Wednesday, 20 February 2019

Review: Tomboy

Tomboy Tomboy by Avery Flynn
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Avery Flynn hooked me with the first book in The Hartigans series, Butterface, and I was desperate for more. With Muffin Top, book two, my addition grew stronger. This third book, Tomboy, is easily my favourite in the series. In fact, it’s a strong four-point-five-star rating, nearly a five-star read. I’m unsure how the future books will live up to this one, but I’m desperate to see.

From the small introduction we were given in Muffin Top, I knew I would be hooked by Tomboy. Both main characters intrigued me, and I was excited to see how their story would develop. From the very first page, this one sucked me into their tale. I was hooked, unable to put the book down, and each new chapter sucked me in deeper.

There was so much to enjoy with this one. From the banter between the characters to the drama they faced. From how easy it was to relate to the characters to the way they developed. From the moments of humour to the more serious elements. There was plenty to be found with this one, with so much more being provided than I’d initially thought.

Plus, yet again, Avery Flynn managed to create a female lead I was able to relate to. I’ve found myself relating to all the female leads in The Hartigans series, and it was no different with this one. It was so well done, without being over the top, and I loved it.

I also adored all the new characters we were introduced to. A part of me is disappointed as there will be a wee break in The Hartigans series as we get our hockey players spin-offs, but I loved them so much the disappointment is almost non-existent. I may want more of The Hartigans series, but I’m super eager to see where the spin-off series goes. I’m eager to dive into whatever comes next.

Without a doubt, Tomboy was another winner in Avery Flynn’s The Hartigans series, easily my favourite, and I cannot wait for more.

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Release Blitz: Mischief.

Title: Mischief
Series: Circuit #2
Author: Lacey Dailey
Genre: New Adult Romance
Release Date: February 20, 2019


Mischief was my greatest kept secret. The side of me I’d never expose. There was nothing on earth that rivaled the rush I got when I sat down inside Circuit every night, fingers twitching with the need to use hacking to change the world. Mischief lit me on fire and there was nothing that could compare.

Or so I thought.

Brett Maddison burst into my life, hair like honey and dimples deep enough to make any man’s knees weak. It was then I learned the truth. Mischief was no longer the only thing that caused my heart to pulse two beats faster and blood to blaze beneath the surface of my skin.

The feelings I had for Brett knocked me off my course and took me on a rollercoaster of emotions I’d never felt before. It took meeting him to recognize what I'd been missing, and suddenly, Mischief wasn’t the only thing in my life I craved deeply.

For a split second, I thought I'd hit the jackpot in life. I was proven wrong the moment unexplained emails began to flood my inbox and the questions they brought went unanswered.

Then I got my answer.

And everything changed.

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I scanned him though I didn’t need to. I knew what Ace looked like. Had every inch of him memorized like some Grade-A creep. His hair was still in the knot it was in last night, but it was flopped over and hanging by his ear. There were loose pieces falling down his neck and one stuck to his eyelash. Sleep and lack of coffee muted the green in his eyes. I watched as he yawned and scratched his chest, his T-shirt lifting to expose skin right above his waistband. His knuckles mindlessly brushed the exposed skin. 
I wanna be those knuckles. 
He cleared his throat. The barbell in his eyebrow raised when he gave me a look. 
“You checking me out, man?”
I snorted, flipping him off. “You wish.” 
He winked and turned around, shaking his ass before he started down the hall. “Let’s move, sugar lips! I did not start my day off making breakfast for a lazy hunk of man meat.”
“Are you flirting with me?” I shouted. 
“I sure as shit am!” 
I chuckled and rolled out of bed, dragging on the first pair of sweats I could find. I trudged down the hallway and slid onto a stool, dropping my head to the counter. “Since when do you cook?”
“I cook.”
“No, you do not. You live off Red Vines, Slim Jims, and leftover takeout.” 
“Well, today I cooked. So eat your damn food.” 
“Fine, mom,” I mocked, sitting up straight. I wasn't at all surprised to find a turkey sandwich sitting in front of me. Ace didn’t subject himself to food norms. He ate whatever the hell he wanted when he wanted. If he wanted pesto chicken at eight in the morning, that’s what he’d eat. 
“He made me a sandwich,” I joked, sinking my teeth into the bread.
“Fuck you,” he spat. “I was too lazy to make spaghetti.” 
“Dude, we got any pickles?” Crumbs went flying from the small sliver of space between my lips.
He plopped down on the stool beside mine. “I’m not your pickle handler.”
“Bro," I snorted. "You could not handle my pickle.”
But I definitely wanted him to try. 

