Midnight Blue by LJ Shen

Midnight BlueMidnight Blue by L.J. Shen

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Midnight Blue is Royal Brit Pop Perfection
This is another one of LJ Shen’s books that grabs you by the ankles to drag you underneath the sea of feels that so often comes with her stories. And I truly love it!

Alex, 27, heartthrob, is a Londoner via The chavviest part of Watford (does that really exist??).

Alex is, as he would put it, a total ‘nobhead’ and also a tortured, amazing Pop music solo artist. Skidding his way through a recent breakup he’s been fuelled by drug and narcotics ending in a massive album flop, and it’s all come to a head. Enter his agent Jenna and his lifelong friend and manager, Blake who both decide that Alex is in need of a sobriety nanny. And he is getting one, at least one that sticks on the job, as the last eight or so were scared or chased off by Alex within days.

Indigo/New Girl/Indie/Stardust is a quirky 21 year old and an orphan, living with her older brother, his wife and their baby and is tailor made for the job. Or maybe the job was tailor made for her…her parents killed by a drunk driver, she’s almost evangelical in her passion to keep Alex on the straight and narrow. But the job has its perks…after all, sexy rock god singer, an international tour with the opportunity to travel the world as part of Alex’s entourage? A dream come true, right?

Alex, the bastardest of bastards gets to learn early on that his little petite blue haired Stardust/Indie isn’t the soft pushover that she looks. More importantly he realises she is everything he needs and McGreedyMitts is determined to have her, in spite of any action that Lucas, his drummer, may want to throw in his way.

This is a rockers story with a few differences. No spoilers here but I had a niggling in the back of my brain about six chapters in for one of the ‘oh.my.giddy.Gandy!’ reveals but was caught completely by surprise by the horrific reveal that threatened to split Alex and Indie apart.

This was a great read. This felt even more alive for me reading parts of it at my local in Camden Lock or riding the Tube to London Bridge or Oxford Circus

This book earned a duvet day of reading and then re-reading. I kept my minces open all night and could not put this one down. Cor blimey, the smexy scenes! As truly f-ed up as some of the most cocky Brits ever. Not a dry set of knickers in the place as you follow Alex’s seduction of Indie to their first steamy session together. Right up until it all goes to pants…

But Alex, being Alex, is a real smeg-fer-brains and needs to have his own bonce bashed around for a bit before he sets out to win Indie back and share the HEA he worked for.

LJ has spent time trying to weave the Brit into the story, some of it with exceptional success.

Alfie. Oh. dear.
Absolutely everyone in London knows or has lived with an Alfie…! Just perfect.
Alex may say what the hell he wants about ManU ‘cos he’s probably a Gooner, anyway but all is forgiven for a story like this.
Three lions on my chest …and five Midnight blue stars for this great story.

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A Few More Rules

A Few More RulesA Few More Rules by Dorothy F. Shaw

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

What a little Domme/ sub gem!
This book was recommended to me by a friend with particular kink. I was blown away by how easily the story was told by Dorothy Shaw

Colby ( aka Rig -cos he’s built like one) is an ex college American football quarterback, with a shoulder injury that killed his future in the game. He now works security and is on one one of his nights off at a bar when he notices 23 year old Bethany, the h, working as a waitress.

Ok so nothing good happens after 10pm, my old grandma used to warn, but in this case it soooooo does! Bethany ignites the submissive in Rig and instructs him to follow her home.

Their night of D/s bliss throws a maelstrom of new emotions at Rig who now needs to wrestle with what this means for his future and if there is one with Bethany.

Great writing, especially if he acknowledgements are to be believed, this was the exercise to get Ms Shaw out of her writers block situation.

Good Read. pun intended

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Sweet Bear O’ Mine by Lily Cahill

Sweet Bear O' Mine (Wild Harts: Rockstar Shifters, #1)Sweet Bear O’ Mine by Lily Cahill

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

A cool trope blend of shifters and rockstar falling for the simple life with a curvy girl. Pure fantasy for a couple of hours of fun. Well written if a little thick on the tropes – father is head of the shifter clan, boys are in a nationally famous rock band as an act of defiance. Etc

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All He Wants for Christmas by Kati Wilde

All He Wants For ChristmasAll He Wants For Christmas by Kati Wilde

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Bold, big, Sexy Read

Cole, a detective and recent hero -having taken two bullets in the line of duty- returns to work to face an irritating request from one of the city’s richest families that neither he nor the Chief of Police can refuse . To keep an eye on Mia Bennet, Mr rich as F*ck’s daughter.

Mia is sick of being under the manipulative thumb of her parents and has struck out to live independent of the, whilst pursuing her career.

But things get complicated as Cole and Mia risk their mutual attraction whilst they battle their own insecurities: Cole and Mia both feeling they’ll never be good enough for the other.

As the festive seasons approach Cole and Mia work through their differences to get to their HEA.

THIS was the last in the four Xmas reads released by each of the four authors and was nearly my fave out of the four (sorry, Ruby Dixon‘s IPB story just edged to win because, well it’s IPB…)

But this story had everything you want from a smexy Xmas read: the angst, the trembling ‘will they? won’t they?’ and then the relief of ‘yes they’re finally together and they’ll not be torn apart, yippee!’

