Book Review ~ ‘Hawaiian Heartbreak’ by Libby Cole.


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




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.



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


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




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!



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!

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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Book Review ~ ‘The Secret Love of a Gentleman’ by Jane Lark.


The Secret Love of a Gentleman by Jane Lark
(Marlow Intrigues #5)
Genres: Historical Romance.
Publisher: Harper Impulse
Release Date: 27th August 2015.




Inferior and seduction are bitter tasting words…

How could Caro love and hate the same man? How could she be foolish enough to harbour that love for years; to hide herself away from the world because of her embarrassment over her failure to be loved in return? Because she is a fool… Yet Rob Marlow sees not that but courage in her, and this beautiful young man, who gives her back the strength she’s lost is someone she longs to cling to for the physical comfort she has missed since the end of her marriage.

Integrity, idealism and honour are at the heart of Rob Marlow, and yet he knows that perhaps pride is his weakness, but he thought it his only possible weakness until he spends a summer with his sister and discovers a new addiction, Caro, his brother-in-law’s dependent sister.



Book Review ~ ‘The Secret Love of a Gentleman’ by Jane Lark ~ 4.5 Stars!

Jane Lark always knows how to deliver a gorgeous historical romance, with twists and turns, smiles, heartbreak and most importantly, dashing heroes!

I adore the ‘Marlow Intrigues’ series, and love seeing the stories of all the different characters who have been introduced since I was introduced to Edward and Ellen. What makes these books so special is that each novel shows such devotion to the couple whose story is being told. There is no bias shown in favour of the characters that we have loved in previous books, and we are given a realistic portrayal of the grievances, fallings-out, and general favour that every family has with each other. In Rob’s story, we see his distaste for John’s interference in his life, and despite John being my favourite Marlow, I felt no irritation with Rob for his bad feelings. They were genuine, and so realistic of family life that I connected with Rob far more than I would have should he have been all-loving and all-forgiving.

Caro was another character I adored. She had a strong core that whilst had been in hiding, was brought out by Rob’s love and belief in her. I loved seeing how she grew as her own person, became more independent, and less guilty for the tragic loss of her children during pregnancy. She shone through this novel, and even when she made mistakes, I always believed in her to make the right decision.

There is only one small, tiny even, thing that I didn’t feel as strongly about in this book, and that was the early chapters where we see the start of Caro’s story, years prior to the later events of the novel. For some reason I just didn’t feel that they were necessary to the story, and by showing first hand Caro’s situation so early on, I felt that some of the suspense that could have been built between her and Rob as he comes to understand her, was missing. Though, as soon as we skipped forward to where Rob joined our story, I was immediately hooked, and loved every moment.

So another great addition to the ‘Marlow Intrigues’ series. I just can’t get enough of them!

4.5 Stars!

Afterthought: Just a little note. After researching writing historical novels for my Masters dissertation in Creative Writing, I noticed a very small historical blunder. Caro would likely not have worn underwear, as was described! (Reference: Medieval Underpants and Other Blunders)

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


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




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…



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!

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


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




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.



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! ❤


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Book Blitz ~ ‘A Killing Among Friends’ by Toni Morrow Wyatt.

A Killing Among Friends by Toni Morrow Wyatt
Published by: Limitless Publishing
Publication date: August 10th 2015
Genres: Mystery, Thriller, Young Adult



Sennie Lacefield has always felt safe at her family’s peaceful mountain lodge . . .

The only break in her tranquil life was the death of her boyfriend Patrick Devon, which left her heartbroken and unable to understand Patrick’s sullen, withdrawn brother Lonnie. But when her best friend Reatha Alcoker disappears, her sense of security is shattered. With the help of Reatha’s boyfriend Milo Durham, she launches a search for her friend.

More girls disappear, and bodies begin turning up . . .

When one of the missing girls is found dead in a swamp with a symbol burned into her forehead, Sennie focuses on her growing list of suspects. She can’t count on help from the lazy, lecherous Sheriff Warford Cackley. She also has suspicions the sheriff’s son Rex and his nasty friend Ottis know more than they’re willing to share.

Someone is watching Sennie’s every move . . .

Refusing to believe Reatha is dead, Sennie and Milo continue their frantic search, and Sennie is plagued with threatening messages. When another girl’s body is discovered, she and Milo visit the site and find evidence that Reatha has also been there. Some aerial photographs might hold a vital clue . . . if they can find them in time.

