Review: Midnight Lily

Friday, 6 December 2019 No comments
Midnight Lily Midnight Lily by Mia Sheridan
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A tale of two minds

I’m slowing working my way through a range of KU books and was delighted when I came across Midnight Lily. Archer’s Voice is still my go-to book by Mia Sheridan and I was keen to see how this story would hold up by comparison.

As other reviewers have said, this story is very complex, emotive, disturbing and overall felt like more of a psychological suspense story with a romantic undertone aimed at drawing readers through the darkness of the characters’ minds.

The writing, as expected, was very strong. You could not foresee where the story was headed and the mystery keeps you on the edge of your seat throughout the book. Both of the key protagonists have their own demons that they are battling but you are drip-fed their individual stories and backgrounds as the book progresses. Even towards the end of the book, you read with a sense of uncertainty over what may still happen, despite questioning whether the story to that point actually took place. In some respects, this book requires at least a second or even third read in order to straighten any questions still lingering in your mind.

Whilst the story is told in a methodical way the book also seems fast-paced and it’s that pace that makes you read on with trepidation for what is yet to come. Despite the complexity of this story and the imaginative and sensitive theme, the book leaves you with a sense of unease and, in some respects, with more questions than answers. That in itself brings the story to life in a way most other books fail to do. This is not just a love story, it’s a love story that stems from a kind of madness that is almost too painful to bear witness to. This is definitely a story to read and read again.

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Review: Single by Saturday

Single by Saturday Single by Saturday by Catherine Bybee
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

A love triangle with a secret

This felt like a story in two parts. First you have Karen’s relationship, albeit for convenience, with Mike and then you have her growing feelings for Mike’s brother Zach and I have to say I was torn between both. Karen was the perfect wife for Mike and their friendship was really something special but the sparks ignited when Karen first lays eyes on Zach. Mike’s brother.

In trying to keep his fake relationship hidden from those close to him, Mike has distanced himself from his family. When they have been ignored for long enough, Zach decides to take a ride to find out exactly what is going on for himself and that’s when he first lays eyes on Karen. When Mike and Karen decide to go home to meet Mike’s family in Utah, Karen knows she must also become a impressive actor in order to convenience Mike’s family that their marriage is genuine but she has trouble convincing herself of her role in Mike’s life whenever Zach is around.

It’s whilst visiting Mike’s family that Karen comes across a couple of teens in need of her help but her help comes at a cost for herself, Zach and Mike.

This was another thoroughly entertaining story with passion and drive. There is the inevitable drama and twist to the story and the complications between the three main protagonists was perfectly penned. Catherine Bybee always writes stories with loveable characters and the developing relationship between Rick, Mike’s other bodyguard and Neil’s ex-marine friend, and his sister already has me hooked!

This is definitely an author I’d recommend to those looking for a lighthearted and not overly raunchy romance. It’s sweet, satisfying and seductively captivating.

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Review: Archer's Voice

Thursday, 5 December 2019 No comments
Archer's Voice Archer's Voice by Mia Sheridan
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This was one of those books that I craved to read but knowing that so many other people had loved it, I reached for it with trepidation. I'm always disappointed when people rave about books before I get to them because I feel they inadvertently set the book up for a fall. It's like that film you've waited to come out on DVD before watching it, you know the one, all your friends saw at the cinema but you decided to wait until you could watch it in the comfort of your home only to be disappointed by all the preconceived hype. Well, Archer's Voice was the book equivalent for me. Everyone raved so much about the story and Archer Hale that I was hesitant to start it. Was I disappointed? No, absolutely not. Whilst the story was sweet and tender and a beautiful contemporary romance, not my normal favourite genre, I did enjoy it but I didn't quite get the obsession over it. Whilst I wouldn't want to read the book again, I couldn't put it down. I loved the simplicity of the storyline and its characters who were brought together by fate having both suffered their own painful losses in life.

Bree Prescott has left her friends behind and set off to escape the painful memory of her father's death and finds herself at a beautiful lakeside cottage. Knowing that her pain won't leave her, she hopes that a fresh start will enable her to at least find some peace away from her home town and its cruel memories.

Archer Hale's family own the town that Bree finds herself in but a shadow of his former self, Archer quietly hides himself away from the world and its questioning eyes.

Bree soon starts to settles into her new life but after coming across the wild but beautiful man who is Archer, sets out to find out more about him and to understand why she is unexpectedly drawn to him.

Archer is treated by the town folk as an idiot but Bree soon finds out that is far from the truth. Although Archer can't speak, Bree soon learns that he has a special mind and a tender heart and before long the two are drawn into each other's auras.

The story continues with Bree and Archer slowly falling in love with each other but Archer's family are determined to de-rail his future happiness. Will Archer find happiness and trust and will Bree and Archer be able to banish their demons once and for all?

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Review: Smut

Wednesday, 4 December 2019 No comments
Smut Smut by Karina Halle
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Fluffy Rules

Who knew I’d be entertained by a tarantula called Fluffy! This was a witty and fun read with plenty of Smut!

It's been a long time since I've read a KH story and this has been sitting on my Kindle for what feels like forever. I still prefer KH's darker/horror stories but this was definitely entertaining and well worth a read when you're looking for a fun standalone read.

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Review: The Gift of Happiness

The Gift of Happiness The Gift of Happiness by Holly Martin
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I can never resist Holly's books but her Christmas stories are all the more enjoyable. I loved Ruby & Jacob's story and their romantic journey towards their HEA as chilly as it was at times! Holly's books make me want to find these magical villages and move in with her special mix of characters.

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Review: Fiancé by Friday

Fiancé by Friday Fiancé by Friday by Catherine Bybee
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Forbidden love between the daughter of an English Duke and her ex-marine bodyguard, what's not to love!!!

Neil & Gwen are probably my favourite characters from this series. Put them on the run from an unknown assailant/stalker and you've got a romance story magic on your hands.

Free to read/listen via KU/Audible.

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Review: Havoc at Prescott High by C.M. Stunich

Thursday, 14 November 2019 No comments
Havoc at Prescott High (The Havoc Boys, #1)Havoc at Prescott High by C.M. Stunich
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I feel like all I do is read first instalments of books by CM Stunich and then wait, not so patiently for the next instalment following the inevitable cliff-hanger. My enjoyment of this story may have been affected by this as sequels either come fast and furious or seemingly not at all. Because of this, I felt that I was holding back from becoming too invested in the story and the characters.

There are a number of triggers for those sensitive to abuse, violence, drugs and extreme bullying tactics. Despite my misgivings, I couldn't put the book down. I can understand Bernadette's addiction to Vic, toxic as their relationship was because I was the same with this story, I too had become addicted to something that left me questioning my pleasure of something so altogether disturbing.

Sadly, before I knew it, the dreaded cliff-hanger was sitting right in front of my eyes, and I was cut off from my fix, quite literally. I knew the cliff-hanger was coming but they still get me every time. So, despite finishing the story, I am left gathering my thoughts and recovering my senses, and my sensibilities. Yes, I will read on because duh, that cliff-hanger and I need to see what happened following the party in the cold light of day plus, I need to see if Vic will ever share Bernadette or will his obsession with her become too consuming.

H.A.V.O.C. is right, this story ends with C.H.A.O.S. I just hope we don't have to wait too long to find out what game The Thing is playing now.