Wednesday, 21 August 2019

New Release: TATUM by Nancy George


Title: Tatum
Series: The Widows of Birch Harbor
Author: Nancy George
Genre: Romance Suspense Novella
Release Date: August 21, 2019






Tatum fulfills the role required of her—a loving and devoted wife to her husband, Carmine. But Tatum married into the most feared mafia family in New York, and her every move is reported to Tito Mancini, the ruthless don. Tatum longs to escape the madness. 

Does she have the courage to walk away, or will she spend the rest of her life waiting for the day someone puts a gun to her head?
Two things unite the widows of Birch Harbor…
husbands and death.
Six women from different locations all living diverse lives. Married for better or worse, these women will have one thing in common. One by one they will wake up to face a brand-new day filled with hope and promises only to hear a single word which separates them from other women. Widow.
Some will relish in the prospect that their lives can finally begin. Others will try to pick up the pieces of their shattered lives and face the future alone. 
Fate has not yet finished with them.
Each one will find herself looking out over the deep, velvety-blue waters of the ocean, just outside the sanctuary of Birch Harbor, and wonder what life is all about.




























Nancy George lives in Wanganui, New Zealand with her three cats, and her dog Rosie.
Apart from writing, Nancy is a volunteer for the SPCA, fostering kittens.
This is her third book. Her first one is a short story called “I’m Fifty and Not Out” and her second is “Girl of Shadows” followed by “The Silent Scream”.
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I have my own blog which I have dedicated to helping people like myself who have watched a love one battle a terminal illness. My blog name www.cancerruinedmylife.com.













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Friday, 16 August 2019

Book Review: UNTIL JOE by CP Smith




Title: Until Joe
A Happily Ever Alpha World Novel
Author: CP Smith
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Release Date: August 16, 2019



Blurb

Sometimes the greatest love comes in the middle of your life.

Joe Rouger (Uncle Joe from the Until Series by Aurora Rose Reynolds) is ready for a woman who completes him. He finds what he’s looking for in a feisty Southern belle named Bernice Armstrong (Wallflower Series by CP Smith) The question is, can he leave his world behind for a chance at happiness?

And if he does, can he keep Bernice away from outside sources that threaten to steal what he’s waited for his whole life: a soul mate he can live and die for!

Part of the Happily Ever Alpha World brought to you by Boom Factory Publishing LLC, Aurora Rose Reynolds, and Author CP Smith.







Purchase Links

AMAZON US / UK / CA / AU

Free in Kindle Unlimited





My Thoughts

UNTIL JOE by CP Smith introduces us to 50-somethings Joe Rouger and Bernice Armstrong. I love romance book characters with some life experience, and Smith certainly delivers with these two.

The attraction between Joe and Bernice is strong from the start, and when they come together, these two are hot, hot, hot! With many life lessons behind them, I appreciated that neither was prepared to settle for something that would not enrich their lives and make them happy.

I enjoyed the time we spent getting to know Joe and Bernice, but I do wish we got more of them together as a couple. There was a lot of world building, a suspense plot to be solved and the introduction of many characters that I feel intruded on the Joe & Bernice story.

These two opposites certainly prove the rules not to judge a book by its cover and that opposites attract.




Author Bio

CP Smith lives in Oklahoma with her husband and five children. She loves football, reading, and card games. Writing for her is about escape. She writes what she loves to read, and leaves the rest to those with better imaginations.


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Thursday, 15 August 2019

Book Review: THE QUIET MAN by Kristen Ashley



About the Book



Charlotte “Lottie” McAlister is in the zone. She’s ready to take on the next chapter of her life, and since she doesn’t have a man, she’ll do what she’s done all along. She’ll take care of business on her own. Even if that business means starting a family. 

The problem is, Lottie has a stalker. The really bad kind. The kind that means she needs a bodyguard.

Enter Mo Morrison.

Enormous. Scary.

Quiet.

Mo doesn’t say much, and Lottie’s used to getting attention. And she wants Mo’s attention. Badly.

But Mo has a strict rule. If he’s guarding your body, that’s all he’s doing with it.

