[Book Review + Excerpt!] Cowboy Most Wanted by Stina Lindenblatt

Syn

A sexy romantic comedy about a hot cowboy, some racy photos, and an accidental hook up—or three—with his best friend’s sister…

Sexy cowboy TJ Daniels loves Norse mythology, Marvel comics, horses, and dirty talk. Not necessarily in that order. When his brother signs him up for a new Bachelorette-Style reality show centered around a female star looking for love with a cowboy, TJ reluctantly agrees to do it, knowing that it will be great publicity for the ranch.

What he didn’t figure on is the show’s photographer being Violet Brooks. Violet is TJ’s gun-toting best friend’s little sister. She’s the same woman who left the small Montana town ten years ago and never looked back. And yep, she’s the same woman he lusted after when he shouldn’t have. And still does.

So when the pre-show marketing photo shoot involves channeling his inner underwear model—with Violet as the photographer—TJ ends up losing his shirt. His pants. And, if he’s willing to risk everything—including his place on the show that could save his struggling ranch—his heart could be on the line as well.


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Publication Date: 12th June 2018
Characters: TJ, Violet


Review

*I recieved an advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review*

This was one of those cutesy laid romances, I loved the Southern vibes and the scenery sounded amazing.  There is just something sexy about a cowboy protagonist – this book is told is entirely from TJ’s perspective which I thought was a nice change, you don’t find many romances written that way.

I thought TJ was very likable, he never really came across as a jerk and his feelings for Violet were pretty obvious. I liked the storyline of the forbidden romance, the sneaking around was very entertaining.

There were a few things that irritated me though, the whole reality TV thing was a bit blah, not really my thing and the Violet having a secret child was a bit strange – I’m still confused why this would be a big deal in this day and age…

Overall this was an ok read if you’re looking for a light and fluffy then give it a whirl.

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My Rating: 3/5 🌟🌟🌟


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I’ve never done drugs.

Okay, let me change that to, I’ve never done illegal drugs—the kinds of drugs that alter your perception of reality. I’ve never felt the need to.

But at this moment, my first thought is that God has rolled a massive joint and is blowing smoke in my face.

That’s the only explanation for why Violet is standing there, wearing cowboy boots and a lacy white dress that reveals mouthwatering long legs. Long legs that when I was a teen caused many a morning wood.

It’s all a delusion.

And since it is just a delusion, why shouldn’t I get to enjoy it some more?

I go back to checking out the view.

Violet’s shiny brown hair brushes against her bare shoulders. The hair I long to run my fingers through, to see if it feels as soft as it looks. The shoulders I crave to kiss, to lick, to taste.

Around her waist is the gift I gave her for her seventeenth birthday: a western leather belt with a horse’s head engraved on the buckle. In retrospect, the gift might not have been a good idea—if Austin’s comments back then were any indication. After he witnessed her innocently kissing my cheek, he pulled me aside and interrogated me. Interrogated me as to why I gave her the present. Interrogated me as to my intentions when it came to his sister—only he didn’t state it quite so nicely.

And then he made it clear what he would do to me if my thoughts about her were less than brotherly.

That was before he spent eight years in the military.

I’m sure he has since added to the list. Added newly acquired torture techniques. All with the Navy SEALs’ stamp of approval.

Let the fun times commence.

“This should be interesting,” Jake says, low enough so only I hear him. His tone is sitting on the fence. Cracking up is on one side, concern on the other. And right now, his tone is tottering more on the laughter side of things. “And by the way, you might want to close your mouth before it fills up with horseflies.”

I snap my mouth shut.

Guess that clarifies some stuff. I’m not suffering from a delusion.

I wished that Violet would return to Copper Creek and bam!My wish came true.

Except…I also prayed that the show would be canceled. So maybe my guardian angel or fairy godmother—or whatever the heck it is—is only a rookie. She could only finagle the first wish.

Oh, well.One out of two ain’t half-bad.

“What should be interesting?” I ask, unable to take my eyes off Violet, even though my brain is screeching, Mayday, mayday, maydayand demanding I look away.

“TJ,” Camilla says before Jake can reply. “This is Violet Brooks, our super talented photographer. Violet, this is our cowboy, TJ Daniels, and his brothers, Jake and Noah.” She points to each of them in turn.

That explains why Aubrey is here. She and Violet have been best friends as long as Austin and I have been the same. She knew Violet was part of the TV crew.

