Title: Bad Romeo Christmas: A Starcrossed Anthology
Author: Leisa Raven
Series: Starcrossed #4
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: 21st November, 2016
Cover designer: Regina Wamba, Mae I Designs
From the internationally best selling author of BAD ROMEO, BROKEN JULIET, and WICKED HEART comes an anthology of sweet and sexy novellas featuring beloved Starcrossed characters such as Ethan and Cassie, Liam and Elissa, and Josh and Angel; as well as the gang from The Grove.
Have Yourself A Sexy Little Christmas: An Ethan and Cassie Novella
Ethan and Cassie’s first Christmas with the Holt family should be nothing but jolly. Sure, Cassie’s a mess trying to impress her future in-laws with the perfect casserole, but when an unexpected blast from Ethan’s past shows up beneath the tree, the season gets a whole lot more serious—and sexy.
The Naughty List: A Liam and Elissa Novella
After being apart for months, Liam and Elissa are making up for lost time on a secluded island, where they think they’re free to explore each other’s bodies in peace. But when it turns out their Christmas sanctuary isn’t as deserted as it first seemed, their Christmas dreams turn into a nightmare.
Happy, Horny New Year: A Josh and Angel Novella
When the gang from the Grove gets together at a lavish New Year’s Eve party, it’s like no time has passed. Except Elissa and Josh are dating Hollywood royalty, Jack and Zoe have been hooking up in secret, Connor’s new girlfriend wants to murder Cassie, and Erika’s mystery man has everyone talking. Before midnight, shocking revelations are made, industry tongues are wagging, and the poor mistletoe is ready to pass out from overuse.
No matter how you’re spending the holidays, BAD ROMEO CHRISTMAS is sure to heat up your festive season this winter.
Kindle Friends Forever ★ ★ ★ ★
Reviewed by Rachel & Sharon Thérèse
There’s no doubt whatsoever that Ms Rayven listens to her readers’ wishes out loud. Who’s read the Starcrossed series knows her characters’ ins and outs, ups and downs and failures and triumphs. So how could we possibly ask for from her more at this time of year! Or even a better, the perfect Xmas pressie to get us in that festive spirit in the way of a party! Keeping these two readers engrossed in a book which has a structural writing such as is Bad Romeo Christmas was to say, an experience never to be forgotten. Three novellas recap on the lives of each and every one of her protagonists in one book nudging our memories which actually, didn’t need to be since Leisa’s leading guys are engraved in our literacy souls. We’d learnt to fall head over heels for them in Bad Romeo and Broken Juliet. And even though Wicked Heart is a standalone, we were also given a glimpse into their goings on. In fact, we didn’t award it six stars ‘cause it’s against the rules! Here, the author has cracked her characters’ nut. And at the same time, she’s even made us sigh with relief and had us in fits of laughter.
Have Yourself a Sexy Little Christmas.
Ethan Holt and Cassie Taylor are back in full Xmas force. Where? In the kitchen of all places! Very much in love, Ethan doesn’t want to rock Cassie’s culinary boat but believe us when we say who’s going to have the last laugh is the women he can’t possibly compete with… or can he? Is he so starcrossed that he can’t see how this temptress winds him around her little finger? Who would have ever thought that she had it in her! Questions only the man of the day can answer after finding out what he’s let himself in for with absolutely no compunction. The innuendos are so worthy of reading that we were on tenterhooks waiting for make up scenes which weren’t really that at all. Yep, these two lovers need few excuses to warm up the bed sheets! We have to mention that Ethan and his sister, Elissa’s parents are what most family’s dreams are made of. And as it happens, we’ve decided to adopt the whole Holt family! Oops, but a spanner is thrown into the works when an ex rears her ugly head adding to much wanted angst. Leisa, well done here! Furthermore, but not so important, is our disgust for this woman’s low play for the man she’s had her eye on.
“Cassie, if clearing the air with Vanessa bothers you even a little, I won’t do it. Just say the word. Nothing is as important to me as you.”
The Naughty List
Who’s on it? Liam Quinn and Elissa Holt, of course! Such wicked hearts gave us palpating heart thrills in just the right places! Get ready for some hilariously embarrassing scenes which’ll have you bursting out in laughter and curling up with indignation for the two of them. But seriously… there’s much, much more to their story than just buying sexy underwear to make the love of Elissa’s life a happy man. In fact, the author went into great detail to explain that money and fame aren’t everything. Yep folks, there’s a moral to their story regardless of their sexapades explicitly written in some very daringly, mmm… how do we say… sexations! Steaminess is a light adjective to use for some of the hottest scenarios in the book.
