Thursday, 20 July 2017

Review: Molly McAdams's "Firefly (Redemption #2)."


Synopsis:

As the Princess of the Irish-American Mob, there’s no shortage of men ready to help guard and protect me. To slowly suffocate me to the point of seeking freedom—a place where I can breathe.

Kieran Hayes has been saving me for as long as I can remember. It’s in his blood, and one of the many reasons I fell in love with him. Until my favorite trait became his biggest flaw, making me resent the man I love. An unwavering warrior, his love for me has been shrouded by those instincts.

Save Lily. Protect Lily. Hide Lily. Cage Lily.

What I wasn’t prepared for was Dare—the man who would set my world on fire with just one touch. He saw straight through to my soul, as though he knew I was desperate for freedom, and silently demanded my heart from the beginning.

And I didn’t expect Dare to be Demitri Borello—the reason for so many deaths in my family. A man who will take my life the moment he finds out who I am.

Despite it all, I’ll love him until that moment comes.

A fire will die if there is no oxygen for it to consume. Ours is rapidly stealing every last breath we can sacrifice to it.

Review: Jo 

This book ticked so many boxes for me. A gripping plot, beautiful writing and a gorgeous love story that resulted in another fabulous novel from Molly McAdams. "Firefly" did not disappoint. 

"You're a dream inside a living nightmare, and I'm a bastard for pulling you in." 

From the moment I began reading I knew this story was going to keep me on my toes. As soon as I met Lily, Kieran and Dare, my mind was swimming with questions that I was desperate to discover the answers to. What followed was a Romeo and Juliet style story that kept me on the edge of my seat. Lily and Dare were in the middle of a war and I had no idea how things would turn out for the pair. Half of me wanted to tear through the pages, praying for a HEA, and the other half of me felt apprehensive to continue as I feared the worst. Everything was telling me that this story, just like Romeo and Juliet was not going to end well. 

"I was made to love you. I just found you in the wrong life." 

As always with Molly McAdams, the characters that she has created were easy to love and become invested in. The writing was also flawless, every single page was covered in words that made my heart skip a beat. It was a feast for my romance loving eyes. Now, I cannot wait for the next book in the series which sees Nightshades story. It's only fair that he gets to have a happy ever after too. 

"I would let my heart be destroyed a thousand times
 if it meant a thousand more days with him." 

"Firefly" was well worth the read and gets 4.5 hearts from me.

Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Review: K.I. Lynn's "Breached (Breach #4)."


Synopsis: 

My life was ash. Burned to the ground. Razed with no chance of rebuilding.

Empty.

Alone.

Just as I had to be.

No one else was going to get hurt because of me. No more deaths.

For years I’ve secluded myself, stayed in the darkness, and tried to melt into the background. Hiding in plain sight.

Taking a new job, working in close confines with a new partner, is risky, and I thought I was up to the task. So I hide behind a mask of my own making, a fa├žade for the world.

The problem is, I can’t stop thinking about my new partner. I hate her, but I crave her like she’s the most intoxicating thing I’ve ever encountered.

It’s maddening, but I need to stay away. I have to stay away.

I can’t love anyone ever again. 

Review: Jo 

The "Breach" series is a top favourite of mine so when I discovered that Nathan was getting a book told from his POV, I could hardly wait for it to hit my kindle. Nathan Thorne has to be the most dirty-mouthed alpha from the book world and if you haven't yet met this gorgeous man, you are seriously missing out. Go, stop what you are doing and buy "Breach" today. This is a series that MUST be read in order to avoid major spoilers. 

"She was nothing, no one, but she seemed a mystery I wanted to unravel."

As soon as I started to read this book, I became hooked and I quickly remembered how much love I have for this series and it's main couple, Nathan and Lila. I was also reminded of how damn hot Nathan Thorne was. All of the familiar feelings that were provoked first time around returned and I once again became addicted. K.I. Lynn did not let me down and has written a fantastic addition to a brilliant series. I relished having the opportunity to get inside Nathan's mind during the early days of his relationship with Lila. I adored how he quickly became crazy obsessed with his new partner. When it came to Lila, Nathan's passion and lust was uncontrollable and I loved it. I also felt my heart break all over again when I read of Nathan's sorrow, anxiety and self-hate. His brokenness was just another factor that made him so easy to fall in love with. 

