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3 good stars but upgraded to 4 after listening!

The Palisade (Lavender Shores) - Rosalind Abel
Independent reviewer for Archaeolibrarian, I was gifted my copy of this book. Heir to a coffee shop empire, Joel is in Lavender Shores to secure a property for their flagship store. Andrew was only supposed to be a bit of fun while in town. But then the overnight stay turns into a weekend, and Joel finds himself in far deeper with Andrew than he ever imagined could be; Joel knows when he leaves, and he HAS to leave, it won't only break Andrew's heart, Joel's will be shattered too. First person, multi point of view is not my most favourite way for a book to be written but I quite liked it here. Didn't love it, but I liked it. It got me a little more into both man's mind. While It's very clear that Joel is hiding something from Andrew, it's not immediately clear what that is. I liked being kept waiting. I'm not one for declarations of love so early on, and it happens here. Put me off a little bit, to be honest. BUT! major points for not shortened Andrew, not at all! A really easy read, one of those you can fall into, and lose the world around you, and before you know it, you've finished the book and it did not seem like the 200 odd pages listed on Goodreads. A touch long for a usual hangover cure book, but it landed in my queue just at the right time to be classed as one. I've filed it as such. I have book two to read shortly. I am looking forward to that because there are hints here to what happened to Gilbert, Andrew's best friend. And I want to know more. I'm thinking, from those hints, that book might have a little more bite. 3 GOOD solid stars. Audio Review. Kirt Graves narrates this book. I tried to listen to another of his work and I did not like it. Not because of the narration, that was because of the other book. So I was a little wary going in, but I am so glad I gave him another chance! I am finding, much to my surprise, I am loving listening to first person/multi point of view books! Strange because I don't usually like to READ books written like that. But I LOVED Graves' narration here! His voices for Andrew and Joel were clearly different, and each chapter was told in the respective voice required. Graves reading voice is deep and even, and other voices are clearly defined, and I had no trouble following multi person conversations. He managed to get across all the emotions that I maybe missed reading. Because I found I enjoyed this book so much more by listening to it! And because of that, I'm upgrading my original star rating for the book from 3 to 4 stars. 4 stars for the book, 4 stars for the narration 4 stars overall. **same worded review will appear elsewhere**

 

four solid stars

Sun Storm (The Gathering Storm Book 1) - Marlow Kelly
Independent reviewer for Archaeolibrarian, I was gifted my copy of this book. Renting a cabin in the middle of a snow storm might not have been Marie's best idea, but her solar panel needed testing in such conditions. When four men invade that cabin, saying they need the panel, she knows her life might be over before she got her panel tested. David is one of those four men. He didn't sign up to murder a woman in cold blood, whether or not she had stolen the panel, which he didn't believe. Together they evade the other three men after Marie, they learn just who they can really trust and they hope they can survive the storms coming at them. Far too long for the usual hangover cure, sitting at 250 odd pages, but this book landed in my queue just as I needed one and I used it as such! Because after 3 very heavy books, this was JUST what I needed. Told from every major player's point of view, we are fully aware, right from the start, who is doing what and why. There are no major plot twists, no complicated and difficult to follow plot lines, nothing too taxing on the brain. And I mean this in a bloody god way! It was a really easy read. Aside from Marie and David's story, there is, I think, the laying out of a plot that could follow through the other books in the series. Maybe. Involving Finn, Tim, and Michael, David's street brothers. I might be reading more into this than I should, but thats the feeling I'm left with! I've read a couple of Kelly's books before. I like how she plots and plans and, most importantly, delivers! A very well written, but long, hangover cure. 4 solid stars **same worded review will appear elsewhere**

 