“Liss, if you want me to put my mouth on a certain part of your body, all you have to do is ask.”
Happy, Horny New Year
Josh and Angel’s story was wholly anticipated, perfectly construed and just what we needed. Josh is a sexy geek underlined and highlighted. His persona is described by the author in such a way that one can’t help but to connect to him on unimaginable levels. Sensitive, gorgeous and Elissa’s bestie and right-hand man in the theatrical world, everyone respects him. Everyone jumps when he opens his mouth. His love for the theatre has no boundaries, but his insecurities seem to get the better of him. He goes about making sure his woman will be impressed by making a change. After being apart for so long and only messaging her; (by the way, great texting), she has no idea what he’s done or how far his personal doubts reach. But what we can say is fireworks take off exactly when they should after a little confusion. Their self-worth, feelings and confidence are perfectly illustrated by the author’s canny-writing-hand just at the right moment in their story.
“You’re trying to make my head explode with jealousy, aren’t you?
“Is it working?”
Jack and Zoe
Theirs is an extra special plus that we never expected and slipped into the pages exactly where it should have been. Both of us soon realised whom was having problems with whom. But fancifully speaking, someone not so close to them waves a magic wand and urges them to take a serious look at their feelings and guess what, cupid’s arrow works in wondrous ways! Who cupid is you’ll only find out by reading the book!
“I more than like her asshole, so I did get a say.”
“Well, that’s different. Zoe, do you more-than-like Jack, too?”
A special word for Erika
The woman who appears to make or break actors’ careers, do and undo at a whim, has a heart of gold. She was one of our fave characters regardless of her slightly unethical stance which you will see, is a smokescreen like we could never have imagined. She is <b>THE GROVE</b> She melds her actors, cajoles and encourages them to the point that they become her protégés extraordinaire. Erika made this story possible. She is, without a doubt, our heroine. Does she find her HEA, and if so, who nudges her in the right direction? Reading is believing.
“I’ve missed you so damn much. It’s fantastic to see you bunch of drama queens again.”
To enjoy this anthology to the fullest, we’d highly recommend reading the series. Saying that and mentioned above, <b>Wicked Heart</b> is a standalone that’ll melt your heart as it did ours. Now, let’s get down to the nitty-gritty. We really thought it was difficult to beat this series. Selfishly speaking, there were moments when we wanted more but every story has to have an ending and we can’t possibly argue with that. Hotness abounds between all the characters and the continuous banter is beyond perfect. Yep, us KFF gals are suckers for it! Told in first person from various points of view is not an easy feat but Ms Rayven pulled it off to a tee! One of us has to mention that the timeline in this story was a tad confusing until she got her bearings. Bravo Leisa! And a very Happy Christmas.
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The Starcrossed Series Reading Order
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Bad Romeo: Amazon ~ UK | US | CAN | AUS
Broken Juliet (Standalone) : Amazon ~ UK | US | CAN | AUS
Wicked Heart: Amazon ~ UK | US | CAN | AUS
Meet the Author
Writing has always been a passion for Leisa, and even though she originally intended to be an actress, it wasn’t long into her time at drama school that she began writing plays.
Those plays were bad. Very bad. Well, her friends thought they were good, but that’s because they were always cast in them and any opportunity to be on stage was met with an obnoxious amount of enthusiasm.
Since then, she’s honed her craft, and several of her plays have been produced and toured throughout Australia.
These days, playwriting has given way to fiction writing, and Leisa’s debut novel, BAD ROMEO, is available in a worldwide release through Macmillan Publishing in December 2014.
Leisa lives in Australia with her husband, two little boys, three cats, and a kangaroo named Howard.
(Howard may or may not be her imaginary marsupial friend. Everyone should have one.)
Why not say hi to Leisa! She’d love to hear from you.
Author: Lesley Jones
Series: Spiralling Skywards #2 (Contradictions Series)
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: 18th November, 2016
From the outside looking in, Sarah and Liam’s bond has been unbreakable since the moment they first laid eyes on each other.
Love, romance, and friendship should form the ropes that tether them together.
But when old insecurities rise to the surface, Sarah loses sight of her self-worth and feels her identity fading. Faced with a choice that threatens to fray those ties, she finally begins to unravel.
Until one day, those ropes snap, that bond is broken, and their relationship sent spiralling off course.
