[Review & Release Day Promo] Save the Date – Carrie Aarons

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Syn

You know that pact you make with your childhood best friend of the opposite sex? The one where, if you’re both still single, lonely and hopeless at thirty, you’ll marry each other?

This is the story about what happens when you hit the big three-oh and have to make good on that pinky promise.

Personally, I think love, romance and all of that nonsense is a crock of, well, you know. And Reese Collins, the boy who used to put worms in my hair at backyard barbecues, knows that better than anyone.

But when he moves to the same city I’ve happily, and singly, inhabited for years, memories of oaths past resurface. Reese is like a dog with a bone; a really hot dog and that bone just happens to be me.

He won’t stop hounding me, and the crazy thing is, my frigid, traitorous heart is starting to cave. For my best friend.

It seems so far off, when you’re a kid playing Monopoly in your treehouse. But when that clock strikes midnight on your thirtieth birthday, and you’re standing alone in front of a grocery store-bought cupcake, a childhood deal to walk down the aisle doesn’t seem so silly anymore. 

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Page Length: 250
Publication Date: 2018
Characters: Erin, Reese


Review

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

I’m such a sucker for these types of stories! I really loved Erin and Reese.  Their friendship was so cute and well written, I enjoyed their chemistry and banter. I thought the story flowed really nicely, nothing was rushed which I loved. 

Erin is a cynic when it come’s to love, mostly because of her parents divorcing when she was 25 and ruining her illusion that her parents had the perfect relationship, she also has a lot of anger towards her father because of this. Reese has loved Erin since they were teenagers and has always known she was the one for him, he was just waiting for her to ready. 

The only slightly annoying thing was how closed off Erin was at times, her line of thinking was very out touch especially when it came to love and relationships, it was great to see her open up an see how great love could be and understand that it not suppose to be perfect.

Overall this was a nice easy read, with everything you would want from a romance novel. 

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My Rating: 4/5 🌟🌟🌟🌟


Author Bio

802311_13aa3d189de345aeb27c5ed783f5c454Author of romance novels such as Red Card and Privileged, Carrie Aarons writes sexy, swoony and sarcastic characters who won’t get out of her head until she puts them down on a page.

Carrie has wanted to be an author since the first time she opened a book, and still can’t fathom that she gets to live her dream each and every day.

When she isn’t in a writing coma, Carrie spends time Netflix-binging with her husband, snuggling her newborn daughter, and chasing her Black Lab through the dog parks of New Jersey.


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[Book Review] Moonlight Seduction – Jennifer L.Armentrout

Syn

The de Vincent brothers are back—and so is the intrigue that surrounds them—in New York Times bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout’s sizzling new novel…

Nicolette Bresson never thought she’d return to the de Vincents’ bayou compound. It’s where her parents work, where Nikki grew up… and where she got her heart broken by Gabriel de Vincent himself. Yet here she is, filling in for her sick mother. Avoiding Gabe should be easy, especially when so much of Nikki’s time is spent trying not to be stabbed in the back by the malicious hangers-on who frequent the mansion. But escaping memories of Gabe, much less his smoking-hot presence, is harder than expected—especially since he seems determined to be in Nikki’s space as much as possible.

Gabriel spent years beating himself up over his last encounter with Nikki. He’d wanted her then, but for reasons that were bad for both of them. Things have now changed. Gabe sees more than a girl he’s known forever; he sees a smart, talented, and heartbreakingly beautiful woman… one who’s being stalked from the shadows. Now, Gabe will do anything to keep Nikki safe—and to stop the de Vincent curse from striking again.


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Publication Date: 26th June 2018
Page Length: 400
Characters: Nikki, Gabe


Review

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

When Moonlight Sin’s was released I had a real hard time with getting into the story and ended up DNF’ing it. So I was a little apprehensive about this one but I gave it ago and I ended up enjoying it a hell of a lot. 

I thought Nikki was very likable, the history she has with Gabe is long and very complicated. Some of the things she believed about their relationship weren’t right and her reactions to discovering this were believable. I liked Gabe, particularly his protectiveness of Nikki and also his internal battle in fighting his feelings for her was really well done.

The story isn’t just your regular run of the mill love story, there is mystery and intrigue too, strange things happen at the De Vincent’s house and someone seems to have it in for Nikki. 

