Thursday, 19 November 2015

Review ~ Beneath These Scars (Beneath, #4) by Meghan March

Beneath These Scars (Beneath, #4)eARC received via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

Release Date: September 22nd 2015

Publisher: Self-published

I’m the guy you love to hate. 

In every story in my life, I seem to end up playing the villain—and I’ve got the scars to prove it.

That role works fine for me, because I’m sure as hell not anyone’s hero. 

I run my life and my empire with an iron fist—until she knocks my tightly controlled world off its axis.

She’s nobody’s damsel in distress, but I can’t help but want to save her anyway.

I guess we’re about to find out if there’s a hero buried … beneath these scars.

My Opinion

I really enjoyed this book. I received this awhile ago via NetGalley. However, I wasn't sure it could be as a standalone so I put off reading it. The others have been on my wish list and after--finally--reading the first two I thought I had enough information about the characters to read this without book 3 (which hopefully I'll get at a later date).

Also, I read book 3 and 4 out of order partly because I was more interested in Lucas than Lord. He played a bigger part in Beneath This Ink and I was intrigued to see how his life would develop. It's safe to say it didn't disappoint. I liked how he won me over. He was an asshole in book two, but slowly throughout this read I got to see his softer side. He may have hidden it beneath arrogance and denied it at times, but around Yve it was obvious.

Similarly, I liked Yve's strength. She was a respectable character with smarts and a good head on her shoulder. I liked how she refused to play the victim and even when she was scared she didn't ask for help. It might have seemed stupid, but I liked watching Lucas have to fight for her.

As for the story it held my attention well. A few things were predictable, but overall it was an engaging read. I didn't fully understand everything Lucas did with his business at the end, but that's my only qualm.

In general it was another great read. I'll definitely be going back to read book 3 and can't wait for more.


Wednesday, 18 November 2015

Review ~ Beneath This Ink (Beneath, #2) by Meghan March

Beneath This Ink (Beneath, #2)
ebook purchased by myself

Release Date: February 9th 2015

Publisher: Self-published

I’ve always known she was too good for me, but that never stopped me from wanting her. 

And then I finally had her for one night. 

A night I don’t remember. 

I figured I’d blown my shot. 

But now she’s walked back into my life, and this time, I have the upper hand. I want my second chance. 

Will she be able to see the man beneath this ink?

My Opinion

I enjoyed this more than book one. I started it straight after and I'll definitely be reading more in the series.

Beneath This Ink held my attention the whole way through. I loved Con and his story. He was a hot alpha male with a chip on his shoulder, but he came undone around Vanessa. I believed in him and felt for him every step of the way. I understood his reasoning for everything and I thought he was a well rounded character.

As for Vanessa, I liked her growth. I thought she developed well and there were twists in her story I didn't see coming. Although she had the nickname ice queen I liked her and grew to like her more as she found her confidence and started thinking for herself.

As for the plot, it was well crafted. It held my interest and I didn't guess all of the reveals.

Overall I'm excited to read book 3 and 4. I enjoyed this more than the first and can't wait to see what comes next.


Monday, 16 November 2015

Blog Tour ~ Not Enough by Mia Hoddell

Not Enough
by Mia Hoddell

Genre: Upper YA/NA Contemporary Romance

Release Date: November 16th 2015

Pages: 324

Neve Colvin isn’t good enough. As an introvert, her life is a never-ending list of labels and criticism. Pressures to change come from everyone—including the one person she thought would love her unconditionally … her mother. All Neve wants is acceptance, but surrounded by extroverts it’s a wish that’s nearly impossible to fulfil.

For Neve there’s only one solution: anyone disapproving must go. Even if it means only one person will remain.

That person is her lifelong friend Blake Reynolds. He’s seen the fights with her mum, the breakdowns caused by attacks on her personality, and the battles for acceptance. Each time she is left shattered and questioning who she is, he’s the one to collect the pieces of her broken heart. Shielding her from the cruelty is his only concern. But how can he protect her when Neve is concealing a secret so dark?

