Review: Fugly (Fugly #1) by Mimi Jean Pamfiloff

Title: Fugly
Author: Mimi Jean Pamfiloff
Series: Fugly #1
Rating: 4.5 stars
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Blurb:
A Contemporary Romance from New York Times Bestselling Author Mimi Jean Pamfiloff

My name is Lily Snow. I am twenty-five years old, and despite being born with an unattractive face, I have never doubted who I am: smart, driven, and beautiful on the inside.

Until I met Maxwell Cole.

He’s handsome, excessively wealthy, and the owner of Cole Cosmetics. It’s been my dream to work for this man for as long as I can remember. The good news is he wants to hire me. The bad news is he wants me for all the wrong reasons. Ugly reasons.

In exchange, he’s offered me my dreams on a silver platter. The job. The title. A beautiful future. But this man is as messed up and ugly as they come on the inside. I’m not sure anyone can help him, and he just might take my heart down with him.

My Review:
Fugly is my first read by Mimi Jean Pamfiloff and I know it won’t be my last. This beautiful, sweet, sexy, sometimes heartwrenching story explores the concept of ugliness in all its guises, and I found it very thought-provoking and introspective. I would challenge anyone to read this book and not stop and think about society’s definition of beauty and how completely messed-up it is.

Lily has been raised in a loving, nurturing environment and always been made to feel important, valued and loved. This is despite the fact that her face isn’t conventionally pretty and it doesn’t match her hot bod. Lily is super smart and fiercely career-orientated with a definite life plan in mind. She has always considered herself to be above the derision and hostility she faces and feels happy in her own skin.

All that changes when she meets Maxwell Cole – hot, CEO of Cole Cosmetics and a bit of an evangelist when it comes to true beauty. His motto is real beauty is soul-deep rather than skin-deep, and he’s adored by women the world over for his refreshing views. However, that’s all a carefully controlled marketing image that feeds the brand – Or is it?

Lily and Max challenge each other in so many different ways and I adored their relationship progression. Their witty back and forth had me in stitches and when the sexy times arrive it was definitely worth the wait. I spent the first part of the book detesting Max and calling bs on his supposed cacophobia. I’ll be the first to admit that I thought it was a made-up condition and I was initially skeptical. However, I’ve since discovered that it is a real condition and I became more emphatic toward Max, especially as he was trying so hard to overcome it.

We have two contrasting parental set-ups here which is interesting. A lot of Max’s issue arise from his dysfunctional childhood and bitch of a mother. Lily’s parents are awesome if a little bit overbearing and too protective at times. Polar opposites.

I enjoyed the setting and that the corporate environment was realistically portrayed.

I greatly admired Lily and felt for her as everything she thought she knew about herself came crashing down around her. I could understand how she acted as she did toward the end even if I was screaming at her to cop the hell on!

I LOVE Mimi’s writing – it was wonderfully eloquent and oh so witty. I laughed my ass off reading this book. The pacing was spot-on.

The ending was a bit abrupt and if a second book hadn’t been written I would’ve been grossly unhappy with that epilogue. However, I knew there was a second book so it didn’t faze me.

All in all, this was an amazing read and a great introduction to this author.

Can be read as a standalone with a HEA and no cliffhanger.

Actual 4.5 Stars.

Review: Wrecked (Axle Alley Vipers #3) by Sherilee Gray

Title: Wrecked
Author: Sherilee Gray
Series: Axle Alley Vipers #3
Rating: 4 stars
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Blurb:
He’s driving her crazy…

Piper West is finally on her own, and it’s time to get crazy. Except that her overprotective big bro has enlisted his ex-cop best friend to keep an eye on his baby sister. With every move monitored and reported back, Piper’s life has gone from “going crazy” to “being driven crazy.” But a searing-hot kiss with her sexy and scarred watchdog is just the game-changer she needs…

Cole Black owes Piper’s brother big-time, but there’s nothing easy about his new assignment. Piper is all feisty sexiness and curves meant to tempt a man beyond reason, and Cole can’t stop himself. Now he’s caught up in a hunger like nothing he’s ever known, and he can’t get enough…

Even if Piper’s the one girl he’s not allowed to have.