“We actually know each other,” Violet says. “TJ has been my brother’s best friend since we were kids.” Her gorgeous brown eyes, alive with flecks of amber, slide to me—and just like that, my knees have trouble remembering their function.

She smiles. Christ, how could I have forgotten what her smile does to me? Between that and those eyes, I’m surprised I remember how to speak.

Wait—I do remember how to speak, right?

“It’s great seeing you again.” Yes!I can still form a coherent sentence.

“You too.” She steps in for a hug and wraps her arms around my shoulders. Her breasts press against my chest, and I inwardly groan. Luckily, Austin isn’t here to witness this, or else the reality show would have some serious entertainment for its viewers.

My arms loop around her and threaten to never let go.

“I can’t believe how long it’s been since I last saw you,” she says so only I can hear her. Her arms remain around my neck. “I’ve missed you.”

“I’ve missed you, too. I was beginning to think the only way I’d ever see you again would be if I went to LA.”

The feel of her soft body against mine and the smell of her vanilla and rose perfume sparks a memory I’ve kept close all these years.

I had gone to her house to hang out with Austin. He was held up at his grandfather’s ranch, where he was working that summer. I was nineteen; Violet was seventeen.

She was dating a guy at the time. Some loser, if memory serves me correct. They were supposed to go out that night, but the dumbass forgot and stood her up for his buddies.

Violet was sitting on the porch steps, her shoulders slouched forward, her heart in her hand. I sat next to her, and she told me what happened.

“What’s wrong with me?” she whispered once she was finished.

My heart pinched at her words. How could she even believe for a second that something was wrong with her? Everything about her was right. The way she smelled like vanilla and roses. The way the world seemed a thousand times brighter whenever she smiled. The way she made mesmile even when I was having a crappy day.

But I couldn’t tell her any of this.

Not if I valued my life and my friendship with Austin.

So I did the second best thing: I hugged her.

It only lasted a few seconds, but the memory of it has clung to me all these years like well-chewed gum on the bottom of your boot.

I reluctantly release Violet, who goes on to hug Jake and Noah.

Camilla’s face lights up. “You must have some juicy stories about TJ growing up,” she says to Violet. “What was he like?”

Amusement flares briefly in Violet’s eyes. But it’s gone too quickly for Camilla to notice. I only recognize it because I’m more than familiar with those juicy stories. Stories my old teacher Miss Truby would be delighted to share—if she was still with us.

Although now that I think about it, Miss H isstill around. She was my high school English teacher.

Jake’s warning from earlier comes back for an encore.

Note to self: Make sure Camilla doesn’t track down Miss H. If my old teacher is given the chance to talk about my mischief-making days, I’m sure I’ll be painted as the villain on the TV show. While that would be a great way to avoid advancing to the next round, it won’t help us promote the ranch.

For a moment, Violet seems to consider Camilla’s question. “I’m assuming he hasn’t changed much since back then.” Her gaze sweeps over my body, much like Camilla’s did earlier. Except when her eyes land on my face, there’s a heat in them that wasn’t in Camilla’s.

But then it flickers away faster than a flame in a blizzard, and I can’t be a hundred percent certain I didn’t imagine it. I mean, we’re talking about Violet. I’ve never been anything but a big brother to her.

I brush the heat in her eyes off as nothing more than a hallucination—a hallucination brought on by seeing her again after she’s been away for so long.

Sounds like a reasonable explanation, right?


Author Bio

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Born in Brighton England, Stina Lindenblatt has lived in a number of countries, including England, the U.S, Finland, and Canada. This would explain her mixed up accent. In addition to writing fiction, she loves photography, especially the close-up variety, and currently lives in Calgary, Canada, with her husband and three kids.

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[Book Review] The Billionaire’s Claim: Redemption – Nadia Lee

Syn

Elizabeth Pryce-Reed.

An angel. A virgin. My first love.

She was my life until she betrayed me ten years ago. So I built an empire and came after her, intent on vengeance.

Instead of giving me the nasty fight I expected, she gazed at me with tragedy in her eyes…then made an unexpected, gut-wrenching move that left me reeling…and vanished.

Elizabeth might’ve cut me out of her life, but I haven’t cut her out of mine.

Nothing’s over until I say it’s over.

The epic conclusion to Elizabeth Pryce-Reed & Dominic King’s romance, which started in The Billionaire’s Claim: Obsession.


