Friday, 24 March 2017

Blog Tour ~ Take Me Back by Meghan March

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TakeMeBack_FrontCover We fell in love on a beach, got married in paradise, and I carried her off into the sunset. It should have been perfect, but saying “I do” doesn’t guarantee a happily-ever-after. Two years later, I barely recognize either of us behind the walls we’ve built. It’s time to bring it full circle. Back to a tropical paradise. Back to find out if we can still make this work. I’m not willing to give her up, but to save us, I have to risk everything. Two damaged people. Countless secrets. The fight of our lives. We might be broken, but we’re not done. Add to Goodreads

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My Opinion

When I requested this book for the tour I thought I was getting one thing, and what I got was even better. 

I've read all of Meghan March's books in the last year. She was relatively new to me not long ago, but now I can't get enough of her work. Take Me Back was no exception and definitely takes first place as my favourite of hers. Not only did it have a beautiful cover, but the trying to save a failing marriage idea intrigued me. 

Now, I can't say much else without ruining everything for you. What I will say is I couldn't put this book down. Kat and Dane had a great story to tell and I didn't want things to end. I now have to play catch up with my uni work since I needed to finish this book first thing in the morning after falling asleep with it at 3am, but it was well worth it. 

I'd highly recommend this book!

5

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Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Blog Tour + Giveaway ~ The Storm by R.J. Prescott


The Storm
R.J. Prescott
(The Hurricane #3)
Publication date: March 21st 2017
Genres: New Adult, Romance, Sports

Marie Kelly is a survivor who doesn’t know when to quit. Against all odds, she’s living a life she never dreamed she could have. It was enough… until a stubborn boxer makes her want more.
Irish charmer Kieran Doherty has been a fighter at Driscoll’s Gym for most of his life. He’s been content to let his best friend take the spotlight, now it’s his turn to make a name for himself in the world of heavy weight champions. Falling in love is the one thing he vowed never to do, but meeting Marie changed everything.
It’s easy to imagine a happy-ever-after when the sun is shining. But when the storm comes, and all hope seems lost, they both learn that if you want something badly enough, you have to be willing to fight for it.

My Opinion

I'm so glad this series didn't stop with The Aftermath. When it comes to fighters, you guys will know I'm picky and have high standards, since I've read so many. It's rare that I find ones that are on par with my favourites, but RJ's books do just that and The Storm definitely delivered as well. 

The Storm tells Kieran and Marie's story. I liked Kieran from book one so I was excited to see another boxer get a book. This story was fast-paced and kept me hooked from start to finish. I couldn't put it down and ended up reading it in one sitting. 

Kieran was a great guy. I loved his protective nature and also more loving side. He knew what he wanted and he went for it, but not in a possessive way. He showed Marie he wanted her and made an effort. He also wasn't afraid to cause a scene, and who doesn't love that?

Together the gelled brilliantly. Their romance does move quickly, but they work together. They're a couple I rooted for from start to finish. 

As for the story, like I said, it kept me hooked. I did wish the action came a little sooner and the ending wasn't so fast. However, I think the author could have added a 100 more chapters and I'd have still wanted more so that's probably more me not wanting to leave the world. 

Overall, it's rare to find sequels that live up to previous books, but this one did. I loved Keira --although Con is still my favourite--and I can't wait for the next book. I'm really excited to see what the author does with that.

5

Monday, 20 March 2017

Review ~ The Whisperer by Elsa Winckler

The Whisperer
eARC received via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

Release Date: March 10th 2017

Publisher: HarperImpulse

Description:
Loving him could destroy her…

High school teacher Cilla Stevens has always been different, especially in how she connects with animals. When she calms a stray dog during an incident at school, she’s asked to help a nearby farm with a difficult horse.

Cameron Rahl has had a very different relationship with animals since his mother died in a horse riding accident. But now he's inherited his family’s farm, he's determined to never let anyone affect him that way again.

Until he meets Cilla. He tries to stay away from the gorgeous horse whisperer with the potential to tame him, but something keeps pulling him close. And as much as Cilla tells herself she can keep it casual, she knows they're too connected to be 'just a fling.'

Will Cilla's heart win out? Or will it take history repeating itself for Cameron to realise just how much he needs her?

