Monday, 15 January 2018

Review: Tiffany Reisz's "The Siren (The Original Sinners # 1)."

Amazon.com:    http://amzn.to/2r7u3fW
Amazon UK:     http://amzn.to/2B0aHZM

Synopsis:

Notorious Nora Sutherlin is famous for her delicious works of erotica, each one more popular with readers than the last. But her latest manuscript is different—more serious, more personal—and she's sure it'll be her breakout book... if it ever sees the light of day.

Zachary Easton holds Nora's fate in his well-manicured hands. The demanding British editor agrees to handle the book on one condition: he wants complete control. Nora must rewrite the entire novel to his exacting standards—in six weeks—or it's no deal.

Nora's grueling writing sessions with Zach are draining... and shockingly arousing. And a dangerous former lover has her wondering which is more torturous—staying away from him... or returning to his bed?

Nora thought she knew everything about being pushed to your limits. But in a world where passion is pain, nothing is ever that simple.

Review: Surj 

She seemed like the type of woman who'd help you forget 
about your headache by setting your bed on fire. 

In June 2012, Tiffany Reisz's "The Siren" was the book on everyone's lips. In June 2012, reading romance wasn't even on my agenda. I was too busy adding the final touches to my wedding. Fast forward a good few years and I'm now an avid romance reader and blogger and the hype surrounding Nora, Kingsley and Søren story definitely hasn't died down. It may quieten down for a while here and there but then someone will pick up the series for the first time and all of a sudden that quiet becomes a roar again. I've had "The siren" on my kindle for a couple of years and my book bestie has been dying for me to read it. She has been desperate for me to meet these characters that made such a huge impression on her and for some reason, I've kept putting it off. Well, recently the hum started again. A couple of friends had picked the book up and were raving about it so I thought fuck it, it's now or never so yesterday I finally turned the first page to see what the fuss was all about. So did it live up to all the hype? Was it all it cracked up to be? Oh hell yes. I couldn't put this book down and cannot wait to read the rest of the series. This really was something else. 

Soren isn't some boyfriend you have a fight with 
and then kiss and make up. He's the invading army 
you surrender to before it burns your village down.

"The siren" was a unique story that pulled me in right from the start. What unfolded was so unexpected which is what I loved. It was dark, disturbing, unpredictable and so unconventional. in fact this was one of those books that left me feeling challenged in so many ways. My heart and mind were at constant loggerheads and my inner conflict left me feeling saddened for so many of the characters. This was not your run of the mill love story that's for sure but this was a story about love, loss and sacrifice. Some parts made for difficult reading and I did find myself wincing, my stomach churning because of what I had read. But the more I read, the more I wondered whether whether this was because of my lack of understanding or accepting of a lifestyle? Maybe I needed to get to know these characters more before I cast judgement on them and their behaviours. 

“Hurt is a bruise on the outside.” “Harm is a bruise on the inside.”

So the characters, each of them was tragically flawed. Each of them had their crosses to bear and each of them seemed to struggle at times with secrets. Secrets that had the power to destroy. One thing was clear with each and every one of them. These characters had an inherent need for love, whether that was for a love that was lost, forbidden, unhealthy or for a love that had been sacrificed. Nora, Zach and Wes easily wormed their way into my affections and I really prayed that each of them found some kind of peace amongst the turmoil they were going through. However, Søren, now he was a different kettle of fish all together. He truly infuriated me and just as I thought he was about to redeem himself, he went and did it again, leaving my heart racing and my nerves going crazy at what was at the core of this man!!!!! 

Broken love is the most dangerous love. 
It will slice you open with every touch. 

Tiffany Reisz is a relatively new author for me and I cannot wait to read more from her. Her writing was impeccable, with so many quotes being highlighted. She truly is a magician with her words. Roll on "The Angel." Let's see what in store next for Nora and her posse!!!! 

Hands down easy peasy lemon squeezy ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

Friday, 12 January 2018

The Hopeless Romantics Book Blog's Top Reads of 2017.

