#Review | #BookReview | THE WALL OF WINNIPEG AND ME by Mariana Zapata @marianazapata_ (February 28th 2016) #IndieAuthor

Blurb;

Vanessa Mazur knows she’s doing the right thing. She shouldn’t feel bad for quitting. Being an assistant/housekeeper/fairy godmother to the top defensive end in the National Football Organization was always supposed to be temporary. She has plans and none of them include washing extra-large underwear longer than necessary.

But when Aiden Graves shows up at her door wanting her to come back, she’s beyond shocked.

For two years, the man known as The Wall of Winnipeg couldn’t find it in him to tell her good morning or congratulate her on her birthday. Now? He’s asking for the unthinkable.

What do you say to the man who is used to getting everything he wants?

Review;

STORY TIME!! It all started with this little (and I’m being sarcastic when I say ‘little’) book event called RARE – the Romance Authors and Readers Event. The year was 2018 and *M* and I were attending RARE in London. Over 100 authors – both indie and traditionally published, all with a love of contemporary romance, under ONE roof for readers to meet and swoon over their favourite book boyfriends, girlfriends and other creatures (I see you PNR readers!)

When the author list was first announced, I trawled through to see how many I’d already read. It was an embarrassingly low number of 2!! This had to be rectified as soon as humanly possible. I wanted to give the event and the authors the respect it deserved, so I started trawling through all of the authors and looking into what kind of story they wrote. Second chance romance, MC romance, Erotica, Enemies to Lovers… you name it – Romance fiction has the sub-genre for it.

I’d never considered Sports romance as a thing before….sure, I’ve read plenty of ‘smut’ and billionaire romance, but had not yet ventured into the realms of the sports romance. That was until I saw Mariana Zapata. The book – FROM LUKOV WITH LOVE. This book had EVERYTHING!! It gave me the tension, the slow burning friendship/romance…not to mention the ice skating (secret pleasure of mine – to watch that is!!). But what surprised me the most was the writing. The writing is SUPERB!

This is why I was keen beans to pick up another of her works and landed on THE WALL OF WINNIPEG. There’s no two ways around. Mariana Zapata has a natural gift of being able build tension, pull the readers into the characters world and fully invest in the relationship. The story will start with you hating the hero. He’s moody, unapproachable..and of course drop dead gorgeous, so keeping a level head around him is out of the question!

I cannot wait to get stuck into the rest of Mariana’s work – I know I’ll be on the ride of my life without disappointment!

-S.

You can buy THE WALL OF WINNIPEG AND ME from the following booksellers (and obviously many more! Support your local booksellers where you can!)

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#Review | #BookReview | POISON by Jade West @jadewestauthor (March 16th 2020) #IndieAuthor

Blurb;

He was the man who destroyed me. The monster who left me in pieces over a decade ago.
I swore I’d never speak to him again, that I’d never set eyes on him again as long as I lived.
But I was wrong.
When life gets too much and you need to escape, the poison that might kill you becomes oh so tempting.

I craved his perverted ways, his smirk, his laughter as he pushed my body way past its limits.
I needed a release from the crazy. Just once.
Just one night. That’s what I told myself.
No strings, no illusions, no promises. Nothing but the lasting thrill of his flesh on mine.
The lasting hit of his poisonous touch.
But when poison runs through your veins, the way he runs through mine, it’s toxic and eats you alive.

This much passion always comes at a price…

Review;

Okie doke – where do I even start? I’ve been in a BIG reading slump for a while now and what better way to break that slump then with a new Jade West release?! Even more so knowing what a personal and emotional book this is for Jade.

POISON tells the story of Anna and Lucas as a one off text message after ten years sees the pair reunite and embark on a HOT and steamy series of encounters. We learn throughout the book that life has changed dramatically for the pair in the last decade and the events that led to them separating in the first place.

POISON is a credit to the powerhouse of a woman who, in light of a turbulent couple of years, is still able to bring to life a pair of humans who have the most incredible chemistry and are FILTHY as hell!

