[630]: Beta Test by Annabeth Albert

27286868 Series: Gaymers, #2
Carina Press | May 30th, 2016
Source: Net Galley via Publisher
LGBTQIA | Adult Fiction | Romance
Rating: 3 out of 5 Stars

Ravi Tandel is ahead of the game. He’s a top video game developer and he just got asked to present a top-secret project at a huge gaming conference in Seattle. All systems are a go…until he learns his office nemesis is coming along for the ride. Player vs. Player. Fight!

Newly minted MBA Tristan Jones doesn’t seem like the gaming type but he knows the business inside-out. Together, they’ll give an awesome presentation – they just have to survive the cross-country trip. Ravi’s opinion of Tristan is rebooted when he discovers a softer side to the conservative charmer and a new tension builds between them.

Despite their best efforts to keep it casual, things heat up quickly. Tristan is hiding his true self for fear of what his parents might think. Ravi knows that feeling all too well, but he didn’t disconnect from his family years ago only to hide who he is now. To be together, Tristan has to push past his fear and ultimately decide, does he want a future with Ravi? Or is it game over?

The second instalment to Annabeth Albert’s Gaymers series is pretty much what you would expect if you have any familiarity with the first book. It features a romance between two people who would have to answer a question about personal sacrifices. Nothing earth-shattering, mind you. Just what the other would give up for them to be together.

Their relationship wasn’t one of those flash fire types. It was a slow build due to the professional competitiveness they had towards one another. Though they admired each other’s work ethics, they were after peer recognition since they were both newbies at the company.  One can’t help but notice the telltale differences between the two, though. While Ravi was a social butterfly liked by many, Tristan took a while to warm up to anyone. He’s a deliberate person who comes off aloof.

Ravi is an out and proud artist whose family tentatively embraced him being gay. And on the other hand, you have Tristan Jones who comes from a conservative upbringing with a political background and whose parents threatened to cut off financial support should he flaunt his sexual identity. He lives in a very organized world so being with Ravi threw him in a loop.  In the end, Tristan would have to make a choice; one that’s as difficult as it is freeing.

Overall, I enjoyed this book; it was relatively angst-free. But, unfortunately, unremarkable. I just didn’t make a stronger connection with the characters here as I did in Status Update. I still would like to see the rest of this series, though.

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[629]: Pillars of Light by Jane Johnson


Pillars of Light

by Jane Johnson

Double Day Canada          January 5th, 2016             3 out of 5 Stars    Historical Fiction

Jane Johnson’s Pillars of Light has been compared to likes of Diana Gabaldon’s books. For what reason, I don’t really know. Perhaps it’s the historical setting, or the writing even. Whatever it is, I felt the same way about Gabaldon’s books as I did Johnson’s: a visceral disconnection with the events taking place, and the general lack of empathy towards the characters.

Pillars of Light is – essentially – a two books in one type of reads. Set in the time of the Crusades, it tells the story of a Jewish doctor and a Muslim woman’s forbidden love affair. Zorah’s loyalty was to her family first and foremost. And while Nathanael’s parents were of liberal beliefs, they worried that their son constantly flirted with danger every time they meet.

On the other side of the globe, a group of miscreants traveled through Europe, duping Christendom of their money by selling faux religious artifacts while recruiting crusaders along the way. All in the name of Christ. I was fully vested to see the stories through. I wanted to see how they would intersect. To my disappointment, however, I found that the thread was very long, very fragile and very thin.

Jane Johnson wrote the struggle, the hunger, the disease brought by warfare with efficacy. For that, she was a wiz. She also showed how dangerous a relationship between Muslim and a Jew could be with every clandestine meeting Zorah and Nat ever had. In the meantime, John Savage and The Moor of the Traveling Crooks had an implied love affair that was barely explored. I must admit that both stories could’ve been better explored, better represented. It was always on the cusp of being great but sadly fell short. It lacked the emotions necessary for a reader to feel the connection – to the characters, to the stories.

However, if you are familiar with the history of Crusades, you might recognize some events that took place. Unfortunately, my knowledge of this war was relegated to Ridley Scott’s Kingdom of Heaven. I did find it very helpful because the movie depicted a Sultan who forgave the invaders and allowed them to leave Jerusalem on their free will, as it did in the beginning of the book.

