Book Review ~ ‘Can’t Buy Me Love’ by Jane Lovering.

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Can’t Buy Me Love by Jane Lovering
(Yorkshire Romances #6)
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Release Date: 28th June 2016.
Publisher: Choc Lit

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Is it all too good to be true?

When Willow runs into her old university crush, Luke, she’s a new woman with a new look – not to mention a little bit more cash after a rather substantial inheritance. Could she be lucky enough to score a fortune and her dream man at the same time?

Then Willow meets Cal; a computer geek with a slightly odd sense of humour. They get on like a house on fire — although she soon realises that there is far more to her unassuming new friend than meets the eye …

But money doesn’t always bring happiness, and Willow finds herself struggling to know who to trust. Are the new people in her life there because they care – or is there another reason?

Previously released in the US as Reversing Over Liberace. Revised and edited by Choc Lit June 2016.

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Book Review ~ ‘Can’t Buy Me Love’ by Jane Lovering ~ 5 Stars!

As part of my 2016 Reading Challenge, I had to read a book that was ‘guaranteed to bring me joy’. I spent a few months debating which book to go for when Can’t Buy Me Love was released, immediately I knew this was the book.

Jane Lovering has such a talent for bringing joy as you turn the pages through her novels, and Can’t Buy Me Love is no exception. In turns funny, romantic and sad, Willow’s story will have you bent double in fits of laughter one moment and then going on a feminist rampage the next, shaking your fist in anger. The emotions she evokes, all whilst keeping a witty narrative style is genius, and I felt so satisfied after turning the last page, like you do when you finish a fantastic story.

Willow was a heroine that I really took to. Despite her bravado and sarcastic humour, it was obvious that she felt there was a lot of weight on her shoulders, and I admired her for the way that she looked after her family, and was there for each of them in her own way. In turn, Luke was the character that I loved to hate. At first I enjoyed seeing him and Willow banter and become closer, but as the questions about him started piling up, I became suspicious, and with the arrival of Cal, Luke was quickly banished from my mind and I fell hard for the nerdy Computer whizz. Jane Lovering made him such a brilliantly complex character, with his own emotional flaws and past let-downs. But despite his lack of self-confidence, his view on life and happiness was powerful, and I loved seeing him and Willow argue about what you should do with your life.

A gorgeously funny romance with some devious and colourful characters, I can confirm that Can’t Buy Me Love is guaranteed to bring you joy!

5 Stars!

*Review copy kindly provided by the publisher through Netgalley, in exchange for an honets review*


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Book Review ~ ‘Before You’ by Kathryn Freeman.

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Before You by Kathryn Freeman
Genres: Romance, Contemporary
Publisher: Choc Lit
Release Date: June 21st 2016.

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When life in the fast lane threatens to implode …

Melanie Hunt’s job working for the Delta racing team means she is constantly rubbing shoulders with Formula One superstars in glamorous locations like Monte Carlo. But she has already learned that keeping a professional distance is crucial if she doesn’t want to get hurt.

New Delta team driver Aiden Foster lives his life like he drives his cars – fast and hard. But, no matter how successful he is, it seems he always falls short of his championship-winning father’s legacy. If he could just stay focused, he could finally make that win.

Resolve begins to slip as Melanie and Aiden find themselves drawn to each other –with nowhere to hide as racing season begins. But when a troubled young boy goes missing, everything is thrown into turmoil, including Aiden’s championship dream.

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Book Review ~ ‘Before You’ by Kathryn Freeman ~ 5 Stars!

SO. MUCH. LOVE!

Before You was everything I hoped for, and so much more. Sexy, funny, romantic and glamorous, I devoured Aiden and Mel’s story, and was sad to leave it behind as I turned the last page.