4 solid stars

Cold Moon - Alexandra Sokoloff
Independent reviewer for Archaeolibrarian, I was gifted my copy of this book. This is book three in this series, and you SHOULD read books one and two, Huntress Mon and Blood Moon before this one. It will give you a much better view or Cara and Roarke and what happened between them, and to each other in those books. Not all is recapped here. AND because they are both 5 star reads! This one, though? Not so much. Oh don't get me wrong, its still a powerful, really good read, it just doesn't have the same impact those two books did, on me, at least. Cara is, at least in the beginning, in jail and although they KNOW she killed more men, it comes down to one, single case. THEN, pimps turn up dead, killed with the same blade that killed the victim they want to prosecute Cara for and she is released. Then more turn up dead, and Roarke is left wondering if Cara is to blame, or the teenager who witnessed Cara's last kill. Cara's cousin is missing, and Cara herself is in the wind. Roarke continues to question himself and his career choice. He constantly questions WHY he is doing this, WHY Cara is so deep in his mind, and WHY doesn't he just, like she does, disappear. And I LOVE that. Because you never know which way he is going to go, and you are kept on your toes the whole way through. Told again from Roarke in the past tense and Cara in the present, it grabbed me, but didn't quite pull me along kicking and screaming as books one and two did. I STILL think there is that deeper connection for Roarke and Cara, and I STILL want to see how this pans out. It really is great being kept on my toes for that! A solid, 4 star read. **same worded will appear elsewhere**

 

so dark and deadly! LOVED it!

Damned: A Magnus Blackwell Novel (Book 1) - Alexandrea Weis, Lucas Astor
Independent reviewer for Archaeolibrarian, I was gifted my copy of this book. There is a book before this one, Blackwell, which sort of lays the history out of what happened at the manor 100 years ago. Personally, I would recommend you read it, although this is billed as a stand alone. I just think you'll have a better picture of Mr Magnus Blackwell, and what he did, than is recapped here. However, I wasn't too impressed with it, myself! BUT!!! This one was a much MUCH better read! It grabs you, and pulls you kicking and screaming through every vision Lexie has. Through every event at the manor. Through the trip back to Boston and her mother. And back to New Orleans. It recaps much of what happened to Magnus, O'Connor, Francis and Katie, but you don't get how the two men felt at the time, that doesn't come across time so well. You get sort of hints spat at you, about what's really going on. About Remi, and what he is up to. About Magnus and what he begins to feel for Lexie, about his sorrow at what he did all those years ago. You get hints about what Ms Mann (Magnus' secretary) did, after the death of the Blackwells. And then when Lexie goes to New Orleans, you get hints and clues and you aren't ever really sure just who is the bad guy and who isn't!! You really don't know until all the cards are laid out, just who is playing who! Oh and I loved being kept on my toes!! Told mostly from Lexie, Magnus and Remi's point of view, I would like to have heard from Will, Lexie's fiancee too, but that's a minor niggle, and just a comment more than a criticism. Its a long book, some 360 odd pages, but I read it in one sitting. Did not move, not once!! It grabs hold of you that well!! I am left with only two questions: 1. When is the next book out?? Because I sooooo wanna read it!!! It's clear Lexie has power, its just what she is going to do with it. and 2. Just WHO the hell is the grey Maine Coon cat?!?!?!?!?! Because I read it in one sitting, because it grabbed and didn't let go, because of that Damned cat... 5 stars **same worded review will appear elsewhere**

 

oh! I LOVED this one!!

Unbroken Hearts - K-lee Klein
Independent reviewer for Divine Magazine, I was gifted my copy of this book. My apologies to Ms Klein, this should have been a Release day review, but that darn dayjob got in the way! And a little warning. I may gush in this review :-) So, this is book two, and you really REALLY MUST read book one, Unbreak My Heart before you jump into this one. Some may say not totally necessary but I say it is. And you'll need a box of tissues for that read! While this one doesn't carry emotions that cause your heart to break into a million tiny pieces, get stomped on, and glued back together in the slowest way, it DOES carry a lotta love. Like so much love, its not funny! Like so much love my sister would say "pass the bucket!" JT and Brett have been together a couple months and are very much in love. But they are both still dealing with the past. What this book is about, is them dealing with that past in ways only JT and Brett can. AND IT IS GLORIOUS! I read this book in one sitting. Stayed up way past my bedtime. Was not present at the dayjob next day. I just could not put it down! It is, by far, the most too stinking cute AND warm and fuzzies book I've read for a long time. I mean, its hilarious watching JT work himself up into a tizzy about Valentines Day. Watching them deal with Mama and Halloween, and Christmas. It is painful reading about Brett dealing that darn barn, but that pain is overshadowed by the LOVE that jumps off every page, it really is. I LISTENED to the first book. I am praying to every deity known to man, and then some, that the powers that be will get this book narrated once again by Nick J Russo. Because while I loved reading this book, I could hear Russo in my head but the voices were all wrong. So, I'm a-praying. Its so very rare we get a follow up story to one that was such a heart wrenching read. Brett and JT fought hard to get their act together and reading this, over the course of their year, was amazing, and I really REALLY loved it. But I just gotta say, even though this book was perfect, and Brett already said he wasn't the kind for pieces of paper to say how much he loved the kid, I wanted a marriage proposal! Had there been a wedding?? I'd never have been able to find the right words! An amazing 5 star read!! **same worded review will appear elsewhere**

