5 Star Review: Trading Yesterday by Kahlen Aymes

Sunday, 19 November 2017 No comments
Trading Yesterday (Trading Yesterday, #1)Trading Yesterday by Kahlen Aymes
My rating: 5 of 5 stars


An unforgettable tale of pain, suffering and salvation!

This story totally swept me away. Whether it was from the pain a suffering experienced by the family in this story as they watched their child suffer the indiscriminate cruelness of leukaemia or the fact that two people who clearly loved each other were separated only to be reunited, at a time when the future was so uncertain, this story ruined me, but in a way that only a well-written book and a beautiful story can do!

4 Stars: Ideal Image (Snapshot, #2) by Freya Barker

Friday, 6 October 2017 No comments
Ideal Image (Snapshot, #2)Ideal Image by Freya Barker
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

An altogether more rounded story in this series which I really enjoyed, and appreciated!

This is the second instalment in the Snapshot series. Having loved the prequel, and being slightly disappointed with the first full instalment, Freeze Frame, I found Ideal Image to be a really rewarding and enjoyable story.

Right from the start I connected with the characters and loved spending yet more time with Ben, Isla and good ‘ole Al as well as the main protagonists in this story: Nick and Stacie, and Stacie’s daughter Mak.

Reviews: Are We True To Ourselves And The Authors?

Thursday, 5 October 2017 No comments


I got to thinking yesterday after reading a rather brilliant but blunt review of a well-known and popular book.  When reading a book, do we get swept away by popular consensus or are we true to ourselves?

The book in question has so many mixed reviews that I have been forced to reconsider my rating and my thoughts of the story.  I loved the book and gave it 5* and I must admit to having read it more than once but after reading the contrasting opinions of another blogger I was forced to question my interpretation of the story.  Was the story glossed over in my own mind?  Did I really not see the violence and poor behaviour for what it was or did my mind just romanticise and create the story I wanted it to be?

Can Plagiarism Ever be Conquered?

Sunday, 3 September 2017 No comments


The indie-writing world has been rocked this week with the news that yet another self-published author has had her work plagiarised but what does this really mean to the book industry as we know it?  

In reality, very little will change.  Book plagiarism has been going on for years and yet still authors are continually finding themselves the victims of what amounts to theft.  Sadly, this news has made me question the authenticity and credibility of all authors.  Can we really know and trust our favourite authors not to plagiarise or do we blindly read on in the hope that the book we are enjoying has not been lifted from another source?  With so many books on the market, the chances of stumbling across a duplicitous book is highly unlikely and this makes all authors fair game to those looking to profit from their success.  We all know that the ebook market is hugely rewarding financially to indie authors with many making a decent earning from book sales, so is it the financial incentive that tempts people to plagiarise or is it more for the fame that comes with the media success of writing a bestseller?   With so many book signings taking place worldwide, and new authors popping up and marketing multiple books within their first year of writing, it begs the question: how many people sitting at those tables are genuine authors?  

5 Star Review: Enrage (Eagle Elite, #8) by Rachel Van Dyken

Sunday, 13 August 2017 No comments
Enrage (Eagle Elite, #8)Enrage by Rachel Van Dyken
My rating: 5 of 5 stars


Well, that story well and truly ripped my heart out, stamped on it and then, just for good measure, gave it a huge kick!

I always find myself reading these books with trepidation. As much as I love them and want to keep reading them non-stop, I just know there will be a bone crushing sadness somewhere along the way, and this book was no different.

From the joyous feeling of a new love, to the complications it brings when grown inside of a Mafia family, we hope that there will be a smooth path towards a HEA, but no, RVD just had to turn our world upside down, again!

Yes, I loved this story beyond words, but I did not enjoy the pain! I cried, and I don't like crying when reading - AT ALL! Despite my unwanted tears, I will remember this story as fondly as all of the others and will chalk it down to another painful reminder of what RVD can do to readers when she writes Eagle Elite stories.

If you haven't yet started this series then you absolutely must, but be warned, it's both rewarding and painfully emotional, in equal measures.

