Tuesday, 31 December 2019

Books Read in 2019



Leanne's books

Betrayal
Burned
Iced
The Mister
Pricked
The Jack's Heart
Passion Unleashed
When Polly Met Olly
Miss Me Not
The Last Piece of My Heart
Deep Scar, Vol. 01
Written in Red
Darling, All at Once
Desire Unchained
Fear the Reaper
Pleasure Unbound
Amber
Playing for Keeps
Catching Him
Summer Heat


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Thursday, 26 December 2019

In the Arms of the Elite - C.M. Stunich


Book: In the Arms of the Elite
Author :C.M. Stunich
Series: Rich Boys of Burberry Prep, #4
Genres: Young Adult, Bullying, Reverse Harem
Format: Kindle e-Book - Kindle Unlimited
Publication Date: 7th June 2019
My Rating: πŸŒ•πŸŒ•πŸŒ•πŸŒœ
Date Finished: 25th December 2019

Description:

Choose between the rich boys.
I’d rather face the Harpies than make that choice.
How can my four years at Burberry Prep really be coming to an end?
No, Tristan, Zayd, Creed, Zack, and Windsor are everything to me right now.
My strength, my passion, my heart, my empathy, my joy.
Love is a cruel master, but I have no one to blame for this but myself.

***

We fell in love with the charity case.
Idols of the school, the kings of the campus, and we’re nothing without her.
Marnye Elizabeth Reed.
This girl has twisted our world upside down, but the Infinity Club is about to knock us all on our asses.
Big money, political ties, family bonds, obligations: shit is going down at the academy.
The rest of our lives, the rest of her life … it all comes down to this one, final moment.


Review:

I know this series has some issues that people will struggle with. The bullying is pretty bad at times and some of the stuff these kids got up to when they were 15? I cringe remembering but this is the fourth and final book of the series so something about it has kept me hooked.

Marnye is entering her final year of Burberry Prep. She wants to graduate the top of her class and head off to her dream university, Bornstead. If the five boys she's torn between follow her there then that's a bonus for her. Her mission is to bring down the remaining Bluebloods and to stop bullying at the school and the Infinity Clubs influence. Nothing is ever easy, though. I'm also not going to go into any more detail as it will totally spoil the story for you.

I'll hold my hand up and say that the two Z's - Zach and Zayd have always been my favourites but we see a softer side to all of them in this and I truly - FINALLY! - believe that the boys care for her. Even Tristan, who's cold and stiff most of the time, had a really nice scene in this with Marnye and I actually softened a lot towards him. Creed is still the "look bored while totally caring" one but he did have a few cute scenes with Maryne, too. And then finally Windsor, the Prince. I'd liked him all along but I never quite understood his fascination with Marnye when he finally arrived at the school so he was never going to be top of my list. Above is probably my preferred order of the boys, which is a little strange BUT at the end of the book there's an Author's Note where she mentions being interested in doing an older series following this group as they head off to University as there little group of six and I have to say I am interested in that!

So, yeah. The series has grown on me a lot since that first one where when I started the second book it was all about Marnye getting her revenge on the Idols for the crap they'd pulled.

My rating is only a 3.5 for this as I do feel a bit like the ending wasn't entirely finished, though Harper du Pont did get what she deserved.

This is a little messed up initially but if you like bully romances and reverse harem books then you should totally give this a go and stick it out after the slightly cringe-worthy sex scenes and evil plots.

Tuesday, 24 December 2019

Merry Christmas Everyone


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Merry Christmas to all. I hope you have a great time over the festive period and have a great New Year too.

Friday, 20 December 2019

Angel's Flight - Ella Summers


Book: Angel's Flight
Author: Ella Summers
Series: Legion of Angels, #8
Genres: Urban Fantasy, Romance, Angels, Demons
Format: Kindle e-Book - Kindle Unlimited
Publication Date: 1st June 2019

My Rating: πŸŒ•πŸŒ•πŸŒ•πŸŒ•
Date Finished: 20th December 2019

Description:

The old saying is true. Knowledge really is power, especially when angels and gods play the game.

The original Immortals, masters of magic, once reigned over every world in the known universe—until they suddenly vanished. The gods and demons have been fighting over the remains of their fractured empire ever since.

Millennia later, new angel Leda, a soldier in the gods’ army, is recuperating from her transformation. Her recovery is cut short, however, when a curse strikes New York City, a spell targeted directly at the Legion of Angels. Even as the Legion’s soldiers succumb to wrath, jealousy, and fear, the beasts on the plains of monsters are growing in numbers and power. And the longer Leda and her archangel lover Nero investigate these phenomena, the closer they come to the ancient secret that destroyed the Immortals—and that now threatens to tear the Earth apart.


Review:

This has been borrowed from the Kindle Unlimited library.

