Monday, 25 July 2016

Release Day Review ~ Broken Prince (The Royals #2) by Erin Watt

Book Description:

These Royals will ruin you…

From wharf fights and school brawls to crumbling lives inside glittery mansions, one guy tries to save himself.

Reed Royal has it all—looks, status, money. The girls at his elite prep school line up to date him, the guys want to be him, but Reed never gave a damn about anyone but his family until Ella Harper walked into his life.

What started off as burning resentment and the need to make his father’s new ward suffer turned into something else entirely—keep Ella close. Keep Ella safe. But when one foolish mistake drives her out of Reed’s arms and brings chaos to the Royal household, Reed’s entire world begins to fall apart around him.

Ella doesn’t want him anymore. She says they’ll only destroy each other.

She might be right.

Secrets. Betrayal. Enemies. It’s like nothing Reed has ever dealt with before, and if he’s going to win back his princess, he’ll need to prove himself Royally worthy.

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Reviewed by Donna ~ 4.5 stars
***ARC received for an honest review***

“You can’t change anything. The most you can do is keep your head down and survive.”

After Paper Princess I was totally and utterly addicted to the Royals, this book was like readers crack and I couldn’t wait for my next fix. The torture was real and once I got my grubby mitts on Broken Prince I couldn’t wait to dive in…the Royals were waiting.

“My instincts had screamed at me that she was trouble. My instincts were wrong. She wasn’t trouble. I was. Still am. Reed, the destroyer.”

The Royals series is YA/NA, a dysfunctional family with enough drama to fill a 747, high angst, heat, dramarama but totally swoon worthy nonetheless. All the Royal brothers are endearing in their own right, trying to overcome their problems and their issues all the while trying to look out for the “sister” they never knew they wanted. As I said in my Paper Princess review, “but most of all they were enigmatic, intriguing, intoxicating and contradicting, but I desperately wanted to get to know them,” and so the soap opera continues!

“And I thought, I’ll just keep after him. Eventually I’ll wear him down, convince him that we’re a beautiful fairy tale. But we’re not. We’re nothing. We’re smoke – insubstantial and meaningless… We aren’t even a tragedy. We’re less than nothing.”

These types of reads are definitely my crack, private school kids, entitled, snobby, bitchy with parents that only care about their next business deal or spa appointment rather than the children that they brought into this world. A world where money talks and no problem is insurmountable when you have a wad of daddy’s cash. But whereas you should cringe and hate them all, I find myself totally invested, reliving a school life I never had and now I have seen it, I never wanted.

The Royal’s though, while entitled are acting up on their past and their issues with their dad, and this continues in Broken Prince. They all have their secrets but slowly but surely we are getting to find out a little more about this family. Ella is kind of the glue that is cementing them together, albeit still fragile at the moment, but you can see the Ella magic working and you find yourself rooting for this family that were decimated by the death of their mother and in Callum’s case, wife.

“I’ve spent the last couple of years trying to destroy everything around me. Who knew success would taste so bitter.”

Callum really starts to get his get act together in this book and although he was rather weak in Paper Princess his backbone is definitely coming back in some regards. He is beginning to get himself back on track and assisting in what his family needs, a parent. Callum Royal though is still the dark horse for me, yes he is firmly in my sights, especially being my age group ;-) but I feel that he is a lot stronger and manipulative than anyone gives him credit for and when push comes to shove he is going to be the one to pull it out the bag.

I am intrigued as to what direction this is going take, I have theories, I got some answers but then I got many more questions. That is the beauty of a story like this, intricately woven, flawlessly written and totally and utterly addicting. Blindsided one minute and OMG moments this book has something for everyone and once again has me waiting on tenterhooks for October 17th for the release of Twisted Palace. I just hope that the gold digging, money grabbing whore gets her comeuppance.

“I’m done playing games, Ella. No other girls exist in this world for me. If you see me talking to one, know that I’m talking about you. If you see me walking next to someone, I’m wishing it was you… You’re the only one for me.”

