Tate James what are you doing to me woman?! This book was my last read of 2017 and continues theThis review originally appeared on BrizzleLass Books.
Tate James what are you doing to me woman?! This book was my last read of 2017 and continues the Kit Davenport series with some serious drama. We have horrendous attacks, kidnappings, and suspected betrayal as Kit uncovers more information about who she is and where she comes from.
Then there is her relationship with the guys, which just gets, well, hotter and more frustrating. She’s got the guys she’s attached to already, completely all-in with them. Then there’s poor Wes who doesn’t seem to have any luck when it comes to Kit, but she wants him…she wants him bad.
My favourites though, Austin, moody, grumpy, full of attitude Austin. Yeah we get much more of him in this book and all I can do is thank Tate for that because he is just a pleasure to read, a real pleasure…I like him in case you missed that!
My other favourite is, Vali, the bad boy mob boss dragon shifter who just has everything I look for in an alpha when I’m reading and although there wasn’t much of him in this book where he appeared was perfection.
Finally, the ending! OMG! Tate James is masterful at her cliffhangers…I’m just dangling here…just friggin dangling....more
The premise for this book was totally up my street, a busker see’s the woman of his dreams and pursuesThis review originally appeared on BrizzleLass.
The premise for this book was totally up my street, a busker see’s the woman of his dreams and pursues her with dogged enthusiasm. But she is disinterested due to a history involved with musicians.
The overall story arc was one I thoroughly enjoyed and with different characters playing the parts I think this would easily have been a five star read for me. Unfortunately I struggled with the characters themselves which hampered my enjoyment of the book a little.
Scarlett our leading lady was just plain unlikeable. She had issues and understandable issues but she came across as cold and quite cruel at times. I didn’t warm to her at any point in the book, nothing about the way she spoke, held herself or responded to Dylan at any time made me think she worthy of the attention he was giving her.
Then Dylan, he was such a contradiction, I found him really hard work. I liked him, I really liked him, a lot. But I felt like I didn’t know him, actually, he didn’t know himself too well. He was super confident one minute then a quiverin anxious mess the next. He would be full of confident lines with Scarlett then really unsure of himself. There was a real lack of consistency within his personality and I found it really confusing…and I know, yes, real people are like that. But for the purposes of reading it’s super hard to nail down a personality in a book when they are bouncing around like that.
So, overall…I enjoyed this book, it was a quick, fun, read but I didn’t gel with the characters the way I would want to with a quick, fun, romance and that did take away from my overall enjoyment.
Sending a huge thanks to Jackie Ladbury, Fabrian Books, and Rachel’s Random Resources for the eARC so that I could read and honestly review this novel....more
I’m behind on the Fight for Light series but I dove into this novella anyway and having now readThis review originally appeared on BrizzleLass Books.
I’m behind on the Fight for Light series but I dove into this novella anyway and having now read it I don’t think it’s at all necessary for you to have read the series to enjoy this. Renee is a woman who falls in love, deeply in love but when she has to save her brother and makes a deal with the devil everything she knows is destroyed including her own soul. This is her story and although it’s a short novella it will tug at your heart from the opening pages.
It’s clear to see how she becomes someone in the series who is a troublemaker and not particularly liked but her story is so devastating all I wanted was for someone to learn the truth and see what she was going through and help her.
Nikki Landis even in such a short format has taken me on an emotional rollercoaster, I thoroughly enjoyed this novella and it was a reminder I need to do some catching up with the Fight for Light series!...more
I always know when I settle down with an Aven Ellis novel that I’m going to get a feel good romanThis review originally appeared on BrizzleLass Books.
I always know when I settle down with an Aven Ellis novel that I’m going to get a feel good romance with a happily ever after ending. There is no hidden agenda with her books and while I often like some grit and drama with my novels it’s nice to read something that’s just plain sweet and loving sometimes. Aven Ellis is a firm favourite in that category.
Bree was unceremoniously dumped by the boyfriend she truly believed was the one after they graduated college, leaving her having to return home to live with her parents instead of into the fancy apartment they had secured, oh and she had to carry the cost of that apartment as well! She’s struggling to find a job and in an effort to give herself a well-needed boost she decides a haircut is in order. Except that turns into a disaster with the stylist giving her an outdated Rachel cut which doesn’t even remotely suit her.
Then she meets the good-looking brothers next door Jack and Eric, both of whom don’t seem a bit interested in her awful haircut but are very interested in her. Eric is confident, pushy and uses underhand techniques to get his way. Jack is shy, kind, and thoughtful. Bree knows who she wants but she’s had her heart broken and isn’t sure if she wants to risk her heart again.
I loved watching Bree navigate her way through this minefield, as she realised that she will fall in love whether she wants to or not, she has no control over that, she just has to decide if she will accept and roll with it.
The characters as always were well shaped, enjoyable to spend time with, they had interesting careers and strong and defined characters.
I thoroughly enjoyed Surviving the Rachel, another winner from Aven Ellis....more
Wow…Sitting down to read this boxset I had no idea what I was letting myself in for. Five full leThis review originally appeared on BrizzleLass Books.
