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, 23 August 2017

Review: American Gods

American Gods American Gods by Neil Gaiman
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

American Gods is one of those books everyone seems to be reading. Be it because they’re a Neil Gaiman fan or due to the television series, everyone seems to have something to say about it. As I’m a ridiculously weak person when it comes to bookish peer pressure, I gave in and brought the book. I’ve been meaning to pick up a Neil Gaiman book for quite some time anyway, so I was effectively killing two birds with one stone.

I went into this story with too many expectations and no expectations at all. I went in with notions of a literary masterpiece. Almost everyone has something positive to say about this book. There are rave reviews, awards have been piled atop the book, and it just seems to be one of those books (you know, the type you simply must read because of x and y reasons). At the same time, I had no idea what to expect story wise. I created my own ideas based upon the title and blurb – powerful Gods and all-out war – but I honestly had no expectations whatsoever in regards to what kind of story I would be receiving.

Truthfully, my feelings towards American Gods are extremely mixed. There were times where I was really enjoying the story and then there were other times where I had no idea what was going on. In fact, I spent a large percentage of the story clueless as to what I was reading. For the first couple of hundred pages, if someone asked me what I was reading I would reply with ‘a psychedelic wet dream’. Actually, I would say that throughout the entire story. There were many great elements but it was always (what I came to refer to as) the psychedelic wet dream elements that stood out the most.

I mean, really, who would have thought powerful Gods would be so caught up with anatomy. When I think of Gods, I do not think of time spent in the bedroom or the kinds of antics I imagine teenage boys get up to in locker rooms. It simply jarred with my image of what Gods are. It made for an interesting and unique take on Gods, but it was not at all what I had imagined they would be. Even upon finishing the book, I cannot say whether or not I liked this take on the omnipresent creatures. As I said, it was different, but it did not match with the images in my mind.

Another thing that jarred with my preconceptions was the way in which the story played out in regards to the war. I know there is much more to war than the battlefield elements. There are politics to consider, the effect had on those at home, and many other behind the scene elements that are missed out in most stories. However, I feel as though this one didn’t really hit upon many of the real elements. You knew a war was building, and yet everything seemed to take part in the background. It is probably some meta way of storytelling – the whole ‘it is taking place where humans will not see’ – and yet I wanted to view more. It was almost as though multiple stories were fighting to take control of the tale – you had the war and you also had all the drama occurring in Shadow’s life. Whilst you were engaged in some elements, you were never as fully engaged as you could have been.

I realise I’m seeming to be somewhat overly negative about this one, but it wasn’t all bad. As I said, there were some elements that I really enjoyed. The book had moments where it was a lot of fun, yet my expectations seemed to have been set much higher than what the book delivered.

Although I was never entirely sure about the way the Gods were portrayed, I really enjoyed the way they were introduced to us. We had the old Gods – those we can easily think of, the real religions of the world – and we have the modern Gods – of the things we love, aspects of the modern world that are central to everyday life. These two opposing types of worship made for such an interesting tale. They develop slowly, giving us more and more information as the story progressed.

Moreover, the multiple layers of the story ensured you were never quite one hundred percent sure about what would come next. Some elements were quite predictable, but it was nice to watch how everything linked together. You always had some kind of question lingering in the background, you were constantly wondering about the significance of little things.

It was a wonderfully complicated tale, and I’m glad I gave it a read. Not only can I finally jump into all those American God conversations that are occurring but I also enjoyed the book. Although I did have fun, it wasn’t all I had hoped it would be. I’ll certainly be giving Neil Gaiman another try, but I had wanted something more from this one – I just feel as though there was something missing (even now I could not tell you what, all I know is that I never experienced the mind blowing phenomenon everyone else seemed to).

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Review: As Old as Time

As Old as Time As Old as Time by Liz Braswell
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

As Old As Time is the third Twisted Tale story, this time giving us a Beauty and the Beast retelling. I positively adore Beauty and the Beast retellings, so I was excited for this one.

