Wednesday, 27 January 2016

Review: Stealing Innocents

Stealing Innocents Stealing Innocents by Cari Waites
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

OMG am I sick in the head or something? I actually couldn't put this book down even though I thought I might throw up on some occasions.

I read the warnings:

Reader discretion advised. This title contains the following sensitive themes: drug use, dubious consent, emotional abuse, explicit violence, heavy kink, non-consent, self-harm, sexual assault, child abuse
Totally became inquisitive. Its like a sign that says ENTER AT YOUR OWN RISK you think, oh, why is that then? Maybe I'll take a peek, well, that was me with this book.

Danny is only 18 years of age. His Mother left at an early age. His Father is a gambler with a huge problem, he owes money to Casino's all over.

Danny is used to 'helping his Dad' but he didn't quite know what he was getting himself into with this kind of help. Oh no sir E!

Danny doesn't have any sexual experience. He's attracted to girls, but man oh man his experiences are going to be mighty confusing to him now.

He does these acts to pay off his Father's debt, but now he is "owned" by the new man he is to call Daddy.
This is pretty fucked up to say the least [no I don't swear easily but I need to in this instance]

My mind was going from "what the hell" to "how can you feel like that"

Its dark alright
Its kinky alright
Its disgusting in every way imaginable, but compulsive reading because you don't quite know how to get your bloody mind around it!

I read on and on. Gasping.
I had aches in places that hurt I didn't know I had!

The author states:
Stealing Innocents is an exploration of our darkest human impulses, where sex is power, love is horror, and there’s no such thing as a happy ending

Boy is she right.

Innocent people to start with
Knowledgeable about all sorts of 'stuff' come the end.

There are three stories in this book. I have just highlighted the first one.

The second is about Troy. He's a cop trying to deal with Human Trafficking.

The third is about Drew who is in a mental institution who has dream in the night, about his Doctor, are they real?

WARNING

You need to think if you are disgusted by kinky sex, abuse, men using men, many men using a boy without permission, all sorts of sexual devices being used in orfaces unimaginable, then this is not for you.

I have read it, this author has written it well, but I am middle aged and think this is more for the TOP SHELF kind of read. It really is sexually explicite in such graphic detail.

The warning only touches the surface. I think that's why [like me] DON'T means....just gotta go and see........
I did and I was shocked.
BUT I still read the three stories to the end.
Why? Because each had a hidden message. Each was so understandable for the reasons they got into these situations, I can't explain why I'm giving this 4 stars, my bum cheeks are tense just writing this review.

I am not easily shocked, and I wasn't, just in some parts disgusted to think that this may actually be true in someone's life somewhere, if so, they need help.

Why did I read it?
The same way you may choose to read it, CURIOSITY when you see the words of WARNING.

I was given this book to read and review by Riptide Publishing via Net galley



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Review: Montana Wild

Montana Wild Montana Wild by Roni Hall
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is a lovely emotional read.

Jamie has lost not one but two loved ones in the space of a very short time.
Its hard enough loosing one person close to you, but two, its devastating and I know this from personal experience over Christmas of this year and the New Year.

You just want to run away.

There comes a chance for her to escape it all and so she reaches out and takes it.

We read of other experiences she has to undergo as we turn the pages.

I won't give spoilers and its not fair on readers who haven't read this yet.

If you are looking for an emotional read, suspense interwoven with love, then its time to get clicking.


My thanks to Barclay Publicity and the author for the chance to read this well written book

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Tuesday, 26 January 2016

Review: The Two-Family House

The Two-Family House The Two-Family House by Lynda Cohen Loigman
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is a really remarkable memorable read.

Anyone that loves a family drama book, family dysfunctional or just a plain ole moving gut wrenching moments should read this book, its full of emotions.

There are still some houses that home 2 families, one up, one down and of course you live in very close proximity of each other which isn't always easy. As we see in this case.

Both the husbands are brothers. They own a company too which means even more proximity.

What about they're wives?
Yes they are friends and the children of course from both families, have always someone to play with. Cousins growing up together everyone's dream.
Or is it.

As with all families there are tensions, arguments, decisions to be made (just to mention a few) but imagine this in a close full on proximity. It would escalate ten fold.
And not always for the good.

There are emotions scenes with a huge full on mood swarm! The moodiness can someone get to you, but you need to remember, its a very close proximity they are living in.

I was thinking of Big Brother, have you watched it?

Its OK at the start its all nice. Polite. Pleasant. Reasonable then......WHAM.
The back stabbing begins, the fits, the emotional highs and lows the fights.
Nowhere to go to be on your own, always someone poking their nose in each others business.

There is a huge secret within this house which makes it even more volatile.
Wait until that surfaces!

This is a well written book, doesn't take long to read and you get into is fairly quickly.

*My thanks to St. Martin's Press via Net Galley for my copy* and of course, to the author.

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Review: Liberty and Means

Liberty and Means Liberty and Means by Kristin Dow
My rating: 4 of 5 stars


When I started this book I wasn't sure what I would get from it. I hadn't heard of this author before but that in itself is exciting as its great discovering new authors.

Sometimes a premise of a book is better than the actual fact of reading it, but not in this case.
The book was better than the blurb, much better than it could be explained.

