Characters To Fall In Love With. Rosie’s #Bookreview of #ContemporaryRomance Running On Diesel by @Melissa_Foster

Running on Diesel (The Whiskeys: Dark Knights at Peaceful Harbor, #8)Running on Diesel by Melissa Foster

4.5 stars

Running on Diesel is book #8 of The Whiskeys: Dark Knights at Peaceful Harbor contemporary romance series. Each book can be read as a stand-alone, but I feel that they are best read in order.

The is the story of Desmond ‘Diesel Black’, a nomadic member of the Dark Knights motorcycle club. The club is made up of keen bikers who help their communities. Diesel has been drawn to waitress Tracey Kline since he first met her, but she was running from an abusive relationship and needed space to rebuild her life.

Tracey has worked as a waitress at the Whiskey’s bar for two years. Recently customers have been scared from her tables by an over-attentive Diesel; she’s had enough of the caveman act from Diesel and she intends to tell him to back off, but does she really mean it? Why is he the man filling her dreams?

In a story where secrets are revealed and the past comes back to haunt Diesel, these two people form a bond and find lost families. It was great to see Diesel change from someone who needed the freedom of the open road to a man who wanted to put down family roots. I was also pleased to see how Tracey grew in confidence and came back fighting after a traumatic experience. I do enjoy the ethos of the Dark Knights and the Whiskey family is definitely one to fall in love with.

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Desmond “Diesel” Black is a Nomad with the Dark Knights motorcycle club. He protects others with his life and always rides alone. Tracey Kline left the only family she had for a man who broke more than her spirit, leaving her untrusting and on her own. When a twist of fate reveals pieces of the other no one else sees, will they be able to help each other mend their past hurts and learn to trust the chemistry and connection that’s too strong to deny?

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‘It takes an acorn and a determined man’. Rosie’s #Bookreview of #ContemporaryRomance Sweet, Sexy Heart by @Melissa_Foster

Sweet, Sexy Heart (The Bradens & Montgomerys: Pleasant Hill - Oak Falls #9)Sweet, Sexy Heart by Melissa Foster

5 stars

Sweet, Sexy Heart is a stand-alone contemporary romance and it is also part of The Bradens & Montgomerys: Pleasant Hill – Oak Falls series.

Amber Montgomery, a bookshop owner, suffers from epilepsy, but she has it under control and leads a quiet small-town life. Dash Pennington is a high profile ex-footballer who is launching his debut novel; he’s starting his book tour at Amber’s shop, but arrives in town early to have a break from his schedule.

Amber may have a crush on Dash, but he’s not someone she would really get involved with.  Dash’s bad boy footballer reputation precedes him, and he’s warned him off Amber, but the image that fans have of him aren’t the real Dash; he’s loyal and thoughtful, putting family and friends first.

It takes an acorn and a determined man to break down Amber’s barriers, but will Dash’s busy lifestyle and her stay-at-home dreams ever find a compromise?

This is a very sweet loving (and hot) romance, which tackles epilepsy in an open way without it feeling like a lecture. I enjoyed the small-town setting and how close and supportive Amber’s family are. There are secondary characters from other books for those who follow the series, or for new readers, those characters may pique their interest enough to pick up and fall in love with more of Foster’s couples.

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Amber Montgomery is perfectly happy with her quiet life. She loves running her bookstore, taking long walks with Reno, her Labrador retriever seizure-response dog, and spending time with her close-knit family. She’s never needed thrills the way some of her sisters have. In an effort to control her epilepsy, she tries to avoid anything that creates too much excitement or stress—including relationships. When Amber hosts a book signing for famed-athlete-turned-author Dash Pennington, he’s everything she’s spent her life avoiding: loud, aggressive, and far too handsome, as proven by the hordes of women who surround him everywhere he goes. Amber can’t ignore the sparks flying between her and Dash, but this is a no-brainer for her: Ignore their chemistry and hold her breath until he leaves town.

Dash Pennington has spent his life running. Running the ball in for a touchdown, running from town to town to appease his public relations reps, and for years, running into the arms of too many women to count. He’s also an expert at protecting—his reputation, his family, and lately, his sanity. But he’s ready to make a change. When he comes to the sleepy little town of Oak Falls, Virginia, and witnesses the most beautiful woman he’s ever seen living the life he craves, she refuses to have anything to do with him. But now that Dash has found the one thing he doesn’t want to run from, he’ll stop at nothing to win her over.