With the first book in this series, the Aladdin retelling, I was super excited for the series. With the second book in the series, the Sleeping Beauty retelling, I was extremely disappointed. With this third book in the series, the Beauty and the Beast retelling, I was somewhere in the middle. I wasn’t crazy about this one. It was nowhere near as interesting as the first book in the series, but it was a lot more enjoyable than the second book in the series.

I think the reason I enjoyed the first book so much is because of the story chosen. It is extremely rare to see Aladdin retellings. It was unique, hence my level of enjoyment. With the Sleeping Beauty story, I had comparisons I could make, thus allowing me to see how it wasn’t quite up to par with other retellings. With Beauty and the Beast there are countless retellings to be found. Some retellings are amazing, others not so much. To fall at either end of the spectrum this book would need to be either mind blowing or truly atrocious – thus, it was in the middle ground.

There was so much potential for this one. There was a twist added that I have never seen before – the one to curse the Beast was Belle’s mother. In addition to this, we had a world of magic. There was more to the story than simply accepting the Beast for being a monster – throughout the same message was sent. We are to accept others for their differences – be it a beastly form, magical powers, or the prejudices you see in everyday life. It is a great message to be sending, even if the story didn’t grip in quite the way it could have.

I feel as though it wasn’t as deep as it could have been. Certain elements were glossed over whereas some dragged on for far too long. Things were moving either too slowly or too quickly. I went from being gripped to being bored. It was the potential for great things that left me reading, and it never quite delivered the powerful hit I’d been hoping it would.

Whilst the book did have some good moments, moments in which an already interesting story was given new exciting twists, it didn’t blow my mind in the way it could have. It was an okay Beauty and the Beast retelling yet it was far from being my favourite.

I may carry on with this series, should more be realised, but I’m not going to go out of my way to read them. They’re okay tales to pass a bit of time, but there are plenty of other stories I’m more interested in reading.

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Friday, 18 August 2017

Review: Survivor

Survivor Survivor by Hayley Oakes
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Survivor is my second Hayley Oakes read and the second Richmore book. Having read and thoroughly enjoyed Condemned, I was super excited to jump into this one. I wanted more of the Devereux family and I was not disappointed by what I was given.

Survivor is a different kind of read to Condemned. Both are emotional heavy books, yet this one didn’t feel quite as intense as Condemned. Condemned pulled us into the darkness from the very start, we were constantly given glimpses of what was hidden below the surface, whereas Survivor slowly unwraps layer by layer. We’re given a wonderfully sweet story with a darkness hidden below the surface. The sweeter the story gets the closer to the surface the darkness rises. You hope the darkness never reaches the open air, and yet it slowly seeps through. Rather than being engulfed, as you are in Condemned, this one slowly seeps into you. It makes for a very different vibe, but it’s just as powerful.

It’s not just the way the story unfolds that results in a very different vibe, but the relationship between the characters is vastly different. The personalities of our characters in this book couldn’t be any more different to the personalities of the characters in the prior book, giving us a refreshingly different kind of tale. Although vastly different, they’re just as wonderful. In fact, I think I fell in love with them more. It is hard to say considering how I feel in love with the two sets of characters for vastly different reasons, but I think I may prefer this couple.

Moreover, we get to visit our favourite characters from the prior book. Although they’re not a central part of the story, we do get to spend some time with them, and it is wonderful. Survivor works perfectly fine as a standalone novel; however, if you’ve read Condemned this book allows for a beautiful insight into what the future held for the characters. It’s always wonderful when you get to see the ‘what happens next’ and this book does so without the glimpses of our Condemned characters overshadowing the drama of the Survivor characters.

Honestly, this was another beautiful read. It deals with sensitive topics with such great care, creating a deeply emotional read that leaves you addicted throughout. Condemned already had me believing I needed to pick up more Haley Oakes books, and Survivor has merely reinforced the notion. Without a doubt, Hayley Oakes is an author I need to read more of.

I cannot wait to see what comes next.

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Review: The Irish Getaway

The Irish Getaway The Irish Getaway by Siobhan Davis
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I’ve been excited about The Irish Getaway from the moment Siobhan Davis mentioned a Kennedy Boys short story. Reading Loving Kalvin merely increased my desire to read this short story, the titbits offered leaving me super excited to find out more of the specific details. I hate to say it, but whilst I enjoyed this, it wasn’t quite all I had hoped it would be.

