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.

Tuesday, 20 February 2018

Review: Rock King

Rock King Rock King by Tara Leigh
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Well damn – this one blew me away. I loved it, loved it, loved it. Can someone give me book two right this moment? I need more, and I need it now.

Having read and enjoyed Tara Leigh’s Deal Breaker, the second book in her Billionaire Bosses series, I knew I needed more of the author’s work. Already I have Penthouse Player sitting on my Kindle waiting for me to dive into, but I found myself reading Rock King first. How could I not dive into it as soon as the chance arose? The synopsis alone was enough to leave me begging, in dire need of more. I went in with high expectations, and I was not disappointed in the least.

Deal Breaker earned a four-star rating from me, yet it pales in comparison to Rock King. Rock King is a solid four-point-five-star rating – one of those books where the picky side of me prevented me from handing off a five-star rating. It happens more often than it should, with quite a few of my favourite books having a four-star rating for something small. It’s odd – you see, I hate giving out one-star ratings yet it seems I’m more willing to hand them out than five-star ratings. Rock King is a prime example of how I always hold back on those top ratings. This is good, damn good. I’m sure most will gladly hand over a five-star rating. When compared to other rock star romances I have read, this one certainly sits at the top. In fact, it has set the standard of what I expect from future rock star romances so high that I’m questioning whether any will live up to this one. There is no doubt this is my favourite rock star romance, one you need to pick up.

I’ll be honest, I was a little bit tentative at first. The synopsis had me expecting something quite dark. Part of me was imaging a dark suspense filled read, one that would suck me into a truly twisted story. It wasn’t quite what I was expecting, and due to that I was worried. Despite my worries, I found I was sucked in for other reasons. I was lost to the story, turning page after page at a rapid pace. It may not have been what I was expecting, but it was a powerful read in many other ways. In fact, I came to love it all the more because it surprised me.

You see, this book is filled with emotion. I don’t simply mean the romance – which is wonderful within itself, something I will come back to – I mean it in regards to so many elements of the story. Each of the characters has a painful past, has secrets they are keeping buried deep. The way they are played with, the events that occur, make for a deeply moving story. On the surface there is a lot of drama, a lot of secrets, but when you look deeper there are so many layers to be found. Loving oneself, loving others, forgiving, coming to terms with the past, and so much more occurs throughout this one – it hits a number of hard places, a knock to the solar plexus of those who can find a connection to any of the deep topics mentioned throughout.

More obvious, what everyone sees on the surface, is the brilliant romance between the two characters. I was pulled into their relationship straight away, loving the play between the two of them. I loved the characters as individuals, and completely adored them as a couple. They went so well together, and I found myself desperate for more. Even the element that didn’t win me over due to personal preference when reading romance – the speed of things, the way everything happened too fast for my liking – managed to win me over in the end, with there being plenty layers added to the story.

Without a doubt, Rock King was a wonderful read. There is no doubt I will be reading the second book in the Nothing but Trouble series, as I have very high hopes for the places this series will go.

Bring on book two – I need to know what happens with the side characters I’m so intrigued about!

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Review: The Tuscan Child

The Tuscan Child The Tuscan Child by Rhys Bowen
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Having read and enjoyed Rhys Bowen’s In Farleigh Field, I was more than happy to pick up The Tuscan Child. The synopsis intrigued me, and I was excited to see how the story came together.

From the very start, The Tuscan Child sucks you into the story. It pulls you into the past, leaving you turning page after page as two interconnected storylines play out. You know they are linked, you have ideas of how, but it is not until you’ve worked your way deep into the story that everything becomes apparent. If you’re a fan of historical mysteries, this is certainly a book to pick up. It may not be the dark and twisted thriller you find in other books set in this time, but this one will keep you gripped throughout.

While there was a lot about this book I enjoyed, I think my favourite aspect was how atmospheric the book was. Rhys Bowen really brings the locations to life, providing so many details that the world comes alive around you. Each and every element is vivid, the detail enough to transfer you to someplace new. Honestly, I was surprised. I tend to find the level of imagery I had with this book usually comes from the author being too detailed – yet, somehow, Rhys Bowen managed it without burying me under endless pages of description.

Another thing I really enjoyed, something I also enjoyed about In Farleigh Field, was the attention given to the dynamics of the characters. There was a lot of fun to be had with the mystery, the world came alive around us, but what I constantly found myself wanting more of was the details pertaining to the individual characters. There were many layers to uncover, and I found myself desperate to know all there was to know about the characters, to see more of the way they played off each other.

