Thursday, 31 October 2013

Slow Ride Home (The Grady Legacy #1) by Leah Braemel(*)

Genre;Romance
Release date; November 11th
Synopsis

Losing his father was hard enough, but now Ben Grady must face the fact that he and his brother may not be sole owners of their beloved ranch. To protect his family's legacy, he's forced to rely on the legal prowess of the woman who stars in his erotic fantasies: Allie O'Keefe. Ben's never forgotten the illicit encounter they shared fifteen years ago—or forgiven himself for letting her go.

Allie thought she'd moved beyond the scandal that cost her Ben in the past. But working so closely with the seductive rancher arouses the wild child within the cautious woman she's become. Though she tries to keep business and pleasure separate, Allie soon gives in to temptation, and discovers Ben's sensual skills surpass even her X-rated memories…

Allie has every intention of leaving Bull's Hollow forever after her investigation is complete. But there are a few complications. Not the least of which is that while saving the ranch, Allie's lost her heart
Review
I am not big on Cowboy romance , its not a genre I've ever got into but something about the synopsis ticked the right boxes, maybe it was Bens apparent sensual skills, or the strong character of Allie, either way i'm glad this book made its way into my life. So we start of meeting Allie, a strong lawyer with a past we don't learn much about. We know something has happened but we dont learn straight away which leaves the reader guessing. We swiftly meet Ben, ill admit it, i wasnt keen - but that soon changed. 
Ben tipped his hat up with one finger and shot her a lazy grin that melted her a little inside. His gaze swept down her body blazing a path even hotter than the sun
What follows develops into a complicated but delicious battle of emotions, past feelings and twists and turns. The whole reason Allie returns is to solve a dispute to do with Bulls Hollow and that is the whole point of the story, i found it captivating and found myself guessing what the heck had actually happened. I found myself in fields with the characters, drinking water whilst horseback riding. I loved the Grady men, well the living ones. However, what i loved was Bens nature, how he wasnt afraid to go both barrels head first into love. Allie, is more cautious and realistic and the two fit so perfectly together. This was a nice intro to Cowboy romance and well, im after more now!
The warm fuzzy feelings fed the long-slumbering love she'd once had for him

Rating; 8/10

Tuesday, 29 October 2013

Kindle Shelf Tour

Welcome back to my little blog, and today is the follow up post to a video im popping online, i was asked to do a tour of my kindle shelves, so why not. My kindle is split into several shelves/collections so lets go.

  • Shelve 1; Review This is the home for my review books obviously, most of mine are in this format. Netgalley obviously provides ebooks for those who are lucky to be approved, im also grateful to all the authors who choose to send me books, and they got popped here and i spend my time working through them.
  • Shelve 2; Classics Most of these came free from amazon and thats the thing i love about how many classics are free, meaning i often pop them here and i feel no rush to read through them.
  • Shelve 3; YA I apparently don't read alot of YA, but when i look on my kindle, i do or at least intend on it. There is several books that i am desperate to read such as divergent  and love unrehearsed, which i picked up in the summer and completely forgot about.
  • Shelve 4; NA  This is a new shelf with only 3 books on at the moment, but this is a genre i am currently loving and hooked on so i decide to prepare for books i will be picking up, because this shelf is obviously going to be filled up.
  • Shelve 5; Chick Lit I thought this would be fuller but it was one of the first shelves i made, and its what i read alot of.
  • Shelve 6; Romance This has mainly free kindle books that dont really fit any other shelf, these are usually the short and sweet ones that are a good stopping point between full books.
  •  Shelve 7; Adult Not to be mistaken for smut but works of adult ficition, so there is the casual vacancy and the cuckoos calling in there as well as some Nora Roberts ect.
  • Shelve 8;  Smut This is the home for all my sexy romance novels, i love them and its probably the largest shelf, I find most books i lean towards are smut and well, why not. 
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Monday, 28 October 2013

It aint easy being jazzy - book feature

Jazzy secretly wants to get back together with her ex-boyfriend, Curtis, so when he calls and reveals that he’s got something important to tell her, she’s got no idea that he’s about to propose—to her first cousin and bitter rival, Mercedes.
The annual family dinner is coming up, and fearing that she will spend the evening seething while Mercedes flaunts her four carat engagement ring in her face, Jazzy asks Reggie, an Adonis she met at the mall, to accompany her. As fate would have it, not only did Reggie and Mercedes used to date; that backstabbing, leopard print wearing cow is still carrying a torch for him! Revenge. It’s never been so sweet. 
But falling for Reggie? Holy crap! That wasn’t part of the plan! She’s got enough on her plate as it is; restaurant shootouts, a neurotic boss, a mother who spies on the neighbors, and a sister and best friend with man problems that could land them on Jerry Springer. Who has time to fall in love? So when Curtis comes sniffing around again—this time, with an accusation that sends her blood pressure shooting through the roof—the one good nerve that Jazzy’s got left has just about run its course.