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The best place to find Lacey is with her nose in a book. She’s a sucker for a good love story and a happy ending that has her swooning. When she’s not obsessing over giving her own characters a happy ending, you can find her in the dance studio embowering young dancers and giving out tons of stickers. Thanks to her mother’s pizzeria, Lacey can make a delicious pizza.

When she’s not putting on her dance shoes or inhaling a slice of pizza, she’s in front of her computer binge watching romantic comedies and penning stories with love so powerful, it’ll last a lifetime. As a recent graduate of Central Michigan University, Lacey intends to keep inspiring people through dance and lots and lots of words. She currently lives in Central Michigan surrounded by her family and unpredictable weather.

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Tuesday, 19 February 2019

Release Blitz: Twisted.

Title: Twisted
Author: Natasha Knight
Genre: Dark Romance Standalone
Release Date: February 19, 2019


My brother was right. I always wanted my own Willow Girl.

What happened on that island didn’t break me.
It twisted me.
Corrupted me.
Made me into a monster.

Although, I guess it’s true what she says. You can’t become something that wasn’t inside you all along.

This was always going to happen.
I was always going to take Amelia Willow.
History and destiny sealed her fate. Sealed both of ours.

For months, I’ve been waiting.

And tonight, everything will change.
Because tonight, I’ll collect my own Willow Girl.

Author’s Note: Twisted is a standalone spinoff of the Dark Legacy Duet. No cliffhanger!

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He says that together they twisted him.
Made him the monster he’s become.
But you can’t become something that wasn’t inside you all along.
A tear drops to the sketchbook on my lap, the blob smearing the lead. I wipe it away with the tip of my finger and watch the stain spread to the edge of the page.
I can’t seem to stop drawing that night.
The night when the Scafoni brothers stalked into our home and we were made to wear those rotting, disgusting sheaths and forced to stand on those ancient blocks as Sebastian Scafoni, first-born bastard, looked us over like we were cattle.
I can’t stop drawing the look on his face when he saw Helena.
Even if she wasn’t bound like she was, she’d have stood out.
She always thought herself the ugly duckling but she’s the most beautiful of all. She’s special. Always was. Different from us. And so much stronger.
I swipe the back of my hand across my nose and listen to the sound of tears drop fat and heavy onto the page and this time when I lay my hand on the sketch, it’s to smear the wet across like maybe I can wipe away that night. Rub it off the page. Erase it out of history like it never happened.
“Oh, now look what you’ve done,” he says. His voice is deep and low, and I swear I can feel it as much as hear it.
He takes my hand with his gloved one and pulls it away.
“Ruined it.”
I look at him. I finally make myself look at him.
“I hate you.”
He grins. Shrugs a shoulder, his grip growing infinitesimally harder.
I glance at my palm—it’s black from the pencil—and look down at the page in front of me.
He’s right. It’s ruined.
But it doesn’t matter. I have dozens like it.
I can’t stop drawing that night.
Can’t stop it from happening.
Can’t stop the Scafoni bastards from walking into our lives, upending everything. Coming into our home like kings, like they owned the place.
Although, I guess they did.
They owned everything. Our house. Our land. Our parents.
My sister.
I force myself to meet Gregory Scafoni’s dark eyes with their strange turquoise specks and wonder how I’d ever thought he was an angel.
My angel.
My savior.
When all he is, is the devil.

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USA Today bestselling author of contemporary romance, Natasha Knight specializes in dark, tortured heroes. Happily-Ever-Afters are almost always guaranteed, but she likes to put her characters through hell to get them there. She’s evil like that.

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Release Blitz: Overture.

