Wives of War by Soraya Lane

Scarlet’s desire to find her fiancé, Thomas, is her priority when she joins the war effort as a nurse. Within hours she has formed a firm friendship with an Irish girl and together they learn just what it means to be a nurse in the midst of war. When Scarlet meets a handsome soldier before leaving England she finds herself inexplicably drawn to him and no amount of guilt can tear her heart away but the brutality of war is about to come crashing down on them all and romance becomes the last thing on their minds.

This is an emotional story about friendship and love but it’s not a straightforward romance. The era has been carefully researched and as we follow the lives of these women as they enter unimaginable horror we get a realistic preview into what it really would have been like.

The story kept me emotionally invested as well as intrigued. It is much deeper than your standard romance and the details are sometimes gory and tragically true to history. It is a book with historic value and most definitely a tearjerker.

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Wives of war

The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware

Lo hopes the work-related cruise will help to shake the fear of the break in she suffered but within hours she realises that not only has her ex-boyfriend been invited but also, she has some serious mental scars leftover with the bruises. Somewhere in the Norwegian sea, everything starts to go wrong, and she doesn’t know who she can trust. It can only get worse.

Lo is the kind of character the reader likes, can identify with, but also wants to scream at. She can’t help but choose the wrong path every time and this is something we all recognise in ourselves from time to time. Her demise is inevitable and we read with a sinking feeling that is balanced by small rays of hope.

This thriller kept me reading but I can’t say it was a comfortable read. The confines of the boat were stifling and Lo’s anxiety was catching. I was on edge and because I couldn’t tell where the threat was coming from I felt almost as scared as the poor protagonist which is exactly what you want from a thriller.

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The Blackburne Legacy (Bloodlines Legacy #1) by Apryl Baker

Alex has been locked up for years and when she’s finally released, she thinks it’s an opportunity to put the past behind her and get on with living her life. Within hours of settling into her new home with her brother trouble finds her and if it isn’t the bad boy Luka with his dangerous gypsy magic, then it is the fact that she’s concealing the madness that seems to be creeping back. The difference is that this time, Alex has friends who also have some pretty crazy secrets.

Alex is a complex character who doesn’t know or understand herself so her mysteries are unraveled slowly, much to the reader and the character’s surprise. Her past doesn’t just come back to bite her it barrels into her like a freight train and changes everyone’s lives which makes for a real action read.

I didn’t realise how much I enjoyed the story until I got to the end when the book hangover set in. Baker has a knack for hooking you in without you realising it so I can’t wait to read the next book.

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The Breakdown by B. A. Paris

Cass’s life had been wonderful until that fateful night but when she chooses the shortcut home, it changes the course of her life. Between the menacing calls and the constant forgetfulness, Cass doesn’t know where to go or who to turn to but she knows that she can’t keep her secret for much longer.

This thriller comes from a fragile woman’s point of view and it is terrifying because the reader feels Cass’s vulnerability and loneliness. It is an uncomfortable read which all thrillers should be and it certainly builds in suspense as the story moves forward.

I found the ending very satisfying, and I was quite relieved when Cass started eating again because food and drink had featured so prominently in the beginning. I like Paris’s ability to keep you guessing until the end.

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The Breakdown

Blood Kiss (Black Dagger Legacy #1) by J. R. Ward

When Paradise enrolls into the Black Dagger training program, the first person she looks for is the shy guy she’d met at her receptionist posting. The person who first catches her eye, though, is her annoying friend Peyton. Within minutes of the First Night starting things begin to look bad but Paradise doesn’t have any intention of heading the same way the rest of the glymera females had done for centuries and so she fights.

This spin-off series fits nicely into the Black Dagger Brothers series and offers some new characters with needs of their own. As with all of Ward’s books, there are plenty of adult scenes to ramp up the romance and the intensity of her character building has remained strong. Her strong male and female leads are powerfully driven and exciting.

If you are looking to scratch a romantic itch with a little hardcore vampire action and you want to immerse yourself in the well-created and vastly detailed world look no further.

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Blood Kiss

Black Widow (Jack Parlabane #7) by Chris Brookmyre

Diana has been married to her work for so long that relationships seem like an impossible inconvenience, that is until she meets Peter who seems to understand her in ways that no one else has. After a whirlwind romance cracks begin to show in their relationship and just as she’s starting to wonder if she’s rushed into the marriage he dies in a terrible car crash.

Parlabane gets sucked into this case and at first, it looks clear cut. Diana is obviously a cold psychopath with tunnel vision but as he delves deeper something else appears and Parlabane is shocked to his core.

Having not read any more from the series or any of Brookmyre’s work before I found the story difficult to follow but with perseverance I soon found myself hooked. The plot is intricate and dark and unfolds slowly towards a shocking finale. The characters are full and interesting but you get the sense that they never fully give up their secrets. I may have to start the series from the beginning because I think it has plenty to offer a thriller fan.

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Two Cabins, One Lake (An Alaskan Romance #1) by Shaye Marlow

Helly isn’t a people person so living in the middle of the forest with a lake view in her very own cabin is just perfect. When a helicopter flies over to deliver a ton of people, music, and fun Helly is steaming angry and ready to beat someone. It isn’t until someone tries to make off with her canoe that she really flips.

This is one of the funniest books I’ve ever read. Helly’s character is full of feisty quips and a stunning imagination when it comes to payback. I loved the interaction with her brothers and the conflict between her and the hot neighbour. I did, however, think the steamy scenes were a little long and ended up skimming through them.

I am giving this book a five-star rating because Marlow has cornered the market with this type of humour and it made me laugh-out-loud several times over.

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