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

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

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

Tuesday, 28 February 2017

New Release: Roman's Having Sex Again by Nikki Ashton.

NEW RELEASE & GIVEAWAY.
Roman's Having Sex Again by Nikki Ashton is now LIVE!


Synopsis:
Summer James has suffered a devastating change to her life, one that could shape her future and to make matters worse she now has a new boss. Not such a major problem, some would think, but that boss is Roman Hepburn. He's rude, grouchy and impatient and has a damn fine ass!

Very quickly her feeling for the dark, brooding, Roman change and it soon becomes evident that some highly charged sexual tension has been bubbling under the surface, and Roman makes it clear that he intends to make Summer his.

Will Roman succeed in getting the girl, and if he does will he succeed in keeping the girl? Or will circumstances and Roman's hilariously strange, but lovable family, send Summer tottering to the hills on her six inch heels?

This is a sexy, fun romance with some laugh out loud moments. Full of quirky characters, broody men and feisty women you won't be disappointed.

Head on over to Nikki's Facebook page to enter her giveaway: https://www.facebook.com/NikkiAshtonBooks/

Review: Roman's Having Sex Again

Roman's Having Sex Again Roman's Having Sex Again by Nikki Ashton
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Roman’s Having Sex Again is one of those books where my feelings towards the characters and story managed to do a complete turnaround as I worked my way through the story. I started off unsure, yet by the end of the book I realised I’d had a wonderful time.

The story starts with our main characters being introduced for the first time in a work meeting, before we’re quickly thrown into seeing how much of an a-hole our leading male is. I couldn’t help it: I hated him. It isn’t simply a case of me disliking love interests who act in such a way – I just hate rude people in general. His behaviour had me wanting to slap him, the things he was saying leaving me to believe I would murder him if I knew him. Due to this, I wanted nothing more than to shake some sense into our leading lady. Such behaviour is not okay, no matter how nice the guy’s behind happens to be.

Somehow, and I don’t know how, I found myself no longer caring about this massive issue. I was pulled into the story, and was able to overlook how much Roman’s behaviour annoyed me. Oh, there were still certain times where I would have punched him had I been in Summer’s position – but once I was pulled into the story I found I couldn’t put it down. It quickly became a one sitting read, leaving me ignoring my daily duties so that I could see how everything played out.

Truthfully, the story isn’t anything overly special. There are no billionaires. There’s no kidnapping situation. There’s no supernatural creature in the shadows. It doesn’t have that ‘out there’ quality that a lot of romance novels seem to have these days – and this is what allowed me to love this story so much. It was just your everyday romance. They’re two normal people, two very flawed people, who manage to find happiness together. Their story isn’t perfect, mistakes are made, but they work it all out and allow us to see that even the most everyday of people are able to find that special something should they be willing to work for it.

Honestly, it was such a change from my usual romance reads. There was plenty to keep me entertained, and it wasn’t until I finished that I realised that I hadn’t once looked for that ‘out there’ aspect that usually leaves me pulled into romance stories. It was so refreshing so see something so mundane become such a gripping read.

Not that this story is boring – far from it. There is plenty to keep you entertained.

As with any good romance read, there is plenty of drama. Drama between the lovers; drama between the friends; drama with enemies; drama with family. It was a bit of a mini soap opera, but that’s just life for you. It wasn’t crazy over the top; rather, it was believable. The events that took place were easy enough to imagine, things you could easily connect to – thus allowing you to drift into another world without leaving your own world too far behind. It was just the right amount of drama, just the right sort of drama.

Moreover, we’re given a truly amusing range of characters. As I’ve previously stated, I was unsure at the start of the story. I warmed up to our characters throughout, though, as I got to know them better. But what I really loved were our side characters. They were all so interesting. Not to mention, Roman’s family really made the story come alive. Honestly, I cannot remember laughing so hard at a book in a long time. I’m not going to say too much because of spoilers – however, his parents were the wonderful kind of eccentric that leaves you wanting more of them. Whilst I enjoyed all of the characters, Roman’s parents were certainly the highlight of the book.

So yeah, in sort I came to enjoy this one a lot.

I was pulled in and unable put the book down; I was laughing out loud; I was hoping things would play out for the best.

It may not be my favourite romance read of all time, but it’s certainly one I’ll be thinking about for a while.

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Monday, 27 February 2017

Review: Melancholy Ghost

Melancholy Ghost Melancholy Ghost by Kat Mayor
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Melancholy Spirit is the second book in the Spirit Chasers series – and, in all honesty, I enjoyed it more than the first.

Whilst a much quicker read than the first book, Melancholy Spirit seems to hit a much harder punch than the first book. I’m not quite sure what specific aspect of the story is to blame for this, but I’m going to go ahead and explain all the wonderful aspects that I feel contributed to this being the case.

First, I’ll start with the new ghost lore. In Melancholy Spirit we’re introduced to some new and original ghost lore, and I positively loved this. I’m not going to say what the lore is – because, as always spoilers, even when the information is given at the start of the story – but it certainly adds a unique twist to this series. I’m hoping we get to find out even more about this new aspects of the story in the future books, as it’s certainly left me curious as to the specific details. Is this new lore impossible to fix? Is there any hope when such a thing happens? Whilst there are events that suggest answers, I feel as though there is still hope.

Second, we have the developments of the characters. I really enjoyed our cast in the first book, and I feel as though there was real development for some of them in this book. I would have liked to see more of some of the characters – but those who the central story surrounded really grew. Considering the twist at the end of the last book, it was unclear just how things would play out, and I really liked watching the way the events lead to the development of certain characters.

Third, linking back to my above statement, is the events within this book. As with the first book, a lot of focus was upon the individual characters and how their stories progressed rather than upon the individual hauntings. As with the first book, there was ample attention played to the hauntings – with the hauntings being linked to the overall story and our knowledge of the world – but most attention was upon taking our main characters to new stages in their lives. We get to see how the ending of book one impacted everyone; we get to see the way certain characters come together; we get to see the way people deal. I was expecting a little bit more by the way of emotional moments, but the way the characters came together was wonderful once again.

Whilst those three are the largest aspects combining to make a wonderful story, there were also smaller things that left me completely in love with the book – and the series.

Even though I gave the first book a four star rating, it wasn’t quite a solid four star read. It was close enough that I needed to round up – there was no other choice, as it was so close – but it still wasn’t quite there. This second book, though, was a solid four star rating. No ifs or buts about it, just a solid four star read. It took everything I enjoyed about the first book and amplified it.

The interactions of the characters. The slowly developing world. The gripping tale. The wonderful pace. The addictive story.

This book really is made up of the little things coming together so nicely, adding an entirely new level to the world introduced to us in book one. I really could go on and on about the small details, but I fear doing so will leave me giving spoilers. Spoilers is the last thing anyone needs – so I’ll hush up now.

Just know this is a wonderful second book. If you enjoyed the first them I’m positive you’ll have a lot of fun with this one. It’s a quick read, but it adds so much to the overall story.

Not to mention the ending. Once again, it left us with questions. I cannot wait to see what comes next in the story. It really could go in so many different ways, and I’m super excited to see what the author decides to do.

Am I excited to get my hands on the next book? I sure am!

Honestly, if you’re a fan of the paranormal, of psychics and ghosts, I certainly recommend picking up this series. It’s all kind of addictive and fun.

