Saturday, 27 January 2018

Kindle Unlimited and the Book Buying embargo.

Anybody use Kindle Unlimited?
Do you find it useful?
Value for money?
See, I'm now on my second stint of KU membership, but I'm not convinced it's worth it for I don't feel I use it that much.
However, I decided to do some maths.

During Kindle Unlimited Stint 1, I had it for nine months and read a grand total of twenty-one books.
Now, I'm not a mathematician, but:

9 x £7.99 = £71.91.
21 x £2.99 = £80.73.

I actually saved money using KU.
This shocked me.

Now, I know that the £2.99 is a bit generous on the book prices, for many of the KU books were only 99p but I'm still appeased over the cost/benefit profile of it, even if it didn't seem like I was saving at the time.

I decided to look at the numbers from Stint 2, which began in October. They are as follows:
4 months
6 books

4x £7.99 = £31.96
6x £2.99 = 17.94

The past four months, I'd have been waaay better off just buying the books.
I am less appeased.
I am not going to cancel.

I'm going to set myself a challenge.
You see, I'm buying a house this year - should move around late Spring - and therefore I'm penny-pinching like crazy but I still have a book habit to feed.
£7.99 a month seems like a good book budget... 
So, I'm going to see if I can make KU REALLY work for me.

These are my rules between now and the end of Summer (i.e. when I'll have moved and settled into my new house.)

Number One:
 NO BUYING BOOKS outwith the current giftcard balance on my amazon account.

There are some books that are not - and never will be - available on KU and I need them. 
For example, Kate Daniels book 10! 
Therefore this allowance seems reasonable. 
Considering I have £55 left over from Christmas, I should hopefully, maybe, be okay until September... 
If I'm super mean to myself. 
And I will be because, house

Number Two:
Explore as many new authors on KU as I possibly can.

KU is a great opportunity to seek new favourites. 
To try new styles and new genres... 
There are entire series of books available on KU and how awesome a book binge would it be to start one and 1-click yourself silly as you tear through them all without worrying about your bank balance?
Not being 'allowed' to turn to my go-to authors has the potential to open up whole new worlds and that's exciting!

It's also comforting to know some of my go-to authors also, occasionally, put a book or two on KU so hopefully, I won't miss out too much.

Number Three:
I am allowed to 1-click FREE books.

It'd be rude not to if there is a really good sounding one and it isn't detrimental to the house buying, penny-pinching, agenda... Much. Unless it's the first book in a series, and it's awesome, and I need the next one immediately
In this case, I'll probably cry and then look at pictures of my house-to-be to try console (*cough* control) myself.
Maybe, if I'm super lucky, any potential follow-on books will be available on KU...

Number Four:
If KU fails, work through the HUGE pile of books I own but have never read.

I've written about this before... There are hundreds. Literally hundreds... I feel shame.


It's going to be super challenging to stick to this, and I don't have much willpower, so, wish me luck?!

I'll try and remember to update on my progress.


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Thursday, 25 January 2018

Blitz: Fury Frayed by Melissa Haag

I don't think it's a secret that my reading preferences, at the moment, lean heavily towards PNR and UF. 
I'm always nosing for something new and guess what? 
I found this from author Melissa Haag!
It's out now and going straight onto my TBR.
Seeing as I'm so kind and caring, I thought I'd take part in the sharing. 

Megan’s temper lands her in Girderon Academy, an exclusive school founded in a town of misfit supernatural creatures.  
It’s the one place she should be able to fit in, but she can’t.  
Instead, she itches to punch the smug sheriff in his face, pull the hair from a pack of territorial blondes, and kiss the smile off the shy boy’s face. Unfortunately, she can’t do any of that, either, because humans are dying and all clues point to her.

With Megan’s temper flaring, time to find the real killer and clear her name is running out.  As much as she wants to return to her own life, she needs to embrace who and what she is. 
It’s the only way to find and punish the creature responsible.

From The Author:

I love writing paranormal and fantasy romance stories. After finishing up the Judgement of the Six series, I thought I was ready to trade in my broody shifter males for something bit more mythological. Wouldn’t you know it…a few shifters snuck in! But, I managed a healthy selection of other creatures that made this series truly unique for me.

