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, 24 May 2017

Review: For Once In My Life

For Once In My Life For Once In My Life by Cynthia Roberts
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

For Once In My Life is the third book in the Love Song Standards series, and I can safely say it is my favourite book thus far. With each new book I read, I fall a little deeper in love with the series. From the very start, I knew this was a wonderful idea – songs inspired by classic love songs, it’s such a simple idea and yet I do not know of a series like this out there already on the market – yet I failed to realise how deeply I would fall under the spell.

All of the books are quite quick reads, they are those where once you get started you’re finished much sooner than you’d initially anticipated you would be. For Once In My Life seemed to go by even quicker, forcing me to finish it in a single sitting. Despite the length, the book has everything you need to ensure addiction. It is sweet, is has action, and characters you cannot help but love.

As with the prior books in the series, this is a seemingly simple love story. It isn’t the kind of story where you need to harden your heart to enjoy the romance between the two, you simply need to open the doors to your heart and they will stroll straight in. I’m not saying the story is trouble free, far from it, but it is a much lighter read than the romances I tend to lean towards. I think this is a big reason as to why the series is growing on me so much – it has all the elements of a good romance without forcing me down the dark path I tend to lean towards.

Honestly, this one is without a doubt my favourite. The connection between the two characters was wonderful, and watching them slowly open up kept me gripped. As soon as I saw ‘prima ballerina’ and ‘army’ in the synopsis, I knew I was a goner. Trust me, when I say this does deliver.

The only issue I had with the story was with our male’s speech. Everyone loves a Scottish accent – if I could bottle the voices of the men in my city, I would be rolling in the cash – so I wasn’t at all surprised when we were given a male lead with the beautiful accent. Sadly, when reading it I found myself slipping and thinking it didn’t quite feel right. I get this a lot, and have only ever found a single author (a native Scot, at that) where I felt as though the speech didn’t conform to every Scottish stereotype in existence. I doubt this will have a big impact upon many people, but as someone who listens to the beautiful brogue on a daily basis, I did feel as though it wasn’t quite true to life.

Overall, though, I really enjoyed this one. The books in this series are growing stronger, and I cannot wait to find out what the next one brings.

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