Wednesday, 26 July 2017

Cover Reveal - ONE NIGHT by Aleatha Romig


Check out the cover for Aleatha Romig's up-coming romance, ONE NIGHT!

Blurb:
One night to remember
Is that too much to desire?
One night for fun, passion, and a chance to remember what it’s like to be a woman.
I’m not looking for love.
There’s a man in my life who loves me with all his heart. He has beautiful blue eyes, is three feet tall, and calls me mommy.
He’s my whole world and I’m his. Fate stole his daddy way too soon.
What would happen if I allowed fate another chance, just for one night?
One night to help a friend
Why did I agree to this?
Blind dates are disasters. If I weren't helping the friend of a friend, I wouldn't go.
I’m not looking for romance, love, or even a one-night stand.
After all, the man my friend knew is gone. I’m no longer the hockey star known for his "pep" on the ice and in the sack. I have a new life, and a new career—a new passion. I’m not looking for more.
When the blind date is a bust, could fate change everything?
One night doesn’t end with a kiss—it begins with one.



All in all, I like it with the exception of that weird ass smile on the models face...
I guess some people will find it cheeky / cute?

About the Author:

Aleatha Romig is a New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestselling author who lives in Indiana, USA. She grew up in Mishawaka, graduated from Indiana University, and is currently living south of Indianapolis. Aleatha has raised three children with her high school sweetheart and husband of nearly thirty years. Before she became a full-time author, she worked days as a dental hygienist and spent her nights writing. Now, when she's not imagining mind-blowing twists and turns, she likes to spend her time a with her family and friends. Her other pastimes include reading and creating heroes/anti-heroes who haunt your dreams!
Aleatha released her first novel, CONSEQUENCES, in August of 2011. CONSEQUENCES became a bestselling series with five novels and two companions released from 2011 through 2015. The compelling and epic story of Anthony and Claire Rawlings has graced more than half a million e-readers. Aleatha released the first of her series TALES FROM THE DARK SIDE, INSIDIOUS, in the fall of 2014. These stand alone thrillers continue Aleatha's twisted style with an increase in heat.
In the fall of 2015, Aleatha moved head first into the world of dark romantic suspense with the release of BETRAYAL, the first of her five novel INFIDELITY series that has taken the reading world by storm. She also began her traditional publishing career with Thomas and Mercer. Her books INTO THE LIGHT and AWAY FROM THE DARK were published through this mystery/thriller publisher in 2016.
2017 brings Aleatha's first "Leatha, the lighter side of Aleatha" with PLUS ONE, a fun, sexy romantic comedy.
Aleatha is a "Published Author's Network" member of the Romance Writers of America and PEN America. She is represented by Kevan Lyon of Marsal Lyon Literary Agency.

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Review: My Bachelor by Tess Oliver


About The Book

He was, for lack of a better word, an Adonis, a Greek god of manly perfection.

American hero. Self-made millionaire. All-around badass.

Sealed with a Kiss has never seen a bachelor like Rafe Rockclyffe before. The long haired, motorcycle riding heartthrob is exactly what viewers of the reality show have been waiting for. Twenty beautiful women will compete to win his heart and hand in marriage, a hand he doesn't really want to give.

It was all just a crazy bet . . . The last thing Rafe expected was to fall in love. 




Format
ebook.

Story Length
Full length novel.

POV
First person, alternating between the two main characters.

Triggers?
No.

Background Knowledge Required?
No.

Cliffhanger?
No.

HEA?
Yes.

Infidelity?
No.

Love-Triangle?
No. 

Violence?
No.

What I Liked: 
I liked that Eliot was a hard-working woman with a sensible head on her shoulders.
I liked the easy banter between Eliot and Rafe.
I adored the book cover.

What I Didn't Like: 
Everything was too easy. This should have been angsty. I mean, you're falling in love with a guy who has twenty other women competing for his affections. There should have been tension, jealousy, fireworks... But there was nothing.
On top of that, Rafe was too good to be true and the secondary characters had the depth of  a sheet of paper. 

My Bachelor was an enjoyable enough read but it left me cold. I wasn't routing for Eliot. I didn't want to smack Rafe upside the head. I didn't want to scratch the eyes out of the love rivals. I felt nothing but mild amusement throughout the entire read. 

