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Wednesday, 30 October 2013

Nikki Lynn Barrett ON THE 12TH DATE OF CHRISTMAS [released November]

On The 12th Date of ChristmasOn The 12th Date of Christmas by Nikki Lynn Barrett
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Released date *November*

My very first Christmas story this year so far, and what a great start! This awesome tale had me captivated from beginning to end. I had some things to do in real life today, but took my Kindle with me just incase I could get to read some more, I am glad I did as I did have the chance to pick it up on and off.

Nikki is a very good storyteller, I've only read one other book by her, but I would love to get a chance to read more, she keeps me engrossed. I find it hard to relax, but I found myself blotting out all things around me.

I really felt in the Christmas spirit once I had read this. I think the blurb covers most of it, so I don't want to give the game away much more, except, I can understand where this young lady was coming from, but equally, he deserved a chance. Love it!

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Tuesday, 29 October 2013


Relinquishing Liberty (Second Chances, #1)Relinquishing Liberty by Maureen Mayer
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I was gifted the ARC of this book from the author Maureen Mayer. I wanted to read and review it and excited to do so.

I loved her style of writing, and one thing that stood out to me was, her care in the format. I do notice this smallest things I know, but each title used a lovely font to introduce each chapter, it made it stand out to me. I think that is what made the book classy for me. I read a lot of ebooks, and sometime, no most times, authors do not give the care of presentation any thought or much thought, so this stood out to me. Maybe just a little thing to notice, but taught me a lot of this author.

The story was superb. How many of us have lost someone in death and find it hard to get close to people again. I know this has been true for me.

I don't want to write spoilers, its not my style, its the authors job to keep us gripped from page to page and the blurb says more than enough to perk our interest.

You know, the ending wasn't what I was expecting at all, it turned a corner right at the last few pages, so now I can't wait to read book 2.

Liberty was such a good character, feisty when she needed to be and soft in other ways, yes this book was HOT HOT HOT in places but it made it live. Loved it. Highly recommended.

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Sunday, 27 October 2013

CRASHING BACK DOWN Kristen Hope Mazzola


**18+ for sexual situations, cursing, and adult content.***

Mags McManus has just become a war widow in her mid-twenties. Her late husband, Randy, left for the Army right after their wedding. Instead of celebrating his homecoming and living in marital bliss with her soulmate, Mags finds herself living in constant agony. Dealing with the guilt of still living without Randy, are Randy's best friends and parents. 

Rising from the ashes of this tragedy, Mags starts to learn how to love and trust again, finally being able to find happiness. But sometimes things really are too good to be true and again Mags learns how cruel the world can be as she crashes back down


I have made a point of not reading anyone's reviews at the moment as I wanted to focus on what I felt about this author's book and style of writing.


I was given this book to read as a gift from Kristen Mazzola and I am so happy that she allowed me to read it. I may have passed it by otherwise and that would have been a loss on my side.

Her style of writing is so fluent and easy to follow. The people in this book were so real. Everyone has lost someone in their lives. A husband/wife is so very different emotions, as you've lost not only your spouse, your lover, your friend and someone who you are or going to spend the rest of your life with. 

I don't like giving too much away in reviews as I feel its not doing justice to the author, many times I want to say much much more in my reviews, but to show the authors respect I try not to give the 'game' away too much.

Kristen Hope Mazzola has either experiences, or talked to someone or is very insightful with the feelings that kept coming to the fore in this book.Whichever way she did it, it worked well.

I wish these authors would stop writing cliff hangers for me!!! I need to know what happens next now. 

I was still turning the pages thinking........where is it......there must be more.....what's happening now. I'm not exaggerating when I say, I NEED this next book, I need to know where this goes next. 

Beautifully written, beautifully told, beautifully thought out.

Lovely piece of work!

Friday, 25 October 2013

I WILL FIND YOU.Catherine Lambert

There are so many twists and turns in this book its amazing. I have been so annoyed because daily life has got in the way and only been able to read at night this week. I kept wanting, no....NEEDING to know what next. Superbly written book. Read the blurb as I don't like giving spoilers, all I can say is, bloody fantastic.