This starts from where the last one left off. Leda is now an angel. Pandora, The Angel of Chaos. She is given her own territory but things never run smooth for Leda. There's a plague of issues attacking the New York City office of the Legion, making its members turn on each other and causing mayhem that eventually starts to travel further afield to the Chicago office and beyond. Initially suspecting demons, Leda and the team try to find the cause but there's nothing that stands out. Then Nerissa, the Legion doctor figures it out, taking everyone by surprise.

I don't want to spoil it by going into too much detail, you'll have to read it to see what else happens in this one.

I do enjoy reading this cast of characters. I love Leda and Nero. I've been cheering them on from their first meeting in book 1, so to see them so happy makes me want to squeal in excitement. They are the perfect bad-arse angel couple.

I cannot wait to read more of this series and this couple.

Sunday, 15 December 2019

Hearts on Air - L.H. Cosway


Book: Hearts on Air
Author: L.H. Cosway
Series: Hearts, #6
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Second Chance Romance
Format: Kindle e-Book - Kindle Unlimited
Publication Date: 8th June 2017

My Rating: πŸŒ•πŸŒ•πŸŒ•πŸŒ•
Date Finished: 14th December 2019

Description:

3 weeks. 5 cities. 15 impossible stunts. One reality show.

Trevor Cross came into Reya Cabrera’s world with a bang and faded out with a whimper. They vowed to make it work, but life had other plans. After chasing his TV dreams for years, Trev finally became the UK’s next big reality star, but he alienated his family and friends in the process. Now he finally has everything he ever wanted. Women. Money. Fame. But none of it means anything when he doesn’t have the one thing that matters most: love.

Money leaves a gaping hole. Fame surrounds him with loneliness. And no woman makes him feel like Reya used to before the whirlwind of success pulled them apart.

He has a plan to get her back for good. However, with a hectic filming schedule looming, the only way to do that is to convince her to come on the road with him. Reya has been stuck in a rut for a while, and the opportunity to travel across Europe and play her music for new audiences seems like heaven. The only catch? She has to do it with the one boy who ever got close enough to break her heart. But he’s not a boy anymore, and as she gets to know him again she can’t deny her respect for the man he’s become.

Every time she’s around him her heart feels full of air, like a balloon about to pop. Little does she know, Trev’s feelings are just tumultuous as hers. One thing’s for sure, these three weeks on the road together will either make them whole again or break them irrevocably.


Review:

This has been borrowed from the Kindle Unlimited library.

Well, first things first. You DO NOT have to read book #5.5, One Epic Night, to understand this as it is included at the beginning of this book.

Then the story continues where that one left off. Trevor is now a TV star in a free-running show that follows him and a handful of other free runners as they do stunts around London and other big cities. One difference now is that Reya is not in his life. Chapters go back and forth a few times so we see what happened in the months following their "one epic night" and how things didn't end so well with them.

It's been about 2 years since then and Trevor suddenly turns up in Reya's life again wanting to be friends again and asking if she'll fill in for one of their pregnant PA's while she's off on maternity. Reya is wary of letting Trev back into her life but eventually agrees and they travel to several cities around Europe with the group doing stunts and free running in pretty parks and some well known places. As they spend time together, they grow closer once more and before long those feelings from two years ago are creeping back in.

One thing that was driving me a little mad was the Leanne and Callum thing. I know they get their own book in a different series but seeing their love/hate relationship and the arguments and tender moments and NOT KNOWING what was happening was driving me a little mad. I will definitely be getting their book at some point.

I also liked how we saw pretty much every other character from the series in this one towards the end. I had honestly forgot how they all connected but seeing them in those last few chapters was really nice.

Definitely should be read if you've enjoyed previous books in the series.

Tuesday, 10 December 2019

One Epic Night & Cross My Heart - L.H. Cosway



Book: One Epic Night
Author: L.H. Cosway
Series: Hearts, #5.5
Genres: Romance, Contemporary, Novella
Format: Online read - Freebie via author newsletter
Publication Date:14th October 2016

My Rating: πŸŒ•πŸŒ•πŸŒ•πŸŒ•
Date Finished: 9th December 2019

Description:

Trevor Cross had been my best friend for the better part of the last three years. He was also the most unique and unpredictable person I knew. Being around him often felt like trying to circumnavigate a minefield, and yet, I wouldn’t change him for the world. He was addictive, destructive, frustrating, fascinating. Too full of energy to ever pin down. Our friendship had been on a steady path until one wild and epic night that changed everything. He convinced me to throw caution to the wind, to stay out until the break of dawn and embrace new experiences. I never expected where the night would end, nor how it would alter our relationship for good.