I don’t know a huge amount about Formula One, but that didn’t affect my enjoyment of the book at all – Kathryn Freeman did a fantastic job at setting the scene, introducing us to the characters, the team at Delta, and the jobs they all had to do in a way that made it exciting to read; I understood a little more about how racing works as a competitive sport, and became excited to see Aiden back behind the wheel, sitting on the edge of my seat as he raced.

I adored Mel and Aiden’s relationship. Slow-burning to start, but fiery and unstoppable as it progressed, I loved seeing both Mel and Aiden’s thought processes as the relationship heated up, and seeing how the glamorous racing life could come between them. Above all though, I loved young Tom and the family dynamic he brought to the story that brought tears to my eyes and had me smiling. His role in Mel and Aiden’s life and in the progression of their relationship was so beautiful to witness and I loved the scenes where they were all together, just laughing, talking or even fighting. Together they brought out the best in each other, and I loved seeing his innocent, and broken character grow stronger and more impassioned as he enters the racing world.

A gorgeous, exciting romance with family ties weaved throughout, this was a stunning novel that enthralled me from start to finish.

5 Stars!


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Book Review ~ ‘Learning to Love’ by Sheryl Browne.

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Learning to Love by Sheryl Browne.
Genres: Romance, Contemporary
Publisher: Choc Lit
Release Date: June 14th 2016.

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Sometimes help comes from the most unlikely places …

Living in a small village like Hibberton, it’s expected that your neighbours help you in a time of need. But when Andrea Kelly’s house burns down, taking all her earthly possessions with it, it’s the distant and aloof Doctor David Adams – the person she would least expect – who opens his door not just to her, but to her three kids and slightly dotty elderly mother as well.

Andrea needs all the help she can get, dealing with aftermath of the fire and in the suspicious absence of her fiancé, Jonathan. But, as she gets to know David and his troubled son, Jake, she begins to realise that maybe they need her help as much as she needs theirs …

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Book Review ~ ‘Learning to Love’ by Sheryl Browne ~ 5 Stars!

Addictive, heartfelt, romantic; Learning to Love has all the  elements of a perfect feel-good romance. Author Sheryl Browne has aced it again.

Learning to Love was a rollercoaster of a story, I experienced so many emotions from the brilliantly drawn out supporting characters, as well as Andrea and David, that I became so invested in the lives and happiness of the inhabitants of Hibberton village.

Andrea and David didn’t get off to the best start, but it was this tension that made their relationship so much fun to watch grow. There were twists and turns and ups and downs, but witnessing them grow as people and parents because of their friendship was so great to see. The stresses of Andrea’s everyday life of juggling two teenage children, a toddler, and an elderly mother and a emotionally withdrawing fiancé was written to a T.

The children were my favourite characters. I loved how realistically they were portrayed, their sniping, their moodiness, their stubborness, but also in how they coped with pain and uncertainty. Sophie’s heartbreak at their dog being missing after the fire really resonated with me, and I loved her for her hope and loyalty.

A gorgeous story, with a mystery ravelling throughout Learning to Love is a fantastic, thrilling read with characters you’ll learn to love and those you’ll yearn to hate (even though you can’t!)

5 Stars!


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Book Review ~ ‘All the Birds in the Sky’ by Charlie Jane Anders.

 

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All the Birds in the Sky by Charlie Jane Anders
Genres: Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Contemporary.
Release Date: January 26th 2016.
Publisher: Titan Books.

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From the editor-in-chief of io9.com, a stunning novel about the end of the world–and the beginning of our future

Childhood friends Patricia Delfine and Laurence Armstead didn’t expect to see each other again, after parting ways under mysterious circumstances during high school. After all, the development of magical powers and the invention of a two-second time machine could hardly fail to alarm one’s peers and families.

But now they’re both adults, living in the hipster mecca San Francisco, and the planet is falling apart around them. Laurence is an engineering genius who’s working with a group that aims to avert catastrophic breakdown through technological intervention into the changing global climate. Patricia is a graduate of Eltisley Maze, the hidden academy for the world’s magically gifted, and works with a small band of other magicians to secretly repair the world’s ever-growing ailments. Little do they realize that something bigger than either of them, something begun years ago in their youth, is determined to bring them together–to either save the world, or plunge it into a new dark ages.

