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Seduced By A Steele (Mills & Boon Desire) (Forged of Steele, Book 12) Book Cover Seduced By A Steele (Mills & Boon Desire) (Forged of Steele, Book 12)
Brenda Jackson
Fiction, Romance, Womens' Fiction
HarperCollins UK
March 5, 2020
192

A notorious heartbreaker is about to meet his match... When the “thief” caught driving his stolen vintage car turns out to be a stunning runaway heiress, Mercury Steele is conflicted. On the one hand, Sloane Donahue triggers the billionaire playboy’s protective instincts. But she also triggers red-hot desire

Well I thought that these weren’t the first in the series about the Steele family, and checking on Amazon I find that they are books 12 and 13 in the series...
But that in the Kimani imprint (African American novels only) there is a number 89 in the series! So the story goes on...
These 2 novels take on the romances of the 2 youngest of the 6 sons of the family.
Whilst I thought these 2 books were reasonable for their genre, with gentle humour and nice story-telling, I found them rather short. But then if Brenda is turning out the numbers of books she is, she can’t write a longer length novel each time. And it may also be the norm for this imprint.
This left me wanting more depth from the characters and the stories.
Adequate but not exceptional.

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Hidden where?

All That’s Hidden Book Cover All That’s Hidden
(Sugar Shack, #2)
Susan Golden
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Humour
Susan M. Golden
August 12th 2019

Pet sitter turned entrepreneur, Jennifer Albright thinks she has it all: an expanding business, a new, blissful marriage to a very sexy husband, a dog named Rupert that people frequently think is a bear, and a parrot named Sugar that Jennifer’s pretty sure is psychic. But her idyllic life begins to unravel when a series of creepy incidents threatens to sabotage the launch of her doggie day care center, and the discovery of a hidden treasure thrusts her into the world of federal agents and international thievery. The chaos soon spills over onto her home life and Jennifer reluctantly begins to suspect that her seemingly perfect, unbelievably supportive husband is hiding something from her. There’s just so much that doesn’t add up. Tech-mogul Ryan has found the love of his life in his adorable new bride, Jennifer. But trouble seems to follow her like a basset hound. When one strange twist of events offers Ryan an opportunity he feels he can’t pass up, he unknowingly launches himself down the road of suspicion and mistrust. But he’s got this covered. She doesn’t suspect a thing.

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I loved this story – so much that I went back and read book 1 in the Sugar shack series too.

I especially liked in book 1 ‘Fate’. Fate who spun her top, or got dressed up to suit the occasion. And finding out how Simon was first introduced to Jennifer and Ryan was a gas. [Book 1 is called Catnapped]

There is gentle humour and lots of shaggy dog stories here.

So we have Rufus: and of course the Cockatoo Sugar as prime characters in both books as well as John for security and more. We have a really intelligent in an engineering way guy in Ryan and a somewhat flaky woman in Jennifer. Not that she isn’t bright but… They are fated to be together and these series see them get into scrapes together – see marriage – and then find interesting and novel ways out – see garbage trucks, sewers and 3 D printers. Not to mention Jennifer imitating scoundrels – quite poorly.

A very affectionate bird it can live upto 70 years in captivity and forms a strong bond with its owner. it grows to around 21 inches or slightly more and can be destructive if bored, as well as loud. Known to ‘dance’ to a beat/
originally used as a working dog to pull nets for fishermen and haul wood from the forest. He is a capable and hardworking dog, well suited to work on land or water. He is a strong swimmer and equally strong “pack horse.” Sweet-natured and responsive, he makes a wonderful family companion as well. Some 100-150 pounds and over 2 foot tall, but dislikes being alone.

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Retired federal government employee turned accidental author. 

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Easy to forget

Unforgettable Thrills - Passion and Power
(The Unforgettables Book 9)
Mimi Barbour, Suzanne Jenkins, Tamara Ferguson, Taylor Lee, Stacy Eato,Susan Jean Ricci
Anthologies, Romantic Suspense
Chill Out! (15 Nov. 2018)

Get captivated by Unforgettable Thrills, a bundled set of saucy, mind-blowing suspense stories of Passion and Power that will stoke your desire, build a hunger for thrills, and then feed you with a banquet of romantic delights you hope will never end. Our strong, savvy heroines conquer overwhelming odds with their ingenuity and skills - their protective heroes bringing pleasure beyond expectations. This unsurpassable mix by NY Times and USA Today bestselling authors will have you cheering alongside them as they triumph over life’s challenges.

Mimi Barbour – Special Agent Charli - Stressed from a previous assignment, Special Agent Charli now has to keep a teen safe in witness protection from a notorious killer. Can life get much worse?
Oh yeah…

Suzanne Jenkins – Esmeralda’s Happy Time Cabin for Lost Hikers - Traders with a golden touch, Kelly and Jeff Fairchild lived a charmed life in a renovated Victorian mansion in the Jersey suburbs, planning their hiking trip to an island in the Canadian Muskoka with the same detail and finesse used with their deals on Wall Street. Nothing can go wrong, right?

Tamara Ferguson – That Unforgettable Kiss - Six years after Crew Boss Kate Callahan shares an unforgettable kiss with architectural intern Michael Murphy, Murphy returns to Crystal Rock, Wisconsin to try and win Kate back. Discovering the town is hiding an ominous secret, will Murphy be able to protect Kate from an unknown predator?

Taylor Lee – Sapphire - Agents “Sapphire” and Malone fight the criminally insane mastermind, but will their fierce personal attraction to each other threaten to bring them – and their mission to stop human trafficking – down?

Dani Haviland – How to Fix a Broken Life - Arlie Biggar is back in Alaska with his new family. Life is nice and boring until his pregnant wife is kidnapped by jihadists who have recruited local thugs to help them steal the local sporting goods store’s arsenal.