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Rosie’s #Bookreview Of #NewRelease THREE WEDDINGS AND A PROPOSAL by @sheilaoflanagan

Three Weddings and a ProposalThree Weddings and a Proposal by Sheila O’Flanagan

4 stars

Three Weddings And A Proposal is a contemporary story set in Ireland in a post-pandemic time. Delphie is the personal assistant of a successful businessman and the story opens with her being in charge of buying a very expensive bracelet for her boss’s girlfriend.

In her personal life Delphie needs a plus-one partner for her brother’s wedding; she’s running out of time to find a single man. Luckily, while returning from a business trip she bumps into an ex-boyfriend who kindly agrees to attend the wedding with her.

Fast forward a few weeks and Delphie’s life has been turned upside down, both on the work and domestic front. She has a lot of decisions to make and while her family think they know what she wants, Delphie needs to discover where her true feelings lie.

This was an easy read in a popular genre; much of the story was quite predictable, though, so some readers may be a little disappointed. I particularly enjoyed the Irish setting, and Delphie’s organisational skills were quite inspiring. I also liked how this was set just after the current pandemic, giving me some hope for a return to normality.

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At the first wedding, there‘s a shock

The second wedding is unexpected

By the third, Delphie thinks nothing could surprise her. But she’s wrong . . .

Delphie is enjoying her brother’s wedding. Her surprise last-minute Plus One has stunned her family – and it’s also stopped any of them asking again why she’s still single. But when she sees all the missed calls that evening, she knows it can’t be good news. And she’s right.

Delphie has been living her best life, loving her job, her friends, her no-strings relationships and her dream house by the sea. Now she has to question everything she believed about who she is and what she wants. Is her mum right – is it time to settle down? Or does she want to keep on trying to have it all?

Each wedding of a glorious summer brings a new surprise. And as everything Delphie thought she had is threatened, she has the chance to reshape her future.

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Rosie’s #Bookreview Of #ContemporaryRomance THE GRITTY TRUTH by @Melissa_Foster

The Gritty Truth (The Whiskeys: Dark Knights at Peaceful Harbor, #7)The Gritty Truth by Melissa Foster

4.5 stars

When Quincy Gritt was a teenager he was introduced to drugs; he lost six years of his life to his addiction. He eventually found a strong enough reason to stop taking them and now he’s been clean for two years. 

Determined to be a better person, Quincy now hosts narcotics anonymous meetings, mentors a fellow addict who is in recovery, and holds down a regular job. He also has a family support system to give him lots of reasons to stay clean. 

Roni Westcott is a dance teacher who recently lost her Grandmother, her last living relative. It took time to grieve but she had the support of her best friend Angela and the regular texts from a sexy admirer.  

Roni and Quincy have been text friends for a while but Quincy is determined to take it further. However, he knows that he will have to be honest about his past if he wants to keep his girl, and he fears that the honesty will be the reason that she walks away. 

This was a sweet romance which also dealt with the darker side of drug abuse. I thought that the serious sub-theme was written well while the main focus is on the romance between Roni and Quincy. I do enjoy reading all the about the Whiskeys and their extended family, and the work that the Dark Knights do for their community is always commendable. I shall look forward to the next book in the series.

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Book description

THE GRITTY TRUTH is the perfect love story for those who enjoy fiercely loyal and insanely sexy alpha heroes, smart, sassy heroines, strong family bonds, bikers, babies, and more!

Recovering drug addict Quincy Gritt has fought his demons. He’s confessed to his crimes and conquered his addictions. He’s finally ready to go after sweet, sexy Roni, the gorgeous brunette who won a date with him in a charity auction five months ago and has been putting him off, and driving him wild, ever since.

Dancer Veronica “Roni” Wescott worked hard to escape the seedy area where she was raised and followed her dreams to Julliard, only to have them shattered in the blink of an eye. She fought hard and regained her footing, but then the rug was pulled out from under her again when the grandmother who raised her passed away, leaving Roni feeling adrift in a world she knows very little about outside of dance. And then there’s Charlie Hunnam–lookalike Quincy Gritt—the man whose late-night texts pulled her through her grief and have been setting her heart aflutter for months.