The 2 sisters in this story cannot be so different, but are very close. Supportive of each other.

When the boy was killed by a driver who didn't stop, all the mother wanted to do was find who was responsible, there were so many times when I thought ..yeah I know who it just don't, not until you get right to the end. Its one of the best thrillers I've read in a long time.

BLOWN CIRCUIT by Lars Guignard

Blown CircuitBlown Circuit by Lars Guignard
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I offered to read and review this however, I didn't realize it was book 1. It throw me a bit as I like to read books in order. I do feel I got a bit lost in some parts having not read book 1. But I managed it and enjoyed it.

Michael Chase is searching for his father [apt name I thought]
There was a lot of action, but some of it was just not real to me. I thought it was just a little too over done.
Lots of deaths. I mean, lots of deaths.

I did enjoy the read, the authors writes well, but my personal opinion is that its just a little bit over the top in some areas. I love excitement and action and books to flow, which this did, but as I keep saying, its just that little bit too much which spoilt it for me, that is why I gave it 4/5 stars.

The bit where Mike was buried alive is where I sat on the edge of my seat, this was so detailed I could actual visualize it myself and felt quite suffocated by reading it all, I didn't know I was holding my breathe until I breathed out suddenly and shocked myself!

There are plenty of bits I loved in this book equally, and just the mentioned above bits which put me off.

On the whole? Very good author, and yes, I certainly would read one of his books again.

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Monday, 21 October 2013

MARINA ANDERSON The Dining Club Series

Author: Marina Anderson
Publisher/Year: Grand Central Publishing. 10/8/13

All 8 books were gifted to me via the Publisher through Net Galley to read and review honestly.

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Sunday, 20 October 2013


This received a 4/4 from me due to some parts being just a little drawn out

I have just finished this outstanding book. 

Cass works in a diner, lives in a trailer with a Junkie of a Mother and a Junkie of a boyfriend. The boyfriend goes back a long way who "saved" her and rescued her from her Mother's one time 'boyfriends'. So this relationship is based on loyalty more than love now.

Tucker comes to the diner where she works and that is where the story between Tucker and Cass begins. It builds up intensity as the story unfolds.

I'm not a reviewer who likes to give too much away or what is the point of you buying this book and reading it for yourself, so I can say that it is well worth the time to purchase and read this book.

White Trash. How many times can someone say you are trash before you start believing it as Cass did. How long does it take you to see your true worth? 

Tucker is a man of his word, I quite fell in love with him myself, shame I wasn't younger!

The final couple of chapters form me were up and down in my emotions, I was happy one minute and then shocked the next thinking OMG how could this happen to such a lovely couple. But life can stink sometimes. 

I'm really looking forward to reading book 2 in this series.

This author has a certain style that keeps you hooked throughout the read.

*I read this on behalf of the author via Net Galley*

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Saturday, 19 October 2013

Michelle Griep

A Heart DeceivedA Heart Deceived by Michelle Griep
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I enjoyed the book, it came with all the trials and tribulations and how they worked it out with God in their lives. Miri and Ethan go through some pretty nasty things, hence the 4 stars as I found some things either hard to digest or believe, I did find that it was a bit crazy in some places.

I didn't find any romance in it like it promised, there was a hinting of it.

Maybe I was expecting more from this one as I didn't think it was up to her standard.

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Nadine Christian

Quintal's ReturnQuintal's Return by Nadine Christian
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I promised to read this book when it was an ARC. Nadine knows I get a lot of books offered my way as a reader/reviewer but she also knows I'm honest and trustworthy to read it as most of my authors do. Which is lovely because I can relax, read and enjoy what I'm reading.
I really enjyd Nadine's first book. It slipped in high on my personal journey of my reading matter this year.
So from her first book I knew I'm MHO that she had a talent and could write.
Nadine is an author, not just someone who relates a story, to me there is a huge difference.
Nadine Christian tells the story well, and Yes, its a love story.
The details of the Island was so well written I wanted to jump on a plane and go there!
She really brought everything and everyone to life for me.
Beautiful story
Beautifully written
by a beautiful author.
Comes highly recommended.