However, the longer Mo has to keep Lottie safe, the faster he falls for the beautiful blonde who has it so together, she might even be able to tackle the demons he’s got in his head that just won’t die.

But in the end, Lottie and Mo don’t only have to find some way to keep hands off until the threat is over, they have to negotiate the overprotective Hot Bunch, Lottie’s crazy stepdad, Tex, Mo’s crew of frat-boy commandos, not to mention his nutty sisters.

All before Lottie finally gets her Dream Man.

And Mo can lay claim to his Dream Girl.  


My Thoughts


Having read many (50+) Kristen Ashley books, there’s clearly something about her writing that appeals to me. Having said that, I’ve been disappointed by more recent releases, so when I picked up QUIET MAN, I wasn’t entirely able to slough off my preconceived impressions.

Did I like the book? My first instinct is to say yes. It’s certainly a lot better than I expected. However, exceeding low expectations is hardly the hallmark of a great read, is it?

Charlotte “Lottie” McAlister’s life is in danger. Someone is threatening her, so Smithie, the owner of the strip club Lottie works in decides to get help to protect her. Enter Kim ‘Mo’ Morrison. He’s been assigned to guard Lottie 24/7. Wherever she goes, he goes.

I liked Lottie. She knows what she wants and she takes steps to get it. She was attracted to Mo from the start and was not coy about letting him know. Lottie never exhibited any too-stupid-to-live moments; she believed her life was in danger, and did what she was told in order to keep safe as possible.

I liked Mo. He is the ‘quiet man’ in this story. With four older sisters, an intimidating body type and a career in the military, I believe he learned early about the benefits of keeping quiet.

I liked Mo and Lottie together. I liked that Lottie called Mo her “mound of hunkalicious boyfriend”. The time they did spend together was comfortable; they were opening up to one another, they enjoyed each other. And the physical attraction between them was hot.

So what didn’t work for me? For starters, Ashley’s writing style here. Ashley relies heavily on one word sentences or sentences with so many words that I often needed to reread to understand them. She’s employed this style before but I have read other books where her writing was much smoother and polished. I prefer the latter.

Like other books, a disproportionate amount of time is spent on the irrelevant. Why give people a running commentary on a house’s entire decor and not allow readers to spend more time with the characters? I would have loved to have more Lottie and Mo time. I would have loved to spend more time with Lottie’s and Mo’s families. Instead we learn about curtains and cushions.

Speaking of irrelevance, the mention of just about every Denver-based character in Ashley’s books was unnecessary. The majority of these characters played no role in this story, so why introduce them? If I was a new reader I would have felt totally overwhelmed. As a fan, I would have felt cheated.

Another thing I’ve noticed in Ashley’s more recent releases are the scenes designed to educate us on standards of behaviour. Both Lottie and Mo have interactions with secondary characters that did fit the story but my issue with them is that Ashley doesn’t know when to stop. We get it. There’s no need to continue bashing the point over the readers’ heads.

Finally, and this is a minor point, I was not really a fan of this book as the set up for the new Dream series. Quiet Man names all the couples and we’ve also learned more about the hero of the first book in the series than I felt was necessary. All the mystery and speculation is gone.


In conclusion, Quiet Man was more than an okay read but I can’t say that I universally liked it. What it has done is made me interested enough to want to read Dream Maker, the first book in the upcoming Dream series. Well played, Kristen Ashley, well played.  


About the Author



Kristen Ashley is the New York Times bestselling author of over sixty romance. She’s a hybrid author, publishing titles both independently and traditionally, her books have been translated in fourteen languages and she’s sold over three million books.

Kristen, born in Gary and raised in Brownsburg, Indiana, was a fourth-generation graduate of Purdue University. Since, she has lived in Denver, the West Country of England, and now she resides in Phoenix. She worked as a charity executive for eighteen years prior to beginning her independent publishing career. She currently writes full-time.



Book Review: THE DOUBLE by Helena Newbury



About the Book




He’s not a criminal, he’s the criminal. Ruthless and gorgeous, he rules half of New York. Everyone knows his name: Konstantin. I’m the exact opposite. As an FBI surveillance specialist, my job is to be invisible and that suits me just fine. I spend my life watching Konstantin, and he’s never once seen the shy girl taking photos from across the street.

