Friday, 22 September 2017

Book Blogger Hop: In Regards to Banned Books Week...



This week I'm back on the  Coffee Addicted Writer's book blogger hop and this week's question is...

In regards of Banned Books Week, what are your favourite books that has been banned or challenged?

My Answer:

I honestly wasn't aware of whether I'd read a banned book. 
From what I understand, the only prohibition with regards to books in the UK is books on child pornography but this is part of a general ban on child pornography so it makes sense... I guess individual establishments within the UK, schools and the like, may have different rules on what books they'll make available and promote but they're not legally enforceable like in some other countries.

In order to correct my general ignorance on the topic, I did some quick googling and what I found was that the following books, which I own and/or have read, were banned, at some point or another, somewhere in the world:

Catch-22, Joseph Heller
The Catcher in the Rye, J.D. Salinger
Where the Wild Things Are, Maurice Sendak
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Mark Haddon
Of Mice and Men, John Steinbeck
The House of Night series, P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast 
The Twilight Series, Stephanie Meyer
All Quiet On The Western Front, Erich Maria Remarque
The Diary of a Young Girl, Anne Frank
Black Beauty, Anna Sewell
The Harry Potter Series, J.K. Rowling
The DaVinci Code, Dan Brown
The Witches, Roald Dahl
To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee


I'm genuinely mystified as to the logic of banning these books but profoundly glad that I don't have to put up with it.

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Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Review: Werebiker by Paige Cuccaro


About The Book
Years after she thought she left town for good, Jillian is back and has enlisted the help of her older brother’s ex-best friend (and the man who broke her heart), Jack, to track down her sister-in-law, who’s fallen in with a rival biker gang—but Jack knows they’re werewolves, and that he has to protect Jillian at any cost, even if she hates him.


*Review Copy granted via netgalley*


Format
ebook

Story Length
Full Length Novel

POV
Third Person

Triggers?
No.

Background Knowledge Required?
No.

Cliffhanger?
No.

HEA?
Yes.

Infidelity?
No.

Love-Triangle?
No.

Violence?
Mild.

What I Liked: 
Not a whole lot. The best I can say is that the book got marginally better in the last third.

Warning:
I hate being overly negative and I wanted to keep the blog free of the negativity, and reviewing a book I rate under three stars naturally brings it out, but I'm realising that may not always be possible to keep my feelings to myself.
Werebiker is a perfect example of when I just can't keep a lid on it.
This book flipped my bitch switch and turned the snark meter up to 1000. 

What I Didn't Like: 
Jack and Jill. 
No joke, the characters are called Jack and Jill. Every time I saw it the nursery rhyme started running though my head but this is a very minor complaint all things considered.

Jill. 
She was annoying as hell. She never listened, thought she was a hard-ass, that she was the shizzle, but she was in actual fact none of the aforementioned. Jill was an immature little idiot who should have been eaten. (And not in a good way!)

Jack.
Oh noes, I don't want to be an alpha. Oh noes, I can't be with Jill, I may infect her. Oooooh, me horny and Jill kiss me. Me will screw Jill  in one of the most awkward depictions of sex I've ever read, fyi - and forget about infecting Jill. Oh noes... I've had sex with Jill but I still can't be with Jill cause she might get hurt. It's all so dangerous... But y'know, I'll screw her again cause my beast demands it.
Seriously?!
God, even the word 'moist' came out to play... It hurt my soul!

The writing. 
I hate to say it but the author's 'voice' just grated on me. The story was all over the flippin' place, the characters were inconsistent, the dialogue felt forced and the story was written without flare... It was like the reading equivalent of listening to someone talk for a few hours in a gratingly monotone voice.

Typos.
 Typos everywhere. 
I'm hoping that this was because I had an arc/review copy and these were corrected before the release of the book.

Other Thoughts:
I requested this book as I thought that blending an MC with a paranormal could work really well but this was not a good example of genre fusion.
The only reason I didn't abandon this book at 20% was because I was granted a review copy and felt obligated to see it though to the end... Werebiker was my first Paige Cuccaro novel and unfortunately, I think, based on this, it'll be my last.

Cover Love:
I like the cover for this one, it's what drew me to the book; A nice blend of biker, shifter and sexy.

