Thursday, 16 August 2018

☆★ MY REVIEW | ARC ★☆ HOLD YOU CLOSE BY MELANIE HARLOW & CORINNE MICHAELS

TITLE: Hold you Close
AUTHORS: Melanie Harlow & Corinne Michaels
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
PUBLICATION: August 20th, 2018

HOLD YOU CLOSE: By Melanie Harlow & Corinne Michaels is a full length, standalone romance novel. Spoken in ‘Dual Perspectives’

➽ Ian is the gasoline and I'm the match...when we connect, we could start a forest fire... 

Ian was the prince of my dreams... London Parish has been in love with Ian Chase her best friends older brother since she was seventeen years old, and when her prom date stood her up he stood in, as most prom nights go he also became her first, after he declares he has feelings for her too, she fantasised of what their life together would be like, even to the point of putting her dreams aside of accepting a scholarship offer from Northwestern, and going to the same school he attends..But the very next day he broke her heart and she’s despised him ever since. 

Fast forward..

Life has been good for both of them, Ian has a divorce under his belt which he's happy about, he's a successful business owner of a thriving club, and enjoys his playboy life style. 

London at thirty-five is doing what she loves the most crunching numbers as a revenue analyst, in a high powered job where she's had to claw her way to the top in a male dominated world. She's destined to remain a spinster with her cat named after a favourite singer and is happy to stay that way. 

We can't stand each other most of the time... And being neighbours hasn't helped either of them move on, he makes it too easy for her to dislike him with his playboy lifestyle and the parties he throws around his pool which he rubs in her face every time they cross paths. 

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➽ We fight. Claw, scratch, and tear each other apart. He's an asshole and I'm a bitch. We bring out the worst in each other. 

When tragedy strikes their lives will never be the same again, because they have been entrusted as godparents to three children that are going to need Ian and London to work together to help these children get through life without their parents. 

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➽ London represents everything I've ever wanted but didn't deserve. She's a pain in the ass, but she's also brilliant, funny, kind, and loving. I loved her once and let her go because she needed to fly. 

These two were a hot mess!! In some cases it was the kids that had to be the adults because these two were at loggerheads constantly tearing the other down, but that just upped the angst levels in this which one would expect with a second chance romance, throw in the children and you've got yourself a gem. The perfect blend of angst, hope, love, and emotional turmoil made for a rollercoaster of a unique read. 

* Teasers used are off the authors facebook page *
From NYT Bestseller Corinne Michaels & USA Today Bestseller Melanie Harlow, comes a second chance standalone romance.

Ian Chase broke my heart at seventeen, and I’ve spent the last eighteen years hating him for it.

He makes it easy, with his smart mouth and playboy lifestyle—which I unfortunately have to observe since he lives behind me. Every time I see him climbing out of his pool, practically naked and unreasonably sexy, my blood boils.

I’ve always loved to loathe him.

I never planned to need him.

*** 

London Parish is my little sister’s best friend, not that it stopped me from falling for her.

Our history is complicated. The only thing we have in common is being godparents to my sister’s three adorable kids—until our lives are changed in one tragic moment. 

Now we’re trying to raise the children we love, mourn an unthinkable loss, and fight an undeniable attraction.

My life is already upside-down, and the last thing I need is for old feelings to resurface. 

Because I’ll never be able to keep her, no matter how hard I try to hold her close.
Melanie Harlow likes her martinis dry, her heels high, and her history with the naughty bits left in. She writes contemporary and historical romance from her home near Detroit, MI.

New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal Bestseller Corinne Michaels is the author of nine romance novels. She’s an emotional, witty, sarcastic, and fun loving mom of two beautiful children. Corinne is happily married to the man of her dreams and is a former Navy wife.

After spending months away from her husband while he was deployed, reading and writing was her escape from the loneliness. She enjoys putting her characters through intense heartbreak and finding a way to heal them through their struggles. Her stories are chock full of emotion, humor, and unrelenting love.