Its told in four stages.
As she approached her 30th birthday.

Someone is tracking Shannon's every move, this alters her life in every way. In a way that most of us only dream about.

Is this excitement underplayed? Not at all, is realistic in every way. I loved Shannon and how she was, she was sincere and she was true to herself.

Liberty equals freedom.....doesn't it?
Means equals a wealth in this book.

And then we have family.

There is a huge giant twist in this plot. You won't miss it.
But its unexpected. You will gasp. Be surprised and your eyes may even pop out of your head.

I need to say, this was a slow burner, stick with it until at least chapter 6 chapter 7 because it is well worth it.

My thanks to the author *Kristin Dow and Net Galley* for my copy to read and enjoy reviewing



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Review: The Truth

The Truth The Truth by Jeffry W. Johnston
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

My Kindle said....approx time of read 3 hours.

So not a long book to read but cor blimey was it packed with everything

The author has crammed in a lot of interest, lies, secrecy, discovery, and awesomeness into this book.
But its not rushed, its not so 'crammed' that you feel its lacking something, its really not

Its a tale of a young lad whose Police father was dead.
His death leaves the Mother, his younger brother Devon and himself.

Now HE has to step up to the mark and look after his family, his brother especially.

But he is taken hostage.
Why?

The story unfolds with him sat in a chair and and recounting life to the person whose held him captive. Hes tied.
The captor holds a pair of shears who taunts him to tell The truth <.b> or he will loose one finger at a time.

Its not a horror story, you can keep your eyes wide open.
All the person wants is The Truth and hes hungry to get it.

But through him telling the truth, what is the truth?
What will it discover?

I learn of some open family dysfunctions that can take place through this revelation.

And I learn that sometimes The Truth is not always as we see it, but as others may see it.

Will The Truth be a good discovery?
Will The Truth free each of them?

Most of all, should The Truth have been told?


This is a wonderfully well written piece of work that I read last night before sleep. It has a quick turn of events that really gut you.

At the end of the day, what is family?

My thanks to *SOURCEBOOKS Fire via Net Galley for my copy


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Review: An Unfamiliar Murder

An Unfamiliar Murder An Unfamiliar Murder by Jane Isaac
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Yeah! So this book now has become available for us in the UK.
Set in the Midlands is a great place for a story.

I have read other books by Jane Isaac which I have thoroughly enjoyed so when I was able to read this one too, I was thrilled. I had several reasons to be thrilled.

1. This was her first book and I wanted to see what her debut novel was like. [OK so I am going backwards]

2. How she has progressed.


Well you know what, she did an outstanding job on this book and I can see why she has so many followers now which includes me.
Her books are well written, the pace is enough to get your juices flowing and keep on turning those pages and enough mystery that makes you chase after the next chapter, then the next chapter, then the next chapter until you realize, oh, is that the time?

I am unable to sit down and read one of Jane Isaac's books without setting time aside to finish it in one sitting if humanly possible or its like putting a film on pause for the next day just when you get to a critical place....no, can't do that.

Imagine this...
arriving home and finding a dead body in your living room, blood everywhere .....what the heck.

What leads on from this is a trail that leads the murder to her....WHAT.
Each time she denies it and submits her innocents they turn up with more proof....WHAT THE HELL.

Its sometimes a cat and mouse chase, but its a thrilling read that will definitely keep you reading.


*Thank you Jane Isaac's for allowing me to read this*

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Review: The Widow

The Widow The Widow by Fiona Barton
My rating: 5 of 5 stars



When I started to read this book, I hadn't read any previous reviews. I didn't realize that this is the authors debut book.
Ignorance is bliss....

Until I started reading it and got messages like..
"You are going to enjoy this Sue"
and
"Its an amazing read"

When I hear that, I think....hhmmmm I hope so.
But if its from some reviewers who I know is 'spot on' then it makes all the difference and I got some of those, so I thought.....yes!

I have to honestly say that I am gobsmacked this is Fiona Barton's debut book. It has class, it has all the elements of a brilliant thriller, its paced well, the characters are 'real' you can actually reach out and touch them.

I don't know what I can say about this story that hasn't already been said without giving the plot away, but I will try.

At first, Jean came across to me as a weak flimsy wife. A woman who had no control over her life and she did everything her husband told her.

Her husband Glen is found to be a porn addict. He excuses himself and goes off to another room in the house a lot. He likes cyber sex and woman dressed as young children.


A child goes missing. Taken.

Is Glen the person who took her?
Is Glens sexual addiction, kinky and worrying taken him onto paths leading to bigger crimes?

Did Jean know?

Jean believed in her husband, she stood by him, its unbelievable he would do "such a thing".

When Jeanie finds out...

Glen explains "Its not real Jeanie, its fantasy, these are women in their 30s dressing up as children"

They said so in court so it has to be true right?

Jean is not convinced at first "They do this for men who want to do this to children"

Its sick right?

Jean thinks maybe its a man's 'way', its just a 'man thing'

But Bella the little girl is still missing.

Jeanie had a secret obsession. She wanted a baby but couldn't have one because of Glen.
Glens way of dealing with any problems in life is...
draw a line in it and never to speak of it again.

But Jeanie has an obsession...


