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Thursday, 20 July 2017

REVIEW TOUR & #GIVEAWAY - A Cunning Heist (Sloane Harper #2) by Astrid Arditi

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Romantic Suspense

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Sloane Harper has sworn off men—for her sanity, and her safety. But with or without men, trouble always seems to find Sloane.

When her ex’s ex-mistress comes knocking for help, Sloane does what she does best : she helps way more than she should. As she investigates London’s art scene, Sloane runs into a very handsome but very shady artist, a quirky bunch of thieves, and a cunning old flame. 
Perhaps Sloane should have sworn off playing private detective instead of men.

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Someone hit my back hard, smack between the shoulder blades. I hissed from the pain.

Claudia, I worried instantly, knowing that whoever had hit me must have encountered her first. We should have swapped places. I shouldn’t have left her alone, an easy target, in the middle of the living room.

Before my aggressor could launch another assault on me, I turned around and smashed the book, the only weapon at hand, blindly in his direction.

“Agh!”

At the same time, something I couldn’t see hit me in the eye.

“Ouch!” came my mugger’s voice, which sounded oddly familiar. And feminine.

I clawed clumsily at the air before me, eyes squeezed shut, and still reeling from the adrenaline kick, and felt my hand being swatted away.

“Will you quit it? Kurva! That hurts!”

I blinked rapidly. Claudia stood where the attacker should have been, massaging her head.

“It was you?”

“Yeah. Then, you just freaked out. You hit me on the head with this thing,” she said, waving at the book.

 “You almost blinded me,” I defended myself. “Why?”

“I had my back to you. I thought you were someone else.”

“Guess I’m not the only one who freaked out,” I said, rubbing my injured eye.

I looked at her hands, trying to figure out what she’d used to poke me in the eye. Hysterical giggles bubbled up inside me.

“What are these for?” I asked between hiccups, pointing at the shrink-wrapped sausages she was holding.

“They won’t go bad for a few more days. Would be a shame to waste them,” she replied, her face bright red.

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4 out of 5 (very good)


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The more I read, the more sucked in I became. It was a slow progression but a progression none the less. The characters became intriguing and the plot thickened. The story line kept you on your toes the farther into the story you got the better it became. At the end of the day, it was a good story and a good read.

When I agreed to read this book I agreed to it under the idea it was a standalone read and didn’t require any previous reading. I feel like that information is misleading or wrong. I felt like there were details, a back story, that I needed to read previous to this one. There was obviously a history to the relationship and I was kind of clueless as I’ve not read the others. I think this idea made it hard for me to really get into the story and love it.

This was, overall, an enjoyable read. It was more interesting the further into the story. The characters become a little more interesting the more I read and a little more likeable.  There wasn’t anything super fantastic about the story and didn’t grab me and make me want to scream “Oh my gosh you have to read this book.” It’s not a bad read by any means. 

* A copy of this book was provided to me with no requirements for a review. I voluntarily read this book, and the comments here are my honest opinion. *

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If Astrid Arditi could have one magical power, it would be to create time—to write, to enjoy her children, to unpack (she’s moved five times in four years), to sleep in, to learn how to cook, and to hit the gym. Or at least, to locate the one nearest her.
While waiting for her magic powers to manifest, she reads, eats way too many cakes, daydream, and thanks her lucky stars for her whirlwind, wonderful life.
Born and raised in Paris, Arditi recently moved to Brooklyn where she lives with her husband and two young children. A Cunning Heist is the second novel in the Sloane Harper series.            





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Wednesday, 19 July 2017

NBTM, REVIEW & #GIVEAWAY - Second Chance in Laguna by Claire Marti

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Contemporary Romance

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When Sophie Barnes’s fiancĂ© jilts her at the altar, her carefully planned life implodes. Considering her ex’s betrayal to be a rude wake-up call, she leaves everything she knows in San Diego and flees to Laguna Beach. She vows to transform her life by avoiding men for a year and by fulfilling her dream of writing a wildly successful novel. 

Sophie’s new landlord, Nicholas Morgan, is a gorgeous, successful architect with a player reputation. He makes it tough for Sophie to remember that she’s sworn to be single. Nick’s avoided the intimacy of a long-term relationship--until Sophie’s independence, courage, and beauty touch his guarded heart. Both Sophie and Nick are terrified of being hurt again, but can they resist the pull of true love?

