Sunday, September 24, 2017

Free Ebooks

Hello book lovers and happy Sunday!

Hope you're all ready for another week :) Here's hoping it will be another good one.

 

Hope you managed to snag something new!

Friday, September 22, 2017

Book Shelf: Providence Unveiled (Memory's Wake Trilogy #3) by Selina Fenech



A wicked plot dating back to the very beginning of Avall is coming to its end, and Memory is a vital part. In order to save her friends, Memory will break all the rules. With all worlds put at risk by her actions, she will have to step up and make the greatest sacrifice to repair Avall and make the world something better than before.


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Review:

Providence Unveiled is the thrilling conclusion to the Memory’s Wake Trilogy by Selina Fenech and is an addictive, romantic, action packed and at times heart-warming end to what has been a beautiful series to read!

Since waking up in Avall with no recollection of who she was, a lot has changed for Memory. She’s found her sister, discovered who she is and is now the Queen of Avall. But that doesn’t mean the danger Memory and her friends have faced is over; far from it…..There’s a darkness brewing in Avall and with the human, fae and Avall worlds all at risk, Memory and her friends must find a way to protect the ones they love from a enemy that’s been planning it’s attack for decades. With Eloryn, Roen and Will standing by her side, Memory knows she can do everything, but when they themselves are threated, will Memory be able to save them? Or will she need to make the biggest sacrifice a person can make to save them?

Having devoured the Memory Wake’s Trilogy one book after the other, I’m a little sad to see the series come to an end, but I was really satisfied with how Selina Fenech ended it. Providence Unveiled is another beautifully told story, this time taking us into the heart of the lands the fae call home as Memory attempts to rescue someone she loves from the clutches of an enemy---allowing Fenech to truly explore the home of the fae for the first time in this series with wonderful effect. Harsh and barren, this dying land was really intriguing—and I really liked discovering and getting to know the Seelie and Unseelie courts a bit more.

There’s a lot going on in this third and final book; a lot of entertaining moments, sweet moments and of course sad ones as not every character we’ve met along the way is guaranteed to survive the growing discord and war between Avall and the fae. I’ve really enjoyed following Memory, Eloryn, Roen and Will throughout the trilogy and have loved seeing them all develop and grow, especially Memory who has come the furthest over the course of the three books.

It’s been a wonderful reading experience getting lost in this light and magical fantasy world. Selina Fenech delightfully explored the bonds of friendship, family and love and mixed so much magic and adventure into the series. Highly entertaining and luscious, Providence Unveiled brilliantly concludes this trilogy that I highly recommend.

Rating:
Source: I purchased from Amazon
Publisher:
Fairies and Fantasy Pty Ltd 
Format: Kindle ecopy
Release Date: January 19th 2015
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Final Thoughts: I truly did adore this series. I thought the storyline was entertaining and the pictures such a beautiful addition to a brilliant story. 


Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Waiting on Wednesday #194

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking The Spine where you can spotlight an upcoming release that you're eagerly anticipating.

This week I'm waiting on.....
 
Ink, Iron, and Glass by Gwendolyn Clare
Releases on: February 20th 2018
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Can she write a world gone wrong?

A certain pen, a certain book, and a certain person can craft entirely new worlds through a branch of science called scriptology. Elsa comes from one such world that was written into creation by her mother—a noted scriptologist.

But when her home is attacked and her mother abducted, Elsa must cross into the real world and use her own scriptology gifts to find her. In an alternative 19th-century Italy, Elsa finds a secret society of pazzerellones—young people with a gift for mechanics, alchemy or scriptology—and meets Leo, a gorgeous mechanist with a smart mouth and a tragic past. She recruits the help of these fellow geniuses just as an assassin arrives on their doorstep.

In this thrilling debut, worlds collide as Elsa unveils a deep political conspiracy seeking to unlock the most dangerous weapon ever created—and only she can stop it.

Thoughts:
Ooooooh. This sounds good. Crafting worlds, alchemy, scriptology, assassins---sounds like it could be epic....and the possibility of romance? I'm in; keen to see if this is as good as it sounds. Always keeping my eye out for new and exciting fantasy. Oh, and I do very much like the title; Ink, Iron and Glass--love it!

What do you think of Ink, Iron and Glass? Does it sound like something you would read?
And what are you waiting on this week?


Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Book Shelf: The Hating Game by Sally Thorne

Nemesis (n.)
1) An opponent or rival whom a person cannot best or overcome;
2) A person’s undoing;
3) Joshua Templeman.

