These ‘about me’ sections, or even sections that inform you about blogs, have never been my forte. Much to my chagrin, I was never taught the unwritten rules of what you are supposed to say. The links at the side of the blog – Twitter and Goodreads, for example – are liable to tell you more than I could ever say in words.

Mostly, this will be a book blog. I read a lot, and I love to share my views on my most recent reads. I try to read a little bit of everything, but if you look closely you’ll notice I will occasionally become obsessed with one specific genre for a short period of time. Old books, new books, yet to be released books – I read them all. If you’re an author looking for advance readers or just wish for more reviews of a book you’ve already released, please feel free to contact me. There is a contact form at the side of my blog – if you scroll down below the Twitter and Goodreads sidebar you will find it – so drop me a message and I’ll be sure to get back to you in double time. After all, finding new authors is what makes the book world go around.

Thanks for taking your time to read this. With a little bit of luck, you will find my blog much more interesting than this mundane introductory section.

Wednesday, 22 November 2017

Review: Silent Knight

Silent Knight Silent Knight by Becky McGraw
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Silent Knight is the seventh book in the Deep Six Security series, but it works perfectly fine as a standalone novel. This is one of those series where characters are reoccurring, yet each story is an individual romance. As my first introduction to the Deep Six Security series, I can honestly say this one has left me excited to read more. In fact, I plan to go and grab Till Death, book one, soon – actually, I may even go and grab SEALed Fate, the point-five book, first.

Silent Knight is one of those stories that sucked me in within pages. One moment I was a couple of pages in, and the next I had powered my way through to the final chapters. It was a book where I needed to know what had happened, and I need to know straight away. Being a short read, it meant I was able to work through the story at a rapid pace, providing me with an enjoyable story I was able to read in a single sitting.

I love a good romantic suspense, and this book certainly provides what you expect from the genre. We’re given two wonderful characters. We’re given a sticky situation. We’re given chemistry. We’re given a great cast. We’re given action scenes. We’re given drama. In other words, despite being a short story, this one provides plenty. There is something on every page, something to keep you entertained from the start until the end.

One of the big reasons why I’m so excited to dive into the rest of the series is the characters. I adored our main characters, but the side characters were also amazing. The close-knit relationship, almost family-like feel, between the characters was wonderful – and whilst we did not dive overly deep into any of the side characters storylines, I found out enough about each of them to be intrigued by what their stories would provide.

For those who have yet to read the Deep Six Security series, this is a great introduction. For those who have read the prior books, I’m positive this makes for a brilliant festive time read.

Without a doubt, I’ll be reading more Becky McGraw in the future.

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Review: Everett

Everett Everett by Casey Peeler
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Earlier this year I read Casey Peeler’s Boondocks. I enjoyed the book, although I would not label it a favourite, and was interested in reading more of the author’s work. When I saw the Drake Brothers series, I thought it was time to give her another try.

I’ll be completely honest, I have a love-hate relationship with short stories. The line between the two is very thin. Whilst I did find Everett to be an enjoyable enough read, I did not love it. It was fun to pass a short period of time – being a story you can complete in well under an hour – but it isn’t something I’ll be going out of my way to read again. I’ll certainly be reading Jeremiah – probably Colby and Beckett, too – but I doubt this will be one of those series I’ll be crazy excited about, just something I’ll be willing to read to pass a bit of time.

My issue with a lot of short stories is that I really enjoy seeing all of the small details. I like watching as things develop, as everything plays out. In short stories, we’re given things at a rapid-fire pace. With Everett, I feel as though this kind of storytelling means a lot of the potential was lost. Both our main characters had an interesting background we could have dove deeper into, and the chemistry between the two of them could have been expanded through showing us more of their interactions. I believe this could have been a lot more enjoyable if we’d been able to see all the little things that played out.

As I said, I’m interested in continuing the Drake Brothers series, but I doubt I’ll be doing so in a timely fashion.

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Review: Christmastide with my Captain

Christmastide with my Captain Christmastide with my Captain by Tammy Andresen
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I’m a big fan of Tammy Andresen’s Taming the Heart series, and was more than willing to dive into more of her work. Christmastide with my Captain is a wonderful short story, working as a prequel to the A Laird To Love series. It’s just a handful of pages long, meaning you can complete it in no time at all, and is the perfect read for historical fiction fans looking for a Christmas read.

Filling with wonderful characters and a great little plot, this story is a perfect read for anyone wanting something quick to fill in their day. In no time at all you fall in love with the characters, and even though you know there is a happily ever after just a couple of pages away the story pulls you in and leaves you wanting more.

