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, 21 February 2018

Review: Bulletproof

Bulletproof Bulletproof by Jenna Galicki
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Bulletproof is the first book I have read in Jenna Galicki’s Bulletproof series, and my feelings are rather mixed. I have not read the first three books in the series – The Undercover Rock Star, Branded, and Bassist With Benefits – but I was not at a disadvantage. The prior books tell the stories of the other characters, yet they are not necessary to understand the story in Bulletproof.

As I said, my feelings are rather mixed. Some elements I enjoyed, other elements I wasn’t crazy about. I think my biggest issue is that I read this after reading another rock star romance. This other rock star romance I read was extremely powerful, earning the number one spot on my rock star romance reads… I knew anything I read after would feel inferior. Not that this is a bad book, it simply wasn’t the high I had been hoping for.

The story was an interesting one. Two rock stars, both dealing with the demands of the life style. One has a near perfect life, whereas the other has experienced the worst the world has to offer. One is stable, the other has many issues. It’s a storyline we have seen before, across many settings, yet it is one I always enjoy.

It is the storyline in relation to the mental health that I enjoyed the most. I enjoyed watching the way our characters struggled, the way they helped each other out, and the way things were dealt with. I felt as though things towards the end were a bit of an over simplification whereby the problem was pretty much fixed, but the struggles throughout the story certainly grabbed me.

It was the characters I wasn’t crazy about. I know we were dealing with rock stars, but everyone felt so juvenile. I kept wanting the grab characters and tell them to grow up. Not to mention, some of the side issues had me rolling my eyes – had the story focused solely upon the mental health I would have been happy, but some of the other elements I could have done without. Plus, there were quite a few things that felt repetitive.

Overall, this was a decent enough read. I’m sure fan of the series will enjoy being given the insight into another of the characters.

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Release Day Blitz: Bulletproof.




Title: Bulletproof
Series: Bulletproof #4
Author: Jenna Galicki
Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance
Release Date: February 20, 2018



Blurb

Derek has finally met his match!

Derek MacAlister, the wild one. Known for dancing on table tops, partying too hard and possessing a never-ending thirst for excitement. With his bandmates now settled in committed relationships, he’s the last man standing. The only problem is that he wants to party all night long, but his best friends are content to stay at home. Enter Travis Fontana, a bad boy with a reputation for trouble, and Derek has his partner in crime.

Travis Fontana just scored the gig of a lifetime opening for the nation’s top heavy metal band. He’s a rebel who thrives on pushing the limits of a good time, and Bulletproof’s sexy, long-haired guitarist, Derek MacAlister, is right by his side to share the fun. Together, they’re double trouble.

But all is not as it seems. Underneath the painted-on smile and carefree exterior that Travis shows the world lies a tortured soul with a dark past. Little by little, Travis lets Derek see a side of him that no one else knows. Derek, unused to the unfiltered raw honesty that Travis shares, finds that he wants to take care of this troubled, vulnerable man and turns out to be Travis’ rock in times of crisis.

When the pressures of newfound fame begin to overwhelm Travis, he quickly starts to unravel. Pushed to the breaking point, it becomes clear that even Derek can’t save him. Travis needs to save himself.








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If anyone ever needed a fucking hug, it was Travis right now, and it made Derek’s heart ache. He took a step forward, wanting to embrace the lost soul in front of him. He longed to feel this man in his arms again and wanted another gentle kiss. He hesitated only because Travis made no move to bridge the space between them, and because of the remark earlier about people only wanting sex from him. Derek decided he was going to dispel that myth, and wrapped his arms around Travis. The guy clung to him. Travis dug his fingers into Derek’s shoulder, pulling Derek’s T-shirt into his fists and burying his face into Derek’s neck. The intensity took Derek by surprise and overwhelmed him with compassion and empathy. He held Travis tighter, melding their bodies together and shouldering whatever burdens lurked inside this passionate man.






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Jenna Galicki writes in multiple genres including m/m/f, m/f, and m/m. She is predominantly known for her Radical Rock Stars Series. The Prince of Punk Rock (Radical Rock Stars Book 1) was a finalist in the 2015 Bisexual Book Awards.

A native New Yorker, she now resides in Southern California. She's a Rottweiler enthusiast and an avid music buff. When she's not hunched over a computer, you can find her front row at a rock concert.



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Cover Reveal: Under His Ink.




Title: Under His Ink
Author: Maya Hughes
Genre: Contemporary Romance/Romantic Suspense
Cover Design: Letitia Hasser, RBA Designs
Release Date: March 8, 2018



Blurb

She’s etching her mark on my skin and the pain has never felt better…

Dahlia got caught up in my dangerous past a long time ago, but she rebuilt her life. Now, I’m back because she’s the only person I can trust. And I couldn’t stay away for another day.

Being near me means danger for the both of us because no one leave the mob unscathed. She’s inking over my past one day at a time and its strictly business for her, but the flames licking at our heels aren’t just from the heat between us.

But the only thing harder than leaving the mob is leaving her. I’ll show her that what we have it forever as long as I’m still breathing…

Under His Ink is a 55,000 word second chance mob romance. 












