REVIEW: King of Wrath by Ana Huang (Kings of Sin #1)

Tropes: Arranged Marriage, Billionaire Romance, Enemies to Lovers, Mafia Romance, Only One Bed

Age Range: Adult

Genre: Contemporary Romance

She’s the wife he never wanted…and the weakness he never saw coming.

Ruthless. Meticulous. Arrogant. 

Dante Russo thrives on control, both personally and professionally.

The billionaire CEO never planned to marry—
until the threat of blackmail forces him into an engagement with a woman he barely knows.

Vivian Lau, jewelry heiress and daughter of his newest enemy.

It doesn’t matter how beautiful or charming she is. He’ll do everything in his power to destroy the evidence and their betrothal.  

There’s only one problem: now that he has her…he can’t bring himself to let her go.

***
Elegant. Ambitious. Well-mannered.

Vivian Lau is the perfect daughter and her family’s ticket into the highest echelons of high society.

Marrying a blue-blooded Russo means opening doors that would otherwise remain closed to her new-money family.

While the rude, elusive Dante isn’t her idea of a dream partner, she agrees to their arranged marriage out of duty. 

Craving his touch was never part of the plan. 

Neither was the worst thing she could possibly do: fall in love with her future husband.


Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

Rating: 3.5 Stars 

CAWPILE: 6.786

“You take the most ordinary or unexpected things and make them extraordinary.”

Ana Huang’s books are unrealistic romance dream candy and once you understand that, they are an absolute delight to read. Its been a while since I finished this book, and yet I still remember my reading experience being absolutely WILD.

King of Wrath is the first book in a new romance series from Ana Huang. It follows Vivian, the daughter of a wealthy new-money jewellery merchant, and Dante is the CEO of a luxury conglomerate. When Dante and Vivian unwillingly enter an arranged marriage, they are forced to spend time together, even as one plots to take the other down…

This book wasn’t realistic. It wasn’t meant to be. It was fanfic trope candy.

I liked that Dante pretended not to care about Vivian but in reality, was the most protective alpha of them all. I kind of wished that Vivian was forced to go on his business trips with her so that they had to spend more time together, but the distance did create its own interesting conflict.

I LOVED the snippets we got of Kai and just the wealthy illusion of the Valhalla club… it was giving me dark academia aesthetic… but mafia romance edition?

I could sit here and complain about the secrets, the miscommunication. But I binge read five ana huang books and I think that speaks for itself.

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REVIEW: Meet-Cute by Helena Hunting

Tropes: Celebrity Romance, Forced Proximity, Single Parents

Age Range: Adult

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Talk about an embarrassing introduction. On her first day of law school, Kailyn ran quite literally into the actor she crushed on as a teenager, ending with him sprawled on top of her. Mortified to discover the Daxton Hughes was also a student in her class, her embarrassment over their meet-cute quickly turned into a friendship she never expected. Of course, she never saw his betrayal coming either…

Now, eight years later, Dax is in her office asking for legal advice. Despite her anger, Kailyn can’t help feeling sorry for the devastated man who just became sole guardian to his thirteen-year-old sister. But when her boss gets wind of Kailyn’s new celebrity client, there’s even more at stake than Dax’s custody issues: if she gets Dax to work at their firm, she’ll be promoted to partner.

The more time Kailyn spends with Dax and his sister, the more she starts to feel like a family, and the more she realizes the chemistry they had all those years ago is as fresh as ever. But will they be able to forgive the mistakes of the past, or will one betrayal lead to another?


Rating: 2 out of 5.

Rating: 2.25 Stars 

CAWPILE: 4.571

“I think you learn how to live with holes in your heart. You can’t patch them up, or plug them with other people, but you find ways to make it bearable, if that makes sense.”

Bear with me as I try to catch up with all the romance book reviews I missed over the last couple months. Yikes!

Meet-Cute follows Kailyn and Dax, two lawyers who went to college together. Dax was a child tv star and Kailyn was quite literally his greatest fan. When they meet ‘cute’ in college, Kailyn embarrasses herself royally and spends the years competing playfully with Dax until he betrays her in their final assessment. Now, years later, Dax has suddenly become the guardian of his sister and as her legal conservator, Kailyn is obligated to help. As the two try to establish a new normal for Dax and his sister, they find themselves becoming closer once again.