To summarise, this was a nice little read and something a little different.  I enjoyed the story and would recommend. 

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My Rating 4/5 🌟🌟🌟🌟

[Book Review] Boarded by Love – Toni Aleo

Synopsis

“Jude Sinclair here, hockey player for the Bellevue Bullies and lover of all ladies. Hockey’s in my blood, and not to sound full of myself, but

I’m good at it…really good. The draft is within my reach—it’s mine to take—but that’s not the only reason people know my name. They know me because of my way with women. They know the score, and I aim to please. I just tend to stay away from repeat performances. In other words, I don’t do relationships beyond my family and friends. I’m happy with life. However, I should warn you that my story and how I see it playing out is about to change due to a certain redhead on campus.

She’s beautiful. Stunning. Breathtaking.

She’s my game changer.”

“He’s trouble from the moment I see him. I don’t know what I’m thinking, but from the moment I meet his gaze, I’m his. It’s a scary feeling.

I’ve never trusted anyone outside my aunt and uncle—and even that took months. I didn’t have it easy growing up. My mom was usually strung out, and she didn’t give me a second thought. Drugs and the men who paid her were more important to her. It was horrible, but I’m stronger today. Because of my past, security is what I need most. Money assures me that I can take care of myself today, tomorrow, and next month. I don’t want to ever be hungry or go without again, so I work hard for every penny.

Oh, by the way, I’m Claire Anderson. I’m a hard-studying sophomore at the University of Bellevue, dancer for the school dance team, and a burlesque dancer at a club, but that’s my secret.
You may think you know how our story ends, but you have no clue. It’s not easy falling in love… or living happily ever after. At first it may seem so, but when is anything worth having ever won without a fight?

Especially when you’re boarded by love.”


Quick Stats

Publication Year: 2014
Page Length: 355
Characters: Claire, Jude


Review

In general I like Hockey themed storys but this one almost broke my eyes from the amoutn of eye rolling that went down whilest I was reading this book.

Claire is whiney and irritating! I felt no connection to her, she keeps secres from the people she loves for reasons that make little or no senese. Jude was ok but kind meh, no real personality and he was pretty boring to be honest,. The worst thing about this book thought was the major major insta love! I loves you were being thrown around after only 2 weeks of them meeting. I probably should have stopped reading at that point but I I held out hope that things my get better –  they did not.

I never thought a romance book could have too much romance but this book did it, mainly due to the utter repetiveness, there’s only so much you read about much people love it each before you it becomes ewww. I get they love it each other I don’t need to be kept remineded about that fact. I started skim reading towards the end because it became so unbareable.

I probably will try another book by Toni Aleo just incase this was a blip but I really wish I’d DNF’d this book.

My Rating: 1/5 🌟

 

[Book Review] A Court of Frost and Starlight

*This Review Contains Spoilers*

Synopsis

The Winter Solstice. In a week. I was still new enough to being High Lady that I had no idea what my formal role was to be. If we’d have a High Priestess do some odious ceremony, as lanthe had done the year before. A year. Gods, nearly a year since Rhys had called in his bargain, desperate to get me away from the poison of the Spring Court to save me from my despair. Had he been only a minute later, the Mother knew what would have happened. Where I’d now be. Snow swirled and eddied in the garden, catching in the brown fibers of the burlap covering the shrubs My mate who had worked so hard and so selflessly, all without hope that I would ever be with him We had both fought for that love, bled for it. Rhys had died for it.


Quick Stats

Page Length: 272
Publication Date: 1st May 2018
Characters: Feyre, Rhys, Azriel, Elaine, Nesta and the rest of the Inner Circle


Review

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This book yall! I have very mixed feelings… for the most part, I loved it but there were a few things that really irked me. Firstly let’s look at the good:

  1. Rhys’s POV – For the first time we got a good few chapters from the Highlord of the Night Courts perspective and it was everything!! It was great to get a chance to see what goes on in his mind and really feel what he is feeling. There’s one particular chapter where he visits Tamlin and just so freaking awesome!
  2. Az and Elain – I love these 2, their interactions are just so damn adorable, I love their friendship and in a way I would like to see them together maybe…  I change my mind a lot on this subject sometimes I want her with Lucian and other times I think her and Az should be a thing.
  3. Nessian – Ah I’m so excited to read their story – is it wrong that I’m hoping for angry sex?
  4. Tamlin – Great to see he’s still suffering!
  5. Wall Scene – Finally!
  6. Annual Illyrian snowball fights – just so funny

and now on to the bad:

