Review: Ruckus

Monday, 27 February 2017 No comments
Ruckus Ruckus by L.J. Shen
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The HotHoles are back with Dean & Rosie’s story!

There is something so questionable about these characters and yet I am still drawn to them. Vicious lived up to his name and now it’s time to find out if Ruckus lives up to his.

With the story going back and forth over the span of approx. 11 years, we get to see the early interactions between Rosie and Dean, Dean’s subsequent relationship with Rose’s sister, Millie, and now, in the present day, what life is like for Rosie and Dean living under the same roof but at the same time emotionally miles apart.

Rosie is still battling her illness and despite her parents’ wishes she is determined to maintain her independence and to continue living in New York. Dean’s pursual of her is relentless and appears purely sexual and it’s something that just makes Rosie dislike him even more. Yes, her heart has belonged to him since they were young, but now she sees him for what he is and that’s a manwhore.

Dean being Dean continues to do what he does best and that’s drink, drugs and sex but at the same time, continues try to make Rosie realise that they were destined to be together. Not without his own fare share of problems in this book, Dean hides his pain and suffering behind his bravado and when things get really dark for him, there’s only one person to save him from his suffering but in return can he save Rosie from her life shortening illness?

Despite waiting ever so patiently to get my hands on Ruckus I found that Dean’s story fell a little flat for me. I found myself skimming over large parts of his story and only really enjoying the book when Dean and Rosie spend time together and that's when the story comes alive. Their connection, although initially tentative, soon becomes all consuming though and as their story progresses, I did find myself enjoying the book a little more. I just couldn’t connect with Dean overall though, sadly. I also did not enjoy the story swinging back a forth over the years as this came across a little unnecessary, and at times, repetitive. The first few pages of the book, and in particular LJ Shen’s penmanship, blew me away but sadly even her wonderful writing style did not heighten my enjoyment on this occasion. That said, the epilogue was particularly poignant and at least I finished the story on a high note.

This ebook was kindly provided by the author prior to release date in return for an honest and unbiased review.

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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.


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.

Review: Riot

Riot Riot by Tillie Cole
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

My rating is not just for this book, which was brutally epic, but for the Scarred Souls series as a whole. I don’t know where the idea came from for Tillie Cole to write a book about blood pits and gulags but it was brilliant.

With numbers in place of names for the main protagonists, the characters can get a little misleading at times but you soon fall into accepting these people by their numeric pseudonyms. This story features 152, a girl taken from a Russian orphanage into Georgian slavery. Now Arziani’s High Mona, she serves him and only him, but when Arziani needs a way to break the will of his champion fighter, 901, he does so by forcing him to take 152 on a nightly basis.

152 is fitted with a drugged bracelet which causes her indescribable pain until she is relieved of her suffering by 901. 901 resists Arziani’s intention to try and find his ultimate vulnerability but he struggles when he witnesses the pain and suffering experienced by 152. Deciding to take away her pain and to not become attached, 901 tries in vain to ignore his growing feelings for 152.

Whilst 901 fights and 152 suffers at the hands of Aziani, 152’s brother, Valentin, works with Luka and Zaal to rescue her and to once and for all end Arziani’s tyranny. Valentin, having killed Arziani’s sister, still has a score to settle and is more than relishing the task of bringing down Arziani and thus freeing those held in captivity, including his sister.

With one last battle on the horizon, Luka, Zaal and Valentin head to Georgia in order to rescue 152. Inessa, 152, and Ilya, 901, know nothing of their pasts, apart from their names revealed to them by Inessa’s chiri, Maya, but 152 dreams of a man with scars on his face but until she comes face to face with him she has no idea that it’s her long lost brother.

This series may sound unusual, and it is, but it is also a powerful story of love, survival and hope and one highly recommended, especially if you love your romance stories with a hard and unyielding edge to them.

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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.

Review: Lauren

Friday, 10 February 2017 No comments
Lauren Lauren by Leigh James
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

4.5 Stars

From billionaire CEOs, scientists, and mercenaries, this story really does have it all, and more.

Lauren is full of corporate espionage and is set inside of a billion dollar biomedical company. Lauren is a 25 yr old brilliant scientist with a new and innovative biomedical prototype which could revolutionise the diagnosis and treatment of patients but despite her brilliance, and her company’s security measures, her computer system is hacked and suddenly all that Lauren has been working for, for years, is under threat.

There is one man that Lauren can turn to for support, and protection, and that is Gabriel Betts but Gabe has more than his business interests in mind when it comes to Lauren. With Gabe working closely at her side, Lauren lowers her defences and starts to fall for his charms. Gabe is everything that Lauren needs and whilst together they face danger on a daily basis, they continue to grow close.

Whilst Lauren and Gabe’s developing relationship was endearing, especially how Gabe treats Lauren’s inability to stop working long enough to fall in love, the book’s strength lies within the mystery and intrigue of Lauren’s skills as a scientist and what she must face in order to protect her business interests from outside parties. Despite protecting her prototype with everything she can, her business is suddenly the focus of two other companies: one that can be trusted, Gabe’s, and the other which is intent on taking over her business and acquiring control over the rights to her unique product.

Despite the science theme of this book, the story can easily be enjoyed by anyone looking for a good romantic suspense book. The world of R&D is opened up to readers and with it the understanding of the dangers involved when developing new products. There is also a side story developing between Lauren’s sister, Hannah and her bodyguard Wes that I can’t wait to read more about, especially as Hannah seems to be a key player in the next instalment.

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