But when Konstantin’s beautiful but evil “companion,” Christina, is injured in a car crash, we get a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Plastic surgery can make me look just like her: I can take her place at Konstantin’s side and learn every secret he’s got. I must learn to mimic her exactly, from the way she walks to the sounds she makes in bed. Because if he suspects for one instant that I’m not her...he’ll kill me.

I soon discover that there’s more to Konstantin than anyone knows. That cold exterior hides a lifetime of pain and a deep, scorching need that takes my breath away. As our feelings spin out of control and my loyalties are tested, I need to know: is he falling for me...or the woman I’m impersonating? I was sent to destroy him but I might be the only one who can save him. And the love I was told to fake might just be real.


My Thoughts


Here’s the thing. THE DOUBLE by Helena Newbury has one of the most improbable plots I have read in a book ages. There are plenty of twists and turns, secrets and manipulations. It certainly is one rollicking adventure of a book and I could easily see this book play out in a big screen action film.  As long as you are happy to suspend belief, there is plenty of substance to this book that makes it worth reading.

The other caution I will add is that there is an element of BDSM to this book. I was not aware of this before I started reading as this is not a genre I gravitate towards. When I first came across it in the book I did consider stopping. I am glad I continued. The kinky sex is more alluded to than it is explicit and when we do get a full scene, I thought it was quite tame.

So what did I enjoy? Let’s start with Hailey. She’s an FBI surveillance specialist, a role that suits her solitary life. She and has spent the last 2 years closely observing Konstantin Gulyev, a top criminal who controls large swathes of New York City. The observation has come from a distance, yet Hailey has become obsessed with him.  I really enjoyed Newbury’s writing as she describes Hailey’s fascination. Nothing is off limits; his clothes, his body, his speech, his behaviour. I could feel what Hailey was feeling – the strong attraction warring with knowledge this man was dangerous.

The plan to infiltrate Konstantin’s inner circle by having Hailey play to role of his girlfriend Christina also made me curious. Getting the physical aspects correct would be relatively easy, but it’s the intimate moments, the conversations, the secrets (if any) they share that would be harder to emulate. I liked the moments between Hailey/Christina and Konstantin. The physical attraction between them was obvious but the attraction went beyond this, to a helplessness that neither could resist. It certainly kept me turning the pages.

And finally, I liked the turn-paging suspense of wondering what will happen next. It’s a romance, so the couple ends up together. But how? Hailey’s deception, the FBI, Konstantin’s competitors, both Hailey’s and Konstantin’s jobs, are all factors that work against them.


What can I say? The story has more holes than the proverbial Swiss cheese but I liked it. 


About the Author


I’m a romantic suspense author with a love of baking hot summer days, strawberry gelato, good coffee and interesting people. My first book was published in June 2013 and hit various bestseller charts across the US, UK and Canada. In September, just before the sequel came out, I became a USA Today and New York Times bestselling author, at which point I fainted.


I sometimes write in a very noisy, very busy coffee shop which means I end up mainlining caffeine to keep my seat. You’ll know when this happens because I’ll still be on Twitter that night at 4am.




Tuesday, 13 August 2019

Book Review: SO STEADY by Eve Dangerfield


About the Book



Nicole DaSilva keeps her mind on the future. That’s where her perfect life is. At least it will be if she can sort out her broken engagement, get her tattoo removed, control her wayward sisters and catch the person stealing from their business…but that’s easier said than done. Especially when there’s a huge, strangely attractive tattooist in her way...

Noah Newcomb keeps his mind on the past. It’s where the demons come loose. He trusts no one and his only plans are for a vasectomy. He and Nicole make as much sense together as, well, an ex-con and a former school captain, but he's never been one to turn down a rebound thing. Especially not with a girl as Type A hot as her.

It's your standard ‘say anything to my sisters and I'll call the Australian Tax Office and tell them there's $500,000 in cash under your bed' affair, but as Nicole and Noah hook up it's clear they’re falling for each other. Can they meet in the present? Do they have a shot at something steady?



