Sweeper by Amy Daws

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• BLURB •

The cocky footballer next door has some serious balls…

luckily, Daphney Clarke knows how to play.

Zander Williams is the hot new American determined to take European football by storm. His head is so big, it barely fits under his backwards hat. And when he’s recruited to one of the biggest up and coming clubs in London, he’s certain to make his name known.

Managing the building where they live is only one of Daphney’s many jobs. It’s why she has zero patience for the obnoxious American on the other side of the wall who makes the most ungodly noises and likes to answer his door in nothing but a pink tea towel.

Tensions build and after one steamy hallway kiss, neighbor wars quickly shifts into neighbors-with-benefits and that’s a battle they both intend to win.

But Daphney doesn’t know the real reason Zander is in London and now she’s stuck in the middle of a game she didn’t even know she was playing.

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• MY REVIEW •

Wow. I’m having difficulty forming my emotions into words. This was one epic journey for both Zander and Daphney that I, as a reader felt honored to witness! I love the Harris Brothers series and the standalone books that followed set in the same world. They all centered around strong family dynamics, but in terms of family, love, and growth, Sweeper just had a different vibe. 😊

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Amy has written a beautiful, fleshed-out story that dealt with complex family situations and real struggles that one can easily relate to. It could very well have been a story that was entirely set in a melancholic atmosphere, but whether you’re familiar with Amy’s writing or not, you can undoubtedly expect some light-heartedness and uplifting mood-boosting scenes for balance.

The storytelling of this standalone had steady-pacing with gradual development and build-up. It’s multi-faceted, having a couple of secondary storylines developing right alongside Zander’s and Daphney’s quirky growing relationship.

Right from the very beginning, I was invested in not only Zander’s and Daphney’s spark-inducing romance, but Zander’s own personal story. With the internal struggles and second-guessing he constantly goes through in this book, you can’t help but sympathize and if possible dive into his life and be some kind of support system that he so desperately wanted and needed.

This book will have you going from one end of the emotional scale to the other. I went from tearing up from the situation that Zander has found himself in, to smiling like a total loon, to giggling senselessly, to bawling my eyes out. It’s an emotional journey, not only for these characters but for the reader as well. But despite the drama-filled rollercoaster ride, I came away from the book feeling exhaustedly happy, sighing with contentment, and mentally looking back at how far the Harris family have evolved over time.

Besides the personal issues that both Zander and Daphney are working through, there were plenty of fun moments. The flirty banter and the language barrier were probably two of my favourite highlights. I lost count of how many times I nodded my head and laughed my ass off in agreement. It’s a next-door neighbour, friends-with-benefits type deal between these two protagonists, and at first I found their little pact unusual albeit amusing, but as the story progresses, you see a gradual shift from their initial dynamic. I love how their relationship developed because it just felt so authentic. Even though it was a relatively short time frame from when they first met to them hooking up, it didn’t at all feel rushed.

The book also includes an immensely strong cast of supporting characters that all played vital roles in assisting to bring about Zander’s and Daphney’s story. Not only do they help set the mood, but they’re presence immediately has you gripping the pages because you quickly come to realize that they’re an unpredictable bunch! Amy always seems to have such likable personalities in her books and after having read Sweeper, I’m already hoping to see more of the characters featured in this story in the future.

If I had to nitpick, I would’ve liked the sense of a more completed ending. There’s no epilogue and whilst I normally don’t mind, this is a standalone novel and I felt like it concluded with an open-ended finish. Some matters were resolved, certain “chapters” in these characters’ lives have gracefully closed, but where Zander and Daphney are concerned, it almost seemed like the end was really just the beginning for the couple… yet not really, either.

But nevertheless, it’s not at all a big issue (I’m just fussy), as I adored their story so much! It’s definitely a recommended read from me to fellow romance readers.

Two truly lovable, sweet, and funny-as protagonists. They have such chemistry that leaps off the pages and comes off so believable. I swooned. I love the interactions between them. Zander being a professional soccer player and Daphney being an indie singer/songwriter was an interesting contrast. Other than the next-door neighbours with benefits aspect of the storyline, you’ll enjoy seeing the attraction between these two opposites and the moments in which they slowly yet unknowingly start to fall in love.

Perfect balance of romance, comradery, and sports elements. It’s hearty, in-depth, and just really makes you question, “What would you do if you were in Zander’s situation?

Told from dual POVs, this story is more than meets the eye!

P.S. The backdrop will give you such wanderlust. No joke! I’ve always wanted to holiday in London, and this book only reiterated the fact that it’s on my bucket list for a reason! 😍🤗

RATING: ⭐⭐⭐⭐½

Thank you Amy Daws for the opportunity to read an advanced copy! 💚

🔔 Interested in reading Sweeper? Grab your copy here: Universal Link

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Happy reading, guys! Catch you in my next one! Xo

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Tartlet by Bella Jewel

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• BLURB •

I’m no angel.

Far from it.

I’m the disappointment of the family.

The one they try to hide.

The failure.

The nuisance.

I have the rich family – you know the one. Parents dripping in gold, the perfect sister, and the loyal brother.