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Publication Date: 12th June 2018
Page Length: 300
Characters: Elizabeth, Dominic


Review

*I received an advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review*

I have a bit of a love/hate relationship with this book. Dominic goes on a mission to find Elizabeth which leads him to a tropical Island and recusing Elizabeth from the clutches of her stalker. From that point forward the story went in a direction that I was not expecting which is where my mixed feelings come from. Don’t get me wrong I did enjoy the book but I was expecting a little bit more. 

As this book picks straight up from where the last one left off, there’s no real character development as such. Dominic is more understanding now that he knows the truth about what happened in the path and Elizabeth is able to relax in a way that she wasn’t able to in the first book. 

I did like the ending I thought it was a great way to finish off Elizabeth and Dominic’s Story. 

My Rating 3/5 🌟🌟🌟

[Blog Tour] Book Review: Where the Sea Takes Me By Heidi R. Kling

Synopsis

Two years later might as well be two lifetimes.

Sienna’s in college, working hard to achieve her dreams, and trying to love another boy—and halfway succeeding. She’d be totally happy with her life if she could just stop dreaming about him. Deni. The boy she left behind on the shores of Banda Aceh.

When she gets word Deni’s coming to America, Sea’s world shifts. And when he arrives on her doorstep, she’s shaken to the core.

Sparks don’t just fly, they soar—and threaten to burn down the new life she’s so patiently, persistently, built.

When they’re both invited to join a relief mission in Cambodia, they jump at the chance to help…and be together. As the time and distance between them melts away in the sticky Cambodian heat, Sienna knows her heart can’t take losing him again.

And that’s exactly what might happen.  


Books Facts

Where the Sea Takes Me (Sea #2)
by 
Heidi R. Kling
Genre: YA Contemporary
Release Date: June 4th, 2018
Publisher: Entangled Teen

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Excerpt

In less than two hours, Deni would be in a car with me.

I was going to be sick.

“Sienna.” His right eye twitched. He didn’t wear glasses anymore. After laser surgery (Vera’s idea) he didn’t need them. I still wasn’t used to his eyes without the glass cover. “I honestly don’t know about his wife. I assume she’s still around. Let’s just focus on the fact he’s coming to visit, okay? It’ll only be for a few days. And then, we’re off to Cambodia.” He patted my hand. “This means you won’t get much of a break after finals, but you don’t mind showing Deni around a bit, right?”

Did I mind? It was only what I’d dreamed of for the two years since I tore myself out of his arms on the broken shores of Banda Aceh, no matter how hard I tried to keep the memory of Deni in my past.

“No, it’s okay.” I didn’t want to show him my range of emotion. How torn I felt. How huge this was for me to see Deni again after finally getting ready to move on with Spider. I wouldn’t want him putting Deni in a hotel.

I felt like Dad and I should be on the same page about this summer, though. About what Spider asked.

“Want to hear another thing making this summer interesting?”

“Sure.”

“Spider asked me to move in with him.”

Dad choked on a popcorn kernel. “What?” he asked, sputtering. “First Deni is coming, and now a boy wants my daughter to move in with him? Your old dad is going to have a heart attack.”

“Believe me,” I said. “None of this was my idea.”

“Are you and Spider dating? I thought you were just good friends.”

“Well, we aren’t dating, but… He said he wants it to be more.”

It felt weird to talk about this with my dad, but we’d bonded in Indonesia. Things had been a lot better between us since then.

“How do you feel?”

I got up and started to pace. “I like Spider. I always have. But why now? Why did this have to happen the same morning we find out Deni is on his way? I mean, obviously Deni is married but still…having him here will be weird.”

Dad considered me. “Sometimes life presents you with the perfect storm, and it’s up to you to figure out how to navigate your way through it.”

Perfect storm? More like a tsunami.

And I wasn’t ready.

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“Sea?” came the whispered voice. “Sea?”
Light slipped through the drapes in my dorm. Harsh, punishing, Californian morning light. Ugh.

Someone touched my cheek. My hair. “Sea? You awake?”

“No,” I grumbled at the cruel, whispering person. I was utterly exhausted from finals and felt like I’d shoved my head in the sand, eyes open and brain exposed. Everything felt dry and gritty and heavy. Groaning, I rolled over in the narrow, uncomfortable bed—

—and came face to face with my best friend, Spider.

He grinned, and his blue eyes sparkled like the sea at sunrise. “Morning, sunshine.”

