Love & Gelato – Jenna Evans Welch

Synopsis 

 “I made the wrong choice.”

Lina is spending the summer in Tuscany, but she isn’t in the mood for Italy’s famous sunshine and fairy-tale landscape. She’s only there because it was her mother’s dying wish that she get to know her father. But what kind of father isn’t around for sixteen years? All Lina wants to do is get back home.

But then she is given a journal that her mom had kept when she lived in Italy. Suddenly Lina’s uncovering a magical world of secret romances, art, and hidden bakeries. A world that inspires Lina, along with the ever-so-charming Ren, to follow in her mother’s footsteps and unearth a secret that has been kept for far too long. It’s a secret that will change everything she knew about her mother, her father—and even herself.

People come to Italy for love and gelato, someone tells her, but sometimes they discover much more.


More Details

Genre:  Young Adult
Page Length: 352
Characters: Lina, Ren, and Howard
Publication Date: 1st June 2017 (first published May 3rd, 2016)
Format: eBook


Review

I’ve had my eye on this book for a couple of weeks, but I’ve had a few ARCs to get through so I’ve only just gotten around to reading it.

This book takes place six months after Lina loses her mum to Pancreatic Cancer. Lina has gone to Tuscany to Live with Howard as per her mom’s dying wish. This was such a lovely read. I mean that in every sense of the word. The subject matter of losing a parent was beautifully done. I loved how mature Lina was when it came to handling the Howard situation, she had every right to be angry and rage but instead she took it all in her stride and gave him the opportunity to explain things.

Her friendship with Ren was sweet, I liked understanding Ren was of Lina’s feelings. He is there for her every step of the way and supports her to help discover all the secrets her mom kept, and the pace in which they fell for each other was really good.

“Turns out there’s a reason they call it falling in love, because when it happens – really happens – that’s exactly how it feels. There’s no doing or trying, you just let go and hope that someone’s going to be there to catch you. Otherwise, you’re going to end up with some pretty hefty bruises. Trust me, I would know.”

The thing that I loved the most was that this book was really feel good, even though the subject matter was heavy, it never made me feel depressed instead it made me feel hopeful.

The Bottom Line:

This was a fab little read, and it made fall even more in love with Italy! I am determined to get a visit to Florence in at some point in time. If you love YA then this is a must read.

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My Rating:  4/5 🌟 🌟🌟🌟


About the Author

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Until Next Time 🤓

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Let’s Talk (#14) Book Theme Songs

Hi, guys ‘n’ girls!

It has come to my attention that I have yet to music/book mash up post. So today I thought it would be fun to pick out songs that I think would make good theme songs for some of my favorite books. This turned out to be turned out to be trickier than I thought, but it was really entertaining too.

A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas

Stars by Sixx:AM

When I ever I listen to this song it always reminds me of Rhys and Feyre on Starfall

 


The Host by Stephanie Meyer

Smile Like You Mean It by The Killers

Back when I first read the host I listened to this song on repeat so of course it always makes me think of the book. But I also think the lyrics kinda fit with the story.


Red Rising by Pierce Brown

Kings and Queens by 30 Seconds to Mars

I just think this song captures the story perfectly, particularly these lyrics:

“Into your eyes
Hopeless and taken
We stole our new lives
Through blood and name
In defense of our dreams
In defense of our dreams”

Also whilst researching for this I happened to listen to Stay by Rihanna and it really made me think of Darrow and Mustangs relationship so I’m also including this one too.


Throne of Glass Series, Heir of Fire onwards by Sarah J. Maas.

Bonfire Heart by James Blunt

I chose this one because to me it describes Aelin and Rowans relationship perfectly, especially the beginning part of the song.


White Hot Kiss by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Paradise City by Guns N’ Roses

Ok, this is technically not my pick but I don’t think there is another song that I could even begin to associate with this series.


Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

Iris by Goo Goo Dolls

This song just makes me think of forbidden love and that is the basic premise of Daughter of Smoke and Bone.


And that it! This post was super fun, I’d love to hear from you if you have other songs that you associate with any of these books!

