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Playing House

 Playing House

Sydney Smoke Rugby #5

Amy Andrews



Reviewed by Helen


I love this series, I love how Amy Andrews brings sexy, steamy sizzle together with fun and laughter, she makes her characters easy to love, I listened to this one as an audio book and loved it, I loved seeing Brodie fall for his best friend’s sister but who could resist Eleanor.

Eleanor lives on a farm in the country and is content with her life designing and sewing vintage clothing and sexy lingerie from the regency era, she also loves her historical romance books and often feels like one of the wallflowers in the stories she reads. When her brother and the Sydney Smoke team are in town for a game and a party afterwards Eleanor is stunned when one of the players makes a pass at her maybe now will be the time to take a chance at some fun.

Brodie never thought he would meet someone, especially from a small country town who made such an impact on him, after all he is the rich boy from the city, but he cannot resist Eleanor she wears corsets and is sexy as and after a night of passion where she gives him her virginity, he is shocked when she is gone in the morning even more stunned later when he finds out who she is.

Two months later Eleanor comes to the city with breaking news for Brodie which takes him by surprise but can he convince this gorgeous woman that he loves her the way she is, and will Eleanor finally find the true love she has always wanted they certainly know how to heat a room up together. I loved this one, a must read if you are looking for a story with wonderful characters, that is fun and sensual as well, it has all the feels for a true and beautiful romance. I do highly recommend this one.

4 stars

    Audiobook
    July 19, 2022 by Tantor Audio


Bound to the Bounty Hunter

 Bound to the Bounty Hunter

Hayson Manning



Reviewed by Helen


This is a story that will bring out so many emotions as you turn the pages you will be laughing out loud shedding some tears and sighing throughout this steamy hot fantastic story as we get to know Sophie and Harlan on their journey to a HEA that is filled with so much pleasure and angst and danger grab a drink sit back and enjoy.

Harlan Franco is a hotshot bounty hunter and security expert in Colorado he is gorgeous and knows what he is doing but he also really likes to take control so when he takes on a job to keep Sophie Callaghan safe and find out the truth about her he goes in blazing but he and Sophie have a bit of a past that has left him feeling a bit guilty but there is also this spark this pull towards her but work is work he must keep his mind on the job.

Sophie Callaghan is a tough PI in Colorado she takes jobs to keep her going is such a caring person she loves her dog who has a very good trick that can clear a room but underneath Sophie is vulnerable after the childhood she had growing up and she owes a lot of people thanks to her father and Sophie is determined to pay them all back. She is a loner and picks up bail jumpers when she can but she is also working on a personal case at the moment and that is what has taken her to the sex club Hostage in town and where she runs into Harlan Franco again the man that she has a past with and is not keen on at all.

This is a fabulous story MS Hayson writes stories that are witty sexy and so full of amazing characters that come to life on the pages the dialogue between Sophie and Harlan is incredible, this story is fast paced and one I couldn’t put down I fell in love with Harlan even though I could have smacked him at times the way he wanted to be in control and Sophie was so strong and caring such a beautiful person she aims to help wherever she can and to see her open up to the friends she finally makes is so moving. Both Harlan and Sophie have things from their past that they want to keep that way but the strength and love that is growing between them makes them finally open up yes their journey is an up and down one but one that will keep you up late and thoroughly enjoying.

I highly recommend this story there are so many fantastic characters that add to the journey and I can’t wait to read their stories there are twists and yes the sex is amazing and so beautiful a hero with piercings is a first for me but the love that shows through what both Harlan and Sophie go through will really make you smile this is one for the keeper shelf it was a joy to read and ticked all of the correct boxes for a fabulous romance.

This book has just been re-released and another read thru from me and it is better the second time around WOW an awesome story with all of the feels and emotions that a romance should have, if you have not read a Hayson Manning book then you are missing out truly this is a must read that is sure to leave you smiling.

5 stars

October 1, 2022 by Innes Field LLC

Hawaiian Hurricane

 Hawaiian Hurricane

The Spirit of Ohana Cruise Ship #1

Laney Kaye



Reviewed by Helen


If you are looking for a witty, steamy, sizzling romance, add to that a gorgeous setting, Hawaii and a hero and heroine who are made for each other and a cast of fabulous characters then this is a book to pick up it is sure to keep you entertained in lots of ways.

