Read The Princess Trap

Read The Princess Trap by Talia Hibbert

Cherry Neita is thirty, flirty, and done with men. As far as she can tell, they’re overrated, overpaid, and underperforming – in every area of life. But a girl has needs, and the smoking-hot stranger she just met at the office seems like the perfect one-night stand…

Prince Ruben of Helgmøre is reckless, dominant, and famously filthy. The outcast royal is rebuilding his reputation – all for a good cause – but he can’t resist a pretty face. And bossy whirlwind Cherry’s got the face, the body, and the attitude to make Ruben’s convictions crumble. Even better, when she propositions him, she has no idea who he really is.

But when paparazzi catch the pair, erm, kissing in an alleyway, Ruben’s anonymity disappears faster than Cherry’s knickers. Now the press is in uproar, the palace is outraged, and Ruben’s reputation is back in the gutter. There’s only one way to turn this disaster around – and it involves Cherry, some big fat lies, and a flashy diamond ring. On her left hand.

Unfortunately, Cherry isn’t pleased with Ruben’s ‘fake engagement’ scheme… and neither is the king.

Really liked both characters’ personalities in this, though Cherry’s background could have been fleshed out a little more rather than almost entirely focused on her family.

The setup was entertaining, then the middle not much happened, and the end took a dark turn (though not out of step from what was hinted at earlier).

The casual racism at the royal palace at the end, and the relationship between the prince and an “unsuitable partner,” takes on a new light after Harry and Meghan’s experiences.

Fantasy Romance

Re-read Mating the Huntress

Read Mating the Huntress (Monsters and Mates, #1)

Chastity Adofo knows a monster when she sees one. As soon as Luke Anthony wanders into her family’s coffee shop, she recognises the evil lurking beneath his charming smile and fantastic arse. The handsome werewolf is determined to have her—but she’s determined to cut out his heart.

Little does she know, Luke’s plans for her are far more pleasurable than murder. And when the full moon rises, all bets are off…

Re-read this for Halloween. Funnier than I remembered! The werewolf is so desperate to convince his mate to be with him that he thinks it’s cute when she stabs him in the chest and tries to kill him for being a monster. It’s a little much that she would try to kill someone who’s clearly a person, but I guess she’s been indoctrinated by her family all of her life. At the climax, the way she showed him she accepted him as who he was, not in spite of being a werewolf, is clever and fun. There’s a weird reveal at the end that her older siblings have been stalking her to make sure she’s safe at the end, but I’ll headcannon that out.


Read Act Your Age, Eve Brown

Read Act Your Age, Eve Brown (The Brown Sisters, #3)

Eve Brown is a certified hot mess. No matter how hard she strives to do right, her life always goes horribly wrong—so she’s given up trying. But when her personal brand of chaos ruins an expensive wedding (someone had to liberate those poor doves), her parents draw the line. It’s time for Eve to grow up and prove herself—even though she’s not entirely sure how…

Jacob Wayne is in control. Always. The bed and breakfast owner’s on a mission to dominate the hospitality industry—and he expects nothing less than perfection. So when a purple-haired tornado of a woman turns up out of the blue to interview for his open chef position, he tells her the brutal truth: not a chance in hell. Then she hits him with her car—supposedly by accident. Yeah, right.

Now his arm is broken, his B&B is understaffed, and the dangerously unpredictable Eve is fluttering around, trying to help. Before long, she’s infiltrated his work, his kitchen—and his spare bedroom. Jacob hates everything about it. Or rather, he should. Sunny, chaotic Eve is his natural-born nemesis, but the longer these two enemies spend in close quarters, the more their animosity turns into something else. Like Eve, the heat between them is impossible to ignore—and it’s melting Jacob’s frosty exterior.

Fun and charming, loved that both main characters were autistic and finally felt free to be themselves. Didn’t love the misunderstanding at the end but it was resolved quickly.

This is the second book I’ve read this week that involves hitting the love interest with their car as a plot device (the other was Don’t Hex and Drive), which IMO is not a good start to a relationship and pretty damn bad. He is injured pretty substantially — concussion, broken arm — and she doen’t suffer any repercussions for her dangerous driving besides being kind of a joke that someone else should drive.


Read Get a Life, Chloe Brown

Read Get a Life, Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert

This was delightful. A light story without heavy plot but lots of character growth as they both confront their hangups and hurts from past relationships. Both characters have serious challenges to overcome in learning to be together, but both are in earnest about not hurting the other. They’re adults who recognize when they screw up and apologize and try to resolve the issue.

Fantasy Romance

Read Mating the Huntress

Read Mating the Huntress (Monsters and Mates, #1) by Talia Hibbert

This Halloween, love bites back… hard. Chastity Adofo knows a monster

I love the idea of a Halloween special. I don’t like Christmas but love Halloween, apparently unlike most other romance readers in the world who want to read sweet Christmas love stories.

This was a fun quick fated mates story, with werewolves, fitting for Halloween. Cute and funny and hot. I like her take on werewolves.

A few minor things I noticed that I think were due to this being her first PNR. At first I thought the story was like ancient Greece because the prologue character was named Victory, and the way she described her family of women hunters felt like PNR Amazons — then she dropped that she was wearing her sister’s hoodie! Then a different character takes the lead in the first scene and I kept waiting for the werewolf to realize there’d been a switcheroo and he actually wanted the other sister. And I got the feeling all the kids were teenagers which seemed a little weird to have hooking up with a thirty something guy, but one of the brothers dropped that he had a PhD, so now I guess the weird part is why fourteen adult children seem to be living at home still?


Read Take a Hint, Dani Brown

Read Take a Hint, Dani Brown (The Brown Sisters, #2) by Talia Hibbert

Talia Hibbert returns with another charming romantic comedy about a young woman who agrees to fake date her friend after a video of him “…

Wasn’t sold on the MC but adored the love interest. Liked the honest discussion of anxiety.