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.

Thursday, 19 July 2018

Review: My Earl's Entrapment

My Earl's Entrapment My Earl's Entrapment by Tammy Andresen
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Anyone who follows my reviews will release I’ve become quite the Tammy Andresen fan. In fact, I’d say I get my Tammy Andresen fix monthly. Her young adult novels are sweet little reads, whereas her historical fiction novels provide the bodice rippers I enjoy as guilty pleasures. With My Earl’s Entrapment, we’re given another of those wonderful bodice ripper reads.

Earlier this year, Tammy Andresen kicked off the Wicked Earls’ Club – twelve novellas by twelve different authors, with Tammy Andresen setting the bar high with her Earl of Sussex. My interest in the series was high, but even higher was my interest upon getting the news of a Tammy Andresen spinoff series – the Wicked Lords of London series. My Duke’s Seduction was the introduction, and it was a wonderful read; My Duke’s Deception was the second book, and it was just as wonderful. With My Earl’s Entrapment, we get more of the goodness the prior books in the series have provided us.

Know you do not need to have read any of the aforementioned books to enjoy My Duke’s Deception – it works perfectly fine as a standalone novel. We get to see some of the characters, which is nice for fans, but you do not need to know their story to appreciate the role they play in this story. Nevertheless, as always, I do recommend reading the books – after all, they’re great reads and it’s always more fun when you get that bit extra understanding.

As wonderful Tammy Andresen’s characters are, I found myself super excited for the male lead in this one. I love a good spy, and I was excited to see how Tammy Andresen linked his story in with what happened with the prior book. There is no doubt in my mind that Will is one of my favourite Tammy Andresen males – he may not be my all-time favourite, but he’s certainly left a mark on me and has set the standard high for the future males Tammy Andresen writes.

As always, My Earl’s Entrapment was a quick read, one you can devour in no time at all. A story that throws you deep into the past, sucks you into the romance, and leaves you turning the pages at a rapid pace. With drama and heat, the storyline will suck you in and leave you questioning what will come next.

In fact, I’m rather eager for the next book in the Wicked Lords of London series.

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Book Blitz: The Forbidden Brother.




Title: The Forbidden Brother
Series: The McNeill Magnates #7
Author: Joanne Rock
Publisher: Harlequin Desire
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: July 1, 2018



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A night of passion and mistaken identity means unmistakable consequences...

Jillian Ross craves adventure. And she gets it, when her new career as a movie location scout leads her to the ranch owned by the wealthy Wyoming McNeills. A close encounter with the playboy McNeill causes havoc—since it’s actually his reclusive twin, Cody, she’s fallen for! Now she’s pregnant—and still can’t get enough of her reluctant rancher. Is this adventure just beginning?







