Wednesday, 27 February 2019

Book Review: THE WORK WIFE by C.J. Martín




C.J. Martín

We’ve all been there before: wanting something—or someone—we can’t have. Whether it’s a decadent slice of chocolate cake that will blow a diet, the too expensive yet oh-so-cute shoes that cost more than an entire paycheck, or the drool-worthy barista who whips up this morning’s macchiato…the point is, we can relate.

Meet Charli. A slightly awkward, forever single twenty-eight-year-old woman who definitely wants what she can’t have.
Enter Oliver. A thirty-eight-year-old executive chef who can’t stop thinking about his quirky co-worker, even though he’s engaged. Life is about choices, and saying “yes” to one person means saying “no” to another. But what if Charli and Oliver have been saying yes to the wrong people?

The timing isn’t right. The place isn’t right. But is it ever?

They say if you can’t take the heat, get out of the kitchen. Charli and Oliver just may set the kitchen on fire.

The Work Wife is a standalone romantic comedy. Equal parts cocky and self-assured, a pinch of awkward sprinkled with a dash of sass, topped with a whole lot of sizzlin’ heat, you'll love this laugh-out-loud romance by best-selling author CJ Martín.


I thoroughly enjoyed THE WORK WIFE by C.J. Martín. The story was highly engaging and I finished it in one sitting.

Charli and Oliver are a fabulous couple. It’s been a long time since I’ve read about a couple whose attraction is this intense, this devoted and this loving: they truly are a perfect match.  The magnetism between them is incredible; they are sizzling hot when they come together. Among all this they are so down to earth; Charli and Oliver are relatable, sincere and genuine.

Let’s not forget that Oliver is engaged, people! I know this might be a turn off for readers but I didn’t find it so at all. I think the author did a first-rate job in showing the turmoil of two people who are struggling to fight the attraction between them. They are imperfect as any person is yet Oliver and Charli had definite ideas of where the line never to be crossed was and when they found themselves wavering, they were adult in their response.

The writing flowed effortlessly for the most part but there were several times I was jolted out of the story due to errors. The book needs another round of proofreading.

This was the first C.J. Martín I’ve read and I’ll definitely be looking out for other works by the author.

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CJ Martín spends the majority of her days daydreaming, procrastinating, and longing for the day when she can quit her day job and write full time.

She loves all things romance and is a sucker for a happily-ever-after. She also loves traveling, yoga, avocados, and music. She has about a million and one playlists on Spotify that are as random as her personality.

She lives in Pennsylvania with her sweet husband (Literally! He owns an ice cream shoppe!) and twelve year-old Jug dog, Albert, who is more spoiled than most humans.

One day she will move to Paris and eat all of the wine and cheese, but until then...she dreams. 

Thursday, 21 February 2019

Book Review: TOMBOY by Avery Flynn

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How exactly has one good deed landed me in the penalty box?

TOMBOY, an all-new, sexy romantic comedy from USA Today bestselling author Avery Flynn, is available now!


Ice Knights defenseman Zach Blackburn has come down with the flu, and my BFF—his PR manager—begs me to put my nursing degree to use and get him back to health. Of course she would call in a favor for the most hated man in Harbor City.

But when he’s finally on the mend and I’m sneaking out of his place, everything goes sideways. Paparazzi spot me and pictures, plus accusations that I slept with him, fly faster than a hockey puck.
At first, all of Harbor City wants my blood—or to give me a girlie-girl makeover. But then…the team finally wins a game. And now this fickle town wants me with the big jerk twenty-four seven.

Argh. I never slept with him the first time! But no one will listen. Then the grumpy bastard goes and promises to break his no-fan-appearances rule to help raise money for a free health clinic—but only if I’m rink-side at every game. That’s not a deal I can turn down.

But when the team keeps winning, and I realize there’s more to him than his bad reputation, suddenly remembering to keep my real hands off my fake date gets harder and harder to do.

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Avery Flynn, if you ever decide to change the cover of TOMBOY I will be extremely disappointed. I love the model on a skateboard and even more, I love that Fallon Hartigan does actually ride a skateboard in the book!