Corporate lawyer Sara Grant has had enough of her husband and life in the corporate world it is time to make a new life, firstly she volunteers on the Solomon Islands helping out with their lawyers then she spends time helping out at the orphanage, her husband is being a real pain about giving her access to her money to donate and Sara decides more time away from Sydney is for the best and takes on a job on the cruise ship Ohana making beds and cleaning toilets nothing like getting back into the real world. That is until a hurricane hits them and Sara does something scary she jumps in and save a man from a sinking yacht.

English man Rick Winchester is a billionaire playboy and has gorgeous woman chasing him around the world, but Rick is determined to change all of that he wants to help the under-privileged of the world and that is not going to be easy with his mother on his case. He decides to evade her and take a yacht out on a trip around Hawaii, but when a hurricane hits he is in trouble that is until a beautiful mermaid saves him.

Rick finds himself on a cruise ship, he is determined to thank his mermaid but this goes the wrong way when his body has other ideas and Sara takes what he says the wrong way. Sara is very wary of men especially men with lots of money, but she cannot help but be drawn to this very sexy man and if the vibes she gets from him are anything to go by from Rick the air around them is heating up and big time.

This is a great story, well written and very steamy but with a fabulous story to go with the sizzle that brings Sara and Rick together, they are strong characters who know what they want and plan to do it and now will they be able to do it together? I do highly recommend this one, it really left me smiling.

5 stars

Published April 18th 2019 by CrossWorlds

Playing it Safe

 Playing it Safe

Sydney Smoke Rugby #7

Amy Andrews



Reviewed by Helen


Amy Andrews writes fabulous stories, she has a way with words that bring out the best in the characters and make them very easy for the reader to make friends with and this time in this awesome series we get to really know Donovan Bane and the turmoil that has been with him for many years and his plan for the future that will be turned upside down when Beckett walks into his life.

Donovan has a daughter that he loves but rugby is his life, for now he has kept his sexuality secret and plans to keep it that way till his career is over that is until he meets Beckett and his heart is pounding and his blood is running hot, never has he felt this way before and it appears the feeling is returned.

Beckett Stanton is proud to be gay and has never hidden the fact he is single at the moment and just started a new job at The Sydney Smoke and at a café at lunch time he meets Donovan and he is instantly attracted to this gorgeous man, Beck wants nothing more than to get him into his bed but he feels that something is holding Donovan back.

It was way too hard for either of these men to ignore the chemistry between them and Donovan is so determined to stay in the closet and he is so innocent in the ways of gay men and Beck wants nothing more than to help this awesome guy so friendship is what they start with and it is to be PG all the way, until it got too much and their emotions were flying and they came together.

This story is smoking hot, it sizzles but is so wonderfully written with such emotion and feeling as Amy Andrews does, I loved both Donovan and Beckett these guys are such loving caring guys and the love for each other brings so much joy, this is a story that I would highly recommend, I loved it.

My thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for my copy to read and review.
 4 stars
Published September 6th 2021 by Entangled: Brazen

Resisting the Firefighters

 Resisting the Firefighters

Three Book Complete Collection

Bad Boys of Baltown

Christine Phillips, Mel Teshco, Cathleen Ross



Reviewed by Helen


Three firefighters, three brothers and the women who win their hearts, set in the small town of Baltown in the Blue Mountains, these three stories are sizzling, steamy and filled with emotion as they journey to their HEA’s during a hot summer with the added danger of bush fires.

Resisting Tate Christina Phillips

Tate Thompson is the middle brother in the family and a firefighter, he enjoys woman and at this stage has no plans to settle down but when he meets Ruby and life as he knows it is going to change.

Ruby is in town caring for her great aunt she is single at the moment and not interested in changing that after her last boyfriend she is still coping with the loss of her firefighter father, but when she meets Tate her body is telling her differently.

Together they awesome in bed and they also find it easy to open up about their pasts, they fit together perfectly and the sensual pull is off the charts. I loved both Tate and Ruby a beautiful romance.

Resisting Lachlan Mel Teshco

Lachlan loves woman and enjoys their company but finding someone to settle down with no way that is until he meets his new neighbour Justine there is something about her that calls to him like never before and when he helps rescue her cat Garfield she seems to be putting off the same vibes.

Justine has moved to the small town to get over her past, a violent husband who dies in a house fire, but watching her new neighbour and the woman he brings home just maybe a fling with him will be perfect she is not looking for permanent.