This being Fiona Barton's first book is amazing, this is certainly someone I will be following.
I have connected with her on Facebook and Twitter. And I have found her webpage.
Stalking? who me?
No, news updates for future books!
I suggest you do the same

http://fionabartonauthor.com/

I loved reading how her first novel came about, you will find it interesting reading. I know I did.

My thanks to *Berkley Publishing Group via Net Galley and of course the author for keeping me guessing throughout and making my first reading experience with this new author a fabulous one*

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Review: Relatively Strange

Relatively Strange Relatively Strange by Marilyn Messik
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book totally took me out of my comfort zone.
So in all honestly, why did I read it?

I am a sucker for a great cover and one that catches my eye [yep, I'm shallow]
But the blurb enticed me.

I am so glad that I dared to tip my toe into the water of a book that I may have turned away from because, I thoroughly enjoyed it. I think the author Merilyn Messik writes so well its believable and you come to accept everything about it.

Stella has these abilities to do things that others of the 'norm' cannot.

I thought....hmmm

But you know what, what is the norm? What is acceptable and what is not?
Don't we all have some things in our that others do not accept and find odd about us?

Well, this is Stella. And each of us are unique, so is Stella.
We see how Stella had to adjust at times to "fit in" and become "acceptable" to others in her walk of life.
Haven't we all got to do that at times, some of us don't have to think about it, but if you did stop and think, I bet there were occasions when you did have to adjust.

Stella meets many trials along the way and none worse that facing a head on medical experiment.

Stella comes from good Jewish stock. She has many abilities, such as psychokinesis ( to be able to move objects just using her mind]

I couldn't help thinking of that TV Programme years ago called Bewitched.
The part that was played in it [ok she was a 'nice witch'] but she had powers to do certain things, sometimes for the good and sometimes because she just got upset. Stella at times came across like this with a great sense of humour which had times made me chuckle.

There are sad times, happy times and amusing times and some very trialing times for Stella within the pages of this read.

I found this wonderfully strange......but at the same time, acceptable.

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Review: Unhinge

Unhinge Unhinge by Calia Read
My rating: 4 of 5 stars


I really should do my homework, I didn't realize this was book 2 of a series, oh well, it didn't seem to matter in some areas, well, most areas once I read the blurb from the first book and some reviewers reviews on it.

Victoria is in a Mental Institute named Fairfax Hospital.
She is a patient there along with her very young baby.
How did she get there?
And will she ever get out.

Until she finds out why she ended up there, she will never find the way out.

From the previous book, Wes her husband is dead.
From the previous book in this series we see she had a wonderful life so what brought her to here?

She's not at first really bothered about how she came to the hospital, she focuses on her baby.
But when her little baby daughter Evelyn is taken from her, her all world ends.

What influence has the outside world have on the inside?

Wes is dead....isn't he?

Who is that person who comes each night into her bedroom?
When she tells hospital staff about this, she is ill isn't she? Its part of her mental health, surely?

There is only one man to save her.


This was a good deep, sexy steamy thriller with a good back boned story I thought.

So in after thought, I would say, read book 1 because I think that tells of her prior life with Wes and how it lead up to here. I am going to have to skim back on that to make some of the sense of a few areas.

At first I thought it wouldn't make any difference, but once I had written this review, I find it makes a heap of difference to the lead up as its left me with a few questions.

*Thank you to Random House Publishing Group - Ballantine Via Net Galley for my copy*

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Thursday, 21 January 2016

Review: Chosen Child

Chosen Child Chosen Child by Linda Huber
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The very first book I read by this author Linda Huber was The Cold Cold Sea, if you look at reviews on that book, you will see how many loved it.
I was included in that and couldn't wait for her next book.

Here it is!

I love the colour of the cover and the details on the book cover too.

Chosen Child

This focuses around Rick and Ella.
They find they are unable to have children of their own so give thoughts into adoption.
Both have different outlooks on this. Rick wanted a boy. Ella was OK with that. But of course, you cannot help your emotions. We hear it said, you cannot help who you fall in love with and this proves true in Ella's case when they are both invited to meet some children at a relaxed venue with other potential hopeful Moms and Dads.

There is another story running alongside this, its Amanda and her son.

You are wondering how the two stories connect, and you are left like that for some time. Its well worth the wait. It keeps your thoughts working and you waiting in anticipation for the two to merge and become one.
So well thought out by the author I thought.

This story has heartbreak, it has secrecy and it has lust.
Its an unexpected secrecy that has nothing to do or connect with a child.

Have I whet your appetite yet?

Without giving spoilers, this has many dimensions that will leave you dangling in space wondering which way to lean to get on solid ground again. Unexpected surprises throughout this book I have just read and thoroughly enjoyed.

Linda Huber is one of those authors that needs to be shouted about from the rooftops, she is truly a good story teller. She needs recognition. In my humble opinion she needs her stories to be read.

I have great respect for this author, she puts her all into her books and I can feel this as I read. It flows so well, it reads superbly and although like other books it has chapters when you can mark it, put it down and pick it up later, let me say, I couldn't do that, I had to read chapter after chapter and just couldn't sleep until I had this finished.

I blame Linda Huber for the bags under my eyes.


