Monday, February 29, 2016

Curvy by Alexa Riley

Goodreads Review

      The first time Flynn Long sees her, she's lying on a bed in lingerie. The picture is soft, just like her curves, and instantly he's obsessed.

Cali Carr is at the end of her full-figure modeling career when she's hired for a new campaign. But when the owner of the company steps out of the shadows and starts calling the shots, a job is the last thing it feels like.

Love at first sight isn't supposed to be real. One touch isn't supposed to ignite so much. A single Picture isn't supposed to drive a man insane. But luckily for us it's happening in Curvy!

Warning: Over the top isn't strong enough for what this short story is. It's velvety sweetness coated in insta-love cheese, and it's waiting for you to take a bite.

4 Cali & Flynn Stars

Listen up peeps and let me be honest. Curvy is completely OVER. THE. TOP. But I don't frigging care. I think that this is the dog’s bollocks.

Curvy is a sweet, hot and steamy read. There is insta love & insta lust. So if you don't like it then don't read it. Git it?

I think we all want a Flynn Long in our lives. He is intense so maybe just every now and again.

Flynn Long is a workaholic and is looking for plus size models for his campaign. He sees a picture of Cali and bam t is instantly smitten with her and goes to all lengths to get her to LA and to keep her in LA.

Cali Carr has been booked for a job that is until she runs into Flynn Long. She is inexperienced and hasn’t felt anything nearly as explosive as she has with Flynn the past hour of the photoshoot.

Friday, February 26, 2016

Open Hearts by Erin Hayes

My heart isn't my own.
And I don't mean romantically.

Six months ago, I had a heart transplant. Now I'm learning to live again with someone else's heart beating in my chest. My scars both inside and out haunt my every waking moment.

Then I meet Rhys, the tattooed Yank that finds himself transplanted to my Southern hometown. Even though he's haunted by his own scars, he's determined to show me how to embrace my second chance at life.

I'm not sure if I can give someone my heart when it wasn't mine to begin with.

And neither of our hearts will survive rejection.

 For once I'm not going to be my funny self (I think I'm funny, even if you don't) with this review. From the beginning to the end I was captivated with the story of Becks & Rhys.

Becks has always had a heart problem but it came to the point where her heart was failing and she needed a new heart. The day that happens....

"There's a heart?" I ask, dumbfounded. "For me?" Dr. Patel nods. "If you choose to accept it, of course. And if all goes well, it should be here within an hour." "Oh my God," escapes from my lips. A heart for me.

Becks has such a positive outlook on life and is a fighter and a survivor. She is strong, sassy and I really liked her.She is a painter and a talented one at that.

Rhys has moved from Boston to Birmingham to look after his half sister Charlotte. She has a non verbal form of autisim. He has scars on the inside. I'm very impressed with Rhys. He was great when he was trying to do the right thing for him after his childhood and his Ma's 'friends'

He is becoming the man he wants to be even before he met Becks. He is a mechanic where he works for his Gramps and he 'tinkers' whereas he is a sculptor more than a tinker. An open secret is that his Gramps and Larry aren't purely in a business-orientated relationship. They're from a different time though, so they'd never admit to it, even now. I loved how Rhys gave him love advice at the end. Even he derserves a happily ever after.

Rhys doesn't particularly like it in Birmingham that is until he meets Becks at a petrol station. Rhys has had it tough and he is angry but he has it under control. Becks tells him her secret and opens heart to him although he saw the scar before her admission.
I was surprised how well Becks was dealing with everything until she had a rejection episode that is some scary shite. She forgot to take her meds. But there was also a strong part of survivors guilt and realising that in order for you to live someone died. That you should live any that as if it is your last.

"Every heartbeat is borrowed time."

After the rejection episode she tries to push Rhys away.

"I'm literally dying as we speak! Whetever it's tomorrow, three months from now, or a year, at some point, my body is going to reject my heart. Because that's what my body does! And then I'm fucked. I-"

"Don't you think that," I tell her, my breath ragged. I cup her face in my hands. "Don't you ever Think that Becks. Because you have my heart. And I won't allow you to reject it."

"You deserve to have a normal life, Rhys," she whispers.

"This is normal," I tell her. "This is what being human is about. We lead our lives. We choose to be happy. We get sick. Wh have thouse who love us and help us get through everything."