Wow…Sitting down to read this boxset I had no idea what I was letting myself in for. Five full length novels and three bonus short stories to cap off the reading experience. I agonised over the best way to write this review and decided that short reviews of each individual novel was the way to go…so here we go get ready…
Real Ugly Indecency are headlining a big tour and Turner Campbell is their lead singer, Amatory Riot are their main support and Naomi Knox is their leader and lead guitarist. Turner and Naomi met once before but Turner doesn’t remember, it’s scorched in Naomi’s memory though and she hate’s him with a passion of a thousand suns. As Turner gets to know Naomi though he starts to remember and wants to know more, trying to win her over and convince her he’s not the guy she thinks he is. But something is sinister is happening, and something from Naomi’s past threatens to destroy her future. I was gripped, tearful and completely absorbed in this book which I read in one sitting.
Get Bent Turner is desperate and I got completely swept up in his desperation in this book. Naomi is missing presumed dead, and all Turner wants is to find her but there are no leads and weird things keep happening. As the tour continues with people filling in the gaps in the bands for the missing and dead Turner investigates and tries to figure out what is happening and who is causing all of the mayhem. This is an incredibly tense read and not at all what I expected when I started this series, but I just couldn’t put it down. This is the point where these characters really started digging into my skin and becoming a part of me.
Tough Luck Ronnie is the drummer in Turners band Indecency and Lola drums for one of the support bands Ice and Glass, we learn so much more about the evil plot in this book thanks to Lola who has been a part of it but jumps ship to join the good guys. These two are about as fucked up as any character I’ve read of C.M. Stunich yet and she writes them so well you can’t help but to adore the hell out of them. They are so perfect for each other and really do need each other to get through this bloody awful situation.
Bad Day We’re back with Turner and Naomi in this book and the range of emotions is a true rollercoaster as we battle with them dealing with potentially losing one of Turner’s friends, Naomi battles with her feelings for Turner which is understandably hard for her given their history, and Turner has to try and handle his feelings of jealousy over Dax, her bandmate, being in love with Naomi. So much going on here and I was so engrossed I flew through the book in record time and this series is proving to be romantic suspense at it’s best, I’m on the edge of my seat and the sex is off the charts hot.
Born Wrong Dax McCann has been one of my favourite side characters in this series, his being in love with Naomi has been a little annoying though and he needed shaking out of it and in this novel C.M. Stunich gives him a good shake up with Sydney Charrel, stripper sister to Trey, Turner’s band mate. As soon as they meet sparks fly. She knows he’s in love with Naomi but they feel a need to be near each other anyway. You know all the great romances start like that right? I feel like there will be so much more to this story…SO much more!...more
Full disclosure, I’m not a fan of retellings, generally, I find them flat and lacking imaginationThis review originally appeared on BrizzleLass Books.
Full disclosure, I’m not a fan of retellings, generally, I find them flat and lacking imagination, but this one is written by C.M. Stunich and it’s no secret that I love her writing so I took the risk and god-damn was it good. Underland is a very dark, warped shadow of the Wonderland we know.
When Allison falls down the rabbit hole she ends up in a world where everyone really is mad, but they are also stunningly good-looking men who are very interested in her. Her main companions are twins Tee & Dee and as the book progresses more men who we recognise in slightly different guises from the original story join the group, all with very distinct personalities.
There are drugs and monsters, fights and not so subtle innuendos thrown around in this world. As we learn about Allison’s backstory she’s been through some awful times and I think this draws her to Tee & Dee especially once she learns about their history and how they ended up where they are now.
There are so many moments in this book where you think something is going to happen within the group dynamic, knowing this is a reverse harem, and then the story moves on. I was literally on the edge of my seat and I read this in one sitting. I absolutely loved how dark and twisted this was, it was completely suited to me and the way my mind works, I just can’t believe we have to wait until March for the next installment, how will I cope?...more
I’ve been dying to read this for months and I devoured it Bennett was everything I had hoped forThis review originally appeared on BrizzleLass Books.
I’ve been dying to read this for months and I devoured it Bennett was everything I had hoped for and more, it took me to uncomfortable and tortured places but the solid love and need between these two characters was something real and the need for them to make it propelled me through this book.
Bennett and Elyssia have known each other since they were teenagers, they’ve been in love with each other just as long, but they’ve done nothing about it. Marcus, Elyssia’s brother and Bennett’s best friend would have none of it. Now Bennett is a famous rock star, Elyssia is shy, and Marcus is a vet with PTSD.
While the main romantic story is focused on Bennett and Elyssia I was drawn into Marcus’ story, having seen a friend go through almost exactly what Marcus went through I felt connected to his battle and wanted to see him overcome his demons. To say I shed a few tears would be an understatement. This book ripped me apart in ways I didn’t think would be possible.
Bennett is one of the characters you can’t help but fall in love with, even if I wasn’t a rock chick I would want to love him. He’s such a loving man and he would do anything for the woman he loves including walking away from his career if it came to that. The way he puts her before everything says so much to me and I adored reading him and discovering the kind of person he was.
