Something in the Heir by: Suzanne Enoch

Releases: September 20th, 2022

I received a copy of this ARC through a Goodreads Giveaway

Emmeline and William Pershing have enjoyed a perfectly convenient marriage for eight years. Their relationship is a seamless blend of their talents and goals. They’ve settled into separate, well-ordered lives beneath the same roof, and are content to stay that way—or so Emmeline thinks. And if William has secretly longed for a bit more from the woman he adores, he’s managed to be content with her supreme skills as a hostess and planner, which has helped him advance his career.

Then when Emmeline’s grandfather, the reclusive Duke of Welshire, summons them both for his birthday celebration and demands they bring their two little angelic children, William is stunned to discover that his very proper wife invented not one, but two heirs to fulfill the agreement for living at Winnover. But surely if Emmeline and William team up and borrow two cherubs to call their own, what could go wrong? Enter George, age 8, and Rose, 5—the two most unruly orphans in Britain.

As the insanity unfolds, their careful, professional arrangement takes some surprisingly intimate turns as well. Perhaps it takes a bit of madness to create the perfect happily ever after.

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Content Warnings: Infertility discussed, classism, toxic family relationships, poverty, loss of parents, violence, and abuse.


Emmeline’s love of her childhood home, now her and her husband’s home, lead her down a very twisty road in an attempt to keep it. In order to keep the house, they were supposed to have a child within the first 5 years of their marriage. As they’ve been married 8 years now, and still reside in the house, Will never thought to question why they haven’t been asked to vacate. When Emmeline frantically informs him of the party they need to attempt, with their two children, he’s in shock as they have no children.

Knowing how much Emmeline has always loved their home Will is determined to help figure out how they can keep it. After attempting to think of friends’ children they could potentially borrow they land on the idea of borrowing orphans. How hard could it be to borrow a couple orphans and train them in how to act like a gentleman and lady in roughly 6 weeks?

Based on the summary I’d thought this was going to be a historical romance with the second chance trope as well as shenanigans due to the storyline. I was pleasantly surprised that this book is so much more. This book felt less like a romance between husband and wife and more a love story of found family and the steps you’ll take to keep it.

I absolutely adored that we bounce between the POVs of so many characters in this story. Getting to hear everyone’s inner thoughts, as the pretend family starts to feel more and more real, was so touching. This book gave me such warm and fuzzy feelings as Emmie and Will grow closer to the children and experience parenthood at a fast pace. And then seeing George and Rose start letting down their walls and learn to trust Emmie and Will. 🥰

If you’re looking for a historical fiction book full of love, found family, shenanigans, and trying to pull the wool over a grumpy old man’s eyes…I highly recommend getting ahold of this book after its September 20th release!


The Well of Ascension by: Brandon Sanderson

Mistborn Trilogy book 2

Mistborn Review

The impossible has been accomplished. The Lord Ruler — the man who claimed to be god incarnate and brutally ruled the world for a thousand years — has been vanquished. But Kelsier, the hero who masterminded that triumph, is dead too, and now the awesome task of building a new world has been left to his young protégé, Vin, the former street urchin who is now the most powerful Mistborn in the land, and to the idealistic young nobleman she loves.

As Kelsier’s protégé and slayer of the Lord Ruler she is now venerated by a budding new religion, a distinction that makes her intensely uncomfortable. Even more worrying, the mists have begun behaving strangely since the Lord Ruler died, and seem to harbor a strange vaporous entity that haunts her.

Stopping assassins may keep Vin’s Mistborn skills sharp, but it’s the least of her problems. Luthadel, the largest city of the former empire, doesn’t run itself, and Vin and the other members of Kelsier’s crew, who lead the revolution, must learn a whole new set of practical and political skills to help. It certainly won’t get easier with three armies – one of them composed of ferocious giants – now vying to conquer the city, and no sign of the Lord Ruler’s hidden cache of atium, the rarest and most powerful allomantic metal.

As the siege of Luthadel tightens, an ancient legend seems to offer a glimmer of hope. But even if it really exists, no one knows where to find the Well of Ascension or what manner of power it bestows.

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Content Warnings: Violence, blood/gore, murder, death, body horror, war themes, animal cruelty, loss of loved one, massacres, self-harm, suicidal ideations, hallucinations, abuse, slavery, rape, forced pregnancies, eugenics, ableism, and war.