Blake thinks he knows everything about her, and with their relationship developing, he assumes Neve trusts him fully. However, there is one memory Neve is too ashamed of to share. Revealing it will test Blake’s loyalty beyond what she could ever ask, and Blake is the only friend she can’t afford to lose. He’s the one person capable of dragging her from the darkness plaguing her, but with pressures to conform increasing, even Blake may not be enough to pull her back this time.


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"From the dedication at the beginning up to the end this was both a thought provoking and an emotional read for me and I loved it!" - Sandra @ JeanzBookReadNReview

"This story tugged at my heartstrings, played on my every emotion. It was a beautifully written story of how an introverted young girl blossoms into a beautiful young woman." - Keren Hughes, Author of Nothing Like The First Time

"A heartbreaking read that sometimes had me close to tears." - Susan @ Ladies Living in Bookland

"Heartbreaking. Powerful. Real ... I literally lived the pages, not read them ... It's so well and beautifully written, it is more than just another YA novel." - Cristina @ Crazy Beautiful 


 “What are you doing?” I manage to get out around my laughs. She tenses at my words and then tilts her head back to fix me with a glare, her eyes blazing with irritation.
“I’m sleeping in the bath like I said I would. Why, what did you think I was doing? Teaching myself to swim?”
“I know what you’re doing. I think that’s obvious. What I meant was why are you doing this?” I step into the room and move in front of her so she doesn’t have to crane her neck to see me.
“You know why.”
“You’re not sleeping in here, Stripes.”
“Watch me.”
I cross my arms. There’s no way I’m going back to bed and allowing her to sleep in a bath. The only problem is that it’s hard to maintain a frustrated expression when everything about the situation is so damn funny. “Be back in a second.”
She mumbles something that sounds like “I’m not going anywhere” to my back as I rush out of the bathroom. Rummaging in my drawer, I find what I’m looking for then I’m back in the room with Neve in seconds.
Before she can react, I have a camera in front of me.
“Smile,” I tease, only it causes her glower to darken. Three lines appear on her forehead as her face screws up.
“Delete that now.”
“Nope. Get out of the bath and I might let you.”
“I’m not getting out. I told you I’m sleeping here.”
“Why all the drama? We’ve slept in the same bed for ages now. It’s not a big deal.” She rolls over, showing me her back, and ignores me. “Stripes, get out of the bath.”
“Night, Blake.”
If she thinks I’m going to give up that easy, she’s got another surprise coming. She should know by now that I don’t give up and people don’t say no to me. I put the camera on the counter by the sink, needing both of my hands.
Carefully, so as not to reveal my intentions, I lean over the bath and line up my hands. With one swift motion, I grip her tightly, heaving her out of the tub and throwing her over my shoulder as she screams, “Put me down, Blake!”
“I told you, you’re not sleeping in a bath. Now shut up and stop hitting my back.” My light and jovial words only serve to make her flail around even more. I manage to pin her legs, but I’m powerless to do anything to stop her hands pounding against my back. It’s not enough to hurt, that’s not her intention, but the squirming is becoming increasingly frustrating.
When I reach the bed, I drag her back over my shoulder and dump her on the mattress. She bounces, not able to hide the laughter on her face while she stares at me and hiccups. This is how I like to see her, carefree and happy. It’s rare nowadays that I catch a glimpse of Neve when she’s truly happy, but in this moment there isn’t a strained muscle in her body. It’s natural, and I can’t stop myself from watching her. I’m still amazed that I’m the one who can bring out her joy and it baffles me that she’s allowed herself to be mine.
We remain gazing at each other with ridiculous grins for a minute. When I’m sure she isn’t going to run, I move around to my of the bed side. Her head follows me, and when I go to climb in beside her, she rolls over. She throws her arms and legs out wide, taking up the entire mattress.
You’re in the bath then.” She points at the door with the hand furthest away from me, a devilish twinkle in her eyes. It takes me a while to respond. The sight of her body stretched out in her skimpy pyjamas makes my throat dry, and I have to consciously remind myself to swallow. My gaze focuses on her pale skin, which is exposed by her shirt riding up and the top of her shorts lowering as a result of her actions.
“I don’t think so.” My voice comes out more breathless than I expect as I watch her spread out in front of me.
“Well, you’re not sleeping in here with me.”
“My bed, my rules.” I place one knee on the mattress and climb on. My arms support most of my weight so my body is directly above hers. “So, I can either sleep on the left … or on top of you.” My voice drops into a murmur and she gulps, her lips parting as I hover over her. “Take your pick, Stripes.” 