Elyssia, on the surface, comes across as quite a meek person, but she’s actually incredibly strong and has a lot of courage and inner strength. We see more of it as the book progresses and I like that Sybil Bartel has shown that a woman doesn’t have to be in your face strong to be a strong woman with this character.
This is by far the best book in the series yet, it’s blown me away on so many levels and I will be carrying it with me for a long time. I also just have to add, the cover, wow, just wow…can I have a poster?
Sending huge thanks to Sybil Bartel for sending the eARC so that I could read and honestly review this novel....more
You know it’s kind of weird jumping all the way back to the beginning. I knowThis review originally appeared on BrizzleLass Books.
Oh my freaking God!
You know it’s kind of weird jumping all the way back to the beginning. I know ultimately how this story turns out because I’ve read all of the later books featuring other characters who are just on the periphery in this book but I just needed to read Blaze and Layna’s story and hot damn, is it lighting a few fires!
This is where it all starts, this is where the groundwork is first laid for all those guys I’ve already fallen for in the later books. Some of them appear here, some are alluded to but ultimately this is about the nightmare Layna is living and Blaze is determined to get her out of.
Layna is one of those characters you can’t help but love, she heard these awful people murder her parents and then found a way to ensure they didn’t do the same to her, even if it did mean being a prisoner. Now Blaze has a solution to that problem and she’s all balls of steel and standing up to fight, trying to keep him safe, while he tries to keep her safe. God that woman is someone I can truly respect.
The balance of her attraction to Blaze versus her friendship with Talon was perfect. I loved Talon in this and it helped me understand him a little more, gave a bit more depth to the joker he often comes across as. He is a truly solid, caring guy deep down and Layna’s relationship with him is a really beautiful one to see develop.
Blaze is such an incredible guy, he’s going through some pretty awful shit during this time and the way he pushes it aside to look after Layna and show her how he cares is moving and I was willing them to find each other and come together.
I am eager to get onto book two and see how their relationship develops. I have a feeling more evil is heading their way but hoping together they will destroy it....more
Dax McCann has been one of my favourite side characters in this series, his being in love with NaThis review originally appeared on BrizzleLass Books.
Dax McCann has been one of my favourite side characters in this series, his being in love with Naomi has been a little annoying though and he needed shaking out of it and in this novel C.M. Stunich gives him a good shake up with Sydney Charrel, stripper sister to Trey, Turner’s band mate. As soon as they meet sparks fly. She knows he’s in love with Naomi but they feel a need to be near each other anyway. You know all the great romances start like that right? I feel like there will be so much more to this story…SO much more!...more
Ronnie is the drummer in Turners band Indecency and Lola drums for one of the support bands Ice aThis review originally appeared on BrizzleLass Books.
Ronnie is the drummer in Turners band Indecency and Lola drums for one of the support bands Ice and Glass, we learn so much more about the evil plot in this book thanks to Lola who has been a part of it but jumps ship to join the good guys. These two are about as fucked up as any character I’ve read of C.M. Stunich yet and she writes them so well you can’t help but to adore the hell out of them. They are so perfect for each other and really do need each other to get through this bloody awful situation....more
We’re back with Turner and Naomi in this book and the range of emotions is a true rollercoaster aThis review originally appeared on BrizzleLass Books.
We’re back with Turner and Naomi in this book and the range of emotions is a true rollercoaster as we battle with them dealing with potentially losing one of Turner’s friends, Naomi battles with her feelings for Turner which is understandably hard for her given their history, and Turner has to try and handle his feelings of jealousy over Dax, her bandmate, being in love with Naomi. So much going on here and I was so engrossed I flew through the book in record time and this series is proving to be romantic suspense at it’s best, I’m on the edge of my seat and the sex is off the charts hot....more
Turner is desperate and I got completely swept up in his desperation in this book. Naomi is missiThis review originally appeared on BrizzleLass Books.
Turner is desperate and I got completely swept up in his desperation in this book. Naomi is missing presumed dead, and all Turner wants is to find her but there are no leads and weird things keep happening. As the tour continues with people filling in the gaps in the bands for the missing and dead Turner investigates and tries to figure out what is happening and who is causing all of the mayhem. This is an incredibly tense read and not at all what I expected when I started this series, but I just couldn’t put it down. This is the point where these characters really started digging into my skin and becoming a part of me....more
Indecency are headlining a big tour and Turner Campbell is their lead singer, Amatory Riot are thThis review originally appeared on BrizzleLass Books.
Indecency are headlining a big tour and Turner Campbell is their lead singer, Amatory Riot are their main support and Naomi Knox is their leader and lead guitarist. Turner and Naomi met once before but Turner doesn’t remember, it’s scorched in Naomi’s memory though and she hate’s him with a passion of a thousand suns. As Turner gets to know Naomi though he starts to remember and wants to know more, trying to win her over and convince her he’s not the guy she thinks he is. But something is sinister is happening, and something from Naomi’s past threatens to destroy her future. I was gripped, tearful and completely absorbed in this book which I read in one sitting....more
I have loved Neil in the other novels that I’ve read, his no-nonsense approach to dealing with evThis review originally appeared on BrizzleLass Books.