A deeply magical, darkly funny examination of life, love, and the apocalypse.

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Book Review ~ ‘All the Birds in the Sky’ by Charlie Jane Anders ~ 5 Stars!

I came out of reading ‘All of the Birds in the Sky’ with a huge smile on my face.With equal parts charm, wit, magic, science, pain and loss, I experienced every emotion when following Patricia and Laurence as they navigate through life both together and apart.

Blending elements of fantasy, sci-fi, magical realism, dystopia, and experimental literature, All the Birds in the Sky managed to beautifully bring together storylines and concepts that shouldn’t mesh, in a exciting and dynamic way. Patricia with her life as a witch, and Laurence with his life as a scientific genius, they teach each other about parts of life that they tend to forget.

I loved the pacing of this book, particulary in how we see Patricia and Laurence as children first, and how this story isn’t swept aside as a forward or introduction to their adult lives, but as the beginning of their story, which shaped how they would be in the future. I loved getting to see the struggles they faced as children in an environment that couldn’t accept them.

There are some brilliant supporting characters that you will laugh along with, hate at sight, and wish to fight alongside during this book. You will love Theodolphus Rose (whether or not you’re meant to, I’m still not too sure), and you will smile throughout.

5 Stars!

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Book Review ~ ‘Nod’ by Adrian Barnes.

 

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Nod by Adrian Barnes
Genres: Sci-Fi, Dystopia
Release Date: 1st September 2015
Publisher: Titan Books

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Dawn breaks over Vancouver and no one in the world has slept the night before, or almost no one. A few people, perhaps one in ten thousand, can still sleep, and they’ve all shared the same golden dream.

After six days of absolute sleep deprivation, psychosis will set in. After four weeks, the body will die. In the interim, panic ensues and a bizarre new world arises in which those previously on the fringes of society take the lead.

Paul, a writer, continues to sleep while his partner Tanya disintegrates before his eyes, and the new world swallows the old one whole.

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Book Review ~ ‘Nod’ by Adrian Barnes ~ 5 Stars!

This book was sheer brilliance!

Have you ever wondered what would happen if you suddenly you were unable to sleep?

Day One, you’d be grouchy but fine; after all, students do all-nighters all the time.

Day Two? You’d be looking forward to a long sleep.

What about Day Seven?

Haunting, psychological, nerve-wracking, ‘Nod’ was a perfectly crafted post-apocalyptic style novel, which had me still thinking about it long after I’d turned the last page.

I’m not much into zombie fiction, because I don’t believe it’s realistic, so when I read the blurb for ‘Nod’ I was instantly excited. Insomnia causing a breakdown of society? Yes, please! It was a believable scenario, which gave the story so much more impact. We see people who love each other turn against each other as the lack of sleep kicks in, and we see morality take a backseat as everybody desperately tries to stay alive.

Adrian Barnes brilliantly questions what happens to human nature when the fundamental  ability to sleep is taken away from you.

It is a rollercoaster of a ride, and I guarantee you won’t be able to put the book down until you see how it finishes.

5 Stars!


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Book Review ~ ‘Into the Dim’ by Janet B. Taylor.

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Into the Dim by Janet B. Taylor
(Into the Dim #1)
Genres: Young Adult, Time-Travel
Release Date: March 1st 2016

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When fragile, sixteen-year-old Hope Walton loses her mom to an earthquake overseas, her secluded world crumbles. Agreeing to spend the summer in Scotland, Hope discovers that her mother was more than a brilliant academic, but also a member of a secret society of time travelers. Trapped in the twelfth century in the age of Eleanor of Aquitaine, Hope has seventy-two hours to rescue her mother and get back to their own time. Along the way, her path collides with that of a mysterious boy who could be vital to her mission . . . or the key to Hope’s undoing.

