Monday 30 September 2019

Review: Letters to the Lost

Letters to the Lost Letters to the Lost by Brigid Kemmerer
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I adored Brigid Kemmerer’s A Curse So Dark and Lonely and am counting down until I get my hands on the next Cursebreakers book. In the meantime, I decided to dive into another Brigid Kemmerer read. I had a bit of a debate as to which I would start with, as there were many that interested me, but availability at the library made the choice for me in the end.

It seems, I have the library to thank. Letters to the Lost hooked me. It took a couple of chapters for me to overcome my fear of it being a cliché story, but, once it got going, I could not put it down. I loved the characters and the story and powered through it to see how everything came together.

There was so much emotion to be felt throughout, keeping me glued to the pages. I loved every moment of it, couldn’t stop thinking about it, and am now annoyed that I do not have More Than We Can Tell in my hands ready to read. As I need more of the world and the characters, I really need to find out more about a certain side character, and I cannot wait to be blown away again.

Without a doubt, this is a four-point-five-star rating. In fact, I considered giving it a five-star rating, but there were just little things I had wanted more of and that had me rounding down instead.

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Review: Ruined With You

Ruined With You Ruined With You by J. Kenner
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Ruined With You is the third book in J. Kenner’s Stark Security series, and like the prior books the story works as a standalone. Despite this, I will admit to certain sections of the story going over the top of my head due to the fact I have not read all J. Kenner’s books. There were so many links to other books and series, which is great for long time fans, but felt like overkill to me.

Despite the fact there were a few points where I couldn’t keep the story of every side character straight in my head, Ruined With You was another addictive read from J. Kenner. It is not my favourite read from the author, but it certainly kept me hooked throughout.

There was plenty happen throughout the story, ensuring I was happy to power through it in no time at all. The ending was a bit too easy for my liking, but it brought things together well. The characters played off each other well, but it wasn’t as intense as the romance in the prior books. It’s why I enjoyed this one but did not love it.

It’s certainly worth the read for fans, though.

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Review: I'll Keep You Safe

I'll Keep You Safe I'll Keep You Safe by Peter May
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I’m a huge Peter May fan. After devouring the Lewis trilogy, I was desperate for more. I had a lot of fun with the author’s other series – the Enzo Files and the China series – along with some of the standalones I picked up. Thus, I found myself hopeful for another great standalone through I’ll Keep You Safe.

As much as I wanted to enjoy this one, I was disappointed by it. In fact, it’s my least favourite Peter May read. I was never sucked into this in the way I had hoped for, and the mystery aspect failed to grab me. To be brutally honest, at times it felt like a bit of a chore. There was never anything that left me desperate for more – instead, it felt like a lot of possibilities were introduced and never really taken as far as they could have been.

I think the thing that let me down the most, however, was the ending. It was intended to surprise, but I found myself rolling my eyes instead. It felt like a cheat, which isn’t like Peter May at all. Therefore, I’m putting this one down as a blip and hoping my next Peter May read is better.

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Review: Empire of Sand

Empire of Sand Empire of Sand by Tasha Suri
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Tasha Suri’s Empire of Sand is one of those books I wanted to love, but I found myself disappointed instead. I had hoped to find a new series addiction, hoping I would find myself desperate to jump into the second The Books of Ambha series, but I fear such is not the case.

Empire of Sand did interest me at points, in fact it was a three-star rating for a while. I was happy to power through it and see what happened next, curious as to how everything came together. Although I was curious, I was never invested.

Then a migraine hit, and I had to put the book aside. Had I not put the book aside for a week, this would have probably been a three-star rating. Due to my time away, I found myself unable to get back into it. Thus, my rating dropped. It was more of a two-point-five-star rating, but I couldn’t bring myself to round up.

I think my issue is that I expected more. It would have maintained the three-star rating upon my return, except there was never the sense of danger and fear that I had hoped for. Everything felt too easy, and the tension I’d hoped for was lacking. I wanted something bigger, something shocked, and felt let-down by how easily things ended after so much build up.

I’m sure there will be any who enjoy this one, but for me it was a bit of a let-down.

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Release Blitz: Bad Apple.

Title: Bad Apple
Series: Bad Creed #1
Author: Gemini Jensen
Genre: Contemporary New Adult Bully Romance
Release Date: September 30, 2019


Senior year is supposed to be the time of your life. Keyword: Supposed. 

But I’ve just been shipped off to a new school. Sentenced to hard time deep in the heart of Hicktown, USA. 
I left everything behind—my friends, my girl, my band, my ambitions
Besides graduating, I thought there was nothing left to strive for. 

Then, I meet her...
Pretty. Preppy. Popular. Basic. 
Most importantly, daughter of the enemy.

And now I have a new vision...
Rip away her crown. 
Knock her off her pedestal. 
Wear her down until she’s stripped bare. 
She has no idea what’s coming for her. 

