Thursday, 22 February 2018

Blog tour: R.J. Prescott's "City Under Siege."

The Hopeless Romantics Book Blog are pleased to be part of the Blog Tour for R.J. Prescott's "City Under Siege."


Synopsis: 

London is a city in flames. Tensions are high and a critical situation is about to go from bad to worse. The Prime Minister wants to send a message, and the SAS will be the ones to deliver it.

Emotional detachment is my speciality. I’m ruthless and cut throat, but there is nobody better.

Sarah Tatem is an innocent. Caught up in a world in which she doesn’t belong, and trying desperately to do the right thing. My job is to keep her safe long enough to get what’s needed, and bring an end to this siege of terror.

But something has changed. I’ve learned that the only thing stronger than loyalty is love, and now she’s gone.

My name is Lieutenant Tom Harper, and I’m about to unleash hell.



Review: Jo 

This one took me a few chapters to get into, but once I did I was hooked. "City Under Siege" was everything that it promised to be; exciting, passionate and gripping until the very last page. If you love the sound of a romance with a gorgeous SAS hero, this is one to add to your TBR's. 

"The truth was, when there were a hundred reasons to let go,
 she was the only reason I needed to hold on." 

This thrilling novel sees the story of Sarah and Tom. Tom, an extremely hot military man was assigned to protect Sarah after she found herself in the middle of a terrorist plot. As you can imagine, everything that happened from the moment they met was either sexy and swoony or filled with edge-of-your-seat drama as the couple fall in love in the middle of an action packed plot. You can see why it was a page turner.

"She was crazy and chaotic and colourful,
 and she lit up the room like a fucking lightbulb. 
She was a beacon of hope for a guy like me." 

I absolutely loved Sarah and Tom together. They made a steamy couple with heaps of sexual chemistry between them. Tom turned into a delicious alpha and became so protective of Sarah. He stopped at nothing to keep her save and I found the way that he cherished Sarah to be so attractive. I also enjoyed Tom's relationship with his colleagues. They shared a lot of entertaining banter and I would be more than happy to read other books from Tom's friends. 

"So, I guess I'm stuck with you now then, huh?"
"Suck it up, buttercup. You're stuck with me forever." 

"City Under Siege" was another fantastic read from R.J. Prescott. It gets ❤️❤️❤️❤️ from me. 



EXCERPT:

I was practically kneeling in front of the screen as I tried to understand what I was seeing. Men were shouting at one another, though their words were indecipherable.

The person filming darted out from behind a shipping container to take more shots. Everything was happening so fast, the camera moving wildly with the person it was attached to. Finally, I realised it was a body cam by the way it was flailing and jerking all over the place. I had no idea what shipyard they were in, but it made sense that the assault would be there rather than a boat. They would have wanted to take the terrorists after the handover happened, just to be sure.

A soldier came into shot across the way, crouched behind another container, and I guessed he was one of ours. Covered from head to toe, it was impossible to know who it was, but I held my breath anyway. The camera at least became steady as the gunfire slowly ebbed, though focused now on the last of the targets. In the periphery of the screen, the kneeling soldier leant further forward to take a shot when he was yanked sharply backwards in a move that literally saved his life. As the last shot rang out, sounding a death knell to the terrorists who’d been responsible for taking so many innocent civilian lives, the rest of the team seemed to realise what I already knew. The rescuer, the guardian angel who’d ripped his teammate away from the path of certain death, had exposed himself to make the ultimate sacrifice, saving his friend’s life at the expense of his own. Soldiers darted in front of the camera again, and a few more indistinguishable voices called out before the silence. The excruciating, insufferable, tormenting silence, broken only by the clear voice that cut through the darkness like a scythe, ripping a hole through my heart as it did.

“Man down.”

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

USA Today bestselling author R.J. Prescott was born in Cardiff, South Wales, and studied law at the University of Bristol, England. Four weeks before graduation she fell in love, and stayed. Ten years later, she convinced her crazy, wonderful firefighter husband to move back to Cardiff where they now live with their two equally crazy sons. Her debut novel The Hurricane was an international bestseller and finalist in the Goodreads Awards in the category of debut author. 