I have loved Neil in the other novels that I’ve read, his no-nonsense approach to dealing with everything has meant that whoever won his heart would have to be someone special, someone who could break through the tough exterior and also be able to deal with his curt way of speaking and acting.
Ariel is a young single mother who works for André, as an ex-stripper she takes no nonsense from the marines who work at the company and is the only person who has gotten away with nicknaming Neil, Viking. Neil has taken an interest in Ariel and we see her fighting his interest while needing support as her past comes back to bite her in the butt putting her and her son in danger.
Unusually for Bartel this is told completely from Ariel’s point of view with none of the book told from Neil’s, I kind of missed getting his point of view but it really worked for this novel, Ariel is such a strong woman and she fights hard against Neil not standing for any of his nonsense, not liking his bossy nature while being inextricably pulled towards him.
I loved this couple, so much and I loved learning more about Neil and the kind of man he is which just made me love him so much more than I did going into this novel. Another stellar novel from Sybil Bartel....more
I am not a fan of christmas/winter stories, too much snow, cold and christmas cheer for my grumpyThis review originally appeared on BrizzleLass Books.
I am not a fan of christmas/winter stories, too much snow, cold and christmas cheer for my grumpy liking. But a whole book filled with reverse harem goodness was too much of a temptation for me to turn down so I downloaded and dove in. Thinking these were short stories imagine my glee when I discovered this was actually an anthology filled with novellas making it an even better bargain for the price tag.
There are seventeen novellas in here, all reverse harem, but varying from contemporary to paranormal. The styles or writing vary, and the authors range from well-established to first timers. Some of the stories are hot and heavy while others are slow burn, sweet and kind. There is something for everyone in these novellas regardless what it is you enjoy.
I took a long time trying to decide how best to review this, reviewing all seventeen stories would make this a huge review so I decided to pick out a few of my favourite stories and highlight them, but I want to say that I did enjoy each and every one, there wasn’t a story that I skipped or skimmed which is quite unusual for me when I read an anthology.
Streets of Winter by Skye MacKinnon – this was outstanding, tackling homelessness, sexual assault and other very real subjects that as women we tackle every day. This really hit home for me and the reverse harem element was a beautiful aside to the realism of this story. I was deeply moved by this story and felt connected to Emily the main character in a way I can’t find words to describe. I would love to see so much more of the characters from this story.
Blizzards and Bastards by C.M. Stunich – Stunich introduce us to a new band, Inked Pages and Cyan a girl who is on her way home for Christmas. The rock chick in me just loves these stories with bands involved and I just need more of them…more I tell you!
Slopes of Sin by Tate James – I can easily say that Tate James is becoming one of my favourite authors, I love her easy style of writing and this novella was no exception. Mila works as an elf and meets four troublesome snowboarders from her past when they break her very expensive camera.
Frosted By My Millionaires by Amanda Rose – Amanda Rose is a new author on the block and if this story is anything to go by she is one to watch. Natalie agrees to a fake engagement with five billionaire brothers, of course she gets on wonderfully with some of them others not so much, making for some heated and interesting times.
Avalanche of Desire by Bea Paige – I loved this story about a chalet girl who has to take care of three handsome brothers in the Alps. Her history of looking after a parent with alcoholism really hit home with me and I felt really touched by her story as she progressed. This was another I really wanted more of and felt sad to see end.
Overall, this is an anthology that fans of reverse harem will love and new readers of the genre will find a great introduction, helping them find authors in the genre to delve into more fully. This is a hot and festive read....more
When Chloe delivers an antiquity to a rich man in his New York Penthouse the last thing she expecThis review originally appeared on BrizzleLass Books.
When Chloe delivers an antiquity to a rich man in his New York Penthouse the last thing she expects is Dageus, an imposing Highlander who won’t let her leave and brings her into a hunt for the solution to a prophecy which is fantastical at the very least. Except for Dageus it’s a reality he is living proof of.
As their investigation sweeps them back to medieval Scotland Chloe becomes swept up in more than the investigation becoming enamoured with Dageus who becomes more dangerous to be around as each day passes.
I really enjoyed reading Chloe and Dageus’ dynamic and how they battle the odds together, I didn’t connect much with the paranormal elements of this story though. I just found that I didn’t find the evil elements believable and the time travel wasn’t really doing it for me. There were big chunks of this book that I skimmed through so that I could get back to the more enjoyable relationship elements of the story which is quite unusual for me as I normally feast on the paranormal elements of these stories.
This was an enjoyable book, Chloe and Dageus were a fantastic couple but it didn’t quite hit the mark overall for me as a paranormal romance. I doubt I’ll continue this series....more
It’s safe to say that I’ve loved this series with a passion, the Davis siblings have truly got unThis review originally appeared on BrizzleLass Books.
