Tuesday, 31 March 2015

Review of In The Red Zone by Crista McHugh

The bit on the back…

All-Star linebacker Frank Kelly is as well-known for his off-the-field hits as he is for his on-field ones. When a dance club brawl ends with him in handcuffs again, he’s rescued by a well-connected woman who can get the charges dropped in exchange for a small favor. If he’ll agree to play the part of a doting boyfriend for two months, she’ll keep him out of the slammer and help restore his reputation.

Kiana Dyer may be the daughter of a Hall of Fame football player, but the charity organization she set up in his honor isn’t getting the media attention she’d hoped for. A staged romance with Frank Kelly is just the ticket she needs to get in the spotlight. As the lines between fake and real start to blur, she begins to wonder if bailing him out was the best call she’s ever made. Just when everything seems to be falling perfectly in place, scandal surrounds her charity, and she’s the one left scrambling to clear her name.

Firstly thanks to Crista for the review copy of this title via NetGalley. This is the 6th book in her Kelly Brothers series and I’ve read and enjoyed the first five!

This is about brother Frank Kelly, a sports superstar and known player. Frank can’t resist a good looking woman but when it comes to game changer Kiana, Frank doesn’t quite know how to handle himself.

So throughout the first five stories you get to know a bit about Frank via his brothers and most of the time it’s a phone call to extricate Frank from a sticky situation. Usually eldest brother Adam is the one on the case. Although this is the 6th in the series it is possible to read any of these as a standalone as Crista introduces the other characters in the series to you in each story but the individual stories themselves don’t rely on anything, as such, that might have happened in a previous story.

The story is dual POV and due to the fact that this is a quick read I felt it added to the story as you were able to get a more complete picture of the story over all. Kiana has quite a lot of baggage and Frank only gets a little snippet of that each time he unravels her a little more. Knowing more than Frank throughout the book was good because it kept me guessing as to what his reaction was going to be.

The story is fast paced and easy to read. I could feel something coming but I couldn’t put my finger on exactly what I thought was going to happen. What did transpire though was something completely out there that I didn’t see coming at all so although overall the story is predictable the sequence of events isn’t.

If you enjoy quick, romance reads then this series is for you.

Monday, 30 March 2015

Review of Worth The Risk by Emma Hart

The bit on the back…

She lost a part of her soul when he died.

He lost his right hand man, his ultimate partner in crime.

But it's that tragedy that might just push them together.

If Kyle Daniels regrets anything, it's not being home the night his best friend died or going home for his funeral. Leaving Berkeley and heading back to Verity Point, Oregon, for the summer feels like returning to a hollow cave without Cameron there. The only thing that makes it bearable is the knowledge that Roxanne, Cam's younger sister, is still there.

Roxy Hughes isn't the same girl he left behind six months ago. Destroyed by losing her older brother, her downward spiral has been uncontrollable. Alcohol and sex is her escape - complete oblivion being the only place she can forget the agony of that night. Because she's the only one that truly knows it.

Kyle always promised Cam that if anything happened to him he'd protect Roxy, but one kiss takes his need to protect her to a whole new level. Now, she's more than just his best friend's sister. She's everything he wants, and he's everything she doesn't know she needs. But if he doesn't figure out a way to pull her from the deep, dark hole she's dug herself, she might just end up the same way as her brother.

This is the fourth book in Emma’s The Game series and is all about Kyle and Roxy. Kyle has had a cameo role in the previous three books in the series but it’d been a while since I’d read the third book The Right Moves. The story is set in Oregon and is all about love and loss.

I’ve enjoyed the previous three books so I was looking forward to getting back into Emma’s writing with some new characters that I either couldn’t remember or hadn’t met yet. Roxy and Kyle have both suffered the loss of their brother and best friend respectively. They have a unique tie that binds them and that was their love for Cam.

Roxy has had a tough time dealing with the loss of her brother. It’s hit her hard and now she’s hitting herself equally hard trying to forget using alcohol and sometimes drugs to numb the pain. I really felt for Roxy at the start of the book because the emotions that Emma has written into her story felt raw and real.

The story is dual POV which is good because I read this quite quickly and seeing the story from Roxy’s POV was quite different to seeing Roxy living her story through Kyle’s POV. Kyle felt quite mature in comparison to Roxy and where he was selfless it felt like her loss was translated into selfishness where she was blinded to other people’s feelings.

I am glad that it didn’t take long for the characters to show their feelings for each other as their relationship felt inevitable and I would have been bored if it had been skirted around for longer than it was.

Throughout there were some rather English sayings but overall the story fits in well with the series, even heading back to California and seeing the characters from the first three books. I would definitely recommend this series if you are a fan of New Adult.

Friday, 27 March 2015

Beauty Review: Benefit Roller Lash Mascara

Let me start this review by thanking Birchbox for sending me my chosen Benefit Mascara in my monthly beauty box! I was really looking forward to trying this out.

I don't have any pictures of the actual bottle of mascara or wand as it was only a sample size and doesn't do the actual product a service, in my opinion. So make sure you check it out on the Benefit website by clicking here. I would probably buy this (if I had the money to do so) for just the packaging alone. Its girly, sleek and the wand handle feels pretty retro to me. I can remember my mum putting my gran's rollers in and them looking like the lid!