Wednesday, 21 February 2018

Blog Tour: Kristen Ashley's "Rough Ride (Chaos # 5)."

The Hopeless Romantics Book Blog are pleased to be a part of the Blog Tour for Kristen Ashley's "Rough Ride (Chaos # 5)." 


Amazon.com:  http://amzn.to/2CcFLGF
Amazon UK:   http://amzn.to/2EXynBT


Synopsis:

From New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Kristen Ashley comes a new story in her Chaos series...

Rosalie Holloway put it all on the line for the Chaos Motorcycle Club.

Informing to Chaos on their rival club—her man’s club, Bounty—Rosalie knows the stakes. And she pays them when her man, who she was hoping to scare straight, finds out she’s betrayed him and he delivers her to his brothers to mete out their form of justice.

But really, Rosie has long been denying that, as she drifted away from her Bounty, she’s been falling in love with Everett “Snapper” Kavanagh, a Chaos brother. Snap is the biker-boy-next door with the snowy blue eyes, quiet confidence and sweet disposition who was supposed to keep her safe... and fell down on that job.

For Snapper, it’s always been Rosalie, from the first time he saw her at the Chaos Compound. He’s just been waiting for a clear shot. But he didn’t want to get it after his Rosie was left bleeding, beat down and broken by Bounty on a cement warehouse floor. 

With Rosalie a casualty of an ongoing war, Snapper has to guide her to trust him, take a shot with him, build a them...

And fold his woman firmly in the family that is Chaos.


Joint Review: Surj & Derna: 

Surj : Oh Derna, how wonderful was it being back in the comforting arms of a KA book, and a Chaos book no less. God how i'd missed those biker boys, their leading ladies and of course the wonderful yet crazy world they live in. Although it had been awhile since I’d picked up a book from this series, the minute I turned the first page, a warm feeling washed over me, a sense of familiarity consuming me and very quickly, the smile spread across my face because knew what that meant. I was home. 

“If you care about someone, it’s not about going that extra mile. 
It’s about giving everything.” 

Derna: Aww totally agree Surj. I always love starting a new KA book and having started this series only a few months back I was excited to return. What made this book extra special and made me smile huge was the cameos from characters from her other series. All I can say is if you’re a fan of the rock chick series you’re gonna love this one because KA has added a few little titbits that will guarantee to make you smile. 

Surj: “Rough Ride” was classic KA in so many ways and was just full to the brim with so much sugary goodness. We had a strong hero in Snapper who was alpha through and through but was equally unassumingly quiet which really made him stand out for me. It was this and that calm that surrounded him that melted me and I absolutely loved that he was a reader. woo hoo!!!! Trust me, there was nothing sexier than reading those scenes where he had his head stuck in a book!!!! Then there was Rosalie, beautiful, strong Rosalie who would do anything to protect the ones she loved even if it meant putting herself in harms way. 

"She yours?" Zip asked. 
"Yes," Snapper said. 
"No," I said at the same time. 
Zip looked between Snapper and me, an expression of resignation 
slid over his features & he mumbled "Christ, not another one of these." 

Derna: Haha, that’s so true. There’s nothing sexier than a hot man reading quietly on the sofa, completely engrossed in a good book (fans self). Snapper and Rosalie were such a great couple. Despite their rocky start, they shared plenty of heartwarming moments that left me feeling so contented with what this couple were building together. Equally there were those hot moments that this author writes so so well!!!! I absolutely loved them.

Surj: We had some fabulous secondary characters too that added an additional sprinkling of sparkle, some of them familiar and others strangers but by the end of the book, let’s just say, the family had grown!!!! 

Along with the characters, there was an excellent plot that gave us the mystery, suspense, action and drama this author writes so well that kept us on the edge of our seats, a pulse rates going crazy. However there is one BUT…only a little one but seasoned KA fans will understand. 

