These ‘about me’ sections, or even sections that inform you about blogs, have never been my forte. Much to my chagrin, I was never taught the unwritten rules of what you are supposed to say. The links at the side of the blog – Twitter and Goodreads, for example – are liable to tell you more than I could ever say in words.

Mostly, this will be a book blog. I read a lot, and I love to share my views on my most recent reads. I try to read a little bit of everything, but if you look closely you’ll notice I will occasionally become obsessed with one specific genre for a short period of time. Old books, new books, yet to be released books – I read them all. If you’re an author looking for advance readers or just wish for more reviews of a book you’ve already released, please feel free to contact me. There is a contact form at the side of my blog – if you scroll down below the Twitter and Goodreads sidebar you will find it – so drop me a message and I’ll be sure to get back to you in double time. After all, finding new authors is what makes the book world go around.

Thanks for taking your time to read this. With a little bit of luck, you will find my blog much more interesting than this mundane introductory section.

Friday, 8 December 2017

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Hot Shot by Karina Halle Release Date: January 2nd, 2017 Genre: Contemporary Romance Cover Design: Hang Le
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Delilah Gordon has a secret.
She’s been in love with her best friend and the boy next door, Fox Nelson, since she was six years old.
And while most of her friends and family know about her unrequited crush, the one person who remains oblivious is Fox himself. To Delilah, it’s better this way. She’d rather pretend that they’re just friends, even though her feelings for the moody rugged mountain man are anything but tame.
Fox Nelson has a secret too.
As a wildland firefighter or “hot shot,” Fox parachutes into danger every day he’s on the job, risking all to fight wildfires that threaten ranches, forests and thousands of lives. But while Fox’s job is only for the brave, inside he feels anything but. The more he grapples with his raging demons, the more he realizes Delilah is the only one who can put out the flames.
As the two friends grow closer – and more intimate – than ever before, the more complicated their relationship becomes.
And Delilah has one more secret to reveal.
A secret that will change both their lives…forever.
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Tuesday, 5 December 2017

Review: Impossible

Impossible Impossible by Julia Sykes
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Earlier this year I picked up Dark Lessons, the first book in the Subversive series. Whilst it works perfectly fine as a standalone novel, I found myself wanting more Julia Sykes. When I found out the Subversive series was a spin-off of the Impossible series, carrying on the Impossible series with known characters in Chicago, I knew which Julia Sykes books I would be picking up.

Thus, I went and brought the entire Impossible series.

Despite purchasing the entire series, I ended up reading other Julia Sykes books before diving into the Impossible series. Holden and Brandon are extensively re-written stories of the first two books in the Dark Grove Plantation series. Being such short reads, I was happy to dive into them when I had little time to read something much longer. I’m not usually the biggest lover of short stories, but I really enjoyed them both, which made me all the more excited to dive into the Impossible series. In fact, reading Holden and Brandon simply worked to bump the Impossible series even higher up my to-read list.

I’ll be completely honest by saying the book does take a while before it really gets moving. Although events are happening and you’re growing to enjoy the characters, the start of the book is rather slow. I was enjoying it, yes, but I was a bit impatient for things to start happening. For anyone who feels the same way, I beg you to hold out. Once things start to move, the story is wonderful.

From my handful of Julia Sykes books, I’ve reached the conclusion you can expect certain things. The characters will be a lot of fun with wonderful chemistry. The chemistry will lead to amazing steamy scenes. Later in the book the action will be really exciting. You may have to wait for the action, but the development of the characters and getting to know them certainly makes the wait worthwhile.

With Impossible, I came to love both of our main characters. I know Impossible started off as a single point of view, but I’m so glad it developed and became a dual point of view story. It was great to see events from both sides, especially later in the book when things really got moving, allowing us to see all that was going on.

Overall, I really enjoyed this one. It may have been a wee bit slow to begin, but I was addicted throughout. There is no doubt of me jumping into the rest of the Impossible series, as I cannot wait to find out more about the characters we were introduced to throughout this book.