I am a complete stickler when it comes to mascara which I'm pretty sure I've mentioned before on my blog. My go to mascara is Rimmel's Lash Accelerator and I've been using it for years. There hasn't been a product that I've tried that has swayed me away from it - until now!

I had really high hopes for this product as the hype surrounding it and pre-launch reviews made it sound pretty special. I was not disappointed. The wand is curved and specifically designed to curl your eye lashes which was going to be a benefit for me as I feel like I have pretty rubbish eye lashes to begin with! The other thing I really liked about the curved wand was that it was easy to grab the shorter, finer lashes toward the inner corner of my eye which really completed the look. Here are some before and after shots...

Now I know my eyes look a little goofy staring into the camera screen and that the pictures aren't theeee most professional or well lit or yadda yadda yadda, I could go on, but! they do show the difference in my lashes after two coats. 

This is the first product that I could see myself changing to. I felt two coats achieved the "curl" desired and even looking at these pictures it feels like it's widened my eye too. The mascara has lasting power too as I felt like it lasted me all night when I wore it to a party at the weekend. It's definitely worth the money to achieve this look.

I'd love to know your thoughts on Benefit Roller Lash or any of the other Benefit mascaras - leave me a comment!

Erin xx

Thursday, 26 March 2015

#TBThursday - Archive Review of Losing It by Cora Carmack

The bit on the back…

Love. Romance. Sex. There's a first time for everything...

As far as Bliss Edwards can tell, she's the last virgin standing, certainly amongst her friends. And she's determined to deal with the 'problem' as quickly and simply as possible.

But her plan for a no-strings one night stand turns out to be anything but simple. Especially when she arrives for her first class and recognises her hot new British professor.

She'd left him naked in her bed just 8 hours earlier...

Right, I suppose I should start off with why I read this book in the first place. Twitter is a great place to find new books and new authors. Other book bloggers were always tweeting about Cora so I started to follow here. Her profile picture was of her book, the third in the series – the one which as I type this I am in the middle of, Finding It. I can usually judge if I’m going to want to read the book by it’s cover, and this was one of those times where I knew just by looking at it, I wanted to read it.

So I downloaded Losing It, forgetting my abundant TBR and abandoning the TWO books I’m already in the middle off!

Losing It is about MC Bliss Edwards, she is in the final stretch of her college course and is currently the owner of one thing that all of her friends have given away – her virginity. She is determined to find herself, and lose this one last piece of adolescence before the college term is over. She gets close to conquering the challenge when she meets British Garrick in a local bar, but when it turns out Garrick is her tutor for her final classes, she’s immediately glad she didn’t do the deed.

I loved Bliss from the start, I’m just going to put that out there. I loved how shy and reserved she was, but I also loved how equally determined she was to accomplish this one thing that she felt was holding her back. When Bliss firsts meets Garrick she thinks she is on to a winner. In him, she thinks she has found a no strings attached one night stand to help her divest herself of her virginity. It all gets too much for her as she realises exactly what she is about to do and puts a stop to it. Her situation is not unique, and as this is a New Adult romance novel there could potentially be lots of older teenagers – young 20s facing the same, I don’t want to use the word problem, but, dilemma and it’s something absolutely everyone goes through at some point in their life. Bliss’s situation makes it really easy to identify with her, and imagine yourself in her shoes, or relive the whole experience again.

After shooing Garrick out of her flat that night, Bliss goes to college only to discover that he is going to be her tutor for her last classes at college. Garrick struck me right from the beginning as polite and charming, but with a bit of a naughty streak. He is older than Bliss which gives him this exciting edge and also suggests some more experience in matters of the heart.

The tension crackles between both characters as soon as they see one another again, you can almost feel the static coming off the pages (or kindle, or iPad). The more they try to avoid one another the more they are pushed together and the inevitable happens, the tension becomes too much and they finally begin to act upon their feelings. I love the romance that pulsed through this story, the feelings each character has for the other are really prominent. Even though the story is only told from Bliss’s point of view, the dialogue she has with Garrick and her perspective of his actions let you know how he is feeling.

There are a few other supporting characters, Cade and Kelsey, Bliss’s best friends. I kind of thought Cade was like a big puppy dog, happy to be friends with everyone but a bit sappy, and I didn’t really have that much love for Kelsey. Her outgoing attitude seemed to contradict Bliss’s and at this point I was team Bliss all the way!

This is a great book, absolutely full of romance and the style that Cora has written it with is so appealing and funny and so makes it very easy to read and enjoy, almost as if Bliss was telling me the story directly and not through the pages of a book.

Loved it.

Wednesday, 25 March 2015

Midweek Manicure!

This is my second Midweek Manicure post of 2015 and if you caught my first you'll know that this is a regular feature over on my friend Emsy's blog which you can check out here. I'm always intrigued to see how she's going to decorate her nails next and here is her most recent St Patrick's Day inspired post.

This week's Midweek Manicure features three nail polishes which were new to me. The first (left to right) is Amethyst by Models Own. I received this in one of my first Birchboxes and decided to give it a go. The second in the line up below is in Crystal Clear by Collection Cosmetics and the third is Mulberry by B. which is exclusive to Superdrug.

