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Sunday, 31 May 2015

Intimate Distance by Karla Brandenburg

Intimate DistanceIntimate Distance by Karla Brandenburg
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Thank you to the author for asking me to read to read this.

I take my reviews seriously and my reviews are based the majority of times on how the book makes me feel whilst reading it.


Its written very well, I can't fault the writing. But I found it harder and harder to keep picking up as its not 'grabbing' my attention span. Something is lacking for me, I just don't know what. I tried right up to the halfway mark and had to give up.

I am so sorry.

Perhaps other will find it good, but for me, I just couldn't focus on the characters etc and it seemed just like a book read many times before.



Julianne DeAngelo is working toward a degree in marketing, juggling a full-time job and planning a wedding. Driven to succeed, she joins an on-line marketing group where her mentor, Jack Guilder, becomes her confidante. The high profile ad campaign Jack and Julianne develop together propels them into the spotlight as the industry’s hottest couple, but can they withstand the heat? 



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Promise It All by Emma Grayson

Promise It All (Blinded by Love, #2)Promise It All by Emma Grayson
My rating: 3 of 5 stars



After reading book 1 and liking it, I have to say, this is the ultimate, book 2 had me in tears, choked up.

Caleb is an addict. Addicts just think of themselves most of the time and their next fix.

Lennox is the one with her heart broken time and time again.

Caleb has upped and left her. He's also left her bringing up their son.

Its very easy for us to sit outside of a situation and judge and react saying:

1 Why does she keep taking him back?
2. Why be a doormat?
3. Why let him wipe his shoes on you time and time again? have you no respect for yourself.



I always wondered what was wrong with these women who stayed with partners like this. Habit? Love, or a false sense of the word love?

Or is it remembering what they CAN be live on the good times?

Whatever it is, I will not sit in judgement on someone else's life. No one walks in the same shoes and no one makes the same choices.
What we do is, be there for them when or if it falls apart.

Finally Lennox sees sense beyond her hope, her dreams and Caleb, she decides to move on.


But will she be able to?

Her child "Where is my Daddy"

She has family around her, physically around her as she lives with her parents. So she has practical help, alas, she still thinks of Caleb.


THEN at the end, I thought Caleb was going to come clean, I thought all the answers were going to be put in the pot so readers had answers to the mysteries behind Caleb, alas, not.

That then lost its point somehow for me as its book 2 and final part.

WHAT HAS CALEB BEEN DOING FOR OVER 2 YEARS WHILST HES BEEN AWAY?

I'm left feeling empty. Left frustrated. Grrrrr



Caleb Kingston’s addiction got the best of him and he left everything important behind; including the one person he loved more than anything.

Lennox is left to fight through her heartache and pain as well as the crushing confusion she feels in the aftermath of Caleb’s departure. She finds it difficult to move forward because he didn’t just leave her behind, he also left their son, AJ.

Realizing Caleb will never leave the life of addiction behind and return to her and AJ, Lennox makes the painful choice to finally put Caleb and their love behind her. But when Caleb returns in a shocking and unexpected way, he changes her game plan and makes her question what she truly wants





Is this final?


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Take It All by Emma Grayson

Take It All (Blinded by Love, #1)Take It All by Emma Grayson
My rating: 3 of 5 stars



Time for a bit of romance I thought.
Time for romance with some guts.

I don't read romance often, it has to be something that seems/looks to stand out as a bit different from the norm.

I can't say this stood out from other romances like this, but I can say its written VERY well.

Because of how this made me feel whilst reading this I have selected 3.5 stars.

Its a pretty straight forward story.

BUT its full of emotions, that it what made it go up in my admiration. I have a daughter, her heart was broken. Many times. As a Mother I know how that feels watching on.

Lennox and Caleb.

Caleb is gutless. I would have kicked him to the kerb many times and left him there the final time to rot.

Promises to change.

When people say "I promise to change" "I promise to....." empty words if they don't back it up with actions.

Lennox went through open heart emptiness in many different ways.

Dealing with addiction is not easy, but it starts with ADMITTANCE which Caleb found hard to do and left Lennox swimming in an ocean of sharks.
Love is never easy is it.

I am off to read book 2 as I need to know the next cycle of this captivating story.