I think if I would have had this book on hand, as soon as I finished Mistborn, I would have immediately dove in. When I was finally able to order, and receive, this book I think it took me a bit to pick it up because I was worried. If you’ve ever read fantasy series before…sometimes as the series continues the books continue to be brutal on your emotions. However I was determined to read this book this month, so I set out a goal and within roughly 12 days I completed it.

We pick up roughly a year after Kelsier and the Lord Ruler were murdered. The young nobleman Vin fell for, in Mistborn, is now the King of Luchador. Between King Elend, the crew, and Vin they’re desperately trying to ensure their kingdom’s future. As if running a [recently liberated] kingdom isn’t hard enough they’re also faced with multiple armies outside their gates. Armies that are eager to take them over and reinstate so many of the Lord Ruler’s laws just with a new figurehead in place.

This book was a lot of fun because I feel like, media-wise, we’re used to seeing things liberated or conquered but rarely see the after-effects or what it takes to move on. I mean think about how many things we watch and read that have a mission to overcome and then it’s over and…we’re left thinking everything continued on perfectly? Nah, the struggle is real.

We jump between roughly ten different POVs throughout the book, of course, Vin is the primary narrative we see. It’s interesting seeing how Sanderson will sometimes have a POV added that literally get’s part of a chapter and then we never see them again, or we don’t see them until the next book. Really kept me on my toes thinking…will this person be important?

The majority of this book felt slower-paced, although enemies are numerous and things are happening, it felt like we have a steady pace until about 2/3 of the way through, and then we hit warp speed. Roughly the last 200 pages had a chokehold on me and I couldn’t stop until I knew what was going to happen.

I now have so many more questions and look forward to starting the final book, in the trilogy, very soon!


By a Thread by: Lucy Score

Dominic was staring at me like he couldn’t decide whether to chop me into pieces or pull my hair and French kiss me.

Dominic

I got her fired. Okay, so I’d had a bad day and took it out on a bystander in a pizza shop. But there’s nothing innocent about Ally Morales. She proves that the first day at her new job… in my office… after being hired by my mother.

So maybe her colorful, annoying, inexplicably alluring personality brightens up the magazine’s offices that have felt like a prison for the past year. Maybe I like that she argues with me in front of the editorial staff. And maybe my after-hours fantasies are haunted by those brown eyes and that sharp tongue.

But that doesn’t mean that I’m going to be the next Russo man to take advantage of his position. I might be a second-generation son of a… fill in the blank, but I am not my father.

She’s working herself to death at half a dozen dead-end jobs for some secret reason she doesn’t feel like sharing with me. And I’m going to fix it all. Don’t accuse me of caring. She’s nothing more than a puzzle to be solved. If I can get her to quit, I can finally peel back all those layers. Then I can go back to salvaging the family name and forget all about the dancing, beer-slinging brunette.

Ally

Ha. Hold my beer, Grumpy Grump Face.

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Content Warnings: Sexual scenes, parent with dementia, parental abandonment, toxic relationships [both familial and romantic], sexism, and pregnancy.
Mention of: workplace sexual harassment, sexual assault [of minor and adults], abuse of power, and infidelity.


Ally is juggling a lot to ensure her father, who has dementia, gets the best quality care he can. Working a handful of different jobs and barely making ends meet has made the last year extremely stressful. When an entitled customer refuses to put his phone away, which is a restaurant policy, she’s ready to give him a taste of his own medicine.

Forced to take his father’s position, as creative director at his mother’s magazine, Dominic is determined to show he’s a hard worker and not anything like his sleazy dad. Feeling like he doesn’t deserve the job he was given he’s constantly second-guessing himself and wonders if he’ll ever get the swing of things. It’s been a year of non-stop stress and repression of anger so when a server calls him out on his behavior he decides to give her, and her manager, a piece of his mind.

Dominic hates that all the associates always seem nervous or afraid of him but that doesn’t mean he was excited to find out his mother hired Ally. As soon as he sees her he tries to fire her but sadly her employment is not up to him. What’s worse than working with someone who doesn’t seem to respect you? Finding that same person increasingly attractive.

I adored the banter between these two and the steady slow burn as they fought their growing attraction to each other. As someone who’s read many third-act conflicts/breakups, I wasn’t prepared for how much this one would hurt. The problem that arises, and words that are said, is one that I felt wasn’t given adequate time for forgiveness to make sense…at least for me.

