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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Review: Kiss Me Cowboy

Kiss Me Cowboy Kiss Me Cowboy by Heather Slade
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

If I’m being completely honest, Kiss Me Cowboy was more of a two-point-five star read for me. I know many people seemed to enjoy this one, but I had quite a bit of trouble with it. I believe, however, that a lot of my trouble is due to this being book three in the Cowboys of Crested Butte series. I have not read the prior books in the series and there was so much drama going on in this book that I did not understand, thus I had difficulty getting into certain elements of the storyline. This is my own fault, and due to that, I opted to round up to three stars.

I find most romance series, where there is a different couple in each book, allow you to read each book as a standalone novel. It’s usually best to read them in order for the full effect, but you can usually wrap your head around everything without needing to read all of the prior books. It was this belief that had me diving into Kiss Me Cowboy without reading the prior books. I knew this to be a romance between two characters, a romance that did not appear in the prior books. Thus, I assumed it would be okay to jump in without having read the prior books. However, I quickly found out this is one of those books where it is best to read the entire series.

There was a lot of stopping and starting as I tried to get into this story, constant picking it up and putting it down. There was a lot going on in this one, and not all of it was related to the two main characters. I do not mind reading snippets of other characters – in fact, I enjoy such a thing when I’ve been following a series for a long time – yet I feel as though things were somewhat unequal at certain points in this book. There were plenty of times where I did not feel as though I was reading a romance novel, where I did not feel as though this book was focused upon the relationship forming between two people. I felt like I was reading a soap opera, bouncing around the drama between the characters. Whilst I do love a good drama filled book, I felt as though this was just a bit too much for me. I may have enjoyed it more if I had understood everything, but even then I’m unsure – I like to think my capability of dealing with drama is quite high, yet I fear this would have pushed it to a limit.

Aside from the amount of drama in the book, I found it difficult to connect with any of the characters and the events that played out. The story itself had the possibility of being really interesting – once I was about half way through, I found I was enjoying some of the elements more than I’d imagined possible when I started the book – but I did not connect with anyone or anything. I kept reading, wanting to know how things played out (wanting to make sure I had worked things out correctly), but I never felt the emotions I should have felt when reading a book where so much happened. If I’d been able to connect with the characters I’m sure I would have enjoyed this more, instead I spent the whole book feeling like an outsider looking in – as I said, it felt like a soap opera where I could appreciate the events but I never really felt anything.

I may go and give the prior books – Fall for Me and Dance with me – a read, to see if I enjoy them more. Whilst a part of me is willing to give them a try – at least the first one – it’s not a task at the top of my to-do list. I may get around to it, I may not – it remains to be seen.

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Review: Broken

Broken Broken by Kelley Armstrong
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Broken is the sixth book in Kelley Armstrong’s Women of the Otherworld series, and it is yet another example of why Kelley Armstrong managed to work her way onto my favourite author list in no time at all. As with all her books I have read, this one kept me gripped throughout – I loved the characters, I enjoyed the storyline, and I cannot wait for more.

In Bitten, the first book in the Women of the Otherworld series, we were introduced to Elena. I quickly fell in love with the werewolves, having so much fun with the characters and the storyline surrounding them. In Stolen, we got more Elena – we also got an introduction to the rest of the world, taking us beyond the werewolves and introducing us to the other supernatural creatures. In Dime Store Magic I was disappointed by the change of perspective, fearful I would not enjoy Paige – only to be surprised when I enjoyed her more than Elena. I was overjoyed when Industrial Magic also followed Paige, taking us even deeper into the witch arc. Haunted disappointed me somewhat, though, as I was not a fan of Eve – I’m not sure what it was, but it was my least favourite of the series thus far. I was glad to find out Broken would not be following Eve, and that we would be returning to Elena – I would have preferred a return to Paige (I’m aware it’s an unpopular opinion, but I really do enjoy her character), but Elena was still a better option than Eve.

In all honesty, Broken worked to remind me just how much I enjoyed Elena. It turns out I was selling her short, failing to remember just how much I enjoyed her as a character. Elena is so much fun to follow, and the werewolves make things even more enjoyable. I’d forgotten just how much I enjoyed all of the characters, everyone adding a little something that leaves you loving them. I’m glad we went back to Elena in this one, allowing me to remember how much I like her stories.

The story itself grabbed me from the moment I read the synopsis. I love Jack the Ripper stories, and I knew this one would be something completely different to my norm (especially with how it’s usually crime thrillers I read when picking up a Jack the Ripper book). Whilst I found the mystery element of this story to be predictable from very early on, I did enjoy how it was a different kind of Jack the Ripper story to what I know and what I had expected – I may have been able to work things out, but I was given an interesting tale.

I also feel as though the events in this book have added quite a bit for the rest of the series – at least, I hope so. Elena’s role as a female werewolf surrounded by males of the species has been highlighted endlessly throughout the series, and with this book focusing upon Elena’s pregnancy, I can only imagine what is to come in the future books following on from this new detail. My fingers are crossed for lots of drama.

I’m also really excited for book seven, No Humans Involved, as I came to enjoy Jamie even more in this book. Since she appeared in the series, I’ve been enjoying her character – with her playing a slightly larger role in this book, I found myself excited to see how her story plays out.

Yet again, I cannot wait to grab the next book in the series. I really do need to work on picking them up sooner, rather than going a while between each book – these are very much binge read books, a series you can power through.

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Thursday, 16 November 2017

Review: The Draqon's Queen

The Draqon's Queen The Draqon's Queen by Pearl Foxx
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The first three books in the Shifters of Kladuu series introduced us to the Vilka. I adored the wolf shifters, and as we moved deeper into the story we slowly found out more about the world. In book three, The Vilka’s Captive, we got a much deeper insight into one particular group – the Draqon. I’m a huge dragon lover, and I was excited to see the dragon shifter side of the story. Having finished The Draqon’s Queen, I have a feeling I’m going to enjoy the Draqon stories more than the Vilka stories.

