Monday, 24 April 2017

Review ~ Ripple Effect by Evan Grace

Ripple Effect
eARC received via a tour company in exchange for an honest review

Release Date: April 24th 2017

Publisher: Self-published

Description:
Ripley Brown had the kind of love that would last a lifetime. 
Until the night it died a tragic death, leaving her reeling and obliterating her ability to trust another man with her heart.

Brock James grew up in a home filled with violence and hate. 
He vowed never to be like his father, until the night he became even worse than the man. The night he destroyed everything. 

Now, Brock is out of the military. He returns home, not expecting to see Ripley. He hasn't laid eyes on her since that fateful night, but even after six years, he knows exactly what he wants.
It's time for Brock to face the demons of his past. The same demons that have been haunting Ripley all this time.

Brock is determined to win Ripley back, but can she open her heart back up to the man who broke it?

And even if she does - will Brock be able to forgive himself for hurting the only person who ever mattered?

My Opinion

I'm by no means new to this author's work. Having read almost every release by her, I had to have this one as soon as I saw the cover. Then add in the second chance and military element and I couldn't resist. Nevertheless, it's safe to say this is probably my favourite Evan Grave book to date.

Ripple Effect was a book I couldn't put down until I finished it. I read the entire thing in one sitting and I want to read more. I loved the characters and the story--just everything about it.

Although sometimes things felt a little quick, Brock and Rippley were characters I rooted for. I wanted them to find their way back to each other and overcome all of the twists. Even six years later their feeling and chemistry was there. Their story sucked me in and I could easily read another book about them.


Overall, I'd definitely recommend this book. It's my favourite by this author so far and I can't wait to see what she comes up with next.

5

Saturday, 22 April 2017

Review ~ Marry Me by Karen Stivali

Marry MeeARC received via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

Release Date: March 24th 2017

Publisher: Tule Publishing

Description:
When British drummer Ben Davis lost his childhood sweetheart, he vowed to never love again. He immerses himself in his music, which propels him to international stardom and a lavish lifestyle, but has left his heart cold—until he meets creative and sexy clothing designer Julia Jones.

Julia’s career may be skyrocketing, but her personal life tanked when her last boyfriend crossed the line from controlling to violent. Certain that romance is not in the cards for her, she focuses on her career. Then devastatingly sexy Ben strolls into her life and his intoxicating charisma is impossible to resist.

Once Julia allows Ben into her bed and her heart, they fall hard and fast. But when Julia’s life is endangered, Ben’s reaction terrifies her. They both must confront their past demons if they want a chance at a future together.

My Opinion

Marry Me was a cute, quick read. At novella length it's hard to say much, but it was a sweet book that was okay to spend a hour in the sun with. 

Of course, because of the length things move quickly. The story starts where Julie and Ben already know each other and from there things take off. It did lead to a bit of a unbelievable relationship, yet it kept things lighthearted. 

The only other thing was some of the sex description pulled me out of the book. A times it wasn't sexy and I found myself thinking 'what the hell?' 


Besides that it was an easy and cute read. It broke up me day so if anyone is looking for a fluffy romance that you don't have to think too deeply over you might want to try this. 

3.5

Friday, 21 April 2017

Review ~ The Playboy Bachelor (The Bachelors of Arizona, #2) by Rachel Van Dyken

The Playboy Bachelor (The Bachelors of Arizona, #2)
eARC received via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

Release Date: April 11th 2017

Publisher: Forever

Description:
She's no Sleeping Beauty. And he's definitely no prince . . . 
Margot McCleery could have lived her whole life without seeing Bentley Wellington again-her ex-best friend and the poster boy for Hot, Rich Man-Whores everywhere. But Margot's whiskey-augmented grandmother "buys" Bentley at a charity bachelor auction, and now suddenly he's at her door. Impossibly charming. Impossibly sexy. And still a complete and utter jackass. Bentley's just been coerced by his grandfather to spend the next thirty days charming and romancing the reclusive red-haired beauty who hates him. The woman he abandoned when she needed him the most. Bentley knows just as much about romance as he knows about love-nothing. But the more time he spends with Margot, the more he realizes that "just friends" will never be enough. Now all he has to do is convince her to trust him with her heart . . .

My Opinion

Even better than the first. 

Honestly, I'm finding it hard to find words that I haven't used before to describe new Rachel Van Dyken books. I just adore everything about her writing and characters, and seriously can't get enough. 

The Playboy Bachelor is Bentley Wellington's story. On the outside he's a fun-loving joker, and playboy. However, beneath the surface there are some darker secrets causing him pain, which are only brought to light more with the help of meddling grandparents. 

Like always, this book made me smile. Bentley's humour was on point and his gentle teasing had me laughing. I also loved the second chance element with Margot. They complimented each other well, but also clashed since their issues were similar. It created a good balance of light and dark in the book. 


My only complaint it that it ended. I didn't want to come back to the real world and could have easily read another book on Bentley. Overall a definite must read. 

5

Thursday, 20 April 2017

Blog Tour Review ~ Paper Fools by Staci Hart

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In the game of love, she never loses.


Paper Fools by Staci Hart is available now!!

