Review: Treasured by Thursday

Sunday, 15 December 2019 No comments
Treasured by Thursday Treasured by Thursday by Catherine Bybee
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Threats from beyond the grave!

Aww, the end of the thoroughly enjoyable Weekday Brides series has arrived and I’m sad to have reached its conclusion. Each story has been amazing and I've completely fallen in love with all the characters that I’ve met along the way.

Treasured by Thursday is written almost as if it is part two of the preceding instalment, Seduced by Sunday, as poor Gabriella Masini realises that her problems did not end with her husband’s death.

When billionaire Hunter Blackwell approaches Alliance it’s with an ulterior motive. When he meets with Gabi as part of his assessment to become an Alliance client, he is stunned when this feisty woman rejects his application. Knowing that he has to do everything he can to secure a bride, and fast, he does his own background check on Gabi and finds one or two useful things hiding in Gabi’s closet. With blackmail his last resort and a large sum of money on offer, Hunter forces Gabi’s hand and she begrudgingly accepts his request and takes him on as a client, and a husband. Not wanting to ask for her family’s help to sort out her problems once again, Gabi realises that she must meet Hunter’s demands in order to find the time to discover a way out of what appears to be certain prison time for her.

With a cleverly constructed contract in her hand, Gabi accepts Hunter’s proposal and despite the many problems they could face if the marriage falls apart, the pair get married. Hunter is unaware of Gabi’s marital past but soon starts to see the signs of her fragile state of mind as she becomes unravelled at the drop of a hat. Gabi is determined to move on with her life with ex-husband Alonso dead and buried but her emotional wellbeing is still being affected by the demons he firmly placed inside her mind.

With active off-shore accounts needing to be investigated and an insurance policy which appears to have been fraudulently claimed following Alonso’s death, poor Gabi’s problems seen to be spiralling out of control once again.

Despite the terms of their marriage, both Hunter and Gabi quickly come to realise that they may have misjudged each other and they soon start to enjoy one another’s company. With time they become intimately involved and knowing that this could further complicate their agreement, they start to open up to one another about what was really behind their reasons to marry.

With Hunter’s private investigator unearthing more problems than Hunter and Gabi could ever imagine, their problems quickly come to a head as the drug lord that Alonso Picano worked for comes to reclaim his money. As expected, Gabi’s friends and their husbands quickly come to her aid but soon realise that they are dealing with a very serious threat to Gabi’s life.

This was once again an extremely well-written and well thought out suspenseful storyline. I will miss each and every character from this series and I am sure that I will dip back into these books in the future. The audiobooks were particularly enjoyable and a particular highlight for me. Tanya Eby did an amazing job of narrating this series and brought the characters to life perfectly.

Catherine Bybee is definitely my 2019 author find of the year.


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Review: Ninth House

Friday, 13 December 2019 No comments
Ninth House Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo
My rating: 0 of 5 stars

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Wednesday, 11 December 2019 No comments


Title: Edge of Reason (Arrow’s Edge MC Series, #1) Author: Freya Barker Genre: Romantic Suspense ReleaseDate: December 9th


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Book Description:

Brotherhood and beer meets single mom and apple pie.

I am a riding contradiction. 
A scholar, a cynic, a brother, and a biker.

My name is Trunk.
I’m smart enough to recognize the chip on my shoulder, and cautious enough to keep it right where it is. 

I am a misguided romantic.
A mom, a daughter, an agent, and a survivor

My name is Jaimie. 
I’m strong enough to look after my family alone, and too stubborn to accept I don’t have to.

We make an odd couple—our differences obvious—but when hatred and danger threatens to destroy everything of value in our lives, we only get stronger. 
Together.

Review: Seduced by Sunday

Seduced by Sunday Seduced by Sunday by Catherine Bybee
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

So much for R&R...

Just when you didn’t think the complex suspense element in this series couldn’t get any better, bam, we’re thrust into a drug trafficking drama. The individual book covers and story titles may lead you into thinking that this series is about gently evolving love stories between the key protagonists but the stories behind the romance are so much more than you could expect.

