Saturday, 30 June 2018

Release Blitz: Snow Jewel.

Title: Snow Jewel
Series: The Jewel Chronicles #2
Author: Natalina Reis
Publisher: Hot Tree Publishing
Genre: Fantasy Romance
Release Date: June 30, 2018


A princess on the run, an ex-slave returning home. Together they must battle prejudice and superstition if their love is to survive.

When Princess Milenda arrives at Isvärld, a land of snow and ice, she’s hoping for a quiet life with her new husband, Jaali. What she gets is anything but.

Even though happy he’s returned, Jaali’s people can’t see past the color of Milenda’s skin, a color she shares with the hated Mabaya Warriors who have been stealing and selling their children into slavery for centuries.

Freya, a goddess of the icy kingdom, tasked with protecting the princess and her man, doesn’t seem trustworthy, and their only true ally is Milenda’s flying lizard, Mjusi. But even the mutsi is acting strangely.

Will their love for each other and Milenda’s special gifts protect them from the dangers around them or will they meet their doom in the one place that promised them safe harbor?

Snow Jewel is the second book in The Jewel Chronicles. A unique interracial romance set against a breathtaking fantasy world with complex characters and twists at every turn. Let Snow Jewel take you to another world.

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Author of We Will Always Have the Closet, Desert Jewel, and Loved You Always, Natalina wrote her first romance in collaboration with her best friend at the age of 13. Since then she has ventured into other genres, but romance is first and foremost in almost everything she writes.

After earning a degree in tourism and foreign languages, she worked as a tourist guide in her native Portugal for a short time before moving to the United States. She lived in three continents and a few islands, and her knack for languages and linguistics led her to a master’s degree in education. She lives in Virginia where she has taught English as a Second Language to elementary school children for more years than she cares to admit.

Natalina doesn’t believe you can have too many books or too much coffee. Art and dance make her happy and she is pretty sure she could survive on lobster and bananas alone. When she is not writing or stressing over lesson plans, she shares her life with her husband and two adult sons.

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Review: Onyx of Darkness

Onyx of Darkness Onyx of Darkness by Norma Hinkens
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Norma Hinkens left me excited for more of her work after I found myself addicted to The Expulsion Project. It was a wonderful sci-fi series, but the promise of fantasy – in particular, my favourite fantasy aspect, dragons – meant I was more than willing to dive straight into the Keeper Chronicles.

With book one, Opal of Light, I found myself addicted to another Norma Hinkens story. With book two, Onyx of Darkness, I believe it is safe to say my addiction to this series is stronger than my addiction to The Expulsion Project. Honestly, I cannot wait to get my hands on book three – I’m so desperate to see how everything comes together in the Opus of Doom conclusion.

In Opal of Light we were introduced to a wonderful new world and set of rules, a world and magic system that develops even more in Onyx of Darkness. All we thought we knew about the world continues to grow in this second book, introducing us to more elements that will suck us in deep. We have twists on what we thought we knew, we have new elements introduced, and we have more of the stuff we came to enjoy so much in book one. Without a doubt, the world building in this series is solid, ensuring you’ll be turning the pages at a rapid pace to see what else you can find out. Although we do get some answers to questions that appeared in book one, at the end of book two we have just as many lingering questions that need to be answered in the conclusion. With some of the things that were introduced, you’re guaranteed to find yourself desperate for those answers.

The twist at the end, however, is probably what will have you most desperate to grab the final book. We were given answers to things that had been building throughout the first two books, confirming beliefs and leaving us excited for how the information will come into play, but it’s the unexpected twist that hits the hardest. It’s a serious ‘what comes next’ ending, much like the first book, ensuring I will be diving into Opus of Doom the moment it appears on my Kindle.

While there is plenty I want to see come together in the final book, with there being many things I want to see happen between the characters and lands, I think the biggest thing I’m holding out hope for is more dragon action. They’ve been there in the background, but I’m really hoping they come to the fore in the final book. As anyone who has read my other fantasy reviews will know, dragons are my biggest weakness in the genre, and I’m crossing my fingers for lots of dragon goodness in the final book.