Check out our most favourite reads of 2017. We thought long and hard and tried our best to choose ten but it was impossible. Scroll down to find out what our top twelve books from last year were and why we loved them so much. 

 Kristen Ashley's "Complicated."


What we loved about this book:
"Complicated" was everything I could have hoped for in a KA book and so much more. It had that feel good factor, that sparkle and that magic that took my breath away, left my heart rate soaring and my stomach filled with butterflies. Even now when I think back on Greta and Hix's story, I'm filled with giddiness. 

Check out Surj's full review here: http://bit.ly/2meYUBM


 E L James's "Darker (Fifty Shades Darker as Told by Christian)."


Why this book made out list: 
Reading this book was like peeling off the layers that surrounded the delicious Mr Grey and uncovering every little new thing about him. If you have loved this trilogy as much as me, this book is a must. E L James has once again delivered another book that I fell madly in love with. You won't be disappointed.

Check out Jo's full review here: http://bit.ly/2kpH4Lp

Sally Thorne's "The Hating Game."


What we loved about this book:
This story was magical romance at it's best, weaving it's spell and capturing my heart throughout every single chapter. I could not have been more captivated in Josh and Lucy's wonderful story. I was in romance heaven and I didn't want to ever leave. I wish I could have more of Josh and Lucy. I was truly sad to close my kindle after that very last page. 

Check out Jo's full review here: http://bit.ly/2mhotlD

 J A Huss's "Five (Mister #0.5)." 


What made this book a favourite:
F**king Five ...... f**king brilliant!!!! Wow, wow, wow. This book really was something special! Rutherford Aston V and Aurora Shrike: it was fate. It was destiny. It was meant to be. It was written in the goddamn stars from the day they were born that they would be together. And from the moment six year old Five took Rory's hand and told her mother " I'll take it from here," he would spend the rest of his life doing everything in his power to protect his princess, even if that meant walking away and breaking her heart. 

Check out Surj's full review here: http://bit.ly/2meSkv6


Kimberly Adams "First."


What was so good about this book:
Nothing could prepare me for how much I felt during this story. It was breathtakingly beautiful, it was tragic, it was outstanding and by the time I finished the last page, I was a wreck. This was just the most beautifully broken love story that I know will be added to a very small list of books that will continue to affect me in years to come. Grant and Annie's story truly was unforgettable. 

Check out our full joint review here: http://bit.ly/2xxkclp


Mariah Dietz's "Curve Ball."


Why this book made our list:
Mariah Dietz's "Curveball" had so many magical ingredients that made it such a good read. It was funny and sweet and sexy but it was also angsty, emotional and heart breaking too. A definite must read for all you hopeless romantics out there. 

Check out Surj's full review here: http://bit.ly/2ri4E2e


Brittainy C Cherry's "The Gravity of US (Elements #4)." 


What we loved about this book:
This book is hands down my most favourite from Brittainy and will be on my top favourite reads list from this year for sure. My heart is so full of love. Graham and Lucy's captivating story had me hooked. I never fail to be in awe of Brittainy Cherry's enchanting words. She slays me every single time. Brittainy could not have written a more gorgeous story. Graham and Lucy's story was sheer perfection. Their love made my heart soar.

Check out Jo's full review here: http://bit.ly/2pVomfL


 Sawyer Bennett's "The Hard Truth About Sunshine." 


Why this book was one of our favourites:
Wow what a story, what a wonderful, inspirational, poignant, life affirming journey I feel I have had the privilege to go on with four characters who completely stole my heart and made me (very much) want to be a part of their circle (warts and all, lol). This is one of those books that I will remember for a long time. 

Check out Surj's full review here: http://bit.ly/2FmwTkl


M. Leighton's "The Empty Jar." 


Why we loved this book so much: 
"The Empty Jar" was such a poignant, thought provoking, punishingly beautiful love story, the likes I have never read or am likely to read again. It was a story that affected me on such a profound level, each and every word touching me deeply. If I could give it a million hearts I would. 

