Thursday, 29 October 2015

Review of Tempting the Best Man by Jennifer L. Armentrout

The bit on the back…

Madison Daniels has worshipped her brother's best friend since they were kids. Everyone thinks she and Chase Gamble would make the perfect couple, but there are two major flaws in their logic. 1) Chase has sworn off relationships of any kind, and 2) after blurring the line between friends and lovers for one night four years ago, they can't stop bickering.

Forced together for her brother's wedding getaway, Chase and Madison decide to call a truce for the happy couple. Except all bets are off when they're forced to shack up in a tacky 70's honeymoon suite and survive a multitude of "accidents" as the family tries to prove their "spark" can be used than for more than fighting. That is, if they don't strangle each other first...


Firstly thank you to Hodder & Stoughton for sending this out to me. I have wanted to read some of Jennifer’s work for over a year and when this little beauty came through my letter box I started it right away finishing it in one sitting!

I loved the sound of this blurb! It just screamed angst and tension and chemistry and I love the friends to lovers story line so I knew I was going to enjoy this. Madison and Chase have known each other since forever and they have a sizzling chemistry fuelled by a one-time blurring of the friendship line.

From the beginning and throughout there was the expected angst in the story with Madison and Chase being around each other constantly. It felt like Maddie was a little bit naïve and quick to jump to conclusions but overall she was easy to read about. I loved Chase’s cocky and flirty personality and the ribbing he got from his brothers about “being in love”.

The story is full of clichés and is pretty predictable with not much detracting from the main story line. I like the escapism that comes with an easy read after all it’s one of the things I love about reading, the one sticking point for me is the price - I don’t know if I would have paid £3.50 for only 130 ish pages.


 If you enjoyed this I’d recommend Courting Innocence by Kimberly Dean.

Wednesday, 28 October 2015

Review of Dirty Rowdy Thing by Christina Lauren

The bit on the back…

Despite their rowdy hookups, Harlow and Finn don’t even like each other...which would explain why their marriage lasted only twelve hours.

He needs to be in charge and takes whatever he wants. She lives by the Want-something-done? Do-it-yourself mantra. Maybe she’s too similar to the rugged fisherman—or just what he needs.


Although the price is quite high for a kindle book it is completely worth it, just like the first book in the series Sweet Filthy Boy. It’s not completely necessary that you read them in order however, it does help as you get to see a little bit of the tension between Harlow and Finn before getting to know them in their own right.

I loved this book. From the moment I started until I clicked onto the last page I knew this was going to be my favourite of the series, the one I would re-read. My Beautiful Player (Christina Lauren’s Beautiful Series book 3) of the Wild Seasons series.

Finn is Harlow’s ex-husband, their Vegas wedding lasted as long as it took them to realise the mistake they had made as outside the bedroom they don’t even like one another. Yeah, right. The moment I started this I knew it was going to be a great love story. One filled with two passionate, sexy, fierce main characters, a great storyline and great writing that was going to keep me hooked throughout.

This is dual POV (massive winner) which is one of the first things I loved about Christina Lauren’s writing. Both characters have a fair amount of issues in their current lives but also in their past and it’s good to get their individual stories, feelings and thoughts directly from them. Finn is older than Harlow and sees things a little differently compared to her. He’s a little jaded but Harlow brings light and hope and love back into his life. He is also completely gorgeous. If I was Harlow I would love him just as hard as she does in the end.

Both characters find escape in one another when they are reconnected at their mutual friends store opening. The attraction and heat between the two of them is wild, dirty and explosive. I loved the scenes when the characters were together because their banter and chemistry is off the charts. They are both adamant that they don’t even like each other but you can see it changing as you read on. Finn is pretty closed off to emotions and is struggling to keep all the balls in the air with work and family. His maturity matches Harlow’s despite the age difference and Harlow is a great female character to read about. She’s straight down the line and is a complete go-getter. I loved that she goes after what she wants instead of waiting to be handed something on a platter.


 Although the ending of the story is predictable there are many ups and downs before you get to it. I actually feel like starting it again after writing this review! Enjoy.

