Thursday, 31 July 2014

Blog Tour Stop with Review of Addicted by Nigel May

The bit on the back…

Getting clean is a dirty business 

The wine heiress, the faded entertainer, the operatic diva, the politician's wife - four women who can’t say no….

Four women who should be happy with what life has given them. Success, beauty, money and fame. But never judge a book by its cover, because on the outside they may all seem to be completely in control of their lives, but under their fashionable facades, deep within their souls, they are all battling with a common demon…they are all addicted. Addicted to things that could ruin their very existence. In fact for one, it will snuff it out for good.

Four women…one death, one killer…

Firstly thank you to Nigel and the girls over at Gosling Girls Book Tours for inviting me to review this book! This is the first of Nigel’s books that I’ve read so I was excited to see what lay in store for me and I was really quite intrigued by the blurb!

The story is all about four women. Each of them have been dealt a relatively good hand in life and from the outside look to be pretty fortunate but on the inside, behind closed doors all is not as it seems.

The story stars with a VERY intriguing prologue which sets up an air of mystery and suspense which then carries throughout the story. My mind kept going back to it while I was reading wondering who would turn out to be the villain.

The story is about four women – Martha, Lauren, Portia and Nancy. Each of them are wealthy and live in the world of luxury, moving in social circles which ooze sumptuous extravagance and salacious gossip. I loved how bitchy the characters were! I felt like this was exactly what they would be like in real life so I got to imagine talking and gossiping with them! The story has also got some rather steamy moments which are written sexily without being really really dirty!

Nigel’s writing ensures that the story travels along at a swift pace. Each of the characters take turns to narrate the story and as their lives start to intertwine it makes for good reading as you get to see a fuller picture with all angles covered!

The story reminds me of novels by Tasmina Perry, Victoria Fox and Jo Rees. The story is filled with indulgence, glamour and the gritty truths behind the façade. If you like anything by the authors I’ve mentioned I think you will definitely enjoy this.

Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Blog Tour Review of Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover

The bit on the back…

When Tate Collins finds airline pilot Miles Archer passed out in front of her apartment door, it is definitely not love at first sight. They wouldn't even go so far as to consider themselves friends. But what they do have is an undeniable mutual attraction.

He doesn't want love and she doesn't have time for a relationship, but their chemistry cannot be ignored. Once their desires are out in the open, they realize they have the perfect set-up, as long as Tate can stick to two rules:

Never ask about the past and don't expect a future.

Tate is determined that she can handle it, but when she realises that she can't, will she be able to say no to her sexy pilot when he lives just next door!

Firstly, a massive, and I mean massive, thank you to the girls at The Hot Bed (Simon & Schuster) for sending me out a copy of this to review and asking me to be part of the blog tour for this book. Back when I started blogging I thought to myself, if I ever am lucky enough to receive book post from certain authors then I know blogging and all the hard work that goes into it behind the scenes will have been worthwhile. One of those authors was Colleen Hoover. I was over the moon to be asked to part of this blog tour and I hope I can begin to do the book the justice it’s due!

This story is all about main characters Tate Collins and Miles Archer. Tate moves to San Francisco to find a job and ends up having to deal with a drunk and disorderly Miles Archer who is blocking her apartment door. The morning after she finds out that Miles is actually a friend of her brothers and is actually quite good looking when he’s not crying on her couch.

I first read Hopeless, another of Colleen’s novels, last year and I absolutely fell in love with her writing. I loved how much emotion was written into the story, winding its way around and through the characters’ lives. As soon as I heard Ugly Love was being released I was desperate to read it. I absolutely loved the sound of the blurb and couldn’t wait to get started when it seemed to have a story line that I love. Although it might seem that this story is predictable the journey to the expected end was just fantastic.

The story is told from both Tate and Mile’s points of view. Tate’s chapters are set in the present day and Miles’ chapters are set six years ago. This contrast meant that you only get to experience all of Tate’s feelings towards Miles and their set-up first hand and get to experience Miles from the outside and from his actions and words.

The reflective chapters of Miles’ allow you to get into his personality and see just how great a guy he is. His story is sad and incredibly emotional and moving. The prose is structured poetically which adds to the whole romantic side of Miles’ personality. I loved the sharp and strong impact that this has on the story and on your investment into Miles’ story. I can’t say much more about it without giving away too much but he is such a great guy as well as being incredibly sexy and attractive and just the right side of moody.

I loved Tate’s character. I loved that she was out doing what she wanted and accepted the pseudo relationship that she had with Miles for what it was in the beginning. As I said part of the story is predictable but I absolutely fell in love with their relationship and Miles in the process. Their sex life was intimate and beautiful and that just increased throughout the story. The story itself and the characters journey together is developed well and I loved the chemistry they had. It was palpable and I especially loved their first kiss scene!

