Sunday, 26 November 2017

Review: I Heart Forever by Lindsey Kelk


About The Book
The day her husband Alex picks up a backpack and goes travelling, Angela Clark promises to stay out of trouble and keep both Louboutins on the ground.
So when her best friend’s boyfriend confides in her, it can’t hurt to help him pick out a ring at Tiffany’s surely?
And when her fashion magazine announces major changes, being terminally late and arguing with your boss isn’t that bad, is it?
Then suddenly there’s another big secret Angela’s got to keep – and the man she loves is still thousands of miles away. As the wedding of the year looms, and Manhattan switches on its Christmas lights, Angela is going to need her friends by her side as her old life looks set to change forever.



Format
ebook.

Story Length
Full length novel.

POV
First Person.

Triggers?
No.

Background Knowledge Required?
No, but I think a reader would enjoy it more if they'd read the others.

Cliffhanger?
No.

HEA/HFN?
Yes.

Infidelity?
No.

Love-Triangle?
No.

Violence?
No.

What I Thought:
I love this series, I do. I really, really, do but this book fell short of the mark for me. 
It's full of Kelk's trademark humour, mad antics and sweet endings but something just wasn't right. 
Or maybe everything was perfect and the problem I had was that everything was the same as it always is. 
Events in this series may move on - and there is a fab development for Angela and Alex in this one! -  but the characters don't change. 
They make the same mistakes over and over, they do the same crazy shit, with a slight twist, every time... And it gets old. 
It gets old even though it's been a few years since the last book released. 
If the series continues - and I assume it will given events - I'll continue reading but I'm scared that the magic that made me love these books is starting to fade.

Cover Love:
I LOVE this cover! 
I love all the I Heart covers. 
They're happy and sweet and just perfect for these books. 


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Thursday, 16 November 2017

Cover Reveal: Sex, Not Love by Vi Keeland!


Hey all!
Check it out... The cover for Vi Keeland's next release, SEX, NOT LOVE!


Sex, Not Love is a standalone, contemporary romance, novel releasing on 15th January 2018!

BLURB:
My relationship with Hunter Delucia started backwards.  

We met at a wedding—him sitting on the groom’s side, me sitting on the bride’s.  Stealing glances at each other throughout the night, there was no denying an intense, mutual attraction.  

I caught the bouquet; he caught the garter.  Hunter held me tightly while we danced and suggested we explore the chemistry sparking between us.  His blunt, dirty mouth should’ve turned me off.  But for some crazy reason, it had the opposite effect on me.

We ended up back in my hotel room.  The next morning, I headed home to New York leaving him behind in California with the wrong number.

I thought about him often, but after my last relationship, I’d sworn off of charming, cocky, gorgeous-as-sin men. A year later, Hunter and I met again at the birth of our friends’ baby.  Our attraction hadn't dulled one bit.  After a whirlwind trip, he demanded a real phone number this time.  So I left him with my mother’s—she could scare away any man with her talks of babies and marriage—and flew back home.

I’d thought it was funny, until the following week when he rang the bell at Mom’s house for Sunday night dinner.  The crazy, gorgeous man had won over my mother and taken an eight-week assignment in my city.  He proposed we spend that time screwing each other out of our systems. 

Eight weeks of mind-blowing sex with no strings attached? What did I have to lose?

Nothing, I thought.
It’s just sex, not love.
But you know what they say about the best laid plans…



About the Author:

Vi Keeland is a #1 New York Times and #1 Wall Street Journal Bestselling author. With millions of books sold, her titles have appeared in over eighty Bestseller lists and are currently translated in nineteen languages. She lives in New York with her husband and their three children where she is living out her own happily ever after with the boy she met at age six.


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Wednesday, 15 November 2017

Gratitude Giveaway



This giveaway is a quick and simple thank you to all those who stop by, follow and comment on the blog. 
It's much appreciated!

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Wednesday, 8 November 2017

HoHoHo Readathon!


Tis the season peeps! 
Or, more accurately, the season is fast approaching and that means festive awesomeness!
Every year I tell myself I'm going to indulge in holiday-themed goodness on the reading front and every year I typically read one or two festive books and no more which is just shameful... This year, I'm joining the Caffeinated Reviewer's HoHoHo Readathon in the hopes of kick-starting my festive reading and holiday spirit.

My goals for the readathon are to read a minimum of 4 books from the following:

Christmas At The Falling-Down Guesthouse - Lilly Bartlett
A Very Vintage Christmas - Tilly Tennant
A Christmas Wish - Erin Green
Christmas at Hope Cottage - Lily Graham
Meet Me Under the Mistletoe - Carla Burgess
Dreaming of a White Wolf Christmas - Terry Spear
A Town Called Christmas - Holly Martin
Christmas At The Comfort Food Cafe - Debbie Johnson
Christmas Under a Cranberry Sky - Holly Martin

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Friday, 3 November 2017

Books I'm Grateful I Read Giveaway Hop!



Happy November book lovers!

Over the years there has been so many books I've been so happy that I have read... So many books that have touched me, made me laugh, made me cry, made me angry and made me think.
 I am grateful that I've read every one of them but some sucker punch you in the gut more than others. 

It's too hard to remember and list every single book that has touched me but the books that have hit the hardest, the books I'm grateful I read but haven't ever been brave enough to re-read, are:

The Boudica Series by Manda Scott


Oh my god!
These books! 
These books...
They destroyed me.
Absolutely friggin' destroyed me.
I don't think I've ever felt such wonder, pain and pleasure as I did reading this series.
Beautifully written chronicling the life of Boudica from the age of 11 or 12 through to the end. The mystical retelling shows the Celts of Britain, pre Roman invasion, through to their veritable destruction.
I know that they're (mostly) fictitious but the characters are so well written that every twist and turn, every defeat, every triumph is your defeat and your triumph. 
They burned themselves onto my psyche and here I am 10/11 years later (from the final book in the series) still awestruck by them but unable to re-read them because I just don't know if I can put myself through that emotional wringer again and I'm also a little afraid that re-reading them would destroy the beauty of them in my memory.