This was a fine romance. It has the trope candy and embarrassing interactions that you want from a romcom, with some more serious reflections and real discussions of grief as well. However, it really did not land for me.

Kailyn came across as the stereotypical ‘crazy’ fangirl. As someone that is quite inward and socially awkward, the second-hand embarrassment from Kailyn’s actions was TOO much. It was also a bit weird that after only a couple years Dax does not recognise Kailyn AT ALL? Like, you attended college with her for years???

The miscommunication in this book was a real issue, but so was the disbelief. It frustrated me so much that Dax didn’t believe his sister when he had no real reason to believe otherwise. I wasn’t the biggest fan of the fact that the aunt was the stereotypical villain in the story – it felt very surface level, and there were opportunities for the author to delver deeper.

That said, there were some cute moments. I liked Kailyn helping Dax to find period products for his little sister. That was funny. The audiobook narration was pretty good and there were no outright problematic scenes. Unfortunately these days, that’s a plus.

Give it a go if you have no other options but there are definitely better Helena Hunting books out there.

REVIEW: The Marriage Game by Sara Desai (The Marriage Game #1)

Genre: Romance, Contemporary Romance

Age Range: Adult

Tropes: Enemies to Lovers, Forced Proximity, Grump and Sunshine

A high stakes wager pits an aspiring entrepreneur against a ruthless CEO in this sexy romantic comedy.

After her life falls apart, recruitment consultant Layla Patel returns home to her family in San Francisco. But in the eyes of her father, who runs a Michelin starred restaurant, she can do no wrong. He would do anything to see her smile again. With the best intentions in mind, he offers her the office upstairs to start her new business and creates a profile on an online dating site to find her a man. She doesn’t know he’s arranged a series of blind dates until the first one comes knocking on her door…

As CEO of a corporate downsizing company Sam Mehta is more used to conflict than calm. In search of a quiet new office, he finds the perfect space above a cozy Indian restaurant that smells like home. But when communication goes awry, he’s forced to share his space with the owner’s beautiful yet infuriating daughter Layla, her crazy family, and a parade of hopeful suitors, all of whom threaten to disrupt his carefully ordered life.

As they face off in close quarters, the sarcasm and sparks fly. But when the battle for the office becomes a battle of the heart, Sam and Layla have to decide if this is love or just a game.


Rating: 5 out of 5.

Rating: 4.75 Stars

CAWPILE: 9.0357

“Love doesn’t always hit like a thunderbolt. Sometimes it can grow quietly in the background until one day you realize it is there.”

Its rare that a romance book these days feels truly unique and special. So many are published every year that at one point or another every concept has been reused or recycled. This book felt like it was in its own league.

The Marriage Game follows Layla and Sam, two business owners occupying the same office space above Layla’s family’s Indian restaurant. Layla has just moved back home after her life in the city imploded and when her father has a heart attack, she decides to finally strike out on her own, taking the office space above her family restaurant to start her own recruitment agency. And when she finds out her father secretly signed her up for an online matchmaking service, she decides to meet his list of approved matches. Sam is in the business of firing people, so its ironic that he ends up sharing the office with Layla. He has his own personal gripes with the matchmaking tradition, so when he finds out about Laylas matches he steps in to chaperone their dates.

This is a loveable, family-based romance story. Every character cared so much about the people around them and it made even the most serious moments extremely sweet. Sam and Layla had chemistry from the first moment they stepped onto the stage, and this book has a really nice subplot of moving on from an abusive relationship and domestic violence through the story of Sam’s sister.

I wont write an extremely long review, but I just have to give this book props. I’ve now reread it once and I will absolutely be rereading it again. The audiobook narration (which I read the second time around) was also 10/10.

REVIEW: Icebreaker by Hannah Grace (UCMH #1)

Tropes: College Romance, Figure Skating Romance, Hockey Romance, Sports Romance

Age Range: New Adult

Genre: Romance, Contemporary Romance

Anastasia Allen has worked her entire life for a shot at Team USA.

A competitive figure skater since she was five years old, a full college scholarship thanks to her place on the Maple Hills skating team, and a schedule that would make even the most driven person weep, Stassie comes to win.

No exceptions.

Nathan Hawkins has never had a problem he couldn’t solve. As captain of the Maple Hills Titans, he knows the responsibility of keeping the hockey team on the ice rests on his shoulders.