“If you care about someone, it’s not about going that extra mile. 
It’s about giving everything.”

Derna: "Rough Ride” was a 1001 Dark Nights novella so a great way to be introduced into the magical words of Kristen Ashley if you haven’t read her books before. For those of us who have been long standing fans of this author, we absolutely loved this book BUT we were left wanting more. We missed some of that detail we are used to getting from this author but we understand that this was a novella and you can’t possibly fit everything into a book of this size. Although this can be read as a standalone, we would highly recommend.reading the rest of the series. Trust us, once you have met one member of Chaos, you’re going to want to meet them all. 

"You’ve been jacked around since your daddy died and I don’t think either man 
meant to do you wrong but in the end they did. And I’m the man who’s gonna do you right, Rosalie. With me, that rough ride is gonna end, baby."

Surj: So all in all, a fab addition to the “Chaos” series that ended with Roseline and Snapper getting perfect HEA. However there was a cliffy of sorts that has us itching at the bits to get the next book. “Chaos” is about to go crazy and we cannot wait. 

“Rough Rise” gets ❤️❤️❤️❤️

Excerpt:

An old-style flip phone. 

A burner. 

We’d joked about it, Snap and me. He’d called me Scully. He had a burner too, so there’d be no caller ID when he phoned me. So I’d called him Mulder. 

I was going to call him. 

Not because I was working for Chaos anymore. I wasn’t. That officially ended on that cement. Definitely not because I was protecting Bounty. I’d tell the police. Absolutely, I’d tell the police my boyfriend’s motorcycle club beat the snot out of me. It didn’t matter that I broke the code, and knew it. It didn’t matter that I’d betrayed my man, and done it deliberately. 

I was trying to save him. Save his brothers. Save his club. Save everyone. 

I closed my eyes tight, my thumb moving over the phone from memory, knowing the way on its own, I called him so often. That was why I was calling him now rather than 911. I knew how to get to him. To Snapper. And the effort would be less. I could dial the digits to get him up on speed dial in my sleep, so I could do it lying on a cement floor, beat to hell and practically unable to move. 

I couldn’t lift the phone to my ear so I just shoved it across the floor closer to my face, listening to it ring. 

“Rosie?” Snap answered. 

I closed my eyes tighter as understanding hit me with a blow almost as brutal as every strike I’d just taken. 

God. 

I hadn’t done it to save Beck. To save his brothers, his club…everybody. 

At first, I’d done it to make Beck into Shy. 

And then I’d done it to make him be Snapper. 

And last, I’d done it to make his club Chaos. 

“Rosie?” Snap’s Eddie Vedder baritone got sharper. 

Oh no. 

No. 

The black was creeping in again. 

“Sss…” was all I could get out. 

“Rosalie,” he bit out, curt, alert, alarmed. 

“Hurt,” I whispered. 

And then, again, I blacked out.


Author Bio:

Kristen Ashley was born in Gary, Indiana, USA and nearly killed her mother and herself making it into the world, seeing as she had the umbilical cord wrapped around her neck (already attempting to accessorize and she hadn't taken her first breath!). Her mother said they took Kristen away, put her Mom back in her room, her mother looked out the window, and Gary was on fire (Dr. King had been assassinated four days before). Kristen's Mom remembered thinking it was the end of the world. Quite the dramatic beginning.

Nothing's changed.

Kristen grew up in Brownsburg, Indiana and has lived in Denver, Colorado and the West Country of England. Thus, she's blessed to have friends and family around the globe. Her family was (is) loopy (to say the least) but loopy is good when you want to write. They all lived together on a very small farm in a small farm town in the heartland. She grew up with Glenn Miller, The Everly Brothers, REO Speedwagon and Whitesnake (and the wardrobes that matched).

Needless to say, growing up in a house full of music, clothes and love was a good way to grow up.

And as she keeps growing, it keeps getting better.

Thursday, 15 February 2018

Blog Tour: Lexi Ryan's "The Wrong kind of Love (The Boys of Jackson Harbor #1)."

