Friday, 26 February 2016

T.M Frazier - Soulless - Book Review (ARC)

The Blurb—

The finale to Bear and Thia's epic love story.
Well, the synopsis gives nothing away and I don’t want to spoil it either. You have to read these books in order; Lawless then Soulless. Even better if you read King and Tyrant first. While you’re at it, you may as well read The Dark Light of Day and Dark Needs, too. It’s all gritty and raw, and so, so good. Not for the faint-hearted; we are dealing with bikers.

Soulless is one wild, crazy, terrifying, exhilarating ride. Prepare for shocks; the twist kind and the gory kind. I want Rage’s story!
Read this book. I loved every minute!

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

Fixation Friday - Chick Lit Gems

Chick Lit. At one stage, I couldn't get enough of it. The humour and ridiculous situations the heroines find themselves in. The heart break and crushing blows when things don't go as planned.
I binged, as I always do when I get in the mood for one genre, and discovered so many wonderful gems. Some of them are below. I've read many books from each of these authors, and I still look out for their names on the shelves. 
As always the blurbs are from Goodreads and you can click on the covers to go to the GR website.

Saving Grace
When Grace O'Brien wakes up next to Bernard-from-IT, she blames the out-of-date bottle of Baileys for making her cheat on her boyfriend of one year, nine months, three weeks and six days. But then she finds she can't get Bernard - geeky dress sense, red hair and all - out of her mind. It gets worse when Grace's best friend falls in love with a blind date - Bernard. Somehow Grace can't help feeling that she's to blame for all this mess. She usually is, after all...

Grace is a mess, but I loved her all the same. This book is funny with awkward moments and some heart-wrenching scenes, too.

Things I Want My Daughters to Know
How do you cope in a world without your mother? 

When Barbara realizes time is running out, she writes letters to her four daughters, aware that they'll be facing the trials and triumphs of life without her at their side. But how can she leave them when they still have so much growing up to do? 

Take Lisa, in her midthirties but incapable of making a commitment; or Jennifer, trapped in a stale marriage and buttoned up so tight she could burst. Twentysomething Amanda, the traveler, has always distanced herself from the rest of the family; and then there's Hannah, a teenage girl on the verge of womanhood about to be parted from the mother she adores. 

But by drawing on the wisdom in Barbara's letters, the girls might just find a way to cope with their loss. And in coming to terms with their bereavement, can they also set themselves free to enjoy their lives with all the passion and love each deserves? 

This heartfelt novel by bestselling author Elizabeth Noble celebrates family, friends ... and the glorious, endless possibilities of life.

The discoveries that these sisters make as they read letters from their mother help them to grow and reconnect, not only with each other, but also with their mother from beyond the grave. Elizabeth Noble knows how to wrench the emotion out of her readers.

Do You Come Here Often?
See the happy bride-to-be! 
Grace Fairley lives in South West London with her fiancé, Spencer, a divorce lawyer. They've been engaged for two years and still haven't set a date, a fact that has started to irk Grace no end. In fact, things just haven't been feeling right at all lately, and aren't they supposed to when you're with Mr. Right? Then Spencer goes and makes a fool of himself -- yet again -- on Grace's birthday, and she ends up walking to a taxi company to get a lift home. Alone.

See the guy who dumped her thirteen years ago! 
 Jimi Malik, a half-Indian, half-Irish writer and ladies man who lives in North West London, has surprised everyone -- himself included -- by deciding to settle down with Kylie, a twenty-one-year-old model from Canada. But when he bows out of his own stag night and goes to catch a cab home, he bumps into Grace Fairley and the past comes rushing back. Like the way they couldn't stand each other. And how their high school hair-pulling routine eventually turned into friendship, then something more. And how he never called again. She's still furious at him and he's still hot for her. But what's the harm in sharing a cab? After all, they're both getting married...Right?

Aw, one of my favourites. This was a hilarious ride. Jimi is a fave male lead of mine. Loved his story.

The Gift
Step into the magical world of Cecelia Ahern.

If you could wish for one gift this Christmas, what would it be?

Everyday Lou Suffern battled with the clock. He always had two places to be at the same time. He always had two things to do at once. When asleep he dreamed. In between dreams, he ran through the events of the day while making plans for the next. When at home with his wife and family, his mind was always someplace else.

On his way into work one early winter morning, Lou meets Gabe, a homeless man sitting outside the office building. Intrigued by him and on discovering that he could also be very useful to have around, Lou gets Gabe a job in the post room.

But soon Lou begins to regret helping Gabe. His very presence unsettles Lou and how does Gabe appear to be in two places at the same time?

As Christmas draws closer, Lou starts to understand the value of time. He sees what is truly important in life yet at the same time he learns the harshest lesson of all.

This is a story about people who not unlike parcels, hide secrets.They cover themselves in layers until the right person unwraps them and discovers what’s inside. Sometimes you have to be unravelled in order to find out who you really are. For Lou Suffern, that took time.