Lachlan and Justine have a very hot and sexy fling but their hearts are saying more, they do get on so well but can Justine get over her fear to let Lachlan make her his forever? They are so good together.

Resisting Adam Cathleen Ross

This is a fabulous second chance romance, Adam is the youngest and gave his heart to Emma when they were at school but she left and broke his heart but he has never stopped loving her.

Emma has moved back to town and is running the farm with her cattle, she has matured a lot since she left four years ago, and she is stronger. With fire getting closer Adam arrives on her doorstep to tell her she has to get out before the fire arrives she needs to protect her cattle so goes but she is determined to stand up to Adam, but will she be able to protect her heart from the one person she has always loved.

There was a lot to open up about from their past if these two are to make a future together the sensual pull is still there and Emma is a much stronger person now and in bed the sparks fly and once the past is left behind these to fly to their HEA.

I thoroughly enjoyed all three of these stories, all are fabulously written and pulled me in gorgeous to die for heroes and heroines a little vulnerable but strong and loving. I do highly recommend this book, fabulous romances that left me smiling.

My thanks to the authors for my digital copy to read and review

5 stars
Expected publication: July 1st 2021


Chasing Gabby

Chasing Gabby

Stolen Hearts #3

Rania Battany

Chasing Gabby by Rania Battany

Reviewed by Helen

I have been looking forward to Gabby’s story so much, with the first two books in this series so emotionally charged I had a feeling that Gabby and Charlie’s story was going to be of the charts emotional and I wasn’t wrong wow what a story, these two have a battle to find the happiness they deserve, I hope you come along for the journey.

Gabby a beautiful person and a fabulous cook who is always eager to please everyone else but the pull she has for her friend Charlie is blowing her mind, she has kept herself for the one man that she loves, she has lost love before is it now time for her to find that one and only and to find the happiness she wants and to find a man who will understand her needs and someone who fits with her like a glove.

Charlie the one who never wanted love, after all look at his parent’s marriage, he is the party boy the one who goes from woman to woman, but as he gets to know Gabby better he is starting to lose control, he wants her so badly but he knows that she is a forever girl, is that what he really wants now, not only that this woman can cook like an angel and knows how to look after his needs it appears, maybe a time for a change for Charlie.

MS Battany digs deep into the heart and souls of her characters and pulls everything out for the readers to feel a connection with them, her stories are filled with emotion that runs deep. Gabby and Charlie were made for each other and their journey to a HEA is sensual, sexy and filled with lots of ups and downs, it is a story that I highly recommend, I recommend the series if you are looking for something that shows strong heroines and heroes to fall for very much.


5 stars

Published June 11th 2020

Asking for Trouble

Asking for Trouble

Credence #3

Amy Andrews

Asking for Trouble by Amy Andrews

Reviewed by Helen

I am loving this series, MS Andrews knows how to write a sexy, fun story that is sure to make any reader smile and sigh she has it down pat, and this one is so good, I chuckled, smiled and needed a fan as Della and Tucker learn a lot on their teacher, student journey to love, happiness and a fabulous HEA.

Della Munroe has been in Credence for three years now overcoming a past that left her very scared, she is doing well after being rescued by her brother Arlo who is the police chief, but the time has come for her to get her life together and find a man and she wants to learn it all find out what she has missed out on and decided Tinder is the way to go, the first date was not so good and she gets talking to Tucker, barman at the Lumberjack and with a push form Arlo, Tucker becomes Della’s wingman, he is sure to be safe to look after Della.

Tucker Daniels grew up in Credence and now runs the local bar he is well liked and best friends with Arlo and Drew, but when he accepts reluctantly to look after Della and help her, he needs to make sure she is safe but keep his heart and feelings well under control Della is off limits big time for a few reasons, but the longer they are together the harder that is to do and when she asks for help and to tutor her in the ways of a man and a woman he is powerless to say no.

The pages were burning up while reading this one it sizzles with sexy fun and heartfelt feelings and Tucker falls for his best friends sister, she is so off limits, but there is no help for the way she makes him feel and Della wow what she has been through and to come out the other end strong and knowing what she wants and goes out and gets it, and that was Tucker woohoo I was cheering her on.

I loved this story, truly it is lots of fun as well as sexy as, it is a beautiful romance and I loved being back in Credence and I look forward to more visits there, thank you MS Andrews another fabulous story one that I highly recommend.

5 stars


Published April 28th 2020 by Entangled: Amara