 
Lucy Hutton and Joshua Templeman hate each other. Not dislike. Not begrudgingly tolerate. Hate. And they have no problem displaying their feelings through a series of ritualistic passive aggressive maneuvers as they sit across from each other, executive assistants to co-CEOs of a publishing company. Lucy can’t understand Joshua’s joyless, uptight, meticulous approach to his job. Joshua is clearly baffled by Lucy’s overly bright clothes, quirkiness, and Pollyanna attitude.

Now up for the same promotion, their battle of wills has come to a head and Lucy refuses to back down when their latest game could cost her her dream job…But the tension between Lucy and Joshua has also reached its boiling point, and Lucy is discovering that maybe she doesn’t hate Joshua. And maybe, he doesn’t hate her either. Or maybe this is just another game.

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Review: 

The Hating Game is Sally Thorne’s debut novel and is a sensational tale perfect for fans of Christina Lauren and Alice Clayton. Sharp, fun and deliciously written, The Hating Game will have you absolutely falling in love with its two main characters and addicted to the thrilling chemistry they share!

Lucy Hutton hates Joshua Templeman; hates him with a passion. And the feeling’s mutual. Lucy and Josh can’t be in the same room with each other without snapping and snarling and practically biting each other’s head off….and considering they work at the same company, desks directly across from each other as the assistants to two different publishing CEO’s it makes for a lot of fiery days at the office. Passive aggressive doesn’t come close to describing Lucy and Josh’s relationship, and when they’re both nominated for the same promotion, the game is on. Lucy can’t understand Josh’s surly, uptight approach to everything and Josh is clearly confused by Lucy’s bright clothes, overly nice attitude and ability meet every one of his quips with an even better one of her own. There’s a fine line between love and hate and Lucy is determined to beat Josh for her dream job, but as she gets to know him in a way she wasn’t expecting, Lucy is about to realise that just maybe she doesn’t hate Josh as much as she thinks she does…..

Having just completely devoured, The Hating Game, I have no qualms in saying it’s definitely become one of my all-time favourite books. Bewitching and charming from beginning to end, The Hating Game is a beyond brilliant debut that is wonderfully well written, features likable characters and chemistry that is to die for with banter that will have you grinning from ear to ear.

Author Sally Thorne fills The Hating Game with some seriously sassy and sharp dialogue, most of which comes from Lucy’s mouth or from that of her “nemesis” Josh, making for some highly entertaining and smile inducing reading. The Hating Game introduces readers to main character Lucinda “Lucy” Hutton who is a genuine gem to follow. Lucy is a sharp, independent and capable woman who is woefully likable and down to earth. Lucy’s just a riot if I’m honest. I completely love this girl.

And Josh! What a surprise of a man! From his surly attitude and stickler for order in the beginning of the novel, Josh shows his true self as the story progresses and I only found myself adoring him more with the turn of each page. The depth of his feelings for Lucy were heart-warming, and it was fabulous to see him act determined yet so at ease as he sets out to win Lucy’s affections.

I’m so very in love with Lucy and Josh and the romance they share. Thorne writes them so beautifully, and I felt every electrically charged moment between them; from the witty banter they frequently engage in to the sizzling kisses and smouldering touches, to the whole heartedly endearing moments within the story where they look after or stand up for one another---it’s so perfect. I truly did believe I was watching two people fall in love; two individuals who had been focal points in each other’s lives for some time but who were only just (especially in Lucy’s case) beginning to realise how they really felt about the other. There was no one who could give as good as they get but these two and they truly were perfect for each other.

Simply charming, The Hating Game has a fabulous tone and pace. The story is so fun and flirty and features a romance that is just to die for. A solid debut, The Hating Game guarantees Sally Thorne is one to watch!

Rating:
Source: Purchased by me from The Book Depository
Publisher:
William Morrow
Format: Paperback
Release Date:
August 9th 2016
Purchase: Bookworld | Booktopia | The Book Depository | Amazon
Final Thoughts: I absolutely ADORED this book and I cannot wait for more from Sally Thorne!


 
 

Monday, September 18, 2017

Release Blitz: Breaching the Contract by Chantal Fernando

I'm super excited to be taking part in the Release Blitz for Breaching the Contract by Chantal Fernando thanks to Give Me Books Promotions! I LOVE Chantal Fernando and was super excited to read Breaching the Contract--it's the start of what I'm sure will be a brilliant series!!
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New York Times bestselling author Chantal Fernando returns with BREACHING THE CONTRACT, book one in a brand new series—The Conflict of Interest Series—about a brigade of lawyers who, despite being bad boys at heart, always end up just on the right side of the law.

