Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Release Day Review ~ Most of All You by Mia Sheridan


Book Description:

From the New York Times bestselling author of Archer's Voice comes a heart-wrenching new stand-alone contemporary romance.

A broken woman . . .

Crystal learned long ago that love brings only pain. Feeling nothing at all is far better than being hurt again. She guards her wounded heart behind a hard exterior and carries within her a deep mistrust of men, who, in her experience, have only ever used and taken.

A man in need of help . . .

Then Gabriel Dalton walks into her life. Despite the terrible darkness of his past, there's an undeniable goodness in him. And even though she knows the cost, Crystal finds herself drawn to Gabriel. His quiet strength is wearing down her defenses and his gentle patience is causing her to question everything she thought she knew.

Only love can mend a shattered heart . . .

Crystal and Gabriel never imagined that the world, which had stolen everything from them, would bring them a deep love like this. Except fate will only take them so far, and now the choice is theirs: Harden their hearts once again or find the courage to shed their painful pasts.

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Our Review:

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


“It’s not the things you do with love and good intentions that you end up regretting. It’s the things you don’t do that you have to live with.”


Wow, this week has been one hell of an emotional reading week, three books, three lots of tears spilled of various quantities. But this is why I love reading. I love to experience those emotions, I cherish that character connection that can only be delivered by an author whose words call to every heart string, every fibre of my being, words that embed themselves into your heart and soul and Mia Sheridan never fails to deliver. Archer’s Voice is one of my all-time top favourite books ever, I have read that book well over twenty times and it is one that I will treasure for the rest of my reading days. Most of All You had all those Archer vibes, it had that same intensity, that all-encompassing emotional connection and a story that even the hardest of hearts could empathise with. I loved everything about this book, my second favourite Mia Sheridan read, because frankly, Archer’s Voice is untoppable.


“I told my heart to stop beating. I told it not to hurt anymore. I told my heart I wouldn’t let it hurt anymore. Ever.”


Captivating, superbly written and breathtakingly unique, Most of All You delivers two characters that you cannot help but embrace, empathise with, sympathise with and love implicitly. Their story ripped me apart, piece by piece, every ounce of empathy I had was given to these two broken characters that deserved their happy ever after more than anyone. Their back stories were harrowing, but it was those that made them the people they are today. Yes, they were fractured, they just hadn’t found their band aid, until the unlikeliest of couplings brought together one of the most tragic yet totally uplifting love stories that I have ever had the pleasure of reading.


“You shouldn’t love me.”
“It’s too late. I already do. I’m sorry but I can’t take it back.”


I am not going to go into this story at all, this is a book that you need to read as the author intended. From the first word, your attention will be gripped in Mia Sheridan’s words as she expertly navigates the reader through Gabriel and Ellie’s story. Our pasts are often our backbone, childhoods often meld our futures and the more traumatic the past, the greater the ramifications. You can either let it make you or break you. Your past doesn’t have to define your future, you can break the cycle, but sometimes it just needs that person that can help you navigate, give you the strength and belief, but the only person that can make that change a reality…is you.


“Gabriel was a brilliant artist and I was a disgusting, talentless joke.”


This book was truly awe inspiring, life is a series of choices, some are harder to make than others, some are in fact not choices at all even if that is how they manifest themselves. You never know what choices you will be forced to make and often you are torn between a rock and a hard place. When life always gives you lemons sometimes it is hard to make the lemonade. This book was about those choices, how one can let them define them and how the other made them a stepping stone, a stepping stone to being a better person. Be the best you can be, find the positives, don’t dwell on the negatives.


“He wanted to give me the peace of this moment, the…poetry of this place, the romance, the scents and the sounds and the serene beauty all around us. He wanted to give me love. And, God, I wanted to take it, I was just so scared to reach out and grab it.”


This book was all about character growth, I loved how these characters transformed before my eyes. Their journey was fraught with obstacles, both physical and emotional and yet, not once did I ever not believe in them as a couple. Sometimes the heart knows, the soul calls and the future is a foregone conclusion it just took Gabriel and Ellie a little time to fix themselves before that was even a possibility.


“and time. That’s all it is, my sweet love. Just sand and pressure and time.”


Mia Sheridan delivered this book with perfection. That perfect balance of angst, emotion, laughs and love. Nothing was overdone, everything believable and the story felt organic. Once again Mia Sheridan delivered and although Archer remains my favourite, this one is a very close second.


Release Day Blitz, Review & Excerpt ~ Drive by Kate Stewart


We're celebrating the release of DRIVE by Kate Stewart!

This book is in my all time top 3, by far my favourite read of 2017 and is a definite must read!! If there is only one book you read this year, make sure it is this one!!


