Body of Trust by Jeannine Colette ~ Review & Teaser (@jeannineColett)

I've read a number of books by Jeannine Colette, but it has been a little while since I've read her work. When I came across Body of Trust, I just had to grab it! Unfortunately, when I looked on it at the time I posted this review, it wasn't on Amazon, but I do hope it comes back!!
Body of Trust
Title: Body of Trust
Author: Jeannine Colette
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Published: October 10th 2020

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In the dark, winding hills overlooking the New York Harbor lay the city’s most exclusive club. A mansion that offered a glimpse back to the days when the mob had ruled New York.

I took my seat at the bar and flirted with the man behind it—the one who made me weak in the knees yet kept his personal life a veiled secret.

It started off like any other, except, that night, Jesse Grant and I shared a moment.

And then all hell broke loose.

As gunfire rained down, I fell to the floor in fear, only to be shielded by a man who was risking his own life to save mine.

Jesse led me away from danger that night. While traipsing through the underground tunnels of the city, I learned my family wasn’t who I’d thought they were and no one could be trusted … including Jesse.

He devoured my body and stole my heart. Then, he left in the shadows of the night, leaving me to wonder if he was really who he had said he was.

Discovering dark secrets, intense attraction, and a plot where everyone’s life was on the line … my once-boring life morphed into that of a crime drama.

And there was only one man I was willing to give my trust to. I just prayed that he was worth the risk.

I've read a number of books by Jeannine Colette, and I was really excited that she had decided to write a romantic suspense. After I read the description, you know that I grabbed this book and jumped right into it!

Right from the opening chapters I was pulled into the action packed world that Amelia was unaware of. Jesse was doing everything that he could to protect her and it wasn't long that the adrenalin and the chemistry was pulling them together.

I liked how fierce Jesse was and that he would do anything for Amelia to make sure that she was delivered back to her family in one piece. However, he was keeping secrets that threatened to keep them apart. I couldn't quite understand why Amelia was so sheltered and unaware of her family's involvement in the underworld. She seemed to look past all the whispers and secret meetings and functioned in her perfect world until it all fell apart. I did like seeing her grow throughout the read and adapt to everything that she learned.

Body of Trust had quite a lot of suspense and exciting elements entwined throughout the read. I enjoyed seeing the characters work together and do what they could to figure out who the culprits were. I liked the way Colette built the story up, and the ending left me quite happy. I really do hope to see more of these reads by Colette in the future!

This was a sweet and tender moment between Jesse and Amelia.

“Jesse,” I breathe as his hand rises to my cheek and caresses it. I fall into his palm and bask in the feel of his soft touch.
“Tell me to stop, Amelia. There are a thousand reasons why this is wrong, but I can’t help myself.”
“Don’t stop,” I say urgently. “You have to know that I feel it too. Whatever this thing is, I want it.”
I run my fingers over his abdomen, and his stomach tightens at the touch.
“You’re just saying that because of tonight. Tomorrow, when the rush is over, you’ll come to your senses.”
“No. I’ve wanted you for so long. I need you, Jesse. Badly. Desperately,” I plead.

Kindle Page 37

Jeannine ColetteJeannine Colette is the author of the Abandon Collection - a series of stand-alone novels featuring dynamic heroines who have to abandon their reality in order to discover themselves . . . and love along the way. Each book features a new couple, exciting new city and a rose of a different color.

A graduate of Wagner College and the New York Film Academy, Jeannine went on to become a Segment Producer for television shows on CBS and NBC. She left the television industry to focus on her children and pursue a full-time writing career. She lives in New York with her husband, the three tiny people she adores more than life itself, and a rescue pup named Wrigley.

Jeannine and her family are active supporters of The March of Dimes and Strivright The Auditory-Oral School of New York.

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Resist by K. Bromberg ~ Review & Teaser (@KBrombergDriven)

I hate to admit it, but Resist by K. Bromberg was not the read for me, I was left disappointed in the characters and how the story unfolded...
Resist (Wicked Ways, #1)
Title: Resist
Author: K. Bromberg
Series: Wicked Ways #1
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Published: July 30th 2019

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From the New York Times bestselling author of the Driven series comes a powerful romance about reaching great heights through low depths.

Who says you have to play by the rules to get what you want?

Agreeing to meet Ryker Lockhart is my first mistake. Rich, handsome, and more than intriguing, he thinks blackmail will bend me to his will.

But he’s wrong.

I may have done a few things that weren’t exactly legal, but I have my own reasons for that. The last thing I’m going to do is let some high-powered divorce attorney come into my life, have my body, and rule my heart. Not to mention ruin everything that I have carefully built in just a short amount of time.

