Thursday, June 29, 2017

Last Chance (Vegas Heat #3) by Erika Wilde





As the Executive Casino Hostess for The Onyx in Las Vegas, Valerie Downing is always on the lookout for the night's biggest winners. When she spots a man―one of the sexiest she's ever laid eyes on―generating huge excitement at the craps table, she knows she's in luck. Her goal: To make sure the high rollers stay at her hotel, and that any further gambling is invested right back into the casino. His aim: To enjoy some other "perks" that Valerie might have to offer…

Turns out Chase Pierson is already a VIP guest who happens to be working with Valerie's boss on a top-secret mission for the Reliance Group―one for which she too has been recruited because of her psychic abilities. But Valerie, bold and gorgeous as she is, is first and foremost a professional. No fraternizing with Onyx clientele is her motto…except this hard-bodied, infuriatingly charming client is tempting her to break all the rules.

LAST CHANCE contains light paranormal elements (heroine has psychic abilities)





2.5 Stars


I kind of finished this a couple of days ago but as it isn’t entirely for me it was hard to figure out what to write in my review. 


This is just not my cuppa and I would like to add that I am in the minority here. I usually know my taste in books but sometimes I just want to try something new. It can either be epic or in this case not so much.


There is a lot of positive aspects to the book. I do consider the book to be well written. The characters are in-depth and complex although I did find them to be somewhat annoying.


I enjoyed the light paranormal element it added more excitement to the plot of the book. Our MC are to find Al Capone's cane as it is supposed to lead to a hidden treasure of immense value.  

And here comes my but... 

For me the book just dragged in places and picked up and I was loving it but went back to a snail pace. The author couldn't get the balance right IMO. It is repetitive in places and I found the characters to be somewhat strenuous.


Just because I didn't like Last Chance doesn't mean that you guys won't. Give it a go.





Night Games (The Storm Inside #6) by Alexis Anne



Goodreads Review



Baseball's biggest player is about to get played.

WES

I love women and women love me.
It's not my fault I'm irresistible. Okay, I may be a little cocky too.
All I have to do is post a picture of myself shirtless with my cat, Snickers, and the women flock to me.
It probably helps that I'm good with my bat and balls.

A selfie, a smile, and I have them in bed—but never in a relationship.
Until Carrie entered the game.
She may not know it, but she owns me. And I'm not letting her go.

CARRIE

I'm a professional. No, not THAT kind of professional.
I'm an orthopedic physician for the St. Pete Mantas and my job is everything.
I love the game and I love my players … but I never fall in love with any of them.
Especially not players like Wes. Especially Wes.

He thinks life is one big game.
One sexy, romantic, and sometimes sweet, game that’s left me confused and little bit worried...
I may have actually fallen for the ultimate player.

I'll have to beat him at his own game if I have any shot at walking away with my heart intact.


I swear to tell the truth and nothing but the truth I cheated on this book but I’ll get to that later. I am so mad, really mad. Smack people into next week mad. All because of this book.
This is how I cheated on the book I skipped to just reading the present-day chapters which is Wes's POV (and they were bloody brilliant) because Carrie’s POV ruined would have ruined the whole book for me. Up until the 46 % mark I read her POV but this woman. I mean really this woman is an utter cow/mare you name that is what she is. I can’t stand her. I despise her. I have nothing nice to say about her at all. I just don’t get her. Carrie’s POV takes place six weeks earlier which I also am not a fan of.
I did feel the connection between them but that didn’t help me like Carrie more in any way or form.
Based solely on Wes’s POV I would give it four stars if I'd have continued with Carrie it would be a two star read. I've settled on three stars. Trying to be as fair as I can here. I’m sure I missed out on a huge chunk but no way could I deal with that woman. I didn’t believe the feelings she has for Wes. Right from the start, she was only interested in his looks and trying to get him out of her system and they hadn’t even met. I like strong women and I have no problem with women being honest and living their sexuality the way they want to. But Carrie, oh my God I am working myself into a frigging rage here.