I have a very complicated relationship with short stories. I hate more than I love. With the Saven series, Siobhan Davis convinced me her short stories are more than worth the read. In fact, I’m impatiently awaiting the rest of those short stories. Due to this, I had high hopes for The Irish Getaway with Siobhan Davis being one of the few authors whose short stories I look forward to reading.

Truthfully, this is more of a three-point-five star read than a three star read. I did my usual debate of whether I was to round up or down, yet I’ve been in one of those weird reading moods lately where very little seems to be pleasing me in the way I hope. I’m still enjoying books, but I’m waiting on that one book that will blow my mind. I’d been hoping The Irish Getaway would be that book, and because it wasn’t I believe that is why I opted to round down. I know many fans of the series will give it a higher rating… but yeah, weird reading mood right about now.

The Irish Getaway brings Faye’s story full circle in a wonderful manner. We’re back where everything started, returning to Ireland to be giving one final tale from the perspectives of Faye and Kyler. As with the other Kennedy Boys books, this one was filled with drama and mischief. With all of the boys on vacation, things quickly get out of hand. Fun, fisticuffs, and the other ‘f’ word you can easily fill in without me saying.

I feel as though this story gave us a nice insight into many of the future Kennedy Boys books. We get to see glimpses of things that promise to blow our minds in later books. In fact, I think my preferred release order for the future books has changed. I’m even more excited for certain stories now that I’ve been giving a little bit more about some of the boys. These little tasters do plenty to build up an appetite yet nothing at all is solid – things are very much open, and there’s no telling what Siobhan Davis will bring us.

Whilst this story did give us lots of little things, I feel as though it never quite reached the one big bang that we were given with the main books in the series. It was lots of little explosions, and whilst they were lots of fun, they never really reached the intensity of the one big bang I’ve come to love in the other books. It pulled everything together well, we had some nice moments, but it didn’t quite move me in the same way the main books in the series have.

Overall, it was an enjoyable quick read. In addition to the little something more added by the short story, we are also given some bonus scenes to go with the Kyler books. Without a doubt, it is worth picking up if you’re a fan of the Kennedy Boys.

Honestly, I think it’s just my current reading mood that left me feeling a bit out of touch with this one. It was fun; I just wanted something to truly blow my mind.

Bring on Saving Brad (I’m more hyped for it now after the snippets of drama we get to see in this).

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Thursday, 17 August 2017

Review: Lovemurder

Lovemurder Lovemurder by Saul Black
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Love Murder is the second Valerie Hart book, and much like the first I wasn’t crazy about it. Yes, it was enjoyable; however, it’s not a series where I’ll be going out of my way to pick up the next book.

I picked up The Killing Lessons as a means to entertain myself whilst travelling. Although I started the book whilst travelling, I wasn’t as pulled in as I had hoped to be, resulting in me picking it up and putting it down. It was a decent enough read, but I wasn’t crazy about it. I spent quite a bit of time feeling as though it would only pull a three star rating from me, yet I opted with four stars in the end. I was unsure as to whether I would pick up the second book.

Fast forward to the release of Love Murder and we have a Goodreads giveaway. I decided to enter, indifferent about whether or not I would win. As is always the case when you’re indifferent, I won. It took me a while before I was able to jump into it (I selected the wrong address when entering, resulting in the book being sent to my family rather than me), but when I could I was surprisingly excited. The synopsis had me expecting big things.

I did enjoy this one a lot more than I enjoyed the first book, but my engagement was not all it could have been. Due to my lack of complete enjoyment with the first book, it took me a while to reconnect with the characters. There were details I could not remember, things I didn’t really care about all that much. All the talk of love grew annoying, to the point where I was constantly rolling my eyes. Yet the crime intrigued me. I was curious. I was pulled in. I wanted to know more.