  1. Fayre – I loved Fayre’s throughout the series and I have sympathized a lot with what she has been through but in this book, she really really fucking annoyed me.  She was a bitch to Lucian for no good reason and I felt like she had no patience with Nesta and no understanding of what she went through, which is ridiculous when you consider all the things Feyre has suffered, I would have hoped she would have had a bit more sympathy for her but she just wanted her Nesta to just be ok for her own piece of mind
  2. Changing storytelling – This book jumped between 3rd and 1st person and I’m not going to lie – I fucking hated it.
  3. Mor – Yeah she just bored me in this book, I feel like her character is doing a little bit of a 360, in ACOMAF she is a badass motherfucker but its like she has regressed a little bit in this book.
  4. Feyre and Rhys decided to start trying for a child – I really really felt like this was just so fucking predictable.

I think I have covered everything, so mostly it was an awesome read with just a little splash of annoyance. I think it was a good way to wrap up Rhys and Fayres story and I’m excited to read the stories of the other members of The Inner Circle.

My Rating 5/5 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

The Cliche Book Tag

I found this Tag over on Step into a Book World Blog so definitely check out her blog.

This tag looks super fun so let’s get started:

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Actions Speak Louder Than WordsA Book That Wasn’t Or Couldn’t Be Better Than The Movie.

There’s not very many books this applies to, usually the book is better than the film but I have to say I much pefered the Movie version of P.S I Love You. I’ve tried and failed to read the book more than once, mainly becuase I found it to be very depressing but the film is very watchable.


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The Grass Is Always Greener On The Other Side: A Rags To Riches Or Riches To Rags Story.

Paper Princess for sure, Ella starts out the book stripping for money and ends up being saved by her super rich guardian, and in then inherits a ton of money from her rich dead dad. So yeah.


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The Apple Does Not Fall Far From The Tree: A Parent Child Relationship That You Love

Mia and her Mom I think her name is Helen if I remeber corrently, have such a great relationship. They don’t always get along but She is always there for Mia.


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You Can’t Judge A Book By It’s Cover: A Great Book That Needs A Better Cover.

I love this book, I read it earlier in the year and its so good but I have always thought the cover was a just a little bland and dull.


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You Can’t Please Everyone: A Book You Hate That Everyone Loves.

I read this book becasue of how much hype it was getting about how good it is, but I just don’t see it at all. In fact this book made me angry for a varity of reasons and if you want to read more on my thoughts then here is the link for my review.


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What Doesn’t Kill You Makes You Stronger: What’s A Book That Made You A Better Person For Having Read It.

So this book didn’t really make me a better person but it did open my eyes to a condition that I didn’t have any clue existed. One of the main characters suffers from Prosopagnosia which is also called face blindness. This means he is unable to recognize people’s faces. So it really made me aware of this.


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Love Is Blind: A Book With A Disabled Character Or Actual Blind Love.

This is a re-telling of Cinderella and the Cinderella of the story was injured in an accident and uses a cane to get around. It was one of my favourte reads of last year.


Ignorance Is Bliss: A Book That Is Bad But You Just Don’t Want To Admit It.

I don’t really have one…. usually if a book is bed I’m very vocal about it lol


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There Is No Time Like The Present: What Is Your Favourite Contemporary Book?

At the moment it’s Arrogant Devil, tbh anything by R.S. Grey is pretty bloody amazing but she really out did herself with this book.


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Better Safe Than Sorry: A Book You Don’t Want To Read In Case It’s Bad

I really really want to  read this book, I’ve heard so many good things but I have jumped onto the hype train before and been really disappointed so I’m a bit nervous about givn this one ago!


 

Thats it! I’m not tagging anyone today but do feel free to have a go if the mood takes you!!

Until Next Time 🤓

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[Book Review] Arrogant Devil by R.S. Grey

Synopsis

Everyone in Cedar Creek, Texas, knows Jack McNight is an arrogant devil. Physically, I get it: he’s tan and fit, with coal-black hair that’s clearly been scorched by hellfire. Oh, and his personality? It burns just as hot.

When I show up on the doorstep of Blue Stone Ranch, I’m run-down and rockin’ my last pair of underwear. I’m hoping for a savior, but instead, I find him.

