Title: Roman Crazy
Authors: Alice Clayton and Nina Bocci
Series: Broads Abroad #1
Genre: Romantic Comedy
Release Date: 13th September, 2016
Avery Bardot steps off the plane in Rome, looking for a fresh start. She’s left behind a soon-to-be ex-husband in Boston and plans to spend the summer with her best friend Daisy, licking her wounds—and perhaps a gelato or two. But when her American-expat friend throws her a welcome party on her first night, Avery’s thrown for a loop when she sees a man she never thought she’d see again: Italian architect Marcello Bianchi.
Marcello was the man—the one who got away. And now her past is colliding with her present, a present where she should be mourning the loss of her marriage and—hey, that fettuccine is delicious! And so is Marcello…
Slipping easily into the good life of summertime in Rome, Avery spends her days exploring a city that makes art historians swoon, and her nights swooning over her unexpected what was old is new again romance. It’s heady, it’s fevered, it’s wanton, and it’s crazy. But could this really be her new life? Or is it just a temporary reprieve before returning to the land of twin-set cardigans and crustless sandwiches?
A celebration of great friendship, passionate romance, and wonderful food, Roman Crazy is a lighthearted story of second chances and living life to the fullest.
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4 ★ Review by Rachel & Sharon Thérèse
There was always this nugget of hope that somehow, someway our paths might cross again and I’d be granted the privilege of seeing this man once more, to remember what I knew so well, what I loved so dearly.
Mama mia! ‘Vivere la vita’ is an Italian way of life and how better to experience it by reading this book. It will take you on a journey set in summer in one of the most historical cities in the world, Rome. A strong sensation of déjà vu hit us and lingered from the beginning of Avery’s voyage to the very last page. Since we’ve both been fortunate enough to have visited this amazing place on more than one occasion, we truly felt like we were walking on the cobblestone streets alongside the story’s characters. Vespa scooters whizzed past us, cars hooted constantly and the smell of delicious food wafting through the air reached our taste buds. Mouth-watering, eh? The authors certainly built up our appetite when explaining the necessary ingredients for making such delicious dishes. In other words, the descriptive writing is meravigliosa!
“Mr. Pickpocket did get my favourite lipstick and a starlight mint.”
“A starlight mint huh?”
“I wanted to have fresh breath when I arrived.”
“I hear that. There’s so many hot men in this city, sometimes you just never know when you’re going to fall on one of their mouths.”
The first chapter stunned us. Well, we weren’t the only ones to be left with our mouths wide open and although Avery tried to take it lightly, she couldn’t! So she did what most women would do under her situation—face the music. Ooh boy, sorry mums-in-law but Avery’s takes the cake. Avery’s handling of such a delicate issue had us in fits of laughter, her decision to do something about it, we applauded. Actually, both of us discussed as to whom wrote this scene and many others and despite us having our suspicions, we’re not letting on!
“I always forget how funny you think you are, Avery. Daniel always was fond of your sense of humour.”
Our feelings for the man who caused her to take the initiative was what the heck! A wimp with a capital W! In the blink of an eye, her life with him had become a sham, had to be sorted out and opened our eyes as to how the other half lives. Hmm. . . we didn’t care for it a bit.
“So what’s up? Seriously what’s up?”
“What else do you want me to say? What can I do for you? How can I help you? Are you lost? Sorry I left you hanging about the dry cleaning?”
“What’s up is that I wanted to see you. To talk to you, and make sure that we’re doing the right thing here.”
Avery had chosen the life she lived for reasons to be divulged well into the book. Only then did we understand why she didn’t carry on with her passion. Her true colours shine brightly in Rome though. How could they not? Rome awoke her senses; she’s artistically in her element, hungry to know more…, and of course, being with her bestie Daisy was just what she needed. Ooh, and we have to mention Daisy’s generous heart. Inquisitive and witty, she encourages Avery in every possible way. We couldn’t help but adore how she brought out her friend’s sassiness; teases and more important, gives sound advice. Even so, neither of us argued about who our favourite character was. The joy of seeing Avery find her bearings in her new surrounding was what made this story.
“Hairy is never a good word to describe anything. Unless it’s a redheaded prince of England.”
