Saturday, 31 October 2020

A Love Song for Liars - Piper Lawson

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Book: A Love Song for Liars
Author: Piper Lawson
Series: Rivals, #1
Genres: Romance, Contemporary, Young Adult, New Adult
Format: Kindle e-Book
Publication Date: 29th April 2020

My Rating: πŸŒ•πŸŒ•πŸŒ•πŸŒœ
Date Finished: 31st October 2020

Description:

I fell for Tyler Adams when he had nothing but a guitar.
He was my rebel prince, my handsome muse, my twisted friend.
We were worlds apart in every way that mattered:
He was poor, I was rich.
He was beautiful, I was plain.
He honed his talent in private, while I ached for the spotlight.
When Tyler moved in with us, Oakwood Prep fell on its knees to worship at his altar.
He traded my friendship for their crown.
I will never forgive his betrayal.
But some nights...
He makes me want to.


Review:

I picked this up free a few months ago after reading another of the authors works and enjoying it.

This one follows Annie who is playing lead in her schools musical of The Little Mermaid. She wants to prove to her rock star father that she can cut it in the music industry while he doesn't want her anywhere near it, unlike his protΓ©gΓ© Tyler. He was her best friend for a long time, the boy from the wrong side of the tracks who she fell for, before her dad offered to send him to the same prestigious private school as her and show him how to make his music better. Then he went from her best friend to the boy she hated in the span of a few weeks. It's hard to stay hating him when he lives in your pool house and keeps coming to your rescue, though.

I found this a quick easy read. I got drawn into the angst that was Annie and Tyler's relationship really quickly. There's an element of love/hate but you quickly see the hate is hiding a hurt from several months ago when Tyler said something she was never meant to hear. They have a rather interesting back story that we learn as the story progresses and I was willing them to just go for it, despite all the things that could go wrong or spoil it for them. They just had a deep connection that I felt deserved to explored.

Unfortunately, it seems their story is spread over three books with a fourth addition as a bonus and I will be reading them at some point in the future but my reading list is almost 100 books long right now - though I have been steamrolling through them lately - so it's on my wish list on Amazon.

It also appears I should have read the Wicked series by this author first as that is Annie's dad Jax's romance but, oh well. I'll read it at a later date, too.

Friday, 30 October 2020

Boyfriend Material - Alexis Hall

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Book: Boyfriend Material
Author: Alexis Hall
Genres: MM Romance, Contemporary, Funny
Format: Kindle e-Book
Publication Date: 7th July 2020

My Rating: πŸŒ•πŸŒ•πŸŒ•πŸŒ•πŸŒœ
Date Finished: 29th October 2020

Description:

Wanted:
One (fake) boyfriend
Practically perfect in every way

Luc O'Donnell is tangentially--and reluctantly--famous. His rock star parents split when he was young, and the father he's never met spent the next twenty years cruising in and out of rehab. Now that his dad's making a comeback, Luc's back in the public eye, and one compromising photo is enough to ruin everything.

To clean up his image, Luc has to find a nice, normal relationship...and Oliver Blackwood is as nice and normal as they come. He's a barrister, an ethical vegetarian, and he's never inspired a moment of scandal in his life. In other words: perfect boyfriend material. Unfortunately apart from being gay, single, and really, really in need of a date for a big event, Luc and Oliver have nothing in common. So they strike a deal to be publicity-friendly (fake) boyfriends until the dust has settled. Then they can go their separate ways and pretend it never happened.

But the thing about fake-dating is that it can feel a lot like real-dating. And that's when you get used to someone. Start falling for them. Don't ever want to let them go.


Review:

I'd seen this all over Goodreads and added it to my wish list on Amazon and a few weeks later, it went down to under £2 so I bought it.

It starts with Luc going to a fancy dress party and his inner musings over how he got to be wearing his bunny ears for the (mad hatters tea) party. He's the son of two has-been rock stars and is wary of some people as they may just be after some story to sell. When bad press leads to the charity he works for losing income, he decides to get himself a fake boyfriend with a good image so that he can then show his boss and their investors that he is reliable. His friend recommends Oliver, the guy he met about two years ago and who he tried to sleep with but Oliver turned him down. Oliver is also in need of a fake boyfriend so they work out a few details and run with it. Only things change between them the more time they spend together.

