Tuesday, 28 March 2017

Review ~ Crow (Boston Underworld, #1) by A. Zavarelli

Crow (Boston Underworld, #1)
ebook downloaded for free via Amazon.

Release Date: February 8th 2016

Publisher: Self-published

An Irish mobster. A missing friend. Two loyalties, ripping me apart. 

I had a plan. 

Get in, get my information, and get out. Easy, right?

Turns out, infiltrating the Irish mafia isn’t exactly what I thought it would be. I just wanted a soldier. Someone I could flirt with to get me in the door. 

That’s when Lachlan Crow noticed me. Problem was, he wasn’t a soldier. No, he was next in line for the throne of the Irish underworld. And he was determined to hate me from the outset. My sob story about needing a job? Yeah, he wasn’t buying that either. 

Too bad for him, I won’t let anyone get in the way of my mission. 

Who cares if we have some kind of crazy chemistry? He’s the worst kind of wrong- and I would never in a million years be with a guy like him. 

Because they took her from me, and I’m going to make them pay.

My Opinion
It's taken me a few weeks to get through this book. I started it after downloading it free from Amazon and them got swamped with ARCs to be read for the end of this month so put it to one side. In fact, I almost didn't go back to it.

Crow started off interesting and then something kind of lost me as the chapters went on. It wasn't getting to the point quick enough for me, which is why I nearly didn't pick it back it again. However, I was tired and didn't feel like starting a new book so I gave it a second chance and this time I couldn't put it down. After the initial slowness it picked up and had me turning pages at a rapid rate. I didn't want to sleep until I'd finished it.

This book got better the more I progressed. Lachlan and Mack grew into their roles, their chemistry developed to an off the chart level, and so did the plot surrounding them. Lachlan was fiercely loyal. It was what I liked most about him, but I also like how Mack challenged him. Despite his position in the syndicate, she wasn't afraid to stand up to him. They worked together and I believed in their relationship and how it developed.

Overall, I'm glad I took a second chance on this book. It turned out to be a great read and I'll definitely be reading more.


Sunday, 26 March 2017

Review ~ Forbidden Dance (Lover's Dance, #1) by Deanna Roy

Forbidden Dance (Lover's Dance, #1)
eARC received via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

Release Date: March 28th 2017

Publisher: Casey Shay Press

For four years, I’ve lived in almost total seclusion. Homeschooled, forbidden from social media, seeing no one other than the dancers at Dreamcatcher Academy, where I teach ballet to little girls in wheelchairs.

Then Blitz arrives.

He’s the disgraced host of Dance Blitz, a bawdy reality show where Blitz sleeps with as many dancers as possible while looking for his perfect partner.

At least he was. A few weeks ago, he got kicked off his own show.

He’s at my academy for a publicity stunt, and my wheelchair ballerinas are his ticket back into the public’s good graces.

I intend to hate him and stay as far away as possible. But when he looks at me, I can’t resist. Before I realize what’s happened, we’re sneaking into back rooms, dancing, kissing, planning dates away from the cameras and the wrath of my family.

But I’m afraid. I have a secret at the academy, a small, wonderful, terrible secret, and if I stay with Blitz, the world will find out.

My Opinion

Forbidden Dance was a quick and easy read. I haven't read anything by this author before but I was drawn to this book by the cover and then the blurb.

In general I liked this book. It had some angst, teenage rebellion combined with bigger issues, reality TV, and a celebrity. I thought blitz and Olivia were good together. They worked well and although there wasn't a full on spark, I did feel a connection between them--especially when dancing. While things did move a little fast, I enjoyed their relationship.

As for the plot, it kept me engaged. I sped through this book, but I did feel certain elements were unnecessary or not developed fully. For example, Gabriella. I didn't see the need for her to actually be in the book. She didn't add much, and the plot surrounding her didn't really go anywhere or become fleshed out. It fizzled out towards the end where other more prominent threads took over so I was left slightly confused as to the point of her being there if nothing was to happen. I also thought there could have been a few more chapters before the epilogue so the ending wasn't as abrupt.

While this book says it can be read as a standalone, a part of me doesn't really believe it. Sure, things are mostly tied up, but getting to the end I find out Blitz and Olivia are going to have 4 more books to their journey. A part of me feels this might tie up and go into more detail on the aforementioned undeveloped sections so I'm reluctant to say this is a standalone if there are so many more books planned.

Overall, I did enjoy this book. I'm intrigued to find out what happens next.


Friday, 24 March 2017

Blog Tour ~ Take Me Back by Meghan March


TakeMeBack_FrontCover We fell in love on a beach, got married in paradise, and I carried her off into the sunset. It should have been perfect, but saying “I do” doesn’t guarantee a happily-ever-after. Two years later, I barely recognize either of us behind the walls we’ve built. It’s time to bring it full circle. Back to a tropical paradise. Back to find out if we can still make this work. I’m not willing to give her up, but to save us, I have to risk everything. Two damaged people. Countless secrets. The fight of our lives. We might be broken, but we’re not done. Add to Goodreads


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My Opinion

When I requested this book for the tour I thought I was getting one thing, and what I got was even better. 