Marcello and the ambience he is in shows Avery that you can be happy and don’t have to be surrounded by luxury or live a charade. We adored the friendly and working relationship he has with Daisy who had absolutely no idea that he and Avery have history. What we didn’t care for was one of his actions; nonetheless, this is real, what happens and wasn’t candy-coated over.
“Turn around so I can fix my shirt.”
“You know I have seen you. All of you. Many times.”
“That was college-age Avery. Before things started shifting and sinking like your Colosseum.”
We really enjoyed the flashbacks which put us in the picture regarding past events, but we felt some of them could have been enhanced a tad. However, we did learn that Avery missed the boat and regretted it. Now she has a second chance and doesn’t want miss it again. Not everything is what it seems and she takes a long while to come to grips with what she’d done. How it comes to light gave us the tension we yearned for. She eats humble pie, puts her big girl panties on and deals with it!
“Do I pick one of the ninety-five thousand churches to confess in, or is Rome just so holy that you yell your sins outside at the sky and wait for judgement to befall you?”
The build-up is slow boil. What we were offered beforehand was a sightseeing tour of all the most symbolic monuments in a city that doesn’t sleep. And it’s not in the slightest bit exaggerated. We have to put emphasis on the fact that whatever hour of the day or opportunity the Romans have to meet up with friends, there is always time to savour their wholesome cuisine washed down with a glass of wine.
“Come, let’s go home. I’d thought a nice walk through the gardens would be a nice way to end the day, but ….”
“But now all I can think about is getting you into bed. Or up against that cabinet in the entryway. I am not picky.”
When Marcello and Avery go to the next level, steaminess abounds. Gosh, there is nothing like a Latin lover and no wonder they have the reputation for being so chivalrous, hot and totally into keeping their loved ones close to them.
“What do you want Avery? Tell me.”
“You know what I want.”
Told in past tense from Avery’s point of view, we’re crossing our fingers that in follow-up we’ll see what Marcello has to say. This gorgeous guy certainly deserves to be heard and if not, well, we can’t wait to go back into town and find out what’s on the cards for Daisy. Bravo Ms Clayton and Ms Bocci for offering us a fun read and for making us laugh out loud.
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ABOUT THE AUTHORS
ALICE CLAYTON worked in the cosmetics industry for over a decade before picking up a pen (read laptop).
She enjoys gardening but not weeding, baking but not cleaning up, and finally convinced her long-time boyfriend to marry her.
Now, about that Bernese Mountain dog.
NINA BOCCI is a novelist, publicist, eternal optimist, unabashed lipgloss enthusiast, constant apologist, and a hopeless romanticist. She has too many college degrees that she’s not using, and a Lego addiction that she blames on her son.
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Title: The Protector
Author: Jodi Ellen Malpas
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: 6th September, 2016
THE NEW STANDALONE NOVEL FROM
THE #1 BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF
‘THIS MAN TRILOGY’ AND ‘ONE NIGHT TRILOGY’
People think they have Camille Logan nailed: daddy’s girl; beautiful, spoiled young woman with her father’s bank balance to fund her lifestyle. But Camille is determined to have a life free from his strings. Out on her own, she’s made mistakes, including one that found her clawing her way back after a stint in rehab and plenty of bad press. Now, after fighting so hard to be independent and happy, she finds her life threatened as a result of her father’s ruthless business dealings. Caught between resentment and fear, Camille prepares herself for the measures her father will take to protect her. But nothing could prepare her for the ex-SAS sniper who crashes into her life.
Jake Sharp resides in his own personal hell. He was distracted from duty once before, and the consequences were devastating–both personally and professionally. He vowed never to let that happen again. Accepting the job of bodyguard to Camille Logan isn’t the kind of distraction from his demons he should take. Women and Jake don’t mix well, yet protecting the heiress seems the lesser of two evils. But Jake soon discovers that she isn’t the woman she’s perceived to be. She’s warm, compassionate, her presence settling, and his duty to protect her soon goes deeper than a well-paid job, no matter how hard he fights it. He needs absolution. He comes to need Camille. But he knows he can’t have both.
