[Book Review] Brooklynaire by Sarina Bowen

Synopsis

You’d think a billion dollars, a professional hockey team and a six-bedroom mansion on the Promenade would satisfy a guy. You’d be wrong.

For seven years Rebecca has brightened my office with her wit and her smile. She manages both my hockey team and my sanity. I don’t know when I started waking in the night, craving her. All I know is that one whiff of her perfume ruins my concentration. And her laugh makes me hard.

When Rebecca gets hurt, I step in to help. It’s what friends do. But what friends don’t do is rip off each others’ clothes for a single, wild night together.

Now she’s avoiding me. She says we’re too different, and it can never happen again. So why can’t we keep our hands off each other?


Quick Stats

Page Length: 452
Publication Date: Feb 2018
Characters: Rebecca, Nate


Review

I’m so happy that I finally got around to reading this book, I’ve had it on on my TBR before it was even released.

Nate and Rebecca have been working together for 7 years, Nate doesn’t know when he started seeing her as more than a friend but what he does know is that it’s becoming harder and harder to stay away from her. Then one night in a hotel room changes anything.

This story was so refreshing from the usual billionaire stories that I have come across, I think this was because the characters just felt so normal and relatable, it made connecting with them really easy.

I need to take a moment to show my appreciation for how brilliantly written Nate’s character is. In other millionaire/billionaire books, I’ve read the male leads are normally egotistical, arrogant controlling jerks but Nate is the total opposite, he’s down to earth, funny and geeky and for me, those are much more attractive traits. Also, he is so caring towards Rebecca and doesn’t play any games, he is honest about what he is feeling all the time. I just love him!

Rebecca is great too, I could totally understand her anxieties about dating Nate as he is her boss. She was a little insecure at times but not in an annoying whiny way. I think some of her fears were justified.

Overall this was a fab little read, one I’ll no doubt re-read because I enjoyed it so damn much!

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My Rating 4/5 🌟🌟🌟🌟

 

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[Book Review] Where I Found You – Heidi R. Kling

Synopsis

After her mother’s plane went missing over the Indian Ocean, seventeen-year-old Sienna Jones gave up everything she loved about living in California. No more surfing. No more swimming. No more ocean, period. Playing it safe, hiding from the world, is the best call.

Until her dad throws down the challenge of a lifetime: spend the summer with his humanitarian team in Indonesia, working with orphans who lost everything in a massive tsunami.

The day they arrive, Sienna meets a mysterious boy named Deni, whose dark, intense eyes make her heart race. Their stolen nights force her to open up and live in a way she thought she couldn’t anymore. When she’s with Deni, she remembers the girl she used to be… and starts to feel like the woman he sees in her.

A woman he wants for his own.

Gulp.

But when Deni’s past comes looking for him, Sienna’s faced with losing another person she loves. She can’t do it. Not again.

Fortunately, this time, she has a plan.


Quick Stats

Page Length: 307
Publication Year: 2017
Characters: Sienna, Deni


Review

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

One of the great things about blogging is that it has pushed to me read books that I wouldn’t normally and this book falls into that category. The story being set in a place where a natural disaster has happened probably wouldn’t really have sparked my interest  at all but then I signed up to do a blog tour for the second book (mainly because the cover caught my attention) and so I got sent the first book to read first and boy am I hooked! It was surprisingly addictive reading in the best way.

Ever since her Moms plane went missing over the Indian Ocean, Sienna has pretty much given up on life and doing the things she loves. Then her Dad throws down the gauntlet and asks her to spend summer in Indonesia volunteering at an orphanage where children have lost everything in a Tsunami. It’s there that she meets Deni, they bond over their shared losses but when his past comes calling Sienna knows she can’t lose another person in her life.

Firstly the Tsunami in the story is based around the real Boxing Day Tsunami that happened in 2004. Which I remember fairly well, the news coverage was extensive so I didn’t really need to use too much of my imagination when came to picturing the devastation. Deni’s story is probably one of many but still so heartbreaking.

I really liked both Sienna and Deni. Sienna is still very much grieving the loss of her mother and that really comes through when she doesn’t want to share her feelings and also with her anger towards her Dad when he appears to be moving on. The relationship between Deni and Sienna was very sweet and full angst but in a good way.

The ending of the story was bittersweet and Sienna makes a really grown up decision which I was very impressed with. I love this book, which was a real bonus because I wasn’t really expecting much going in. Anyway, I’m off to finish the second book because I need to know how this all ends!