Other Thoughts:
The book had a lot of potential but it just didn't live up to my expectations. It was too bland when it could have really been something. I'll definitely check out another one of the authors books in the future.

Favourite Quotes:

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I don't have one! Nothing jumped out at me. 

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Tuesday, 25 July 2017

Review Dear Aaron by Marianna Zapata


About The Book

Ruby Santos knew exactly what she was getting herself into when she signed up to write a soldier overseas.
The guidelines were simple: one letter or email a week for the length of his or her deployment. Care packages were optional.
Been there, done that. She thought she knew what to expect.
What she didn’t count on was falling in love with the guy.



Format
ebook.

Story Length
Full length novel.

POV
First person.

Triggers?
No.

Background Knowledge Required?
No.

Cliffhanger?
No.

HEA?
Yes.

Infidelity?
No.

Love-Triangle?
No.

Violence?
No.

What I Liked: 
I liked the way this book was written. 
The first 50% of the book is written as emails and in the format of a messenger app. 
It was unusual but brilliant. 
It made the book feel a little awkward at first, which perfectly captures the feeling of getting to know someone who you’ve never spoken to, have no idea what they look like, and know absolutely nothing about. 
The format meant you got to experience the relationship unfolding without anyone telling you what anyone was thinking or feeling. 
 The pages flew by so quickly, and magic happened. 
You begin to feel like you know these people. 
Like they are friends. 
You learn to read between the lines of their conversation. 
You begin to feel things. 
It is addictive. 

Then, bam! ‘Normal’ first person takes over and you really get inside Ruby’s head and what do you know her thoughts and feelings are perfectly in line with yours. 
You meet Aaron and he’s everything. 
You are so freaking happy for them, because you were taken along with them on their journey rather than just reading it and it’s freakin’ beautiful! 
I’m not kidding when I say that I fell in love with a fictional character here. I really feel like I did. 
The book hangover from this beauty was horrendous.

What I Didn't Like: 
It was too short and that is a laughable statement because Dear Aaron isn’t a short book but I just didn’t want it to end! I wanted MORE! I hated the fact that it ended. Even the awesome epilogue which gave me a glimpse into the happy future of the couple couldn't satisfy me. Yes, it made me happy but imagining it all wasn't enough! I wanted to 'see' it! I wanted to feel it. I needed more. I feel like I’ve been robbed of something important, which is ridiculous but a testament to the awesome writing of this author.

Other Thoughts:
Slow burning romantic perfection… That’s what this book was. Bloody perfection. I loved it. 

Favourite Quotes:

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“Sergeant Major to a young soldier: “I didn’t see you at camouflage training this morning, soldier.” 
Soldier: “Thank you very much, sir.” 

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“What was love if it wasn’t just a single word people used to try and describe something that wasn’t easily explained or grown in one action or declaration?

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Sunday, 23 July 2017

Katy Regnery's A Modern Fairytale series have New Covers!!




New York Times bestselling author Katy Regnery has given her modern fairytale collection a whole new look! 
Check them out! 
Aren't they pretty?

 THE VIXEN AND THE VET 
(Beauty & the Beast)


 NEVER LET YOU GO 
(Hansel & Gretel)


GINGER'S HEART 
(Little Red Riding Hood)


 DARK SEXY KNIGHT 
(Camelot)


DON'T SPEAK 
(The Little Mermaid) 


All of the above are available now!

Amazon US -  iBooks - Nook -  Kobo

Coming in December 2017:
SHEAR HEAVEN 
(Rapunzel)


And Coming in 2018...

FRAGMENTS OF ASH 
(Cinderella)

SWAN SONG 
(The Ugly Duckling)


About the Author:

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Katy Regnery started her writing career by enrolling in a short story class in January 2012. One year later, she signed her first contract and Katy’s first novel was published in September 2013.

Twenty-five books later, Katy claims authorship of the multi-titled, New York Times and USA Today Blueberry Lane Series, which follows the English, Winslow, Rousseau, Story, and Ambler families of Philadelphia; the six-book, bestselling ~a modern fairytale~ series; and several other standalone novels and novellas.

