Wednesday, 8 April 2020

It's Wednesday!! Love on Beach Avenue by Jennifer Probst


Wayhey! It's Wednesday! 
We're almost at Easter weekend and that's exciting! 
We may not be able to go anywhere or do anything particularly exciting but I'm excited to just be at home without having to juggle work on top of everything else!
Maybe, just maybe, I'll actually get some reading done too... The C-19 related reading funk is real folks!

I'm too lazy - and slumpy - to look at my bookshelves and choose one from the backlist today so I'm just going to share one I'm looking forward to...



I'm liking the sounds of this one! It feels all beach read and since I'm getting nowhere near a beach for a while, I'll take whatever beach-read vibes I can get!


True love is in the details for the Jersey shore’s premier wedding planner in this heart-swooning series about big dreams and happy endings from New York Times bestselling author Jennifer Probst.

Avery Sunshine might not have a soul mate of her own, but she still believes in happily ever after—for her clients. Making dreams come true is her business at Sunshine Bridal, which she runs with her two sisters. When her best friend announces her engagement, Avery is thrilled to take charge of the giddy bride-to-be’s big day. Less thrilling? Her best friend's arrogant and demanding brother, who just so happens to be the man of honor.

Carter Ross’s first instinct: call 911. He promised to always take care of his impulsive little sister, and he honors that vow. Even if it means taking over her wedding, where he is sure Avery will fail. At best, Avery is unpredictable. At worst, if she’s anything like the spitfire of a college girl he remembers, the main event could run wild.

With Avery and Carter wrestling for control, tempers heat up. So does the spark of attraction they’re fighting with every kiss. As the wedding draws near, it’s time to reconcile a rocky past and make a decision that could change everyone’s lives. Because what they’re rebelling against looks a lot like love.

What are you waiting on this week?


Monday, 6 April 2020

Mini Reviews: You Deserve Each Other & Rhythm, Chord and Malykin


Two different but awesome contemporary romances coming right up!

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*eARC granted via Edelweiss*


When your nemesis also happens to be your fiancé, happily ever after becomes a lot more complicated in this wickedly funny, lovers-to-enemies-to-lovers romantic comedy debut.

Naomi Westfield has the perfect fiancé: Nicholas Rose holds doors open for her, remembers her restaurant orders, and comes from the kind of upstanding society family any bride would love to be a part of. They never fight. They're preparing for their lavish wedding that's three months away. And she is miserably and utterly sick of him.

Naomi wants out, but there's a catch: whoever ends the engagement will have to foot the nonrefundable wedding bill. When Naomi discovers that Nicholas, too, has been feigning contentment, the two of them go head-to-head in a battle of pranks, sabotage, and all-out emotional warfare.

But with the countdown looming to the wedding that may or may not come to pass, Naomi finds her resolve slipping. Because now that they have nothing to lose, they're finally being themselves--and having fun with the last person they expect: each other.


OMG, I don't think I have laughed out loud so much to any book before ever!
This book was a riot and not because it was trying to be laugh out loud funny but because it was so snarky and bitchy and mean at times. I don't know what it says about my personality that I enjoyed the conflict and the way it was articulated so much but I really did. It ticked my boxes. However, it did get a bit draining and I did question the mental faculties of people who were at such inner odds with each other willingly staying in that environment... But then you'd get a little peek behind the curtain, a little sneaky peek of what this couple could become, and it kept me going until they finally started to thaw and fight for each other.

The book was a perfect example of what happens to two people when they fail to unite against all the external forces determined to drive them apart, not to mention what happens when you stop being yourself in your relationship and instead become what you think the other person wants you to be.

I can't say I particularly liked Naomi and I didn't particularly like Nicholas either - they were both assholes - but I kinda liked them being assholes together... They worked. A perfect, shining, example of there being someone for everyone.
I liked that they found their way back to each other, I liked how they finally stood up to Nicholas's psycho mother and I love the idea of them living happily ever after in their rustic house in the woods.

 You Deserve Each Other is not a conventional contemporary romance but it is definitely a fun one so if you're looking for something a little bit different, I highly recommend!

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Twenty-six-year-old Gaby Barreto might be a lot of things (loyal, sarcastic, one of the guys and a pain in the butt depending on which family member you ask), but dumb isn’t one of them. When her twin brother invites her to go on tour as his band’s merch girl, she isn’t exactly screaming at the top of her lungs with joy.

With no job opportunities pounding on her door, an ex-boyfriend she would still like to castrate, and no end in sight to moving out of her parents’ house in Dallas… it would be dumb to say no to the chance of a lifetime. Two bands, three continents, one tour. Spending the next ninety-plus days with three beloved idiots and eight complete strangers shouldn’t be a big deal, right?

If only the singer of the headlining band didn’t have tattoos... a great personality… a fantastic body… and if he wasn’t so funny….

Let’s be real: Gaby never had a chance against Sacha Malykhin.


I cannot believe I have waited so freaking long to read this book!
Seriously, it has sat on my kindle forever but I've put off reading it a million times paranoid that it wouldn't live up to my expectations... And what a muppet I was for it surpassed my expectations!
Sasha Malykin is officially one of my favourite Zapata book boyfriends (second only to Ivan Lukov) and Gabby was also awesome.
Watching them fall in love - watching Gabby be oblivious to it - was just excellent.
It ticked all my happy romance loving boxes and had a supporting cast of weird and whacky characters that absolutely delighted me.
It was a delicious slow burn romance against a backdrop of a rock tour... How could I fail to be anything but enthralled?
Oh okay, the potty humour evident in Zapata's earlier books is a bit annoying (thank god she works that out of her system in later books!) but it wasn't enough to overshadow the joy I found within the pages of this story.