When a misunderstanding results in the two teams sharing a rink, and Anastasia’s partner gets hurt in the aftermath, Nate finds himself swapping his stick for tights, and one scary coach for an even scarier one.

The pair find themselves stuck together in more ways than one, but it’s fine, because Anastasia doesn’t even like hockey players…right?


Rating: 2.5 out of 5.

Rating: 2.25 Stars

CAWPILE: 4.429

“Don’t give me that shit. I’ve seen what you have on your smutty bookshelf.”

And so we have another addition to the wattpad turned trad-published romance novel saga.

Icebreaker follows Anastasia Allen, a college figure skater. When a college prank causes one of the school’s ice rinks to be out of action, Anastacia must share the rink with the college ice hockey team and its captain, Nathan Hawkins.

Theres not much to say about icebreaker. It’s a fluffy college friends to lover romance book. It definitely maintains that classic wattpad writing style – overly exaggerative and obvious. The characters fit the stereotype – Aaron, one of the villains, is excessively mean and toxic. Henry, the ‘sweet loveable guy,’ keeps tampons and female accessories in his room.

The conflict in this one is also really frustrating – Anastasia refuses to stand up to anyone that goes against her. Its obvious that Aaron is too much, she just needs to let him go.

REVIEW: Tools of Engagement by Tessa Bailey (Hot & Hammered #3)

Tropes: Age Gap, Cowboy Romance, Reno Romance, Single Parents

Age Range: Adult

Genre: Romance, Contemporary Romance

Hair, makeup, clothing, decor… everything in Bethany Castle’s world is organized, planned, and styled to perfection. Which is why the homes she designs for her family’s real estate business are the most coveted in town. The only thing not perfect? Her track record with men. She’s on a dating hiatus and after helping her friends achieve their dreams, Bethany finally has time to focus on her own: flip a house, from framework to furnishings, all by herself. Except her older brother runs the company and refuses to take her seriously.

When a television producer gets wind of the Castle sibling rivalry, they’re invited on Flip Off, a competition to see who can do the best renovation. Bethany wants bragging rights, but she needs a crew and the only member of her brother’s construction team willing to jump ship is Wes Daniels, the new guy in town. His Texas drawl and handsome face got under Bethany’s skin on day one, but the last thing she needs is some cocky young cowboy in her way.

As the race to renovate heats up, Wes and Bethany are forced into close quarters, trading barbs and biting banter as they remodel the ugliest house on the block. It’s a labor of love, hate, and everything in between, and soon sparks are flying. But Bethany’s perfectly structured life is one kiss away from going up in smoke and she knows falling for a guy like Wes would be a flipping disaster.


Rating: 3 out of 5.

Rating: 3 Stars 

CAWPILE: 5.857

“Expecting perfect can only lead to disappointment. Besides, it’s the flaws that give a person character. That’s where the beauty hides.”

What to say about this one?

Tools of Engagement follows Bethany, a stager for her brothers construction company. When she gets tired of being repeatedly turned down for her own flip, she strikes out on her own, taking younger cowboy Wes with her as her foreman on her new build. Wes has just moved to town to take care of his five year old niece, and cant help but be intrigued by Bethany’s ice cold perfection. And with a new reality show watching their every move, things are about to heat up…

This was definitely my favourite installment in the Hot & Hammered trilogy. I really sympathised with Bethany’s need for everything to be absolutely perfect. I loved her character development – letting go of the ‘ice princess’ persona and letting herself get messy every now and again. I did want to see her seek out professional help, but you get what you get.

I’m not normally a fan of age gap and while I don’t think that it was necessary given the context of the book, I actually didn’t mind it in Tools of Engagement. Bethany is definitely insecure about the age difference between her and Wes, but Wes does not give a shit at all! Once he realises that shes uncomfortable with it, he stops using it as a tool to tease her with immediately.

One thing I did want to see more of was the relationship between the siblings. I wanted to see Bethany resolve her conflict with her brother throughout the book, rather than just in a quick scene at the end. I felt like it was a bit weird that she kept her relationship with Wes separate from her family, especially when they were literally moving in together.

I loved Wes’ niece though – she was so  cute!

This book wasn’t anything special, and it definitely had way to high of a smut-plot ratio, but it was pretty solid.