At first, I had some Gretchen Lowell vibes from our villainess. Despite the different types of crime, the beauty and destruction reminded me of the Chelsea Cain books. These vibes were mostly pushed away. The story was completely different to a Gretchen Lowell story, even if there were moment in my mind where the two characters merged somewhat. This was much more complex, giving me a story that pulled me in.

As much as I loved the crime aspect of the story, I still do not care much about the characters. I liked them more in this one, but they continued to annoy me in a number of ways. I simply cannot connect with them, making it hard for me to find myself truly lost in the series.

I probably will pick up a third Valerie Hart book if it comes to be, but I’m not going to go out of my way to read it. There are many other crime fiction series I’m deeply invested in, and this one pales in comparison to those obsessions.

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Review: The Assassin and the Empire

The Assassin and the Empire The Assassin and the Empire by Sarah J. Maas
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Having read and enjoyed the first five Throne of Glass books and impatiently awaiting the sixth, I decided it was time to work my way through the five novellas offered up in The Assassin’s Blade. I’d debated reading these stories at an earlier stage, yet I found myself too pulled into the main story to take a detour. Detour now, officially over, I’m hoping book six will be well worth the wait.

With these novellas, I’ve had ups and downs. Upon finished The Assassin and the Pirate Lord, I was unsure whether or not the stories would do much. The Assassin and the Pirate Lord was an okay read, but for the most part I really didn’t care. The Assassin and the Healer improved upon the first novella, yet it still wasn’t quite what I had hoped for. It was enough to leave me with the belief the stories would improve. With The Assassin and the Desert, I found myself back at my earlier stage. It was an okay read, but it failed to give me all I had hoped for. The Assassin and the Underworld returned me to the point of the second book. In fact, it was my favourite of the first four novella – I enjoyed it much more than the other stories. The Assassin and the Empire was somewhere in the middle, for me. I didn’t love it in the way I had hoped I would, nor was it terrible. It was merely okay.

Considering how much I enjoyed the fourth novella, I was expecting really big things from this one. We all knew what was coming, and due to that, I was anticipating a truly powerful read. Instead, I felt as though it dragged. It never really hit the high point I was waiting for. I appreciate being given the background details, I enjoyed seeing what played out, but what was in my mind was much more moving than the events that played out. I wanted more. I wanted my emotions pulled at, my heartstrings damaged once and for all.

I fear I’m in the minority when I say this, but this last novella wasn’t at all what I’d been hoping to receive.

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Review: Yes, Prime Minister

Yes, Prime Minister Yes, Prime Minister by Aria Cole
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Yes, Prime Minister is my second Aria Cole book. As with my first Aria Cole read, I wasn’t crazy about it. I contemplated three stars – as my prior Aria Cole read somehow managed to pull such a rating from me (I believe I was much nicer with my ratings back then) – but I couldn’t quite bring myself to give it a three star rating.

For me, this book was a case of insta everything. You name a cliché and it happens at hyper speed. You blink and you’ve missed a sudden shift in the story, a move that is quite large yet wholly predictable. Everything was too quick, you didn’t get a chance to connect, and I didn’t really care one way or another how things played out. All in all, it wasn’t for me.

I plan to try one more Aria Cole book (possibly two, as I have a feeling I have multiple on my Kindle for some reason), and if I have the same response, I will conclude Aria Cole books are not for me. I’m just too picky when it comes to my short stories, and neither of the Aria Cole books I have picked up thus far have done it for me.

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Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Review: Crescendo

Crescendo Crescendo by Lana Sky
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Crescendo is one of those reads where I was unsure, for quite some time, what rating I was going to give the book. There were times where I was thinking four stars, times where I was thinking three stars, and quite a lot of time where I was somewhere in-between. In the end, it won me over enough for me to give a four star rating despite the moments where I was considering otherwise.

Crescendo will not be for everyone, I’ll say that in advance. It’s a mob read, something that not everyone will enjoy. I have ups and downs with this genre, but I’m always willing to try another read in the genre. It’s also a very dark read – there are a lot of dark topics touched throughout this story – which will also contribute to how people feel about this book. It will either be loved or hated; it’s just one of those books.