My opinion of Jack is marred by a dismal first impression, but his opinion of me is tainted even before I arrive. He’s heard I’m a spoiled princess there to take advantage of his goodwill. To him, I’m more trouble than I’m worth.

Our button-pushing banter should get under my skin. His arrogance should be a major turn-off. Problem is, devils are known to offer their own form of temptation.

Every one of his steely glares sends a shiver down my spine.

Every steamy encounter leaves me reeling.

Sure, it could be the Texas heat messing with my head, but there’s no way I’ll survive the summer without silencing him with a kiss and wrestling him out of those Wranglers.

Who knows…going to bed with the devil might just be the salvation I’ve been looking for all along.


Quick Stats

Publication Date: May 10th 2018
Characters: Meredith, Jack, Edith and Alfred


Review

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

Meredith flees California to get away from her Husband, hoping that her sister in Texas can help her out she heads out there. The only problem is her sister is overseas traveling and her house is being renovated so with no other options she has to stay and work for Jack – her sisters boss, the devil himself.

Rachel really has done it again! Her stories just keep getting better and better and I feel I can say this because there are only 2 books of hers that I haven’t read yet, she does slow burn romance like no other and this book was no exception.

The tension between Meredith and Jack is palpable. Reading their witting exchanges was a pure joy. It did take me a little while to warm to Jack because he does unfairly judge’s Meredith at the beginning which made me so mad because her reasons for leaving her husband are a lot more horrible than what he thinks, but he did redeem himself once he realised what was really going on.

Meredith, I loved her, she has left her husband because he has been emotionally abusive to her throughout most their marriage and she has finally found the courage to leave and this was where Rachel really made me happy, because she described in perfect detail what its like to be in that situation and what the cycles of abuse are and not only that but she captured what most victims of domestic feel: shame and embarrassment which is where Meredith is at the beginning of the book.

So yes this book was beautifully written and I loved every single page. The ending was everything I wanted it to be. I would definitly recommend this book!

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My Rating 5/5  🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟


About R.S. Grey

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R.S. Grey is the USA Today bestselling author of thirteen novels, including THE FOXE & THE HOUND. She lives in Texas with her husband and two dogs, and can be found reading, binge-watching reality TV, or practicing yoga! Visit her at rsgrey.com

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[Book Review] Bad Boy Brody

Synopsis

One punch took him from Hollywood’s Golden Boy to Bad Boy Brody.

The media didn’t care he was grieving his brother’s death. They descended on him, but to change his reputation, his manager got him a deal.
Act in an indie film, one that already had Oscar buzz, and he’d get the movie roles he needed to secure his future.

He took the deal.

Yet he wasn’t prepared for the real-life people behind the script.
He wasn’t prepared for the murder the movie was based on.
And he really wasn’t prepared for her, the biggest secret of all.

She was wild. She was beautiful. She defied gravity.

But was she the leading role that would tame


Quick Stats

Publication Date: 7th May 2018
Page Length: 300
Characters: Brody, Morgan


Review

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

Brody has become Hollywood’s latest bad boy, the death of his brother has sent in him into a downward spiral and to make sure he gets a part in the next blockbuster his agent has got him a part in a small indie movie. When Brody gets to location things don’t go smoothly, secrets are in abundance and the biggest, a mysterious woman who is running free with a herd of wild horses.

hmmm… I had a bit of a hard time with this one and it’s not because the story was bad or anything like that, I just wasn’t feeling. There are two reasons why one I just didn’t connect to the 2 main characters and two the story didn’t really capture me in the way that I was hoping.

I don’t really want to give this book a bad review because it really wasn’t a bad book it just wasn’t for me, in general, I love Tijan’s books and her writing as always was brilliant which is why I’m so loath to be writing anything too negative. It really was more of a personal preference in terms of what the story was about and so I’m going to finish this review here.

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My Rating 3/5 🌟🌟🌟

The 20 Questions Book Tag

I wasn’t tagged to do this one but I found it over on Another Book in the Wall and thought it looked really fun to do.

1. How many books is too many books in a series?

That’s kinda tough personally anything above 8 maybe? It really depends on how the story is going.

2. How do you feel about cliffhangers? 

I love them when they are done right.

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3. Hardback or paperback?

Paperback for sure. They are just easier to read IMO.

