Sunday, 29 November 2015

Penelope Ward - My Skylar - Book Review

Publisher: Penelope Ward, 2014.
Genre: Contemporary romance.
Length: 332 pages.

A companion novel to Jake Undone. This is how a man should love a woman.

Mitch and Skylar meet when they are children. Mitch is staying at his Gram’s across the street from Skylar’s place while his parents sort out their messy divorce. Divorced parents is something Skylar is familiar with. They bond over heartbreak and basketball. When they realise that their friendship is something deeper, the universe conspires to pull them apart in several heartbreaking twists.

I loved this book so much. This couple goes through hell. The little speck of hope that the author offers in the opening scene will keep you going through all the turmoil.

We were introduced to Skylar in Jake Undone. She becomes fast friends with Nina when she’s going through cancer treatment and needs a little help to impress her friend Mitch. As soon as I met her I wanted to know her story. She’s smart and sassy, funny and loyal. She’s a great friend to Mitch, but she wants more and so does he.

Speaking of loyal, Mitch sticks with Skylar through the barrage of challenges she has to face. He doesn’t care that her appearance has changed or that the future is uncertain. He’ll take whatever she’ll give for as long as she’ll give it. I adore this man. His love is unconditional. It’s BIG. Everybody wants to be loved like he loves Skylar.

Skylar's future is changed by a cruel twist of fate and she doesn't know what she has to offer Mitch anymore. She keeps pushing him away and then OMG, I'm not saying. It's excruciating! What doesn’t change is the incredibly deep love Mitch feels for Skylar. It is written so beautifully, you’ll fall in love with him, too.

6 flares. It’s that good.


Penelope Ward is fantastic at writing twists that will floor the reader and put her characters through hell. What book have you read recently that knocked you down for the count?

Friday, 20 November 2015

#Thankful4You - Blog Hop Hosted by The Herd Presents

Thankful for You Hop

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Hi all,

This week we're letting everyone know just what we're thankful for. And that includes...YOU! 

Hello you. Yes, you. The one reading this right now. I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for visiting today. If you've been here before, I'm going to throw an even bigger THANK YOU your way. I hope that you'll enter the giveaway below! 

Wednesday, 18 November 2015

Lauren Blakely - Sinful Longing - Book Review (ARC)

Publisher: Lauren Blakely Books, 2015.
Genre: Erotic romance/ romantic suspense.
Length: 300 pages.

Lauren Blakely delivers the perfect balance of intrigue, suspense and sizzle. The book almost went up in flames! Pull up your skater socks to prepare for this one.

Colin Sloane’s ‘what if girl’ is Elle Mariano. She’s smart, sexy, generous and caring, but she won’t give him anything more than a blissful moment of shared pleasure here and there. It’s not enough. Colin wants into her life, and he’s going to get to her heart through her body. 

Elle is powerless to resist the gorgeous tattooed bad boy. She has her life sorted, and there’s no room for a relationship with a man who has a past. The kind of past she can’t deal with, again. Will she be able to conquer her fears? And will outside forces prove to be too detrimental to a relationship between the two?

Tuesday, 17 November 2015

Kendall Ryan - Screwed - Book Review

Publisher: Kendall Ryan Books, 2015.
Genre: Contemporary romance.
Length: 296 pages.

Some fun and frivolity with plenty of heart, too.

Hayden Oliver swears to his friend, Hudson that he’ll stop sleeping with the female tenants in their building. The exodus of disgruntled women breaking their contracts to avoid embarrassment was bad for business. He agrees to rein in his wayward nine inch appendage, even as he ogles the luscious new addition to the building.

Emery Winters has landed a job as a legal intern in sunny LA, and she’s treating herself by renting a luxury condo in the Hollywood hills. Unfortunately, that puts her in the sights of her gorgeous new landlord. She thinks a clipboard will fend him off. Silly girl. She sees right through the charmer with the snake and his offer to be her friendly guide. She decides to test him out a little with yoga and vegetarian food. What starts out as a platonic test of will power, ends as so much more. But not without some surprises. This snake charmer has more in his basket of tricks.

Sunday, 15 November 2015

Penelope Ward - Sins of Sevin - Book Review

Publisher: Penelope Ward, 2015.
Genre: Contemporary romance.
Length: 291 pages.

I think this book might have wrecked me in all the ways a good book should. The plot is incredibly thick and rich, I enjoyed every agonising turn.

Sevin lives with his father and ultra-religious step mother. He’s the black sheep of the family. Enjoying his way through any willing female and shovelling manure for a living, biding his time until he can get away from the oppressive environment he lives in.

His father’s friend, Lance, offers Sevin the opportunity to learn the ropes and eventually take over Lance’s meat business. There’s a catch, of course. A huge catch. He has to marry Elle, Lance’s daughter. She’s a nice girl. He thinks, ‘why not?’ Then he meets her sister and just like that, things get messy. How could this possibly work out?

Tuesday, 3 November 2015

M. Leighton - Tough Enough (book #2 - Tall, Dark, and Dangerous Series) - Book Review (ARC)

Publisher: Berkley, 2015.
Genre: Romantic suspense.
Length: 336 pages.

Tough Enough is the second book in the Tall, Dark, and Dangerous Series, and oh so deelisheeeous. I think I might have liked this even better than the first.

Katie Rydale works as a make-up artist for a studio in the small town of Enchantment. She's retreated from the glitz and glamour of LA, but hasn't left the industry completely. It's a compromise that works for her until she has to do make-up for one Keifer Rogan. MMA champion and rising star in Hollywood. She expects him to be attracted to her blond goddess friend, but his eyes lock on hers and hold her captive. She has a feeling that her quiet little world is about to be shaken up.

Monday, 2 November 2015

Warbling Me - October Roundup

What a month! I had my first book release—Yay! I carved my first pumpkin and went trick or treating for the first time. I hosted my first Halloween party. Our street was swarming with creatures this year. It was actually surprising, because Halloween hasn't really taken off here yet. Next year I'll have to have three times the amount of treats. 

Tomorrow the Melbourne Cup will be run—'The Race That Stops The Nation'—as it's known here in Oz. Whether you're into horse racing or not, doesn't matter. The race is more like one part racing, one part fashion show and one part excuse for an extended lunch/ afternoon off to party. Even if you don't bet, The Cup will lure you to have a punt. 

I've had a pearler of a month in terms of reading. I love the lingering warmth, the endorphin high you get when you've read a book that shocks and thrills and satisfies in every way a book should. I've had several of those experiences this month. Reviews coming up include books from Penelope Ward, M. Leighton, Kendall Ryan and Lauren Blakely. 

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