 

too stinking cute! loved this!

Textual Relations - Cate Ashwood
Independent reviewer for Archaeolibrarian, I was gifted my copy of this book. Henry gets a wrong number about a date,so he decides to turn up at the date to let Ash know HER date wasn't coming. But Ash is short for Asher and Henry finds himself on a date, with a guy. This book landed in my queue at the right time for me. It's short, and cute, and mostly stress free and its a perfect hang over cure!! It's told only from Henry's point of view, in the first person and this is the ONLY reason I didn't give it 5 stars, because Ash didn't have his say. I loved how Henry didn't see what was happening with him and Ash, til it hit him like a freight train. Loved how he didn't question it too much either, he just went with the flow and enjoyed it. It's a really easy read, some 100 pages, took me just over an hour. It's light hearted in places, not overly explicit, and mostly drama free. It gets a little hairy when Henry introduces Ash to his brother, but that's because of how it happens, rather than the fact he is introducing his brother to a MAN when he still thinks Ash is a girl! A too stinking cute read, but not quite a warm and fuzzys one as well. Very well written,with no spelling or editing errors I spotted. 4 stars **same worded review will appear elsewhere**

 

great follow up to Murder and Meyhem

Tramps and Thieves - Rhys Ford
Independent reviewer for Archaeolibrarian I was gifted my copy of this book. Rook is trying to go straight, but cousin Harold has his damn bird. Then he find Harold dead, and the bodies keep on coming. Dante just wants to wrap Rook up and keep him safe. This is book two in the series and it would help greatly to read book one, Murder and Meyhem, first. Not totally necessary, though. And I struggled with this one and it pains me deeply that I didn't love it as much as book one!! It's well written, from both Rook and Dante's point of view, in a way only Ms Ford can tell her tales. Those throw away last chapter lines that make you go "say what,now??" And make you question what you just read, and make me think I missed something. It's messy, what with dead cousins and heads in boxes and shootings and things. Its sexy in places, with the love the love the two men have for each other coming off every page and showing in everything they do for each other. And I did not get whodunnit til it was revealed in the book. So why did I struggle?? No flipping idea. I DID enjoy it, it just took me far longer than it should have. So, because of that, 4 stars.

 

really great box set!