Until next time! 🤓

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Fallen Heir (The Royals #4) – Erin Watt

*This review contains a few little spoilers*

 Synopsis  

 These Royals will ruin you.

Easton Royal has it all: looks, money, intelligence. His goal in life is to have as much fun as possible. He never thinks about the consequences because he doesn’t have to.

Until Hartley Wright appears, shaking up his easy life. She’s the one girl who’s said no, despite being attracted to him. Easton can’t figure her out and that makes her all the more irresistible.

Hartley doesn’t want him. She says he needs to grow up.

She might be right.

Rivals. Rules. Regrets. For the first time in Easton’s life, wearing a Royal crown isn’t enough. He’s about to learn that the higher you start, the harder you fall.


More Details

Genre:  New Adult
Page Length: 300
Characters: Easton, Hartley
Publication Date: 29th August 2017
Format: eARC


Review

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

To say I was excited to receive this book is an understatement. So before I get into the review I want to say thank you to team Erin Watt for sending providing me with this ARC.

This is the fourth book of The Royals Series and is told from Easton’s perspective. I have to say that I didn’t particularly have any strong feelings about Easton when I read the first 3 books, sure I thought he was an ok supporting character but apart from that I didn’t really think that much of him, but in this book, he definitely grew on me.

I really loved Hartley, I love how she took no shit from Easton and wasn’t won over by his Royal charm, ⬅️ See what I did there?  Aside from her being ballsy I also enjoyed finding out about her. During the reading of this book I thought it was a shame that we didn’t get Hartley’s perspective on things but looking back I think it was actually a good thing because it gave the story a lot more tension because we didn’t know her thoughts.

Of course, all the old characters are sprinkled throughout, I really liked that we go to see snippets of how Ella and Reed were doing and we even got a little update on Steve’s trial!

And that ending!! Holy crap! I was not expecting that! Talk about a freaking cliff hanger!! I can’t wait for Cracked Kingdom to come out….. it’s going to be a bloody long winter!

The Bottom Line:

If you have read the first 3 books in the series then this is a must read. This is my new favorite read of the summer. I just loved it! Well done Erin Watt another brilliant read. Now I must nurse my book hangover!!

PS: Get Ready to be Ruined!

My Rating: 5/5 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

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About the Author

Erin Watt is the brainchild of two bestselling authors linked together through their love of great books and an addiction to writing. They share one creative imagination. Their greatest love (after their families and pets, of course)? Coming up with fun–and sometimes crazy–ideas. Their greatest fear? Breaking up.

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Fallen Heir is out on the 29th August, you can pre- order your copy here 


 

Starswept – Mary Fan

Synopsis

Some melodies reach across the stars.

In 2157, the Adryil—an advanced race of telepathic humanoids—contacted Earth. A century later, 15-year-old violist Iris Lei considers herself lucky to attend Papilio, a prestigious performing arts school powered by their technology. Born penniless, Iris’s one shot at a better life is to attract an Adryil patron. But only the best get hired, and competition is fierce.

A sudden encounter with an Adryil boy upends her world. Iris longs to learn about him and his faraway realm, but after the authorities arrest him for trespassing, the only evidence she has of his existence is the mysterious alien device he slipped to her.

When she starts hearing his voice in her head, she wonders if her world of backstabbing artists and pressure for perfection is driving her insane. Then, she discovers that her visions of him are real—by way of telepathy—and soon finds herself lost in the kind of impossible love she depicts in her music.

But even as their bond deepens, Iris realizes that he’s hiding something from her—and it’s dangerous. Her quest for answers leads her past her sheltered world to a strange planet lightyears away, where she uncovers secrets about Earth’s alien allies that shatter everything she knows.


More Details

Genre:  SCI-Fi/Young Adult

Page Length: 400

Characters: Iris, Damiul

Publication Year: 29th August 2017

Format: eARC-Book


Review

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

I really liked the idea behind this story and it got more intriguing the more I read. Iris lives in the future where talented musicians are collected by an alien race called the Adryil. I really liked the story telling, it was a slow build up, but it was so worth it, also it gave the story and the characters lots of depth by not jumping straight into the action.