Contemporary Romance
Stand Alone
Designer: Q Designs
Scheduled to release: October 17, 2017

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Book Description:

Music . . . the heart’s greatest librarian.

The average song is three and a half minutes long; those three and a half minutes could lead to a slow blink, a glimpse of the past, or catapult the soul into heart-shattering nostalgia.

At the height of my career, I had the life I wanted, the life I’d always envisioned. I’d found my tempo, my rhythm. Then I received a phone call that left me off key.

You see, my favorite songs had a way of playing simultaneously. I was in love with one man’s beats and another’s lyrics. But when it came to the soundtrack of a life, how could anyone choose a favorite song? So, to erase any doubt, I ditched my first-class ticket and decided to take a drive, fixed on the rearview.

Two days.

One playlist.

And the long road home to the man who was waiting for me.


Buy Links:

Paperback UK: http://amzn.to/2ygO17S
Paperback US: http://amzn.to/2wSsOj4


Our Review:

Reviewed by Donna ~ 5 stars are not enough
***ARC received for an honest review***


“You have to wait one minute past desperation...”


To be honest, 5 stars is not enough for this book. Out of the thousands and thousands of books I have read I have two all-time favourites that I recommend to anyone who will listen. These two books have been on that list for a long time with no stand out books that have deserved to match them…until now. I have read this book three times already, three times this book has destroyed me and each time of reading, despite knowing what is coming, it hurt just as much as the first. That is testament to this authors innate ability to master emotion. With a Kate Stewart read you experience everything, she immerses you into the lives of her characters so naturally and absolutely that when they hurt, you hurt. You take her characters into your heart and soul, you live and breathe their love, their pain, their highs and their lows, they smile you smile, they love you love. I experienced this like life itself, it felt real, and despite the many highs, the lows hurt like a bitch.


“You can’t go beating up everyone that pisses you off. Use your words, I promise you they are much better weapons. But be careful with them because bruises heal.”


For me, this was one of those EPIC reads. One of those reads that you will remember for a lifetime, a book that I will read time and time again and one that will never age. I know I am harping on about the tears I spilled, but for me, emotion is everything. I am an emotional reader, I have to live and breathe a book to truly connect with the characters and when a book truly destroys me, the way that this book did, it deserves ALL the PRAISE. I am trying to convey just how special this book was. This book is one of my unicorns, I am now the proud owner of three.


“Even in hindsight, with all your mistakes disappearing in the distance, the things you got right are right alongside them. I’d made the mistake in only looking for the hurt…”


Drive is an epic journey of self-discovery, life lessons, love lessons and everything else in between. Music plays a huge part in this book, for all the characters, and if you experience this book the interactive way, by clicking on the music link on each chapter heading you will only fall deeper into the Kate Stewart abyss and truly experience this book heart, mind, body and soul. The balance and flow of this book was PERFECT. Angst in spades, but more importantly heat and passion, laughs, a lot of love and that all-encompassing emotion.


“Welcome to adulthood…It fucking sucks here.”


This book was captivating from start to finish as you live Stella’s life as she tries to find her place in the world. We start in the present but Kate Stewart soon takes us back to how Stella, became Stella. Stella was a journalist and her specialty was music. Her father in particular had born her love of music and music was her blood, her life line, her de-stress, her true love. Stella wasn’t Stella without her music. Along her travels, making her mark and discovering new talent we also follow Stella’s love life which is full of highs and lows and this is where Kate Stewart comes into her own. Kate Stewart always writes fantastic hero’s and with Drive there is more than one to choose from and I dare anybody not to fall in love with them both. This is not a love triangle per se, there is no cheating, just one heck of an all-encompassing love story, that will have your heart beating a mile minute, the tears plentiful and the highs far outweighing the lows.


“When it came to the men in my life, my emotions were my kryptonite, and so was my indecision.”


Stella was an amazing heroine, it is rare for me to love a heroine as much as the hero but with Stella she wore her heart on her sleeve, she was an open book, opinionated, sassy but vulnerable with her charming personality a mask for the naïve and fearful woman underneath. As this book progresses though you witness Stella’s metamorphosis to the strong, independent, yet still extremely lovable woman she becomes. Her journey was tough and hard fought, there were no winners and losers, Kate Stewart brought this book to a close perfectly.


“Because music is the heart’s greatest librarian. A few notes had the ability to transport me back in time, and to the most painful places.”


As I said above, this is more than a book, it is an experience, like a movie that you are watching in glorious technicolour. It will infuriate you, it will make you laugh, it will make you cry, but at the end, even though you will be physically and emotionally exhausted you can only look back in stunned silence and wonder what the hell you had just read. This is by far my favourite Kate Stewart book. This author truly outdid herself with one hell of a memorable book, one that as I said before I will read time and time again. This is a slow burn, as Kate Stewart sets the scene, but once this book comes into its own around the 40% mark there is no going back. Captivating and unputdownable this is definitely a book you should read with a glass of wine, a huge bar of chocolate and a box of Kleenex, especially if you are a soft sap like me.


