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Saturday, 30 April 2016

Review: When I'm Gone

When I'm Gone When I'm Gone by Emily Bleeker
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book is one I have not only read but digested.
Its emotional, its intriguing, its kind of concerning.

Emotional because Luke had to bury his young wife who suffered cancer and didn't win.
Leaving behind three children for him to bring up.
His sadness along with helping his children is an everyday struggle that Annie [his wife's friend] helps him with.

But then comes a letter through his letterbox, its a letter from his dead wife.

I began to think she had got someone to post this after her death.

But more arrive as time goes on and its his wife definitely writing to him. Who is posting these letters.
Are they disturbing or unacceptable? No, he finds them quite comforting until as time goes on Will his son finds something that makes Luke think unbelievable things and ideas.

I cannot tell you too much in fear of giving much away.

But the search for the truth takes him back down dark paths of his past he didn't want to remember so we get more and more of an incite to Luke's life growing up.

The story ends unexpectedly. It turns in such a way you wouldn't expect it.

Great read, highly recommend this.

I was granted this to read by Lake Union Publishing via Net Galley

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Review: Baby Girl

Baby Girl Baby Girl by Bette Lee Crosby
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I just knew it, I really knew it. I saw some exerts that Bette Lee Crosby had said on her Facebook wall whilst writing this, so I knew, if she got upset writing some of these scenes in this book, I am sure gonna need some tissues and plenty of them.

And I did.

There are plenty of times that this author has lead me on a journey that sometimes I am happy to go down, some I found that I am hesitant because its so REAL so brings me right into the pages that I become part of the "play" and I feel, and I react, I feel sad, happy, darn right mad sometimes.

This author can evoke so many feelings along the way of her book and this one BABY GIRL is no exception.

We all face things and have to make decisions everyday.
Some more minor, some more important, but there is no more real, no more serious, no more without consequences when you have to choose your child or him.

She chose him.

This is the forth book in the series and we have met this young lady before, her life now is expanded so we can see the background and lifestyle she endured.

This is an inspiring story of love over adversity.

Its of sadness over hope.

Its about the future.

When I got to the end of this book, I heard myself give a gasp, sigh of relief and had to chill out.
Its a book that will impact on any Mother and I think, any Father who loves his child no matter what.

I feel so blessed to be able to be chosen by this author to read her books.

I am late doing it, I know she understands, I just knew I would start crying. I couldn't help myself.

But its not always tears of sadness.

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Review: Wicked Steps

Wicked Steps Wicked Steps by Cory Cyr
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is no traditional love story, its complex, its complicated and some might say its taboo, but one thing, it kept my attention.

It made a full turnaround change from the psychological thrillers I tend to read or family dramas. So its nice sometimes to leap out to something different and enjoy it.

Wicked, the male in this story was lush to look at but selfish, not grown up enough to be a man. Then the more you read about him and learn about him I did a full circle and grew to quite like him, the man did have a heart after all.

There are stormy sex scenes in here that are so hot you could get badly burnt, but the way the author has portrayed it all and written it so well you are taken right in there among the feelings of it all between the two.

Wicked, he is evil, vindictive, you will hate him, but I dare you to love him.

Very well written. First story [I think] I have read by this author. I was asked if I would like to read it, and I thought ...why not, lets have a bit of change, I am so glad I did as it was a book that truly I got hooked on.

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Monday, 25 April 2016

Review: Hide and Seek

Hide and Seek Hide and Seek by Amy Bird
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This story is told from 2 perspectives, Will and Ellie, its quite easy to follow and interesting view of family life. I'd say its like looking through a window watching another family.

This is a psychological thriller, but its not got my brain cells moving, I have read a lot of "family" type books so far this year and last year, and almost all families have lies they want to keep hidden, nothing new there.

When we learn of this secret get prepared that it might blow the family apart but then.......
another secret that really took me by surprise.

I wasn't expecting this.

The characters in this book are darn right horrid, but I don't think we were meant to like them, were we? Well, I know I didn't take to any of them.

Although the book is good, I have enjoyed better books. I came to the table late to read this one as there was a lot of hype so wanted it to die down and read for myself.

Overall, I thought it to be a great read, but nothing to shout about.

*Thank you to Carina UK via Net Galley for my copy*

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Review: Comes the Night

Comes the Night Comes the Night by Cathy Marlowe
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

First let me say, do not be put off by the cover.
Its NOT a sexy romance. I think the cover deflects from what its about.

We have a couple here with [Lizzie and Zack] and they're little baby son.
On the day that Zack is preparing a romantic evening with his wife, he gets kidnapped, and his baby son along with him.

The entire plot and twists are done is a believable fashion that only a reader can follow.
Gasp out loud in many places.

Really loved this just wish I had read book 1

* I received this from Entangled Publishing, LLC via Net Galley in exchange for my honest review*

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Review: Borderline

Borderline Borderline by Liza Marklund
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This one just slipped through the net of last years reading material, and I am so sorry it did, because this story has kept my grip taking my mind away from everyday problems and focusing on this plot.

Its slow at start and although a Swedish based thriller it really does pull you in enough to keep you focused from one page to another.

Liza Marklund is a great thriller author and this is the 3rd book I have read by her.

It's got death, murder and kidnap, great combination.

