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!

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


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Book Review ~ ‘Love Me for a Reason’ by Angela Britnell.

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Love Me for a Reason by Angela Britnell
(Nashville Connections #3)
Genres: Adult, Romance, Contemporary
Release Date: March 24th 2016.

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Love doesn’t always have to make sense …

When Daisy Penvean meets Nathaniel Dalton whilst visiting a friend in Nashville, it seems there are a million and one reasons for them not to be together. Nathaniel’s job as a mergers and acquisitions manager means sharp suits and immaculate hair, whereas Daisy’s work as a children’s book illustrator lends itself to a more carefree, laidback style. And, as Daisy lives in England, there’s also the small matter of the Atlantic Ocean between them.

But when Nathaniel’s job takes him to London to oversee the merger of a small publisher with a large American company, he and Daisy meet again under very different circumstances. Because Daisy works for the publisher involved in the deal, and if Nathaniel does his job, it could mean she loses hers …

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Book Review ~ ‘Love Me for a Reason’ by Angela Britnell ~ 5 Stars!

I love the Nashville Connections series, and as this was the first novel in the series following two lovely novellas, I was really excited. Angela Britnell delivers a gorgeous romance, with fun, friends, family and angst all rolled into one delicious package.

I had to warm to our hero Nathaniel, because I could sense that one wrong move and he could really hurt Daisy, who I rooted for from the word go. She was quirky, fun and had a philosophy of life that I really connected with. So for me, Nathaniel had to work to deserve Daisy, and my favourite parts of this novel were seeing him come out of his work-is-everything shell and begin to accept the imperfect as perfect in its own way. I loved the psychological undertones to Nathaniel’s character development, seeing his flaring up of OCD tendencies when he is reminded of his less-than-normal childhood, and how he clammed up and refused to talk about it.

Daisy was the perfect match for Nathaniel and their romantic moments were perfectly balanced with Daisy’s jokes and banter, which Nathaniel had to come to understand and not take seriously. I adored how they became better people because of what they had learnt from the other. But it’s not all sunshine and daisies for our main characters, and with the help of their friends and families, they had to overcome challenges, and make changes and allowances to make their relationship work.

5 Stars!

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


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Book Review ~ ‘You Were Here’ by Cori McCarthy.

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You Were Here by Cori McCarthy.
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary
Release Date: 1st March 2016.
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire.

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Jaycee is about to accomplish what her older brother Jake couldn’t: live past graduation.

Jaycee is dealing with her brother’s death the only way she can- by re-creating Jake’s daredevil stunts. The ones that got him killed. She’s not crazy, okay? She just doesn’t have a whole lot of respect for staying alive.

Jaycee doesn’t expect to have help on her insane quest to remember Jake. But she’s joined by a group of unlikely friends- all with their own reasons for completing the dares and their own brand of dysfunction: the uptight, ex-best friend; the heartbroken poet; the slacker with Peter Pan syndrome; and…Mik. He doesn’t talk, but somehow still challenges Jayce to do the unthinkable-reveal parts of herself that she buried with her brother.

Cori McCarthy’s gripping narrative defies expectation moving seamlessly from prose to graphic novel panes and word art poetry. From the petrifying ruins of an insane asylum to the skeletal remains of the world’s largest amusement park, You Were Here takes you on an unforgettable journey of friendship, heartbreak, and inevitable change.

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Book Review ~ ‘You Were Here’ by Cori McCarthy ~ 5+ Stars!

How do you review perfection? Likely I’ll just ramble on for a few lines about how amazing this book is, why you need to read it, and then just say wow a few times, but I hope you’ll get the hint and just grab a copy for yourself.

‘You Were Here’ is a book that you need to experience for yourself, because that is the sort of book and story it is. You don’t just read it, you experience it, feel it and come out of it a different person. You grow with Jaycee, you learn from Jake and you see things from perspectives you hadn’t thought of before. Told from five different perspectives, ‘You Were Here’ is the ultimate form of storytelling. Told through words, comics, art and thoughts we see five teens struggle as they come to the end of an era, and are leaving behind their lives as they know it for the start of adulthood.

Jaycee clings to the past as she mourns for her brother Jake who died in a tragic accident years before, Mik, a selective mute atones for his past sins, Natalie and Zach who struggle to end their long-term childhood sweethearts relationship, and Bishop who has experienced the loss of love for the first time. Together they help each other to understand and grow as they attempt to let go of Jake’s ghost, and Cori McCarthy wrote the whole story to perfection.

A beautifully written book which captured a part of me, there is suffering, romance, growing up and heart-ache as our protagonists have to learn to let go of the past to make way for the future.

5+ Stars!


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Tour Stop ~ ‘Stripped Raw’ by Prescott Lane.

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Stripped Raw by Prescott Lane
Genres: New Adult, Romance, Contemporary
Release Date: 3rd March 2016.