Now as you will know none of my Midweek Manicures can be complete without the most important component - the nails! I am a terrible nail biter and have been since I was little (I know, it's a shocking habit but I just can't seem to shake it off!) but I find Nailene's uncovered nails in short square completely transform my hands!

To complete this look I used Mulberry as a base, which I found needed two coats to make the colour deep enough on the nails - particularly around the sides. I love this colour. It's quite wintery looking and it reminds me of a nail polish by Virgin Vie that I used to have ages and ages ago. The price is £4.99 but because I bought it on a 2 for 1 offer I got it at a bargain price!

I then decided to add a bit of sparkle on the fourth nail on each hand with the Amethyst. First of all I really love the bottle of polish itself here. The top is covered in a deep purple coloured felt-type material which really makes the bottle stand out among my other nail polishes. The glitter through the polish is really sparkly and will suit either any party or night out that you are due to attend!

I finished the whole look with a top coat of the Collection Crystal Clear to make the polish extra shiney and hard wearing!

I'd love to know if you have a favourite nail polish or go to brand! Or if you have any nail art posts - direct me to them in the comments!

Erin x

Tuesday, 24 March 2015

Review of The DUFF by Kody Keplinger

The bit on the back…

Seventeen-year-old Bianca Piper may not be the prettiest girl in her high school, but she has a loyal group of friends, biting wit, and a spot-on BS detector. She's also way too smart to fall for the charms of a man-slut and slimy school hottie Wesley Rush, who calls Bianca the Duff - the designated ugly fat friend - of her crew.

But things aren't so great at home and Bianca, desperate for a distraction, ends up kissing Wesley. Worse, she likes it. Eager for escape, Bianca throws herself into a secret enemies-with-benefits relationship with him.

Until it all goes horribly wrong. It turns out Wesley isn't such a bad listener, and his life is pretty screwed up, too. Suddenly Bianca realizes with absolute horror that she's falling for the guy she thought she hated more than anyone.

Firstly thanks you Hachette for approving me for a copy of this title for review via NetGalley. I requested this on impulse after seeing a poster for the movie and I like to read books before I see the movie so here I am.

The story is all about 17 year old high school student Bianca Piper.

I didn’t know much about this story before I started reading the book other than the title and the fact that it was going to be released as a film. The movie tie-in cover definitely drew me to it because let’s face it Robbie Amell who plays Wesley is pretty damn hot.

This book is inherently for everyone due to the “you know one, you have one, you are one” tag lines. It’s aimed at the YA market but to be honest I think anyone could read and enjoy this. Bianca is the narrator throughout. She has a sharp, sardonic wit. I loved the banter she had with Wesley throughout the story and it really made for a page turning read.

Wesley tells Bianca she is the “DUFF” of her group of friends, in her mind calling her fat and ugly. The stigma of that title never leaves Bianca throughout the story and that sort of made me feel sorry for her. I related easily with Bianca and think that many girls probably will, especially as they go through high school and feel the peer pressure of having to live up to the standards set by other kids. The message that is reinforced throughout is about not changing yourself to fit in with the crowd – be proud of who you are.

The story serves to show that everyone is flawed in some way but the biggest comparison is drawn between Wesley himself and Bianca. On the outside his life looks perfect – player, rich boy, happy family – but the more that Bianca gets to know him the more she realises they are alike.

Just this past week I decided that I wanted to actively take notes on the books I was reading so I would remember everything I wanted to include in my review, one little stumbling block with this book though – I read it so quickly I didn’t have time to write any notes. This is such a compulsive read that tells the story of being a normal teenager in a fresh, witty voice. I definitely recommend this to anyone who can remember high school as well as anyone in the YA age bracket! I will absolutely be re-reading this.

Monday, 23 March 2015

Review of Five Ways to Fall by K.A. Tucker

The bit on the back…

Purple-haired, sharp-tongued Reese MacKay knows all about making the wrong choice; she’s made plenty of them in her twenty-odd-years. So when her impulsive, short-lived marriage ends in heartbreak, she decides it’s time for a change. She moves to Miami with the intention of hitting reset on her irresponsible life, and she does quite well…aside from an epically humiliating one-night stand in Cancun with a hot blond bouncer named Ben. Thank God she can get on a plane and leave that mistake behind her.

Football scholarship and frat parties with hot chicks? Part of charmer Ben Morris’s plan. Blown knee that kills any hope of a professional football career? So not part of the plan. Luckily Ben has brains to go with his knockout looks and magnetism. After three long years of balancing law school with his job as a bouncer at Penny’s Palace, he’s ready to lead a more mature life—until his first day of work, when he finds himself in the office of that crazy, hot chick he met in Cancun. The one he hasn’t stopped thinking about.

If Ben truly were a smart guy, he’d stay clear of Reese. She’s the boss’s stepdaughter and it’s been made very clear that office romances are grounds for dismissal. Plus, rumor has it she’s trouble. The only problem is, he likes trouble, especially when it’s so good-looking…

This is the 4th and so far the planned final book in K.A. Tucker’s Ten Tiny Breaths series. I have loved this series; each book has had a unique story although each book so far has featured the same group of characters.

Five Ways to Fall is all about cheeky player Ben Morris and a brand new character - Reese Mackay.
The book starts with Reese getting into trouble which gives you an insight into her past and her family history. Reese is made of much the same “stuff” as the other leading ladies in this series. She’s tough, determined and has been through a hell of a lot of crap to get her to where she is. The most recent round of crap comes from a cheating husband and a pot of red paint. I really sympathised with Reese straightaway and immediately felt invested in her story.