The Hopeless Romantics Book Blog are pleased to be part of the Blog Tour for Lexi Ryan's "The Wrong kind of Love (The Boys of Jackson Harbor #1)."


Synopsis: 

From New York Times bestseller Lexi Ryan comes a sexy new romance novel about a runaway bride, a single dad who’s sworn off love, and the kind of family secrets that can threaten to break even the deepest bonds.

You never forget your wedding day. Or the moment your twin sister pukes on your bouquet and confesses she’s pregnant . . . with your fiancé’s baby.

I wanted to get away, to hide until my heart mended. I found myself in a strange town with a mysterious stranger whose talented mouth and hands almost made me forget it was supposed to be my wedding night.

Afraid to go home to face my broken life, I pretend to be my twin so I can take her job in Jackson Harbor caring for a six-year-old girl. Imagine my surprise when I find out my new boss is my mysterious stranger—Dr. Ethan Jackson.

I never meant for Ethan to discover my secrets. I never meant for them to matter. But the longer I work with him and his sweet daughter, the harder I fall, and the clearer it becomes that I’m not the only one carrying a secret that could tear us apart.

Get ready to fall for the boys of Jackson Harbor in Lexi Ryan’s sexy new contemporary romance series. These books can all be read as standalones, but you’ll enjoy reading them as a series!

Review: Jo 

I've always enjoyed Lexi Ryan's work, but for some reason I don't remember I've fallen behind on Lexi's novels, so when I saw this book, I knew it was time to get back on track and I'm so glad that I did because I loved Nik and Ethan's story. "The Wrong Kind of Love" was sweet, sexy and fun. It's definitely a book that I'd recommend reading. 

"Do you know how hard it's going to be for me to walk away without fucking you?"
"Then don't."

Nik had lived her life in the shadow of her twin sister, always thinking she wasn't good enough, that her love wasn't good enough. When things went terribly wrong for her in the love department, Nik found herself starting over. New job, new town, new life and new sexy brooding boss, Ethan. The story progressed with an intense, sexy and swoony relationship that develops between Nik and Ethan that I loved every minute of. The pair were so perfect for one another and I just loved how everything played out between them. From the lust and sexual chemistry at the beginning to the dreamy love that grew between them. 

"I thought I was broken forever, and then you showed up. 
Now I want things I didn't think I'd ever want again." 

I also loved the secondary characters and how they added to the story, giving the impression of a happy and friendly group of family and friends that Nik easily settled into. And as for little Lilly, she was so cute. I was so sad when I turned the final pages of this book and can't wait for more from the Jackson boys. This is a series that I'm excited to continue. 

"....maybe, just maybe, I needed all the wrongs to find the right kind of love." 

"The Wrong Kind of Love" gets 4.5 ❤️ 's from me. 


Excerpt:

“Did somebody hurt you?” My gut knots with the question. You can’t save her, Ethan. 

“You could say that.”

I step forward. Maybe that’s why she’s here on this impulsive visit to Jackson Harbor. Maybe she’s running from someone, escaping a home that’s not safe. “Do you have somewhere safe to go?”

“It’s not that kind of hurt,” she whispers. She swallows, and her gaze dips to my mouth. “Why are you so sad?”

Because you remind me of Elena. Because I couldn’t walk away from her either. “I’m just worried about you.” I don’t know if I step closer or if gravity pulls me that way, but in a breath, she’s at my fingertips and my thighs brush her knees.

“Will you do me a favor?” she asks, her attention still on my lips.

“What?”

“Will you kiss me?”

“Nic . . .” I wait for the excuses to find their way onto my tongue, but they don’t, and I realize I don’t want an excuse to walk away from her. My whole body is warm and my fingers itch to touch her. The only thing I want is my mouth on hers. I want to taste her joy and sadness. I want to know how it feels to have that body pressed against mine. 

I’m silent a beat too long, and she winces. “Sorry.”

“Don’t be. It’s not that I don’t want to, but you’re vulnerable.” 

“Are you always so noble?”

