Monday, 16 February 2015

A BIG, GIANT catch up review!

You may have noticed, if you are a frequent frequenter of this blog, that I have been rather scarce in my review posts for the last several months. I have a valid reason! I have been very (very, very) busy with my real-life job - opening a shop - which took up ALL my time. I have still been reading - albeit at a snail's pace compared to my usual rapid-fire tempo - but, sadly, naughtily, I haven't found the time for many reviews and have gotten woefully behind.

I hate this!

I'm the kind of person who honours a deal, and the fact that I've read all these review books means I HAVE to give something back in return. Unfortunately, it's now so long since I read most of them that details are kinda sketchy. So! What I decided to do was a couple of big catch up review posts with just the overall lasting impressions that stayed with me from the reads. Just short, one paragraph little snippets, so I at least can sleep at night knowing I didn't completely welsh on my half of the bargain.

Enjoy!



Fall from India Place (On Dublin Street, #4)Fall from India Place by Samantha Young
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I do love this author. There comes a point where it almost doesn't matter who the featured couple are, you just want MORE. More of the hurts-so-good, painful, yet entirely exhilarating good lovin' that only she - and this series - can provide. And Fall from India Place didn't disappoint. My only complaint is that it was over too quickly.

5 Stars ★★★★
 A copy of this book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.




My rating: 4 of 5 stars
An enchanting clash between a guilt-ridden ancient warrior, and a modern-day sassy lassie.

Duncan Mackay is carrying the weight of the world on his shoulders and it's almost too much to bear. A chance at love and redemption presents itself in the form of Brigid From the Future, but can he forgive himself long enough to take it?

Great plot. Great romance. Great book.

4 Stars ★★★★
A copy of this book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.



My rating: 3 of 5 stars
An enjoyable read with a delicious, dark and sinister edge, packed with interesting characters and a sound plot. It took a wee while to get going, and the romance could have been more involving, but overall, a good read.

3.5 stars ★★★1/2
 A copy of this book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.




With This Ring (Worthington, #3)With This Ring by Celeste Bradley
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

A sweet and quirky Regency read with a rather unforgettable family. Elektra was fun, if a little misguided, and Aaron was an absolute charmer.

Recommended.

3.5 stars ★★★1/2
 A copy of this book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.


My rating: 4 of 5 stars

An Inconvenient Kiss (The Ashford Brothers, #1)After a very unfortunate encounter with her bother's best friend one evening, Georgiana Phillips finds herself "ruined" by society's standards, despite remaining pure as the driven snow. This changes the course of her life, sending her on many adventures that a woman of her standing wouldn't normally get to enjoy. And a chance encounter with the man that changed the course of her life several years later, leads to yet more thrilling adventures - this time, of the heart.

I really enjoyed this romance. The setting was fabulous and the storytelling truly excellent. Definitely one to add to your lists.

4 Stars ★★★★
A copy of this book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.




Minstrel's SerenadeMinstrel's Serenade by Aubrie Dionne
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This was an excellent fantasy romance and something quite different from the norm. I liked it VERY much. The gentle, strong silent type really works for me, and the bodyguard/knight character, Bron, stole my heart from the first page. A forbidden romance also always makes the heart grow stronger, so from that side of things, this book gets an A+.

The storyline and setting were also top notch, with a historical fantasy vibe and an abundance of fascinating species and charatcers. Truly, what's not to like?

4.5 stars. ★★★★1/2
A copy of this book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.



My rating: 4 of 5 stars
The sweetest summer of Police Chief Clancy Flynn's life was the one when he met, and fell in love with, Evelyn McGuinness. It just about broke his heart when her vacation ended and she had to leave. So imagine how much his little police shorts get in a twist when she turns back up again years later looking as gorgeous as ever...

And it's not just his shorts that are cute in this book: The romance is delicious, the little niece is practically edible, and the whole family dynamic and feeling is as sweet as pudding. The only thing that wasn't quite as perfect, for me, was the mystery plot, but, after all that other good stuff, I barely care.

4 stars ★★★★
A copy of this book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.



My Beautiful Enemy (The Heart of Blade Duology #2)My Beautiful Enemy by Sherry Thomas
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This was the oddest thing. It was very comic book-like in its over-the-topness. The heroine was an absolute badass of the highest order. Like, a fighting Ninja. And I'm just not expecting that sort of thing in a book that looks so much like a typical Regency romance from its cover! It was bizarre, but in the end, a very good read.

4 stars ★★★★
A copy of this book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.





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Friday, 5 December 2014

ARC Review: The Frenchman by Lesley Young ★★★★

The Frenchman (Crime Royalty Romance, #1)The Frenchman by Lesley Young
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Series: Crime Royalty Romance, #1
Publication Date: December 4th 2014
ISBN: 9780990913511
Rating: ★★★★
Review Copy: ARC
Reviewed by: Lynsey

  

Synopsis: 

Fleur Smithers rarely veers off the straight and (excruciatingly) narrow. So moving to the seaport town of Toulon to live with her newfound biological mother—an inspector with the French National Police—for one year is a pretty major detour.
Son of France’s crime royalty family and international rugby star, Louis Messette, is devoted to his sport, famille and nothing else. But the carefree American he meets one night changes everything. She sparks a desire in him like no other. Possession takes root. She will do as he commands.

Bit by bit Fleur slips into the Frenchman’s realm of wanton pleasure agreeing to his one condition: that she keep their affair secret. She serves up her heart without reservation in the hub of the glittering Côte d’Azur, and the along the soulful Seine in Paris, unaware of the danger she is in. For her new lover’s “family business” will pit her against her mother, the police woman sworn to bring down the Messettes. And by then, far more than Fleur’s heart will be on the line.

