In April I read 27 books, I ended up DNFing 4 books and 6 were reread’s, I do love me some Kristen Ashley after reading Bounty I got sucked back into The ‘Burg series. Here are a few good books, well my favourite six that I read and highly recommend to be precise.
Hold Your Breath by Katie Ruggle | Romantic Suspense | 4 Stars
As the captain of Field County’s ice rescue dive team, Callum Cook is driven to perfection. But when he meets new diver Louise “Lou” Sparks, all that hard-won order is obliterated in an instant. Lou is a hurricane. A walking disaster. And with her, he’s never felt more alive…even if keeping her safe may just kill him. Lou’s new to the Rockies, intent on escaping her controlling ex, and she’s determined to make it on her own terms…no matter how tempting Callum may be. But when a routine training exercise unearths a body, Lou and Callum find themselves thrust into a deadly game of cat and mouse with a killer who will stop at nothing to silence Lou-and prove that not even her new Search and Rescue family can keep her safe forever.
Lou and Cal together just really worked for me. It’s a much slower paced romance compared to other romantic suspense books I’ve read (they don’t get jiggy with it until about 60% of the book) but I really enjoyed the chemistry and banter between Lou and Cal that built them up to their relationship. I also enjoyed the search and rescue part of the storyline, it’s not something you come across often and I liked how well written it was and how the storyline unfolded. The only one little niggle I had with it was that there are two plots in the one storyline, one for Hold Your Breath and one for the series arc. Which I didn’t know about going in. At the end of Hold Your Breath there is the first 7 chapters of Fan the Flames which I’m excited to read.
Chase Me by Laura Florand | Contemporary Romance | 3.5 Stars
A Michelin two-star chef at twenty-eight, Violette Lenoir could handle anything, including a cocky burglar who broke into her restaurant in the middle of the night. Or so she thought. Elite counterterrorist operative Chase “Smith” had been through things that made Hell Week look easy. But nothing had prepared him for a leather-clad blonde who held him at bay at knifepoint and dared him to take her on. Now if only saving the world didn’t require he ruin her life. Two people who thought they could handle anything now have to take on each other. It’s a battle neither one expected. But with their futures on the line, they have nothing to lose…but their hearts.
I pretty much love anything Laura Florand and Chase Me was no different. What got me the most with Chase Me was the banter and humour between Violette and Chase. There’s no way you can read the first few chapters and not giggle and be hooked between the humour and chemistry between Violette and Chase. So freaking cute!
The Obsession by Nora Roberts | Romantic Suspense | 4 Stars | Full review here
She changed her name. She changed her life. But someone won’t let her go. The brand-new novel of love, drama and hope from legendary Nora Roberts. Naomi Carson is a survivor. As a child, her family was torn apart by a shocking crime. It could have destroyed her, but Naomi has grown up strong, with a passion for photography that has taken her all around the world. Now, at last, she has decided to put down roots. The beautiful old house on Point Bluff needs work, but Naomi has new friends in town who are willing to help, including Xander Keaton – gorgeous, infuriating and determined to win her heart. But as Naomi plans for the future, her past is catching up with her. Someone in town knows her terrifying secret – and won’t let her forget it. As her new home is rocked by violence, Naomi must discover her persecutor’s identity, before it’s too late.
Even though I’ve written a full review (813 words to be precise) about how much I loved The Obsession, I would be remiss not to mention it again here. I greatly enjoyed The Obsession, which was no surprise because it contains everything that makes a
good great romantic suspense and takes you on an epic journey with some awesome characters.
Sweetest Scoundrel by Elizabeth Hoyt | Historical Romance | 4 Stars
Prim, proper, and thrifty, Eve Dinwoody is all business when it comes to protecting her brother’s investment. But when she agrees to control the purse strings of London’s premier pleasure garden, Harte’s Folly, she finds herself butting heads with an infuriating scoundrel who can’t be controlled. Bawdy and bold, Asa Makepeace doesn’t have time for a penny-pinching prude like Eve. As the garden’s larger-than-life owner, he’s already dealing with self-centered sopranos and temperamental tenors. He’s not about to let an aristocratic woman boss him around . . . no matter how enticing she is. In spite of her lack of theatrical experience—and her fiery clashes with Asa—Eve is determined to turn Harte’s Folly into a smashing success. But the harder she tries to manage the stubborn rake, the harder it is to ignore his seductive charm and raw magnetism. There’s no denying the smoldering fire between them—and trying to put it out would be the greatest folly of all.
