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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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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Friday, 1 December 2017

Review: Undercover Attraction

Undercover Attraction Undercover Attraction by Katee Robert
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Earlier this year I picked up Forbidden Promises, the fourth book in Katee Robert’s O’Malley series. I read it as a standalone novel, and really enjoyed it, and was super interested in reading more of the series. I had planned to pick up the earlier books – to grab The Marriage Contract and following in order through The Wedding Pact and An Indecent Proposal – before the realise of Undercover Attraction. Unfortunately, book five was released before I could play catch up. Thus, I jumped into book five having only read book four.

In truth, Undercover Attraction does not work as a standalone novel as well as Forbidden Promises did. A lot of the details mentioned in Undercover Attraction relate back to information in the prior books, to events in the prior books. I had ideas from things mentioned in book four, and from things said in this book, but I was unable to appreciate things in the same way fans who have followed the entire series will be able to appreciate things. In fact, I feel as though this is why I didn’t love Undercover Attraction in the way I had hoped I would.

As I said, I really enjoyed Forbidden Promises. I was pulled in from the very start of the story, finding myself unable to put it down. The storyline was addictive, the characters were a lot of fun, and the romance was built around great chemistry – all whilst leaving me curious about the underlying story working throughout the entire series. In this one, I feel as though things focused more upon bringing together all the elements that have made up the undercurrent of a story throughout. There was an interesting storyline, the characters were fun, and there was certainly chemistry – however, it was not the mind-blowingly addictive story I experienced with Forbidden Promises. In fact, due to the gaps in my knowledge, I felt a bit lost at sea at some points in the earlier parts of the book.

I still really enjoyed it, don’t get me wrong, I simply feel as though I did not appreciate it in the way I would have liked to appreciate it. I expected to feel a bit more towards the characters, to be sucked deeper into the romance, yet such was held off until later in the book. The later parts of the book I really enjoyed – I just wish I could have appreciated the entire book in the way I had hoped to. I’m sure I would have enjoyed this book even more, then. As it stands, this was a much weaker four-star book than Forbidden Promises, but my opinion in that regard may change once I am up to date with the series.

Without a doubt, I will need to play catch up with the series before I read book six. I know book six is going to bring so many elements together, and whilst I may be intrigued by what I know, I’m positive I will enjoy it even more once I have complete knowledge of the O’Malley storyline. Thus, my plan of action before book six is released is to read books one through three.

For those who are up to date, however, I’m positive this story will be a winner.

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Thursday, 30 November 2017

Review: His Possession

His Possession His Possession by Anna Bloom
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I positively adore Anna Bloom’s work. Since picking up The Truth About Love, Volume I, I’ve wanted to read more of her work. Whenever I see a new book is coming out, I find myself extremely excited. Such was the case with the Obsession series.

I jumped straight into His Obsession, the short story that provides us with a back story, and I loved it. I could not wait to find out more about the series. There was such promise from the short tale, so many things I was excited to find out more about, meaning I was more than happy to devour His Possession as soon as I managed to get my hands on it.

Picking up from the details we were given at the end of His Obsession, His Possession throws us straight into the story of Sophia and Blake. Five years have passed, things have changed, yet the chemistry between them is even more electric. With both keeping secrets and plenty of drama surrounding every action, it is no surprise I was addicted to this story. Every chapter left me wanting more, each page pulling me deeper into the story.

I will be honesty by saying the story wasn’t quite what I had been expecting. However, I was more than happy to dive into the story we were given. There was so much chemistry between the two, and I couldn’t help but fall in love with the events. My favourite parts happen towards the end, though, where things reach the explosive level I had been hoping for from the start. I’m not going to say what happened – but I’m super eager to grab Her Confession to see how everything comes together following the events of this story.

Without a doubt, His Possession was another winner from Anna Bloom. It was another great story, with many different elements involved, and I’m sure many will find themselves addicted.

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Blog Tour: His Possession.