I really enjoyed this book. It wasn't only the romance either. Just the way it was written was brilliant. Luc didn't take himself too seriously and his thoughts and the situations he sometimes found himself in...? *snorts with laughter* He wasn't perfect in any way really. He was messy and forgetful but so likeable.

Oliver on the other hand, well, he was a little serious at times but he was also good in any situation. Put him in the middle of posh people, he could find something to talk about with everyone. Put him in the middle of a party and he fits in. He grew on me a lot with how he treated Luc and I really loved them as a couple.

I loved Luc's jokes to his colleague, Alex, at the start of some chapters. They weren't the greatest jokes in the world but...geez, Alex's reactions to them was priceless. He's not the sharpest tool in the shed, so his reactions through most of the book had me chuckling to myself. And then let's not forget his girlfriend/fiancΓ©e Miffy and that weird bar scene.

I also feel like Luc's mum, Odile, needs a mention. She's a riot. She's very forthcoming with her opinions on everything and doesn't care what people think about her and said opinions. Her curry and that scene was hilarious.

This was right up my street. I love me a good MM Romance and this one was more about the feelings that grew between our characters as there were no explicit sex scenes included in this. It was cute and very British with it's situations and humour. Recommend it to anyone who likes any of the above.

Tuesday, 27 October 2020

Quest - Lara Kellett-Smith

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Book: Quest
Author: Lara Kellett-Smith
Series: First Snow, #1
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
Format: Kindle e-Book
Publication Date: 30th December 2018

My Rating: DNF @ 25%
Date Finished: 27th October 2020

Description:

Hashtag tricked

Hashtag coerced

Hashtag there are no hashtags here…wherever here is.

Seventeen-year-old Jemma Alder is easy prey for her classmate. Tricked into crossing to another world and coerced into going on a dangerous Quest, Jemma must quickly learn how to survive in an 18th-century-like land against an unknown enemy. By her side is Aaron Norling…but tribal laws, ancient prejudices, and family secrets soon threaten their fragile love.

Review:

This is yet another A-Z read for my paranormal challenge. Getting there now. Check out my progress here. Still in need of books for J, X, Y and Z.

This starts with Jemma at school, disappointed that her friend is sick and isn't there to keep her company through the day. Instead the rich (mean) girls of her school take notice of her and ask her to join them at lunch. Jemma is wary but goes with them. Fast forward a week or so and she's at the Darkening Ball (I think that's its name anyway) where the rich farmer families get together to celebrate the days getting shorter (or something like that) and is bullied into wearing a ring by the bitchy Veronika, which ends up transporting her to another dimension/world.

This book was almost 400 pages on my kindle. As I've mentioned in previous reviews, long books are not my favourite unless I get pulled into the story. And I really didn't with this one. It was very... slow. I get the world building and getting to know some of the characters but I'll be brutally honest: I was bored. The description made it sound rather intriguing but the pace of it all was dragging along at it's own sweet pace. It was taking way too long for anything to happen and in the end, I just gave up at 25%.

Up to that point, there had been very little romance in the story. Jemma had a crush on Aaron - and had done for a while - but Aaron hadn't really shown any particular feelings for Jemma (yet). As a romance reader, I did feel like it was lacking in that respect.

One thing I feel I should be cheering was that it was set in Yorkshire. Woo! Think this is the first book I've read that's been set in my lovely county.

Saturday, 24 October 2020

The Unhoneymooners - Christina Lauren

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Book: The Unhoneymooners
Author: Christina Lauren
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Enemies to Lovers, Funny(ish)
Format: Kindle e-Book
Publication Date: 14th May 2019

My Rating: πŸŒ•πŸŒ•πŸŒ•
Date Finished: 23rd October 2020

Description:

For two sworn enemies, anything can happen during the Hawaiian trip of a lifetime . . .

