Book Review ~ ‘Tempting the Best Man’ by Jennifer L. Armentrout.

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Tempting the Best Man by Jennifer L. Armentrout.
The Gamble Brothers #1
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance.
Release Date: 13th August 2015 from Hodder.

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She’ll make him lose control…

Madison Daniels has worshipped her brother’s best friend since they were kids. Everyone thinks she and Chase Gamble would make the perfect couple, but there are two major flaws in their logic. 1) Chase has sworn off relationships of any kind, and 2) after blurring the line between friends and lovers for one night four years ago, they can’t stop bickering.

Forced together for her brother’s wedding getaway, Chase and Madison decide to call a truce for the happy couple. Except all bets are off when they’re forced to shack up in a tacky 70’s honeymoon suite and survive a multitude of “accidents” as the family tries to prove their “spark” can be used than for more than fighting. That is, if they don’t strangle each other first…

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Book Review ~ ‘Tempting the Best Man’ by Jennifer L. Armentrout ~ 5 Stars!

Sweet, sexy and sassy, ‘Tempting the Best Man’ is another winner from Jennifer L. Armentrout! Madison and Chase’s story is one that will have you smiling long after you’ve turned the last page.

There’s nothing more fun than a seemingly unrequited love story. Madison is a character that women everywhere will identify with. How many of us have crushed hard on somebody who was just never interested? In the defence of women everywhere, we should unite and dislike Chase on principle for hurting one of our own sex. *Female war cry*.

But no, Chase is sweet, kind-hearted, and his reasons for spurning Madison’s advantages are because, quite frankly, he has issues. Armentrout brilliantly makes this apparent romantic comedy a little edgier, and really gets to the nitty gritty of what the characters are thinking and feeling. His fear of hurting Madison, like his father hurt his mother, is what keeps him from pursuing her.

Armentrout takes this story to another level, and with some brilliant character development, sexy side-scenes, and plenty of laughs, you will follow Madison and Chase’s story with your heart pounding, and a smile firmly on you face. This wedding is a family affair you do no want to miss!

5 Stars!

*Review copy was kindly provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review*


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New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout (also writing as J. Lynn) lives in West Virginia. When she’s not hard at work writing, she spends her time reading, working out, watching zombie movies, and pretending to write. She shares her home with her husband, his K-9 partner named Diesel, and her hyper Jack Russell, Loki. Her dreams of becoming an author started in algebra class, where she spent her time writing short stories . . . therefore explaining her dismal grades in math. Jennifer writes Adult and Young Adult Urban Fantasy and Romance.

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Book Review ~ ‘Please Release Me’ by Rhoda Baxter.

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Please Release Me by Rhoda Baxter.
Genres: Romance, Contemporary.
Release Date: 10th September 2015.
Publisher: Choc Lit UK 

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What if you could only watch as your bright future slipped away from you?
Sally Cummings has had it tougher than most but, if nothing else, it’s taught her to grab opportunity with both hands. And, when she stands looking into the eyes of her new husband Peter on her perfect wedding day, it seems her life is finally on the up.

That is until the car crash that puts her in a coma and throws her entire future into question.

In the following months, a small part of Sally’s consciousness begins to return, allowing her to listen in on the world around her – although she has no way to communicate.

But Sally was never going to let a little thing like a coma get in the way of her happily ever after …

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Book Review ~ ‘Please Release Me’ by Rhoda Baxter ~ 5 Stars!

What a gorgeous heart-felt read!

‘Please Release Me’ is the first book I have read by Rhoda Baxter, but as soon as I finished it, I immediately ordered a copy of ‘Doctor January’ to read. Baxter has a brilliant flare with words, and I was swept into Sally, Peter and Grace’s story, and didn’t want to leave.

