Saturday, 31 March 2018

Review: Burn For Me by Ilona Andrews


About The Book

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.



Format
ebook.

Story Length
Full length novel.

POV
First person.

Triggers?
No.

Background Knowledge Required?
No.

Cliffhanger?
No.
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.

HEA?
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.

Infidelity?
No.

Love-Triangle?
No.

Violence?
Yes.

What I Thought:
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.
😁

Cover Love:
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. 

Favourite Quotes:

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“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.” 

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“Do you have a girlfriend?” Grandma Frida asked. 
I put my hand over my face. 
“No,” Mad Rogan said. 
“A boyfriend?” Grandma Frida asked. 
“No.” 
“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.

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“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!” 

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“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.” 


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Tuesday, 27 March 2018

Release Blitz: Recovered by Jay Crownover


Oooh, it's been a long time since I've read a Jay Crownover book and lookie what released today!


Okay, the cover is blah (gives me funny eyes if I stare at it for more than a couple of seconds) but the author's stories are usually awesome so I'm sold.
Even better, Recovered is only 99 pennies throughout release week so I highly recommend grabbing it at a bargain price if you fancy it!

Below, there is the blurb, some teasers, and excerpt and a giveaway from the author herself. 
So check it out!
🙌
 
Blurb

It was hate at first sight......

Affton

I hated Cable James McCaffrey.

He was entitled, spoiled, a user…and an addict.

He was out of control and didn’t bother trying to hide it.

He had everything anyone could want but still seemed miserable and lost.

Every move he made, every mistake he stumbled his way through, rubbed me the wrong way. However, I couldn’t stop myself from trying to save him from himself when no one else would. In the sweltering heat of the summer, Cable taught me that having it all means nothing if you can’t have the one thing you want more than anything else.

Cable

I was obsessed with Affton Reed.

She was rigid, uptight, and no fun. There was something about her innate goodness that called to me.

She acted like she was above all the normal faults and failures that clung to the rest of us like the scent of smoke after a fire.

I was infatuated with her, but that didn’t stop me from acting like she didn’t exist.

In the scorching heat of summer, Affton taught me that there is always a way back from the brink of despair. She showed me that the trick to having it all was realizing that it was already there, in my hands. All I had to do was hold onto it.

The road to recovery is full of twists and turns no matter who is in the driver’s seat.


 
As I said folks! 99p this week then it goes up to its full price!

Kindle | iBook | Kobo | B&N | Amazon PAPERBACK | Amazon HARDBACK



    Excerpt

I took another swallow of cinnamon-flavored booze and made a face as it burned down my throat. Maybe I could breathe fire. I needed to be able to if I was going to make it through the summer with Affton Reed looking over my shoulder. She had some of the strongest shields I’d ever seen. If my fire wasn’t hot enough, it would bounce off her and burn me to a crisp.

The sun was down, and I was pretty much sitting in the water now. I thought about lying down and letting it lift me up and carry me wherever it wanted. I wasn’t drifting anywhere good on my own. I heard splashing and felt the air behind me stir. No longer alone. No longer left to my own devices and bad choices.

I took another swig from the bottle, draining it, and looked over my shoulder at the girl making her way toward me. Her hair looked silver in the darkening light, and there was no mistaking the annoyance on her unmade-up face. She looked at me then shifted her gaze to the empty bottle in my hand. Her lips pulled into a frown, and her eyebrows tugged down into an angry V over the top of her nose.

“You aren’t going to make anything about this summer easy, are you, Cable?”

I had a thing for her voice. It was a little bit husky and a lot sweet with that slow, southern Texas twang in it. The way my name sounded when she said it, all exasperated and frustrated, was fucking sexy. It made me wonder what it would sound like when she whispered it in the dark while I was inside of her. I’d imagined that more times than I could count over the last eighteen months.

“I don’t really do easy, Reed.” I looked at the empty bottle in my hand and contemplated tossing it into the Gulf. Knowing my luck, I’d hit some endangered marine life and give the judge one more reason to add months onto my sentence. Instead, I reached up and handed it to the leggy blonde who was now standing next to me, the water well above her ankles.

“Jesus. Did you drink this whole thing?” She sounded incensed, and when I rolled my eyes up to look at her, it was clear she was contemplating hitting me over the head with the very weapon I’d just handed to her.

I shrugged. “Pretty much.” The bubbly teen girls barely had the chance to put a dent in it before I swooped in and snagged their stash.

She sighed from where she was hovering above me. I jolted in shock when she suddenly lowered herself to the wet sand next to me, the water immediately soaking into her frayed cutoffs and swirling around her ankles and hips as she copied my pose, my empty bottle caught between her feet. She leaned forward, rested her cheek on her knee, and gazed at me steadily out of those mesmerizing eyes. “I tried to tell your mother this was hopeless. I warned her there is no helping someone who doesn’t want to be helped. I don’t want to be here, Cable.” Her voice was hard, and I was surprised that her admission hurt a little bit. I didn’t want to be around me most of the time, but I was used to other people flocking to me, vying for my attention. “I don’t want to be here, but I have to be, so that means you’re stuck with me no matter how difficult you decide to make the next couple of months. I don’t have a choice.”

