New Zealand

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Flat Whites & Chocolate Fish

When I read Powder & Pavlova, book one in Jay Hogan’s Southern Lights series, I was intrigued by the character of Adrian Powell, the handsome, enigmatic and tight-lipped barista who worked in the café owned by Ethan Sharpe and who, by the end of the book, had joined him in setting up a coffee ...

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Tamarillo Tart

Tamarillo Tart is book two in Jay Hogan’s Southern Lights series of contemporary romances set around Queenstown and the Southern Alps on New Zealand’s South Island.  It’s a well-written opposites-attract romance in which two very different men find an intense mutual attraction developing into ...

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Up Close and Personal

Up Close and Personal is the third book in Jay Hogan’s Auckland Med. series of novels featuring characters who work in law enforcement and emergency services in New Zealand’s largest city.  The opposites-attract romance between a quietly contained pathologist and a flirtatious, out-and-proud de ...

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Love Hard

Love Hard is the third book in the Hard Play series, a fact you can’t miss because the book opens by narrating the wedding of previous characters - for EIGHT CHAPTERS. Eventually, you’ll get to the actual plot of this book, and it’s quite nice, but it takes way too long to get there. As a t ...

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Love Hard

Sexy ‘enemies-to-lovers’ romance Love Hard is book three in Nalini Singh’s Hard Play series. This tender love story is thoroughly satisfying from its amusing chapter titles down to the hero’s amply-filled boxer briefs. When Jacob ‘Jake’ Esera’s high school sweetheart died, he lost h ...

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Powder & Pavlova

I read and enjoyed a couple of books by Jay Hogan last year, so I was more than happy to jump into Powder & Pavlova, the first book in her Southern Lights series of m/m romances set in and around Queenstown, New Zealand.  This is a May/December story featuring a pair of engaging and well-rounde ...

B
First Impressions

Having really enjoyed Jay Hogan’s Digging Deep when I read it last summer, I was eager to read more of her work.  First Impressions - the first in her Auckland Med. series - is her début novel (recently republished), an enjoyable enemies-to-lovers romance with an element of suspense/crime drama ...

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Living in Secret

Jackie Ashenden’s Living in Secret is an erotic exploration of a marriage in trouble and the third story in the author's New Zealand set Forbidden Desires series.  Connor and Victoria have been separated for a year and are on the verge of divorce but Connor can't make himself sign the papers, des ...

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Digging Deep

Digging Deep is the first book I’ve read by New Zealander Jay Hogan, and I have to say I was pretty impressed.  In it, the author takes a long, hard look at how living with a chronic illness impacts on every single aspect of life for the person who has it and those around them, while at the same ...

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When We Believed in Mermaids

In the fall of 2014, I fell in love with an utterly charming novel called The All You Can Dream Buffet. Since that time, author Barbara O'Neal has been on my radar, and while her books aren't auto buys for me, I almost always end up reading them eventually. Her latest novel, When We Believed in Merm ...