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Thursday, 31 July 2014

Larkin's Letters by Jax Jillian

Larkin's LettersLarkin's Letters by Jax Jillian
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I read this book in one sitting.

As I got past the story and onto letter 2, I had to take myself away to my bedroom to continue to read.

Most of the time I couldn't read out of blurred vision and a need to keep blowing my nose and wiping my tears as they were falling thick and fast down my cheeks.

Its left me a sniveling wreck.

That doesn't mean I didn't enjoy it, I did.

Jax Jillian has written this book so true to life, this could be a real life drama that anyone can experience or know of.

Its taken me several hours to think about what to write for a review.

Is it well written? Yes
Would I recommend it? Yes, especially if you like a tear jerker.

I was sat in Ryan's heart as he read those letters, as he lived his memories, as he looked forward to his future.
Gutting, heart wrenching? Oh yes.
Just be ready with the tissues.

Friendship, falling in love, childhood friends, fear of knowledge, then death. 

As Ryan Boone struggles to come to grips with not being able to keep a promise he made to his dying wife, Larkin's Letters propels readers into the mind of Ryan as he struggles with frequent visits from her ghost and a series of letters she left behind.

Ryan has worked hard to become one of Hollywood's most sought-after actors, but no matter how famous he became, he always remained loyal to his childhood best friend, Larkin James. When Larkin is diagnosed with leukemia, Ryan sacrifices his career to be by her side and in turn realizes how much he had always loved her. Throughout Larkin's sickness, Ryan promised her he would never let her die alone. But we learn that not all of our promises are always within our control

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Truly by Ruthie Knox

Truly (New York, #1)Truly by Ruthie Knox
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Book 1 in Ruth Knox new Series

Having to read any of Ruthie Knox books before this was enlightening in the way this author writes.

She writes seriously yet at times the characters make you laugh. Its romantic, its sexy, its realistic.

To my kind, it was more like a chit lit read in parts like Marian Keyes I thought IMHO which isn't a bad thing.

The reason its got 3 still means its good, very good, just didn't blow me away or evoke much from me.

The author is good though so I would one click and have a read.

May Fredericks hates New York. Which is fair enough, since New York seems to hate her back. Just weeks after moving from Wisconsin to Manhattan, she receives the world's worst marriage proposal, stabs her boyfriend with a shrimp fork in a very public venue, and accidentally becomes notorious. And that’s before she gets mugged.

At her wit's end, May washes up at a Packers bar in Greenwich Village, where she meets a surly, unhelpful guy who hates her shoes and calls her ex a douche.

His name is Ben. He used to be a chef. Now he's a rooftop beekeeper with anger management issues. She wouldn't even like him, but he reminds her of home … and he knows where to find all the best food in the Village.

She makes him laugh. He buys her tacos and cowboy boots. The longer they’re stuck together, the better May and Ben get along … and the harder they fall. TRULY is a quirky, modern New York love story unlike any you've read before.

About the Serialization

TRULY, the first novel in Ruthie Knox’s forthcoming New York Series, will be serialized in its entirety on Wattpad. Look for chapters every Monday from September 3 through November 4! Once completed, the full Wattpad version of TRULY will be pulled, so be sure to read it while it's still available!

TRULY will be published by Loveswept/Random House in Fall 2014. Two sequels — MADLY and COMPLETELY — will follow.

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The Flip by Michael Phillip Cash

The FlipThe Flip by Michael Phillip Cash
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

When I agreed to read this for a blog tour book promotion, I didn't realise it had elements of paranormal in it. I must remember to do my research better.

However, I started to read this and it grabbed my attention.

Whatever was a house Flip? I can't say in the UK I've heard that term mentioned, or come across. Maybe it does exist but I didn't know about it. So, at 55yrs old I've learnt something new!

Flipping over a house, doing it up to later sale. That was the plan for this couple, but, other ideas came his wife's way that he didn't exactly agree with.

Then I learnt where the paranormal came into play, it was the voices of residents past.