I wanted a cigarette. I needed something to occupy my hands and my mouth. I’d left the smokes and my t-shirt on the steps of the deck off dad’s house. The steps led to the beach, just a few feet from the water. It was a beautiful house on a prime piece of property. With Affton here, it was nothing more than an expensive jail cell.

I knew exactly what means my mother had gone to in order to get Affton to agree to this madness. She told me outright she was blackmailing my former classmate, I think in a thinly veiled attempt to make me care about someone else’s future if I wouldn’t care about my own. I knew if I drove Affton away, her father would lose his job. It wasn’t fair, but my mom had been nothing short of ruthless in her pursuit of my sobriety. “My mom can be very convincing when she puts her mind to it.” She could also be tough as nails and immovable when she wanted something.

Affton snorted and shifted so her chin was resting on her knee instead of her cheek. She looked out over the endless landscape of water and sky, and I shivered even though it wasn’t cold. I lifted a hand to run it through my hair. My unease lived inside of me, crawled all around my bones and under my skin. I wasn’t used to it making its way to the surface because of someone else. There was a lot unsaid between me and this girl. The few words we’d exchanged were powerful, important ones that hung heavy between us. It was so much easier when I looked at her, and she refused to look back.

“I don’t think convincing is the word I would use…more like conniving. Either way, she tied my hands, so succeed or fail, you are stuck with me until the end of summer. Let’s get you into the house so you can sleep this bottle off and pray you don’t get popped for a piss test tomorrow.” She grabbed the bottle from where she had plunked the base in the sand and lifted a pale eyebrow at me. “You should have picked something…” she trailed off and gave me a shrug. “Less wussy to enjoy your last binge with. This stuff tastes like toothpaste.”

She offered me her free hand, and for a second all I could picture was grabbing it and pulling her under with me, letting the water cover us both and take us somewhere we would both rather be. I didn’t. I took her hand and struggled to my feet. Months of forced sobriety tumbled away under the wash of cinnamon whiskey. I wobbled and almost went back down, but before I could nose dive into the shallow water, Affton was there, arm around my waist, empty bottle pressed into my side, a chilly reminder that I’d already fucked this up and it was only the first day.

I had no idea how either one of us was going to survive the summer, and if we did, I had no idea how I was supposed to survive beyond that when I was once again left to my own devious and duplicitous devices.

Author's Giveaway


      About The Author

Jay Crownover is the international and multiple New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Marked Men Series, The Saints of Denver Series, the Point Series, the Breaking Point Series, and the Getaway Series. Her books can be found translated in many different languages all around the world. She is a tattooed, crazy haired Colorado native who lives at the base of the Rockies with her awesome dogs. This is where she can frequently be found enjoying a cold beer and Taco Tuesdays. Jay is a self-declared music snob and outspoken book lover who is always looking for her next adventure, between the pages and on the road.      

Website | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads



     

Monday, 26 March 2018

Review: Trigger by J.L. Drake


About The Book
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.*

Format
ebook

Story Length
Full-length novel.

POV
Alternating first-person.

Triggers?
Yeah, it's possible.

Background Knowledge Required?
No.

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

HEA?
No.
Book one in a trilogy, so I guess if there is going to be a HEA it'll be in book 3?

Infidelity?
No.
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.

Love-Triangle?
No.

Violence?
Yes. 
Lots of bloody violence.

What I Thought:
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.

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

Favourite Quotes:

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I didn't highlight any. 
😞

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Sunday, 25 March 2018

Weekly Post #4


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!


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.



None!
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. 
It was free on amazon and I couldn't resist after discovering it was free over on Lily Element blog!



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!


Saturday, 24 March 2018

Mini Blog Ahead #1


I suck at blogging ahead!
I tend to write and publish and it gets me in trouble for when I'm busy or not feeling inspired to write then nothing new goes up on the blog.
I keep promising myself that I'll change this and I never do.
However! 
Anna at Herding Cats and Burning Soup is hosting a mini blog ahead event and I've decided to join in!

The rules are simple: 
End the 14 day challenge with a minimum of 14 scheduled posts.
The 14 scheduled posts must be new posts.
So, if you already have 4 posts scheduled (I don't, I have none) then you finish the mini blog ahead with 18 posts scheduled.
The posts must also be scheduled for a time period outwith the blog ahead time frame.
Simples.
In theory.
I don't know if I'll have the time - or inspiration - to write 14 new posts as well as keeping up a semi-regular posting schedule while doing so. However, adding any to my list would be appreciated so I am in!