The suspense element is compelling and extremely well thought out. Starting each book you know there will be drama but you have no idea at the start of the story exactly what you will find. The one common denominator that you can rely on though is the whole Weekday Brides group and their husbands who are, as always, on hand to support whoever is the next unsuspecting victim of love.

This story is about Meg, or Margaret Rosenthal to give her her full title. With Michael Wolfe, a Holywood star, at her side, she sets off for an exclusive holiday on a secure island which boasts a paparazzi-free zone, or so they think. When Michael and Meg arrive at Sapore di Amore they are looking forward to a week of R&R, all whilst Meg assesses the resort for future Alliance honeymoons. When they arrive they are met by the owner, Valentino “Val” Masini, and his sister, Gabriella “Gabi” Masini. After an initial battle with Val over being cleared to stay at the exclusive resort, Meg arrives fully prepared to give the Val hell, until she lands eyes on him. Both Meg and Michael are stunned by Val’s good looks and Meg knows she is in trouble, especially as her role on the island is to keep Michael’s secret intact.

When mysterious pictures start emerging, Val knows there has been a security breach but when the pictures start to become more revealing and involve Michael and Meg, the group bands together to find out exactly who is targeting them and why. At this point, Val finds out for himself exactly who Meg really is as she contacts her ex-marine friends and starts her own investigations, especially as Michael’s secret lover is on the island.

Things take a more sinister turn though when Gabi’s life is put in danger and it takes every one of Meg’s Weekday Brides friends to help to rescue Gabi. Their investigations take them to Italy and its many winemaking regions before it starts to become clear to the trio of Michael, Meg and Val just how much danger Gabi is really in.

This story was a lot more complex than the others, but that’s certainly not a detrimental comment about the preceding instalments. This book is just so much more rewarding to a reader seeking a really good romantic suspense story. What I love about the female characters, in particular, is that they are all strong in their own way despite, or maybe because of, what has happened to them en route towards their own HEAs. Whilst this story is predominately about Meg’s developing relationship with Val, it clearly sets up Gabi’s story and sadly, that’s the last instalment in what has been a surprisingly entertaining and extremely well-written series. If you have not read anything by this author before, I recommend that you rectify that and soon. Pick a series and start from book one, you won’t be disappointed.

Once again, this unabridged book is available to read/listen to for free if you have a Kindle Unlimited subscription.

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Review: The Endless Beach

Tuesday, 10 December 2019 No comments
The Endless Beach The Endless Beach by Jenny Colgan
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Mure and its inhabitants have stolen my heart!

After a bit of a slow start, I really warmed up to this story and its characters. Set on a beautiful Scottish island called Mure, it's everything you could ever want from a peaceful island existence. Being a remote island though, it's all about knowing your neighbours and it's clear that your neighbours clearly know all about you, as Flora and the other characters in the story can attest to!

Having not read the start of Joel and Flora's journey together, I did find it a little difficult to connect with Joel and felt that I was missing much from when he and Flora initially got together. This book starts with them having some relationship problems and this gave me the immediate impression that Joel was cold and dismissive of poor Flora and her feelings. By the end of the story, it became clear that I couldn't have been more wrong about Joel, I’m pleased to say.

This book came across a little disjointed initially because it has two, very distinct, storylines both of which packed a powerful punch. First, we have Joel and Flora, and the problems they are facing in connection to Joel's boss, Coltan, the man due to marry Flora's brother Fintan. Then, we have the story of Saif, the island's refugee GP and his long-lost children which he is reunited with. My interest in the two storylines seemed to lean towards Saif and his struggles with being reunited with his children and suddenly becoming a single father in a strange country rather than Joel and Flora's issues but all the characters stories come together towards the end of the book, thanks in part to the close-knit community of Mure.