Writing characters with realistic motivations in a fantasy world is always fun. Fury Frayed was no exception. I laughed so many times while writing the first draft and again during the editing process. I hope you enjoy reading it just as much as I enjoyed writing it!

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Wednesday, 24 January 2018

Sneaky Peak Excerpt from MEMPHIS by Ginger Scott

Hey all! I have an excerpt of Ginger Scott's upcoming novel, Memphis to share! 

I LOVE Ginger's books. They're beautifully written and so full of heart... I can't wait to read this!


My mom always said it was just something about the way he moved.
The same swagger Archie Valentine wore in the ring when he took his opponents down followed him like a halo everywhere he went. But make no mistake about it—he was no angel. He was like a drug. My mother was his addict.

I never understood it…how love could make you blind and convince you to drink the poison. Not until I met Memphis Delaney.

At first, it was the familiar form. He’s a fighter, built like a god from the past, the kind of man the universe doesn’t make anymore. His eyes hide a story, and every time I’m in his presence I want to keep reading him until I get to the end. And then…there’s the way he moves. His boxing is violent but beautiful, and his body is a seductive weapon. When he’s in the ring, he wears the stare of a man committed to the battle until his very last breath.

He could end me; turn me into her. Too much of him will leave me as a shadow, and I’ve lost so much of myself already.

But I have discipline. It came the hard way. Lessons learned, scars left behind, and trust stripped away from life.

I will breathe his air, but I won’t fall for a man like him. The only boxer who’s ever going to break my heart is the one who gave me my name.

Available February 23rd!


“Come here,” he says, calling me with a finger.

I wait a second before giving in, letting my arms fall to my sides as I take the few steps from where I am to where he is. His hands wrap around my biceps as soon as I’m near enough and I breathe in fast, just once. His eyes widen a little.

“You’re stronger than you look,” he smirks.

My gaze is held by his when he speaks. He holds it hostage and when I start to look away, his hands slide down to my wrists and he shakes them lightly until I look at him again. His head tilts, and he waits until I get it.

I’m stronger than I look.

“Thank you,” I say, pulling my lip in tight, so afraid I’m not. I’m stubborn for certain. I’m hardened and jaded. I’m not sure if any of that makes me strong.

My muscles bend to Memphis’s will as he threads his fingers through my right ones and lifts my arm, his other hand holding my elbow into my side. He lets go of my fingers and wraps his palm over my knuckles forming a fist and then moves my entire arm forward slowly, stopping when my body lunges with it.

“Here. You lose everything…right here,” he says, stopping my fist where it is then placing the tips of his fingers on my hips.

Memphis’s eyes are intent on where his hand rests at my waist, and he pauses to take a breath, his tongue pinched by his teeth, his lips twitching up at the corners, his eyes blinking fast—all in a second.

I think about kissing him again right now.

“Your weight is already spent, and you haven’t even made impact with something yet. Think about it,” he says, eyes flitting up to mine.

I shake my head a little from the brief stare and silence we share.

“Okay,” I say, following his lead as he brings my arm back and steps behind me.

“You hit me hard, but that was without everything you have behind it. Imagine,” he begins, adjusting his hold on me, his right hand sliding down my arm and covering my hand, feet straddling one of mine from behind, his chest against my back, his breath at my neck and a thousand beads of nerves dotting my skin.

“You’re here,” he says, his voice low and right at my ear.

My eyes flutter when his left hand runs down the side of my body to my hip, and my breath hitches when he grips it more forcefully.

“Your opponent is standing right there. Do you see him?”

I nod.

“Yes,” I say, my voice barely audible.

“He’s cocking,” he says, and I giggle at the word while his nose moves closer to my skin, tickling against my ear. “You’re such a child.”

I clear my throat and wriggle my hips and roll my shoulders, all under his touch.

“You’re right, I’m sorry,” I say, still smiling.

A short breath escapes him in laughter.

“He’s about to swing, okay?” he says, coaxing me to focus.

“Trust me.” His voice falls to a whisper, and my eyes fall closed.

