Thursday, 31 December 2020

#Rev - Cambria Hebert

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Book: #Rev
Author: Cambria Hebert
Series: GearShark, #2
Genres: MM Romance,
Format: Kindle e-Book - Kindle Unlimited
Publication Date: 27th March 2016

My Rating: πŸŒ•πŸŒ•πŸŒ•
Date Finished: 31st December 2020

Description:

Trent Mask puts the REV in revolution.
A line has been drawn.
Indie vs Pro
Here at GearShark, we’re straddling that line to bring you exclusive coverage of what some have dubbed the war of racing.
Every war starts with a spark and ends in revolution.
Drew Forrester was the spark,
but his second-in-command is the REVolution.
What does it take to stand brave in the face of opposition?
Resolve of steel…
Stubborn will…
And a heart that refuses to give up.
It isn’t just the drivers in this war.
The revolution is about more than just racing.
It’s about shattering labels and taking risks.
So we asked Trent Mask: Truth or Dare?
His answer?
Both.

Check out the full feature article inside…

Review:

I got this from the Kindle Unlimited Library after having it on my Amazon wish list for several years after finishing book 1. I'll admit now that I've forgotten a lot of what happened with it being so long ago (2016.)

It starts with Drew trying to get himself under control after being dumped by Trent in an effort to stop any abuse they may face in the future for being gay, especially since Trent is nursing some bruises and cracked ribs after being jumped by four members of his own fraternity. They argue for a while before it becomes obvious that they're stronger and better together and figure out how to tell everyone that they're a couple.

I think the fact that it's been 4 years since i finished the first book ruined this one for me. I didn't remember a lot of what went on but my 4.5 star rating tells me I fell in love with these two. They are pretty great separately but together? They're super cute.

As for their parents, what is up with them? They are your children! You're supposed to love them regardless of their sexuality. Why does who they fall in love with have to change how you feel about them? I really don't get it. They're still the same person you raised for the last however many years.

This is most likely to be my last book of 2020 and I'm glad it's been a good one - I still wish I'd come back to this sooner.

#TrewLove

Tuesday, 29 December 2020

Rejected - Jaymin Eve

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Book: Rejected
Author: Jaymin Eve
Series: Shadow Beast Shifters, #1
Genres: Shapeshifters, Paranormal, Urban Fantasy
Format: Kindle e-Book - Kindle Unlimited
Publication Date: 8th December 2020

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

Description:

My father made a terrible mistake. One I’m left paying for.

As a wolf shifter growing up in a strong pack, I should be living my best life. But after my father tried to kill the alpha, I’m labeled an outcast, traitor, less than dirt.

When I can't take pack life any longer, I run, but apparently they don't like losing their punching bag. Torin, the alpha’s son, drags me back before my first shift... a shift that will reveal my true mate.

I never could have predicted who mine would be, but the moment my wolf looks upon him, I’m filled with hope for a brighter future.

After all, no one ever rejects their true mate, right?
Wrong. Very wrong.

When the wolves attack, my soul screams for vengeance, and somehow I touch the shadow world. Somehow I bring him to our lands.

The Shadow Beast. Our shifter god. The devil himself.

Turns out being rejected by my mate was only the beginning.

Review:

I grabbed this one from Kindle Unlimited after taking advantage of their 6 months at a reduced cost offer because, you know, have you seen that cover?!

So this starts with Mera and her best friend heading to school while discussing the fact that they can't wait to have their first shift into their wolves so they can leave their pack after the abuse Mera has received off them after her father tried to kill the alpha when she was younger. Mera runs from the pack before her shift, knowing that death is likely to be her outcome either way - either from the shift itself or from the pack - but she's tracked down before then and brought back. Before long she shifts and finds her mate amongst her pack, only to be rejected by him and the intense pain both she and her wolf are in has her calling out to the Shadow Beast - the god of shifters - and he comes and takes her away.

I don't quite know how I feel about this book. It's like one extreme to another for all the males in Mera's life. Torin; doesn't like her and taunts her continuously but doesn't want her harmed by his father. Jaxson; one of her old best friends - torments her/attacks her almost daily but also seems to have feelings for her. Shadow; can't seem to stand her but won't let anyone else have her or touch her. I was so confused and conflicted by it. I wasn't cheering for anyone in particular. I even briefly wondered if it was going to turn into some reverse harem kind of thing...but nope. Or at least not in this one.

