Book Blitz ~ ‘Girl Wife Prisoner’ by Hanna Peach.

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Girl Wife Prisoner by Hanna Peach
(A Good Wife #1)
Publication date: September 19th 2015
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
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How far would you go to set yourself free?

Drake Blackwell is successful, controlling, and hiding a violent family past. He just made his latest investment: Noriko.

Imported from Japan and wed to a stranger, Noriko struggles to stick to the rules of a Good Wife. Drake can’t seem to love her, not the way she wants to be loved. She dreams of freedom beyond the gates of Blackwell Manor.

She meets Keir, a passionate young gardener who shares her desire to break free. He gets under her skin and ignites a fire in her she can’t ignore. In the midst of her quiet desperation she thinks she has found happiness. And a glimpse of hope.

But this affair can’t last…can it?

There is a darkness lingering, but not how you’d expect. There are monsters, but not as you usually know them. The truth is, in this story, no one is completely innocent. And it’s always darkest before the dawn.

Although part of a series, this is a standalone novel with no cliffhanger.


WARNING: For ages 18+. There are scenes in this novel that infer or allude to physical violence. 

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“Noriko…”

I paused.

“Never mind,” he said.

I turned to face him. “No, it’s something. Say it.”

“I was going to ask you something but…”

“Please, ask. You’ve just done me the most wonderful thing. If there’s anything I can do.”

“This might sound stupid.”

“Try me.”

“Can we, just for a while, pretend that you aren’t you and I’m not me?”

“Who would we be then?”

“Anyone.”

“Anyone?”

“I just need…someone to talk to.”

“And you want to talk to me?”

“Yes. No. I don’t want to talk to Mrs. Riko Blackwell. I want to talk to the girl I found standing in my Japanese garden. The one I found so easy to talk to. I don’t think there’s anyone in the world who might understand me, except for her.”


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Q. Sum up Girl Wife Prisoner in 5 words or less.

A. Forbidden love, desperate acts, redemption.

Q. What other books is Girl Wife Prisoner similar to?

A. Jenn from I Heart Books told me she thought it was similar (but different) to Insidious by Aleatha Romig. I haven’t read Insidious so I can’t say whether it’s true or not (but it’s now on my TBR list).

Q. What’s next?

A. Paper Dolls, a psychological thriller/love story about a woman who has to choose whether she saves her sister or her boyfriend, is coming out early Jan 2016. Then A Wild & Terrible Love (A Good Wife #2), a tale of wild love and revenge, shortly afterwards.

Q. What are some of your favorite books?

A. Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen, Daughter of Smoke & Bone by Laini Taylor, The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern, Shutter Island by Dennis Lehane, Archer’s Voice by Mia Sheridan. Eclectic, I know.

Q. What do you do when you’re not writing?

A. Read, travel, spend time with the Love of my Life.


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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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Book Review ~ ‘Hawaiian Heartbreak’ by Libby Cole.

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Hawaiian Heartbreak by Libby Cole.
Hawaiian Heartbreak #1
Genres: Romance, Contemporary
Release Date: 29th August 2015.

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What do you do when you meet someone who could be the love of your life, but to be together, one of you will have to give up everything?

Kayla had her life all mapped out, before her ex-boyfriend tipped her world upside down by cheating on her. But she’s had her time licking her wounds. Now she’s ready to take time out for herself on a dream vacation in Hawaii. If that won’t pull the shattered pieces of her heart back together, nothing will.

What she hadn’t planned on was falling for someone new. Especially someone tall, tanned, and distractingly sexy. What starts out as a fun holiday fling quickly turns into a full-blown love affair, with neither wanting to face up to the fact that the clock is ticking until Kayla has to return home.

The first book of three in the Hawaiian Heartbreak trilogy. This book is recommended for readers over the age of 18 due to explicit sexual content.

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Book Review ~ ‘Hawaiian Heartbreak’ by Libby Cole ~ 4 Stars!

I loved this first instalment of the Hawaiian Heartbreak Trilogy. Fun, flirty and fiery, it fits the bill for the perfect afternoon read.

Libby Cole did a brilliant job at setting the scene for this story. I’ve never been to Hawaii myself, but reading Kayla’s story, I felt like I was there, experiencing all the new things she was seeing, and falling in lust with the sexy tour guide like she was. I loved the scenes when she was exploring the island with Jay, as we see some serious issues being discussed, such as the water life, and the damage done by tourists in the past. Kayla was so eager and enthusiastic about learning new things that I just connected with her straight away. She was a smart girl, eager to learn new things but just didn’t have the chances in life to show her full potential. Her and Jay set the pages on fire, and it wasn’t just their insanely hot chemistry, but also their witty banter, and their obvious connection with each other, both emotionally and in their intelligence.