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Friday, 10 August 2018

☆★ MY REVIEW ★☆ TRUST (THINGS THAT MATTER #1) BY CASEY DIAM

TITLE: Trust
SERIES: Things that Matter #1
AUTHOR: Casey Diam
GENRE: Romance
PUBLICATION: July 17th, 2018
TRUST: 
Is the first full length romance novel in Casey Diam’s ‘Things that matter’ trilogy. Spoken in ‘Dual Perspectives’ In this we meet Caleb and Paige

I never expected to be thrown into the gritty assassination which took place as soon as I opened up that first page, her whole family wiped out, she is the only survivor. But what happens when all she thought she knew about her family were all lies? 

YEARS LATER: 

New town, new identity, new job, new place to live, she doesn't date because she can't trust anyone. 

But how long can she stay hidden in the shadows until she's found again? 

But then her eyes connect with a man in the coffee shop she frequents and she's inexplicably drawn to him. 

He's been keeping tabs on her, watching her, his father knows something about this girl and Caleb needs to find out what it is. But he's living on a dangerous ledge, one wrong move could get him killed. He wants her to trust him, slowly he tries to penetrate her walls, to find out what she's hiding. But the further they delve into Paige's past more things become uncovered. Lies, corruption, murder..Who can they trust? 

This book was everything and more that I hoped it would be, straight away your pulled into a gritty situation that had me not wanting to put this down, I was beyond hooked, twists and turns just pulled me in more, which led me to devour this, I didn’t want it to end but in saying that I wanted all my questions answered, but more questions blew up out of nowhere. This kept me intrigued throughout, the plot was engaging, the characters were relatable, the twists and turns kept me glued to my ipad. Now like others before me I can not wait for the next book!!
Paige 
Nearly five years ago, my mom, dad, and sisters were assassinated.
I should have died that night.
I still question my mental state because I had no proof those same killers were after me. Yet still, I’d been trying to outrun them.
Until I met him, Caleb Connor.
Caleb became my safety net and I found I couldn’t pull away from him. Couldn’t run away from him. And if sanity hadn’t been lost on me, I would have recognized he was the last person I should have let into my life.
The last person I should have trusted.

Caleb 
My life has been anything but normal until Paige. She was supposed to be an opportunity, my father’s next target.
I should have stayed away. It should’ve been that simple. But it wasn’t.
Paige was my main ingredient to changing everything, and in order to do that I needed to get inside her head. It wasn’t easy but when it happened, a line was crossed we never knew existed.
Now Paige has to confront her past and everything that torments her at night, because a look into the past was the only solution to everything we’d been afraid of questioning.
Who am I, and who was she?
 
Some years ago, Casey rediscovered her passion for writing and hasn’t stopped writing since. Her favorite genre is romance with a little angst, which is why she writes sexy, funny, sweet, and emotional stories that are a bit more in depth, but so much fun to read.

Casey has a ridiculously short attention span and loves her coffee and tea without sugar and milk. Apart from reading or writing, she loves to snowboard, even when she’s catching an edge and face-planting in the snow. She absolutely loves it!


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Monday, 6 August 2018

☆★ MY REVIEW | ARC ★☆ THE CHASE (BRIAR U #1) BY ELLE KENNEDY

TITLE: The Chase
SERIES: Briar U #1
AUTHOR: Elle Kennedy
GENRE: New Adult
PUBLICATION: August 6th, 2018

THE CHASE: 
Is the first full length New Adult novel in ‘Elle Kennedy’s ‘Briar U #1’ A spin off from the Off Campus Series. Spoken in 'Dual Perspectives' 

➽ Fitzy is short for Colin Fitzgerald,
and he just happens to be THE UNICORN.
The tall, sexy, tattooed, hockey-playing unicorn of a man who I might have a teeny-weeny-itsy bitsy crush on.
Okay, fine.
A big motherfucking crush on..


Summer Di Laurentis is Dean's little sister (from The Score) and one of Fitzy's former team mates, he's been fascinated by Summer ever since he met her about a year ago when she visited her brother at Briar and she's harboured a crush on him ever since, even though the guy barely glanced at her. 

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Not even a day on campus and Summer is escorted off the premises, it seems an escapade from her previous college has followed her to Briar U where her dad pulled a few strings to get her in, and now she no longer has a dorm room.Dean knows that Fitzy and the boys have a room spare so he asks that they rent their spare room to Summer. 