“If you think my thoughts are noble right now, you’re even more naïve than I feared.” I lean my forehead against hers. Christ. Who am I kidding? She’s asking me to do something I’ve been thinking about since I first laid eyes on her. I couldn’t deny her if I wanted to, and I don’t want to. Not even a little. 

I cup her face in my hand and run my thumb along her jaw. 

She slides a hand behind my neck. “I like the way you look at me. You make me feel sexy. Wanted.”

“Who made you feel like you weren’t?”

“A mistake.”

“Then he didn’t deserve you.” I lower my mouth to hers, telling myself the kiss will be brief, that I won’t get carried away. But then her other hand joins the first behind my neck, and her breasts press against my chest. Her thighs part, and I step between them in my instinctive need to be closer. A soft moan slips from her lips as our mouths connect.

This girl kisses like she does everything else—with unabashed emotion. She doesn’t hide a thing she’s feeling, and I’m hard even before her mouth opens under mine and our tongues sweep across each other.

I thread one hand into her hair and slide the other up her bare leg, my fingers curling into the flesh of her hip while my thumb strokes her inner thigh. Her skirt is bunched around her waist, and it would be so easy to follow this soft skin up and find her panties. She’s making the sexiest sounds, and I’m dying to touch her, to find out if she’s as turned on as she sounds, but I keep my hand where it is and give her the kiss she asked for. I offer the evidence that she’s sexy and desirable, no matter what some asshole made her think.

The Wrong Kind of Love © 2018 by Lexi Ryan

Meet Lexi:

Lexi Ryan is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of emotional romance that sizzles. A former academic and English professor, Lexi considers herself the luckiest girl around to make a living through storytelling. She loves spending time with her crazy kids, weightlifting, ice cream, swoony heroes, and vodka martinis.

Lexi lives in Indiana with her husband, two children, and a spoiled dog. You can find her at her website: www.lexiryan.com

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Wednesday, 14 February 2018

Blog Tour: Emma Scott's "In Harmony."


The Hopeless Romantics Book Blog are pleased to be part of the Blog Tour for Emma Scott's "In Harmony."


Synopsis: 

The root of all madness is an unbearable truth…

At seventeen, Willow Holloway’s life was torn apart. The happy, driven girl is gone, and she is left wracked by post-traumatic stress her body remembers even if she does not. When her father suddenly uproots the family from their posh penthouse in New York City to the tiny town of Harmony, Indiana, Willow becomes more untethered and lost under the weight of her secret. On a whim, she auditions for a part in the community theater’s production of Hamlet and unexpectedly wins the role of Ophelia—the girl who is undone by madness, and her love of Hamlet… 

Isaac Pearce is from the ‘wrong side of the tracks.’ The town bad boy. Girls pine for his attention and guys are in awe of him. That he’s an acting prodigy only adds to his charisma. Isaac utterly disappears into his characters; the stage is the only place he feels safe from his own traumatic home life. He wants nothing more than to escape to Broadway or Hollywood and leave Harmony behind for good. 

No one can play Hamlet but Isaac, and when the director pairs him with Willow in acting class, they clash again and again—neither willing to open their hearts to anyone. But clashing leads to breaking, breaking leads to the spilling of terrible secrets, and soon Isaac and Willow find Shakespeare’s words mirroring their lives. When they are cruelly torn apart, neither know how this play will end—with madness and heartache? Or healing, love, and the discovery of who they are truly meant to be. 

In Harmony is a standalone NEW ADULT love story, and is intended for readers 18 and up. PLEASE NOTE, this book contains sensitive material such as physical abuse, and the aftermath of sexual assault (off the page). Reader discretion is advised


                     


Review: Jo 

Emma Scott has done it again. She has delivered another novel that is full to the brim with emotion. I loved this book so much. From the moment I began reading my kindle was superglued to my hand. I just couldn't be parted from Willow and Isaac's beautiful yet heartbreaking story. 

"When do I get to feel better? Never. 
I get to carry this memory in my brain and this filth on my body forever. 
A chronic disease and there is no cure."

