Tuesday, 21 November 2017

Release Day Review ~ Love (Keatyn Chronicles #12) by Jillian Dodd

LOVE by Jillian Dodd is LIVE!!!!
The final conclusion to The Keatyn Chronicles


Book Description:

From USA Today bestselling author Jillian Dodd comes the last book in the addictive Keatyn Chronicles series. Discover a breathless fairy-tale romance with swoon-worthy characters set in a glittering celebrity world. Fans of reality TV will devour this pulse-pounding, sexy Hollywood drama.

Follow the lives and loves of those who work at Captive Films:

Riley Johnson -- Captive Films' CEO and millionaire playboy is hot, privileged, and seriously single. He's got it all--a brand new jet, exotic cars, a luxury penthouse, and a different aspiring actress (or two) in his bed every night. His life is perfect until the only girl he ever loved walks back into it, causing him to wonder if he truly has it all.

Keatyn Douglas -- Hollywood's sweetheart and owner of Captive Films leads a chaotic, glamorous life. But running a successful film studio, writing scripts, and her own acting career leave little time for the things she dreams of, like marrying the man she loves and having babies. When drama starts at work, she may decide to give it all up for life out of the fast lane.

Dawson Johnson -- The dark and dreamy marketing consultant joins Captive to escape his past. For the last two years, his sole focus has been on caring for his adorable daughters after tragedy struck their lives. He comes to Captive looking for a fresh start and, if all goes well, he might find a lot more than that in Hollywood.

Knox Daniels -- Considered the sexiest man alive by a certain magazine, the sentiment is echoed by the actor's adoring fans. While romance abounds in the roles he plays, he's convinced he'll never find his own happily ever after--until he meets a woman who just might change that. 

Shelby Benson -- The beautiful cocktail waitress and wanna-be actress struggles to make ends meet. A chance encounter with Riley Johnson is her lucky break and the golden ticket to everything she's ever dreamed of--fame, power, money, sex, and love.

Written soap-opera style with multiple points of view, you can expect lots of drama, sex, and tabloid-worthy events.


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Our Review:

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


“Even Keats speaks of chaos.
There is nothing stable in the world; uproar’s your only music.”


This review is incredibly bittersweet. I have been an avid fan of this series for over five years, I began my journey with these characters back in 2012 and have seen them morph from teens trying the find their place in the world to adults embracing love and starting families. I feel like their mum as I have watched them grow and am now gutted that my time with them has come to an end. Love, is the final book in the Keatyn Chronicles series and Jillian Dodd gives them a worthy send off. The Keatyn Chronicles has been one heck of a drama filled ride, written like a soap opera, Jillian Dodd ties everything up neatly, but please excuse me while I go and grieve.


“…love is the ultimate luxury, and I want to wrap myself in our love and wear it forever.”


This book continues to follow Keatyn, Aiden, Riley, Dawson, Dallas, Knox, Vanessa, Ariela et al on the final leg of their journey. Keatyn and Aiden were well on the way to their happy ever after, but for the others, there were still a few balls to juggle. Riley has been the source of my biggest grievance throughout the last few books, it seems he just didn’t want to grow up and while in this book some of the decision making was taken away from him, he had already battled through his own thoughts and feelings to finally man up and take the reins, he was somewhat redeemed.


“Having sex is like playing cards. If you don’t have a good partner, you damn well better have a good hand.”


This book though was all about family and Jillian Dodd really brought her characters their happy ever after while surrounded by the love that matters the most, family and of course friends. Even though these characters have been friends since school, they have morphed into their own family and everyone had each other’s backs. Decisions are made with everyone else in mind and whether that is true in the real world, didn’t matter, because this was Keatyn’s world and only the best made it through.


“…when you surround yourself with the people you love, great things can happen.”


This was the perfect fairy-tale ending and while in all probability someone should have failed, I was glad they all got what they wanted, what they deserved and what mattered to them the most. Albeit I was a bit peeved that one character seemingly did a complete one-eighty even though I thought she was completely irredeemable. But alas, I hope karma bites her on the ass in the future that I have lined up for her in my head.


“…it’s not where you’ve been that matters; it’s where you end up that does.”


Alas, I had tears by the end as my time with them came to a close. It has been one heck of a ride, I have become a fictional grandma multiple times, I have been at multiple weddings, award ceremonies and even a funeral. But what I will take away the most is the life that I have lived vicariously through these characters, where money is no object, fashion is rife and failure is never an option. #ifly

Blog Tour, Review & Excerpt ~ Spider by Ilsa Madden-Mills

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From Wall Street Journal bestselling author Ilsa Madden-Mills comes a new standalone romance about a flawed hero and the woman he can’t forget.

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Spider, a sexy and forbidden new standalone, is available NOW!