All in all, even though I didn’t fully appreciate Jane Johnson’s relative interpretation of particular events in the Crusades, I saw how important it is to her to give such a barbaric event a human perspective. The romance helped a bit, but I missed the connection between Zorah and Nat’s romance and the story of the Traveling Crooks. As a reader, I know I’m at fault when I focused more on the romance rather than the opportunity to learn more about a part of the History which, arguably, began the difficult relationship between Muslims and the world as we know it. And for that, I feel the need to apologize. 

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[624] Dark Wild Night by Christina Lauren

21942340 Gallery Books | September 15th, 2015
Series: Wild Seasons, #3
Adult Fiction | Romance
Rating: 3 out of 5 Stars

Lola and Oliver like to congratulate themselves on having the good sense to not consummate their drunken Las Vegas wedding. If they’d doubled-down on that mistake, their Just Friends situation might not be half as great as it is now.

… Or so goes the official line.

In reality, Lola’s wanted Oliver since day one—and over time has only fallen harder for his sexy Aussie accent and easygoing ability to take her as she comes. More at home in her studio than in baring herself to people, Lola’s instinctive comfort around Oliver nearly seems too good to be true. So why ruin a good thing?

Even as geek girls fawn over him, Oliver can’t get his mind off what he didn’t do with Lola when he had the chance. He knows what he wants with her now … and it’s far outside the friend zone. When Lola’s graphic novel starts getting national acclaim—and is then fast-tracked for a major motion picture—Oliver steps up to be there for her whenever she needs him. After all, she’s not the kind of girl who likes all that attention, but maybe she’s the kind who’ll eventually like him.

Sometimes seeing what’s right in front of us takes a great leap of faith. And sometimes a dark wild night in Vegas isn’t just the end of a day, but the beginning of a bright new life…

Christina Lauren’s books have so much power over me. I haven’t tried their YA books, but they certainly know a thing or two about romance. I must say that even though I’ve practically devoured every book in this series, I’m sad to admit that Oliver and Lola aren’t my favourite couple.


Historically, geeks have never been the type of characters Erotica readers fantasized about. Thanks to the bad rep they’ve gotten in the past, they’ve worked really hard to extinguish that stigma. Well, Oliver is what you would call the “fuck-hot geek”. He’s a transplant from Australia who was briefly married to Lola. All told, he and Lola were pretty proud of themselves. They’ve managed to dissolve their marriage before it’s consummated. But now, they have a different problem altogether. Since getting an annulment, they’ve become good friends. Unbeknownst to each other, they’ve both been harbouring feelings that are in no way friendly and are both too scared to acknowledge.

Lola has been experiencing a surge in her writing career. With the success of her graphic novel, a deadline for another book and film in the works, she can barely manage to breathe. So a relationship is definitely not a good idea at the moment. But how could she ignore her feelings for Oliver? He’d become the person she relies on for a lot of things: inspiration, sounding board, great friendship, and now hot sex. Sooner or later, something’s gotta give.


Oliver was pretty sure-footed when it comes to his relationship with Lola. I couldn’t say the same thing for Lola, though. I don’t understand why she blamed her missed deadlines on Oliver when he wasn’t the one who made a scheduling fubar. This is a constant problem with Lola. She’s so quick to blame him for everything that was going wrong with her career and in the meantime, Oliver was the perfect boyfriend. In the end, she’s the type that couldn’t handle the magnitude of a successful career and a blooming love life.


With that being said, I’m still going to continue reading their books. They get it right every time, but that doesn’t mean everything is always perfect. Some characters will be more memorable than others and some will be a part of a growing mass of nameless couples. I like the tentative way Lola and Oliver took their relationship over the friendship line. It wasn’t all happy and rainbows, but still an enjoyable instalment. Bonus: these books are mostly based in San Diego, California – a city that I love. 🙂

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[621]: Twisted by Emma Chase

17977710 Gallery Books | March 25th, 2014
Series: Tangled, #2
Adult Fiction | Romance
Rating: 3 out of 5 Stars

There are two kinds of people in the world. The ones who look first, and the ones who leap. I’ve always been more of a looker. Cautious. A planner. That changed after I met Drew Evans. He was so persistent. So sure of himself – and of me.

But not all love stories end happily ever after. Did you think Drew and I were going to ride off into the sunset? Join the club. Now I have to make a choice, the most important of my life. Drew already made his –in fact, he tried to decide for the both of us. But you know that’s just not my style. So I came back to Greenville. Alone. Well, sort of alone….

