Thursday, 26 March 2015

Review: Archer's Voice by Mia Sheridan

Genre/Themes: New Adult - Contemporary Romance - Isolation - Healing

Series: A Sign of Love

Publication Date: 25th Jan 2014

Format: ebook /

Synopsis:
When Bree Prescott arrives in the sleepy, lakeside town of Pelion, Maine, she hopes against hope that this is the place where she will finally find the peace she so desperately seeks. On her first day there, her life collides with Archer Hale, an isolated man who holds a secret agony of his own. A man no one else sees.

Archer's Voice is the story of a woman chained to the memory of one horrifying night and the man whose love is the key to her freedom. It is the story of a silent man who lives with an excruciating wound and the woman who helps him find his voice. It is the story of suffering, fate, and the transformative power of love.

My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

My Thoughts:

This book was refreshing.
It was different from most books I've read lately in that the hero - Archer - can't speak.
Different in that the hero is sexy and awesome but a complete social pariah.
Different in that the hero isn't a womanising manwhore who turns good - he is a virgin.
He was crazy romantic, wonderfully protective and utterly swoon-worthy.

It's a beautiful story, full of heart wrenching emotion, that sucks you in from the very first page and doesn't let you put it down until you have turned the last.

I laughed, I cried, my heart ached and my tummy fluttered... A proper roller-coaster of awesome.

However! Despite all the good this book has to offer there was something missing for me. I don't know if it was maybe that by the time I read this book, I had heard so much hype and talk about it, that I was expecting more or what... But for whatever reason, it just isn't a 5 star read for me.

Well worth reading and seeing where you fall though. I doubt many people wouldn't like it.

Review: Wild Reckless by Ginger Scott

Genre: Mature YA / NA - Contemporary Romance

Series: N/A

Publication Date: 17th March 2015

Format: ebook

Synopsis:
Kensington Worth had a vision for her senior year. It involved her best friends, her posh private school in downtown Chicago and time alone with her piano until her audition was perfected, a guaranteed ticket into the best music programs in the world.

Instead, a nightmare took over.

It didn’t happen all at once, but her life unraveled quickly—a tiny thread that evil somehow kept pulling until everything precious was taken from her. She was suddenly living miles away from her old life, trapped in an existence she didn’t choose—one determined to destroy her from the inside, leaving only hate and anger behind. It didn’t help that her neighbor, the one whose eyes held danger, was enjoying every second of her fall.

Owen Harper was trouble, his heart wild and his past the kind that’s spoken about in whispers. And somehow, his path was always intertwined with Kensington’s, every interaction crushing her, ruining her hope for any future better than her now. Sometimes, though, what everyone warns is trouble, is exactly what the heart needs. Owen Harper was consumed with darkness, and it held onto his soul for years. When Kensington looked at him, she saw a boy who’d gotten good at taking others down when they threatened his carefully balanced life. But the more she looked, the more she saw other things too—good things…things to admire.

Things…to love. Things that made her want to be reckless.

And those things…they were the scariest of all.

My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

My Thoughts:

There is so much I could say about this book while at the same time there is nothing I really want to say besides - You. Have. Got. To. Read. This!!

It is technically a young adult story but I would personally class it as New Adult. The only Young Adult part of it all to me was the fact that the characters are seniors in high school.

It is a wonderful story. Full of heart, full of so much soul!

The prologue made me smile then broke my heart. I knew in that moment I was going to love this book and that Owen Harper would steal, and forever hold, a little piece of my heart and he did.

There will be times when you hate Owen Harper, I did. There will be times when you want to kick him in the nuts, I most certainly did. But it doesn't change the fact that in the end you will love Owen Harper.
He is a little bit twisted, a lot damaged, and so heartbreakingly wonderful. Especially once Kens cuts through all the BS.

Make no mistake, this book isn't an easy carefree read. There are a lot of difficult issues underpinning this story; infidelity, mental illness, suicide and addiction. However, the dark does not smother light. The darkness makes the light shine all that much brighter, the happiness drowns out the sorrow.

If you want a passionate, angsty, sweet, funny, sexy, heartbreaking and utterly awesome read then read this book!
 It is another fantastic story from Ginger Scott and it'll be one I'm sure to revisit over again.

(ARC granted by the author in exchange of a honest review)

Wednesday, 25 March 2015

Cover Reveal - Fall For Me by JC Emery

Hey All!

Today I'm so happy to share the cover for book 1 in a BRAND NEW series from JC Emery!

Each book in the series is a STANDALONE. 

Isn't it purdy?



Synopsis:

Melanie Kincaid is a trust-fund baby with a knack for sassy comebacks and unnecessarily complicating her privileged life. So, of course she would have to fall in love with a man she can't have.