Title: Spider Author: Ilsa Madden-Mills 
Publication Date: November 13th, 2017

Book Description:

"She crossed my path and changed my whole direction."

He calls himself Spider. 

I just knew him as the sinfully gorgeous guy with eyes of fire that fate sat next to me on the airplane. 

I didn’t know who he really was…British rock star…my stepbrother. 

He kissed me because he thought we’d never see each other again. We would. 

Everyone warned me about him. 

They told me he was ruthless and cold and screwed up.

They said he’d leave me with a hole in my heart.

Maybe I should have listened. 

Maybe I should have built up a fortress to keep him out. 

But I crumbled instead.

They say an unbreakable thread connects those who are destined to meet. If that’s true, then the moment he sat next to me, we were bound together forever.

He just had to figure it out before it’s too late…

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Our Review:

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


“I left you to let you breathe.”


I love Ilsa Madden-Mills's writing an I always know I’m going to get an addictive and heart-warming read and Spider was no different. This book was all about fate, a second chance romance with a little stepbrother thrown in that will have you experiencing the warm and fuzzies but not before you get put through the wringer first. First appearances can be deceptive, you can hide behind invisible walls that you erect, but underneath, the heart will always shine through and this book was full of it.


“Is this what love songs are written about? I want to scream at the top of my lungs. I want to beat my hands on the ground. I want to throw up. I realize that people always leave, even the ones you love the most. They weasel into your life and then slink away as if nothing happened. They leave in you in the wake of their destruction and gamble your heart to pursue their own ambitions. I know what I have to do. I’ll never let him near my heart again.”


Rose hadn’t had the best start in life. Aged eleven she ran away from her trailer and her poor excuse of a mother in fear of her life. In just a nightie she battled the elements, until a teenaged boy came to her rescue and gave her money for food, even though he seemed to be far from trust-worthy. Fast forward to the present and Rose is about to visit her adopted mum and her new husband. Boarding a plane, it seems fate is playing with her again as the tattooed, teenaged boy that once saved her, is sitting right next to her and their worlds collide once again…and he is all man.

Spider is a musician, who gave up the life his father wanted him to have to live the life he dreamed of. He was incredibly rebellious and wasn’t the son his father wanted. His father was embarrassed by his antics, but underneath that bad boy persona was a man with a heart of gold. Sitting next to the intriguing young woman on the plane he has no idea their paths had once crossed. He comes to her aide in her time of need as he makes her forget her fear of flying. These two talk, they laugh, they joke, easy conversation and they share a kiss and then they go their separate ways, but are they destined to meet again?


“You scared of me, Rose?”
Never
“I’m scared you’ll rip my heart out.”
… “I probably will.”


This book was all about love, a love that was frowned upon by others but meant the world to the two-people enveloped in its fierceness. It was all about sacrifice, showing people that you can change given the right incentive and also that the heart wants who the heart wants, no matter the obstacles. This was one of those books that has you frantically turning the pages in hope that the characters get the happy ever after they deserve, it doesn’t come easy. The curveballs keep coming, but I was always hoping that love won in the end. Great story from Ilsa Madden-Mills.

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Excerpt:

How can one human man be so hot?

Spider sits on my toilet, shirtless, while I dab at his swollen eye. I’m doing my best to keep my eyes averted from the ink on his body, the way his tattoos swirl underneath his jeans, the way his chest is carved from stone.

Of course, I’m the stupid person who suggested he remove his shirt so I could see if he has any bruising on his chest. A cracked or broken rib can cause a lot of pain, and I want to be thorough, that’s all—I swear to baby Jesus.

He grinned at my request and whipped it off—which is the reason I’m now a mess.

There’s hardly any room to breathe with him in my small bathroom. I wipe at the spot of blood on his cheek as he watches me stoically, never taking his eyes off me, tracking my every movement. 

“This will look worse tomorrow,” I murmur, just to ease the tension. I stand between his spread legs, acutely aware of his fresh scent, his pure magnetism. My hands shake and I have to focus to push an image of me straddling him, both of us naked, out of my head. I want to run my tongue over the tattoo on his neck. I want to bite him like an animal while he—

Good grief, Rose, stop the fantasy!

“You’d make a good nurse,” he says softly, his long black lashes fluttering softly against his chiseled cheekbones.

“Doctor of Psychology,” I correct him. 

“Your dream?”

“Yes.” Although right now I’m dreaming of him… “I know that feeling. That’s how music is to me.” His golden-brown eyes watch me as I reach over to the medicine cabinet for more antiseptic and antibacterial cream, my chest perilously close to his face. I swear my nipples are reaching for him.

“Why psychology?”

I nod, pretending like I’m not all discombobulated. “My granny mainly. She loved to read people—literally. She ran a little palm-reading business out of her home before she died. All the old ladies of the neighborhood would come to see her. She’d make them coffee and they’d just…talk. She’d tell them what they needed to hear while I sat on the floor next to her and listened. There wasn’t any magic involved of course.” I laugh. “But…she was incredibly intuitive. She just got people. If someone twitched or looked left or right while they were talking, she’d have a reason for it and she’d tell me all about it after they left.”

