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


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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