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4 Star Review: A Change of View (Northern Lights, #2) by Freya Barker

Friday, 14 July 2017 No comments
A Change of View (Northern Lights, #2)A Change of View by Freya Barker
My rating: 4 of 5 stars


Freya Baker’s stories are heartwarming and enchanting.

This was another solidly written story from Freya. The characters were endearing and *yes* my age for a change. There are so few stories written involving mature (urgh, is that what people in their 40's are these days) characters and this is what makes me love Freya’s writing. Her books are both believable and realistic and not in any way artificially enhanced.

2.5 Stars: Freeze Frame (Snapshot, #1) by Freya Barker

Tuesday, 13 June 2017 No comments
Freeze Frame (Snapshot, #1)Freeze Frame by Freya Barker
My rating: 2 of 5 stars


2.5 Stars - it was okay

I really wanted to enjoy this book, especially after enjoying its predecessor prequel, Shutter Speed. Ben and Isla were fascinating characters in Shutter Speed and I was left craving more from them and waiting on Freeze Frame with bated breath.

Freeze Frame catches up with Ben and Isla who are now starting a life with each other having fallen for each other. Most of this book was about them setting up home together which I found painfully slow I’m afraid. It was nice to see them working towards a future together but apart from some sexual scenes, placed I felt to add some pizazz to the story, it wasn’t until the drama with Jahnee that the book started to capture my attention. When Jahnee’s character came into being, the story took a sinister turn but even this wasn’t used to its full advantage and scenes which could have been more drawn out to add drama and an edginess to the story were all too simply skipped over.

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

Friday, 5 May 2017 No comments
Saint (Boston Underworld, #4)Saint by A. Zavarelli
My rating: 4 of 5 stars


Another great instalment in the Boston Underworld series.

Having read the other books I was interested to see how I'd enjoy the audio version and I have to say, I was pleasantly surprised. Normally, books with accents don't carry across into audio very well, and books with Scottish accents often end up more Russian but this narrator held the Irish lilt perfectly. That said, I think I would have preferred to have read this book due to it's gritty and violent nature but that's just my personal preference and in no way detracts from the audio version.

I'm not sure that I was a fan of Scarlett in this book that is until we start to realise who made her the way she is today. She's one violent cookie though and her violent streak, in part, is what attracts Rory to her but he also sees her vulnerability and decides that he will be the man to save her. Rory was a dream of a character though and I loved his story.

Storm and Booker added an interesting mix into this storyline and I am left wondering if we will get more from this delicious duo in the future.

All of the usual gang are present in this instalment and the syndicate family is continually reinforced throughout the book. Yes, they are Mafia but they are all so loveable that you put aside their hard edges in order to welcome them into your hearts.

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5 Star Review: A Change in Tide (Northern Lights, #1) by Freya Barker

Monday, 10 April 2017 No comments
A Change in Tide (Northern Lights, #1)A Change in Tide by Freya Barker
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Yet another wonderfully poignant story by Freya Barker.

With an overall more timid but no less thought-provoking feel to it, A Change in Tide carries readers along a wave of emotion as you experience Mia’s struggles with PTSD and the daily, painful reminders of the life she once lived.

When ex-hockey star Jared moves into a lakeside house, he does so in the hope that following his retirement from the sport that he loved, he’ll be afforded the space and tranquillity to reflect on his future. Jared’s has lived his life to the fullest with fame, money and women aplenty but now he finds himself wanting something totally different out of life and new neighbour, Mia, unwittingly holds the key to his future.

5 Stars Review: Unscrupulous (The Manhattanites #1) by Avery Aster

Monday, 3 April 2017 No comments
Unscrupulous (The Manhattanites, #1)Unscrupulous by Avery Aster
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

ARC provided courtesy of Avery Aster in return for an honest review.

Who wouldn't love this book. It has a big daddy, an anaconda and vajazzling and no I've not been drinking and mixing up my porn and wildlife programmes!!!

Set in a world of fashion and high end living, this book quickly sweeps you along into a lifestyle most could only dream off. Taddy Brill is a stunning wealthy socialite and add in Warner Truman, with the physique of an American footballer, and the scene is set for a hot, sexy, dirty and above all else, loveable storyline. Both self-made millionaires, they work hard and play even harder.