“I think I would have loved your granny.” He curls an arm around me, tugging me close until my chest is a hair’s breadth away from his face. I recall our epic kiss on the plane. I feel the pressure of his taut thighs and my breath quickens as desire unfurls inside me. 

A hum warms my blood. I want him—desperately. 

And it’s entirely foolish.

He’s my stepbrother.

He doesn’t call girls back.

“Why does it seem like I’ve known you forever?” I ask, feeling myself gravitating closer. 

He thinks about it, pushing a piece of hair out of my eyes. Cupping my nape, he pulls me in tighter until our noses meet. The back of his hand caresses my cheek and the heat from his touch burns, yet there’s a tautness in the roped muscles of his arms, as if he’s holding himself in check. 

“Because I am you,” he says softly. “We’re so much alike, it’s staggering.” He pauses and stares deep into my eyes.

I nod. I can’t think. He’s so close to me, his eyes burning into mine. He closes his eyes and exhales. “I want you, Rose. You’re intoxicating.”

I suck in a sharp breath, our lips inches apart.

Is he going to kiss me? I want him to.

His eyes open after the silence has gone on too long, a smirk forming around his mouth. “You scared of me, Rose?”

Never.

“I’m scared you’ll rip my heart out.”

He stares at the LOST tattoo on his hand. “I probably will.”

About the Author: 


New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Ilsa Madden-Mills writes about strong heroines and sexy alpha males that sometimes you just want to slap. She's addicted to dystopian books and all things fantasy, including unicorns and sword-wielding females. Other fascinations include frothy coffee beverages, dark chocolate, Instagram, Ian Somerhalder (seriously hot), astronomy (she's a Gemini), and tattoos. She has a degree in English and a Master's in Education. When she's not pecking away on her computer, she shops for cool magnets and paints old furniture.

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Monday, 20 November 2017

Release Day Review ~ Trading Yesterday by Kahlen Aymes


Book Description:

From USA Today bestselling author, Kahlen Aymes comes and angsty, sexy, stande-alone that will renew your faith in unconditional love.

Chase, I need you. Please come. 
-Teagan

Something inside me snapped as her text screamed from the screen of my phone. My heart started pounding as I was sucked into a vortex of emotions, pulled unwillingly into a past I wanted to forget. 

Teagan Tessler was the love of my life. At least, I thought so. My professional soccer career was part of the we future planned together, but an offer one year ahead of schedule sent me to London. Just months after I left, she betrayed me with my best friend without explanation and I was completely and utterly destroyed.

After six years, I could breathe again and my professional and personal life was in a good place. I’d have to be insane to consider ripping open those wounds, but whatever it was, this had to be huge.

The truth of my feelings resonated; my head told me to shut off the phone and forget her forever, but my traitorous heart told me to get on a plane, no questions asked. 

From USA Today bestselling author, Kahlen Aymes; Trading Yesterday is a roller coaster of emotion; ultimate loss, longing, betrayal, and forgiveness that will restore your faith in unconditional love and leave you gasping for more

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Our Review:

Reviewed by Donna ~ 5 stars
***ARC received for an honest review***


“That’s what unconditional love is. You don’t get to choose.”


My favourite Kahlen Aymes book and I never knew I could EVER be disloyal to the Remembrance Trilogy. Emotional, with fantastic characters and heart tugging dialogue, this book will have you crying and smiling throughout. Such a stunning story. The ultimate second chance romance, every heart string will be tugged, every emotion felt and one love that truly lasts a lifetime.


“Do you think the life I dreamed of, didn’t have her in it?”


First love and true love, a love so powerful, a soul mate connection, love that when it works its euphoric and when it doesn’t…soul destroying. The only love that transcends it, is the love you have for your child and Kahlen Aymes regales the reader with an emotional story about both. Ultimate sacrifices made, friendships tested, love, forgiveness, reconnection and one gorgeous little family.

Kahlen Aymes will have you running the gamut of emotions as her story navigates the trials and tribulations of a young family battling childhood leukaemia. Every mother’s worst nightmare and when nothing works, desperation kicks in, even if it means re-hashing a past that left you broken hearted.

While I did not agree with some of Teagan’s actions, they were made from the heart with the sincerest of intentions. Young, na├»ve and hopelessly in love, left to make the toughest decisions, it was inevitable some may not be the right ones.


“You made your choices, now we’re all paying the bill. You didn’t believe in me at all.”


Chase, the hero of the hour in more ways than one. A man that would do anything for the love of his life even after six years apart.  A man that would cross the world based on a heart-felt text message, even though the woman requesting his help left him on the brink of destruction, his heart in tatters. His propensity to forgive is truly tested and it doesn’t come easy.