Sweetest Scoundrel is the first book I’ve read in the Madian Lane series even though it’s the ninth in the series and the first book I’ve read by Elizabeth Hoyt and I just adored it! It’s sweet, humours and a real feel good read. I adored Eve she’s such a different character for a historical romance and Eve and Asa together just worked so well for me.
The Player and The Pixie by LH Cosway and Penny Reid | Contemporary Romance | 4 Stars
Lucy Fitzpatrick doesn’t like rugby. As the little sister of Ireland’s most infamous rugby player, Lucy can’t seem to escape the championship-sized shadow cast by her big brother, or her mother’s frequent attempts to micromanage her future. Her rainbow hair is as free-spirited as her quest for inner peace, yet overbearing expectations keep bringing her down. And when she’s down, her compulsive little problem lands her in seriously big trouble. Sean Cassidy is a cold-hearted brute… or so he’s been told. Frequently. By everyone. His blonde locks, baby blues, and rock hard bod make ladies the world over drool with desire. As the rugby world’s second most infamous player, he should be basking in his success. But Sean has never been content settling for second place, and his frequent confrontations with Lucy’s big brother leave him cold. And when he’s cold, his compulsive little problem lands him in the lap of Lucy Fitzpatrick. Sean has a problem only Lucy can solve. Lucy has a problem only Sean can fix. The solution seems obvious: you scratch my back, and I’ll bail you out of jail. But when their business arrangement unexpectedly leaves Sean scorching hot and Lucy on the precipice of inner peace, can they convince the world—and Lucy’s big brother in particular—that this is the real deal? Either way, both the Player and the Pixie are about to teach each other some pretty monumental lessons about family, life, but most importantly, love.
The Player and The Pixie is the second book in the Ruby series by LH Cosway and Penny Reid, I read and liked the first book, The Hooker and The Hermit but wasn’t wowed by it like so many others were, but for me The Player and The Pixie was extremely enjoyable and I liked for a change that it was a sport that as a Brit I could understand and already knew about. I liked that it was similar to the first book and was set in Ireland and America and I greatly enjoyed the budding romance between Lucy and Sean. I found Lucy to be a really unique and funky character that often made me giggle and I like how she humanised Sean as well as showing a different side to him. The more we got to know Sean the more I liked him and who he was as a person not just the Rugby player side we got to see and dislike in the first book. I am a little sad that there will only be one book a year in this series though.
Bounty by Kristen Ashley | Contemporary Romance | 4 Stars
Justice Lonesome has enjoyed a life of bounty. Even so, she’s inherited the curse of the Lonesome. A poet’s soul. Which means she’s still searching for something. Searching for peace. Searching for the less…that’s more. And when the foundation of her life is pulled out from under her, grieving, she goes to the mountains to find her oasis. She hits Carnal, Colorado and decides to stay. Deke Hightower lost everything at the age of two. He lost it again at fifteen. His life has not been about bounty. It’s been about learning to live with less, because there’s no way to get more. Deke’s also watched all his friends go down to the women who gave them what they needed. He wants that for himself. But he knows that search isn’t going to be easy because he’s a rider. His home is the road. That’s the only place he can breathe. And the woman who takes her place at his side has to do it sitting on the back of his bike. When Deke meets Justice, he knows she’s not that woman. She’s cute. She’s sweet. And she’s into him, but she’s got it all and Deke knows he won’t fit into that. So he holds her at arm’s length. Establishes boundaries. And Justice will take it because she wants Deke any way he’ll let her have him. But when Justice finds herself a pawn in a dangerous game, Deke makes a decision. When he does, he has no idea he’s just opened himself up to bounty.
Kristen Ashley can do no wrong and she proves that once again with the seventh book in the Colorado Mountain series Bounty. Bounty is everything you can come to expect from a Kristen Ashley book, sweet, funny, sexy with some drama, some angst and some sadness thrown in for good measure. Justice is a truly great character, I have no idea where Ms Ashley comes up with them but she’s a serious wonder and Deke isn’t bad either. You also see other characters from the Colorado Mountain series and see how their HEA’s have been treating them. Overall, Bounty just gives me all the feels!