RELEASE DAY ~ BOUNTIFUL (True North #4)                                     by Sarina Bowen

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Bountiful by Sarina Bowen is LIVE!

Standalone Series: True North #4

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Release Date: 19th October, 2019

Published by Rennie Road Books

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Once upon a time a cocky, copper-haired tourist sauntered into Zara’s bar. And even though she knew better, Zara indulged in a cure for the small-town blues. It was supposed to be an uncomplicated fling—a few sizzling weeks before he went back to his life, and she moved on.

Until an accidental pregnancy changed her life.

Two years later, she’s made peace with the notion that Dave No-Last-Name will never be found. Until one summer day when he walks into her coffee shop, leveling her with the same hot smile that always renders her defenseless.

Dave Beringer has never forgotten the intense month he spent with prickly Zara. Their nights together were the first true intimacy he’d ever experienced. But the discovery of his child is the shock of a lifetime, and his ugly past puts relationships and family out of reach.

Or does it? Vermont’s countryside has a way of nurturing even tortured souls. The fields and the orchards—and hard won love—are Bountiful.

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Reviewed by Sharon Thérèse

Sarina’s books are a sure one-click for me. Just the right amount of angst, solid storylines and always perfectly paced, what I love about this series is the dual narrative, giving the reader the opportunity to connect with her protagonists’ thoughts. Bountiful is in the same highly visual and outstanding setting of Vermont as in previous books, but this time her fruit of choice are pears! Gosh, I had no idea how pears were harvested and makes for interesting trivia. She’s also introduced a sports character which I liked one of a hell of a lot–a hockey player no less! Lol, I had a feeling that Sarina couldn’t resist seeing as she’s co-authored Him and Us on a totally different line with Ellie Kennedy. And more important, you don’t need to read the the True North series in order which to my mind of thinking, is a huge plus.

Bountiful isn’t all about pears! Ooh no, there’s much more to keep the reader stuck to the pages. Zara sold me. Not only was I taken with her frankness, her stance towards the opposite sex I found refreshing. Like any young person, mistakes are made, but she’s the first one to own up to them and isn’t afraid of discussing her past with family members or who would become her bestie and business partner, Audrey. Yep, as per usual, the author’s secondary character development is first-rate. Zara’s tight-knit family are a peculiar bunch. Having protective brothers is great up to a certain point; she knows she has everything to be thankful for but one of them is a tinsy-winsy straight-faced. Now, that doesn’t mean I didn’t like him, he’s just deep–difficult to fathom out. So their concern for her well-being is understandable under the circumstances she’s in, and they’ll bend over backwards to do anything to make her life a tad easier. I didn’t even dislike one of her grumpy and opinionated uncles whose lack of filter made me chuckle until the red and white Vermont cows came home! Her lovely mum isn’t short of a few words either, and this folks isn’t a spoiler, but it did seem to me as if history was repeating itself as far as mother and daughter were concerned. However, after reflecting on Zara’s attitude regarding having a steady relationship saddened me because I thought she deserved the world. Question is, would she find her prince charming; someone special to make her change her mind and take that big step?

In he walks excluding an aura like he owned the phrase, ‘sex on legs’. Then he walks out. Leaving behind him the unimaginable, when Dave does come back, he’s going to have the shock of his life. And this folks, is when the heat of an emotional moment is turned up to a richter magnitude scale. Strappingly gorgeous, copper-haired with fathomless green eyes… notice I’m NOT swooning here, I wasn’t the only one whose knees turned to jelly. Although Dave is a very likable guy, I did have my doubts about how he’d handle his personal and professional issues. Here steps in his younger bubbly sister with sound advice and buckets of enthusiasm. Hmm, whether he listens to her is for you to find out though. I wonder if the author’s going to give me the pleasure of Bess’ own story…nudge, nudge!

There is so much more to this story than meets the eye. All the character’s involvement literally melted my heart, twisted me into pieces, teased my soul. Since I’m not partial to giving anything away, I can honestly say that if it wasn’t for a grey area I came across in the story, I would have given this read five stars at the drop of a hat. I wish I could make myself clearer about what happened. Many of you might not give importance to a detail in a scenario which I thought could have been better executed. I was left hanging, wanting to know more. Who caused such ructions and why all of a sudden it dwindled out, left me with my suspicions or better said, frustration. Saying that, this editing hiccup didn’t stop me from thoroughly enjoying the story. As always, Sarina’s writing is worthy of being savoured… Never convoluted, always hitting home, making the likes of me content to read her damn good stories, I have to say, Bravo!