Quincy pulls out all the stops, determined to prove that their friendship is only the beginning of what’s destined to be so much more. Romantic nights lead to smoldering passion and a deep connection too strong to be denied. But when Quincy’s past comes back to haunt him, can he and Roni accept their new gritty truth, or will Quincy spiral back into the darkness and lose the future he fought so hard to have?

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Rosie’s #Bookreview of #ContemporaryRomance TRU BLUE by @Melissa_Foster

Tru Blue (The Whiskeys: Dark Knights at Peaceful Harbor, #1)Tru Blue by Melissa Foster

5 stars

Tru Blue is a contemporary romance and is book one of The Whiskeys: Dark Knights at Peaceful Harbor series. This is the story of mechanic Truman Gritt, who went to prison to save his brother; now, six months after his release, his brother needs him again.

Called to a crack house in a seedy area, Truman finds his brother Quincy and two children―a baby and a toddler, starving and sitting in soiled clothing. Truman rescues the children, letting Quincy know that he’ll be there for him too, but he’s got to get off the drugs first.

Truman vows to take care of his family himself, which is why he’s in the supermarket in the dead of night, confused over which nappies and baby formula to buy, with the two small children.  Gemma Wright, another late-night shopper, offers practical help. In a show of gratitude Truman offers to mend Gemma’s car, earlier dented in a hit and run.

A lovely romantic story about a man willing to take on two children and raise them as his own while battling with his own demons from the past. We are shown glimpses of Truman’s artistic side, and his artwork was described so vividly that it felt real, and I wanted to see it. The romance between Truman and Gemma is perfect and the two children are adorable. If you enjoy romance with well-written characters and you want to fall in love with a new series, then I recommend getting this book today.

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Book description

Convicted of a crime he didn’t commit, he wore the skin of a killer, and bore the heart of a lover…

There’s nothing Truman Gritt won’t do to protect his family—Including spending years in jail for a crime he didn’t commit. When he’s finally released, the life he knew is turned upside down by his mother’s overdose, and Truman steps in to raise the children she’s left behind. Truman’s hard, he’s secretive, and he’s trying to save a brother who’s even more broken than he is. He’s never needed help in his life, and when beautiful Gemma Wright tries to step in, he’s less than accepting. But Gemma has a way of slithering into people’s lives and eventually she pierces through his ironclad heart. When Truman’s dark past collides with his future, his loyalties will be tested, and he’ll be faced with his toughest decision yet.

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Rosie’s BookReview Team #RBRT WATERCOLOURS IN THE RAIN by @Jolambertwriter #Romance #wwwblogs

Today’s team review is from Judith, she blogs at http://judithbarrowblog.com/

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Judith has been reading Watercolours In the Rain by Jo Lambert

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My Review:

Although I hadn’t read  Summer Moved On (The South Devon Duo Book 1) Jo Lambert’s first book in the series, I had no trouble following the story and discovering the personalities of the characters involved. (It wasn’t until I began this review that I read the blurb and realised how much Watercolours in the Rain  can indeed be a stand-alone novel.) Any past action from the previous book was subtly and cleverly inserted; either into the dialogue, brought out through memories, or the descriptions of the settings, or how the characters have evolved..

I don’t give spoilers away in my reviews so I’d just like to say why I so liked this novel.

First of all  Watercolours in the Rain   is written in a style that I love; different points of view presented by each of the characters. In this case,  Jess, Lily  and Talún, all with their own voice There is no doubt whose dialogue it is and as the  story progresses the characters are given greater depth; leaving it to the reader who to have empathy with… and who to detest. And, believe me, there are one or two really detestable characters that I became angry with. (being so involved that I still feel some emotion, whatever it is, when I’ve put the book down,  is always a good sign that I’m reading a brilliant story) .

Both the internal and the spoken dialogue is realistic and, as I say above, distinctive to each character.

The characters are rounded and believable without unnecessary detail of how each looks; this is drip -fed throughout the book..

The descriptions give a great sense of place.

I thought the plot line both clever and, sometimes, surprising.I liked the author’s style of writing; so easy to read and yet constantly throwing up tantalising twists and turns.

And, best of all, it’s a good story. I hope to read more from Jo Lambert.