BEST. BOOK. BOYFRIEND! He tinkers her the best thing ever.
Becks receives a letter from the donor's family.

Dear Recipient:

I want you to know how much Montana means to me and how I am comforted that she ensured a better quality of life for someone else. She was a cheerleader, a straight A student and bought a car from her after school job. It doesn't matter if it was a car crash or something else.

But Montana was always a ray of sunshine wherever she went, so I imagine she's burning bright within you. Full of life. Full of love. Take care of my Baby girl's heart for me. I know she's looking after both of us.

You have something that is vital but doesn't really belong to you. It is gift but can also be a burden.

I loved the epilogue.

Three years later, three years strong, three years of leading a miracle.

Where Becks and Rhys meet the donor family on Thanksgiving.

She's listening to her daughters heart. My heart. "I can...." Her voice trails off through her tears. "I can hear Montana in there." And it's because of Montana, died 16 that I am alive, it's not perfect but it is my happily ever after.

I can hardly imagine how hard it was to write this book, Ms. Hayes you have my greatest respect. As the reader you think of mortality and how much we take for granted. I know that I was probably imagining it but I felt as if my heart hurt and how lucky I am.


Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Lexington and 42nd (Off Field Seres #1) by Kim Carmody

Goodreads Review
It was meant to be the job opportunity of a life time.

It turned out to be so much more…

At the age of twenty five, Emma Lexington takes off to New York on a once in a life time twelve-month job exchange with the New York Warriors. Determined to make the most of the opportunity, she prepares herself for life in the big apple—fast paced, exciting and a whole lot of fun. What she hasn’t prepare for though, is meeting him.

The charming Will Jensen is in the prime of his playing career. As the star quarterback for the Warriors, his carefree, football centric life is thrown into disarray when he meets Emma, the beautiful, easy going Australian girl who joins the Warriors staff.

Unwilling to throw her professional reputation away on a fling with the playboy quarterback, Emma turns down Will’s advances, even though she can’t deny the attraction she feels for him. Their pull toward one another grows, but it takes a near disaster for Emma to finally give Will a chance.

Getting together might have been hard, but figuring out how to stay together will prove even more challenging as Emma must decide between conflicting loyalties.

Lexington and 42nd is a fun, sexy romance, set in the exciting world of the NFL in the fabulous city of New York.
I have a lot of mixed emotions on this book. It varied from
But seriously I felt like I ran a marathon with this book and then I collapsed into a pile on the floor. I’m still frigging exhausted.
I was stoked when I saw that this book was Netgalley and even more so when the author approved my request.
Now the important part peeps.
All In all I give this book 3.5 ‘Bambi & Quarterback’ Stars. I know it’s a bit shite of me to split the stars but I’ll round it up to 4 Stars anyway.
Emma Lexington has the once in a lifetime opportunity. A trial exchange program to move from Sydney and the football club she works for to go and work with the American football team, the New York Warriors. Sounds simple but it ain’t.   Emma drove me up the bloody wall. I had somewhat of a connection with Emma, I personally thought that she overreacted on some things.
Will Jensen, Quarterback of the New York Warriors. All American guy, good looks, lovely personality (most of the time anyway.) He see what he wants and he always gets his way.
Emma has two things that she needs to stick to.
“Don’t fuck this up, Lexington. Otherwise we’re all out of a job.” See what I mean? Loud and clear.
Don’t get schmoozed by the Quarterback, maybe also recognize said Quarterback otherwise things might just get worse.
It is a battle of the wills
“God! It’s frustrating how you always get your way.” Will laughed. “Trust me, I’m nowhere near getting my way with you.” I whirred around to face him. “Excuse me?” His eyebrows shot up. “Sorry, sorry. Friends, we’re just friends. I didn’t mean that.”
At 31 % I thought that we were finally getting somewhere but alas no. Finally a miracle occurred at 65 % of the book, Emma finally conceded at succumbed to her feelings for Will. Obviously it all went tits up and this is what I don’t get. So you don’t trust him you have issues but for me it was just too much. Good thing I can have my own opinion right.
In the end with everything I don’t think Emma deserved to be with Will. I mean really Emma?
We do get Will’s POV with the epilogue.
So I might have stated that I didn’t agree with some things. But what made it a good book was that as far as I can tell it is a debut novel for this author and well I just can’t wait to hear/read more from this author.