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Maya Hughes has always loved romance novels. One look at her Kindle is confirmation. She started writing her first romance novel while pregnant with her third child and she hasn’t looked back. Now, her romance writing addiction has replaced her romance reading addiction.

You can find her writing on her foldable keyboard and phone anytime inspiration strikes. Her sweet and steamy stories range from rockstars to small towns and everything in between. When she’s not writing, she’s playing with her three kids, running errands or vegging on the couch with the love of her life and biggest fan, her husband.



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Promo: Rock King.


Title: Rock King (Nothing But Trouble, Book 1)
Author: Tara Leigh @TaraLeighBooks
Genre: Contemporary Romance / Rockstar Romance
Release Date: February 20, 2018
Cover Designer: Forever Romance


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Book Description:
Fans of Kristen Callihan and Kylie Scott will scream for this sizzling bad boy rock star romance!


I'm not who you think I am.


Shane Hawthorne has it all. At least, that's what the headlines say about me. I have millions of fans,
awards, more money - and women - than I know what to do with. But what you don't see is the
wreckage I've caused. The memories and pain I can't escape, even when I pour them into music
and spin them into gold.


I tried to forget. To lose myself in booze and groupies. It didn't work. It hurt me and - worse - it hurt
my band. That's the last thing I want to do, so I'm cleaning up my act... starting with Delaney Fraser.


Gorgeous, smart, drama-free, and even nice - Delaney is the perfect "girlfriend." When I'm with her
I don't have to pretend. It's like she sees the real me. And I can see a future with her. But that's
dangerous. Because the truth is, Shane Hawthorne doesn't actually exist. He's a shield to hide who
I really am. Fraud. Runaway. Addict. Murderer.


And it's impossible to love a lie, right?

The Nothing but Trouble series:
Rock King
Rock Legend
Rock Rebel




About Tara:
Tara Leigh attended Washington University in St. Louis and Columbia Business
School in New York, and worked on Wall Street and Main Street before “retiring”
to become a wife and mother. When the people in her head became just as real
as the people in her life, she decided to put their stories on paper. Tara currently
lives in Fairfield County, Connecticut with her husband, children and fur-baby, Pixie.


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EXCERPT:
Shane Hawthorne wanted me, Delaney Fraser, to be his girlfriend? Something
told me I should make a break for it, leave now before he reduced my world to
rubble. But I didn’t. I stayed put, waiting for him to supply more details. Waiting
for Shane to redefine my world, because as far as I knew, relationships didn’t
require conference rooms and contracts.
“I’m sure you’ve seen the gossip rags. I’m no choir boy. But I’m not looking for
drama, Delaney. When I’m on the road, fans and groupies are constantly trying
to sneak their way into my dressing rooms, hotel rooms, even onto the tour bus
and private planes. The best way to discourage them is by having a beautiful
woman by my side. I want that woman to be you.”
I tilted my head to the side, something telling me I should read between the lines,
but I didn’t even understand where the lines were. “Me?”
A rumble erupted from deep in Shane’s chest. Dear God, his laugh was even
sexier than his voice. “Yes, you.” He widened his thighs, pulling my chair closer
and drawing my knees between his legs.
As if in slow motion, I watched his hand coming toward me, a shiver of pleasure
rolling down my spine as it curved around the back of my neck, his fingers blazing
a path into my hair as he leaned forward. Then all I felt was Shane’s full lips
descending on my own, his mouth brushing against mine in a whisper-soft caress.
But he pulled back too quickly, leaving me wanting more. My eyes fluttered open,
absorbing the impact of his provocative grin like a kick to the solar plexus.
This wasn’t happening. This couldn’t be happening.

And then it happened again.


Tuesday, 20 February 2018

Review: Rock King

Rock King Rock King by Tara Leigh
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Well damn – this one blew me away. I loved it, loved it, loved it. Can someone give me book two right this moment? I need more, and I need it now.

Having read and enjoyed Tara Leigh’s Deal Breaker, the second book in her Billionaire Bosses series, I knew I needed more of the author’s work. Already I have Penthouse Player sitting on my Kindle waiting for me to dive into, but I found myself reading Rock King first. How could I not dive into it as soon as the chance arose? The synopsis alone was enough to leave me begging, in dire need of more. I went in with high expectations, and I was not disappointed in the least.

Deal Breaker earned a four-star rating from me, yet it pales in comparison to Rock King. Rock King is a solid four-point-five-star rating – one of those books where the picky side of me prevented me from handing off a five-star rating. It happens more often than it should, with quite a few of my favourite books having a four-star rating for something small. It’s odd – you see, I hate giving out one-star ratings yet it seems I’m more willing to hand them out than five-star ratings. Rock King is a prime example of how I always hold back on those top ratings. This is good, damn good. I’m sure most will gladly hand over a five-star rating. When compared to other rock star romances I have read, this one certainly sits at the top. In fact, it has set the standard of what I expect from future rock star romances so high that I’m questioning whether any will live up to this one. There is no doubt this is my favourite rock star romance, one you need to pick up.