I literally did not put the book down and read it all in one sitting. This is one of those books that I’m going to wish and wish I could read again for the first time. I’ve only finished it at the weekend and I want to re-read it again.

Thanks again to The Hot Bed for inviting me to be part of the tour!

!!Promo Blitz!! One Hundred Proposals by Holly Martin Price Drop today!

The bit on the back...

Is there really such a thing as a perfect proposal?

Over the next hundred days I intend to find out. I will find one hundred ways to propose to our Chief Proposer Suzie McKenzie and post the results here for your enjoyment. One thing’s for sure, not one of my proposals will be on top of the Eiffel Tower with a dozen red roses.’

Best friends Suzie and Harry are partners in romance. That is, they run, coming to the aid of would-be grooms to create the ultimate marriage proposal.

But when Harry decides to catapult the business into the big leagues with a PR stunt all Suzie can see is a hundred days of heartbreak stretching ahead of her. But however exotic the location, or breath-takingly romantic the setting, Suzie has to keep remembering that ‘Marry Me?’ is the one question she can’t say yes to.

This business proposal should come with one hundred broken heart warnings...

One hundred proposals, one hundred chances to say yes.

Grab it for 99p today! 

Tuesday, 29 July 2014

Review of What a Girl Wants by Lindsey Kelk

The bit on the back…

Being arrested in your own bedroom is never a good start to the day. Tess Brookes really needs to sort out her back-stabbing flatmate – and her life.

Should she gamble all on the new photography job she’s landed, or snap up the offer from long-time crush and best friend Charlie to start up on their own – in more ways than one? There’s just one small thing she hasn’t mentioned. Or rather, one tall thing. He’s handsome, infuriating and called Nick…

For the first time, Tess has to choose between the life she always dreamed of and a future she never imagined possible. From London to Milan, with high fashion and low behaviour thrown in, she’s going to have to make up her mind what a girl really wants…

I will admit I was fairly excited to FINALLY be able to download this book! I’ve been waiting for this sequel since I finished the first book About A Girl. I absolutely love Lindsey’s I Heart series and when I finished About a Girl I knew I was just as much in love with this series and it’s characters too!

The story starts more or less from where About A Girl ended (review here) with Tess in a bit of a pickle about what she’s going to do with herself. Stay at home and start up her own advertising company with gorgeous best friend Charlie, or hop on a plane to Milan and turn her photography hobby into something more.

I absolutely fell in love with Tess and her story in the first book. I feel like we’re best friends and while I was reading her story I felt like she was more or less talking directly to me such as Lindsey’s writing allows you to feel. I love how funny her character is, how dry and witty her sense of humour is and how it feels so much like mine making it appeal to me all the more. This style of writing carries on into What a Girl Wants and you can pick up being best friends with Tess as seamlessly as the story starts.

The last book was left on a bit of a cliff hanger as far as Tess’s love life is concerned. On one hand there is arrogant, cocky, annoying, arseholey journalist Nick who Tess met in Hawaii and on the other hand there is gorgeous loveable Charlie, Tess’s best friend of ten years. My personal favourite is Nick. I was so attracted to his Daniel Craig looks and his cocky, “I’m always right”, sexy attitude. I also really loved how 
unashamedly attracted Tess was too him – sort of lived vicariously through her…into the bedroom! Anyway! The story continues in the same vain with Tess torn between both guys where Nick is the unpredictable and exciting option, Charlie always just kind of felt like the puppy dog you will always love!

One thing that is ALWAYS the same brilliant standard throughout Lindsey’s novels is the superbly detailed setting. This story is set in Milan, Italy. Not a place I’ve actually been to but now I feel like I could have been. Lindsey has a total knack of completely transporting you to the settings of her stories with an almost unbeatable precision. I have visited other parts of Italy and I could feel the same vibes coming from the pages as I read through the story.

As with all of her other books I zoomed through this unable to put it down. I loved the characters, I loved the setting and I absolutely laughed my head off in parts. If you’ve never read anything by Lindsey I can totally recommend you all of her work and if you’ve not read About A Girl you definitely should!

Monday, 28 July 2014

Review of A Place for Us Part 1 by Harriet Evans

The bit on the back…

The day Martha Winter decided to tear apart her family began like any other day.

The house has soft, purple wisteria twining around the door. You step inside.

The hall is cool after the hot summer's day. The welcome is kind, and always warm.

Yet something makes you suspect life here can't be as perfect as it seems.

After all, the brightest smile can hide the darkest secret.

But wouldn't you pay any price to have a glorious place like this?

Welcome to Winterfold.

Martha Winter's family is finally coming home.

Firstly a massive thank you to Lizzie Masters at Headline for sending this over to me and inviting me to be part of this books journey! This is the first part in Harriet Evans’ new serialised novel. I’ve only read one other Harriet Evans book and I remember completely falling in love with the two main characters and her writing so I couldn’t wait to start. I was lucky enough to be sent the paperback with a whole host of gorgeous goodies and invited to view a copy on NetGalley so my PB will remain pristine!