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Kenzie

I’m a yes girl.  Get your mind out of the gutter; I’m not talking about sex.  I’m talking about saying yes to whatever comes my way in life.  So when I had the chance to move to Europe after college, I said, yes.  When I had the chance to open my own lingerie line, I said, yes.  And when my stepsister got diagnosed with cancer and needed me to come home and help her raise her daughter, I said, yes.  That’s me, Kenzie — the yes girl!  In every area of my life but one —Love.  Always the first to leave a relationship.  Will I be able to say yes to love — to Kane — to being happy?  Or will I simply come undone and be stripped raw?

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Don’t let Kenzie fool you!  She’s a master at hiding behind a laugh and a smile.  Being an attorney, I prefer the facts.  This story isn’t as light and happy as my yes girl would have you believe.  No laugh can sugar coat what we are facing:  I’ve lost everything.  I know what it’s like to be left raw.  But sometimes that’s the only way to find love.  To strip yourself down, let the other person see all your shit, and hope they love you anyway.

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“I’m the good girl, very responsible, girl-next-door type.”

Should I tell her I took the virginity of the girl next door?  Probably not.  “I think you’re more than that,” I say, taking a step closer to her.  That wasn’t a line.  I really mean it.  I wouldn’t be here if I didn’t think so.

I inch even closer, but she looks confused — a little like she wants me to kiss her, a little like she wants me to screw her, but mostly like she doesn’t want me to do anything more.  I can’t blame her; we only met a few hours ago.  Deacon is wrong about the one night stand thing.  This woman isn’t looking for a hookup.  I’m not, either.  One night with her wouldn’t be enough.  So I take a step back, my fists clenched at my sides to redirect my energy.

“That was my first catalog,” Kenzie says.  “I plan on doing two a year.”  She reaches for a sketchbook on her work table.  “This is what I’m working on for the next line.  I’ll be photographing them pretty soon.  The line is inspired by men’s clothing, so pinstripes and. . . .”

She keeps talking about the different fabrics, colors, and textures she plans to use.  I have no idea what she is saying, but marvel over what I’m seeing — corsets and bustiers, vests with garter belts, bras, and G-strings.  I love that these ideas, these fantasies, came out of her mind.  She is so much more than she thinks, so much more than the girl next door.

Kenzie flips to another sketch, this one of a navy bra and panty set with stockings and heels.  That will look perfect on her — especially bent over my office desk.  My cock throbbing, I take a deep breath and try to focus on what Kenzie is saying.  My eyes search the catalog pages for anything to distract me.  “What’s this?”

“Cuffs,” she says, “like on a man’s dress shirt.  But these double as handcuffs.”

Okay, that’s it.  The arts-and-crafts show is officially driving me crazy.  My dick is rock hard now, and I can’t take it anymore.


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Book Review ~ ‘Stripped Raw’ by Prescott Lane ~ 5 Stars!

How gorgeous this book is!

Prescott Lane always delivers with emotional, hard-hitting stories, but in ‘Stripped Raw’ she tears you apart and fixes you back together again with a story that is driven by some fantastic primary and secondary characters and woven together in the most beautiful way.

It’s hard to describe this story without giving away the plot, but it really is something you need to experience for yourself. Themes such as loss, love and strength all feature heavily and I learnt so much about myself from reading this book, which is something that I love when I encounter in fiction.

Kenzie was a fantastic main character. Strong, loyal, but scared of losing herself in love, she is the main driving force of this book and through her eyes I began to see the world in a new way. Her devotion to her sister and niece was heartwarming and seeing the strong bond the family unit shared brought tears to my eyes, particularly as her sister battles cancer.

Kane was one swoon-worthy hero for this story. Prescott Lane nailed down his character to perfection, and the chemistry that he and Kenzie shared was off the charts, which made for some wide-eyed moments and laughs throughout the chapters as they banter away. His strength, even after being badly hurt in the past was commendable and I witnessing how he and Kenzie worked together to heal each other and grow.

A fantastic, heart-felt novel. I can’t recommend it enough!

5 Stars!


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Prescott Lane

Prescott Lane is the author of First Position, Perfectly Broken, and her new release, Quiet Angel. She is originally from Little Rock, Arkansas, and graduated from Centenary College with a degree in sociology. She went on to receive her MSW from Tulane University, after which she worked with developmentally delayed and disabled children. She married her college sweetheart, and they currently live in New Orleans with their two children and two crazy dogs. Prescott started writing at the age of five, and sold her first story about a talking turtle to her father for a quarter. She later turned to writing romance novels because there aren’t enough happily ever afters in real life.

Connect with Prescott Lane at http://www.pinterest.com/PrescottLane1/ and facebook.com/PrescottLane1 and http://www.twitter.com/prescottlane1 and http://instagram.com/prescottlane1 or at http://www.authorprescottlane.com

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