Another stellar read from Jade and one that I’ll be talking about for a while!

-S.

You can buy POISON from the following booksellers (and obviously many more! Support your local booksellers where you can!)

Amazon (UK) | Amazon (US) | Amazon (AU)

#TeaserShare | LEAVE ME BREATHLESS by Jodi Ellen Malpas @JodiEllenMalpas (November 5th 2019, Indie Published #SocialButterflyPR @jennw23)

Ryan Willis has spent years in the protection business, a job that requires constant vigilance and quick thinking. His only chance to truly relax is at his secluded cabin in a small town where there are never any surprises. So when Ryan returns after an assignment and encounters a beautiful stranger, he isn’t only surprised, he’s also instantly intrigued.

Hannah Bright is a breath of fresh air, and Ryan is soon completely consumed, unable to stop from falling for her. As the two grow closer, his instinct tells him something is amiss. Yet nothing could prepare him for what he discovers when he starts digging into her past.

Hannah spends her days painting, running her arts and crafts store…and hiding too many secrets. It’s why she won’t let the ruggedly handsome bodyguard get too close. But their chemistry is undeniable, and Hannah quickly finds herself caught up in a whirlwind romance with Ryan. He is peace personified, a balm to her battered soul. Yet the gorgeous, captivating man who has swept Hannah off her feet doesn’t even know who she really is. And the moment he finds out, both their lives are at risk.

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#RisqueReads | #BookReview | ON THE ROCKS (Kingston Brothers #1) by Isabel Lucero @AuthorIsabel (15th August 2019, Indie Published) #IndieAuthor

ON THE ROCKS (Kingston Brothers #1) by Isabel Lucero
15th August 2019 (Indie Published)

One taste will never be enough… 

You learn a lot about people pouring their drinks and London is what I would consider a regular. Like clockwork, she’s been coming into my bar twice a week for the last year. Besides her name, I’ve learned that she’s witty, beautiful, and unfortunately… taken. 

She’s in a relationship with a guy that I’m pretty sure doesn’t deserve her. 
Respecting that is the only thing stopping me from figuring out the things I really want to know. Things like, what her body feels like against mine, or how she tastes on my tongue. 

But one evening, everything changes. London comes in and tells me that they broke up. One drink leads to two, and she finally confesses that this attraction isn’t one sided. Our slow burn is about to get blazing hot.

I wasn’t just looking for a one-night stand, not with a girl like her. 
But next thing you know, the ex is back. He’s in my bar, sitting next to her. 

We try to act like there isn’t a connection between us. 
Like our bodies weren’t made for each other and we didn’t set each other aflame with a single kiss.  Every time I look at her, I see the flash in her eyes that tell me she’s remembering it too. Re-living every delicious second of our time spent together on top of this very bar.  

The problem is now that I know what she tastes like, I want more.
On the rocks. It’s how London prefers her drinks, and the current state of her relationship. And I’m about to shake things up, because I’ll be damned if I let her get away. 

Reading this story I very quickly became enamoured with London and Royce. The clever use of both characters to narrate their story helped the reader understand situations from both perspectives and brought them more to life. 

Royce is charming, handsome and all round good guy. He quickly cements himself as a great leading man, a player but not enough to put the reader off. It is his loyalty and love of his brothers that make even the hardened reader swoon. 

London is a leading lady you can relate to, she’s smart, beautiful and coming to terms with her feelings for another man when already in a relationship. It is her big heart, fun and real friendships that ultimately wish you could be her friend. 

The surrounding characters are well fleshed out, only adding to a very lovely story. Overall I loved this read, I wanted to read more, to see where things might go for the characters. Here’s hoping we get to revisit Royce and London in the future.

You can pick up your copy of ON THE ROCKS (Kingston Brothers #1) at the following outlets (but remember to shop your local indie booksellers too!);

Amazon (UK) | Amazon (US) | Amazon (AU)

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#RisqueReads | #BookReview | MR. MAYFAIR by Louise Bay @louisesbay (1st October 2019, Indie Published) #IndieAuthor

MR. MAYFAIR by Louise Bay
1st October 2019 (Indie Published)

It should be the most shocking news I’d ever gotten—My boyfriend is getting married.

