Crossing The Line (It’s Complicated book 1) by Maggie Cole

This is part of the It’s Complicated series, but is a standalone novel.

Noah Parker. Gorgeous and arrogant.
From the first moment we meet, I decide I just might hate him… almost as much as I want him. But a scandalous office romance is the last thing I’m willing to risk my career over.
Noah’s presence is unavoidable, just like our chemistry, and the longer we work side by side, the more mistakes we make.
Inappropriate doesn’t even begin to cover it. And I promise each time will be the last…
After all, he is my boss.

I enjoyed reading this book. The characters were great and the storyline was good.

Piper was great. I loved how how she worked, and then to have everything change because of Noah. I loved the tension between them at the beginning and then watching their relationship grow. I absolutely loved Noah. I loved his story and why he was doing whst he was.

The story was good. I liked the reasoning behind what Noah had set out to do. When the secrets came out to Piper, I loved how they worked together. I also loved how Noah reacted to her own secrets.

Noah and Piper were both brilliant together, and both grew from being with one another. I enjoyed their happy ending together.

The accident with Xander and Charlotte does leave you intrigued about the next book in the series.

Overall, I would definitely recommend this book. The storyline was good and the characters were great.

My rating: 5/5*

Taken By You (Trilogy boxset) by M. L. Young

This is the full Trilogy boxset for the Taken By You series.

Taken by You: I came in for an internship. I left dating a billionaire.

Penelope Wells, San Francisco twenty-something and soon-to-be college graduate, must make a choice.

She has one chance left, an internship interview at RandomMeetX, a dating app founded by misogynistic playboy billionaire Blake Hunter. She’s not into the dating scene, but a chance to work for a large tech company might be the stepping stone she needs to make it in this industry.

When she shows up and sees the other applicants, she knows there will be a struggle. She’s a little vanilla, and they are rocky road with hot fudge.

When Blake sees her, though, all bets are off. She’s not his usual type but he wants her, not for work, but to be his. He proposes something to her, a way for her needs to be taken care of—if she promises to take care of his.

With her bank account depleting and time running out she agrees, but quickly finds out Blake’s needs involve handcuffs, blindfolds, and lots of handprints on her ass.

Seduced by You: Blake Hunter has never been able to take no for an answer. When Penny doesn’t return his text messages or calls, he can’t help but feel an undying, nagging urge inside of him to talk to Penny, who at this point doesn’t feel ready to say a word to him. When she goes out on a date with a new man, though, and runs into Blake on a date of his own, she can’t help but feel backed into a corner—literally.

After talking to Blake and thinking it over, she decides to do something to him that she never thought was possible. She’s going to give him a piece of his own medicine and use him just like he used her. It’s only when she starts to redevelop her old feelings for him that she knows she’s in way too deep, and she knows that her lies may hurt things all over again.

Loved by You: After confessing her deceit to Blake, Penny has no idea what’s going to happen to their relationship. Will he take her back and understand why she lied to him and used him, as he once used her, or will he say goodbye forever and give up on what they had?

As they begin to patch things up, an opportunity to meet Blake’s parents arises, and it’s through that meeting that Penny finds out why Blake is the way he is, and discovers the story of the woman who shaped him into the emotionally distant serial playboy she first met. But can their relationship survive and stay the same after she finds out about his past?

I really enjoyed reading this boxset. The characters were great and I enjoyed the storyline.

Penny was a great character. I loved Blake as well. I loved the fact that Blake started out from nothing. He was generous with his fortune which just made him even more likable. They both had a brilliant spark together, even though they started off a little rough. Once they got past their problems, they were perfect.

The storyline was very much about both of them and their developing relationship. I enjoyed watching them grow together. I did feel like something else should have happened to test them because the plot was a little bit lacking, but nevertheless, I still enjoyed it. I think it was because I really liked the characters.

Overall, it was an enjoyable trilogy to read and I would recommend it.

My rating: 5/5*

The Professor (Forbidden Encounters book 1) by Kelli Callahan

This is a standalone novel in the Forbidden Encounters series.

One night with a stranger. Then I find out who he is…

Christmas in Cancun?
Nothing can get better than that.
Until I see him.
He looks like a Christmas gift wrapped in a bow.

We talk, drink, and kiss.
That’s just the beginning.
But one lie leads to another.
It’s a lot better than telling him the truth.
What happens in Mexico, stays in Mexico.

Unless it follows you home…

I was ready for him to be a memory.
Ready to move on with my life.
Until I saw him standing in the front of my class.
Bryce? The hottest guy I’ve ever met?