The opposites attract, workplace romance, and enemies to lovers vibes really had me going and I was smiling and laughing through most of the book. Overall I really enjoyed the book but I would have appreciated a little more time spend on the final conflict. It felt, to me, like it was resolved rather quickly though the book technically tells us it’s been a decent span of time.

***Bit of a Spoiler about the ending below, STOP READING if you don’t want the spoiler***

I really enjoyed the ending except that out of nowhere Ally tells Dominic she’s pregnant. It didn’t feel necessary. The way the ending was written, I feel, it would have been better to just do everything the same but not have that pregnancy announcement. Then in the bonus epilogue [that I think you get for signing up for a newsletter] have a bit about how after the book ended they found out they were going to have a baby etc.

Due to them being 39 and 44 when the book started and them not mentioning wanting kids, the entire book, I wrongfully assumed this would be a romance without pregnancy so those few final pages really threw me off. I have a lot of friends who don’t want kids or who’ve struggled with infertility who love reading romance books, that don’t include pregnancy in them, so I was really excited to recommend this book…until that ending. 😅


Glint by: Raven Kennedy

The Plated Prisoner Series book 2

Gild Review [The Plated Prisoner Series book 1]

“You want to make your life easier? Then be the caged bird that you are and sing.”

For ten years, I’ve lived in a gilded cage inside King Midas’s golden castle. But one night changed everything. 

 

Now I’m here, a prisoner of Fourth Kingdom’s army, and I’m not sure if I’m going to make it out of this in one piece. They’re marching to battle, and I’m the bargaining chip that will either douse the fire or spark a war.  

 

At the heart of my fear, my worry, there’s him—Commander Rip. 

 

Known for his brutality on the battlefield, his viciousness is unsurpassed. But I know the truth about what he is. 

 

Fae. 

 

The betrayers. The murderers. The ones who nearly destroyed Orea, and wiped out Seventh Kingdom in the process. He has power sizzling beneath this skin and glinting spikes down his spine. But his eyes—his eyes are the most compelling of all. 

 

When Rip turns those black eyes on me, I feel captive for an entirely different reason. 

 

I may be out of my cage, but I’m not free, not even close. In the game of kings and armies, I’m the gilded pawn. The question is, can I out maneuver them? 

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Content Warnings: Human trafficking, sexual scenes, slavery, captivity, violence, emotional abuse, toxic relationship, gaslighting, and blood/gore. Mention of: sexual assault, rape, child abuse, child neglect, internalized racism, and conditions of living in poverty.


In Gild, the first book, we mostly saw Auren’s POV with the final chapter being that of Midas. In Glint we get three different POVs throughout the book, though the majority still is Auren, we also see what Queen Malina and Midas are up to. Honestly, I already disliked both of these characters from the first interactions they had with Auren but alas writers always have a reason for showing the POV of people we don’t like. *sigh*

In the company of Commander Rip and the soldiers of the Fourth Kingdom, Auren is forced to think about her past and current situation. We get a lot of flashbacks to the time before Midas entered her life as well as some during the early days of Midas becoming King.

Auren had a lot of time to self-reflect and evaluate her relationship with Midas, though at times I was still left wanting to reach through my Kindle and shake her. At other times I wanted to reach through and hug her and tell her everything was going to be okay and could get better.

After finishing Glint I’m 100x more invested in seeing where Auren’s journey takes her. The way Glint ends I already know I’ll be picking up book 3, Gleam, soon as I have so many more questions and I’m desperate for answers. The urge to text friends who’re already caught up is strong but I must resist.


Gild by: Raven Kennedy

The Plated Prisoner Series book 1

The fae abandoned this world to us. And the ones with power rule.

Gold.

Gold floors, gold walls, gold furniture, gold clothes. In Highbell, in the castle built into the frozen mountains, everything is made of gold.

Even me.

King Midas rescued me. Dug me out of the slums and placed me on a pedestal. I’m called his precious. His favored. I’m the woman he Gold-Touched to show everyone that I belong to him. To show how powerful he is. He gave me protection, and I gave him my heart. And even though I don’t leave the confines of the palace, I’m safe.

Until war comes to the kingdom and a deal is struck.

Suddenly, my trust is broken. My love is challenged, and I realize that everything I thought I knew about Midas might be wrong.

Because these bars I’m kept in, no matter how gilded, are still just a cage.

But the monsters on the other side might make me wish I’d never left.

The myth of King Midas reimagined. This compelling adult fantasy series is as addictive as it is unexpected. With romance, intrigue, and danger, the gilded world of Orea will grip you from the very first page.

