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Showing posts with label Authors L. Show all posts

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. *

Tuesday, 3 November 2015

M. Leighton - Tough Enough (book #2 - Tall, Dark, and Dangerous Series) - Book Review (ARC)

Publisher: Berkley, 2015.
Genre: Romantic suspense.
Length: 336 pages.

Tough Enough is the second book in the Tall, Dark, and Dangerous Series, and oh so deelisheeeous. I think I might have liked this even better than the first.

Katie Rydale works as a make-up artist for a studio in the small town of Enchantment. She's retreated from the glitz and glamour of LA, but hasn't left the industry completely. It's a compromise that works for her until she has to do make-up for one Keifer Rogan. MMA champion and rising star in Hollywood. She expects him to be attracted to her blond goddess friend, but his eyes lock on hers and hold her captive. She has a feeling that her quiet little world is about to be shaken up.

Monday, 28 September 2015

Pete Lans -Thrum - Book Review

Publisher: Pete Lans, 2014.
Genre: Women’s Fiction.
Length: 207 pages.

Delightfully naughty. A quirky, humorous take on how the feminine power-hold transforms a town.

You need to be aware that I know this author. That fact doesn't change my review and I certainly wasn't asked to give it. If you've read my policy, you know I don’t review books if I don’t like them. I felt compelled to write this because I did enjoy the book and I'm aware that if I had not known the author I probably wouldn't have found it and that’s a travesty.

Our main character is a man. Yes, a women's fiction that centres on a man, but believe me this story is all about women.

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*


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!

Tuesday, 4 August 2015

M. Leighton - Strong Enough - Book Review (ARC)

Publisher: Berkley, 2015.
Genre: Romantic Suspense.
Length: 296 pages.

Simply superb!

This new series is a spin-off of the Bad Boys series and features a cameo appearance by Cash, Olivia and Gavin. Book two, Tough Enough, will be out in November.

Eight months ago, Muse Harper moved across the country to protect her father, from what or whom she doesn’t actually know. All she knows is her father, the colonel, is missing and she needs help to find him. Muse enlists the help of Jasper King; bounty hunter extraordinaire. If anyone can find her father Jasper can, so she’s told. Her mind won’t rest until she sets eyes on the Colonel, so she’s tagging along for the ride whether Jasper likes it or not.

Jasper doesn’t mind Muse coming with him at all. He makes no secret of the fact that she arouses him. A little entertainment on the way could be good for the both of them, so long as she doesn’t get attached. What she needs to realize is, he’s a monster. Of the worst kind. And he will end up hurting her.

Oh, Jasper! What a man, what a very bad man. But, oh so compelling. He’s blunt, straight forward, honest; however you want to say it. At the same time you know he is hiding crucial pieces of information that could send you running a mile. He is enigmatic, drawing Muse in while pushing her back. He wants to stay aloof, knowing any long-term association with him could be dire for her, but there’s just no staying away from her.

Muse is an innocent. She has passion and fire in her belly for the causes she believes in, but she is naive to what is really going on around her. Her father has fiercely protected her from reality, but now she must face up to some truths. She’s absolutely up for the challenge.

The scene where they meet and she measures him up for a suit is … *fans face with hand* … uh, steamy, and it escalates from there on. Jasper has the smouldering thing down pat, he will hook you straight away. Muse is clearly mixed up in something mysterious with danger written all over it. I couldn’t put the book down, to be honest, and the mystery deepens for the next book. The sneak peek into Tough Enough has me begging for that book, now!

M. Leighton just gets better and better she knows how to convey emotions to the reader like a direct injection through the eyeballs. You can always count on a brilliant twist in the story.

5.5 Flares.

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


M. Leighton - Strong Enough - Book Review (ARC)

Publisher: Berkley, 2015.
Genre: Romantic Suspense.
Length: 296 pages.

Simply superb!

Tuesday, 14 April 2015

Christina Lauren - Beautiful Secret - Book Review (ARC)

Publisher: Simon & Schuster, 2015.
Genre: Contemporary Romance.
Length: 400 pages.

Book 4 in the Beautiful Bastard Series (not including novellas). The story of Ruby Miller and Niall Stella, Max’s younger brother. (I really hope we get to meet all the Stella siblings.)

Niall has recently freed himself from a marriage lacking affection. Another relationship is nowhere near his radar.

It shocks him when he spots engineering intern, Ruby, eyeing him lasciviously across the conference table. Within days, they’re flying across the Atlantic to spend a month attending conferences and working in New York.

Now that he sees Ruby, he finds the temptation of her nearness excruciating.

Niall is so buttoned up and locked inside his own head. His excessive loyalty and inexperience with relationships turn him into a bumbling fool.  

Ruby is expressive, vibrant, intelligent and patient. She draws him out and pushes him to be better. It’s a revelation for Niall, to be with someone who talks everything out.

Reading a Christina Lauren book is a visceral experience. I felt this even more so with Beautiful Secret. Probably because Niall and Ruby have so much of a struggle to get their HEA.

Every sentence paints a picture and drops you into the characters’ world. Their trademark humour paired with a depth of heart makes for a killer combination. If I want to read a book again, immediately after I have finished it, I think it deserves 6 flares.

I bow down in the child pose at their feet. Sorry for gushing, but it is what it is - brilliant!


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