To really enjoy this book, you need to read the series in order. Things have slowly been building throughout the series, and in book three a lot of new information came to light. A big twist was added to the series. I went in to The Draqon’s Queen expecting to dive straight into the drama added by the prior book, but this book didn’t do quite what I had imagined. This book is a fabulous introduction to the Draqon society, feeling like the first in a series. It was wonderful, giving us an insight into the society and the new characters. I like that we had a bit of a break from the drama that unfolded in the prior book, as it allows us to find out more about the new leads, and there was a bit of action in this one that promises even bigger things for book five.

As with the prior books, we also had a wonderful romance story. At the start of this series, I was excited for a romance between Niva and Gerrit. Gerrit’s story, book two, destroyed that ship for me. I loved what we were given instead, yet I was hopeful for Niva. I never excited her story to play out this way – and yet her romance with Zayd was amazing. I positively adored the relationship between the two of them, and could not have asked for more for a character I came to enjoy in the prior books.

Without a doubt, this was a wonderful addition to the series. I really enjoyed getting to see another part of the Kladuu world and being introduced to new characters.

Also, that ending. Damn, what promise. I am seriously excited to see what comes next. It will be big, I can feel it. There will be a serious explosion, and I’m disappointed I cannot jump straight into it! The sooner I get my hands on book five, the better!

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Wednesday, 15 November 2017

Review: Deal Breaker

Deal Breaker Deal Breaker by Tara Leigh
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Although Deal Breaker is the second book in Tara Leigh’s Billionaire Bosses series, it works perfectly fine as a standalone novel. As a standalone novel is how I read this one, although I am now interested in giving Penthouse Player a read. We got a small insight into the lives of Reina and Tristan, the characters from the first book, and I’m super curious to know their story. It was only a few chapters that the characters appeared, but it was enough to leave me intrigued – especially with how much I enjoyed Deal Breaker.

In all honesty, I was a wee bit tentative when I started this one. The beginning of the book had me fearing a cliché. Down on luck female is in a sticky situation, saved by near perfect billionaire. It’s been done before. As much as I enjoy such reads, I always fear I’m close to reaching my limit – fearful nothing new can be added. Fortunately, it took very little to pull me into this story, to show the book was very much worth reading.

Both Nixie and Nash were wonderful characters, and I found myself loving them both so much. They were such entertaining characters, and the chemistry between the two of them was fabulous. Both came with baggage, with drama, and it made for many wonderful scenes. Some things were a bit on the predictable side, having been done before, but there was plenty to make this book unique. Whilst I did enjoy plenty of the events, my love for both of the characters is what won me over the most.

It’s not just our main characters who are a lot of fun, though. The entire cast was great. I feel in love with many of the characters throughout the story – and even those I didn’t come to love, I still had strong feelings towards. Without a doubt, the characters of this story really came to life. There was so much to everyone, and I enjoyed getting to know them all as the story played out in the many wonderful ways.

My only disappointment was with the ending. I was so invested in the story, so much happened, that I felt as though the ending was rather rushed. Things happened too quickly, it felt like a bit of an easy way out. I enjoyed the way some things came together, but I was not as invested in the ending as I had hoped to be. I wanted something a bit more explosive, I wanted my heartstrings to be pulled to the point of no return. Instead, I was given an ending that failed to impact me as much as the earlier part of the book.

Overall, though, I really enjoyed this one. I’ll certainly be reading more Tara Leigh in the future, especially the prior Billionaire Bosses book.

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Tuesday, 14 November 2017

Review: The Kingdom of Little Wounds

The Kingdom of Little Wounds The Kingdom of Little Wounds by Susann Cokal
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

They say you should never judge a book by the cover, and yet the cover is often what pulls my attention towards new authors. Such is the case with The Kingdom of Little Wounds. I saw it sitting on the bookshelf, and thought it looked like a wonderful read. The cover instantly filled my mind with notions of what kind of book it could be, without giving me anything specific. Thus, I flipped it over. The information on the back, however, didn’t fill in all that many blanks. It gave me something, but mostly I was left with little knowledge. There were many possibilities and I was interested to see how it would play out.

I’ll be completely honest and say it took me a while to get into this book. In fact, it was very slow going for the first half of the book. It is a heavy read – both the topic and the storytelling. Although it was the latter I had issues with. I’m no stranger to books dealing with heavy topics, and in many ways this one felt rather light when compared to some books I have read. The storytelling, however, took a while for me to connect with.

We’re given multiple perspectives throughout this book. Two different characters provide us with a first-person perspective, allowing us insight into the minds of two of the characters. Events that occur with other important characters are told through third-person, snippets appearing throughout to give us a bigger picture of what is happening. In addition, there are breaks in the main story where other tales are told. Due to there being so much going on, I found myself unable to connect with any one character for quite some time. I would be enjoying one of the first-person perspectives, and then we would skip somewhere else, and I would be left feeling adrift. Once my mind was accustomed to this, and the story started to come together, I found myself working through the book rather quickly.

Getting to the point in the story where things start to come together will be hard for many people. I went into this story with no prior knowledge, meaning I went in without the knowledge of what kind of fairy-tale this is. You see, this book is a fairy tale about syphilis. That alone should tell you what kind of story you will be dealing with. It is set against a dark historical backdrop, taking us into the gritty world that existed in a time gone by. There are fairy tale creatures thrown in for good measure, but the actions reflect the history of the world – the dark history. This means there is murder, there is rape, there is disease, and many other things people may not wish to read about. I know it took me a while to wrap my head around how dark this story was, especially with how I thought I was going to enter a fairy tale with only a few dark moments.