My thanks to the author for this copy.



Judy Garland said it best, For it was not into my ear you whispered but into my heart. It was not my lips you kissed but my soul.

If you asked her why she loved him, she would tell you it was because he was who he was and, well, she was who she was.

Plain and simple.

All her life Lennox Ward felt incomplete. Her heart was always searching for that one special thing; that special someone she had yet to find.

Then Caleb Kingston came strolling back into her life unexpectedly, and little did she know her world was about to come crashing down around her, forever shattering it.


Inspired by true events.
 


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I Let You Go by Clare Mackintosh

I Let You GoI Let You Go by Clare Mackintosh
My rating: 5 of 5 stars



I have just finished reading this debut novel. Debut novel. Yes...debut novel! I am utterly astounded this year so far as I have read a few debut novels and only a few stood out, this is DEFINITELY one of them.

The beginning of the story pulls at your heart strings, what must it be like to see your child struck down and killed by a driver? THEN the driver not stop. No, not even stop to see what has happened, not to stop and call for an ambulance, its terrible. The setting of the scene by this author, I could see it in my minds eye, I could
"hear" and "see" the impact in my minds eye. I cringed each time that Mother replayed it in her memory. I got choked up when I could "see" her bending over the body of her little boy.

There is so much to this story.

We meet the DI as well whose marriage isn't all its cracked up to be, his wife at home struggling with two children and the eldest having problems. We see him tied up in his job. He doesn't neglect his family, where he is coming from, he is laying down a secure future for his family and "going up the ladder" within its confines. But his wife, she sees it differently.

Then we have Jennifer who is married to an abusive controlling son of a gun, he really is nasty with a capital N.
We are able to get inside his brain, inside his head as we hear his voice as he relates things to us.

I'm not going to give more away.

Within all of this, who is the person or persons responsible for killing that little boy?

I honestly, truthfully didn't see this coming, it WHAMMED me in the face right at the end of the book, my jaw dropped to the floor.

I have been chatting with my husband about this book and how he should read it.

Anyone who loves family life, reality, a bit of detective work, romance, mystery and psychological thrillers will LOVE this.

I now I have to follow with another book to match this, its very hard going onto another book when you have read a previous book with such an impact on you, don't you agree?


If I had one flaw....it was it dipped a bit 1/4 of the way through. But it surely made up for it as you go along.

I cannot wait to see what this author Clare Mackintosh comes up with next.


I would like to thank not only the author but Little, Brown Book Group UK for my copy and to say that being gifted a copy doesn't ever reflect on my review as a honest reviewer. I say how it makes me feel, and true in this instance

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A tragic accident. It all happened so quickly. She couldn't have prevented it. Could she?

In a split second, Jenna Gray's world descends into a nightmare. Her only hope of moving on is to walk away from everything she knows to start afresh. Desperate to escape, Jenna moves to a remote cottage on the Welsh coast, but she is haunted by her fears, her grief and her memories of a cruel November night that changed her life forever.

Slowly, Jenna begins to glimpse the potential for happiness in her future. But her past is about to catch up with her, and the consequences will be devastating...







Friday, 29 May 2015

Split Sense by Barbara Ellen Brink

Split SenseSplit Sense by Barbara Ellen Brink
My rating: 4 of 5 stars



There was a lot of suspense and tension in this book wish I so loved. I love a good meaty book I can chew on, and I certainly did with this one.

I can see why it won an award.

This is well worth a ONE CLICK



When a senator and pharmaceutical giant partner to experiment with a new drug on pregnant women, they tap into a world they never knew existed – the supernatural touching the natural – and it will cost the innocent more than they know.

Split Sense interweaves the lives of two families, twins separated at birth, and two different but powerful gifts that each child discovers which impacts their lives and others in unbelievable ways.

Zander Howard has been able to hear the thoughts of those around him for as long as he can remember. Sometimes he is overwhelmed with feelings of anger, joy, or fear that is not his own. He tastes words, feels sounds, is surrounded with voices in the dark of night. He is Howard Pharmaceutical’s prize guinea pig. He wishes to be free of the company and their mind games, but his father is caught up in their web of deceit and can’t bring the Company down without destroying his family in the process.