The hardest thing for an author to pull of is making an unlikable character, or at least one who is a barrier between two characters you root for, sympathetic and relatable. I loved Sally, despite all her faults, and it was from getting inside her mind and understanding just how much her past has affected her ability to trust and love, even though she thinks she lives safer. Her attachment to Peter, and how he begins as a challenge she has to win, but through her reluctant and unexpected friendship/hateship with Grace begins to show her the error of her ways in trying to trap him.

I adored Grace, and rooted from her from the get go. One of the most satisfying elements of this novel was witnessing Grace starting to live her life for herself, and putting herself first. I was sad for her with all the drama that Sally put her through, but really felt there was a special relationship between the two, one that made for some brilliant chapters and interactions. The romance between Grace and Peter was also perfectly timed, and I loved the will they/won’t they storyline which had me biting my lip and crossing my fingers that they would make it through.

This is a story that deals with emotional and tough issues, and manages to do so with smatterings of humour which doesn’t detract from the sensitivity with which they are dealt with. There is the underlying question throughout the novel which weighs on all the characters, which is; When is it right to let go of a loved one?

I adored this romance with a twist and am excited to read more from Rhoda Baxter!

5 Stars!

*Review copy was kindly provided by the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*


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Book Blitz ~ ‘Worth It’ by Linda Kage.

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Worth It by Linda Kage
(Forbidden Men #6)
Publication date: August 25th 2015
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
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I fell in love once.

It was amazing. She was amazing. Life was amazing.

I lived for each time I could see her, and nothing else mattered, not that our families were enemies, our time together was forbidden, or we had to meet in secret.

Our love could conquer all.

Until it didn’t.

So I was ripped away from the love of my life and shoved into hell, forced to continue without her.

It shattered me, broke the best parts of me, left me permanently damaged.
Or so I thought.

Years later, I swear history’s trying to repeat itself because she’s back in my life, and I’m just as drawn to her as I was before. But I’m older and wiser now, and I know she should stay away from a worthless piece of ex-con like me.

So, I will not let her in. I absolutely refuse to hurt her. I will keep her away.

Then again, sometimes risking your greatest fear to get to a smile makes everything worth it, and besides, I’m not sure I can resist her, anyway.

This is the story of how Felicity Bainbridge changed my life forever, starting one summer day long ago after I was forced to change a dirty diaper…

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Linda is a contemporary romance author from the midwestern USA, where she lives with her wonderful husband, daughter, and nine cuckoo clocks. The eighth and final child of dairy farmers, she was forced into having a vivid imagination if she ever wanted to do something one of her siblings hadn’t already tried. Feel free to visit her at her website: www.LindaKage.com


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Book Review ~ ‘Following Her’ by Melody Anne.

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Following Her by Melody Anne.
Unexpected Heroes #2.5
Genres: Contemporary, Romance.
Release Date: September 14th 2015.

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Ella was a woman Axel wouldn’t mind shadowing day and night—especially night.

Ella Brooks is strong-willed, independent, and stubborn, and when she hears something she’s not supposed to about her shady boyfriend, her safety is at risk. Much to her dismay, her cousin sends FBI Agent Axel Carlson to keep an eye on her. Ella’s determined to resist the infuriatingly sexy bodyguard—she can take care of herself!—but she soon discovers that beneath the six-pack abs and amazing biceps lies an equally amazing heart. But will a mysterious threat keep them from finding their happily ever after?

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Book Review ~ ‘Following Her’ by Melody Anne ~ 4 Stars!

Sweet and sexy, ‘Following Her’ is a gorgeous addition to the ‘Unexpected Heroes’ series, telling the story of the controlling FBI agent Axel and the stubborn, independent young lawyer Ella who is under his protection whilst she is the witness in her exes prosecution trial.

This was a lovely little story which you can easily read in an evening. It has all the elements that make a good solid romance, and I loved getting into both Axel and Ella’s minds as they begin to let down their defences and learn that sometimes it’s OK to work as part of a team and not just by yourself.