My Thoughts


One of the things I love about Eve Dangerfield’s writing is how Australian-sounding it is. I feel like these characters are people I could be passing on the street daily and I welcome it.

SO STEADY is the second book in Silver Daughters Ink series. Nicole DaSilva may have a twin sister but she feels like the odd one out; her twin, Sam, and younger sister, Tabby, seem much more similar to her. Nicole has spent years working towards a “normal” and stable future. She’s got a stable job as an accountant, she’s got the suburban home, a strict skin care regime to keep aging at bay, and a fiancĂ© to help her live the dream of conventionality. It all falls apart when said fiancĂ© issues an ultimatum Nicole won’t fulfil, so she ends up back in Melbourne a little lost, a lot hurt and with a most inconvenient attraction to the “hulking beast” Noah Newcomb.

Noah works as a tattoo artist at Silver Daughters Ink, and while he also is attracted to Nicole, he is staying far away. They are like chalk and cheese and he is not interested in the traditional future Nicole wants.

As Nicole investigates monetary theft at the tattoo studio, she and Noah find themselves in each other’s orbit. The magnetism is strong, the attraction palpable and the desire is off the charts. Nicole and Noah often find themselves in comfortable conversation; able to say and reveal things to each other they keep secret from others.

There is plenty of humour infused within the story. The arguments and physical fights between the sisters are legendary, the observations about people made me laugh out loud and I even had a chuckle at how the Noah still managed to keep his masculinity while describing colours such as periwinkle, fuchsia and sorbet yellow.  


So Steady was a really entertaining read and I highly recommend it. I am now eagerly awaiting Tabby’s story. 


About the Author



Eve Dangerfield has loved romance novels ever since she first started swiping her grandmother’s paperbacks. Now she writes her own unapologetically sexy tales about complex young women and gorgeous-but-slightly-tortured men. Eve currently lives in Melbourne with her sister and a zen-like rabbit named Billy. When she's not writing she can usually be found drinking, dancing or making a mess. Often all at once. Calling her an author will get you kissed* 

*circumstances are subject to change.

http://www.evedangerfield.com/



Audiobook Review: SHATTERED STARS by Shari J Ryan


About the Book




"You will lose your memory."

That's what a doctor told me at just twenty nine years old.

My headaches and exhaustion weren't from overexertion like I thought.
It was more.
A lot more.

Despite my unimaginable challenges, I found love at a time I needed it most.
Layne, a rising star and popular frontman, was unknowingly singing life into my soul through his allusive lyrics.
I lived and breathed for the mesmeric sound of his voice.

Kismet led us to a kind of love anyone would die for.
I'm devastated that Layne will be stuck loving me after I begin to forget him.
I can't bare the thought that we will once again be strangers, separated by forgotten memories.
I can no longer promise him a future like the one he vowed to me.
Layne is determined to help me get better.
I'm determined to make him see past my illness.

But avoidance is pushing him away faster than my shattering heart is forgetting.
Now I'm worried that I've lost precious time that neither of us can ever reclaim.
Realizing that making the love of my life happy is more important to me now than ever, I'm determined to face the music and find all of the right strings to make him smile again.

Then I'll be happy too, even if I don't remember...


My Thoughts


SHATTERED STARS is only the second Shari J Ryan book I have read, and once again she has turned me into a watering can. Even though it made me cry, I recommend this book.

The situation Dani and Layne find themselves in is heartbreaking. 29 years old, and being told she has already started to lose her memories puts incredible pressure on this otherwise strong relationship. It’s clear from the outset that Dani and Layne have an incredible love but their attitudes in how to go on given Dani’s prognosis differ greatly. I feel Ryan does an excellent job in expressing the fear, frustration, anger, helplessness and love that arise from Dani’s health issues.

The ending brings about a resolution but I still unsure how I feel about it. Yes, it’s believable but this latter part of the book was a tad too rushed for my liking. I needed more time to understand it, absorb it.


