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The Conquest Series by S. J. Frost

The Conquest series consists of 7 fabulous books featuring gorgeous rock stars! Highly recommended, totally enjoyable!

4 Stars

Reading Order

  • Conquest (Book 1)
  • No Fear (Book 2)
  • Keys to Love (Book 3)
  • Finding a Dream (Book 4)
  • Black Heart Down (Book 5)
  • Beautiful Harmony (Book 5.5) not reviewed
  • Heartstrings (Book 6)
  • Feeling the Rhythm (Book 7)

Conquest (Conquest, #1)Conquest

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This story is based around main characters who are lead singers in separate rock bands. Evan has reached great heights but not performed for 3 years. Jesse is looking for his big break. They work really well together, and although love happens fast, the attraction and reasons for this are believable. Of course true love does not go smoothly, particularly hiding the relationship from the public eye. Really enjoyed the story and it was a great introduction to the series

No Fear (Conquest, #2)No Fear

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A really refreshing sequel. I didn’t read the blurb so expected the story to focus on a different set of main characters than the original pair of Jesse and Evan. However this was an extension of their love story and provided the very happy ever after ending! Nice parallel story of Brandon’s search for love and introduction of some new characters. Jesse and Evan may be rock stars but this is definitely a romance and not focused on the hard rock lifestyle.

Keys to Love (Conquest, #3)Keys to Love

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This third book in the series focuses on a new relationship, that between keyboardist Julian and roadie Morgan, although the relationships from the earlier books still continue to develop. This makes the series seem like one good long story rather than separate books (which is a good thing). 
[ Morgan, who was in debt and on a roadie salary, paying $30,000 for a private concert with Julian. (hide spoiler)]

 

Finding a Dream (Conquest, #4)Finding a Dream

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

A nice short story with an anti-bullying message. Really nice that S.J.Frost was donating all royalties from the book to aid in the fight against bullying.


Heartstrings (Conquest, #6)Heartstrings

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Once again a little unexpected (refreshingly so) as this story follows the relationship of two newly introduced characters that we haven’t seen in the previous books of the series. Earlier characters take a much smaller role in this book. Las (never heard of Nicholas shortened to Las before) is a classical violinist and Quinn is the drummer for a Scottish band that supports Conquest for part of their tour. The story was sweet and an enjoyable read however lacked any big climatic moments. Attention of detail with the dialogue was excellent, showing the differences between Scottish and Americanisms. For example, “mom” was used when Las was speaking but “mum” was used when Quinn was speaking. For some reason this really stood out. Probably 3.5 stars when compared to first 4 books in the series (number 5 was really only a short story).

Feeling the Rhythm (Conquest, #7)

Feeling the Rhythm by S.J. Frost

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I liked this book mainly because it was the romance of Brad and Remmy. These characters were introduced earlier in the series and I have been waiting for them to have their HEA! This book, like the others, had a real feel-good vibe – a wonderful group of friends supporting each other through tough times

 

To find out more about S.J. Frost and her books, visit her website.

To buy at Amazon:

Conquest

No Fear

Keys To Love

Finding A Dream

Black Heart Down

Beautiful Harmony (short story)

Heartstrings

Feeling the Rhythm

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Perfect Match by J.J. Ryan

Perfect MatchPerfect Match by J.J. Ryan

My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

The blurb…

Seattle trauma doctor Patrick Quinn has never been in love. In fact, he’s never even had a long-term relationship. In his limited personal life, getting a date is only half the problem. Being able to keep it, despite emergency duties in the ER, is the other. So though he’s interested in Trevor O’Neil, a man he meets on a dating site, he decides to take it slow.

Trevor moved to Seattle looking for a fresh start. Recently single and lonely in his new city, he works business hours as an anesthesiologist, hoping a better work-life balance will make it easier to meet someone. Patrick might be just what he’s been hoping for.

Then disaster hits and a severely injured Trevor lands in Patrick’s ER. Unable to work on Trevor, Patrick feels helpless. He wanted to ease into a relationship, but he’s already attached. Then Trevor’s past comes rushing in to take him away from the dangers of Seattle. If Trevor and Patrick’s new love is to survive the drama, Patrick will have to own up to what he wants-and fight for it.

So what did I think?

An enjoyable and romantic quick read.

Told in alternating POVs, the story is about Patrick (trauma surgeon) and Trevor (anaesthesiologist), who give on-line dating a try. The story follows the development of their relationship as they tackle building a relationship while dealing with hectic work schedules and face obstacles including violence and jealousy.

On the positive side, the story involved medical professionals which was great. Both the main characters were very likable. The initial conversations via email and text message were cute and well done.

There were some beautiful expressions of love and the romantic in me loved that the sex was not just about the physical but the emotional response each man felt: “I wanted him as close to me as one man could be to another. If he could crawl inside me and we could occupy the same space, it still might not be close enough.” and “…..I swear, with all that I am, I saw stars. I saw heaven. I saw love.”

There was some drama. There were romantic gestures. There was a happy ending.

On the not-so-positive side, the insta-love was a bit unbelievable. Although I have mentioned this in previous reviews and been told that it really can happen this quickly (almost love at first sight), I still didn’t get the sense it was ‘real’ love for Trevor when he first voiced it. There were also a few sections of the book that were just a little bit drawn out (such as the day out to the vineyards) but although I think this could have been shortened a bit, it didn’t really detract too much from the reading experience.

This is a book for the romantics.

“He brought life to me. I was no longer a drone, but a man with hopes and desires. He brought with him dreams for the future and of course, love. Trevor taught me to love.” from Patrick about Trevor

“He was the other half of me, the part of me that was happy, full of good thoughts and hopes for the future. And as I watched him, lost in thought, looking in my direction but not seeing me, I couldn’t help but appreciate every fight, adventure, and heartache that brought and kept us together. from Trevor about Patrick

4 Stars

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