Thursday, 29 January 2015

Review ~ The Reclamation (The Club #2) by Lauren Rowe

Reviewed by Donna ~ 4 Stars 

“One can easily forgive a child who’s afraid of the dark. The real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light.”

I am totally loving this series, The Club was a huge introduction to this couple and The Reclamation just manages to embed them into your heart even more. You can feel their connection radiating off the pages and you cannot help but will for this couple to succeed. Both have their issues, but both are adamant that if they ever have a chance of finding love then this is it for them, it is just the small matter of the circumstances in which they met that threaten to throw a spanner in the works.

Jonas…Jonas…Jonas…I love this dude, there is nothing like watching a man who thought he never had the propensity to love to fall head over heels and I mean, he is all in, totally, completely, undeniably and he is giving it his all. Yes, he makes a few blunders along the way, but this is all new to him, it is a learning curve but there is no denying his commitment to get it right. You can see the man morphing before your very eyes, and while he knows it is happening, he cannot stop it, he doesn’t want it to stop and he embraces it, making him all the more endearing.

“But I promise you one thing, my sweet Jonas - whatever I come up with, it’s gonna bring you to your frickin knees.”

Sarah…Sarah…Sarah, her biggest hurdle in this book is learning to take and accept, having forever struggled in life she finds it hard to deal with Jonas’s generosity and this can cause the funniest of arguments. Sarah needs to remember that being the one and only forever member of the Jonas Faraday club has exclusive membership benefits and she just needs to accept it all. Jonas Faraday is the gift that keeps on giving, his heart is in the right place and he wants to do everything he can for her, but sometimes Sarah gets a bit overwhelmed and feels that she is losing herself along the way.

“Good actions give strength to ourselves and inspire good actions in others.”

With the investigations into “The Club” well under way, these two are forever on tenterhooks, in case anything should happen, but you know that the people behind The Club are not going to let them skulk into the background and throughout this book you are left wondering what is going to happen. You know it is going to but you just cannot see it coming.

“Better a little that is well done, than a great deal imperfectly.”

This instalment was a fun read as well as cementing the relationship between Jonas and Sarah. You can see them building their foundations and you know that they are going to be an incredibly strong couple eventually. Although this relationship is in it’s infancy, sometimes you just know that this is it for life, and this is the way I feel about these two. They are perfect for each other, they balance each other out and keep each other centred, but they will always have that fire between them to keep their relationship fresh and entertaining.

Overall this was a fab read, the ending is…the ending and while I cannot give anything away you will be left wanting more and QUICKLY! Thank god we only have a couple of weeks to wait! This book was well balanced with the fun and humour, the angst and the suspense and of course the emotion. The more I read, the more I want and as much as I do not want this series to be over, I need to know what happens to these two. If ever you want a relationship to work, it is these two, they deserve each other and they deserve happiness, trouble is, will the world let them?

“I love Sarah Cruz.”

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Wednesday, 28 January 2015

Review ~ Kyland (A Sign of Love Novel) by Mia Sheridan

Reviewed by Donna ~ 4 Stars write

**ARC received for honest review ***

“Because I loved you so desperately. I still do. Because I couldn’t leave you here.”

Mia Sheridan is one of my favourite authors, she is an auto-buy for me and I don’t even need to read a synopsis. I know that when I open a Mia Sheridan book it is going to be beautiful, it will be emotional, it will leave a mark on me and I will be thinking about it for a long time and Kyland is no exception.

This is a book about poverty, hope, friendship, sacrifice, courage, love and forgiveness. It is hard to believe that even in the world we currently live in that there are still people in this world that live in an extreme state of poverty, even in America with all its high rises and world leading companies there are still little rural villages that suffer immensely.

Kyland and Tenleigh live in one of these little villages, they live on a mountain in trailers, living hand to mouth, day to day. Some days they cannot eat, they may not have warmth or electricity but at the end of the day, they make the most of what they do have even though it is not much. One thing that I loved was the sense of community, they may not have much but what they did, they shared. Everyone was there for each other and it just goes to show that “rich” does not necessarily mean money, but you can be “rich” with your love and your actions.

“They were good people – good people who barely had a pot to piss in. And yet they were offering up anything they had to give.”

Both Tenleigh and Kyland are anxious to get out of their village and for people like them there is only one option and that is to win the annual educational scholarship that is given to the leading student. Both Kyland and Tenleigh have been aiming to win this scholarship, each for their own unique reason, but for both of them, it is all they have thought about and strived for their whole way through college.

I absolutely adored Kyland; he was perfect in every way, totally selfless, would do anything for anyone and tried to do the best by everyone, even if it meant him making some extremely difficult sacrifices. Kyland had admired Tenleigh from afar for a long time, but knowing that as soon as he won that scholarship he was getting out of town he didn’t want to fall in love, didn’t want a relationship where he would ultimately leave someone behind and the last thing he wanted to do was upset Tenleigh, so the odd meaningless random hook-up would have to do for now.