The one thing I wasn’t crazy about, though, was the ending. I felt as though it didn’t have the high impact I had been anticipating. I enjoyed it, yes; I was glad to see how everything came together, sure; but I had expected something a bit more. The ending didn’t quite feel up to the same standard as the rest of the book.

Overall, though, I had a lot of fun with this one. I’m certainly interested in reading more Rhys Bowen in the future.

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Cover Reveal: Neighborhood Watch.




Title: Neighborhood Watch
Series: Twin Estates #4
Author: Stylo Fantôme
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Cover Design: Najla Qamber Designs
Release Date: March 19, 2018



Blurb

Rules to Join The Neighborhood Watch:

1. If you see something, say something

2. Report all illegal activities to the authorities

3. Do not associate with criminals

4. And certainly don't fall for them!

Tori Bellows is a really good friend. She's always there when a shoulder is needed to cry on, to give dating advice, or for a good ol' time. Now, though, Tori is the one who needs a shoulder to lean on when she's in a tough spot. But all of her friends are too busy with their own lives.

Enter the Twin Estates' resident bad boy, Landon Edenhoff. When he offers her an all expenses paid vacation, she's immediately suspicious - he's rarely nice and his intentions are never good. But she's ready for a change of scenery and knows she can give as good as she gets from Mr. Rude & Nasty himself.

After all, how bad could this neighbor really be?






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Author Bio


Crazy woman from a remote location in Alaska (where the need for a creative mind is a necessity!), I have been writing since ... forever? Yeah, that sounds about right. I have been told that I remind people of Lucille Ball - I also see shades of Jennifer Saunders, and Denis Leary. So basically, I laugh a lot, I'm clumsy a lot, and I say the F-word A LOT.

I like dogs more than I like most people, and I don't trust anyone who doesn't drink. No, I do not live in an igloo, and no, the sun does not set for six months out of the year, there's your Alaska lesson for the day. I have mermaid hair - both a curse and a blessing - and most of the time I talk so fast, even I can't understand me.

Yeah. I think that about sums me up.


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Cover Reveal: Irish Crown.




Title: Irish Crown
Author: Nashoda Rose
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Cover Design: Sara Eirew Photographer & Designer
Model: Mike Chabot
Release Date: April 9, 2018



Blurb

From the New York Times & USA Today bestselling author Nashoda Rose, comes a new, sexy standalone romance novel. 


I finally have my shit together. FINALLY. Successful career, new house, great friends and my good for nothing ex-boyfriend long gone.

I was looking for a safe, secure, picket fence kind of guy, but instead I got the Irish you’re-not-ready-for-this Deaglan Kane.

Tattooed. Sexy. And totally unavailable.

I planned for us to be a fling. But Deaglan has other plans and suddenly having my shit together is long gone.

Because my past is back full throttle and Deaglan Kane isn't who I thought he was.










Excerpt

I sighed, hugging the pillow closer and waiting with baited breath for him to come back to bed.
It was Sunday and I didn’t have to work today, so I kind of hoped he’d do that thing with his tongue again.
My body quivered and I bit my lower lip.
He sat on the edge of the mattress and without a single glance my way, he said, “Pet, I have shit to do.”
I tensed.
Then the daisy heads snapped off and the velvet petals shrivelled up in my belly.
Uh, what?
Suddenly, that hot raspy Irish accent didn’t sound so hot.
Okay, I wasn’t expecting a proposal or anything, not by a long shot, but I did expect a morning kiss and a possible number exchange for a possible second date. Or rather first date.
He didn’t even pretend like he’d call.
God, was I that naïve?
I sat up, taking the sheet with me. “Excuse me?”
He bent, picked up his cargo pants from the floor and tugged them on.
“I have shit to do, babe. I called a cab. It’ll be here any second.”
My heart slammed into my chest. He called me a cab? Was I supposed to think this was okay because he called me a cab?
Because it wasn’t. It totally wasn’t.
There was a brief honk outside.
Oh. My. God. When did he call me a cab? When he had his finger in my ass.






Author Bio


Nashoda Rose is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of twelve romance novels, including the Tear Asunder series, the spin-off Unyielding series, and the paranormal Scars of the Wraiths.

She lives outside of Toronto where she enjoys hiking with her Newfoundland dog and riding her horses.