The Hartigan’s are back, and this time it’s no-nonsense Fallon’s turn to find love. Her just-get-the-job-done mantra and take-no-prisoners attitude is intimidating to many. She’s pragmatic and uncomplicated in many a thing, that it takes someone with a keen eye to see the treasure that is the Fallon underneath the shell.

And who would have thought it, but the man that makes the grade is none other than surly, grouchy and unfriendly Zach Blackburn. I loved Zach, and he is going on my list of boyfriends. He is suffering. He is suffering from the flu when he and Fallon meet, but he is suffering from a life of disappointment, betrayal and deceit courtesy of his parents. Is it any wonder he is not inclined to get close to people?

I loved Zach and Fallon. These kids are crazy for each other. Their conversations and banter make for an entertaining read. I enjoyed that they actually listened to what the other has to say, and when their walls begin to drop, I love that they showed each other in word and deed how they felt.

In TOMBOY, Flynn focuses on the perils of social media and the result of the lynch mob mentality of these keyboard crusaders. It’s uncomfortable reading at times and this is a good thing. It’s good for people to be reminded that on the other side there is a human being with feelings.

Even though Flynn tackles some heavy subjects in this series, her writing style adds a light touch. These books are not an angst fest; they are positive, optimistic and highly entertaining. 


USA Today bestselling romance author Avery Flynn has three slightly-wild children, loves a hockey-addicted husband and is desperately hoping someone invents the coffee IV drip. She fell in love with romance while reading Johanna Lindsey’s Mallory books. It wasn’t long before Avery had read through all the romance offerings at her local library. Needing a romance fix, she turned to Harlequin’s four books a month home delivery service to ease the withdrawal symptoms. That worked for a short time, but it wasn’t long before the local book stores’ staffs knew her by name.

Avery was a reader before she was a writer and hopes to always be both. She loves to write about smartass alpha heroes who are as good with a quip as they are with their *ahem* other God-given talents. Her heroines are feisty, fierce and fantastic. Brainy and brave, these ladies know how to stand on their own two feet and knock the bad guys off theirs.


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Wednesday, 20 February 2019

Book Review: THE RISK by Elle Kennedy



(Briar U, Book 2)
Elle Kennedy

Everyone says I’m a bad girl. They’re only partly right—I don’t let fear rule me, and I certainly don’t care what people think. But I draw the line at sleeping with the enemy. As the daughter of Briar’s head hockey coach, I’d be vilified if I hooked up with a player from a rival team.

And that’s who Jake Connelly is. Harvard’s star forward is arrogant, annoying, and too attractive for his own good. But fate is cruel—I require his help to secure a much-coveted internship, and the sexy jerk isn’t making it easy for me.

I need Connelly to be my fake boyfriend.

For every fake date…he wants a real one.

Which means this bad girl is in big trouble. Nothing good can come from sneaking around with Jake Connelly. My father would kill me, my friends will revolt, and my post-college career is on the line. But while it’s getting harder and harder to resist Jake’s oozing sex appeal and cocky grin, I refuse to fall for him.

That’s the one risk I’m not willing to take.


I am more than old enough to be a parent to these characters but it says something positive that Elle Kennedy is able to write a book that I still find relatable, even though my own early adult years are but a distant memory.

In THE RISK we meet Brenna Jensen and Jake Connelly. I liked them both. They are both strong, they have clear goals and do not play the foolish games that often arise when romantic emotions enter the equation. I thoroughly enjoyed their conversations and banter and their attraction to one another was making the pages steam up nicely. Both Brenna and Jake exude a confidence that only the young seem to be able to do, but there are chinks in the armour that we get to explore as the book proceeds; little by little, we learn more about them and get to understand what in their lives has shaped them.

A shout-out to Brooks Weston (Jake’s roommate) and his bubble butt for providing some laugh-out-loud moments, but even with this, I did feel there was a lack camaraderie with secondary characters in comparison to other books set at Briar University.

I was also a tad frustrated that the final hurdle for our couple was resolved in such a speedy manner. It didn’t seem to match the pace of the first 80%-ish of the book and I finished thinking ‘Is that all we get?’

THE RISK is a solid addition to the Briar U series, and I can’t wait to see which couple we get to meet next.


