Saturday, 30 April 2016

Review ~ Not The One (Lost in London #1) by Amy Daws

Not The One
ebook purchased by myself.

Release Date: December 7th 2015

Publisher: Self-published 

My name is Reyna Miracle. Even though a part of my name is Miracle, there’s nothing miraculous about me. My body portrays the tales of my life. Every feeling, every heartbreak, every emotion. Marked. Inked. Stained. A walking canvas of my messed up truth. But there’s one confession I can’t put in a tattoo. A confession that will kill me to tell, but my best friend died before I had the chance. Now I’m left with him. The only one who can hold me in the night and squeeze that spot on my neck that feels like my lifeline between sanity and chaos. But we don’t work together. We’re absolute poison for each other. We’re a stifling, suffocating, sickness of darkness. But I feel safe...because I’ve made an art of pushing people away. Now he’s pushing back… And making me believe... Making me wonder... Maybe, just maybe... I could be the one.

My Opinion

This was an okay read. It held my interest, but I found it a struggle to engage with the character's story a bit too much. I didn't quite understand Reyna's reasons behind pushing everyone away and thinking the things she did. Saying that, it still kept me engaged.


Friday, 29 April 2016

Blog Tour Review ~ Filthy Foreign Exchange by S.E. Hall & Angela Graham

Filthy Foreign Exchange
eARC received via the tour company in exchange for an honest review

Release Date: April 24th 2016

Publisher: Self-published

Echo Kelly is loyal to her studies, family, and aerial artistry. She has no time for or interest in anything else, and is heartbroken when her oldest brother, Sebastian, gets accepted to a study-abroad program— exchanging places with cocky, not-at-all-shy foreign exchange student Kingston Hawthorne.

Kingston Hawthorne had the life every twenty-year-old guy dreams of— endless cash, easy women, and fast cars— until his father ripped it all away, shipping him off to the States and placing him temptingly close to the underage virgin who fascinates him in the most challenging of ways.

With Kingston’s bedroom just a connecting bathroom away from Echo’s, the chemistry between them is even more enticing than the notes he leaves for her on the shower door.

How long can you pretend you’re just friends?

My Opinion

These authors are both first time reads for me. Therefore, when I signed up to this tour I wasn't sure what I was was getting. However, the book sounded hot, had a great cover, and sounded intriguing with a different premise in regards to the foreign exchange concept.

In general, that was what I got. The book was interesting and kept me engaged. It is a slow builder and since it's a duet there's a lot of dancing around each other in the romance. Kingston and Echo are instantly attracted to each other, but nothing really happens in this book except a kiss. It made this book a gentle read. 

Saying that, the reason I haven't rated it higher is because of one thing it did, which happens to be one of my pet hates. The British English was completely stereotypical and overused. It had me cringing with some of the things Kingston said and the realism wasn't there considering his age. Being around his age and English, his language wasn't believable. Sure, people here say some of the stuff he does, but not to the extent conveyed and as a Brit it was irritating. I also found some of the explanations a bit insulting. We do understand Americanisms here, and at times it felt slightly patronising. Maybe that's just me because I have a thing about American authors writing British characters, but it's something I struggle to over look.

Overall, the story was good and I'll more than likely read the next to see how it ends.


Thursday, 28 April 2016

Review ~ Black (Black #1) by T.L. Smith

Black (Black, #1)
ebook purchased by myself.

Release Date: January 29th 2016

Publisher: Self-published

I am loyal, but I will betray you.
I am strong, but I have scars.
I am an angel, but the devil.
I met her when I was sixteen, she was a breath of fresh air. She swooped in, making me smile. But then she left, taking my next breath with her.
Her smile could light up a room, making my black heart pitter patter.
I found her again ten years later, with a syringe in her arm. 
Blood coming from her legs.
She was broken and I was glad she was broken. She wouldn't think less of me and my damaged ways.

My Opinion

This was another impulse buy because it was on sale and the author is attending a signing I'm going to. The blurb didn't give much away, but combined with the price it intrigued me enough to take a chance on it.

