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What I’m Kindle Reading // January 2021

February 5, 2021

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As the New Year bells chimed, I have to confess to feeling really quite proud of myself for exceeding my reading goal last year. With a new target of 250 books set on Goodreads for this coming yeat. Something which I am off to a flying start with, especially given that we are back in a national lockdown. Enabling me to indulge in reading more frequently, opting to read rather than watch TV or mindlessly scroll on social media.

I’ve been making an effort to get up to date with my ARC’s (advanced reader copies) from NetGalley and BookSprout after falling behind on the latter part of last year.

What I’m Kindle Reading in January…

Before Us (Next Generation #3) by J.M. Walker

Rating: 4 out of 5.

A novella featuring the journey of Piper and Jaron. With a prelude of how they first hooked up in Paris before seeing how he reappears in her life again. Each of them not looking for a relationship, its just sex or so they say. However, deeper feelings that scare them both are bubbling beneath the surface.

As the VP of a biker club, Jaron has a reputation, something the local mayor doesn’t want in his town and tells him to leave. But he’s not leaving Piper and his friends behind without protection. Which is a good thing when an unlikely friend of Piper turns against her.

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The Outpost (Jamison Valley #4) by Devney Perry

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Investigative journalise Sabrina has escaped Seattle battered and bruised but alive. Arriving on her best friends doorstep in Montana after the case she had been working on had been turned over to the newspaper and FBI. Taking down part of the Russian mob responsible for smuggling guns into the country.

Unsafe to stay at Felicity’s house a plan for her to stay at an outpost is put together. With Beau being the one to take her deep into the Montana wilderness away from the town and other people. As someone who has never camped, it is a rude awakening for her. Despite the obvious spark between the two of them, they attempt not to act upon it as this situation is only temporary and Sabrina will be heading back to the city when this is all over.

During her time at the outpost, she grows closer to Beau who supports, lets her lean on him and brings all she needs from the town each week. Unable to fight their feelings they share a kiss before they are disrupted by a fire outbreak requiring Beau’s help. Eventually leasing to a relationship of sorts but what will happen when the time comes for Sabrina to leave?

Available to buy from Amazon in Paperback, Audiobook and Kindle Edition

Tempted by Ava Harrison

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Drew has a past and has been working hard to put it behind hm. With his club Silver doing well he is hoping to branch out into the restaurant business. An associate of his Cal calls him regarding a property he is interested in and agrees that he can secure it for him as long as he offers his fiancée’s sister a job at Silver.

For the past two years Bailey has been sober, a wake up call sending her to NA she is attempting to take control of her life. Forced to leave her previous job and an eviction notice on her flat she is desperate. Taking a job at Silver is not the ideal place for an addict but needs must. She settles into the job well, although her boss Drew is paying her special attention and soon promotes her to work in the VIP rooms and then as his assistant.

Hooking up with your boss is always a no-no but as a recovering addict, it can make it difficult to distinguish lust and love – replacing one addiction with another. Finding out about past demons as well as a one night stand that won’t go away they face a very rocky road – can this be anything more than temptation?

Available to buy from Amazon in Paperback, Audiobook and Kindle Edition

Second Time Around by Kelli Walker

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Years ago Harley’s heart was broken by her high school sweetheart Ryan as he made the move from their hometown to New York for college. A heart that has never fully repaired and whilst she hasn’t seen him since he left her in the park that day. She is not sure how she will handle him being home following his mother’s death.

Ryan pursued his tech dreams and co-owners a multi-million dollar company in New York. But there has always been something missing from his life – Harley. Giving her up all those years ago he thought he was doing the right thing. Unconvinced that they would have lasted in New York together. Seeing her again his heart aches for her and hopes to win her back again.

Initially rebuffing his offer to get together, her best friend and his brothers conspire against them and get them together during a night out. Where the alcohol is flowing and some dirty dancing, leading them to head back to his hotel room. With miscommunications, presumptions and past hurts get in the way, are they able to make it the second time around?

Available to buy from Amazon in Paperback and Kindle Edition

Ice Cold Boss by Olivia Hayle

Rating: 5 out of 5.