Emma Tatum has been sheltered in a small town with loving parents who have no idea she’s not their own flesh and blood. She also has a gift. The ability to heal with music. She sees colors of mercy and grace fly from her fingers with each note she plays.

When the twins are reunited, nothing will stop them from seeking the truth about their origins, but someone is willing to commit murder to keep the project secret, while others want to possess the power of the twins. 

For a boy who has been used his entire life, learning to trust isn’t easy. But through Emma, Zander has a glimpse of a loving God whose plan of providence has brought them together at just the right time.

(This is a thriller with Christian elements, people struggling with faith to reconcile events in the storyline. Just as the real world has believers and unbelievers, my fictional world is populated with the same.)

Split Sense won The Grace Awards for speculative fiction published in 2011. 

Barbara Ellen Brink is also the author of the Fredrickson Winery mystery novels, "Entangled" and "Crushed.


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Surrender My Heart by mk jubb

Surrender My HeartSurrender My Heart by mk jubb
My rating: 4 of 5 stars



This was a really exceptional book, an indepth book, an emotional read. MK Jub is a well developed author and in my humble opinion has great penmanship.

I have read a few of this authors books and thoroughly enjoyed them.


Are you wondering why I am not broadening out my review?
Its because I have read the blurb, read others reviews and if I give my take on it too, you may get more information from the reviews and I need you to read this.


Alessandro Prevaro had become a recluse since the death of his wife.with his housekeeper away visiting family, he is left to his own devices, he applies for an assistant. when sasha walker arrives on his doorstep the instant attraction between them is overwhelming. will he finally surrender his heart or is sasha just another one in a long line of women unable to fix his heart or will tragedy stop them in their tracks





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Seduced by the Senator by Alex Elliott

Seduced by the Senator (Dirty Little Secrets, #1)Seduced by the Senator by Alex Elliott




I'm not rating this because I felt, when it comes to these kind of kinky sex scenes rules must be put in place, who knows who read these kind of books in this world.

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Across The Pond by Kenny Luckett

Across The PondAcross The Pond by Kenny Luckett
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

When I read the blurb for this and agreed to read it and give my honest opinion. I hope the author realizes I do just that. Honest. I am as tactful as I can be. I know this is a long process of written work here.


Positive


The characters were very realistic, I loved the main one, he was well thought out and instead of being a flat character he became a 3D rounded person to me in my minds eye.

The events that took place, excellent.


Negative for me:

I felt the storyline jumped around a little too much to keep my full attention. I did make excuses sometimes to leave the book and go off and do some chores. I came back refreshed to it then.

This book could be a GREAT book if worked on more and took on board some of the reviewers thoughts that I have read below this authors book.



Sean Thayer, a police officer and former special operative, has lost his family. Thayer takes a forced vacation from his duties as a police officer and starts to have fun...making new friends, when a terrorist attack changes everything. Sean is asked to join an attack force to counter the world-wide terrorist assault. He must decide between protecting close friends and answering the call to duty. Meanwhile, an old friend and ally fights to survive terrorist captivity. Thayer calls upon his experience as a counter-terrorist operative to do everything in his power to stop those who threaten him, his friends, his country, and foreign allies.


Kenny Luckett was born and raised, and still lives, in Tennessee, a farmer's son who knows hard work. After graduating from Freed-Hardeman University and from the Police Academy in Donalson, on the outskirts of music city, Nashville, he served as a police officer for thirteen years. He now writes, runs, dives, and hunts, when not travelling in the U.S. and Europe for research on his novels.Kenny Luckett was born and raised, and still lives, in Tennessee, a farmer's son who knows hard work. After graduating from Freed-Hardeman University and from the Police Academy in Donalson, on the outskirts of music city, Nashville, he served as a police officer for thirteen years. He now writes, runs, dives, and hunts, when not travelling in the U.S. and Eurpoe for research on his novels.


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Prunella Smith: Worlds Within Worlds by Tahlia Newland

Prunella Smith: Worlds Within WorldsPrunella Smith: Worlds Within Worlds by Tahlia Newland
My rating: 4 of 5 stars



Flipping heck, where do I start with this one.

This author sure can write.

I am not saying I understand all of it, I consider myself average intelligence, down to earth and realistic. I like facts of things, so the fantasy bit went over my head.

