Wednesday, 20 July 2016

Review ~ Carter (The Harlow Brothers #1) by Brie Paisley

Carter (The Harlow Brothers, #1)
eARC received via the tour company in exchange for an honest review

Release Date: July 22nd 2016

Publisher: Self-published

She was the one for me.
The one that I knew would be mine forever until I made the biggest mistake. I pushed her away and I’ve regretted that decision ever since. I’ve tried to move on, tried to put the memory of her behind me, but she’s always consuming my thoughts. Now, she’s back in our hometown, trying to rebuild a new life. I know she’s keeping secrets. She tries to hide them from me, and I will do whatever it takes to prove that I’m the one she needs. Because Shelby Ross is the other part of me that I can’t live without and I refuse to let her go again. 

He broke my heart.
I never thought I would be able to pick of the pieces he left behind. When he let me go, I ran away from it all, thinking it was the easiest thing to do. But, running has a price and I’ve paid it in full for years. Now, I’m back where it all began, back to putting my life together and starting over. It should’ve been easy, but Carter Harlow is reawakening long buried emotions that I thought were gone. He wants to make me his again. I can’t let that happen. He ruined me, broke me, and I’m afraid I’ll never survive it a second time around.

My Opinion

This book has been plastered on my news feed for weeks. I wanted to read it as soon as I saw the cover, even though I had no idea what it was about. Anyway, I went on a FB stalking mission and found the tour sign up form. Yay!

When Carter appeared on my kindle I had to dive in straight away. I love second chance romances and for the most part this was a good read. The start hooked me instantly and had me asking questions about Shelby. I thought the romance as well was sweet and played out nicely. The book was a cute read with some emotional drama and it held my attention well for the most part.

I did feel it could have been cut down at times. Some information became repetitive and I felt like I was reading the same thing over and over. I also kept waiting for something to happen. Shelby's past seemed like it would amount to more in her future and the ending seemed a little anti-climatic.

Overall, this was still a good read. I enjoyed it and would like to read more about the brothers, especially Clark.


Tuesday, 19 July 2016

Review ~ Hitched: Volume Two (Imperfect Love, #2) by Kendall Ryan

Hitched: Volume Two (Imperfect Love, #2)
eARC received via InkSlinger PR in exchange for an honest review

Release Date: July 17th 2016

Publisher: Self-published

Arranged marriage? Check. 

Cocky new husband? Check. 

It's a marriage of convenience—one I’m determined to keep strictly professional. I can't be stupid enough to fall for this sexy playboy's charm or advances. I have to be strong, even if he is my husband.

Except he has a huge cock with an even bigger ego, and his main goal in life seems to be getting me to stroke both. The arrogant bastard is like sweet, sugary candy for my libido. I know he’s bad for me.

But I want to devour every wicked inch of him. 

With his sexual prowess and experience, I know he’ll be explosive in the bedroom. And since we’re stuck together for the foreseeable future—keeping up this marriage charade long enough to turn the company profitable again—I deserve something to look forward to at the end of a long workday, right?

What could one little taste hurt?

My Opinion

I had to start this as soon as it appeared on my Kindle. After the cliffhanger in book one I needed to read the next instalment, and I finished it in under a couple of hours.

I won't say anything about the plot since this is a three part serial and I don't want to give anything away. However, I liked how the intensity between the characters heightened in this instalment. It's short and to the point, but hot and steamy.

Of course there is another major cliffhanger. I knew it was coming and I probably should have waited to read this closer to my review date so there isn't a big gap between book 3, but I couldn't. I'd definitely recommend this series, although waiting until they're all out might be a good idea if you hate cliffhangers.


Sunday, 17 July 2016

Review ~ Angels & Whiskey (Saddles & Racks #1) by Kimberly Knight

Angels & Whiskey (Saddles & Racks, #1)
ebook downloaded for free from Amazon

Release Date: March 9th 2015

Publisher: Self-published

Whiskey, women and sleepless nights…
United States Army Captain Gabriel Hastings knew he would always follow in his grandfather’s footsteps. Serving his country was his destiny. 

Until he fell in love…

When Gabe’s love affair is cut short, he turns to whiskey for comfort and swears he will never fall in love again.

Until he bumps into an unexpected angel…
By all appearances, Autumn Jones has the perfect life. Her husband, Richard, is a loving man who wants to be a father to her unborn children. But Autumn knows the truth. Richard has a controlling, dark side that leaves nothing to chance, especially Autumn. He’ll stop at nothing to make her the trophy wife he wants her to be.

When Autumn bumps into Gabe, he consumes her every thought, but she can’t act on her feelings. She’s married to a dark man she can never leave. 

When he learns who Autumn’s husband really is, Gabe knows he will stop at nothing to protect her. Or is it too late for him to save his angel?

