30 November 2015

Cover Reveal: Last Riders Holiday Novella

We Wish You A
Merry Blissmas...

A Last Riders Holiday Novella
Jamie Begley
Releasing Dec 11th, 2015
Young Ink Press


What can I say? I’m not a nice person. When I walk by, people call me a slut, and I’m okay with that. I believe in calling a spade a spade. I am a slut.
With the holidays approaching, I miss belonging to The Last Riders. Drake’s keeping me warm, but he wants more than I can give. He wants me to trust him, to believe he can protect me. Doesn’t he know Santa put me on the Naughty List long ago?


What can I say? I’m a nice guy and have always done the responsible thing.
Bliss is everything I shouldn’t want, but it’s hard to resist a woman who stopped believing in miracles. She wants to be back with The Last Riders, whom she considers her true family. Doesn’t she know it’s Christmas, and miracles do happen?

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"I was born in a small town in Kentucky. My family began poor, but worked their way to owning a restaurant. My mother was one of the best cooks I have ever known, and she instilled in all her children the value of hard work, and education.
Taking after my mother, I've always love to cook, and became pretty good if I do say so myself. I love to experiment and my unfortunate family has suffered through many. They now have learned to steer clear of those dishes. I absolutely love the holidays and my family puts up with my zany decorations.
For now, my days are spent writing, writing, and writing. I have two children who both graduated this year from college. My daughter does my book covers, and my son just tries not to blush when someone asks him about my books.
Currently I am writing five series of books- The Last Riders, The VIP Room, Predators MC, Biker Bitches, and The Dark Souls.
All my books are written for one purpose- the enjoyment others find in them, and the expectations of my fans that inspire me to give it my best.”

27 November 2015

Review: Beautiful Player

Author: Christina Lauren
Publisher: Gallery Books
Pages: 402
Rating: 4.5 Stars

Synopsis: When Hanna Bergstrom receives a lecture from her overprotective brother about neglecting her social life and burying herself into grad school, she's determined to tackle his implied assignment: get out, make friends, start dating. And who better to turn her into the sultry siren every man wants than her brother's gorgeous best friend, Will Sumner, venture capitalist and unapologetic playboy?
 Will takes risks for a living, but he's skeptical about this challenge of Hanna's...until the wild night his innocently seductive pupil tempts him into bed--and teaches him a thing or two about being with a woman he can't forget. Now that Hanna's discovered the power of her own sex appeal, it's up to Will to prove he's the only man she'll ever need. 

Review: Lately I’ve been on a huge Beautiful series reading spree. I’ve just gotten so sucked into the world and drawn into the characters that I just had to find out what was going to happen next. With each book that I move onto, I always start with the thought “will I enjoy this book as much as the previous?” The answer is most definitely yes! I wasn’t sure how I was going to feel with having the same book series, with each new book focusing on a different main couple, but I really enjoy that aspect about this series.
            With all of that said, I think that it’s safe to say that Beautiful Player is so far my favourite book in the series. This book is Will Sumner and Hanna Bergstrom’s story. It really is no secret that Will is a fairly well known player, who schedules his meetings with women to satisfy his needs, that is, until he meets Hanna. Hanna is unlike Sara and Chloe and there is just something about her that manages to change Will’s mind about women and makes him rethink everything he has ever thought about women before.
            When Hanna first comes on the scene, I really wasn’t too sure what to think about her. It was a little early on, but she just felt so much different from Sara and Chloe. Hanna is a 24 year old nerd, who spends the greatest amount of time in a lab, and that’s where she is most comfortable. That is, until her parents begin to worry about her. I was mostly unsure about Hanna in the beginning because of being super nerdy, but as it turns out, it was just one of the reasons that I loved her. I admired her so much because she just really did not care at all what anyone thought, and said whatever thought just crossed her mind, regardless of who was listening to her. She is so comfortable in her skin, and I sometimes wish that I could be that way. Even when she is speaking to Will, she is open about everything. If I was crushing on a hot guy for that long, I don’t think I would ever have been able to be that way.  One other thing that I loved so much about Hanna is just how she just rambled on, about almost everything, and she had an answer for just about everything too.
            When I read Beautiful Bastard, I thought Bennett was hot. Then I read Beautiful Stranger and I was like okay, Bennett is hot but Max, he has the whole British thing going on, which made him hot in a completely different way. Then, there was Will, and he was just it for me. Will is a complete player, but in a nice way. He is open about what he wants and the women that he has been with, all the expectations of what was to be were laid out, and those did not include commitment.  Given his background with women, something which Hanna knows all too well, she decides that this would be benefit for her to have a teacher, to teach her everything that she needs to know. I’ll just say right now, that I wish Will was my teacher. It was so much more than though, once things began to get much more serious, the way that the he thought about her, and spoke about her, it was enough to make anyone swoon.
            As with the other two books, I really enjoyed the writing style, and it flowed perfectly. The other books were enjoyable and funny, but there were some parts in this book that just had me laughing out loud. This story was just so perfect and it had the perfect mix of heat, humour, and romance.  The only thing that I wasn’t too fond of, was there was one part near the end, that I kind of felt was a little bit predictable, but it kind of worked, and it really wasn’t too much of an issue, that took away from enjoying the book.
            If you haven’t checked out this series yet, then I highly recommend that you do. I had my hesitations about reading these books, just based on what I’ve heard,  but it really did not affect it for me at all. If you’ve not checked out Beautiful Player, then I definitely suggest that you do. It was a great read, that will you laughing, and swooning, and will not leave you bored.