"She was everything I said and more, but we could never be more." 

Nathan's POV did not disappoint. I loved it so much that I did not want it to end, so I was immediately listening to the audio-books of the series so far and have been listening throughout this entire weekend. I have once again become captivated by this amazing story. 

"I couldn't escape her if I tried. Somehow I was always meant to find her." 

"Breached" gets 5 hearts from me.




About the Author:

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.

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Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Blog Tour: Beth Flynn's "The Iron Tiara."

The Hopeless Romantics Book Blog are pleased to be a part of the Blog Tour for Beth flynn's "The Iron Tiara."

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Synopsis:

Anthony Bear and Christy Chapman are from two completely different worlds.

Anthony's the leader of a motorcycle gang that terrorizes Florida’s West Coast. As a child, he ran away from his family and the Cherokee Indian Reservation to enter a life of crime. As an adult, he leads a multifaceted life managing his two businesses—his legitimate landscaping venture, and his loan shark and underworld dealings. Driven by anger and betrayal, Anthony begins the hunt for Christy’s father, Van Chapman, after he runs out on a loan.

Christy’s privileged life is not as it seems. She has kept painful family secrets and hidden some of her own. She’s determined to find out the truth and expose Van, but her search delivers her right into Anthony Bear’s hands, adding kidnapping to his list of crimes.

Their worlds are as contrasting as the color of their skin. The only thing they seem to have in common is their mutual disdain for Van Chapman…and each other.

They couldn’t be more wrong.

Review: Surj 

"The Iron Tiara" had Beth Flynn written all over it and if you've read the "Nine Minutes" series, you'll know exactly what I'm talking about. If this author is new to you, then all I can say is, buckle up peeps, because you're in for the ride of your life!!!! "The Iron Tiara" was such a fucked up love story that should never have worked. I mean seriously, there was so much wrong with it, I should have  run  for the hills screaming blue murder and taken the heroine with me it was that wrong. BUT (and it's a massive big BUT), omg didn't it just feel so very right? It's difficult to explain what I mean without giving too much away but Beth Flynn did such an amazing job in writing Anthony Bear and Christy's story, that she had me rooting for this couple every step of the way, from their first encounter to the moment I turned the last page. 

An heiress and a criminal, he thought. Not exactly a match made in heaven and
by normal standards,  one that could only end in doom. 

Anthony Bear and Christy, as the quote above says, an heiress and a criminal? Like I said, this should never have worked. Not in a million years. I mean for starters, the way this couple met was as far from conventional as you can get. Then of course the fact that they couldn't have been more opposite if they tried. Anthony was the leader of a notorious biker gang and a criminal of the worst kind. I'm talking torture and murder, machetes and mayhem. I'm talking, if you cross this man, the chances are you will suddenly vanish off the face of the earth. Yeah, not the kind of man you'd take to meet your momma that's for sure. And then you had Christy Chapman, heiress to Bobby Bowen's Luxury Auto's. A woman who stayed on the right side of the law. A woman who was privileged from the day she was born. A woman who never wanted or needed anything. You know that saying "never judge a book by its cover?" Well that couldn't have been more true than in the case of these two characters. Boy did these two get it so horribly wrong and I loved being a fly on the wall as they each made the discovery that all was not as they had initially thought. 

It had taken Anthony a while to see that the black and white world he'd
lived in was filled with more shades of grey than he'd wanted to admit. 

Anthony Bear may have been a criminal but there was a side to him that just melted me. This big brute of a man had such a tender, protective side to him and god help anyone that hurt those he held close because once that beast was unleashed, there was no going back. And Christy, wow I loved this sarky, sassy, feisty woman who had a strength that ensured she was not a push over but equally, just like Anthony, had a tender, caring and very giving side that made me instantly warm to her. 

"I can never see myself being crazy about an overbearing, bullying, 
kidnapping, stubborn criminal. Especially an old one. Never!"

Told alongside the same time line as "Nine Minutes," "The Iron Tiara" was a story steeped in secrets.   Along with those secrets came a constant stream of questions for which I couldn't wait to get answers. In true Beth Flynn style, there was also a flurry of curve balls, twists and of course those jaw dropping revelations that left my head spinning. I loved that this author didn't always keep us hanging on to get answers and some times, questions and queries were resolved pretty quickly. I will say though, towards the end it did feel like there was an excessive amount of revelations which (for me), diluted the shock value somewhat.  