I loved the prosecution trial storyline, and was on tenterhooks each time Ella found herself being threatened. The way that her closest girlfriends rallied around her and held her together in her lowest points was so great to read. As much as I loved the closeness that Ella and Axel grew to have, I loved how real Ella’s life was outside Axel, and how to her, her friends were just as important to her.

4 stars only because I really wish this story could have been a longer one, or spread out into a novel size. I would have loved to have felt Ella grow more and more threatened by her ex as time went on, and to see a slower burn of her relationship with Axel. Nevertheless, a solid read which I thoroughly enjoyed.

4 Stars.

*Review copy was kindly provided by the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*


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6 Star Book Review ~ ‘In Love and War’ by Alex Preston.

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In Love and War by Alex Preston.
Genres: Literary Fiction, Historical.
Publisher: Faber & Faber Ltd.

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A tale of love, heroism and resistance set against the stunning backdrop of 1930s Florence, In Love and War weaves fact and fiction to create a sweeping portrait of a city under siege. The novel is told through the eyes, letters and journals of Esmond Lowndes, who comes to Italy a lonely young man in the shadow of his politician father. On the cobbles of Florence’s many-storied streets, he deepens his appreciation of art and literature, and falls in love.

With the coming of war, Esmond finds himself drawn into the Tuscan Resistance, hunted by the malevolent Mario Carità, head of the Fascist secret police. With his lover, Ada, at his side, he is at the centre of assassination plots, shoot-outs and car chases, culminating in a final mission of extraordinary daring.

In Love and War is a novel that will take you deep into the secret heart of history. It is a novel of art and letters, of bawdy raconteurs and dashing spies. With Esmond Lowndes you will see the beauty of Florence and the horror of war as it sweeps over the city’s terracotta rooftops. In Love and War is both epic and intimate, harrowing and heartwarming.

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Book Review ~ ‘In Love and War’ by Alex Preston ~ 6 Stars!

I was too emotionally drained to write a review coherent enough to express how much of a masterpiece this book is when I first finished it. I’m not ashamed to admit, I was a bit of a wreck. I’d just been through one of the most powerful, heart-wrenching reading experiences, and I couldn’t even begin to put my thoughts into words. All I could say was; “Wow! What a heart-breaking, just all round outstanding novel!”

This is the first book I’ve read by Alex Preston, but it most certainly won’t be the last. ‘In Love and War’ was an incredibly well-written and powerful novel that just highlights Alex Preston’s talent as an author. The story starts in a Pre-Second World War Florence, and immediately I connected to the writing. I could feel the Italian heat, I could see the balconies, the streets and the people. Everything was so well-portrayed that I wished I could go to Florence, but not today’s Florence, a 1930s Florence unchanged by war and technology.

There are different parts to this novel, and each one is different. We see Esmond’s journey from his perspective, his loves, losses and works, and we see the story and passing of time through letters, telegrams and radio recordings. All of which were paced perfectly.

I won’t spoil the story for potential readers, but I’ll just say this. You will smile, cry, shiver, clutch your chest at the pain of war, and really think about all the unnamed people who died in WWII trying to make this place a better world. Not everyone gets a happy ending, but through this book, Alex Preston has given a new meaning to these brave men and women, and the battles they fought.

6 Stars!

P.S. Thank you so much Alex Preston for signing my book before it was sent to me. I will treasure it!

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5+ Star Book Review ~ ‘For Love & Bourbon’ by Katie Jennings.

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For Love & Bourbon by Katie Jennings.
Genres: Romance, Contemporary.
Release Date: August 4th 215.

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Along Kentucky’s Bourbon Trail lies a distillery that’s a cut above the rest. For years, the Brannon family has perfected their signature whiskey. Ava Brannon, the new face of Lucky Fox Whiskey, dedicates her life to preserving that legacy. When Special Agent Cooper Lawson comes to investigate her father for his ties to the Irish Republican Army, she has no choice but to face the deadly secrets of her family’s past. Only nothing is as it seems, and her burning attraction to Cooper could either be a recipe for disaster or her saving grace.