“Money used to be the whole fucking problem and now it can’t solve anything.”


I could harp on about this book forever, but then it will just be boring, so all I am going to say is READ IT. Experience this as the author intended, go in blind and live, breathe and feel this book, it is truly AMAZING!!


“I used to think I was cursed for having fallen in love with two men. But, in hindsight, I realized what a gift it was. They were my lovers, my teachers, my best friends, and I would love them both until I took my last breath.”


Excerpt:


Breathe. Breathe. This is in the bag, Stella. You can do this, so do it.



I clicked on the camera and quickly glanced at my notes.

One minute.


Electricity shot through my veins and seeped through every pore, reminding me that this was it.


Thirty seconds.
I took a sip of water and set it beside my laptop as I waited.

Ten seconds.
A flicker of doubt processed for mere seconds before I wiped it away.

Five.
I expelled a stressed breath, clicked Go Live, and addressed the camera.

“Womanizer, bully, genius, recluse, and the world’s greatest MC. Even with all those labels, Phillip Preston, also known as Titan, is still a bit of an enigma. Despite the universe he’s constructed with storytelling lyrics, he’s always left it up to us to decipher his truth from his fiction. He burst onto the music scene fifteen years ago, an underdog in the belly of rap, with chaotic and desperate rhymes that resonated and pushed him into an unexpected level of stardom. With one hundred and eighty million records sold, he still holds his title as heavyweight and remains a household staple for his die-hard fans, collecting an army of new followers over the past two decades. I must admit, I was a bit intimidated when I sat down with him this past weekend in his Chicago fortress. I, like millions of others, am a huge fan of his genius. The simplicity of our surroundings in his home studio was shocking, to say the least. The feeling was a bit clinical and there were no platinum records on his walls, no personal photos, and there was no hint of the history he’d made as the world’s most notorious rap star. He sat in a leather chair next to his soundboard, water bottle in hand, and spoke about his love of rap, while subtly redirecting questions about his personal life—though we know he recently broke up with his long-time girlfriend, Jordan Wilson.”

My eyes nearly watered as I watched the live view box tick to a hundred thousand. I had a hundred thousand people watching my podcast in a matter of minutes. I took a deep breath.

“But it seemed my reputation had preceded me because when I sat down with the rap mogul, Phillip appeared ready for the firing squad. We dueled well as I asked the hard questions—the questions of a fan. Questions I know so many of his loyal listeners want answers to, and I think you’ll be surprised to hear his answers. So, without further ado, take a look at my exclusive with the man behind the myths. Feel free to form your own opinions, but above all, remember it’s the music that matters most.”

I linked my pre-recorded interview and watched the ticks explode as soon as his face hit the screen.

That was the moment my career peaked.

With pride, I watched my interview with the white whale, the Moby Dick of the music industry. Gorgeous, brilliant, and highly elusive, Phillip Preston was the hardest artist to get personal with in an interview. And I was the woman he reached out to, to break his silence about his road to success, his parents, his ex-wife, and finally—after some careful eggshell coaxing—he spoke about his recent relationship. He had delivered to me, on a silver platter, highly personal details about his life where so many other journalists had failed, and it was nothing short of miraculous.

It was my greatest accomplishment as a music journalist. I was flying, soaring as my phone began to blow up with message after message. I hadn’t told a soul, not a single person about my exclusive. I was high on adrenaline when the notifications began to ping on my phone. A hundred, two hundred messages, and then I saw the viewer ticks had jumped drastically to half a million. Half a million! I laughed out nervously and checked Phillip’s social media. He had just posted my podcast link to our interview. My jaw dropped. He had over eighty million followers on one forum alone.

And the viewer counts just kept rising. I had done it. I gasped when the ticks went past a million.

A million people were watching my podcast.

A million people were watching my podcast!

“AHHHHHH!” I screamed to no one as I looked around the vacant room. I raised both hands in the air when the ticks rolled past two million. “Oh my GOD!” I shot up from the desk, my eyes full of incredulous water.

I’d never had more than a million views. Ever. And those took months to accrue. It was the greatest career high of my life. I looked back down at my phone, anxious to talk to someone, anyone. Lexi’s middle finger popped up on the screen, and I couldn’t resist answering her call.

“AHHHHHHHH!” I screamed into the phone..

“Stella?”

“Yes! Is it good? You think I asked the right questions? I edited for like nine hours.”

“What?”

“What do you mean, what? Titan’s interview.”