REVIEW: Klara and the Sun by Kazuo Ishiguro

Tropes: Artificial Intelligence

Age Range: Adult

Genre: Literature, Sci-Fi

From her place in the store, Klara, an Artificial Friend with outstanding observational qualities, watches carefully the behavior of those who come in to browse, and of those who pass on the street outside. She remains hopeful that a customer will soon choose her, but when the possibility emerges that her circumstances may change forever, Klara is warned not to invest too much in the promises of humans.

In Klara and the Sun, Kazuo Ishiguro looks at our rapidly changing modern world through the eyes of an unforgettable narrator to explore a fundamental question: what does it mean to love?


Rating: 3 out of 5.

Rating: 3 Stars 

CAWPILE: 5.718

“Until recently, I didn’t think that humans could choose
loneliness. That there were sometimes forces more powerful than the wish to avoid loneliness.”

This was interesting!

Klara and the Sun is a recent Sci-Fi literary piece that I was required to read for my contemporary literature university class. It follows Klara, an Artificial Friend, which, as far as I can piece together is a humanlike child robot doll. We follow her from the shop to her new home and the relationships and discoveries she makes in-between.

This book was a confusing read, but I liked what I read. The narrative voice of Klara was really creative – emotionally detached a little, human but artificial at the same time. I liked that in her own way, she really did love Josie her owner, and that’s reflected in the novel.

Ishiguro really doesn’t flesh out the concepts he introduces. Many, such as “lifting” and even the whole deification of the sun, aren’t explained but are rather left to the readers imagination. The world-building felt vague and unresolved. I felt like it would have been more successful overall if the author just ‘went all the way’ in his development – made the subtext a little more sinister, the ending a little more clear.

Ultimately, this is a sad but thoughtful piece. It doesn’t leave you with much, but is clever all the same.

REVIEW: To Love or Lose Her by Tessa Bailey (Hot & Hammered #2)

Tropes: Marriage in Trouble

Age Range: Adult

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Rosie and Dominic Vega are the perfect couple: high school sweethearts, best friends, madly in love. Well, they used to be, anyway. Now, Rosie’s lucky to get a caveman grunt from the ex-soldier every time she walks in the door. Dom is faithful and a great provider, but the man she fell in love with 10 years ago is nowhere to be found. When her girlfriends encourage Rosie to demand more out of life and pursue her dream of opening a restaurant, she decides to demand more out of love, too. Three words: marriage boot camp.

Never in a million years did Rosie believe her stoic, too-manly-to emote husband would actually agree to relationship rehab with a weed-smoking hippie. Dom talking about feelings? Sitting on pillows? Communing with nature? Learning love languages? Nope. But to her surprise, he’s all in, and it forces her to admit her own role in their cracked foundation. As they complete one ridiculous – yet surprisingly helpful – assignment after another, their remodeled relationship gets stronger than ever. Except just as they’re getting back on track, Rosie discovers Dom has a secret… and it could demolish everything.



Rating: 2 out of 5.

Rating: 2 Stars 

CAWPILE: 4.214

“We build resentments toward our loved ones. Sometimes we’re not even aware of them. But they grow so strong, they prevent us from remembering what we loved about our partners in the first place. Maybe one or both no longer wants to give their significant other the satisfaction of showing their amusement, so the other person stops trying. And the laughter dies.”

Oof.

This book had so much potential, but it let me down so.

The sequel to Fix Her Up, To Love Her or Lose Her is the story of Rosie and Dominic Vega, the high school golden couple of their small town. For years they’ve been living in stiff silence, slowly falling away from each other and Rosie has finally had enough. She gives Dominic one last chance to fix their marriage – all-in therapy – and together they must work together to stop from falling apart.

The first 70% of this book, I really loved. I loved the little things that Dominic did to take care of her – paying the security guard extra to keep her safe, heating her car up every morning. I loved Rosie and her dreams for her own restaurant. And as always, I loved the side characters and their bantering humour.

But God do I hate the miscommunication trope! 90% of the conflict could have just been resolved if Dominic had been honest with Rosie even just a few chapters earlier. Instead, the characters just had sex. Over and over and over again.

I wanted the author to delve more into what got Dom to where he is in the novel – Afghanistan, PTSD, his father. Instead, his past trauma was just mentioned in passing sentences and felt like a weak excuse.

This wasn’t a bad book by any means, I just wanted a little more.