Willow and Isaac both had equally difficult lives. My heart ached over and over as I discovered what each of these characters suffered every single day. I felt so sorry for Willow and Isaac and wanted nothing more than for someone to wave a magic wand in their direction to make things better. 

"In that moment, it seemed so easy. So perfect,
 I could almost forget the words were written for a tragedy."

Together Willow and Isaac found in each other a spark of light in their dark lives and they grabbed onto one another and their love grew into something so special. I loved this couple together, but I knew that their relationship was going to be almost impossible. What followed was a romance that both melted my heart and also left me gasping for breath as everything went wrong. In true Emma Scott fashion, this book was one hell of an emotional roller-coaster. 

"Doubt thou the stars are fire, Doubt that the sun doth move, 
Doubt truth to be a liar, but never doubt I love. 
The words were ours now. Mine and Willow's." 

I urge you to one-click this book today. Don't miss this gorgeous tale of love, hope and courage. 

"I hear it Isaac, I hear it in every look, every touch. I hear you. 
The words of your heart." 

In Harmony gets ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ from me. 




Excerpt: 

“I’m so…not into being with someone right now,” Willow said with a nervous lilt to her words. “Not for a while, anyway.”

I heard a whisper on the breeze, or ever again. A heaviness in her eyes hinted she had lost something and had almost given up trying to find it.

She hasn’t given up, I thought, a fierce admiration welling in me. That’s why she’s doing the play. To find it again.

In that moment, I vowed to try to cut out all the egotistical bullshit and jealousy over Justin. The dance was out of range now anyway. I couldn’t ask her to go even if I wanted to. Which I didn’t. My job was to help her find what she was looking for in Hamlet, however I could. Even as it dented my eagerness to get the hell out of Harmony.

Willow shielded her eyes from the sun and squinted at me. “So what about you?”

“What about me?”

“Do you like anyone?” she asked, her voice a half tone higher than usual. She laughed. “That’s such a high school thing to ask.”

“No,” I said. “If all goes to plan, I’m leaving Harmony, remember? Stupid to start something now.”

“Sure. Makes sense.”

A silence fell.

“Yeah, so I probably won’t go to the dance,” Willow said. “I’m not good in that kind of situation anymore.”

“What kind of situation?”

She shook her head. “Never mind. I should get back.”

Willow started to scoot down off the block. I held my hand out to her to help. She hesitated for a fraction of a second and then took it. I held my other hand out and she took that too. I steadied her as she hopped down and then we were standing face to face. Close enough I could see her pale blue eyes had lighter shards of blue in them, like a topaz. Close enough to smell the sweetness of her breath—coffee tinged with sugar. Close enough to dance if we wanted.

“Thanks,” Willow said, gazing up at me.

“Sure,” I said.

I still held her hands. She didn’t let go.

“So,” she breathed, still not moving.

“Yeah.”

I glanced down at our hands. I hadn’t touched something this soft and good in ages. The sleeve of her coat bunched up and I spied a black mark on the inside of her forearm, close to her wrist. Willow drew in a breath as I turned her hand over. An X, about the size of a quarter, was stark on her pale skin.

She tugged her hands away. “I really need to get back.”

Every instinct cried out to take her hand again, to ask her what the X meant. To lick my thumb and erase it off her skin. I didn’t know what it meant but the sight of it made my stomach feel heavy.

“Willow—”

“I doodle when I’m bored. I told you that.” Her voice was sharp but her smile wobbled. “Let’s go.”

We walked the short distance back to town wordlessly. Back in front of the theater, Willow shouldered her bag and glanced around. “Thanks for today. I think Martin would be happy with our progress.”

“I do too.”

God, would he, I thought.

“So, I guess I’ll see you Monday?” she said.

“You have a ride home?”

“Oh, uh…” She still wouldn’t meet my eyes. “I was thinking of walking.”

“To Emerson Hills?” I said. “That’s a mile and a half and it’s getting dark soon.”

She raised her brows. “I’m not allowed to walk in the dark?”