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**ARC kindly received by Orion Books via NetGalley for an honest review**
We’re both huge fans of Jodi’s books so when were invited to read and review her new offering, we jumped at the chance. Different from what we’ve read before since all previous books have been trilogies, our delight was tenfold seeing that this is her first standalone. Told from dual points of view in present tense just happens to be at the top of our list, too! So what more could we possibly have asked for? Well, there’s no doubt Ms Malpas has delivered. Her words have a way of getting under your skin, draw you into the story to such an extent that we were left overwhelmed and wanting more. The banter isn’t overflowing though. We thought we’d miss it; however, the authors’ modus operandi which isn’t her usual one, effectively allowed us to get inside the protagonists’ heads giving us the opportunity for an in-depth look into their personal issues. Putting it lightly, we have to say that we were taken aback by them.
“Does it swallow you up like it does me? Does it consume you so much you think you might never break free? Tell me you feel the same. Tell me I’m not alone.”
Jake Sharp and Camille Logan’s backgrounds aren’t at all comparable. Not an insta-love by any means, the chemistry kicks in almost instantly. It’s a very hands off situation they’re in. Neither of them are over the moon about spending 24/7 together for reasons to be divulged, although we couldn’t help but love the friction this caused. The age gap. This detail didn’t concern us in the slightest. In fact, it gave a depth and realism to the story which we easily related to. Albeit the plot being an extremely well-thought-out one; strong and perfectly structured, it took us a while to really get into it. That being said, the element of surprise is there and shook us. The blurb. We read it before reading the book but would suggest that future readers don’t do the same so as not to be influenced. Regardless, it only scratches the surface of a really complex love-entangle. One factor which swayed us was the metaphorical phrase, ‘never judge a book by its cover’. Taken in its pure sense, it couldn’t have been more fitting when a scene kicks in depicting this outstanding couple. Jump for joy, we did! And if it were ever possible to fall even more head over heels for Jake, we did, too!
. . . I haven’t a burning need to unravel the puzzle that is Jacob Sharp. I want to know so I can help him. Because I love him.
Him…Lord above! As you can see, it’s obvious that we’re enamoured with Jake. We felt ourselves melting into his arms so can you imagine you how Camille felt? Most of the time this sassy, independent and truly sensible lass had no idea what was going on around her or who would steal her heart. Hmm… Jake is cold, totally professional and has had a really daunting past he’s still having trouble coping with. Yet this drop-dead gorgeous bossy man who’s constantly punishing himself in ways you will see, has a job to do and it’s not exactly what he’s used to or to his liking. What he wants isn’t up for discussion when the carrot is dangled in front of him. He accepts the challenge by someone he has little respect for and discovers that there is much more to the assignment than meets the eye. Investing in Jake as the saying goes, was piece of cake. Investing in Camille was a yes underlined!
“I’m not going to tell you that it isn’t true. I’m not proud of it. I screwed women. Nothing more, nothing less.”
“No, I won’t. When I couldn’t distract myself with work, that’s all I had. They were faceless women, angel. I see you.”
What sold us was despite her privileged upbringing, she’s not spoilt, stands up for herself and doesn’t want to rely on anyone for anything. She’s also had her fair share of problems and only her iron-will to overcome them keeps her on the right path. She certainly earned ours and Jake’s respect. She’s so much more open with her feelings. He’s a closed book, not proud of a past happening and it’s going to take a lot of patience on Camille’s part to get through to him. The gravity of his mistake is revealed well into the read, and only then did we realise why he was so affected by it. But his confessions aren’t going to stop Camille giving him a run for his money… pun unintended! Camille’s a tad annoyed that she’s had her wings clipped and it’s not until a very unfavourable event takes place that it’s brought home to her that all this bodyguard business is not just a double-edged sword. Of course, there’s plenty of cloak and dagger goings on and far too close to home for comfort. The cause for nail-biting scenarios is right under her nose and made us squirm. To think that someone you trust could go to such lengths to cover up their tracks at the cost of someone dear we found horrifying.
“You calm me, regardless of the fact that you’ve actually made my life the most chaotic it’s ever been. You’ve found me, despite the fact that I never wanted to be found.”
