KU Sunday Spotlight by KUBR + OCA

It’s Spotlight time! Welcome back to the KU Sunday Spotlight, brought to you by KU Book Reviews + the One-Click Addict Support Group. This week, we have a Buy It and a Read It to add to your TBR—romances that might start fake but end up being very real!


Enemies-to-lovers is always a tricky trope in my estimation. How do you take two people on a journey from disliking each other so much that one would go so far as to call them enemies, and then bring them around a complete 180 where you know they’re a perfect match? It’s never an easy feat, but Amy Daws does it in a truly masterful way in Endurance.


Endurance is the story of Tanner + Belle. Tanner, the manwhore, famous British soccer player—sexy, confident and wild—and Belle, the brilliant surgeon, also sexy, confident and a little bit wild herself. They dance around each other as planets in the Camden-Indie universe—one of my favorite couples ever that were featured in Challenge, the first book in the same series. {Endurance can easily be read as a standalone, but please do yourself a favor and read both.} And while there was an initial attraction, circumstances kept them apart and took them in the other direction—barely tolerating each other’s company. Now, circumstances again bring them around again, this time as fake boyfriend-girlfriend and it is simply delicious.

To watch them interact and soar and joke and love is a fabulous treat. To watch them each discover their feelings and recognize just how well they’re suited to each other is endearing and heart warming and inexorably taps into the sappy part of me to such an extent, I’m still smiling as I write this review.

On top of all of that, I find myself where I did when I finished Challenge: in love with a world of Ms. Daws’ creation, loving not only each and every one of the characters, but being completely swept away in the London she crafted between the pages. Having lived there in my early twenties might have something to do with how much I’m drawn in, but it’s more than that. Ms. Daws is a gifted storyteller who always seems to know what little tidbits we need to connect and it’s always the perfect amount. It’s like the ultimate meal, with all of your favorite things, where you’re left completely sated—not too much, and not too little. Just, well, perfect.

When I finished Challenge, I bought her entire London Lovers series. They’re not KU, and I mostly read KU, but I was so blown away by her writing and her craft, that I bought them all on the spot. As often happens, I got caught up in other need-to-read books and never read the series. Reading Endurance reminded me of why I bought the series in the first place. Ms. Daws is a spectacular writer, quickly becoming one of my favorites, that you need to add to your TBR immediately—and I need to read that series!


“You know, I don’t think I’ve ever met anyone like you, Barrett.”
“I will take that as both an insult and a compliment.”

Running Mate

Barrett Callahan certainly is something else. A charming innuendo machine who was as amusing as he was sexy. Can’t really go wrong, can you? Certainly not, when you’re reading Running Mate.

This is my first Katie Ashley read, and I think a great place to start. Her writing is excellent—I loved how she meshed laugh-out-loud funny moments with the more serious, this is a Presidential campaign ones. Plus, the premise was utterly enjoyable—a staffer tapped to play the part of fake fiancée to the candidate’s wayward, playboy son. I’m a big fan of fake-relationship stories (I’m not really sure why, LOL) and this is was a very, very good one.

Ms. Ashley did a fab job of setting up the relationship, making it seem plausible and answering any questions I might have had about how it would all work. Plus, she threw in some likable secondary characters—especially Ty, who I would love to read a book about—which added some extra flavor to an already delicious story.

While there were a few inconsistencies in Running Mate that distracted me—some fact-checking would and could have cleared them right up—the overall feeling of this book is one I would absolutely recommend: lighthearted, sexy fun. I loved the way Addison + Barrett bickered and bantered, and though it would have perhaps been nice to see more of those falling moments, there were so many swoony sentiments—plus the added fun of a reformed manwhore—I closed this book more than willing to give my vote (and my compliments) to Running Mate and Katie Ashley.

It was just the two of us. Two mouths fusing together. Two bodies molded against each other.
In the end, we were just one.

As of 03.19.2017, Endurance and Running Mate are available on Kindle Unlimited.

About Beth Cranford | KUBR

Book Reviewer. Wife. Mother. Crazy Person. Australian.

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