Jacquie Biggar – Twilight’s Encore - When a series of sabotages wreak havoc on the theatre and danger threatens Katy’s life, can Ty save her and win back her love, or is it too late for
these star-crossed lovers?

Susan Jean Ricci – Evasion - The Native American wife of a prominent physician has a marriage to be envied, but it’s a farce. When she is abducted by one of her husband’s enemies, will her spouse intervene before it’s too late or hide behind his lies?

Stacy Eaton – Distorted Loyalty - Emergency room Doctor Rachel Wilde and Detective Grant Murphy meet by chance and it takes only one glance and a simple gentle touch to ignite their senses.

Melinda De Ross – The Plot – After escaping a human trafficking organization, Yoko’s only purpose is revenge on the powerful mobster who destroyed her innocence. Soon, an unlikely — and unsolicited — ally is determined to help her, not just to get payback, but to heal and discover love.

A box set with stories from several different series and thus very different contexts and styles. Not enough appeal for me to complete all stories.

I read 5 of the stories:

1. Special Agent Charli: Mimi Barbour

I liked this story and style and the special agent. I would read more of this series.

2. Esmeralda’s Happy: Suzanne Jenkins

Bored me and I failed to finish

3. Kissed by Fate: Tamara Ferguson

Sweet and I like the idea of a female construction boss who can build basically anything she puts her hand to including plumbing and carpentry which are very different skill sets

4. Sapphire: Taylor Lee

It was very ‘hot ‘ stuff and read as though the author was uncomfortable writing it. And unfortunately the ‘ideal’ woman, according to this story is a page 3 model. Large breasts. Small waists and curvy bottom. Very common shape though amongst many authors. Are these male authors? Shame on you whoever you are.

5. Distorted Loyalty: Stacy Eaton

Nothing special about this story.

6. Evasion: A Short story : Susan Jean Ricci

All too pat. And we never foundout what Marshall promised Mum.

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Beware magazine articles

Sexpiry Book Cover Sexpiry
London Loving Book 3
by Tori Turnbull
Romance , Women's Fiction
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Pub Date 11 Oct 2019

Harriet “Hari” Rawlinson has an IQ that puts her in the genius category, she’s a computer coding phenomenon and karate gold medallist. But she doesn’t understand people or nuance and she personifies socially awkward.
From the moment he meets her, Cameron “Cam” Foster is captivated by Hari, with her plain speaking, mental fixations and head full of facts, she is like a human Siri. He sees her - All of her - And can’t imagine not having her in his life and can happily spend the rest of his life getting to know her.
Hari’s never had a real relationship. Sex, yes. But a man who wanted to get to know her or stick around after sex? No. She is in the middle of a personal crisis: She only has twelve days before her sexual expiry; it’s true, she read it in a magazine. She doesn’t have time to get to know Cam right now.
Somehow, whilst Hari is fixated on having a one-night stand, she finds herself with a real-life boyfriend. But what if she doesn’t have whatever it takes to make a relationship work in the long term?

Contemporary romance

While this book is amusingly written and well shows the folly of believing in articles written in the popular press and magazines, I have a major beef with it. It is following a trend which shows female computing/mathematical whizz kids to be on the spectrum. To be lacking in the ability to communicate successfully with other people, and to have difficulty with emotions. I realise that this was always the usual portrayal of male computer/mathematical males but why?  Music and maths for instance, are the 2 parts of the same ability? And why link what they can achieve intellectually with their human communicational abilities? It is too easy to use this for a story. Which means that despite my enjoyment and the humorous prose (btw the jokes were unnecessary) I am downgrading the book to a 3 star.

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Boys helping Boys

The Bromance Book Club Book Cover The Bromance Book Club
#1Bromance Book Club
Lyssa Kay Adams
Romance, Romantic Humour, Sports Romance
Headline Eternal
Pub Date 30 Jan 2020

If you love Jasmine Guillory, Sally Thorne and Helen Hoang, you'll LOVE Lyssa Kay Adams! The first rule of book club: You don't talk about book club. Gavin Scott's marriage is trouble. The Nashville Legends baseball star has recently discovered a humiliating secret: his wife Thea has always faked the Big O. His reaction to the revelation is the final straw for their already strained relationship. Thea asks for a divorce, and Gavin realizes he's let his pride and fear get the better of him. Welcome to the Bromance Book Club. Distraught and desperate, Gavin finds help from an unlikely source: a secret romance book club made up of Nashville's top alpha men. With the help of their current read, a steamy Regency called Courting the Countess, the guys coach Gavin on saving his marriage. But it'll take a lot more than flowery words and grand gestures for this hapless Romeo to find his inner hero and win back the trust of his beloved wife.

I loved the concept here and would recommend people to read this book. The title is slightly misleading in that it implies bromances – ie romances between men – but it is not that at all. It about a group of men who get together when their romances get into difficulties and read romance novels to give them hints as to how their women would like them to behave – and what they could say!

An interesting idea and hey do consider one book in particular, but it might have been nice to find out a little more about the other books they had read ad why and who, choose them.

The issue is that these are men who are archetypal alphas, with women usually falling over themselves to be with them, and thus have never had to actually woo a woman. So when their partner decides that is not who she is, or never was, they find themselves unable to respond in a suitable manner and need to learn different behaviour and speech patterns.

It has some fun situations but does bring up the basic problem, particularly in the US I believe, of the hero worship of sports stars, which means that these men fail to fully grow up and take responsibility as they have never needed to. They are cushioned by the clubs that they play for and the people hired to ensure that they have everything that they need and that any trouble is just magicked away. So they are spoilt.

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