I love the magic in Cecelia Ahern's books, it keeps the readers mind ticking over, trying to figure out what's really going on.

Garden Spells (Waverley Family, #1)
The women of the Waverley family -- whether they like it or not -- are heirs to an unusual legacy, one that grows in a fenced plot behind their Queen Anne home on Pendland Street in Bascom, North Carolina. There, an apple tree bearing fruit of magical properties looms over a garden filled with herbs and edible flowers that possess the power to affect in curious ways anyone who eats them.

 For nearly a decade, 34-year-old Claire Waverley, at peace with her family inheritance, has lived in the house alone, embracing the spirit of the grandmother who raised her, ruing her mother's unfortunate destiny and seemingly unconcerned about the fate of her rebellious sister, Sydney, who freed herself long ago from their small town's constraints. Using her grandmother's mystical culinary traditions, Claire has built a successful catering business -- and a carefully controlled, utterly predictable life -- upon the family's peculiar gift for making life-altering delicacies: lilac jelly to engender humility, for instance, or rose geranium wine to call up fond memories. Garden Spells reveals what happens when Sydney returns to Bascom with her young daughter, turning Claire's routine existence upside down. With Sydney's homecoming, the magic that the quiet caterer has measured into recipes to shape the thoughts and moods of others begins to influence Claire's own emotions in terrifying and delightful ways.

 As the sisters reconnect and learn to support one another, each finds romance where she least expects it, while Sydney's child, Bay, discovers both the safe home she has longed for and her own surprising gifts. With the help of their elderly cousin Evanelle, endowed with her own uncanny skills, the Waverley women redeem the past, embrace the present, and take a joyful leap into the future.

More magical stories. I read the Sugar Queen from this author, first, and then went searching for the rest of her books. This is the first of a series. Definitely worth a read.


Friday, 19 February 2016

Fixation Friday - Paranormal Faves

Yay, it's Fixation Friday!
You know reading is my fixation and today is the day where I get to ramble on about books, and genres, and authors, and books! Psst. Would love it if you could join in with a comment below. It's more fun that way.
So, paranormal faves. You know I love J.R. Ward and the BDB. I think I've mentioned it a few times, but today we're focusing on young adult paranormal.
Here are some of my favourite YA paranormal reads:

Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick

Liliana Hart - Trouble Maker - Book Review (ARC)

The Blurb—
Marnie Whitlock has never known what it’s like to be normal. She and her family moved from place to place, hiding from reporters and psychologists, all because of her gift. A curse was more like it. Seeing a victim, feeling his pain as the last of his life ebbed away, and being helpless to save him. It was torture. And then one day it disappeared and she was free. Until those who hunted her for her gift tried to kill her. And then the gift came back with a vengeance. 
Beckett Hamilton leads a simple life. His ranch is profitable and a legacy he’ll be proud to pass onto his children one day, work fills his time from sunup to sundown, and his romances are short and sweet. He wouldn’t have it any other way. And then he runs into quiet and reserved Marnie Whitlock just after she moves to town. She intrigues him like no woman ever has. And she’s hiding something. His hope is that she begins to trust him before it’s too late.

Robin Covington - Rush - Book Review (ARC)

The Blurb—

Atticus Rush doesn’t really like people. Years in Special Ops and law enforcement showed him the worst of humanity, making his mountain hideaway the ideal place to live. But when his colleagues at MacKenzie Security need him to save the kidnapped young daughter of a U.S. Senator, he’ll do it, even if it means working with the woman who broke his heart his ex-wife. 

Lady Olivia Rutledge-Cairn likes to steal things. Raised with a silver spoon and the glass slipper she spent years cultivating a cadre of acquaintances in the highest places. She parlayed her natural gift for theft into a career of locating and illegally retrieving hard-to-find items of value for the ridiculously wealthy. Rush was the one man who tempted her to change her ways until he caught her and threatened to turn her in. 

MacKenzie Security has vowed to save the girl. Olivia can find anything or anyone. Rush can get anyone out. As the clock winds down on the girl’s life, can they fight the past, a ruthless madman and their explosive passion to get the job done?

Friday, 12 February 2016

Fixation Friday - Big Love Stories

Fixation Friday! Today we're talking BIG love. Those stories where the characters are in deep. So deep that they'd sacrifice their own happiness in order to keep the other person safe. Is it a healthy kind of love? Probably not, but it's fascinating to read about. 

I have a lot of books on my shelves (digital and physical), and, yeah, I've read heaps of them. It's very hard to keep them all catalogued in my brain. So this is actually a difficult thing for me to pick a few BIG loves.

Don't groan, but my first pick is Twilight by Stephenie Meyer. Come on. The love they had for each other totally consumed them. They could barely function without each other and Edward kept berating himself for going anywhere near Bella when he knew it was putting her in danger.