Review:

This one follows Trevor Cross, in what I assume is not long after the previous book, Thief of Hearts, as he urges his best friend, Reya, to spend a night out doing stuff neither of them has ever done before. They eat in a dark restaurant and go to an illegal rave as well as confessing things to each other that leads to it being one epic night.

I can't wait to read Trev and Rey's complete story in book 6, Hearts on Air!


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Book: Cross My Heart
Author: L.H. Cosway
Series: Hearts, #5.75
Genres: Romance, Contemporary, Novella
Format: Kindle e-Book - Kindle Unlimited
Publications Date: 31st January 2017

My Rating: πŸŒ•πŸŒ•πŸŒ•πŸŒ•
Date Finished: 10th December 2019

Description:

Iris Garrigan has nothing.

Well, that’s not entirely true. She has her trusty Doc Martin boots. She has her Bowie obsession. And she has the stray cat that sneaks into her bed and keeps her company at night – it’s a quid pro quo relationship. The cat gets a warm body and she gets something alive beside her when she would otherwise be alone.
She also has a job. Sure, washing dishes hardly has her rolling in dough, but with no permanent abode, it’s the best she can do. She knows her new boss only lets her work in his restaurant out of pity, but she isn’t above cashing in on a little human compassion if it means she can survive to live another day.

Everything is going fine until Liam Cross starts to take notice of her, poking his newly minted police badge where it doesn’t belong. And if he doesn’t quit soon her not so legal living situation could find her in hot waters. Little does she know, Liam isn’t just being nosy, he’s trying to help. Iris has no idea that he’s been watching her for months, and that he’s completely enamored with her strange and peculiar ways.

When Liam discovers her secret Iris has two options: stay and face the music or run for the hills.


Review:


This has been borrowed from the Kindle Unlimited library.

This one follows Liam, the youngest Cross brother, and Iris, a waitress at Liam's older brother's restaurant. It seems Liam has been watching Iris for a while, almost from the start of her time working for Lee and has been intrigued by her. Iris is homeless and struggling for every penny she earns so she can begin renting someplace. She acts tough and stays disconnected from her colleagues as she doesn't know how they'll take her living situation but then Liam takes a serious interest in her and she struggles to keep him at length.

This was actually super cute for such a short read. I still love all the Cross family and Liam has changed a lot from that little punk in Lee's story.

I liked the Bowie thing that Iris had going on and that Jareth is my favourite version of him, too. I love Labyrinth. It's been one of my favourite films since I was a kid.

I'm looking forward to the last book and Trevor's full story.

Monday, 9 December 2019

Thief of Hearts - L.H. Cosway


Book: Thief of Hearts
Author: L.H. Cosway
Series: Hearts, #5
Genres: Romance, Contemporary
Format: Kindle e-Book - Kindle Unlimited
Publication Date: 2nd October 2016

My Rating: πŸŒ•πŸŒ•πŸŒ•πŸŒœ
Date Finished: 9th December 2019

Description:

Seduce the teacher.
Meet the cousin.
Make a deal.
Steal the painting.


Andrea Anderson has no clue of the thoughts churning around in the dark and dangerous ex-con’s head as he enters her classroom. In fact, she’s momentarily lost for words. Not in her entire teaching career has she had a student who looked quite like Stu Cross.

A widow at just twenty-eight, love is something Andie hasn’t considered a part of her life for a very long time. However, when lingering touches turn to whispered words and hot, searching stares, she begins to wonder if maybe she should take a leap of faith.

But Stu is in her class for a reason, and it has nothing to do with love. He’s there to burrow his way into her life and repay a debt, otherwise his family will suffer. Andie is the first person to show him true kindness since he left prison, and though he doesn’t want to mislead her, he doesn’t have another choice.

Before long, Stu can’t tell whether or not he’s acting anymore, and his feelings for Andie could throw all of his carefully crafted plans into complete and utter disarray.


Review:

This has been borrowed from the Kindle Unlimited library.

I read the previous books in this series a while ago now and gave all of them 4.5 stars but one, which is a rare thing for me to do.

Six of Hearts
Hearts of Fire
King of Hearts
Hearts of Blue

This is Stu's story, Lee's brother from the previous book. He's just been released from prison and has enrolled in an adult class where Andrea is teaching at the local college. There's an instant attraction between them but Andrea fights it as Stu is her student. Stu flirts with her continuously and before long feelings begin to emerge. It turns out all is not as it seems.

I won't go into too much detail as it will ruin the story but I did enjoy this. I grew to really like Stu but he did deceive Andrea a bit. He made up for it big time and, through Andreas teaching and her just being a really supportive, caring person, he started to believe in himself and that he could do better than being a thief.

That epilogue had me smiling like a lunatic. Alfie is a bit of a genius!

This hasn't been my favourite of the series but I have enjoyed seeing more of the Cross clan, and I'm looking forward to reading Trevor's story next. I have One Epic Night as a freebie from the author which is a prequel to the sixth book in this series and I will be reading it next.