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Review: Prey

Prey Prey by Julia Sykes
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Prey is a short story, sitting as book nine-point-five in the Impossible series. I found the story sitting at the end of my copy of Impossible, and despite telling myself to wait and read it in order I found I couldn’t hold off reading it. I found myself diving straight into the story, wanting more from the characters I enjoyed so much.

In truth, I feel as though I may have enjoyed this a bit more had I held off on reading it. It was a wonderful story in and of itself, but I’ve now been given insights into details that have yet to come into play in the series. I do not mind such a thing, but I feel as though I would have had a greater appreciation for some of the details and events had I known more about the overall series.

As I said, though, this was still a wonderful story. It gives us an insight into the lives of our main characters from Impossible following on from the ending of the first book, allowing us to see what came next. I love such stories, and this one held my attention throughout. In fact, I devoured it in no time at all.

It was steamy as can be, with action to keep you on your toes. It allowed for a deeper insight into the chemistry between the two characters, giving us that little bit more fans crave, and throwing in some further conclusion for certain elements from the first book.

Very much worth reading if you’re a fan of the series: it may be short, but it’s certainly worth it.

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Review: Happily Ever After

Happily Ever After Happily Ever After by Julia Sykes
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Happily Ever After is another wonderful quick read in the Impossible world, giving us yet another insight into the future of the characters from the first book. It was a short and hot read, exactly what I’ve come to expect from Julia Sykes.

Finding Prey and Happily Ever After at the end of my copy of Impossible, I found myself overjoyed to be receiving a couple of short stories detailing the future of the characters. I love it when authors provide such short stories, allowing you to see where things go in the future. In Prey, the story included characters I had yet to be introduced to; in Happily Ever After, it was simply a story of the characters we already know so well.

There really isn’t much I can say without giving away vital details of the story, just know it’s a wonderful additional read in the series. If you enjoyed the characters in Impossible, then this one is certainly worth a read. It’s a wonderful ‘what came next’ tale, one that will leave you with a happy smile on your face by the time you’re done.

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Review: No Rest for the Wicked

No Rest for the Wicked No Rest for the Wicked by Kresley Cole
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

No Rest for the Wicked is the third book in Kresley Cole’s Immortals After Dark series, and it is easily my favourite. Both The Warlord Wants Forever and A Hunger Like No Other were three star ratings from me, and I was fearful I would not be enjoying this series. In fact, I’d decided if I did not enjoy No Rest for the Wicked I would not be carrying on.

Whilst No Rest for the Wicked is not the strongest four-star rating I have ever given, it is certainly a much stronger book than the two prior stories in the Immortals After Dark series. I was tentative when I started this one, spending more chapters than I would have liked believing my feelings towards this book would mirror the prior books, but once the story got going I found I was enjoying it a lot more. I feel as though the series seems to have found its footing with this book, has finally found its stride.

With the prior books I never really felt much for the main characters, but with this one I found myself enjoying the two main characters. The interaction between the two of them was a lot of fun, and the whole insta-love element was done in a way you very rarely see. They recognise what they have towards each other – the whole ‘you are mine for life’ thing that is present across urban fantasy – but they do not label it love straight away. It was refreshing to watch characters accept there is something there without automatically throwing around the word love.

I also felt as though there was a lot more action in this book. I did expect a little bit more – I had a whole supernatural Hunger Games image going on in my mind when I imagined what this book would provide – but what we were given was a lot more than in the prior books. Things were happening throughout this book that were not simply limited to the romance aspect, and I really appreciated this. Whilst I enjoy paranormal romance, I like there to be more to the story than just the romance – and I did not feel as though there was much of anything other than the romance in the first two stories. In this one, we got some action and found out even more about the world. In fact, I feel as though the supernatural world really grew in this book – with the prior books we simply knew there was more, a lot to explore, and in this one we finally got to see some insights into the wider world.

Although I will not be jumping straight into Wicked Deeds on a Winter’s Night, I am now willing to consider giving it a read. It may or may not happen, I cannot say for sure, but I am not writing this series off entirely considering No Rest for the Wicked managed to win me over more than I expected.