Yes, this series is over the top, yes it is cheesy at times, yes it reads like a soap opera, but look how long Corrie and Eastenders have been running…DECADES. It is because it is so crazy yet relatable that you want to imagine the what ifs, you want to live their lives, immerse yourself in their brand of crazy and live the high life, even if only for a few hours. It’s an escape and that is what I love the most about reading.

Bring it on Erin Watt, this crazy woman wants more… and soon.

Sunday, 24 July 2016

Review ~ Guns Blazing (A Black Balled Spin Off) by Andrea Smith and Eva LeNoir

Book Description:

My name is Lloyd Ledbetter and I am the best lawyer New York criminals can buy. I'm focused and determined. Nursing my broken heart for the last few months, I've stayed away from anything that could resemble a relationship.
Until Luke Gunner. 

My name is Luke Gunner and I'm the best money launderer criminals can buy. With an IQ reaching the status of genius, I can practically make money without breaking a sweat. Settling down was never a priority especially when I had so many options laid out in front of me. 
Until Lloyd Ledbetter.

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Reviewed by Donna ~ 4 stars
***ARC received for an honest review***

 Guns,” aka Luke Gunner, had a record as long as my cock. Trust me, it was impressive.”

Andrea Smith and Eva LeNoir deliver a quick short MM read in Guns Blazing which is a spin off from their hilarious MM book, Black Balled. But what this book lacks in pages it makes up for in content. While this is not as funny as Black Balled it is more an intense ride, these two men were definitely intense.

Lloyd Ledbetter was the lawyer in Black Balled that Larson Blackburn was seeing before he met Troy Babliona. Guns Blazing is his story and how he overcomes the sudden loss of Larson and finding love when he least expected it.

“Luke was my new rhythm and I couldn’t wait for him to pound me to his personal tune.”

Lloyd was a fantastic lawyer with a reputation for getting the job done, even the hardest of cases never fazes him and where others would walk away he gets stuck in. None more so than when Luke Gunner walks in.

“Unfortunately, my professional perversity to a challenge where the odds were stacked up so high against me they tickled God’s ass was just too enticing to ignore.”

Luke Gunner was a…hmmmm…well just what was he…under the guise of a video shop owner he was a consultant to the lower echelons of society, the men that no-one wanted to do business with. He was a money launderer by trade, kept no records whatsoever, everything was in his head. This man never forgot a thing. Now being set up for murder of a man he has never even seen the odds are stacked against him. Condemning forensic evidence is their biggest asset to finally put Luke Gunner away, but how did it get there and where did it come from?

When the cocky and arrogant Luke Gunner first walks into Lloyd’s office he is immediately on the offensive and doesn’t want to take the case on. The more though that Luke wheedles under Lloyd’s skin he realises it is a lost cause. Luke brings the dormant urges of Lloyd firmly to the surface, the ones that haven’t been seen since Larson and while he puts up a valiant to stave Luke off, he doesn’t stand a chance.

“Run your tongue along the ladder. Feel the ridges, imagine it’s your asshole. Now, multiply those thoughts by a hundred and maybe you’ll understand the power of a piercing.”

Andrea Smith and Eva LeNoir deliver a mystery type read as Lloyd goes up against the police and FBI to save his new boyfriend. Turning detective and putting his life on the line as well as his reputation, Lloyd is a man on a mission.

“Somehow, in the span of thirty minutes, I had gone from my neat little litigations world to a bad remake of the Sopranos…on crack.”

It was great to see Lloyd’s walls come down and see the man behind the suit. While these two were chalk and cheese they really brought out the best in each other. While it was a case of insta love it is expected in a novella and even though their fall was quick, it was believable. I became totally invested in their story and was championing these two along. I would have loved to have spent longer with these two and by the end wished that this was a full length novel. These two were two men that got firmly under my skin.

Andrea Smith and Eva LeNoir deliver another smoking hot MM that has something for everyone.  As I said above, although this was a novella it packed punches. Fast paced, highly entertaining and emotionally captivating these two left nothing out. This story was totally consuming from first till last page and kept my avid attention throughout, all I was left wanting was for there to be more. I didn’t want their story to be over. Another fantastic read from Andrea Smith and Eva LeNoir.