They say the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree, and the Creed family tree is full of bad apples. 
But me?
I’m the most rotten of them all. 

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“I fucking hate you, you know that?” His words come out a taut, restrained, and he stares straight into my eyes, delivering the blow. I guess I’m becoming immune to his antics, because I just nod my head, biting back the smile that desperately wishes to break free.
Maybe you do. But not nearly as much as you wish…
“And you’re still going to give me the most precious thing you’ve got right now, even knowing I’ve got no love for you? Knowing I don’t even like you, not even a little bit?”
I roll my eyes. If he’s trying to scare me away, to make me second guess myself, it’s not going to work. And if that’s the case, I think that speaks more to his own shitshow of feelings and not being able to sort through them, than anything I’ve done.
“Steph says sex angry sex is the best. I’m betting hate sex might be even better…” I shoot him a cocky smirk.
“How will you know? You have nothing to compare it to…”
“Not now, maybe. But I will one day.”

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GEMINI JENSEN’s love for reading began at a young age, and her love for writing was born not long after she learned how to put pen to paper. When she was in 2nd or 3rd grade, she won a poetry contest for all the elementary students in her county. 

She has a passion for all things romance-related, particularly angsty, forbidden, and slow-burn romances. Taboo stories are another guilty pleasure. 

An avid reader, she’s been enjoying the romance genre much longer than she should be able to admit, stealing her mom’s books and returning them before anyone noticed they were missing. 

Born and raised in Western North Carolina, she still resides there with her family—her husband and their two kids...along with three dogs, and a rabbit named Ted Bunny. She enjoys anything related to creativity, Disney, and cooking. 

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Release Blitz: Alma Underwood Is Not A Kleptomaniac.

Title: Alma Underwood Is Not A Kleptomaniac
Author: Lacey Dailey
Genre: Young Adult Romance
Release Date: September 30, 2019


Alma Underwood is NOT a kleptomaniac.
But she does take things that don’t belong to her.

The best part about working as a maid in her parent’s motel is pocketing all the random objects people leave behind. From old ticket stubs to the glue that comes with a toupee, Alma has discovered it all and stored it in a tub beneath her bed.

Her greatest treasure isn’t what she found in room six at Great Lakes Motel, but it’s who she discovered in an old, abandoned train car behind her house.

His name is Rumor, and he certainly won’t fit under her bed.

After a quick scan of Rumor’s surroundings, it becomes crystal clear that he’s not just hanging out in the train car for a place to escape. He’s living in it.

With determination heavy inside her, she does the only thing that makes sense to her...
She brings him home.

Turns out, he’s looking for a treasure of his own, and who better to help him find it than her?

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The best place to find Lacey is with her nose in a book. She’s a sucker for a good love story and a happy ending that has her swooning. When she’s not obsessing over giving her own characters a happy ending, you can find her in the dance studio empowering young dancers and giving out tons of stickers. Thanks to her mother’s pizzeria, Lacey can make a delicious pizza. 

When she’s not putting on her dance shoes or inhaling a slice of pizza, she’s in front of her computer binge watching romantic comedies and penning stories with love so powerful, it’ll last a lifetime. As a recent graduate of Central Michigan University, Lacey intends to keep inspiring people through dance and lots and lots of words. She currently lives in Central Michigan surrounded by her family and unpredictable weather. 

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Audiobook Blitz: Foundations & Fahrenheit.

Leigh Lennon is a mother, veteran and a wife of a cancer survivor. Originally with a degree in education, she started writing as an outlet that has led to a deep passion. She lugs her computer with her as she crafts her next story. Her imaginary friends become real on her pages as she creates a world for them. She loves pretty nails, spikey hair and large earrings. Leigh can be found drinking coffee or wine, depending on the time of the day.

Saturday 28 September 2019

Review: Love Me Tomorrow

Love Me Tomorrow Love Me Tomorrow by Maria Luis
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Love Me Tomorrow is the third book in the Put A Ring On It Series, and with it Maria Luis brings us another wonderful read. In addition to being the third book in the series, it also ties in with the NOLA Heart series. Despite this, Love Me Tomorrow works perfectly fine as a standalone story. Those invested in the series will get a wee bit more as we finally get answers to some of the questions we’ve had throughout, but the romance itself works perfectly without any prior knowledge.

As with all my Maria Luis reads, this one sucked me in from the very start. Once I started, I could not put it down. It was a book I had to finish in a single sitting, as I was desperate to see how each of the pieces came together. Every time I thought all the reveals had happened, something more would appear and surprise me.

There was so much to love – from the chemistry between the characters, the growth they go through during the story, and the individual stories that play out on the side. I was invested in it all, so invested would happily read spin-off stories of pretty much any of the characters we were introduced to (even those I disliked, such was my level of enjoyment in this one).