I loved how the characters were all unique and diverse. I thought relationship build up between Iris and Damiul was really sweet. Iris is your typical dreamer, I found myself relating to her a lot particularly when she would day dream about her life. I also liked how much she genuinely cared for the other people in her life.

I’m really hoping that Mary Fan is writing a second installment to this story because I really really want to know what happens next.  Also, I wanna take a second and show my appreciation for how bloody beautiful the cover is for this book! I mean seriously its stunning and I only have an e-book version, I can’t wait to see what the real version looks like.

The Bottom Line:

Read this book. I won’t disappoint, particularly if you like your YA mixed with a bit of alien romance. I would defiantly recommend this book.

My Rating:  4/5


About the Author

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Mary Fan is a hopeless dreamer, whose mind insists on spinning tales of “what if.” As a music major in college, she told those stories through compositions. Now, she tells them through books—a habit she began as soon as she could pick up a pencil.

Mary lives in New Jersey and has a B.A. from Princeton University. When she’s not scheming to create new worlds, she enjoys kickboxing, opera singing, and blogging about everything having to do with books.

 

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Starswept is out on the 29th August you can pre-order your copy here: 

 

TBR Shame Tag!

I was tagged to do this by Alaina from An Infinite Book World a few weeks ago. Sorry, it’s taken me a while to get this. I was originally going to post this on Sunday but it took me a lot longer to compile my TBR on to one list!

So I present to you my TBR List:

Kindle Books

  1. Darkness Of Light (Darkness Series Book 1) – Stacey Marie Brown
  2. Break Away: Lilah and Cole (The Moores Book 4) – Abby Brooks
  3. Tangled Up in Blue (Ikana College Book 1)  – J.D. Brick
  4. Bennett (The Fire Creek Saga Book 1) – Chasity Bowlin
  5. Coming In From the Cold (Gravity Book 1) – Sarina Bowen
  6. The Promise of Paradise (Hometown Heroes series) – Allie Boniface
  7. Crushed (The Witch-Game Novels Book 1) – Kasi Blake
  8. The Beauty of Lies (A Stand by Me Novel Book 1) – Brinda Berry
  9. Chasing Luck (A Serendipity Novel Book 1) – Brinda Berry
  10. #1 Crush (Loose Ends Book 1)  – Kaia Bennett
  11. Secondborn (Secondborn Series Book 1) – Amy A. Bartol
  12. 18 Things (My So-Called Afterlife) – Jamie Ayres
  13. Breathe for Me (Be for Me: Xander) – Natalie Anderson
  14. Claimed (Brides of the Kindred book 1) – Evangeline Anderson
  15. Deep Blue Secret (The Water Keepers Book 1) – Christie Anderson
  16. Five Minutes Late – Rich Amooi
  17. A French Girl in New York (The French Girl Series Book 1) – Anna Adams
  18. Star King (Star Series Book 1)  – Susan Grant
  19. First Position (Dirty Dancing Book 1) – Melody Grace
  20. Project ELE (The ELE Series Book 1) – Rebecca Gober, Courtney Nuckels
  21. Earth’s Blood (Earth Reclaimed Book 2) – Ann Gimpel
  22. The Opposite of Wild (Clover Park, Book 1) – Kylie Gilmore
  23. Touch a Dark Wolf (The Shadowmen Book 1) – Jennifer St. Giles
  24. Promises (The Syrenka Series Book 1) – Amber Garr
  25. The Accidental Demon Slayer (Biker Witches Mystery Book 1) – Angie Fox
  26. The Plantation Series: Books 1-3 – Stella Samiotou Fitzsimons
  27. Elude (Eagle Elite Book 6) – Rachel Van Dyken
  28. This Sky – Autumn Doughton
  29. She Sins at Midnight – Whitney Dineen
  30. Dream Student (Dream Series Book 1) – J.J. DiBenedetto
  31. The Shadow and the Rose (The Ash Grove Chronicles Book 1) – Amanda DeWees
  32. Her Best Match: A Romantic Comedy (The Best Girls Book 1) – Tamie Dearen
  33. Rest For The Wicked – The Claire Wiche Chronicles Book 1 – Cate Dean
  34. Talented (Talented Saga Book 1) – Sophie Davis
  35. A Dance of Dragons: The Complete Series – Kaitlyn Davis
  36. Traitor’s Masque: A Reimagining of Cinderella – Kenley Davidson
  37. Accepting Fate (Destiny Book 2) – Deanna Chase
  38. Breathless (Jason and Azazel Book 1)  – V. J. Chambers
  39. Breathless (Jesse Book 1) – Eve Carter
  40. The Trouble With Goodbye (Fairhope Series Book 1) – Sarra Cannon
  41. A Lush Betrayal – Selena Laurence
  42. Love Me, Love Me Not (Incongruent Figures Book 1)  – SM Koz
  43. Conflicted (Secrets and Lies Series Book 1)  – M. M. Koenig
  44. The Fine Line – Alicia Kobishop
  45. Gaia’s Secret (A Pandoran Novel, #1) – Barbara Kloss
  46. Gifts of the Blood (Angel’s Edge Book 1) – Vicki Keire
  47. The Challenge (Rystani Warrior Book 1) – Susan Kearney
  48. Always You (Love Hurts Book 1) – Missy Johnson
  49. Broken: The Gallagher Family – Annie Jocoby
  50. Afraid to Fly: a Fearless novel – S.L. Jennings
  51. Entangled (Spellbound Trilogy #1) (Spellbound series)  – Nikki Jefford
  52. Before You Go (Impossible Love Series 1) – Clare James
  53. A Stone in the Sea (Bleeding Stars Book 1) – A.L. Jackson
  54. Flight (The Crescent Chronicles Book 1) – Alyssa Rose Ivy
  55. Derailed (Clayton Falls Book 1)  – Alyssa Rose Ivy
  56. The Hazards of Skinny Dipping  – Alyssa Rose Ivy
  57. Damaged and the Beast  – Bijou Hunter
  58. Embers (Wings of War Book 1) – Karen Ann Hopkins
  59. Why Now? (Love Riddles Book 1)  – Carey Heywood
  60. Twisted: The Girl Who Uncovered Rumpelstiltskin’s Name  – Bonnie M Hennessy
  61. Stray (Touchstone Book 1)  – Andrea K. Höst
  62. The Traveling Man (The Traveling Series #1)  – Jane Harvey-Berrick
  63. Emerge (Evolve Series #1) – S.E. Hall
  64. Caught in Us (Lost Book 3) – Layla Hagen
  65. Batter Up (Bachelors of Buttermilk Falls Book 1)  – Robyn Neeley
  66. CAGED (The Caged Series Book 1)  – Amber Lynn Natusch
  67. Shh! (Oxley College Saga Book 1)  – Stacey Nash
  68. The Scarlet Thread (Fated Destruction Book 1) – D.S. Murphy
  69. Beautiful Oblivion – Addison Moore
