Sunday, 29 March 2020

Love You, Love You Not - Jo Watson

Book: Love You, Love You Not
Author: Jo Watson
Genres: Chick-lit, Romance, Comedy
Format: Kindle e-Book
Publication Date: 14th May 2019

My Rating: πŸŒ•πŸŒ•πŸŒ•πŸŒ•
Date Finished: 29th March 2020


There's a fine line between love and hate...

Poppy Peterson is about to be evicted if she doesn't pay her rent. She used to be an actress on a telenovela until her character, Ramona Gonzalez, Executive Administrative Assistant to the CEO, was killed off. Unfortunately, dead characters can't pay the bills.

Ryan Stark is a tough boss - especially if you're his assistant. He's been through five in the last two months and now no one wants to work for him. He needs an assistant who can meet his demands. And he can be very demanding.

Poppy's been an assistant before - well, on screen anyway. It can't be that hard to do in real life, right?

Two things are for sure. Poppy is about to play the role of a lifetime. And Ryan is about to learn a whole new lesson about what's really important in life.


This is another chick-lit author that I really enjoy. In the past a lot of the genres books I've read focused on the main character overcoming a separation or a death and them just finding friends and people to help them through it, and being happy and getting on with life. Whereas Jo Watson writes fun, quirky romances with a good cast of friends and family.

This starts with down-on-her-luck Poppy applying for a job she has no experience for, an executive assistant to boss, Ryan Stark. She's an out-of-work actress, so uses one of her characters to apply for the job and after several bad interview questions she walks out only to find her car being towed away and it's raining. Ryan leaves work, angry at his lack of finding a new assistant and sees Poppy sat in the rain and reluctantly gives her a lift home...and the job. What follows is a crazy working relationship and the blooming of an actual romance, though a rather reluctant one - at first.

There are some truly crazy scenarios in this but they made me laugh at times. Poppy getting herself attached to a pole at a building site and losing her shirt as she pulls away, leaving her in just a bra and a skirt. Rescuing the hurt pigeon and its amazing Houdini acts.

There were some more serious moments, too, and I thought it was really cute in places.

A scene near the end had me wanting to rip Ryan's head off. He totally overreacted and all I can say is thank God for Emmy, his niece - she's 13 - who had more sense than he did, and thankfully talked it into him.

Also, I feel I have to mention the soap opera that Poppy was on. What the heck is that thing all about? The whole thing is just ridiculous but in a sort of so-crazy-I-have-to-watch-more kinda way. The whole plot is...well, ridiculous. But I found myself laughing at it.

If you like romantic comedies or chick lit that focuses on the romance then you will love this.

Wednesday, 25 March 2020

Immortal Beloved - Cate Tiernan

Book: Immortal Beloved
Author: Cate Tiernan
Series: Immortal Beloved, #1
Genres: Paranormal, Fantasy, Romance
Format: Kindle e-Book
Publication Date: 6th January 2011

My Rating: πŸŒ•πŸŒ•πŸŒ•πŸŒ•
Date Finished: 25th March 2020


‘After some of the events I’ve witnessed I felt like I was a shell with nothing alive left in me. I hadn’t been going around killing people, but people were hurt – the memories just kept trickling in like rivulets of fresh acid dripping into my brain until I wanted to scream. It was in my blood, I knew. A darkness. The darkness. I had inherited it, along with my immortality and my black eyes.’

New name, new town, new life. Nastasya has done it too often to count. And there’s no end in sight. Nothing ever really ends . . . when you’re immortal.


This is another of those books where I've had it for years on my Kindle and just never had the urge to read it. So, yes, this is being used for another challenge on Goodreads. This one is another A-Z challenge but for Paranormal Romances and Urban Fantasy books.

I think one thing that put me off is this books lack of a proper description on Goodreads as seen above. You really do have no idea what it's going to be about. I have done a bit of searching and found a better more evolved description.

I assumed this would be about vampires with the name but it's not. Just people who live a really long time that call themselves Immortals. Nastasya - Nasty to her friends - comes to realise that she's hanging out with a bad crowd after her best friend of hundreds of years breaks a mans back for no reason. She seeks out a fellow Immortal she met about 50 years ago who offered to take her in and spends time at her sanctuary.

Nasty goes from being a careless party girl to someone who actually doesn't mind working and likes being busy. She begins to have proper friends and people who care about her and who she cares about. She feels like she has a purpose in life again.

I'll admit I liked this more than I thought I would. It dragged me in and I was intrigued by how Nasty and a certain blond Viking type Immortal, Reyn, knew each other. It took about 80% of the book to figure it out and then, though they knew they should hate each other, they were still drawn to each other. I am VERY interested in seeing what happens next with this lot.

I cannot wait to continue this series.