But as much as I try to resist him, and against my better judgment, there is something about him that has me agreeing to his proposal.

I’m putting everything on the line for him. I just hope I won’t lose everything when this is all over.

Once again, I didn’t do enough research and picked up the first book in a duet, and spent most of my time being disappointed with it!

I spent a lot of time being frustrated with Vaughan. She started quite strong, holding her own against an angry Senator, but seemed to dumb up a bit, especially around Ryker.

There was a lot of back on forth between Vaughn and Ryker, hot and coldness between them. I just wanted them to get on the same wave length. At one stage, Ryker took Vaughn to the Hamptons for some alone time, only to have a party. I was like WTF?!

This book, unfortunately, was not for me. I didn't really like the characters and the way the book unfolded. I won't be going out of my way to read the next one. I do hope to try another Bromberg read in the future, just to see if it was this particular story that didn't work for me.
A couple of teasers from moments that I did enjoy through the book.

“You do know if someone throws a punch at you for rooting for the Sox, I won’t defend you.”
“I do believe those are the most romantic words I’ve ever heard.”

Kindle Page 190

She’s like goddamn lightning—that’s what she is.
She strikes without warning and is going to singe every damn part of me no matter what kind of shelter I try to hide under.

Kindle Page 210

New York Times Bestselling author K. Bromberg writes contemporary novels that contain a mixture of sweet, emotional, a whole lot of sexy, and a little bit of real. She likes to write strong heroines, and damaged heroes who we love to hate but can’t help to love.

A mom of three, she plots her novels in between school runs and soccer practices, more often than not with her laptop in tow.

Since publishing her first book on a whim in 2013, Kristy has sold over one and a half million copies of her books across sixteen different countries and has landed on the New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal Bestsellers lists over thirty times. Her Driven trilogy (Driven, Fueled, and Crashed) is currently being adapted for film by Passionflix with the first movie slated to release in 2018.

With her imagination always in overdrive, she is currently scheming, plotting, and swooning over her latest hero. You can find out more about him or chat with Kristy on any of her social media accounts.

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Fragile Longing by Cora Reilly ~ Review & Teaser (#CoraReilly)

Cora Reilly is not an author I've tried before, but I'm so glad that I did. This was a pretty good introduction to her work, and I am certain I will pick more up from her in the future.
Fragile Longing
Title: Fragile Longing
Author: Cora Reilly
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Published: September 28th 2020

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Sofia knows how it feels to be the consolation prize.
Too young.
Not blond.
And definitely not an ice princess.
Her sister is—was all those things. Perfection. Until she wasn’t. Until she ran off to be with the enemy and left her fiancĂ© behind.
Now Sofia is given to Danilo in her sister’s stead, knowing she’ll never be more than second best. Yet, she can’t stop longing for the love of the man she’s been crushing on even when he was still her sister’s.

Danilo is a man who’s used to getting what he wants.
The sought-after ice princess.
Until another man steals his bride-to-be. Danilo knows that for a man in his position losing his woman can lead to a loss of face.
Wounded pride.
Thirst for revenge.
A dangerous combination—one Danilo can’t leave behind, not even when a girl just as precious takes her sister’s place to placate him. Yet, she’s got one flaw: she’s not her sister.
Unable to forget what he’s lost, Danilo might lose what he’s been given.

I have read a few Mafia reads over the years, and this was quite a pleasant read for my first Cora Reilly book. She built a world that was a bit complex, and created characters with their own issues and thrust them together, and some how they fell for one another.

I liked seeing both sides to their developing relationship and how difficult it was for both of them over the years that they knew one another. Sofia always like Danilo, but he had eyes for someone else when they were young. Over time, the circumstances changed and the more time they were around one another the easier it become.

I liked that this read wasn't too heavy on the Mafia side, so it wasn't as dark as some books that I have read. There were a couple of unpleasant moments, but Sofia and Danilo eventually built a connection and their passion for one another was undeniable.

This was a good read, but I felt that I was missing something. After a bit of research, I realised that Sofia's sister had her own book in the Camorra Chronicles. If I had read this book, some of the story might have made a little more sense.

When these two finally got on the same wave-length, they had some series chemistry!! 

“... I can’t think about anything else than the taste of your lips, Sofia. I can’t wait to kiss you again.”
I squeezed his shoulder, pressing a bit closer. “What are you waiting for?” Surprised by my own courage, I laughed.
“If I kissed you the way I want to kiss you right here on the dancefloor that’ll cause the scandal of the year,” Danilo said dryly.

