Tuesday, 20 March 2018

Review ~ Hit Girl by Tia Louise

Title: Hit Girl
Author: Tia Louise
Genre: Contemporary Romance/Thriller
Release Date: March 19, 2018

From USA Today bestselling author Tia Louise comes a thrilling tale of revenge.
My finest trick? 
Convincing you I’ve forgotten...
Names on a list.
Faces in a crowd.
One little girl.
They told me to get over it. 
I can't do that. 
I want them to pay.

My Opinion

My opinion is split on this book. On one hand I really wanted to like it. It did hold my attention, and it was something a little different. However, on the other, I can't help but feel a little disappointed.

To start with the good, it was the idea of a hit girl which caught my attention. Having read Tia's work before, I was intrigued to see what she did with the story. In general, this book did keep me intrigued. I liked the relationship between Molly and Joshua, and I did feel a connection between them. Hit Girl started off strongly like I expected, and that's where my problem comes in.

For me, this book wasn't what I was expecting. It started off like I thought it would, but then the plot drifted from that almost completely. It wasn't as dark as I thought it would be, and it also seemed the plot and characters weakened as the book went on. Molly especially. I felt her character was a little inconsistent.

As for the ending, it all felt a little too easy and there wasn't enough detail to back up the easiness of everything. It felt like that author barely skimmed the surface. It all happened a little too quickly for my liking too.

Overall, this isn't my favourite read by this author. I still think her Prince and the Player series is by far a lot better. However, Hit Girl may be worth a go if the blurb interests you.


"A flawless work of art that speaks to every part of the human psyche." -Amber, Goodreads
"Great writing. A great plot. Intriguing and well-developed characters. It was the whole package." -Between the Bookends
"If you're a lover of an awesome, suspenseful romance novel, HIT GIRL is absolutely for you!" -Becca's reviews
"An action-packed, sexually fueled story of revenge, love and redemption." -Beyond the Covers Blog
Tia Louise is the USA Today best-selling, award-winning author of When We Touch, the “Bright Lights,” “One to Hold,” and “Dirty Players” series, and co-author of the #4 Amazon bestseller The Last Guy.
After being a teacher, a book editor, a journalist, and finally a magazine editor, she started writing love stories and never stopped. 
A lover of the beach, sexy romance, dark chocolate, and sparkling wine, Louise lives in the Midwest with her trophy husband, two teenage geniuses, and one grumpy cat. 

Thursday, 15 March 2018

Review ~ Breakaway: A Rule Book Novel by A.M. Johnson

Title: Breakaway: A Rule Book Novel
Author: A.M. Johnson
Genre: Sports Romance (Stand alone)
Release Date: March 15, 2018

As Tampa Bay's star center, Mark Carmelo's life was hockey, and after a bitter and public break up, all he wanted to do was focus on the game. 
Until he saw her.
The one that got away.
The one he thought he'd never see again.
For thirteen years, Stevie West drowned in her lackluster life. Recently divorced from her “roommate” with passionless benefits, she was ready to start over. On her own.
Until she ran into him. 
The same man she'd met one year ago.
The temptation that had finally given her the courage to find herself again. 
When lightning strikes twice, there’s no way to deny the chemistry it creates.
But with both of them still nursing old wounds, Mark and Stevie will have to find a way around the other's defenses, a way to breakaway and score the one thing they never expected… love.

My Opinion

I was drawn to this book because of the sports element. While ice hockey isn't a big thing in the UK and I have no idea what the rules are except for get the puck in the goal, I love sports romances. And from the blurb, this sounded like one I'd enjoy and overall I did.

Breakaway kept me hooked and engaged. It started off strong and I felt for Stevie and Mark. I liked Stevie's integrity at the beginning and the fact the author didnt turn her into a cheat. However, I did feel the connection between the two of them and I wanted them to get together.

However, while I enjoyed it, there were two things that bugged me. First was it just didn't seem to go anywhere. The story was nice and a sweet romance, but it didn't feel like it had much depth. Second, the end kind of fizzled out. I did find myself skimming a bit more as the last few chapters progressed since the resolve came too easily.

These weren't major issues. Like I said, it made Breakaway more of a sweet read. But I do think the start was better than the end.

Overall, it was an enjoyable read. For the most part it held my interest and I enjoyed the sports element.


