What I'm Kindle Reading - November

What I’m Kindle Reading // October 2020

November 6, 2020

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This time last year I decided to bite the bullet and treat myself to a Kindle Paperwhite for Christmas. As I look back now I wonder how I managed with it. It’s so convenient to indulge in a chapter to two first thing in the morning, during my lunch hour or after the children have gone to bed.

Setting myself a target at the beginning of the year to read 20 books in 2020, something that is a distant memory as October saw me meet a new milestone of 200 books! I would never have thought I would have managed so many books. Although looking at my to be read list I still have a way to go until I make a dent in it. Maybe I can hibernate throughout the winter and just read all day long – what a wonderful way to pass the time.

What I’m Kindle reading in October…

Burning Moon by Jo Watson

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Lilly’s world has come crashing down when her soon-to-be husband slips a note under the door to say that he can’t do this… right before she is due to walk down the aisle. Friends and family rally around her, however, she wakes up the following morning deciding that she’s going to go on their honeymoon to Thailand – alone. Frantic packing and a mad dash to the airport she makes it to the plane, where she spots Damien who is giving her some funny looks. After realising why he is looking she is mortified, but a chance bump to his head and her vomiting leads to them meeting and chatting.

Arriving in Thailand she feels lost but spots Damien and offers for him to stay with her until he finds a place to stay (he’s backpacking across the world). They have fun together, making her forget about her recent wedding trauma. Although she’s conflicted about the attraction she feels towards him. He’s not anything like her previous boyfriends, which is maybe a good thing.

They spend two weeks together, however, as she is getting ready to head home, he invites her to continue backpacking with him. But she feels she needs to head home. Was this just a fun fling, a way of getting over her wedding?

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

The Agent by Nancy Herkness

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Natalie has done the whole wedding/marriage thing before and it didn’t turn out too well. With an abusive ex-husband, she isn’t ever planning on doing it again. Attending her best friend’s wedding she is happy for them but finds the wedding somewhat uncomfortable, partnered with Tully (one of the best men), they are the only single people in the wedding party. Asking her to dance leads them to feel the connection between them, however, Tully isn’t one for marriage either.

As Tully drives her home, she asks if he’d mind just checking her house over – not wishing to confess to the former FBI agent that she has been receiving some suspicious emails. He agrees and sets her mind at ease, coming back the following day to help with a couple of security issues he spotted. Finding a note on her front porch she realises that she can’t hide from her stalker any longer so calls Tully for help. Running a security company with his best friends he is more than capable of helping her – or is there more to it?

Working together closely leads to them giving in to their attraction, however, is it all becoming too much for Natalie as she feels overwhelmed. Can they discover who is the stalker? Are they able to remain friends or has the line been blurred too much? The third book in the series, although works well as a standalone.

Available to buy from Amazon in Paperback and Kindle Edition.

Protecting His Brother’s Babies by Katie Knight

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Drake is back in Dallas dealing with the estate of Devon his late twin brother. Having distanced himself between his family and the family business to be a Navy SEAL he could do without the hassle of clearing his condo and selling the company. But he’s the only one left so he just needs to get through it as quick as possible. That is until Lake turns up at Devon’s condo and she’s taken aback by just how much he looks like his brother (not knowing that they were twins). After telling him that she thinks that Devon was murdered and that the company has some suspicions transactions, she drops the bombshell that she’s pregnant with Devon’s baby.

Fearing that there are people out to get her she has moved into a hotel, but Drake decides it would be better for her to stay with him so they can figure out this mess together. Whilst they might have been twin brothers, their personalities and values were very different and Lake is left wishing she had met Drake rather than Devon.

Just what had Devon been doing at the company? Who is after Lake? Is Drake really ready to say goodbye to Dallas as soon as possible?

Available to buy from Amazon in Kindle Edition

Sidelined: The Draft by Bianca Williams

Rating: 3 out of 5.

Bryn and her best friend Jen are finally starting to find their feet with their party planning company after landing a big named client, Shane Smith from the NFL. Although party planning for Shane is nothing but straightforward. He is impulsive, brash, rude and yet there is a gentler side to him – he just doesn’t show it often.

