4 Star Review: Still Air (Portland, ME, #4) by Freya Barker

Tuesday, 29 November 2016 No comments
Still Air (Portland, ME, #4)Still Air by Freya Barker
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This has been such a memorable series and I’m sorry to see it come to an end.

Whilst the stories in the series are graphic reminders of the brutalities of everyday life for some women, and children, they go some way to offer hope and a future without pain and suffering. All of the women we have met so far have an emotional tale to tell but Pam has always been there to help them to safety and to turn their lives around, but who can help Pam when the tables are turned and she is the one suffering in silence; Dino, that’s who.

4 Star Review: You Had Me at Christmas by Karina Bliss, Stephanie Doyle, Jennifer Lohmann, Laura Florand & Molly O’Keefe

Thursday, 13 October 2016 No comments
You Had Me at ChristmasYou Had Me at Christmas by Karina Bliss
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A great, festive collection of stories from some amazing authors....

Play by Karina Bliss

Who said a rock and roll lifestyle can't start, and end, at home! Join the fun and games as Kayla and her rock star hubby, Jared, try to resurrect their marriage, whilst under the influence of 2 children, at Christmastime!

Authors V Reviewers & Social-Media Etiquette!

Wednesday, 5 October 2016 No comments

Yet again, social media is alight with a battle of words between a blogger and an author and it led me to ask the question, who, ultimately, is in the right?  Should authors have the right to flag reviews that are less than complimentary? Do bloggers have the right to start a revolt when an author questions their opinions? And do we even care? 

For me, my reviews are based on the book.  Just the book.  Not the author, the famedom, other reviews, or even friends’ opinions.  I am not led by the majority and I make my own mind up about everything in life. That said, even if I really don’t like a book, I would never body-slam an author with abusive words but I will provide a critical and honest review of their book, whether they like it or not.

To Tour Or Not To Tour?!

I remember when…… oh gosh, I sound like I’ve been blogging for years but…. remember when we used to get excited over being chosen to receive an ARC.  That feeling to have been one of the chosen few. Nowadays ARCs seem to be offered out more freely but at the same time, the demands from the authors and their PR gurus have escalated, hence my question above.  Do we continue to tour and accept the demands placed upon us in return for that greatly sought after ARC or do we take a step back, purchase the book upon release and then pimp it like crazy?

5 Star Review: The One Real Thing (Hart's Boardwalk, #1) by Samantha Young

Monday, 8 August 2016 No comments
The One Real Thing (Hart's Boardwalk, #1)The One Real Thing by Samantha Young
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Another amazing story from Samantha Young. I'm already desperate for the next instalment!

I absolutely adore Samantha Young’s writing and the stories she tells are beautiful. With so many layers to this book, I found that I was kept on tenterhooks throughout. You know you've found a great story when you don't want to put the book down and The One Real Thing definitely kept me enthralled.

The story sets out by introducing us to Jessica Huntington. A general surgeon who, having lost her way in her career, now finds herself working within a women's correctional and rehabilitation facility. Jessica thinks that she enjoys her job and she does until she comes across the seaside city of Hartwell. After finding hidden letters within a book from the prison library, Jessica decides to find the recipient of the unposted letters which are now forty years old.

5 Star Review: Burn (Dark in You, #1) by Suzanne Wright

Sunday, 31 July 2016 No comments
Burn (Dark in You, #1)Burn by Suzanne Wright
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Just when you think PNR can’t get any better, along comes Burn to add fire to your ereaders like never before!

This has to be the best PNR I’ve read in a long while. I’m not exactly sure what drew me to it initially. Maybe it was the idea of a strong and feisty female tattoo artist or maybe it was a horde of sexy demons, but whatever it was this book is pure magick! Suzanne Wright is an extremely talented author with an endearingly whimsical writing style to win over the most reluctant or critical PNR readers.

5 Star Review: Through Fire (Portland, ME, #3) by Freya Barker

Monday, 18 July 2016 No comments
Through Fire (Portland, ME, #3)Through Fire by Freya Barker
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Once again a beautifully told story by Freya Barker which will tear you up inside as we meet another amazingly strong woman with a cruel and painful past.

This story is yet another difficult but rewarding read as we witness the pain and suffering Ruby has experienced over 30 years at the hands of traffickers. After witnessing the death of her parents at the age of 14, Ruby is taken to be “trained” and prepared for the prostitution rings run by gangs. From there her life ends as she knows it. No longer protected by her parents and her quietly lived life on a farm in Mexico long lost, she services men and in doing so becomes indoctrinated to the lifestyle. That is until she witnesses a murder and flees to the relating safety of Florence House and into Pam’s protection.

5 Star Review: Reaper (Boston Underworld, #2) by A. Zavarelli

Monday, 18 April 2016 No comments
Reaper (Boston Underworld, #2)Reaper by A. Zavarelli
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

It’s official, Reaper has left me speechless. I’m sitting here trying to write a review about a book that was as close to perfect as I am going to find and I’m completely unable to express my emotions.