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Book Review ~ ‘Into the Dim’ by Janet B. Taylor ~ 5 Stars!

Intriguing, exciting and beautifully written ‘Into the Dim’ took me on a journey where I could never guess what would happen next.

When I find a good time-travel story I lap it up, because it has to be done so carefully to work. With ‘Into the Dim’ it was the scientific elements mixed with folklore that had me believe in the characters travelling, and I loved how the author brought these elements to life, and twisted them to make a unique portrayal of this fantastical travel.

The author has a beautiful writing style which I think will really appeal to Young Adult readers. It gives enough gorgeous detail of the old manor in Scotland and the surrounding country, and the historical detail of the times gone past, without bogging down the reader. It all helped alighten my senses to these different worlds, without being hard work. She also brilliantly contrasted the modern day Scotland and the past London, so I felt as a reader than I had travelled along with the characters.

There is mystery and intrigue that will have you nervous for Hope and her companions, and a sweet, slow-burning romance that I can’t wait to see progress further in the next books, however above all else, it is a story of the strength of family, whether blood or not. Hope’s determination to save her mother is what will have you reaching for a box of tissues.

The only issue I had with this book, was actually not the fault of the author, but in marketing. Being described as ‘Outlander for Teens’ was actually very misleading, as ‘Into the Dim’ is an entirely different story. The only similarities I could see were the setting of Scotland, and the element of time-travel, but that was the extent of it. I really hope that this marketing decision won’t affect readers enjoyment of the book, and urge readers to not expect ‘Outlander’.

5 Stars!

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Release Day Blitz ~ ‘Paper Dolls’ by Hanna Peach.

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Paper Dolls by Hanna Peach
Genre: New Adult, Romantic Suspense
Release Date: April 24th 2016.


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 My life comes down to this. Two faces. One choice.Salem is my twin sister. She loved me. She protected me. She forgave me, even after I failed her. I just got her back after searching for three long, lonely years.

Then there’s Clay. Sweet yet intense and nursing a dark past of his own, he’s all the redemption I don’t deserve. He wants to open me up and know the insides of my soul. I want to let him, but I’m scared he’ll run from what he finds.

But I can’t have them both.

My name is Aria. And today, I must choose. One of the two people I love has to die.

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Prologue

In moments like these, everything slowed. Salem always joked that it was life’s way of making sure you didn’t miss the turning points, the important bits. As if gravity sank heavier and heavier with the weight of the moment until the world was too heavy to turn and everyone held their breath.

It certainly felt like that now. My next action, my next word, would change all of our lives.

“Aria,” Clay’s deep voice reached my ears. “Whatever happens…I love you.” The usual assuredness and authority was gone. Instead, strain and hurt had crumpled up and shoved into his throat. Choose me. Save me. Love me.

Before him my life had felt like a stack of old movies; frames missing or out of order, muted crackling sound, flickering and shuttering away, unloved and unseen in an old unused cinema.

Then I found him. Or he found me.

He created a warm shield around me where I could be safe. He coaxed away all my layers and shed all my masks and his love soaked right into my skin, right into the very soul of me. He pulled out the fossil buried inside that had been my heart and breathed life into me.

How could I give up the man I loved? The one who loved me with a fierce and unwavering passion, the man who made me feel like I could defeat demons as long as he was by my side.

Winking in the threads of sunlight piercing through the solemn gray clouds, seed fluff twirled about me like swirling, dancing couples. Spinning around like Salem and I used to do in our backyard, hands clasped together tightly, turning round and round, eyes to the sky, our twin voices giggling and floating into the air like dandelions.

She had been my shield before Clay.

“I’m nothing without you, Aria,” Salem’s voice trembled, desperation leaking into the breaths between her words. Choose me. Need me. Love me.

How could I end her? I just got her back. For so long we shared almost everything, and she protected me. Her whole life had been about protecting me. Because she loved me that much.