Not looking to mix business with pleasure they have a clause in the contract for no fraternising on either side. This doesn’t stop Shane expressing an interest in Bryn and he loves her daughter Bailey. Shane, however, has lots of baggage in the form of a baby mama as well as several ‘girls’ hanging around him. Bryn is not interested in that sort of relationship, she isn’t going to share her man with anyone. It looks like Shane realises this and when the contract ends they hook up.

Hiding their relationship from those around them as Shane’s PA has the hots for Bryn too, plus are they both ready to deal with what comes from being out in the open? Things take a turn when Shane has to go to Hawaii with his family – can they come back from this?

Ends on a cliffhanger leading you into the next book with the prologue. An easy read, although it felt as that Bryn was somewhat of a pushover and you didn’t really find out much about her past (Bailey’s father etc).

Available to buy from Amazon in Paperback and Kindle Edition.

Christmas Bride by Noelle Adams

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Carter Wilson is tired of well-meaning friends and family setting him up on dates. He’s had a bad year but that doesn’t mean that needs love in his life to cheer him up. However, he agrees to one last blind date.

Ruth isn’t sure that Carter is going to turn up. Whilst this might be a blind date she is aware of who Carter is, after having a crush on him and his bad-boy brother in high school – although they were already in college etc. She’s not had much luck on the dating front, a little too honest and forward for the guys she goes for. She’s still coming to terms with the death of her month so why would she need a man in her life?

During the date, they talk about being set up etc and Ruth suggests that Carter gains a fake girlfriend or better still a fake-fiancée to keep his friends and family off his back. With nobody to ask he dismisses it until Ruth agrees to step up and help him. They embark on a series of fake dates and find it easy to be in each others company. With a proposal to make you gush they are managing to fool everyone, but it’s all fake – right?

A beautiful Christmas read of fake romance that has both parties dealing with issues from their pasts.

Available to buy from Amazon in Paperback and Kindle Edition.

Custom Fit by Lexi Miles

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Sunni (Sunshine) has been given a last-minute assignment, one which will take her throughout the holidays and into the New Year. Although when she finds out that she will be the stylist to Striker Clint her favourite actor/musician she is hoping that it’s all photoshop and make-up making him look like a god. Her boss reminds her of the no-dating client’s rule which she is sure she’s not about to break.

Meeting Striker for the first time she is giddy and blathers away, however, he makes her feel at ease and shares her quirky sense of humour. An incident on the way to their first event leads to a photo of them kissing but it was an innocent mishap. Although it did give them a preview of the spark between them.

What follows is a secretive relationship that blossoms between them. Making each other laugh and listening to concerns and past issues. However, Sunni’s world is turned upside down when their relationship is leaked live on air during the Thanksgiving Day Parade. Leaving her potentially fired and questioning their relationship – is everything as it seems? or is there more to the story?

Available to buy from Amazon in Kindle Edition.

Falling For The Secret Prince by Alison Roberts

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Dr. Dom Di Rossi and Dr. Emilia Featherstone have known each other for years, having gone through medical school together and now working at the same hospital. They have fun banter between the two of them and a fierce sense of competitiveness. However, Dom’s world is turned upside down when an MVA is brought into the ER – his father and sister amongst those who are brought in. Emilia notices that Dom isn’t quite on his game as usual and tells him to head off and see to the other patients.

Emilia doesn’t know that they are his family or that they are in fact royalty, which would make Dom royalty too. With a different upbringing, she cannot abide lying and which this is an omission on Dom’s part, she feels as though he didn’t trust her with the truth and questions their friendship.

With Dom likely to be heading home to step up to the king, it means that they have limited time together. Following the Christmas ball, they spend the night together, which opens up feelings that they thought they had kept hidden from each other. Is there a way for them to be together whilst stepping up to his families duties?

Available to buy from Amazon in Paperback, Hardback and Kindle Edition.

Stroke of Midnight by K. Webster

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Winston likes being in charge of every aspect of his life. Finding that the new maid at his office has been hanging out eating sweets in his office has him looking to confront her and show her who is the boss.

