Sempre Fi by Jane Harvey-Berrick 5*

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Semper Fi: The Education of Caroline: The Education of Caroline (The Education Series Book 3)

Ten years ago US Marine Sebastian Hunter was a teenager in love with a married woman—a woman who broke his heart.

Kicking his heels in a desk job in Geneva, he’s given the chance to get back to the action. Life just might be worth living again … until he meets the woman who broke him 10 years earlier.

Now she’s back, but he’ll do anything to keep her at arm’s length. Temptation doesn’t come much stronger, but he’d be a fool to fall for her again…

Caroline Venzi is a successful journalist, preparing to head out to report from the front lines of the war in Afghanistan. Love is the last thing on her mind when she crosses paths with Marine Sebastian Hunter.

Will this chance encounter reignite the erotic passion of their past?

This story is a re-telling of the best-selling contemporary romance ‘The Education of Caroline’, now told from US Marine Sebastian Hunter’s point of view.

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Every one that knows me, KNOWS! my love of anything JHB but my favourite series of all time is The Education of Sebastian and The Education of Caroline. So when I heard we were getting the Education of Caroline told from Sebatian’s POV I pee’d just a little.

I was worried because I had read the story I would maybe get a bit bored as I have in the past with re telling but from his POV. It…didn’t happen. It was awesome being in Sebastian’s head, He is some man. I love how Jane captures his vulnerability when it comes to Caro.  The passion between them is still as hot as it has ever been and it just shows as the saying goes True love never dies.

Tell your heart that your fear of suffering is worse than the suffering itself.

These words rang true to myself. As always with Jane there are a lot of note worthy lines. a few of my favourite came from Signora Carello Who owns a place where they stayed on their Italian travels

Amor regge senza legge- Love rules without Laws

and this one, I just adored.

L’amore mantiene giovani – The heart that loves is always young.

That’s an excuse to stay as young as you like 😉

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Knowing what you know from TEOC you’ll all be prepared for a certain time in their lives, in TEOC I wanted to give him a good old slap! but now all I want to do is give him a hug. To hear his thought was heart breaking and you can see why Jane is so passionate in helping her chosen charities. All in all a must read for me, especially if you are a fan of the previous books.

All profits from the book go toward the felix fund. To find out more check out their website.

http://www.felixfund.org.uk

To get in touch and find out a bit more about Jane Harvey-Berrick check out her website.

http://janeharveyberrick.com/

Take a bow Jane you’ve wowed us again.

Peace out – Rose

Kristen Ashley – Walk Through Fire 4.9*

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Walk Through Fire (The Chaos Series Book 4)

The flame never dies . . .

Millie Cross knows what it’s like to burn for someone. She was young and wild and he was fierce and even wilder-a Chaos biker who made her heart pound. They fell in love at first sight and life was good, until she learned she couldn’t be the woman he needed and made it so he had no choice but to walk away. Twenty years later, Millie’s chance run-in with her old flame sparks a desire she just can’t ignore. And this time, she won’t let him ride off . . .

Bad boy Logan “High” Judd has seen his share of troubles with the law. Yet it was a beautiful woman who broke him. After ending a loveless marriage, High is shocked when his true love walks back into his life. Millie is still gorgeous, but she’s just a ghost of her former self. High’s intrigued at the change, but her betrayal cut him deep-and he doesn’t want to get burned again. As High sinks into meting out vengeance for Millie’s betrayal, he’ll break all over again when he realizes just how Millie walked through fire for her man . . .

Walk through fire is about Millie and High (Logan, low) They were madly in love in their youth, Millie ditched High after 3 years but no-one ever knew why. They were perfect for each other. Millie was born to step in to the shoes of an old lady. So why after such an epic tale of love did Millie through it all away?

After 20 years Millie sees High in a Chipolte and from there things get explosive and very very dirty with a little heart-break thrown in for good measure. New friendships are made along the way.

Fuck them. All of them. Especially Logan. He was dead to me.

There is a lot of heart-break along the way. Millie’s secret broke my heart, I just wanted to hug her and slap High for being so blind!

I found from all the old ladies I connected with Millie more than the others. She was just existing until High came back in to her life with the usual bang you’d expect from Chaos. We also get a few povs from Tack and Tyra. I don’t want to give away too much to spoil the read. I only had one issue with the book and that was the length. I felt there was some bits that could have been removed and would have still kept the amazing story line running. but as always I got to the end of the book and wanted more.

I mean who doesn’t want more of a KA Alpha!