Whilst the book dealt with the dark issues really well, I found the speed at which the book progressed ebbed and flowed. There were times when I felt as though it wasn’t moving much at all, as though it was getting stuck rehashing the same kinds of details, but when it was moving forward it was moving well.

I think, for me, it was a case of the book being overly long for this kind of story. It was a great read, I cannot deny that, yet it felt overly long. It felt as though it could have been split into multiple individual shorter stories, each telling a different segment of the tale. I think it’s because I’ve grown so accustomed to shorter stories in this genre, making this one feel even longer than it actually was. I think, were it a case of this one being split into shorter stories, it wouldn’t have felt as though it was dragging on at certain points. That’s just me, though, and I know many will not feel that way.

As I said, however, it was a great read. It was thoroughly addictive, each element of the story dragging you in deeper. If you love dark tales, this one is wonderful. There are so many different elements dealt with in this book. Each time you think a new dark element cannot be added, something more is added. New twists are constantly introduced, keeping you on edge throughout.

Moreover, you’re left super interested to see what will come next in the series. More darkness is promised, more of the twisted characters. You’re so pulled into this one that the promise of what is to come will leave you crazy excited to pick up the next book. I feel as though it is going to take a very different path, and I’m super excited to see how everything plays out.

Overall, this had highs and lows but it won me over in the end.

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Review: Haunted

Haunted Haunted by Kelley Armstrong
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Haunted is the fifth book in Kelley Armstrong’s wonderful Women of the Otherworld series. If I’m being completely honest, however, it’s my least favourite book in the series thus far. It was more of a three-point-five star read, with my bias towards the overall series being the reason I rounded up.

The first two books in the series followed a werewolf, the third and fourth books in the series followed the witching world, and this fifth book takes us even deeper into the afterlife we were introduced to in book four. I feel as though this book does a lot to introduce elements that will come into play in the later books in the series, yet as an individual read it is not to the same level as the prior books.

For me, I found this one to be a much slower read. It took a while before anything really happened. There was a lot of information being given but there wasn’t really much happening. Yes, the storyline was interesting; however, it didn’t feel as though it was moving all that much.

Moreover, I found the characters in this one a lot harder to connect with than I did those in the prior books. Towards the end of the book I came to enjoy them more, but it was nowhere near the same degree that I have enjoyed those in the prior books. They weren’t quite as interesting, the romance didn’t do much for me, and as a whole they were merely a way to tell the story rather than being characters I would find myself invested in.

I’m super interested to see what the next book brings – as I said, this one feels like it has given us a number of things that will be important in the future – but I would not label this a favourite in the series.

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Blitz: Letters To Lincoln.


Letters to Lincoln by Tracie Podger



Blurb:

What do you do when your husband dies unexpectedly?
You write him a letter, of course.
What do you do when someone answers that letter?

Dani was mid-thirties when she found herself alone and without her soulmate.
Coming to terms with her loss took all her strength and her voice.
If Dani thought she’d experienced the worst life could throw at her, she was wrong.
Lies, deceit, confusion surround her.
A stranger, a builder, and a priest, comfort her.

Letters to Lincoln is a contemporary romance about overcoming loss, finding the strength to rebuild a life, and learning to forgive.

For readers over the age of 18.


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#ItStartedWithABottle #TraciePodger #NewRelease #Romance



If you loved A Virtual Affair, then you’ll also love Letters To Lincoln – reviewer.

Excerpt
I heard noises: beeping, whispered voices. It was the clinical smell assaulting my nose that had me realise I wasn’t at home. I tried to open my eyes, but the light, such a bright light above me, burned my retinas. My body ached, my arm felt heavy as if weighed down.
I drifted back into sleep.
“Dani, can you hear me?”
“Dani, we need you to open your eyes, honey.”
Honey?
I felt a hand on my shoulder, it gently squeezed. Why couldn’t they leave me be? Did they not understand? The minute I opened my eyes, the minute I heard their words, I’d have to remember. I didn’t want to remember.
“Baby girl, it’s time to wake up now.” Not even my dad’s voice could chase the fear of waking up away.
The hand squeezed and eventually, fingertips pried one eyelid open. I moved my head away; it was an invasion. An assault on my desired numbness. I had no choice. I opened my eyes, squinting against the harsh lights above me and turned my head.
My dad sat on a chair beside me. He leant forwards, reached out, and smoothed the hair from my forehead. I winced at the sting as his fingers brushed over the stitches.
“Hey,” he said, gently.
A nurse stood beside him, busying herself with a clipboard and notes. She looked up and smiled softly at me. I didn’t return the smile.
I looked down at the arm that felt heavy and saw the white plaster cast, stretching from hand to elbow. Using my other hand, I placed it on my stomach. I knew.