Check out Surj's full review here: http://bit.ly/2og6E6w


Emma Scott's "The Butterfly Project." 


What we loved about this book:
"The Butterfly Project" has captured my heart and kept me engaged throughout every single page. It was another beautiful story that wowed me from start to finish. Zelda and Beckett's journey of guilt, pain, love and absolution is one that I wholeheartedly recommend reading. You won't be disappointed. Emma's novels have the ability to grab hold of your heart and never let go. She is easily one of my new favourite authors. 

Check out Jo's full review here: http://bit.ly/2lw2sgx


   Debra Anastasia's "For All The Evers." 


What made this book a top favourite: 
Debra Anastasia has delivered the most enchanting story and after reading the final few pages, I feel so privileged that the author took the decision to share this epic tale of captivating love. If you are looking for a spectacular read to begin the year with, this is the one for you. This was an unforgettable story that I am certain will capture your heart. I wholeheartedly recommend reading it as soon as you get the chance. 

Check out Jo's full review here: http://bit.ly/2iKZjMy                                                                                                         


Katy Regnery's Don't Speak (A Modern Fairytale)                                   

Why we loved this book so much: 
With this book, Katy Regnery has delivered an epic romance that has easily earned a spot on my favourite ever reads list. I found Erik and Laire's story to contain such a gorgeous tale of love that I was in romance heaven reading it. I wholeheartedly recommend snapping this one up for a wonderfully, bewitching story that will melt your heart.

Check out Jo's full review here: http://bit.ly/2lg2qcq

Thursday, 11 January 2018

Blog Tour: C.D. Reiss's "Prince Charming."

The Hopeless Romantics Book Blog are pleased to be part of the Blog Tour for C.D. Reiss's "Prince Charming."


Synopsis: 

Keaton Bridge is exactly the kind of guy a straight-arrow like Cassie doesn’t need. 

For one thing, he’s a criminal—and she fights crime for a living. And being criminally handsome isn’t helping her say no, either. Everything about him screams trouble, from his British accent to his mysterious past. 

And Cassie doesn’t do trouble.

Keaton’s got his own trouble. He’s trying to go legit, and an FBI agent hanging around is the last thing that will help his credibility. All it took was one night of passion to sear her into his skin. Now he can’t imagine living happily ever after without her. 

All they have to do is walk away.

But neither of them ever walks away from danger.

Review: Jo

I was a little apprehensive about starting this one as I didn't enjoy "King of Code" as much as I usually enjoy this author's work, however I am so glad that I took the chance and read it because I loved it so much. "Prince Charming" was full of delicious romance and contained a gorgeous hero and game changing twists. All that along with CD Reiss's exquisite writing made an addictive and compelling read. To think I almost didn't read it! 

"You carved a place in my world and everything else fell into it." 

This novel sees the tale of forbidden love between Keaton, a computer genius and hacker and Cassie, an FBI agent who was given the task of investigating the mysterious Keaton . The first few chapters of this book had me intrigued by Keaton and Cassie and my curiosity kept me turning those pages. And then the sexual chemistry kicked in and I was hooked. The development of the couple's relationship was both swoony and sexy. And as for Keaton, oh my, he made my heart skip-a-beat. 

"He let me trust him, molding my heart into the shape 
that clicked into his like a puzzle piece. 
No one else will fit. He custom-made my love to fit his." 

In my opinion CD Reiss is one of the best romance writers around. Her words are so beautiful, like poetry that I want to read over and over again. In this book CD was on top form. I highlighted so much that's it was an almost impossible task to choose just a few quotes to go into this review. Each and every paragraph contained sentences that had me in awe. 

"We are two bodies existing in a time outside the troubles of our choices." 

If you have read King of Code you will have already met Keaton and Cassie, but if you haven't it does not matter. Their love story can be read as a complete standalone. I highly recommend reading this book. Who can resist a gorgeous love story with a swoon-worthy hero and the most beautiful ending? I was left with a big fat smile on my face that I'm sure will reappear every time I think of Keaton and Cassie.