Saturday, 23 July 2016

Review ~ A Gift of Time (Nine Minutes #3) by Beth Flynn

Book Description:

Are some secrets meant to stay buried?

Three months have passed since Jason “Grizz” Talbot was put to death by lethal injection for crimes he committed. His former wife, Ginny, whom he had abducted from a convenience store when she was a teenager and became the love obsession of his life, has spent more than the last decade trying to carve out a life of normalcy in the bustling suburbs of Fort Lauderdale—including a thriving and happy marriage to Tommy "Grunt" Dillon, a former member of Grizz’s gang.

Tired of the secrets and the lies, Ginny and Tommy thought the final piece of their past could be left behind forever with Grizz’s execution. However, the past comes crashing around Ginny and Tommy when a newly discovered secret threatens to destroy their marriage. When tragedy strikes, Ginny is forced to reach into her heart and decide, once and for all, what she really wants.

​In this third book in the Nine Minutes trilogy, A Gift of Time takes readers from the busy tropical metropolis of South Florida into the serenity of the North Carolina Blue Ridge mountains as Ginny chases down the answers she needs.

Will she have the strength to confront the secrets of her past…and her heart?

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Reviewed by Donna ~ 3 stars

“Two rings. One of ink and one of gold.”

A Gift of Time was definitely a book of two halves for me. The first half was a mass of crazy time jumps where I had to be on my toes, it was confusing and I found myself having to go back and check the year several times so that I could really get to grips to what was unfolding around me.

“And let me cry with you, because I know that if my heart is breaking, yours must be shattered in a million pieces.”

I loved the chapters of Grizz’s time in prison and just how dominant he was on the inside and how far his reach and power went from within his cell walls. I have always loved Grizz for the complex villain that he is, a man that you should hate, yet somehow can’t. He made more enemies than friends and Grizz deals the only way he knows how. But, how the execution was explained though, was to me laughable, this has always been an integral part of the plot and I wanted to know how, the brief skirting of the subject just made it seem like a joke.

Beth Flynn really creates the perfect family unit between Grunt/Tommy and Ginny, and regales us with the lives that they have lived since the execution and how the children have grown up. I found myself feeling that I was being force fed just how perfect they were together and at times it was unsettling. Mimi was a great character though and there was one plot line in particular between her and Tommy that I felt was superfluous and was adding drama for drama’s sake, especially when that topic was revisited a few times.

“When we love, we become vulnerable. If I allow myself to love, I set myself up to not be in control.”

My main gripe with this book though was the ending, not the end result, because that was a foregone conclusion in my eyes, but what happened to get there. For me it was a cop out. The battle is taken away, its lazy writing. If you are going to go the love triangle route, at least make it a fight, let there be a victor, let the person in the middle make the choice.

“…it’s not by coincidence that everything comes full circle, back to the way it was meant to be.”

If you follow my reviews then you know how much I loved Nine Minutes, it was one of my favourite books for that year and I adored the creativity and storytelling of Beth Flynn. Unfortunately, I didn’t like Out of Time, the author had taken it on a tangent that was way off for me, throwing all sorts of plot devices into the mix and to be honest I was expecting aliens next. In A Gift of Time though, most of them are never mentioned or they are not really explored at all or expanded upon. This makes me wonder why they happened in the first place and if Beth Flynn changed her outline of book three to take into account the criticisms of book two, but in doing so, took too much away from what the story for Tommy, Ginny and Grizz should have been.

“Time is the real gift, Ginny, because it’s the one thing you can never get back.”

After Nine Minutes I think my expectations were just too high, that book was so perfect that anything following it would never be good enough. Although I am not a fan of Out of Time or A Gift of Time, Beth Flynn gave me one of my most memorable reads in Nine Minutes and that is one book that I will forever hold dear.

Friday, 22 July 2016

Friday Frights ~ PNR Review ~ No Were to Run (Shift Happens #3) by Robyn Peterman

Book Description:

It's a battle I’ve waged most of my life, but now the odds are looking crappy. Before I go up flames, I have to find a way to save my horde and make sure my secret treasure is safe. There is one way I could stick around a bit longer, but the men I’ve met aren’t exactly lining up to save me.