What I’ve come to realize is that old habits die hard and sometimes you have to go back to where you began, before you can move ahead.

TWISTED picks up two years after Tangled’s end, and is told from Kate’s POV.

So here we are back for more. This time, through Kate’s point of view. This isn’t a rehashing of what had happened in Tangled, but a continuation of their story. I’m not going to lie, if it wasn’t for the eventual resolution of their story, I would be leaving a scathing review. But since I was able to take more good than bad, I decided to give it a middle grade.

Once again, we’re treated to the hilarity of Drew’s twisted view of the world and life in general. The sex is hotter than ever and even more adventurous. They can’t get enough of each other and Drew seems to be showing signs that he’s really changing his ways. So why then do we find Kate broken hearted at the beginning of the story? Well, you’d have to read it, of course.


Gah. I saw it from a mile away. I saw the minute that these two used miscommunication as a conflict device to perpetrate angst. Kate, what was so hard about saying, hold up, hold up. What the fuck are you talking about? No. You need to listen to me first before you go and hire a stripper to purposely hurt my feelings. Did you not learn your lesson from the first book?

 And Drew. Your mistrust is so unfounded. Kate was not the one who had different girls every night before you guys met. She was the one who was in a relationship for years. She wasn’t the type to cheat, you dumbass! How in the world did one plus one equal to Kate cheating? Without even due consideration to the type of person Kate is, you went and fucked it all up again. Sighhhhhhhhh. I swear if it wasn’t for your hotness, you’d have been minced meat by now.


These two had their own shares of immaturity and foolishness, but such is the reality of a relationship that had a stormy beginning and was patched up by office furniture to begin with (don’t ask). I can’t really blame them for that because we’re all mad when it comes to love. I did say they made up for it in the end. And that’s the best thing about Emma Chase’s stories. She paints flawed characters in a light that we can all – unfortunately – relate and see.

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[619]: Tangled by Emma Chase


Last week, I had the brilliant idea to jump start my Spring cleaning early. When I set that plan into motion, I knew I need some mindless fun to listen to while I tackle the job. I decided to check out the first book to Emma Chase’s Tangled series. Four audiobooks later, my walls are freshly painted, my pantry is now organized, and my foyer is sporting a new look. Besides the inconvenience of laughing mid-stroke (painting. Painting, guys) while I was doing corners and edges, I had such a great time listening to all four books. They’re not perfect but highly entertaining, nonetheless.

All the books are told in first person narrative which worked splendidly well because we get a perfect sense of the person speaking. Drew, for one,  was such a candid speaker. Being in his head will either make you laugh like a hyena or swear he’s the most stupid man in the world. In any case, he was fun all through and through.

Tangled, #1: The Drew and Katherine Show

This book started off with Drew practically on his death bed with the flu. He then takes the reader on an introspective journey as to why he is the way he is. He is, for all intents and purposes, your cookie-cutter successful man in New York City who has the lay of the land and ladies falling at his feet. He lives by a set of rules which includes not sleeping with anyone at work. When he met Katherine at a bar, he was freshly er, blown. So you can just imagine the kind of playa Drew is. He has no scruples, to be honest. But he’s about to meet his comeuppance when he sets his sights to Kate.


Ughhhhhh. As much as I hate this stereotype, there is a small part of me who can’t get enough. Drew is such a male specimen, but he is the worst. And I’m not gonna lie, I didn’t think there is one woman on this Earth who is powerful enough to change him. Don’t get me wrong he’s not all that bad at times. He’s such a softie when it comes to his niece. His interactions with her are too adorable for words. I also like his relationship with his sister, his parents, and his friends. But he’s such a dog when it comes to the women unfortunate enough to cross his path.  Then Kate came along and ruined all the fun. He thought it was going to be easy. He thought his charms were enough to win her over. So he chased her. And when he caught her, it was a supernova event.


Being the idiot that he is, he went and fucked up his relationship with Kate. I’m not gonna go into specifics, but just know that he’s a dumbass. So then he tries to win her back by annoying the living shit out of her. When all else failed – and this is when I went, huh? – he hired someone to redecorate his home office to win her back. Duuude. I love me some ergonomic chairs and all, but let me tell you, that’s not going to win you back my affection. I mean, are you for real?! Anyway, I thought it was stupid. Lol.