The supporting cast is fabulous especially Kiki, Taddy's Mormon executive assistant who's naivety and innocence results in extremely entertaining situations.

Taddy’s besties come in the form of Vive, Lex and Blake all of whom have an interesting story to tell in their own right. I’d love to explore a relationship between Vive and Warner’s brother, Sheldon. Now that would be explosive!!!! Although, books could spin off from any of the supporting cast as they are all equally delicious.

This book takes you from Manhattan to St Barth’s and the South of France for the Cannes film festival so hold on to your seats, sip your champagne and enjoy the ride.

If you love your erotic romance mixed with humour and a splash of quirkiness then this book is for you.


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2 Star Review: Unsaid (The Manhattanites #3) by Avery Aster

Wednesday, 29 March 2017 No comments
Unsaid (The Manhattanites, #3)Unsaid by Avery Aster
My rating: 2 of 5 stars


After reading and loving XO, Blake and the rest of the Manhattanites and Undergrad Years series from Avery Aster, I couldn't wait to get my hands on Unsaid. With Blake at the helm of this book, I was expecting an explosiveness that only he and Miguel could cook up after years of ignoring their feelings for one another.

Now freshly divorced, but still carrying around the baggage Diego so kindly bestowed upon him, Blake is reluctant to move on with his life romantically, that is until his friends step in. With Thor and Vive plotting and planning what could go wrong? But it's the plan which proves to be the downfall in this story as Miguel steps in to be the Dom to service Blake and his Seven Desires.

I loved the connection between Blake and Miguel but this story took their connection to a whole new level as BDSM/erotic activities set precedence over their emotions as Miguel willingly punishes Blake both for personal reasons and also to meet the demands of his seven desires. Miguel, still feeling rejected by Blake, questions whether he is the man, or the Dom, to fulfil Blake's desires. Mostly written in jest, Blake suddenly realises that Thor and Vive have set the seven desires in motion.

For me this is where the story turned a corner that it couldn't return from. I have read and enjoyed BDSM themed books and erotica but in order to be a success they have to be carefully balanced in order to avoid going down a path which loses the emotional or romantic depth of the book and that's exactly what happened here. The themes, which we were forewarned about at the start of the book do actually take place, so if they are likely to offend you don't read the book. For me, whilst taking Blake a step nearer to Miguel and a possible lifelong romantic connection, they completely spoiled the book and the story. I hate to say it but I loathed the storyline mapped out for Blake and Miguel. For two fun loving characters, ok albeit one being a Dom, the scenes were completely unnecessary and not what I was looking for in this series. I hoped that the fisting, golden shower and other bodily fluid exchanges would be inferred rather than graphically portrayed but sadly I was wrong and they simply did not sit right with the story or the series to date, in my opinion. This isn't a criticism of the book or the author, I'm simply stating that this story just wasn't for me. The fun loving characters were lost and the future of the series was darkened and possibly irreparable for me.

There were highs in this story and it picked up its pace when Miguel, Blake and Diego came together but it was over too quickly as we finally got answers to what Diego had done to cause Blake's anxiety. We also had plenty of Lex, Vive, Thor, and Taddy in this book as they strangely all had a story to tell despite this being primarily Blake's book. I have to agree with other reviewers though, I couldn't see how you could read this story without having read the preceding books despite the character cast list at the start of the book.

So, Blake's story has been told and despite my intention not to finish this book, I made it to the end and whilst the unsavoury scenes spoiled the book for me, I got to enjoy the rest of the cast as they continue to experience life as only they can!

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4 Star Review: Shutter Speed (Snapshot, #0.5) by Freya Barker

Tuesday, 28 March 2017 No comments
Shutter Speed (Snapshot, #0.5)Shutter Speed by Freya Barker
My rating: 4 of 5 stars


This prequel sets the scene nicely for what is to come from the Snapshot series.

I love that Isla is a REAL person and not a glossed up character. With her, what you see if what you get. That said, she has personality in bucket loads and that compliments Ben's quiet, broody personality perfectly.

I can't wait to read Freeze Frame.

