When I was asked to participate in this blog tour, I jumped at the chance. I have to be honest, I was so consumed with this book that I would lose chu When I was asked to participate in this blog tour, I jumped at the chance. I have to be honest, I was so consumed with this book that I would lose chunks of time. It sucked me in from the first word and left me on tenterhooks waiting for the next book, I needed it right there and then. Ana was such an easy character to love and don't even get me started on Jackson *swoon* The two come from complete opposite backgrounds and it's very true what they say about opposites attract. They make the perfect couple. Nothing goes right for them but they are such a strong couple that they battle anything life throw at them. Ana doesn't realise just how strong she is and it endeared her to me even more. The way this book flowed was truly brilliant. It was fast paced and a true page turner, I could barely put it down. When I wasn't reading it, I was thinking about it. I cannot wait for the second book now and I truly hope that it is as stunning as this one. This is the first book of Lianne's that I have read, but it certainly won't be the last. Why? Because she is a very clever author. She leaves you guessing and begging for more. I love how this book wasn't predictable, it had twists and turns that you didn't see coming. I love reading because it takes me to a different world and the world that Lianne has created is one I could gladly live in forever. If you want a book to fall in love with, I strongly suggest you read Loyalty and Lies. Thank you Lianne for the ARC. Congratulations on an amazing novel. I can't wait for the next part of Ana and Jackson's journey. ...more
This book was totally amazing. I don't really know where to start or what to tell you without completely gushing and ruining your own enjoyment of thiThis book was totally amazing. I don't really know where to start or what to tell you without completely gushing and ruining your own enjoyment of this story. I was asked if I wanted to read and review His Hometown Girl and of course, I couldn't refuse. I adore Karen Rock and have read the Camp Boyfriend series she wrote with her sister, Joanne. I wanted to read more of Karen's writing and was desperate to get my hands on this book in particular. I thought I was prepared for this story, boy was I wrong. I fell into this particular journey believing that I would adore the characters, but I didn't know jut how much it would affect me. I fell completely in love with Daniel Gleason, but it wasn't just him that I fell for. I have no real words to accurately describe what this book meant to me. It's a love story of a different kind. It's a powerful, emotional story of the love a mother has for her son and the lengths she will go to in order to give him the life he deserves - she will not only protect him but she will do the things she vowed not to do because it means giving her son the best life she can. This story is about learning to open your eyes to the bigger picture and not just solely focus on one small part of it. Tyler is autistic and so everything is just that much harder for single mom, Jodi. She wants to give him the best education she can, but with the fees for the private school being so high, Jodi has to really strive to achieve the promotion she is in line for. Midland have told Jodi that if she can go back to her hometown and acquire a certain amount of acreage from local farmers, then they will give her a bonus and a promotion. To Jodi, this is what she needs in order to give Tyler the best life possible. She doesn't really think of herself at all. She is, in fact, one of the most selfless characters I have come across. Daniel is her ex-boyfriend and also her biggest childhood rival, the competition between these two was always fierce. Daniel wants the local farmers to join his co-op in order to preserve their land, their farms, their families heritage but Jodi wants to swoop in and buy up all the farms in order to please Midland and get back to her life. Not only has her ex husband not seen Tyler, he has also sued to lower his child support payments. Life for mother and son is one obstacle after another and she needs to set things on a better path for their future.
Going back home was harder than Jodi thought. It stirred up those feelings she had for Daniel, it made her yearn for "home" but competing with that is a mother's love for her son and just what she will do in order to give him the life he needs.
For me, one of the biggest things was the fact that Daniel is amazing. He's got all the character traits that a girl could wish for, tall, handsome, winning smile - but what made him stand out for me was the fact that he was so accepting of Tyler. He didn't look at Tyler like he was disabled or a "problem to be solved" like many other people did. I am disabled myself and I know just how it is to be judged on your disability, not the person you are beneath the label. So when Daniel went and got Tyler the 'girl toy' (read HHG and you will know which scene I mean) it made me smile from ear to ear, and shed a tear or two because he's such an amazing guy. He's kind, thoughtful, patient, tender, loving and he loves Jodi and Tyler for who they are. Tyler deserves the whole world and this was Jodi's way of trying to give it to him. Was the journey hard? Definitely. Was it emotionally fraught? Definitely. Was it absolutely beautiful and compelling? HELL YES!...more
I have just put this book down and wanted to write my review while it was fresh in my mind. The trouble is, I don't think I have enough words - at lea I have just put this book down and wanted to write my review while it was fresh in my mind. The trouble is, I don't think I have enough words - at least not coherent ones - that can sum this book up. It was beautiful, amazing, heart-wrenching, sad, happy... I felt so many emotions whilst reading it that it was like being on a roller coaster with the ups and downs, twists and turns, all things I didn't see coming. When I read Dear Emily, I didn't think it could get any better, but Trudy Stiles has gone and brought her A-game to the table yet again and blown me away. If you haven't read Dear Emily, then you are seriously missing out. You can read my review of it here.