Without a doubt, fans of the series need to give this one a read to finally experience Savannah’s story.

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Friday 27 September 2019

Release Blitz: Broken Promises.

Title: Broken Promises
Series: Burning Mistakes #1
Author: Aimee Noalane
Genre: New Adult
Release Date: September 27, 2019


A split-second decision. A costly mistake.
My skin has been marred, slashed, burned and bruised.
My bones have been severed and broken more times than I can count.
I’ve been told I was unworthy. Fought through life seeing nothing but black. 
But it’s a pain I welcome.
An ache I deserve.
She is my redemption.
The flicker of fire that dances in my darkness.
Our love is effortless.
Our love is a lie.
A desire
A delusion.
She should have known better than to entrust me with her heart.
I should have known destiny wouldn’t give me a second chance…at least not one I could keep forever.
The black cloud is back.
And revenge is the only thing it has on its mind.

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“How the hell should I know why she hasn’t stopped by this week?” I defend. “She’s probably just busy preparing for her mid-terms or some shit.”
“Try again, dickhead.”
“What do you want me to say, Vince?” I hate how guilty my voice is right now.
“How about the truth? Or if that’s too hard for you, then maybe explain why you’ve been staring at her like she’s about to disappear.”
“Are you telling me that I can’t look at her either now? I’m just keeping an eye on her... or do you have issues with that too?”
“She doesn’t need you looking out for her,” he bites back. “That’s what she has me for.”
“Whatever.” I’ve had enough. Enough of him, enough of her, and enough of our pointless frustrating conversation. I stand up from my chair and march out the front door.
“For fuck’s sakes, Lambert,” Vince snaps, following me out. “Is walking away from this really how you want to finish our discussion?”
I pull off my ball cap and run a hand through my hair.
I don’t know.
I don’t know what to say. I don’t know what to do…
I don’t fucking know.
Vince is my best friend. I broke his trust by falling for his sister, and I’ve been lying to him about it because pretending that my feelings aren’t real is better than the outcome of telling him I broke my promise. And the worse part of it all: he has every right not to trust me. I could never be the man Aubrey deserves. From the day I was born, destiny has made sure I would be spending my entire life being deprived of that luxury.
Everything I touch, everything I love turns to ash.
I raise my shoulders before walking away. “I guess it is.”
“Who the hell would have guessed that my best friend was a fucking pussy,” he jeers when my back is turned.
“Excuse me?”
A shadow of a smirk crosses his face. Had I not spun on my heels when I did, I would have missed it.
“What kind of man are you if you can’t even step up to your own feelings?”
“A loyal one,” I argue. “One who decided to respect his best friend’s wishes when he said his sister was off limits.”

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Aimee Noalane is a Canadian author and proud mother of three beautiful children. Having a military father allowed her to travel the world, but she is now living in a small town in Quebec, Canada.

After studying marketing in college, she became a customer service coach and instructor. A few years into her career, she decided to leave her teaching job and chose to devote her time to children in need, becoming a full-time foster parent. 

In 2015 she woke up with a vivid image of Abbygail and Oliver. For a few days, their story would play out in her head and being unable to concentrate on anything else, she decided to sit down and write down their constant bickering. Little by little, her words turned into the chapters of her first series No Regrets, which was published in 2016.

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Release Blitz: Pyro, Pyro, Burning Bright.

Title: Pyro, Pyro, Burning Bright
Series: Phoenix Crew #1
Author: Miri Stone
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Release Date: September 27, 2019



Mackenzie wakes up, naked, in front of a burning apartment with amnesia and a voice in her head telling her to run. But when she takes refuge in a small mountain town, the fire beckons. The voice in her head has a disturbing connection to the flames. And yet, she can’t seem to stay away from Ryan, the local Fire Chief and bear shifter alpha.

Too bad it’s a terrible idea to date a fireman when you’re harboring an inner pyro...

Ryan is on the hunt for the arsonist who’s stalking his town. Yet, he can’t get his mind off Mackenzie, the sassy new barista who pours lattes like a dream. When she keeps turning up at increasingly dangerous call-outs, he has to decide…

Is his mate the arsonist or merely a soul swept up in the flames?

Their sexual charge is through the roof. But their lives, and the lives of everyone they love, are set to combust if they don’t work out the true identity of the arsonist. Because he has a dark vendetta of his own. One that will not be denied.

PYRO, PYRO, BURNING BRIGHT is the first book in a suspense-filled, paranormal shifter romance series. If you like kick-ass female main characters, sexy bear shifters, troubled villains, sizzling romances, and high-stakes adventures packed with mystery then you’ll love Miri Stone’s PHOENIX CREW series.