READER WARNING: This novel contains explicit sex.



I was first introduced to Lesley Young's work last year when I read Sky's End, an absolutely brilliant Sci-Fi romp through the stars with some hothothot aliens and enough sexual chemistry to boil ectoplasm. It was exactly my cup of tea: action, thrills and spills, mystery, a fiesty heroine and a dash of romance. Loved it! So it was on the strength of that alone that I agreed to try this book out, despite the fact that erotica isn't really my forte. I'm not even sure The Frenchman needs to be labelled erotica. Although it definitely contains blush-inducing, explicit sex scenes, it was nothing stronger than the likes of, say, Kresley Cole's IAD series, and that's just classed as romance, so... I'm not sure. I wish I had a plethora of other, similar books to compare its eroticness to on a scale of one to OH-MY-GOD-YES! for you. Sadly, I do not. All I can say is - it was freakin' HOT!

The book is written in first-person, which I've found works really well for me. Any fans of Samantha Young or Jaime McGuire will also appreciate the intense immediateness of the first-person romance. All the feels, all the sensations, as though you are the heroine. It's pretty heady stuff! And I also love the way it makes the hero more mysterious. We have to play at guessing his feelings and the motivations behind his actions, which is always fun.

And what a mysterious young man our Frenchman is! Louis Messette has certainly got a lot to hide. He's also sinfully sexy, almost intolerably arrogant, explosively passionate, and just downright irresistible. Honestly, there are times when you'll try and resist him - when he's being an out-and-out arse-face - but it's futile, so don't waste your energy.

As for Fleur, she's a bit of a late bloomer in the sex department. Still carrying around her V card in her early twenties, she sees the trip to France to reunite with her long lost Mother as a chance to rectify that and start a new, exciting life. Has she picked the right person in Louis? Does his kind of excitement need to come with a safety warning? You'll just have to read the book to find out;)

To sum up, if you like your bad boys bad, rich, dangerous, and demanding in the bedroom, then you really can't go wrong with this read. The international flavouring hits just the right spot, and there's enough background plot to keep this mystery-lover turning the pages way into the wee hours. Awesome!

 4 Stars ★★★★
 A copy of this book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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Monday, 27 October 2014

Cover Reveal! NIGH by Marie Bilodeau!


Cover reveal of NIGH by Marie Bilodeau!



Book Blurb:

A disappearing watch. A thief in the night. Whispers around every corner...

And then a mist rolls into town, and it refuses to dissipate.

Alva Viola Taverner has lived in her small town all of her life, working as a car mechanic while saving for her little sister to go to university. But everything is about to change as the veil between our world and that of the faeries weakens and falls.

Suddenly, even the smallest bump in the night can prove to be the deadliest.


NIGH is a serialised dark fantasy novel. The first volume can be obtained for FREE (yes, free!) by singing up to Marie's newsletter here.

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Review: Rules of Protection by Alison Bliss ★★★★

Rules of Protection (Tangled in Texas, #1)Rules of Protection by Alison Bliss
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Series: Tangled in Texas #1
Publication Date: August 26th 2014
ISBN: 9781633750623
Page Count: 392
Rating: ★★★★
Review Copy: ARC
Reviewed by: Lynsey

  

Synopsis: It’s rule breaker Emily Foster's birthday, and like everyone at The Jungle Room, she just wants to get some action. Unfortunately, she stumbles on the wrong kind, witnessing a mob hit. To protect her, she's entered into the Witness Protection Program with by-the-book Special Agent Jake Ward as her chaperone.

When the location of their safe house is compromised, Jake stashes Emily deep in the Texas backwoods. The city-girl might be safe from the Mafia, but she has to contend with a psychotic rooster, a narcoleptic dog, crazy cowboys, and the danger of losing her heart to the one man she can’t have.

Jake's as hot as he is infuriating, and she can't help but push all his buttons to loosen him up. Their mutual, sizzling sexual attraction poses a dilemma: Jake's determined to keep her safe and out of the wrong hands; she's determined to get into the right ones—his.



Rule breaker Emily and straight-laced cop Jake team up for the purposes of protection in this sizzling romance with a side order of funny. An engaging read that was incredibly hard to put down, despite a few challenges...

Emily, Emily, Emily... What to tell you about her. As a main character - and in 1st person, no less - she is a challenge. That's putting it kindly, I would say. She was entertaining as all hell, don't get me wrong, but ye gods! She made some stupid, irritating and often brainless decisions at times! These were remarked upon by other characters so it was intentional on the author's behalf but...wow. There was one particular scene around the midway point where it was just one doozy right after another. She was just firing them out like a Gatling gun - Jealous rage bang! Melodramatic outburst bang! Running headlong into dangerous situations bang bang! It's a while since I've read a character that made me want to reach into the book and shake them, and it was bizarrely enjoyable to get so involved. I should balance this out by saying that when she wasn't being a ninny, she was funny, thoughtful, sassy and brave and I did root for her and Jake to get together. Most of the time.

Love interest Jake was a lot easier to love. The title Rules of Protection refers to his many, many rules for Emily (and himself) that he sets in order to keep her safe. I particularly enjoyed the version of Jake we got to see once they were on his family's property in Texas. That felt like the real Jake. He was so sexy and patient and honourable and patient and did I mention patient? In the face of, well, Emily. I really enjoyed him and the rest of his family. There were some great guys in there that I'm hoping will get their own stories, and soon. 

All in all, although I've been a bit complainy, I really did enjoy this book. Even whirlwind Emily. I recommend fans of romance with comedy elements and action to dive into this one head first with no compunction.

 4 Stars ★★★★
 A copy of this book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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