Sunday, 4 March 2018

Review ~ Playmaker (Breakaway, #3) by L.P. Dover

Title: Playmaker
Series: Breakaway #3
Author: L.P. Dover
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: February 27, 2018

He knows every play in the book. But she’s calling the shots.
I’m Maddox Ledger, all-star winger and the reason the Charlotte Strikers killed it in the playoffs. Yeah, the tabloids like to call me arrogant. A real hothead. All I see is a guy who plays to win. Wreaking havoc on the ice, breaking a few hearts—that’s all just part of the game. And I’m sure as hell not sitting on the bench.
When my teammate asks me to be in his wedding party, I can’t refuse. Lucky for me, the bridesmaid I’m paired with is the definition of eye candy, but she’s so much more than that. Lacey Easton is totally irresistible and she makes me want to be a better man. A glimpse of bare shoulder takes me back to a steamy, two-week Vegas tryst I can’t forget. One I’m eager to repeat.
Suddenly our one-night stand is turning into the sequel. Still, Lacey’s keeping secrets. She doesn’t trust me. And maybe I deserve it. But I know more than she thinks I do and there’s no chance I’m letting her get away—or letting another guy take what is mine. This time, I’m playing for keeps.

My Opinion

I think this has to be my favourite book in this series so far. I'll be honest and say I did consider not requesting it. Although I enjoyed the last two books, I haven't connected with LP's hockey players as much as her other characters. They aren't my favourite books by her, but since she is one of my favourite authors I couldn't resist ... and I'm glad Maddox pulled this series back for me.

Playmaker kept me up until 1:30am. I didn't realise how much time had gone by while I was reading it. I would have kept reading too had by kindle not died with three chapters left!

Anyway, the story kept me hooked and Maddox and Lacey were two people I could easily read about. Maddox wasn't what I expected, but I liked his tender side. I could also feel the connection between the two of them.

The only small complaints I have are sometimes things happened and decisions were made too quickly. I enjoyed the plot but sometimes it felt rushed. Also, I spent the majority of this book waiting for a dramatic big reveal only to have it fizzle out and not even show everyone's reaction to the news (I know that's vague. It'll make sense of you read this book). Normally, I wouldn't mind not being shown, it was just the book spent a long time setting up this drama between Maddox and Dallas. It was slightly disappointing.

I'm also not a fan of the covers. They don't seem to tie together or match, but that's not the author's issue and it doesn't affect the contents.

Overall though, I enjoyed this more than the previous two books. It kept me hooked and now I need to catch upon my missed sleep!


“And we’ll be right back,” Maddox announced, grabbing my wrist.
He pulled me away, and I went willingly with him. I glanced back at Braeden and he started toward us, but I shook my head, stopping him midstep. Maddox turned the corner, his eyes burning like fire.
“I thought I could get through this, but I can’t. I’m so fucking tired of the lies. I know who you are, Lacey.”
My heart stopped. I pretended to be stupid. “Of course, you know who I am. Stop being silly. We need to get back to the wedding.”
He stepped closer, caging me against the wall, with his lips so close to mine. “No,” he growled low. “I mean, I know who you are . . . Paige.” Keeping his eyes on mine, he glided a hand down my bare back and reached inside my dress, circling his fingers around my strawberry birthmark. My whole body broke out in chills. “Did you seriously think I wouldn’t recognize you?”
“Took you long enough,” I snapped.
“Oh, I knew who you were right after you left me in Vegas.” My mouth dropped. “Yeah, that’s right, sunshine. A well-paid private investigator can find out anything.”

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author L. P. Dover is a southern belle living in North Carolina with her husband and two beautiful girls. Before she began her literary journey she worked in periodontics, enjoying the wonderment of dental surgeries.
She loves to write, but she also loves to play tennis, go on mountain hikes and white water rafting, and has a passion for singing. Her two youngest fans expect a concert each and every night before bedtime, usually Christmas carols.
Dover has written countless novels, including her Forever Fae series, the Second Chances series, the Gloves Off series, the Armed & Dangerous series, the Royal Shifters series, the Society X series, the Circle of Justice series, and her standalone novel Love, Lies, and Deception. Her favorite genre to read and write is romantic suspense, but if she got to choose a setting in which to live, it would be with her faeries in the Land of the Fae.

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