Book: His Possession
Author: Anna Bloom
Genre: Contemporary Romance 
Release Date: 28th November

Synopsis
She was Hollywood’s golden child.
But ever since Sophia Jennings' best friend left her without so much as an explanation, life has spiralled out of control. With her career in tatters and having barely survived ninety days of sobriety, the last thing Sophia wants is to have old wounds ripped open.
He was her protector.
But ever since he walked away, Blake Henderson has lived an empty existence. It only takes one glance at Sophia for five years distance to melt away. Only she’s not the same girl anymore and he quickly realises his return to Hollywood was his biggest mistake yet.
With a new threat looming, and Sophie lost in an existence she never wanted to live, can Blake save the vivacious young woman who once had the world at her feet? Or will the two of them lead each other on a dark path of self-destruction as they discover just how far obsession goes and what the true cost of possession is?

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A book hoarder and coffee addict by heart Anna Bloom loves to write extraordinary stories about real love. Based south of London with her husband, three children and a dog with a beard, Anna likes to connect with readers, fan girl over her favourite authors and binge watch Supernatural while drinking lots of wine.
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Wednesday, 29 November 2017

Promotional Post: Chasing Christmas Eve.


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Chasing Christmas Eve
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Jill Shalvis
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Run for the hills—temporarily. That’s Colbie Albright’s plan when she flees New York for San Francisco. Wrangling her crazy family by day and writing a bestselling YA fantasy series by night has taken its toll. In short, Colbie’s so over it that she’s under it. She’s also under the waters of a historic San Francisco fountain within an hour of arrival. Fortunately, the guy who fishes Colbie out has her looking forward to Christmas among strangers. But she’s pretty sure Spencer Baldwin won’t be a stranger for long.
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Spence’s commitment to hiding from the Ghosts of Relationships Past means he doesn’t have to worry about the powerful—okay, crazy hot—chemistry he’s got with Colbie. Just because she can laugh at anything, especially herself... just because she’s gorgeous and a great listener…just because she “gets” Spence immediately doesn’t mean he won’t be able to let Colbie go. Does it?
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Now the clock’s ticking for Colbie and Spence: Two weeks to cut loose. Two weeks to fall hard. Two weeks to figure out how to make this Christmas last a lifetime.





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Monday, 27 November 2017

Review: His Obsession

His Obsession His Obsession by Anna Bloom
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I was introduced to Anna Bloom through her The Truth About Love series, short stories that quickly won me over. I then went on to read The Game, which completely blew my mind. Not long after, I picked up her Gravity series, which was something different but still enjoyable. Other Anna Bloom books are sitting on my Kindle waiting to be read, but I found myself far too excited about the Obsession series and jumped straight into His Obsession.

His Obsession is an extremely short read, one you can complete in under an hour, and it gives you a wonderful introduction to the Obsession series. It is only a short story, but it gives you a lot about the series. It introduces you to the characters, it gives us the historical drama, and it sets us up for the next book in the series.

I really did enjoy this one so much. I’m not usually a fan of these little prequel stories, but this one left me so excited. I find prequel stories sometimes feel a bit unnecessary, but such is not the case with this one. His Obsession gives us the perfect amount of detail to pull us in, letting us know of the big event in the characters’ past. Sometimes these kinds of events are referred to in the main story and never really explained, so I’m glad we were given a short story that shares all the details.

Honestly, His Obsession has left me so excited for His Possession. I cannot wait to see what the story brings, and I’ll be diving straight into it. If His Obsession is any indication of what I can expect from His Possession, I’ll be left wanting to dive straight into Her Confession.

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Review: The Unreal Boyfriend

The Unreal Boyfriend The Unreal Boyfriend by Miranda P. Charles
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Unreal Boyfriend is the ninth book in the Captured by Love series, although it is my first Miranda P. Charles read. The story works wonderfully as a standalone novel, although I do now wish to go and read the rest of the series.

The Unreal Boyfriend is a pretty quick story to read, one that will pull you in within pages and will leave you turning pages through your desire to find out what happens next. At first it seems like your standard story of infatuation, but once the story gets moving there are multiple layers to the story, creating something more than your typical tale of two friends realising what they feel towards each other is love.

The main storyline is the love storyline, an element that will pull you in quickly. It has all you could expect – great characters, chemistry, and plenty of drama. Running parallel to this storyline is something edging towards romantic suspense. I read a lot of romantic suspense and would not label this book as a romantic suspense novel, but it has the intrigue thrown in that edges a story towards such a label.

Both the romantic storyline and the outside drama were thoroughly entertaining, pulling me in and leaving me addicted. I adored the characters we got to know in this book – both the main and the side characters, and I cannot wait to dive into the other Captured by Love books to find out more about them.