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Content Warnings: Sexual scenes, captivity, emotional-physical-verbal abuse, human trafficking, alcohol abuse, sexism, sexual harassment, sexual assault, blood/gore, violence, murder, rape, grooming, kidnapping, and sex trafficking. Mention of infertility and loss of parents.


I’ve heard so many great things about this series from friends and strangers alike. As the fourth book was just released, a bookish friend threatened to end our friendship upon learning I hadn’t read it, and I’d just finished a book that didn’t meet my expectations—I decided there wasn’t a more perfect time to start diving into this series and world.

As the way of many adult fantasies, this book has some heavy, very adult, topics within its pages. Though many talk about this series as romantic, this first book is definitely not that. I’m told at some point there will be an element of romance but currently, it’s an adult fantasy with some mystery, court politics, and political manipulation at play.

The narrative of this book is primarily through the eyes of Auren, a gold-touched trophy of King Midas. Their relationship seems to be a mix of transference/nightingale syndrome, grooming, and some Stockholm syndrome.

Rescued, at the tender age of 15, by Midas [who’s 7 years older than her, which wouldn’t be bad if she was idk at least 20 but 15 and 22…just no], Auren has always seen him as her knight in shining armor. She has been with him for 10 years, with no friendships or attachments other than him, and she loves him unconditionally. Kept within a cage—does it expand throughout the entire castle? Yes, but that’s not the point—Auren fails to see that she’s only a prop for Midas, a special tool he uses when he wishes.

I’m thrilled that, although a bit of a spoiler, many have already assured me that Midas will not be the actual love interest in this series. The way he treats her like a special pet, or trophy, taken out at his whim to impress others made me just really want to punch him right in his smug face.

Though naive, when it comes to Midas and court politics, I’m excited to see Auren’s journey of finding her own strength and starting to change the direction of her life. Auren has had a difficult life and just wants to have friendship and love…and I hope that as the series continues we’re able to see both of those things for her.


How to Fake a Wedding Date by: Karen Booth

Releases: June 28th, 2022


I received an ARC, through Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review.

This socialite left her fiancé at the altar and now she needs a fake date to a wedding! What could go wrong? Find out in the third Little Black Book of Secrets novel by Karen Booth!

It started with one simple request:

Pretend to like me for three days.”

Canceling her own million-dollar wedding made socialite Alexandra Gold infamous. Now the only way to avoid going alone to the wedding of this season—and keep vicious gossip account Little Black Book of Secrets quiet—is to bring a fake date. The almost-perfect candidate: architect Ryder Carson, her brother’s best friend. Ryder’s off-limits, yet tempting, despite their recent history. And as the celebration heats up, so do the sparks. But is it only a matter of time before Little Black Book reveals their secret?

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Content Warnings: Loss of a parent, stalking, bullying, and verbally/emotionally abusive/manipulative parent.


It’s been about a year since Alex canceled her own wedding. Labeled the “Trust Fund Tornado”, by the media, it has been impossible to date once men realize who Alex is. The last thing Alex wants is to show up at one of her best friends’ weddings…dateless. Tired of the media casting a negative light on her she’s determined to find a date for the wedding and hopefully change the media’s narrative of her.

Ryder’s been best friends with Daniel, Alex’s brother, since college. Their friendship and partnership mean everything to him. Growing up with nothing was hard, especially after the loss of his mother, but Ryder’s friendship with Daniel changed everything. Though he can’t stop thinking about Alex, and they’ve crossed the line already, Ryder is determined to stay away to protect his relationship with Daniel.

The idea that her friend’s wedding has Alex sad and melancholy about her own canceled wedding made no sense to me. The way she describes her ex, even before admitting she didn’t love him, you can tell she had no emotional connection to him. It made it really hard for me to believe Alex believes in Happily Ever After when she stayed in a relationship with someone she really didn’t like…and then almost married them.

Ryder and Daniel’s friendship isn’t giving best friend vibes. It really felt like Ryder and Daniel are competitors, even though they own a company together, I was hoping to really see their friendship and why going behind Daniel’s back would break Ryder’s heart. Nothing I read helped me understand Ryder’s adamant stance of trying to stay away from Alex.

Going in I thought the Little Black Book drama, and reveal, would take up a good chunk of the story—as each book in the series felt like it was building to the reveal—so I was getting worried when we really hadn’t gotten any confirmed evidence, as the ending was looming closer. It felt like LBB’s reveal was an afterthought that was last minute, with very little time to explain it all. Something that I thought would have a grand reveal was left feeling rushed and incomplete.