Peace out – Rose

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A Lover’s Lament by KL Grayson & BT Urruela (4.5*)

Reviewed by Emma

In a matter of seconds my entire world changed, and it was in that moment that I stopped living and simply began to exist.

In my grief, I sent a letter to the first boy I ever loved. I hoped in writing it I’d find some peace from the nightmare I was living, some solace in my anger.

I didn’t expect him to write back. I wasn’t prepared for his words, and I certainly wasn’t ready for the impact this soldier would have on my life. A deep-rooted hate transformed into friendship, and then molded into a love like I’d never known before.

Sergeant Devin Ulysses Clay did what I couldn’t: he put the shattered pieces of my heart back together, restoring my faith in humanity and teaching me how to live again.

But now that I’m whole, I have a decision to make. Do I return to my life as I knew it and the fiancé I left behind, or do I walk away from it all for the only man to ever break my heart?

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I’ve been living in hell, but you won’t hear me complain.

These men depend on me, as I do them, and this brotherhood is the only family I’ve ever known.

The Army saved me from a callous mother and a life on the wrong side of the tracks that was quickly spiraling out of control. So unlike most of the men in my platoon, going home wasn’t something I longed for.

I was content overseas, spending my days defending this country that gave me my life back. Fighting became my new normal … until her.

A letter from Katie Devora—a letter that I almost didn’t open. Her words put a fire back inside of me that I didn’t know I’d lost. She gave me hope during a time when I was fighting every day just to stay alive, and now it’s time I fight for her.LoversLament

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It’s taken me about 2 days to be able to write this review. I was trying so hard to find a negative (yep your read that right) about this collaboration, because in my experience the only collaboration that works is Ker Dukey and DH Sidebottom. In the end I found one, well… it’s not really a negative, it’s just in personal opinion A Lover’s Lament was too damn short!!

I wanted needed more.

It’s obvious from the get-go that Katie and Devon are soulmates. The prologue sets the story perfectly, it draws you in, it rips your heart out. Apart for 10 years Katie and Devon are brought together again after the death of the man who played a hand in  pushing them apart.

I suck in a sharp breath at the sight of his name. “Impossible,” I murmur, sitting up in the recliner. There is no way that there’s more than one Devin Ulysses Clay walking this earth. It’s impossible. Right?

This book has it all. I laughed, I cried and found myself stepping outside to grab some air every so often, a long cold shower was also needed at one point.

“I love being inside of you,” he whispers before brushing my hair out of the way and kissing the back of my neck. ” You feel so fucking good, it hurts. This is perfection. You’re perfection.”

Devin’s PoV makes it feel like you were there. The writing is so vivid, it really is incredible. I could smell the dirt and grime in the tents he bunked in and the heat of the sun beating down on his face. There’s certainly no skimming over the details.

Katie, could at times be a little unlikable, although she did redeem herself. She seemed immature in comparison to Devin. Even taking into consideration her heartbreak, her behavior could be off-putting. You could feel the love she had for Devin.

It’s a poignant second chance romance, one of re-awakening and forgiveness. It’s both heart-wrenching and heart warming. It’s full of love and loss as well as hope and despair. It’s a story of love that never died.

“I feel it, Katie.” Everything around me blurs as tears fill my eyes. “You do? Because I feel it, and it’s powerful and overwhelming and I thought I had moved past it, and then all of a sudden, there it was again, and…” 

Pretty Things (Pretty 3) by Donna Alam (5*)

ARC Provided in exchange for honest review.

Release Date 14th October

Pre Order Not available.

Book 1: Pretty Hot

Book 2: Pretty Liar 

Kate Saunders didn’t believe in happy endings, especially after finding her fiancé between another woman’s thighs. So when she met Kai, she was sure he’d be nothing more than a hot one night stand. Charismatic, dominant and dirty mouthed, Kai wasn’t supposed to be her Prince Charming. Maybe more her Mr Right Now. Against her better instincts, she’d fallen in love.

Kai makes a little wrong look a whole lot of right, but he’s learning that good looks, charm and a talented tongue don’t always get you what you want. Wealth, privilege and family are sometimes their own bonds.
It’s not a forbidden love, but it’s a troubled one. One that might force Kai to reveal his not so pretty side . . .

Join Kate and Kai in Australia as they embark on the final leg of their journey in the heart-pounding, seat squirming, and hilarious conclusion to the trilogy. Lies, secrets and shocking truths will be revealed as they discover the destination isn’t always the most important part of the journey. Sometimes the best bits are just where you get off.