What in hell does a Dragon Princess have to do to find a mate? Offing my father, the reviled Dragon King, would be one way to go. He has a penchant for eliminating any male who shows interest—not to mention he’s been trying to kill me for almost 500 years. 

So my brilliant plan is to take out my father in a blaze of glory—pun intended. However, I have to suck it up and do some stuff I don’t want to do. 

For example, getting along with Dragons who don’t trust me is a horrific challenge even though we share the same goal. That’s why I aligned myself with the rag tag pack of shifters who accepted me and my secret treasure unconditionally. They’re my friends now and I’m keeping them. I’ll fry anyone who dares to speak against my Werewolves, Werecows and the fabulous gay Vampyre named Dwayne. 

Unfortunately the Weres who love me don’t have the kind of fire power I need to take out my father. To get that I have allied myself with a dangerous group of Dragons known as The Resistance. Staying away from the sexy, pompous, fire-breathing, blow hard of a leader is turning out to be a full time job. And no… he’s not even in the running for the mate. Mutual incineration would be inevitable—or sexual combustion. 

You see… Dragons aren’t the easiest of the species to get along with. You can dress us up and take us out, but at the end of the day we’re still the idiots who like a little friendly blood shed and sex—make that lots of sex. My life keeps getting more and more complicated, but I’ve run out of options. I’m about to run out of time too. I’m learning there’s no where to run and no where to hide from destiny.

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Reviewed by Shirley ~ 5 stars

This is the latest saga in this brilliant series and as always it was a really enjoyable read, where humour and sex abounds. In this book we are reading about very sexy dragons whose lives revolve mostly around violence and sex, lots and lots of sex.

Except for our main character Dima, a special dragon whose life of close to five hundred years has been spent mostly on the run, keeping herself away from civilisation. Having to do despicable things just to survive and to stay in front, out of the clutches of her evil father, the Dragon King who wants her dead.

Every male she has ever came in contact with had met a grizzly end due to her father so now Dima keeps herself and her hoard firmly to herself and while on the run she comes across a town called Hung in Georgia where for the first time in her life she is accepted for herself. Here she finds peace and some extra special friends, something she has never had in all of her long life.

This town is well known to the readers of this series. The lovable characters who make up this town are Werewolves, Werecows and Vampyres. A motley crew to be sure but they have hearts of gold and they are certainly a vital part of this book.

Dragons not being a race that other Were's usually tolerate Hung was different and they had taken Dima to their hearts and have given her the friendship she so badly needed. It is now with time running out for her that she has decided it was time to take her father down and end his brutality.

But to do this she had to feel out to other dragons, something she was dreading because her kind was not the most trusting of races. Luckily she had met one dragon in the past whom she could friend. His goodness just shone out of him which made her trust him and it was through him that she was put in touch with The Resistance a small army of dragons who wanted to take her father off the throne as much as she did.

It was the leader of the Resistance, Nicolai, that Dima had to convince of her sincerity and the initial meeting with the large egotistical but drop dead gorgeous dragon was eventful to say the least. The sexual tension between these two was tangible but Dima was not there for very hot dragons as she told him quite vehemently she was only there to bring her father down.

This was what Dima kept telling herself as she fought the strong attraction that was telling her to jump Nicolai's bones every time she came in contact with him.

This book is fast paced and will keep you hooked right up to the end. It has humour as well as sensual, erotic loving and when it gets hot it gets really hot. From when Dima and Nicolai have their ding dong arguments

"God you're hot when you're pissed," he yelled after me as I stomped out of the mess hall. "I'll leave my door unlocked. He was an epic asshole and hell would have to freeze over before I would beg him.

to the capitulation of something neither of them could deny anymore.

His hands were everywhere at once and I matched his frenzied need to memorize each other's bodies. Never had anything felt like this. It was as spiritual as it was carnal. With each touch I was catapulted into needing more. He was like a drug.

The story between these two makes for superb reading and at one point it brought tears to my eyes it was so poignant. By the time you reach the end of this book the characters will feel like old friends and you will want to know more about Hung, Georgia. This is a real page turner and a fabulous book.