Monday, 11 November 2019

Review: Hero

Hero Hero by Julia Sykes
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Hero is the thirteenth book in the Impossible series by Julia Sykes, and I’ve been eager for this one since I was first introduced to Dex. I’ve adored him as a side character, leaving me with high hopes for his story.

As always, Julia Sykes had me hooked throughout. Hero gripped me from the very start, and I could not get enough of it. Although it was a bit slower than other books in the series and the suspense was nowhere near as intense, the emotional connection I had to the story was just as strong as always. Once I started, I could not put it down. I finished it in a single sitting, unable to put the book down.

It was great to finally see Dex move beyond what happened earlier in the series, and to appreciate it in full I do recommend reading the prior books in the series. However, it always works perfectly fine as a standalone novel, as this story is wrapped up in one.

Without a doubt, Hero was a fabulous addition to the series.

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Review: Maggie's Man

Maggie's Man Maggie's Man by Alicia Scott
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I’m a big Lisa Gardner fan, and have recently given myself the goal to work through all the author’s books. Thus, when I found out Lisa Gardner had written romantic suspense as Alicia Scott, I was curious. I’m always willing to dive into a romantic suspense, and I was curious to see how Lisa Gardner would go about it.

Although I did not enjoy this one quite as much as I have enjoyed other Lisa Gardner books, Maggie’s Man did hook me. It’s more on the romantic side than the suspense side, it isn’t quite up to the usual thrilling standard of Lisa Gardner, but it certainly gripped me throughout.

I was addicted to the story, curious as to how all the details would come together. I was hooked on the interactions between the characters, giving me plenty of reasons to keep turning the pages. Add in the curiosity I have towards the side characters and the fact I want to know more about the family, and I’m left eager to dive into book two.

All in all, Maggie’s Man has me eager to dive into the next book in the Family Secrets series.

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Review: The Shape of Night

The Shape of Night The Shape of Night by Tess Gerritsen
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I’m a big Tess Gerritsen fan and am always eager to dive into the author’s work. With The Shape of Night, we have a book that left me curious. I love a good supernatural twist to a story, and I was eager to see how Tess Gerritsen would incorporate it into a story.

Although The Shape of Night was an enjoyable read, one I easily devoured in a single sitting, it wasn’t quite all I was expecting. It was enjoyable, yes, but I would have liked a wee bit more from it. I wanted to dig deeper into the supernatural elements of the story, and I wanted things to be a bit creepier. Don’t get me wrong, it was addictive, but it was a bit too easy to work out and I feel more depth to the supernatural elements would have made me enjoy this one a bit more.

Overall, another enjoyable read from Tess Gerritsen, although not a favourite from the author.

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Review: Reaper Academy: Semester One

Reaper Academy: Semester One Reaper Academy: Semester One by Jasmine Walt
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Reaper Academy had me super curious, leaving me desperate for a new paranormal series that would have me addicted. Unfortunately, I found myself disappointed by this one.

The story was extremely similar to a lot of I have read before, and I found myself working through it making comparisons to other similar books instead of finding things that made it stand out from the crowd. It made it difficult for me to be pulled into it, as I felt like I knew what was coming. In fact, I worked out extremely easily what was coming. There was nothing surprising about the details that were revealed, to the point where I found myself annoyed by the characters being unable to work it out. Add in the fact things could have been resolved in this one book, but a childish excuse was applied and that is why there is going to be a second.

Sure, there were a few moments I enjoyed. However, these were few and far between. This one could have been a three-star rating, but those enjoyable moments were overshadowed by the numerous inconsistencies I found throughout the story. I can handle a couple, but I was pulled out of the story too often when I went into editor mode.

Overall, Reaper Academy does not seem to be for me. I’m sure some will enjoy this one, but I was let down by it.

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Release Blitz: Adore.




Title: Adore
Duet: On My Knees #2
Author: Ella James
Genre: MM Romance
Release Date: November 11, 2019


The heartrending conclusion to the On My Knees Duet, a forbidden MM love story by USA Today Bestseller Ella James.







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“Mr. Rayne. How was your night?”
I swallow, propping the phone against my shoulder. “Fine.”
“I can hear the rumble in your voice. You’re hard now, aren’t you?”
I grit my teeth and suck a breath in through my nose. “I can’t go in a church like this.”
“You can—and you will if you want to keep your job. It’s not any church, it’s my church. I’d like to bring you to your knees while you’re there.”
My hand cups my thick tip. I rub my thumb over the little slit there, sending sparks of light dancing behind my closed eyes. “I can hardly walk.”
“Toss back a few shots before you get into your car. Your place is well-stocked.”
“When I drink, I want to fuck.”
“I want you to want to fuck, so that sounds perfect.”