In all honesty, the biggest issue I had with the book was related to how I jumped into this series at book nine. Whilst it works perfectly fine as a standalone novel, I found it hard to put the names of the side characters together – I couldn’t keep it straight in my mind who the couples were and whose children was whose. In the grand scheme of things, however, this isn’t much of a problem at all.

Without a doubt, I’m excited to read more Miranda P. Charles books. I have already downloaded the boxset containing the first three Captured by Love books – The Unwilling Executive, The Unyielding Bachelor, and The Undercover Playboy – which I plan to dive into soon. I’m also super curious about the spinoff series mentioned containing a character I came to enjoy in this story. As I said, there is no doubt I’ll be reading more of this author in the future.

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Sunday, 26 November 2017

Review: Inseparable

Inseparable Inseparable by Siobhan Davis
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Siobhan Davis quickly won me over with her Saven series, and since then I’ve always been excited to pick up more of her work. She is one of the few authors I’m willing to step outside of my comfort zone with. When she moved from writings young adult science fiction to new adult contemporary, I was worried. Fortunately, I had no reason to fear. Thus, I told myself I was more than happy to embark upon a journey of her first standalone novel. I know some will argue the later Kennedy Boys novels are standalones, but I believe they work best if you’ve worked your way through all the books in the series – thus, Inseparable, being one hundred percent a standalone novel, is what I consider her first true standalone novel. You do not need to have read any of her other work to enjoy this one.

As I said, Siobhan Davis is an author whose development I’m more than happy to follow, even when things step outside of what I tend to enjoy. I’m not the biggest lover of short stories and novellas, but I find myself excited by news of those kinds of stories when Siobhan Davis promises us such a read. I’ve not been the biggest lover of some of her characters, and yet she’s won me over through telling their individual stories (Saving Brad being a prime example of such a change). I’m not the biggest lover of high school drama in stories, but I enjoyed such elements more than I expected when they appeared in the early Kennedy Boy books. Thus, even though there were certain things I knew about Inseparable that did not appeal to me, I was willing to take the dive.

You see, love triangles… I’m not a fan. Not at all. A part of me threatens to shrivel up and die at the prospect. They appear so often in romance, and I really don’t understand why. The ratio of love triangles in novels is so much higher than what I believe it to be in real life. I admit to being slightly jaded – being the unattractive person I am, I cannot grab the attention of a single male let alone two (but such is a self-pitying tangent nobody wishes to hear more about) – but I prefer straightforward romance. I love some good drama, but I often find I enjoy regular drama (or the crazy exaggerated kind) over drama related to multiple love interests. I’ll accept it more in paranormal romance (where reverse harem appears quite often) than contemporary, but I’m not big on such tales. Yet, this was the first standalone novel by Siobhan Davis and I needed to know more, I needed to read it.

The prologue of this one instantly grabbed my attention. It demonstrates how wonderful Siobhan is as a writer. The writing was beautiful, the information enough to leave me wanting more, and I was instantly pulled into the story. Without a doubt, it was one of my favourite introductions to a book in a long time. It was such a beautifully written piece, making it impossible to drag me away from the book.

Then the book is split into three parts. In part one we face one of the things I’m not overly crazy about, having already mentioned it – the high school drama. It was interesting, it was a great set up for the story, but I wasn’t crazy about it. I accepted it in the Kyler arc of the Kennedy Boys because there was a lot of other stuff going on, yet I feel as though it was even stronger in this one. Those who love high school drama will really enjoy part one of this story, but it wasn’t quite for me. Therefore, whilst I was intrigued, I wasn’t won over. Such a thing really saddened me. As I’ve said, I’m a big fan of Siobhan’s work. I wanted to love this one, and part one left me with the fear I would not be enjoying this book as much as I would have liked. It would be a nice solid three-star rating, but it would not be the high I have experienced with her other books.

Along came part two. This is where my feelings towards the story started to change. It moved from being a story I was interested in but not really loving, to being a book I was addicted to. Things started to build up a lot more in the second part of the story, and by the end of it my view had changed from it being a three-star rating to a three-point-five or possibly four-star rating. The latter half of this part of the book really won me over. I was lost to the story, needing more. I could not wait to dive into part three to see how everything came together.