Katerina Dawson knows exactly what she wants from life. And as the new associate at the top law firm in the city, she’s ready to live out her dreams of becoming a criminal lawyer. But going on coffee runs and babysitting kids during the day was definitely not what she had in mind. She knows that anyone else would kill to be in her shoes, but she has to draw the line somewhere. That’s easier said than done, though, when Kat has to confront her handsome boss…

Tristan Channing and Jaxon Bentley run a successful law firm together and the two partners couldn’t be busier right now. When Jaxon suddenly takes a leave of absence, Tristan begrudgingly assumes responsibility of the new associate, the hot new associate, who has curves for days. Needing to keep his distance from her, Tristan sends Kat on needless errands and has her doing work even an intern wouldn’t touch, like picking up his kids. But his plan backfires when he sees his children grow attached to Kat and sees her getting comfortable in his home. It triggers something deep within him, and it feels right to have her there. Will Tristan be able to keep his work and personal lives separate, or will he find that his heart holds the final verdict?


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The whole series!
New York Times, Amazon & USA Today Bestselling Author Chantal Fernando is twenty seven years old and lives in Western Australia.

Lover of all things romance, Chantal is the author of the best selling books Dragon's Lair, Maybe This Time and many more.

When not reading, writing or daydreaming she can be found enjoying life with her three sons and family.


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Sunday, September 17, 2017

Book Shelf: Breaching the Contract (Conflict of Interest #1) by Chantal Fernando

New York Times bestselling author Chantal Fernando returns with BREACHING THE CONTRACT, book one in a brand new series—The Conflict of Interest Series—about a brigade of lawyers who, despite being bad boys at heart, always end up just on the right side of the law.

Katerina Dawson knows exactly what she wants from life. And as the new associate at the top law firm in the city, she’s ready to live out her dreams of becoming a criminal lawyer. But going on coffee runs and babysitting kids during the day was definitely not what she had in mind. She knows that anyone else would kill to be in her shoes, but she has to draw the line somewhere. That’s easier said than done, though, when Kat has to confront her handsome boss…

Tristan Channing and Jaxon Bentley run a successful law firm together and the two partners couldn’t be busier right now. When Jaxon suddenly takes a leave of absence, Tristan begrudgingly assumes responsibility of the new associate, the hot new associate, who has curves for days. Needing to keep his distance from her, Tristan sends Kat on needless errands and has her doing work even an intern wouldn’t touch, like picking up his kids. But his plan backfires when he sees his children grow attached to Kat and sees her getting comfortable in his home. It triggers something deep within him, and it feels right to have her there. Will Tristan be able to keep his work and personal lives separate, or will he find that his heart holds the final verdict?


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Review: 

Breaching the Contract is the latest release by bestselling Australian author Chantal Fernando and is a heart-warming and passionate start to her new series, Conflict of Interest that features a romance readers are sure to love.

Katerina Dawson knows exactly what she wants out of life. And her recent employment at a top law firm is just start of achieving her dream of becoming a criminal lawyer. The only thing standing in Kat’s way seems to be one of her new bosses, who sends her out on coffee runs and to pick his kids up for school. Tristan Bentley is one of the partners and everything in a lawyer Kat wants to be. Too bad he’s also rude, bossy and managing to slowly worm his way under Kat’s defenses with his unexpected moments of vulnerability and kindness. Falling for Tristan could mean the end of her career if word gets out, but sometimes fate has other ideas that what we had planned for ourselves….

Launching Chantal Fernando’s new series, Breaching the Contract was a delightfully addictive and highly entertaining romantic read. I absolutely devoured this novel, easily finishing it in one day despite having to work eight hours of that day—I’m sure any reader could finish it in just a couple of hours. It was just a quick, solid read that manages to pack plenty of attraction, chemistry and entertainment into its pages.

I don’t know why but heading into Breaching the Contract, I was expecting a story that would unfold through the POV’s of both the main characters and this wasn’t actually the case. I think it comes from the impression the description made. That being said, I did very much like Kat so following her throughout the story was in no way unpleasant.

I loved this law firm that Fernando has introduced us to. Kat and Tristian are front and centre as our main characters, but I’m also already very keen to see more of cheeky secretary Yvonne, sexy tattooed and bearded lawyer Hunter, suave and strong partner Jaxon and even the quieter law student Callum. I know Jaxon will feature in the next novel, but I hope we see more of the rest of the gang too.

