Thursday, 27 August 2015

Cover Reveal: RIP by Rachel Van Dyken

Hey folks! I bring Rachel Van Dyken book news!

On OCTOBER 20 Rachel will release Rip a complete stand alone novel that fans of the Eagle Elite series will devour! 
With twists and turns you won't see coming, this dark romantic suspense will keep you on your toes and leave you screaming for more.



Blurb:

Pretty things aren't meant to be broken.
But I broke her, and now we both have to pay the price.
I'm her nightmare.
I'm her savior.
And now that I have her signature on an ironclad contract, I own her body and soul.
She doesn't remember me.
She will.
It's inevitable.
Because as much as I know I need to stay away, for fear of unlocking the memories I helped her father bury--I can't.
She was the apple in the Garden, dangled in front of me, her core so tempting and sweet. A voice whispered. Just. One. Bite.
I bit.
I tasted.
I fell.

Welcome to the world of the Russian mafia, where death, is your only future.







About The Author: 

Rachel Van Dyken is the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today Bestselling author of regency and contemporary romances. When she's not writing you can find her drinking coffee at Starbucks and plotting her next book while watching The Bachelor.
She keeps her home in Idaho with her Husband, adorable son, and two snoring boxers! She loves to hear from readers!
Want to be kept up to date on new releases? Text MAFIA to 66866!
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Tuesday, 25 August 2015

Review: Fire Inside by Kristen Ashley

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Series: Chaos MC (book 2)

Publication Date: 4th June 2013

Format: ebook

Blurb:

Lanie Heron isn't looking for love-no surprise, considering her last serious relationship nearly got her killed. So when Lanie propositions Hop Kincaid, all she wants is one wild night with the hot-as-hell biker who patrols with the Chaos Motorcycle Club . . .

For Hop, Lanie has always been untouchable. She's too polished and too classy for his taste. But when she gives Hop the once-over with her bedroom eyes and offers him a night in paradise, he can't say no. And he doesn't regret it when he finds that Lanie is the best thing that's ever happened to him-in or out of bed. Now the trick will be to convince her of that


My Rating: 3 / 5 stars

My Thoughts:

My Kristen Ashley indoctrination began with book 3 in this series: Ride Steady.

I enjoyed it – a lot – and decided to go back and read from the beginning so I read Own The Wind and FREAKING LOVED IT!

So, I was really excited to read this and I’m so sad to say that I was disappointed.

The story was ok, the world of Chaos was awesome, but I didn’t click with Lanie or Hop. I wasn’t sold with them as a couple. I feel you need to connect with the characters to be absorbed into a book where the entire focus is on the relationship between two characters and I didn’t.
I struggled.

I found Lanie to be an epic pain in the ass. Hopper to be an obnoxious alpha, as opposed to a yummy one. The secrecy was annoying and it read like sex, more sex, drama, sex; rinse and repeat.

It had some good moments, and I liked how it runs alongside Own The Wind but this one just didn’t do it for me, and that makes me sad.

I’m not deterred though! I’m off to read Tack & Cherry’s book – Motorcycle Man – from Kristen Ashleys Dream Man series - so I can learn more about the man at the heart of Chaos MC and where it all began. 

Friday, 21 August 2015

Review: Own The Wind by Kristen Ashley

Genre: Contemporary Romance - MC

Series: Chaos MC (Book 1)

Publication Date: 2nd April 2013

Format: ebook / print

Blurb:

Too hot to handle...

Tabitha Allen grew up in the thick of Chaos—the Chaos Motorcycle Club, that is. Her father is Chaos' leader, and the club has always had her back. But one rider was different from the start. When Tabby was running wild, Shy Cage was there. When tragedy tore her life apart, he helped her piece it back together. And now, Tabby's thinking about much more than friendship...

Tabby is everything Shy's ever wanted, but everything he thinks he can't have. She's beautiful, smart, and as his friend's daughter, untouchable. Shy never expected more than friendship, so when Tabby indicates she wants more—much morehe feels like the luckiest man alive. But even lucky men can crash and burn...

My Rating: 5+ /5 Stars!

My Thoughts:

I’m new to the books of Kristen Ashley. The first book I read was Ride Steady and I really enjoyed it; but I’ll admit the writing style – rambly speech, run on sentences and dropped words – really hurt my brain and meant that I sometimes had to re-read passages to fully understand the point being made.

I’d hoped that I’d get used to it – or that it wouldn’t be as pronounced – in future books and there is good news and bad news on this as the writing is as weird as in Ride Steady, but the good news is that it bothered me a lot less in Own The Wind!