A storm is brewing all right, he thought as he scratched his chin. 
A storm that had completely ravaged his heart and pierced his soul.
A storm called Christy Chapman. 

"The Iron Tiara" was one of those books that was a contradiction in itself. It was brutal, harrowing and pretty graphically violent yet at the same time there really was a beautiful, tender, heart felt love story that deserved to get its airplay. 

A great addition to the "Nine Minutes" series that gets ❤️❤️❤️❤️


Author Bio:

Beth Flynn is a fiction writer who lives and works in Sapphire, North Carolina, deep within the southern Blue Ridge Mountains. Raised in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Beth and her husband, Jim, have spent the last 19 years in Sapphire, where they own a construction company. They have been married 33 years and have two daughters and a temperamental pit bull named Lady , Beth enjoys writing, reading, gardening, church and motorcycles, especially taking rides on the back of her husband’s Harley. She is a seven-year breast cancer survivor.


Monday, 17 July 2017

Series Review: J A Huss's "Dirty, Dark and Deadly Series."

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Synopsis: Series Review:

My name is James Fenici and you will never see me coming. I walk the shadows like darkness itself. I hide in the corners where nobody looks. I live by no rules, I have no boundaries, I take no prisoners, and I never, ever blink. I am not your knight in shining armor; I'm your worst nightmare. 

My name is James Fenici and you are my target. Only one of us is getting out alive, and that's not gonna be you. Once your name is on my list, your life is over. It's a deal I make with death, it's a contract I sign in blood, it's forgone conclusion--get used to it. 

My name is James Fenici and I'm as dirty as they come. But then one day I saw her. And every monster I thought I was. Every fact I thought I knew. Every dirty promise I ever turned down came back to slap me in the face. 

My name is James Fenici and I think I am in love.

Review: Surj

Well what can I say other than this was 100% signature J A Huss. Honestly, all three books in the "Dirty, Dark & Deadly" series were such a whirlwind of mind fuckery and craziness, I didn't know if I was coming or going half the time but it was brilliant because I was kept on my toes from the first page to the last, gripped by the plot that unfolded before my very eyes. You know that saying "it does what it says on the tin?" Well that can definitely be said about this series. These books were pure and utter filth, they were pretty dark at times and yes, they were oh so very deadly. It was like reading a combination of The Bourne series and La Femme Nikita. Pure brilliance with an element of romance, some very hot sex thrown in for good measure and of course a few taboo topics just to spice things up.

“You’re the perfect combination of hard and soft. 
Killer and lover. Sweet and deadly.”

I absolutely loved the theme of assassins and the "company." it was just genius. There were so many plot twists and curve balls and I just couldn't work out these characters to save my life. Who was lying and who was telling the truth? I wanted to believe all of the leading characters because I really did take a shine to each of them but very quickly it became obvious that they all had secrets they were hiding. I desperately tried to work out whether these were for the greater good. I tried in vain to guess possible double crossings and motives for each character but it was a hopeless task. When the characters were ready, I guess they would share. Despite all of this, I rooted for each of them as individuals, as killers, as a team and as a family (of sorts). Sounds crazy right? Well everything about this series was CRAZY!!! 

If death is a deal, then love is a promise.

We first met Sasha in Ford's book and it was brilliant seeing her take on more of a leading role. This girl was something else and I rooted for the child she was but the adult she had been forced to become. The company really did have a lot to answer for. 

James Finicci again was a character we met in Ford's book. We were only introduced to him briefly but boy have I loved getting to know this alpha assassin better. And Harper, this girl was seriously kick ass. In one breath she was still a young woman at eighteen discovering herself and her sexuality but in another breath, she too had been forced to grow up way to quickly, again courtesy of the company. 

He kisses me like he’s the wind. Like he’s the sea. Like he’s the desert. 
He kisses me and he tastes like freedom.

This series was full of heroes and heroines, victims and villains and of course so much action and drama, I could see a film/ tv series being made out of the books. 

What a phenomenal, fantastic, gripping, thrilling, violent, tension filled, completely addictive cluster fuck of a series that ended with such a perfect epilogue. There were so many familiar faces that came out to say hi. Wow, just wow. The whole series gets ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

We are nothing but a clusterfuck of double and triple crossings tonight.