Fortunately, I was happy to devour this book in a single sitting. I dove straight into part three to see how all the elements came together. Without a doubt, the third part of the book was my favourite. Everything came together so well. There were big reveals for all the characters, and even though I had worked every one of them out, I loved the way in which they came out and played together. The third part of the book was so emotionally charged, completely winning me over. Thus, the book became a solid four-star rating. I may have tentative at first, I may have been worried in the early parts of the book, but it won me over in the end. I honestly feared we had reached a literary device Siobhan Davis would not be able to win me over with, and yet she managed it.

I know for a fact that many people will enjoy this book even more than I did. My prejudice against love triangles is to blame for the initial difficulty I had with this story. In fact, I fear my dislike of love triangles clouded my view more than it should have – to the point where I was making parallels with other Siobhan Davis books and thinking it was too close to what has been written before, even though this book stands strong on its own. It is due to this that I did not fall in love with the characters in the way I usually do in a Siobhan Davis read, but I know many people will fangirl like crazy over this one. In fact, I have a feeling there will be many broken hearts and damp eyes by the time some people finish this story.

Because, honestly, this book does deal with many heavy topics. I could list them all, but to do such would be to give spoilers. Just know this book deals with a lot of sensitive issues and I challenge any person not to be affected by something in this story. It is hard hitting, the different aspects will speak to many people, and you’ll soon be lost in the story. As always, Siobhan Davis has done a wonderful job of bringing to light real-life issue and making them known – giving them the respect they deserve, making people stop and think, and leaving us with a heavy heart at the end.

I’m positive many people will go on to call this book their favourite Siobhan Davis read, and I can easily see why people will feel such a way. This is gripping read, one that takes you on an emotional journey. However, sadly, I cannot label this my favourite Siobhan Davis read. I feel as though I’m going to be in the minority with this view, I just do not want people to mistake my statement for a dislike of this book. I did enjoy the story, I’m so glad I read it, as can be seen by my four-star rating, it simply is not my favourite Siobhan Davis read.

There’s no doubt, however, that I will continue to read Siobhan Davis. She won me over in the end when I did not think I would be, proving how wonderful she is as a writer. If you have yet to pick up a Siobhan Davis book, then picking up Inseparable is something you should do. As her first real standalone novel, it stands up so well – making it the perfect introduction to anyone new to her work and serving as a reminder of all she is capable of to her fans.

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Saturday, 25 November 2017

Review: Operation: Christmas Seduction

Operation: Christmas Seduction Operation: Christmas Seduction by Megan Ryder
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

My introduction to Megan Ryder came through The Game Changer, the third book in the Knights of Passion series. It was a wonderful read, leaving me more than willing to pick up more of the author’s work. Thus, I went ahead and picked up Going All the Way – the first book in the series. Again, it was a wonderful read. I plan to read the second Knights of Passion book, Love from Left Field, soon – I really need to be up to date with all the books in the series. In addition to the Knights of Passion series, I’ve also read the Lone Star Match books. All three books were fabulous reads, pretty much ensuring I would pick up any Megan Ryder book. Then, along came Operation: Christmas Seduction.

In all honesty, I find Christmas stories can be a bit hit or miss. I’m not the biggest Christmas fan, but given the right story, I can be convinced the festive season isn’t all bad. Fortunately, Operation: Christmas Seduction is one such book – it’s a winner of the genre. Short and sweet, it’s an adorable little Christmas read. It is more than capable of getting a person into the Christmas spirit, leaving them smiling throughout.

Our story begins as quite a few holiday romance stories do – with two very different views on Christmas. Our male lead loves it whereas our female lead is more than happy to overlook the holiday season. It’s not a full-blown Grinch situation, but it’s enough to grab the attention of a male interested in being more than just a friend. Thus, an adorable story ensues.

Across the short story, we fall deeply in love with our leading characters. The events that play out between them are adorable, the chemistry between them wonderful, and the overall story highly addictive. With drama, emotion, and moments that will leave you grinning like a fool, this is exactly the type of Christmas romance you should be picking up. Without a doubt, it’s a wonderful little story – one I really enjoyed.

My only wish is that it had been a longer story – I enjoyed it so much and wish we could have witnessed even more of the wonderful interactions, the wonderful scenes, the wonderful characters, and all the other goodness we were given throughout.