23 November 2015

Review: Beautiful Stranger

Author: Christina Lauren
Publisher: Gallery Books
Pages: 342
Rating: 3.5 Stars

Synopsis: Escaping a cheating ex, finance whiz Sara Dillon’s moved to New York City and is looking for excitement and passion without a lot of strings attached. So meeting the irresistible, sexy Brit at a dance club should have meant nothing more than a night’s fun. But the manner—and speed—with which he melts her inhibitions turns him from a one-time hook-up and into her Beautiful Stranger.
The whole city knows that Max Stella loves women, not that he’s ever found one he particularly wants to keep around. Despite pulling in plenty with his Wall Street bad boy charm, it’s not until Sara—and the wild photos she lets him take of her—that he starts wondering if there’s someone for him outside of the bedroom.
Hooking up in places where anybody could catch them, the only thing scarier for Sara than getting caught in public is having Max get too close in private.

Review:  After finishing Beautiful Bastard, and enjoying it, I knew that I was going to have to read this book. One of the things that I was no aware of at first was that these books all take place in the same world, but they do not each follow the same couple. I was a bit hesitant at first, and I wasn’t sure how I was going to end up liking that, but it was one of the reasons that I think I enjoyed the book. While the authors have introduced us to a new couple, Bennet and Chloe are present in this book as well, and it is nice to be able to see and get to know the other characters from Beautiful Bastard on the outside rather than from inside their heads.
Beautiful Stranger is Sara and Max’s story. After things go horribly wrong with her ex, Sara needs out of Chicago and is looking for change. With Chloe as a best friend, Sara decides on New York City. Sara has lived her life in the shadows, being unwilling and unsure, that is, until she meets Max Stella. Max’s reputation precedes him, he is a multi-millionaire playboy. When Sara and Max meet, they have no information regarding the other, not even a name. The chemistry between these two is there right from the beginning. As the events from the story begin to unfold, Sara and Max really try and fight to keep things casual between them, but as the story goes on, this proves to be much more difficult than expected.
Women don't always want to be treated like we're delicate, or rare, or somehow more precious. We want to be wanted. We want sex to be just as raw as you do.
Beautiful Stranger is a book that is fully of very highly, likeable characters. Thinking back, there really wasn’t anyone that I didn’t like, and there wasn’t anyone that I found myself getting really annoyed with. There were a few things that Sara did that frustrated me, but then, I thought, look at what she has moved away from. I actually really did like Sara’s character, it almost seemed as though she were a friend I could very easily go and sit to have coffee with. She was a character I wish that I was able to know more about.
Because the whole British thing you have going on makes me want to do very wicked things to your mouth.
Max Stella on the other hand…hello, you had me at British. There was just almost everything right about Max. He is a good-looking, tall, British, successful business hottie. Just thinking about that accent as he was saying some of the things that he said to Sara, is enough to make anyone swoon. Though given his reputation as a “bad boy, womanizer,” he is anything but. Sara frustrated me because Max is just almost TOO nice. I could go on, but I leave it at that.
The way you seem nervous makes me think you don’t know that I’m in love with you.
As well, I found that this story moved with a really great pace. The writing was funny, witty, and enjoyable. It was a very light-hearted, enjoyable read, with just the right amount of heat, heart, and sexiness. If you haven’t read this book and are looking for a quick, fun read, then I highly recommend picking up Beautiful Stranger, you’ll be glad that you did.