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He poured the wine and offered the glass to her. When his fingers brushed hers, flames shot straight to her belly. Her heartbeat accelerated as she imagined those hands running down her body. Focus, girl, focus.

Flings were in her future, just not yet. She resolved to keep her mind above the table. One problem. Her body wasn’t quite cooperating with her mind.

“So, what brought you to Laguna from San Diego?”

“It’s a long story, I don’t want to bore you with the details.” Sophie stiffened, refusing to allow memories of Doug to ruin her appetite.

“You couldn’t bore me.” He reached across the table and squeezed her hand.
She jolted as once again her nipples pebbled.  She yanked her hand back into her lap. What was going on?

“I was going to take a sabbatical, oh hell. I realized I never wanted to go back, so I guess I quit my job at Healthy Woman. I was an editor.” She guzzled down half her glass of wine.

“I’ve seen that magazine. What happened?” Nick leaned closer, heat darkening his eyes.

“The job was fine…” She polished off the rest of her wine. At this rate, I’ll be sloshed by the time our entrees arrive. Slow down Sophie.

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In life you can run but can't hide and that what Sophie was doing running away from her life she decided after being stood up on her wedding day that she would start a new life in Laguna so she left her job and her best friend and her mother all back in San Diego after renting a place out in the sticks she couldn't wait to start over and write her novel no distractions and certainly no men until nick comes along her landlord they have chemistry and he can't get her out of his head he needs her and wants her he does everything not to fall in love with her but its impossible.

Will Sophie's past come back to haunt her or will she have a happy ending in really life.

The one thing that got me with this book its characters worked well with each other but the ending was a bit of a let down I thought that it would end in a cliffhanger but it didn't. it would have been nice if we could of found out what happened to heather the stuck up receptionist and what happened to Doug in the next book.

But overall I am giving this review 3/5 

* A copy of this book was provided to me with no requirements for a review. I voluntarily read this book, and the comments here are my honest opinion. *


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Can you tell us a little about yourself?
I started writing stories as soon as I was old enough to pick up pencil and paper. After graduating from the University of Virginia with a BA in English Literature, I was sidetracked by other careers, including practicing law, selling software for legal publishers, and managing a non-profit animal rescue for a Hollywood actress. 

Finally, I followed my heart and now focus on two of my true passions: writing romance novels and teaching yoga. My debut, Second Chance in Laguna, released from The Wild Rose Press on March 31, 2017, and is the first in the Finding Forever in Laguna series. At Last in Laguna, the second book in the series will come out later in 2017.

What do you do when you’re not writing?
I’m a yoga teacher and my schedule varies daily. I love teaching and practicing yoga. I live close to the beach and try to walk on the beach every day. I’m a voracious reader and also love listening to music. I’ve got the travel bug and travel as frequently as I can, usually with my husband!

What was your favourite book as a child?
I loved the adventure series of books by a British author, Enid Blyton, who I discovered while living in Nairobi, Kenya, as a child.

When did you start writing and when did you finish your first book?
I started in late 2014 and began pitching in 2015. Second Chance in Laguna won a few contests and the feedback and validation helped me sign a three-book deal in March 2016.

How did you choose the genre you write in?
As a child, I found my mom’s stash of Kathleen Woodiwiss and Rosemary Rogers novels. Reading those sealed my fate! Romance all the way!

Do you ever experience writer’s block?
Once I make myself plant my butt in the chair, I’m able to write. The issue is procrastinating before I write. I teach yoga and am a big believer in balancing physical activity with writing. I’ll force myself to sit for an hour and write, even if I can only produce a paragraph. Then, I’ll do some yoga, walk the dog, or go outside for fifteen minutes to recharge.

Are you a planner or a pantser?
I’ve got a hybrid approach. I do detailed character sketches and create and analyze the characters’ inner conflicts. Then, I have a loose story plotted over a three-act structure. I don’t do a detailed outline because I need the freedom to see what happens within my initial story concept.

Is there any particular author or book that influenced you in any way either growing up or as an adult?
When I was younger I was obsessed with Ernest Hemingway and Ayn Rand. When I found Nora Roberts, I fell in love. Her stories transport me and I return to them again and again. Her characters interaction, banter, and humor get me every time.

