September Reading Recommendations

Hi All!

Another month, another pile of books to be read and enjoyed. Being in lockdown, there isn’t much else to do (except my day job!) so I’ve been catching up on some excellent titles from my TBR list.

Also, one month on from Following His Bliss being released and I’ve had some excellent feedback. The book just entered Kindle Unlimited, so if you haven’t grabbed your copy yet – you can read it for free as part of your Amazon KU membership. Click here to check it out!

Anyhoo – on with the reviews! I hope you have had a wonderful month and that you are keeping well during these interesting times.

“Dearest Milton James” by N.R. Walker

From The Blurb:

Malachi Keogh finds himself in a job he neither wanted nor asked for when his father, boss of Sydney’s postal service, sends him to the end of the business line, aka The Dead Letter Office. Malachi expects tedious and boring but instead discovers a warehouse with a quirky bunch of misfit co-workers, including a stoic and nerdy boss, Julian Pollard.

Malachi’s intrigued by Julian at first, and he soon learns there’s more to the man than his boring clothes of beige, tan, and brown; a far cry from Malachi’s hot pink, lilac, and electric blue. Where Julian is calm and ordered, Malachi is chaos personified, but despite their outward differences, there’s an immediate chemistry between them that sends Malachi’s head—and heart—into a spin.

To keep his father happy, Malachi needs to keep this job. He also needs to solve the mystery of the pile of old letters that sits in Julian’s office and maybe get to the bottom of what makes Julian tick. Like everything that goes through the mail centre, only time will tell if Malachi has found his intended destination or if he’ll find himself returned to sender.

My Thoughts:

Once in a while, you’ll come across a book that you just know will become a new favourite; A comforting read that you’ll keep coming back to over and over again. Dearest Milton James is one such book.

I don’t want to spoil anything, so I won’t give you any further plot details other than this book is equal parts charming, hilarious and touching, with just a touch of schmaltz to make your eyes leak happy tears! This is an absolute must read, so drop whatever you’re doing and go get it right now. Highly recommended.

My Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars

“That Alien Feeling” by Alessandra Hazard

From The Blurb:

Banished by his parents to the third planet in the Sol system, Prince Harht’ngh’chaali of the Second Grand Clan is completely fascinated by its inhabitants. Assuming the human name “Harry,” he tries to pass for a human to survive, but being human is so much harder than Harry expected. Humans are so confusing.

Adam Crawford isn’t looking for love. Financially secure and good-looking, he’s in a good place in his life. He doesn’t mean to fall in love with the quirky guy working at the coffee shop near his office. Harry is ridiculous—and ridiculously endearing. He wears ugly shirts and flowers in his hair, and he has a kind word for everyone. Adam falls hard and fast.

Little does he know that Harry isn’t what he seems and anything between them is impossible.

My Thoughts:

Sci Fi Romances are usually hit and miss with me, but I rather enjoyed this one. The first book in a series, it’s a nice mix of comedy, sexiness and some decent world-building, all of which come together to create something unique. Harry is delightful with his offbeat reactions to everyday human situations and his observations on humanity itself are fun. Adam is sexy, slightly flawed but ultimately feels like a real, genuine person.

If you like a story split between two entirely different worlds, you’ll like this. Although the author’s decision to switch the narrative between multiple characters does help to give the reader a more rounded understanding of the alien culture and it’s politics, it may confuse anyone who is just looking for a light read. Ultimately, I enjoyed it.

My Rating: 3.5 out of 5 Stars

“Just A Bit Bossy” by Alessandra Hazard

From The Blurb:

Boss from hell. Satan personified. A tyrant everyone fears. Nate Parrish loathes his boss from the moment they meet.

Raffaele Ferrara is probably the most insufferable, domineering man in the world. He doesn’t seem to understand that his personal assistant isn’t actually his personal slave. He expects Nate to do his bidding with a single word. He expects that Nate’s whole life will revolve around him. He expects other, entirely unreasonable things, even though they’re both straight and there’s supposed to be a line your boss should never cross. Apparently, as his personal assistant, Nate has to assist him… personally.

Except Nate knows it’s just a game. His boss is straight. He knows Raffaele just wants to make him angry enough to quit. But Nate has always been too stubborn for his own good, and he’s determined to be the best assistant his boss has ever had, no matter how insane—or inappropriate—Raffaele’s orders may become. Before long, the two men are drawn into a twisted game neither wants to lose.

Nate knows it has to stop. He has to leave his job. It’s not good for his sanity. Except his horrible boss is like a bad addiction he can’t quit. The world feels boring without Raffaele’s intensity, and his focus on Nate might be infuriating… but it’s also something Nate’s starting to realize he can’t live without.

My Thoughts:

Another book from Alessandra Hazard, but an entirely different kind of story. A snarky, easy-to-read, enemies-to-lovers office romance that had me chuckling out loud with it’s sharp, bitchy banter.

The feelings between long-suffering personal assistant, Nate, and his overbearing, obnoxious (but hotter than hell) boss, Raffaele, slowly unfurl amongst a cloud of snarky back-and forth interactions until both realise that, despite both men always identifying as straight, they have somehow developed an attraction to each other. So begins an unconventional, slightly unhealthy relationship that could either end in a happy ending or spectacular heartbreak.

This is Book 12 in a series, but there’s no need to have read any of the previous books to get into this one. I hadn’t read any of them and didn’t have any issues. If you enjoy office romances, a bit of mild D/s action and snarky humour, this one’s for you!

My Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars

EMPLOYEE OF THE MONTH

Chaos – for her excellent model poses.

Well, that’s all from me for another month. I hope you are all keeping well. Please stay safe, keep healthy and be lovely to one another. See you all next month with some more reading recommendations!

Lots of Love

Alex Leslie

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