The best thing about the book?

WES

Wes had so much more to give and he gave everything and I mean everything. He fought hard, harder than any Hero I have read in a long time. I was shouting at him to cut his losses and move on but when you’re in love you do really stupid shit.

I know what is good for the goose is good for the gander shite I get it. But I didn't get her hang ups. She is truly horrible to Wes in the past and so callous in the present. IMO. But I guess it is her way for self-preservation.

The author sucked me in with Wes though and he is an amazing Hero he made the book.
Light, smart and funny the complete opposite to what I read before this book. You need a pick me up then this is the book for you. If I had known this is book 6 in the series I have to say I wouldn’t have requested it.
Just because I didn’t mesh with the book doesn’t mean that you won’t.








Saturday, June 24, 2017

Pure Hearts by Jeannine Allison


Goodreads Review


Nicholas Blake learned a long time ago that nobody does anything for free. He’s felt the pain of lies and manipulations enough times to know that people only look out for themselves, and that all good deeds come with a price. So when he wakes up from a near deadly car accident and finds out a stranger is offering to donate her kidney, he’s immediately suspicious of her intentions.

What he doesn’t expect is Iris Chamberlain, a beautiful woman with a big smile and an even bigger heart, claiming she just wants to help. The more time Nick spends with Iris, the more he starts to believe in what he always thought was impossible: a pure heart.

But betrayal leaves a bitter mark. Will Nick be able to let go of his past and let Iris in? And will Iris be able to show him what it truly means to have a pure heart?


I can clearly see why there are high ratings for this book but…

This book is interesting and when reading the book, I thought it would be your run of the mill book. Although I enjoyed it at times I also really struggled with it. If I put my personal feelings aside this truly is a beautiful, poignant and heartfelt read. There is a hidden beauty where the author has really brought out all the emotions on paper and that you get sucked into the plot. The message of the book is that with positive thinking we will get further and that holding a grudge can cost time and energy and that we should show forgiveness.

Nick Blake is ornery, bitter and extremely grumpy. His life has been filled with disappointment, loss and a need to keep himself apart from everyone in his life. He puts in the bare minimum to live. His one true love is cooking. Although he can hold a mean grudge he I still really liked him. The author has given him such great character development that you can’t help but just fall for him as a character. Beneath all his mistrust and anger he is a good guy he just doesn’t know how to show it. And let’s not forget the dimples.

Iris Chamberlain has suffered her own disappointment and loss in life but she has made the best of a tough situation and always lives life to the fullest. She has a heart of gold and is (sickeningly) sweet. She is Mother Theresa in young. I am so cynical but just my feels on this peeps.

Iris can come across as a bit of a doormat but in her ability to forgive it really shows her true strength. She has the right attitude when it comes to life but no one can be that frigging happy and positive all the time.

The more Nick opens up the harder he falls and sees that life can be different. Iris did so much for Nick it really is hard to see what Nick has done for Iris. I did like them together but was all too happy for my liking and this is on a personal level.

The plot was interesting would you be a living donor and donate one of your kidneys if it could save someone’s life? Should more of us be living donors? Tough questions and I feel as if there is no right or wrong answer. This book did make me feel uncomfortable in places but it’s good to read out of your comfort zone.

On a personally level I believe that not everything is black and white as written in the book there are so many shades of grey. But I can’t fathom is blind faith and that at times there was a strong underlying religious theme. But this is just me so don not in any way take my review into consideration if you want to read the book.








Thursday, June 22, 2017

Shattered King (Lawless Kings #1) by Sherilee Gray



Goodreads Review




What if the man you love hated you more with every breath he took?

SHATTERED KING is an intense, ultra-sexy standalone novel set in the world of the Lawless Kings. Sherilee Gray’s raw, hard, beautiful, deeply-emotional voice will leave readers breathless.

