'Tempting the Best Man' is the first book in the Gamble Brothers series, featuring the utterly irresistible Chase Gamble. You have been warned ladies!'Tempting the Best Man' is the first book in the Gamble Brothers series, featuring the utterly irresistible Chase Gamble. You have been warned ladies!
I knew I wanted to read this book as soon as I heard about it, even though it is an adult, rather than a YA title. Jennifer L. Armentrout is one of my absolute favourite authors and having her write an adult romance with a sexy hero, definitely ticked all my boxes. The romance scenes were actually a little tamer than I was expecting, although things did get pretty steamy at times.
The heroine of the story, Madison, has loved Chase ever since they were little. Having grown-up together, she has seen his good side and his bad (not that there is very much bad about him!) and she loves him still. If only she can made him see her as something other than his best friend's little sister. At her brother's wedding she gets the perfect opportunity to show him the new grown-up Madison, although there are plenty of obstacles in her path.
I enjoyed every single second of reading this story and the only negative thing I have to say about it, is that it was far too short. I wanted it to go on and on. It was so fab! Jennifer L. Armentrout writes such fantastic romances with couples who you absolutely fall in love with. I was rooting for Madison and Chase from the start and I enjoyed seeing the dynamics of their relationship change as they spent more time in each others company.
Next in the series is 'Tempting the Player' which features Chase's brother, Chad Gamble. I need to get my hands on it asap. ...more
This review is short but heartfelt. Read this book. Buy this book. Share this book with a friend. If you want to have your heartstrings tugged and youThis review is short but heartfelt. Read this book. Buy this book. Share this book with a friend. If you want to have your heartstrings tugged and your emotions scattered all over the place, then read these beautiful poems. Typewritten on scraps of paper and interspersed with Tyler Knott Gregson's own photography, this collection of poetry has been woven into a gem of a book. I have been dipping in and out of it ever since I first picked it up and my copy is now stuffed with scraps of people, marking all of my favourite poems. I will be reading these over and over again because they are just beautiful and they speak to me in a way that leaves me feeling like someone has just looked into my soul....more
I will read just about anything and everything but I'll admit that I'm not normally a big fan of the horror genre. I think it's partly because I haveI will read just about anything and everything but I'll admit that I'm not normally a big fan of the horror genre. I think it's partly because I have such an overactive imagination that horror is often too much for me to stomach. However, I wouldn't say that 'Daughters Unto Devils' is out and out horror - or at least not until the very end, when yes, you will need to ensure that every light in the house is on. Or better yet, read it in broad daylight and not just before bed. You will most definitely regret it otherwise.
Sixteen year old Amanda and her family live in a small cabin in the mountains. Cooped up with her siblings and parents, during a long and tough winter, Amanda none the less has a secret of her own - a boy she has been meeting without their knowledge. When the family uproot and move to the prairie, it is a fresh start for Amanda, but something is out there and evil lurks everywhere.
The tension ramps up from the very beginning of the book. I knew something terrible was going to happen but I didn't know what and I didn't know when. That was enough to keep me on the edge of my seat throughout. The evil when it came, crept under my skin. There is one scene in particular which totally crept me out. I wanted to look away but I was glued to the page with horror. You'll know the moment when you get to it.
Amy Lukavics's debut novel is a great read, which I've seen described as Little House on the Prairie meets The Crucible. This is the perfect spooky Halloween read, although if you are of a nervous disposition then beware. This book is not for the faint hearted! ...more
I found this book very slow. I got about half-way through and then realised that nothing had really happened yet. Although I've seen some great reviewI found this book very slow. I got about half-way through and then realised that nothing had really happened yet. Although I've seen some great reviews for this title and it did sound promising beforehand, I have come to the conclusion that it just wasn't for me.
The story is about a teenager called Lorrie, who used to live a life of privilege and riches before her family end up losing all their money. Abandoned by her mother, Lorrie and her sister live with their Aunt Gigi in their now crumbling family home, Edgewater. Lorrie is desperate to hide their downfall from her friends and especially handsome Charlie, the son of a senator. However, secrets long buried, begin to rise to the surface and it's only so long before everyone begins to find out the truth.