Dear Tabitha is the story of a broken girl who seeks love, redemption and most importantly family. Tabby has never felt like she truly belonged, at least not since Trina died. All she wants is a family of her own. She needs to love and to be loved. She's grown up a lot since Dear Emily and it's good to see her in a good place in her life. But all that is under threat of collapse now that Alex is back and wants to see her. He's been on the road with the band but now he's home, he wants to see Tabby and nothing can prepare either of them for what is about to happen. In this book, we learn more about Tabby's past and the gruelling, despicable things she has had to endure. Trudy Stiles is an amazingly talented author and she has managed to create a tangled web of lies, abuse, rape and more hurt than one person should be able to handle. We see Tabby at her weakest point, but then we see her life progress and how she goes from broken to strong in one long journey. This is a story packed with so many powerful emotions that I found myself stopping reading to cry numerous times. It was a tumultuous journey for the reader as well as the characters, but that doesn't mean it can't end well. I won't spoil the ending for you - in fact I won't spoil anything at all by going into too much detail. Suffice to say though, the ending had me crying tears of a different kind. I absolutely loved the characters. From Tabby to Alex, Dax, Tristan, Kirsten and yeah, even Garrett and eventually, Seth. Seth made it initially hard to give a damn about him, but yeah, now I can't wait for the Forever Family book #3 which is his story.
You can be sure Dear Tabitha will have a place in my heart. I went through some similar things to Tabby and it endeared her to me all the more, I felt a real connection with her. That was one of the best things about this whole story, the characters were tangible, real, as though I could reach through the pages and touch them like they touched me. ...more
I wasn't sure what to expect when I picked up Soul Ties and when I finished it, I realised I must have had some expectations because it didn't end upI wasn't sure what to expect when I picked up Soul Ties and when I finished it, I realised I must have had some expectations because it didn't end up being at all what I thought. From the way it was written, to the story content itself, I was swept away by a fast-paced, page-turning book that kept me on my toes and guessing what might come next. But each time I thought I knew what to expect next, I was proved entirely wrong.
Ava is a soul-hunter, sent to capture Keir's Nephilim soul and return it to the Celestia, his soul is what she plans to trade for her freedom. Without his soul, the Celestia will not give Ava her Will. When Ava meets Keir, he has an attitude and a best friend who's attitude is even worse. From the off, neither Keir nor Dahlia like Ava and don't like having to endure being in her company. But they can't just shake her off. She's been sent to do her job and will not return without his soul in the gem provided for retrieval. As the story moves along, we find Dahlia may have reasons for her reticence to trust the new girl, but still, she keeps up the attitude as if she doesn't have an off-switch. Keir however, begins to warm to Ava's presence. He's attracted to her like she is to him. That makes things a tad more difficult. She wants to get close to him to take his soul, but the more she gets to know him, the less she wants to take it. What's more important, doing the Celestia's bidding and retrieving Keir's soul to get her Will or helping Keir's cause, falling deeper in love with the secretive yet unforgettable Nephilim?
Soul Ties isn't just your straight-forward love story. There are so many things getting in the way of Keir and Ava's possible relationship. They don't trust each other, he's Nephilim and she's a soul-hunter, those things alone make life very difficult but what makes Ava question everything is the way Keir hunts and captures Demons in order to free their souls. Nephilim don't track and kill other Demons, so what is Keir's agenda?
To find out Keir's agenda and see if the unlikely pair can come together despite the many obstacles in their way, you need to pick up a copy of Soul Ties for yourself.