REVIEW: Twisted Lies by Ana Huang (Twisted #4)

Tropes: Billionaire Romance, Fake Dating, Grump and Sunshine, He Falls First, Roommates to Lovers, Slow Burn Romance

Age Range: Adult

Genre: Contemporary Romance

He’ll do anything to have her…including lie.

Charming, deadly, and smart enough to hide it, Christian Harper is a monster dressed in the perfectly tailored suits of a gentleman.

He has little use for morals and even less use for love, but he can’t deny the strange pull he feels toward the woman living just one floor below him.

She’s the object of his darkest desires, the only puzzle he can’t solve. And when the opportunity to get closer to her arises, he breaks his own rules to offer her a deal she can’t refuse.

Every monster has their weakness. She’s his.

His obsession.
His addiction.
His only exception.

**

Sweet, shy, and introverted despite her social media fame, Stella Alonso is a romantic who keeps her heart in a cage.

Between her two jobs, she has little time or desire for a relationship.

But when a threat from her past drives her into the arms—and house—of the most dangerous man she’s ever met, she’s tempted to let herself feel something for the first time in a long time.

Because despite Christian’s cold nature, he makes her feel everything when she’s with him.

Passionate.
Protected.
Truly wanted.

Theirs is a love twisted with secrets and tainted by lies…and when the truths are finally revealed, they could shatter everything.


Rating: 2.5 out of 5.

Rating: 2.25 Stars 

CAWPILE: 4.429

“Darkness was always drawn to light, but I wasn’t just drawn to her; I was fucking obsessed. I would throw myself into her flame and let it burn me alive if it meant her warmth was the last thing I felt before I died.”

Yikes.

Okay, so first of all, I want to address the context surrounding me reading this book that may have affected this rating. I am in the middle of uni assessment right now. I probably did not have the mental capacity to pay as much attention to this book as I might have on the holidays. I’m tired. That always changes things.

BUT…

I don’t think that this book is all the hype that its been given.

Twisted Lies follows Stella, the fourth and last member of the Twisted friendship group. She is a social media influencer and aspiring fashion designer, who, after she is fired, enters into a fake relationship with billionaire security company CEO Christian to bolster her social media following. And when some negative aspects of her past return, she’ll need to rely on him for her personal safety as well.

This book had SO MUCH PLOT. Everything that could happen, did happen. Fake dating, stalkers, serial killer vibes… I kind of want Ana Huang to just spread all her ideas across a bunch of different romances, rather than trying to cram all the tropes into a couple of books.

Christian was NOT cool. He was giving red flags all around. Like (SPOILER) – killing the guy who touched her ass?????? A little extreme. Also, he’d been following her and keeping files on her for months?? Sis, call the FBI. Run.

I really wanted Stella to just gain a little bit of confidence and independence and just go for what she wants on her own. She has a massive social media following? She could start a business off of that.

This was 500 pages of chaos, and there are definitely romance series that I would recommend before this one. I love that the hype around the twisted series has contributed to a greater appreciation of the romance genre as a whole but would lead readers towards different starting places.

REVIEW: Fix Her Up by Tessa Bailey (Hot & Hammered #1)

Tropes: Baseball Romance, Brother’s Best Friend, Childhood Friends to Lovers, Fake Dating, Grump and Sunshine, She Fell First He Fell Harder, Sports Romance, Unrequited Crush

Age Range: Adult

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Georgette Castle’s family runs the best home renovation business in town, but she picked balloons instead of blueprints and they haven’t taken her seriously since. Frankly, she’s over it. Georgie loves planning children’s birthday parties and making people laugh, just not at her own expense. She’s determined to fix herself up into a Woman of the World… whatever that means.

Phase one: new framework for her business (a website from this decade, perhaps?)

Phase two: a gut-reno on her wardrobe (fyi, leggings are pants.)

Phase three: updates to her exterior (do people still wax?)

Phase four: put herself on the market (and stop crushing on Travis Ford!)

Living her best life means facing the truth: Georgie hasn’t been on a date since, well, ever. Nobody’s asking the town clown out for a night of hot sex, that’s for sure. Maybe if people think she’s having a steamy love affair, they’ll acknowledge she’s not just the “little sister” who paints faces for a living. And who better to help demolish that image than the resident sports star and tabloid favorite?