I really wanted to like this book—with a plus-size cover model, failing for your brother’s best friend, and the reveal of Little Black Book—but sadly it just didn’t hit like I needed it to.


The Dark King by: Gina L. Maxwell

Releases: September 27th, 2022

Deviant Kings book 1

I received an ARC, through Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review.

I thought a weekend away would be the perfect escape. Until I woke up married and trapped…by the king of the Dark Fae.

Neon Gods meets Fifty Shades… Deliciously dark and sexy!” –#1 NYT bestselling author Helen Hardt

For Bryn Meara, a free trip to the exclusive and ultra-luxe Nightfall hotel and casino in Vegas should’ve been the perfect way to escape the debris of her crumbling career. But waking up from a martini-and-lust-fueled night to find herself married to Caiden Verran, the reclusive billionaire who owns the hotel and most of the city, isn’t the jackpot one would think. It seems her dark and sexy new husband is actual royalty–the fae king of the Night Court–and there’s an entire world beneath the veil of Vegas.

Whether light or shadow, the fae are a far cry from fairy tales, and now they’ve made Bryn a pawn in their dark games for power. And Caiden is the most dangerous of all–an intoxicating cocktail of sin and raw, insatiable hunger. She should run. But every night of passion pulls Bryn deeper into his strange and sinister world, until she’s no longer certain she wants to leave…even if she could.

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Content Warnings: Sexual scenes, BDSM, degradation, and violence. Mention of: drug use, abuse of power, loss of parents, car accident, torture, and murder.


Wanting a break from reality Bryn jumps at the chance of a free weekend getaway to Vegas. What better way to relax and unwind before getting back to reality and hunting for a new job? Little does Bryn know this weekend getaway is about to turn into something so much more than she bargained for.

Caiden, the King of the Dark Fae, has a lot on his plate but when he makes eye contact, across a crowded hotel lobby, with Bryn he’s determined to learn more about her. What starts out as a few drinks and a great conversation turns into… waking up married?! With fuzzy memories of the night before Caiden is determined to put some distance between them…no matter how much he craves more of Bryn’s time and attention.

Bryn is all sunshine while Caiden is a grumpy alphahole. I absolutely loved watching Caiden try to deny his growing attraction to Bryn. Everyone, except Caiden, can see just how much he wants and needs her. There’s just something so gratifying about reading a grumpy alphahole brought to his knees by his growing affection for his partner. Then we have Bryn blossoming as she learns more about herself and her desires as Caiden awakens a passion in her she’s never experienced before.

This book gives us a steamy Fae novel with the grumpy/sunshine trope, waking up married in Vegas, trying to fight a mating bond, and so much more. I had so much fun reading this book and cannot wait to see what else this series has to give us!


Queen Takes Queen by: Joely Sue Burkhart

Their Vampire Queen book 3

Queen Takes Knights [TVQ book 1] Review

Queen Takes King [TVQ book 2] Review

The Triune’s attention is a deadly thing to attract. The world’s oldest and most powerful vampire queens devise a plan to ensure the fledgling Isador queen is eliminated before she can call enough Blood to protect her.

But Shara has already drawn formidable and famously powerful Blood to her side: Leviathan, king of the depths. Guillaume de Payne, the headless Templar knight. Wu Tien Xin, the silent invisible assassin. Nevarre, the Morrigan’s own Shadow. And of course, her first two Blood, Alrik and Daire, inexperienced—but extremely powerful in their own right.

Though well fed on queen’s blood and well loved, six Blood are not enough to stand against the mighty Triune. Shara needs more.

She needs more Blood. She needs allies.

What she really needs is a queen of her own.

This is a MMFFM+ series and Shara will never be forced to choose just one.

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Content Warnings: Sexual scenes, blood play, blood/gore, and violence. Mention of: child abuse, death of loved one, and death of a child.


It still boggles my mind to think about the fact that although this is the third book only a few weeks have really passed since book one started. Within a few weeks, Shara finds out who she is, what she is, her family secrets, and so much more. Shara has been on a whirlwind of information and adventure as she continues to attract more attention, both good and bad.

I was happy to see Daire return to Shara and Rik’s good graces and see him start forming friendships and connections with some of the other Blood as well. The last book really had me worried that we were going to lose some of Daire with the addition of new Blood so I was happy that book three proves those thoughts wrong.