A little bit of blurb from Goodreads that gives a better overview than I can...

"Full of brilliantly realised, luminous scenes as the narrative sweeps effortlessly from the epic--where battle scenes are huge, bloody, and action-packed--to the intimate. Manda Scott plunges us into the unforgettable world of tribal Britain in the years before the Roman invasion: a world of druids and dreamers and the magic of the gods where the natural world is as much a character as any of the people who live within it, a world of warriors who fight for honour as much as victory, a world of passion, courage and spectacular heroism pitched against overwhelming odds. 
Dreaming the Eagle stunningly recreates the roots of a story so powerful its impact has lasted through the ages."

If you're curious, be sure to check them out on Goodreads:

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So, what about you? 
What book(s) are you grateful for having read? 


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Book Blogger Hop: When reading a book, do you use a bookmark or...



This week on the Coffee Addicted Writer's book blogger hop...

The Question is:
When reading a book, do you use a bookmark to mark your place in the book, or do you just fold over the top corner of the page? 


My Answer:
I own a couple of nice bookmarks but I never use them. I can never find them when I want them and typically I use whatever is to hand to mark my page: scrap paper, receipts, post-it notes, candy wrapper, hair grips... I'm not fussy. If nothing 'suitable' is within easy reach then I'll fold down a corner.
Yep.
I said it and I do it. 
I'll fold down the corners of pages.
I deface books with self-inflicted creases to their precious pages.
Back in school, for English class, I'd take a highlighter pen and highlight favourite passages.
To the standards of most bookworms, I am a monster who doesn't deserve to own a precious pretty book. 
I don't care if I crease the spine of a paperback to stripey hell.
I'll read and eat and have been known to accidentally drop pasta (with tomato based sauces) on a page and not care... Well care too much.
I carry them haphazardly in my bag and have more than a few books that have pen marks, or have the edges of their pages crinkled because of water, or stained with some random substance like blackcurrant juice that leaked out my son's drinks bottle...
I take a lot of care with other people's books. I take care of library books. However, if the book is mine I do as I please and that means that shit happens.
 I don't buy many paper books anymore, I typically stick to kindle, but for me a book that looks like it's lived - creases, scuffs and imperfections - is gorgeous. I don't want a library full of books that look like they've never been read. What is the point in that? As long as a book is never damaged to a point where it has no cover, missing pages or pages that can't be read for one reason or another, then I don't care about things like folding the corners of my pages because life is too short to constantly hunt for a bookmark.


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Thursday, 2 November 2017

Review: Keeping Lily by Izzy Sweet and Sean Moriarty


About The Book

My husband traded me away to save his own life… 
And now I belong to the devil. 
One night and everything in my life changed. Two words and my world turned dark. 
“Take her”.
Owing the most ruthless crime lord in Garden City five million dollars, my husband chose to trade me and my children away to save himself. 
I was on the cusp of freedom, so close to divorcing that scumbag I was married to. 
Now I’m enslaved to a man who is obsessed with me. A man so wicked and beautiful, they call him Lucifer. 
So alluring, he makes the angels weep with envy. He’s so powerful, I can’t stop myself from bending to his will. 
He’s determined to master me, and he won’t rest until I give him all. 
He wants my light, and he wants my dark. 
He wants my body, and he wants my heart. 
But most of all, he wants the one thing I can’t give him. The one thing I can’t bear to part with…

*Some spoilers ahead*

Format
ebook.

Story Length
Novel.

POV
Alternating dual POV.

Triggers?
Let me think... Torture. Murder. Forced seduction.

Background Knowledge Required?
No.

Cliffhanger?
No.

HEA?
Yes... 

Infidelity?
Not in the terms of the central couple. 
If you consider Lilith is still technically married for half the book (even if he's a shit-bag pig who'd trade his wife for money) then yes... 

Love-Triangle?
No.

Violence?
Yes.

What I Liked: 
I laughed a lot. That's not really a compliment as the book isn't supposed to be funny but it kept me amused - despite being hideously written - on a long-haul flight so kudos.

What I Didn't Like: 
Lucifer was a jackass with pretty much no redeeming qualities. 
He takes possession of Lily and her kids like they are things instead of people and thinks it's perfectly acceptable because her husband owes him money and he finds her attractive.
He kills without remorse. I'm not just talking about killing his enemies to protect his own or anything you could swing in a way that'd make him remotely sympathetic. Nope, he kills (or orders the death of) anyone for any reason he feels like and often not just the offender's death but the deaths of everyone in their family, including women and children!

Lily was pathetic and her actions were frustratingly contradictory. Weak resistance by day and slave to her quivering lions by night. 🙄 Honestly, I could dedicate a 500 word rant to the ridiculousness of the sex. Insta-multi-orgasms people! Lucifer obviously had a magical penis that sent pulses of undiluted pleasure  direct to the sweet spot to pull some of those wondrous feats off.
Plus, how she could 'fall in love' with this man and trust him with herself is beyond me. How she could trust him with her KIDS is even further beyond the realms of my understanding.

Spelling mistakes and typos everywhere.

Other Thoughts:
I don't know why I read this. I really, REALLY, don't. Actually, that's not true, the concept was interesting and I was curious as to how it would play out but with hindsight I should have known better.


Cover Love:
Can't say I like the cover much. I would have liked it if the chick didn't look lifeless but, alas... 

Favourite Quotes:

Don't have one.

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