Olive is always unlucky; her identical twin sister Amy, on the other hand, is probably the luckiest person in the world. About to marry her dream man, her entire wedding has been fully paid for by winning a series of competitions. Meanwhile, Olive is forced to play nice with her sworn enemy: the best man, Ethan.

But Olive's luck may be on the turn . . . When the entire wedding party - except for Olive and Ethan - gets food poisoning, there's an all-expenses-paid honeymoon in Hawaii up for grabs. Putting their mutual hatred aside for the sake of a free holiday, Olive and Ethan head for paradise, determined to avoid each other at all costs. But when Olive runs into her future boss, the little white lie she tells him threatens to spiral out of control.

Forced to play loving newlyweds, she and Ethan find themselves in much closer proximity than they ever expected . . . The problem is that soon, Olive finds that maybe she doesn't mind pretending. In fact, she's beginning to feel kind of . . . lucky.


Review:

I picked this up a few months ago, not really knowing what it was about, but it was a steal at 99p and I've read books by this author before.

In this, Olive is chief bridesmaid at her sisters wedding. Ami has been a bit of a bridezilla but because of her love of competitions, everything has been free - more or less - at the wedding. Olive has been given a list of 50 things she has to check on the day of the wedding and one of them includes ordering a separate meal for herself (allergic to seafood) and the best man and her sworn enemy, Ethan, who has an aversion to buffet food. Turns out it's a good job she did as everyone falls ill after eating the seafood and she and Ethan end up going on the free honeymoon together. Once there, as they spend more time together, they realise that the other isn't as bad as they seem and they actually grow to like each other.

Hmm... I did like this but I wasn't fully into this. I didn't get butterflies reading of them falling in love. I wasn't sucked in to their love/hate relationship - it was a bit too tame for me in that regard. I think I snorted a handful of times at the things they said to each other or the situations they found themselves in while on the island of Maui but there's something I can't put my finger on. I was a little underwhelmed by the story.

One thing I was very gung ho about once the first little fibres started unravelling: Dane. There was just something about him. I'll let you figure out what when you read this.

Wednesday, 21 October 2020

Good Intentions - Brenda K. Davies

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Book: Good Intentions
Author: Brenda K. Davies
Series: The Road to Hell, #1
Genres: Paranormal Romance, Demons
Format: Kindle e-Book
Publication Date: 17th July 2016

My Rating: πŸŒ•πŸŒ•πŸŒ•πŸŒ•
Date Finished: 21st October 2020

Description:

RIVER

Thirteen years have passed since the war started, bombs fell, and the central states became a thing of the past.

When the war ended, the government erected a wall to divide the surviving states from the destroyed ones. I never expected to leave my town, but unlike those who volunteered to go, I wasn’t given a choice.

With a dim knowledge of my strange abilities, the soldiers came for me. They took me beyond the wall, where I learned the truth is far more terrifying than I imagined. Alone, with humans and demons eager to see what I can do, I find myself irresistibly drawn to the one man I should avoid most—a man who isn’t even really a man.

KOBAL

I’ve spent my entire life with one mission… reclaim my throne from Lucifer and fix what the angels tore apart when they cast him from Heaven.

Not even when the humans tore open the gates, and unleashed Hell on Earth, did I waver from my goal.

I’ve never been closer to my throne, yet I find myself risking everything because I can’t stay away from her… the woman who might be the key to destroying Lucifer.


Review:

This another read for my A-Z challenge on Goodreads. P.S. My cover is different to the one above but I can't find it.

It starts following River as a 8/9 year old as a lot of planes fly over her house, causing car alarms to shriek and windows to rattle. Then on the news it shows that something has happened in the middle of the country, a mushroom cloud is billowing into the air. War has arrived. 
Fast forward 13 years and River is now 22. She's the main provider in her house, fishing and trading her catches for other things her brothers need. The army arrive every six months or so to collect volunteers who are going to go help out at the wall - a giant structure that separates the ravaged America from the safer areas. Everything changes for River when she is forced to go to the wall and finds out the truth of what really happened all those years ago.