Alphas of Danger - Shayla Black, Lexi Blake, Mari Carr, Kris Cook, Anissa Garcia, Kym Grosso, Jenna Jacob, Kennedy Layne, Isabella LaPearl, Carrie Ann Ryan
Independent reviewer for Archaeolibrarian, I was gifted my copy of this box set. I was asked to review all ten books, however I only finished 8 so will just review those 8. Devoted to Wicked, Shayla Black. 4 stars Stuck in Mexico when her passport is stolen, Karis doesn't expect Cage to come get her. I really liked this. Cute and to the point, but with that deadly undertone that all the books in this set carry, it sets to pace for the whole set. Part of the Wicked Lovers series. Makes me want to read more. Countdown, Lexi Blake. 5 full stars! Faced with their death, watching it countdown on the bomb in front of them Ben and "Maggie" spent their last hour doing something they should have done years ago. OMG!! My favourite of the whole lot!! Did not see that coming at me, not at all. I expected there to be a positive outcome, because who wants to read a romance where they both die, but I did not expect THAT ending! Left wide open for a full book, maybe?? I certainly want to read more about these two. Power Struggle, Mari Carr. 4 stars Ten years ago, Bree ran from Carter, but now her stepfather has escaped from prison, she knows she needs him. Alpha male meets Alpha female, head on!! Probably the most explicit of the set, but I really enjoyed it. CIA Covert Team, Kris Cook. As much as I love MM, I did not like this and did not finish it, and cannot, for the life of me, figure out why! With a Vengeance, Anissa Garcia. First person present tense. Nope. The other one I did not finish. Hard Asset, Kym Grosso. 5 stars! Evan is trying to catch who is selling National and company secrets. Raine just happens to land in his crosshairs. Another OMG ending! Seriously great reading, for such a short book, it packs a punch. Not a HEA, and I NEEEEEED to read their full story! Revenge on The Rocks, Jenna Jacob. 4 stars. Gina is 12 years older than Nate. When Gina goes missing, he knows that he will do all he can to find the love of his life! Cute tale, made ME think, so gotta be good! Seducing Danger, Kennedy Layne. 4 stars Kelli catches Landon's eye, turns out she'd been watching him all along! Really great read, enough sexiness to make it HAWT, but without the danger level of the other books in this set. Enforce Her, Isabella Pearl. 4.5 stars. On the run, Ella crashes her car. Rambler comes to her rescue. OH!!! A new to me author, and this world is most firmly on my TBR list now! So close to the full 5 stars. Maybe had THIS been a full length book, it might have hit that fifth star. Executive Ink, Carrie Ann Ryan. 4 stars. Ashlynn just wants one night with her tattooed rescuer. But Jax keeps popping up, and he wants more. A fab little short, of opposites really do attract and fate will do her best to get what she wants! All in all, a great box set of Alpha males and Alpha females, but reading them all back to back was maybe a little bit too much, even for me! 4 stars for the entire set, with two standouts and two unfinished. **same worded review will appear elsewhere**

 

oh oh oh!!

Blood Moon - Alexandra Sokoloff
Independent reviewer for Archaeolibrarian, I was gifted my copy of this book. This is book two in this series, and you really REALLY should read book one before you read this one. I STRONGLY urge you to read that book anyway, because Huntress Moon was a 5 star read. And so is this one!! Cara is at large, but they don't think she is a danger to anyone who isn't classed as the lowest of all pond scum: drug dealers, traffickers, prostitution ring leaders. Then the body count goes up, and it appears there is a copycat killing in the same way that The Reaper killed Cara's family. And Roarke might need Cara's help to catch him. Told again in the past for Roarke and present tense for Cara, it again gripped me and pulled me along at rocket speed in places! It meant that I had to slow down my reading, because I had to concentrate, and that's always a good thing in my opinion! Cara is still saving and taking lives as she sees fit. Roarke is now chasing both Cara and The Reaper. I loved the part that Cara played in helping Roarke's investigation. I can't word, not properly, what I feel about this book, indeed, this series, even at two books in, and you know how much that PAINS me, but I know this much: these books are pushing my reading way beyond my usual habits, and I am loving them!! I'm not totally convinced that Cara and Roarke's story is finished, even if it ended as it did. I still think there is a deeper connection for these two people that hasn't fully manifested itself yet. I might be wrong, but this is what I'm feeling and you know how I love to share what I feel! Not quite read in one sitting, that darn dayjob got in the way, but still a ... 5 star read! **same worded review will appear elsewhere**

 

love love LOVE this book!