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Monday, 19 February 2018

Review: Sex God

Sex God Sex God by Katie McCoy
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Although Sex God is the fourth book in Katie McCoy’s All-Star series, it works perfectly fine as a standalone novel. I read it as a standalone novel and had no issue understanding the story. The only thing I did find is that some of the side characters seem to be those from the prior books – most notably book three, Heartthrob – but this is not an issue in any way. In fact, it only furthered my desire to read more Katie McCoy.

As my first Katie McCoy book, Sex God offered a wonderful introduction to the author’s work. It really was a wonderful read, one that had me addicted throughout. Combing two of my most loved romance tropes – brother’s best friend and bad boy Rockstar – I knew I was in for something amazing. What I was given was even more amazing than I’d initially anticipated.

I fell in love with the characters from the very first page, loving them as individuals and adoring them as a couple. The chemistry between the two of them was wonderful, and watching the way their story came together had me turning the pages at a rapid pace. Every detail that was added sucked me in further, every detail we were given left me wanting more. The drama was wonderful; the steam was wonderful; the banter was wonderful. All in all, it was a wonderful read.

The only thing I wasn’t crazy about was the ending. Things felt rather sudden to me, it didn’t hit me as hard as I had been expecting. I would have liked a little bit more when it came to an ending, but that’s about it. It wasn’t enough to ruin the book, far from it, it simply left me feeling as though I would have liked something more.

Without a doubt, Sex God has guaranteed I’ll be reading more Katie McCoy in the future.

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Review: Sweet Revenge

Sweet Revenge Sweet Revenge by Natalie E. Wrye
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Sweet Revenge is the third book in Natalie E. Wrye’s Revenge series, and it was an okay read. Compared to the first book, it was more enjoyable; compared to the second book, it was less enjoyable.

Book one earned a rounded up two-point-five-star rating from me. Book two earned a rounded up three-point-five-star rating from me. Book three has earned a solid three-star rating from me. There were a few moments where my interest faded somewhat, slipping it just below the three-star rating, but as a whole it was an okay read.

For me, most of my disappointment in this one comes from the sport element. This was advertised as a sports romance, but I would only label it as such in comparison to the two prior books. There is certainly a sportsperson as a leading character, but the sport element was not as prevalent as it usually is in a sports romance. It was just an element of the characterisation, not a pivotal point of the storyline. References were made, sure; a few aspects of the story were based upon it, I’ll admit; but it did not feel like a sports romance in the way I’m accustomed to – where the sport is almost as important as the romance.

As with the prior books, I also wasn’t crazy about the characters in this story. I’m not sure what it is about this series, but the revenge interests me more than the romance. Although I did not enjoy the revenge aspect in this book as much as I enjoyed it in the prior book, I did like how it did something a bit different. I was constantly waiting for something huge to happen, and while things may not have been explosive the reveals were enough to leave me engaged.

Overall, this was an okay third book. Not my favourite in the series, but not my least favourite either.

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Review: Perfect Revenge

Perfect Revenge Perfect Revenge by Natalie E. Wrye
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Perfect Revenge is the second book in Natalie E. Wrye’s Revenge series, and it was a much more enjoyable read than the first book in the series. Made up of the three parts of Games & Diversions – Step by Step, Hour by Hour, and Minute by Minute – a lot more happened in this one to keep me interested.

While Riske and Revenge was a rounded up two-point-five-star rating, Perfect Revenge is a rounded up three-point-five-star rating. The amount of improvement, however, was enough to leave me considering going back and rounding down my rating of the first book. I didn’t, though, despite the thoughts that passed through my head.

Although Perfect Revenge could work as a standalone novel, I think it works best if you read the prior book first. You get to know the characters in advance, you get to understand certain elements, and it allows for a better understanding of the finer details. In other words, reading the prior book makes this a more powerful read.

Like with the first book, however, I wasn’t crazy about the characters in this story. I enjoyed them marginally more than I enjoyed the characters of book one, but I wasn’t crazy about them. What I did enjoy a lot more, though, was the revenge story.

There were some messy elements with the revenge story, but it was a lot more fleshed out than the story in book one. I was able to overlook some of the messy elements, as I was kept gripped throughout this one. There was more of a game to this one, it kept you guessing a lot more. It sucked me in more than I was expecting, and due to that I was able to round this one up.

Overall, Perfect Revenge was a much more enjoyable read than Riske and Revenge.

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