But hey, don’t let that stop you from reading this book (and checking out this series). Like I mentioned above, this is all good fun. It’s hilarious, crass, and holy Hannah is it ever hawt. Read it for the laughs. Read it for the sex. Whatever your motivations are, don’t read it because you’re looking to nourish your intellect.  Ha.

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[600]: Blood Kiss by JR Ward

Series: Black Dagger Legacy, #1
Audible Audio, 12 hrs 39 minutes
Penguin Audio | December 1st, 2015
Adult Fiction | Paranormal Romance
Rating 3 out of 5 Stars

Paradise, blooded daughter of the king’s First Advisor, is ready to break free from the restrictive life of an aristocratic female. Her strategy? Join the Black Dagger Brotherhood’s training center program and learn to fight for herself, think for herself…be herself. It’s a good plan, until everything goes wrong. The schooling is unfathomably difficult, the other recruits feel more like enemies than allies, and it’s very clear that the Brother in charge, Butch O’Neal, a.k.a. the Dhestroyer, is having serious problems in his own life.

And that’s before she falls in love with a fellow classmate. Craeg, a common civilian, is nothing her father would ever want for her, but everything she could ask for in a male. As an act of violence threatens to tear apart the entire program, and the erotic pull between them grows irresistible, Paradise is tested in ways she never anticipated—and left wondering whether she’s strong enough to claim her own power…on the field, and off.

JR Ward’s third release of 2015 was a spin-off of her Black Dagger Brotherhood series. A few fans of the series bemoaned the fact that most of the books has been nothing but fillers after Tohr’s story. I, on the other hand, couldn’t get enough. You must understand that BDB was my very first foray into adult paranormal series. I’m a huge follower, and as such, a loyal fan. That doesn’t mean, however, that I’ve enjoyed every single installment. In fact, the last one was a long-winded novel about well – nothing, I thought. I wasn’t really into the Shadows brothers, so I spent most of the time forcing myself to read the book. I wanted to read this one because I was promised a lot of things.


The BDB Legacy is JR Ward’s attempt to incite furor to the series once again. It’s meant to bring us back to the arch of the original novels. The training center has been reopened. This time, with new rules. No longer will the recruits be from a specific class. This time, it’s open to anyone who wants to join. But only the strong will survived. Because if they want the legacy of the Brotherhood to be revered, this breed of warriors needs to be as strong as their leaders.


We thus find ourselves meeting a whole new set of trainees. Starting with Paradise, daughter of the King’s First Advisor – whom, much like the other recruits – barely escaped the slaughter from the Lesser raids. But aside from self-preservation, each and everyone has their own agendas.  Outside of Craeg’s and Paradise’s stories, I felt that the rest of the recruits were but passing ships. Perhaps, the next few series will highlight their characters and personalities more, but this one was mere introductions.


Butch and Marissa are featured in this story as well. Their marriage is going through a rough patch, but if they were real people and I know them personally, I would have given them the “bitches, please”. That’s not a rough patch.  Geepers. Talk about making mountains out of molehills! We see glimpses of life in the compound, but I’m glad this book did not suffer from too many story arches branching out. Lassiter is a great source of entertainment. And Vishous finally admitted his deepest, darkest fantasy involving Butch in a precarious position. Lol.


It’s not as exciting as everyone was making it out to be. Not to me, anyway. I do like that I have something else to look forward to each year while waiting for the BDB installment. I think JR Ward’s attempt deserves a B for effort, but at this point, I don’t really know what she can do to rejuvenate the series for those who have lost interest. As for me, you know I’ll still buy them, regardless.

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[591]: Midnight Sun by Jo Nesbø

18761910 Midnight Sun by Jo Nesbø
Series: Blood on Snow, #2
Penguin Random House Canada | Hardcover, 288 pp.
November 5th, 2015
Adult Fiction | Crime | Suspense
Rating: 3 out of 5 Stars

Jon is on the run. He has betrayed Oslo’s biggest crime lord: The Fisherman.

Fleeing to an isolated corner of Norway, to a mountain town so far north that the sun never sets, Jon hopes to find sanctuary amongst a local religious sect.

Hiding out in a shepherd’s cabin in the wilderness, all that stands between him and his fate are Lea, a bereaved mother and her young son, Knut.

But while Lea provides him with a rifle and Knut brings essential supplies, the midnight sun is slowly driving Jon to insanity.