My Review:
A fantastic friends to lovers romance full to the brim with love, laughter, angst, pain, longing, and heartfelt emotions.

Cole has shut himself off to all those closest to him in the aftermath of a tragedy. Blaming himself for the death of his partner, he believes he deserves to suffer and disregards all the plans he had made for his future. His biggest goal had been to return to his hometown and win the hand of the girl he has always loved, but he accepts that that will never be, as he feels he isn’t good enough or worthy enough of her anymore.

Pipe West has always been in love with her big brothers bestie, Cole. They had an easy going relationship until she came of age and realized her feelings ran deep. But he had a job and a life far away so she has been pining in silence. When he returns, he is a shell of his former self, and she is determined to help him in any way she can.

Characterization was superb in this book and I felt all of Cole’s devastation and grief and all of Pipe’s soul-deep longing for the one guy who has always seemed out of her reach. This was an angst-filled read that also had it’s fair share of sweet and sexy times.

I did feel like the inner monologue was very repetitive at times (especially Cole’s) and I did skim over parts that I felt were redundant. Sometimes, the plot got lost in all the sex, and the stalker plot line was a bit weak and cliche. This is the main reason why this is a 4-star, not 5-star read.

It was well written, and I loved the family-n-friends dynamic, and I’m intrigued about the other couples and will definitely pick up their books at some point.

All in all, this was a really great read, and one I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend.

Release Day: Seducing Kaden


Seducing Kaden is the sixth book in the Kennedy Boys series, and it is now LIVE. I’m so excited for you to finally meet Kaden, the mysterious eldest Kennedy brother, and his love interest, Eva. This book is much darker and more intense that the other books in this series, and I can’t wait for you to read it! You can download a copy exclusively from Amazon and it’s free to read with Kindle Unlimited.

“The books in this series just suck me in! Kaden is one sexy beast … and definitely in the running now for my favorite Kennedy brother.” Meghann. Goodreads reviewer

Seducing KadenSeducing Kaden(The Kennedy Boys #6)
by Siobhan Davis

A new forbidden romance from USA Today bestseller Siobhan Davis. Standalone with an HEA and no cliffhanger.

Kaden
The woman I love will never be mine because she already belongs to another.

I’ve tried everything to forget her, but it’s impossible when she occupies a starring role in my dreams. My eyes are glued to her shapely curves whenever I see her around campus, and it doesn’t help that she looks as miserable as I feel.

I wonder if she misses me as much as I miss her.

Short of putting a bullet through the skull of that gangster she’s married to, I’m stuck in a hellhole of my own making.

Until fate intervenes, setting us on a collision course we can’t avoid.

Evelina
When I was a little girl, I dreamed of falling in love. The all-consuming sweep-you-off-your-feet kind of love I swooned over in movies.

It didn’t take long for that fairytale notion to come crashing down around me. Now I’m trapped in a marriage I despise with no way out.

The only light in the dark is Kaden Kennedy—the one true love of my life. He doesn’t know he is, because I’m forced to love him from afar, condemned to toss and turn at night, crying over everything I want and all I can never have.

Seeing him day in, day out, destroys me, but there’s no other choice; I had to push him away to keep him safe.

Because if my husband ever finds out I’m in love with another man, I won’t be the only one in danger.

While you don’t need to read the earlier books in this series to enjoy Seducing Kaden, it is highly recommended. This book is a contemporary new adult romance, and it is only suitable for readers aged eighteen and older due to mature content, sexual situations, and language.

This story includes details of an extramarital affair, so if you don’t like cheating or controversial storylines, then this book isn’t for you.

“Another phenomenal Kennedy Boys book. The story keeps you on the edge of your seat until the very end!” Katie Jo. Goodreads reviewer

 

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Review: Bossman by Vi Keeland

Title: Bossman
Author: Vi Keeland
Series: standalone
Rating: 5 stars
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Blurb:
The first time I met Chase Parker, I didn’t exactly make a good impression.