“Shattered King is a sexy, beautiful second chance love story... a truly enjoyable read.” - Sawyer Bennett,
New York Times bestselling authorHe’s out to get revenge for a crime he didn’t commit…

Hunter King just got out of prison. Incarcerated for three years though an innocent man, his rage against the people who put him there knows no bounds. First up on his list for vengeance: the woman who betrayed him years ago. The woman he loved fiercely, the one bright light in his otherwise hard, ruthless life. She has information he needs. And he’s going to kidnap her, hold her hostage, in order to get it. But one look into Lulu’s eyes unleashes the true beast within. Hunter’s never hated anyone this deeply, or wanted any woman this badly.

Lulu had no choice: Either help send Hunter to prison, or see him destroyed. She couldn’t do that to the man she loved. Couldn’t do it to the father of her child. But Hunter was locked away before he had a chance to learn about his son—and a hard layer of despair has formed around his heart that she’s desperate to crack. And if Hunter is to give himself and Lulu a second chance at love, he needs to find a way past his darkest demons.



3.5 whiplash stars
I just finished this book and I’m all over the place. In some parts but in a good way and in others not so much.
I requested the book because of the cover and then I read the blurb. I was all for it. I mean peeps look at that cover it is worth a mention.
I also never ever thought that I would say this but there was far too much sex in the book. I felt exhausted and drained because they never got to the point where they needed to talk about shite, they’d just screw each other’s brains out. The sex outweighed the emotional bond that I wanted to see with them. We’d go one step forward and then three steps back.
There is a high amount of angst in the book which I enjoyed but there was also a lot of unnecessary drama in my opinion. But in saying that I also enjoyed the pace of the book. I’m contradicting myself here in so many ways.
Let’s talk about the main characters in the book.
Hunter King grew up in a home filled with abuse. He came out of it stronger. He met Lulu and wanted to change his life around until a choice was made that he didn’t understand at the time. Three years later his demons are still keeping him chained.
While on a job his past catches up with him and blinded by anger he takes things to our heroine too far. IMO.
Lulu lied to save Hunter and ran to save her unborn child. It was the right thing to do although it cut them both deep. She is back in New York as her mother is dying. Her past with her stepfather is truly appalling and I have no words to convey the sickness I felt when it came to that particular part of the book.
They say there is a fine line between love and hate and I agree but the way Hunter treated Lulu was despicable. Their bodies wanted one another but their minds didn’t. It didn’t always feel consensual. This is just MY OPINION. When the truth comes out Hunter does a 180 so yeah bipolar. I’m not trying to ridicule bipolar people here. K? Although he made up for a lot of things I just couldn’t have gotten over it.
Lulu should have told him everything sooner, the trickle of information that came was always a little too late. She isn’t to blame for what Hunter did to her but it all could have stopped if she’d said something sooner. No matter if they all hadn’t believed her. Maybe she felt as if she deserved it.
All in all, I enjoyed the book, the author does an excellent job of captivating you. It is gritty, raw and hard to take in places. Her writing style is good. A solid start to the series and I will read the next one.
There are strong themes in this book that contains violence, abuse and attempted rape. It won’t be for everyone.




Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Hearts on Air (Hearts #6) by L.H. Cosway


Goodreads Review



3 weeks. 5 cities. 15 impossible stunts. One reality show.

Trevor Cross came into Reya Cabrera’s world with a bang and faded out with a whimper. They vowed to make it work, but life had other plans. After chasing his TV dreams for years, Trev finally became the UK’s next big reality star, but he alienated his family and friends in the process. Now he finally has everything he ever wanted. Women. Money. Fame. But none of it means anything when he doesn’t have the one thing that matters most: love.

Money leaves a gaping hole. Fame surrounds him with loneliness. And no woman makes him feel like Reya used to before the whirlwind of success pulled them apart.

He has a plan to get her back. However, with a hectic filming schedule looming, the only way to do that is to convince her to come on the road with him. Reya has been stuck in a rut for a while, and the opportunity to travel across Europe and play her music for new audiences seems like heaven. The only catch? She has to do it with the one boy who ever got close enough to break her heart. But he’s not a boy anymore, and as she gets to know him again she can’t deny her respect for the man he’s become.