Travis Ford was major league baseball’s hottest rookie when an injury ended his career. Now he’s flipping houses to keep busy and trying to forget his glory days. But he can’t even cross the street without someone recapping his greatest hits. Or making a joke about his… bat. And then there’s Georgie, his best friend’s sister, who is not a kid anymore. When she proposes a wild scheme—that they pretend to date, to shock her family and help him land a new job—he agrees. What’s the harm? It’s not like it’s real. But the girl Travis used to tease is now a funny, full-of-life woman and there’s nothing fake about how much he wants her…


Rating: 2.5 out of 5.

Rating: 2.5 Stars 

CAWPILE: 5.071

“I’ve met her twice in my life. This time, I was smart enough to fall in love with her.”

Hmmmm….

I have very mixed feelings about this one.

In one sense, I loved the small town, quirky family aspects. I loved that Georgie was literally a clown and if you like smut, this was pretty good.

HOWEVER

This was kind of problematic. Travis disrupts Georgies life (which she has a right to have! Because suddenly he sees her as a women and he doesn’t want a relationship with her but if he cant have her no one else can either. He also called her “baby girl” a lot which was NOT the vibe.

I wanted to throttle her family and while I absolutely loved the scene where Travis stands up for her at the dinner table, I wanted more of a comeuppance. I wanted the family to have to grovel for Georgies forgiveness.

Honestly? I kind of want a Pete romance.

REVIEW: Indigo Ridge by Devney Perry (The Edens #1)

Tropes: Cowboy Romance, One Night Stand, Police Romance, Small Town Romance

Age Range: Adult

Genre: Contemporary Romance/Romantic Suspense

Winslow Covington believes in life, liberty and the letter of the law. As Quincy, Montana’s new chief of police, she’s determined to prove herself to the community and show them she didn’t earn her position because her grandfather is the mayor.

According to her pops, all she has to do is earn favor with the Edens. But winning over the town’s founding family might have been easier if not for her one-night stand with their oldest son. In her defense, it was her first night in town and she didn’t realize that the rugged and charming man who wooed her into bed was Quincy royalty.

Sleeping with Griffin Eden was a huge mistake, one she’s trying to forget. He’s insufferable, arrogant and keeps reminding everyone that she’s an outsider. Winslow does her best to avoid Griffin, but when a woman is found dead on Eden property, the two of them have no choice but to cross paths.

As clues to the murderer lead to one of Quincy’s own, Griffin realizes Winslow is more than he gave her credit for. Beautiful and intelligent, she proves hard to resist. For him. And the killer.


Rating: 5 out of 5.

Rating: 4.75 Stars 

CAWPILE: 9.071

“Casual was becoming a craving. We’d sailed past uncomplicated weeks ago. Whatever boundaries we’d erected had been destroyed.”

But first… that cover!

I’m always really cautious to pick up romance novels that become extremely popular through booktok or booktube – often, I find that readers who are new to the romance genre latch onto some pretty basic books and overhype them.

This was not overhyped.

Indigo Ridge is the perfect one-night-stand turned romance story. It follows Winslow Covington, who has just moved to small town Quincy, Montana to take over as their new chief of police. On her first night in town, Winslow drops by a local drinking haunt and ends up hooking up with a stranger passing through. Except, he isn’t a stranger. He’s a descendent of the founder of Quincy and one of the most influential people in town. And when Winslow uncovers a string of deaths on Griffins property, she must work with and sometimes against Griffin to uncover a murderer.

While this book certainly wasn’t overhyped, it was mismarketed. This appeared to be an enemies-to-lovers trope story, but it definitely wasn’t. Once the characters got over their initial misunderstanding, it was pretty much smooth sailing. Once Griffin decided he wanted Winslow he went for it.

As for the characters themselves, I actually really liked them. Winslow had a lot going against her – sexism towards her taking over as chief of police, the general suspicion of her as a new person in a small town and her own personal trauma. She’s tough as nails and not going to let anything, or anyone, get in her way. He’s a grumpy cowboy who does lots of little things to make Winslow feel nice and supported.

This book wasn’t wholly either a romantic suspense or contemporary romance. It was an adorable merge of the two. Just enough suspense to keep you intrigued, and enough romance to make you fall in love. The small town vibes also hit HARD… I immediately started searching for small American towns to move to and I’m not even American! Maybe Australia has some similar ones…

This was an incredibly well written romance that makes me extremely excited to read what else the author has in store. Looks like I have another backlist to go through.