  70. Forbidden Kisses (3:AM Kisses Book 9)  – Addison Moore
  71. Winter Kisses (3:AM Kisses Book 2)  – Addison Moore
  72. Dirty Kisses (3:AM Kisses Book 10)  – Addison Moore
  73. Stone Guardian – Danielle Monsch
  74. The Wall: (The Island Series #1)  – Jen Minkman
  75. Shadow of Time: Dark Dreams: YA Paranormal Romance – Jen Minkman
  76. Tangled Beauty (Tangled, Book 1)  – K.L. Middleton
  77. Edgewood – Karen McQuestion
  78. The Devil Wears Scrubs: A Short Comedic Novel  – Freida McFadden
  79. What the Heart Wants: An Elemental Romance – Kelli McCracken
  80. Beneath This Mask – Meghan March
  81. One More Day – M. Malone
  82. Crown of Insight: Godly Games – Jamie Magee
  83. Remembrance (The Transcend Time Saga Book 1)  – Michelle Madow
  84. Love Surfaced  – Michelle Lynn
  85. Fighting Temptation (Men Of Honor Book 1)  – K.C. LYNN
  86. The Clarity Series (Books 1-3)  – Loretta Lost
  87. All Your Reasons (Crave Book 1)  – Nina Levine
  88. Whispers in Autumn (The Last Year Book 1) – Trisha Leigh
  89. Relatively Famous (Famous Series Book 1) – Heather C. Leigh
  90. The Resistance (Hard to Resist Book 1)  – S.L. Scott
  91. Ransom (Ransom Series Book 1) – Rachel Schurig
  92. Beauty and the Beast: An Adult Fairytale Romance – Vivienne Savage
  93. Not Quite The Fairy Tale – May Sage
  94. Rob and Sabrina’s Story (Trouble Boxed Sets Book 1) – Emme Rollins
  95. Meeting Trouble: Rob and Sabrina’s Story  – Emme Rollins
  96. Addicted to You (Addicted Series Book 1) – Krista Ritchie, Becca Ritchie
  97. Fate (Fate #1)  -Elizabeth Reyes
  98. Rage: Fate #5  – Elizabeth Reyes
  99. Royal (Rixton Falls Book 1)  – Winter Renshaw
  100. How (Not) to Kiss a Prince (Cindy Eller #2) – Elizabeth A Reeves
  101. One Condition (The Lust List: Kaidan Stone Book 1)  – Nova Raines, Mira Bailee
  102. Open Minds (Mindjack Series Book 1) – Susan Kaye Quinn
  103. Breathless (Blue Fire Saga Book 1)  – Scott Prussing
  104. Come Away With Me (With Me In Seattle Book 1)  – Kristen Proby
  105. The Gatekeeper’s Sons (The Gatekeeper’s Saga Book 1)  – Eva Pohler
  106. Fever (A Songbird Novel Book 1)  – Melissa Pearl
  107. Breakaway: (A New Adult Sports Romance) (Pro-U Book 1) – Ali Parker
  108. Princess SOS: Scifi Alien Romance (The Ravager Chronicles Book 1)  – Sara Page
  109. A Heat Of The Moment Thing – Maggie Le Page
  110. Stubborn Love: A Stubborn Love Story – Wendy Owens
  111. Champagne and Lemon Drops: A Blueberry Springs Sweet Romance – Jean Oram
  112. The Boyfriend Thief (Stolen Kiss Book 1) – Shana Norris
  113. Dreams Come True Boxed Set – Emma Nichols
  114. The Sinful Series  – Emma Nichols
  115. Taken by You (Taken by You Book One) – M.L. Young
  116. The Vampire Hunter’s Daughter – Jennifer Malone Wright
  117. Blood and Snow 1: A Vampiric Snow White Reimagining – RaShelle Workman
  118. Promise Me: A Second Chance Romance – Vivian Wood, Willow Winters
  119. Promise to Marry (Promises Book 1) – Jessica Wood
  120. Falling for Autumn  – Heather Topham Wood
  121. Love & Gelato  – Jenna Evans Welch
  122. Broken (Breaking the Rules Series Book 1)  – K Webster
  123. Claiming Victory: A Romantic Comedy – Beverley Watts
  124. Beauty and the Beast: The Beauty Series Boxed Set – Skye Warren
  125. Demon Kissed – H.M. Ward
  126. My Paper Heart: My Paper Heart #1 – Magan Vernon
  127. Without You (Changing Hearts Series Book 1)  – Yesenia Vargas
  128. Only For You (Forever and Always #1) – E. L. Todd
  129. Starbright: The Complete Series  – Hilary Thompson
  130. The Bane (The Eden Trilogy Book 1)  – Keary Taylor
  131. The Noru: Blue Rose (The Noru Series, Book 1) – Lola StVil
  132. Craving Her Curves (Craving Her Curves Series Book 1)  – Nora Stone
  133. Introductions: The Ghost Bird Series – C. L. Stone
  134. Thief: The Scarab Beetle Series: #1 (The Academy Scarab Beetle Series)  – C. L. Stone
  135. Come Back (Rock Savage Book 1) – Candy J Starr
  136. Riser (Teen Horror/Science Fiction) (Book #1 in The Riser Saga) – Becca C Smith
  137. Dying for a Living – Kory M. Shrum
  138. My First – Jason & Katie (Crossroads, Book 1)  – Melanie Shawn
  139. Someday Girl (The Someday Series Book 1)  – Melanie Shawn