After leaving her previous job of five years without a reference, Faye has been applying to architectural companies across New York. With little success, after another knockback email, she gets drunk with her best friend. When an alert comes through for an assistant role at a smaller prestige architectural firm. But she doesn’t want to be someone’s assistant, she wants to be the architect. So she sets about responding wit all the reasons why henry the old stuffy stooge shouldn’t or won’t give her the job.

Henry likes things done a certain way in a timely fashion. With another assistant resigning he is keen to get on with the recruitment process and requests all the applicants details to make a headstart. As soon as he starts reading Faye’s covering letter he is intrigued by her and laughing out loud at some of the things she says. Inviting her in for an interview she is convinced that it is a joke – especially when Henry turns out not to be an old stuffy stooge.

Landing the job it is clear that they are both battling their wills against each other. With Henry looking to fire her after a day but she manages to negotiate a six-week trial where he can’t fire her so that she has a chance to prove herself. Which she does and more. With Henry discovering that there is more to Faye than just another assistant as she helps on projects and pitches. As well as attending his sister’s wedding with him. Attempting to keep things professional between them proves difficult. However, is Faye able to put her career on the line to sleep with the boss?

Available to buy from Amazon in Paperback and Kindle Edition

You and Me on Vacation by Emily Henry

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Take a journey through the friendship of Poppy and Alex who met 12 summers ago who didn’t actually like each other at first. However, a year later they spend a car journey together as they return back to their hometown in Ohio which allows them to form a friendship and plans for their first vacation. Over the years during college and beyond they make sure to plan a summer vacation together.

The story starts with Poppy discovering that she has met all her professional goals as a travel writer and influencer, however, feels as though there is something missing from her life. Her friend Rachel asks her to think about the last time she was truly happy, which instantly brings a flashback of Alex to her mind. However, the best friends haven’t spoken in two years. An incident on their last vacation led to them giving each other space, which as time went on it wasn’t ever easier to reach out and reconnect. However, Poppy has decided that she’d love to have one more summer vacation with Alex – if he’ll speak to her.

Flitting between the stories from their previous summers together, giving you an insight into their friendship, the loves and passions in life. With Alex due to attend his younger brother’s wedding they make a plan to spend a few days beforehand together before heading to the celebration. Whilst her travel job at R&R have said no to her low budget vacation idea Poppy goes ahead with it paying and booking everything herself which doesn’t quite go to plan.

After having been friends for so many years, are they able to find the friendship they once had and possibly take it to the next level? But their lives are different, is there a way to make it work? Laugh out loud moments and tissues at the ready for this one.

Available to buy from Amazon in Paperback, Audiobook and Kindle Edition

By Mistake by Sigal Ehrlich

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Between the countless hours, she spends teaching lessons at the fitness studio and with her friends (The Chickens) Anna doesn’t have the time, energy or anything else to put into navigating yet another dating app. With The Chickens monthly goal to reply to all things in a positive manner, she opts to reply to an email that mistakenly landed in her inbox.

Liam is fully focused on getting through his residency and his application to Doctors Without Borders. Swearing off dating until his workload and life is more manageable, even casual relationships seem to go wrong so they are off the table too. Receiving a reply to the email he sent his friend, he is surprised to see that it ended up in the wrong inbox but the response makes him laugh.

Over the coming weeks, Liam and Ann email back and forth. Answering questions, chatting about their lives and sharing book quotes. Finally, they arrange to meet after Anna discovers that they live in the same city. They spend the day together and connect far more than either thought that they would. But Liam is upfront about the fact he isn’t able to get into a relationship yet. Striking up a friendship between them, sharing the highs and lows of life together, occasionally kissing – but it’s just friends… right?

One to make you laugh out loud, cringe and cry – so have the tissues at the ready.

Available to buy from Amazon in Paperback and Kindle Edition

Prince Charming (Cinderella, #2) by K. Webster

Rating: 5 out of 5.

It’s time to pick up the dark and twisted version of Cinderella for the second novel in the series. Featuring Ash and Winston, but unlike the traditional story, Winston betrays himself as more of a villain than Prince Charming. Stepping straight into the action Ash attempts to pick up the pieces after her stepbrothers wreck her plans for attending Winston’s birthday bash.