“You interviewed Titan?”

A small amount of my excitement dispersed. “Yours was the wrong call to answer.”

“You fucking interviewed Titan?”

“Yes. I wanted to surprise everyone.”

“And you didn’t bring me?”

“Sorry. I’ll feel guilty later.”

“Yeah.” Her voice dropped. I heard a toilet flush. “Yeah, Stella, that’s so cool.” Another toilet flushed.

“Where are you?”

“I’m in the bathroom at the Marquee.”

“Okay. Well, I’m buzzing right now, woman. Like, literally, my phone is exploding. Five million hits, Lexi. Five million!”

“I’m so happy for you, Stella.”

I frowned. “Yeah, with that amazing monotone, I can tell.”

“I’m so sorry.” And then her voice broke. My best friend doesn’t cry. Ever.

“Oh, shit. What’s up?”

“I’ll call you back, okay? I don’t want to ruin this.”

“You aren’t ruining anything. You couldn’t ruin this. I promise. I’ll be high for days. So, tell me. Why are you in the bathroom?”

“I’m on a blind date. He took me to a wedding.”

“Okay. You need an excuse? That’s not like you. You’re ballsy. Just give him your usual, it’s not me, it’s you.” I chuckled because she’d used it in front of me on a bass player with a cowlick and halitosis.

“Stella.”

I knew that tone. That tone was the bearer of bad fucking news.

“What? Say it.”

“It’s his wedding.”

I eyed the clock while I zipped my suitcase. I had an hour and a half before my flight. I was cutting it close. “Whose wedding?”

“Stella.”

“I know my name. Damn, who—” Realization struck and my heart met the floor. I stayed mute while she rambled on nervously.

“What are the odds? What are the goddamn odds? I don’t know what to do. Do you want me to leave? There’s no handbook for this. Did you even want to know this? That he’s married? I can’t believe I just watched him get married! Who in the hell ends up at their best friend’s ex-boyfriend’s wedding? I couldn’t not tell you.” She sniffed as the toilets repeatedly flushed around her.

“Stella, please say something.”

I pressed the sting back. “I’m alright, of course. I’m fine. Why are you crying?”

“I don’t know.” She sniffed. “Ben called me last night, and things are just so fucked up, and today this shit happens, and I know you’re happy. I know you are. But . . . I mean, this is—”

I put my hand up as if she could see it. “Don’t tell me anything else, okay? I’m good.” I looked at my reflection in the mirror from the bed into the adjacent bathroom. Nothing had changed. I wasn’t leaking. I was fine. “I’m okay. I’m glad you told me. I have to leave for the airport now, or I’ll miss my flight.” A slew of questions was on the tip of my tongue. Did he look happy? Was she beautiful? And more questions I hated myself for that Lexi would never be able to answer. Still, my head and heart refused to keep those questions bottled.

Was she prettier than me? Did he look at her the same way? Did he propose to her with half his heart? Did he think of me when he did it? Was any part of him thinking of me now? Was I in his dreams the way he drifted through mine sometimes?
All my thoughts were selfish. All of them. And of all the thoughts I could have had that day, self-loathing was not the one I expected to nudge its way front and center. I forced myself to speak.

“Stay.”

“You’re sure?”

“Yes, of course. I’m fine.”

“This freaky shit always happens. Always with you.”

“I know.”

“It’s like karma or God or someone hates you. It’s so fucked.”

I laughed ironically, though inside my heart was pounding.

Silence passed over the line as we both waited for some sort of solution that wasn’t coming.

“Stella, God, I’m so sorry.”

“About what? Stop. You know I would have told you if the situation were reversed. I should go. Love you.”

“Love y—” I hung up the phone before she could finish, frozen in the middle of the hotel room.


About the Author:


Kate Stewart lives in Charleston, S.C. with her husband, Nick, and her naughty beagle, Sadie. A native of Dallas, Kate moved to Charleston three weeks after her first visit, dropping her career of 8 years, and declaring it her creative muse. Kate pens messy, sexy, angst-filled contemporary romance as well as romantic comedy and erotic suspense because it's what she loves as a reader. A lover of all things '80s and '90s, especially John Hughes films and rap, she dabbles a little in photography, can knit a simple stitch scarf for necessity only and does a horrible job of playing the ukulele. Aside from running a mile without collapsing, traveling is the only other must on her bucket list. On occasion, she does very well at vodka.

Contact Kate- Email-authorkatestewart@gmail.com

Monday, 16 October 2017

Release Day Blitz & Review ~ Crave Part Two (Crave Duet #2) by EK Blair



Title: Crave: Part Two
Series: Crave Duet #2
Author: E.K. Blair
Genre: New Adult Romance/Coming of Age
Release Date: October 16, 2017


Book Description:

Weeks became months, and months became years. Each day nudged Kason deeper into his addiction. Each memory of the girl destroyed fed the craving for what he could never have again. 

