Monday, 26 January 2015

Book Blitz ~ False Finder by Mia Hoddell



False Finder
Release Date: 01/13/15
Limitless Publishing
400 pages

Summary from Goodreads:
Cora has been able to detect lies since she was born, she’s…a False Finder.

However when blackmail, betrayal, and lying are all the population has to protect themselves, it makes her dangerous. It also makes her a target.

Because of Cora’s ability, Rogan Carvelli—London’s biggest criminal leader—has been trying to acquire her for years.

Cora has learned to survive and remain undetected—at least until one careless mistake causes her friends to betray her.

Sold to Carvelli, Cora is only left with the help of a secret organisation to escape. She knows nothing about them, but they have saved her too many times to ignore.

However, the closer she gets, the clearer it becomes…
Their motives are far from innocent.


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Leaning forward, both arms propping his strong body up on the desk, Rogan glared at her. 

“I tried to be cordial. I agreed to your insane demands but this ends here and now. You will sign this contract stating you are employed by me or things are going to get very bad for you, very quickly.” 

Cora matched his stance, pulling herself up and meeting his gaze with unwavering eyes. 

“Get this into your head now as I’m not going to say it again. I am not, nor will I ever let you own me. I will never sign that piece of paper.” Cora kept her voice level, matching his tone with equal determination. She didn’t have a plan for how to get out but she knew she would never sign his contract. 

“Is that so? I beg to differ.” A flash of uncertainty flickered before Cora’s eyes as he spoke, not sure where he was going with his comment. It didn’t fail to escape Rogan’s notice and on the inside he was smiling with joy at his forward thinking. 

“You can’t force me to sign it!” 

“Am I that crass? I won’t have to force you.” 

Picking up a remote from the top of the desk, he pointed it at a painting that was hung on the wall to the right of Cora. It moved to reveal a flat screen TV and with the click of another button it flickered into life. 

As the image became clearer on the screen, Cora gasped in shock. Her hand moved to cover her mouth in disbelief and her head was shaking, not wanting to believe the truth that was before her eyes. 

“Still don’t want to reconsider my offer?” Rogan asked triumphantly, knowing he had won.

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 or romantic, and has an overactive imagination that keeps her up until the early hours of the morning. 

By the age of nineteen, Mia had published nine books, including the Elemental Killers series and the Seasons of Change series. Since then, her books have charted on numerous Amazon Bestseller Lists, and she has also had poems published in a many anthologies. With an ever growing list of ideas, Mia continues to create fictional worlds through her writing, and is trying to keep up with the speed at which her imagination generates them.

She also designs book covers and banners on her website M Designs 

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Friday, 23 January 2015

Review ~ Holding Strong (Ultimate #2) by Lori Foster

Holding Strong (Ultimate, #2)
eARC received via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

Release Date: March 31st 2015

Publisher: Harlequin

Description:
An up-and-coming MMA fighter wants more than just one night from a woman fleeing her past in New York Times bestselling author Lori Foster's irresistible new novel 

Heavyweight fighter Denver Lewis plays real nice, but he doesn't share. That's why he's been avoiding top-notch flirt Cherry Peyton. But a man can only resist those lush curves for so long. Their encounter surpasses all his fantasies, bringing out protective urges that Cherry's about to need more than she knows… 

Denver's combination of pure muscle and unexpected tenderness has been driving Cherry wild. Yet no sooner does she get what she's been craving than old troubles show up on her doorstep. And this time, Cherry can't hide behind a carefree facade. Because the man by her side is one who'll fight like hell to keep her safe…if only she'll trust him enough to let him…

My Opinion

After loving both the novella and book one in this series, I was thrilled to  be accepted for Holding Strong. I'm still really into MMA romances, and even more so when they are a romantic suspense.

Just like with the first one I really enjoyed the story. I thought Cherry had a good mixture of strength and vulnerability, and I also liked how she came to rely and trust Denver. I thought the pacing on this side of things was good, and it made me love Denver even more. Despite being frustrated by her lack of sharing, he stayed by her and was patient. His strength was obvious and he was a moralistic character. I liked that he wasn't the typical 'badboy' who's an asshole. Yeah, he was possessive and a little controlling but it was just the right amount and it was clear--most of the time--it was for Cherry's safety.

Overall I liked the suspense with Carver, Mitty, and Gene. They felt dangerous and unstable, making them believable villains. However, I did feel their story wasn't as fully developed as it could have been, especially the ending. They dipped in and out of things and I would have liked for them to cause more trouble and have had a longer stand off with Cherry. The ending just felt very rushed.

As well as this the start also had the same problem. Denver and Cherry had sex way too quickly, and I wasn't too keen on it. I thought the middle section was good but the start and ending came and went with little detail or build up.

Despite all of that, I still enjoyed this read and I definitely want to read Stack's story next. If you like romantic suspense, with MMA fighters you should check this series out.



4

Wednesday, 21 January 2015

Cover Reveal ~ Camden's Redemption by L. P. Dover




RELEASE DATE: FEBRUARY 22, 2015

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For so long, UFC Middleweight fighter, Camden Jameson lived in his twin brother’s shadow, competing to be the best. When he lost his way, he turned to the Dark Side and did some unforgiveable things. After his betrayal, he tried to earn his redemption, but it wasn’t enough. Now his whole world has fallen apart and he’s on the run from those who want him dead. But he’s not alone.