So, as you may gather, I would thoroughly recommend   Watercolours in the Rain

Book Description

WATERCOLOURS IN THE RAIN 
What happens to the future when past and present collide? 

JESS: Six years ago Jess’s relationship with Talún Hansen was torn apart by one night of deception. He disappeared from Lynbrook village and she headed for university vowing never to let anyone break her heart again. Currently teaching in Oxford, Jess returns from holiday to an unexpected phone call and life changing news which eventually sees her returning home. 

TALÚN: Six years on Talún Hawkeswood, as he is now known, is heir to his grandfather’s Norfolk farming empire. When he hears of trouble in the village due to Lynbrook Hall being put up for sale, going back is the last thing on his mind. But staying away is not an option either, not when someone he owes so much to is about to lose their home and their livelihood. 

LILY: Splitting with her husband after her son Josh’s birth, Lily now works as part of an estate agency sales team.  She has always held onto her dream of finding a wealthy husband and a life of self-indulgence. When the sale of an important property brings her face to face with Talún, she realises despite the risks involved, the night they spent together six years ago could be the key to making those dreams come true. 
As Jess, Talún and Lily return to Lynbrook and the truth about what happened that summer is gradually revealed, Talún finds himself in an impossible situation. Still in love with Jess he is tied into a trade off with Lily: his name and the lifestyle she craves in exchange for his son. And when a child is involved there is only one choice he can make… 

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AN ARRANGEMENT by Lindsay Marie Miller #NA #Romance @Lindsay_MMiller #BookReview

An ArrangementAn Arrangement by Lindsay Marie Miller
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

An Arrangement is a NA romance set in New York. Claire Andrews’ younger sister Amy has a rare heart defect. Dr Abrams wants to try some expensive experimental treatments which won’t be covered by insurance, so the family must foot the bill.

Since her Dad’s death, twenty year old Claire has been holding the family together. She is shocked to find that the family wealth has either been used up by her mother or is locked in trust funds for Claire and her sister. Claire can access her money in a week’s time when she turns twenty-one, but their is a will stipulation that she must be married to someone of equal or more financial standing.

She turns to childhood family friend Benjamin Lewis and basically asks him to marry her for the sake of Amy. He surprisingly agrees straight away, but his consent starts off a roller coaster ride of will they? Won’t they, as Claire bounces from uncertainty about the wedding sham to loyalty to her sister.

Claire’s character actions have been written in such a way that they drive many readers to frustration, her almost childlike petulance and stubborn anger create constant rebounding moments. Yet through it all Ben perseveres with his insistence that he wants to marry Claire and do the right thing. A different man may well have thrown the towel in and walked away with the treatment he received.

Claire’s mother is an enigma, one moment a crushed mess unable to cope with her daughter’s illness and the loss of her husband, the next a cold a callous matron following the money trail.

There’s a lot of emotional anger in the book from many sides. Did it work for me? I don’t know. I did want to see more depth and maturity to Claire. I also felt there was room to tighten the writing in places where small scenes and actions were over written with tendencies towards tautology.

Who might enjoy this book? I think it might appeal to readers new to the NA romantic genre.

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Book Description

When Claire Andrews returns home from college for the summer, her little sister is rushed to the hospital due to a life-threatening heart condition. On her twenty-first birthday, Claire will receive a trust fund set aside by her late father with enough money to cover all medical expenses. 
The catch? 
Claire must marry a rich man or her access to the trust will be denied.
Her childhood crush, Benjamin Lewis, is a twenty-eight-year-old billionaire business mogul and New York City’s most eligible bachelor. When Ben agrees to marry Claire, her financial problems are solved. 
But will the price Claire must pay in return be too much for her heart to bear?
**Stand Alone New Adult Contemporary Romance**

About the author

Lindsay Marie Miller

LINDSAY MARIE MILLER graduated from Florida State University Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature. An author of Contemporary Romance and Romantic Suspense, she enjoys writing about strong heroines and the honorable gentlemen who claim their hearts. The author resides in her hometown of Tallahassee, FL, where she is currently working on her next novel.

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THE WAY YOU LOOK TONIGHT by @bellaandre #hot #romance #bookreview

The Way You Look Tonight (Seattle Sullivans, #2; The Sullivans, #10)The Way You Look Tonight by Bella Andre
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Way You Look Tonight is a hot contemporary romance and book #2 of the Seattle Sullivans. Easily a stand alone book.

