Saturday, 16 March 2019

The Playmaker - Cathryn Fox

The Playmaker (Players on Ice #1)The Playmaker by Cathryn Fox
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Sometimes I'm really in the mood for a good romance story and this one certainly delivers on that. This book has two of my favourite romance tropes; big brother's best friend and enemies to lovers. This was definitely just what I was in the mood for.
Cole or the Cockey Cannon as he's known when he's playing Ice Hockey hides behind the brash, full of himself exterior that his fans love. He has long had a love-hate relationship with his best friends younger sister Nina. It's pretty clear though, that he has always had a soft spot for her and has hidden it well beneath teasing and joking around. She has had similar feelings but is sure that they hate one another. When she needs his help to learn more about hockey, in order to write a romance series, she is reluctant to turn to him but feels she has no choice.
Although both Cole and Nina claim to hate one another, it soon becomes clear that this is far from the truth. I enjoyed the chemistry between them as they came to terms with their attraction and feelings.
In many ways, this book is far from original. It has many of the themes and conflicts that often appear in romance books. Sometimes though, that's just what you are looking for. The characters were well written and the chemistry worked well. The ending was a little cheesy, but really, what else are you expecting or looking for with this type of book?
I received a complimentary copy of this book through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

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Friday, 15 March 2019

Cover Reveal - Witch's Honor

Witch’s Honor
Anya J. Cosgrove
(Bloody Hearts #2)
Publication date: April 11th 2019
Genres: Adult, Paranormal, Romance
First rescued by two smoking-hot brothers and now torn between them, what’s a witch to do?
Be good? Or wicked…
Alana is still a long way from mastering her magic when she embarks on a journey to save other witches. Jealousy and secret fester as she can’t help but fall for the two insanely similar but drastically different men in her life.
She has to choose between light or dark. Human or demon. Thom or Liam.
But her alluring roommates will soon be the least of her troubles. From deadly angels to uncovering her legacy as a Garrett witch, Alana’s life is about to change once again. And the maniacal demon that almost devoured her is still alive, biding his time…
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Author Bio:
Anya J Cosgrove lives in Qu├ębec with her husband, her beautiful son, and two mischievous cats. She works as a veterinarian by day. She’s a travel and Disney junkie and is passionate about her favorite paranormal series.
What would Buffy do? Kick ass!
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Wednesday, 13 March 2019

Her Wild Ride - Heather Van Fleet

Her Wild Ride: An addictive, steamy biker MC romance suspense novel (Red Dragon MC Series Book 1)Her Wild Ride: An addictive, steamy biker MC romance suspense novel by Heather Van Fleet
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Her Wild Ride tells the story of Niyol and Summer. Niyol has just been released from prison, for something he didn't do. He's now leaving his life and Motorbike club behind. His stepsister was going to drive him across the country, but when she isn't able to, her best friend Summer steps in.
Of course, this being a romance book things don't quite go to plan and their journey is full of life-altering experiences for both of them.
Niyol is quite sweet, despite his bad boy persona, it's obvious that there's a nice guy underneath (which is of course why bad boy romances are so appealing). He does hide it well from Summer and despite their obvious attraction for one another, he blows hot and cold. This actually happens more than once, which could be quite annoying, but the rest of the story made up for it.
As well as the romance angle, there's a lot more going on here. With Niyol (or Hawk as he's known to his MC brothers) having to decide who he wants to be and what is important in his life. He also finds out things that had been hidden to him since he was little. The book ends with the conclusion of this story, but it's obvious that there's more still to be told, both with the single members of the MC gang, but also with what will happen to the MC.
All in all a good read and I'd be interested to read more in the series when they come out.
I received a complimentary copy of this book through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