Kindle Friends Forever: 5 ★ Review by Donna Elsegood
The lady has done it yet again with her flawless writing. Of course, I was invested in Liam and Sarah from the first book in the series, but I was desperate to know what was in store for them. The story is told in dual point of view; however, there’s more from Sarah than Liam in this offering. Mainly due to the fact that we get to experience Sarah unravelling. I’m glad we still got to know some of Liam’s thoughts because this second part just punches you in the stomach with its delicate issues. I couldn’t put this down and was so intrigued to see where the story would take me.
I’d already felt the passion between the two protagonists from the first part and this continues to grow from strength to strength as we learn more of their story. A whirlwind romance leads to marriage giving me a bird’s eye view of how their lives progressed together. This emotionally charged story still has its light-hearted humour and that’s what helps give the reader a fine balance. Believe me, the issues raised by the author will have your heart racing and breaking all in one fell swoop. I felt the strength they drew together but at the same time, the vulnerability was palpable. Sometimes in life, you find yourself in a set of circumstances and can’t see a way out or a light at the end of the tunnel.
“I love you a lottle, Sarah Delaney.”
“I love you a lottle more.”
There’s a lot of hot steamy passion; in fact, they were like a pair of rabbits at times! Phew. . . talk about sizzling and then the fun banter had me grinning from ear to ear! Saying that, I think all this was preparing me for the sensitive subject matter to come. There’s a soundtrack on Spotify that gave me goosebumps while reading this enthralling segment. The side characters were a great compliment to the story with our favourites; Sasha, Luke, Nan and Grandad with a couple of extras.
Many women reading Spiralling Skywards will relate to the issues touched on and I for one, was in tears. I’d be smiling one second and then couldn’t see through my watery eyes. Actually, the emotions Sarah and Liam’s story evoked, simply exhausted me. One particular track from the playlist summed up the experiences they were going through perfectly. It was a bumpy ride at times but I felt that Ms Jones did a fabulous job relaying the depth of these two fabulous characters who I loved and connected to. I’m hoping we’ll get more from the side characters, and updated glimpses of how Sarah and Liam’s life together is going for them.
“What did you do? What the fuck did you do, Sarah? Why, why would you. . . ”
There is no question this story deserves five stars and if it were ever possible, I would have awarded it more. I haven’t stopped thinking about this book since reading the final words. What I don’t want to do is to give too much away as my recommendation to the prospective reader is pick up this magnificent tale and enjoy!
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It only takes one defining moment.
Sarah knows from the second she meets Liam that their connection is more than just instant attraction. It’s deep, it’s consuming, and has the potential to be the real thing. But true love comes at a price.
Fuelled by Liam’s past, Sarah’s issues, and a messy web of family ties, business partnerships, and exes, the combined forces threaten to snuff out their new found relationship.
Will that spark be smothered by outside forces? Or will they be carried like smoke from the ashes and sent spiralling skywards?
Written in Lesley Jones’ usual heartfelt, witty, and emotional voice, this dual point of view story is just the beginning of her Spiralling series.
About the Author
Lesley Jones was born and raised in Essex England but moved to Australia in 2006 with her family. Her first book was Saviour, followed up by Resolution. Next came books 1&2 in the Carnage series, then Conviction, a stand alone novel. In 2015, Marley, a Carnage companion book was released, with the series being neatly tied up by The Letters, published in February 2016. She has quickly gained a reputation as a writer of gritty, down to earth characters, involved in angsty and emotional plot lines. Carnage having won a number of awards for ‘Best Ugly Cry’ Her readers love the fact that she can switch her stories from hot and steamy, to snot bubble ugly crying, followed by laugh out loud moments, in the space of a few sentences. She has declared that the very best part of her job is meeting her readers and already has plans to travel to the U.S for several events during 2016/17, a list of which can be found on her web site. When not writing, she has admitted to being a prolific reader, getting through around four or five books a week. She is a fan of trashy reality TV, listening to music, watching her son play football and enjoys a glass of wine… or three.
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Author: Al Daltrey
Series: Pleasure Pain or Purpose: Book Three
Release Date: 17th November, 2016
Genre: Erotic Romance
Life is many things, but one thing it isn’t, is predictable. At times, pain weighs heavily on the heart, and then…the sky clears, the ground shifts, and happiness and pleasure return.
Billie finally emerges from her emotional slumber. She learns that while David is gone,
it doesn’t mean that her life can’t have restoration. Unless, secrets from
her kinky past threaten the promise of a new future? Jasmin decides to take a page from Billie’s book, and goes on a pilgrimage of her own.