I listened to an audio version of this book narrated by Erin Bennett. I feel she did an excellent job in narrating this book. The many and varied emotions of the characters were conveyed wonderfully. I was immersed in the story from the start and the only thing that stopped me from finishing this book quickly was waiting to listen to this book while at home so I could be as emotional as I needed to be behind closed doors. 


About the Author



I’M A REAL PERSON, SOMETIMES LIVING IN A FICTIONAL WORLD

It has been about six years or so since I started writing books. However, I have been journaling since I turned nine. Writing has been my outlet for stress, anxiety, and adulting. When life gets hectic, it’s fun to daydream about being in a new place or meeting different people. Of course, life doesn’t always allow for such extravagance, so I enjoy creating new worlds and characters for myself and others who either like to read, and, or need a coffee break from life.

At first, writing was about the story, but over time, it has morphed into a type of art, wanting to create realistic people and places, and now, I focus on the craft of both story telling and character development. I strive to make each book better than the last because I love to grow and learn, research, and explore new ideas.


Writing is one of my biggest joys in life, and I’m grateful for the support I have received through the years, encouraging me to push ahead and keep growing. 


Book Review: MOTI ON THE WATER by Leylah Attar

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“Moti on the Water is an absolute gem of a romance–thoroughly entertaining and uniquely charming..”- Frolic


Moti on the Water, an all-new sensational summer must read from New York Times bestselling author Leylah Attar is available now!


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Meet Moti Ferreira—spectacularly jinxed from the day she’s born.

Saddled with an eccentric mother, she stumbles upon the one man who holds the key to her freedom—the best man at her cousin’s upcoming wedding.
All Moti has to do is overcome her fear of water, board a yacht to the Greek Isles, seduce the dreamy Nikos Manolas, and survive two weeks at sea with her oddball family.

The only obstacle Moti doesn’t see coming is Alexandros Veronis, the onboard chef and star witness to her awkward mishaps. He transforms onions into chocolate and aroma into nostalgia. Day by day, his alchemy works its magic on Moti. But she’s not the only one falling under his spell. Everyone has a secret, growing round and ripe at Chef Alex’s table. When the masks fall off, they spill out one by one, and everything blows up in their faces.

Now Moti’s truth is exposed, and worse, she’s hooked on more than Alex's midnight snacks. But this time, screwing up could be the best thing she’s ever done…


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MY THOUGHTS

MOTI ON THE WATER is the first Leylah Attar book I’ve read, and what a delight it was!

Poor Moti. Her life is definitely not carefree. Not only is her life driven by the prophecies of a clairvoyant her mother consulted at her birth, she is always expected to step up and help her family members. And if all that external pressure is not enough, Moti herself is somewhat awkward and clumsy, leading to some moments that are funny for readers but mortifying for Moti.

During the course of a holiday on a private yacht charter, we see the comical and outrageous actions of people forced to spend a length of time in proximity. And off to the side is Alex, the onboard chef whose meals are a revelation to Moti. She not only falls in love with the food, her attraction to Alex is immediate and somewhat inconvenient. He really is not what the clairvoyant foresaw...  And if you’re worried about a love triangle, don’t be. It’s clear Alex and Moti only have eyes for each other.

Apart from Moti and Alex, Naani, Moti’s grandmother was my favourite character. She is the kind of grandmother with great wisdom that comes from experience. She is quiet for the most part, yet is not afraid to make her thoughts known when necessary.

Oh, and I have to mention the location! The Aegean coast and a number of Greek islands provide a gorgeous background. Attar does a great job in describing the surroundings and they play a part in this well told story.

There’s something for everyone in this book; romance, adventure, humour, and more. I highly recommend it.



*****
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About Leylah

Leylah Attar is a New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal Best Selling author of contemporary romance and women’s fiction. She is the recipient of the 2017 Indie Reader Discovery Award for fiction. Her books, which include Mists of The Serengeti, The Paper Swan, 53 Letters for My Lover (#1) and From His Lips (a 53 Letters novella #1.5), have been published in nine languages.


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New Release: TATUM by Nancy George

Title: Tatum Series: The Widows of Birch Harbor Author: Nancy George Genre: Romance Suspense Novella Release Date:  August ...