Year of Living Blonde by Andrea Simonne

yold as bookcoverRevenge is a dish…

Plain-Jane bakery owner Natalie Anderson always follows the recipe for a safe life. That is, until her husband dumps her for a seductive older woman. Humiliated, she cooks up a hot new look and transforms herself from mousy brown to dazzling blonde. Meanwhile she’s trying to expand her Seattle bakery, but has a problem with her irritatingly handsome landlord.

Best served hot…

Women typically love Astronomer Anthony Novello, though that’s not the case with his new tenant, Natalie. Plain, plump, and persnickety–he’s never met a woman more annoying. He does everything he can to avoid her. But when Anthony returns from a telescope observing run, he makes a discovery of the non-celestial kind. Natalie has changed. He’s amazed to find himself attracted to her and wants to convince her there’s more to him than meets the eye.

To cheating husbands…

When her ex-husband sees her and tries to win her back though, Natalie is forced to choose. Is her old safe life the one she still wants? Or is her year of living blonde the best year ever.

I give this book 5 stars

This book was very satisfying to read because I’ve read a few books that have got cheating husbands in them and most of them usually have the wife blaming only themselves, they never slap the mistress and they don’t have a makeover and a sexy toy boy to move on with lol.
It sucked me in straight from the beginning as Natalie owns a cafe called La Dolce Vita with her friend and she bakes in her own kitchen at home as the kitchen at her cafe is too small and that is when her husband announces on their anniversary that he wants a divorce as he’s now with a woman who is ten years older than him and is not frumpy like Natalie and I was pleased that there was a bit of humour in there when she throws the rubbery muffins that she just baked at him, truthfully I would have wanted to throw the pan and the whole lot at him but it was satisfying lol.
I liked how she met the mistress and basically did what I was hoping she would do, I enjoyed how her and her Anthony got on despite them getting off on the wrong foot as he is her and her friend’s landlord and they want the building next door so they can expand their cafe but he won’t let them and I liked that at the beginning he came off as a playboy but as the story went on he became more likable and I was rootng for him and Natalie to get together and I liked seeing how they spent time together and when they realised the amount of stuff they had in common with each other.
I enjoyed seeing how Natalie slowly got her confidence back and how she made herself over to be a better person and her thoughts when she realised she was single again, I understood the dilemma about her daughter and how she was going to react at the thought of her parents splitting up, Natalie’s sister and her friend made me laugh and I liked seeing them throughout the book and how they helped Natalie to get through it.
Natalie’s husband I hated lol, I was waiting to see his reaction aswell as his mistress when he next saw Natalie and I was very pleased especially as she was dressed up and not looking the way she was when she was with him and how she was with Anthony and I enjoyed how Anthony stuck up for her when the mistress tried to belittle her and I thought it was funny when her husband thought that Anthony was an old professor seeing as how Anthony is an astrologer with a phd and he had only heard of him through his daughter and it was amusing the way her husband decided he wanted her back now she had changed.
I liked the ending I thought it was very satisfying as Natalie opened her eyes to what her husband actually was like and she went to get what she wanted and I liked the epilogue.

 

Mine by Sam Crescent

m sc bookcoverDaisy wants his sister’s best friend, Maria. She wants him to give her a chance to prove that she could be everything he wants. Can she handle the fact he wants to be in control of everything?

Maria’s tired of making the decisions. She yearns for a man who’ll love her, protect her, and stay faithful to her. She knows she’s different, but she can be everything Daisy needs.

Taking time away from the club, Daisy gives them a chance to see if Maria can give him what he wants, but also to show her he’s the kind of man she craves. They’re two unlikely souls that are destined to be together. Their time together shows that, and love blooms more powerfully than either could imagine.