20 November 2015

Feature & Follow Friday [6]

This week's weekly question: 
If you could teleport into ANY story, which would you choose?

This is a great question, and a tough one! I've read so many fantastic stories that it almost seems difficult to choose. If I had to pick, I think that I would pick the Mediator series by Meg Cabot. That series was one of my favourites and it was one that I have read multiple, multiple times. I just would love to get to have the chance to see what it would be like to talk with people who are no longer with us, and just to get to experience the adventures that Susannah gets to go on. 

If you could pick any one story to teleport into, which do you choose?

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19 November 2015

Review: Inconceivable!

Author: Tegan Wren
Publisher: Curiosity Quills Press
Rating: 4 1/2 Stars

Synopsis: When Ozarks native Hatty goes "whole hog" during karaoke, she catches the eye of Prince John. He isn't what she expects the heir to a small European nation to be: he's affable, witty, and isn't put off by her tell-it-like-it-is demeanor. Their flirtation should be short lived, but a force strong than fate--Hatty's newspaper editor--assigns her to cover the royals. After spending time together, she and John soon begin dating, and Hatty finds herself making headlines inside of writing them.

But challenges loom that are even more complication than figuring out how to mesh Hatty's journalism career with life at Belvoir Palace. Hatty and John soon find themselves embroiled in an unusual sex scandal: they can't produce and heir. Tabloids dub Hatty a "Barren-ess," and the royals become irate. Hatty politely tells them to shove it. But beneath her confident exterior, she struggles to cope with heartbreak that invades most of her intimate moments with John. Pressure to choose between invasive medical procedures and abandoning John's claim to the throne, the couple feels trapped until a trip to Ethiopia shows them happy endings sometimes arrive long after saying "I do."

I would like to begin this review by stating that I have received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Review: When I read the synopsis for this book, I knew that it was going to be a book that I was going to enjoy, and I was right. I completely flew through this book, and a part of me wishes that I would have taken my time just to enjoy the story longer.
This is the story of Hatty, a college student who goes abroad to Europe to complete an internship. One of the great things about Hatty, and I think it was one of the reasons that I really enjoyed her character so much is that she said what was on her mind. Just like everyone, she does have moments where you can see her confidence take a small hit, but overall, she is just a really fun, great, and well-rounded character.
Enter Prince John. One of the things that I really enjoy about romance novels, are the early stages of the romance that takes place between the main character and the love interest. Inconceivable has that in spades. In the early part of their relationship, Hatty and John have some really witty, and enjoyable, fast-paced banter, of course all of this happens before she even knows who he is.
Of course, along with all of this, is Hatty’s profession and how that comes into play. Having a reporter being intimately involved with a member of a royal family is something that Prince John’s family really has to deal with, but it also allows the reader to gain more insight to all of the characters and being able to witness the story from Hatty’s perspective.
While the beginning half of the novel is a lot of fun, the second half takes on a much more somber, and personal touch. Teagn Wren did deal with infertility issues, and you can tell just from how raw, and emotional this book does get that the personal insight is there, you can feel it as you’re reading. While this theme is much more serious, it really coincides well with the light-hearted, and fun feeling the emanates from the book.
Overall, I really thoroughly enjoyed this book.  Tegan Wren has done a fantastic job with writing, the story flows well, and the characters and most of the situations that they do find themselves in are very real, and can be relatable. I’m definitely going to be re-reading this one in the future and I’m looking forward to seeing what else Wren will be putting out next!

02 September 2015

Waiting on Wednesday [2]

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine. For this event, we select one book that we are eagerly anticipating.