Tuesday, 27 October 2015

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WISHES FOR CHRISTMAS
Fern Michaels
Releasing Oct 27th, 2015
Kensington Books


New York Times bestselling author Fern Michaels brings together the beloved heroines from two celebrated series—the Sisterhood and the Godmothers—for a holiday to remember…

This Christmas, instead of finding and punishing bad guys, all Maggie Spritzer wants is to bring a little more joy to the world—especially to a beloved teacher from her past. And as the Sisterhood unites to find her, they learn that no holiday treat is as fulfilling as giving to others…

Meanwhile, with a little help from the other Godmothers, Toots Loudenberry is preparing for Charleston’s annual holiday showcase of historic homes. But when the Godmothers sense trouble with one of the decorators, they must tackle a mystery and hope for a happy ending…

When Sisters and Godmothers unite, the result is a warm and wonderful holiday—with a special touch of magic…

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FERN MICHAELS is the USA Today and New York Times bestselling author of the Sisterhood and Godmothers series, and dozens of other novels and novellas. There are over seventy-five million copies of her books in print. Fern Michaels has built and funded several large day-care centers in her hometown, and is a passionate animal lover who has outfitted police dogs across the country with special bulletproof vests. She shares her home in South Carolina with her four dogs and a resident ghost named Mary Margaret. Visit her website at www.fernmichaels.com

Monday, 26 October 2015

Review of The Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot

The bit on the back…

'You're not Mia Thermopolis any more, honey,' Dad said. 'You're Amelia Mignonette Grimaldi Thermopolis Renaldo. Princess of Genovia.'

A PRINCESS?? ME??? Yeah. Right.

One minute Mia's a totally normal Manhattan fourteen-year-old. Next minute she's heir to the throne of Genovia, being trailed by a bodyguard, taking princess lessons with her uncontrollable old grandmere, and having a makeover with someone called Paolo. Well, her dad can lecture her till he's royal blue in the face, but no way is Mia going to turn herself into a style-queen. And they think she's moving to Genovia? Er, hello?


I don’t think anyone needs me to say what this book is about, right? I read this years ago when I was in high school and all the books after it in the series – I think there was 10 in total. And of course I’ve watched the film several times. I couldn’t wait to finish re-reading the book to re-watch the movie!

Firstly a big thank you to Pan Mac for approving me for this book on Netgalley. I requested it just about the time that I requested Meg’s latest book Royal Wedding (Princess Diaries for older readers) and it was a complete trip down memory lane reading it again.

There are so many things I love about this book. First of all Mia is just a normal girl. She has normal teenage worries about her looks, friends, homework, boys and fitting in in general. Although the book was first published in 2000, Mia had the same worries that a fourteen year old would have today although, admittedly, Mia didn’t need to worry about looking on point in her newest Instagram selfie.

I love the diary format of this book and think it especially works for younger reads. I tried to keep my own diary for little while when I was younger so I am sure lots of girls can relate to her. Mia has a sharp wit and is completely sarcastic. It’s easy to imagine yourself in her shoes through Meg’s writing.


I am so looking forward to Royal Wedding as a fan of the Princess Diaries series and also as a fan of Meg’s books for older readers!

Saturday, 24 October 2015

Review of Christmas Ever After by Sarah Morgan

The bit on the back…

Skylar Tempest has never understood Alec Hunter’s appeal. So what if he’s a world-renowned historian? He’s also cynical, aloof and determined to think the worst of her. So when a twist of fate finds her spending the lead-up to Christmas with Alec and his family, she’s not expecting the season to be either merry or bright.

Alec has learned the hard way not to trust beautiful women—and Skylar is the most beautiful woman he’s ever seen. But as he watches her throw herself into his family’s festive chaos, Alec realises there is far more to this blonde bombshell than meets the eye.

With Christmas around the corner, Alec and Skylar return to Puffin Island, a tentative bond forged between them. Neither intends to fall in love but as the nights become darker, and the fire between them grows hotter, could this be the chance for Alec and Skylar to find their own happy ending?


Firstly a massive thank you to Mills & Boon for approving me for Sarah’s next novel and the final novel in her Puffin Island series. I was soooooooooooooo so looking forward to this that I started it straight away and finished my first Christmas book of the year in August! (I’m covering my eyes myself reading that!!) Regardless, I absolutely loved it!

This is the conclusion to Sarah’s gorgeous Puffin Island series and features the last of the six friends to star in their own novel – Alec and Skylar. Secretly I knew this was going to be my favourite book, and I knew Alec was going to be my favourite of the Puffin Island men even though Ryan (from First Time In Forever) was possibly one of my favourite guys EVER!

Alec and Skylar have a rather fraught relationship. Alec’s history has him completely wary of all women and he automatically categorises Sky in the same “crazy, demanding woman” section as is ex-wife. Skylar is determined to prove her worth to everyone, especially her family, and Alec’s presumptions about her are the straw that almost breaks the camel’s back. I swear I have never seen more of a build-up of tension between two characters. You could honestly describe their relationship in the first two books as hate-hate and each gave as good as they got.  I really enjoyed going into this book knowing some of Sky and Alec’s individual stories because it really put their relationship and its development into the spotlight, showcasing exactly what Sarah does best – hot romance.

The story is set between England and Puffin Island; it’s also set at Christmas time which adds another element of togetherness and the feeling of a family bond. If you’ve never read one of Sarah’s Christmas books then I urge you to do so because they are beautiful and this is no exception.
   