Katy’s first modern fairytale romance, The Vixen and the Vet, was nominated for a RITA® in 2015 and won the 2015 Kindle Book Award for romance. Katy’s boxed set, The English Brothers Boxed Set, Books #1–4, hit the USA Today bestseller list in 2015, and her Christmas story, Marrying Mr. English, appeared on the list a week later. In May 2016, Katy’s Blueberry Lane collection, The Winslow Brothers Boxed Set, Books #1-4, became a New York Times E-book bestseller.

In 2016, Katy signed a print-only agreement with Spencerhill Press. As a result, her Blueberry Lane paperback books will now be distributed to brick and mortar bookstores all over the United States.

Katy lives in the relative wilds of northern Fairfield County, Connecticut, where her writing room looks out at the woods, and her husband, two young children, two dogs, and one Blue Tonkinese kitten create just enough cheerful chaos to remind her that the very best love stories begin at home.

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Audiobook Progress Update 1


It's been a week since I decided to give audio books a try, despite many reservations, and I thought I'd update on how it's going!

I signed up with Audible as £7.99 a month (and a free 30 day trial) didn't sound unreasonable and then I discovered that it only covers 1 book a month. 
Now, I'm just starting out on audiobooks, and don't even know if I'll take to them, so one book a month isn't horrible but if I begin to like them then one book a month isn't going to cut it. I'm going to have to buy some and HOLY HELL! Have you seen the prices of those bad boys?! Over £25 a book in most cases. 
That is staggering. 
Staggeringly nonsensical and totally not worth it.
But, I've promised myself I'll give them a try so I will and I've discovered that I can buy many that I already have on kindle for only £2.99 so, if audio books stick, I may backtrack on my comment about not using audio books for re-reads. But then again maybe I'll just keep my additional £2.99 and buy another ebook...

I've also had many suggestions to check out my library's selection of audio books so I'm going to do that too in case I do fall in love with them.

Choosing my 'first' audio book

When flicking through the available audio's - and there is quite a selection! - I discovered that Kristen Ashley has an audio book exclusive out at the moment called Complicated.
Seeing as the kindle and print versions of the book aren't out until November, and considering I'm an impatient one, it seemed like a no brainier that it would be my first as I do enjoy a Kristen Ashley novel. 


However, I have to say, OMG it is 18hrs long. 
18 HOURS!
I could read it in less than half that time! But I keep reminding myself that that's not the point of this... Audiobook experiment.
The point is to utilise my time in such a way that I get to read more books, by listening while doing other things like ironing, not substitute reading time for listening time. 

So far I have managed to listen to three chapters while doing my ironing and while the narrator was jarring at first I was settling in quite nicely until it switched from the dude to the lady. 
It was very annoying trying to re-adjust.
However, by that point I'd almost run out of ironing and figured I'd pick up - with the new narrator - at the next load of laundry.

My current opinion is that it takes too long to settle in to the narration and it takes too long for them to read me a chapter. Plus, it's annoying having big gaps between listening.
That said, I think if I listened more frequently - i.e. not just with the ironing - it wouldn't be as hard to settle in to the narration and I've been told I can speed up the reading tempo so I'm going to look into that too.


Wednesday, 19 July 2017

99p Sale Blitz! NOVA by Rebecca Yarros



Check it out!
This gorgeous looking book is only 99 pennies!
I haven't read it yet but I've one clicked because it sounds awesome.
If it's anything like the authors other books it's going to hurt so goooood.


NOVA, is the second standalone in Rebecca Yarros's Renegades series. You don't need to have read the first book to read and enjoy this one.


Book Blurb:

He’s got one shot to make it right…   
He’s Landon Rhodes. 
The Renegade they call Nova. 
Sinfully gorgeous, broody, tatted-up, professional snowboarder.   They say a girl broke him once— That’s why he’s so reckless, so driven, so careless with his conquests. 
But I’m that girl. 
They can call me his curse all they want. 
He and I both know the truth— He’s the one who destroyed me, and I’m too smart to let that happen again.

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About REBECCA YARROS

Rebecca Yarros is a hopeless romantic and a lover of all things coffee, chocolate, and Paleo. She is the author of the Flight & Glory, Renegades, and Legacy series. She loves military heroes, and has been blissfully married to hers for fifteen years. When she’s not writing, she’s tying hockey skates for her four sons, sneaking in some guitar time, or watching brat-pack movies with her two daughters. She lives in Colorado with the hottest Apache pilot ever, their rambunctious gaggle of kids, an English bulldog who is more stubborn than sweet, and a tortoise who might be faster than the bulldog. They recently adopted their youngest daughter from the foster system, and Rebecca is passionate about helping others do the same.