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Review: To Prevent Clear Paths

To Prevent Clear Paths To Prevent Clear Paths by Emily Martha Sorensen
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

To Prevent Clear Paths is the third book in Emily Martha Sorensen’s Magical Mayhem series. As with To Prevent World Peace and To Prevent Chic Costumes, it is an extremely short read, one that can be completed in under an hour, but it will leave you intrigued about what is going to happen in the rest of the series.

In my review of the two prior stories, I mentioned how this series has a rather anime feel about it, much like the magical girl anime. The vibe is still very much alive in this third instalment. To Prevent World Peace was the introduction episode, the one that gave us the basics we needed to know whether or not we’d be watching more. To Prevent Chic Costumes was the second episode that really brought us into the story, the one that left us intrigued to see what came next. To Prevent Clear Paths is the third episode that starts to add more, the one that gives us a little bit by way of information whilst creating yet more questions.

As with the prior stories, this was short and sweet, straight to the point with just four chapters moving the story forward. We were given an insight into elements introduced to us in the prior story, along with a promise of more enjoyable events in the future, mixed together to leave us intrigued to see how things play out. Despite the promise of there being more in the future, things are left rather open – leaving us curious about what the next story will bring.

Overall, an enjoyable addition to the Magical Mayhem series.

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Friday, 24 November 2017

Review: Dark Swan

Dark Swan Dark Swan by Gena Showalter
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

There was a point where the only romance stories I would read were of the paranormal variety. Things have changed over time, and I’m much more willing to pick up romance stories of all kinds, but paranormal remains my favourite. Despite it being my favourite, I’ve read surprisingly few of the big names in the genre. Gena Showalter is one such big writer in the genre I have failed to pick up.

Whilst the Lords of the Underworld series does seem interesting, I’m not crazy about picking it up. There is potential, but it does not scream out to me in the way some series do. Of Gena Showalter’s series, it’s the Lord of the Underworld series that interests me the most. Thus, you can see why I have not picked up a Gena Showalter book before.

However, I was finally given my introduction to Gena Showalter through Blood Red Kiss. I brought it to read Kresley Cole’s The Warlord Wants forever, yet I was happy to give the Larissa Ione and Gena Showalter stories a read as well. Unfortunately, of the three, the Gena Showalter story was my least favourite.

It’s possible I would have enjoyed this one more had I read the two prior Otherworld Assassin books, but I’m not sure. A part of me believes if I were to go and read the Otherworld Assassin books I would not enjoy them much, and I would blame it on how I have not read the Alien Huntress series of which it is a spinoff. I believe this is one of those situations where my desire to like something will have me creating excuses of why I didn’t like it. Sadly, the reality of the situation is that very little of this one appealed to me. Moreover, I’m not interested in finding out more.

Throughout the entire book, I failed to connect with any of the characters. I wasn’t at all interested in the details of their lives, nor did I feel anything towards them. Anything could have happened and I wouldn’t have been at all bothered – there was nothing to make me care about them, nothing that interested me. I know followers of the series enjoyed this story because of the male lead being of interest from the prior books, but I didn’t care for him at all. There was nothing about him that I found interesting – and I didn’t feel anything for our female lead either.

The story failed to entertain me, too. I kept expecting something big to happen, for there to be a moment where I felt something, but it went along without me caring. I kept reading – forcing myself at times – hoping something would occur, but nothing ever did. There was no plot twist, no real moment where things made me feel, and it was all rather expected and cliched.

There was the potential for things to be interesting, a part of me was curious about the world building, but the way in which the story was told left me feeling nothing at all. Part of me blames this on my lack of knowledge caused by not having read the prior stories, but a much larger part of me believes it was Gena Showalter’s storytelling – whilst it wasn’t bad, it simply wasn’t something I enjoyed.

Overall, I’m unlikely to be picking up another Gena Showalter book at any point in the foreseeable future. My sister has read her White Rabbit Chronicles and really enjoyed it, which means she has been asking me to read it for quite some time, so there’s the possibility of me one day picking up something else Gena Showalter wrote, but it is unlikely to be soon.