And then he discovers that The Fisherman’s men are getting closer…

Jo Nesbø’s follow up to his Blood on Snow noir series is what you would expect from his other novels. It features a mostly competent assassin on the run from his former employer. An assassin who has had one reason or another for the life of crime from whom he was trying to escape. The Fisherman from the first book is what ties these two books together. But there’s very little difference from Olav and Jon as both characters were reluctant assassins in one way or another.


Jon found himself on the run after he failed to deliver on his last assignment. And if there’s one thing he’s sure of about the Fisherman, is that he always finds what he’s after. In the remote northern town of Kåsund, he hopes to find sanctuary among a devout group of people. But he knows that peace is only temporary. Especially if money and drugs were involved.

There, he meets Lea and Knut; a mother and son townsfolk with whom he’d developed a kinship. He would later find out that Lea’s husband was lost at sea, and that they’ve lived a difficult life all through their existence. And with very little fanfare, he falls in love with Lea. He knew he shouldn’t entertain the thought of having a life after everything that’s happened. And with the Fisherman still gunning for his life, he couldn’t give Lea and Knut a future they both deserved.


This book is less deserving of the Scandinavian-noir tag being thrown around when one hears the name, Jo Nesbø. It was even-tempered and surprisingly romantic, which is a bit unusual for the genre, to be honest. The gore, which is characteristic of Nesbø’s books, came at the bitter end. Disappointing as it felt like an addendum more than anything. Regardless of how I felt about this instalment, I still consider Nesbø as my go-to whenever I’m in the mood for crime fiction.

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[588]: Walk on Earth A Stranger by Rae Carson

17564519 Walk on Earth A Stranger by Rae Carson
Series: Gold Seer, #1
Green willow Books | Hardcover, 400 pp.
September 22nd, 2015
Young Adult Fiction | Historical
Rating: 3 out of 5 Stars

Gold is in my blood, in my breath, even in the flecks in my eyes.

Lee Westfall has a strong, loving family. She has a home she loves and a loyal steed. She has a best friend—who might want to be something more.

She also has a secret.

Lee can sense gold in the world around her. Veins deep in the earth. Small nuggets in a stream. Even gold dust caught underneath a fingernail. She has kept her family safe and able to buy provisions, even through the harshest winters. But what would someone do to control a girl with that kind of power? A person might murder for it.

When everything Lee holds dear is ripped away, she flees west to California—where gold has just been discovered. Perhaps this will be the one place a magical girl can be herself. If she survives the journey.

This is a tough one to review. Western novels aren’t really my thing, so I knew going in that Ms. Carson would have to work extra hard to convince me otherwise. While it is a rarely discovered territory in YA, I can see how it could easily be a popular niche. For seekers of adventures in books, what could be more exciting than discovering The Last Frontier? Or the Wild, Wild West as it were.

If you’ve seen any Western movies or tv shows such as Little House on a Prairie, I think you’ll see that the world building in this book is pretty much on par with we’ve seen or read in the past. But if you’re like me who’s not an ardent reader, we’d probably wouldn’t know the difference. Still, I can say in all honesty that Ms. Carson did a splendid job in constructing just the perfect world.

I enjoyed reading about Lee’s ability. It’s something that I’ve not read too many of in this genre. It’s not so much that Lee can find the gold, it’s more like the gold finds her and tells her exactly where to look. Unfortunately, her ability was not really explored in this first offering. She spent most of her time trying to get to California where the gold rush was on a boom. About 40 % of the book was dedicated to this journey – which ultimately slowed the pace down by a considerable amount.

I do like Lee. There’s something to be said about a girl who’d been kicked around by life but was strong enough to keep on fighting. This girl dusted herself off and did what needed to be done to give herself a fighting chance. She’d become an orphan in so little a time. And the only relative she had left was about to take advantage of her ability if not for her quick thinking and the goodness of her father’s old friend.

There is very little romance in here. In fact, I didn’t really feel a spark between Lee and her beau. They were best friends, but I felt like they were more like siblings because they looked out for each other.


This is a well-written book, and with the right reader, it’s a great adventure to experience. If you can get past the lull in the middle, the start and the ending will leave you breathless.


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[587]: Brown-Eyed Girl by Lisa Kleypas

18126966 Brown-Eyed Girl by Lisa Kleypas
Series: Travis Family, #4
St. Martin’s Press | August 11th, 2015
Hardcover, 304 pp.
Adult Contemporary Romance
Rating: 3 out of 5 Stars

Wedding planner Avery Crosslin may be a rising star in Houston society, but she doesn’t believe in love-at least not for herself. When she meets wealthy bachelor Joe Travis and mistakes him for a wedding photographer, she has no intention of letting him sweep her off her feet. But Joe is a man who goes after what he wants, and Avery can’t resist the temptation of a sexy southern charmer and a hot summer evening.