About the Author

Tracie Podger currently lives in Kent, UK with her husband and a rather obnoxious cat called George. Shes a Padi Scuba Diving Instructor with a passion for writing. Tracie has been fortunate to have dived some of the wonderful oceans of the world where she can indulge in another hobby, underwater photography. She likes getting up close and personal with sharks.

Tracie likes to write in different genres. Her Fallen Angel series and its accompanying books are mafia romance and full of suspense. A Virtual Affair is contemporary romance, and Gabriel and A Deadly Sin are thriller/suspense. The Facilitator is erotic romance.


Available from Amazon, iBooks, Kobo & Nook

Fallen Angel, Part 1
Fallen Angel, Part 2
Fallen Angel, Part 3
Fallen Angel, Part 4
The Fallen Angel Box Set
Evelyn - A Novella To accompany the Fallen Angel Series
Rocco A Novella To accompany the Fallen Angel Series
Robert To accompany the Fallen Angel Series
Travis To accompany the Fallen Angel Series
A Virtual Affair A standalone and available in KindleUnlimited
Gabriel A standalone and available in KindleUnlimited
The Facilitator A standalone and available in KindleUnlimited
A Deadly Sin A standalone and available in KindleUnlimited
Harlot A standalone and available in KindleUnlimited
Letters to Lincoln A standalone

Coming soon

Allana
A Deadly Mission
Hitchhiker
Jackson


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Release Day Blitz: Survivor.

(¸.•´ (¸.•`Hayley Oakes - Survivor - OUT NOW! .•*´¨) ¸.•*¨)

Synopsis:
I live by one motto - work hard, play harder.

A pro-football player at the top of my game: the Devereux charm, and my skills on and off the field haven't let me down yet.

Whatever I want comes easy to me but when I see the cute, blonde gym instructor with the sensational body, I want her ... but something tells me it's going to take more than my name to score with Perrie Fraser.

Head down, no distractions - it's my new mantra.

As a gym instructor to high-end clientele, all I want is to get through each day without attracting unwanted attention. Even if that attention does come in the form of a drop-dead gorgeous, annoyingly charming pro-football player.

If his ego doesn't send me running, then his playboy image definitely should ... but the more I get to know him, the clearer it becomes that saying no to Thomas Devereux is going to be much harder than I thought.

Sometimes the last thing you think you need becomes the only thing you can trust. 


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Friday, 11 August 2017

Release Day Blitz: Deserved.

•~•*•~•Victoria Johns - Deserved is OUT NOW!•~•*•~•
Synopsis:
Lacey Talbot had a safe and loving childhood despite being raised in a residential home for kids, and the day she met Charlotte and Oli Hart, it felt like she had been truly blessed. Now training to be qualified in social care, she’s giving back to the system that saved her from a life of danger and poverty.

So why does she feel like she needs more when she has everything she never thought possible? A career, family love and friends who would be there for her no matter what, just don’t seem enough.

Lacey wants a love to call her own, to start living her life for real but there is one thing missing, someone to love - a guy who will return the love that she deserves just as hard.

Tommy Sevens, is the dependable local business owner. He’s never short of female company but his bachelor life is turned upside down by an unexpected visitor. When he reaches out for help, he ends up with more than he bargained for when Lacey comes to the rescue.

What starts out as a professional relationship, turns into so much more when Tommy realizes he can’t resist Lacey anymore. She’s a beautiful, unforeseen surprise who makes him want a different life, despite what he thinks he deserves, and he’s that guy that Lacey has been yearning for. The one thing that stands in the way of their happily ever after are his close friends, Lacey’s foster parents.

