BLOG TOUR: Break the Rules by Roxie Noir

She’s my best friend’s kid sister.

Only she’s not a kid any more.

As a forest ranger, I believe in the simple life. I prefer cabins to apartments, trails to freeways, and trees to people. My life is orderly, predictable, and quiet.

Until it’s hit by a woman I never saw coming -- Hurricane June.

She’s fierce. She’s feisty. She has a laugh like the first day of spring, and she’s so pretty that I can’t breathe when I look at her. June will only be in town for a few months—just while job-hunting. She won’t last until winter, but how can I resist?

Except I have to. She’s my best, oldest, and most loyal friend’s baby sister.

Betraying him would be the worst thing I’ve ever done. Not betraying him might be the hardest.

Especially once we start working together on a secret project. All this spending time together, sneaking around at night, and lying to her brother about what we’re doing sure feels like more than friendship.

June might break my heart. Her brother might break my nose.

But I guess some things were made to be broken.

Title: Break the Rules
Author: Roxie Noir
Series: Loveless Brothers (Book 3)
Pages: 402
Genre(s): Contemporary, US, Best Friend's Sister, Brother's Best Friend
Hot Buttons: n/a


This is the third book in the Loveless Brothers series (after Enemies with Benefits and Best Fake Fiance) and oh my stars, they just keep getting better and better. If you’ve been reading the series in order, you’ll be as excited as I was to read more about quiet and serious Levi meeting his match. If you’re new to the series you can read and enjoy this book as a standalone - but trust me, you’re going to want to put aside a few hours as you go back and binge on the first two books once you’ve finished with this one.

This is the story about eldest brother, Levi and the girl he’s had a crush on for a long time, June. The main problem being that June happens to be Levi’s best friend, Silas’s, little sister. And Levi and Silas aren’t just best friends - they have a bond that is so deep and so special; I admit to getting a wee bit teary at times when they interacted with each other. So there’s that barrier there that neither really wants to cross. Buuuuut, of course they cross it. Big time! Yay for us readers!

Levi and June were everything in this book. They fit together in a way that I believed with my whole heart. They way they were different from each other - Levi’s a quiet, serious, loner type while June is exuberant and throws herself full force into everything she does - they brought something special out in each other. Watching them open up and show every part of themselves to each other - being honest and vulnerable - it got me right in the feels. More tears. Happy tears, obviously.

And with that connection comes some deliciously lovely sex. And with characters that have such chemistry it’s always going to be good. Very, very good.

If that wasn’t enough for you, this book is also filled with what I’ve come to expect from Ms Noir - her famous brand of humour. She startles a laugh out of me at the most unexpected moments in the book. Then there’s also whole passages/pages - usually when the Loveless brothers are teasing and ribbing each other - when we’re treated to almost non-stop hilarious banter.

I’ve read other connected books where you feel hit over the head with the author’s desperate need to get her previous (and future) characters included in the current story. Not so with this tale. Don’t get me wrong - the people we’ve met from the first couple of books in the series are there - but they don’t overshadow and don’t ever hog the limelight. And we get to know more of characters that I very much hope will be getting their own books - but again it’s done with subtlety as this book is about June and Levi.

With that said, I loved Silas in the first book when he stole a golf-cart and magicked up some night-vision goggles. He’s no less goofy in this book - but he also gets more depth and I love him even more. He’s not a Loveless, but I hope he finds the girl who’ll mess him up before settling him down.

I’m relatively late in finding Roxie Noir and I keep kicking myself that I didn’t find her earlier. Her books are such a delight - giving you a dazzling mix of pulse thundering feels, laugh out loud moments, dirty sex and forever love. She also writes that tight bond of friends and family better than almost anyone. I want to live in Sprucevale; I want this group as my friends and family.

Back to this particular book…I loved it. I loved everything about it. It’s definitely a contender for one of my best reads of 2019 and it cements Roxie Noir as a new favourite author. I would give it more than 5 stars if I could!





I love writing sexy, alpha men and the headstrong women they fall for.

My weaknesses include: beards, whiskey, nice abs with treasure trails, sarcasm, cats, prowess in the kitchen, prowess in the bedroom, forearm tattoos, and gummi bears.

I live in California with my very own sexy, bearded, whiskey-loving husband and two hell-raising cats.








BLOG TOUR: I'll Be Home for Christmas by Abbey Clancy

Popstar Jessika Malone can’t believe her luck! Not only has she signed a major record deal and is topping the charts with her latest single, she’s just been offered the chance of a lifetime: a tour with gorgeous megastar Cooper Black…

It’s everything she’s ever dreamed of – except that it means travelling thousands of miles from her boyfriend, Daniel, just when he’s finally got down on one knee and popped the question!