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Review: The Spirit Chaser

The Spirit Chaser The Spirit Chaser by Kat Mayor
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I actually read The Spirit Chaser a month ago, yet I held off on writing my review until it was my turn to post on the blog tour of book two. I did have some notes of what I wanted to say, yet as is always the way I cannot seem to find them. Thus, I apologise that this review won’t be quite as in depth as my review of book two, which I read much closer to the writing of the review.

Anyway, onto the good stuff!

The Spirit Chaser is the first in what is promising to be a wonderful series of ghostly tales. I’ll admit that I was tentative with this one at the start as I wasn’t one hundred percent sure about what I was going to receive.

Was it a horror story? Not by my usual standards. It wasn’t the keep you up at night kind of read that you get from old school King and Koontz. Nor did it have that true feeling of unease that I associate with Herbert reads. Despite this, it did have many horror elements. There were ghostly events. There was demonic creatures. There were many visits to places you should not be going if you wish to remain safe from the evil of the world.

Was it a paranormal story? Yes, this is what I’d lean towards calling it. It’s not your vampire and werewolf story; rather, it goes for something less mainstream. We’re giving ghost hunters and psychics, and all the goodness that comes from the two of them together. Think the Ghostfacers from Supernatural, only with real talent.

Was it a romance? It was, and this aspect of the story took centre stage more than I’d initially imagined it would. Such a thing annoyed me at the start, as I’d been hoping for a truly terrifying read, but when I came to terms with this story being more of a paranormal romance I was perfectly fine with such a tale. In fact, I came to enjoy it much more than I’d imagined. It wasn’t perfect, but it was certainly enjoyable.

The story starts by throwing us headfirst into the supernatural world, and I loved this. Although, I did have a bit of trouble getting into the story. Throughout the first chapter, we flickered between perspectives so much that I feared I wasn’t quite able to keep up with all that was going on. I’m really picky with actions scenes: I favour it when we follow one person, yet with this we flickered between paragraphs. Such left me uneasy, but when we stepped away from the action in the next scene it didn’t seem to happen quite as much. It continued to happen throughout the story, yes, especially when a lot was happening, but my inability to be drawn fully into those scenes is due to my dislike of such a way of storytelling.

Nevertheless, I was really pulled into the story. Things slow down after our first big introduction to the evil of the world, allowing us to come to terms with the characters and the show. I came to really enjoy them, finding myself pulled into their world and curious to see what would come next for them. They really were a great cast, and I loved the way there were such bonds between the characters. It made them seem much more real, the show an actual possibility.

Not to mention the way things slowly came together. For a while, I wasn’t sure what the big ending would be, how we’d have a real climatic moment. I knew something had to come, but I wasn’t quite sure how it would all link together. Then bam – things really started to move. Once everything was pulled together and we found out how things were intertwined, I found I couldn’t put the book down. It was so much fun, leaving me unable to put the book down.

Then that ending. Personally, I really enjoyed it. It wasn’t quite as hard hitting as it could have been, but it was a great way to end things. I know a lot of people will dislike the way things ended, but I always love it when authors do the unexpected. I like it when they take risks with their choices, and such is what happens here. Moreover, it sets up so well for the next book.

Overall, I had a lot of fun with this one. I came to enjoy it a lot more than I’d anticipated. I’ll admit that it’s not quite a solid four star rating, but it was so close that I had to round it up. After all, it left me super eager for book two, showing I’ve been pulled completely into this world.

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Book Blitz: Melancholy Ghost by Kat Mayor.

Book Blitz Melancholy Ghost by Kat Mayor
This is my stop during the book blitz for Melancholy Ghost by Kat Mayor. This book blitz is organized by Lola's Blog Tours. The book blitz runs from 21 till 27 February. You can see the blitz schedule here: http://www.lolasblogtours.net/book-blitz-melancholy-ghost-by-kat-mayor/

Melancholy Ghost (Spirit Chasers #2)
By Kat Mayor
Genre: Paranormal
Age category: Adult
Release Date: 14 February, 2017

Blurb:
From ghost hunter to ghost, haunted.

Barrett has a plan—help Austin regain his memory, surround him with his friends and loved ones, and lead him into the light. Unfortunately, the tragic investigation of a melancholy ghost derails everything.

As new lead investigator, Thai struggles to maintain the high ratings SCI has always enjoyed. After a few subpar investigations, the network execs demand results, even if it means the team must put their lives on the line for a house more deadly than its dead occupants.

There are worse things than being dead.

Austin knows something is wrong. Most people ignore him, time eludes him, and his hands are basically worthless. If only he could remember what happened, he would have the answers he so desperately seeks. He’s sick of Barrett’s lies and Casey’s deflections. Austin will have to figure this one out on his own. Will the truth set him free, or destroy his soul?

You can find Melancholy Ghost on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/33231908-melancholy-ghost

You can buy Melancholy Ghost here:

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Some places are too evil. Some places should be left alone.

The Spirit Chaser is only 0.99$, so you can start this series for cheap. You can buy The Spirit Chaser on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Spirit-Chaser-Chasers-Book-ebook/dp/B01JFAF74O/



About the Author:
I am a native Texan, wife, and mom. In addition to The Spirit Chaser, I have written a young adult series, The Circle. I’m a full-time reader, part-time writer, and when I’m not kicking a story around in my head, I love to read and review books on Goodreads.

You can find and contact Kat Mayor here:

Giveaway
There is a tour wide giveaway for the book blitz of Melancholy Ghost. This giveaway is open international. These are the prizes you can win:
- One 50$ Amazon gift card and paperback copies of The Spirit Chaser and Melancholy Ghost.
- One 25$ Amazon gift card and e-books of The Spirit Chaser and Melancholy Ghost.

Sunday, 26 February 2017

Review: In Farleigh Field

In Farleigh Field: A Novel of World War II In Farleigh Field: A Novel of World War II by Rhys Bowen
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

In Farleigh Field turned out to be a very different read to what I had been anticipating. There is absolutely nothing wrong when such a thing happens, though, especially when I come to have a lot of fun with the book.

Most World War Two books I have read in the past have been of the high-octane, endless action variety. They pull you in from the start and every moment is filled with tension and suspense. Whilst In Farleigh Field takes a number of aspects from such books – spies, double agents, questionable characters, and mystery, to name a few – it doesn’t feel like many of the other historical fiction books I have read in this time period. It is a much lighter read, a cosy read in comparison to most.

Therefore, you should know in advance that this is not a heart-stopping mission through enemy territory. Rather, this is a much lighter read looking at the dynamics back home.

In fact, this story almost felt as though it could have fit any time period. The story was one that could have worked in a variety of ways; all that was needed was for the specific time period to be selected so that the necessary references could be made. Note, I’m not pointing this out as a flaw: I’m merely making an observation. It is one of those situations that can easily be twisted to tell a variety of tales, yet you’re getting no complaints about the way in which this one was told. It worked wonderful in the time it was set, giving us a cast of great characters against a wonderful backdrop.

From the start we’re pulled into the story, curious to see how things will play out. I admit that certain things were obvious from the get-go, but the specifics left me curious as to certain aspects of the story. Yes, I knew one of the people involved; but I knew there were more, and it was these others I was interested in puzzling out. Moreover, I was curious to see how all the deception would come together, as everyone in the story had something to hide. Whenever everyone is keeping the truth close to their chest, you know it’s only a matter of time until facts start to slip free, and I wanted to see what would happen when people started to find out about their close friends and relatives.

