Monday, 16 January 2017

Review ~ I'll Run to You by Nikki Vale

I'll Run to You

ebook downloaded for free via Amazon.

Release Date: January 12th 2016

Publisher: Self-published

Evelynn Woods is finally doing well for herself. She graduated college, got a job as an accountant and found a place of her own. She just might be ready to completely move on with her life and forget all about Hunter Douglas. That is, until he shows up at her favorite hangout spot and turns her world upside down.

My Opinion

A sweet, short read. 

I've had this on my Kindle for awhile, since I caught it free in Amazon. It's been on there so long in fact, I actually forgot what it was about.

I'll Run to You was a cute read. It's a story of second chances and a rekindling romance as Hunter leaves the military and finds Evelynn once more. They haven't seen each other for years, but thanks to a meddling brother they're thrown together and the love they once held for each other is quickly reignited, although tested by bumps in the road.

Overall, I liked this story. It kept me hooked and was just a sweet, mostly light-hearted romance. Although it was predictable, I enjoyed the author's easy writing style.

My only slight issue is that I wanted it to be longer. I felt some of the Hunter chapters were unnecessary as they just repeated events previously told by Evelynn but from a different POV. They didn't really add much to the story and I found myself wanting more new content and less repetition .

Still, I'd definitely recommend this. You can't really go wrong with a freebie like this.


Sunday, 15 January 2017

Review ~ Lost in Mr. Parks (The Parks Series #3) by Lilly James

Lost in Mr. Parks (The Parks Series #3)
ebook downloaded for free via Amazon.

Release Date: March 1st 2016

Publisher: Limitless Publishing LLC

Wade Parks spent his entire childhood trying to escape the control of his abusive, alcoholic father…

As an adult, he’s eager to control every aspect of his own life. Women and building his business empire were only the beginning of Wade’s obsessions…until he fell in love.

Evelyn Banks’ life has been turned around, and she has Wade to thank…

Wade is walking a tightrope to hell, and Evelyn is determined to pull him out, just like he has done for her. With Evelyn’s help, Wade starts to forget his past, but luck doesn’t seem to be on their side. Just when their relationship is stronger than ever, one deeply buried secret is exposed and may be more than their bond can bear.

A twisted obsession is not the only hidden part of Mr. Park’s life…

When dark family skeletons come out of the shadows, it’s sink or swim. There’s a part of his past that Wade isn’t telling, and when it comes to a head, his future with Evelyn is uncertain, and her life is on the line.

With ominous threats closer than they realize, Evelyn might find herself lost in something deeper and far more dangerous than Mr. Parks…

My Opinion

As a conclusion this was okay. I won't say too much about the plot since it's the final book in a trilogy and I don't want to ruin anything.

The main thing I like about these books is the Britishness. Being English I appreciated the UK author sticking to her roots rather than conforming to Americanisms. It wasn't overdone, it felt authentic, as it should have coming from a British author.

As for the book, like with the others it drew mixed feelings. Something about this series has kept me reading and I can't complain considering I got them all free. However, there was also something that kept me at a distance and dragged the pace a little. I wanted to know how everything turned out for Evey and Parks, which was kept me going. Even though the story line was predictable and easy to figure out, and Parks was a little too controlling for my liking, I still needed to complete their story.

Overall, if you've read previous books in this series this book does give the closure you'll look for. 


Saturday, 14 January 2017

Review ~ Anchor (First to Fight, #1) by Nicole Blanchard

Anchor (First to Fight, #1)
ebook downloaded for free via Amazon.

Release Date: August 1st 2015

Publisher: Bolero Books LLC

I thought I could save her.

A woman I've never met, whose name I don't even know, gambled her own life to protect my child. In return, she was taken by a mad man.

I'll put my career, my security, and my life on the line to get her back safely, even if it means risking my heart along the way.

My Opinion

This was an okay read. I sped through it, but I did find it a bit unbelievable. The reactions some of the characters had, especially Chole, I found hard to buy. They all seemed too in control of their emotions for people who were on a hijacked boat with a crazy terrorist. I could understand Gabe being like that since he was a marine, but a civilian? The romance also seemed to take place in a weird way. I needed more development.

If I suspended beliefs this was an okay read. It was short and to the point, and did keep me entertained.


Friday, 13 January 2017

Review ~ From Rome with Love by Jules Wake

From Rome with LoveeARC received via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

Release Date: January 13th 2017

Publisher: HarperImpulse

If you can’t stand the heat…

Rome is the city of love and seduction, right? Not if you find yourself staying in a beautiful apartment with your childhood-friend-turned-arch-enemy, Will Ryan…no matter how hot he is!

Romance is the last thing on Lisa’s mind. She’s got more important things to focus on, like hunting down her estranged father. Except when her search falls at the first hurdle, Will doesn’t just help her get back on track, he also shares the romantic sights – and exquisite tastes – of the Eternal City, and Lisa starts to wonder if it’s not just Rome seducing her.

Only, as Lisa and Will dig into the past, neither of them is prepared for the long-buried secrets they reveal. Secrets that will turn both their world’s upside down …

My Opinion

I think I fell in love with this book more than From Paris With Love This Christmas. I reviewed that title recently, having caught it free on Amazon, and it surprised me so much with how I enjoyed it that I had to download this from NetGalley. I mean, my ARC pile was down to 2 books, so I had to stock up again, right?

Anyway, Will and Lisa's story intrigued me in From Paris With Love This Christmas. I always wondered what created the animosity between them and I'm glad they got their own book. They were a great couple of characters to watch unfold and fall in love. Seriously, this book brought a smile to my face numerous times. I loved Will's enthusiasm for food, but I also loved the playful flirting and irritation shared between him and Lisa. They obviously belonged together.

As well as that, I loved the setting. The author captured Italy brilliantly and it felt as if I was truly there. I could imaging this being a great holiday/beach read. This book also did what it sold me on--beating the January blues.

Overall, I enjoyed this even more than the previous book in the series. It held my attention the entire way through and kept me smiling. A beautifully written book I'd definitely recommend.


Thursday, 12 January 2017

Review ~ Summer Shadows (Benedicts, #6) by Joss Stirling

Summer Shadows (Benedicts, #6)
Paperback purchased by myself.

Release Date: July 7th 2016

Publisher: Oxford University Press

Summer lives under a terrible shadow. It drains her, manipulates her and threatens to steal her future.

A high-stakes mission offers a temporary escape. She must use her mind-shadowing abilities to hunt down her target and find the truth.

Hal Robinson is a soldier. He does not get distracted. He wins. But what Hal wants begins to shift once he meets Summer.

They must learn to trust each other if they are going to protect the Savant community. But will their secrets allow them to find a happy ending of their own?

My Opinion

This was the perfect end to this series which started out with the Benedict brothers. Although I'm sad to see it end, Joss Stirling did an amazing job of giving the characters a fitting send off that was not only action-packed, but tied up the loose ends with a neat little bow.

Honestly, I couldn't have asked for more from a final book. Hal and Summer were great characters. They had their own story in the book, but what I enjoyed most was that a large number of Benedicts were reintroduced--including Victor who finally gets his soul finder. All of the plot threads merged seamlessly into a brilliant book I couldn't put down. The intricate detail the author put into the savant gifts and the way in which they all linked was outstanding. I couldn't fault it and it immersed me in their world.

Overall, another stunning read. While I've strayed from paranormal romances in my reading, this is one series that still captured my interest with every book release. Joss Stirling--and her other pseudonyms--still remain one of my all-time favourite authors. I want a Benedict brother for myself!


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