Rafe Sullivan is a PI. The big dollar cases are all marriage related, but the emotional strain of finding so many marriages that fail makes Rafe skeptical of trusting that true love is real. When his real estate sister produces details of the lake house that their family once owned and spent many happy summers at, Rafe is cornered by Mia. She already has plans for their old family home and just needs his signature.

Mia sends Rafe out to his new house and away from the stress of his work and a past experience with an angry husband of one of his clients. When he arrives he finds the place trashed and uninhabitable.

Brooke Jansen spent her childhood summers at her grandparents Washington state lake house and spent many hours with the Sullivans who lived next door. When her Grandparents died they left her the lake house and now Brooke uses it as a base for her chocolate business.

She can’t believe that the new owner of the house next door is her childhood crush, Rafe. She’d heard the Sullivans had sold up years ago. Brooke offers Rafe a place to crash while he does his lake house up, but it soon becomes apparent that Brooke’s crush isn’t over and Rafe certainly likes the women Brooke has grown up to be. Can Rafe let down his guard enough to let Brooke in? Or will be chase her away with his controlling urges?

Good feel-good reading.

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Scotch On The Rocks by @lizzie_lamb #Contemporary #Romance #Scotland #Bookreview

Scotch on the Rocks: A contemporary romance set in the highlands of ScotlandScotch on the Rocks: A contemporary romance set in the highlands of Scotland by Lizzie Lamb
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Scotch on the Rocks is a wonderful romance set on a small Scottish island. Pull up a chair by a cosy fire and dive into this tale of love lost and found.

It opens with a daring dash across a tidal causeway by Ishabel Stuart to the island of Eilean na Sgairbh or Cormorant Isand. With her father strapped safely in the back seat she has just minutes to make it before the sea engulfs the only access to the island for another few hours.

Gunning the engine and with the water lapping at the wheels Issy is desperate to make it to the safety of the island and the waiting arms of her Aunt Esme, where she can lick her wounds and hide from the world. But much to her dismay Esme has a full house and is herself just off to one of her activist protests. Issy is left still full of her woes and on top of that there is a paying guest to accommodate.

For Issy the island has been a family safe haven, here the family once owned Stuart’s Twa Burns whisky distillery and Issy wants to give back something to the island and its inhabitants. She’s given up her job, and intends setting up artist workshops.

Stuck with Brodie, the American guest, she finds him annoying and intriguing, what is it he’s not telling her? And why does he have a tattoo of the McIntosh clan?

Lizzie writes with great passion and her characters feel like your best friends, from Lindy, Issy’s best friend who tries to win Brodie’s heart, to Pershing the talking parrot whose choice of words add so much to the tale. I also had a real soft spot for Aunt Esme, who, although “off set” for much of the storyline was there in so many other ways.

Feel good romance in a wonderful Scottish setting with Gaelic charm and a dram or two of whisky.

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Scotch On The Rocks has been shortlisted for the Exeter Novel prize.

Please Release Me by @RhodaBaxter @ChocLituk #Bookreview #wwwblogs

Please Release Me (Choc Lit)Please Release Me by Rhoda Baxter
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Please Release Me is a contemporary romance with a paranormal element from ChocLit author Rhoda Baxter. The book opens at the wedding scene of Peter and Sally which turns to a tragedy in the blink of an eye.

Ten months later and Peter visits Sally everyday, she’s in a coma. Another daily visitor to the hospice is Grace. She’s lost both her parents and now visits a close friend of her mother. Grace is lonely and alone and fears making a new start.

Peter is consumed with guilt, existing day to day, fearing a life without Sally and fearing a life with Sally should she recover. Peter and Grace find comfort in each other.

In her hospital bed, Sally can hear the voices, but she can’t communicate until one stormy night an electrical fault grants her wish. She latches onto Grace, who seems to be the only one who can help her. They form a friendship which has highs and lows and go on a journey of discovery for more than one person.

This book has a slow start and I didn’t connect to the characters until the night of the storm, when for me the book took off in an entertaining angle. The relationship between Grace and Sally worked well and was a delight to read.

This review is based on a free copy of the book given to me by the author.

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