After all, this story was more about the dynamics of the characters than it was about the mystery. Yes, the mystery was fun; but what really held my attention was the way in which the characters were interacting. I quickly came to love the characters and wanted to know more about them, turning page after page so that I could see what happened next in their lives. I really was pulled in deep, completely immersed in their world. Honestly, the characters were so much fun. We have such a great cast, we follow so many interesting characters, and it was wonderful to see how everything came together for them all.

Just as a quick note, though, I wish to make a small point. There were some times where the wording used jarred with the time. For those who read a lot of historical fiction, such will disappoint them. It’s not often that this happens, but it can be seen. Those who don’t read all that much of the genre, I cannot imagine it will be quite so off putting. Nevertheless, every so often it happened and it disappointed me. It was only small things, but it was enough to pull me out of the story for a moment.

Overall, though, I had so much fun with this one. It was a wonderful read, light and addictive throughout, pulling me into the world and refusing to let go. It’s certainly worth the read if you enjoy cosy historical fiction.

As a final note, I would like to thank the publisher for contacting me for a review. I really appreciate being given the chance to advance read this one!

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Tuesday, 21 February 2017

Review: Spectra

Spectra Spectra by Ebony Olson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

My feelings towards Spectra by Ebony Olson are rather mixed. I’m not quite sure how I feel about it. As shown by the four star rating I have given the book, I enjoyed it. However, I didn’t come to love it in the way I had expected I would. It was completely different from what I had imagined it would be, and whilst this is a great thing, I’m not entirely sure how I feel about everything that unfolded in the story. It was different but I’m not sure if it was right for me.

Okay, so I’m not making much sense. I’ll try to amend that now, in a full review.

Spectra has a number of great aspects to it, things that leave you wanting more of the story. The main thing is the world building. It is very different to what you see in most paranormal romance stories nowadays. You can see glimmers of the norm, but this is very much a story unlike any other. The creatures we’re introduced to have aspects of their own, allowing us to see a new kind of paranormal system unfold. Or so it seems until you start to understand the world properly, at which point you realise quite a lot of what we’re seeing is just new names and altered details of creatures we already know. This is perfectly fine, though, as we’re pulled into the story and the creatures slowly come to light as we make our way through the story.

At the same time, this did cause me some issues. For quite some time I felt as though I didn’t quite understand the creatures in the world. Things weren’t quite as clear-cut as I usually like them to be, which distracted me from the story more than it should have. Once things clicked into place in my mind, I found I enjoyed the way the world worked; I just wish the world building had been clearer at the start so that I could understand all that was happening. I understand the lack of clarity in regards to our female lead, as an air of mystery is intended for her, but I wanted to understand the world a little bit better than I did. It was such a quick read, that I really do feel as though the details pertaining to the creatures of the world could have been a bit more clear-cut at the start.

This is just my opinion, though, as I’m a stickler for understanding worlds down to the tiniest details. Many will love the world building – and whilst I’m not saying it was bad, it simply wasn’t for me.

This brings me nicely to my next point: the romance. I’m not entirely sure if the romance was for me. I really enjoyed how it went against the norm. Honestly, it was so interesting to see romance done in the way it was in this story. However, I’m extremely picky when it comes to my romance reads. The way the romance developed within this story wasn’t quite for me. I’ve put that aside when rating the book, though, hence why it was given a four star rating. Despite not falling head over heels for the way in which the romantic aspect of this story played out, I really did enjoy how different it was to most of the romance stories out there. It was something new, something refreshing, and I really appreciate that.

Honestly, I know the story won’t be for everyone because this isn’t your usual romance story. Throughout you’re left curious as to how things will play out, and the ending wasn’t at all what I expected. I really do appreciate how the author went against the conventional in her choices, and it certainly makes for an interesting read. Whether people will enjoy it or not is another matter. I appreciated it, I liked how it was different, but I wasn’t crazy about it. Nevertheless, as a whole, it made for an interesting story. I just think people should be aware before going into this story that the romance does not play out the way it so often does.

Overall, though, it was an interesting read. I found myself addicted, curious as to what would come next. I feel as though it was set up in such a way that it is unclear whether we will get any more stories with this cast, but I would like to see another one. After all, there are certain details I want to know more about and I feel as though more adventures with this cast could make for a lot of fun.

An interesting read, for sure. Very much something different.

As a final note, I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with a copy in exchange for a review.

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Monday, 20 February 2017

Review: Can't Stop the Music

Can't Stop the Music Can't Stop the Music by C.D. Hersh
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Soul Mate Tree Collective is a series of standalone novellas that promises to give us a range of wonderful stories. Across thirteen months, we’re going to receive a new story each month, all stories relating back to the soul mate tree, with each story offering something very different. It sounds wonderful, doesn’t it? It’s an instant ‘sign me up’ initiative.

Before we go any further, I wish to be honest and say I’m not on top of things when it comes to this series. I have yet to read January’s release – Realm of the Dragon – but I do plan to do so. Thus, my initial foray into the series came through February’s release – Can’t Stop the Music. Whilst contemporary romance isn’t my favourite genre, I can safely say this introduction to the series has certainly left me curious to see what else the authors involved in the project have to offer.

Not only is Can’t Stop the Music my first book in this series, it’s also my first C.D. Hersh read. Whilst you shouldn’t judge authors based upon a single book, such is what often happens. After reading a single book by an author, I generally decide whether or not I’m going to pick up their work. After all, there are so many authors out there that I want to spend my time reading work I know I’m going to enjoy. With C.D. Hersh, there’s the promise of more books in my future. It was such a gripping tale, that I’ve been left curious to see what their other stories are like.

Thus, Can’t Stop the Music has left me with two future endeavours: more of The Soul Mate Tree Collective and more C.D. Hersh.

All of this comes about through the story being all kinds of addictive. I’ll admit that at the very start I wasn’t quite pulled into the story. This, I attribute to my hit and miss relationship with contemporary romance. It always seemed to take me longer to get into contemporary romance, as it’s not my go-to genre. However, once this one pulled me in I found I couldn’t put it down. I was in need of answers; I needed to see what would come next.

It’s a story of true love, of destiny, of finding the one. It’s about second chances. It’s about believing in the possibility of magic. It’s about battling through the drama. This isn’t a simple ‘boy meets girl at concert’ story, this offers up so much more. Yes, the story begins at a music festival; however, the bulk of the story is told ten years down the line. We’re given the initial drama at the start, and things only multiple as we progress through the story.

Honestly, there’s so much happen for such a short story. It’s one that can be read very quickly, one that you’ll find yourself finishing in no time at all. Filled with emotions, you’re pulled in for the ride. Filled with twists, you don’t mind when one or two things are a bit predictable. Filled with all you can expect from a great contemporary romance, you will fall in love with the story.

Overall, despite being the second book in this series, it was a great introduction The Soul Mate Tree Collective and C.D. Hersh.

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Review: Dark Hope

Dark Hope Dark Hope by Monica McGurk
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Dark Hope is more of a two-point-five read for me, yet in the end I found I couldn’t round it up. Whilst there were moments where I thought I would be rounding it up, as a whole the book wasn’t quite good enough for me to make the final push.