iBooks

  1. Before Midnight – Jennifer Blackstream
  2. Command Me – Geneva Lee
  3. Dream Student – J.J. DiBenedetto
  4. Entangled – Nikki Jefford
  5. Flight – Alyssa Rose Ivy
  6. Just Haven’t Met You Yet – Cate Woods
  7. Planet Urth – Jennifer Martucci & Chris Martucci
  8. Steal the Light – Lexi Blake
  9. That Night with My Best Friends Brother – J.S. Cooper & Helen Cooper
  10. The Island  – Jen Minkman
  11. To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before
  12. Witch Song- Amber Argyle

Physical Books:

  1. The Hate You Give – Angie Thomas
  2. All The Bright Places  – Jennifer Niven
  3. Forces of Nature – Brian Cox

Damn! I knew it was going to be a long list but I didn’t realize it was going to be this long! It feels even more monumental when I take into account that this list doesn’t include all of the 279 other books I have on my To Read shelve on GoodReads!!

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Anyways,  I’m not nominating anyone in particular to do this one, but if you do decide to do it, please link back so I can see your lists!

Until Next Time 🤓

 

Welcome to your Life – Katrina Marie

Synopsis

Tonya discovers she’s pregnant a month after breaking up with her high school boyfriend, Jake. She can’t decide whether to tell Jake she’s pregnant when he sees her at the mall with a maternity bag.

Tonya struggles to adjust to working, attending the local community college, and pushing off Jake’s advances to get back together. When she’s paired with the good looking guy from her Art class, Reaf, she has to battle the confusing emotions swirling through her brain and heart.

Can she find love, herself, and become the parent she hopes to be while dealing with pregnancy hormones and drama?


More Details

Genre:  Romance
Page Length: 197
Characters:  Tonya, Jake, Reaf
Publication Year: August 2017
Format: E-Book


Review

I received a copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I really liked the blurb for this, I thought it had a lot of potentials but overall I didn’t end up liking it too much. This was down to how it was written. Most of the time it felt like I was reading about a 15-year-old girl. Tonya’s lack of maturity was annoying if this book had been a young adult novel I would have understood this but the fact is most the time, I felt like she was too immature to be even having sex let alone be having a child. The writing wasn’t the best, lots of the same adjectives were used which got old really fast.

Jake was the typical jock and his behavior so predictable cliché.

Ok so it wasn’t all bad, I did like how supportive her parents were, her Mom was just fantastic and handled the situation really well. I also really liked Reaf I would have liked to have learned more about him, we do meet his family but I felt his character was a little underdeveloped.

I also enjoyed the actual storyline I just wish there had been more depth.

The Bottom Line:

If It came down to it, I’d probably recommend this book to teens, I think that that age category may have enjoyed this story more than me. That’s it really.

My Rating:  2/5  🌟 🌟


About the Author

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Katrina Marie lives in the Dallas area with her husband, two children, and fur baby. She is a lover of all things geeky and Gryffindor for life. This is her debut novel and she hopes you enjoy reading it as much as she enjoyed writing it.

Misadventures of a City Girl – Meredith Wild & Chelle Bliss

Synopsis

Fresh off a divorce from a Hollywood hotshot, Madison Atwood needs an escape. With the paparazzi fresh on her heels and her love life splashed on every tabloid, she runs away to a swanky retreat in Northern California. Avalon Springs is the mountainside haven she needs to find herself again.

Luke Dawson lives off the grid, preferring solitude to society. When he finds a beautiful woman soaking in the hot springs on his property, he can’t stop himself from watching her. She captures his attention, but she’s just a city girl—a beautiful distraction disturbing the peace he’s settled here to find.