I was hiding in the bathroom hallway of a restaurant, leaving a message for my best friend to save me from my awful date.

He overheard and told me I was a bitch, then proceeded to offer me some dating advice.

So I told him to mind his own damn business—his own tall, gorgeous, full-of-himself damn business—and went back to my miserable date.

When he walked by my table, he smirked, and I watched his arrogant, sexy ass walk back to his date.

I couldn’t help but sneak hidden glances at the condescending jerk on the other side of the room. Of course, he caught me on more than one occasion, and winked.

When the gorgeous stranger and his equally hot date suddenly appeared at our table, I thought he was going to rat me out.

But instead, he pretended we knew each other and joined us—telling elaborate, embarrassing stories about our fake childhood.

My date suddenly went from boring to bizarrely exciting.

When it was over and we parted ways, I thought about him more than I would ever admit, even though I knew I’d never see him again.

I mean, what were the chances I’d run into him again in a city with eight million people?
Then again…

What were the chances a month later he’d wind up being my new sexy boss?

My Review:
Bossman is a stomping good read, and I can’t believe that I am only discovering the genius that is Vi Keeland now. Funny, Poignant, Heartwarming, Sexy and Sweet all in equal measure, Bossman will pluck your heartstrings until you feel like an invisible hand is squeezing your heart to bursting point. I had all the feels reading this one – ALL the feels. It was so so good.

Chase is a refreshingly different CEO than the typical dominant type you usually read about in these kind of books. He was happy to stand back and let his employees shine, and I loved that about him. He flirted outrageously with Reece, which could’ve earned him a lawsuit if she wasn’t as attracted to him too. Even though he’s a little bit naughty, he was still a real gent and he totally made my heart swoon. However, he’s hiding a tragedy from his past that has dictated how he’s lived his life up to this point. He’s now at a critical juncture – feeling more than just fleeting lust for a woman – and you know it’s all about to go pear-shaped.

I loved Reece – she really spoke to the career-driven part of my persona. She didn’t wanted to get involved with her boss because she wanted to earn the respect of her co-workers on her own merit, and not because she was sleeping with the bossman.

While she did her damnedest to resist Chase, the man is irresistible and soon they were indulging their sizzling hot chemistry. The sex scenes were brilliantly written and I loved these two together.

Of course, as soon as Reece entertains the possibility of them as a couple, his past comes back to haunt him. He falls apart and pushes her away and it was heartbreaking. I felt their mutual pain and I cried for our tortured hero.

Thankfully, we get our HEA in the end so I’m a happy camper.

I loved the writing and the witty banter between our loving pair. It also had the perfect amount of angst and drama. I can find nothing to fault because it was exemplary in my opinion.

Highly Recommended.

Review: His Fantasy Bride (Things to do Before You Die… #3) by Nina Croft

Title: His Fantasy Bride
Author: Nina Croft
Series: Things to do Before You Die… #3
Rating: 4 stars
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Blurb:
I can’t marry you. You don’t love me.

Two sentences, that’s all Gabrielle Harper left Vito D’Ascensio when she vanished the night before their wedding. If he wants his bride back, he’s going to have to hunt her down and prove his love. But when he searches for Gabrielle, he finds Gabby instead; it seems his perfect bride is nothing but a fantasy.

After six months, Gabby presumes it’s over, an episode in her life she’s totally ashamed of. But now Vito is back. He’s the one man she can never have, but as desire explodes between them, she has a tough time remembering why they shouldn’t be together. Oh, right, her family hates him, and he’s done terrible things. Or has he? But it doesn’t matter. When he finds out the truth about who she really is…he’ll never want to see her again.

My Review:
Nina Croft delivers a well-paced contemporary read with great dialogue and plenty of romantic moments.

I was intrigued by the premise of this book, and I loved the little note that the author inserted at the start of the book to put it into context.

This is a book about second chances and learning to open up before a relationship can really mature into something long lasting.

Gabby fled Vito’s arms on the eve of their wedding six months ago, but she can’t forget the sultry hottie who is supposed to be her arch-enemy.