How could I turn against her, toss her away like an old broken toy?

But I had to choose.

I could see us now, the three of us making a chain like when I was a kid, folding pieces of colored paper into rectangles, cutting out an arm, a leg, and half a head, and unfurling my new patterns in the light to reveal a line of paper dolls. Clay, Salem and I − we were all just paper dolls in a paper chain, me in the middle, each end pulling tighter and tighter until something had to tear.

Even now as I stare between Clay and Salem, trying to digest our impossible situation, Hope is still there, that terrible pixie, fluttering on my shoulder, whispering.

Maybe it doesn’t have to end this way?

Fuck you, Hope. Here’s the truth.

Nobody is coming.

No one will save us.

And someone isn’t going to make it out of this forest today.

“Choose,” my sister screamed. “It’s either him or me.”

My fingers tightened around my gun in a reflex. This was it. I either ended her. Or destroyed Clay.

I squeezed my eyelids shut for a moment, just for a moment of peace. Just for an instant I could shut out the inevitable, and in this blessed darkness I believed I could conceive a way that both could exist in my life. A way that I could choose Salem and Clay.

You can’t have both.

You tried.

You.

Can’t.

Have.

Both.

Choose now.

But how?

What do you do when someone puts a gun to your head? Clay’s words came back to me, echoing as loud in my mind as if he had just spoken them. You refuse to bend. You push back. You find another way. You take that gun off him and put it back in his face. But you do not give in.

Find another way…

I knew what I had to do. A kind of peace settled on my skin, as delicate as gossamer, as light as silk.

I opened my eyes to a world of bright light until my vision adjusted. The torn and pained faces of the two people I loved came into focus. The only two people I’ve shared air with while we slept, the same two people I’d crawl into Hell to be with, and the only two people I would die for. I forced the ghost of a smile forward.

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Book Review ~ ‘Paper Dolls’ by Hanna Peach ~ 5 Stars!
Hanna Peach has done it again! I don’t know how she manages it, but with each new novel she releases she delivers a heartfelt, emotional, exciting and mind-blowing story which stays with me. With ‘Paper Dolls’ you’ll be racing through the pages, desperate to know what will happen to these characters whose lives are entwined together and who have pulled you in with them.

Aria was a great character; she intrigued me from the get-go, and after that shocking prologue (you’ll see what I mean) I just had to know more about her. I loved how her relationship with Clay developed, and how their behaviours almost reversed, with Aria starting out as quite reserved and as her feelings for Clay grew his behaviour became more reserved and secretive. And as her long-lost sister Salem returns into Aria’s life, dark pasts are revealed and suddenly Aria is just a player in her sister’s story.

Above all else, I connected to Aria, and she was my main priority. Her past was brutal, and my heart ached for her, so it was with this mindframe that I continued through the book. But boy was the ending a shocker. I mean, wow! Brilliantly done, Hanna!

This novel shines with a brilliant writing style, a heart-pounding plot that includes all the psychological elements I so love in fiction. I’m being very purposefully vague as this is a story you need to experience for yourself. The little tidbits of information we are fed thoughout all build up into one massive climax, and it is experiencing this build-up which will leave you wowed!

5 Stars!


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Author Bio
Hanna Peach

Hanna is the bestselling author of the Bound romantic suspense series and the Dark Angel fantasy series. Although she writes in more than one genre she can’t write a book without weaving together a complicated plot and filling it with twists. She writes what she believes: good people can do bad things, ordinary people can do great things, and choose love above everything.

Eternally restless, Hanna has lived in Indonesia, Australia, Germany, Scotland, England, Croatia and Ireland – everything she owns fits into one suitcase. She’s planning her next move with her gorgeous (and understanding) partner right now. If not writing, she can be found wandering a dusty market in Marrakesh or trekking a mountain in Peru, often using her travels as settings in her novels.

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