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Meet Sarina

Sarina Bowen is a USA Today bestselling author of contemporary romance and New Adult fiction from the wilds of Vermont.

Her Ivy Years and Brooklyn Bruisers books are hockey romance novels. These two connected series began breaking hearts in 2014 with The Year We Fell Down. See for updates.

HIM and US are the bestselling, hockey LGBT novels co-written with Elle Kennedy. HIM is also a finalist for the Romance Writers of America’s RITA® Award.

For lovers of angsty snowboarders, Sarina also writes the Gravity series, featuring snow sports heroes.

Sarina enjoys skiing, coffee products and a nice glass of wine. She lives with her family, six chickens and more ski gear and hockey equipment than seems necessary.

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            GIVEAWAY & CHAPTER REVEAL                                 SICK FUX by TILLIE COLE







When Ellis Earnshaw and Heathan James met as children, they couldn’t have been more different. Ellis was loud and beautiful – all blond hair, bright laughs and smiles. Heathan was dark and brooding, and obsessed with watching things die.


The pair forged an unlikely friendship, unique and strange. Until they were ripped apart by the sick cruelty of others, separated for years, both locked in a perpetual hell.
Eleven years later, Heathan is back for his girl. Back from a place from which he thought there was no return. Back to seek revenge on those who wronged them.


Time has made Heathan’s soul darker, polluted with hatred and the thirst for blood.


Time has made Ellis a shell of her former self, a little girl lost in the vastness of her pain.


As Heathan pulls Ellis out of her mental prison, reviving the essence of who she once was, down the rabbit hole they will go.
With malice in their hearts and vengeance in their veins, they will seek out the ones who hurt and destroyed them.


One at a time.


Each one more deadly than the last.


Tick Tock.

Dark Contemporary Romance. Contains explicit sexual situations, violence, disturbingly sensitive and taboo subjects, offensive language and very mature topics. Recommended for ages 18 and over.




The first time I met Heathan James he was picking the wings off a butterfly. When I asked him why, he turned his light gray eyes my way and said, “Because I want to watch it die.”
I watched as his gaze rolled back to the squirming wingless insect in his hand. Watched his lips part as the sad creature withered and died in his palm. A long, soft breath escaped his parted lips, and a victorious smile tugged on his mouth.
I once heard of the theory that the simple flutter of a butterfly’s wings, a tiny perturbation, that merest whisper of movement in the air, could start the process of building something much bigger; a tornado, devastating thousands. A tsunami crushing iron-heavy waves onto sandy shores, obliterating everything in its path.
As I looked back on the moment we met, this introduction to Heathan James, the man who became my entire world, the pulsing marrow in my bones, I wondered if his deadly act of ripping the wings from the bright blue-and-black butterfly started such a perturbation in our lives. Not a tsunami or a tornado caused by a simple flutter, but something much darker and more sinister, caused by stripping a beautiful creature of its ability to fly, to thrive. A path of destruction no one saw coming; the sweetest, most violent deaths carried out with the gentlest of smiles on our faces and the utmost hell in our hearts.
Heathan James was never the light in my life, but instead a heavy eclipse, blotting out the sun and anything bright, bringing with him endless, eternal night and murderous tar-black blood pumping through my veins.
Heathan James was the genesis of my soul’s reawakening . . . a soul not meant for peace, but one handcrafted for death and murder and blood and bones . . .
Soulmates forged in fire, under the watchful gaze of Satan’s mocking eyes.
Just a couple of sick fux . . .



4 – 4.5 Stars ~ Reviewed by Klaire Sutherland on behalf of KFF

Sick Fux is an extremely dark book in terms of subject and content. I would advise you to HEED the graphic warning the author has at the front of the book and decide if it’s for you or not. I’m no stranger to these kinds of stories, it’s often difficult to find a good, meaty read that makes you think twice about what you are reading. All too often an author will say this is ‘dark’ and I end up disappointed because it is in fact a shade of grey and not black, the way I like them. However, Tillie Cole’s Sick Fux sits right on that dark/black line. It’s not a taboo read by any means but the subject matters are difficult to digest at times.

To say this book is clever, is an understatement. The plot is intricate in places, yet simple at other times. Sick Fux is a love story you probably won’t have ever read before. In all its messed up-glory, there are sparks of sunshine and love that give the reader a semblance of hope for both Dolly and Rabbit. Heathen and Ellis were doomed from the start, but from those characters; born were two utterly complicated beings, who are dragged into their own little world. Both are slightly mad, if not ‘off their rockers.’ And that ties in beautifully with the fairy tale of this book. Tillie’s character development was second to none, she captured both Dolly and Rabbit beautifully and conveyed that to the reader so, so well.