"You are the flesh of my heart and the reason it beats." 

"Prince Charming" gets my first ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ of the year.



Excerpt:

The list of crimes that happen on the dark net bounce through my brain as he holds me. Is he going to kill me? Strangle me right here in the parking lot of his own factory? Maybe he wants to try. He’s well-built but I’m pretty sure I can take a computer nerd in hand to hand combat. I just can’t let him get the jump.

He goes for me.

I’m surprised and prepared for it at the same time. I didn’t actually believe he’d try, but I’m reaching to block an attack while he’s leading with his head, which is weird, but I got this.

When his lips smash against mine my body is a split second ahead of my brain. It’s processed the list of dark net violence and thus completes a series of moves to bring down a frontal attack.

Even as I’m using his weight against him by holding his arm still while I swing him, letting his high center of gravity do all the work of stripping him of his balance, my mind processes the kiss. Because it was a kiss. A real soft-lipped-slightly-open-mouthed-I want-her-to-like-it kind of kiss.

By the time those nice thoughts register I’m slamming him up against the car. I’m a little disappointed that I can’t take back my counterattack. I would have let him kiss me a few more seconds before taking him down.

His eyes are open wide and the breath’s knocked out of him. The thump of his body against the car door fades into the night.

“Why did you do that?” I ask.

He looks at me as if I asked him why he pees standing up. Brows knotted. Arms out. Mouth half open as if he can’t contain the sheer number of answers he could give me right now.

“What?” He says it like whot and it’s endearing and haughty at the same time. Damnit. I should have taken that kiss and not gotten all black belt on him.

“Don’t sneak up on a girl like that.” I sound like a brat.

He straightens himself out, pulling his cuffs down and realigning his jacket.

“I’m going to pretend you didn’t just do a very impressive judo throw and tell you, out front, that I am going to kiss you. First, I am going to put my hands on your face, because I would like to feel your mouth move when I do it. Then I’m going to tilt my head to the right, so please, you should also tilt your head to the right.” He waits for me to nod, and when I do, he comes close to me and lowers his voice. “I’m going to wait a second once our lips touch, just to make sure we’re both appreciating this first contact. When I open my mouth a little, I want you to do the same. You need to accept my tongue in your mouth.” He puts his hands on my shoulders. “Is that enough of a warning?”

“What happens after that?”

“It’s unwritten.”

He moves his hands up to my jaw, laying his thumbs against my cheeks. He strokes them and I lean forward.

He kisses me just like he said he would. His tongue tastes like ice water, and his lips curve into the shape of mine. The adrenaline in my veins blends with something newer and warmer. He slides one hand back and tugs my hair which sends fluids and sensation and pleasure and all my attention between my legs. I push against him just so I can feel him resist. I need to fight him hard as I want him.

He’s rigid and yielding all at once, turning us around until I’m the one with my back against the car. I shove him away and he separates from me with a sharp intake of breath.

He doesn’t say a word, still holding me by a fistful of hair. The cold clouds of our breath mingle between us. He’s a predator, a criminal, and a mistake. But his jaw is tight and his nostrils flare when he breathes. He’s all those things and a bull charging for the red cape.

“Push me away again,” he says, finally, “and we’re done here. And I know for a fact that’s not what you want.”

I am the red cape, and I need to be yanked away as much as I need him to charge at me again and again.

“When I want you to stop I’ll say so.”

I shove him again, and he smiles before laying a kiss on me. It’s not a kiss I fight. It’s a kiss I want. He pauses, pulling his mouth away as if giving me a second to tell him to stop, but I don’t. I don’t start pushing against him until our mouths are locked again. His hips grind into me. I feel his erection through our clothes.

I’m clutching his coat without any sense. I want to tear away every stitch of fabric. I push and pull with equal ferocity. I want to spread my legs but my coat’s too long. I want to punch him. I want that hard dick stretching me and I want it to hurt. My mind is wiped clean of everything but need. I don’t have a job or a career. I don’t have dreams built from childhood. I don’t have a name. I’m just a pillar of desire. I’m reduced to movement and hunger. I want his body inside mine. Nothing else.