This is more than just a fun short story, it packs the emotional punch as well, and the ending will have you begging for the next instalment. I really admired how the story unfolded, and it has me desperate to know what happens to Kayla and Jay next.

I also have questions, I’m excited to see answered. What is the painful past that Jay has been keeping hidden? How do Jay and Adam know each other? All things I’m looking forward to in the next books.

Just a small thing, but I’d also like to see Kayla interact with some other characters. Other than the brief interaction with Adam, I feel like Kayla has only seen Jay. I’d love to see her get to know some other locals, or meet a newly married couple, or make friends with some other young tourists.

Gorgeously written, this is a wonderful read! Looking forward to Book 2!

4 ‘Fiery’ Stars!


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Book Review ~ ‘Worth It’ by Linda Kage.

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Worth It by Linda Kage
Forbidden Men #6
Genres: New Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Release Date: 25th August 2015.

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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…

–Knox Parker

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BooK Review ~ ‘Worth It’ by Linda Kage ~ 5 Stars!

What to say about ‘Worth It’? I laughed, cried, cheered, raged, smiled and wept. ‘Worth It’ is a beautifully written rollercoaster of emotions, and I loved every second of it.

There are two time-zones in this story and for the first half of the novel we switch from the present day to the summer years before that changed everything for Felicity and Knox. At first I was a little worried about how well this would work, but Linda Kage pulled it off flawlessly. Each change in time was timed perfectly, and I loved the feeling of being in limbo as we were gradually given more and more details about the past, alongside seeing how their lives are evolving in the present time.

Felicity is a heroine that you will root for from the beginning. A little nerdy, good hearted, a good natured normal girl in the midst of an extraordinary one, she behaves with a sensitivity and respect that she definitely didn’t learn from her family. I loved how much her life contrasted with Knox’s, who came from a poor family, who worked hard for everything they got, and who more often than not came out on the wrong side of luck.

This story is a beautiful one. We see the consequences of one summer ricochet through the years until the day that Knox can put it behind him, but with Felicity’s desperation to bring him back to her, his chance at a whole new life is more difficult than he imagined.

This is the fifth book in the ‘Forbidden Men’ series, but can be read as a standalone. I hadn’t read any of the other books in the series, but after finishing this one, I immediately downloaded the first five, to witness first hand the stories of the great secondary characters that helped Knox and Felicity get their happy ending.

5 Stars!

*Review copy was kindly provided through Xpresso Book Tours Review Opportunities in exchange for an honest review*



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5+ Star Book Review ~ ‘Firewalker’ by Josephine Angelini.

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Firewalker by Josephine Angelini.
(The Worldwalker Trilogy #2)
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance
Release Date: 27th August 2015.

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Lily Proctor has made it back to her own universe, and it’s finally time for her and Rowan to be happy and relax. True, she almost died in the Pyre that fueled their escape, and they must hide her new magic for the safety of the world, but compared to fighting the monstrous Woven and leading armies in the alternate Salem, life is looking good.

‘You think I’m a monster, but my choices, as ruthless as they seem, are justified.’

Unfortunately, Lillian, ruthless ruler of the 13 Cities, is not willing to let Lily go that easily. Lily is the closest version of herself she’s ever seen in all her worldwalking, and Lillian’s running out of time. If she can’t persuade Lily and Rowan to return to her world, she’ll have to find a way to make them come back.

Firewalker – the follow-up to Trial By Fire – is another sexy, fast-paced thrill ride from internationally bestselling author of the Starcrossed series, Josephine Angelini!

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Book Review ~ ‘Firewalker’ by Josephine Angelini ~ 5+ Stars!

Let me first just say thank you so much to Josephine Angelini for creating these books, these characters and this world. A year ago when I first read ‘Trial by Fire’, I fell in love. This was a world that I finally felt at home in, despite all the terrible things that were happening. Although this is firmly a fantasy book, being Wiccan I loved that there was a world where magic wasn’t trampled down on. Lily and Lillian were strong women and I respected them so much for it.

In ‘Firewalker’ we are thrown right back into the drama. Picking up right where ‘Trial by Fire’ left off, Lily is seriously injured by her experience with the Pyre, and is healing slowly with the help of Rowan, Juliet and her mother. But despite her desire to begin a life with Rowan, not everything comes as easily as they hope.

I don’t want to spoil anything for potential readers because this series is just such a rush to read. Every time I had to put the book down, I found myself thinking over what was happening in that world, and not knowing where the story would head next. This is the experience that I want every reader to have with this book.