Thanks to the author who gave me an advanced copy. I am only a reader who reviews and reads lots of books but I need to say, there are some I read for on my shelf here on goodreads [check them out] that I follow eagerly as I believe in their talent. And I am happy to read each book they produce.

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Review: Chosen Child

Chosen Child Chosen Child by Linda Huber
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The very first book I read by this author Linda Huber was The Cold Cold Sea, if you look at reviews on that book, you will see how many loved it.
I was included in that and couldn't wait for her next book.

Here it is!

I love the colour of the cover and the details on the book cover too.

Chosen Child

This focuses around Rick and Ella.
They find they are unable to have children of their own so give thoughts into adoption.
Both have different outlooks on this. Rick wanted a boy. Ella was OK with that. But of course, you cannot help your emotions. We hear it said, you cannot help who you fall in love with and this proves true in Ella's case when they are both invited to meet some children at a relaxed venue with other potential hopeful Moms and Dads.

There is another story running alongside this, its Amanda and her son.

You are wondering how the two stories connect, and you are left like that for some time. Its well worth the wait. It keeps your thoughts working and you waiting in anticipation for the two to merge and become one.
So well thought out by the author I thought.

This story has heartbreak, it has secrecy and it has lust.
Its an unexpected secrecy that has nothing to do or connect with a child.

Have I whet your appetite yet?

Without giving spoilers, this has many dimensions that will leave you dangling in space wondering which way to lean to get on solid ground again. Unexpected surprises throughout this book I have just read and thoroughly enjoyed.

Linda Huber is one of those authors that needs to be shouted about from the rooftops, she is truly a good story teller. She needs recognition. In my humble opinion she needs her stories to be read.

I have great respect for this author, she puts her all into her books and I can feel this as I read. It flows so well, it reads superbly and although like other books it has chapters when you can mark it, put it down and pick it up later, let me say, I couldn't do that, I had to read chapter after chapter and just couldn't sleep until I had this finished.

I blame Linda Huber for the bags under my eyes.


Thanks to the author who gave me an advanced copy. I am only a reader who reviews and reads lots of books but I need to say, there are some I read for on my shelf here on goodreads [check them out] that I follow eagerly as I believe in their talent. And I am happy to read each book they produce.

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Review: One More Day

One More Day One More Day by Kelly Simmons
My rating: 4 of 5 stars


I have to say, this book was very difficult for me to read at the start, I found it a struggle to 'get into' but seeing some of the reviews, I thought I best not give up because I have a feeling it will make more sense as I read on.

So I did.

I was right, it became apparent that the author was laying ground work, and allowing the reader to get insight to the characters, very much were the Mother was coming from.

The thoughts back and forth confused me at start but I soon worked out how this author was leading me in this book.

We have a child.....missing....gone....
We have the Mothers anguish, hurt, blaming herself and full insight to many many many emotions that go on.

But Mom has a secret too.

This kept me reading!

Of course, if you child was lost to you, you would want them back right?
Of course you would.
But be careful what you wish for.....

This definitely is a book you need to stick with, its well worth it at the end.

One more day is the title of this book, to apply it to reading it.....yes, take one more day to understand it, get it, read it, devour it because this is well worth it.

*My thanks to SOURCEBOOKS Landmark Via Net Galley for my advanced copy*

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Review: Righteous Release

Righteous Release Righteous Release by Richard Gardner
My rating: 4 of 5 stars



I have some memoirs, I have read some honest and open books about peoples lives, abuse, marriages, breakdowns and religious "breakaways". But I have never read one like this before where it is actually written into a novel but its the authors life.
Really a brilliant way to write this and impact more on readers of fiction as well as fact.

David has been brought up in the Eternal Fellowship from a very young age. I discover that its so stringent and so strict that you wonder how people could remain in it and follow things to the letter.

Well, if anyone is wondering this, let me say. I was brought up at a Jehovah's Witness from the age of 7 years old. You are taught such things that you just believe, you do know about others lives, but hey, their life is wrong, you are doing it God's way. I broke away at the age of 40

We follow David through his marriage to Ruth. Hmm that was an ordeal in itself.

We see how all outside things are shunned and looked down upon, TV, Cinema, media and such.

Certain things are not celebrated and certain things are. You are different from the "world" and so that means you are not "wordly" but you are doing this for God...right?

David starts to get his eyes opened. He starts to question things, I found that the most interesting, it reminds me of someone waking up from a very long coma.

It has its highs, it has its low moments and it also has some amusing [from my point of view] moments.

I do not look down on anyone's faith, but I am sure you know someone, someone on your street, someone in your life, even someone on your Facebook page that is religious and are totally OTT about it all. My dad used to say there were some 'religious fanatics out there' and I really do know he was right.

Don't be mistaken that this is a book just like a memoir of his life, this is infact a story.

If you love a good story knowing its based on a true account and told from the heart, this is your book.

Richard Gardner has surely written a very readable account of his life.....
but all doesn't end there.

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Review: No Ordinary Life

No Ordinary Life No Ordinary Life by Suzanne Redfearn
My rating: 4 of 5 stars





This was an unexpectedly good book. I say this because I didn't know quite what to expect, child superstar, a novel on a kind of similar life to child stars in Hollywood.

