Wednesday, 13 November 2019

Blog Tour: Twist of Fate - Jill Shalvis


We are beyond excited to be celebrating this release from Jill Shalvis with you today by participating in the blog tour! TWIST OF FATE is part of her Heartbreaker Bay series and it is releasing as part of 1001 Dark Nights. Check out the book trailer from the title below. Click here to grab your copy now.

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About TWIST OF FATE:

From New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Jill Shalvis comes a new story in her Heartbreaker Bay series…

When the one you want …

Daisy doesn’t believe love is ever-lasting, so it’s ironic as hell that she parlayed a business degree into a wedding planning business. More ironic still is her latest job bringing her back into contact with the man who’d taught her that love can’t last.

Is the one you can’t have…

To say Diego has been taught the hard way to bury emotions is an understatement. But when he’s called home to help the brother he hasn’t seen or spoken to in years, that’s one thing. It’s another entirely to also come face to face with the first woman he ever loved. First and only…

Can love conquer all?

Daisy’s learned to depend only on herself, and Diego is and always has been an island of one. And yet when they’re together, even when they’re bickering, still wary and haunted by memories of what was … it’s magic. The question is, how to find their way back to each other…?

**Every 1001 Dark Nights novella is a standalone story. For new readers, it’s an introduction to an author’s world. And for fans, it’s a bonus book in the author’s series. We hope you'll enjoy each one as much as we do.**

Add TWIST OF FATE to your Goodreads TBR here!

Purchase your copy of TWIST OF FATE today!


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REVIEW QUOTES FOR JILL'S NOVELS:

“Readers will enjoy this return to the small-town-in-the-big-city atmosphere that Shalvis has honed to perfection.” – Publishers Weekly, starred review

“Red-hot passion that promises to last longer than the holidays. Bringing readers a tough outsider heroine and a hero whose wounds run deep, Shalvis (Playing for Keeps) knows how to write characters readers adore and keep them coming back for more.” – Library Journal starred review

“Shalvis serves up another rewarding addition to her Heartbreaker Bay series with a contemporary romance that deftly pivots between snarky humor and sexy romance without missing a beat, while also celebrating the power of forgiveness, family, and friendship.” – Booklist

“Another amazing installment in an already fabulous series by Jill Shalvis. Great read at any time in the series. Each story reintroduces some fan-favorite characters but absolutely stands on its own merit. Never too late to join the band wagon of Jill Shalvis fans and Wrapped Up In You guarantees membership.” – Fresh Fiction

“An uplifting tale of two emotionally wounded and like-minded souls helping each other heal.” – Romance Junkies



About JILL SHALVIS:

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Jill Shalvis lives in a small town in the Sierras full of quirky characters. Any resemblance to the quirky characters in her books is, um, mostly coincidental. Look for Jill’s bestselling, award-winning books wherever romances are sold and visit her website for a complete book list and daily blog detailing her city-girl-living-in-the-mountains adventures.

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Tuesday, 12 November 2019

Release Blitz: Sirens in Bliss - Lexi Blake


What happens after happily ever after?

Sirens in Bliss, an all-new sexy romance in the Nights in Bliss, Colorado Series from New York Times bestselling author Lexi Blake writing as Sophie Oak, is available now!


It’s the event of the year. The wedding of Leo and Wolf to their beautiful sub, Shelley McNamara, has all of Bliss up in arms—and makes everyone think about love and marriage and family.

Wolf and Leo have to deal with the sudden reappearance of their father. Rafe Kincaid is handed an opportunity that might take him and his family away from Bliss. Aidan, Lexi, and Lucas O’Malley find themselves at a crossroads in their marriage. And Stefan Talbot must face his biggest fear—possibly losing his wife in childbirth.

So come to the Feed Store Church, pick a seat, and enjoy the chaos as all your favorite characters from Texas Sirens and Nights in Bliss, Colorado, come together for one eventful weekend.

And some of them may never be the same again.

Note: This is a reunion book, which shares an overall story arc and many crossover characters with the Texas Sirens and Nights in Bliss series. This is not a stand-alone.


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About Lexi Blake


New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Lexi Blake lives in North Texas with her husband, three kids, and the laziest rescue dog in the world. She began writing at a young age, concentrating on plays and journalism. It wasn’t until she started writing romance that she found success. She likes to find humor in the strangest places. Lexi believes in happy endings no matter how odd the couple, threesome or foursome may seem.

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Monday, 11 November 2019

Never Forget


On the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month we will remember them!

In Flanders Fields

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields

By John McCrae, 1915

Sunday, 10 November 2019

Etsy Finds: Bookish Gifts - Literary Emporium

I love looking for new fandom sellers on Etsy, there are just so many amazing creators making items from bookmarks to candles and everything else you can possibly think of. I've brought from a few of them over the last few years but for some reason I've never got around to reviewing the products here on my blog. I thought it was about time I changed that so keep an eye out for some random Etsy Finds posts over the next few months. I'll start by posting about products I've purchased but I'll probably branch out onto items on my wish list later on.