On the eve of the six-month anniversary, Vito reappears in her life, determined to get answers, and to win back “his fantasy bride.”

What he discovers blows him away. Gabrielle is now Gabby and not entirely like he remembers her. With lies and deception still driving a wedge between them, can he tell who is the real Gabby and more importantly if she is the woman for him.

Vito was a great leading man and I thought he was very understanding, all things considered. I felt for Gabby even if her cowardice irritated me. She made a mistake, but she didn’t actually betray him other than keeping the real reason for their meeting a secret for so long. She should have grown a pair and told him the truth. But, if she had we wouldn’t have had any story.

The writing was great, the sex scenes were tastefully structured, and characterization was decent.

Overall, this was a great, quick read and one I recommend.

Thanks to the publisher for providing a copy of this book, via Netgalley, in exchange for my honest review.

Review: Cunning (Infidelity #2) by Aleatha Romig

Title: Cunning
Author: Aleatha Romig
Series: Infidelity #2
Rating: 4 stars
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Blurb:
“He owns you. Whatever he tells you to do you do”.

One year. No future. A past that won’t go away.

Lennox “Nox” Demetri broke his own rule by making a deal. It may not have been directly with the devil, but that doesn’t mean Satan himself isn’t watching. Was it fate that brought Charli into his life and his bed? What will happen when rules are broken and secrets are revealed?

“New rules…my rules.”

Alex “Charli” Collins found pleasure with Nox like she’d never known. That was before she knew his last name. Now that Infidelity is involved and the rules have changed, what will result when real life and fantasy collide?

Is it really cheating if you’re doing it to yourself?

From New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Aleatha Romig comes a sexy, new dominant hero who knows what he wants and a strong-willed heroine who has plans of her own. With classic Aleatha Romig twists, turns, deceptions, and devotions, the depth of this new, epic dark romance reaches new levels and will have readers swooning one minute and screaming the next.

My Review:
This was a great read and I’m totally hooked on this series. While the cliffhanger at the end is meant to be sensational, I understand what Nox meant so it didn’t have that shock factor for me. Not a huge amount happened in the first half of the book but it picked up pace after that. Some twists were anticipated, others were unexpected. Superb writing as I’ve come to expect from Aleatha. Can’t wait to read the next book in May.

Trailer Reveal Moonlight Seduction by Jennifer L Armentrout


Moonlight Seduction: A de Vincent Novel from New York Times bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout is coming June 26th and today I am part of the trailer reveal!

First let’s have a look at the trailer and then there is more information about the book. The trailer is made by Jillian Stein.

Watch the Trailer:

Title: Moonlight Seduction
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Series: de Vincent #2
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Blurb:
The de Vincent brothers are back—and so is the intrigue that surrounds them—in New York Times bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout’s sizzling new novel . . .

Nicolette Bresson never thought she’d return to the de Vincents’ bayou compound. It’s where her parents work, where Nikki grew up . . . and where she got her heart broken by Gabriel de Vincent himself. Yet here she is, filling in for her sick mother. Avoiding Gabe should be easy, especially when so much of Nikki’s time is spent trying not to be stabbed in the back by the malicious hangers-on who frequent the mansion. But escaping memories of Gabe, much less his smoking-hot presence, is harder than expected—especially since he seems determined to be in Nikki’s space as much as possible.

Gabriel spent years beating himself up over his last encounter with Nikki. He’d wanted her then, but for reasons that were bad for both of them. Things have now changed. Gabe sees more than a girl he’s known forever; he sees a smart, talented, and heartbreakingly beautiful woman . . . one who’s being stalked from the shadows. Now, Gabe will do anything to keep Nikki safe—and to stop the de Vincent curse from striking again.