Far from home and followed by the paparazzi, her relationship is tested more than Jessika ever imagined – will she make it home for Christmas before it’s too late?

Title: I'll Be Home for Christmas
Author: Abbey Clancy
Series: Standalone
Pages: 384
Genre(s): Contemporary, UK, Chick-Lit, Christmas, Mills & Boon
Hot Buttons: Cheating


**Review kind of contains spoilers**

This is the first book I’ve read of Abbey Clancy’s - and actually didn’t know she’d turned her hand to writing until picking up this book. It’s written with the help of Debbie Johnson.

I can definitely see some people having preconceived notions about this book based on the author. I remember first seeing Ms. Clancy back during her ‘Britain’s Top Model’ days and liked her then. While I wouldn’t class myself a fan, she definitely seems like a likeable and fun person in every capacity I’ve seen her. Throughout the book I felt that the writing seemed very similar to how I would describe Abbey’s personality - namely bubbly and friendly. I also saw a lot of presumed parallels between Abbey’s own journey and experiences to those of Jessika. It made the whole thing more believable and therefore enjoyable.

I would class this book as 100% chick-lit (despite my abhorrence of that term!) rather than romance. While it’s got that underlying romantic storyline (and HEA, you’ll be glad to know), this is more about Jessika’s journey as a new pop star and reconciling the ‘real’ her with the ‘celeb’ her.

**Spoilery bit**
There’s more of a ‘real-life’ feel to the story than you would find with a romance - which is why I wasn’t as angry about the cheating as I might normally be. But don’t get me wrong - I was still very upset about the whole darn incident! But I can reluctantly agree it was realistic and necessary for the whole story arc. I'm still grumpy, though.
**Spoilers end**

While I don’t class myself as the same kind of person as Jessika/Abbey (glam, image-conscious and confidently outgoing) I did like her immensely. I was rooting for her to work everything out - especially her relationship with Daniel. From reading other reviews (after I’d finished the book), I found out that this is actually the second book featuring Jessika and Daniel - and a host of other characters (the first being Remember My Name). While this book certainly stands alone - as I didn’t feel that I was starting a story in the middle - it probably does explain why I felt that the first couple of chapters of the book were quite energetic as we get quite a lot of information about Jessika and her circumstances all at one time.

The story flows along nicely and while there’s not a massively Christmas vibe - I did love the descriptions of their English country home, which definitely had a homey, warm feel to it. It’s the dream, man.

Chick-lit is not normally my bag, but as a side-step, this was an enjoyable diversion. It’s fast paced, has personality in spades and left me thinking about the story for days after I’d finished the last page. I have to admit - I was very pleasantly surprised by this book. 4 stars from me.



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A Very Dare Christmas by Carly Phillips
Ian Dare misses the alone time and intense sex life he and his wife shared before their children were born. What’s an alpha man to do? He kidnaps Riley for an erotic weekend away before the Christmas rush overwhelms them both.

Riley Dare adores her husband and his dominant and protective ways, and she’s excited to spend time with him minus distractions on a sexy retreat where anything goes … and spontaneity leads to future surprises.

A complete stand-alone for people who haven’t yet read Dare to Love but a special treat for those who want to revisit their favourite couple.

Title: A Very Dare Christmas
Author: Carly Phillips
Series: Dare To Love (Book 6.5)
Pages: 40
Genre(s): Contemporary, US, Short, Christmas
Hot Buttons: /


This short story from Carly Phillips is here just in time for Christmas, and gives fans a quick and dirty glimpse of the Dares, and especially Ian and Riley, who originally appeared in Ms Phillips’ Dare to Love (the first of the original Dare stories). I’ve not read that book (yet) but I completely understood and enjoyed this story - so I’m happy to say it stands alone.

Ian Dare is an alpha man who knows what he wants and is determined to get it. He sees his wife under pressure, and is hell bent on fixing her problems - especially if that means the pair can spend more time together as a couple. Who doesn’t want a man who puts you first and is determined to make all your problems disappear? And I just loved that Riley is strong and capable enough to let Ian take care of her, knowing that she’s really the one with the power.

Just reading about this short period in Riley and Ian’s lives makes me doubly determined to read Dare to Love and all the other Dare books I’ve not yet got around to reading.

This book is short, dirty and full of Carly Phillips’ usual superb writing and engaging dialogue. If you’re a fan, then this book is a must for you. If you’re new to Ms Phillips - this will give you a good taster and leave you hungry for more. 5 stars for this fun story.