Thursday, 5 December 2019

The Kiss Thief - L.J. Shen


Book: The Kiss Thief
Author: L.J. Shen
Genres: Romance, Contemporary
Format: Kindle e-Book - Kindle Unlimited
Publication Date: 6th January 2019

My Rating: πŸŒ•πŸŒ•πŸŒ•πŸŒ•
Date Finished: 4th December 2019

Description:

They say your first kiss should be earned.

Mine was stolen by a devil in a masquerade mask under the black Chicago sky.

They say the vows you take on your wedding day are sacred.

Mine were broken before we left church.

They say your heart only beats for one man.

Mine split and bled for two rivals who fought for it until the bitter end.

I was promised to Angelo Bandini, the heir to one of the most powerful families in the Chicago Outfit.

Then taken by Senator Wolfe Keaton, who held my father’s sins over his head to force me into marriage.

They say that all great love stories have a happy ending.

I, Francesca Rossi, found myself erasing and rewriting mine until the very last chapter.

One kiss.
Two men.
Three lives.
Entwined together.

And somewhere between these two men, I had to find my forever.


Review:

This has been borrowed from the Kindle Unlimited library.

The Kiss Thief starts with a party - one almost from the 1800's, as Francesca points out - with waltzes and masquerade masks. She wants to kiss her childhood sweetheart Angelo that night but after spilling that secret during a dance with Senator Wolfe Keaton when he goads her, he steals her first kiss by wearing Angelo's mask.

What follows is a lot of political posturing and violence as Wolfe threatens to bring down Francesca's mob father unless he can marry Francesca. It's not a romantic gesture, it's a power play.

Of course, things start to change as they begin to know each other. Feelings start to change. Francesca gets a freedom she never thought she'd get while being a part of The Outfit - the mob. Wolfe is going to allow her to go to college and get a job.

I cried like a baby near the middle of this. Wolfe was a little rough with Francesca and though he instantly regretted it, I had tears pouring down my face at the scene that was playing out in front of me.

This is definitely a bit of a tit-for-tat type story both in regards to the romance, and in the political power plays going on between Wolfe and The Unit. One does something, the other retaliates.

They do finally work things out - and thank God for that! - but not without a lot of ups and downs. It is a really nice love story, with love conquering all evils in this book. I thought they were a lovely couple by the end.

I do feel the story finished quite quickly, not the epilogue parts but the last chapter before.

I'm going to keep an eye out for more of the authors books.

Sunday, 1 December 2019

Devil's Paw - Debra Dunbar


Book: Devil's Paw
Author: Debra Dunbar
Series: Imp, #4
Genres: Urban Fantasy, Demons,
Format: Kindle e-Book - Kindle Unlimited
Publication Date: 5th August 2019

My Rating: πŸŒ•πŸŒ•πŸŒ•πŸŒœ
Date Finished: 30th November 2019

Description:

For once no one wants to kill Samantha Martin. She’s free to do all the things a mischievous imp loves to do- like remove all the county speed limit signs, and wrap City Hall in crime scene tape. Her only worry beyond organizing the delivery of her boyfriend’s birthday present, is writing those pesky four nine five reports for the Ruling Council of Angels. But imps can never stay out of trouble for long.

Demon corpses have been found drained of all energy, their spirit selves ripped clean from their bodies. Sam’s angel, Gregory, considers her a prime suspect, so when an angel is discovered dead in the same manner, he drags her to Seattle and Juneau to try to clear her name. The race is on to find the murderer before Sam’s secret is exposed and she’s blamed for the deaths. But is a devouring spirit really the killer, or is there more to the deaths than either Sam or Gregory suspect?


Review:

This has been borrowed from the Kindle Unlimited library.

Once again, this is a book that has been on my wish list on Amazon for several years. 2017, I think, when I read an anthology containing books 1-3 and really enjoyed them.

This one starts with Sam preparing for Wyatt's birthday. She's got him a special gift - his sister that was stolen at birth and switched with a changeling. Wyatt is over the moon at having his real sister back and is determined to help her get used to life in the human world.

On another note, Sam is now the Iblis and has to write reports for every human she kills - both accidentally and on purpose - and go before the board of Angels to explain herself. One of these times is after she is attacked by an angel, a mage and two human thugs working together. Yet no one believes her claims.

On yet another note is that someone or something is killing demons and devouring their souls, leaving behind their husk all over the Americas and Sam is the prime suspect. Gregory eventually believes her and tries to clear her name.

I've been wanting something to happen between Sam and Gregory for a while in this series, so I was very happy indeed when things progressed in this one.

I'm not going to go into any more detail but that ending has me wanting to read the next one. I need to know what happens next with Sam and co.

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