Okay, technically he’s my ex-boyfriend. Two months ago he decided he wanted a break. I still thought he was my happily ever after.

On any other day, knowing he was gone for good would be the worst thing that could possibly happen.

But not today.

Because not only is my boyfriend getting married—his bride is my best friend.

And they’ve sent me an invitation.

There’s no way I’m going to attend. I don’t care if it’s in beautiful Scotland. 

Nothing and no one could convince me.

Not even when a deliciously handsome stranger tells me he needs to go as my plus one.

Not even when he shoots me a wickedly, sexy smile.

But then he offers me the opportunity of a lifetime—a dream come true. How can I say no?

But I have one condition. He has to be my new boyfriend. I mean, my pretend new boyfriend.

I’m about to find out that faking it can be a whole lot of fun.

A stand-alone, contemporary romance.

MR. MAYFAIR is the newest release from one of our favourite authors here at The P Turners, the fabulous Louise Bay.

And boy what a read this novel is, you have everything you could want and some things you didn’t know you needed. Louise Bay is an author who knows how to create the best characters, leading ladies who you’d love to be friends with, the kind of women who build up other women.

Then we have Mr Mayfair himself, a fine specimen of man, who has all the qualities we’ve come to love from our leading men. Tall, handsome, cocky in just the right amount and leaving us truly smitten. The chemistry between Beck and Stella is off the charts hot, leaving the reader begging for more. We’re on a journey of self discovery with these characters, strapped in and ready for the ride. We want to know everything, to experience it all and the dual perspective of the novel allows us just that.

I could not stop reading, eager to lose myself in this wonderful world, where two beautiful souls come together and whisk you away. Louise Bay, thank you. For creating such amazing characters, for bringing them and their story into the world and allowing your readers to share in the love of them. Because it is clear from the beginning that here we have an author who truly loves, cares and treasures her characters.

Mr Mayfair is a true diamond in the rough.

You can pick up your copy of MR. MAYFAIR at the following outlets (but remember to shop your local indie booksellers too!);

Amazon (UK) | Amazon (US) | Amazon (AU)

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#RisqueReads | #BookReview | THE C WORD (Just A Word #1) by Kerry Heavens (September 17th 2015, Indie Published #IndieAuthor)

THE C WORD (Just A Word #1) by Kerry Heavens
17th September 2015, Indie Published

“You must keep it inside.
You must never let it out.
It must never gain control.
Let it be who you are and you will lose everything.
Do I make myself clear?”
“Yes, Sir.”

Control
It’s a way of life for Max McQueen. 
It doesn’t come easy, but he thought he had it mastered.
Until now
Now nothing works
It’s slipping away
He must find a way to get it back 
Or he risks losing everything.
It’s just a word.
But it’s the thing he needs most of all.
It’s what holds him together.
Or is it what holds him back?

As part of the P Turners reading challenge we all have a list of books that have been on our shelves, unread, for too long. So we’re taking part in a Beat The Backlist and The C Word by Kerry Heavens was my first port of call.

I’ve been a huge fan of Kerry Heavens since I picked up a copy of Spencer last year and after meeting this incredible author a couple of times, I was eager to read this short novel. The C Word isn’t anything I was expecting, intrigued by the idea of complete control and the enigmatic lead character, our hero, who strives for a iron hold on his control, I devoured this novel.

Kerry Heavens knows how to write, to create beautiful men who test the limits of what is a hero. Here is an author who knows what kind of characters her readers want, to the point where we don’t even know we want them. The book is a short read, a delightful insight into this mysterious world.

I was left completely intrigued by the characters in this novel, eager to read more of their story, to delve deeper into this world set apart from ours. I am hoping that in the future Kerry Heavens gives us more of this story, more of these characters.