Alec comes to Skylar’s rescue in London and the pair end up spending time with Alec’s family having an early Christmas celebration. Everything about Alec’s family makes Sky’s own family life pale in comparison and the difference really made me feel sorry for Sky. Alec is known for being a bit of a grump but it’s obvious that he’s a great guy deep down; he’s just trying to protect himself from being hurt again. The characters have a chemistry that is off the charts and it feels like that’s partly due to the sparring they’ve done in the previous novels.

It’s easy to imagine yourself among the group of friends enjoying the love and laughter. It was great to get back to the beautiful setting that is Puffin Island and get swept up in everyone’s lives again. Sarah’s settings are a couple of my favourite settings to read about because she just brings them completely to life.


I can’t wait to see what’s next from Sarah and to immerse myself in another one of her fictional worlds!

Thursday, 22 October 2015

Review of Sweet Filthy Boy by Christina Lauren

The bit on the back…

One-night stands are supposed to be with someone convenient, or wickedly persuasive, or regrettable. They aren’t supposed to be with someone like him.

But after a crazy Vegas weekend celebrating her college graduation—and terrified of the future path she knows is a cop-out—Mia Holland makes the wildest decision of her life: follow Ansel Guillaume—her sweet, filthy fling—to France for the summer and just…play.

When feelings begin to develop behind the provocative roles they take on, and their temporary masquerade adventures begin to feel real, Mia will have to decide if she belongs in the life she left because it was all wrong, or in the strange new one that seems worlds away.


This is the first book in Christina Lauren’s Wild Seasons series. Last Summer I read my first Christina Lauren novel – Beautiful Bastard. I absolutely loved the writing and was a bit taken aback when I found out that Christina Lauren was actually Christina AND Lauren. Their writing is seamless and it completely hooked me. I read an extract of Sweet Filthy Boy not long after Beautiful Bastard but for some reason never got round to buying it – could have something to do with reading Beautiful Player (Beautiful series book 3) over and over. So far I’ve found all of the novels to be worth their pricey ebook price including this one too.

The story is all about Mia and Ansel. The pair meet on a Vegas weekender with their friends and instead of what happened in Vegas staying in Vegas Mia decides to follow Ansel back to France.

Mia has graduated college and is ready to get on with the rest of her life, as her father expects her to, after one last weekend of freedom. Tension rolls off the pages every time Mia thinks about her future all mapped out for her and her sudden decision to follow Ansel to Paris seems like a bit of a last ditch attempt to rebel. Once you get to know more about Mia it’s a little easier to understand her impulsive decision to leave and also her apprehension to move on with her life. The narrative is solely from Mia’s POV but I felt like I could have looked back through the story and knew how Ansel was feeling throughout due to the usual high standard of writing I’ve come to expect.

Ansel is, well, Ansel is great. He is not without his faults and he is treading the same new relationship lines that Mia does throughout. He’s very passionate (come on, he’s French – stereotypes and all that) about Mia and making a go of their relationship. At every stage throughout you get the feeling that he only wants the best for Mia and that he has fallen well and truly in love with her.

Although the idea of running off to another country together is romantic and you can easily get swept up in it, the author keeps it realistic. Mia and Ansel shake off the easy-going Vegas comfort blanket as they start to face reality of being together when they know so little about each other. The awkwardness between them was palpable in parts but I liked how this showed that their relationship is not all hearts, flowers and nights of passion (there is plenty of passion, don’t get me wrong) but you go on the whole journey with this couple, through getting to know one another to real life catching up with them again.


I couldn’t put this book down once I had started it and felt invested in every moment of the story. I started Dirty Rowdy Thing straight away.

Tuesday, 20 October 2015

Blog Tour - The Breathless Series by Lynn Montagano


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CATCH MY BREATH
Breathless #1
Lynn Montagano
Released April 17th, 2014


Lia Meyers' plan for a relaxing Scottish vacation is short-lived when one uncharacteristic moment of clumsiness lands her in the arms of a dangerously attractive Englishman.

The perfect opportunity for a much needed holiday romance? Wrong! Lia’s still reeling from the mother of all bad breakups, and she really doesn't have the patience for Alastair Holden – despite his effortless charm and sexy British accent.

Arrogant and totally inscrutable, he's exactly the sort of guy she wants to avoid but can't: the man behind the mystery proves just too tempting to resist.


Drawn to him, Lia is forced to battle with her own insecurities, and the closer they become, the more she recognizes her own weaknesses as she peels away his layers with every night they spend together. Discovering the past Alastair is so desperate to conceal, Lia must decide if they can heal one another together or if their deepest fears will tear them apart.



UNRAVEL ME
Breathless #2
Lynn Montagano
Released July 17th, 2014 


Lia’s meant to be on cloud nine: ever since she and Alastair finally confessed their love for one another, their relationship has never been so good.