If you like slow burn, friends to lovers, and rockstar romances then give this a read!
Zapata's style isn't for everyone but if it works for you then her books really are golden.

Sunday, 5 April 2020

Weekly Update #106


Welcome!
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!


Not a lot to say really... We survived another week in the house. 
We worked, we home schooled and I baked. I baked a lot. 
Cookies, cinnamon rolls, pretzels, banana bread muffins. I'm going to be the size of a house when we're done with lockdown but I can live with that.

The Easter break officially started "after school" on Friday so now I'm staring down the barrel of two weeks of trying to WFH while entertaining the kid with no school work, no school structure and no way to go out beyond one walk/cycle a day. 
It'll either be just fine (extra computer time is an excellent bribe) or it'll be a complete disaster.
I guess we'll see!

In other news, oh wait, I have no other news. Fun times. 🤣


I'm developing a 1-click problem.
I'm clicking all the book sales and freebies but aren't reading any!


All except Miracle Creek Christmas (ARC) and Only Mostly Devastated (paperback purchase) were free or 99p on amazon this week. 



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 The inability to focus thanks to the lockdown continues this week so only one book read.
It was a good one though. Review posted yesterday.


Monsters University and Sister Act 2 - both chosen by the little dude.

I also started watching The Witcher and even though I'm only two episodes in, I'm liking it!
Henry Cavill fascination reignited! Seriously... Can he just read stories to me in her Geralt voice? That'd be amazing.


6 minutes of pure joy.




Blog Tour & Review: Dark Prince by Michelle Hercules
Review: Bone Crossed by Patricia Briggs
March: Month in Review
Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Signs You Are A Bookworm
Review: Hunting Fiends For The Ill-Equipped by Annette Marie


It's Wednesday!!
Lockdown Watch List
Mini Reviews: You Deserve Each Other & Rhythm, Chord & Malykin

Have a great week all!

Saturday, 4 April 2020

Blog Tour & Review: Dark Prince by Michelle Hercules


Dark Prince by Michelle Hercules is available now and I thoroughly enjoyed this dark and twist paranormal romance!

Don't forget to add Dark Prince to your Goodreads! and check out the author's giveaway (on her FB).



There are only two ways a human can cross the gates of Bloodstone Institute: as a familiar to one of the blueblood vampires who attend the elite school or as a snack.

I’m neither, but I have to get in at all costs. My brother made a big mistake, and now I have to fix it by stealing from the most powerful and cruel vampire to ever come to Bloodstone, Lucca Della Morte. If that wasn’t almost suicidal, I need to get it done before the spell concealing my human nature wears off.

But I forget that I’m only pretending to be a vampire. I’m still human and susceptible to Lucca’s dangerous allure. His darkness calls to my soul. His savagery makes my blood sing. I’m falling for the dark prince, craving him in a visceral way that’s frightening and exciting at the same time.

If he discovers my secret, he’ll destroy me. And yet, I can’t help wanting to get closer. I never thought I had a death wish until I met him.

*ARC provided as part of the blog tour*


ebook


Alternating, first person pov.


No.


No, but there's plenty of unresolved stuff so I assume the world and fates of characters will evolve through a different couple each book in the series.


Yes, I guess so but as I said above, plenty of stuff unresolved.


No.


Yes, lots of alpha vampire fighting and blood-letting.
There's also an absolute prick of a vampire who attempts to rape Vivi.



It's been a while since I've read a paranormal romance, especially a paranormal romance featuring vampires, but I loved the sound of this book so had to give it a try!
Annnd... It was good. I really enjoyed it.
It took a while for me to get into the story. It felt a bit wooden in the beginning and I didn't immediately like Vivi or Lucca (and his Blueblood gang) but the further into the story I went, the more I enjoyed it.

There's a fair amount of information to absorb. The world has vampires, shifters, witches, familiars and a mysterious magical race called Nightingales.
The series offers a unique spin on vampires and understanding where they came from, the dynamics of their world and their relationship with the other races is a puzzle.
 The bulk of the story is set within an Institute which gave the book a bitchy prep school feel which felt a bit out of place when you're dealing with supernatural creatures that are hundreds of years old... It was distracting to be honest, but once the essentials were imparted and you got used to the environment,  it was easy to sink into the story and just enjoy how Vivi and Lucca's relationship developed. Their chemistry was explosive and addictive and  I loved the fiercely protective drive of a male vampire with his mate!

With an interesting collection of secondary characters and a whole load of questions left unanswered, I'm excited to read more books in the series!


Amazon | Amazon UK | Amazon CAAmazon AU


Michelle Hercules always knew creative arts were her calling but not in a million years did she think she would become an author. With a background in fashion design she thought she would follow that path. But one day, out of the blue, she had an idea for a book. One page turned into ten pages, ten pages turned into a hundred, and before she knew, her first novel, The Prophecy of Arcadia, was born.

Michelle Hercules resides in The Netherlands with her husband and daughter. She is currently working on the Legends of Gattica series.