The book had promise I cannot deny that. I love books with angels; they’re one of my biggest weaknesses, meaning I was super interested to see what this one would give me. Unfortunately, I believe I’ve read far too many wonderful angel books, and have therefore been ruined. My standard has massively increased, and I expect something more. I want to be blown away by angel reads, but this one left me with a feeling of ‘meh’.

The premise was wonderful, and the start of the book left me with so many questions. However, as we started to make our way through the story I found there was less and less keeping me interested. There were so many unknowns that seemed to be answered a couple of pages later in a way that left you thinking things couldn’t have been the big surprise they were supposed to be; not long later the information would be shifted slightly so that we had some mystery again. The characters seemed to be rather all over the place; I went from being interested in them to finding them super boring, they’d go from being wise to making stupid choices.

My biggest issue, however, was the romance. I’m very picky with my romance – I’ll admit that in advance. However, I just couldn’t get into this one. There was no feeling at all. It just was. It seemed to be there to add a layer to the story. That layer really could have been done without. The story probably would have been much better if we were without the romance. It seemed to slowly take over the story, and it pulled us away from the aspects that did have potential.

Overall, it wasn’t at all what I had been expecting. My fingers were crossed for another angel addiction, but such was not to be with this one.

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Sunday, 19 February 2017

Review: Taming a Laird's Wild Lady

Taming a Laird's Wild Lady: Taming the Heart Series Taming a Laird's Wild Lady: Taming the Heart Series by Tammy Andresen
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Taming a Laird’s Wild Lady is the third book in the Taming the Heart series, although each book in the series works perfectly fine as a standalone novel. Personally, I had only read book two prior to reading this one, but even without that I could have enjoyed this story. The only benefit to reading the prior book was that I’d been introduced to our leading lady, yet even that was just a simple introduction and didn’t give me all that much about what to expect from her story.

As with book two, this one was a very enjoyable read. It’s a quick read, one you can complete in a single sitting should you wish, with events hitting you one after the other. When books are this length, I find it is important for all events to have meaning. Fortunately, such is the case with this one. It is short and snappy, the action and the romance given ample attention, with something keeping you pulled into the story throughout. Truthfully, I believe this book does all of these things better than the prior book. Of the two, this one is certainly my favourite. You see, Taming a Duke’s Wild Rose was a rounded up four star rating, whereas this one was a solid four star rating.

What made this one better than the prior book? Well, it took all the aspects I enjoyed of the prior book and made them better.

I was addicted from the get-go: I couldn’t put the book down, finding myself with the constant need to red one more chapter. Honestly, every chapter left me questioning what would play out in the next scene, resulting in me reading until I’d consumed the entire story.

The main characters were a lot of fun, and I really enjoyed watching their relationship develop. I’m not the biggest lover of romances that develop at the speed shown within these stories, but I found I didn’t mind much with this couple. There is real chemistry between the two, and there is development of character throughout. I would have been happier if their story had taken longer to bloom, but I was so pulled in that I was able to overlook my usual dislike of whirlwind romances.

The side characters were also a lot of fun. There was real emotion behind all of the interactions to be seen, the entire cast pulling you into the world. Part of me wishes the story had been longer so that I could have enjoyed more of the side characters, as I really did want to see more of their interactions. There was such love between the family, great friendship to be seen, and I wanted more of it.

The only real downside for me was the action towards the end felt a bit too much like the prior book for me to be truly content with the way things played out. It was enjoyable, but I feel as though it was the same sort of action sequence as I read in the prior book. The scenes were different but the feeling felt the same, and I would have liked something different for our characters. Nevertheless, it was a fun read.

Overall, I really enjoyed this story and I’m curious to see what the next book brings.

As a final note, I would like to thank Aurora Publicity for allowing me to read this in exchange for a review: I had a lot of fun with this one, and will certainly be interested in reading more of the author’s work in the future.

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Friday, 17 February 2017

Review: Black Bullet

Black Bullet Black Bullet by L.D. Rose
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Oh. My. Word.

It is official: I have another series addiction. I feared such would be the case when I finished Releasing the Demons a couple of days ago, but after reading Black Bullet I know without a doubt that I will be jumping on each and every book that is realised in this series. Seriously, The Order of The Senary is promising to be a truly mind blowing series. I could rant and rave about how addicted I am, but the short and simple explanation is that I’m well and truly in love.

Whilst I’m being short and simple about my feelings towards the series, I’m not going to be short and simple in explaining why I enjoyed this book. Releasing the Demons had me writing up a lengthy fangirl review, and the same is going to happen here. I would apologise, yet it’s a book that requires gushing.

As with Releasing the Demons, Black Bullet is a great paranormal romance set in a dystopian style future where vampires and hybrids run amuck. We’re giving the same main group of characters from the first book, along with being introduced to some new individuals. The way in which the story is told means the book works perfectly fine as a standalone novel and you can enjoy it in such a way should you wish; however, I would recommend you do read the prior book. There is an underlying story that seems to be playing a prominent role in where things are heading, and I’m sure a lot of things we get to see are suggestions of where the series will head in the future. I don’t wish to say anything specific, but if things are heading where I’m hoping they’re heading, we’re in for some real action packed books in the future.

More action packed than this one – and trust me when I say Black Bullet was filled with action.

From the get-go, the story is moving forward. I admit that it took me longer to be pulled into Black Bullet than Releasing the Demons, but once Black Bullet had pulled me in I found it even harder to put down. There’s a massive internal debate as to which of the two books are my favourite, and I’ll come back to that shortly, but all in all I think Black Bullet had more action than Releasing the Demons. Both are high-octane action stories, both pull you deep into the world, yet Black Bullet seemed to pack a harder punch. There was more fighting, there was more shooting, there was more guts and gore – it just seemed to have a little bit more. Every scene was infused with some kind of action, ensuring your heart was pumping. It didn’t help that every chapter left with you wanting more, making it impossible to put the book down. So yeah, all in all, there’s so much happening in this one.

Back to my debate regarding which of the two books I loved the most. This is liable to become a bit rambled, so I apologise in advance. I blame all the emotions the two books have brought about.

First off, both books are very strong four-star ratings. They’re both flickering around the four-point-five line, leaving me positive that one of the future books will pull a five star rating out of me. Trust me when I say those things are hard to receive. I haven’t given a five star rating in months, and I really did consider it with this one. It just wasn’t quite there, much in the same way Releasing the Demons had me contemplating a five star rating. However, they had me contemplating for two very different reasons.

You see, part of me favours Releasing the Demons because I loved the chemistry between the main characters. They were wonderful, and I’m so glad I got to see more of them in Black Bullet. Honestly, my face lit up whenever they made an appearance. I honestly cannot remember a couple I loved as much as those two. However, I loved the way in which the romance developed within Black Bullet. It took me a while to fall in love with the couple, but when it happened it hit me so hard. It was the kind of punch you cannot dodge, hitting you right where it hurts the most. Their romance developed in the way I love: it was slow going, it had ups and downs, and there were so many emotions infused that I’m sure I’m still dealing with the backlash. By the end of the story, I started to question whether they were my new favourite couple. They’re close, I’ll admit that, but they don’t quite beat the couple from the first book. That being said, I favour their story. Now can you see my problem? I’m a ball of mess when trying to decide which couple I love more. I love them both, for very different reasons.