Start the Series Today!
Moonlight Sins (de Vincent series, book 1)

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About the Author:
# 1 New York Times and # 1 International Bestselling author Jennifer lives in Charles Town, West Virginia. All the rumors you’ve heard about her state aren’t true. When she’s not hard at work writing. she spends her time reading, watching really bad zombie movies, pretending to write, hanging out with her husband and her Jack Russell Loki. In early 2015, Jennifer was diagnosed with retinitis pigmentosa, a group of rare genetic disorders that involve a breakdown and death of cells in the retina, eventually resulting in loss of vision, among other complications. Due to this diagnosis, educating people on the varying degrees of blindness has become of passion of hers, right alongside writing, which she plans to do as long as she can.

Her dreams of becoming an author started in algebra class, where she spent most of her time writing short stories….which explains her dismal grades in math. Jennifer writes young adult paranormal, science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary romance. She is published with Tor, HarperCollins Avon and William Morrow, Entangled Teen and Brazen, Disney/Hyperion and Harlequin Teen. Her Wicked Series has been optioned by PassionFlix. Jennifer has won numerous awards, including the 2013 Reviewers Choice Award for Wait for You, the 2015 Editor’s Pick for Fall With Me, and the 2014/2015 Moerser-Jugendbuch- Jury award for Obsidian. Her young adult romantic suspense novel DON’T LOOK BACK was a 2014 nominated Best in Young Adult Fiction by YALSA. Her adult romantic suspense novel TILL DEATH was a Amazon Editor’s Pick and iBook Book of the Month. Her young adult contemporary THE PROBLEM WITH FOREVER is a 2017 RITA Award Winner in Young Adult Fiction. She also writes Adult and New Adult contemporary and paranormal romance under the name J. Lynn. She is published by Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins.

She is the owner of ApollyCon and The Origin Event, the successful annual events that features over hundred bestselling authors in Young Adult, New Adult, and Adult Fiction, panels, parties, and more. She is also the creator and sole financier of the annual Write Your Way To RT Book Convention, a contest that gives aspiring authors a chance to win a fully paid trip to RT Book Reviews.

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Review: Hearts of Fire (Hearts #2) by L.H. Cosway

Title: Hearts of Fire
Author: L.H. Cosway
Series: Hearts #2
Rating: 4 stars
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Blurb:
The Circus Spektakulär is proud to present Jack McCabe: Fire-breather, knife-thrower, risk-taker.

My house burned down when I was just a boy, robbing me of both my parents.

Now I breathe fire, eat the poison that almost killed me.

Crowds come to see me night after night. Men for the spectacle, women for the thrill. I’m an oddity to be stared at and desired. With each flame I spit, I risk my life.

I wear scars on my body that will never go away, but the scars inside my head are far more difficult to overlook.

My brother doesn’t know me, and if I have it my way he never will.

Life was going exactly the way I’d planned until Lille came along. She wanted to run away with the circus, have an adventure, but this world was never meant for her.

I try to keep her safe, because she doesn’t know the dangers that are out here on the road. She doesn’t know the monsters that lurk behind the bright lights of the ring. In truth, I could be considered one of them.

We were fashioned from different cloths, never intended to mix. So I watch her. I try not to touch, even when her eyes invite me.

Join us in the Spiegeltent and let us give you a show. Allow my Lille to draw a picture for you in paint and sweat and skin.

The truest love is always the hardest to let in.

This is a standalone romance that tells the story of Jack McCabe, Jay Fields’ long lost, presumed dead brother. It is not necessary to have read Six of Hearts in order to enjoy Hearts of Fire.

My Review:
Another great read from L.H. Cosway.

I loved the concept of this book; I mean who didn’t entertain fanciful notions of running off with the circus at some point? And that’s exactly what Lille does in order to escape her overbearing, controlling mother. I adored Lille as MC, and loved her progression throughout the story. I especially loved that she was an artist and it really appealed to my creative side.

Jack was very gruff to start off with, but he was very protective of Lille from the get-go which was sweet. He was a swoon-worthing lead man. Their romance is a little unconventional but it works.

The plot around who was attacking the girls on the set was a little predictable, and very much secondary to the relationship between Jack and Lille, but that’s how I prefer it.

Secondary characters were again well-developed, and I particularly warmed to Marina, King, and Lola.