About the Author:

CD Reiss is a New York Times bestseller. She still has to chop wood and carry water, which was buried in the fine print. Her lawyer is working it out with God but in the meantime, if you call and she doesn't pick up she's at the well hauling buckets.

Born in New York City, she moved to Hollywood, California to get her master's degree in screenwriting from USC. In case you want to know, that went nowhere but it did give her a big enough ego to write novels.

She's frequently referred to as the Shakespeare of Smut which is flattering but hasn't ever gotten her out of chopping that cord of wood.

If you meet her in person, you should call her Christine. 

Connect with CD Reiss:

Website: www.cdreiss.com





Monday, 8 January 2018

Release Blitz & Review: K.I. Lynn & Olivia Kelley's "Cocksure (Cocksure #1)."

The Hopeless Romantics Book Blog are pleased to be part of the Review Blitz for  K.I. Lynn & Olivia Kelley's "Cocksure (Cocksure #1)."


Synopsis: 

A life altering lie, ten years, and one wild night later, the game has changed.

Niko

My life is great. I love my job, have awesome friends, and a great family. 
Women love me, even if they know it’s just for a night.
I always thought love at first sight was bullshit. Then she came storming into my life. She tore through my every rule, rocked my world, and knocked me on my ass.
There’s only one problem...she lied.
Turns out my best friend’s little sister isn’t so little anymore.

Everly

I stole a night with my fantasy.
After ten years of not seeing each other, Niko doesn’t even recognize me.
So I take what I want from him, what I need from him. Without worry. Without consequence.
What I didn’t count on was the lingering need for him. 
Once the truth is out, the game changes. There are consequences.
I should have known nothing in my life is ever simple.
My brother is going to kill his best friend and I have nine months to figure out what I want.

Review: Jo 

What a fantastic book to start the new year with. I absolutely loved "Cocksure." From start to finish, Everly and Niko's romance had me hooked. With a swoony hero, an exciting story-line and smokin' hot sex scenes, this story contained all of the elements that I love. 

"I want her. More than I can stand. 
How the fuck am I supposed to survive Everly Hayes..."

I fell hook, line and sinker for the gorgeous, alpha, Niko Callahan. When I first read the title of the book, I expected an arrogant playboy but that wasn't what I got at all. With the reintroduction of Everly into his life, Niko was a changed man and I couldn't stop myself from swooning over him. Surprisingly, it was actually Everly that I had a few problems with, although I did like her, I just found her actions towards Niko frustrating and at times I felt sorry for him. That girl took a hell of a long time to see sense with the gorgeous Niko.

"When are you going to understand that all I see, 
all I've been able to see since you steamrolled into my life again is you." 

The story of Everly and Niko was utterly addictive. I loved everything that happened between the pair. From their angsty beginnings to the gorgeous epilogue. The progression of their relationship made me so happy and with a few unexpected twists thrown in, I hardly put my kindle down. Especially in the final part of the story, devouring it in one sitting. I was left breathless by what happened between Everly and Niko. 

"You're my home, Everly Hayes.
 I'm pretty sure I loved you that first night we were together." 

This book was a brilliant start to the series and now I can't wait for Cameron's story. 

"Cocksure" gets 4.5 ❤️'s from me.

About the Authors

K.I. Lynn is the USA Today Bestselling Author from The Bend Anthology and the Amazon Bestselling Series, Breach. She spent her life in the arts, everything from music to painting and ceramics, then to writing. Characters have always run around in her head, acting out their stories, but it wasn’t until later in life she would put them to pen. It would turn out to be the one thing she was really passionate about. 

Since she began posting stories online, she’s garnered acclaim for her diverse stories and hard hitting writing style. Two stories and characters are never the same, her brain moving through different ideas faster than she can write them down as it also plots its quest for world domination…or cheese. Whichever is easier to obtain… Usually it’s cheese.