I honestly have no idea if I'm going to continue the series. It was the cover that pulled me into reading this one as it is...so maybe if the cover is as good...? I honestly don't know. I was expecting some romance and it was filled with an angry female and stupid alpha males, though there was a hot scene or two.

Sunday, 27 December 2020

This is Crazy - Natasha Madison

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Book: This is Crazy
Author: Natasha Madison
Series: This is, #1
Genres: Romance, Contemporary, Sports
Format: Kindle e-Book
Publication Date: 2nd June 2019

My Rating: DNF @ 41%
Date Finished: 27th December 2020

Description:

Zara Stone

All my life, I’ve said I will never date a hockey player. I know better because I’ve seen and lived it all. My father is a hockey god, my brother is the captain of the most successful NHL team in the world, and my brother-in-law also plays in the league. Their lives are complicated, so I went in the opposite direction.
I fell in love with a scholar. But instead of proposing marriage, he broke up with me.
Three months later, I saw his engagement picture on Instagram. I couldn’t let him get away with that. No, it didn’t matter what, I was going to make that man see that I did not need him.

Evan Richards

I was in the running to pass my point record from last year, ready to claim the number one spot in the league. On top of my game, I was riding my career high wave.
Then, Hockey’s Princess, Zara Stone tweeted me. She wanted me to crash her ex’s wedding.
The worst that could happen? A PR nightmare. The best? A fun night with a beautiful woman.
It started out as a game—something I’m good at. Her crazy idea twisted into something I wasn’t looking for, something neither of us wanted.

When push comes to shove, one thing runs through my mind:
This is Crazy. Also, this is crazy right.

Review:

I picked this up after finishing the authors Hollywood Prince book a few months ago.

This starts with Zara at home getting a surprise visit from her boyfriend, only it's not a good surprise - he's come to dump her. A couple of weeks later, he's engaged to someone else and Zara decides to tweet his favourite hockey player and ask him to crash her ex's wedding with her. Surprising, he replies almost straight away, agreeing to do it.

I struggled to get into this from the start. I don't know if it was the influx of female characters near the beginning when i was struggling to figure out who was who and how everything related or something else but I wasn't feeling it at all. 

I did like Evan's one track mind in his pursuit of Zara: flowers, cupcakes, other treats and calling her "Sweet Zara" all the time. Flying across the country to visit her, FaceTiming her whenever he could. It was very full on, equally stalker-like and sweet at the same time... But it wasn't enough for me to keep going with this.

I don't think I'll be picking up another book by this author for a while.

Friday, 25 December 2020

Sparrow - L.J. Shen

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Book: Sparrow
Author: L.J. Shen
Genres: Dark, Romance, Contemporary
Format: Kindle e-Book
Publication Date: 8th March 2016

My Rating: πŸŒ•πŸŒ•πŸŒ•
Date Finished: 24th December 2020

Description:

Troy Brennan

Every southie in Boston knows that name. The son of a dead mobster. The heart throb with steel blue eyes. "The Fixer" who can make or break you in this city.

Oh, and my new husband.

Sparrow Raynes

That's me. No one seemed to remember my name up until he barged into my life.
But then he caged me.
Kidnapped me.
And killed every chance I had to runaway from the place where we grew up.
Put simply, Troy Brennan clipped my wings.

I have dreams, big ones, but I doubt he'd ever let me chase them. I have no idea why he'd decided to take me as his wife. But I do know this: pissing off this man will not do me any good. At all.

Review:

I've had this one on my Kindle for a few years now, putting it off for one reason or another so it's about time I read it.

This starts with Troy Brennan going to church confessional to kill the priest who gave private information to someone who then went and killed Troy's dad. Fast forward three years and we meet Sparrow who is suddenly finding herself marrying Troy but doesn't know why and isn't happy about it.

When I decided to read this, it hadn't registered with me that it was going to be a little dark. It isn't that bad, really. We see Troy kill the priest at the beginning but other than that he doesn't really do anything that bad. It's just it's Christmas and reading something like this at this time of the year feels a little wrong - and I think after the "All for the Game" trilogy I read that I'm done for Dark books for the rest of the year.