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Tuesday, 12 March 2019

Born of Nothing - Jill Ramsower

Born of Nothing
Jill Ramsower
(The Fae Games #4)
Publication date: March 5th 2019
Genres: Adult, Fantasy, Romance
It was over before it began.
A druid woman and a Fae man—we were two people from different worlds, only by chance did our paths happen to cross. He was beautiful and damaged and totally captivating. If only I could have continued to buy into the propaganda of fear and hate my people had taught me about the Fae, then maybe I would have believed him to be the savage he appeared to be.
Instead, I offered the cryptic man my help. The time I spent with him allowed me to see the man he was behind the chiseled, formal exterior. What developed between us was tender, intimate, and totally unexpected.
My druid family was not as enlightened as I was. My mom didn’t want me near the Fae; she certainly never would have understood that I had developed feelings for a Fae man. I tried to keep my private life a secret. I tried to keep the peace, but my mother’s threats and intolerance left me with no choice. I had to make the hardest decision of my life. I had to leave the only family I’d ever known. I just never imagined what I’d face when I didn’t make it out in time…

Author Bio:
Jill is a Texan, born and raised. She manages the hectic social calendars for her three active children and occasionally spends an evening with her dashing husband. Aside from being an author and a mom, she’s an attorney, travel junkie, and voracious reader.

My Review

We first met both Fen and Cat in the first two books of this series, although at that point they hadn't actually met one another. Fen has lived for centuries in exile, losing just about everything, but his mind in the process. Cat, on the other hand, has lived a very sheltered life, with her mother and some of the other druids controlling almost everything that she does. In many ways, they seem like an odd match, but from the moment that they meet, there is something that draws them together. 

In many ways, this is quite different from the other books in the series, indeed, it is quite different from many romance books that you might come across. When Cat tries to challenge her family in order to be with the man that she loves she is taken and subjected to terrible abuse. I have to admit that it wasn't something that I had been expecting and took me a little by surprise. But, the story was well written and it worked well. I won't say that it was an 'enjoyable' read because that's not really the right turn of phrase for something so horrible, but it was a good read.

Of course, this being a romance, you know in the end where things are likely to go. There is plenty to keep you guessing in the meantime. I've really enjoyed this series so far. I don't know if there are more planned, (although I hope so) this is a great addition to the other books so far.


Monday, 11 March 2019

Heartlands - Kerry Watts

Heartlands (Detective Jessie Blake #1)Heartlands by Kerry Watts
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I have to admit that I thought that I wasn't going to get on well with this book. To begin with, I found the huge amount of characters that were introduced in such a short space of time quite confusing and with quite a few of them, there wasn't anything obvious to make them stand out. I found myself flicking back and forth trying to decide who was who. It's a bit unfortunate really, as I suspect that this might put some people off, which would be a real shame as once you get past that initial phase, the story moves quickly and develops well.
Heartlands tells the story of a missing teenage girl. As the detectives start to investigate it becomes clear that there are plenty of secrets being hidden in the small community and the disappearance is causing them all to be revealed. Alongside this, is the story of a girl who disappeared twenty years earlier. There are parallels between her and this current missing girl story. I did assume that it had happened in the same place and couldn't understand why more people hadn't seen the similarity, but I realised later that it was in the North of England, while the rest of the story takes place in Scotland.
This book works well on many levels. Not only do you have the main mystery itself, but we also see how the missing girl twenty years ago affected both her family and the people involved in her murder. There are a few twists and turns in this one, most of which I saw coming, but that didn't detract from my enjoyment of the book. I did think that some of the people acted a little oddly. I'm not sure if I was dealing with any life-changing experiences that they were, I would have had the emotional energy to help out friends who were going through similar, but different experiences.
This was a very good start to a series and I'll be looking forward to finding out what will happen next for Jessie, the lead detective in this book. She clearly has a back story and past that I suspect will be catching up with her in the near future in perhaps the next book.
This isn't an easy light read, there are a lot of characters to get your head around and plenty happening in this fast-moving storyline. Don't let that put you off, because you will miss out on a good read if you do.
I received a complimentary copy of this book through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

