Book Reviews, Contemporary Romance, Year of Reviews - 2021

Review – My Beautiful Neighbor by Piper Rayne

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My Beautiful Neighbor; The Greene Family #1 
(A standalone within a series)

Publication Date: February 23, 2021

Genre/Tropes: Small Town/Contemporary Romance

Author: Piper Rayne

Review Rating: 4 Gold Stars



A small town romance that brings a big family all together when a new girl comes to town.

When Presley arrives in Alaska looking for answers after her birth mother’s death, she never expected to fall for a brewery owner in the process. The only problem with falling for Cade is he and his step-brother, Jed, want to buy the building that her mother left her.  When Presley decides to stay and start a new life and run a business out of the shop her mother left her, she sets her feelings aside and hopes her new business neighbors will be cordial, but the Greene family, especially Jed, doesn’t like to take no for an answer and that unfortunately now  makes Cade her nemesis.

This was a good start to a big family/small town romance. My Beautiful Neighbor introduces lots of characters within the Greene blended family. While I enjoyed the family dynamic and getting to know all of the Greene’s the chemistry between Presley and Cade just fell a little flat on this first installment. Their push and pull for dueling business partners felt forced on their romance, but everything else within the community was fun to set as a basis for getting to know the town and people.


Who’s the mystery woman who just walked into my brewery?

I’m not the only one from my Alaskan small town asking themselves that question. But I’m positive, I’m the only one in Sunrise Bay undressing the pretty blonde in my head. Everything about her, from her make-up to her high heels says she’s a fish out of water.

Whispers and speculations run rampant until the secret of who she is gets uncovered. Then the rumor mill goes into overdrive when she announces she’s staying to open a bookstore in the building next to mine—throwing a big wrench into my plans to buy that empty building.

I quickly find myself in a tug-of-war since my business partner/brother is upset she’s ruined the opportunity to expand our business. I try to keep my distance, but I’ve got one sister with a gossip column on the local radio station and two meddling grandmas setting me up as a tour director.

And now I kind of like the idea of our new neighbor staying. But small-town life isn’t for the weak—time will tell if she has what it takes to be one of us.

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Review – The Architect by Nikki Sloane

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The Architect; Nashville Neighborhood #3 
(An interconnecting standalone)

Publication Date: February 23, 2021

Genre/Tropes: D/s-BDSM/Contemporary/Forbidden/MFM Romance

Author: Nikki Sloane

Review Rating: 5 Gold Stars



HOLY PANTIES ON FIRE!!! Hottest book I’ve ever read hand down!!

I would suggest the Nikki sell this book with an extra pair of panties just as a precaution because – OMG – Wow!

This is an interconnecting standalone, but you do not need to have read any of the books prior to reading this one. You will meet some of the characters from prior books, but it’s not critical to know their pasts to stay updated on what is happening in the neighborhood or to catch on that Judy who runs the HOA is just downright mean and creates some form of chaos in every book.

Lilith and Clay are neighbors, which is how they know one another and it’s through a stray cat that they become better acquainted. Their relationship grows and gets heated rather quickly, as both confirm that neither do relationships, but are willing to commit to just a physical one. While that’s fantastic and everything is going great, unfortunately Clay gets called out of town for business for several weeks and another other alternative, Travis, is called in so they can still keep their intense relationship going. To understand why a “stand-in” is sent to help Clay out, there is so much more going on, more information than I can really give here, but know that everything they do has purpose and holy smokes…it’s like nothing I’ve ever read before.

While this may fall into the forbidden category with an age difference between characters (which is 10 years between the oldest and the youngest), but that aspect isn’t really discussed much, so for anyone looking for an age-gap theme, this isn’t that kind of book. The Architect falls into D/s with an unlikely MFM happening due to certain circumstances. Also know that both men are hetero and keep Lilith as the focal point of the relationship, just in case you’re searching for MMF, it’s not that kind of book, but still insanely hot nonetheless.

The dynamic of how Lilith, Clay and eventually Travis all fall into their unique relationship is something I personally have never read before. Not only was it the hottest thing I’ve ever read, but the story progression was intriguing and I honestly couldn’t wait to see how these three people were going to untangle the web they were creating for themselves. I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough so I knew how everything would turn out, but I also wanted to suspend time so I could stay in this world just a little longer.


On the surface, my new boyfriend is a stiff, buttoned-up architect. He plans every detail of his life while carefully maintaining the walls he’s built around his heart. But when the biggest project of his career pulls him away, Clay’s solution is both temporary and unconventional. It even comes with a name—Travis.

This handsome stranger is sweet and thoughtful. He’s only meant to be a stand-in, to fulfill my needs under Clay’s watchful direction, yet these two men couldn’t be more different. The one thing they share? Well, I guess that would be me.

One gets off on my pain, the other on my pleasure, and it awakens a desire none of us knew existed. But it can’t last.

Eventually I’ll have to choose.

And it’s going to destroy us all.

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New Release – Fletcher by V. McFarlane

Release Date: February 20


Just one night…
I should have known that just one night would never have been enough.
Not when Peyton Mckenna has been the only girl I’ve ever dreamed of.
We were friends once, best friends but to me she was always the girl I couldn’t have. It didn’t stop me wanting though.
But then everything changed, our worlds exploded and I pushed her away, too caught up in my grief and confusion of still wanting the girl that belonged to someone else.
For three years I avoided her as if everything that happened that night was her fault, but the truth was, the guilt of seeing her, still wanting her was tearing me apart but I was becoming weak.
Weak enough to let her back in.
Weak enough to hold her.
Weak enough to take that taste I’d always denied myself.
It was a betrayal.
But never a mistake.
And now I want more.
Our paths were too tangled, our lives forever on a collision course.
This was my destruction and we had always been destined to fail.




Meet V. McFarlane  

V McFarlane is an indie author of emotional and steamy contemporary romance. She lives in the South of the UK with her husband and daughter. When she’s not writing, you’ll find her with her nose in a book or listening to music and dancing with her daughter! 
An avid lover of all things romance, a complete sucker for bad dad jokes and lives for coffee!

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