Ben and Reese meet on one crazy night in Cancun when neither character is aware of who the other is which heightens the anticipation I was already feeling with this story. Ben is a bit of a player in the first three books but we do know he has the ability to form deep feelings to. He’s always described as being gorgeous so going into this I had a mixture of Chris and Liam Hemsworth in my head.
The characters are reunited when they both start working at the same law firm. One that has strict rules about employee relationships. I sensed that some rules were about to get broken!

The narrative is dual POV (which I love) and as it flicks between both characters you get to fall in love with Ben a bit more each time but you also get to appreciate the change in Reese and Ben’s part in it. Ben is a great guy, he’s fun loving and completely protective of his mother which is sweet to read. His family life is less than desirable though and the full extent of that isn’t revealed until later on in the book which makes for interesting reading and keeps you hooked throughout.

The chemistry between Reese and Ben is there from the very beginning and although Reese isn’t quite confident in her appearance Ben likes her completely just the way she is – feistiness and all. It felt like such a good fit between both characters and I was really hoping that nothing would come between them throughout.

I’m sad to be leaving this series behind but I have no doubt in my mind that I’ll be re-reading them at some point in the future! Make sure you check out K.A. Tucker’s Burying Water series if you’ve enjoyed this one.

Friday, 20 March 2015

March Birchbox!

This is my fourth Birchbox since signing up at the end of December and it's the third themed one I've received. This month, and I'm quite excited about this, Birchbox have teamed up with Habitat with the intent to "incentivise us to refresh things at home". This really struck a chord with me this month because things have started to finalise on our very first house! I will be moving out of my mum and dad's and in with a stinky boy at the start of May so this box is extra inspirational! I was also extremely excited to receive my chosen Benefit mascara product in my box - I chose the new Roller Lash mascara.

As you can see the box itself was beautiful this month. Bright, vibrant and fresh this month's box is definitely a keeper! So here's what's inside...

Serenity Skincare Dead Sea Bath Salt £9.50 - I don't have a bath in my new house, only a shower, so I will be making full use of this before I move! After the winter months I always find that my skin is always left feeling dry and this product is said to restore your skin's moisture levels so I will be looking forward to seeing the effect it has.

Birchbox & Habitat Exclusive Notebook - I'm bad for making lists at the best of times. If there is something to be done there will be a list for it! But with our impending move and the fact that neither of us have a house to move from there are lots and lots of lists to be made. Plus, a girl can never have too many notebooks, especially not dinky little handbag sized ones!

A Perfect Heritage by Penny Vincenzi £7.99 - I actually have the full version of this book however if you could see the height of my TBR you would know how hard it is to get to books that I really want to. I think this is such a great item to get in your Birchbox especially if you're not a reader. It might just be the extract to hook you!

Catherine Malandrino Style de Paris from £50 - As well as handbag sized notebooks I like handbag sized perfume bottles so there is less chance of me managing to break the bottle and douse my whole bag in perfume. I had a quick spritz of this when I first opened the box and I quite like the fresh & fruity scent.

Philip Kingsley Smooth Cream £18 - My hair is often what I would describe as fly away - usually when I'm in a rush and would do anything for it not to be! I'm looking forward to trying this out to see if it makes any difference to my wayward hair. It's also shine-boosting and sometimes I feel like my dark hair can look a little dull, especially if it's grown a bit longer than I usually would let it!

TanOrganic Self Tanning Oil £24.99 - With Spring just around the corner I am already dreaming of warm days and light nights. I can't wait for the summer this year, especially being able to enjoy my own back garden. This product should create a "natural-looking glow" which will make it appear as if the summer has come early! I think I'll be careful with my timing applying this one. I have a black tie event at the end of the month but don't want to over do it on the tan!


Benefit Roller Lash Mascara £19.50 (Boots price - also they are giving away a mini porefessional if you buy online just now) - The one I'd been waiting for! I've tried this out a few times already but this is the first mascara that I've tried that's made me think I could buy it and stray away from my usual. If you've read any of my beauty posts before you will know I am a total stickler for using the same mascara so it says a lot about this product to have me considering buying the full size version! I am already thinking pay day treat for Erin!

What did you get in your Birchbox this month? Do you subscribe to any other beauty boxes? Leave me a comment with any links to your posts!

Erin x

Thursday, 19 March 2015

Review of Becoming Rain by K.A. Tucker

The bit on the back…

Luke Boone doesn't know exactly what his uncle Rust is involved in but he wants in on it—the cars, the money, the women. And it looks like he's finally getting his wish. When Rust hands him the managerial keys to the garage, they come with a second set—one that opens up the door to tons of cash and opportunity. Though it's not exactly legal, Luke's never been one to worry about that sort of thing. Especially when it puts him behind the wheel of a Porsche 911 and onto the radar of gorgeous socialite named Rain.

Clara Bertelli is at the top of her game—at only twenty-six years old, she's one of the most successful undercover officers in the Washington, DC, major crime unit, and she's just been handed a case that could catapult her career and expose one of the West coast's most notorious car theft rings. But, in order to do it, she'll need to go deep undercover as Rain Martines. Her target? The twenty-four-year-old nephew of a key player who appears ready to follow in his uncle's footsteps.