I felt myself smiling despite all the sand.

Wait. Spider was already here? He’d planned to drive over the hill to help me move out of my dorm for the summer, but I hadn’t expected him until later. Like, during normal human hours. I squinted at the clock. “You’re reallyearly.”

I shouldn’t have been surprised. Used to popping up at dawn to ride the waves, Spider was ready to roll, his lanky body sporting his usual shirt and shorts and hoodie. He had more energy in his pinky finger than I did in my entire body; had ever since we were kids chasing each other around the cove into the wild blue sea. He was always hard to keep up with, but this morning, I knew it’d be impossible.

He tugged on a strand of my hair. “Yeah, well. I wanted to see you.”

Terima Kasih, Sienna. I have found you.

Waves of warmth washed over me, quickly replaced by guilt. Blinking, I looked away. “That’s…thanks, Spider. It’s good to see you, too.”

The last thing I wanted was for Spider to know what—or most importantly, who—I’d been dreaming about. He knew whatever had happened two years ago changed me, changed us, but I didn’t talk about it. Hell, I tried not to even think about it.

Apparently, my subconscious had other ideas.

Lately I’d been a little stir crazy. Maybe it was my first year of college wrapping up, maybe it was the dreams, or maybe it was something else. Something more. I couldn’t shake this feeling that something huge lurked on the horizon.

I needed to focus on that horizon. Not on the time I spent in Indonesia helping orphans. Or the fact that I fell in love with one.

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Review

This is the follow up to Where I Found You but it can be read as a stand-alone.

2 years have passed since Sienna said goodbye to Deni. Now she is just about to finish up college for the summer and getting ready for a trip to Cambodia to help traumatized girls who have been sex trafficked. But she is in for the shock of a like when Deni makes a surprise appearance in her life – could this mean a second chance for them?

Ah… this book was just as actioned pack and full of adventure as the first. I thought for a second I could smell a love triangle in the works but thankfully this didn’t happen. On a side note, I would like a book about Spider.

It was great to see that Sienna had matured and grown p a bit, she has finally accepted her father’s relationship with Val and she has a little brother now. I felt like she was emotionally in a better place in this book.

The tension and happiness when she is reunited with Dani is just tangible. I loved it, it certainly hits you in all the feels. Deni is still the chill free spirited guy he was in the first book. I can’t tell you how much I was rooting for these two to sort through thier shit and be together, it was so obvious that they still have very strong feelings for one another.

Finally, the ending was just so perfect!

My Rating 4/5 🌟🌟🌟🌟


About the Author

heidi klingHeidi R. Kling writes books about normal girls in fantastic situations.

Her debut novel SEA (Penguin/Putnam) was a finalist for Northern California Book of the Year,” an IndieNext Summer Pick, Goodreads “Mover and Shaker,” Scholastic Reading Pick, and Gateway Reader’s Award Finalist among other generous accolades. SEA, which launched June, 2010, is a bittersweet love story set in the aftermath of the devastating 2004 Indonesian tsunami, and is set to relaunch with Entangled Teen December 4 as WHERE I FOUND YOU (Sea series #1) with its sequel WHERE THE SEA TAKES ME out April, 2018!

After earning her MFA in Writing for Children from the New School in New York, Heidi returned to the Bay Area where she lives with her family in a tiny seaside village like the towns in her books.

She’s also the author of the acclaimed PAINT MY BODY RED (for fans of Speak and 13 Reasons Why), bestselling romantic comedy NOT OKAY, CUPID and the Spellspinners of Melas County series about feuding witches and warlocks.

Please visit her on twitter (Heidi R. Kling) where she loves to live-tweet TV shows, overuse gifs and chat with her readers about books, love and travel. She’s very fortunate to write stories for a living and is grateful to you for reading them!

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[Book Review] Furyborn by Claire Legend

Synopsis

When assassins ambush her best friend, the crown prince, Rielle Dardenne risks everything to save him, exposing her ability to perform all seven kinds of elemental magic. The only people who should possess this extraordinary power are a pair of prophesied queens: a queen of light and salvation and a queen of blood and destruction. To prove she is the Sun Queen, Rielle must endure seven trials to test her magic. If she fails, she will be executed…unless the trials kill her first.