Undercover agent, Brooklyn Avery, has been assigned to Camden’s case, to watch and protect him. For months, she’s been in the shadows, keeping her distance. All of that changes when the mission takes a dangerous turn and she needs to get closer to protect him. Their love is forbidden, but once they see past each other’s scars, they realize they have what it takes to heal the other. Unfortunately, Camden still has a price to pay for his sins.

Lives will be lost, some will be damaged, and a dark, hidden secret will be revealed. In the end, Camden finally learns what it means to put everything on the line for love, even if it costs him.



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USA Today Bestselling author, L.P. Dover, is a southern belle residing in North Carolina along with her husband and two beautiful girls. Before she even began her literary journey she worked in Periodontics enjoying the wonderment of dental surgeries. 

Not only does she love to write, but she loves to play tennis, go on mountain hikes, white water rafting, and you can’t forget the passion for singing. Her two number one fans expect a concert each and every night before bedtime and those songs usually consist of Christmas carols. 

Aside from being a wife and mother, L.P. Dover has written over nine novels including her Forever Fae series, the Second Chances series, and her standalone novel, Love, Lies, and Deception. Her favorite genre to read is romantic suspense and she also loves writing it. However, if she had to choose a setting to live in it would have to be with her faeries in the Land of the Fae.




Tuesday, 20 January 2015

Review ~ All Fall Down (Embassy Row #1) by Ally Carter

All Fall Down (Embassy Row #1)eARC received via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

Release Date: February 5th 2015

Publisher: Orchard Books

Description:
Grace can best be described as a daredevil, an Army brat, and a rebel. She is also the only granddaughter of perhaps the most powerful ambassador in the world and Grace has spent every summer of her childhood running across the roofs of Embassy Row.

Now, at age sixteen, she's come back to stay - in order to solve the mystery of her mother's death. In the process, she uncovers an international conspiracy of unsettling proportions, and must choose her friends and watch her foes carefully if she and the world are to be saved.

My Opinion

I first found Ally Carter by chance with the Gallagher Girls. I loved the first book in this series, so I was excited to start All Fall Down because I hoped it would live up to it. It's safe to safe to say I wasn't disappointed.

All Fall Down is filled with Carter's usual action, rebel teen, sense of adventure, and humour. She has a clear sense of style and I found myself pulled into the world she created, even though I'm not normally a fan of foreign politics. The author struck a good balance of realism and fantasy in the world she creates, whereby there was enough detail to give all of the necessary background details, but not enough for it to drag.

Similarly, I liked Grace and her conflicting emotions about the death of her mother. The way things were set up were interesting, and overall I liked it. However, I can't help but feel it was a little too similar to Gallagher Girls with all of the secret tunnels, sneaking, and heroics. Grace also was quite similar to Cammie in my opinion, which for me was quite a let down as I would have expected more variation. As well as this I'm not really sure what went down between Alexei and Grace and whether or not it's more than friendship. I wouldn't class this book as a romance and I don't really think it needs it to be honest. 


In general though I did like the story. It was a quick, easy read that I would say is aimed at a younger audience as I did roll my eyes at a few sections in disbelief. I also found it pretty predictable, but nonetheless it's interesting and I hope there's more to come.

4

Monday, 19 January 2015

Review ~ As Red as Blood (Lumikki Andersson #1) by Salla Simukka

As Red as Bloodebook received via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

Release Date: August 1st 2014

Publisher: Amazon Skyscape

Description:
In the midst of the freezing Arctic winter, seventeen-year-old Lumikki Andersson walks into her school’s dark room and finds a stash of wet, crimson-colored money. Thousands of Euros left to dry—splattered with someone’s blood.

Lumikki lives alone in a studio apartment far from her parents and the past she left behind. She transferred into a prestigious art school, and she’s singularly focused on studying and graduating. Lumikki ignores the cliques, the gossip, and the parties held by the school’s most popular and beautiful boys and girls.

But finding the blood-stained money changes everything. Suddenly, Lumikki is swept into a whirlpool of events as she finds herself helping to trace the origins of the money. Events turn even more deadly when evidence points to dirty cops and a notorious drug kingpin best known for the brutality with which he runs his business.

As Lumikki loses control of her carefully constructed world, she discovers that she’s been blind to the forces swirling around her—and she’s running out of time to set them right. When she sees the stark red of blood on snow, it may be too late to save her friends or herself.

My Opinion

This was an interesting read. I love dark novels set in the snow, and especially in foreign countries. I also enjoy it when fairytale twists are involved. In fact when I saw the title and description of this book it reminded of Marcus Sedgwick's Blood Red Snow White, which I think is what intrigued me.

As Red As Blood had me hooked from the start and it only took me a few hours to finish. Overall it was a good read. I enjoyed the story and pacing, it was fast-pace but written well so that things were clear and easy to follow. In general I liked the idea, yet I can't help but feel it could have been executed a lot better.

The main issue I had was everything was so predictable. Also the reveal came way to early and therefore I found my attention straying towards the end because it was obvious what was going on. I think the author could have added a lot more layers to the plot to cover things better.

Similarly the ending seemed too rushed. This was the only part of the book that felt badly paced. I don't get how things went down and it isn't properly explained which was a shame as I would have liked to see that.

Moreover, whilst Lumikki was an interesting lead, I never felt like I really got to know her--or any of the characters for that matter. I enjoyed reading the sections about her tailing people and she was clearly clued up and smart, but I didn't get much in terms of personality. Elisa had more of a personality but little back story. I just felt there was a lot more potential.


Overall, whilst it did have issues, I liked the book overall. I will most probably read the next book and if you like books involving the criminal underworld it might be for you.

3

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