Is anything in your book based on real life experiences or purely all imagination?
Funny you should ask. In my first book, Second Chance in Laguna, the villain or ex-fiancé is based upon my own cheating ex. I found it cathartic to express the emotions surrounding betrayal through my characters. Tidbits of people and situations are definitely woven in or used for inspiration.

What sort of writing environment do you create? I.e. music or not? Pen and paper or laptop/PC?
I write in our second bedroom/office on my Mac laptop. Although I have a beautiful desk, I sit in a comfortable reclining chair. The arms are the perfect height for me to sit with my feet up and my fingers on the laptop. My cat Lola rests on the top of the chair and keeps an eye on me. I can see my desk and my bulletin board, which has a photo of me with Nora Roberts and some other inspirational photos. I also recently acquired a 1950’s pink Royal typewriter and it inspires me to write. I love to listen to music before I write, but prefer utter silence while writing.

If you could cast your characters in a Hollywood adaptation – who would you choose for which character?

Chris Hemsworth is a dead ringer for my hero, Nicholas Morgan. Either Barbara Palvin (a model) or Allison Williams could play Sophie Barnes.

Claire Marti started writing stories as soon as she was old enough to pick up pencil and paper. After graduating from the University of Virginia with a BA in English Literature, Claire was sidetracked by other careers, including practicing law, selling software for legal publishers, and managing a non-profit animal rescue for a Hollywood actress.

Finally, Claire followed her heart and now focuses on two of her true passions: writing romance and teaching yoga. Her debut releases from The Wild Rose Press on March 31, 2017 and is the first in the Finding Forever in Laguna series.



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Tuesday, 18 July 2017

RELEASE BLITZ & REVIEW - Hale and Gemini (The Alder Tales #3) by R.S. McCoy



Title: Hale and Gemini
Author: RS McCoy
Genre: Paranormal Romance/Fairytale Reimagining
Cover Designer: Kit Foster Design
Release Date: July 18, 2017

  

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The third son of the Bear Clan, Hale thought he had his life figured out. He had a stunning bride, his iron faith in the Mother, and has spent the last five years training to be the future clan leader. But when his life comes crashing down around him, Hale knows he can’t stay home. 

Leaving behind everyone he’s ever known, Hale is alone with his thoughts as he crosses the Alderwood in search of his sister. Then Gemini—the clan flirt and known gossip—follows him, demanding his protection. She’s just as determined to leave her life behind. Hale doesn’t know what made her leave her sisters or suitor, but he has no choice but to continue with a helpless girl at his side. Neither ever expected just how dangerous the Alderwood could be. 

Oblivious of Hale’s departure, Parson and Raene travel to Terrana to ask political favors in exchange for their clan leader’s freedom, but lingering injuries threaten their arrival—and their lives. They’ll need the help of an unlikely ally if they hope to succeed. 







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Hale and Gemini is the fairytale retelling of Hansel and Gretel, written in R.S. McCoy's inimitable style. It is the third book in The Alder Tales series, and although I would say you don't 'have' to have read those to understand the story, you will benefit immensely from reading books one and two, plus you get the added bonus of reading fantastic stories.

What to say about this one? My first thought was "poor Hale". He got put through the wringer in the previous book, and you can't even be annoyed with Raene for doing so. He makes the decision to leave Clan land and travel to Pyrona, in the hope of reuniting with his sister, Blossom, not realising that her story has moved her on from there. Gemini follows him for her own reasons, and through arguments and disagreements, these two become friends with the possibility of more.

I LOVE THIS SERIES! Every story is different, and yes it's a retelling, but no it's not 'usual'. This world is unique (as far as I am aware), with characters that are simply amazing. Each section has people that you will loathe and love, sometimes both! The world-building is second to none, and the political scheming constantly has me amazed.

It was with a smile on my face that I read about Kaide and Blossom! Seriously, I NEED these two to be happy! Parson and Raene continue to delight, and then we have Hale and Gemini.

Fair Warning - this book ends on one helluva cliffhanger. It should be against the law! ;) A fantastic read that updates you on past pairings, gives full attention to the new story, whilst leaving you wanting more. I definitely can't wait for book 4! Highly recommended by me. 