For me it was an unusual story as I was out of my comfort zone in my reading material, but boy! am I glad I made a mistake, I actually enjoyed this book!

Julie and Brad Evans are house flippers. They buy low, clean out the old occupants' junk, and try to make a profit. Enter Hemmings House on Bedlam Street in scenic Cold Spring Harbor, Long Island. Too good a deal to pass up, but with an ominous secret. The old Victorian Mansion has dwellers that do not want to be dispossessed. As the house reveals it's past, will the couple's marriage survive The Flip?

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Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Freeing Her by A.M. Hargrove

Freeing Her (A Hart Brothers Novel #1)
Freeing Her
by A.M. Hargrove
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

 I have had the pleasure of reading this early, expected release date is August 6th 2014

WOW what have I just read! I'm writing this review this morning after just finishing this fab story! I'm not showered yet or dressed! I was almost finished last night but my eyes gave in and I had to sleep, the first thing I did this morning was finish the final chapter.
OMG this is book 1 and I need book 2 fast!

This is not your typical stalkers book. The lead female in this book comes across determined, someone who wants to make a difference in society because of her background and what she's been through but the past has a way of catching up with you right? yep! in the form of her cousin Danny. Danny is stalking her, and he always gets what he wants. Years have gone by, but he's back to claim her. He's a nasty piece of work. If he was stood in front of me now I'd kick him in the balls and then some!!

A chance meeting with a stranger altered her stance on things though. Gallant, company owner, rich business man. But Gabby had no idea of this or how much.

He is taken with her, she's got under his skin. As weeks go by with them both (and Danny hovering in the background making plans) the sexual tension between them become pulsating, so loud you can hear it from the pages.

I really loved this book. I need book 2!!! I can't breathe!!!

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Tuesday, 29 July 2014

Restless Hearts by Mona Ingram

Restless Hearts  (Gold Rush Romances, #1)Restless Hearts by Mona Ingram
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I loved how Mona Ingram weaved these characters together. The voyage was a real historical adventure for me.

I'm not much into historical novels, but this one didn't feel it had that 'old timer' to it, it was quite a light enjoyable read. Meeting Sarah's friends, all this in the middle of the Gold Rush.

Yes this is a romantic read, love and romance go hand in hand don't they? But this is also a moral story of how anyone can overcome adversity, things life throw at us when we least expect it, its easy to bow out, to lay down and take it, but Sarah was a strong character, or at least that is what came across to me. Kind and humble too, which of course is an attractive quality.

I must thank Mona Ingram for allowing me to read this book eventhough she thought maybe its not my type of genre, but I actually loved it.

Mona Ingram is a very talented author, she seems to plod along writing her books. The ones I have read of hers, I have enjoyed, I so want to read more from her [I do have some in my folders which I bought] so I must take time out from reviewing to actually read one I bought!

Boston, 1849. Denied her dream of attending medical school, Sarah Howard is desperate to leave Boston far behind. Determined to prove that she can make it on her own, she poses as a married woman and boards a schooner bound for San Francisco.

Stuck working in his family’s merchant bank, Jamie Thompson eagerly accepts the challenge of setting up a branch in San Francisco. He’s been restless for some time now, and barely escaped the clutches of the woman determined to marry him.

The attraction between Sarah and Jamie is instant and powerful, yet each has something to prove, if only to themselves. Will their single-minded determination derail a blossoming romance?

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Adam's List by Jennifer Ann

Adam's ListAdam's List by Jennifer Ann
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I must say, when I agreed to read this book for a blog tour, I am not much into books like this, but I think this book has persuaded me to look into the romance side a bit deeper and select books like this that keep you on the edge of your seat, full on emotions and HOT HOT HOT.

I felt so sorry for Jewels, she went through some things that girl and suffering from depression is not good, hiding it with a flippant attitude, sarcasm and booze is not the way to go, she soon see's this for herself when meeting the man of her dreams. However, as all relationships, nothing is straight forward.

I enjoyed Jennifer Ann's writing and if this book is anything to go by, I would certainly read more from her.