As for the book itself… **** Fangirly squeals of delirious happiness!!!***

Seriously, I freakin’ LOVED this book. It has everything! A kick-arse lass, a bad-ass guy, relationship dramas, family dramas, love, lust, pain, pleasure and a beautiful happy ever after. I could not have wanted anymore!

It’s been a long time since I’ve felt like I was on an almighty roller coaster without a harness, terrified of falling but so enraptured with the ride that I just didn’t give a shit; that is how I felt while reading this book. 
I was up, I was down. I laughed, I cried. My heart soared, my heart dropped into the pit of my stomach. I had head to toe goosebumps. It hurt in all the right places and then left me floating on air.

In short, it bloody was wonderful!

Straight onto the favourites shelf!

FYI –
This book is book 1 in the Chaos MC series. Each book can be read as stand-alones or together. It also spins off from another series – The Dream Man series – mainly a book in another series called Motorcycle Man. Characters from Motorcycle Man feature in this book along with characters from some other Kristen Ashley books/series, none of which you have to have read to enjoy.

Thursday, 20 August 2015

Review: Wuthering Hope by Layla Hagen

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Series: N/A

Publication Date: 19th January 2015

Format: ebook

Blurb:

Aimee’s wedding is supposed to turn out perfect. Her dress, her fiancé and the location—the idyllic holiday ranch in Brazil—are perfect. 

But all Aimee’s plans come crashing down when the private jet that’s taking her from the U.S. to the ranch—where her fiancé awaits her—defects mid-flight and the pilot is forced to perform an emergency landing in the heart of the Amazon rainforest. 

With no way to reach civilisation, being rescued is Aimee and Tristan’s—the pilot—only hope. A slim one that slowly withers away, desperation taking its place. Because death wanders in the jungle under many forms: starvation, diseases. Beasts. 

As Aimee and Tristan fight to find ways to survive, they grow closer. Together they discover that facing old, inner agonies carved by painful pasts takes just as much courage, if not even more, than facing the rainforest. 

Despite her devotion to her fiancé, Aimee can’t hide her feelings for Tristan—the man for whom she’s slowly becoming everything. You can hide many things in the rainforest. But not lies. Or love.

Withering Hope is the story of a man who desperately needs forgiveness and the woman who brings him hope. It is a story in which hope births wings and blooms into a love that is as beautiful and intense as it is forbidden.


My Rating: 4 / 5 Stars

My Thoughts:

Wuthering Hope is one of those very odd books, that comes around every once in a while, that has such a unique premise that you don’t know quite what you are in for when you sit down to read it so the best thing to do is just sit back and enjoy the ride.

It’s one of those books that are completely character driven. A plane crashes in the middle of the Brazilian rainforest and the story is all about the characters survival and the ties that bind.

I really enjoyed the book and found it easy to read, for the most part. It did get a little bit much around two thirds of the way through, as it just felt like it was getting nowhere, but it did pick up again towards the end. Plus, it has an epilogue that makes everything so magical. Beautiful and poignant.

I’d definitely recommend for those looking for a romance that gives you something different.

Monday, 17 August 2015

Cover Reveal & PROLOGUE - Built by Jay Crownover

Oh my God! Oh my God!
I am so freaking excited about this book! Therefore, so happy to reveal the cover and prologue for BUILT by Jay Crownover! 

BUILT is the first novel in her upcoming Saints of Denver Series, a spinoff of her Marked Men Series!

 BUILT is releasing on January 5, 2016! 

This is a definite one click, friends! A perfect way to beat the back to work blues after Christmas holidays!!

Check out this sexy assed cover!

Studio portrait of young bearded man --- Image by © pinkypills/Corbis
 

(For BBC Musketeer fans, doesn't he look just like the guy who plays Athos?! YUMMY!)

Preorder BUILT Today!

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Blurb: 

From the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Marked Men books comes an electrifying new spin-off series, Saints of Denver, featuring all the characters fans have been dying to read about.

Sayer Cole and Zeb Fuller couldn’t be more different. She’s country club and fine-dining, he’s cell-block and sawdust. Sayer spends her days in litigation, while Zeb spends his working with his hands. She’s French silk, he’s all denim and flannel.

Zeb’s wanted the stunning blonde since the moment he laid eyes on her. It doesn't matter how many smooth moves he makes, the reserved lawyer seems determinedly oblivious to his interest—either that or she doesn't return it. Sayer is certain the rough, hard, hot-as-hell Zeb could never want someone as closed off and restrained as she is, which is a shame because something tells her he might be the guy to finally melt her icy exterior.