Excerpt

I walked inside the mall and as usual it was jam packed with people walking faster than necessary. Some women were dressed in sweats, carrying hand weights and exercising. There were couples pushing baby strollers, teenage girls who had gone overboard with the blush and eyeliner, and those kiosk people who are always trying to sell something that I’ve either never heard of or certainly don’t need. I’ve learned that the best way to avoid these people is to not make eye contact because, if I do, they pounce on me immediately, asking if I want to buy a pair of shades, or a thumb massager, or whatever other ridiculous items they’re selling at the time. They always tried to find a loophole through whatever excuse I gave them. I’d even had one guy say to me, “Come on! I know you can afford this! Look at your purse!” The purse was a fake Coach bag that Annie had given to me after she bought herself some knockoff Gucci. Some hustler. He couldn’t even tell the difference.
I said, “First of all, this purse is stolen. Second of all, even if it wasn’t, I think my money could be better spent on something else.”
“Like what?”
“Something I can actually use.”
He leaned over and whispered, “We have dildos, too.”
I rolled my eyes and walked away. That day, I tried to skedaddle past him without catching eyes but for some reason, he remembered me. He shouted, to my dismay, “Stolen Coach Bag Lady!” I stopped short and did a quick about face. I walked over to him, feeling my face burn as several people looked at me. Some of them even clutched their purses. He was smirking, the bastard, and standing there eating one of those Red Delicious Apples, the name of which has always bothered me. Yes, it’s red, and yes, it’s an apple, but I, the consumer, will decide if it’s delicious, thank you. 
He was about six foot two (give or take a couple inches) with a goatee, bald head, and a gorgeous smile. He looked like he knew his way around a basketball court. In another life, I would have been swooning because I have always had a thing for handsome men with skin as smooth and dark as whipped chocolate. But I had been reformed. My sucky dating track record had taught me that if I’m attracted to a guy, that’s a clear indication that I should run to the nearest exit. It took some time, but I had finally learned to ignore that very loud skadush sound that my vagina made when it saw someone it liked. I learned that a skadush does not a good boyfriend make. A good lay, maybe. Long-term relationship, probably not. 
He took another bite of that apple and smirked some more. I said, “Do you always harass potential customers who are walking innocently by, minding their business?”
“I have a thing for pretty thieves.”
 “First of all, I did not steal this purse. I only told you that so you would leave me alone.”
He gave me the “Chile, please” side eye. “Where’d you get it from, then?”
“My sister, Annie.”
“Right.” He tossed the apple in the trash and picked up one of the purses he was selling at his station. It was brown with white fur at the top. “Now, this is what you need.”
“Oh, really? I need a brown bag that looks like it should have been a cowboy boot?”
“This is hot. Everybody’s wearing this purse.”
“How much?”
“Normally, I’d sell this for fifty, but seein’ as how I like you so much, I’ll let it go for forty-nine ninety-nine.”
“How generous of you.”
“I try.”
“I think I’ll pass.”
“All right, but I’m tellin’ you, you’re missin’ out on a good deal.”
“Mmm hmm.”
“What’s your name?”
I was going to tell him my real name but decided against it. “Serai.” 
“That’s pretty. All right, Serai. Maybe I’ll catch you on your way out.” He smiled. Okay, he was cute. All right. Beyond cute. The man was all kinds of fine. But I kept my composure and turned around nonchalantly, bumping into a large man with tattoos all over his hairy arms. He looked like he did a stint or two in Alcatraz and didn’t seem too unhappy about me being pressed against him. 
He wiggled his fat fingers and smiled. “Well, hello.” I would probably have nightmares about those beer bottle opening teeth for years. 
Sometimes when I got nervous, I spoke the little bit of French that I remembered from high school. “Je suis désolée,” I said, which means “I’m sorry.”
 He licked his lips. “Oooh, you speak Spanish. I like that, girl.” He rubbed his hands together like he couldn’t wait to pour some gravy on me and sop me up with a biscuit. I hopped over a baby crawling on the floor, skedaddled past homegirl with the purple wig, leaped over a stroller, shook my head no at some guy with one tooth who was yelling at me for my number, and hauled ass to Macy’s.

Author bio & links
Quanie Miller grew up in New Iberia, Louisiana. She fell in love with reading at an early age and spent most of her time at the Iberia Parish Library discovering new authors like R.L. Stine and Christopher Pike (she was often found walking back home from the library with a stack of books that went up to her chin). She holds degrees from Louisiana State University and San Jose State University. She has been the recipient of the James Phelan Literary Award, the Louis King Thore Scholarship, the BEA Student Scriptwriting Award, and the Vicki Hudson Emerging Writing Prize. She loves writing humorous stories about strong willed, sassy women who can’t keep themselves out of trouble. She lives in Charleston, South Carolina with her husband and is currently, as always, working on another novel. 

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Sunday, 27 October 2013

Guest Post - Top 5 Books - Clare from A Book and Tea

Thank you to the wonderful Em for letting me guest post on her blog! Here I give you my top 5 books. However, I do love a number of books so this isn't a set in stone top 5. Please go check out Clares Blog its wonderful!
The Lottie Project - Jacqueline Wilson
I loved Jacqueline Wilson books as a child and I'd probably still read them now. The Lottie Project was my favourite - even though it was tough to pick this one. It focuses on a school girl called Charlotte that does a project about a Victorian servant girl. Charlotte realises just had hard it is for the servant girl and she tries her best to love her own family life. It was so cute when I was younger and I loved (and still do) the Victorian era.