Her British-born Adonis is all intent on sweeping her off her feet, showering her with gifts and affection more than worthy of the girlfriend of an international, millionaire businessman!

But their past seems to be intent on dragging the both of them down, and the hushed gossip of a dark secret begins to cause havoc to Lia’s life…

With an ocean separating her from her love, Lia can’t help but wonder if she can ever feel secure with a man who still plays everything so close to his chest, including her.

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EFFORTLESS
Breathless #3
Lynn Montagano
Released Feb 12th, 2015


Everything in Lia Meyers’ life seems perfect. She’s made the move ‘across the pond’ to start a new life with the man of her dreams and is impressing her new bosses as the executive producer of a popular news magazine program.

Alastair Holden, the enigmatic Englishman who has Lia’s heart, puts her above all else, even at the expense of his billion-dollar worldwide media empire. Lia couldn’t be luckier, right?

But her lavish world of hearts and flowers soon turns upside down. Living under the white hot spotlight of the Holden family empire proves to be more complicated than she anticipated. She doesn’t know who to trust and questions the motives of her closest friends.

To make matters worse, Alastair begins to revert back to his closed off ways. When a life changing event thrusts him into chaos, Lia must decide if a diamond really is forever or if she should learn to cut her losses.



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A fresh, new voice in contemporary romance, Lynn is a former TV news writer who decided to take the plunge and write a novel. She's thrilled that her debut series has been published by Harper Impulse. Catch My Breath, Unravel Me and Effortless were released to rave reviews.

Lynn grew up in a small town in Rhode Island before venturing out into the world. She's lived everywhere from Los Angeles to Boston to Orlando. An avid traveler, Lynn's been as far away as Australia and as close as Canada. Her favorite place to visit is London.

The small town girl is back on the east coast after a brief stint in Northern California. Lynn currently resides in Massachusetts, comfortably close to her beloved football team.




Review of Catch My Breath
Review of Unravel Me

Read on for an excerpt from Book 1 Catch My Breath!


“You’re quite lovely, Lia. Pity you’re leaving soon. I’d like to take you—” he paused, tracing his thumb over my lower lip. I shuddered. “—out. Again.”
“You would?” I asked hoarsely.
Nodding, he stroked the curve of my cheek. “Are you coming back to Glasgow after the wedding?”
“Yeah…yes. Saturday.”
Backing away from him, I bumped into the arm of the couch. I almost toppled over it, but managed to steady myself. Being in his presence made me so damn skittish, it was frustrating.
“I’m supposed to make an appearance at a cocktail party for my grandfather’s company.”
Oh good, he’s busy.
“You should come. Or we could go out to dinner.” Like an apparition, he was in front of me, stroking his fingers along my arm. “What do you say? Fancy spending the night with me?”
The unspoken promise behind that question nearly shattered me on the spot. This was supposed to be an easy trip across the pond. Go to the wedding, hang out with the family and go home. Not fend off an amazingly sexy, impossible-to-resist guy.
“Stop overthinking,” he ordered.
Stormy, dark eyes carved a path through my skull. I wilted beneath the strength of his stare. A shaky breath escaped my lips as he traced his finger along my jaw and down my neck. He drew me into his hypnotic orbit with such ease. I was powerless to resist.
“This is inevitable, Amelia. Don’t deny it.”
Inevitable? Each stroke of his fingers left a fiery trail in its wake. The smooth, soft skin of his cheek brushed against mine.
“Come with me.”
Oh Jesus, those three words. I jolted out of his seductive haze like I was on fire, trying to avoid his eyes. His expression was one of pure lust.
“No,” I whispered.
His mouth fell open slightly in surprise. “No?”
“No,” I repeated, louder. “Do you not hear that word very often?”
Impassivity dominated his features. He studied me as though I was the most confusing creature on the planet. We stood so close to one another I was overcome by his intoxicating scent. 
“Why not?”
“Because,” I sighed. “I’m not interested.”
“In what, Lia? Food or drinks?”
“You know what I mean.”

Monday, 19 October 2015

Review of Sustained by Emma Chase

The bit on the back…

A knight in tarnished armor is still a knight.

When you’re a defense attorney in Washington, DC, you see firsthand how hard life can be, and that sometimes the only way to survive is to be harder. I, Jake Becker, have a reputation for being cold, callous, and intimidating—and that suits me just fine. In fact, it’s necessary when I’m breaking down a witness on the stand.

Complications don’t work for me—I’m a “need-to-know” type of man. If you’re my client, tell me the basic facts. If you’re my date, stick to what will turn you on. I’m not a therapist or Prince Charming—and I don’t pretend to be.

