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Addicted to You
Erin O'Reilly

06/09/2019
Karen McIntosh
‘Addicted To You’ is a story of obsession, sexual discovery and passion. It is also a story of love, redemption and realisation. Elin is young, naive and ripe for the picking. Older woman Marissa spots this right away and takes full advantage. She is predatory, manipulative and downright nasty. Boy did I hate her! I wanted Elin to see all of this for herself, but good people don’t always see when they are being used. I was so happy when Aimee came into the picture. Would Elin realise what a wonderful woman she was though? I enjoyed the character development in this book and seeing how they each dealt with changes in their lives. Erin O’Reilly always leaves me happy to have gone on the journey with her.

I was given this ARC for review....


At Last
JM Dragon

04/08/2019
Karen McIntosh
I enjoyed this sweet and inspiring story of a town coming together to try to save the company that keeps them all afloat. Love stories abound in ‘At Last’ and I was especially enamoured by one in particular. Perfume company owner Gene has yet to find the love of her life – but if she opened her eyes she would see love was there in front of her all along. Outsider Quinn comes to town to try and sort out supply problems for her employers – but ends up finding out more about herself. I think the town of Grady had quite an impact on those choosing to spend time there. Powerful circumstances made people reassess their lives. Love, family, romance and loyalty were the themes that drew me into this story. I felt myself rooting for the characters – be it in their love lives or in business. An enjoyable read.

I was given this ARC for review....


The Book Witch
Annette Mori

02/25/2019
Karen McIntosh
‘The Book Witch’ is funny, quirky and full of surprising twists. The first book in the series ‘The Book Addict’ introduced us to Elle and Tanya, who are now all loved-up. When Imara, a book witch with the power to bring characters to life, appears in town things begin to get exciting again. She wants to help Jai, a local teacher, find love at last. But she needs her friends to help. Things are never that simple though and enemies, old and new, try to put a spoke in the machine.

Ms Mori uses some unique plot devices to take this story in very unexpected directions. Fans of the author will be thrilled to find some of their favourite characters from other series turn up. This really worked for me. In a book about the supernatural I was was surprised to find myself suspending belief and really going with the premise. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if book witches did exist and our beloved characters came to life? This was exactly the kind of book I wanted to read and I salute the imagination of Annette Mori.

I was given this ARC for review....


Deuce
Jen Silver

02/25/2019
Karen McIntosh
What a wonderful story! ‘Deuce’ is the story of Jay, ex-professional tennis player, and her life after the disappearance at sea of her lover, Charley. Forced to go on without her, she brings up their child and starts a new career. But she isn’t really happy. Charley meanwhile is living in the Faroe Islands with a new name and no memory of her life before. When she starts to remember, the lives of so many people are about to be up-ended.

The story is so well told. It has love, unexpected family complications, passion and surprises. I could not put it down. I wanted to know what happened next to these characters. They felt real and I began to care about them. They each had to face the fact that time does not stand still and people change. Sometimes that means accepting differences and sometimes it means putting yourself in their shoes. Jen Silver has a talent for crafting characters and storylines that really resonate. She subtly weaves real events into her work and that makes the reader feel more engaged. ‘Deuce’ may be my favourite of her novels so far.

I was given this ARC for review....


Unconventional Lovers
Annette Mori

02/04/2018
Karen McIntosh
Annette Mori has surpassed herself in what I believe is her best book yet. ‘Unconventional Lovers’ is beautifully written, uplifting and sensitively told and had me smiling from ear to ear. There are two love stories in the novel - one slow-burning but ultimately such a satisfying and romantic tale. Olivia and Deb are not on the same page when it comes to making a commitment or even admitting their feelings. I loved how their friendship grew into something I hoped it would. Bri and Siera are two very special young women who find each other unexpectedly and complete the other person. Their relationship was conveyed in such a tender and understanding way that I defy anyone to leave this book without shedding a few tears. I loved it. 5 stars are not enough!...


Christmas Medley

12/03/2017
Karen McIntosh
This book has made me realise just how much I love anthologies - and especially Christmas anthologies. Getting stories from different authors is wonderful - and what authors ! They are all fantastic stories by women who wrote the most beautiful tales of love, passion and hope. They evoke the spirit of Christmas in ways that made me happy and joyful.

‘Thundersnow and Lightning’ by Del Robertson is the story of veterinarian Sam, a kind, neighbourly woman who has lost the spirit of Christmas . Finding a woman half frozen in the snow changes her life and her outlook in a heartwarming and sexy way. What’s not to love about a story like that ?

‘Maybe this Christmas’ by Jen Silver was set in Hebden Bridge, the lesbian mecca of the north of England. I loved the setting and the sweet story of Emma and her struggle to get past heartbreak and feel love again.

‘The Little Helper’ by JM Dragon follows Laura , a woman who has resisted the lure of Christmas and love for many years only to find that all is not lost. Great characters and a lovely story that really captured all that is good in the world.

‘Who is Nicolas Claus’ by Annette Mori follows on from her wonderful novel ‘Captivated’. Tanner and Juliet are living together in domestic bliss and the hope for a baby of their own begins to occupy their thoughts. When a strange old white-bearded man moves into town their investigative skills come into play. Could he be?? Surely not.! Find out in this funny, tongue in cheek tale of love, friendship and family.

‘Christmas Story’ by Ali Spooner is a follow up to ‘South of Heaven’. Kendra and Lindsey are a loved-up couple looking forward to spending Christmas with family and friends. It has a lovely  family feel and is a happy story - so utterly romantic and hot (very hot ! ). It recaptured the feel of ‘South of Heaven perfectly.

‘Reflections’ by Erin O’ReillyIt’s about two lonely but very different women finding each other. A transformation occurs for both of them that had me hooked. She’s captured something so beautiful and emotional in this story.

‘This Christmas’ by Alicia Joseph is the tale of two outsiders who find that being who you are can be the most wonderful thing in the world - if only you have the courage. I loved Sam and Lana and would love to find out more about them.

‘Peaches for Honey’ by Lacey Schmidt told the story of former teenage sweethearts Ely and Georgia and the hope that life can work out. Will this Christmas be the one to make Ely’s dreams come true?

An excellent anthology to get you in the mood for the festive time ahead....



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