To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee
It's a classic and everyone should read it. Although, it deals with topics such as rape and racial injustice it is actually humorous and shows childhood innocence. It's based on the authors own experiences and it's a perfect piece of American Literature.

Hey Nostradamus - Douglas Coupland
I think it might be quite a weird book to like considering it's about a high school shooting, but it's
really good. It's very emotional and hard-hitting and makes you think about life. Douglas Coupland is a great author and everyone should go read a novel by him. His novels feature modern day worries such as what would happen if all bees died? You'd be amazed to find out!

The Wicked Lovely Series - Melissa Marr
I know this is technically three books, but I loved the whole series and that to me deserves a spot in my top 5. Wicked Lovely is a fantasy series based on fairies in the mortal world. Don't be foiled by the innocence it's full of danger and a battle between good and evil.


A starter for ten - David Nicholls
This is the first book I read of David Nicholls and I loved it. It's just a shame that One Day was ruined by the film. A starter for ten follows the life of Brian and his dream of being on University Challenge. It's such a funny book and you can relate to some of the stupid situations Brian gets himself into.

Thursday, 24 October 2013

The Longest Ride - Nicholas Sparks - Guess Review//Emma - emmaiswriting

Todays post comes courtesy of Emma from emmaiswriting
Blurb

Ninety-one-year-old Ira Levinson is in trouble. Struggling to stay conscious after a car crash, with his mind fading, an image of his adored – and long-dead – wife Ruth appears. Urging him to hang on, she lovingly recounts the joys and sorrows of their life together – how they met, the dark days of WWII and its unrelenting effect on their families.
A few miles away, college student Sophia Danko’s life is about to change. Recovering from a break-up, she meets the young, rugged Luke and is thrown into a world far removed from her privileged school life. Sophia sees a new and tantalising future for herself, but Luke is keeping a secret that could destroy it all.
Ira and Ruth. Sophia and Luke. Two couples, separated by years and experience, whose lives are about to converge in the most unexpected – and shocking – of ways.
Review

This is probably the hardest review I have yet to write. I enjoyed every single page but I can’t find the words to explain how beautiful it was. I took my time reading this novel, normally it takes me 2-3 days but with this, I wanted to savour every moment because we don’t know when his next novel will be released. I read The Longest Ride in a week and that was the best reading week I’ve had in a long time. Usually, I only make a couple of notes but this time, I made three pages worth. Well, he is one of my favourite authors after all.
The first three chapters introduce the characters perfectly. Ira, who is a 91 year old gentleman has been involved in a car crash and from the first page we meet him, Nicholas pulls on our heart strings. If anything can make me emotional, it’s seeing an elderly person suffer. When Ira falls asleep in the car, after the crash, we met his wife, Ruth who appears in his memory. Four months earlier to the crash, we meet Sophia, the blonde college beauty who is anything but the stereotypical sorority house girl and we also meet Luke. Luke is slowly becoming my favourite Sparks hunk! He is a handsome bull rider who takes constant care of his Mum. We learn little of their pasts, but in time, we learn a great deal.
Nicholas Sparks always picks beautiful locations for his novels and it is no surprise that he picked another one for his seventeenth novel. The Longest Ride is set in North Carolina and even though I haven’t been there, his words took me to the beautiful place. The reason why I read his novels are because of his descriptions; they’re spectacular and readers/writers are able to learn a great deal from him.
The change of point of view is rare in novels and sometimes, readers find themselves confused because the writers haven’t highlighted the speaker clearly enough. In The Longest Ride, Nicholas does it without fault. Each chapter is dedicated to either Ira, Luke or Sophia and once, we are presented with a paragraph from Luke’s mother. His characters are always believable and they trust one another within moments of meeting but I guess that is what happens when you meet your true love.
Throughout the narrative, I wondered what the link between the two couples was and we slowly learn of this just past the halfway point. Once you read it, it becomes obvious. It is impossible for readers not to get emotional when reading a Nicholas Sparks novel. He is the only author who has made me almost cry (that’s another story for another time!), I was able to get lost in the world of Sophia and Luke easily, but with Ira and his wife Ruth, I found their story to be less interesting. Perhaps it was down to the age difference or perhaps the war was mentioned which isn’t my strongest point. Half way through the narrative there is a relatively big shock. I was in the hospital waiting room when I happened to read it and a couple of people began to snigger at my reaction. I love reading in public!
All in all, it was a beautiful novel from Nicholas Sparks. He is one author who can never disappoint me. I can’t wait to hear the news of when the film adaptation will be released.
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Wednesday, 23 October 2013

Losing It - Cora Carmack

Genre; New Adult/Smut
Release date; Oct 2012
Synopsis

Sick of being the only virgin among her friends, Bliss Edwards decides the best way to deal with the problem is to lose it as quickly and simply as possible - a one-night stand. But her plan turns out to be anything but simple when she freaks out and leaves a gorgeous guy alone and naked in her bed with an excuse that no one with half-a-brain would ever believe. And as if that weren't embarrassing enough, when she arrives for her first class of her last college semester, she recognizes her new theatre professor. She'd left him naked in her bed about 8 hours earlier