She's ready to give up on life, hiding her depression with sarcasm and booze. He's got a secret and quit college, with few friends to lean on. When they discover each other, the sexual attraction is undeniable. So why does it seem impossible for them to be together?
Everyone wanted to be Jewels Peterson in high school. Naturally beautiful, exceptionally smart, talented cheerleader, life of the party, and with an All-American boyfriend to boot. One regrettable choice and fatal accident later, and Jewels found herself unceremoniously knocked off her pedestal. Now she’s in college, going through the motions, but not really living.
Adam Murphy is easy-going, charming, considerate, and crazy good looking; he’s exactly the kind of guy Jewels pictures herself being happy with. But Jewels is already involved with someone, and Adam makes it known that he’s guarding a dark secret, one that makes him the wrong guy for her. Trumped by the promise of an innocent friendship, Jewels is forced to ignore her overwhelming hunger for Adam.
After Jewels unknowingly helps Adam create a bucket list, they embark on the adventure of a lifetime that pushes their platonic relationship to its limits. But does she want to be with Adam without knowing the truth behind the skeletons in his closet, or is being with him just another pointless thing in her life?

**Due to sexual content, for readers 18+

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Quarter Past Two On A Wednesday Afternoon by Linda Newbery [coming soon]

Quarter Past Two On A Wednesday AfternoonQuarter Past Two On A Wednesday Afternoon by Linda Newbery
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

It was a Wednesday afternoon, time was quarter past two in the afternoon, and Rose goes missing. The last time Anna was with Rose was in the garden. Rose was relaxing on the garden lounger while Anna pops to the shops.

And so the story unfolds.

We have time zones in this book, chapters of them going back over events that we aren't privy to unless we go back a few years at a time. Then we jump forward to the present again. Its not at all confusing as its like someone sat by you telling you the story.

Its a family drama, its full of lies, deceit, hidden secrets that unfold as you read.

I certainly wasn't expecting that revelation at the end! No way would I have guessed the conclusion.

This book was cleverly plotted, holding my interest throughout. I took my Kindle out with me so that if I had a chance to read a bit more I could. Its that kind of book you don't want to leave, you want to stay with it until the end.

I can't give more, as I would be giving spoilers, but this certainly is a well written book.

Linda Newbery is a new author to me. I think I've found yet another author that I love with her style, her fair and how she knits a book together.

I would like to thank Random House UK, Transworld Publishers via Net Galley for allowing me to read and review this book and give my thoughts on it.

It was the day when everything stopped, and something started that was quite different, that couldn't be controlled or shaped or ended. 

At quarter past two on a Wednesday afternoon, Anna leaves her big sister, Rose, dozing on a sun lounger in the garden and goes out to the shops. She never sees her again.

Twenty years later, and the tragedy of Rose's mysterious disappearance still haunts her family. Unsure what to do with her life, Anna feels she will never escape from the shadow cast by her beautiful, charismatic older sibling. Convinced that Rose is alive, Anna begins to search for her lost sister.

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Monday, 28 July 2014

South Beach by Angeline M. Bishop

South Beach (The Sheridan Series, #2)South Beach by Angeline M. Bishop
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Would you love a great summer read? Looking for a book to take on vacation with you? Well, look no further, this is a superb beach summer read.

Laila Sheridan is a successful business woman. Determines, strong minded.

Her relationship with Malcolm Khalid was always a bit of a rocky road, so this relationship just had to come to an end.

How do you get over a relationship? Party with friends abroad! Of course, that is the way to go, except Malcolm is back on the horizon, but then we have Gray Ryley, in the mix. Not all goes well.

Great read, I think you'll enjoy it.

In SOUTH BEACH, Laila Sheridan, a successful fashionista who attracts male interest with an effortless strut of her stiletto heels, has ended a rocky relationship with Malcolm Khalid, a captivating lothario with a passion for shirking adult responsibilities. She believes partying in glamorous South Beach with her former college roommates is the prescription for getting her swagger back. When her vacation becomes a media circus that draws Malcolm back into her life and her handsome Psyche marketing colleague, Gray Ryley, arrives on the scene to tame her antics, Laila is determined make the men play by her rules. Gray finds himself torn between anguish and ecstasy when another Lalia-sitting assignment is placed in his hands; he’s asked to hinder Malcolm’s advances and subdue the paparazzi, while wrestling with his smoldering desire to get Laila in his bed. Will this assignment cause him to disclose feelings that may sever their friendship and jeopardize his career?

