Showing posts with label ARC. Show all posts
Showing posts with label ARC. Show all posts

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.

Thursday, 11 February 2016

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.

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.

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.

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?

Thursday, 13 August 2015

Heather C. Leigh – Resist – Book Review (ARC)


Publisher: Shelbyville, 2015.
Genre: Romantic Suspense.
Length: 230 pages.

Mystery, danger and two alpha types taking turns at being in charge. These two are actually adorable together. I loved this story!

Gavin Walker, bass guitarist for Sphere of Irony, has been receiving threatening notes and gifts from a stalker. With his life at risk, the record company decides to bring in an expert in criminal profiling to ascertain the identity of Gavin’s hunter. When Gavin is introduced to Mitch Hale; tall, dark and gorgeous is the only thing on his mind. If he has to spend all his time with this tempting man without being able to ‘have fun’, he’s going to go nuts. Again.

Mitch is all business. He insists that he needs to shadow Gavin’s every move in order to protect him and get an understanding of the danger. Gavin doesn’t have any respect for his safety. He lives in a house full of glass windows overlooking a public beach, invites random men back to his home and doesn’t consider that his assistant could be followed back to his location. The man is a security nightmare. Being in Gavin’s presence brings out urges that Mitch would rather leave buried with the pain of his past. There’s no stopping the magnetic pull, though. Mitch’s life is about to be turned upside down.

I loved this couple. They’re both forceful personalities and switch the lead several times back and forth depending on who needs care. They were able to be strong enough for each other.

The opening scene of the book is full of deep emotional pain for Gavin and then we’re thrust forward in time. I really loved that we get to see Gavin being true to himself and drawing happiness from his life even though he’s under threat. He’s a bit of a diva at times, but at least he admits when he’s wrong.

Mitch is in denial. When we become aware of his past, we understand why. I loved his bravery and his willingness to do whatever it took to look after Gavin without consideration of the impact on his own life.

Honestly, these two are so sweet together, but make no mistake the heat between them is off the scale. I have to read more of this series!!

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








Cheers








Heather C. Leigh – Resist – Book Review (ARC)


Publisher: Shelbyville, 2015.
Genre: Romantic Suspense.
Length: 230 pages.

Mystery, danger and two alpha types taking turns at being in charge. These two are actually adorable together. I loved this story!

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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