I didn't entirely understand the romance in this one, either. Half the time Troy wasn't even interested in her and she was pretty much just a way for him to have sex so I wasn't really feeling it. Not even towards the end when everything came out and they mellowed towards the other. Maybe as I mentioned above, I just wasn't in the mood.

This is something like my sixth or seventh book by the author but it isn't my favourite.

Wednesday, 23 December 2020

Happily Letter After - Vi Keeland & Penelope Ward

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Book: Happily Letter After
Author: Vi Keeland & Penelope Ward
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Format: Kindle e-Book
Publication Date: 20th October 2020

My Rating: πŸŒ•πŸŒ•πŸŒ•πŸŒ•
Date Finished: 22nd December 2020

Description:

My love story all started with a letter.

Only it wasn’t from the man I’d eventually fall in love with. It was from his daughter.  A sweet little girl named Birdie Maxwell who’d written to the magazine that I worked for.

You see, once a year, my employer fulfilled a few wishes for readers. Only that column didn’t start up again for months.

So I fulfilled some of her wishes myself. It was harmless…so I thought. Until one day I took things too far.

While anonymously granting yet another of Birdie’s wishes, I got a look at her father. Her devastatingly handsome, single dad father. 

I should have stopped playing fairy godmother then. I should have left well enough alone. But I just couldn’t help myself.  I had a connection to this girl. One that had me acting irrationally.

Like showing up on their doorstep.

Review:

This one starts with Sadie trying to figure out her next article when she receives a letter in the post from a young girl, Birdie, addressed to Santa, wanting him to send her some olives and some socks for her dad since she's beginning to think Santa isn't real. Falling under the little girls spell, Sadie sends the items to her in the post and receives a heart-wrenching reply that begins a cute back and forth between them. It's only weeks later that Sadie finds herself in Birdie's neighbourhood and unwittingly finds herself being cast as the new dog trainer Birdie's dad has hired when she's caught outside their house. What follows is a crazy but lovely story of two people falling for each other.

I did really like this one. It was a slow going romance between them until about half way through but it was great and pulled at my heart strings. After that, when they became a couple, it was just equal part sweet and kinda hot. They were just really good together. I don't know how to put my feelings about them into words. I loved them.

I somehow knew that something was going to end up coming out about Sadie and Birdie, they just had that connection that gave you warm and fuzzies but it did still take me a little by surprise when the actual thing came to light. I can't go into too much detail without spoiling it, just read it!

If you're a fan of these two author's then you should definitely read this.

Monday, 21 December 2020

All About the Hype - Paige Toon

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Book: All About the Hype
Author: Paige Toon
Series: Jessie Jefferson, #3
Genres: Young Adult
Format: Kindle e-Book
Publication Date: 28th July 2016

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

Description:

Is the life of a famous rockstar's daughter all it's cracked up to be? And what about dating your fellow band-member just as you hit the bigtime? 

Jessie is still getting used to being a celebrity, and the daughter of one of the world’s biggest rock stars. With her own music career on the rise, a gorgeous love interest and a fun group of friends, it seems Jessie’s glamorous LA life couldn’t get any better . . . but things are about to get really complicated.

Review:

So I'll be honest and say that I've forgotten a lot of what went on in the two previous books in this series but this starts with Jessie waking up on her sixteenth birthday, crying since it's also the anniversary of her mothers death, too. Her dad, Johnny Jefferson - famous rockstar, has a surprise gift for her of a trip to Disneyland with the rest of the family and one there, all her old school friends and the ones she's made while being in America turn up and they spend the day there. That same night, they throw a party for her and Johnny sings one of her bands songs sending their fame skyrocketing.

I feel i should mention my love of Johnny and Meg. I read their book, Johnny Be Good, years ago now and fell in love with them as a couple and then their second book, Baby Be Mine, tore my heart out a little with all the emotion it made me feel but they did get their HEA - although their story is also continuing through this series, too, and I think it came to a bit of a head in this one with the return of Dana.

