Wednesday, 13 September 2017

Review ~ Nineteen Letters by Jodi Perry

Nineteen Letters
eARC received via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

Release Date: August 29th 2017

Publisher: Hachette


Nineteen. There’s something about that number; it not only brought us together, bonding us forever, it also played a hand in tearing us apart.

The nineteenth of January 1996. I’ll never forget it. It was the day we met. I was seven and she was six. It was the day she moved in next door, and the day I developed my first crush on a girl.

Exactly nineteen years later, all my dreams came true when she became my wife. She was the love of my life. My soul mate. My everything. The reason I looked forward to waking up every morning.

Then tragedy struck. Nineteen days after we married, she was in an accident that would change our lives forever. When she woke from her coma, she had no memory of me, of us, of the love we shared.

I was crushed. She was my air, and without her I couldn’t breathe.

The sparkle that once glistened her eyes when she looked at me was gone. To her, now, I was a stranger. I had not only lost my wife, I had lost my best friend.

But I refused to let this tragedy be the end of us. That’s when I started to write her letters, stories of our life. Of when we met. About the happier times, and everything we had experienced together.

What we had was far too beautiful to be forgotten.

My Opinion

If I'm completely honest, I wouldn't have looked twice at this book had I come across it and not read this author before. The cover doesn't appeal to me, and it doesn't look like a romance I'd normally read. I know that's bad to judge a book by its cover, but it happens. Either way, I have read this author before so I looked at the blurb and I wanted to read it immediately.

I'm glad I had read this author before so I looked twice. This was a beautiful story and one that kept me hooked from start to finish. It took me on an emotional journey, and I was surprised by how much more contemporary romance than women's fiction it felt, which was good for me.

I thought the characters were created brilliantly and the author dealt with the trauma and sensitive subjects well. She created a book about two characters who go through a lot and have to rediscover themselves, but they don't give up. I got to watch them fall for each other twice and the bond between them was easily felt.

I also felt for Braxton. I felt his pain and uncertainty. His emotions were believable but I loved his fight. He refused to give up. He loved Jemma and that's all there was too it. Everything about his emotions were raw and well developed.

My only small issue was the ending. While Jemma and Braxton got the ending I wanted, I felt the book had been leading up to a spin off with Lucas. I wanted it to happen, but I was just thrown into the epilogue instead. That element of the book felt a bit rushed and I wanted another book.

Overall, this was a beautifully written book. I'm glad I'd heard of this author and read her previous work so I could take a chance on this. It kept me engaged and I fell in love with the characters.


Tuesday, 12 September 2017

Review ~ Fraternize (Players Game #1) by Rachel Van Dyken

Fraternize (Players Game, #1)
eARC received via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

Release Date: September 12th 2017

Publisher: Skyscape

Emerson just made her dream come true as a professional cheerleader for her favorite pro football team. But even though the plus-size athlete is breaking down boundaries, she still has to contend with the massive rulebook. Carbs? Nope. Chocolate? Definitely not. Still, Emerson loves her curves, and she’ll rock the hell out of this job even if it kills her. Except for one mandate that is easier read than done…

No fraternizing with the players.

Problem one is Miller Quinton: Emerson’s first love, first sex, and the guy who still ignites her daydreams and R-rated fantasies. Thrown back together, Miller and Emerson feel the undeniable pull of passion again, even if the conflict that tore them apart seems insurmountable. Then there’s way-too-sexy Grant Sanchez. He has a serious reputation with the ladies, and when it comes to winning someone he wants, he doesn’t let anyone stand in his way.

Now Emerson is breaking every rule in the manual. But what she doesn’t know is that she’s part of a wicked little game—one that could steal both her dream and her heart.

My Opinion

It's always a good day when I get to start a Rachel Van Dyken book. Seriously, I don't need to read the blurbs anymore; I love her writing and she never fails to make me smile with her guys. Saying that, I did read the blurb for Fraternize and I was a little nervous about whether the love triangle would work for me or whether it would be cliched.

I really shouldn't have worried. I should know this author better by now, since she has yet to disappoint me.

Anyway, Fraternize was a comical read I sped through. It reminded me a bit of her book The Consequences of Loving Colton with more humour and great relationships between a cast of characters. I loved Grant--totally team Grant by the way. He made me chuckle from the first time I met him. He reminded me of an excitable puppy you just want to befriend. And the more I read about him the more I liked him.

I won't ruin the plot by delving into the relationship and what happens. You guys deserve to experience Em's relationships and the paths she takes with the guys on your own so you can make your own mind up about which team you're on. What I will say is the dynamic between the three kept me hooked. Rachel did a good job of avoiding too many cliches and creating relationships that I genuinely believed in and engaged me. I liked all of the characters and can't wait for more.

Overall, I loved this book.  Reading it in the sun was the perfect way to end the day. I also hope there's going to be another because I need that guy's story as soon as possible!


Friday, 1 September 2017

Review ~ Royal Pain (His Royal Hotness, #1) by Tracy Wolff

Royal Pain (His Royal Hotness, #1)
eARC received via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

Release Date: September 19th 2017

Publisher: Loveswept

He’s a womanizer. He’s cocky. He’s not exactly a prince. Only he technically is. Meet your new royal obsession in this addictive novel from New York Times bestselling author Tracy Wolff.

