Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Review: Rhyannon Byrd's "The Weekend:London Affair Part 1 (London Affair: An International Love Story #1)".


Synopsis:

American art-history graduate Emmy Reed is in London, hoping to land her dream job by getting an exclusive scoop on a famous reclusive artist. When a dangerous encounter throws her into the path of millionaire playboy Jase Beckett, Emmy is grateful for his quick-thinking - but equally determined to turn down his proposal to be his date for a family wedding. That is, until she discovers that her sought-after artist is his grandfather.

Tired of the game-playing women in his circle, Jase finds Emmy refreshingly fascinating. And as the weekend progresses and they work together to survive his insufferable family's devious scheming, Emmy and Jase find themselves drowning in an intoxicating sexual chemistry that leaves them both desperate for more...and reeling emotionally.

When their stunning weekend is over, neither is ready to let go. But dark secrets surround the Beckett family - can their fledgling relationship survive the damaging revelations to come? 

Review: Jo

This book sounded right up my street so I couldn't wait to get started. Although it didn't quite grip me in the way that I'd hoped, it was still a good read and I was left wanting more. I can't wait for book two to see what happens next for Emmy and Jase. 

The premise of this story is one that I've read hundreds of times, but it's one that can never grow old with me. Rich, alpha and stunning hero with a down to earth heroine that is easy to relate to. I will always want to read these kind of romance novels so in the story department it did not let me down. Jase was the hot single guy with a bit of a mysterious past and family issues that I was curious of. Emmy was a sweet and sassy girl who gave Jase a bit more of a fight than what he was used to, which of course made Emmy even more attractive. 

This quick read continued with a steamy romance between Jase and Emmy that I enjoyed and left me with a bit of a cliffhanger ending. I'm looking forward to seeing what happens next and also getting a bit more into Jase's past. I'm pretty certain there is a lot more to discover about him and his family. 

"London Affair" gets 3.5 hearts from me.

Monday, 16 October 2017

Release Blitz Review: EK Blair's "Crave Part Two."

The Hopeless Romantics Book Blog are pleased to be a part of the Release Blitz Review for EK Blair's "Crave Part Two."

Amazon.com:    http://amzn.to/2xkSggJ
Amazon UK:     http://amzn.to/2fSCQO4

Synopsis:

Weeks became months, and months became years. Each day, nudged Kason deeper into his addiction. Each memory of the girl destroyed fed the craving for what he could never have again. 

Leaving a life-altering first love behind, Adaline tried moving forward to find love and trust and happiness. Pain eventually faded, wounds slowly healed, yet scars were forever left behind.

But some scars feel like kisses. 

When the shattered pieces of their hearts are forced to meet again, the two of them must decide how much pain their love is worth enduring.

This is what happens when one person loves beyond the craving and the other craves beyond the loving.

Review: Surj 

This author, OMG!!!! My heart!!! My nerves!!!! Seriously, I thought "Crave Part One" was an emotional roller coaster ride but oh no. Part one was a walk in the park compared to what I've just read. It's like EK threw everything at me in the conclusion to Ady and Kason's story and I mean everything because when I finally turned the last page I felt absolutely shattered and completely drained. It was like this book had sucked the very life right out of me because I had lived and breathed this couple's story right alongside them and that wasn't easy. It was so difficult and at times, damn right terrifying. 

She's drifting, and I don't know why. It was sudden at first, a quick change,
a fast drop. But now she's on a slow descent, slipping even further away from me. 

Harrowing, agonising, torturous, soul destroying, painful, cruel, angst filled, frustrating, devastating and crushing are all things that I felt when I read "Crave Part Two" and I guess I should have expected all of these feelings considering the dark, twisted cliff hanger we were given at the end of book one. I mean that really did set the tone for the conclusion to this duet but for some reason, I wasn't prepared for just how hard hitting it would be. It was like EK took a sledge hammer to my heart and smashed it wide open. Her way with words ensured this story was felt right down to my very soul. It was like I was in purgatory along with the characters and it hurt like a bitch. 

Maybe we were too perfect, and because of that, 
we were meant to be pierced by thorns. 

I loved all the characters (both lead and secondary) in "Crave Part One" but in this book, well let's just say some of them really did test me. I was left angry and frustrated by choices and decisions and and also by the direction the story took at times. This is EK though, so a straight forward HEA love story was never going to be on the cards. She's a ball buster when it comes to twists, turns and emotions so I should have mentally prepared myself for the unexpected. 

Every drop of misery triggers me. It screams through my veins,
torments my body, and takes me as its hostage until I give in. 