Every time she’s around him her heart feels full of air, like a balloon about to pop. Little does she know, Trev’s feelings are just as tumultuous as hers. One thing’s for sure, these three weeks on the road together will either make them whole again or break them irrevocably.


**Hearts on Air is a contemporary romance and book #6 in the Hearts series, however it can also be read as a complete standalone.**
 



BLOWN. AWAY.

If the air is a street.
Then the clouds are a path.
And your feet so easily close the distance.

Reya and Trevor have a complex relationship. With such subtle nuances that it is hard to pull it all apart at once. A book to be read more than once to fully understand how they are feeling. I was torn between reconciling between what happened in the past and to what happened in the present with our two star crossed birds.

A battle between head and heart. I felt Reya's struggle every step of the way. Although blown away I personally didn't need to have read That One Night in parts it ruined the book for me. I also didn't particularly need to see flash backs to the past. On the one hand, it added to the story of the book but it also tore me away from how their friendship/relationship developed in the now.

How this book touched every part of me. With so many feels involved Ms. Cosway manages to tickle all the unwanted and wanted emotions out of me. I was fascinated by these two right from the beginning. They have a unique friendship where they fought for a very long time against crossing that line.

This book won't work for everyone. A lot of readers have a problem with Trevor throughout the other books. It is hard to get a read on him. He did string Reya on for a long time and Reya tried to come to terms with it. But by the time Trevor showed interest it was all torn apart. He gave up Reya for fame and fortune. I actually get Trev’s reasons behind where he tried to keep his distance but the road to hell is paved with good intentions but however noble is intentions were meant to be they ruined a lot for both of them. Trev is strange, unpredictable, beautiful flawed man.


Reya had stability she needed until that one night where everything changed. She lost everything. Trevor didn't have the best upbringing but the Cross family is spectacular to watch together. Whereas Reya had no family to turn to.

Astranged yet they get reacquainted with Reya accompanying them on shooting through Europe as one of their PAs although she really didn't do a lot. It's time to make amends. Trev goes above and beyond. If somebody makes it so that I can get away with wearing slippers outdoors I'm all for that shit. Believe me Reya so am I.

L.H Cosway is one of my favourite authors. Flawless writing with characters where you'd think it wouldn't work but it does. I can’t wait to read more of her awesomeness. I loved that the books are based in London. I love all her characters and we saw all the characters from previous books here. It was good to catch up you know. But the best thing?

New series, happy days peeps.

Off the Air - Callum and Leanne
Floating on Air – Paul
Castles in the Air – James
Airs and Graces – Isaac





Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Gone to Dust (Gravediggers #2) by Liliana Hart


Goodreads Review



The Gravediggers aren’t exactly what they seem. They’re the most elite of the world’s fighting forces—and all they have in common is that they’ve been betrayed by the countries they’ve died for. Because they are dead. To their country, their military, and their families.
Sometimes the dead do rise....

Miller Darling is one of the most popular romance novelists of her time. Not bad for a woman who doesn’t believe in romance. She’s as logical as they come, and she doesn’t believe in happily-ever-afters. What she does believe in is family, so when her brother disappears, she doesn’t think twice about packing her bag and her laptop and heading out to find him.

Elias Cole lived and breathed the life of a Navy SEAL. Now he’s “dead” and his hero’s honor tarnished. The only thing keeping him sane are the men who are like him—The Gravediggers—and the woman who makes his head spin. He’s never met anyone like Miller Darling. Her smart mouth and quick wit keep him on his toes, and damned if he doesn’t find that appealing.

When Miller receives a package from the brother who abandoned her asking for help, it’s clear she’s in over her head with the mess he’s gotten himself into. She needs a professional, and Elias is just the man for the job. Only her brother is a former SEAL—the man who left his team to die—and Elias is more interested in vengeance than saving his life.