Then Chelsea McQuaid and her six orphaned nieces and nephews came along and complicated the ever-loving hell out of my life. Now I’m going to Mommy and Me classes, One Direction concerts, the emergency room, and arguing cases in the principal’s office.

Chelsea’s too sweet, too innocent, and too gorgeous for her own good. She tries to be tough, but she’s not. She needs someone to help her, defend her…and the kids.

And that—that, I know how to do.


I pre-ordered this book as soon as I turned the last page in the first novel in the series – Overruled. I have enjoyed everything I’ve read of Emma’s since I first read Tangled so I was looking forward to starting this.

Honestly, in the beginning I really didn’t like Jake all that much which was pretty hard going because I usually love Emma’s leading men. I felt like I could have punched him half of the time and when he eventually met Chelsea I was sort of at war with myself between wanting them to get together and not thinking Jake was good enough for her. I think it’s partly due to the story being wholly from Jake’s POV because he is such a guy at times. But, as they say, it takes the love of a good woman!
The story focuses mainly on Jake’s relationship with Chelsea and her family.

Chelsea has had a lot of responsibility thrust upon her all in one go and is trying to juggle the needs of six very different children all at once. I loved Chelsea’s no nonsense attitude and the way she just stepped up to be a new mother for her nieces and nephews. She’s generous, kind of heart and the kind of girl you would want to be friends with. The story is told completely from Jake’s point of view so we never get to see her thoughts about Jake whereas her thoughts and feelings towards her family are very apparent and it really made me want things to work out for her.

Jake’s character goes through quite a transformation throughout this book especially as he identifies with one of Chelsea’s nephews. The chemistry between the characters is off the charts and as Jake starts to do more of the “right thing” I started to come round to the idea that he was the man for Chelsea. Jake’s determined and goes after what he wants, thankfully that turned into going after what was best for Chelsea and her family.


I enjoyed catching up with Stanton and Sofia in this novel and learning more about the next main character in the series too, which I can’t wait to read!

Friday, 16 October 2015

!Release Day! Review of Christmas Wishes and Mistletoe Kisses by Jenny Hale

The bit on the back…

Single mother Abbey Fuller loves her family more than anything, and doesn’t regret for a moment having had to put her dreams of being an interior designer on hold. But with her son, Max, growing up, when a friend recommends her for a small design job she jumps at the chance. How hard can it be?

Nick Sinclair needs his house decorated in time for his family’s festive visit – and money is no object. What he doesn’t need is to be distracted from his multi-million dollar business – even if it is Christmas.

When Abbey pulls up to the huge Sinclair mansion, she has a feeling she might be out of her depth. And when she meets the gorgeous, brooding Nicholas Sinclair, she knows that she’s in real trouble…
With the snow falling all around, can Abbey take the chance to make her dreams of being a designer come true? And can she help Nick to finally enjoy the magic of Christmas?


Two Christmases ago I read my very first Jenny Hale book, it also happened to be her debut. I absolutely adored Coming Home for Christmas and it pretty much guaranteed me as a hugh fan of Jenny’s writing from that point on – if you follow me on Twitter I am sure you will know this already. Since that Christmas Jenny and I have become great friends and I ALWAYS look forward to her next book. Christmas Wishes and Mistletoe Kisses was no exception to that rule. Thank you to the lovely people over at Bookouture for approving me for a copy of this title via NetGalley.

Jenny’s latest Christmas release is all about Abbey Fuller and Nick Sinclair. Abbey and Nick couldn’t be any more different if they tried. Abbey, single mother to Max, struggles to make ends meet and is very family orientated. Nick, on the other hand, can afford anything he might want to have and is quite the recluse when it comes to his family and relationships.

From the start, I found that I really liked Abbey as a main character. She’s easy to empathise with and get to like, especially when you see how great a mum she is to Max. Max has quite a prominent role throughout the story and he added a childlike innocence to it especially when you saw what he thought about things especially when it came to Nick and his relationship with him. Max is a kind little boy and is a testament to Abbey. She tries her best for everyone – for Max; her mother and grandfather; Nick; Nick’s grandmother – you get my drift. One of my favourite lines was from Abbey and it’s something I can imagine Jenny would say herself –

“We have to have faith in things we can’t see sometimes, and if we believe, we may discover goodness beyond our dreams.”

Although Abbey and Nick are quite different there is a definite spark of interest between them right from the beginning. I loved that Abbey wanted Nick to experience everything with her and Max and although the story is told only from Abbey’s POV, we get to see Nick’s character changing mostly in his interactions with Max. Each of the main characters are loveable and easy to connect with as you are able to see a little something of yourself in each one, although Abbey, Nick and Max are in the spotlight for the majority of the book, Abbey’s grandfather and Nick’s grandmother share some of their worldy wisdom throughout making the entire cast of characters loveable in their own way.