A thousand years later, the legend of Queen Rielle is a mere fairy tale to bounty hunter Eliana Ferracora. When the Undying Empire conquered her kingdom, she embraced violence to keep her family alive. Now, she believes herself untouchable–until her mother vanishes without a trace, along with countless other women in their city. To find her, Eliana joins a rebel captain on a dangerous mission and discovers that the evil at the heart of the empire is more terrible than she ever imagined.

As Rielle and Eliana fight in a cosmic war that spans millennia, their stories intersect, and the shocking connections between them ultimately determine the fate of their world–and of each other.


Quick Stats

Page Length: 512
Publication Year: May 2018
Characters: Eliana, Rielle


Review

*I RECIEVED AN ADVACNED COPY OF THIS BOOK IN EXCHANGE FOR AN HONEST REVIEW*

Trying to sum up this story is kinda hard because the blurb actually does a pretty good job on its own, however, I’ll give it a shot.

Rielle and Eliana are 2 kick-ass girls born centuries apart but both are fighting for the survival of not only themselves but their kingdoms and loved ones as well. I’m not going to lie reading this book was slow going but I did enjoy it, there are lots of twists and turns and trying to figure out how Rielle and Eliana are linked to one another was a challenge.

I have to say that I preferred Eliana over Rielle most of the time, she gave me some serious Celaena Sardothien vibes so if you like Throne of Glass you’ll probably enjoy this book.

I’m keeping this review short and sweet today because I don’t have anything else to say.

My Rating 3/5 🌟🌟🌟

[Book Review] Absinthe of the Heart by Monica James

Synopsis

Two households, unlike in dignity, in the City of Angels is where we lay our scene…

London Sinclair was the boy my mother warned me about for as long as I can remember. His name alone has brought my family nothing but shame and suffering, so it’s no surprise we’ve been sworn enemies since the first moment we met.

With his bedroom eyes and cocky smile, he has all the girls under his spell. I have one more year of school left, and then I’m home free because I’m guarding a secret, one I’m ashamed to keep.

The boy who is completely off-limits is the one who drives me, Holland Brooks, wild. I want London, and I think…he wants me, too.

Some may compare it to a Shakespearian tragedy, as our surnames have fated our future, but when a single night changes my life forever, I can’t leave the City of Angels fast enough.

Ten years later, I have atoned for my sins and return to Los Angeles a changed woman. I’ve come home to get married. But the moment London walks back into my life, one thing is clear. Ten years can’t undo that night—that single, sinful night when I gave into temptation—because I want to do it again.


Quick Stats

Publication Date: May 14th, 2018
Page Length: 412
Characters: Holland and London


Review

*I recieved an advanced copy of the book in exchange for honest review*

A betrayal split London and Hollands families apart before they were born. Hollands mom has warned her about London all her life, but he is the one boy she can’t off her mind, and then one night changes everything and results in Holland fleeing Los Angeles. Years later and Holland is back in town and getting married, but when she bumps into London and learns to the truth about what really happened that night it changes everything.

This story was addictive!

I loved the Romeo & Juliet vibes this book had. All the secrets and intrigue made this story so gripping. I finished this book in one day, I finished this story in one day because I just couldn’t put it down.

I loved and hated Holland. I don’t understand how she could have trusted some people when it was obvious that they were being deceitful, but I did like how she took shit from no one, in that respect she was a bit of a bad ass.

London – I enjoyed his character a lot, despite him being painted as the bad guy, lots of his actions gave the impression that there is a good guy there that Holland wasn’t seeing. I would like to have read some the story from his perspective as it would have been interesting to see things from his POV.

Now there are two other significant characters in this story, I won’t say too much because it will spoil the story but one of them really really irked me and you’ll know exactly too who I’m talking about if you read the story.

So the ending was super cliff hangery but in the best way! I can’t wait for the next book. I really recommend as it has it all, drama, angst, enemies to lovers etc you can’ go wrong!

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My Rating 4/5 🌟🌟🌟🌟

 

[Book Review] Everless by Sarah Holland

Synopsis

Time is a prison. She is the key. Packed with danger, temptation and desire – a perfect read for fans of The Red Queen.

In the land of Sempera, the rich control everything – even time. Ever since the age of alchemy and sorcery, hours, days and years have been extracted from blood and bound to iron coins. The rich live for centuries; the poor bleed themselves dry.

Jules and her father are behind on their rent and low on hours. To stop him from draining himself to clear their debts, Jules takes a job at Everless, the grand estate of the cruel Gerling family.