But just as things start to heat up, Zeb is blindsided by a life altering moment from his past. He needs Sayer’s professional help to right a wrong and to save more than himself. He can’t risk what’s at stake just because his attraction to Sayer feels all consuming. But as these opposites dig in for the fight of their lives, battling together to save a family, the steam created when fire and ice collide can no longer be ignored.

And don’t miss this sneak peek of BUILT! 


Prologue

I met her at a bar.
She had a beer bottle in her hand even though she looked like she should be sipping champagne out of an expensive flute, and that inexplicably turned me on. She was pretty and looked completely out of place in the no-name bar sitting across from one of my longtime friends who also happened to be her long-lost brother. He was the reason she was here. In that split second that I laid my eyes on her I wanted to be the reason she stayed.
I knew it was rude and that the two of them needed some time together, some time to figure out what they were to each other now that she had blasted into his life unannounced. If I was a better friend I would have left them alone. As it was, I made my way over to the tiny table and sat down. I was covered in sawdust and had drywall mud caked in the hair on my head and on my face, but she didn’t flinch or bat an eyelash when I purposely broke up their party of two and placed myself as close to her as I could without actually touching her.
My buddy Rowdy St. James lifted his eyebrows at me as I stared at her while he introduced us. Sayer Cole. Even her name was elegant and sophisticated sounding. She was an enigma, this pretty woman that seemed like she should be in any place but this bar with the two of us. She’d showed up out of the blue a couple of months ago claiming to be Rowdy’s half sister, claiming that they shared a father, claiming that all she wanted was to be in his life and have some kind of family of her own. She looked too delicate to be that brave. Came across as way too proper to have said “fuck it all” and picked up her life to move it someplace unknown without being sure of her welcome. She looked like silk, but if my guess was right about her, it was silk wrapped around steel.
Luckily Rowdy was a good guy. After the shock of discovering he wasn’t alone in the world, and once he realized he had someone tied to him by blood forever and ever, he had warmed up to the idea of having a sister and appreciated that the sister was Sayer.
I liked Rowdy a lot. He was a stand-up guy and a good friend, but I had a feeling I was going to like his newly found big sister even more. In my usual tactless way I asked him without looking directly at the knockout blonde, “So you have a sister? A hot, classy sister?” A sister that was also a lawyer, so beautiful and smart.
I expected a giggle from her or an eye roll at the outlandish compliment, but what I got was a wide-eyed stare of disbelief as eyes bluer than anything I had ever seen on earth danced between me and her brother like she wasn’t sure what to do with herself or with my overt interest in her.
I thought that I had gone too far, pushed the beautiful stranger too far out of her comfort zone. I was a big guy and knew I looked far wilder and rougher than I actually was. I figured it might be too much for a woman already obviously out of her element and depth to take.
Instead, Sayer surprised me and I could see by the way he stiffened that she surprised Rowdy, too. While she wasn’t exactly overflowing with welcome and warmth, she did ask me about the current project I was working on after Rowdy explained I was a general contractor and had rebuilt the new tattoo shop he worked in. She seemed genuinely interested, and when I told her that my specialty was rehabbing old houses and giving them new life, her eyes practically glowed at me. I wanted to touch her to see if she felt as smooth and polished as she looked. I wanted to leave streaks of dirt on her perfect face to mark the fact that I had touched her, that she had let me touch her. It was a primal and visceral reaction that I couldn’t explain and I liked the way it felt. Liked the weight and heft of it in my blood even if I knew the feeling wasn’t likely to be returned.
She told me all about a fantastic but crumbling Victorian she had purchased that was falling down around her. She asked me for a business card and I saw Rowdy stiffen across the table. I sighed and rubbed a hand over my already messy hair. I watched her eyes follow the light cloud of dust that escaped the strands. I was great at my job, loved what I did, but I couldn’t do anything with her or for her without laying everything on the line. Especially not with Rowdy giving me the death glare from just a few feet away.
I dug the card out of my wallet, and when I handed it over our fingers touched. I saw her eyes widen and her lips part, just barely. She looked a little dazed when I grinned at her.
“You take that card, but understand that the man giving it to you has a past.”
She blinked at me and cleared her throat. “What kind of past?”
It wasn’t something I liked to tell a beautiful woman when I first met her. It was something I liked to work up to, liked to prove it was behind me, but with this one it seemed like I wouldn’t get that chance.
“I tell everyone that I do any kind of work for or that considers hiring me on for a project that I have a criminal history. I spent time locked up for a few years, and while I’m not proud of it I can’t deny it happened. I was a hotheaded kid and it got me in trouble, but I’m the best at what I do, so I hope that doesn’t discourage you from giving me a call.” Hopefully for more than some construction.
Usually I got a concerned frown followed by a hundred questions about what had led me to serving time. I got none of that from the stunning blonde. She tilted her head to the side and considered me silently for a long moment before reaching down and slipping my card in her purse. If anything, I could have sworn she was wearing a look of sympathy when she told me softly, “I see it every day from the inside. Sometimes the system simply gets it wrong.” A slight grin turned her mouth up at the corners, and I wanted to lean over and kiss it. “People make mistakes. Hopefully they learn from them.”
I don’t know that “wrong” was accurate in my case so much as misguided, but the complete lack of judgment or censure coming from her made me want to pull her into my arms and hold on to her even more. I had made a mistake, a huge one, one that I was forever going to have to carry around with me, but I had learned from it, was still learning from it. That kind of understanding from a total stranger was so rare, especially coming from someone in the legal field. I wasn’t accustomed to someone looking at me and seeing me, just me, not an ex-con loser after I explained where I had been. It was wildly refreshing and attractive. I couldn’t quite get a handle on what made the woman tick, but I would welcome any opportunity she gave me to figure it out. I found her outwardly flawless and pristine demeanor tempting to taint with my dirty hands and ways, and there was something about the way she watched me, the way she turned toward me like she was drawn to me, that made me think maybe I wasn’t alone in the inexplicable pull department.
Rowdy left and she stayed.
We had a couple more beers and talked some more about her house and what she wanted done with it. She already hired one contractor but felt like the guy was ripping her off. It happened a lot in the industry, so I wouldn’t be surprised if the guy was taking her for a ride. Spending time with her was easy. She was fun to talk to and really fun to look at. I really wanted to get my hands on her house and of course on her, and I felt like she was maybe, kind of, slightly leaning in the same direction when I made the mistake of asking her about her past.
I asked about where she had been before she found out about Rowdy and decided to move to Denver so that she could get to know him. I was curious what kind of life she had where she could leave everything behind and not be missed. Really I wanted to know if she had a boyfriend or husband stashed somewhere, but the simple inquiry must have touched a nerve. The next thing I knew she had paid out the tab for both of us and disappeared into the night. She went from glowing and bright to frigid and untouchable in the span of a heartbeat.
I figured I blew my shot by being too blunt, as always. I assumed she probably did have someone else in the picture and had been friendly and polite only because I was good friends with her brother. I thought I would never hear from her again and was baffled why the thought of that made my chest ache and my heart feel like it weighed two tons.
Imagine my surprise when she called me and hired me to renovate her house a week later without a bid, without a contract, without even knowing if I was half as good as I claimed to be.
Of course I accepted, but I knew once I was inside I would need to knock down and rearrange more than just the walls of the house, in order to get at something beautiful and lasting.