We have Faye, a mom to three beautiful children one of them being little Molly her 4 year old daughter.
Faye finds herself bringing up her children on her own as her husband ran off.
Deciding she needs to move back with her Mother for a while and get a job to help support herself on her family.

One day she decided to take Molly with her to the shopping mall, looking for a waitress job.

Outside there was a busker like band playing where Molly got involved. Later, that was uploaded onto You Tube and it went viral. Hence Molly was picked up on her talent. Looks cute, got talent, and she is very appealing.

Faye's mother is super excited and urges Faye forward with all chances that come for Molly.

We experience the highs and the lows of this with both Faye and Molly.

We are all aware of what "fame" can accomplish or harm children within this spotlight of life on camera and the public media.
Drink, drugs, sex, even suicide. Eating disorders etc we have all read articles about this in the Newspapers.

The author did a fantastic job in bringing all equations, all sides of the "limelight" and lifestyle plus dangers, the highs and the lows. It made for not only a good novel, but also informative thought provoking reading.

No Ordinary Life is a really apt title, because, it really was not an Ordinary Life.


*I would like to thank Grand Central Publishing via Net Galley for my advanced copy to read and review*

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Friday, 15 January 2016

Review: 14 Days to Die

14 Days to Die 14 Days to Die by A.B. Whelan
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This may be called 14 DAYS TO DIE but it only took me 1 and 1/2 days to read it. I was hooked from beginning to end.

I read at the back of this book in the Acknowledgments that this author this author A. B. Whelan has other books written, I hadn't seen them due to her writing a different genre, this I understand is her first Thriller/Crime.
I definitely hope it won't be her last!
In my humble opinion, I have read lots of Thrillers from each type from psychological to mystery, from the daft to the sublime, and this one is written in a fantastic way that keeps the pace up and keeps you alert at all times.

I am going to say: This really needs picking up by some film company I would love to see this played out visually.

This author has really captured and netted my interest from page one.

This had pitch.
This had power.
This had pace.

This had me Guessing

This really did suck me in. There were moments in this book, they way that it is written with excerpts of some being interviewed that I thought YES C'MON gotcha!

Nope

I am not going to give spoilers.

But we have a woman here who appears "happily married" but this all goes down the chute when she finds out her husband is not only having an affair............[not telling]

He wants her dead.

Why not just divorce her? I hear you ask..
Still not telling you!

This had twists, upon twists.......and at the end, twists. It will tie you up in knots.

I defy you to know the climax before the last two chapters.

Awesome read. Highly recommended.

I really do hope this author writes more thrillers, will she top this one? I do hope so. It will be difficult though.


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Review: Wave to Papa

Wave to Papa Wave to Papa by Erin Lee
My rating: 5 of 5 stars



We read so often about women falling in love with the 'wrong kinda guy'. Some women can go to one after the other guy and form a relationship with the same 'type' of guy, now why that is, who knows.

But when children are involved, its a whole heap of trouble that you might be responsible for if this guy turns out to me 'not so nice'.

This little boy Noah has been hurt by his stepfather. The first time it happened, his mom agreed that it was an accident. Or was it.
The second time it happened...........
And here is Noah in a plaster caste.

But Mom, she doesn't want to believe that her fella can do such a thing, oh no, hes a nice guy. He wouldn't harm the child.

And there starts the line of protection of some guys, and here starts the line of continued abuse to this child.

The Court Judge in this instance in this book, I reallywanted to sit in judgement on him!

Lets just ask, is there room for error when it comes to protection of our children?

There is a whole heap of things within the pages of this book. We find that Mom has other children, not living at home, we hear from here daughter Anna who seems much wiser in some instances than her own mother.

This is a story of sadness, disbelief and hope.

And we get a window into why Mom is like she is and why she makes certain mistakes.

This is an author Erin Lee who was [until now] unknown to me, but with reading this story and how she writes it so very well, even though its a very emotive subject matter, she has excelled herself. I really was glued to this book.

My thanks to the blog tour host and the author for allowing me an early advanced copy to read and review

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Tuesday, 12 January 2016

Review: 183 Times a Year

183 Times a Year 183 Times a Year by Eva Jordan
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This was a great surprise to me. I went on several of my friends recommendations and the Publicist Maxine.

I love reading this kind of genre once in a while, its a refreshing change and this book by this author Eva Jordan brought a breath of fresh air into my day.

Teenage girls and arguments with their Moms go hand in hand. I remember when I was a teen [many moons ago] and when my daughter was growing up. Yep, loads and loads of times. So this book was a treat for me to see that its 'normal'.

Trouble is, this Mother also has a stepdaughter who likes to dress as a Goth. She also has a son.

This is family life dysfunctional, but growing, growing relationships, blossoming and finding themselves daughters. Rebel, rebel, be different, swim against the tide. But still want to be accepted.

Its funny, its enlightening, its OMG mouth dropping and as a parent having gone through a girls teenage years myself then going through it with my daughter who is in their 30's now......
I read this with a lot of 'tongue in cheek' moments.

Its written very well.

Really enjoyed it because it was also very moving at times.