The first few chapters of Sick Fux are heartbreaking – in every capacity. I started reading this at 11pm, and it was the worst thing to do. Tillie Cole sucks the reader right down the rabbit hole in those few chapters, creating the catalyst for what’s to come. I felt that up to chapter four was the best of this book, a really strong start that hooks the reader in completely. I’m not saying the book dived from there – it didn’t – but I was hard pushed to find the same emotion from there on until I came to the last few chapters.

I had some technical issues with this book, like some things felt like repetition and such. While Tillie Cole penned some amazing and awe-inspiring sentences, I found some to be just ok. Felt that there were places where it could have been better. At times it read a little lazy and I didn’t understand why when so much of the writing was top class. The intensity of the story dropped a little through the middle for me. I expected to devour this book, struggle to put it down, but that was not the case. As much as the story pulls the reader from beginning to end with its fast pace, I found it all too easy to put it down and pick it back up again. Finally – the emotion. It’s there, but for me it was sparse, beginning and end being the two places I felt something more. With a book like Sick Fux I really would have liked to have felt that emotional connection the length of the book.

Did I enjoy it? Oh yeah, Sick Fux delivered on the promise of a dark read. The author managed no problem, weaving a beautifully clever and intricate piece of work. Her storytelling is quite stunning in this book. Sick Fux should romp up the charts with ease. For me though, it could have been a little ‘more.’ Highly recommended to those that like their reads with a whole lot of blood and gore. But please – heed that warning. This book is not for everyone.




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Tillie Cole hails from a small town in the North-East of England. She grew up on a farm with her English mother, Scottish father and older sister and a multitude of rescue animals. As soon as she could, Tillie left her rural roots for the bright lights of the big city.

After graduating from Newcastle University with a BA Hons in Religious Studies, Tillie followed her Professional Rugby player husband around the world for a decade, becoming a teacher in between and thoroughly enjoyed teaching High School students Social Studies before putting pen to paper, and finishing her first novel.

Tillie has now settled in Austin, Texas, where she is finally able to sit down and write, throwing herself into fantasy worlds and the fabulous minds of her characters.

Tillie is both an independent and traditionally published author, and writes many genres including: Contemporary Romance, Dark Romance, Young Adult and New Adult novels.

When she is not writing, Tillie enjoys nothing more than curling up on her couch watching movies, drinking far too much coffee, while convincing herself that she really doesn’t need that extra square of chocolate.


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         NEW RELEASE ~ MOST OF ALL YOU                               by MIA SHERIDAN is LIVE!

KFF are so excited to present Mia Sheridan’s all-new contemporary romance,

Most of All You: A Love Story

On sale: October 17, 2017 | Forever | Trade Paperback: $14.99 | eBook: $4.99



A broken woman . . .

Crystal learned long ago that love brings only pain. Feeling nothing at all is far better than being hurt again. She guards her wounded heart behind a hard exterior and carries within her a deep mistrust of men, who, in her experience, have only ever used and taken.

A man in need of help . . .

Then Gabriel Dalton walks into her life. Despite the terrible darkness of his past, there’s an undeniable goodness in him. And even though she knows the cost, Crystal finds herself drawn to Gabriel. His quiet strength is wearing down her defenses and his gentle patience is causing her to question everything she thought she knew.

Only love can mend a shattered heart . . .

Crystal and Gabriel never imagined that the world, which had stolen everything from them, would bring them a deep love like this. Except fate will only take them so far, and now the choice is theirs: Harden their hearts once again or find the courage to shed their painful pasts.



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4 Stars ~ Reviewed by Klaire Sutherland on behalf of KFF

Most of All You is such a beautifully, sad but uplifting book. Written in true Mia Sheridan style, it was an easy book to get lost in. This author has always had a way with words, the emotions she evokes from readers always comes to the fore when you pick up her books. Not an initial page turner for me, even though the prologue is heart wrenching, but more of a slow dive into a rapturous story. I didn’t devour this book, but I find all Mia Sheridan’s reads are the same – like an unhurried walk through the park – I use my time to take in my surroundings.

Gabriel and Crystal’s story is quite unique and I absolutely appreciated that it was. No cookie cutter, guilty pleasure read here. A well thought our plot with engaging characters throughout. Two broken people finding something they never thought they would in one another. Both have horrendous paths, live a wary life but converge to find themselves in one another, their road is not an easy one.