Tuesday, February 23, 2016

After the Fall (Take the Fall #3) by Marquita Valentine

Goodreads review
A tough cop with an even tougher past, Hunter Sloan has never let anyone stop him from getting what he wants—and he wants Evangeline Ambrose bad. With her gentle curves and raw vulnerability, Hunter’s beautiful, mysterious new neighbor awakens his protective side. Determined to do right by a woman who’s gone through hell and back, Hunter could be the one to take away the pain—so long as his own secrets don’t sink their relationship before it begins.

Having escaped an abusive marriage, Evangeline simply wants to start over in the small, quiet town of Forrestville. She’s also avoiding all contact with the opposite sex, because she just can’t trust her instincts when it comes to men—not even with the sinfully sexy cop next door. So why can’t she stop thinking about him? Hunter has darkness in his soul, and yet no one ever made her feel so safe. For all her best laid plans, Evangeline didn’t count on choices this hard—or temptation this hot.

This book is sweet and well written. It had a feel good vibe to it and I enjoyed the book very much

3.5 ‘I’m the man for the long haul’ stars.

Evangeline has just come out of a very abusive relationship. After six years she manages to gather up enough courage to walk away and to try and lead a life for herself.

I like her, the ups and downs she has and how she tries to navigate them all. Her feelings on how she wants to act and how she should act were clear and I was rooting for her. Getting over her issues and there is a slow pace to her starting to realize that her feelings are changing for Hunter. It wasn’t as if suddenly a switch has been flipped.

Hunter Sloan, cop, heart of gold. He helps old ladies across the road but he also has a secret. I mean will all have secrets. My wardrobe is full of skeletons, well maybe one or two getting off topic here though. Hunter can’t forgot the woman he helped six months ago when she left an abusive relationship.

Until Evangeline moves in to the same building as him and the flat opposite his. He recognizes her and Evangeline tries to ignore him but she can’t. They develop a friendship of sorts and it progresses from there.

They overcome the obstacles that are set in front of them. Evangeline breaking the habit of being submissive and Hunter not turning out to be like his father. He shouldn’t have lied though. But in saying that there was drama but a good normal amount which is much appreciated.

This book made me smile a lot I think it had a lot to do with Hunter. He is one of the best book boyfriends that I have read so far.

Unfortunately Netgalley didn’t state that is part of a series that can be read as a standalone.

Monday, February 22, 2016

Radiant by M.L. Med

Goodreads review
What would you do if your entire world were ripped away?

What kind of person would you become at the hands of a Monster?

How far would you go to stop the bitter cold you felt deep in your bones?

Rena was taken from her only home, sold into the sex slavery and held against her will for two years. Waiting. Her broken soul is left waiting…waiting for the end.

After her rescue she is given a new start along with a new identity. Kira finds herself trying to move forward, to find her own way. She finds herself searching for fleeting moments of warmth in the things that had once brought her joy.

With a single touch Brendan is able to chase away all the cold. He melts the ice frozen around her soul, letting her finally see a possible future ahead. Through the darkest of situations they find love.

Can two broken people heal each other?

Can love be found in the most horrible of situations?

Would the warmth grow so strong, that it becomes Radiant?

The blurb sounded good with this book but in saying that I found the execution of the book difficult.
Rena was kidnapped at the age of seventeen and sold as a sex slave. Her captivity lasted two years in the last three weeks of her captivity she met her saving grace, her prince.
This is more about the aftermath of trying to rebuild a life after such a horrific event has happened. I have a lot of empathy for heroine of the story and the obstacles that she had to overcome. She receives a new identity to start afresh.
The Hero Brendan Grayson, a senator’s son was kidnapped and abused for three weeks until he was rescued. Both Brendan and Kira have a connection and there are ties that bind them together.
Clever Ms. Med in figuring out how they met up again. But after that there were just things that bothered me. She goes and travels with Brandan to his parents and oh, his father is one of the people that used her as a sex slave. Didn’t like that combination at all.
I felt that the writing was choppy which made it hard to hard to concentrate. With the use of an editor and beta readers so that it is tidied up then this would be a winner.