The story is all about Martha and her family and all of their secrets. 80 year old Martha decides to invite everyone home to celebrate her 80th birthday and to reveal a family secret. A family secret which the family members then start to get in a bit of a tizzy over!

Intriguing. That is the perfect word to describe this 1st part in A Place for Us. Very intriguing! I started to read the story after seeing some other bloggers praising it on twitter so I knew to expect a good read.

The story is told from all of the characters in the family, centring on Martha and the impact that she has had on their lives, and how they perceive her impact on the lives of the other members of the family. I liked this start to the story, building up the setting and the scene and giving you an insight into everyone’s lives. I felt like they all had two major things in common which were also very interesting. Firstly is a secret. They all get a bit worried about the secret that’s about to be revealed as they all appear to have secrets of their own. Secondly, is a sense that they don’t really fit in. I like how that is common with a few of the characters but they all have this tie with Martha which links them to Winterfold.

Each character is unique and has their own story to enjoy. I’m looking forward to seeing how their characters develop and how their stories continue to intertwine throughout the other parts in the series.

This first instalment is left on a massive, huge cliff hanger so I’m already eagerly anticipating the next part!

Author Interview - Pippa Croft!

Today I am really excited to welcome author Pippa Croft to the blog! Pippa is the author of the Oxford Blues series. Book 1 and 2 are out just now and you can get to those reviews clicking on the titles!

The First Time We Met 
The Second Time I Saw You

Also The Second Time I Saw You will be £1.99 for one week only (28th July – 3rd August)!

Hi Pippa, welcome to the blog!  

What sparked the change in genre for you, and how did you prepare for it?

After writing seven contemporary romances and two erotic ones and I decided I wanted to take on a new challenge. I wasn’t sure I could do it, but somehow, by sitting down every day and just getting on with it - come hell or high water – three books have emerged. The books were written one after the other, with only a short break which I think helped the pace and impetus. Now, I’ve finished the final copy edits on the Third Time Lucky, I still can’t believe I did it. I can’t wait to see them all in print.

The new adult genre still feels relatively new to me, what do you think are the key elements for a great new adult novel?

There are some brilliant na series out there but I’m not sure I’m qualified to comment on what makes a great NA novel. That’s because I feel the Oxford Blue series crosses the boundary of new adult/ women’s fiction/ contemporary romance. The series already seems to be getting a very broad audience which is fantastic.

The First Time We Met is the first book in this series. Did you start out writing a series, or did it just feel natural to progress with it throughout the writing process?

I’m not a natural planner to say the least (!) but this series had to be outlined in principle from the start or I’d have got into a real mess. I recently gave a talk with Nell Dixon at the Romantic Novelists Association Conference and basically, we advised that you have to do more preparation if you’re writing a series. You have some idea of their characters’ overall journey but also let the story unfold naturally. It’s like juggling a lot of balls at once!

I really love the covers for each book. Were you involved in that process?

Thank you! I didn’t have any input, but I almost cried (in a good way!) when I saw the covers. It really brought home to me that I’d actually written a whole series. I think the sophisticated covers reflect the fact that the books are a genre that New Adult fans and women’s fiction readers can all enjoy.

The story is set at Oxford where there seems to be some gorgeous architecture and history to soak up. What is it about Oxford that inspired you to set the story here?

I don’t think the heady, intense days of being a student in the city have ever really left me. My daughter also recently spent her student days there which refreshed the setting in my mind. I think the intensity and uniqueness of the architecture and of college life are a gift of inspiration to any author. Once I started writing the series, I realised that I’d probably been sub-consciously longing to write a book set at Oxford since I left there.

You know I really loved Lauren's character, that she had a bit of a spark and some feistiness to stand up for herself. Who would you have play her in a film of the movie?

Probably someone who looks like Blake Lively or with the sparky charm of a Reese Witherspoon.

Lauren felt like a completely different character to her fellow Oxford students. What inspired you to have an American female protagonist?

The contrast of a US heroine with an aristocratic British hero seemed a fun thing to do – in theory! This whole series dragged me way out of my comfort zone – which is a brilliant thing, because it’s now given me the courage to try other things. When it came to writing her character, I had to do lots of research to get her voice right and I didn’t want her to become some kind of clichéd American ingénue. Lauren, as you say, is feisty, bright and sophisticated. She isn’t impressed by Alexander’s wealth and position, although his world does sometimes intimidate her, she’d never let him see that.

Lauren is surrounded by some really snooty and obnoxious characters at university, how true do you think the stereotype is?