This is more my kind of book much better than book 1.I enjoyed this book a lot. Strong plot with some mystery in it and really strong characters.

Miller Darling romance author. She is Tess's best friend (book one) and in Last Stop she is the town eccentric. She lives life the way she wants to and also lives more in her own world and the world that she writes in then anything else.

I liked Miller but at times she whined when there was no reason to whine. There were some life and death situations and she started rambling about random shite and that she wanted her laptop. Woman you are on the run how do you think that you are going to write one word let alone finish your book. But she dealt well with the hand that she was given and is a solid heroine in my book.

Elias is a Gravedigger, he died only to be reborn again. It was never planned to what happened to him but some choices are taken out of our hands. He was setup and branded a traitor all thanks to Eve just to get him on the team. As a Navy SEAL he is the best of the best.

He wants revenge so although the chemistry is off the charts between our two MC his plan is to get rid of Eve Winter. His main and top priority. He tries to walk away from Miller as he doesn’t want to have the added complication of a relationship.

Miller gets into a spot of bother thanks to her brother Justin who has taken on the family legacy. Finding King Solomon's treasure there is only one small problem. It's in cartel territory and you don't mess with the Black Widow and Emilio. Justin although also a Navy SEAL decides to do just that. He is fanatical about his quest for the treasure.

The banter in this book is stronger than in the previous one. I think that due to the characters being different I preferred the vibe that was given off here. A very long time ago when I was younger I watched Romancing the Stone, that film from 1985 with Kathleen Turner and Michael Douglas. It had some strong vibes in relation to that. I loved that film.

Ms. Hart has a unique writing style which I don’t always get on with but that is just me. When she lays off the descriptive writing and get more dialogue than I am all for it. Book 3 is out soon and I’m not convinced with the combi of who Dante will be up against. It could be interesting but execution here is the key.







Thursday, June 15, 2017

Take a Chance (Vegas Heat #2) by Erika Wilde


Goodreads Review


The son of a con-artist, Sean O'Brien learned the hard way that living by your own rules comes with a price. After a brief time behind bars, Sean is now ready to live an honest life, and pay for his past mistakes, and he's fortunate enough that a member of The Reliance Group sees Sean's potential for good and gives him a job at the Onyx Casino.

Zoe Russo has met all types of men on the Vegas strip. But when Sean pays a visit to her boutique, she's certain her luck has changed for the better. They share an immediate, irresistible attraction, and for the first time in her life she's found a man she thinks she can trust. But when Zoe stumbles onto the truth about Sean and his reasons for pursuing her, she can't help but question everything they'd shared. Are his feelings for her real, or has she been a fool once again? Until now, nothing has prepared her for the thrill and risk of taking a chance on love.



I am in the minority here so take my review with a pinch of salt. Alas a 3 star read.

The road to hell is paved with good intentions.

Whereas I enjoy Ms. Wilde’s writing and the overall plot here was really good. I didn’t like any of the main characters in the book.

In no way whatsoever did Sean O’Brien come over as sincere IMO. Although he apologised for his mess-ups and he meant well it all felt kind of flat for me. Really flat.

Zoe Russo is a designer. Also not a fan of things I find appealing in a female lead do not ask me why, different strokes and all that jazz. And the connection they had? Wasn’t feeling that either. Too many lies where in the way at the beginning. I also didn’t feel as if they meshed well together.

To the plot it is good with the right amount of suspense although at times I also felt that we were treading water. The end was unexpected with that turn of events. So that is new one for me.

What I also didn’t like which irritated me was the interaction with another couple in the book that being the famous musician Jessica Morgan and Noah, childhood sweethearts they would have been better off getting a novella. Once again just my opinion. It took away from the overall plot between Zoe and Sean.

Definitely worth a read so don’t base you wanting to read it on my review. 