A New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling author, Elle Kennedy grew up in the suburbs of Toronto, Ontario, and holds a B.A. in English from York University. From an early age, she knew she wanted to be a writer, and actively began pursuing that dream when she was a teenager.

Elle writes romantic suspense and erotic contemporary romance for various publishers. She loves strong heroines and sexy alpha heroes, and just enough heat and danger to keep things interesting!

Monday, 18 February 2019

Book Review (& Author Giveaway): MOTION by Penny Reid


MOTION, the first in the all-new Laws of Physics Trilogy from Wall Street Journal and New York Times bestselling author Penny Reid, is available now!


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One week.
Home alone.
Girl genius.
Unrepentant slacker.
What’s the worst that could happen?
Mona is a smart girl and had everything figured out a long time ago. She had to. She didn’t have a choice. When your parents are uber-celebrities and you graduate from high school at thirteen, finish college at seventeen, and start your PhD program at eighteen, you don’t have time for distractions outside of your foci. Even fun is scheduled.
Which is why Abram, her brother’s best friend, is such an irritant.
Abram is a talented guy, a supremely gifted musician, and has absolutely nothing figured out, nor does he seem to care. He does what he feels, when he feels, and—in Mona’s opinion—he makes her feel entirely too much.

Laws of Physics is the second trilogy in the Hypothesis series; Laws of Physics parts 1 (MOTION) & 2 (SPACE) end with a cliffhanger.


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It’s not a surprise that MOTION ends on a cliffhanger; we’ve known from the start this is a story told in three parts, and I find the author manages to pinpoint exactly the right time to pause the story and leave us wanting more, so curse you for that, Penny Reid!

MOTION is very much Mona’s book. She is an exceedingly introspective character, so we spend plenty of time in her head learning about her past, her present and her attitudes. There is still plenty to learn about her, and I hope we do in the latter books.

Abram played more of a supporting role this time around. I enjoyed the snippets of him we got but so far, he is very different from the Abram we first met in Reid’s Chemistry series.

There are funny lines and witticisms peppered throughout the book but the attraction between Mona an Abram really is in its infancy and quite benign. Mona’s crush on Abram’s sister Marie – a woman she has yet to meet but desperately wants to be friends with – has her showing more excitement than she did for Abram.

I do wish the physics talk was dialled down. I have no idea and very little interest in the subject. If the references and chapter headings are meant to mean anything in the context of the story, they have gone over my head.

2018 seemed to be the year of the duet for many romance authors and frankly, I was over it by the time December rolled around. I still have a lingering amount of exasperation with stories dragged out across several books, and that includes Motion. So yes, while I did enjoy it, I would recommend readers wait for the entire three books to be published before diving into Abram and Mona’s story.

And now it’s a wait for book number two. I am hoping for more Abram, more DaVinci family dynamics and a lot more romance. 

Motion, book one of the Laws of Physics trilogy is available now.
Space, book two of the Laws of Physics trilogy is scheduled for release on March 11, 2019.
Time, book three of the Laws of Physics trilogy is scheduled for release on April 15, 2019.


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Penny Reid is the New York Times, Wall Street Journal and USA Today Best Selling Author of the Winston Brothers, Knitting in the City, Rugby, and Hypothesis series. She used to spend her days writing federal grant proposals as a biomedical researcher, but now she just writes books. She’s also a full time mom to three diminutive adults, wife, daughter, knitter, crocheter, sewer, general crafter, and thought ninja.


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Tuesday, 5 February 2019

Book Review (+ author giveaway): MAID IN ENGLAND by Brenda St John Brown

Title: Maid in England
Series: The I Do Crew #1
Author: Brenda St John Brown
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: February 5, 2019


TO: The guy who dumped me because of my career
FROM: The woman hired to save yours
RE: I am 150,000% over you. 


I’m on the 11:14 train out of London, so I’ll be there by 3:00. To make this as painless as possible, I thought it would help to establish key ground rules:

 1. No rehashing our past relationship. Yes, we were engaged, but it’s been twelve years and I’m over you.
  2. I’m very good at my job and that job is to help you shed the “reclusive” part of the whole “reclusive rock star” vibe you’ve got going on. Brace yourself.
  3. My plan is to have this wrapped up by Friday, so save your smoldering looks until I’m gone, please. (I assume you still smolder?) I’m immune now. See item #1.
 4. My cousin is getting married and guess who's a bridesmaid? Funny, huh? Almost as funny as the fiancée you dumped because you thought she was married to her job now saving yours.