Kat and Tristian had a really endearing relationship and I loved seeing Chantal Fernando focus on more than just their sexual relationship. The build-up was fabulous, and it was so sweet seeing Kat get to know Tristian’s family as well as the man himself. Logan was beyond adorable and that little man certainly won me over throughout the story. He really was just the cutest!

A truly enjoyable read, Breaching the Contract was thoroughly entertaining and I can’t wait to see whatever Chantal Fernando has in store for these characters next!

Rating:
Source: Sent for review by Give Me Books Promotions and the author (Thank you guys!)
Publisher:
Pocket Star 
Format: Kindle ebook
Release Date:
September 18th 2017 
Purchase: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo
Final Thoughts: I very much enjoyed this book and CANNOT WAIT for more of the series!




Friday, September 15, 2017

Blog Tour: Black Bird of the Gallows by Meg Kassel- Excerpt & Giveaway


I'm excited to be participating in the blog tour for Black Bird of the Gallows by Meg Kassel thanks to Chapter by Chapter Blog Tours. Black Bird of the Gallows is an exciting debut novel that I had the pleasure of reading in the lead up to the tour and highly reccomend.
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A simple but forgotten truth: Where harbingers of death appear, the morgues will soon be full.

Angie Dovage can tell there’s more to Reece Fernandez than just the tall, brooding athlete who has her classmates swooning, but she can’t imagine his presence signals a tragedy that will devastate her small town. When something supernatural tries to attack her, Angie is thrown into a battle between good and evil she never saw coming. Right in the center of it is Reece—and he’s not human.

What's more, she knows something most don't. That the secrets her town holds could kill them all. But that’s only half as dangerous as falling in love with a harbinger of death.


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From Black Bird of the Gallows....

His soft voice clashes with the intensity of his gaze. “You’re adorable when you’re trying to be mad at me. You needn’t work so hard at it, though. We aren’t meant to be adversaries.”

“I, um…” My thoughts disband, leaving nothing for communication purposes. I’m adorable? Adorable has many definitions. I think my dog is adorable, for example. “That…wasn’t what I was going to ask you.”

He inclines his head. “Okay, then. Ask.”

But that “adorable” echoes through me, clinking around like a penny down a well. “What are we meant to be, then?”

His lips curls up at the corners. “That wasn’t your question, either.

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Meg Kassel is an author of fantasy and speculative books for young adults. A graduate of Parson’s School of Design, she’s always been creating stories, whether with visuals or words. She worked as a graphic designer before realizing the thing she did for pleasure (writing) was something she should do for real. Meg is a New Jersey native who lives in a log house in the Maine woods with her husband and daughter. A fan of ’80s cartoons, Netflix series, and ancient mythology, Meg has always been fascinated and inspired by the fantastic, the creepy, and the futuristic. When she’s not writing, Meg is reading, hanging out with her family, hoarding peanut butter cups, or playing video games. She is a two-time finalist and the 2016 winner of the RWA Golden Heart© contest in YA. 
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Thursday, September 14, 2017

Book Shelf: Black Bird of the Gallows by Meg Kassel

A simple but forgotten truth: Where harbingers of death appear, the morgues will soon be full.

Angie Dovage can tell there’s more to Reece Fernandez than just the tall, brooding athlete who has her classmates swooning, but she can’t imagine his presence signals a tragedy that will devastate her small town. When something supernatural tries to attack her, Angie is thrown into a battle between good and evil she never saw coming. Right in the center of it is Reece—and he’s not human.

What's more, she knows something most don't. That the secrets her town holds could kill them all. But that’s only half as dangerous as falling in love with a harbinger of death.


More info on Goodreads......


Review: 

Black Bird of the Gallows is Meg Kassel’s debut novel and is a deeply engaging paranormal read that offers readers something new and addictive in this fast paced, romantic and well written tale that thrills from the very beginning.

Seventeen year old Angie Dovage knows there is more to her new neighbour Reece Fernandez than meets the eye. With her own painful past, Angie understands the shadows and figments of grief that lurk behind Reece’s well placed smile and can’t help the thrill that runs through her when she sees him. Reece and his family are harbouring dark histories and when something supernatural begins to affect Angie’s town, discovering Reece’s secrets is only the beginning; catapulting Angie into a dangerous world of ancient magic and violent creatures. Falling in love with Reece may seem next to impossible to avoid but with Reece’s very presence signalling an impending disaster, Angie is facing more than just the possibility of losing her heart. She may lose her very life if she and Reece can stop the forces threatening to tear them apart….

