Wednesday, 29 July 2015

Vivian Arend – Copper King (Takhini Shifters Book #1) – Book Review (Review Copy)


Publisher: Vivian Arend, 2014.
Genre: Paranormal Romance.
Length: Novella, 152 pages.

Jim Halcyon is in Vegas to win back ‘Lady Luck’, an ancient copper coin that Jim believes attracts luck to the person who possesses it. Every year, he and his wolf-shifter friend, Damon, go head to head in a challenge of mind or body to win the coin. Damon has won the last three times and Jim isn’t happy about it. Playful Damon is going to make workaholic Jim wait for it. Luring him to Vegas a week early and confiscating his phone so the big grizzly will relax for a change.

Jim spots copper-haired beauty, Lillie, on the gaming floor. She, too is a bear-shifter, but her bear would rather be hibernating, thanks very much. She’s acting skittish and shifty. Vegas isn’t the best place for a shy bear, but Lillie is determined to get through her bucket list before life as she knows it ends. Determined to get passed the shyness and have one last fling, she thinks Jim is the perfect candidate. He soothes her, makes her feels safe and invigorates her at the same time. 

They’re not interested in learning the details of each other’s lives. It’s only meant to be a fling. Right?

This novella was such a pleasant surprise. I have enjoyed wolf-shifter stories before, but in this series there is a whole community of different shifter species living among the humans. Each individual has two sides to them that don’t always agree on things. This makes things extra interesting. 

Lillie is intriguing. She’s on a mission to squeeze in a lot of living, but we get a sense that time is running out on her happiness. Her bear is not on board with this plan. She’s on the verge of shifting in public when Jim swoops in and saves her. My inner romantic had a bit of a swoon. 

Jim is a leader. He focuses on his goals and goes after them. Even though he is supposed to be relaxing and having fun, when he sees Lillie, she becomes the goal. His protective side comes out and he is so intrigued by her he can’t let her go after one night. 

Damon is a fantastic character. He’s looking out for Jim’s best interests, and determined to make Jim have some fun; providing plenty of laughs along the way. I’m looking forward to reading his story in Laird Wolf. 

There was plenty of heat between the alpha and his damsel in distress. The adventure, intrigue and humour kept my eyes glued to the page.

4.5 Flares

*Review copy generously provided in exchange for an honest review.*

Cheers








Vivian Arend – Copper King (Takhini Shifters Book #1) – Book Review (Review Copy)


Publisher: Vivian Arend, 2014.
Genre: Paranormal Romance.
Length: Novella, 152 pages.

Jim Halcyon is in Vegas to win back ‘Lady Luck’, an ancient copper coin that Jim believes attracts luck to the person who possesses it. Every year, he and his wolf-shifter friend, Damon, go head to head in a challenge of mind or body to win the coin. Damon has won the last three times and Jim isn’t happy about it. Playful Damon is going to make workaholic Jim wait for it. Luring him to Vegas a week early and confiscating his phone so the big grizzly will relax for a change.

Wednesday, 22 July 2015

M. Clarke – My Serenity – Book Review (ARC)


Publisher: M. Clarke, 2015.
Genre: New Adult.
Length: 245 pages.

Seth Stewart fell in love with his sixth grade sweetheart, Josie, then one day she just disappeared. He’s never been able to forget her, subconsciously unable to stop himself comparing other women to his lost love. None have ever measured up, not that he’s had many.

The summer after his father’s death Seth returns home from college to help his grieving mother and to manage the family businesses. He’s only been back a week when he is welcomed back to town by a brunette beauty cutting in front of his lane and then flipping him off. Later, he’s shocked to discover it was Josie. His Josie, and she’s his friend, Lexy’s new roommate. 

Josephina Anders is trying to piece her life together after escaping her possessive ex and having a difficult start in life. She has things in her past that she’d rather stayed in her past. When she sees Seth again all the old feelings return, amplified to a new level. Can she risk taking a chance at happiness or will she be dragging Seth into a mess he doesn’t deserve and couldn’t possibly understand?

I read this series out of order and I think it impaired my ability to connect with the characters when I was reading My Serenity. So, I went back and read it again. I recommend reading My Clarity first.

Seth is a quiet sort, not the kind of guy to be a ‘player’ or the centre of attention. He’s got the weight of the world on his shoulders; busy looking out for his family when he too is internally grieving. His friends are there for him. He looks up to Elijah in particular, their relationship more brotherly than friends. He keeps mentioning how much better with the ladies and how much cooler Elijah is. It’s not from jealousy, though, he’s simply stating their differences and his reasons for looking up to Elijah.

Josie is a compassionate soul. She has endured as awful childhood, but has the intelligence and maturity to separate her feelings from her mother’s behaviour. She doesn’t want to open up to Seth about her past struggles and this holds their relationship back.

The author uses flash back scenes to fill in background information on the different relationships between the characters. It slows down the pace, but allows us a glimpse into Seth’s father’s influence on the group of friends and tugs our sympathies for Seth and Josie’s tragedies.