This week's choice is:

Wicked Sexy Liar
By: Christina Lauren

Synopsis: Dating a friend’s ex is supposed to be off the table. But sometimes what’s really, really wrong is actually really, really right. Book Four of the Wild Seasons series.

What books are you eagerly anticipating?

01 September 2015

Review: Beautiful Bastard

Author: Christina Lauren
Publisher: Gallery Books
Rating: 4 Stars

Synopsis: Whip-smart, hardworking, and on her way to an MBA, Chole Mills has only one problem: her boss, Bennett Ryan. He’s exacting, blunt, inconsiderate—and completely irresistible. A Beautiful Bastard.
Bennett has returned to Chicago from France to take a vital role in his family’s massive media business. He never expected that the assistant who’d been helping him from abroad was the gorgeous, innocently provocative—completely infuriating—creature he now has to see every day. Despite the rumors, he’s never been one for a workplace hookup. But Chloe’s so tempting he’s willing to bend the rules—or smash them—if it means he can have her. All over the office.


I’m going to start off this review by saying that I have heard many mixed things about this book, and I think that’s why it is has taken me so long to pick it  up and give it a chance. I’m really glad that I did. My initial thought when I picked up this book and the read the first few chapters was that it was going to move really slow, but it didn’t. The quick banter, comments, and action pretty much start right off the bat, and the pace keeps up for the duration of the book.

I suppose the best way to get into talking about this book, is to give it a quick overview. This is the story of Chloe Mills, a hardworking, driven, and very smart MBA student, and her escapades working under her overbearing, hard-ass boss, Bennett Ryan at his family’s multi-million dollar media company. The moment that we meet Chloe it is clear right away that she is very smart, drive, and she can give as good as she gets. She wants this MBA, and there is absolutely nothing that is going to stand in the way of her getting it.

Until we meet Bennet Ryan. Apart from the whole, “he’s a jerk” I fell for Bennett almost instantly. Yeah, he’s a jerk and are the things that he says harsh? You betcha. Just listening to him talk and the comments he makes, it almost made me want to begin bantering and fighting with him, because it seems to be quite enjoyable. I’;m not sure that arrogant is the right word to call him, he definitely knows his stuff, and for being so young, he’s accomplished quite a bit. He is man who knows what he wants, when he wants it.
“womanizing, arrogant, pigheaded asshat who assumed everyone around him was an idiot.”
Chloe and Ryan together just make the story work. Of course, it is their story after all, but just being a witness to everything that’s taking place is just really, really entertaining. It is so obvious that they’re perfect together and they just fit. Despite the whole “hating each other” thing, there was always that attraction there.  The way that these two characters interact with one another is a large part of why I think the book is able to keep up the pace that it has. The type of dialogue and how quickly things happen also play a large part.

While I did really enjoy this book, there were a couple of things that I really didn’t enjoy. The first being that I wish there would have been a bit more interaction with secondary characters. They’re in the story and make appearances, but they also seemed to just be kind of stuck in there story.
This leading into my second issue: loose ends. There was one in particular that happened and that was it. As a reader, I was kind of just left wondering at how it could have been resolved.
Finally, my last issue was how rushed the ending was. The ending made perfect sense, and it fit, but it was just a little too rush and things happened far too quickly. There was plenty that could have been done with it, instead of mashing everything up together.

Overall though, I did really enjoy this book, and I’m sorry that it has taken me so long to getting around to reading it. I’m definitely looking forward to getting into the next books in this series. If you are looking for a quick, hot, highly entertaining read, I suggesting picking this one up!

Blitz: The Foxglove Killings

The Foxglove Killings
by Tara Kelly 
Release Date: 09/01/15
Entangled Teen

Summary from Goodreads:
Gramps always said that when the crickets were quie t, something bad was coming. And the crickets have been as silent as the dead. It started w ith the murdered deer in the playground with the unmistakable purple of a foxglove in its mouth. But in the dying boondock town of Emerald Cove, life goes on.

I work at Gramps's diner, and the cakes―the entitled r ich kids who vacation here―make our lives hell. My best friend, Alex Pace, is the one pers on who gets me. Only Alex has changed. He's almost like a stranger now. I can't figure it out. ..or why I'm having distinctly more-than- friend feelings for him. Ones I shouldn't be having.