The blurb of this book made it sound so good and I really wanted to like 'Edgewater' but in my opinion, it needed more drive and impetus. It was so slow that I found it hard to stay engaged with the story and I didn't particularly care about any of the characters. The most interesting character in the book was actually the crumbling Edgewater itself which has been left to sit and decay. Most of the first half was centred around Lorrie reiterating her money problems but I wanted and needed something else to happen and I was left feeling disappointed with this title. ...more
If you are a Percy Jackson fan looking for your next read, then 'The Blackthorn Key' may well fit the bill perfectly. It is a story with plenty of twiIf you are a Percy Jackson fan looking for your next read, then 'The Blackthorn Key' may well fit the bill perfectly. It is a story with plenty of twists and turns, some dark secrets to uncover and fiendish clues to crack. Although I don't often read a lot of middle-grade fiction, this one appealed to me a lot and proved to be a fantastic read.
One of the things I particularly liked about it was the main character, Christopher Rowe. He is a apprentice apothecary to Benedict Blackthorn, who is more like a father to him than an employer. Christopher finds himself in deep trouble when a series of murders are committed and he is caught in a web of secrets more dangerous than he could ever realise.
Set just before the plague in London, during 1665, the story hurtles ahead at breakneck speed, taking the reader along for the ride. You are plunged straight into the adventure, as Christopher has to solve a series of cryptic clues. The story is like 'The Davinci Code' for a younger generation of readers and I loved it.
If mystery and murder are your kind of thing, then you will definitely enjoy 'The Blackthorn Key' which will take you on an adventure you will never forget! ...more
This was a super creepy read with one hell of a twist at the end. Just when I thought that the story was about myths and pagan legends,Creepy stuff!
This was a super creepy read with one hell of a twist at the end. Just when I thought that the story was about myths and pagan legends, it turned out to be something else entirely. I loved the fact that it kept me on my toes and challenged my perceptions. I really want to read it again now because it will be like seeing the characters and their actions in a whole new light.
Heather, along with her best friend Emma, Emma's boyfriend Darren and their friends Dougie and Martin, head off together on a camping trip. The story alternates between the events that transpired during their excursion and current day Heather, one year on and still seemingly recovering from her experience. She tells of an evil spirit that seems intent on wreaking havoc on their small group but the question is, will anyone believe her?
It is not often that I can be completely surprised by a book, but Claire McFall definitely managed that. 'Black Cairn Point' was creepy, chilling and wonderfully thrilling and I enjoyed every second of the story. Normally I like to race through to get to the big finale, but I took my time reading this book and enjoyed savouring every bump in the teens' journey. I was most definitely on the side of Heather throughout the story, as she tries to convince her Doctor that she is not crazy and she was not responsible for what happened to her friends. I really sympathised with her and I liked her as a main character, which made the ending even more brilliant.
A highly recommended read and I will be looking out for more by Claire McFall in the future. ...more
Jill Shalvis's Lucky Harbor books are my go-to series when I'm in the mood for a generous helping of romance. 'Second Chance Summer' is the first titlJill Shalvis's Lucky Harbor books are my go-to series when I'm in the mood for a generous helping of romance. 'Second Chance Summer' is the first title in her new Cedar Ridge series which didn't let me down. It gave me lashings of romance, as well as hot sparks flying around left, right and centre. Well it does feature firemen. Yes, that's right firemen!
What I love about Jill's books, is the way that she creates a whole community of wonderful characters who you instantly care about and want to see more of. This time, it's the Kincaid family who live and work on Cedar Ridge and are determined to make a success of their family business at all costs. Although Aidan is one of the main characters, I also really loved his older brother Gray and his domineering and feisty wife Penny, as well as his younger siblings Hudson and Kenna. My favourite thing about them all is that you know they are always watching each other's backs. Although they joke and fight with one another, there is no doubt in your mind that they will stand together through thick and thin.
When Aidan hears that local girl Lily Danville is back in town after a ten year absence, his heart can't help skipping a beat. Lily was the girl that got away and now that she is back, he won't let her escape so easily next time. However, Aidan and Lily are both carrying their own burdens of guilt and until they can leave the past behind, they won't be able to move on with their futures together.
