Monday, 30 September 2019

Blog Tour: Make Me Fall by Ember Leigh


I haven't been reading too much contemporary romance lately but I really liked the sound of this one! A nice fake romance with a touch of familial animosity thrown into the mix... How could I resist?



There’s one rule in my family.
Stay away from the Daly brothers.
We were raised to know them as users. Manipulators. But I only ever saw Connor as the enigmatic senior hottie who dropped into fifth period to teach us about the perils of drunk driving.

So when my first big girl job out of college ends up with us working at the same company, it’s heart throb city all over again. Except he’s way ahead of the game. Successful, talented, put together. I’m just a frumpy twenty-something in a quarter life crisis who doesn’t know a glue stick from a makeup highlighter.

He would never want me, even though he’s all I ever wanted in secret. So when we cross paths one night at the bar and one drink leads to another, he slaps me with an offer I can’t refuse.
Accompany him back to Bayshore, flight included.

Only stipulation? Pose as his girlfriend.

Our families will flip, but I’m not strong enough to say no to those baby blues, especially if it means I’ll have a chance to spend the next two weeks with my adolescent heartthrob.

Add it to your Goodreads!

*ARC received as part of the blog tour*


ebook


~ 244 pages


Alternating first person.


No.


No.
It's book two in a series about brothers but it was definitely able to be read as a standalone!


No.


Yes.



Make Me Fall was a cute contemporary romance that gave off serious summer vibes and while I enjoyed it a lot, I didn't love it.

The basic premise of the story is simple; Two people from the same town (whose parents hate each other) work for the same company (but don't interact) until one day, in a bar when they're drunk, one of them (Conner) convinces the other one (Kinsley) to come home with him and to act as his girlfriend so he can essentially score points in his family's constant game of one-up-ship.
Kinsley agrees because she's always had a massive crush on Connor and off we go!
The story doesn't beat around the bush, two chapters and they're at his parent's front door and the ruse has begun.
I appreciated this.
I also appreciated their banter, their chemistry and how easy it was to sink into the story and just enjoy it.
I (mostly) liked Conner and I (mostly) liked Kinsley and I liked how the majority of the book was drama free. It was shaping up to be a nice solid 4-star romance for me... Then the shit storm of an ending hit.

Connor went from being this sweet, lovely and attentive guy to the biggest cock rocket on the planet for a completely unacceptable reason!
He essentially poured petrol all over his relationship, set it on fire, and skipped off into the sunset so he didn't have to see the devastation he wrought only to change his mind, come back, and then wonder why the earth is scorched! Muppet.
Then I lost pretty much any respect for Kinsley when she allowed him back into her life after treating her like that!
I give the author props for making me feel it for I felt gutted for Kinsley, and spitting mad at Connor, and I just wanted it to get better and for them to be happy but the self-respecting part of me cannot accept how easy he got off the hook!
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Make Me Fall was my first book by Ember Leigh and despite the wtfery of the ending, I'd read more her for I liked the easy flow of her writing.


I like the bright green! It's eye-catching... But I'm getting sick of ab covers!

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Ember Leigh has been writing erotic romance novels since she was far too young. A native of northern Ohio, she currently resides near Lake Erie with her Argentinean husband, where they run an Argentinian-American food truck. In addition to romance novels, Ember also writes travel memoirs and occasionally updates a couple of blogs. In her free time, she practices Ashtanga yoga, hops around the world, and eats lots of vegetables.

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Sunday, 29 September 2019

Weekly Post #79


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!


I harvested pumpkins!
We have 4 so far with one more to cut... Fingers crossed some of them survive for Halloween!

It rained... A lot.
But when it stopped raining for five minutes (okay, it was a bit longer) we went out collecting horse chestnuts to get ready for some conkers!
For those thinking "what the hell is conkers?" Conkers is a game where you attach a horse chestnut to a string and whack other peoples 'conkers'... Don't ask me why but it's a tradition!
We got quite a nice haul so we're going to experiment with all the random "treatments" you can do to make your conker more durable and see what one is best!

Erm, what else happened... Oh yeah. The little dude got sick so had to stay home from school Thursday/Friday which meant I had to take a day's leave and then WFH. The professor has now also come down with the lurgy so I'm just waiting for it to get me too.
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Oh! And after catching up on life last week, I fell behind again this week... Online and offline. Maybe not a surprise with a sick kid and husband but still. Annoying.



I said last week that I had a load of books in various stages of completion and thus this week I have a load of books finished!

(Plus one new / late addition to the list...)


The ARC arrived Friday evening. I loaded it onto the kindle and inhaled it before Saturday afternoon. Oh my god, guys... It broke my heart! I have no idea how I'm going to survive waiting for book 6! I adore these characters and so much is coming... I actually teared up with this one! Definitely more emotional than the other books.


ARC


I'm so pleased to have made it onto the review team for this author!


Lauren at Bookmark Lit has put together a #ReadForGrace event on Grace's birthday, October 14th.
The idea is that you read a book from Grace's TBR list... A book she never got to read, in her honour.

I checked Grace's TBR and she has quite a selection of books on there (and I only went up to page 8 or 9!) and I've decided to read one of the following:


I hope you'll join in too if you can!

