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Cover Reveal - Letting Go by Molly McAdams

Friday, 18 July 2014
Today I am incredibly excited to be helping reveal the cover for Letting Go by Molly McAdams. This is working a little different to most cover reveals as it is a video by the author talking about the book and sharing the cover (ooooh) though I have included the cover and synopsis at the bottom for those of you that don't want to / cant watch the video.



 
Synopsis
 
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When Grey and Ben fell in love at thirteen, they believed they’d be together forever. They never dreamed that three days before their wedding, twenty-year-old Ben would suddenly die from an unknown heart condition, destroying his would-be-bride’s world. Grey would have spent the next two years simply going through the motions if it hadn’t been for their best friend, Jagger. He’s the only one who understands her pain ... the only one who knows what it’s like to force yourself to keep moving when your dreams are shattered.
 
While everyone else worries over Grey’s fragility, Jagger is the only one who sees her strength, and vows to always be there for her-even if it’s only as her best friend. As much as he wants Grey, he knows her heart will always be with Ben. But when Grey finds out that Jagger has loved her since before he even knew what love was, it might prove to be too much for her to handle.
 
Grey soon realizes their chemistry is undeniable, and they learn that admitting their feelings for each other means they’ve got to face the past. Is being together what Ben would have wanted . . . or a betrayal of his memory that will eventually destroy them both?

Review of Flirty Dancing

Thursday, 17 July 2014

Synopsis

Bea Hogg is shy but fiery inside. When national dance competition Starwars comes to her school looking for talent, she wants to sign up. It's just a shame her best friend agreed to enter with school super-cow Pearl Harris. Bea will fight back! But when school hottie, Ollie Matthews, who also happens to be Pearl’s boyfriend, decides to enter the competition with Bea, she will have more than a fight on her hands.

This warm, nuanced, hilarious story about friendship, fortitude . . . and dancing is impossible not to fall in love with. Jenny’s voice is fresh and convincing, and she handles both darker and lighter elements of the story with equal panache.


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Review

Warning - Do not read this book in public unless you enjoy looking like a giggling lunatic.

I enjoyed this book so much! It is a short, light-hearted read that will have you laughing out loud. Flirty Dancing reminded me of the Georgia Nicholson series which were my favourite books throughout my teen years as it has a similar feel to it. Other than the feel (and the main character having a crazy younger sister, oh and a dad who is abroad for a significant amount of the story) the books are very different and Bea is a fresh, unique character.

The storyline revolves around a dance competition and Bea becoming confident and happy about who she is. There are some very small amounts of romance but the main focus on the book is Bea's growth. Bea comes across as such a realistic character, she is smart, funny and sassy but at school she is too shy to show who she truly is and instead tries to blend in.

The dance element - Jive! - was such a great addition to the story and it made it unique. Other elements of the book such as bullying and the ex-best friend queen bee type were the same as what you see in most books like this but the dance competition (against both the ex-best friend bully and current best friend who has abandoned Bea to dance with the bully) was a great twist on a traditional storyline.

Flirty Dancing is the perfect book for the younger teen or pre-teen as well as the older crowd who want a light-hearted, funny read. I can't wait to read more books by Jenny McLachlan and am looking forwards to seeing what she will bring to the table next.

Try it for yourself! Goodreads | Amazon | Amazon UK

Laura

The Book Orphanage

Tuesday, 15 July 2014
Over the past few years I have accumulated a lot of books. So many in fact that I no longer have room for them all. I recently sorted out my bookshelves and now have a large box of books under my bed that want a proper home. These are a mixture of books that I have read and don't have the room to keep, have several copies of, received in a giveaway long ago or received as an unsolicited book to review. Most of these books sound/are great but I simply don't have room for them or the time to read those that I haven't already. This is the book orphanage.


All of the books in the "orphanage" are free to a good home - you just have to pay the postage for me to send you your requested book(s) (unless we swap books often in which case I will send to you for free. The ones that I was sent by publicist for review purposes I would preferably prefer to send to a blogger who would like to review it but the others I am happy to send to anyone. Most of these books are YA but there are also a few general fiction, fantasy and NA books in there. As an alternative to being mailed - if you are someone I am likely to meet up with in the future (ie. A Londoner as I will be there shortly for two weeks) I will happily give it to you in person.

Also if you think I simply HAVE to read any of the books rather than giving them away let me know in the comments (some I have read, some I haven't).