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Review: The Gift

The Gift The Gift by Heather Slade
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The Gift is my second Heather Slade read, and as with my first, I believe I would have enjoyed this more had I read the prior books in the series. The Gift is the fourth story in the Bulter Ranch series, a novella that follows on from the prior books. From what I can gather it relies heavily upon The Promise, The Truce, and The Secret.

I’ll be honest and say I went into this one feeling rather worried. I did not enjoy Kiss Me Cowboy anywhere near as much as I had hoped I would, meaning I was fearful my feelings towards The Gift would be much the same. In some ways my feelings were similar, but as a whole I enjoyed this one more than I enjoyed Kiss Me Cowboy.

As I’ve said, The Gift relies heavily upon the events of the three prior books. In fact, the majority of the events in this book relate back to what has happened in the prior books. I’m positive for fans of the series, this is a wonderful thing. I love it when authors provide short stories and novellas after the books have ended, providing you an insight into the what comes next, and such is what The Gift provides. Sadly, I felt rather lost reading the sections of the book dedicated to this element. I can appreciate what I was given, but I was not sucked in.

Fortunately, there was a story within this I could enjoy. It was linked in with all the other drama that has clearly occurred throughout the prior books, a story that links in with known characters and a history, but I found it was a nice element to this story that allowed me to enjoy it with only the glimmers of knowledge I had managed to grasp. There were also some other smaller elements interwoven, details that leave me believing there may be more stories to come in this series.

As a whole, I’m more interested in reading the Bulter Ranch series after reading The Gift than I was interested in reading the Cowboys of Crested Butte series after reading Kiss Me Cowboy. Unfortunately, I feel as though I did not enjoy this as much as I could have to due jumping into the novella without having read the prior books.

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Saturday, 2 December 2017

Review: A Hunger Like No Other

A Hunger Like No Other A Hunger Like No Other by Kresley Cole
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The Immortals After Dark series is one of those paranormal romance series I seem to see everywhere, meaning I have been curious for quite some time. The high ratings merely furthered my interest – it appeared most people adore the series. Hence, I felt the intense desire to jump into the series and investigate. It took me a while due to the difficulty I had when it came to getting my hands on the first story, but I’ve finally started reading the series.

In all honesty, I don’t quite understand the hype.

The first story, The Warlord Wants Forever, was just a novella. It was okay, but there was nothing overly amazing about it. In fact, I was left feeling rather disappointed. I told myself I was let down because of the novella length, and how it prevented me from diving completely into the story, but having now read A Hunger Like No Other I’ve been left with the same kind of feeling.

The story had potential, and yet I wasn’t completely pulled into the events. It was an okay read, but I wasn’t crazy about it. In fact, I kept putting it down and picking it up. It wasn’t a chore to read in the way some books are, but I did not devour it as I had hoped to. I’m thinking I’m not going to be a fan of this series, which saddens me as I had been hoping for another paranormal romance addiction. As it stands, I can say I have read the books but I cannot claim to be a fan.

You see, my problem is that I never truly connected with the story and the characters. I kept waiting for something big to happen, for some action to truly pull me in, and yet I felt as though it was missing. Things happened, but it was never anything big. It was predictable things, and even when things were happening there was no real emotional connection to be had. The story unfolds, but I was never sucked in. Whilst I do enjoy action in my paranormal romance stories, I know it is not a guaranteed. I can deal with this, though, so long as I enjoy the romance between the characters. With this one, I never came to ship the relationship. I expected so much more from a tortured hero, I wanted a female lead I could love, only I never connected with them – in fact, I enjoyed the side characters more.

This series does have potential, I cannot deny that, but I feel as though the story telling is not for me. I want a bit more in my stories, and these first two books have felt rather flat to me. I will be giving No Rest For The Wicked a read, but if I find it to be another three star rating (or even lower) I’m going to call it quits with this series. I can understand some of the appeal, but it isn’t quite what I want in my paranormal romance reads.

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