“He winked and my hormones went a little wonky.”

Tenleigh’s home life was difficult at best, her mother having mental health issues was basically a child and Tenleigh and her sister were basically her carers. They both worked hard to keep what little food they did have on the table, their trailer warm and to keep their mother in the medication that she desperately needed. Tenleigh was another beautiful character, inside and out. Totally selfless, trying to do her best and making the most out of the crap hand that she had been dealt.  The scholarship was her meal ticket out of Appalachia and would also give her the means to get her family out of there too.

“All my life I was just a nothing, a nobody. My life was small and worthless. And it hurt so badly.”

Their paths cross many times, living on the same mountain, with very little else to do and no other places to go. A friendship develops with ease between these two and you know that for both of them their feelings run a lot deeper. Both have their inner turmoil, have their conscience and their own inner demons to battle but sometimes when you meet “the one,” fate has other ideas. The trouble is will either of them be strong enough to forego their desires, ultimately resulting in the destruction of their life goals or has fate dealt them an entirely different set of cards?

“A beautiful girl with a spirit so bright I wanted to squint when I looked at her was not going to derail me now.”

As with all Mia Sheridan reads, this one hits hard. Her imperfect characters are always perfect in their own way, her subjects may not be the generic run of the mill but that is what makes her books all the more enjoyable, you know that you are going to get something totally different. One thing you will always know though is that it will be beautiful, thought provoking, romantic and well written. While this may not be my favourite Mia Sheridan read her characters have still managed to embed themselves into my heart and my thoughts. Since finishing I find myself reflecting back and thinking about them, their hardships, their battles, and their day to day life that would destroy anyone, yet for these two they flourished.  My only niggle with regards to this book was for me the ending felt a bit rushed and I would have liked to have seen more, maybe that is me being greedy but I just felt that their story was really just beginning.

“My Kentucky girl.”

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Tuesday, 27 January 2015

Blog Tour ~ Review & Giveaway ~ Second Debt (Indebted 3) by Pepper Winters


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“I tried to play a game. I tried to wield deceit as perfectly as the Hawks. But when I thought I was winning, I wasn’t. Jethro isn’t what he seems—he’s the master of duplicity. However, I refuse to let him annihilate me further.”

Nila Weaver has grown from na├»ve seamstress to full-blown fighter. Every humdrum object is her arsenal, and sex…sex is her greatest weapon of all.

She’s paid the First Debt. She’ll probably pay more.

But she has no intention of letting the Hawks win.

Jethro Hawk has found more than a worthy adversary in Nila—he’s found the woman who could destroy him. There’s a fine line between hatred and love, and an even finer path between fear and respect.

The fate of his house rests on his shoulders, but no matter how much ice lives inside his heart, Nila flames too bright to be extinguished.

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Our Review: 

**ARC Recieved for honest review**

Reviewed by Donna ~  5 Stars

“Darkness was their asset, the sun their foe.”

This book continues where the last one finished with Nila having paid the first debt. Now there is the small “mark” to be made confirming that the debt has been paid, something that will forever link Jethro and Nila, something that Jethro forgot to do at the time, much to his father’s chagrin.

Nila and Jethro are still warring with their feelings towards each other. Nila battling with her conscience and common sense as to why on earth she could possibly be falling in love with the person that will ultimately be the death of her and Jethro knowing that what is unfurling between him and Nila goes against everything that his family believes in and if it ever came to light just how deep his feelings are, it could ultimately be the death of him too.

“I’d kiss him until I’d stripped him of his arctic armour and destroyed it, I’d lick him until I tasted his truth, and I’d bite him until I’d eaten every morsel of his soul.”


Forbidden romance is always enticing, you get that feel of the forbidden through every interaction and Pepper Winters delivers this in spades. Every kiss, every touch, I had goose bumps, just waiting for them to be caught, every glance, every look, every action, watched and studied, each eliciting that all new fear of even more danger and anticipation.

This book is truly an edge of your seat read; I constantly had my heart in my mouth waiting for the shit to hit the fan. When two people have such intense feelings as Jethro and Nila you know that it is going to be difficult to hide, but each of them seemingly have their “ice face” firmly in place and are seemingly getting away with it.

“I breathed revenge. I ate vengeance. All I saw was hate.
I felt invincible with rage, as if I controlled the tectonic plates and had the power to summon a catastrophic earthquake to devour this disease-riddled place forever.”


There is also the second debt that needs to be paid and it is through this that we get an insight into how this family feud started and what happened to start this awful chain of events and the past deaths at the hands of the Hawk family. The second debt also is the turning point for Nila and Jethro and this is where this story really kicks off. From here on in, I felt sick, my heart was in my mouth, I was panicking, I was stressed and I just knew that this was going to cause trouble.

“Mud and soil from the graves siphoned down the drain, swirling around like dead souls.”