He’s my professor.

I enjoyed this book. The characters were great and the storyline was ok.

Bryce was a brilliant character. He was pretty perfect. He was so nice, understanding and caring. His dad was a dick though. Abby was great as well. I loved the spark between them both, and I loved seeing their relationship develop. It was great. The ending was brilliant as well, and very romantic of Bryce.

The storyline was good, although it was heavily focused on their relationship more than an outside storyline. It only scratched on the situation with Bruce’s dad and Abbys dad, and it was only near the end that they played a part in the plot. Bryce did jump to a conclusion too rash and believed the wrong person. But he made it up in the most perfect way. I loved how it ended.

Overall, this was a nice book to read. Bryce and Abby were great and their relationship developed really well. I just think there could have been a slightly stronger storyline outside of their relationship. I would definitely recommend this book though.

My rating: 4/5*

At His Will by Trent Evans

This is a standalone novel.

She was caught. Now she will be punished.

Alyson Hart thought nothing could be more embarrassing than being caught stealing by her boss.

She was wrong. Terribly, terribly wrong.

Bare and on display with her bottom burning and tears running down her blushing cheeks, Alyson will learn what shame really means one humiliating lesson at a time. But with every painful punishment and every disgraceful new way her quivering, naked body is used for his enjoyment, it becomes ever more difficult for her to hide the truth from him… or from herself.

She isn’t getting what she deserves. She is getting what she needs.

I enjoyed reading this book. The characters were good and the storyline was good.

I liked the characters although I couldn’t connect to them like I usually do in books. Alyson was a good character, although she did need a little bit more of a backbone. There’s being submissive and then there’s being a complete pushover. I would have liked to see a little bit more bite. I could sympathise with her situation and I admire that she did what Will said because her son was more important. It was completely understandable that she was fell prey to him. She just could have have a little bit more fight towards his actions because I felt sometimes he went a little bit too far.

Will was alright. I think he was good character, except he lacked emotions, especially towards the end when he was meant to have gained some. I just didn’t see them shine through enough. His need to dominate was fair enough, but he push things a little too far sometimes. I liked how him and Alyson built a connect, but with her, the emotion growing was there, with him it was minimal. His actions in saving her situation were obviously an act of caring, but I just think there needed to be more towards the end in terms of showing them towards her personally. Overall, I did like how things developed between them, but it could have been slightly better.

I think part of the problem was I prefer books written in first person POV. You get a better understanding of what’s going on in the characters heads that way.

I liked the storyline. There was more going on than just the situation between Will and Alyson which I liked.

Overall, I enjoyed reading this book regardless of my reservations. The characters were good and the storyline was good. I would recommend it.

My rating: 4/5*

The Contract (The Contract series book 1) by Melanie Moreland

This is the first book in The Contract series.

A tyrant by day, a playboy by night. That is the reputation that precedes Richard VanRyan. He lives life the way he wants, no concern for the opinion of others. He cares for no one, is completely unrepentant, and he has no desire to change his ways.
Katharine Elliott works under Richard as his PA. She despises him and his questionable ethics, but endures all the garbage he sends her way, because she needs the job. Her end goal is far more important than the daily abuse and demands she tolerates from her nasty tyrant of a boss.
Until the day, he asks her for something she never expected. A new role with a personal contract— fiancée instead of PA.
What happens when two people who loathe each other, have to live together and act as though they are madly in love?
That’s what happens.
Can the power of love really change a person?
Will they survive the contract?
What do you do when the one person you hate the most becomes the one person you can’t live without?

I really liked reading this book. The characters are great and the storyline was great.

Richard was fantastic. He was such an arsehole at the start. Selfish and mean. But the more he got to know Katherine, the more he changed. I actually really liked him.

Katherine was also brilliant. She was willing to do anything for Penny, even marry that arsehole.

Their relationship developed brilliantly and I loved the spark between them. He changed around her, realising that it was ok to feel. I loved learning both of their back stories. It explained a lot about him especially.

The moment they both admitted their feelings for one another was brilliant.

I loved the Gavin family as well. They didn’t deserve to be lied to, and Richard realised it eventually. Watching Katy and Richard become real was brilliant.

Overall, this book had a brilliant character development. I loved the characters and storyline. I would definitely recommend it.

My rating: 5/5*

I also read the next book after. The Baby Clause: 2.0 (The Contract Series Book 2)

This book was only a short story so I’ll include my review here.

Richard VanRyan can add another line to his resume—Daddy.
How does he handle the new addition to his life?
The Baby Clause is a short continuation of Richard and Katy’s story, containing humorous glimpses into his life as a father, and how his world has changed.