From the opening chapter of Black Bird of the Gallows, I knew I was going to enjoy the story. The prose Meg Kassel employs made for effortless reading and managed to be descriptive without being too wordy. I found myself intrigued by Angie and the world she inhabited from the get go, keen to discover more about who she was and her past, as well as the mysterious new family who had just moved in next door.

Angie was an intelligent and down to earth character who had a very personable voice. She was easy to follow and made smart choices and questioned things to my liking. I appreciated that Meg Kassel gave her a bit of a history which allowed her to be more layered and complex. She just fit within the story effortlessly and made you genuinely keen to see that she figured things out and made it out unscathed.

Kassel takes a basic YA recipe—teen girl, mysterious new boy and supernatural element—and gives it a fresh feel with Black Bird of the Gallows. The mythology and paranormal history was highly interesting with the carrion bird and bee element something I have never seen before. I loved the way Kassel took harbingers of death and wove them into the story. It was refreshing to read something very different and I find myself keen to learn more about the Beekeepers and about the Harbingers themselves.

The nature aspect of the story was also something I very much enjoyed with the disaster that effects Angie and her loved ones exciting and thrilling. Kassel wonderfully mixed the dangers of a natural disaster with threats of a supernatural kind beautifully. It was truly thrilling and action packed reading.

A beautifully written debut filled with wonderful characters, sweet romance and a different paranormal aura, Black Bird of the Gallows was a very satisfying read. Meg Kassel has introduced me to some refreshing mythology I’m looking forward to seeing more of in the future. This is definitely an author to keep an eye on! 

Rating:
Source: Sent for review by publisher (Thank you guys!)
Publisher: EntangledTEEN
Format: Kindle ebook
Release Date: September 5th 2017
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Final Thoughts: I really enjoyed this book and can't wait to read the companion tale Keeper of the Bees when it releases in September of 2017



 

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Waiting on Wednesday #193

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking The Spine where you can spotlight an upcoming release that you're eagerly anticipating.

This week I'm waiting on.....
 
The City of Brass by S.A. Chakraborty
Releases on: November 14th 2017

Step into The City of Brass, the spellbinding debut from S. A. Chakraborty—an imaginative alchemy of The Golem and the Jinni, The Grace of Kings, and One Thousand and One Nights, in which the future of a magical Middle Eastern kingdom rests in the hands of a clever and defiant young con artist with miraculous healing gifts

Nahri has never believed in magic. Certainly, she has power; on the streets of 18th century Cairo, she’s a con woman of unsurpassed talent. But she knows better than anyone that the trade she uses to get by—palm readings, zars, healings—are all tricks, sleights of hand, learned skills; a means to the delightful end of swindling Ottoman nobles.

But when Nahri accidentally summons an equally sly, darkly mysterious djinn warrior to her side during one of her cons, she’s forced to accept that the magical world she thought only existed in childhood stories is real. For the warrior tells her a new tale: across hot, windswept sands teeming with creatures of fire, and rivers where the mythical marid sleep; past ruins of once-magnificent human metropolises, and mountains where the circling hawks are not what they seem, lies Daevabad, the legendary city of brass--a city to which Nahri is irrevocably bound.

In that city, behind gilded brass walls laced with enchantments, behind the six gates of the six djinn tribes, old resentments are simmering. And when Nahri decides to enter this world, she learns that true power is fierce and brutal. That magic cannot shield her from the dangerous web of court politics. That even the cleverest of schemes can have deadly consequences.

After all, there is a reason they say be careful what you wish for....


Thoughts:
I must say, I do love a good genie or djinn tale! They're something that has always interested me and I'm thrilled to see more and more novels featuring them lately. The City of Brass sounds really good and I'm super excited to discover this debut!


What are YOU waiting on this week?



Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Book Shelf: Union of Sin (The Vault #2) by Eden Summers

He’ll do anything to protect her. Even if it means letting her go.

Vault of Sin, Book 2

Tate Jackson made a big mistake. No, a monumental one. He picked the wrong place to introduce his wife, Cassie, to the alluring lifestyle they’d fantasized about.
Instinct told him to get her out of the poor excuse for a sex club—but he didn’t. And she was assaulted because of his carelessness. He’ll do anything to protect her from another traumatic experience, even if it means making the agonizing choice to convince his wife he no longer loves her.
Cassie’s not buying it. In fact, Tate is the last person she blames for that horrific night. She’s willing to give him the space he thinks he needs to get his head straight, but when divorce papers arrive, she realizes she’s out of time. She has twenty-eight days to figure out why Tate is ruining a perfect marriage. Twenty-eight days to figure out what he’s hiding. But when she learns the truth, she has to decide if her heart can take the strain of piecing their love back together.