I granted this four stars as I felt a little let down with the direction in which the author took Gabriel – more like what wasn’t said, I think. The character development lacked here for me. While Most of All You is very much about Gabriel and Crystal’s life in the here and now, I felt that very little attention was made to Gabriel’s experience in his past. It was very specific and the detail, for me, was lacking. I was left looking for more detail to that point in his life.

Can’t fault Mia Sheridan’s writing, as always, her descriptive imagery is quite astounding, bringing the reader into the fold with a lexicon of scenery. I didn’t find this book as engrossing as some of her earlier. Most of All You has a very sweet edge to it despite its dark themes, perhaps a little too sweet for my tooth. Very much worth the read, however.


Mia Sheridan is a New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal Bestselling author. Her passion is weaving true love stories about people destined to be together. Mia lives in Cincinnati, Ohio with her husband. They have four children here on earth and one in heaven.


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Release Blitz :: Like a Boss by Liz Matis


Title: Like a Boss
Series: Double Trouble Duet #1
Authors: Liz Matis
Genre: Contemporary Romance
 Release Date: October 17, 2017

War veteran Dawson Trudeau never expected his estranged identical twin to walk into his bar in Alaska, let alone offer him twenty million dollars to pose as the CEO of King Enterprises while he secretly heads to rehab for thirty days. With dreams of starting a homeless shelter for veterans and locating his retired service dog from Afghanistan, Dawson can’t say no. Then he meets his brother’s sexy assistant and he hopes she can’t say no—some overtime between the sheets.

Lacey Brooks isn’t attracted to her metro-sexual boss, but his rough and ready identical twin is just her type. When lust turns into love, she fears she is betraying the CEO. If she can navigate the family feud to ensure a spot-on impersonation by Dawson, she’ll finally be promoted to VP.  

If they can pull off the masquerade, everyone wins. But once
the thirty days is over will victory matter if they don’t have each


Reviewed by Anna on behalf of KFF 

~ 3.5 Stars ~ 

This is my first book by this author.  The first book of the Double Trouble Duet is a story about Dawson and Lacey.

Written in dual points of view, this is a tale of identical twin brothers who didn’t know of each other’s existence until they were twelve years old. That was the first time they met, things didn’t go well and both harboured resentment towards each other. Dawson was raised by their drug addict mother and Aaron was raised by their rich and successful businessman father.  Fast forward to present day, Dawson retired from the military and now owns a bar in Alaska living the quiet life, almost off the grid. Aaron is now the CEO of King Enterprises, successful and rich. Aaron needs Dawson’s help. He wants Dawson to pretend to be him for thirty days whilst he goes to rehab. Pretending to be Aaron will take a lot of hard work and then there’s Lacey, Aaron’s assistant/confidante/best friend. For a whopping $20 million, the price for a twisted game of Freaky Friday, it almost looked too easy but Aaron also told Dawson that Lacey is off limits. Sparks fly, egos bruised but like magnets they are drawn to each other.

This contemporary romance is light – hearted and fun to read. Dawson is the hunky, broody twin whose military background makes him a man with a dark past. After all he’s been through money is not his end goal, looking for his former canine partner is, Dawson is the complete opposite of his twin. Meanwhile Lacey, a very smart, career orientated woman who only meant to help out Dawson ends up falling for him. The only problem is if she is willing to give up everything to be with him?

Since this is only the first book of a duet, we are only given half of the story. There are still a lot of unanswered questions regarding some family members of the twins and the history but I suppose we get to know more about their background when book 2 comes out and we hear Aaron’s story. This book is longer than a novella but I consider this a short read compared to most books. If you are looking for an angst-free, light romance then this might be the book for you. (Rating: 3.5 stars)


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Lacey Brooks schooled her features to hide her shock. The beast behind the bar couldn’t be Aaron’s twin brother.
Shaggy. Unkempt. Rough.
She’d been expecting her boss’ mirror image, not someone who crawled out of the Alaskan bush.
But as she drew closer she could see there was more than a resemblance underneath the beard and past-the-shoulder length mane.
Never trust a man with longer hair than you.
Never trust a man period.
Keeping his brother a secret from the world was one thing but how had Aaron managed to keep it from her?
She knew everything about the CEO of King Enterprises. Everything.
Lacey wasn’t just his assistant, she was his confidant, his therapist, his sometime tennis partner, and his friend. But if he kept this secret, what else was he hiding? Like the reason for the cloak and dagger maneuvers, which he’d dismissed as unimportant.
Was it a family feud? A scandal?
Or was Dawson dangerous? A criminal? He certainly looked like it. His icy blue gaze roamed her body as if he owned it, reminding her of Aaron right before he was about to close a deal—a predator. Not a like shark, for they attack on instinct. This was more like a wolf, toying with his prey before sinking his teeth into the neck of its dinner.
“Lacey, I’d like you to meet my long lost brother, Dawson.”
“I look forward to working with you, darling.”
Darling? Ugh.