Overall, Onyx of Darkness was a great second book in the Keeper Chronicles. I cannot wait to get my hands on Opus of Doom, as I’m in dire need of answers.

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Friday, 29 June 2018

Review: Rock Legend

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

Tara Leigh won me over from the moment I entered Deal Breaker. The story grabbed me tight and I was desperate for more of the author’s work. When the Nothing but Trouble series was brought to my attention, I was instantly excited. Mixing an author I’ve come to love and one of my favourite things – rock star romances – together was a recipe to have my mind blown. What I did not expect was for my mind to be blown to quite the degree it was.

With Rock King, I found myself truly addicted. It was an even stronger book than Deal Breaker, coming extremely close to being a five-star rating. By the time I was done I had one thing on my mind – grabbing book two. I had intended to dive into book two the moment it appeared on my Kindle, unfortunately moving house meant I was unable to read it for quite some time. It was a painful wait, I would have happily not moved house so that I could dive into this, but it was certainly worth it. More than worth it, in fact.

I’ll be completely honest with you, I came even closer to handing Rock Legend a five-star rating than I did Rock King. What happened is what I commonly refer to as The Lies of Locke Lamora Effect. For those who have not read my other reviews where I have mentioned the aforementioned effect, I shall explain it to you. Scott Lynch’s The Lies of Locke Lamora is one of my all-time favourite fantasy reads. I recommend it to every fantasy lover, and those who are not fantasy lovers, because I love it so much. However, it is extremely rare for me to hand out five-star ratings. The fact I have read over two-thousand books and have handed out less than one-hundred five-star ratings demonstrates how rarely these ratings are handed out. Even some of my favourite books have not been given a five-star rating due to something small. My prime example is The Lies of Locke Lamora. It was little things that stopped that elusive five-star rating from being handed, and so The Lies of Locke Lamora Effect was born. It has happened quite a few times, in many genres – The Lies of Locke Lamora, Dark Matter, Rock King, to name a few, and now Rock Legend. If I were anyone else, if I were willing to hand over five-star ratings like the rest of the population, this one would had easily received the five-star rating. Unfortunately, I’m a truly horrible person and held off on handing the five-star rating – even when my finger was hovering over the five-star rating.

However, the fact both of the books in the Nothing but Trouble series have come so close to a five-star rating has left me with the belief one of the future books will manage to do so. There is no doubt in my mind, after just two books, that the Nothing but Trouble series is going to be one of my all-time favourite series. I cannot recommend them enough, and I do not doubt the books will continue to grow ever stronger.

So, what was it I enjoyed so much about this one?

Throughout Rock King, I was intrigued by the side characters. It was never enough to distract from the story, but when I found out we were to receive their book next, I knew I was going to be blown away. They were such great characters, and I could not wait to dig deeper into their world. Know you do not need to have read Rock King to enjoy Rock Legend, but I would recommend giving it a read – it’s a fabulous book, and it does help with some of the references given in this one.

Now, as excited as I was for the characters, I did not expect to fall as in love with them as I did. I did not expect to connect with them on such a deep level. You see, this is a story that touches me on a personal level. So many books out there deal with perfect and how you do not need to be perfect to find the one. Few have hit so close to home, though. Often, I will finish these books and think ‘nice message, shame it will never happen to me’. However, Rock Legend made me believe it is possible. It is one of the few books out there that touched upon something I experience daily and actually made me think there could be more for me out there. I’m not saying this is a book that preaches, far from it, I’m merely saying this book hits all the right buttons. The message it is sending is certainly received, and I couldn’t help but connect deeply with our characters.

Of course, there is more to the story than that. In fact, this book is an onion book. By this point, I’m sure we’re all aware of the onion analogy from Shrek. It applied to the first book, but this book takes it to a whole new level. Each time we think we have uncovered everything, another layer is revealed. We keep digging ever deeper, and the number of topics that are dealt with throughout this book is amazing. Each one is dealt with wonderfully, with care and feeling. I could sit and list all the elements I enjoyed, but to do so would be to start giving spoilers. Just know, there are so many wonderful elements dealt with throughout this book, and I loved them all.