About Jay Crownover: 

 Jay Crownover is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Marked Men and The Point series. Like her characters, she is a big fan of tattoos. She loves music and wishes she could be a rock star, but since she has no aptitude for singing or instrument playing, she'll settle for writing stories with interesting characters that make the reader feel something. She lives in Colorado with her three dogs.        

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Friday, 14 August 2015

Review: Dark Ghost by Christine Feehan

Genre: Paranormal Romance - Vampires

Series: Dark Series (Carpathian series) - Book 28

Publication Date: 1st September 2015

Format: ebook / print / audio

Blurb:

He wasn’t civilized or tame. He had his own code and he lived by it.

Monk. Bounty hunter. Vampire slayer. Andre Boroi has spent centuries battling the undead, holding out against the dark with honor. But now, gravely wounded by master vampire Costin Popescu, Andre will be easy to track—his spilled blood marking the killing trail for Popescu and his hungry band of underlings. Andre’s only chance is to disappear into the gray mist of the Carpathians. To wait. To hope.
 
She had a healing touch and a scent that was his lifeblood.
 
In the mountains in search of a precious crystal, geologist Teagan Joanes suddenly finds herself hunted by those she once trusted. Then she comes across the warrior—wounded, wanting and irresistible. Andre has been craving her for an eternity: his lifemate. Her warmth envelops him. Her scent pulsates. And with every beat of her heart, Teagan surrenders to a passion she can’t possibly comprehend.
 
