Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Review ~ Off Guard by Marian Tee

Off Guard


ebook downloaded for free on Amazon

Release Date: June 19th 2014

Publisher: Jaded Speck Publishing

Description:
An all-new "friends romance" short story from New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Marian Tee

18-year-old Gabby has a date. Finally. But because of the sheltered life she's led, she needs a chaperone of sorts. Enter Hadrian Bancroft, the hottest guy in uni - and her best friend. Or at least he was until he kissed her.



My Opinion

This was a very short, easy read. It was straight to the point, the characters were believable, and it was a nice read to break up the time and rest with. I would have liked a little more as what you get is good and I enjoyed the author's writing. I would be interested in finding out more about these characters.

3.5

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Review ~ The First and Last Kiss (A Modern Day Fairytale) by Julius St. Clair

The First and Last Kiss (A Modern Day Fairytale)

ebook downloaded for free on Amazon

Release Date: November 26th 2013

Description:
Nick and Erin are perfect for each other. Unfortunately, Nick is plagued with a curse – one that will enslave him to whomever he kisses for the first time. Erin is willing to wait for the commitment, but what will she do when someone discovers her boyfriend’s horrible secret?

My Opinion

This was very short. I assumed that by the length of it on my Kindle it was a novella, so I was surprised when it suddenly finished at 34% and the rest of the book was an excerpt from another of the author's work. However, saying that it was an okay read, and it was free so I can't complain. 

There isn't much I can say about a story this length but it broke up my time and was slightly different to things I've read before. For me, it needed a bit more development though for me to have felt more strongly about it.


Monday, 21 July 2014

Review ~ Hot Secrets (Tall, Dark & Deadly #1) by Lisa Renee Jones

Hot Secrets (Tall, Dark & Deadly #1)

ebook received via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

Release Date: 23rd August 2012

Description:
Royce Walker, a former FBI Agent, who’s opened a private security firm with his brothers, has always had the hots for the prim, proper Assistant District Attorney, but considered her hand’s off because of a family connection. However, when danger threatens Lauren, he isn’t willing to stand by and watch her get hurt. Now the passion for survival is only rivaled by the passion burning between them. And that passion, might just be the death of them both.


My Opinion

This was a quick, easy read that although was predictable and a bit of a whirlwind, it did keep me engaged and hooked until the end. I liked that it was a short read that was filled with a lot and I also liked that there was more to it than just insta-love.

I'm all for hot bodyguards and alpha males at the moment so this was top of my list to read when I downloaded it. I loved Royce and his possessive or 'caveman' attitude as Lauren referred to it, even if I had to change his appearance in my mind to make him hot to me. I liked his control and the way he protected Lauren. He was a character you could count on and wanted to support the whole way through. He was consistent and a constant that could be relied on and not once did I doubt him.

As well as that, I did like Lauren's strength and how she grew to rel on him. I will admit that because she was so keen on growing after the death penalty it didn't make her the most likable character. I felt that, although it was her job, it made her a bit cold and heartless because of the way she pressed for it even when her safety was questioned.

Apart from that though, I liked the overall story and the drama built well as it became more prominent and dangerous. I would have liked a bit more on the ending so it didn't feel so rushed and over in the blink of an eye but I'm glad there was a good resolution.


Overall, if you like insta-love, hot security men, and short reads you should check out Hot Secrets.

3.5

Sunday, 20 July 2014

Review ~ Striker by Michelle Betham

Strikerebook received via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

Release Date: June 5th 214

Publisher: Harper Impulse

Description:


This summer, it’s time to play dirty…

Amber Sullivan is an ambitious, beautiful and feisty Sports reporter for a local TV news programme. With an ex-professional soccer player for a father, she’s grown up in and around the world of premiership football, and boy does she know better than to get mixed up with the men who play the game. As rich and charming as they are, Amber has a strict no player rule.

One of the biggest names in football, Ryan Fisher is young, hot, and talented. He has it all – looks, fame, money; not to mention women falling at his over-insured feet and a lifestyle he’s in no hurry to give up.

At the centre of a multi-million-pound transfer deal back to his home club, Ryan’s a big scoop for a local sports journalist and Amber can’t afford to miss this career-making opportunity – even if that means having to interview the cocky sports star.

But once the tape starts rolling it’s clear Ryan’s got more than just an exclusive on his mind… and he’s used to getting exactly what he wants.

Delving into the lives of those who live and work within the so-called Beautiful Game, ‘Striker’ is a story of sex, secrets and the true cost of fame.

My Opinion

I'm not going to be able to finish this book to write a full review sadly. Having read football based novels before, I thought I would enjoy this but I can't get into it. It's not moving quickly enough for me and there's too much detail that, to me, seems unnecessary. I gave it until 30% but it's not engaging me so I'm not going to be able to continue as it is a long read.