Lessons learned on the Camino de Santiago will help frame her outlook on life.
Erotic encounters are never far behind.
Vicky fights the good fight against the cancer that has taken root in her body.
Andrew, for all his past discretions, stands by her every step of the way.
Together, the battle only makes them stronger.
Life is life, as the three best friends discover. It may not be easy…
but together they find renewed purpose.
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What KFF’s reviewer, Tracey Lou, has to say about the final conclusion of Pleasure, Pain or Purpose book three: Purpose.
She’s awarded it 5 Stars!
It was great to catch up with the girls again. I couldn’t wait to see what all three were up to and how they were all doing on their journey of life.
I envied the girls’ special bond they all had with each other. Knowing that they could rely on each other made my heart smile. Each one of them had endured Pain and Pleasure and now was the time for Purpose.
I used to call Billie a nomad. Always travelling, she couldn’t stay still but times were changing. Finally feeling at peace within herself after losing David, she decided to put down roots and move into her childhood home. And then we have Chad. He really likes Billie and would like to date her.
She sets him a task that he passes with flying colours. But if you don’t know the drill folks, read the book as all is to be revealed! As much as I would like to, I can’t give everything away ;). However, I will say it involves a tree house! Things aren’t at all plain sailing for either of them though. Is his determination going to be enough? And how will he react when he finds out that Billie is a submissive and that David would share her with others in the BDSM lifestyle? Aah, time will tell. Don’t you think it’s worth carrying on reading to discover what’s in store for these two? I did and I ask you not to doubt me!
Ooh, how I love this woman! Nothing changes; there she is, the epitome of a woman with balls of steel. Will she get her happy ever after? I truly hoped so! Watching the man she loves from afar embarking on a relationship with another woman breaks her heart . . . So, she does a Billie and decides to go on a trip overseas which will take her away for a few weeks. I really enjoyed her trip through the eyes of the author. I felt like I was walking there right beside her. And my, what a colourful bunch of people she met along the way. Each and every one are there for their own personal reasons. Returning home bring a few surprises. Some good, some not so good.
Will she get her HEA? . . . *smiles*
Battling cancer has finally put everything into perspective as only a life-threatening disease can do. Her insecurities have disappeared regarding Andrew and her marriage as both embark on the fight for her life. Together they stand firm and can defeat anything along with the help of Billie and Jasmin, her best friends. I connected with Vicky’s story on a personal level as I guess quite a few readers will. Her fight and her determination will hopefully see her through this.
I found this review a lot harder to write than normal. Trying not to give too much away was a lot harder than I thought it would be. I urge everyone to read this series as I feel, on a personal level, you will at least be able to connect with one of these ladies as I did.
Last but not least; I leave you with a few words regarding the author Al Daltrey. Congratulations! Bravo! You scored the perfect 10 yet again.
You had a story to tell and you told it well. My only moan, but a good one, was that I became totally engrossed in that one chapter I wanted to peek further in to see what happened next! This book was written with style and grace and I felt you handled the cancer storyline with the sensitivity that it deserved. *Smiles*
Pleasure Pain or Purpose: Book One – Pleasure
KFF’S 5 ★ Review ➜ HERE
Pleasure Pain or Purpose: Book Two – Pain
KFF’S 5 ★ Review ➜ HERE
By day I work in Marketing, which involves a fair amount of writing. Therefore, I never really had an interest to write for pleasure. When you do it all day, the last thing you want to do when you get home, is more writing. All the while, as my career progressed, so did my involvement in the BDSM lifestyle.
This interest in kinky sex started in my University years. Like most men, I loved meeting women, and especially the occasional one who didn’t mind being tied up, or blindfolded, or spanked. All sex was great, but kinky sex was more exciting, more exhilarating, and more fulfilling.
Over the years I was lucky enough to meet my fair share of submissive women. And don’t for a minute think these women were weak. Outside the bedroom they were confident, opinionated, gregarious and self-assured. However, inside the bedroom (so to speak) they wanted to feel the strong firm hand of a dominant man taking complete control.
Eventually I found the perfect partner, and am happily in a relationship.
One day, I flipped my laptop open, and to my surprise – I had an urge to write a BDSM story. Soon I had 20 pages, then 40, then 60. The novel that resulted was ‘Testing the Submissive’. The response was overwhelmingly positive, and the reviews excellent – all of which motivated me to continue writing. ‘A Condo with Two Views’ is my second full length novel, with other projects in the works. If you decide to give any of my writing a try, I hope you enjoy it!
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