Ashley’s life has turned upside down since her mother died and her father all but drained her college fund to splash the cash on his new wife. If that wasn’t bad enough she has three stepbrothers (triplets) to contend with, who are somewhat possessive of her and not in a good way. Taking a job cleaning in the evenings to help pay her tuition fees as she doesn’t want to ask her stepmother for help.

Meeting each other in Winston’s office, he is captivated by the young Ash in his office. Making her a deal she’s not in a position to refuse. He begins paying her for acts, photos and events, stepping into the role of his housemaid and personal assistant. Although she feels uneasy about taking the money for his tasks, it is at least easing her worries about how to pay for college. Her stepbrothers are not happy about her job/relationship with Winston and make their feelings known to Ash just before she is due to attend Winston’s birthday ball.

The first novel in the Cinderella Novel series from K Webster – I can’t wait to see what happens next.

Available to buy from Amazon in Paperback and Kindle Edition.

I Just Need You by J Nathan

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Kresley is attempting to live a normal life in Paris as a student. However, as the daughter of a rich US family, she is a target so has to live surrounded by security. An incident one night has her world turned upside down. Six months later she is starting back at college in California close to home but still with security following her daily activities.

Making friends she heads to a club on her first night and meets the most obnoxious, yet gorgeous man there. Just one issue, he turns out to be her other bodyguard. They wind each other up between him thinking that she is just another rich princess who doesn’t take her security seriously and her finding fault with Tristian’s moods, comments and opinions.

There is a fine line between love and hate, with Tristian going the extra mile to help Kresley get some much-needed sleep by sitting outside her door. But client relationships are a big no-no, he should know he owns the company. There is something pulling them together that they just can’t fight, however, will this lead to distraction? and ultimately a risk to Kresley’s safety?

A dual-sided story showcasing the demons following both Kresley and Tristian. Maybe they have more in common than they thought.

Available to buy from Amazon in Paperback and Kindle Edition.

A Ruthless Proposition by Natasha Anders

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Three years ago Cleo’s dreams of being a professional ballet dancer were dashed after an accident during rehearsals. With injuries that will no longer hold her string enough to dance she is attempting to find something new to do with her life. Temping as an Executive Assistant to the CEO of a hotel company (and her brother’s best friend) isn’t her dream but it will do for now. Especially as she has been able to travel to Japan with Dante to help ease problems with a new hotel build.

Dante, however, is grumpy, rude and inconsiderate. She’s not sure why she is even there as he never gives her real work to complete at the office and is double checking everything she does. Feeling the strain from the travel and long hours she’s shocked when Dante offers her a shoulder massage, leading to much more. Continuing throughout their stay until they are getting ready to leave and he requests that she signs an NDA, gagging her (and him) from talking about their fling.

Returning to the office they have one more encounter before he moves her to work in another department. Weeks later she discovers she is pregnant and after telling Dante he fires her on the spot and has her escorted from the premises. Soon they have to deal with the prospect of parenthood, navigating a relationship for the sake of the baby. Although things aren’t quite straightforward for them and they have a rocky road ahead of them.

Tissues at the ready for this one, heartbreaking at times but one that will have you need to know what happens next.

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

Christmas At Holiday House by RaeAnne Thayne

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Abigail and her son Christopher are heading to Colorado for the next few weeks to help out her best friend’s grandmother. Winnie had a fall and needs some assistance and who better to help than a nurse like Abby. With free time before she moves from Phoenix to Austen, she agrees to help out until Lucy is able to return home for Christmas.

Ethan (Lucy’s brother) doesn’t feel its safe for Winnie to recuperate at home, however, the women in his family have a habit of getting their own way. A year ago his fiancée ended things just before their wedding, telling him that he was incapable of love. Given his parents’ history, he finds that easy to believe, until Abby and Christopher appear at Holiday House to help his grandmother.

Lucy has been travelling the world and running away from commitment (and love) since she finished college. Making the most of flings, however, she find most happiness from her longstanding friendship with Jose (Ethan’s friend and employee). A trip to visit her a few months ago in Thailand had him asking for more from their relationship but she doesn’t feel capable to give him what he needs.

The magic of Holiday House, Christmas festivities and the snow-filled mountains have all four characters questioning whether they are being held back by fear.

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

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