Review of ‘Two To Tangle’ by Melissa Brayden

‘Two To Tangle’ is the second in the Tangle Valley Romance series by Melissa Brayden. I loved being back in Tangle Valley, with a wonderful group of friends, and a new romance to wallow in. This time, chef Gabriella Russo is the focus of our attention. As she works towards opening a new restaurant in the vineyard, her life becomes complicated with the arrival of gorgeous contractor Ryan Jacks. Gabriella has decided that romance can go on the back burner, as she concentrates on her career. But however much she tries, and despite locking horns with Ryan on numerous occasions, she finds it increasingly difficult to resist her.

I adored Gabriella. She was beautiful, insanely talented and had a mind of her own. This was one woman who would not put up with any BS. And Ryan would realise her mistake is she didn’t put Gabriella first and take her seriously. I loved Ryan too. She might have come across as a player at the start, but her vulnerability was endearing. As they get to know each other, sparks fly. The love scenes were romantic, intense and hot. I wanted this couple to work and I warmed to their relationship more and more as the story progressed. It had a wee bit more angst than I was expecting, but ultimately had me swooning. Melissa Brayden has a winner with the Tangle Valley series. I can’t wait for the next one.

I was given this ARC to review.

Review of ‘True North: Strong Southern Women 3’ by Ali Spooner

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This third book in the Strong Southern Women series by Ali Spooner ‘True North’ is set 10 years after the events at the end of ‘Gator Girlz’. Cam is the head of the the family business and all of the St Angelo girls have moved on in their lives. They are still together on the homestead working and doing what they can to keep the family together and afloat. I loved reading about their adult lives and loves as well as the various activities they are involved in to contribute to the finances of the whole family.

In this book there’s a fair bit of worry for Cam and her sisters but they are such a strong unit and I hoped that they could pull together and get through it. Sandy has turned into a fine young woman and it was interesting to encounter her as an adult this time. It was a close thing between her and Cam as to who was my favourite character. I really enjoyed my time with the St Angelo girls again and I implore Ali Spooner to consider writing more in this series. I don’t want to let them go just yet!

I was given this ARC for review.

Review of ‘Gator Girlz’ by Ali Spooner

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Ali Spooner took a hold of my heart with this book and never let it go ‘till I had used up a whole box of Kleenex. To say this story was emotional is an understatement but it was worth every tear shed. Cam looks forward to a new year at college and the chance to play for the team again. Her plans are put on hold when her family need her more. The way the family pulled together was inspiring and I could completely understand why Cam didn’t hesitate when the call came. The love and warmth extended beyond the immediate family too as Tab felt part of it all. I worried for Cam and Tab as circumstances meant they would have to work hard to keep their love alive. Life on the bayou was beautifully described and the slow, meandering pace was so appealing. The St Angelo’s respect their environment and take from it what they need, while giving back tenfold. I would love this series to go on and on as I don’t feel ready to let them go yet. Highly recommended.

I was given this ARC by Affinity ebook Press for review.

Review of ‘Diamond Dreams’ by Ali Spooner

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‘Diamond Dreams’ is the story of Cam St Angelo and her move to college and the softball league she has been dreaming of joining. Cam comes from the Louisiana bayous and her close-knit family life is a far cry from the life she leads at college. And very different from that of her roomie Tab.

I loved finding out about the life of the St Angelo family and I’m glad this is the first in a series because I want more of them. Cam’s youngest sister Sandy was adorable and her parents were loving and accepting people. The story was told at a relaxed, easy-going pace that was perfect for the type of life lived in the bayous . Cam’s sexual awakening was natural and beautifully done. She was a lovely character, full of wonder and hope and seemed to charm those around her. I was so glad she had Tab to introduce her to college life. She was sweet, generous and kind . I know absolutely nothing about softball but that didn’t matter at all. I rather enjoyed finding out about it through Cam’s eyes. I can’t wait for the next one to come out.

I was given this ARC in return for an honest review.

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