Saturday, 31 March 2018

Review: Burn For Me by Ilona Andrews

Nevada Baylor is faced with the most challenging case of her detective career—a suicide mission to bring in a suspect in a volatile case. Nevada isn’t sure she has the chops. Her quarry is a Prime, the highest rank of magic user, who can set anyone and anything on fire.

Then she’s kidnapped by Connor “Mad” Rogan—a darkly tempting billionaire with equally devastating powers. Torn between wanting to run or surrender to their overwhelming attraction, Nevada must join forces with Rogan to stay alive.

Rogan’s after the same target, so he needs Nevada. But she’s getting under his skin, making him care about someone other than himself for a change. And, as Rogan has learned, love can be as perilous as death, especially in the magic world.


 Full-length novel.

First person.



The story in this book is wrapped up but there is an over arching plot just taking off so not all ends are tied off and tucked away.

This was labelled paranormal romance but it isn't paranormal romance. It's more Urban Fantasy, so while there is a nice bit of romance it isn't resolved in this book. 
I'd describe the ending of this book as a happy for now not happy ever after.


This writing duo can do no wrong for me. I'll read anything and everything they write and I can guarantee you I'll enjoy it.
How many authors can you say that about? And this book wasn't just enjoyable, it was freaking awesome!

Burn For Me introduced a new fantasy world for us to live in, gave us a cadre of new and interesting characters to adore and the potential for a fantastic romance which started slow burning in this one but you just know is going to explode in later books.
The book was funny, full of heart, passion and danger. 
I couldn't put it down and when I finished it I wanted to go straight back to the start and read it all over again.
Thankfully, I was able to jump straight onto the next one.

I'm very much in the 'meh' camp with this cover. It's... Cheesy. The book isn't cheesy. It isn't a bodice ripper, it's kick ass, so why did they need to make the cover look like a bodice ripper? The only good thing is that at least Nevada isn't fainting in the muscle man's arms. 


“Oh. So the best way to fight you is to strip naked and attack?"
His eyes flashed with a wicked light. "Yes. You should try it and see what happens.” 


“Do you have a girlfriend?” Grandma Frida asked. 
I put my hand over my face. 
“No,” Mad Rogan said. 
“A boyfriend?” Grandma Frida asked. 
“What about . . .” 
“No,” Mom and I said in unison. 
“But you don’t even know what I wanted to ask!” 
“No,” we said again together. 
“Party poopers.” Grandma shrugged. 


“Can you turn so you’re not pressed against me?” 
“I could,” he said, his voice amused. “But then you would have to lie on top of me.” 
My brain said, “NO.” My body went, “Wheee!” 


“They say a hundred-and-thirty-pound woman has no chance against an athletic two-hundred-pound man. That's a lie. You just have to make the decision to hurt him and then do it.” 


Monday, 26 March 2018

Review: Trigger by J.L. Drake

I was raised by the Devil himself. 
Formed into a man who was unreachable. 
I went from the boy with bruises to the man with a trigger. 
Killing is the only thing that calms the itch. 
The demons inside were a constant battle… 
…until she changed everything. 
Problem is when you spend most of your time in the dark, is it smart to step into the light?

*Review copy provided in exchange for an honest review as part of a blog tour for book two, Demons.*


Full-length novel.

Alternating first-person.

Yeah, it's possible.


Yes, but it's not a 'OMG I'm going to die!' cliffhanger.
Still infuriating though.

Book one in a trilogy, so I guess if there is going to be a HEA it'll be in book 3?

Trigger does have sex with someone else after meeting Tess but they were not in a relationship or anything close to it at that point.

Lots of bloody violence.

MC romances seem to have a scale from light to truly dark and grim. 
This one was toward the dark and grim side. 
There's violence, death, killing, drug taking (though not from the main characters), drug running, sleazy sex, sex without condoms (and any mention/thought of being clean), women galore with no self respect, asshole bikers who treat women like shit and grim childhoods. 
The characters were rough, prickly, harder to like than you'd expect. They're definitely not people who you'd want to meet out at night, nor would you be likely to want to be friends with them because their backgrounds, the lives they lead, are so foreign, so alien, to what most would be comfortable with.
It sounds pretty miserable, right?
But, here's the thing, I COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN. 
I read well into the wee hours of the morning to finish it in one reading.
I was hooked on this book from the first couple of chapters.
I thought it was well written. It made me think of Sons Of Anarchy a lot (which I liked!) and over the course of the novel, I began to really care about these characters.
I loved the dynamic between Trigger and Tess. 
I want Tess and Trigger to work. I want them to live a happy outlaw life until they are old and pass onto the next life... They totally worked for me even though they were no ones idea of conventional;.

By the time I finished the book, my only thought was 'holy shit'. 
It was then followed by 'I NEED the next one'.
All the grim realities of this biker world, all the things that made me uncomfortable, they didn't matter. My only bitch at the end was that I still didn't know what Tess's big secret was from her past and considering everything that happens in this book? That means I ended up thinking it was pretty damn awesome.

I like the bikerness of but the cover model doesn't fit with Trigger in my head so, blah.

Sunday, 25 March 2018

Weekly Post #4

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!

This week was shaping up to be a pretty quiet week up until Thursday when we had our carbon monoxide alarms go off!
We had to evacuate the house, call out the emergency gas people and have the supply to our property cut off, and then ventilate the house for a while until we were given the all clear to return.
When we returned - later the same evening - we had no heating, no hot water and no cooker and the gas supply to the property was cut off until the system could be fully checked over by an engineer.
Luckily an engineer could come out the following day and restore supply. 
Turns out it was a faulty CO detector. 
Everyone involved was amazingly efficient and kind and I'm crazy grateful that we hadn't been slowly poisoned... 
This coming week, I'm hoping for a lazy week of catching up on basic things, like ironing!

I also joined Slimming World this week and so far I've been very good and stuck to plan! Hopefully, this reflects in some good losses on Tuesday when I return to group.

That is totally shameful, isn't it?
I've been reading the odd chapter, here and there, of The Windmill Cafe: Summer Breeze by Poppy Blake and it should have been a nice quick read - it's only about 100 pages! - but I'm just not clicking with it at all. 
If I can't power my way through it then I'll set it aside and pick up something else. I'd probably have DNF'd by now except that it's a review copy and I really try not to do that with review copies. 

Just one!
Beauty and the Beast Boxset by Skye Warren. 

No ARCs or review books this week.

My total for this remains at 8. 

I've read 3 Dark Romances towards this challenge. 
Not sure if I'll continue trying Dark Romance or if I'll switch to something else that I don't usually read. 

Still haven't started on this!
Must do that...

Ugh, this week's reading slump has resulted in me falling to 4 books behind my Goodreads schedule.

I've been continuing on with The Vampire Diaries. 
I'm onto season 6 now, which is further than I have ever watched before - I gave up before the mid-point of S5 the first time round when watching it 'live' - and although I've enjoyed the re-watch, so far, season 6 is getting very trippy.

Blitz: Alien Retribution by Sadie Carter
Blogging Challenge: Mini Blog Ahead 24th March - 7th April 

This week we have a release blitz for Recovered by Jay Crownover. 
Anything else is a surprise!