It’s not even a case of the romantic storyline being the reason for my love: it’s the overall storyline. Releasing the Demons was a wonderful storyline, offering everything I could ask for. It was dark and gritty, it was full of action, it had emotions on both ends of the spectrum, and it had a cast I fell in love with. Black Bullet takes all of these things and amplifies them. The storyline is just as dark and gritty, if not more so, filled with troubled pasts and present ghosts. As I’ve already said, the action doesn’t let up. The emotions are so raw, and I’ve already mentioned my emotional backlash. The cast is even better because we get to find out so much more.

In fact, one of my favourite aspects is the development of the cast.

We were introduced to the group in the first book, but they really came alive in this one. I’m not sure whose story I wish to read next, as I’m in love with all of them. There are a couple I’m overly interested in reading about, in understanding better… but I think the one I want most will be held off until the end. I feel as though that will be the story that wraps everything together nicely. The fact I’m even looking that far ahead shows how much the characters developed in this one – they all became so much more in this one, allowing me to contemplate where the future will go for them. I doubt all my theorising is correct, but whatever happens I know I’m in for the long run. I need to know where this series goes; I need to know how every character’s story plays out.

I just need more. More of everything this series is offering.

Honestly, I really could go on forever about this one. It’s wonderful. I’m already anxiously awaiting the next book, eager to see whether I’m going to be given that five star read I feel is sitting just beyond the horizon. Because, seriously, this one was so close to that five stars. The emotions, the development, and the addiction I experienced – my words cannot do the book justice, especially when I’m doing nothing more than spilling my fangirl heart all over the place.

The only reason it didn’t quite get that full five star rating is because it took me a while to be pulled in. Yes, it was an interesting story; however, it didn’t quite grab me as quickly as the first book did. Moreover, I still feel as though there is some explaining to be done. There was a lot more explaining about the world in this one, yet I’m still missing answers to some very big questions. Part of me believes things will slowly be revealed throughout the series, yet certain parts of me wish the answers were there just so I could better understand the world.

Just two tiny things, showing how I really am harsh when it comes to holding off my five star ratings. In fact, I’m sure most will give this a five star rating – especially when anyone who enjoyed the first book is bound to absolutely adore this one. I cannot stress enough, it’s a brilliant addition to the series and I cannot wait to see what comes next.

Sign me up to reading book three as soon as possible, because I need more!

So, the short of it: I’m a fan, and you can be sure of more fangirling from me when the next book is released.

As a final note, I would like to thank the author for allowing me to read this in exchange for a review. Book one gave you a fan, and book two has pushed me over into the land of obsession. Well done!

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Wednesday, 15 February 2017

Review: Releasing the Demons

Releasing the Demons Releasing the Demons by L.D. Rose
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Releasing the Demons is such a wonderful paranormal romance, one that has left me super excited about where the series is to go from here. In fact, I’m starting book two instantly and the fact book three has yet to be released leaves the already formed fangirl disappointed. After all, I’m a big lover of binge reading entire series. Patience is not my forte, and whilst I’ll happily wait for the next book to be released, I favour diving into each new book as soon as I finish the prior.

For me, Releasing the Demons is a very strong four star read. Initially, I gave it a four-point-five star rating. Five stars are extremely hard to pull out of me, and such a rating is wonderful. After sitting and thinking for a while, I realised it isn’t quite that full four-point-five stars, but it is still an overly easy strong four star read. It was a great read, one any fan of the genre should pick right up. Without a doubt, I recommend it to anyone looking for a refreshing paranormal romance.

We enter a world that mixes together so many different aspects: some kind of dystopian future, vampires, and a unique collection of hybrids. It’s a world that pulls you in right from the start, and I positively loved it.

As amazing as it is – which I will elaborate upon shortly – retrospect has me realising it wasn’t quite all it could have been. Mainly, we’re never quite given a full explanation of the world we’re living in. We get references to events, we know things have happened, but we do not have a complete understanding. Such is where I felt a bit let down by the story: I wanted a better understanding of the world. I wanted to better comprehend the dystopian-like world we’re introduced to, rather than it simply being.

Nevertheless, I was pulled so into the world that such a thing didn’t really register with me until I had finished reading and stopped to think prior to writing my review. Honestly, the world pulls you in from the get go. There is so much action, so much going on, that you jump from one scene to the next without being given a moment to stop and think. The story is constantly moving, allowing you to watch the events slowly unfold before your eyes.

Did I mention how wonderful the story is? Well, it is. Wonderful, I mean. It’s dark and twisted; it is filled with so many emotions. There isn’t much by way of mystery, there aren’t that many surprises, but you are given countless moments of suspense and endless thrill. As I’ve already stated, the story is constantly moving. There isn’t a moment in which we’re left asking for more as we’re unable to stop and catch a breath. Even in the moments when the action slows down somewhat, we’re kept in a tight ball due to the emotions being forced to the fore through the interactions of our characters.

That brings me nicely to my next point, actually. Our main characters.

I’ll start by saying our entire cast is wonderful. I came to enjoy everyone, both the good and the bad. Not to mention the in between, as we’re given quite a bit of the grey area. Everyone has a role in the story, and I found myself wanting to read more about the characters. I’m so glad such a thing is happening in the next book, and I hope it addresses some of the issues I had with the characters in this one. When I say issues, know it is nothing big. It is little things, such as not fully understanding the characters to the degree I had hoped to. We understand our main characters on such a deep level, but there are a number of question marks surrounding some of our side characters. I loved them, yet I feel as though there were some blanks I want filling in. I’m hoping these blanks exist so that their individual stories can be told and explore these aspects fully, but I still would have liked a wee bit more for some of the characters.

As I stated, however, we get to understand our main characters so well. I cannot begin to explain how much I loved them, how much I enjoyed their chemistry. There were a few things I disliked about the way their story developed, but I was so in love with them that these things were quickly pushed to the back of my mind.

I’ll deal with the issues, first just to get them out of the way. First up, is the speed of the romance. It seemed to happen far too quickly. It’s a common thing in paranormal romances, but it always bugs me. I prefer it when we watch things bloom over time, I like watching things slowly bloom. We’re without the tropes here – there’s no ‘mate’ aspect to this story – but the speed was still a bit more than I would have liked. Second, is the turnaround in emotions for one of our characters. It’s the typical paranormal romance story of one character belonging to a group of monsters that has messed up the life of the other character. For me, our female changed her view much quicker than I felt fit with her personality. These were the only things I disliked about our main characters, but as a whole I loved them.

They’re both extremely complex. Each has a dark past that was thoroughly enjoyable to learn more about. Each has unique traits, aspects of their personality that make them a lot of fun. Most of all, they work so well together. They’re both such strong characters underneath it all, and watching the way the chemistry built up was beautiful. I could honestly say so much, but I’ll sum it up with one simple statement: the duo in this story is one of my favourites within the genre. Honestly, I want more from them. I really do hope they appear in the future books, allowing me to see more of their beautiful chemistry.

Honestly, I could rant on and on, but I’ll stop now. Just know this is a wonderful introduction to what promises to be a glorious series. I cannot wait to pick up book two, and I’ll be eagerly anticipating book three as soon as I’m done with it.

As a final note, I would like to thank the author for allowing me to read this in exchange for a review. You’ve certainly gained a fan in me!

