Monday, 21 March 2016

Geneva Lee - The Sins That Bind Us - Book Review (ARC)

The Blurb—
I wasn’t given a choice. Not when I did my first line of cocaine. Not when I became a single mother. But I changed, and every decision I’ve made was to protect myself and my son from my weaknesses—and my past.

Until Jude came along and made me question everything, even my own secrets.

The sins I carry with me can never be discovered. Life handed me broken bits of people and left me to construct my own world, and it’s too fragile to take a chance on Jude Mercer.

We write our own stories.

We build our own prisons.

We weave our own lies.

We commit the sins that bind us.

What a powerful story. Geneva Lee takes the reader on a soul searching journey as she places a mirror in front of us with the tale of these two flawed individuals.

Faith first sees Jude when he walks into her support group. He looks like a typical bad boy. She vows to steer clear. 

Life never works out how you planned.

I don’t want to rehash the plot. This one is best if you go in blind. I can tell you that it gripped me immediately, and raised plenty of questions along the way, not only about the characters, but about life choices in general. 

The story is written in first person POV, but flashbacks, written in third person, fill in the back story. I found the shift a little off putting at first. But these scenes help to fill in the blanks. They may be confronting and shocking, but honestly, the drip feed of information is so skilfully done I enjoyed every minute of this book.

These two captured my heart and my sympathies. I’d love to read more by this author.
*ARC generously provided in exchange for an honest review. *

Warbling Me - Farewell my Beautiful Companion

Writing this post is extremely difficult. On Friday we had to laid our old golden labrador to rest. For sixteen years she was our faithful companion. We had to make the decision to put her to sleep because she was debilitated and in terrible pain from legs that had failed her. Honestly, I’m struggling with the fact that we chose to end her life. She didn’t go in her own time as I always thought she would. It’s not a choice I’d wish on anyone. When she started to show disinterest in her food we knew it was time. A labrador’s life revolves around food. But I still wish I could take it back. 

Wednesday, 9 March 2016

Violet Duke - Jackson's Trust - Book Review (ARC)

The Blurb—
New York Times bestselling author Violet Duke kicks off her sizzling-hot new Fourth Down series with a friends-to-lovers romance between a no-strings-attached sports analyst and the hottest damn tomboy he’s ever met. 

It’s no secret that sports analyst Jackson Gray doesn’t do relationships. What is a secret, however, is the reason why. Jackson’s life is . . . complicated. And it doesn’t help that his current hands-off “friendship” is with the cute-as-hell new sideline reporter he’s assigned to train. Turns out, not only is the woman damn sweet, she also knows as much about football as he does. Like it or not though, Jackson has to remind himself that sex is the only thing he has to offer . . . until now.

Leila Hart’s fast-growing friendship with Jackson is something she’d never risk, no matter how unbelievably seductive the reward. Becoming an NFL sportscaster has always been the goal, and thanks to Jackson’s fierce support and mentoring, it all finally seems within reach. Problem is, a girl can only take so much of that sexy-as-sin voice whispering dirty, filthy football stats in her ear before she loses all self-control. A workplace romance with Jackson is a disaster waiting to happen, especially for someone with big dreams . . . and secrets of her own.

Friday, 4 March 2016

Fixation Friday - TBR List Shakedown

Bookshelves. I wish I had a room full of them. I need a room full. It's embarrassing having plastic boxes full of books and an old laundry closet stacked three books deep and two books high on each shelf. Bookworm problems! I have resorted to buying mostly eBooks, but there are some series or authors that I like to collect in paperback.
As a blogger, it's necessary to have a reading schedule. I can't just read what I want, when I want. If I'm signing up to promo a book, I will always pick books that grab me, and I like to support authors that I've enjoyed in the past. So, yes, I do read books that I want to read, but I have to wait to read all the other books that take my fancy.
The best thing about being a blogger? I get to discover authors that are new to me. I hear all the buzz about so many great authors and books, I'm like a kid in a candy store. I want them all and I want them now! I will gorge until my skin has a tinge of green and I'm rolling on the floor, foaming at the mouth. (I'm not that bad. Honestly. *crosses fingers behind back*)

So, here are the books in plastic boxes and in my e-Reader, waiting for me to get to them. Now that I'll be doing more features and picking my own reviews I can finally read these beauties!
Cover pics and blurbs are from Goodreads. Click on the cover to go to their website.

Now That I've Found You

Honest and wise, poignant and warm, this is completely absorbing storytelling for fans of Jojo Moyes and Marian Keyes.Vinnie is an ordinary man. Ellen is an ordinary woman.

Ellen is unable to move on after a terrible accident that left her mentally and physically scarred.

Taxi driver Vinnie is struggling to cope with bringing up two children on his own.

Everyone deserves to find that one person who's meant for them, don't they?

Fall in love with the story of Vinnie and Ellen. Because ordinary lives can be extraordinary.

I have the all paperbacks from this author. Her next one is coming out in May, so I need to hurry up ant read this!

