Monday, 27 April 2015

Colleen Hoover - Confess - Book Review











Colleen Hoover - Confess - Book Review
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Genre: Contemporary/ New Adult Romance
Length: 320 pages.


This is a standalone novel.

The opening scene is so tragic; Colleen Hoover had me crying by page three. This story had me guessing, questioning, pondering and angry. I’ve taken my time writing this review because I don’t want to give too much away.

Auburn Mason Reed moved back to Dallas five weeks ago. The last time she was in Dallas it was to say her final goodbyes to the love of her life. She has mixed feelings about being back. Things aren’t working out the way she planned.

When she finds herself in need of a second job to pay for a lawyer, she stumbles across a store simply called, Confess. The front windows are covered with confessions written on bits of paper. A sign in the window says ‘help wanted’.

It turns out that the store houses an art studio and a talented artist by the name of Owen Mason Gentry (OMG). He gets his inspiration from those bits of paper containing some mind-bending revelations.

What a brilliant concept. The artwork featured in the book is particularly spectacular, done by (real-life) artist Danny O’Connor.

Colleen Hoover has found two beautiful characters in Owen and Auburn. When they meet, Auburn doesn’t know that Owen has seen her before.

There is that instant connection, more than just attraction. A recognition of bone deep pain and a selflessness rarely matched by those who haven’t suffered or loved as deeply.

“My mother says there are people who you meet and get to know, and then there are people you meet and already know. I feel like Owen is the latter.”

Circumstances are not kind to this pair. There’s a bit of sneaking around and long heated looks. The yearning to be together and the pain of being held apart is palpable.

Colleen Hoover’s slow, artful reveal of Auburn and Owen’s own confessions result in heart breaking consequences.

I don’t want to say anymore, it’s best to just dive in and enjoy.

A book packed with intrigue and yearning that will have you incensed at the injustice of it all.








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*book generously given to me by the publisher in exchange for an honest review*
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Colleen Hoover - Confess - Book Review











Colleen Hoover - Confess - Book Review
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Genre: Contemporary/ New Adult Romance
Length: 320 pages.


This is a standalone novel.

The opening scene is so tragic; Colleen Hoover had me crying by page three. This story had me guessing, questioning, pondering and angry. I’ve taken my time writing this review because I don’t want to give too much away.

Auburn Mason Reed moved back to Dallas five weeks ago. The last time she was in Dallas it was to say her final goodbyes to the love of her life. She has mixed feelings about being back. Things aren’t working out the way she planned.

When she finds herself in need of a second job to pay for a lawyer, she stumbles across a store simply called, Confess. The front windows are covered with confessions written on bits of paper. A sign in the window says ‘help wanted’.

It turns out that the store houses an art studio and a talented artist by the name of Owen Mason Gentry (OMG). He gets his inspiration from those bits of paper containing some mind-bending revelations.

What a brilliant concept. The artwork featured in the book is particularly spectacular, done by (real-life) artist Danny O’Connor.

Colleen Hoover has found two beautiful characters in Owen and Auburn. When they meet, Auburn doesn’t know that Owen has seen her before.

There is that instant connection, more than just attraction. A recognition of bone deep pain and a selflessness rarely matched by those who haven’t suffered or loved as deeply.

“My mother says there are people who you meet and get to know, and then there are people you meet and already know. I feel like Owen is the latter.”

Circumstances are not kind to this pair. There’s a bit of sneaking around and long heated looks. The yearning to be together and the pain of being held apart is palpable.

Colleen Hoover’s slow, artful reveal of Auburn and Owen’s own confessions result in heart breaking consequences.

I don’t want to say anymore, it’s best to just dive in and enjoy.

A book packed with intrigue and yearning that will have you incensed at the injustice of it all.








5.5 flares.

*book generously given to me by the publisher in exchange for an honest review*
Cheers









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Saturday, 25 April 2015

Warbling Me - ANZAC Day



Hello again. I haven’t warbled in a while, so here I am again!