Huntress Moon - Alexandra Sokoloff
Independent reviewer for Archaeolibrarian, I purchased my copy of this book, via Prime Reading. There comes along, once in a while, a book that pits you out of your comfort zone. Those books are few and far between, and I really REALLY enjoy being pushed out of my comfort zone when it comes to my reading habits!! THIS book, right here! Its different and you all know how much I love different. You also know how much i LOVE getting into the mind of the bad guy, or in this case bad GAL. And you also know how much I dislike present tense books. So I'm sitting here, telling you that I LOVED this book, and here's why it might surprise you. Roarke gets his say in the third person, past tense. But Cara?? She gets HER say in the third person, PRESENT tense. And I truly loved the way the story is told! It took some getting used, flipping from Roarke to Cara, past to present but once I did, the book just flew! The book takes place over 8 days, leading up to the 25th anniversary of Cara's family's massacre. While I'm still unsure what Cara had originally planned for that date, what she DID do, and the way it played out, was brilliant. Roarke's reason for joining the FBI was The Reaper case, that he saw on the news at 9 years old. I loved the way it all came together. Roarke and Cara's story is by no means finished. Cara is now on the Most Wanted list. Whether Roarke will apprehend her, though, is another matter. He is questioning everything: about himself, about Cara, and about his career. And they have a connection that they really shouldn't have. I loved the way Sokoloff tells her story, kinda grabs you, and doesn't let go. I can't see how this is going to end, I really can't but I have book two, Blood Moon, to read next. I'd also like to read something else by Sokoloff, unrelated to this series. Because I read it in one Sunday afternoon, and I didn't move off the sofa the whole time... 5 full stars. **same worded review will appear elsewhere**

 

enjoyed this one more than Levi!

Oscar - Bailey Bradford
Independent reviewer for Divine Magazine, I was gifted my copy of this book. This is book two in the Leopard's Spots series, and I strongly recommend you read book one, Levi, before this one. It will give you a much better picture as to why Oscar is in San Antonio, and what he is suffering because of what he did in that book. I was worried, you know, going into this one. I don't much care for main characters who are late teens/early 20, and Oscar is 18 here. I don't know why, I just don't. But I need not have worried. Oscar is, as I said, 18, but he has a wise old head on his shoulders. And going into San Antonio to find Lyndon (his brother in law)'s father to make him stop what he is doing, is probably not the best idea he ever had. Visiting the club was probably a worse one, but Josiah (kinda, sorta) steps up to save his kitty. And it's clear very quickly, that Oscar IS Josiah's kitty, claws and all. Josiah is a wolf, and his wolf wants that kitty, in his life, in his bed, and in his heart forever. And Josiah will follow Oscar wherever he goes. And they go to Oscar's home. And they encounter a great deal of ribbing from his brothers! Amusing in places, heartbreaking in other, and sexy as heck in others still! Lyndon's half brothers play a part, and I'm still not convinced there aren't more that are gonna come out of the woodwork! Still too long for a hang over cure, but I think *shock horror!* I actually enjoyed this one slightly more than Levi's story, and again, not a too complicated difficult read. We meet Timothy, a cousin of Oscar's and I have his story to read next. Thoroughly enjoying these, and I hope to be able to read them all. 4.5 stars (rounded down to 4) **same worded review will appear elsewhere**

 

great start to the series

Levi - Bailey Bradford
Independent reviewer for Divine Magazine, I was gifted my copy of this book. After a week of family 'fun' Levi needs his run, to let off steam. When he finds himself under a cougar, Levi finds himself fulfilling some deep fantasy. But when done, the MAN, Lyndon, runs away and Levi is left bereft. Running is all Lyndon has done for some time. Maybe, he'll stick around town for Levi. But Lyndon's past follows and soon, Levi is put in danger and Lyndon will fight for his mate. I have a soft spot for alternative shifters (anything other than wolves, really!) and this is a great little book that certainly fits the bill. Levi and Lyndon's first coming together is powerful, with neither being able to fight the pull but its not til later, that the word is banded about, mate. Its there, bubbling below the surface for much of the book though, you can just feel it. You can feel the emotions that both Lyndon and Levi has for each other, when they come together again, and my heart broke for Lyndon when he was telling his story to Levi's family. I didn't get who was following Lyndon til it was revealed in the book, indeed, I thought he was imagining it all at first! And it really did have to end the way it did, or Lyndon would never be safe. Not overly complicated and a great, relatively short (couple hours) read that passed the time nicely. Too long for a hang over cure though. And Oscar, Levi's little brother is next. It will be interesting, not least because of what Oscar does here, but Oscar is the youngest brother, and I don't much care for characters of a young age. But we'll see. Oscar is quite a character here. 4 solid stars **same worded review will appear elsewhere**

 

Flawless!