Thursday, 13 July 2017

Review: Barbara S. Stewart's "Timeless - Andy's Mind Song (Rock & Roll Series #4)."


Synopsis: 

Andy Stevens is back. 
He’s returned to his island to come to terms with a lifetime of memories 

Rock God Andy Stevens, lead singer for the band Traveler, has come to a crossroads in his life. He’s living his Golden Years and finds himself torn between the present and the past. One phone call leads him on a determined course to find the answers, and come to terms with his unsettled soul. 

His heart leads him to a place where his restless soul is at home – his island - Eleuthera. He digs his toes in the sand, deep in his memories, and relives, remembers, and reconciles a life that brings him the answers to the ‘whys’ i that led to the choices he’s made over the years. Love, lost love, love renewed, family, illness, life, and death... his hope is to find peace. Soul searching, he sifts through all the good, sad, and bad in search of what he longs for.

Take a walk back in time with Andy – for the last time.

Review: Jo 

Barbara S. Stewart's "Rock & Roll" series broke my heart. It's one of those unforgettable reads that will stay with me always, and if you have read it too, you will know why. When I was given the opportunity to read "Timeless" I couldn't refuse. I was eager to discover Andy's side of the story and I was not disappointed in what I read. I found Andy's trip down memory lane to be poignant, reflective and at times deeply emotional. If you have read the "Rock & Roll" series, I recommend reading this beautiful journey of life and love. Just make sure to have some tissues near by! 

"Each word, each laugh, each revelation made me fall deeper in love with her."

I loved reading Andy's story. I enjoyed going back in time and returning to the many parts of his life with Beth. As it had been so long since I first read this series, I felt that this book was a lovely reminder of the life that Andy and his Bethy shared. I was also pleased to get an insight into Andy's true thoughts about his time with Beth. With every page that I read, I could feel Andy's sadness, regret and his overwhelming love. 

"Everywhere I look. Every step I take. 
Every breeze that blows...Bethy is there."

I am so glad that I took the time to read this book. I adored every minute of revisiting Andy and Beth's memorable moments. 

"Timeless-Andy's Mind Song" gets 4.5 hearts from me.

Wednesday, 12 July 2017

Blog Tour: K A Tucker's "Until it Fades."

The Hopeless Romantics Book Blog are pleased to be a part of the Blog Tour for K A Tucker's "Until it Fades." 

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Synopsis:

Twenty-four-year-old truck stop waitress and single mother Catherine Wright has simple goals: to give her five-year-old daughter a happy life and to never again be the talk of the town in Balsam, Pennsylvania: population two thousand outside of tourist season.

And then one foggy night, on a lonely road back from another failed attempt at a relationship, Catherine saves a man’s life. It isn’t until after the police have arrived that Catherine realizes exactly who it is she has saved: Brett Madden, hockey icon and media darling.

Catherine has already had her fifteen minutes of fame and the last thing she wants is to have her past dragged back into the spotlight, only this time on a national stage. So she hides her identity. It works.

For a time.

But when she finds the man she saved standing on her doorstep, desperate to thank her, all that changes. What begins as an immediate friendship quickly turns into something neither of them expected. Something that Catherine isn’t sure she can handle; something that Catherine is afraid to trust.

Because how long can an extraordinary man like Brett be interested in an ordinary woman like Catherine…before the spark fades?

Review: Surj 

I've heard a lot of people say that "Until it Fades" is quite different to this authors previous work. It's more light hearted, less angsty and it isn't suspenseful. I'll agree on the "less" suspenseful point but for me, this book wasn't light hearted at all. In fact it was pretty heart breaking considering some of the subject matters covered and as I worked my way through Catherine's story, I couldn't help but feel a sense of devastation for all this woman had been through but equally, all she continued to go through. 

I want the happily ever after. Even if I’m having a hard 
time allowing myself to believe it can exist.

In my opinion, "Until it Fades" wasn't primarily a romance. In fact there wasn't even a glimmer of anything remotely resembling more than friendship until well into the book, and I mean well into the book. But that was ok because I was so invested in Catherine's story and her journey from being a naive 17 year old (whose world was turned on it's head) to her becoming the strong, independent woman, that I was quite happy for that side of things to take a back burner. 