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Title: Paper Fools

Author: Staci Hart

Cover Designer: Quirkybird Designs

Photographer: Lauren Watson Perry

Aphrodite knows love — just don’t ask her to figure out her own mess.
Rather than deal with her sticky love life, she toys with the hearts of unwitting humans. It’s a little game she plays, and the stakes are high. Lucky for her, she’s just found the perfect match.
Lex is everything Dean needs, but he can’t have her.
It doesn’t matter that her eyes speak to a long forgotten part of him, or that her art and poetry touch his shredded heart. She’s off limits — crossing that line would implode his band and everything he’s ever cared about. There’s only one option: stay away from her, no matter the cost. Even if the price is his heart.
Dean is everything Lex wants, but she can’t take the risk.
The second she meets him, she knows her heart is in danger. She’s convinced it’s only attraction that has her hung up on the dark, quiet lead singer, but with every day that passes, she knows it’s more. It’s just that she can’t put her heart on the line. She won’t — love has never been worth the sacrifice.
If only they knew they were just pawns in a much bigger game. And in the game of love, Aphrodite never loses.
*Formerly titled Deer in Headlights, Paper Fools has been rewritten and reedited just for you.*

My Opinion

The premise of this book intrigued me. I haven't read many books with the theme of gods being in control of human relationships as part of some games. It was a different idea and I wanted to see what the author did with it.

Paper Fools turned out to be an okay read. I enjoyed the relationships between the gods and how the author modernised them. I thought that twist was clever and kept the book contemporary. It also made them easier to relate to.

Moreover, I liked the human drama between Dean and Lex. However, this is also the part that let the book down slightly. Because the gods were playing with the humans and creating situations to control them I found it hard to fully believe in the romance. There was a spark, but it all moved so quickly. I understand why this was, but I wanted more from the relationship to make their emotions believable.

Overall, this book has an interesting concept. At time the pace of the writing dragged while the relationship went too fast, but it was a good read. I still prefer A Thousand Letters though.

3.5

Excerpt:

She reached into her bag, digging around in the black hole for her book, but looked up, sensing someone in front of her. When her eyes locked on his, she froze. They were the greenest eyes she’d ever seen, shocking and bright, rimmed by thick, dark lashes. His long face was graced with an elegant nose and wide lips bent in a crooked smile. And he was tall, really tall, with ebony hair that fell forward as he looked down at her. He pushed it back without seeming to think about it, but it still looked perfectly tossed, like he’d just rolled out of bed. She realized she still hadn’t taken a breath and flushed as she fumbled and almost dropped her book. “Uh, hi. I’m Lex.” She tossed her hand in a wave, hoping she looked casual. He paused for a second, watching her with an expression she couldn’t quite place. The moment seemed to stretch on forever, and as she studied him, it dawned on her that he was amused. This unnerved her, even more so when it dawned upon her that it was exactly what he wanted. “Hey,” he said, the timbre of his voice deep and full. “I’m Dean.” Lex realized her mouth was open. And that he was smirking. And that he was dead sexy while he was doing it. She closed her mouth and cocked an eyebrow, putting on her snark to hide the fact that he’d gotten to her. “Dean, huh? I heard they call you Professor Panty Dropper.” His smile stretched wider. “Oh, is that what they say?” “They do.” A tall blond, who she guessed was Roe, stood at the microphone, glaring at them. “Mic check, Dean.” They stared at each other like idiots for a split second longer before Dean turned to pick up his guitar, and he took his place with the rest of the band. She watched him walk away and blinked a few times before turning to her bag again, not looking for anything in particular — she only wanted to keep her hands busy and her eyes off of Dean while she scraped her dignity off the floor.

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About the Author

Staci has been a lot of things up to this point in her life -- a graphic designer, an entrepreneur, a seamstress, a clothing and handbag designer, a waitress. Can't forget that. She's also been a mom, with three little girls who are sure to grow up to break a number of hearts. She's been a wife, though she's certainly not the cleanest, or the best cook. She's also super, duper fun at a party, especially if she's been drinking whiskey. From roots in Houston to a seven year stint in Southern California, Staci and her family ended up settling somewhere in between and equally north, in Denver. They are new enough that snow is still magical. When she's not writing, she's reading, sleeping, gaming, or designing graphics.

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Friday, 14 April 2017

Review ~ A Player for a Princess (Dirty Players, #2) by Tia Louise

A Player for a Princess (Dirty Players, #2)ebook purchased by myself.

Release Date: September 20th 2016

Description:
From the Mediterranean to the Caribbean, the game continues...
Zelda Wilder is on the run, this time from the ruthless assassins who've decided she knows too much to live.

"Playboy Prince" MacCallum Lockwood Tate isn't about to let the beautiful player who stole his heart get away--if only he could decide whether he wants to save her or spank her for her dangerous choices.

After tracking her down to a casino in St. Croix, Cal follows Zee back to Tortola where he intends to keep her safe. One problem: Zelda's criminal liaisons are two steps ahead of her.

Lives are threatened, and all of the players' skills are tested in this plot to capture a killer and save a princess.

My Opinion

I dived into this as soon as I finished book one. I loved book one and needed an end to Cal and Zelda's story. 

However, while I loved book one, I don't think this one lived up to the first. Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed it, I just don't think there was as much uniqueness about it. The characters kind of lost their quirks a little, such as the cons and racing. I get that the story needed to progress, but I liked the difference it gave book one.

Similarly, I didn't feel as much happened in this book. While it kept me hooked and I really enjoyed it, I just wanted more like in book one. 

Honestly, I think the author set the bar so high with book 1 that she would have had a hard time beating it no matter what she'd written. 


Overall, I think it was a good follow up and I did enjoy it--even if it sounds like I didn't. I'll definitely be reading the next one and I'd highly recommend both books. 

4

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