I spent an anxious few chapters waiting for Jay and Matilda to show up, but boy was it worth the wait. This is one of my absolute fav things about series like this – when we get to catch up with other beloved characters.

L.H. Cosway is adept at writing strong emotional scenes that bleed off the page. When Lille cried after reading Jack’s letter, I felt her compassion and her empathy. When the brothers eventually reunited, it tugged at my heart strings. I could completely visualize the scene as it unfolded, even down to the girls linking hands as they watched from the sidelines. Superbly written.

The only issue I had with this book is Jack’s so-called ‘fetish.’ I was very uncomfortable with this aspect of his character because, for me, Jack was suffering from deep-seated psychological issues as a result of the trauma of his childhood. He needed to deal with the underlying cause rather than venting it as he did on Lille’s body. I felt this was glossed over, as indeed was the horrific abuse he endured as a child, not to mention the fire he almost died in. I wish the author had explored this a little.

However, it was still an amazing read, and I’m definitely invested in this series. I look forward to reading King’s story next.

Thank you Dali for the gift copy. Another winner for my Kindle.

Review: Six of Hearts (Hearts #1) by L.H. Cosway

Title: Six of Hearts
Author: L.H. Cosway
Series: Hearts #1
Rating: 5 stars
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Blurb:
Step right up and meet Jay Fields: Illusionist. Mentalist. Trickster.

I think in triangles. You think in straight lines.
I show you a table and make you believe it’s a chair.
Smoke and mirrors, sleight of hand, misdirection. I trick and deceive.
But most of all, I put on a good show.
The world thinks I killed a man, but I didn’t. Bear with me. It’s all a part of the plan.
Revenge is what I want. I want it for me and I want it for her.
I want it for all six of us.

She doesn’t remember me, but she’s the reason for everything. She’ll be my prize at the end of all this–if I can hold onto my willpower, that is. Maybe I’ll slip up a little, have a taste, just a small one.

So go ahead and pick a card. Come inside and see the show. Look at my hands, look so closely that you can’t see what’s happening while you’re so focused on looking. I’ll be destroying your world from right here in the spotlight.

You’ll never see me coming until it’s too late.

I’ve only got one heart, and after I’ve pulled off my grand deception I’ll hand it right to her.

So, sit back, relax, and let my girl tell you our story. You’re in for one hell of a ride.

My Review:
OMG. This was a completely AMAZING read. I am still totally blown away. I don’t ordinarily read a lot of books set in Ireland, even though I’m Irish, and this is the second one I’ve read recently. I thoroughly enjoyed it, and I especially loved all the brilliant observations and Irish sayings and cultural references (like the one about taxi drivers either being ignorant or total jaws. Lol.)

The romance is sweet, and slow-building, with lots of smexy times, and plenty of angsty to-ing and froing (which I always love even though it’s torture.)

The plot is good but it’s transparent, so don’t expect tons of twists and turns. The author makes it very clear to the reader who Jay really is and what Matilda means to him and that he is out for revenge. But the beauty of this book is in the superb execution.

And I love that Jay is an illusionist, and I loved the glimpses we got into his life. Different. Unique. Stand-out. (I’d still love to know how he pulled some of the illusions off though.)

I could waffle on forever but it would get boring, so I’m going to list what I liked most:

Jay
The beautiful writing
Jay
The well-developed plot that was masterfully woven
Jay
Consistent pacing
Jay
The romance
Jay
The hilarious witty banter
Jay
Great secondary characters
Jay

Ah, Jay, swoon. He is everything you could hope for in a book boyfriend and more. And the lengths he went to to seek vengeance on those who had wronged him and Matilda’s family! I cried with Matilda when she found out. And then he said he had loved her since he was a kid and I cried some more. Be still my beating heart.

Ha. Ha. I’m just picturing the scowl on my husband’s face when he reads this review. Sorry, hon. Please remember – he is only a FICTIONAL boyfriend and that’s totally not cheating.