Thank you to the author and her Publicist for allowing me to read/review this lovely book

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Friday, 8 January 2016

Review: No Longer Safe

No Longer Safe No Longer Safe by A.J. Waines
My rating: 5 of 5 stars



A. J Waines has fast tracked into my top 20 Psychological/crime thrillers list.
Her writing flows with ease and steady pace with pitch and power that sometimes relaxes and reaches a climax.

Years ago at Uni, Karen took Alice under her wing, but as a person feeling sorry for someone not in a protective nature. Because Alice was disadvantaged.

Alice was seen as weak, easy to manipulate and and 'weird' after all, her Father was an undertaker right.

She also had a stutter and was timid.
Karen had another close friend Jodie, and Jodie had a boyfriend.

This journey starts where Karen contacts Alice to meet up and catch up on the 6 years they haven't been in contact. Meet and stay at a cottage in the Highlands of Scotland.
She learns that Karen now has a daughter who had health problems.

Its winter time
No heating
No real close community
And its snowing, full of snow. This impacts on the story a lot.

Unbeknown to Alice Jodie and Mark turn up.
Mark turns out to be some dope, I really could have slapped him.

Alice however, she thought it was just going to be the three of them, Karen, her daughter and her and they could catch up on what each of them been doing in the past 6 years.


The thing is, Jodie needs a wake up call in my opinion.
Karen has something to hide.
Alice is not the girl they once thought her to be.

This story that was woven had me on the edge many times. I sort of knew, I sort of didn't, I thought someone in the book was going to turn out to be something he appeared not to be.....but he didn't.

I don't know how this authors does it, I don't know where she dreams up her stories, but she really does entertain me for many hours. Trouble is, once I start reading her books, I can't for the life of me put it down. I have to continue reading until the end because I can't sleep, I can't rest.

Reading a book for me is like pausing a good film halfway through, I just can't do it.

Well done A. J Waines, you did the impossible.....again.

You really draw on your knowledge and your experience.

I cannot fail to give 5 stars.


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Review: Playing with Fire

Playing with Fire Playing with Fire by Tess Gerritsen
My rating: 3 of 5 stars



This story is unlike any I have read before, sometimes believable and at times far fetched.
There are two timelines in this story that is weaved here. There is the historical past and the modern day, both relating to a piece of music.

The composer of the music is Lorenzo.

Its chilling, it can be eerie and quite scary. But then my poor brain couldn't compute this 'syndrome' of events that whenever her mother the musician was playing this piece of music it would make her do terrible thing. The child was only 3 years old.

It has romance, and it hold drama.

Add this eerie piece of composed music and a child that kills and does all sorts of things and you are spooked.

Julie is trying to play this music on her violin, but the violin gets a mind of its own.
I thought this was more inline to supernatural or devil worship etc than what it turned out to be.
Ok there are secrets in the past that come to the present, but I did find the while timeline thing more like a time slip, or a back to the future type of mode.


Sometimes though, this was a disturbing piece of reading, so I guess the author did do her job.

I struggled a little with belief and time zones, apart from this, I had to finish it to see what happened.

I wouldn't say this is the best of her work but certainly though provoking.

* I would like to thank Random House UK, Transworld Publishers via Net galley for my copy*

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Review: All Smoke Rises: Milk-Blood Redux

All Smoke Rises: Milk-Blood Redux All Smoke Rises: Milk-Blood Redux by Mark Matthews
My rating: 5 of 5 stars



I read book one in this series and was not prepared for how it blew me away. I didn't realize that the author Mark Matthews was going to write Lilly's story. I was so excited when he contacted me to see if I would like to read an advanced copy.

He told me this was a little gory maybe than the first. I was expecting more than I got because everything that was written inside these pages were written for a reason.

You can really tell that the author has knowledge of what he is writing about here and the characters become so real.
This entire book played out inside my head. I could see what was left of Lilly after the fire, I could see the orgre of a man who replaced her father with his head leaning to the side [for reasons you will need to read, as I don't want to give away spoilers or to hide them]

I never knew what Milk blood was until I read book 1
This book took me one step further as regards injecting drugs into your system. I was enthralled by it, horrible, but enthralled.

Although this book is fiction, there are people addicted to drugs, addicted to the life style and cannot free themselves from it.

We have one character in this book that could see that drugs is not the way to go.

Lilly's body is presented to us very early on.
Is she alive? Is she dead? Is she a spirit. You will need to find out. Its very intriguing.
Are there supernatural powers going on here?

One of the characters from book 1, her son was killed in a house fire.
She now lives across the road. Why?


Strange happenings are churning over where she used to live.
She herself dabbles in drugs, passes on drugs. In among the drug addicts 'cave'.
Its known at the 'hard drug house'

I was kept awake last night finishing this book off. I just had to read it.

I always say 'I don't do horror' I didn't find this horror as I would have expected. I found it quite emotional in some areas. Moving and tentative.

It was interesting at the back of the book where the author has written something very enlightening and I found very very interesting his thoughts, his experiences his hopes and his beliefs.

I would easily read another book by this author.

I do have one other book by him which I will be reading shortly.

I turned it down in the past when someone was advocating it because as I said, I don't 'do' horror. I didn't find that I had to hide behind the sofa this time!