Introducing the other members of the Constantine family, each with their own personality and place in the family dynamics. As Winston and Ash continue their maid/assistant/relationship they are plagued by outside interference, from the Terror Triplets, Morelli’s and Winston’s best friend Nate. Even his mother attempts to make Ash realise that she is nothing but a phase in her son’s life and he’ll soon get bored.

Winston struggles to understand the power and effect that Ash has on him. feeling very protective of her he attempts to ease things in her life. Not always gaining the reaction from her he anticipated. But somehow they spark off each other and leads to some fantastic chemistry, dry wit and flirting.

A cliffhanger ending leading you into the final part in the series The Glass Slipper.

Available to buy from Amazon in Paperback and Kindle Edition

Mr Right Across the Street by Kathryn Freeman

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Hoping for a fresh start away from ger ex-boyfriends, Mia has left her family and friends behind to move from Somerset to Manchester. Her family are worried that she is lonely and not heading out to meet new people. Although she’s already made friends with her neighbour, Stan, a 67-year-old, overweight and somewhat grumpy man. Plus there is the hot guy across the street conducting his weight lifting regime at 10 am every day to look forward to.

Determined to step out of her comfort zone and prove her family wrong she visits the bar across the street. With Luke (aka hot weight lifting guy) being the bartender/owner that attends to her. Looking up and spotting Mia’s green streaks in her blonde hair and leggings/oversized jumper Luke knows she is unlike any girl he has met before. They chat as he attempts to get her to try a cocktail but she’s happy with a beer. Asking her out she declines and manages to make some girlfriends in the toilets who know all about Luke’s playboy nature.

Discovering that Mia lives opposite him he pops a note in his window, which Mia ignores at first. Soon they begin a fun/flirty back and forth via the window messages. Meeting up for non-dates to show Mia what Manchester has to offer, they enjoy each others company but it’s just as friends – right?

With secrets, issues and ongoing problems in their way – are they able to stay and argue or will they keep running away from things?

Available to buy from Amazon in Paperback and Kindle Edition

Tempted (Mafia Sinners Book 1) by Anna Ray

Rating: 3 out of 5.

Daniel is yet again having to endure interviews for a new assistant. With HR breathing down his neck to not sleep with this next one as the recruitment process is a costly nightmare. Working his way through the interviews, he dismisses them for various reasons until Laura walks through the door and his attention is captured by her, Hiring her on the spot, requesting she signs an NDA and starts the following day.

Laura needs this new job to help pay for her mother’s cancer treatment. Knowing that it would be full-on in advance and the reality is two different things. Especially when the first meeting she needs to attend with Daniel is held at a strip club. Whilst Daniel has kept his business on the straight and narrow, his father is in debt up to his eyeballs and has arranged for Daniel to meet the uncle of his ex-girlfriend. Looking to store illegal weapons for a large fee each month and writing off his father’s debts Daniel is making a deal with the devil.

Complications with the deal arise when Sal (the uncle) takes a shine to Laura and wants her for himself. Plus Daniel’s ex is back in the picture stirring up trouble too. Can Daniel work out what is more important to him in time?

Available to buy from Amazon in Paperback and Kindle Edition

Tempt you…not! by Lark Anderson

Rating: 4 out of 5.

A reckless star crossed lovers novella following the children of two rival tech firms. A chance meeting between Chad and Alyce at a bar the night before a big work presentation they are both attending. Neither of them recognising the other (plus Alyce uses a fake name of Erica) until they are hot and bothered in her hotel room. Realising who Chad is she throws him out before things go too far.

The presentations the following day don’t go amazingly for Alyce as the industry elites are too busy recalling a Spring Break video of her when she was back in college. Whilst this is happening Chad suddenly realises that Alyce is Erica from the night before. He attempts to seek her out but ends up finding one of the top people sexually harassing her. Standing up for her and defending her honour has them leaving together and picking up from the night before.

But their companies and father’s are rivals, how could this possibly work between them?

Available to buy from Amazon in Kindle Edition

Dance For Me by C.M. Danks

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Fired from her fashion assistant role, Vanessa isn’t sure what she is going to do. Searching online is fruitless and heads to her local coffee shop to think things over. A call from her mother expressing their disappointment in her and that she can always come home if needed has her feeling she has hit rock bottom. A handsome stranger on the next table overhears the conversation and offers her a job. Taking his card she’s not sure about it but decides to head over to check it out.