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Sunday, 27 July 2014

Looking at you by Jan Warburton

Looking at you by Jan Warburton

I had the pleasure of beta reading this book. I have 'known' Jan Warburton via an authors group she is on, including one way back on kindle forum, since then, I have seen this author go from strength to strength in her writing. I didn't think she could better herself, but she can, she's an amazing author that needs recognition for her talent.

This book is filled with one of my fav subjects, stalking. I love the unexpected, and I got this in this book. I read it in one sitting as its a book you want to stay with.

Jess Freeman has a good man as her husband, a good job, everything seems perfect visual wise, but was it? Is it? Because when Jess tells her husband she is being stalked, he is very angry, he does things that he things will be very clever, but isn't. What he is doing though is driving her away, he isn't any support at all.

There is a moral dilemma in this book and lessons to be learnt.

One click this read, you won't be disappointed.

Jess Freeman’s marriage to Ben seems perfect and she loves her job a senior sales rep covering Yorkshire and the North-east for a designer eyewear firm. She then begins to realise she is being stalked. It’s every woman’s nightmare. But instead of providing expected loving support, Ben starts his own cruel subterfuge with tragic consequences. Will this finally drive Jess into the arms of Adam Lawson, her attractive new boss?This is a passionate, character driven, adult relationship novel with a bitter-sweet outcome. An emotional page-turner. Grown up romance, peppered with moral dilemmas.


Mother Island by Bethan Roberts

Mother IslandMother Island by Bethan Roberts
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

My thanks go to Random House UK, Vintage Publishing for allowing me to read and review this book via Net Galley.

I have heard of Bethan Roberts as an author, but never picked up one of her books before. After reading this, things are going to change, I need to read more from this author.

This was an excellent read.

I have to say, this book got me a little bit confused at the beginning until I realized not only did the book not have chapters, it was flashbacks from when Maggie and Nula were teenagers.

Maggie came to work for Nula as a child minder/nanny as Nula worked full time and so too her husband. Things couldn't have been more perfect right? with having a qualified person to look after your child. Wrong!

One day, Maggie takes off with just a holdall and the child.

That is when the flashbacks come into place, but they soon all tie up, you get to realize things within these flashbacks as to things were not perfect.

It was an excellent read which kept my attention throughout and needing more as I read. I couldn't read this fast enough.

Brilliant read, brilliant thriller. Love it

A taught, powerful novel about a nanny who abducts the young child she looks after. 
     One warm June morning, Maggie Wichelo, a lonely young woman, arrives at the comfortable Oxford house in which she works as a nanny. Everything appears normal. Her glamorous employer, Nula, who also happens to be her cousin, is so tired that she goes back straight back to bed. Samuel, the two year old boy she looks after, is pleased to see Maggie and can'’t wait to start crashing his diggers into the skirting board. Dedicated, efficient, and fiercely protective of Samuel, Maggie considers herself an excellent nanny, and Nula and her over-confident husband Greg have had few complaints about her work.
     But this is the morning on which Maggie will abduct Samuel, loading him into a hired car, and driving him to a remote boathouse on the island where she spent her teenage years: Anglesey, known to the locals as Môn, Mam Cymru, or the Mother of Wales.
     For Maggie, everything goes back to the island. This is the beautiful, menacing and mysterious place where she spent the summer, aged fifteen, watching her brother Joe fall in love, her parent's’ relationship disintegrate, and her uncle Ralph paint the glorious Menai Strait. The island is where Maggie'’s life fell apart, and it is where she will attempt, in her own way, to put it back together again….
     Mother Island is a tense and disturbing novel about love, loss and what it means to be a mother.

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