Showing posts with label Authors G. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Authors G. Show all posts

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








Tuesday, 6 October 2015

Abbi Glines – Until Friday Night (Field Party #1) – Book Review (Review Copy) & Quote-tastic Meme


Publisher: Simon & Schuster, 2015.
Genre: Young adult, romance.
Length: 336 pages.

Abbi Glines has gone back to her YA roots with this one. This series opener introduces a new bunch of characters that look promising for stories to come. Be prepared for an emotional read in this first book.

After spending two unhappy years with her godmother, Maggie moves to Lawnton, Alabama to live with her uncle and aunt. Their son, Brady is the same age and the star quarterback of the high school football team. His circle of friends? The other guys on the team. Her Aunt Coralee has put Brady in charge of helping Maggie settle in at school and into his social circles. 

Big problem. She doesn’t speak, hasn’t since undergoing the trauma of losing her mother. She needs a safe nurturing environment so she can start to heal. For the first time in a long time she feels that it might be possible, but being forced to attend field parties and football games is not helping.

Saturday, 29 August 2015

Abbi Glines - When You’re Back - Book Review (Review Copy)


Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK, 2015.
Genre: New Adult.
Length: 258 pages.

Ooh, a few unexpected twists and turns in this sequel to When I’m Gone. *Spoiler alert: You need to read that book first before reading When You’re Back*.

Reese is taking the leap and moving to Texas to be with Mase. But, not before she spends time with the family she’d never known after her father suddenly appeared on her doorstep in Rosemary Beach. After having that shock and enduring all the setbacks that have kept her and Mase apart, she’s ready to take their long distance relationship into close quarters.

Texas has other plans, throwing up more hurdles for them to jump in the form of a jealous cousin and an enigma named Major, to start with. Major happens to be Blaire Finlay’s brother. He seems to pop up wherever Reese is, watching her, flirting with her and putting her on edge. As Reese’s independence and confidence grows, will Texas be the thing that finally pulls them apart?

I had some catching up to do on Abbi’s books, so I’ve just read four consecutively. I started to lose a bit of steam as I got to When I’m Gone. Then I perked right back up with this one. I really like Mase and Reese’s story. Especially how he sees her worth, potential and takes charge of getting her the help she needs, with some assistance from a Kerrington Country Club fave of mine, Jimmy.

I think I liked When You’re Back more because Reese is finding her footing, growing as a person and feeling more valuable as she takes on a new challenge. I still think I would have liked her to own it more and not be so disbelieving of her own charms.

It also helps that they are finally living in the same state. The introduction of the competition, the magnetic, compelling Major, kept me flipping the pages to see what happens. I can’t wait to read his story.

Those weren’t the only surprises in store. You’ll just have to read it to find out. 

4.5 Flares

*Review Copy generously provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.*





Cheers

Aussies can grab the paperback for $17.99.





Abbi Glines - When You’re Back - Book Review (Review Copy)


Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK, 2015.
Genre: New Adult.
Length: 258 pages.

Ooh, a few unexpected twists and turns in this sequel to When I’m Gone. *Spoiler alert: You need to read that book first before reading When You’re Back*.

Reese is taking the leap and moving to Texas to be with Mase. But, not before she spends time with the family she’d never known after her father suddenly appeared on her doorstep in Rosemary Beach. After having that shock and enduring all the setbacks that have kept her and Mase apart, she’s ready to take their long distance relationship into close quarters.

Tuesday, 14 July 2015

J.T. Geissinger – Sweet as Sin (Bad Habit - Book 1) – Book Review



Publisher: Montlake Romance, 2015.
Genre: Contemporary Romance/ Romantic Suspense
Length: 386 pages.

Kat Reid meets Nico Nyx, lead singer of Bad Habit, when she is hired to do the makeup for their latest music video. It’s a lightning bolt moment for both of them, but even though Kat feels the heat of his stare, she doesn't trust his interest. She's more Anna Nicole Smith than Avery Kane, his skinny model girlfriend - currently passed out in the make-up chair. Avery is supposed to play Nico's love interest in the band's music video, but she's too wasted. Nico ropes Kat into doing the job and the sparks fly on and off camera.

