Review of ‘Perfect partners’ by Maggie Cummings.

Sara Wright is an elite police dog trainer fully committed to her job and happy to avoid any relationships with her coworkers. But when trainee Isabel Marquez enters her life with her gorgeous looks and charm, Sara finds very hard to stick to her own set of rules. Will Sara stay away from Isabel or give love a chance?

This is a sweet romance with the intriguing background of a police K-9 division training facility. Ms. Cummings, who is a police officer herself, submerge the reader into this fascinating world. It is interesting to see how officers and dogs train in different tasks for the detection of explosives. The author develops the bond between Isabel and her dog Chase in a realistic and, at the same time, charming way. Chase steals the show with his unconditional love and work discipline. Theirs is such a strong bond that casts a shadow on Sara and Isabel’s chemistry.

Regarding the romance itself, the attraction is ok but nothing off the charts. Their conflict makes sense in the scheme of things but I didn’t feel enough tension as it was solved fast. There is a bit of action at the end, but it felt rushed too.

Overall, a light and sweet romance with the intriguing background of a police K-9 division training facility. 3.5 stars.

ARC provided by Netgalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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Review of Waking the Dreamer by K. Aten.

What a thrill ride! This was a great action-packed romance that was exactly the kind of book that I love to read. While you can put the sci-fi tag on this, this really is a futuristic dystopian story with a good romance. I know some people don’t care for sci-fi, so don’t let that put you off. There are no aliens or spaceships or different planets, this is a look into a possible scary future of the world we know.

Around a century into the future the world is a much different place. With natural disasters, the sun heating up and air quality diminishing there are fewer and fewer good places to live. The USA is run by a general with his military in charge. Chicago is the new Capitol and that is where Julia lives. Julia is wanted woman because she is a Walker. A Walker is a person who can project out of their body into the world around them. The government has been collecting Walkers to force into service and be experimented on. Julia hides in plain site as a courier for a tech company. She lives her life alone with no family or friends. This all changes the day she runs into another Walker being hunted by the government. Julia can’t help but be attracted to Niko and wants to help her. These two women are the most wanted women in the USA. Is there any way for them to be together and stay free?

The book starts out and Aten takes the time to really explain what has happened to the world and what it is like now. It is a bit of info to take in, but it really works. Once you get by that first chapter you understand everything this new world is built. Then the story starts up and it’s this fast pace ride until the finish. I thought it was all well written. I never felt like I had questions unanswered or didn’t understand. Once the story picks up, everything flows very smoothly.

I’m such a character driven reader and I am happy to say I loved both characters. I was surprised how instantly I cared and connected with them. This is what I look for in a book and was very happy to find it. These are characters that I will remember for a long time. I also loved the Walker abilities. Julia is a real badass and it just made the book a lot of fun.

While this book is like reading the equivalent of a big blockbuster action movie, Aten takes the time for a good romance. I know romance fans are going to be happy; I loved these two as a couple. It is not insta love, but it is quick. Usually I like it to take longer, but in this kind of book with life and death in the balance I’m okay with it. And it’s not just that, it’s also that I believed in these two together. I believed in them as a couple and the connection they had. The sex scenes were all done well too.

Aten is a newer published author but every book she puts out is just a winner for me. She has quickly climbed her way to being one of my favorite authors. This book was just pure entertainment that I easily recommend to dystopian and romance fans. It was a joy to read and I can’t wait to see what Aten puts out next.

An ARC was given to me for a honest review.

Review of ‘Committed’ by Suzanne Falter.

This is book two of Ms. Falter’s ‘Oaktown Girls’ series following a group of lesbian friends in the San Francisco Bay area. ‘Committed’ resumes the story of Lizzy and Tenika, co-owners of ‘Driven’, a garage for women, and their respective girlfriends Kate and Delilah. A new couple is introduced in this book, Frankie, a police officer suffering from PTSD, and Sally, a psychic with bad luck with relationships who is trying to adapt to changes in her life.

All of the three couples’ stories share approximately the same amount of page space in the whole novel which revolves around the issue of commitment in relationships. It is written with seven different points of view (the three couples plus Kate’s former employer) but despite there are so many different characters, it’s not hard to follow each story. However, I recommend to read ‘Driven’ first as a lot of what happens in this book is based on the previous one.

The new romance story takes a long time to start and not much happens in this book. I would have liked to see more development of Frankie and Sally’s lives and of their relationship. As they aren’t together much in this book, it’s hard to feel the chemistry between them. Hopefully there will be more about them in the next one.

If you like novels with groups of friends with the chance to catch-up with the stories of all the couples involved, and you don’t mind committing (pun intended) to read a whole series, then this book is for you.

Overall, a good novel about commitment in relationships with a new romance on the side. 3.5 stars.

ARC provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.

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