Today I want to talk about the store Literary Emporium (I originally purchased from their Etsy store but I've also bought directly from their website). They sell all kinds of fabulous literary products that make perfect gifts for fellow bookworms (or even as a treat for yourself!). You'll find items inspired by all sorts of classics from Shakespeare, Jane Austen, Margaret Atwood, Virginia Woolf and so many more authors and they sell all kinds of things including Jewellery, Enamel Pins, Notebooks, Pencils, Clothing and more.

I'm a HUGE Alice in Wonderland fan so that's what drew me to the shop in the first place, they have the cutest Alice items as you can see below.

I love this cute little notebook and the socks are adorable

These pencils are brilliant too!

They don't seem to have this notebook on sale any more 
but you can buy these fun bookish pencils

There are a lot of enamel pins for collectors to choose from but 
I couldn't resist this "Go Away I'm Reading" pin

Then there's this bookish necklace with a quote from Jane Austen

I've included links to each of the items above but you can buy all sorts of goodies from the Literary Emporium Etsy Store or directly from their website.

In the interest of clarity this was NOT a sponsored post (I will always mention it when I receive products for review). I purchased these items for myself and did not receive a discount or compensation for reviewing them here.

Saturday, 9 November 2019

Review: Beauty - Lexi Blake

The princess in the tower

In one horrifying night, Bronwyn Finn lost her family, her kingdom, and the princes who had haunted her dreams for years. Left alone, years pass as she fights for survival and craves revenge against the uncle who took everything from her. But she’s never forgotten her Dark Ones. Now she hides along with her guardian, but the war rages ever closer.

Two dark princes

A tragedy marred Lach and Shim’s lives. The future kings of the Unseelie Fae are obsessed with finding their promised wife—Bronwyn. Lach and Shim have never stopped believing that Bronwyn is their mate. She is the bond that connects the halves of their shared soul.

A destiny that will change a kingdom

With the blessing of the renegade kings, Beck and Cian Finn, Lach and Shim begin a dangerous quest to find their bride before Torin and his hags take her life.

Across two planes, a war will rage. Lives will be lost. Love will be found. And the Seelie Fae will welcome their true kings home.

Re-released in a second edition. Re-edited but no substantial changes.

A Faery Story Series:
(Originally published under the pen name Sophie Oak)
Bound
Beast
Beauty

Visit Lexi Blake's website for more information

Review:
Bronwyn lost everything the night her uncle invaded her home and killed her parents so he could take their throne for himself. Her brothers, princes Beckett and Cian, escaped but believing Bronwyn was dead they left her behind. She only survived with the help of the unseelie princess Gillian and the two have spent years in hiding hoping to find a way to escape and reunite with their families. Throughout her childhood Bronwyn dreamed of two men who she called her Dark Ones, they grew up with her and where her closest friends but their connection was lost the night she almost died and she has missed them desperately ever since.

Lach and Shim are the unseelie princes and symbiotic twins, one soul split into two bodies. Technically they should be fading away without finding their mate but they both bonded with Bronwyn across the planes the night she nearly died. For years the connection has been weak and they feared she might be dead but recently they've been able to connect with her through their dreams once again. Now they need to convince their father, and Bronwyn's brothers, that she is alive and desperately in need of their help. The seelie and unseelie must unite against the imposter king if they're going to have any chance of protecting all of the realms but it won't be an easy battle.

The first two books in this series were brilliant and my jaw almost hit the flaw when it was revealed at the end of the last book that Bronwyn was still alive. I couldn't get my hands on a copy of Beauty fast enough and I enjoyed every minute of it. We get to spend time with the previous couple and triad which was fun but I think Bronwyn, Lach and Shim probably had my favourite romance of the series. Lach and Shim have always known who Bronwyn was, in fact they sent their sister Gillian to the seelie court hoping to arrange their marriage, but things went to hell before anything could be arranged. Bronwyn on the other hand believed the guys were just a figment of her imagination so she gets quite the shock when they walk into town expecting her to marry them!

All three of them have very different personalities but put them all together and they balance each other out perfectly. There were a few frustrating moments when Bronwyn wanted to be allowed to fight for her people but the brothers wanted to hide her away and protect her but once they come around they're a force to be reckoned with. This book ties up the loose ends from the previous books, we've been building towards a war with Bronwyn's uncle for a long time now and it was satisfying seeing them all come together to take him down. It's been years since these books were first published but I'm really hoping that now Lexi Blake has made the decision to rerelease them that we might get an extra book with Gillian's story, I'd really like to see her get her own happy ending but I think enough hints were given in this book to give us a good idea how her life will turn out.

This has been a fun series to read and it's definitely one I'd recommend to paranormal fans who like a little Dominance and submission in their stories. I love how all of the books in Lexi's different series are loosely interlinked, and here we get to see a few familiar faces from Bliss and Texas Sirens but with a twist.

Source: Received from the author in exchange for an honest review.

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Friday, 8 November 2019

Review: The Bromance Book Club - Lyssa Kay Adams

The first rule of book club:
You don't talk about book club.

