Friday, 15 December 2017

Review: Witchborn - Nicholas Bowling

It's 1577. Queen Elizabeth I has imprisoned scheming Mary Queen of Scots, and Alyce's mother is burned at the stake for witchcraft. Alyce kills the witchfinder and flees to London - but the chase isn't over yet. As she discovers her own dark magic, powerful political forces are on her trail. She can't help but wonder: why is she so important? Soon she finds herself deep in a secret battle between rival queens, the fate of England resting on her shoulders ...

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Witchborn was a really fun historical fantasy with a realistic setting and plenty of added mystery and magic. Set in 1577 with Queen Elizabeth I on the throne and Mary Queen of Scots locked in the Tower of London for treason this is a story about an ongoing, bitter rivalry between the two queens and a young girl who gets caught in the crossfire.

Alyce's life is turned upside down when her mother is burned at the stake for witchcraft. Alyce manages to escape and heads to London, determined to deliver a secret letter to a man her mother said would be able to help her, but with the witch finders hot on her heels, and her growing powers becoming increasingly difficult to hide, it's not going to be easy.

I don't want to say much more about the plot because it's better to let you unravel events for yourself but I really liked Alyce as a character and enjoyed the journey she goes on. She meets a few allies along the way but it's very difficult to decide who can be trusted and certain things definitely aren't what they originally seem. The book is creepy and quite dark in places but I mean that in the best way possible and Nicholas Bowling really brings historical London to life with all the sights, sounds and smells you'd come across if you took a step back through time. I believe this is a stand alone story, and it definitely works as one, but I'd be very happy to read more stories about these characters and I'll be watching out for more from this author.

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Thursday, 14 December 2017

Review: Ride Wild - Laura Kaye

Brotherhood. Club. Family.
They live and ride by their own rules.
These are the Raven Riders...

Wild with grief over the death of his wife, Sam “Slider” Evans merely lives for his two sons. Nothing holds his interest anymore—not even riding his bike or his membership in the Raven Riders Motorcycle Club. But that all changes when he hires a new babysitter.

Recently freed from a bad situation by the Ravens, Cora Campbell is determined to bury the past. When Slider offers her a nanny position, she accepts, needing the security and time to figure out what she wants from life. Cora adores his sweet boys, but never expected the red-hot attraction to their brooding, sexy father. If only he would notice her...

Slider does see the beautiful, fun-loving woman he invited into his home. She makes him feel too much, and he both hates it and yearns for it. But when Cora witnesses something she shouldn’t have, the new lives they’ve only just discovered are threatened. Now Slider must claim—and protect—what’s his before it’s too late.

Hard Ink Series:
Hard as It Gets
Hard as You Can
Hard to Hold on to (Novella)
Hard to Come By
Hard to Be Good (Novella)
Hard to Let Go
Hard as Steel (Novella) (This is a Raven Riders MC crossover novella)
Hard Ever After (Novella)
Hard to Serve (Novella) (This is a Blasphemy crossover novella)

Raven Riders MC Series:
(This is a spin off from the Hard Ink Series)
Hard as Steel (Novella) (This is a Hard Ink crossover novella)
Ride Hard
Ride Rough
Ride Wild

Blasphemy Series:
(This is a spin off from the Hard Ink Series)
Hard to Serve (Novella) (This is a Hard Ink crossover novella)
Bound to Submit
Mastering Her Senses
Eyes on You (Novella)
Theirs to Take (Crossover with Reveal Me by Jennifer Probst)
On His Knees (February 2018)
Switching for Her (April 2018)

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Slider has been keeping his distance from the rest of the Raven Riders since the death of his wife a couple of years ago, they think it's grief that has him pulling away from them but he's actually holding onto some pretty huge secrets, ones that have been tearing him up inside and have made it impossible for him to trust the people closest to him. Cora has been working as a nanny to his two young sons since she was rescued by the gang with her best friend Haven, she's fallen in love with the boys but the more time she spends with Slider the harder she finds it to resist the attraction she feels towards him too. It isn't until Cora finds herself in danger once more that Slider starts to realise his own feelings but can he learn to trust in love again after everything he's already been through?

It's always fun to go back to this world and get the chance to catch up with the Raven Riders, there are so many characters here to love and I've been wanting to see Slider's broken heart healed for a long time now. We've seen the attraction building between him and Cora over the last few books so it really was about time they gave into temptation and their chemistry was so hot it was definitely worth waiting for. I thought I knew what I was going to get in this story but Slider's issues are different to what I was expecting and his wife's death was the least of them. He blows hot and cold with Cora but once we discover what happened in his past it becomes very easy to understand where he's coming from. No matter how he is feeling about anything else he always puts his boys first but he's been so lost recently that they're all suffering together. I loved seeing Cora help the boys come to terms with their loss but also helping Slider remember how to have fun with them and rediscover his friendships with the rest of his MC.