A very enjoyable read, keeping us intrigued and very happy.

You can pick up your copy of THE C WORD (Just A Word #1) at the following outlets (but remember to shop your local indie booksellers too!);

Amazon (UK) | Amazon (US) | Amazon (AU)

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#RisqueReads | #BookReview | DIRTY DADDIES by Jade West @jadewestauthor (May 16th 2017, Indie Published #IndieAuthor)

DIRTY DADDIES by Jade West
16th May 2017, Indie Published

Some bad girls need a firm hand to keep them in line. 
I’m bad enough to need two. 

Two older men who can teach me a lesson when I misbehave. 
Two hot bodies to keep me warm in bed at night. 
Two best friends who can learn to share a filthy-mouthed little brat like me. 

After all… dirty girls need very dirty daddies. 

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Carrie Wells is nothing but trouble. 

She’s wild and difficult. Not worth anyone’s time. 

Carrie Wells is a beautiful little brat. She’s also a vulnerable young adult on my case list. 

She’s half my age and totally off limits. I’m breaking every rule in the book by giving her somewhere to stay when she’s out on the streets with nowhere to go. And I’m breaking every rule of friendship by holing her up in my best friend Jack’s house while he’s away on business. 

I thought life was difficult enough when I fell for the girl, but it gets a whole lot harder when Jack comes home early and finds a beautiful stranger causing chaos in his house. 

And a whole lot harder still when he falls for her too. 

He’s the one guy on this planet I’d share my last supper with. I’d share it gladly. 

I’m just not so sure how I feel about sharing Carrie Wells.

After reading BAIT by Jade West, I knew going into another novel by this author that I would be best going in with an open mind and a poker face.

And what a poker face I needed when reading DIRTY DADDIES on the commute to and from work. Here is a book that plays on your heart strings, with Carrie Wells the young lady looking for love. She’s had a troubled past and needs a firm hand in a partner. What she gets is not what you would ever expect her to find or need, but what brings out the woman in her.

This is a novel that pulls you in, that takes hold of your attention and doesn’t let you go until the very end. You’re hooked, infatuated by the young Carrie Wells and her two older men, Jack and Michael. Two men who are utterly smitten and downright begging to be her guys.

These aren’t your average forty something men who you see on the commute to work, they’re a rare specimen of man who know exactly what they want and who have Carrie’s best interest at heart. With the bodies of much younger men. West has certainly given the older gents!

You can pick up your copy of DIRTY DADDIES at the following outlets (but remember to shop your local indie booksellers too!);

Amazon (UK) | Amazon (US) | Amazon (AU)

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#RisqueReads | #BookReview | GENTLEMAN SINNER by Jodi Ellen Malpas @JodiEllenMalpas (February 5th 2019, Forever @readforeverpub)

GENTLEMAN SINNER by Jodi Ellen Malpas
Published: February 5th 2019, Forever Books

An all-the-feels novel of fierce love overcoming a dark past from the author of the #1 New York Times bestselling THIS MAN series.

Izzy White knows of the darkness in this world. After all, she escaped it long ago. Determined not to let her past beat her, Izzy has a secure, stable life with a job she loves in nursing. But one act of kindness will completely upend everything she’s so carefully built-putting her right back in the crosshairs of danger she’s been so desperate to avoid.

When Theo Kane shows up like a knight in shining armor, Izzy can’t help thinking she’s been saved from one threat and exposed to another. His imposing physique, the harsh lines of his face, and the wariness of everyone who comes close are just a few clues to Theo Kane’s notorious reputation. The man is positively terrifying. But with Izzy, he’s tender and a complete gentleman, and her fascination with the mysterious beast of a man becomes too powerful for her to walk away.

As Theo’s demons come to light, running becomes even more impossible. And yet staying together could doom them both.

Where do we start with this novel, the latest treasure from one of my all time favourite authors Jodi Ellen Malpas.