All the books available are below - a strike through means it is no longer available / is not currently available. I will send books to countries other than the UK but postage can get expensive to other countries (if you are US based, it is probably cheaper for you to just buy the book new) so bear that in mind.

Angelfall by Susan Ee - Duplicate
Angelfall by Susan Ee - Duplicate
The Elites by Natasha Ngan - Duplicate
Rule by Jay Crownover - Duplicate
Love In Revolution by B.R Collins - Very old giveaway win
Anthem For Jackson Dawes by Celia Bryce - Very old giveaway win
Return To Me by Justina Chen - Very old giveaway win
The Weight Of Souls by Bryony Pearce - Not even sure where this one came from :P
Death & Co by D.J. McCune - Giveaway win
Starters by Lissa Price - Duplicate
Boy Nobody by Allen Zadoff - Duplicate
Unnatural Creatures by Neil Gamain - Giveaway win
The Eye Of Minds by James Dashner - Duplicate
The Demons Lexicon by Sarah Rees Brennan - Bought, read, no longer want
Skippy Dies by Paul Murray - Very old giveaway win
Our Kind Of Traitor by John Le Carre - Very old giveaway win
City Of Masks by Mary Hoffman - Very old giveaway win
Generation Dead by Daniel Waters - Bought, read, no longer want
Kiss Of Life by Daniel Waters - Bought, read, no longer want
Wake by Amanda Hocking - Bought, read, no longer want
Radiance by Alyson Noel - Bought, read, no longer want
Running Girl by Simon Mason - Unsolicited review book
Dead Time by Anne Cassidy - Very old giveaway win
Street Duty by Chris Ould - Very old giveaway win
Touch Of Power by Marie V. Snyder - Duplicate
Saving The World And Other Extreme Sports by James Patterson - Bought ages ago not realising it was book 3, now have all on my kindle
Missing Ellen by Natasha Mac a'Bhaird - Unsolicited review book
Zombies Don't Cry by Rusty Fischer - Very old giveaway win
Being A Boy by James Dawson - Got whilst interning last year, great book but I know I will never read it again
Pegasus And The Flame by Kate O'Hearn - Unsolicited review book
A Mutiny In Time by James Dashner - Very old giveaway win
Song Of The Moon by Catherine Banks - Very old giveaway win
Mercenary by Catherine Banks - Very old giveaway win
Wanted by Sara Shepard - Bought, read, no longer want
Infinity by Sherrilyn Kenyon - Bought, read, no longer want

If you are interested in any of these books please contact me in some way eg. comment, email or twitter etc.

Review of To the Sea

Synopsis


Fresh out of college and newly married, twenty-something Kira plans the perfect future with a house in the suburbs, ski getaways, and fancy dinners. When her husband Jeremy dies in a car accident, loss casts her adrift, but her heart cracks wide open when she uncovers the secrets he left behind.

Despite her dislike for the ocean with the whipping wind and itchy sand, Kira seeks solace in salt: tears, sweat, and the sea, helping her move beyond the myth of perfection, and guiding her toward the truth of who she really is.

She takes surf lessons to overcome her fear of the water and her well of grief. In the local surf scene, she meets sultry Jamie, with a hot Australian accent. He’s eager to spend time with her, but mostly between the sheets. Then there’s soulful Ian, her surf instructor, who helps her get on her feet and ride the waves.

During a transformative trip to South Africa on surfari, she learns the best way to be loved, yet when she returns to the shores of New England, grief continues to haunt her. She must let go, but how? Torn between the tides, Kira discovers strength and courage, navigates loss, lust, and love, taking readers along for the plunge.

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Review


This was not a light-hearted fluffy romance.  It starts out with the heroine feeling lonely and only gets worse from there as the life she thought she had disintegrates.  I am not usually up for these types of stories as I like to bask in happy feelings rather than depressing ones, but this story balanced things so well that I feel like I have been shortchanging myself by skipping some of the deeper stories that are out there.

The story is mostly about the heroine’s emotional journey.  She tried to define herself by her strict vision of perfection and slowly breaks down the mold she has boxed herself into as the story progresses.  She develops new friendships, discovers new hobbies, and makes some very difficult decisions.  The story straddles the Women’s Fiction/Romance classification as there is quite a bit of personal growth but the romance is sweet and substantive and not to be dismissed.    