*I was happy to receive this from Random House UK, Transworld Publishers via Net Galley*

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Monday, 18 April 2016

Review: The Rosie Effect

The Rosie Effect The Rosie Effect by Graeme Simsion
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Personally I thought this 2nd book was much better than the first, Don and Rosie have moved and are about to start a family, so Don is all keyed up and getting ready for this.

Don wasn't best pleased to start with about the pregnancy but was determined to be the best Father ever, but his life, as per the first book doesn't always go to plan.

Although I enjoyed the first book and this one, for me personally I think it was an OK read but very well written, maybe I just couldn't connect to it myself but I see plenty of others can.

Thank you to Penguin Books (UK) via Net Galley for my copy

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Review: The Rosie Project

The Rosie Project The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I have been a bit worried about reading this book because of the hype that surrounded it, so I have waited and now I need to read it due to I have book 2 to review.

This was an alright read actually, I wouldn't say it blew me away but I can see why people raved about it.

Its like a witty romance, I think this book is one that you need to read when it suits your mood. Its a bit disjointed at times, but the pulling together of it was well done and sometimes I laughed and sometimes I cringed.

Short snappy chapters helped as it made me read much faster, actually, I don't think that would be an actual fact but it seemed that way.

I am going onto the next in the series now which I got from Net Galey

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Review: Second to Cry

Second to Cry Second to Cry by Carys Jones
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

We watch these TV shows don't we, the Chat Shows like Jeremy Kyle, and certain ones like that where this couple come on and they want a DNA test to prove that the child is his and he is the Father.
Well, this is how this starts out, with the Lawyer Aiden Connolly’s new case.

Easy peasy, straight forward case, get the swaps/blood tests done, hey presto.....

Its not as straight forward as you think, there is money involved, love, past loves, events and a whole heap of things that come out.

I haven't read the first book, but I believe that the woman Aiden is pinning over is mentioned a lot in the first book of the series.

I found it more in line for YA than for an adult of my age as its a bit like college students and love affairs although the case of paternity was interesting.

It just didn't keep my attention for long.

Thank you to the author and Carina UK via Net Galley for my copy to review

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Review: Nowhere to Turn

Nowhere to Turn Nowhere to Turn by Lynette Eason
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

WOW this had me turning pages.

I am later than most reading this book, it seemed to drop right down my pile. I wish it hadn't because this is the kind of book that will grip you and keep you turning page after page. You won't be happy and settled until you read it all.

Escaping from an abusive husband, with her son, then finds out her husband is dead.
So it should end there right?


He's left some "legacy" behind and I am not telling you what.

Very well written, evenly paced and a great ending.

My first read by this author

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Review: Can You Keep a Secret?

Can You Keep a Secret? Can You Keep a Secret? by Caroline Overington
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I don't think there are many families that don't have secrets. But there are secrets that are best kept because it might hurt someone and you are not benefiting anyone else but the release of the burden from yourself by telling the other person.

Then there are bad secrets that are so deep that when or if they come out they can split a family right down the middle or explode it into a zillion little pieces.

Caroline Overington is a great storyteller, each book I have read by her has left me thoughtful.

At the opening of this book is a dramatic scene that will keep your attention and begin to enfold you into each page.

The reason for my 4 stars is because at times when the author changed to third person it became more confusing to keep abreast of things, so then I began to struggle.

I got it, but I didn't like it being split that way. That is my preference and not a reflection on the story it just didn't make for easy reading after that.

Plot is good and paced well though.

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Review: Confessions of a Sex Therapist

Confessions of a Sex Therapist Confessions of a Sex Therapist by Jane Emery
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Why I wonder for someone who reads family drama, psychological thrillers and some chit lit have I accepted from the author to read and review this?

Well, sometimes its nice to have a change, keeps my mind fresh, but I didn't think my mind would explode with hot sweats [and that's not related to my menopause!]

I did find there wasn't an awful lot of a story, in the way it lead anywhere I mean, for example like a thriller, but this sure gets you hot under the cover.

Whilst the Therapist is helping others we learn more about her as well.

Its steamy [so if you wear glasses, get some wipes] its hot [so don't put the heating on there is no need] its OUCH to the touch [ so make sure you sit somewhere away from people when reading this or you will be wriggling in your seat]

Start reading this, grab your partners, grab your spouse, grab anyone you like because after this, when you get to the climax, you may want more.

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Thursday, 14 April 2016

Review: The Girl In The Ice

The Girl In The Ice The Girl In The Ice by Robert Bryndza
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is a fast paced thriller.
But this author writes chit lit doesn't he?

Well, I think he should keep to thrillers, and it seems he is, because this is the first book of a series. It has a strong female character in this at the DI which I loved.

The start of this story was fab and it just kept on getting more "fabber" [just made up a new word!!]
I usually read my books quite fast but this awful terrible flu bug has been going around so I was either seeing one family member, then two, then three then I went down with it but not as bad. Just no time to go to bed and read, my eyes would close in exhaustion.

Anyway, back to the book.......

On reflection after you have read this you can see that lots of hints were dropped hither and dither which escaped me, but I could see it all at the end, very clever of this author I thought.

This really has a learning curve in this book too, Politics and Crime, watch out for that one.

Excellently written and can't wait for book 2

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