I absolutely adored the setting for the story too. Cedar Ridge sounds picturesque with it's beautiful mountains and hiking trails. First, I wanted to live at the beach and now I'm thinking that the mountains sound right up my alley!
This was a super read which swept me away on a tide of romance. I'm most definitely eager to read the second book in the series now which will be centred around Hudson. ...more
The third and final part of this series definitely reached the heady heights of the first book. It was a spell-binding conclusion to the trilogy and hThe third and final part of this series definitely reached the heady heights of the first book. It was a spell-binding conclusion to the trilogy and had me utterly gripped. There is something so refreshingly different and original about these books which I can't quite put my finger on but which makes them impossible to put down.
Lumikki is such a fantastic protagonist - one of my all-time favourites. She does not conform to the usual traits of female characters but that does not make her any less of a heroine. In fact quite the opposite is true. She is somewhat of a loner, she lets few people into her life and she is introverted but she is also incredibly brave, determined and will never back down from a fight.
I thought that the series had a little dip with book two but 'As Black As Ebony' reeled it back in and was totally entrancing. Lumikki is back on home soil with a new boyfriend, but is still convinced that her parents are hiding a big family secret from her. She also has a new threat to face from someone who seemed to know about all of her own secrets but she has no idea who is behind the threatening letters she starts to receive. The elusive Blaze, her ex-boyfriend, is also back on the scene, causing her romantic complications.
This story was brilliant. So many questions were finally answered and threads that had been planted earlier in the trilogy were unravelled, spilling secrets left, right and centre. It's a little bit of a shame however that everything was wrapped up so quickly at the end, because I think that after a big build-up, more could have been made of the final end scene. That aside, this was a compulsive and thrilling read which was a real nail-biter. I wish everyone would read these books. They are terrific! ...more
I couldn't get on with this one. Tried picking it up a couple of times but I didn't like any of the characters or the subject matter of the story. NotI couldn't get on with this one. Tried picking it up a couple of times but I didn't like any of the characters or the subject matter of the story. Not for me I'm afraid. ...more
I have not read Colleen Houck's Tiger series, so she is a brand new author to me. I really liked the sound of 'Reawakened' because I can't think of anI have not read Colleen Houck's Tiger series, so she is a brand new author to me. I really liked the sound of 'Reawakened' because I can't think of another YA series that I have read which is set in Egypt and leans heavily on Egyptian mythology. It is always nice to discover something fresh and original and the plot sounded fantastic.
There was a lot to like about 'Reawakened'. The story was quite unique and I enjoyed the way in which Colleen Houck interwove the elements of Egypt and the Gods but with a modern setting. At times, I thought that there was a lot of dense information given to the reader all in one go, which did help to build the mythology but was a lot to get your head around all at once. I did love the myths and legends part of the book though.
The idea of a mummy coming to life and just happening to be a handsome guy who sweeps the main character off her feet, sounds pretty fantastical, but that is pretty much what happens. I really liked the Egyptian Prince Amon and his quest to find his two brothers, although I was not as keen on his female counter-part Lily. She comes across as spoilt and selfish at the start of the book but she grew on me a lot throughout the story and had matured a lot by the end. I would have liked to have seen more romance between the two leads but this often takes a backseat to everything else that is going on.
The second half of the book was absolutely packed full of adventure and excitement, with one obstacle after another lying in the path of Amon and Lily's quest. There was hardly time to catch my breath as they are thrown into one dangerous situation after another.
I originally thought that this title was going to be a stand-alone, but judging by the ending I think that this could be the first in a series. There is a lot still to sort out and it would be good to see more of Amon's two brothers in the future. This is definitely a series that I will be following. ...more
This book blew me away! I started it on a two hour train journey and became so engrossed that all I wanted to do wasThe BEST! Everyone needs to read.
This book blew me away! I started it on a two hour train journey and became so engrossed that all I wanted to do was stay on the train, travel home for another two hours and finish it. Like it's aptly named title, it crept up on my slowly, enveloping me in a cloud of intrigue and suspense. I felt like my heart was stuttering along with the frayed nerves of the main characters, as foreboding wrapped itself around me. After the first few chapters, I thought that this was going to be a pretty good book and then suddenly it turned into dynamite in my hands. No one could have shaken me from the spell I was under.