Olivia Kelley grew up in Boston the oldest of six children. After her first son was born prematurely at only twenty-four weeks, she became an active advocate for parents of disabled children, sharing her own experiences with others. Sadly, he passed away in 2005 at the age of only fourteen. She has a firm belief that you live your life as a lesson. Learn from it and let it mold you into the best person that you can be.

While caring for her son, she turned to reading to escape the reality and stresses of her everyday life. Up until recently, she spent years working corporate America and the Marketing and Public Relations for many different authors in the romance community. Her first book, Cocksure, is co-written with her friend, USA Today Bestselling Author K.I. Lynn, and due to release January 2018.

She currently resides in Boston, Massachusetts with her four children and one very naughty cat. She’s social media-addicted as well as a reading addict and loves to meet new people. Look for her on Facebook under Olivia Kelley.

Connect with K.I. Lynn

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Wednesday, 3 January 2018

Review: Kristen Ashley's "The Hookup (Midnight & Motor oil # 1)."

Amazon.com:   http://amzn.to/2oFAl5d
Amazon UK:    http://amzn.to/2j91qZ0

SYNOPSIS:

When the new girl in town, Eliza “Izzy” Forrester decides to hit the local drinking hole, she’s not ready to meet the town’s good, solid guy. She’s definitely not prepared to engage in her very first hookup with him.

Then Izzy wakes up the next morning in Johnny Gamble’s bed and good girl Izzy finds she likes being bad for Johnny.

Even so, Izzy feels Johnny holding her at arm’s length. But Johnny makes it clear he wants more and Izzy already knows she wants as much of hot-in-bed, sweet-out-of-it Johnny Gamble.

Floating on air thinking this is going somewhere, Izzy quickly learns why Johnny holds distant.

He’s in love with someone else. Someone who left him and did it leaving him broken. Whoever was up next would be runner up, second best. Knowing the stakes, Izzy will take what she can get from the gentleman that’s Johnny Gamble. And even knowing his heart might never mend, Johnny can’t seem to stay away from Izzy.

Until out of nowhere, his lost love comes back to town. He’s not going back, but Johnny still knows the right thing to do is let Izzy go.

And Izzy knew the stakes, so she makes it easy and slips though his fingers.

But that’s before Johnny realizes Eliza moved to town to escape danger that’s been swirling around her.

And that’s why Johnny decides to wade in.

That and the fact Eliza Forrester makes breakfast with a canary singing on her shoulder and fills out tight dresses in a way Johnny Gamble cannot get out of his head.

Review: Surj

When Kristen Ashley announced that she was bringing out a brand spanking new series this year, die hard KA fans (like me) jumped for joy. We couldn't contain our excitement as this author took to social media and revealed the cover, the synopsis and of course a number of teasers, each one giving us butterflies in anticipation at what was to come. And let me tell you. the first book in the "Midnight & Motor Oil" series did not disappoint. As many reviewers said, this was classic KA with many even likening it to her earlier work. In some respects I couldn't agree more. 

"You never know what's deep inside a soul. you just never know.
and since you don't know, you're never, not ever, in a position to judge."

"The Hookup" was one hell of a love story and for those hopeless romantics among us, you will eat this one up. It was one of those sweet as sugar, sexy as sin reads that was (for me) on the lighter side of what I'm used to reading from KA. Not that that was an issue of course because there was still a bit of a bite at the start and quite the sting towards the end but overall, I'd say this was one of those "kick back with a glass of wine, Sunday afternoon" reads. 

"that's the guy I am. yours. Simple. That's it. and you're mine. mine, Iz. And we take
care of each other. And we look after those in our hearts and lives. So the
Forrester girls club has a new member. And he's got a dick." 

Despite being low on angst and emotional turmoil, we were given some very strong characters who it was so easy to take to. Eliza was a woman who (despite a hard upbringing) was so positive. She was a glass half full kind of girl who was just so giving and caring. And then of course there was Johnny Gamble who was a die hard alpha and don't we just love those. Don't get me wrong, he had his moments where he deserved to be slapped around the face by a wet fish but he always redeemed himself so very quickly with his protective, caring nature. 