As Clara drifts deeper into the luxurious lifestyle of Rain, and further into the arms of her very attractive and charming target, the lines between right and wrong start to blur, making her wonder if she'll be able to leave it all behind. Or if she'll even want to.

Maaaaaaaaaan have I been looking forward to this book! Burying Water (the  first book in this series) was the first book I read by K.A.Tucker although not the first one I wanted to read. Anyway I fell completely in love with the way she told the story I quickly devoured the first three novels in her Ten Tiny Breaths series, so you can imagine I was really looking forward to this!

The story is all about Luke Boone and Clara Bertelli – aka Rain. Clara is an undercover officer interested in Luke’s involvement in his uncle’s illegal side business.

First big bonus for me was the dual POV. I love that in a book and if you’ve read any of my reviews before you will most certainly know how much I love them and why! I love getting a sneaky peek into the guy’s POV. It worked so well here because Clara/Rain had a lot of preconceptions about Luke and presumptions about his lifestyle but when you actually get to read the story from Luke’s POV you can see exactly what his involvement is and appreciate the change in Rain’s feelings towards both Luke and the case throughout the story.

Although I really enjoyed the book and the characters I was wary of Rain throughout because she was deliberately deceiving Luke. I felt so bad for him especially when I could see his feelings for Rain changing into something more. In turn though, and in an almost karma-esque way, Rain’s feelings develop for Luke too which puts her in a tough position.

Throughout the story there is a definite element of danger and if you’ve read the first book it feels like that has carried over as a result of what happened in Burying Water. The threat lingers in the background and is laced throughout the book which keeps you on your toes and keeps you turning the pages. I found the narrative to be addictive anyway as I felt like I could relate well with Clara and her ambitious personality but also through her attraction to Luke. He certainly wins as a book boyfriend for me. The story felt real and I completely bought into both sides of it. I felt completely compelled to keep reading this until I had finished although at the same time I wanted to delay finishing it because I was enjoying it so much!

I can’t wait to read more from K.A. Tucker with the next book in this series due out later this year.

Wednesday, 18 March 2015

Blog Tour & Giveaway! Taint by S.L. Jennings

The bit on the back…
This no-holds barred, sexy New York Times bestseller pushes the envelope like no other novel has as it spins the titillating, enticing tale of one man who teaches women everything they need to know to make their partners happy in the bedroom…while making their own wildest fantasies come true.
Right now, you're probably asking yourself two things: Who am I? And, what the hell are you doing here? Let's start with the most obvious question, shall we?
You're here, ladies, because you can't f*ck.
Oh, stop it. Don't cringe. No one under the age of 80 clutches their pearls. You might as well get used to it, because for the next six weeks, you're going to hear that word a lot. And you're going to say it a lot. Go ahead, try it out on your tongue. F*ck. F***ck. Ok, good. Now where were we? If you enrolled yourself in this program then you are wholly aware that you're a lousy lay. Good for you. Admitting it is half the battle. For those of you that have been sent here by your husband or significant other, dry your tears and get over it. You've been given a gift, ladies. The gift of mind-blowing, wall-climbing, multiple-orgasm-inducing sex. You have the opportunity to f*ck like a porn star. And I guarantee, you will when I'm done with you.
And who am I? Well, for the next six weeks, I will be your lover, your teacher, your best friend, and your worst enemy. Your every-f*cking-thing. I'm the one who is going to save your relationship and your sex life.
I am Justice Drake.
And I turn housewives into whores. Now...who's first?

Firstly thanks to Avon and Lisa at Tasty Book Tours for approving me for a copy of this title and for allowing me to take part in the blog tour. I’ve been eager to read this since the middle of last year when a twitter friend told me about it so I’m happy to be part of the tour.

This story is all about Justice Drake and his lessons in seduction.

At first I thought the whole concept of the story was incredibly sexist. It certainly feels that way considering husbands end their wives off to learn how to please them almost as if that makes their philandering ways justifiable. After I got over that elitist, "Stepford Wife" feel I started to enjoy the story for what it was – a love story.

Initially I thought the story was going to take a different route to what it actually did. I had assumed it would be all one on one but Justice takes classes of multiple ladies. I was concerned that the book wasn’t going to be to my taste however there was really only one scene that really wasn’t to my liking.

Justice is the narrator throughout. He’s perceived as gorgeous and powerful and dominant and the cover of this title definitely gives you a good indication of what he looks like. I liked his character and the fact that the story was all from his POV however there were some things that he said or words that he used that didn’t quite gel with my interpretation of him. His classes on mastering seduction platform just how appealing he is but I liked that even though he has this almost infallible persona he does, deep down, have normal emotions and feelings.

I guessed pretty early on what angle the story was going to head towards and then again I saw the plot twist coming. Neither of those detracted from the story though. I found this to be an enjoyable and engaging read in the main and it’s quite the page turner. I read it in one sitting.

Check out this giveaway!

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Author Info

S.L. Jennings is a New York Times & USA Today bestselling author of contemporary and paranormal romance, reality TV junkie, obsessive coffee drinker and collector of crazy.