I could fan girl forever about this one – it could easily become one of those reviews where I write a couple of thousand words and still say nothing due to all the gushing I am doing. Just know, this book hit hard, and I loved it so much.

I’m sure by this point you’re asking what that little thing was that prevented the five-star rating. After all, I am gushing all over the place. For me, the little thing that stopped me from giving a five-star rating was the fact I wanted more from the past between the characters. We get told about it, but I would have liked to experience more than just the little glimpses we were given. I’m very much someone who likes to experience the then and the now with second chance romances, and I would have just liked that little bit more so that I could have appreciated the then and now of the relationship more deeply. Like I said, it’s not a big thing, but I tend to find reasons not to give five-star ratings rather than reasons to give them. This is a reflection of me being a bad person rather than this being a bad book, because I honestly believe this is my favourite book of the year so far. The fact it was nearly my first five-star rating in over a year shows that.

Before I gush any more, I think it is time for me to bring this review to an end. To sum up my thousand-plus-words ramble, this book was truly amazing. Fabulous, wonderful, and all the other synonyms you can think of to say it blew my mind. Rock King hit me hard, Rock Legend hit me harder, and I’m almost scared to see how hard the next book in the Nothing but Trouble series hits me. I’m ready, though. I’m more than ready for book three, and I’m holding out hope of it being the book to break my over a year long dry spell of five-star ratings.

If you’ve yet to dive into the Nothing but Trouble series, you need to go and fix that problem right now.

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Review: The Whisper

The Whisper The Whisper by Emma Clayton
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Emma Clayton’s The Roar and The Whisper are two books I grabbed to complete a deal. I didn’t have much by way of expectations, but I was rather eager to see what the books would bring. Unfortunately, after reading the first book, I found I wasn’t crazy about the story. Nevertheless, as I had book two I decided to dive in.

For me, The Whisper was rather anticlimactic. I was expecting something much bigger from this one than what we were given. There were some interesting elements to the story, but as a whole I feel as though there wasn’t quite the depth there could have been. In fact, I feel as though book one promised me a lot of things only for book two to skim over them.

Sure, I enjoyed watching how everything came together. However, I wasn’t blown away by what happened. I read this one as I needed to know how things ended, not because I was invested in the story. I was too indifferent to do more than accept how the story came together.

I’m sure those who enjoyed the first book will enjoy this one, but sadly the series was not for me.

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Release Blitz: Rockaway Bride.

Title: Rockaway Bride
Author: Pippa Grant
Genre: Sexy Romantic Comedy
 Release Date: June 29, 2018


A Rockstar Bridenaps a Preschool Teacher...

Kidnapping the bride seemed like a good idea at the time.

Her fiancé stole my fortune, so I stole his woman.

Tit for tat. Or tat for tit. However you want to look at it.

The one thing I didn’t expect?

Willow Honeycutt, preschool teacher, boy band super fan, is completely crazy.

And somehow she’s turned the tables on me.

Now, she’s holding me hostage, and she won’t let me go until we hit every item on her sparkly new, completely insane bucket list.

And that last item?

That last item might cost me more than any fortune.

It very well might cost me my heart.

Rockaway Bride is a romping fun romance between a down-on-his-luck rock star and a boy band-loving preschool teacher, complete with a road trip, handcuffs, and fun with nuns. This romantic comedy stands alone with no cheating or cliffhangers and ends with a rockin' awesome happily ever after.

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Pippa Grant is a stay-at-home mom and housewife who loves to escape into sexy, funny stories way more than she likes perpetually cleaning toothpaste out of sinks and off toilet handles. When she’s not reading, writing, sleeping, or trying to prepare her adorable demon spawn to be productive members of society, she’s fantasizing about chocolate chip cookies.

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Release Blitz: Do Not Respond.

Title: Do Not Respond
Author: M.R. Field
Genre: Romantic Comedy/Contemporary Romance
 Release Date: June 29, 2018


“Stick to the rules and you won’t have a problem working for this arrogant, sanctimonious cad.” 