The story is set in a snowy Richmond where Nick lives in a fabulous, dream mansion on a huge family estate. I hopped onto Google and searched for actual pictures of Richmond to fuel the picture Jenny had already created in my head. After clicking through a few images it was clear that, as always, Jenny had nailed the description to a tee. I could easily picture Nick’s sprawling house surrounded by powder white snow with Max’s snowman standing proudly outside. I love losing myself in Jenny’s settings; it’s one of the things I love about reading – complete escapism.


If you’re looking for a Christmas read then really I could recommend any of Jenny’s books to you, without a doubt. I can feel a re-read of this coming on already when it’s cold and snowy, and I’m inside looking out!

Thursday, 15 October 2015

Review of The Do It List by Jillian Stone

The bit on the back…

Hotshot copywriter Gracie Taylor-Scott has a reputation—for her artfully edgy ads. A rising star at Darcy Wexler Dean, New York, the long hours are perfect cover for Gracie’s fear of intimacy issues.
Great job. Great pay. No life—including her on again off again sex life. Then one night, she is plunged into darkness with a handsome stranger.

Bradley Craig, the new head of DWD’s research division, has secrets of his own. Much lauded in his field of consumer behaviour, there’s a darker side to the attractive, enigmatic ad man—his erotic, list-maker side.

Gracie and Bradley are assigned to work on the biggest new business pitch Darcy Wexler Dean will be in all year, and the two tangle immediately, battling copy concepts and focus group findings along with their explosive attraction to each other.

Bradley has a proposition—they make a list. Ten erotic sexual encounters, no strings attached. What’s at stake? Two Super Bowl spots and two fragile hearts.


Firstly thank you to Jillian Stone for approving me for a review copy of this title on NetGalley. I loved the sound of this book and the bold cover so I was eager to get started with it.

The story is all about main character and narrator Gracie. Gracie is a strong character. She’s confident, a go-getter in the work place and popular among her workmates. It felt quite easy to like Gracie and I think her straight to the point attitude serves her well throughout the book.

Gracie meets Bradley and instantly there is a spark between them, a palpable chemistry that heats up the story right from the beginning. I loved the situation the characters found themselves in at the beginning of the story which ratcheted up the sexual tension to boiling point. One tiny, little problem for me in this part of the story was the fact that Bradley walked round with a list of his sexual fantasies in his suit pocket and how that seemed pretty unlikely given that he’s a grown man not a horny teenager.

Aside from the list in his pocket, Bradley is a great guy and a great match for Gracie. They have more in common than you would think based on first appearances. I think Gracie’s attraction to Bradley is increased due to his relationship and easy manner with her niece thanks to the fact that he has his own daughter. I liked that both characters had other relationships that they had to nurture as well as the relationship between them both.

Trust is a big issue for Gracie and it shows throughout that it’s something that both characters struggle with. Gracie has a dark history with her family and personal circumstances and that sometimes influences her present day feelings and actions. I like that Bradley was able to be there for Gracie. However, their relationship takes place over a matter of weeks it’s sometimes hard to reconcile the depth of their feelings with the length of time they’ve known each other.


Based on the storyline, character and writing in this novel I would happily go on to read more from Jillian.

Monday, 12 October 2015

Review of Owed: One Wedding Night by Nancy Holland

The bit on the back…

Jake Carlyle always gets what he wants… especially when it comes to his runaway bride.
To save her family's business, determined Madison Ellsworth must turn to Jake Carlyle, her ex lover and the man she left standing at the altar.

Jake eventually agrees to help, but on one condition – he gets what he’s owed. His wedding night.
Still in love with Jake, Madison agrees, but once the passionate honeymoon is over, she can’t help but wonder if their marriage is based on convenience, love – or revenge.

As they deal with the failing business, Madison and Jake soon learn that high-stakes games played in the boardroom will inevitably spill over into the bedroom!


Firstly thank you to Harper Impulse for approving me for this title on NetGalley. I was drawn to the cover at first but then the blurb really caught my interest – ex-lovers?! sure to be some drama there!
The story is all about Jake and his once upon a time bride-to-be Madison. It’s a short read so I was glad to see that both characters took turns at narrating the story, making it easier to get to know each of them better. Madison has come to Jake for help to save her family business.

I was really looking forward to feeling a palpable tension between the two characters and I was hoping for some rekindled sexual attraction between them. I wasn’t disappointed. You could literally cut the atmosphere with a knife when the two of them met again. I loved seeing this old chemistry being reignited between them but unfortunately it was laced with mistrust from the outset – from both characters.

The story focuses mainly on the relationship between Jake and Madi coming back to life but at every turn there seems to be something or other occurring while they try to save Madison’s company that means one of them was always at the other one’s throat. There is an underlying resentment toward one another, albeit mainly from Jake, but this along with the trust issues made the storyline start to repeat itself.