Those who are able to deal with such topics, however, will be given an intricate story. There was so much more to this one than I expected there to be. There were so many layers throughout, so many different stories going on within this one story. Things are linked together so well, creating a web of the finest silk. Honestly, I was so amazed at the end when I realised how well everything went together. I may not have been engaged throughout the entire story, but I can appreciate how complex the story was and how well put together it was.

I also wish to briefly touch upon a debate I’ve found surrounding this book – the issue of whether or not it should be considered a young adult novel. I find the label of young adult is a rather complex one nowadays. Whether people agree or not, the genre does seem to be split into upper and lower young adult. Those in the upper young adult category have been appearing more and more often, dipping ever closer to the adult genre yet keeping the young adult moniker due to the age of the lead character. In all honesty, whilst dark, I do not think The Kingdom of Little Wounds was as graphic as some of the young adult books out there. I’ve read comments where people are arguing against the sexual content of the novel – and yet it was nowhere near as graphic as some of the most popular young adult fantasy at the moment. In my mind, if Sarah J. Maas is considered young adult with all the sexual content, I have no issue labelling this a young adult book. It is dark, it deals with heavy topics, but I like to think teenagers can read such books. Not all will want to, but books like this should be made available to teens should they wish to read them, rather than them searching through the adult genre where things will be even more graphic. Of course, opinions differ and I know the debate will not end simply because I throw my opinion out there.

Overall, my experience with this one was rather mixed, made up of complex highs and lows. Did I love it? No. Did I hate it? No. Do I regret reading it? No. In time I may look back at this and have a clearer opinion, but for now my feelings as unsettled.

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Review: Torment

Torment Torment by Scarlett Dawn
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Torment is the third book in the Origin series, and it is safe to say it is my favourite in the series thus far. I’ve enjoyed all three books, and I’m super excited for the rest of the series, yet Torment gripped me hard from the very first page.

Trigger introduced us to the Origin world, and I found myself really enjoying the characters. Transcend gave us an unexpected twist, leaving us unsure of where things would go next. Torment, gave us both of those things. The couple in Torment are, without a doubt, my favourite thus far, and I have no idea how this series is going to come together – in the best way possible, of course.

The very first page had me falling in love with our female lead in this one, her internal monologue a truly amazing thing to experience. There was such sass, and I was so pleased to see it occurred both inside her mind and when she was speaking to people. It made her an easy to love character, someone you enjoy instantly. When our male lead walked in and played off her so well, I couldn’t help but smile. Without a doubt, the two go together so well. I let out so much laughter at the things that occurred, at the way they played off each other. The relationship between the two played out in a different way to the relationships in the prior books, yet I found the changes to be very fitting for the characters. Honestly, the future books are going to need to work hard to top this couple.

Whilst most of the book did focus upon the relationship – I’ve said in prior reviews that this series focuses more upon the romantic elements than the action of the supernatural world – there was another twist thrown in. Following on from the last book, the event that occurred in this book has left me completely unsure as to how the series is going to play out. I have many ideas, yet I’m clueless as to what will occur. I’m hoping the next couple of books will really start to focus upon that element of the story, as I’m intrigued to see how everything is going to come together.

I’m also really loving the side story that is occurring with Theron and the pizza girl. I’m hoping it will play out the same way the story of Gem and Ky played out in Larissa Ione’s Demonica series – we’ll get to see snippets of their story throughout all of the books, even if they do not get a book of their own, allowing us to see how things develop there.

Overall, I loved this one. As I said, it’s my favourite in the series thus far and I’m super excited to see what Trick brings to the table!

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Monday, 13 November 2017

Review: Chaotic

Chaotic Chaotic by Kelley Armstrong
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I’m trying to read the Otherworld Stories as they occur in the Women of the Otherworld timeline. Whether or not I’m achieving my goal is hard to say – I’m succeeding and not at the same time. Nevertheless, I am trying. Thus, Chaotic was picked up before I jumped into the sixth book of the series. Although it is book five-point-two, I’m unsure as to how vital reading it before the sixth book is. I know it will be relevant later, though, and that’s enough for me.

I’m going to be honest by saying I wasn’t overly excited by this one. The idea of Karl being the male lead… I simply wasn’t excited by it. My prejudice against his character left me with the belief I would not enjoy this one. Fortunately, I was mistaken. I finished this story with a sudden love for Karl. In fact, I’m super excited for his return later in the series – I need more Karl in my life, a statement I never expected to say.

In Chaotic we’re introduced to Hope, another character we will be meeting later in the Women of the Otherworld series. At first I wasn’t quite sure what I thought of her, but before long I found myself rather enjoying Hope. We get to know a lot about her, yet there is still plenty left open that will come into play in book eight of the series, when we get another look at Hope’s story. In fact, I have high hopes for Hope’s book following this one.

Another wonderful read in the Otherworld series, one I’d recommend for fans of the series who enjoy the extras Kelley Armstrong provides.

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Sunday, 12 November 2017

Review: Daddy's Christmas Date

Daddy's Christmas Date Daddy's Christmas Date by Piper Sullivan
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Piper Sullivan is one of those authors I’m constantly seeing but never seem to pick up. I’m unsure as to why that is, when a few books have interested me, yet such was the reality of the situation until I decided to give Daddy’s Christmas Date a read. Whilst it wasn’t quite all I had been hoping for, I will be reading more Piper Sullivan in the future.

Daddy’s Christmas Date, as a whole, was an enjoyable read. It is one of those stories you can complete in no time at all, the story unfolding very quickly. Whilst I did enjoy it, there were a couple of things that I wasn’t overjoyed about, meaning it didn’t quite deliver the story I had been hoping for. In truth, this book was more of a three-point-five star read and I opted to round down.