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“You’ve improved my Saturday night a whole lot, too.” He liked the feel of her, his hand warming the cool skin through the thin blouse she wore. “It’s been a long time since I’ve thought about anything outside of work.”
Her eyebrows lifted. “Leading me to wonder what you could be thinking about right now.” Her lips curved. “Admiring the Wrangler’s decor? Or maybe remembering how much you like a good George Jones tune?”
He laughed appreciatively. “I do respect a bar that still plays a classic. But the vinyl upholstery in the booths isn’t doing much for me in the decor department.” His gaze skated over her features; he was looking forward to making her blush again. “And I was thinking about you more than anything else.”
His directness might have caught her off guard. She nibbled her lower lip briefly before meeting his eyes. “I haven’t been the center of anyone’s attention in…a long time.”
There was a story there. He heard it in her voice. Saw it in her eyes.
“You aren’t involved with someone else?” He needed to be sure before he let this go on any longer. But his pulse was already thrumming. “I don’t see a ring, but I have to ask.”
“I am very much unattached.” She shook her head, red curls catching the overhead light as she moved. “What about you? No one waiting at home?”
“The only ones who might be missing my presence right now are a couple of rowdy shepherds back at my ranch who would have preferred the night off.” He swayed with her. Her knee brushed his now and again in a way that fired right through him. “But no girlfriend. No wife.”
He respected that she asked, even though she was clearly feeling the same spark as him. And now that those formalities had been cleared away, he could simply enjoy the moment. The completely unexpected pleasure of having a beautiful stranger in his arms. He didn’t want to let go of her now. He wanted to take her outside into the fresh, rain-cleaned night and kiss her. See if she tasted as good as he imagined.
“The stars are aligning for us so far, aren’t they?” She peered up at him with something like wonder in her eyes.
He couldn’t remember a woman ever looking at him quite like that. As if he was the answer to a question. An answer that pleased her.
“It feels that way.” He didn’t want to scare her off with empty pickup lines, or come across as some lowlife playing games with a woman in a bar. But as the music shifted again—this time to an even slower, modern country love song—Cody wondered if he could convince her to let the spark between them run wild. To follow the heat wherever it led. “And since the stars aligning would be a first for me, I wonder if can ask you just one thing.”
He halted them in the middle of the floor, now that the two-step was done. Bringing her fractionally closer, he swayed to the slower tempo in a barely moving lovers’ dance.
She followed him seamlessly, her gaze never straying from his. She was fully focused on him. Framed by dusky brown lashes, those green-gold eyes reminded him of new grass and spring.
“Sure. Ask away.” Her voice had a sweet-sultry quality that made him want to listen to her speak more.
“Don’t you ever wish you could forget about the expectations of the world around you and just…choose your own adventure?” He remembered books like that when he’d been a kid, where you could test out different endings to a story.
For someone who’d always taken the safe route in real life, he had liked the option of seeing how another choice played out. At least in a book. Cody couldn’t do that with ranching. Or his family. But he could take a chance here. Tonight.
Her lashes swept down for a long moment, hiding her expression. But when she tilted a glance up at him again, there was a new curiosity there.
“Are you asking to share an adventure with me?” She sounded disbelieving. But maybe a little intrigued.
“I suppose I am.” He would never have made such an outrageous suggestion to a local—a woman who knew him or his family. But she had “tourist” and “temporary” written all over her. Surely there couldn’t be any harm in drawing out the flirtation? “What would you say to throwing away the rule book for a little longer?”
He let go of her hand for a moment to tip her chin higher, to see her face in the dim overhead light of the dance floor. Feminine interest flickered in her eyes. He inhaled as she released a pent-up breath. He could almost taste her in the space of silence between them.
Then he leaned closer to press his cause. “Choose me tonight.”





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Four-time RITA nominee Joanne Rock has never met a romance sub-genre she didn't like. The author of over eighty books enjoys writing a wide range of stories, most recently focusing on sexy contemporaries and small town family sagas. An optimist by nature and perpetual seeker of silver linings, Joanne finds romance fits her life outlook perfectly--love is worth fighting for. A frequent speaker at regional and national writing conferences she enjoys giving back to the writing community that nurtured and inspired her early career. She has a Masters degree in Literature from the University of Louisville but credits her fiction writing skills to her intensive study with friend and fellow author Catherine Mann. When she's not writing, Joanne enjoys travel, especially to see her favorite sports teams play with her former sports editor husband and three athletic-minded sons.


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Release Blitz: Surrender.




Title: Surrender
The Final Harris Brother Duet #1
Series: The Harris Brothers #4
Author: Amy Daws
Genre: Sports Romance
Release Date: July 19, 2018



Blurb

One night of complete surrender is all it takes.

Gareth Harris is Manchester United’s reclusive star defender. He has control over all aspects of his life. But a lifetime of supporting his siblings and filling in for an emotionally absent father has taken its toll.

Sloan Montgomery is a clothing stylist whose world was turned upside down when she found herself pregnant and moving to Manchester with a man who was never supposed to be her forever. Now recently divorced and struggling with shared custody of her daughter, control is a fleeting concept for this American living in England.

Both Gareth and Sloan are in need of a release.

A moment in time where they can forget about their pasts and family pressures...and just...

…surrender.

No one could predict what happens when both of their defences are down.

Surrender is part one of The Final Harris Brother Duet and concludes with Dominate. The Final Harris Brother Duet reads great as a duo, but to maximize enjoyment, check out the first three brothers’ books in Challenge, Endurance, and Keeper. 


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Amy Daws is an Amazon Top 25 bestselling author of sexy, contemporary romance novels. She enjoys writing love stories that take place in America, as well as across the pond in England; especially about those footy-playing Harris Brothers of hers. When Amy is not writing in a tire shop waiting room, she’s watching Gilmore Girls, or singing karaoke in the living room with her daughter while Daddy smiles awkwardly from a distance. For more of Amy's work, visit: http://www.amydawsauthor.com



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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



Blurb

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



Blurb

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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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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