ALIAS (Belleza #2) by J.A. HERON

ALIAS (Belleza #2) by J.A. HERON

FOUR STARS

Reviewed by Donna Elsegood for Kindle Friends Forever

I read book 1 Belleza and was hooked so when Alias was released, I was intrigued to learn more about Trixie who made a few appearances in Belleza. This is a story of a woman that has had a lot of hurt in her life, and why she turned to escorting. Trixie is a colourful character with her flamboyant dress sense and some of the clients she is hired by are entertaining to read about. In steps in a client known as Mr Orange he is a handsome Korean wealthy man who hires Trixie on a regular basis. Wherever Trixie goes he suddenly turns up and you begin to wonder if he feels more.

I certainly think Trixie felt more for him and thought with her line of work it was impossible. This is about her strength and self discovery of what she wanted her future to be. There was sizzling hot sex between the pair and you really rooted for them to give into how they really felt about each other.

Of course it contains a lot of emotions, angst, sadness , happy scenes and some heartbreaking topics. I was not expecting some of what happened and I still hung to the hope of an HEA. The author put everything into the story of Trixie and all the sadness and heartbreak she endured. There is a delicate topic which I think is dealt with sensitively.

I certainly enjoyed Belleza series and I look forward to what’s next from Ms Heron.

LUCKY NUMBERS by KELLY GENDRON

LUCKY NUMBERS (A TroubleMaker novel) by KELLY GENDRON

FIVE STARS

Reviewed by Claire Rose for Kindle Friends Forever

This is the third book TroubleMaker novel and each book is a standalone. Although I haven’t read the first two books, I loved this one and would love to read the next one and any more in the series.

Luke O´Conner, aka Lucky, has everything a woman wants or needs. A loving family, his own business and a godly body. The problem is Lucky bares guilt from events that happened when he was a teenager and he can’t move forward. While trying to remember the safety deposit vault numbers he’d had installed, he’s distracted by one very high maintenance co-worker and a drunk woman in the shop and has no option but to go and investigate.
This inebriated woman just happens to be a Kaley’s BFF.

Kaley is having a tattoo done and because of the disturbance, he not only ends up tattooing her, but he also has to put things right since his co-worker screwed this young gal’s tattoo up. There is an instant attraction between the two of them, so he flirts with her and she flirts back knowing nothing will become of it. Or so he thinks until he realises he’s made a dreadful mistake and he must find Kaley as she is the only one who has the answer.

Kaley was a successful child actress and struggling with her own events in her life, in her career and in her relationship with her mother. Even though she becomes rebellious, Kaley herself knows what she wants. She has a strong personality and has a best friend that every woman should have, too.

Lucky has no option but to find Kaley if he wants to get back what he inadvertently gave her. What is it you may ask? Well, not even she knows what it is and the only way to find out is by reading this story with a brilliant and fast-moving plot. When he does eventually find her, is this gorgeous badass of a man with tattoos and muscles in all the right places going to be honest with her? Is she going to accept or refuse a deal he offers her? But more importantly, is he going to be the man she thought he was or is he going turn out to be sly and deceitful?

I have to say that despite Lucky battling with his past, he is one hot male and oh Lord, the way he talks and flirts with Kaley (which leads to a very hot sex scene), was above my expectations. I want him!

This book is written beautifully and I couldn’t see any grammatical mistakes. Although this book is not my usual read, I’m looking forward to more books in this series from this author and I hope she writes about some of the other characters in this book. (Fallon, Lucky’s brother, Marisa, Kaley’s BFF) as I felt they also have stories to be told. A highly recommendable read and definitely worth the five star rating I have awarded.

RESISTING RYAN by ALYSSA RAE TAYLOR

RESISTING RYAN (Bad Boy Reformed 2) by Alyssa Rae Taylor

4.5  STARS

Reviewed by Tracey Lou Parker for Kindle Friends Forever

When we came to the end of book one, Raising Ryan, I think we all went into shock mode as a straight forward love story it was not to be.
The story of Luke and Reese continues months later in the follow up, Resisting Ryan. Reese has no idea where Luke is and tries in vain to carry on with her life. She befriends her next door neighbour Sean, who has a bit of a soft spot for her. OK, he fancies the pants off her!

Book two stays in the present day which I’m glad to say works really well. Reese is reunited with her father and slowly lets him into her life because he has changed his life around. He regrets the way he has treated his wife and daughter and by doing this, he hopes to atone for his past sins. Luke’s father has been released from prison and sets about recruiting his son by threatening the safety of Reese. He has no choice but to join his father and his associates in the dealing of drugs and guns.

Book two definitely redeemed itself in my eyes and although I felt book one was slow and a tad boring and predictable, I loved the cliffy. However, Resisting Ryan is fast paced and action packed, and I have to admit that I loved the gritty story line with a brilliant plot to match. More characters have been introduced which has made this story so much more exciting, too. Once again we are left on tenterhooks! Will Luke make it back to Reese? Will they have their happy ever after? Will his dad leave him alone to live the life he wants with Reese?

RAISING RYAN by ALYSSA RAE TAYLOR

RAISING RYANN (Bad Boy Reformed 1) By Alyssa Rae Taylor.

3.5  STARS

Reviewed by Tracey Lou Parker for Kindle Friends Forever

Raising Ryann is the first book in the Bad Boy Reformed trilogy. We all love a bad boy turned good. A modern day love story that brings with it issues of childhood abuse which I thought the author handled with the sensitivity it deserved. In all honesty, I’m not a big fan of fighter books, but I needn’t have worried as there was hardly any fighting action in this book.
The story revolves around two main characters.

Firstly, Luke Ryann, an MMA fighter who decides to give up the fighting, drinking and the women who continuously keep throwing themselves at him, just wants to get his act together and live his life. He is called upon to help out the foster parents who took him in after the death of his mother and the arrest of his father. Furthermore, he has never forgotten the girl next door, Reese Johnson.

Reese has endured an abusive childhood at the hands of her father. She works at the local gym teaching self-defence classes to children, and she also remembers the boy next door who saved her one night. Luke and Reese come together but it’s all not plain sailing and life deals them some low blows. To help keep Reese safe, Luke has to make a decision that will change both their lives.

This is a classic love story that alternates between the past and present day. Unfortunately, I felt little lost and confused because I had to flick back to the previous page in the hope I hadn’t missed anything. The two main protagonists come together through circumstance and a memory that will stay with them forever. This was a sweet love story but the beginning was a tad too slow for me. Despite this setback, there is a good cliff-hanger and my only hope is book two’s pace will pick up as I’m really looking forward to seeing what happens to these two lovely characters.