Leaving a life-altering first love behind, Adaline tried moving forward to find love and trust and happiness. Pain eventually faded, wounds slowly healed, yet scars were forever left behind. 

But some scars feel like kisses. 

When the shattered pieces of their hearts are forced to meet again, the two of them must decide how much pain their love is worth enduring. 

This is what happens when one person loves beyond the craving and the other craves beyond the loving.



Buy Links:

AMAZON UK / US / CA / AU

Free in Kindle Unlimited


Our Review:

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


“You might have run away, but you never left me.”


OMG, EK Blair brought out her full emotional arsenal with the concluding part of this duet. Heart meet wringer with EK Blair cackling as she turns handle. This was another one of those books that left me emotionally drained, completely and utterly. This was one heck of a roller coaster; the highs were adrenaline high but the lows were emotionally terrifying.


“I get one thing and wish for the other, only to get that and wish for the opposite. Then I grow frustrated and pray for an escape I can’t seem to find. I’m stuck in perdition’s labyrinth with no way out.”


EK Blair has that knack of tying her characters to my fragile heart strings and having followed Ady and Kason’s story in part one and what with that ending, I knew that this was not going to be a walk in the park. What I didn’t realise was just how hard EK Blair would make it. EK Blair threw every single emotional bone in her body into this book and the reader feels it, every twist of the knife hurts like a mofo.


“I would’ve done anything to be in that nightmare with you just so you wouldn’t have had to be alone.”


After the ending of part one, we all knew what had happened to Ady, I’m not going to mention the word, just in case someone hasn’t read it yet, but it was this defining event that paved the way for book two. Here EK Blair excelled herself, the pain and agony that bled through the pages literally destroyed me. The anguish, the guilt, the ramifications were soul destroying, there wasn’t just one victim in this book, the reach was far and wide. At times, it was torture to read, but the more you fell into the dark abyss that Ady found herself in the more entrenched in the story you became. I couldn’t put it down.


As with any EK Blair read she makes you work for it and angst is her middle name. I loved these characters but some of their decisions did leave a lot to be desired. Frustrating and infuriating, but unless you have been in that situation I don’t think you can truly appreciate how thoughts and feelings, no matter if warranted, can warp your judgement. Yes, I wanted to bash heads against brick walls, but deep down I could understand somewhat even if my heart and soul didn’t like it one little bit. This was typical of EK Blair though, the road to her happy ever afters are fraught with obstacles, curves and bends, peaks and troughs, I lived and breathed them and was emotionally exhausted by the end.


“You were made to be healed and loved by me.”


My only gripe was Kason and his addiction. Introducing this affliction had me all excited in book one, but I never really felt we got to the crux of it in this book. I really wanted his back story explored, maybe as he healed, but we never really got that either. This book centred around Ady, but I would have loved to have had more Kason at times. Kason was such an interesting character, so broken in his own right, that I just wanted more of him. The relationship that Kason had with Ady’s mum brought me to tears and I was so glad that he truly had someone in his corner.


“I’m so alone, so miserable, so damn pathetic. Shameful, uncontrollable, and possibly even unlovable. Maybe it just took her this long to realize it.”


I loved this conclusion even though it killed me to get there. Kindles were thrown, tears were shed, but that is the sign of a good book. I ran the gamut of emotions, but I expect nothing less from EK Blair. Another great story from this author.

Also Available:


AMAZON UK / US / CA / AU

Free in Kindle Unlimited



About the Author: 


E.K. Blair, takes her readers on an emotional roller coaster with her dynamic and intense writing style. Noted for her ability to create fleshed-out characters that will evoke a realm of reactions, you can be assured that her stories will linger with you far beyond the last word.

A former first grade teacher with an imagination that runs wild. Daydreaming and zoning out is how she was often found in high school. Blair tends to drift towards everything dark and moody. Give her a character and she will take pleasure in breaking them down, digging into their core to find what lies underneath.

Aside from writing, E.K. Blair finds pleasure in music, drinking her Starbucks in peace, and spending time with her friends. She’s a thinker, an artist, a wife, a mom, and everything in between.

Author Links




Friday, 13 October 2017

Review, Teaser & Excerpt ~ Drive by Kate Stewart

ALERT: UNICORN BOOK!

Check out our review with this new teaser and excerpt for DRIVE by Kate Stewart!



Contemporary Romance
Stand Alone
Designer: Q Designs
Scheduled to release: October 17, 2017

Add to: Goodreads


Book Description:

Music . . . the heart’s greatest librarian.