Although I would not label this my favourite Tammy Andresen read, I did enjoy it a lot. I’m not usually the biggest lover of short stories, but this one was a lot of fun. In fact, it’s left me super eager for the full-length novels in the A Laird To Love series. The characters all seem like a lot of fun, and this small introduction has left me extremely excited to see how all of the stories play out.

Without a doubt, Christmastide with my Captain has left me more than willing to dive into the A Laird To Love series when it starts. In fact, I plan to dive into book one – My Enemy, My Earl – extremely soon!

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Monday, 20 November 2017

Review: Forsaken by Night

Forsaken by Night Forsaken by Night by Larissa Ione
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I positively adore Larissa Ione’s Demonica series. I read the first five books – those from the main Demonica arc before segueing into the Lords of Deliverance series – back to back, and I cannot wait to continue on. In addition to wanting to read the rest of the Demonica series, I was super interested in reading some of Larissa Ione’s other novels. One such series to interest me was the MoonBound Clan Vampires series.

On Larissa Ione’s website, she mentions how there is to be a big delay between Chained by Night and the next MoonBound Clan Vampires book as she is planning to release the next three back to back. I’m all for books being released in rapid succession, but as I’m not a fan of long waits, I decided to delay reading this series until closer to the time of release.

However, when I picked up Blood Red Kiss to read Kresley Cole’s The Warlord Wants Forever, I found myself treated to Forsaken by Night. I told myself not to read this novella, to leave this two-point-five book alone until I was able to read it in order… yet Larissa Ione. I needed more, and I found myself diving in.

Although I have not read Bound by Night or Chained by Night, I found Forsaken by Night really easy to follow. I could see where I would have enjoyed the experience more through having read the prior two books – the relationship between Nicole and Riker and the relationship between Aylin and Hunter would be explained, along with certain referenced events and the abilities of the supernatural creatures – but this also works well as a standalone novel. In fact, I enjoyed it so much a part of me is tempted to grab Bound by Night and start the series even though there is quite a wait for the next book.

As with my other Larissa Ione reads, I found this to be thoroughly addictive. I was quickly pulled into the world, the storyline, and the characters, wanting more with every page. Although it was just a small insight into the series, I gained so much from this one. Our main characters were positively wonderful, yet I also found myself enjoying the side characters. The storyline was intriguing, and the underlying story arc relate to the main series has left me curious. The world was a lot of fun, and I’m excited to see how it all comes together in a full-length novel. If the main books in the series contain what this book did – action, amazing characters, a great romance, and wonderful steamy scenes – then I’m sure I’m going to love the MoonBound Clan Vampires series.

Without a doubt, I’m looking forward to diving into the MoonBound Clan Vampires series in the future.

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Review: The Warlord Wants Forever

The Warlord Wants Forever The Warlord Wants Forever by Kresley Cole
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The Immortals After Dark series is one of those paranormal romance series that have interested me for quite some time. The books kept popping up, leaving me curious as to what I could expect. Although I did wish to cure my curiosity, I found myself delaying because of how difficult it was to get my hands on the first book. With The Warlord Wants Forever being a novella, it was hard to find a physical copy of the book. Thus, my reading was put off until I managed to get my hands on Blood Red Kiss. Blood Red Kiss allowed me to read the first book in the Immortals After Dark series whilst also giving me a couple of short stories for other series – mainly, though, it was brought for The Warlord Wants Forever.

In all honesty, I expected more from this considering the high ratings this series has. I went in expecting another paranormal romance series addiction, and left feeling rather disappointed. It was an interesting enough story, but I had expected so much more. I believe many of the issues I had with this story come from it being a novella. My fingers are crossed that the next book will be better, as I’m hoping the only reason certain things felt missing is because of the length and such will hopefully be amended in a full-length novel.

As an introduction to the Immortals After Dark world, The Warlord Wants Forever was a decent enough read. We were given enough basics about the supernatural world to develop a simple understanding, although there is still plenty left open that I’m hoping will be developed upon in the future books. We’re given an introduction to the supernatural creatures, some of the characters, and some plot lines – all things I’m sure will be developed even more in the future books. It’s enough to leave you interested to see what comes next, although there isn’t anything overly critical in this one.

In terms of the individual paranormal romance element of this story… I wasn’t as crazy as I had hoped to be. Things were over much too quickly and I never really felt the connection to the characters that I had hoped for. I believe this story would have been even more engaging had it been longer, had we been able to dive even deeper into the characters, yet as it was things came together much too quickly for my liking. There was potential there, but it didn’t quite live up to it – I went from not caring about the characters, to caring just as it was over, without all the complex emotions that should come between.