*My thanks go to Mark Matthews for my early copy*

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Review: Siren Spirit

Siren Spirit Siren Spirit by Elizabeth M. Hurst
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is a really lovely book. I sat and read this today in one sitting. Its an easy read no headwork involved, just tuck your legs on the sofa, get a coffee and a biscuit and sit and read.

We meet Emma. She is at a crossroads in her life and just doesn't know what to do. Her marriage has split up. Her heart is broken, she expected to be married until death.

She decided to 'get away from it all' and find herself, think, recharge.

She moves into a lovely cottage where she has high hopes of just reflecting and trying to move forward. Except, this cottage holds secrets that she just cannot ignore.


Her next door neighbor Lewis is a handsome chap.

I knew that which way that would go, but, no matter with that, we still had the secrets to reveal.

One night they 'get it on' after a drunken bout. But, Lewis is not what she thought he was, there is something else to Lewis, some hidden depth. And she feels its not nice.

That's when I thought, hmmm perhaps they won't get together, what is wrong with Lewis, what is he hiding.

Emma is in a turmoil herself, so both of them with not a straight forward life, will this end well.?


* Thank you to the author for approaching me and asking if I would like to take time out and read this for a review. You were right Liz, I loved it. *



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Review: Wildest Dream

Wildest Dream Wildest Dream by R.C. Boldt
My rating: 3 of 5 stars


This proved to be quite a predictable story. Its not altogether bad because it is written very well. There is a lot of banter going on here between two people who deserve to be together.

Mac was always 'catching up in life' always one step behind. He spend life growing up in foster care so it wasn't an easy life he led.

Then we have Raine who is nearing thirty and just cannot find the Mr Right she craves. Shes had plenty of dates but nothing concrete. Nothing worth furthering.

Then Mac and Raine find themselves teaming up and becoming friends. They are teachers and he teaches on one side of the hall and she the other.

There are lots of LOL moments within the pages of this.


I really loved this book as it was a light read. Made a change for me.


* I received this book in exchange for my honest review. The author asked if I would like to read it and I said....yes Please*

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Review: Hush

Hush Hush by Karen Robards
My rating: 4 of 5 stars



I was approached by the authors publicist to ask if I would like the chance to read this latest book by the author Karen Robards.
Of course, I couldn't say no.

I knew I had every chance of liking this read because I have read and reviewed subsequent books by this author.

I loved this. I loved the cover first off, I am quite a sucker for a good cover and this one caught my eye.
There are plenty of family enemies within these pages.

Riley's father in law committed financial fraud, was arrested because of the consequences.


She discovers that all the family money is gone, along with the family status.

Riley grew up in a working class background but married into money. So she had experience of both sides.
However, her ex husband Jeff and his Mother cannot deal with all the terrible loss.

Riley adapts and takes odd jobs to make ends meet.

There is more to this as one day she gets a text, wanting her to meet up with her ex.
She goes there only to discover that he has hung himself. She is not at all convinced that he committed suicide, Jeff was not the type.

Remembering the loss of money and fraud, she thinks its all connect and someone wanted him dead.

While he is hanging there she reaches for his phone in his pocket. The trouble is, shes not alone there. Someone also sees her.

There begins the chase.

Its a fast paced thriller with plenty to keep you interested.
It has intrigue, mystery, secrets and some sexual chemistry thrown in.

*Thank you for my copy to read and review*

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Review: Esther's Gift: The Lei Crime Series:

Esther's Gift: The Lei Crime Series: Esther's Gift: The Lei Crime Series: by Bette Lee Crosby
My rating: 4 of 5 stars



This is part of The Lei Crime series which different authors have taken a book to write to incorporate into this fascinating series.

Bette Lee Crosby does it in her usual style of intrigue, gentleness and compelling read.

This is jam packed with love, honor and intrigue, also belief.
And respect.

Esther has a gift. Not a gift of foresight like she can foretell the future, its more immediate than that.
Her husband accepted her gift and knew first hand how true Esther was.

Esther's gift was tested to a huge range when she predicted something that the others around her wouldn't accept. This left Esther doubting her ability. Doubting her belief in this special gift she had. She was tested to the limit.


This is a powerfully written book in only the way that this author could portray.
Very heartfelt with a warm true moral.

*I received my copy from the author in exchange for my honest and open review*

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Friday, 1 January 2016

Review: The Girl You Lost

The Girl You Lost The Girl You Lost by Kathryn Croft
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This was an amazing read. It was gripping from the start. Any story with a child in it appeals to me, coupled with abduction and intrigue and mystery, this has it all.
Matt and Simone are a young couple who find themselves with the expectation of a baby sooner than planned. Matt is still studying but Simone is happy to find herself pregnant. The apartment they live in is not spacious but Simone says they can manage.

One day Matt's Mother offers to take the baby out to get some fresh air. Whilst out, she is taken unwell and during the time it takes her to visit the facilities in the park, she turns around and the baby Helena, only 6 months old has vanished.

Imagine this.

18 years on and of course Matt's Mother still blames herself. Simone is devastated. She never gives up hope for the return of her daughter.
Matt is trying to move on.

But one day appears Grace, she turns up telling Simone that she knows where Helena is.
Is Grace her daughter? Or does Grace know where she is?

There are twists in this story that are unexpected, I didn't guess it one little bit at the end.