My attention was peeked with the Internet though, and sitting on judgement of others. Its so easy to live behind a metal screen and 'dictate' and have or pull others down. Its also cowardly.

Authors/reviewers, that peeked my interest of course as I myself have many private opinions about this!

Although some of the matter I can honestly say I skimmed through, the concept of it all was not lost on me.

I certainly can see where the author came up with Worlds within worlds for its title.


I enjoyed it, the bits I read more thoroughly were an eye opener and thought provoking.
The bits I did skim over were just because my genre interest is although varied it doesn't reach as far as fantasy, the dreams and the memories, and the concept of separate worlds in itself, separate as in life on the net and leading a life away from it.....yes understood that concept, but sometimes a little too deep for me to follow or maybe didn't interest me enough in that written matter. That would not be the authors fault but mine.


Author and editor Prunella Smith inhabits a multilayered reality. Physically, she lives in the Australian bush with her crazy cat Merlin. In her work world, she edits the love story of Kelee, a Magan Lord’s daughter, and in the cyber-world of social media, she’s subjected to slanderous attacks by a disgruntled author. To complicate matters further she sees things through the eyes of a Tibetan Yogi, has strange dreams and relives old memories.

Separate worlds, interconnected and complementary, but can they help when Prunella becomes victim to a real life stalker and her sanity is threatened?

Worlds Within Worlds has a unique perspective on the nature of creativity. Its touch is light, its humour distinctive but it reaches deep into the nature of human experience
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Falling for the Lawyer by Anna Clifton

Falling for the LawyerFalling for the Lawyer by Anna Clifton
My rating: 3 of 5 stars



This book is only around 100 pages so it doesn't take long to read.

I'm not sure if that is the problem for me or whether its just too close to 'sameness' from other stories I have read like this.


If you pick this up for a light little read, quick romantic read whilst travelling on a bus, train or something to keep you occupied for a while then I would say....go for it.

There is nothing dull about this read, its ALL good.

Its just that there is nothing unusual or different that stands out.



Alex Farrer has just one resolution: don't get sacked by the new boss that day. Enter oneknight to rescue her from a run‐in with a pile of mud. But will upending Alex's entire life bethe next job on her knight's 'to‐do' list, whether she likes it or not?
Legal eagle JP McKenzie has just one resolution: never get involved with a woman whowon't stand up for herself. That is until a muddy Alex Farrer lands in his life with a crushinglybig mountain of family expectation in tow. So what else is a modern‐day knight to do?



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When She Smiled by Ritoban Chakrabarti

When She SmiledWhen She Smiled by Ritoban Chakrabarti
My rating: 3 of 5 stars



This is a debut novel by this author.

Its aimed mostly at YA but I think anyone young at heart can read it.

Its a coming of age story, so we have difficulties, love, falling in love all that kind of thing.

We get to know the character very well.


Its well written, not a bad book for me to read, I quite enjoyed it.

Not an outstanding read, but full of growth for me to read more of this authors books.



Mrityunjoy Roy is a fifteen year old Bengali who has spent the last ten years of his life growing up in Shimla. While his family is completely academically oriented, he wants something more. 
Finally he meets Akanksha in school, who turns his world upside down with her gorgeous looks and mind boggling smile. 
As fate would have it, she joins his tuition, and thus begins the torrid year of puppy love, romance, heartbreak, tragedy, and self discovery. 
Set among the scenic Shivalik hills of Shimla when mobile phones and internet were non-existent, this is a story of how an average young teenager comes to terms with his destiny





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In the Land of Gold by Angela Christina Archer

In the Land of GoldIn the Land of Gold by Angela Christina Archer
My rating: 4 of 5 stars



Do you sometimes like reading a nice romance, a sweet story but with a little grit in it even if you think you know the ending? Then this is the book for you.

This is the story of Cora, she hasn't had much freedom of choice at all, she has a domineering Mother, a fiance who rules her life from one step to another.

She has to travel on her own, leave everything that is familiar to her, she's not adverse to doing this but realizes she cannot do this journey alone as its treacherous, but she needs to get the gold that she has inherited.

She enlists a chap named Flynn O'Neill.

They have to travel through wilderness and all sorts.

There are lots of obstacles and lots of romance in this book.