I love Lisa Swallow's easy style of writing. She writes a complicated plot with many twists, but she makes it all easy to understand. That's no mean feat. Some people write complicated tings just for the sake of it. Swallow's world building doesn't take a lifetime to get to get to grips with. I can't wait for books 2 and 3. From what I hear, book 2 is from Dahlia and Jack's POV and book 3 picks up Keir and Ava's story. I for one would love to hear from Keir's own POV. I hope that's something Swallow will consider as she writes more of the soul tied world.
Thank you Lisa for the e-copy of Soul Ties, I would LOVE a signed copy to go with my special signed books collection. Here's hoping you a) sell signed copies or b) have bookplates!...more
When I was first asked if I wanted to be part of the Street Team for release day of this book, I was excited to get my hands on the book and dive in. Unfortunately, I had other blog tour commitments that meant I couldn't get to it right away. However, when I picked this book up yesterday, there was no putting it down. I read the first 76% in one sitting and then finished the rest this morning. It's taken me a few minutes to compose myself enough to write a review though because I was sat with tears streaming down my face as I got to the end. Well, technically I had tears in my eyes from about 83% I think it was. Why? Read on to find out...
The Prelude is an amazing story, it totally blew me away. Right from the first word on the first page, I was sucked in. There was nowhere for me to go except head first into the pages. From then, I was surrounded by a world of music, art, passion, pleasure and love. But in this world, there was also loss, guilt, heartache and betrayal. This culmination of things made for one of my favourite books of the year, if not that I've EVER read!
Alternating chapters are told from two POV's. One is Erin and the other, Alek. For me, this was a lot of fun. It meant we had insights not only as to one MC, but two. Both of whom are passionate, feisty and stubborn as mules. They both have a love of music and the arts. Theirs is a beautiful, yet tragic tale - they both have obstacles to overcome in their lives before they can see their way to love.
Erin is in Italy, working for Black Butterfly Designs. She co-runs the place with two other people, the delectable Luca and Rafe. She has an assistant called Carla who helps her make her creations come to life after her initial designs on paper. That's right, Erin is a very talented clothing designer. BBD is a small, yet very good design house. They have a possible new contract with a man called Alek Dostov, a prominent maestro. He's a man who knows what he wants and just how to get it.
Erin's designs land BBD the contract, meaning they have to create 6 sets of outfits for an upcoming ballet that Alek is arranging. His friend Nikolai is a dancer and together, they are hoping to pull off the performance of a lifetime, Requiem.
When Erin meets Alek, she's not interested in men. Well, she is, but in a no-strings way, not looking for a relationship. She can't help but think he's very handsome, but still, her interest in him is to remain professional. That doesn't mean to say he doesn't ask her out on a date though. She just keeps refusing him.
There's a reason for Erin's reticence. Her past still haunts her every day. Before she moved to Italy, when she was younger, there was love and happiness in her family until one tragic day, her father and sister are killed in a car accident. After which, Erin made a promise to herself that she would never be happy again, never love again. She would remain stoic, because if she didn't, and she let herself feel, she would be opening herself up to a world of hurt. She believed that she didn't deserve to feel happiness as a result of what happened that day. She said it should have been her in the car that day, not Jada. She thought her sister was meant to go on and become someone, make her mark on the world, not her.
Back to present day and Alek is still pursuing the idea of getting Erin to go on a date with him, but he's not sure why he cares so much. He doesn't normally care about women, he just uses them and tosses them aside. His mother usually sets him up with women with whom a lucrative future could be paved. But there's something different about Erin. She challenges him in a way no-one has done before.
Erin finally agrees to go on a date with him, for the sake of appearance. She doesn't want to lose the design contract for BBD. But more than that, she actually likes Alek. she won't admit it, not even to herself, but she does.
What ensues from here is a beautifully told story of how Erin and Alek both must face their demons and overcome many obstacles set on their path. Erin must come to terms with what happened in the past not being her fault, and Alek must learn what it's like to truly woo a woman - he needs to win her affection, and ultimately her heart. They say the path to true love never runs smooth, well that is certainly true in this case. I heard something once, and it holds true in this instance; Ad Astra Per Aspera - A Rough Road Leads To The Stars.
This is a story laced with many emotions. The layers of the story are complex and at times, I wanted to reach in and smack Erin upside the head. But the fact is, she needed to come to terms with things in her own time and her own way. Whether she will always carry these demons around with her or whether she will let herself truly live and be free, is up to her.