Luke is pleased to see that Vanessa turned up at his club, but ends up chasing after her as she soon leaves. Disgusted by the fact it is a strip club, although he prefers to call it a gentleman’s club. With bills backing up, she is desperate and takes him up on the offer. She’s not sure how she’ll manage to dance in front of everyone but she needs the cash. There is a magnetic pull between the two of them, not quite letting them get close enough but the push and pull is great to read.

Soon Vanessa is receiving stalker letters and it is Luke who steps up to help her. Slowly letting her in on things from his past as they attempt to find out who is behind it all. Blowing hot and cold, Vanessa is at breaking point with Luke. Can they truly go all in together? Or are they better to walk away from each other?

Available to buy from Amazon in Paperback and Kindle Edition.

Manhattan Cowboy by Ellie Rowe

Rating: 5 out of 5.

A merger between Triad Tech and Bulford Oil means that a slice of Texas has headed to NYC whilst all the details are worked out. As CEO of Triad, Gloria is the brains and beauty behind the software which will help Bulford Oil grow. Preparing herself for the southern charm she isn’t prepared for the gorgeous Duke.

Starting his business from nothing Duke is hoping to take his company to the next level with this merger. Looking to meet the CEO at the merger party after Wendy was sent to Texas for the preliminary groundwork. He spots Gloria from across the room and is captivated by her. Whilst they charm each other at the party, she is put out when she isn’t selected to run the new company, with Wendy taking the helm.

Contacted by a rival firm Gloria meets with them and discovers that there is no love lost between the two company heads. Whilst she isn’t sure she wants to work for the rival she has fun with Colin and a friendship of sort forms. Wendy continues her pursuit of Duke showing him the NY sights. Although it is clear there is chemistry between Gloria and Duke but it looks as though there is a game plan happening – are they able to discover what is going on before it’s too late for love or business?

Available to buy from Amazon in Kindle Edition.

Dangerous Affair by Mia Faye

Rating: 5 out of 5.

After bouncing her way through the foster care system Abby finally gave up on it all and ran away at seventeen. Leaving her two younger sisters behind to allow them a chance at happiness. With hopes of being on Broadway, she headed to NYC, however, her dreams haven’t quite worked out. Leaving her to work in a restaurant and dancing in a go-go club to make enough money to send home fro her sisters. Sofa surfing on random guys she meets at the club to avoid having to pay for an apartment.

Theo has spent the past ten years running a VIP escort business. Although he has thoughts of giving it up he needs to make his other businesses profitable first. In search of new escorts, he heads to a club with his best friend Jack. Spotting Abby and Isabella on stage and immediately drawn to them both. Isabella as a future escort, whilst he wants to keep Abby for himself. Meeting for a drink they hit it off and head back to his penthouse for the night. Theo isn’t wanting to get her involved with the escort business so opts not to tell her about that side of his life.

A meeting with a business partner, Aldo, has Aldo asking Abby to accompany him to an event which he’ll pay her $10k. Needing the money for her sisters she agrees to much to the disappointment of Theo. As the days ahead unfold it is obvious that Abby and Thro have an attraction but Theo is up to his neck with issues for Aldo. He is not a man you cross and he has made it clear that he would like to keep Abby for himself – is Theo willing to give her up?

Available to buy from Amazon in Paperback and Kindle Edition.

Don’t Kiss the Bride by Carian Cole

Rating: 5 out of 5.

At eighteen you would think that Skylar’s life would be all about parties, friends and boys. However, her life is nothing like having a complex living situation at home with her mom. Financial worries especially those around paying for her car and health issues. Hiding all of this away from the world she is attempting to graduate high school after being held back a year and save enough for an RV so she can travel the world.

Jude has been working on a home renovation next to his old school for a number of weeks. Spotting Skylar one day as she arrives in her old Corvette. Seeing her again later as she is struggling with a car issue, Jude offers to help arrange a tow truck and garage for her as well as a lift home. Although she is wary of him she accepts and they chat as they drive. Over the coming days, they say hi to each other etc. until she collapses one morning. Taking her to the ER she is made aware of her health problems and how she needs to follow a treatment plan – not that she can afford to do that.