As for Jessie, I didn't remember everything that happened in the previous books but my review of the last book on Goodreads threw some light on my feelings. I was a little torn in my feelings again, though, with Tom and Jack. It was like one minute Jack was being an arse and i wanted her to get back with Tom, and then the next Tom was shoving something in her face and I was happy for her to be with Jack. So confusing.

And also her band All Hype and their journey. It was cute to watch them slowly find success with the aid of Johnny when he thought they needed it. It was nice to read.

I will admit that I wasn't full invested in this story. Maybe it was the length of time I've left between books - about 3 years - but I was just waiting for the book to finish. That sounds harsh but I felt like I'd missed something.

Sunday, 20 December 2020

Threshold of Annihilation - T.A. White

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Book: Threshold of Annihilation
Author: T.A. White
Series: The Firebird Chronicles, #3
Genres: Sci Fi, Romance, Action
Format: Kindle e-Book
Publication Date: 15th December 2020

My Rating: πŸŒ•πŸŒ•πŸŒ•πŸŒ•
Date Finished: 19th December 2020

Description:

When her most closely guarded secrets are laid bare, how will Kira survive the inevitable fall out—and will anybody be standing beside her in the end?

Traveling to the planet of Jettie in the hopes of finding safe harbor for her niece, Kira arrives only to find their destination host to the quorum—a series of dangerous contests that hold the power to decide the fate of empires.

With little choice but to participate, it doesn’t take long for Kira to find herself knee deep in enemies. Surrounded on all sides, Kira will have to face her worst fear. Trusting others with the truth.

Because it’s becoming clear the tsavitee are no longer content to exist in the shadows. War is coming—and everything Kira thought she once knew is about to change.

Review:

So this one kicks off where the last finished once more with Kira leaving the Roake planet in her space ship thanks to a certain visitor - another secret come to light! Kira hadn't wanted to leave the planet but now that she has, she has other priorities like the stowaway on her ship who she decides to take home. Only the planet she lives on is holding an alien race forum and only registered inhabitants can land during that time causing for creative measures to get there.

Secrets and lies once more! I've been blindsided again with this one. Even more secrets come out of the woodwork including things about Elise. I have no idea how the author managed to find more things to surprise us with but they did.

I do love the relationship progressions in this series and not just between Kira and Graydon. Things between Kira and Raider have changed a lot over the last three books - they started off as hate and distrust on Raider's side, really, and are now more like the close friends they used to be (I loved the slap fight they had at one point!). Her relationship with Finn has evolved a lot, too. He's now a trusted friend and a kick-arse one at that. Most of Graydon's oshota have become embedded in Kira's hard shell. And then there's Graydon; thing's progressed more with him in this one. He's made it known that he wants her and will do anything to protect her.

I'm hoping the next book is going to be the last because thing's have been brewing for a while now with the Tsavitee and I'm not sure I can take much more of them causing fights on planets and then running off like cowards before doing it again. I want them to suffer and die out fir all the pain and suffering they've caused Kira and the Curs and everyone else.

I will be waiting impatiently for the next book to come out next year.

Thursday, 17 December 2020

Age of Deception - T.A. White

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Book: Age of Deception
Author: T.A. White
Series: The Firebird Chronicles, #2
Genres: Sci-fi, Romance, Action
Format: Kindle e-Book
Publication Date: 5th February 2020

My Rating: πŸŒ•πŸŒ•πŸŒ•πŸŒ•
Date Finished: 16th December 2020

Description:

War hero and daughter to two Houses, Kira is just beginning to learn how deep the rabbit hole goes.

Agreeing to accompany her father’s people back to their homeworld, Kira Forrest prepares for the fight of her life. She’s agreed to undertake the Trial of the Broken, a rite of passage every member of her father’s House must pass. It offers a path to independence and freedom that is too tempting to deny.

Not everyone welcomes this lost daughter of Roake. There are those who fear what her presence might bring to light. Betrayal stalks the halls of Kira’s birthplace—its roots embedded deep in the events that claimed her parent’s lives and set her on her current path.

Walking the wire’s edge between truth and deception will test the person Kira has become as she separates ally from betrayer. An old enemy has put into motion a plan that could topple the balance of power in the universe. Letting them succeed spells doom—but the price might be more than Kira is willing to pay.