Was especially happy to see how Mia grew a backbone to fight for what and whom she loves.

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My Torin

My TorinMy Torin by K. Webster

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Oh my devilled eggs! Absolutely awesome read
(this is re-written. Lost my first version to the Internet black hole…)
Another fabulously emotional read for K Webster

Casey is a product of the foster care system, her first 18 years curtesy her mother who abandoned her as a baby outside a church during Xmas time.

Caseys life is forever changed when she accepts the offer to live in the household of the open and loving Tyler Kline and his tortured genius of a younger brother Torin Kline.

But all is not as it seems. Not with the house or the household.
This is a love story, courageously tearing to get out and be told.

This is not a menage although I slowly grew to wishing it was. But it is about the love that can grow between three should, in spite of almost insurmountable odds.

This is a tear jerker, a gasper, a boundary breaker but also a thoroughly great read.

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Dr Dreamy – LJ Shen (Short Story)

Doctor DreamyDoctor Dreamy by L.J. Shen

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This.Is.It *Squeeeee!!!!*
So anyone who is anyone must have read the book Drawn to Him: A Romance Collection – a collection of 8 fast paced short stories. 

Dr Dreamy is one of them and my first intro to LJ Shen.

Both the h and H have wit and sass.
Definate addition to my thinking woman’s smexy read bookshelf.

I also love a good indie author who can plot me to gasp and back but Ms Shen takes the biscuit, and then the cake…

…“Fucking the barely-legal receptionist with the door open in our clinic? Is this about trying to make me jealous?”

“No,” he says serenely, grabbing his phone and keys and tucking them in his back pocket. “It was actually about making her come harder. The thrill of getting caught will do that to you.
More adrenaline.
You should know that.
You may have failed the first year of med school twice, but you got your MD. Eventually,” he shrugs…

This is the H- #DrDreamy.
Talking to his nearly ex-wife (also an MD but she’s definately NOT a Dr Dreamy. )
About the h.

LJ, girl, where have you been all my life???

With an alpha you just hate to love PLUS a plot with truly unenviable plot twists, this story felt like an impossible situation to get out of. And yet, with all the flair of a literary Houdini, Ms Shen brings me a HEA that is both fulfilling and memorable.

There will be other reviews that pick the story to pieces and angst over the relationship.

Go read those if you want to waste good reading time.

Otherwise if are a thinking woman who loves stories that make you work a little bit for a sizzling HEA:
search LJ Shen,
click TBR for EVERYTHING and then make this author a one-click on Amazon

Job well done Ms Shen!!

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Canvas by Jacob Chance Ooooh so envious

CANVASCANVAS by Jacob Chance

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Sorry. I can’t help myself… Josh 4 Elle
If I can’t rate 3 or higher I don’t bother to post a review (it’s hard enough for indie writers!) I PM authors with my harshest criticism. Warts and all and not for public consumption but if I can’t help myself then I post review on Amazon.

Sorry. I can’t help myself…

I recently read a rather poorly edited, unbelievable story – and nearly dug my eyes out with a spoon it was that bad…Canvas is definitely NOT one of those .
It says something that I burned through this book, received as an advanced review copy with no expectation of reward, in one night. I somehow thought it was same length as Delve – but Canvas is twice as long – I have been reliably informed…so clearly the pace of this book is stonkingly good!

Chance’s latest book is far and away way better than some of the stuff being put out by other popular indie writers.

Those who follow my reviews know that I rate really hard, and I don’t pull any punches just to help ratings on the ‘Zon. If Most people rate 5 I tend to rate 4.

But not today….

I’ve been waiting a long time to hear Elle and Josh’s story and this did not disappoint.

Elle is a long time friend, almost family, to couple Janney and Josh, and even after the two split up, the three stayed best buddies. After Janney fell in love with private investigator Kyle, Josh and Elle stayed friends. But something happened and they drifted apart. Elle knows she has feelings for ‘goody-two-shoes’ Josh but feels she has too much darkness in her past to ever be good enough for him. Her angst isn’t helped by the spectre of the past still lurking in her life, waiting to reclaim her.

Josh is a different type of H. Strong and tall yes, but not a biker, or a ripped muscled hunk, or a jock although he is a painter and tattoo artist.

Between Elle and Josh there are untold, dark secrets they keep from each other, but one secret, their increasing attraction to each other, continues to heat up in the most electrifying ‘I-hate-you-but-I-can’t-stay-away-from-you kind of way.

When Elle is threatened and their love is put to the test, Josh shows his dark side to protect the woman he loves.

I had some huge sigh “I soooooo wish I was Elle” moments in this one.

And unlike other reviews I post no spoilers.

But I will post advice. Grab the box of tissues. The attention to detail in the smexy scenes is meltingly emotional, as if Chance lived Josh’s role… This was the most heartfelt story so far and although it is a standalone, there is enough in this gem to satisfy the diehard fans who have followed the lives of the other characters in previous books.

This one is not to be missed. TY @JacobChance

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