Memphis drives my body, the space between us gone so much that I am lying against him while standing. His hand brings mine up, tucking it close to our bodies. His fingers splay on my thigh, and my leg feels strong. He leans with me, our bodies in sync as we twist to the left, our right shoulders stretching backward, necks rolling until we’re nearly back where we started.

“His balance is off,” he says at my neck. There are no areas of my body that aren’t affected by the vibration of his voice. “You have him. He’s yours. You have balance. His is gone. This is where you win.”

His hand holds my left side still, and his right hand brings me back to swing with a tighter form than I had before. He takes me through the motion once slowly, almost like we’re just part of some intimate ballet performance, then he brings my fist back in and tucks his chin into the side of my neck.

“Again,” he says, this time leading me through the motion faster as his hand slides from its hold on my hip to my diaphragm.

“Breathe out,” he says, and I do slowly at first, but with each swing we repeat, the motion is faster.

My air escapes with my thrust, my body something mechanical now, parts working in unison until I’m able to do it all on my own.

“Keep going,” Memphis says as he steps away. My eyes flit open, and I imagine everything that has ever hurt me. I see their faces—my parents, Enoch, the angry crowds at trials, reporters.

Memphis picks up one of the pads and steps closer as I swing, bending down to hand lift one of my abandoned gloves, eventually holding his palm out for me to pause.

“Put it on, and I want you to hit me now…not like before. Hit me with what you know. Hit me with what you feel, but always there is balance. You can’t give that away. It’s not theirs to have.”

My eyes lock on his as he slides the glove over my knuckles and I form a raw fist with my other hand. He takes two small steps back and readies himself before nodding.

I clear my lungs and consider his words and everything he just led my body through. I was so strong. I’m stronger than I think I am.

My feet shift to find the perfect fit against the mat, and I bring my hands in, fists raised and ready.

“He’s going to swing now,” Memphis says, and I react just as he taught me.

I dodge. The motion so swift and natural I barely remember doing it before my legs steady themselves, my middle twists and my arm swings forward, fist landing in the same spot as it did before only this time my body doesn’t stumble. Memphis does. Inches, but there is reaction to my action.

“Ha,” I breathe out in disbelief. My eyes lift from the fist-shaped dent in the pad to Memphis, and my lips part in awe.

“Yeah,” he says, glancing around to the front of the pad. “You did that by yourself.”

Giddiness takes over my face, my mouth stretching wide with parted lips. Memphis lets the pad fall again, and the physical proof from my force disappears as the padding evens out. It was there, though. I fought back, and left a mark. More than seeing it, I felt it. I still feel it.

“I want to do that again,” I say, blinking as my vision slides from the pad to Memphis’s proud smile.

“Baby steps, Champ. Let me show you a few drills, and then maybe you can punch me one more time before we’re done,” he says, chuckling.

“I wasn’t hitting you,” I say, handing him the glove.

He holds it in both of his hands before bending down to pick up the other glove, pairing them together. His gaze hits mine.

“I know who you were hitting.” Silence settles in for a long second. I don’t have to respond; Memphis doesn’t expect it. 

About the Author

Ginger Scott is an Amazon-bestselling and Goodreads Choice Award-nominated author of several young and new adult romances, including Waiting on the Sidelines, Going Long, Blindness, How We Deal With Gravity, This Is Falling, You and Everything After, The Girl I Was Before, Wild Reckless, Wicked Restless, In Your Dreams, The Hard Count, Hold My Breath, A Boy Like You and A Girl Like Me.

A sucker for a good romance, Ginger’s other passion is sports, and she often blends the two in her stories. (She’s also a sucker for a hot quarterback, catcher, pitcher, point guard…the list goes on.) Ginger has been writing and editing for newspapers, magazines and blogs for more than 15 years. She has told the stories of Olympians, politicians, actors, scientists, cowboys, criminals and towns. For more on her and her work, visit her website at

When she's not writing, the odds are high that she's somewhere near a baseball diamond, either watching her son field pop flies like Bryce Harper or cheering on her favorite baseball team, the Arizona Diamondbacks. Ginger lives in Arizona and is married to her college sweetheart whom she met at ASU (fork 'em, Devils).