It’s safe to say that I’ve loved this series with a passion, the Davis siblings have truly got under my skin and this final installment with the eldest of the siblings Clay was no exception, especially given Caroline the woman who wins his heart is a bookstore owner, how wonderfully perfect for all of us bibliophiles out there.
Caroline has had a tough past, but she doesn’t think a one night stand with her dark cowboy will lead to anything more, except that dark cowboy turns out to be her childhood crush Clay Davis and he is set on winning her mind, body, and soul.
In the previous books we see Clay as the strong, supportive older brother and it was wonderful to see this softer more vulnerable side of him in this book. This side of him that lets down his guard, loves unconditionally and is the whole man, not just the brother.
I loved this book, I loved their story, and seeing more of the other siblings. I just wish that the end hadn’t been tied up quite the way it had been, I prefer more ambiguity so that my imagination can be left to play.
Sending a huge thanks to Harper Sloan, and Pocket Books for the eARC via Netgalley so that I could read and honestly review this novel....more
It becomes clear with this book very quickly what the state of play is. Rachel and Ben are best fThis review originally appeared on BrizzleLass Books.
It becomes clear with this book very quickly what the state of play is. Rachel and Ben are best friends through Uni but there are very definitely underlying feelings there between them. The problem Rachel is in a long-term relationship. When they go their separate ways at the end of Uni their friendship falls apart and ten years later bump into each other reigniting their friendship and those old feelings, except this time Ben is married.
While the story was easy to read, and emotionally charged throughout I just didn’t connect to either of the characters in the way I would have liked. I found them both a little self-serving and immature. While the outcome is pretty much a given in these books I was hoping they would walk away lonely and apart because I didn’t think they deserved each other, they didn’t deserve that love or even wanted it enough.
This was a fail for me, I didn’t enjoy the characters, every single person in this book is out for themselves, there is a definite lack of human compassion here. I found the plot predictable and unoriginal and I didn’t connect with the writing style at all....more
I had heard a lot about this book and it was patiently sitting on my TBR while I waded through thThis review originally appeared on BrizzleLass Books.
I had heard a lot about this book and it was patiently sitting on my TBR while I waded through the mountain of books I had, then the opportunity to review it for this tour came up and I leapt at it knowing I could totally queue jump it. I’m so pleased I did, Kit Davenport is one of those characters you just love thoroughly. She’s got a feisty attitude, can kick ass and is sexy as hell to boot, and unlike some characters, you don’t resent her for that sexiness one little bit.
Kit has had a shit life, but things are kind of on the up now, she’s been adopted by a nice, rich guy who despite a lack in parental experience genuinely cares for her and has sent her to a good boarding school with her best friend so she isn’t alone. She is also a master thief, known only as The Fox, evading capture until one night she doesn’t and she has to form an alliance with some unlikely partners.
Enter the men…Thank you, Tate James because these guys are such an eclectic mix yet they come together so perfectly and despite this being a truly slow-burn novel the heat is palpable throughout. Each of the guys has their own distinct personality and I didn’t want any of them to leave the page when they were on it, but then they would and another one would appear and I would feel the same again. Such brilliant writing.
I steamed through this book and I went straight to Amazon and downloaded the second book in the series and intend to read it much quicker than I read this first one because I just have to know what happens next. I highly recommend this, reverse harem readers are going to eat it up, new readers to reverse harem are going to love it’s slow-burn introduction to the genre. The suspense aspects of the novel are fantastic and the paranormal elements are perfect. I just can’t rave about this novel enough, one of my favourites this year.
Sending huge thanks to Tate James and Xpresso Book Tours for the eARC so that I could honestly review this book....more
Vin, Elend and the remains of Kelsier’s crew are left managing the remains of Luthadel after theThis review originally appeared on BrizzleLass Books.
Vin, Elend and the remains of Kelsier’s crew are left managing the remains of Luthadel after the events of The Final Empire this sounds simple but there are armies descending on them from all sides wanting to take control of the city in addition to weird goings on in the mists which mean this unlikely bunch have to be stronger than ever to overcome everything being sent their way.
Yet again Brandon Sanderson presents a tome with a solid epic fantasy, this is not a quick read but there is so much going on all the time that you can delve in for hours at a time. The allomantic play by the mistborns is wonderful to read, so vivid that you can see them dancing around on the page clearly, pushing and pulling bouncing around on rooftops. We meet a new mistborn in this novel, Zane, and I very much liked his character and the way he connected with Vin.
There are a lot battles in this novel, some brutal, and the way Sanderson has written them from multi-POV’s and over multiple chapters to really bring you as a reader into the depth of the battle is just how I like it. I love Sanderson’s knack of writing plenty of detail, of reeling you in so that you can see, hear, smell everything, exactly how I like to read my fantasy. The worldbuilding in these books has been stellar and I have such a perfect picture in my head of every location, every building, every outfit and every person.
I’m really looking forward to delving into the next book in this series. Lucky it’s on my bookshelf already!...more
It has been a while since I’ve read a Sophie Kinsella novel and I thought it would be good to picThis review originally appeared on BrizzleLass Books.