Whilst a dark story involving gangland violence, this book also tells the story of a beautifully broken man who is put back together by a stripper. Not your everyday fairytale I know, but Ronan and Sasha’s story worked, in perfect unison.

4 Star Review: Crow (Boston Underworld, #1) by A. Zavarelli

Monday, 4 April 2016 No comments
Crow (Boston Underworld, #1)Crow by A. Zavarelli
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Crow certainly lived up to my hopes and expectations.

Within the underworld of Boston, the Irish, Russians and Armenians battle for supremacy and control of the syndicates that lurk within.

From the start of this book, it's clear that it's going to pack a punch as we meet MacKenzie Wilder who is searching for her friend Talia who was last seen working for the Irish. With the police refusing to help her to find Talia, Mack prepares to infiltrate the Irish ranks by targeting one of their own. To do this, she decides to enter the ring to fight one of their strongest men. No-one suspects a female to enter the ring but when the audience realises who she is, they are left speechless, especially when she makes her fighting skills known. Mack “The Butterfly” Wilder is not just any fighter, she was trained by her late father who held a legendary status in the ring, until he was murdered by the Russians.

4 Star Review: Yours Truly, Taddy (The Undergrad Years #2) by Avery Aster

Wednesday, 30 March 2016 No comments
Yours Truly, Taddy (The Undergrad Years, #2)Yours Truly, Taddy by Avery Aster
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Who doesn't love Taddy and the rest of the gang?

This is the second tale in the Undergrad Years series and follows Taddy and her misfit group of friends to get photo shoot. Things don't exactly go to plan though and the group find themselves facing death as their plane develops a problem.

Who knew that, despite the events which occur as a result of the plane's crash that Taddy would have such an interesting time in the arms of Leon!!!

I can't wait for the next instalment and to read Blake's story.

If you're looking for a lighthearted read and one which is, at times, hysterically funny then read Avery Aster's amazing series. It lifts your spirits and helps you to enjoy the funnier side of life!!!

Copy received from Netgalley in return for a review.

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4 Star Review: XO, Blake, (The Undergrad Years #3) by Avery Aster

Tuesday, 29 March 2016 No comments
XO, Blake (The Undergrad Years, #3)XO, Blake by Avery Aster
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I've always loved Blake and this sweet instalment has just made me love him even more.

What an opportunity Avery Aster has given us to spend time with the four besties, who are in their late teens, as they continue to be faced with danger around what seems like every corner. We've had an explosion, a plane crash and now we have yet another possible deliberate attack on the group but who would want to hurt them?

Although all four of the Manhattanites feature in this short story but it's Blake who sets the story on fire as he finally gets his hands on the man, or men, of his dreams. And boy, do sparks fly when they come together. I really can't wait for more, grown up, Blake.

I love the gentle humour and friendly sparring in these stories as each personality fights for dominance. They are easy to read, thoroughly enjoyable and really addictive. I can't wait for more from Avery Aster and Blake, Taddy, Vive and Lex.

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5 Star Review: Always & Forever, Vive (The Undergrad Years #4) by Avery Aster

Monday, 28 March 2016 No comments
Always & Forever, Vive (The Undergrad Years, #4)Always & Forever, Vive by Avery Aster
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

These stories may be short but they pack a fantastic punch.

From the first few lines you laugh and fall in love that little bit more with Vive as you realise what a wild and free spirited child she was and the way her childhood has formed who she is today. I especially love the school reports which all outline the reasons the foursome ended up at Avon Porter and not incarcerated, permanently.

Vive, Taddy, Lex and Blake are still determined to find out who, if anyone, is trying to harm them or if they have simply been part of an unfortunate set of circumstances. This time, they reach out to Sanderloo to see whether he can help them unlock the mysteries of their recent run of bad luck. I was crying laughing when even beyond the grave poor Sanderloo is still fearful of Vive and her friends.

The madness continues along with the sexiness especially when we are introduced to Vive's boyfriends, yes that's right, plural, and as you can expect with Vive and her high expectations in live, they are perfect, in almost every way!!!

I simply love Avery Aster's writing style. She is has a wonderfully quirky way of expressing herself through her characters and by doing so pulls you into the storyline until you are crying out for more. This is so much more than a YA series, it sets the scene for the Manhattanites in their later years as we witness what moulded them into what they have become today; simply fabulous.

4 Star Review: 9 Letters by Blake Austin

Friday, 19 February 2016 No comments
9 Letters9 Letters by Blake Austin
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Don't you just love the magic of books especially when you find a story that makes you cry and smile at the same time. What I'd like to know though is where the hell did this story come from? It was painfully emotional but beautifully told. Blake Austin, you owe me tissues, lots of tissues!

After reading the synopsis, I was 100% drawn to it. The premise was familiar but the story was refreshing. I'm not a lover those “ugly cry” books so this was as close as I am even willing to head into those waters but despite the emotion, the book was also shored up with wonderful message of hope.

