Saturday, 23 September 2017

REVIEW - Stronger - Janet Nissenson


TITLE - Stronger
AUTHOR - Janet Nissenson




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Releases October 10th



BLURB:

Cara has an admitted problem with hot men, falling so deeply and so quickly under their spell that she loses a little bit of herself with each toxic relationship that always seems to end badly. Every man in her young life thus far has let her down – her high school sweetheart, a college fling, and most of all her self-centered playboy father. She’s determined not to be a sucker for a handsome face and a hard body any longer, and has stuck to her guns for more than two years. And then she meets Dante.

Dante knows he has no business messing with cute little Cara. For one thing she works for his best friend, and more importantly she’s all kinds of wrong for him – too young, too innocent, too kindhearted. And given the mood he’s in these days – after the woman he was ready to propose to chose her career over him - a sweetheart like Cara should be running as fast as she can in the opposite direction.

But the only place Cara wants to run is right into Dante’s arms and stay a good long while. Will he wind up being the one for her – or is she destined yet again for another heartbreak?




Jennifer's Review:



Stronger is an interesting novel. I was not quite sure what to expect when I got it. With that being said, I did enjoy the book and ended up not being able to put it down once I started it. This book has heart break and romance, along with humor. This book is part of a series, but can be read as a standalone as I have not read any of the other books in the series. 


The plot of this book intrigued me. A young girl who is known for falling for the wrong man, falls for an older man who has just had his heart broken. Sounds like there will be lots of drama! I was not disappointed. I really liked how the author developed this story and made it into so much more than it sounds in the blurb. 

Cara is such a great character. I seriously feel like I watched her grow up in this book. While she is young, she has had to deal with way more than one person should have to. She has a personal journey she must go through in order to get to where she needs to be. This happens in this book. Then you have Dante. He is older and should be more mature right? Well for the most part, yes. He is also completely male and I am not sure I forgive him quite yet for his stupidity. I attribute it to his gender. He has some developing to do as well, but I honestly don’t think his is as important as Cara’s journey.

There is lots and lots…. and lots of heat in this book. These two character share some wonderful moments together. I think this story shows how some people can interact with each other when they come to a mutually beneficial agreement. I also feel it shows how those agreements can change throughout the course of time. I liked the scenes between these two characters and feel that the intimate scenes were satisfying. 

I liked the writing style of this author. I felt she was easy to read. I liked the pace of the story. I feel the characters were written well (maybe too well on Dante’s part.) I feel some of the minor characters in this book must have had their own books before this. Looking it up online, I see that I am right and they do. I think I would like to go back and read this series then reread this book. I don’t think it will really add much to the story itself, but I feel it would give me a better overall experience with the book.

Overall, I enjoyed this book. It was a great read to help me relax from a long day at work. This book had me hooked from the beginning and I just had to know how it ended. I could actually feel my heart break at times in this book. I relate to Cara more than I thought I would. Great job!


Star Ratings:
Plot: 5/5
Characters: 5/5
Heat: 5/5
Writing Style: 5/5
Overall: 5/5




Friday, 22 September 2017

Release Blitz & Review - Twisted Truth - Maria Macdonald








Title: Twisted Truth
Series: Truth Vs Lie #1
Author: Maria Macdonald
Genre: New Adult
Release Date: September 22, 2017



Blurb


I used to believe in true love.
Until he broke me.
Lesson learnt.
Where there’s love, there’s lies.

I used to believe I wasn’t what she needed.
Until I let her love in.
I’ve changed for her.

I want her to believe in me like I need to believe in
myself.


Isaac James stayed out of my life for five years. He wasn't
to blame, after all, protecting me imprisoned him.

Now he’s back. The chemistry is still there, the tension is
still there, the love is still there… the pain is still there.
Isaac James was my rock, my first love… my family.


Olivia McKenna has always been my weakness. I’d do anything
to protect her, which I proved, despite it taking me to prison.

I’ve stayed away, trying to do the right thing. I thought I
was still protecting her. But, I’m lost without her… even if I’m not sure I can
be what she needs. 
Olivia McKenna was my forever… for always.



** This book is set in the UK.
First cousin relationships are tackled within this book; please be aware those
relationships are legal within the UK. **









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AMAZON US / UK / CA / AU

Free in Kindle Unlimited



OUR REVIEW:

“Love that can withstand time, 5 stars”


Liv has loved Isaac since she was a little girl. He was the one she wanted as a teenager and then when she got him it was short lived. Isaac basically disappeared, now years later he’s back and avoiding Liv. If you really love someone can you let them go or will they always be with you?