Cora herself has only ever wanted a family to love and who will love her in return. Her father treated her horrifically and the only person who has ever really been there for her in the past is Haven so this story is about her finding acceptance and friendship amongst the Raven Riders as well as love and a family with Slider and his boys. Both Slider and Cora deserve their happily ever after and I enjoyed seeing them finally achieve it. There are still plenty of characters who I'm hoping to see get their own happy endings so this series continues to be an auto-buy for me. There is just something about Laura Kaye's writing that sucks me in every time and she always leaves me wanting more.

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Dual Cover Reveal: On His Knees & Switching for Her - Laura Kaye

Decadent… Sensual… Forbidden…

Meet the Masters of Blasphemy…

A note from Laura Kaye…

I’m excited to share the amazing cover art for the last two books in my erotic romance Blasphemy series. These are both standalone reads, and they’re going to be scorching hot and so full of emotion! Be sure to add them to your Goodreads and preorder them today! Now, check this out:

ABOUT ON HIS KNEES (Releasing February 13, 2018):

Getting on his knees makes him question everything…and want even more…

Another failed relationship has lawyer Jamie Fielding confronting the truth—he’ll never be satisfied with any woman until he admits what he needs…to submit and to be used—hard. When a friend invites him to the exclusive Blasphemy club, Jamie is stunned to find everything he ever wanted—in the fierce, ruthless hands of a man.

Psychiatrist Alex McGarry will play with anyone who craves his rough brand of domination, but what he really wants is to settle down. Which makes the submissive male he meets at his club a bad idea—the man might be hot as hell but he’s also new to everything Alex has to offer. Except that doesn’t keep them from coming together again and again, sating every one of their darkest desires.

Master Alex sets Jamie’s whole world on fire and makes him question everything—and that’s good. Because Alex won’t tolerate hiding what they have for long and he wants much more than just having Jamie on his knees...


ABOUT SWITCHING FOR HER (Coming April 24, 2018):

She’s the only one who’s ever driven him to his knees…

Blasphemy founder and hedge fund manager Hale O’Keeffe is spiraling. Nothing in his life makes sense anymore—and nothing gives him pleasure, either. Not his work, not his club, and not domination. Feeling like a fraud, he turns to an old friend for help—and receives an offer he’s surprisingly tempted to take.

Real estate investor Alina Lane likes to switch things up—houses, investments, and partners, too. She enjoys commanding and being commanded. But not everyone likes to switch, so she’s stunned when sexy, brooding, crush-from-afar Hale attends one of her private parties and reveals he needs something more, something different. Something she’s always fantasized about but never thought he’d accept.

Soon, one scorching night turns into many, and Hale realizes he’s found everything he’s been searching for. But Alina won’t be anyone’s dirty little secret, forcing Hale to decide if he’s brave enough to admit to the other Masters of Blasphemy that he craves serving her as much as dominating her.


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Laura is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of over twenty-five books in contemporary and paranormal romance and romantic suspense, including the Hard Ink and Raven Riders series. Growing up, Laura’s large extended family believed in the supernatural, and family lore involving angels, ghosts, and evil-eye curses cemented in Laura a life-long fascination with storytelling and all things paranormal. She lives in Maryland with her husband, two daughters, and cute-but-bad dog, and appreciates her view of the Chesapeake Bay every day.

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Wednesday, 13 December 2017

Review: Villain - Samantha Young

The sexy and emotional companion novella to the New York Times bestselling romance HERO.

Nadia Ray is not just a broadcast meteorologist. She’s Boston’s morning television It Girl. Successful and independent, she’s put a past she’s ashamed of behind her and is forging a future she can be proud of. However, when her new boss discovers her secret he blackmails her, intent on using Nadia’s popularity to make them the number one morning show in Massachusetts. He wants her to be part of uncovering the city’s biggest scandal - a secret billionaire Caine Carraway is hiding.

Soon Nadia is thrown into the path of Caine’s best friend: sexy, wealthy bachelor Henry Lexington. But she doesn’t encounter the dashing high society gentleman Henry is purported to be. Instead she’s faced with an insulting and defensive villain who misjudges her at every turn.

When Henry finally realizes the truth, and decides to make amends, Nadia wants nothing to do with him. But she underestimates his determination and charm and soon they find themselves embroiled in an intense, passionate affair.