Review
This was a book that has done the rounds lately, i found it in all fairness on a taboo list, and well, i loved gabriels inferno and thought this sounded oh so slightly similiar, The premise sounded good, and not too weird for been taboo, but more- oh that could actually happen. So, we open with Bliss been dragged out by her friend to get laid and lose her v card where she bumps into Garrick. What follows is an attempt at getting laid, but in Bliss style she freaks out, invents a cat and leaves Garrick in her flat. Role round the following morning and first of class...and what happens....Yep. This is a slow burner book, very similiar to Gabriels inferno, and the pace that takes, there is no instalove and sex, but more a slowly developed and more true to life relationship. I find the characters really likeable, Bliss is nervous, stressy, crazy and do you know what? It just works, she grew on me straight away. Garrick is cute, and sometimes i forget he is a tutor, as he just seems bland, but as we learn more about him, we learn he is just confused about the emotions he is going through. I flew through this and when i learnt book 2 wasnt even about this characters i was less than happy, but there is 1.5 which rounds up the story and we even get to see some of it from Garricks view!

Rating; 8/10
Available here


Monday, 21 October 2013

Book Feature - Zander Vyne // Immoral

Immoral is the first book in the Tales of a Vampire Hunter series—richly imagined, sexy, paranormal romance thrillers filled with heartbreaking betrayals, stunning consequences, and unexpected romance.

Star-crossed lovers threatened by dangerous secrets . . . but no secret stays hidden forever

A VAMPIRE HUNTER BREAKING ALL THE RULES

In a time when humans are captivated by imaginary vampires, real ones hide among you, kept in check by vampire hunters like me. Falling for the mysterious vampire girl is crazy, but my forbidden passions compel me to make my own rules. The black sheep of my family, I’ve never been much of a rule follower anyway.

Will she stand by me when we're entangled in a web of lies, death, and immoral desires that stretch across time and threaten everyone we love? Does she hold the key that will unlock dark secrets that could free us both from our tormented pasts? Will she surrender to the love that burns between us when even my kiss could cost her life?

A VAMPIRE DESPERATE FOR ANSWERS

From the moment we meet, I see the dangerous and damaged soul inside the charismatic vampire hunter—so much like my own. I cannot resist him, and soon I need him as surely as I need my heart to beat. I know to love him is to die, but I cannot imagine life without him.

Compelled to follow a twisted trail of mystery and deceit that takes us from Chicago to Paris, how much will he risk for me when the shocking truth of our pasts threatens to destroy everything he thought he knew about vampire hunters and vampires? Will he face the horror of his past to save us when our families join forces to keep us apart? Or will our obsessive desire for one another kill us first?

THE TRUTH MIGHT KILL THEM, BUT FIRST THEY'LL HAVE TO SURVIVE EACH OTHER

Sunday, 20 October 2013

The Sunday Post

Hi all welcome back once more - its been oh so quiet here this week, im not a fan of weeks like this but in all honesty, time has eluded me and like next week, there is no hope for me. So i have several guest posts lined up and a few pre done in hope to keep my little old blog alive. So, wish me luck for a busy week and i wish you all the same, be sure to link me to your Sunday post.

Thursday, 17 October 2013

ROCK ME: WICKED by Arabella Quinn (*)

Genre; Adult/Romance
Release date; September 2013
Synopsis

Second chances don’t always come knocking… When Lena reunites with Alex Lavigne, gorgeous lead guitarist with the sexy tattoos and nimble fingers, passions ignite…but she’ll learn the hard way that loving a bad boy rock star is never easy.



Review
I needed a quick book fix yesterday, i wanted something,short and to the point but that would satisfy my reading appetite. This was the second in the rock star romance set, and whilst i had heard of Arabella Quinn, i hadnt read any of her works. So, we meet Lena and her best friend planning to go see a gig, staring Alex, Lenas best friend from college, life got in the way and the pair were no longer in each others lives. As the night wears on, and after a few beers it becomes totally clear that Lena, wants and probably needs to see Alex. What follows is highly passionate, but  there is something more to it. The sex is well written, and the emotions between the characters are real, throw a crazy groupie into the mix and what follows is a truely fantastic story. I always fear with short stories they wont have enough time to develop the characters and the story, but alas once more this is not the case. All i know is, i need to read part 2 which has an estimated release date for Decemeber - NOW!

Rating; 7/10


Wednesday, 16 October 2013

1000 Sleepless Nights by Connie Ann Michael

Genre; New Adult
Release date; August 2013
Synopsis

Can you choose between fighting for your life and fighting for your heart?
Twenty-two year old Corpsman Emme Sawyer doesn’t follow rules. She’s always been the best and no one will die if she has anything to say about it.