However, when Maria tells him the truth about the pain his sister experienced, their peace comes 

I give this book 4 out of 5 stars

This book like all of Sam’s others did not disappoint me, I enjoy reading the world of the Trojans aswell as the Skulls. The characters Maria and Daisy I did like despite Daisy’s carefree attitude of how he slept with other women despite Maria telling him how she felt about him and Maria was too quick to forgive him and I would have to liked to have seen her made him suffer a little bit more and it also made me think where is the proof of how she could trust him when they going to be alone in a cabin for a month with no women around for her to get the proof that he wouldn’t stray from her.
I liked how Daisy became all alpha despite being a little controlling and how he made Maria comfortable in herself and how he was patient with her, I would liked to have seen Maria have a bit experience when it came to men though.
I didn’t like his ex though when she turned up at the same place as them, I thought she needed more than a telling off lol but I think that was the part which made Maria trust him and I liked the side story about Beth and Knuckles and how Beth’s problems came to light and I liked catching up on what the other characters had been up to, I also enjoyed reading about Matthew and I’m hoping that one day he’ll get his own book as he seems like he could be an interesting character.
I enjoyed the ending especially the epilogue and I’m looking forward to reading the next book of this series to find out how Daisy and Maria are getting on.

Sticks and Stones by Susie Tate

sas st bookcover.jpgFor Lou it was always Dylan.
She loved him from the moment they first met across a cadaver in the dissection room at medical school. The most gorgeous man she’d ever laid eyes on, with more Welsh charm than you could shake a stick at; she was a goner.

But Lou, despite her beauty, was just too extrovert to interest Dylan, who was convinced that a quiet, shy girl, like Lou’s best friend Frankie, was much more his style.

‘Have at it mate but I’ve got two words for you: high maintenance.’
‘Don’t think I’d mind putting in the hard yards maintaining that piece of arse,’ one of Dylan’s more disgusting rugby mates replied.
‘Well good luck to you,’ Dylan returned, looking completely relaxed now that they were discussing Lou and not his precious Frankie. ‘I like mine heavy on the sweet and light on the ball-breaking bitch, but each to his own.’

After overhearing that exchange, Lou buries her pain and pines for him in private, but she can’t give up their friendship. One night, eleven years later, she finally gets what she has been longing for, but the next morning realizes he was too drunk to even remember.

For Dylan it was always anyone but Lou.
A born surgeon, Dylan resents having to down his orthopaedic power tools for a six-month spell in Elderly Care. He thought that at least working with Lou would make his skiving easier; after all she’s always helped him out before. And so what if he’s been having these weird dreams about her since he woke up in her flat? It’s not like he’d ever actually go there.

So when he mistakenly believes that she’s put his career in jeopardy he loses control and his vicious insults, publicly made, cut Lou to the bone. It’s only after he loses Lou’s warm smiles, dry wit, boundless energy and outrageous banter from his life that he realizes the extent of his stupidity.

Maybe sticks and stones can break bones, and that’s something Dylan’s surgical skills can deal with. But when it’s a heart he’s broken…

I give this book 4 out of 5 stars

I thought the chemistry between Lou and Dylan’s was better in the first book than this one but overall I did enjoy reading this book, I liked how Lou was strong and Dylan was just clueless and I couldn’t really understand why she could have still loved him when years before she heard him comparing her to their other best friend in a not so nice way and watched him throughout the years having one night stands with most of the women and through all this was still his best friend.
I didn’t really like how Dylan who preferred the quiet type chose an outgoing woman just like Lou and flaunted her without knowing in front of Lou’s face and then humiliate her when after she helped him and he also had a hand in ruining her career and I was happy when she left for Africa and I was happy when she told him straight about not wanting to know him when she returned, I didn’t think he grovelled enough though when he found out the truth about what she did for him.
I did like towards the end though when he was there for her after what happened to her and I liked how Lou spoke up about her feelings and about what happened that night they got together when he couldn’t remember, I liked how Dylan became persistent on showing how much he now loved her and how he stuck up for her for when it came to her parents.
I did think the ending was too quick and I thought Dylan could have grovelled a little more but I did like the epilogue.