My favorite aspects of the story are that the true romance doesn’t develop until the heroine is ready to undertake a real relationship and that there are emotional relapses.  The author doesn’t paint an overly rosy picture of the heroine trucking along on her journey to happiness.  The heroine struggles throughout to not only dig herself out of her funk but stay out of it.  I’ve always been a little envious of the surf culture which was part of the book’s draw for me initially but it really provided the perfect counterpoint to the life she had defined for herself.  She made a lot of decisions which conflicted with my own innate sense of vindication but were ultimately the best for her mental well-being.

If you are in the mood for a book about self-discovery with a happily ever after and are prepared to endure coping with some pretty devastating circumstances, this is a must read.  If not, you should still read this to break up the monotony of mindless fluff (not an insult, I am a big fan of mindless fluff…).

*A copy of this book was provided in exchange for an HONEST review*

Try it for yourself! Goodreads | Amazon | Amazon UK 


Katie

Review of Ivory Guard

Friday, 11 July 2014

Synopsis


Life will make you stumble

One peaceful afternoon Lillian finds two angels in her living room - wings and gloriole and all - telling her she is an Ivory. Half human and half angel she is born to fight for humankind and to guard the hellholes where the membrane between worlds is at its weakest.
She, an important warrior? Yeah, riiiight.

Life can make you fall

Raz might be an angel but he doesn’t do compassion. His job is to train her, to make her a leader and that’s what he will do. So Lillian will just have to suck it up when she discovers the deadly truth behind his words. When she does exactly that, he has to admit there’s more to the bookworm than he thought. Much more. But there’s one thing he shouldn’t forget – in his world feelings come with a price. Is he willing to pay?

Love will give you wings.

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Review


This is your typical, “Happy eighteenth birthday! Now let’s flip your entire world on end!” story.  Lillian discovers that she was born with one purpose and has basically been on loan to her parents until she turned eighteen and graduated from high school.  She is an ivory which means her entire purpose is to do battle against the evil in the world.  So it is off to her new life with a very gruff mentor to guide her way.

This is not one of those angel stories where angels are awesome and they’re doing everything they’re allowed to do to help humans.  Nope.  Angels are pretty much jerks and the big man himself isn’t much better.  I am not quite sure how I feel about that particular aspect but I have to say that heaven as a bureaucratic corporation is somehow believable.  It just makes for a significantly more cynical outlook when no one is truly good.

I enjoyed Lillian’s character quite a bit.  She is hardworking, witty, loyal, and level-headed.  She is also a badass.  Her friends seem great too but there isn’t much development there.  In fact, the book seems to fly and consists of two parts: when they become an ivory guard and when everything starts to unravel.  There really isn’t a whole lot of downtime.

This is not a standalone book but the ending isn’t too much of a cliffhanger.  If you are looking for an epic good versus evil saga, this may not be the book for you as the lines are quite blurred.  If you are offended by God being portrayed as far from perfect, this is definitely not the book for you.  But if you are looking for a book about a strong girl who adapts to the challenges presented to her, fights for what she believes in but refuses to blindly follow the status quo, you should find this an enjoyable read.

*A copy of this book was provided in exchange for an HONEST review*

Try it for yourself! Goodreads | Amazon | Amazon UK 

Katie

Review of Sharing You

Thursday, 10 July 2014

Synopsis

Twenty-three year old, Kamryn Cunningham has left all she’s ever known and moved to a small town where no one knows her name, who her parents are, or her social status in the horseracing world. Months after opening her own bakery and evading attempts of being set up by her new best friend, she meets Brody. Kamryn fights the instant pull between them because there’s a detail she can’t dismiss. Brody’s married.

To say that twenty-six year old, Brody Saco has had a rough marriage would be an understatement. After marrying his pregnant girlfriend, he spends the next six years in a relationship filled with hatred, manipulation and guilt involving a tragedy that happened five years earlier. When he keeps running into his sister-in-law’s best friend, Kamryn, he can’t ignore that she makes him feel more with just one look than his wife ever has; and soon he can’t continue fight his feelings for her.

When staying apart proves to be too difficult, Brody and Kamryn enter a relationship full of stolen moments and nights that end too soon while they wait for Brody to file for divorce. But the guilt that comes with their relationship may prove to be too much for Kamryn, and Brody might not be strong enough to face the tragedy from his past in order to leave his conniving wife.