As much as I have loved Kason and Ady's story, the ending didn't sit well with me. I don't think it did the characters or their history justice as everything seemed to get wrapped up really quickly, so quickly in fact that I was left feeling a little bewildered. Kason's personal story had been one that was so tragic and he was such a broken hero. I wan't to see more emphasis put on piecing him back together but it felt like it was skimmed over. I wanted and needed the nitty gritty of him learning to deal with everything he had been through but it didn't really come. It just kinda finished so yup, that's my one and only gripe.

"You were all I ever wanted. It wasn't even a choice for me."
All in all a great duet that I would definitely recommend you pick up. 

"Crave Part Two" gets ❤️❤️❤️❤️


Author Bio:

E.K. Blair, takes her readers on an emotional roller coaster with her dynamic and intense writing style. Noted for her ability to create fleshed-out characters that will evoke a realm of reactions, you can be assured that her stories will linger with you far beyond the last word.

A former first grade teacher with an imagination that runs wild. Daydreaming and zoning out is how she was often found in high school. Blair tends to drift towards everything dark and moody. Give her a character and she will take pleasure in breaking them down, digging into their core to find what lies underneath.

Aside from writing, E.K. Blair finds pleasure in music, drinking her Starbucks in peace, and spending time with her friends. She’s a thinker, an artist, a wife, a mom, and everything in between.


Thursday, 12 October 2017

Blog Tour: Katy Regnery's "Unloved."

The Hopeless Romantics Book Blog are pleased to be part of the Blog Tour for Katy Regnery's "Unloved."


Synopsis: 

My name is Cassidy Porter...

My father, Paul Isaac Porter, was executed twenty years ago for the brutal murder of twelve innocent girls.

Though I was only eight-years-old at the time, I am aware - every day of my life - that I am his child, his only son.

To protect the world from the poison in my veins, I live a quiet life, off the grid, away from humanity.

I promised myself, and my mother, not to infect innocent lives with the darkness that swirls within me, waiting to make itself known.

It's a promise I would have kept...if Brynn Cadogan hadn't stumbled into my life.

Now I exist between heaven and hell: falling for a woman who wants to love me, while all along reminding myself that I must remain...

Unloved.

**NOTE: This book is intended for readers 18+**



Review: Jo 

"Live quiet, and no matter what happens inside of you, 
you won't never be able to hurt someone, Cassidy."

I've spent so much time thinking about what to write in this review. For me "Unloved" was not what I had expected and there were things about the book that I didn't like, but there was also parts that I enjoyed and I know that it has had so many great reviews so I would hate to put readers off by sharing my opinion. This clearly is a novel that you should read for yourself and make up your own mind on what you truly think of Brynn and Cassidy's story. When I first read the synopsis to this book, I couldn't wait to get started. It sounded like a book that would capture my heart and leave me a big emotional mess. Unfortunately, the story of Brynn and Cassidy didn't quite grip me in the way that I had hoped. Don't get me wrong, I did like this book, and there were moments that piqued my interest, but I felt overall that this novel was more of a tender love story. 

"I saw the colors of his heart and I loved them all." 

I loved the premise of this story. Brynn and Cassidy were two people who had both suffered in their past and had back stories that broke my heart, especially Cassidy. I had mixed feelings about Cassidy. My heart really went out to him for the life that he had been dealt.  I completely understood his innocence because of how he been brought up but there were a few things that completely put me off him. I don't want to go into details because of spoilers, but there was a few elements of Cassidy that really didn't appeal to me. As book boyfriends go, sadly Cassidy wasn't the guy for me. 

I enjoyed the sweet development of Brynn and Cassidy's relationship. The pair shared so much innocence between them that they both seemed a lot younger than their years, so at times I felt that I was reading YA. Brynn and Cassidy's story continued throughout most of the book to be a slow burner and I did find my interest wavering at times, however there were also parts that I enjoyed, especially during the later chapters with a few twists that left me feeling shocked and confused. I felt that this part of the story picked up pace and left me wanting to know more, but for the most part I felt that this was a more of a gentle love story between Brynn and Cassidy. 

Another thing I did love about this book was the writing. Written in duel POV, Katy's words were just beautiful and I felt myself swooning over some of the dialogue that Cassidy spoke to Brynn.  There was a few moments where he melted by heart. 

"She is, and always will forever be, my life's greatest treasure.
 Because of her, I am loved."

"Unloved" gets 3.5-4 hearts from me.


Friday, 6 October 2017

Duet Review: Aly Martinez's "The Darkest Sunrise duet."