Now I'm telling myself that I must be mad not to have read anything by C.J. Skuse before. Have I been living under a rock?! I have a burning need now to go and buy all of her other books and have a mini-marathon.
I should have known from the tagline 'Malory Towers meets I Know What You Did Last Summer' that I was going to fall hook, line and sinker for this story. The book suggests that there is a monster living inside all of us - although with some it is let out by choice and with others by necessity. I am also a sucker for stories set in boarding schools and Skuse presents such an appealing view of this one (monsters aside). Bathory School for Girls is set in a picturesque location. There are wonderfully long summer days with trips outside, games and swimming. There are Hogwarts style houses and secret hidey holes. It also has it's very own legend stalking the grounds - the Beast of Bathory.
The main character Natasha, or Nash as she is known, hopes to become Head Girl. She and a small group of others are left behind at the school for Christmas. Nash's parents are unable to come for her because her older brother is missing abroad. A blizzard means that they are trapped at the school, but although they can't leave, something or someone wants to get in.
Tense, nail-biting and with one hell of a twist, 'Monster' was my kind of book. It had an ending that left me wide-eyed and open-mouthed and was deliciously dark and scary. The suspense kept being ramped up and up until I almost couldn't bear to find out what was going to happen next. A book hasn't left me on the edge of my seat like that for a long, long, time. Sheer brilliance and one of the best YA thrillers I've ever read. Don't hesitate to grab yourself a copy of 'Monster'. You won't regret it. ...more
I raced through this book in a couple of hours. The story is so gripping that I felt myself pulled along by my intrigue behinEdge of your seat stuff!
I raced through this book in a couple of hours. The story is so gripping that I felt myself pulled along by my intrigue behind the disappearance of Hannah's older sister Jenny. I have read all of Laura Jarratt's previous books and I think this one might be my favourite so far.
Hannah and her father arrive in England to help with the investigation into Jenny's disappearance. Hannah is determined to find out what really happened to her beloved sister and begins to try to piece together Jenny's movements with the help of her employers and friends. As she begins to get to know the people that saw her sister last, she finds herself falling for local boy Harry who she finds herself unwittingly drawn towards.
This was a fantastic thriller. I am usually really good at guessing all the twists and turns and I will often pick out the guilty party after the first few chapters, but I was totally wrong-footed this time. I did have my suspicions and I thought I'd worked out what Laura Jarratt was up to with the plot but I was headed down a blind alley. She brilliantly surprised me with a shocking and frankly quite chilling plot twist that turned everything on it's head.
The story combined drama, deception and romance and will keep readers on their toes as they try to discover not only the truth about Jenny but also the threat that hangs over Hannah's head. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this book to fans of this genre. ...more
'Promtastic' is the first book I've read by Liz Elwes, an author who I'll admit I actually hadn't heard of before. I was attracted by the pretty, spar'Promtastic' is the first book I've read by Liz Elwes, an author who I'll admit I actually hadn't heard of before. I was attracted by the pretty, sparkly cover and I was in the mood for something light and frothy. This sounded like it would fit the bill perfectly.
The story centres around a group of five girls all going to Prom. The opening few chapters give a glimpse of them at their Prom, putting each of them in a difficult situation, before leaving you to guess what will happen next, as the timeline jumps back to the day before the big event.
I initially found the narrative a bit jerky at the start, as it flitted between Alex, Leigh, Charlotte, Grace and Kristyn. I'm not a huge fan of multiple narrators but I tried not to let this put me off. The girls' names are listed at the top of each chapter which definitely helped and as their individual personalities and characters began to come across, I got more absorbed into their stories.
I liked Charlotte's story the most and I also thought that Grace's was really good. Her 'boyfriend' Evan is hiding a big secret from the world and has drawn Grace into helping him keep it from his friends and family. I wasn't quite so keen on some of the other girls storylines. Nothing seemed to go to plan for them as they try to unravel things for themselves.
This was a quick, fun contemporary read which I think slightly younger readers will enjoy. I think Prom is a very American concept and we certainly didn't have anything like this when I was young but I guess a lot of teenagers now will identify with pinning all your hopes on one big night to celebrate the end of your school days.