Warning: Dirty tactics, dirtier sex, ropes, masks, guilty consciences, and love stretched so far, no one escapes unchanged. Not even you, dear reader.


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Review: 


Union of Sin is the second novel in The Vault series by Eden Summers and is another deeply sensual and sexy tale of romance, sensuality and passion. 

Tate Jackson and his wife Cassie had the perfect marriage, full of love, devotion and passion until one fateful experience ended in a mistake that left T.J. riddled with guilt. Unable to continue to living with lies, T.J. moved from their home and began the process of letting his wife move on. Cassie knows she loves T.J. more than anything in life, and he her, so devastation doesn’t even begin to describe the feeling she experiences when T.J. serves her divorce papers. Heartbroken and confused, Cassie decides to make one last ditch attempt to save her marriage, but with T.J. determined to protect her, even at the cost of both their hearts, can Cassie convince T.J. to give them another chance? Or will they both be left broken hearted by pride and guilt?

As another quick and addictive read, Union of Sin is a salacious tale full of enticement and passion that will thrill readers looking for something sinfully naughty but with a great story line. Delving back into the world she introduced in A Shot of Sin, Eden Summers this time allows readers to get to know T.J. and his wife Cassie, two individuals whose love and lust for each other know no bounds but who will have to face some important decisions where their marriage is concerned.

Union of Sin was well written and sexy as hell. I’m thrilled to be able to follow Leo, T.J. and Brute in this series and have so far very much enjoyed both Leo and now T.J.’s tales. T.J. and Cassie were both great characters to read about with T.J. heavily laden with guilt and Cassie a woman on a mission; determined to save her marriage.

It’s pretty clear from the opening chapter of Union of Sin that T.J. and Cassie adore each other. The love they have for one another is never in question; it’s everything else they have to face that Eden Summers deliciously explores. Longing and desire are fundamental in this novel as Cassie and T.J. go to great lengths for the one they love. Both characters must face some harsh truths, T.J. especially as he has to come to grips with the choices he’s chose and possibly the mistakes he unnecessarily made.

Union of Sin is another sinfully delicious tale and with a perfect ending, leaves me dying to see what Eden Summers has in store for the remaining member of The Vault trio Brute. I have no doubt his tale will be a scorcher—can’t wait!

Rating:
Source: Sent for review by the author (Thank you Eden!)
Publisher: Independently published
Format: Kindle ebook
Release Date: October 27th 2015
Purchase: Amazon | Barnes & Noble
Final Thoughts: Union of Sin is another great read and leaves me dying to read Brute's story next!



Monday, September 11, 2017

Free Ebooks

Hello book lovers and welcome to another Monday!

Today I have some fabulous freebies to share with you. Enjoy :)



Hope you managed to snag something new!

Friday, September 8, 2017

Book Blitz: Just Three Dates by David Burnett- Excerpt and Giveaway

Welcome to the Book Blitz for Just Three Dates by David Burnett thanks to Xpresso Book Tours! Personally I think this book founds really fun and romantic and am excited to be showcasing it today :) I actually hope to have an opportunity to read it myself in the future.
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Should you only marry for love?

Since breaking with her last boyfriend, Karen has refused to trust any man her age. For the past three years, she has not dated the same one twice, and only one in ten has received even a goodnight kiss as she turned him away. Karen is an artist. She follows her feelings, lives in a cluttered loft, and gushes over vivid sunsets.

Mark still dreams about his almost-fiancée, and his date book has been empty since he threw her out a week before he’d planned to ask for her hand. His friends call him the “Ice Man,” since he seldom smiles, especially at a woman. A math professor at the College, logic guides his behavior, he loves order, and an elegant proof is a thing of beauty.

Both Karen and Mark have all but abandoned hope of ever falling in love, and, left on their own, these opposites would never attract. So, their mothers become matchmakers, entangling them in a series of dates, extracting promises that they will go out together three times, suggesting that, in the absence of love, a “marriage of convenience” is a live option.

If you like heartwarming stories based on true-to-life behaviors, with complicated relationships and a less-than-certain outcome, you will enjoy Just Three Dates! 


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“You need a husband.”

A week and a half had passed since her lunch at the Grill. Wrapped in a beach towel, Karen sat under the awning on the patio behind her parents’ house, a few chips, a bite of hamburger, and the remainder of her Coke on the table beside her, the cool water in the pool tempting her to take another plunge. Her mother sat on the other side of the table, a glass of red wine standing beside the remains of her meal.

