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.
Wednesday, 21 March 2018
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I wasn’t quite sure what I had been expecting from Whiskey & You, but whatever ideas I had in my mind were nothing close to the story H.J. Bellus delivered.
I will be completely honest, I was a little bit unsure about this one during the first couple of chapters. I wasn’t crazy about our male lead, and I was waiting for the good stuff to kick in. A handful of chapters in, however, things picked up and refused to let up. Before I knew what was happening, I was addicted to this one, turning pages at a rapid pace, quickly finishing as I absorbed all the details.
This one surprised me, in so many ways.
Whiskey & You turned out to be a much heavier read than I had anticipated. I went in expecting this to be a quick and light read, only for it to wrap around my heart as it squeezed tight. There was so much throughout this one, so many things that will leave you sucked into the story. It’s not one for the faint of heart, not with the topics involved, but those willing to deal with the depth of emotion will be blessed with an amazing read.
It’s more than just a romance, it’s a story of survival. You find yourself rooting for the characters, desperate for their happy ending, for the necessary vengeance to be handed out. As the story unfolds, as more details come to light, you’re sucked in ever deeper. Each new piece of information that appears will chip away at your defences, leaving your raw and exposed.
Honestly, this one shocked me in the best way. I enjoyed this one in a completely different way than I’d expected, and so much more than I’d anticipated. I’ll certainly be picking up more H.J. Bellus in the future.
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My rating: 3 of 5 stars
The Where We Began duet instantly grabbed me through the synopsis and the promise of darkness. I love a good dark romance, and this seemed to promise an abundance of darkness – thus, I was more than happy to dive in. Unfortunately, the first book in this duet was not to the level of darkness I like when I read a dark romance – things were all rather tame, yet I was hopeful book two would slip us even deeper into the darkness.
Unfortunately, my feelings towards Where We Ended were much the same as my feelings towards Where We Began. Things were interesting, but they were rather tame compared to what I had been expecting.
If you have not read Where We Began, go back and do so now. Where We Ended picks up where the first book left off, instantly throwing you into the deep of things. The mystery and intrigue has already built up in the first book, and this second one continues while slowly feeding us the answers we desire. With plenty of details touched upon in the first book, there was a lot about this one that kept me turning the pages to see how everything came together in the end.
I did enjoy watching as everything came together with this one, although I wasn’t blown away by it as I had hoped to be. Certain details were predictable, other details seemed to come out of nowhere, and I feel as though a lot tried to happen with this one and not everything was done as well as it could have been. There were plenty of points where my attention started to drift, and despite my interest in seeing how things came together I did question whether I could skim parts of this book and simply hunt down my answers.
Overall, it was an okay ending to a decent duet. I’m glad I read it, but it’s not something I would go out of my way to read again.
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Tuesday, 20 March 2018
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Guardian’s Bond is the first book in Rhenna Morgan’s Ancient Ink series, and I’m excited to see where things go from here. As a lover of paranormal romance, I’m always looking for the next series I want to dive into, the next series I wish to obsessively follow, and it seems as though Ancient Ink may well be the next series to be added to my list.
I will be completely honest, it took me a couple of chapters to get into this one. I was a little bit lost by the world, unsure as to whether it was linked to another series. It quickly became clear such was not the case, however, as the air of unknown was intentional. It was a way to suck us into the book, to put us on the same footing as our leading lady. Once the explanations started to come, once the world started to open more, I found I could not put this one down.
There are so many shifter stories out there, I’ve read so many, that I often wonder whether it is possible for me to find a series where something unusual comes about. The Ancient Ink series promises that difference I always look for. In Guardian’s Bond we are introduced to a whole new shifter lore, one that provides us with something very different to the norm yet is ridiculously engaging. It is a world of shifters and magic, a modern world with a deep connection to nature. I could write masses about how much I enjoyed the way the supernatural world developed, how I enjoyed digging into something new, but I’m going to hold off on any ramble I could give. It’s better if you experience it, if you dive in and see what I mean. Just know it was a nice change, and so many possibilities have been opened for the future.