Kindle Page 219

Cora Reilly is the author of the Born in Blood Mafia Series, The Camorra Chronicles and many other books, most of them featuring dangerously sexy bad boys. Before she found her passion in romance books, she was a traditionally published author of young adult literature.

Cora lives in Germany with a cute but crazy Bearded Collie, as well as the cute but crazy man at her side. When she doesn't spend her days dreaming up sexy books, she plans her next travel adventure or cooks too spicy dishes from all over the world.

Despite her law degree, Cora prefers to talk books to laws any day.

Cora Reilly

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Repeat by Kylie Scott ~ Review & Teaser (@KylieScottbooks)

I don't know what has taken me so long to grab Repeat considering how much I love Kylie Scott's writing, but geez, I did love this read!
Title: Repeat
Author: Kylie Scott
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Published: April 7th 2019

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From New York Times bestselling author Kylie Scott comes an irresistible new romance.

When a vicious attack leaves 25-year-old Clementine Johns with no memory, she's forced to start over. Now she has to figure out who she was and why she made the choices she did - which includes leaving the supposed love of her life, tattoo artist Ed Larsen, only a month before.

Ed can hardly believe it when his ex shows up at his tattoo parlor with no memory of their past, asking about the breakup that nearly destroyed him. The last thing he needs is more heartache, but he can't seem to let her go again. Should they walk away for good, or does their love deserve a repeat performance?

Kylie Scott is one of my go to authors when I want a sexy romance with a bit of humour. I honestly don't know what has taken me so long to pick up Repeat, but I thoroughly enjoyed it once I started. I actually was so invested in it, I didn't want to put it down to go to sleep! Not only did it end up having that sexy humour that I love, but it was intense with a touch of suspense too.

I honestly would not know what I would do if I woke up one day and I had no memories prior to that day. Clem felt all alone and only had her sister to lean on for support. Each day she tried to figure out more about herself, which is how she landed in Ed's tattoo parlour. Clem was not the same girl she ws before the accident, but I loved the way she didn't hold back, she spoke what she was feeling, asked questions whether they were inappropriate or not, and wasn't willing to hide from what happened to her.

Ed was such a beautiful soul, and I could see that he cared deeply for Clem, but after everything that happened he wasn't willing to let her back in easily. Over time I could see him relax, but Clem didn't want to be a burden on him either, which I thought was brave. I liked meeting the secondary characters too, as they were so loyal to Ed and were sceptical of Clem when she returned. Ed's brother Lief is one that I would love to see more of.

This was another fantastic read by Kylie Scott. I loved all the elements that she wove through this story; a girl with curves, a hot tattoo artist covered in tattoos, with an intriguing plot and plenty of passion between the pages. I was hooked from cover to cover and I honestly didn't want the story to end!

Got to love it when a kiss is just 'nice'... these two were so sweet!!

“What do you think?” he asks, voice about a dozen times deeper and rougher than normal. His hands are tangled in my hair. The knowledge that this man wants me has my toes curling.
“About kissing or spending time together?”
“Your eyes are so pretty.” I smile. He’s dazzling, really. But maybe I’ve said enough for one evening.
He smiles back. “Kissing, yes or no?”
“Ah, yeah. Nice.”
“Nice?” he asks, sneering ever so slightly.
“You don’t like nice?”
“It’s your first kiss. I wanted to do a little better than nice.”
“It was very pleasant. I think I’d like to do it again sometime. If you’re amenable, of course.”
“You’re killing me.” He laughs. “What about the spending time together part?”
“Well, Ed, I would be delighted to hang out with you.”
“Glad to hear it.”

Kindle Page 166

Kylie is a New York Times and USA Today best-selling author. She was voted Australian Romance Writer of the year, 2013, 2014, 2018, & 2019, by the Australian Romance Writer’s Association and her books have been translated into eleven different languages. She is a long time fan of romance, rock music, and B-grade horror films. Based in Queensland, Australia with her two children and husband, she reads, writes and never dithers around on the internet.

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The One That Got Away by Karina Halle ~ Review & Teaser (@MetalBlonde)

Karina Halle is one of those authors that I love to read! I've read a range of her books and I can't think of one that I haven't enjoyed.
The One That Got Away
Title: The One That Got Away
Author: Karina Halle
Genre: Contemporary Romance / Sports Romance
Published: September 20th 2020

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*A standalone second-chance romance*

Ruby Turner was never meant to be mine.