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Saturday, 11 February 2017

Review: Tender Echoes

Tender Echoes Tender Echoes by Reily Garrett
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Tender Echoes is a short prequel to the first book in Reily Garrett’s new McAllister Justice Series. I was fortunate enough to be given the chance to beta read both Dark Velocity and Tender Echoes, and I can assure you it’s a series you’re going to want to read.

I came across Reily Garrett when she contacted me for a review of her Carnal Obsession book, and I can tell you that one book lead to one crazy obsession (I was going to try and make a real pun, but such a thing would jar with the fangirl that is to come). You see, Carnal Obsession is a truly wonderful read. If you’ve yet to read it, then I suggest you do. It was the perfect introduction to Reily’s work, showcasing how wonderful a writer she is. Since then, I have gone on to read two more of her Carnal series. I really do need to pick up Carnal Innocence to complete the set, but such is a tangent. Basically, what I’m getting at here is that you need to give her Carnal series a read as it is so much fun.

After I reviewed her prior work, Reily shocked me by asking whether I’d be willing to give her new book a beta read. I’ve never had such an offer before, and I was super nervous, but I can tell you it was more than worth it. The McAllister Justice Series is a straight up contemporary romantic suspense series, not quite as dark as Reily’s other work. It is without the kink of the Carnal series, but it still has all the trademarks of Reily’s work.

In terms of my reading of this series, I actually read Digital Velocity prior to reading Tender Echoes. I enjoyed both of them, but I would suggest reading Tender Echoes first. It works either way around – reading it second meant I got to enjoy more of the characters I adored, yet I knew what was to come in the long run and was disheartened by the type of interaction between the two as it wasn’t what I’d grown accustomed to in Digital Velocity – but reading the events chronologically allows for a better understand of how things progress.

Truthfully, I’m not the biggest lover of short stories. I always seem to expect more from them, finding myself disheartened by how little of a story we’re given. However, Reily Garrett does a wonderful job here. It’s one of the very few short stories where I have considered handing over a five star rating. I’m not sure if I’ll ever hand over a five star rating for a short story – as stated, I always want them to be longer – but this one certainly earned a solid four stars from me.

Everything in this play together really well: it’s short and snappy, straight to the point. It’s a quick little tale, with all you can expect from a suspense read. You’re pulled in from the start, you watch the story slowly come together, and you’re given plenty of action to leave you flipping the pages. It’s pure Reily Garrett, demonstrating all that she can do in a handful of pages.

Moreover, it was lovely to get a glimpse of the Digital Velocity characters before their lives become completely intertwined. We have a much smaller cast in Tender Echoes than we do in Digital Velocity, meaning we get a nice little focus on our main couple. There’s also some nice moments with characters that will be introduced properly in Digital Velocity – but I’m saying no more. Just know it’s a great reflection of all the characters are, giving you a wonderful glance at their individual lives.

Not to mention the end of the story has an ode to something that brought a smile to my face in Digital Velocity. I’m giving no specifics on the matter – but look out for that. It will certainly bring a smile to your face – and I can assure you, you will know what I’m talking about a soon as you see this aspect appearing in both Tender Echoes and Digital Velocity. Your face will light up, much in the way mind did.

Overall, as the above gushing shows, this was a wonderful quick read to really get you in the mood for the McAllister Justice Series. From this short story alone, you know it’s going to be good.

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Friday, 10 February 2017

Review: Ren: Awakened

Ren: Awakened Ren: Awakened by Brittany Quagan
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Ren: Awakened is a super fun read. As soon as I started reading, I was pulled in. Putting the book down for any extended period of time was extremely difficult. Now that I’m finished, I cannot wait to see what the next book brings. It is safe to say, I’ll certainly be giving book two a read when it comes out.

Despite all the praise I have for the book, it isn’t a perfect read. It’s one of those books that upon finishing you realise there was something missing. Whilst reading the story, you’re addicted; upon finishing, you want that something more that you weren’t quite given. Hence the four star rating.

I’ll start with the good.

As I’ve already stated, this is one super addictive read. From the first page, you’re pulled in by many aspects: interesting characters, mystery, how accessible the book is, the fantasy element, and more. Each page adds a little more, constantly feeding you information whilst allowing more questions to blossom. I could say so much about each of the elements that made the book addictive, but such would leave me writing thousands of words. Such is not what you want, so I’ll limit myself to simply speaking about the characters and the fantasy element. They’re not the only wonderful aspects of the book; they’re simply my favourite parts.

At first, our main character seemed like a bit of a young adult novel cliché. She’s an outcast. She isn’t understood. She appears to be some kind of special snowflake. Such seems to be the norm for young adult novels, but as our story progresses she slowly develops into something much more. Throughout, you can see the changes in our main character. Not only through her thought processes, but also through her actions. What our main character does at the end of the book would not have been possible without the development that took place throughout the story. Thus, whilst the start may have you thinking she is much like many other young adult leading ladies, keep in mind that as the story progresses it comes to light how individual she truly is.

It’s not simply the main character who is wonderful, though. Our side characters are a lot of fun, too. We have a rather small cast in this, with each side character adding something important to the story. You’ll have some questions about the characters at first, but as we progress things slowly develop and we start to understand them better. They really are a lot of fun.

Then there is the fantasy element, which is really enjoyable. It’s something unique, a different twist to what we so often see in this genre. I really don’t want to say too much, but know the fantasy will really pull you in. It takes a while for things to be explain, and you still have many questions by the end of the story, but it really is a wonderful tale. I really cannot wait to find out more about the fantasy aspect of the world: there is so much I cannot wait to find out.

Then there’s the things that I realised were lacking, upon finishing.

The first is action. Whilst things are constantly progressing, I feel as though there wasn’t as much action as there could have been. There were a number of scenes where big things happened, but I didn’t feel as though they were as heart stopping as they should have been. These were over rather quickly, and we didn’t get quite the emotional reaction as we could have. In short, I wanted a little bit more by way of action. When I was reading the story, I was interested as things were constantly moving; yet when I finished I realised that at no point did I experience the high point that most books seem to have. We came close at the end of the book, yet it wasn’t quite at the level it should have been.

My second is how the book seemed to take too many of the young adult tropes and rolled them into one tale. Whilst I have no qualms with authors using these things – they’re used so often for a reason – I do feel as too many were thrown into this one, with some seeming unnecessary. Namely, the love triangle that made an attempt at formation. It felt unnecessary, a bit too much. Perhaps if it had developed later in the series I would have been happy, yet it felt like too many non-central aspects of the storyline were brought together too soon.

Don’t get me wrong, it was a wonderful read. It was a great introduction to the series, and it’s certainly left me wanting to read more, yet it wasn’t quite what it could have been. It was little things here and there, things that I realised were lacking upon finishing, but such leaves me with the belief that the next book will be wonderful.

As a final note, I would like to thank the author for allowing me to read this in exchange for a review.

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Wednesday, 8 February 2017

Review: Love's Back Pocket

Love's Back Pocket Love's Back Pocket by Heather C. Myers
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Love’s Back Pocket is yet another fun read from Heather C. Myers. Whilst I have given it a three star rating, in reality it is more of a three-point-five star read. I debated whether to round it up or down, but in the end I didn’t enjoy it quite as much as I enjoyed some of her other work so I opted to round down.