This is the first book of the author's that I've read in a long time. I was expecting a fluffy chick-lit storyline but this was altogether something more. It was a more rounded storyline, it had depth, possibilities, struggles, drama, and heartbreak. After struggling to embrace the story initially, it left me in tears, both from sadness and happiness, by the book's conclusion.

All of the characters in the story were almost rendered insignificant though but one little girl: Agot. Her passion for life was palpable and the way she immediately bonded with Saif's son, Ash, was incredibly sweet. As was the way she responded to the pain and suffering experienced by other characters.

If the story isn't enough, readers are also rewarded with some of the delicious recipes mentioned during the storyline but once again, Agot stole the show with the last inclusion in the book - the loyalty card that she designed is proudly displayed on the last page.

All in all, this is a highly recommended story and one which will take you on an emotional ride through the highs and lows of the characters of the tiny island of Mure.

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

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Review: An Island Christmas

Monday, 9 December 2019 No comments
An Island Christmas An Island Christmas by Jenny Colgan
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

A poignant Christmas story

This book seems to have two titles: “An Island Christmas” or “Christmas on the Island”, but in essence, it’s the third whole book in the delightful Mure series.

Who doesn’t love a romantic story based on a small island? With its quaint way of life, Mure, a remote island off Scotland, has a warm and relaxed feel to it despite the cold and blustery feel to this particular instalment. We’ve met the characters and we’ve witnessed their many woes to date and now through An Island Christmas, we get to see everything wrapped up in time for the holidays. The characters are the same, the trials and tribulations are the same and yet there is hope for some of the characters, at least, who have been living their lives on the cusp of happiness.

This story is not a standalone story but instead follows on from a number of tales carried through from the previous instalments; some happy, some sad and some incredibly painful. You need to witness each and every different pathway through this series to be able to fully embrace the different conclusions found in this book. Joel and Flora continue along what seems to be an unlikely path towards their HEA, Lorna and Saif dance around each other’s emotions all whilst Saif wonders if he will ever see his wife again, and Fintan and Colton try to come to terms with what will transpire between them. Add in Agot for a much-needed dose of humour and you have a well-balanced story.

For me, parts of this book worked and parts simply didn’t. I struggled through the first part of the book as it felt as if nothing had changed from previous instalments. The book seems to favour Flora’s story and yet I just could relate to her relationship, if you could call it that, with Joel. Fintan and Colton broke my heart and yet, it was Lorna and Saif’s story that this instalment cried out for. Sadly, there was very little about Lorna and Saif and every time their story picked up pace, the writing once again deviated towards another character. Because of the number of different directions this book took, the story came across as being very disjointed. Yes, I loved the characters but I wanted more from each of them rather than a brief blend of each of their storylines.

It was the last third of the book that really held onto me and painfully didn’t let go. I wouldn’t recommend reading the ending in public as I did because there were lots of tears as the inevitable finally happens and Colton’s journey takes an altogether different direction. Flora and Lorna’s stories also picked up momentum but there was still more to be told where Saif and Lorna are concerned.

All in all, this was an okay telling of what should have been a fabulous book and whilst I loved it, I felt that it could have been so much better. I hate it when a story ends with unfinished business and I have no idea if the questions left unanswered will ever be addressed.


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Review: Taken by Tuesday

Taken by Tuesday Taken by Tuesday by Catherine Bybee
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Another bodyguard hit

I thought this series may have started to run out of steam as the days progressed but that is definitely not the case. Each story is unique and can be read as a standalone but readers will benefit from reading the series in book order to be able to really appreciate and understand the characters and their personal involvement in each story.

For Taken by Tuesday it’s Judy’s turn to shine. Sister of actor Michael Wolf/Gardner and Zach Gardner, Judy became known to readers when Mike and his then-wife, Karen, visited the Gardner home and found themselves embroiled in a kidnapping plot. During this time, Judy finds herself helping Rick, Neil’s bodyguard and ex-marine friend, to find the evidence needed to clear Zach and Karen. Their close promixity sparks that inevitable flame as the two find themselves immediately attracted to one another.