Monday, 23 March 2020

The One We Fell in Love With - Paige Toon

Book: The One We Fell in Love With
Author: Paige Toon
Genres: Chick-lit, Romance
Format: Paperback
Publication Date: 19th May 2016

My Rating: πŸŒ•πŸŒ•πŸŒ•πŸŒœ
Date Finished: 22nd March 2020


Phoebe is caught between a rock and a hard place. Settle down and get married, or return to the French Alps to pursue her passion?

Eliza is in love with someone who is no longer hers. In fact, he probably never was… And her dream of becoming a successful musician seems to be vanishing before her eyes.

Rose is out of a job and out of a boyfriend. To make matters worse, she’s been forced to move back in with her mother…

But these very different girls have one thing in common. Angus. The one they fell in love with…


I have made a mission for myself to read all of this author's books and this is one of about three I haven't got around to reading yet.

This one tells the story of three women who all fell for a guy called Angus. The description put me off a little until I started reading and realised they were triplets who all fell for the boy next door when they were 17. Each sister gets their own chapters and we learn how different they are and how they fell for the charming, down-to-earth Angus.

It's hard to get across my thoughts on this one without giving the entire story away.

I enjoyed the sisters' journey in this. How they finally figured out what they wanted in life and found love. How they overcame their own issues with stuff that had happened in the past and were just so happy now.

Phoebe was the sister that everyone loved, she could do no wrong, so I wasn't worried about her journey. I figured out Eliza's story from early on so it was Rose who really caught my attention. She'd always been the sensible sister, the one who put everyone else first so I was intrigued by what would happen with her. I wasn't disappointed.

I really liked that ending with everyone in Australia. It was nice seeing everyone back together.

Wednesday, 18 March 2020

Murder of Crows - Anne Bishop

Book: Murder of Crows
Author: Anne Bishop
Series: The Others, #2
Genres: Urban Fantasy, Horror(ish)
Format: e-Book
Publication Date: 4th March 2014

My Rating: πŸŒ•πŸŒ•πŸŒ•πŸŒœ
Date Finished: 18th March 2020


After winning the trust of the terra indigene residing in the Lakeside Courtyard, Meg Corbyn has had trouble figuring out what it means to live among them. As a human, Meg should be barely tolerated prey, but her abilities as a cassandra sangue make her something more.

The appearance of two addictive drugs has sparked violence between the humans and the Others, resulting in the murder of both species in nearby cities. So when Meg has a dream about blood and black feathers in the snow, Simon Wolfgard - Lakeside’s shape-shifting leader - wonders if their blood prophet dreamed of a past attack or a future threat.

As the urge to speak prophecies strikes Meg more frequently, trouble finds its way inside the Courtyard. Now, the Others and the handful of humans residing there must work together to stop the man bent on reclaiming their blood prophet - and stop the danger that threatens to destroy them all.


It's been a handful of months since I read the first book in this series and I had to go and read my review of it so I could remember enough to get really into this.

This picks up not long after the first one. Meg is still working in the liaison office, accepting parcels for the Others in the courtyard and getting over the events of her almost dying. As a cassandra sangue - a blood prophet, she still has the urge to cut when pins and needles sensations take over her body and in doing so she sees black feathers in snow - Crow feathers. It foretells a coming war between humans and the Others and by reading some of their history, I am definitely on the Others side in this.

There's also a few scenes involving Meg's old handler. It seems he still wants her back and the Others are determined to track him down as his crimes and those like him escalate to almost unforgivable proportions.

The author doesn't mind writing some gory scenes and towards the end of this book, it was a little graphic in the violence.

One thing I was hoping for - a romance between Meg and Simon - seems to be brewing. It's a little awkward because Meg's never had a relationship before and isn't sure how to interact with him and Simon has never really done anything with a human before so they both try and stay as friends, though feelings are clearly starting to emerge.

There's something with this series. It hasn't completely grabbed my attention - I sometimes skip paragraphs! - but I want to read it and when I am reading it, I find it hard to put down. I want these characters to defeat every obstacle, I want them to be on top, to win.

I will be continuing the series at some point.

Monday, 16 March 2020

Book vs Film Poll: Simon vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda VS Love, Simon

As some of you may be aware I read Simon vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda a little while ago and fell in love with it and was looking forward to watching the film as well.

I bought it, I watched it, and though I don't think it was quite true to the book, I did believe it was just as good. I'm sure if I hadn't read the book, I would have loved the film and vice versa.

So now I want your opinion.

Did you think the book or the film was better?

Both good in their own way
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I'm thinking of making this a regular thing on my blog when I've seen and read book and film adaptations. What do you think?