5 Star Review: Cruel Water (Portland ME, #2) by Freya Barker

Thursday, 11 February 2016 No comments
Cruel Water (Portland ME, #2)Cruel Water by Freya Barker
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is a breathtaking story of a damaged heroine supported by an strong man who is still recovering from his own emotional wounds. It takes you on journey towards happiness, forgiveness and above all a hope for a future lived free of a painful past.

I really enjoyed Freya’s writing style and storytelling in From Dust and couldn’t wait to read Cruel Waters. Set around The Skipper once again but this time telling Viv’s story and her “silver-eyed” stranger.

5+++ Star Review: Hold On (The Burg #6) by Kristen Ashley

Monday, 25 January 2016 No comments
Hold On (The 'Burg, #6)Hold On by Kristen Ashley
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

10 "Gooey" Stars. A perfect ending to a perfect series.

That was epilogue heaven. Yes, she who hates epilogues, loved this one, HARD.

This is one of my all time favourite series. I may have taken me a while to get around to reading The 'Burg series but it was certainly worth the wait. Kristen Ashley is an author who really knows how to sell a story to her readers. At first I thought the level of detail in her books was occasionally unnecessary but I quickly came to appreciate that this is where the magic lies in her writing. She tells you everything which in turns makes you an active participant in her stories.

Garrett's story was the perfect conclusion to this series. Right from the start I knew this was going to be an emotional read as I absorbed Cher's pain. This woman has faced it all and lived to tell the tale but when she claims to not deserve her own HEA my heart practically broke for her. Cher is loved amongst her friends though and despite her background they will do anything for her, even the loveable Ryker (who steals the show in every book in my opinion).

I especially love the way Kristen Ashley brings the children in this series to life and you find yourself loving them as much as the main players, if not more, and Ethan was a prime example of this. Despite his tender age, he is fiercely protective of his mother and wants nothing more than for her to be happy.

It's with a heavy heart that I end this series but I know deep down that I will return to it often.

4 Star Review: The Consequence of Seduction (Consequence, #3) by Rachel Van Dyken

Thursday, 14 January 2016 No comments
The Consequence of Seduction (Consequence, #3)The Consequence of Seduction by Rachel Van Dyken
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

News Alert: Reid has been tamed!

I really do love this series and especially those Emory boys, Max and Reid. Despite being the older sibling, Reid finds himself far below Max’s maniacal brilliance on a daily basis but Reid will never go down without a fight and that means only one thing, he’s going to use everything in his arsenal to topple Max’s empire!

Max is bored and when Max is box the world needs to be fearful. Sitting in his ivory tower, he plots and plans his world domination, one step at a time. With his eyes set firmly on the Presidency though, and needing to bide his time before he takes up office, he decides that match-making is a more pressing matter *poor Reid*.

Despite his weird and wonderful ways, Max does have his brother’s and friends’ best interests at heart and seeing that Reid is still suffering at the hands of “Grandma”, he sets about getting him back in the saddle. Enter Jordan. After initially meeting in a bar, Reid is shocked to find that she is his new Publicist but what Jordan doesn’t expect is a new right-hand man, aka Max. Max decides to spice things up in Reid’s life and advertises a place playing Reid’s “shrew” in a real life remake of the Taming of the Shrew. In an attempt to escape the frenzy of female applicants, Jordan steps in and says the place is filled but little does she know that Max is happy to use her as Reid’s muse.

All out war ensues especially when Reid plays Max off against his father and as a result, Max’s sex life is put on hold! Max won’t be stopped though and Max without sex is a scary thing to behold. The story progresses with antics galore and pranks to make your eyes water, especially where Jason is concerned. Grandma makes an appearance *gotta love that woman* as well as Hades and Little G and the scene is set for yet another epic story in the Seduction series.

As much as I love this series, and in particular Reid, I did find this story particularly exhausting to read. This is more to do with trying to keep up with Max’s mind rather than RVD’s writing style though. The banter is fast flowing, the antics even quicker and Max is simply Max. Need I say more!

Jason’s story is next and I’m already mentally preparing for the physical onslaught. Poor Jason is bound to find himself in hospital a time or two!l

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4 Star Review: From Dust (Portland ME #1) by Freya Barker

Saturday, 9 January 2016 No comments
From Dust (Portland ME, #1)From Dust by Freya Barker
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Wow, what an emotionally charged read!

This is my first Freya Barker book and I have to say, I loved it. The writing was eloquent and the emotion palpable. What Syd experienced at the hands of her family following the horrific accident which led her to where she is today was cruel and wretched. Despite living rough and finding herself cold and starving though, Syd finds hope of a safer future thanks to Viv, a kind-hearted woman who takes her in, offers her food, a job and a place to rest her head, in safe surroundings. Finding herself inside a pub/restaurant, it’s not long before the owner sees her and inexplicably finds himself wanting to help and protect her.