Thursday, 11 February 2016

Katy Evans - Legend - Book Review (ARC)

The Blurb—
Maverick “the Avenger” Cage wants to rise to the top and become a legend in the ring. Though he keeps his identity well guarded, he's known on the fighting circuit as the new kid with a chip on his shoulder and a tattoo on his back that marks him as trouble. He's got a personal score to settle with the Underground's one and only Remington "Riptide" Tate.

As Mav trains, he meets a young girl—the only other new person in the town--and sparks fly. When things get heated between them, he finds out she's none other than Reese Dumas, the cousin of Remington Tate’s wife. A girl who's supposed to root against him and a girl he's supposed to stay away from.

Rachel Van Dyken - The Consequence of Seduction - Book Review (ARC)

The Blurb—
Reid Emory has never had reason to question his luck with the ladies. As the owner of a lethal set of aqua-blue eyes and a devastating grin, this Hollywood heartthrob always brings his A game…but lately his luck seems to have run out. The actor is in need of some help, and there’s only one person he can trust to take his love life—and his career—to an explosive new level.

Jordan Litwright’s newest client is trying her patience. As a publicist, she’s more than content to stay in the background and let others shine. But when a publicity stunt backfires, she suddenly finds herself thrust into the spotlight—as Reid’s new love interest. And while other men usually overlook her, Reid is focusing in with laserlike intensity. There’s no denying they have serious chemistry.

Friday, 5 February 2016

Fixation Friday - My Top Five Authors

Okay, I've thought long and hard about this. I'm going to dare to list my (current) top five authors. The authors that I will one click without reading any blurb or even seeing the cover. Here are the authors I'm loving right now (in no particular order—because that's too much to ask):

Jay Crownover
What draws me to Jay's books? The mish mash of colourful characters, their awesome names, the heart and the struggle poured in the ink of the pages. Speaking of ink, several of them have some, and a few piercings, too.

Rule (Marked Men, #1)Jet (Marked Men, #2)Rome (Marked Men, #3)
Nash (Marked Men, #4)Rowdy (Marked Men, #5)Asa (Marked Men, #6)

Tuesday, 2 February 2016

Jay McLean - Combative - Book Review (Review Copy)

Publisher: Jay McLean, 2015.
Genre: Contemporary romance, romantic suspense.
Length: 384 pages.

Jay McLean has been on my TBR list for too long. I’m so, so glad I was finally able to read this book. And, hooray, it’s a trilogy.

Kyler Parker finds himself in trouble with the law when he lets his anger get the better of him, and his fists do the talking. A returned soldier, he has trouble adjusting to the life he left behind. When he’s offered an opportunity for salvation, justice and revenge, he takes it. He doesn’t have much choice, but doesn’t think too much about what the consequences are for his future. Until he meets a girl called Madison Haynes who appears to have a bitter sweet relationship with the letterboxes in their building. She’s his new neighbour, and she might just be worth more than the revenge he seeks. She might be everything. But who is she?

Madison is so intriguing. She’s really kept under wraps and you can feel Ky’s frustration, but also the sense that they understand each other without needing to know much. Ky is that wonderful combination of protective, loyal and tortured. Talk about intriguing and compelling. 

Monday, 1 February 2016

Warbling Me - January in Review

Hello lovely readers,

Bit of a shaky start to the year, but we're getting into the swing now. I hope your year has had a promising start.

I'm making some changes to the format of the blog. When I first started, I did three regular posts: 
  • Music Mondays—where I shared a video clip of a song I was loving from an Aussie artist; 
  • Warbling Wednesdays—where I wrote random thoughts about what was happening in life, 
  • and Fixation Fridays—where I shared two book reviews. 
Music Monday is history. Sorry, all you music lovers out there. I love my music, but I'll be sharing it in the form of playlists with each book I release, and that'll be over on my website (see that purple button on the menu? Yup, that's it). 

Warbling Wednesdays is now Warbling Me, and I'll be posting that over on my website on a monthly basis to coincide with my newsletter content. 

Fixation Fridays has transformed into me discussing my favourite reads, authors, genres, things that I don't like to read and whatever else comes to me. I'll still be doing reviews, but they'll be posted at random, or with the release tour.

I'll be doing some teasers for Sensing You very soon. Can't wait to start sharing those on my social media pages. I'm working on some swag for the tour giveaways, too.

The first four chapters of Remembering Home are now on Wattpad. If you're a Wattpad fan check out my profile HERE.

I've been reading The Consequences of Seduction by Rachel Van Dyken. Oh my god, this series is such a good escape from life. It's humour therapy. I love a dark, shocking read, and a good contemporary, but breaking them up with a slapstick rom-com is a fantastic idea. And Max... Max. Max, Max. He is... well, you should read this series. The man is a hilarious handful.

I finally read my first Jay McLean. I will be sharing my review of Combative shortly. This author has been on my TBR list for a while, and I'm so glad I finally had the opportunity to sample her work. Check her out! Redemptive is out soon *does a happy dance*.

Okay, so that's what's happening. Check out my picks and the month in review below.
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