The excitement ramps up for the climax, adding action to the mix. 

A sweet second chance romance and entertaining read.

3.5 Flares

*ARC generously provided in exchange for an honest review.*

Cheers








M. Clarke – My Serenity – Book Review (ARC)


Publisher: M. Clarke, 2015.
Genre: New Adult.
Length: 245 pages.

Seth Stewart fell in love with his sixth grade sweetheart, Josie, then one day she just disappeared. He’s never been able to forget her, subconsciously unable to stop himself comparing other women to his lost love. None have ever measured up, not that he’s had many.

The summer after his father’s death Seth returns home from college to help his grieving mother and to manage the family businesses. He’s only been back a week when he is welcomed back to town by a brunette beauty cutting in front of his lane and then flipping him off. Later, he’s shocked to discover it was Josie. His Josie, and she’s his friend, Lexy’s new roommate. 

Josephina Anders is trying to piece her life together after escaping her possessive ex and having a difficult start in life. She has things in her past that she’d rather stayed in her past. When she sees Seth again all the old feelings return, amplified to a new level. Can she risk taking a chance at happiness or will she be dragging Seth into a mess he doesn’t deserve and couldn’t possibly understand?

I read this series out of order and I think it impaired my ability to connect with the characters when I was reading My Serenity. So, I went back and read it again. I recommend reading My Clarity first.

Seth is a quiet sort, not the kind of guy to be a ‘player’ or the centre of attention. He’s got the weight of the world on his shoulders; busy looking out for his family when he too is internally grieving. His friends are there for him. He looks up to Elijah in particular, their relationship more brotherly than friends. He keeps mentioning how much better with the ladies and how much cooler Elijah is. It’s not from jealousy, though, he’s simply stating their differences and his reasons for looking up to Elijah.

Josie is a compassionate soul. She has endured as awful childhood, but has the intelligence and maturity to separate her feelings from her mother’s behaviour. She doesn’t want to open up to Seth about her past struggles and this holds their relationship back.

The author uses flash back scenes to fill in background information on the different relationships between the characters. It slows down the pace, but allows us a glimpse into Seth’s father’s influence on the group of friends and tugs our sympathies for Seth and Josie’s tragedies.

The excitement ramps up for the climax, adding action to the mix. 

A sweet second chance romance and entertaining read.

3.5 Flares

*ARC generously provided in exchange for an honest review.*

Cheers








Monday, 20 July 2015

Warbling Me - Road Trip


Hi all,

The kids are back at school. *Wipes brow and crawls into bed* – Oh! But wait, there’s still a toddler. *throws the covers back and rolls onto the floor where she stays until jumped on by a two year old munchkin.*

In the holidays, we thought it might be nice to go for a road trip to colder climates. Brave souls that we are, we took the kids. The day before we left I rushed home with a cheapie portable DVD player for the car. 

“What’s that for?” Computer Guy complains, somewhat startled by my approach.

“Eight hours in a confined space with three boys, two of whom cannot read and would be dangerous with a pencil, are you kidding me?” My eyebrows have gone stratospheric I’m so astounded by his naiveté.

“We never had movies to watch in the car when we were kids.”

“Did your parents ever take you in the car for more than two hours?” I refrain from putting my hands on my hips, but only because I am still holding the box with plastic wrapping half ripped and falling in a cascade to the floor.

“Hmpf.” He rolls his eyes and walks off.

How much we rely on technology for entertainment these days. The bloomin’ DVD player didn’t even work for the first day. Grrr.

Our hopes of finding snow was a week premature and morphed into a tour of oversized monuments to food. First was the Big Prawn in Ballina, proudly perched in front of a hardware store. Although they do barbeques on the weekends I have never seen a prawn on any of their Barbies. Next up -The Big Banana in Coffs Harbour. It's lazing on its back, you can walk right through and watch the traffic streak by.



Taking a break from the oversized food, we went to visit tiny Tacking Point Lighthouse in Port Macquarie. Out to sea, we watched the spray from three whales breaching the surface, absolutely mesmerized. That sight never gets old, I don’t care who you are.

We missed The Big Golden Guitar in Tamworth, much to my dismay, on our way to the parched higher country to the West. I can now boast that I have been to Australia’s highest city – Armidale, and Australia’s highest town – Guyra. Both of these locations receiving snow one week AFTER we had left. *Crosses arms and juts out lower lip.*

We topped off our tour with The Big Apple (not New York City, unfortunately) in Stanthorpe.
Fruit Salad touring with a prawn thrown in. Yummy. If only we had started up in Nambour at The Big Pineapple. I am quite partial to those.



All righty then. I hope you are enjoying the reviews, excerpts, trailers and teasers I have been bringing you. May you stay healthy and safe.

That’s my warbling for the week.