Then one of the cakes disappears.

When she turns up murdered, a foxglove in her mouth, a r umor goes around that Alex was the last person seen with her—and everyone but me believ es it. Well, everyone except my worst enemy, Jenika Shaw. When Alex goes missing, it's up to us to prove his innocence and uncover the true killer. But the truth will shatter everything I 've ever known about myself—and Alex.

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Tara Kelly adores variety in her life. She’s an author , one-girl-band, graphic designer, editor, and photographer. She lives in Sin City with her beloved guitars , sound design master husband, and a fluffy cat named Maestro.

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28 August 2015

Update & Small Haul

I was quite excited today when the mail arrived that I thought I would update and do a quick book haul!
When I opened the mail, this was waiting for me
I had been wanting a kindle for a while, and I when I noticed that Amazon was having a sale, I decide to pick one up. While I’m still a lover of paperbacks, I have been enjoying ebooks so much more. It was also time for an upgrade. I had an original Kobo that I had received as a birthday gift years ago, but sadly, its reaching its end. I am so excited, and I cannot wait to start reading!
Along with the Kindle, I picked up the following ebooks:

Finding Cinderella by Colleen Hoover

Hear-Shaped Hack by Tracey Garvis Graves

For review, from Entangled, I received:

                                        This Book will Change you Life by Amanda Weaver

Feature & Follow Friday [5]

This week’s weekly question:
If you could have any job what would you do?
Maybe this might seem like a boring answer, but its a tough question because there are so many jobs I would love to try, and if I could, I’d have been a forever student just to try so many of my different interests.
Though, for the sake of this question, I would love to be an English professor at a university. I loved my major so much, and one of the things that I loved about studying English were my profs. For the most part they were awesome, and they really changed the way that I viewed literature. Another reason, would be the fact that I would be able to share my number one love/interest/pass-time with others. As well, it also ties into history which is something else that I’m really interested in and could spend my time researching.
If you could pick any job which would you choose?

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27 August 2015

Review: Confessions of a Fat Girl

Author: Holly Dae
Pages: 247
Rating: 3 Stars

Synopsis: Smart and ambitious Season Minett was homeschooled, got accepted into college at 16, graduated with a B.A. in English at 20, got a job at a prestigious magazine at 21, and isn’t afraid to go after what she wants. Twenty-two-year-old Season has it made and everyone knows it. Except Season herself.
People can gush over her all day long, but Season knows they’re just being nice. In reality, she’s accomplished nothing. She doesn’t work hard enough, can’t get her book published, and worst of all at 5’6, 180 pounds with a thirty-two inch waist, a forty-four inch hip, and arms too big for her body, she’s fat and ugly. She's such a disappointment that after her mother divorced Season's dad, she went to live with her new, younger boyfriend and left Season to mother the rest of her siblings. So Season is quite bewildered when the guy she sees every weekend at the bookstore shows serious interest in her. And she ends up liking him. A lot.
Season's not naive enough to think love will solve all her problems though. In fact, love seems to be making everything worse because her food obsession is growing more and more out of her control. But that's impossible. There's nothing wrong with counting calories and wanting to be thin. There's nothing wrong with trying to be as perfect as everyone thinks she is. A fat girl can't develop an eating disorder, let alone have one. Right?

Review: I had received this book in exchange for an honest review. When I had read the title of this book, I was completely interested in reading it, as it had captured by attention. This is Season’s story, and we are told the story looking at her life through her own thoughts and actions. Season really does not feel as though there is anything special about her, and she tries her hardest to keep locked away from everyone. Until she meets Victor. Try as she might to push him away, he is not scared off from her.
Season, as we learn very early on has an undiagnosed eating disorder. She is constantly counting her calories and really taking into consideration about what it is that she is putting into her body. About mid-way through the book, some things start to go down, and Season finds herself spiralling out of control and we witness just how self-destructive Season can be.
This is one of the first books that I have read that has to deal with eating disorders. One of the things that I was really not a huge fun of, was Season herself. I found it very, very difficult to like her, and maybe that was the point of her character, but I just found her to be very difficult to warm up to. As well, I know it was her nature, but I found her to be rather harsh and abrasive at times. She just kind of rubbed me the wrong way. On the otherhand, some of the thoughts that Season was having about herself are thoughts that I’ve had, and I’m sure that women will be able to relate to.
Overall, I did enjoy this book and I was really glad that I was given the opportunity to read it. Eating disorders are a thing that is becoming more and more apparent in our world, and it is important that we aware of what they are and just how damaging they can be. For as strong a woman and Season is, even she has her battles, and some things are harder to overcome than others.

