My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Genre: – Cont. Romance collection
Series: – All stories can be read as stand alone’s
Love triangle? – No
Cheating? – No
HEA? – Yes
Would I read more by this author/or in this series? – Yes
Rating – 4 stars overall
Infatuation – Willow Winters.
While I did sort of enjoy this, for me, it was missing something. An actual true connection between the main characters. It felt like the story should be a slow build up, tense and atmospheric, instead it was rushed and full of holes, so while the island and the hero were meant to be all mysterious, I actually felt like there was a lot left unanswered, and in the end, I was left feeling like I had missed something. I actually went looking to see if this was a novella linked to a series, but it isn’t. But that is how it felt, like a taster for a series/book that just does not exist. So while I enjoyed it for what it was, I felt like the story itself deserved more, as did I as the reader. 3 stars
The Billionaire’s Beginning – M. Never
I really enjoyed this one. A story of two people from warring families. Throw in some insta lust, a heroine who has been wounded both emotionally and physically in the past and a hero who is determined to have her, it was a great little story. Ty fell hard and fast for Simone and nothing was going to get in his way, and when he found out why she was pushing him away, he just proves how much he loves her. A great 4 stars
Dr Dreamy – L.J Shen
So I read this and immediately wondered why I have never read anything by this author before. I love ass hole suited and booted heroes who fall hard and fast for a quirky heroine. This story packed a punch and the sexual chemistry between the hero and heroine was off the charts. Would happily have read a full length story about these two, and then probably happily re read it. A rich ass hole older man going through a messy nasty divorce, hates people but adores kids (which is good as he is a paediatrician) and the younger heroine, out of college and not yet realising her dreams, falling for him despite herself. I loved it. 5 stars
Malfeasance – K. Webster
This was ok, but I have tbh, I am not a huge fan of big age gaps, they always make me feel sad. Like in 20 years time one of them is going to be left on their own. Also, why the hero would bring the heroine back to his house, and all the danger that followed her, where his teenage (vulnerable) daughter lived was beyond me. Also, given how young the heroine was, and her history, she did not seem old enough to have fitted all that in with her evil ex. It was an ok 2-3 stars, so 2.5 stars.
Fifth Avenue Blues – Jade West.
I adored this. It was a lovely story about two people who had known each other as teens, both feeling more for the other than they ever let on, but both thinking they were not good enough for each other. And due to it being Jade West it was a filthy little short story. I loved the hero and his vulnerability that he hid behind his stardom and how unsure of himself he was when it came to what he thought the heroine thought of him. 4.5 stars
Datenight – Isabella Sterling.
This felt like the longest story in here (not sure if it was), and it was certainly the darkest. Do not want to give too much away but it was definitely taboo. Cleo and Flynn meet online and share a connection and a very specific kink. Add in a little bit of mystery and it is a hot taboo, filthy dark read. 5 stars.
Bad Cop – A. Zavarelli.
Another story about two people who had known each other as kids, but then went their separate ways. Everyone in their small town thought of Ginger as the wild child who never grew up, while Justice was the bad boy turned hero turned sheriff. With some misunderstandings when they were young and some strong feelings on both sides, sparks fly when Ginger comes back to town, almost broken but not quite and still fighting. I did enjoy it and enjoyed the relationship between the two main characters, however, I felt like Justice at times was a touch too hung up on the past but he redeems himself. This one felt like one of the more complete stories. 4 stars.
One Night – K.L Kreig
I almost didn’t read this, as I was a bit worn out reaching the end really and also, I started it and it was a bit, erm….flowery and overly poetic for starting with a one night stand. Apparently her skin tastes “like defiance and sunshine after a heavy summer downpour”. I have to admit I rolled my eyes a touch. But I carried on, and I actually liked it. It was a hot quick story about mistaken identity and not being able to forget one person, even if you don’t recognise them stood right in front of you years later. 4 stars in the end.