Blood Kiss (Black Dagger Legacy, #1)

Paradise, blooded daughter of the king's First Advisor, is ready to break free from the restrictive life of an aristocratic female. Her strategy? Join the Black Dagger Brotherhood's training center program and learn to fight for herself, think for herself... be herself. It's a good plan, until everything goes wrong. The schooling is unfathomably difficult, the other recruits feel more like enemies than allies, and it's very clear that the Brother in charge, Butch O'Neal, a.k.a. the Dhestroyer, is having serious problems in his own life.

And that's before she falls in love with a fellow classmate. Craeg, a common civilian, is nothing her father would ever want for her, but everything she could ask for in a male. As an act of violence threatens to tear apart the entire program, and the erotic pull between them grows irresistible, Paradise is tested in ways she never anticipated--and left wondering whether she's strong enough to claim her own power...on the field, and off.

I cannot resist a J.R. ward book. Just can't. I've already started this one!

Revue (A Wild Nights Novel)

He was on a collision course.

… I had paved my way
He answered to no one.
… I respected authority
He wanted me.
… I despised him
He didn’t take no for an answer.
... NO!

When freelance photographer, Corinne Lee, is required to visually document the nationwide tour of Wild Nights Male Revue, she finds herself in a world of near-naked, testosterone-fuelled men on stage—not her photographic muse of choice. She also finds herself in the arms of Josh, the revue’s star performer.

Josh Adams thrives on the limelight, the stage and, most of all, the attention of women who endlessly throw themselves at him. He dances sex, speaks sex, breathes sex … is sex! Josh lives for sex, but never with the same woman.

When both opinionated and headstrong characters are closely thrust together in a lust-ridden and sexually-charged environment, which of the two will break first?
Will Josh realise that Corinne could be the exception to his ‘no strings’ rule? Or will Corinne let go of the fantasy of finding Mr One and Only?

Aussie author! I've pre-ordered this one for the Readers and Writers Down Under (RWDU) Convention this weekend. Signed paperback, baby!

Pucked (Pucked, #1)

With a famous NHL player for a step-brother, Violet Hall is well acquainted with the playboy reputation many hockey stars come with. She’s smart enough to steer clear of those hot, well-built boys with unparalleled stamina. That is until she meets the legendary team captain—Alex Waters.
Violet isn’t interested in his pretty, beat-up face, or his rock-hard six-pack abs. But when Alex inadvertently obliterates Violet’s previous misapprehension regarding the inferior intellect of hockey players, he becomes more than just a hot body with a face to match.

In what can only be considered a complete lapse in judgment, Violet finds out just how good Alex is with the hockey stick in his pants. But what starts out as a one-night stand, quickly turns into something more. Post-night of orgasmic magic, Alex starts to call, and text, and e-mail and send extravagant—and quirky—gifts, making him difficult to ignore, and even more difficult not to like.

The problem is, the media portrays Alex as a total player, and Violet doesn’t want to be part of the game.

It's in my e-Reader, and I'm on a sports binge at the moment.


From New York Times Bestselling Author, Penelope Ward, comes a new standalone novel. 

Sharing a summer house with a hot-as-hell roommate should be a dream come true, right? 
Not when it’s Justin…the only person I’d ever loved…who now hates me.
When my grandmother died and left me half of the house on Aquidneck Island, there was a catch: the other half would go to the boy she helped raise.
The same boy who turned into the teenager whose heart I broke years ago.
The same teenager who’s now a man with a hard body and a hardass personality to match.
I hadn’t seen him in years, and now we’re living together because neither one of us is willing to give up the house.
The worst part? He didn’t come alone.
I’d soon realize there’s a thin line between love and hate. I could see through that smug smile. Beneath it all…the boy is still there. So is our connection. 
The problem is…now that I can’t have Justin, I’ve never wanted him more.

Author's note – RoomHate is a full-length standalone novel. Due to strong language and sexual content, this book is not intended for readers under the age of 18.
Penelope Ward is one of the best authors I've read. All her stories are so different, but each of them has a gripping intrigue and shocking twists that I just can't resist.

What's next on your TBR?

Thursday, 3 March 2016

Warbling Me - February in Review

Hello lovely readers,

I'm a little bit late with my monthly review, sorry about that. I've been having Narnia moments. You know when you think the wardrobe is just a wardrobe, but really it's a whole can of whoopass just waiting to happen? Well that has been my year, thus far.

Things are super busy here with Sensing You releasing at the end of March, and I'm attending the Reader's and Writer's Down Under (RWDU) convention this weekend, *jumps up and clicks heels together*, so it's all happening! I can't wait to meet everyone tomorrow. Hopefully, I'll get some photos to share on my website and social media. Keep an eye out if you'd like to see how we do it, Queensland style!

I'll be adding a story or two to Wattpad this year, too. They'll be complete stories, not just tasters. I have also loaded the first four chapters of Remembering Home, you can read them HERE.

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