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5 Star Review: Undressed (The Manhattanites #2) by Avery Aster

Sunday, 26 March 2017 No comments
Undressed (The Manhattanites, #2)Undressed by Avery Aster
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Another great read from Avery Aster in the Manhattanites series. The story was hot, hot, hot with a side serving of naughtiness.

Based around Lex Easton, daughter of the late rock God Eddie Easton, Lex and her crazy mother Birdie try to create a success of their fashion business Easton Essentials. The only problem, they need a certain Prince to be amenable with the Girasoli fabrics Lex needs for her fashion show. Following a trip to Italy,Lex meets Masi, the man she named her vibrator after. After an initial naked meeting with the Prince she falls fast and hard for his "charms" and sets about seducing him, and securing the fabric she desperately needs.

The supporting cast in the form of Jemma, Luigi and Rocco provides the menage entertainment for those liking for some additional steaminess.

This romance/erotic romance is only suitable for mature readers who revel in feeding their smuttiness alongside their romance.

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4 Star Review: The Deep End (Honey #1) by Kristen Ashley

Thursday, 9 March 2017 No comments
The Deep End (Honey, #1)The Deep End by Kristen Ashley
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I'll be honest, I started this book with trepidation but I can honestly say that I did enjoy the story, especially Amelie and Olivier's connection and their special story and bond.

I love all of KA's books but surprisingly, this is the first that I've actually "read"; being an Audible fan of KA's work up to now. What I dislike with a passion though is BDSM themed books and so this was going to be a real challenge for me to read and, even more so, to enjoy but I put my trust in KA and I'm glad that I did.

4 Star Review: Ghost (Boston Underworld, #3) by A. Zavarelli

Wednesday, 22 February 2017 No comments
Ghost (Boston Underworld, #3)Ghost by A. Zavarelli
My rating: 4 of 5 stars


Another great instalment in this truly amazing series.

I have loved each and every story but this one had a slightly different feel to it from the previous books. Focussing solely on Alexei, a Russian, and Talia, the slave girl that he saves, this book feels more insular in its approach and whilst this is not a negative aspect to the book, it does demonstrate a more segregated feel to the story.

Alexei is a dream of a male protagonist though and when his secret is revealed you warm to him even more. Talia is troubled and has every right to be, her pain is visceral and her actions heartbreaking but with Alexei at her side, she is forced to live, day by day, and towards a possible HEA.

A highly recommended and well-written series for readers who love stories about organised crime and who can stomach their brutal actions.

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5+++ Star Review: Breaking Giants by LM Halloran

Breaking GiantsBreaking Giants by L.M. Halloran
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Phew, another revisit, via audiobook this time, and another gaping hole left in my heart by Julian Ashburn.

#RecommendedRead

5+++ Stars

It's hard for me to express in words just how much I loved this story. From a tentative acceptance to review a book from an unknown author to complete and total love for the story is relatively unheard of but for me, Breaking Giants is one of the closest books to rival my love for SC Stephens’ Thoughtless series.

If I ever wanted to hug the life out of an author, and a book, then this would be it! The developing story between Julian Ashburn and Rose Cunningham may just have ruined me and my love of rock star romance stories for life. Their carefully constructed story is full of painful reminders of why love is hard and trust is even harder.

5 Star Review: Every Little Thing (Hart's Boardwalk, #2) by Samantha Young

Sunday, 19 February 2017 No comments
Every Little Thing (Hart's Boardwalk, #2)Every Little Thing by Samantha Young
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

There's something inherently comforting about being back on Hart's Boardwalk.

This series returns with its second book and this time readers are treated to more from the sizzling but unrequited romance between Hart’s Boardwalk’s own princess, Bailey Hartwell, and the businessman she more than likes to clash with, Vaughn Tremaine.

Bailey has been with her boyfriend for 10 years now and despite having the feeling of settling for him rather than truly loving him, she continues her relationship with him, that is until she witnesses the unimaginable. What stuns Bailey more is her indifference to her breakup. Feeling more angry and embarrassed than broken and emotional, Bailey does what she always does and buries herself in her work all whilst being supported by her friends; Jess, Emery and Dahlia, oh and of course Cooper.