The Darkest Sunrise: Duet

Amazon.com:    http://amzn.to/2yXbviu
Amazon UK:     http://amzn.to/2ymXgXg

The Darkest Sunrise: Book 1 Synopsis:

Sticks and stones will break my bones, but words will never harm me.
Whoever coined that phrase is a bald-faced liar. Words are often the sharpest weapon of all, triggering some of the most powerful emotions a human can experience.
“You’re pregnant.”
“It’s a boy.” 
“Your son needs a heart transplant.”
Sticks and stones will break my bones, but words will never harm me.
Lies.
Syllables and letters may not be tangible, but they can still destroy your entire life faster than a bullet from a gun.
Two words—that was all it took to extinguish the sun from my sky.
“He’s gone.” 
For ten years, the darkness consumed me.
In the end, it was four deep, gravelly words that gave me hope of another sunrise. 
“Hi. I’m Porter Reese.”

The Brightest Sunset: Book 2 Synopsis:

Sticks and stones will break my bones, but words will never harm me.
Bullshit.
Words destroyed me. 
“I’m sorry. She didn’t make it.”
“Daddy, he can’t breathe!” 
“There’s nothing more we can do for your son.”
Sticks and stones will break my bones, but words will never harm me.
Lies.
Those syllables and letters became my executioner. I told myself that, if I didn’t acknowledge the pain and the fear, they would have no power over me. But, as the years passed, the hate and the anger left behind began to control me.
Two words—that was all it took to plunge my life into darkness.
“He’s gone.” 
In the end, it was four soft, silky words that gave me hope of another sunrise. 
“Hi. I’m Charlotte Mills.”

Review: Surj

When your entire world was pitch-black, 
even the tiniest flicker looked like a lighthouse…

The First book in Aly Martinez's "The Darkest Sunrise" was "almost" a DNF for me. Although the premise of the story sounded fantastic, unfortunately the delivery was just not holding my attention and I found myself putting the book down several times. For a relatively short book, it was a slow burner that's for sure and I was desperate for the pace to pick up because I knew if/ when it did, there was a possibility this book could be something quite spectacular. Well I didn't DNF, I persevered and thank god I did because once Charlotte and Porter's story clicked, I absolutely devoured both books in the space of 24 hours. Yup, they were that good. 

Our situations were different, but the same shade of black 
painted both of our souls. But, as I clung to him, trying to 
perform the impossible task of collecting myself, 
it hit me that the darkness was all we’d ever have

I'm not going to give away too much about the story because this is one for each of you to savour yourselves. What I will say is, prepare yourselves because what transpires in this duet will undoubtedly break your heart. Yes it will be pieced back together but that journey will be a slow, agonising and very painful one. Porter and Charlotte had both lived through their own personal hell, each of them savagely beaten and broken by the hand fate they had been dealt. Porter had a reason to live but Charlotte, well for Charlotte, it was like time had stood still and she was unable to move on, barely surviving the events of her past. It was difficult not to be affected by each of their stories, my heart aching for both of them. I rooted for this couple to find some semblance of happiness in what appeared to be such a dark place for them. 

When I broke, Porter was there to pick up the pieces. 
And, when Porter lost sight of the light, I was there to hold him in the darkness. 
No questions. No judgments. No faking it. No apologies.

For Charlotte and Porter I knew the road to a HEA was going to be as bumpy as hell and the more I read, the more I was desperate to join the dots of their stories. Did I work things out? Yes. Was it a little predictable? I'd say so but that didn't make it any less gut wrenching. Now the second book " The Brightest Sunrise," well that book just left me devastated. The turn of events felt so realistic and so believable and I found myself wondering what I would do if I was in Porter and Charlotte's impossible situation. There really wasn't a right or wrong answer and I just felt so devastated for them. 

Now I can't finish my review without talking about Porter Reece. That man seriously got under my skin and wormed his way into my heart almost immediately. He was so devoted to his kids. He was funny and had alpha tendencies too. He was just such a perfect package and so easy to fall for. 

Sticks and stones will break my bones, 
but words will never harm me.
Bullshit.
Words destroyed me. 

So all in all a really great duet that I thank my lucky stars I didn't DNF. I rated it ❤️❤️❤️❤️.25

The Darkest Sunrise: ❤️❤️❤️❤️

The Brightest Sunset: ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

Thursday, 5 October 2017

Review: Karen Erickson's "Tempted by Her Boss (The Renaldis #1)".


