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, 18 July 2018

Review: An Ember in the Ashes

An Ember in the Ashes An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Sabaa Tahir’s An Ember in the Ashes has caught my attention on countless occasions, constantly screaming out for me to grab it and read it. Despite my interest, I held off on buying the book for a very long time. When I found books one and two in the series, An Ember in the Ashes and A Torch Against the Night, on offer, I decided to bite the bullet and grab them both.

In truth, I’m not entirely sure what it is about the book that had interested me for so long. There were plenty of things, really. The good reviews. The number of friends who loved it. The fact the book was inspired by Ancient Rome. The dystopian element. The slave and warrior element. Plenty of things interested me, left me curious.

All these elements resulted in my mind conjuring up many possibilities for the series. With so many expectations, with so many possibilities in my mind, I was rather surprised when this book wasn’t anything like I had imagined. It was an entertaining book, I cannot deny that, and yet I had imagined so many possibilities except for what I was given. It was surprising, but not in a bad way.

If I am being completely honest, when I started this book I was a bit unsure. Things were rather slow at first, and I found myself waiting for things to come together. I wanted to better understand the world, I wanted more about the characters, and I wanted things to start moving. After about a quarter of the book, I suddenly found myself addicted. I was unable to put the book down, desperate to see how everything came together. Things I was curious about opened up, and we were introduced to many new elements. I found myself lost to the pages, and before I knew what was happening time has passed me by and I was deep into the book.

Don’t get me wrong, the story was far from perfect. There were things I felt were never explained in full, there were events I thought to be a bit on the silly side, and there were characters that never reached their full potential. However, I was addicted throughout. There were so many elements introduced, with those I was a bit disappointed by leaving me with the hope the future books will tie them together much better.

I think, for me, however, the biggest issue was the romance. I hate love triangles, and this book took things a step further through a love square. A is attracted to B, B is attracted to A and C, C is attracted to B and D, D is attracted to C. So much urgh. It pulled away from so many interesting elements. I did not care for any of the romance at all, and each time it appeared I found myself growing rather annoyed. I do not mind romance in my fantasy novels, but with this one the constant pull between characters left me annoyed. I could have easily done without it, taking more battle scenes instead.

Overall, An Ember in the Ashes proved to be an addictive story. There is no doubt I will be diving into A Torch Against the Night soon to see what comes next.

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Review: Dire Quest

Dire Quest Dire Quest by Sarah K.L. Wilson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The last couple of books in Sarah K.L. Wilson’s Dragon School series have given us quite the high, and I was crossing my fingers the high would continue. After all, I’m addicted to the series, more than willing to dive straight into each new book. Although this thirteenth book was enjoyable, it wasn’t quite the high of the few prior books that left my heart pounding.

Dragon School: First Flight, book one, sucked me completely into the world – it was so much more than I’d expected, and I couldn’t wait to get more. Dragon School: Initiate, book two, sucked me in even deeper – it showed me there was more to the story than I’d originally thought, ensuring I would pick up the next. Dragon School: The Dark Prince, book three, was a very important book in the series – it may not have been my favourite book, but it was vital to the overall story. Dragon School: The Ruby Isles, book four, continues to move things forward in a wonderful way – it may not be my favourite of the stories, but it is another important addition. Dragon School: Sword, book five, was another brilliant read, adding more to the series – it was also the book that reminded me why I was following the series in the first place, pulling me back in after a short hiatus.

Dragon School: Dusk Covenant, book six, added plenty of new twists – more than enough to ensure I remained ensnared with the story. Dragon School: First Message, book seven, brought even more to the table – more was added to the storyline, plenty of things leaving me curious as to what would come next. Dragon School: Warring Promises, book eight, left on a serious cliff-hanger – all the books leave on a cliff-hanger, but this was probably the biggest of them all. Dragon School: Prince of Dragons, book nine, was probably my least favourite of the series, but it continued to move things forward for us.

Dragon School: Dark Night, book ten, was one of my favourites in the series, increasing the level of intensity and leaving us with so many expectations. Dragon School: Bright Hopes, book eleven, was a pivotal book in the series, giving us so many new twists and making so many promises for the future. Dragon School: Mark of Loyalty, book twelve, blew all the prior books out of the water, earning it the label as my favourite in the series. Dragon School: Dire Quests, book thirteen, therefore had a lot to live up to.

I think, coming after my favourite book in the series, Dragon School: Dire Quest was never going to blow my mind in the way I had hoped. Sure, I liked to believe I would receive another new favourite, but deep down I knew such would never be the case. Although this thirteenth book was enjoyable, it wasn’t quite all I had hoped it would be.

If I’m being completely honest, this was another book in the series where I rounded a three-point-five-star rating up. It contained action and drama, the characters we know and love, and it increased our knowledge of the world in a great way – but it did not have quite the same impact as some of the prior books. It gave us more, but at the same time it could have given more.