As the story was only 182 pages long and it started to repeat itself I found myself withdrawing from it and skim reading in parts. Given the choice I would read something else of Nancy’s because the characters themselves and the writing style throughout made up for the repetition.

Thursday, 8 October 2015

Review of Unmasked by Melody Grace

The bit on the back…

One night to forget the rules…

Noelle Olsen is braced for another bad blind date — until a sexy stranger sweeps her off her feet and tempts her on a wild midnight tour of New York City.

Ash Callahan doesn’t lose control. He’s built an empire on cool logic and sense — until a chance encounter with Noelle brings out the reckless streak he never knew he had.

One night. Two unlikely hearts. No holding back. As the night unfolds, Ash and Noelle discover new passion and adventure, but can their moment of connection last until the morning light?


I downloaded this on a bit of a shopping spree but it was free at the time of purchase so that’s why I thought why not? I’ve read one book by Melody Grace before called First Position, you can read my review here, but I didn’t click that it was the same author until I had finished Unmasked.

This is the prelude to the last book in Melody’s Beachwood Bay series featuring the Callahan brothers. I’ve never read any of the books in the series but going on this little snippet I would probably think about giving them a go. It sounds like a similar series to Crista McHugh’s Kelly brothers series.

The story is super short so you don’t really get to know the characters in any depth. One thing you do learn about both characters is that they both have done things because it’s been the right thing or because it’s been what’s expected of them. The masked ball that the characters are in the process of attending give both the characters and the story a feeling of being free, being someone new and being unburdened by everyday life for a short time. There is an exciting chemistry between the characters. It’s an instant spark that is prominent from the beginning of their time together.


The story leaves you on a cliffhanger setting you up for the start of the full novel however it could be enjoyed as a novella on its own, out with the series. 

Monday, 5 October 2015

Book News - The Broken Hearts Book Club by Lynsey James


The bit on the back...

Lucy Harper has always been good at one thing: running from her past. But when her beloved Nana Lily passes away she has no choice except to return to the one place in the world she most wants to avoid...

Luna Bay hasn't changed much in the eight years she has spent in London. The little Yorkshire village is still just as beautiful, but the new pub landlord is a gorgeous addition to the scenery!

Lucy only intended to stay for a day, yet when she discovers that Nana Lily has not only left her a cottage but also 'The Broken Hearts Book Club', Lucy is intrigued. Her Nana never have mentioned the club and Lucy can't wait to get started, but walking into her first meeting she is more aware than ever that her past is finally catching up with her.

One way or another, Lucy must finally face the secrets she's kept buried for so long - or spend the rest of her life on the run...


Release date: 12th October
Publisher: Carina UK

Review of Mad Love - Colet Abedi

The bit on the back…

23-year-old aspiring artist Sophie Walker can think of no better place than the exotic paradise of the Maldives Islands to escape the wrath of her controlling parents, the monotony of her boring legal work and her passionless boyfriend. With her two best friends along for the ride and to help her find herself again, Sophie is not prepared for the enigmatic Clayton Sinclair. Clayton comes from another world of privilege that seems like a fantasy to Sophie.  Can this man introduce her to the passion & seduction she never realized she was desperately searching for? Sophie quickly becomes ensnared in Clayton's seductive web until a shocking treachery makes her question her judgment and actions...

Firstly thank you to NetGalley and Bird Street Books for approving me for this title.

I was drawn in by the cover. It looks exotic and summer holiday-esque and if there is one thing I love more than reading it’s being on holiday so thumbs up!

The story is all about Sophie Walker who has jumped on a plane with her two best friends to jet set off on a well needed break but what she doesn’t bargain for is meeting Clayton and the whirlwind he brings into her life.

I really liked how the story started, going on holiday to take a break from everything that’s going on in Sophie’s world. It really gave you a good background on what Sophie’s story was and allowed you to feel like you were starting over with her.

The destination is Male in the Maldives and from the descriptions throughout the book it feels like heaven. It’s as exotic as you might think from the cover, and it’s just beautiful. It really plays to Sophie’s artistic side too and it feels like she’s going to just really relax while she’s there.

Then Clayton situates himself firmly in her holiday and in her life.

I liked Clayton’s character at first. He seemed a bit Christian Grey-like especially with his dominance and power over Sophie’s actions. It’s quite romantic in a skewed kind of way but unlike the Christian Grey/Ana Steele relationship Sophie can stand her ground and gives Clayton as good as she gets. The narrative is all from Sophie’s point of view so Clayton also seems like a bit of mystery. The prose was quite well structured to make you feel like the character is thinking just like you would so it makes her a bit more relatable.