4. Favorite book?

I hate being asked this, how am I suppose to choose from all the goodness…. for now, I’m going to go with Rhapsodic by Laura Thalassa

5. Least favorite book?

It Ends with Us by Colleen Hoover – I just expected more.

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6. Love triangles, yes or no?

I don’t really like them unless they are done really well and it’s not often that they are so no no no love triangles.

7. The most recent book you just couldn’t finish?

Clean by Juno Dawson but I am going to give it another go because I really want to finish it, I just wasn’t in the mood when I first started reading it.

8. A book you’re currently reading?

I’m currently re-reading The Allure of Julian Lefray by R.S Grey

9. Last book you recommended to someone?

ummm this was again Rhapsodic because I can’t stop recommending it to people – I think I might be slightly obsessed at this point.

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10. Oldest book you’ve read? (Publication date)

Probably Romeo and Juliet

11. Newest book you’ve read? (Publication date)

Brave Enough by Kati Gardner – I received an ARC I don’t think it’s out until sometime in August.

12. Favorite author?

I really can’t pick just one so here are my top 4:

  1. Sarah J. Maas
  2. R.S. Grey
  3. Jennifer L. Armentrout
  4. Laura Thalassa

13. Buying books or borrowing books?

Buying, I just like to be able to keep the books I read.

14. A book you dislike that everyone else seems to love?

This has to be THUG: The Hate You Give.

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15. Bookmarks or dog-ears?

Bookmarks! Dog ears are sacrilegious! – no offense lol

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16. A book you can always reread?

A Court of Mist and Fury

17. Can you read while hearing music?

Yeah but I kinda block out noise when I read so I don’t really hear it after awhile.

18. One POV or multiple POV’s?

I enjoy both and preferably in the first person.

19. Do you read a book in one sitting or over multiple days?

Depends on how much the book has gripped me, but usually over a couple of days.

20. A book you’ve read because of the cover?

Lullaby – Loved the Cover, didn’t like the story so much though!

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I tag:

Feel free to have a go even if you haven’t been tagged!

Until next time!

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Service as Normal

Hi Guys!

I’m back from vacation and the post-holiday blues have well and truly set in. We had such an awesome time in Vegas I can’t believe it is over already 😦 Ah I need to move somewhere warmer.

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Anyways I didn’t read anything new while I was away so reviewing will probably be pretty thin next week but I’m hoping to resume full service by next weekend. I have a few books lined up on my kindle so I’m really looking forward to getting back into reading.

While I’m here I just wanted to give you guys a quick update, so I know I said back in January that I was going to do weekly off-topic posts but I’ve just been so busy that I haven’t been able to do this so I’m going to try and do these monthly instead.

To finish off as promised, some holiday spam for you:

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[Book Review] Come a Little Closer – Kim Karr

Synopsis

I haven’t always been this bad…

Up until recently, I was the kind of girl who wore white cotton panties and bent at the knees rather than the waist.

Pomp and circumstance changed all that.

Jaxson Cassidy was my first taste of bad, and I liked it more than I should have. Just not in the way I was meant to. I couldn’t help myself though. I found him irresistible. That sexy grin, those skilled fingers, and that dirty, dirty mouth were a lethal combination.

I wasn’t supposed to want him. I wasn’t supposed to let him put his hands on me. I wasn’t supposed to do a lot of things…but I did.

He wants to keep me close.
I should push him away.

He says he can help me.
I’m not so sure.

For some reason, he thinks there’s good left in me.
What if he’s wrong?

Everyone knows a good boy can’t turn a bad girl around.
Everyone knows it’s always the other way.
Everyone…except him.


Quick Stats

Publication Year:  28th March 2018
Characters: Sadie, Jaxon


Review

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

Sadie gets fired from her job and is involved in an accident all on the same day. With her life crumbling around her she makes a run for it to Antigua, where she bumps into Jaxon,  the man she thought she had let at the airport.

I usually really enjoy Kim Karr’s books but I felt like something was missing from this one. The story wasn’t bad it just didn’t excite me. I thought Sadie and Jaxon to be slightly annoying at times for different reasons. Sadie because of her lack of self-confidence and Jaxons cavemanishness was overbearing.

Towards the end, the story does get a bit more interesting so it was definitely worth finishing and not a complete waste of time.

My Rating 3/5 🌟 🌟 🌟