There, Jules encounters danger and temptation in the guise of the Gerling heir, Roan, who is soon to be married. But the web of secrets at Everless stretches beyond her desire, and the truths Jules must uncover will change her life for ever … and possibly the future of time itself.


Quick Stats

Publication Date: January 4th, 2018
Page Length: 368
Characters: Jules, Roan, Liam


Review

In Sempera time is currency, wait no that’s an oversimplification, blood is time and time is the currency that is made of blood. Jules and her dad are behind on resnt so Jules is preparing herself to make a blood payment, but her father won’t let her do this and so to stop him from bleeding himself dry Jules takes a job at Everless, the home of the Gurling family the same place that Jules and her dad had to flee when she was a child. When Jules arrives at Everless old secrets and who she really is, starts to come out.

Everless is one of those books that I kept hearing about and didn’t really pay much attention to until I took the time to find out what it was all about, it did pique my interest but I just added it to my tbr and moved on, until a couple of weeks ago when I saw it on offer and thought eh why not?

I’m really glad I took a chance on this book because it was it was totally amazing! I loved how intricate the storytelling was, it kept me on the edge of my seat the entire time. It was so addictive I pretty much finished this book in a day.

I loved Jules, her character is awesome, I thought she was very well written and I enjoyed her journey in discovering all the secrets about herself. Other significant characters in this story were Roan and Liam, who are brothers who Jules grew up with whilst at Everless. Throughout the story Roan is the love interest and whilst he is somewhat dream I found him to kinda bland and boring. Liam is supposed to be the bad brother who is mean and should be feared but I found myself liking him a lot more which I have no reason for except that I just felt like there was more to him than what Jules was seeing.

Anyway the ending… MY.GOD. I just …. I can’t wait for the book it was seriously painful that the story ended the way it did, now I have to wait months for Evermore to come out to find out what happens next!

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My Rating 5/5 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟

[Book Review] Obsession The Billionaire’s Claim – Nadia Lee

Synopsis

Dominic

Elizabeth Pryce-Reed.

An angel. A virgin. My first love.

I fell for her hard and fast ten years ago…and paid the price on a night of shattering betrayal.

So I built a billion-dollar empire out of vengeance…

And now I’m coming for her.

Elizabeth

Dominic King.

A maverick. A self-made billionaire. My soul mate.

Ten years ago, he shredded my heart, even as he vowed he’d take what matters most to me.

I know he’s coming, and I welcome it. I need closure for what happened that night.

But the more time I spend with him, the more I wonder…

Can I ever move on…?


Quick Stats

Publication Date: 26th April 2018
Page Length: 350
Characters: Dominic, Elizabeth


Review

*I received an advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review*

At 17 Elizabeth mets Dominic in a bar after using a fake ID. Later that night she ends up at Dominic’s place where she loses her virginity to him. They fall for each other hard and fast and then it all comes tumbling down. 10 Years later all Dominic has on his mind is revenge and all Elizabeth wants is forgiveness.

Not sure where to begin really, I liked this storey but at the same time I didnt really care for it. I liked the storyline but I think it was some of the characters behaviours that gratted my nerves a bit.

Dominc is a tad childish and overall a very confused person especially when it comes to Elizabeth, I mean I kinda get where hes coming from most of the time but I didn’t get how we could have been so blind to what was really going with Elizabeth.

I found myself sympathising with Elizabeth more than Dominic. She is a deeply unhappy person that has been manipulated by her family for most of her life. I just really felt she deserved more.

The story itself was ok I would like to have gotten more answers than I did but I guess more will be revealed in book 2, which I will definitely read because I need answers! Also, I’m really rooting for Elizabeth to get her happy ending!

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My Rating: 3/4 🌟🌟🌟

 

[Book Review] Brave Enough by Kati Gardner

Synopsis

Teenager Cason Martin is the youngest ballerina in the Atlanta Ballet Conservatory. She never really had a choice of whether she learned to dance or not. Her mother, the conservatory’s artistic director, has made all the decisions in Cason’s life. But that’s about to change. Cason has been hiding an injury, and it’s much worse than anyone imagines.

Davis Channing understands all too well what it’s like to give up control of your life. He’s survived cancer, but his drug addiction nearly killed him. Now he’s been sober for seven months and enjoying his community service at the hospital. But just when he thinks he’s got it together, Davis’s ex-girlfriend, who is still battling her addiction, barrels back into his life.