“You’re allowed,” I said, “but I don’t want you to.”

Author Bio

Emma Scott writes romances with flawed characters, characters with artistic hearts: builders, poets, and writers of various makes and models. And love always wins. Always. 
Where to Find Emma:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/EmmaScottwrites
Twitter: @EmmaS_writes
Instagram: @EmmaScottWrites


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Tuesday, 13 February 2018

Review: Tiffany Reisz's "The Lucky Ones."


Synopsis: 

They called themselves “the lucky ones.” They were seven children either orphaned or abandoned by their parents and chosen by legendary philanthropist and brain surgeon Dr. Vincent Capello to live in The Dragon, his almost magical beach house on the Oregon Coast. Allison was the youngest of the lucky ones living an idyllic life with her newfound family…until the night she almost died, and was then whisked away from the house and her adopted family forever.

Now, thirteen years later, Allison receives a letter from Roland, Dr. Capello’s oldest son, warning her that their father is ill and in his final days. Allison determines she must go home again and confront the ghosts of her past. She's determined to find out what really happened that fateful night--was it an accident or, as she's always suspected, did one of her beloved family members try to kill her?

But digging into the past can reveal horrific truths, and when Allison pieces together the story of her life, she'll learns the terrible secret at the heart of the family she once loved but never really knew.

A vivid and suspenseful tale of family, grief, love—and the dark secrets that bind everything together—Tiffany Reisz’s latest is enthralling to the final page. 

Review: Jo 

"The Lucky Ones" was a part mystery and part romance novel that kept me gripped from the moment I began reading. Tiffany Reisz's writing is so fantastic that she never fails to pull me in from the very first words and that's exactly what happened with this story. With an intriguing plot, brilliant characters and a blossoming love story, this was a book that I thoroughly enjoyed. 

"If one could marry a moment in time, she would have married that one. 
That moment when the stars were laughing with her and not at her. 
That moment when the sand in the hour glass was on her side 
and the house was once again her home." 

This book follows to story of Alison, who returns to her childhood home in the hope of finding answers from her past, only to open an enormous can of worms. Alison really did open Pandora's box in this story and what followed was a tale of endless secrets and lies that I was forever second guessing. 

"Too many secrets in this house. 
So many they were starting to feel like ....lies." 

I loved Alison. She was funny, sassy and strong. A real ass-kicking heroine of the story. Tiffany always creates such brilliant female characters, the type of women that I would love to be like. I also enjoyed the other characters in the story and getting to know each of their back stories. There was definitely enough in this book to keep my mind busy. 

"...the truth is I chopped so much wood because I want to keep you warm forever." 

If you love Tiffany Reisz's work, or you long for a novel to get completely lost in, this standalone read is the one for you. 

The Lucky Ones gets ❤️❤️❤️❤️ from me.

Thursday, 8 February 2018

Review: Charlie M. Matthews's "The Wrong Game"

Amazon.com:  http://amzn.to/2E4eFax
Amazon UK:   http://amzn.to/2E0QTvK

Synopsis:

Taylor Lawson - 

Tall, tanned, and stupidly muscular, Taylor Lawson was the definition of a bad boy–an overconfident footballer whose arrogance knew no bounds. His deep brown eyes were a thing of beauty–enough to make you want to bare your soul to him and a whole lot more. 

When his father was sent to prison, Taylor's life spiralled out of control. Everything he thought he knew was a lie, and his passion for the game to a backseat to everything else in his life. 

Wasted, and angry at the world, Taylor could see no way out. He was soon forced to realise that not everything in life was easy. But fighting your fears and taking back control was the easy part. Learning to hold on to that control would be Taylor's biggest challenge yet. 

Lola Henderson - 

After the accident that ripped her world out from underneath her feet, Lola struggled to find her place in the world again. Living through an endless nightmare, so scared and unsure of herself, and with fear playing a continuous loop, she was fighting a losing battle. 

Winslow Falls was meant to be the fresh start she needed to find herself again, but when she locked eyes with the star striker on the college football team, she knew she was done for. 