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Wednesday, 22 November 2017

Review: Silent Knight

Silent Knight Silent Knight by Becky McGraw
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Silent Knight is the seventh book in the Deep Six Security series, but it works perfectly fine as a standalone novel. This is one of those series where characters are reoccurring, yet each story is an individual romance. As my first introduction to the Deep Six Security series, I can honestly say this one has left me excited to read more. In fact, I plan to go and grab Till Death, book one, soon – actually, I may even go and grab SEALed Fate, the point-five book, first.

Silent Knight is one of those stories that sucked me in within pages. One moment I was a couple of pages in, and the next I had powered my way through to the final chapters. It was a book where I needed to know what had happened, and I need to know straight away. Being a short read, it meant I was able to work through the story at a rapid pace, providing me with an enjoyable story I was able to read in a single sitting.

I love a good romantic suspense, and this book certainly provides what you expect from the genre. We’re given two wonderful characters. We’re given a sticky situation. We’re given chemistry. We’re given a great cast. We’re given action scenes. We’re given drama. In other words, despite being a short story, this one provides plenty. There is something on every page, something to keep you entertained from the start until the end.

One of the big reasons why I’m so excited to dive into the rest of the series is the characters. I adored our main characters, but the side characters were also amazing. The close-knit relationship, almost family-like feel, between the characters was wonderful – and whilst we did not dive overly deep into any of the side characters storylines, I found out enough about each of them to be intrigued by what their stories would provide.

For those who have yet to read the Deep Six Security series, this is a great introduction. For those who have read the prior books, I’m positive this makes for a brilliant festive time read.

Without a doubt, I’ll be reading more Becky McGraw in the future.

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Review: Everett

Everett Everett by Casey Peeler
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Earlier this year I read Casey Peeler’s Boondocks. I enjoyed the book, although I would not label it a favourite, and was interested in reading more of the author’s work. When I saw the Drake Brothers series, I thought it was time to give her another try.

I’ll be completely honest, I have a love-hate relationship with short stories. The line between the two is very thin. Whilst I did find Everett to be an enjoyable enough read, I did not love it. It was fun to pass a short period of time – being a story you can complete in well under an hour – but it isn’t something I’ll be going out of my way to read again. I’ll certainly be reading Jeremiah – probably Colby and Beckett, too – but I doubt this will be one of those series I’ll be crazy excited about, just something I’ll be willing to read to pass a bit of time.

My issue with a lot of short stories is that I really enjoy seeing all of the small details. I like watching as things develop, as everything plays out. In short stories, we’re given things at a rapid-fire pace. With Everett, I feel as though this kind of storytelling means a lot of the potential was lost. Both our main characters had an interesting background we could have dove deeper into, and the chemistry between the two of them could have been expanded through showing us more of their interactions. I believe this could have been a lot more enjoyable if we’d been able to see all the little things that played out.

As I said, I’m interested in continuing the Drake Brothers series, but I doubt I’ll be doing so in a timely fashion.

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Review: Christmastide with my Captain

Christmastide with my Captain Christmastide with my Captain by Tammy Andresen
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I’m a big fan of Tammy Andresen’s Taming the Heart series, and was more than willing to dive into more of her work. Christmastide with my Captain is a wonderful short story, working as a prequel to the A Laird To Love series. It’s just a handful of pages long, meaning you can complete it in no time at all, and is the perfect read for historical fiction fans looking for a Christmas read.

Filling with wonderful characters and a great little plot, this story is a perfect read for anyone wanting something quick to fill in their day. In no time at all you fall in love with the characters, and even though you know there is a happily ever after just a couple of pages away the story pulls you in and leaves you wanting more.

Although I would not label this my favourite Tammy Andresen read, I did enjoy it a lot. I’m not usually the biggest lover of short stories, but this one was a lot of fun. In fact, it’s left me super eager for the full-length novels in the A Laird To Love series. The characters all seem like a lot of fun, and this small introduction has left me extremely excited to see how all of the stories play out.

Without a doubt, Christmastide with my Captain has left me more than willing to dive into the A Laird To Love series when it starts. In fact, I plan to dive into book one – My Enemy, My Earl – extremely soon!

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Monday, 20 November 2017

Review: Forsaken by Night

Forsaken by Night Forsaken by Night by Larissa Ione
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I positively adore Larissa Ione’s Demonica series. I read the first five books – those from the main Demonica arc before segueing into the Lords of Deliverance series – back to back, and I cannot wait to continue on. In addition to wanting to read the rest of the Demonica series, I was super interested in reading some of Larissa Ione’s other novels. One such series to interest me was the MoonBound Clan Vampires series.