**This story was first made available in Ms Phillips’ newsletter, so subscribers may have read this story before.**







Carly Phillips gives her readers Alphalicious heroes to swoon for and romance to set your heart on fire, and she loves everything about writing romance. She married her college sweetheart and lives in Purchase, NY along with her three crazy dogs: two wheaten terriers and a mutant Havanese, who are featured on her Facebook and Instagram. She has raised two incredible daughters who put up with having a mom as a romance author. Carly is the author of over fifty romances, and is a NY Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today Bestseller. She loves social media and interacting with her readers.

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Right for Me by Cindy Dorminy

Shelby Williams has never had a boyfriend worthy of her parents’ approval. The ones she dated were either not rich enough, not well bred enough, or just not good enough. Her luck changes when she meets Tommy Edwards. With an IQ of about a billion, a sexy smile, and a personality as sweet as the treats he bakes, he’s a guy even her parents will have to accept.

Between the pressure of graduate school and a needy ex-girlfriend, Tommy Edwards has had enough stress to last a lifetime. But when he meets Shelby, his plans to stay unattached go up in smoke. Shelby makes him laugh, and the passion she stirs in him is hotter than an oven. She’s the only girl he’s ever met who likes him for who he is rather than just for his intelligence.

When Shelby’s parents take a shine to Tommy, she blurts out that they are engaged, even though they’ve only been dating for three weeks. Tommy is furious, but before she can set everyone straight, both families go into full-blown nuptial mode, including hiring a wedding planner and shopping for a dress. Tommy and Shelby need to figure out how to tell their families the engagement was fake without ruining what’s real.

Title: Right for Me
Author: Cindy Dorminy
Series: Unknown Series, Book 2
Pages: 291
Genre(s): Contemporary, US
Hot Buttons: /


The premise of this book sounds right up my street - a cute, sweet and quirky romance that sounds like it’ll be full of laughter and likeable characters. Sadly, for some reason I just didn’t connect with the book almost from the first.

Our book kicks off right in the middle of a drama between one of Shelby’s friends and something to do with a secret baby. I now realise that this book is the second in a series and it slightly overlaps the end of the first book in the series (Left Hanging). Each book does stand alone, though - as you’re just given a tease of what’s happening with the couple from the first book throughout this one.

At first I thought that this was a young or new adult novel - and having enjoyed many of this genre recently, I wasn’t mad. Finding out that it was not, actually threw me for a loop. These people were supposed to be fully formed adults? I definitely got a young, juvenile vibe, particularly from our couple and the situations they put themselves in. It didn’t gel with me.

Now back to our main couple, Tommy and Shelby. They meet on practically the first page and have this instant connection that leads to Shelby ditching her friend Darla during what has to be one of the toughest moments of her life. Not good vibes for our heroine. Chicks before dicks, girl! And even then, the insta-connection felt a bit forced. They’re kissing almost immediately and I have to admit I felt nothing except a little turned off. We learnt so much information that I tried to understand what was important and relevant and the next thing they’re kissing. And then Tommy’s on some forced celibacy because of some girl from his past and then they’re having sex, but they're not really sure about each other, fake engaged, meeting the parents…

…I think that was my main complaint about this book. The writing is good and I could almost feel the author’s excitement about getting this story on the paper. However, I just felt there was too much information. I wanted the info dump pared back to just the relevant details and to get a little more understanding of why people were acting like they were. A bit more show and a little less tell, I suppose. Or perhaps just a simpler, more streamlined story without all that superfluous detail.

The book is a little under 300 pages so it’s an easily readable length. There are 42 chapters which may sound like a lot but they are short - and for the most part switch between the viewpoints of Shelby and Tommy. We’re in first person, present tense for this book.

As you can tell, this book just wasn’t for me. There were definitely good elements but in the end I found myself only reading barely a chapter a day and eventually skim reading just to get to the end. Having read the other reviews, the majority of people loved this story so perhaps I’m just extra grumpy this week! Not a book for me, but many have loved it so if it sounds like something you’ll love, give it a go.







Cindy Dorminy grew up on a steady diet of popcorn (the kind you pop in a sauce pan), Tab (pre-Diet Coke), and movies for teenagers. She can't let a day go by without quoting a line from one of her favorite films, so quirky dialogue is a must in her stories. When she's not at her research coordinator day job, Cindy is writing funny love stories, walking her dog, or slinging iron the old-fashioned way.

She shares her house with her musician husband and her awesome daughter. Cindy is a member of Romance Writers of America and Music City Romance Writers. She resides in Nashville, TN, where live music can be heard everywhere, even at the grocery store.





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