Kahlen Aymes truly delivers on the emotion with this story. My heart broke for everyone involved, I cried a river, my heart was battered and bruised, not only for the little girl undertaking the toughest battle of her life but for the three main characters whose connection and friendship will be truly tested. Some of the most heart-felt scenes were between Chase and his best friend Jensen. These two men totally owned my heart and the dialogue between them was full of emotion, truly powerful and two particular scenes that had my rapt attention and played out in vivid technicolour as if I was watching it on the big screen. Stunning writing.


“My choices were ignorant and careless of the possible consequences. Despite my noble intentions, despite all the other shit that happened that made it impossible to take it back or change it…”


This was a story of love and hope, friendships and forgiveness, honesty and integrity. Yes, it was angsty, yes, it is a meaty read, but the story speaks for itself. This is a relatively long book, but it didn’t read that way. From first to last page my attention was held throughout. The character connection was on point, the dialogue was perfect, but the moral of the story is what made this book a winner.

Kahlen Aymes always write a good book, but her first trilogy has always been my favourite, until now. As much as I love Ryan and Julia, Chase and Teagan stole the mantle that they have held for over five years. I simply adored this book.

Thursday, 16 November 2017

Release Day Review ~ One Shot by BJ Harvey


Book Description:

Boy meets girl, boy wins girl, boy nails girl - boy’s gone by morning.

I think for sure it must've been a dream because there’s no way a guy could look like that, touch me like that and be so in tune with me on every known level, and disappear, leaving me with nothing but a good story to tell my friends.

When he walks into my bar three months later, everything I thought I knew and what we’d had disappears in the blink of an eye and the blinding light of the three-carat diamond on his fiancee's hand.

It seems what I thought was a dream is now my most complicated reality, and I've got absolutely no idea how to fix it - or if I even want to.

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Our Review:

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


“Awkward, meet Mortifying. Also, here are Shame, Embarrassment, Anger, Disgust, and over in the corner there is Complete and Utter Confusion and her friend I’m Going to Have to Move States and Join a Women-Only Commune with Cats and Unlimited Batteries.”


BJ Harvey is one of those authors that never fails to deliver for me. No matter what she decides to write I end up devouring it, normally in hysterical laughter, normally with a few tears, but more importantly with what I crave, emotion and character connection and One Shot was no different. With One Shot, BJ Harvey does angst, and she does it amazingly well. Damn, this book had me swearing, had me wanting to kill someone, all the while enveloping me with a huge amount of hope. Hope that love conquers all and bitches get their just desserts.


“Guys like that are assholes. They bump and grind, then leave behind.”


Kenzie Sharp threw all her rules out the window when she met Millen Ross. The chemistry was palpable, their connection one that you find only once in a life time and yet it seems that still wasn’t enough. These two just clicked, like peanut butter and jello, like a sad movie and a tub of Ben & Jerry’s, it just has to be done. But life never makes it easy and these two have one heck of a journey ahead of them.


“I’m talking about the flirting, the chemistry – the way he played me in the best possible way and got my body reacting to everything he did with barely a touch.”


Kenzie was a woman you couldn’t help but love, she had the patience of a saint, was as honest as the day was long and had one motto in life, no lies, ever. Kenzie lived and died by her motto. She had seen first-hand the damage that lies can do and this was one rule she would never break…until she met Millen.


“This is wrong. This is crazy. This is – ”
“This is something bigger than the both of us.


Millen Ross was completely and utterly adorable. He was endearing, he was loyal to a fault, self-sacrificing and an heir to the Ross empire, an empire that his father had worked tirelessly to see succeed. Millen oozed sex appeal and as ever with BJ Harvey, she writes formidable men. I found myself reading between the lines with this book, deep down you know the man and I found myself wondering who was pulling his strings.


“Love isn’t perfect…It’s how you work through it all that’s important. The hard stuff, the obstacles, the highs, the lows, the triumphs, and the tragedies. It’s a beautiful pain that’s always worth it if you’re both willing to work to make things right.” ~ Kenzie’s Dad


When Kenzie and Millen are together the pages were combustible, the banter was cute and funny and really brought these two characters to life. I adored their first meet, I instantly felt their connection and these two were a couple I couldn’t help but champion along.


“When we’re apart I’m broken. When we’re together I’m whole.”


BJ Harvey pulls out the big guns in this book, yes there is drama, but what do you expect with an angsty romance. I ran the gamut of emotions, the air was blue a time or two, and as I said above, death threats may have been made, but I loved the fact that BJ Harvey managed to elicit these emotions in the first place, because it meant that she had done her job and done it well. I adored this book and the epilogue goes a long way to make up for the journey that BJ Harvey took me on. Sometimes the heart just knows.