Would Lola continue to avoid the boy who made her feel things she knew was wrong? Or would fate throw them together, forcing them on to an unlikely path of friendship? 

Maybe Taylor was exactly who she needed in her life to overcome the fear that plagued her every day. 

"Two wrongs didn't make a right. But in our case they did."

Review: Jo 

This one was a freebie that sounded like my kind of read, so I clicked and was not disappointed. I enjoyed this YA standalone story of a college/school romance that contained an intriguing twist to it. I also liked that it was set in England, which changed things up a little from the previous books that I have read in this genre. 

"There was this girl—so shy and unsure of herself—quiet and timid, 
until that first stroke of heat danced upon her. 
Once lit, she would become this big force of energy 
that you couldn’t tear your eyes away from, 
never wanting to miss a single second of it. A firebox."

This story focuses on football player, Taylor and Lola, a girl who was trying to start a new life after an accident had turned her world upside down. I liked the main characters of the story a lot. Taylor had been a player and a bit of a bad boy in the past, however with Lola, I saw a whole new side to him that I loved. As usual with a YA story there was the common teenage problems, but when Taylor and Lola were together they made a lovely couple and I adored the change in Taylor. I rooted for their relationship to work every step of the way. The development of their relationship, as well as the fact that I was curious to see what would happen with Lola, kept me turning those pages and as I reached the final few chapters, I was happy with how everything came together for this young couple. 

"In reality, we shouldn’t have worked. 
But in our case, two wrongs did make a right, 
because despite the odds, we had each other and 
together we could find that balance we needed in order to survive."

If you love young adult sports romance, this one is for you. 

"The Wrong Game" gets ❤️❤️❤️❤️  from me.

Monday, 5 February 2018

Review: Jo Watson's "Love to Hate You."

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Synopsis: 

Sera is usually a good girl. (Except for one wild night in the backseat of a stranger's car!) But what happens when that bad boy turns out to be her new boss? And what happens when he wants more than one night...and he can be very persuasive...

Review: Jo 

I've wanted to read a Jo Watson novel for a while now so I jumped at the chance to review"Love to Hate You." And it truly was the best decision because this was a fantastic story. A story that became more and more addictive with each new chapter. I was so hooked on Ben and Sera's romance that I didn't stop reading until my kindle battery died and I had no option. 


"Your touch is like a drug and all I want is my next hit." 

The story of Ben and Sera was a passionate, fiery and highly amusing read. I loved the way that the couple's relationship progressed. From the angsty and hilarious banter to the gorgeous slow burn. I adored every single minute of it. Slow burns are a mixed bag for me, sometimes I love them but more often than not, they either drive me crazy or I end up losing interest and I give up. Thankfully this one was a relationship that I enjoyed. The chemistry between the couple was so intense and the way they acted towards each other kept my entertained throughout every chapter. There was a few occasions when I wanted to step into the book just to tell Sera to stop being so difficult, but other than that, I loved what was happening. 

"There's nothing you could tell me that would make me think, 
or feel, anything less for you."

The main couple were both easy to love and root for. Sera was strong, independent and selfless. She also had a fun sense of humour which I saw a lot of throughout her dialogue with Ben. I spent a lot of time chuckling at the things Sera said or did during this book. Ben was so lovely. I fell for him the minute I met him. He didn't need any help winning me other. I loved everything about him. I swooned over the way that Ben treated Sera. For him it was insta-love and there was no hiding that. Ben went all out in demonstrating his feelings for Sera and it melted my heart. He was a man that turned my heart to mush. 

"I want to be part of your life. Even the bad bits." 

Before I go, I just want to also include Sera's friends JJ and Bruce in this review because they were a delightful addition to the story. I loved the dynamics of their relationship with Sera. They were equally as lovable as Ben and Sera. 

This novel was a brilliant read from beginning to end. Ben and Sera's love made me smile and with a perfect epilogue that finished off the story in the best way, my heart was deliciously full. 

"Love to Hate You" gets an easy ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ from me.