Broken Heart Syndrome by Susie Tate

bhs st bookcoverShy, reclusive Frankie and her best friend Lou obsess over Thomas G. Longley, as they reverently refer to him, for their entire first two years of medical school. So when he publically humiliates her at the student bar she is devastated.

Ten years later, Frankie has to work in the testosterone driven environment of Cardiology before she can start her palliative care training and, to her dismay, Tom is her boss.

Thankfully the subject of her long-term crush doesn’t seem to remember her and, given her ability to blend into the background, she’s not really surprised. What does surprise her is how cruel he is. Sure he squished her self esteem like a bug at Uni, but the Tom she spent many a pointless lunch break or library session covertly watching seemed easy going and quick to smile; not an uptight, overly critical bully.

Between passing out whilst assisting in theatre, struggling to force the team to see their bed blockers, and being covered head to foot in the bloody vomit of ‘Scary Glenda’ (A&E’s most frequent, frequent flyer), she can’t wait to get through the six months.

Although she’s too timid to tell Tom to jog on when she is his only target, when it’s her patients that he starts trampling she decides to grow a backbone, and Tom begins to see that she is not the cold, aloof woman he once thought.

As the misunderstandings of the past come to light, Tom realizes that the ‘complete-bastard’ routine he has been clinging to out of hurt pride might not have been his most stellar idea. He has a fight on his hands to win Frankie over and, unfortunately, it’s not just his past behaviour he’s fighting against. You see, Frankie knows all about being pushed around. She’s dealt with enough verbal and even physical abuse before to last a lifetime and she’s not going to be fooled into thinking that this ruthless alpha male has turned over a new leaf.

Even if he could convince her that he’s not really the bully he projected before, her low self-esteem would never allow her to believe that a man like Tom could really be into a boring, bland, nondescript girl like her.

Luckily for Frankie, Tom is used to getting what he wants. He’s determined to make her see herself clearly for the first time in her life and he’s just arrogant enough to believe that he can break through her defenses.

But Frankie’s past is not ready to let her go quite yet. There’s a reason that she spends next to no money but is always skint: a reason that she keeps her flat door open: a reason that she holds herself back from him.

Maybe he won’t manage to convince her and he’ll allow her to push him away. Or maybe (as Lou rightly puts it) he should ‘stop being a pussy and man up already.’

I give this book 5 out of 5 stars

I enjoyed reading this book and I did feel for Frankie at the beginning of the book when Tom humiliated her in front of his friends at college and even ten years later when she finds out that she’s having to work with him at the hospital, he was still the same and went on as if he didn’t know her but I did enjoy seeing him misread her as she was really shy with him but he always thought she was aloof, I liked Frankie but I didn’t like how she went on about her insecurities a lot
There were some scenes that made me laugh and I liked how Tom looked after her especially when he finds out that she’s not cold to him after all and I loved the chemistry between them and at this point I loved Tom especially when reading from his point of view, I felt like I understood him more. His family I found a bit judgmental when they first meet Frankie because yet again they thought she was aloof and cold but what they did towards the end made me change my mind towards to them, I did think that Tom made Frankie jump in the deep end when meeting his family though as it was unexpected and they had just started a relationship, I thought Frankie dumping Tom though wasn’t really worth the drama and angst but her insecurites yet again got in the way and I liked how Tom eventually stood up and made her see that she was worth everything to him.
I liked how she was working in the hospital and was baking and selling cakes in her spare time, I would have liked to have seen her in her own little bakery though rather then the hospital and I loved the ending especially the epilogue, I liked Lou and Dylan they make me laugh and I could see the chemistry between them and I’m rooting for them to get together eventually so I will be reading their book soon.