Synopsis:

Paige Stewart has committed the ultimate nanny sin—she’s fallen in love with her boss. She adores Matteo Renaldi’s sweet, precocious son. Who wouldn’t? But it’s torture going about her day-to-day tasks, catching fleeting glimpses of the boy’s enigmatic father. Chastising herself for fantasizing she’s in the Renaldi master bed…

It’s ridiculous, pointless. After all, soon little Matty won’t need her anymore and she’ll move on.

Matteo has no interest in dating. He’s consumed by work, his son…and his son’s nanny. She’s everything he’s not: young, carefree, trusting, maybe a little na├»ve. She deserves better than an embittered widower. Yet when she accidentally falls into his arms, he can’t resist drawing her in for a kiss that quickly spirals out of control.

As they travel to his family’s home in Italy and slowly fall in love, the whispers start. And when one particularly ugly story blows up in their faces, their reputations might escape unscathed, but their hearts may not…

Product Warnings

The sexy, grumpy Italian hero is finally won over by his son’s sweetly beautiful nanny—though it was quite the challenge for her to catch him. Watch for lots of high drama, passionate love and malicious rumors before these two can find their HEA.


Review: Jo 

After finishing "Temporary Arrangement" I was looking forward to seeing what was up next for Paige and Matteo and I wasn't disappointed. I loved this sweet romance between the nanny and the hot single dad, especially how it all came an end. The last chapter and the epilogue left me with a smile on my face and a lovely warm fuzzy feeling in my heart. 

"Somehow, some way, 
his little redheaded nanny had left a mark so deep in him, 
it was as if she'd scratched his very soul."

In this conclusion to Paige and Matteo's story, I saw Paige and Matteo eventually giving in to their feelings for one another followed by a sweet and sexy romance that I loved. It wasn't without a fight though, as Matteo took forever to finally allow himself to act on his and Paige's desires. There were moments when he drove me insane with his mixed signals towards Paige. I really felt sorry for the nanny, who was more than willing to lay everything on the line and commit to a relationship with Matteo. I was actually quite surprised and also admired how bold she was when it came to making a move on Matteo. 

"I know I'm your employee. I know that you're my boss. 
But the attraction is there. I'm sick and tired of denying it." 

I enjoyed the relationship that Paige and Matteo shared and I just adored little Matty. They made such a cute family and Paige fitted in so perfectly. This really was a lovely happy after romance that contained some hot and steamy action. Once Matteo had given the green light on his and Paige's romance, he turned into an insatiable sex Beast! Lol. I expected some red hot scenes and I was definitely given them. 

"...Like this Paige, just the two of us, I will command you. 
However I want you, I will have you." 

This story was a quick read with enough swoon and sex to keep me turning those pages. 

"Tempted by Her Boss" gets 4 hearts from me.

Tuesday, 3 October 2017

Boo Tour: Samantha Towle's "Breaking Hollywood."

The Hopeless Romantics Book Blog are pleased to be a part of the Blog Tour for Samantha Towle's "Breaking Hollywood."

Amazon.com:   http://amzn.to/2fEK2tI
Amazon UK:    http://amzn.to/2ho3M5a

Synopsis:

Breaking Hollywood is a a hot and hilarious standalone romance from New York Times bestselling author Samantha Towle...

It wasn't supposed to be like this...

I wasn't supposed to be boyfriendless, homeless and jobless at twenty-eight. And I most definitely wasn't supposed to hit Hollywood's resident bad boy Gabriel Evans with my car and break his foot.

Now I'm stuck in his apartment, taking care of him while he's incapacitated. Living with the hottest guy in Hollywood, who I've had a crush on forever, doesn't sound like a chore, right? Wrong.

Gabriel Evans is rude, crude, drinks way too much and, as soon as his foot is healed, I'm out of here. 

So, why do I keep forgetting to check the classifieds? And keep getting flustered when I see him shirtless? Breaking Hollywood wasn't part of the plan. But neither was falling in love with him.

Review: Surj

It's been a while since I've picked up a Samantha Towle book but my experience of her writing has always been great story lines with bucket loads of angst and heart ache. "Breaking Hollwood" was different to this authors other work so I guess my concern was, with this change in direction, would I still enjoy the story? Romantic comedy is so difficult to get right and more so because humour is such an individual thing. Where most people laugh at things, I'm the person that will struggle to see what was funny. Whether it be in films or live stand up, im the one with a straight face while everyone else is rolling around with laughter. So this was a bit of a test I guess. Well, despite the change, this was a real hit for me and yes, I did read much of Gabe and Ava's story grinning like a Cheshire Cat. 

"Stop arguing with me, and let's do this."
"But I like arguing with you. It's almost like foreplay." 