I hope you’ve all been inspired to read some of the books I’ve promoted over the last couple of months. I’ve certainly enjoyed reading them. You know I’m addicted to diving into a good book.

Today I want to warble about something else entirely.

Today is ANZAC Day. For those of you who don’t know, A.N.Z.A.C. stands for Australian and New Zealand Army Corps.

On this day, one hundred years ago, the ANZACs landed on the beach at ANZAC Cove in Turkey, under heavy fire from Turkish troops. They actually landed in the wrong spot; meant to be a diversion away from another operation happening elsewhere.

The fact that any of them survived at all is a miracle. They spilled out on the beach into almost certain death; some of them still only teenagers.

Many of the diggers lied about their age so they could go to war with their mates or older siblings, or just to do their bit for their country.

I can’t even fathom the magnitude of willingly sacrificing your life to defend the nameless faces of your fellow citizens and a concept as abstract as the way of life.

Every year the growing crowds turn up to witness the services and watch the armed forces of past and present march with pride. We are so thankful for their bravery and their sacrifice.

In truth, they made Australia and New Zealand what they are today.

It wasn’t just the ANZACs who lost their lives in Gallipoli. Many countries were involved in the conflict and unbelievable numbers of lives were extinguished.

Every time I hear the Ode followed by the Last Post played on the bugle, it gets me right behind the breastbone and shoots a signal to my tear ducts to start leaking like crazy. I can’t get over the fact that these soldiers endured such horrors for their generation and the generations to follow.

After the ceremonial commemorations are complete, Aussies and New Zealanders like to celebrate at the pub with a game of Two Up. Played by the diggers a hundred years ago, now totally illegal on every other day of the year, but on ANZAC Day it’s basically compulsory. It’s a simple game of coin toss, with the rowdy crowd betting on the outcome.

A massive thank you to all our armed forces, past, present and future. We are forever in your debt and in awe of what you sacrifice.



Next week I’ll do a monthly round up and we’ll have a look see at the May new releases to come.

I’m still writing. It’s coming along slowly. More about that later!

Take care of you and your loved ones.

Cheers








The Flare Up

Warbling Me - ANZAC Day



Hello again. I haven’t warbled in a while, so here I am again!

I hope you’ve all been inspired to read some of the books I’ve promoted over the last couple of months. I’ve certainly enjoyed reading them. You know I’m addicted to diving into a good book.

Today I want to warble about something else entirely.

Today is ANZAC Day. For those of you who don’t know, A.N.Z.A.C. stands for Australian and New Zealand Army Corps.

On this day, one hundred years ago, the ANZACs landed on the beach at ANZAC Cove in Turkey, under heavy fire from Turkish troops. They actually landed in the wrong spot; meant to be a diversion away from another operation happening elsewhere.

The fact that any of them survived at all is a miracle. They spilled out on the beach into almost certain death; some of them still only teenagers.

Many of the diggers lied about their age so they could go to war with their mates or older siblings, or just to do their bit for their country.

I can’t even fathom the magnitude of willingly sacrificing your life to defend the nameless faces of your fellow citizens and a concept as abstract as the way of life.

Every year the growing crowds turn up to witness the services and watch the armed forces of past and present march with pride. We are so thankful for their bravery and their sacrifice.

In truth, they made Australia and New Zealand what they are today.

It wasn’t just the ANZACs who lost their lives in Gallipoli. Many countries were involved in the conflict and unbelievable numbers of lives were extinguished.

Every time I hear the Ode followed by the Last Post played on the bugle, it gets me right behind the breastbone and shoots a signal to my tear ducts to start leaking like crazy. I can’t get over the fact that these soldiers endured such horrors for their generation and the generations to follow.

After the ceremonial commemorations are complete, Aussies and New Zealanders like to celebrate at the pub with a game of Two Up. Played by the diggers a hundred years ago, now totally illegal on every other day of the year, but on ANZAC Day it’s basically compulsory. It’s a simple game of coin toss, with the rowdy crowd betting on the outcome.

A massive thank you to all our armed forces, past, present and future. We are forever in your debt and in awe of what you sacrifice.