26 August 2015

Waiting on Wednesday [1]

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event that is hosted by Breaking the Spine. This event spotlights a book that we are most looking looking forward to!

My pick for this week is:

November 9
By: Colleen Hoover
Synopsis: Fallon meets Ben, an aspiring novelist, the day before her scheduled cross-country move. Their untimely attraction leads them to spend Fallon’s last day in L.A. together, and her eventful life becomes the creative inspiration Ben has always sought for his novel. Over time and amidst the various relationships and tribulations of their own separate lives, they continue to meet on the same date every year. Until one day Fallon becomes unsure if Ben has been telling her the truth or fabricating a perfect reality for the sake of the ultimate plot twist.
Can Ben’s relationship with Fallon—and simultaneously his novel—be considered a love story if it ends in heartbreak?

Blurb: I love, love, love Colleen and I’m so looking forward to this book! There has not been a book of hers that I’ve picked up and not loved!

What book are you most looking forward to?

24 August 2015

Review: Thoughtful

Author: S.C Stephens
Publisher: Forever
Pages: 560
Rating: 5 Stars 

Synopsis: The only place Kellan Kyle has ever felt at home is onstage. Gripping his guitar in a darkened bar, he can forget his painful past. These days his life revolves around three things: music, his bandmates, and hot hookups. Until one woman changes everything…
Kiera is the kind of girl Kellan has no business wanting—smart, sweet and dating h is best friend. Certain he would never be worthy of her love, he hides his growing attracting…until Kiera’s own tormented heart hints that his feelings might not be one-sided. Now, no matter the consequences, Kellan is sure of thing—he won’t let Kiera go without a fight.

Review: Despite having finished this book a few days ago, I’m still thinking about this story, and the characters, I cannot seem to get them out of my head. The same thing happened to me after I had finished reading Thoughtless. I wish I knew where to start with this review. When I found out that Kellan was going to get the chance to be able to tell his story, I was SO SO excited! I should also admit that I kind of forgot how angsty and heart-breaking the whole Kiera-Kellan-Denny this was. Despite knowing the story having read Thoughtless first, it completely changes it having it come from a different character’s point-of-view. I was fully aware of what I was getting myself into when I started this book, and I’m not sorry at all.
This book will definitely take a lot out of you. The way that S.C Stephens has written this book, everything feels so real, and it is so much more painful reading it from Kellan’s point-of view. He really does make your heart ache for him, and it is something that is extremely difficult to get over. Being given the opportunity to see this story unfold through Kellan’s eyes, you completely fall in love with him all over again.
Kellan: *swoon*
If I were to only be able to choose one book boyfriend, it would hands-down  be Kellan. I thought I had loved him after I finished Thoughtless, but I was SO wrong. If you fell in love with him in Thoughtless, just wait until you pick Thoughtful up. Being inside Kellan’s head, you just gain a much deeper understanding and appreciation for him, and you feel for him so much more. Your heart will begin to ache for him. The way that he feels about himself, and how he thinks that he is undeserving of love, made me feel so sad for him. It is his thoughts about himself, that make his actions, such as the meaningless sex with whoever catches his attention, seem to make more sense.
It is also safe to say that this books is HOT. Every emotion that Kellan feels, he makes you feel right along with him. The way that he feels about Keira, it is so hard not to feel anything at all. Everything in this book is so raw, and real.
Kiera: I’m going to begin by saying that I was not her biggest fan in Thoughtless, and you if you weren’t either, this book will make you like her even less. This girl is just down-right aggrivating! The fact that she is so indecisive about everything just really begins to get irritating. Being able to witness her from someone else’s eyes, she’s a really cold-hearted bitch. I understand though that she could not have been in an easy situation, but I think that she probably could have handled herself so much better. Denny, it was so nice to be able to see him through Kellan’s eyes, and you really do understand just want Denny means to Kellan, and what Denny had done for him.
D-Bags: Really, what can I say about these guys? They are just as fantastic in this novel as they were in Thoughtless. I felt reading this book that I was much more a part of the band, and I got to know Griffin, Evan and Matt on a completely different level.
It is safe to say that this book can be read as a standalone and really nothing will be ruined, but I would suggest reading Thoughtless first, I think it will making reading Thoughtful so much more enjoyable.
At the end of it all, I am SO in love with the world that S.C Stephens has created in this series. As much as I complain about Kiera, all of the characters are so wonderful and they really make the story come alive. It is not an easy story to read, and it will toy with your emotions in ways that you may not have thought possible, but it is enjoyable. If you’re finding yourself looking for something to read, I suggest you give the Thoughtless series a chance, you will not be disappointed!