An affair Nadia knows must come to an end before their feelings grow any deeper and he discovers her secrets.

After all, Henry Lexington isn’t the only one who played the part of a villain once…

Hero Series:
Villain (Companion Novella)

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It's been a couple of years since I read Hero so I have to admit I didn't remember anything about Caine's best friend Henry who is one of the main characters in this companion novella but I love Samantha Young's writing so of course I've been looking forward to reading this story. I'm glad I did because Villain is a fab novella with a really sweet romance and genuinely nice characters, I actually would have liked a longer story for them, not because this was missing anything but because I'd have been happy to spend more time with them.

Obviously with novellas authors have to dive straight into the romance but Samantha Young didn't have any problems creating a believable story that had me rooting for her characters to get it together. Nadia was great, there was something in her past that she was very ashamed of but she had done her best to put that behind her and move on with her life. Unfortunately for her her sleazy boss found out her secret and was willing to use it to blackmail her but I was really proud of her for the way she stood up for herself in the end. Henry was a known playboy but he was also a nice and caring guy and apart from a couple of moments at the beginning where he acted pretty badly I really liked him. I think what helped was that once he realised the mistakes he'd made he was genuinely sorry for his actions and went out of his way to apologise to Nadia and make amends. He was also incredibly sweet and let her take their relationship at her own pace, he understood that she was scared to be in a relationship and was willing to work to earn her trust. His reaction when he found out about her past was also wonderful, I can't say too much because it could be considered a spoiler but he told her all the things I'd been wanting to say since I found out what had happened and that got him a huge thumbs up.

It was nice to see a glimpse of Caine and Alexa but this story really was Nadia and Henry's time to shine so they were only minor background characters. This story fits into the timeline somewhere in the middle of Hero but I don't think it really included spoilers for the other couple's story so you could probably read these in any order. Villain is another lovely romance from Samantha Young and I'm already looking forward to her next one.

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Tuesday, 12 December 2017

Review: Danger's Race - Amanda Carlson

Time is running out…

After defeating the uprising, and becoming infected with a dose of Plush, Holly is in a race to help a seeker before it’s too late. Going South is the only option. But getting there is going to prove difficult, which is why Lockland has entrusted Daze with a secret weapon.

A pulse storm, overzealous militia, and uncooperative siblings are only a few of the obstacles standing in their way. Once they arrive on the coast, the prospect of finding the supplies they need dwindles. But what they uncover may be far richer. A way to move the remaining survivors forward.

But the people of the town don’t see it that way. They want to protect what’s theirs. With the militia closing in, they do the only thing they have left to do, fight.

Holly Danger Series:
Danger's Halo
Danger's Vice
Danger's Race
Danger's Cure (2018)

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Danger's Race picks up immediately from where the last story left off - with Holly and the rest of her crew setting off on separate missions to find the ingredients needed for Darby to create a bulk supply of the cure that will save the seekers and remove their addiction to plush. Holly and her sustainee Daze are headed South in search of a vital but very rare component and it makes sense for Case to accompany them since he is familiar with the area, even if Holly isn't quite sure he can be fully trusted. What they find turns out to be even more valuable than they ever could have imagined but it also comes with a whole new set of dangers so things are about to get complicated.

I've been really enjoying this series and it's been great to have the first 3 books released so close together so that I don't have any trouble remembering what is going on. Although she reminds us of the important things Amanda Carlson doesn't waste a lot of time recapping previous events so things never get repetitive and boring but that does mean I would recommend reading the books in the correct order to make sure you don't miss anything.

These books have been full of action, the futuristic world is well thought out and believable, I like the camaraderie between Holly and her team, the technology is interesting and the plot is constantly moving forwards. Travelling out of the city means we don't spend much time with the rest of Holly's crew but we get the bonus of meeting some new characters who are likely to have interesting roles as the series continues. This is a brutal world though so not everyone they meet are friendly and they're facing danger at every turn from a militia group that are trying to consolidate their power base in the South. I really don't want to give too much away about the plot but things are definitely about to get complicated for Holly and Case.

The series is just getting stronger with every instalment and I can't wait to see where Holly's journey takes her next.

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Monday, 11 December 2017

Review: Trump's Christmas Carol - Lucien Young writing as Watt T Dickens

‘I have the best ghosts, everyone says so’

President Ebenezer Trump, a rich old fool whose heart is as small as his hands and whose words are as false as his hair, sits shut up alone in the White House on Christmas Eve. But he is confronted that night by the ghost of Richard Nixon, who warns him that he will be visited by three spirits, all intent on changing his imprudent and miserly ways.