"She shouldn't have looked for a dreamer. 
she should have found a man who knows all the different types of motor oil."

The secondary characters were brilliant. Addie, Margot, Dave and of course Toby. They all added something quite spectacular to the first instalment in this series and I really hope they feature in future books. On a side note, I really had hoped for a "Toby & Addie" book  but alas, it wasn't to be. 

So all in all, a fab read from this author. I'll be honest though and say, I wish there had been more of a link from this story to the motor oil side of things. I guess I was expecting more of a greasy mechanic kinda vibe (I mean who doesn't love a greasy mechanic right?) but the reality wasn't quite that. Equally, I did miss the action and of course the mystery and suspense. Yes there was a little but nothing that really got the blood pumping, 

I hated it that I totally could fall in love with this man...but I couldn’t. 
I hated it that he was all mine and I was all his...but only when we were having sex. 
I hated that I knew when it was over that I’d miss this and miss it badly...
but I’d rather have it while I could than not have it at all.

I can't wait to see whose story gets told in the second book in this series but this one gets a fab ❤️❤️❤️❤️

Thursday, 28 December 2017

Review: Kristen Ashley's "Complicated."

Amazon.com:    http://amzn.to/2DraUXV
Amazon UK:     http://amzn.to/2E674o7

Synopsis:

When small town Nebraska sheriff Hixon Drake meets Greta Dare, the connection couldn’t be stronger, but the timing couldn’t be worse. 

Dealing with the fallout of a divorce he never wanted and setting up a new home for his kids, Hix becomes that guy, that one he never wanted to be, and puts a stop to things before they can even start. Protecting his kids, and himself, is his only priority. 

Greta, on the other hand, has found the place for her and the brother she adores that’s perfect for them—a sleepy little town in Nebraska. She’s learned from life that there are no hopes and dreams. The only thing to look forward to is peace. And that’s what she works hard to build for herself and her brother. Right up until Hix walks into her life. 

Hix can’t fight the pull and stay away from Greta for long. And Greta’s finding it hard not to hope for something more with all the promise that is Hix. 

But when the first murder that’s happened in over five decades rocks his small, sleepy county, Hix has got to learn to trust again, convince Greta to take a shot with him, and at the same time catch a killer. 

In other words, things are definitely…Complicated.

Review: Surj

Oh Kristen Ashley, this author has done it again. Honest to god, she is like the gift that keeps on giving and turning the first page to any one of her books still gives me that sense of excitement, that tingly feeling you get when you just know you're on to something really good. Yes "Complicated" was everything I could have hoped for in a KA book and so much more. It had that feel good factor, that sparkle and that magic that took my breath away, left my heart rate soaring and my stomach filled with butterflies. Even now when I think back on Greta and Hix's story, I'm filled with giddiness. 

"How did he smile at me?"

"Like he didn't want to walk out that door, leaving you behind, but instead 
he wanted to drag you our right along with him." 

If you follow this author on social media, you'll get an idea of what's important to her. Things that matter, her values and beliefs that she holds dear and I could really see a reflection of those in this book. Family, friendship, a sense of community, unconditional love and support were all themes that featured heavily in "Complicated" and I think it was all of these that made this book so special. It made me want to be more loving, more giving, more tolerant, more supportive. It just made me want to be a better person. 

“It’s more complicated than that,” Hix informed him.
“People say that when they’re trying not to see how simple stuff really is.”

Kristen Ashley's "Complicated" was one of those books that was just so relatable (for me anyway). Many of the characters (including Hix and Greta) were within my age bracket and none of them were perfect. they made their mistakes (Hixon Drake definitely had his fair share of hiccups) but for me, that's what made them so real and so believable. Hixon was just such a swoon worthy hero. If there was a dad of the year award, he would definitely get it. If there was a boyfriend of the year award, he too would get that. He was just all kinds of loveliness tied up with a beautiful sheriff's uniform as the bow. And Greta, wonderful, wonderful Greta who was just such a kind and giving woman who had endured a lot but had come out the other side so much wiser and so much stronger. 