When Madison discovers Luke’s secluded cabin, he can’t turn her away again. They make no promises. Madison needs to feel wanted again, and Luke misses the touch of a woman. But when mother nature has other plans, they’re forced to spend more than a night of passion together. Can Luke say goodbye to the only woman who’s made him feeling anything in years, and can Madison leave behind the man who brought her back to life?


More Details

Genre: Romance
Page Length: 300
Characters:  Madison, Luke
Publication Year: September 12th, 2017
Format: E-ARC


Review

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

This was a fun light read, Madison decides she needs to get away from the spotlight after her divorce from her Hollywood actor ex-husband. She chooses a quiet retreat in Northern California and it’s there that she meets Luke.

This book has smut galore! lots of raunchy scenes, the second time these characters meet it’s pretty hot!

I really enjoyed the chemistry between the two characters. I thought that the story was written well, the pace was good and I liked that even though this was a quick read both the characters were well developed.

The story is probably best to describe as finding love when you’re not even looking for it and making changes and compromises in your life to keep it.

Conclusion

If you’re looking for a light raunchy read this is the book for you. I’d also recommend this if you’re going on holiday it would make excellent poolside reading.

My Rating:  3/5 🌟 🌟 🌟


About the Authors:

Meredith Wild

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Meredith Wild is a #1 New York Times, USA Today, and international bestselling author of romance. Living on Florida’s Gulf Coast with her husband and three children, she refers to herself as a techie, whiskey-appreciator, and hopeless romantic. When she isn’t living in the fantasy world of her characters, she can usually be found at

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Chelle Bliss

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Chelle Bliss, USA Today Bestselling author, currently lives in a small town near the Gulf of Mexico. She’s a full-time writer, time-waster extraordinaire, social media addict, and coffee fiend. She’s written over thirteen books and has three series available. She loves spending her free time with her boyfriend, 2 cats, and her hamster.
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Misadventures of a City Girl is coming September 12th! Pre-order information available here: http://amzn.to/2mfVOjs

Let’s Talk (#13) Bookish Confessions!

Today I thought it would be fun to share some bookish confessions.

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So let’s get started:

  • I judge books by their cover! Oh, how I try not to but I really can’t help it
  • I do almost all my reading on my Kindle app
  • Books about vampires bore me to tears and I actively avoid them at all costs.
  • I didn’t make it past the first page of The Girl on the Train

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  • I thought Me Before You was an epic let down and depressing.

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  • I prefer books being told from the first person, so much so that if I do happen to download a random book and I find it’s written in the third person I usually move it straight to the bottom of my tbr list.
  • I used to love Twilight! including Edward Cullen (vomits)

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  • I read Grey purely for research purposes not because I like the series

I think that is all of them. I’d love to hear some of yours!

Until next time! 🤓

Morning Star – Pierce Brown

*This Review Contains Spoilers*

Synopsis

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • Red Rising thrilled readers and announced the presence of a talented new author. Golden Son changed the game and took the story of Darrow to the next level. Now comes the exhilarating conclusion to the Red Rising Trilogy: Morning Star.

Darrow would have lived in peace, but his enemies brought him war. The Gold overlords demanded his obedience, hanged his wife, and enslaved his people. But Darrow is determined to fight back. Risking everything to transform himself and breach Gold society, Darrow has battled to survive the cutthroat rivalries that breed Society’s mightiest warriors, climbed the ranks, and waited patiently to unleash the revolution that will tear the hierarchy apart from within.

Finally, the time has come.

But devotion to honor and hunger for vengeance run deep on both sides. Darrow and his comrades-in-arms face powerful enemies without scruple or mercy. Among them are some Darrow once considered friends. To win, Darrow will need to inspire those shackled in darkness to break their chains, unmake the world their cruel masters have built, and claim a destiny too long denied—and too glorious to surrender.