We meet some amazing characters in this story, as well as some not so great. We even meet one or two who aren't all they make us believe they are. But obviously, I can't tell you who - you need to read The Prelude and find out for yourself.
KaSonndra Leigh is a very talented author who builds an amazing story, one in which I became quickly immersed. She paints the most vivid picture with her words and you can't help but truly lose yourself. Erin and Alek are both very similar in their ways, even though they don't know it at first. Or is it that they just won't admit it? I must admit, this is one emotional journey from the moment it begins and it only builds and gets more emotional along the way. When I reached around 83% I began to cry and I didn't stop until long after I had read the final word on the very last page. I really hope that this is a series that will continue for a long time because I want to learn more about the secondary characters as well as read more about Erin and Alek. Maybe we'll get a book from Luca and Adriana's POV's? I truly don't know what the future holds for the characters within these pages but I know one thing, the road ahead won't be an easy one. But they do say, if something is easy then it isn't worth doing!...more
Now folks I know that some of you may have read my mini-review back in February when I finished the book. But I also know that there will be those tha Now folks I know that some of you may have read my mini-review back in February when I finished the book. But I also know that there will be those that didn't. So if you are one of the ones that did, please bear with me if I seem to be going over the same things as I did back then.
Firstly, my cover-art magpie side tells me to address the cover for THE GATES. So, let's get to it. The cover for this is slightly darker than that of AMARANTH. This has a less ethereal quality to it than Amaranth did. It's slightly more edgy. I didn't understand the symbolism of either cover at first. It wasn't until I read the stroies I understood their covers. So for me, having read this, I now look at the cover with fresh eyes. It really appeals to me and I love the things that were chosen to depict this great story.
"She's gone on long enough about the cover" I hear you shout. Okay, I will get on with my review.
As with the cover, the story itself was slightly darker this time. Though just as alluring as Amaranth was. It was an action packed story that had me on the edge of my seat and staying awake late at night just because I was so captivated and couldn't stop turning the pages. THE GATES has a mixture of love, happiness and joy, sadness, loss and sorrow. For me, it is the perfect amount of all of those things. It's not too 'fairy-tale love, fingers down throat etc'. But it's also not too much the other way either.
I love the whole Gavin and Camille relationship. They have a love that transcends everything. They may not have been together long but they are strong and battle ready. Which really is a good thing when you add the nasty little wretch Scarlet into the mix. I can't tell you who she is, or why I hate her. All I can say is well done Rachael. I hated Scarlet. I think she was added in like putting a cat amongst the pigeons. You'll never achieve a sense of equilibrium with Scarlet around. She was a minx and I despise her, but she was written well and the character fitted perfectly within he story. I hope we see more of her, but I also hope that one day Cam gets to tear her limb from limb. That would be a sight to behold! (hint hint Rach)
Her Majesty, Samira, is just as evil as she ever was. If not worse. We get to find out a secret she has kept from Gavin for many years. It reminded me just what a horrible woman she is. She brings a whole new meaning to the term cold-hearted *****!
The main bright points for me were the times when Gav and Cam were able to be alone and show each other that throughout anything and everything, their love can remain strong. It brings a new meaning to the phrase "Love Conquers All".
This book is action packed. Full of twists and turns that shock not only the characters but the reader too. The tear flowed for me at just past the halfway point. I swore I would not cry but my eyes betrayed me. The phrase "It never rains, but it pours" springs to mind. There was never just one thing to get over, instead there were almost too many. I didn't think my heart could take any more of a beating. But just when I thought it couldn't take any more, the story was over and I was going to be okay after all. I stayed up late into the night to finish this and found myself shattered and owed a big long sleep. I just couldn't put it down. Even when I knew I was tired and must go to bed, I still pushed myself beyond that. Such is my dedication to a good book? Yes. But also, such is my impatience to know what happened next!
I won't tell you more as I find my fingers are itching to run away with me and become too 'spoilery' and I know you would never forgive me for ruining it for you. All I can say is, I am really very happy that Rachael gave me an ARC. I am forever grateful to her. However, the one downside of having a book so early before its release, I will have to wait even linger for the next one!
I cannot wait for The Tragedy of Knowledge (book #3). Knowing Rachael, she will make it one hell of a kicker so that the trilogy goes out with a BANG!!...more