* A copy of this book was provided to me with no requirements for a review. I voluntarily read this book, and the comments here are my honest opinion. *

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Rachel McCoy is a Texan living in New Jersey. Between binge-watching MTV reality shows and baking gluten-free treats, she writes paranormal fantasy and science fiction novels. She is the self-published author of the Sparks Saga trilogy, The Alder Tales series, and The Extraction Files. Back when she lived in the real world, Rachel earned a degree in marine biology, which contributed to her die-hard love of manta rays. 

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BLOG TOUR & REVIEW - Smitty's Sheriff (Hope Collection, #3) by Cardeno C.


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Todd is too flakey. Richard is too stubborn. Together, they're perfect. A May-December couple get a second chance at love.

Retired soldier Richard Davis wants a stable life in a quiet town with a forever man. Becoming the sheriff of Hope, Arizona, accomplishes two of his three goals, but instead of finding a serious partner, he falls for too-young-to-be-committed and too-flakey-to-be-serious Todd Smitty. Richard won’t find the right man if he’s obsessed with the wrong one, so he walks away from Todd.

It’s lust at first sight when Todd meets his sister’s army friend. He sets his sights on the worldly, strong, stable older man, and the more time he spends with Richard, the harder he falls. But after three years together, Richard cuts off all contact with no explanation.

When a mutual obligation requires Todd to move into Richard’s house, he’s thrilled at the opportunity to earn a second chance. Ignoring Todd from across town was hard enough. Can Richard resist temptation under his own roof?

“Todd.” Leanne snapped her gaze toward him. “You’re not too young to know the nickname people used to call guys named Richard, are you?

“Uh.” Todd blinked and darted his gaze between Rich and Leanne. They were finally paying attention to him and all he wanted was to go back to being invisible.

Dick,” she said. “Big D got his nickname before we met, but some of us in my squad figured it wasn’t just about his last name being Davis. So we had a bet going.”

She flicked her gaze to Rich again, as if expecting him to interrupt.

He didn’t.

“Problem is, we couldn’t agree on which side won because we couldn’t get solid evidence.” She focused on Todd. “But now I have an eyewitness.”

“I, uh, I don’t—” Todd stammered, hating being in the middle of what felt like an argument.

“Don’t let Sparky get to you,” Rich said, still completely unbothered.

“Some of the guys saw Big D in the latrines, and they said he’s big all over, but when they tried to collect on the bet, the other side made a good point.” She narrowed her eyes menacingly at Rich. “If the man’s a show-er, that means he isn’t grow-er, so he doesn’t actually have a big D, now does he? That means the other side should win.”

Todd drew his eyebrows together and tried to follow Leanne’s question. “Are you saying you guys have a bet going on the size of Rich’s dick?”

“Yep.” Leanne leaned against the chairback, looking smug. “And you, little brother, are going to settle that bet.”

Normally, Todd had no problem talking about a guy’s package. Hell, in the right situation, dicks were damn near his favorite topic. But he had never spoken to anyone about Rich’s body or, really, anything else related to Rich because he knew that was off limits. Of course, Leanne was asking him the question because she already knew he had the answer.

Flicking his gaze toward Rich, Todd said, “Am I allowed to…”

“It’s a simple question,” Leanne snapped. “Is he a grow-er or a show-er?”

Rich didn’t tell him to stay quiet so Todd figured he had permission to answer. “Both.”

She blinked.

“Seriously.” He bobbed his head. “Length, girth.” He held his hands far apart. “It’s awesome.” As long as he had permission to share, he figured he should be thorough in his explanation. “His balls too.”

Leanne coughed.

“I mean it. They’re huge. Each one’s a mouthful by itself.”

“Ehm.” Leanne cleared her throat. “Thanks.” Looking decidedly uncomfortable, she held her palm up in a stop motion. “I’m good on the details. You don’t need to keep going.”

“Are you sure?” After a lifetime of being the butt of the joke with his siblings, Todd enjoyed turning the table. “I can sketch you a picture, but I’ll need one of those extra-long pieces of paper if you want it to scale.”

“That won’t be necessary.” Leanne actually blushed. “I’m all set.”

Rich threw his head back and laughed. “Thanks, Todd. Eighteen years these jackasses have had the silly bet going and I do believe you just put it to rest.”

Thrilled with the praise and relieved to be playing and flirting with Rich again, Todd smiled broadly. “No problem. When it comes to your big D, I’m always willing to lend a hand.”