I do feel slightly guilty because there’s a lot of poetic licence in the books. They are, after all, fiction and there wouldn’t be a book without villains to boo and hiss, as well as nice characters. I’d also say there are snooty and obnoxious people in all walks of life, but I simply dumped quite a few of them at Wyckham! My actual college is very different and renowned for being welcoming to students from all backgrounds. On saying that, I remember being teased about my accent by a few people but that was about it.

Let's talk about Alexander! Hot as they come, but incredibly polite and proper Alexander is a great book boyfriend. Did anything inspire his character?

Sadly, he’s definitely not based on anyone I’ve ever actually met! I did once sit opposite an earl’s son in the library of my college but Alexander isn’t him.   I love writing dark, angsty heroes and with Alexander, I just turned up the angst and gave him even bigger problems to overcome! He may be maddening at times but he’s driven by so many conflicting desires – his feelings for Lauren scare him, he loves his family and wants to do his duty to his country and estate. It’s all too much for him at times but Alexander loves a challenge...

Thanks for asking me to the blog, Erin!

Saturday, 26 July 2014

Review of Wallbanger (The Cocktail Series #1) by Alice Clayton

The bit on the back…

Caroline Reynolds has a fantastic new apartment in San Francisco, a Kitchen Aid mixer to die for, and no O (and we’re not talking Oprah here, folks). She has a flourishing design career, an office overlooking the bay, a killer zucchini bread recipe, and no O. She has Clive (the best cat ever), great friends, a great rack, and no O. Adding insult to O-less, she also has an oversexed neighbour with the loudest late-night wallbanging she’s ever heard. Every moan, spank, and—was that a meow?—punctuates the fact that not only is she losing sleep, she still has—yep, you guessed it—no O.

Enter Simon Parker. When the wallbanging threatens to literally bounce her out of bed, Caroline, clad in sexual frustration and a pink baby-doll nightie, confronts her heard-but-never-seen neighbour. Their late-night hallway encounter has…well…mixed results. Because with walls this thin, the tension’s gonna be thick.

A delicious mix of silly and steamy, this is an irresistible tale of exasperation at first sight.

This is the first in Alice Clayton’s The Cocktail Series and it’s something that I’ve been looking forward to reading for quite a while. I started this as part of the #SexMeUpReadathon that the girls over at Gosling Girls Book Tours were running between the 21st and 25th of July.

The story is all about main character Caroline Reynolds. Caroline has just moved into her new apartment in San Francisco with her cat Clive. She’s got a great job, this brand new apartment, she’s not had successful sex for a while and what is NOT the perfect remedy? The sex god next door.

I was really looking forward to reading this hoping that I would like it and I can’t lie I was a teensy bit disappointed!

At first I liked Caroline’s character. She was funny and interesting and I liked the way that she engaged with you as a reader through the almost interactive narrative. I found some of her quirky thoughts and names for her “hoohah” funny and I thought that her character had a little extra pep, similar to the main character in a chick-lit novel.

The story was predictable insofar as the next door neighbour – so aptly nicknamed “Wallbanger” – was indeed a wallbanger. I thought that this was a fun introduction to the other main character in the story – Simon Parker. I enjoyed that they had a bit of a love/hate relationship going and when it turned out that it was a small world after all their relationship started to take on a new meaning. I liked the progression from friends to more although I expected it to be faster and with more chemistry than what I felt there was.

I read through the story quite quickly but felt more like I was just trying to finish it more than I was hooked. I think it was a more heavy mix of silliness than steaminess and that wasn’t what I was hoping for so it let the book down a bit for me. The writing was good throughout and the story had enough of a mix of predictability and the unknown to keep you interested.  

Friday, 25 July 2014

Review of Reasonable Doubt 2 by Whitney Garcia

The bit on the back…

She lied to me... 

She betrayed the one rule that I'm most adamant about: Honesty. Complete and utter fucking honesty. 
I really wish she was someone else—someone who didn't have the ability to make me feel, someone I could easily discard like the hundreds of women before her. 

She isn't. 

I'm drawn to her like I've never been drawn to a woman before—completely captivated by the very sight of her. But unfortunately, with my past slowly re-surfacing for all of the world to see, I'll have to find a way to let her go. 

She can never be mine. 

This is the second novella in Whitney G’s erotic romance serial. It is most definitely a must to read Reasonable Doubt before you read this.

The story follows seamlessly from where we left off in book one, Andrew’s wife having rocked up to his office. At this point we know that the “Alyssa” has lied to Andrew but we are also starting to see that he might not be who he says he is either!

Just like the seamless transition from book to book in terms of the story line, the sparky writing style flows into this second novella in the series. The chapter headings that I loved from the first book also continue setting the story up to be another great read. It, like the first, is also only going to take you about 45 minutes to read – maybe less – so is perfect for this week’s readathon.

I love the irresistible pull that exists between the characters, even though both have betrayed the other’s trust and I felt that the platonic relationship they’ve built up before moving into this sexual relationship has made the bond between them stronger.