Heather C. Myers writes a range of romance reads, and whilst her paranormal romance tend to be my favourite I cannot deny that she had wrote some fun contemporary reads as well. Love’s Back Pocket is one of those contemporary reads: it takes the much-loved story of the rock star. Rather than being a tale of a fan falling for the rock star, this is the story of someone who is very much indifferent to the musician and his music. She’s not a hater nor is she obsessed – she just accepts it.

The story was addictive from the start until the end, leaving me guessing as to how exactly things would play out. However, I wasn’t as engaged as I have been in some of the author’s other work. We have all that you would expect for such a story: drama, emotions running high, changes in perception, and a lot of other aspects that work to thrown a wrench into the works.

Despite how much was included in the story, I failed to really connect with the characters. I think it’s because we never had that truly high point that made the characters shine as much as they could have. Yes, we had ups and downs that tested the characters; however, there never seemed to be a moment where both of them realised what was happening – their emotions just seemed to progress at different rates.

Overall, it was enjoyable but it isn’t my favourite work from the author.

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Monday, 6 February 2017

Review: Saven Deliverance

Saven Deliverance Saven Deliverance by Siobhan Davis
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Well damn, what an ending. Honestly, I have like a million feels to rant about. Therefore, I apologise in advance if this review jumps around a lot – just know, it’s because I enjoyed this series so much, and I’m so sad to see it ending.

As with my review of the prior book, I’m going to give a little recap of my journey through the series. Again, it’s so that you can understand all the feels I experienced.

Siobhan Davis caught my attention through her True Calling book, and whilst I’ve still yet to read the series (I really need to amend that) I did join her advance read team for her Saven series. I had a little bit of an up and down with the first book, but for the most part I enjoyed it. The second book, I devoured. I finished the book in one sitting, and such has been the norm for this series ever since. You see, the cliff-hanger had me in all kinds of knots and the woman does not let up when it comes to leaving you with edge of your seat endings. Two-point-five was wonderful, going against my usual dislike of series novella. Then came book three, and this one hit me the hardest. There is no question that Defiance was my favourite book in the series. There was so much to it, so much I loved, and I wasn’t sure how I was going to survive waiting for the final book in the series.

Alas, there was a bit of a wait.

Truthfully, I was annoyed when I found out Deliverance was being delayed due to Siobhan Davis writing another series. I was all down for her writing something new, but the fangirl in me was cut up about it. Thus, to try and keep my broken heart together I did two things.

The first was to read Finding Kyler, the first book in that new series I’ve just mentioned. I loved it, and once again Siobhan Davis has me anxiously awaiting my next read. I could fangirl all about this series here, but I’ve already written a lengthy fangirl review for that book. Go and read it – I can assure you, it’s a worthwhile read. It’s very different but very much a Siobhan Davis book.

The second thing I did was to read the Lux series. The Saven series has been called the heir to the Lux series, and I’ve been meaning to read it for some time. In fact, the Lux series was sitting on my to-read list prior to me picking up the Saven series. Having now finished both series, though, I can honestly say I favour the Saven series. I can see where some similarities can be found, but as a whole the Saven series blows the Lux series out of the water and leaves you asking ‘what even is the Lux series’.

Despite my attempts to still my beating heart, I still went a little bit crazy when I managed to get my hands on the final Saven book. I think my entire street knew I’d received my advance read – such was my excitement. I jumped into Deliverance as soon as I had the chance, refusing to put it down until I was finished. This then left me with so many emotions at three in the morning that I hated myself for not savouring the story and reading it slowly.

You see, so much happens in this one. It is truly wonderful how everything is brought together. Siobhan Davis lengthened the Saven series to four books, and I’m so glad she did. With this one, she makes sure everything is brought together. Everyone and everything gets some kind of ending. She made sure she paid attention to every detail that had been brought up throughout the series, making sure we knew what had happened to all of the people and places we cared about.

The book starts off a month after the ending of Defiance. There’s a tiny bit of lull in the action due to this, but as always Siobhan Davis brings it back almost instantly. It’s not so much as a lull, as getting you reacquainted with the series. Once we’ve been properly pulled back into the series, Siobhan Davis brings out the big guns and everything starts to come together. I know I’ve said I loved the way everything was given an ending, but I’m going to be honest and say I wasn’t completely happy with every ending that was given.

I think it was just the events in the first part of the book that I didn’t quite enjoy as much as I’d been hoping to. I’m not going to give spoilers and say what happens and who is involved, but the way certain things were brought to an end in the first part of the book didn’t please me as much as I would have liked. Siobhan Davis was brave for bringing the storyline I’m referencing to an end in the way she did, yet I had expected something more from that story arc.

Part of me also feels as though, at first, she was following a list. She was ticking off each story she needed to bring to an end. Honestly, it was just the first part of the book that felt this way. The last two thirds I really enjoyed, as everything was brought together in the wonderful way she mixed things together in book three, but at first I felt as though she was addressing each thing far too individually. It was great to see everything come together, but it didn’t really roll together in the way I had hoped it would until we were part way through the story.

Honestly, with so much going on, it’s not the worst thing that could have happened. As I said, she gave everything an ending. I loved ninety plus percent of it; it was just the odd thing here and there. In part, I think it’s the part of me that wishes this series wasn’t ending. I always manage to find things to complain about when my favourite series come to an end. I’m never satisfied, not completely. However, I should be, because Siobhan Davis has done one hell of a job with this series. It went from a series I was merely interested in to being a series I was completely addicted to: it became so much more than I had expected it would be, I came to enjoy it well beyond what I had initially believed.

Honestly, it was a great book. On top of ensuring everything was answered, Siobhan Davis was sure to throw in a few more twists. A couple were expected – things I’d been considering throughout the prior books was confirmed – but a few of the twists did catch me off guard. There were also some new aspects introduce, developing alien knowledge we’ve developed throughout the series.

I also really liked how we got some scenes from Logan’s point of view. It was great to allow us to know everything that was happening. More importantly, for me, was how it seemed to develop Logan as a character. I came to really enjoyed our main characters as a couple in the prior book, which also meant I came to enjoy Logan a lot more as a character. Being given some scenes from his point of view, however, helped him became much more solid in my mind. It was so nice to see what he was thinking, how he was feeling. He became something more in my mind, and I loved the little insight we were given. In fact, I wish we’d been given even more from his perspective as I enjoyed his point of view so much.

I really could say so much more. I want to say more. Yet I feel as though I’m saying everything and nothing in this review. I’m just such a fangirl, and my heart is broken because the series is ended, yet my heart has been fixed because I loved how it ended, but I don’t want to say too much as I have no wish to spoil things for people – all in all, this run on sentence could go on for a very long time, much like this review could. Thus, I’ll bring this review to an end.

In short, I loved this series. This final book is wonderful in bring everything together. If you’ve enjoyed the rest of the series then you need to read this, you need to see the wonderful ending Siobhan Davis has given us.

As a final note, I would like to say the biggest thank you to Siobhan Davis for allowing me to advance read this series. I loved it: thank you, thank you, and thank you. I cannot wait to read the short stories that are to be released, knowing they will go some way to keeping the series alive for longer as I await more tales with the characters I love.