The relationship between Clayton and Sophie kind of lost something for me after the thrill of the chase. I think it was around the sexual aspect of their relationship. It felt rushed and not particularly realistic from Sophie’s side of things and actually you’re led to believe that Clayton might approach their first encounter with a bit more respect for Sophie’s inexperience.


Throughout Mad Love you find that Sophie is always jumping to conclusions about Clayton which is probably due to his mysterious demeanour but it got a bit annoying that she had done it again, just before the end of the book which left the story at a cliffhanger. I will probably give the sequel a go but I won't be rushing to buy it. 

Review of The Longest Ride by Nicholas Sparks

The bit on the back…

Two couples. Two love stories. One epic tale.

Ninety-one-year-old Ira Levinson is in trouble. Struggling to stay conscious after a car crash, an image of his adored - and long-dead - wife Ruth appears. Urging him to hang on, she lovingly recounts the joys and sorrows of their life together - how they met, the dark days of WWII and its unrelenting effect on their families.

A few miles away, college student Sophia Danko's life is about to change. Recovering from a break-up, she meets the young, rugged Luke and is thrown into a world far removed from her privileged school life. Sophia sees a new and tantalising future for herself, but Luke is keeping a secret that could destroy it all.

Ira and Ruth. Sophia and Luke. Two couples, separated by years and experience, whose lives are about to converge in the most unexpected - and shocking - of ways.


I read this in anticipation of the film adaption being released. I’ve read 2 other Nichols Sparks books (The Lucky One and Safe Haven) prior to seeing the film so I thought I’d keep up that mini tradition with this.

I really enjoyed this book. It’s about two couples – Sophia and Luke who are about my age and Ira and Ruth who are a couple of generations older. There is something so real about Nicholas Spark’s stories. I found it really easy to get into this story and swept up in both couples.

Ira’s story is a trip down memory lane. In the aftermath of the car crash his wife appears to him and they reminisce about their time together. Their story is a real mixed bag of emotions and at times I really felt incredibly sorry for Ira.

Luke and Sophia are quite opposite to Ruth and Ira although the bond between both couples is the same.  Luke is a genuinely nice guy. He’s respectful of Sophia and is loyal to his family and his commitments. I respected his determination to help his mum out with their family ranch. He and Sophia are quite opposite in their upbringing but they do share some of the same traits like their loyalty to family and that they are both quite quiet people. Their attraction to each other seemed natural and it was inevitable that they would get together.


Sometimes throughout I felt like the book was longer than it needed to be. The story is about the love between two couples and how it’s the same even though they are generations apart. I’m looking forward to seeing the film, and I hope it’s not too different to the book.

Thursday, 1 October 2015

Review of Beat by Vi Keeland

The bit on the back…

Dimpled smile of a boy

Hard body of a man

Sings like an angel

Fucks like the devil

I was stuck between a rock(star) and a hard place.

At fifteen, his poster hung on my bedroom wall. At twenty-five his body hovered over mine. Every girl's fantasy became my reality. I was dating a rockstar. Yet I was slowly falling for another man. The problem was--the two men--they shared a tour bus.

Flynn Beckham was the opening act.

Dylan Ryder was the headliner.

What happens when the opening act begins to shine so bright, it seems to dim everything else in its wake?

I'll tell you what happens. Things get ugly.


This was the first book I read by Vi Keeland and I actually loved it. I loved Flynn. This is a standalone however Flynn is introduced in an earlier novel called Throb. I read Throb after finishing Beat however Beat remains my favourite of the two.

Flynn and Lucky are the main characters in this fast paced, angst filled story. What is it with musician’s and their angsty-ness?! Flynn seems like a totally different character in this book compared to how you see him in Throb. It could be that he has toughened up a little since then but I swear to you it could actually be a different man. And god damn that man is hot! The cover, I will admit, drew me to clicking on this book in the first place.

Lucky and Flynn hit it off right away. I was drawn to Flynn’s flirty, cocky banter and I would be more than happy to have swapped places with Lucky on the night they first met. The only problem is Lucky’s boyfriend and what at first starts out as harmless flirtation turns to something more dangerous and exciting. Here comes the angst.

The pair become closer as they are forced together by Lucky’s unwitting boyfriend Dylan. I was not keen on Dylan at all. I felt like he was just messing around with Lucky and got the feeling he didn’t treat her that well. I couldn’t help but root for Flynn and Lucky. They seemed to be a much better match and their relationship was more natural.

The love triangle that Lucky found herself a part of was tricky to navigate especially as the three of them ended up on the road together on the same tour. The plot naturally allows for angst and drama but the proximity of Lucky and Flynn’s working relationship multiplied it.

Although the relationships between the characters dominate this story Lucky has something else going on with her past and I loved how Flynn could get through to her on that level too.

I would definitely reread this book.