It has been a while since I’ve read a Sophie Kinsella novel and I thought it would be good to pick one up as I love her writing style. Light and funny with a good dose of romance. I wasn’t at all disappointed with The Undomestic Goddess.
Samantha is a lawyer who runs faster than the speed of light from her job at one of the top law firms when she makes a whopper of a mistake, she quite accidentally runs into a job as a housekeeper for a hysterical couple who seem completely oblivious to the fact that Samantha has no clue what she is doing, even making a bed is completely beyond this poor woman.
Luckily the gardener Nathaniel is there to save the day in more ways than one and help Samantha discover who she is really meant to be.
Samantha was a lovely character, she starts stressed and sure that being a lawyer is everything she wants, her life passing her by working 70 hour weeks, as she gets to know Nathaniel and a simpler life she starts to question her ambitions and what she really wants.
Nathaniel is a lovely man, he has been putting other people first and putting his own ambitions on the back burner, something Samantha helps him understand. Together they unlock an understanding of what is important in life but what they have to discover is can their lives go in the same direction?
I thoroughly enjoyed delving back into a Sophie Kinsella, I will definitely not leave it so long next time....more
A Stranger in the Cove is the eighth and final standalone novel in the Templeton Cove series by RThis review originally appeared on BrizzleLass Books.
A Stranger in the Cove is the eighth and final standalone novel in the Templeton Cove series by Rachel Brimble and boy did she finish with the best of the bunch. I will admit putting a musician in as the lead male probably swayed me just a bit but still, this story is outstanding and had me completely unable to put the book down.
Mac has come into Templeton Cove with one thing on his mind, he wants to find his biological Grandmother and tell her what being adopted did to his Father. He has no intention to sugarcoat his message and doesn’t care what emotional damage his appearance may cause.
Kate, our resident charitable whirlwind who we’ve met a few times in this series, knows instantly that something is up with Mac and she wants to get to the bottom of his appearance in town before anybody gets hurt, especially if it’s somebody she cares about. The problem is she likes him, despite his shifty demeanour and the fact he annoys all kinds of hell out of her.
Rachel Brimble has woven a situation that makes it almost impossible for love to flourish, with two people pulling in different directions while their emotions are pulling them towards each other. It was hard to read at times willing them to find a way and even as a reader you couldn’t figure out what would be the best solution.
Mac and Kate were the perfect story to end the Templeton Cove saga on and while getting to the end of this book was bittersweet I know whatever is coming next from Rachel Brimble will be wonderful.
A huge thank you to Rachel Brimble and Harlequin/Mills & Boon for the eARC so that I could read and honestly review this book....more
After reading Tani Hanes' entire UK Crush series in a few months I was over the moon to get the cThis review originally appeared on BrizzleLass Books.
After reading Tani Hanes' entire UK Crush series in a few months I was over the moon to get the chance to read her new novel in advance of its publication. Farraway Mist is quite different from the UK Crush novels, but Tani Hanes writing is very distinctive and as soon as I started writing I very much felt wrapped in familiarity.
Scout Lawson is ready for a fresh start and has taken a job as a librarian in Cornwall for a reclusive ex-rock star George WIlder. George has been out of commission since his wife died the year before.
Sparks fly between the two almost immediately, although various things get in their way from assumptions they make about each other to strange things that start happening around the house putting them in danger.
I loved the paranormal element to this novel, it added a new level to the novel above the romance, I wasn't sure what was going to happen or when and just wanted these two characters to fight their way through it. While I loved that they come together and it ramps up the supernatural I found their jump from nothing to trying for a baby a bit odd. It felt like they missed several steps on the relationship ladder, and their families are so cool and relaxed about it.
The climax of the novel is deeply moving, hugely tense and I really didn't see how it was going to work out at all. There's a lot that's not explained but I think with paranormal elements it doesn't need to be, as readers we can accept that things happen for the reasons we are given and that's all we need to know.
Overall, an adorable paranormal romance with lovable characters.
Huge thanks to Tani Hanes for sending me the eBook copy which I have read and reviewed honestly....more
I wasn’t sure I was doing the right thing taking this book on, I hadn’t got on very well with DebThis review originally appeared on BrizzleLass Books.
I wasn’t sure I was doing the right thing taking this book on, I hadn’t got on very well with Deborah A. Wolf’s previous release but I told myself this was a different sub-genre being Urban Fantasy and so it was worth a try. I was so glad I did Siggy is a marvellous character who swept me into her world and carried me off on a journey with her.
Siggy is a normal girl, except she hears voices and sees demons, and everybody thinks she’s batshit crazy, including herself. When she saves a guy’s life only to then find out he’s been sent to kill her she accepts an invite to Alaska to find out more about who she really is.
Siggy’s journey into the Alaskan bush is eye-opening, to say the least, she discovers things about herself she could never have imagined. As she discovers a family she didn’t know she had and secrets about herself that are spectacular she becomes the person she was meant to be.
There is a rich cast of characters, a deep mythology tied into the story and lots of hilarity as Siggy’s wit and sarcasm cuts through some tense moments. I thoroughly enjoyed every moment of this book, not a page went by where there wasn’t something important and gripping happening on the page.