Title: Overture
Series: North Security #1
Author: Skye Warren
Genre: Contemporary Erotic Romance
Release Date: February 19, 2019


Forbidden fruit never tasted this sweet…

The world knows Samantha Brooks as the violin prodigy. She guards her secret truth—the desire she harbors for her guardian.

Liam North got custody of her six years ago. She’s all grown up now, but he still treats her like a child. No matter how much he wants her.

No matter how bad he aches for one taste.

Her sweet overtures break down the ex-soldier’s defenses, but there’s more at stake than her body. Every touch, every kiss, every night. The closer she gets, the more exposed his darkest secret.

She’s one step away from finding out what happened the night she lost her family. One step away from leaving him forever.

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Rest, Liam told me.
He’s right about a lot of things. Maybe he’s right about this. I climb onto the cool pink sheets, hoping that a nap will suddenly make me content with this quiet little life.
Even though I know it won’t.
Besides, I’m too wired to actually sleep. The white lace coverlet is both delicate and comfy. It’s actually what I would have picked out for myself, except I didn’t pick it out. I’ve been incapable of picking anything, of choosing anything, of deciding anything as part of some deep-seated fear that I’ll be abandoned.
The coverlet, like everything else in my life, simply appeared.
And the person responsible for its appearance? Liam North.
I climb under the blanket and stare at the ceiling. My body feels overly warm, but it still feels good to be tucked into the blankets. The blankets he picked out for me.
It’s really so wrong to think of him in a sexual way. He’s my guardian, literally. Legally. And he has never done anything to make me think he sees me in a sexual way.
This is it. This is the answer.
I don’t need to go skinny dipping in the lake down the hill. Thinking about Liam North in a sexual way is my fast car. My parachute out of a plane.
My eyes squeeze shut.
That’s all it takes to see Liam’s stern expression, those fathomless green eyes and the glint of dark blond whiskers that are always there by late afternoon. And then there’s the way he touched me. My forehead, sure, but it’s more than he’s done before. That broad palm on my sensitive skin.
My thighs press together. They want something between them, and I give them a pillow. Even the way I masturbate is small and timid, never making a sound, barely moving at all, but I can’t change it now. I can’t moan or throw back my head even for the sake of rebellion.
But I can push my hips against the pillow, rocking my whole body as I imagine Liam doing more than touching my forehead. He would trail his hand down my cheek, my neck, my shoulder.
Repressed. I’m so repressed it’s hard to imagine more than that.
I make myself do it, make myself trail my hand down between my breasts, where it’s warm and velvety soft, where I imagine Liam would know exactly how to touch me.
You’re so beautiful, he would say. Your breasts are perfect.
Because Imaginary Liam wouldn’t care about big breasts. He would like them small and soft with pale nipples. That would be the absolute perfect pair of breasts for him.
And he would probably do something obscene and rude. Like lick them.
My hips press against the pillow, almost pushing it down to the mattress, rocking and rocking. There’s not anything sexy or graceful about what I’m doing. It’s pure instinct. Pure need.
The beginning of a climax wraps itself around me. Claws sink into my skin. There’s almost certain death, and I’m fighting, fighting, fighting for it with the pillow clenched hard.
“Oh fuck.”
The words come soft enough someone else might not hear them. They’re more exhalation of breath, the consonants a faint break in the sound. I have excellent hearing. Ridiculous, crazy good hearing that had me tuning instruments before I could ride a bike.
My eyes snap open, and there’s Liam, standing there, frozen. Those green eyes locked on mine. His body clenched tight only three feet away from me. He doesn’t come closer, but he doesn’t leave.
Orgasm breaks me apart, and I cry out in surprise and denial and relief. “Liam.
It goes on and on, the terrible pleasure of it. The wrenching embarrassment of coming while looking into the eyes of the man who raised me for the past six years.

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Skye Warren is the New York Times bestselling author of contemporary romance such as the Chicago Underground series. Her books have been featured in Jezebel, Buzzfeed, USA Today Happily Ever After, Glamour, and Elle Magazine. She makes her home in Texas with her loving family, two sweet dogs, and one evil cat. 

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Monday, 18 February 2019

Review: Dream

Dream Dream by Natalia Jaster
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A Trick, a Dare, a Lie, and now a Dream. The Foolish Kingdoms series has been a delightful journey, and Dream ends it on a wonderful note.