The storyline starts to turn towards a positive outcome for both characters with Aubrey (Alyssa’s real life name) starts to tackle the task of winning Andrew’s heart.

This instalment comes to an incredibly abrupt ending leaving you on a complete and utter cliff hanger with an interesting insight into the real Andrew! I am really looking forward to book 3 even though it’s not out yet, I can’t wait! 

Thursday, 24 July 2014

Review of Beautiful Player by Christina Lauren

The bit on the back…

A bombshell bookworm. A chronic Casanova. And a lesson in chemistry too scandalous for school.

When Hanna Bergstrom receives a lecture from her overprotective brother about neglecting her social life and burying herself in grad school, she’s determined to tackle his implied assignment: get out, make friends, start dating. And who better to turn her into the sultry siren every man wants than her brother’s gorgeous best friend, Will Sumner, venture capitalist and unapologetic playboy?

Will takes risks for a living, but he’s sceptical about this challenge of Hanna’s…until the wild night his innocently seductive pupil tempts him into bed- and teaches him a thing or two about being with a woman he can’t forget. Now that Hanna’s discovered the power of her own sex appeal, it’s up to Will to prove he’s the only man she’ll ever need.

I think this is possibly my favourite book in the Beautiful series so far. This is book number three which I moved onto straight after finishing Beautiful Stranger, book two.

This story is all about Hanna Bergstrom who is a bit of a self-made recluse, buried in her lab work and after her brother’s attempts to bring her into what he deems as civilisation a bit more he encourages her to look up his old friend Will Sumner. Will is a character we already know a little bit about from Beautiful Stranger as he works with Max. I didn’t really have that much of a perception of Will as I was more focused on Max throughout that story but I really started to fall head over heels in love with Will in this story.

Hanna and Will are old acquaintances through Hannah’s brother Jensen and when they reconnect years later when we see them in this book they have an almost instant connection on a platonic level although both now see something else in the other that is the entire other end of the scale from platonic.

Their chemistry is palpable and while Hanna is direct and frank and can sometimes come off as naive Will finds it endearing and is seemingly hooked on her personality. I loved that Hanna didn’t have a filter and wasn’t easily embarrassed. That fact makes the whole storyline more realistic between the two characters.
I loved that Will was so shamelessly attracted, and more so throughout the book, to Hanna and I loved how he felt protective of her too. I didn’t feel like their age gap was an issue at all and I loved that Will was experienced in the way Hanna needed him to be. The story is dual POV again which I actually cannot get enough of and I loved how both of them saw their relationship toward each other.

I think Will is my favourite of the three characters and I was definitely most attracted to him – he was Ryan Reynolds in my head.

There is something about a storyline like this that really appeals to me and if you’ve enjoyed it or like the sound of it you should also give Some Girls Do by Clodagh Murphy and Before Jamaica Lane by Samantha Young a look.

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Review of Beautiful Stranger by Christina Lauren

The bit on the back…

A charming British Playboy. A girl determined to finally live. And a secret liaison revealed in all too vivid color. Book two in the NYT Bestselling series.

Escaping a cheating ex, finance whiz Sara Dillon's moved to New York City and is looking for excitement without a lot of strings attached. So meeting the irresistible, sexy Brit at a dance club should have meant nothing more than a night's fun. But the manner--and speed--with which he melts her inhibitions turns him from a one-time hookup and into her Beautiful Stranger.

The whole city knows Max Stella loves women, not that he's ever found one he particularly wants to keep around. Despite pulling in plenty with his Wall Street bad boy charm, it's not until Sara--and the wild photos she lets him take of her--that he starts wondering if there's someone for him outside of the bedroom.

Hooking up in places where anybody could catch them, the only thing scarier for Sara than getting caught in public is having Max get too close in private.

This is the second book in Christina Lauren’s Beautiful series, following on from Beautiful Bastard. You can check out my review of that here. I downloaded this straight after reading the first book in the series and found that I couldn’t put this down either.

The story is all about one of the sub characters from the first book Sara Dillon. Sara stars as Chloe’s friend and fellow intern in book one and in this second instalment we see her some years later, living in New York having started to work with Bennett’s firm in a senior position. Sara meets a handsome and irresistible stranger on one of her first nights out in New York and in a rebellion against her nature she decides to hook up with him in the club marking the brand new Sara.

Although we’ve met Sara before we don’t actually know that much about her. Even in her own book you are given a cheeky glimpse into her life in the prologue but a much fuller picture of her life is unraveled throughout the story. This is pretty good because you get to know the real Sara while piece by piece you get a glimpse of how her life used to be. Sara has pretty much been treated rather poorly by her ex and exploring this new uninhibited side of her character seems like it could be the making of her. I liked that Sara was so willing to abandon everything that she didn’t like about her old life and really try and embrace this relationship with Max.