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Monday, 17 July 2017

Review: Tempt Me by J. Kenner


About The Book

Sometimes passion has a price … 

When sexy Stark Security Chief Ryan Hunter whisks his girlfriend Jamie Archer away for a passionate, romance-filled weekend so he can finally pop the question, he’s certain that the answer will be an enthusiastic yes. So when Jamie tries to avoid the conversation, hiding her fears of commitment and change under a blanket of wild sensuality and decadent playtime in bed, Ryan is more determined than ever to convince Jamie that they belong together. 

Knowing there’s no halfway with this woman, Ryan gives her an ultimatum – marry him or walk away. Now Jamie is forced to face her deepest insecurities or risk destroying the best thing in her life. And it will take all of her strength, and all of Ryan’s love, to keep her right where she belongs… 


Format
Ebook.

Story Length
Novella.

POV
First Person.

Triggers?
No.

Background Knowledge Required?
No. 
It can work on it's own and be enjoyable but both characters feature in another Stark International novella as well as being secondary characters in The Stark Series. 

Cliffhanger?
No.

HEA?
Yes.

Infidelity?
No.

Love-Triangle?
No.

Violence?
No.

What I Liked: 
The book was intense, passionate and a little bit dirty. The chemistry between Ryan and Jamie was amazing. 
I like Ryan as a character, he's just yum, and I liked Jamie in this one despite not being her biggest fan in the Stark Series and finding her a bit annoying in the previous novella. 

What I Didn't Like: 
Nothing really, my biggest complaint would be that it was a novella - again! - for this couple instead of a full length novel.

Other Thoughts:
Fans of The Stark, and Stark International, series will be happy to catch up with beloved characters who you get a quick check in with in this one. 

Favourite Quotes:

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"Wouldn't be worth living this life if I knew exactly where it was going, now would it?"

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Sunday, 16 July 2017

Audiobooks: To Listen Or Not To Listen...


That is the question isn't it?
So many people seem to be a fan these days.
But I don't think I am.
I want to be a fan of audio books. I can see so many advantages of listening to audiobooks, namely maximising my time in a way that enables me to read more books, but whenever I tried in the past, I just couldn't do it. 

My main issue is that I know I will get distracted and miss what the narrator is saying and that'd be infuriating.  
The only way I imagine I'd be able to focus would be sitting down quietly and listening and if I'm going to to that I might as well just read the book for myself.

I think that if I already know the story, inside and out, I would be okay with an audio book but what's the point in that? I enjoy re-reads of old favourites but I'm not going to buy them in a completely different format, or pay a monthly subscription, for a re-read.

Other issues I had in the past were the narrators voice - tone, accent, pronunciation - irritating the crap out of me. 
I also had issues with the pace they read the story at. I'm a fast reader, my brain works quickly, I cannot stand listening to a chapter for half an hour when I could have read it in half that time.

However, past issues aside, I want to make audio books work for me. 

Some people have said that they find them useful in the car. I've never tried them in the car and I think that could work... It shouldn't be all that different than listening to a conversation or music which I can do without getting distracted and crashing the vehicle.

Some people have said that they like to listen when doing the ironing. I can see that being cool too... It's a better use of several hours a week than just doing chores! If I can combine the evil ironing with 'reading' I'll be a very happy lady. 

Some have commented that they like listening to their audio books when up in the night with their newborns. I don't have a newborn but that could be applicable sometime next year so I guess I'll find out eventually!

A particular reason I have for wanting to give audiobooks another try is eyestrain. I spend most of my workday on a computer. I come home and I end up on a computer. If I'm not on a computer, I'm reading my kindle. My poor eyes take a battering and I quite like the idea of being able to give them a rest and still keep up with my reading. 

I have no idea if I'll be able to make audiobooks work for me. I have no idea if I'll be able to overcome past issues but I've decided it's time to try. Audiobooks have come a long way in the past six or seven years. So, I'm going to sign up for audible and keep the subscription for three months. In that three months I will experiment with all the occasions I can listen to books and with luck I will find a place in my life for them but if it doesn't work for me then no harm, no foul. I wont have lost anything except for a couple of months of subscription fees. 