Kathryn Croft has woven a story that kept me hooked to my Kindle. I didn't put it down and I never left my Kindle anywhere that day, I took it from room to room and out in the car and picked it up at each chance I got to read more. I finished this in one day.

I would love to see this as a drama or film, it really played out in my mind with such believable living breathable characters. I could see them and I could hear them.

Awesome read.

*my thanks to Bookouture via Net Galley for my copy*

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Review: Someone to Save You

Someone to Save You Someone to Save You by Paul Pilkington
My rating: 5 of 5 stars



This is certainly a page turner, certainly an engrossing book that makes you forget everything around you or what you need to do, you just need to stick with this story as its page after page exciting, its page after page alluring its page after page.........fantastic

This is certainly fast paced from start to finish without any let up as Paul Pilkington keeps up his standard for his readers.

The scene that opens the book is amazing. It has you on the edge of your street right away.
There he is, Sam, being flagged down by a child...what does he find?
A woman in a car on a railway track, her 2 young children sat at the back of the car.
OMG, the train is coming.........


This is the opening and let me tell you, it gets better and better and better.
I had to finish this before I went to sleep. I kept getting up dousing my face in cold water, yes I know, sad init, but I just wanted, NO needed to find out what happened.

On top of this, we have another story pending all around it which really does get to the core of things and makes you sit glued to where you are and just finish it.

Its very hard to put it down once you open this book.....
It should come with a warning...
Good for people who suffer with insomnia! They would have no problem trying to stay awake, I resented my body needing sleep that night.
I finished it though!

I highly recommend this book to all who love fast paced, can't put it down ...books

*My thanks go to Thomas & Mercer via Net Galley for my copy*

And many thanks to the author.

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Review: Snowflakes on Silver Cove

Snowflakes on Silver Cove Snowflakes on Silver Cove by Holly Martin
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Truly captivating and truly funny. Laugh out load moments coupled with some dark areas

Have you ever liked or fallen for someone but they don't know it? Have you ever thought that person might not like you back?

Could that person be thinking the same things about you?

Time is lost.

That's what you see between George and Libby. Its got angst, misunderstandings and lots of pleasurable laughing moments. The pages hummed with sexual tension.

This is a book that needs to be savored in one read. So I tucked myself to enjoy this and boy, was it good.

Its not overly Christmassy, so I need to say, this can be read at any time of the year and enjoyed.
We still have a few characters from book 1, but I would say this could be read as a stand alone as its not soley tied to book 1.

I REALLY enjoyed the fun parts between George and Libby, both trying to help each other on dates.

I found a new author! I haven't read anything from this author before, except book 1 of course, so I will be following her closely. I love her way or writing.

*My thanks to Bookouture via Net Galley for my copy and Kim Marsh for pointing them out for me*



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Review: Christmas at Lilac Cottage

Christmas at Lilac Cottage Christmas at Lilac Cottage by Holly Martin
My rating: 5 of 5 stars



You just have to make time for at least one Christmas book don't you? I made room for 3 this year and this book is one of a series.

This kicks off very well.

We meet Penny, all is well in her world, she lives in a lovely little cottage, all christmassy with fairy lights around the door. A smashing view of White Cliff Bay.
Her job is sculpturing lovely things from ice. She loves what she does and has a great talent for it.

Next to her cottage is an annex which she rents out. She has rented it to Henry and his daughter Daisy.

Penny finds Daisy open and nice to talk to. Easy going but her Father Henry seems like a closed book.
Just like chiseling away at her ice, should she chisel away at Henry's block of ice that seems to surround him.

But Henry isn't the only one with an iced heart, Penny keeps hers guarded too.

Coming up is the sculpture ice competition which Penny is so looking forward to.

This has started out a lovely sweet story, which may be predictable in some ways, but it is it full of Christmas joy and love.

I can't wait to go onto book 2 in this series.

* Thank you to Bookouture via Net Galley for copy*
and to the author Holly Martin.

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Review: One Wish in Manhattan

One Wish in Manhattan One Wish in Manhattan by Mandy Baggot
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

One Wish in Manhattan by Mandy Baggot


Funny, humorous, enlightening and perfect for a Christmas read

Over the festive season I try to bring in at least one Christmas book to read. I read three this time and this one by Mandy Baggot I wanted to read because its her first Christmas book. She has written many books, but being this her first festive one I wanted to pick it up and see what she did with the season.

It was a great story. A 'starting over' story that tingles at the heartstrings and makes you glad to look around your own family and feel contented with what you have.

They say that there are some places in this world that never sleep and Manhattan seems to be just that way.
Haley and her daughter Angel are having the time of their lives there where they want to start afresh.

Angel has a wish though, she wants to find her real Dad, her real Father, this would complete her Christmas. As any Mother would, they want to grant their children their wishes, but is it good for Angel to know her Father?

But enroute, Haley crosses the path of billionaire Oliver Drummond and things do turn in a different direction.

Can Haley get her wish? AND can Angel be granted hers.

Its a lovely indepth but lighthearted story for this time of year.

I have to say, it kept me in the spirit of Christmas mood for many hours.

*I would like to thank Bookouture via Net Galley for my copy which I thoroughly enjoyed*
And thanks to the author Mandy Baggot

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