Friday, 13 March 2020

Thirty and a Half Excuses - Denise Grover Swank

Book: Thirty and a Half Excuses
Author: Denise Grover Swank
Series: Rose Gardner Mysteries, #3
Genres: Mystery, Contemporary, Romance
Format: Kindle e-Book
Publication Date: 10th September 2013

My Rating: πŸŒ•πŸŒ•πŸŒœ
Date Finished: 12th March 2020


Life in Henryetta, Arkansas is turned upside down with the arrival of a televangelist, but it’s the death of a little old lady on Rose’s street that catches her attention. The Henryetta police deem her death natural causes, but Rose suspects foul play and so does an unlikely supporter — the president of the Busy Body Club, her eighty-two year old neighbor Mildred.

But Rose is in the middle of opening her nursery with her sister Violet, who’s separated from her husband Mike, as well as stalling her boyfriend Joe’s family, rich socialites who are determined to meet her. Along with her multiple encounters with Fenton County’s new assistant DA, Mason Deveraux III, it’s just another day in the life of Rose Gardner — chaos.


I set this as a reading challenge book for one of my groups on Goodreads so I would finally have to read this since its been in my Kindle for 5 years now.

I don't read all that many mystery/romantic suspense books anymore and Rose's small Southern town sounds like hell to live in. Everyone knows everyone's business. If you don't go to church, how dare you. If you've been thrown in jail for something you didn't do, the stigma sticks to you like glue. I really have no idea why Rose is still in Henryetta.

Once again, though, Rose finds herself knee deep in an investigation after several older women in the town die of supposed natural causes, and some things just don't add up about it all.

I'll admit I wasn't the least bit suspicious about this person until very near the end so it was cleverly done and well thought out.

And as for the romance in this... I was never fully Team Joe, and after reading my review of the previous book it seems I liked Mason more then too.

I never really liked how Rose let everyone bully her into things and in this she actually started to stand up for herself more, so I did a little cheer about that.

This is definitely going to be the last of this series that I read, mainly because I don't read this subgenre anymore.

Monday, 9 March 2020

Wrapped Up In You - Jill Shalvis

Book: Wrapped Up In You
Author: Jill Shalvis
Series: Heartbreaker Bay, #8
Genres: Romance, Contemporary,
Format: Paperback
Publication Date: 24th September 2019

My Rating: πŸŒ•πŸŒ•πŸŒ•πŸŒ•
Date Finished: 8th March 2020


After a lifetime on the move, Ivy Snow is an expert in all things temporary—schools, friends, and way too many Mr. Wrongs. Now that she owns a successful taco truck in San Francisco and an apartment to call home, Ivy’s reinvented life is on solid ground. And she’s guarded against anything that can rock it. Like the realities of a past she’s worked hard to cover up. And especially Kel O’Donnell. Too hot not to set off alarms, he screams temporary. If only his whispers weren’t so delightfully naughty and irresistible.

Kel, an Idaho sheriff and ranch owner, is on vacay, but Ivy’s a spicy reason to give his short-terms plans a second thought. Best of all, she’s a tonic for his untrusting heart, burned once and still in repair. But when Ivy’s past intrudes on a perfect romance, Kel fears that everything she’s told him has been a perfect lie. Now, if only Ivy’s willing to share, Kel will fight for a true love story.


I read book 7, Playing for Keeps, several months ago and enjoyed it.

This one follows Ivy, who we saw quite a lot of in the previous book since she was one of Sadie's best friends, who owns the areas best taco truck with its spicy food. It's as she's getting ready for the breakfast crowd that she bumps into Kel, a sheriff visiting family in the area for a few weeks and an instant attraction blooms between them. They both try to fight it but keep being drawn back to each other.

I think I liked this more than Playing for Keeps. Kel's protective nature and Ivy's don't-get-close-to-me-because-I-wont-stick-around attitude sort of made me want them to get under each others skin and they did, in a big way. Admittedly it took a while before anything happened but we had hot glances and interesting conversations. Both of them are damaged in some ways. Ivy never really had a parent so she's wary of letting people get close as she's scared of what might happen and Kel keeps himself detached from relationships and blames it on his job for not staying around.

What I did enjoy was seeing them working through their problems so they could be with each other. It wasn't easy to get over them and it wasn't until near the end of the book that they finally got together and it was sweet.

I really like this group of friends. They're the ones who'll stick with you through thick and thin and won't shy away from any problem you might have. I wish I'd read all the previous books - books 1-6 - so I could see how some of these couples got together but I will be keeping my eye out for more books in this series.

Thursday, 5 March 2020

The Care and Feeding of Stray Vampires - Molly Harper

Book: The Care and Feeding of Stray Vampires
Author: Molly Harper
Series: Half-Moon Hollow, #1
Genres: Vampires, Paranormal, Romance, Comedy
Format: Kindle e-Book
Publication Date: 31st July 2012

My Rating: πŸŒ•πŸŒ•πŸŒ•πŸŒœ
Date Finished: 5th March 2020


Iris Scanlon, Half-Moon Hollow’s only daytime vampire concierge, knows more about the undead than she’d like. Running all their daylight errands—from letting in the plumber to picking up some chilled O neg—gives her a look at the not-so-glamorous side of vampire life. Her rules are strict; relationships with vamps are strictly business, not friendship—and certainly not anything else. But then she finds her newest client, Cal, poisoned on his kitchen floor, and only Iris can help.