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Saturday, 15 July 2017

Review: Magic Rises by Ilona Andrews


About The Book

Atlanta is a city plagued by magical problems. Kate Daniels will fight to solve them—no matter the cost.

Mercenary Kate Daniels and her mate, Curran, the Beast Lord, are struggling to solve a heartbreaking crisis. Unable to control their beasts, many of the Pack’s shapeshifting children fail to survive to adulthood. While there is a medicine that can help, the secret to its making is closely guarded by the European packs, and there’s little available in Atlanta.

Kate can’t bear to watch innocents suffer, but the solution she and Curran have found threatens to be even more painful. The European shapeshifters who once outmaneuvered the Beast Lord have asked him to arbitrate a dispute—and they’ll pay him in medicine. With the young people’s survival and the Pack’s future at stake, Kate and Curran know they must accept the offer—but they have little doubt that they’re heading straight into a trap…


*Some Spoilers ahead*

Format
Ebook.

Story Length
Full length novel.

POV
First person.

Triggers?
No.

Background Knowledge Required?
Yes.

Cliffhanger?
No.

HEA?
Happy(ish) For Now.

Infidelity?
This is hard to answer... 
Technically no, but by the shapeshifer standards of this book and the rules of their courtship? Yes. 
If you look at it from the angle of want, intent and other reasons for Curran's actions? No. 
Emotions don't have brains though so I spent a good portion of this book raging... But in the end accepted it as a no, there was no cheating. 

Hopefully that serves as a warning without being too spoilerish!

Love-Triangle?
No.
Despite the answer to the 'Infidelity' question, I can honestly say there is no love triangle. 

Violence?
Good God yes...

What I Liked: 
Are people going to lynch me if I say Hugh? 'Cause... I liked him. Maybe even loved him a little bit. He was perfectly twisted, sexy and, okay yes, the bad guy but he has a love-to-hate thing going on and in another world - a world without Curran - I think I'd have been routing for him, lol. 

I liked that the book features all the 'old favourite' secondary characters like Derek, Raphael, Andrea, Aunt B, Doolittle, and Barabas but we also got to see more of Mahon - and what makes him tick - George and Jim's sister Keira which was cool. 
New characters, that I think are going to be important in future books, were also introduced and I enjoyed meeting them. I'm especially curious to find out what the story behind Christopher is...

The book is packed full of action, as usual, and I loved seeing Kate finally throw off the chains and cut loose. No more hiding from Roland after that display!

I loved that despite all the crap with Curran, the shapeshifters loyalty to Kate didn't waver and they tried to protect and reassure her. They have accepted Kate as their alpha and the friendship and love some show for her is beautiful to see. Especially when you consider how prickly, bitchy and isolated she was back when the series began.

I  also loved that despite all that happens, Kate and Curran remain solid. They push through obstacles, they fight for each other, they risk everything so the other is safe. Neither will ever quit and their love is beautiful. I'm hoping for wedding bells and babies in future books... Although I'm slightly terrified as to how either of them would be able to parent when they almost die so often!

What I Didn't Like: 
The whole Lorelei thing. It pissed me off. Curran's reasons for not telling Kate what was going on were pathetic considering that this is Kate and Kate lives and breathes violence, danger and death. 

I also had an issue with were-dolphins. What in the actual feck was that about?!

Other Thoughts:
This book felt grimmer than the others. The shifters suffer losses, the reality of loupism in their children hits home, and a beloved character dies. I'd be very surprised if it didn't mark a shift in direction with the books going forward.

Favourite Quotes:

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“I finally realized the source of your mutual attraction," Saiman said, his voice dry.
"You both think violence is foreplay.” 

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“Aha! So I’m not crazy.”
“You are most definitely crazy,” Derek said. “But in a deranged, endearing way.” 

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“Outside the windows the day was bright: golden sunshine, blue sky, pleasant wind . . . I wanted to punch the happy day in the face, grab it by the hair, and beat it until it told me what the hell it was so happy about.”

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“Curran's whore comes to visit us," Jarek said in accented English.

The three men laughed as if on cue. I glanced at Mahon. "You really shouldn't let him talk to you like that.” 

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