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Anna at Herding Cats & Burning Soup is hosting her annual  Blog Ahead challenge as well as launching a new "Get Your Shit Together Challenge which sounds amusing! I definitely need to get my shit together at the moment so sign me up!


We're still on the Big Bang Theory rewatch... Up to the mid-way point on S7 now!

Falling Inn Love was one I watched while ironing and it passed the time quite nicely.
That said, I think my attention would have wandered a lot if I tried to just sit and watch it... Definitely one for in the background while doing something else if that makes sense?

And since the little dude was ill we watched a few older movies while tucked up on the sofa!
 Leroy & Stitch and Avengers Assemble bit of an odd combination but they're fun.


It's an old one but such a good one... 😍
I also love this live version because of the emotion in his voice... Gorgeous!




Mini Reviews: Bad Fae Rising & One Fae In The Grave by Jenna Wolfhart
Blog Tour & Review: Unearthed by Cecy Robson
Family Adventures: Imber Ghost Village and Alton Towers Theme Park
Bookish Memes: Fall TBR, Bookish Holidays and Alchemists!



Review: The Red Pyramid by Rick Riordan (Kane Chronicles)
Family Adventures: Neolithic Sites & Avebury Manor (National Trust)
Review: An Alchemist and an Amaretto by Annette Marie
Bookish Memes: Numerous Titles, A Necromancer and some Zombies!
Blog Tour: Make Me Fall by Ember Leigh


Have a great week all!


Saturday, 28 September 2019

Mini Reviews: Bad Fae Rising & One Fae in The Grave by Jenna Wolfhart (Paranormal PI Files 3 & 4)


Both books read via Kindle Unlimited

My thoughts on book one and book two in the series.

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I'm Clark Cavanaugh: mind reader, bad-ass investigator, and half-fae with questionable taste in guys.

Just when I think life at the Crimson Court is finally calming down, a cunning stranger gives me an ultimatum. If I don't find and kill a rogue vampire within three days' time, my secret will be revealed to the world. Balor, my alluring fae prince, will finally learn the dark truth about my past.

Basically, I'm being blackmailed.

As if that weren't bad enough, the fight for Balor's throne is on. He needs my help, or he could lose his Court forever. But helping him means risking everything...

Now, I face an impossible choice. Do I stand by his side? Or do I run? 


I like this book much better than the first two in the series.
The storytelling was tighter, the pacing just right, and Clarke has finally got a clue - which was nice!
Despite being blackmailed, Clarke proves herself to be a decent and moral person.
Her powers are increasing, and not just those of her fae side. Instead of being stupid Clarke, she reacts proactively in seeking out a lone-wolf shifter to help her learn to shift.
Her animal combined with past events and fae lore makes things very interesting... I think there is more to little clueless Clarke than meets the eye! More than even she knows, but I guess we'll see!

The alliance between the Fae, Vampire and Shifters was tested throughout the first two books but I feel events in this one may have stretched them just a bit too far which will be interesting considering we're only halfway through the series!

And I was super relieved that the deep dark secret hinted at throughout the first two books was finally revealed but it was predictably devastating to her relationship (non-relationship, whatever) with Balor and to her place in the Crimson Court which was disappointing.

All in all, I was left happy with this one and excited about what's to come! 

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Life isn’t going exactly as planned. I’ve been kicked out of the Crimson Court and forced to move in with a grumpy and irritating (and gorgeous) shifter until I can prove to Balor that I belong with the fae.

Luckily, I have a plan. I’m going to take on Nemain, the dangerous fae who wants to steal Balor’s Court away from him. If I can stop her, maybe Balor will forgive the terrible things from my past.

But things take a turn for the worse when Nemain wields an ancient cursing stone against the entire Crimson Court. She’s cursed every fae in London to die, including Balor. If we don’t find a way to reverse it—and fast—everyone I know and love will end up in the grave


In the last instalment, Clarke's deep dark secret was revealed and resulted in her being kicked out of the Crimson Court. Tensions between the Fae, Vamps and Shifters hit record highs.
The scene was set for an epic explosion and in this instalment, we get one. Sort of. I mean, shit hits the fan but it was all a bit all over the place again.

Yes, Clarke has been kicked out of the court and she's living with the shifter who'd been helping her in the last book but she's still acting like she's a member of the Court!
I can kind of understand why as she found her home in the halls of the Crimson Court. Her friends are in the Court. Despite some distinctly non-friend behaviour with the shifter (that was obviously never going to go anywhere), she's still in love with Balor (despite them being dooooommmmed) but she just refuses to let it go!
It was infuriating and admirable in equal measure.

Anyway, lots of bad stuff happens... The Silver Princess is making her move for Balor's Court and has stopped any pretence of being sneaky. This would be okay except for the fact that the Silver Princess - Maeve - feels like an evil caricature and I just can't take her seriously and the more I'm expected to the more ridiculous I find her!
Humans are dying, shifters are dying. Members of the Crimson Court are dying... Balor loses something utterly irreplaceable (two things actually) and all seems 100% grim.
The crazy, evil, Princess is winning!
Whatever will happen next? 🤔
Considering the assumptions/revelations of Clarke's heritage, it's fairly obvious but I could be surprised!

I'm two-thirds through the series so I'm obviously going to finish it but I do wonder what over dramatised shenanigans the series has in store for us next.