More Details

Genre:  Science Fiction
Page Length: 518
Characters:  Darrow (The Reaper), Cassius au Bellona, Virginia au Augustus (Mustang), Sevro au Barca
Publication Year: 2016
Format: E-Book


Review

One word: Perfection. That’s what this book was. Without a doubt, this is one of the best books I’ve read in a very long time. It took me just over a week to finish just because I wanted to saviour and because I was a little bit terrified about how it was going to end, but I shouldn’t haven’t worried because it was just brilliant.

I really enjoyed how this played out, the twists and turns and expectedness were fresh and exhilarating. I adore Darrow, he has fast become one of my favorite characters. The things that he has suffered makes my heart break for him. There were so many moments where I literally had my heart in my mouth. This story wrecked me emotionally seriously I can’t even tell you! There are moments towards the end where I swear my heart almost stopped!

“I cannot be afraid. I’ve spent too long being afraid. Too long being diminished by loss. Too long being everything except what I need to be. And whether I am the Reaper, or whether it’s just another mask, it’s one I must wear, not just for them, but for myself.” 

At its core, this is a story is about courage, resilience, and transformation. Literal transformation for Darrow. He has overcome so much in such a short amount of time, he’s friends have become enemies and his enemies have become friends.

“He nodded, softly. “Thank you … brother.” And there, on a citadel landing platform in what was once the heart of Gold power, Cassius au Bellona and I shake hands and say farewell, almost six years to the day since we first met.”

Conclusion

I would recommend, no I do recommend this book, in fact, the whole series. If you are a fan of science fiction and you haven’t read this book I suggest you get on it stat! I promise you won’t regret it!

Also Iron Gold is out January 2018, I’ve already pre – ordered my copy and you can get yours here

My Rating:  5/5  🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟

Golden Son – Pierce Brown

Synopsis

With shades of The Hunger GamesEnder’s Game, and Game of Thrones, debut author Pierce Brown’s genre-defying epic Red Rising hit the ground running and wasted no time becoming a sensation.

Golden Son continues the stunning saga of Darrow, a rebel forged by tragedy, battling to lead his oppressed people to freedom from the overlords of a brutal elitist future built on lies. Now fully embedded among the Gold ruling class, Darrow continues his work to bring down Society from within.

A life-or-death tale of vengeance with an unforgettable hero at its heart, Golden Son guarantees Pierce Brown’s continuing status as one of fiction’s most exciting new voices.


More Details

Genre:  Science Fiction/Fantasy
Page Length: 430
Characters:  Darrow (The Reaper), Cassius au Bellona, Virginia au Augustus (Mustang), Sevro au Barca
Publication Year: 2015
Format: E-Book


My Review

This story picks up 2 years after Red Rising. Darrow is now working closely with Nero Au Augustus the ArchGovernor of Mars, all the while trying to bring down Gold Society.

This book really pulled me in more so than Red Rising! I finished this book Sunday evening and usually I like to write my reviews straight away while it’s all fresh, but this one, I just needed to digest and I mean that in a good way. This story is emotionally charged, action packed and kept me on the edge of my seat right to the end and what an ending that was! Holy shit I did not see that coming, I won’t say too much else about It but just be prepared to have your heart ripped out! Thanks for that Pierce Brown!

The world building in this story is breath taking. I love the idea that mankind is now living all over the solar system. The vast difference between how the Golds live and how the Reds and other low colors live is harsh.

I Iove Darrow! He is such a complex character, I like the way in which his character grew, but at the time I felt he was a little naïve when it came to what the people around him were feeling. I also really liked that he’s not perfect and he does make mistakes and these mistakes often have catastrophic consequences for him and the people he holds dear.

I also enjoyed the supporting characters, Sevro is particularly entertaining. Mustang I like her but I feel like I need to see more emotion from her. The bad guys in this book are like super villains, it’s been a while since I’ve read a book series where there are so many characters that are just plain evil arseholes. I mean seriously fucked up evil. We are also introduced to Ragnar Volarus, he offers his servitude to Darrow after Darrow takes over the ship is was enslaved on.

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Conclusion

This was such a good read, and definitely, a must read if you have read Red Rising. I’m still so mad that it has taken me this long to get to reading this series because man have I been missing out!

My Rating:  5/5 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

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