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dawn whidden

A Child is Torn “Innocence Lost”A Child is Torn “Innocence Lost” by Dawn Kopman Whidden
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Its been a while since I've read such a gripping story as this. I read a lot of books as a reviewer and when this one was suggested by on online friend of mine who reads a lot of thrillers I was kind of reluctant due to the book cover. Then I read the blurb. It intrigued me and the author gave me this to read an review.

I was only 1/4 of the way through when I recognised that this author has real talent. She has also written about a subject matter that kept my attention throughout.

Its not just about Brad the little boy whose parents were murdered, by him? or by someone else? you will have to read that to find out.
Its about all the different people involved, the Grandparents on both sides, the police, the school teacher, neighbour...oh endless and how interesting it all became. Yes its about Brad, then there is the leading Investigator and the Child doctor who works with troubled kids. So much in this book to keep you turning the pages.

I cannot rave about this author enough, she certainly took an unusual slant on something so misunderstood I'm in awe of her writing ability.

I've truly found another author that actually weaves a different story than the norm that is so fashionable at the moment. This book has certainly stood out in the crowd of my 134 books I've read this year.I didn't know how this author was going to conclude this book. But she did and very cleverly. If I could have stood up and gave a round of applause, I would still be standing now shouting Encore, encore.
I now have Faceless. Which I will be reading very soon.

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Wednesday, 16 October 2013


Crash Into Me (Shaken Dirty, #1)Crash Into Me by Tracy Wolff
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

SHAKEN DIRTY the rock band.
One of the bands little sisters now grown up.
Hands off little sisters! except............
Ryder and Jamieson have the hots for each other.

WOW all consuming book, read this in one sitting. This is not your typical rock stories, it really has a good outline and good inner story to it.

What happens when Ryder doesn't see her as the "little sister" any more.

Its a great cast.
Great players.
Great situation.
Great puzzle.

Loved it!

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Missing Clayton

A lovely author whose birthday it was that day offered to buy me a book for me to read for pleasure seeing I do a lot of reviews for authors and Net Galley. I was touched, really thoughtful of her and refused her offer at first. After insisting I chose this one from my wish list.

I so thoroughly enjoyed this book. Yes if you read the blurb, its about a little boy who goes missing whilst he is outside in his safe fenced off back garden playing in his sandpit. His mother has just popped into the kitchen to prepare some lunch for them both, just some sandwiches and a drink. In that short period of time Clayton goes missing.

This is not just some massive search for a kid, no, it opens into much more than that. I'm not going to spoil this story by telling you too much about this, but at the end when they find out who abducted Clayton, I thought "hey, this is going to be make or break time now" and WOW the missing pieces all fitted in. 

I have never read a book by Bev Irwin before, she was asking for reviews for a couple of her books in our facebook 2 friends promote group, so I do have another book written by her which I am looking forward to reading, she is really a good author IMHO and one I am going to be watching.
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Monday, 14 October 2013

Its a done deal

I was given this book to read a month or two ago now by the author Rene Schultz, as I've said before, she had been sitting on the beauty of a book for 7 years, I read it, and thoroughly enjoyed it from page one to the final page.

Recently, I was honoured that she gave me [well, I nagged really! because I knew she said she had other books sitting on her PC unedited] so myself and my friend Philomena persuaded her to let us have this next book to read unedited and we didn't mind if it had spelling mistakes or grammar errors. Personally, I wanted to see if Rene could deliver another scorcher of a book or was BISHOP STREET a one off.

DONE DEAL is what she called her next book, she now has a cover for it and its about to be edited. WOW, I read this book, I ate, drank and slept this book, it was YES ANOTHER TEAR JERKER but this lady, she tells her stories well, you get drawn in and the people in the book are real. They seem real people, people that you may know in your own life.

What I love about Rene [and I sound like her promoter here but I assure you I am not] is that she seems to write differently in each book. Its a bit like Diane Chamberlain or Catherine Ryan Hyde, they are great authors, but each time they write they have a different subject matter to write about. I LOVE THIS ABOUT these type of authors. 