I'll be honest and admit that the first 20% or so was quite slow. We spent a lot of time with River in her coastal town. I'll admit I was starting to think about DNF'ing this but then we got to the wall and we met Kobal and the rest of the soldiers and I was suddenly intrigued.

I wanted to know exactly what had happened. Who they were? Why were they looking for gifted individuals? What was on the other side of the wall? What did the new volunteers end up doing?

From that point on I was pretty much hooked by the story. It is a bit of information overload as River asks questions and Kobal answers them but they do get spread out over several chapters so it wasn't that bad.

I wasn't that interested in the history of it all anyway. It was more the heat that was flaring between them that had me hooked. I swear I read about 45% straight from the moment I realised something was going to happen and it was only after they'd finally slept together that I put it down around 11.30pm (20/10) and went to sleep. I did pick it up first thing the next morning knowing there wasn't all that much of the book left but work got in the way.

I know it's a four part series and this has ended suitably for the time being. River has some decisions to make (and I'm pretty sure I know which way she's going to go) about her relationship and what is going to do down when they get to the rift. I'll be reading it at some point in the future.

Sunday, 18 October 2020

First World - Jaymin Eve

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Book: First World
Author: Jaymin Eve
Series: Walker Saga, #1
Genres: Romance, Futuristic, Sci-Fi, Paranormal, Young Adult
Format: Kindle e-Book
Publication Date: 18th July 2013

My Rating: πŸŒ•πŸŒ•πŸŒ•
Date Finished: 17th October 2020

Description:

A young adult paranormal romance series.
An epic journey.
If the Seventine are released, will anyone survive?

Abigail Swish might not love her life, living in gang-ridden New York in 2035 and training to fight and survive with Compound 23. But she is grateful for a few things, especially her no-filter-between-brain-and-mouth best friend Lucy and her escape each night into a dream world far different from her own.

In fact, sometimes she lives for the fleeting moments she spends at night with the man who fuels every romantic fantasy she’s ever had. But each morning reality returns. She could just cry. But she won’t of course; tears don’t change a damn thing.

Then without any warning, a month before her eighteenth birthday, everything does change. A guardian finds her. He explains, in a strangely familiar accent, that she was stashed on Earth for safekeeping and has been lost to her family ever since. And it is time to return home. To the First World; a land of unimagined beauty.

Abigail and Lucy find themselves escaping New York, ending up on another planet and traversing through an unforgiving wilderness. Yeah, because that sort of thing just happens every day. Luckily an unexpected saviour arrives; the man from her dream-world. Brace is six-and-a-half feet of gorgeous perfectness, wrapped in an arrogance like no other. Unable to trust his assistance, and unsure which of her instincts to follow - kiss him or punch him in the mouth - Abigail eventually accepts his help to find her family.

And what a family. Enter Josian, her father; larger than life and apparently not even human. He is Walker, a planet-less race revered as gods, causing mischief and mayhem through-out this star-system. Unfortunately, there is no time for a cosy reunion, since no one explained that by returning to First World her half-Walker genetics would act as a catalyst setting forth a chain of events which could spell disaster for not only her existence but that of all worlds.

Review:

So this is actually the earliest book on my Kindle - from October 2014!! - so it is definitely time I got around to reading it. And I've read a handful of this authors books, too, so hopefully I'll like this one.

Abby lives in New York about 15 years in the future. Earth has basically gone to...crap. There is no law and order, no governments, no films or tv, no plants. The world is pretty much dying. New York is ruled by Gangers as Abby calls them but Abby and a lot of other children live in Sanctuaries dotted around the USA where they are kept safe until they turn 18 where they are then tossed out on the streets to fend for themselves. Abby is turning 18 in a month and has been wandering the back alleys of the city, getting acquainted with the area. It's here she bumps into Quarn. It turns out Abby is special and Quarn has been watching her back for the past 17 years or so. What follows is Abby's journey to a different realm where she learns all about herself and what she was born to do.

I did enjoy this but it definitely felt a bit more sci fi than paranormal. She goes to a different planet - First World - for starters. Sci fi is not one of my favourite genres but I did really like the characters. Abby was pretty kick arse, she could handle herself well, Lucy was a bit crazy but I really liked her and the rest of the ensemble Lalli, Josian, Quarn and Brace. I'm still intrigued as to who pushed her through that rift to get her into the prison compound...?