I was in awe of Catherine's character. My heart broke for all this woman had endured over the years. Through no fault of her own, she had become the town pariah overnight, a social outcast with those closest struggling to deal with the fall out, leaving her more or less alone. Catherine's life had been an uphill struggle from that point on but through it all, she had shown enormous strength and resilience. Where most would have crumbled under the weight of it all, Catherine picked herself up, dusted herself off and carried on. She had to, after all, she had little Brenna to think off. I loved this side of the story. Seeing Catherine and how she had turned her life around for herself and her daughter really did provide that feel good factor. I rooted for this woman every single step of the way. I felt every ounce of her struggle but felt a sense of comfort and happiness when things went her way. And as for her daughter Brenna, how cute was she? I adored how she constantly but very innocently put her foot in it. It really made me chuckle. 

“I wake up every morning thinking about you. I go to bed at 
night thinking about you. Please tell me it’s not just me.”

So Brett, how could I not like him? He was just one of those all round Mr nice guys who was so down to earth, so honest and so upfront. I loved his patient nature and his go slow approach with Catherine. He knew she had reservations and she definitely had a truck load of fears that held her back. He knew this but gently continued his pursuit of the woman who was very slowly stealing his heart. 

"It's good to have dreams. Without dreams, we wouldn't have goals. 
And without goals...what's the point of living?"

I completely understood Catherine's fears. So much had happened over the years and to top it off, on the face of it, her and Brett couldn't have been more opposite. But they do say "Opposites attract" and boy was I hoping that would be the case here!!! 

With Brett... I wouldn't fall in love, I'd plummet.

This was a great addition to the works of K A Tucker. For me, it was angsty and heart breaking but there were also some uplifting moments too. The twist at the end did come as a bit of a "what the hell, I never saw that coming" surprise but did help answer a number of questions I'd had throughout this book. 

I wonder whether this will be the first in a series. There are so many characters I've met now who I'd love to get to know more and see get their HEA. I can live in hope. 

"Until It Fades" gets ❤️❤️❤️❤️



Author Bio:

K.A. Tucker is the author of He Will Be My Ruin and the Ten Tiny Breaths and Burying Water series. She currently resides outside of Toronto with her husband, two beautiful girls, and a Chug.

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Tuesday, 11 July 2017

Review: Tiffany Reisz's "The Red."

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Synopsis: 

Mona Lisa St. James made a deathbed promise that she would do anything to save her mother's art gallery. Unfortunately, not only is The Red painted red, but it's in the red. She soon realizes she has no choice but to sell it.

Just as she realizes she has no choice but to sell it, a mysterious man comes in after closing time and makes her an offer: He will save The Red if she agrees to submit to him for the period of one year.

The man is handsome, English, and terribly tempting...but surely her mother didn't mean for Mona to sell herself to a stranger. Then again, she did promise to do anything to save The Red...

The Red is a standalone novel of erotic fantasy from Tiffany Reisz, international bestselling author of The Bourbon Thief and the Original Sinners series.

Review: Jo 

Tiffany Reisz is one of my must read authors. The stories that she weaves never fail to capture my attention. "The Red" was another novel from this author that did not disappoint. This book was a uniquely imaginative and fabulously erotic tale that I highly recommend. 

"Malcolm...you told me not to love you. Don't make me love you."

This story was so different to anything that I had previously read. So clever and well thought out. I loved the originality and found myself being swept up in the magical tale of art, history and sex. I enjoyed being transported through the beautiful portraits that were featured, constantly reaching for my phone to google some of the works of art. I wanted to see for myself the beauty of the paintings that were being described and discussed. I felt that this mythical novel was truly mesmerising. 

"He was a god to her now, a god of sex and sin." 

As always with Tiffany Reisz, this book was filled with erotic scenes. Every kinky adventure that was told left my kindle red hot. This author is, hands down one of the best when it comes to delivering eroticism. Tiffany continues to keep everything fresh and exciting. If you love a lot of sex in your books, Tiffany Reisz should be on your kindles and book shelves immediately, if she isn't already. 

"She never wanted to taste freedom again. She only wanted to taste him." 

With a story line that kept me fully invested through every turn of the page, this is book that I found difficult to put down. I just loved how enchanted I was by what was playing out before me and I also loved how everything came together in the end. Another brilliant read from an amazing author. 

"The Red" gets 4.5 hearts from me