As Sennie unravels a tangled web of secrets, arson, burglary, and murder, could it be that a desire to help Sennie has warped the mind of a murderer?




Wild desperation raged through Sennie. She ran out of her bedroom, down the main lodge staircase, and out onto the porch. The sun shone on the horizon as it started to peek up over the eastern edge of the mountain, turning everything into a pale, yellow haze.
She bolted across the porch and down the stone steps. Her tears blinded her, and she missed the second step, landing hard on her knees and the palms of her hands. The shock brought her mind to a standstill, and the fear she had been running from caught up to her. She sat on the stone pavers and cried, not because of her bloody knees and palms, but because of the helpless lost urgency coursing through her.
“I should’ve gone with her. Why did I let her go alone? What was I thinking?”
Arlynn came down the steps, knelt, and cradled Sennie in her arms.
“It’s going to be okay. They’ll find her.”
“I’m scared. She said she would be right back. Please, Mama, what if something has happened to her? What if she’s missing like Sue?”
“Surely not,” Arlynn said. “You know, they found Lula safe and sound, and they’ll find Reatha and Sue, too. Don’t give up hope.”
“But Reatha isn’t like Lula Mae. She didn’t run off to Little Rock. She would never do something like that. She would’ve told me if she was unhappy and planning on doing something crazy.”
“Maybe she decided she needed some time alone to think. Miss Pearleen said she has been putting pressure on her to keep her grades up so she can qualify for a scholarship. Perhaps it got to be too much for her.” She wiped tears off Sennie’s cheeks and helped her to her feet.
“I’ve got to go look for her.”
“Wait for Daddy and Hazen. You can go with them. I don’t want you wandering off by yourself, do you hear? You can’t help Reatha by putting yourself in danger.”

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As a child, Toni Morrow Wyatt’s family spent nearly every summer visiting relatives in a small, rural community in Arkansas. Finding magic in this place, it is the setting for many of her novels. Her love for southern fiction led to the writing of her upcoming novel, A Killing Among Friends, and also, Return to Rocky Gap. Her work has appeared in From the Depths Literary Journal and Belle Reve Literary Journal. She writes an eclectic blog titled, A Pinch of Me, on Tumblr. She was previously an independent bookseller, owning and operating Kindred Books for seven years.



Book Blitz ~ ‘Caught in Us’ by Layla Hagen.

Caught in Us by Layla Hagen
(Lost #3)
Publication date: August 3rd 2015
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
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Dani Cohen knows Damon is trouble the second he walks in during senior year. He has bad boy written all over him. . .from his arrogant smirk to his perfectly toned abs. He is arrogant, intense, rebellious.

Dani has her future all planned out. She’s not the type to fall for a bad boy, no matter how panty-melting his grin is or how shamelessly he flirts. But something about Damon draws her in, awakening a desire she’s never felt. Slowly, she uncovers the secrets Damon hides: underneath his arrogance lies a tortured soul, his flirting smile masks despair.

Damon arrives in Dani’s life against his will. Carrying the scars of a dark past and facing an uncertain future, he knows he should stay away from her, but can’t. Her innocence consumes him, as does the desire to indulge in the passion igniting deep inside her.
An all-consuming bond blooms into a reckless love. But when mistakes from the past threaten their already fragile future, can their love survive?

A steamy and emotional full-length, standalone love story from the USA Today Bestselling author of Withering Hope.



As usual, I get too engrossed in my reading and am almost late for class. Sitting next to Hazel, I take out my books when Damon appears in front of our desk.

“You dropped your phone in the hallway,” he says politely.

“No, I didn’t.” I look in bewilderement as he drops my smartphone in my hand. Damon smiles mischievously, walking over to his desk as Ms. Evans enters the class. Wouldn’t I have noticed if my phone had fallen on the corridor during our altercation? Not really…I was too preoccupied with him to notice anything else. My skin heats up at the memory of his closeness. I swivel to ask Hazel something and find her staring at me with curious eyes.

“Do you have anything to share about your morning?”

“I read a book,” I mumble.

Ms. Evan starts talking about the Bronte novel we had to read when I receive a text.

You should take better care of your things. 