Review:

This literally picks up where the last book left off with Kira facing off against Graydon, her cousin and two unknown Tuann, who appear to be from her fathers house. She's once more manipulated into going to another of their planets. Once there, she undergoes training to pass their tests and learns more about her past and her family. She also grows closer to a certain man mountain, Graydon.

I got pulled into this one, too. Once again there was continuous action of one kind or another. More secrets and lies came out of the woodwork - I don't know how the author manages it! You'd think we'd have everything we needed to know, but nope, more stuff keeps coming out and punching us in the face. Just like that bit at the end!

I'm loving the progression of Kira and Graydon's relationship. They love to fight each other in their friendly-but-will-actually-hit-each-other sparring sessions. I think it's their version of flirting! They have definitely grown closer in this one and we have quite a lot more kissing happening. Woohoo!

It has left it on a bit of a cliffhanger again but luckily the third book was released - like 2 days ago! - so i went and bought it so i could see where this series is going next with that little shock thrown in in the last chapter.

Off to read book 3!

Monday, 14 December 2020

Rules of Redemption - T.A. White

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Book: Rules of Redemption
Author: T.A. White
Series: The Firebird Chronicles, #1
Genres: Sci-Fi, Romance, Action
Format: Kindle e-Book
Publication Date: 7th March 2019

My Rating: πŸŒ•πŸŒ•πŸŒ•πŸŒ•
Date Finished: 13th December 2020

Description:

The war everyone thought was over is just beginning.

Kira Forrest is a survivor. She’s risen above the pain of her beginnings to become a war hero only to leave it all behind in the pursuit of a simple life. Now a salvager, she makes a living sifting through the wreckage of dead alien ships from a war that nearly brought humanity to its knees.

After her ship takes damage, she’s forced to re-route to a space station where her past and present collide with dangerous consequences.

Kira’s existence holds the key to a faltering peace treaty with the Tuann—a technologically advanced alien race who dislikes and distrusts all humans. Winning her freedom should be easy, but a powerful and relentless Tuann warrior stands in her way. Deceiving him seems impossible, especially when he strays dangerously close to secrets she struggles to hide.

Can Kira reconcile the pain of her past with the possibilities of her future? The fate of two races depends on her success.

Review:

This starts with Kira trying to get to one of her enemies destroyed ships so she can salvage parts and other things from it, making her way through a field of broken ship parts to get there. She finally makes it on board and salvages several parts but not without incident, heading back to her ship to find out something is now broken and they need to head to a station to buy the part. While there she comes to the rescue of some children and draws the attention of the Tuann, a race of beings who claim she is one of them. She is coerced into going with them to one of their planets by the leader of the group, Graydon, and lots of things come to light - including an intense attraction.

I actually got quite into this, more than i expected to considering sci-fi is not really my type of thing. Loads of stuff kept happening and kept me entertained. Secrets came to light, a romance was blooming, people thought dead were coming back out of the woodwork...

It was really well thought out and written and we learnt things about Kira in dribs and drabs that kept us guessing about her and what happened in her past until we learnt even more. It was great. The ending had me intrigued enough to go and buy book 2 straight away.

I'll admit that the above is mostly down to the romance that was slowly brewing between Kira and Graydon and the little fact that he's not letting her leave - which I find quite funny, because Kira was ready for killing him about it, and because I am excited to see what happens there romantically.

Off to read book 2!

Friday, 11 December 2020

I Bet You - Ilsa Madden-Mills

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Book: I Bet You
Author: Ilsa Madden-Mills
Series: Waylon University, #2
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Sports
Format: Kindle eBook
Publication Date: 24th October 2018

My Rating: πŸŒ•πŸŒ•πŸŒ•
Date Finished: 10th December 2020

Description:

Sexy AthleteI bet you . . .
Penelope GrahamBurn in hell, quarterback.

The late night text is random but Penelope figures out exactly who “Sexy Athlete” is. And why she shouldn't take his wager.

Ryker Voss.
Football star.
Walks on water and God's gift to women.
Just ask him.