With Judy set to start college, Rick decides that he needs to give her time to complete her degree without any distractions but when her graduation looms, Rick knows it’s now or never where his feelings for Judy are concerned. When Judy decides to take up an internship at an architectural firm in LA and decides, along with BFF Meg, to stay at Michael’s house, Rick knows that nothing will stand in his way where his feelings for Judy are concerned.

With Judy playing hard to get and Rick being determined to win over her emotions, the two entertain readers with a very romantic dance around one another. All seems to be going well if a tad slowly, until Judy’s life is placed in danger and Rick becomes the prime suspect. As expected, the whole of the Weekday Brides gang pulls together to come to help Judy and to clear Rick’s name.

This was another highly entertaining storyline. I do love the bodyguard stories so, after Neil’s book, I was delighted to see Rick’s was story had also been written. Judy was a sweet character and despite being relatively innocent, having lived in a quiet town all of her life, she was also a decidedly strong female and not one to be broken, fortunately. As expected, this story leads onto Meg’s, Judy’s BFF, but Meg is heading outside of the Weekday Brides family for her love interest.

This is definitely an easy to read/listen to series and one which is perfectly narrated by Tany Eby.

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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: Love, in English

Tuesday, 26 November 2019 No comments
Love, in English Love, in English by Karina Halle
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Oh wow, this book was amazing and another masterpiece by Karina Halle.

A standalone book with a HEA, isn't that what everyone secretly loves!!!

This tells the story of Vera, lost in her own life and looking for happiness. When she decides to travel to Spain for an English speaking course little did she know, or expect, that she would fall in love.

Enter the gorgeous Mateo, ex professional footballer and now a businessman looking to improve his conversational English, he signs up to the same course and his path crosses with Vera and he is immediately swept away by her beauty, tattoos and vibrancy.

Right from the start the two realise they are attracted to each other but Mateo is married with a child and Vera is unwilling to be the cause of a marriage breakup.

After weeks together though, Mateo and Vera struggle to fight their feelings for one another and their affair starts.

“Love is like a thief, it robs you of all thought and logic, and all you have left is a heart that you can only pray is strong enough to survive the rest.”


The story continues with Mateo and Vera facing ups and downs in their lives but will they ever find true happiness together or separately?

I loved this book so much. Despite the cheating aspect, it is a heartwarming story of love overcoming all.


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Review: Dirty Angels

Monday, 25 November 2019 No comments
Dirty Angels Dirty Angels by Karina Halle
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I always said I was team Javier and this book demonstrates why this man, this bad, bad man, is just so damn loveable.

Time has moved since Ellie left Javier behind and now running his cartel without a love interest to distract him, he is back to his cold blooded ways. He is still plotting and planning in order to extend his empire and to do that he needs to control the lucrative shipping lane known as the Ephedra. This lane is currently under the control of Salvador Reyes though and Javier targets his weakness, or so he thinks, his wife, Luisa.

Luisa has been living a poor life, working to support her frail parents when she catches Salvador's attention whilst working in Cabo Cocktails. Knowing that her family would be taken care of if she accepts his marriage proposal she reluctantly agrees to become his wife but assuming that he will take care of her and protect her she is horrified when she becomes his toy as he abuses, debases and humiliates her by sharing her amongst his men. When she attempts to make a break for her freedom though and is kidnapped, little does she expect to fall into the arms, and bed, of Javier Bernal.

Salvador has 7 days to reply to Javier's ransom demands but during that time, Javier becomes enamoured by Luisa's strength and beauty.

The story continues with Javier and Luisa slowly falling for each other but knowing they can never be together, Luisa knows she will either be returned to Salvador or killed.

I loved this book so much. Having been a fan of the Artists Trilogy and pretty much everything else Karina Halle has written this for me was a perfect way to end the Christmas holidays. This was face paced and dark and brought to life the cruelties and horrors of the narcos and their lives. A brilliant book.