I’ll be honest, I was a little bit tentative at first. The synopsis had me expecting something quite dark. Part of me was imaging a dark suspense filled read, one that would suck me into a truly twisted story. It wasn’t quite what I was expecting, and due to that I was worried. Despite my worries, I found I was sucked in for other reasons. I was lost to the story, turning page after page at a rapid pace. It may not have been what I was expecting, but it was a powerful read in many other ways. In fact, I came to love it all the more because it surprised me.

You see, this book is filled with emotion. I don’t simply mean the romance – which is wonderful within itself, something I will come back to – I mean it in regards to so many elements of the story. Each of the characters has a painful past, has secrets they are keeping buried deep. The way they are played with, the events that occur, make for a deeply moving story. On the surface there is a lot of drama, a lot of secrets, but when you look deeper there are so many layers to be found. Loving oneself, loving others, forgiving, coming to terms with the past, and so much more occurs throughout this one – it hits a number of hard places, a knock to the solar plexus of those who can find a connection to any of the deep topics mentioned throughout.

More obvious, what everyone sees on the surface, is the brilliant romance between the two characters. I was pulled into their relationship straight away, loving the play between the two of them. I loved the characters as individuals, and completely adored them as a couple. They went so well together, and I found myself desperate for more. Even the element that didn’t win me over due to personal preference when reading romance – the speed of things, the way everything happened too fast for my liking – managed to win me over in the end, with there being plenty layers added to the story.

Without a doubt, Rock King was a wonderful read. There is no doubt I will be reading the second book in the Nothing but Trouble series, as I have very high hopes for the places this series will go.

Bring on book two – I need to know what happens with the side characters I’m so intrigued about!

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Review: The Tuscan Child

The Tuscan Child The Tuscan Child by Rhys Bowen
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Having read and enjoyed Rhys Bowen’s In Farleigh Field, I was more than happy to pick up The Tuscan Child. The synopsis intrigued me, and I was excited to see how the story came together.

From the very start, The Tuscan Child sucks you into the story. It pulls you into the past, leaving you turning page after page as two interconnected storylines play out. You know they are linked, you have ideas of how, but it is not until you’ve worked your way deep into the story that everything becomes apparent. If you’re a fan of historical mysteries, this is certainly a book to pick up. It may not be the dark and twisted thriller you find in other books set in this time, but this one will keep you gripped throughout.

While there was a lot about this book I enjoyed, I think my favourite aspect was how atmospheric the book was. Rhys Bowen really brings the locations to life, providing so many details that the world comes alive around you. Each and every element is vivid, the detail enough to transfer you to someplace new. Honestly, I was surprised. I tend to find the level of imagery I had with this book usually comes from the author being too detailed – yet, somehow, Rhys Bowen managed it without burying me under endless pages of description.

Another thing I really enjoyed, something I also enjoyed about In Farleigh Field, was the attention given to the dynamics of the characters. There was a lot of fun to be had with the mystery, the world came alive around us, but what I constantly found myself wanting more of was the details pertaining to the individual characters. There were many layers to uncover, and I found myself desperate to know all there was to know about the characters, to see more of the way they played off each other.

The one thing I wasn’t crazy about, though, was the ending. I felt as though it didn’t have the high impact I had been anticipating. I enjoyed it, yes; I was glad to see how everything came together, sure; but I had expected something a bit more. The ending didn’t quite feel up to the same standard as the rest of the book.

Overall, though, I had a lot of fun with this one. I’m certainly interested in reading more Rhys Bowen in the future.

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Cover Reveal: Neighborhood Watch.




Title: Neighborhood Watch
Series: Twin Estates #4
Author: Stylo Fantôme
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Cover Design: Najla Qamber Designs
Release Date: March 19, 2018



Blurb

Rules to Join The Neighborhood Watch:

1. If you see something, say something

2. Report all illegal activities to the authorities

3. Do not associate with criminals

4. And certainly don't fall for them!

Tori Bellows is a really good friend. She's always there when a shoulder is needed to cry on, to give dating advice, or for a good ol' time. Now, though, Tori is the one who needs a shoulder to lean on when she's in a tough spot. But all of her friends are too busy with their own lives.

Enter the Twin Estates' resident bad boy, Landon Edenhoff. When he offers her an all expenses paid vacation, she's immediately suspicious - he's rarely nice and his intentions are never good. But she's ready for a change of scenery and knows she can give as good as she gets from Mr. Rude & Nasty himself.

After all, how bad could this neighbor really be?






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Crazy woman from a remote location in Alaska (where the need for a creative mind is a necessity!), I have been writing since ... forever? Yeah, that sounds about right. I have been told that I remind people of Lucille Ball - I also see shades of Jennifer Saunders, and Denis Leary. So basically, I laugh a lot, I'm clumsy a lot, and I say the F-word A LOT.

I like dogs more than I like most people, and I don't trust anyone who doesn't drink. No, I do not live in an igloo, and no, the sun does not set for six months out of the year, there's your Alaska lesson for the day. I have mermaid hair - both a curse and a blessing - and most of the time I talk so fast, even I can't understand me.

Yeah. I think that about sums me up.


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