The Rules of DNR: How to Survive Working for Cole Lawson

Do Not Emails are meant to be sent to yourself only—never to be re-read or responded to. 

Vent about your mean boss and don’t focus on the scruff on his chin. Ignore the butterflies that flutter as he stares back at you and concentrate on his condescending tone.

I wish I’d listened. 

I wish I’d never drank my body weight in vodka and sent him a venting email, telling him exactly what I really thought about his Lycra-wrapped package and the way he makes my body hum.  

The last thing I needed was to break those DNR rules and send an email to my boss. 

Work is about to get a lot more interesting. What have I got myself into?

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I stand and move my laptop to the other side of the desk and shuffle in my chair, tidying around it before watering my bamboo plant. My water bottle is empty, so I walk to the bathroom to refill it; I open the door and freeze.

Oh, my God.

Standing in the opened shower door is a very naked, wet, lean, and did I mention naked, Cole. The water continues to fall across his body and I’m trapped looking at him. How is water not going everywhere? His left arm is up against the wall as his other hand is moving up and down his cock. My pulse quickens and my grip tightens on the doorknob. I stand mesmerised, watching his shoulder muscles move with every stroke.

Holy shit he’s filled out since I saw him shirtless at the beach last. I can’t get over what my fingers ran over last night. He groans and I bite my lip, taking one more peek at his hand and then bum. Yes, it looks even better out of suit pants.

I remember squeezing that.

Okay. Not helping my libido. Time to do something about it.

I step in and close the door, flicking the lock behind me. Cole’s head turns to me, his hand halting, still grasping his hard cock. I run my eyes down his body and lick my bottom lip. I watch his taut muscles as I rest my eyes on his hand. His thumb brushes over the head of his cock and warmth gathers between my thighs.

I want him inside me so badly but his hand enthrals me. I walk towards him and join him in the shower room, closing that door behind me as well. My gaze flicks up to his. Water runs down the back of his head, covering his hot body.

The open doorway makes it almost impossible for me to not join him. But I want to watch him.

“I dare you,” I beg.

“To do what, Letty?” He asks seductively. Luring me in, making me move closer.

“Show me.” I move my hand towards my chest. “I want you to finish.”

“I’ll show you what you do to me.” His voice deepens, his eyes darkening. His elbow tenses. His hand tightens. The head of his cock throbs. He shifts his hand up along his shaft, and my eyes couldn’t leave him if I tried.

Author Bio

M R Field is an author from Rural Victoria and has completed a Bachelor's degree with Honours from Latrobe University, Melbourne. After growing up with the river at her front door, she returned back to her hometown after many years of living in the city. She now lives a tranquil lifestyle with her husband, two young children and effervescent dog, Zephyr .

M R Field has always held a love for writing, filling journals as a child which progressed to more eloquent pieces as an adult. After ten years of creative instruction, she decided to turn these ideas into manuscripts. She adores creating new story lines and is a big fan of a happily ever after, but believes strongly in making her characters work for it.

She has recently decided to join the independent publishing world with her debut novel, Fragments, which released late 2014, alongside its subsequent novel, Splinters that released in 2015. Fractures, her latest novel released on October, 25th 2016. Do Not Respond, a standalone comedy, is releasing June 2018.

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Thursday, 28 June 2018

Review: Moonlight Sins

Moonlight Sins Moonlight Sins by Jennifer L. Armentrout
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I’m going to be honest and say I was unsure as to whether I would read any more Jennifer L. Armentrout books after reading the Lux series. Sure, I gave the books four-star ratings – but this was more a reflection of my addiction than anything else. If I’m being completely honest, the books were more three-point-five-star ratings that were rounded up when I was in a good reading mood. As I like to give authors multiple chances, I decided I would give Jennifer L. Armentrout another read, this time in a different genre. Rather than reading a young adult paranormal book, I went for an adult contemporary book.

In truth, my feelings towards Moonlight Sins changed a lot throughout my reading. For the first quarter of the book, I feared I would be giving a two-star rating. By the time I was half way through, we had a solid three-star rating. At the seventy-five percent mark, I thought it was edging towards a four-star rating (a rounded-up rating, much like the Lux series). By the end of the book, it had dropped back down to a three-star rating. As I’m feeling generous, I will label this a rounded down three-point-five-star rating.