Jameson Hayes is a NYC firefighter for Manhattan’s oldest ladder company with big shoes to fill and a city to protect. He’s strong, sexy, and not looking for the complications Melanie brings. But he can't stay away from her either. The attraction between them is immediate and the pull between them is crazy powerful. But she's only home for the summer and long-distance relationships never work.

Unfortunately, Melanie’s beauty and smart mouth are a lethal combination and Jameson isn't the only Hayes who's interested. As if his brother isn't enough to compete with, now the city's most famous arsonist wants to claim her as his next prize. Jameson can't stand to watch Melanie get hurt and she can't seem to keep herself out of trouble.

Fall for Me is the first Ladder Company novel, a stand-alone companion series about New York's most elite firefighting family with hot alpha heroes, snarky heroines, and an arsonist hell-bent on destruction.



RELEASE DATE: APRIL 30


About the Author:


As a child, JC was fascinated by things that went bump in the night. As they say, some things never change. Now, as an adult, she divides her time between the sexy law men, mythical creatures, and kick-ass heroines that live inside her head and pursuing her bachelor's degree in English. JC is a San Francisco Bay Area native, but has also called both Texas and Louisiana home. These days she rocks her flip flops year round in Northern California and can't imagine a climate more beautiful.

JC writes adult, new adult, and young adult fiction. She dabbles in many different genres including science fiction, horror, chick lit, and murder mysteries, yet she is most enthralled by supernatural stories-- and everything has at least a splash of romance.








Monday, 23 March 2015

Review: Jem by Michelle Abbott

Genre: New Adult

Series: N/A

Publication Date: 1st March 2015

Format: ebook

Synopsis:

Two injured, stubborn souls meet unexpectedly. Will they save each other from their demons or have they been too damaged for too long to see past the pain?

Growing up, all Jem knew was hatred and the pain from his father's fists. Taunted by the kids at school, he was alone, until a girl with carrot coloured hair sat next to him.

She smiled.
She listened.
She cared.

She was his angel, and he knew he’d love her forever. But Jem’s father hurts him in a way he never expected by taking him away from her.

Now eighteen, scarred inside and out, Jem trusts no one and has worked hard to ensure he'll never be helpless again. But then he runs into his angel. The only problem is she doesn’t recognize him. Jem needs her to remember him, to show him that their time together meant to her what it did to him. For once in his life he wants to have mattered to someone, to her.

Devon is attracted to the muscular, tattooed, pierced hottie standing by the pub quiz machine. That is, until he punches a guy clean across the bar for daring to touch him. She’s had her fill of violent men and intends to avoid this one at all costs.

My Rating: 2.5 out of 5 stars

Minor spoilers ahead!

My Thoughts:

I loved the cover for this book and I loved the synopsis for this book, however, this lust at first sight did not convert into a love for the actual story and saying that makes me incredibly sad as I wanted to love this book but I couldn't. In the end, I can just about about say that I liked it but there were just too many issues to get past to really enjoy it.

The book starts off strong with a sweet and incredibly heartbreaking glimpse into the past where we see Jem and his Angel - Devon -  as children.
The book then jumps 14 years into the future and takes a downward slide.

I couldn't connect or like 18 year old Jem. He was too angry, too unreasonable, too irrational, too needy and unreasonably violent. Not violent towards Devon, or her son, but he was to quick to turn to violence in every other respect and that just wasn't appealing.

I couldn't connect - thus really like - with Devon. Her choices were incomprehensible to me, she was irrational, inconsistent, judgemental and generally ridiculous.
For example, she flee's a horribly abusive relationship and at the first mention that the ex is trying to get himself sorted she gives away her location and welcomes him back, platonically - for the sake of her son of course... Only for the guy to go psycho within a couple of hours as you knew he would!
Plus, she is attracted to Jem, who she calls "the violent guy" for a good chunk of the book! No matter how hot a guy is, if you've left an abusive relationship, you are not going to want to start a new relationship with a "violent guy" even if he is never violent towards you.

The secondary characters in the book weren't all that likeable either. Devon's neighbours started off ok but then they went down the cray cray over dramatic pipe pretty quickly.

The book incorporates some pretty big social issues between the main and secondary characters.: domestic abuse, child abuse (physical, emotional and sexual), self harm and homophobia  However, it ghosts over them. They are thrown in there to explain the crap choices and "issues" of the characters - to make their issues seem ok, to elicit sympathy in the reader - but they aren't actually looked at in depth and to be perfectly blunt there was just too much misery and bullshit.

The sweet childhood soul-mates to lovers fix all was just too big a happy pill to swallow.

In the end, I didn't hate it but its not something I'm ever likely to read again and not something I can really recommend unless you LIKE characters that have more issues than a self-help section.

On a positive note, I've read a lot worse. This book had a story, it just turns out it wasn't a story for me, and it was well put together and edited. It was also on the shorter side of a full length novel so was a quick read.