Deserved is the second book in the soul mates series and tells the stories of those who find passion and love when they least expect it.  No need to have read the first book.

If you'd like to read book 1, Survivor, click here - getbook.at/vjsurvivor

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Thursday, 10 August 2017

Review: Deserved

Deserved Deserved by Victoria Johns
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Deserved is the second book in the Soul Mates series, and if I’m completely honest I enjoyed it more than I enjoyed Survivor. Survivor, book one, was a great read, yet Deserved had something that little bit more.

I quite often stay up late reading a good book, but to forego sleep by choice due to a good book is somewhat rarer. Usually I will notice the sun coming up and realise I need to get an hour or so of sleep – such was not the case here. I started Deserved at about three in the morning, and the next thing I knew I looked up from a finished book and the sun had already greeting the world. I started and I could not put this one down. I kept telling myself ‘just one more chapter’ and that chapter kept turning into another and another until I had finished. To call this book addictive is an understatement.

Deserved has a rather different feel to Survivor. Survivor had a real romantic suspense feel to it, yet the feeling wasn’t quite there with Deserved. There were some elements of romantic suspense thrown throughout the story, yet it was not the sole focus. There were many elements thrown into this one. It was a contemporary romance with many layers to it, a number of different aspects interwoven in a wonderful way. It’s a story that will leave you feeling all kinds of emotions – from frustrated mumbling to outright laughter (not the best thing a four in the morning when the other person in the room tells you to shut up and sleep).

I really could mention so many wonderful elements with this one. Age gap, family drama, issues with health, deep displays of friendship, and so many other elements that are done so well. For me, the best element is the portrayal of the child throughout this story. It was a nice change to have a teenager involved rather than a young child. Moreover, it was done so well. Often children can be thrown into stories simply to add a new element, and we fail to connect with them – yet such is not the case here. You come to love the child involved, she plays a central role in the story, and it all plays in so well with the overall story.

Honestly, all the elements of this one come together so well. You fall in love with the characters, you enjoy the romance, and the drama keeps you gripped to the storyline. Whilst not as steamy as book one, the drama in this one more than makes up for it.

Overall, this was a wonderful read. I cannot wait to read more of the author’s work, excited to see what comes next.

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Review: Edge of Danger

Edge of Danger Edge of Danger by Zee Monodee
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Edge of Danger is the first book in the Corpus Agency series, and it starts us off with a serious bang. I really am excited to see where this series heads, as there is so much potential for great things. Honestly, I feel a serious addiction coming on.

This first book starts us with two things that always grab my attention: amnesia and clandestine agencies. Mixing the two together gives you a story that will leave you gripped, curious as to how every detail comes together.

I’ll be completely honest by saying it took me a while to get into this story. Although I was interested by the storyline, I wasn’t pulled in by the characters. They were merely a way to give the details I so desperately wanted – at least at the start. Once things really got moving, once information started to come to light and the connections were being made, I found myself pulled in by the characters a lot more.

This story has everything you would expect from a great romantic suspense novel. There is all the mystery surrounding the unknown and the criminal happenings, alongside all the drama of romantic life. There were so many layers to both elements of the story, both the mystery and drama grabbing you. Each time you came to terms with one detail, something new would be thrown at you from a different location. It constantly kept you on your toes, leaving you unsure as to how things would play out. Whom could you trust? What was going to happen next? How did certain elements come into play? So many wonderful questions, enough to keep you guessing until the end.

Whilst the individual character storyline comes to a head in this one, leaving us content with how things played out, there are still many questions remaining regarding the bigger picture. I’m super intrigued by all the possibilities that await in the future, unsure as how things will come together.

There really is so much potential for this series and I cannot wait to find out how everything will play out.

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Tuesday, 8 August 2017

Blog Tour: The Pirate's Duty.


He lost everything . . . but his duty to her brought him back to life.