After a one night stand, however, Avery is determined to keep it from happening again. A man like Joe can only mean trouble for a woman like her, and she can’t afford distractions. She’s been hired to plan the wedding of the year-a make-or-break event.

But complications start piling up fast, putting the wedding in jeopardy, especially when shocking secrets of the bride come to light. And as Joe makes it clear that he’s not going to give up easily, Avery is forced to confront the insecurities and beliefs that stem from a past she would do anything to forget.

The situation reaches a breaking point, and Avery faces the toughest choice of her life. Only by putting her career on the line and risking everything-including her well-guarded heart-will she find out what matters most.

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Most fans of this series have waited years to get their hands on this instalment. I wasn’t even aware that there was going to be more books to this series, to be honest. Thank God for that. One off the list of things I didn’t need to wait for. 🙂 Honestly? I don’t even remember the stories now. But reading this book made me want to revisit the ones that I’ve already read. Unfortunately, I’ll have to find them somewhere between my basement and our cabin. So…maybe not now.

Brown-Eyed Girl tells the story of Joe Travis. A photographer by trade, and a member of the affluent Travis family of Texas. This is his romance with Avery Crosslin, a wedding planner who have seen way too many broken hearts (including her own) many times over, but still see the beauty of two people in love. She’s one tough customer though – skittish to say the least. Joe had to show her that not all men were made from the same cloth her father was made from.

This is the type of book that really had no earth-shattering plot points. It was just a lovely story of love and family. With that being said, this wasn’t a Kleypas favourite of mine. It just lacked fire and angst. And as much as I love those type of stories, I think I expected more from Lisa Kleypas. Still a good story, though.

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[585]: Maverick by Julianna Stone

22927007 Maverick by Julianna Stone
Series: The Family Simon, #3
Self-Published | February 18th, 2015
Adult Fiction | Romance
Rating: 3 out of 5 Stars

Maverick Simon lost his mojo somewhere between the last film he scored and a nasty break-up with one of Hollywood’s elite. Burnt out, a vacation is just what this California boy needs. His brother’s empty house in Maine offers the perfect sanctuary. But plans go awry when he meets a woman who rocks his world in more ways than one. She’s not his usual type—she’s edgy, opinionated, and downright rude. But something about the prickly Charlie Samuels sparks his interest. Maverick must decide if that something is exactly what he needs, or if the smokin’ hot chemistry they share is nothing more than a vacation fling…

Charlie Samuels had always dreamed of leaving her small New England town for something bigger. But that dream disappeared the day her father died, leaving her to raise her younger brother and keep the family business afloat. Now a mechanic, she’s knee deep in grease and oil, and with a pile of bills to pay, has no time for someone like Maverick Simon—a guy who’s just passing through. She can’t deny the tall, brooding, sexy-as-sin, Maverick, causes her pulse to race, but she knows that he’s way out of her league. So why is she contemplating an affair? Especially when she knows that Maverick Simon could cost her more than she’s willing to give, namely, her heart…

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Perhaps the least favourite of mine amongst the series. Oh don’t get me wrong, I wouldn’t kick him off my bed if I find him lounging on it, I just don’t have the same love for him as I do for Jack. Maverick is one of those take-charge-manly-man, but he’s far from annoying. He doesn’t throw his weight around. But he’s a sucker for women who’s down in the dumps. It’s what drew him to Charlie to begin with. Along with her brother who hasn’t spoken since the day he witnessed a traumatic event.

Charlie is a strong heroine. She’s trying to keep both her and brother afloat as a mechanic. But even the strongest heroines hides a weakness they wouldn’t want to expose. Maverick has the potential to destroy rock her world. She also knows that he’s just passing through. And as in the case of strong heroines in romance novels, Charlie is reluctant to risk her closely-protected heart.

Why do I read romance novels? They’re fast reads and has the ability to let me forget about time and real life passing. I could devour them in one sitting. So I’m never going to stop reading them. This book is exactly that: a bag of chips I couldn’t resist eating bite after crunchy bite. On a side note, I’m not a fan of that demented looking Maverick on the cover.

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