Isaac has always loved Via (Liv), but life took a nasty turn and kept him away from her. Now he’s back, but he’s not ready to claim his woman. His hands are dirty and he doesn’t want them to rub off on her. Sometimes the best intentions fail. What will happen if Isaac’s life in the Black Ops touches Via? Will they make it out to the other side?

I absolutely loved everything about Twisted Truth. Isaac is the definition of an alpha male with a dark side. His light is Via, she’s his everything and the way he loves her from afar is something else. Liv has basically been going through the motions since Isaac left and even now that he’s back. Liv is strong in a unknowing way. She is a survivor.

Maria gave us more of our favorite characters from previous books and made us fall in love with their kids. If you loved Love Renewed then you will love Twisted Truth. Maria takes us on a dark journey that comes out with a happy ending. Half the time I didn’t know if I loved or hated Isaac James. There is a fine line between love and hate, which side will you fall on when it comes to Isaac?

“She was his only one. His heart felt cold and pain and flint, if it did not feel her touch. He may never be hers, but she would always be his. His forever, for always. As time ebbed away, his body would turn to sand, but his soul would remain, in the ashes, in the dark. And it would still hold a single love. Her.”

Star Ratings:
Plot- 5/5
Character- 5/5
Heat- 5/5
Writing style- 5/5
Overall- 5/5






Author Bio


Maria is a full time working Mum, she has two beautiful daughters, both of whom love books as much as she does. 

Maria has loved to write since she was a little girl. 

Reading and loving books, as well as blogging, has inspired her to write and publish.

Maria, her husband and children now reside in Wiltshire, England. 


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REVIEW - Guy Hater - J. Sterling



TITLE - Guy Hater 
AUTHOR - J. Sterling






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Releases October 9th



BLURB:


Frank is the oldest of the Fisher Brothers; quiet, pensive and sexy as hell. He's stuck in a loveless relationship that he doesn't know how to get out of. The night Claudia walks into his bar, his life is forever changed. Frank is torn between following his obligations or his heart. It's not as easy to navigate as one might think. 

Will Frank risk losing the one person who brought him back to life or will he go against it all and do what's expected of him?



Johnaka's Review:



“Sometimes the thing you need the most comes when you least expect it to, 5 stars”

I will be completely honest, I have no idea where to start with this review. I loved Guy Hater. There were times I wanted to private message Sterling and asked her if she was crazy but it totally worked. Guy Hater has the underlying message that you need to do what’s best for you and not what you feel obligated to do.

Frank Fisher is the oldest of brother of Nick and Ryan. He’s been in a loveless relationship for years with no way to get out. Every time he tries he chokes up. Until he gets the push from an unforeseen character. His once boring life is flipped upside down. He’s plagued with guilt over doing the right thing and a promise he made when he was too young to know what he was promising.

Claudia is a sassy Columbian woman, who is solid in her professional life yet looking for someone to help her fulfil her personal life as well. When she sets her eyes on Frank she knows she’s meant to go after him. The thing I think I loved about her the most is she wasn’t the type to throw herself at Frank, she took cues from him and followed his lead. 

These two had chemistry out the wahzoo. There were a few moments that I felt like it was a train wreck about to happen, but in the end, everyone survived uninjured. I loved all the secondary characters from Frank’s brothers to Claudia’s best friend and how they helped these two get to where they were meant to be. I loved how there was a small appearance by Frank’s parents and if you read Nick’s story, this appearance redeemed the guys father. I didn’t want the story to end and cannot wait for Ryan’s story.

Here are a few quotes I liked from Guy Hater;

“When a soul-deep connection exists between people, it can’t be denied because it isn’t in your control. You can’t wish it away or pretend it’s not there once you’re aware of it. Soul connections bond people, whether you want them to or not.”

“Every time I looked in your eyes, I felt like I was home. I feel a pull when it comes to you that I can’t explain, even though the logical part of me really wants to be able to.”

“We all want to be fought for. Hell, we all want to feel like we’re worth fighting for.”

Star Ratings:
Plot- 5/5
Character- 5/5
Heat- 5/5
Writing style- 5/5
Overall- 5/5












REVIEW - Reluctant - Marla Josephs



TITLE - Reluctant 
AUTHOR - Marla Josephs 







BLURB:


Fallon has had a long and rough couple of years. She's ready now to work on putting the past behind her and focus on putting her life back together. A trip to see her best friend to hang out and create some new happy memories seems just the way to start off her new life. However, the first person she meets is Reid Snow, who threatens her peace of mind. Fallon does everything to resist his bad boy charm. The last thing she needs is someone else bringing drama into her life. But, when tragedy strikes Reid is the one who she turns to.