Nice relaxing read for any romance reader.


Cora Colton can’t believe she even doubts saying yes to Christopher Payton’s proposal. From a good family, wealthy, and charming, Christopher is perfect for her. However, seeing his band of gold and diamonds, she hesitates. Something is missing, something is wrong, but she just doesn't know what that something is. 

After her father's sudden death, Cora travels to Tacoma and learns that she is now the owner of his gold claim in Dawson City, Canada. Throwing caution to the wind, she leaves her engagement ring on the table, and departs for Canada and the adventure of a lifetime. 

Arriving in the canvas tent town of Skagway on the Klondike trail, Coral catches the attention of Flynn O'Neill, an Irishman who has lived on the trail, guiding stampeeders for a few years. A bond thrusts them together, but their pasts could be what tears them apart—if they can survive the hardships and death on the trail to the land of gold.



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Wishing for Wonderful by Bette Lee Crosby

Wishing for WonderfulWishing for Wonderful by Bette Lee Crosby
My rating: 4 of 5 stars



This is part of the Serendipity series but it can be read as a stand alone, you really don't have to worry if you haven't read the other two, but, it is always nice to read a series in order don't you think?

OK I know its not Christmas, but I just wanted something light to read, something good to read and reliable, I have been reading Bette Lee Crosby's books for a while now so I know I am assured of a few hours of greatness.

This story is about matching the person with the correct partner. Who is doing this? Cupid.

Sometimes there instances which really made me chuckle and some laugh out loud moments where I got sudden looks from my family wondering what I was laughing at.

I would so recommend this book, as they say, Christmas is not just for Christmas, how about Christmas in July.

This author writes from her soul, I am always in for a great read when opening one of her books.




CUPID’S CHRISTMAS…A love story for both the young and the young at heart. In a spot somewhere between Heaven and Earth, Cupid is trying to overcome the forces of lust, jealousy and the events brought on by his nemeses—Life Management. 

Cupid matched John and Eleanor thirty years ago, but Life Management stepped in and fouled things up. Now they are both single and back together again, but before Cupid can give them the happiness they deserve, he’s got to come up with some magic, a few miracles and a dog for John’s daughter.




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Thursday, 28 May 2015

Sean's Sweetheart by Allie Kincheloe

Sean's SweetheartSean's Sweetheart by Allie Kincheloe
My rating: 3 of 5 stars



I hate abusive men, and here within these pages we meet one.

Girl falling for the wrong man, a badass.


Its a fair enough story, not something that stood out as its a familiar story that has been written in different ways over and over.

If you love romance, bad boys, good girls, then this is for you

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Weak at the Knees by Jo Kessel

Weak at the KneesWeak at the Knees by Jo Kessel
My rating: 4 of 5 stars



Danni and Hugo.

There is always Danni and Hugo, sometimes their relationship was well, sometimes not, off on, on off.

Danni has a best friend named Amber, she died suddenly leaving Danni upset, devastated and revaluating her life.
All she hears in her head is Amber saying "Seize the day"

Knowing that her life is not as she wants it, she decided to do just that.
She leaves London heading for a ski resort in France, where she meets and falls in love with a married man.

Danni would NEVER do such a thing....but does she? does she have an affair with a married man?

Danni discovers more about herself than she ever knew.


None of us know what we would do in certain situation.


I felt that this author Jo Kessel told a realistic story full of emotional choices, full of self doubts and discoveries.

It was a lovely read.

*Thank you Jo*



We got so busy living life that we forgot to live our dreams.”

Danni Lewis has been playing it safe for twenty-six years, but her sheltered existence is making her feel old ahead of time. When a sudden death plunges her into a spiral of grief, she throws caution to the wind and runs away to France in search of a new beginning. 

The moment ski instructor Olivier du Pape enters her shattered world she falls hard, in more ways than one.

Their mutual desire is as powerful and seductive as the mountains around them. His dark gypsy looks and piercing blue eyes are irresistible. 

Only she must resist, because he has a wife – and she’d made a pact to never get involved with a married man.

But how do you choose between keeping your word and being true to your soul? 

Weak at the Knees is Jo’s debut novel in the new adult, contemporary romance genre – a story about love, loss and relationships, set between London and the heart of the French Alps



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