His crazy bet? He promises Penelope he’ll win her the heart of the guy she’s been crushing on. His plan—good old-fashioned jealousy. Once her crush sees her kissing Ryker, he'll realize what he's missing. Sounds legit, right? The only question is . . . why is Ryker being so nice to her?

Penelope Graham.
Virgin.
Lover of sparkly vampires and calculus.
His mortal enemy.

Penelope knows she shouldn’t trust a cocky jock, but what’s a girl to do when she needs help getting a date? And Ryker’s keeping a secret, another bet, one that will destroy Penelope’s heart forever.

Will the quarterback score the good girl or will his secrets mean everyone loses this game of love?

Review:

I seem to be really into the whole sports romance thing lately. This will be my fifth in a row!

This starts with Penelope writing romances involving herself and various other students she finds attractive in her journal as she takes a break from her job at the on campus diner, only to be interrupted by her nemesis and super jock, Ryker. They continually wind each other up but Ryker can't help but be fascinated and drawn to the nerdy girl, and she can't help but write him into her romances.

I read I Hate You (Charm & Blaze's story) a while ago and this seems to take place around the same time as the events of that one so it's been a little strange that they aren't a couple yet... It's hard to figure out the right order since they aren't actually listed as a series.

Everything seemed so familiar with this book, almost like I'd read it before - maybe it's because of the above issue. I did like it though. The nerdy but rebel girl and the jock. It was cute in the end and I loved how they finally got together, it was slow and steady.

I really didn't like Archer. He wasn't a nice guy, too obsessed with getting Captain of the football team and crushing whoever got in his way. He eventually got what he deserved.

I'm still standing by my words from the review of I Hate You and would love to read Dillon's story, I Promise You.

Wednesday, 9 December 2020

Wrecking Ball - P. Dangelico

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Book: Wrecking Ball
Author: P. Dangelico
Series: Hard to Love, #1
Genres: Sports, Contemporary, Romance
Format: Kindle e-Book
Publication Date: 9th October 2017

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

Description:

Cam DeSantis’ life is a mess. How else would you describe losing your husband, your job, and your money all at once? Desperate times call for desperate measures. So when salvation comes in the form of one intolerable jerk, she has no choice but to accept his offer as a nanny for his eight year old nephew. Now all she has to do is find a way to ignore him for the next three months. Which is easier said than done.

NFL quarterback Calvin Shaw has zero interest in women. It’s not that he doesn’t like women. In fact, he loves women. He just doesn’t want anything to do with them. What he needs to do is focus on winning another Super Bowl before he retires. Problem is, the woman living in his house is a major distraction. And he doesn’t know what’s worse, that he promised to be civil, or that he’s attracted to her.

Best laid plans are going to get wrecked when a reclusive football star is forced to live with a reluctant nanny.

Review:

This starts with Camilla in court (i think?) as she is told she has lost everything she owns after her dead husband started a ponzi scheme that lost a lot of people a lot of money. She is public enemy number one and nobody wants to hire her so she ends up living with her parents and going through agencies in the hopes of finding a job. She's finally offered one looking after a young boy who has a celebrity uncle and must live with them for the duration of the contract. Sparks fly between Cam and Calvin from the start but as they grow closer, animosity turns to attraction.

I actually really enjoyed this. It was definitely a slow burn romance but you could see there was a spark there from pretty early on. Probably from when Cal turned up at her evening job asking her to take the nanny job and wanting to drive her home afterwards since it was so late. That there put him down as being a gentleman in my books and I was smitten. I devoured it from that point on, willing them to finally do something about their attraction.

Of course, there's the dilemma that tears our couple apart and even I was getting emotional at that part. Geez, they were so good together and something like that was going to end up tearing them apart. All came right in the end, though, thank God, or I would be an emotional wreck right now.

I may have to read the next book in the series because it focuses on Cam's best friend and apparent man-hater, Amber, so that should be fun.

Tuesday, 8 December 2020

The King's Men - Nora Sakavic

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Book: The King's Men
Author: Nora Sakavic
Series: All for the Game, #3
Genres: Dark, Sports, LGBTQ, MM Romance (finally some action!)
Format: Kindle e-Book
Publication Date: 2nd December 2014

My Rating: πŸŒ•πŸŒ•πŸŒ•πŸŒ•πŸŒœ
Date Finished: 8th December 2020

Description:

Neil Josten is out of time. He knew when he came to PSU he wouldn't survive the year, but with his death right around the corner he's got more reasons than ever to live.