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Monday, 22 January 2018

Review: The Truth About Porn Star Boyfriends by Sunniva Dee

About The Book

I guess I just forgot.
To ask him what he did for a living, I mean.
And by the time I did, I was in—balls deep, as he’d call it.
He was the perfect boyfriend.
Attentive, gorgeous, guessing my every wish and fulfilling them.
The sex was earth-shattering.
He even dealt with my crazy mom the way no one else could.
He popped the question, God, such a perfect guy.
There was just one issue:
He f*cked other girls on camera for a living.
How the hell do you deal with that?


Story Length
Full-length novel

First Person


Background Knowledge Required?



That's... That's a very interesting question!
It's actually quite a debated topic in the book.
However, I'd say if sticking your dick in a woman who isn't your girlfriend, without your girlfriend's knowledge and agreement for you to do so, then yes. 



What I Thought:
This was interesting.
The blurb makes it clear what you're getting when you read this book so there were no surprises.
I wasn't convinced it was going to be my kind of book, in fact a huge part of me really didn't want to read it because, RAGE, but these two lines of the blurb got me:

He fucked other girls on camera for a living.

How the hell do you deal with that?

I REALLY wanted to know how the hell someone dealt with that so I read the book.
And I'm glad I did.

The characters were likeable.
It was surprisingly funny.
As you'd imagine, the sex content is pretty high and the talk about sex is even higher, but it didn't feel like overkill.
Despite everything, I was rooting for the happy ever after.

Was it easy to read?
In fact, by the time the crash came, I was so invested in the pair (despite knowing better!) that it made me so sad for them... 
Watching them try and work it out was slightly torturous because you want to understand. You want to be matter-of-fact about it. You want to simultaneously kick him in the balls and climb all over him screaming mine.
It's frustrating. It's squicky. It's sweet. It's sad.
It's a journey.

Do I recommend it?
I don't know.
Am I glad I read it?
Actually, yes.

Cover Love:
I quite like this cover. 
It's very dignified considering the topic of the book!

Favourite Quotes:


“You can spend however much time you want trying to sway people’s opinions or feelings about you, but really, it comes down to them. People have a right to love you. To hate you. Feel however the hell they want about you. But when it comes down to it, it’s all about you and how you react to them.”


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Sunday, 21 January 2018

Review: Madd Ink by Dani Rene

About The Book

The Dirty Bits from Carina Press give you what you want, when you want it. Designed to be read in an hour or two, these sex-filled micro-romances are guaranteed to pack a punch and deliver a happily ever after.

Detective Slade Maddox doesn't let the same woman warm his bed twice. Get it in and then get out.

But Ryn Callan is something else. The way her breath catches in her throat, the way she stares at his chest, and not just because of his ink. The goose bumps on her skin when he leans in close.

Her incredible response to his every touch.

Ryn's meant to be his, and Slade wants nothing more than to spend the rest of his life showing her just how satisfying it can be to let go.

* Review copy received via NetGalley*


Story Length
Short Novella
(Around 12,000 words)

Alternating First Person.


Background Knowledge Required?






What I Thought:
I requested this from NetGalley as I was looking for something short, sexy and simple to read. 
It ticked all the boxes but... It wasn't all that satisfying, to be honest. 
Too much was crammed into the story. 
Let's be perfectly honest, if I'm reading a 12,000 word erotica, I'm looking for a decadent dessert. A wonderful, sexy story in which the HEA is optional as long as things end nicely. 
The story is made, or broken, on the chemistry of the leads not their romantic journey and unfortunately, in this story, I felt that the chemistry was forced and the sexy times were, well, bland.

I actually liked the characters. 
I liked where the story could have gone if it was a longer novella, or, better yet, a full-length novel and I'd be willing to read more from the author in future.

Cover Love:
Nice and simple... I like it. Can't really go wrong with an attractive man and some tattoos, right?

Favourite Quotes:




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Wednesday, 17 January 2018

Cover Reveal: Gentleman Number Nine by Penelope Ward

Check it out!
The cover for Penelope Ward's upcoming, contemporary romance, Gentleman Nine.

Personally, I'm not a huge fan of the cover - kinda boring and the guy doesn't do it for me - but the blurb sounds gooooood.

Growing up, the three of us were friends.
He was the nerd.
I was the playboy.
She was the beauty.