Let me start by saying that I am utterly and completely in love with this story, with these characters and I did not want it to end. Theo Kane and Izzy White are every bit the couple we expect from JEM, beautiful, intriguing, sexy as hell and utterly swoon worthy. Here is an author who knows her audience, she gives the reader exactly what they want and so much more.

Theo Kane isn’t like other JEM alpha’s, he is bigger, meaner and yet even more desirable. Posing a threat to those around him, all except Izzy White. Here is a woman who will not bow down to a man, she stands her ground and will fight for those she loves. Their relationship isn’t without complications, as to be expected with any JEM novel but there is a raw beauty to their relationship that cannot be denied. The chemistry between them is palpable, emitting from every page, forcing us to read until we get to the very end.

There is something about Theo Kane that hits you, the reader, so far to the core that you want to be Izzy White, maybe not the horrid past she has had the power to overcome but the gentleness and caring nature she shares with Theo. This is a story that struck me to the core, in a way that does not happen often for this cynical reader. I can read some love stories and be utterly unmoved, but JEM has a way of writing that never fails to touch the reader.

I finished the book in a matter of days, a feat for me when 2019 has been completely kicking my ass so far. But this novel was the perfect escapism, letting me leave behind the stress of work and just enjoy reading, enjoy the characters, the talent of the author and forget about everything else.

I was so eager to read this new novel that I ordered it in both paperback and e-book version, the paperback will go nicely on my book shelf, right next to the other JEM treasures housed there. As for the e-book, this is safely on my Mum’s Kindle. Already she is reading and falling in love with Theo and Izzy, enjoying the new adventures into the wonderful world created by JEM. I cannot wait for her to read it all, to fall for these characters on a level she hasn’t before.

If anyone asks for a book recommendation this year, this novel will definitely be the one I talk about. Already I’ve got my colleague intrigued and my fellow P Turners. No one should pass up the chance to pick up a novel by the amazing Jodi Ellen Malpas, because I can promise you this, every reader needs a little JEM in their life.

You can pick up your copy of GENTLEMAN SINNER at the following outlets (but remember to shop your local indie booksellers too!);

Amazon (UK) | Amazon (US) | Amazon (AU)

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#RisqueReads | #BookReview | SUGAR DADDIES by Jade West @jadewestauthor (July 12th 2016, Indie Published #IndieAuthor)

SUGAR DADDIES by Jade West
Published; 12th July 2016, Indie Published

A sugar daddy website doesn’t seem a sound basis for an A1 life plan, but I’m a small town girl with big dreams, and there’s this one advert, this one crazy advert I can’t stop thinking about…

Two hot guys seeking their Little Miss Right. 
Someone who can entertain them, amuse them, fit in with their corporate schedule. 
And sex. They want sex. 
Lots of sex.
Bonus, right? One major dose of epic win. 

Of course, guys like Carl and Rick have their conditions. One being that they come together, or not at all. 
Hell, I can live with that.

And there are no skeletons in their designer closet, none that I can find. 
Just two hot sugar daddies, with particular tastes, nothing to worry about.

Until Carl and Rick spill the big one, the one that sends the girls running. A whole string of them before me, running to the hills without so much as a backward glance. 

Maybe I should run, too. Thanks but no thanks, see you around, guys, nice knowing you. 
But I’m already in way too deep for that. 

Warning – as with every other Jade West book, reader discretion is highly advised. This novel contains vivid depictions of MMF / MM relationships, and Jade’s characters, as always, have very filthy mouths. Mature readers only, please.

What can I say about this novel, except that I was not disappointed!! After reading BAIT by Jade West I knew from the get go that this would be a very steamy affair and my gosh was it!?

Here we have the story of Katie, Rick and Carl, three people all looking for one thing, passion. Katie is young, beautiful and has a dream. Rick and Carl are the two handsome men who have a particular fantasy, one only Katie can bring to life.

Their story is one of the unexpected, of a loving couple wanting to share themselves with our heroine, of a young woman who seeks two men that can provide for her emotionally.