Reid Snow has gone from an unknown to a well known. He never had a problem in the female department until he's taken in by a gold digger who is after more than just his good looks. Before becoming a well known actor, women always wanted him for himself. Determined not to be suckered again, he finds himself extremely attracted to the best friend of his best friend's sister. The only problem is, he's not interested in anything more than casual hook-ups. But, even if Fallon would give him the time of day, which she doesn't seem inclined to do, starting something with her could jeopardize his friendship with his best friend.




Johnaka's Review:



Fallon and Reid have a love story that we don't get very often. Fallon has had a rough couple of years and is spending some time with her best friend Alexa. Alexa isn't home when Fallon gets there, only a mystery man who ends up being Alexa's brother Nick's, best friend Reid. Its like the two were passing ships never meeting before now.

Reid instantly wants Fallon only she wants nothing to do with him, but he's a patient guy. Fallon is trying to build her life back to solid ground, not get into a relationship. But sometimes love finds you when you least expect it. When Fallon has some problems Reid is there through it all. The girl who craves her privacy falls for the guy who's life is under the microscope and viewed by everyone. Will they make it as a couple or will friendships be tainted in the end?

I love how both Fallon and Reid knew what they wanted. The secondary characters were strong and supportive and made the story complete.


Star Ratings:
Plot- 5/5
Character- 5/5
Heat- 4/5
Writing style- 5/5
Overall- 4/5








Thursday, 21 September 2017

Release Blitz & Review - Rock Me - Rebecca Brooke review







Title: Rock Me
Series: Jaded Ivory #1
Author: Rebecca Brooke
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: September 21, 2017




Blurb


I am not a victim.

At least that’s what I wanted to believe. What I wanted the
world to see. Five years of trying to find the girl I hid from the world.

I wouldn’t let the bullies win. I couldn’t.

What was I supposed to do when he walked
into the building? He’d made my high school years a living hell.

But, he doesn’t recognize me.

How do I prove he didn’t break me? Simple, take him home for
a one-night stand.

At least it sounded like a good idea at the time.









Purchase Links

$2.99 for a VERY limited time!

AMAZON US / UK / CA / AU


OUR REVIEW:

Finally! A rock star novel where the woman is the rock star, not the love interest! I know that there are others of these out there, but they are few and far between. The whole reason I chose to read this was I was intrigued by the main female character. I was not disappointed. This book has healing, heart break, romance, heat, and even some action. I really enjoyed this novel.

If you ask me the main theme of this book, I would have to say it would be healing. I really feel this book is a good book that talks about the ways people can change in their lives and how they need to let go of the past in order to create a better future. The plot of this book explores this though Mari. She has a past that she needs to work through and this book discusses that. 

I loved these characters.  Mari is a woman trying to overcome her fears and live in a new world. A world she did not even imagine herself being in. She has some baggage from her past that she needs to work through in order to move on and be happy in her life. Cole is our main male. At first, I did not like him. He had some developing and soul searching to do before I decided to be on his side. He has a past as well and he needs to work through adjusting himself into the man he wants to be.

There is plenty of heat in this book. Even though Mari is our rock star, the author does not miss giving us some hot, rock star sex. These two characters share something special, which translates into these scenes. I think that this is important in a book. It really makes the readers feel invested in their intimate scenes when the characters have a connection that translates well.

The writing style of this author is easy for readers to follow along with. I liked her use of time jumps and flashbacks. I think it adds a layer to the story that would have impacted the story in a huge way had it been missing. I also liked that she really includes both characters’ lives into the novel, even when they are a part of each other. I like that this story is about the rock star life as well. The romance does not overshadow the theme of the book.

Overall, I really liked this book. I loved the fact that the main character is a female rocker. I also love that while she is strong, she also shows that everyone can be vulnerable. I would recommend this book to others and would love to see more books about the other minor characters be written. Great job!

Star Ratings:
Plot: 5/5
Characters: 5/5
Heat: 5/5
Writing Style: 5/5
Overall: 5/5






Author Bio


Rebecca
Brooke grew up in the shore towns of South Jersey. She loves to hit the beach,
but always with her Kindle on hand. She is married to the most wonderful man
who puts up with all her craziness. Together they have two beautiful children
who keep her on her toes. When she isn’t writing or reading (which is very
rarely) she loves to bake and binge watch Netflix.


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Review Blitz & Review - Just Say Yes - Samantha Lind




Title: Just Say Yes
Series: Indianapolis Eagles #1
Author: Samantha Lind
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: September 21, 2017



Blurb

What will it take for her to Just Say Yes?