There are some fun quizzes and prom tips at the end of the book which are a nice additional touch. ...more
I'd heard a lot of pre-publication buzz about 'An Ember in the Ashes' which piqued my interest enough to make me bump this title up to the top of my 'I'd heard a lot of pre-publication buzz about 'An Ember in the Ashes' which piqued my interest enough to make me bump this title up to the top of my 'must read' list. It sounded like everything I look for in a book and I'd already read a lot of glowing reviews. This was a book, therefore, that I was expecting to grab me by the scruff of my neck and not let go. It didn't quite do that however and turned out to be more of a slow burner. A book which started dramatically in the first few chapters, and then simmered away until it exploded into technicolour. To be honest, I'm not really sure why I wasn't instantly hooked but I think perhaps the amount of world-building at the start, slowed down the overall pace of the story and meant that I was concentrating so hard on understanding all the details of the characters' world that I failed to sit back and enjoy the bigger picture. That is until suddenly everything clicked into place and I was forcibly sucked into the story.
Readers are going to love the two main characters, Elias and Laia. They have had two very different upbringings and live in opposing worlds but they are unwittingly brought together by a dangerous chain of events. Laia is desperate to help her brother and Elias longs to scape his life at Blackcliff - a life of brutality, punishment and death. The narrative perspective alternates between the two of them. I particularly enjoyed reading Elias's side of the story because I was fascinated by Blackcliff and couldn't wait to find out more about it.
I absolutely adored Elias's friendship with Helene and I won't lie - I was secretly hoping that there might be more than just friendship between them. There are a lot of ups and downs for the two best friends to face and believe me, you will never guess the direction in which Sabaa Tahir takes their relationship. I think it adds an incredibly interesting dynamic to the story.
Sabaa Tahir really takes you deep into the world that these characters inhabit. Her writing is wonderfully rich and captivating and she certainly knows how to leave readers wanting more!
As I was reading this book, I could easily see it adapting well to the big screen. I'm already casting actors in my head for all the main parts.
After a slightly shaky start, this turned out to be a brilliant read which left me hanging on a thread at the end. I'm dying for the sequel and I can't wait to discover what trials lie in wait for Elias and Laia next. ...more
I was incredibly excited to hear about a new Sarah Dessen book. I'm a big fan of hers and associate her with stories about summer, growing-up and relaI was incredibly excited to hear about a new Sarah Dessen book. I'm a big fan of hers and associate her with stories about summer, growing-up and relationship dramas. 'Saint Anything' ticked two out of three of those boxes. This definitely wasn't my favourite Dessen novel, I think partly because of the characters and partly the storyline itself, but it was still pretty great and dealt with some powerful subjects.
The book starts with the main character Sydney recounting the story of what happened to her older brother Peyton. There's a lot of hero-worship mixed in with new feelings which have surfaced in relation to his behaviour. I could empathise with the situation she felt in and the fact that she believed herself invisible to her parents. They were consumed with trying to help her brother and make sense of his situation and Sydney feels pushed to the side-lines. There's no doubt that she loves Peyton but she understandably also experiences a sense of guilt about the anger she has towards him. The brother-sister bond is one which Dessen explores a lot in this novel and that was one of my favourite elements of the book.
When Sydney starts at a new school, she meets Layla and her brother Mac. Being part of their group, helps Sydney to understand where she fits in and their friendship is the catalyst for her finally starting to get her own life together. I particularly liked Layla, especially the way she takes Sydney under her wing and the way she freely offers her hand in friendship without any strings attached. For some reason and I can't quite put my finger on why, I wasn't as keen on Mac which is a shame because normally I love the male protagonists in Sarah Dessen's books. He had lots of great qualities but I just didn't fall in love with him.
A lot of heavy and serious themes are touched upon in 'Saint Anything' and I thought that these were all explored in such a way as to really make the reader think about what they would do in the same situations. There are no right or wrong answers but it came across that everyone has to do what they personally feel is right, rather than trying to conform to what someone else thinks they should do or how they should act.
Sarah Dessen's books always feature stand-out writing and this was no exception but I found the pace a little slow at times and the romance felt a bit flat. I would still recommend giving this one a go but there are other titles by her that I personally have enjoyed more. ...more