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Review

I am a huge and unashamed fan of Molly McAdams. She writes fantastic novels that get you emotionally invested and does one heck of a great love triangle. Sharing You is a very typical Molly book as she has a pretty specific way of writing. Unfortunately this isn’t my favourite Molly McAdams novel and is my least favourite of hers so far. Don’t get me wrong, Sharing You is still a very good book; it just doesn’t tick all of the boxes for me like her past ones have.

If you have read Capturing Peace (not a requirement before reading Sharing You, but does give good background) then you have already met Brody and know his sad story; Sharing You starts off several years after the tragic event that occurs to Brody in Capturing Peace.
Brody is stuck in a loveless marriage out of guilt and a sense of obligation. One of the things I loved about Sharing You is that as it is dual POV we get extra depth as we get to hear what the “hero” thinks instead of just the “heroine”. Kamryn has run from a highly controlling family to a new town where her life can be what she wants it to be. I loved Kamryn as she was a mentally strong character and the type to take control of her own destiny rather than let other people boss her around.

The romance in this book was great (as expected as that is what Molly excels in) and the characters had a great connection.  It was a bit insta-love but you can forgive that because of the incredible chemistry.
I think it is kind of obvious from the title, cover and synopsis alone that this book features cheating. Now I don’t have problems with cheating in books as it is something that happens (and often) in the real world but I know some people do. It is handled really sensitively in this book with the characters just being in a rather sticky situation; it is done in such a way that it is very hard to judge the characters by their actions.

My only issue with this book was believability when it came to Brody and his wife. The things that she and her family do just boggled my mind as it all seemed a little ridiculous. It all made sense at first but then when everything was revealed, it felt like the reasoning behind it just went down the drain.
Overall, this is another great book by a fabulous author. If you like emotional romance novels and don’t mind cheating as an aspect then I definitely recommend this for you.

*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review,  this has not affected my opinions or rating in any way*
Try it for yourself! Goodreads | Amazon | Amazon UK
Laura

Review of Legendary

Tuesday, 8 July 2014

Synopsis

Aliana Fagan spent her childhood traveling the world, dreaming of legendary heroes and mythical lands. But after the sudden death of her parents, she hides behind the safety of her camera and her art until a vivid recurring dream compels her to dig into her father's research about Avalon and Camelot. When she is hurled into a magical realm by forces she thought were only the stuff of fairy tales, she finds herself thrown into an adventure she could never have imagined. Nearly everything she thought she knew about Arthurian legend was wrong.

The independent eighteen-year-old is shocked to find that the people of Avalon think that she is the Destined One, the only person who can summon King Arthur back to life from his hidden chamber. Most surprising of all is that it's up to her to lead the Knights of the Round Table on an epic quest—an adventure that will transport them across the seven magic realms to reclaim all that has been lost so they can defeat the evil Mordrid for good. But first, she must bring the ancient warriors into her world and reunite them with their lost brothers. Chaperoning the legendary knights-with-a-chivalry-complex as they navigate the modern world is a constant challenge, and she certainly never thought she'd be caught between her intense feelings for the noble Sir Galahad and her growing friendship with the King. 

To fulfill the prophecy, Aliana will have to discover the meaning of friendship, bravery, loyalty, true love, and forgiveness. But can she do it all in time to save the realms from Mordrid's impending Armageddon?

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Review

Let me preface this review by saying that I am not much of an Arthurian legend girl. My interest in the legend pretty much stops at Sword and the Stone but something about the description for this book really piqued my interest.  I think it was the combination of a noble kingdom, magic, and the modern world.  Regardless of what drew my initial interest, it effortlessly held my interest and I am seriously impressed with how the author effectively wove together the various elements.

The story begins with a rather sad girl who is almost completely alone in the world and is still struggling with some uncovered deceptions from her past.  She has a vivid dream and sets out on her journey as a result.  I appreciated the fact that she took some basic precautions in her journey and that she is an experienced solo hiker. She is not perfect, as she has certainly been reckless in the past, but I appreciated the fact that her excursion didn’t raise my “she is too dumb to live” hackles. The remainder of her journey is filled with wonder, fear, and danger as she uncovers her role in the legend she thought she knew everything about.  After a successful romp in Avalon, she returns to the modern world with new friends in tow to take the next step in their journey.