It’s certainly another pivotal read in the series – every book is, really – but it wasn’t all I had hoped for. Nevertheless, I’ll be diving into book fourteen as soon as I can.

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Release Blitz: No One But Us.




Title: No One But Us
Author: Elizabeth O'Roark
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: July 18, 2018



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She's my little sister's best friend. And exactly who I should NOT be spending a summer with...

The last time I saw Elle, she was a child. A Harry Potter-obsessed 13-year-old with a penchant for fan fiction and following me around. Six years later she’s on my doorstep. The braces are gone. The “Team Gryffindor” t-shirt’s been replaced with a bikini the size of my index finger. And I can’t get her out of my head, no matter how hard I try.

Except she’s still the girl I’m not allowed to have, the center of a secret I hope she never learns.

Resisting what I feel for Elle Grayson is the only way to protect my family. But am I willing to break both our hearts in the process?



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Elizabeth O'Roark lives in Washington DC with her three children—Jack, Lily and Patrick—and attempts to write when not driving a child to sports or answering questions about the next meal and the whereabouts of batteries/phone chargers/Halloween candy. A former medical writer, she has bachelor’s degrees in journalism and psychology from the University of Texas, and a master’s in counseling psychology from the University of Notre Dame. She really hasn’t used any of her degrees, and wishes she’d invested all that tuition in Apple stock instead.


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Tuesday, 17 July 2018

Release Blitz: Giovanni.




Title: Giovanni
Author: Natasha Knight
Genre: Dark Mafia Romance
Release Date: July 17, 2018



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I’m the right-hand man of the mafia king.
She’s a girl with a past she’s desperate to hide.

But I need something from her.
And I know she won’t help me. Not willingly.
She’ll need some persuading.

Lucky for her, I can do that.

Something about this girl makes me curious, though, and it’s more than the scars that line her back. She’s on the edge of something.  Something bad. She’s like a perfect, beautiful doll coming apart at the seams. And the last string is about to snap.

She thinks I’ll hurt her. Break her.
But thing is, she’s already broken. And she and I, we’re two peas in a pod. She’s my match, the perfect opponent. She’ll fight me to the finish, but I’ll win. I always do.

Because I’m a man used to getting what I want. And what I want is her. 

Author’s Note: Giovanni is a STANDALONE dark mafia romance set in the Benedetti Brothers Mafia World. It’s an emotionally gripping enemies-to-lovers romance with a hard-earned HEA.







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Release Blitz: His Control.




Title: His Control
Author: Ilsa Ames
Genre: Billionaire Romance
Release Date: July 17, 2018



Blurb

I left this town years ago. And with it, her too.
Now I'm back, and three times the man I was. Wealthy, powerful, possessive, driven
I'm a man with certain appetites, and when I find the small-town girl I left behind, there'll be no holding back.
First, I'll control her body.
Then, I'll claim her heart.
She's already mine. She just doesn't know it yet...







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Ilsa Ames is two die-hard romance readers-turned-authors. Best friends, moms, secret (and sometimes not so secret…) smut lovers, and crappy reality television junkies.

Smokin' hot, dominant alphas, smart, sassy heroines, & contemporary romance stories to make you say "yes please!". 

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Release Blitz: Blood Rose.




Title: Blood Rose
Series: In the Shadows #8
Author: P.T. Michelle
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: July 17, 2018



Blurb

A photographer with a dark past. A former SEAL without a family. He'll do whatever it takes to protect the woman he loves. 

Calder Blake lost everything: his mother, his father, his very identity. Until Cass, he didn’t believe he deserved to be a Blake, where family and loyalty always come first.

But what if Cass can’t give Calder what he needs to move on from his broken past?

Or worse, what if someone’s determined that Cass will never get a chance to become a Blake?

DEAR READERSBLOOD ROSE is a stand alone story, but if you haven’t read how Cass and Calder’s love story first started, you can do so through GOLD SHIMMER and STEEL RUSH. Not only do you get to take the journey with Cass and Calder, but you’ll also get to visit with Sebastian and Talia, since they play key roles in Cass and Calder’s story.

IN THE SHADOWS series:

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Mister Black (1) (Sebastian & Talia part 1) - Novella
Scarlett Red (2) (Sebastian & Talia part 2) - Novel
Blackest Red (3) (Sebastian & Talia part 2) - Novel
Gold Shimmer (4) (Cass & Calder part 1) - Novel
Steel Rush (5) (Cass & Calder part 2) - Novel
Black Platinum (6) (Sebastian & Talia) - Novel
Reddest Black (7) (Sebastian & Talia) – Novel
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I bolt upright on the couch, Calder’s name still on my lips. Thunder booms and lightning flashes, briefly illuminating the dark room just as Calder rounds the coffee table. Crouching next to me, he brushes my hair away from my face, his hand warm against my clammy skin. “Are you okay? I just walked in and freaked when you called out my name. You sounded terrified.”