A Song at Twilight by Pamela Sherwood

asat ps bookcover

A second chance at love is the sweetest song of all…

A Woman with a Future

Aspiring singer Sophie Tresilian had the world at her feet—fame, fortune, and true love—until the man of her dreams broke her heart. Four years later, Sophie is the toast of Europe, desired and pursued by countless men. And then Robin Pendarvis walks back into her life . . .

A Man with a Past

Four years ago, Robin hoped to make Sophie his bride, but secrets from his past forced him to let her go. Seeing her again revives all the old pain—and all the old passion. Unable to deny the love that still burns between them, they risk everything to be together once more. But will the things that tore them apart in the past endanger their future as well?

I give book 4 out of 5 stars

I liked both Sophie and Robin, they were both strong characters and I liked the setting as it was in the late Victorian years, I enjoyed seeing them together when they were younger and I could feel the chemistry between them and I was hoping it would be something trivial as to the reason why he would break up with her despite it taking them four years to get back lol, I thought Sophie was stronger during them years when they weren’t together and I liked seeing how she at least moved on and focused on her life and career whilst Robin had to suffer for his reasons leaving her.
When the part came when they met up again I thought Sophie might have been a little more reluctant to taking him back but I couldn’t blame her when she heard of what happened throughout them four years and knowing that he suffered just as much and with it being in that era he didn’t have much choice but to leave her but I was happy that they had a second chance and he wasn’t going to let her get away.
I also enjoyed the suspense and the flashbacks as you got to know more about the background of the story and there was no getting lost on the way whilst reading and I enjoyed the ending.

Crashed by Sherilee Gray

c sg bookcoverShe swore never to trust him again…

Fiery mechanic Alexandra Franco should have known better. Years ago, her best friends’ older brother took her virginity and broke her heart-or rather, doused it with gasoline, lit a match, and then walked away. And Alex definitely should not have indulged in another hot night with him after the fact. He’s not the same boy she fell for, and she sure as hell doesn’t want anything to do with the wealthy, ruthless man he’s become.

Walking away from Alex was the biggest mistake of Deacon West’s life. She belongs with him, and if getting her back means playing dirty, so be it. If she’ll grant him a three-month, no-strings affair, he won’t sell the building Alex and his sisters use for their auto repair business. Hell, he’ll even sign it over to them. But will Alex ever entrust her heart to him again, or are they destined to crash and burn?

I give this book 3 out of 5 stars

The book to me wasn’t a light hearted read, I didn’t care for Deacon at first as he sexually blackmailed Alex all because she wanted to keep the garage for her and his sisters and he was threatening to kick them out but as the story went on I did warm up to him despite him getting jealous every five minutes the only thing that did make me go off him yet again was when his manipulative ex wife turned up and he was gullible despite knowing what she was like during the marriage and he put Alex second during all this.
Alex I did like and I liked how strong she was despite her being abandoned and passed from home to home as a child, I liked how she coped to getting blackmailed by Deacon though I didn’t like how she kept referring herself to being a whore and when Deacon was constantly accusing her of cheating even when she was just talking to a man, I did like how she stood up for herself and how she stuck up for herself when it come the ex wife’s bitchy friends and I would have like to have seen the ex wife get her comeuppance but for some reason she didn’t.

Romantic Encounter by Betty Neels

re bn bookcoverWhen the vicar’s daughter met the surgeon…

Florence Napier thought Alexander Fitzgibbon a cold, humorless man. The eminent surgeon had hired her as the new nurse for his private practice, but he didn’t seem to like her.

Nor was Florence at all sure she liked him. Still, she had to admit he was a dedicated doctor, generous with his skills and considerate toward his patients.

