Thursday, 2 July 2015

Review ~ The Allure of Julian Lefray by RS Grey

Reviewed by Donna ~ 4.5 stars

“When I’d packed my bags and left for greener pastures, I’d known that my decision had come with strings attached. Unfortunately, it now looked like those strings were more like chains.”

Well, this book was just what the doctor ordered. I had been on one of those runs of heavy, emotional, heart breaking books and I was in the mood for some fun. I had read the blurb and had immediately downloaded on release day, it sounded just what I needed and it delivered.

Josephine was a woman that you couldn’t help but fall in love with and wanted to be best friends with. She was hilarious, she had an amazing sense of humour, she was highly motivated, she was bright and bubbly, and she was just so loveable. She was a Texas girl through and through but she had aspirations and they were high, but she was determined to succeed. She was a fashion blogger and had quite the following, but it was now time for her to take the next step...New York. New York is the heart of fashion, so packing up everything she moves, finds a dingy flat and now needs a job.

Julian Lefray was a partner in his sisters fashion company, more as an investor than a willing participant. He was business and investment savvy but knew nothing about fashion and when his sister ends up in rehab he finds himself promising to run the company and get it back on track. He needed an assistant and needed one stat.

Julian was a typical gent, he knew how to have fun with the lads but he knew how to treat a lady and he also had morals. You could tell just by the way that he carried himself that he had been brought up well. He was adorable and perfect in every way. He had lines that he would never cross and had never even before been tempted, until he meets Josephine, the Texas girl with the bubbly personality that could never be ignored.

“The next time Dean invited me on his boat, I was going to come prepared with a box of condoms, a padlock and a port-a-potty for the top deck. For fucks sake, I’d been two seconds away from reaching the pinnacle of nirvana, and White Wine Wendy couldn’t hold her pee for a minute longer. WE WERE ON A BOAT. Pee off the side dammit.”

Their working relationship is fun, they take their time getting to know one another and it is this banter that makes this book. They never really have that boss/employee relationship, even though they are so inherently different, they are very much alike and Julian loves that with just a few simple words Josephine has him laughing, something that has been severely lacking from his life.

“He didn’t even know the effect those dimples had on my girly parts. One word: Ijustgotpregnant. Yeah, that’s one word.”

It was obvious from the moment they met that they were attracted to one another; you felt that underlying sizzle, the spark but neither had the courage to really act upon it. Julian, as I said above has his morals, no fraternizing with staff and Josephine has her own too. She wants this job, she really needs this job and she wasn’t prepared to do anything to mess it up, even if it meant foregoing a romp in the hay with Julian Lefray. Josephine was fiercely independent and extremely proud, never asking, she wanted to earn everything, including both money and respect, but with their chemistry, surely it was only a matter of time...

“Do you always carry a t-ball bat in your pants?”
“Jesus, Jo. Can we not talk about youth sports while I’m aroused?”
I reached out to touch the bulge in his pants again. Yup. It needs its own time zone.

You may think that this is just another one of those run of the mill girl falls for boss type reads, but it really isn’t. This is a book that had me in tears of laughter, one that I had a permanent smile etched on my face while reading. I loved that they became friends first, I loved the slow build, that will they won’t they, that please go for it morals be damned attitude I had while reading. I wanted these two to get together desperately, they needed each other more than they realised and it was so apparent through the author’s voice. I loved Josephine with a passion, she was quirky, she was feisty but this girl had heart and it is not often I fall in love with the heroine as much as the hero. Julian Julian Julian, he was so adorable, everyone needs a Julian Lefray in their life. I want more from these two and am hoping that RS Grey will find it in her heart to feed us more of their story. I bet there is no grey, just a life full of colour; after all, there could never be a dull moment around these two. Totally loved it.

“She wasn’t pushing me away and I wasn’t pretending that she was just a friend. No more playful, witty flirtation. Just lust, distilled.”