Now they are bound by destiny, but is it enough to keep them safe from a stalking, relentless darkness that threatens to swallow them alive?


My Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

My Thoughts:

Dark Ghost… What to say about Dark Ghost? I honestly have no idea. I’ve loved the Dark series for a long time and the books have just been getting better and better. I had high hopes of Dark Ghost but unfortunately it didn’t live up to them.

Now, I’m not saying I didn’t like the book. I did like it, it was enjoyable in itself, I just didn’t like it as much as some of the more recent ones. It was a cereal bar when I wanted chocolate.

Dark Ghost in so many ways is old school Carpathian. By that I mean, uninitiated human woman stumbling upon her life mate in his moment of need and that is that. 
I loved the early books. I’ll never forget how enraptured I was when I read my first: Dark Desire.  However, the series has come so far since then and this was like a complete timeout. So much happened in the “Lycan trilogy” and I was expecting an update on “world” events and got nothing.

If you were expecting interesting cameos and updates on your favourite characters, forget it. They don’t come up at all.

There is some mild peril and random sub-plots that get left hanging, which I assume will take us to the US and to the triplets in subsequent books, but nothing that got me all that excited.

It wasn’t gripping. It didn’t make my heart race or my brain spin… It was just Andre and Teagan in a cave for most of the book. I probably wouldn’t have minded that all that much if I clicked with them, but I didn’t.

The only thing I found myself fixated upon was the monastery and the inhabitants of it. I really hope we read more about them.

All in all, it was okay. If you are a long term fan of the series, it’s worth reading. If you are new to the series, don’t start with this one.

(ARC granted in exchange of a honest review.)

Thursday, 13 August 2015

Review: Ride Steady by Kristen Ashley

Genre: Contemporary Romance - MC

Series: Chaos MC (Book 3)

Publication Date: 30th June 2015

Format: ebook / print / audio

Blurb:

The ride of her life . . . Once upon a time, Carissa Teodoro believed in happy endings. Money, marriage, motherhood: everything came easy---until she woke up to the ugly truth about her Prince Charming. Now a struggling, single mom and stranded by a flat tire, Carissa's pondering her mistakes when a vaguely familiar knight rides to her rescue on a ton of horsepower.

Climb on and hold tight . . . 
In high school, Carson Steele was a bad boy loner who put Carissa on a pedestal where she stayed far beyond his reach. Today, he's the hard-bodied biker known only as Joker, and from the way Carissa's acting, it's clear she's falling fast. While catching her is irresistible, knowing what to do with her is a different story. A good girl like Carissa is the least likely fit with the Chaos Motorcycle Club. Too bad holding back is so damned hard. Now, as Joker's secrets are revealed and an outside threat endangers the club, Joker must decide whether to ride steady with Carissa---or ride away forever . . .


My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

My Thoughts:

Kristen Ashley is one of those authors who is constantly in my sphere of attention but I haven’t had an urge to pick up one of her books for myself. I’ve heard how amazing they are, I get intrigued, I read the blurb, maybe a couple of reviews and just think “nah”, but this changed when I read the blurb for Ride Steady. 
Something about it just caught me and so I began my first ever Kristen Ashley novel.
And I liked it. 
I really really did. I enjoyed the story, liked/loved the characters (primary and secondary) and quite happily read the – rather long – book over a couple of evenings once I had my little man tucked up in bed.

However, the ‘amazing’ emotion that everybody speaks about in regards to Kristen Ashley novels was lacking. I mean, there was emotion. There was some nice feels generated, some anger, the occasional heart twinge but nothing that I’d call ‘amazing’ emotion. It wasn’t that emotive, just a nice story.

Another thing that I couldn’t get my head around was the writing style. It was wordy. Seriously wordy bordering on unwieldy. I found myself having to re-read passages to ensure I’d captured the point being made and it was jarring and completely interrupted the flow of the story.
The characters speech was also annoying as hell. I often felt like they’d stopped speaking a word or two short of a complete sentence… 

Ultimately, I’d say that Ride Steady was a good story with good characters and I was sufficiently hooked on the Chaos MC that I’ll play catch up with the others in the series* and probably read the others going forward; especially if they involve Snapper and Rush.  
I only hope that the writing style grows on me and I’m not faced with the annoying conundrum of loving the stories but not enjoying the author.

*Ride Steady is book 3 in the Chaos MC series. It can be read as a standalone but features characters and couples from other Chaos MC books as well as from the authors other series’. 


 
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