I loved Max’s character. He’s British which makes him a teensy bit more relatable and I loved that some of his speech was more typically English. Max is such a great character to compliment Sara’s. He’s experienced in life, he knows what he wants from it and he’s not afraid to try and do what he can to get it. I loved that he was so willing to go on Sara’s journey with her and take their relationship forward at her pace instead of his.

This story is a little bit sexier and a little bit more adventurous in its eroticism than the first in the series exploring voyeurism in a sexual relationship. While this might not be to everyone’s tastes (not mine either by the way) it was no less hot and interesting to read about. The same great writing style from the first in the series is present here too and that passionate relationship between the characters is so spot on.

I definitely recommend this book if you have enjoyed the first book, even if you think that some of the sexual aspects might not be for you! I am reading this as part of the #SexMeUpReadathon running from 21st – 25th of July with Gosling Girls Book Tours.

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Review of Beautiful Bastard by Christina Lauren

The bit on the back…

An ambitious intern. A perfectionist executive. And a whole lot of name calling.

Whip-smart, hardworking, and on her way to an MBA, Chloe Mills has only one problem: her boss, Bennett Ryan. He's exacting, blunt, inconsiderate--and completely irresistible. A Beautiful Bastard.
Bennett has returned to Chicago from France to take a vital role in his family's massive media business. He never expected that the assistant who'd been helping him from abroad was the gorgeous, innocently provocative--completely infuriating--creature he now has to see every day. 

Despite the rumours, he's never been one for a workplace hook-up. But Chloe's so tempting he's willing to bend the rules--or outright smash them--if it means he can have her. All over the office.
As their appetites for one another increase to a breaking point, Bennett and Chloe must decide exactly what they're willing to lose in order to win each other.

This is the first book in Christina Lauren’s Beautiful series. I was introduced to this book on twitter, where I find most of my new reads now to be honest, and after hearing such wonderful things about it I downloaded it and started reading it straight away.

The story is all about sassy and ambitious Chloe Mills and her less than amicable relationship with her super hard ass boss Bennett Ryan.

From the blurb I expected that this would be a sort of stereotypical plot with an overbearing boss and his underling who was too weak to resist his advances but actually I was completely wrong in my judgement of Chloe’s character. Chloe is smart and feisty and ambitious and a real match for Bennett Ryan which I think is one of the things which makes them attracted to each other. Both characters have a definite stubborn streak which is evident from the outset and throughout the story. It causes some of the tension that the characters feel and that tension is palpable practically rolling off the pages.

Bennett is every inch the Beautiful Bastard he is made out to be. He’s depicted as this gorgeous guy with irresistible good looks but his bastard-isms – his need for precision, his inconsiderate and direct manner – give him another side to his character, and almost present a challenge for Chloe.

The story zaps along at a fast pace which keeps you hooked, and felt almost exhilarating to be caught up in this wildly passionate romance between the two characters. Chloe and Bennett take turns in telling the story which I absolutely love in a book, particularly in the romance novel because it’s that bit more exciting to have a nosey into the guy’s mind and see how he actually feels, and how those feelings might change. The romance between the two of them is explosive and incredibly passionate which is made completely believable by having an insight into both characters perspectives. Their proximity from their working relationship has been a platform for their undeniable chemistry to grow on.

One thing that annoyed me a little during the first part of the book, even after the characters got together was the fact that they were always so formal calling each other Miss Mills and Mr Ryan. Things changed though for the pair of them and something shifted in their relationship when they started using their first names so I can see why it was necessary.

I couldn’t believe it when I found out that Christina Lauren is actually two people. Two authors – Christina and Lauren. The writing was seamless and I never felt like I was reading the work of more than one person.

I devoured this book in one sitting, I was addicted, hooked, couldn’t put it down. I loved the writing, the whirlwind of it all and I absolutely fell for Bennett Ryan. I downloaded the second and third full books in the series and read them over the same weekend. I’m reviewing this as part of the Gosling Girls Book Tours #SexMeUpReadathon running from the 21st to 25th of July and it definitely comes up to the mark as far as sexy reads are concerned. You will love this series if you like whip-smart, sexy writing with a cast of characters who are recurring throughout the series. 

Monday, 21 July 2014

Review of Reasonable Doubt by Whitney Garcia

The bit on the back…

My cock has an appetite.

A huge and very particular appetite: Blonde, curvy, and preferably not a fucking liar...(Although, that's a story for another day.)

As a high profile lawyer, I don't have time to waste on relationships, so I fulfill my needs by anonymously chatting and sleeping with women I meet online.

My rules are simple: One dinner. One night. No repeats.

This is only casual sex. Nothing more. Nothing less.

At least it was, until "Alyssa"...

