Tuesday, 26 January 2016

C.L. Parker - Getting Rough - Book Review (ARC)


Publisher: Piatkus, Jan 2016.
Genre: Contemporary romance.
Length: 304 pages.

Book two in the Monkey Business trio. In the first book, I enjoyed the chase and the heat between these two despite their denial of something bigger. In this book, I felt a little icky with the addition of home town boy, Casey. If you haven’t read book one (Getting Dirty), there are spoilers in this review.

Shaw Matthews chases Cassidy Whalen to the ends of the Earth to give her a piece of his mind. At least it feels that way when he arrives in Stonington, Maine. Things to do in Stonington include lobstering and... nope that’s it. Shaw is wondering why he’s gone to all this effort to set Cassidy straight, until he sees her and things slowly become clearer.

Warbling Me - Australia Day



Happy Australia Day!

Armed with a stick and a can of insect spray, thousands of Aussies are fending off venomous vermin in the search for their beach gear. Braving the maze of debris in their sheds and garages to find the umbrella, the camping chairs, the set of plastic wickets for beach cricket, and the esky. Cloudy day? grab the pop-up gazebo, too. 

Mere decades ago, unknown for our patriotism, we seem to have swung to the other extreme, painting ourselves in green and gold, fluorescent zinc, and draping our backs in the Aussie flag in an impersonation of a super hero. Shouts of, “Aussie, Aussie, Aussie. Oi, oi, oi,” ring out over beaches and parks across our wide, brown, green, ochre land. If someone yells, “DUCK!” they’re not referring to our feathered friends. No. It literally means, duck your head because a ball is flying in your direction. Aussie rules football, rugby league, rugby union, cricket, tennis… any number of balls could be airborne and heading for your melon.

Monday, 25 January 2016

Paige Toon - The Sun in Her Eyes - Book Review (review copy)



Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK, 2015.
Genre: Women’s fiction, contemporary romance.
Length: 432 pages.

Well, talk about a spanner thrown in the works. This was my introduction to this author. I was pleasantly surprised to find it was set mostly in Australia. It’s definitely a page turner, but I was left a little unsatisfied.

Amber’s life isn’t going well. Her marriage is strained and she finds herself out of a job and on a plane back to her home town of Adelaide, Australia, to see her ailing father. She’s as worried about her father as she is excited about seeing her childhood friend, and the object of her unrequited love, Ethan.

Wednesday, 20 January 2016

Julie A. Richman - Slave To Love - Book Review (ARC)



Publisher: Julie A. Richman, 2016.
Genre: Contemporary romance.
Length: 248 pages.

This one threw me off straight away, but once I figured out the dynamics of this unconventional office and this bold character I regained my balance and got hooked. FYI, I wanted to smack myself for my initial reaction.

Sierra Stone is a sales director extraordinaire for a company that provides outsourced services to several companies, including new addition, SpaceCloud. She meets SpaceCloud’s CEO while wearing sky high heels, short skirt and with the girls on high beam. He seems unimpressed. Little does she know, she knocked him off his feet.

When Hale Lundström’s company needs a little extra expertise on a delicate operation, he borrows Sierra’s services. They get to know each other quite well, both in and out of the boardroom and the bedroom.


She’s bold, she’s brash, she’s unapologetic about her overenthusiastic chest region. Sierra took me back a bit, to start with. Her character needed a strong counterpart to stand up to her dominance and Hale is just the right man for her.

I really enjoyed the way the author took us into the corporate operations and to where Sierra shines as a person. This is something that she and Hale have in common, and it goes a long way to bringing them together as a couple. The extra twist from Hale’s past sets off the drama nicely. 

This one kept me reading, and now I want to try more from this author.

4.5 flares.

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




Wednesday, 13 January 2016

C.L. Gaber - Ascenders - Book Review (Review Copy)



Publisher: Big Picture Media, 2015.
Genre: Paranormal, young adult.
Length: 430 pages.

I was drawn to the concept of a school in the afterlife. And Gaber certainly gives her protagonists an interesting journey to take. Walker Callahan finds herself shunted into a new life with no explanation as to how or why she was suddenly living the good life. She soon meets Daniel Reid, gorgeous, school bad-boy, and her new neighbour. Daniel informs her that she is dead, dead.

Daniel is an enigma. He keeps to himself and shuns anyone who tries to get close. Walker puts on her reporter hat and worms her way into his life. Together they embark on a crazy journey, breaking all the rules and risking everything.


Okay, I have to be honest and say that I had trouble getting into this one. I liked the idea of the story, I liked the characters, but there were things that took me out of the story. The backstories of secondary characters were too tangential for me, although there were relevant points in some of them, they dragged the pace of the main story. Then there were things that didn’t make sense. For example, in an accident some things were damaged while others weren’t.

At the halfway point things picked up and became really interesting. Overall, I did like the story, it has some gripping elements and Daniel is compelling for sure.

3 flares.

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

Cheers








Sunday, 3 January 2016

Jay Crownover - Built (The Saints of Denver Series, Book 1) - Book Review (ARC)



Publisher: Harper Collins, 2016.
Genre: Contemporary romance
Length:  352 pages.


I had a little panic attack when Jay Crownover announced the end of the Marked Men Series. If you’ve read them, you’ll know that a few secondary characters were introduced to the world of the Marked Men. This couple captured my attention immediately; I’ve been eagerly anticipating for Crownover to put Sayer and Zeb under the spotlight. Capable, rough and ready, Zeb, and composed, ice queen, Sayer, secretly, and not so secretly lusting for each other... Yes, yes and yes. There are some spoilers if you haven’t read the Marked Men Series. I think it’s probably best if you read them all in order (Rule, Jet, Rome, Nash, Rowdy, Asa, Leveled and Built).

Zeb Fuller can transform an old, rundown building into a thing of beauty. He puts his heart and soul into fixing things that need his attention. When a surprise sends his life into a spin he finds that he needs the help of a lawyer to fix this particular problem. As luck would have it, he happens to know a very sexy, talented lawyer. He needs her for more than her services, but she’s not so sure she has anything else to offer him.
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