Saturday, 18 April 2015

Review ~ Winter Kiss (Gloves Off #4.5) by L.P. Dover

Winter Kiss (Gloves Off, #4.5)ebook purchased by myself.

Release Date: February 1st 2015

What do you want in your stocking this Christmas? How about your favorite Gloves Off fighter, Ryley Jameson?

After moving away to their cabin, Ashleigh and Ryley have grown to love each other more and more every single day. Their lives will be forever changed as soon as their twins are born, but Ryley is determined to get what he wants this holiday season. He just hopes Ashleigh will give him this gift before it’s too late.

Perhaps Christmas bells aren’t the only sounds you hear this season. Maybe there’ll be some wedding bells and the pitter patter of little feet. It’s a holiday wish you don’t want to miss.

My Opinion

Okay, I caved and bought this. I've wanted it for ages but I have a thing about buying novellas. Anyway it was only 99p so I thought what the hell. I've always loved Ryley and I needed to know what happens in this.

Anyway, I'm glad I caved. This was an adorable novella that was cute, sweet, and filled in a few gaps between the books in the series. Ryley melted my heart once again--I need a Ryley!

If you follow my reviews and blog you'll know I'm a huge fan of this series and with the last book releasing soon I'm glad I could extend it a bit more. If you love the Gloves Off seriously buy the novella. It will put a smile on your face.


Friday, 17 April 2015

Review ~ Very Twisted Things (Briarcrest Academy #3) by Ilsa Madden-Mills

Very Twisted Things (Briarcrest Academy, #3)ebook borrowed via Kindle Unlimited.

Release Date: March 1st 2015


A sassy violinist who lives next door. 
An obsessed rock star who watches her through binoculars. 
And one night when she bares it all. 
Life will never be the same in Tinseltown.

Vital Rejects front guy Sebastian Tate never imagined his YouTube music video would go viral, sky-rocketing him to acting success in Hollywood.Okay, maybe he did. After all, he’s a cocky dude who knows he’s hot-as-hell, and it was only a matter of time before his stars aligned. 

But life in Tinseltown is never what it seems. 

After being cheated on by his ex-lover, his only rule to falling in love is simple: Keep Calm and Don’t Do It. So, spying on his mysterious new neighbor with binoculars seems innocent enough, but quickly escalates into an erotic game between two very unlikely people.

Twenty-year-old Violet St. Lyons is a world-renowned violinist who's lost her mojo on stage. She hides away in a Hollywood mansion, trying to find her way through her twisted past in order to make her future. 

He’s the life of the party with girls chasing him down for his autograph. She’s the introvert with a potty mouth who doesn’t even know who he is.

When they meet, stars collide, sparks fly, and clothes come off. Yet, giving his heart to a girl isn’t Sebastian’s plan; falling for a guy who craves attention isn’t Violet’s. 

Welcome to Briarcrest Academy—Hollywood style—where sometimes the best things in life are VERY TWISTED THINGS.

This book is a standalone even though it's part of a series. Everything you need to know is in this book. Genre: 18+ Hot New Adult Romance.

My Opinion

This was an all right read. It kept me entertained and was fast-paced, but I didn't connect with it as much as I thought I would.

The start hooked me and the book did hold my interest the whole way through. I liked Sebastian's flirty personality and I think I liked Violet. There was a slight spark between them, but at times their actions were childish, which is what's lowered my rating. Sebastian at times was a jerk and Violet reactions didn't give a solid enough personality for me. She wasn't strong or weak and the flipping between the two felt a bit unrealistic as there wasn't a consistent growth.

Moreover, I do think more could have been done with the characters' back stories. I felt the author only scratched the surface with the emotions and I wanted more.

Overall though this was a quick, easy read. It was mostly enjoyable an the writing was good but I'm not convinced to follow the series.


Thursday, 16 April 2015

ARC Review ~ The Consequence of Loving Colton (Consequence #1) by Rachel Van Dyken

The Consequence of Loving Colton (Consequence, #1)eARC received via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

Release Date: April 21st 2015

My name is Milo Caro and I have a confession to make.

I’ve been in love with Colton Mathews since I was five. He should have known that sharing a cookie with a sugar obsessed little monster would do the trick–it sealed his fate. So really, the fact that he’s sporting a black eye, a limp, almost got ran over by a car, and was nearly responsible for another person’s death? Right. HIs fault. Not mine. 

I made a pact with myself–this weekend would be different. I’d come home for my brothers wedding, smile, and Colton would naturally melt into my arms, we’d get married have five kids, live in a house by the river, and get a dog named scratch (clearly I’ve thought this through).

What really happened? I punched my brother in the face, Colton kissed me and apologized, I lied about having a boyfriend, oh and everyone wants to meet the mystery man. 

They say laughter always comes before insanity–ha, ha. All I wanted was my brother’s best friend…instead I’m sitting in prison. 

Let this be a lesson to you all…life rarely happens the way you want it to. 

Damn cookie.

My Opinion

Oh, where do I begin? Having only read this author's Eagle Elite series I wasn't sure what to expect with a contemporary romance. I knew I liked Rachel's style, but I couldn't predict the reaction I had to this book.