When I first met her, she was a fresh, young, American sports journalist trying to find her footing in a new life abroad. She was the one interviewing me for an article, yet I wanted to know more about her. She captivated me.
But she went home with Marco that night.
My agent.
My brother.
And I did what I could to pretend I was fine with it.
After all, I’m Luciano Ribeiro. As the captain of Real Madrid, and Portugal’s National Team, it’s my job to be cool, calm, and collected, not easily rattled.
Only what I felt for Ruby over time, shook me to my very core.
It made me do things I never imagined I would do.
It started with a stolen kiss in the middle of the night.
It led to a passionate tryst.
It created a burden of guilt that I had to carry, as Ruby came in and out of my life until she left for good, leaving her mark on me.
Now, seven years later, she’s back.
She was the one that got away.
I don’t think I’ll let her go this time.
But I might not have a choice.
Because my heart still belongs to her.
And her heart might belong to my brother.

The One That Got Away was a sweet and intense romance as I watched two characters that had an attraction, find it difficult to be with one another. Throughout most of the story you can see that they have chemistry, but it was never the right moment or there were circumstances that kept them apart.

I really felt for Ruby, right from the opening chapter and seeing her lose so much of herself in one moment. She was determined to find herself once again, trying to be involved in a sport that she loved so much. I could see the initial connection between her and Luciano, however they both found it hard to trust people and their paths went in different directions. Ruby was quite the carefree kind of character and wasn't willing to be tied down.

Luciano had parental issues and that's why he found it hard to trust people, especially as he was becoming so successful. Ruby could relate to him in that regard and I think it was one of the ways they bonded. Luciano had dreams of success, not only in his home team, but to also further his career in the big leagues.

Luciano and Ruby's story wasn't easy, especially as it took place over a number of years. I could definitely see the connection and the passion between them as they fell for one another. Family issues kept arising, making it difficult for them. I did like that this read had a small crossover from another Halle book, and those characters had an influence on Luciano and Ruby's relationship.

I love moments where the truth is revealed and it changes everything for the characters! 

“You could have contacted me first.”
“Well I knew you hated me!”
“How can I not?” he yells, arms going out. “You broke my fucking heart, Ruby! I fell in love with you. I was in love with you and you tore it all to pieces!”
My hands go to my chest, as if to keep in my own heart.
I didn’t know.
How could I have known?
“Luciano,” I whisper, my words broken and bare. I try to reach for him, but he shrugs out of my grasp.
“This was a mistake,” he says, hands going into his hair. “Meeting with you was a mistake. I knew it. I knew I was setting myself up for a big dose of mindfuckery, or however you say it.”

Kindle Page 304

“You’re a fucking angel,” he says to me, meeting my eyes with a carnal gaze. The raw lust in his voice makes me so wet that I’m clenching. “But I’m going to fuck you like the devil.”

Kindle Page 150

Karina Halle is a former travel writer & music journalist and The New York Times, Wall Street Journal & USA Today Bestselling author of The Swedish Prince, The Pact, Love, in English, The Artists Trilogy, Bad at Love & over 45 other wild and romantic reads. She lives on an island off the coast of British Columbia with her husband and her adopted pup Bruce, where she drinks a lot of wine, hikes a lot of trails and devours a lot of books.

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Happily Letter After by Vi Keeland & Penelope Ward ~ Review & Teaser (@ViKeeland, @PenelopeAuthor)

When this duo writes a novel, there's a very big chance I am going to snap it up! Add in a single dad, and you know my ovaries are fluttering!
Happily Letter After
Title: Happily Letter After
Author: Vi Keeland and Penelope Ward
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Published: October 20th 2020

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From New York Times bestselling authors Vi Keeland and Penelope Ward comes a love story about taking chances, and the surprises that come with them.

My love story all started with a letter.

Only it wasn’t from the man I’d eventually fall in love with. It was from his daughter. A sweet little girl named Birdie Maxwell who’d written to the magazine that I worked for.

You see, once a year, my employer fulfilled a few wishes for readers. Only that column didn’t start up again for months.

So I fulfilled some of her wishes myself. It was harmless…so I thought. Until one day I took things too far.

While anonymously granting yet another of Birdie’s wishes, I got a look at her father. Her devastatingly handsome, single dad father.

I should have stopped playing fairy godmother then. I should have left well enough alone. But I just couldn’t help myself. I had a connection to this girl. One that had me acting irrationally.

Like showing up on their doorstep.

When Vi Keeland and Penelope Ward put out a book, I know I am in for one incredible journey! Happily Letter After was one of those reads that gets you thinking... do things happen by chance, or is there really a greater power out there??