About the Author

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

Mia has written over ten titles including her Seasons of Change series, the Chequered Flag series, the Elemental Killers series, and her standalone novels False Finder and Not Enough.

Her favourite genres are contemporary romance or romantic suspense, and with an ever growing list of ideas she is trying to keep up with the speed at which her imagination generates them. She also designs book covers on her website M Designs.

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Sunday, 15 November 2015

Review ~ Beneath This Mask (Beneath #1) by Meghan March

Beneath This Mask (Beneath, #1)
ebook downloaded for free via Amazon

Release Date: September 29th 2014

Publisher: Self-published

He loves me, and he doesn’t even know my real name. 

The limelight that follows him could expose everything I’m hiding. But even knowing the risks, I can’t force myself to stay away. 

I’m going to break his heart, but mine will shatter right along with it. 

Will we lose it all when I reveal what’s beneath this mask?

My Opinion

I'm going to keep this review short as I read this book purely for pleasure. I found it because the author is attending a signing I'm going to and when I saw it free I couldn't resist.

Beneath the Mask was an enjoyable and captivating read. I couldn't put it down. It drew me in with its interesting story line and I really liked the characters. Simon was caring yet strong while Charlie was strong and stubborn. I thought both of their stories were well developed and they were believable characters.

Overall a read I couldn't put down and I'm starting book 2 now.


Thursday, 12 November 2015

Review ~ How to Fall by Rebecca Brooks

How to Fall
eARC received via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

Release Date: November 16th 2015

Publisher: Entangled Publishing


One week of adventure might just lead to love…

Julia Evans has always put others ahead of herself--her high school math students, her troubled best friend, and her ex. But with New Year's approaching, she buys a round trip ticket to Brazil. For one week, she can put her needs first. She can meet a stranger in the hotel pool at midnight and dance all night on the beach.

Screenwriter Blake Williams has to keep moving before Oz's latest scandal catches up to him. But the dark-haired beauty with a backpack and an adventurous streak is messing with his plans. He can't seem to walk away from her. But secrets have a way of coming out, and when the week is up, Julia and Blake will have to decide if they're jumping into the biggest adventure of all or playing it safe.

My Opinion

This book definitely grew on me. I wasn't sure I was going to make it to the end, but I'm glad I stuck with it.

How To Fall wasn't a slow read by any means. It jumps straight into the action when Julia arrives in Brazil and I think that's what took me aback at first. It was quite a jarring start and I was trying to get my head around all of the details that were missing and who everyone was. Then when the fling began I found I was racing to catch up with the events that were moving too quickly.

Luckily, things do become explained and at around 40% I couldn't put this book down. I loved the culture and different setting. It's clear the author has spent time in Brazil and it made the book authentic.

Similarly, the characters grew on me. I did feel the spark and chemistry between Blake and Julia. Once they started more of a relationship the book held my attention better. Blake was sweet, but also hot. I would have like their back stories to have been delved into a bit more in an emotional sense. I felt they were very much factual statements placed in throughout the book. I didn't feel the emotions I expected in that sense, but it was still an enjoyable read without it.

The only other thing was at times I did wish the author got to the point a little quicker. Sometimes the writing seemed to ramble and I felt some of the longer sections could have been condensed.

Other than that, overall this was a good read and it transported me to a world of sun and beaches which was perfect for the changing seasons here. I think this one will grow on people of the give it a chance.


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