Being rich opens a lot of doors. When you’re rich and royal, those doors lead to a new bedroom every night. I should know. The tabloids call me His Royal Hotness, Prince Kian of Wildemar. Women across the world see me as a naughty fairy tale, an image I’m happy to indulge. As the spare to the heir, I’m the prince with none of the power . . . and all of the perks.

Then my twin brother is kidnapped, and suddenly I’m the one who could be king. The crown chasers start circling—and yet it’s a luscious waitress who catches my eye. With a smart mouth and the curves to back it up, Savannah Breslin is as brazen as I’d expect an American commoner to be.

But Savvy’s not interested in playing Cinderella. As sexy as she is, she’s no stranger to heartbreak. Besides, a nice guy wouldn’t drag her into all the drama that comes along with royalty. Lucky I’m not a nice guy. And, as it turns out, I might not even be her first prince. . . .

My Opinion

After reading Down and Dirty a few months ago I was excited to get to this book and read more from this author. However, while I enjoyed Royal Pain I did have a few issues so it has split my opinion. 

To start with, Royal Pain seemed to have everything I love in a book and be setting up for an interesting read. It has 2 princes, a commoner, suspense, romance, and drama. As ideas, I liked these elements. I also liked Kian. He had a good balance if playboy prince, but also genuine love and concern for his brother. He seemed like a good guy and I liked him 

However, I'm not sure I bought into the whole romance. It started off interestingly enough, but it moved too quickly for my liking and I didn't feel the spark. I also skimmed some of the sex scenes as since I didn't feel the chemistry between the characters they didn't work for me and felt more like padding. 

Moreover, while I liked the idea of this books, I think it had the potential to be more. It felt undeveloped to me. A lot of situations happen behind the scenes or out of sight. It left a lot to be desired for and aided in the disconnect I felt. It's a shame because this could have been a great read and it had the potential. I just felt it lacked in execution. It also led to a swift resolve in the end. Things just happened too fast for me in this book--feelings, plot, ending. It was kind like a whistle stop tour of this world. 

Overall, this is a short easy read. Down and Dirty was a much better read by this author, but this one was okay.  I thought more could be made of it had it been developed more. 


Friday, 11 August 2017

Review ~ Aim (Circle of Justice #3) by L.P. Dover

Title: AIM
Series: A Circle of Justice Novel
Author: LP Dover
Genre: Romantic Suspense Standalone
Release Date: August 7, 2017
When someone asks what I do for a living, I answer it plain and simple . . . I’m a hunter. I hunt the dregs of society and I’m very damn good at it.
I’m Ian Chandler, FBI agent and a member of the Circle of Justice, an organization of justice seeking vigilantes. My mission is to solve a string of ‘accidental’ hiking deaths occurring around my Wyoming town. When Grace Myers –a woman who’s been missing for days –shows up on my land, it turns out she’s the key to it all. Someone is hunting her, and I make it my duty to keep her safe.
However, the deeper I get into the case, the more dangerous it becomes; especially, now that I’ve fallen for the woman I have to protect. If hunting is the game, I won’t fail. I always hit my mark.

My Opinion

You should all know by now that I love an L.P. Dover book. As soon as I finish one I can't wait to get my hands on the next. Her fighters are still some of my all-time favourite characters, and I'm glad she's still linking her worlds across her books.

Aim held my interest and kept me turning the pages until the early hours of the morning. This series started off a bit rocky for me, but it has grown on me with every book I've read. The Chandler guys are definitely more interesting and I enjoyed Ian's story.

I would have like a bit more backstory with Ian and Grace's, but I enjoyed their relationship and the suspense element intertwined with it. The characters gelled well together with very little drama in their love life. It made the book an easy read.

Overall, I'm jumping into Blocked next, but I can't wait for Bryce's story. That one seems like it's going to be a good read.


Thursday, 3 August 2017

Review ~ Enrage (Eagle Elite, #8) by Rachel Van Dyken

Enrage (Eagle Elite, #8)
ebook purchased by myself.

Release Date: July 31st 2017

Publisher: Self-published

Part of a world I loathe.
Part of a family who hates me more than I hate myself.
Living with a girl who reminds me of my darkness.
I'm. In. Hell.
Also known as the Cosa Nostra.
My life was over the minute I stepped off that plane.
Son to a murdered mob boss.
Heir to a throne of murder and lies.
My name is Dante Nicolasi.
And there will be blood.

My Opinion

I think this is the first book I've ever stayed up and bought at midnight. I knew it was a mistake doing that seeing as I would get no sleep, yet I needed it. I haven't been able to read another book for the entire week because I've been waiting for this. Nothing else could pull me away from my intrigue over this story.

Now that I've read it, I'm so glad it lived up to my expectations and the other books in this series. Not that I really had any doubts on that. Eagle Elite is my favourite mafia series and Rachel is one of my favourite authors.

Enrage was a dark, emotional journey. I'm so pleased all of the original character featured more prominently in this book and were continued to be developed. I also liked Dante and El. The tension in their relationship was palpable and I couldn't stop reading.

I won't give away any of the story. But, if you're a fan of Eagle Elite this won't let you down. It was a great addition to the series and filled with everything I've come to love and expect of the characters and world.

I need the next book now! I can't wait until next year.


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