Overall, The Warlord Wants Forever was a decent introduction to the Immortals After Dark series, but I’m hoping A Hunger Like No Other will be more to my liking.

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Sunday, 19 November 2017

Review: Cinder

Cinder Cinder by Marissa Meyer
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Cinder is one of those books to have interested me for a very long time, and yet it remained sitting on my to-read list. I was curious about reading it, yet a few of the negative things I’d heard had me delaying the read. In the end, even if I am extremely late to the bandwagon, my curiosity got the better of me.

In all honesty, I’m annoyed for waiting so long to read this.

Although Cinder is not a perfect book, it is one of those books that leaves you wanting more. In the best way possible, of course. You want more of the story, more of the characters, and more of all the little things you have come to love throughout the book – in other words, you’re excited to dive into book two.

When I started reading this I was unsure as to how invested in the story I would become, yet I soon found myself addicted. I was turning page after page to see what happened next, curious for more, and soaking in all the little details we were given. I’ll be completely honest and say the main detail revealed in this book was overly obvious from the start – painstakingly obvious, if I’m brutally honest – and it did annoy me at times how clear it was yet nobody, least of all our main character, was willing to make the connection. However, I was able to look beyond this because it is a trope in young adult novels that often comes to play a larger role. With how high my expectations are for the rest of the series, I’m hoping the same will be true here.

The one thing I do feel I should mention is my belief of the Cinderella element being unnecessary. I know this book was created as a futuristic Cinderella retelling, and yet I feel as though the story would have worked just as well had it not focused so much upon the Cinderella elements. In fact, I feel as though those were the weakest areas of the story. The world building was interesting, and there is plenty of room for development. The characters were a lot of fun, and I cannot wait for more. The storyline was gripping, and I’m excited to see how certain elements come together. However, when I focus upon these points in relation to the Cinderella elements I feel as though they’re much weaker. There world building around the Cinderella scenes felt weaker, the characters aimed to be the bad guys from the Cinderella storyline felt like flat caricatures, and the scenes that mirrored the original Cinderella story felt a bit forced. I loved the story, but I could have done without the clear mirroring of a classic fairy-tale. As much as I enjoy fairy-tale retellings, I feel as though some stories are taking things too far – and, in this case, I believe the story could have been even stronger had it not tried so hard to be a futuristic Cinderella.

Overall, though, I had so much fun with this. When I started the story, I wasn’t sure how pulled into it I would become. I was a bit tentative, in truth. I feared I would be one of the few to dislike it, that I would not be joining the hype. However, as the story started to unfold I found myself intrigued by the possibilities of where this story will go. I fell in love with our main characters, and I’m excited to see more of them in the future books – books I cannot wait to pick up.

Honestly, I had so much fun with this one. It was such an addictive read and I cannot wait to dive into book two. The saddest part, of me, is that I’ll be waiting a month to dive into book two – whilst I do own Scarlet, I do not have it in my house. I have the book at my parents’ house, hundreds of miles away, and I will not be able to get hold of it until I go and visit. I guess it’s a good job Christmas is only a little over a month away – as soon as I go for my visit, I’ll be diving into Scarlet.

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Saturday, 18 November 2017

Review: Rock Solid

Rock Solid Rock Solid by Carly Phillips
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The synopsis of Rock Solid instantly grabbed me (plus the cover is pretty damn fine), and I knew without a doubt I needed to read it. Despite being book four in the Book Boyfriend series, I knew it worked as a standalone. Having now finished and loved Rock Solid, I really need to go and grab the other three books in the series. In Rock Solid we got a tiny glimpse into the lives of Wes, Max, and Kyle, and I really want to know more about them. They seem like such fun, and if this book is anything to go off I’m sure to love their stories.

The first two chapters of the story take us back almost four years, giving us an insight into the one-night stand that occurred between Connor and Katie. In chapter three, we move to present time – the point in the story where Connor finds out he is a father. Thus, the story of Connor trying to win over Katie begins.

It’s a simple enough story, but there is plenty of emotion behind it. The relationship between Connor and his daughter is beautiful. The way in which Connor tries to show Katie she is worth more than she realises is amazing. The entire storyline grips hard and does not let you go. It’s a relatively short read, and once you start reading you will not be able to put it down – it sucks you in, and you need to finish it in a single sitting to see how everything comes together.

With wonderful characters and a gripping storyline, this one is a sure winner. I’m sure fans of the series, those to have been following since book one, will be overjoyed by Connor’s story – and those who are new to the series, like me, will be won over enough to want to give the prior books a read.

I can gladly confirm the title of this series – Book Boyfriend – does not lie. Connor is certainly a book boyfriend I’d be glad to make my own.

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