Wednesday, 18 April 2018

Review: From Lukov with Love by Mariana Zapata

A 2018 Fav Read!

If someone were to ask Jasmine Santos to describe the last few years of her life with a single word, it would definitely be a four-letter one.

After seventeen years—and countless broken bones and broken promises—she knows her window to compete in figure skating is coming to a close.

But when the offer of a lifetime comes in from an arrogant idiot she’s spent the last decade dreaming about pushing in the way of a moving bus, Jasmine might have to reconsider everything.

Including Ivan Lukov.


Nice long novel.

First person.


However, if you've read Dear Aaron you get to catch up with some favourite characters.


Hell yes!




I have no words to describe how much I love this book. It was magic. Pure sweet, slow burn, magic with a side of sass and a mouth that’d make a sailor blush.
Seriously, I don’t know why everyone isn’t reading this book. 
I don’t know why everyone doesn’t read all of Mariana Zapata’s books immediately because they are awesome.

Her characters are fully fleshed out people who feel like they are real. Like they are friends and you’re watching their lives play out ala the Truman Show and you never want the show to end because then you’d have lost them… And you don’t even care that your obsession with them is slightly creepy because FRIENDS!

I just… I can’t describe how much I love this book! This book is everything I want in a book. It has realistic and likable characters. A romance that grows slowly. It’s friends to lovers. It’s dedication and chasing your dreams. It’s beautifully written. The characters swear a lot and I swear a lot… And it made me laugh. 

It kept me up reading all night and left me with only 3hrs sleep before work the next day and I didn’t even care because it was worth it and when I finished, I had to start it again because I wanted more!

I need more…. More, more, more!
Oh! And as a nice bonus, Jasmine is the sister of Ruby from Dear Aaron so you get to catch up with Ruby and Aaron! 

Please, if you haven’t read this book, read it.
If you haven’t read any other of Mariana Zapata’s books, read those too. 
If I was going to be stranded on a desert island with only one author's books to keep me company forever then I have to say that these books, Mariana Zapata’s books, would be a top contender.

(Hey, look at that! I apparently did have the words! I had lots of words!)

I love how Mariana Zapata's covers never feature the shirtless male of couple in a sexy synch but always represent the book. 
This cover is not a favourite but it does represent the book very well.


I didn’t want someone to pat my cheek and tell me everything was going to be okay. I wanted this man who would never take my shit, who would never let me quit, and I had a feeling would never quit on me. Not ever. Not if I screamed, not if I kicked, not if I told him to go eat a thousand mounds of shit. This was my partner. This was more than my partner. He was my other half.


I got you something too. It’s not the souls of everyone that has ever pissed you off, but….”


“I love you so much, if I can’t skate with you, I don’t want to skate with anyone else.”


“You’re not ever going to be anyone else’s partner. Not while I’m alive, Meatball. I will drag your stubborn, beautiful ass kicking and screaming back to me because nobody else will ever be good enough for you.”

Tuesday, 17 April 2018

Blog Tour & Review: Chaser by Kylie Scott

Thanks for stopping by and checking out my stop on the blog tour for Kylie Scott's Chaser!
I've loved this author for a while and was so freakin' excited to get an ARC as part of this tour and the book did not disappoint!

Read on to know more...

Given his well-earned bad boy reputation, Eric is having a tough time scoring.. When single Jean moves to town, she seems heaven sent by the sex gods. Only problem is, she not only wants nothing to do with him, but it turns out that she’s pregnant.
Starting over in a small town, Jean is determined to turn her wild lifestyle around and be the kind of mother she always wished she’d had. Since local bar owner and all round hottie, Eric Collins, is now determined to steer clear of her pregnant self, it should be easy. When she goes into labour during a snow storm and her car slides on some ice, it’s Eric who comes to the rescue.
There seems to be a bond between them now, but is it enough? And can Eric give up his manwhore ways to be the man Jean needs?

*ARC provided as part of the blog tour*


Full-length novel.

First person.
Interestingly it was solely from the male pov!


It's book 3 in a series of interconnected standalones but you can read it just fine without having read any of the others.






Kylie Scott books are always funny, flirty and sweet with just the right amount of angst to keep things interesting and Chaser was no exception! 
It was an awesome, light, sweet, funny read that kept me turning the pages and smiling.
There was even a cameo slot with the Stage Dive guys - and gals - so I was extra smiley!

I really liked reading about Eric's evolution from flighty manwhore to dependable and steady and thought that Jean and her daughter were a perfect fit for the man he becomes. However, I really didn't like one of the main supporting characters - aka Nell - for she was a right raging bitch and never cut Eric any kind of slack. I know their history is heartbreaking but there was just no need to be so frigging nasty and it got on my nerves to the point it impinged on the happy reading and spoiled the book, just a little bit, for me.
Beyond that, it was great fun and I really hope to see a little something featuring Andre in the future!

I like it. 
It's sexy, grungey and ticks my boxes... Although, I'm not 100% sure it's Eric.

Kylie is a New York Times and USA Today best-selling author. She was voted Australian Romance Writer of the year, 2013 & 2014, by the Australian Romance Writer’s Association and her books have been translated into eleven different languages. She is a long time fan of romance, rock music, and B-grade horror films. Based in Queensland, Australia with her two children and husband, she reads, writes and never dithers around on the internet. You can learn more about Kylie from 

Sunday, 15 April 2018

Weekly Update #7


The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimberly @ Caffeinated Reviewer
It’s a chance to share News. A post to recap the past week, showcase books and share news about what is coming up for the week on our blog.

Now that's explained, it's on to my weekly recap!

Work, work and more work... That pretty much sums up my week.
The little dude and the professor came home on Thursday so that was nice, at least.

I've had a good news / bad news situation with the house we're buying so I'm anxious to see how everything plays out in the coming weeks and months. In an attempt to ignore the house related worries, I'm kick-starting this new week with a trip to Chessington World of Adventures before the little dude goes back to school, which should be fun!

In other news, I lost another 2.5lbs this week bring my total to 8 1/2lbs in 3 weeks! 

Chaser by Kylie Scott


I enjoyed this one. It was fun, light-hearted and sweet.
My full review will be posted this coming week as part of the blog tour.

Cursed by Fire by Danielle Annett

⭐⭐⭐ 1/2

This was book one in a new UF series. 
I really liked it but every now and again I struggled with it's similarities to Ilona Andrews' Kate Daniels series. 
However, I'll keep reading this series, for I love the possibilities it presents.


No purchases, no library books, no review copies or arcs. 
Go me.

Still 3.

Yet to begin.

Oh... 6 or so behind.

Now the family is back, we're cracking on with the Marvel re-watch in preparation for Infinity War!
This week was Iron Man 3 and Thor: Dark World.

I've also finished S2 of The 100. 
Wow. This show is going to break me... 
All the feelings. 

Blitz: Rebel Heir by Penelope Ward and Vi Keeland
Blog Tour: Demons by J. L. Drake
Blitz: The Pleasure of Panic by JA Huss
Blitz: March in Atlantis by Alyssa Day

This week we have a spot on the blog tour for Kylie Scott's Chaser (including a review), a cover reveal for Rebel Heart (Rebel Heir book two) by Penelope Ward and Vi Keeland and a couple of reviews!

Oh! And the Winner of the Raining Romance giveaway Hop will be announced.

Have a great week all!