That twangy accent? Double ugh.

The physical makeover would be the easy part. Taming the he-man into a sophisticated owner of a billion dollar corporation in a day would be impossible.


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Liz Matis is a mild-mannered accountant by day and writer of fun, flirty, fiery romances by night.

Playing For Keeps, from her popular fantasy football romances, hit the #12 spot on the Barnes and Noble Nook Bestseller List and #26 on Amazon’s Kindle Bestseller. She has appeared on Amazon’s Movers and Shakers list. Playing For Keeps (winner of the NECRWA First Kiss Contest), Going For It, and The Quarterback Sneak all hit the #1 spot in Sports Fiction on Amazon.

In her spare time she enjoys reading, watching sports, and attending kickboxing classes. She’s been married for 31 years and believes in happily ever after.

Fun Fact: Liz read her first romance at the age of fifteen and soon after wrote her first romances starring her friends and their latest crush!

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Review Blitz :: Ruthless King (Mount Trilogy #1) by Meghan March




Get ready for the darker and dirtier side of New Orleans with a brand new alpha romance from USA Today bestselling author Meghan March.

New Orleans belongs to me.
You don’t know my name, but I control everything you see—and all the things you don’t.
My reach knows no bounds, and my demands are always met.
I didn’t need to loan money to a failing family distillery, but it amuses me to have them in my debt.
To have her in my debt.
She doesn’t know she caught my attention.
She should’ve been more careful.
I’m going to own her. Consume her. Maybe even keep her.
It’s time to collect what I’m owed.
Keira Kilgore, you’re now the property of Lachlan Mount.

*Ruthless King is book one of the Mount Trilogy*




Reviewed by Klaire on behalf of KFF 

~ 4 Stars ~ 

I’m no stranger to this author’s work and was eagerly awaiting the first book in this new series, Ruthless King, after a little tease and cameo at the end of her last series – Beneath the Truth. What I wasn’t quite expecting was how different this felt to Meghan March’s other work (granted I haven’t read it all), there’s a real edge to this first book of the Mount Trilogy.

First off, I loved the setting of Ruthless King; the old brewery of Keira’s and the sprawling residence of Lachlan’s. At times I could almost imagine I smelt those old whisky vats. Decadent. These places also lent to accentuate the dark undertone to this story. The basement rooms, the long winding corridors, Keira’s blindness as to where she was being led. Again – a dark edge.

So, I liked this very much. It oozed tension and fear and pulled me along at a fantastic pace. I was never bored, nor did I want to skip anything. Always a bonus for me. I did have trouble with Lachlan. I’m not sure if, at this point, if I like him. Egotistical is a word far too lame for him yet without swearing, I can’t think of another. The author gives us very limited information about the man, intentional or not – I’ve yet to decide. It perhaps went a long way to enhance the secrecy that revolves around Lachlan Mount. Whatever it is, I think it worked. I’m not sure we are meant to like him at this juncture. Keira is a fantastic character, a spine of steel and determination but even she gets ruffled in her ministrations with her ‘debt collector.’ The chemistry between the two is explosive, the push and pull between the pair is written extremely well, and you want more!

As this is the first book in a trilogy, a cliff hanger is a pre-requisite and one I relished. I caught wind to it a little early, I have to say, but waiting to see how it would play out was enticing. Surely Meghan March threw the cat among the pigeons with this one.

Can’t wait for book two. I think it will be as good as the first, the angst and fireworks will perhaps melt into something a bit less superficial and Mount might actually loosen up a little. Would be nice to see Keira with the upper hand. Highly recommended read from an outstanding author, who is fast becoming a favourite of mine.