I can't wait for DONE DEAL to hit the store so that you have a chance to read it. Its sad, but very rewarding and the twist at the end is a plot that I've never read about before. I can't say too much at this stage as its not even 'out there' but I would say, sometimes I have seen where people say a book is rubbish or not worth reading, me? I like to make my own mind up about things and I hope you are the same. 

Its a done deal, up and coming author in my humble opinion. 

Friday, 11 October 2013

tea can wait

TEA CAN WAITTEA CAN WAIT by Jacqueline Coote
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Authors ask me to read their books for HONEST REVIEWS, I see that as each person having an opinion and observation on a book that each author has asked them to read. When marking stars, when writing a book that is less that 5 stars is hard for a good honest reviewer and has had to think and rethink over their review before writing. Its NOT A PERSONAL take on an author. Its an honest opinion which hopefully the author will take as that.

I was asked to read and review this book by the author for an honest review.

I did like the story, I found it easy to read and quaint.

I read this within 2 hours though as its double line spacing so not a lot of paragraphs on one page.
My other observation was that the chapters ( if it was chapters) were sometimes 2 or 3 pages.

Each chapter started with a heading so I assume it was a new chapter.

There were some repeats also for instance...
She was very sad

Then the next paragraph said she was looking sad. It happened a bit through the story which did get me frustrated.

If the book was revised it would excellent promoted as a short story

This is my very humble take on what I have just read.

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The wooden chair

The Wooden ChairThe Wooden Chair by Rayne E. Golay
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I was given this book by the publisher on behalf of the author. I liked the sound of the blurb.

Since then I have been reading through the reviews on here which has left me nothing much more to say since most has been covered and anything else I bring out will just be another spoiler to this book.

I am going to base my review on the writing. The author writes with sincerity, heartfelt emotional qualities. Yes its about mental abuse and about a little girl who grows up to know and hear many times that her Mother doesn't love her, doesn't want her. Physical abuse is one thing, mental abuse is another.

I thoroughly enjoyed this story from beginning to end and I am so happy that the author let me read it, I feel quite honoured.

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Thursday, 10 October 2013

Honky Tonk with a Tonk

I did like the premise of the storyline I just couldn't give it any more than 3 stars as I couldn't relate to the harshness in this book.

Her Grandmother was dying and she didn't even shed a tear? I found that very strange, and then again, maybe not if she could have sex with someone else's boyfriend! I found her quite devious and cold hearted and as for HIM, he just made my blood boil.

The murder charge was interesting and the getting results even more so.

I suppose all in all, with that being said, I didn't give up on the book, it was like one of those movies that you just had to sit through until the end hoping that you came away with something for the hours you spent on it. I did.

I found that the author told the story well, it was the charactors I couldn't relate to. 

COVET Fab read

CovetCovet by Tracey Garvis-Graves
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Truly touching, truly amazing, and what a dilemma. How things can slowly happen in a marriage and from all angles everyone feel so differently.

Chris, when he said he loved his wife and family I was surprised, what? and sleep on the settee? But more and more came to light.

Claire loves her husband, but like any marriages it has its ups and downs worse when feeling are nto communicated, bring in another person Daniel and you may have a disaster on your hands.

Chris and Claire appear the ideal family apart from one friend she confides in.

I got into this story right away and read this in one sitting. Good thing I had our supper cooking in the slow cooker is all I can say!

Great author, great story telling and brilliant humane real life saga. Loved it and would definitely recommend it to everyone.

*I received this from Net Galley and the Penguin who are the publishers*

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Jim Stovall The Gift of a Legacy

The Gift of a Legacy: A NovelThe Gift of a Legacy: A Novel by Jim Stovall
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I was given this book to read by Net Galley and its publishers

I did like the concept of this storyline, it never surprises me how much influence our grandmothers and mothers can have in our lives moulding us without us even realizing it.

There are several morals to this story and as other reviewers have noted, the Legacy was a bit over done, I think someone said it was like a peacock spouting its feathers, I tend to agree with that.

Its lessons learned in life. I did think it was a good story, but nothing that hasn't been tried before.

I had read one of Jim Stovall's books before and thoroughly enjoyed it, its horses for courses I guess.

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