”
I grin and nod. Cross my heart I won’t corrupt her or anything.”
Darby stares at me for a few moments and while she’s clearly amused, I can see a little bit of distance in her eyes—not because she doesn’t trust me, but because she doesn’t want to place her burdens on my doorstep.
I give her a reassuring smile. I’m going to take her horseback riding. You told me the other day when you came over to have lunch that she had a horse and it was one of the things she really missed.”
It’s not hard to figure out that the rapid blinking of Darby’s eyes means she’s trying to dispel some wet emotion my offer has caused. The last thing I want to do is make a lady cry, so I also add on with a wink, And that way, you can have a few hours of relaxation all to yourself. Maybe go get your nails done or your hair fixed up all pretty or something. Not that it isn’t pretty as is, but you know… spend some time on Darby.”
She just stares at me in disbelief. That lasts for only about three seconds before she snaps her head to the right and yells up the stairs, Linnie. Get down here.”
The footsteps overhead are far too heavy to belong to a seven-year-old. The way she’s stomping through the house above us indicates she is not a happy kid. She comes down the staircase with her shoulders hunched forward. When she reaches the bottom landing, she glares at her mom and says, What?”
It’s not quite belligerent, but it is rude.
As I was raised by a Marine Corps drill instructor father with no patience for smart talk and a strong, southern woman who insists on manners, a crappy attitude has never been something tolerated in our family. I want to tell Linnie to have some respect for her mother, but that would put us off on the wrong foot.
To my surprise, Darby makes it known she doesn’t find her daughter’s attitude acceptable. She narrows her eyes slightly, and says in an even but firm voice, Remember what we said? You need to check your attitude at your bedroom door. I don’t care if you want to stay up there and sulk but when you’re in my presence, I expect you to be pleasant.”
Linnie doesn’t respond, but her cheeks turn pink.
Darby glances to me and inclines her head my way before telling Linnie, Colt is here to take you horseback riding if you would like to go.”
There’s no doubt in my mind I made the right decision in coming here when Linnie’s entire face lights up with joy. Her head snaps my way so fast her glasses slide down to the end of her nose. She just pushes them right back up as she asks, Really?”
I nod. I’ve got a good buddy who has a few horses, and he’s got two ready for you and me to saddle up for some trail riding.”
It’s also made clear to me that despite Linnie’s sullen attitude toward her mom, she was actually raised with good manners. She immediately turns to Darby. In a very sweet yet imploring voice, she asks, Can I go, Mom? Please.”
Darby doesn’t hesitate or make her daughter suffer. She just smiles at her and gestures toward the staircase. Go get changed into some riding gear.”
Linnie doesn’t need to be told twice. She goes flying up the stairs.

About the Author:

Juliette Poe is the sweet and swoony alter ego of New York Times Best Selling author, Sawyer Bennett. A fun-loving southern girl, Juliette knows the allure of sweet tea, small towns, and long summer nights, that some of the best dates end sitting on the front porch swing, and that family is top priority. She brings love in the south to life in her debut series, Sex & Sweet Tea. When Juliette isn’t delivering the sweetest kind of romance, she’s teaching her southern belle daughter the fine art of fishing, the importance of wearing Chucks, and the endless possibilities of a vivid imagination. 

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Teaser Thursday ~ The Real by Kate Stewart

Check out this teaser for THE REAL by Kate Stewart! Don't forget to add it to your TBR!

Contemporary Romance
Stand Alone
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Book Description:

They say it happens when you least expect it.

It did for me.

It started the moment I saw the simple message pop up on my computer screen:

Cameron’s Mac: Hi.

And when I met the eyes of the gorgeous man messaging me from across the coffee shop, I never thought my reply would lead to the most intense, sexual, and passionate relationship of my life.

We both agreed to check our bags at the door and put our future hopes and aspirations on the table.

It worked.

I fell in love with his no holds barred attitude, sexy smirk, and undeniably good heart . . . and for a while we forgot about our baggage. We happily tripped over it to get to the other, neither of us willing to show the contents of our pasts in the off chance it could ruin us.

We built our love on a foundation of gray.

It was life in black and white that threatened to tear us apart.

About the Author:

Kate Stewart lives in Charleston, S.C. with her husband, Nick, and her naughty beagle, Sadie. A native of Dallas, Kate moved to Charleston three weeks after her first visit, dropping her career of 8 years, and declaring it her creative muse. Kate pens messy, sexy, angst-filled contemporary romance as well as romantic comedy and erotic suspense because it's what she loves as a reader. A lover of all things '80s and '90s, especially John Hughes films and rap, she dabbles a little in photography, can knit a simple stitch scarf for necessity only and does a horrible job of playing the ukulele. Aside from running a mile without collapsing, traveling is the only other must on her bucket list. On occasion, she does very well at vodka.

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