I highly recommend this book to fans of urban fantasy, this is a new and original take on the genre and I’m thoroughly looking forward to the next book in the series.
Sending huge thanks to Deborah A. Wolf, Lydia Gittins and Titan Books for the ARC so that I could read and honestly review this novel....more
Autumn is one of those girls who has always done the right thing, she’s had the same boyfriend foThis review originally appeared on BrizzleLass Books.
Autumn is one of those girls who has always done the right thing, she’s had the same boyfriend for years, she got engaged to said boyfriend, went to college to train to be a teacher and will marry said fiance once she graduates. The one time she does something a little off the beaten path she gets the shock of her life. Deciding to surprise Mr Fiance Man with an early visit just before her graduation, she gets the surprise when she finds him screwing around with someone else.
Autumn, ups and leaves, heading to visit a friend who lives in California, for the first time ever putting herself before everybody else’s expectations, and it’s at this point I start to respect this girl. Because she realises she isn’t a yes-girl, she’s not a doormat, she’s got balls and she’s going to use them.
When she arrives at her friend’s place, she discovers the danger of being impulsive is things don’t always go to plan. Her friend isn’t there and her landlord Jared is gorgeous and annoying, to say the least. Autumn and Jared butt heads, cross wires and generally try to figure out if they should be living in the same house together while fighting a growing attraction.
Jared is a porn star, more than that he runs a porn empire but behind the facade of his alter ego, Autumn discovers a kind and caring man when he decides to let it out. The pair have quite a bumpy ride and Jared really does suffer from mood swings, I wondered quite a lot how Autumn put up with him sometimes and it crossed my mind that she must really like this guy to put up with his crap.
I find them quite suited to each other, Jared says some adorable things as he starts to open up and become more honest with his feelings, there really are some cracking lines in this novel.
Overall, a really great feel-good romance, lots of hot sex and a happily ever after that will leave you swooning....more
I received a beautiful hardcover copy from Gollancz and I was so excited. I've become a huge fan of the TV adaptation of The Man in the High Castle anI received a beautiful hardcover copy from Gollancz and I was so excited. I've become a huge fan of the TV adaptation of The Man in the High Castle and missed it when I was on my binge of old-school dystopia back in my early twenties. Unfortunately, I couldn't connect with the style of writing, at all and I hated the way Juliana is portrayed in the book, hated with a passion. I reached a point where I just couldn't keep going, I have no doubt given the TV version that this is a fantastic book if you can get on with the writing, but it wasn't for me....more
Patient Zero is a fabulous idea and so wonderfully executed. Terry Tyler has taken some of the biThis review originally appeared on BrizzleLass Books.
Patient Zero is a fabulous idea and so wonderfully executed. Terry Tyler has taken some of the bit part characters mentioned in the earlier novels and given us their back-story. Told us how they got to the point where we meet them in the novels, or what happened after they leave us.
What I found reading these stories was that just like with the main novels, this series is all about the people, as I delved into each of these stories I became engrossed in the characters, what happened to them, why it happened, how could certain things have been avoided or changed?
Some of the characters I remembered better than others, some clearly, some not at all, regardless I was completely engrossed in their stories. It was also clear that you don’t need to have read the first two books to enjoy these stories. They are completely standalone and would be suitable for you to pick up and read with no prior knowledge of this world. This is also a short read, it took me just over an hour to read this fantastic post-apocalyptic book.
Terry Tyler is a fantastic author and these are some great stories to keep you going....more
Where do I start with this? I still weeks after finishing this novel get riled up with emotion juThis review originally appeared on BrizzleLass Books.
Where do I start with this? I still weeks after finishing this novel get riled up with emotion just thinking about it. Olivia Glass, the matriarch of the Glass family has just lost her Husband Ben. At the will reading with her five sons (Five! Seriously who has five kids?!) a secret is revealed from beyond the grave to her alone via a letter. A second letter left for her to pass on to the one son that it pertains to when the time is right.
Her way of dealing with this is to follow Ben’s secretive instructions, keep the sons in the dark, and to visit them all over the next few weeks and spend some time with them, which totally backfires as she discovers, even more, secrets that they are keeping from the family. It’s a big potluck of secrets and lies in this family people!
So, I hated Olivia, seriously hated her. She’s a fantastic character, and she plays her part to perfection. But my God that woman drove me nuts. She’s a control-freak, her need to know everything about everyone and to be the one who decides everything for everyone was infuriating. I swear if my Mum was like Olivia I would disown her, I couldn’t deal with all that bossiness! Wowsers!
The sons though, they are a different story, lets talk about the sons for a bit shall we?
Teddy is the eldest, a lawyer who has worked with their Father. A very serious man and in a marriage that appears to be rocky from our initial introduction to him. I found him hard to connect with for much of the book but I kept thinking there were hidden depths that there were things we weren’t seeing, as his secret unfolds a different side of him unfolds and you see a bigger personality emerge.