Saturday, June 10, 2017

Sugar & Gold (Dreamcatcher #2) by Emma Scott



Goodreads Review



Nikolai Alexei Young was born with a special gift…one he’d do anything to lose. The heart and soul of every person he comes into contact with is an open book to his heightened senses. Colorful emotions, whispers of thoughts, the sour tastes of old memories…He feels them all. The sci-fi books would call him an empath. For Nikolai, his ability has made him an exile. He roams the U.S. alone, avoiding the glut of life in big cities, and using his innate talents to win money in underground poker games. Just enough to keep going, one town to the next. He has no hope that his life can be anything else, until he meets her…

At nineteen, Fiona Starling was trapped in an ugly, desperate situation until she freed herself the only way she knew how. Now three years later, living outside Savannah, Georgia, she is rebuilding her life on her own terms; seizing every moment and saving every penny so that she might fulfill her dream of moving to the raw wilderness of Costa Rica. But behind her carefree smile beats the heart of a lonely young woman haunted by her past, until a chance encounter with a tattooed stranger changes everything…

Fiona takes Nikolai under her roof for three sultry nights, waiting out the rain of a summer storm. She grows more and more fascinated by this brooding stranger with whom she shares an intense physical connection—a connection so strong, she wonders if there is something between them beyond lust and passion. Nikolai is shocked to discover that Fiona calms the raging turmoil in his heart. She alone silences the din of other people’s lives, and envelops him in the sweet beauty of her inner self. Every moment he’s with her—every touch of her skin—brings him closer to the peace that’s been eluding him his entire life.

But Fiona harbors secrets that she is too terrified to reveal. After Nikolai confesses his unique ability, she is caught between wanting to believe him and fearing he’ll eventually unearth her own dark past. When the unthinkable happens, Fiona’s plans come crashing down, and Nikolai discovers his hated ability might be the only thing that can save the woman he loves.




Nikolai walks through life with the attitude that we are all pawns and that life is a hoax and maybe it is or maybe it isn’t it really depends where one looks and for sure Nik has been looking in the wrong places. It’s not to be found in a cellar or a shed.  But at Club 91 where he finds pink kindness and compassion. He feels peace an unknown feeling. A want to keep it is so strong.

Fiona Starling is pure light, she has an innocence about her that no one can take away from her and she has fought so damn hard for it. No rules. Live out Loud. Find the sunshine.  She finds a whole lot more but there are choices that need to be made, which road to take and if a detour is worth it in the end.

The characters emotions come off the pages, be it the hopelessness of wanting something but thinking that one is undeserving of adapting of making the choice for yourself.

Wistful at times you feel the loneliness of the our characters and that fate intervened and gave one another each other in the most heart breaking yet equally soul lifting way. If there is one thing that can be the most rewarding and yet the most destroying in the world it is love. There is one love that tops all and that is unconditional love.

This started with a prologue which already set a tone for the book where you knew that this was going to be unique yet you were going to walk away with scars no matter how much you don’t. With each part of the book we all somehow have the devil inside us, the Doe should be saved by the Black Prince cause if not then where is the magic?

When you start a book by Ms. Scott it’s like a box of chocolates cause you never know what you are going to get. Sugar and Gold is the same. It took a lot out of me but it also gave me a lot but that is something I will be telling the author. It doesn’t belong here.

We have a story so complex and intricate that there is not one thing that I can see that specifically stood out to me but here it is the overall package, the book. In no way will my review ever do the book justice. Gosh there is so much I would love to say but somehow the words just don’t seem to come. They are there in my heart but they won’t compute to my brain let alone trying to get them from my brain down to my hands to type it.

So many shades, so many emotions, so many colours but only two count the most here pink and gold. Throughout the book I was beaten black and blue metaphorically speaking of course. My soul took a beating and I was slayed by the beauty of the story. The unfairness of life, yet the true depth that is shown when it comes to love and to hope.

Without a shadow of a doubt but this is a book that one must read with a slight touch of the mystic it is worth the 5 stars but different strokes and all that but take a chance. As I said box of chocolates peeps.