Deep down, I only ever wanted her. I kept it inside because Rory and I made a pact that our friend, Amber, was off-limits.
He lied.

I went off to college, and he got the girl.
Amber never knew how I felt.
They were together for years—before he broke her heart.

Through it all and across the miles, she and I casually stayed in touch.
When my job sent me to Boston for a three-month contract position, Amber let me stay in her spare room.

Still reeling from her breakup, she’d sworn off men.
One night, I opened her computer to find the shock of my life. She’d hesitantly contacted a male escort company. Afraid to date and get her heart broken again, she was looking for sex with no strings.
Every emotion imaginable ran through me: protectiveness, jealousy—curiosity.
Amber had chosen Gentleman Number Nine and sent him a message.
She opened up to him, confessing, among other things, her physical attraction to her friend—me. But she considered me off-limits—and she thought I was a manwhore. (Ironic, considering the circumstances.)

Eventually, she set up a date to meet Gentleman Nine at a hotel. 
When she showed up several nights later to meet him, she got the surprise of her life to see me standing there—with an offer I hoped she wouldn’t refuse.

If you like the sounds of this one, you can get your hands on a copy 19th Feb 2018.

About the Author
Penelope Ward is a New York Times, USA Today, and #1 Wall Street Journal Bestselling author. She’s a seventeen-time New York Times bestseller. Her novels are published in over a dozen languages and can be found in bookstores around the world. Having grown up in Boston with five older brothers, she spent most of her twenties as a television news anchor, before switching to a more family-friendly career. She is the proud mother of a beautiful 13-year-old girl with autism and a 12-year-old boy. Penelope and her family reside in Rhode Island. 

Friday, 12 January 2018

Book Blogger Hop: What upcoming titles are looking forward to reading in 2018?

Following on from last weeks post on my top five books of 2017, I follow it up with the next semi-obligitory blog post of a new year; what books I'm looking forward to this year!

This week's Book Blogger Hop question - "What upcoming titles are looking forward to reading in 2018?" - is a nice little prompt for me to do that.

Most books I'm looking forward to in 2018 are continuations of existing book series. I think the reason for this is that I actively track my favourite series, desperate to get my hands on the next one, whereas with standalones I don't tend to know they exist until they approach release and start cropping up randomly on my radar. 
Therefore, the books I'm most looking forward to in 2018 - at present - are:

February 2018

I'm ever so slightly enraged that the Chaos series is returning in the form of a novella - Snapper and Rosalie deserve so much more!!! - but I'm stupidly excited for it all the same!

March 2018
Book 5 in the Alpha and Omega series! 
I love Anna and Charles!
This is a fantastic Urban Fantasy series.

April 2018

The BDB! It's becoming an example of the series that never ends but I don't care cause it's awesome!

May 2018
The conclusion to the Kate Daniels series! 😭
I don't want this series to end but I'm desperate to get my hands on this book! 

May 2018
The continuation of ACOWAR series!
It's only a novella but from what I understand it kicks off the next story arc in this series and I'm really excited to catch up with old favourites and to see what fate has in store from them next.

Fall 2018
I'm gutted that this book got pushed back from May! 
After the stonker of a cliffhander at the end of Empire of Storms it's beyond cruel to make us wait until fall for the conclusion to this breath-taking series! 
However, I understand the author's reasons, family is more important than anything, and I'm sure the year will fly-by and I'll have it in my grubby little mitts before I know it!

December 2018

Finally! The last installment in The Dark Artifices trilogy. 
Once I have this in my hands I can finally read the first two parts sitting on my shelf for I haven't been able to bring myself to do it until now. I hate the nail biting wait in between them so I wait and then I binge.


I'm sure there are so many I've missed but I'll pick them up as I go on my way.

Happy reading!