(Review copy received from author in exchange of an honest review)

Release Day Launch - Pitching for Amalie by Hayley Faiman

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Hey all!
Today we're taking part in the release day launch for Hayley Faiman’s Pitching for Amalie!

The teasers for this fantastic sports romance have made me snort, smirk and giggle! I can't WAIT to read the book!
Read on for a few teasers, as well as a giveaway from the author!



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Synopsis:

When tragedy ruins her life, Amalie Aagaard cuts ties with her family and moves to Boston, leaving her past behind. Even in another city, far away from the man who loves her, memories plague her mind. Then, one night at a club, her life takes a turn during a sensual encounter with a stranger. Jarrod Harrison is determined to discover more about Amalie, but she wears a mask, shielding herself from him. With a bit of persistence, eventually, Jarrod dominates his way into her heart. Amalie lets go a little at a time, on her way to finding happiness with this man. When the past rears its ugly head, can their newfound relationship survive? Or will it shatter their future together? 

 Book 1 - Standalone 18+ for mature audiences due to language and sexual content. 



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About Hayley Faiman: 

 31 years young... born and raised in California, did a stint in Oregon only to return to the Golden State. Lived that life a while until the Lone Star State called to us, Texas is where we call home, where our boots rest and loving that country life. Living the life with one bearded power pole climbing husband, two little boys that are full of energy and drive us crazy plus a chocolate lab named Optimus Prime. 




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Saturday, 21 March 2015

Old Favourites

I've been blogging about books for almost two years now.

In that time I have discovered books by so many new authors. I fell in love with the New Adult genre, which in turn re-invigorated my love for contemporary romance.

Pre-New Adult discovery I was a paranormal romance, urban fantasy kind of chick.
I read contemporary romance but it was every now and again... This is how I now read paranormal and urban fantasy.
Every now and again.
It's not a major drama. Evolution and cycling of reading preferences is to be expected I guess, or else everything gets stale and boring.

However, lately I've been thinking about how some authors I used to LOVE I barely have a passing thought for.  I haven't been tracking their releases like I used to and I have fallen countless books behind in multiple series.
This makes me so sad.
I realise that I am one person and something has to give somewhere for me to do what I do but the fact that I have lost track of series that used to consume me is gutting.
I didn't stop loving the writing of those authors. I didn't stop caring about their characters. It's just that as they became more and more popular I had to wait longer and longer between books. This caused me to seek out things to read in between and... Displacement and lost trackiness.

So today I decided I was going to make a point of actively re-introducing paranormal and urban fantasy again. I am going to make a point of catching up with those once beloved series and see if they are still as awesome as I remember them to be.
I'm not going to leave the status quo of the occasional PNR / UF book here and there. No. I am going to properly make an effort to pick those books up again. To introduce myself to previously unread stories in those genres.
I miss the magic and things that go bump in the night. I want it back in my life.

The other thing I want back in my life is time to re-read my old favourites. I never really have time to re-read anymore and it sucks balls.
So, to allow for this I have halved my Goodreads target for this year.

I am going to kill two birds with one stone.
I'm going to bring the magic back into my life, re-read old favourites and catch up with once beloved series!
I'm kicking this off by having a re-read of the Vampire Academy novels.
This will feed into a re-read of the first 3 Bloodlines novels and then I can finally read the final 3 books in that series! Hurrah!

I'll decide what to pick up after that once I'm done with Richelle Mead's awesome YA series duo.

Watch this space for updates on the re-reads.

Feel free to comment on whether or not you re-read (I know many don't!)
Also, if you do re-read what books/worlds do you love sinking back into?

Cover & Trailer Reveal: BOSS by Tara Oakes


SYNOPSIS
⚡This book is intended for mature audiences, over 18 years of age. ⚡
⚡ This book is a sequel, Book 2 in the Chianti Kisses series. ⚡

 Everybody expects something of Dom, they have his entire life. His family expects HIM to lead, provide, and support them. His company and employees expect him to keep their business successful, intact. His wife, V, expects him to be the best man he can be. And then there are the expectations of his father and his "associates." Dom's father, although long past, had left unfulfilled expectations of his own. Everything he built, bled for, killed for... died for, was left in Dom's hands. Dom tried to change things, set things straight, atone for the sins of his father and father-in-law. But, it hasn't been easy. Many others benefitted from his business dealings, and aren't willing to loose them so easily. Emilio Rizzo has vowed to keep things the way they were. He's waged a war to take full control from Dom, with no concern for the toll it will take on everyone involved. Innocents will be harmed, lives will will be taken, and hard-earned progress will be lost unless Dom steps in and fights the way he was born to. Someone will be disappointed. Will it be his family, his employees, his father, or his beloved V, when he becomes... BOSS. 

Release Date:
MARCH 31ST

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