There was a lot that seemed to be happening in this. Adventure, romance, fights, family reunions, soothsayer prophecies, new worlds, prison escapes.

Anyway, I was enjoying the romance she had going on with Brace. It was a bit "will they, won't they" but I have to admit, it does seem he might be hiding something. He was acting a bit shifty towards the end and there was also the introduction of the soon to be Emperor - who was also Brace's friend - and his interest in Abby.

I do have an interest in reading the second book if only to see what happened once they landed on the second planet, Spurn, which happened right at the end of this one. And maybe for the whole Abby/Brace thing since I read books for the romance.

Wednesday, 14 October 2020

Unbreak My Heart - Nicole Jacquelyn

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Book: Unbreak My Heart
Author: Nicole Jacquelyn
Series: Fostering Love, #1
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Military
Format: Kindle e-Book
Publication Date: 7th June 2016

My Rating: πŸŒ•πŸŒ•πŸŒ•πŸŒ•πŸŒœ
Date Finished: 14th October 2020

Description:

What do you do when your soul mate marries your best friend?

If you're Kate Evans, you keep your friend Rachel, bond with her kids, and bury your feelings for her husband. The fact that Shane's in the military and away for long periods helps—but when tragedy strikes, everything changes.

After Rachel, pregnant with her fourth child, dies in a car accident and the baby miraculously survives, Kate upends her entire life to share parenting duties. Then on the first anniversary of Rachel's death, Kate and Shane take comfort in each other in a night that they both soon regret.

Shane's been angry for a year, and now he feels guilty too—for sleeping with his wife's best friend and liking it... liking her. Kate's ability to read him like a book may have once sent Shane running, but their lives are forever entwined and they are growing closer.

Now with Shane deployed for seven months, Kate is on her own and struggling with being a single parent. Shane is loving and supportive from thousands of miles away, but his homecoming brings a betrayal Kate never saw coming. So Kate's only choice is to fight for the future she deserves—with or without Shane...


Review:

I don't normally read reviews by others for books I'm about to start but I did with this one.  A lot of the reviews were moaning about Shane and they stuck with me, so I'll admit I was a bit biased. Before that little rant starts, though...

This starts with Shane and his wife Rachel heading to see Kate sing and play her guitar in front of a small audience. Kate is Rachel's best friend and helps her look after her three children while Shane is overseas with the military. Tragedy strikes and Rachel dies a few weeks later, though the baby she was pregnant with at the time survives. One year later and it's the anniversary of her death and in a drunken mistake they sleep together. What follows is an emotional rollercoaster.

Now for a bit of a rant. Shane was very hard to like for the first 50% of the book. He was cruel and mean to Kate and I was ready to knee him in the balls. He wanted everything a certain way and if and when that didn't work he got angry and said mean things. Fair enough he regretted them later but just...no! I used about 6 tissues at one point around the 55% mark because it was just so unfair and I was a snotty red eyed mess so I put it down and went to bed. I'd become invested in them as a couple and he was making it very hard for it to happen. I do believe he redeemed himself enough by the end, though. He eventually realised how hurtful he'd been for years! and did everything he could to make it right. He explained himself more and did stuff to help her in ways that really mattered. He still effed up occasionally but they learned to talk to each other. It was really nice to read their relationship in the end.

I could probably have read it all in one sitting if I'd started it earlier in the day. It definitely dragged me in from the start - wondering how this rather mean main character was going to win over the girl he'd ignored for years.

I think it was really well written. We had all different aspects of their relationship from babysitter to lovers to husband and wife with many difficult moments in between. The family interactions were quite cute to watch. It certainly hit me in the feels and in my opinion; a book that makes me cry is a great book.