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Sunday, 7 January 2018

Sneaky Peak! Love Songs & Other Lies by Jessica Pennington

I was approved for this preview MONTHS ago on Netgalley, but I was holding off on reading it until a little bit closer to the release date. When the release date of the book was pushed back I delayed some more as who wants to read a few chapters of a book, only for it to abruptly end, then spend almost a year waiting to find out what happens?
Not me.
I can barely wait five minutes for the kettle to boil without losing my patience.
However, it's January. 
The book releases in April. 
I thought I'd be safe enough reading the preview now... And okay, the fact it was sitting on my Netgalley list as unread for so long was annoying me. 
But I thought I really did think it'd be ok!
And I was wrong.
I was hideously, horribly, unforgivably wrong.
Waiting five minutes to read the rest of this book is five minutes too many, let along four and a half months!
What the hell was I thinking?!
I got five chapters. 
Five perfect chapters that sucked me straight in and made me feel giddy.
Five chapters that presented an addictive romance and story. 
Five chapters that teased me with a story I have a feeling I'm really going to love.
And that is a problem. 
Want to know why?
Because it doesn't release until APRIL 24th!
Bah humbug to my first 'read' of the New Year.
Well, bah until the 24th of April and then it'll be hello my precious.

Here's hoping the rest of the book lives up to expectations and that spring comes quickly!

I've added the blurb and stuff in an attempt to convince others to join me in impatiently waiting on April.
You're welcome.

(P.S I LOVE this cover!!! 😍)

Summer romance and second chances, the songs that stay in your head, and the boy you’ll never forget.

Two years after rock-song-worthy heartbreak, Virginia Miller is looking forward to a fun, carefree summer. Her friends just landed a spot on a battling bands reality show, and Vee is joining them for her dream internship on tour. Three months with future rockstars seems like an epic summer plan. Until she learns she’ll also be sharing the bus with Cam. Her first love, and her first heartbreak. Now Vee has more than just cameras to dodge, and Cam’s determination to win her forgiveness is causing TMZ-worthy problems for both of them. With cameras rolling, she’ll have to decide if her favourite breakup anthem deserves a new ending. And if she’s brave enough to expose her own secrets to keep Cam’s under wraps.

Friday, 5 January 2018

Book Blogger Hop: Favourite books of 2017

I was contemplating whether I should do one of these posts... 
They seem to be semi-obligatory at this point in the year but I quite often lack the energy to evaluate past books and rank them against each other. 
However, when I saw that this week's Book Blogger Hop question was, "What are your five most favorite books in 2017?" I figured I might as well join in.

Here are my 'top 5' reads of 2017, in no particular order:

(Contemporary Romance)

Mariana Zapata's slow-burn romances NEVER disappoint but I found Wait For It to be the best of the bunch. 
It's full of heart, great characters, love, and life.
I can't recommend it highly enough. 

(Mature YA / NA Fantasy Romance)

Okay. I know this one is a bit of a cheat as it's three books but the trilogy was one of my favourite reads of 2017. 
I loved them. 
I inhaled them, one after the other and wanted more when they were finished. 
If I HAD to pick a favourite, I'd choose book three - A Court of Wings and Ruin - but you can't read book three without having read the other two so... I add the trilogy to the list! 

(Urban Fantasy)

Ride The Storm was one of my most anticipated reads for 2017. 
A conclusion to the 'second act' in Karen Chance's Cassie Palmer series and I - being the Cassie & Pritkin shipper that I am - LOVED it. It's not going to be everyone's cup of tea, and it certainly isn't something you can just jump into without having read previous books, but if you are/were a fan of this series then you've gotta read it. 
Now for the two/three year wait on the next one... 😭 

(Urban Fantasy)

I know... This is another series, not a single book, but Ilona Andrews has dominated my reading list this past year. Their stories - all their worlds - are so well written and engrossing and I haven't been able to get enough!
I've inhaled The Hidden Legacy series, The Innkeeper series, the first two books in The Edge Series and the entirety of the Kate Daniels series, including all associated novels/novellas. 
Off the top of my head, that's 23 novels/novellas written by Ilona Andrews, but the Kate Daniels series is my favourite. 
If that's not enough of a reason to break the rules again and add a series / author to my 'favourites of 2017 list' then you have no soul.

(MC Romance)

I enjoy Joanna Wylde's Reapers MC series and I loved how this novella continued that series but took place with a different chapter of the Reapers.
I don't know why I enjoyed this one so much but I did... It's dark and gritty, the romance is a little unconventional, but I really liked it. It's had several re-reads already and I know I'll probably re-read it again in the not so distant future. I only wish it was longer! 


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