Always a bridesmaid, never a bride. Except almost. That one time.

P.S. Have I mentioned I’m totally, completely 150,000% over you? 

My Thoughts

MAID IN ENGLAND is the first Brenda St John Brown book I have read, and I enjoyed her writing. The writing flows easily and I felt the pacing was consistent. Admittedly I was somewhat confused by the title and book blurb; I don’t think they accurately reflect the story told, but don't let that put you off. The book is more serious that I expected but it was a pleasant read.

I enjoyed Remi’s story and thought her character development was realistic throughout. I particularly liked that the author had Remi “save” herself when she was experiencing her work/life crisis.  

I enjoyed Remi and Alastair’s relationship but I wanted more of it. It felt like we got the bare bones. As a result, it was hard to feel fully invested in their relationship.

One of the sweetest relationships in the book was between Remi and Ziggy, the dog. Their “conversations” were fun to read.

MAID IN ENGLAND is an entertaining, undemanding read that’s just the thing when you want to escape into a book for a few hours.

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Brenda is a displaced New Yorker living in the English countryside. She’s lived in the UK long enough to gain dual citizenship, but still doesn’t understand Celsius. However, she has learned the appropriate use of the word “pants”. And how to order a proper bacon bap/barm/buttie. Because, well, bacon.

Brenda writes contemporary romance to make you giggle and swoon. When she’s not writing, she enjoys hiking, running and reading. In theory, she also enjoys cooking, but it’s more that she enjoys eating and, try as she might, she can’t live on Doritos alone.

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Monday, 4 February 2019

Book Review: THE FOUNDLING'S DAUGHTER by Ann Bennett

Title: The Foundling's Daughter
Author: Ann Bennett
Genre: Women's Fiction/Historical Fiction
Release Date: November 30, 2018

In 1934, Anna Foster, the wife of a British Army Officer, privately harbouring pain and remorse, sets sail from Bombay on a fateful journey home, a letter from a charismatic stranger — orphanage superintendent, Reverend Ezra Burroughs — in her pocket.

Seventy-six years later, Connie Burroughs, Ezra's daughter, now in her nineties and in a care home, still lives in fear of her dead father. She guards his secrets loyally, but with a lifetime of regrets.

Sarah Jennings, escaping an unhappy marriage, moves to be near her ageing father. She buys Cedar Lodge, the crumbling former home of the Burroughs family, a renovation project she hopes will bring peace of mind to trying times. But she's not prepared for the shocking secrets she uncovers. Determined to track down the past, Sarah embarks on a quest to expose the chilling events that took place at Ezra Burroughs' orphanage in the 1930s; a quest that will ultimately change her life.

I really enjoyed THE FOUNDLING’S DAUGHTER by Ann Bennett, where the stories of three women living very different lives intersect in this interesting book of historical fiction.

I think the author did a great job of weaving the individual narratives of Anna, Connie and Sarah. They are divided by age and circumstance but their lives are significantly impacted by the actions of men in their lives. For Anna and Connie, there’s also the additional pressure of living in a time where people were much less forgiving in their attitudes.

In addition to the characterisations, I felt Bennett did a wonderful job in describing the surroundings and atmosphere Anna, Connie and Sarah found themselves in. There’s the secretive, oppressive atmosphere of the orphanage Connie lived in, while Anna finds herself immersed in a strange world where the foreign and tantalising sights and sounds of India are ignored and are actively being eradicated by the British community she finds herself living within.

It took me a bit of time to warm up to the book. After an intriguing prologue, we learn Sarah’s story first, and I felt it was stretched too thin. There was so much going on in her life that to fit all in, there was not enough attention given to her. Having said that, I don’t want more if her story at the expense of the others. For me, Anna was the standout character in this book.

This was the first book I have read by this author, and I’ll definitely be looking out for her other works. 


Book Review: KIM JIYOUNG, BORN 1982 by Cho Nam-Joo

The English translation of this book is due to be published in February 2020, but thanks to Netgalley I was privileged to obtain an advan...