Emme refuses to hang around the hospital waiting for the wounded to come to her and joins a Marine unit heading into Helmand Providence, the largest opium producer in Afghanistan. Shutting off her emotions, Emme focuses on what she does best…keeping her men safe. When her best friend is obliterated by a roadside bomb, Emme
begins to realize she can’t save everyone. Seeking comfort from Raven, her commanding officer, Emme develops feelings that don’t belong in a combat zone where each step could be your last. As Raven reciprocates, Emme learns you can’t choose when and where love finds you..
Review

This was a slow starter for me, i felt myself getting bored and i didnt really fancy sticking at it, but i had committed to it. So, we follow the story of Emme (Sawyer) in Afghanistan. That part didnt really appeal to me, what did was the premise of a bloody good love story. This story tore my heart apart slightly.Some of the words, ill admit i didnt understand, and had to ask the Mr. I had no problems however picturing the scenes that where taking place. Once we learnt of Ravens feelings for Emme, we see the passion that is going to slowly build between them. Raven is hardfaced at face value, but upon further exploration we see is a beautifully caring man, who is just learning to deal with his emotions. Throw Tahk into the mix and thats where the story flows so much better, Tahk (acting as Emmes guard) is kind of the middle man, he keeps both Emme and Ravens from taking over.
I admit it, this is another book that made me shed tears, especially for Tahk. With the picture changing, the emotions seem free to flow, and what develops is an intense relationship. In an environment like they are, of course its going to be intense, its either all or nothing, and thats what i like. It seems an honest representation of how a relationship would be. I am a great beilever in all or nothing anyway, i dont have time for games and this does so wonderfully. With some beautiful quotes, and a strong female main character, this is a great read that differs from your normal new adult romance.

Rating; 7/10
 Avaliable here


Tuesday, 15 October 2013

Book Inspired Bucket List.

This is a different sort of post for me, but after having a conversation with the Mr i thought i would share it with you all too; reading for me, gives me alot of lifestyle dreaming, i love how books can take you too different towns, and make you feel like you belong, this is essentially my bucket list of things books have made me want too do; i will include some of the books that have made me want too do these things as well. I hope you enjoy this.

1.Drink whisky in a blues club
This has stemmed from meeting trouble lets ignore the fact im not a whisky drinker, but its something i long too do, listen to some beautiful music, have a whisky on the rocks and maybe a dance

2. Go to a proper all american bar and drink beer from a bottle
The main culprit for this was Love Unscripted . I dont even like beer, but i love the idea, this book features alot of time in a bar, playing pool and drinking beer. 

3. BBQ on the beach and eat shrimp
Nicholas Sparks is my downfall this, he often writes beautifully about the coast, group bbqs, restaurants on the pier that serve shrimp, all washed down with a beer or two (i promise, i dont usually drink alot of alcohol)

4. Work in a beach cafe
Guess which book inspired this? ha..The Beach Cafe after reading this i was hooked on the idea of living by a beautiful coastline and running a cafe.

5. Visit Paris, and eat in quaint cafes and drink coffee
I am not a coffee drinker but i love the notion, this stemmed from Just one day primarly but has since been influenced by other books

This is a post i may update, and maybe one day i will do some of these things, but non the less i thought it fun, and really, this is how much books affect me; has a book inspired you to do something??

Monday, 14 October 2013

Kissing My Old Life Au Revoir by Eliza Watson

Genre; Chick Lit
Release date; July 2013
Synopsis

Event planner Samantha Hunter is prepared for a few challenges when escorting a group of good ole boy beer distributors to Paris, the city of haute cuisine and fine wines. However, she doesn’t foresee being passed up for a promotion because she is too professional and doesn’t knock back beers with her clients.

Her focus soon switches from landing the well-deserved promotion to finding her free-spirited sister, who lives in Paris and has disappeared, leaving behind family secrets to be uncovered. A sexy puppeteer helps Samantha search for clues to her sister’s whereabouts and teaches her to embrace her inner child. And a funeral-crashing psychic demonstrates the importance of living life to the fullest. It takes Samantha’s life spiraling out of control for her to finally get a life

Review

This is one of them books that i am not sure how it came into my life, i just found it on my kindle and
i wanted to read it because it sounded right up my street. I love anything based in quaint little villages, seaside towns, france, italy - i just like to indulge in lifestyle dreaming, and this seemed the perfect way & at one point i wanted to be an event planner...so all that aside, lets discuss the book itself. So we meet Samantha Hunter as she arrives in France for an event and to spend some time with her sister. Firstly, the description in this book is wonderful, you get a real feel for the place Samantha visits as well the people she meets along the way. Samantha is essentially a strong independent women, on the surface she came across hard faced and to begin with i admit i wasnt too keen on her as a character but as we learn more, we see she has feelings underneath her exterior. When her sister goes missing, all that hard exterior busniess women and we are really introduced to the true Samantha, with the help of a few crazy friends, and a sexy french puppeter, we travel all over on a hunt for a beloved sister. I really felt the author wrote the adventure well, and i found myself routing for all the characters to get there own happy ending. We meet some nasty characters as well, which are written really well that i felt uncomforatble when they popped up every now and then. In  conclusion, this is a nice, easy light read that passed a few hours and i felt all the better having read it. Its basically a good dose of chick lit with a sexy french man thrown in for good measure.

Rating; a good old 7/10
Avaliable here

Sunday, 13 October 2013

The Sunday Post

Happy Sunday all, its very miserable weather here today so i intend on snacking on junk, taking in a film or two and starting a new book. I have quite a busy week ahead so will be doing some blog planning too, i have some reviews to go live, and an idea for a post that i think will be quite fun.  I have been sticking to posting everyday and im also using my new twitter alot more; so follow that - @afternoonbooker

Please link me to your Sunday Posts!