Monday, 12 October 2020

A Matter of Time Vol. 2 - Mary Calmes

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Book: A Matter of Time Vol. 2
Author: Mary Calmes
Series: A Matter of Time, #3 & #4
Genres: M/M Romance, Mystery
Format: Kindle e-Book
Publication Date: 17th July 2011

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

Description:

Three years ago, Jory Harcourt changed his name and shut the door on a past full of pain, only to emerge stronger on the other side. He has a new career, a great working partner, and a satisfying life—except for the hole in his chest left behind when police Detective Sam Kage walked out with his heart.

Now Sam's back and he knows what he wants... and what he wants is Jory. Jory, who doesn't know if he can survive another break up or losing Sam to his dangerous job, resists returning to the arms of the only man he has ever truly loved. But when a serial killer with a score to settle targets Jory, he will have to decide if love is worth the danger as he tries to solve the case and keep Sam safe.

Review:

So it's been about 3 years since I read the first volume in this series so I had forgotten quite a lot of what went on between Jory and Sam and I hadn't written a review on Goodreads - no idea why?

Book 3 - 3 stars

This starts with Jory at his brothers wedding and the after party, which seemed fun. It's a few days later when he's at a hardware store that he literally bumps into his ex love(r) Sam Kage. Sam has been back for over a year but had made no move to see Jory. Then he seems to be everywhere trying to get Jory to trust him and be in a relationship with him again. It was kinda cute, kinda dominating.

I loved Sam's family. They didn't pull any punches about wanting Jory and Sam back together. It was kinda fun reading that bit at their family meal. Jory had no chance of resisting all those people telling him how Sam was so much more happy now he was back in Sam's life and that he couldn't leave him again.

This one was all about them getting back together, no crime happened. It was rather short, too, only taking up 35% of the book.

Book 4 - 4 stars.

And we're thrown straight into this one. Jory is woken by Sam hovering over him. He comes with news that the police and FBI have put together some crimes that have happened over the past couple of months and discovered that Jory is the link between them. After Sam gets hurt, Jory decides to go hunt down the guy who did it himself.

I had my suspicions about who it was from early on. Like some characters kept mentioning; it didn't add up. And then it turned out I was wrong, in a way! I was very surprised by that. Well done to the author for that.

I did like how Jory was very go-get-it in relation to the person/people who had hurt Sam. He was - as one character pointed out - very good at reading people and getting them to do what he wanted, whether he had to get a little beat up in the process or not. And everyone's protective instincts towards him. Sam and Dane's reactions to him flying across the country to try and track down the culprit was quite funny after a while. He disappears for a week as he holds his own stakeout? They get mad. He flies across the country to chase down a murderer? They go nuclear. It's super cute. Jory is his own kind of special. He's great with everyone. He's the gay best friend you've always wanted.

I do enjoy reading about this couple. They're great together. As the series title suggests "A Matter of Time" as in it was only a matter of time before they got together and lived their happily ever after. I know the series continues with several more books and I did see Sam Kage pop up in a related series, Marshalls, by the same author but I'm happy with how it is right now so I'm not in a hurry to continue it.

Friday, 9 October 2020

Coming Home to Maple Cottage - Holly Martin

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Book: Coming Home to Maple Cottage
Author: Holly Martin
Series: Sandcastle Bay, #3
Genres: Chick Lit, Romance
Format: Paperback
Publication Date: 28th September 2018

My Rating: πŸŒ•πŸŒ•πŸŒ•
Date Finished: 9th October 2020

Description:

Isla Rosewood is creating a new life for herself and her sweet nephew Elliot in their cosy, yellow-brick family cottage, brimming with special memories. Living in Sandcastle Bay was never part of Isla’s plan but, after her brother Matthew’s tragic accident, her whole world changed as she unexpectedly became a mother to the little boy she adores so much.

Leo Jackson was always known as Matthew’s fun-loving and wild best friend. But now Matthew is gone, it’s time to put his colourful past behind him. His role as Elliot’s godfather is the most important thing to him. And even though Leo and Isla are two very different people, they both want to give Elliot the childhood he deserves.

As the three of them enjoy time together watching fireworks, baking cakes and collecting conkers, Isla begins to see a softer side to charming Leo, with his twinkling eyes and mischievous sense of humour. And, despite herself, she begins to fall for him.