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Book Review ~ ‘For Love & Bourbon’ by Katie Jennings ~ 5+ Stars!

Sheer perfection!

Whenever Katie Jennings announces she is releasing a new book, I squeal like the fangirl I am. No matter what the storyline, the setting, the characters, I always know that I will be in for a great reading experience. With ‘For Love & Bourbon’ I yet again fell in love with Jennings’ beautifully poetic writing, that can balance humour and emotion perfectly.

In ‘For Love & Bourbon’ we are introduced the the Kentucky Bourbon Trail, and the world of a whiskey distillery. There is a brilliant mix of well-researched information and fun character interactions, which never makes your feel like the world of perfecting Whiskey is being info-dumped. Instead I craved the details I was being given, and loved the passion with which our heroine, Ava Brannon shared her knowledge with visitors.

There is so much to this book which brilliantly highlights the issues of todays world. We are introduced to the dangerous world of the IRA, and the rifts secrets can cause between the closest of families. I adored all the scenes where we saw Ava with her Grandfather and Father, and how conflicted she was when she came began to doubt whether or not she could trust the people she’d always called family.

And the beautiful Cooper! *sigh* Every one of Katie Jennings’ glorious literary heroes just cements the fact that I will be alone forever. How wonderful Cooper was! I adored the witty banter, yet the obvious connection that he and Ava had, I to see him struggle with the choice between his work and his need to continue his father’s legacy, and his obvious feelings for Ava, made the story so heartfelt that I just had to know whether they could make it work.

Another 5+ Star read from Katie Jennings. If you haven’t read any of her books yet, then what are you waiting for, because seriously, you are missing out big time! <3


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Book Review ~ ‘The Pyre’ by David Hair.

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The Pyre by David Hair.
The Return of Ravana #1
Genres: Fantasy.
Publisher: Jo Fletcher Books.

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Mandore, Rajasthan, 769 AD: Ravindra-Raj, the evil sorcerer-king, devises a deadly secret ritual, where he and his seven queens will burn on his pyre, and he will rise again with the powers of Ravana, demon-king of the epic Ramayana. But things go wrong when one queen, the beautiful, spirited Darya, escapes with the help of Aram Dhoop, the court poet.

Jodhpur, Rajasthan, 2010: At the site of ancient Mandore, teenagers Vikram, Amanjit, Deepika and Rasita meet and realize that the deathless king and his ghostly brides are hunting them down. As vicious forces from the past come alive, they need to unlock truths that have been hidden for centuries, and fight an ancient battle . . . one more time.

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Book Review ~ ‘The Pyre’ by David Hair ~ 5 Stars!

#3WordReview ~ “Thrilling, Mythical, Magical!”

What I always love in Fantasy is when the use of legends and mythologies of our world are brought to life. There is nothing more exciting for me as a reader than to enter a fantasy story where I can recall the myths mentioned and really *believe* in the fantastical elements.

David Hair did an amazing job at recreating the ‘Ravana’ legend, and with the real-life settings of Jodhpur and the trials that the characters face in their everyday life as well as in their adventures, made the characters and the setting so much more believable.

The switching from the present-day story of Vikram, Amanjit, Deepika and Rasita and the relationships they forge with each other because of, and despite of their past lives was so great to witness. To see them struggling with the feelings for each other based on their beliefs of the past was brilliant, and made for some great tension and character development. Parvati’s influence on their present also gave me chills, and I loved finding out how all their stories interconnected.

The past-life scenes were brilliantly written, and I was drawn into Darya and Aram Dhoop’s story due to the beautiful prose, and perfectly timed pacing which had me on tenterhooks throughout.

This was a fantastically written novel which will appeal to readers outside the fantasy genre too.

A 5 star read!

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