I can't wait to read Alana's story, Javier's sister is bound to have an exciting tale to tell!!!



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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.


Review: The Boy, The Mole, The Fox and The Horse by Charlie Mackesy

The Boy, The Mole, The Fox and The HorseThe Boy, The Mole, The Fox and The Horse by Charlie Mackesy
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Such a gorgeous book. The words and sentiments are inspirational and the hand drawn images and calligraphy are incredibly beautiful. I want to buy this book for everyone I know. It’s a little bit of magic to hold close when the storm clouds come rolling in ❤️


Review: Doing It Over by Catherine Bybee

Doing It Over (Most Likely To, #1)Doing It Over by Catherine Bybee
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Another amazing story. I loved the dynamic between Wyatt & Melanie and little Hope. There were some tense moments with this story, just to keep my nerves on edge, but it was still a great read. Free to listen via KU.




Available Now: Tacker by Sawyer Bennett

Tuesday, 5 November 2019 No comments


Tacker (Arizona Vengeance, Book #5)

Sawyer Bennett

Release Date: November 5, 2019




Synopsis:


I am not okay.

Fifteen months ago, my life was turned upside down when the plane I was piloting went down. Injured and trapped in the wreckage, I had to watch my fiancée die a painfully slow death, which is something that can really mess with your head.

Since that day, I’ve had little desire to do much of anything. Except play hockey, that is. Because that is the one place where the bad memories are banished and I can escape my pain.

But off the ice, I’m spiraling out of control. Losing the grip on my life and putting myself and my career in danger. Now, thanks to a string of bad decisions, I’ve been ordered to complete therapy in order to stay on the team.

The problem? Nora Wayne, my beautiful and somewhat unconventional therapist. I can’t buy into the brand of happy clappy crap this woman is feeding me. What could she possibly understand about the type of loss that I’ve suffered? How does she know anything about finding happiness after losing the most important person in your life?

Turns out, I’ve got a lot to learn, and she’s just the person I need to break through those walls I’ve erected.

I am not okay.
But for the first time in a long time, I know that I will be.

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5 Star Review: Tacker (Arizona Vengeance, #5) by Sawyer Bennett

Friday, 1 November 2019 No comments

This series has been my be-all and end-all since the very beginning. I have loved each and every story and each and every character but there was always one player that stood out from the crowd crying for his story to be told. That character is Tacker. He is the dysfunctional but loveable team-mate who tragically lost his fiancee when the plane he was flying crashed. Until now we did not know the full story, just the tragic conclusion from what should have been the build-up to Tacker’s happiest day of his life.

With Tacker practically reaching the pinnacle of his self-destructive actions, his team and friends step in with an ultimatum. He has to speak to a counsellor, something Tacker has always avoided not wishing to re-live those fateful and incredibly painful moments again, or he is off the team. As expected, Tacker’s first experience of talking to a counsellor doesn’t go well and it’s not long before he’s back in team owner Dominik Carlson’s office asking for another recommendation. It’s at that point that Dominik suggests Nora Wayne.


Nora runs an alternative therapy service which focuses on healing and recovery. Working out of her ranch, Nora uses horses alongside her therapist skills mainly on children to encourage them to heal and re-engage with society rather than, in some cases, ending up in juvenile detention.


When Tacker arrives at Nora’s ranch, he immediately comes across a scuffed cowboy boot-wearing woman who is working with a young boy. Watching them together, Tacker is immediately intrigued by this mysterious woman and despite knowing that she may not be able to help him, finds himself attracted by what she has to offer.


Tacker finds Nora’s therapy style bluntly honest yet refreshing. Nora’s right-hand man, Raul, whilst gruff in demeanour, also starts to warm to Tacker until he realises that Tacker and Nora start to have feelings for one another. Between the two of them, Nora and Raul give Tacker what he needs and that is a distraction from his own life and unending thoughts of his fiancee.