The first half of the story I really enjoyed. Things happen quickly, and we’re pulled into the story of both the characters. Both are interesting, both make for fun reading. The interaction between the two was wonderful, and I really enjoyed the way they worked off each other. Having enjoyed the first half of the book, I went on to be quite disappointed by the second half.

The second half of the book felt too quick for me. Tension appears and then is resolved far too quickly. It felt rushed, if I’m honest. I was expecting things to play out on some deep level, but things felt rather cliched. I don’t mind a cliché or two, if done well, but I wasn’t as invested in the second half of the story as I had hoped I would be. I watched things unfold, but it failed to have any kind of real effect on me.

In fact, my favourite thing about the second half of the book was Blake. I enjoyed him throughout the book, and in the second part I came to adore his character even more. I really do hope we get to see his story in the future – it’s certainly something I will pick up.

Overall, it was a fun quick read. It wasn’t quite all I had hoped for, but I’ll certainly be reading more Piper Sullivan in the future.

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Review: Faking It

Faking It Faking It by Lexy Timms
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Although Faking It is the first book in the Fake Billionaire series, I entered the book believing there would be a conclusion in this one. Sadly, I was mistaken. This book ends on a cliff-hanger, so much of the story still being open. The blurb of this one had me believing there would at least be a conclusion, the page number more than enough for these kinds of stories, but I was mistaken. Had I been more interested in the story, I may have continued on, sadly there was not enough about this one to make me want to read the rest of the series – because, honestly, we can all work out where Temporary CEO and Caught in the Act will take us.

In all honesty, Faking It was more of a two-point-five star read. I was feeling nice when giving this one a rating, and due to that I admit to giving it a three star round up rating when I may not have done so at other times. It wasn’t that I disliked this story, simply that it did not pull me in as much as I had wanted it to.

Like many romance fans, I’m a lover of the billionaire trope. Such stories should feel repetitive by now, and yet I’m still pulled in and finding myself new addictions. I was hoping Faking It would provide such a story – one I could become lost in – yet I found myself unable to connect throughout most of the story.

There were certain elements of the story that did interest me, but it was hard to enjoy these aspects when I did not like the main characters. I could not connect with either of them, which prevented me from losing myself in the story. It wasn’t a dislike of them per se, more so an inability to care about them. There was nothing to make them stand out, and what could have been a wonderful play between the two of them felt smothered by the speed at which events played out. Rather than allowing things to develop, we were thrown straight in without any real feelings growing – then, we jumped from one extreme to the other. Such a thing can work, if there is feeling behind it. Unfortunately, words that could have been used to create emotion were used to reiterate what had happened in the prior chapters – an unnecessary element of storytelling when a book is this short.

I admit, there was potential for this one; sadly, it failed to deliver.

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Saturday, 11 November 2017

Review: Sin Undone

Sin Undone Sin Undone by Larissa Ione
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Sin Undone is the fifth book in the Demonica series, and whilst it may be my least favourite in the series it was still a wonderful read.

I positively adored the first three books in this series – Pleasure Unbound, Desire Unchained, and Passion Unleashed – and quickly found myself wanting more. I was tentative about book four – Ecstasy Unveiled – but I found myself really enjoying it. I’m also glad I picked up the short story – Eternity Embraced – as it let me recognise a character in this one. All in all, I had high hopes for Sin Undone.

Knowing this was the end of the Seminus arc left me wanting to savour this book, left me wanting to take my sweet time, and yet I was excited to see how the story came together. There was so much happen in Ecstasy Unveiled, so many elements were opened up for Sin Undone, and I could not wait to see how everything played out.

As expected, a lot happened in this book. The storyline of this one included a lot more than I had anticipated, covering so much more than I’d imagined it would. I wasn’t quite sure what direction I expected the story to take, and whilst there were times I wasn’t overjoyed with the events, as a whole I really enjoyed it. There was so much to this one, and a lot of it was completely unexpected.

I cannot quite put my finger on what it was, but for some reason I wasn’t as sucked into this one as I had hoped to be. I think it was because I didn’t enjoy Sin as much as I had hoped I would. She was an enjoyable character, I enjoyed her storyline, and Con was amazing… but I found I wasn’t quite as sucked into this one as I was the prior books. It is really difficult to say what the specific reason was for this, but I didn’t enjoy it quite as much as the other books in the series. It was still a wonderful read, but not my number one Demonica book.

I’m also rather annoyed with the ending. It was wonderful, I cannot deny that, but I’m annoyed because I do not have a copy of Eternal Rider to dive into. I did not realise quite how excited I would be for the Lords of Deliverance series, as I’d entered the Demonica series with the belief that the two were not as tightly interwoven as it appears they will be. I’m glad to see there is going to be quite a connection between the two series, yet I’m annoyed because I cannot dive straight into what comes next. I really do need some answers!

Overall, this was a great ending to the Seminus arc and I cannot wait to dive into more of the Demonica spin-off books.

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Friday, 10 November 2017

Review: Transcend

Transcend Transcend by Scarlett Dawn
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Earlier this year, I devoured Scarlett Dawn’s Trigger. As the first book in the Origin series, it really left me excited for more. Sadly, it took me a while to grab book two. In fact, it was only the mention of book four coming out next month that had me begging for my friend to let me use her Kindle Unlimited. I wanted to be up to date with the series, and I wanted to do in the moment.

Much like Trigger, I found Transcend to be a thoroughly addictive read. It was another story I completed in a single sitting, taking up only a couple of hours of my time. I kept telling myself I was going to put the book down, but such did not happen. I was pulled in, and I found myself constantly turning the pages.