Understanding Skylar’s home and health issues Jude suggests that they get married so that he can add her on to his health plan as well as providing her somewhere safe to live. At 34 there is a sizeable age difference between them, but this is just friends helping each other out. Whilst they manage friendship and being housemates relatively easily, there is a growing undercurrent to their relationship. Crossing the line and pulling back again.

A will they? Won’t they? A scenario that will pull on your heartstrings as they attempt to see if they can find someone who will stay in their lives.

Available to buy from Amazon in Paperback and Kindle Edition.

(Secret) Baby With My Best Friend’s Ex (Playing with Trouble) by Summer Brooks

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Visiting her best friend Vicky in New York was supposed to be a chance to catch up and escape her life for Emma. However, she manages to get dragged into Vicky’s drama over splitting up with her boyfriend, Jack. Attempting to tell her she was possibly too available for him – she is high maintenance kinda gal.

Jack’s day is going from bad to worse, with his ex Vicky wanting to come and collect her belongings tonight. Now a phone call from his mother looking to stay with him for a while whilst she splits from his cheating father. Arriving home he finds his mother and Vicky fighting, however, he is distracted by Emma. Taking her outside to talk he ends up kissing her which Vicky witnesses. Needless to say, it doesn’t go down well and the girls leave, with Emma returning late as she has nowhere else to go after a fight with Vicky.

Hooking up with her best friend’s ex was not the plan, neither was falling pregnant by him. After two years of not talking to Vicky, Emma reaches out and heads back to New York with her son Ben to help plan Vicky’s wedding. Finally ready to tell Jack about his son, it doesn’t quite go to plan when their chemistry overrules rational thought and they hook up again. However, Emma does eventually tell him and they adjust to a relationship, although he isn’t in a hurry to meet Ben. With issues from Vicky bubbling alongside are they able to make this work?

Available to buy from Amazon in Paperback and Kindle Edition.

Mr. Untouchable (Bad Boy Billionaires #1) Margarette Grey

Rating: 3 out of 5.

Meeting her stepbrother for the first time on her mother’s wedding day, Scarlet fell in love at first sight. Being eight years younger than him she is about to head off to Harvard. Six years later as she is preparing for graduation Luke comes back into her life, however, despite not seeing each other in person they have been communicating as their alter egos via an elite Harvard app.

Luke doesn’t believe in love following the ultimate betrayal years ago. Instead, he adopts for a love ’em and leave ’em approach to dating. Never sleeping with the same woman twice. Feeling connected to Ericka (Scarlet) she is the first woman he could break his dating rules for. Discovering it is his stepsister puts a spanner in the works but doesn’t stop him wanting her.

Both of their lives are not as they appear on the surface, with past traumatic events and family issues. They attempt to embark on a no-strings-attached two-month affair. With roadblock, friends and family interference and guilt means that things are far from easy for them. A cliffhanger ending which was annoying, to say the least – however, I’m not sure I want to find out what lays in store for them next.

Two Metres From You by Heidi Stephens

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Social distancing rules haven’t stopped Gemma’s boyfriend Fraser hooking up with someone on their sofa. Leaving Gemma hastily packing her bags and her dog, Mabel before heading to the station to escape the fallout and London. Thankfully her friend Caro has offered her the use of her cottage in Wiltshire so she can work out what to do next. Collapsing drunk and miserable on the sofa she woke the next morning by Matthew, the neighbour from the bottom of the garden.

Over the coming days, Gemma adjusts to being away from London, away from her cheating boyfriend and living life in lockdown. Following her journey through grief from the passing of her beloved Aunt Laura. Understanding what life has been like with no roots, all whilst forming a friendship and lockdown romance with Matthew.

A voyage of self-discovery for Gemma who is stuck in the small village longer than she anticipated. But somehow doesn’t mins, throwing herself into making life in lockdown easier for the villagers. Although she is conflicted about whether this could be her life longterm or whether she needs to get back to London sooner rather than later.

Available to buy from Amazon in Paperback and Kindle Edition.

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