My Rating 4/5 🌟🌟🌟🌟

Top 10 Tuesday: Best Character Names

“Top Ten Tuesday, this was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010. It’s now moved to That Artsy Reader Girl. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together”

Welcome to this week’s Top Ten Tuesday, the theme this week is Best Character Names:

  1. Cassian (A Court of Mist and Fury)
  2. Darrow (Red Rising)
  3. Tink (Wicked)
  4. Karou (Daughter of Smoke and Bone)
  5. Amalie (Hooking Up)
  6. Carden (The Cruel Prince)
  7. Legend (Caraval)
  8. Willa (Trickery)
  9. Kiko (Starfish)
  10. Aelin (Heir of Fire)

Until Next time 🤓✌🏼

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[Cover Reveal] If by Randi Cooley Wilson

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Title: If

Author: Randi Cooley Wilson

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Release Date: Summer, 2018

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If you knew love would hurt you, would you fall?

If you knew love would leave you, would you let it go?

If you knew love could never be, would you try?

From bestselling author Randi Cooley Wilson comes a gut-wrenching love story about heartbreak, second chances, and letting go. The ifs that linger between the pages of this novel will break your heart and stay with you long after the final chapter.

Emerson Shaw thought she’d left her old life behind her, but when she returns home for her best friend’s wedding, she has no idea her past is waiting to reclaim her.

Dark and broken, Lincoln Daniels never wanted to find love. But when he met straight-laced Emerson, he fell. Hard. The only thing they seemed to have in common was an undeniable mutual attraction, but from the moment he laid eyes on her, there was something about her that called to him. Until he lost her.

Tormented by demons and consumed by dark desires, it took years to slowly glue together the shattered pieces of their what ifs. Just when Emerson is finally ready to let go and stop existing in a past full of pain and regret, Lincoln returns, turning her life upside down. What begins as a tentative friendship quickly escalates, and the two soon realize that all the ifs lingering between them no longer matter.

If is a love story about two damaged people whose future depends on promises made in the past. What happens when two broken people meet, fall in love, and realize they can never be? What happens when all the what ifs no longer make sense? If you knew your heart would break, would you still fall? This book is intended for mature audiences.

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Randi Cooley Wilson is a best selling author of paranormal, urban fantasy, and contemporary romance books. Born and raised in Massachusetts, she attended Bridgewater State University and graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Studies. After graduation, she moved to California and worked in Marketing, Public Relations and Advertising on Luxury and Global Lifestyle Brands. In 2014, Randi published the bestselling and award nominated Revelation Series, the Royal Protector Academy Series, and the Dark Soul Series. Randi makes stuff up, devours romance books, drinks lots of coffee—though she prefers champagne—and has a slight addiction to bracelets. She currently resides in Massachusetts with her daughter, fur baby, and husband.

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[Top Ten Tuesday] Books That I Disliked/Hated But Am Really Glad I Read (maybe just for bragging rights)

“Top Ten Tuesday, this was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010. It’s now moved to That Artsy Reader Girl. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together”

Welcome to another Top Ten Tuesday! This week’s theme is Books that I disliked/hated but am really glad I read (maybe just for bragging rights)

This took something about but here is my list:

  1. Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austin
  2. The Hate You Give – Angie Thomas
  3. Divergent – Veronica Roth
  4. It End’s With Us – Colleen Hoover
  5. Lullaby – L.R. W. Lee
  6. The Forest of Hands and Teeth – Carry Ryan
  7. 50 Shades of Grey – E.L James
  8. Grey  – E.L. James
  9. Me Before You – Jo Jo Moyes
  10. The Duff – Kody Keplinger

 

That’s it for today, until next time 🤓

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[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] 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 🌟🌟🌟

Top Ten Tuesday – Books with my Favorite Colour on the cover

“Top Ten Tuesday, this was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010. It’s now moved to That Artsy Reader Girl. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together”

Welcome to another Top Ten Tuesday! This week’s theme is Books with my Favorite Colour on the cover. You may have been able to guess from my blogs theme colour that my favorite colour is PURPLE! 

This list was really fun to put together:

  1. The Beau and the Belle by R.S. Grey
  2. That Sexy Stranger by Nadia Lee
  3. Trickery (Curse of the Gods) by Jaymin Eve & Jane Washington
  4. Across the Universe by Beth Revis
  5. Starswept by Mary Fan
  6. Fallen Heir by Erin Watt
  7. Brave Enough – Kati Gardner
  8. Half Blood by Jennifer L. Armentrout
  9. Awaken by Meg Cabot
  10. Hardline by Meredith Wild

Until Next time 🤓✌🏼

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[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 🌟🌟🌟🌟