A catch up at a New Years party reaffirms summer’s feelings for Fitz, but overhearing what he really thinks of her cut off all thoughts of her wanting to share her new years Eve kiss with him which in turn makes her kiss someone else. 

So when she moves in with the gang it makes for an awkward living arrangement where both her and Fitzy try their hardest to ignore each other. 

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This was an enjoyable, a slow moving, slow burn lazy Sunday kind of read, and one of my most anticipated reads of August. Summer and Fitzy are complete opposites, but they were the perfect match, she thrived in the limelight he wanted to be invisible, but together they were flawless. These two did butt heads at times, and took their sweet assed time to connect the build up was entertaining. 

Fitzy isn't your normal out going sports jock, he's a tatted up, gorgeous nerd and a pure introvert to the core with a double major in Fine-arts and computer programming under his belt. 

➽ “In college, I’ve made more of an effort to be social, but deep down I’m still the guy who wants to remain invisible. Summer is the most visible person I’ve ever met.”

Summer is a fashion major who suffers from ADHD and learning disabilities, her parents are successful lawyers who were independently wealthy before they got together, but together they are mega super wealthy. 

Slowly Fitzy see's another side of Summer emerge as they spend more time together he realises his first assumptions about her were wrong. In the end they come together as two friends helping the other out, he wants to draw her into a character based on a video programme he's designing and in turn he helps get her thoughts on paper for her thesis. 

Summer and I...
We're not even on the same piece of paper.
She's drama-llama and full force, all the time. She craves the spotlight. I shy away from it. 


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Thursday, 2 August 2018

☆★ MY REVIEW | ARC ☆★ SUMMER HEAT (CRUEL SUMMER #1) BY RACHEL VAN DYKEN

TITLE: Summer Heat
SERIES: Cruel Summer #1
AUTHOR: Rachel Van Dyken
GENRE: Contemporary
PUBLICATION: O2nd August, 2018


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SUMMER HEAT: Is the first contemporary novel in Racheal Van Dyken’s ‘Cruel Summer’ series. 

My favourite mistakes. Finding myself in his room
Finding myself in his arms
Finding my mouth on his
Skin against skin
Tongue swirling around tongue
It had been the best kiss of my life.
We'd both been wasted.
And I'd ignored him the next day. 


Marlon and Ray are your typical enemies which made for a riveting read, saying these two were a hot mess was an understatement, they were all over the place, the Princess and the Pauper, Marlo has a chip on his shoulder a mile wide when it came to Ray, he was a fostered kid who mowed their lawns, the unprivileged boy always looking in from the outside into a gilded cage where the beautiful princess resided, but if he’d looked further he’d see a sad, lonely kid just like him, parents that didn’t give a damn, guys that used her as a trophy just to make them look good. 

Marlon was the skinny boy with glasses that was regularly picked on by the bigger kids.

Four years later these two meet up again at an exclusive drama summer camp the last person Ray ever expected to encounter was Marlon. The boy she had a one night stand with, the boy that she ignored the next day. The boy that got thrown into a locker right in front of her eyes and she didn't say anything.

Now the jokes on her, he's no longer that skinny little boy, now he's drop dead gorgeous. 

His shirt was so tight I could see his eight pack.
Did the guy even enjoy food anymore or just survive off of air;
protein shakes, and the tears of people who defied him? 


But he's still got revenge running thick in his veins. 

A super quick, sizzling hot read, the sexual tension between these two dripped off the pages. 
Spoiled Princess is what he used to call me.
We were an inferno of hate and passion wound up with a dash of chaos.

For four years I watched him mow my lawn.
For four years I watched my friends make fun of him.
For four years I hated myself for wanting him, but even more for the way I treated him.

And then I had him.
For one night, we put all labels away and I spent the best night of my life in his arms.
Then the next day, with my secret night under lock and key, I looked the other way while my friends shamed him.

But now the jokes on me, because the scrawny lawn boy who I secretly loved from afar is now the director of Hollywoods most exclusive summer camp.

And I'm on his staff.
Now it's his turn to punish me.
His turn to make me pay.
His turn to take his revenge after years of humiliation.