As far as they’re concerned, I’m the accident they wish they had done something about.

A rebel.

Always causing trouble.

That’s fine by me, I’m happy to be anything other than what they expect.

Until, that is, my father needs my help.

Well, okay, I practically force his hand, but it’s my chance to prove I’m good for something.

He needs information on a local biker club.

He wants me to go in. To play them. To get what he needs.

A club full of hot bikers? A girl isn’t going to say no.

I take on the challenge.

Go in there and destroy their little club.

Sounds like a god damned blast to me.

They won’t know what hit them.

Or perhaps, I won’t know what hit me…

I guess we’ll find out.

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• MY REVIEW •

Ding. Ding. Ding. We have a fucking winner! 👏👏👏 This series seriously gets better and better with each new book! Tartlet is officially my new favourite (sorry Pop! Goes The Biker). I have been anticipating Remy’s story since day dot and Bella delivered the goods! This story did not disappoint. I was hooked from the very first page and could not put it down once I started! Not only did Remy lived up to his hot, charming biker ass but the storyline was on point too!

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This is a hidden agenda, friends-with-benefits romance that totally had me entertained and constantly giggling to myself. The introduction of Gabby and her cool, blasé attitude had me immediately perking up with interest of her character. She treads a fine line between smugness and confidence but she knows her strengths and weaknesses and adamant about her likes and dislikes that I found her to be such a refreshing addition to the ever-growing cast of characters in this series. I also love the fact that she’s a badass mechanic who gives the boys a run for their money!

In previous books Remy was constantly one of my favourite side characters, with his sweet, chilled demeanor that I admit I was a tad nervous coming into this story knowing I may or may not like who he ended up with. I should’ve put more faith in Bella because not only has she exceeded my expectations for the heroine who’d land Remy but the storyline itself was gripping.

It’s an MC-lite romantic comedy that had a bit of suspense, a whole ton of witty banter, sexual chemistry, and I’m talking lots of dirty deeds. *waggles eyebrows* 🔥🙈

It’s told from Gabby’s first person, singular point of view. Whilst I’d normally prefer dual perspectives and would’ve loved to have had Remy’s POV too, I discovered fairly early on that Gabby’s view was more than enough to tell their story without it feeling completely one-sided.

I thought the storytelling had a nice flow to it. It was well-paced, well-written, detailed, and full of dimension. The addition of the secondary characters from previous and upcoming books added extra oomph, expanded the world-building, and provided a genuine and relatable group dynamic alongside the romance.

The friendships in this particular book were all awesome that I truly hope that this isn’t the last we’ll see of them. Each bond was unique that you really get a sense of depth in each relationship.

There were a few unexpected plot twists I totally did not have an inkling of, so that was an interesting little surprise. Remy’s and Gabby’s story is romance heavy but it wasn’t just pure lust and hookups, as the story progresses and the plot complicatedly thickens, you see a gradual more meaningful development in their relationship.

I found Gabby’s personal story relatable and she touches on certain family struggles that I think a lot of people (me included) can relate to. From all the heroines in this series so far, she’s been the one I connected with the most, not only because of her personality, but also because of her outlook when it came to certain things.

Other than the group dynamic, Remy and Gabby compliment each other so well that by the end it was ultimately what made them my favourite couple. They just click so well that their romance is the stuff of good rom-com movies!

If you’re looking for a quick, lighthearted mood-booster of a romance, you have got to hit this one up. You can technically read this one without having read the previous books in the series but I wouldn’t recommend it. There’s an underlying storyline that continues in each book, and plus you’d have a better understanding of the backstories of each couple if you read them in order. Good news is, they’re all relatively quick reads that you can easily finish in one sitting.

There were a couple of things that were left somewhat unsettled but in all honesty I didn’t even notice until after I finished reading and let it sunk in. It’s nothing major and unless Bella comes back to it in future books, it’s left up in the air. Nevertheless, the story was hot. It was steamy. It was hilarious to boot! There is some darkish content within and although the book cover is somewhat explicit, it’s still for the most part a contemporary rom-com story. As I mentioned earlier, it’s light on the MC element — so if you’re thinking of dipping your toes in MC romance, I think this is a great series to start off with as it’s nowhere near as dark as far as MC romances go, yet you still get a sense of the brotherhood, their MC lifestyle, and how these bikers love their women.

Bella Jewel’s writing is always so effortless to follow. You get easily attracted to her storylines and invested in her characters. I loved reading Tartlet, the protagonists are truly lovable characters that’ll make you smile with their crazy antics. I’ll no doubt be rereading it in the near future until the next book in the series comes out!

RATING: ⭐⭐⭐⭐½

Thank you Bella Jewel and Valentine PR for the opportunity to read an advanced copy! 💜

🔔 Interested in reading Tartlet? Grab your copy here: Amazon  |  Apple Books  |  Nook  |  Kobo

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🧁 Read my reviews for the Turf Wars!

Book One: Biker Schmiker by Bella Jewel

Book Two: Heart-On by Bella Jewel

Book Three: Review Coming Soon!


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Happy reading, guys! Catch you in my next one! Xo

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