I liked Kat immediately. She is a tough cookie with a mushy centre, staunchly defending causes she believes in. Nico isn't used to being told no. He is instantly enamoured, but she's more cautious making him sweat for 2 weeks before agreeing to date him. He burrows into her life full steam ahead, knowing that she is the woman he wants for good. 

The tone of the book starts out fun and flirty, but halfway through it gets intense, descending into darker territory. Nico is an alpha, overly protective of his female. When the paparazzi mob Kat's house he snaps. These two have brutal pasts that impinge on their path to a HEA. Things get dangerous when the past finds them; the paparazzi become the least of their worries. 

Trust is a big problem for Kat and I love that Nico immediately makes trusting each other a major priority. He's an unstoppable force in her life and things get intense at times, but ultimately these two are perfect for each other.

Be prepared for some gut wrenching scenes, danger, suspense and a lot of heat.

Brilliant! Can't wait for more.

5.5 Flares.

*ARC generously provided by the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.*

Cheers







J.T. Geissinger – Sweet as Sin (Bad Habit - Book 1) – Book Review



Publisher: Montlake Romance, 2015.
Genre: Contemporary Romance/ Romantic Suspense
Length: 386 pages.

Kat Reid meets Nico Nyx, lead singer of Bad Habit, when she is hired to do the makeup for their latest music video. It’s a lightning bolt moment for both of them, but even though Kat feels the heat of his stare, she doesn't trust his interest. She's more Anna Nicole Smith than Avery Kane, his skinny model girlfriend - currently passed out in the make-up chair. Avery is supposed to play Nico's love interest in the band's music video, but she's too wasted. Nico ropes Kat into doing the job and the sparks fly on and off camera.

I liked Kat immediately. She is a tough cookie with a mushy centre, staunchly defending causes she believes in. Nico isn't used to being told no. He is instantly enamoured, but she's more cautious making him sweat for 2 weeks before agreeing to date him. He burrows into her life full steam ahead, knowing that she is the woman he wants for good. 

The tone of the book starts out fun and flirty, but halfway through it gets intense, descending into darker territory. Nico is an alpha, overly protective of his female. When the paparazzi mob Kat's house he snaps. These two have brutal pasts that impinge on their path to a HEA. Things get dangerous when the past finds them; the paparazzi become the least of their worries. 

Trust is a big problem for Kat and I love that Nico immediately makes trusting each other a major priority. He's an unstoppable force in her life and things get intense at times, but ultimately these two are perfect for each other.

Be prepared for some gut wrenching scenes, danger, suspense and a lot of heat.

Brilliant! Can't wait for more.

5.5 Flares.

*ARC generously provided by the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.*

Cheers







Tuesday, 31 March 2015

Abbi Glines - Until The End - Book Review



Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK
Genre: New adult/ Contemporary romance
Length: 400 pages.

Let me just say that I am a huge fan of Abbi Glines. While reading Until the End, I've been asking myself what it is that I love so much about her books.

Her male characters tend towards possessive, caveman behaviour, but treat their women like queens. The female characters are sweet, sassy and giving, with backbones of steel. Don’t get me wrong, they all have their own personalities, quirks and baggage.

Ie concluded that Abbi writes compelling characters. Their lives are complicated and interesting. She makes you care for them and forgive them of their mistakes.

Rock and Trisha are every bit as lovable and magnetic as the rest of the Sea Breeze gang. If you've been following the series, you’ll be curious about the backstory of the married couple we met at Live Bay.

Trisha’s home life is horrendous. Her stepmother resents Trisha’s presence and treats her with contempt. As the big sister, Trisha is fiercely protective of her younger brother, Krit. Exposure to all the violence and abuse is turning Krit into a loose cannon.

The situation is becoming unbearable when her long time admirer, Rock Taylor steps in to help and protect her. *swoon.* Who doesn't love a knight in shining football gear?

Until the End has plenty of drama, romance and hot sex to keep your eyes glued to the page. Glimpses of the past and present, remind you of how far this couple have come and why we love them so much.

Fun, sexy and emotional. Well done.
5 flares.

*Free copy generously provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review*





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