On Larissa Ione’s website, she mentions how there is to be a big delay between Chained by Night and the next MoonBound Clan Vampires book as she is planning to release the next three back to back. I’m all for books being released in rapid succession, but as I’m not a fan of long waits, I decided to delay reading this series until closer to the time of release.

However, when I picked up Blood Red Kiss to read Kresley Cole’s The Warlord Wants Forever, I found myself treated to Forsaken by Night. I told myself not to read this novella, to leave this two-point-five book alone until I was able to read it in order… yet Larissa Ione. I needed more, and I found myself diving in.

Although I have not read Bound by Night or Chained by Night, I found Forsaken by Night really easy to follow. I could see where I would have enjoyed the experience more through having read the prior two books – the relationship between Nicole and Riker and the relationship between Aylin and Hunter would be explained, along with certain referenced events and the abilities of the supernatural creatures – but this also works well as a standalone novel. In fact, I enjoyed it so much a part of me is tempted to grab Bound by Night and start the series even though there is quite a wait for the next book.

As with my other Larissa Ione reads, I found this to be thoroughly addictive. I was quickly pulled into the world, the storyline, and the characters, wanting more with every page. Although it was just a small insight into the series, I gained so much from this one. Our main characters were positively wonderful, yet I also found myself enjoying the side characters. The storyline was intriguing, and the underlying story arc relate to the main series has left me curious. The world was a lot of fun, and I’m excited to see how it all comes together in a full-length novel. If the main books in the series contain what this book did – action, amazing characters, a great romance, and wonderful steamy scenes – then I’m sure I’m going to love the MoonBound Clan Vampires series.

Without a doubt, I’m looking forward to diving into the MoonBound Clan Vampires series in the future.

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Review: The Warlord Wants Forever

The Warlord Wants Forever The Warlord Wants Forever by Kresley Cole
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The Immortals After Dark series is one of those paranormal romance series that have interested me for quite some time. The books kept popping up, leaving me curious as to what I could expect. Although I did wish to cure my curiosity, I found myself delaying because of how difficult it was to get my hands on the first book. With The Warlord Wants Forever being a novella, it was hard to find a physical copy of the book. Thus, my reading was put off until I managed to get my hands on Blood Red Kiss. Blood Red Kiss allowed me to read the first book in the Immortals After Dark series whilst also giving me a couple of short stories for other series – mainly, though, it was brought for The Warlord Wants Forever.

In all honesty, I expected more from this considering the high ratings this series has. I went in expecting another paranormal romance series addiction, and left feeling rather disappointed. It was an interesting enough story, but I had expected so much more. I believe many of the issues I had with this story come from it being a novella. My fingers are crossed that the next book will be better, as I’m hoping the only reason certain things felt missing is because of the length and such will hopefully be amended in a full-length novel.

As an introduction to the Immortals After Dark world, The Warlord Wants Forever was a decent enough read. We were given enough basics about the supernatural world to develop a simple understanding, although there is still plenty left open that I’m hoping will be developed upon in the future books. We’re given an introduction to the supernatural creatures, some of the characters, and some plot lines – all things I’m sure will be developed even more in the future books. It’s enough to leave you interested to see what comes next, although there isn’t anything overly critical in this one.

In terms of the individual paranormal romance element of this story… I wasn’t as crazy as I had hoped to be. Things were over much too quickly and I never really felt the connection to the characters that I had hoped for. I believe this story would have been even more engaging had it been longer, had we been able to dive even deeper into the characters, yet as it was things came together much too quickly for my liking. There was potential there, but it didn’t quite live up to it – I went from not caring about the characters, to caring just as it was over, without all the complex emotions that should come between.

Overall, The Warlord Wants Forever was a decent introduction to the Immortals After Dark series, but I’m hoping A Hunger Like No Other will be more to my liking.

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Sunday, 19 November 2017

Review: Cinder

Cinder Cinder by Marissa Meyer
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Cinder is one of those books to have interested me for a very long time, and yet it remained sitting on my to-read list. I was curious about reading it, yet a few of the negative things I’d heard had me delaying the read. In the end, even if I am extremely late to the bandwagon, my curiosity got the better of me.