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*I was given an ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review*

I would recommend reading the series in order as Pretty Things follows on from where book 2 ended,and for at least the first 30%, as much as I loved Kai in the previous books, I began to question that love! Due to the events that made Kate return quickly to her native Oz, her own insecurities/trust issues coming to a head, Kai followed her, and I felt he was cold/using his dominant nature over her. However, on re-reading for a second time, I could understand his actions because of how he truly felt about Kate:

“How could you say you love, yet think so little of me? Did you ever, really? Trust that I’d do you no harm”
“I know such a lot about you Kate. Know how to push your buttons, make you come hard. Know how to love you.  But you? You seem to know nothing about me.  Do you know how that makes me feel?”

In the same way,I could appreciate how Kate felt:

“Because I know he’s trying to punish me, push me to submit-and I want to.  I also know he’s better at this game than I’ll ever be”
“Because I don’t trust myself around you-self preservation dragged me from that hotel, without leaving,would I have had the strength to walk away…”

A return to Dubai,and a new life together but again interference from Faris (Kai’s father) means not all goes to plan, add into the mix cousin Essam and the(b***h) Sophia will they will get a HEA. As ever, Niamh(Kate’s friend) adds some light relief, as does Kate I laughed out loud at many times and of course the intimate scenes between Kai and Kate are as H.O.T. if not more than before.

What I love about all three books is the way the author writes. You get the feel of the lifestyle and wealth,the exotic location(s) and the characters created. The Epilogue is perfect for Kai and Kate and I am hoping it is not the last we see of them as I am sure there is more to tell.

Kai “Because for me,there is only you…”
Kate “I love you Kais Al Khalfan”

**Cover Reveal** Unshakable by Gigi Aceves

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Title: Unshakable (Able Series #4)
Author: Gigi Aceves
Cover Reveal: October 9
Genre: New Adult
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The Wildflower and Her Shield

Sophia Andrews craves simplicity in the complex mosaic world of politics.

Damien Williams thrives in the complex environment of the Secret Service with great simplicity.

As their worlds collide, so do their feelings for each other.

Damien is her Shield. Sophia is his ever-rebellious Wildflower. His love and affection is her only wish and desire. Her safety is his prime concern. What happens when he tries to protect Sophia from the very world she exists in?

Will he choose his love for his job or his love for the woman he serves to protect? Will loving Damien hinder her own happiness? Can Sophia do what is expected of her, or will she take a stand?

Will the pomp that surrounds Sophia and Damien be the circumstance that will make their love UNSHAKABLE?

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After growing up in the Philippines, I now live in California with my husband and two girls. My husband survived two bouts of cancer, AML Leukemia and Mucoid Carcinoma; hence, the inspiration for Unbreakable. I thank the good Lord for healing my husband, twice. It can’t get any better than that.

Our oldest, Andrea is a junior in APU. When she looks at my computer, the first thing out of her mouth is “Mom! What are you looking at? Dad!” Our youngest, Allysa is a freshman in high school. The few times she passed by me and looked over my shoulder when I was writing, her reaction was, “Mom! I’m telling dad!” There you have it; I have two double agents in my house. What happened to loyalty?

If my husband is the ying to my yang, Andrea is the Marlin to my Dory while Allysa is the Buzz Lightyear to my Woody. I love the beach, but I hate the sand; I love to travel, but I hate to fly; I love to eat but, I hate gaining weight (all women can relate to this); and so goes my little quirks in life.

Am I crazy? Well, the jury is still out on that one; however, I’d like to think if I can make one person smile with my craziness, it’s all worth it.

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Must Reads

Our Must Reads…books old and new that we think everyone should read at least once.

The list will grow and change and will be updated as often as possible, you can click the covers to find out more and to purchase from Amazon UK.

Please note: The sections they are in are the ones we think they are suited too, they may or may not match up with the amazons categories.

Alpha Male/ Tattooed Bad Boy


Rockstar  

    

         

**Double Time features MM, MMF and MFM scenes.

Military

        

Fighter

   

**RAZE is also quite dark.

New Adult

                  

Erotic Romance

     


Romance

              
                                                           

Biker

                   


M/M 

           

Sports


Mind F*ck/Taboo/ Dark Reads (most of these have trigger warnings, please be aware)

                       

Paranormal


**Lover at Last features MM scenes


Who are the Rockettes?

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The Rock Hard Romance Rockettes are our Facebook group, we can chat more openly in here without or family and friends seeing our love of hot guys and the smut we read. Feel free to join us – here!