The average song is three and a half minutes long; those three and a half minutes could lead to a slow blink, a glimpse of the past, or catapult the soul into heart-shattering nostalgia.

At the height of my career, I had the life I wanted, the life I’d always envisioned. I’d found my tempo, my rhythm. Then I received a phone call that left me off key.

You see, my favorite songs had a way of playing simultaneously. I was in love with one man’s beats and another’s lyrics. But when it came to the soundtrack of a life, how could anyone choose a favorite song? So, to erase any doubt, I ditched my first-class ticket and decided to take a drive, fixed on the rearview.

Two days.

One playlist.

And the long road home to the man who was waiting for me.

Buy Links:

Paperback UK: http://amzn.to/2ygO17S
Paperback US: http://amzn.to/2wSsOj4

Our Review:

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


“You have to wait one minute past desperation...”


To be honest, 5 stars is not enough for this book. Out of the thousands and thousands of books I have read I have two all-time favourites that I recommend to anyone who will listen. These two books have been on that list for a long time with no stand out books that have deserved to match them…until now. I have read this book three times already, three times this book has destroyed me and each time of reading, despite knowing what is coming, it hurt just as much as the first. That is testament to this authors innate ability to master emotion. With a Kate Stewart read you experience everything, she immerses you into the lives of her characters so naturally and absolutely that when they hurt, you hurt. You take her characters into your heart and soul, you live and breathe their love, their pain, their highs and their lows, they smile you smile, they love you love. I experienced this like life itself, it felt real, and despite the many highs, the lows hurt like a b***h.


“You can’t go beating up everyone that pisses you off. Use your words, I promise you they are much better weapons. But be careful with them because bruises heal.”


For me, this was one of those EPIC reads. One of those reads that you will remember for a lifetime, a book that I will read time and time again and one that will never age. I know I am harping on about the tears I spilled, but for me, emotion is everything. I am an emotional reader, I have to live and breathe a book to truly connect with the characters and when a book truly destroys me, the way that this book did, it deserves ALL the PRAISE. I am trying to convey just how special this book was. This book is one of my unicorns, I am now the proud owner of three.


“Even in hindsight, with all your mistakes disappearing in the distance, the things you got right are right alongside them. I’d made the mistake in only looking for the hurt…”


Drive is an epic journey of self-discovery, life lessons, love lessons and everything else in between. Music plays a huge part in this book, for all the characters, and if you experience this book the interactive way, by clicking on the music link on each chapter heading you will only fall deeper into the Kate Stewart abyss and truly experience this book heart, mind, body and soul. The balance and flow of this book was PERFECT. Angst in spades, but more importantly heat and passion, laughs, a lot of love and that all-encompassing emotion.


“Welcome to adulthood…It f***ing sucks here.”


This book was captivating from start to finish as you live Stella’s life as she tries to find her place in the world. We start in the present but Kate Stewart soon takes us back to how Stella, became Stella. Stella was a journalist and her specialty was music. Her father in particular had born her love of music and music was her blood, her life line, her de-stress, her true love. Stella wasn’t Stella without her music. Along her travels, making her mark and discovering new talent we also follow Stella’s love life which is full of highs and lows and this is where Kate Stewart comes into her own. Kate Stewart always writes fantastic hero’s and with Drive there is more than one to choose from and I dare anybody not to fall in love with them both. This is not a love triangle per se, there is no cheating, just one heck of an all-encompassing love story, that will have your heart beating a mile minute, the tears plentiful and the highs far outweighing the lows.


“When it came to the men in my life, my emotions were my kryptonite, and so was my indecision.”


Stella was an amazing heroine, it is rare for me to love a heroine as much as the hero but with Stella she wore her heart on her sleeve, she was an open book, opinionated, sassy but vulnerable with her charming personality a mask for the naïve and fearful woman underneath. As this book progresses though you witness Stella’s metamorphosis to the strong, independent, yet still extremely lovable woman she becomes. Her journey was tough and hard fought, there were no winners and losers, Kate Stewart brought this book to a close perfectly.


“Because music is the heart’s greatest librarian. A few notes had the ability to transport me back in time, and to the most painful places.”


As I said above, this is more than a book, it is an experience, like a movie that you are watching in glorious technicolour. It will infuriate you, it will make you laugh, it will make you cry, but at the end, even though you will be physically and emotionally exhausted you can only look back in stunned silence and wonder what the hell you had just read. This is by far my favourite Kate Stewart book. This author truly outdid herself with one hell of a memorable book, one that as I said before I will read time and time again. This is a slow burn, as Kate Stewart sets the scene, but once this book comes into its own around the 40% mark there is no going back. Captivating and unputdownable this is definitely a book you should read with a glass of wine, a huge bar of chocolate and a box of Kleenex, especially if you are a soft sap like me.