I really enjoyed this. It was great to see Richards reaction and his devotion to his baby and Katy was fantastic. It was a complete contrast to the man we met at the beginning.

Him and Katy are just fantastic and the love between them is brilliant. Overall, this was a brilliant short story and I would recommend it because it adds on to the happily ever after from the first book.

I’m looking forward to reading the next book and intrigued as to how it will go because everything has ended on a good note.

My rating: 5/5*

Besotted (Billionaire Banker Series Book 3) by Georgia Le Carre

This is the third book in the Billionaire Banker Series.

In Forty 2 Days we cheered as we learned of Lana’s opportunity for a second chance to put things right with our wounded hero, Blake. We read with joy at the news of baby Sorab’s birth, and with tension in our bodies as the spirited Lana fought and finally overcame the might of Blake’s powerful family to win the heart of the man she adored.

But Lana still needs answers to many burning questions?
The secrets are many and tangled? Will she get the answers she seeks?

Blake finally lays it on the line to Victoria, and declares his true love for Lana, but will that be the end of the matter?

Then there is the re-appearance of Marcus.

Can Lana keep her resolve and overcome all obstacles to claim her man forever?

I enjoyed reading this book. I love the characters and the storyline was good.

I love Blake and Lana and I loved seeing their relationship develop further. It was really nice to watch them become a family. That spark they share is brilliant.

The storyline was good, however I don’t think it was strong enough in this book. I still enjoyed reading it because I love the characters, however I thought we’d learn more about Blakes background and his strange cult. Blake is clearly battling against something and he’s not sharing why.

Victoria is a bitch and I feel like his brother Marcus is up to something.

I loved the ending.

Overall, I enjoyed reading this book. Blake and Lana’s relationship is brilliant. I’m intrigued to read the next book, however finding out it’s from someone else’s POV hasn’t got me as excited. I’ll still read it though. I would definitely recommend this series.

My rating: 5/5*

Forty 2 Days (Billionaire Banker Series Book 2) by Georgia Le Carre

This is the second book in the Billionaire Banker Series.

Beyond the seductive power of immense wealth lies… Dark Secrets
Devastatingly handsome billionaire, Blake Law Barrington was Lana Blooms first and only love. From the moment they touched his power was overwhelming. Their arrangement quickly developed into a passionate romance that captivated her heart and took her on an incredible sexual journey she never wanted to end.
The future together looked bright until Lana made a terrible mistake. So, she did the only thing she could… she ran.

Away from her incredible life, away from the man of her dreams, but she should have known a man such as Blake Law Barrington was impossible to escape. Now, he’s back in her life and determined that she should taste the bitterness of his pain.

Shocked at how rough the sex has become and humiliated that she is actually participating so willingly in her punishment, she despairs if she will ever feel the warmth of his touch–the solidity of his trust again? And even if she can win his trust, loyalties are yet to be decided, and secrets to be revealed–secrets that will test them both to their limits.

Will Lana be able to tear down the walls that surround Blake’s heart, and break him free of the brutal power of immense wealth?

Can Blake hold on to Lana’s heart when she discovers the enormity of the dark secrets that inhabit the Barrington family?

Lana has always believed that love conquers all. She is about to test that belief…

I enjoyed reading this book. The storyline was great and I love the characters.

I love Lana and Blake. I quite liked the fact thast a year had passed and I liked how things had developed.

Blake had every reason to be angry, but also he didn’t exactly know the truth. Lana should have told him more, NDA or not. I loved how things developed between them. That spark was just there. I loved how Lana had Sorab and how Blake just realised the truth when seeing him.

I love Billie. She’s a brilliant character and friend. Lana is lucky to have her after everything she’s gone through.

I enjoyed how the storyline developed nearer the end. It was a surprise that Blake knew and outsmarted his father. His actions were extreme, but I admired how he realised he loved Lana and would do anything to protect them both. The truth about his family was surprising and I’m intrigued at how it’s going to develop.

Overall, I really enjoyed this book and would definitely recommend this series. The characters are great and the storyline is great. I’m looking forward to seeing how things will develop in the next book.

My rating: 5/5*

Owned (Billionaire Banker Series Book 1) by Georgia Le Carre

This is the first book in the Billionaire Banker Series.

He is seized by an unthinking, irresistible call to hunt…To Possess. To own her.
When Lana Bloom learns the devastating news that her mother is dying, she is faced with a terrible dilemma. The one thing that can save her is the one thing she does not have. For young and Innocent Lana, the unthinkable is her only choice. When she walks through the door of that exclusive restaurant she has no idea of the seismic shift her life is about to take, for the highest bidder will not be the rich man she has accompanied.