She was supposed to be a 27 year old lawyer, a book hoarder, and completely unattractive. She was supposed to be someone I shared law advice with late at night, someone I could trust with details of my weekly escapades.

But then she came into my firm for an interview--a college-intern interview, and everything fucking changed...

When the Gosling Girls announced their #SexMeUpReadathon I went on the hunt for some more sexy books to add to my collection to read as part of the readathon throughout 21st – 25th July. Reading during a readathon is all well and good but trying to cram all of the books you’d like into those 5 days is always going to be a struggle so I was really pleased to find the two novellas in this series and to find that they had so many 5 star reviews!

The story is all about two main characters, and narrators, Andrew and Alyssa. Andrew is a high flying lawyer, a partner in his firm with an almighty sexual appetite. He spends his nights with women he’s met online satisfying that appetite then he goes home and phones the only women he’s met online that he’s not slept with – Alyssa.

I was drawn to this for three reasons, the price, the length of it and the story line. The story is only 78 pages long which makes it a really quick read – about 45 minutes so if you’re taking part this week it shouldn’t take up too much of your time!

I immediately enjoyed the writing in the story, each chapter is headed with a Law term which made it interesting as each of those chapter titles represented something that happened in the chapter and this added a little something different to the story from a normal romance read.

The relationship between Andrew and Alyssa is supposed to be platonic but it has this rather sexy tension to it full of unfulfilled promise.

The blurb pretty much gives everything away so the story is very predictable but the suspense waiting for it all to blow up is enjoyable. 

Review of Pulse by Gail McHugh

The bit on the back…

“Do you know how scary it is to want something so bad you’re willing to change your whole life for it?”

Emily Cooper is ready to risk everything to be with the man who has consumed her thoughts and dreams since the fateful day they met. Unraveling fast, she can only cling to the hope that Gavin Blake still wants her.

Nursing his wounded heart, Gavin has cut himself off from society and retreated into a self-destructive, mind-numbing world. Emily isn’t used to being the strong one, but she’ll have to find the daring and confidence within to fight for their love and bring Gavin back from the edge—even if it means losing herself to their all-consuming, pulse-pounding passion.

This is book number two in Gail McHugh’s Collide series. I was introduced to this series thanks to the girls at The Hot Bed. Enter into my life Gavin Blake – one of the hottest book boyfriends around! You should check out my review of book number 1 and you can get that here.

In this second instalment we revisit Emily and Gavin and pick up where we left off in their lives.
In case you are planning to read Collide I won’t give too much away about the plot of either book but  we pick up seamlessly with the end of Collide – Emily at her rehearsal dinner and Gavin doing a runner to heal his broken heart.

I really enjoyed Collide and I recommend you definitely read it first, if only to fall in love with Gavin Blake sooner. As characters, Emily and Gavin have a really great connection and their relationship is just written gorgeously throughout that first book that I was pretty much heartbroken when it came to the ending.
I had just finished the Beautiful series by Christina Lauren and I really needed some more hot book boyfriend-ness so I downloaded this and started reading it right away, finishing it in one sitting.

Gail writes with the same loving care for each character, their feelings and their relationships with each other. I found myself totally hooked on their story again. This book is filled with intense emotions and some very real and rather frightening situations that the characters find themselves in keeping you on the edge of your seat the whole way through. I felt like my heart had been ripped out at one point and actually shed tears as the storyline took a turn into the unexpected.

I cannot recommend these two books highly enough and I cannot recommend a better book boyfriend to you than Gavin Blake. Buy the books and fall in love with him!

#SexMeUpReadathon starts today!

In partnership with the girls at The Hot Bed, the wonderful Gosling Girls are bringing you the #SexMeUpReadathon starting today and running right through until last thing on Friday night!

This week is all about celebrating the sexy books we like to read and basically shouting about it and why we love reading them!

You can check out the schedule for the readathon here to find out whats happening when and to make sure you don't miss anything in this packed schedule!

Here are some reads I can recommend!

Sunday, 20 July 2014

Book News - A Place for Us Part 1 by Harriet Evans

The bit on the back...

The day Martha Winter decided to tear apart her family began like any other day. 
The house has soft, purple wisteria twining around the door. You step inside.

The hall is cool after the hot summer's day. The welcome is kind, and always warm.

Yet something makes you suspect life here can't be as perfect as it seems.
After all, the brightest smile can hide the darkest secret.

But wouldn't you pay any price to have a glorious place like this?

Welcome to Winterfold.

Martha Winter's family is finally coming home.

Release Date: 31st July 2014

Publisher: Headline Review

Saturday, 19 July 2014

Book News - The Secrets Sisters Keep by Sinead Moriarty

The bit on the back...

The Devlin sisters rely on each other - but some things are just too painful to share, even when your sisters are your best friends ...

Mum-of-four Julie thought that if her family had more money, life would be easier. But now that they've inherited a fortune, her problems are only starting.