Instead I’ll just say that you have not seen the last of Lillian. In this book you will get to understand her a lot more, see her reasons for doing the things she did, and will even come to agree with her on subjects you never thought you would. It is heartbreaking and exhilarating getting to know this witch!

We get to see some old characters from Lily’s world return, including Tristan, who you will curse when you see his feelings for Lily, but love as though he were your best friend too. And most of all, you will see the beautiful Rowan, the character that has struck a chord with me from the minute I met him. This book will break your heart, and put it back together again, and then shatter it again. Beautiful storytelling, exciting journeys through the Worlds, and characters that I’ve come to see as my friends.

5+ Stars!

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P.S. Rooowwwaaaannnn!! I still love you, [ even though you’ve broken my heart! *sniffles* I sincerely hope that your following Lily’s Braves near the end was a redeeming move on your part. *stern look*

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 A note for the publishers

I understand that the new UK editions of the series have been made so that they look cool faced out together, but WHY did you have to change them? The original UK edition of ‘Trial by Fire’ was one of the most gorgeous covers in history, and the new covers just don’t live up! I’m also upset because being a huge fan of the first book, I bought a paperback copy, despite having it on my kindle. Now, I have different editions of the first two books.


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5 Star Book Review ~ ‘The Heart Goes Last’ by Margaret Atwood.

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The Heart Goes Last by Margaret Atwood
A Positron Novel
Genres: Adult, Literary Fiction.
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Release Date: 24th September 2015.

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Living in their car, surviving on tips, Charmaine and Stan are in a desperate state. So, when they see an advertisement for Consilience, a ‘social experiment’ offering stable jobs and a home of their own, they sign up immediately. All they have to do in return for suburban paradise is give up their freedom every second month – swapping their home for a prison cell. At first, all is well. But then, unknown to each other, Stan and Charmaine develop passionate obsessions with their ‘Alternates,’ the couple that occupy their house when they are in prison. Soon the pressures of conformity, mistrust, guilt and sexual desire begin to take over.

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Book Review ~ ‘The Heart Goes Last’ by Margaret Atwood ~ 5 Stars!

This was a real winner from Margaret Atwood.

Because I LOVED Margaret Atwood’s other books so much, I was slightly nervous about starting ‘The Heart Goes Last’. I just didn’t want to part with the great impression they had left on me. But here I am after finishing ‘The Heart Goes Last’, and I am yet again in awe of Atwood’s talent!

This is a very different kind of book for me. but I was won over straight away. I identified with Stan and Charmaine as real people, living with the struggles that the fall of society has left them with, and the flaws that made them up. They were still a relatively new married couple, but Atwood gave us the insight straight away that sometimes love isn’t enough. Living in a car off the tips from Charmaine’s waitressing job would cause tension between even the most loving couple. It was great to see how their desperation to make a better life for themselves overcame their uncertainty about the Consilience experiment.

I love seeing how desperation will feed people into making choices they wouldn’t normally, and throughout this book I could see the choices for the characters being taken away gradually until there was no easy answer. But it wasn’t just this that made this book such a winner for me. It was how darkly comic it was. I laughed so much, yet not because it was overtly funny, but because of how true it was. Stan and Charmaine battle a lot through their story, a dystopian crumbling world, a life consisting of a month in and then a month out of prison, adultery and sabotage, yet throughout their views on life, their views on their relationship with each other, their thoughts on the temptations that cross their paths, all was done so with a human honesty, that I found both dark, yet hugely amusing. People are still people, even when the world is falling apart!

This story has everything I would have wanted from it, and I loved every bit! If you are a dystopian fan, a literary fiction fan, or even just looking for a good book. then you should definitely give ‘The Heart Goes Last’ a try!

A great book from one of my favourite writers!

5 Stars!

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


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Book Blitz ~ ‘Em and Em’ by Linda Budzinski.

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Em and Em by Linda Budzinski
Published by: Swoon Romance
Publication date: September 15th 2015
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
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The last thing sixteen-year-old Emily Slovkowski wants is to move away from her home at the Jersey shore, gorgeous surfer boyfriend Zach, and her entire identity. But that’s kind of how Witness Protection works, and Em must prepare herself for an epic do-over as she starts a new life in the Midwest.

Even as she pines for sandy beaches and the night life of the shore, the newly-named Ember O’Malley finds herself making new friends, taking photos for the high school newspaper, and thinking an awful lot about the paper’s editor, an oddly cute cowboy named Charles.

When Em stumbles upon a shady beneath-the-bleachers exchange between one of the school’s football coaches and a student, she refuses to get involved. The last thing she needs is to be witness to another crime or call attention to herself. Besides, she finally has some real friends – well, real except for the fact that they don’t know a single thing about her – and she prefers to keep it that way until the trial.