When Tacker finds out that Nora’s business needs all the help it can get, the team immediately steps in and does what it can to assist by both providing labour and also much-needed funds and before long, Nora is one firmly one of the Vengeance family.


Not without her own problems and tragic past, Nora opens up to Tacker about her own upbringing and the path she took to become the woman she is today. It’s by revealing how she recovered from incredible pain that Tacker comes to realise that maybe Nora does understand what he is going through and the pair soon become close.


Tacker, as expected, struggles to come to terms with his growing feelings for Nora. Ranging between anger and guilt, he finds himself facing a new battle but this time it’s a battle that he can win, with time.


This story is so brutally honest and painful it literally hurts to read it. The story is wounded by its own conscience and yet refreshingly thought-provoking. Heartstrings are stretched to capacity and just when you think they will snap, you find them being gently caressed back to life with the heart-warming story that is borne from the tragedy of Tacker’s accident.


Whilst I was desperate for Tacker’s story, I am so pleased to see that there is so much more to come from the Arizona Vengeance team and especially it’s enigmatic owner, Dominik Carlson. Will the man who has everything be able to win the battle for the one thing he desires, Willow Monahan. Only time will tell.


Release date: 5th November 2019


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Blog Tour: Broken Knight by LJ Shen

Wednesday, 21 August 2019 No comments
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"Everyone needs to read this book. "- Harloe Rae, USA Today bestselling author.


Broken Knight, an all new standalone about first loves, betrayal and loss from USA Today bestselling author L.J. Shen, is available now!


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Not all love stories are written the same way. Ours had torn chapters, missing paragraphs, and a bittersweet ending.
Luna Rexroth is everyone’s favorite wallflower.
Sweet.
Caring.
Charitable.
Quiet.
Fake.
Underneath the meek, tomboy exterior everyone loves (yet pities) is a girl who knows exactly what, and who, she wants—namely, the boy from the treehouse who taught her how to curse in sign language.
Who taught her how to laugh.
To live.
To love.
Knight Cole is everyone’s favorite football hero.
Gorgeous.
Athletic.
Rugged.
Popular.
Liar.
This daredevil hell-raiser could knock you up with his gaze alone, but he only has eyes for the girl across the street: Luna.
But Luna is not who she used to be. She doesn’t need his protection anymore.
When life throws a curveball at All Saints’ golden boy, he’s forced to realize not all knights are heroes.
Sometimes, the greatest love stories flourish in tragedy.

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Excerpt:
Right now I wanted to just be here in silence with my best friend. And somehow, I don’t know how, but Luna sensed it. So we sat there for what felt like two hours but was probably a lot less, until I opened my eyes again. Her eyes were closed, too. I watched her for a while.
When she opened her eyes, it felt like she took something away from me.
“Let’s jump,” she said.
“I’m quite fond of my limbs, Moonshine.”
“Stop being such a big baby.”
“Big, quarterback baby who just finished a football season in one piece and would like to keep all his body parts intact.”
She crawled out of the treehouse and settled on the branch. It was thick, but I doubted it could carry my muscular ass for more than a few seconds before snapping. I rolled my eyes and settled next to her. She slipped her hand in mine.
“Three, two, one.”
It was a short, sweet way down.

Review: Wake Up

Saturday, 10 August 2019 No comments
Wake Up Wake Up by Jade C. Jamison
My rating: 0 of 5 stars

I've never felt so flat after finishing a book as I did with this one. I LOVE Nicki Sosebee and her ongoing investigations were just what I was looking for in this next instalment but the reason for the escalation in her investigations was not!

This was a very emotional book which, to be frank, made me want to stop reading it after the first few pages but I saw it through to its conclusion and whilst I found some pleasure in the story, one big part nearly broke me SPOILER [ I may be alone but killing off one of the main characters without any hint of a faked death or such like has left me wondering how this series can continue.END SPOILER And, to top things off, it ended on a cliff-hanger.

Sadly, this instalment was very brief and didn't satisfy my NS addiction.