Lawyer Louise is used to having life go exactly as she wants it to. So accepting that she cannot control everything in her world is beyond her.

And former model Sophie can just about cope with getting older - that's until her ex-husband finds a younger model.

All three women think that some battles are best fought alone. Maybe they need to think again ...

Release Date: 31st July 2014

Publisher: Penguin

Friday, 18 July 2014

Book News - Little Lies by Liane Moriarty

The bit on the back...

Jane hasn't lived anywhere longer than six months since her son was born five years ago. She keeps moving in an attempt to escape her past. Now the idyllic seaside town of Pirriwee has pulled her to its shores and Jane finally feels like she belongs. She has friends in the feisty Madeline and the incredibly beautiful Celeste - two women with seemingly perfect lives . . . and their own secrets behind closed doors.

But then a small incident involving the children of all three women occurs in the playground causing a rift between them and the other parents of the school. Minor at first but escalating fast, until whispers and rumours become vicious and spiteful. It was always going to end in tears, but no one thought it would end in murder . . .

Release Date: 31st July 2014

Publisher: Penguin

Thursday, 17 July 2014

!!Release Day!! What A Girl Wants by Lindsey Kelk

I've been looking forward to this all year and now it's finally here! Lindsey Kelk's new novel What A Girl Wants is out now!

The bit on the back...

Being arrested in your own bedroom is never a good start to the day. Tess Brookes really needs to sort out her back-stabbing flatmate – and her life.

Should she gamble all on the new photography job she’s landed, or snap up the offer from long-time crush and best friend Charlie to start up on their own – in more ways than one? There’s just one small thing she hasn’t mentioned. Or rather, one tall thing. He’s handsome, infuriating and called Nick…

For the first time, Tess has to choose between the life she always dreamed of and a future she never imagined possible. From London to Milan, with high fashion and low behaviour thrown in, she’s going to have to make up her mind what a girl really wants…

Release Date: 17th July 2014

Publisher: Harper 

Wednesday, 16 July 2014

!!Blog Tour!! Review of The Hearts Game (Kelly Brothers, 4) by Crista McHugh

The bit on the back…

What happens at Comic-Con, stays at Comic-Con…

Robotics engineer Jenny Nguyen has given up on finding Mr. Right. So when her brother and his husband approach her to act as surrogate for their child, she sees it as her only chance to have a child and accepts. One week after she initiates the process, however, she meets a man who gets her heart pumping for all the right reasons and gives into the temptation. When the test turns positive, she’s believes she can’t handle both the pregnancy and dating, but she underestimates how persistent Daniel Kelly can be.

When surgeon and gamer-geek Dan meets a pretty woman dressed as a Sailor Scout at Comic-Con, a roll of his lucky twenty-sided die tells him he should take a gamble on her. One night of passion leaves him longing for more, but Jenny’s refusal to return his calls afterward leaves him wondering if the attraction was one-sided. An accidental discovery of her pregnancy has him convinced the baby is his, and he’ll stop at nothing to win her heart.

Firstly thank you to Crista and Lisa for allowing me to take part in the blog tour for the 4th book in Crista’s Kelly Brothers series. I’ve been fortunate enough to be part of the blog tours for the first three in the series and you can check those reviews out by clicking on the links below!

This instalment is all about engineer and gamer Jenny and Dr Daniel Kelly, the 4th Kelly brother. They meet at Comic-Con and after getting together they decide on keeping what happened was a one-time thing. That is until Dan turns up in Jenny’s life coincidentally proving it’s not such a small world after all!

I was really looking forward to the next book in the series and I can confirm that all of the same things I loved about the first three are in this one too!

The first thing I’ve enjoyed about this series is Crista’s writing. I like how it draws you into the story and makes you feel like you’re hooked on the character’s story. I have enjoyed that each of them have been dual POV and that is the same here. I liked getting to know the story from both narrators Jenny and Dan as I think it allows you to get to know the story from both angles quite well.

The story is quite different to the first three as both Jenny and Dan are gamers and some of that went right over my head because it’s not something that I’m overly interested in so it’s not something I know much about. It didn’t detract from the story though in the slightest as I could still imagine what was going on and the bare bones of the book, Crista’s ability to tell a story, really held it all together.

I’ve loved each of the brothers so far and Dan has the same kind of traits in his personality as his brothers before him, which may be even more emphasised by the touching and emotional story line. He’s compassionate and kind and he is everything that Jenny needs to have in her life.

I’m looking forward to the next in the series already! 

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Crista McHugh is a NEW YORK TIMES and USA TODAY BESTSELLING author of fantasy and romance with heroines who are smart, sexy, and anything but ordinary. She currently lives in the Audi-filled suburbs of Seattle with her husband and two children, maintaining her alter ego of mild-mannered physician by day while she continues to pursue writing on nights and weekends.

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