I've read all of Meghan March's books in the last year. She was relatively new to me not long ago, but now I can't get enough of her work. Take Me Back was no exception and definitely takes first place as my favourite of hers. Not only did it have a beautiful cover, but the trying to save a failing marriage idea intrigued me. 

Now, I can't say much else without ruining everything for you. What I will say is I couldn't put this book down. Kat and Dane had a great story to tell and I didn't want things to end. I now have to play catch up with my uni work since I needed to finish this book first thing in the morning after falling asleep with it at 3am, but it was well worth it. 

I'd highly recommend this book!


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Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Blog Tour + Giveaway ~ The Storm by R.J. Prescott

The Storm
R.J. Prescott
(The Hurricane #3)
Publication date: March 21st 2017
Genres: New Adult, Romance, Sports

Marie Kelly is a survivor who doesn’t know when to quit. Against all odds, she’s living a life she never dreamed she could have. It was enough… until a stubborn boxer makes her want more.
Irish charmer Kieran Doherty has been a fighter at Driscoll’s Gym for most of his life. He’s been content to let his best friend take the spotlight, now it’s his turn to make a name for himself in the world of heavy weight champions. Falling in love is the one thing he vowed never to do, but meeting Marie changed everything.
It’s easy to imagine a happy-ever-after when the sun is shining. But when the storm comes, and all hope seems lost, they both learn that if you want something badly enough, you have to be willing to fight for it.

My Opinion

I'm so glad this series didn't stop with The Aftermath. When it comes to fighters, you guys will know I'm picky and have high standards, since I've read so many. It's rare that I find ones that are on par with my favourites, but RJ's books do just that and The Storm definitely delivered as well. 

The Storm tells Kieran and Marie's story. I liked Kieran from book one so I was excited to see another boxer get a book. This story was fast-paced and kept me hooked from start to finish. I couldn't put it down and ended up reading it in one sitting. 

Kieran was a great guy. I loved his protective nature and also more loving side. He knew what he wanted and he went for it, but not in a possessive way. He showed Marie he wanted her and made an effort. He also wasn't afraid to cause a scene, and who doesn't love that?

Together the gelled brilliantly. Their romance does move quickly, but they work together. They're a couple I rooted for from start to finish. 

As for the story, like I said, it kept me hooked. I did wish the action came a little sooner and the ending wasn't so fast. However, I think the author could have added a 100 more chapters and I'd have still wanted more so that's probably more me not wanting to leave the world. 

Overall, it's rare to find sequels that live up to previous books, but this one did. I loved Keira --although Con is still my favourite--and I can't wait for the next book. I'm really excited to see what the author does with that.


Monday, 20 March 2017

Review ~ The Whisperer by Elsa Winckler

The Whisperer
eARC received via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

Release Date: March 10th 2017

Publisher: HarperImpulse

Loving him could destroy her…

High school teacher Cilla Stevens has always been different, especially in how she connects with animals. When she calms a stray dog during an incident at school, she’s asked to help a nearby farm with a difficult horse.

Cameron Rahl has had a very different relationship with animals since his mother died in a horse riding accident. But now he's inherited his family’s farm, he's determined to never let anyone affect him that way again.

Until he meets Cilla. He tries to stay away from the gorgeous horse whisperer with the potential to tame him, but something keeps pulling him close. And as much as Cilla tells herself she can keep it casual, she knows they're too connected to be 'just a fling.'

Will Cilla's heart win out? Or will it take history repeating itself for Cameron to realise just how much he needs her?

My Opinion

I'm really not sure what to make of this. I requested it because firstly I love cowboy/horse romances. Second, it was sold to me as like a Nicholas Sparks book so I assumed it would be filled with plenty of emotion.

However, while the horse element was there, something about this book didn't work for me. I didn't buy into it and the more it developed the more distant I started to feel.

To start with I was intrigued. However, Cilla's ability soon began to keep me at a distance. Sure, I believe humans can communicate with animals to a certain extent, but for me the author pushed the boundaries a little too far in this book so that it bordered on telepathy, which then crossed over to other humans like this. It was too much for me to buy into.

As for the romance, I wanted to like it, yet it was just so annoying. The characters go back and forth to the point they felt like high-schoolers rather than adults. There were a lot of stereotypical threads from the romance in this short read and it all became too much. I wanted a spark and a slow build, but the drama got into the way and Cilla was too forgiving.

Overall, it wasn't what I was expecting. It wasn't a bad read, I just struggled to buy into the story and therefore it didn't engage me. I wouldn't not recommend it, but I have read plenty of other romances in this genre I'd read first.


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