All in all, this was a totally dreamy read. Can’t wait to devour the rest of the books in this series. I have to thank the lovely Dali for gifting me a copy of this book. You were right, Dali! You knew I would adore L.H. Cosway’s writing, and I do! Thanks for connecting me with another author I enjoy.

Review: Drawing Me In (Stewart Island #7) by Tracey Alvarez

Title: Drawing Me In
Author: Tracey Alvarez
Series: Stewart Island #7
Rating: 5 stars
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Blurb:
DRAWING ME IN is the seventh story in Tracey Alvarez’s best-selling Due South books set against the stunning backdrop of Aotearoa, New Zealand. If you like Jill Shalvis, Marie Force, or Bella Andre, then you’ll enjoy diving into these heart-warming, sexy & seductive small-town romances with authentic men and women struggling to find their special someone.

Meet Harley and Bree…

She’s drawn by his wild spirit…
Bree Findlow’s ordered world slides into chaos when the man who broke her heart arrives back in their small New Zealand home-town. But with years of avoidance tactics under her belt, she figures ignoring the sexy-as-sin artist whose touch colors her red hot, is a practical solution. Until her mother arrives with an announcement jeopardizing Bree’s livelihood, and her sister also shows up…along with the nine-year-old secret Bree has kept hidden from everyone. Especially the father of that secret.

He’s drawn by her quiet strength…
Harley Komeke is back in Oban to rest, regroup and hopefully re-find his missing muse. He also isn’t against rediscovering every inch of the icy-cool treat, Bree Findlow—after falling under her spell in what felt like a lifetime ago at Art College. His pursuit takes an unexpected turn when, hello, insta-fatherhood. Reeling from shock, Harley knows he should despise the woman who allowed her sister to informally adopt their son, but he can’t. Because Bree, more than anyone, understands that with his past, he never, ever wanted to risk having a wife and family.

They’re drawn to each other over and over…
Like the formidable tides that surge around Stewart Island, Bree and Harley can’t resist the heat generated between them. Push and pull, kiss and retreat, touch after breathless touch—until a moment’s recklessness has consequences neither can brush aside.

Passion won’t hold them together when past fears threaten to tear them apart.

My Review:
Another winner from Tracey Alvarez. Seriously, this woman can do no wrong in my eyes! I adore this beautiful little New Zealand island community that Tracey has created. All the characters are so well written, multi-layered, and complex, with their own unique personalities. The last two books in this series have introduced the Maori culture and traditions, and I’ve been fascinated learning about them. It adds a level of authenticity that is refreshing.

Harley is Ford’s illusive world-famous artist twin, who has been living in New York for the last ten years. He comes home to bury his birth mother and decides to hang around for a while. Part of the attraction is Bree. She was the only girl to ever claim a piece of his heart, and he has never forgotten her.

Bree has been in love with Harley since Art College, but it broke her heart when he moved to NY to further his career. Though she encouraged him to go, her whole world shattered when she discovered she was pregnant with his child. She didn’t tell him as he was always vehement about never having kids. Instead, her sister and her husband have raised Carter as their own.

Fate intervenes, bringing all parties together, and the big secret comes out, along with a new one.

This book really was an emotional rollercoaster read, and I have to applaud Tracey for the depth she brought to the plot and the characters. We are dealing with a difficult topic here, but Tracey handles it realistically and sensitively. Man, did I experience all the feels reading this one! I could really empathize with both mains, and I understood their viewpoints, even though they were on opposite spectrums. What I really loved about this story was the gradual development of both characters. It wasn’t rushed and it felt so credible as a result. If it hadn’t been written so well Harley’s transformation would have been very unbelievable.

The romance was of the on-and-off kind but there was no denying the scorching hot chemistry between Harley and Bree. They both fought an admirable fight, but finally withdrew from their shells and let each other in. It was sweet and steamy in equal measure.

I really really really really enjoy the family and friendship theme in this series – they are a close knit community who are always ready and willing to step up to the plate for one another. That closeness oozes out of the pages.

Listen, I could waffle on forever, but I won’t. Just go buy the book, or start the series already.

Thanks to the author for providing a copy of this book for beta review in exchange for my honest opinion.