The way that Sadie injected herself into this family was amusing to watch. After reading Birdie's letters she felt that she had to put some happiness back into the little girls life. Who would've though that each time it would bring her closer to them, and I could just see it all blowing up in her face!! It was sweet that both Birdie and Sadie had something in common, as it helped them bond

Sebastian was doing the best he could at being a single father, and I could see that Sadie bought a bit of chaos and spark back into his life. He had had a hard time most recently juggling his restaurant and making sure Birdie had a stable home life. I liked seeing him grow and to fall for someone who got along with his daughter like she did.

As I expected, there were some twists thrown in along the way that threw a spanner in the works. One you could see it coming, but the build towards the second one made my heart ache. This writing duo wove this tale perfectly, building strong characters with sizzling chemistry, a cheeky dog, and that ending really made my heart break and my soul so happy.

Such a tender moment between these two đź’“

I reached over and gently pried his fist open, then put my hand inside his and held on.
Sebastian stared down at our joined hands for a long time. “I want you to be mine, Sadie.”
My heart thumped in my chest. “I’m pretty sure I have been from the start.”

Kindle Page 193

Vi Keeland is a native New Yorker with three children that occupy most of her free time, which she complains about often, but wouldn't change for the world. She is a bookworm and has been known to read her kindle at stop lights, while styling her hair, cleaning, walking, during sporting events, and frequently while pretending to work.  She is a boring attorney by day, and an exciting smut author by night!

Penelope Ward is a New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal Bestselling author. She grew up in Boston with five older brothers and spent most of her twenties as a television news anchor, before switching to a more family-friendly career. She is the proud mother of a beautiful 10-year-old girl with autism and a 9-year-old boy. Penelope and her family reside in Rhode Island.             

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Trillion by Winter Renshaw ~ Review & Teaser (#WinterRenshaw)

I do enjoy a fake relationship romance, and I was surprised as to how much I enjoyed this one. Despite Sophie and Trey being from completely different worlds, they certainly were amazing together!
Title: Trillion
Author: Winter Renshaw
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Published: August 3rd 2020

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Trey Westcott—devastatingly gorgeous. Intimidatingly brilliant. Powerful beyond belief.

A man with all the money in the world—literally.

As the first trillionaire in existence, my boss lives a life most people can only dream of. Anything he wants—anything at all—is a snap-of-the-fingers away.

But when the coldhearted magnate snaps his fingers and requests me for a stint on his arm playing the role of his devoted fiancĂ©e and then some, he makes an offer I can’t refuse.

And so I don’t.

But I make it clear that he’ll have my time, my body, my attention, my discreet professionalism—everything except my heart.

It’s not for sale.

Because all the money in the world can’t change the secret I’ve kept the last eight years. A secret that complicates the very business deal I’m to help him secure. A secret that makes the undeniable tension between us all the more forbidden.

Trey Westcott can have anything he wants ... but he can never have me.

Even if he’s all I’ve ever wanted.

I've read a few of Winter Renshaw's books, and so far Trillion is my favourite. I enjoyed the love/hate relationship they had in the beginning, and that the harder Trey pushed Sophie, the more determined he became.

This read began by alternating between Sophie's past and present, and I quickly understood why Sophie was such a hard and determined person. The story from her past actually broke my heart a little and I could see where it was going before we got there. I did like the way the relationship between Sophie and Trey took a turn, and despite them both not wanting a relationship, that they found themselves in it anyway.

Trey was quite the successful businessman and was not used to people saying no to him, let alone having to chase something he wanted. When it came to feelings, he locked them away but I could see Sophie getting under his skin, and that he never wanted to let her go.

Winter Renshaw pieced this story together perfectly, giving me a good insight into Sophie's past, and creating chemistry between characters that deserved to be happy. I liked Trey's ruthlessness, both in and out of his business dealings and the passion he had for Sophie. It was quite the memorable read and I enjoyed this world, the chemistry and the intensity so much!

Trey trying to win Sophie over was sweet. He was trying not to push her too hard...

“... You can come home now. You should come home.”
“Please don’t tell me what to do,” she says. “If another man tries to control my future …”
I frown. “You’re not hearing me. I’m not trying to control your future, Sophie. I want to be your future.”
She avoids my stare, chewing the inner corner of her lower lip, the one I’d give anything to taste again.
I tense my jaw, impatient, our entire life dangling on the tip of her tongue.
I’ve been called the most powerful man in the world—but suddenly, she’s the most powerful soul in mine.
If I’m the sun, she’s the whole fucking universe.

Kindle Page 276

Winter  RenshawWall Street Journal and #1 Amazon bestselling author Winter Renshaw is a bona fide daydream believer. She lives somewhere in the middle of the USA and can rarely be seen without her trusty Mead notebook and ultra portable laptop. When she’s not writing, she’s living the American dream with her husband, three kids, and the laziest puggle this side of the Mississippi.

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