I adored this small town romance with that added dusting of mystery and suspense and that criminal (who done it) element that left me guessing constantly. "Complicated" really was just pure KA perfection and although a standalone, I'm praying we get more from this little town in Nebraska. 

He was a man who wanted what those he loved wanted. 

"Complicated" gets ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

Thursday, 21 December 2017

Review: Sylvain Reynard's "The Man in the Black Suit."


Synopsis: 

Acacia Santos excels at her job as concierge at the prestigious Hotel Victoire in Paris. When her superior, Marcel, is attacked in a supposed random mugging, she is tasked with serving one of the hotel’s most mysterious and attractive guests.

Nicholas Cassirer checks into the hotel under an assumed name every three months. Usually, he stays in the penthouse suite with a beautiful female companion but on this occasion, he arrives alone and is displeased in having to deal with someone new. A match of wits ensues as he tests Acacia’s expertise with a series of almost impossible demands. Her intelligence and creativity rise to the challenge, earning his respect.

They strike a tenuous accord until Acacia discovers a famous stolen painting in his suite, she contacts a former boyfriend who works for the elite BRB, a unit of French law enforcement that deals with art thefts.

Nicholas is questioned by police and released when it is revealed the painting is a reproduction. Irked with her behavior, Acacia’s supervisor demotes her threatening dismissal and the cancellation of her work permit.

But Acacia has already attracted Nicholas’s attention. Remorseful that she may lose her job on his account, he offers her a choice – she can wait until her supervisor dismisses her, or she can leave the city of lights behind and become his personal assistant.

Acacia initially refuses his offer, but Nicholas is persistent. He reveals himself as a man who quietly acquires stolen art in order to restore it to its rightful owners. Faced with mounting familial debts and the possibility of dismissal and deportation, she agrees to work for him.

Nicholas opens up a whole new world of beauty and intrigue to Acacia as they travel the globe. Soon the line between employer and assistant is blurred, and the two lonely people embark on a passionate relationship.

Review: Jo 

I had been excited about this book ever since it was announced earlier in the year, so as soon as "The Man in the Black Suit" popped up on my kindle I dived right in. What followed was an intriguing and gripping story that I thoroughly enjoyed. Yet again Sylvain Reynard has delivered a novel that has captivated me from start to finish. 

"Nicholas touched her as if she were precious, 
as if he could hardly bear for her to be physically removed from him." 

Soon after meeting the mysterious black suited male lead, I was curious to know more. I wasn't sure whether I liked him all that much, but that didn't stop me wanting to discover more about him. The heroine of the story was someone that I instantly liked and I continued to feel that way throughout the entire story. Acacia was a gutsy, strong and intelligent woman who definitely made a fearless partner to TMITBS. Their relationship started off as a bit of a slow burn but I enjoyed finding out more about each of the characters and watching the progression that they made together. By the time I reached the half way mark the couple were stepping things up a gear as their heat and chemistry grew with every page. I found myself eating up the chapters excited by what was happening. 

"I've been afraid for so many years. 
I'm not afraid anymore, not while we're together." 

As my love of the couple grew so did my feelings for TMITBS. He turned out to be a gorgeous man that I just loved more and more. Just like the couple's relationship had me hooked so did the story-line. The plot intensified to maximum levels of action and drama which had me gasping for breath. So much happened for Acacia and TMITBS, twists and turns and some passionate romance all topped off with Sylvain Reynard's brilliant writing. What more could you want from a book? It truly contained everything to make a fantastic read. 

"You have my heart, Nicholas. I don't want it back." 

This was a story of love, retribution, and hope all set in some of the most beautiful places in Europe. Sylvain never fails to enchant me with every single word. 

"The Man in the Black Suit" gets 4.5 ❤️'s from me.