This is the part that I enjoyed the most as I loved how she introduced them to the modern world and how her previous life integrated with her new life.  We get the perfect mix of overprotective alpha males, independent modern females, and a little humor when some new technology is thrown in the mix.  I really loved the heroine and the fact that she was the perfect balance of strength and weakness.  She struggles to overcome her fears and the emotions that result from only being seen as a “key” for her new companions.   There is definitely some romance but it was relegated to the end of the queue as there were bigger items of concern.  The villains are quite frightening and the consequences for failure are certainly extreme so the stakes are definitely high.  Our heroes manage to test themselves in battle before the book concludes at the ideal pause point.   Overall, this story can be summarized in one word, epic.  This was a delightful ride that I can’t wait to continue when the next book is released.

*A copy of this book was provided in exchange for an HONEST review*

Try it for yourself! Goodreads | Amazon | Amazon UK 

Katie



Bookish Treasures Recommends - Humorous Romantic Reads

Saturday, 5 July 2014
For people who enjoy a healthy dose of humour in their reading diet, I have compiled a list of some of the ones I have personally enjoyed. This is obviously more of an off-the-cuff list rather than an all-inclusive compendium. Humour is subjective but hopefully, you will find something here that suits your tastes.

Contemporary

Tara Sivec's Chocolate Lover's Series




Synopsis

Claire is a twenty-something, single mom that grudgingly helps her best friend sell sex toys while she attempts to make enough money to start her own business to give her foul-mouthed, but extremely loveable (when he's asleep) toddler a better life.

When Carter, the one-night-stand from her past that changed her life forever, shows up in her hometown bar without any recollection of her besides her unique chocolate scent, Claire will make it a point that he remembers her this time.

With Carter's undisguised shock at suddenly finding out he has a four-year-old son and Claire's panic that her stretch marks and slim to none bedroom experience will send the man of her dreams heading for the hills, the pair will do whatever they can to get their happily ever after.

Warning: contains explicit sex, profanity and enough sarcasm to choke a horse.
The humour in this series is a little on the crass side but doesn't go too far over the line (for me, at least).  I didn't follow through to the last book as it focused on two of the weirder peripheral characters and I was a little hesitant to commit to their story. The first two focus on Claire and Carter who have a wild night at a frat party with an unintended byproduct and no way to get in contact with each other.  Fate gives them another chance a few years down the road and between the main characters and those on the periphery, you are guaranteed some laugh out loud moments.

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Katie Ashley's Rock Chick



Synopsis

Indy Savage, cop's daughter, rock chick and used bookstore owner, has been in love with Lee Nightingale, once bad boy, now the man behind Nightingale Investigations, since she was five years old. No matter what ingenious schemes Indy used to capture his attention, Lee never showed an interest and Indy finally gave up. Now Indy's employee, Rosie, has lost a bag of diamonds and bad guys are shooting at him. When Indy gets involved, Lee is forced to help. Complicating matters, Lee has decided he's interested, Indy's decided she's not. But she can't seem to keep Lee out of her life when she's repeatedly stun gunned, kidnapped and there are car bombs exploding (not to mention she's finding dead bodies).

Indy's best bet is to solve the mystery of the diamonds before Lee. Lee's challenge is to keep Indy alive and, at the same time, win back her heart.
If you are familiar with Katie Ashley, you are probably aware that her books lend themselves more to marathon reads rather than short and concise stories. ;Fortunately, the combination of action, steam and humour make for a very enjoyable read. The humour in this particular book mostly relates to the heroine constantly finding herself in bizarre or mischief-laden situations and her band of misfit secondary characters


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Tangled by Emma Chase


Synopsis

Drew Evans is a winner. Handsome and arrogant, he makes multimillion dollar business deals and seduces New York’s most beautiful women with just a smile. He has loyal friends and an indulgent family. So why has he been shuttered in his apartment for seven days, miserable and depressed?

He’ll tell you he has the flu.

But we all know that’s not really true.

Katherine Brooks is brilliant, beautiful and ambitious. She refuses to let anything - or anyone - derail her path to success. When Kate is hired as the new associate at Drew’s father’s investment banking firm, every aspect of the dashing playboy’s life is thrown into a tailspin. The professional competition she brings is unnerving, his attraction to her is distracting, his failure to entice her into his bed is exasperating.