BLACK (All the King's Men Book 8) - Donya Lynne, Reese Dante, Laura LaTulipe
Independent reviewer for Archaeolibrarian, I was gifted my copy of this book. This is book 8 in the series, and for this to make much sense, you must, I mean MUST read the others. Because they are awesome, and much happened in those books that is referenced here but not fully explained. And I told you to, okay?? Jumping straight in. Because wooooooeeeeeee! Ms Lynne did throw some curve balls!! Micah found out in Bound Guardian Angel that he has a brother, Ronan and that his father is alive, not dead like he though these 950 years. BUT here?? He founds out much more. He finds out his family tree, who he is related to and how. He finds out that seemingly impossible things really can happen. He finds out the Drecks have been doing much more than making cobalt blue to destroy the vampires, and that he is going to need some help to remove this new threat. Enter stage right, The Lycans! These guys are BIG news, they have been aware of this new threat but trying to contain it. However, Ronan's antics with the ankh he stole from Micah have forced them to come clean. These guys are gonna be an awesome addition to this world, I know it. I'm being deliberately vague in what I'm saying, I know I am but this book is FULL of massive spoilers and I don't want to ruin it for you. But let me tell ya, its an A-MA-ZING read! One sitting, I read it in one sitting. Some things I saw coming, some I did not. Some things came from WAAAAAAAAAAAAAY out the left field. I also saw some pairings, that maybe haven't been discussed before. That I wanna see if I'm right. Can't wait for the next one! Ms Lynne spends a lot, and I mean a LOT of time after writing her books, tidying them up, editing, editing and MORE editing, and as a reader, its frustrating having to wait so long between books. BUT also as a reader, it makes you appreciate the finished product, and this one really is FLAWLESS. All the major players have a say, and ya'll know how much I love that, even the Lycans and they really are so very very different. Can't wait for more of them! Kind of a cliff hanger ending, but in a way only Ms Lynne can delivery. 5 full stars **same worded review will appear elsewhere**

 

creeping up to 4 stars.

The Garden - Rosalind Abel
Independent reviewer for Archaeolibrarian, I was gifted my copy of this book. This is book two in the series, but can be read as a stand alone. Andrew and Joel from book one take part here, and I loved that, but you don't need their story to follow this one. Gilbert is in town for Andrew and Joel's engagement party. He fins solace in Walden, the man who catches his eye at the gym. But it will only ever be sex for Gilbert, right? He doesn't do relationships. Neither does Walden, but it creeps up on them both and neither wants to walk, or commit. But they both have a dark past. Can they overcome that?? I said in my review for book one, The Palisade, that I was looking forward to Gilbert's story, and I was not disappointed. His past, the one he ran from town for, smacks him in the face every time he comes back to town. And he hates being in Lavender Shores for that reason. But he won't let Andrew, his best friend, down. Meeting Walden, and then discovering his profession, and then Gilbert STILL not being able to walk away, is a shock to his system. Walden's past has a darker undertone and one that could well have been a deal breaker but Gilbert is like...and?? I loved how both men fought hard against their feelings! Loved that they battled with their innermost desires and insecurities. Loved that they were able to overcome it all. Again written in the first person, from both men. Because I KNEW this going in, I was aware and able to set my mind in the right place, cos lord knows, I say it often enough that i don't like first person books!! But because I KNEW that, I really did enjoy it. And you do get a better sense of the person in the first. Not sure I would have got it all from a third person book. huh. Check me out! Might actually be getting over it! I've filed this on the Over 18 shelf, because there are some darker undertones, and some might find them difficult to read. Nothing is described in great detail, but you are told about them. I have book three, The Veranda, to read shortly. That is Donovan's book, Gilbert's therapist. I loved their interaction here. I look forward to getting into Donovan's mind! Creeping up 4 stars **same worded review will appear elsewhere**

 