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I shouldn’t have even been there—stranded on a little sand-speck island in the Caymans. 
When I swam out to a yacht in the dark, all I really wanted was fresh water. 
That night, we quenched our thirst together.
In the light of day, my nameless savior washed his hands of me. 

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I’ve resisted this temptation my whole life. How did he make me surrender? 
My self-restraint is legendary. It’s part of being a McDowell. For thirty years, I’ve followed in my father’s footsteps, carried on my famous grandfather’s tradition. I wield power and influence worth far more than flesh. 
I’ll lose everything if I give in again. 
So why does one man bring me to my knees?


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Ella James is the USA Today bestselling author of sixteen teen and adult love stories. She's an angst-a-holic who loves exploring difficult situations and the emotions of the people caught up in them. Also, smut. But always, always romance.

Ella's obsessions include vanilla cream soda, hiking, other weird, crunchy things like rock collecting, and the antics of her three little monsters. 

To find out more about her projects, follow her on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ellajamesbooks, tweet her at author_ellaj or follow her on Instagram (authorellajames).

Interested in the foreign rights for one of Ella’s books? Contact her agent, Rebecca Friedman, at rebecca@rfliterary.com.




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Release Blitz: Shattered Dreams.




Title: Shattered Dreams
Author: Rebecca Barber
Genre: Women's Fiction
Release Date: November 10, 2019



Blurb

They say first comes love.

Second comes marriage.

Third comes…

What happens when the third doesn’t come?

The day I married the love of my life I was certain it would be forever, right up until it wasn’t.

Now I’m sitting on a plane running away from everything that’s gone wrong in my life.

When it comes to love, nothing is simple... not even a happily ever after. 







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Rebecca is a clumsy, introverted, bubble bath loving, chocoholic who'd rather read a book than go shopping. And don't even mention shoe shopping!

Rebecca is a lucky girl - one of four kids to school teacher parents. Wife to a football obsessed husband. Mother to a fur-baby who has no idea how big he is. Aunt to the most crazy/adorable little girls. And sister to two very determined sisters and one easy going brother.

Rebecca lives in Canberra Australia and spends way too many hours a day working the day job.

She is a book whore who can easily (and happily) read a book from start to finish in one sitting and spends her spare time writing.  

Release Blitz: Sweet Victory.




Title: Sweet Victory
Series: BTU Alumni #3
Author: Alley Ciz
Genre: Contemporary Sports Romance
Release Date: November 11, 2019



Blurb

Holly Vanderbilt is running.

From her past, her present, her future – everything.
Baking is her only solace. Cookies, cakes, ingredients coming together, they make sense.
A professional fighter walking into her kitchen? Not so much.

Vince Steele is focused on his future.

The next fight.
The next win.
Nothing else matters except feeling the weight of the Light Heavyweight belt around this waist.
Until Holly.

He has what it takes to win the belt.
But will Holly’s past prove to be an opponent he can’t beat?
He’s never backed down from a fight.
He wasn’t going to start now, not when winning Holly’s heart could be the sweetest victory of all.

The Coven is back and about to recruit a new member. SWEET VICTORY is the third book in the BTU Alumni series and can be read as a stand-alone. This book features a Christmas-loving hot mess of a baker, an alpha-dirty-talking MMA fighter, and the best group of friends ever (even if they don’t know how to mind their own business). HEA guaranteed—being on Santa’s Nice List…not so much.





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Alley Ciz is an indie author of Contemporary/New Adult, Rom-Com, Sports Romances.
She's a stay at home mom to 3 amazing and crazy mini royals, a 95lb lab, and let's face it on some days her hubby is her 4th kid... But to be fair she totally loves him a a lot.
When she's not corralling her crazy mini royals she can be found writing the stories the voices in her head tell her. Caffeine is a staple in her daily diet since she does most of her writing late at night when the rest of her house is asleep, usually with her trusty dog Buke (short for Beukeboom reluctantly named after a NY Ranger even though she's a NJ Devils fan all the way. Is it any surprise she writes sports romances?
Pizza and mac-n-cheese are major food groups and she is a proud Potterhead and superhero buff.
She is a complete romance junkie and can always be found reading or listening to a book.


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