In all honesty, I’m annoyed for waiting so long to read this.

Although Cinder is not a perfect book, it is one of those books that leaves you wanting more. In the best way possible, of course. You want more of the story, more of the characters, and more of all the little things you have come to love throughout the book – in other words, you’re excited to dive into book two.

When I started reading this I was unsure as to how invested in the story I would become, yet I soon found myself addicted. I was turning page after page to see what happened next, curious for more, and soaking in all the little details we were given. I’ll be completely honest and say the main detail revealed in this book was overly obvious from the start – painstakingly obvious, if I’m brutally honest – and it did annoy me at times how clear it was yet nobody, least of all our main character, was willing to make the connection. However, I was able to look beyond this because it is a trope in young adult novels that often comes to play a larger role. With how high my expectations are for the rest of the series, I’m hoping the same will be true here.

The one thing I do feel I should mention is my belief of the Cinderella element being unnecessary. I know this book was created as a futuristic Cinderella retelling, and yet I feel as though the story would have worked just as well had it not focused so much upon the Cinderella elements. In fact, I feel as though those were the weakest areas of the story. The world building was interesting, and there is plenty of room for development. The characters were a lot of fun, and I cannot wait for more. The storyline was gripping, and I’m excited to see how certain elements come together. However, when I focus upon these points in relation to the Cinderella elements I feel as though they’re much weaker. There world building around the Cinderella scenes felt weaker, the characters aimed to be the bad guys from the Cinderella storyline felt like flat caricatures, and the scenes that mirrored the original Cinderella story felt a bit forced. I loved the story, but I could have done without the clear mirroring of a classic fairy-tale. As much as I enjoy fairy-tale retellings, I feel as though some stories are taking things too far – and, in this case, I believe the story could have been even stronger had it not tried so hard to be a futuristic Cinderella.

Overall, though, I had so much fun with this. When I started the story, I wasn’t sure how pulled into it I would become. I was a bit tentative, in truth. I feared I would be one of the few to dislike it, that I would not be joining the hype. However, as the story started to unfold I found myself intrigued by the possibilities of where this story will go. I fell in love with our main characters, and I’m excited to see more of them in the future books – books I cannot wait to pick up.

Honestly, I had so much fun with this one. It was such an addictive read and I cannot wait to dive into book two. The saddest part, of me, is that I’ll be waiting a month to dive into book two – whilst I do own Scarlet, I do not have it in my house. I have the book at my parents’ house, hundreds of miles away, and I will not be able to get hold of it until I go and visit. I guess it’s a good job Christmas is only a little over a month away – as soon as I go for my visit, I’ll be diving into Scarlet.

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Saturday, 18 November 2017

Review: Rock Solid

Rock Solid Rock Solid by Carly Phillips
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The synopsis of Rock Solid instantly grabbed me (plus the cover is pretty damn fine), and I knew without a doubt I needed to read it. Despite being book four in the Book Boyfriend series, I knew it worked as a standalone. Having now finished and loved Rock Solid, I really need to go and grab the other three books in the series. In Rock Solid we got a tiny glimpse into the lives of Wes, Max, and Kyle, and I really want to know more about them. They seem like such fun, and if this book is anything to go off I’m sure to love their stories.

The first two chapters of the story take us back almost four years, giving us an insight into the one-night stand that occurred between Connor and Katie. In chapter three, we move to present time – the point in the story where Connor finds out he is a father. Thus, the story of Connor trying to win over Katie begins.

It’s a simple enough story, but there is plenty of emotion behind it. The relationship between Connor and his daughter is beautiful. The way in which Connor tries to show Katie she is worth more than she realises is amazing. The entire storyline grips hard and does not let you go. It’s a relatively short read, and once you start reading you will not be able to put it down – it sucks you in, and you need to finish it in a single sitting to see how everything comes together.

With wonderful characters and a gripping storyline, this one is a sure winner. I’m sure fans of the series, those to have been following since book one, will be overjoyed by Connor’s story – and those who are new to the series, like me, will be won over enough to want to give the prior books a read.

I can gladly confirm the title of this series – Book Boyfriend – does not lie. Connor is certainly a book boyfriend I’d be glad to make my own.

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