Favourite Quotes:

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Tuesday, 19 September 2017

Release Blitz: Wicked Dirty by J. Kenner


Sorry, you're being bombarded with Wicked Dirty posts, what with the excerpt reveal last week, blog tour and review yesterday, and today's release day post, but I really did love this book and I have a new excerpt for you to celebrate that the book is OUT NOW! 😍

There's also a new teaser... #JustSayin'

Excerpt:

My blood pounds through my body, my heart beating so hard that I can feel the pressure not only against my ribs, but against the wall behind me. My lips are parted, my breath coming in shaky gasps.
He’s only inches away, so close I could reach out and touch that famous, gorgeous face. His eyes, as deep and blue as the summer sky, roam over me. He eases closer, moving slowly, his face reflecting a hunger that sends shivers through me.
Once again, my mind conjures the image of a hungry wolf. Only now I’m thinking that maybe getting eaten wouldn’t be so bad after all.
Besides, I’m here. Might as well enjoy it.
Then, of course, I remember exactly what it is.
Oh, God.
His fingertip brushes my forehead, and I almost jump out of my skin. I meet his eyes, see something that looks like irritation, and want to kick myself. I need to focus, dammit.
“You were somewhere else.” He speaks flatly, as if he’s working to keep all emotion out.
I shake my head, conjuring a lie. “I’m right here.” And then, because I’ve seen movies with call girls, I put my hand flat on his chest, trying to seem seductive. He’s wearing a gray T-shirt, and I can feel his heart beating beneath the planes of his muscled chest.
I read somewhere that he was getting in shape to play a superhero in an upcoming movie. And kudos to whoever’s orchestrating that transformation, because this guy is rock solid.
He’s still looking at me, and I fist my hand in the material of his shirt, needing an anchor against the storm of emotion I see playing out on his face. Desire. Hunger. Longing. Regret.
And pain. I see so much damn pain that I have to fight the urge to cup my palm against his cheek and tell him that whatever it is, it’s going to be okay.
Instead, I simply whisper, “Lyle?”
I’m not sure if it was the wrong thing or the right thing to say, but I know that it was unexpected. And before I can apologize or cover or say anything else at all, he is on me. One hand at my throat, the other hard on my breast. I’m pinned against the wall, helpless, as he claims my mouth again. Wildly. Brutally.
I try to think what I’m supposed to do—try to respond. But I’m trapped. I’m not Sugar. I’m not Laine. I’m not anyone. This isn’t about sex. It’s about pain and need and that storm of horrors I saw on his face. I might as well not even be here. And as his hand squeezes tight on my breast—as his mouth clashes so hard against mine that he draws blood—my only thought is that I shouldn’t have come at all. That this was stupid. Foolish. And that this night is going to leave me scarred.
I squeeze my eyes shut, trying to be what he wants. A warm body. An anonymous female.
But I can’t do it. I can’t do it at all.
All I can be is me. A woman desperate enough to have sex for money. A girl trying anything and everything to save her house. To protect her family’s memory.
I can be that girl.
But I can’t be nothing. I can’t be no one.
And as his hand tightens in my hair—as he kisses me violently—as his body presses hard against mine and I feel the steel of his erection—I know that I’ve made a terrible, horrible, awful mistake.
Stop! 

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 About the Book:

Sometimes bad isn’t good enough…
On the outside, Lyle Tarpin is a clean-cut Hollywood actor whose star is on the rise. Inside, he’s battling his own demons, shunning relationships and finding solace in the arms of a string of anonymous women paid very well for their discretion.
But when he’s photographed in a compromising position by an over-eager reporter, the only way to save his career is to say that the woman he was with is his fiancée. And now Lyle has to play a very public game with the only woman who’s ever managed to get under his skin.
Struggling waitress Sugar Laine agrees to spend one night with Lyle—but only because she’s desperate to save her family home. She never expects that a night of passion will turn into a pretend engagement … or that the heat between them will blossom into love.
But sometimes love has a price.
And now the only question is—can Lyle and Sugar afford to pay it?


About the Author:
J.Kenner (aka Julie Kenner) is the New York Times, USA Today, Publishers Weekly, Wall Street Journal and #1 International bestselling author of over seventy novels, novellas and short stories in a variety of genres.
Though known primarily for her award-winning and international bestselling erotic romances (including the Stark and Most Wanted series) that have reached as high as #2 on the New York Times bestseller list, JK has been writing full time for over a decade in a variety of genres including paranormal and contemporary romance, “chicklit” suspense, urban fantasy,  and paranormal mommy lit.
JK has been praised by Publishers Weekly as an author with a “flair for dialogue and eccentric characterizations” and by RT Bookclub for having “cornered the market on sinfully attractive, dominant antiheroes and the women who swoon for them.” A five time finalist for Romance Writers of America’s prestigious RITA award, JK took home the first RITA trophy awarded in the category of erotic romance in 2014 for her novel, Claim Me (book 2 of her Stark Trilogy). Her Demon Hunting Soccer Mom series (as Julie Kenner) is currently in development with AwesomenessTV/Awestruck.
Her books have sold over three million  copies and are published in over twenty languages.
In her previous career as an attorney, JK worked as a clerk on the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, and practiced primarily civil, entertainment and First Amendment litigation in Los Angeles and Irvine, California, as well as in Austin, Texas.  She currently lives in Central Texas, with her husband, two daughters, and two rather spastic cats.