Innkeeper Oriana Thorpe is a smuggler’s daughter who has been hardened by a legacy she cannot escape. She has risked everything, including her safety, in her attempts to break free, going so far as to challenge her evil pirate brother, Charles, in order to save a lady and her maid from his wrath. Determined to atone for his villainy, Oriana distributes the blood money he left behind to widows and orphans living nearby. But when threatening letters promising retribution begin to arrive from Charles, she suspects one or more of her customers may be her despicable brother’s spies. Yet one haunted man promises to protect her, and she finds herself taking the greatest risk of all—falling in love.

Captain Pierce Walsingham should have died when his ship was destroyed by the notorious smuggler Captain Carnage. Instead, Pierce was pulled from the water by the Robin Hood of Cornwall, a pirate known only as the Black Regent. In gratitude, Pierce accepts the Regent’s offer to take over the man’s role, allowing his name to be added to the list of the dead and vowing to protect the beautiful innkeeper who saved his sister Chloe’s life. Unfortunately, Oriana is also Carnage’s next of kin, and the smuggler has sworn vengeance against her and Chloe.


While there is no cause dearer to Pierce’s heart than stopping Carnage, the task won’t be easy. Strategic allegiances have replenished his enemy’s power at sea, and he’s moving ever closer to enacting his revenge. Now Pierce must find a way to defeat Carnage, all while fighting his desire for the resilient woman who fiercely defends her roost. 

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

National bestselling historical romance author Katherine Bone has been passionate about history since she had the opportunity to travel to various Army bases, castles, battlegrounds, and cathedrals as an Army brat turned officer’s wife. Who knew an Army wife’s passion for romance novels would lead to pirates? Certainly not her rogue, whose Alma Mater’s adage is “Go Army. Beat Navy!” Now enjoying the best of both worlds, Katherine lives in the south where she writes about rogues, rebels, and rakes—aka pirates, lords, captains, duty, honor, and country—and the happily-ever-afters that every alpha male and damsel deserve.


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Footsteps.
“Jarvis?” he whispered.
A stirring of rock.
He turned, just barely avoiding being bludgeoned by a miner’s pick. He reacted, veering sideways, and lost his grip on the lantern. It fell, landing in one piece on several bags of highly flammable tobacco. Christ! If the lantern broke before he could retrieve it, a fire would ignite, and fed by the liquor and tobacco stored in the cellar, the fire would cause the entire inn to explode, killing everyone sleeping inside.
His assailant gave him no time to remedy the situation, though. He came hard and fast, his momentum forcing Walsingham back into the shelf. Produce jars clanked loudly behind his head then tumbled to the ground, breaking, as Walsingham wrestled with his attacker. He grabbed the pick’s shaft, pushing against it with all his might to keep from being impaled as it pressed into his throat, cutting off his air.
A sour taste filled his mouth, and he wheezed.
Damn it, this is not how I’m going to die!
Caught in a contest of wills, Walsingham struggled to survive long enough to save the Roost. He gritted his teeth, and his muscles screamed for clemency as a tidal wave of strength burst forth from his core. He pushed against his attacker, grunting with the effort, and found himself gazing into the eyes of Fergus Argall.
“You!” Walsingham raged.
His pulse beat in his throat as Fergus blew out a long breath and sneered. “Thought ye were smarter than Carnage, did ye? He’ll reward me plenty for taking care of ye.”
Fergus’s laughter became a snarl as Walsingham clamped his teeth and tightened his fingers around the pick shaft. He dug in, thrusting all his weight forward to force Fergus off-balance. Propelled backward, Fergus struggled to raise the pick and launch another attack.
Walsingham was ready. He used Fergus’s disrupted balance to his advantage and slung a bag of tea at his uplifted arms. Fergus instantly lowered them as Walsingham hit him again, this time in the knees. Fergus went down, and the pick rattled to the ground.
“No! Don’t!” Fergus cried out as Walsingham grabbed the pick and raised it to strike. He lifted his hands in surrender. “Wait!”
Hesitation caused death, and yet, as Walsingham stood there, poised above Fergus, he fought his impulses to kill the man. What if Fergus had information that could help them? Walsingham rammed the blunt end of the pick into Fergus’s head, knocking the man out cold, and then retrieved the lantern before a spark destroyed them all.