Saturday, 12 October 2013

Stacking the shelves #2

Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course ebooks!
 Original meme hosted here

Purchase books
I say purchased, alot of these were on kindle free, i follow alot of people on twitter and often spot books that are free for a short time only so i quickly nip on pick them up.I picked up bah, humbug! ready in time for the ho ho holiday readathon next month, im feeling the festive bug. The emme rollins book was free if you sign up for newsletters, which is something i would of done anyway. The diary of a father was another kindle freebie, here. I have seen alot about losing it, and im lacking in the sexy romance based books lately, so well whats a girl to do but buy it


Review books
Likewise, spot the theme amongst review books - i requested the two christmas ones from netgalley, as well like i said i am taking part in the readathon, and want a few books ready to go. I also recieved my first actual physical review books this month, one hardback and one paperback which i am super excited to read and they really do look like something i would enjoy. Lastly i was gifted Dirty Tricks, which i think will also be a good read
Hope you all had a fab book week; link me below! :)
see you all tomorrow for The Sunday Post.

Friday, 11 October 2013

James River Writers Conference Press Release


PROMINENT AUTHORS AND AGENTS READY TO CONVERGE IN
VIRGINIA FOR 11TH JAMES RIVER WRITERS CONFERENCE
Two-day event features workshops, inspiration for up and coming writers
RICHMOND, Va. – Writers, mark your calendars. The James River Writers Conference is celebrating its 11th
year as one of the most prestigious gatherings of published authors, literary agents and editors in the country
with a two-day event that will inspire and educate writers on the rise.
The James River Writers Conference returns to Richmond on October 19 and 20 with an impressive lineup of
literary professionals, writing workshops and opportunities for aspiring writers to pitch their book ideas, hone
their skills and connect with nationally recognized authors and publishers.
This year’s conference features an extensive list of esteemed guests and speakers including award-winning book
designer and writer Chip Kidd, National Book Award-winner Kathryn Erskine and best-selling, awardwinning
author Christopher McDougall. Also making appearances at the conference are award-winning
authors Cece Bell, Lydia Netzer, Megan Mayhew Bergman and Philippa Ballantine. Book Doctors and
Pitchapalooza founders Arielle Eckstut and David Henry Sterry will be on hand, and don’t forget to make time
for agents including April Eberhardt, Deborah Grosvenor, Victoria Skurnick and Paige Wheeler.
Year after year, the conference is lauded for its remarkable programs and its noteworthy influence on the writing
community. It’s no wonder why hundreds of people have been flocking to central Virginia each fall since 2003.
“The James River Writers Conference [is] one of the best writers’ conferences in America,” says David
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and go to this conference. It’s filled with warm, generous, talented writers, editors and agents.”
Registration for the annual conference is open, and writing sessions are already filling up. Find more details and
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The 2013 conference is supported by BrownGreer, VCU Libraries, Richmond Times-Dispatch, Fraga Studios,
CultureWorks, Dominion, Hunton & Williams, Art Works, and the Virginia Commission for the Arts.
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Thursday, 10 October 2013

Meeting Trouble - Rockstar Romance - Emme Rollins(*)

Genre; Adult/Rockstar Romance ;)
Release date; Sept 2013
Synopsis

Sabrina can’t believe her luck—she’s always dreamed of front row seats to see her favorite band, “Trouble,” but when she bumps into lead singer, Rob Burns, and he invites her backstage, she finds herself hoping her luck doesn’t run out—and that maybe, just maybe, all her dreams will come true.

Review
This whole lovely set was kindly gifted to me and i couldnt wait to delve into it - i love a good rockstar romance, who doesn't??
So, this is a review of the first book by the wonderful Emme Rollins, i have reviewed books from her before, so i had high hopes for this. So, this short story takes a chance meeting into an intense and steamy relationship that left me so much wanting more, in fact - i think this needs to become a whole book just so i can follow Sabrina & Robs relationship. Rob is the main singer from Trouble and seems dark and dangerous, but turns out to actually be the sort of character i love, Sabrina and Rob meet from an accident and go on to spend time together, this isnt a case of bam, meet, sex and done - oh no, in this short book Emme still took the time to build an intimate and passionate relationship between the characters. Emme took the time to describe the places they visit and people they meet so we as readers become attached the world she has built. For a short book this was perfect to indulge in, and i am just slightly gutted that is the end for Sabrina and Rob, however there is still 11 more books to read and at 77p (uk price) i aint going to complain!!

10/10
Available here

Wednesday, 9 October 2013

Forever Innocent - Deanna Roy(*)

Genre; New Adult
Release date; Sep 26th

Synopsis

"Our baby died on prom night, and nothing was ever the same again."

Corabelle doesn’t feel like any of the other college girls. On what should have been one of the happiest nights of her life, she and her boyfriend Gavin watched a nurse disconnect the ventilator from their seven-day-old baby. During the funeral two days later, Gavin walked out and never returned.

Since then, her life has been a spiral of disasters. The only thing that has helped is her ability to black out whenever the pain gets too hard to bear, a habit that has become an addiction.

When Gavin shows up in her astronomy class four years later, he is hell-bent on getting her back, insisting she forgive him. Corabelle knows she can’t resist the touch that fills the empty ache that has haunted her since he left. But if he learns what she has done, if he follows the trail back through her past, her secrets will destroy their love completely. And once again, she’ll lose the only person who always believed she was innocent.