Despite my addiction, my feelings are a little bit on the conflicted side. Some elements of the story I enjoyed more than the first book, other elements I enjoyed a lot less than the first book. Due to my level of addiction, however, I opted to give this second book a four-star rating. Like the first book, it was not perfect, however, I did enjoy it for the most part.

Transcend introduces us to a new female lead, a very different female lead character to the one introduced to us in Trigger. I wasn’t entirely sure about her at the start of the story, but she did grow on me as the story progressed. It gave the story a different experience to the first, taking us down a somewhat different route. Whilst the first book was all about doing something, this book was more about gathering the information. Both approaches are enjoyable in different ways, and I found myself rather enjoying the fact we got to see what was happening rather than being quite so stuck in the middle of it. That is not to say this is a passive book, merely that things are a lot less action based than in the first book.

Not that there is a lot of action in either of the first two books in this series. Whilst things are always happening, this series seems to focus more upon the romance elements of a paranormal romance book. I completely get such a thing, but I do feel like a bit more action needs to happen. I never really feel my heart pumping in the action scenes. In fact, the action scenes never stick in my mind like the romance scenes tend to.

Although I felt as though the action wasn’t all it could have been, I did enjoy how this book moved the story forward. It was a rather unexpected turn of events in this book, a turn of events many will not be pleased about, but it has left me super intrigued to see what comes next in the series. It is unclear how things will play out, and I cannot wait to find out more. I have ideas, of course, but I’m unwilling to make any guesses.

It should come as no surprise to find out I’m eager to dive into Torment. I’m hoping book three will provide some clues as to what we can expect for the rest of the series – if not, at least we’ll be digging deeper into the characters that are proving to be highly entertaining.

Even though we’re given insta-love stories, even though it’s not the most action-packed series in history, I am addicted. I need to know what comes next.

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Review: The Vilka's Captive

The Vilka's Captive The Vilka's Captive by Pearl Foxx
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Vilka’s Captive is the third book in the Shifters of Kladuu series, and there is no question of it being my favourite in the series. Although I have loved all three of the books, this one hit even more of the right buttons.

In the first book, The Vilka’s Servant, we were introduced to Nestan. In the second book, The Vilka’s Mate, we spent time concerned about his fate. In this third book, The Vilka’s Servant, we are finally given his story. From the first book I loved his character, and I could not wait to dive into his story. He was a character I enjoyed in the first book, and in this third book he became a favourite.

You see, I have a thing for tortured heroes. Nestan is exactly that, a tortured hero. We got glimpses of it in the first book, but it was even more apparent in this one. Despite the darkness surrounding him, Nestan has a lot of good in him. His romance works to show how he is very much deserving of love. Add in the fact Linnea’s story ties in with the female lead from the prior book, and we have a lot of fun in store.

I could rant and rave for a very long time about the romance between the two characters and how I loved it, but it wouldn’t do the story justice. There is so much to it, the relationship between the two characters being more than simple lust. Whilst there is some lust thrown in, the connection does go much deeper.

As wonderful as the storylines of the individual characters may be, there is also a lot done for the overall series storyline. A big twist is thrown in, stirring the pot for the overall series. It was an unexpected turn, and I cannot wait to see how it plays out in the rest of the series. I’m not going to say what, but there will be repercussions and I cannot wait to see them.

Whilst this may be my favourite in the series, I was a little bit disappointed by a couple of things. I adored the interaction between the three Vilka males in the first book, and I feel as though we didn’t get to see as much as it in this one. I wanted more interactions between the three of them. We had the initial scene when they got to see each other again, but I would have liked for a bit more between them – a reminder of what I enjoyed so much. The other thing I would have liked more of is the fighting scene. There is a huge fight in this book, and I feel as though it wasn’t quite as mind blowing as it could have been – it was over much too quick for me to become truly invested.

Despite those little things, I did adore this one. I cannot wait for book four, either. The epilogue of this one gives us an insight into the next book, promising an even deeper look into the Draqon world. I cannot wait!

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Release Day Blitz: Alive.


Alive by Victoria Johns
Soul Mates Series Bk 3
Release Date – Friday 10th November 2017
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Rebecca Monroe hasn’t had the best life, but since she escaped and started again with a new identity, she’s been working hard to be a normal college student and make something of herself. Turning her passion for dance into her dream job is nearly a reality, until someone from her past threatens it all and Rebecca finds herself on the run.
Jake Griggs has got it all. A loving family, a college education and more women than he knows what to do with. A bad case of mistaken identity threatens to blow his easy life wide open, until his brother Jonas sends him on a job to observe, report and protect a young woman he’s pledged to keep safe. There’s just one condition – Don’t get too close.
What should be a simple mission, turns into a roller coaster love story as both Jake and Rebecca realize that just because you’re existing, it doesn’t mean you are alive.
Alive can be read as a standalone novel but is alsothe third instalment of the Soul Mates Series and if you loved the characters of the Soul Sisters Series from Hawkstown then this book will definitely set you on fire.

Wednesday, 8 November 2017

Review: Tempt the Playboy

Tempt the Playboy Tempt the Playboy by Natasha Madison
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Earlier this year I read Tempt The Boss, and loved it. It was my first Natasha Madison read, yet I do not hesitate to call the book my favourite enemies-to-lovers story. It is, without a doubt, one of the funniest books I have ever picked up. I’m constantly telling people to read it, pointing people towards the amazing romcom. Since reading it, I’ve been meaning to pick up another Natasha Madison read, excited to see what else the author has to offer. I waited, however. Rather than diving into any Natasha Madison read, I waited for the second of the Tempt books.