At first, I found this book to be extremely difficult to get into. I just didn’t care for the characters or the events at all. As the story progressed, I found it was the little things that grabbed my interest. I was intrigued by the mystery, although I did figure it out. I was pulled in by the potential supernatural aspects, the more gothic vibes, as this is something I adore. Although neither element was taken as far as it could have been, neither lived up to the expectations I had in my mind, they did leave me turning the pages. The main story, on the other hand, the romance between the two characters, I didn’t care for all that much.

In truth, it was the side characters I was more interested in, and this is why I will give book two a read. I’m not going to set my standards too high for the future de Vincent novels, but I have my fingers crossed that I will enjoy Moonlight Seduction more than Moonlight Sins.

Will I read other work by this author after having tried two different series? I’m really not sure. A few of her other books have interested me, but I always find myself drawn towards other books instead. If I’m being brutally honest, the number of editing errors I found throughout this one has left me fearful of whether I will get more of the same in other books.

If the truth is to be known, I doubt I will read much more Jennifer L. Armentrout. I gave her most popular series a read and it was decent enough for an addiction. I’ve now tried another series, and we’ll see how it goes. The main reason I picked up Jennifer L Armentrout in the first place is due to comparisons that have been made between her and Siobhan Davis. I adore the latter, and I think in the future I will just stick to the one I know I adore. That is not to say I will never pick up another Jennifer L. Armentrout book (as I said, I’m going to give the second in the de Vincent series a try), I simply believe I am unlikely to go out of my way when I have other authors in the genres she writes that I enjoy a lot more.

For fans of the author, though, I’m sure this is another enjoyable read.

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Release Blitz: Cruel Twist of Fate.

Title: Cruel Twist of Fate
Series: The Fate Series #3
Author: Heidi Lis
Genre: Romantic Suspense/Thriller
Release Date: June 28, 2018


Cruel Twist of Fate is the highly anticipated explosive conclusion of the Fate Series!
When tragedy strikes and reveals something far more sinister than can ever be imagined, it turns into a dangerous game of life and death.

I’ve heard the stories.
I’ve read the stories too.
Now it’s time to continue the story.
For eighteen years, I’ve lived under the shadow of a man I’ve never met.
My father, Dominic Santos.
The reason? He died before I was born. Murdered in cold blood.
I’m a fighter by nature, a survivor.
But even that can’t stop the voices in my head or the beast that lives inside of me.
Fighting is the only thing that keeps me sane,
but fighting alone can’t stop what haunts me most.
And that’s knowing that not all monsters live under beds or lurk in the dark.
Sometimes, they come after you.
They conceal themselves by hiding in plain sight.
They pretend to care, but secretly despise the very air you breathe.
A monster so blinded by hate, can’t see his fatal flaw until it’s too late.
Not realizing the only thing that can kill a monster… is a beast!

How do you defeat a monster without becoming one?

The worst kind of hatred is one you can’t let go of.
After years of waiting, the time has finally come.
Declan may think he’s untouchable, being undefeated in Windy City Underground, but he’s never faced a fight like the one I’m bringing. Little does he know his whole world is about to collapse around him.
He’s about to suffer like I have.
He doesn’t know it yet, but I found his greatest weakness,
and I’ll use it to destroy him.
The sweet taste of revenge will finally be mine!

Cruel Twist of Fate is a New Adult Romance Thriller with a sports theme (MMA).

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Heidi grew up in the Midwest, but currently resides with her husband and four children in the Pacific Northwest. Heidi most enjoys spending time outdoors with her family. Between raising her children and obsessing over her favorite reads, she has let the storyteller within herself come to life. With the love and support of her family, she is following her dream while teaching her children how important it is to follow theirs. She prides herself in believing that anything is possible, the first step is believing in yourself. Heidi’s passionate and loving style in which she lives her life comes through in her writing. Her heart has led her down the genre path of a contemporary and suspense romance writer, but she has plans to extend her vision into other genres as well.