I am not going to go into what happens because if you have read this book, then you have read the ones before and you know just how intricately weaved this story is. This is one of those books that you need to read at leisure, no matter how tempting it is to read at speed. Devour this book, inhale this book, consume this book, and let all the little things sink in and then try and compute. It takes some digesting and as usual you are left wanting more at the end.

“…I’d messaged her the first shred of truth. I began the journey that would pulverize me.”

Pepper Winters totally had me from the first word in this instalment and did not let go until the end. This book consumed me, just like the previous books in this series. Pepper Winters uses the analogy of a roller coaster in this book and that certainly defines the ride that she has just taken me on. The nerves, the anticipation, the dread, the highs and lows, the twists and turns, will leave you nauseous but at the end, once your feet are back on terra firma, you will stand back and admire the ride that you have just been on, try to comprehend what you have just done or in this case read.

“I want to breathe. I want to live.”

I must admit, Pepper has taken this story to somewhere I never saw coming, just when you think you are on the right track, something happens and any theories you had are blown to smithereens. This is what I love about this story, it is unpredictable and when an author can surprise you like Pepper does it makes you appreciate the story all the more.

“I’m insane, but you’re the only cure for my insanity.”

I cannot wait to see where this story is going, Jethro and Nila have firmly weaved their way into my heart and soul and as a result this series is fast becoming one of my all-time favourites. It is unusual for a story to manage to consume you to the point that the world around you turns into a blur, background noises turn to nothing and nothing else matters but the next word you read. That is exactly how I felt reading this book and as much as my husband wishes this was the end so he could finally get some attention, I am anxiously waiting the next instalment, and as far as I am concerned, it cannot come quick enough.

“It’s your initials that I bear. Your mark. Your brand. I may be born a Hawk, but I’ve been captured by a Weaver.”

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Series Reading Order

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Debt Interitance (Indebted #1) 

First Debt (Indebted #2) 

About the Author:


peppert winters bio.jpgPepper Winters wears many roles. Some of them include writer, reader, sometimes wife. She loves dark, taboo stories that twist with your head. The more tortured the hero, the better, and she constantly thinks up ways to break and fix her characters. Oh, and sex... her books have sex.

She loves to travel and has an amazing, fabulous hubby who puts up with her love affair with her book boyfriends.

Her Dark Erotica books include:
Tears of Tess (Monsters in the Dark #1)
Quintessentially Q (Monsters in the Dark #2)

Her Grey Romance books include:
Destroyed

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Monday, 26 January 2015

Blog Tour ~ Excerpt, Trailer & Giveaway ~ The Travelling Man by Jane Harvey-Berrick


Book Description:


I was ordinary. Nice. He was extraordinary. And he wasn’t always nice.

Moody and difficult, brilliant and beautiful, Kes scared me and he protected me. He could be incredibly hurtful and incredibly thoughtful. He wasn’t perfect, but he was perfect for me. He challenged me, he took me out of my safe little box and showed me the world could be magnificent. He was everything I wasn’t.

Aimee Anderson is ten when the traveling carnival first comes to her nice little town. She doesn’t expect her world to change so completely. But meeting Kestrel Donohue puts her life on a different path.

Even though she only sees him for the two weeks of the year when he passes through her home town, his friendship is the most important of her life. As a child’s friendship grows to adult love, the choices become harder, and both Kes and Aimee realize that two weeks a year will never be enough.

Find it on Goodreads here: http://bit.ly/1CrR7Tl

Excerpt:

Kes’s ‘costume’ hadn’t changed much in the last couple of years. He was still barefoot and bare chested, but this time the new assistant, Sorcha, was hanging over him, wearing a skimpy bra top that looked two sizes too small, and a floaty chiffon skirt that made her legs seem to go on forever. I hated her.
I could see why the Cirque du Soleil agent had been surprised by Kes’s age. He looked like a man; Sorcha was all woman, and I looked like a little girl.
When the drumbeat started, the small arena stilled, a few whispers rippling around the ring. And then Kes galloped out holding two flaming torches, with Sorcha riding behind him, clinging to his waist.
My jealousy was so bitter that I wanted to throw up, but the audience clapped and whistled.
She slid gracefully to the ground, her bare feet sinking into the sawdust. Her focus was on Kes as he galloped around her. He hung from Jakey’s neck as he planted one torch to Sorcha’s left and the second to her right, so her wild hair seemed to catch fire.
And then the show began. Kes stood on Jakey’s racing back briefly, then leapt to the ground.
He juggled the flaming torches, ran, jumped, and somersaulted onto and from Jakey’s back again and again, always fluid, always in motion. I held my breath until my head spun. He wasn’t born for an office or a desk job; he was born to thrill, to make you gasp, to stop you in your tracks so you’d have to ask, how did he do that?

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About the Author:

I lived in London for over 10 years and have a love affair with New York. It's only since I have moved to the countryside, that the words have really begun to flow.

I live in a small village by the ocean and walk my little dog, Pip, every day. It’s on those beachside walks that I have all my best ideas.

Writing has become a way of life – and one that I love to share.



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