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Review: Taming a Duke's Wild Rose

Taming a Duke's Wild Rose Taming a Duke's Wild Rose by Tammy Andresen
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Taming a Duke’s Wild Rose is the second book in the Taming the Heart series, although it works perfectly fine as a standalone novel. Such is how I read the story, and there was nothing that caused me confusion. I am now interested in reading the prior book in the series, as I’m curious as to how the story played out, but it isn’t a necessity for me to understand the other books in the series.

As a whole, it was a very enjoyable read. It was an extremely quick read, meaning the events hit you one after the other. Such a thing is wonderful: when a read is this of this length, you need it to be short and snappy, the action and romance hitting you with every turn of the page. This is exactly what happens with this one: from the very first page the romance is evident, and shortly after the action starts and refuses to let up until the story is over.

I’ll admit I’s not quite a full four star rating, but it was so close I had to round it up. It seemed unfair to round it down, especially when I take into consideration how addicted to the story I was. Putting it down was impossible, every time I reached the end of a chapter I told myself I would read ‘just one more’ and before I knew what was happening it was four in the morning and I’d finished reading (although, this just works to highlight how I really need to start books at a more appropriate time and maybe then I’ll have a normal sleeping pattern).

What stopped me from truly enjoying it was the speed at which the romance developed. I know in short stories the romance happens very quickly: however, it felt far too much like instalove for me. They see each other and their views change: suddenly they’ve found their missing half. Whilst there was a lot of development and explanation for how the two felt, whilst we were shown examples of how they did come to love each other, I felt as though the story occurred over too few days for this to truly be the case. I know it all links in with how the story progressed, but it did feel a little bit too quick for me. I’m a lover of slow burning romances, and this wasn’t quite the speed I like. Yes, I had fun with it; however, I would have liked their romance to burn more than it did.

Overall, though, it was a thoroughly addictive read.

As a final note, I would like to thank Aurora Publicity for allowing me to read this in exchange for a review: I had a lot of fun with this one, and will certainly be interested in reading more of the author’s work in the future.

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Saturday, 4 February 2017

Review: Reaper's Claim

Reaper's Claim Reaper's Claim by Simone Elise
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Motorcycle club romances seem to be one of the most popular kinds of romance novels out there. Another extremely popular one is the millionaire – and this is what I usually end up reading. I don’t know why such is the case, yet it is. However, after reading Reaper’s Claim, I’m of the belief that I now need to start picking up more of those motorcycle club reads. There are a few sitting on my Kindle waiting to be read, but if this one is anything to go by, then I’m going to need more.

I’ll start by giving a warning: this book ends on such a cliff-hanger. I went in believing it was a complete story, a standalone, so you can imagine my surprise when I reached the end and had an ‘oh gosh, what happens next’ response. I’m not going to give any specifics about the ending, as nobody wants spoilers, but know it really will leave you wanting to read the next book. Honestly, it was so good. As I was reaching the end I was questioning whether the happily ever after would occur, I was asking how ever thing would be tied up, and then that happened. So yes, fair warning that the ending is one hell of a cliff-hanger. I mean, if anyone can tell me what comes next right now, I’ll gladly pay the asking price for answers.

The whole book was like the ending, in a way, though. It was super addictive. I couldn’t put it down for any period of time. Whenever I had the chance, I was opening up the Kindle app on my phone so that I could squeeze in a few more pages. Every single scene left you with questions of what was to come next, every aspect of the story leaving you wanting more. Honestly, I cannot begin to explain how addictive the story was. It’s been a while since I’ve been this addicted to the story. Good books will always be hard to put down, but this was something else entirely.

The book starts out with a bang, quickly pulling us in. I admit that the way in which things start has been done before, but it works. There was nothing wrong with bringing our two characters together in the way that they were. From then on, we’re following life events that bring the two main characters together and drag them apart. It’s a collection of mistakes and dramatic moments, showcasing how their love can battle anything that is thrown their way. I’m not going to lie and say all the events were great, but as a whole I had a lot of fun with them. There were many emotional scenes, many edge of your seat scenes, and they came together to outweigh the scenes I wasn’t crazy about.

In terms of scenes I wasn’t crazy about it was due to a couple of things: some stupid choices made by characters (they made quite a few throughout, but some really had me rolling my eyes and wanting to shake them for their clear stupidity), the fact that some of the scenes seemed repetitive (not in terms of the details of the scene, but in terms of the feelings, how we constantly seemed to be pushed to play out the same themes), and the fact that it seemed as though too many ideas were thrown into one book. The final part links in to how I now know it to be a series – I feel as though this story would have played out a bit better if these scenes were split up between books, rather than being one large collection of crazed events.

Nevertheless, as I said, I was completely addicted to the story. I was addicted to the romance between our main characters, and I couldn’t help but fall in love with the stories of our side characters as well. We’re given such a great cast, that it’s impossible not to fall in love with multiple characters. Add in the fact that the men in this story are the kind of bikers you expect to see – and, well, you know you’re going to be wanting more of them. The whole dynamic between the characters, the way in which so many of the characters develop throughout the story, is wonderful. They really did come to life before me, hence why I cannot wait to get my hands on the next read.

Overall, I loved this one. It was addictive in the best way possible, and the ending left me annoyed because I’m yet to be able to pick up the next book to receive answers to all of my lingering questions. If you’re a fan of motorcycle club romances, then I certainly recommend giving this one a read.

As a final note, I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with a copy in exchange for a review.

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Friday, 3 February 2017

Review: Ponytail: The Love for Revenge

Ponytail: The Love for Revenge Ponytail: The Love for Revenge by Pradip Chauhan
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Ponytail: The Love for Revenge was a simple quick read. Whilst it was interesting, it didn’t quite pack the punch I’d been expecting.

The story is short, moving from one event to the next with quite some speed. I really enjoyed the way things moved so quickly – such is what you expect from the genre – however, I feel as though things moved too quickly. What I mean is that certain events weren’t quite given the attention they could have been. I feel as though more time needed to be focused upon how things played out, allowing us to form a real connection with the people and the events. If more attention was given to such things, then reactions would have been more emotional and events would have held a better shock value.

In part, I feel as though attention was put upon the wrong things. We knew so many details about our protagonist’s business life that when we came to the thriller aspects of the story, we weren’t quite given the same level of attention – thus, I felt as though I was more attached to the wrong parts of the story. Yes, the business life was related to the thriller aspects; however, the whole ‘revenge’ aspect of the story seemed to be glossed over far too quickly. I wanted to be dragged deeper into that aspect of the story, I wanted it to be given more attention.

Don’t get me wrong, it was fun. It just didn’t have the impact it could have. There really was such potential with this one, but it missed out in a few ways. We have questions throughout pertaining to many aspects of the story, and these details are all held out until the end. We have characters we cannot trust, and we’re second guessing many acts. We have unexpected reveals, making for interesting twists. As a whole, there were many thriller aspects to be seen, but none were quite as powerful as they could have been. These mysterious aspects and the twists were all enjoyable, but they fell somewhat flat. Truthfully, I feel as though this is due to how short the story was. Had it been longer, things could have been given the attention they deserved.

All in all, I had a bit of an up and down with this one. Certain parts of the story really pulled me in, whereas other parts of the story didn’t hold my attention to the degree I had hoped they would. I feel as though the author could deliver a wonderful thriller, but this wasn’t quite up to the standard that I like for my thrillers.

Overall, it’s a fun quick read if you’re looking for something that doesn’t quite have the depth of the usual thrillers. A very light thriller, if you will.

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