Not only was the world building wonderful, but I had a lot of fun with the characters too. It was such a fun cast, we got to meet so many people, and I’m excited to see how some of the stories play out in the future. I feel as though it was a nice change to be thrown into a series with the romance storyline being that of the most powerful person – usually we build up to this, they are a person in the background and the final romance story we are given, making it a nice change to start with the most powerful person. Through being thrown into the deep end, we get to find out so much about so many of the other characters, we get to see so much of the storyline, and I’m excited for more.
The one thing I will say is that I wasn’t completely won over by the relationship between the two main characters. It was hot, the story had a lot to it, but I never really shipped them to the degree I had hoped. I liked them as individuals, and as a couple, but I was never as attached to their relationship as I would have liked to be. I was much more invested in the world building than I was the romance with this one. It’s not a bad thing, as I adore powerful world building, but I would have liked just a little bit more by way of emotional connection to the relationship between the main characters.
Overall, I had a lot of fun with this one. I’m so excited for book two, desperate to see how the story plays out. There are so many things I wish to see more of, so many questions I need answering, and elements I’m excited to play out – not to mention, I’m so down for the promised romance.
Bring on book two!
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Cover Design: Cover Me Darling
Photo: James Critchley
Dating can be a rocky journey. Once the new shine wears off, you may end up with a case of buyer’s remorse.
As an NFL quarterback, endorsement ads and the media pandering after me are all part of the game.
Series: Kings of Texas #1
Jack Jarvis York is a ruthless and vindictive oil tycoon who knows no boundaries when he’s been double-crossed. Debtors beware. He’ll slit your throat for a nickel. And make no mistake, he will collect.
You never screw with a man’s pride, money, or oil. It’s Texas Law. Unwritten, yet gospel. They don’t call him the king of Texas for nothing.
When a debtor can’t come up with his money, JJ takes his wife as collateral...
What starts out as a trade-off between bitter men turns into an emotional collision of desire and forbidden love so dangerous, it threatens to destroy even the strongest of empires.
No amount of money will ever rebuild everything that’s been shattered. Jack is left standing in the middle of his own chaos.
Greed and power are the least of his worries now. Death is knocking on his front door, wanting to collect.
The woman he’s given his heart to just might become his collateral this time around. Past sins may trump everything...
Author: Nora Flite
Everyone who hears runs away. But she can't.
She's trapped here, in my house—with me.
Each minute we're together I'm driven to swallow her up. To see if the electricity that moves between us will grow or vanish. I thought we were falling in love.
Now, I'm sure that she hates my very existence.
But when she glares at me... I see a flicker of desire in her blue eyes.
The way she fixates on my mouth reminds me of how filthy we've been.
How filthy we could be.
My father has warned me to stay away from her. He knows she's become my weakness.
All my life, I just wanted to be the perfect soldier for him.
To do everything he asked so he'd be proud.
I thought I could.
She's doing her best to prove me wrong.
All of her romances involve passionate, filthy, and slightly obsessive heroes—because those are clearly the best kind! She's always been a writer, and you'll probably have to pry her keyboard/pen/magical future writing device out of her cold, dead fingers before she'll stop.
She loves when people say hello! If you see her in the wild, walk up and start chatting. Or hey, just email her— firstname.lastname@example.org
Monday, 19 March 2018
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Neighborhood Watch is the fourth book in Stylo Fantome’s Twin Estates series, but it works perfectly fine as a standalone novel. I’ll be honest, I didn’t think it would at first – initially there were a lot of references to other characters and events, clearly those from the prior books, and I feared I would not be able to wrap my head around the details – but once the story started to move, it took a step away from the other books and became a lot more enjoyable.
For the first half of the book, I wasn’t crazy about this one. I was enjoying it enough to continue, sure, but my rating was sitting around the three-star mark. I just didn’t care much for the characters, I wasn’t sucked into their romance. I’m not sure what it was, but it didn’t have me hooked. It was the second half of this book, where everything seemed to come together, that won me over. There’s more action and more emotion to be felt in the second half of the book, and it certainly sucked me in.
In fact, the second half of the book really surprised me. I’d been unsure as to where the story was going to take us, unsure as to whether things would go in the direction I was hoping for. When so much unfolded, I was drawn even deeper into the story. I went from feeling okay about the characters and events, to being truly invested in the characters and events. It’s certainly a book that won me over in the end.
Out of curiosity, I now plan to go and read Neighbors, The Neighborhood, and Block Party, to get some background to the other characters in the Twin Estates series.
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