“I must’ve fallen asleep.” I lean into his comforting touch as I pick up my phone from the coffee table. “What time is it?” I mumble so he thinks that’s why I’m checking the screen. It was a dream. Celeste didn’t send any more texts. I exhale in relief.

Thunder vibrates the windows and Calder shakes his head as he slides his hand into my hair. “I can’t believe you slept through all this racket.” Pulling me forward, he kisses my forehead, then quickly looks at me with a worried gaze. “You’re trembling.”

“It was just a nightmare.” Taking a steadying breath, I offer a wry smile. “I was dreaming about Celeste.” 

He instantly scowls. “Now I see why you called it a nightmare. Wonder why she’s starring in your dreams after all this time?”

I sigh. Now that I’ve cut off all communication, I might as well tell him about her text. “She tried to contact me today.”

His expression hardens and his whole body tenses. “You didn’t respond, did you?”

“Only to tell her not to contact me anymore.” I don’t need a lecture. It’s over and done.

“Good,” he says, visibly relaxing. “The last thing we need is Celeste returning from the dead. All hell would break loose.”

“I completely agree.” Wrapping my hand around his wrist, I adopt a calm expression and search his gaze in the darkness. “Are you okay?”

“I’ve just been spending too much time in my own head.” He quickly scoops me up in his arms, his hold on me especially tight.

“What are you doing?” My heart races as I grip his broad shoulders. Keep holding me tight, Calder. Promise to never let me go, no matter what.

“Apologizing,” Calder murmurs as he nuzzles my neck while carrying me upstairs. The thunder rumbles in a low bass and the rain rushes against the windows as we enter our darkened room.

I’m surprised that he doesn’t lower me to my feet but instead sets me on the edge of our chaise lounge near the window. Lightning flashes as he towers over me and tilts my chin up. The churning of the storm just outside the window amplifies his heated gaze, spiking my adrenaline. As he begins to tug off his tie, I keep my gaze locked with his and wait for him to speak, but he doesn’t say a word. He loops his tie around the scrollwork at the top of the lounge’s back, then shrugs out of his jacket.

I’m so mesmerized as he unbuttons his dress shirt, that my gaze devours every inch of his gorgeous body as he peels the shirt away. From his six-pack abs to his broad chest, I’ll never get tired of burying my face against his warm, muscular frame. For now I don’t mind the silence between us. He’s here. That’s all that matters. We’ll work through this.

When he lowers himself to his knees in front of me, my hand instantly traces the inked raven feathers curved around his left shoulder and down his bicep. “I love this raven wing so much,” I say in a quiet voice. “I think it’s wonderful that others will be able to appreciate this masterpiece in Alana’s book, and that you’re a man of your word.”

Capturing my hand, he presses his lips to my palm in a slow tantalizing kiss. I take a shaky breath, trying not to get too emotional at how much he makes me feel with just a simple press of his lips to my skin. But he does. Every time, he melts me.






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P.T. Michelle is the NEW YORK TIMES, USA TODAY, and International Bestselling author of the contemporary romance series IN THE SHADOWS (aka MISTER BLACK), the YA/New Adult crossover series BRIGHTEST KIND OF DARKNESS, and the romance series: BAD IN BOOTS, KENDRIAN VAMPIRES and SCIONS (listed under Patrice Michelle). She keeps a spiral notepad with her at all times, even on her nightstand. When P.T. isn’t writing, she can usually be found reading or taking pictures of landscapes, sunsets and anything beautiful or odd in nature.


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Release Blitz: Heartless.




Title: Heartless
Series: Merciless Saga #2
Author: Willow Winters
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Release Date: July 17, 2018



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At first, his words were harsh and his touch cold.
I knew he was a dangerous man and he could destroy me if only he wanted to.

That’s not what he wanted though. 
It’s so easy to get lost in the touch of a man who’s powerful and unattainable. 
A man who wants for nothing … except me.
Soft touches and stolen glances made my blood heat and my heart beat in a way I never knew it could.

Yes, it’s easy to fall into a haze of lust and desire.
But there’s a reason his reputation is one of a heartless man.
And I should have known better.







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Willow Winters is so happy to be a USA Today, Wall Street Journal and #1 Contemporary Bestselling Romance Author. She likes her action hot and her bad boys hotter. She certainly doesn’t hold back on either one in her writing!

Willow started writing after having her little girl, Evie, December 2015. All during her pregnancy with Evie she continued to read and she only wanted to read romance. She was reading a book a day — sometimes two.

In January 2016 Willow was staying up late with Evie and just thinking of all these stories. They came to her constantly so she finally sat down and just started writing. She always wanted to do it so she figured, why not? Today Willow cannot be happier for making that decision!