Billionaires for sale?

Billionaire Investor Book Cover Billionaire Investor
Small Town Billionaire Romance #1-5
Alexa Davis
contemporary fiction, romance, humour
Kindle

Justin is a self-made man, with millions to his name. But he also has a needy brother tagging along, spending his money almost as fast as he can make it, without any desire to pull his own weight. This leaves Justin with two choices: cut his brother loose or find a new investment.

In truth, he knows the right choice is to make his brother stand on his own, but the guilt is too much. So he starts seeking out new investments, which leads him to Annie and her combination café and bookstore.

Unfortunately, her store isn’t the right investment for him, but Annie herself is irresistible. And her daughter is just too lovely, making him start to see a new future for himself. But between his business and his brother, can he really find room in his life for Annie and her daughter?

A series of 5 books of which I only read the first as too bored to read further.

I kept saying ‘you can’t franchise the idea of a bookshop that sells coffee and cakes, and behaves as a community centre’ – and finally the heroine agreed. I really can’t even consider why anyone, even the author thought this was a good idea for an investor – so as the characters are clearly very far from business minded I decided, as they say on the Apprentice ‘You’re fired’ to the books.

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Messy? or just Chaotic

Hot Mess Book Cover Hot Mess
Lucy Vine
friendship, women's fiction, relationships, family
Orion
July 13, 2017
304

Hot Mess [n.] - someone who is often in a state of disarray, while remaining attractive in spite of their flaws, and repeatedly finds themselves in uncomfortable predicaments. Ellie Knight is just like you. Her life isn't turning out the way she thought it would. Some people might say she's a hot mess but then who really has their s**t together before they're thirty? It's Valentine's Day and Ellie Knight finds herself eating Nutella in the bar stockroom after a no-show date. But single doesn't have to be the loneliest number, does it? She goes back home to her flatshare and weird flatmates. It's ok there's black mould everywhere, right? With a hangover from hell, she goes to the office job she thought she would have quit by now. Doesn't everyone hate their job? Maybe Ellie isn't following the *official life plan* but perfect is overrated. For fans of Fleabag and Girls, this is a fresh and funny coming-of-age story with a single-girl heroine that everyone will relate to - a modern Carrie Bradshaw meets Bridget Jones.

 

I’m not quite the right age group for this I realised when I didn’t understand some of the references – clearly some were rather naughty, but perhaps I’m best off not knowing?

Still, I found it a enjoyable and funny book to read.

I loved the children and the office loos and had to read the section about the ‘virgin’ cocktails out to my husband as I thought it brilliant, as were the questions about periods. And oh, if we all could have not had them and had a choice…

For someone in the 20s and 30s I think that the adventures of the characters will really resonate. But as reader over 60 I object to having our smooches as being thought yucky! We still quite like kissing… and more…

4 stars

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When heels are hot

Hell On Heels Book Cover Hell On Heels
(Hot Damned Series, Book 3)
Robyn Peterman
paranormal, humour, satire, romantic comedy
Robyn Peterman
29 Sept. 2014

Where does a Demon go when she gets deported from Hell? Kentucky. Eden, Kentucky to be more specific—where nothing is exactly as it seems. My name is Dixie. I’m a Demon—a lousy Demon. I’m a twenty-one year old virgin and I have a battery operated boyfriend. My magic is iffy at best and downright dangerous at worst. Leaving Hell to represent my race is not high on my list of things to do. Hell was exact. Hell was simple. All I want to do is get to home base with the hotter than Hades Demon of my dreams and work on my dark side so Satan, my dad, will get off my ass. Instead I end up in Kentucky looking for the Balance of Chaos, avoiding pole dancing classes with Mother Nature and finding out my invisible friend is a silver skinned destructive weather pattern. And if that isn’t craptastic enough, the damn Sword of Death is missing again and who ever has it wants the King of the Underworld dead. Seriously. With new powers emerging daily, keeping my Demon side, horniness and general disgust under wraps doesn’t make it any easier to fit in with the humans. Thankfully my priorities are in line: get laid…save world…try not to blow up kitchen appliances…and get laid again. I was ready to rumble. All I want to do is go back to Hell, but with the balance of good and evil in my hands, I’m stuck in the garden of Eden. Oh well, what the Hell. Someone has to save the world before there’s no world left to save. Might as well be me.

What can I say? Robyn Peterman’s books are always funny – dirty funny it’s true – and potty mouthed to the extreme.

This is a series I love and have read avidly.

Hell is just not what we thought it was, and honestly, who can fault heroines who love their shoes?

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When writing is difficult

The Fifth Letter Book Cover The Fifth Letter
Nicola Moriarty
contemporary, women's fiction, suspense, humour
Penguin
February 23, 2017
368

Four friends. Five Letters. One Secret. The scandalous breakthrough novel from Nicola Moriarty that will leave you asking, how well do I really know my friends? Joni, Trina, Deb and Eden. Best friends since the first day of school. Best friends, they liked to say, forever. But now they are in their thirties and real life - husbands, children, work - has got in the way. So, resurrecting their annual trip away, Joni has an idea, something to help them reconnect. Each woman will write an anonymous letter, sharing with their friends the things that are really going on in their lives. But as the confessions come tumbling out, Joni starts to feel the certainty of their decades-long friendships slip from her fingers. Anger. Accusations. Desires. Deceit. And then she finds another letter. One that was never supposed to be read. A fifth letter. Containing a secret so big that its writer had tried to destroy it. And now Joni is starting to wonder, did she ever really know her friends at all? 'With secrets and intrigue, this is a compulsive read' Sun on Sunday 'Intrigue, hatred and accusations - phew, it kept me guessing to the end' The Sun 'Entertaining and easy to read' Sunday Mirror 'A darkly humorous story about friendship' Best

What starts as a girl’s weekend away ends up as being a very cathartic experience for them all.

After playing a game of ‘Truth or Dare’, these 30 years old plus women , who are very drunk at this point, decide to each write a letter telling a secret that none of the others know about. This despite their being friend since the beginning of secondary education.

What follows is that many truths come out, and they learn that what they thought they knew about each other was not always correct.

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A Wolf’s Pack?

Out of the Shadows: Book Cover Out of the Shadows:
Volume 1 (Werewolf Wars)
Bethany Shaw
fantasy, paranormal, romance, humour,
CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 3 edition
(22 Nov. 2013)

Devon will do anything to protect his little sister from becoming a breeder, even if it means starting a war. After fleeing home in the middle of the night, Devon and his siblings seek refuge with his uncle. There he meets the fiery human, Lark. She is a temptation, one he can’t afford. As battle lines are drawn, Devon’s alpha instincts take over, and he must fight to keep the ones he loves safe, especially the woman who has stolen his heart. Lark Davies has put her heart and soul into her bakery, The Cookie Jar. She doesn’t have time for dating or a social life, but she is happy to spend her free time at the Harris Ranch. She knows the ranch occupants are werewolves, but they are family. When Devon Harris appears at the ranch, Lark instantly butts heads with him. Even if they can’t seem to get along, there is something intriguing about him. She’s known werewolves have existed for some time, but she never knew just how dangerous their world was.

 

Well some alphas are clearly stone age in their thinking / desires / behaviour / women as property / clan wars.

Some fairly typical of the genre writing which is fun but not high literature.

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