Although the love story in Tempt the Playboy is a standalone love story, I really do recommend reading Tempt the Boss first. Tempt the Playboy is a companion novel, taking place alongside the story in Tempt the Boss. So many references are made to events in Tempt the Boss that I fear you will be lost if you have not read it. Plus, this works to build up on what we already know about the characters from the prior book. I know some people will still go into this one as though it is a standalone novel, but for the fullest enjoyment go and read Tempt the Boss. Not only is it necessary, it is an amazing read.

In all honesty, I did not enjoy Tempt the Playboy as much as I enjoyed Tempt the Boss. I think my standards were set far too high after Tempt the Boss. For me, Tempt the Boss was a four-point-five-star rating rounded down whereas Tempt the Playboy is a three-point-five-star rating rounded up. I enjoyed this one, but it wasn’t the mind blowing read I received from the first book. The storyline was decent, there was some laughter, but I wasn’t as sucked in as I was with the first book.

I think for me, my biggest issue was that I did not feel the connection between the characters I had hoped for. I enjoyed both of the characters when they were side characters in Tempt the Boss, but when I was reading their story I did not feel the connection between them that had I had been imagining. I enjoyed watching as their story unfolded, but I wasn’t lost inside of it. With Tempt the Boss, I could not put the book down; with this one, I was about to turn my attention to other things. Due to this, I noticed a lot of smaller things I’d been able to overlook in book one but wasn’t quite able to ignore with this one – namely how we got to see certain elements from both points of view, without it really adding much, simply telling it from a different perspective.

As with the prior book, my favourite thing was the humour. I wasn’t howling with laughter on every page as I was with the first book, but there were plenty of giggles to be found throughout. One scene in particular makes for a wonderful giggle.

Whilst I am interested in picking up the third book, Tempt the Neighbor, I’m not as crazy excited for it as I was for Tempt the Playboy after finishing Tempt the Boss. I’ll certainly be reading it, but it is not at the top of my to-read list. With a bit of luck, however, I will enjoy it more than I enjoyed this one.

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Tuesday, 7 November 2017

Review: Eternity Embraced

Eternity Embraced Eternity Embraced by Larissa Ione
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Eternity Embraced is a short story in the Demonica world, occurring between Desire Unchained and Passion Unleashed. I had a bit of a debate about whether to give this one a three-star rating or a four-star rating, as I would actually consider it a three-point-five star read, but in the end I opted to round down. It’s not that I disliked this story, merely that it was not quite to the same level of amazing as the rest of the series.

Eternity Embraced is a bit of a cliché in terms of storyline, but Larissa Ione does enough with it to add her own spin and integrate it into the Demonica world. It’s short and sweet, but it does enough to pull you into the storyline. You can complete it in no time at all, but you will leave satisfied with the story.

It is not a necessary story to understand the rest of the series. It is a standalone in every way possible, giving us a short story of characters we do not encounter in the main series. Due to this you can read it without having read the rest of the series, allowing you an insight into what you can expect. If you’re a fan of the series, you can read it for a step back from the main storyline, a way to stay in the world without diving deep into the main events.

However you approach this, it’s a fun little addition to the Demonica world. It may not be my favourite story in the series, but I enjoy it.

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Review: Vengeance 101

Vengeance 101 Vengeance 101 by Louisa Lo
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Vengeance 101 is a short story in the Vengeance Demon world, offering a great little introduction to anyone interested in finding out more about the series. For those who are fans of the series, this is a great look back into the past – before Vengeance Be Mine – that shows us the hurdles our character faced in the early days of her vengeance life; for those who are new to the series, this book gives you enough to ensure you get a taste for the series whilst leaving you open for more.

I’ll be completely honest by saying this one wasn’t my favourite of the short stories in the Vengeance Demon world, but it really was a nice look at the earlier days in the story. We knew about the issues Megan faced, and it was nice to finally get a look at how it was for her before all of the drama started to truly unfold.

In all honesty, it’s left me wanting little short stories for many of the characters, as I would love little snapshots like this for many of my favourites. It’s so nice to get to see more of them, especially in a situation that is not quite as dire as that in the main story. Oh, there is enough in this short story to ensure your attention is grabbed, but it is rather tame when compared to the rest of the series. As I said, it makes for a great introduction.

Now, I go back to my impatient waiting for the next book – because, damn, I’m excited for this series and Vengeance 101 simply worked to remind me of why I’m so addicted.

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Review: Ecstasy Unveiled

Ecstasy Unveiled Ecstasy Unveiled by Larissa Ione
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Ecstasy Unveiled is the fourth book in the Demonica series, and if I’m completely honest I was a wee bit worried about this one. I fell in love with the brothers throughout Pleasure Unbound, Desire Unchained, and Passion Unleashed, and the idea of a new sibling left me unsure as to what would happen. Especially with how I wasn’t the biggest fan of Lore when he was introduced to us in book three.

Fortunately, this one won me over in next to no time at all. Despite my initial worries, I enjoyed this one as much as I enjoyed the prior books in the series. That is to say, this was another wonderful read, a fabulous addition to the Demonica series. My addiction to this series will not be harmed in any way through the attention shifting away from the three main brothers.

Not that we do not get to see our favourite characters. They’re just as prevalent in this one, the overarching storyline ensuring we get to see all that is going on in their lives. In fact, the storyline of this novel was tied up with the prior books much more than I’d expected it to be. Many elements from the prior books were brought back in this one, events from the prior books playing an importance in this storyline. As with the other books, although it is possible to read the romantic elements of this story as a standalone novel, the best experience comes through reading this series in order. There are events building throughout, and this book builds upon things in a wonderful way.

Not to mention, there is so much promise for the next book. This book works really well as a prelude to Sin Undone, giving us an insight into the romance that is to occur along with starting off the action that is going to unravel. Even if you decide not to read the first three books in the series, I recommend this one before jumping into book five – it very much feels as though certain details are going to be pivotal.

