Thursday, 12 July 2018

Blog Tour Stop: A Taste of Pleasure by Chloe Blake

by Chloe Blake
Series: Deliciously Dechamps #2
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Harlequin Kimani Romance
Publication Date: July 1st 2018
Source: ARC received for review
Rating: ★★★1/2
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Italy is the perfect place for new career beginnings—at least that’s what chef Danica Nillson hopes. But one look at sexy single dad Antonio Dante Lorenzetti, and her plan to keep romance out of her kitchen goes up in flames. The millionaire restaurateur wants stability. Not unbridled passion that makes him lose his senses. Is this beautiful, talented and headstrong chef the one he’s been waiting for?

A Taste of Pleasure is another case of love at first sight for me—I mean, look at that cover! I was even more excited when I read the blurb and found out that the story was set in Italy. I love Italy and I would love to visit it again sometime in the future, but I digress.

The story starts with Danica and Antonio meeting, flirting, and later spending an amazing night together at the wedding of their mutual friend. Fast forward a year later, Dani’s career is in the shitters, so she decides to follow her mother who’s a supermodel to Italy and ends up meeting Toni again, who turns out to be the nephew of her old mentor.

It’s hard not to love Dani. She’s strong and smart, and she works so hard to prove herself in the kitchen. But she has always been in the shadows; up until she quitted, Dani was the ‘ghost chef’ in the restaurant she worked, and she had never gotten the credit she deserved. I empathized with her struggles, and I admired how she stood her ground and said “enough”. Dani has a lot of insecurities that made her real and relatable. Most of the issues she has stemmed from the relationship she has with her mother. Francesca is a supermodel, and Dani is described as a woman who is a size 16, so they clash a lot.

Toni gives out sort of a reformed rake vibe to me. He’s sexy and he knows it, but that’s not all who he is. He’s devoted to his mother and daughter. I love that he’s head over heels with Dani, and I love the part where he compares her to Botticelli paintings. Dani and Toni working together in the kitchen is a force—Dani’s cooking and Toni’s wine pairing expertise make a really great team. I love how Toni's daughter Sophia connects with Dani. Toni's mother and her kitchen tests are also a delight. The whole kitchen atmosphere reminds me of Laura Florand's books. The food descriptions were mouth-watering. They made me hungry, especially for pasta. 

Another aspect that I enjoyed in the story is Dani’s bond with her mother. Their relationship is complicated, but I really felt that Francesca loves her daughter in her own way, and I love that they cleared the air between them in the end.

The only downside of reading this is that I wish I had felt more of Dani and Toni’s evident chemistry, and I’m also tired of the evil ex trope. But overall, A Taste of Pleasure is a quick and fun read. It’s surprisingly real smutty too, and that’s always a plus for me.

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About Chloe Blake:

Chloe Blake can be found dreaming up stories while she is traveling the world, or just sitting on her couch in Brooklyn, NY. When she is not writing sexy novels, she is at the newest wine bar, taking random online classes, binge watching Netflix, or searching for her next adventure. Chloe has published two erotic novels under the pseudonym Chloe Blaque. Readers can find out more about Chloe and her books from her website at

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Wednesday, 11 July 2018

Pink Hair and Swoony Romance! Making Up by Lucy Parker

by Lucy Parker
Series: London Celebrities #3
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Carina Press/Harlequin Audio
Publication Date: May 29th 2018
Source: Scribd/eARC received through Netgalley for review purposes
Narrator:  Billie Fulford-Brown
Rating: ★★★★★
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Once upon a time, circus artist Trix Lane was the best around. Her spark vanished with her confidence, though, and reclaiming either has proved…difficult. So when the star of The Festival of Masks is nixed and Trix is unexpectedly thrust into the spotlight, it’s exactly the push she needs. But the joy over her sudden elevation in status is cut short by a new hire on the makeup team.
Leo Magasiva: disgraced wizard of special effects. He of the beautiful voice and impressive beard. Complete dickhead and — in an unexpected twist — an engagingly good kisser.
To Leo, something about Trix is…different. Lovely. Beautiful, even though the pint-size, pink-haired former bane of his existence still spends most of her waking hours working to annoy him. They’ve barely been able to spend two minutes together for years, and now he can’t get enough of her. On stage. At home. In his bed.
When it comes to commitment, Trix has been there, done that, never wants to do it again. Leo’s this close to the job of a lifetime, which would take him away from London — and from Trix. Their past is a constant barrier between them.
It seems hopeless.
Utterly impossible.
I finally read the 3rd book on the London Celebrities series. It took me ages, but I finally did it, eheh. To be honest, I do think this series works best as audiobooks for me, and so I was kind of waiting for the audio to be available on Scribd to jump on it. I'm glad I did. I'm sure I would have loved this book no matter what, but the narration is wonderful.

Once again the writing is awesome! And Billie Fulford-Brown just brings the book to life. Love it. 

Another thing I loved were the characters. Trix is a force of nature, who was dimmed by a terrible experience. I hated that her stupid ex had dimmed her light, but I loved that she was able to get past that, even if at extremely slow pace. Step by step she started coming out of her shell again, believe in her capacities and giving so much sass to everyone. She's awesome, and I love her. Also, she has pink hair... I love pink hair.

Leo was such an awesome surprise. I loved his strength and the way he loved Trix, and was willing to help her and support her, and his goal was always to make her believe in herself. And even though he was scared a lot of times, he still moved at her pace, because he understood she needed that. <3 I love Leo! 

The banter between these two was amazing and so well written. The romance was also fantastic, their chemistry was off the charts. I just loved every single moment they were together, because it was so so entertaining.

The epilogue was beautiful, and I was so very glad to see a little of Lily and Luc on this story too. 

I highly recommend this one, and I have to say it again: the audiobook is fantastic. Also, if you want, here is LISA'S REVIEW of this book too.

Have you read this one?
What are your thoughts?
Did you love it as much as I did?

Tuesday, 10 July 2018

Effortlessly sexy: Mr. Hotshot CEO by Jackie Lau

by Jackie Lau
Series: Kwan Sisters #2
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Self Published
Publication Date: July 10th 2018
Source: ARC received for review
Rating: ★★★★★
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As CEO of Fong Investments, I’m a busy man. In fact, my family claims I’m an obsessive workaholic, and when they force me to take two weeks off, I have no idea what to do with myself.
While brooding over an espresso, I meet Courtney Kwan, a biomedical researcher who savors the little things in life. And, suddenly, an idea strikes me—I will pay this woman to teach me how to enjoy my vacation from work.
Soon, I find myself doing crazy things like baking cookies, reading for pleasure, buying a phallic cactus, and falling in love. But Courtney is dealing with some serious issues of her own, and I fear that when I return to work, I won’t be able to give her what she needs, and I’ll lose her forever...

Mr. Hotshot CEO is my first Jackie Lau book and oh my god, why is it so hard to review a book that you love? Jackie's writing is so easy to follow, the story flowed seamlessly... I have no idea what to say about this book because I love it too much. It pains me that I can't put my feelings into words and do this book justice but I shall try in this post.