I don't think I've ever read a romance that's made me smile or actually laugh out loud so much. From the start I couldn't stop reading The Consequence of Loving Colton and it had me giggling to myself until 2am where sleep finally took over. I didn't think it would have so much humour, but it just kept making me laugh. It was a bit silly/slapstick at times, but it was light-hearted and exactly what I needed.

I loved the chaos and situation that arose. Max was brilliant, and grandma? Oh my god, I was crying at one point with laughter. The bonds between the characters were amazing and everything flowed excellently. The cast bounced off each other's personalities and it felt like a real family. Things were laid back, a little crazy, and all over the place yet it worked. It was the type of crazy you get at big family gatherings and I loved it.

Similarly, I liked what happened with the romance. The games played were humorous, cute, and entertaining. Max's big mouth had a permanent grin on my face as he got involved in every situation and he was just such an in your face character you can't help but love. The relationship between him and Milo was obvious and endearing character.

One of the other reasons I liked this book is that things took their time. There was no sex until the end and aside from some hot kissing, game, or challenges, the book focused more on getting the couple together. I thought the plot was brilliantly crafted and I could have easily read more.

Overall I'd highly recommend this. It's one of my favourite reads so far this year and I can guarantee it will make you smile. It's a light-hearted, humorous romance that deals with a crazy family and it will keep you gripped.


Wednesday, 15 April 2015

Review ~ Reclaimed By Her Master by April Vine

Reclaimed By Her MastereARC received via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

Release Date: April 28th 2015

Publisher: Lyrical Press

He’ll catch her in the act—and never let her go.

No one breaches the defenses of billionaire Dom Stephen Black—until Aria Swift does just that, stealing a priceless painting from his collection—along with his heart. But two can play that game, and soon a treasured necklace that belonged to Aria’s late mother ends up in Stephen’s skilled, waiting hands—along with a dare to retrieve it…

Eight years later, Aria is ready to put closure on her infamous past by meeting Stephen’s challenge. And suddenly, she’s caught in his trap…

There’s only one way to master a woman like Aria—and only one place to do it. Stephen’s luxuriously decadent Gold Room is where he’ll mete out her punishment, stroke by excruciatingly ecstatic stroke. Where Aria will submit to his every desire—and find in his touch, in his control, a frenzied yearning, and the ultimate pleasure of surrender…

My Opinion

Reclaimed By Her Master was a quick, hot read. It was a lot more intense than other books I've read in this genre and Stephen's control was more exaggerated than what I'm used to.

This book is a novella so it's short and only takes place over one night. Because of that it leaves little room for character development, but I could feel the spark and connection between the Aria and Stephen. I was intrigued by the start and I liked the resistance between them.

I will admit that I didn't always find the writing clear to follow. A few times I had to flick back because things weren't making sense and weren't easy to understand or imagine. This was mostly in the latter parts of the book.

Overall though, it was a hot read. It kept my interest and if you're interested in this type of thing it may interest you.


Tuesday, 14 April 2015

Review ~ Before He Was A Secret (Starstruck #3) by Becky Wicks

Before He Was A Secret (Starstruck #3)ebook received via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

Release Date: February 24th 2015

“What if we can’t choose
Every battle we win and lose
What if we decided years before, to live this life, to fight these wars
And all the dreams we ever thought were ours
Were written in the stars”

Waiting tables isn't exactly what singer/songwriter Stephanie has in mind for her move to Nashville, but memories of the past and a case of writer’s block mean inspiration isn’t coming easy. When brooding pianist Conor Judge opens his mouth in a smoky bar he proves music can heal, and even help you re-write your story, but a history of his own means the one thing he starts to want most is always just out of reach. Stephanie. 

Enter Travis Flynn - an upcoming star who won’t take no for an answer, and a record label intent on helping Stephanie shine, without Conor. As fame comes knocking as hard as the ghosts of their pasts, it soon becomes clear that no matter how hard you might fall in love, having the perfect songs doesn’t always mean perfect harmony.

My Opinion

I was intrigued to read this book after reading the second in the series last year. Whilst I did have my problems with that book (cute animal killing :-( ), I liked the author's style and I wanted to read a book she promised had no killing in.

Before He Was A Secret was a laid back read. It had a good cast of characters who were likeable and they had a good amount of growth. The music side of things were well developed and I felt the setting was created so that it felt believable. All I know about Nashville is what's on the TV program and whilst this was similar in some ways, I enjoyed the story in book form.

Moreover, I liked the relationship. I think Conor grew well with Stephanie's help as he moved away from the life he's known. I think he was already doing it himself, but they managed to encourage each other and grow their career. It was a sweet romance and relationship that keeps you happy.

The only negative is I didn't feel the pacing was as good as the second book. Before He Was A Secret lost my attention around the three quarter mark. The progressions seemed to drag on and the story line was slightly predictable. Thankfully things do pick back up, and I'm glad I knew this author's previous work to keep me stuck with it.

Overall, this was a cute read. It feels realistic and is probably one of the more believable romances I've read so far this year in terms of setting and time scale. It was enjoyable for most part and I like the author's laid back style.


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