Cal - who would be devastatingly sexy, if Iris allowed herself to think that way - offers Iris a hefty fee for hiding him at her place until he figures out who wants him permanently dead. Even though he’s imperious, unfriendly and doesn't seem to understand the difference between "employee" and "servant," Iris agrees, and finds herself breaking more and more of her own rules to help him - particularly those concerning nudity.

Turns out what her quiet little life needed was some intrigue & romance—in the form of her very own stray vampire.


I've always been drawn to this book - series, really - so when I saw it at 99p a while back I couldn't resist buying it.

This starts with Iris in the supermarket buying items for her vampire clients to make their lives easier, sorting out their wants and needs while they sleep during the day so she never actually comes face to face with them. She heads over to leave a welcome basket for her newest client, Cal, when she ends up falling over his body in his kitchen. He's been poisoned and they negotiate for him to come stay with her while he recovers and tries to find out who's behind his poisoning.

This was equal parts fun and quirky, intriguing and romantic. Fun and quirky because it's full of snark and some strangely funny vampire related conversations. Intriguing with trying to figure out who's behind Cal's poisoning. And romantic because Iris and Cal have some really cute and some really hot scenes together. There was a really sort of cute bit with Cal and Gigi - Iris's younger sister - where he gets really protective of her seeing guys and buys her a bubble-gum pink taser so she can protect herself.

I was not expecting the bad guy to be who it was. That took me by surprise, so well done for that. I was convinced it was someone else for most of the book.

I did like the romance between our main characters. As I mentioned above it was really cute at times and that end bit where he pretty much re-staged their initial meeting with him laid out on the floor so she can fall over him. What else can I say but CUTE.

This was just a fun all round read and I cannot wait to read more of this series.

Sunday, 1 March 2020

Dirty Angels - Karina Halle

Book: Dirty Angels
Author: Karina Halle
Series: Dirty Angels, #1
Genres: Dark/Abuse, Romance, Contemporary, Cartels
Format: Kindle e-Book
Publication Date: 16th February 2015

My Rating: πŸŒ•πŸŒ•πŸŒœ
Date Finished: 1st March 2020


For Luisa Chavez, a twenty-three year old former beauty queen, a better life has always been just out of her reach. Sure, she’s had men at her feet since she was a young teenager but she’s never had the one thing she’s craved – security. Having grown up in near poverty, her waitressing job in Cabo San Lucas can barely let her take care of herself, let alone her ailing parents. Every day is another unwanted advance, every day is a struggle to survive.

When Salvador Reyes, the depraved leader of a major Mexican cartel, takes an interest in her, Luisa is presented with an opportunity she can’t afford to pass up. She’ll become Salvador’s wife and exchange her freedom and body for a life of riches – riches she can bestow upon her deserving parents. But Luisa quickly finds out that even the finest wines and jewels can’t undo the ugliness in her marriage, nor the never-ending violence that threatens her every move.

Soon, Luisa is looking for an escape, a way out of the carefully controlled life she’s leading. She finally gets her wish in the worst way possible.

As it is, being the wife of Salvador makes her an ideal target for rival cartels and there’s one particular man who needs Luisa as part of his cartel’s expansion. One particular man whose quest for power has destroyed lives, slit throats and gotten him out of an American prison. One particular man who will stop at nothing until he gets what he wants.

That man is Javier Bernal. And he wants Luisa. He wants to take her, keep her, ruin her.

Unless she ruins him first.


I bought this years ago, 2015 to be exact, and have put it off for a long time when my taste changed from New Adult to Young Adult and Urban Fantasy. I chose it as a challenge read for Romance Readers Reading Challenges A-Z reads on Goodreads so I would finally read it.

So this starts with a prologue. Luisa decides to run away from her abusive drug lord husband in the spur of the moment decision, only to be captured by the enemy. It then moves into Chapter One and we see how she came to be married to Salvador and how she came to be in Javier's captivity. Javier wants her as a hostage so he can negotiate for something Salvador has and the longer they spend around each other, the more they begin to understand each other and feelings emerge.

I'm not really into mafia/cartel books. I find them to be rather violent and prefer sweeter stories with some angst in them. There were some times in this when I just couldn't read all the description and just skipped entire paragraphs, especially the bit with Franco. I also skipped quite a bit towards the end just wanting that final showdown between Javier and Salvador.

I didn't really get their romance. I understand Luisa looking for any light in the blackness that she's living but I still thought Javi was a bit dark, though he did have some nice moments.

I won't be continuing the series.

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