Befriending the Foxes was inadvisable. Kissing one is unthinkable. Neil should know better than to get involved with anyone this close to the end, but Andrew's never been the easiest person to walk away from. If they both say it doesn't mean anything, maybe Neil won't regret losing it, but the one person Neil can't lie to is himself.

He's got promises to keep and a team to get to championships if he can just outrun Riko a little longer, but Riko's not the only monster in Neil's life. The truth might get them all killed—or be Neil's one shot at getting out of this alive.

Review:

This one picks up a few days after the second book with Neil a battered mess and on his way to the Foxhole Court for training. He has some explaining to do to his team mates about where he disappeared to over Christmas and about the state he's in. Add in the tension that's sparked between Neil and Andrew and the budding friendship between the rest of the group and this is a roller coaster.

Everything was now out in the open and the shit had hit the fan, pitting Neil against his abusive father, and I was honestly waiting for Andrew to come kicking the door down to rescue him. (I'll let you read it to figure out if that actually happened) It was some crazy stuff but God, I was hooked. I'm just glad that nobody I'm come to care about in this series died in this one. Good riddance to the evil ones though.

I haven't been this invested in a series or bunch of characters in a long time. I was literally bouncing in my seat when the final match between the Foxes and the Ravens began, thinking "Come on, guys, you can do it!" and what a ride it was! I actually had to put it on hold while i went to work at 98% and couldn't stop thinking about it on my half hour walk, waiting for when i could finish those last few pages. It was killing me! Luckily I had a little time before I started and binged it and wow! I wish that there had been a separate little epilogue with just Andrew and Neil to see them now that the threat had gone. (I totally understand why people have written fanfic about this series!)

Every single one of the characters grew in one way or another as people, thanks to Neil's urging - okay, maybe not Andrew as such, he's still a little psychotic at times - and I feel like most other people who've read this book that i may have to reread it once a year or so just to relive this amazing series. Yes, it is dark in places but you can't help caring for this team of friends and urging them to come out of the other end after their crappy upbringings.

Monday, 7 December 2020

The Raven King - Nora Sakavic

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Book: The Raven King
Author: Nora Sakavic
Series: All for the Game, #2
Genres: Dark, Sports, MM Romance (Still nothing really happening on that front atm)
Format: Kindle e-Book
Publication Date: 31st July 2013

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

Description:

The Foxes are a fractured mess, but their latest disaster might be the miracle they've always needed to come together as a team. The one person standing in their way is Andrew, and the only one who can break through his personal barriers is Neil.

Except Andrew doesn't give up anything for free and Neil is terrible at trusting anyone but himself. The two don't have much time to come to terms with their situation before outside forces start tearing them apart. Riko is intent on destroying Neil's fragile new life, and the Foxes have just become collateral damage.

Neil's days are numbered, but he's learning the hard way to go down fighting for what he believes in, and Neil believes in Andrew even if Andrew won't believe in himself.

Review:

So this one picks up a few days after the events of the first with everyone dealing with the death of one of their team. Neil has slowly been pulled into Kevin and Andrew's crew and is coming to terms with the fact that Riko has it in for him.

I do feel a little like this series should have been reviewed as one thing, really, as the story continues across all three but it would be one thick arse book if the author had done that.

Every single team member has grown on me a lot with this book. They are finally coming together thanks to Neil who has been straddling both halfs of the team, starting to settle into his life at Palmetto and making friends. I thought Nicky summed it up brilliantly with this quote:
"Oh, you just might be the best thing to happen to the Foxes."
This one has some dark scenes in it like the first but they affected my feelings in regards to a certain character more this time around. I'm just glad that Neil was being a super sleuth and managed to put it all together with all the little titbits that had been thrown out.

I've already started book 3 because I am slightly obsessed with this series right now, despite its lack of romance up to this point. Will review it when I'm done!