Then, just when Drew is on the cusp of having everything he wants, his overblown confidence threatens to ruin it all. Will he be able untangle his feelings of lust and tenderness, frustration and fulfillment? Will he rise to the most important challenge of his life?

Can Drew Evans win at love? Tangled is not your mother’s romance novel. It is an outrageous, passionate, witty narrative about a man who knows a lot about women…just not as much as he thinks he knows. As he tells his story, Drew learns the one thing he never wanted in life, is the only thing he can’t live without.

This is a story told from the male perspective and the male is, well, a bit of a dog.  It is a read where the hero grows on you despite your attempts to dislike him.  There are also some entertaining attempts at sabotage that, while on the immature side, you cannot help but enjoy. 

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Paranormal

Magic Bites



Synopsis

When the magic is up, rogue mages cast their spells and monsters appear, while guns refuse to fire and cars fail to start. But then technology returns, and the magic recedes as unpredictably as it arose, leaving all kinds of paranormal problems in its wake.

Kate Daniels is a down-on-her-luck mercenary who makes her living cleaning up these magical problems. But when Kate's guardian is murdered, her quest for justice draws her into a power struggle between two strong factions within Atlanta's magic circles.

The Masters of the Dead, necromancers who can control vampires, and the Pack, a paramilitary clan of shapechangers, blame each other for a series of bizarre killings—and the death of Kate's guardian may be part of the same mystery. Pressured by both sides to find the killer, Kate realizes she's way out of her league—but she wouldn't have it any other way…

Thoughts

The romance is slow to build in this series but so worth the ride. The series revolves around a post magic shift Atlanta where pretty much any weird creature imaginable is possible. The heroine, Kate Daniels, is the perfect mix of snark, intelligence, badassery and vulnerability.  While there are about a million accolades about this series that I could expound upon, I have to say that the humour is probably my favorite.

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Nice Girls Don't Have Fangs by Molly Harper



Synopsis

Maybe it was the Shenanigans gift certificate that put her over the edge. When children's librarian and self-professed nice girl Jane Jameson is fired by her beastly boss and handed twenty-five dollars in potato skins instead of a severance check, she goes on a bender that's sure to become Half Moon Hollow legend. On her way home, she's mistaken for a deer, shot, and left for dead. And thanks to the mysterious stranger she met while chugging neon-colored cocktails, she wakes up with a decidedly unladylike thirst for blood.

Jane is now the latest recipient of a gift basket from the Newly Undead Welcoming Committee, and her life-after-lifestyle is taking some getting used to. Her recently deceased favorite aunt is now her ghostly roommate. She has to fake breathing and endure daytime hours to avoid coming out of the coffin to her family. She's forced to forgo her favorite down-home Southern cooking for bags of O negative. Her relationship with her sexy, mercurial vampire sire keeps running hot and cold. And if all that wasn't enough, it looks like someone in Half Moon Hollow is trying to frame her for a series of vampire murders. What's a nice undead girl to do?

Thoughts

This is one of those stories where humans are well aware of vampires and manage to coexist in relative peace.  The heroine, Jane Jameson, is kind of pathetic at first as she has pretty much nothing going for her and is prone to the some serious bad luck.  Fortunately, her circumstances improve over the course of the book but her luck, well, that appears to be the one constant in her life.

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First Grave On The Right



Synopsis

This whole grim reaper thing should have come with a manual. Or a diagram of some kind. A flow chart would have been nice.

Charley Davidson is a part-time private investigator and full-time grim reaper. Meaning, she sees dead people. Really. And it's her job to convince them to "go into the light." But when these very dead people have died under less than ideal circumstances (like murder), sometimes they want Charley to bring the bad guys to justice. Complicating matters are the intensely hot dreams she's been having about an entity who has been following her all her life...and it turns out he might not be dead after all. In fact, he might be something else entirely. But what does he want with Charley? And why can't she seem to resist him? And what does she have to lose by giving in?

Thoughts

I have to admit that this one borders on the line between hilarious and outlandish.  The heroine is pretty bizarre and has a strange obsession with assigning names to everything, including her body parts.  Her oddity may have something to do with the fact that she can see and communicate with ghosts and has all her life.  Fortunately, I thoroughly enjoyed it and the mysteries associated with the various plot points were quite intriguing.  One delightful treat associated with the book is that each chapter opens with a humorous slogan from a t-shirt or bumper sticker.