With new allies come new worries so it’ll be interesting to see what happens going forward. I believe there are six books altogether so we’re about halfway through the series. Can’t wait to see what else we learn as Shara grows in power!


Breath of Flowers Vol 1 by: Caly

Azami has always been attracted only to boys, especially the handsome Gwyn. Intelligent, sporty, attractive and just a little older than Azami, she’s sure he would be an ideal boyfriend. Then, on the day Azami finally gets the courage to confess her feelings, everything she believes is suddenly called into question when she finds out that Gwyn is actually a girl!

Despite her initial shock at learning Gwyn’s secret, Azami quickly realizes that love transcends gender, putting her feelings for Gwyn before her previous prejudices. But it turns out Azami isn’t the only girl who’s got her eye on Gwyn!

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Content Warnings: homophobia, body shaming, sexism, eating disorder, body dysmorphia, and transphobia.


Azami doesn’t understand same-gender relationships…until she realizes the person she’s been obsessing over and crushing on isn’t the man she thought he was but is actually a girl just like her. Determined to still be with Gwyn the two start dating and trying to navigate the world as a couple.

When I first thought Gwyn was non-binary, or possibly trans, it made sense that she presented herself as a boy, even going as far as chopping off her long hair and binding her chest. She did all these things right before starting school there, so all of her classmates and teachers, aside from the coach and school nurse, have always thought she was a boy. I just wish we were given more detail into why she continued to let others think she was a guy if she never saw herself that way. Even if it was her saying she was confused or was experimenting it would have made more sense than the way they wrote it.

The bigger topics in this story seemed like they were either not explained or were rushed. Take for example Azami goes from telling her friends that same-gender relationships are gross and don’t make sense, to angrily confessing her feelings to Gwyn —angrily because she finds out Gwyn’s a girl and doesn’t know how to process the guy she was infatuated with was a girl all along— to telling Gwyn she still wants to date her. Between all those instances there’s really no internal dialogue where she processes her homophobia or how a relationship with Gwyn, the girl, would be different than she originally planned when she thought Gwyn was a guy.

Hopefully, the other volumes have more inner dialogue and deeper discussions than volume one. The overall story is something that I think is important to show and discuss I just feel it could have used more dialogue around the bigger topics…and less around the potential love triangle.


Black Tie Bachelor Bid by: Karen Booth

Little Black Book of Secrets book 2

The Problem with Playboys [Little Black Book of Secrets book 1] Review

Going once, going twice…and falling straight into her bed? A bachelor auction gets out of hand in the second Little Black Book of Secrets novel by Karen Booth!

I paid quite a lot for time with you

and I intend to get my money’s worth.

Romance is not on socialite Taylor Klein’s mind when she wins a night with super-sexy Roman Scott in a charity bachelor auction. Buying a date is the only way to meet the famously reclusive hotelier—and pick his brain on how to launch her dream boutique hotel. Besides, Taylor’s done with romance. But sticking to business gets tough when their sparks explode into passion. And even tougher when the notorious gossip account Little Black Book threatens to expose all their steamy secrets…

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Content Warnings: sexual scenes, loss of loved one, blackmail, and mention of being cheated on.


Taylor wants to turn one of her family’s many estates into a getaway retreat but she isn’t confident about where to start. Having been to every hotel Roman has ever built she’s convinced he’s the perfect person to guide her. Determined to elicit his help she’s willing to bid, however much it takes, to win some of Roman’s time.

Roman prefers staying out of the spotlight but when his sister-in-law asks him to be part of her charity action he agrees. Roman regrets agreeing…until he sees the stunning blonde in the gold dress. It’s been a long time since romance and relationships have entered Roman’s mind but now that he’s met Taylor she’s all he can think about.

I loved the idea of Taylor bidding on Roman to finally get time to pick his brain about what it takes to be a hotelier. She’s determined and hopeful while he’s reclusive and somewhat jaded.

Though I loved the overall idea, and these are tropes I enjoy, I just wasn’t feeling the chemistry between them. I don’t even know if I could put my finger on what I needed but I needed something more. Perhaps if this had been a slightly longer novel and we had a little more time I could see the how/why they were drawn together and connected.

The Little Black Book mystery, in this book, felt like we just have more to speculate but not that we’re getting closer to uncovering who’s behind it all. I’m hoping that book three will give me the chemistry and mystery that I’m looking for.


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