Saturday, 5 December 2020

The Foxhole Court - Nora Sakavic

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Book: The Foxhole Court
Author: Nora Sakavic
Series: All for the Game, #1
Genres: Dark, Sports, MM Romance (but we haven't got that far into it yet to have any romance going on)
Format: Kindle e-Book
Publication Date: 30th July 2013

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

Description:

Neil Josten is the newest addition to the Palmetto State University Exy team. He's short, he's fast, he's got a ton of potential—and he's the runaway son of the murderous crime lord known as The Butcher.

Signing a contract with the PSU Foxes is the last thing a guy like Neil should do. The team is high profile and he doesn't need sports crews broadcasting pictures of his face around the nation. His lies will hold up only so long under this kind of scrutiny and the truth will get him killed.

But Neil's not the only one with secrets on the team. One of Neil's new teammates is a friend from his old life, and Neil can't walk away from him a second time. Neil has survived the last eight years by running. Maybe he's finally found someone and something worth fighting for.
 

Review:

This starts with Neil having a discussion with his Exy coach about people wanting to recruit him to their team and the thought of going into the limelight, when he's been on the run from his murdering father for years, sends him into a panic. But after some words and a few physical hits from his soon to be team-mates he agrees to go with them. What follows is a complicated mix of game play, mind games and secrets.

I couldn't put into words what it is about this story so far that has kept me reading because it's not exactly sunshine and roses - in fact it's quite the opposite - but I am so entrenched in the mystery of Kevin and the cousins and just what the heck is going on/going to happen next for this team that I straight away went and bought book 2 so I could find out - and at 99p each, this series is a bargain one.

One thing I will say is that I've never been so into a fictional sport before. Reading through the game about the 75% mark had me almost bouncing in my seat. I was very much behind the Foxes and wanted them to win so bad considering how unorthodox a team they are.

This does deal with some strong triggers such as drug taking, physical abuse and someone dies towards the end. It certainly isn't light reading but I am so intrigued by how their story line is going to play out so I'm off to start book 2.

Thursday, 3 December 2020

Midlife Bounty Hunter - Shannon Mayer

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Book: Midlife Bounty Hunter AKA Grave Magic Bounty
Author: Shannon Mayer
Series: Forty Proof, #1
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Format: Kindle e-Book
Publication Date: 26th March 2020

My Rating: πŸŒ•πŸŒ•πŸŒ•
Date Finished: 3rd December 2020

Description:

One day I’m married, living in Seattle, and magic isn’t real.
The next, I’m divorced and living in the guest room of my ex’s hotter- than-sin cousin’s place in Savannah . . . and talking to an animated skeleton named Robert.

I have to admit, Robert isn’t my worst date.

At forty-one, I didn’t think I’d be starting over. But I’ll be damned if my ex thinks I’m down and out because he pulled a fast one on me.
When a job comes my way that offers me a chance to use my childhood training in the shadow world, I take it—I need the money more than I care about my sanity.

It’s dangerous.
I have to embrace the magic and dark of my past.
And I need Advil to keep me going.

So those who’d hold me back better sit up and take notice, because a new woman is in town, and she’s not about to be counted out by anyone.

Even if she does groan when she rolls out of bed in the morning.

Review:

I've read a few books in the past by this author and enjoyed them, so I'm hoping this one plays out the same way.

It starts with Breena heading to a graveyard where she's supposed to be attending an interview but things take a decidedly paranormal turn when she meets a skeleton and is chased by a werewolf up a steep come-out-of-nowhere mountain where she finds out she's passed the interview and is now working for a group who do bounty work for the supernatural community.

I did enjoy this but I wasn't fully invested in it. The most exciting thing for me was Crash...and Breena trying to get her house back, but mainly Crash. There was just something about him that drew my attention and intrigued me. Him, I would like to see more of. The rest of the gang...meh. They didn't grow on me that much and I didn't feel like I grew to know them that well.

I feel I should mention Robert and Feish, too. They were the closest people - loosely used term - to Breena in this and they were pretty likeable in this one. I'm sure she'll grow closer to them over the course of the series and they'll turn into valuable allies.

One thing I wasn't a fan of: the continuous referral of her ex husband as "Himself" rather annoying after a while. Why not just "Him" or his name or even "ex"?  He does sound like a piece of work, though, and I feel like seeing him get his comeuppance is going to be good.

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