Cheers

Warbling Me - Road Trip


Hi all,

The kids are back at school. *Wipes brow and crawls into bed* – Oh! But wait, there’s still a toddler. *throws the covers back and rolls onto the floor where she stays until jumped on by a two year old munchkin.*

In the holidays, we thought it might be nice to go for a road trip to colder climates. Brave souls that we are, we took the kids. The day before we left I rushed home with a cheapie portable DVD player for the car. 

“What’s that for?” Computer Guy complains, somewhat startled by my approach.

“Eight hours in a confined space with three boys, two of whom cannot read and would be dangerous with a pencil, are you kidding me?” My eyebrows have gone stratospheric I’m so astounded by his naiveté.

“We never had movies to watch in the car when we were kids.”

“Did your parents ever take you in the car for more than two hours?” I refrain from putting my hands on my hips, but only because I am still holding the box with plastic wrapping half ripped and falling in a cascade to the floor.

“Hmpf.” He rolls his eyes and walks off.

How much we rely on technology for entertainment these days. The bloomin’ DVD player didn’t even work for the first day. Grrr.

Our hopes of finding snow was a week premature and morphed into a tour of oversized monuments to food. First was the Big Prawn in Ballina, proudly perched in front of a hardware store. Although they do barbeques on the weekends I have never seen a prawn on any of their Barbies. Next up -The Big Banana in Coffs Harbour. It's lazing on its back, you can walk right through and watch the traffic streak by.



Taking a break from the oversized food, we went to visit tiny Tacking Point Lighthouse in Port Macquarie. Out to sea, we watched the spray from three whales breaching the surface, absolutely mesmerized. That sight never gets old, I don’t care who you are.

We missed The Big Golden Guitar in Tamworth, much to my dismay, on our way to the parched higher country to the West. I can now boast that I have been to Australia’s highest city – Armidale, and Australia’s highest town – Guyra. Both of these locations receiving snow one week AFTER we had left. *Crosses arms and juts out lower lip.*

We topped off our tour with The Big Apple (not New York City, unfortunately) in Stanthorpe.
Fruit Salad touring with a prawn thrown in. Yummy. If only we had started up in Nambour at The Big Pineapple. I am quite partial to those.



All righty then. I hope you are enjoying the reviews, excerpts, trailers and teasers I have been bringing you. May you stay healthy and safe.

That’s my warbling for the week.

Cheers

Sunday, 19 July 2015

Erin Noelle - MILF-Wrong Kind of Love - Book Review (Review Copy)



Publisher: Erin Noelle, 2015.
Genre: Erotica.
Length: 310 pages.

Grayson Daniels is reluctantly back in Georgia after spending ten months studying in Spain. His mother is marrying Grayson’s best friend’s father after two years of them carrying on an affair behind his wife’s back. Yep, his first and only father figure is a chump. He’s less than pleased with his mother, betraying her friend like that, too. At least it will be official when he calls his best friend, Adam, Bro’.

Mia Sullivan is understandably full of flaming anger at wasting twenty years of her life on a lying, cheating piece of scum. She’d never take back getting pregnant in high school, though. Adam is the best thing that ever happened to her. He has encouraged her to take out her anger in the gym and pursue her passion for painting. She is thriving for the first time in years.

When Grayson’s mother kicks him out of home, Mia and Adam gain another housemate. Grayson isn’t the boy she used to know. He has grown up and filled out. Resisting his charm is impossible. He has decided he wants her and she can’t stop from wanting him. She knows it’s not forever, but if they can keep it under wraps she’s going to enjoy it while it lasts. As long as Adam doesn’t find out.


I love Erin Noelle’s writing style. She immerses the reader in her worlds getting us totally engrossed and empathizing with the characters. How could this possibly end well? There are so many intertwined relationships going on, it’s a tangled web these characters weave.

Even though Mia watched Grayson grow up, he has changed. Living abroad has matured him and a man’s body is vastly different from a teenager’s. Mia, herself has become a gym junkie, lost close to twenty pounds and gained back her passion and vibrancy. She is a gorgeous woman. Grayson is mesmerized by her, her banana pancakes, her painting, everything about her. She struggles with the morality of the situation, Grayson is more black and white. They are both consenting adults and ‘good to go’ as far as he’s concerned.

My heat rating on this story is definitely close to nuclear. This pair are insatiable. The lust isn’t overdone or out of place, though. They are carrying on a whirlwind affair after all, but not at the expense of a developing tender, more intimate connection. It’s totally feasible that these two are drawn to each other, the attraction is well crafted with plenty of humour added in. 


But then there’s always Adam. I honestly didn’t know how the author was going to make this work out. The story begins with a sneak peek of the end. The inevitable is a constant tickle of anticipation as you read along trying to figure out how it’s all going to fall into place. As lust turns to love I got more and more anxious about what was going to happen. So much happens!

I loved going along for the ride on this one. So clever. Reead iiiiittttt!

5 Flares


*Review copy generously provided in exchange for an honest review*

Cheers









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