Sunday, 30 September 2018

Weekly Update #31

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!

Tomorrow is October! 
October! Tomorrow! I can't believe it! I love this time of year but I feel like I'm missing it in a storm of other stuff going on in my life and it's annoying.

Friday was MOT time for my car and it failed. Not only did it fail it failed in spectacular fashion. 
I was driving a deathtrap so now I am officially carless. 
I'd rather be carless than driving a deathtrap but with the move only weeks away, then a wedding, then Christmas(!) I won't be buying a new one until the New Year and that will make work and school runs interesting for the next few months!
(For those of you not in the UK, and who don't know what an MOT is,  it's an annual vehicle safety & roadworthiness check for all cars over 3 years old. Without a pass certificate it's illegal for your car to be on the road.) 

This coming week, my kitty will be getting spayed and I'm so anxious about it. 
It's silly but I've had an interesting history with my pets being spayed with the worst instance being when my late cat's heart stopped as soon as they administered anesthetic! That was a great phone call... So, yeah. Until it is all done and dusted and she's home and recovering well, I'll be a tweaky mother-hen flapping all over the place. 

My heads a mess and I couldn't focus on anything so I went for some re-reads:

I bought nothing this week but got another couple of ARCs which I'm quite excited to read (when I get a minute!)

You'll have seen on Kimberly's post but the HoHoHo Readathon sign up is now open! I enjoyed taking part in this last year and I'm excited for it this year!

The October Blog-Ahead hosted by Herding Cats and Burning Soup begins on the 1st October. I think there's still time to quickly sign up if you're wanting in on the blog-ahead action.

Also, Blogoween begins tomorrow! I'm so excited.

I'm binge watching Riverdale season two on Netflix and as a family we're watching The Dragon Prince (also on Netflix).

Blog Tour & Review: Strong - Kylie Scott
Review: Coming Home to Maple Cottage - Holly Martin
Can't Wait Wednesday - Love, Sincerely, Yours
Blitz: Strong - Kylie Scott
Bookish Journeys: Dark Series - Christine Feehan

I'm taking part in a release blitz for a Christmas anthology (Monday), the blog tour for Fragments of Ash by Katy Regnery (Wednesday) and joining in on the Book Blogger Meme (Friday).

Have a great week all!

Saturday, 29 September 2018

Blog Tour & Review: Strong by Kylie Scott

Stage Dive is one of my favourite Rockstar romance series and although Martha and Sam are not part of the band they sure are part of the family and I was so excited to jump onto this tour and dive in one more time...

From New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Kylie Scott comes a new story in her Stage Dive series… 

When the girl of your dreams is kind of a nightmare.

As head of security to Stage Dive, one of the biggest rock bands in the world, Sam Knowles has plenty of experience dealing with trouble. But spoilt brat Martha Nicholson just might be the worst thing he’s ever encountered. The beautiful troublemaker claims to have reformed, but Sam knows better than to think with what’s in his pants. Unfortunately, it’s not so easy to make his heart fall into line.

Martha’s had her sights on the seriously built bodyguard for years. Quiet and conservative, he’s not even remotely her type. So why the hell can’t she get him out of her mind? There’s more to her than the Louboutin wearing party-girl of previous years, however. Maybe it’s time to let him in on that fact and deal with this thing between them. 

**Every 1001 Dark Nights novella is a standalone story. For new readers, it’s an introduction to an author’s world. And for fans, it’s a bonus book in the author’s series. We hope you'll enjoy each one as much as we do.**

*Review copy granted as part of the blog tour.*




No but I don't think this novella would be anywhere near as enjoyable unless you've read the Stage Dive books and understand who all the characters are and where they came from.






The Stage Dive series is a long-time favourite of mine and even though Martha is the wicked witch, I couldn't resist reading her novella and I'm so happy that it was everything I wanted!

I was worried that for this novella to work that Martha was going to have to be heavily watered down but she's not. Martha is still Martha, she's prickly, blunt and a bit difficult however this novella showed how she has grown and gave her a more vulnerable and human side that was missing in the series without erasing all the difficult history.

I thought Sam was adorable. After waiting on Martha for years, he saw his opportunity and he took it. He was all in from the get-go and it was hot, sweet and fun.
I liked them as individuals and loved them as a couple. 

The Stage Dive crew were present throughout the book providing additional humour and showing how far they've all come in their lives. I'd never had thought that Martha would find a place amongst the wives and girlfriends of the band but she did and it didn't feel forced or unnatural. 

I smiled, I laughed and I wished the book was longer.
All in all, this was perfect little side-dish to an awesome series and maybe - just maybe? - gives a sneak peak into where Kylie Scott is going next?


Typical 1001 Dark Nights but I like the Rockstar twist.

Kylie is a New York Times and USA Today best-selling author. She was voted Australian Romance Writer of the year, 2013 & 2014, by the Australian Romance Writer’s Association and her books have been translated into eleven different languages. She is a long time fan of romance, rock music, and B-grade horror films. Based in Queensland, Australia with her two children and husband, she reads, writes and never dithers around on the internet. You can learn more about Kylie from

Friday, 28 September 2018

Review: Coming Home to Maple Cottage by Holly Martin

Isla Rosewood is creating a new life for herself and her sweet nephew Elliot in their cosy, yellow-brick family cottage, brimming with special memories. Living in Sandcastle Bay was never part of Isla’s plan but, after her brother Matthew’s tragic accident, her whole world changed as she unexpectedly became a mother to the little boy she adores so much.

Leo Jackson was always known as Matthew’s fun-loving and wild best friend. But now Matthew is gone, it’s time to put his colourful past behind him. His role as Elliot’s godfather is the most important thing to him. And even though Leo and Isla are two very different people, they both want to give Elliot the childhood he deserves.

As the three of them enjoy time together watching fireworks, baking cakes and collecting conkers, Isla begins to see a softer side to charming Leo, with his twinkling eyes and mischievous sense of humour. And, despite herself, she begins to fall for him.

But does Leo feel the same way? Isla knows their situation is complicated but is it too complicated for true love… or will the year end with a happy new beginning for them all?

*eArc received via Netgalley*


Full-length novel

Third person

No, but it's obvious that secondary characters mentioned had their own novels so this was part of a series of interconnected standalones.
I haven't read any of the others and not having read the other books didn't detract from this at all.





Not that kind of book.

I have many Holly Martin books waiting to be read on my kindle - most of them Christmas reads - but I've never actually read any of them... If this book is any indication of what her books are like then I've been an idiot.

Coming Home to Maple Cottage was like a big, warm, cinnamon-scented cuddle of loveliness.
However, it wasn't a typical festive-feel good story.
It was more poignant and heart-wrenching than a festive feel-good story should be.
I mean, the whole premise of the book is an aunt raising her nephew with her deceased brothers best friend and falling in love. It was never going to be a book that could be completely light and airy but it wasn't doom and gloom. It was just had a seriousness underscoring everything that a lot of contemporary romances don't have.

Isla and Leo are made for each other. Their chemistry lights up every page and despite having issues with Leo's ridiculous guilt complex, I really liked both of them.
However, my favourite character in this book was little Elliot. He provided some absolutely hilarious moments and I adored him.

P.S This 'festive' read is autumn based and not Christmas!
It was fireworks and pumpkins not snow and gingerbread and it captured my favourite time of year beautifully.

I definitely recommend this if you're looking for a lovely story full of heart.

Oh, I love this cover! It's so pretty and autumny and cozy and lovely.