05 August 2015

Review: Grey

Author: EL James
Publisher: Vintage Books
Pages: 568
Rating: 2.5 Stars

Synopsis: Christian Grey exercises control in all things; his world is neat, disciplined, and utterly empty--until the day that Anastasia Steele falls into his office, in a tangle of shapely limbs and tumbling brown hair. He tries to forget her, but instead is swept up in a storm of emotion he cannot comprehend and cannot resist. Unlike any woman he has known before, shy, unworldly Ana seems to see right through him--past the business prodigy and the penthouse lifestyle to Christian's cold, wounded heart.

Will being with Ana dispel the horrors of his childhood that haunt Christian every night? Or will his dark sexual desires, his compulsions to control, and the self-loathing that fills his soul drive this girl away and destroy the fragile hope she offers him?

Review: Beginning this book, I knew exactly what I was getting into. Part of the reason that I wanted to read this book was to know what it would be like to be inside Christian's head (it was kind of interesting experience) and to see the world of the novel through his eyes.

I am going to admit that it was quite entertaining to be inside Christian's head, as there really is a lot that is going on in there. Some things were a little bit surprising, but having read Fifty Shades of Grey first, it kind of makes a little more sense. I must admit that while I was reading this book, I half expected there to be an "Inner Goddess", and I was partially right. Christian really does seem to favour a certain part of his male anatomy, and it is very clear through some of his inner dialogue.

Another positive that this book had was that it allowed reads to perceive Ana in a very different way. Through her eyes she was showing reads a very self-deprecating character who really didn't think too highly over herself. Seeing here through Christian's eye's though, it completely changes and it is very obvious to see how much he does care for her. As well, I was also looking forward to seeing where he went some nights, or what he was thinking himself, rather than having Ana gauge his reactions, and a lot of times, it seemed as though she was off and made him sound so much harsher than he actually was.

With that being said, there are a few things that I did have issues with. One thing that I noticed was there EL James really likes to repeat a lot of phrases, and metaphors. Christian, while talking about Ana, seems to repeat a lot of very similar feelings to himself, over and over. Mid-way through the book I was slowly starting to get a bit peeved at it, and I just wanted him to tell her what he was thinking. It was a bit lack-luster in that sense. Even the writing in some places seemed very generic, and almost rushed. After putting out FSOG, while still keeping through to the story.

Overall, it wasn't my favourite read, nor would it be placed in a top 10, but it wasn't terrible. If she does put out the other two novels from Christian's POV, I will read them, because I'm  hooked enough in the story, that I want to know what he is thinking about certain events unfold for him. If you were a fan of the FSOG series, then I would definitely recommend picking this up and giving it a read.   

03 July 2015

Feature & Follow Friday [5]

This week's weekly question:
What is the first book you remember reading?

When I think back to it, the first book that I can remember reading on my own was Go Dog, Go! I was SO obsessed with this book. I can remember my mother getting really tired of reading this book to me over and over, that she tried her absolute best to try and skip some parts in the book while she was reading it, to get it over with quicker, but I knew exactly what parts she was skipping and then I insisted she finished. I eventually got the point where I was just reading it on my own. Are You my Mother? was a very close second to Go Dog, Go!