“Mother, we’ve talked about this before and—”

“Stop.” Her mother held up her hand. “This afternoon, I’m the one who is going to talk, and you are going to listen.”

Karen opened her mouth to begin her litany of objections, but changed her mind. She felt weary of arguing. She folded her hands, glared at her mother, and waited.

“I’m listening. Go ahead.”

Her mother leaned forward, resting one arm on the table. “You are twenty-five years old, and you need to have some concern about your future.”

“I do, Mom,” Karen exclaimed. “I’m a college graduate. I have a good job—”

“You’re supposed to let me talk.”

Karen sighed. “Okay.”

“You are twenty-five years old, you’re a college graduate, and you have a good job.” Margaret nodded. “One that makes it possible for you to have a four-room apartment above an attorney’s office on King Street.” She paused, watching as Karen bit her lower lip.

“I love my apartment and the location is terrific.”

“You’re listening, remember? Not talking?”

Karen shut her mouth firmly and made a show of pretending to insert a key and turning it to lock her mouth closed, a gesture from her childhood. Karen had always been “rather verbal,” as one of her teachers had put it.

Her mother chuckled at the gesture. “Your apartment really is quite pretty. You’ve decorated it nicely, and it is very close to the museum, but, sweetheart, it’s not how you are accustomed to living. Your friends trip over each other as they walk from the living room to the kitchen. You have no space for even a small table, so you eat at the bar.

“You have very basic insurance. You have no savings, you’ve never taken a vacation, and when your car departed this life last year, I bought you a new one.”

“You insisted on buying it. I would have found—” Karen pinched her lips shut, finding it virtually impossible not to jump into the conversation.

“A used car that was little better than the one that you last saw behind a tow truck. My point is, sweetie, you are just getting by and—”

“Do you know how many people would love to have my salary and my apartment? My life?”

Her mother nodded. “They would. You’re right. But it’s not the way you grew up. It’s not what you expected from life…It’s not what you want, not long term.”

“So I need a husband to bail me out? I need an additional income stream as Dad would put it?” Karen sat back, her arms crossed over her chest.

Her mother laughed. “Your daddy phrased it exactly that way.”

“Daddy agrees with you?” It was beyond belief.

“Look, sweetheart, you’re an artist, and a very good one. I knew you would love to paint when I saw the expression on your face the first time you picked up a brush. Critics rave about your work and buyers snap up every piece that you are willing to sell. I’m thrilled you enjoy
your work at the museum. I would hate it if you ever needed to leave your job or to put away your brushes, but your salary and your sales simply do not provide enough for the life you want, the one you deserve.” Her mother sipped her wine and shifted her position, leaning back, matching Karen’s posture.

“If you would produce prints of your paintings, prints with mass appeal, there might be no problem, but you won’t. If you had fallen in love with medicine, with law, with finance even, money might not be an issue, but you didn’t.”

“But, Mom…”

“You need a husband to provide for you.”

“But if I don’t love him…” Karen held out her hands, appealing to her for support.

“Love is absolutely wonderful, sweetie, but it doesn’t pay the bills.”

Karen glared at her, but her mother continued.

“You’re lonely, sweetheart.”

“I’m not—”

“I’m talking, remember? Or trying to.” Her mother smiled. Karen sighed and nodded.

“You’re lonely. I know you have friends. Kimi, Vicky, and Pam are all good friends, but Vicky and Pam are married—Pam just recently, but still. Emily Stuart is getting married next spring. You sit at home by yourself. You go to parties by yourself.”

“When have I ever…?”

“Who is taking you to the gala when your Monet exhibit opens in two weeks?”

Karen dropped her eyes, staring at the table.

“You. Need. A. Husband.” Her mother drew out the sentence, emphasizing each word.

Karen looked up, her eyes narrowed. “So you have a plan.”

“I do.” Her mother smiled as she nodded. “Speaking of the Stuarts…Remember last week, when we had lunch at the Grill? With Elizabeth Stuart.”

Karen nodded. She’d felt as if Ms. Stuart was grilling her.

“You know her daughter, Emily, but she also has a son.”

“Yes…and?”

“Mark is a professor at the college, you know. A math professor.”
“A math professor? You want me to…to marry a math professor?” Her mother’s suggestion made less sense than would a declaration that the sky be purple.

Her mother ignored her. “He’s very nice, unmarried…”

“Take me now,” Karen whispered, closing her eyes and bowing her head as if in prayer.

“…and he has agreed to go out with you.”