Nine Letters by Blake Austin


Goodreads Review

Luke Cawley is a broken man. After his wife's tragic death, he lost everything that mattered in the world. Now, his life is filled with hard days, harder nights, and a steady stream of alcohol and the wrong kind of women. Nothing helps.

Until the letters arrive on Luke's doorstep.

Nine envelopes. Nine messages. Nine chances to find his way back.

Rae Goode is looking for the real thing. After fighting her way out of a string of bad relationships, she's ready for something different--something true.
She meets Luke while piecing her life together, and right away she can tell that he's different. Drawn together by fate and the desire to heal, Rae and Luke discover new ways to mend their broken hearts--one letter at a time.

Discover Blake Austin's debut novel of loss, redemption, and ever-enduring love.

Nine Letters isn’t what I expected at all. I finished this book yesterday, so with some of what I’m gonna write I’ll be winging it peeps.
I don’t like labels so this isn’t a pure new adult romance but there is much more depth to this book to the characters and to the journey that our main character Luke takes.
At a young age you think that you know everything. The older you get and the more you experience you realise you know jack shite about things especially if they drive over you with an 18 wheeler.
This is what happened to Luke, he lost his very young wife to cancer and the past year has been filled with self-loathing, self-destruction and generally being a rude git.
After the one year anniversary of his wife passing away he receives a package with nine letters, numbered from 1-9, he starts with letter 1 has to finish the task before he can open the next letter. Letter 1 get a dog. And so on and so forth.
Now there is a female lead Rae who I felt we didn’t see enough about but eventually they do get it together. She is trying to get her life together as well and not get involved with toxic men anymore.
They meet at the animal shelter and there are several interactions between the two.
But this is more of Luke finding himself back to the person that he was or the person that he can be if he puts his mind to it.  On some level I did get Luke but there were other moments where I felt like punching him in the face. I know he is hurting and bleeding from a wound which is hard to staunch but dude you are fucked up and believe me he is frigging trying.
We read how he met his wife Emily, how they got married and what kind of relationship that they have. Ms. Blake has done an awesome job for a debut novel. Very talented and can write a plot full of emotion and heart breaking, depressing themes.
My one other issue was that I don’t really have a problem with religion each to their own but the concept of me with blind faith is hard to comprehend.
If I was Indiana Jones I would totally fail that test in getting to the Holy Grail and still be falling down a bottomless pit until I would get to the centre of the Earth and be nuked with some lava or what not.
To be honest if I had known this beforehand I really do not know if I would have read the book.
Nevertheless thank you for this read.  There are also many positive aspects to this book. This is just my own opinion and to be taken at face value only.



Saturday, February 20, 2016

Andromeda (Flower Child #3) by Moxie Darling

Goodreads Review
Andi Hartley, a girl with hippie roots and a broken heart, has done the thing she thought she could never do.

She escaped.

After fleeing an abusive relationship, she embarks on a penniless journey to find her long-lost friends. And herself. While hitchhiking on a desolate West Virginia back road, however, she meets a mountain man who leads her down a different path. And as it turns out, he's nearly as damaged as she is. As their dark pasts open fresh wounds, they look for healing in the only way they know how.

Skin to skin.
This is the third novella in a planned series. It is NOT a full-length book.

(Disclaimer: this novella is for adults only. It contains explicit sex, rough sex, sex with strangers, and hints at non-consent.)
This is my favourite of this series as the third and last book I was glad that I was offered the opportunity to read Andromeda.
Andi is on the run from her abusive boyfriend, she hitchhikes to look for her friends Clover and Willow out in Virginia.
Instead she finds William Bill. He isn’t a looker, which I loved by the way Ms. Darling, but he is sweet and appealing and good looking in his own right the way he was described to us. I liked that he wasn’t all that perfect come to think of it none of them are.
Andi and Bill become closer and I loved them together. That she had a flashback was understandable but that little tid bit with Possum Hollow was well written and horrible at the same time. Well done Ms. Darling.
I’m not tempted to read Merle if I’m honest.  
There is strong, emotional content in this book and is for a mature audience only.
I would have liked some kind of closure with the abusive ex but that is just me.
I really enjoyed it, could have been a bit longer to be honest.