Carl is the strong, dominant and silent type. Straight talking, fully suited and booted. He knows exactly what he wants and will strive to achieve it. And what he wants is Katie.

Rick is the kooky, laid back and fun loving guy. He’s utterly in love with Carl, their relationship so adhering to the reader but Katie has a pull all of her own.

The three of them together are unstoppable, delectable and down right sinful. There is a dynamic between them that is utterly captivating, their beauty not just skin deep. With big hearts, open minds and delicious bodies, you cannot help but fall in love with all three characters. Eager to witness the fruits of their affair, but also to be a part of their story.

Jade West sure knows how to write her kink, to the point where even this avid reader blushed a little whilst reading on the commute to work. But to say I enjoyed this novel is an understatement, I couldn’t stop reading. Personally I never wanted the story to end. I dare any reader to not be devoured by this story, by these characters just as much as they devour each other.

Definitely a book I’ll revisit in the future, one for both the Kindle and to be bought in paperback. I need a copy of this beauty on my bookshelves.

You can buy SUGAR DADDIES from the following booksellers (and many more!);

Amazon (UK) | Amazon (US) | Amazon (AU)

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#RisqueReads | #BookReview | OFF THE AIR (Running on Air #1) by L.H. Cosway @LHCosway (5th March 2019, Indie Published #IndieAuthor)

OFF THE AIR (Running on Air #1) by L.H. Cosway
Published; March 5th 2019, Indie Published

Spending a month filming a reality TV show with your ex is no picnic.

Especially when you’ve signed a contract stating that the two of you will not, under any circumstances, have romantic relations while filming.

Leanne Simmons and Callum Davidson never had an easy relationship. From enemies to lovers and back to enemies, they’ve been on again/off again for years. Things come to a head when Callum gets into an altercation with a rival for Leanne’s affections. Their management decide enough is enough and give them both an ultimatum: sign the contract or leave the show.

Unwilling to give up their livelihoods, Callum and Leanne sign on the dotted line. However, like always, they can’t resist making a bet. Callum thinks it’s only a matter of time before they break the agreement, while Leanne is determined to see it through.

Can she resist him for an entire month without losing her sanity? And what if this is the one bet that finally breaks them both?

Off the Air is a contemporary romance and Book One in L.H. Cosway’s brand new “Running on Air” Series. Each book focuses on a different couple and can be read as a standalone.

Being asked to read OFF THE AIR, the new L H Cosway novel and review it was a dream come true.

I’ve been a massive fan of Cosway since reading KILLER QUEEN last year and couldn’t wait to read her latest adventures. And what a rollercoaster this is, the story of Leanne and Callum, two beautiful souls on a journey of self discovery and at time self destruction. Here is a love story that is cemented in a world we can believe we could orbit. Cosway has once again created a set of characters so intriguing that you never want the novel to end. Not only are we enamoured with Leanne and Cal, with the turbulent and beautiful relationship between them but also with their parkour family.

A bunch of unlikely friends, joined together in their love of free running to become a family that we fall head over heels in love with. Every character has a depth to them that let’s you know Cosway means business. Here is an author who knows her story, sets the tone perfectly and makes you fall in love with every turn of the page. I wanted to read this novel from the offset but I became compelled to read as soon as I was introduced to the beauties Leanne and Cal.

This is a story that lives on once the last page has been turned. When the kindle has died and the tears have been shed. Nothing prepares you for how easily you’ll fall for these characters, but then why would you want to be prepared? All the best rides are ones into the unknown. Every novel I’ve read by L H Cosway has only made me love this author more. Her story telling is fascinating, no two novels the same. The characters she creates are beautiful both in appearance and in soul. Sure nothing is plain sailing but we love the stories all the more for it.

Another one to add the bookshelves, one of those rare reads that pull you out of reality and into the fictional world. I need this in paperback and I most certainly will be reading more of L H Cosway’s work. Just try to stop me!

You can buy OFF THE AIR (Running on Air #1) from the following booksellers (and many more!);

Amazon (UK) | Amazon (US) | Amazon (AU)

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