Matthew is the character I felt a huge affinity with, I had a LOT in common with Matt and completely connected with the secret he held. I fought his fight with him and was willing him through his situation hoping for him to come out of it. He is a wonderful character and I spent almost every moment he was on the page wanting to wrap my arms around him.
Ethan is training to be a Doctor, he’s the youngest of the brood and came across as happy and loving. His secret is moving. I know someone who went through the same thing Ethan went through and I think that may be why I was so deeply moved by his storyline, it really hit me hard and reminded me of some difficult memories. Ethan has probably the hardest secret to deal with but also the most beautiful and the one most full of love.
Caleb, oh Caleb, I would like a Caleb please. He is adorable, sweet and kind and funny. He’s also been keeping a huge secret from his family for years. I think his secret is pretty darn special, and I wouldn’t mind keeping it for myself as well, but as it’s Caleb secret I’ll let him have it.
Finally, there is Zach. I really fell for Zach, with his tattoos, and Harley. He’s a DJ and just plain yum! His secret is probably the least explosive of all of them, it’s also the one that Olivia gets most hung up on (Mom’s!) He has a wonderful attitude, not taking any shit, with a daughter he loves to the ends of the earth and an ex who he is fighting for custody.
Be warned this is a sob-fest, I cried solidly for the last two hours of this novel, not gentle tears either these were big ugly sobbing tears. Every time I thought I was stopping I turned the page and bam they would start all over. This is an author who doesn’t give us a moment to compose ourselves before dropping another emotional bomb. It’s not all sad though there are moments where I laughed out loud, one scene sticks in my mind and can dissolve me into laughter even now and secured my love of two characters in particular.
Watching Glass Shatter is an absolutely outstanding debut, I couldn’t put it down, I sobbed most of the way through, and I wanted to keep half the characters for myself....more
J. Mercer has been incredibly clever with this book, writing a description which gives you enoughThis review originally appeared on BrizzleLass Books.
J. Mercer has been incredibly clever with this book, writing a description which gives you enough information to reel you in without actually telling you anything! I went in knowing it was a romantic suspense and I really wanted to read it!
Faryn moves to a small town, it’s clear she’s running from something but we have no idea what, she’s a beautiful kind hearted woman who everyone loves instantly. She finds an apartment, and a job and settles into a comfortable but simple life. Then she meets Kai and it’s as if they are made for each other.
Kai has been a troublemaker and playboy his entire life, but as soon as he meets Faryn he makes an effort to change, to become the kind of man deserving of a woman like her, and she loves him for it and for the man he is. All is perfect in the land of Faryn and Kai, except strange things keep happening, notes being left inside her apartment, things being moved around. It appears Faryn is being stalked, but by whom?
I was completely absorbed by this story, the romance was compelling and knowing something sinister was going on was absolutely devastating because I really didn’t want anything bad to happen to this couple who loved each other so thoroughly. J. Mercer touches on subjects in this book which are so close to my heart and the way they are tackled are just so perfect, real, and moving. I was in tears at the end completely entrenched in the outcome for these two lovers.
This is an outstanding novel and one I can’t recommend highly enough. A beautifully thought out and executed romantic suspense that has an outcome you just couldn’t predict.
Sending huge thanks to J. Mercer and Xpresso Book Tours for the eARC so that I could honestly review this book....more
The Invisible Crowd was a surprise arrival through my door, not in either of the genres I normallThis review originally appeared on BrizzleLass Books.
The Invisible Crowd was a surprise arrival through my door, not in either of the genres I normally read it is one I probably wouldn’t have requested purely because my TBR pile is ridiculous but when I read the description and saw what the book was about I knew it was one that I had to read.
Jude and Yonas couldn’t be more different, one having grown up in England, in relative comfort, a barrister with a husband and child. The other having known nothing but war his entire life, torture, and death. Their only similarity is that they were born on the same day in the same year.
The two will be brought together when Yonas’ asylum case falls on Jude’s desk. As the book progresses we don’t just learn Yonas’ story from his point of view, we see what it is like for Jude, juggling life as a barrister, on a low wage, with a family vs her conscious for her client. We also meet all the people Yonas has come in contact with since reaching the country, no matter how briefly.
These chapters where we meet all the additional people were the most valuable to me, these were what made the novel, it showed just how many lives one person can touch, how special someone can be in the smallest ways. How different points of views can see the same thing differently. It helped us form a picture of the kind of man Yonas is, above and beyond the man we see from his own narration.
Now I will admit to having a strong opinion about the state of asylum in this country and some of what comes in this book sent me into long angry rants, because I know it’s true, I know it’s happening and it really angers me that we treat humans this way. Some of what happens in this book is appalling, it’s devastating and it broke my heart. But this is the reality of the world we live in and Ellen Wiles has seen it with her own eyes as a human rights barrister and translated it into what is one of the best novels I’ve read this year, and certainly on this subject.
The Invisible Crowd is compelling from the first page and will pull your heart kicking and screaming through the turmoil of finding a home, safety, and love.
Sending huge thanks to Ellen Wiles, Lucy Richardson and HQ for the ARC so that I could read and honestly review this novel....more