Showing posts with label 3 Flares. Show all posts
Showing posts with label 3 Flares. Show all posts

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, 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








Thursday, 8 October 2015

Chelsea M. Cameron - Surrendering to Always - Book Review (ARC)


Publisher: Chelsea M. Cameron, 2015.
Genre: Contemporary romance.
Length: 262 pages.

This is the fourth book in the Surrendering Saga by Chelsea M. Cameron. After shifting the focus to Sloane (Rory's BFF) and Ryder (Lucah's brother) in the third book, now we’re back to our loved up couple and their journey down the aisle. Life has a few more surprises for Rory and Lucah before they get there, however. 

Okay, I’m not going to rehash the blurb with this one and I don’t want to put in spoilers if you haven’t read the rest of the series. You absolutely need to read these in order. 

I thoroughly enjoyed the first book in this series. I mean - a male executive assistant seduces his young female boss whose father happens to own and run the company - sign me up. The palpable chemistry from the beginning is still going strong and there are a few surprises to keep the reader turning the pages.

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








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