The original Rockettes are four book lovers, Vicki, Shaz, Emma and Rose. They are the admins on Facebook, the reviewers on here and the general sharers of smut in the group. Find out more about them below.

Rose met Emma and Vicki at RARE 2014, and then Shaz at the Silver City Signing in Aberdeen in August 2015. There will be an Original Rockette meet-up sometime in the new year!

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I’m Rose, Busy working Mum of 2 gorgeous girls, 3 all together if you count the man child that is my Husband.

I got in to reading Romance after reading The Secret Diary of  a Call Girl by Belle De Jour. I’ve always read, its only in the last 8 years I’ve discovered smut.

I love everything from contemporary to dark. I struggle a little with paranormal, but if you have something you think could sway me, let me know.

I’m the first Rockette. I started the blog nearly two years ago but between work and family life I wasn’t getting as much as I wanted done. I asked my amazing friends who I have met at signings (who I speak to more than my friends I see everyday!) If they wanted to join. Its been AMAZING having them, Our blog is looking great and hearing the different ideas and general smut oh and not forgetting the pictures is a daily love of mine now.

This is the hard bit. Favourite authors. First is Jane Harvey- Berrick – I fan girled so hard, It took me nearly two hours to go up and just say hi at the RARE14 pre signing party. so glad I did. The queen of Alpha Kristen Ashley- Who I get to fan girl/ cry over in July.
A quick list of my musts read authors. Fisher Amilie,  Tiffanie DeBartolo, Colleen Hoover, Jamie McGuire, Kylie Scott, Joanna Wylde, Bella Jewel, Belle Aurora, Aurora Rose Reynolds, L.A Casey, Tillie Cole, CJ Roberts, Penelope Ward, Harper Sloan, Jay Crownover (Rome is MINE) Tracey Garvis Graves, Samantha Young, S.C Stephens. Okay I’ll stop now or I won’t be able to stop. 🙂

Don’t be afraid to give us a message we’d love to help out however we can.

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Hi, I’m a busy working mum who loves to read and be transported into someones imagination.  I can read almost any genre but I’m happiest reading New Adult and Contemporary Romance.  I’ll swoon over your hot alpha males. Ugly cry alongside your heroines.  Laugh out loud at your humour and fan myself at your eroticism but I also love dark reads so don’t be afraid to pull me into the darkness. I like to visit there.

My favourite Authors are Kristen Ashley, Madeline Sheehan, Callie Hart, Tillie Cole, Pepper Winters, Ker Dukey, Penelope Ward, Vi Keeland, Belle Aurora and R L Mathewson to name but a few, however, I am always looking for new Authors to fan girl over.
I will always be honest in my reviews and I appreciate you sharing your hard work with me.
Shaz x
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Hi Vicki here…After reading FSOG it opened up a whole different world of books to me,and as a result I have an ever-growing Book Boyfriend list…Biker’s/Alpha hotness/CEO’s/Rock Stars/Dark and twisted/M/M/Paranormal(some)/Hockey Players/ YA…there are probably others that I’ve missed but you get the idea!
As I say ‘Fantasy-land’ is way better than reality at times-and I am in awe of the authors I have come across over the last few years,and some I have had the pleasure of meeting in person at the signing events I have attended.I ‘popped my signing cherry’ (ahem) so to speak at RARE in Edinburgh in 2014..didn’t know what to expect but had an amazing day..met all the authors I wanted and also met some new friends,Rose being one of them!
This year two events..in April The Tattooed Bad Boys Signing at York and Shaz came with me to The Silver City Signing in Aberdeen,where again meeting old and new authors and like minded readers  who’ve become friends.
I love a book that makes me laugh out loud,get emotional,pushes the boundaries,and where possible a good Epilogue! I will give an honest review,trying not to give spoilers!
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Hey I’m Emma, newest Rockette on the blog. I’m a busy working mum who loves picking up a book whenever I get the chance. I love to read all kinds of romance books. I go through phases with favourites, a few weeks ago it was all about the ‘man sausage’ with M/M reads, followed by a week of paranormal (non sparkly vamps please!), then I decided I had to get stuck into my reading list for London and caught up with some old favourites, including YA/NA and erotic reads!
My go-to authors(those where the synopsis and cover don’t even matter) include: Harper Sloan (if I ever meet her, I’ll cry!), Madeline Sheehan, Kirsty Moseley, Ker Dukey, Tillie Cole, C.J Roberts, J.R Ward, Olivia Cunning and more recently Jane Harvey-Berrick (lets blame Rose for my new addiction)!
I love reading new authors and discovering new loves.