Monday, 18 September 2017

Blog Tour & Review: Wicked Dirty by J. Kenner


Today, I'm taking part in the blog tour for Wicked Dirty by J. Kenner!
You'll have seen me talking about this book quite a bit lately and that's because I LOVED it!

Read on to check out my review for the book, an excerpt, some sexy teasers and all the book info you need to 1-click away! 😜




 About the Book

Sometimes bad isn’t good enough…
On the outside, Lyle Tarpin is a clean-cut Hollywood actor whose star is on the rise. Inside, he’s battling his own demons, shunning relationships and finding solace in the arms of a string of anonymous women paid very well for their discretion.
But when he’s photographed in a compromising position by an over-eager reporter, the only way to save his career is to say that the woman he was with is his fiancée. And now Lyle has to play a very public game with the only woman who’s ever managed to get under his skin.
Struggling waitress Sugar Laine agrees to spend one night with Lyle—but only because she’s desperate to save her family home. She never expects that a night of passion will turn into a pretend engagement … or that the heat between them will blossom into love.
But sometimes love has a price.

And now the only question is—can Lyle and Sugar afford to pay it?



Format
ebook

Story Length
Full Length Novel

POV
Third person, alternating pov.

Triggers?
No.

Background Knowledge Required?
No.

Cliffhanger?
No.

HEA?
Yes. 

Infidelity?
No.

Love-Triangle?
No.

Violence?
No.

What I Liked: 
OMG, this book was hot! Highly sensual, emotive and just a little bit more than dirty, the story of Lyle and Laine rocked my freakin' socks off! The book wasn't all smoulder though, oh no, it had real characters with real emotions, real problems, painful pasts and enormous strength. 
 It was addictive, beautifully passionate and not without drama but, despite the drama, it was light on the heartache. I loved Lyle and Laine as a couple and I could happily have continued reading about them for days but I inhaled this book in mere hours because I couldn't stop reading.

What I Didn't Like: 
Nothing. There was NOTHING I didn't like about his book.

Other Thoughts:
Wicked Dirty is tied into the Stark books but you need no prior knowledge of any of the 'Stark', 'Stark International' or of the first 'Stark World' book to read and enjoy this one as it stands on it's own.
If you have read any of the other books you'll enjoy passing glimpses of past characters and little details that those who are new to J. Kenner's world may not pick up on.

Also, one of my complaints about Wicked Grind (book 1 in the Stark World series) was that we didn't get to see the grand opening of Wyatt's photography show. Well, guess what? You get to see it in this one but through the eyes of Laine and Lyle! Yeay!

Cover Love:
How could I not love the cover for this book? The black and white, with just a teeny splash of colour, along with the passionate couple on the front perfectly captures the feel of the book.

Favourite Quotes:

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"Haven't you ever felt that way about something? Just knew in your gut that something was right?"
God, yes.
He felt the thrust of the answer, so quick and firm, like he'd walked smack into a wall. Her. She felt right. She'd slammed into his life like a bolt of lightening, and the world hadn't been level since. 

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About the Author:
J.Kenner (aka Julie Kenner) is the New York Times, USA Today, Publishers Weekly, Wall Street Journal and #1 International bestselling author of over seventy novels, novellas and short stories in a variety of genres.
Though known primarily for her award-winning and international bestselling erotic romances (including the Stark and Most Wanted series) that have reached as high as #2 on the New York Times bestseller list, JK has been writing full time for over a decade in a variety of genres including paranormal and contemporary romance, “chicklit” suspense, urban fantasy,  and paranormal mommy lit.
JK has been praised by Publishers Weekly as an author with a “flair for dialogue and eccentric characterizations” and by RT Bookclub for having “cornered the market on sinfully attractive, dominant antiheroes and the women who swoon for them.” A five time finalist for Romance Writers of America’s prestigious RITA award, JK took home the first RITA trophy awarded in the category of erotic romance in 2014 for her novel, Claim Me (book 2 of her Stark Trilogy). Her Demon Hunting Soccer Mom series (as Julie Kenner) is currently in development with AwesomenessTV/Awestruck.
Her books have sold over three million  copies and are published in over twenty languages.
In her previous career as an attorney, JK worked as a clerk on the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, and practiced primarily civil, entertainment and First Amendment litigation in Los Angeles and Irvine, California, as well as in Austin, Texas.  She currently lives in Central Texas, with her husband, two daughters, and two rather spastic cats.
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P.S - There'll be another teaser on the blog tomorrow so be sure to check back if you're still not convinced to 1-click! 😉

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