Nashville Legends second baseman Gavin Scott's marriage is in major league trouble. He’s recently discovered a humiliating secret: his wife Thea has always faked the Big O. When he loses his cool at the revelation, it’s the final straw on their already strained relationship. Thea asks for a divorce, and Gavin realizes he’s let his pride and fear get the better of him.

Welcome to the Bromance Book Club.

Distraught and desperate, Gavin finds help from an unlikely source: a secret romance book club made up of Nashville's top alpha men. With the help of their current read, a steamy Regency titled Courting the Countess, the guys coach Gavin on saving his marriage. But it'll take a lot more than flowery words and grand gestures for this hapless Romeo to find his inner hero and win back the trust of his wife.

Bromance Book Club:
The Bromance Book Club
Undercover Bromance (March 2020)

Visit Lyssa Kay Adams' website for more information.

Review:
Baseball player Gavin Scott's marriage is in trouble, he thought his relationship was pretty much perfect but after discovering his wife has been faking her orgasms for the entire time he's known her he felt humiliated and his first reaction was to walk away. Now that Thea is asking for a divorce he's realised what he's about to lose and now he's determined to do whatever it takes to get her to give him a second chance. The only trouble is he has no idea where to start. That is until a teammate steps in and invites him to a rather exclusive club. The Bromance Book Club includes some of Nashville's most successful men and one thing they all have in common is a wish to understand the women in their lives. They've decided that the best way to do that is by reading romance novels and they have a cunning plan to help Gavin get Thea back.

I love second chance romances, most books end when a couple gets married but meeting and falling in love is only a small part of a relationship, the hardest part is keeping that marriage alive. Thea and Gavin met and married very quickly after an accidental pregnancy, it's obvious that they were very in love but meeting, getting married and having twin daughters all in just over a year is a lot to deal with for any couple. Especially when you consider that Gavin's job has him travelling a lot and leaving Thea at home basically acting like a single parent. They love each other and they both adore their daughters but it's not so surprising that their relationship has hit a tough spot. Thea feels abandoned and uncared for while Gavin is hurt and humiliated when he realises that he's never really been able to satisfy Thea in bed and it's the final straw that broke the camel's back.

I really enjoyed seeing how hard Gavin was willing to work to win back his wife, he's really reluctant to even consider reading a romance novel at first but at the same time he doesn't want to lose his wife so he decides anything is worth a shot. The camaraderie amongst the guys from book club was just perfect, the banter had me laughing out loud and they made so many clever observations on Gavin and Thea's relationship. Thea was great too, she was learning to become independent and knew that she didn't need a man in her life to be happy but that doesn't mean she doesn't still love Gavin, she was just reluctant to let him back into her life in case she got hurt again. Once Gavin started dialling up the tension between them you could cut the chemistry with a knife and I was left wanting to shove the two of them into a bedroom together so he could practice his new skills.

It’s been a while since a book last kept me up until 5am but this was definitely a one sitting read and I couldn't put it down no matter how tired I got. Laugh out loud funny, great characters, a believable second chance romance and strong feminist themes, The Bromance Book Club has it all and Lyssa Kay Adams has earned herself a new fan. I'm ridiculously excited that the next book, Undercover Bromance, is going to be about Mack and Liv so it's an automatic preorder for me!

Source: Received from publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

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Thursday, 7 November 2019

Review: The Toll - Neal Shusterman


The explosive conclusion to the New York Times bestselling Arc of a Scythe series.

It's been three years since Rowan and Citra disappeared; since Scythe Goddard came into power; since the Thunderhead closed itself off to everyone but Grayson Tolliver.

In this pulse-pounding finale to Neal Shusterman's internationally bestselling trilogy, constitutions are tested and old friends are brought back from the dead.

Arc of a Scythe Series:
Scythe
Thunderhead
The Toll

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Review:
Why is it always so hard to write reviews for books you love? Especially when its the final book in a trilogy where you are trying really hard not to include spoilers so aren't really able to talk about anything that happens in it. I really do find these reviews the hardest ones to write!

Anyway, The Toll picks up the story three years on from that evil cliffhanger ending of Thunderhead. Scythe Goddard has done exactly what you'd expect and tried to grab hold of as much power as he possibly can while blaming the tragedy on innocent people. The world is a very different place to the one we remember but what remains to be seen is if there is any way to pull the Scythedom back from the brink.

The book was pretty much non-stop action from the first page, there is so much we need to catch up on with all of our favourite characters but we also get to meet a few new ones and even if their importance to the story isn't immediately clear they all have a role to play. There are so many different threads in play that it's hard to see the whole picture but oh what a wonderful tapestry Neal Shusterman manages to weave by the end of the book!

This entire series has been a joy to read, I love the questions it made me ask myself, the hard look it takes at morality and matters of life and death, the way it sometimes pokes fun at current events in clever ways, the fantastic characters that we've now spent so much time with and the way it always kept me guessing about how things would end. I don't think there is anything I'd change about The Toll so I really can't recommend it highly enough.

Source: Received from Walker Books in exchange for an honest review

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