But does Leo feel the same way? Isla knows their situation is complicated but is it too complicated for true love… or will the year end with a happy new beginning for them all?

Review:

This is my first book by the author though I did download a sample from Play Books of another book of hers and enjoyed it. I also read somewhere that this author is great for fans of Paige Toon and Jo Watson - who I really like - so I picked this up (at The Works (3 for £5)).

This starts with a prologue, showing Leo and Isla in bed together before her nephew's christening where Leo will be a Godparent and so will she. Fast forward four years and after her brothers accident they are now bringing up little Elliot. They have been best friends for years and apart from that one night years ago, they've never pursued a romantic relationship though the tension between them is still high.

I actually fell straight into this, reading the first 100+ pages in one sitting. I was intrigued by Isla and Leo and their past, their present. How they would get together - because you could just tell that they were going to. It had its ups and downs but they were such a good twosome. Leo's insecurities about his past were a pain in the butt at times, though.

Elliot was hilarious at times. Little kids don't tend to have filters so he's very good at spilling what are supposed to be secrets or just between Leo and Isla. The condom thing had me laughing out loud at one bit. I do love a cute child in books and Elliot fit the bill.

Tuesday, 6 October 2020

Chaos - Sarah Fine

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Book: Chaos
Author: Sarah Fine
Series: Guards of the Shadowlands, #3
Genres: Urban Fantasy, Romance, Angels, Paranormal
Format: Kindle e-Book
Publication Date: 7th October 2014

My Rating: πŸŒ•πŸŒ•πŸŒ•πŸŒ•
Date Finished: 6th October 2020

Description:

With Juri in control and everything in absolute chaos, Lela plunges into the depths of hell to free Malachi from creatures that have waited decades to exact their revenge. But the Judge has her own way of doing things, and Lela must work with Ana, the new Captain, who has a very personal mission of her own. Together, they infiltrate the most horrifying realm either has yet encountered in the Shadowlands—the bitter landscape ruled by the Mazikin.

The stakes could not be higher, and Lela must accept the help—and love—of people she barely knows or trusts. As alliances and loyalties shift and she realizes the soul she came to save isn’t the only one in need of rescue, can Lela summon the strength to see the fight through to the very end?

Review:

This one carries on exactly where book 2 left off. Lela is now jumping off a cliff in the hopes of having an audience with The Judge so she can go and rescue her friends from the Mazikin realm. The Judge grants her request but only if they do something else while they're there: Kill the Queen and destroy the portal. Teaming up with old friend and fellow Guard, Ana, they journey into the domed city of the Mazikin to free Malachi and those they love.

Every book has had a different setting - Book 1: Shadowlands, Book 2: Rhode Island, Book 3: The Mazikin City. Being in the Mazikin city was different. I wasn't sure what to expect but it had its own industries. They could make their own glass and burn coal for power but still relied on human blacksmith's and tanners for clothing and weapons. It was an unusual environment.

This one seemed to have non stop action from the start. There was always something going on, no lulls or unneeded information. It was one hell of a journey from the Sanctum to the Mazikin City back to Rhode Island.

I felt this was a rather good ending to the series. Everything was wrapped up, everyone had their happy ending, though I was sad at times. It's really hard to express my feelings without giving too much of this story away but if you've started the series then I recommend you continue it and if you haven't started it yet, than I think you should give this a try.

Saturday, 3 October 2020

Call Me By Your Name - AndrΓ© Aciman

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Book: Call Me By Your Name
Author: AndrΓ© Aciman
Series: Call Me By Your Name, #1
Genres: LGBTQ+, Romance
Format: Paperback
Publication Date: 23rd January 2007

My Rating: πŸŒ•πŸŒ•
Date Finished: 2nd October 2020

Description:

Call Me by Your Name is the story of a sudden and powerful romance that blossoms between an adolescent boy and a summer guest at his parents' cliff-side mansion on the Italian Riviera. Unprepared for the consequences of their attraction, at first each feigns indifference. But during the restless summer weeks that follow, unrelenting buried currents of obsession and fear, fascination and desire, intensify their passion as they test the charged ground between them. What grows from the depths of their spirits is a romance of scarcely six weeks' duration and an experience that marks them for a lifetime. For what the two discover on the Riviera and during a sultry evening in Rome is the one thing both already fear they may never truly find again: total intimacy.