My Opinion

I'm really not sure what to make of this. I requested it because firstly I love cowboy/horse romances. Second, it was sold to me as like a Nicholas Sparks book so I assumed it would be filled with plenty of emotion.

However, while the horse element was there, something about this book didn't work for me. I didn't buy into it and the more it developed the more distant I started to feel.

To start with I was intrigued. However, Cilla's ability soon began to keep me at a distance. Sure, I believe humans can communicate with animals to a certain extent, but for me the author pushed the boundaries a little too far in this book so that it bordered on telepathy, which then crossed over to other humans like this. It was too much for me to buy into.

As for the romance, I wanted to like it, yet it was just so annoying. The characters go back and forth to the point they felt like high-schoolers rather than adults. There were a lot of stereotypical threads from the romance in this short read and it all became too much. I wanted a spark and a slow build, but the drama got into the way and Cilla was too forgiving.


Overall, it wasn't what I was expecting. It wasn't a bad read, I just struggled to buy into the story and therefore it didn't engage me. I wouldn't not recommend it, but I have read plenty of other romances in this genre I'd read first.

3

Saturday, 18 March 2017

Review ~ Bad Boyfriend (Eden Hills Book 1) by Julie Kriss

Bad Boyfriend (Eden Hills Book 1)
ebook downloaded via Amazon for free.

Release Date: April 17th 2016

Publisher: Five Doors Creative

Description:
No family. No filter. No morals. Meet my boyfriend. 

Holly 

Everyone knows Dean Madden. He's a bad boy - and my older brother's best friend. The guy you'd never bring home to your parents. His looks are pure sex, and the only fun he knows how to have is the filthy kind. 

I've known him for years. No one in their right mind thinks I should date him. But now I've grown up - and everything has changed. I want him, even if it's just for a little while. Until I can't let him go. 

Dean 

I'm not that guy - the relationship guy. I'm the one-and-done guy, or so everyone says. But when Holly bets me she can date me for four weeks, I'm not going to say no. She's grown up gorgeous - and now I've got my chance. 

I don't deserve her. It can't get serious. I can't get my feelings involved, because there are things she doesn't know about me. But until it falls to pieces, I can give her the wildest, hottest four weeks of her life....

My Opinion

A short, fun read. Bad Boyfriend was steamy and I believed in the characters and their relationship. Although I wasn't quite sure why Dean was so self-deprecating and why girls never made it passed 3 dates, I liked who he was around Holly. They worked as a couple. At times there could have been a little more story--probably because I was enjoying it. I would have also liked a little more development between Jason and Dean. 


Overall, for something I picked up for free on Amazon it was a good read. It kept me engaged and I'd recommend it. 

4

Friday, 17 March 2017

Review ~ Bewitching Winter (The Four Seasons #3) by Serenity Woods

Bewitching Winter (The Four Seasons #3)
ebook downloaded via Amazon for free.

Release Date: May 2016

Publisher: Self-published

Description:
Six years ago, Neve Clark thought she’d found in Rhett Taylor the perfect doubles partner both on and off the badminton court, but their volatile relationship ended with a betrayal she couldn’t forgive. Since then, she’s dated plenty of guys in an attempt to recreate the passion she once felt with the man who broke her heart, but to no avail.

Anxious to put aside her growing despair that she’ll never find someone to replace him, she books herself on a business course in wintry Queenstown, New Zealand, with the aim of concentrating on her career as Marketing Manager for the Four Seasons lingerie company. It’s only when she turns up that she discovers the keynote speaker is her old flame.

After leaving New Zealand to pursue a career as a badminton player at international level, a series of unpredictable events leads Rhett back to the country and to the woman who haunts his dreams. A sizzling chemistry still exists between them, but even though he wants her back, Neve wants nothing to do with him.

Rhett’s not used to losing. Not everyone gets a second chance at both life and love, and this time he’s determined to win her heart…

My Opinion

I was excited to read this book. However, I have to say I found myself struggling to finish it. I did push myself to get to the end, yet it didn't live up to my expectations, which is a shame. 

Neve and Rhett's story just dragged for me. I didn't feel a spark in their relationship and it lost me more as the book went. I wanted to like them, and I'm a big fan of the second chance romance trope, but this book was lacking something for me. It felt there was more detail about the conference and back story than in the moment getting back together. 


Overall I wanted to like this, but I just couldn't get into it. 

3

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