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Thursday, 7 March 2019

Come Undone - Penny Dee

Come Undone (A Hockey Romance)Come Undone by Penny Dee
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I'm not going to pretend that I know much (anything) about ice hockey. I have actually watched a couple of games before (once back home in Nottingham and the other time, randomly, in Moscow) but that's about the extent of my knowledge. Not that that stopped me from enjoying this book. Jake is a professional Ice Hockey player who has had the worlds worst luck, with just about everyone in his life dying. He is no longer playing and plans to shut himself away in a cabin in Canada. Enter Mackenzie, who takes him on as his agent and follows him to Canada to try and convince him not to give everything up.
Of course, the more time that Jake and Mackenzie spend together, the more they are drawn to one another and start to fall in love. This is a romance novel, so there are plenty of classic conflicts, situations and misunderstandings. With everything from being snowed into a feeling of betrayal and even an evil bad guy waiting in the wings. It could be a little cliched if it weren't for the fact that Penny Dee is such a good writer that you get pulled right into the story. It wasn't quite a one sitting read, as I had things to do, but it didn't take me much longer than that.
Jake was lovely, despite how damaged he was, he came off as relatively normal. Mackenzie was very likeable and they worked well together as a couple. I particularly enjoyed the jokey relationship that they developed right from the start, with the autocorrect on Jake's phone sparking off a flirtatious exchange.
I've read a few books by Penny Dee now and I'm quickly becoming a fan of her romances that offer a little more than a lot of similar books on the market.
I received a complimentary copy of this book through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

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Forbidden Passion Excerpt

Forbidden Passion
Sea Hardt
Publication date: October 20th 2018
Genres: Erotica, Romance
During Sara’s journey of passionate self-discovery, she meets two gorgeous men, Franco and Jayden.
In the midst of her sensual adventures, she is torn between her two lovers, but before she has the chance to make a choice they both slip away.
Eventually, their paths cross again but now Sara’s passion has turned to bitterness and she’s hell-bent on revenge.
Will she fulfill her vendetta or will her heart choose love?

Author Bio:
Sea Hardt lives in a cottage on the stunning island of Cyprus surrounded by the mediterranean waters. The gods have been kind to Sea and have graced her with a happy marriage complete with two boys. She has a plethora of interests including foraging second-hand bookshops for poetry and any other books she can curl up on the couch with a glass of red wine. With the support of her husband, she finds great fulfillment in writing steamy romance novels.

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It was over a glass of ruby red wine that I had poured for both of us that I learned more about Jessica. She was a young girl doing her art studies at one of the New York art universities. 
Her constant life pursuit was arts and that is what brought her to NY where there was a plethora of universities. 
Her Full Name was Jessica James. 
Her mom was of Welsh descent and her father was a Jamaican that initially visited Wales on contract to produce a music album. He ended up meeting Jessica’s mother and in a very short while, they had their one and only child.  
She looked like she came from a wealthy family judging by her clothing and her accessories. Hardly in need for any financial assistance, she was never the less determined to not depend on her family for their money. 
She further revealed that she was very smitten for a certain married French man. Obviously not happy with the predicament of her choice, she was frustrated and unsure what the next step was. All she then knew is that she wanted to be around him always. 
Even in the shadows of his wife.” She confided in me while looking momentarily down.  
When not at the university dorms, she stayed with her Aunt who lived on a horse ranch just outside NY. 
Her striking eyes were softer and showed less hardness than I remember from a few days ago.  
On her summer breaks, for extra money she did photo shoots of all types and was very comfortable in front of the camera, even doing a few shoots for a lingerie magazine.  
What I found extra interesting was that she was also an affiliate to a large sex products company.  
Yes!!!” I said sitting up while playfully overdramatizing my act. 
That's intriguing,” I said feeling like I was getting onto a more personal level with her.  
Tell me exactly what you do.” I enquired encouraging her further. 
She looked down into her velvety wine before she halfway gazed back up at me. The effect and drama of her look was both playful and intoxicatingly sexy as her lips broke out in a naughty smile.