Now I've reached the end I'm really not sure what to make of Black. The start was very choppy and disjointed. It took me a while to figure out what was going on and get into the writing style. I found throughout the entire book there were moments of unclarity whereby it wasn't alway clear who was speaking or being talked about. It did lead me to re-read sections a few times.

Saying that, things did get more interesting towards the middle. It held my attention and I liked the sinister, dark, gritty plot line. It was a twisted book, but it was intriguing.

I'm not really sure what to make of the characters. They were okay, but didn't really connect with me. It's kind of hard to connect with a hitman and a druggie though. I sympathised with Rose, but not overly.

The thing that really tore me about this book was the ending. I could see how it was goon to end a mile off. I wanted the author to prove me wrong and give me the ending I wanted. Sadly, it just doesn't unfold that way. And even though I could see it coming, it still left me feeling dejected.

Overall, it's not a bad book. It was a quick darker read, but I didn't fall in love with the writing style. I felt there was more to be got out of the story and things needed to be clearer. Though if you like darker reads you may want to give it a go.


Wednesday, 27 April 2016

Review ~ Conquered Match (Coded for Love #3) by Lynne Silver

Conquered Match (Coded for Love #3)
eARC received via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

Release Date: April 18th 2016

Publisher: Beyond the Page

The Program: an organization of elite soldiers with superior strength, agility, and intellect. These men put their lives on the line to execute the government’s most dangerous missions. 

When soldier Ryan Lopez learns his beloved wife, Thea, has betrayed his team by going to the media and spilling Program secrets, he takes matters into his own hands and punishes her the only way he knows how—by seducing her until she’s begging for release. 

The more Ryan takes control of her body, the more he realizes he’s never fully understood Thea’s dark desires. And now that he’s had a taste, he doesn’t want to stop. Testing both their limits in a night of unbound passion, it will take every bit of Ryan’s strength to prove to the woman he loves that she is also his conquered match.

My Opinion

This wasn't what I was expecting. After reading book 1 and 2 back-to-back, I had to request this as soon as I saw it up on NetGalley. However,  I was surprised to find it was only a short story, not a full-length novel. It was really just one scene explaining what happened when Thea went to the press to expose The Program. 

It was a short, hot read, focusing solely on sexual punishments and teasing, I just wish there had been more. It felt more like a bonus scene than an actual book in the series. 

It was a good, enjoyable, quick read that was steamy, it just wasn't what I was expecting. At least Xander looks like he'll be getting his book next and hopefully that will be full-length and live up to my hopes.


Saturday, 23 April 2016

Round up ~ Corps Security by Harper Sloan

All books either downloaded for free via Amazon or purchased by myself.

These are only mini reviews and ratings since I read this series purely for enjoyment. If you would like more detail, leave a comment and I'll explain :-)

Axel (Corps Security, #1)Axel by Harper Sloan
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is the first book I've ever read by this author, and I enjoyed it. Filled with lots of action and alpha-maleness, I was hooked.

Cage (Corps Security, #2)Cage by Harper Sloan
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I was a little wary about starting this book as after seeing a few more bad reviews about this and Greg's character I wasn't sure I wanted to ruin my image of him from book 1. However, I'm not sure what all of the bad reviews were talking about. Sure, he acts like a pig sometimes, but I enjoyed this book just as much as the first and it wasn't nearly as bad as I was expecting. A good read and Cage is a consistent character with wanting to protect his family.

Beck (Corps Security, #3)Beck by Harper Sloan
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This was an okay read. It's not my favourite as there was too much repetition from the previous books and not a lot of variation in the story, but it was interesting to see into Dee's mind.

Uncaged (Corps Security, #3.5)Uncaged by Harper Sloan
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I liked this one better than Beck. Although it was a shorter read, it's a nice sweet story with some heart-wrenching moments. And that ending! The author ha better build on that at some point. I want to know more about Cohen.

Cooper (Corps Security, #4)Cooper by Harper Sloan
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I enjoyed this. It wasn't what I was expecting when I started the series, but it was an enjoyable read. I do think I'm just waiting for Locke, though. He's the guy I'm most interested in. If you like the rest of the books in this series, it's a good continuation.

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