“Money used to be the whole f***ing problem and now it can’t solve anything.”


I could harp on about this book forever, but then it will just be boring, so all I am going to say is READ IT. Experience this as the author intended, go in blind and live, breathe and feel this book, it is truly AMAZING!!


“I used to think I was cursed for having fallen in love with two men. But, in hindsight, I realized what a gift it was. They were my lovers, my teachers, my best friends, and I would love them both until I took my last breath.”

Excerpt:

I sometimes wished I had a foggy memory. That I couldn’t remember the details, the dates, the story.

It was both my gift and my curse. 

And music was my navigation. I had followed the music my whole life. My guidance, my protection, my ammunition. I followed it to Austin and into the arms of my first love, only to be ripped apart. But music was loyal and stayed with me, my constant, my comfort and at times, my enabler.

I rolled over in bed facing the wood paneled wall. Though I wanted nothing to do with the damn time machine in my hand, I had no choice, because despite our differences about the journey, I remained loyal and took direction. And because I followed, the road narrowed and shed light on memories that just kept circling, begging to be acknowledged long after the last note.



About the Author:


Kate Stewart lives in Charleston, S.C. with her husband, Nick, and her naughty beagle, Sadie. A native of Dallas, Kate moved to Charleston three weeks after her first visit, dropping her career of 8 years, and declaring it her creative muse. Kate pens messy, sexy, angst-filled contemporary romance as well as romantic comedy and erotic suspense because it's what she loves as a reader. A lover of all things '80s and '90s, especially John Hughes films and rap, she dabbles a little in photography, can knit a simple stitch scarf for necessity only and does a horrible job of playing the ukulele. Aside from running a mile without collapsing, traveling is the only other must on her bucket list. On occasion, she does very well at vodka.

Contact Kate- Email- authorkatestewart@gmail.com

Friday Frights ~ PNR Review ~ Marked for Them (Witches of Rose Lake #1) by Lia Davis


Book Description:

Hiding out in a mental institution isn’t glamorous. I call it surviving.

I’m blissfully unaware of the world outside the walls—and spell—that hides me. Until the ghost shows up with talks about his friends being marked by a demon. Oh, but not just any demon. The same one who has marked me and wants me dead.

My Father.

Fearful daddy dearest would be my next uninvited guess, I make the choice to follow the ghost to his four, very alive friends. To my relief they want my father dead as much as I do. One thing I’m not prepared for is finding out that Zane—the alpha wolf shifter—is my mate, and the demon mark links the five of us—ghost included—together on a deeper level than I thought.

Teaming up and facing the demon stirs up passion and dark secrets none of us are ready to face.

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Our Review:

Reviewed by Shirley ~ 5 stars


I have got to say I really enjoyed this book and have already pre-ordered Book 2.

The story flows along at a speed of knots which keeps you turning the pages. It is also sensual and loving.

Our heroine Reese has had a rough deal. Her mother is dead and her father, a demon, plagues her dreams and to top it all he wants her dead as well. To get away from him she has had to go to the extreme of locking herself away in a mental institution for the last two years, hiding behind a spell so that he cannot find her.

But someone found her, a ghost. He tells Reese she is needed by his four friends who also share the demons mark. The same mark that her father marked her with when she was a child. The ghost persuades her to go with him and this is where the story gets really interesting.

Her first encounter was with a very large alpha wolf shifter. Reese is immediately drawn to him. He might be deadly and frightening but…


“Yet, I found him gorgeous, overwhelming, and sexy enough to lick from head to toe.”


And so, she carries on and sees the devastation that her father has done, making Reese all the more determined to destroy her father once and for all. With these new people she is to meet she feels this can be done because she feels the pull of the marks linking them all. Which in turn makes them stronger and also much, much closer to one another especially after finding out that the gorgeous wolf shifter is her mate.


“Our lips brushed together, soft at first. Then he deepened the kiss, moving his mouth over mine. Tingles skittered over my body, and desire churned in my soul and belly.”


I have only one complaint, it has a cliff hanger, cruel, but the story is so good it is worth the wait.

Ms Davis this is a brilliant book and I cannot wait to see how the characters develop and see how they get on with their fight against Daddy Dearest.

Thursday, 12 October 2017

Release Day Blitz & Review ~ Monster (Animal #2) by Marni Mann

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Title: Monster
Author: Marni Mann 
Publication Date: October 12th, 2017
Genre: Contemporary Romance

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Monster, an all-new dark romance from Marni Mann is LIVE!

Book Description:

“Because I came from you, does that mean I’m capable of killing? That I’ll be addicted to blood? That I’ll get off on torturing people?”

The kid had questions.

I didn’t blame him.