 Review
 Let me start with, the amount of feels i got from this book was crazy. This was a story of life, loss, grief and passion. Oh lord, i couldnt handle it, i had to break from the book, as once i started sobbing i felt my grief for Corabelle and Gavin pour out. We follow the lives of Gavin & Corabelle four years later, fate obviously had plans for them both, what follows is page turning. Having both headed away to the coast, the couple meet once more and we see them deal with emotions that never got dealt with and a love that was once the only thing that mattered. Its a beautifully written book, that tackles a very heavy subject but tackles it professionally and well. I couldnt even imagine how hard this would have been to write, all i know is, i need to find out what life has planned for them in the future, im hoping the stars are on their side.


Rating; 10/10

Tuesday, 8 October 2013

Its time for the final heartbeat! #3 - Faith Sullivan

Title: I Am Yours (Heartbeat, #3)
Author: Faith Sullivan
Expected release date: October 8, 2013
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Age Group: New Adult
Ebook available at: Kindle | Nook | Smashwords ($2.99) 





Book Description:

Book 3 in the HEARTBEAT series

Adam is at a crossroads.

He has Katie on his mind and Jada in his bed.

Now with the ultimate choice before him, he must decide between fantasy and reality.

Katie's his dream girl, but Jada's his best friend, his partner. As a paramedic, he's supposed to save lives, not wreck them. Yet his failure to commit leaves a trail of heartache in his wake.

Things come to a head at his brother's wedding when a surprise announcement leaves Adam scrambling to pick up the pieces. Sure, women find his shaggy blond hair and aquamarine eyes irresistible. But to him, sex is nothing more than a means of escape ... until it turns into a psychological trap.

His mind is telling him one thing, while his heart is beating another. He's not sure what he wants when it comes to a serious relationship. Sorting out his feelings, he finally comes to a startling realization. He is capable of love.

But what if it's too late?


Excerpt:

His shaggy hair is falling in his eyes as water drips from the ends. The buttons of his shirt are undone and droplets cling to his bare chest. His lips are parted and his blue eyes radiate a mixture of elation and desire. He knows that he’s trespassing where he doesn’t belong, but he doesn’t feel the need to ask anyone’s permission to enter my bedroom either.

I tilt my head and gaze up at him, my hair tumbling over my shoulder. He advances toward me, looking somewhat guilty, bordering on apologetic. He realizes he shouldn’t be here, but he is. And I don’t want him to leave. I like the danger of having him so close.

He blinks and raindrops fall from his eyelashes before running down his face. And that’s all it takes for the sheer happiness of the moment to light up my face. I rush toward him as he greets my smile with one of his own. Its sincerity warms my heart as he looks at me like he’s just completed the longest journey of his life, filled with relief at finally reaching his destination. He’s come home. He’s where he’s supposed to be. And if I’m being honest with myself, I feel like I’ve been waiting for him all along.

The force pulling me to him is too strong to ignore. I don’t fight it. I give into it. I let it take me over. I stride up to him, reaching up on my toes, my fingers dancing across his neck as I take his lips with mine. Pressing myself into him, the front of my white t-shirt is soaked instantly. But instead of experiencing any kind of chill, I feel like I’m burning up.

The kiss is gentle this time, lasting only a few seconds before he draws me into a hug, laying his sopping head against my shoulder while wrapping his arms around my waist, drawing me as close as he possibly can to his body. He winces when I squeeze him back tightly, causing him to loosen his grip on me and step away. I reach up one hand at a time to examine his face as he tries to look down, refusing to meet my gaze. Finally, he gives me a mournful smile as I persist. Silencing my worries, he runs a hand lightly across my face before bringing me in for another kiss. He’s so careful with me, so tender. He breaks away to smile at me again, a look of wonderment in his eyes, before resuming our kiss.

Slowly releasing my lips, I allow my hands to roam down his chest as I start to tug on his shirt. He complies with my request, but he seems to be in pain as I help remove the sleeves from his arms. I glance up at him in concern, and he whispers, “My ribs. They were broken not too long ago. I don’t think they ever fully healed.”

He hangs his wet shirt on the bedpost as I run my hand gently over his chiseled abs. He bends his head to the side, closing his eyes. He doesn’t open them as I glide my fingers over the scar on his forehead, where undoubtedly he had stitches at one time. My heart contracts as I ponder what happened to him. He submits to my touch, moving his head along the path of my fingertips, yielding to my efforts to examine him. He doesn’t resist, but I can sense he doesn’t want me to linger on his injuries either.

His hair appears darker now that it’s wet, and I can’t help twisting my fingers through the strands at the back of his neck as he rests his forehead against mine. He’s so close to me. All I can see are his eyes. He leans back, pushing my hair away from my face. The way he is looking at me is like he’s taking in every part of me. It’s hard for him to keep his lips off mine as he brushes a featherweight kiss across them. It feels so intense. I have to look down for a minute.