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Rule, Jet and Rome pretty new covers and rerelease

Thursday, 3 July 2014
Today is the release of the new UK paperbacks of Rule, Jet and Rome by Jay Crownover. These feature the stunning new covers that I just cant stop staring at.

Rule by Jay Crownover



Synopsis

Sometimes opposites don’t just attract – they catch fire and burn the city down.

Shaw Landon loved Rule Archer from the moment she laid eyes on him. Rule is everything a straight-A pre-med student like Shaw shouldn’t want – and the only person she’s never tried to please. She isn’t afraid of his scary piercings and tattoos or his wild attitude. Though she knows that Rule is wrong for her, her heart just won’t listen.

To a rebel like Rule Archer, Shaw Landon is a stuck-up, perfect princess – and his dead twin brother’s girl. She lives by other people’s rules; he makes his own. He doesn’t have time for a good girl like Shaw – even if she’s the only one who can see the person he truly is.

But a short skirt, too many birthday cocktails and spilled secrets lead to a night neither can forget. Now, Shaw and Rule have to figure out how a girl like her and a guy like him are supposed to be together without destroying their love…or each other.

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Jet by Jay Crownover



Synopsis

The second book in the Marked Men series from Jay Crownover - a sizzling story of love, lust and longing.

With his tight leather jeans and a sharp edge that makes him dangerous, Jet Keller is every girl’s rock and roll fantasy. But Ayden Cross is done walking on the wild side with bad boys. She doesn’t want to give in to the heat she sees in Jet’s dark, haunted eyes, but even his touch sets her on fire.

Jet can’t resist the Southern Belle with mile-long legs in cowboy boots who defies his every expectation. Yet the closer he feels to Ayden, the less he seems to know her. While he’s tempted to get under her skin and undo her in every way, he knows first hand what happens to two people with very different ideas about relationships.

Will the blaze burn into an enduring love… or will it consume their dreams and turn them to ashes?

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Rome by Jay Crownover



Synopsis

The next thrilling and sexy book in the MARKED MEN series.

Cora Lewis is a whole lot of fun, and she knows how to
keep her tattooed bad boy friends in line. But all that flash
and sass hide the fact that she never got over the way
her first love broke her heart. Now she has a plan to make
sure that never happens again: she’s only going to fall in love
with someone perfect.

Rome Archer is as far from perfect as a man can be. He’s
stubborn and rigid, he’s bossy and has come back from his
final tour of duty fundamentally broken. Rome’s used to filling
a role: big brother, doting son, super soldier; and now
none of these fit anymore. Now he’s just a man trying to
figure out what to do with the rest of his life while keeping
the demons of war and loss at bay. He would have been glad
to suffer it alone, until Cora comes sweeping into his life and becomes the only colour on his bleak horizon.

Perfect isn’t in the cards for these two, but imperfect might just last forever…

Goodreads | Amazon | Amazon UK

Waiting On Wednesday - The Fire Artist

Wednesday, 2 July 2014
Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine and it allows readers to share the books that they are most looking forwards to reading.

This week the book I have chosen to feature is The Fire Artist by Daisy Whitney.



Title: The Fire Artist

Author: Daisy Whitney

Series: Standalone (I think)

Publisher: Bloomsbury

Publication date: October 14th (US)

Links: Goodreads | Amazon

Synopsis

A forbidden romance literally heats up in this new fantasy from acclaimed author Daisy Whitney.

Aria is an elemental artist—she creates fire from her hands. But her power is not natural. She steals it from lightning. It’s dangerous and illegal in her world. When she’s recruited to perform, she seizes the chance to get away from her family. But her power is fading too fast to keep stealing from the sky. She has no choice but to turn to a Granter—a modern day genie. She gets one wish at an extremely high price. Aria’s willing to take a chance, but then she falls in love with the Granter . . . and he wants his freedom. Aria must decide what she’s willing to bargain and how much her own heart, body, and soul are worth.

In a world where the sport of elemental powers is the most popular form of entertainment, readers will be swept away by a romance with stakes higher than life and death.


My Thoughts

This book just sounds utterly amazing. I'm getting back into reading a lot more Fantasy and Paranormal novels at the moment at this is just the sort of book I am looking for. To top it off, though I haven't read any of the other Daisy Whitney books I am a HUGE fan of the authors NA novels under her pen name.

What books are you looking forwards to this week?