David Burnett lives near Charleston, South Carolina, where he walks on the beach almost every day and photographs the ocean, the sea birds, and the marshes that he loves. Three of his four books are set in Charleston, and he has always enjoyed the Carolina beaches.

David enjoys photography and has photographed subjects as varied as prehistoric ruins on the islands of Scotland, star trails, sea gulls, and a Native American powwow. He and his wife have traveled widely in the United States and the United Kingdom. During trips to Scotland, they visited Crathes Castle, the ancestral home of the Burnett family near Aberdeen, and Kismul Castle on the Isle of Barra, the home of his McNeil ancestors.

He reports that he went to school for much longer than he wants to admit, and he has graduate degrees in psychology and education. He and his wife have two children and a blue-eyed cat named Bonnie.

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Thursday, September 7, 2017

Book Shelf: End Game by Lisa Swallow

He’s my knight in shining armour, but not the romantic kind a girl dreams about. This one invaded my online world and threw everything into chaos.

My sorcerer can kick his ass in the game, but real life kicks mine. Gaining experience points online is easier than in reality, and when I play, I know where my quests lead. In the real world, the storylines confuse me, and I don’t know which direction I’m heading in.

In the game, I’m in control.

Or I was until he arrived.

This guy never shares anything about himself, and I only know him as 'Thorsday'. My Aussie gaming nemesis can't be a blond haired, blue-eyed god in reality.

Can he?

There’s something about this enigmatic man that intrigues me, and the more we play together, the bigger my desire to meet him. And I know he feels the same.

The problem is, if I allow my game world to merge with reality, I could die standing in the fire.

Romance meets LitRPG in this romantic comedy from USA Today bestselling author, Lisa Swallow. If you think geek heroes can't be hot... think again!
 


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Review: 

End Game is Lisa Swallow’s latest release and is a fun and adorable NA perfect for those who like their romances with a cheeky spark and geeky aura.

Twenty-one year old Evie loves to get lost amongst her favourite online game of sorcerers, mages and monsters. Every quest and level-up is exciting and keeps her from thinking about her day to day reality which consists of a dead-end job and no plans for the future. Until a new player joins her guild and changes everything….Aaron is arrogant, cocky and his online avatar “Thorsday” is way too good for Evie’s liking. Add to the fact Aaron’s voice is shiver-inducing and Evie finds herself wondering what the often infuriating player from the other side of the country is like in real life. When the opportunity arises for the two of them to finally meet, Aaron and Evie can’t deny the attraction that simmers between them, but with distance and Aaron’s determination to keep his secrets to himself threatening their budding romance, will Evie manage to snag her knight in shining armour? Or is she destined for nothing but heartache?

I have to admit this is my first novel by Lisa Swallow I’ve read but it definitely won’t be the last. Fun and light, End Game was a flirty and endearing novel that appealed to the geek in me. As a lover of sci-fi and fantasy myself, I could emphasise with Evie and her friends and their love for Comic-Cons and nerd-like things. I’m a fair geek myself—and though I’ve never played an online game personally, I’m in attendance at every Comic-Con or Supanova in Sydney, so I could completely envision the well depicted and explained events Swallow included in End Game.

Evie was a down to earth heroine and easy to follow. She had a quirky personality and a defiant flair. As someone with somewhat similar likes to Evie, I enjoyed seeing her fan-girl over the latest pop-culture fads and elements out there. Evie and even the whole story was very relevant to me as someone who enjoys this stuff too. I felt like I was reading a story about a friend; someone with similar likes and tastes, and this made for easy empathy.

Lisa Swallow gives Evie a love interest in the form of Aaron, a “Mr Hemsworth” look-alike. I liked he was cheeky in his own right and complimented Evie. Aaron is very much a mystery outside of the game for the majority of End Game—just the way he likes it—until things force him to confront and admit to Evie his past. Personally I felt bad for Aaron and all he had gone through, but couldn’t deny that his inability to explain was the cause of most of the angst between him and Evie.

Filled with unique and quirky characters as Evie’s friends, Lisa Swallow leaves me interested to see if she turns this tale into a part of a series and explores some of the other characters we met. I’d love to see Tyler and Erin and Cole have their own tales—they were great to read about.

An enjoyable and easy to read novel, End Game was entertaining and leaves me interested to see what Lisa Swallow releases next! 

Rating:
Source: Sent for review by the author (Thank you Lisa!)
Publisher: Independently published
Format: Kindle copy
Release Date:
June 15th 2017  
Purchase: Amazon
Final Thoughts: A fun, easy contemporary NA, I'll definitely be reading more by Lisa Swallow in the future!