What is the first book that you remember reading? 

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10 June 2015

Wishlist Wednesday [3]

Wishlist Wednesday is a weekly blog hop that is hosted by Dani at Pen to Paper. Each week you post about one book that has been on your wishlist for some time or just added (its all up to you!) that we cannot wait to get on our bookshelves.

So, what do you need to do to join?

  • Follow Pen to Paper as the host of the hop 
  • Pick a book from your wishlist that you're dying to get and put on your shelf 
  • Visit other blogs and enjoy!

 The pick for this week:

By: S.C Stephens 
Synopsis: Being the bassist for the world's hottest band has earned Griffin Hancock some perks: a big house, a fast car, and most importantly his incredible wife, Anna. The one thing it hasn't brought him is the spotlight. Anna tells him to be patient, that his  talent will win out. But Griffin is through waiting for permission to shine. 

Without warning Griffin makes a shocking decision and takes the gamble of a lifetime. Suddenly he's caught up in a new level of lights, cameras, and chaos. One that pushes his relationship with Anna to its limits. Anna has always found his unpredictable behaviour sexym but lately's he's seen an ache in her eyes--and it has his soul in knots. Just as the recognition Griffin seeks is finally within reach, the thing that he loves most in life could be slipping through his fingers...
I absolutely adore the Thoughtless series! I was so excited that Thoughtless was coming out from Kellan's perspective. Now that I see this new book coming out, I cannot wait. Griffin was an extremely unique, and fun character. I'm curious to see what this story has in store for him. I cannot wait!

05 June 2015

Feature and Follow Friday [4]

This weeks weekly question:
How would you pitch to the biz to make your favourite book into a movie?

I love questions like this but sometimes they're a little tough to answer. One of my favourite series of all-time that I have wanted to see turned into a movie was the Mediator series by Meg Cabot. These are my comfort, and go-to books, I don't even know how many times that I have read them. 

Meg Cabot is already well known as the author of the Princess Diaries, and that's something that I would mention to the produces that this book is by the same author but the stories could not be anymore different (I'm a terrible sales person). I would just end up giving an overview of the series and try to spice it up a bit, and just hope for the best.

How would YOU pitch your favourite book to the biz? 

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Cover Reveal: Coming Back


Coming Back by Emma South
Publication date: July 2015
Genres: New Adult, Romance, Suspense

Once, Christabelle Jayne defied death.  Learning to live and love again is going to be so much harder.
After being abducted and vanishing without a trace, she was presumed dead.  But Christie isn’t the kind of girl that goes down without a fight.  When she crawls out of the forest almost two years later, bruised and bleeding, she is confronted by a world that seems to have moved on and left her behind.
Dean Hawking returned to Warfields after a terrible tragedy on the job shook his faith in humanity.  The cop’s transfer home wasn’t the cure-all he hoped for until the best thing about it, the girl he loved since high school, Christie Jayne, turns up alive.
Their worlds are thrust together again for the first time in years.  Though still reeling from her ordeal, in Dean she finds a fathomless love that reminds her there are still beautiful things in the world. In Christie, he sees his chance at redemption…
Then Dean uncovers some startling information about Christie’s case, revealing that she might be in imminent danger, and their second chance at love will be put to the test when the full story of her escape is revealed.  Can there be any coming back from what she’s had to do?

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I'm in my thirties and living in New Zealand. About 2 years ago I lost somebody very close to me. I was lucky in a way, I was given enough time to make a promise. My promise was that I would never forget our young and innocent love, and it's a promise I intend to keep.

My writing is a way to help me keep that promise. I've always enjoyed writing but was forced into being 'prudent' and giving myself over to soul-crushing office work for the sake of a steady salary. Recent events forced me to re-evaluate my priorities and I decided to take a chance. I like to put little pieces of 'us' into my writing, from funny conversations we had, to apocalyptic arguments, to that special feeling you get when you hop into bed fully aware that your feet are freezing but your partner doesn't kick you away.

Even though these things are set in fictional worlds and attached to fictional characters, in a way it feels like I'm doing something that will make our love live forever. If somebody reads one of my stories and likes a joke or sheds a tear, then our love has lived on, and I thank any readers I might have for that.

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