He's no longer a boy you can ridicule.
But a college graduate who can have any woman he wants.
I want him to look at me the way he did that one night we had together, but right now
the look in his eyes tells me he's going to enjoy having me under him for two straight months.
I don't know where his hatred ends, his passion begins.
All I know is he wants revenge.
And I'm his lucky target.
 

Rachel Van Dyken is the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today Bestselling author of regency and contemporary romances. 

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Wednesday, 1 August 2018

☆★ MY REVIEW | ARC ☆★ RICHER THAN SIN (SIN #1) BY MEGHAN MARCH

TITLE: Richer Than Sin
SERIES: (Sin #1)
AUTHOR: Meghan March
GENRE: Romance
PUBLICATION: August 14th, 2018
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‘RICHER THAN SIN' 
is the first full length romance novel in Meghan March’s 'Sin' series. Spoken in dual points of view in the past and present.

A Riscoff and a Gable can never live happily ever after. Our family feud is the stuff of legends.

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In this we meet Lincoln Riscoff and Whitney Gable both are caught up in their families feud which spans a decade.

Lincoln at an early age always knew what his life would entail, a heir to a multibillion dollar empire his job was to preserve and protect the family legacy. 

Ten years ago Lincoln and Whitney met as strangers in a hole in the wall bar, neither knowing who the other was, one night of passion that came falling down around them when their surnames were uncovered. She was his dirty little secret, liaisons in secret, if anyone found out about them there would be hell to pay. 

I was broke, he was richer than Sin 

OMG!! I couldn’t put this down!! This got it’s claws into me as soon as I opened up that very first page and didn’t let me go until I’d read that very last word, to say I loved this is an understatement. There is absolutely nothing I would change about this book!! Hang on yes there is, in true Meghan style this ends in a cliffy!! 

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This was completely different to what we've seen from 'Meghan March' in the past. 
One taste of the forbidden fruit and Lincoln wanted another taste. A family fued that spanned decades, innocents caught up in the cross fire, an undeniable attraction that couldn't be denied, a love that spanned ten years, now she's back in town and all bets are off.

This ticked so many boxes, you've got the forbidden romance aspect, which brought a sh*t ton of drama, angst, from enemies to lovers, second chance romance, from riches to rags, and family dynamics which made for a riveting read.

* Teaser used is off the authors facebook page * 
From New York Times bestselling author Meghan March comes a brand new saga of forbidden love and second chances.

A Riscoff and a Gable can never live happily ever after. Our family feud is the stuff of legends.
Ten years ago, Whitney Gable caught me off guard with her long legs and grab-you-by-the-balls blue eyes.
I didn’t know or care what her name was.
Like any Riscoff worth the family name, I went after what I wanted. We burned like a flash fire until she married another man.
She hates me, and she should.
I objected on her wedding day.
Now she’s home, with those same long legs and man-eater stare, but there’s no ring on her finger.
They say a Riscoff and a Gable can never live happily ever after . . . but I’m not done with Whitney Gable.
I’ll never be done with her.
 
Meghan March is a New York Times, #1 Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestselling author of over two dozen titles. She has been known to wear camo face paint and tromp around in woods wearing mud-covered boots, all while sporting a perfect manicure. She’s also impulsive, easily entertained, and absolutely unapologetic about the fact that she loves to read and write smut. Her past lives include slinging auto parts, selling lingerie, making custom jewelry, and practicing corporate law. Writing books about dirty talking alpha males and the strong, sassy women who bring them to their knees is by far the most fabulous job she’s ever had. 

She loves hearing from her readers at meghanmarchbooks@gmail.com

Sunday, 29 July 2018

☆★ MY REVIEW | ARC ☆★F*CK TOY BY NATALIE BENNET

TITLE: F*ck Toy
AUTHOR: Natalie Bennett
GENRE: Dark
PUBLICATION: July 28th, 2018

Saturday, 28 July 2018

☆★ MY REVIEW | ARC ☆★ PRETTY VENOM (GRAY SPRINGS UNIVERSITY #3) BY ELLA FIELDS

TITLE: Pretty Venom
SERIES: (Gray Springs University #3)
AUTHOR: Ella Fields
GENRE: Romance
PUBLICATION: August 3rd, 2018

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