Book Reviews, Contemporary Romance, Suspense/Intrigue Romance, Year of Reviews - 2021

Review – Private Property by Skye Warren

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Private Property; Rochester Trilogy #1 
(#1 within a trilogy)

Publication Date: March 9, 2021

Genre/Tropes: Billionaire/Age Gap/Forbidden/Suspense Romance

Author: Skye Warren

Review Rating: 5 Gold Stars



With hints of suspense and mystery, Skye Warren brings us a new romance ripe with tension and juicy, forbidden romance in Private Property.

Beau is charged with raising is six year old niece after a tragic accident to her parents. He is in no way prepared to handle her, especially when he is still grieving the loss of his brother and sister-in-law himself, but even more than that, it’s plain to see he’s never been around children and doesn’t know how to offer her the emotional support she needs, much less offer her comfort. He has spent his life building a company, so people aren’t exactly his top priority, but a new live in nanny might change all that.

When Jane arrives as the live in nanny, she is unprepared for so many aspects of the job, but most of all she is most unprepared to feel anything for the grumpy billionaire, Beau. While her unique background gives her insight to handle Paige, it nowhere prepares her for the dark and mysterious man full of secrets.

Private Property ends on a whopper of a cliffhanger with more to look forward to and more secrets to uncover. I can hardly wait.


When I signed up for the nanny agency, I didn’t expect a remote mansion on a windswept isle. Or a brooding billionaire who resents his new role.

His brother’s death means he’s now in charge of a moody seven year old girl. She’s lashing out at the world, but I can handle her. I have to. I need the money to finish my college degree.

As long as I can avoid the boss who alternately mocks me and coaxes me to reveal my darkest secrets.

PRIVATE PROPERTY is a full-length contemporary novel from New York Times bestselling author Skye Warren about secrets and redemption. It’s the first book in the emotional Rochester trilogy.

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Book Reviews, Contemporary Romance, Cowboy Romance, Year of Reviews - 2021

Review – When the Storm Breaks by Emery Rose

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When the Storm Breaks; Lost Stars #2 
(An interconnected standalone within a series)

Publication Date: March 5, 2021

Genre/Tropes: Contemporary/Single Dad/Rock Star/Cowboy Romance

Author: Emery Rose

Review Rating: 5 Gold Stars



Layers and layers that create tears and emotions and feelings…it’s what Emery Rose is the best at and as much as you want to despise her for it, I keep coming back for more. I totally love the angst and heartache and just overall happiness that I end up with by the end.

Brody is a character that has always felt broken. Never measuring up, never feeling wanted, and certainly never coming first in anyone’s life. He connects better with his horses than he does with people so it’s no wonder when Shiloh comes to stay on his farm he doesn’t see much beyond her initial stay. Brody is far from an optimist, especially when it comes to relationships, but something about Shiloh and the brokenness he sees inside her calls to him like no one has before.

Shiloh may be a rockstar, but living in the spotlight isn’t exactly conducive to making genuine friends. It doesn’t help that the few people who actually know the real her have actually taken advantage of her, breaking down her spirit over and over again. She needs to get away before she starts her long tour and Brody’s ranch is just the place to do it. She never expected to fall for the grumpy cowboy, but when it comes time to leave her rockstar life is even harder to return to than she expected.

These two people live on opposite sides of the same coin. Both have been broken down by people they loved, but they are now two people who live very different lives, one in the spotlight and another who lives in the wide open country. While they have been brought together by chance could they find a middle ground and make it work?

“Her voice was my favorite sound, and I didn’t think I’d ever tire of listening to it. It still reached deep inside and rattled my bones. Made my heart ache in a way I couldn’t explain. Nobody had ever touched me the way she had.” – Brody

Over and over my heart broke for Brody. While I read the first book and know Jude and Lila’s story and where Brody’s friendship came out with them, my heart aches even more knowing where his feelings were during that whole timeline. Brody constantly feels he’s never good enough, no matter what he’s doing, or where he is, or who he’s with. The rare exception is being with his son or with Shiloh, which is a first considering who she is to the world, but with him she’s just her.  So jumping into something more with a woman who could hurt him is risky and Brody is …ugh…gonna break you.

While Shiloh has her ups and downs in life as well, it’s Brody who truly captured my heart and broke it with Emery’s depthful writing. She has this way of bringing out feelings of being totally drained and filled up all at once. When the Storm Breaks feels representative of those emotions inside me, along with everything representative in the book, so have a few tissues handy.



Our worlds never should have collided, but it seemed our paths were always destined to cross.

Brody McCallister was only supposed to be a means to an end. My golden ticket to get me closer to what I really needed—a way to make peace with what I’d done when I was eighteen, dirt poor, and left to fend for myself.

I only had six weeks in the middle of a hectic world tour to do it.
So the last thing I needed was to fall for a cocky cowboy. A walking contradiction with a charming grin, a dirty mouth, and a gift for healing wild and broken things.

His life was in Texas.
Mine was on the road.
He guarded his privacy fiercely.
I was constantly hounded by paparazzi.

Everyone warned me it could never work, that ultimately I’d be forced to choose—my music career or him.
I didn’t listen. I fell for him anyway.
Hook, line, and proverbial sinker.

But Brody was hiding secrets.
And when the storm finally broke, it destroyed everything in its wake … including us.

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