"Breaking Hollywood" was light hearted and wickedly funny with a slight undertone of seriousness that delivered just the right amount of angst too. I loved the premise of the story and the delivery was spot on. The way Gabe and Ava met had me in stitches and the way their relationship developed was perfection. It was slow burner but filled with sizzling sexual tension that kept me hooked. 

"How small are your feet anyway?” she asks me, laughing.
As big as my dick, which is eye wateringly huge.”

It was easy to fall in love with Gabe's character. He was a broody Hollywood actor that obviously had some history and it seemed not of the good sort either. There seemed something quite sad and tragic about his past and I couldn't wait to find out what that was. Overall though, Gabe made me smile... A lot. Especially with his dry sense of humour. So when I heard people say, he was an asshole, I just couldn't see it. Cranky? Yes. Frustrated? Absolutely but that was to be expected considering his situation. He wasn't a bad person though and the two words "Gabe and asshole" just didn't seem to fit into the same sentence together... Until ithey did and then I saw the full force of his assholery!!!! Yup, prepare yourselves ladies, when this man is crossed or feels like he's being pushed into a corner, he bites and bites hard!!! 

Ava was a great leading lady and in many respects was a great match for Gabe. She was strong and feisty and very quick with her witty comebacks.  I loved that when Gabe was a dick, she was very good at telling him to go fuck himself. Unfortunately, my only let down with her character was how quick she was to forgive. I wanted her to put up more of a fight because trust me, when Gabe was a dick, he was a serious dick and he deserved more punishment than he got. I guess he got lucky with Ava. 

I don't know if I should admire her loyalty or have her committed 
for making herself homeless for a goat. 

The banter between Gabe and Ava was brilliant. They were so funny with their dry sense of humour and one liners. And Gucci the goat!!! I want myself a Pygmy goat... Go google them. They are just the cutest and and Gucci really did add something special to the dynamics of the relationship between Gabe and Ava. 

I met some awesome secondary characters in "Breaking Hollywood" and I would love to see them get their stories told. Now Tate,the paediatrician surely deserves his own book... No??? 

A great change in direction for this authors work and I will definitely be picking up the next book. "Breaking Hollywood" gets ❤️❤️❤️❤️ from me.



Author Bio:

SAMANTHA TOWLE is a New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author. She began her first novel in 2008 while on maternity leave. She completed the manuscript five months later and hasn’t stopped writing since.

She is the author of contemporary romances, The Storm Series and The Revved Series, and stand-alones, Trouble, When I Was Yours, The Ending I Want, Unsuitable and Sacking the Quarterback, which was written with James Patterson. She has also written paranormal romances, The Bringer and The Alexandra Jones Series. All of her books are penned to the tunes of The Killers, Kings of Leon, Adele, The Doors, Oasis, Fleetwood Mac, Lana Del Rey, and more of her favorite musicians.

A native of Hull and a graduate of Salford University, she lives with her husband, Craig, in East Yorkshire with their son and daughter.

You can find Samantha at -


Twitter: @samtowlewrites



Monday, 2 October 2017

Review: Karen Erickson's "Temporary Arrangement (The Renaldis 0.5)."


Synopsis: 

Alone and broke, Paige Stewart can't believe her good luck. Who hires a virtual stranger out of a New York City coffee shop to care for their adorable grandson? Apparently Claudia Renaldi does.

Widower Matteo Renaldi isn't pleased that his mother found a replacement nanny so soon after he fired the last one. Yet little Matty takes to Paige like no other nanny before. And Matteo can't deny he's quite taken with her as well. She's beautiful, sweet, and far, "far" too young for him.

There's something about the gorgeously sexy Matteo that fills Paige with longing to break through his wall of formality and touch his softer side. But no one knows better than she that crushing on her boss is one thing. Acting on those feelings is forbidden. Foolish.

Inevitable

Warning: Sexy, grumpy Italian hero who is determined to keep his walls up. No matter how much his son's sweetly beautiful nanny drives him to distraction.

Review: Jo 

This was a short read focusing on the introduction of the characters and the story of Matteo and Paige. As a former nanny I'm always excited to read romance novels involving a nanny and her boss, so reading this book was a given. I couldn't wait to start. 

"To want this, want him would surely ruin her."

I enjoyed this quick read and it definitely left me wanting more from Paige and Matteo. Paige was the sweet and caring nanny employed by single, hot Italian father, Matteo. Things escalated pretty quickly between the pair and I have a feeling the next book is going to be even steamier. I'm off to find out! 

Temporary Arrangement gets 3.5 Hearts from me.