Fate drops her at the feet of the deeply mysterious and dazzlingly gorgeous american banker, Blake Law Barrington. Throbbing with raw masculinity and arrogance, this is a man who owns all that he pursues. And now he wants her. Lana cannot deny she is both intrigued and intoxicated by the world Blake inhabits and the smouldering passion he stirs in her body, but she is also fearful for this man is addictive and right now she is very vulnerable.

She knows she should focus only on the arrangement, but how can she? When he has opened a door that cannot be closed..

I really enjoyed this book. The storyline was great, the characters are great and the plot developed at a good pace.

Lana was brilliant. I loved how she was willing to do anything for her mum. She was a little naive at times, especially when she wasn’t quite seeing how much she actually meant to Blake.

Blake was a brilliant character. He may have purchased Lana, but he actually saved her from a far worse situation. I loved how they grew to know one another and I loved the spark between them. I like his dominating nature, and the way he treated her, but he didn’t exactly share his true feelings clearly.

I feel like there is more to his family than he’s letting on. The storyline was good and the end shook things up a bit. I think Lana made the wrong decision, but I can also see why she made it. Blakes actions deserved more than being left without a word.

Overall, I really enjoyed this book and I’m looking forward to the next one. I would definitely recommend this book.

My rating: 5/5*

Bronson (Bachman Brotherhood) by Shanna Handel

This is the first book in the Bachman Brotherhood series, which is also a standalone novel.

I like nice things, but this time I’ve stolen from the wrong man.
He caught me red-handed, but he didn’t call the police.
He’s the kind of man who settles his own scores.
One stern look left me trembling… and then he took off his belt.

What should a big, bad man like me do with such a naughty little girl?
I only meant to teach her a lesson.
I didn’t plan to bring her into my world.
But now she’s mine… and I protect what’s mine.

This book was a quick easy read. It was ok. The characters were good and the storyline was ok. Everything was just ok.

Paige started as a good character, but then she just didn’t develop. It was the same with Bronson. Their relationship started well, and I liked the spark at the beginning. Then it just carried on in the same. I felt the characters lacked that extra bit of depth that I like to see. I did enjoy seeing their relationship grow, but I just couldn’t get as invested as I usually would.

The storyline was ok, although there didn’t seem to be much of one besides Bronson and Paiges relationship. We learn about the Bachman way which is very different, but that’s about it. Their treatment of women is different and a little old fashioned, but it worked between them.

It’s described as a mafia romance, but I didn’t feel there was much mafia aspect to it.

Overall, there’s not much I can really say about this book. It was an easy, quick read. Everything was ok, but it just lacked depth. I’d recommend it for a quick read, but I wouldn’t shout about it.

My rating: 3/5*

Enigma: The Complete Collection by Shandi Boyes

This is the complete, 4 book boxset of the Enigma series.


Unraveling an Enigma

Enigma: The Mystery Unmasked

Enigma: The Final Chapter

During a chance meeting, Isabelle Brahn fell at Isaac Holt’s feet—literally. His enigmatic personality, dominant nature, and all-round sexiness were qualities she had only ever dreamed about. Although certain his unique-colored eyes were sheltering an arsenal of pained secrets, the immediate connection between her and the hot, brooding businessman was undeniable.

With lines crossed and dates penciled in, things were set to get roasting. . . until fate intervened. Even being her first week on the job won’t alter the facts: federal agents aren’t allowed to date their targets.

I really enjoyed reading this series. The storyline was great and the characters were great.

Isabelle was a great character. She was genuine and strong willed. Isaac was brilliant too. He was so broody and fierce, but Isabelle brought out the best in him. I loved the spark between them and loved seeing it grow and develop.

The storyline was good. Isabelle is an FBI agent who’s meant to be investigating him, only she learns so much more and he’s not the man they think he is. I liked the little twists that kept popping up every so often.

I loved Hugo. He wa such a great character. I loved his friendship with Isabelle, and also his relationship with Isaac. Harrow was also a great character, although she did seem to be absent in the middle of the series. With everything thst Isabelle went through, I would have liked to see more of her best friend.

The other characters were also interesting and I liked how they all seemed to have a link between Isaac and Isabelle is some way.

Overall, this was enjoyable series to read. I liked reading them as a boxset and found that they flowed really well. The storyline was great and the characters were brilliant. Isaac and Isabelle’s relationship developed brilliantly. I would definitely recommend this series.

My rating: 5/5*