He meets the jovial Ghost of Christmas Past, Bill Clinton, full of fun tales and memories; the spirit who everyone wishes was still the Ghost of Christmas Present, Barack Obama; and the terrifying Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come, who shows him how abolishing Obamacare will finish off Tiny Tim.

But will Trump heed their advice, and become a good person?

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I loved Lucien Young's Alice in Brexitland parody so of course I jumped at the chance of reviewing his second book, Trump's Christmas Carol. As you can tell from the title this is Young's take on Charles Dickens' Christmas Carol staring president Ebenezer Trump. Told in the same style as the original story (so very different to the previous book) we get to see the mean and miserly Trump confronted by the ghost of Christmas past Bill Clinton, the ghost we wish was Christmas present Barack Obama and a mysterious ghost of Christmas future.

As you'd expect with any story about Trump there is plenty of material to use that just begs to be laughed at - tiny hands, the Russian connection, that video, the constant tweets, the insecurity and ignorance plus so much more. There are appearances from people like Hilary, Farage and Melania to add to the fun. I don't think the humour quite hit the highs of Alice in Brexitland but I definitely laughed out loud several times while reading. I think I'd probably have found it even funnier if I wasn't still so horrified about the state of the world right now and if the future shown by the ghost of Christmas yet to come didn't feel quite so awfully believable.

The book has line drawn illustrations that were just as funny (and accurate) as the text and made a lovely addition to the story.

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Sunday, 10 December 2017

Review: Eternal - Cecy Robson

After months of bad luck and even worse men, Luciana Diaz just wants to crawl under the covers and forget the year ever happened. Her friend has other plans, convincing Luci to attend a New Year’s Eve party on the affluent shores of Kiawah Island.

Luci never expected to have fun. She also never expected to wake up with a man she just met, or for this man to be the new attorney at her firm.

Landon Summers is done with drama. After an ugly separation and even worse divorce, he has no desire to jump into another relationship.

When his sister Trinity drags him to a New Year’s Eve party, he doesn’t plan to stay long. One drink, a few hellos, and he’s out. Until he meets Luci, the first person in months to draw his smile and incite his passion.

Neither Luci nor Landon planned on each other, and they definitely didn’t plan on love. But the New Year means a fresh start, and eternal possibilities neither could deny.

Carolina Beach Series:
Infinite (release date to be confirmed)

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If you enjoyed Inseverable, the first book in Cecy Robson's Carolina Beach series, then you're going to love Eternal. This book was everything I loved about the first and then some, full of sweet romance, great characters, amusing situations and hot sex - a perfect pick me up! While you don't need to read this series in order I'm happy to recommend both books and if you are familiar with the series then you'll enjoy getting a chance to catch up with the previous couple Trinity and Callahan (Trinity is Landon's sister).

Landon has given up on the idea of love and romance after a disastrous marriage that ended in a bitter divorce. The last thing he wants is a new relationship so when his sister insists he goes to a friend's New Years Eve party he plans to have a few drinks and then head home as soon as possible. Those plans quickly change when he meets Luci though. Luci has bad taste in men (and friends!) so getting abandoned at a party where she doesn't know anyone is her worst nightmare. Luckily Landon comes to her rescue and she decides to throw caution to the wind and spend the night with a handsome stranger. That night turns into an incredible weekend but neither of them are at a point in their lives where they're ready for a new relationship so that was all it was ever supposed to be. Until Landon starts his first day in a new job and realises Luci is the office manager. Thrown together daily at work will they be able to resist the intense chemistry sparking between them?

This was such a fun book to read and wonderfully drama free for a contemporary romance. Don't get me wrong I love a bit of drama sometimes but it can get tiring fast when things are constantly thrown at a couple just to add tension to a story so I was glad that wasn't the case here. Both Landon and Luci have their issues thanks to events in their pasts but they're both fairly open about their feelings and willing to talk things out like adults. I liked how patient Landon was and the way he was willing to wait until Luci was ready to trust him before starting a relationship. It was also great to see Luci walk away from a toxic friendship that was hurting her, I've read far too many books that seem to justify a horrible relationship between two women so I appreciated Luci recognising that the friendship wasn't good for her and putting a stop to it. It wasn't the only friendship portrayed in the story either, she had much nicer friends and got on well with Landon's sister so this story definitely isn't about women hating on each other.

Landon and Luci had a brilliant relationship that started out fuelled by lust but grew stronger through mutual respect and friendship. It was easy to see what a strong bond they had and I enjoyed every minute of their courtship. I'm definitely looking forward to reading more in this series and as always Cecy Robson didn't disappoint with her wonderful story.

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