My Opinion

How could I resist downloading this book when it was free with a cover like that? I mean, really, there was no chance. It only convinced me more when I read the blurb. For some reason I'm in a phase of reading about military men and since Gabe is ex-army this intrigued me.

Finally, I found the time to read this and I couldn't put it down. I read the first 50% in one night before not being able to keep my eyes open any longer and I picked it back up the second I woke up until I'd finished it. It held my interest the entire way through and I didn't want it to end. I loved Gabe and Jackson. The devotion to Autumn and their need to protect her was admirable, especially when they hardly knew her. There was also a spark between Gabe and Autumn which only grew.

I think the plot was well developed and flowed easily. I got lost in the authors world completely, yet the only thing that stopped me from rating this book 5 stars is there were a few sections I skimmed. The majority of the time this was at the start of a chapter when the author repeated events from the end of the previous chapter, but from a different character's POV--since this book is dual POV. At times it didn't feel necessary and rather than add anything I felt it was just repetitive information.

Overall though this was a great read. I will definitely be reading more by this author in the future.


Saturday, 16 July 2016

ARC Review ~ Until Harry by L.A. Casey

Until Harry
eARC received via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

Release Date: July 19th 2016

Publisher: Montlake Romance

He was my best friend, my best not-really-big-brother, and my best protector.

He was my best everything.

He was mine.

Coming home is hard for Lane. Hard because Harry, her beloved uncle, has died suddenly, but also because of him. Kale.

Kale Hunt has been her best friend since childhood. But it was never that simple. He was Lane’s reason for leaving home and moving to New York. Seeing him with someone else, in love with someone else, shouldn’t have hurt. But it did. It really, really did. So she upped sticks and left, started a new life and cut herself off from her past.

But now she’s back, and all the feelings are right there. As if she had never left.

Emotions are running high for everyone, and tragedy has a funny way of bringing people together. But is Lane reading the signs right? Are they still just friends, or is there something more?

My Opinion

This is the second L A Casey book I've read now. If I'm brutally honest, I didn't engage with her writing style in Dominic. She wrote with an Irish accent, which drove me so nuts that I couldn't enjoy the story. That was the reason I decided to take a chance on Until Harry. It wasn't her stories that put me off and I took the chance she wouldn't write with the same accented voice since this is a different family. I'm glad I did and gave Casey a second chance. I enjoyed this book so much more than Dominic.

Until Harry is a gentle and touching read. It's more contemporary than romance, whereby the Lane and Kale have to find themselves again after a series of losses. The death of Uncle Harry brings Lane back home from America to York and in doing so forces her to reconnect with her family, and also face everything she left behind with her best friend and love of her life Kale. With some cruel truths, their future isn't certain and they have to fight if they're ever going to forgive each other.

Overall, this was a good read. The switch between past and present kept me hooked and it flowed well. I couldn't stop reading, and although the romance isn't the main focus or entirely happy throughout the whole book, it was moving and real. Things weren't perfect, Lane and Kale's lives were messy, and they both made bad decisions, but their life was interesting.

I'd definitely recommend this.


Friday, 15 July 2016

Review ~ Forever My Girl (The Beaumont Series, #1) by Heidi McLaughlin

Forever My Girl (The Beaumont Series, #1)
ebook downloaded for free via Amazon

Release Date: December 27th 2012

I was never supposed to be a rock star. I had my life all planned out for me. Play football in college. Go to the NFL. Marry my high school sweetheart and live happily ever after. 

I broke both our hearts that day when I told her I was leaving. I was young. I made the right decision for me, but the wrong decision for us. I’ve poured my soul into my music, but I’ve never forgotten her. Her smell, her smile. 

And now I’m going back. 

After ten years. 

I hope I can explain that after all this time. 

I still want her to be my forever girl.

My Opinion

I have no idea why I haven't read this sooner. It isn't the the first book by this author for me, but it was the first I bought. It's been sat on my Kindle for ages and when the time came that I wanted to start it, I had no Internet to get it out of my cloud!

Anyway, finally I have the Internet back and I downloaded this from the Cloud immediately. I didn't expect to read it in one sitting, but that's what I did.

Forever My Girl whisked me away to Beaumont for a few hours and absorbed me in Heidi's world so much I forgot about my cold. It's a sweet, heartwarming romance that is just a story that makes you want to curl up and not put it down because it puts a smile on your face. The whole story is simple and easy. It flows well and ... well it just made me feel good. Liam definitely wasn't the bad boy rock star I was expecting and I loved him around Noah.

The only slight negative is I felt Nick faded out too suddenly. I felt the break up wasn't that clear, but it's minor in the scheme of the book.

Overall, I really enjoyed this and I'll be looking forward to book two, which I won't allow to sit unread for so long.


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