New Zealand

B+
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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The Rational Faculty

Spoiler alert:  The  Hazard and Somerset:  A Union of Swords series picks up after the events detailed in Criminal Past (Hazard and Somerset, #6), and there will be spoilers for that series in this review.   Picking up three months after the nightmarish events of Criminal Past, The Rational ...

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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 ...

B+
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 ...

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Having Her

There are books I read once and there are books I read again and again. Having Her is one of the latter. I read it for the first time two months ago and, since then, have read it again... and again. It's sexy, unexpected, romantic, smart, and, in places, achingly sad. The novel meets my criteria for ...

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Artistic License

Elle Pierson also writes as Lucy Parker, whose Act Like It and Pretty Face I loved, so I eagerly picked up Artistic License, a sweet story that moves slowly in layers from a fraught health scare to a tender HEA. While this book is different from the irreverent, wittily sarcastic tone of her Lucy Par ...

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Fall

In Fall we see the repercussions of incidents that occurred toward the end of Rise, when rock star Zander, the lead singer of Rage, stopped the band’s tour in order to have surgery on vocal polyps. The rest of the band and Dimity Graham (the band’s PA) are still waiting to find out if Zander wil ...