As per usual, Jodi’s character development is of the highest quality. We loved how she’d entwined witty comebacks into their dialogue and Camille teasing Jake not only exasperated him, but also made us laugh our socks off! Yeh, there’s no doubt whatsoever that he needed a little distraction in his life and she was the one to give it to him. Even though she has a complicated relationship with one of the members of her family, she’s blessed with other folk who are always concerned for her well-being. But what we really have to mention is our favourite part of the book and it was the ending! Never before has a chapter evoked such strong emotions from us and we were completely blindsided by it in a truly amazing way. Up until this point, it had all been about Camille and Jake, but on the fringes of their story we were given snippets of another character that plays a very significant role; nonetheless, we didn’t get to meet them. We couldn’t possibly tell you who this person is as it would spoil the book totally. What we can tell you is that it brought us to our knees!
“Where do you want it to be?”
“You’re my home now. Wherever you are that’s my home.”
If you’re already a fan of this author’s works like us, or if you’ve yet to dip your toes into her marvellous world of alpha males, then we highly recommend you read this new standalone. We guarantee that you’ll be enthralled by this couple from chapter one to the very last page! Bravo Ms Malpas and well played!
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About the Author:
Jodi was born and raised in the Midlands town of Northampton, England, where she lives with her two boys and a beagle. She is a self-professed daydreamer, a Converse & mojito addict, and has a terrible weak spot for Alpha Males.
Writing powerful love stories and creating addictive characters has become her passion – a passion she now shares with her devoted readers.
She’s now a proud #1 New York Times bestselling author – all six of her published novels having hit the New York Times bestsellers list – as well as a Sunday Times bestseller and international bestseller. Her work is published in over 20 languages across the world.
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Title: Savage Collision
Series: A Hawke Family Novel
Author: Gwyn McNamee
Release Date: 1st September, 2016
The last thing I expect when I walk into The Hawkeye Club is to fall head over heels in lust. It’s supposed to be a rescue mission. I have to get my baby sister off the pole, into some clothes, and out of the grasp of the pussy peddler who somehow manipulated her into stripping. But the moment I see Savage Hawke and verbally spar with him, my ability to remain rational flies out the window and my libido takes center stage. I’ve never wanted a relationship—my time is better spent focusing on taking down the scum running this city—but what I want and what I need are apparently two different things.
Danika Eriksson storms into my office in her high heels and on her high horse. Her holier-than-thou attitude and accusations should offend me, but instead, I can’t get her out of my head or my heart. Her incomparable drive, take-no-prisoners attitude, and blatant honesty captivate me and hold me prisoner. I should steer clear, but my self-preservation instinct is apparently dead—which is exactly what our relationship will be once she knows everything. It’s only a matter of time.
The truth doesn’t always set you free. Sometimes, it just royally screws you.
OMG!!!! If I could rate this book a perfect 10 I would. This book was absolutely one of the best I have read in a long time. ~ Goodreads Review
I loved this story. It is full of twists, turns, suspense, secrets and so much sexy time. ~ Goodreads Reviews
There is angst aplenty, crime, and intrigue to go along with the relationship that develops between Danika and Savage. Gwyn has done a good job of marrying all of these elements to give readers a book that will draw them in from the very first, and keep them reading until the last page. ~ Smut Book Junkie Reviews
Gwyn McNamee wrote a beautiful story. It’s told in dual pov and moves so smoothly. There are some twists you’d never see coming and they’re all handled well by the characters. ~ Nerdy Dirty & Flirty
About the Author
Gwyn McNamee is an attorney, writer, wife, and mother (to one human baby and two fur babies). Originally from the Midwest, Gwyn relocated to her husband’s home town of Las Vegas in 2015 and is enjoying her respite from the cold and snow. Gwyn has been writing down her crazy stories and ideas for years and finally decided to share them with the world. She loves to write stories with a bit of suspense and action mingled with romance and heat.
When she isn’t either writing or voraciously devouring any books she can get her hands on, Gwyn is busy adding to her tattoo collection, golfing, and stirring up trouble with her perfect mix of sweetness and sarcasm (usually while wearing heels). An admitted shoe whore, Gwyn’s closet rivals Carrie Bradshaw’s and is constantly expanding.
Gwyn’s debut novel, Savage Collision, the first book in The Hawke Family Series, releases September 1, 2016.