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Cover Reveal: Broken Knight by LJ Shen

Wednesday, 7 August 2019 No comments



“Not all love stories are written in the same way.
Ours had torn chapters, missing paragraphs, and a bittersweet ending.” 

Broken Knight, the highly anticipated new standalone in the All Saints High series from USA Today bestselling author L.J. Shen is coming August 25th, and we have the red-hot cover!

 


Luna Rexroth is everyone’s favorite wallflower.
Sweet.
Caring.
Charitable.
Quiet.
Fake.

See, under the meek, tomboy exterior everyone loves yet pities is a girl who knows exactly what – and who – she wants.
Namely, the boy from the treehouse, who taught her how to curse in sign language.
Who taught her how to laugh.
To live.
To love.

Knight Cole is everyone’s favorite football hero.
Gorgeous.
Athletic.
Jagged.
Popular.
Liar.

See, the daredevil hellraiser could knock you up with his gaze alone, but only has eyes for the girl across the street.
But Luna is not who she used to be. She doesn’t need his protection anymore.
When life throws a curveball at All Saints’ golden boy, he is forced to realize that not all heroes are knights.
Sometimes, the greatest love stories could flourish amidst the worst tragedies.



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New Release: Wicked Angel from Sawyer Bennett

Tuesday, 6 August 2019 No comments


Wicked Angel (Wicked Horse Vegas, Book #6)
Sawyer Bennett
Release Date: August 6, 2019



Synopsis:
First there was pain, and now there is just… nothing. No one can ever understand the losses I’ve suffered. A solitary existence that consists of my work and the empty house that serves as a constant reminder of all I have lost.


After months of paralyzing emptiness, I turn to The Wicked Horse so I can feel something. Anything, really. Any shred of emotion that will explain why I’m still here. Any justification for why my life was spared and theirs were not.

It’s all in vain. Not even the debauchery of the notorious sex club can fill the hollowness that consumes me.

Until she walks in.

Absolutely perfect. Gorgeous and bends to my will. Gives me her body willingly, while expecting nothing more from me than the pleasure I offer her. And the more she gives, the more I find myself wanting to take.

Wanting to crawl out of my personal hell for this wicked angel.

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5+++ Star Review: A Pack of Love and Hate by Olivia Wildenstein

Wednesday, 31 July 2019 No comments



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This series has quickly sky-rocketed to one of my all-time favourites. All three books have been fast-paced and captured the story of shifter love, life and rivalry perfectly, in my opinion. The characters are all memorable and with a delicious love triangle, you can’t help but want to be in Ness’ shoes, or rather, paws!

Whilst the first book made you fall in love with Liam Kolane, books 2 and 3 endeared you to August Watt. I didn’t think anyone could rival Liam for my affections but I do believe I ended up wishing and hoping Ness had a HEA with August. When there’s a choice is between youth and experience, who would you choose?

As expected, this instalment prepares you for the battle of all battles as Liam and Ness prepare to take on the Creek Alpha and her loathsome second. Liam wants Ness all to himself whilst he’s training her but will her feelings for August be too much for her to bear or will Liam find a way to break their bond.

I have to admit to reading this book rather more tentatively than others. I was turning each page with dread as I feared for the worst for the characters that I have come to love. When the battle finally came around, I could hardly manage to open my eyes as I was convinced that the author was going to literary (get it!!!) kill me with this story.

These books are amazingly well written and Olivia Wildenstein has definitely left me wanting more from her talented writing and storytelling skills. If you love shifter stories, or even if you don’t, you really don’t want to miss this series and this author’s wolfish writing. What’s next, hmmm there appears to be a mention of feathers on the wind.


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




FALLEN SAINT IS NOW LIVE!

Sunday, 14 July 2019 No comments


FALLEN SAINT IS NOW LIVE!

Grab your copy NOW!



Release date: July 14th 2019

Series: All The Pretty Things Trilogy, Volume Two
Genre: Dark Romance
Cover Designer: Sommer Stein— Perfect Pear Creative Covers


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