Review:

I'd looked at this book several times before I found it in my favourite bookstore, The Works, in their 3 for £5 offer. I wasn't quite sure what to expect with it as the description is rather vague.

This starts with Elio meeting the summers newest house guest, Oliver. Elio's parents invite a new person every summer to come and work with them on transcripts and their own work while exploring the Italian countryside and learning the language. Elio is fascinated by Oliver and can't help but want to be close to him; to talk to him, to laugh with him; to be with him physically.

I'll be honest about myself when I read; I tend to ignore some of the description and focus mainly on the dialogue. That was impossible with this. There is very little dialogue between the characters throughout. It's all Elio's internal thoughts about Oliver and the things around him. It's almost like a memoir. Don't get me wrong, it is very poetically written but I wasn't totally enjoying it. I had no idea what half of the words he used meant - which made me feel a little stupid. (If I'd had this for my Kindle I could at least have used the in built dictionary to find out.)

At one point, I did get sucked in. I read about 50-60 pages straight but then my interest waned again. I put it down for about 4 days before I picked it up again. It wasn't grabbing me at all considering the book only had 248 pages and I would normally fly through books that length in about a day or two.

I enjoy a good M/M Romance but this was not at all like what I normally read. I think it's something I would prefer to watch, than to read. And I will watch it...eventually.

Friday, 2 October 2020

Fractured - Sarah Fine

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Book: Fractured
Author: Sarah Fine
Series: Guards of the Shadowlands, #2
Genres: Young Adult, Paranormal, Urban Fantasy, Romance
Format: Kindle e-Book
Publication Date: 29th October 2013

My Rating: πŸŒ•πŸŒ•πŸŒ•πŸŒ•
Date Finished: 1st October 2020

Description:

In the week since Lela returned to Rhode Island as Captain of the Guard with Malachi as her second in command, local news has been dominated by chilling sightings of human-like creatures running on all fours. Lela knows there’s only one explanation: the Mazikin have arrived in the land of the living.

Needing to maintain the appearance of a normal life for her foster mother, her probation officer, and her classmates, Lela returns to Warwick High along with Malachi. At night they secretly hunt for the Mazikin nest. To assist, two new Guards from very different parts of the Shadowlands are assigned to Lela’s unit, including the bad boy Jim, who repeatedly challenges Lela's authority. Lela struggles to keep all her Guards on the right side of the law, but their mistakes come at a terrible cost.

As one painful revelation follows another and the Mazikin start targeting those closest to her, Lela finds herself more vulnerable than she’s ever been, wanting a future more than she ever has. With an enemy determined to separate soul from body, one question remains: how much is she willing to sacrifice to protect those she loves?


Review:

It's been a long time since I read the first book in the series - 2016 to be exact - and I'll be honest, I'd forgotten a lot of what happened in it but the more I read of this the more I remembered bits and pieces.

This starts with Lela and Malachi attending school and hearing about a sighting of a creature running on all fours and attacking humans. They think it's the Mazikin that escaped the shadowlands, trying to get more of themselves into the human realm to take over. Lela and her new crew of guards must do their best to stop the Mazikin before their ranks get too strong.

Like I mentioned above I didn't remember that much but I did fall back into this series quite quickly.  I grew to like the new characters of the guard and the school friends of Lela's, though not all of them. The school drama was a little annoying at times but it did play quite a big part in the storyline.

I was quickly invested in the story. I wanted Lela and Malachi to be together and still do their jobs to the best of their ability. I wanted Jim and Henry to be as good at their jobs as they were back in their own realms. I wanted them to stop the Mazikin from causing havoc. I wanted to know what the Mazikin actually wanted.

All was revealed in this and God, did it mess with me emotionally a few times. I was cheering them on at one point, wanting to bang their heads together the next. It did end on a bit of a cliffhanger/major plot point so of course I jumped straight into book 3, Chaos - the third and final book in the series.


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