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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Sunday, 19 October 2014

Review: Scorched by Erica Hayes ★★★★

ScorchedScorched by Erica Hayes 
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Series: ?
Publication Date: May 22nd 2014
ISBN: 9780008105013
Page Count: 296
Rating: ★★★★
Review Copy: ARC
Reviewed by: Lynsey

  

Synopsis: In a world where everyone wears a mask, you can't trust anyone… not even yourself.

Verity Fortune was once Sapphire City’s top crime-fighter, wielding her powers of telekinesis to battle the city’s most despicable villains. Now, she’s consumed by a single burning desire: revenge. Against those who took away her mask, her memory, and nearly her life.

Having escaped from the asylum they left her to rot in, Verity dons her mask once again and becomes the Seeker, a vigilante warrior for truth.

But when she unwittingly uncovers an evil conspiracy deep within her own family, she’s suddenly on the run, alone and hunted by those she thought were on her side…

Superherogeekaliciousextrabadassocious!

This was about as much nerdy super fun as you could squeeze into a single book, and a delightful read from start to finish. Hayes did a truly wonderful job of creating the superhero metropolis vibe, complete with smarmy politicians, secret identities, public showdowns, the lot. For comparison, I'd say it was very Batman-esque; especially with the added element of a crime-fighting duo of awesomeness that is Glimmer and Seeker. I hope to see a lot more of those two in the next book now that everybody knows what's what and who's who, because we've only just scratched the surface of that fascinating relationship dynamic, I'm sure.

Seeker - Verity Fortune - was an incredibly enjoyable lead with as much mystery surrounding her as anyone else since she has spotty memories at best of what happened right before she was captured and tortured for months. As the flashbacks increase and the puzzle pieces reveal themselves, a very shocking picture starts to emerge, and Verity finds the only person she can really trust is herself - and maybe not even that. The only character who even comes close to gaining her confidence is Glimmer - Mr. Save The World. I don't know much about him yet, but what I do know only makes me want to know more, and I'm definitely keen for any hint of romance from that corner the author wants to throw my way.

Scorched is the first of a new series, although I struggled to find a name for said series in any of the usual places online, or any news about book two, but all I'll say is there better be one! I'll certainly be checking Hayes' website for more info, and I suggest you join me in my stalker-like ways.

In short, if you like superheroes in all their glittery glory, complex heroes and sympathetic villains, then definitely check this book out!  4 Stars! ★★★★

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



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