When I’m ready to meet his eyes again, his hands travel up my sides, encouraging me to lift my arms. I do so, and within seconds, his fingers are at the hem of my shirt, pulling it up and over my head in one swift movement. I help him free my long hair from inside the collar, reaching behind me to hold it up, trying not to think about my bare breasts being visible. He drinks in every inch of me, and that smile is back on his face as his hands caress my back. This time, it’s Adam who lifts my hair away, entwining it through his fingers while resting his chin on my shoulder, allowing his free hand to roam the full expanse of my back from shoulder to hip. I slide my arms around his lean, muscular body as he buries his face against my neck. When he stands upright again, he nuzzles my ear as I extend a trail of kisses along his jaw. He sighs in contentment as his stubble bristles against my lips.


Books in this trilogy:
(linked to Goodreads)

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About the Author:

Faith Sullivan is an author of New Adult contemporary romances including the HEARTBEAT trilogy, the TAKE ME NOW series and the 9/11 novel, UNEXPECTED.

Where to find Faith Sullivan:

 



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Monday, 7 October 2013

Keeping Score by Jami Deise(*)

Genre; Momlit
Release date; July 2013
Synopsis
 
When her 9-year-old son wanted to play summer travel baseball, Shannon had no idea the toughest competition was off the field.... When her son Sam asks to try out for a travel baseball team, divorced mom Shannon Stevens thinks it'll be a fun and active way to spend the summer. Boy, is she wrong! From the very first practice, Shannon and Sam get sucked into a mad world of rigged try-outs, professional coaches, and personal hitting instructors. But it's the crazy, competitive parents who really make Shannon's life miserable. Their sons are all the second coming of Babe Ruth, and Sam isn't fit to fetch their foul balls. Even worse, Shannon's best friend Jennifer catches the baseball fever. She schemes behind the scenes to get her son Matthew on the town's best baseball team, the Saints. As for Sam? Sorry, there's no room for him! Sam winds up on the worst team in town, and every week they find new and humiliating ways to lose to the Saints. And the action off the field is just as hot. Shannon finds herself falling for the Saints' coach, Kevin. But how can she date a man who didn't think her son was good enough for his team ... especially when the whole baseball world is gossiping about them? Even Shannon's ex-husband David gets pulled into the mess when a randy baseball mom goes after him. As Sam works to make friends, win games and become a better baseball player, Shannon struggles not to become one of those crazy baseball parents herself. In this world, it's not about whether you win, lose, or how you play the game... it's all about KEEPING SCORE

Review
Shannon, a single mom and her baseball loving son take on pretty much the whole team in alot of intense relationships, the author does a great job of describing and creating brilliant characters who are memorable, although is most certainly alot of them so make sure you keep track. We bascially watch through Shannons eyes which i feel is why the description is so vivid. Okay, i wanted this book to work for me, and it did in parts but in others it failed miserably, but i am not a sports mom - so i didnt kind of understand alot. The author did mention this was Momlit - and i agree a 100% and you know, it would work for that audience. So - there is alot of baseball in this book, and that is where i struggled, i am english, i don't know all too much about the ins and outs of baseball and the focus on it was you know, kind of key in this book. I did like the underlying stories of love, relationships and crazy women, that did appeal to me, because thats the kind of story i opt for. So, overall this was mid range book for me, i think it was written well and very detailed and if i was a competitive american mom - it would be bloody brilliant, i am not however, but i am not one to slate a book, so i took it for what it was, and the mainly focused on the relationships between the characters and tuned out the baseball and in the end it was a good.

Rating; 5/10

Sunday, 6 October 2013

The Sunday Post


I missed a few posts this week, but life got in the way, i had other commitments and then i was poorly for a day or so, but that happens sometimes & i am okay with that. On the book front i havent read too much this week but im hoping to finish my current read today & delve into something new.

Saturday, 5 October 2013

Stacking The Shelves #1

Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course ebooks!
 Original meme hosted here

Review books
These were all kindly gifted this week for review purposes, i very excited about them all, especially the new adult romance set, at the moment i am hooked on new adult romance so when i was dropped an email i was of course going to say yes. The horror book came at a perfect time ready for halloween, and in the name of rose, sounded right up my street.


 Purchased
These are the two i purchased this week, i had been seeing alot about the the leo series, so i decided to bite the bullet and get number one. I also picked up, how long should you wait to have sex as at the moment its free on kindle!


So thats my books for the week; i wish you all a happy Saturday and welcome links to your stacking the shelves!

Friday, 4 October 2013

September Wrap-Up

September Wrap-Up
This last month i feel i have read quite a lot, i want to take a moment to thank all the lovely authors and what not who are willing to hear my thoughts on the books in my life. I feel this month i made a huge dent into my Review shelf on my kindle, there has been some mixed gems, some that made me weep & some that left me less than impressed. So here we go;







Thursday, 3 October 2013

Fall Into Love - Serena Akeroyd (*)

Genre; Adult/Erotica
Release Date; August 2013
Synopsis
When Simone Barranquet meets Zane Matthews on a night out with her friends, little does she know that her life is about to change.

Crashing into Zane, her mundane existence is teetering on the edge. A whole new world of sexual exploration awaits her, if she's willing to take a leap of faith in a man she doesn't know who leads a life she can't understand.

Review 
 This is a short bout of smut, and i was perfectly happy to accept that, its a case of instalust, and well, it goes from there. We dont learn much about the characters, but what we learn is what they indulge in was needed. The ending left me a bit like woah - what has happened here...come on part 2 i need to accept you into my life, like...now!

Rating; 6/10