When I started the Foolish Kingdoms series, I was a wee bit tentative. It was fun, yes, but I wasn’t completely obsessed in the way other people were. However, I was eager for more. With each new book, however, I was sucked deeper into the universe. By the time we reached Dream, I was desperate to see how everything came together.

With Dream, we get Nicu’s story. We’ve watched Nicu grow from the first book, yet it was Lie that left everyone eager for his story. We got to see elements of where Dream would take us but Lie did not prepare me for the story we were given. Dream gave us more than I’d expected, leaving me addicted from the first to the last page.

I confess, I was a tiny bit worried at first. Despite being sucked in deep from the start, there was a time early in the book where I feared the series would not be ending in a solid manner. You see, we focused heavily upon the romance, which left me worried. I did not mind this, I adored the relationship between the two, but I feared whether we would get a conclusion to the overall Foolish Kingdoms storyline.

Around the half way point, everything started to come together. The romance mixed in well with the overall series elements, and everything came together in the most glorious of ways. The romance continued in a beautiful manner and the world was brought together in a fabulous way. There were layers everywhere, so many things to unpick, and it was wonderful to watch.

I could say so much about this one, but I would never do it justice. All you need to know is Dream is the perfect conclusion to the Foolish Kingdoms series.

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Review: Fangirl

Fangirl Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

My sister adored Rainbow Rowell’s Carry On and had me reading it in no time at all. Although it was interesting, I wasn’t wowed by it in the way my sister was. However, it did leave me curious about Fangirl. I wanted to see where Carry On came from, so I was more than willing to borrow Carry On from the library.

I wanted to enjoy Fangirl, yet my feelings towards it are rather mixed. There were points where I considered giving a four-star rating, but I couldn’t quite bring myself to do so in the end. It was addictive, I was happy to power through the book, but it was not everything I had hoped it would be.

I think my biggest issue is too much was left open in this one for me to be content with the way it ended. We were introduced to many elements throughout the story, and I was interested in most of them. I was eager to see how each individual aspect came together, curious to see how everything played out, only to be disappointed by the lack of resolution.

In many ways, it felt as though things were introduced to add additional dimensions to the story, then when it wasn’t a vital part of the aspect the main book was focused on, it was dropped. There were easy answers or brushed off comments, leaving me feeling as though things were pushed under the rug so we could return to a single factor.

I’d been hoping for so much more from this one, and had things come together better, I may have been willing to give this a four-star rating. As it was, it was just okay for a quick read. Addictive, but not a favourite.

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Review: Nightshade

Nightshade Nightshade by Andrea Cremer
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Nightshade is a book that has regularly appeared in my recommendations section, seeming to appear after each new shifter book I read. When the library got in on the action, recommending it on my home page, I decided it was time to borrow the book and see whether it would be all I had hoped for.

As much as I wanted to adore Nightshade, it didn’t quite do it for me. It was a quick and easy read, but it was not a read that wowed me. There were plenty of things I could have fallen in love with, plenty of things I should have been obsessed with, but it failed to wow me. In fact, I spent more time focusing upon the things that bugged me instead of on the things I should have been enjoying.

There were two things that stopped me from loving this one. The first was the whole alpha female thing. When you tell me a character is an alpha female, I expect to see an alpha female. A strong character, one willing to do what is necessary, yet such was not the case here. I know with the way things worked out in the story it was supposed to show how she was having her power taken from her, but I never felt it was there to begin with. The second thing was the romance. I’m over love triangles, and even if I wasn’t there was no feeling to be felt towards either of the males. One was instalove and the other was a wishy-washy emotional response. I couldn’t get invested in the romance at all, and more of the book was dedicated to it than the world that could have been fun.

Despite this, it was an interesting world. A part of me is debating reading the second book to see if we dig deeper into the universe, as I am curious about it. There is so much potential, and I’m hoping we dig deeper into it. I doubt I’ll be picking the book up soon, as there are plenty of other books I wish to read, but I may do so further down the line.

Although not quite what I’d wanted, it was good for a quick read.

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