He’d only heard one side, and it wasn’t mine.

“Why did you hate my mother?”

Now, that was a story worth telling.

But, to do that, I had to bring the kid back to the very beginning. 

When the killing and the blood and the torture had all started.

When I was truly happy.

When I was first called a Monster.


Monster is a follow-up to Animal. Animal must be read first.

*WARNING*

Monster is an extremely dark novel. There are strong sexual themes, drug usage, physical and sexual abuse, and torture that could trigger and/or cause emotional suffering.

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(Free in Kindle Unlimited)


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Our Review:

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


“I don’t want to be you. I won’t ever be you.”


Marni Mann does sick and twisted like no other and she really delved deep into her deliciously dark psyche to conjure up this insane journey that she takes great pleasure in taking the reader on. Animal was the first book in this series, and while that shows just how capable she is, it seems we only saw the tip of the ice berg when it came to Shank. Suspenseful, cringe inducing at times (in the best way), Marni Mann really delivered in cementing you firmly in Shank’s depraved world, but while he shared the limelight in this book with a few other characters the end result would have always been the same.


“Cum floated, and I wanted to watch mine swim across her blood.”


This book does have a fair few twist and turns, most I saw coming and some I didn’t. It didn’t matter that I saw the writing on the wall because the delivery is what really brought this book into its own. As with Animal, this book has two parallel stories running side by side and you have that sense of foreboding when you suddenly realise that never the twain shall meet. With many point of views it can sometimes confuse a story, however, with Monster, it is these points of view that ramp up the suspense and draw the reader further into Marni Mann’s warped and twisted psyche. With that constant niggle in the back of your head that nobody is as they seem you will constantly find yourself desperately trying to read between the lines as subtle and not so subtle clues are expertly delivered.


“Here, we don’t have general population. We only have death row. There is no parole. No release dates. When you’re sent to this prison, you die here.”


I will say that when I knew we would be getting Shank’s book I was expecting super duper dark, I mean, after what we learned about him in Animal, you always knew he was one sick and twisted excuse of a human being. While in Animal, Beard had a heart, I am sure this necessary organ was severely lacking with Shank and while I didn’t have that love for Shank like I had for Beard, my heart went out to those he affected and it seems his reign of terror is far from over. However, you cannot be Shank without racking up a few enemies of your own and it is these that add another layer to this story.


“…You know that underneath all your growls and edges and dark layers, you’re the kindest man with such a big, beautiful, protective heart.”


Marni Mann delivered a book that I wasn’t expecting, when this book was announced my brain went into overdrive as to how and what would happen and while I was way off with my interpretation of Shank’s life, what I got was so much better. I will admit I shed a few tears as Marni Mann delivered the mother of all shocks and I also found myself frantically trawling Animal for a clue that I had forgotten that suddenly made everything a whole lot clearer. If you have time, maybe have a refresher with Animal as some clues are well worth retaining.


“Beard, Diego and me never thought we’d get caught. We’d never planned for what would happen next. We’d certainly never anticipated what actually went down in the end.”


Marni Mann knows how to end a book, her endings are what nightmares are made of, and she didn’t disappoint with Monster. The more this author writes the more I fall in love with her voice and her inherent ability to write a fantastic story no matter the genre. This is a book you will not want to put down and with two stories to keep the grey matter ticking over your brain will have certainly had a work out. Once again Marni Mann delivered and while I cannot see her re-visiting these characters they have certainly left their mark and while I would certainly be welcome of a little more the main course we had more than sufficed. Maybe we can all persuade her to deliver some dessert, once she has cleared those demons that she surely conjured to write this damn series in the first place. A fantastic series that I can highly recommend. (Prisoned, Animal (Prisoned spin-off #1), Monster: Animal #2)


“All those bruises had been worth it. The best part was, none of them had turned into scars.”

Other quotes:

“Most of the chicks around here were scared of my snakes. They didn’t appreciate the slickness of snakeskin. The softness of their tongues. Their slithering sounds.
Yet snakes reminded me so much of women. They both had delicate, silky bodies, and they shared the same behavior right before they ate. They even rattled when they were stroked.”


Deep down, beneath his layers of coil and his sharp fangs, was a man worth knowing.


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About the Author: 

Best-selling Author Marni Mann knew she was going to be a writer since middle school. While other girls her age were daydreaming about teenage pop stars, Mann was fantasizing about penning her first novel. She crafts sexy, titillating stories that weave together her love of darkness, mystery, passion, and human emotion. A New Englander at heart, she now lives in Sarasota, Florida with her husband and their two dogs who subsequently have been characters in her books. When she’s not nose deep in her laptop working on her next novel, she’s scouring for chocolate, sipping wine, traveling to new locations, and devouring fabulous books. 

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