DNF

Saturday, 19 July 2014

Free Day Blitz ~ Winter Angel by Mia Hoddell


Winter Angel
by Mia Hoddell

Genre: YA Romance
Release date: 25th June 2014
Length: Novella

Blurb:
She was on holiday. He was tricked into returning.
Neither of them wanted to be there, but neither could avoid it.


Amy wants to be back under the sun in Portugal. However, when her suggestion is overruled in favour of a skiing holiday, even she can't turn it down. What she couldn't have predicted is that the holiday could make her break the one, and only, rule she has: not to get into a serious relationship again.

When Amy first sees Luke, she knows something is wrong. He's struggling to cope with everything and her need to help people makes him the perfect distraction from the cold. He hasn't been to the Alps in five years and he swore to never ski again. But as his defences are broken by Amy's persistence, the winter paradise begins to reawaken his desires.

However, with constant flashbacks triggering his anxiety, he's torn, battling conflicting emotions as he becomes increasingly captivated by Amy. She has a rule though. She didn't go on holiday to fall for someone and the last thing she needs is to ignore her own advice. Whether or not she can move past her insecurities will depend on whether Luke can face his biggest fear.

Winter Angel is a standalone, young adult romance novella, but is the second book in the Seasons of Change series.

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Excerpt

White. Gazing out of the small, circular window, it was the only colour he could see surrounding him. The bursts of light—which had broken through the heavy, grey clouds—were reflected back as the ground grew closer with each passing second. Not too long ago he had been blissfully unaware of the location his sister was dragging him to for a holiday. A bubble of excitement had surrounded him throughout the early morning as he got up, and stayed with him through travelling to the airport and catching the flight. However, it had burst as soon as the icy tips of the mountains appeared and the plane began its descent. Until that moment, he had hoped his guesses had been wrong.
His sister had carefully planned the trip, making sure to hide all clues as to where they were heading, and as she glanced across at him, it seemed as if she had been successful. Luke’s knuckles were white on the arm rests. He had claimed both of them, gripping them so hard they looked like they would snap under the force, or at least be moulded to the shape of his hands when he removed them.
Ellie watched as he took in a shaky breath, but she heard no exhale.
“Luke?”
The silence that filled the space around them was icier than the Alps they had just flown over. Her brother’s gaze remained fixed on the window, watching as the ground, and his fate, drew ever closer. Deep, ragged breaths steamed up the window, which was almost touching his nose. Desperately, he tried to control the tremors shaking his body, and his pounding heart, from the fear that washed over him in waves.
“Luke, please, say something.” Worry had crept into Ellie’s tone. She had thought her idea would do him good, that forcing him to face everything would turn him back into his old self. Ellie missed the brother she had grown up with and wanted him back. However, seeing his eyes wide with fear, his jaw clenched in anger, and his arms tense with both, suddenly she wasn’t so sure about her plan.
“You promised, Ellie. You swore you wouldn’t pressure me, and I trusted you with that. You know how I feel about this.” His voice was sharp and curt as he spoke through clenched teeth, trying to keep a hold on his emotions.
The urge to flee surged within him. He wanted to go home, to get off the plane and board the next flight straight back to England, but he couldn’t. Not only was the plane still minutes from landing—trapping him in the confines of economy class, which felt even smaller as realisation forced him to understand Ellie’s plans—but he also refused to waste more money on the pointless trip Ellie had conned him into taking. If he was going to use the money he had earned from before everything changed, it would be on his own terms.
“You’ll enjoy it when you’re there,” Ellie stated, brushing off his comments like they meant nothing to her.
“That’s easy for you to say. You don’t have to live with, or through, what I have.” Luke was trying hard to control his voice. Had they been in private, he would have already been shouting. The cramped environment meant that Ellie was getting off lightly, but he swore that when they reached their chalet, he would not hold back. She had no right to interfere with his life.
“Never tell me I didn’t live through it, Luke. I was there when it happened, in the hospital, and when you got home. I was there through it all. It may not have been me, but it wasn’t like it had no effect on my life,” Ellie hissed. It was the only way she could convey her anger without disturbing other passengers.
“Why though, Ellie? Why is this such a big deal to you?” Luke’s eyes were full of sorrow as he turned to face his sister for the first time, begging to understand her reasoning for putting him through something she knew would hurt him.

About the Author

Mia Hoddell lives in the UK with her family and two cats. She spends most of her time writing or reading, loves anything paranormal and has an overactive imagination that keeps her up until the early hours of the morning.

With three poems published before the age of sixteen, Mia moved on to short stories but finding she had too much to tell with too little space, Mia progressed to novels. She started her first series (The Wanderer Trilogy) at the age of fourteen and since then hasn’t stopped writing. Elemental Killers is her second series and with an ever growing list of ideas, Mia is trying to keep up with the speed at which her imagination generates them.


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