But as her day in court approaches, Em begins piecing together what she saw that day beneath the bleachers. And, as her own past secrets start to catch up with her, Em needs to figure out who she really is – Em or Em.

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Charles leaned toward her. “Come on, tell me. What kind of photographer do you want to be?”

Ember pulled the sleeves of her sweater down over her hands. She drew up her knees and hugged them into her chest. She’d never talked about this to anyone. What if it sounded stupid? “I want to be a portrait photographer, but not the kind that takes pictures in the studio; the kind that takes pictures of people out in the real world, being who they are and doing the things they love to do.”

She glanced at him. He didn’t look as though he thought she was stupid. He looked… interested. “You know how they say a picture is worth a thousand words? Well, I want to tell stories about people. True stories. Stories of who they are deep down.” Like that picture of Trina. The one that proved she wasn’t too old or too cool to love the thrill of the wind tugging a kite up, up, up into the sky. “I want to take pictures that push past people’s images and uncovers something real.”

Charles whistled. “Now that’s a dream.”

“Sorry. It’s silly, right?”

“No, not at all.” Charles leaned in even closer, his face just a few inches from hers. His voice was barely a whisper. “I didn’t mean it’s an impossible dream. I meant it’s the kind of dream worth dreaming.”


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I live in Northern Virginia with my husband, Joe, and our feisty chihuahua, Demitria (also known as Dee Dee, The Puppy, and Killer). I’m a sucker for romance and reality TV and have been known to turn off my phone’s ringer when watching “The Bachelor.” My favorite flower is the daisy, my favorite food is chocolate, and my favorite song is “Amazing Grace.”

I write young adult romance. My novels, both published by Swoon Romance YA, are EM & EM and THE FUNERAL SINGER. I am represented by Andrea Somberg of Harvey Klinger Inc


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5 Star Book Review ~ ‘River of Ink’ by Paul M. M. Cooper.

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River of Ink by Paul M. M. Cooper
Genres: Historical
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Release Date: 28th January 2016.

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In thirteenth-century Sri Lanka, Asanka, poet to the king, lives a life of luxury, enjoying courtly life and a sweet, furtive love affair with a palace servant, a village girl he is teaching to write. But when Magha, a prince from the mainland, usurps the throne, Asanka’s role as court poet dramatically alters. Magha is a cruel and calculating king–and yet, a lover of poetry–and he commissions Asanka to translate a holy Sanskrit epic into the Tamil language spoken by his recently acquired subjects. The poem will be an olive branch–a symbol of unity between the two cultures.

But in different languages, in different contexts, meaning can become slippery. First inadvertently, then deliberately and dangerously, Asanka’s version of the epic, centered on the killing of an unjust ruler, inspires and arouses the oppressed people of the land. Asanka must juggle the capricious demands of a king with the growing demands of his own political consciousness–and his heart–if he wishes to survive and imagine a future with the woman he loves.

The first novel from a remarkable young writer, River of Ink is a powerful historical tale set in the shadow of oppression–one with deep allegorical resonances in any time–celebrating the triumph of literature and love.

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Book Review ~ ‘River of Ink’ by Paul M. M. Cooper ~ 5 Stars!

‘River of Ink’ is without a doubt one of the cleverest books I have ever read. Not in a showy or flashy way, but through its simplicity which speaks volumes.

I was drawn into Asanka’s story straight away. Although not a period of time, or a location that I am overly familiar with, Paul M. M. Cooper did a fantastic job at setting out the scene without info-dumping, and I felt very much at home there, feeling the heat on my skin, and the fear in the air. It was though our introduction to Asanka, the court Poet, that made me aware of just how special this book was going to be. Asanka is in no way a hero, which sets him apart from other leading characters in literature. He is a normal man, fearful, in love, riddled with issues and above all else, at times cowardly, something to which he readily admits. Already I felt a connection to him as the protagonist for our story. He was real.

‘River of Ink’ is written almost in the form of a love letter from Asanka to his lover, a serving girl Sarasai, a love for which he bases most of his decisions and choices throughout the novel. This is another reason that the novel felt so clever to me. It foreshadowed so much of the later story in such a simplistic way that it kept me on tenterhooks throughout! Asanka’s lengths to protect Sarasai from the new King, and his desperation to prove his worthiness to her by meddling with the translations of the King’s stories, is what leads us to seeing his amazing development, whilst still remaining the same old Asanka at heart.

This is a beautifully written debut from Paul M. M. Cooper, and is worth every one of the five stars I rate it as. It is a story of love, freedom and strength, that is set in a historical time that was well-researched and brilliantly portrayed.

5 Stars!

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


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