Author Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads

Tuesday, 17 March 2015

Cover Reveal! Just The Way You Are by Lynsey James

Today I am excited to be taking part in the cover reveal for Lynsey James' upcoming debut novel. Check it out in all it's prettiness below! Just The Way You Are is due for release by Carina UK on the 8th of April.

The bit on the back...

Dear Ava,
How do you start writing a letter to someone, six years after breaking their heart?

Ava is unlucky in love as well as in life. The new office bitch has landed the dating column Ava wanted, and she can't remember the last time she had a second date. It's a good thing she has best friends Max and Gwen to pick up the pieces.

Deep down, Ava knows the reason why one date never turns into two - she's in love with someone else. Someone she's never even met.

It all started six years ago, with a letter from a secret admirer, Mr Writer…but then they suddenly stopped and Ava was heartbroken.

Now the letters have started again and Ava knows it could mean winning back the dating column at work. This time she's determined to unmask Mr Writer...and find out once and for all if he's Mr Right or Mr Very Definitely Wrong!

Really looking forward to this one!
Erin x

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Monday, 16 March 2015

Review of A Place For Us Pt 4 by Harriett 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 thank you to Headline for approving me for a copy of the 4th part in this serialised title via NetGalley. This is the 4th and final part of this novel. You can read my review of the 3 previous parts here –

So far Harriet has introduced us to all the characters in Martha Winterfold’s story and has unveiled some long buried secrets that have massive repercussions for the family. The story is narrated by the characters in turn which allows you to see the story from all aspects and it’s great especially when you’re reading the story in parts. The full length novel is out now and you can check it out on Amazon here.

At the start of this series I was intrigued by the unique stories each of the characters had and also the impact they had on Martha’s story as a whole. I was looking forward to seeing how that was going to work out in the end and now I know! It’s been quite a journey for the characters especially in my opinion for Cat, Bill and Florence.

My favourite character throughout has been Cat. I liked her determination and resilience which seems to come from having an absent mother when she was young. I feel like her story drew me in the most and I felt eager to see her story have a happy ending.

I did feel that for all the other characters too, however I couldn’t see how it was all going to come together. Harriet pulls you into this family’s story and it’s impossible not to feel the tugs on your heart strings as it looks like everything might fall apart. I definitely recommend you read this book.

Friday, 13 March 2015

Review and Giveaway! 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 ...

Firstly thank you to Penguin for approving me for a review copy of this title via NetGalley. This is the first book I’ve read  by Sinead but I’ve already had a look at her other titles to see what I will be reading next!

This story is about the three Devlin sisters.

At first I found it quite difficult to get my head around the different family members of the Devlin family. There are the parents, three sisters and one brother plus their respective husbands, partners and children. All of these names make for a hectic first few chapters but looking back it serves to reinforce the busy lives of each of the sisters.

As I said the three Devlin sisters are the focus of the story – Julie, Louise and Sophie. Each of their stories are different are interwoven as they are all so integrated in each other’s family situation.

Louise seemed quite stand offish and brash getting to the point straight away. Carrying on with these personality traits she felt almost militant in both her work life and in her role as a mother. I felt like it would be least likely that I would relate to her and I found her manner quite off putting in the beginning. I ended up feeling sorry for Louise though because her controlling nature really comes up against it in this book.

Julie is a mother of four and completely overtaken by her life. Her family has come into money and instead of solving all their problems it starts to create more for Julie. I got the feeling she was really stressed and unhappy throughout the book but I was really cheering for Julie the whole way through.
The third sister, Sophie, is also a busy mother to her daughter Jess - busy but unhappy with her life as a 40 something divorcee. Sophie’s had it all and lost it and appears to be on the opposite side of life to both her sisters. Struggling with her daughter and only just getting back on her feet and debt free after her marriage breakdown.

The narrative comes from the three sisters in turn which allows you to see the story of each individual sister and the views of the other sisters. I think the narrative switching between each sister made it harder to get into the who’s who at the start but after getting to know each of them as individuals it was definitely worth getting my head around it.

Once I got my who’s who straight I really started to get into this story and found it to be quite the page turner. Sinead’s style really reminded me of Jane Green who has been a favourite of mine for quite a while. I’ve mentioned this before, but there is something completely compelling about Irish fiction. I don’t know what it is, just something that hooks its claws into you and keeps your attention throughout a story. This was no different. 

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Thursday, 12 March 2015

Review of At His Service Pt 4 by Suzanne Rock

The bit on the back…

Leo Perconti's life is spinning out of control. As head of his family’s hotel conglomerate, it’s his job to save his family from bankruptcy. At the centre of his turmoil is Karin Norell, a quiet, alluring housekeeping manager who compliments his dominating personality and lets him feel in control once more.

As Karin explores her passion her feelings for Leo deepen. Unfortunately, Karin and Leo come from different worlds, and when the two worlds collide, the cost can be devastating. As the service staff at The Palazzo rise up against the Perconti family, both Leo and Karin are faced with losing what each of them holds most dear. Together they must learn that true power comes from vulnerability and trust that can only happen when you let your insecurities go.

Firstly a final thank you to St Martin’s Press for approving me for a copy of this miniseries via NetGalley.

This is the end of the series and the final instalment in the story of Karin and Leo. At the end of the third instalment all was not well as the hotel’s problems finally came between the characters.