This is a full length novel (133k words) and written for mature audiences (18+ only please!) It includes explicit sex scenes, frequent cussing, and hot growly alpha males bumping up against sassy heroines who can hold their own.

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I write steamy romance novels with lashings of fantasy and adventure in them. I'm a writing mamma, an award winning filmmaker, a fellow book devourer and a hopeless coffee addict.

I believe in magic, the power of love, and that stories transform lives. Since I was knee-high to a grasshopper growing up in New Zealand, I've been telling wild and fantastical tales. Now I'm living in Seattle, Washington, U.S.A. with my young family.

My head is inhabited by a vast and wonderful array of book boyfriends and feisty heroine crushes (why choose?!) and a menagerie of imaginary friends that often feel more real than life itself.

Release Blitz: Desperately Seeking Landlord.

Title: Desperately Seeking Landlord
Author: Micalea Smeltzer
Genre: Romantic Comedy
Release Date: September 27, 2019


It was just supposed to be a fling.
It would end and we’d go our separate ways.
I should know by now nothing in my life is ever that simple.

When Jamie Miller knocks on my door ten months after we ended our …  whatever it was, I promptly punch him in his smug face, for no other reason than I feel like it and he deserves it.

It’s probably not the best way to handle things, but I’ve never been good at doing things properly.

When he tells me he’s my new landlord, my whole world is rocked.

But Jamie? He wants to prove to me he’s more than an egotistical jerk and for some reason he’s decided he wants me.

I don’t think love is in the cards for me, and definitely not with Jamie, but he’s determined to prove me wrong.

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“I have to get whatever this is out, before it moves again, so … watch out.”
Before I have the chance to contemplate running into the living room and dive bombing onto the couch, he pulls the tile down, and dust explodes everywhere.
Coughing, from the onslaught of insulation falling out I jolt when something smacks into my chest.
I scream, ready to lodge the thing off of me when I hear the tiniest, most pitiful meow.
“It’s a kitty!” I exclaim in surprise. It comes out sounding more like kittaaay. I see big blue eyes and dusty oatmeal fur before I hug the kitten to my neck.
Jamie steps off the toilet lid, sets down the tile he cut out, and rubs drywall dust and insulation from his hair. “A cat?”
“A kitten.” I hold out the fluffy furball proudly so he can see. “My ceiling gave birth.”
He frowns at the kitten. “It’s dirty.”
“She’s perfect,” I croon, cuddling the squirming kitten to my chest. I don’t even know if it’s a girl, but it feels like she is.
“You’re not keeping the cat, Miranda,” he growls in warning. “Animals are not allowed.”
I jut my bottom lip out. “I should get special privileges. I am fucking the landlord.” I wink at him while petting the kitten on the top of her fluffy head. To the cat I say, “How’d you even get up in my ceiling?”
Jamie sighs, scrubbing his hands down his jaw. “Its mom probably got on the roof somehow and this one got separated.”
I hold the fluffy puff out at arm’s length. “You can be the Beta to my Alpha. The Fettuccine to my Alfredo. Ooh, that should be your name, Fettuccine.”
Jamie groans. “You’re not keeping it.”
“No, of course not,” I assure him. “I’ll take her to the animal shelter tomorrow.”
He doesn’t believe me. He’s right to be wary. No way am I willingly giving up this cat. It feels like some sort of sign. If a kitten falls from your ceiling, clearly it’s chosen you, right? The wand chooses the wizard, after all, so can’t the cat choose the cat lady?
“I promise,” I tell him, crossing the fingers of my left hand behind my back. “Fettuccine will be out of here before you know it.”
Sure, I won’t be able to keep this a secret forever, but hopefully I can come up with a way to persuade him later.
His eyes narrow and I hope to God my nose isn’t twitching, because I’m in deep shit if it is.
“You shouldn’t name it. Names lead to attachment.”
“You shouldn’t call me sweetheart. Nicknames show a kind of fondness,” I mock playfully.
He leans his head back, looking up at the ceiling as if he’s begging it for answers.
“Between you, Toby, and my mom, I’m headed to an early grave.” I grin widely at him as he lowers his head and looks at me. “What?” he asks with confusion.
“You called him Toby.”
“Dammit,” he curses, bending to move the tile out of the way. “Don’t tell him I slipped up.”
Petting the cat, I lean my hip against the counter. “Ooh, blackmail. I won’t tell if you let me keep the cat.”

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Hi. I’m Micalea. Ma-call-e-uh. Weird name, I know. My mom must’ve known I was going to be odd even in the womb. I’ve written a lot of books. Like a lot. Don’t ask me how many, I don’t remember at this point. I have an unhealthy addiction to Diet Coke but I can’t seem to break the habit. I listen to way too much music and hedgehogs have taken over my life. Crazy is the word that best sums up my life, but it’s the good kind of crazy and I wouldn’t change it for anything.

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