Scott Taylor has the perfect life. He gets to
fulfill his dream playing professional hockey, has a loving family, and a tight
group of friends. But the one thing missing in his life is a partner to come
home to. He knows exactly who he wants to fill that position– the only woman he
has ever loved. The one who got away, who constantly consumes his every
thought. What it would take to get her to Just Say Yes to a second
chance?

Becca Phillips is an independent woman who has made her
career as an ER nurse a priority in her life. She has a loving family and a best
friend by her side, but she can’t seem to get over her first love, Scott.
Insecurities led her to break up with him years ago when he started climbing
the ranks in professional hockey and, for eight years, Becca has avoided Scott
when he returns home each summer. Can she overcome her fears and allow love
back into her life? All she has to do is Just Say Yes to the one and only man
she has ever loved.















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99c for a limited time



AMAZON US / UK / CA / AU



Free in Kindle Unlimited




OUR REVIEW:

Just Say Yes is about getting a second chance at your first love. Scott and Becca are the main characters. They were together in school but Becca broke things off. Years go by and Scott is playing for the Indianapolis Eagles for the NHL. Becca is an ER nurse.    Other supporting characters are some of Scott's teammates and Becca's best friend. They finally get back together after 6 months and they rekindle their romance for each other. 

This is the first book I've read by Samantha Lind and it was an easy read. The words flowed together.  I really liked the conversations that were via text messaging.    The plot, setting and characters all felt real to me. This book kept me wanting more.  There was some steamy scenes along with the story-line. 

I really like how Scott wanted to take care of Becca in all aspects. He was a true gentleman.   Also, I liked how Becca cared for Scott as well. Those two were a match made in heaven. 


Parts of the story I liked:

The ending! 

"It's about the connection and intimacy."

"I want you to be the last thing I see at night and the first thing I see when I wake in the morning."

Star Ratings:
Plot- 5/5
Characters-5/5
Heat- 4.5/5
Writing Style- 4.5/5
Overall Rating- 4.5/5










Author Bio

Samantha Lind is a contemporary romance author. Having spent the first 27 years of her life in Alaska, she now calls Iowa home where she lives with her husband and two sons. She enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, reading, watching hockey, and listening to country music. 



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REVIEW - Rock Me - Rebecca Brooke



TITLE - Rock Me
AUTHOR - Rebecca Brooke








BLURB:



I am not a victim.

At least that’s what I wanted to believe. What I wanted the world to see. Five years of trying to find the girl I hid from the world. 

I wouldn’t let the bullies win. I couldn’t. 

What was I supposed to do when he walked into the building? He’d made my high school years a living hell. 

But, he doesn’t recognize me.

How do I prove he didn’t break me? Simple, take him home for a one-night stand. 

At least it sounded like a good idea at the time.



Jennifer's Review:


Finally! A rock star novel where the woman is the rock star, not the love interest! I know that there are others of these out there, but they are few and far between. The whole reason I chose to read this was I was intrigued by the main female character. I was not disappointed. This book has healing, heart break, romance, heat, and even some action. I really enjoyed this novel.


If you ask me the main theme of this book, I would have to say it would be healing. I really feel this book is a good book that talks about the ways people can change in their lives and how they need to let go of the past in order to create a better future. The plot of this book explores this though Mari. She has a past that she needs to work through and this book discusses that. 

I loved these characters.  Mari is a woman trying to overcome her fears and live in a new world. A world she did not even imagine herself being in. She has some baggage from her past that she needs to work through in order to move on and be happy in her life. Cole is our main male. At first, I did not like him. He had some developing and soul searching to do before I decided to be on his side. He has a past as well and he needs to work through adjusting himself into the man he wants to be.

There is plenty of heat in this book. Even though Mari is our rock star, the author does not miss giving us some hot, rock star sex. These two characters share something special, which translates into these scenes. I think that this is important in a book. It really makes the readers feel invested in their intimate scenes when the characters have a connection that translates well.

The writing style of this author is easy for readers to follow along with. I liked her use of time jumps and flashbacks. I think it adds a layer to the story that would have impacted the story in a huge way had it been missing. I also liked that she really includes both characters’ lives into the novel, even when they are a part of each other. I like that this story is about the rock star life as well. The romance does not overshadow the theme of the book.

Overall, I really liked this book. I loved the fact that the main character is a female rocker. I also love that while she is strong, she also shows that everyone can be vulnerable. I would recommend this book to others and would love to see more books about the other minor characters be written. Great job!


Star Ratings:
Plot: 5/5
Characters: 5/5
Heat: 5/5
Writing Style: 5/5
Overall: 5/5