Whilst it is important in the context of the overall series storyline, it is also wonderful alone. There were so many elements of this story to pull you in, new details to ensure you were addicted to the story throughout. The romance between the two characters was wonderful, and the storyline developed in a fabulous way. Honestly, I’m surprised by just how much I loved this one.

Without a doubt a fabulous addition to the series, and I cannot wait to see what Sin Undone brings us.

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Release Blitz: Bad.


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True power is never held by good men, only the most perfect of villains. And she and I are both villains...

I stole her, and she's so very angry. The cartel princess doesn't like being a pretty little pawn. She fights me when she should fear me. But oh, how her defiance excites me.

She would kill me if she could, and I'd ruin her if I had an ounce less control. What a twisted game we play with sweet threats and cruel promises. I crave her madness in the most depraved ways because I know she'll be so beautiful when she bleeds.

A queen who could set the world on fire and a king who would call it rain. Two very bad people who want very bad things are never safe together.

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Monday, 6 November 2017

Review: Passion Unleashed

Passion Unleashed Passion Unleashed by Larissa Ione
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Passion Unleashed is the third book in the Demonica series, and I’ve been so excited for this one throughout the two prior books. I loved both Pleasure Unbound and Desire Unchained, falling in love with the characters. Yet I couldn’t wait to read Wraith’s story. I’m a sucker for tortured heroes and whilst he was never my favourite of the brothers, I had high hopes for his story.

Although I did enjoy this one, it wasn't quite as mind blowing as I'd been hoping for considering my interest in the main character. You see, my expectations for Wraith were high. His story was a lot of fun, I cannot deny that, but the whole tortured hero element left a lot to be desired. There was so much build-up throughout the first two books, that I expected my heart to be ripped into pieces when I finally got to read Wraith’s story. Some elements were dark, as I had hoped, but it was not up to my usual tortured hero standard.

Despite feeling somewhat let down by Wraith’s background, I did enjoy this one a lot. Things have been building throughout the first two books, and we finally got to witness as a lot of things came together. I’m never quite sure where Larissa Ione is going to take us next, and in this one she delivered another multi-layered story. Whilst this can work as a standalone novel for the romantic elements, I would recommend reading this series in order if you wish to understand all the references made throughout as there is a lot going on.

In addition to being given Wraith’s story, we see the continuous storyline from the prior books – the Gem and Ky arc – come to a head. Although there were times when I felt as though their storyline was taking the attention away from Wraith, I came to understand why it was given so much attention by the end of the book. In addition, we also get introduced to new characters that will be important in the future books. Whilst there were times when I felt like too much was going on, and times where I wished the attention would shift to other characters, it really did come together so well in the end. It wasn’t at all the story I had been anticipating, but I did enjoy it a lot.

Having read through the first three books in rapid succession, there’s no doubt about my addiction to the series. As soon as I finished Passion Unleashed I grabbed Ecstasy Unveiled, needing even more of this series. Whilst I’d expected I would enjoy this series, I never expected to find myself quite as addicted as I am. I think it’s safe to say, Larissa Ione has managed to wiggle her way onto my favourite authors list with this series, and as soon as I’m done powering through the Demonica books I’m going to have to look at her other series.

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Review: The Vilka's Mate

The Vilka's Mate The Vilka's Mate by Pearl Foxx
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Vilka's Mate is the second book in the Shifters of Kladuu series, and I enjoyed this one even more than the first. Without a doubt, I’m now addicted to this series and will be diving into each additional book as soon as I get the chance.

The moment I finished The Vilka’s Servant, I dove straight into The Vilka’s Mate. I was both excited and tentative about this one. Excited because I couldn’t wait to find out more about this world; tentative because I was unsure about the promised romance. You see, in The Vilka’s Servant I found myself excited for a romance between Gerrit and Niva. Upon finding out this would not be a romance between the two of them, I was rather disappointed. As soon as this story started, however, I realised what I was given was so much better than what my heart had been set on.

The Vilka’s Mate takes us even deeper into the Kladuu world, showing us so much more than The Vilka’s Servant showed us. In particular, we finally get to see beyond the Vilka clan. It was nice to get an introduction to more of the world, to get to see other elements come into play. Fear not, though, it’s not a story built entirely upon new information. Things we were introduced to in the first book reappear in this one, taking us even deeper into the overarching storyline. Whilst it is possible to enjoy this book as a standalone, you’ll get a much better appreciation for the world and events if you read this series in order.

Much like the first book, this one was impossible to put down. The events leave you wanting more, leaving you gripped throughout. The characters are amazing, you cannot help but fall in love with them. Everything comes together so well.

There’s such promise for the next book, too. In fact, I’m crazy excite for Nestan’s story. The epilogue gave us a glimpse into the next book and it got me so excited, as a name was mentioned from The Vilka’s Secret (the short story I positively adored) and now I cannot wait to see how things play out.

Without a doubt, I need more.

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Sunday, 5 November 2017

Review: Most Eligible Bastard

Most Eligible Bastard Most Eligible Bastard by Annika Martin
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The synopsis of Most Eligible Bastard instantly grabbed me, and I knew I needed to read this one. Everything about it screamed ‘read me’. Laughter was promised. Romance I could ship was promised. A wonderful story was promised. Plus, it would finally give me my introduction to Annika Martin. A few times I have looked at Annika Martin books and thought ‘this sound interesting’ but I never did pick them up – after this, things are about to change. I’ll certainly be reading more Annika Martin books in the future.