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Cover Reveal & Giveaway ~ With A Twist by Staci Hart

Release Date: 16th July
Book Description:

Love is somewhere near the bottom of Lily Thomas’ list of life goals, right next to competitive eating and underwater cave diving. She’s spent six years pirouetting and pliéing her way up the ranks of the New York Ballet with her eye on the prize and love in the back seat. But now that Blane Baker -- Lily’s long time crush -- is finally single, she’ll throw her rules out the window without thinking

Reality with Blane isn’t as epic as the fantasy she imagined, and the truth sends her spinning straight into the arms of the man she never knew she’d always wanted.

West Williams has been friends with Lily since the day she moved into their building and he saved her armoire from a swift, sudden death by staircase. Their friendship has always been easy, the boundaries clearly defined. With neither of them willing to risk their relationship, they’ve drifted happily through the years as companions, never considering more.

That is, until they do. And that realization changes everything.

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About the Author:

Staci has been a lot of things up to this point in her life -- a graphic designer, an entrepreneur, a seamstress, a clothing and handbag designer, a waitress. Can't forget that. She's also been a mom; she has three little girls who are sure to grow up to break a number of hearts. She's been a wife; even though she's certainly not the cleanest, or the best cook. She's also super, duper fun at a party, especially if she's been drinking whiskey. Her favorite word starts with f and ends with k.

From roots in Houston, to a seven year stint in Southern California, Staci and her family ended up settling somewhere in between and equally north, in Denver. They are new enough that snow is still magical. When she's not writing, she's sleeping, gaming, or designing graphics.


Wednesday, 1 July 2015

Cover Reveal ~ Indulge by Georgia Cates

Indulge by Georgia Cates:
Release Date: August 3

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About the Author: 

Georgia resides in rural Mississippi with her wonderful husband, Jeff, and their two beautiful daughters. She spent fourteen years as a labor and delivery nurse before she decided to pursue her dream of becoming an author and hasn’t looked back yet.

When she’s not writing, she’s thinking about writing. When she’s being domestic, she’s listening to her iPod and visualizing scenes for her current work in progress. Every story coming from her always has a song to inspire it.

Representation: All questions regarding subsidiary rights for any of my books, inquiries regarding foreign translation and film rights should be directed to Jane Dystel of Dystel & Goderich.

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UK Blog Tour ~ Sweet Ache (Driven #6) by Kristy Bromberg

Meet Hawke & Quinlan in SWEET ACHE - the newest Rock Star stand-alone in the Driven Series by K. Bromberg!
Book Description:

The New York Times bestselling author of Slow Burn turns up the heat when a sexy bet turns into so
much more....

Hawkin Play, the bad boy rock star with a good guy heart, has lived a lifetime of cleaning up after his twin brother’s mistakes. Hunter’s most recent screwup could land Hawke in jail and risk the band’s future. Hawke agrees to guest lecture at a local college to stay in the judge’s good graces—and a bet with his bandmate to seduce his sexy teaching assistant is icing on the cake.

Quinlan Westin is harder to bed than Hawke imagined. She knows his type and is determined to avoid the rocker at all costs—even if their attraction runs deeper than simple lust.

Just as Hawke might finally be winning over the girl, his brother has other plans. When Hunter realizes his twin finally has a weakness, he’ll stop at nothing to take advantage....

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

“I’ve been fighting my whole life, maybe I don’t have any fight left.”

This is a standalone spin-off from the Driven series but some of our favourites do make an appearance. Even though Colton does not appear very often our man certainly makes up for it when he does. This story centres on Quinlan, Colton’s sister and Hawkin Play, the lead singer of the band Bent. So, just to whet your appetites, we have hot racing drivers and hot rockers all rolled into one book so there is definitely something for everyone.

We have already met Quinlan throughout the Driven series and she was always a character that we didn’t really know that much about. Quinlan was busy at college finishing her degree and she was determined that she was going to do well. While her work load was heavy she still found time to be a TA and relished the extra challenges that she was taking on. She was that kind of person, good on the inside and out, extremely helpful and loyal, but she had sass and she was one feisty girl.

“Lips like an angel, body made for sin, and feisty enough to rival the devils fire?”

Hawkin Play was our very own rocker with his own 747 full of baggage. He had the world on his shoulders and was struggling for breath at times. Being the oldest he felt he had responsibilities, especially after making promises that he was far too young to understand or keep, but he was a man of his word. Living up to the reputation of a rocker he liked his women and had never let one get close and he didn’t do repeat performances. But underneath that façade was a beautiful man that had a heart of gold, it just needed to be let out.