Next week I’ll do a monthly round up and we’ll have a look see at the May new releases to come.

I’m still writing. It’s coming along slowly. More about that later!

Take care of you and your loved ones.

Cheers








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Tuesday, 21 April 2015

Jay Crownover - Asa (The Marked Men Series book 6) - Book Review



Publisher: Harper Collins
Genre: Contemporary/ New adult romance
Length: 400 pages

Sadly, this book is the final in the Marked Men Series for Jay Crownover. I absolutely loved every minute of it. I recommend reading the books in order as follows: Rule, Jet, Rome, Nash, Rowdy and Asa.

We knew Asa and Royal had a thing for each other from reading Rowdy. I really wasn't sure how the ex-con was going to match up with the cop. Asa was even less convinced, doing everything in his power to avoid the redheaded bombshell. Either Royal was going to turn to the dark side or Asa was going to redeem himself.

There is no way Royal would ever compromise her moral code for anyone. There is so much to like about this female protagonist. Despite looking like almost every man’s fantasy, she has resisted the stereotype and the pressure to become someone’s brainless arm candy. Considering the example her mother set for her, this is even more amazing. Her mother’s unhealthy behaviour patterns taught her what not to do and with the help of her BFF, Dom, she forged a life outside the mould.

When Dom gets hurt in a bad incident at work, Royal berates herself, losing confidence in her ability to be a good cop. She chases Asa relentlessly, ignoring all his warnings that he will never be worthy of her.

Asa is worthy. He just doesn't see it. After he recovered from being in a coma, he realised the pain and hurt he had caused so many people, but most importantly his sister, Ayden. With the help of Rome and the gang, he found a purpose and the motivation to change.

Asa views his past behaviour as a sickness or addiction. He feels the temptation to revert constantly lurking. The only way he'll ever believe the change is permanent, is if he is able to do something completely selfless, willingly inflicting suffering upon himself for the good of another.

Jay Crownover has plotted Asa's redemption and the progression of this couple’s relationship brilliantly. Asa needed to become a new man and Royal had to suffer a crisis for them to find the common ground they needed to make the connection.

I will gladly read every word Jay Crownover decides to publish. If you haven’t read her stuff yet, what are you waiting for?

Love, love, love this series. 
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*ARC generously provided in exchange for an honest review*






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Wednesday, 15 April 2015

Laurelin Paige - Sale

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Emma Hart - Intercepted - Book Review (ARC)




Publisher: Emma Hart, 2015.
Genre: New adult, contemporary, romantic suspense.
Length: 274 pages.

Intercepted is the third and final book in the By His Game Series.

I am a sucker for a story where friends become lovers. All that time spent being close, but never telling the other how deep their feelings go. This book has the added bonus of suspense and intrigue.

Reid North and Everleigh White have been friends since they bonded over a mutual hate of their mothers’ social events, as children.  Fourteen-year-old Ever knew that she’d always love Reid, but the four-year age gap meant the timing was never right. A year later, he was a father. By the time she was ready for college, she couldn't stand to be near him if she couldn't be more than his friend. So, she disappeared off to college without saying goodbye or contacting him again.

Four years later, Ever returns to L.A. when she discovers her boyfriend has been sleeping with her best friend. When Reid sees Ever again, he reveals that he wanted her too and he isn't wasting any more time. Their attraction is electric. He wants her and he's not taking no for an answer.
Unfortunately, their exes try to get in the way of their happiness.

Emma Hart beautifully captures the friendship between these two. They're so much alike. The playfulness between them made me laugh. I loved the memories of hiding behind curtains from their childhood.

Reid's son, Leo, is adorable with his fixation on cooties. The relationship Reid has with his son is beautiful. As is, the way Ever blends into their little family and loves Leo as if he was her own.
The villains (yes - plural) add drama to spice up the story even more. The author pulls the turmoil and dread out of those scenes, with great affect.

It's always sad when a series ends, but I'll be looking forward to so much more from Emma Hart.

Highly enjoyable read! 
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*ARC generously provided in exchange for an honest review*





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