Both characters have a sense of loss about them in the opening chapters of this instalment and I was a little annoyed with how Leo handled the situation. The 4th episode shows the family uniting and putting their best foot forward to save their family and we see Leo trying to win Karin’s affections back.

The story ended on an odd cliffhanger which makes me feel like there could be a follow on story.
Overall this series is seriously hot with a good story to prop it up. The fact that the narrative is well written and flows between both characters allows you to invest yourself in the story and get to know both characters quickly. Throughout the chemistry and heat between the characters is evident and I loved how the hotel setting lent itself to the story.

If you’ve finished this series and are looking for something similar you could try The Affair by Beth Kery or Reasonable Doubt by Whitney Garcia.

Wednesday, 11 March 2015

Review of The Unexpected Consequences of Love by Jill Mansell

The bit on the back…

Sophie has no interest in finding love. But what happens when love finds her?

Sophie Wells is a successful photographer with a focus on putting the past firmly behind her.

When Josh Strachan returns to the seaside town of Cornwall from the States to run his family's hotel, he can't understand why the fun, sexy girl has zero interest in letting him-or any man for that matter-into her life.

He also can't understand how he's been duped into employing Sophie's impulsive friend Tula, whose crush on him is decidedly unrequited.

Both girls remain mum about the reasons behind Sophie's indifference to love. But that doesn't mean Josh is going to quit trying...

Firstly thank you to Sourcebooks for approving me for a copy of this title on NetGalley. This is the first Jill Mansell book that I’ve read and finished although not the first one I’ve attempted to read. I was drawn to it by the pretty, picturesque cover.

The story is about the idyllic sounding St Carys and the inhabitants of the seaside town, mainly Sophie Wells.

I immediately found myself pulled into the story. I quickly came to enjoy learning about each character and seeing how their stories were all intertwined. The close knit community feel of St Carys lent itself to the story and seemed to bring the cast of characters together. The narrative is taken in turns by the different central characters which achieves two things. It allows you to get to know each character and their individual stories but it also allows you to experience the whole story from the individual characters perspectives. The stories are interwoven seamlessly which keeps your attention throughout the story.

Sophie is the main character throughout with the stories of the other characters relating to her. She’s reserved and almost secretive in the beginning but it quickly becomes apparent as to the reason for this. I liked how Sophie didn’t let her history define people’s perception of her however I felt frustrated on her behalf that it defined the way she lived her life. Josh and Tula have the strongest link with Sophie - Tula as her best friend who finds solace in St Carys and a place to restart her life and Josh as her admirer although Sophie spurned his advances.

The title of the novel suggests a rollercoaster ride of a read and it definitely delivers. The consequences of love don’t just relate to romantic love but also family ties and the consequences of how far people will go to help or protect their family. I liked that I couldn’t guess what was going to happen next and how compelling the anticipation was throughout the book.

I will definitely be reading more from Jill Mansell now and will put the unfinished book down to a blip in my reading mojo!

Tuesday, 10 March 2015

Review of Quarterback Draw by Jaci Burton

The bit on the back…

Grant Cassidy knows how to be a football star - Flash that dazzling smile, throw the winning pass, get the girl. But while the hot quarterback loves the game and the lifestyle, no woman has come close to catching his heart. Then he matches wits with a smart, gorgeous model, and Grant finds himself wanting more than a fling.

Supermodel Katrina Koslova might live in a world of glitz and camera flashes, but she works hard to provide for the family that relies on her. She doesn't have time for fun - much less a boyfriend - but Grant seems determined to be the exception to Katrina's rule.

Their explosive chemistry is undeniable, but Katrina's afraid to let go and rely on anyone but herself. Grant intends to ease her fears and prove he's a man of style and substance - a man she can count on.

Firstly thank you to Headline Eternal for sending me a copy of this book to review via Bookbridgr. I’ve read a few sporty romance novels so I was intrigued to see what this was like as it’s an author I’ve never read before and it’s the 9th in a series!

The story is all about main characters Grant Cassidy and Katrina Koslova.

One of the first things that struck me about this book was the dual POV. The narrative opens with Grant talking about a photo shoot he was working with Katrina. If you’ve read any of my reviews before you will know that I LOVE a dual POV. Love them. So the book seemed to start off on a really good note for me. The initial scenes between the characters also hint at the electric chemistry that is buzzing between the characters from their very first meeting. I love the build-up of anticipation in a book so this was another great start for me.

Grant is a top football star, popular and lusted after. His career and reputation automatically lead you to assume that he’s a bit of a player and discards women left, right and centre but actually he is really quite different from the stereotypical sports star. Grant has real family values and has a lot of respect for people. This shows in his conversations with Katrina and the way he pays attention to her brains as well as appreciating her beauty. Grant comes from a big family and I loved how he could relate his story to Katrina’s.

Kat has had a less than prefect life growing up and now she has a family that relies on her to look out for them and provide for them. She’s lacking experience in how to have a good time and doesn’t think she had time for a relationship until she meets Grant. Grant brings out a softer, more laid back version of Katrina and brings her out of her shell a bit so she can learn to enjoy life a little instead of constantly worrying. I felt sorry for Katrina due to her circumstances but also respected her resilience.