Cason and Davis are not friends. But, as their worlds collide, they will start to depend on one another. Can they both be brave enough to beat the odds?


Quick Stats

Publication Year: Aug 2018
Page Length:  280
Characters: Carson, Davis


Review

*I recieved an advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review*

Carson has big dreams of becoming a famous ballerina, her whole life is dance, but a secret injury turns out to be something much worse and shatters everything. Davis is a cancer survivor and a recovering addict who is battling to stay sober. The big question? Are Carson and Davis brave enough to overcome the tough battles they are facing…

I really enjoyed this story, it covers two emotive topics cancer and addiction. As a YA novel, I thought it was really well done. I particularly liked how even though Carson and Davis are linked, each of their stories is separate and what they have to overcome is different.

I liked how even though there is some attraction and a little romance between Carson and Davis, it’s written in a way that it doesn’t overshadow the main theme of the story, there’s no insta love falsity to it, it just flows nicely in the background. I have to say that given how heavy the subject of this book is I didn’t feel depressed or come away feeling sad whilst reading it, it’s hard to put it in words but I just felt so in awe of how brave these characters are.

I don’t normally mention author notes but I found the one at the end of this book incredibly touching and it made this book a bit more special:

“When I was a teenager and reading every book I could get my hands on, I was desperate for a girl that looked like me. For a girl who had cancer and lived. And it was really hard to come by. So, I wrote one.”

My Rating 4/5  🌟🌟🌟🌟

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About the Author

17012052Kati is a recovering actor who has spent the last few years keeping tiny humans alive. In high school she was determined to play a doctor on General Hospital and possibly add in a love story with Jonathan Jackson. She would spend hours toiling away on FanFiction for my AOL community and dreaming of the day she would accept a Daytime Emmy Award. In college she majored in Theater arts and spent lots of time hanging out in the box office.

Before any of that happened though, Kati had cancer. She was eight. She responded to chemotherapy and had an amputation of her entire left leg. She still advocates for childhood cancer research and accessibility for all individual with disabilities.

Kati is married, has two great girls, and a posse of furry friends. She doesn’t watch General Hospital anymore, but still thinks that Lucky Spencer is one of the most dynamic characters ever written.

 

[Blog Tour] Book Review: The Rules of Rebellion by Amity Hope

Synopsis

1. Skinny dip (her idea)
2. Stargaze (his idea)
3. Prank someone (her idea)
4. Go on a date (his idea)

Leo Zimmerman has had a crush on his curvy friend Kylie Jenkins since forever, so when he discovers the girl with a flair for candy making has a newfound plan to rebel against her overbearing parents, he’s determined to be the one to help her carry it out. Who better than himself to show her the ropes of letting loose?

Sure, taking her to her first high school party, helping her sneak out of the house, or watching a sunset together isn’t exactly a hardship, but much harder is masking his feelings the more time they spend together. And when he suggests adding “a first date” to Kylie’s plan and she accepts…suddenly all his dreams seem to be coming true.

But Leo’s got a secret that could change everything between them, and it’s only a matter of time before it comes to the surface.


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Excerpt from The Rules of Rebellion:

Her dimples popped into place, her smile so bright it about knocked me senseless. She bounced a bit on her tiptoes, and for one hopeful second, I thought she’d maybe hug me. Unfortunately, she reined in her enthusiasm.

“That’s the nicest thing anyone has ever said to me,” she said. “I’ve got to run. My sister is probably pacing in front of my car by now. See you later.”

She scurried off, and I was disappointed the conversation had ended so quickly. I didn’t mind watching her walk away, though. I loved how the girl filled out a pair of jeans. She had more bounce in her step than most of the cheerleaders. Kylie was just plain…perky. She always seemed to be happy and smiling. I’d suspected Kylie was one of those rare people who was always fun to be around. Spending time with her these past few months had proven I wasn’t wrong.

She finally rounded the corner, slipping from my view. As I twisted back around, something crinkled beneath my foot. On the floor, directly where we’d been talking, was a pink slip of paper. It looked suspiciously similar to the one that had been sticking out of Kylie’s notebook earlier today.

I swiped it off the floor as I cast another glance down the hallway. It was too late to call after her. I’d have to give it back to her later. I reflexively glanced at the page, assuming it was a recipe, but wanting to be sure it wasn’t something important. Something she might need immediately.

Senior Checklist.