The sender appears only by number, not name, but I know who it is. Sure enough, one glance in Damon’s direction confirms my suspicion. He’s not looking at me or his phone, but lifts the corner of his lips. It dawns on me that I might not have dropped my phone at all. He must have taken it from my pocket.

And you shouldn’t steal other people’s things, I reply.

Hey, you were eavesdropping, so don’t go all saint on me. You were the first offender. 

I smile, overcome by a strange giddiness. I can’t believe he stole my phone, or that he got my number, or that he’s texting me right now. I’m grinning like an idiot. It’s the first time a guy has written to me and not asked for my notes or something similar. Given our less than friendly interactions yesterday and this morning, this is a surprise. Sometimes it takes a healthy fight and a familiar pain to gain a friend.

“After the battle of stares yesterday follows the battle of messages?” Hazel murmurs, smiling. “Bad boy is showing quite an interest in you.”

“No, he’s not.” Something light settles in my stomach.

“I heard that a junior tried very hard yesterday to make him ask for her number and failed. He must be very interested in yours if he got it on his own.”

“This doesn’t mean anything.” The lightness grows, the giddy feeling bubbling up inside me.

“Maybe not.” She leans in conspiratorially. “Maybe it does.”

When Ms. Evan announces she’ll question us about Wuthering Heights, I have the feeling Damon might take this opportunity to display the same unpleasantness as yesterday.

Be nice if Ms. Evans asks you something, I type quickly. Please.

He doesn’t type back, and as Ms. Evan begins to ask questions, I brace myself. She deliberately avoids asking him anything though. Then she asks Beckett what his opinion is about the motives behind Heathcliff’s behavior. He stares at her with a blank face, clueless.

It’s Damon who answers. “Heathcliff felt out of place. He didn’t belong to their class, and everyone else never let him forget it.”

Ms. Evans’ eyes widen, but all she says is “Do you think that justifies him?”

“No. That’s no justification for being a dick to everyone,” Damon says nonchalantly.

Ms. Evans flinches. “That language doesn’t belong in the classroom, Damon.” Her tone is firm. I’m proud of her. “I’ll let you out of the questioning round because you’re new, and I gave this assignment a week ago.”

Damon’s lip twitches, and I can tell he’s about so say something obscene back. I sit up straighter, staring at him intently. He catches my eye and winks at me. I instantly flush, dropping my gaze to my hands.

“I had to read the book in my junior year,” Damon replies. Ms. Evans nods, and then continues questioning Anna. I think about something the principal mentioned today… Damon scored mostly A’s at his old school. My assessment was spot on yesterday. Under the mask of carelessness hides a perfectionist. Someone who is clearly smart. As Ms. Evans instructs us to look up a certain passage in the book, I shift in my chair, holding my copy in my hands and pretending to flip through its pages. In reality, I am sneaking glances at Damon. Who was he before he came here and whom did he lose?

Thank you for not being rude, I text him under the desk. I receive an answer almost immediately.

Ouch. That sound like something you’d tell a dog. I’m not a poodle; don’t try to train me.

I write back quickly. You’re definitely not a poodle. More like a pitbull. I hear those are hard to train. Whatever they do, it’s because they want to.

There is a pause in which I wait breathlessly, and then my smartphone vibrates. They also tend to attack their owners. 

My fingers almost snap as I hurry to reply. I don’t believe that. They just have a bad reputation. Don’t believe everything you hear. It’s all appearances.

Another short vibration. Ms. Evans looks at me, so I just chance a quick glance at my phone. So what should I make of your Linkin Park t-shirt?

Frowning, I text back as best as I can while pretending to pay attention to Ms. Evans. What’s the harm in liking Kinky Fuck?

Damon’s next message confuses me. Is that an invitation? I read what I wrote before, and shame washes over me.

Abandoning all pretense of paying attention to the teacher, I write It was autocorrect. I meant Linkin Park. OMG, I’m so sorry.

He doesn’t write anything back, and when I look at him, he appears on the verge of bursting out laughing.



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My name is Layla Hagen and I am a New Adult Contemporary Romance author.
I fell in love with books when I was nine years old, and my love affair with stories continues even now, many years later.
I write romantic stories and can’t wait to share them with the world.
And I drink coffee. Lots of it, in case the photo didn’t make it obvious enough.