He settled into the chair, comfortable for the first time that night, and when the conversation turned back to stories about people he didn’t know, he truly didn’t mind. Eighteen years was a long time. If Rich had cared about putting an end to the bet, he’d probably had a dozen different chances. That he did it now, meant his goal had been less about the bet and more about a point. Todd knew something about Rich that nobody else did, or at least nobody who mattered enough to meet his friends. That meant Todd mattered. Leanne knew that now. And so did he.

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Smitty's Sheriff is the third book in the Hope series, and this series is one where I never know what I'm going to get. McFarland's Farm was a 4-star, Jesse's Diner was a 5. Each story is completely individual, and that is always a good thing.

Now, first off, I need to say that this story is of the same high quality as all of Cardeno C.'s work. The pace is smooth, the characters believable, and certain scenes are steamy enough for anyone.

The reason for my 3-stars is that whilst I enjoyed their story, I couldn't actually get with the relationship between the main two characters. I found myself getting quite annoyed whenever Rich spoke to Todd like he was a child. I know there is an age difference between them, but to me, their relationship was more father/son with sexy bits, rather than boyfriends/lovers/whatever you want to call them.

NOW, that is just my opinion, and I know that some readers will devour this story and love every word. I'm just sorry that I'm not one of them, although I did enjoy it. As it is Cardeno C.'s work, I have no hesitation in recommending this book, even if I didn't like it 100%.

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CardenoC.Cardeno C.—CC to friends—is a hopeless romantic who wants to add a lot of happiness and a few awwws into a reader’s day. Writing is a nice break from real life as a corporate type and volunteer work with gay rights organizations. Cardeno’s stories range from sweet to intense, contemporary to paranormal, long to short, but they always include strong relationships and walks into the happily-ever-after sunset.


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Monday, 17 July 2017

BLOG TOUR, REVIEW & #GIVEAWAY - Wesley James Ruined My Life by Jennifer Honeybourn

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Wesley James Ruined My Life
by Jennifer Honeybourn
Published by: Swoon Reads
Publication date: July 18th 2017
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult


Synopsis:

Sixteen-year-old Quinn Hardwick’s having a rough summer. Her beloved grandmother has been put into a home, her dad’s gambling addiction has flared back up and now her worst enemy is back in town: Wesley James, former childhood friend—until he ruined her life, that is.

So when Wesley is hired to work with her at Tudor Tymes, a medieval England themed restaurant, the last thing Quinn’s going to do is forgive and forget. She’s determined to remove him from her life and even the score all at once—by getting him fired.

But getting rid of Wesley isn’t as easy as she’d hoped. When Quinn finds herself falling for him, she has to decide what she wants more: to get even, or to just get over it.

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I really, really, enjoyed reading this book. It’s one of the first books I’ve read in a while that I really enjoyed. It allowed me to escape reality for a little bit and have a bit of “high school fun.”  The days when your problems revolved around friends, boys, work, and family, those were the days “insert sarcasm.” Seriously though, it was fun to go back to my high school days because I was a fellow band nerd, so reading a story involving band members and band trips is FUN to me! I loved it!

While this book has a serious undertone, overall, it’s fun, it’s light, and it’s sweet. There are some really good feel good moments, some great back and forth attitude and banter, and some really good humor.  This is a young adult book, so take my previous descriptions with the proper meaning for this category. It was still a great read and one that I would be okay letting my daughter read.

I really wanted more out of the book and / or the ending. I am not meaning the author just left the story hanging or didn’t provide enough detail, because I think she did a perfect job. However, I wasn’t ready to be done with their story. I wanted to know more and I wanted to know more of their future. I was definitely not ready to be done with their story. I applaud the author for making the reader want more without feeling like they didn’t get enough while they were reading.

Would I recommend this story to you? Absolutely! If you’re a Y/A fan than grab this baby and get to reading. You’ll enjoy it. It was a great escape for me and provided my mind some much needed reading entertainment!

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Jennifer Honeybourn works in corporate communications in Vancouver, British Columbia. She’s a fan of British accents, Broadway musicals, and epic, happily-ever-after love stories. If she could have dinner with anyone, dead or alive, she’d have high tea with Walt Disney, JK Rowling, and her nana. She lives with her husband, daughter and cat in a house filled with books. Wesley James Ruined My Life is her first novel.

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