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Release Blitz :: Poet by A.M. Johnson


Title: Poet
Series: Avenues Ink
Author: A.M. Johnson
Genre: Contemporary & Interracial Romance
Release Date: October 15, 2017
Melissa Trujillo knows suffering. She’s tasted it, touched it, injected it. Sobriety is a gift,but it isn’t enough to wash away her secrets.
Kieran O’Connell knows sacrifice. He’s owned it, held it between his fingers, and felt it in his knees. Words are his freedom, and they’ve begun to fade.
Two different worlds, one moment and the Earth shifts—granting them a path. His eyes meet hers. Her hand fits his.  Kieran finds his muse. Melissa finds her new addiction.
When sin meets virtue, angels fall, and the truth, it becomes a blade. Together they’ll walk the sharp edge, but if her lies cut too deep, not even his words could save her… save them.
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Release Blitz :: Return to the Island by L.B Dunbar

Cover Design: Shanoff Formats

Release Date: October 13, 2017



The Island awaits your return

Ties severed too soon.
What was real?
What was fantasy?

Two lost souls.
Two broken hearts.
One deserted island.

I’ll find you, she said.
I’ll be waiting, he replied.

Return to the island to discover the truth.

The island is waiting for you.



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Reviewed by Klaire on behalf of KFF

Return to the Island is book two of The Island Duet, you cannot read this is a standalone in any capacity. I really loved the first book, but coming away from this one has left me with very mixed feelings. The story is different from that of Redemption Island (book one) and on reflection I understand why. The scenery moved – in a big way; a huge pivotal shift in location. Outside influences that were never there really in book one, come into play in book two. Obviously, the whole tone of Return to the Island is going to shift. I’m not sure if it worked for me.

Tack bothered me. I wasn’t a huge fan of his in the first book anyway, he took some warming up for me to like him. In Return to the Island I wasn’t a fan again. This time, however, there was no warming up. I still didn’t like him at the end of the book. He’s pushy and arrogant and not in a very endearing way. Yes, he mellows around Juliet, but he still held that air of control I wasn’t all that sure about. Many a time I questioned him and his actions. I did like Juliet more in this book. I felt she had found herself a little more than she had in the first.

Balance – it’s crucial to keep a plot going. I found Return to the Island veered more toward plot driven than character driven. Not sure if this was the author’s intention or not. I felt I didn’t particularly learn anything more about the two main characters in all honesty. Once they had reconnected I felt a slide. As in the plot seemed to be – scene, sex, scene, sex for a little while. Some of the sexual scenes were unnecessary. It often felt like Tack wanted to get his jollies off ALL the time. It kind of ruined it a little for me. And Juliet ‘purred’ far, far too much. It’s a word you notice a lot when it’s used repetitively.

Abby’s contribution to the story was not enough. Yes, she created friction and conflict but it didn’t feel convincing, and I found this sub plot quite weak. I kept waiting for Abby to do something big and drastic and well…no, kind of petered out and left me scratching my head a little as to why the author didn’t capitalise more on the character and that particular sub plot.

So, for about half the book I was enthralled and loving it and lost in these two characters trying to reconnect. Then, I don’t know. Return to the Island seemed to lose its pizzazz. I had been oohing and ahing to a reader friend about the book in one breath then feeling some disappointment in the next.

LB Dunbar’s writing is astonishing in places. I was absolutely bowled over with some of her descriptive narrative. Lord, when Juliet is in the shower and her soapy suds are hitting the shower floor – I could imagine it, hear the noises in my head – all down to the way the words were written. I love that kind of writing and this author can take scenes and inject a little magic into them no problem. Initially the dialogue was engaging and holding my attention. LB Dunbar uses a lot of dialogue tags and at times they spoiled the natural flow of the dialogue for me, and was less engaging.

Return to the Island is still a great book. A highly anticipated conclusion to Redemption Island, but it reads very different. I didn’t think it packed the same breath-taking punch as book one for a myriad of reasons. However, I’d still very much recommend this book. LB Dunbar’s storytelling skills are second to none.

~ 3.5 – 4 Stars ~




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Avid drinker of Coca-Cola, L.B. Dunbar loves the sweet things in life. Her affair with all things romantic began with her first book at the tender age of six: Goldilocks and the Three Bears. One can never forget her first! From there, the reading journey includes a deep love of fairy tales, medieval knights, regency debauchery, and alpha males. She loves a deep belly laugh and a strong hug. Occasionally, she has the energy of a Jack Russell terrier. Accused, yes, that’s the correct word, of having an over active imagination; to her benefit, such an imagination works well. Author of over a dozen novels, she’s created small town worlds, rock star mayhem, and MMA chaos. Her other duties in life include: mother to four growing children and wife to the one and only.


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