“One person can take on only so much responsibility without buckling from its weight.”

I absolutely loved the slow build between these two, the witty banter back and forth had me in hysterics many times and Quinlan certainly gave as good as she got. Hawkin had finally met someone who didn’t care who he was or what he was. Quinlan didn’t treat him any differently and wasn’t there for the super star status, she had grown up with it and she was definitely far from star struck.

“You think you have me pegged, don’t you? I assure you, square or round, I don’t fit in any predetermined hole.”

Without a doubt the intense sizzle and chemistry that these two shared radiated off the pages. You knew that this hate/love relationship was going to be intense once they both realised what was happening. Kristy captured this pull and pull brilliantly and you were on the edge of your seat wildly anticipating that first kiss, that first touch, that first everything. We all know that Kristy can write a mean sex scene and this book is no different, Kristy Bromberg had me blushing!! These two certainly made music together…in more ways than one and let me just add I will never look at a guitar pick the same again.

Quinlan and Hawkin were perfect together, Quinlan understood Hawkin on such a deep level. She knew what he needed and when. So much had happened to Hawkin in his past and it was beautiful to watch him slowly open up. This was not something he did lightly so with every burden that he unloaded onto Quinlan it was like a giant leap in the progress of their relationship. As this relationship thing is new to him, you knew he was going to make his mistakes and he does, but we all love a bit on angst and this book was perfectly balanced with regards to that. Nothing over the top, just a voyage of discovery the two of them needed to take.

“C’mon, you know you want to be the start to my burst.”
“More like the fruit to your loop.”

As with any Kristy Bromberg book there are a plethora of quotes in this book that resonated deep. Kristy always manages to capture your heart and soul with her characters and this book is no different and some of the paragraphs that I had highlighted had literally reduced me to tears. Kristy always manages to captivate me with her words and knowing exactly what had happened in Hawkin’s past only made her words cut that much deeper.

“When he begins to speak, the students hang on his every word. But it’s the words he’s left unspoken that captivate me the most.”

You cannot help but be moved by Hawkin’s back story, this story does cover some tough subjects but as usual they are covered delicately and sympathetically. Hawkin has a lot of demons that he needs to face and conquer and his self-doubt at his propensity to love and be loved was heart shattering at times. I have to say his twin, Hunter, was constantly on my shit list. Apart from Tawny, I have never disliked a Kristy Bromberg character, but my hatred for him has gone to a totally new level.

“Every man has his breaking point, and his absolute silence makes me fear that he just reached his.”

While I felt the pace at the start was a bit slow, this book certainly kicked into gear and you will be totally captivated by Quinlan and Hawkin’s story. We have cameo appearances from some much loved bands that we have read about and that only enhanced how close this book world has become now. Once again Kristy has delivered a book that will leave its indelible mark on my heart. Quinlan and Hawkin will have you eating out of their hands and we have now been given another couple that are a great addition to this Driven family.

“Love is nothing more than a meaningless word in a lyric until someone comes along and makes the music to bring it to life...and sweetness, you’re helping me make the music for it, one instrument at a time.”

About the Author:

 New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author K. Bromberg is that reserved woman sitting in the corner who has you all fooled about the wild child inside of her—the one she lets out every time her fingertips touch the computer keyboard. 

K. lives in Southern California with her husband and three children. When she needs a break from the daily chaos of her life, you can most likely find her on the treadmill or with Kindle in hand,
devouring the pages of a good, saucy book.

On a whim, K. Bromberg decided to try her hand at this writing thing. Her debut novels, Driven, Fueled, and Crashed of The Driven Trilogy were well received and went on to become multi-platform bestsellers as well as landing on the New York Times and USA Today lists. Her other works include a short story, UnRaveled, and a companion piece to The Driven Trilogy titled Raced. She is currently working on three stand alone Driven novels, Slow Burn, Sweet Ache, and Hard Beat. She also plans to release a novel addressing the 10 year gap at the ending of Crashed in late fall 2015

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