Slowly Florence began to notice that many of Alexander Fitzgibbon’s actions contradicted his aloof demeanor, revealing a man who was as attractive inside as out. So it shouldn’t have been a surprise when she realized, one day, that she’d fallen in love with him…

I give this book 5 out of 5 stars

This book got me straight away and I havent been able to put it down, I had mixed feelings about the H Alexander but Florence I did like, she was fiery as she was described in the book and in this one she wasn’t a plain Jane which makes me think if she was perhaps Alexander might have softened towards her lol. Alexander did eventually grow on me but just like Florence when you began to like him he would do a big turn around and you would begin to dislike him again.
I liked how Florence stood up to herself when it came to the ow who didn’t do much mischief and it made a nice change and I liked the settings and Florence’s family, I enjoyed it when Alexander got a little jealous but didn’t show it when she talks to an engaged co worker at the hospital and I enjoyed the ending despite it being short.

Ring In A Teacup by Betty Neels

riatc bn bookcoverShe’d never seen a man so angry!

Nurse Lucy Prendergast had not made a good impression. Falling asleep during a consultant’s lecture was hardly the best way to attract the great man’s attention!

So she set out to correct the bad impression she’d made.
Dr. Fraam der Linssen, however, seemed to have a positive genius for catching her in the most awkward situations.

And anyway, why should she care what he thought? He’d already made it plain that he preferred her pretty friend, Mies.

I give this book 5 out of 5 stars

I laughed at how the h who was a nurse Lucy first met the H who was a professor Fraam when she was asleep in his lecture, I liked how they met again in Holland when she was visiting her friend who I wasn’t too keen on but seeing as she wasn’t much in the story it didn’t bother me too much, I enjoyed how Fraam fell in love with Lucy but she was clueless throughout the story and I particularly like the blizzard plotline and how he came to be there at the right time.

What I didn’t really get is why even though he was in love with her he was still dating and going around with other women instead of slowly wooing her but when he proposed to her he did stop and I didn’t really get why that even when she told him she loved him he didn’t tell her the same, it left me confused especially when he tells her near the beginning that it will be her fault if he marries someone else.
I liked the tactic he used to get her back to Holland when he got her to look after her friend’s father despite him not really needing her.
There was the typical mischief of the ow who once again the h easily believed and obviously the ow got away with it, I did laugh at how Lucy got into a temper afterwards and threw her engagement ring into a teacup hence the title and how Fraam had to rescue her from a locked hotel room when she left her belongings in the house and had no money to pay.
The ending I did like but it was too short and there was no epilogue.

Enzo by Shyla Colt

E sc bookcoverNeglected, abandoned by a heroin-addicted mother, and placed in foster care at ten, Enzo Jordan has learned one thing…love hurts. At thirty-five, he has a successful tattoo shop and his choice of women. The one-night stands are getting old, and the love he holds for his best friend, Aibhlinn is impossible to hide. When the attraction between them reaches a boiling point, he’s forced to choose between facing his fears and walking away.

Aibhlinn Leahy has been in love with her best friend for years. The Irish-born comic book artist has poured time, energy, and love into the wounded man. His choice to walk away breaks her heart but frees her to explore a new future.

Life is a cruel and amazing thing. An abandoned baby brings the two back together, and they’re forced to examine the love that has long existed between them. This is a story of pain, scars, and fear. We all have demons to battle.

The real decision is who’s in control…us or them..

I give this book 4 out of 5 stars

I enjoyed the angst between the two main characters Enzo and Aibhlinn and the sections about both their pasts and how it molded them to be what they are today, Enzo was a manwhore and was secretly in love with Aibhlinn but he though he would ruin their friendship if they ever did anything due to his bad past and Aibhlinn loved him but was too scared to tell him, I liked how Enzo broke down and told Aibhlinn all about his mother and her drug use and how Aibhlinn reacted but my heart broke when Enzo left her to seek help and Aibhlinn moved on and it was interesting to see how Aibhlinn’s childhood turned out and about what happened to her.
I liked the abandoned baby plot and like most baby themed stories that I’ve read I basically thought that it was a secret pregnancy storyline to do with one of Enzo’s one night stands but I was pleasantly surprised despite how the baby came to be found, I liked how Enzo and Aibhlinn basically stood up to become parents of the baby and I loved the ending.