As expected, Most Eligible Bastard was a wonderful read, providing so much. In fact, it provided even more than I’d initially anticipated. I’d be expecting your usual enemies-to-lovers romcom, but what I was given was much more intense. Whilst the story was absolutely hilarious, it also dealt with a very serious topic. It can be difficult to walk the line between the two extremes, to merge them without killing off one of the two elements, but this book did it so well. I let out so much laughter throughout this book, but when the serious issues were being dealt with I felt the punch to my gut. It was so well done, giving me a read that was much more than I’d believed it would be.

From the very start of this book I was pulled into the story. Annika Martin’s writing instantly pulled me in, the internal dialogues of the characters leaving me wanting more. Not only did it help me to fall in love with the characters in no time at all, it also made the book a joy to read. The sass and sarcasm were wonderful, ensuring I was along for the ride.

Even without the wonderful storytelling, the story itself was enough to grip me. It had everything necessary to keep me engaged, all those little details that make a book worth reading even when you should be turning your Kindle off and going to bed. There was drama, there was romance, there was humour, and there was a dog. The dog is a very important one in this story, adding that little something more. Throughout there is the serious topic lingering in the background, something you know is going to come out towards the end, and the little glimpses were enough to ensure I remembered there was more to this story than a simple bout of humour.

Not to mention, I adored the characters. They were both such fun, and the chemistry between them was wonderful. They played off each other so well, coming together in a glorious way. From the very start I was shipping them, no time at all needed before I was lost in their story. The side characters were a lot of fun, too. Not to mention – I’m going back there again – the dog.

Without a doubt, this is one of my favourite enemies-to-lovers stories and I’ll certainly be picking up more Annika Martin in the future.

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Saturday, 4 November 2017

Review: Alive

Alive Alive by Victoria Johns
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Alive is the third book The Soul Mate series, and Victoria Johns has delivered another winner. If you’ve enjoyed the prior books in the series, you’re guaranteed to love this one.

I was introduced to Victoria Johns through ‘I Wanna Get Laid by Kade’, which she wrote with Nikki Ashton. From there, I wanted more. Thus, I dived into The Soul Mate series. The first book, Survivor, was a wonderful read that left me wanting more. The second book, Deserved, was a different kind of wonderful and cemented my love for the series. Book three, Alive, has merely confirmed why I find myself excited when I see a Victoria Johns book on my Kindle.

Book three follows the story of one of the characters I came to love in book two, one of the wonderful twin set. As soon as I found out which character we would be following, I was all kinds of excited. I loved Jake so much in the prior book and couldn’t wait to get to know more about him, eager to see Jake in his entirety. He seemed like such a fun character, more complex than people seemed to believe.

At first, I was a little bit worried about his story. It started off with an event that left me questioning whether or not I would be able to fall in love with Jake in the way I had been hoping to. Fortunately, things started moving quickly and before I knew what was happening, I was a goner. I was pulled into Jake’s story, and I could not put the book down.

What really won me over, though, was the links in with book one. Our female lead takes us back to a character briefly introduced to us in book one, a character I was not expecting to see again. Through this, so many elements from the first book were brought back to our attention, taking us back to characters I had been missing. Whilst this book works perfectly fine as a standalone novel, you’ll have a much better appreciation for events if you’ve read the rest of the series. It’s not a necessity, but it does allow you to see the way things link together.

With a character I loved from book two and a surprise reappearance from book one, I quickly found myself lost in this story. The chemistry between the two characters was wonderful, and I found myself lost in their story. I felt as though things played out between them a bit quickly, and certain elements of the story were solved a bit too easily, but I was able to overlook these factors as I was so in love with the characters.

Honestly, this was a wonderful addition to the series and I’m so excited for book four. I didn’t realise book four was to be the last, and I’m now heartbroken at the knowledge I only have one more wonderful book left in this series.

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Review: Desire Unchained

Desire Unchained Desire Unchained by Larissa Ione
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Desire Unchained is the second book in Larissa Ione’s Demonica series, and it was a wonderful addition to the series. Although I did not enjoy it quite as much as I enjoyed the first book, I found it to be a truly gripping read.

As soon as I finished Pleasure Unbound, I knew I needed to jump into the second Demonica book. The first book in the series was a fabulous read, leaving me desperate for more. The storyline had gripped me, and the characters had won me over; and I was positive the second book would give me even more of what I had come to adore. There were questions I wanted answering, and there was the promise of side characters getting their own stories – both containing the promise I would be devouring the series.

I will most certainly be devouring the series. Book one was enough to leave me excited for more, book two had confirmed I am a goner.

The second book in the series builds upon the things we found out about in the first book. I went into this book believing it would be a standalone story that would not deal with elements of the prior book, not in full at least, but I was mistaken. Although it is not necessary to read the prior book in the series, doing so will give you a greater appreciation for this book. The events in Desire Unchained tied in with the events of Pleasure Unbound in more ways than I could have ever imagined, creating a wonderful connection between the two books. Each time something more was added, I found myself grinning like a fool as the connections became apparent.

It’s not just the links to the prior book that had me smiling, though. I’m so excited for the possibilities that have been opened up for the rest of the series. There were many new elements introduced, a number of twists thrown in, and I cannot wait to see how everything comes together in the future books. There’s such promise, and I cannot wait to see how things come together.

Whilst I clearly adored this book, I didn’t love it as much as I had hoped. I had high expectations for Shade, after adoring his character in the first book. His story was interesting, yes, but it didn’t have the impact I had been hoping for. The curse element of his storyline in particular failed to hit me in the way I had hoped. I enjoyed the way the curse played out throughout the story, but the ending felt like a bit of a cheat. I found it hard to believe the ‘get out of jail free card’ wasn’t found by the brothers much sooner. Thus, whilst I enjoyed the couple in this one and the way their story played out, it wasn’t quite the high of book one.

I am crazy excited to dive into book three, though. I have such high hopes for book three, and plan to dive in soon.

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