I expected the relationship between Grant and Kat to be explosive right from the start but again Grant surprised me by respecting the pace that Katrina wanted to take things at, allowing her to take the lead. Family plays a big part in this story – both Grant and Karina’s – and I really liked the mix of characters that there was.

At times I thought the plot was a bit descriptive but overall I enjoyed the story and would read more from the series.

Monday, 9 March 2015

Review of At His Service Pt 3 by Suzanne Rock

The bit on the back…

Leo Perconti's life is spinning out of control. As head of his family’s hotel conglomerate, it’s his job to save his family from bankruptcy. At the centre of his turmoil is Karin Norell, a quiet, alluring housekeeping manager who compliments his dominating personality and lets him feel in control once more.

As Karin explores her passion her feelings for Leo deepen. Unfortunately, Karin and Leo come from different worlds, and when the two worlds collide, the cost can be devastating. As the service staff at The Palazzo rise up against the Perconti family, both Leo and Karin are faced with losing what each of them holds most dear. Together they must learn that true power comes from vulnerability and trust that can only happen when you let your insecurities go.

Firstly thank you to St Martin’s Press for approving me for an ARC of this miniseries on NetGalley.

This is the third part in the At His Service series following the two characters Leo and Karin.
In the last instalment the troubles of the hotel and the problems with invasive press reporters were putting strain on Karin and Leo’s relationship. It also gave a glimpse into the lives of the other Perconti brothers and the pact that they made that follows them all around hampering any prospective relationships. Leo’s caring shone through again and it’s this lovely Leo we see at the start of the third part.

In order to continue to protect Karin as the pair further their relationship Leo makes her an offer she can barely refuse with her ambition in mind. However the hotel continues to be in crisis mode with staff making the lives of the owners more stressful. I could feel the palpable pressure returning in this book with a sense of anxiety emanating from Leo. Karin appeared to be the antidote to his anxiety but it all seems to be getting too much.

I really found that both Leo and Karin’s jobs were interesting and it makes for good reading alongside their relationship. The story is well written with developed characters which ensures that you want to continue reading.

Friday, 6 March 2015

Review of Beautiful Redemption by Jamie McGuire

The bit on the back…

If A Maddox boy falls in love, he loves forever. But what if he didn't love you, first?

No-nonsense Liis Lindy is an agent of the FBI. Deciding she is married only to her job, she breaks off her engagement and transfers from Chicago to the field office in San Diego. She loves her desk. She is committed to her laptop. She dreams of promotions and shaking hands with the director after cracking an impossible case.

Special Agent in Charge Thomas Maddox is arrogant, unforgiving, and ruthless. He is tasked with putting away some of the world’s toughest criminals, and he is one of the best the Bureau has to offer. Though, as many lives as he’s saved, there is one that is beyond his reach. Younger brother Travis is faced with prison time for his involvement in a basement fire that killed dozens of college students, and the media want a conviction. Travis’s only savior is his unusual tie to the mob. In a deal that will spare his brother, Thomas has agreed to recruit Travis into the FBI.

Liis is stubborn, defiant, and yet somehow softens Thomas’s rough edges, making her the perfect agent to accompany him to the ceremony. Posing as a couple, they must travel to Travis & Abby’s beach vow renewal and give him the news, but when the pretending ends, she finds herself wondering if they were pretending at all.

This is the second book in Jamie McGuire’s Maddox Brothers series. The Maddox family are first introduced to us in Beautiful Disaster which is the story of Travis. This series tells the stories of his brothers. Beautiful Redemption is all about Liis Lindy and Thomas Maddox.

Liis Lindy has relocated to California to progress her career and to start over after splitting with her ex who was much more invested in their relationship than Liis was.

Liis is the narrator throughout the story. Straight away I loved the feisty attitude that Liis had and how she wanted to be treated as an equal. The first scene introduces us to a lesser known part of Liis as she has a one night stand with a gorgeous stranger from her new local bar but equally it shows the “I’ll take what I want” attitude that she has going on. She’s ambitious and a hard worker chasing her dreams. I could really relate to that side of her and found her career interesting because I also used to want to study languages!

Said gorgeous stranger turns out to be not so strange and much more boss like. Special Agent in Charge Thomas Maddox lives in the same building as Liis and also happens to share the same “local”! At first when I was reading this I practically had my fingers crossed in the hope that this fine specimen was indeed a Maddox Brother. Low and behold it was. Wow. The chemistry between Liis and Thomas is instant and I loved that they didn’t know who the other was in the beginning. It meant that as soon as they discovered who they were it only served to heighten the tension between the pair. Liis is a good match for Thomas in that she stands up to him and won’t put up with his crap.

Both characters have had their share of romantic life ups and downs but both of them are affected by Thomas’s past. If you’ve read Beautiful Oblivion you will know more about Thomas, or TJ’s romantic history with his ex Camille, but in this story you get to see just how it affected, and continues to affect him. I felt really sorry for Thomas in this story because I could almost feel this trapped, suffocated feeling that he had it was that palpable and Liis really helps to get him through that by just being herself.

This is standard Jamie McGuire with its share of drama, adrenaline and love. It’s sexy and fast paced - I finished it in less than 24 hours. I would definitely recommend it to Jamie McGuire and Colleen Hoover fans! TJ has a total Miles Archer thing going on – he definitely left an impression!