I glanced down the hallway again, confirming that she was out of sight and that she hadn’t realized she dropped the paper and was coming back. The hallway was clearing out, most of us anxious to get out of here at the end of the day.

With no sign of Kylie, I leaned against my locker and glanced at the sheet in my hand again. I was expecting to see items like Choose date and time for graduation party. Or Tour college campus.

I did not expect to see the items that were actually listed.

Senior Checklist

  1. Skinny dip (sort of)
  2. Sneak out (but don’t get caught)
  3. Prank someone (nothing destructive)
  4. Go to a party (no drinking)
  5. Kiss a boy (finally!)
  6. Watch a sunset (so romantic)

If I’d had any idea her list was going to be so private, I wouldn’t have read it. But once I’d seen it, I couldn’t exactly un-see it.

So I read it again.


Quick stats

Page Length: 320
Publication Year: 2018
Characters: Kylie and Lee


Review

*I received an advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review*

This is the first YA book I’ve read in ages and I have to say from the off that I really enjoyed it. The story centers around Leo and Kylie who have been friends for awhile. Leo has been harboring a crush on Kylie for years and finally sees a chance to get close to her when he discovers a list of things Kylie wants to do before the end of senior year.

I liked both our main characters, and I connected to Kylie really easily, she reminded me a lot of what I was like as a teenager, very bookish and not one to break the rules. I thought Leo was endearing, the secret that he is keeping from Kylie is a biggie and I completely understand his hesitation to tell her.

The story itself is very well written and it flowed really nicely. The pacing of the Kylie and Leo becoming more than just friends was done just right. I thought both of their characters well developed and wholesome. I would like to read books from Kylie’s sister’s perspectives as I think their stories would be really interesting to read.

Overall I thoroughly enjoyed this book, it’s definitely a must read if you enjoy friends to lovers type stories.

My Rating 4/5 🌟🌟🌟🌟


About Amity Hope

Amity lives in beautiful northern Minnesota with her two sons, two cats and their Rottweiler.

She has a degree in elementary education and worked in that field for ten years before deciding to self-publish.

Her first self-published novel, Twisted, was listed by Amazon as a Top 100 Kids & Teens Kindle Book of 2012. It hit Amazon’s Teen & Young Adult Contemporary Romance Best Sellers List in several countries. Truths and Dares held the #1 position on Amazon’s Best Sellers in Teen & Young Adult Contemporary Romance eBooks in the UK.

If she’s not writing or spending time with her boys, she’s most likely reading.

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[Book Review] That Sexy Stranger – Nadia Lee

Synopsis

The Romans had carpe diem; I have carpe David.

You know what’s frustrating about the love of my life? He thinks he’s in love with someone else…and has been dating her for five years! I know, right?

Then they suddenly break up. And he and I are on the same business trip. My chance to convince him we’re meant to be!

Except when I go to his suite in my sexiest lingerie and with my sexiest toys, David’s gone. Instead, there’s some guy who thinks I’m the evening’s professional entertainment.

As if!

Walking out of the room should’ve been the end of it…

…until that man, Luke, shows up again, ostensibly to return something I left behind. (A sex toy…a very very dirty one…)

…and refuses to go away because we apparently have “chemistry.” And okay, he’s admittedly hot, but there’s more to a relationship than chemistry, right…?

What have I done to deserve this?


Quick Stats

Page Length: 320
Publication Year: 2018
Characters: Sammie and Luke.


Review

I received an advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

When David breaks up with his long-term girlfriend, it’s the moment Sammie has been waiting for. Sammie decides to surprise David on a business trip by waiting in his hotel room in just lingerie – only its, not David that turns up, its a random guy who thinks Sammie is that evening’s entertainment. Cue Sammie fleeing the scene and hoping like hell to not run into Luke again, except Luke has other ideas.

I really enjoyed That Man Next Door so I was really excited to read this book I was not disappointed. I thought the story was really good. I found myself laughing a lot throughout, there were so many funny moments, particularly the parts involving sex toys in the workplace!

I liked both Sammie and Luke. I thought Sammie was relatable in that like so many of us sometimes do, she has been going after something that she thought she wanted but when she was really honest with herself she realized that she wanted something entirely different. Luke was really lovely I just wish this book had been duel POV’s because I would really have liked to read things from his perspective and see what was going on is his mind.

Overall I thoroughly enjoyed this story.

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My Rating 4/5 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟


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