5 sad but bloody amazing stars

Man - Charmaine Pauls
I was gifted my copy direct from the author, that I write a review was not required but I darn well gotta!! Book 9 in this series, and you really REALLY should read all the other books, in order, to get the full picture. You need to know what Godfrey has book up to and what has happened to Cain's team along the way. Much is referenced to from previous books, and you need to know what happened. AND because I bloody well said so!! She captures his attention in a way no woman has for years. There has been no one since his wife died. Too bad that Olivia is the wife of Godfrey, the man Cain and his team have been after for some time. He'll use her to get what he wants, and kill her if she steps in his way. Won't he? When I start a series, I find there is one character who needs to have a story, one who piques my curiosity and I wait, sometimes patiently, sometimes not, for their story. Cain was probably that character right from the start. And he did NOT disappoint me! As leader of the Forbidden Arts task force, its come down to Cain getting Godfrey. And its done in such a way that I was .... say what now?? I had to double back, an several points along the way to check I hadn't missed anything. Because let me tell ya, this book took so many twists and turns, that had I not been glued to the sofa to get this book finished, I would have been dizzy!! We get what Godfrey has been doing to keep his wife in check. We get what he has done to himself to become immortal. And it ain't pretty, no ma'am! Godfrey is a bad, bad man and he does finally run out of those nine lives he had! Well, sorta, kinda, maybe. Bit of a spoiler so not gonna elaborate but did NOT see that coming! We catch up with everyone here. Every team member and their other half takes part in bringing Godfrey down. They aren't all in the same place, but they all pop up at some point and I loved that. Cain is, quite possibly, the dirtiest man in his team! Oh my, yes indeed! And I would say, his story is the steamiest of the whole series! So much steam! Steamed up glasses!! Phew!! But boy oh boy, so darn good!!! But I'm sad! Because this is the LAST book in this series, a series I loved from the time Bono dropped Josselin out the helicopter in front of Clelia, all the way back in the beginning. I'm gonna miss these people, I really am. Maybe, Ms Pauls, there could be a catch up book, a few years from now, just to see how everyone is, and oh! all the babies! Oh pleeeeeeeeeeeeze??? If you are finding this series now, at the last book, go back to the beginning, go right back to the beginning, with the prequel, Loving the Enemy. You won't be disappointed! I don't wanna end my review, because I don't want to say goodbye! 5 sad, but bloody amazing stars **same worded review will appear elsewhere**

 

short and so deliciously sweet!

The Botanist: Short Story - Claire Smith, Hot Tree Editing, Dahlia Donovan
I was gifted my copy of this book direct from the author, that I write a review was not required. This is book 2.5 in the Sin Bin series, but you don't need to have read book one, The Wanderer, and book two, The Caretaker, to follow this one. BUT! You should. Not least of which they are both 5 star reads, but because I said SO!! US Navy Seal Wyatt is sent on a mission jointly with the Royal Marines and rescues Aled, a botanist caught in the cross fire of a drug smuggling ring, and has been tortured. Wyatt finds himself at odds with his career and his feelings for the young man. Aled relishes the calls and texts from Wyatt, but are his feelings real, or just a PTSD symptom?? I LURVE this one!! Its oh so deliciously; short and sweet, and a huge helping of warm and fuzzies! Ms Donovan does short and sweet so well! Oh, don't get me wrong, the longer books are great and fab and have that cute/fuzzies feeling but the short ones seem to carry it so much more! What I particularly liked about this book, is what's NOT here, it's what is missing. It is almost clean. Bar one scene at the end, there is no sex! And if you follow my reviews, you'll know I do prefer my books, male/male ones especially, on the more explicit side. So, for me to say that I really REALLY loved it, well, says something! AND OH!!!! I just remembered! I said the exact same thing in Ms Donovan's very FIRST book, Ivy! Full circle, we've come full circle. Some of the other guys in the series are mentioned, and we meet some new ones. Hamish, especially, he is the lead Royal Marine and has his story next, book 3, The Royal Marine. Short and sweet, too stinking cute AND warm and fuzzies, cos let me tell ya, they are not the same thing! 5 full stars **same worded review will appear elsewhere**

 

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